A full-service event and wedding planning company based in Columbia, Missouri

2016 Event & Wedding Planning Assistant Internship

We are hiring for our Event Assistant Internship Program!

AnnaBelle Events is now recruiting for our Event Assistant Internship Program. Be a part of our team that produces top notch weddings and events throughout Mid-Missouri.

Applicants are applying for the 2016 Spring & Summer event calendar, with the opportunity to continue through the fall. The program is for 5-10 sophomore and junior students that are studying Event Planning, Marketing, Public Relations and similar fields. Resumes are now being accepted.

Applicants have a desire to gain real experience with a great local event company and can commit the time this industry demands to work real events.

Applicant must commit to working two events, at a minimum. These events will take place between March and August 2016, with the majority in May and June. Historically all of our event assistants choose to continue working past two events and stay in the program up to graduation. Our event calendar is planned months in advance, event dates will be provided at the time of your interview. Additional events will come up and ideally event assistants are flexible enough to work those events as needed.

Working an event means that you are available for that entire day, typically a Saturday. Many times our days include late evening hours, as we are always the last to leave our events. Our policy is that you must commit 100% to each event. This is the best way for us to accomplish our work, fulfil our client’s needs and give you the opportunity to gain real experience.

Aside from working the day of an event our team may meet for a logistics meeting before events, when needed. These meeting are mandatory when you commit to an event. We are flexible with the time and frequently meet in the evenings (after classes) whenever necessary.

About AnnaBelle Events | we specialize in event coordination and design; planning corporate events, social occasions and weddings throughout Missouri and parts of the Midwest. A team of event assistants is led by Owner & Event Planner, Anne Churchill, providing each client the staff and labor needed to execute their event flawlessly. We pride ourselves on each client being overjoyed with their experience not only at their event, but throughout their entire planning process with AnnaBelle Events. Our office is located at 1400 Forum Blvd, Suite 7B.

Interested? See if you are the right fit for the program…
Ideal candidate:
• Has a professional and friendly demeanor
• Has an easygoing/go with the flow attitude, willingness to learn
• Excellent problem solving skills and ability to be independent
• Flair for creativity and design, able to speak up with ideas and suggestions
• A love and natural want for perfection and attention to detail. You find yourself paying attention to the small things and always find yourself going the extra mile on projects or events in your life.
• Has an interest in event planning, as well as in owning your own business, marketing and networking. It’s more than just planning parties.
• Trustworthy, ability to keep information confidential is a must. This internship will require you to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Internship responsibilities:
• Event tasks on the day of events; setup, design work, event management, vendor management, greeting guests, social media and event teardown
• Provide creative input on events and tasks
• Possibility of assisting in a variety of event planning tasks per event, i.e. RSVP management, client relations, prepping event supplies, arranging deliveries and orders.
• Assist in upkeep of event rentals/décor, as needed
• Perform other responsibilities as directed

Please send your resume (with at least two references) and cover letter as PDFs to Anne@AnnaBelleEvents.com. Please make your subject line “2016 Internship Applicant”

All resumes are due by March 1st, 2016. We will follow up with you for an interview if we feel you are the right fit for the position.

West Coast Style Meets Midwest Wedding!

It's no secret that fashion, design and events are inspired from trends we first see on the coasts that make their way to the Midwest.  We're on a mission to show you how to bring Cali-Style to your Midwest Wedding!

It's easier than you'd think, while the West Coast has mountains, beaches, and ocean we have rivers with bluffs, lakes and vast green spaces. Take a look as we compare venues of these two regions, showing how while there are miles separating us the style is not too different!


Cliffs and Vineyards | These venues feature stunning views in the distance as  the backdrop to the ceremony blufftops.

Cali-Style | Malibu Rocky Oaks in Malibu, California
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Midwest Style | Les Bourgeois Blufftop on the Missouri River in Rocheport
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Lush Yards Surrounded by Trees  | These venues provide a beautiful frame of trees while opening to a grass area set for a ceremony

Cali-Style | Taft Garden Ojaj, California

Midwest Style | Private Residence in Columbia, Missouri


Waterfalls | These venues offer an amazing focal point creating a setting unlike any other.

Cali-Style | Grand Tradition Estate in San Diego, California

Cali Waterfall

Midwest Style | Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri

Big Beautiful Barns | No longer only for the rustic couple, these barns are vintage and chic.

Cali-Style | HammerSky Vineyards & Inn in Paso Robles, California

Midwest Style | Bluebell Farm, Fayette Missouri

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Clear Span Structures | Be it a tent or a greenhouse these venues allow the outside in while staying covered.

