Posts tagged ‘event planning’

December 2, 2010

Romance and Happenstance

Whenever I find a creative, innovative, aesthetically-pleasing but still informative blog, I’m a happy girl. Recently, I stumbled upon Romance and Happenstance, a fresh and inspiring wedding and event planning blog. Its creator, Courtni, has such an eye for detail and kitsch, something I can’t help but be drawn to.

Courtni and I recently joined forces, and using thumbprints as our theme, collaborated on a post. If I didn’t know better, I’d say we share a brain, or at least similar tastes and perspectives.

Photo Credit: Romance and Happenstance

Courtni, I enjoy your blog so much, and look forward to working with you again!! You’re a doll and I think you’ve got such great taste. Success is definitely headed your direction!!

What Do You Think: How crucial is theme when planning a wedding or special event?

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November 3, 2010

Millennials, Weddings, and Personal Style

While I wouldn’t consider myself the girl who’s dreamt about her wedding since the ripe age of 5, now well into my twenties, it’s something I’ve had to start allowing to stir around my mind from time to time. Plus, given my interest in wedding and event planning, in tandem with my love of all things design and organization, it’s pretty natural for me to be interested in all things wedding related. Just today I stumbled upon a recent article examining my generation and weddings.

Just a bookkeeping detail before I delve in:

  • Generation Y consists of the roughly 50 million of us, myself included, currently spanning the ages of 18 to 29.

Research suggests that nearly 61 percent of surveyed Millennials indicate they think our generation has a unique and distinctive personality (PewSocialTrends). Incidentally, in yesterday’s New York Times, Elizabeth Olson published an article discussing the changing face of wedding style among the Millennial generation. Hm, I wondered, just how prevalent is marriage among my fellow twenty-somethings?

Pew Research Center found that Millennials are “markedly less likely to be married or to have children than earlier generations were at comparable ages” in the last two decades. In fact, just one-in-five Millennials (21 percent) is currently married. Pew further found that this generation values marriage above careers and financial success. Incidentally, the millennials will account for more than 60 percent of all weddings by 2012, according to census figures. While I cannot account for the lack of correlation between these two findings, I do find them intriguing at very least. Perhaps we simply value marriage more, thus we proceed with caution.

Photo Credit: Annalea Hart, Flickr

One fact remains evident: there has been a shift in wedding preferences among my fellow Millennials. In her article, Olson proposed (ha, get it? Weddings….proposal….okay, I’m done) “instead of traditional must-haves like engraved invitations or sit-down dinners, the millennials — people generally in their 20s — seek touches that showcase their interests and personal style.”

Brands are recognizing this increase in generational ego, and catering their messaging to appeal to this me, me, me mentality. Companies are now abandoning their nationwide advertising approaches, instead linking up with independent jewelry stores “with a campaign intended to raise the stores’ profiles in their local markets — where most couples still buy rings.” (NY Times)

Olson offered “one traditional item people are still buying, but adding their own twist to, is the engagement ring, which cost an average of $5,847 last year, according to a study by TheKnot.com and the WeddingChannel.com. One third of such rings are customized or personalized.”

What do you think: Are you a twenty-something knocking on marriage’s doorstep? What’s your style?

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For more information on generational research, weddings, or anything discussed here, please visit the links provided above, or the following:

For Millennials, It’s More About Personal Style Than Luxury, NY Times

Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next, Pew Research Center

The Center for Generational Studies

November 1, 2010

IU Networking Night: Event Planning, Tourism, and Hospitality

Each semester, the IU Alumni Association (IUAA), in partnership with the Student Alumni Association (SAA), organizes a series of Networking Nights. An opportunity for students to interact with professionals across specific industries, Networking Nights feature a panel of relevant guest speakers who discuss their unique career paths and share advice for students entering the world of work.

On October 19, I attended the Event Planning, Tourism, and Hospitality Networking Night. I should mention that aside from Public Relations, I have a passion and interest in wedding/event planning.

The panel featured representatives from The Omni Severin Hotel (in Indianapolis), The Indiana Memorial Union Hotel and Conference Center, Eagle Point Golf Resort (in Bloomington), the Monroe County/Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and elsewhere. As with any panel, each participant detailed their duties, outlined challenges, and offered advice to student attendees.

I had an opportunity to speak with Brandi Host, Rooms Division Manager of the Indiana Memorial Union Hotel and Conference Center, whose advice during the panel resonated with me the most. She spoke of the passion she tries to instill and generate in her guests, adding that each day her goal is to inspire the same love she has for Bloomington and IU in each person she interacts with. When asked what she attributes to success in all things communications, she said a communications professional must possess true flexibility and practice problem solving every moment of every day. Additionally, she offered advice like “use common sense”, “we’re not in the business of rocket science” and “be present”.

While the advice seems basic, I can’t help but appreciate the sentiment. In the face of graduation and the beginning of my career, I hope to embark on my journey with a firm set of values and principles in my back pocket.

I’ll be attending two upcoming IU Networking Nights: Media/Entertainment and Writing, Editing and Publishing. I advise any classmate or colleague of mine to take advantage of networking opportunities like the ones hosted by the IUAA/SAA.