Ribbon Box Events Blog

November 29, 2011

Word of the Week: Tussy Mussy

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untidy, messy, or rumpled

Wedding Wise:

A cone-shaped, metallic bouquet holder popular during the Victorian era. It’s rarely used today, but is perfect for an elegant, vintage wedding.

Image from PerfectWeddingDay.com

A Tussy Mussy is a victorian style bouquet. The small nosegay bouquet is arranged in a typically metal (though now there are several different materials available) made for carrying. Though they are not often used, these containers have a stand built in so they can be used as a centerpiece at the reception later.  Carrying a Tussy Mussy is the perfect addition to any vintage or Victorian styled wedding.


November 28, 2011

Why We Do What We Do

Filed under: Guest Blogger: Monday Musings — by fabiennelaveau @ 10:05 am

A local promoter invited me  to participate in a vendor event on Black Friday at  an area winery. These things can be hit or miss, and no one really seems to know how to predict outcome. We speculate and refer to past experience, but there is no real way to know. Sometimes, it turns out that you bring too little of something,  your table is in the ‘bad’ spot or people just aren’t buying.  In this case, all of the right elements seemed in place. The event had been promoted, the hook was there ( wine tasting with food ), the weather was beyond perfect, the venue and parking were great, and a beautiful room was prepared for us to show our wares. We were all feeling good!

In spite of these advantages, the event was a dud. Ten women fired up and ready to go, ready to give it their best shot…and you could hear crickets chirping. An hour into the 6 hour event, we started the positivity chitchat. ‘People are sleeping in’. ‘ People don’t go to wine events until later in the day’. ‘ Let’s put our positive energy together and will people to come’. Three hours in and the seasoned ones among us knew it was a bust. No one came, and the few who did simply were not in the holiday spirit. Perhaps it was too warm, perhaps they had been at Big Box stores all night and only wanted to enjoy a glass of wine. So, we did what women do. We talked, we laughed at ourselves, we traded contact information and promised to remain in touch. I met a few women I especially liked, caught up with a woman I know and had not had the chance to visit in ages, and got added to the Preferred Vendor list at the winery.

One woman had brought her hubby along, and he photographed my things and sent them on the spot to a potential client. I lost money, I felt a little discouraged as I do when these things happened, as I packed up the boxes I had unpacked just hours ago. This fabulous group, however, had bonded and reminded me of the real reason we shlep, trudge, carry, pack, unpack and throw ourselves out there…it is to belong, to help others, to mentor, to share, and sometimes just to see what the day will bring. Sometimes we just have to wait and see what the bigger purpose is, and I feel good that it will offer something greater than any instant reward could do.


Fabienne Laveau, designer and owner
Wedding Muse

November 23, 2011

Bridal Black Friday

We are taking the remainder of the week off to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. From the Ribbon Box Events family to yours, I wish to extend you warm wishes as we enter this holiday season. I am tremendously grateful for my friends and family. In addition, I extend a token of appreciation to my clients and vendor colleagues who have helped me grow my business these past few years. Each year I look forward to new events, clients, and challenges!

We’ll be back next week with lots more wedding vocab, inspiration, and real wedding postings. In the meantime, for those brides looking for a Black Friday Wedding Deal, a few local bridal salons are hosting Black Friday savings events, so if you’re not too full  from Thanksgiving, this could be a great time to save some $$ on a gown! Read on!


Curvy Girls Bridal

3903-M Fair Ridge Drive 
Fairfax VA 22033
Black Friday Sales Event:
CurvyGirls Bridal is having a Black Friday Sale Event on 11/25/11 . Sample gowns from Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli, La Sposa by Pronovias, and Allure. All off the rack and priced at $399.99. Original prices valued to $2,000. Sale runs from 6AM to 3PM. No appointments. Come early for best selection.
I DO I DO Wedding Gowns
Gaither Center
15932 Luanne Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Email: idoido@idoidoweddinggowns.com

November 25th  & 26th only: deep discounts on all bridal gowns. Contact store for more details.

Chevy Chase Bridal
5300 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest  Washington, DC 20015
November 25th White Friday Sale
Contact store for details on discounted gowns.

November 22, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Aaron Haslinger Photography


This week, Aaron Haslinger and Primary Studios  is the subject of our Vendor Spotlight! Aaron is a dedicated and talented professional- and his work speaks for itself. Our first event together was this past summer and I can’t wait to get him on our event calendar for 2012! Read on and get to know the man and business behind these beautiful images!

