Kite tails, Easter bonnets, maypoles—streamers and ribbons have a sweetly old-fashioned association with springtime. So why not go with the flow and update this sewing-box staple as the design motif for your nuptials? Ribbons come in countless colors, materials, sizes, and patterns, which makes it a snap to tap into your creative side. And they’re flexible—literally—allowing you to wrap, knot, pleat, or drape as you please. Of course, curls gone wild can look childish instead of chic, so remember to limit your palette to three or four colors. We stuck to sherbet yellows, pinks, and oranges for the ribbon winners here.
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.
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A vintage striped linen-silk band makes a neat sash for the flower girl’s simple white dress. Wide satin ribbons tied around her feet at the arch dress up simple ballerina shoes, 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.
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For the ring-bearer, consider this linen ring pillow, adorably decorated with yellow ribbon that swerves and curves down its center.
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Fabric blossoms manage to look festive yet restrained pinned to a ring bearer or groomsman’s lapel.
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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.
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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.
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At each seat, a 3-inch paper teardrop bearing a guest’s name and embellished with a tiny yellow strand of ribbon serves as both napkin ring and place card; a larger ribbon, tied in a single-loop slipknot, lashes each napkin to its salad plate.
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Going to Great Lengths
Before the meal, guide guests to their seats with the help of a beribboned bulletin board.
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Do guests a favor and present them with a small gift 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.
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Line favor boxes up under an arrangement of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with more blooms for a minimalist look that holds maximum appeal.
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