@ DistinctEp

Distinct Event Planning is a premier full-service event planning and design company serving clients in the Midwest and beyond. Whether we’re designing a wedding, themed party, or corporate affairs, we deliver the wow factor at events large and small. Be a guest at your own event and let us take your vision to the next level!

W E L C O M E

@ D I S T I N C T E P

Hi, I’m Lucretia and welcome you to Distinct Event Planning (DEP)! Operating a premiere wedding and event planning business has been my dream from the moment I planned my first wedding. Now with 20 years of event planning experience behind me, I realize my own “dream come true” with each incredible event. My team and I are passionate about delivering the ultimate guest experience from start to finish. I take pride in perfecting the details, creating unforgettable visuals and making every moment feel effortless and stress-free.

Having planned everything from weddings and parties, to conferences and high teas, my organizational skills have earned praise throughout Central Ohio and I have great relationships with local vendors. My dependability and my ability to direct the behind-the-scenes logistics, and coordinate with event professionals are just of a few of the tools I’ll use to make your event seem effortless.

I'm also passionate about sharing my knowledge and growing the planning industry. In 2017, I founded the EmpoWEred Planners Society to give planners a platform to learn from other pros. We’re taking the secrecy out of “trade secrets” and providing applicable tools for success. Our society hosts an annual conference and other professional development opportunities throughout the year.

DEP is also expanding its reach. Our events have been featured in magazine spreads, articles and blogs. And now I’m touring internationally as a speaker and educator. I love developing professionals and I welcome opportunities to speak at conferences, seminars and workshops!

We have so much to offer and we’d love to learn about your next big event. Contact us today. Let’s create together!


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My husband and I got engaged July 5th 2017 and literally had the wedding of our dreams October 8th 2017! I remember the first phone conversation I had with Lucretia Williams and after I explained my vision for our special day, I asked her did she think it was possible in that time frame. She just chuckled and said “ Oh absolutely”. I mean, there was a point where I felt like I should’ve been doing more but she had it all handled. Our day turned out to be a stress-free beautiful day that will be cherished forever!  -De'Monique & Trey 
 

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3 words to you my friend: You Are Incredible!!! It was absolutely phenomenal. My mom called me and Lucretia she was crying...it was so much more than she expected and she raved about you. Again, from the bottom of my heart thank you for making an evening for my mom so very special. Love you. – Jodi E. 
 

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 Lucretia played such an integral role in our lives way beyond this wedding day. You have sewn a seed of wisdom, strength, love, hope and a host of other encouragements. This day would NOT have been possible without YOU! I had followed DEP for months prior to our engagement hopeful to work with them. We thank you and we love you! Best bride advice: Hire a Lucretia! – Nicole & Derek
 

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I have so much I can say about Lucretia-owner of Distinct Event Planning!! First I would like to recommend her full Service package to every single bride who is planning a wedding and think they can do it themselves. Lucretia worked within our budget to create a beautiful ceremony and wedding for my husband and I from start to finish! Every detail matters on your big day and Lucretia ensured we were satisfied and gave advice when we were unsure. Our family and friends are still taking about how amazing our wedding day was. My husband and I are still smiling about how initiate and personal our day was! – Anique & Ali
 

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Lucretia is passionate about planning, creative, professional and responsive! Her services exceeded our expectation from our first meeting through the entire event and final event wrap up and review. Lucretia was a joy to work with and took the stress out of the equation, so that I could enjoy our guests and the event. I highly recommend her services! – Darnita B. 
 

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No bride wants to see her dream day turn into a stress-ridden nightmare. With DEP handling the details, you can wake up to a dream come true– a special day where all of your guests enjoy themselves – including you! We want to know all about you – what you love, what inspires you so that the details you cherish most shine through.

We offer Wedding Packages designed to give you the level of assistance you want – whether it’s help with planning and etiquette, advice on vendors and venues, orchestrating the wedding and related events, or all of the above. Plus, our services meet your needs no matter where you are in the planning process. Review our packages and let us know which one suits your needs.