1.  Describe yourself in three words
Lover Of Life             really 🙂

2.   Why did you choose to work in wedding photography?

The initial answer to this question isn’t very glamorous.  I grew to love photography so much that I knew that I wanted to make a living doing it.  So I asked myself “what is the best way to have a career with longevity in photography?”.  And the conclusion I came to is that people will always be getting married and always want a photographer for the occasion.  The reason I’ve stuck with it after over ten years is probably a little more interesting though.  It is truly meaningful to me to witness all of the amazing moments that unfold through the course of someone’s wedding day.  And it is an honor to be entrusted to capture those moments for all of time.  Uniqueness of someone’s life impacting moments + high honor + the joy of sharing the images of those moments with them = a job you can’t help but love!

3.   What do you love most about your job?
I love the excitement that my clients have when they first see the work I’ve done for them!  They are so appreciative of the time you spend with them throughout the wedding, but when they get to relive the day through the artistic take on their photographs they are even more excited.  It is a great feeling to have such genuinely thrilled customers.

4.   What inspires you?

Great work by other artists.  A lot of times it is awesome imagery by other photographers, but I have an interest in all forms of art so anything can catch my attention.  Even movies and well made TV commercials can inspire me and I have long appreciated the performances of dance companies

5.   Share one of the most memorable projects you took part in and why it was so special.
Every year I do some stuff for the CollegeBound Foundation in Baltimore.  They specialize in helping city kids get to college and help them stay there and succeed as well.  Some of the conditions that these kids go through in city schools are unbelievable.  And I mean “unbelievable” in the truest sense… you would seriously not believe what they endure.  And they do it all while working their butts off to be good, no, great students.  They deserve every bit of help that CollegeBound provides and I am proud to help in that mission in any capacity.

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

still be a photographer.  But I’d be on a search for a photography subject(s) with some meaning.

7.   How would you describe your style?
Creative, candid, classic.  I want my images to show the true nature of a person and stand the test of time.

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

Style is a great place to start… of course you want to like the kind of images that your photographer makes.  But the way you jive with a photographer’s personality is extremely important as well.  Your photographer is the one vendor that spends the most amount of time with you throughout the wedding day… and in close proximity too.  If you don’t like your photographer’s personality it can affect the overall quality of the images because you may not feel at ease with them.  Conversely though, if you get along great with your photographer it can bring out the joy in each moment even more.  Lastly, choose me 😉

9.   What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?
It is a lot of work.  Each thing you take care of reminds you of the 3 or 4 other things you still need to do.  Try the “divide and conquer” approach so that you split up planning responsibilities and each have a vested interest in what shape your wedding takes.   Hire professionals that you truly feel great about… and for the sake of enjoying your wedding day itself to the fullest, seriously consider hiring a wedding planner!

10.   Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor would you want to play you?
Hmmm, you know, I think Daniel Day Lewis is pretty bad-ass, and maybe just wiry enough to not be too much of an exaggeration, haha!

Aaron, Thank you so much for participating! I really enjoy working with you- looking forward to our next event together!


Want to contact Aaron directly? Here’s how:

website:  www.aaronhaslinger.com
phone:  410-259-6835
email:  aaron@aaronhaslinger.com

November 21, 2011

How things have changed…

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When my mom got married in the 50’s, weddings  followed some simple rules and formulas. Most weddings looked and felt pretty much the same, and the only real pressing question was whether to follow conventional religious tradition, meaning at the time to have it in the morning and skip the alcohol. Often the church ladies would prepare food and the simple little reception featured punch, tea sandwiches and cookies. Sometimes the wedding and the gathering afterword took place in the bride’s home, with the mother of the bride taking great personal pride in the occasion. This was not considered unusual or disappointing as likely it would today, and as decades passed, folks would simply head out afterward to keep the thing going. The most popular option was to get married in a church or temple  and party it up afterward at another location. Variations of this style lasted  into the 90’s, with a few changes, but the idea remaining the same, that a wedding was about the marriage with some polite social observance of the event to follow. Somewhere along the line, couples started having evening weddings, which led to more instances of parties lasting into the night, and a feeling of including guests in a more personal way. This was a big change and the tone was set for the reception rather than the ceremony to become the main event. Another change took place when couples started opting for having the ceremony and reception at the same location.

Image by Rodney Bailey

Fast forward to 2011, and couples are finding ways on top of ways to make their wedding and celebration stand out. Good-bye satin dresses, three attendants on each side,  rice and bird seed, red or pink roses, and white pew bows and wedding cakes with white frosting. Hello burlap, pink with green or green with purple, chandeliers, uneven numbers of attendants, short bridesmaids dresses, and photo booths. What’s next? You can bet it will swing away from all that was new just a few wedding moments ago. What an exciting time to be in our profession and what a fun time to be dreaming of a wedding. This will be remembered as the time when couples were given permission to have their wedding, their way, with lots of thought given to how to involve guests in memorable ways. Some will no doubt become cliches, and disappear into memory.

Meanwhile, I will continue to ponder the question as to why I once fell head over heels in love with a white satin dress with poofy sleeves and a three foot wide bow in the back. I wonder if it is too late to trash the dress?


