Monday, January 31, 2011


Thanks to everyone who entered my first giveaway and for commenting, following, and liking! I'm happy to announce that LIZ is our winner! Liz, I will email you the $15 gift certificate code so that you can start shopping right away.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


A winner will be chosen tomorrow, so this is your last chance to enter to win a $15 gift certificate to any of CSN's over 200 online stores! 

All you have to do is go to the original giveaway post, by clicking here and leave a comment. You can also earn extra entries by following this blog, following Ruffles & Tweed on Twitter (@rufflesandtweed), and/or liking Ruffles & Tweed on Facebook

Good luck!

Thursday, January 27, 2011


That was the subject line of an email I received from Anthropologie today and I couldn't open it fast enough. I knew that they were coming out with a wedding brand (see my post from last April on, but I thought we'd have to wait until this Spring. Turns out, it will all be "unveiled" on February 14th - what a perfect Valentine's Day gift!

To find out more, check out their new site, BHLDN, and sign up for email updates to stay in the know. 

Here's a taste of what's to come - such a tease! I can't wait to get my first email!

Anthropologie Weddings - BHLDN
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Monday, January 24, 2011


I am super excited to announce my very first giveaway! CSN is offering one lucky reader a $15 gift certificate to use at any of their over 200 online stores. You can choose anything from modern office furniture to chic lighting to fitness equipment to shoes - the possibilities are endless!  

All you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me how you would use your gift certificate, then I'll randomly draw a winner on Monday, January 31st.

You can also earn extra entries by following this blog, following Ruffles & Tweed on Twitter (@rufflesandtweed), and/or liking Ruffles & Tweed on Facebook. If you already do any or all of these things, just include that as a note in your comment in order to get your extra entries.

Check out my ultimate Ruffles & Tweed office below, consisting of items from, one of CSN's online stores that I am quickly becoming addicted to.

Rufles & Tweed Ultimate Office -

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I can't wait to give this fabulous prize away, so be sure to check back on Monday to find out if you are the lucky winner!

Thanks for entering!

* I'm sorry but I'm only able to offer this giveaway to US or Canadian residents at this time. Gift certificate can be used to purchase items from any of the 200+ online stores but can not be used for shipping. No compensation was received for this post. *

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Rue La La, one of my favorite online discount shopping communities is having a wedding sale! If you're already a member, log on right away to check out all of wedding goodies before they are gone. If you're not a member, sign up and start shopping!

Rue La La is an exclusive, invitation-only online destination where you will discover premier-brand, private sale Boutiques, each open for just a brief window of time. 

Image found via Rue La La

Check it out today for wedding gowns and party dresses from Nicole Miller, Tahari, and Badgley Mischka, plus veils, jewelry, clutches, shoes, and even menswear - all at deeply discounted prices. 

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Wedding guests can also purchase gifts of silver, china, and crystal, and Wedding Paper Divas is even offering $25 for $50 worth of wedding stationary.

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Happy Shopping - come back and post a comment if you snag something good. :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Have you heard? DSW has a new wedding shop

The shoes are broken out into 3 groups - bride, bridesmaid, and mother of the bride, and are displayed at 7 different angles, so that you get a full 360 degree view of each shoe . I am definitely not a fan of brides feeling like they need to wear white or ivory shoes on their wedding day, and think that colorful shoes are the perfect way to add a little kick to your wedding day wear (I wore orange satin slingbacks). 

So, if you're like me, check out the bridesmaid section, which offers a variety of colors, and for those of you who would rather play it safe, there are still tons of beautiful white and ivory options in the bride section. And the best part? They are all under $100! Some of my favorites are below.

The New Wedding Shop at DSW
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Thursday, January 13, 2011


I had the pleasure of touring one of the most unique wedding venues I've ever been in on Tuesday night. It's a great space called reBar in Dumbo (Brooklyn, NY), and could be the perfect fit for a couple who is looking for something different and offbeat. 

