Bringing several different ideas together to for a cohesive wedding style can be a daunting task, but I’ve worked out a great, easy, DIY way to do it! It’s super simple, takes no time at all, is cheap as anything and looks fantastic.
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The first thing I decided when planning my wedding was the colour scheme, and this really helped to map out every part of the styling and decor for the event (and made making decisions about things one thousand times easier!). I went for black and white, with bright royal purple and vibrant sky blue as the accent colours.
This then informed every design decision I made, including the invitations, ceremony programs, menus, favours, flowers and more.
But what about those smaller things, all the added extra bits and bobs… How do you make sure they all fit within the theme? Especially when you’re a DIY bride, attention to detail is everything!
Here is how I used beautiful ribbons to bring all the little details together in my own wedding in 2009:
We had a small guest book at the ceremony for people to write in (which was not quite the right shade of purple, but some things you just have to let go!) and a purple pen, and I tied blue ribbons onto both.
Our wedding ceremony program pages were stapled and then tied together using ribbons in our colour scheme.
Our wedding arch was just a simple metal garden archway from Bunnings, onto which I hung some white and purple chiffon type fabric, and blue and purple ribbons.
I pushed short lengths of ribbon into some empty glass baubles to hang from custom-made shepherds hooks along the wedding aisle.
And also used the same colour ribbons to hang from the bottom of our DIY white flower pomanders that also hung from the shepherds hooks.
I had a white parasol on the day to shade me from the sun, and I wound some purple ribbon around the arm if it, as well as letting some longer pieces of ribbon hang from the end of the handle.
For our arrival into the wedding reception venue, guests were given bubble wands to blow. Each wand had a little blue or purple ribbon tied to it, and the tin bucket we used to hold all the bubble wands had the same colour ribbons tied to the handle.
Our larger guest book at the reception (to include photobooth snaps with written messages from guests) was plain black, so again I tied purple, blue and white ribbon around the spine to tie the colours in with this part of the wedding.
All the flowers for the wedding also had the same colour ribbons hanging from the stems, which complimented the rest of the decorations and helped bring everything together.
On the day we had beautiful sunshine, and I loved so much how all the ribbons casually blew in the early Autumn breeze.
Overall I think I would have only spent about $25 on all of the ribbon, and it was such an easy DIY to make the style of our wedding cohesive and add to the beautifully casual feeling of the day.
Wedding photography by Kelly Tunney.