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January 31, 2012

Word of the Week: Cascade

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1.a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
2.a series of shallow or steplike waterfalls, either natural or artificial.

Wedding Wise

A cascade is a style of bouquet. The blossoms are woven to create a waterfall effect. When the bride holds it, it flows like a waterfall from holding at your bellybutton down to your waist.

Image from Seattle Flowers


January 30, 2012

Monday Musings… Did you know?

I often get asked which flowers will be seasonal for a certain wedding date. The perception is that crazy big savings can be had by choosing local, seasonal flowers. Magazines, DIY publications and numerous websites have  brides convinced that they can put together their own wedding for a steal, if they become savvy enough. There is some truth in all of this, but you have to know what is useful information and what isn’t.

The idea of  ‘in season’ and what that really means, is conditional. Flowers come in and out of season at different times and rates, in different locations and climates. A particular flower may be in season in your region for only a short while, and that same flower can stay in season for a long, long while somewhere else, making it more affordable to purchase from a wholesaler located where they are plentiful and for longer. Local growers tend to go organic, which can sometimes mean the flowers might not hold up to the rigors of wedding design and delivery.

Weather can also drive local prices up artificially, for instance an early freeze might ruin a crop enough to put the smaller grower in trouble. This means higher prices for you.

Although I am generally a fan of supporting local business, most weddings, with the range of flowers that most couples want, simply cannot be had locally year round. In addition, it is a bit of a romantic notion that we all want to believe; that somewhere nearby is a lovely field full of any flower you might like, if only you choose the right moment to get married. It doesn’t exactly work that way, unless you are happy with a big bunch of sunflowers and are willing to marry at just the right time to have them. This a great option, if you adore sunflowers,love the heat of the summer or the jewel tones of autumn and are happy with a more rustic wedding style.

My advice is to choose the flowers you want, let your heart do the choosing, and count on your florist, stylist or planner to help you work through your design and budget. We will help you to figure out how to weigh your heart’s desire with your sensibilities. That is what we get paid for, that is what we know how to do, and that is what we love. Marry when you want to and buy the dress…the rest will come.


January 26, 2012

Wedding Recap: Lynn & Mick

Nothing better than a beautifully designed summer wedding to shake these Winter blues!! First off, this post is AGES overdue- but it took me quite awhile to choose photos for this recap because they were all stunning! A very big THANK YOU to the wonderfully talented Tracy Timmester of Timmester Photography for use of these images!

Everything took place at the Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. The campus is beautiful, stretching out over 80 acres- and with several different venues (multiple outdoor areas, lobbies, reception rooms) clients have a wide variety of options!

The property was formally owned by The Sisters of Mercy, a catholic religious community and later in the 1980’s became a leadership center for the Postal Service- and there are several different historical exhibits on site.

Lynn was all smiles as she got ready with her sister and bridesmaids.

I love when couple’s chooses to do a first sighting- love the looks on their faces, so beautiful and so happy! P.S. This garden was later turned into a fabulous cocktail hour space!

The sun was shining and guests roamed the grounds of the Bolger Center and made their way to a (love that at the Bolger Center, you have your choice of ceremony space- we did a walk through, and when we found “the tree”, we simply wrapped a ribbon around it (yes, of course, a ribbon, remember who we are?!) and come wedding day, we were set!

Perfect tree. Guests had some shade to keep cool, and the branches framed the ceremony area beautifully.

Look at the beautiful stained glass room (told you it was a former monastery!)

Growing Wild Floral did an amazing job bringing the outdoors in and giving the reception area a natural feel, which paired lovely with pressed flower escort cards.

Kirkabee DJ kept the dancefloor packed and by far, this was the longest, and highest energy hora and Hava Nagila I have ever witnessed!

After dinner, guests were treated tableside to ice cream and mini cupcakes from Something Sweet Cupcakery.

We were honored to work with Lynn, Mick, and their wonderful family and friends to bring this wedding to life!

Mazel Tov!


January 24, 2012

Word of the Week: Gobo

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1. a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
2. a screen or sheet of sound-absorbent material for shielding a microphone from sounds coming from a particular direction.

Wedding Wise

A gobo is a lighting technique that uses a die-cut stencil that is placed onto a projection, and casts an image onto the wall or ground. One of the most popular places to use a gobo is on the dancefloor. Many couples opt for a monogram of their initials and  new last name…

Image from Superlative Events

or a single letter indicating their last name..

Image from Wedding Bee


Though, a pattern is just as lovely!

The sky’s the limit though- imagine what a beautiful backdrop a gobo could  create on one of your venue walls! Love how it softens this brick and frames the cake table:

or, create some visual interest in the ceiling! (you did hear me say “the sky’s the limit!)

Image from OC VideoAudioSolutions.com


January 23, 2012

Monday Musings…Color, color, color!

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Color is one of the most important wedding choices, and one that can easily overwhelm. Color news travels fast, and just when you think you have come up with a fabulously original color plan, you start seeing it everywhere! Pantone throws Tangerine out into the universe as the ‘it’ color of 2012, and suddenly fall weddings are all the thing, using this bold orange as the basis.

Purple becomes eggplant or aubergine, and all shades of green become the rage – something has to go with eggplant! By the time you have your colors in place, they are on every page you turn in your favorite mag. Use of color, and use of color with texture becomes the way to keep your style and design unique.

