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The Lab Event + Inspiration Contest!

Get ready for a fun contest! The Lab is a wedding event with an amazing roster of pros in the San Francisco area, designed to the nines for engaged couples looking for inspiration, vendors and a great party catered by the best in town. Each year, The Lab chooses an inspiration theme from a real couple to design the event entirely around a couple’s wedding day vision. Here’s where you come in! The Lab will bring your wedding vision to life. It’s a real life preview of the wedding you dream of. Read on for the deets!

the lab event tablescape

pink flower arrangements

gift box display

the lab event boxes

bride sign

chocolate and vanilla cupcakes

the lab event cakes

pink white invitations

pink flower arrangements

Everyone is welcome to participate, it’s not just local to SF brides! If you don’t live in the area and can’t attend, The Lab will mail your swag bag!

Event Date: January 12, 2013

Contest Rules:

1. Create a Pinterest board.
2. Name your board and include The Lab 2013. (example: Toasted Marshmallow | The Lab 2013)
3. Pin away! Create your dream wedding profile with at least 10 images.
4. On the description of each image copy the following: “#Ruffled for #TheLab2013:”
5. Once you are done creating a rockin’ board, comment a link to it on this blog.

That’s it! We will sift through all the boards and choose our favorites. We will be announcing the winning boards on August 27!

the lab event san francisco

the lab event

The winning board will win:
Winning Boards brought to life by an awesome team of designers at The Lab
2 Free Tickets to The Lab 2013
One of our awesome swag bags (if you are not local, we will send you the awesome goodies)
Odette crystal bobbi pin by ($130 value)

pink escort cards

the lab event

the lab event tablescape

pink flower cakes

pink flower arrangements

Time to start pinning! Good luck to everyone and we can’t wait to see the amazing inspiration boards you come up with!

All images above by Meg Perotti

37 Comments on The Lab Event + Inspiration Contest!

We love reading your comments! Remember that the couples who chose to share their weddings with us are real people, so please be respectful and mindful of that. We love promoting engaged couples’ unique tastes, so sometimes their style may not be the same as yours. Ruffled reserves the right to remove comments that we find inflammatory, offensive, and self-promoting. We will respond to any questions regarding the feature above in this thread, so everyone can benefit from the answer. Thank you!

  • 1

    WWOOOWW can portuguese wedding planning girls participate : )??????

  • 2

    Great contest, we’ll have to share with all our brides! Exciting!

  • 3

    I’m so excited to share my “A Secret Garden Affair” pinterest board with everyone. Being engaged is so much fun. My joy is like being at a spa with a big thing of cotton candy!
    Enjoy and congrats to all!


  • 4

    @De Alma yes indeed you can participate!!

    @wedding planner in Hawaii wohooo thanks! :)

  • 5

    I’m excited to share my Literature and Library Wedding Inspiration board! I hope you all enjoy!


  • 6

    Getting married in Santa Barbara in March! have a great time planning everyone!

  • 7

    Sharing my vintage/rustic inspiration–Hope you guys enjoy it!

  • 8
    Elissa DeMaria on August 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm


  • 9

    I so want to go to this year’s Lab Event! Check out my “Peony Pop” inspiration board, hope everyone likes it! :)

  • 10

    What a great contest!!

  • 11

    I call my board, “French Noir”… It’s kind of soft and beautiful European meets dark fairytale! Hope ya gals like it!

  • 12

    Lovvvve this contest! My board is Slate and Peach with splashes of Copper and a touch of midcentury charm.

  • 13

    It was so much fun putting together this board, and it helped me think more about the Florida wedding I am planning for next summer! I put together inspiration for an economical, green, PRETTY D-I-Y wedding that reflects who my beau and I are–from our Dominican and Colombian backgrounds to our love of peanut butter and jelly!

    What a terrific contest!

  • 14

    Its almost like pastels meet a gold mine! I love the dusty colors of Art Nouveau! Enjoy ladies!

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  • 16

    My finished board–”Wed, White, and Blue” for the perfect summer wedding!

  • 17

    Great contest. My board is about all things blue.

  • 18

    This was a fun one! I called my board a modern vintage affair. Black and white with vintage all over.

  • 19
    Kathlee Cleveland on August 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    My Frida Kahlo-inspired wedding theme. Hopefully you can help me pull this off. : )

  • 20
    Summer Krecke on August 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Get ready to go retro glam: My 1920′s Orient Express themed wedding soiree —

  • 21

    My Vintage meets Victorian Affair:

  • 22
    Tanita & Devon on August 22, 2012 at 4:08 am

    My fiance and I are in the midst of dreaming about our Rustic, Country style wedding we will be having in 2013.

    Here is our Pinterst Board:

  • 23

    This Table setting is so beautiful!

  • 24

    Well this was fun! Just a few ideas… whimsical Midsummer’s Night Dream meets a more modern Alice in Wonderland, organic and natural with a lot of sequins and a little nonsense.

  • 25

    Mine’s called Red & Black Chandelier romance – what fun!

  • 26

    This contest was sooo much fun and my board is called “Poetic Whimsy”

  • 27

    This is such a fun contest! My board is Poetic Whimsy

  • 28

    Big, bright, and bold – This Pinterest board does not shy away from making a statement!

  • 29

    My theme is a compilation of orange, lace, an old-time feel, and personal touches all centered around the “you make me happy when skies are gray” line from You Are My Sunshine. I love all things wedding and wedding-related, so trying to trim down my amount of pins was definitely difficult! However, I think that I get my idea across and I’m excited to share it with you!!

  • 30

    Hiya! Is it too late to submit an entry? What a fun contest!!

  • 31

    Oops, I changed the board title and that changed the link:


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  • 33

    Forgot to post the link the other day, sorry!

  • 34

    Who won? Did I miss it?

  • 35

    When will the winning boards be announced? Did you guys mean September 27th instead of August 27th?

  • 36

    What are the blue berries in the boutonniere? Love them!


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