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July 28, 2011

ROYGVIG Signature Cocktail Series: Purple

We’re nearing the end of our journey on a color-wheel tour of inspirational signature drinks. This week it’s all shades purple- from natural ingredients to flavored ones- you’re sure to find one you’ll love! Cheers!

The Purple Rain is a delectable  lesson in color wheel 101: what do you get when you mix grenadine (red) with curacao (blue?) If you guessed purple- you get the gold star! Deepest purple- jewel tone brides will love this one!

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This cocktail is a mix of equal parts vodka and curacao (about 1 and 1/4 oz). Add 2 oz. grenadine and pineapple juice and finish with a a splash of lime juice.

For a lighter side of purple- try a Lavender Cosmopolitan: it’s equal parts mandarin vodka, parfait amour, cranberry juice, and a lime!

Looking for a bit more natural look? Go straight for blueberries! The Crystal Cocktail is as simple as 1 1/3 vodka paired with 2/3 oz. blueberry liqueur. Pop a blueberry or two inside and garnish with a lemon twist for an all natural pucker.. delish!

image from spiritdrinks.com

On a smaller scale than the image shown, you’ll be the super hero for serving.. The Superhero!

This drink is simple to make, and a simple to enjoy!! Combine 2 parts vodka, 2 parts tequila  with 3 parts blueberry syrup, and garnish with a raspberry!

Be sure to check out previous posts for the full color spectrum: red , yellow, and orange , green and blue! Next week, pink!


July 27, 2011

Love Notes: Christie & Tim

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I’m so humbled and excited to announce we have another perfect 5 star review from WeddingWire! I absolutely love every single event I am fortunate enough to be a part of and work with clients from the ground up, or even just wedding management one month prior to the wedding. No matter the package they have chosen, I have been honored to meet these fabulous couples and call them clients and later, friends. Read on for the complete review below, or head straight to WeddingWire to see the complete review and our others! 

“When we first began planning our wedding, we didn’t think we’d really need a wedding planner. After all, we wanted an easy and fun wedding within our budget; nothing too elaborate. A friend recommended calling Tiffany, so I did just to get an idea of how she would help and for what price. From the end of this first phone call, through to the day after our wedding, I felt completely relieved that we decided to hire Tiffany! She was there for any decisions we were unsure about, but never made us feel obligated to take her advice. When we had trouble getting in contact with some of the vendors, she stepped in and spoke with each about their responsibilities and clarified our requests. There were also several times when we hadn’t even asked for Tiffany’s assistance, but found out later about each of the details she took care of without interrupting us at all. I confidently recommend Tiffany to help with any wedding, no matter the size or budget, because just knowing she had everything under control, made planning our wedding a really fun and easy process for us!”

You can always read reviews from past clients on WeddingWire. Visit our website for additional information and to schedule an initial meeting to discuss your wedding and how we may be of service to you.


July 26, 2011

Sale Alert!

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Distinctive Designs Bridal in Rockville, MD is having an in-stock sample sale from July 28-30. During this quick sale, take an extra 10% off any sample in the store. You must schedule an appointment prior to visiting! The boutique carries an assortment of designers, from Allure, Pronovias, La Sposa and San Patrick.


Allure gown in charmeuse satin

Distinctive Designs Bridal

15709 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD  20855

July 25, 2011

Word of the Week: Hors d’oeuvres

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Becket and Burke

Hors d’oeuvre


1.a small bit of appetizing food, as spicy meat, fish, cheese, or a preparation of chopped or creamed foods, often served on crackers or small pieces of toast, for eating at cocktail parties or other gatherings where drinks are served with no other food.

2.an appetizer, as a relish or more elaborate preparation, served before or as the first course of a meal.

Wedding Wise:

In all things wedding, Hors d’oeuvres have a very similar meaning. They are one to two small-bites that have a big role: sustain guest appetites during the period between the ceremony and dinner reception.

Hors d’oeuvres can be hot or cold. Typically, hors d’oeuvres refer to the small bites that are passed- but they can also be stationary (think a fruit/veggie, cheese display, any dips, etc.)

While technically (the literal translation of Hors d’oeuvres is “apart from the main work.” any food served prior to the main course is considered an hors d’oeuvres, single items (arancini, eggplant bruscetta, mini crabcake with remoulade) rather than an entire cheese or vegetable display.

Hors d’oeuvres can be passed,

ACI Catering


Pham Fatale

Lassere's Catering

or a combination of the two.

The presentation possibilities are endless… 

Black Angus Catering

Entertaining with Style

Bon apetit!






July 22, 2011

Tip from the Ribbon Box: Hire a Wedding Planner

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A former client’s parent wrote this as she was reviewing my services, and I thought it was a great perspective to share!


Some of the BENEFITS of a wedding planner.

Getting married? Sure it’s an exciting time, the marriage ceremony, the parties and all the fun that go with it. Assure yourself that it stays fun and let Ribbon Box Events take care of the “not so fun” to do’s on the list.

You think you can do it yourself? Sure you can! Send the invites, book the venues, select the flowers, chose a caterer. Easy! Or is it?

A few things to keep in mind:

Who will handle the uncomfortable situations with the “in-laws and other family members”? (Believe me; they can appear in the most inconvenient ways)

Who will think of creative ways to stage the reception?

Who else will be there to fix your wardrobe malfunction before anyone else sees it?

Who will carry the bridal bag of essentials (ah the bridal bag!)

Who will be the assertive one in a moment of stress in dealing with the caterer, the reception hall, the guests, the bartenders, should we go on?

Who will keep things coordinated and flowing with the MC?

Who will make sure the gifts and cards are secure?

Who will think of everything you forgot?

July 21, 2011

ROYGBIV Signature Drink Series: Blue Cocktails

 Today is all about tasty drinks that just so happen to be shades of blue- I can easily envision trays of any one of these being circulated on trays during cocktail hour, or taking the main stage at the bar. Enjoy!

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is pretty basic. The vodka gives it flavor, and the curacao liquer gives it color. To make this one, simply combine equal parts vodka and blue curacao, splash with lemonade and top with a cherry!

Next up, gotta have a martini to mention, and in this case, it’s aptly titled the Blue martini! Island Blue pucker splash gives this one it’s color. Simply combine vodka,Island Blue Pucker, a splash 7-UP, shake in some ice, and garnish with a lemon twist- voila!

blue martini

This next drink uses curacao (you really need it for most blue drinks to get that color) but mixes with pineapple  juice for a lighter shade of blue! The Deep Blue Sea Martini (below) is a mix of vodka, sweet and sour mix, curacao, and pineapple juice. Voila!

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The Blue Moon cocktail is a sweet frothy drink- wedding wise, it would be great as a passed shooter at cocktail hour- giving guests a small taste and pop of color!

image by James Carrier

The Blue Moon Cocktail (from myrecipes.com):


  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup blue curaçao
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla-flavored syrup (such as Torani)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur

In a blender, combine all ingredients and whirl until smooth. Pour into four martini glasses (4 oz.) and garnish the rim of each glass with a slice of orange. Yum!

We’re halfway through our signature drink series! Make sure you didn’t’ miss a step on the color wheel! Get caught up on red, orange, yellow, and green!

Next week.. indigo (purple!).


July 19, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: M.E.J. Photography

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This week, it’s an honor to introduce you to Mary of MEJ photography. I will never forget what she said during the first wedding we worked together. She was exploring the venue and the beautiful outdoor courtyard, and as she scrolled through the images on her camera, she smiled and said, “I am so lucky, I love my job!”  Not only does it show in her kind smile and demeanor, but it shows in her beautiful images! Read on, and enjoy!


1.  Describe yourself in three words
artist, whimsical , organized

2.   Why did you choose to work in wedding photography?
All weddings are different, yet the same.  Weddings are a way for me to try new things, yet still do the old ideas that will work for a lifetime, it is not like working in the studio where every picture is the same, just the people are different, at weddings you are full of the energy  and the feelings from the bride and the groom, and you get to play off that energy and it shows in the pictures.  you also become a part of that day that they will remember for a lifetime and the pictures that I take that day will help them remember and will be passed down to their children.

