Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I am Emilie, owner of Emilie Duncan Event Planning and author of this blog.  That's me over there with one of my wonderful brides, Kristin - she's the gorgeous one on the left!  I thought the best way to introduce myself was to share a few random things about me.  I am:

  • Happily married to and madly in love with my husband, Randy.
  • Mom to Ellie and Abby, the most beautiful little girls in the world.
  • A Spartan Alum living in Buckeye land.
  • Obsessed with details and a HUGE fan of lists.
  • A huge fan of great photographers, beautiful flowers and pretty dresses.
  • Kris and Ed's only child.
  • A voracious reader.
  • Left-handed and right brained.
  • Still in possession of my favorite childhood stuffed animal, a dog named Cinnamon.
  • A bit of a social media addict - FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest to name a few.
  • Emotional - I still cry at least a little bit at each and every wedding.
  • A hugger - when we meet, expect a hug or feel free to request one!
  • TRULY honored to be a part of each and every wedding I plan and coordinate!

One Question You Might Not Be Asking…

November 25th, 2014

Photo by Picture The Love

Happy Thanksgiving AND Happy Engagement Season!  Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day is typically called Engagement Season in the wedding world since the most popular day of the year to propose is Christmas Eve followed by Valentine’s Day.  So if you’ve recently asked the question or said yes (or hope to soon), congratulations!

One of the first things many people do after getting engaged is head out to look at venues – no surprise, this time of year brings time off work and trips home if the couple lives away from their wedding city – and a great place to start since the venue typically dictates the wedding date.

There are lots of things to look at when viewing potential venues – price, food, bar options, size, dates available, decor, etc, etc, etc.  There are multiple lists out there of questions to ask venues – my friend Kay has written a couple killer checklists of things to ask both when you first call and when you visit venues so I won’t try to reinvent the wheel.  Those links are live and will take you right there – I would suggest at least looking them over before visiting venues as they are a fantastic jumping off point.

Often venues hand couples lists of recommended or required vendors.  If you receive one of those lists, I would suggest you always ask one simple question – Do the vendors on your recommended/preferred/exclusive list pay to be there?

Did you know that some venues demand vendors pay a fee to be on those ‘preferred’ lists?  Unfortunately, this practice is becoming more common in Ohio.  If the people on the list pay to be there, you’re being handed a list of paid advertisers and not necessarily a list of the best vendors in town – regardless of what they title it.  Those two groups may overlap but…not always.  Once you know whether the venue is recommending vendors just to line their pockets or because the recommendation is in the best interest of the couple, you can decide what to do with that list.  Having the whole picture makes the planning process much easier and leads to less disappointment down the road.

FYI – if you see Emilie Duncan Event Planning on a fellow vendor or venue’s list, it is because we earned it…not because we bought it.  We have never paid for a referral from a vendor and won’t in the future.

Good luck with your venue search and Happy Thanksgiving!

Andrea + Andrew: 04.26.14 – Video!

November 12th, 2014

We LOVED everything about Andrea and Andrew’s intimate wedding at Highline Car House back in April!  We had just under 60 people so we had room to play with the table set up and created a really warm, embracing floor plan with big farm tables from Event Source set with amazing, jaw dropping flowers from Flowers on Orchard Lane.

The day was gorgeous from beginning to end but their ceremony was incredible.  Watch this and you’ll see what I mean – grab your tissues too, it is as moving on film as it was in person!

Thanks to Little Tree Studios for the gorgeous film:

2015 Internship!

November 10th, 2014

Emilie Duncan Event Planning is looking for interns for our 2015 internship program! If you have ever wanted a look behind the scenes of a full service boutique wedding and event planning firm as well at the Columbus wedding and event industry, this is your opportunity. Our internships are a year long – from the beginning of 2015 through the last event of the year, typically in December.

What are we looking for? For starters:

*You MUST be in the Columbus area for all of 2015 – especially over the summer. We have events and weddings scheduled from January through November at this point with the strong possibility that more will be added.
*Weekly meetings will be required as are some evenings and weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) as needed for events.
*Proficiency in MS Office is required and Photoshop is a plus. We will train on other programs including floor plan software and WordPress. Social media prowess is appreciated.
*You must have the ability to work remotely via virtual office.
*You must have your own transportation.
*Finally and most importantly, you must have an amazing attitude, the ability to roll with the punches and be ready and willing to jump in and start working!  Wedding and event planning is HARD work and you’ll be in the middle of it all.

You will assist with the planning and coordination of our 2015 weddings and events including a large scale charity event in April. We will be accepting applications via email until December 5. If you would like to send your cover letter and resume for consideration for our intern program, please send your resume and cover letter to Candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews in December.