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V I E W   P A C K A G E S   

♥ Unlimited consultations in person, on the phone or via e-mail during the  planning process

♥ Development and management of wedding budget

♥ Detailed, customized budget planner

♥ Wedding planning checklist

♥ Wedding design infused with creative concepts for your theme, design and décor

♥ Guest list spreadsheet template

♥ Vendor selection from only the best and brightest professionals that fit your style, personality and budget

♥ Preliminary phone calls to industry vendors to verify availability

♥ Set up appointments with vendors around your availability

♥ Ongoing vendor maintenance

♥ Facilitate all vendor appointments as an impartial party on your behalf

♥ Assist in planning and coordination of weekend and destination planning services

♥ Develop event enhancements including atmospheric lighting, custom furnishings and décor

♥ Schedule salon and spa services

♥ Reserve hotel room blocks for guests

♥ One visit each with the following industry professionals to verify the wedding:   Reception Site, Ceremony Site, Photographer, Videographer, Caterer,  Entertainment and Bakery

♥ Expert consultations and guidance with etiquette and other considerations  such as addressing "Save-the-Date" cards, invitations, etc.

♥ Guest and bridal party transportation

♥ Provide suggestions and resources for reception favors

♥ Help bride select wedding stationery

♥ Manage your guest list, RSVP's and gifts

♥ Assist in compiling your guest list into a spreadsheet

♥ Discuss and recommend locations & themes for rehearsal dinner

♥ Review and negotiate vendor contracts

♥ Plan closely with your vendors to ensure all aspects of your wedding day will flow seamlessly

♥ Provide bride with a vendor list after all vendors have been selected and  confirmed

♥ Create a ceremony and reception itinerary for couple, officiant and contracted vendors

♥ Provide bride with information on changing her name

♥ Provide information on obtaining marriage license

♥ Attire selection (if desired)

♥ Menu and beverage selection and tastings as needed

♥ Timeline distribution to all vendors at least one week prior to wedding

♥ Create guest amenities to include welcome bags, favors, and programs, in addition to other requests

♥ Rehearsal coordination and direction

♥ Meet with the bride and groom two hours prior to ceremony and remain until  completion of reception

♥ Distribute any remaining payments to industry professionals if needed

♥ Oversee and manage wedding day installation

♥ Supervise reception and coordinate details of reception with venue

♥ Pin flowers on groomsmen, parents, and distribute bouquets to attendants

♥ Supervise loading of gifts into designated car

♥ Supervise of packaging of sentimental items such as the toasting flutes, cake knife, unity candle, custom aisle runner, etc.

♥ Honeymoon planning and coordinating at any Sandals or Beaches Resorts  locations

♥ Coordinate, manage, and troubleshoot on your Wedding Day to create the Fabulous Wedding of your Dreams

C O N T A C T   U S 

Distinct Event Package

Not sure how to turn your ideas into an actual, detailed plan? Distinct Event Planning has what it takes. You leave the details to us when you select our Distinct Event Package. This option is just right for couples who don’t want to get bogged down in details. First, we’ll consult with you during a face-to-face brainstorming session to talk about you, your budget and your ideal day. Once your budget is set we develop a timeline and meet with you monthly to begin pulling together the resources needed to make your dream day a reality that suits your style and your budget. ​

N E X T   P A C K A G E 

H O M E

♥ Up to twelve (12) hours of consultations in person, phone and via email

♥ Detailed, customized budget planner

♥ Wedding planning checklist

♥ Vendor referral list, tailored to your budget, style and personality

♥ Arrange and facilitate your vendor appointments

♥ Final consultation to determine the order of service for your wedding day

♥ Create a ceremony and reception itinerary for couple, officiant and contracted vendors

♥ Timeline distribution to all vendors at least one week prior to wedding

♥ Final vendor confirmations/follow-up approximately three weeks prior to wedding

♥ Rehearsal coordination and direction

♥ Oversee and manage wedding day installation (within limited management time)

♥ On-site wedding day management, including at least one assistant (8 hours of consecutive time)

♥ Coordinate, manage and trouble-shoot on your wedding day

♥ Collect and secure all wedding gifts and keepsakes at the end of the reception

♥ Honeymoon planning and coordinating at any Sandals or Beaches Resorts locations
 
Additional consultations may be added (subject to additional charges)

Distinct Celebration Package

If you are interested in planning most of your wedding day on your own, but you need some guidance in addition to having a professional manage your wedding day, our Distinct Celebration Package is designed for you. We will be here to aid you in the planning process where you need help, and to step aside when you want to plan on your own.

