Ribbon Box Events Blog

July 23, 2012

Word of the Week: Suite

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1. a number of things forming a series or set
2.  a company of followers or attendants; a train or retinue.

Wedding Wise:

An invitation or stationery suite are all the pieces that make up your invitation package and are mailed with the invitation.  The includes the actual invitation, response card, reception card, directions card, and envelopes.

Working with a stationer or graphic designer will ensure streamlined design and continuity. There are a number of websites you can browse for inspiration. Your wedding planner can connect you with a stationer who can work with your budget and style to create a beautiful suite that captures your personality, style, and look of your wedding.


July 18, 2012

Real Wedding Recap: Paul & Joe

I spent hours agonizing over this blog post. I literally just couldn’t choose which photos to use (thanks a lot to Katie Jett Walls of Red Turtle Photography, for taking so many awesome ones, it was impossible to choose!) This was such a special event to be part of and bring together. Joe and Paul are two of the kindest people, and I was so honored to plan their wedding. It was also the first gay marriage I have been part of, and it was truly a wonderful experience all around ( I seriously miss s our planning meetings!)

Both the ceremony and reception took place at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, just off of Dupont Circle. A short walk from the Tabard Inn, this building with a modern exterior was a welcome change from the typical marble and stone of its neighbors along Massachusetts Avenue.

Da Vinci’s Florist lined the narrow hallway with submerged purple dendrobium orchids topped with floating candles to guide the way.

The grooms escorted their mother and father down the aisle, and each carried a memorial candle to honor their deceased parents. The candles sat in  candleabras that framed the grooms during the ceremony, and continued to burn around the sweetheart table during the reception.

The floor to ceiling draping around the entire space completely transformed the meeting space into an intimate, romantic ceremony space. Simple white uplights bounced off the white draping, adding romance and drama  to the  altar.

The private courtyard in the back, complete with floor to ceiling windows  and sculpture garden made for a perfect backdrop for family photos, and cocktail cocktail hour. The space didn’t need much, just a few cocktail rounds with some submerged florals that echoed the hallway inside, and a stocked bar! As the lights went down, the cocktail area just glowed outside, and it felt like the outside and inside merged. Love!

While guests enjoyed a champagne reception, we were hard at work transforming the ceremony space into a breathtaking reception space. Amber uplighting, eggplant linens, and black accents transformed the room yet again. the stage and ceremony decor was re-purposed to become a sweetheart table.

Wine bottles (labels removed) served as alternatives to a traditional guest book. Guests signed their names and wrote warm wishes to the new Mr. & Mr., who would later display them in their dining room.

2 grooms, 2 cakes. Perfect ratio for me! Design Cuisine created two decadent desserts (not to mention the delicious homemade caramel turtles alongside coffee service). One, a traditional buttercreamy goodness, and the other, a rum cake, in the shape of a traditional rum barrel!

Two long tables of guest seating was dramatic, and had such a romantic, warm, dinner party feel…

… and the vegetable tablescapes turned food into art! In lieu of traditional centerpieces, Krista from Da Vinci’s Florist created a runner down the two tables consisting of turnips, cabbage, asparagus, cauliflower, and more!

Much thought was paid to the materials and the layers of texture on the tables. From the black spandex chair covers that provided a sleek, streamlined chair that not only meshed well with the eggplant crush linens, but the the mix of the organic vegetables, green glassware, and beautiful green and eggplant decorated china, set atop black chargers.

And then, there was the food! Design Cuisine knocked it out of the park with this menu they collaborated on with the Grooms:

Passed Hors d’oeuvres:
Truffle Tentazioni on Mini Polenta
Carrot and Parsnip Pancakes with Ginger-Apple Chutney
Sesame Tuna Tartare Cornet
Jicama Cups with Guacamole
Heirloom Tomato Tartlette

First Course:
Citrus Glazed Black Cod

Second Course:
Mache & Frisee Salad with Ginger-Mango Stilton

Filet of Beef in Red Wine, Shallot, and Honey Essence

In-between courses, there was a brief interlude for a little dinner party game. I’m normally anti-game, but this really turned out super cute. Guests had been given seating “regions” after Paul and Joe’s favorite wines to help them find their seating.

These regions also served as teams for us to easily pair off.  Each team was given a quiz where the answer to each question was either Paul or Joe. It brought a lot of guests together who knew certain questions, and could fill in the blanks for others. It created such a lighthearted feel, there were giggles and laughs coming from all corners of the room.

