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Pinterest Tip: Use the Description Space Wisely!

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

{It is very snowy and cold outside but I have a cup of tea (hello Chai Latte, where have you been all my life?!), and Pinterest is fired up on my computer so I’m good – the perfect way to waste a Saturday off!}

A quick tip for all you Pinterest using brides and grooms out there – make sure you use the description space wisely!  Pinterest makes it so easy to save anything and everything with very little brain power needed.  That’s the great and not so great thing about Pinterest.  Great because you can always have your ideas at your fingertips, not so great when it comes down to having to share your pins with your vendors – anything and everything is overwhelming and can lead to confusion and misunderstandings!

Often I see pinners pinning a picture for one element – say the candles but not the flowers or the napkin fold but not the color of the napkins.  Unless you clarify what you like and don’t like about your pins, it is easy to forget down the road and then that pin is just another pretty picture.

Simply try to make a point to clarify what you like and/or what you don’t like about each pin so it is clear to someone viewing your boards.  Here’s a great example – what does the original pinner like about it?  The ribbon on the handle – easy peasy!  Of course if you like the pink flowers but not the ribbon, you should change the description!  Simple, right?

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Another tip?  Every once in a while, go back and clean up your pins.  The easiest way to do this is to create a new board, go through your old boards and anything you still love, move or repin to the new board.  This is an especially good idea if you have a long engagement – sometimes the old pins are good for a laugh.

Stay warm and happy pinning- I’m off to make more tea!

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

What a wonderful year 2013 was!  It was a year of some really big changes, lots of great weddings and some amazing memories.  Here are just some of our favorite highlights (and one very low point):

*We started the year welcoming a new class of interns – Maddie, Courtney, and Karly joined me all year and did a great job not only planning and coordinating weddings but serving as the official photo booth testers when needed:

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*On February 22, we helped with a fun party for a local company’s 14th anniversary – lots of red roses for a Valentine’s Day theme and an amazing talent show from their associates!

*We kicked off an early wedding season on March 23 with Amy and Drew.  I’ve known Amy since she was a bridesmaid in one of our 2009 weddings (that bride was a bridesmaid in this wedding and I knew about a dozen of the guests – it was great to see them and catch up!).  We had a great time with them at Creekside in Gahanna – they even braved the chilly temperatures for some gorgeous outside pictures!

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*The 4th annual Cakes for a Cause took place on March 28.  This was a banner year for us – tickets not only sold out for the first time but we raised enough to buy over 27,000 meals for those in need in Central Ohio.  We’re already busy planning for the 5th Cakes for a Cause – save the date for April 17!  We’ve got some fun things planned and with your help, we’re looking forward to the biggest year yet!

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*We were back at it with Amy and Nick’s Columbus Museum of Art on April 6.  Very purple and very blingy and a very good time!  We even managed to sneak outside and play with sparklers for some lovely late night pictures.

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*April 6 was a busy day for us!  The morning started off with my daughter serving as flower girl in my friend Juliet’s wedding to Tom!  I think she was the cutest flower girl ever but I am a little biased!

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*That afternoon we headed to the Athletic Club of Columbus for Sandy and Jeff’s wedding inspired by their amazing travels!  These two have been together for years and been all over the world in that time.  We had accents of lemons inspired by their trips to Italy, tables named after places they traveled and travel themed favors.  Sandy read her vows from her iPad and had us all in stitches and tears!

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*We kicked off our summer wedding season with Jessica and Shane’s June 8 wedding at the Renaissance Hotel.  This was our largest bridal party to date – 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen!  It was quite the party!

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*June 22 was one of the hottest days of the year and we were at Franklin Park Conservatory with Abbey and Adam!  The ceremony was outside but we decided to move the reception inside to the Atrium to keep everyone cool and dodge a couple summer showers!

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*We celebrated with Charlotte and Kegan at The Westin on June 29.  Despite one of the bridesmaids dresses not arriving it was a gorgeous night!  If you are curious, we found the same dress, in her size, bought it off the rack and chopped off about 4 inches.  It was…a touch nerve wracking!  If you want to see the video, just go here: dress chop!

