Ribbon Box Events Blog

May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Wedding Inspiration

Let’s kick off the long weekend with some inspiration fitting of any Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or summer themed wedding!


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May 26, 2011

Happy Anniversary Melissa & Alex!

Hard to believe it was a year ago that I had the pleasure of meeting and working with this vibrant and fun loving couple. Alex & Melissa wed at the Carnegie Institution of Science over Memorial Day weekend. Here’s a little slideshow to relive the day (beautiful images courtesy of the lovely and talented Jessi Ringer of 5 Rings Photo!

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Click here for the original post and all the wonderful details that made this an amazing wedding!


May 24, 2011

How Much Alcohol?

Filed under: Advice,Tip from the Ribbon Box — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 10:00 am
Dear Digital Crinoline,
My fiance and I are providing our own alcohol for our reception. At the time we talked about it, it seemed like a great idea, and money saver, but now that we need to start arranging orders, I have no idea how much to order!
Fearful of thirsty guests!

Dear Fearful of Thirsty Guests,

First off, Digital Crinoline is taking a break from the blog for a bit, but don’t worry, she’ll be back soon!  In the meantime, I’m happy to take this one! Providing your own alcohol for an event can be a great moneysaver- but like all other things, it’s always important to consider the value/savings/time ratio. Is the savings worth the additional time and efforts needed to make this (and anything else for that matter) worth it? Or are you better off keeping it part of your catering order?

Things to keep in mind:
*Typically, you can expect one drink per person per hour
*Weather and seasons can affect the ( a warm weather, outdoor gatherings, you can expect more clear drinks and lighter wines to be consumed)
* number of hours you will offer bar service (cocktail hour, 4 hour reception?)
*Consult a drink calculator- I find Evite’s to be helpful:
*Consult your caterer for advice- many are willing to review your order list and make recommendations
*Purchase your alcohol from a supplier that allows you to return unopened bottles and alcohol that has not been chilled

*If you want to try to limit or control consumption, consider a specialty cocktail that is offered during cocktail hour- that way you know you only need a certain alcohol and mixer. If cost is an factor, the signature drink could be the only alcoholic beverage served, and otherwise, water and soft drinks are available. It also can be pre-made and served on trays as passed items, which reduces the initial line at the bar for cocktail hour.

Image by Rodney Bailey

For those of you hosting an at-home event, you may be responsible for more than just alcohol. Here’s a quick list of items not to be forgotten!

Bottle openers (beer, wine)
Cocktail stirrers
Cranberry juice
Fresh Mint
Glassware (for cocktails, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, tea)
Orange juice Soda water
Soft drinks (coke, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale)
Sour Mix
Speciality mixers (for specialty drinks or signature cocktails, i.e. mojitos, margaritas)
Tonic water

Bottoms up!


May 23, 2011

Word of the Week: Champagne

1. the sparkling, dry, white table wine from the region of Champagne in France.
2.a similar sparkling wine produced elsewhere.
3.a very pale yellow or greenish-yellow color.
5.anything considered the best or luxurious.
1.having the color of champagne.
2.luxurious or expensive: champagne tastes.

Image by Photography by Suddenflower

Wedding Wise:
Bubbly, champagne, sparkling wine- call it what you want, it’s a symbol of celebration and traditioanlly the beverage of choice for toasts at weddings and celebrations of all kinds. What’s the catch? Unless it’s from the Champagne region of France, you may not refer to it as champagne- instead, it is sparkling wine (known as cava in Spain)
Champagne dreams on a beer budget? Consider asking each guests to raise their glass (whatever they are drinking at the time) instead of pouring the sparkling goodness. You can also offer apple cider to all guests for the same effect, sans alcohol.
My Guilty pleasure? Barefoot Bubbly makes a super fun pink bubbly that my girlfriends and I love. It was the perfect beverage for our spa day the day before my own wedding- and has been a staple at girls nights ever since!
Oh, did I mention it’s kind to your purse strings as well?

