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2016 Interns Wanted!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Emilie Duncan Event Planning is looking for interns for our 2016 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 2016 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 2016 – especially over the summer. We have events and weddings scheduled from March through November at this point and more will be added throughout the year.
*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, social media prowess is a must, and Photoshop is a plus.
*You must have the ability to work remotely via virtual office.
*You should graduating no sooner than December 2016.
*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 coordination of our 2016 weddings and events. We will be accepting applications via email until January 31. 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 February.

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

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.

10 Years!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Wow.

10 years!  According to the Secretary of State, I launched Emilie Duncan Event Planning on February 24, 2004.  What a crazy 10 years of changes, growth, set backs triumphs and most of all, JOY!  We’ve done lots of weddings, worked with incredible couples, and have more than a few wild stories – most of which I will not by sharing to protect the innocent, the not-so-innocent and the completely crazy!  I’ve also been lucky enough to met amazing people who I cannot imagine my life without – people I would not know if not for my little event planning firm.

Consider this post a giant love note to everyone who has supported me along the way!

To my clients: thank you so much to all the couples and families who have trusted me to help them plan their wedding or event – your trust and support means the world to me.  It’s been an honor!

One of my fabulous interns created this so the pictures are not in order by year, month, preference – nada!  She just put it together randomly!

{This is many of my clients from the last 10 years but not all. If you aren’t on here, I don’t have a picture so send me one!}EDEP Collage Resized

To my assistants: you work your tails off to make it all happen for our couples and I am so lucky to have and to have had you by my side, backing me up!  You are the bestest minions in the whole wide world!

To my ‘co-workers’ – all the other hardworking and dedicated wedding and event pros making dreams come true in this crazy industry: thank you for being incredible partners, supporters, and friends!  You know who you are and I’m so happy to be on the same team as you and thankful you have my back.

To my friends and family: thank you for still loving me even though you have to work around my crazy schedule and be willing to change your wedding date so I can attend (true story!), move vacations, have girl’s night out on a Tuesday and generally support the heck out of me!

Finally and most importantly – to my husband and my beautiful daughters: thank you for your patience, your support, your free labor, and your love.  Not one day goes by that I don’t count you three as my most incredible blessings and the loves of my life.  AML, AML!

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I will end on a cliche/trite/overused statement but it sums up what I am feeling today: I am blessed beyond measure to be able to do what I love and to have built the business and life I love.

We’ve got lots of fun coming up in the next few weeks including some recaps of all those weddings – first dance songs, all the cakes and bouquets from past weddings, and some other fun things including a new website!

Here’s to the next 10 years and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

We’ve Got A New Address!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

If you caught our 2013 year end recap, you might have noticed that my family and I moved into a new house at the beginning of October.  It took quite a while (trust me when I say that it was a long, rather painful saga) but we love our new home!

I’ve rented office space for 5 or 6 years but have been wanting to move Emilie Duncan Event Planning back into my house for a while so that was a big criteria for me while house hunting.  I’m incredibly excited to say that our new house has a wonderful office space for me and starting this week, I’ll be meeting clients here!

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It’s a work in progress but it is finally starting to come together!  I have blank walls which means LOTS of room for pictures of my awesome couples and all the gorgeous weddings from the last 10 years!  Honestly, I still have all those blank walls because I have no idea how I am going to narrow them down but I will post more pictures once I do.

Our mailing address still remains the same – PO Box 1173, Worthington, OH 43085 – but since the office is at my house, I’m giving out that address as needed for meetings.  Please note that we are NO LONGER at 693 1/2 High Street!

Want to set up a meeting to see the new office in person?  Give us a call {614.678.6320} or drop us a line.

Cheers to exciting changes in 2014!

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 interns@emilieduncan.com.  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!

Kickbacks and Commissions in the Wedding Industry

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Preston Bailey did a blog post yesterday on transparency and vendor kickbacks and fees and it prompted me to pull out a post I have had sitting in drafts for a while.

It is a dirty little secret of the industry that some planners charge kickbacks to vendors in order to recommend them.  It is more common in cities on the coast but it is certainly happening here in Columbus as well.

This is long so click below to read more….

