Also, do you have to make it a week ahead for it to dry well or do you make it & put it directly on the cake?
And how big do you think these feathers are & where can I get them? I looked on Amazon & they only have certain sizes.
If you look closely, it is quite secured. You can see that the back part part of both loops are pressed on, and it was definitely put on there before delivery. It's also pretty thin, so weight is not much of an issue. The strip is already secured well, then the bow to that, so if you roll it thin, adhere it well in advance, you *should* be ok.
Don't worry! It's always the little details that drive us all crazy!
I always use a dab of royal icing to attach my bows- place a dot in the center of the bow and on each loop and press onto the cake. I usually form my bow around a cake pan that's the same size for about an hour before I attach it to the cake. I put rolled up paper towel in the loops to keep them open until the loops are hard.
Of note, make sure you wrap your feathers in floral tape before you put them into the cake!