Almost as soon as he’s done popping the question, all of your friends will be asking how it happened, where you were, and how big is the ring. But the next thing to consider after that is the colors of your wedding. Whereas a color palette used to be about accenting the classic white of your dress, today you can get away with going all out in whatever color is fitting for your ceremony. But before you settle on your favorite colors, there are a few factors to consider.
Location, location, location
Before you go ordering a reel of fuchsia grosgrain ribbon wholesale, consider where your wedding will be. If it’s in a neo-Gothic church made of wood and stone, you may do better to choose a classic color like gray, pearl, or even black. If your wedding is in a backyard or any outdoor space, however, you can go a little wilder with your color scheme and the grosgrain ribbon you choose for your wedding invitations.
Save the date
Not only does the location dictate the style of your wedding, the season can have a big influence too. How long will your engagement be? Before you choose a color scheme, do you foresee the date of your wedding being pushed back at all before you send out the invitations? A lot of wedding planners choose a variety of complementary colors to accent the season, such as red, orange, yellow and brown for autumn, or green, blue, gray, and violet for the spring.
Other factors to consider
If you have a good idea of what colors you want, but you aren’t certain or you want to separate yourself from the crowd, try perusing a swatch book with different hues. The subtleties in greens can make a big difference, and lend a vernal feel or a dead of winter motif depending on whether you choose evergreen or lime for your grosgrain ribbons.
If you want your wedding to evoke a specific mood, adding another color can convey elegance or conjure a special place. For example, combining orange with yellow and brown lends a sunset/harvest element to an otherwise bumblebee-flavored celebration. An exception to this is in the dresses of the bridesmaids—sometimes variation in the same color palette can make a stronger statement than total uniformity. In fact, setting an entire wedding to different shades of blue, for example, can be just as beautiful as three or four strong colors.
And be careful not to get too matchy-matchy: wedding dresses, cake, favors, invitations are one thing, but using the same color scheme everywhere can be a little much.
When my husband and I decided on our wedding theme—1940s Hollywood—we wanted everything to be just right, and having the perfect invitation was really important to us. Unfortunately, no one offered musical wedding invitations, so I set out to design them myself. It took 8 months of hard work, but when all was said and done, I configured a beautiful box that sang “Fly Me to the Moon” (our wedding dance music) when opened.
A new idea for wedding invitations
My guests talked about the invitations so much that I decided to start a company so other brides can have something as unique and special. Personally, I feel there is room in the wedding invitations industry for musical invitations since many greeting cards today are musical.
Music Box Invites is only a year old. What sets us apart is our custom couture invitations with music. Customers can choose from dozens of songs or even have a song custom made for them. Our patent pending boxes hold lovely invitations that we can make for the client or that the client can buy elsewhere. We believe that every bride should have exactly what she wants on her big day. And the market agrees—one in five weddings cost more than $30,000. Music Box Invites offers brides unique invitations, a special detail that doesn’t go unnoticed.
Using satin ribbon for an elegant touch
We buy wholesale satin ribbons to use on the invites and boxes. I especially love Ribbon Bazaar’s sample service and the swatch books – both make my life easier. Plus, your customer service is excellent and shipping is so quick. I used another ribbon company before and they were awful; they sent me a sample and then when I ordered the actual product it was a completely different color and they refused to refund or exchange it, even though it was their fault. I couldn’t believe it, so I was very happy when I found your company.
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It’s still wedding season and that means lots of bouquets being tossed. Originally, brides used to walk down the aisle with herbs, garlic, and grains to ward evil spirits away. Eventually, this morphed into a tradition of carrying flowers, since flowers are associated with happiness and fertility. Following the cutting of the cake, the bouquet toss represents the married couple’s future happiness and the recipient of the flowers is considered the next to wed.
Typically the bride doesn’t use the same bouquet she walked down the aisle with to toss to her bridesmaids. Some brides are skipping the bouquet toss altogether, though studies show that the same percentage of women from the ’60s participated in the tradition as they did in the ’00s. Here are some ways to make your bouquet stand out from the crowd.
1. Layer your bouquet with ribbon and lace
The type of flowers you choose influences the color of the grosgrain ribbon you use. When layering with lace, you can also use satin ribbon.
