Traditional Vs. Modern Anniversary Gifts- The First 15 Years!

FORUM Events Center hosts approximately 25 weddings each year. It is crazy to think that it has been over 10 years since we have hosted our very first wedding! We thought it would be a good idea to help give anniversary ideas to not only our past but our future brides and grooms.

Here’s to the first 15!

1st year

Traditional- Paper

Modern- Clocks

Write the sweet love letter that your spouse will hold on to forever.

2nd Year

Traditional- Cotton

Modern- China

Treat your spouse to a new bathrobe or a handmade quite for your home together

3rd Year

Traditional- Leather

Modern- Crystal/Glass

Splurge and get your spouse a new pair of leather shoes or a purse

4th Year

Traditional- Fruit/Flowers

Modern- Appliances

Re-create her bridal bouquet

Flowers in picture are from BOKAY Florists.

5th Year

Traditional- Wood


Plant a tree in your yard.


6th Year

Traditional- Candy/Iron



7th Year

Traditional- Wool/Copper

Modern- Desk Sets


8th Year

Traditional- Pottery/Bronze



9th Year

Traditional- Willow/Pottery

Modern- Leather


10th Year

Traditional- Tin/Aluminum

Modern-Diamond Jewelry


11th Year

Traditional- Steel

Modern- Fashion Jewelry


12th Year

Traditional- Silk/Linen



13th Year

Traditional- Lace

Modern- Textiles


14th Year

Traditional/Modern- Gold Jewelry


15th Year

Traditional- Crystal



Until Next Time,




Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2017-2018

Planning a wedding and have no idea where to start?  What is a popular trend for this upcoming year?  The FORUM team is here to help.  We researched what are the top 5 trends for weddings for this upcoming year.  Here they are:

  • Woodland Weddings

Rustic with a bit of glam is one of the top trends for this year.  Think lots of greenery with a touch of sparkle.  Romantic wedding attire is what is popular this wedding season – so long wedding veils and gowns with lace or floral embellishments.  Wearing your hair in a braid or wearing a floral crown will compliment this romantic look.  Outdoors under a tent with twinkle lights for your reception, having moss as a runner on your guests tables, or incorporating an animal print in your decor complete this woodland look.


  • Weddings Unplugged

Being truly “present” at an event is something most people struggle with these days as almost everyone has a smart phone or has a social media account like, Facebook or Instagram.  Want guests to not Instagram throughout the ceremony or reception?  Try for an unplugged wedding.  How do you do this, you may ask?  Add a cute note to the guest book table asking guests to please shut off their phones at the start of the ceremony.  Some brides are even providing a phone check (much like a coat check) to ensure that no video or pictures are taken at their special day by guests.

  • Vibrant Colors

Bright colors are back on top for weddings this wedding season.  All white weddings are gone…for now!  What are brides doing to incorporate these bright and fun colors to their weddings?  Brides are taking a more neutral color, such as, gold or ivory and adding a pop of color like yellow.  They may do this through their linen choices, their flowers or centerpieces on the tables, or even on their cake or dessert tables.



  • Sheer Illusion Necklines

The sheer neckline wedding dresses have really taken center stage this wedding season.  The bridal stores are full of these simple, classic wedding dresses with the added sparkle along the necklines all the way down to sometimes the sleeves.  These dresses are stunning to say the least and really showcase the bride in the wedding photography.


  • Social Media Guests

So, the complete opposite of an unplugged wedding is the idea that you have wedding guests capturing your entire day through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  Brides are coming up with their own unique #hastag to capture all of these wonderful memories.  Some are even providing charging stations for guests to ensure that their phones stayed juiced the entire evening.



Until Next Time,



Vendor Shoutout- Meet Jason Ryan with AMS Entertainment!

We are so lucky to have such wonderful vendors to recommend to our clients! One of those wonderful vendors is AMS Entertainment. We asked Jason Ryan, the Event Sales Manager, to tell us a little bit about his company, as well as, his background and experience.

  • What is your title and position at your current company?

Event Sales Manager at AMS Entertainment

  • What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?

