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10 Years of Cakes!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Another recap for this sunny (at least here in Columbus) Sunday afternoon!  Most of the cakes from the last 10 years of weddings – which is your favorite?


2 Years of Weddings in 24 Days

Friday, January 31st, 2014

We’re coming up on Emilie Duncan Event Planning’s 10 (TEN) year anniversary on February 24 so I have been looking back at past weddings and realized that I have not shared pictures from the last 2 years of weddings.  I’m obviously a huge slacker and that must be fixed because let’s face it – I have the most awesomest clients and they have the most awesomest weddings!  Starting tomorrow (February 1) I will be sharing pictures from my last 2 years of weddings.  One wedding a day, until we hit the 10 year anniversary and we’ll be all caught up!

Check back each day for another flashback – tomorrow you’ll meet Andrea and TJ!

Congratulations to the newly engaged!!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

If you are reading this with a shiny new ring on your finger – welcome and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  You must be so excited and for good reason – you have found the one you will spend the rest of your life with and now you get to plan your wedding!

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

*The average wedding in the Columbus, Ohio area costs about $28,000 and has around 150 guests.  Depending on the choices and your priorities, you can spend less and you can very easily spend more.  Emilie Duncan Event Planning works with all budgets – we’ve planned weddings with budgets from everywhere from $10,000 up to $150,000 but our couple’s average wedding budgets seem to be between $40,000 and $80,000.

*Bridal gowns take an average of 6 to 9 months to be made and delivered.  Bridesmaid gowns take an average of 3 to 6 months to be made and delivered.  Plan accordingly.

*Not all wedding vendors accept credit cards so don’t count on putting everything on plastic for the wedding.

*If you have no idea where to start, hire 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 is stressful but the result really does make all the work worth it in the end.

Non-Traditional Prelude Music: VSQ

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

This past weekend, Kasey from Bliss and I took a roadtrip to Cincinnati and had the pleasure of coordinating a fellow planner’s wedding!  Alison from Aviva Events married her longtime love, Seth at the Contemporary Arts Center.  It was a beautiful day and I was honored to be a part of it – I will try to borrow some pictures and post them for soon.

One of my favorite discoveries from the day was the prelude music which was provided by the outstanding DJ Toad.  Seriously, he was amazing – the dance floor wasn’t empty for a second all night.  And he travels to Columbus.  Just saying.

If you weren’t listening very, very closely to the prelude music, you likely would not have noticed it wasn’t your usual music.  There was no Canon in D, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring or Trumpet Voluntary.  There was ‘Nightswimming’ by REM and ‘Today’ by Smashing Pumpkins but I am willing to bet that most of the guests didn’t realize they were listening to instrumental versions of those songs.

A group called the Vitamin String Quartet has taken songs from just about anyone you can think of – from 311 to Adele to Elton John to Metallica to Radiohead to The Cure to Van Morrison – and done instrumental versions.  If you have always wanted to walk down the aisle to ‘Like a Prayer’ or ‘Jane Says’ but didn’t want your parents to flip out and grandma to have a heart attack, look no further!  Vitamin String Quartet has you covered.

A quick search iTunes produces literally thousands of covers of songs available – if you aren’t a classical fan or are looking for an interesting alternative to the traditional prelude and processional music, you must check out Vitamin String Quartet!

New Song: This

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Waaaaay back when I was in high school, Darius Rucker was the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish – nowadays he is out on his own and has gone country.  I heard this song the other day and loved it!  I thought it would be fun for a fast first dance or a fun Anniversary Dance song if you have couples who can two step – not your every day choice but the lyrics are certainly appropriate!

This by Darius Rucker

Got a baby girl sleepin’ in my bedroom
And her momma laughing in my arms
There’s the sound of rain on the rooftop
And the game’s about to start
I don’t really know how I got here
But I’m so glad that I did
And it’s crazy to think that one little thing
Could have changed all of it
Maybe it didn’t turn out like I planned
Maybe thats why I’m such, such a lucky man

For every stoplight I didn’t make
Every chance I did or I didn’t take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn’t know
Thank God for all I missed
Cause it led me here to this

Like the girl that I loved in high school
Who said she could do better
Or the college I wanted to go to
Till I got that letter
All the fights and the tears and the heartache
I thought I’d never get through
And the moment I almost gave up

All led me here to you
I didn’t understand it way back when
But sittin’ here right now
It all makes perfect sense

Every stoplight I didnt make
Every chance I did or I didnt take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn’t know
Thank god for all I missed
Cause it led me here to this

Oh I cried when my momma passed away
And now I got an angel
Looking out for me today
So nothing’s a mistake

Every stoplight I didn’t make
Every chance I did or I didn’t take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
Everything I knew but I didn’t know
Thank God for all I missed
Cause it led me here to this

Led me here to this

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

On this last day of the year, I wanted to take a minute to look back at 2010 and just some of the highlights.

