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!

Rosette Ribbons and Their Versatility

These wonderful rosette ribbons aren’t just for awards!

With all of the available custom options for rosette ribbons, these decorative awards are far more useful than most people give them credit. Yes, they are commonly used as award ribbons, but there are so many other uses! Here are some great suggestions for these perfectly versatile ribbons.

four inch streamers on rosette ribbons

five inch streamers on rosette ribbons

six inch streamers on rosette ribbons

But first, what are rosette ribbons?

There are three parts to these ribbons.

wheaton rosette ribbons in a frame for displayFirst, the rosette. The rosette is the fanciest part of these ribbons. Customize each layer (tier) with different colors. Each rosette comes with one to four tiers of ribbons, depending on your rosette choice, tucked and pleated to embellish their look. This stacking of ribbons is what makes rosettes stand out from any other award ribbon. And, it gives them their character and name. The way the tiers are stacked makes these ribbons look like a rose!

The second part is the center button. Each button comes as cello, gold-rimmed or satin. And each one can be customized to fit any need you have. Add a logo or a stock graphic to make your ribbon stand out. The button can also have a custom color to match the rosette. This part also holds the rosette together to give it the final custom touch.

And lastly, the streamers. While the rosette is what makes these ribbons fancy, the streamers may be the most crucial part. Personalize any of these rosettes with text, logos and other details. There are options of one, two or three streamers with one color imprinting. The colors are also chosen to match the rosette and button. And, this is where you add any custom text to explain the award or other use for your rosette ribbons. Add names, titles and achievements to the streamers to meet any of your needs.

Awards and Such

From equestrian events to fairs and classrooms, Rosette Ribbons are perfect for all awards.

Rosette Ribbons are great for place ribbons. So, when you have a classroom contest or a need to represent several athletes for the quality of their work, choose from a variety of styles and colors. Most ribbons represent up to nine places and also participation awards. All our rosette ribbons are high quality and can be ordered as custom or stock rosette award ribbons.

And, these rosettes are perfect for awards for any shows or event types. From sports, hobbies and animals to horticulture, business achievements and education everyone will want a rosette as their award for a job well done. With the fancy tops and long streamers, the high-end look will indeed show recognition for doing well.

Customize each ribbon to your needs by choosing a logo or graphic to go with the sporting event or school activity. Then, provide a message for each streamer and individual names for each award. No matter your choice, each award recipient is sure to treasure such a unique gift.

Decorations for Parties and Other Events

Equestrian Themed Wedding Rosette RibbonsRosette Ribbons are not only for awards! Use them at your next party or other event. And while awards are perfect on a rosette ribbon, customize this ribbon choice to meet any need. From table decorations to fun props for a photo booth at a wedding, rosettes are more versatile than you know.

Don’t limit your thinking when it comes to using ribbons during any event. The key here is to make sure you display the correct message. And make sure that your color choice matches any theme you might have. Using each part of the rosette, customize these fancy ribbons to match your event.

From a wedding to a business convention, rosette ribbons can be the answer to almost any decorating need. Use them as a fancy place setting or a way of directing people into the right banquet room in a hotel or other venue.

Corporate and Personal Gifting

Use your custom rosette ribbons to celebrate someone meaningful. Whether it’s for your business or a family member, a thoughtful custom gift is sure to make someone feel special. From birthdays to Valentine’s day and Christmas to Halloween, every holiday needs a little ribbon.

Instead of traditional wrapping, use a rosette to replace the average bow on a present or party favor. Or use these fancy ribbons as the actual gift. Recognize anyone for a job they have done well. Or for just turning a year older. And, no matter the reason for the gift, your recipient is sure to remember the thoughtfulness that went into the customization of this unique ribbon.

So, remember the next time you use rosette ribbons that they are so much more than meets the eye. And, if you need help choosing the right rosette, try this!

3 Easy Decorating Tips for Any Wedding

From centerpieces to the cake, decorating for a wedding is fun.

Personalized ribbons pair perfectly with any event. And that includes a wedding! Use custom ribbons on your party favors, for your invitation cards, and, of course, in all of your decorating.

single face satin ribbon rolls used for decorating flower arrangementsCustomize ribbon rolls with the bride and groom’s names, the wedding date and any other details about the day. Or choose a romantic phrase such as Forever Begins Today or True Love Is The Greatest Adventure. Match the ribbons to the wedding theme by choosing colors that either match or complement them.

One thing to take into consideration when getting ribbon rolls for your wedding decorating is the size of the ribbon. Wider ribbons are used to decorate cakes, tables and chairs. Use skinnier ribbons for centerpieces, flowers and party favors. So, make sure to pick the width that best matches what your needs are. And don’t be afraid to mix the widths to create a unique creation in your decorating.

ribbon rolls used in decorating chairs at a weddingTables, Chairs and Walls

From ribbon backdrops to simple table centerpieces, personalized ribbons are perfect for all your decorating needs. Spice up a photo booth with colorful, custom ribbons. Add a unique flair to tables with cheerful and detailed ribbons tied around candle holders or even silverware.

