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It’s All About Touch! Texture at Events.

March 27th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

We all know entering any special event an experience for the entire mind, body and soul.   It’s something for each of the 5 senses and one of my favorites for my clients to think about is the sense of touch!  Every client thinks about sight and sound, and quite obviously taste – but touch is of equal importance.  In many cases, it relates to the other senses.  If you touch something – it’s because the sense of sight made you wish to do so.  It’s about giving guests a full experience and a tactile experience is part of it.   Planning an event with the sense of touch is fun and easy!

Every element of the event adds texture – from the linens, to the chairs, to the paperie, to the floral!

Texture in an event

Texture adds interest to your guests’ experience.  It allows them to feel comfortable and relaxed.  Remember, any event is in actuality, for a brief moment in time, an extension of the host’s home.   That said, guests should feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease.  They shouldn’t feel like they’re in a china shop and afraid to touch things.

Here are a few ways you can easily add another layer of texture to your event.  Whether it be a luxurious wedding, a fun playful bar mitzvah, a sleek corporate event, or even a children’s birthday party – each event needs layers of texture.

Wedding guests are your family and friends and they should have the comforts of home.  Simple things like pillows and throws on lounge furniture go a long way to make guests want to cozy up in these intimate spaces.

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Menu cards, escort cards, programs and other paper pieces the day of the event add layers of texture to any event.  The type of paper, printing style and how they’re displayed all add texture to your special occasion.  Whether these pieces are whimsically displayed with the dessert station, or placed with precision at each place setting, each piece of paper adds a later of texture to the event in a personalized and unique way. These menu cards were printed paper adhered to thin pieces of wood and placed on heirloom linen napkins adding another dimension of texture as guests sat at the dinner table.


Flip flops and rustic woven baskets of pashmina wraps for outdoor events ensure your guests are comfortable during dancing and cool or windy weather. These are a great idea as your guest favors  – so can easily serve dual purpose.

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No one ever claimed all texture needs to be soft.  Metal also makes a great addition to any event, especially when going for a sleek club feeling.  Here these chic sculptures were around the room and the young attendees definitely didn’t have a “hands off approach” because the glistening metal sparkle attracted the kids to each unique sculpture.


The easiest way to add texture is the host’s attire.

This amazing wedding gown is a perfect example of texture being added to the event quietly and discreetly to the wedding.  Her floral (by L. Gene Huddleson – Detail+Design)  also adds another layer.


Texture and the sense of touch are fun elements to add to an event.  Have fun talking with your wedding planning and event professionals about how you can add texture into your event.

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Merci Beaucoup to the photographers who have captured these photographs from Mon Amie Events, Inc events that have infused elements of texture over the years: (in order of appearance) Jennifer Driscoll Photographer, Megelaine Images, Hether Miles Photography (Menu Card by KB Design), Megelaine Images, Hosteler Photograhy (Decor by L. Gene Huddleson, Detail+Design), Amanda Wilcher Photography (bouquet by L. Gene Huddleson, Detail+Design)


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Art of the Table – Captiva Blue

March 21st, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Each spring Indy’s best Wedding and Event Planners come together for the Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Art of the Table.  I’ve long called this celebration of beautiful tablescapes “My Favorite Day of the Year” because of the amazing over-the-top tables and the sense of collaboration between the designers.


Mon Amie Events, Inc table was honored to receive the “Best Table ABC Member Designed Table” – and I’m thrilled and humbled with this award.

Art of the Table is a delightful afternoon of artfully appointed table displays by the city’s best event designers and florists.  The day was conceived to raise money for education and scholarships for wedding professionals in the state of Indiana. It is also a fundraiser for the the American Cancer Society in memory of member Betty Jackson.  Betty was an ABC member who died too early in her career and to whom this event honors.  Betty was a mentor and friend, and actually helped inspire my company name.  (The story of her daughter’s wedding is highlighted here:  Susan and Eric. )

This year I was inspired by two amazing brides for my table for Art of the Table:  Captiva Blue

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Inspired by two of the planner and designer’s most memorable, yet
very different weddings, this table threads together elements from each
of these celebrations.  One wedding took place on Captiva Island,
Florida last spring and included crisp white florals and balmy ocean
breezes. The other nuptials took place in the bride’s childhood estate
and used eclectic furniture creating lush seating arrangements and chic
dining vignettes to create a warm, homey atmosphere. Each of these
bridal couples were surrounded by family, friends and opulence at their
first dinner as husband and wife!