Cali-Style | Private Residence under a Clearspan Tent
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Midwest Style | Jewel Box in St Louis, Missouri
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AnnaBelle Events Wins WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016

It's with tons of excitement that we share AnnaBelle Events has won the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for 2016 - for the fourth consecutive year! 

This award is given to the top 5% of Wedding Professionals Nationwide and it is a huge honor to be part of the group!2016 WW Certificate

Read the full press release below!

Columbia’s Own AnnaBelle Events Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016 for fourth consecutive year

                     COLUMBIA, MISSOURI– {January 6, 2016} – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named AnnaBelle Events as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Wedding Planning in Columbia!  This is the fourth consecutive year AnnaBelle Events has received this honor.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with AnnaBelle Events.  Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as AnnaBelle Events who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

“AnnaBelle Events is proud to be one of the top Wedding Planners in the Central Missouri area within the WeddingWire Network. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016.” – Anne Churchill, Owner & Senior Planner.

For more information about AnnaBelle Events please visit our website at www.AnnaBelleEvents.com

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards



Wedding & Event Tools

Great news, we're sharing some of our favorite planning tools with you!  

We're collecting our fav planning tools to one place on our website, so you can utilize them when planning your very own wedding or event. 

WEDDING TOOLSVisit our Tools & Tips page to see them all and plan like an expert!

Visit our Tips & Tools Pinterest board for even more resources!

Follow AnnaBelle Events & Weddings's board Tips & Tools for Event Planning on Pinterest.

2015 Trends | This Year's Best Wedding Trends

Overlooking my last wedding of the year from the balcony of Kimball Ballroom, it struck me how much 2015 has rocked!  It wasn't really a shock or surprise feeling, but one of those moments of yeppie, wow and we did it!!!

We did a lot of new things this year - took chances and pushed ourselves to create amazing events and weddings. Thinking through all those memories of 2015 I've pin pointed 5 "trends" I think are super awesome.  They sum up the year and for us are not going anywhere anytime soon, hopefully we'll have clients embracing these for years to come!2015 Trends



Flipping Spaces

We're starting with the hardest one first, physically the hardest that is!  Whether it was determined by the budget, personal preference or good ole' Missouri weather our team was hard at work making one space work for two purposes.  Imagine you enter a beautiful ceremony set for 200, after the Mr. & Mrs say I do, you head to enjoy a nice cocktail hour (only 1 hour or less!) and then come back to enter the same space dressed to the nines for a reception filled with dancing, dinner and entertainment!

This one is best described by pictures and video, take a look...

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Muted Palettes

In good Midwest tradition we see trends hit our scene a year or so after the coasts.  Some may find this as a negative, I think it gives us the tried, tested and true version of trends.  We let those coastal dwellers get all the kinks out!  There are two major pieces to "muted palettes".  First, that it's a palette, gone are the days of a blue and yellow wedding.  Where you pick two colors and get matchy, matchy.  This year brides picked a variety of colors, say 5 or 7, creating a palette we worked with for everything.  Second, is the pop! Selecting one color that adds fun and wow to the palette as a whole.  Like bright yellow or purple in a sea of golds, silvers and ivories.  Take a look at our fav palettes...scheme 1 scheme 2



Personal Touches

We're BIG. HUGE. believers in making weddings and events personal so you never forget why you are there and who you are there for.  This year we saw this shine through with favors and entertainment

With handcrafted and hand-painted bells for each guest, brought by mother-of-the-groom from his hometown in Mexico.IMG_0809

Scratch tradition and replace them with board games, this was one of the liveliest receptions of the year!games



Catering Early

It's easy to fall into routine and use the same timeline of events.  While that is all well and good, and 85% of the time works, we mixed it up this year when it came to dinner time.  At first this came out of necessity due to timing, then it turned into a tested and trusted option.   Traditionally dinner follows the bride and groom being announced into the reception, many times we slip in toasts or cake cutting beforehand too.  Sometimes this can land you at 8:00 or later before guests get full.

This year we switched it up - about halfway through cocktail hour dinner became available.  Be it food stations, plated or buffet the guests ate before the bride and groom.  Say it isn't so! Then I'd be lying and I'd also be lying if I said it didn't work flawlessly.  Because boy it did, guests were surprised and excited!  Plus the energy of the reception stayed high and well balanced with the drinks being consumed.  So as you are planning, play with that timeline a bit and don't be afraid of mixing it up!0310




Nothing says finally like fireworks and as it ends our 2015 Wedding Trend List it also ended many, many of our receptions this year!  What a great gift for your guests and a beautiful photo op!  Don't make this an afterthought in 2016, put it in the budget.  Also make sure you hire someone license, insured and experienced.fireworks 2 View More: http://georgemullinix.pass.us/billy_joanna_weddingfireworks 1



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