Guidance 

The world of silk ribbon can be a confusing affair- what width do I need? How much ribbon should I buy? How do I recreate a certain style I've seen on Pinterest? What is the difference between Habotai silk and  Silk chiffon? Hopefully, this page will help you come to a decision or at least demystify the process a little. However, any questions please do contact me! 

Width 

Length 

Silk 

Colour 

RIBBON WIDTH

There are no set rules for determining the width of your ribbon you choose for your bridal bouquet - it is purely personal preference! Though the scale of your bouquet may  influence the width and length of the ribbon you choose. 

 

Florists tend to prefer working with either narrower or wider ribbon and it may be worth contacting your florist before you order to ensure they are happy with your choice!

 

A narrower width can look just as beautiful as a wider width though the wider widths are usually used to create the longer tails and very narrow widths are usually kept shorter.

Most brides/florists choose ribbon which is either 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches wide for their bouquets However, florists usually choose a narrower 5/8 inch width ribbon for boutonnieres/buttonholes.

 

Depending on the style of your wedding cake, the diameter and height of the tier, I would recommend consulting with your cake designer who can advise which width ribbon to choose . A selection of wedding cakes adorned with silk ribbon in a variety of different widths and styles can also be found here

 

The slideshow below features both wedding details and several bridal bouquets adorned with a variety of different widths of ribbon to help you make a decision.

 

AMOUNT AND LENGTH

The amount of ribbon you decide upon depends on the style you prefer- how many ribbon tails and the length of the tails on your bouquet.

 

For example a four yard length of ribbon would create either four tails each just less than a yard in length (remembering that the florist would have to wrap the stems with a few inches of ribbon at the centre) or 8 tails each half a yard in length.

 

As a rule most florists like to work with between 3 and 4 yards per bridesmaid and 4 to 6 for the bride.

 

If you are thinking of adorning your cake with silk ribbon, 2-3 yards is usually perfectly sufficient depending on the diameter of the particular tier on the cake you are tying the silk around, taking into account size of the bow and length of ribbon tails.

 

For stationery 30-45 cm per invite is the norm - though ask your stationer to create a mock-up in the style you would like  , asking them to replicate size of bows , double wrapped etc and then multiply it by the number of guests to ensure you order the correct amount per invite. This also applies if you wish to tie silk ribbon around your napkins, favours or menus- create a mock up in the style you want taking into consideration the dimensions of the napkin- favour , the size of bow, the length of the tails and multiply it by the amount of guests attending. If you are adding calligraphy or wax seals to the ribbon remember to take any seams into consideration and to compensate for any extra details.

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SILK COMPOSITION 

I offer several types of silk in all my stores. The bias-cut silk habotai is the silk ribbon most people associate with bridal bouquets- it is cut on the bias so has spring and natural movement , curls beautifully without effort and has raw edges but very little fraying.

 

I also offer hand-torn silk chiffon, crinkle silk chiffon, silk chiffon satin, silk velvet and a sheer silk habotai. As these ribbons are hand-torn they do not have the same natural vitality as the bias cut ribbon although they do hang beautifully they require a breeze or a little interaction to ensure movement in photographs.

 

Hand-torn ribbon also has raw edges with delicately frayed edges but potentially loose threads.

I do not offer Bamboo 'Silk' as this is not a true silk but an artificial man-made construct made from plant fibres. 

 
Almond Blush Silk habotai ribbon

Almond Blush Silk habotai ribbon

Real Bride Mackenzie , captured by Molly Peach Photography, bridal bouquet @allijcreative. Almond blush silk habotai ribbon by Pompom Blossom

Kate Nielen Photography

Kate Nielen Photography

Shades of pink silk habotai ribbon . Captured by Kate Nielen photography, stationery by Leeming Brothers , styling and design Couture Weddings and Events and Chase Makeup and Hair

Helen Warner Photography

Helen Warner Photography

Cake by Edible Essence, styling and design Aisle and Style, photography Helen Warner photography, silk ribbon in silver sage and grey Pompom Blossom

Divine Day

Divine Day

Photo credit Divine Day photography, for brides Magazine with The Wedding Gallery, bouquet by Wild at Heart, silk ribbons Pompom Blossom

Ivory silk ribbon

Ivory silk ribbon

Photo by Lisa Mcconalogue Photography, accessories by Megan Therese Couture

Peach and green silk habotai ribbon

Peach and green silk habotai ribbon

Peach and dark green bias cut silk habotai ribbon as seen in Brides Magazine . Florals by Paul Thomas Flowers, Lamp Productions- photography Lucy Davenport Photography

