Your wedding day is pretty darn personal already. I mean, it’s you. And your guy. And your family and friends. Your day. Your colors. Your music. So why not give the ceremony itself some of your personality, too? We’ve all seen traditional. Now make it yours.
Don’t feel like getting pelted with rice or birdseed? How about handing out pretty ribbon wands instead? Does a satin-and-lace pillow not suit your taste? Switch it up with homespun linen. Or forget the pillow entirely and send those rings down the aisle attached to a book. These are just a few of our DIY ideas, but remember, the important thing when planning a wedding ceremony is to make it your own—after all, you’ll be the one remembering it for a lifetime.
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First came rice. Then came birdseed, bubbles, butterflies, flower petals, popcorn—you name it. (OK, we made up “popcorn.” We hope.) But what we really want to know is why they have to throw things at you at all. There is another option—ribbons! These ribbon wands don’t leave a mess for someone to clean up, and they’re really easy to make.
For each wand, you’ll need a wooden swizzle or rock candy stick—something with a little ball on the end—and about 3 yards each of various satin and organza ribbons. (We used navy, coral, light coral, mint and white ribbons.) To make, simply tie the middle of each ribbon in a knot near the round-ball end of the stick and trim the ribbon ends at an angle.
Place one of these winning paper pins on the best man. (After all, he did take first place for the second-best-looking-in-a-tux competition).
Download the paper rosette boutonniere instructions