Ribbon Box Events Blog

June 28, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Take it Personally by Christine

Today it’s a pleasure to introduce you to Christine of Take it Personally by Christine. I have worked with her first hand to create my Ribbon Box logo and love all of her great ideas!  Enjoy!

1. Describe yourself in three words:

creative, crazy, curvy

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

As with most of us in the wedding industry it started with a family member’s wedding.  I never intended to make wedding invitations.  But after creating my sister’s invites the feedback was overwhelming.  And before I knew it I found my niche in the graphic design world.
3. What do you love most about your job? 
My favorite part is that I am creating something new every single day!  If I am not working on one of my own projects I have a client who inspiring me with one of their projects.
4. What inspires you? 
My creative friends and family definitely inspire me.  If I am ever stuck I run first to my mom and sister.  There are tons of things around me that inspire me as well.  There is a tree down the street from me that I just love.  It is super tall with knotty branches and a great shape.  And finally this spring I took a picture of it without it’s leaves.  I then turned it into an amazing illustration that I will use for many purposes including wedding invites!

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

I think one of my most recent memorable projects would be my cousin’s wedding.  I created a custom save the date illustration of her and her fiance.  For me it was memorable because it reminded me how far I have come. Not that long ago we were just little kids playing at Grandma’s house making crafts in my Grandma’s craft room.
6. Complete this sentence, “If I did not work in the wedding industry, I would…..” 
…be doing something else to ease my creative needs.  Cooking, gardening, re purposing furniture of course I would find a way to make money doing it.
7. How would you describe your style/product? 
My product is very unique in that ever single couple is unique.  Most of my work is based on custom illustrations of the couples for their Save the Dates or Wedding Invitations.  The couple’s personality is what makes them shine.
8. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing a stationer and designer? 
Go with a company that specializes in wedding invitations.  Many companies out there offer great deals but the printing quality and customer service can sometimes be lacking.

9. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?
No matter what anyone tells you do not send out your invites earlier than 2-3 months before your wedding date.  If you need people to have advance notice send out a save the date one year before your wedding date.  I would hate to see your beautiful wedding invite set aside and lost because it was sent too early.
10. Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor would you want to play you? 
That is so easy lol!  Drew Barrymore!  Most of my life I have been told that I look like her.  Not only that but she is an amazing actress that could portray my craziness in the best way!
Christine- you rock! Thank you for the interview, and of course for my fabulous logo and business stationery!
Tiffany
Check out more of Christine’s work, and begin your custom project with her!
Web:
http://takeitpersonallybychristine.com/
Email:
takeitpersonallybychristine@yahoo.com
Phone:
920-342-6183
9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Central Standard Time)

June 23, 2011

ROYGBIV Signature Drink Series: Orange

Welcome to the next installment of Signature Drinks by Color! For the next  few weeks we’ll be going through the color spectrum with some  inspiration (some classic, some unique) and recipes for a yummy and photoworthy signature drink. Have one you’d like to share? Send us an email Tiffany@ribbonboxevents.com and we’d be happy to feature you!

Today it’s all about orange!

How about an orange crush?

Image from imijphoto

Pretty simple (and yummy!) concoction! Combine two parts orange vodka with one part peach schnapps and top off with one part orange juice.

 

No matter what side of the Mason Dixon line you reside on, everyone will love the Southern Belle!

This drink gets its color from the combination of pineapple and orange juice.

1 1/4 ounces of bourbon

3/4 ounces triple sec

8 ounces pineapple juice

2 ounces orange juice

*for a “sunset” appearance, throw a splash of grenadine before serving!

 

Having a fall wedding? Haru Sushi in NYC served a very yummy cocktail a few months back that would be a big hit at any autumn affair.

Here’s the recipe for the Top Pumpkin Cocktail: Pumpkin Pie cocktail courtesy of ClubPlanet:

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Pear-infused vodka (We used Absolut Pear Vodka)
1.0 oz. Pumpkin puree
0.3 oz. Cointreau
0.2 oz. Simple syrup
Splash of bitters
Nutmeg
Cinnamon

Preparation
Pour all contents in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake thoroughly. Pour drink in a Cosmo glass straight up. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Be sure to check out previous posts for the full color spectrum (last week was red!) Next week, yellow!

Tiffany

June 22, 2011

Love Notes: Mark & Irena

In this edition of Love Notes, I’m happy and humbled to share another review from a recent client. Many thanks to Irena & Mark for a glowing review on Wedding Wire! They were such a wonderful couple (and family!) to work with, I can’t wait to recap their wedding and share photos from m.e.j.  Photography in an upcoming post!

Here’s his (from the groom) review- you can also check out Wedding Wire for the original review, learn more about our services, and read other client reviews!

Tiffany

Image by m.e.j. Photography & Fine Art

Absolutely amazing! Tiffany was beyond professional and exceptional at her job and certainly made our lives much easier during the last couple of months of the wedding planning period. Great personality and VERY easy to work with. Thank you so much. Highly recommended!!!! (PS – this says “provide feedback that future brides would find helpful – this is the groom typing all of this!)

