Ribbon Box Events Blog

November 23, 2010

Love Notes

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner- and it’s a perfect time for me to reflect on a tremendous year working with some incredibly talented vendors and dynamic brides, grooms and families. I feel incredibly blessed to be doing what I love- guiding each couple on a journey from “Will You” to “I Do” and all the fun and festivities to follow.

On that note, it’s a great honor to report that we’ve recieved another perfect 5/5 rating on WeddingWire from a previous client!

Here’s what Amanda (and groom Dan) had to say:


Tiffany did an absolutely amazing job. She was always professional but made you feel like you were friends in that she cared about your oppinion and was actually excited about your wedding. my vendors also commented that she was the best wedding planner that they have wkrked with
I would recomend her to any of my friends.

For the original review, plus additional reviews, event photos and information, please visit our Wedding Wire homepage: www.weddingwire.com/ribbonboxevents

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a post with Amanda and Dan’s wedding recap!



November 22, 2010

Site Visit: Design Diva Inspiration Studio

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Julie Redmond aka The Design Diva, in her new base of operations- her business is growing and it was time to expand the Inspiration Studio! She was bursting out of her space at Shab Row in Downtown Frederick- so it’s on to Industry Lane, where she has much more room to store her massive inventory, and a showroom to meet with clients and help them create amazing decor for their wedding day.  Julie hosted a lovely open house and displayed her portfolio, as well as a great amount of rentals (drapings, crystals, hanging votives, lanterns and other non-floral centerpiece decor) available to clients. She specializes in uplighting, fabric draping, pipe and drape, and non-floral centerpieces. She also developed “Designed by the Bride” an online forum for inspiration and a unique tool to create your own centerpieces, bouquets,cakes, and more! 

I had a wonderful time chatting with her (it’s been too long!) and peeking around at her rentals and offerings.

As soon as you walk in, Julie’s design flare is evident. A cool ice blue paint on the wall is transformed by uplights, and hanging crystals separate the main space from a smaller workstation and inventory display.

I also ran into my friend and amazing florist Matt Aspey of To The 9’s!

Here’s a few photos of the new digs- I hope you’ll consider checking out her services! Even better- we’d love to work with you together to create a dynamic wedding or special event!

Along one wall, bookcases highlight the variety of lanterns Julie uses, along with some ribbon embellished glass and fun feather accents, all which can be customized to fit your color scheme.

Still a work in progress, but the linen room offers clients a chance to see the multitude of color options available for draping.

A delicious spread of food and the draping and beautiful crystal branches were a sneak peek into Julie’s magic she creates for her clients.  Definitely got me into the holiday spirit too- the silver and cool hued blues felt like a modern winter wonderland inside her studio!  It’s great to have a table inside the studio too for guests to try out and get a feel for the decor so they can visualize their wedding day.

The inventory room is coming along nicely- can’t wait to see all the fun decor items she’s got in store for 2011!

Around a corner, on the back wall is a terrific display of assorted jewels, crystals and hanging candle options, as well as a sampling of ribbon Julie uses in her work.



Congratulations on the new space Julie! I am so happy for you- and can’t wait to bring my clients to your Inspiration Studio and have some fun planning decor for their events!


November 19, 2010

Love Notes

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I’m delighted and extremely proud to report that we’ve recieved another perfect 5/5 rating on WeddingWire from a previous client!

Here’s what Melissa (and groom Alex) had to say:


I knew I wanted Tiffany to coordinate my wedding after seeing her “in action” at a friend’s outdoor wedding that was dealt a good ole Mid-Atlantic, July thunderstorm. She was resourceful, professional, and had thought through everything! From the moment I met her to talk about my wedding I knew everything would be taken care of in her hands. We hired Tiffany for day-of coordinating, but she was helpful throughout the whole process. She provided suggestions for other vendors, sent us reminders to keep us on our own timeline, and worked great alongside other vendors. We planned our wedding in four months and Tiffany always helped to alleviate a lot of the anxiety that comes with a short timeframe (even when other vendors started to stress us out). Almost a week before the wedding she took a lot of our last minute decorations and made them even better on her own! She really helped me to start to relax the days leading up to the event. The timeline she created for the day allowed me to enjoy the day and not be stressed out AT ALL! Tiffany was exceptional and her services were worth every penny.

For the original review, plus additional reviews, event photos and information, please visit our Wedding Wire homepage: www.weddingwire.com/ribbonboxevents



November 18, 2010

Real Wedding Recap: Rebecca and Rick

From “Bookmark the Date” Save the Dates, a booklet style invitation and layered ceremony program, Rebecca &  Rick embraced a touch of literary wedding magic for their September nuptials at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD.  We were honored to serve as Day of Coordinators to ensure all of Rebecca’s plans came to fruition.

A special thanks to Roman Grinev Photography for use of these incredible images! Jennifer was fantastic to work with- can’t wait to do it again!