May 20, 2011

Spirit of the Marathon


Oiselle running wedding dress

Since this weekend I am running my very first half marathon, I thought maybe some running-related inspiration was in order! Maybe you and your future spouse are runners, and you’re looking for some ways to integrate your love for pounding the pavement in your nuptials. After all, marriage is certainly a marathon, and your wedding is only the starting line! You could take it all the way, like this couple, and get married midway through a marathon together- starting the race as singletons, and ending as husband and wife. The Las Vegas Marathon makes during-race nuptials simple, with a chapel located by the course. In 2006, 23 couples tied the knot before the finish line! There are even wedding gowns available for women wishing to wed while running, with a ring pocket, hidden fuel belt, and a bouquet holder, like this one from Oiselle!  

If you can’t commit to saying your vows mid-race, what about organizing a 5k before the rehearsal dinner, or taking a morning run of the wedding- what a way to get rid of pre-wedding jitters!

But for most of us, running may be a passion… but we would rather spend our wedding day a bit fresher smelling. Why not integrate the spirit of the marathon (or 10k) into your wedding? One simple way to incorporate running would be to name your guest tables after races you have run together (or apart). The groom’s parents would be delighted to be seated at Dash for Dad DC, and law school friends of the bride would smile to be seated at the Lawyers Have Heart 10k table. Or if you have traveled a bit further abroad for your races, perhaps New York or Chicago tables would be in order. If you still have your old bib numbers, you could use them as table numbers. Remember to include a little note to your guests about why those races were significant- did he propose after the finish of your first half marathon? Did she ask you out during a 5k?

I love this track from Designer Event Showcase – subtle, but adds a “dash” of personality!


Image from One Love Photography


A few other running related ideas for your nuptials :

-Use water bottles or your old (cleaned) running shoes as centerpiece holders- tie the laces of one of each of your shoes together to form your tablescape at the rehearsal dinner.

-Incorporate running into your wedding stationery- save the dates are easy to imagine, but what about making the place cards for your guests resemble race bibs?
-For favors, many companies will add an image of a couple running onto their standard favors. Or consider giving to Livestrong or another charitable organization that you would ordinarily support with your running, and give your guests cards explaining your choice.
-Personalized water bottles are a great choice for any wedding, but could be customized to reflect your particular hydration needs.

-Digital Crinoline

May 18, 2011

One Fish, Two Fish Red Fish, SHOE CLIP!

I really have no clue where the Dr. Seuss reference came from- too much caffeine, not enough sleep? Or, is it my subconscious telling me (and now, all my fabulous readers!) that much like his books, there’s a shoe clip out there for every bride and bridesmaid to love!

Look at these chiffon flower shoe clips from Etsy seller lemonringShown in coral, she offers many different colors.

Looking for a touch of bling? Look no further than LostPemberlyDesigns. These crystal star burst shoe clips are a perfect addition- and can be worn long after the wedding!

I’ve never met a set of pearls I didn’t like- and these baby pink pearl shoe clips from Tadia don’t disappoint! How fabulous would these look against a navy or grey bridesmaid dress?

Imagine these peeking out from under your gown… (I instantly think of my friend and sorority sister Angela… it’s like Etsy seller MyDreamWedding made these with her specifically in mind!)

Or this delicate french lace pair from PowderBlueBijoux

The combination of swarovski crystals and pearls brings the best of both worlds to vintage glam from BridalBling!

Heels or flats, a funky pair of shoe clips can add a pop of color to any shoe!

fabric flower shoe clips from SunshineandCarousels

Don’t be afraid to be bold and go for a pop of color and texture, like these satin dandelion clips from Woomi!      

Typically this is my least favorite material, but Finkshop has me sold on these beautiful tulle crystal flower clips!  

What accessories are you planning to wear at your wedding?


May 17, 2011


Our friends over at Capitol Romance are giving away a beautiful veil from Elizabeth St. John, a local and eco-fabulous designer!

Like what you see? Head on over to their blog!

