Ribbon Box Events Blog

January 26, 2011

Bride’s Choice Award

Filed under: Love Notes — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 8:45 am










Yesterday, imagine my thrill and excitement when I learned that my beloved boutique wedding planning firm, Ribbon Box Events, LLC was awarded the Wedding Wire Bride’s choice 2011 award! This means we are in the top 5 percent of Wedding Pros locally and nationwide based on customer reviews and feeback (I’m so proud to say we have a perfect 5.0 rating from our brides- I love what I do and am so thrilled to create beatiful, meaningful, and just plain FUN weddings and events for fantastic couples!

Below is a press release with a little more details. Thanks to those of you who have already congratulated us! Please keep spreading the love as I grow my business!


Alexandria, VA – January 25 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Ribbon Box Events, LLC has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Planning and Event Coordination.
Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Ribbon Box Events, LLC stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Ribbon Box Events, LLC for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Ribbon Box Events, LLC  is among the very best Wedding Planning and Event Coordination within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at www.weddingwire.com/ribbonboxevents
For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).


January 25, 2011

I Like to Ride My Bicycle

Filed under: Inspiration — by digitalcrinoline @ 8:59 am

Photo by Red Apple Images, found on Offbeat Bride

Do you and your fiance love to ride your bikes? Are you cyclists, triathletes, or just fanatique for the Tour de France? There are so many lovely ways to integrate your love for bicycles into your big day- whether you use them for your getaway vehicle (a tandem would be amazing, if you practice first), or just as a thematic element for your stationery.

Bicycle Card Box from Etsy seller elizalenore

Ride Our Bicycles wedding invitations from Moira Design Studio

If you don’t want to go all-out for the wedding, what about a tandem engagement photo shoot? PRB Photos shot this gorgeous fall engagement shoot, found on Wedding Chicks where the bride was even kind enough to list the bike rental place where she found her tandem.

Tandem Bike Engagement Shoot by PRB Photos

– Digital Crinoline

January 24, 2011

Word of the Week: Pomander

Pomander Noun


A mixture of aromatic substances, often in the form of a ball, formerly carried on the person as a supposed guard against infection.  A modern form of pomander is made by studding an orange or other fruit with whole dried cloves and letting it cure dry, after which it may last indefinitely. The modern pomander serves the functions of perfuming and freshening the air and of keeping drawers of clothing and linens fresh, pleasant smelling, and moth-free.


Pomanders, also referred to as Kissing Balls are typically floral (though ribbon, tissue ,moss, etc materials are gaining popularity). There are so many fun and creative ways to incorporate pomanders into your design schematic. Here are just a few!

Line the ceremony aisle with the help of shepard hooks…

or skip the hooks alltogether and put them directly on the ground, grouped and in different sizes…

Hang them..

Or, have your bridesmaids and/or flower girls carry them as a bouquet alternative…

Feeling crafty? Check out our earlier post, a DIY tutorial on Ribbon Pomanders.


Or, try these pomanders, of the tissue variety, courtesy of Project Wedding.


January 21, 2011

Wedding Goods For Less

Filed under: Sale! — by digitalcrinoline @ 10:47 am

I’m sure by now you’re well aware of the group and reduced cost shopping sites- Groupon, Gilt Groupe, and so forth. But do you tune out their emails? Or have you not yet come across them at all?

Rue La La, one of these online boutiques for cut-rate prices on designer goods, is currently running a wedding feature. They have style ideas for the wedding party (wedding dresses all the way down to ties for the groomsmen), as well as some great gift ideas. After all, most brides are not only looking for gifts for their own bridal party and family, they also are often checking out gifts for friends getting married, too!

The deals are time-sensitive, so get going. If you don’t already have a membership, you can get an invite using this link, or find a friend to refer you!

-Digital Crinoline

January 19, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Lettering By Lynne

Lettering by Lynne

This week, we’re profiling Lynne Sandler of Lettering by Lynne. Lynne is a calligrapher and trusted source for all things paper- invitations, escort and place cards, table numbers, favor cards, you name it!  Stepping into Lynne’s home office – your creative juices begin flowing- she has so many great samples of her work to inspire and show you she is the perfect vendor to pull your wedding together! We really enjoyed chatting with her- and hope you enjoy her responses too! 