C O N T A C T   U S 

N E X T   P A C K A G E 

H O M E

♥ Final consultation to determine the order of service for your wedding day (up to 2 hours)

♥ Wedding planning checklist

♥ Create a ceremony and reception itinerary for couple, officiant and contracted vendors

♥ Timeline distribution to all vendors at least one week prior to wedding

♥ Final vendor confirmations/follow-up approximately three weeks prior to wedding

♥ Rehearsal coordination and direction

♥ Oversee and manage wedding day installation (within limited management time of 8 hours)

♥ On-site wedding day management, including one assistant (8 hours of consecutive time)

♥ Coordinate, manage and trouble-shoot on your wedding day

♥ Collect and secure all wedding gifts and keepsakes at the end of the reception

♥ Honeymoon planning and coordinating at any Sandals or Beaches Resorts locations
 
Additional consultations may be added (subject to additional charges)

Distinct Day Package

Do you already have a lot of your planning complete, but still need a little help tying up loose ends? Our Distinct Day Package features professional services that help you with the finishing touches. This package is ideal for couples less than 3 months from tying the knot. We’ll meet with you to map out the final details of your wedding, which includes a planning session 6 to 8 weeks from your wedding date. From there, we’ll develop a detailed itinerary for you and all those participating in your ceremony, including your wedding party, vendors and officiant. We’ll also facilitate your wedding rehearsal and the coordination of the ceremony and reception and much more.
 

C O N T A C T   U S 

N E X T   P A C K A G E 

H O M E

♥ Unlimited consultations in person, on the phone or via e-mail during the  planning process

♥ Development and management of wedding budget

♥ Detailed, customized budget planner

♥ Wedding planning checklist

♥ Wedding design infused with creative concepts for your theme, design and décor

♥ Guest list spreadsheet template

♥ Vendor selection from only the best and brightest professionals that fit your style, personality and budget

♥ Preliminary phone calls to industry vendors to verify availability

♥ Set up appointments with vendors around your availability

♥ Ongoing vendor maintenance

♥ Facilitate all vendor appointments as an impartial party on your behalf

♥ Assist in planning and coordination of weekend and destination planning services

♥ Develop event enhancements including atmospheric lighting, custom furnishings and décor

♥ Schedule salon and spa services

♥ Reserve hotel room blocks for guests

♥ One visit each with the following industry professionals to verify the wedding:   Reception Site, Ceremony Site, Photographer, Videographer, Caterer,  Entertainment and Bakery

♥ Expert consultations and guidance with etiquette and other considerations  such as addressing "Save-the-Date" cards, invitations, etc.

♥ Guest and bridal party transportation

♥ Provide suggestions and resources for reception favors

♥ Help bride select wedding stationery

♥ Manage your guest list, RSVP's and gifts

♥ Assist in compiling your guest list into a spreadsheet

♥ Discuss and recommend locations & themes for rehearsal dinner

♥ Review and negotiate vendor contracts

♥ Plan closely with your vendors to ensure all aspects of your wedding day will flow seamlessly

♥ Provide bride with a vendor list after all vendors have been selected and  confirmed

♥ Create a ceremony and reception itinerary for couple, officiant and contracted vendors

♥ Provide bride with information on changing her name

♥ Provide information on obtaining marriage license

♥ Attire selection (if desired)

♥ Menu and beverage selection and tastings as needed

♥ Timeline distribution to all vendors at least one week prior to wedding

♥ Create guest amenities to include welcome bags, favors, and programs, in addition to other requests

♥ Rehearsal coordination and direction

♥ Meet with the bride and groom two hours prior to ceremony and remain until  completion of reception

♥ Distribute any remaining payments to industry professionals if needed

♥ Oversee and manage wedding day installation

♥ Supervise reception and coordinate details of reception with venue

♥ Pin flowers on groomsmen, parents, and distribute bouquets to attendants

♥ Supervise loading of gifts into designated car

♥ Supervise of packaging of sentimental items such as the toasting flutes, cake knife, unity candle, custom aisle runner, etc.

♥ Honeymoon planning and coordinating at any Sandals or Beaches Resorts  locations

♥ Coordinate, manage, and troubleshoot on your Wedding Day to create the Fabulous Wedding of your Dreams

C O N T A C T   U S 

Distinct Event Package

Not sure how to turn your ideas into an actual, detailed plan? Distinct Event Planning has what it takes. You leave the details to us when you select our Distinct Event Package. This option is just right for couples who don’t want to get bogged down in details. First, we’ll consult with you during a face-to-face brainstorming session to talk about you, your budget and your ideal day. Once your budget is set we develop a timeline and meet with you monthly to begin pulling together the resources needed to make your dream day a reality that suits your style and your budget. ​

