Ribbon Box Events Blog

February 28, 2011

Word of the Week: Shower

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Shower Noun


a brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow


Showers are in essence, gift giving parties held for the bride to be (or couple) in anticipation of the wedding day. The custom dates back to early dowry practices, when a poor woman’s family might not have had the money to provide a proper dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter the dowry because he did not approve of the marriage.  Sometimes, then, friends of the bride would gather and bring gifts to supplement for the dowry,and allow her to marry the man of her choice! Nowadays, showers are a fun way “shower” the bride and groom with gifts before the wedding.

A few tips when it comes to bridal showers..

– As the bride/groom you should coordinate the guest list with the hostess (mother, bridesmaids, another friend/family member who would like to host). If you will be having more than one shower, ensure that guests are not invited to more than one shower.

-As the hostess, be sure to speak with the bride as far as her wishes for the shower (theme, food preferences, whether she wants games to be played or not, etc)

-Thank You’s are a must- be sure to have a bridesmaid or maid of honor record presents you open, and from whom, so you can write thank you notes in the weeks following the shower. It’s also worth bringing a small hostess gift (and writing a post-event thank you) to express appreciation to  the lovely folks who threw you the party!

-Have fun with a theme selected and carry it into the invitations, decor, and menu!

-Go against the grain of tradition in having a female only shower. Consider hosting a “Jack and Jill” shower in which both bride and groom, and couples attend-if so,be sure to keep it informal, and avoid a “mini”wedding reception! Go for a laid back, cocktail party or a bbq/dessert reception where guests can mingle and celebrate the happy couple before the big day!

**We love creating custom and personal wedding showers from start to finish- contact me to help create a fabulously designed event!


February 23, 2011

Kenneth Pool Trunk Sale!

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Carine’s Bridal Atelier is hosting a Kenneth Pool Trunk Show beginning February 24th (tomorrow!) until February 26th. You must make an appointment.

Below, check out a few of my favorites from the 2011 Bridal Collection. All images are from kennethpool.com





To make an appointment for the trunk show, call Carine’s directly at 202-965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com

February 22, 2011

A Capitol Affair

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In honor of President’s Day, we spent our federal holiday with some DC and patriotic wedding inspiration. Whether you’re big affair is in NW, SW, SE or NE, you’re a political buff, or you call DC your home, here’s a little fun!

Stationery is not only some of the first snippets revealed to guests about your wedding, they are also the perfect way to introduce a theme!

We LOVE this custom set designed by ABCDesign. Not only are they gorgeous, but I love the fun wording in the suite!

Local Alexandria, VA artist ArtSharkDesigns CityLove prints makes beautiful prints of a lovely couple holding red umbrellas all over the Washington, DC area. She came up with beautiful table numbers for Rebecca and Rick’s September 2010 nuptials at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD.

Before the Smarttrip and paper passes, these tokens were used to ride the DC Metro. Pick up a few pairs of these cufflinks from Etsy seller Subway Cufflinks for a little DC flair for your groomsmen.

Cherry blossoms are the perfect backdrop for an engagement portrait session…


February 18, 2011

Love Notes: Lindsay & Ryan

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Fittingly, the week of Valentine’s Day, I am humbled and excited to share we’ve got a love note of our own today! Lindsay & Ryan wrote a glowing review of our day of coordination services on WeddingWire, and we are elated to share we still have a perfect 5.0 rating from them, and all our past clients who have reviewed us on the site! So pardon us for a moment while we do a little happy dance, and share our latest review!

You can always find us and additional reviews, photos and information on our Wedding Wire Homepage

Thanks again to Lindsay, Ryan and their fabulous families- we had a blast putting the finishing touches on your event and ensuring a smooth and enjoyable wedding day!


Ribbon Box Events helped our wedding be a complete success! While we planned most of the event ourselves, we knew we wanted the wedding day to run smoothly and still actually get to enjoy it at the same time with family and friends. Would you want to cook the food at your own event?? – heck no! So why try and run the entire wedding day yourself too. Trust me, Mom and Dad want to enjoy this night too, so this is really a favor to them :o)

We opted for the day-of coordinator services, and it was worth every penny. After choosing Ribbon Box via weddingwire reviews, the first consultation with Tiffany was all my mother and I needed to seal the deal. At that time, she explained the items that she would handle just as a day-of coordinator actually were a good majority of those little details the entire last MONTH before the wedding, some of which are:
– venue walk-thru
– contacting all vendors
– creating timelines and design schematics for decor & set-up
– numerous recommendations and ideas throughout planning
– providing the all-inclusive bridal emergency kit
– ensuring the wedding party stays on task throughout the getting ready process
– assisting with floorplans, seating charts, & entree selections
– helping bustle your dress when your mom or bridesmaids forget how (oops!)
– packing the car with any gifts and/or DIY items post-event
– and most of all, ensuring your big day goes without a flop!

