Ribbon Box Events Blog

April 29, 2011

Happy “I DO BRUNCH” Eve!

Happy Friday! Or, to all the royal wedding watchers, happy royal wedding day! Or, to all my wedding planner colleagues- Happy “I DO BRUNCH” eve!

Saturday marks the third annual “I DO BRUNCH”  for wedding planners and coordinators. To put it simply, it’s absolutely amazing! It is the premiere networking event for our colleagues in the industry. As wedding planners- we are always working behind the scenes to craft beautiful and meaningful events for our clients- and are running around in flats making sure the events run smoothly- we do not get to fully enjoy the amazing event we have created! By nature of the profession, we work with many different vendors- though we are isolated from one another. That’s where Linnyette Richardson-Hall of Premiere Event Management came in and created the “I DO BRUNCH” for wedding planners!  This event offers us an opportunity to connect, share, and party! The energy of 100+ planners all together in one room- with varied ranges of experience and knowledge to share with one another. It’s not a competition- we recognize that even with the most successful planners and full schedules- not every client is a perfect for us, and we cannot possibly plan EVERY SINGLE WEDDING happening in our area! That’s what I love- I can chat with planners about shared experiences, and learn from them, and enjoy a day of comraderie!

It’s also a sentimental time for me to reflect. Just three years ago, I attended the first annual “I DO BRUNCH” as a guest and met Linnyette for the first time- and just a few days later, had my interview with her and was offered an opportunity to join her TeamDIVA as an intern.

Now, I’m the Technista, and part of the amazing group of women that come together under Linnyette’s vision and guidance to bring this magnificent event to life!

Team Diva setting up for an event

Staffing a wedding with TeamDiva

A lot of hard work has gone into this event, and this year we have some amazing surprises in store for our VIP (very important planners) guests!  I’ll be tweeting and sharing live experiences on facebook this weekend, and over the next few weeks I’ll share some snippets and recaps from the event. Stay tuned!


April 25, 2011

Word of the Week: Huppah

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1. The canopy under which a marriage is performed

2. a variant spelling of chupah

Wedding Wise:

A huppah (also spelled chupah, chuppah) is the canopy under which a Jewish couple stands during their wedding ceremony. In Hebrew, chuppah literally means “canopy” or “covering”. A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.

Image from Kristina's World


A chuppah can be very simple or embellished with fabric, florals and lighting- though the basics include a cloth or sheet, stretched over and supported by four poles, which are either self supported, or held by attendants during there ceremony. 


Sometims a tallit (prayer shawl)  is streched over the huppah.

Image from gotrabbi.com


Due to it’s beauty and how it serves as a focal point for the ceremony, many couples, regardless of religious beliefs have chosen to marry underneath a huppah.

Image from maraandmeredith.com


Even Hollywood loves a huppah! I had to share the beautiful one from Charlotte and Harry’s wedding from Sex and the City!

Orthodox Judaism recommends that there be open sky directly above the chuppah. This works fine for outdoor ceremonies , though sometimes can be tricky if a ceremony is held indoors. If this is very important to you- it’s important to express this to your wedding planner (they should also be savvy and ask you!) so it can be considered when visiting potential venues.


April 19, 2011

QuickTip: Using Social Media to Save You $$$


Image from Vacation Ideas


As you look at honeymoon options and begin planning, be sure to check out the social media outlets for the resort, airlines and areas you are considering.  Are you following them on Twitter? Liking them on Facebook?  Many hotels and resorts offer special discounts and promotions to their followers. 

The same can be said for destination weddings!

Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas

Just yesterday, Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas tweeted:

Atlantisresort: Do you know couples that book the Celebrate LOVE Package get a comp 3-night return stay for their 1st anniversary? http://bit.ly/atpi-26

Not too shabby!

(My husband won us a trip back to Hawaii -our honeymoon spot- for our first anniversary, all thanks to Twitter! Alas, that’s another story, for another day!)


April 18, 2011

Word of the Week: Ganache



1.a whipped frosting or filling made with semisweet chocolate and cream, used for cakes, pastries, and candies.

Image from the Food Network

Wedding Wise:

Chilled ganache is the foundation for an amazing truffle- which are then rolled incocoa, powdered, sugar, or topped with nuts, spices or other treats. Truffles make a fantastic addition to any dessert bar or favor. Godiva makes delicious assortments!

