Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year! Welcome 2013!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

As we look forward to 2013, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on 2012. It was a wonderful year with great weddings and projects – here are some of our favorite highlights:

*Our season kicked off with Andrea and TJ’s wedding at Franklin Park Conservatory on February 18 – would you believe it was warm enough for them to do their first look and take pictures OUTSIDE? In February? In Ohio? Believe it! I also just found out that Andrea and TJ are expecting a little addition to their family this summer – so excited for them!

Andrea and TJ{Photo: Chelsie Burkhart}

*On February 24, we helped with a fun party for a local company’s 13th anniversary – they are healthcare related so we did a Haunted Hospital theme complete with a talent show and the senior management surprising everyone with a flash mob to Thriller! First time I have ever worn scrubs to an event – we had to be in theme after all!

*The 3rd Annual Cakes for a Cause took place on April 5 and we raised enough to feed 24 people every meal for a year! It was an amazing night with tons of food and sweets plus lots of great auction items! The 4th Annual Cakes for a Cause is scheduled for March 28 – make sure you mark your calendar now!

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*We continued our wedding season with Lauren and Geoff’s gorgeous wedding out at Darby House on May 12. We had beautiful weather for the outdoor ceremony and pictures and then headed in for a great night of dinner and dancing to dueling pianos from the Big Bang Piano Bar!

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*We were under a huge white tent in Dublin on May 19 with Jean and Chris. They’re a really private couple so they asked I not share pictures of their faces but rest assured they were a gorgeous couple! Here’s a shot from their lovely head table:

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*June 2 found us moving Elisabeth and Chris’ entire reception from an impossibly windy Pool Deck at the Renaissance Hotel inside to the ballroom. Elisabeth works in a really big House that happens to be White planning travel and events so she rolled with the changes beautifully! This wedding also proved once again that Columbus is a very small place – it turns out the Bride’s sister (her Maid of Honor) and I had both been bridesmaids in another friend’s wedding way back in 2006!

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*June 16 was the epic wedding of Katlin and Parker at The Athletic Club of Columbus. Not only gorgeous but hilarious with truly great friends and family, this couple was a blast to work with! When the bride and groom wind up dancing on the tables, you know it was a heck of a night! This picture pretty much sums up this couple perfectly!

Katlin and Parker{Photo: Kitty Maer Photography}

*Leslie and Daniel’s July 7th wedding outside under a big white tent at the Columbus Country Club goes down in the books as the hottest wedding we have ever done – it went all the way to 107 degrees! Luckily, the couple, their bridal party and guests were all troopers – several big fans and GREAT attitudes kept everyone dancing late into the night. This is also the wedding that the emergency kit was put to full use with a split, very broken bridesmaid gown zipper! Thank goodness for veterinarian surgeon bridesmaids who know how to sew things up!

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*We helped Laura and Mark celebrate their wedding at The Westin on July 28. We also found out that you can see fireworks they put on at Columbus Commons from the windows of the Westin Ballroom – it was like a personal fireworks show just for their guests!

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*A number of Worthington based wedding vendors came together to create an adorable, preppy photo shoot on August 13. Katlin and Parker served as our bride and groom and they brought along their DARLING puppy Indie as well! Watch for a fun event coming up in April from the Worthington Wedding District!

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*Mother Nature made up for the last time we were at the Renaissance with Katie and Brad’s August 18 wedding – perfect weather and zero wind! Katie and Brad were married on the roof top, went downstairs for cocktail hour with their guests and then came right back up for an amazing evening of dinner and dancing with a phenomenal band!

Katie and Brad2{Photo: Benjamin James Photography}

*Christina and Marc traveled all the way from sunny San Diego to celebrate their wedding at Creekside Events Center! Marc is in the Navy and we had lots of nautical touches including hand carved naval boats as table numbers. Doesn’t Christina have the best smile? Seriously, she can light up a room!

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*Heather and Chris’s Ohio Statehouse wedding on September 15 was a reunion of sorts for me – not 1, not 2, but 3 former couples and their parents were in attendance! It was wonderful to catch up with them all! I love that this couple scheduled time to go back to their house to take pictures after the ceremony to have a private toast with their bridal party (and make sure the Duchess, their beloved cat, was in the pictures as well!)

Heather and Chris{Photo: Jacquelyn Poussot Photography}

*Lesley and Jason were married on a gorgeous fall day at Camp Mary Orton. It was truly one of the most unique and extraordinarily personalized weddings I have done to date – we had zip lining before the wedding, the bride and groom getting dressed together, the bride’s super colorful dress, a gorgeous ceremony in a meadow with guests on blankets, Mikey’s Late Night Slice serving up a snack during dancing and everyone heading to the after party at Ace of Cups for karaoke. It was an absolute ball and absolutely perfect for them!

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*We helped create another photo shoot on October 18 at The Athletic Club of Columbus. The photographer described her vision as moody and mature – I’d say we hit it on the head! We also just found out that the shoot will be featured on a major wedding blog early next year – I’ll share more pictures after that!

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*We closed out 2012 with Meredith and Dave’s wedding at The Athletic Club of Columbus. They wanted their December 22nd wedding to be a Christmas wedding without the commercialization. Lots of Christmas bulbs, lots of silver and red, and lots of good cheer all around – we achieved just that! Thanks to the super speedy editing of Kimberly Potterf, I already have a picture to share!

MeredithandDave{Photo: Kimberly Potterf Photography}

*On a personal note, my family had 2 big milestones this year – my husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage and our oldest daughter Ellie started kindergarten! We celebrated it all with a surprise trip to Disney World in December.


2012 was a fantastic year and my team and I were honored to have been a part of each wedding and event! So far 2013 is shaping up to be wonderful as well – we’ll back at Creekside, Columbus Museum of Art, The Athletic Club of Columbus, The Renaissance and Franklin Park Conservatory to name a few. We have a few more open spots for the year (we only take a limited number of couples every year) – send us an email or give us a call {614.678.6320} to set up a meeting to talk about how we can help you have an incredible wedding!

Happy New Year to you and yours from Emilie Duncan Event Planning!

Newly Engaged? Some Tips for You!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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If you are reading this with a shiny new ring on your finger (or enough of a promise of one to start the planning) – welcome and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  We’re so excited for you!

The next months will be filled with a million and one decisions – here are a few basic facts to keep in mind:

*The average wedding in the Columbus, Ohio area costs about $28,000 and has around 150 guests.  Your budget can be more or less – it all comes down to the choices you make.  When deciding on a venue, bear in mind that a backyard wedding can easily cost more than a ballroom.  Also, be sure to check what is included with your venue – rental of tables, chairs, flatware, glassware, tableware, etc can take up a big bit of your budget!

*Bridal gowns take an average of 6 to 9 months to be made and delivered and some can take up to 12 months.  Bridesmaid gowns take an average of 3 to 6 months to be made and delivered.  Plan accordingly!  Visit here for a list of Columbus, Ohio Bridal Gown Shops.

*Not all wedding vendors accept credit cards so don’t count on putting everything on plastic for the wedding but many do, so make sure to ask!  I’ve had multiple couples pay for their honeymoon flights using points earned by putting expenses on credit cards with rewards programs and paying them off right away.

*Consider hiring a planner!   Even if full service planning isn’t in your budget, consider hiring a planner for a couple of hours.  Most planners offer hourly assistance for just a little bit of help and can get your planning process headed in the right direction.

This is a series I did a few years ago with the first things you should be thinking about as you get the planning process started:

A is for Attendants
B is for Budget
C is for Contracts
D is for Date
E is for Eating
F is for Formality
G is for Gowns
H is for Hair
I is for Inspiration
J is for Jewelry
K is for Keepsakes
L is for License
M is for Mailing List
N is for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MBA
O is for Old
P is for Priorities
Q is for Questions
R is for Relatives
S is for Size
T is for Theme
U is for Unfortunate Monograms
V is for Vendors
W is for Wedding Planner
X is for eXercise
Y is for You
Z is for Zzzzzzzzs

And if you aren’t in the mood to open 26 different pages, you can browse the whole category here: First Things First.

Good luck with the planning and remember to have fun and enjoy this time – yes, it can be overwhelming and a bit stressful at times but the result really does make all the work worth it in the end.

Congratulations and feel free to give us a call – we can’t wait to hear from you and get started planning with you!

{Big thanks to Kyle from Little Tree Studios for the lovely photo!}

Great Video: What Brought Us Together in 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012

I will do my traditional recap of our year next week (We still have one wedding to go tomorrow!) but I saw this video and I wanted to share it.  On this 1 week anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, this video reminded me of the touching, special, silly, mindless and yes, sad things that bought us together in 2012. There are some scenes of disasters and the suggestion of violence but for the most part, it’s safe for work and home.

If you don’t know some of the videos or pictures or are just a curious nerd like me, here is a link to a Google Doc with notes and the original videos.

Quick Tip: Gift Cards for Rehearsal Dinner Restaurants

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

If you are having your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or day after brunch at a restaurant, you might want to check the website and see if they are offering any bonuses with a gift card purchase this holiday season.

A little local research turned up the following offers:

Cameron Mitchell: $25 for every $100 spent on gift cards good at Cameron’s, M, Molly Woo’s, Martini, Marcella’s and Ocean Club among others.

Hubbard Grille: $25 bonus for every $100 spent on gift cards.

Due Amici: $25 bonus for every $100 spent on gift cards.

Bravo: $20 bonus for every $100 spent on gift cards.

Champp’s: $10 bonus for every $50 spent on gift cards.

*One thing to note here: before you drop a bunch of money on the gift cards, call the restaurant and ask the manager if you can use the gift cards on your event – most have restrictions and some have expiration dates!  When in doubt, please call and ask!

This list is by no means all the offers I found, just a small sampling of places where past couples have held various events – there are bunches more out there but again, please double check that the cards (gift and/or bonus) would be valid on your event!

Of course, even if the bonus cards aren’t good on the event itself, they might be good for some relaxing dinners out with your future spouse before or after the big day – date nights are a good thing!

Now Hiring: 2013 Interns!

Monday, December 10th, 2012
Emilie Duncan Event Planning is looking for interns for our 2013 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.  What we are looking for:

*You should be a junior or senior at a local university
*You must plan to be in the Columbus area for all of 2013 – including over the summer.  We have events and weddings scheduled from February through November at this point with the strong possibility that more will be added.
*Weekly meetings are 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.
*You must have the ability to work remotely via virtual office.
*You must have your own transportation.
*Finally, you must have an amazing attitude, the ability to roll with the punches and be ready and willing to jump in and start working!

You will assist with the planning and coordination of our 2013 weddings and events including a large scale charity event in March.  We will be accepting resumes and cover letters via email only from December 10 through December 31.  If you would like to send your resume for consideration for our intern program, please send your resume and cover letter to  Candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews for the first week of January.

Please note: phone calls and contact sent through third party websites will be disregarded.  We look forward to hearing from you!