Make seating arrangements with specially made ribbons for the bride and groom. Or wrap ribbons around the back of all the seats for a more traditional approach. Drape ribbons across or around each table for added charm.

ribbon rolls are perfect for party favors and other decorating at a weddingEveryone enjoys a thank you.

Party favors are extremely popular with wedding guests. And, making these gifts part of your decorating adds a unique charm. Wrap ribbon rolls around small bags of goodies or a box with a special treat. Or, use other custom ribbons a bit more creatively. Use full-color ribbons for a fun keepsake. Add pictures or graphics to make these ribbons something special and give them to attendees, so they remember your special day.

use custom ribbons for decorating with flowers at a weddingAnd, of course, a wedding isn’t complete without flowers!

From boutonnieres to the bridal bouquet, ribbon rolls enhance even the smallest flowers at a wedding. Add custom wedding information to any ribbon for your personalized look. Create a romantic and ornate bouquet of flowers by adding a trail of flowing personalized ribbons. Wrap flower stems with your color and fabric choice. Hang small flower bunches from tables and wall fixtures for a fun and festive feel.

Planning a wedding takes time and a lot of patience. But, no matter how simple or how lavish your wedding is, personalized ribbons will make any wedding unforgettable.

Product Highlight: Chiffon Organza

Create something unique using chiffon organza ribbon rolls.

Not all ribbon rolls are created equal. Often overlooked because of their sheer quality, chiffon organza ribbons are just as useful as any other ribbon.

chiffon organza ribbon rolls for weddings and other events

From celebrations to awards, all ribbon rolls are extremely versatile. Customize a ribbon roll with a personalized message such as names, dates or a special sentiment. Use them for gifts, decorations and other fun DIY projects for your next party.

While this chiffon organza ribbon is a bit harder to work with than other ribbons, the sheerness makes it a unique choice. The lightweight, open weave of this ribbon looks fantastic when used for wrapping gifts and creating decorations.

This ribbon roll type is lightweight and translucent. These ribbons are one hundred percent nylon and are a unique choice for ribbon rolls. Due to its lightweight quality, it provides an elegant, iridescent finish.

“A solid color layered under can make the color stand out. A darker color of satin under the sheer makes the color pop a lot better,” says Traci, our Assistant Customer Service Manager.

Using a lighter color satin ribbon under a sheer organza ribbon is perfect to show any and all imprinted text. The sheer nature of this ribbon allows what is behind the ribbon to show through softening the customized printing.

These paired ribbon combinations are ideal for presents, floral arrangements and wedding decorations.

For each of these options, a personal touch of names or dates is perfect. One of the best uses for this ribbon type is wrapping gifts. Use bright, off setting colors of wrapping paper to set off these ribbon rolls.

Chiffon organza rolls are perfect for weddings as well! From kissing balls to guest favors, match almost any color scheme with these unique ribbons. Pair them with centerpieces, floral arrangements and other decorations at any event.

Whatever your use, chiffon organza ribbon rolls are a great solution for any need.

How To: Creating Custom Ribbon Ends

Printing on ribbon ends is great for awareness ribbons, wrapping gifts and using at most events.

Use these instructions if you would prefer your imprint to only appear at the ribbon ends of your project, rather than repeating over and over the entire length of your project (example: awareness ribbons).

how to create custom ribbon ends infographic from coller industries personalized ribbonDETERMINE YOUR LENGTH
The best way to ensure correct placement of the imprint is to create a “mock-up” using ribbon similar to the width that you will be ordering. Create the loop or bow the size that you want. If you will be tying a bow around an object, make sure you use a similarly sized object to create the mock-up. Longer words or logos will require a longer imprint area; you may need to lengthen the “tails” of your ribbon. Trim or mark the ribbon ends.

MEASURE THE GAPS
Mark where you would like the imprints to begin and end on the ribbon ends. Please note that if you are tying a bow it is harder to get the tails to hang with both imprints showing; one side tends to flip over and show the back of the ribbon instead. Once marked, untie your ribbon piece and lay it out flat. See diagrams below and left for measuring details.

LONG GAP – This is the area of ribbon where your bow or loop happens, above the tails.

SHORT GAP – This is the area of ribbon at the tip of the tail, below the imprint. If you will be cutting the ribbons at an angle (recommended to minimize fraying in most ribbons) measure from the longest point. You will then have to double that measurement to create the same distance on either side of your cut (see below).

HOW WILL IT LOOK?
We will be imprinting one length of ribbon with the long and short gaps that you specify. It can be difficult to visualize how the measurements you’ve requested will look end-to-end.

View entire infographic by clicking on the image. (Infographic and text courtesy of: Melanie Bunch, Graphic Artist, Coller Industries Incorporated.)