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Happy New Year! Welcome 2017!

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

My poor, poor blog.  I have neglected you so…here’s to hoping 2017 is a better year for my blogging habit at the very least!  I will try to do a better job of updating on the regular and sharing all the amazing couples we get to work with more often than just in my year end recap – no promises but I will do my best to try!

We had a slow year this year – by design – fewer weddings and more personal time.  I wanted more time over the summer with my kids, I wanted to see my daughter’s first dance recital and to have birthdays off – so I took a little breather after 12 years in business.  I turned down weddings, I took the summer off and it was pretty great! We were busy but not overloaded and as a result, I am refreshed and ready for a fantastic 2017 season that kicks off in March!  So, now onto the recap!

*We kicked off the season on April 30 with Lucy and Kyle’s wedding at The Athletic Club of Columbus – one of our favorite venues!  DePauw University grads and very obviously best friends – these two had a perfectly preppy wedding complete with tons of dancing and even a tribute to Marvin’s (apparently DePauw folks will get that one right away!).

*Lilian and Nick were married at Brookside Farms in NE Ohio on May 13 under an arbor that was draped with prayer flags their friends and family had decorated for them.  From their sweet ceremony, the vegan meal and rocking swing band, everything about this wedding was completely and totally them!  Junebug Weddings published this wedding and has tons more pictures over there if you want to take a peek!

 (Thanks to Gina and Ryan Photography)

*June 18 found us at Camp Mary Orton with Jenna and Joe for their rustic wedding.  It was a lovely day for an outside ceremony for this couple who met in the Army while on deployment.  This wedding party and their friends and families knew how to party – who needs a champagne toast when you have multiple liters of Fireball?

 (Thanks to Emma Parker Photography)

*After a wonderful summer ‘off,’ we picked right back up with Christine and Dana’s sweet backyard wedding at Dana’s families house on September 3.  Another military couple (this time Air Force) who met while on active duty out west.  Two brides, two gowns, two dinosaur figures on top of the cake and a ton of love made for one beautiful wedding!

(Thanks to ENV Photography)

*September 10 was Jean and Doug’s wedding at Scioto Country Club.  Jean is from Columbus but met Doug in NYC where they live.  We were all extremely grateful they chose a church ceremony and not the outdoor one originally planned as a huge storm rolled in just as the guests were arriving at the club.  I will say the incoming rain and wind made for killer pictures!

(Thanks to Red Gallery Photography)

*Erin and Drew were married on October 8 at High Line Car House.  I loved that they wrote their own vows but only shared them with each other in letters – they did different vows at the ceremony.  Another NYC couple (although they met in Ohio and moved there together), we did a New York style reception with dancing before dinner and between courses – that dance floor was never empty!  It was so much fun to watch!

(Thanks to Little Tree Studios)

*October 22 found us celebrating Caroline and John’s wedding at the Columbus Art Museum.  They were married in front of a backdrop of hanging flowers (ask me about the fishing line someday) and then danced the night away.  World travelers (seriously – they did an around the world trip together!), they named their tables after airports, and their favors – Ghirardelli chocolate from their current town, Pocky Sticks from their honeymoon – were a nod to their love of travel as well.

(Thanks to Two Maries)

*We wrapped up the year with Kellie and Jeff on October 29 at Copious.  This wedding was an especially special one as I have known these families since I planned Kellie’s brother’s wedding way back in 2009.  It was wonderful to work with her family again and catch up with many former couples.  Kellie and Jeff’s wedding was a huge party and kicked off with one of my favorite toasts of the year from his twin sister, Abby.  It was a wonderful way to end a great wedding season!

