Renting vs. Buying Linens

If you have ever planned an event or more importantly a wedding, I bet you have wondered which is the better choice, to rent or buy your linens? Well if you ask us (or anyone in the event industry) the answer is always RENT! We highly recommend to all of our couples and clients to rent their linens if they do not do anything else for their event. There are pros and cons to both renting and buying your linens. The article below published by The Springs Events Venue explains why renting your linens is the best choice in the end and we would have to agree!

https://thespringsevents.com/wedding-blog/rent-buy-linens/

For our linen ordering process, we get samples from one of our two linen companies for a meeting that we will schedule with couples and clients. We then get a quote from the company before we make it an order. We allow couples and clients to make changes to their linen order up to a week before their event.

Until Next Time,

Kalissa

Vendor Shout-Out! Amy Payne, Owner of Aimed Photography!

Here at FORUM Conference & Event Center, we recommend the best of the best vendors. One of the photographers we recommend to our clients  is, Amy Payne, with Aimed Photography.

We asked Amy a little bit about her company, as well as, her background and experience.

  • What is your title and position at your current company?
    •  Owner/Photographer
  • What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?
    •  We specialize in portraits, but are avid travelers, and have been lucky enough to find work as we travel. We photograph several weddings a year. We also have a studio in downtown Indianapolis where we shoot Family, Maternity, Newborns, Boudoir, Events, and Marketing sessions.
  • How many years have you been in the industry?
    • A solid 3 years, but I shot my first wedding when I was 18, and have photographed about 100 since then. It was an on and off thing throughout college and high school. When I graduated from college, I took the leap to run my business full time. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get away from it. I feel so lucky that I have support from friends and family to pursue it full time.
  • What was your very first job?
    • My first paid photography gig was when I was 17.  It was a family session. It was not my first, but I remember being really nervous that they wouldn’t like my work they paid for. They are still clients of mine to this day!
  • What lead you in into the event industry?
    •  Shooting Weddings! If you can handle a wedding, you can handle just about any kind of event!
  • What is your most memorable event? Why?
    • This is not an event, but it’s the most memorable shoot I have done, and may have even changed the way I look at photography. I volunteered for an organization called Capturing Hopes Photography. We offered free photos in the NICU. It’s amazing to capture a baby’s journey from their first day until the day they graduate from the NICU. Unfortunately, some babies grow their angel wings in the NICU. It’s not a common kind of shoot we do, but I couldn’t say no when I was asked. There comes a time when the family has to make decisions they never thought they would have to make. Photographing a baby’s last breath may be the hardest thing I have ever done. The images we provided for the family are one of the most valuable possessions they have. I made a difference in that family’s life, it has encouraged me to look at a photograph with a different view.
  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
    •  I’m a pocket adrenaline junkie. I was a diver growing up and all through high school. I’ve ran 4 half marathons and have been skydiving. I’ll try just about anything!
  • If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?
    •  I’ve always loved photojournalism. Although photojournalism can be very dangerous, images have power. It would be a dream to document what is happening around the world. If I weren’t doing photography, I would love to do creative advertising. I’ve always dreamed of working at an ad agency like Leo Burnett and BBDO.
  • Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better.
    •  I have a Bachelors in Creative Advertising from Ball State University. Understanding the visual side of advertising has helped me gain business for clients who need images for marketing purposes, it’s another passion of mine.

For more information about Aimed Photography please visit their website:

http://www.aimedphotography.com/

 

Until Next Time,

Julie

March 2017 PWG Luncheon at FORUM

FORUM Conference & Events Center had the pleasure hosting the first PWG Luncheon of the year. This event wouldn’t of been such a success without these wonderful sponsors: Chris Lamar from Chair Covers & Linens, Greg & Renee from Atmospheres Indy, MBP Catering,and Craig from Sterler Productions.

Here are some beautiful pictures Dauss, from DAUSSFOTO, captured:

  

    

 

 

Until Next Time,

Julie

Vendor Shout-Out! Andi Sherman, Owner of Something Blue Stylists!

