Ribbon Box Events Blog

June 20, 2011

Word of the Week: Tulle

Filed under: Digital Crinoline,Word of the Week — by digitalcrinoline @ 10:00 am


A fine, often starched net of silk, rayon, or nylon, used especially for veils, tutus, or gowns. From the French, after Tulle, a city of south-central France.


Wedding Wise:

The fabric some of us love to hate, which can make your wedding look like a bad high school prom… or a dream come true. It’s all in the details!

It’s Digital Crinoline, here, to talk to you about tulle. Tiffany is not a fan of the tulle- and it’s true, this is a fabric that is often overused, or used to bad effect. It can definitely look like a dated wedding decoration, and in excess it will remind your guests more of a decorated high school gym than a classy wedding. But don’t despair! Tulle can still be an extremely useful tool in your wedding arsenal. Here are a few ways you can use tulle to make your wedding more beautiful, not more cliched.

Tulle in your wedding gown
High quality tulle fabric can be luxurious and really have an amazing look and feel in a ballgown.

Tulle and Beaded wedding gown, image by Stela Zaharieva

Tulle in your decorations
Avoid the prom-style decorations, and the huge festoons of tulle. But with a bit of dramatic lighting, tulle is a very inexpensive way to dress up a venue with an unimpressive ceiling or other features.

Image from tulle-wedding.com

Tulle in your veil
Finally, the best use for tulle in your wedding- in your veil! Traditional, surely, and even lesser quality tulle can look absolutely stunning in a good veil. Make your own, buy it at a bridal shop, or look around on Etsy- there are endless possibilities.



Digital Crinoline

February 17, 2011

Wedding Research: For the Moms

Filed under: Research — by digitalcrinoline @ 9:45 am
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Dear Digital Crinoline,
I am wondering if you can help me out. A family friend’s son is getting married in the coming year and his mother is looking for a dress. She is a large woman (Women’s 22) and has been having some problems finding a place that can help her. Do you know of any stores in the NYC, Long Island area (even Northern NJ) that carry a nice selection of plus-sized ‘Mother of…” dresses? Online options are also helpful, but it’d be great if there were some actual storefronts to visit too. I figured that you may have some experience with this. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!
-Helping a Mother Out


It is really unfortunate that mother of the bride (or groom) gowns are not always available in a full range of sizes. Moms come in all shapes and sizes, just like brides- and everyone else! Before your friend despairs, remember that first, you don’t have to buy a traditional mother-of-the-bride (MOB) type dress unless you want to. Some moms look best in what would normally be termed a bridesmaid gown. Sometimes the best option of all is the dress you find by mistake, on clearance at the department store! Nordstrom has an excellent collection of “dressy dresses” that come in a range of sizes, certainly including women’s. These are available online and to a certain extent in stores, but it can be wise to call ahead to your local Nordstrom’s to get an idea of what they have in stock in your size.

Another basic option is… David’s Bridal. They are everywhere, and they do stock women’s sized MOB gowns in stores. It’s at least a good place to get an idea of what style you’re looking for, and of course the prices are more reasonable than at many bridal salons!

Finally, there are indeed many bridal salons that carry plus-sized bridal gowns, MOB gowns, and bridesmaid dresses in the New York area. These three have received good reviews, but as always I would encourage anyone shopping at a bridal salon to first call and determine what they have in stock- after all, if the whole idea is to try something on in person, you don’t want to get there and find out that they only have one gown in your size in stock.

The Bridal Shop
108 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck, NY

Oz Boutique
70-09 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Jan’s Boutique
406 Marlton Park East
Cherry Hill, NJ

Wish your friend good luck!

-Digital Crinoline

Do you have a question, but don’t have the time to find the answer- or don’t even know where to start looking? Send your wedding research and planning questions to Digital Crinoline and let me do the legwork for you!

February 16, 2011

Wedding Research: Welcome Baskets

Filed under: Research — by digitalcrinoline @ 9:15 am

Dear Digital Crinoline,
What should be included in a “welcome basket” for the out of town guests?
– Distant Family Bride

Distant Family Bride,

Before I answer your question, let me remind you that out of town bags are a nice-to-have and very sweet to offer… but they are not law. Make sure that you budget for them, if you want them, and don’t leave them to the last minute before your guests arrive!

That said, if you want to create a welcome basket for your guest you should consider including these basics:

  • A container of some sort, whether it’s a reusable bag, gable box, a tote, a basket, or whatever else that will work for you
  • Basic information about the wedding, so they know where to be and when
  • Water or another beverage, since everyone has a thirst after traveling
  • Some food or snacks to snack on in the hotel room

    image (and DIY project): Kim Piper Werker

    Namemaker Products

    From there, you can personalize to your taste. Having a wedding in the summer in Annapolis or on the beach? Consider a nautical theme: use a small boat style tote, include some personalized bottles of water and popcorn or taffy, and throw in a free visitor’s guide from the local tourist office.