The architecture is breathtaking, the food (of which I happily ate 4 delicious courses) is unbelievable, and the price is better than almost every other venue in New York - you can get married for $9,999 on a Sunday, and that includes a DJ and flowers!

reBar Brooklyn Gastropub

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When you meet the founder, Jason Stevens, you'll be immediate friends because his thirst for life is contagious - he has so much energy and passion for what he does, that not only will you want to get married at his venue, you'll also want to take lessons from him on how to live life to the fullest.

reBar fits wedding parties of up to 200, has custom packages for food and drink (even though they already have 15 taps!), and has a theatre that can be utilized as your late night party spot, bridal suite, third bar, or babysitting room. This venue is definitely one to watch. 

Check them out online and set up an in-person appointment - you will not be disappointed.

Thank you to Stella Inserra of Simply Dazzling Events and the Association of Bridal Consultants for a great event! And a special thanks to Feuza Reis, a talented photographer and social expert, who gave an informative and fun (I won a t-shirt!) presentation on understanding social media and SEO strategies.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Tickets just went on sale for this years' New York Weddings Event! I've been to many, many bridal events and this is, by far, the best one ever. I look forward to it every year and snatch my tickets as soon as they are available - you should too! 

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The best of the best vendors will be there (more than 100 of them), from photographers and videographers, to dress designers and dance studios, to bands and DJs - the list goes on and on, and I promise that you will not be disappointed. 

And the best part is, you can enjoy complimentary cocktails and snacks as you watch demonstrations, chat with vendors, and get creative ideas for your big day. It is so inspiring just to be there in the presence of so many wedding experts, and the gift bag isn't too bad either - they're only available while supplies last, so get there early - they are worth it!

And now for all the important details....
When:            Wednesday, March 30th / 5-8pm
Where:           Metropolitan Pavilion / 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY
How:              Buy tickets online - $40 for 1 / $60 for 2 (grab a friend)

Saturday, January 8, 2011


So with it being Saturday and all, I thought it would be the perfect time to give a very grateful shout out to my friends at Saturday, a small graphic design studio from the big apple, for the amazing work they did on my brand identity, stationary, and web site design

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Peter DiBartolo and Christine Capelli are two of the most talented designers I know, and I had a blast working with them to come up with the personality behind the name, Ruffles & Tweed. Not only are they a lot of fun, but also true professionals who take the time to ensure that every piece of art they create is completely customized to the company and people it is meant to promote. 

I will be forever grateful to them for bringing Ruffles & Tweed to life. I love Saturday, and I hope you will too - check them out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I am thrilled to finally be starting my own blog after guest blogging on for the past year and a half, and am even more thrilled for the start of my event design and coordination company, Ruffles and Tweed.

I owe it all to the extremely talented Owner and Creative Director of True Event, Sarah True, and the amazingly creative and inspiring Owner of Chocolate Creative Design, Lucinda Wesson, who also just launched a lovely blog, glitter, glue & fireflies

My journey into the fabulous world of wedding planning started about 3 years ago – I was in the process of planning my own wedding and loving every second of it, when one of my dearest and oldest friends, Elizabeth Spatafora, suggested that I contact Sarah, who we both went to college with, since she was involved in wedding planning and could be a good source of inspiration (Liz, thank you from the bottom of my heart for that little push that has blossomed into something I never expected).

The rest is history – that single act led to the most amazing 3 years of working and collaborating with both Sarah and Lucinda at a variety of breathtaking venues in Connecticut, including my all-time favorite, Island Farm on Elihu Island – the most magical place to get married. And thanks to Lucinda’s faith in me, I am now the Coordinator/Designer for Elihu – I couldn’t be more ecstatic, thankful, blessed, and optimistic for this incredible opportunity. 

So, thank you for joining me as I share my adventures in wedding planning, highlights from the Island weddings, and all things that inspire me – from photography, to fashion, to life in general.

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