Friday, July 1, 2011

Waves of Good Wishes

It's fourth of July weekend meaning there will be lots of fireworks and sparklers consumed.  I love the look of sparklers in pictures as the bride and groom leave for the night after a wedding.  I love everything about my reception location but had to give up one wish....they don't allow the use of sparklers. They suggest throwing birdseed or bubbles....boring.  One night while researching weddings I came across a very cute idea....ribbon wands!
Aren't they cute?! I like how they give a cool look when being waved and will show up in pictures.  I found ribbon online that I ordered in bulk.  I couldn't find the exact color seafoam in mind so I settled for a robin's egg blue that will still be super cute and blend well enough.  I have figured out that I can't find everything perfect to my liking so I have to compromise in some regards.
 The wands themselves are super easy to make.  I bought wooden skewers that you cook with.  I cut the sharp end off with some scissors so no one pokes themselves.  Then I cut the ribbon into pieces that are about 3/4 yard long.  I have chosen to use an ice pink satin, a pink and minty blue grosgrain, and a simple white satin with a dainty edge.  After I cut the ribbon lengths I tied them in double knots towards one end of the skewer.  And....
I have ribbon wands! I'm really liking how they are turning out.  I've made a good start on them but still have lots to complete.  I've got nothing but time and this is just a fun project that will probably mean more to me than anyone else when I see them waved as we make our getaway.  
Here are some of my pretty wedding magazines on display in a cute metal basket I picked up in an antique shop in Oxford last weekend.  They were green when I purchased them and I picked up a can of satin nickel spray paint to spruce them up.  I plan to have these on some cute display tables at the reception and one of them will most likely hold my collection of ribbon wands for guests to grab and wave at the end of the night!

Hope you enjoyed my sneak peek at one of my wedding projects! The Mr. should be here any minute so we can go grab some dinner.  Good thing, because I'm starved.  We will head to Pickwick in the morning to spend a couple days at the lake and celebrate on this beautiful holiday weekend.  

Happy 4th of July! America! hehe


  1. What a great idea! And omg, Candace, I had wanted a tiffany blue and coral as my colors! hahaha Great minds think alike (or at least similar!) :) The ribbons are going to be amazing for the photos. I, myself, want a thick cut, shiny confetti. Think about a square that's an inch big... :)

  2. I'm doing sparklers as we leave. That is one thing I definitely wanted. Isn't that crazy how we think so much alike? Wait til you see my save the dates :) They're in the works and I'm so excited! Planning for everything is just so fun & I can tell you are definitely having a blast. I love the idea of your ribbon wands - how unique and so very true to who you are.

  3. How cute Whitney! I love the confetti and of course the colors :) hehe

    Holly, I can't wait to see your save the dates! I have an idea in mind for mine it's just a matter of checking into someone printing what I'm thinking! I definitely wanted sparklers and love them! I def love planning and can tell you do too!