Matt Porteous Photography

Matt Porteous Photography

2.5 inch silk habotai ribbon for an editorial with You & Your Wedding Magazine with The Wedding Gallery. Photo by Matt Porteous

Photography credit Bottega53

Photography credit Bottega53

Elisa's bouquet Photography @bottega53 Design @elisa_mocci_events Flowers @federicaambrosini

Rebecca Carpenter Photography

Rebecca Carpenter Photography

Rebecca Carpenter Photography with stationery by Wonderland Invites and styled by Kayleigh Keen and The Stars Inside. Silk ribbon Pompom Blossom

Taylor & Porter Photography

Taylor & Porter Photography

Silk habotai ribbon styled by Joy Proctor Design for Fluttermag

British Flower Week inspired shoot

British Flower Week inspired shoot

captured by @beccygoddard and featured on @lovemydress 🌸🌺🍃 . Concept & design @styleandbloomuk Venue @garthmylhall Floral-design @pheasant_botanica Planning & Styling @forthelove_of_weddings

Dark Green Silk habotai ribbon

Dark Green Silk habotai ribbon

Dark green bias cut silk habotai as seen in Brides Magazine . Stationery by Cutture and styled by Lamp Productions- photography Lucy Davenport Photography

Helen Warner Photography

Helen Warner Photography

Styling and design Aisle and Style, Photography Helen Warner Photography , Stationery Oh Wonder Calligraphy, silk ribbon in stone Pompom Blossom

British Flower Week inspired shoot

British Flower Week inspired shoot

captured by @beccygoddard and featured on @lovemydress 🌸🌺🍃 . Concept & design @styleandbloomuk Photography @beccygoddard Venue @garthmylhall Floral-design @pheasant_botanica Planning & Styling @forthelove_of_wedding

British Flower week Inspired shoot

British Flower week Inspired shoot

captured by @beccygoddard and featured on @lovemydress 🌸🌺🍃 . Concept & design @styleandbloomuk Photography @beccygoddard Venue @garthmylhall Floral-design @pheasant_botanica Planning & Styling @forthelove_of_wedding

Pale Blush Pink silk ribbon

Pale Blush Pink silk ribbon

Photo credit Lucy Tanner Photography for Brides Magazine with The Wedding Gallery

Pale Blue silk ribbon

Pale Blue silk ribbon

Jane Beadnell Photography

Pantone greenery Silk ribbon

Pantone greenery Silk ribbon

Photo by Paola de Paola Photography

Sung Blue Photography

Sung Blue Photography

Blood orange bias cut silk habotai

Blood orange bias cut silk habotai

Blood Orange 4 inch wide bias cut silk habotai ribbon as seen in Brides Magazine . Painted cookies by Monannie Cakes and styled by Lamp Productions- photography Lucy Davenport Photography

Eeu de Nil Silk ribbons

Eeu de Nil Silk ribbons

Photo credit Julie Michaelsen Photography, bouquet by Jenn Pinder Flowers

Kylee Yee Photography

Kylee Yee Photography

Julie's bouquet, captured by Kylee Yee Photography, bouquet by Jardin Divers , silk ribbon Pompom Blossom

pantone ribbons wedding photography by Jane Beadnell Photography SML417

pantone ribbons wedding photography by Jane Beadnell Photography SML417

Jane Beadnell Photography

Dusty Blue Silk Ribbon

Dusty Blue Silk Ribbon

Photo credit PearBear Photography , bouquet by Catkin Flowers

Grey silk habotai ribbon

Grey silk habotai ribbon

Cake and Photo credit Wildflower Cakes

Philippa Sian Photography

Philippa Sian Photography

Floral design Jenny Fleur Event florist, Photo credit Philippa Sian Photography, silk ribbon Pompom Blossom

Chair Decor

Chair Decor

Beribboned chair by Pompom Blossom for Brides Magazine

BIAS-CUT SILK HABOTAI

 

Silk habotai ribbon has natural movement as it is cut on the bias. The ribbon twists and curls effortlessly so hangs beautifully.It has raw edges but no loose threads and is the ribbon most associated with bridal bouquets.It is also perfect for styling, flat lays, for stationery, cakes, tying around favours or napkins. 

HAND-TORN SHEER HABOTAI

 

This ribbon is hand-torn , translucent , has delicately frayed edges and is prone to loose threads though is ideal for tying around favours or cutlery and is the perfect addition for fine-art wedding bouquets .  

Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Nkima Photography, bouquet by Blue Sky Flowers

hand-torn sheer silk habotai

hand-torn sheer silk habotai

Yellow hand-torn silk habotai around napkins. Photo credit Divine Day photography, for Brides Magazine.Styling and design Lamp Productions .

Dark Green hand-dyed sheer habotai

Dark Green hand-dyed sheer habotai

Dark green hand-torn sheer silk habotai as seen in Brides Magazine .Calligraphy napkin by Extra Special Touch and styled by Lamp Productions- photography Lucy Davenport Photography

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Nkima Photography, bouquet Blue Sky Flowers

Pale peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Pale peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Nkima Photography , bouquet Blue Sky flowers

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Nkima Photography, bouquet Blue Sky Flowers

Yellow hand-torn silk habotai

Yellow hand-torn silk habotai

Yellow hand-torn silk habotai around napkins. Photo credit Divine Day photography, for Brides Magazine.Styling and design Lamp Productions .

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Nkima Photography, bouquet Blue Sky Photography

Sheer champagne silk habotai ribbon

Sheer champagne silk habotai ribbon

Styling and Photo by Julia Lake Parties.

Ivory sheer silk habotai ribbon

Ivory sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Kyleyee Photography from Julie and Ross's real wedding in Italy .

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Nkima Photography, bouquet Blue Sky Flowers

Hand-torn sheer silk habotai

Hand-torn sheer silk habotai

Dark green hand-torn sheer silk habotai as seen in Brides Magazine . calligraphy napkin Extra Special Touch and styled by Lamp Productions- photography Lucy Davenport Photography

SILK CHIFFON SATIN

 

This ribbon has a matte surface on one side and a delicate sheen on the other. It is hand-torn so has raw edges and visibly frayed edges though is prone to loose threads. As these photos in the slideshow below show, as the ribbon is hand-torn it hangs beautifully straight but with very little natural curl or twist- though is very lightweight so a slight breeze or movement gives the ribbon body.

Gold silk chiffon ribbon

Gold silk chiffon ribbon

Photo by Matt Horan, bouquet by Number Twenty Seven Floral Design

blush silk chiffon ribbon

blush silk chiffon ribbon

Blush silk chiffon ribbon captured by Jasmine photography, crowns PS With Love bridal, Stationery/calligraphy Emerald Paper Design

Photo by Matt Horan Photography

Photo by Matt Horan Photography

Gold silk chiffon satin Ribbon , bouquet by Number Twenty Seven Floral Design

Berry silk chiffon satin ribbon

Berry silk chiffon satin ribbon

Photo by Gemma McCauley Photography, bouquet by Voila Florists

Photo credit Matt Horan Photography

Photo credit Matt Horan Photography

Gold silk chiffon satin Ribbon , bouquet by Number Twenty Seven Floral Design

Berry Silk Chiffon satin ribbon

Berry Silk Chiffon satin ribbon

Photo by Gemma McCauley Photography, bouquet by Voila Florists

Hand-dyed gold silk ribbon

Hand-dyed gold silk ribbon

Photo by Matt Horan Photography , bouquet by Number Twenty Seven Floral Design

Hand-dyed Berry silk ribbon

Hand-dyed Berry silk ribbon

Photo by Gemma McCauley Photography, bouquet by Voila Florists

Blush silk chiffon ribbon

Blush silk chiffon ribbon

Blush silk chiffon ribbon captured by Jasmine photography, crowns PS With Love bridal, Stationery/calligraphy Emerald Paper Design

SILK CHIFFON 

 

This ribbon is hand-torn so has raw edges and is prone to loose threads with visibly delicately frayed edges . It is translucent and has a matte textured surface. it is often used to add a textural element to bouquets and ensures a fluffy full bow.

Dusty blue silk chiffon ribbon

Dusty blue silk chiffon ribbon

Image by Lisa Mcconalogue Photography

Dusty blue silk chiffon ribbon

Dusty blue silk chiffon ribbon

Calligraphy by Lenka Calligraphy, Image by Lisa Mcconalogue Photography

Emma Pilkington Photography

Emma Pilkington Photography

Silk chiffon ribbon by Pompom Blossom, bouquet by Floribunda Rose

Emma Pilkington Photography

Emma Pilkington Photography

Hand-dyed chiffon ribbon by Pompom Blossom , bouquet by Floribunda Rose

Emma Pilkington Photography

Emma Pilkington Photography

Emma Pilkington Photography

Emma Pilkington Photography

pale dusty blue Hand-dyed silk chiffon ribbon by Pompom Blossom , bouquet by Floribunda Rose