June 21, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Wanda’s Cakes

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In today’s Vendor Spotlight, meet Wanda of Wanda’s Cakes! Based in Virginia, she creates stunning cakes that taste even better than they look! Read on to get to know her and what inspires her, and at the bottom, find out how to contact her.  A fabulous vendor, and when we team up- beautiful things happen!

Ten Questions With Wanda of Wanda’s Cakes

1. Describe yourself in three words:

Three words…driven, meticulous, patient

2. Why did you choose to work in the wedding cake industry?

 I have a masters degree in elementary education, teaching second grade in Howard Couny, Md. One of the other teachers brought in the cakes that she had made in her basic cake decorating class and offered to teach the other teachers after school. Being pregnant with my first son, I wanted to know how to do his birthday cake, never went back to teaching and the rest is history. He Is 35 plus.. that’s 35 years of cakes!

What do you love most about your job?
The brides!

4. What inspires you?

A happy bride inspires me and keeps me going!

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

I have donated a cake to our church Habitat for Humanity auction for over 20 years and the cakes generate a big revenue for a great cause.

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

…retire!

7. How would you describe your style?

Simple but elegant.

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

Do whatever makes you happy! It is your day!

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

Do whatever makes you happy! It is your day!

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

Meryl Streep because I look somewhat like her!

Wanda, thanks so much for participating! It’s been great to work with you over the past few years, and I look forward to many more of your delicious (and beautiful!) creations!

Want to contact Wanda directly? Here’s how:

Wanda J. Lord-Steele
(703) 830-3866
(703) 830-7234 fax
wandascakes@cs.com

June 20, 2011

Word of the Week: Tulle

Filed under: Digital Crinoline,Word of the Week — by digitalcrinoline @ 10:00 am
Tulle

noun

A fine, often starched net of silk, rayon, or nylon, used especially for veils, tutus, or gowns. From the French, after Tulle, a city of south-central France.

Tulle

Wedding Wise:

The fabric some of us love to hate, which can make your wedding look like a bad high school prom… or a dream come true. It’s all in the details!

It’s Digital Crinoline, here, to talk to you about tulle. Tiffany is not a fan of the tulle- and it’s true, this is a fabric that is often overused, or used to bad effect. It can definitely look like a dated wedding decoration, and in excess it will remind your guests more of a decorated high school gym than a classy wedding. But don’t despair! Tulle can still be an extremely useful tool in your wedding arsenal. Here are a few ways you can use tulle to make your wedding more beautiful, not more cliched.

Tulle in your wedding gown
High quality tulle fabric can be luxurious and really have an amazing look and feel in a ballgown.

Tulle and Beaded wedding gown, image by Stela Zaharieva

Tulle in your decorations
Avoid the prom-style decorations, and the huge festoons of tulle. But with a bit of dramatic lighting, tulle is a very inexpensive way to dress up a venue with an unimpressive ceiling or other features.

Image from tulle-wedding.com

Tulle in your veil
Finally, the best use for tulle in your wedding- in your veil! Traditional, surely, and even lesser quality tulle can look absolutely stunning in a good veil. Make your own, buy it at a bridal shop, or look around on Etsy- there are endless possibilities.

 

 

Digital Crinoline

June 17, 2011

Father of the Bride…

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Image by Documentary Associates

The afternoon of my wedding, when I was heading into the bridal suite at the hotel to get into my wedding gown and get the show on the road, I stepped into the elevator and realized that my father-in-law to-be was inside. I walked in, all make-uped and hair-did, and he looked at me and said “Well, I know you!” and gave me a huge smile. I was so happy to have run into him, and to have a moment to tell him I loved him and that I couldn’t wait to marry his son. It was one of the best little moments of the day, knowing I was marrying into a wonderful family who would love me as much as my own parents and my new husband.

On this weekend of Father’s Day, it’s time to think about how you are including your Dad in your wedding. Traditionally the father-of-the-bride is recognized by giving the bride away, and with a father-daughter dance. But some families are more complicated than that. With more and more couples paying for the wedding themselves, without the traditional help of the bride’s family, sometimes the old way of doing things (perhaps with a toast from the father-of-the-bride, as the host of the wedding) just doesn’t seem to make sense. But involving him in the wedding planning process, and the wedding itself, can be really great no matter what. If you choose to dance together, let him select the music. If you’re being walked down the aisle by your Dad, but have a Step-Dad, too, consider including him in another way, so he feels as much a part of the family as everyone else. If you prefer to walk down the aisle with both your parents (as is common in the Jewish tradition, among others) or even alone, make sure you let him know you appreciate him. And if you are in the more sad family situation where your father is no longer with you, you can still include him in the ceremony in as subtle or strong a manner as you see fit. From a note in the program, to a candle lit in his honor, there are many ways to make sure that your father is recognized on your wedding day.
 