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*We gambled but lost our bet with Mother Nature on July 20 with Emily and Wayne at The Renaissance.  Instead of the pool deck ceremony and cocktail hour, we were inside a ballroom due to the rain.  The change of plans didn’t keep this couple, who have been together since they were in Junior High School (!), from having a great time.

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*We were back at the Columbus Museum of Art with Lauren and Scott on August 19.  They were engaged in Paris so we had a subtle French theme running throughout the day.  The ballroom reveal to Lauren was one of my favorites of the year!

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*Tiffany and Ryan’s intimate wedding at Due Amici was a first for us – we had the whole place to ourselves on August 24!

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*Genevieve and Todd’s gorgeous wedding at Rockmill Brewery was a wonderful way to spend our Labor Day weekend!  Their moving ceremony was in front of the tiny chapel, cocktail hour included the nationally renowned mixologist from M Restaurant and the German log sawing tradition.  Guests danced until late into the evening under the huge white tent and some guests even hopped in the pond for a midnight swim!

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*We spent September 14 back at The Athletic Club of Columbus with Allison and Jon.  Lots of purple and gold (perfect for the ACC), a very happy bridal party and a fun popcorn bar (a favorite of the bride!) made for a fun and beautiful evening!

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*October 26 we were back for our 3rd wedding of the year at The Athletic Club of Columbus with Emily and Eric!  Emily is the sister of one of our 2010 brides, Megan – it was fun to see the family once again!  We loved Emily and Eric’s first dance and sophisticated style.  (bonus fact: Emily and Allison from September were sorority sisters at OSU!)


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*In November, we helped the Childhood League of Columbus with some events including a childhood book themed town hall and annual meeting.  We loved the adorable floral caterpillar from Flowers on Orchard Lane that greeted all the guests!

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*We went back to the 80s on December 13 with an 80’s prom themed holiday party for a local corporation at New Albany Country Club.  To say that the associates got into the theme is an understatement!  We had Billy Idol, multiple vintage prom gowns, a few Flashdancers and even the Palmer Girls.  It was like, totally awesome and we got into it too – giant hair and neon accessories!!


*We closed out the season and the year with Catherine and Brad at The Hilton Downtown!  Intimate, stunning and so perfectly personal – it was an amazing evening and a wonderful way to ring in the new year!


On a personal note, it was a year of big changes, both good and not so good.  On the good side, we sold our old house in June and moved into our new house in Powell in October {Emilie Duncan Event Planning’s office will be moving there early 2014!}.

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The low point of the year was when we lost our beloved 12 year old golden retriever, Truman, at the end of September – ‘Bubby’ was a wonderful companion to our family for 11 years and we still miss him every single day.

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I made a video (gotta love the new Instagram friendly apps!) with some highlights from my and my family’s year – it won’t embed (technology!!!) so just click here: The Duncan’s 2013


2014 is shaping up to be another amazing year with weddings planned for some of our favorite venues and a few new ones as well!  We’ll be at The Westin, High Line Car House, Columbus Museum of Art, Freeman Farms, The Loft at Smith Brothers, Camp Mary Orton, and The Vue.  We’re so excited for all these weddings and have room for a few more 2014 clients so feel free to give us a call (614.678.6320) or email us to get started.  We’d love to see your smiling face on our 2014 recap!

Happy New Year and may 2014 be full of happiness, joy, and most of all, lots of love!

Best Proposals of 2013

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

We are in the throes of not only the holiday season but engagement season as well!  Judging from the emails and phone calls we’ve been getting, there are lots of newly engaged couples around and each has their own story of how they got engaged!  Whether in their living room or out to dinner or in an over the top, wild celebration with friends and family and even strangers, each is special in their own way.  If you want to take a peek at some of the most over the top engagements from this year, take a peek here:

18 Over the Top Proposals 

I will be honest, a few of these are more than a little over the top for my liking but as long as the couple is happy, that’s all that matters!

As for us, we’ve got one wedding left this year as we celebrate New Year’ s Eve with Catherine and Brad.  Watch for our 2013 recap soon and as for 2014, we still have a few dates open so email or call us (614-678-6320) today – we’d love to hear your proposal story and help you create your wedding!

We’ll be off and away from the office most of the week to celebrate Christmas so we might be a little slower than usual to respond – bear with us!  We’ll get back to you after Christmas!

Oneida/Anchor Hocking Warehouse Sale!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Attention Columbus-ites: If you need platters for your holiday party or jars for the candy bar at your wedding, head over to Sawmill Rd in Dublin and visit the Oneida/Anchor Hocking Warehouse Sale!

When I was there today, they had tons of baking dishes, platters, flatware, pitchers, candy jars, serving ware, storage bowls with lids, dinner plates, lots of different styles of glassware including wine, martini and drinking glasses, vases and candle holders galore, punch bowls, trifle bowls, some really cute red and white mixing bowls and lots more!  The prices are good – I bought 3 large square glass platters, a glass pumpkin and a pitcher for under $20.

The sale is running now through December 15 at a storefront in the Goodwill Plaza which is at 6665 Sawmill Rd, Dublin, OH. The posted hours are 11 am to 7 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 pm on Sundays only but I was there today so they are open other days as well – no idea the rhyme or reason to that so if you are driving from across town, you might stick to the weekends.

Hope you find something great!

Featured on Style Me Pretty!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

We ADORED everything about Katie and Brad’s rooftop wedding last August at the Renaissance Hotel.  What’s not to love?  We had perfect weather, a gorgeous (inside and out) couple, lots of fun details and an amazing vendor team!  We aren’t the only ones who loved it – hop on over to Style Me Pretty because they loved it too.


Seriously, how cute are they?  Make sure to visit the full gallery for TONS of fun pictures from Benjamin James Photography.

Groom’s Cakes!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

While many of our grooms are involved in the planning these days, it seems that the idea that, “It’s all about the bride!” still reins true for many.  We’re big believers that the wedding is actually about both members of the couple which might be why we LOVE to see groom’s cakes at our weddings!

If you don’t know what a groom’s cake it, it’s basically a second cake presented at the wedding or sometimes the rehearsal dinner.  It might be in the groom’s favorite flavor and is often designed to reflect something he loves.  It’s an added touch (quite often a surprise from the bride to the groom) that shows it isn’t ALL about the bride.  There is a long history behind the groom’s cake and local cake designer extraordinaire Jan Kish has a wonderful history of the groom’s cake on her website.  Here are some of our favorite groom’s cakes from some past weddings:

Leslie designed this cake with the help of Bella Luna for her groom, Daniel.  He used to skateboard and the two pups on top are their dogs, Gunnar and Lola.

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Gavin goes through a bottle of Tabasco a week so it was a no brainer that Rebecca would surprise him with a cake from Short North Piece of Cake in the shape of his favorite hot sauce!

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Rachel and Travis love to play Scrabble so their favorite board game was an easy choice – especially since their names work so well together on the game board!  Anita Kline helped with this one!

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So what would you choose as a groom’s cake?

Social Media Links – Where to Find Us!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Do you like us?  Do you find us pinteresting?  Do you follow us?

We LOVE social media – what can we say?  We love to chat!  Here are the places you can find Emilie Duncan Event Planning and/or Emilie:

EDEP’s Facebook – We share lots of pictures from our weddings that we don’t share on the blog or website along with tips and tidbits for our fans.  Come like us!

Emilie’s Pinterest – We pin lots of wedding pins but you’ll also find cooking, crafts, kidlet things, holidays, and more food as well!

Emilie’s Twitter – Follow for random thoughts and musings from Emilie.

EDEP’s Twitter – Watch this one for wedding day tidbits and pictures during wedding season! (kicking off March 23!)

Emilie’s Instagram – Weddings, kids, Truman the Dog, more kidlets, clients, even more really cute kids!

EDEP’s Instagram – Weddings, weddings and more weddings!  This is another place we’ll share pictures and sneak peeks from wedding day when wedding season hits!

Emilie’s Tumblr – Random thoughts and things that catch the eye or heart.

Emilie’s Linkedin – Truth be told, we’re not here that much but it is social media, so here you go!

Emilie is also on Vine with videos of kids and weddings.  Sensing a trend here?  No web side to that one (yet) but you can download the app and search for Emilie Duncan.

Wowza, can’t say we aren’t connected, right?!  Of course, we still answer the phone (614.678.6320) and respond to emails too!

Happy liking, friending, following, tweeting, pinning, instagramming, tumbling, and/or vining to you!  

Something Romantic for Thursday

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

It’s cold here.  Like don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed cold.  Like-the-wind-goes-through-every-layer-straight-to-the-bone cold.  Like I-went-to-Hot-Yoga-this-morning-JUST-TO-WARM-UP cold!  It’s also gray and a bit gloomy – it is February in Ohio after all and we’re used to it but I think everyone could use a little pick me up.

Do yourself a favor and click here (if you are a crier and have time to watch all the videos, grab some tissues first):

The 50 Most Romantic Things That Ever Happened

I can’t even pick a picture or GIF or video to bring over because I loved them all so much but number 38 wrecked me – may we all find a love like that.

Happy Thursday and stay warm!

Shopping Trip: World Market

Friday, February 15th, 2013

{Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebrating with someone or something (fur babies count too) you love!  If you are a newly engaged bride or groom, welcome and congratulations!  And feel free to drop us a line to get started planning!}

I stopped into World Market today to pick up some mints that I’ve only been able to find locally there – Wilhelmina Peppermints if you are curious – they’re Dutch and I did grow up in Holland, MI.  They sold them in the gift shop at my first job – Windmill Island.  I gave tours of a windmill.  Wearing wooden shoes and a Dutch costume.  And I danced in said wooden shoes and Dutch costume. There are pictures.

But I digress, while wandering around, I noticed a few pieces that would be pretty fantastic for a wedding and wanted to share!  I saw these at the World Market in Dublin, Ohio so check your own store or online to see if they’re available in your local store.

I get a lot of requests for lanterns so when I saw these, I was really excited!


These would be lovely as aisle decor, to mark a path to a tent, or hang from a tree.  They’d even be pretty incorporated into centerpieces.  They had 3 sizes and at my store were $9.99 for the largest, $7.99 for the middle size, and just $2.99 for the smallest lantern.  They already have the black hanger on them so they’d be easy to hang on shepherd’s hooks and they had clear, red, orange, green, aqua/blue, and purple at my store!  Fun, right?


 These made my eyes light up – they are candle holders but the larger one would be a great base for a floral arrangement too!  They are recycled glass so they have a green hue to them.  From largest to smallest, they run $24.99, $19.99, $14.99, and $6.99.  I don’t have sizes on the smallest or the largest but the middle two were 16″ and 12″ – I would guess the tallest was around 24″ tall.


If you are at a venue that doesn’t allow real flame – Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio Statehouse come to mind – but still want candlelight, LED flameless candles are a great option!  I didn’t know World Market carried them but they actually have lots of sizes!


They had 4 sizes in store and a quick peek online shows they carry 5 in all – I didn’t see the votives (4 for $7.99) but in store there were a set of 4 tealights for $4.99, 3″x3″ pillar for $7.99, 3″x6″ pillar for $9.99, 3″x”9 pillar for $14.99.  Pricey but if you have your heart set on candles in a candle-free venue, they’re an option!

Anyone else been to World Market lately and spotted something fun?  Happy shopping!

Worthington Wedding District Preppy Photo Shoot

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I was thrilled to be part of the team of vendors from the Worthington area that came together to create a sweet, preppy late summer shoot this past August.  Pink, navy blue and white with THE cutest puppy ever!

The shoot was featured on the darling Mid-Western wedding blog A Northwoods Wedding and they have even more fun pictures featured – these are just a few of favorites from the shoot.  Click on each one to see it in more detail!

Little Tree Studios also captured this lovely video (music warning for those of you watching at work) which gives you a better peak at more of the fun details of this sweet styled shoot – and more of Indie, that adorable puppy!

Huge thanks to the awesome team of vendors who helped to put this together:
Little Tree Studios (photography and cinematography)
Emilie Duncan Event Planning (event styling and planning)
La Jeune Mariee (bride and bridesmaid’s wardrobe)
Men’s Wearhouse of Polaris (men’s wardrobe)
Igloo Letterpress (stationary printing)
Genre Creative (stationary design)
Flowers on High (floral arrangements)
Jan Kish of La Petite Fleur (cake)
Worthington Jewelers (jewelry)
Event Source (linens, china, and chairs)
Cut Color Style (hair and makeup)
The Candle Lab (favors)
House Wine (drinks)