Vendors I Know: Art of Imagination

July 27th, 2015
Drapery and lighting by Art of Imagination.  Photo by T & S Hughes Photography.

Drapery and lighting by Art of Imagination. Photo by T & S Hughes Photography.

There are two kinds of party/wedding planners:  the ones who do logistics (me) and the ones who are decorators.  It’s not that I can’t make your party pretty; I can do that for you.  But some people are really, really good at decorating a party venue.  When I need someone to do that for me, I call Deborah at Art of Imagination.

Deborah and I have worked together more than once, and I like what she brings to the table:  an elegant design sensibility with enough creative imagination to make a wedding or a party look unique.  She also has a warm and thoughtful presence that makes working with her a pleasure.  Best of all, she has the very specialized skill of hanging things up: lights, pictures, draperies, disco balls, and so on.  Believe it or not, that’s a tough job, and not everyone can do it and make it look effortless.

If you’re looking for a planner who knows a lot of vendors and can guide you through all the details of event planning, be sure to give me a call.  If you also want fabulous decor, you know who I’ll be calling.

Anniversary Party Photos!

July 20th, 2015

I do a lot of weddings, but every so often I’m lucky enough to help a family with something like an anniversary party.  I really enjoy this sort of job!  A couple of weeks ago, I helped a family plan a 40th anniversary party in their backyard.  This was one classy affair.  They put up a tent in the yard; Art of Imagination decorated it; FIG Catering provided a terrific dinner; and the band Get Back played 70s covers until late in the night.

Here are a few photos I took of the fun.

Guests gathered on the patio for cocktails.

Guests gathered on the patio for cocktails.

 

When they sat down to dinner, it looked like this.

When they sat down to dinner, it looked like this.

The theme for the evening was psychedelic 70s.

The theme for the evening was psychedelic 70s.

Art of Imagination hung disco balls over the dance floor.

Art of Imagination hung disco balls over the dance floor.

Even the highboys were a little psychedelic.

Even the highboys were a little psychedelic.

A nice touch was the chalkboard welcoming guests to the party.

A nice touch was the chalkboard welcoming guests to the party.

A quiet corner of the yard was transformed into a secret garden.

A quiet corner of the yard was transformed into a secret garden.

70s cover band Get Back kept the guests on the dance floor.

70s cover band Get Back kept the guests on the dance floor.

What a Day-Of Coordinator Really Does

July 13th, 2015
My goal is to keep your guests having a good time.  Photo by Light on Life Images.

My goal is to make sure your guests are having a good time. Photo by Light on Life Images.

When I’m coordinating a wedding or party, I do a lot of things that are visible:  I put out the place cards; oversee the decor (if there is no decorator); manage the processional; communicate with the DJ; and so on.  But there is a whole category of things I do that no one ever sees, and those are perhaps the most important things I do.

The things you’ll never see or know about are things like these:

  • If the air temperature is too cold or too hot, I find a building engineer and ask them to make the room more comfortable.
  • Adjust the lighting when dancing starts.
  • Help guests who have special needs or problems.
  • Look for lost items.
  • Call taxis for guests.
  • Replace toilet paper in the bathrooms.
  • Fix any problems that come up with the caterer or other vendors.

These are the non-glamorous parts of the job, but I consider them among the most important ones because they keep your guests happy.

Marriage Equality!!

July 6th, 2015
Rainbow flag, via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Rainbow_flag_breeze.jpg

Rainbow flag, via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Rainbow_flag_breeze.jpg

I didn’t have a chance last week to say Hooray for Marriage Equality!!  I’m very excited that the Supreme Court ruled the way it did.  Love wins and so does justice.  It doesn’t make much difference here in Illinois since we were ahead of the curve, but it’s a great thing for the nation.