Wedding Traditions are Better with Ribbons

custom blue ribbons around tealight candles used for a wedding

A wedding is a day for celebrating love, joy and families coming together. And, what better way to bring two families together than wedding traditions. Whether it’s a tradition that has been handed down for many generations or something the special couple has chosen just for themselves, it’s a time for the couple to celebrate their love for each other.

From finding the perfect dress to picking the right venue, every detail should be just right. While there is much to do, here are a few fun traditions we found that will have added meaning when you incorporate custom ribbons. So try these out, or suggest them to a friend who is about to tie the knot!

Handfasting Ceremonies

handfasting ceremonies are just one of the many traditions performed at weddings

This particular ceremony is becoming more and more popular, but it has strong, traditional roots. No matter the reason the bride and groom have chosen this ceremony, it always involves cords or ribbons. The word handfasting has given us phrases such as “tying the knot” and “bonds of matrimony.” It signifies the joining of the individuals involved. During the ceremony, the ribbons are woven together using colors, messages and symbols chosen by the couple.

Make sure that everyone feels involved by including small trinkets such as charms into the ribbon weave or braid. From favorite colors or symbols that represent different events in the couple’s lives, each trinket should be unique. Another way to include everyone is to have various family members such as mom/dad or grandma/grandpa place different parts of the ribbons around the couple’s hands.

And, why not make this an even more unique and individualized experience? Customize your ribbon rolls before braiding them together in the traditional manner. Choose names, dates, sayings or practically anything that involves the couple getting married. And, consistent with the tradition, both the bride and groom will have individual ribbons to have wrapped around their clasped hands. So, the ribbon imprint will not only be unique to the couple but individualized to the person. This, in turn, will help signify the joining of the two in marriage.

The Cake Pull

While this is a tradition most often found in the American South, it still fits in for nearly any wedding. And, when you customize the ribbons to go with the pulls, you add a specific and unforgettable charm. So, what is a cake pull?

cake pulls are a fun way to incorporate southern traditions into your wedding

A cake pull, sometimes also known as a ribbon pull, is a New Orleans wedding tradition not unlike the bouquet toss. The bride gathers a number of her single or eligible female friends around the wedding cake. Inserted into the wedding cake are various charms with ribbon tails. After a count of three, each of the women pulls a ribbon, exposing a charm. The charm is meant to signify the puller’s future.

There are eight classic charms historically used for ribbon pulls, each with its own meaning. The ring (which indicates the next to get married), the horseshoe or the four-leaf clover (signifying good luck), the telephone (offering good news), the anchor (encouraging hope), the heart (indicating impending love), the thimble or the button (revealing the old maid), and the penny (meaning poverty). While these are the charms used most often, a cake pull can have up to twenty different charms for the various single friends of the bride.

The charms are usually inserted into the bottom layer of the cake (after it is baked, but before it is frosted) and are often made of sterling silver to be a keepsake for the woman who pulled it. Many brides provide bracelets as gifts for the charm to be worn on.

Now you can take this fun-filled tradition and make it your own!. Add fun, custom text to small ribbons that are then attached to each charm before being baked into the wedding cake.

Don’t Forget the Accessories!

From trading out traditional flowers for a ribbon filled embroidery hoop to adding custom ribbons to jewelry, every wedding will be perfect with personalized ribbons. And, here are some great ideas to add to your new traditions.

Braid custom ribbons into the bride’s hair instead of a veil to truly make a statement during the wedding. And, don’t leave out the bride’s maids or flower girls. Let them in on some of the ribbon fun. Let them carry ribbons with their flowers or weave some of the custom ribbon into jewelry as a statement piece.

add something blue and keep in line with wedding traditions using custom ribbons on shoes

In need of something blue for the bride? Order custom blue ribbon rolls and tie big beautiful bows to her wedding shoes. Keep the traditions alive with blue ribbons in the bride’s bouquet or throughout her accessories. From the garter to a small piece of ribbon tacked inside the hem of her wedding dress, help that special gal find her something blue for her special day.

And don’t stop there! Add these pretty ribbons to embellishments for all the dresses and suits for the wedding party. Yes, it is traditional to use flowers, but incorporate ribbons to make everything even better. Even the men in the wedding party can be part of these fun traditions.

