Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • "Putting Martha Stewart to Shame" | Leah and Steve's Perfect Eiteljorg Wedding

    by Sarah Bean, Eiteljorg director of catering and events | Sep 24, 2014

    I first met Leah and Steve in January of this year. I had the honor of touring them through the event space during our Jingle Rail exhibit. I have to admit, it is rather hard to envision our ballroom with luscious floor length linens, pillars of luminous lighting and stunning chavari chairs when you have mountains of miniature buildings and an array of trains running throughout.


    Leah liked the indoor space but her heart was set on the outdoor gardens. Even with the snow covered trees and ice laden walkways I could tell she could envision exchanging vows in the warm afternoon sun and watching her guests dance the night away under the stars. So we set out to make that happen.

    For eight months I worked with Leah, her mom, Steve and Jessica Dum to help create that vision she had always dreamed of. Leah needed zero guidance.  As she and her mom dove head first into personalizing the wedding she had one goal in mind. “I want to put Martha Stewart to shame” Leah said.  And that she did!


    Unfortunately, the day of, with threats of rain and high humidity it was decided to move the dinner indoors. Thanks to proper planning we were able to convert the lighting to create an effect that gave the guests the impression of dining under a canopy of trees. 

    I truly enjoyed working with Leah and Steve along with some of the industries finest – Kahn’s Catering, Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination, Alan Trisler/Audio Magic Entertainment, Empty Vase, Stacy Able Photography and Unique Heart Productions.

    Leah and Steve are a match made in heaven and I wish them both many years of true marital bliss.

    Have a question about hosting an event at the Eiteljorg?  Please contact our event planning team at:
    • 317.275.1340
    • 317.275.1329
      Or complete a rental inquiry form here.  
    • You may also visit the rentals section of our website.
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  • Eiteljorg events team wins prestigious award

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Apr 17, 2014

    In May 2013 Nick and Brittany's wedding and reception took place at the Eiteljorg. Recently the Eiteljorg events team was honored by the International Events Society for the work it did to produce this outstanding production.

    Congratulations to Eiteljorg catering and events director Sarah Bean, events coordinator Heather Elmore and our friends at Kahn’s Catering for bringing home a prestigious award for 2013 Professional Achievement in Creative Events (PACE), given by the International Special Events Society (ISES)!

    Our team won for Best Team Effort (under $75,000) category for a wedding hosted at the Eiteljorg last May. It was an elaborate affair that included, among other details, images of Mickey Mouse hidden in unexpected places, such as floral arrangements and projected on the ballroom floor, obscured in the couple’s new monogram. (The couple became engaged at Disneyland.)

    Our team was chosen from a field of local events and venues including The Children’s Museum, The Alexander Hotel and The Conrad. We had to submit an electronic portfolio with details of the event and our part in planning it, along with memories and challenges experienced. We included documentation of the planning process, timelines, photos, budget details, etc. We could not list our name or any other vendor name. The winners were chosen by an out-of-state judging team based on details.

    Have you considered the Eiteljorg for your special event? Click this link to find out more about our award-winning event services!

    2013 Professional Achievement in Creative Events (PACE), awarded to the Eiteljorg Museum by the International Special Events Society (ISES).

     Sarah Bean and Heather Elmore - The Eiteljorg's award-winning events team! Congratulations!

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  • Plan your wedding, reception, meeting or party here at the Eiteljorg

    by Ariel Durell, Special events intern | Jul 08, 2013

    Couple married in the Eiteljorg Kincannon Learning Circle.

    Everybody starts somewhere.  For some people, there’s a clear moment of clarity when they “just know”.  Others experience a more gradual shift, but there’s always a beginning. My beginning has been at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art as an intern in the Rentals department. We work with organizations, brides, grooms and individuals who need help producing and catering exceptional events - like weddings, receptions, meetings and parties.  As an undergraduate business student, I hadn’t put much thought into the event and hospitality industry until recently – but I’m so glad I decided to pursue it!

    Being at the Eiteljorg for a couple months has not only deepened my appreciation of Native American art and cultures, but has also opened my eyes to a whole new world – the creativity, details, and magic that goes into making an event special for a client. 

    Creative centerpieces for a construction-themed dinner reception.

    A whimsical fairytale wedding reception.

    Uplighting helps to transform the ballroom.

    Everyone has their own individual dream for their big event, and it’s been so fun to see the Museum space transform from a nightclub into a fairytale, then morph from a construction-themed dinner into an Indy 500 reception, and back again into the elegant circular ballroom that I’m used to seeing. It’s been especially interesting to see how clients utilize the outdoor gardens.  Even though they have till the day of the event to move indoors if need be, we all keep our fingers crossed for clear skies on the big day! Some people choose to host their event entirely outdoors, while others split their time between the gardens and the ballroom. The outdoor space has been used for ceremonies, receptions and cocktail hours. We even had a couple ride into their outdoor reception off the canal on a bike! 

    I have really enjoyed all the different types of events that I’ve been able to participate in this summer, but there’s nothing quite like seeing a bride’s face when she first sees the Museum all decked out on her wedding day. Being able to be a part of creating such a special day for a couple, and helping to bring someone’s dreams, ideas and vision to life in a tangible and unforgettable way is amazing! And to think – this is only the beginning!
    If you'd like to have your next event at the Eiteljorg Museum, please contact: 317-275-1340 (Sarah Bean). You may also email us at: And, you can all find us on Facebook under "Eiteljorg Weddings" and on the Eiteljorg's website.

    Ariel Durell
    Special Events Intern


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