Lengths of paper and ribbon coiled into airy circles and raindrops dangle at different heights above a table decorated with similar shapes. Both springy and springlike, these suspended curlicues in yellow and white call to mind the season's mix of sun and showers. To create the striped strips, glue ribbon onto wider pieces of artist's paper. Dress by Carolina Hererra.
A vintage striped linen-silk band makes a neat sash for the flower girl's simple white dress (from J. Crew). Wide satin ribbons tied around her feet at the arch dress up simple ballerina shoes (from Little Raggio), while a small fabric flower pinned to her hair continues the theme. Complete her outfit with a basic Nantucket basket that's spruced up with a ribbon fringe and handle -- perfect for holding her petals.
To create blooms in a variety of textures, sizes, and shapes, use ribbons and rickrack in different widths and weaves. The folds of each flower are clustered around artificial stamens; stems are individually wrapped in floral tape before all are bundled together and bound in wide white grosgrain.
Vivid yellow accents lend dazzling freshness to our table for 10. Paper loop-de-loop centerpieces and votive wrappers match the circles and drops that hang above the table; even the tulips, placed into similarly wrapped 5-inch-tall vases, echo the arrangements' bulbous shapes.
Before the meal, guide guests to their seats with the help of a beribboned bulletin board. Wrap the perimeter of a piece of plywood in paper tape to cover its rough edges. Then, using ribbons and fabric strips in assorted colors and patterns, cut pieces long enough to stretch across the board and around to the back. Stretch each ribbon across the surface, stapling both ends to back of board.
To create seating cards, print a grosgrain pattern on 3-by-3-inch pieces of card stock (choose one to download below); then write or print each guest's name above the ribbon motif, and fold the card in half horizontally. Insert the back halves of the cards between ribbons and board.
Do guests a favor and present them with tokens of affection that you've planted inside these petite flower-topped boxes. Wrap each small box with a belt of layered ribbons or a strip of woven fabric, and cap it off with a single fabric blossom. Then line the boxes up under an arrangement of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with more blooms for a minimalist look that holds maximum appeal. Use branches from your own yard, or purchase from a local nursery.
Spread a dinner napkin out, lying flat. Fold opposite sides in so they meet at the center. Then fold again at the center to form a narrow, ribbonlike shape. Next, fold short ends in so they meet at the center. Cinch in the middle with a ribbon in a coordinating color, and glue at back.
For the bows on these streamers, we used two very different ribbons in the same color. The streamers themselves, and the centers of the bows, are of velvet ribbon that is 7 millimeters wide; the bows themselves are of satin ribbon that's 24 millimeters wide. Use scalloping shears to cut the satin ribbon into 2-inch segments for the bows, and use regular shears to cut the narrower velvet ribbon into 3/4-inch segments. You will need 40 of each. Wrap a narrow ribbon around the center of each satin bow, and glue at the back with high-tack adhesive. Attach the bows to the streamers: Glue them to a 1-yard-long piece of the narrow velvet ribbon, spacing them about 1/4-inch apart and starting from each end. Be sure to leave 8 inches at the center untouched for wrapping around the handle of your bouquet.
We used paper and ribbon in coordinating colors to decorate this vase, which is filled with sweetpeas. For the bow, we chose matching ribbon in two widths: 100 millimeters (about 4 inches) and 25 millimeters (about 1 inch). Wrap a 5-inch-tall glass cylinder vase with colored paper in the same shade as the ribbons, and secure with double-stick tape. Make the bow by folding the ends of a long piece of the wide ribbon in to meet in the middle. Cinch in the middle, and secure by wrapping the narrow ribbon around it so the ends meet at the back, gluing them in place. Attach the bow to the vase with double-stick tape.
To make these programs (one letter-sized sheet yields two programs), arrange your text horizontally on the page in landscape mode over four columns. Cut the sheet in half, wrap a 10-inch-by-7/8-inch band around the center, and tape in back. Bend the ends of each program toward the center and tuck them under the band, making sure they overlap slightly.
Wind the rest of the ribbon back and forth, forming a figure eight with each layer and making each a little larger than the one before it, until you've created three stacked figure eights. Glue the figure eights together at the points where the ribbon crosses. Hold together until the glue sets. Allow to dry.
Make a series of accordion folds (we used 1-inch folds), holding the folds in place with your fingers while you're working. Finish with both ends of the ribbon facing the same direction. Thread a needle and knot it, leaving a 1-inch tail. Pass the needle and thread through the layers, centered horizontally and slightly above the edge.
For a twist on the fancy chandelier, hang these fluffy pom-poms instead. Each one is made up of several separately made rosettes; just combine two or three, sew or tie together at the center with white pipe cleaner, and fluff into pom-poms. Suspended almost invisibly from the ceiling by monofilament, these soft orbs recall clouds sailing across a blue sky; they also recall in color and shape the white peonies in the centerpieces.
Many grooms would blanch at the thought of wearing something with ribbons, but these lapel accessories are so charming and downright dashing that yours will be eager to pin one on with pride. This tuxedo bow, whether rendered in grosgrain, satin, or velvet ribbon, bespeaks tailored elegance.
We love each and every one of these ribbons. 1. Cupped sequins, M&J Trimming. Metallic thread, Tinsel Trading Company. 2. 4mm silk ribbons in colors 90, 132, and 10, YLI. 3. 20mm satin ribbon in color 56; 15mm satin ribbon in color 44; 25mm satin ribbon in color 44; 9mm satin ribbon in color 56, all from Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900. 4. 3/4" dupioni silk ribbon in Aegean, Midori. 5. 3" "Elegante" striped velvet ribbon, Hyman Hendler & Sons. 6. 1/2" chinois silk pearl-finish ribbons in sea mist, sea foam, and light blue, Raffit Ribbons. 7. 10mm floral ribbon in color 3, Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900. 3/4" grosgrain ribbon and 2" picot ribbon, both from Hyman Hendler & Sons. 8. Satin ribbon in aqua, Tinsel Trading Company. 9. 11mm organdy ribbon, Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900. Favor boxes (#22 in light green and light blue), U.S. Box Corp.