The day began at the Peabody Court hotel, just steps away from the the festivities. Rebecca was calm, relaxed, and enjoying the morning getting ready with her sisters and mom.

 Jewel Hair Design and Lori Nansi Makeup Artistry did an amazing job on hair and makeup for the bride and bridal party.

Thanks to Jennifer of Roman Grinev Photography, you would never guess from these images that we were smack dab in the middle of the Baltimore Book Festival! Hundreds of people descended upon Mt. Vernon Plaza and the Peabody in a fall celebration of literature.  Using her talent and magic, Jennifer created an intimate  “first sight” opportunity for the bride and groom amongst all the festivities.

The library is spacious, but thanks to the chuppah and some dramatic lighting by Event Dynamics, a harp and string duo of April Vega, the ceremony was intimate and warm.

After the ceremony, guests headed to the gallery for cocktail hour. Meanwhile, the library was transformed into a beautiful dinner and dancing space by Main Event Caterers, Wicked Willow Florists, Event Dynamics Lighting and our Ribbon Box Events staff!

The bride found some amazing items on Etsy and each made the event personal and reflective of the both her and the grooms style. Love the 3d paper bride & groom cake topper!

DJ Lil’ E of Ball & Chain DJ’s was fresh and upbeat and so much fun! She kept the dance floor packed with an eclectic mix.

Congratulations Rebecca & Rick! It was an honor to work with the two of you- I wish you much health and happiness in all your years to come together!


November 17, 2010

Wedding Research: The Eyes Have It

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Dear Digital Crinoline,

I hear you were a be-spectacled bride. I wear glasses, and was hoping for some inspiration of other brides and grooms who decided to wear their glasses on their wedding day. It’s driving me nuts that so many photographers (and friends of mine) keep telling me I can’t wear them, because of glare, or because they’re so not fashionable. Can you share some eyeglass tips and photos? Thanks!
– Four-eyed and Proud


You are by no means the only proud glasses-wearer planning a wedding. I definitely can understand the desire to see nice photos of happy brides and grooms who didn’t resort to contacts for their wedding day. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have your face front and center, but there’s also nothing wrong with wearing glasses in order to see your handsome groom, if that’s how you roll! I can’t wear contacts, so I made sure that the glasses I bought after I got engaged were a bit funky and fun, and would go with the wedding I knew we were hoping for (a bit vintage, a bit DIY). I think it worked out just fine for us (photo by Documentary Associates).


I’m hardly the first glasses-wearing bride, or bridal party member. Check out a few more happily four-eyed wedding folks below.

Photo by Leslie Roark Photography

Photo by Ruby Sky Photography

Pensive Bride
Photo by James Hall

– Digital Crinoline

November 16, 2010

Word of the Week: Favor

Favor Noun


  • gracious kindness; also : an act of such kindness <did you a favor>

Favor Verb

  •  to show partiality toward : prefer
  •   to give support or confirmation to

Wedding-wise: small gifts given to guests at the wedding reception as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude for attending their nuptials. 

Favors have grown in popularity in the past several years- and now are another way for brides and grooms to express their personalities, and continue or embellish upon a design theme for the space. or table setting. Often food based (cookies, traditional Jordan almonds, truffles) favors It’s also important to know that wedding favors are not necessary- and if you are on a tight budget, it is an additional unnecessary expense.

Some favors are put at each place setting, such as a monogrammed box with a dessert inside…

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings 

Others are incorporated as a “take-away” such as this cookie bar:

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings 

Favors can also have dual roles as decor- check out these centerpieces below.  Theylook great on the table, and are conveniently packaged for guests to take with them at the conclusion of the night.

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings 

In lieu of favors, many couples opt to donate to a charity of their choice which has special meaning to the couple.  Our very own Digital Crinoline and her hubby made a donation to the Livestrong Foundation, and gave each guest a livestrong bracelet.  Taking it further- she put the yellow bracelets into glassine bags stamped with “Thank You” and sewed them closed. She’s a crafty one- just wait until we reveal even more DIY posts for you!

Some of my favorite favors are reflections of the event- like these milk jars (filled with popcorn) from Eric & Jaimee’s wedding on her family farm, which used to be an operating dairy farm.
Image from Drouin Photography

Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: DIY Wedding Favors & Gifts – Martha Stewart Weddings


November 15, 2010

November 11, 2010

Val & Mike’s Sneak Peek

So excited to share a blogpost from the fabulous photographer and friend Luke Eshelman whom I recently had the pleasure of working with again back in October.  He’s posted some of his work from their beautiful wedding at Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase, DC and the reception at Normandie Farm in Potomac, MD.  Our full recap will be coming soon.. but in the meantime, enjoy these teasers below and be sure to check out Luke’s full blog post and his website with even more images and a lovely compliment about Ribbon Box Events!!

Be sure to check out Luke’s blog for additional photos and events!