We received numerous compliments throughout the evening on how perfect our entire event was, and I didn’t even have to do a thing thanks to Tiffany. We would hire Ribbon Box Events again in a heartbeat. Thanks again Tiffany for all the help you and your assistant provided for our dream wedding!

Photo by Terra Dawn Photography

February 17, 2011

Wedding Research: For the Moms

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Dear Digital Crinoline,
I am wondering if you can help me out. A family friend’s son is getting married in the coming year and his mother is looking for a dress. She is a large woman (Women’s 22) and has been having some problems finding a place that can help her. Do you know of any stores in the NYC, Long Island area (even Northern NJ) that carry a nice selection of plus-sized ‘Mother of…” dresses? Online options are also helpful, but it’d be great if there were some actual storefronts to visit too. I figured that you may have some experience with this. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!
-Helping a Mother Out


It is really unfortunate that mother of the bride (or groom) gowns are not always available in a full range of sizes. Moms come in all shapes and sizes, just like brides- and everyone else! Before your friend despairs, remember that first, you don’t have to buy a traditional mother-of-the-bride (MOB) type dress unless you want to. Some moms look best in what would normally be termed a bridesmaid gown. Sometimes the best option of all is the dress you find by mistake, on clearance at the department store! Nordstrom has an excellent collection of “dressy dresses” that come in a range of sizes, certainly including women’s. These are available online and to a certain extent in stores, but it can be wise to call ahead to your local Nordstrom’s to get an idea of what they have in stock in your size.

Another basic option is… David’s Bridal. They are everywhere, and they do stock women’s sized MOB gowns in stores. It’s at least a good place to get an idea of what style you’re looking for, and of course the prices are more reasonable than at many bridal salons!

Finally, there are indeed many bridal salons that carry plus-sized bridal gowns, MOB gowns, and bridesmaid dresses in the New York area. These three have received good reviews, but as always I would encourage anyone shopping at a bridal salon to first call and determine what they have in stock- after all, if the whole idea is to try something on in person, you don’t want to get there and find out that they only have one gown in your size in stock.

The Bridal Shop
108 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck, NY

Oz Boutique
70-09 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Jan’s Boutique
406 Marlton Park East
Cherry Hill, NJ

Wish your friend good luck!

-Digital Crinoline

Do you have a question, but don’t have the time to find the answer- or don’t even know where to start looking? Send your wedding research and planning questions to Digital Crinoline and let me do the legwork for you!

February 16, 2011

Wedding Research: Welcome Baskets

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Dear Digital Crinoline,
What should be included in a “welcome basket” for the out of town guests?
– Distant Family Bride

Distant Family Bride,

Before I answer your question, let me remind you that out of town bags are a nice-to-have and very sweet to offer… but they are not law. Make sure that you budget for them, if you want them, and don’t leave them to the last minute before your guests arrive!

That said, if you want to create a welcome basket for your guest you should consider including these basics:

  • A container of some sort, whether it’s a reusable bag, gable box, a tote, a basket, or whatever else that will work for you
  • Basic information about the wedding, so they know where to be and when
  • Water or another beverage, since everyone has a thirst after traveling
  • Some food or snacks to snack on in the hotel room

    image (and DIY project): Kim Piper Werker

    Namemaker Products

    From there, you can personalize to your taste. Having a wedding in the summer in Annapolis or on the beach? Consider a nautical theme: use a small boat style tote, include some personalized bottles of water and popcorn or taffy, and throw in a free visitor’s guide from the local tourist office.

    Getting married in DC? Add a metro farecard pre-loaded with a few dollars for your guests to use while touring around town.

    For a wedding in Alexandria or elsewhere in Virginia, you could include some local treats- a “Virginia is for Lovers” postcard or bumper sticker, a sample size of local jam, or a small package of Virginia peanuts.