Veil Details:

  • The delivery date for the giveaway is AFTER JUNE 1, 2011.
  • The veil can be fingertip or shorter (gathered or no gathers)
  • The veil is on a silver comb and can be Ivory or Diamond White

You must comment on the original post in order to be eligible to win! Contest ends May 20th at 5pm.  Capitol Romance are also offering a second way to enter in the drawing: Become a fan of Capitol Romance on Facebook

Commenting ends this Friday, May 20th at 5pm. Good luck!

While you’re there, be sure to check out the blog with lots of eye candy and inspiration for DC brides and beyond!


May 16, 2011

Word of the Week: Buffet

Filed under: Word of the Week — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 10:10 am
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1.  sideboard or cabinet for holding china, table linen, etc.

2. a meal laid out on a table or sideboard so that guests may serve themselves.

3. a counter, bar, for lunch or refreshments.

1. consisting of food, refreshments, etc., laid out on tables or buffets from which guests or customers serve themselves: a buffet supper; buffet service.

Wedding Wise:

Buffets are meal presentations where one menu is served during a reception and guests get up from their tables and may serve themselves. There are lots of pros and cons to this type of meal choice. When compared to a plated meal, where guests must pre-select their dinner choice, and are limited to one protein (chicken, fish, beef, pork), the buffet option allows guests to choose a variety, as well as various accompaniments and sides. As a con, your guests will have to leave their tables and may have to wait in line at a buffet.

If you like the idea of you and your guests having a variety of dinner options, but hate the thought of holding a plate, serving , and walking with it in your gown, many caterers and staff are happy to serve you and your spouse (and head table, or others at your head table) a plated meal.

In upcoming posts, we’ll be shedding some light on other meal options!


May 6, 2011

Inspiration: Kentucky Derby!

Filed under: Inspiration — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 4:38 pm

Don’t pack away that fabulous hat from the Royal Wedding just yet.. it’s time for the Kentucky Derby, where it’s America’s turn to don their most

Here’s a little fun inspiration  to get you in the spirit!

Mint juleps are the classic derby drink and make a great signature cocktail for any spring gathering!

Simple escort cards tied to horsehoes help guests find their way..

p.s. always keep the horseshoe up, so none of your luck falls out!

Make every guest table the “winners circle” with a single rose in each napkin

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta

Image from DreamsTime

Have a great Derby weekend everyone!



May 5, 2011

Inspiration: Cinco de Mayo!

Feliz cinco de mayo! We’re celebrating today with inspiration, local finds, and a recipe!

I love these printable save the dates from Etsy seller IDoitYourself that mimic the look of papel picado.

From Etsy seller IDoitYourself

These Talavera letterpress invitations are stunning! The white paper is reminiscent of the white glaze that is used to make this pottery standout. The pottery originates from Puebla, Mexico and etsy seller LetterpressLight has outdone herself with this suite!

Talavera letterpress invitation from Etsy seller LetterpressLight

Today also brings to mind a Tex-Mex baby shower I planned last year. Something Sweet made us some awesome (Read the full post here!) mini-cupcakes with cacti and sombrero toppers, guests took home favors of candy and mini cacti.

How fun would these banderas look in your guests hands sending you on your way? Love the detail in them- and  Etsy seller AyMujer has an amazing array available!

Papel picado banderas from Etsy seller AyMujer

We cannot truly celebrate Mexican independence without chocolate- one of the cornerstones of mexican history and culture! While it’s not mole, Sprinkles cupcakery is paying homage to this delectable treat with their choco loco cupcake!

Choco Loco cupcake from Sprinkles

Finally, it’s not cinco de mayo for me unless I’ve got a great cocktail in my hand. I’ve never met a margarita I didn’t like, but my all time favorite is a mojito. Spring calls for something light and fresh.. enter the Raspberry Mojito! Rachel Ray has a fabulous raspberry mojito recipe that is simple, easy, and DELISH! It’s a favorite in our household, hope you enjoy it too!


  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • 3 whole fresh raspberries
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced rum
  • Splash club soda


  1. In a highball glass, muddle the mint, raspberries, lime juice and sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add the rum and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into the glass and top with the club soda. Enjoy!
I like to pop a few whole raspberries into each glass too. YUM!
How are you celebrating? Do you have a favorite cocktail to share? Comment on this post!
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