So, no matter what traditions you plan on having at your wedding, remember that custom ribbons make everything better!

Honoring Dad: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

Do you have the best dad ever? Let us help you show him how much you care!

Finding the perfect way to celebrate dad is sometimes an uphill battle. And finding a gift, that’s another problem (try an executive desk wedge). But, once you have found that perfect gift for dad, let us help you with the perfect presentation.

Use ribbons to make your Father’s Day like no other. And, they go perfect with nearly any wrapping. From tying the perfect bow, to figuring out the gift wrapping, everything is better with ribbon. So, head on over and grab a classic blue ribbon and get started. Or, choose your dad’s favorite color so he knows just how much you care. No matter your ribbon choice, we’re sure to have the perfect fit. And here are some ways to make it happen.

Custom Ribbon Rolls for Your Dad

Father's Day ribbon with a special message for dad

From a special hand-made card to wrapping the perfect present, your dad is sure to love your use of custom ribbon rolls. While blue is a classic color for this spectacular holiday, we have an abundance of colors to choose from. So, grab his favorite color and treat your dad to a specially wrapped present today.

Whether it’s in a box or a bag, simple ribbon bows are the perfect type of gift presentation. Wrap the ribbon roll all the way around your gift and try these simple bows now.

Classic Gift Bow

use custom ribbon rolls to make a classic gift bow for your dad on Father's Day

Probably the easiest to tie bow is this classic, go-to look. It’s the same type of bow we all know from when we learned how to tie our shoes as kids. Start by taking the length of desired ribbon and create two loops. Most likely you will make this bow with the same ribbon you wrap around the present or gift box. Second, cross the loops, one in front and one behind. Bring one of the loops through the hole that has been created (almost a third loop, at the bottom). Pull both sides to form the bow.

Classic Pom-Pom Gift Bow

use custom ribbon rolls to make a classic pom-pom gift bow for your dad on Father's Day

Pom-pom bows are the fullest type of gift bows and are typically used for larger gifts. To make this bow, you will need one very long piece of ribbon. Two colored (each side is a different shade) or printed ribbon is perfect to use for this type of bow. Also, the longer the piece of ribbon, the fuller and bigger the bow will be. Start by folding the ribbon in half to find the middle of the ribbon. Once you have the middle, twist the ribbon once and create a loop on one side.

Do this for both sides until you have the same number of loops on each side with some ribbon remaining for the tails. Once you reach this step, take a smaller length of the same ribbon and tie it around the center of the bow (where you were twisting the loops) to secure the whole thing. Once it is secure, make sure the tails are the same length and then gently pull the loops apart to make the pom-pom.

Hand-Made Cards

From a woven look to embellishments, ribbons are perfect for cards. Add his favorite color or the classic blue to your message to your dad. He’s sure to love it! And, when you add personalized ribbon to a card as an embellishment, it creates a 3D effect and makes everything stand out.

Show your dad how much you care by mixing in ribbons on your homemade greeting card. Not only have you now created your own personalized card unique to your father, but you should still have plenty of the personalized ribbons to wrap any presents that coordinate with the card!

Use custom ribbon rolls to wrap a gift for your dad on Father's Day

Don’t forget the personalization!

Use fun phrases like Happy Father’s Day or To the Best Daddy for your custom ribbon rolls. Make sure to use something that will make your dad proud to be yours. Add names and dates to really make the ribbon roll personalized to that special father figure in your life.

Check out this cute idea!

strips of ribbon roll wrapped around cutlery create a bow tie to celebrate your dad

Are you hosting a dinner this year? Create unique place settings by wrapping strips of ribbon rolls around your napkins and silverware. It will make your cutlery look like little bow ties. And, who doesn’t like a tie for Father’s Day?

Ribbon Impressions: A Better Way to Blog

Ribbon Impressions provides information about everything from custom ribbon roll ideas for your wedding to badge ribbons for a conference or convention.

Plastic, engraved sign describing Coller Industries Incorporated's personalized ribbons blog Ribbon Impressions

And don’t forget about rosette ribbons for your award needs, such as fair or festival prizes. Find all your ribbon needs in one place and learn how to best use them at events, during promotions and for your corporate gifting. Discover inspiration for using personalized ribbons and find useful how-to articles.

