Ribbon Box Events Blog

February 13, 2012

Monday Musings…You Just Never Know

Wedding professionals do a lot of networking. We spend a lot of time in meetings, at trade shows, and Facebooking to keep on track with current wedding news and trends. This benefits the client in a few ways. It keeps us fresh and in the know, and it exposes us to other vendors that might be a good fit for you, the reason why we do what we do. Sometimes it offers us the chance to really do something interesting and exciting, and in the last few weeks, that very thing happened to me.

Stemming from my attendance at a bridal events workshop, I met someone who thought I might fit well with their photo shoot team. As it turns out, they do much more than bridal shoots; they also do custom shoots such as a Native American maternity shoot, complete with a full belly henna tattooing.

The first project I was part of, was of all things, a vintage shoot. My role was to bring all of my vintage ‘stuff’, dresses, hats, dishes, jewelry….and whatever else I could throw in the back of my trusty old stationwagon, that seems to have unlimited space. Whoo hoo! A vintage photo shoot. It was one of the best days I have ever had since becoming part of our fabulous business.

As though that wasn’t cool enough, I got another call a few days later, asking if I would like to be a part of a photo shoot for a film producer to help introduce and promote her new film. So in a few weeks time, I randomly signed up for a class, and ended up meeting an indy film producer and now I am going to be a set designer, if only for a few days.

Who knew? There is always a reason to step out of the door and head out into the unknown, and you may have guessed it, because we have all been there. That day, I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to, but I made myself suit up and head out. Never dismiss the small opportunity! It can lead to bigger things, and from there, who knows? That film producer? She already asked me if I had ever considered working on film crews, what with all of my knowledge and skill of putting things together ( smiling ).

The world is truly your oyster. Go out and grab something!




February 10, 2012

Simple Seating Display

For a take on the average escort cards, why not hang them up instead of folding them on a traditional table? Read on for the quick and easy how-to that won’t break your budget.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Thick foam board (at least 1/2 inch thickness)

clear push pins



hole punch

thin ribbon

Business card sized cardstock (I  used Paper-Source  in Poppy and Sage  . They also have great gift tags that would work well for this project)

Wrapping paper of your choice ( I went with flora & fauna tiny print blossom wrapping paper from Paper-Source) I love the pattern, and their sheets are the perfect size for this project- no cutting needed! It’s also a thicker, quality paper, making it easy to work with and not damage or tear.

Paper-Source flora & fauna tiny print blossom wrapping paper


Hole punch your business cards , insert ribbon, with enough room to loop it onto a pin. (I alternated colors and used an airplane stamp since this event was inside an airplane hangar).

Unroll wrapping paper and put foamboard on top.

Fold back sides, creasing as if you were wrapping a present. Use stapler to secure. Be sure wrapping paper fits snugly across foam board before securing. This will give it a clean, smooth surface.

Insert clear pushpins. Use a ruler if the wrapping paper is solid. If you have a pattern, repeat the push pins so that they are evenly spaced among the pattern.

Hang your escort cards alphabetically..


Display tabletop, or on easels as your guests enter.. enjoy!

Afterwards, you can use them as pretty pegboards in your home office or another bedroom!


February 7, 2012

Word of the Week: Pin Spot

Pin spot



1.a spotlight that produces a narrow beam of light illuminating a very small part of a stage, used especially to focus attention on a detail.

Wedding Wise

Pin spots are narrow fields of light that highlight and bring the eye’s attention to a particular featured detail.

Pin spots create focal points throughout a wedding reception room. They are a great way to draw attention to centerpieces…

Image from Light Aisle

Wedding cakes…

image from Hodge Photography

Sweetheart tables…

image from AudioFX

Or ceremony areas…

image from Vision Lighting and Sound

While pin spots are usually done in white light, they can often be done in other lighting schemes.


February 1, 2012

February Trunk Show Alert

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


1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20007

Modern Trousseau Trunk Show Feb 3rd and 4th

Amsale Trunk Show Feb 10th & 11th

Jorge Manuel Trunk Show Feb 17th & 18th

Accessories Night Featuring Desla Couture Feb 22nd

Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Trunk Show Feb 24th & 25th

Amsale gown

Chevy Chase Bridal

5300 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20015

Tara Keely Trunk Show Feb 3rd-5th

Anne Bowen Trunk Show Feb 10th-12th

Stephen Yearick Trunk Show Feb 24th-26th

Tara Keely Gown

Blush Bridal Boutique

7332 Atlas Walk Way  
Gainesville, VA 20155-2991

Carrafina Curvy Couture Trunk Show Feb 24th-26th

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Monique Lhullier Trunk Show Feb 9th-11th

Bliss by Monique Lhullier Trunk Show Feb 16th-18th


Ellie’s Bridal Boutique

225 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

Winter White Blowout Sale Feb 3rd-5th

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

Toni’s Headpieces Trunk Show Feb 10th-12th

Distinctive Designs Bridal
15709 Crabbs Branch Wa
Rockville, MD 20855
Accessories Sale Feb 24th & 25th
1100 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
Romona Keveza Trunk Show Feb 23rd-26th

Romona Keveza gown

I DO I DO Wedding Gowns
Gaither Center
15932 Luanne Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Email: idoido@idoidoweddinggowns.com
Sophia Tolli Trunk Show Feb 10th-12th
Alfred Angelo Trunk Show Feb 25th-26th

Alfred Angelo gown

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