Our wholesale ribbon choices are shipped directly from a working floral supply warehouse. Professional florists commonly use numbers to signify the width they desire. The numbers do not refer to inches - rather three common sizes used by florists. #40 is a wide ribbon (usually 2 1/2" to 3" wide) commonly used on large floral arrangements and as pew bows. The slightly narrower #9 is around 1 5/16" inch. It can still used for pew bows, but will require more loops to create a full looking bow. The narrow #3 is more suited for small ribbon accents on flower girl baskets, corsages and cake knives.