AMS Entertainment started in 1984 as a DJ company. The owner of our company (Slade Smith) wanted to provide an exceptional experience personalized to each client’s unique expectations. All of our staff goes through a certified training program unlike anything in the DJ industry. Over the years we have grown into one of the largest entertainment companies in the state. We now offer DJs, MCs, Video DJs, Photo Booths, A/V Rentals & Lighting, Game Shows, Team building, Airbrush Tattoos, Casino Parties, virtual racing simulators, retro arcade games, Archery Tag, Shooting simulators and much more. But throughout all of that, our core values have stayed the same.

  • How many years have you been in the industry?

13 years. I started with AMS right out of college in 2003 as a part time DJ while managing a jewelry store. While in college, I did help create a large 2 day music festival called SpringFest at the University of Southern Indiana. It was the largest event USI had ever seen and was the first time USI ever had a national act play on campus. We had a carnival, food vendors, a car show and of course, 2 days of music. I was in charge of creating the main stage, finding and contracting with multiple bands and acts and working with the tech crew. That is where I found I had a passion for events.

  • What was your very first job?

It wasn’t pretty or glamorous. I worked as part of the grounds crew at a pay-to-fish lake. My job was to come in on Saturday and Sunday morning and clean up all of the junk that fishermen leave behind. People use some pretty gross stuff as bait! And there were always dead fish. I had to pull the dead fish out of the lake and bury them. I’m not talking small fish either. Typically they were 5-10lb bass. That job didn’t last long!

  • What lead you in into the event industry?

I would have to say that my time spent working on SpringFest at USI is what gave me a taste for the event Industry. I loved building an event from the ground up and watching the attendees having fun and enjoying themselves. I graduated with a degree in Interpersonal Organizational Communications with a plan to go to graduate school for Student Development in Higher Education. At that time, I thought my only way to be able to plan events was as an advisor at a university. It wasn’t until I was hired on with AMS that I realized there was an entire industry surrounding special events.

  • What is your most memorable event? Why?

I have had the true pleasure to be a part of some amazing events and (more specifically) weddings. It is always an honor for me to be asked to DJ at the wedding of another event professional which I have had the pleasure of doing a lot over the last few years.

Recently we had the opportunity to work with the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis for their annual event, “Adult Recess.” It was a fantastic night filled with many different activities that we were able to provide such as Archery tag, DJ, Karaoke, Retro arcade games, Photo booth, Racing Simulators, Pub Style trivia, Extreme bingo, uplighting, digital wall décor, and dance floor lighting.

  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am color blind. Not completely though. I have a slight Red-green vision deficiency.

  • If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?

Since I was 5 years old, I always wanted to be an actor. I loved the idea of taking on a different persona every time you walked on stage or in front of a camera. I miss being on stage. Maybe one day I’ll be able to get back on it!

Please check out AMS Entertainment’s website at for more information and new services.


Until Next Time,


Bridal Shower Favors

Bridal Favors

Planning a bridal shower? Below are some fun ideas for bridal shower favors.

Remember, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune but it sure is a sweet gesture to say thank you to all your guests for coming to the shower.

  • Personalized Glasses

    (examples: mason jars, champagne flutes, stemless wine glasses)


  • Cake Pops or Macaroons


  • Candles

  • Personalized Coasters


  • Nail Polish


  • Succulents

  • DIY Bath Salts

Click here for a great bath salt recipe!

  • DIY Sugar Scrubs


Here is a great article on how to make your own sugar scrub in 5 minutes.  

For other great ideas check out our page Pinterest!

Until Next Time,


Vendor Shoutout – Angel Bodenhamer from Indiana Wedding Design

Here at FORUM Conference & Event Center, we recommend the best of the best. We have a new vendor partner we are so excited about, Indiana Wedding Design

We asked owner, Angel Bodenhamer a little bit about her company, as well as, her background and experience.

