Corporate and Special Event Planning

Your Inspiration Piece

Your Inspiration Piece
I get inspiration for decor or events in general from so many different places. Typically people get decor ideas from places like Pinterest and photographs in a magazine. What about theme ideas for an event? General searches on the internet, party blogs. Who would have thought that inspiration would have come from a government office setting!
This summer we worked on a country style wedding that the bride was struggling with what to do with the linens. Her instinct, and mine, lead us both to ivory. Typical. When I work on events I rely alot on my gut instinct. Sometimes I feel that an event is sitting in limbo for so long while I look for the perfect theme, the show stopping colour choice or the breathtaking entertainment but I have learned to trust my gut and wait for that aha moment then all the pieces fall together like magic. So the ivory just wasn’t giving me that aha. I ran it by one of our designers and she ho’d and hum’d over it then she had the aha moment and there it was…a Starbucks coffee cup, a stapler and a government issued desk. Who would have thought!
So the lesson here is look everywhere for your inspiration. Be open to seeing what others can’t see.


I called the bride and asked her if she would trust me to pick the linens myself. I was so nervous setting them up on the morning of the wedding. So worried she wouldn’t love them. As she arrived in the tent my stomach tightened right up while I waited for…”I love it!!” Phew

We had a few black features that we had no choice but to work with and my designer was concerned about black and ivory so instead we did grey, burlap and a gorgeous lace. 

Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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