I love all of the details each designer adds to their individual tables.  Everything from the linens and chairs, to the floral and china.  Some tables include fantastic menu cards, pillows, favors and the intimate details creating a special and unique experience for the attendees of this annual event.


Special Thanks for the collaborative effort by:

Alan Thompson, AIFD from McNamara Florist, Nikki Pulfer from pomp&polish,llc, and LGi Linens

Images from Art of the Table captured by Jessica Strickland Photography

Finally – special thanks to Becky and Jenny for your inspiration.




To learn more about the Association of Bridal Consultants see I am honored to serve as the Indiana Chapter’s State Coordinator.  For more information about Art of the Table click – the 10th Anniversary Art of the Table Celebration’s plans are already underway.






Images from Art of the Table captured by Jessica Strickland Photography

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Pace Awards ~ The Envelope Please

March 13th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments


The Indiana Chapter of  International Special Events Society (ISES)  held its annual award celebration last weekend.  The PACE awards (Professional Achievement in Creative Events) mission is to provide a prestigious event that honors and shares the work of industry professionals. The PACE awards aim to recognize professionals in the special event industry for all of the events they create, plan, manage, and execute during the year.

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The awards honor industry professionals in categories ranging from videography and photography to corporate events and social events.  For many years we’ve been honored with nominations and awards  for our work and in 2013 we once again received this flattering accolade.  Jessie and Stefan’s wedding was a beautiful celebration and we are thrilled for them to have won the ISES Pace Awards for Best Wedding for their budget range.

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Stefan said all along the planning process he wanted to win the Best Wedding Award for his bride.  It was very exciting to accept this award honoring the couple.  They wanted to create something to unique and poignant for their guests.  To see the wedding film (from Northernlight Filmworks) from their day, please click here:

Details from their day included Jessie’s stunning altar, her two wedding gowns, a unique bouquet created entirely from sugar and the couple’s touching tribute to her late father.  Thank you to the entire wedding team for creating such a special day for such a special couple – Merci Beaucoup:  A Classic Party Rental , Cake Zen , Conrad Indianapolis , Evans Audio Visual, Jennifer Driscoll Photography, Jim Cerone DJ Entertainment, JW Salon,  Makeup by Sparkle , McNamara Florist , Northernlight Filmworks


Merci Beaucoup for the photographs used in this blog entry:

To photographers Brian McGuckin and Jennifer Driscoll


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Wish Upon a Wedding Gala ~ Thank You

January 20th, 2013 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments


It is one of the greatest honors I have in this industry to serve as the Founding President of the Indianapolis President of Wish Upon a Wedding.  Each November we host our Blissful Wishes Ball.  This year, once again Indy Visual captured the spirit of the evening with his video for the evening:

2012 Blissful Wishes Ball Video   – Video created by Bob Ridge, IndyVisual  (Photo by Christi Vawter, Lucky Heart Photography)


If you are interested in learning more about Wish Upon a Wedding in Indianapolis, or your city, please visit

As a nationwide 501(c) (3) organization, we celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of couples in love during their most challenging times.  Officially launched in January of 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding currently has several chapters across the United States ready to serve couples in need.  The Indianapolis Chapter was founded in 2011 and has granted 4 wishes since its inception.  These couples receive their wedding wish including the wedding planner, reception details, entertainment, invitations and decor so they can focus on what’s most important ~ each other.  These couples understand like no other the true meaning of “in sickness and in health.”  It is humbling to witness their ceremonies.  Thank you to each wish granter, board member and gala attendee who has helped create these weddings happen.  Without their support, and this gala, these weddings simply would not be possible.



