Ribbon Box Events Blog

June 27, 2012

Fashion Forward or Jumping on the Bridal Bandwagon?

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Recently, Ugg Australia introduced the “I Do Wedding Collection,” consisting of two boots and one comfy flip flop style that apparently brides to be should add to their wedding day wardrobe, or during the engagement period.

 

Above, left to right from Ugg I DO Collection: Sparkles, Fluff Flip Flop, and Bailey Bling.

Plenty of brides have looked to Ugg and their knockoff competitors for their wedding day, whether it’s  hanging out in a comfy pair while getting ready….

or Winter Weather Bridal Parties trekking around town and staying cozy and warm

Image from Geber and Scarpelli via Big City Bride

However.. many have not sought out a “bridal” white/silver combo- they are opting for some contrast with their dresses.

Image from Steve Smith Weddings

What are you thoughts, is Ugg onto something, or did they miss the mark? Would YOU wear any of these on your wedding day (getting ready, or during the actual festivities?) Comment below!

Tiffany

April 18, 2012

Unity Candle Alternatives

You’ve probably attended a wedding with a unity candle, sand ceremony, or wine- all in their own way representative of the uniting of two individuals, two families, coming together as one.

Here at Ribbon Box Events, 2011 brought some truly personal ceremonies and we are excited to share them with you!

Soil & Unity Tree Planting
Two of our fabulous couples chose iterations of a soil/tree ceremony to share with one another at their wedding ceremony.

Christie & Tim’s mother’s contributed soil from their family homes, and during a beautiful rendition of Adele’s Make You Feel My Love, sung by a talented family member, Christie and Tim added the soil to a potted tree they would be planting in their yard at home together.

Laura and Ryan chose to use soil from their childhood yards to plant an apple tree that they’ll put in their first yard together. Here’s an excerpt from the ceremony:

As we are here today, Ryan and Laura’s marriage is like the velvety roots of this young, yet resolute sapling. As they have found each other and chosen to share their lives together, two roots will burrow through the mysterious unknown until they find their true counterpart. Intertwined, supporting and being supported by each other, they shall grow stronger in their union into endless depths. The soil they will use to nurture this young sapling has been gathered from the gardens of their parents’ homes. Fertile by nature and nourished with love and attention, this blend of life’s ingredients will be the foundation of great things to come.

Image courtesy of Studio Juno

Image Courtesy of Studio Juno

Anniversary Box
L&E created an anniversary box. They gathered 12 objects and souvenirs from their first year together, as well as numerous birthday, holiday, and Valentine’s Day cards they have shared with one another throughout their relationship. They drafted ceremony wording to explain to their guests the symbolism of the box and the items collected.

Image courtesy of Lesko Photography

Here’s a snippet from the ceremony:

“Each year, on their anniversary, they will open this box to reflect on the foundation of their relationship and how their relationship has grown. Each year, they will add new cards and new memories. This Anniversary Box will be a tangible reminder of their love.”

Have you ever attended a ceremony (or maybe it was your own?) with a personalized ceremony? Comment below and share with us!

Tiffany

April 3, 2012

Word of the Week: Swag

Swag

Officially:

noun

1. A suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the linke, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle.

Wedding Wise

We’ve all been to a wedding where the table linens have had some swagging, or draping. Basically, swag is fabric used to drape tables, ceilings, or walls to create visual interest and depth.

image from Ambience Venue Styling

Why not take it to the next level and make a dramatic impact on your reception venue? Ceiling treatments create drama and intimacy.

Image courtesy of Lesko Photography

In a white tent, a burst of color really pops and takes away the monotony of the traditional all white tent.

Image from Must Love Weddings

Image courtesy of Lesko Photography

Paired with some uplighting, and you have a gorgeous, ethereal look that is simply striking!

Image courtesy of Lesko Photography

Cheers to Lesko Photography for their generous permission to use their images! We were fortunate to work with Dave last year in Dayton on this fabulous wedding at the Dayton Art Institute! More on that later..

Tiffany

March 14, 2012

Popping Up Pi(e)!

It’s 3.14.2012, March 14, or as you may know, it’s Pi (as in 3.14….) Day!  I never was much for math class, so I admit that Pi Day really only makes me think of one kind of pie.. and that’s the crusty, flaky, oh so yummy pie we all know and love!

