Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Our Wedding: The Ribbon

Previously in this series- Our Wedding: Buzzwords and Motif

This post about my wedding is going to be really specific (and possibly mundane for any of you male readers), but incidentally, finding the embellishments for the big day proved to be one of my favorite parts of the entire planning process. I think it's because I was really able to let my creative side loose, and I had complete control (no relying on other vendors), and I got to SHOP! Plus I think I'm a detail person (aka perfectionist), so it was fun honing in on all these little particulars.

I wanted some really special ribbon, so I did an online search and found a ribbon and button store near Dallas. When I was in the area one weekend I took an afternoon to visit the shop and pour over notions. Seriously folks, I think this was quite possibly the apex of my planning experience! I spent several hours there and came away with the floral ribbon to wrap around the layers of my cake, and a beautifully textured gold ribbon to wrap the bridesmaids bouquets. Now this may sound like way too much time and trouble for a few yards of ribbon, but you have to understand that the process was just as important for me as the result, so to me it was time well spent.

(This is a picture from my wedding scrapbook; the blue background is a swatch of my bridesmaid dress fabric.)

I still needed more ribbon, so I went online to Masterstroke Canada (a resource I found in the back of a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine) and ordered some coral-colored swatches. When those came in I picked my favorites and ordered a yard or two of each. Most of these ribbons were to be used on my flower girl's little posy, trailing down. I can't find a picture of that, but here's a picture of some of the wider ribbon beautifying my parents' dog Rose, who was a surprise "honorary guest" at the ceremony.

(photo by Casey Benson)

And I still wasn't done with ribbon! Next I headed to a Tyler fabric, furniture, and trim shop, Bufe and Babin. I spent hours here too and found the gold and blue narrow trim you see pictured above. That's what I used to wrap the groomsmen's boutonnieres. I also found my "signature" fabric here, which I think I'll have to blog about in another post.

Check back tomorrow to read about where I found our "Bling"!

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