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Have Yourself a “Married” Little Christmas

December 24th, 2012 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

To all of my clients, family and friends, whether this is your first “Married” Christmas – your 10th, 40th, or more — Joyeux Noel! Take a few minutes to enjoy the best gift of all, one another!



According to  “The New York” times a whopping 15% of all engagements take place this week, and based on a survey by “The Knot” 39% of couples propose between November and February!  To couples who will remember Christmas 2012 for their engagement forever ~ Congratulations and enjoy that glass of champagne with your fiance, your family and friends!


May you all be surrounded with peace, love and joy this holiday season!






Merci Beaucoup to Carpenter Photography and Design for creating the Noel logo for me!

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She Said Yes!

November 21st, 2012 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

For over ten years I’ve loved hearing couples tell the story about how they met, their first date and eventually, the proposal.  It’s fun to hear how the groom-to-be often nervously asked permission of the bride’s father (sometimes with her mom present, other times without her there) and then planned the perfect time to finally ask the most important question of his life.

I’ve heard some wonderful stories lately – I’ve had some pretty lucky clients!  Two clients lately have had Parisian proposals.  Not 1, but 2!  One bride, Sabrina, I knew was happening even before she did!  (I was actually hired to plan the wedding by her groom, Danny and her mom before he’d even popped the question) So imagine my excitement when I, along with their parents, received giddy texts from across the pond when Sabrina said yes, with pictures of the sparkling ring? 🙂  The other bride was standing  in the Lourve and in a state of complete shock when her betrothed asked for her hand … only to then see their entire families walking up to them moments later to celebrate!

College campuses are another sweet and sentimental place to propose.  It was really fun to hear the engagement story of Notre Dame’s famed grotto playing host to recent alumns for a fall 2013 couple returning to campus for a football game this fall with both sets of parents.

Pets often play an important role.  Whether they are used as a decoy, or hold a “Will you Marry Me?” sign, or have the ring tied around their neck, I always think it’s a sweet way to have four-legged children be involved in creating something so intimate and special.  Whenever the pet is part of the proposal, if possible, I also try to include the pet in the wedding as well.

Recently I met a bride with a very sweet and special proposal.  It really resonated with me.  Her fiancé Brian asked her to marry him in front of the courthouse in the county of his parent’s hometown.  In actuality, since they are to be married in that same county, they’ll actually get their marriage license at that same location.  I found this location sweet and pure. I find the fact they’ll have to return here in a year and a half even more compelling – for years to come, they’ll be able to share their engagement story, from that very spot.  🙂


Some grooms propose back at the location of their first date – or at an important restaurant.  Others choose a famous landmark.  Regardless of where he asks – and in what arena – what makes this important is – how he asks.  Not how many people witnessed this auspicious occasion, or whether it was on film, or part of a flashmob, or part of a grand gesture, but rather did he fully graciously tell the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with that he pictured every morning, with her.  The good times and the bad.  In sickness and in health… and that no matter what – he would be honored to have her have his last name.  How else could she not say Yes?

Merci Beaucoup to the photographers who have captured the stunning heirloom rings my clients have been given by their grooms over the years.  (In Order of appearance) Carpenter Photography and Design, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, Meyer Photography, Jessica Strickland Photography




I am an Indianapolis event planner, wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-460-3726

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Wedding Highlights – Jessie+Stefan

October 1st, 2012 monamieevents Real Weddings, Uncategorized No comments

Jessie+Stefan’s wedding day – here are the details that made this amazing couple’s wedding so special.

They are a very thoughtful couple – so kind, so welcoming and soooo in love!

(Jessie+Stefan will be featured on the website soon, with their complete love story and details, but until then, here’s a sneak peak into their photos and wedding celebration.)



My heartfelt gratitude goes to the entire vendor team ~ Merci Beaucoup:  A Classic Party Rental (the little things like chairpad color changes = world of difference!), Cake Zen (for the sugar flower bouquet and boutonniere we kept a secret until Jessie walked down the aisle — what a wonderful secret this was!), Conrad Indianapolis (your hospitality and culinary team are always second to none), Evans Audio Visual (the stage, the lighting, the setting – I am without words!), Events by Design (Paperie and kindness – thank you!), Jennifer Driscoll Photography (you capture a day and capture a moment eloquently and with friendship!), Jim Cerone DJ Entertainment )kept that dance floor packet all evening, and created one of the best moments of the evening – the very special parents’ dance) , JW Salon (what a bridal party – thank you for taking time with each girl to make them all look individual and special) , LGi Linens, Makeup by Sparkle (you as always, brought out the inner beauty on these stunning women) , McNamara Florist (my partner, my friend – this was a dream realized – thank you is hardly enough), Neighborhood Pizza Truck (yummmmmm) , Northernlight Filmworks (I can’t wait to see you version of the day with everyone – especially the moments film captures so uniquely) , TLW Entertainment (Cathy – the ceremony was so special because of your touches!)


Update — 1/18/2013 – Jennifer Driscoll – the evening’s amazing photographer created her own blog for the wedding with her thoughts on the night.  Here’s her link to the images from the wedding!


Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer ~ it is always such a pleasure working with you!


I am an Indianapolis event planner, wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-460-3726Before you plan your next event, please call!


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Bon Appetit

September 24th, 2012 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Think about it – we talk about food from the moment a person is born.  “How is the baby eating?”  “What was their first food?”  We ask children, “what is your favorite food?”  (often to the answer of ice cream or pizza)  and as we begin dating that question  “where do you want to go for dinner?” is an important one – so when planning your wedding menu it’s a critical point.

Here are a few tips to help navigate the wedding meal:

  • Keep it in season.  Don’t serve heavy Braised Short Ribs for an outdoor summer wedding.  Instead have your protein topped with a fresh fruit salsa.  For a fall wedding, instead of a salad, consider offering your guests a soup course.
  • Keep it fun.  Many couples infuse personal touches in their menu including a specialty cocktail or hors d’oeuvre to make their wedding have a unique touch.  Whether it be a special color (or named) cocktail during the cocktail hour or themed hors d’oeuvres or specialty dessert, ask the chef to “play” and you’ll get great results.  On the beach?  Offer sangria as your cocktail.


I had a couple who had a Parisian proposal to the entire menu was French inspired.  From the French wines, to the Cornish Game Hen to the trio of petit French desserts, guests stepped right onto the streets of Paris while they dined. (below)   I also had a couple who had gotten engaged in Key West so infused the flavors of that city into their cocktail hour, bar and entrée.  Simple key lime and coconut hints to the menu really made for a memorable event.

  • Walk down memory lane.  Last fall when the groom was a chef how could he not become incredibly involved with the entire wedding menu?! J  He created stations of food infusing the names of the family however; it was the brides’ family recipe for peach cobbler that had the guests really smacking their lips. (menu is pictured below)

Another groom loved the salad the bride had made for him early in their relationship.  He literally said “She made it once and I was hooked”  – so when the menu cards were printed with her creation that quote was printed as well, guests loved it!

  • Surprise them.  If your family always serves the traditional Jordan Almonds at weddings – don’t forgo this.  Your aunt who makes these for will be broken hearted you didn’t use them at your gala … but there has to be a way of presenting them without placing them on the table at each place setting.  I had a couple who faced this so when the cake was served the groom was also to give a speech.  His aunt was also the resident and queen nut maker – so he thanked her for making these for the umpteenth time and as the cake was served, the servers also presented the almonds to the guests.  In fact, we thought guests were actually more likely to take them, than leave them on the table.  It worked.

Instead of the candy station in themed colors that people have seen at many weddings now – perhaps consider offering a popcorn bar, a nut bar or late in the evening a cereal bar.