3.   What do you love most about your job?
I love the look on the grooms face when his bride comes walking down the aisle and he sees her for the first time, i think that this is what made me fall in love with weddings. I want to be able to capture that moment, that one tiny second when the look on the grooms face is full of shock, wonder, and love.

4.   What inspires you?
my daughter, my family, my surroundings, the books that I read

5.   Share one of the most memorable projects you took part in and why it was so special.
My most memorable wedding was my first wedding, it was the wedding of an amazing person and an amazing friend, everything about her wedding was based off of her parents wedding and his parents wedding, she even wore her mothers wedding dress, to me this will be the best wedding that I ever photographed, maybe because it is the one that made me fall in love with the whole idea of becoming a wedding photographer, as they say you never forget your first love!

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

…work on my art full time, it is what i went to school for, it is what i love doing,


7.   How would you describe your style?
My style mixes art with photojournalism, your wedding day has a story and for me it is my job to tell that story in pictures, and to show the details and feelings that you worked so hard to create.

8.   What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing a photographer?
Don’t just choose the photographer just because you like their work, yes that is a big and important part about choosing them, but make sure that you get along with them and that they listen to your ideas and are willing to try new things, remember they are the ones that you work with the longest, you might even build a life long friendship with them and have them do the photography for all the other important milestones in your life, so make sure they are good that is a no brainer, but also make sure they are someone you won’t mind having in the dressing room with you.

9.   What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?
Don’t stress the little things they always have a way of working themselves out.

10.   Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor would you want to play you?
Kristen dunst, people tell me that she looks like me and we sound alike, which is alright with me because I think that she is beautiful!

Mary, thanks so much for chatting! I really enjoy working with you- looking forward to our next event together!


Want to contact Mary directly? Here’s how:

email: mejphotography@me.com

website: http://web.mac.com/mejphotography/Site/Welcome.html

July 18, 2011

Word of the Week: Stationery

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(not to be confused with stationAry… hello pet peeve!)

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1. writing paper.
2. writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes.

Wedding Wise:
Wedding stationery consists of all things paper related to your wedding: save the dates, invitations, escort cards, ceremony programs, out of town letters, menus…the big hitters being the Save the Dates (which are the first official item your guests receive, and sets the tone for your wedding style to follow), and the invitation suite (invitation, response card, accommodations, and envelopes). Being that these are the first impressions, it’s important that the stationer reflect the style and personality of you and your wedding. Careful planning and care should be given to think about keeping these pieces cohesive and consistent.

Whether traditional..

or modern…

There are so many options!


July 15, 2011

ROYGBIV Signature Drink Series: Green

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We’re back with 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!

This week, our color palette is focusing on green!

 A post on green just wouldn’t be complete without an appletini! These are a great signature drink- sweet and sour, not something you’ll drink oodles of, but a great first drink- and definitely bring a splash of color. You could not pick a simpler recipe either! Combine 1 1/2 parts green apple vodka with 1 part sour apple schnapps- shake  in ice and serve! 

Image from My Best Cocktails

 My absolute favorite drink also gives the color of green, but in a more natural way. To me, it’s not summer without a mojito (or 10!). The green color comes from the mint leaves-and it’s fresh and light- and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 I’m also a big fan of sangria fan- something about the wine infused with fruit.. yum! This next one has the same spirit of sangria but with vodka, kiwi, and melon flavor. It’s equal parts vodka and midori with half of a muddled kiwi, and some sugar (not too much!). Midori calls it a Randy Little Kiwi. I call it delicious!

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



July 13, 2011

Love Notes

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Just got this the other day and had to share it!

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. B!  Honestly, I am the lucky one who gets to meet so many amazing couples and supportive families. I feel so honored to be part of making each and every couple’s wedding day meaningful and personal.  Every wedding I have worked on has been completely different and reflective of that couple- and I love that each day my work is varied and certainly never dull!


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