    Getting married in DC? Add a metro farecard pre-loaded with a few dollars for your guests to use while touring around town.

    For a wedding in Alexandria or elsewhere in Virginia, you could include some local treats- a “Virginia is for Lovers” postcard or bumper sticker, a sample size of local jam, or a small package of Virginia peanuts.

    When shopping for the items for your welcome basket (or bag, or tote), think about what you can get for free or cheap that would make life a little easier for your guests. This is a great time to use that Costco or other price club membership- hundreds of packets of pretzels or other snacks can be purchased for minimal cost in bulk. For a winter wedding, you could stock up on packages of hot chocolate mix. If there will be alcohol at the wedding, you also might pick up a bunch of small packages of tylenol for the guests who will appreciate your thoughtfulness the day after the wedding!

    image: DigitalSean

    If you have room in the budget and want to make your welcome basket a bit bigger and more helpful, you might add things that are hard to travel with, with the new airline restrictions. Perhaps a small can of hairspray or even a bottle of local wine or some bottles of beer.

    In addition to a wedding itinerary, you could include a door hanger for your guests to hang up the night of the wedding warning hotel staff to let them sleep- it’s an easy DIY but looks super cute in the welcome basket, and later on the doors at the hotel! A stamped postcard is a great add-on item for guests to truly feel like they are on vacation, and share it with a friend!
    image: Lovely and Gracious Design Studio blog

    Digital Crinoline

    Do you have a question, but don’t have the time to find the answer- or don’t even know where to start looking? Send your wedding research and planning questions to Digital Crinoline and let me do the legwork for you!

February 15, 2011

Love is Sweet

Filed under: Inspiration — by digitalcrinoline @ 9:30 am
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In case the Valentine’s Day inspiration isn’t enough, let’s keep the spirit going with some “sweet” ideas for your wedding.

One popular choice for couples is to add a dessert bar to the festivities in addition to cake. This could be a variety of cakes and pies, bunches of candies, or really wherever your fancy takes you. If you will have lots of kids at the wedding, or a lot of kids at heart, putting out a candy bar can be a huge hit.

Wedding Cake Display from Elizabeth Anne Designs

Dessert display

Image by Max Wanger, found on 100 Layer Cake

Image by Jasmine Star Photography, found on It's a Bride's Life

February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Filed under: DIY,Inspiration — by digitalcrinoline @ 10:00 am
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Here at Ribbon Box, we believe love and romance are year-round. Not just at weddings, and certainly not just at Valentine’s Day. But if you are planning a wedding for this most romantic of holidays, or just like the color schemes, it can be a great source of inspiration.

Many blogs are featuring great, simple DIY projects themed around Valentine’s Day at this time of year. These might pique your interest for wedding favors or just for decorating your own home:

Calzone Hearts from Craft


DIY Sewn Heart Garland from Elizabeth Anne Designs Weddings

v-day wreath on front door

Valentine's Day Wreath from Our Best Bites (a super quick DIY!)


See-through sewn valentines from ohdeedoh

You could channel the colors and romance for gifts for the bridesmaids:

Red Earrings

Red earrings from Etsy seller sharonclancydesigns

Red Ruffle Purse

Ruffle purse from Etsy seller mermaidsdream

And if that wasn’t enough, what about a romantic Valentine-like wedding invitation?

Valentine Invitation

Valentine invitation from Invitations by Dawn


Digital Crinoline

February 9, 2011

Vera for the Rest of Us

Filed under: Inspiration — by digitalcrinoline @ 9:15 am

Ladies! Oh ladies! Have you seen the new White by Vera Wang wedding gown collection from David’s Bridal? It’s coming on February 11, just in time for some Valentine’s Day gown shopping!

Now there’s nothing wrong with a designer gown. If you have the budget for a Vera Wang from a high end bridal salon, power to you! But for many of us, those Veras are just out of the question. But now David’s Bridal has come to the rescue- and for those of us who can’t spend $6,000 or (lots) more on a wedding gown, the new line has many options for $600, and tops out at $1400. The line will only be featured at a few select stores to start, and only up to a size 14 (ouch!). By the middle of 2011 all stores will have the gowns in-stock for trying on purposes, and they will be available up to size 26 in certain styles. Thanks for thinking of ALL the ladies, Vera!

Now you know the details, check out some of these gorgeous gowns! Let me tell you, I would have chosen one of these lovelies if they had been available two years ago when I was shopping for a gown… All images are from David’s Bridal.

