Wedding Planning

How to Style Bows for a Wedding




Lately, bows have been floating through the collective consciousness. From flouncy head barrettes to baroque centerpieces, high end designers and diy-ers are getting really creative with their bow applications. Bows have always been a classic way to finish off a hairdo, a gift, or a suit and we think this current trend has some great potential! We’ve put together some tips on how to style bows for a wedding in a unique and contemporary fashion.

Bow Bridal Accessories

sophie bille brahe wedding pearl bow necklace
Sophie Bille Brahe Peggy Rosette Necklace

A pearly bow necklace would pair well with a feminine A-line wedding dress, which also happen to be one of the wedding trends we predict for 2024! The asymmetry and varied sizes of the pearls in this Sophie Bille Brahe necklace elevate this strand into a delicate piece of wearable sculpture. Crafted from 14k yellow gold and freshwater pearls, this will be a heirloom you can wear for years to come. Floating World also offers a unique take on the pearl bow, with their Double Bow Necklace.

sandy liang bridal bow
Sandy Liang Sakura Bow

We’ve talked about Jennifer Behr‘s classic bridal bows before. Sandy Liang, high priestess of the bow brigade, ups the ante with an oversized bow that is part veil, part tulle. With a rosette in the middle and draping tails, the sheer fabric will add beautiful dimension to your wedding look.

Loeffler Randall Rayne Bow Pleated Frame Clutch

This Loeffler Randall pleated frame clutch in white fabric covered with cream lace is topped with their signature knotted bow. Soft and romantic with a sophisticated shape, this clutch will add the perfect hint of feminine charm to your wedding day outfit.

How to Style Bows for Wedding Table Decorations

taper candles with bows from gohar world
Image: Gohar World

It can be tricky to figure out how to style bows for wedding decor in a way that feels modern. It Girls Laila and Nadia Gohar have been sporting oversize bows and finishing off their table settings with a well-placed ribbon long before anyone else. Their eponymous tableware brand, Gohar World, offers heirloom tableware crafted by family ateliers around the world. The lace detailing on these taper candles with bows is a great idea to elevate a satin bow. They also sell mother of pearl hand carved bow knives, meant for spreading condiments. The sly sense of humor and quality craftsmanship would make these the perfect addition to your cocktail reception cheeseboard.

sdm ceramic bowl with bows
SDM Ceramics Paris Salad Bowl

Instead of real ribbons, you can also use the bow motif as a romantic little detail in the wedding plating. Available through Salter House, this salad bowl offers a fresh take on blue and white pottery. You can serve after-party treats in this at the coffee bar!

Napkins are a great place to introduce bows into your wedding design. We love the elegant and fun shape of these bow shaped cocktail napkins by Saddle Stitches. Or you can use a bow napkin fold for the place settings, creating a little gift for your guests!

Bows for the Bridal Bouquet

When it comes to styling bows for wedding floral arrangements, you want to let the flowers shine and complement them with a well-selected ribbon accessory. In the bride’s bouquet above, the ribbon picks up an accent color in the arrangement and moves nicely as she walks. Long ribbon tails will add a little does of drama to your walk down the aisle.

Photo by Altura Studio

We also think that a wide ribbon bow looks beautiful in the bride’s hand! This one has just the right amount of movement and still holds the shape well. For the bouquet, you’ll want to use a silk, chiffon, or tulle ribbon since these have a little more dimension and fold more gracefully.

How to Style Bows for a Wedding

When it come to bows, some trends really do have timeless appeal. They can add that perfect touch of feminine charm and romantic symbolism. What better way to tie the knot than with a few thoughtfully placed bow accents!

Meet Paige Fuld

owner and lead planner at fuld & Co

At Fuld & Co., we believe the wedding planning process should be a collaboration — one that places your dreams & desires at the heart of the event. I am here to listen, guide, and support you as you prepare to celebrate in a momentous way you’ll be sure to remember forever.

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