OSU students may also submit their cover letter and resume via FutureLink.

Kristin + Mark: 04.05.14 – Video!

September 17th, 2014

Well, hello there!

*brushes the dust off the table*

Obviously it has been a while…okay, a really long while. It has been way too long but I have pretty video to share!  Forgive me? I promise I have lots more to share as we’ve had an really fantastic year so far with some absolutely amazing weddings with a few more still to go!

Today’s video was from our first wedding this year back on April 5.  Kristin and Mark were married at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and then had a gorgeous reception at one of our favorite venues, The Westin. Watch for his face while she walks up the aisle – so happy!!

Pictures from this gorgeous wedding still to come but here is the adorable trailer from Kimberly over at Picture The Love! Enjoy!

Personalized M&Ms deal!

June 24th, 2014

We’re in the midst of a very busy and very pretty wedding season – no worries, lots of pictures coming soon – but I had to pop in and share this deal.

Lots of couples love to use personalized M&Ms for candy buffets or favors but if you’ve priced them, you know just how expensive they can be!  I found a deal on Amazon Local (kind of their version of Groupon) for $30 worth of personalized M&Ms for $15.  As a point of reference, a 5 lb bag of personalized M&Ms starts at $85 so it would take at least a little off for you.

Click here to see the deal

Looks like you can order one for yourself and one as a gift and the voucher must be used by August 15, 2014 but make sure to read the fine print for yourself before you buy.

They would be great for bridal shower favors as well!  Here are a couple of examples of personalized M&Ms that we’ve had at past weddings:

Christina and Marc did their initials and date along with a picture of their cat Buster.  These were all part of their dessert table:

Josh and Duane did their initials and date along with a picture of them in very cute favor jars for each guest:


She Said YES: Taylor and Greg

May 7th, 2014

Taylor loves Greg.

Taylor and Greg love Homage.

Greg worked with Homage to propose in an adorable way – take a peek!

I’m so excited to work with Taylor and Greg for their October wedding – super nontraditional and one of my largest weddings to date!  Its going to be a doozy!  If the love and support they received in the video is any indication, it is going to be a love fest all around!

Come to think of it, my team might just need some new t-shirts for set up!  Hmmm…oh, Homage!

Cakes for a Cause 2014 Recap!

April 29th, 2014

The 5th annual Cakes for a Cause took place back on April 17 at The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and once again, we had an incredible evening doing a lot of good for the hungry in Central Ohio!  Thanks to Karen Evans for the beautiful pictures!!


We had over 200 very happy and hungry guests who enjoyed food from 4 caterers – Two Caterers, Cameron Mitchell Catering, Made From Scratch, and Creative Cuisine.  Snowville Creamery gave everyone a taste of their delicious milk and White Castle kept everyone caffeinated with their coffee!   Guests also enjoyed treats from the 5 bakers competing in our Sweet Taste of Victory competition – Alice’s Piece of Cake, Cool Cakes by Kate, McClain’s Creations, Tannicakes, and The End Desserts.


The End Desserts pulled out the victory in…well, in the end!


Jeni’s Ice Cream gave guests splits of their delicious treats – I still not sure how our attendees didn’t lapse into a sugar coma!


Our silent auction had some amazing cakes, sweets, and other fun items from local bakers and donors – here’s just a few examples of the goodies!

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My daughters picked out this bunny tush cake as the one they really wanted!  I won the auction and it was delicious!





Our live auction featured some pretty spectacular cakes including a Steel Magnolias tribute, a fairy tale castle, a jukebox, local wine and cheese, and a very special superhero tribute cake to a little boy as well as a great package for a Hocking Hills getaway.

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The lovely and absolutely hilarious Monica Day from NBC4 served as emcee and auctioneer for us once again!


Many thanks to our other sponsors – Event Source who provided all the rental items, Flowers on Orchard Lane for the lovely blooms, Hughies who lit up our room, Team DJ who provided music, Camelor Cellars who provided Prosecco for the bar, Shutterbooth for the always fun photo booth, and Studio Z for the forth coming video – we can’t wait to relive all the fun!

In all, we raised over $9500 – that’s enough for the food bank to provide every meal for a year for 35 people!  Over 38,000 meals for those in need and we had a GREAT time doing it!

A special thank you to my partner in crime (and charity!) Kasey Skobel- Conyers.  xoxo



We’ll be back for a sixth year on April 2, 2015!  Save the date and make plans to join us!

10 Years of Mother/Son Dances!

April 14th, 2014

Happy Monday!  Hope you enjoyed your weekend – we had several meetings but no weddings so we spent as much time outside as possible.  It was perfectly beautiful!