    When shopping for the items for your welcome basket (or bag, or tote), think about what you can get for free or cheap that would make life a little easier for your guests. This is a great time to use that Costco or other price club membership- hundreds of packets of pretzels or other snacks can be purchased for minimal cost in bulk. For a winter wedding, you could stock up on packages of hot chocolate mix. If there will be alcohol at the wedding, you also might pick up a bunch of small packages of tylenol for the guests who will appreciate your thoughtfulness the day after the wedding!

    image: DigitalSean

    If you have room in the budget and want to make your welcome basket a bit bigger and more helpful, you might add things that are hard to travel with, with the new airline restrictions. Perhaps a small can of hairspray or even a bottle of local wine or some bottles of beer.

    In addition to a wedding itinerary, you could include a door hanger for your guests to hang up the night of the wedding warning hotel staff to let them sleep- it’s an easy DIY but looks super cute in the welcome basket, and later on the doors at the hotel! A stamped postcard is a great add-on item for guests to truly feel like they are on vacation, and share it with a friend!
    image: Lovely and Gracious Design Studio blog

    Digital Crinoline

    Do you have a question, but don’t have the time to find the answer- or don’t even know where to start looking? Send your wedding research and planning questions to Digital Crinoline and let me do the legwork for you!

February 15, 2011

Love is Sweet

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In case the Valentine’s Day inspiration isn’t enough, let’s keep the spirit going with some “sweet” ideas for your wedding.

One popular choice for couples is to add a dessert bar to the festivities in addition to cake. This could be a variety of cakes and pies, bunches of candies, or really wherever your fancy takes you. If you will have lots of kids at the wedding, or a lot of kids at heart, putting out a candy bar can be a huge hit.

Wedding Cake Display from Elizabeth Anne Designs

Dessert display

Image by Max Wanger, found on 100 Layer Cake

Image by Jasmine Star Photography, found on It's a Bride's Life

February 14, 2011

Word of the Week: Processional

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Okay, by now you’ve all seen it!

Today, we’re jumping in and reviewing the Wedding Processional!




1. moving in an orderly or regular succession, sequence, or the like

2. a book containing hyms, litanies, etc, for use in religious processions

Wedding Wise:
The part of the ceremony that notes the beginning of the ceremony, where the wedding party takes their places before the opening prayers, and rite of marriage.
Usually, all attendants in the wedding party participate in the processional, thought the exact order and length of the lineup tends to vary depending on the type of ceremony (secular, non-denominational, non-traditional).  Typically, the grandparents are seated, and the mother of the bride and mother of the groom are then seated.
The officiant, groom, and best man usually enter from the side, or front and take their places.
Some brides and grooms opt to have their groomsmen escort the bridesmaids down the aisle in pairs…
While others have the groomsmen enter with the officiant, groom and best man…
leaving the bridesmaids to process single file…

Photo from The Knot

The maid of honor is the last bridesmaid to walk down the aisle…

Photo by Image Photographics

The ring bearer and flower girl are next down the aisle. Traditionally the ring bearer would walk first, followed by the flower girl (honestly though, if they are more comfortable walking together, why not?! Alone or together, they are adorable!)

Photo by Drouin Photography

The bride is the last person to walk down the aisle.
She may be escorted by her father…

Photo by Dave Kauffman

By both of her parents…

Photo by Timmester Photograph7

Or  brother(s)…

Photo by Dennis Drenner Photographs

Or she walks alone…

Photo by Aim2Please

No matter the ceremony, the bride traditionally stands on the left, and the groom on the right. This custom dates back to medieval times when the groom might need to defend his bride in the middle of the ceremony, and wanted to leave his right hand (his sword hand) free! Although most grooms no longer carry a sword, nor expect to defend their bride mid-ceremony, the tradition of brides standing on the left has carried on!


February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

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Here at Ribbon Box, we believe love and romance are year-round. Not just at weddings, and certainly not just at Valentine’s Day. But if you are planning a wedding for this most romantic of holidays, or just like the color schemes, it can be a great source of inspiration.

Many blogs are featuring great, simple DIY projects themed around Valentine’s Day at this time of year. These might pique your interest for wedding favors or just for decorating your own home:

Calzone Hearts from Craft


DIY Sewn Heart Garland from Elizabeth Anne Designs Weddings

v-day wreath on front door

Valentine's Day Wreath from Our Best Bites (a super quick DIY!)