  • What is your title and position at your current company?
    • I am the owner and a senior officiate with Indiana Wedding Design LLC
  • What does your company do? How is it different from others like it?
    • We are Central Indiana’s Premier Wedding officiates. We also offer inclusive value added service packages to cater to brides on a budget!
  • How many years have you been in the industry?
    • This is our third wedding season
  • What was your very first job?
    • My very first job was a stable hand at Grimes Quarter Horses in Greencastle Indiana. I broke and trained young horses, groomed, exercised and cared for the horses there.
  • What lead you in into the event industry?
    • I had originally wanted to create a mobile bartending service (I had spent 12 years in the bar industry). I met an officiate at a wedding, and her business model inspired me to create my own!
  • What is your most memorable event? Why?
    • My most memorable event, as it applies to Indiana Wedding Design, was watching our most recent spot on Fox 59’s segment, Stretching your Dollar. It was amazing to see our team come together, and to see our hard work be recognized. We featured our Circle City 360 package. You get a wedding officiate to perform your ceremony, and a photography session…for…$360! Clever, right?
  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
    • Something people don’t know about me? Let’s see….other than my irrational fear of sharks…most people would not think that I was born and raised in a SUPER small rural town about an hour west of Indianapolis, in Roachdale. My family still owns and operates the tire shop there.
  • If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?
    • My dream job….I guess I really never thought about it? Suffice it to say….if I could grow and franchise my company in all the states…and you know…just kind of hang out in exotic places and retire early…yep. That would be it. (On my Yacht with Usher…am I right?)
  • Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better.
    • Even though Wedding Officiating is our main service at Indiana Wedding Design, we have identified a need in the market for tight budget services! With our BRIDAL BUNDLE , We have a team of vendors, included but not limited to :  Photographers, Wedding DJ’s, Limousine Services, Photo Booths, Bartenders, Planners, and Coordinators all available at restricted budget rates! No one has to give up their dream of a big wedding feel! We also accept payment plans.
  • We, along with the FORUM Conference and Event Center, have identified a need for our newest package…. Forever After at Forum! It’s a MINI WEDDING! You can experience all of those big wedding moments in an hour  in FORUM’s beautiful outside courtyard, or their sunny lobby! Walk down an aisle surrounded by 30 of your closest friends and family, bask in your wedding ceremony with one of our talented officiates, dance your first dance, and then enjoy MORE photography, and finish the afternoon with cupcakes and conversation! What a deal at $599~

Indiana Wedding Design can be found online at and on Facebook at

Until Next Time,


Forever After at FORUM

We have some exciting news here at FORUM.  FORUM has partnered with Indiana Wedding Design to bring you Forever After at FORUM.  What does Forever After at FORUM include you might ask?  Here is what you get:

A 1 hour ceremony, pictures, small cake, and first dance in either FORUM’s Foyer or Courtyard for a maximum of 30 guests for $600 for in season and $850 for off season (Nov 1-April 1).

You can choose either a weekday evening time slot: 6 PM, 7 PM, or 8 PM or the first Sunday of the month: 2 PM, 3 PM, or 4 PM.

Deposit is a non-refundable $200 and payments can be made to Indiana Wedding Design.

We are excited to bring you this new partnership and we look forward to celebrating you on your special day!

Please contact Indiana Wedding Design for more information and/or to book!


Until Next Time,


FORUM partners with The Pint Cycle

Looking for a fun activity to do before your wedding or for a bachelorette/bachelor party?  Want to add an interactive activity to your next corporate event?  We have the solution!  FORUM is proud to announce a new partnership with a local business here in Fishers, The Pint Cycle.

Their pedal-powered, 16-person bicycle, tours the city’s center with optional stops at several breweries, bars, and restaurants, including Four Day Ray BreweryBrixx Pizza, Louvino, and Nickel Plate Bar & Grill.   New stops and routes are constantly being evaluated and added.  All of your reservations can be made online here:

Each participate gets a super cool Pint Cycle beverage cup as well as food or drink specials at the above locations.  Each tour runs about 2 hours long.  Along with the regular tours, they offer specialty tours as well!  They can be found here!  You do not need to get 16 people yourself to have fun on this excursion – you can sign up as an individual and will be seated with other participants.

Book an event with FORUM and get special pricing on The Pint Cycle!  Contact Chris Hutchinson for more information at

Until Next time,