At some point during planning, I began to notice a theme to the inspiration images that stuck with me. They were airy, ethereal, soft, and romantic—all qualities that I hoped my bridal style would convey on my wedding day. I noticed one simple detail that I think makes a big impact: ribbons!
Photo by Erich McVey
I love this look—the soft pink color reminds me of the ribbons I used to lace up my pointe shoes back in my (middle school) ballerina years. You can use any type of ribbon, but silk ribbon was best for the look I wanted—it is super lightweight, so it blows romantically in the breeze, and it is just so delicate and pretty in person! I purchased six yards of blush pink silk ribbon (1.25 inches wide) from this Etsy seller.
To add a little more contrast between the ribbons and my dress (which is ivory), I tried my hand at adding a hand-dyed effect to the edge of the ribbons.
I used regular ol’ Rit dye: a combination of their fuchsia and scarlet colors—you will only need a very small amount of dye for this project, so add it to the water very slowly. I mixed my dye in a plastic cup and also prepared a cup of plain water.
I cut my ribbon into two-yard lengths, then folded each piece in half and rolled it up, securing the ends with an elastic. Keep in mind that this is just like tie-dyeing at summer camp—the tighter you roll, the less dye will reach the layers inside.
I wanted my ribbon to have a more subtle, blended dye effect, so I first dipped each roll into the water, then dipped it into the dye, as the water allows the dye to spread. If you want a more pronounced boundary between the dyed and un-dyed portions, try dying without dipping in the water first.
Immediately after I dipped the ribbons, I unrolled them and rinsed them thoroughly in the sink before hanging them to dry. Again, keep in mind the look you are going for—if you want deeper, more concentrated colors, you may want to dip the entire roll of ribbon or leave your dye to set longer.
This is a quick and relatively inexpensive project, so consider doing a test ribbon to ensure the result is what you are looking for. Once the ribbons are dry, you can iron them on a low setting and trim the ends neatly.
Candid photos by Groomsman M / Everyone else was taking portraits while we were admiring ourselves in the orchard!
I love how my bouquet looked with my hand-dyed ribbons—it was a bit windy on our wedding day, so they did plenty of floating around in the breeze, just as I had hoped. All in all, this was a very simple project that I think made a big impact!
Will you be adding any handmade details to your bridal look?