Pie Sisters in Washington, DC

The other day I popped into my neighborhood Starbucks for coffee, and noticed these pint size portions staring back up at me…

Image from Starbucks.com

I couldn’t help but take note that these delicious desserts are making their way into the wedding world- and I’m delighted!

Back in 2009, Mike & Lisa served a pie bar of some baked goodness from her hometown bakery. They were not really into cake, and thought it would be a nice treat for their guests.. and it was a big hit! To top it off, we assembled the pies on all kinds of different pie stands, and it gave such a nice effect to the entire table!

Image from Luke Esh Photography

More recently, Laura & Ryan added a pie bar to their own cupcake display last fall at their wedding.

I’m loving the Pie Sister’s “cuppies”- an individual serving of pie. I’m looking forward to visiting their bakery in DC and checking them out for myself later this month!

Image from Melissa Maharaj photography

Can’t you just imagine your guests heading home with one of these little treats?

Tiffany

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

scissors

Stapler

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


Method

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..

Voila!

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!

Tiffany

January 24, 2012

Word of the Week: Gobo

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Gobo

Officially:

noun

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

Tiffany

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!

Signed,

MP

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!

Tiffany

 

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

November 15, 2011

Word of the Week: Table Cakes

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Image by Antonis Achilleos

Table Cakes

Officially:

nouns

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.

Tiffany

September 8, 2011

Stamp of Approval!

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Just popping in to say hi and for a quick post! Things are super busy around Ribbon Box. Fall is full of fun- weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, you name it! Sadly, it’s not full of extra time to blog, but we’ll be popping in here and there with a few snippets of inspiration, and a peek at a few of our events!

I was at the post office today saw these great stamps- would be perfect for mailing a save the date or reply card!

 

Celebrate 44 cent stamp from USPS

 Tiffany

August 26, 2011

Travel Themed Bachelorette

Recently I had the pleasure of designing a travel themed-bachelorette weekend alongside an out-of-town Maid of Honor. She brought the idea and some inspiration, and we were off and running! Here’s a peek at the fun details!

 

The ladies day began the day with manis and pedis at a nearby nail salon. Then, it was back to the bride to be’s place for lunch, wine tasting, and merriment. Later that evening, was a culinary tour of DC- perfect foor the food and wine enthusiast bride to be!

Upon arrival, each guest received a passport filled with itinerary and wine tasting notes for the pairings later.

Lunch consisted of a worldwide array of goodies..

The tablescape consisted of an array of lunchtime goodies, and cheeses paired with our featured wines. Map-wrapped vases held simple floral centerpieces (get the how-to here!), a pint size suitcase from Paper-Source was the perfect platform for giving a bit of height. The backdrop was not only fitting, but functional. A beautiful map (laminated and mounted on foam board) was a beautiful backdrop, and also doubled as a present to the bride to be and her groom. In the spirit of the travel-theme, the map came with pins for the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. to log their travels together!

How cute is this suitcase from Paper-Source? It was the perfect punch of color, and gave a bit of depth and heighth to the table.

“Ocean” blue wine glasses were the perfect pop of color, and these airplane sat atop them with each guest’s name written in calligraphy (think wine charm, gone travel-themed!)

We used wine corks as menu holders and wrapped silverware for easy pickup in “ocean blue” polka dot napkins. The map  of country of origin of each food and wine gave some visual interest to the meal identifiers!

We asked each guest in attendance to wish the bride to be well and give her their best travel tip. Each guest wrote on a postcard from the city/state they know the Bride from (took a little bit of research,but well worth it!) We then assembled them all into a blue photo scrapbook, and post event, added photos from all the festivities  (the logo on the outside matches their t-shirts for the evening out!) . It served as a fabulous memento and reminder of her day and how much her friends love her!

For a bit of fun, we played two games: one was a “How Well do you Know the Bride? The other echoed the travel theme, “I Love You” Around the World, where guests tried to pair translations of “I Love You” with the country of origin. The person with the most correct matches earned a Starbucks gift card!

On their way out, each lovely lady in attendance left with a personalized luggage tag to commemorate the day!

Then it was off to a few area restaurants to go tapa hopping and have some fun! Cheers ladies!

 

Congratulations- we hope you had a great time!

Tiffany

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