Satin Ribbon Symbolism

Wholesale satin ribbons, or really any kind of ribbon, are much like rings in that they are symbolic of promises, love, honor, and memory. As a result, they are often sung and written about. Ever since the American war song, “Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon,” yellow ribbons symbolize a family member being abroad in military service.

A blue ribbon, for example, symbolizes excellence, at least in the U.S. In Canada, a red ribbon is given to first place winners, while a blue ribbon is given to 2nd place. It also represents being against child abuse and can have different associations in different countries. Ever since red satin ribbons became associated with AIDS in 1991, when the Visual AIDS Artist Caucus chose red ribbons for their connection to passion and blood, other organizations have chosen other colored ribbons to raise awareness about sickness and health problems.

Not to end this post on a negative note, we’ve chosen some of our favorite songs that mention ribbons to show just how culturally resonant they are and continue to be. Play any one of these songs during your next craft project or to get psyched up about buying wholesale satin ribbons. Share the ribbon love!

Stevie Wonder, Ribbon In The Sky

Tony Orlando and Dawn, Tie the Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree

Kate Smith, Scarlet Ribbons

Lady Gaga, Ribbons (Unreleased)

Ingrid Michaelson, Ribbons

Roy Orbison, Scarlet Ribbons For Her Hair

Ribbons, From Orders to Weddings

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.
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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.

Using Wholesale Satin Ribbon For a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon cutting is a practice steeped in history. Its origins exist in European marriage culture, when in France a bride would cut ribbons held across the road while her groom escorts her to church. In Italy, the bride or her father might cut a ribbon taped across the front entrance of her old home, to symbolize the end of her old life and the beginning of her new.

Modern Ribbon Cutting

The practice of cutting satin ribbons in NYC began in the late 19th century. One of the most famous ribbon cuttings in NYC history was in 1973, for the opening of the World Trade Center.

Today, most ribbon cuttings are done with wholesale satin ribbon, often with custom print of the brand name of the company or business opening that’s relocating or celebrating an anniversary.

It’s common to have city officials help with the cutting as guests of honor, and to save the often oversize scissors that perform the action. It helps to have a couple of bows with your ribbon and scissors that are sharp enough to actually cut through the ribbon.

How to Plan Your Own Ribbon Cutting

Before you decide to have a ribbon cutting ceremony, consider why you want to. Is it for more press? To generate more customers? To thank those who have been loyal to your business over the years? Whatever it is, having the right set of priorities is crucial to making the most of your ceremony.

From there, think about how much money you want to spend and how many people you want to invite. Consider whether you want your satin ribbons to have text, and if so, whether you’re sending printed invites. Try to cut a deal with your printer; maybe if you pay for the invitations, he can print a message on your satin ribbon. Be realistic, and make sure that you can make a return on your celebration. Send invitations a few weeks in advance, and organize the event on social media so that you can remind guests of the approaching date. RSVPs will also better allow you to gauge how many people will be there.

Make sure that if you’re catering or providing entertainment that everything is booked at least two weeks in advance. A good caterer can also offer contacts for bartenders, lighting experts and photographers, which are a great investment, especially if you’re expecting local politicians or media coverage. Assign roles for the ceremony. Don’t forget that of MC, who will have to quiet the crowd and direct the proceedings.

Hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony can invigorate your business with new life and greater profits. It can be a worthy decision to invest in one, just make sure you’re willing to commit.

Using Wholesale Satin Ribbon For A DIY Wedding

If the cost of your wedding is driving you crazy, consider buying satin ribbon wholesale to create decorations on your own. Cut off four inch strips of 1/2 inch satin ribbon and thread a needle, passing it through the strip to get that stretchy elastic look. Bring the two ends of the ribbon together and stitch them, adding seam sealant so they don’t unravel. Now you can add this little flower to tables, bowls, or glue them to fabric bands. Satin ribbons are also ideal gluing onto boxes that contain wedding favors.

Satin Ribbon Everywhere

Use satin ribbon as a decorative element throughout your wedding. Fuschia, turquoise, or peacock satin ribbon bows in flower girl’s or bridesmaids’ hair can be a unifying, cost-effective touch that goes a long way. For the men in the wedding, think about creating satin ribbon flowers for a boutonnieres.

Consider making an entire bouquet of satin ribbon flowers by gluing fake stamens in the middle of each ribbon and adding stems with floral tape. Vary the widths and colors of the satin ribbon and wrap the entire bouquet in white grosgrain ribbon.

Centerpieces and Rosettes

Thicker satin ribbon can work as a centerpiece for the tables at the festivities. Create big tri-loops and glue them into shape before adding thinner ribbon of the same color around napkins or glasses. Ribbons of different widths and materials tend to complement each other well. For example, velvet ribbon works very well with satin ribbon, especially in slightly different hues such as pink and light red, or gold and cream ribbon.

For a rosette bow that you can place anywhere as an accent piece, take a spool of satin ribbon and wrap it around your hand ten times. Cut little notches on either side of the middle and wrap this with a string. Then twist the ribbon so that it spreads and looks like a ball.

With so many different applications, any wedding would be incomplete without some ribbon. Even if you don’t plan on getting too creative, a spool of satin ribbon wholesale is a great investment.