The How-To Guide to Wedding Ribbons

Wedding Ribbons

The definitive guide to incorporating ribbon into your wedding for a decorative flourish.

Although weddings are joyous occasions, planning for them can be a source of stress for the bride, groom, and their families. Couples begin preparations for the big event early — often more than a year in advance — and no matter how good a planner you are, small details can slip through the cracks. Making use of colorful ribbon accents is an easy way to unify your decor in a simple, sophisticated way. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate ribbon into your wedding:

Wedding Invitations

Start your wedding preparations off with a bang by decorating your invitations with ribbon! Try gluing a velvet ribbon banner across the top of your invitation for an elegant pop of color, or attach small satin bows to the front of the invitation. Coordinate the ribbons with your wedding colors to provide guests with a preview of your big day!

Ribbons can also serve a practical purpose for your save-the-dates, invitations, and RSVP cards. Affix satin ribbon loops to your invitations so your guests can hang them near a calendar, or tie everything neatly together with a picot edge ribbon.

Bouquets & Decor

There are so many different ways to incorporate ribbon into your wedding decor! Using ribbon in bridal bouquets may feel traditional, but depending on the ribbon you use, you have endless options to customize and add your own unique flair. For a winter wedding, wrap your bouquet stems in flocked velvet ribbon. For a rustic outdoor wedding, try burlap instead! You can also make flowers out of ribbon to supplement the flora in your bouquet.

Don’t stop at bouquets — you can also incorporate ribbon into your general wedding decor. One of our favorite ideas is to create a ribbon backdrop for your photo booth. Build a frame out of dowels or planks, and then tie your preferred ribbons to the top of the frame. Opt for an interesting texture with glitter ribbon or fiber mesh ribbon for a captivating photograph.

Cakes & Cars

Ribbons may not be edible, but they’ll look amazing on your wedding cake! Imagine a snow-white cake with this dramatic, shiny star ribbon wrapped around each tier, or adorn each tier in a different color of chevron ribbon for a more whimsical aesthetic. Even a small amount of ribbon can make each cake as unique as the happy couple!

And finally, no wedding reception is complete without a getaway car! Ribbon is traditionally used to tie cans or other noisemakers to the bumper. You’ll want to choose something durable so the cans don’t fall off while you’re driving away. Ribbons can also be used to decorate door handles, mirrors, and even the stick shift — just make sure that they don’t obscure your view (or ability to drive off into the sunset!).

Weddings are beautiful celebrations of love, but they’re also a fantastic way to celebrate your own creativity. The right kind of ribbon can elevate your invitations and decor to a new level. Have fun, and don’t forget to send us pictures from your big day!

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