Because We are so Much More Than News, We’re Now Ribbon Impressions

We started as “Ribbon News,” but over the years, we’ve branched out to so much more. And to keep in line with that expansion, we have changed our name to Ribbon Impressions. We have grown rapidly as Coller Industries Incorporated over the past 20 or so years, and our focus and mission have always remained the same “To Serve Our Customers.” We accomplish this mission by providing fast and friendly service with only the highest-quality products.

It isn’t just the ribbons, it’s the ideas and uses too!

Coller Industries Incorporated's personalized ribbons blog Ribbon Impressions

Yes, we sell badge ribbons, rosette ribbons, ribbon rolls, award ribbons, event ribbons and every personalized ribbon you can think of. But, we’re so much more. From corporate gifting to event planning, this blog shows just how much your organization needs personalized ribbons. Learn how to decorate your venue and recognize VIPs at your next event. Or, find unique ways to promote your brand from colorful ribbon handouts to add that special something to your gift wrapping. And let’s not forget awards for schools and local contests. No matter what you need your ribbons for, this blog (by Coller Industries Incorporated) has all the creative ideas you need to get started.

Coller Industries Incorporated broadens the blogosphere with a new long-form content platform and renames two product and idea based blogs.

Coller Industries Incorporated's event planning and informational blog The Learning Center

The Learning Center is full of articles about learning how to host the best event ever, networking with colleagues and so much more. We guarantee that the information you find here will help you and your business. With a wide range of products such as ribbon rolls, rosettes, name tags, lanyards and award plaques, we want to make sure that you know how and where to use them. Whether you’re planning the best conference anyone will ever attend or hosting a simple dinner party, The Learning Center is here to make sure you are using these tools in the best possible ways. https://www.nametag.com/learning-center/

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Influencing Identity is here to help you figure out how to use name tags and identification products. From name tags for your business to badge holders for your next conference, we have it all. Get all your identification needs in one place and find out how to use them at work, while networking and at any event you are planning. Use our how-to articles to get your ideas flowing for working with all of your personal identification. https://www.nametag.com/nametagexperience/

Hosting the Fundraiser of the Year

From getting branding exposure to helping with a fundraiser and promoting products and services, giving back to the community is hugely beneficial for our business. But, it isn’t about what we get in return for our efforts. It’s all about who we are helping.

Building trust, helping those in need and understanding our community are where we try to put our focus. We invest in our community by donating our time and products. So, ring a bell and give a hearty hello to our latest donation recipient: Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. and their annual Fête de Noël fundraiser.

Ladies Leukemia League, Inc.

The Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. is an organization of 225 women who have dedicated themselves to the purpose of raising funds for leukemia research. Proceeds from early fundraising efforts were donated to the new leukemia ward at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and also to local leukemia research efforts. This later expanded to include leukemia research efforts in the Gulf South region, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Ladies Leukemia League, Inc.

(Since the society’s inception in 1969 they) have raised over $3.6 million in “pilot” or “seed” money for research scientists working in leukemia and lymphoma research, or related fields. The organization was incorporated in 1971 and became known as the Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. (LLL).

LLL, Inc. has gained the reputation of being an organization of dedicated women volunteers making a genuine and meaningful contribution to finding a cure for leukemia. The annual luncheon and fashion show, always enhanced by various drawings for special prizes, has had recent attendance of close to 1100 people; it has grown bigger and better with age.

red dyna satin continuous print ribbon rolls with metallic gold imprint for the LLL fundraiser

DYNA Satin Ribbon: Continuous Printing

DYNA Satin Ribbon has a medium soft feel and a slight sheen that makes it easier to work with than regular acetate ribbon. And, as it is 100% polyester, it won’t fray or tear. Customize this beautiful ribbon choice with a logo and text repeated along the entire length of the ribbon to make it the perfect choice for finishing baskets, boxes, bags and floral arrangements.

Melba Bruce, Co-President of Ladies Leukemia League, Inc., said, “The ribbon donation will help defray the cost of LLL’s Fête de Noël, the premier fundraiser for the holiday season. (We are using it) to support bells distributed to guests, Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the fundraiser.”

LLL ordered red ribbon with a gold imprint with “50th Anniversary Ladies Leukemia League 2019” printed on the ribbon to celebrate the 50th year since the inception of LLL.

