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!

Cakes for a Cause 2015 – April 2!

March 30th, 2015

It’s the sweetest time of year – it’s Cakes for a Cause week!  Come join us at Mid-Ohio Foodbank on Thursday, April 2 from 6 to 9 pm to feed your sweet tooth while helping to feed the hungry in Central Ohio.

Visit Cakes for a Cause for more info and EventBrite to buy tickets!

Live John Legend Performance for $10!

February 6th, 2015

Have you booked your wedding entertainment yet?

Mr. ‘All of Me’ himself – John Legend is raffling off a private performance for a great cause – all proceeds go to rebuild his HS auditorium in nearby Springfield, OH.  Want to win? Watch this!

Now visit to enter.

There are different levels of support starting at $10. Of course, the more you donate, the more chances you have to win plus the more goodies you get. For only $25,000 you get 250,000 entries and lunch with John Legend. He’d probably sing to you at the table for that price!

Revisiting – My wedding venue is closed! Now what?

January 30th, 2015

Edited to update: Valleydale Ballroom is officially out of business.  I have heard from multiple venues who have dates available and are more than willing to help out couples affected by this sudden closing.  If you are affected, please feel free to reach out to me and I will put you in contact with those venues!!


Late this afternoon rumors started flying that The ValleyDale Ballroom has shut it’s doors – please note this has NOT been 100% confirmed (there are a gazillion rumors floating around about the closing and whether it is temporary) but the signs are there. IF this is the case, it will likely leave multiple events in limbo and a whole lot of upset couples. I thought it would be a good idea to revisit a post from back in 2008 when another local venue suddenly shut down: My Wedding Venue is Closed!  Now What?

If Valleydale Ballroom is indeed closed, I hope the those who are now searching for a new venue are able to find solutions quickly!

Bridal Blow Out Sale! 1.11.15

January 4th, 2015

If you haven’t said yes to the dress yet, you’ll want to circle January 11 on your calendar!

Three of the best bridal boutiques in Columbus – La Jeune Mariee, Ivy Bridal Studio and White of Dublin – have joined forces for an amazing event!  The first annual Bridal Blow Out Sale will take place on Sunday, January 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Embassy Suites in Dublin (5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017).

Things to know before you go:

*Cash or credit ONLY – Lindsay from Le Jeune Mariee told me they won’t be accepting checks. Ivy and White’s policies may differ but you might want to call them and check before you count on it!

*This is bridal gowns only – no maids or moms – and sizes are obviously going to be limited to sample sizes but that can vary from designer to designer.  Most samples will be bridal sizes 8-12 which translates to normal sizing of 6 to 10.

*All sales are final and all the dresses are ‘as is’ but in excellent condition.  Dublin Cleaners will be on hand to look at any imperfections so you can make an informed decision.  Also, several seamstresses will be on hand to provide professional and honest opinions on whether the dresses can be altered to fit well.

*No appointments – first in, first to buy so you might want to get in line early!

*Coming in from out of town or just really want to make sure you’re first in line?  Embassy Suites is offering rooms at $99 a night.  Give them a call to reserve.


If you find the dress of your dreams, we’d love to see it!  Feel free to tag up on Facebook (Emilie Duncan Event Planning) or in Instagram (@edepweddings).  Happy hunting!


Happy New Year! Welcome 2015!

January 1st, 2015

Wait! How is 2014 is already over? It seems like I was just recapping 2013! It was an amazing year filled with beautiful weddings and events – here’s some of our highlights:

*Emilie Duncan Event Planning’s office officially moved into our new home office.  I love that clients feel comfortable enough to come in, kick off their shoes and curl up on my couch while we plan their weddings!

*We welcomed our new intern class in January. Kelsey, Megan and Shelby were with me all year and were  wonderful team! We managed to get an extended team picture at Courtney’s wedding – Kelsey, Maddie and Courtney (two of EDEP’s 2013 interns), me, Shelby and Megan.

(Thanks to Little Tree Studios)

*We kicked off wedding season on April 5th in gorgeous fashion at Kristin and Mark’s wedding at The Westin.  It was a beautiful pink and gold affair complete with deep dish stuffed pizzas flown in from Chicago for the late night snack!

(Thanks to Picture The Love)

*The 5th annual Cakes for a Cause took place at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on April 18.  Tickets sold out once again and we raised enough to feed 35 people every meal for a year – over 38,000 meals for the hungry in Central Ohio!  Make sure to save the date for April 2, 2015 for our 6th annual event – come eat, have fun and help lots of people!

(Thanks to Karen Evans Pictures)

*April 26 found us at the new Highline Car House with Andrea and Andrew.  This was the first time at this gorgeous new venue and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding! Intimate and colorful – it was a wonderful day!

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*We were back at Highline Car House on June 14 for Josh and Duane’s wedding.  It was our first same sex wedding and we were honored to have been part of this celebration that was 17 YEARS in the making! We had a completely sequined head table, a best man who rapped his toast and the amazing Nina West – trust me when I say that doesn’t really scratch the surface of this one!  Josh and Duane’s wedding was selected to be featured in The Knot Ohio Magazine which hits stands this month! I will share scans soon!