Image from Dolle’s Truffles

When warmed, ganache becomes a glaze type icing that can be poured over wedding cakes, making a fantastically delicious cake choice for those chocolate lovers!

Image from Flickr


Locals in the DMV- for the absolute best truffles in area, check out The Perfect Truffle, in downtown Frederick. Randy, owner and chocolatier, is amazing, always coming up yummy with new flavors!


April 15, 2011

Tip from the Ribbon Box: Ribbon as Meal Indicators

Ribbon accented escort cards: where style meets function!

Image and Design by Gina DeDominici Graphic Design

Looking for a simple way to indicate plated meal options for your catering staff? Look no further than a few shades of ribbon to complement your wedding colors and design scheme. Simple place cards get a pop of color when ribbon is added to them. Use 2-3 different ribbons (depending on how many dinner choices you have) and each color can represent that meal. Simple, budget friendly, and lovely!

Image from Favors and Flowers



Want more tips from the Ribbon Box? Ribbon Box Events would love to meet with you and chat about your upcoming wedding! With several different planning packages available, ranging from full service to Wedding DayMmanagement, we can tailor a package to meet you and your wedding needs. Check out our website and fill out the contact form. Lets’ get planning!


April 13, 2011

Inspiration: Distinctive Farewells and Exits Part III


This week’s installment of inspired exits is inspired by transporation! Oh yes.. so many possibilities that may fit right into your nuptials! Enjoy!

 psst! Get caught up here with the first and second installment of this series!

If you’re a princess bride, this horse drawn carriage might be for you, and won’t turn into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight!)

Image from Richmond Bride

Loving this bicycle taxi!

 Can’t go wrong with a classic convertible!

Image by Lori Barbely Photography

Image from Wedding Cabaret

  • This makes for a fun photo op, but i’m worried about her dress already!
  • FYI, this is NOT the choice for you if you have never driven a scooter before!

A trolley adds a little whimsy (and you can fit your bridal party on it for some pre-wedding photos!)

Image by Meg Photo

You don’t need a motorized exit.. check out this racing couple!

Image by Wide Open Spaces Photography


Next up, more eye candy coming your way. What’s in store? Here’s a hint– this time we’re focusing on attire, and how important of a role it can play in a fun and memorable exit!



April 12, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: C Designs & Illustrations

This week, meet Christa Penner of C Designs & Illustrations! She’s a fabulous graphic designer who has a broad portfolio of branding, illustration,postcards, website design and stationery. You’re going to love the snippets she’s sharing with us today!!

1. Describe yourself in three words:

Ambitious, detail-oriented, personable

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

I have always loved stationery and illustration. Hand making detailed pieces was always my niche in school. I wanted a way to keep hand making items and to create illustrations, and the wedding industry seemed like the perfect place to explore both of those directions. I love to custom design something for a couple that suits their personalities and their event theme. Creating something that is unique and makes them excited is a great feeling!

3. What do you love most about your job?

I love, LOVE making brides happy and excited about their stationery. Getting that phone call or email after you send over a first proof that says I LOVE this!!!, that is the best feeling.

4. What inspires you?
So many things inspire me. I spend a lot of time online researching other stationers and looking at other designers blogs. There are just so many talented artists out there to gain inspiration from. I also spend time looking at wedding sites to keep up with current styles and trends. Besides that, I love to hunt thrift stores and estate sales. Vintage design and products frequently inspire me. I also find a lot of inspiration in nature, and food, it all presents beauty in it’s own unique way.

5. Share one of the most memorable projects you took part in and why it was so special.
I’ve worked on a lot of weddings but my own was probably the most memorable (as is anyone’s own wedding!). It was interesting to the turn the tables on myself and be both the client and the designer. It definitely gave me a unique experience that makes it easier for me to see my clients point of view. My own invitations were definitely the most complex and involved of any job I have ever done. I hand carved a linoleum block and hand stamped the outer wrap on each invitation – I loved them but wow were they a lot of work! Thankfully I have great friends and family who helped me make it happen.

6. Complete this sentence, “If I did not work in the wedding industry, I would…..”
I would want to work for an ad agency. I love love love branding and consistent well done ad campaigns. This is something I incorporate into all of my wedding stationery as well. The theme through out your stationery should be consistent and should set the tone for your day. After all it is the first peak at your big day that your guests will see! So for me these two career paths work hand in hand.

7. How would you describe your style/product?
Clean, custom designs! I work directly with each bride to determine the look and feel they want to convey for their wedding. Each invitation is unique to the couple so my style covers a wide array of types. I feel like I have a lot of brides we are interested in the combination of a modern and traditional invitation, so I think a lot of my current work reflects that combination.

8. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing a stationer and designer?
Make sure to choose someone who you are comfortable communicating with. It’s important that your designer listens to you and uses your ideas to create the perfect design for you.

9. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?
HAVE FUN! This is your wedding day, and while you want everything to be just perfect, you should also have fun getting there. It makes the day that much more special. In addition to that I would say, stick with a theme throughout all elements. Right from your stationery, to the wedding hall décor down to the escort cards.

10. Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor would you want to play you?
I’ve had lots of people tell me that Leah Remini is my hollywood doppleganger – but I am not sure I would want her to play me in a movie! I think if I had to pick I would choose Marissa Tomei.

Want to contact Christa directly? Here’s how:

Email: christa@cdesigns@illustrations.com
phone: 716-310-2403
web: http://www.cdesignsandillustrations.com
blog: http://blog.cdesignsandillustrations.com
etsy: http://cdesignillustration.etsy.com

April 11, 2011

Word of the Week: Mantilla



1. A silk or lace head scarf arranged over a high comb and falling over the back and shoulders

2. A silk mantle or short cape

In the Catholic Church, the mantilla veil is a special garment worn during holy week, and when in presence of the Pope. Protocol requires that women wear a black mantilla or hat. Catholic monarchs may exercise the privilege of  wearing white, referred to as Privilège du blanc.

Jackie Kennedy with Pope Paul VI July 2 1963

Princess diana with Pope John Paul II April 1985

Wedding Wise:


Image from Ultimate Bridal Magazine

A Mantilla veil  is traditionally shaped in a circular design, made of tulle, chiffon or entirely of lace. It drapes across the top of the head, frames the face, and falls down the back and over the shoulders.

There’s something so classic and elegant about the mantilla veil (clearly, it’s the lace!) that lends itself to a timeless and classic look.

One of our lovely clients, Jennifer, looked stunning in hers for her Georgetown nuptials to Jason.

Image by Dennis Drenner Photography

Our very own Digital Crinoline as well was a mantilla bride.. love!


April 8, 2011

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

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Did you hear the news? The Blossom Kite Festival, which is usually part of the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival, was postponed due to the cold, winter-like weather we had last weekend.

 According to the Washington Post, It will now take place on Sunday April 10th from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on the grounds of the Washington Monument

 Quite fittingly, here’s some kite-flying inspiration and a few ways to incorporate it into your own event!

Check out this beautiful bride and her groom flying a little celebratory kite on the beach, thanks to Eric & Moriah Photography.

Beautiful kite-inspired huppah from Birdy Blue Design

These groomsmen are getting in on the fun of it! Image by Porter Graph Photography

What a fun guestbook: a kite with hand written messages on the tail, from Green Wedding Shoes by Ashley Rose PhotographyLove this invitation suite from Etsy Seller Sthblue

Adorable cufflinks from Etsy seller HaveaBallDesign


April 6, 2011

Inspiration: Alternatives to the Flower Girl Toss

Last week we inspired you with some unique flower girl toss materials. This week, we return to the flower girls, but this time, we’ve got some fun accessories for them to walk down the aisle with! That’s right, it’s no written rule that the little ones in your bridal party must drop things on the ground! Enjoy!

A bit offbeat, yet perfect for a fun-loving couple or a sports-themed affair, check out this adorable pennant from Etsy seller The Ritzy Rose!

Etsy Seller: The Ritzy Rose

I love this pomander-esque lollipop shaped wand!
I can imagine every little girl feeling like a fairy with their own butterfly wand:

Image from Bridal Wave

These gorgeous pinwheels just scream fun and youth- and are easily customizable to fit your wedding colors!

Image from Mints Design

Image from VisualPhotos.com

How about an actual lollipop?

Image from Wedding Bee

Fun for the flower girl- and also unexpected at the start of the ceremony!

Image from Lit and Laundry

Pomanders are great too (what’s a pomander? Check out an earlier wedding vocabulary post for a quick tutorial!)

Image from NC Wedding Minister

Etsy seller BloomedtothelastBridal has the best of both worlds.. a lollipop esque floral pomander/wand!

Etsy seller: BloomedtothelastBridal

 I absolutely love the whimsy of these ribbon and flower wands!

Image from Bay Area Bride


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