spring special! $200 off …

BREAKING NEWS!

We’re holding a 2015 spring special!

If you are getting married in February, March, or April 2015, we are offering $200 off for our special “Month of Wedding Planning Service”. We’ll be your#weddinggladiator (get the Scandal reference)?

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Please share this blog post with anyone you know who is getting married this spring. It’s not too late, we can come in at any point. We’ve been doing this for over eleven years and we have this down to a science.

Now we know this is one more cost to your wedding, but if we could tell you how many of our client’s tell us that was the best money they spent on their wedding. Because they truly got to relax and enjoy their day. And their mother’s got to relax, wedding party, and … well you get the picture. But don’t believe us, read what they have said about us!

Call us today at 812.518.0094 or email for more information.

plan on!

eight years of blogging …

Today marks EIGHT years of blogging. For giggles, here is the first blog post.

Blogging takes time and it’s hard when you hit a “writer’s block”. But we just love to talk about weddings and share ideas.

It makes all the time and energy when you receive a personal email like this one that was sent to us in January. This is the real reason we still blog.

Hello! I found your blog a few days ago. Just dropping a note to say I spent the past few days reading the ENTIRE THING! All the way back to 2006. Quite enjoyed every minute of it. I’m in North Carolina, so I cannot partake of your services, but I like what you’re doing and I enjoy how your personality shines through your blog.

I’m newly engage, flying by the seat of my pants. It’s nice to find blogs that keep it real 🙂

Thanks Ms. Milli

*love*

plan on!

 

celebration of life events

We are honored to inform everyone about a new service that we are offering, Celebration of Life Events.

This event is a well-thought out, planned occasion that allows family and friends to come together to remember a loved one who has passed while honoring their legacy.  Whether it is a small intimate gathering or a larger, formal get-together, your professional event planner will create an atmosphere that will encourage guests to share anecdotes and personal memories. These events are specialized to reflect the deceased’s personality, while alleviating the host family’s stress during this fragile time.

“We have discovered that many people wish to have something more than a typical, formal visitation service at a funeral home after they pass on. Whether they are cremated, buried or donate their body to science, their final wish is to have a celebration, where their loved ones can come together and share stories in a special environment that reflects the deceased’s life”, says Saundra Hadley owner of planning…forever events. “A celebration of one’s life is uplifting during a very sad time. We get to know our clients so these events reflect the personality of the loved one; by serving his/her favorite food or drink, decorating with favorite colors, including favorite hobbies, creating a special video or photo presentation that allows people to laugh, cry and remember.”

Much of the above was copied from our Press Release Celebration of Life Event that we sent out to everyone this week.

so let me speak frankly (as you are used to, if you read this blog):

Death is not something anyone wants to talk about, but it is an inevitable and guaranteed fact for all of us. And it is devastating to family and friends to lose someone. When my father passed away un-expectantly in 2009, I was numb. I had to be strong for my mom and take care of all the details. So I understand and empathize.

These events are truly an honor to be a part of and are quite remarkable. Tears and laughter, but most importantly, the loved one is remembered in a personal way. It’s hard to put into words until you have experienced it. It’s rewarding to be able to help the host family keep this memory with them forever.

That is why I decided to launch these services and let people know we are available to help them. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.  I know it is definitely something that I want to have happen when it is my time. No sterile funeral home for me.

few questions people have asked:

  1. When should you have a Celebration of Life Event? There really is no time frame. Some people put this request in their will, so it’s obviously easy to take the next step. We have planned events though that have been 4-6 months later. Whatever feels right for you, your family and friends.
  2. How much does this cost? Like with all our services, they are custom and tailored to the scope of the event. The more time that is required, the more you will invest. However by hiring a professional to help you plan this, we have ten years of experience and resources to pull everything together efficiently and with great attention.
  3. Can we also have a visitation at the funeral home? These events do not necessarily take the place of a formal visitation (unless that was the wishes of the deceased). Visitations serve a purpose to allow a lot of people come through to pay their respects and goodbyes. This could still happen and then have a smaller, intimate party of close family and friends.

Like a wedding, we are there to make sure all the details are attended to, trouble-shoot any problems that may arise, setup and cleanup after the event and keep the event moving along.

local 7 lifestyles interview:

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

What are your thoughts?

much love!

 

the centre is now called …

In case you missed it near the holidays, a local venue has changed their name! SMG’s The Centre is now:

The Centre in Evansville will now be known as the Old National Events Plaza, a name change made to recognize the bank’s $14 million investment in the new Downtown convention hotel project. More info read here …

We are hoping for a ballroom in the new downtown convention hotel project. Pretty sure that won’t happen. However we have always loved planning corporate and wedding events with the great folks at The Centre. Oops! Old National Events Plaza!

Keep this news in mind if you are planning a wedding there and need to update your wedding invitations.

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plan on!

 

indiana residents, pay attention to HJR-6 or HJR3

update: now called HJR3

Have you heard of HJR6? If you think it sounds like a virus you wouldn’t want to contract, you’d be close. It’s the acronym for House Joint Resolution 6 for the State of Indiana. And here it is:

House Joint Resolution 6 is a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution which states: “Only marriage between one(1) man and one(1) woman will be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

At first glance, people may think this is just about same-sex marriages, but it’s not  (although that is an important issue). It is on the path for the first time in Indiana’s history, when our state’s constitution is amended to take away rights, rather than to grant them.

Note: HJR-6 must pass through the House and Senate again in 2013. If it passes, unaltered, it will be on the ballot in 2014. This means that Hoosiers will cast their vote either for or against HJR-6 as it is written today. *More info here

Here are my points of this resolution that should make us all quiver a little:

  1. It will be an “constitutional amendment” in the Bill of Rights. Not just a state law.
  2. This amendment takes away the rights of future generations to decide for themselves about marriage equality.
  3. Notice the wording, “marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized”. This means if a couple who is recognized as a common law marriage in another state (Indiana does not recognize common law since 1958) will no longer be recognized as such, if they move to Indiana. They will have to file Indiana taxes separately instead of jointly. What does that mean? We may see a decline for new people moving to this state for employment thus impacting potential state tax revenue and economic growth. Although Rep. Ron Bacon says it will not impact current domestic partner benefits that are offered to couples. I don’t see how it cannot. Get ready for lawsuits.

Indiana already has a law that prohibits same-sex marriage, however recent polling shows that 45% are in favor of same sex marriages.

Whatever your personal beliefs, passing almost any amendment as a part of the state’s constitution should be meant with opposition. Make a law, not a permanent amendment. This stops our future generations to change their minds. Don’t we have enough government in our social affairs? Luckily our Mayor Winnecke along with many other mayors, businesses and universities have opposed HJR6. Our own Evansville City Council wants to formally file a resolution opposing and is in fact meeting tonight at 5:30pm for a meeting.

Don’t just sit there. Please send an email if you too oppose HJR6. But do it fast … the 2014 legislative session is drawing near.

For local peeps, here are quick links to your Representative. Or find your Indiana State Representative quickly here.

Senator Vaneta Becker

State Representative Gail Riecken (also happens to be one of our previous Mother of the Bride’s … shhh!)

State Representative Suzanne Crouch

State Representative Wendy McNamara

State Representative Ron Bacon

plan on!