Never fear, that is what your wedding professionals do. We take your ideas and choices, and add our years of knowledge about how to best use them for you. There are some great tools available for those who are less intuitive or have trouble conceptualizing. Design Seeds at design-seeds.com has done some of the work for you. They keep coming up with these fabulous groups of five colors, with fun and inspirational names, and their presentation is as simple as can be.I can’t say enough about Pinterest at Pinterest.com for collecting imagery and sifting through the amazing amount of creative wedding ideas. Since I am a florist, color, texture and detail are super important to my creative process.

Please come on over to Wedding Muse at MuseYourWedding.com for some ways to use color in your perfect day. As a designer, I use nature, especially gardens, photographs, fabric stores and things I see in everyday life, for my inspiration. Wonderful visuals are all around – keep those eyes open and choices will come to you. Think about what you are drawn to again and again, in your clothing, in your home and in your imagination.








January 19, 2012

Advice: Tea Time

Dear Tiffany

Hey Tiffany! Looks like you have been keeping busy! I actually had a wedding-related question for you. I am the MOH for my cousin’s wedding this summer, and am on the search for personalized tea bags. Her bridal shower is a tea party theme and I wanted to get these as the favor. Any info would be greatly appreciated!! THANKS!



Hi MP,

How exciting to be planning a bridal shower! Personalized teabags sound like a lovely idea. Here are a few recommendations:

Highly recommend going through Etsy- so many creative folks and reasonable prices- this will allow you to get the most custom:

1. Wrappers Delites has this adorable little ones:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/60444554/love-is-brewing-weddingshower-teabag?ga_search_query=teabag&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5832489

2. Seller AdorebyNat can create custom ones to match as well: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63737067/teabag-party-favor-damask-tea-included?ga_search_query=teabag&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5141605

If you’re feeling particularly crafty,  here are some DIY directions from Project Wedding  (just price it out first so you don’t end up spending more or the same amount doing it yourself, than you could have just ordered!) http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-easy-tea-bag-favors

For more commerical, you can order from Beaucoup, an online party favor and decoration resource: http://www.beau-coup.com/personalized_tea_favors.htm

I hope these suggestions help! Please send a photo and what you end up doing- I’d love to see what you go with, and we’ll share it on the blog!



Have a wedding related question? Email Tiffany@ribbonboxevents.com and yours could be featured on the blog!

January 11, 2012

January Trunk Show Alert

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

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Kenneth Pool January 26-28th


1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20007

Sample Sale January 12th 5-8pm

Hitched Styling Night January 18th 5-8pm

Jeanette’s Bridal
10386 Festival Lane
Manassas, VA 20109-3548

January 13-15 Simone Carvalli Trunk show

January 20-22 Eve of Milady Trunk Show

As always, be sure to contact each salon for appointments and additional information. Happy Shopping!

January 10, 2012

Auld Lang Syne

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When I was in the sixth grade, a whole generation filled time capsules and buried them in the schoolyard. We fully believed we would dig them up decades later and return to our sixth grade thoughts and memories in doing so. The world would be  different and our simple tools and gadgets would reflect this when we revisited our capsules. The impracticality of this plan did not deter us from taking it all quite seriously, though there was never any real plan in place for the uncovering.

Much later as a grown-up, I adopted a yearly New Year’s Eve tradition, the ‘Burning Bowl’. In this tradition, you gather with friends and write on slips of paper, events or conditions of the past year that you would like to leave behind. There is the usual stuff –  health problems, perhaps a conflict with  friend or a habit you are not fond of; or maybe something even more profound such as a death or other loss. The slips go into a bowl and are burned.

You also make a list of positive things to symbolically replace these events with, and hang onto that list until the following year. Perhaps you have decided you will volunteer your time at a hospital, or promise to learn a new interest or skill. At that time, you revisit and reflect on your lists – an exercise in reviewing, reliquishing, and positive thinking. In some ways,  it is more meaningful than  a generic list of resolutions without real intention.

Recently, I came across a modern version; FutureMe.org. On this site, you can write future e-mails to yourself and have them delivered  at some pre-determined point in time. It got me to thinking how strong the desire is to freeze moments and memories in time, through pictures, through writing, through sharing moments to become part of the collective memory. FutureMe.org…no replacement for the Burning Bowl and it’s ritual, but perhaps a reflection of a quickly changing world’s desire for holding on to memory and the chance  for better things to come.

Happy New Year to all, no matter what your hopes and expectations are.


January 9, 2012

Happy New Year!

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I hope all of our loyal readers and those who are newly engaged and just checking out our blog had a fabulous holiday and winter break. I’m feeling refreshed and ready to head into another great year. I’m not much for resolutions, though I did think it’d be fun to kickoff the new year with a first of sorts- sharing with you our first bridal show!

This past weekend Stephanie and I participated in the Landon House Bridal Fair in Urbana, MD. It was fun to get back to my hometown, network with vendors and engaged couples who have begun to plan their 2012 and 2013 nuptials. After a fabulous wedding in October in Frederick (ok, this is a good resolution to have.. get caught up on the real wedding spotlights we have to show you our wonderful couples!)  I am looking forward to expanding my client base and working with additional couples in the Frederick area.

Here’s a look at our very first bridal show booth!

Couples were greeted with a fuschia satin table linen, and a black and white damask. The colors really popped against the neutral walls and wood floors of the Landon House.

Two posters outlined our services:

Our portfolios sat along the black and white damask runner.

Lettering By Lynne provided beautiful dinner menus, which were the perfect addition to our black satin dinner napkins against the bright table linen.

Lastly, we sent folks on their way with a business card and a favor box filled with “Bliss” and “Kisses” chocolates for the soon to be Mr. & Mrs!