Spotlight Series: Alicia Mae & ILE Events

A series of posts dedicated to the pillars of the event design world that spotlight talent and creativity.  Today we profile Alicia Mae of ILE events and get a first hand account of how she and her team both infuse and inspire joy into all of their events. 48 extra guests show up at a reception? No problem.  WARNING: you may need a tissue to help you get through some of her most heartwarming tales.

Please describe your service in 3-5 sentences. 

ILE Events, a trendsetting event planning company provide engaged to be married couples with wedding planning services to create a wedding that represents each couple through design, logistics, and concierge services. 

Our core team of five planners connects with each client by understanding their “why” for their wedding day. Whether it's a ballroom wedding accompanied by 300 guests or intimate summer home with 25 close family and friends, each wedding creates a story that our clients will never forget. 

Favorite flower (to work with): David Austin Wedding Roses

Complete this sentence.  A wedding can never have too many laughs, it’s the emotions of a wedding that last in memories. (LOVE THIS)!

Best describe your style:

Classic, Contemporary, Country, Minimal, Shabby Chic, Ornate, and Romantic.

Ideally, it’s up to our clients on which style we provide.

Currently, the style of our clients in this season reflects a Non-Traditional Modern Romance Wedding. 

Champagne: Rose or Classic. Rose ALL Day (!!!)

What trend are you happy to see in the past? Couples choosing the wants and needs of their families instead of what they truly desire. Nowadays, the bride and groom are getting what they want. 

What trend are you excited about?  Couples are thinking outside the box. Choosing non-traditional venues, creating new family traditions, and changing the dynamics of their culture by including other cultures.

What (if ever) is the most thoughtful or romantic gesture/surprise a client has planned for his/her spouse? On the morning of our client’s wedding, the groom had 5 gifts in total to be presented to the bride throughout the day. His main goal was to keep a smile on her face and make the day truly unforgettable. Our team presented the bride with one gift each hour before the ceremony started. Talk about being romantic! (literally in tears over this)

What is the most challenging event that you have ever been a part of? 

One of our clients had 48 people show up to their ceremony/reception who did not RSVP. There were some people who weren’t even invited. At the last minute during cocktail hour, we had to add extra tables, chairs, and decor to accommodate everyone. Luckily, our team was prepared with extra flowers, centerpieces, and menus. The wedding schedule didn’t skip a beat and the guest didn’t notice the behind the scenes challenges. 

Why should people hire an event planner?  When shouldn’t they? 

It’s simple, our clients come to us because they need help. Planning a wedding is stressful when you don’t have the resources or connections to efficiently execute the day. We have years of experience and relationships to make planning a wedding easier and more enjoyable. We always recommend hiring out to make sure your wedding is exactly how you dreamed.

Self-aggrandizing Bonus question: When planning an outdoor wedding, how often do clients comment on the challenge of wearing heels in grass? Do you suggest Solemates Heel Protectors?

It is very challenging wearing heels in grass due to the slippery and muddy surfaces that sometimes appear. We definitely recommend Solemates Heel Protectors to keep the bride and bridesmaid secure and protected. :) 

Tips of the trade: please provide 3 tips or tricks for each event category:  

  • Outdoor (wedding or any other celebration).  What are the 3 things everyone planning an outdoor wedding should consider: Weather, Location, and Attire. Part of planning an epic wedding is to make sure your guest and bridal party are comfortable. You don’t want it to be too cold or too hot, in a noisy location, with the wrong dress attire.
  • Indoor (hotel/event space). What are the 3 things everyone planning an indoor wedding/event should be mindful of: What is included in the indoor package, most of the time hotels include extras when booking a venue. Location, make sure there is parking for your guest and easy accessible. 
  • At home. What are the 3 things everyone planning a “simple wedding” at home should consider: The size of the home, how many guests, and the overall theme.
  • Destination (remote).  What are the 3 things everyone planning a destination wedding (in a hard to reach place; ie, not a major city), should consider? Budget, what amount are you asking from your guest. Being mindful of their expenses helps with your guest retention rate. Also, make sure you get a detail layout and outline of the resort/hotel the ceremony and reception will take place. You don’t want any surprises. Also, if you can, make a visit to the venue before the wedding weekend.

Favorite quote about celebrating or planning: 
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

Find, Follow + Friend Alicia Mae and her rockstar team using the handles below:

Personal: @officiallyaliciamae   (www.instagram.com/officiallyaliciamae)

Company: @ileevents   (www.instagram.com/ileevents)

Website: www.ileevents.com

Email: love@ileevents.com

Phone: 908-319-1963


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