Ribbon Box Events Blog

September 25, 2012

Peeking in.. and a trunk show!

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Hello friends! It’s been a super busy time both personally and professionally, and unfortunately, the blog has taken a bit of a backseat, but I’m checking in with a trunk show alert, and let you know we’ll be trying to get back up to a post or two a week, so please be patient! If there’s a specific topic or category, you’d like to read or see more of, email me at Tiffany@ribbonboxevents.com and let me know!

In the meantime, we’ve got some trunk show news! Our friends at Carine’s Bridal are hosting a Bliss by Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 trunk show from September 27th through 29th.

Call or email the shop to book an appointment!

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Happy shopping!


July 5, 2012

Guest Post!

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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!


June 7, 2012

Professional Photo Goodness

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Cheers to the wonderful Katie Jett Walls of Red Turtle Photography! Had to share the link love to her blog post and amazing images from Paul and Joe’s wedding last month. It was so much fun to work with her!




June 4, 2012

June Trunk Show Alert

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Welcome to June, wedding season in full swing, but there are still deals to be found for 2012 and 2013 brides!  Here’s our monthly rundown of bridal goodness and trunk shows in the DMV. Be sure to contact each salon, as posted dates may have changed, and appointments may be required.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Rivini Trunk Show June 7-9


1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20007

Ulla Majia Trunk Show June 8-9

Ellie’s Bridal Boutique

225 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

Get 30% off select sample wedding gowns purchased before June 30

Jeanette’s Bridal
10386 Festival Lane
Manassas, VA 20109-3548
Legends by Ramona Keveza Trunk Show June 15 -17

Image from Legends by Romona Keveza Collection

Distinctive Designs Bridal
15709 Crabbs Branch Wa
Rockville, MD 20855
40% off all in stock gowns and accessories

Soliloquy Bridal
754 Elden Street
Suite 103
Herndon, VA  20170


Sample Sale  June 16-23
40-60% off couture gowns
10-20% off couture accessories
10% off the entire Veil Trends Accessory Collection

Cocoe Voci
Fall 2012 Collection Premiere
June 2-9
10% off purchased gowns

Cocoe Voci

Happy shopping!


March 19, 2012

Spring Break!

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It’s true, we’re taking a little break before the busy wedding season is upon us. Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with fresh bridal news, vocab, inspiration, and of course sharing snippets from some of our recent weddings.

You can always find us on Facebook and on our website!


March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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Happy Friday, and Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams.
~ Dr. Seuss~



Image by Terra Dawn Photography 

November 29, 2011

Word of the Week: Tussy Mussy

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untidy, messy, or rumpled

Wedding Wise:

A cone-shaped, metallic bouquet holder popular during the Victorian era. It’s rarely used today, but is perfect for an elegant, vintage wedding.

Image from PerfectWeddingDay.com

A Tussy Mussy is a victorian style bouquet. The small nosegay bouquet is arranged in a typically metal (though now there are several different materials available) made for carrying. Though they are not often used, these containers have a stand built in so they can be used as a centerpiece at the reception later.  Carrying a Tussy Mussy is the perfect addition to any vintage or Victorian styled wedding.


October 31, 2011

Halloween Inspiration

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As I was baking some ghostly cupcakes…

I began thinking about Halloween, and the subtle ways to bring some of the fun from the holiday into a wedding or fall-themed event. Not a full blown theme, but just a few little touches for those Halloween weekend events.  In honor of Halloween, here’s a little inspiration that’s less than literal! Small fun ways to incorporate the Halloween spirit into your wedding weekend.


From Etsy seller KCPaperWorks

These gable boxes are great to use as out of town welcome bags for your guests. Just a little nod to Halloween, all treat, no trick!


These martinis with a hint of dried ice would be fabulous passed at cocktail hour!

Image from ready2spark.com


I love fun and unique save the dates- and this magnetic paper doll set from  MellyMo would certainly fit the bill!



I love these tags from Amaretto. Customize them with your wedding date and add them

From Etsy shop Amaretto

These pumpkin cake pops would be a fabulous and festive late night snack passed out on the dance floor. Combine with some mini apple cider for a delicious and festive late night treat!


Happy Halloween!






August 19, 2011

Wheels up DC, Ribbon Box… Out!

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Just a quick note to share that we’re headed on vacation.. starting NOW until next week to celebrate a dear friend’s wedding in San Gregorio, and then vacation and play tourists in San Francisco! The blog will be loaded up with fun posts while we’re away, and we’ll be sure to recap our trip upon return! Otherwise, the office will be closed until August 29th, when we will respond to new client inquiries!


