Thanks for seven wonderful years.

On November 8, 2005 I started Red Letter Event Planning because I loved planning events.  Since then I have worked with amazing clients, talented vendors and have met so many excellent people in this industry, it has been unreal.

However it is time to start a new chapter in my life, my husband, Greg, our dog Snickers and I will be moving from the Chicagoland area to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Our last Chicago wedding was at the Kenilworth Club on 10/20 and on 11/9 Cooking Up Change will culminate my Chicago event planning career!

As of the first of the year, Red Letter Event Planning will be headquartered in Coeur D’Alene. Greg, Snickers and I will be leaving for Idaho in December. I hope you will follow us as we travel across the country and learn about our new home on my blog- The Idaho Chronicles. We are so excited about this new adventure and I am looking forward to continuing planning in the Inland Northwest area with a focus on destination weddings and social events.

We are also excited to announce a new partnership with DBY Events,  DBY will be the exclusive planning partner for Red Letter Event Planning in Illinois.  Kasey Larson and her team are excellent event planners. Their level of expertise and services align well with Red Letter Event Planning. Just as we have been creating “Red Letter Days” these past 7 years, DBY creates “Perfect Events Every Time”.

There are so many pictures in my mind of happy brides, grooms, parents etc. it really can be overwhelming.  I don’t have a favorite event as they were all unique and special. I simply loved them all!

I will miss the Chicagoland area, I have lived here practically all my life other than 4 years at Drake University in Iowa (I must have a thing for “I” states, eh?). As a farewell to the City I love I have put together the top 10 things I will miss about Chicago event planning, things that make it such a great city.

This is not goodbye, but a see you later, as I hope to stay in touch with many of you and I already have plans to fly in for The Special Event Show in January.

The top 10 things I will miss about Chicago Events:

  • North Shore venues-Valley Lo and the Kenilworth Club are as comfortable as hosting an event in my own home
  • Fab cocktail soirees, parties and other events I am cordially invited to because I am a planner
  • Networking with all the wonderful vendors and fellow planners at ABC, Thursday Therapy and other events
  • The remarkable array of vendors and versatility in the Chicago market
  • Garrett’s popcorn as favors
  • Wedding pictures in front of “The Bean”
  • Unique venue spaces like lofts, backyards, mansions, museums and boats
  • Trolleys as wedding transportation
  • Designing styled photoshoots for Wedding Guide and ChicagoStyle Weddings and most recently The Urbaness.
  • Everyone in the event planning community. This is one magnificently talented region and should be celebrated.

I would love to hear from all of you before we leave, send email to or post to us on Facebook.

Thanks Chicago for a fabulous seven years!

And in the words of Ellie from the movie UP-“Adventure is out there!

Till Next Time I Hope Your Next Special Event is a Red Letter Day!