See-through sewn valentines from ohdeedoh

You could channel the colors and romance for gifts for the bridesmaids:

Red Earrings

Red earrings from Etsy seller sharonclancydesigns

Red Ruffle Purse

Ruffle purse from Etsy seller mermaidsdream

And if that wasn’t enough, what about a romantic Valentine-like wedding invitation?

Valentine Invitation

Valentine invitation from Invitations by Dawn


Digital Crinoline

February 10, 2011

Real Wedding Recap: Amanda & Dan

From the moment I sat down with my black and white damask clipboard and began chatting with Amanda and her mother Pam, about her wedding plans, I knew this would be an amazing family to work with, and an eye catching design schematic. From a few planning sessions at the family home, visits to the ceremony and reception venues, and some follow up e-mails, a magnificent team of vendors came together to create a stunning wedding day for Dan, Amanda, and their friends and family.

Special thanks to Dave Kauffman for use of his images! Not only is Dave a terrific photographer, he’s a close friend of the family, and has shot another wedding for the family! Those of our blog readers in Boston- lucky you- that’s his base of operations- check him out! Fortunately for us, he travels to the DC/VA area for weddings as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with him!

The day began with Amanda and her bridesmaids getting ready at the family home in Virginia.

In the kitchen, the lovely and talented Updo Specialist, Devon Baltimore, got started on everyone’s hair in the kitchen. (Get to know Devon more in our vendor spotlight post here)

Finally, it was time to head to the church! A Touch of Class Limousine whisked the ladies away to the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer.

The sounds of Sage String Quartet filled the air as family and friends entered and seating began.

Twinbrook Florist created beautiful florals for the altar- bringing some sunshine and greenery in from the unseasonably warm and beautiful November day we were having outside.

Dan was the epitome of calm, cool and collected (he knew his bride was a catch, no way was he nervous about spending the rest of his life with her!)

After a few finishing touches….

It was time to head down the aisle! Sage String Quartet made the chapel feel cozy with their strings serenading everyone down the aisle.

The Old Post Chapel holds a special place in the hearts of Amanda’s family. Not only did her parents walk down that very same aisle for their own wedding, but her grandparents did as well!

In what can only be described as a magical moment, at the crescendo of “Make Us One”, we opened the doors and Amanda walked down the aisle, escorted by her father. It was absolutely beautiful- a breathtaking bride, and the sun shining in, lighting up the aisle!

A carefully crafted color palette of black and white damask, with accents of avocado green made for a classic, dramatic, and elegant wedding. From the clean and crisp white florals, with just a touch of red (Amanda’s bouquet and Dan’s boutiounner, the wedding oozes with elegance and will forever be timeless!

After a few formal photos at the altar, it was time to head over to the Springfield Golf & Country Club for festivities!

While the newlyweds and their wedding party explored the beautiful vistas greens of the Springfield Golf & Country Club for a photo session, guests enjoyed cocktails on the veranda overlooking the 18th green of the club.

In the meantime, there was time for little fun on the greens…

The ballroom was a feast for your eyes-  white linens, black Chivari chairs and black satin cushions, and touches of damask.  Twinbrook Florist created stunning mixtures of high and low centerpieces- the tall ones had submersible gel l.e.d. lights inside the vases.. GORGEOUS.. and created a glow inside the room as the sun went down.

Damask print gave some visual interest, and every so often, there were hints of avocado green…

in the sign that directed guests…

to the table numbers…

to the cardbox..

to the cake

Amanda and Dan sat at a sweetheart table, complete with a custom damask runner and complimenting damask chair sashes that popped against the black chivari chairs and black bengaline cushions. Amanda’s red bouquet served as a centerpiece that really made the table POP!

M&M’s were sweet treats for guests, nested in favor boxes atop simple black napkins.

while a few carefully placed damask votives brought the design together…

and the final product was a stunning reception!

DJ Kirkabee did a fabulous job and kept the dancefloor packed!

After a sparkler farewell…


..we bid the newlyweds farwell!

Amanda and Dan (and Pam, Wayne, Sarah and JP), we really enjoyed getting to know you and working with you on this amazing event. Warmest congratulations and I hope you enjoy starting your lives together in Hawaii! Aloha!


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