10 Great Ways to Use Wedding Ribbon

Satin or chiffon, narrow or wide, plain or personalised–ribbons are the unsung hero of wedding decoration. It’s a beautiful, inexpensive essential accessory to every wedding. Here are our top tips for how to create a stylish look for every aspect of your wedding using ribbon.

Ribbon FavoursAbove: A selection of ribbon used for wedding decorations. From the top-left: Luxury Textured Favour Box Pack with ribbon assortment and Cherry Blossom Small PVC Sticker | Heart Shaped Favour Boxes PackPersonalised Ribbon Formatted for Bows | Luxury Ribboned Favour Boxes Pack


Wedding Invitations

Get creative by using narrow, satin or chiffon ribbons to decorate your own hand‐made wedding invitations, finishing each with a trim in your chosen wedding theme, be it bow trims, buckles or summer butterflies. Co‐ordinate your wedding stationery by using the same ribbons and trims to make your orders of service, place cards, menus, table planner and thank you cards all match beautifully.

Ribbon TrimsAbove: A selection of Charms and Trims for Wedding Stationery. From top-left: Silver Metal Ring Charm Pack | Black Satin Bow & Clear Flower Trim Pack | Mixed Clear Mini Crystals Pack | Silver Double Bells Charm Pack

Contemporary Garden 06192012-002Above: Love Bird Damask Save the Date Card (in royal blue and black) with Plain Ribbon and Hand Painted Butterflies / Beautiful Butterfly Cake Sets / Beautiful Butterfly Decorative Set

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Wedding Favours

Favours are the bride and groom’s way of thanking their guests for coming and are traditionally an opportunity to wish for happiness, good health, wealth, fertility and long life. Add five sugared almonds, sweets or chocolates to a favour box or sachet bag. Use narrow, satin or chiffon, personalised or plain ribbons to decorate each one and finish with a trim to match your invitations.

3Above: Vintage Style Favour wrapping Kit

sweetie-pieAbove: “Sweetie Pies” Mini Pie Packaging Kits

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Wedding Venues

Wide ribbon can be used to great effect to decorate your marquee, and for round Moroccan style marquees, long lengths of ribbon can be tied to a central point for a stunning ceiling focus. Use the same wide ribbon as chair sashes in chiffon or satin to match your wedding colours.

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Wedding Cars

Your wedding car is just a car without the ribbon! Tie a funky retro‐style ‘Just Married’ ribbon across the bonnet or ask your driver to add a smart satin sash to co‐ordinate with your overall colour scheme. Just think of those fab wedding photos with the coloured ribbon on your car!

Car RibbonAbove: Wedding Car Decorations including Wedding Car Decoration Pack

Wedding Hair

When it comes to your little bridesmaids and flower girls’ hair, ribbons look adorable. Use one ribbon tied into a bow on top of the head or ribbons to tie bunches or plaits with a small flower to finish.

Camilla J CollinsAbove: Wedding Hair by Camilla J Collins

Wedding Dresses

Use wide satin or chiffon ribbons as sashes for your little bridesmaid’s dresses, either to match the ribbons in their hair or to match your colour scheme (or even to match your bridal dress!). As many people dress their flower girls in ivory, this is a simple yet attractive way to co‐ordinate their outfits with that of you and/or your bridesmaids.

Real Wedding - Amadu and India First Dance

Wedding Gift Wrap

Make a pretty presentation of your thank you gifts to your bridal party during the reception by tying their gifts with ribbons and bows to match your venue décor in your wedding colours. Tie a matching large satin ribbon around the presentation bouquets for your mothers to match and use personalised ribbons to say’ Thank you mum!’ or words to that effect.

Bridesmaid Baby's Breath BouquetFind a wedding florist in our directory.

Wedding Cakes

Use a ribbon in your wedding colour to decorate either your wedding cake or cake stand or even table on which it is displayed. If you’re making your own cake or cup cakes, use pretty ribbons to decorate each one and continue the ribbons to your cake boxes.

Amelia's CakeryAbove: Amelia’s Cakery

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Wedding Wishes

An unusual alternative to the guest book, a wishing tree is usually a twig tree with many branches and twigs onto which you invite your guests to write a wish on a label or card and hang, using narrow ribbons, onto the tree.

Something in the Air Wedding Wishes packAbove: Something in the Air Wedding Wishes Pack


Finally, the most spectacular use for wedding ribbon is to tie a giant bow around the house of the happy couple for their return. They’ll always remember it and it will make their newlywed home feel all the more special for ever more.

ConfettiRibbonAbove from top-left: “Live Laugh Love” Personalised Ribbon | “For You From Us” Personalised Ribbon | “Perfect Pair” Personalised Ribbon | “Love is Sweet” Personalised Ribbon

DIY-Ribbon-for-FavoursAbove: Personalised and Plain Ribbon


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