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*On July 19 we were at the Columbus Museum of Art for Katy and Cam’s Tuscan inspired wedding.  We loved their place cards tied with rosemary, thyme and lavender with an extra piece of rosemary at every place setting.  The room smelled (and looked) like heaven!

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*Even a noisy thunderstorm complete with an intense downpour couldn’t stop Nicole and Ryan’s July 26 tented wedding at Freeman Farms! Gorgeous wood farm tables, 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen, swiss dot linens, string lights and royal blue – it was stunning!

View More: to Jessica Love Photography)

 *August 9 found me at my 20th High School Reunion but my amazing team was taking great care of Lauren and Daniel.  They had a gorgeous wedding at The Loft at Dock580 where they got to see Daniel’s trademark high kick in action.  Fun fact: Daniel is a triplet, one of two triplets (from different families) we worked with this year!

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*Every wedding is special but some weddings are family!  Courtney was one of my interns last year and we were so excited when she got engaged.  She and Joe (her junior high school crush – as evidenced by the diary page she displayed at the wedding that gushed over a cute boy named Joe!) were married at Camp Mary Orton on August 16.  Courtney designed and planned everything and it was absolutely beautiful!

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 *Sarina and Steve’s August 23rd wedding found us in yet another newer venue, The Vue. I loved the slideshow playing in the background of their dances and for the rest of the evening – it was fun to see pictures of Sarina as a little girl while she was dancing with her Dads!  We also got to see Daniel and Lauren from our August 9 wedding – he and Steve grew up together.  It also makes me happy that S&S and I are practically neighbors – they live right down the road from me.

2014-08-23_Sarina&Steve_0530(Thanks to Little Tree Studios)

*We kicked off September with Karen and Brian’s September 6th wedding at Muirfield Village Golf Club.  Brian played baseball for OSU and we had a big Buckeye themed candy bar for the guests.  Karen and two of her sisters were in Nicole and Ryan’s July 26 wedding so it was lovely to see lots of the same people again.  Fun fact – Karen is the other triplet we worked with this year!  She and her sisters are identical triplets.

(Thanks to Anne Ciotola Photography)

*Molly and Andrew were married on September 20.  It was a sweet, intimate wedding held in her sister’s backyard.  The couple lives in South Carolina but are from Columbus so they came back home to get married.  I loved that their first dance was a ‘Carolina Shag’ in honor of their current home.

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*Taylor and Greg were married on October 4 at a private venue in the Brewery District.

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*When the groom is a firefighter, it’s only right that he should arrive to the ceremony in a fire truck!  Lindsay and Matt were married on November 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark.  We loved their bright flowers next to the chocolate brown of the bridesmaid’s gowns – it suited this autumn wedding perfectly!

View More: to Mallory + Justin Photography)

*We closed out 2014 with ugly sweaters and reindeer games (think people wrapping presents while wearing oven mitts, drawing a snowman blindfolded and transferring candy canes between bowls using no hands!) at a fun corporate holiday party on December 12.  When the client requests ugly sweaters, never let it be said that Emilie Duncan Event Planning doesn’t commit!

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*On a personal note, my family continued to settle into our new home and school, survived the polar vortex, played at the Columbus Art Museum, traveled to Indiana for a family reunion where Ellie caught a fish. The girls took swim lessons and jumped off the diving board into the deep water! We traveled to Michigan where we toured the dunes and I attended my 20th HS reunion (Go Dutch!). We also went to Virginia where we played in the ocean and took the girls to meet their Great-Grandaddy and Sueshell. The girls played soccer for the first time – Abby even scored a goal! Elsa and Curious George dropped in for Halloween. We went to Oktoberfest in Powell and hosted our Annual Holiday Open House before celebrating Christmas with lots of American Girl Doll items.  Finally, we wrapped up the year last night with a quiet New Year’s Eve at home reflecting on 2014 and looking forward to 2015!

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We’ll be recapping all our 2014 weddings with LOTS of pretty pictures in the weeks to come so make sure to watch for those.

Also, make sure to follow @edepweddings on instagram for wedding day pictures from our 2015 weddings – we’ll be at Walter Commons at St. Charles in January! We’ll also be at Highline Car House (3 times!), The Ivory Room, Jorgensen Farm, Wedgewood Country Club, Taylor Mansion, Camp Mary Orton, Scioto Reserve Country Club, Rockmill Brewery, The Renaissance, and The Westin. Lots of old favorites and several new-to-us locations that we can’t wait to visit!  We’ve still got room in our schedule for another wedding or two but not much more so if you’re looking for a wedding planner, make sure to get in touch soon!

Happy New Year from my family to yours! I hope that 2015 brings you more health, happiness, success, security, comfort, compassion, healing and love than you could have hoped for!

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: