Ribbon Box Events Blog

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

April 23, 2012

Word of the Week: Postlude

We’ll, if you read our vocab post a few weeks ago about a prelude, you probably have an educated guess about this week’s word!




1. a concluding piece or movement.
2.  a voluntary at the end of a church service.

Wedding Wise

“Background” music played at the end of the ceremony, at the conclusion of the recessional- once the bride and groom, wedding party, and officiant, have exited. It typically lasts about 15 minutes, fades into the background until every guest has left the area.

Postlude music are the final songs your guests hear at your wedding ceremony. The purpose of postlude music is to seamlessly transition from recessional music and provide background and ambiance while your guests file out of the ceremony and make their way to the lobby, outside, and onto the reception.

Your string trios or quartets, guitar, piano, or organists, even a choir, should perform music that suits your taste and style, and transitions smoothly from the recessional.

Image by Deb Lindsey

Not sure where to start? Do some research online and listen to audio samples. Two of our favorite local groups are:

Sage String Quartet

St. Charles String Quartet 

Sites likes these and  others will help you pick things you like, and if you are local, they are top notch vendors you will want to book! Your wedding planner is also a great source of information!


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!


April 9, 2012

Word of the Week: Prelude




1. any action, event, comment, etc. that precedes something else.
2.  Music. a piece that precedes a more important movement.

Wedding Wise

“Background” music played at the beginning of the ceremony, as guests arrive and are seated.

Image of Sage String Quartet courtesy of Aaron Haslinger

Prelude music is the first music your guests hear at your wedding. The purpose of prelude music is to welcome guests as they arrive to be seated before the ceremony, approximately 15 to 30 minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to begin. While the printed invitation is the first hint at the tone and style of your wedding that guests receive, the prelude music is the next. Whether you have string trios or quartets, guitar, piano, or organists, even a choir, consider music that suits your taste and style- whether it’s classic, contemporary, or maybe even some modern love songs- these songs should easily transition into the processional selections that indicate the ceremony is beginning and the bridal party begins to process down the aisle!

Not sure where to start? Do some research online and listen to audio samples. Two of our favorite local groups are:

Sage String Quartet: http://www.sagestringquartet.com/?page_id=31

St. Charles String Quartet http://stcharlesquartet.com/audio-samples/

Sites likes these and  others will help you pick things you like, and you don’t like, and start to get a feel for what you want. Your wedding planner is also a great source of information!


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?


March 5, 2012

March 2012 Trunk Show Alert

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


1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20007

Hitched Styling Night March 22

Francesca Miranda Trunk Show March 16-24

Amsale Bridesmaid Trunk Show March 22-30

Hitched Sample Sale March 29

Anne Barge Trunk Show March 30-31

Chevy Chase Bridal

5300 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20015

Pattis Trunk Show March 9-11

Mother of the Bride Trunk Show March 16-26

Sample Sale March 23-25


I DO I DO Wedding Gowns
Gaither Center
15932 Luanne Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Email: idoido@idoidoweddinggowns.com
Montage by Mon Cheri Trunk Show March 9-10
Mon Cheri by David Tutera March 23-24
Jeanette’s Bridal
10386 Festival Lane
Manassas, VA 20109-3548

Paloma Blanca Trunk Show March 9-11

Yumi Katsura Trunk Show March 16-18

Simone Carvalli Trunk Show 23-25


Hannelore’s of Olde Town

106 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-0387

Romona Keveza Couture Bridal Trunk Show March 22-25

July 27, 2011

Love Notes: Christie & Tim

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I’m so humbled and excited to announce we have another perfect 5 star review from WeddingWire! I absolutely love every single event I am fortunate enough to be a part of and work with clients from the ground up, or even just wedding management one month prior to the wedding. No matter the package they have chosen, I have been honored to meet these fabulous couples and call them clients and later, friends. Read on for the complete review below, or head straight to WeddingWire to see the complete review and our others! 

“When we first began planning our wedding, we didn’t think we’d really need a wedding planner. After all, we wanted an easy and fun wedding within our budget; nothing too elaborate. A friend recommended calling Tiffany, so I did just to get an idea of how she would help and for what price. From the end of this first phone call, through to the day after our wedding, I felt completely relieved that we decided to hire Tiffany! She was there for any decisions we were unsure about, but never made us feel obligated to take her advice. When we had trouble getting in contact with some of the vendors, she stepped in and spoke with each about their responsibilities and clarified our requests. There were also several times when we hadn’t even asked for Tiffany’s assistance, but found out later about each of the details she took care of without interrupting us at all. I confidently recommend Tiffany to help with any wedding, no matter the size or budget, because just knowing she had everything under control, made planning our wedding a really fun and easy process for us!”

You can always read reviews from past clients on WeddingWire. Visit our website for additional information and to schedule an initial meeting to discuss your wedding and how we may be of service to you.


February 7, 2011

Love Notes.. and why you need a wedding planner!

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I just wanted to share a note from my inbox that made my day ( I sent a follow up email to the mother of the bride, along with a link to their

fabulous photographer’s photos so she could see while they were away on their honeymoon). I always feel blessed and honored to work with couples and families on such an important aspect and memorable occasion- so I am thrilled to share a love note from the mother of a recent client! Wedding planners provide a range of services- never underestimate the power of peace of mind for you, and your family on your wedding day!


With Lindsay and Ryan gone I probably would not have seen these pictures.  Days later some of our friends started sending me pictures they took with their own cameras and I realized then how fast the night went.  Many of our guests said that this was the prettiest wedding they had been to and the most fun they have had in years.

Please thank your assistant for helping make Lindsay and Ryan’s day so special.

You were terrific and I truly believe I would not have had time to have fun and visit with friends and relatives as much as I did.  It takes a special person to be able to juggle as many things as you did and remain cool as a cucumber.

Thanks again for making Lindsay and Ryan’s wedding day so beautiful.

Best Wishes,


Many thanks to you and your family- I loved working with you along the way and helping you enjoy your daughter’s wedding day!


February 2, 2011

Sneak Peek: Ryan & Lindsay

This past weekend I coordinated a wedding at Sequoia at Washington Harbour. Ryan & Lindsay are a stunning couple whose fun loving spirit and love for one another really show through in these amazing photos captured by Terra Dawn Photography. I just couldn’t wait to share them with you all!

This was one of those weddings that was just breathtaking- every detail came together beautifully. When combined with a gorgeous bride, handsome and spirited groom, and Georgetown as their playground (and backdrop!), there was great fun to be had!

So… here’s a sneak peek at the stunning pictures from Terra Dawn Photography! They are just too amazing not to share! A Full blog post with all the juicy details of the day to come soon. For now, enjoy! Special thanks to Terra for sharing these images! Looking forward to our next event together!


December 9, 2010

Love Notes

Many thanks to Val & Mike for a glowing review on Wedding Wire! They were such a wonderful couple to work with, I can’t wait to share photos from Luke Eshelman in an upcoming post!

Here’s her review- you can also check out Wedding Wire for the original review, learn more about our services, and read other client reviews!

I called Tiffany my wedding fairy, and I couldn’t think of anyone who would have done a better job! I hired Tiffany because I had NO IDEA what to do, and she was very patient and very helpful. I started out with the “day of” package but decided on the partial package. She didn’t miss a thing and covered every base possible. Both my reception venue and photographer were entirely decided upon her suggestions, and I LOVED THEM BOTH! I have gotten so many compliments since the wedding, and I have to attribute everything to her. She is AWESOME!