1. Describe yourself in three words:

Patient (with capital P), caring, articulate

2. Why did you choose to work in weddings/events?

This choice evolved naturally – I started as a calligrapher (yes, by hand) in 1978, and began addressing envelopes and designing invitations for customers. Many of the customers were brides, and I really enjoyed the excitement and enthusiasm of these clients. I found it very rewarding to work with women and men who were planning the biggest event of their lives, and to be able to contribute to their happiness.

3. What do you love most about your job?

I love the anticipation of opening a box of invitations which has just been delivered and seeing the finished product. I love looking at envelopes or escort/place cards I’ve addressed in a beautiful or whimsical font. I love reading the ceremony programs of each couple. And, most of all, I love watching the faces of the couple when they see their invitation or envelopes for the first time.

4. What inspires you?

Wanting to help brides and grooms create a special, unique format for all their paper goods for their wedding – from the invitation, to the envelope addresses, to the escort/place cards, favor tags, and everything else connected to the big event. Knowing that I am contributing to their special day is an inspiration for me.

5. Share one of the most memorable events you took part in and why it was so special.

Our daughter was getting married, and suddenly I was designing the invitation, addressing it, creating her ceremony program, Shabbat dinner invitation, escort cards, table number cards, hospitality bags, favors, and probably some items I’m forgetting! And, remarkably, we didn’t get into the typical mother/daughter scenes that so many brides and their mothers experience. When the wedding weekend arrived, it was thrilling to see all the things I had worked on with so much love actually being used. It’s an experience I’ll never forget!

6. Complete this sentence, “If I did not work in the wedding industry, I would…..”

… I would probably have a lot more spare time! But, if I hadn’t gotten into this field, I might have considered going to medical school, although when I was the appropriate age for that profession, very few girls were becoming doctors.

7. How would you describe your style/product?

My 25 plus years as a hand calligrapher have given me a knowledge of layout and style that enhances the work I do. It helps me with every envelope or escort/place card addressing job I undertake. And my 30 plus years experience in the wedding industry helps me as I guide brides in their selection of invitations and other paper items for their wedding. I work with each bride as a unique individual, and give her as much attention as she requires.


8. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing a calligrapher?

It’s important to ask to see samples of their handicraft! Today, because there are so few trained hand calligraphers, their calligraphy is expensive. Why – because calligraphy requires years of study and meticulous attention to detail. And, the process itself is slow. An alternative is computerized calligraphy, which is much faster and certainly much less costly. Also, there is very little waste (with hand calligraphy, every time the calligrapher makes a mistake, a new envelope needs to be started.) A good specialist in computerized calligraphy will have a wide range of type styles, and should be able to match most invitation fonts. The specialist should also offer fonts designed by calligraphers that resemble hand calligraphy or handwriting. Always bring a sample of your invitation to show the calligrapher, and when the envelopes are addressed, leave a few with the calligrapher for last minute changes or additions to your guest list.

9. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?

Do your research. Read bridal magazines. Attend a bridal show. And have realistic expectations – don’t expect to be able to match everything you see on the internet or in a magazine. But know that it’s possible to create a beautiful, elegant wedding on any budget as long as you’re willing to compromise, to be imaginative, and to take the advice of professionals.

10. Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor/actress would you want to play you?

I’ve been told that Francis Sternhagen, (the mother of Kira Sedgewick on The Closer) would be a good candidate. (But my choice would be Olympia Dukakis.)

Lynne, thanks so much for taking the time to chat!!



Want to contact Lynne directly? Here’s how:

Telephone: 703-548-5427
e-mail: invite@LetteringByLynne.com

or, visit http://letteringbylynne.com/

A Reminder– this is not paidpost for advertising. Instead, this is simply a way of introducing you to some of my favorite vendors I love working with in the DC metropolitan area (some nationwide) and an opportunity for a glimpse into their personalities, inspiration, and work!d

January 18, 2011

Word of the Week: Runner

Filed under: Word of the Week — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 9:30 am
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Runner Noun


  • A person who runs, especially an athlete

Wedding Wise:

In the most basic terms, an aisle runner is a rug that runs the length of the church aisle (or any other aisle for that matter!). The history behind a runner begins with an old belief that a white aisle runner warded off evil spirits believed to live below the floor. In order to keep the spirits from the bride, a white runner was used to protect her “purity.”