(Thanks to FM Photo)

*On the personal side, I’ll use instagram as my guide once again and give a one paragraph recap of a really busy year: Ellie got her retainer, we saw some plays, the girls started swim lessons, I ran away to Inn at Honey Run for a weekend, we had tea at the American Girl Doll store, Ellie made it to the top of the rock wall and we took a cooking class together, boozey cereal is wonderful, Abby turned 6, I performed the marriage ceremony of  two friends in my backyard, we spent spring break at the Biltmore in Asheville and drinking moonshine in Gatlinburg, we visited Nora the polar bear a bunch of times, Ellie had her first ballet recital, I held a baby kangaroo, we slayed our summer bucket list including hitting all 10 Jeni’s Ice Cream locations in Columbus, the girls were in The Lorax at the Columbus Arts Fest, we watched fireworks from LaVeque Tower, went to Zoombezi Bay, I did my first 5K, saw Adele in Chicago for my birthday, we adopted Hazel the dog (she’s awesome), Ellie turned 9 and we went to the Wizard’s Gathering, painted the house, I did a few more 5Ks, a 50’s Girl and Hermoine Granger came for Halloween, we spent Thanksgiving in NYC going full tourist, we did some good in December, celebrated Christmas with lots of American Girl doll things and wrapped up the year with our traditional visit to Jeni’s and watching the game.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who passed along our name, sent their friends and family our way and generally showed us a lot of love!  If you or anyone you know is looking for a wedding planner, drop us a line!

Also, make sure to follow @edepweddings on instagram for wedding day pictures from our 2017 weddings!  We do a much, much better job of keeping that updated with lots of pretties and major amounts of love!  We’ll be at The Athletic Club of ColumbusThe Loft at Dock580, Columbus Museum of ArtHigh Line Car House, Orchard House Bed and Breakfast and a few more – lots of old favorites and a few new-to-us locations that we can’t wait to visit!

Happy New Year from my family to yours and as always, I hope that 2017 brings you more health, healing, happiness, success, security, comfort, compassion and love than you could ever need!

#FieldTripFriday – Glenn Avenue Soap Company

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Excited to introduce a brand new semi-regular series that I am calling #FieldTripFriday!  It likely won’t appear every Friday but since we get to visit some pretty wonderful places and meet lots of great people along the way, I thought I would highlight some of our adventures and new friends every once in a while.  If you can think of someplace we should visit or someone we should meet, feel free to drop me a line!



A friend called not long ago and let me know he was working with a local company called Glenn Avenue Soap Company.  All natural products that are actually good for your skin with nature inspired and derived scents?  I was intrigued to say the least! My mom always says that foaming soap is one of the tiny little pleasures in life that should be enjoyed and I am always on the hunt for a yummy foaming soap!

So last week, I spent a delightful hour chatting with Phillip, one half of the couple who owns Glenn Avenue Soap Company.  We talked about the soap making process, different ideas for wedding and event related items and potential events and I even got a tour of their operation.  I also found out that the last time I was at High Line Car House, I used Glenn Avenue Soap – same thing with Wolf’s Ridge Brewing and a few other places around town!

My brain seems to always be trying to find ways that places and items can fit into weddings and I found some really cute stuff at Glenn Ave – they’ve got your groomsmen, bridesmaids, guests and even shower hostesses covered!

This display caught my eye immediately!  Cap City Suds is their line of bar soaps made from beer (the refined water is replaced with beer in these soaps) from local breweries like Seventh Son, Four String, Wolf’s Ridge and Zaubers.  They don’t smell like beer (although I am sure that would have been a selling point to some people) but the beer itself gives the soap their color – they scent each one differently.  Grab a few beer soaps plus a growler and gift certificate for a fill or two from the Ohio Tap Room.  Groomsmen gifts – done!

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We are always on the hunt for fun, local items to include in the hotel welcome bags.  These mini soap foamers caught my eye – I happen to have unnatural hatred for hotel bar soap, it always just feels awful to me and dries my skin out completely so foaming soap would be a welcome surprise in that little bag!  You can pick your scents and they’ll fill them for you but I am pretty sure if you asked really nicely, they might let you help a little too.  Welcome bags – done!