FORUM Conference & Event Center, is excited to add Something Blue Stylist to our recommended vendor list!  We asked Andi Sherman, the Owner, to tell us a little bit about her company, as well as, her background and experience.      somethingblue1

  • What is your title and position at your current company?
    •  My name is Andi Sherman, and I am the owner of Something Blue Stylists, an on location bridal beauty company based in Indiana.
  • What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?
    •  Something Blue Stylists provides brides with on location  beauty services, including hair styling, traditional makeup, and Airbrush makeup application. I think that Something Blue Stylists is different from any other company because of our consistent reputation for always going above and beyond for our clients. We are always on time and keep our brides on schedule so that they have a fun and stress-free morning on their wedding day. It’s not just about being great at hair and makeup, of which I am more then confident in our abilities to help our brides achieve their desired look, but it’s also about keeping things running smoothly for our brides.

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  • How many years have you been in the industry?
    • I have been a licensed cosmetologist in Indiana since 2004, and started Something Blue Stylists in 2007 shortly after moving to Southern California. It is so weird to think I’ve been doing this for 13 years, because I rarely feel like what I do is work!
  • What was your very first job?
    •  I worked at a gorgeous Aveda salon that had a ceremony and reception venue on site. It was my first introduction into the bridal industry, and helped me realize how much I loved doing weddings.
  • What lead you in into the event industry?
    • When I moved to Southern California in 2006, I knew I didn’t want to start all over building a clientele in a salon.  Wedding and prom season was always my favorite time of year so I wanted to find a way to do that full time. Southern California was perfect because not only is it gorgeous year-round but it’s also considered a destination wedding spot, and many people flew in from all over the world, so it wasn’t unheard of doing weddings Friday through Sunday and then have a wedding on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as well! That was a rough week, but I loved the opportunity to work with an international clientele.
  • What is your most memorable event? Why?
    •  One of my first weddings I did was actually a surprise wedding! Everyone thought they were there for a party to celebrate the brides recent promotion at work. The only people who knew were me, the couple, and the officiant. It was a wedding I’ll never forget!
  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
    • During the week I run an Etsy shop making custom wedding invitations for brides who are looking to incorporate non-traditional “geeky” elements into their wedding stationary. I make a lot of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who themed invitation suites. I love helping people incorporate the things that they love into their special day!
  • If you were not in the event industry , what would be your dream job?
    • I truly couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but if I had to choose a true ‘dream’ job, I’d probably work in the Auror Department for the Ministry of Magic.


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For more information about Something Blue Stylist please visit their website: www.somethingbluestylists.com

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Until Next Time,

Julie

Thank you!

Below are some photos from our Four Season’s @ FORUM event that we held for all of our future couples.

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We would like to thank our vendors who donated their time and products to help make this a beautiful event.

Until Next Time,

Kalissa

Four Seasons @ FORUM!

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This month on February 16th, we will be hosting the Four Seasons at FORUM. We will be having a FREE tasting featured by one of our preferred caterers, Jonathan Byrd’s. There will also be some of our other preferred vendors in attendance such as Magical Moments, Classic Cakes, Hand Tied Memories, Atmospheres Indy, Aimed Photography, Event One DJ’s and Chair Covers and Linens. Our ballroom will be divided into Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. We will have different linen and decor specific to the different seasons. Our attendees will be placed at a table dedicated to their wedding season. Although this event is aimed towards future brides and grooms of FORUM, we still have seats available and would like to invite engaged couples still in need of a venue or caterer. Couples may RSVP to the email listed on the invitation.

Until Next Time,

Kalissa

We Have a New Caterer!

We would love to welcome Ritz Charles as one of our new preferred caterers for 2017! Here are a few fun facts about Ritz Charles;

  • Ritz Charles, established in 1985, provides innovative, upscale and superior event services to central Indiana.
  • Ritz Charles was established over 30 years ago by Carmel native, Chuck Lazzara.
  • Each event receives a personal Event Specialist.

Below are some of the many dishes Ritz Charles can offer to make your event amazing!

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Thank you Ritz Charles for becoming a part of our wonderful team!

Until Next Time,

Kalissa