Today, aisle runners are used to keep a bride’s dress from getting dirty.

They are another opportunity for bride’s to customize their wedding and add some high style into the overall decor of the wedding. They are a great statement piece and make for a dramatic entrance for a bridal processional.

Here’s some eyecandy from Customized Wedding Creations. Enjoy!


January 13, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Lori Nansi, Makeup Artistry

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In today’s Vendor Spotlight, meet Lori Nansi, of Makeup Artistry by Lori!

 Lori brings years of experience and a fresh, upbeat attitude that makes you not only want to be around her, but you can instantly see she LOVES what she does- and as result, her brides are incredibly happy with their wedding day looks as well! She was also the makeup artist in featured weddings in the winter/spring 2011 issue of Washingtonian’s Bride and Groom magazine.

1. Describe yourself in three words:

 Creative, Dependendable, Wicked Sense of Humor


2. Why did you choose to work in weddings/events?

 The excitement of a bride is contagious! I love that every wedding is unique and I meet so many people from around the world!


3. What do you love most about your job?

 Transforming an everyday woman into a breathtaking, confident bride.


4. What inspires you?

 Inner Beauty. Weddings Gowns. Chocolate.


5. Share one of the most memorable events you took part in and why it was so special.

Too many to mention! But, I would have to say a wedding in Baltimore this past September of 2010; the bride was beautiful inside and out and when she put her gown on it was like a fairytale come true! The hair stylist and I both got emotional.

6. Complete this sentence, “If I did not work in the wedding industry, I would…..”

… still be a makeup artist, working in film/tv/photo shoots and continuing to educate women on makeup.

7. How would you describe your style?

Classic/Clean/Defined makeup styles that hold up to any long event, not only looking breathtaking in person but in photographs.

8. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing a makeup artist?

I can’t say it enough. Read reviews! Read reviews! They are so important as they are coming from previous brides, and will be very telling. Make certain the makeup artist you choose provides on location services and really understands what you are looking for on your big day!

9. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?

Make sure you hire the best photographer you can possibly afford! You won’t ever regret it!

10. Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor/actress would you want to play you?

That’s easy, Kim Kardashian (smile).

Lori, thank you so much for giving our readers a glimpse into your world! You are so fantastic, and I always enjoy working with you!

Want to contact Lori directly? Check out her website and fill out the contact form!


Note– this is not paidpost for advertising. Instead, this is simply a way of introducing you to some of my favorite vendors I love working with in the DC metropolitan area (some nationwide) and an opportunity for a glimpse into their personalities, inspiration, and work!


January 12, 2011

Real Wedding Recap: Val and Mike


Val and Mike were married on October 9, 2010. Ribbon Box Events was honored to plan and execute the nuptials for this kind and loving couple! Val chose our partial planning package, and we guided her every step of the way! Luke Eshelman photographed the wedding, and as I’ve said before, I love working with this photographer! Great person, talented professional, and did I mention he’s a Penn State fan?

The day began at the Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda, were just a few doors apart, Val and Mike prepped and got ready for the big day!

Val had her “something blue” in the form of a family jewel, pinned to the top of her dress, just above the zipper.

Val was stunning- always a smile on her face. As usual, the lovely and talented Ana Merces did an incredible job with makeup for Val and her bridesmaids.

It was a pictureesque , warm October afternoon at Blessed Sacrament, just off Chevy Chase Circle in Washington, D.C.

After  some fun and photos, it was time to tie the knot!

Afterwards, A Touch of Class Limousine whisked them off to Normandie Farm for cocktails and dinner.

We love the rustic french country decor at Normandie, and used mini wooden easels and chocolate brown accents to coordinate with the dark wooden beams across the ceiling, patterned china and copper decor.

Fifi Floral LLC designed simple yet stunning arrangements of white hydrangea and lemon grass leaves inside double square vases, filled with coffee beans. Ribbon Box Events provided 16 and 20 inch long neck vases filled with coffee beans and topped with branches on alternate tables to give the room some heigth variation and depth. Read more about coffee bean decor in our Love you a-Latte post.