N E X T   P A C K A G E 

H O M E

♥ Up to twelve (12) hours of consultations in person, phone and via email

♥ Detailed, customized budget planner

♥ Wedding planning checklist

♥ Vendor referral list, tailored to your budget, style and personality

♥ Arrange and facilitate your vendor appointments

♥ Final consultation to determine the order of service for your wedding day

♥ Create a ceremony and reception itinerary for couple, officiant and contracted vendors

♥ Timeline distribution to all vendors at least one week prior to wedding

♥ Final vendor confirmations/follow-up approximately three weeks prior to wedding

♥ Rehearsal coordination and direction

♥ Oversee and manage wedding day installation (within limited management time)

♥ On-site wedding day management, including at least one assistant (8 hours of consecutive time)

♥ Coordinate, manage and trouble-shoot on your wedding day

♥ Collect and secure all wedding gifts and keepsakes at the end of the reception

♥ Honeymoon planning and coordinating at any Sandals or Beaches Resorts locations
 
Additional consultations may be added (subject to additional charges)

Distinct Celebration Package

If you are interested in planning most of your wedding day on your own, but you need some guidance in addition to having a professional manage your wedding day, our Distinct Celebration Package is designed for you. We will be here to aid you in the planning process where you need help, and to step aside when you want to plan on your own.

C O N T A C T   U S 

N E X T   P A C K A G E 

H O M E

♥ Final consultation to determine the order of service for your wedding day (up to 2 hours)

♥ Wedding planning checklist

♥ Create a ceremony and reception itinerary for couple, officiant and contracted vendors

♥ Timeline distribution to all vendors at least one week prior to wedding

♥ Final vendor confirmations/follow-up approximately three weeks prior to wedding

♥ Rehearsal coordination and direction

♥ Oversee and manage wedding day installation (within limited management time of 8 hours)

♥ On-site wedding day management, including one assistant (8 hours of consecutive time)

♥ Coordinate, manage and trouble-shoot on your wedding day

♥ Collect and secure all wedding gifts and keepsakes at the end of the reception

♥ Honeymoon planning and coordinating at any Sandals or Beaches Resorts locations
 
Additional consultations may be added (subject to additional charges)

Distinct Day Package

Do you already have a lot of your planning complete, but still need a little help tying up loose ends? Our Distinct Day Package features professional services that help you with the finishing touches. This package is ideal for couples less than 3 months from tying the knot. We’ll meet with you to map out the final details of your wedding, which includes a planning session 6 to 8 weeks from your wedding date. From there, we’ll develop a detailed itinerary for you and all those participating in your ceremony, including your wedding party, vendors and officiant. We’ll also facilitate your wedding rehearsal and the coordination of the ceremony and reception and much more.
 

C O N T A C T   U S 

N E X T   P A C K A G E 

H O M E

We deliver a stress-free experience, from the brainstorming phase to the concept realized. Let us capture your vision and bring it to life. We specialize in designing corporate conferences, retreats, team meetings, employee and client appreciations, galas and more. We collaborate with your team to design a customized package that allows you fulfill your company’s vision while maintaining your budget and creating the highest impact for your attendees. 

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C O N T A C T   U S 

V I E W   O U R   W O R K  

Your planning is done. Now it’s time to bring to the life the look and feel of your event. That’s where we add our Distinct touch! We’ll start with your initial concept and let the creativity flow. We’ll inspire you with fresh takes on color palettes, textures, florals, lighting and décor. We’ll help you tap into those “uniquely you” elements to create an unforgettable visual experience for your event. 

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C O N T A C T   U S 

V I E W   O U R   W O R K  

DR. HAGAN'S 50th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

@ JMARIELLA PHOTOGRAPHY 

C O N T A C T   U S 

N E X T   E V E N T

H O M E

B A C K  T O  G A L L E R I E S

ATHENA'S AROUND THE WORLD GRADUATION PARTY

@ JMARIELLA PHOTOGRAPHY 

C O N T A C T   U S 

N E X T   E V E N T

H O M E

B A C K  T O  G A L L E R I E S

LAOTIAN THEMED BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

@ JMARIELLA PHOTOGRAPHY 

C O N T A C T   U S 

N E X T   E V E N T

H O M E

B A C K  T O  G A L L E R I E S

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BEAUTY. EXPERIENCE. LOVE

Distinct Event Planning would be happy to assist you in planning a fabulous event. Please call or complete the contact form to set up your complimentary consultation. 
 

PHONE: (614) 577-1844
EMAIL: info@distincteventplanning.com

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