Ilana Ashley Events is dedicated to orchestrating a celebration that is enjoyable and memorable—free of stress and full of charm. Whether it is a wedding, corporate event, non-profit gala, baby shower, employee picnic, mitzvah, a significant birthday or other important occasion, Ilana’s first priority is to be sensitive and intuitive regarding your needs and concerns, while remaining detail-oriented, results-driven and within budget. After earning a business degree and masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ilana gained valuable experience as a CPA with Deloitte, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, before moving on to become the On-Site Events Coordinator for one of Southern California’s premier beach clubs and social venues. Read More »
Your venue will set the tone for your magical day, so we spend a lot of time with our clients helping them select the perfect site for their wedding. Your venue will also impact many of your design details – from the style of your dress to the backdrop for your photos. Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Bridal Gown: Anne Barge; Planning & Design by Ilana Ashley Events Here are some creative ideas to ensure that your venue really fits you as a couple! If you’re outdoorsy, look for a venue that has a gorgeous outdoor ceremony site. If corn hole with your best friends is on your must-have list for your celebration, consider a summer camp. If you’re glamorous, you will probably fall in love with a ballroom dripping in crystals. Think of a hotel that will act as the perfect background for your opulent affair. If you’re a bookworm, ... Read More »
We’ve all been to a stunning wedding where the ceremony starts an hour late, the toasts are interminable, and the maid of honor is running around frazzled asking if anyone’s seen the photographer. When planning your own special day, you can avoid wedding fails by creating a detailed timeline. While the décor elements are more visible, having your big day progress smoothly will transform your celebration from merely a beautiful event to a magical one. Photo by Koman Photography; Planning & Design by Ilana Ashley Events Creating a Timeline: Who, How & Why All of your vendors should know when you expect them to arrive, when they should be done setting up, and what time they need to return for clean up. Consider making a condensed version for your wedding party and family to ensure that they know where they need to be. Block off your wedding day into 15-minute segments that start ... Read More »
If you are newly engaged, congratulations! After the question was popped and the ring was on your finger, you probably found your mind swirling with all the things that you need to do to start coordinating for the big day. While it may be tempting to jump right into the planning process, the one piece of advice we have is to wait. Before you start the serious planning, take a few weeks to enjoy being engaged! Photo by Anna Linduska Photography After you’ve basked in the excitement of that moment and this new step in your journey together as a couple, we suggest starting with these things: Spread the News!Consider if there’s a special group of people you want to tell first. Make those phone calls, tell them in person, or go bigger - you can even throw a surprise engagement party under the guise of a birthday party, super bowl party, ... Read More »
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