Ferrero Rochers doubled as favors and escort cards- We were thrilled at how these came out (and judging by how quickly they were devoured, so did the guests!) Many thanks to the talented Lettering by Lynne for the escort cards and table numbers!

George Marshall of All in One Entertainment kept the dance floor packed with guests of all ages. I’m always impressed by his professionalism and support he provides his clients to get to know them as a couple and what type of reception they want- and then he can read a crowd and know how to keep them enjoying the party and dancing!

Congratulations Val and Mike! It was such an honor to guide you through this process and create a beautiful celebration for the two of you!  I truly enjoyed every moment with the two of you- your love for one another is evident- and I could not have been happier to work with you! I wish you all the best!

Many thanks to the fabulous Luke Eshelman for use of his images. As you can see from his photos, he’s incredibly talented. Not only that, but a pleasure to work with and wonderful professional to surround yourself with on wedding day!


January 11, 2011

Love you a-LATTE

Coffee Beans as Design Inspiration-

-I absolutely love integrating coffee beans into the design of an event. They are a unique design element that can give a pop of color and texture, for a relatively low cost!  It’s fun to see coffee loving couples incorporate them too! Enjoy the snippets below and get inspired!

Coffee beans make a great first impression! Sit your escort cards in a box full of them:

Image: Sargeant Photography for Susan MacDonald Wedding and Event Planning

Image: The Knot

We used coffee beans as votive fillers for cocktail rounds at Val & Mike’s wedding at Normandie Farm. The aroma was amazing and looked great against the wood beams on the ceiling!

Image: Luke Eshelman Photography

They also make great fillers for containers, giving glass vases a fresh new look! and from Val & Mike’s wedding, where half the tables had square vases filled with coffee beans with hydrangeas and lemon leaves and the others had 16 inch long neck vases holding coffee bans tall branches.

I love the contrast in this one below, from The Knot:

You’ve also  got several great options to treat your guests with a taste of coffee at the reception.

Whether it’s a gourmet coffee bar stocked with different syrups, complete with barista, like this one from WeddingStar:

maybe some dipped spoons from Etsy shop Nikid….

Whether served as a late night treats or during cocktail hour at a brunch reception, how cute are these individual cups with a mini-doughnut!

Image: Trendy Bride

How about some espresso flavored gelato? Yum!

Image: Ms. Adventures in Italy

The Perfect Truffle has fantastic espresso truffles that are the perfect ending to the evening! Dark chocolate ganache with an espresso bean on top! Box up two and your guests are in for a treat!

Or, package up your favorite blend for guests to take home. Have some fun with the packaging!

Image: Leigh Webber Photography Image: Bliss Weddings Market

Digital Crinoline will show you how to make these adorable washi ribbon tape bags out of envelopes (yes, you read correctly, envelopes!) in a future post… stay tuned!


January 10, 2011

Pantone’s Perfect Pink

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Here at Ribbon Box, we are huge fans of the color pink. It’s in our logo, in our wardrobes, and often a key element in our weddings. For 2011, we are finally right on trend with our favorite color- the Pantone color of the year is Honeysuckle, the perfect pink.

Image from Pantone

This color is tailor-made for 2011 weddings- whether you use it as a main color theme or just a small component of your overall color suite. It would be pitch-perfect pink for bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements, table linens, and of course ribbons!

Honeysuckle is a very potent but pleasant color, and pairs well with all the basic colors you might need for your wedding- black, navy, and all shades of gray from the pale to charcoal. But to really make it pop, consider pairing it with green or pinkish browns.

Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Honeysuckle Goes Bridal

Honeysuckle Goes Bridal featuring luichiny shoes

Silk chiffon Abigail dress
Luichiny Best One Yet – Fuchsia Satin
Asian Silk Hand Fans
black glitter background
Indian Wedding RSVP Cards Medjool Fuchsia From HelloLucky.com – US
Carrie’s Wedding Cakes
Asian Inspired Details: Aqua, Peonies & Cream
www.efavormart.com – Pink Favor Boxes
-Digital Crinoline
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