Afterwards, the next course was served, and the answers were revealed in a musical slide show. just above the sweetheart table.

Dinner, dancing, and a room filled with love. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Amazing night- one that I surely won’t forget anytime soon! Check out the bottom of the post for the rundown on all the amazing vendors that came together to pull off this fabulous wedding!

Congratulations Paul and Joe! I wish you a lifetime of happiness, dinner parties, travel, and lots of good wine!!

Venue: Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics
Wedding Planner: Ribbon Box Events
Red Turtle Photography
Design Cuisine
Floral and Event Design:
Da Vinci’s
String Trio:
St. Charles String Quartet
Jeremy Scarborough for Kirkabee DJs
Edward Ingebretsen-Doud, Your DC Wedding Officiant
Wedding Cakes:
Design Cuisine
Hotel Block and Rehearsal Dinner:
The Tabard Inn
Invitations,programs, and dinner menus:
Wedding Paper Divas
Seating Chart: Perfect Image Printing
Attire/Tuxedos: Their own

July 16, 2012

The Week Ahead- Call Me Maybe, Two Grooms, and a Sample Sale!

Image courtesy of Dave Kauffman

I’m back from vacation just in time to share some fun happenings on the blog and in the DC wedding world!

I’m excited to share that this week we’ll feature a recap of our first gay marriage we were honored to be part of back in May 2012. You’re going to LOVE the intimate dinner-party feel from Paul and Joe’s nuptials, as well as the incredible transformation from ceremony into reception space!

Friday, a personal, but fun post from a wedding I attended last weekend while on vacation. Not your typical choreographed dance- this one was all thanks to the Harvard Baseball Team. Stay tuned!

Now, last but not least, a huge sample sale is coming up this THURSDAY!

DC brides, mark your calendar! Thursday- HUGE summer sample sale at Carine’s Bridal Atelier. Ladies.. this is not to be missed! Especially those of you longing for a designer gown without the designer price tag. From 5-8 p.m. on Thursday July 19, couture gowns from Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, and Monique Lhullier and more will be discounted up to 75%! The sale is first come, first serve, and you do not need an appointment. word to the wise, get there early and wait in line to get first look!

Straight from the source, owner Carine Krawiec describes these gowns, “Some of them have literally only been tried on once or twice, the condition and prices cant’ get any better.”

What you need to know before you go:

•    Sale is first come, first served

•    Line starts directly outside of the store

•    No appointments necessary

•    No merchandise hold policy

•    All shopping is self service, consultants are only available to answer questions

•    Entire store will serve as an open dressing room; brides welcome to try-on gowns

anywhere there is available space

•    Brides are recommended to wear undergarments they are comfortable to be seen in

•    All sales are final (no returns allowed); gowns are sold “as-is”

•    Cash, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express accepted. NO Discover card. Checks

are accepted, but gown stays with Carine’s Bridal until check clears.

•    Metro accessible via Foggy Bottom metro.  Street parking also available.

It’s going to be a great week on the blog, and in DC. Hope you’ll join in!


July 5, 2012

Guest Post!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 12:51 pm

So excited to announce that today I’m a guest blogger on Capitol Romance! Click here to head on over and check out my piece on alternative unity candle ceremonies. Those of you who read my original post, will notice a few new ideas!


July 3, 2012

July Trunk Show Alert

Filed under: Trunk Show — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 2:42 pm

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Accessory Trunk Show July 9-13th
Receive 10-15% off designer veils, jewelry, and belts from Peter Langner, Siman Tu, Maria Elena, Paris, Cheryl King, Homa, and more. For every veil purchased, a bed net will be sent to a family in Africa through the United Nations Nothing But Nets Campaign. Call to schedule an appointment.

Jeanette’s Bridal

10386 Festival Lane
Manassas, VA 20109-3548
Jeanettes Bridal Military Event will be held Tuesday, July 10th, from 10am-8pm. Contact the store directly for additional information.

Distinctive Designs Bridal
15709 Crabbs Branch Wa
Rockville, MD 20855
40% off entire store
Love Couture Bridal
12500 B Park-Potomac Ave
Potomac, MD  20854
Paloma Blanca Trunk Show July 27-29th
Save 10% on Paloma Blanca gowns and veils
Online sample sale now in progress!  http://www.lovecouturebridal.com/sample-dress-sale/info_12.html
1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20007
Sample Sale Thursday July 19th,  5-8p.m.
Happy Shopping!