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Glenn Avenue does more than soap – they’ve launched a skin care line as well.  The Herbal Mist Foaming Face Wash smells absolutely wonderful!  The line also includes Exfoliating Grains, the Balancing Toner and Facial Serum + Moisturizer.  Put the together in a basket with some bath bombs and body lotion for a super cute, pampering and delightfully useful gift!  Bridesmaids gifts – done!

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I mentioned my love for foaming soap so this was my favorite spot in the shop!  Lavender Pine, Lemon Basil, Berry Lemonade and Bandit’s Oil were a few of my favorite scents – I currently have Bandit’s Oil next to my kitchen sink right now which is especially great since the flu is going around my neighborhood right now.

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Their bar soaps also smell super yummy!  I am not a bar soap kind of girl but there is a pomegranate exfoliating version that even I might be talked into trying.  A few bottles of foaming hand soap, some bars of soap and maybe a bottle of lotion.  Hostess gifts – done!

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I had a great time visiting with Phillip and poking around Glenn Avenue Soap Company on my field trip – hope this gave you some ideas and maybe will inspire you to go visit as well!  They have lots of fun things in the works and the sign on their door is totally right – it DOES smell amazing inside!

Wedding Featured on The Knot!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The Emilie Duncan Event Planning team is coming up on wedding 2 of a 4 wedding stretch this month (make sure to follow us on Instagram for all the pretties, all the fun and the behind the scenes details: @edepweddings) so we’re behind – again – on updating the blog.  I still have lots of pretty pictures from last year’s weddings to share and will get back to that in…July…hopefully.

Until I can get back to full write ups, I wanted to pop in to share Lauren and Lucas’ gorgeous January 10th wedding at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in German Village and St. Charles Preparatory School in Bexley that was featured on The Knot: Lauren And Lucas.

Beyond the ones featured on The Knot, I wanted to share some just a few more pictures from this beautiful winter wedding from Elizabeth Ann Photography! Enjoy!

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The detail and hand work on this cake from Anita Kline was just exquisite! We were all completely obsessed with it and so were our Instagram followers!Subler_Moeller_ElizabethAnn_Photography_Moeller446_low

If you look closely, you’ll see that the singer for this sweet Father/Daughter dance is actually the Groom, Lucas. Such a touching moment and a first for us!Subler_Moeller_ElizabethAnn_Photography_Moeller566_low

We’re helping Elena and Greg get married at Jorgensen Farms this weekend so make sure to watch instagram for all the fun!  If you could keep your fingers crossed that the forecast holds, we’d appreciate that too!


Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Are you following us on Pinterest?  We have lots of pretties pinned as well as lots of random stuff too.  Follow us so we can follow you and let us know what you’d like to see as our latest board!

Gorgeous table setting at High Line Car House in Columbus, Ohio.  Planning by Emilie Duncan Event Planning. Flowers by Flowers on Orchard Lane.

Gorgeous table setting at High Line Car House in Columbus, Ohio. Planning by Emilie Duncan Event Planning. Flowers by Flowers on Orchard Lane.


Cakes for a Cause 2015 – April 2!

Monday, 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!

Personalized M&Ms deal!

Tuesday, 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:


Cakes for a Cause 2014 Recap!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The 5th annual Cakes for a Cause took place back on April 17 at The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and once again, we had an incredible evening doing a lot of good for the hungry in Central Ohio!  Thanks to Karen Evans for the beautiful pictures!!


We had over 200 very happy and hungry guests who enjoyed food from 4 caterers – Two Caterers, Cameron Mitchell Catering, Made From Scratch, and Creative Cuisine.  Snowville Creamery gave everyone a taste of their delicious milk and White Castle kept everyone caffeinated with their coffee!   Guests also enjoyed treats from the 5 bakers competing in our Sweet Taste of Victory competition – Alice’s Piece of Cake, Cool Cakes by Kate, McClain’s Creations, Tannicakes, and The End Desserts.


The End Desserts pulled out the victory in…well, in the end!


Jeni’s Ice Cream gave guests splits of their delicious treats – I still not sure how our attendees didn’t lapse into a sugar coma!


Our silent auction had some amazing cakes, sweets, and other fun items from local bakers and donors – here’s just a few examples of the goodies!

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My daughters picked out this bunny tush cake as the one they really wanted!  I won the auction and it was delicious!





Our live auction featured some pretty spectacular cakes including a Steel Magnolias tribute, a fairy tale castle, a jukebox, local wine and cheese, and a very special superhero tribute cake to a little boy as well as a great package for a Hocking Hills getaway.

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The lovely and absolutely hilarious Monica Day from NBC4 served as emcee and auctioneer for us once again!


Many thanks to our other sponsors – Event Source who provided all the rental items, Flowers on Orchard Lane for the lovely blooms, Hughies who lit up our room, Team DJ who provided music, Camelor Cellars who provided Prosecco for the bar, Shutterbooth for the always fun photo booth, and Studio Z for the forth coming video – we can’t wait to relive all the fun!

In all, we raised over $9500 – that’s enough for the food bank to provide every meal for a year for 35 people!  Over 38,000 meals for those in need and we had a GREAT time doing it!

A special thank you to my partner in crime (and charity!) Kasey Skobel- Conyers.  xoxo



We’ll be back for a sixth year on April 2, 2015!  Save the date and make plans to join us!

10 Years of First Dance Songs!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Here you go – an alphabetical list of most of our couple’s first dance songs.  Anything with an asterisk has been danced to at more than one of our weddings.  I will be honest, I was interested to see that there wasn’t more duplication but every couple has ‘their song’ so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised!

All the Way by Frank Sinatra
Angel by Jack Johnson
Angels by The XX
Besa De Mucho by Luis Migel
Better Man by James Morrison
Better Together by Jack Johnson
By Your Side by Sade
Cheese by Suicide
*Come Rain Come Shine by Ray Charles
Crazy Love by Van Morrison
Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen
Do You Believe in Love by Huey Lewis and the News
Edelweiss from The Sound of Music
Endless Love by Diana Ross
Everything by Michael Buble
Faithfully by Journey
For You by John Dever
Grow Old with Me by Adam Sandler
Home by Billy Joel
I Could Not Ask for More by Edwin McCain
I Have to Say I Love You in a Song by Jim Croce
I Will by Alison Kraus
I Will by Edwin McCain
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
If I Should Fall Behind by Bruce Springsteen
*In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
*It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra
It Was You by 12 Stones
It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Let There Be Love by Christina Aguilera
Love Me Tender by Elvis
Love Song by 311
Loving Every Minute By Mark Wills
More than Love by Los Lonely Boys
Never Felt This Way Before by Duke Ellington
Rose of my Heart by Johnny Cash
Someone like You by Adele
Stay with You by John Legend
The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel
The Luckiest by Ben Folds
The Man in Me by Bob Dylan
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
This Kind of Love by Sister Hazel
This Year’s Love by David Gray
Tonight, I Celebrate my Love for You by Peabo Bryson
Two is Better than One by Boys Like Girls
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve by Ella Fitzgerald
You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
*You and Me by Lifehouse
You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
*You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontague
You Make It Real by James Morrison
Your Song by Elton John

So, are you planning or did you dance to any of these at your wedding? Drop me a line and let me know! Back soon with Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances!

New Song: All Of Me

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

This one isn’t so new but it is starting to get airplay and I am madly in love with this one.  We’re recapping all the First Dance songs this week and this would be a beautiful, beautiful first dance song.  Read the words, it’s perfect.  John Legend wrote it for his wife and sang it to her at their wedding – if you watch the video (warning: not quite NSFW but pretty sexy), the last 20 seconds or so are footage from their wedding.

All of Me by John Legend

What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh

How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh

Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it’s hard

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh

10 Years!

Monday, February 24th, 2014


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!

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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!


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!