I also, if the favor is food, typically don’t present any wedding favor until guests are departing the wedding – guests like to be surprised with this one last culinary treat!

Food and drink is often one of the largest parts of a wedding budget, but making things personal, fun and special doesn’t have to cost more.  Ask your caterer how they can help you.  They’re the experts.  If you’re going to Mexico on your honeymoon, serve Mexican beer.  If you have Italian heritage in your family, ask about serving Italian wines with your dinner – these may not cost you more, but will keep your event personalized and special!  Have fun, enjoy the celebration and remember most importantly “bon appetit!”




Merci Beaucoup to the photographers and caterers who each event bring these delicious meals to life!  (in order of images) Hether Miles Photography – Hoaglin Catereing, Megelaine Images – South Seas Island Resort Catering, Carpenter Photography and Design – Flik Catering,   Scalini Photography, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography – Hoaglin Catering.

I am an Indianapolis event planner, wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-460-3726

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Bridal Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

September 14th, 2012 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

Bridal beauty goes far beyond the dress – and the ever important jewelry and the shoes – ohhh the shoes – it also includes bridal hair and makeup.

It’s important to think in advance about hair and makeup as part of your overall look If you color your hair regularly, make sure you you’ve talked with your salon months beforehand and gotten the schedule of your appointments.  Have an appointment with your stylist to practice your trial run and decide if cascading locks are for you or an up do are more your look.

  • Practice makes perfect.  Have fun with different looks for the makeup on your wedding day.  Perhaps for the wedding ceremony you have a more refined and classic look with one gown, then for the reception and your party dress, you kick things up a notch – including your makeup and hair!  I had brides have their entire style team re-do their hair when they changed clothes, while others either did it themselves, or just added accessories for a new look.

  • Go Big or Go Home. – By this I mean the lashes.  Please – get lashes!  You will love them!  In photos, you will never, ever, ever want to go back!

  • Look at your hands.  Everyone else will be!  Think about your manicure, will you go with a classic French manicure, a ballet slipper pink or a wonderful pop of color?  Some brides are choosing the (now famous) Michelle Obama acrylic polish which will last wedding day through the honeymoon without a chip.  I’ve been using it for the French Manicure (known to show chips more quickly) for about a year and been quite happy with the results.
  • Drink water and get your rest.  These sound simple enough I realize, but will make a world of difference in your overall appearance and health of your skin.  You will appreciate that radiant, timeless appearance.

  • Pamper yourself.  Get a massage and enjoy your final days as a Miss.  The rest of your life you are a Mrs. and will stand next to one another – however enjoy those quiet moments in the zen of the massage room knowing everything is under control and it’s going to be an amazing weekend!
  • Have a Moment of Gratitude.  Take a moment to say “Thank You” to the people who helped create the wedding you’re about to have.  Whether it be your families, bridal party or the wedding professionals who are your team.  You’ll find it may the most beautiful thing you’ve done and may make you feel prettiest of all.  I had a bride very recently who everyone kept saying was so beautiful.  In part because she was so grateful to everyone around her, my genuine response – “She is even more beautiful on the inside.”

Happy Honeymoon J+S. 🙂





Merci Beaucoup to the photographers and makeup artists and salons who week after week make my clients shine through: (in order of appearance) Scalini Photography (with Evan Todd Salon), Jessica Strickland Fine Art Photography (EyeMax Studio), Nathaniel Edmunds Photography (EyeMax Studio), Carpenter Photography & Design (Makeup by Sparkle & EyeMax Studio for Hair), Nathaniel Edmunds Photography (EyeMax Studio and Reeda Todd for Hair), Jennifer Driscoll Photography (Makeup by Sparkle and JW Salon for Hair)

I am an Indianapolis based and destination event planner, wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-460-3726


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It’s What’s Inside that Counts – Guest Welcome Bags

August 30th, 2012 monamieevents Uncategorized No comments

I had a client about a year ago use a wonderful term for guests’ needs – temperature / restroom facilities / parking / proximity to food / guestroom accommodations – “their creature comforts”  Thank you Anne – I love that term and I’ve adopted fully!  I find myself referring to it often and thinking of you with fondness, smiling to myself as I tell other people about “creature comforts.”

