Archive for May, 2015

The Mrs. Box

There’s something about a little blue box with a white ribbon that causes hearts to skip a beat. There’s something about a gold-embellished red box that is instantly recognizable. But another top contender for Most Iconic Box is the Mrs. Box.

The Mrs. Box is made of vintage French velvet and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. According to their website, the boxes’ “materials come from mills that are no longer in existence, so due to the rarity of remaining pieces, each color is limited edition!”

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Summer Watkins, owner and designer of The Mrs. Box, explains the production process: “Our boxes are made from vintage velvet. We have a supplier that we work with to go through his remaining stock and purchase what he has available. We normally buy all of a certain color to have our boxes made. We are essentially making them as quickly as we can, as we keep running out—particularly of popular hues like pink!”

Need another reason to covet these stunning boxes? The Mrs. Box offers custom monograms using a vintage hot stamp press machine to imprint your initials with gold, silver, or rose gold foil. Each lid is embossed individually with custom letters made especially for the 40-100 year old velvet.

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Watkins, whose name you might recognize from Grey Likes Weddings, explains, “The boxes are meant to be an heirloom and can house anything—from an engagement ring, to a wedding band, to your grandmother’s heirloom ring.”

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What’s on the inside is what really counts… but a beautiful, custom-made French velvet presentation certainly doesn’t hurt! For the perfect keepsake of life’s big moments, consider The Mrs. Box.

Sips and Snacks: Bite-Sized Reception Add-Ons

Great food is a key to a great reception. But not just the main meal. Thoughtful brides plan beyond the sit-down dinner and find creative ways to keep guests satisfied during the cocktail hour or as the party goes into the night. Your guests will be appreciative of (and impressed by) these signature snack options – and you’ll look like a party planning goddess!


Ice Cream Cart

On a hot summer afternoon or evening, an ice cream cart will be a cool sweet treat. You can get clever with flavors, naming them after important moments in your relationship. Kennywood Kiss Kona, anyone?

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Food Truck

Have food, will travel. Invite your favorite eatery to your reception! A food truck might not be a replacement for a sitdown meal, but it’s a great cocktail hour or late night treat for guests. Pittsburgh is a haven for great food and food trucks. Read our review of local Pittsburgh food trucks here.

Bella Christie & Lil' Z's Boutique Food Truck Photo from Bella Christie & Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique.


Coffee or Hot Chocolate Bar

Dancing the night away calls for a good cup of java. Include accouterments like creamers, peppermint sticks, whipped cream, flavored syrups and mix-ins. Mugs and sleeves can also serve as favors. Don’t forget the decaf! Coffee and hot chocolate bar myweddingreceptionideas   Photo from


Wine or Beer Bar

Invite guests to sip on carefully curated collection of cocktails. Track down the wine you and your fiancé enjoyed on your first date. Or provide a bevy of local beverages. Pittsburgh has a variety of independent local breweries and distillers; impress your guests with local gems like Wigle Whiskey or Arsenal Cider. Wigle Whiskey Weddings wiglewhiskey Photo from

The way to your guests’ hearts is through their stomachs. Trust us, you’ll win them over with any of these wedding snacks and sips! For more ideas for your wedding, make sure to check out our Pinterest boards!