Recent Media Coverage Featuring the Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. Fundraiser

Nell Nolan: Ladies Leukemia League

“Believe” was the theme for the 2018 annual Fête de Noël of the Ladies Leukemia League Inc. (The event included) a luncheon of salad, roasted loin of pork and holiday doberge cake; for-purchase centerpieces; invitation and program artwork by Chrissy Gregg Baynham; a silent auction; special raffles; and door prizes added more accents. Profit from the always popular luncheon will run more than $130,000 for LLL’s challenge against leukemia. Believe!

Ladies Leukemia League Fete de Noel Generates $130,000 for Research

Members of the Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. know how party for a cause, and this was the 49th year the LLL’s Fête de Noël served as a festive start to the Christmas season. Almost 1,000 attendees helped to raise $130,000 that will go toward leukemia research.

Ladies Leukemia League Installs Officers

Melba Bruce and Jacquelyn Milan were recently installed as co-presidents of the Ladies Leukemia League. The Fête de Noël, the group’s largest fundraiser, will be held in December.

Fashionable Ribbons & Spina Bifida

Fashionable Ribbons and a donation to Spina Bifida Texas

From getting branding exposure to making ribbons fashionable and promoting products and services, giving back to the community is hugely beneficial for any business. But, it isn’t about what you get in return for your efforts. It’s about who you are helping.

And, here at Coller Industries, we understand that helping out in our community is fashionable. The best thing we get back when we give is the knowledge that we have helped someone. Investing in the community by donating our products is one of our best forms of marketing. But again, it isn’t just about the marketing possibilities; it’s about the people. So, no matter the need, every donation we make comes with the knowledge that what we do is important for everyone.

This Week’s Donation Spotlight: Spina Bifida Texas (SBTX)

Spina Bifida Texas and their FashionABLE programs

The mission of SBTX is to improve the lives of those affected by Spina Bifida and to promote its prevention through folic acid awareness. Our aim is to increase the quality of life of those with disabilities through our programs and resources. Our goal is to decrease the incidence of Spina Bifida through folic acid awareness. At Spina Bifida Texas (SBTX) we value community, education, and family.

Custom Badge Ribbons (Vertical)

Whether horizontal or vertical, these fashionable custom badge ribbons are perfect for any event. They make beautiful awards and also aid in recognizing and identifying sponsors, attendees and so much more. Use these vertical text and graphic ribbons and customize them to fit all of your event needs. Add nearly any text you need and even custom logos and graphics. Choose from a variety of fonts and ribbon and imprint colors to match your event’s theme or to add a pop of color to add to name badges and badge holders.

custom badge ribbons are a fashionable item to have at any event

Elizabeth Rivera, Project Coordinator for the SBTX FashionABLE event, provided this excellent description of the organization and event.

FashionABLE (as in “I am able”) is a one-of-a-kind program that started 12 years ago. SBTX partners high school design students with children who have disabilities. The high school students are tasked with creating a garment specific to the child’s needs. Children with physical disabilities and their families face challenges in many areas, and this is frequently true where clothing is involved. These children often have self-esteem issues, especially with their physical appearance as it may not be what society considers the ‘norm.’ Their bodies may not be proportional and finding clothing that fits is difficult.

Mobility issues require that many children use orthotics or prosthetics to assist them in their daily activities. These devices are often bulky, which also poses a problem when trying to find clothing. Many of these children have issues with fine motor skills and buttons and zippers sometimes become an obstacle when they try to dress independently. Some of the children are totally dependent on their caregivers for all their needs and finding clothing that is easily slipped on and off is sometimes difficult. Our program was developed to address these issues in an innovative way.

Creating a “FashionABLE” Community

Understanding our community needs teaches that no matter the setting, there are things to constantly focus on to keep it healthy. In order to help people feel that they belong somewhere, we support and manage these insights. And this comes with accepting each other and the diversity of those around you. This community understanding makes us responsible for those around us. This community responsibility not only aids those in need, but assists everyone influenced by any actions in that community. And, we think that is just like this organization: fashionable!

Donations are one way that makes us more responsible in our community. And, building trust in our community is not only a requirement but also the best way to maintain any community. This unified trust is why we, as a company, are always looking to help out in our neighborhood and surrounding areas.