One way creature comforts factor into a wedding is the moment they arrive the wedding weekend – often before they’ve even seen the bridal couple – at hotel check in.  Many bridal couples welcome their guests with Welcome Bags.  These treats can be filled with a myriad of things, but here’s a few tips to make sure your first impression to your family and friends make your guests fell welcome, excited and most importantly right at home!

  • Welcome your guests – a quick note welcoming them to your celebration goes a long way!
  • Include directions and a timeline for your guests – a city map and some timeline. This may be timing for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and post reception brunch.  If you are providing transportation – tell them the time and location to meet.

After a trip to Sam’s Club with a client this week to help her shop I was inspired to write this post because she had no idea what to include in her bag, so here is a list of things to make sure are in your shopping cart:

Noshes and treats for their home away from home for the weekend ~ It’s What’s Inside that Counts:

  • Water
  • Another Drink – if you’re going to Jamaica on your honeymoon – include Red Stripe Beer, if you met at IU, include Oliver Winery wine.  I had a couple that works for a fitness company their beverages certainly were included.  Make it personal!
  • Salty Snack – chips, crackers or nuts etc.
  • Candy bars – 2 – your favorite and his favorite!
  • Mints –  kissable breath is important on a wedding weekend 🙂
  • Breakfast items – just something to curb them over – juice and perhaps a breakfast pastry
  • Fruit – an apple or banana.  (If the bride or groom is a Doctor or Teacher they will appreciate the Apple!)
  • Cookies
  • Deck of cards
  • The drugstore – sample packs of Advil / Tylenol / Aspirin / Tums / hand sanitizer / the like – your guests will thank you for it!


One Splurge – by this I mean something fun as a special thank you for the guests!  They have sacrificed their time and money to be with you for the wedding weekend, give them something special for doing so.  Perhaps it’s the bag itself like a Thirty-One bag or a reusable grocery bag.   It could be something in the bag that represents the city of your wedding.  No trip to South Florida would be complete without a box of Norman Love chocolates.  The mother of the bride described them as jewelry – clearly you can see why! (below)  Kentucky weddings “have to” include Maker’s Mark and Ale 8, while Brides from Indy often include “Just Pop In” popcorn.



Regardless of what you include, make it fun and make it personal!  The guests will notice these personal treats.  I’ve had clients include over-sized hand painted cookies of their event logo which guests thought were too pretty to eat … until they took the first bite.


If you include toothbrushes in honor of your dental practice or pencils with your names on it because you’re both teachers – they’ll notice!  If you are never seen without a Diet Coke in your hand, and it’s included in your bag, the guests will surely pick up on this as well.  I had a couple that owns a spice company – you betcha everyone loves their new signature spices included in the bag! (ymmmm – I need a filet mignon and some Marion Kay Spice right now just thinking about it – to celebrate their anniversary I certainly will have to do so!) 😉

Your guests are exactly that, they are your guests ~ your family and friends ~ they’re thrilled to celebrate with you – so welcome them to their “’home away from home” for the weekend just as you would to your home, then get ready for a wonderful weekend of family, fun and your wedding!



Have a great wedding weekend and remember when you check into your honeymoon suite one of these bags will be waiting for you and your husband too ~ so enjoy those snacks and treats!






Merci Beaucoup to the photographers who likely had a few nibbles as they took some photos 🙂  well deserved nibbles!  In order of appearance:  Jennifer Driscoll Photography (2 images), Megelaine Images, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, Carpenter Photography and Design

I am an Indianapolis based and destination event planner, wedding planner, bridal consultant bar mitzvah planner, bat mitvah planner, event designer and wedding designer. Monica Richard, MBC

6915 Bretton Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-460-3726


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