Posts Tagged ‘Event Planning


official opinions: Fun Fall Internships

Look how much fun our marketing interns have!

Hey there Stitely Blogosphere! If you are a student or know any students looking for a fall internship, we have two unique internship positions available: Event-Planning Support and Marketing and Multimedia. Both positions begin late August or early September and continue through December. You can take these internships for class credit and hours are flexible between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday to accommodate your schedule. Bonus: We pay a small daily stipend to defray transportation cost, provide for lunch and have some left over for the weekend.   If you want to get some hands-on experience in the music and events industries, these internships are for you.  Here’s a little about the positions:

-Marketing and Multimedia: While duties vary on a project by project basis, basic responsibilities for Marketing and Multimedia Interns include taking photos and videos at a handful of events then editing and posting these media on Flickr & YouTube.  Interns also write blog posts, maintain our various social media sites and contribute ideas for new PR & marketing initiatives.  We’re looking for someone with strong writing skills who is also great at taking photos, recording videos and editing these media. A familiarity with graphic design and Mac computers is encouraged, but not necessary. We ask you to be in the office at least two days per week and you will need to attend a few weekend events, but these will be limited to two or three per month.

Past interns love coming back to see us!

-Event Planning Support: This intern assists Carly, our Event Planning Guru, to prepare  for events.  Basic responsibilities include preparing musical materials such as charts, lyrics and MP3s for upcoming events, interfacing with musicians, and a few special projects.  You also have the opportunity to dabble in marketing, occasionally writing a blog post or attending events to take photos. We ask you to be in our Evanston office 20-24 hours a week and you must be able to read music in order to be considered for the position. Strong writing skills and photo/video experience are also a plus but not necessary.

Interested?  Send your resume and cover letter that includes the position for which you are applying and why you are a good candidate to  Event-Support applicants, please include your musical background in your cover letter. We hope to hear from you!


guest star: Erin Patrick — events fashioned

Stitely Entertainment recently had the opportunity to chat with Erin Patrick, an event planner with a strong background in design. He was previously the VP at one of the largest event decor companies in Chicago, but has recently branched out to create his own company: erin patrick.

Stitely Entertainment (SE): It looks like you’ve got a diverse history within the wedding industry, how did you get started in the business?
Erin Patrick (EP): I got started in the industry some 20 plus years ago.  I was doing window displays at the time and started freelancing with some of the best companies in the industry.  I worked under the amazing Robert Isabell in NYC.  I then freelanced with Bill Heffernan and worked with Renee Van Rems.

SE: How do you go about designing a unique look or style for an event?
EP: When clients come to me for the first time, I try to find out what makes them tick. What do they really like and also what do they hate!  Sometimes that is the most important.  Knowing what to avoid is half the battle.  I like to generate ideas from their thoughts and start to create the vision right in front of them.  I am fascinated a lot on just how much creation I can generate just by drawing their vision out of them.  My clients are often salivating at this time.  I love it!!!


SE: What are some of the main services you offer and how do they set you apart from other competitors?
EP: I offer a full line of design management services.  From full service, to unparalleled day of services.  What sets us apart is that I come from a design background.  I am not here to just take notes.  I will start to build the look with the client from the start. Referencing colors, tones, textures.  I want the event to entice all of your senses.  The event should look, sound, taste, smell, and feel harmonious!  I am set apart from my competition because I can start the process from the inception.  I do not need to go to other people to get ideas, they are right inside my head.  I have too many ideas sometimes that it’s hard to sleep!

SE: How does your background in design affect your role as an event planner?
EP: I look at every project as fashion.  Your event must be fashionable.  That does not mean trendy by any means.  I often tell people to keep their trends in good taste.  Don’t over do it.  You do not want to look back at your event and say. “Why did I do that?”  Keeping your event fashionable is one of the most important aspects of my service.  Going into each event with those aspects allows me license to be honest with my clients.  They trust me!

SE: What part of your job do you find the most satisfying and most challenging?
EP: The most satisfying component to my job is seeing the whole thing come together that night.  It is such a buildup!  The most challenging is often times the rehearsal. No one wants to listen!

SE: What are some things couples should consider when creating a design/style for their wedding?

EP: Couples should look at their weddings as an extension of themselves!  What are their tastes? What would they never be associated with?  And most importantly…don’t listen to everyone else. Listen to the pros!  That is why they hire us!!!  We would not sway them.

SE: What is the craziest event story you can share?
EP: A bride never showed!  The groom looked at me and said what do we do?  I say we party!  The food was there, the flowers, the guests…everything was paid for.  We did just that.  The bride called me 4 months later and said she was sorry and that they would like to have a party.  They were married in a private ceremony and we had a large party for their friends.  Many of the guests walked in and said, “Erin, how the hell are you?”, like we were old friends.  I spent a lot of time with my therapist after that.

SE:Put your iPod on shuffle. What are the first three songs that come up?
EP: “La vie en rose” by Édith Piaf,  “Boombox”  by Kylie Minogue and “Blueprint” by Jay-Z


Official Opinions: Cupid’s Revenge Valentine’s Day Party at McCormick and Schmick’s

Hey all you single ladies (and gentlemen)! This Friday, February 11 from 8:30pm-11:30 pm, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant is having an awesome Valentine’s Day event, Cupid’s Revenge! If you’re looking to meet new people, hear live music (provided by Stitely Entertainment, of course) and enjoy drink specials, hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts, head on down to the  41 East Chestnut Street location.  Call (312) 397-9500 to reserve $15 tickets, or swing by on Friday for $20 tickets at the door.  Hope to see you there!

McCormick and Schmick’s is located on Chestnut and Rush Street in Chicago’s famous “Gold Coast.” They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu which is updated twice daily so that they are able to offer the best and freshest selections. These selections include more than 30 fish and seafood selections from U.S. and international waters as well as an assortment of beef, chicken and pasta entrees.

And for all you soon-to-be brides out there who are no longer single, McCormick and Schmick’s accommodates both small and large wedding receptions , as well as bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. There are a number of properties that offer beautiful venues and ideal settings for these special events. Their staff is dedicated to providing assistance with the smallest details and offering a unique, stress free and enjoyable planning experience.


Music Monday: Marry Me By Train

For this music Monday I chose Marry Me by Train. The song is on their newest album “Save Me, San Francisco” which came out in 2009. It’s great for all you soon to be  brides out there! It’s one of my favorites right now and seems to always put me in a good mood. The music video is also so so cute so you should check it out!


Official Opinions: indie wed is for lovers

For those of you who have never been to a bridal show, they can be overwhelming. Tons of vendors, lots of noise and so much to see that you don’t even know where to begin. But this weekend a couple of us Stitely gals went to Indie Wed to check out the scene, and what we found was a lot fun!

Indie Wed is not your average bridal show.  It caters to couples who are taking “a more modern, edgy, or eco-friendly approach to their special day,” as well as more traditional couples who are looking for unique or hand-made special touches such as custom stationery on recycled paper or crocheted ring pillows.  It was hosted on three separate floors at the Ravenswood Event Center, which is a totally cool space, btw.  If you have never been there, you should definitely check it out!  A converted factory, the space is big with high ceilings and the Showroom has antique cars and old neon signs lining the walls.  It definitely fit the independent, funky, crafty, boutique-like vibe of the show.  They had a ton of different types of wedding vendors ranging from photographers, bakeries and caterers, to fashion, stationery and floral designers.

Rachel at Indie Wed

As the resident bride-to-be, I found a lot of inspiration for my wedding! These are a few of my favorite things from Indie Wed (insert Sound of Music Reference here): I think the item(s) that I enjoyed  the most, the one I will probably incorporate into my wedding, are these incredible button bouquets.  I just love how quirky and interesting these are, and since you can get them by the wire I’m thinking about adding them to my flower bouquets.  At least they’ll last longer than the real flowers. I also really liked these beaded flowers by Ododo Originals. Hmmm, these would look great on my bridesmaids… And this peony pendant by Moira K. Lime would look pretty good with my dress. In fact, it was difficult for me to keep from buying everything in the place!

The Button Bouquet

Carly liked the sassy hair pieces from Lulu Mae and the Bario-Neal rough cut diamond engagement rings. And the amazing dishes offered by Fig Catering, like the succulent braised pork.  A combined favorite was Vavoom Pinups, a vintage style photography studio that specializes in dolling girls up in sweet 50’s vixen outfits with glamorous hair and makeup. This looks like so much fun, I can’t even stand it!

Even though by this point next year my wedding will have passed, you will still find me at Indie Wed.  Not just for the delicious food and incredibly artistic products, but for the awesome ambiance as well. Check it out.

Rachel and Carly


Official Opinions: tech-savvy weddings

Lately, the term “on-the-go” seems to be ingrained in everyone’s life. Although at times it may appear that there is not enough time to get things done, so many tools have been created to make life easier to handle and aid in multi-tasking. Brides-to-be, especially, have very long to-do lists with the addition of planning a wedding. For this reason it is not too surprising that there have been apps created to help brides plan their wedding while they are on-the-go.

1. Wedding 911 by the Knot is an app that is a Q&A forum for future brides to get instant answers to their wedding questions.

2. Wedding Dress Look Book by the Knot is an app where you can browse for dresses by body type and style while out and about. It also links to where these dresses or ones similar can be found at boutiques around your city.

3. The Wedding Envi app helps to streamline the early planning process by serving as an organized on-the-go source of inspiration. With a large database of images for all categories ranging from cakes, dresses, invitations, flowers, and hairstyles anyone in the wedding party can search through these images to save and forward them. The images also link to sites where more information can be found about the inspiring photos.

4.The MyRegistry app allows you to create a gift registry for your event, compare prices before adding items to your registry, keep track of gifts purchased, send e-card invites to allow friends and family to check out your registry and even scan bar codes to add them to the list.

5.Waltz…Your Wedding Dance App allows you to watch instructional videos for classic dance moves to give you the confidence you need to dance that first dance as well as other dances through the night. Whether you are taking lessons and need to practice or just want an introduction to the dances this is a great tool to pick up some new moves to use during your night’s entertainment.

Not only is this on-the-go technology aiding in organization, but a few professional photographers are also beginning to use them as tools to help capture moments during the weddings themselves. Whether it be as a tool that helps in moments where large cameras may intrude, or to film the whole wedding this may be a trend that starts popping up. Below are a couple short wedding videos shot on an Apple iPhone.



Official Opinions: music monday’s everlasting light

For today’s music Monday pick, Carly chose Everlasting Light by The Black Keys. Listen below for a great way to start off the week!

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