2. Combine different textures
Adding brooches to the satin ribbon wrapped around your bouquet will make for a different feel—literally. Other jewelry attached to the bouquet, such as a pearl or a necklace, can raise the stakes for the single ladies, and make the bouquet toss even more fun.
One extra wide satin ribbon can be all you need to tie a beautiful bouquet. To enhance this style, sync the color of your bouquet with the color of your dress and the color of the satin ribbon that ties it all together. Of course, you can always add a subtly different colored satin ribbon to make the bouquet pop a little from the bride’s dress.
4. Length matters
The width of your satin ribbon that ties your bouquet together isn’t the only consideration to make. Length too can make a big impact when you walk down the aisle. Flowing satin ribbon can add a dramatic flair that works well with bigger bouquets of wildflowers, camellias and lilies, while shorter grosgrain ribbon works better with lots of leaves and smaller bouquets, for a classic, vintage style.
Overall, think about the tone of your wedding, your dress, and your guests. You want your bouquet to reflect everything, and the ribbon you use to hold it all together should too.
It has come to our attention that we have missed some great opportunities to connect with our customers and really show our appreciation for your business. But fortunately things are about to change. This summer will see a renaissance here at Ribbon Bazaar, one that reaffirms our place as your up and coming provider of wholesale satin ribbon, lace, and all those beautiful arts & craft supplies.
Expect to see a brand spanking new website, beautiful as it is modern, helpful blog posts reminding you of how versatile wholesale satin ribbon can be in all their beautiful glory, coupon deals (really, why didn’t we have this before?), and new incentives and discounts.
We’ll start off with the Deal of the Day that will offer a deal on a new product as often as we can make’em. Next, we’ll liven up the site by showcasing how our most loyal customers added that special touch to their weddings, arts & craft projects, product line and more. And as for the incentives and discounts, some we’ve already introduced, while others will be a special thank you to businesses in particular.
Our bag of goodies is full for the giving, so like, share, and tell your friends, because this going to be one festive summer!
We’ve written about Orders before, medals and satin ribbons given to those in service of a nation or institute. They may not be wholesale satin ribbons, but they’re certainly fine adornments of red satin. This week we’re going to discuss the Order of St. Januarius, or as it’s known in New York and Naples, San Gennaro. Januarius is the patron saint of Naples, and is thought to have died during the Diocletian persecution of Christians.
Origins of the Order
This is the last Order to be created that is not a National Merit Order, but a Chivalric fraternity. In 1738, when Charles VII of Naples became the first king of the Two Sicilies to live in southern Italy city since 1502, all of his efforts went to beautifying this city. Compared to the Austrians who used the resources of Naples to finance their wars, Charles created palaces, the first public archeological museum near Pompeii, and an opera house, which led the second-largest city in Europe at the time (only behind Paris) to become a major destination.
Charles was an enlightened emperor often regarded as one of Europe’s best of his generation. The Kingdom of Naples was the subject of conflict for hundreds of years, ever since the French disputed claims of the territory with Aragon, or what is today, Northeastern Spain. But after the War of the Spanish Secession, balance in Europe was restored, and the eroding Spanish empire gave up most of its territories, though it hung on to Naples and Sicily.
Charles VII of Naples was the son of Philip V, grandson of Louis XIV. After he ascended the throne, he created the Order of San Gennaro, the statutes of which stipulated that no more than sixty Roman Catholics nobleman could be included at once. Knights pledged allegiance to the Catholic Church, and had to take Communion at Easter and the feast of St. Gennaro. They were also supposed to bring about peace between competing members of the order, and could not accept duels, but had to refer to the Grand Master for his decision. Pope Benedict XIV confirmed the order’s foundation in a papal bull in 1741.
The Red Satin Ribbon and Badge
A 100mm red satin ribbon is worn by members of the order along with a badge made up of a eight-sided Maltese cross. Why a red satin ribbon? Well, the saying of the order is “In Sanguine Foedus,” or “in blood, union.” This is San Gennaro’s motto. When he was martyred around the year 305, a piece of his finger was cut off and his blood was saved in a phial. Every year at the feast of San Gennaro, the blood liquifies. If it does not, an ill omen is forecast for the city. The red satin ribbon of San Gennaro’s order signifies the common weal of Naples and those dedicated to preserving its Catholic integrity.
