Ever since ribbons came into existence in the 11th century in France, they have been symbols of success and luxury. Before wholesale satin ribbons could be made by machine, they had to be woven by hand and then with hand-operated looms. It wasn’t long before they were used in the most noble of circumstances. Almost every European nation uses ribbons, or ribands, as they are sometimes called, to dress for formal occasions.
England’s Order of the Garter
Founded in the mid-14th century, the Most Noble Order of the Garter is today distinguished by a four inch thick light blue ribbon. Both Prince William and his father wore this ribbon over their left shoulders in their marriage ceremonies. The ribbon has changed colors over the years since its beginnings under Charles I in the 17th century, going from light blue to navy during the Hanoverians, back to the kingfisher blue ribbon we see today in 1950. This thick ribbon is a symbol of the U.K.’s highest honor, and membership is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and twenty-four members, mostly composed of the Royal Family. This order is dedicated to St. George, England’s patron saint.
In addition to ribbons, women usually wear tiaras and gowns while men often wear military uniform. When jeweled collars are worn, ribbons are usually not. These ribbons are usually only worn at formal occasions such as weddings or white tie affairs.
The most expensive weddings of all time
We’re in the thick of wedding season, and as we’ve showed in previous posts wholesale satin ribbon and wholesale grosgrain ribbon are great investments to make to cut down on spending. Unless, of course, you are part of an order. Then you’ll probably want to have a really expensive wedding, like these.
When Kate Middleton wed Prince William, the total cost was $34 million, of which $32 million was spent on security. Though Kate’s dress did cost $434,000, there were $800,000 of flowers and the cake cost $80,000.
The most expensive non-state wedding in history belongs to Vanisha Mittal, daughter of an Indian steel magnate and Amit Bhatia, banker and businessman. Invitations were sent in silver boxes, along with plane tickets to Paris and reservations at a five-star hotel. Festivities took place in Versailles, where Kylie Minogue sang and gift bags with precious jewels were handed out to guests.
But the most expensive wedding of all time was that of Prince William’s parents, Lady Di and Prince Charles. Adjusted for inflation, this celebration cost more than $110 million and was dubbed, “The Wedding of the Century.” It took place in St. Paul’s Cathedral in front of an audience of two million and a TV audience of 750 million. Lady Diana’s dress had a 25-foot train of antique lace. The 27 cakes, a five foot-tall cake, and a backup in case of accidents, took 14 weeks to prepare.
So whether you’re using wholesale satin ribbon to wrap your bouquet, or as a sash over your shoulder for the Most Noble Order of the Garter, it’s clear that a little bit of texture and color can go a long way.