November 15, 2011

Word of the Week: Table Cakes

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Image by Antonis Achilleos

Table Cakes



Image from WeddingAces.com

Wedding Wise:

Table Cakes are where style meets function (and sometimes, budget friendly too!). They can be used as a substitute for floral centerpieces, and also as dessert.

Image from TheKnot.com

Image from TheKnot.com

Individual cakes catch your guests attention at their tables, and then after the cake cutting, waitstaff can slice and serve tableside.


November 14, 2011

To DIY or not to DIY?

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DIY is an option that many brides consider and one that wedding service providers deal with on a regular basis. If you are fortunate enough to have a planner, they can help you through the interesting terrain of which projects might be DIY appropriate for you. Ask any professional and they can tell you stories about the would-be great ideas that never happen.

As a florist who likes to hang around the reception to offer help, I have been sent out last minute to buy votives that I was asked not to bring, favors I was asked not to provide, petals that were not going to be needed…you get the idea. If you happen to be an organized, timely, reliable, self motivated and creative person, DIY might indeed be for you. If you have friends you trust not to be ‘busy’ when it comes time to put the favors together, or hand address the envelopes, then maybe it is for you.

If on the other hand you typically slide out the door in the morning with a half eaten bagel in your hand, not sure if you have your carkeys, think ‘on time’ means within an hour, and your friends are well-meaning, fun, but not so reliable…you might want to let the pros handle your details. Most weddings turn out to be fabulous, but why stress the details and your professional wedding team, who will in the end become responsible for making it all work out? I am all for DIY touches for any meaningful event – it can add wonderful and memorable aspects. However, you must have the confidence, the time and the skill to make it all come together so choose wisely and always give your vendors ample time to jump in and save the day. That is what we do AND we have the experience and tricks of the trade to make it all look easy. To put it all into perspective, seldom will you see a seasoned planner with all of her/his connections and knowhow, try to pull off her/his own entire wedding.

Think about what goes into putting on a small dinner party – a wedding is a small dinner party with a thousand added details and a hundred more people. My latest favorite easy peasy DIY time saving trick….your favorite well known coffee chain has the yummiest birthday cake pops. Repackage in cello bags with ribbon…$1.50 each and you have a great and affordable favor.



November 7, 2011

Monday, Monday

Filed under: Guest Blogger: Monday Musings — by fabiennelaveau @ 10:00 am

Due to circumstances beyond my control, the last two weeks of my life got lost in a sea of Kleenex, cough medicine and bad television. When I awoke, a major terrorist was gone and Halloween had happened without me. Feeling like Rumpelstiltsken, I had to find my bearings and nature, as always provided my focus. As it turns out, I had to muster myself for an involved project in West Virginia and the two hour drive each day reconnected me to my world and things I love most – Virginia and her majestic autumn and the unrivaled Shenandoah River.

Heading out each day, I was smack in the middle of glorious fall. Sleeping through the turning of the leaves, I woke to the full on splendor of oranges, golds, reds and burnt shades that define the upper south in late October. Oh, what glory, what inspiration, what beauty.

If you have any opportunity to take such a drive in the next few weeks, don’t miss out. Load yourself up, grab family or friends, pack your camera, collect some leaves and acorns and remember the simple aspects of this perfect season.

Press your leaves in a book, glitter them, have a tiny tea party with your acorn cups, and settle in with hot cider or a grownup pumpkin-tini. Equal parts of pumpkin liqueur ( clear, not creamy ), hazelnut liqueur, whipped cream vodka OR dark rum, heavy cream…shake over ice and strain into a beautiful martini or wine glass with brown sugar on the rim. Enjoy!


November 1, 2011

November Trunk Show Alert

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Happy November! Here’s our monthly rundown of sample and trunk sales happening at area bridal salons. Enjoy!

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC  20007

November 10th-12th
Junko Yoshioka Trunk Show

Junko Yoshioka

Chevy Chase Bridal

Mazza Gallerie, Floor Two
5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
tel: 202.363.9301
fax: 202.363.9304 

Mother of the Bride Eveningwear
November 4-6th

November 11-13th Chevy Chase Bridal

"Corinne" by Pattis

November 25 Chevy Chase Bridal
White Friday Sale

November Trunk shows at I Do I Do!

Gaither Center
15932 Luanne Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877



Anjolique Bridal, Montage/Social Occasions, Alfred Angelo

Distinctive Designs Bridal

15709 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Phone: 301-948-1833
Fax: 301-948-3840

November 11-12  Allure Sample Sale

Allure Gown C143

Jeanette’s Bridal

386 Festival Lane, Manassas, Virginia


November 4 to 6th Simone Carvalli Trunk Show

Simone Caravalli 7109 gown

For appointments and additional information, contact each store directly. Happy shopping!