MTV Looking for Couples Getting Married!

I received the following email from MTV :


And MTV wants a front row seat
on your special day!

If you are already engaged and between the ages of 18-22, then MTV wants to hear from you!

MTV’s popular documentary series, Engaged & Underage, wants to tell your love story – the excitement of the engagement, the ups and downs of the planning, the fun along the way, and, of course, THE BIG DAY!!! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…

You and your future spouse should both appear to be between the ages of 18 and 22. Best case scenario: you're getting married in 2008 or January 2009.



Tell us when and where you are getting married and why this is important to you. Include your name, phone number, email address and a digital photo of you and your future spouse, if possible.

Upcoming Events for Planners (Midwest)

Some interesting and educational events for planners are happening this month:

MPI-CAC 2008 Women's Leadership Conference
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 :: Chicago, IL :: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The 2008 Women’s Leadership Conference: “Winning the Race!” Key Success Strategies for Today’s Career Woman is a one-day conference of educational programming that emphasizes women’s leadership, and a celebration of diversity stretching across all industries.

4th Annual Pharmaceutical Meeting Planners' Summit
November 17, 2008 to November 18, 2008 :: The Heldrich, New Brunswick, NJ
More info:

ISES Indiana Education Conference
November 19, 2008 :: Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, IN :: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
More info:


Great Resource

In my opinion, the MPI Bookstore is the best in the industry. I am a regular customer and highly recommend it for both new and experienced planners. It is also "the" source for getting your CMP study materials.

Check it out and fill up your bookshelf with the best books in the industry!


Spotlight Indy: Westwood Paper Company

Home Sweet Home Indy!
My new initiative is to focus on the growing and evolving Indianapolis events market. Therefore, often {if not weekly} I hope to put a spotlight on an Indianapolis vendor. My first profile is of Westwood Paper Company - owned by the fabulous Jill Sowder.

I find it appropriate to start my spotlight series with a high-end paper company due to my love of fine papers and the art of letterpress. Jill shares my taste and passion for paper, design and great fonts! Her store is beautiful and her product choices are the best of the industry. And, Jill herself is a guru! I was grateful for the hour I spent with Jill getting to know her and her store. I will certainly be a regular... and look forward to working with Jill and her team.

About: Westwood is a retail boutique located in Carmel, IN. They are specialists in designing invitations, announcements and personal stationery.
Paper Products: Boatman Gellar, Envelopments, Julie Holcomb, Prentiss Douthit, Real Card Studio, Snow & Graham, Waste Not Paper, Midori Ribbon, Truly Mom.
Gifts: Fabulous monogram gifts, stamps, planners, frames, seasonal items, calendars & more.
My pick: Custom wine and water bottle labels. Perfect for any event!
Where: online at :: in-person at 20 Executive Drive, Carmel, IN.


Rustic Candlesticks

"A pair of marvelous candlesticks transforms any table"
-Carolyne Roehm
The tablescape above is styled by Carolyne Roehm for an autumn lunch. The candlesticks complete the rustic, autumnal look and give great texture and complexity to the setting.
(Picture Source: House Beautiful, November 2008)

Ballard Design offers the following antler candlesticks. Set of 2 Antler Candlesticks
Largest: 12"H x 9"W x 8"D :: Purchase at


Inspiration Board: Autumn Wedding

I love this time of year: the great weather, the change of the leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkins and lazy Sundays! Saturdays in the fall, however, are full of weddings as September and October are two of the most popular wedding months. In addition, October is also the busiest and most popular time for corporate events (more on that in another post!).

Here are a few fall wedding tips:
Autumn colors: Oranges, ochres, reds, browns, champagne, rich yellows, peaches, plums, golds and copper - and in 2008, the trend is to add navy!

Autumn flowers: Roses, orchids, gardenias, mums and dahlias. Enhancements: berries in rich shades.

Decor enhancements/ideas: Use treated bark and leaves (appropriately - see photos below); adorn entry ways with with lighted foliate (either real or silk); embrace textures for your linens, paper products, ribbons, and centerpieces.

Credits: Preston Bailey; Carolyne Roehm {green ribbon with multicolor picot edge with candied oranges;} Martha Stewart Weddings; Ultimate Bride (Chicago); {sweet peas, roses - nosegay shape}; Martha Stewart Weddings; Dauphine Press Damask Journal.

Engage '08: The Encore

More info at I truly wish I could go but I am too pregnant to fly! This fabulous, high-end wedding symposium features the who's-who of the wedding industry: Preston Bailey, Marcy Blum, Rebecca Grinnals, Susan Moynihan, Simon T. Bailey, Liene Stevens, Kathryn Arce and Christine Boulton.
I am definitely there next year!


Art of the Table

This February, I am excited to be exhibiting at the Art of the Table at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I already putting together an inspiration board - with color schemes and designs in mind! I look forward to seeing the work of my competition (and new friends!).

More info:

Stay on the home page to see the slideshow of past table designs!