Chymo More Photography

Chymo More Photography

Pale dusty blue silk chiffon ribbon by Pompom Blossom

Helen Warner Photography

Helen Warner Photography

Crinkle silk chiffon ribbon by Pompom Blossom , bouquet by Poesie d'un Jour , photo credit Helen Warner Photography

Barely There styled shoot

Barely There styled shoot

Helen Elliot Photography, Wildflower Wedding Planner, Petal and Wild Floral Design , Egg & Moos cake , silk ribbon and runners Pompom Blossom

Barely There Styled Shoot

Barely There Styled Shoot

Helen Elliot Photography, Wildflower Wedding Planner, Petal and Wild Floral Design , Egg & Moos cake , silk ribbon and runners Pompom Blossom

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Photo credit Rebecca Goddard Photography, Stationery Wonderland Invites , Saint Floral Design , Beauty and stylist Kayleigh Keen and planner The Stars Inside . Silk ribbon and runners Pompom Blossom

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Photo credit Rebecca Goddard Photography, Stationery Wonderland Invites , Saint Floral Design , Beauty and stylist Kayleigh Keen and planner The Stars Inside . Silk ribbon and runners Pompom Blossom

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Photo credit Rebecca Goddard Photography, Stationery Wonderland Invites , Saint Floral Design , Beauty and stylist Kayleigh Keen and planner The Stars Inside . Silk ribbon and runners Pompom Blossom

Helen Warner Photography

Helen Warner Photography

Crinkle silk chiffon ribbon by Pompom Blossom , bouquet by Poesie d'un Jour , photo credit Helen Warner Photography

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Photo credit Rebecca Goddard Photography, Stationery Wonderland Invites , Saint Floral Design , Beauty and stylist Kayleigh Keen and planner The Stars Inside . Silk ribbon and runners Pompom Blossom

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Photo credit Rebecca Goddard Photography, Stationery Wonderland Invites , Saint Floral Design , Beauty and stylist Kayleigh Keen and planner The Stars Inside . Silk ribbon and runners Pompom Blossom

CRINKLE SILK CHIFFON 

Crinkle silk chiffon ribbon is very delicate, lightweight and translucent, with a hint of colour, raw edges and textural elements it is perfect for Spring and Summer bouquets, whimsical weddings and styling.  

SILK VELVET

Silk velvet ribbon is very soft and luxurious, with a single side of velvet pile and a smooth woven underside. It is hand-torn, so has raw edges and is prone to loose threads and loose fibres. It is a heavier weight than all other ribbon so is best suited for fall, autumn and winter weddings. 

COLOUR

Though your choice of ribbon completely depends on your chosen colour scheme and the flowers you and your florist have decided upon, there are a few factors to consider.

First and foremost, there is no need to be too rigid with colour choices, its often better to open up a colour palette than to limit it! One of the best resources I've found, if not the best resource, for helping to decide colour for your wedding, is by Michelle at Pocketful of Dreams , which can be found on her website here 

 

 

Bouquet ribbon can be coordinated with the brides dress or bridal accessories, complement or contrast with the bouquet or blend with or contrast against the bridesmaids dresses- for example if there are a few bridesmaids wearing dresses in a different shade , a bridesmaid wearing a lavender dress would look lovely carrying a bouquet including palest peach and apricot blooms with a pale apricot ribbon and vice versa. Another example of complementary shades working together would be a bridesmaid wearing a pale powder blue dress ,carrying  a bouquet of pinks, creams, blush and peach blooms, bound with a subtle poppy coloured ribbon, adding warmth .

I would not recommend a bridesmaid carrying a bouquet with the exact same shade of ribbon as her dress, as in photos the ribbon will blend seamlessly into the dress, so either a paler tone ribbon , deeper tone ribbon or a complete contrast - to add a pop of colour - is often better for the bridesmaids bouquets- though the bride can always carry a bouquet with ribbon an identical shade to the bridesmaids dresses as her dress will more often than not be a completely different shade to that of the bridesmaids. 

 

A hint of a colour in the bouquet is often enough to tie in the colour of the ribbon and can be as subtle as a centre of a specific flower, for example the gold centre of cosmos within a bouquet would look beautiful with a gentle chartreuse silk ribbon.

Several tonal shades always look beautiful without fail and in the gallery below I've selected a few of my favourites to show you how they can work together.

 

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Pale Peach sheer silk habotai ribbon

Photo credit Nkima Photography, bouquet Blue Sky Flowers

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