it’s all in the details: ribbons {obsessions}

{ribbons by Jenna McKenzie via Hey Gorg}

Morning beautiful brides!

Did you all enjoy your ‘extra’ day yesterday?  And more to the point, did any of you lovely ladies propose yesterday on the only day women are traditionally ‘allowed’ to pop the question?  I’d love to hear any romantic proposal stories, and of course if he said ‘yes’!

Before I get on with today’s post, I’d like to take a quick moment to welcome new sponsor Michelle Joubert-Martin Photography to b.loved!  Michelle is a talented wedding photographer, based between Cape Town and the UK, having grown up in South Africa before emigrating to Cambridge for a few years, and then moving back again!  Michelle is an easy going and relaxed natural light photographer with a journalistic style, her pictures tell the story of your day from beginning to end and everything in between!  She travels regularly between the UK, Europe and South Africa, and would love to shoot your wedding wherever you are!  Michelle is currently taking bookings for UK weddings, engagement shoot and family sessions for June, for more information please visit  I look forward to showcasing Michelle’s work on b.loved with a sweet and quirky vintage wedding very soon!


Today, I’m indulging in another of my wedding obsessions, ribbons.  Affordable, pretty and available in every colour under the sun, as well as patterned and lace versions too, ribbons are the perfect way to add a special touch to, well, pretty much anything!  From brightening up a simple place setting, to a full on altar backdrop, they are a great DIY option for the creative bride. Here are few of my favourite ways to use ribbons in your wedding ~

at the altar

{ribbon altar Vue photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

If you’re exchanging your vows outdoors, or in a blank canvas venue, this is a great way to make a focal point at the end of the aisle.  Whether just a simple row of ribbons used as a backdrop, or a more elaborate archway, this will definitely add wow factor to your ceremony space.  Here’s a little tip for you too, if you’re on a budget substitute half the ribbons for crepe streamers or strips of fabric, they’re just as effective and great filler


{pink and ivory lace bouquet by Steve Steinhardt via Style Me Pretty, monochrome peony bouquet via Martha Stewart Weddings, pink and ivory bouquet with ribbon by Desi Baytan Photography via Style Me Pretty}

An added bit of texture or pattern can transform a simple bouquet, even giving it a whole new meaning.  A bouquet, like these luscious peony ones, can be transformed from vintage to modern with the addition of a piece of lace or stripy ribbon.

in your hair

{striped ribbon braid by Anne Robert Photography via Style Me Pretty, black ribbon side braid via The Beauty Department, ponytail bow ribbon via We Heart It}

 I know you thought your days of ribbons in your hair were long gone, but there are some new and cute ways to add ribbons to on trend plaits and braids.  For your younger bridesmaids and flower girls, a pretty bow always looks great!

incorporate in your stationery

{wedding program fan by Julie Hanan Design via etsy, yellow ribbon programme Dave Robbins & styling Hatch Creative Studio via Style Me Pretty, pink wedding programs by Lisa Lefkowitz via Southern Weddings}

A simple tied bow adds a pretty touch to a pretty standard piece of paper, how about using personalised wedding ribbon with your names and dates, or a meaningful quote, for an extra special touch?

a creative table plan

{DIY Escort Card holder via Martha Stewart Weddings, ribbon table plan byNatalie Shelton via Green Wedding Shoes}

I always find it hard to come up with creative table plan ideas, but I love these from Martha Stewart Weddings (of course!) and Green Wedding Shoes by Natalie Shelton!  While the first option is more suited to the American style escort cards, the second one could definitely be adapted to suit different table arrangements, how cute are those different shapes?!

on the table and chairs

{black and white lace ribbon runner by Trent Bailey via Style Me Pretty, fuschia pink peonies and ribbon by Christine Taylor via The Glitter Guide, DIY ribbon table runner via Emmaline Bride

Laying ribbons, lace and trimmings over your table setting can add a whole new dimension, either coordinating with the bright colours of your flowers, or adding colour to a more neutral, rustic display.

{pink beribboned chair by Jose Villa via A Low Country Wedding, green ribbon chair via Intimate Weddings}

Adding ribbons to chair backs gives a beautiful effect, especially if you’re not too keen on the chairs provided by your venue.  For a budget option, why not just decorate the bride and grooms chairs?  You might even feel extra-special!

up high

{green ribbon garland by Jen Huang via True Florette, multicoloured ribbon walkway by  Virgil Bunao via Style Me Pretty, ribbon ceiling garland by Whitney Rae Photography via Style Me Pretty}

For venues with height, like barns, marquees and village halls you can have so much fun creating dramatic curtains and garlands of ribbon to hang above your guests heads!


{pink ribbon wands by Jose Villa via A Low Country Wedding, ribbon wand DIY by Jenna McKenzie via Hey Gorg

A cute alternative to a flowergirls posy or basket, ribbon wands just beg to be shaken!  Leave one on each guests seat to wave in celebration as you are pronounced husband and wife, or use as a safer alternative to sparklers (especially if you have lots of younger guests at your wedding!)  I guarantee they are just as much fun!

ribbon words

{love is… by Pobke Photography via The Bride’s Cafe}

I just couldn’t resist sharing this cute idea spotted on The Bride’s Cafe, inviting guests to share their thoughts on ‘Love Is…’.  What a lovely guest book idea!

Do you share my ribbon obsession? How will you be incorporating them into your day?


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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