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Parties ‘n’ Potties… The Ugly Considerations of Event Planning

Festivals bring up thoughts of parades and food trucks.  Outdoor weddings conjure up images of elegant white tents, pretty lights, and table/chair combos with linen tablecloths and fragrant floral centerpieces.  Graduation parties celebrate accomplishments achieved and plans yet to unfold; showers anticipate milestones ahead and help the guest of honor plan for the arrival of …

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10 Memorable Wedding Quotes Overheard by a Wedding Coordinator

As a Wedding Coordinator, we’ve heard some unusual quotes from the party guests. So, we’ve gathered the top ten and hope your imagination fills in the gaps. “These binder clips won’t hold my pants up.” “When you return your tux keep your socks; they want everything back but those.” “I am not responsible for your …

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What Kintsugi Means to an Event Planner

The world is still recovering. COVID 19 changed us forever, and while things in Northwest Indiana seem to be “getting back to normal,” we’re still participating in Celebrations of Life from those who passed away. We’re just now celebrating weddings and graduations that were put on hold because it was unsafe to gather for those Rites of …

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Your Tapestry as a Celebration of Life

We reflect, often, on the weather here in the Midwest.  Right now, the temperature is close to 100 but I remember just a very short time ago it was spring break in our little neck of the woods, and (as usual) it was dreary and rainy in northwest Indiana.  Many families escaped by heading somewhere–anywhere–south.  …

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Just a Party Planner

In 2020 the COVID pandemic landed on the planet and took over…well…everything.  Events were really rough, because it was literally unsafe for us to gather.  Those of us who tried to remain in this profession watched celebrations fall apart and brides try to redefine what they really wanted for a wedding day. One of my …

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No event is complete without dessert.  I mean really, if you work in the events industry you’re probably a fan of food in general; but wow, some chocolaty goodness in the winter celebrations and some light, fruity loveliness is always welcome in the warmer months.  And one of the unexpected blessings of COVID is all …

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Spring Events in the Midwest

Mothers Day. Flowers. College Graduations. These are all things that happen around here in May, and if we’re lucky the snow is done so we can actually enjoy them all!  We love mother/son dances, Mothers Day teas, flower shop windows, gardens full of tulips.  It is Northwest Indiana…and believe it or not we have had …

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The Mary Poppins Bag

We have a lot of different vendors working in our vendor collective here in the Midwest, in our little event planning boutique.  We have djs, photographers, florists, ceiling drapery installers, caterers, dessert specialists, honeymoon specialists, Christmas Nutcracker builders (this is a thing), a girl who paints you as your live event unfolds, a caricature artist, …

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Tips and Tricks for Wedding Planning

Despite the best efforts of our brides, despite their skills on organization and their advice from aunt Sally, there are things on your wedding day you will not think of.  There are so many details, so many little things, that wedding professionals know and you do not.  So whether you hire us to do these …

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Our newest issue of the Wedding Mag is out and all the brides interviewed have had their weddings already; their advice to upcoming brides is always “don’t sweat the small stuff.”  But when you’re planning a wedding, none of it seems small!  When I finish a wedding with a client and send her a survey …

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The Battle of Trendy vs Timeless

Happy 2022! It’s a New Year, obviously, and so much comes with that. Northwest Indiana, for example, likes to bring new weather in January! It was zero in our neck of the woods this morning, but two weeks ago it was 55 so… ya know. New. And with the new, you start to look at …

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Pinterest vs Process

I am convinced the world only has two types of people: those who love the journey, and those who justwant to get to the destination. I fall into the latter category, as do my son and my husband. We arepeople who talk fast, drive fast, eat fast, walk fast… cuz we got places to go …

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The Symphony of the Whole

I was in speech in debate in high school.  I tell my kids they gave us trophies for talking, which was fantastic, by the way.  One of the first things you learn about boring your audience is to start your talk with dictionary definitions.  It’s communication 101.  I’m going to do it anyway. There are …

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So every year, we celebrate January as a New Year. We throw around resolutions, we discuss clauses involving “new beginnings” and say things like, “out with the old and in with the new.” Never have these sentiments been more true than now, at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. For those of …

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2020 Vision…

Everyone has a story. This is true every day, in every situation. But in 2020? Everyone has an adventure story! The narrative has changed, for all of us. And here at the end of it, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and then another New Year, we’re not just looking ahead at resolutions. We’re looking …

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In everything, there is a season

The calendar says November, and the season is changing, but thankfully the temperature has allowed us to hold onto a beautiful autumn for a little longer! Mother Nature has bestowed several 70-degree days on us in the last week, and in Northwest Indiana that IS a blessing! There is an urgency to enjoying warmth around …

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton