4 Wedding Invitation Mistakes to Avoid

Before you send you invitations to the printer make sure you double check for the following:

Check to make sure everything is spelled correctly. Correct spelling of names, addresses of ceremony and reception sites, and the correct date and time.

References to alcohol service aren’t included, although menu choices may be listed on reply cards if you are having a plated option.

Do not write “Adults only” or “No Children” on the invitation. If you are not having children at your wedding, then simply don’t list their names on the inner envelope (or outer, if there is only one envelope) of their parents’ invitation.

Don’t use stick-on labels to address your invitations. Instead, plan ahead to hand-address your invitations, or hire a calligrapher. Check out one of our recommended vendors, Blu3 Designs, who does amazing design and calligraphy work.

Until Next Time,

Julianne

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5 Uniquely Different Bachelor Parties

Bachelor parties are part of the wedding process and allows a night out with your best friends!  Looking for something different from just dinner and bar hopping?  FORUM to the rescue!  We found 5 uniquely different bachelor parties the groom would be excited to have:

  • Head to the great outdoors

Is the groom-to-be a fan of camping and relaxing by a campfire?  Planning a weekend away at a nearby campground with your groomsmen and close friends might just be the perfect bachelor party for the groom that loves the outdoors.  There are so many fun activities you can plan for during your stay in the woods – think rafting, kayaking, motoring, or just even hiking!  What better way to spend a weekend for the outdoor enthusiast than bonfires and beers!

  • Road Trip

Is your groom someone who is super spontaneous?  Laid-back?  Loves to travel?  Roadtripping may be the perfect bachelor party for the groom that is ready for adventure.  Plan a weekend away with the groomsmen and closest friends to wherever the road takes you.  Surprise the groom with a trip over the border – don’t forget your passports.  Plan a weekend to his old stomping grounds and get away to his college town!  No matter where the road takes you, you know you are its bound to be a memorable trip with lots of laughs, great stories, and new sights to see!

  • Game On!

Is your groom a sports fanatic?  Does he love a little friendly competition?  Planning an all day sporting events might be just the perfect day for him.  Think – a kickball tournament, a round of golf, bowling, or event paintball.  Of course, don’t forget the personalized shirts for each team!  Love sports but not the most athletic – plan a fun day at a sporting event, such as, a baseball game.  Wind down the evening with a BBQ or your favorite restaurant for dinner and drinks!

  • Take a tour

Is your groom into craft beer or other liquor?  Taking a tour of the local breweries could be just what this groom would think is a perfect way to spend the day with this best friends.  Here in Fishers, if you book your wedding/reception with us you will receive a discount at The Pint Cycle.  The Pint Cycle is a local, family-owned business, serving the vibrant and growing city of Fishers, Indiana. Our pedal-powered, 16-person bicycle, tours the city’s center with optional stops at several breweries, bars, and restaurants, including Four Day Ray BreweryBrixx PizzaLouvino, and Nickel Plate Bar & Grill.    Want to get a little further away from home – travel down to Clermont, KY and make a visit to the Jim Beam Distillery.

  • Going to the EXTREME

Is your groom a thrill seeker?  Is he looking for an adrenaline rush?  There’s nothing like defying death to bring a group of guys closer together – go skydiving!  If skydiving is too crazy for your crew maybe settle for:  whitewater rafting, rock climbing, scuba diving or even go-cart racing.

No matter what you do, the memories that will be made will be some of the best times you all will have together!  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your time with your friends!

Until Next Time,

Sarah

Cake Ball Wedding Cakes

This weekend one of our bride and grooms decided to take a different approach to their wedding cake and we LOVED the idea! They had a cake ball wedding cake! This is a great idea that gives your guests the opportunity to enjoy as little or as much cake as they would like. It also gives the opportunity to have multiple flavors. This weekend our bride and grooms cake consisted of Pineapple, Devil’s Food Cake, Red Velvet and Almond Cake. Below, is a photo of this weekends cake made by Indy Cakes.

The suggested serving size for a cake ball cake is about 3 pieces per guest. Below are some more cake ball cake ideas.

Until Next Time,
Kalissa

Vendor Spotlight- Plum and Poppy Weddings

Here at FORUM Conference & Event Center, we recommend the best of the best wedding vendors. We highly encourage our couples to invest in a Wedding Planner for their big day. Whether it’s full service or day-of-coordination. Having a full service wedding planner allows for the couple to enjoy and be guided through the planning process. A Day-of-Coordinator can be a life safer for those couples who can’t afford a Full-Service Planner.  Remember, your family and friends are your guests too, and you want them to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding.

Sarah Agee, the owner of Plum & Poppy Weddings, is one of our favorite Wedding Planners to recommend! Sarah and her amazing team have been rated among the best wedding planners in the state! We asked Sarah a little bit about her company, as well as, her background and experience.

  • What is your title and position at your current company? Owner & Lead Wedding Planner at Plum & Poppy Weddings

 

  • What does your company do? How is it different than others like it? We are full service wedding planners and designers. I consider myself a business owner who plans weddings. By this I mean that we treat your wedding with the professional and dedicated attention it deserves.

 

  • How many years have you been in the industry? 5 years

 

  • What was your very first job? I worked at a local pizza place in Zionsville

 

  • What lead you in into the event industry? I went to the Culinary Institute of America after I graduated from Purdue and that got me into catering which led me to weddings.

 

  • What is your most memorable event? Why? I love when we get to help close families with their weddings. Jill Justus’ wedding was at Union Station two years ago and over the year we were planning her wedding I got to know her entire family and it was such a joy. It’s so wonderful to help people with their wedding that you’ve gotten to know and care for. These are always my most memorable weddings.

 

  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? That I was a chef in New York City before I moved home and became a wedding planner.

 

  • If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? I would probably own and operate a restaurant if I wasn’t involved in weddings.

Click here to learn more about Plum & Poppy Weddings.

Until Next Time,

Julianne

Why hiring a Videographer for your Wedding Day is so important!

You may think having both a photographer and a videographer on your wedding day is a bit much. You may not think having a videographer is a high priority or even in your budget. Trust us, you’ll want to hire a wedding videographer and here are a few reasons why:

·        Your wedding day will fly by and there are things that you and your spouse will miss that your videographer will capture. For example, seeing your grandparent’s reaction as you say your vows.

·        You can’t hear a picture. You will be able to re-watch your “I Dos”, the meaningful toasts, and great memories that you made at your wedding.

·        You will be able to re-watch and hear the voices and mannerisms of loved ones that have passed.

·        It is a keepsake. You will be able to show your kids and your grandchildren your wedding day.

Yes, like a photographer, videographers tend to be expensive. However, when you are considering the amount of time involved in the wedding video you can see why. You can get a good videographer for a reasonable price. Here are some of the videographers we love to recommend to our Brides & Grooms here at FORUM.

Borgerhoff Movies– Ianbphotography.com

IndyVisual Videographer – indyvisual.com

Vibe Productions – vibevideoproductions.com

C Lyon Productions – clyonproductions.com

Unique Heart Productions– Uniqueheartproductions.com

Blushing Films– blushingfilms.com

 

Below is a video of our style shoot from a few years ago.

Until Next Time,

Julie

Top 7 New Color Combos for Your Big Day

Choosing your wedding colors is one of the first things you will do when you get engaged.  Not sure where to even begin?  FORUM is here to help!  Below are some unique wedding color schemes to make your day special:

Magenta + Poppy + Gold

These three colors really pop when paired with neutral table linens.  Try adding these three colors to your flowers, cake, or invites.

Navy + Yellow + Blue

This color scheme screams preppy, sophisticated, and even nautical.  Think of nautical stripped linens with sunflower centerpieces.

Sage + Ivory + Gold

This color combo goes very well with the hot wedding theme – Woodland Weddings.  Lots of greenery in both your bouquet and centerpieces would be perfect for this color combo.  A perfect favor for your guest – succulents.

Aqua + Cherry Red + Beige

This color scheme is meant to be fun!  Think of patterns such as, stripes or chevron for your linens, bright red flowers for your centerpieces, and aqua bridesmaids dresses.  This scheme leans towards the vintage side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow + Gray + Silver

This color scheme is  very modern, classic, and sleek.   Pair this look with clean lines and graphic linens to keep up that contemporary feel.

Merlot + Peach + Sage

This color scheme has a very earthy and rustic vibe to it.  Think of big wood farm tables as your head table with a dramatic chandelier hanging over the sweetheart table.

Tangerine + Orange + Yellow

This is another very vibrant color scheme that is trending right now in the wedding world.  Let these bright colors shine in the floral arrangements with simple, neutral colors elsewhere.

Until Next Time,

Sarah

A Geofilter…What is that?!

Nowadays there is something on the internet for EVERYTHING! If you can think it, it is probably out there. Have you ever heard of a Geofilter? If you use and love Snapchat, you might want to know about this. Geofilters are location based overlays that users can apply to their Snaps. Sound intriguing? Click here for a link that we found on Business Insider to learn how to make you’re own Geofilter. This website also allows you to create your own Geofilter.

Geofilters can be made for just about anything, especially events and weddings! Below are some photos of Geofilters used for events:

Until Next Time,

Kalissa