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As I stated before, gold sequins and glitter will be playing a HUGE part in our wedding décor. I had originally toyed with the idea of having our guests throw glitter or sprinkles as we walk back down the aisle as husband and wife, but while signing our the contract for our venue there was an additional clean-up fee of $100+ for using either of those items. Although plan A didn’t work out quite as I had hoped I knew plan B would be just as good, if not better! While lurking on Pinterest one night I stumbled across an awesome picture of guests waving ribbon wands as a bride and groom walked back down the aisle. The pictures of the guests waving the wands were beautiful and full of color…and I knew I had to make these!

I found the ribbon wands incredibly easy to make and very budget friendly, but they were quite time-consuming. I would make sure to block out at least two hours to assemble depending on how many you plan to make. You will need a few items before getting started:



  • wood dowels:
    12 inches long, 1/4 inch thick is a great size
  • small jingle bells:
    medium sized bells
  • assorted ribbon:
    You'll need 12 inches of each color for each wand you make, so multiply the number of wands you need x 12 to get the total amount of ribbon you'll need in each color.
  • hooks (screw eye hook):
    13/16 inch hole
  • jewelry supply jump rings: 
    (12mm size) to connect the items together


ribbon wand 1


The first step would be to put the screw eye hook into the end of the dowel. This does take a little man power, but you can easily screw the hook into the end of the dowel.

ribbon wand 2


Next you will want to attach the bells to the end of the dowel. I attached two bells per wand with the jump rings.

ribbon wand 3


Last you will want to cut the ribbon into equal pieces (each of mine was roughly 12 inches in length) and tie them to the hooks.

ribbon wand 4


And that’s it! You now have a beautiful ribbon wand for your guests to wave as you walk by 🙂

ribbon wand 6

Don't have time to make your own ribbon wands?

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If you don't have time to make your own wedding wands, these ribbon wedding wands from Dress Up Wholesale might just do the trick.  They can be custom made at no extra charge to match your wedding color scheme.  Totally affordable at only $9 per dozen with bells and $6 per dozen without bells.  Perfect for the big send off, table center pieces or your wedding guests can ring the bells for a kiss.  Don't forget to take them to the dance.  Everyone loves waving these around as they get their groove on.  BUY HERE.



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About Brittany

Hi everyone! My name is Brittany and I am so thrilled to be a guest blogger on The Budget Savvy Bride!! I am the Director of Special Event Sales at a Country Club in Williamsburg, Virginia. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Richard and our 7-month old daughter Amelia. Richard proposed this past October on his birthday and we are planning our wedding for the end of June 2015! The theme of our wedding is a mixture of modern and classic with lots of gold (think glitter, sequins and all things flashy!) with hints of bright florals. I am elated to share in the planning processing with fellow brides-to-be!

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