These feminine loops bring a whole new meaning to tying the knot.
Our favorite childhood hair accessory is all grown up and we're loopy about how it can beautify your celebration in ways both big and small. Part of the fun comes from mixing and matching shapes, sizes, materials, and textures to tie up every detail of the day—from the tiniest favor box to the grandest of entrances.
The other part of that fun? Making these unique bow details on your own. With ideas as simple as adding a few velvet ribbons to your guest book or tying a silk bow onto menu cards, several of these inspiring ideas can be used in more ways than one, and can even be taken on as a simple DIY project before the big day. If you're looking to plan ahead (and outsource!), save-the-dates with bow-inspired calligraphy set a feminine tone long before guests arrive. Whether you choose a bow-backed wedding dress, string loops across a doorway, or tie ribbons into your bridesmaids' hair, the bow-effect is the same: sweet, youthful, and undeniably romantic.
Party in the Back: Talk about making a sweeping statement. Voluminous loops—which feel structural and cloudlike at the same time—transform the silk wedding dress seen above into a stunning work of art. An updo keeps the focus where it matters (and your hair out of the way), and a simple stud earring is the only jewelry you need.
The Details: Carolina Herrera "Fabienne" Satin Gown, $7,490, carolinaherrera.com. Kwiat Diamond Earrings in Platinum, price upon request, kwiat.com.
Deck the Halls
This high-drama doorway was framed with an ethereal-looking bow made from—you’ll never guess—window screening. The lightweight metal mesh, purchased by the roll at a hardware store, holds its shape beautifully, and the bow is surprisingly simple to create. Just make one large loop, pinch the center, and staple; wrap another piece around it. Attach tails to the wall first using staples or small nails, then add the bow on top.
The Details: Phifer Aluminum Window Screening, 48" by 25", $30, homedepot.com. Taffeta Cap-Sleeve Dress, from $126, isabelgarreton.com.
Bows come in many forms—including the fine-lined swirls, twirls, and curlicues of calligraphy, which add old-world elegance to an otherwise simple save-the-date (and full stationery suite). When paired with a subtle pop of copper and vintage stamps, it's a fitting preview for what is sure to be the classiest party of the year.
The Details: Bernard Maisner Calligraphy & Fine Stationery Save-the-Date and Envelope Calligraphy, price upon request, bernardmaisner.com. Metallic-Tissue-Lined Envelope, $40.50 for 200, papermart.com. Champion Stamp Company Vintage Stamps, from $0.25 each, championstamp.com. French Double-Faced Satin Ribbon, 10mm, in Light Blue, $1.75 per yard, mjtrim.com.
Sugar bows shine on a croquembouche, the traditional French wedding dessert. Show it off with a romantic Cinderella-inspired vignette. It’s as simple as painting a pair of bird appliqués white and attaching them, and the ribbons, to the wall temporarily with strong adhesive dots.