– Digital Crinoline

February 4, 2011

DIY Bottle Vases

Filed under: DIY — by digitalcrinoline @ 8:30 am

For today’s DIY tutorial, you need to meet Mr. Digital Crinoline, my partner in crime. I may have DIYed for our wedding, but don’t let that fool you. Mr. DC did two of the biggest projects- he built our chupah and made ALL of the vases we used for our floating candle centerpieces. Here he is, posing with a chupah pole. All photos by me (using Mr. DC’s far superior camera) except the last photo.

Mr. Digital Crinoline

Now, the tutorial!
Step 1: You need to drink a lot of wine. Or you can take the easier route (as we did) and go to some local bars and restaurants in your area to ask for empty bottles. Most places are perfectly happy to give you their empty bottles if you tell them you want them for a craft project for your wedding- and since many restaurants don’t recycle their glass bottles, you’re even helping the environment!

Step 2: Clean all the bottles and soak them to remove the labels. You may need to scrape them with a (blunt, safe) knife, or use goo-gone to get off the last bits.

Step 3: Score the bottles using a bottle cutter. We used this one, which worked well. Maintain pressure on the bottle, and make sure you line up your grooves so they make a perfect circle.

Scoring the bottle

Step 4: Rotate the bottle over a candle flame (slowly), while maintaining pressure on the bottle.

Rotate the bottle over the flame

Step 5: Immediately after rotating over the flame, rotate it the same way over a piece of ice. Mr. DC created a small block of ice for this purpose by filling a small tray with water and putting it in the freezer the night before bottle making- it worked very well, and easier than an ice cube.

Rotate the bottle over ice

Step 6: Repeat the fire and ice as necessary until the glass separates. You will usually hear a “pop” when it’s done. And be careful- going too fast can result in a broken bottle (and danger to you, doing the DIY)!

Separated bottle parts

When we were done, Mr. DC’s father sanded down the tops for us, to make sure no guest would hurt themselves if they touched the vases.

And how was the finished product? See for yourself!

-Digital Crinoline

January 25, 2011

I Like to Ride My Bicycle

Filed under: Inspiration — by digitalcrinoline @ 8:59 am

Photo by Red Apple Images, found on Offbeat Bride

Do you and your fiance love to ride your bikes? Are you cyclists, triathletes, or just fanatique for the Tour de France? There are so many lovely ways to integrate your love for bicycles into your big day- whether you use them for your getaway vehicle (a tandem would be amazing, if you practice first), or just as a thematic element for your stationery.

Bicycle Card Box from Etsy seller elizalenore

Ride Our Bicycles wedding invitations from Moira Design Studio

If you don’t want to go all-out for the wedding, what about a tandem engagement photo shoot? PRB Photos shot this gorgeous fall engagement shoot, found on Wedding Chicks where the bride was even kind enough to list the bike rental place where she found her tandem.

Tandem Bike Engagement Shoot by PRB Photos

– Digital Crinoline

January 21, 2011

Wedding Goods For Less

Filed under: Sale! — by digitalcrinoline @ 10:47 am

I’m sure by now you’re well aware of the group and reduced cost shopping sites- Groupon, Gilt Groupe, and so forth. But do you tune out their emails? Or have you not yet come across them at all?

Rue La La, one of these online boutiques for cut-rate prices on designer goods, is currently running a wedding feature. They have style ideas for the wedding party (wedding dresses all the way down to ties for the groomsmen), as well as some great gift ideas. After all, most brides are not only looking for gifts for their own bridal party and family, they also are often checking out gifts for friends getting married, too!

The deals are time-sensitive, so get going. If you don’t already have a membership, you can get an invite using this link, or find a friend to refer you!

-Digital Crinoline

January 10, 2011

Pantone’s Perfect Pink

Filed under: Inspiration — by digitalcrinoline @ 7:55 am
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Here at Ribbon Box, we are huge fans of the color pink. It’s in our logo, in our wardrobes, and often a key element in our weddings. For 2011, we are finally right on trend with our favorite color- the Pantone color of the year is Honeysuckle, the perfect pink.

Image from Pantone

This color is tailor-made for 2011 weddings- whether you use it as a main color theme or just a small component of your overall color suite. It would be pitch-perfect pink for bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements, table linens, and of course ribbons!

Honeysuckle is a very potent but pleasant color, and pairs well with all the basic colors you might need for your wedding- black, navy, and all shades of gray from the pale to charcoal. But to really make it pop, consider pairing it with green or pinkish browns.

Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Honeysuckle Goes Bridal

Honeysuckle Goes Bridal featuring luichiny shoes

Silk chiffon Abigail dress
Luichiny Best One Yet – Fuchsia Satin
Asian Silk Hand Fans
black glitter background
Indian Wedding RSVP Cards Medjool Fuchsia From HelloLucky.com – US
Carrie’s Wedding Cakes
Asian Inspired Details: Aqua, Peonies & Cream
www.efavormart.com – Pink Favor Boxes
-Digital Crinoline
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