Remember your new father-in-law, too! It’s as important to include your groom (or bride’s) father in the festivities- how you interact with your new father figure at the beginning of your marriage can really set the tone for how you handle each other in the years to come. Take the time to seek him out and chat with him before and during the wedding, or include him in the ceremony if that would be comfortable for him. The wedding day is so short, and whips by so quickly, but making sure you take the time to find a moment with everyone in your new family can really set the tone for a long and happy relationship for the rest of your wedded life.
 
Father’s Day is only once a year. Consider making your wedding day another day to recognize all the fathers in your life for their love and support, and let them know how happy you are to have them!
 
-Digital Crinoline

June 16, 2011

ROYGBIV of Cocktails: Signature Drinks by Color

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Welcome to the first installment of Signature Drinks by Color! For the next  few weeks we’ll be going through the color spectrum with some  inspiration (some classic, some unique) and recipes for a yummy and photoworthy signature drink. Have one you’d like to share? Send us an email Tiffany@ribbonboxevents.com and we’d be happy to feature you!

First up, RED! I love the simplicity and flavor of a martini- why not offer a strawberry martini?

Image from idrink.com

Gin, dry vermouth, and a splash of grenadine complete this simple drink! Rim the glass with a strawberry before dipping in sugar. Top with a strawberry and voila!
 
 Vodka more your style? Can’t go wrong with a classic Cosmopolitan!

Image from Esquire

 Vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and a hint of lime juice. Yum in a glass!

Tiffany

June 14, 2011

Inspiration: Flag Day

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Happy Flag Day! On this day in 1777, Congress adopted the flag of the United States. To get you inspired, we’re sharing a few of our favorite cupcake flags! These would be fabulous at any shower or event, or the perfect topper at your wedding. I love how personal and whimsical you can make them! Enjoy!

Tiffany

By Love and Lace

By Etsy seller HeartfeltYarnWreath
 

by Etsy seller Aedrieloriginal

 

From Withy Windle

 

From Martha Stewart

 

June 13, 2011

Word of the Week: Signature Drink

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Signature Drink

Officially:

Signature
noun
1. a person’s name, or a mark representing it, as signed personally or by deputy, as in subscribing a letter or other document.
2. the act of signing a document.

adjective

1. serving to identify or distinguish a person, group, etc

Image by 5Rings Photo

Wedding Wise:

A signature drink is a unique drink (either in flavor, ingredients, or color) that guests associate with your particular wedding. It could be  a drink that goes with your wedding colors, or possibly a favorite drink of the two of you! You can have some fun with the name too, to personaliz eit and reflect your wedding day! Consider having some signage at the bar to descirbe the drink for guests. As we discussed in a previous post, a signature drink can be a great way to limit a bar offering and save money on your alcohol tab.

Alex & Melissa did it best with their Raspberry Hou-jito!

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Another pro for the signature drinks- they can be pre-made and quickly served to speed up the line at the bar.

Image by 5Rings Photo

 
Tiffany
 

June 6, 2011

Word of the Week: Budget

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Budget

noun

1.an estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expensefor a given period in the future.
2.a plan of operations based on such an estimate.
3.an itemized allotment of funds, time, etc., for a given period.
4. the total sum of money set aside or needed for a purpose.
5.a limited stock or supply of something.
–adjective

1.reasonably or cheaply priced: budget dresses.
–verb
1. to plan allotment of (funds, time, etc.).

Wedding Wise:

Perhaps with the exception of the Royal wedding, every couple getting married has a budget. Whether that budget is modest or limitless, for the most part everyone has an approximate amount of money (or a maximum) they would like to spend on their wedding.

A quick Google search on wedding budget yields hundreds of budget worksheets, calculators, and planning tools. When  you are newly engaged and starting out, it can be completely overwhelming. Before a date is set, before you’ve asked those important people to stand up with you as bridesmaids and groomsmen, before you hit the bridal boutique, one thing must happen. A conversation about money. Will you and your fiancée be paying for the event yourselves? How much money do you have to spend? Do you need to plan to set aside some additional money in the coming months to avoid debt and tapping into any savings to pay? Have either set of parents offered to contribute or host? If so, it may seem uncomfortable, but you need to sit down and figure out what you’re working with, and then go from there. It’s common knowledge weddings can be expensive- and you certainly should not be starting off your marriage in debt. It’s much easier to plan a small, intimate wedding with close family and friends when you have not discussed your wedding with everyone under the sun, and told them they are invited!

My two cents: Don’t buy crap. Yes, crap. It’s so enticing when you see things around you in a new light- you are engaged and getting married! However.. without a plan and careful attention to finances, you not only completely blow your budget, but also have so many random things that you thought would go well, but your “vision” , “theme” or ideas for your wedding have changed, that they no longer go. With the guidance of a wedding planner or consultant, you can stick within your budget, make smart decisions on how and where to spend your money,and create a beautiful, memorable event personalized with great meaning to you and your future spouse.

No matter the amount in your budget, you can have a beautiful wedding. As Digital Crinoline mentioned in a previous post, ” marriage is certainly a marathon, and your wedding is only the starting line.” Don’t cross the line in debt! Cherish the memories you will always have, not the credit card debt!

Tiffany

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