Yesterday we received a request from a reader who was interested in finding out how to make a ribbon wedding ceremony backdrop, which L&L featured in a couple real weddings a few weeks ago.

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With the gratefulness of modern technology (and our rolodex) we were able to find a beautiful and easy wedding ceremony backdrop tutorial by the lovely Michaela from  Michaela Noelle Designs – a design and lifestyle blog about whatever is lovely!  Sounds like our kind of girl.  She has graciously let us feature her work on the blog to help all you brides that want to add this look to your own wedding day! 

DIY Ribbon Wedding Ceremony Backdrop Tutorial

 Bowl of colorful pink, grey ribbon for DIY ceremony Backdrop

Comments from Michaela: “My cousin got married last March and her wedding was a gorgeous mix of blush pink, mercury glass, metallic finishes, luscious flowers and pretty, eclectic details. She wanted to have a photo booth in one corner of the reception for guests to play around with, so we decided to create the backdrop ourselves.  With about 20 yards of various shades of pink, gray and cream ribbon, we did just that!”

Here’s How We Did It

Materials: Glue gun, ribbon, cord, lace,  rope or a strong pipping (to attach all your ribbon to), tape measure, and scissors.

Step 1: With your tape measure, measure how wide you want your ribbon backdrop to span. We made ours 6ft wide by 5ft long, because we figured that was large enough for a few people to fit into one photo frame.

Step 2: Cut your strips of ribbon and lace and lay them out in the pattern you want to glue them in.  I suggest this, because we realized we bought about 10 rolls of ribbon we weren’t going to need– back to the store they went!

Step 3: Wrap the top of the ribbon around the cord.  We chose a sturdy white cord typically used for trim. It’s the perfect weight to hold all this ribbon.  We wanted to be able to adjust the positioning of the ribbon on the day of (in case anything needed to be fixed due to travel), so we made the ribbon wrap around the cord which enables it to be slid right or left, similar to a curtain panel on a rod. 

Step 4: Continue gluing ribbon until you reach the end of the cord.  Leave about 8 inches on either end so you can easily tie the ribbon backdrop wherever you need to attach it.

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Using hot glue, glue ribbon around white cord
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“We were so excited about how it turned out and couldn’t wait to use it for her for her shower, wedding photo booth and another friend’s shower last June! Always good to suck the life out of a project, right?!”

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Pink, grey, white, lace ribbon hanging for ceremony backdrop

Images By Michaela Noelle Designs

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1) Lace Ribbon, 1 1/2″  2) Mega Satin Ribbon, 2 1/2″   3) Satin Ribbon, 1 1/2″   4) Satin Ribbon, 5/8″

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I always say that planning a wedding, whether solo or with help from a wedding planner, is like putting on a well choreographed production.  If you were ever a dancer you will know what I mean. If you have ever taught dance class then you will really understand! The whole year leading up to a performance involves choosing music, learning moves, costume and set designs, dreaded costume measurements and  fittings, and then finally the stage is set for the year-long show to begin.

Today’s styled shoot brought me back to the days of being a baby ballerina myself. It also reinforced the fact that a bride and groom go to a lot of effort to put on a perfectly planned wedding! No matter what happens during your wedding, don’t forget to take a bow for a job well done!

Ballerina Bridal Shoot

Comments from Event Designer: “Both the photographer, Rebecca Marie, and I wanted to show brides that they can be inspired to include their passion for dance into their wedding day!  Rebecca Marie was excited to utilize the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center of Performing Arts for this shoot.  I knew it would be perfect and instantly started envisioning its simplicity. I wanted the props to be quiet and supportive in this project.  La Vie le Gage Couture Events created a great DIY element of whimsy by integrating a Maypole for the little ballerinas. Tiny little ballerinas gave such an adorable presence in this project.  These precious girls looked so cute holding pink umbrellas provided by Bella Umbrella. A finishing touch fit for a canvas!  The cast of floral from Plum Sage Flowers was accomplished with Cherry Blossoms, Pink Tulips, Sweet Peas, Creamy White Hydrangea, and romantic Pink Roses along with rose petals spread over the stage.  It all came together on point and we love it!

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Vendor Information

Venue: Denver Center of Performing Arts, Seawell Ballroom
Event Design & Props/Staging: La Vie le Gage Couture Events
Photography: Rebecca Marie Photography
Bridal gown: Anna be
Bridal gown: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio
Hair and Make-Up Artistry: Samantha Koch Beauty
Floral Design: Plum Sage Flowers
Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. I may be compensated in exchange for featured placement of certain sponsored products and services. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will add value to my bride and groom readers.
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