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We’re hiring!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Emilie Duncan Event Planning is looking for interns for our 2012 internship program!  If you have ever wanted to learn about the day to day operations of a full service boutique wedding and event planning firm, 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 2012 – including over the summer.
*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 2012 weddings and events including a large scale charity event in April.  We will be accepting resumes and cover letters via email only from November 16 through December 20.  If you would like to send your resume for consideration for our intern program, please send your resume and cover letter to interns@emilieduncan.com.  Candidates will be contacted in December 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!

Priscilla of Boston is closing!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Yes, I used an exclamation point in the title because this is a big deal – to be honest, I am stunned.  Priscilla of Boston has announced that they are closing their boutiques and all their dress lines will be retired.  This includes all bridal gowns and bridesmaid gowns from Priscilla of Boston, Jewel by Priscilla of Boston, Platinum for Priscilla of Boston, The Dress by Priscilla of Boston as well as Melissa Sweet, Reverie by Melissa Sweet and the Vineyard Collection.

So what does this mean for brides?  It depends on whether you have placed an order or not.

*If you have already ordered a gown from any of POB’s lines.  You are fine.  POB is going to fill their orders and make sure that their customers are taken care of.  If you have any questions, just call the bridal salon you ordered from and don’t freak out!  POB has said you will still get your gown!

*If you had your eye on a gown from any of POB’s lines but hadn’t ordered.  Sorry but you will not be able to place a custom order for any gowns – this includes brides and bridesmaids.  Keep in mind that there will likely be a flood in the consignment market of sample gowns from different bridal salons looking to get rid of their sample gowns.  Lucky for Columbus locals, we happen to have an AMAZING consignment shop right in downtown Worthington called LuxeRedux.  They happen to be our neighbors!  Give LeAnn a call and see if she can’t help you.  Also, keep an eye on their online boutique – good chance some gorgeous gowns from POB will be popping up soon!

For more answers, Priscilla of Boston has a list of FAQs on their website.

Personally, I am saddened by this news – I have had brides over the years wear POB or Melissa Sweet and they were lovely dresses with beautiful detail and styling.  I have a bride wearing a gorgeous Reverie skirt next year and I know how excited she was when she found it.  The bridal industry is losing a jewel with the closing of Priscilla of Boston.

Meet the Interns!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

If you attended or worked with us at one of our weddings this year or were at Cakes for a Cause, you might have seen my wonderful interns in action.  Now that we have a little break in our season, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to them so if you do see them, you can say hi!  I am thrilled to have them working with me and so proud to introduce them to you:

Huge thanks to Alison at Grogan Studios for these pictures!  Thank you also to Stacie from Pearls and a Black Dress for making us look good!

Name: Becky King
Major: Strategic Communication
Can’t live without: Friends…and ice cream!
Dream vacation: A trip to Paris!
Why did you want to intern in events: I love seeing ideas come to life! Weddings are such a great example of this. All of the work that goes into planning – the details, meetings, and phone calls are all worth it when you see how happy the bride and groom are!
Favorite part of a wedding day: The moment between the bride and her father before they begin walking down the aisle.
Biggest surprise about weddings: How casual the groomsmen and groom are. They are always joking around!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:  Laura Oeters
Major:  Human Nutrition with a minor in Business
Can’t live without:  My cell phone…and my family! {Emilie’s note: Diet Coke too – she’s an addict!}
Dream Vacation:  Any place that’s gorgeous, exotic-looking, and a beach where I can relax!  I’m addicted to the ocean and the soothing sound of waves.
Why you wanted to intern in events:  I love the detail-oriented aspects of event planning as well as making other people happy by creating and putting on an event just as they dreamed it might be.  Seeing the start-to-finish of event planning is also pretty gratifying and I did a few things at Ohio State that made me realize all of this about events.  I thought an internship would be the next best thing to keep learning about events and planning and to see a lot of different kinds of things.  So far I have not been disappointed!  🙂
Favorite part of a wedding day:  When the groom see’s his bride for the first time.  He always looks so elated, humble, and lucky and it usually makes me a little bit emotional…!
Biggest surprise about weddings:  Seeing the wide variety of things people show up wearing!  Some weddings have had a mix of guets in t-shirts and blue jeans (eek!) and in stunning dresses and suits.  I just always feel surprised to see all the different things people wear to the same wedding!

Technology is not my friend today!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

My site and email were down today (January 10) from somewhere around 9 am to 3 pm!  If you sent me an email during that time and I have not responded to you, PLEASE resend it!

Sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully technology will be much nicer to me tomorrow.