Archive for November, 2014

One Question You Might Not Be Asking…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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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!

Wednesday, 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!

Monday, 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 interns@emilieduncan.com. Candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews in December.

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