Archive for November, 2010

Cans for Comments – 2010

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

As you may remember, my friend Kasey and I produced an awesome event benefiting Mid-Ohio Foodbank last year and we are hard at work on Cakes for a Cause 2011 (save the date – March 1!).  I think that Mid-Ohio Foodbank is an incredible organization that benefits so many people.

To me, this time of year is all about warm hearts and full tummies and in that spirit, I am thrilled to participate in Cans for Comments again this year!

My family will be making a $100 donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank (which will buy an amazing $800 worth of food for hungry people in Central Ohio).  This is in addition to the $100 from Emilie Duncan Event Planning for the 50 Things that I didn’t complete from Round 2 of 101 Things in 1001 Days.

I would LOVE to donate more than $200 – all you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what you are most thankful this time of year.  For every comment, I will donate another $1 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.  Please spread the word: tell your friends, link back to this post, share on Twitter, on Facebook, on your blog – the more comments the better for the Mid- Ohio Foodbank.

Thanks for your help and please consider giving in your community – the need is so great for so many.

101 Things Round 2 – Done!

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you probably know about my 101 Things in 1001 Days projects.  As of Thanksgiving Day, Round 2 is officially closed!!

In round 1, I completed 33% of my list and this time around I hit 50% – not too shabby!

Completed: 51
Still in Progress: 1
Not Completed: 49

Some of my favorite completed things:
*Visit Disneyworld
*Go on the canopy tour zip line in Hocking Hills
*Finish Ellie’s baby book
*See Billy Joel in concert
*Pay for the car behind me in a fast food drive thru
*Cook Thanksgiving dinner
*Do something good through Emilie Duncan Event Planning
*Try acupuncture

And of course, my very favorite completed thing:
*Have a second baby

Now if you read the whole list, you’ll see this:
48. Donate $2 to charity for every item not completed by day 1001

I am planning on donating $100 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank for the 49 uncompleted and 1 in progress items left on the list and will be sharing how you can help make that a much bigger number soon!

Watch for Round 3 of 101 Things in 1001 Days starting on January 1, 2011 – what better day to start a new project than the start of the new year?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

As I sit snuggled with my daughters watching a movie, a bit too full from a delicious dinner shared with my family and a dear friend, I am reminded how very lucky I am and how much I have to be thankful for.  I am so very grateful for the people in my life – friends, family, clients and colleagues.  If you are reading this, I am thankful for you as well.

I hope you spent the day surrounded by those you love the most, remembering the things we have to be thankful for and the opportunities in the future.

Finally, many congrats to those newly engaged couples!  Today marks the start of the engagement season and we’ll be open tomorrow for those who want to get started right away!

Happy Thanksgiving from Emilie Duncan Event Planning!

Wedding Planners from a Venue Standpoint

Monday, November 15th, 2010

I had lunch not long ago with a venue coordinator I have worked with in the past.  This person plays well in the sandbox of weddings and understood that I was not there to step on toes but to do a job – they were a great partner to me as a planner and made my job easier.  This person works at an extremely busy, very popular venue in Columbus – you’d know it if I said the name!  We were swapping war stories from the season and many of this person’s stories had to do with interactions with planners – some good, some bad, all quite entertaining.  These people ranged from professionals to ‘planners’ with no experience and little knowledge of what they were doing.

Based on that conversation, I asked this venue coordinator to write a blog post for me about wedding planners from a venue coordinator’s point of view and their agreed to do so anonymously.  Here is what they had to say!

When I speak about a professional wedding planner, I am referring to someone with years of experience in wedding planning, someone who has been involved in the planning over time, someone who works well with others, someone who cares about the bride and groom’s happiness over everything else.  This is not someone who has just planned their own wedding, thinks wedding planning would be a fun hobby to pick up, or just shows up on the wedding day.

Why Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner is Beneficial to a Bride and Groom

The biggest benefit a professional wedding planner provides for the bride and groom is that he/she is someone who is looking out for the best interest of the couple.  The wedding planner is another set of eyes, making sure everything is where it should be and the bride and groom’s expectations are met.  It’s not about them, it’s not about me, it’s about the client.

A professional wedding planner manages the flow of the event by keeping the time line on track.  He/she serves as the main line of communication between the venue coordinator, DJ, and other vendors.  The wedding planner will be the first to know if the bridal party’s transportation breaks down, and they will be an hour later than expected…true story.

A professional wedding planner can recommend vendors to the bride and groom that have been vetted and researched.   He/she can suggest people and places that are professional, and who they can work with in harmony.  From a venue standpoint, a great wedding planner can articulate the bride and groom’s vision clearly, yet still be polite and pleasant to work with.

A professional wedding planner is the go-to person for questions for the venue coordinator and staff.  We don’t have to bother the bride and groom or their family.  This helps the bride and groom enjoy their day to the fullest extent, and keep the stress (if any) where it should be:  on the shoulders of the paid professionals.

Why Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner is Beneficial to a Venue Coordinator

A professional wedding planner is a great resource for an event space to have at the end of the event when it is time to pack up the bride and groom’s personal items.  Event staff can focus on cleaning the space while the wedding planner ensures valuable and usually breakable items go home in a secure manner.

Typically, the professional wedding planner spends more time with the bride and groom, getting to know them, than the venue coordinator does.  This helps the wedding planner execute the client’s vision.  In situations where a question arises about a random detail that didn’t come up in discussions with the bride and groom from the venue coordinator’s meetings, the wedding planner will know them well enough to make the correct decision.

Why Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner Helps a Venue Coordinator Do His/Her Job

Hiring a professional wedding planner allows the venue coordinator to focus on what he/she does best:  managing staff and producing a delicious meal.  As a venue coordinator, I feel comfortable staying in the back of the house during dinner to make sure everything flows as it should in the kitchen because I know that the professional wedding planner will be out on the floor.  If there are any issues he/she will communicate with my captain, so that we can fix them in a timely fashion.  The bride and groom will always see a familiar face during dinner, and won’t feel like they have been forgotten about or abandoned.

When a professional wedding planner and a venue coordinator work together, they can set each other up for success which ultimately makes for a great event.  The staff at the event space can haul boxes of décor and set up tables and chairs.  The wedding planner makes it look beautiful with centerpieces, linen, and final touches.

When I meet with the bride and groom for the last time before their event, I ask that the professional wedding planner attend as well so that we can start off on the right foot.  I am not a proud person.  My personal opinion is the more help, the better.  I enjoy working with a real, professional wedding planner.  When that kind of person walks through the door, I know the event is going to be successful. My staff will jump in to help fold napkins if we are finished setting up the buffet.  The wedding planner will help polish silverware if they have extra time after finishing the décor.  I might learn a new, more efficient way to fold a napkin that has a menu card in it.  The wedding planner might learn about a quirk or special feature of a venue that will appeal to some of their future clients.  When we work together, everyone wins especially the bride and groom.

Thanks to my venue coordinator friend for sharing this – I appreciate it!