On February 26, we welcomed our second daughter into the world!  Abigail Grace weighed in at 8 lbs, 10 oz, 20 inches long with blue eyes and brown hair – just like her mama!

Cakes for a Cause – a charity event I planned with Kasey from Bliss Wedding and Event Design that benefited the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Operation Feed – took place on March 23, 2010.  Nearly 125 cake lovers attended the 2010 Cakes for a Cause Auction and helped to raise over $4800 or over 9600 meals – enough to feed 9 people for a year and more than double our original goal! We were also thrilled to be awarded Operation Feed’s Outstanding New Campaign for 2010 – an amazing honor!

(Photo: C Studios)

In April, we coordinated the wedding of Christy and Bryce – watch for this wedding to be featured in the premiere issue of Capital Style Bride hitting the stands January 11!

(Photo: Jim Decamp)

In May, we were honored to be part of Amanda and Keith’s wedding at The Lakes Country Club.  It was a reunion of sorts as Keith is the younger brother of Eric, a groom whose wedding we planned in 2009 and he and his wife Rachel were in the wedding party!

(Photo: Henry Photography)

We had a wonderful time at Kristin and Michael’s Fourth of July weekend wedding at German Village Guesthouse:

(Photo: Joysong Photography)

Katie and Grey were married on July 17 at Trinity Episcopal with a great reception at the Loft at Smith Brothers:

(Photo: Corey Ann Photography)

In July, I was proud to be a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Ohio Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding – an organization that gives weddings to couples facing terminal illness and other life altering situations.  I am so proud to give my time to this amazing organization!

September 7th saw my little Ellie turn 3!

(Photo: Grogan Studios)

Julia and Angelo were married at Northbank Park on a perfect mid-September evening:

(Photo: Kitty Maer Photography)

Tess and John were married in her parent’s backyard in the rain – it did absolutely nothing to dampen spirits!

(Photo: Will Mederski)

Amy and John literally danced all night long (well, Amy did) at COSI in October.

(Photo: Minister Images)

We ended our season with Katie and Greg at the Columbus Country Club:

(Photo: Nicole Dixon)

Throw in corporate events, baby and bridal showers and my own family reunion and you can probably guess why I say 2010 was a busy, fun filled year!  Thank you to all the couples and families that we met along the way and of course, our incredible vendor partners.

I am looking so forward to 2011!  We are working with so many amazing couples and have some fun things up our sleeve starting with Cakes for a Cause 2011 on March 1.

Happy New Year!
Here is to 2011 being the best year yet!


Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

From my little family to yours, a very Merry Christmas – I hope that Santa was as good to you as he was to our family!


(photos courtesy of Grogan Studios)

101 Things Round 2 – Done!

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you probably know about my 101 Things in 1001 Days projects.  As of Thanksgiving Day, Round 2 is officially closed!!

In round 1, I completed 33% of my list and this time around I hit 50% – not too shabby!

Completed: 51
Still in Progress: 1
Not Completed: 49

Some of my favorite completed things:
*Visit Disneyworld
*Go on the canopy tour zip line in Hocking Hills
*Finish Ellie’s baby book
*See Billy Joel in concert
*Pay for the car behind me in a fast food drive thru
*Cook Thanksgiving dinner
*Do something good through Emilie Duncan Event Planning
*Try acupuncture

And of course, my very favorite completed thing:
*Have a second baby

Now if you read the whole list, you’ll see this:
48. Donate $2 to charity for every item not completed by day 1001

I am planning on donating $100 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank for the 49 uncompleted and 1 in progress items left on the list and will be sharing how you can help make that a much bigger number soon!

Watch for Round 3 of 101 Things in 1001 Days starting on January 1, 2011 – what better day to start a new project than the start of the new year?