meet the [planner] blogger: Naomi Tucker of Plan It On A Post-It

Naomi Tucker

As someone who regularly scribbles down notes on post-it notes and leaves them scattered around my office, I was drawn to the blog, Plan It On A Post-It immediately, especially because of the name! The site is full of advice for aspiring and experienced event and meeting planners alike. The blog is run by Naomi Tucker, CMP, a meeting planner with more than 18 years in the hospitality and meetings industry. Naomi is currently a Strategic Account Manager at Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, but she got her start in meetings working in hotels. I am excited to share a little more about Naomi’s background and experience. Read on!

 

How did you first get into the meeting & events industry?

In college, I was looking for an interesting position that I could possibly grow in. I was just merely walking down the street and looked at a Hyatt Hotel, walked in, and applied. Less than two weeks later, I was working. I didn’t plan to stay, but feel in love with hospitality immediately.

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anaheim marriott

Anaheim Marriott

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to California, primarily to attend The Special Event conference and trade show in Anaheim. I plan on doing a quick recap of that show soon, but first I wanted to share my thoughts on the venue, the Anaheim Marriott.

Prior to this trip I hadn’t been to Anaheim at all but I knew that the Marriott and the Hilton were both next to the convention center. The Special Event was located primarily at the Marriott, with the trade show located at the convention center. I’m a bit of a Hilton loyalist (so hard to be one sometimes, but hey – free breakfast for Gold status members!) so I knew I would stay at the Hilton (more on that later) but I did get to spend a fair amount of time at the Marriott’s meeting space since all of the education sessions were there.

This will be a quick review since I didn’t spend any time in sleeping rooms or experience the food and beverage (there was none included in the base ticket price for TSE) outside of standing in a really long line for Starbucks.

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alex & vivi’s traditional & nautical weddings

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No, that isn’t a typo – I mean weddings as in plural. When Alex and Vivi tied the knot, they had two different ceremonies. The first was a traditional Vietnamese ceremony at Vivi’s family home as a nod to her family’s culture; the second was a more modern American-style ceremony and reception at the Powel Crosley Estate in Florida, a property dating back to 1929. The former wedding is beautiful, with lots of red and gold details, including a traditional gift-giving ceremony. The latter had a whimsical nautical theme appropriate for the waterfront property. The wedding was photographed by Limelight Photography. Enjoy!

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super bowl party ideas

super bowl party ideas

The Super Bowl is one of the most oft-hosted parties at home. Some people love to watch the big game at a sports bar, but plenty more get together with friends and family and watch the big game huddled around the big TV. It’s also one of those parties where some people will just not care at all about the details (read: men and hardcore female football fans), especially if the game doesn’t go your way.

The interwebs are full of fun and cutesy ideas for Super Bowl parties. But before you spend all week googling “chevron + football” and try to make burlap referee stripes happen, consider your guests. If your guests are predominantly male and/or actually care about the game, feel free to scale back, because no one will notice your fun details. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything, just add one or two fun details, not a full-scale themed affair. Now, if you are hosting a lot of non-football fans (um, who’s playing again?), feel free to add more fun details, perhaps even some extra-game entertainment.

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amanda & joe’s fall seaside wedding

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So I have to be honest – I’m lucky enough to get lots of amazing submissions of beautiful weddings and other events to be featured on this site. But when I saw “Amanda & Joe’s Wedding” I knew I had to pay attention, well simply because my name is Amanda and my husband’s name is Joe. (So shallow, right?) In fact, we even have something in common with this couple – we got married in New Jersey, too! And Joe is a cueball – like my husband! But that’s probably where the similarities end because I’m definitely not a stunning blond like this Amanda!  (If you REALLY want to know more about MY wedding you can see more here – but no pressure!)

But enough about me, let’s talk about this Amanda and Joe. They were married on a misty, rainy day in October (just enough rain to make for gorgeous photos, not enough to ruin the day). They were married at a church in Belmar and had their reception at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, right along the water. The orange and plum color palette is gorgeous and they chose fun fall details, like mini pumpkin escort cards. Enjoy!

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my new favorite DJ

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Sometimes people think DJ is a dirty word. When asking soon to be married couples, “Oh are you having a band at your wedding?” well-meaning people smile and nod when the answer is, “No, we’re just having a DJ.” Just a DJ, as if all DJ’s are inferior to bands.

Well, full-disclosure, my husband and I had a DJ for our wedding (our venue didn’t have enough space to accommodate a band anyway) and they were amazing, the best in NJ for sure. I’ve always been a fan of good DJs, the ones that are talented and experienced and get to know the crowd and do more than just move from one track to another. Of course there are some bad DJs out there, but I’ve also seen some bad wedding and event bands. So it really depends.

But for all those DJ haters out there, I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite DJ show – Focus3D. These guys are amazing.

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setting yourself up for success in 2015

2015

I have another blog up over at Etouches – “Setting Yourself Up for Success in 2015.” I give my tips and tricks for getting organized and ready (mentally and physically) for the new year. The article is written with event planners in mind, but any working woman (or man!) can find something useful in the piece. Plus the opening line has a joke from Beauty and the Beast, which is the best Disney movie of all time.

You can find more of my event planning tips and articles here, or follow my “Event Planning How-To’s” board on Pinterest.

Show Etouches some love! Enjoy!

who doesn’t love tiffany blue?

Tiffany Blue Table6

There are some colors that are just iconic. Since it’s the beginning of a new year, many of us have been gushing over marsala, Pantone’s color of the year for 2015. But there are so many other iconic colors out there and if you truly love one, you can build an entire palette around it for a room design, a piece of art, or a table. Naturally, I gravitate toward using iconic colors in tablescapes.

So when I saw this styled shoot designed by Lenee Valentine Weddings & Events, I fell in love. Tiffany blue and gold – yes please! I’m also in love with the luxe linen she used – gorgeous! Enjoy!

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kris & jessica’s country club wedding

Country Club Wedding Couple

Now that the holidays are over, I don’t know about you but I’m starting to get ready for spring. And what better way to pine for spring and warm weather than by oohing and ahhing over this gorgeous spring wedding, captured by the talented Andie Freeman Photography?  Jessica and Kris were married on a beautiful 70-degree April day at the Country Club of the South in Georgia. The wedding is full of lovely details and beautiful flowers. Enjoy!

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plum & peacock styled wedding shoot

Peacock Styled Shoot Charger

Happy New Year! For the first post of 2015 I wanted to share this gorgeous styled wedding shoot by Jewels Photography, who recently expanded into the Nashville market. The color palette is gorgeous – plum and teal, with peacock feathers and gold accents. The venue – One at Cannery Row in downtown Nashville, is perfect for creating an urban vibe. The desserts and stationery, created just for the shoot, are also stunning. Enjoy this delightful wedding inspiration!

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