Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eventology: My Own Experience

Yeah, yeah, I'm late on this. Leave me alone. I'm pregnant. :) If you frequent wedding blogs, you may have already seen some Eventology posts, so I'll try to keep this short and sweet. This is a summary of my own experience and thoughts.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Eventolgy 2010, held in Indianapolis. No, there's not a lot going on in Indianapolis. How could there be? One of it's nick names is "nap town." (In the early 1900's, it was considered a ghost town, which is where the nickname comes from.) But I can't complain, I wasn't exactly there to sight see. I went to educate myself on all things wedding and business, and hopefully meet a few friendly folks as well.

Conference rooms, Eventology (photograph by Jen Lynne Photography)

I have to admit, I was nervous. I went alone, I'm 6 months pregnant, and as my husband walked me to the security gate at the airport, I started to tear up realizing how much I would miss him. Oh, who are we kidding? I cried! Damn pregnancy hormones. I felt semi-pathetic trying to maneuver my carry-on luggage and newly acquired, yet bulky laptop bag, like a traveling business pro. Did you see Clooney in "Up In the Air" when he goes through security? Yeah, I was nothing like that. Long story short, me and my baby belly manage to get to the plane, sit down, and arrive in Indianapolis all in one piece.

Featured speakers at Eventology (photograph by Jen Lynne Photography)

Once I settled in at the Omni, which is where Eventology was held, and relaxed a little bit, I spent my first evening in the hotel bar meeting people I had only previously chatted with on Twitter. My nerves started to calm a little and I spent the next two days soaking up some great information! We were treated to inspiring presentations from power house hitters in the wedding industry, such as Harmony Walton of Bridal Bar, Saundra Hadley of Planning Forever, Terrica Skaggs of Cocktails and Details, Lara Casey of Southern Weddings Magazine, Sasha Souza of Sasha Souza Events, and NaShara Mitchell of Ready to Blush.

Swag Bag Goodies (photographs by Jen Lynne Photography)

Overall, I had a fabulous time. I met some great people, saw some old friends, and honestly came away from the event with a wealth of knowledge I certainly did not have before. I know more than a few planners visit this site (to which I am ever thankful for). If you're a shy gal, I wouldn't let that deter you from going next year. I'm not an extremely outgoing person and I found most everyone to be super nice and friendly. And if you think no one likes you, you can always spend evenings in your room, on the super comfy bed, watching t.v., and ordering room service... Gee, what torture.

I won't bore you with the details of everyone that I met, but a quick shout out: I was super excited to meet the adorable Aletha of Pearls Events (pictured above on the left), who I feel like I've known forever just through blogging. It was also great to meet Saundra Hadley (pictured on the right), who has always supported Earthly Affair and whose offline personality was just as infectious as her online one. And that's me in the middle! Can you see my basketball belly?

Huge thank you to the beautiful Jennifer Badalamenti of Jen Lynne Photography for letting me use her photos.


landlocked bride said...

So jealous you were there this year. I will be there next year, so I hope to see your pretty face!

Aletha | Pearls Events said...

Jen - it was SO fantastic meeting you last week! And yes, I feel like we've known one another for so long. It was about time we met and chatted in real life. So glad you came this year, and believe me, the first out-of-state networking event I attended, I was full of nerves!

saundra, event engineer said...

Please, when I think of how LONG ago I first emailed you to tell you how fabulous your products and blog is....surreal to finally meet you in person. You're little belly is super cute and I can't wait to see your little person.

So glad you came and to meet you! FINALLY!

NAFYD said...

i m so there next year
this is Nafi from d&d

dognbird said...

Thank you for this recap, looks like it was a fabulous and informative event!

Lizzie said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing, looks like it was a great time.

25th anniversary invitation said...

Thanks for sharing eventology. Hope you got a great time!

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