Earlier this summer: me, my husband, and the soon to be Mr. & Mrs!


January 19, 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Lettering By Lynne

Lettering by Lynne

This week, we’re profiling Lynne Sandler of Lettering by Lynne. Lynne is a calligrapher and trusted source for all things paper- invitations, escort and place cards, table numbers, favor cards, you name it!  Stepping into Lynne’s home office – your creative juices begin flowing- she has so many great samples of her work to inspire and show you she is the perfect vendor to pull your wedding together! We really enjoyed chatting with her- and hope you enjoy her responses too! 

1. Describe yourself in three words:

Patient (with capital P), caring, articulate

2. Why did you choose to work in weddings/events?

This choice evolved naturally – I started as a calligrapher (yes, by hand) in 1978, and began addressing envelopes and designing invitations for customers. Many of the customers were brides, and I really enjoyed the excitement and enthusiasm of these clients. I found it very rewarding to work with women and men who were planning the biggest event of their lives, and to be able to contribute to their happiness.

3. What do you love most about your job?

I love the anticipation of opening a box of invitations which has just been delivered and seeing the finished product. I love looking at envelopes or escort/place cards I’ve addressed in a beautiful or whimsical font. I love reading the ceremony programs of each couple. And, most of all, I love watching the faces of the couple when they see their invitation or envelopes for the first time.

4. What inspires you?

Wanting to help brides and grooms create a special, unique format for all their paper goods for their wedding – from the invitation, to the envelope addresses, to the escort/place cards, favor tags, and everything else connected to the big event. Knowing that I am contributing to their special day is an inspiration for me.

5. Share one of the most memorable events you took part in and why it was so special.

Our daughter was getting married, and suddenly I was designing the invitation, addressing it, creating her ceremony program, Shabbat dinner invitation, escort cards, table number cards, hospitality bags, favors, and probably some items I’m forgetting! And, remarkably, we didn’t get into the typical mother/daughter scenes that so many brides and their mothers experience. When the wedding weekend arrived, it was thrilling to see all the things I had worked on with so much love actually being used. It’s an experience I’ll never forget!

6. Complete this sentence, “If I did not work in the wedding industry, I would…..”

… I would probably have a lot more spare time! But, if I hadn’t gotten into this field, I might have considered going to medical school, although when I was the appropriate age for that profession, very few girls were becoming doctors.

7. How would you describe your style/product?

My 25 plus years as a hand calligrapher have given me a knowledge of layout and style that enhances the work I do. It helps me with every envelope or escort/place card addressing job I undertake. And my 30 plus years experience in the wedding industry helps me as I guide brides in their selection of invitations and other paper items for their wedding. I work with each bride as a unique individual, and give her as much attention as she requires.


8. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing a calligrapher?

It’s important to ask to see samples of their handicraft! Today, because there are so few trained hand calligraphers, their calligraphy is expensive. Why – because calligraphy requires years of study and meticulous attention to detail. And, the process itself is slow. An alternative is computerized calligraphy, which is much faster and certainly much less costly. Also, there is very little waste (with hand calligraphy, every time the calligrapher makes a mistake, a new envelope needs to be started.) A good specialist in computerized calligraphy will have a wide range of type styles, and should be able to match most invitation fonts. The specialist should also offer fonts designed by calligraphers that resemble hand calligraphy or handwriting. Always bring a sample of your invitation to show the calligrapher, and when the envelopes are addressed, leave a few with the calligrapher for last minute changes or additions to your guest list.

9. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?

Do your research. Read bridal magazines. Attend a bridal show. And have realistic expectations – don’t expect to be able to match everything you see on the internet or in a magazine. But know that it’s possible to create a beautiful, elegant wedding on any budget as long as you’re willing to compromise, to be imaginative, and to take the advice of professionals.

10. Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor/actress would you want to play you?

I’ve been told that Francis Sternhagen, (the mother of Kira Sedgewick on The Closer) would be a good candidate. (But my choice would be Olympia Dukakis.)

Lynne, thanks so much for taking the time to chat!!



Want to contact Lynne directly? Here’s how:

Telephone: 703-548-5427
e-mail: invite@LetteringByLynne.com

or, visit http://letteringbylynne.com/

A Reminder– this is not paidpost for advertising. Instead, this is simply a way of introducing you to some of my favorite vendors I love working with in the DC metropolitan area (some nationwide) and an opportunity for a glimpse into their personalities, inspiration, and work!d

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