Whether you celebrate in Venice, New Orleans or Rio de Janeiro, Carnevale is and has been a huge party for hundreds of years. This festival was originally a harvest celebration that began at Advent, usually in November, to celebrate the coming of Christ. Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, if you’re in the U.S., is the last day of the Advent season, before Lent begins. Thus, that special Tuesday has been the day for confessing, which is what the term ‘shrove’ means, and for eating fatty foods before the beginning of the fasting season.
Carnival in Venice dates back to 1268, with its practice of wearing masks an inversion of traditional Venetian law. Although when Venice came under Austrian control the practice of Carnevale and mask-wearing was outlawed, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that this practice came back into fashion.
In Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro, Carnevale is referred to as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Samba schools dance the streets, festooned in satin ribbons, and create floats which compete against each other in annual frenzy. The weeklong festival means that most businesses are closed while crowds take to the streets.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans has spread throughout the Mississippi Valley, all the way to St. Louis, as well as to Orlando and San Diego. But in New Orleans the festivities begin weeks in advance, with the five days leading up to the festival the biggest parade days. Those who ride floats called krewes toss beads, wooden coins, plastic cups and other trinkets to the masses. Young women sometimes “flash” to receive more beads, but this is grounds for a ticket, in order to maintain a family-friendly vibe. Since the ’70s parades have originated in Mid-town or Uptown and do not enter Bourbon Street or the French Quarter because the streets are so narrow.
Running of the Bulls
During the medieval era, festivals were held during summer when the weather was good. When cattle merchants came to town, bull fighting eventually became part of the festivities. At the same time, the feast day of St. Fermin, the patron saint of Navarre, the region where this fair is held, was moved to coincide with the festival at the beginning of summer for better weather. In addition to the running, there are fireworks, big heads constructed for a parade, and traditional Basque sports such as hay bale lifting, wood cutting and Jai alai.
The running itself was popularized in the English world thanks to Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. It begins with the lighting of rockets to notify the runners that the bulls have left their pens. Then bullherders, clad in green with sticks, guide the bulls to the arena where they will meet their end. The bullfighters usually wear red satin ribbons and fancy dress for the afternoon slaughter.
Gay Pride Parade
Ever since 1970, when the first gay pride festival in Golden Gate Park took place, San Francisco has been the center of assembly for the LGBT community. The rainbow flag associated with gay pride was created for the 1978 festival by Gilbert Baker. Since then the pride parade has grown to over 1.5 million people each year. Although the Sao Paolo pride parade is bigger, the San Francisco “Gay-in” in 1970 is considered the forerunner or the modern pride parade, held on the 28th of 29th of June to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots in 1969.
Ever since 1986, thousands of people have met in the desert of Nevada to partake in a radical experiment in art, de-commodification, and self-expression. Every year at the end of August, people from around the country build a makeshift town, host classes, and create a barter society. Due to the success of this festival, prices for entry have risen, and in recent years, costumes have become more important, as have streamers and satin ribbons, which fly from makeshift dwellings, eradicated by the end of the week.
Dia de los Muertos
Halloween in Mexico is a bank holiday, called the Day of the Dead. This tradition goes back to the Aztecs, who took an entire month to celebrate their dead loved ones. The three day festival begins on October 31, when children make altars of marigolds, yellow satin ribbons, and photos of dead children to invite them back to earth. On November 1st everyone commemorates adult spirits, and the 2nd is when families visit the graves of their loved ones. Today this holiday has spread to other Latin American countries, and even Spain partakes.
One of the largest festivals in the world, with over 6 million people, takes place in Munich every late September. Ever since 1994, the holiday lasts through German Unity Day, October 3rd for a period of more than two and a half weeks. During this time, special attractions such as carnival rides, sidestalls, and a plethora of Bavarian specialites, such as Weisswurst, Blaukraut, and Knodel are available.
Millions of liters of beer are consumed during this festival, which traces its roots back to the marriage of King Ludwig I and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in the meadow where the event is still held today. Although the horse race is no longer held, the festivities are still widely German, with just a quarter of attendees foreigners.
These festivals celebrate a variety of different aspects of human life: marriage, death, freedom, the harvest, the beginning of summer and its end. Just goes to show that in every celebration, satin ribbons are appropriate and can be used for an added flourish.
The many uses of wholsale satin ribbon and grosgrain ribbon!