I am asked what song the groom and his mom should dance to during the planning of nearly every wedding!  Some songs are too sappy, some are too romantic and some are just plain bad – I had to talk one mother of the groom out of selecting “I Will Always Love You.”  {I am in the camp that feels that should never be played at a wedding!  Listen to the lyrics folks – it is a breakup song and it isn’t appropriate!  You aren’t breaking up with your son, you are gaining a new son or daughter!}

Anyway, here’s ten years of suggestions – just as with the Father/Daughter Dances, there aren’t quite as many songs on this list as on the First Dance Song list as some couples chose not to do the parents dances for a variety of reasons.  For the ones who do, here’s what we’ve seen them dance to!  Anything with an asterisk is one that has been used multiple times.

A Song for My Son by Mikki Viereck
A Whole New World from Aladdin
Blessed by Elton John
Days Like This by Van Morrison
Forever Young by Bob Dylan
Georgia by Ray Charles
Gratitude by Fonseca
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
*I Hope You Dance by Leanne Womack
In My Life by The Beatles
*My Wish by Rascal Flatts
Perfect Fan by Backstreet Boys
*Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Song for Mama by Boyz II Men
Stand by Me by Ben E. King
Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder
That’s What Friends are For by Dionne Warwick
The Christmas Song by Nat ing Cole
The Gift You Are by John Denver
The Measure of a Man by Elton John
Through the Years by Kenny Rogers
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
*What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

10 Years of Father/Daughter Songs!

April 9th, 2014

We’ve already kicked off wedding season here at Emilie Duncan Event Planning with a GREAT wedding at the Westin Columbus last Saturday (make sure to follow @EDEPWeddings on instagram for all the behind the scenes fun on wedding days!) and are looking forward to another killer wedding at the end of the month!

Father/Daughter Dances! You’ll see there aren’t quite as many songs on this list as on the First Dance Song list – some couples chose not to do the parents dances for a variety of reasons.  For the ones who do, here’s what we’ve seen them dance to! Anything with an asterisk is one that has been used multiple times.

A Whole New World from the movie Aladdin
Across the Universe by The Beatles
Blessed by Martina McBride
Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carsile
Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
Days Like This by Van Morrison
Eidelweiss from the movie The Sound of Music?
Father Daughter by Paul Simon
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
How Sweet It Is by Michael Buble
I Hope You Dance by Leanne Womack
*I Loved Her First by Heartland
*Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
Kind and Generous by Natalie Merchant
Lullaby by Billy Joel
*My Girl by The Temptations
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry
New York State of Mind by Billy Joel
*Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Stand By Me by Ben E. King
Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
The Best is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
*What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman

Mother/Son songs up soon! Happy Wednesday!!

10 Years of First Dance Songs!

March 10th, 2014

Here you go – an alphabetical list of most of our couple’s first dance songs.  Anything with an asterisk has been danced to at more than one of our weddings.  I will be honest, I was interested to see that there wasn’t more duplication but every couple has ‘their song’ so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised!

All the Way by Frank Sinatra
Angel by Jack Johnson
Angels by The XX
Besa De Mucho by Luis Migel
Better Man by James Morrison
Better Together by Jack Johnson
By Your Side by Sade
Cheese by Suicide
*Come Rain Come Shine by Ray Charles
Crazy Love by Van Morrison
Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen
Do You Believe in Love by Huey Lewis and the News
Edelweiss from The Sound of Music
Endless Love by Diana Ross
Everything by Michael Buble
Faithfully by Journey
For You by John Dever
Grow Old with Me by Adam Sandler
Home by Billy Joel
I Could Not Ask for More by Edwin McCain
I Have to Say I Love You in a Song by Jim Croce
I Will by Alison Kraus
I Will by Edwin McCain
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
If I Should Fall Behind by Bruce Springsteen
*In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
*It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra
It Was You by 12 Stones
It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Let There Be Love by Christina Aguilera
Love Me Tender by Elvis
Love Song by 311
Loving Every Minute By Mark Wills
More than Love by Los Lonely Boys
Never Felt This Way Before by Duke Ellington
Rose of my Heart by Johnny Cash
Someone like You by Adele
Stay with You by John Legend
The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel
The Luckiest by Ben Folds
The Man in Me by Bob Dylan
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
This Kind of Love by Sister Hazel
This Year’s Love by David Gray
Tonight, I Celebrate my Love for You by Peabo Bryson
Two is Better than One by Boys Like Girls
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve by Ella Fitzgerald
You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
*You and Me by Lifehouse
You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
*You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontague
You Make It Real by James Morrison
Your Song by Elton John

So, are you planning or did you dance to any of these at your wedding? Drop me a line and let me know! Back soon with Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances!