Wanted: Summer Intern

 

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If you are organized, detail oriented and love planning events then we need you!

You will gain experience working on weddings and other social events. This is a self-directed internship.  Intern will be expected to work 10-15 hours per week and availability on weekends.

You will need to have access to your own phone and internet connection and reliable transportation.

Here is what one of our former interns, Regan had to say about her experience

Interning with Red Letter was nothing short of amazing. It was a positive and inspiring environment to be in, that I always look forward to going to. As well as providing me with valuable hands on experience. Being apart of Red Letter truly was an unbelievable experience, that I would recommend to anyone.  

Primary duties:

  • Facebook Fan Page updates/ Blogging
  • Photoshoot styling
  • Day of assistance with events
  • Vendor confirmation
  • Attendance at networking/education events as appropriate

The benefits of this internship include:

    • Experience with an independent wedding planning firm
    • Networking opportunities
    • On site event experience

Ready to apply? Please send a cover letter, with the dates of your summer break and resume to Robyn@RedLetterEventPlanning.com

DIY paint accented invitations and flower bulb favors

 

I hope you enjoyed Monday’s blog on creating DIY handpainted napkins.  Some other projects that I featured on my recent Good Day Spokane segment were paint accented invitations and bulb favors wrapped in a paper flower.

These DIY projects were a little less nerve wracking to tackle because anyone can watercolor a piece of paper or cut some tissue paper right? Well actually these were harder to do.  You may want to practice with less expensive paper as some I tried got waterlogged as I added too much water to the paint and it didn’t look right. You also definitely want to try cutting out your paper flowers using basic white (cheap) tissue paper first until you get the hang of using the template.   But definitely don’t be afraid to try this, the total cost including the invites from Michael’s, paint and paint brushes, tissue paper, ribbon and flower bulbs was less than $30.

Paint accented invitations

paint accented invitations

Supplies

Basic white print it yourself invitations (like these)

Small craft paint brushes the thinner the better

2 complimentary colors of acrylic paint (I used a darker pink and purple)

Invitations

Pour out paint and add a bit of water around 3-4 drops and mix paint with brush

With quick light strokes paint using the thinnest paint brush you have to paint over the writing on the invitations

Let dry about 2 hours before adding the second color

Let dry, if paper curls put it under a heavy book overnight.

Envelopes

Same steps as above but use a broader paint brush to paint the whole flap of the envelope

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Paper flower bulb favors

Supplies

Flower bulb small (I used a lily bulb)

3 pieces of tissue paper, 2 of which should be contrasting colors

Cut out this template  and lay it on your folded tissue paper so that the straight ends are against the two folds.

With a pencil trace out the flower petals onto your tissue paper

Cut out the petals making them spiky on the end

Do the same to your contrasting color paper

After you have cut out them out lay them flat

Wrap your bulb in your uncut piece of tissue paper

Place it inside the contrasting color flower petal then place that into the other flower petal tie together with ribbon.

Flower bulb wedding favor

You can watch a full tutorial too!

Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!

DIY Watercolor Napkins

 

DIY watercolor napkin

Watercolor wedding shower

Recently I had the opportunity to be on Good Day Spokane and talked about some DIY projects for a Springtime Watercolor themed wedding shower. You can watch the full video here.

I had so much fun creating these projects I thought a step by step tutorial on them would be beneficial to provide.  Full disclosure I get very nervous about doing DIY things like this as the type “A”  in me wants them always to be perfect. It does not have to be perfect it allows you to express your artistry through the concept of watercolor which is fluid and has imperfections.  Most importantly don’t be afraid to try this, the total cost including the thrift store napkins, paint and brushes was less than $15.

Hand painted napkin

Supplies

Cloth napkin (I bought mine from a thrift store because once you paint it is permanent)

A wide bristled paint brush

2 complimentary colors of fabric paint (I used a darker pink and purple)

You will be painting the top or bottom of the napkin to give it a watercolor look when folded

Lay napkin flat on paper towel or newspaper and with your brush wet the portion of the napkin you want to paint.

DIY Watercolor napkin

Then dip the tips of your still damp brush into the paint ever slightly so that there is very little paint on it and brush from one corner of the napkin to the other in quick long strokes depositing paint on the cloth.  Continue to do this depending on how intense you want the final color.  I did 4-5 strokes in the picture below.

DIY watercolor napkin

Allow paint to dry at least 4 hours and then repeat the process (including wetting the napkin) with your second color of paint.  Let dry overnight.

Each napkin you create will have a unique look and can also be a beautiful keepsake set for the guest of honor at a wedding shower.

You can watch a full tutorial too!

Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!

The Five Don’ts of Wedding Planning

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Getting engaged is so exciting most people feel very overwhelmed with all of the to do’s before your I do’s.  But these five don’ts will make sure you start your planning off right.

  • Don’t go dress shopping until you have set your date and your venue, your dress style, length and material should match the whole feel of your wedding.
  • Don’t start planning without first setting a comfortable budget. Are you and your fiancée paying for everything yourself or will you have help from your parents? Knowing what your budget is will make planning less stressful.
  • Don’t make everything a priority.  Sit down with your fiancée and put together a list of 1-2 priorities for your wedding, is it farm to table food, a fab band, or beautiful flowers? Once you know what you really want it makes divvying up your budget much easier.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff (especially early on) details come together once you have the big picture in place.  This is not the time to worry about color schemes or what fonts to use on your invitation.  First, set your date, venue and time, then put together your guest list, set your budget and priorities. Once these are done details will find their place in your grand plan.
  • Don’t go it alone.  Hire a wedding a planner or at least a day of coordinator. A planner has done many weddings, you will only do one, use their expertise to maintain your budget and make sure you are on track for the best day of your life!

Not sure what a wedding planner does or how we can help you? Red Letter Event Planning offers complimentary consultations give us a call at 208-244-0601 or contact us.  We still have select dates available in 2015 and it is the perfect time to start planning for 2016!

Till Next Time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!

You are Engaged! Now What?

 
 

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You have found the perfect partner, the ring is gorgeous and now you can start planning the most amazing wedding-yours!  While certainly excited you are also probably feeling overwhelmed with all the to do’s you have before your I do’s.  Here are the top five things you should do now to kick off your wedding planning adventure!

Tip #1: Set your budget:This is the most important first step in wedding planning.  Your budget will guide everything.  Budget should include all costs. Also this is a great time to discuss if parents will be contributing and how much.

Tip #2: Prioritize: Now that you have a budget start dividing it up among your costs.  Rule of thumb is that 50% of your budget will go toward your reception costs (venue, food and beverage) How the remaining 50% is spent is your decision, do you want a band or a DJ, do you care if there are live flowers or just candles on the table?  These are the decisions that should be made before you email or call the first vendor.

Tip #3: Find your ceremony and reception location:  Although it sounds fun to go dress shopping right away, you first should have your venue and date set before doing anything else.  The date and location set the tone for the rest of the wedding.

Tip #4: Search out and collect ideas: whether it is a manila folder, an I-Pad or pinterest  start collecting ideas you like/want for your wedding. Share these with your vendors so they understand your style.  Don’t worry about whether they are in your budget-the job of your vendors is to figure out how to incorporate these concepts into your price point.  You may not get everything you want but you should be able to get the look and feel you love.

Tip #5: Get organized. Buy a binder/planner. I recommend a basic three ring binder from Staples or Office Max that you can customize with tabs and pockets.  Keep all of your vendor proposals, contracts, handouts from wedding shows etc in it. Bring it to your vendor appointments and go through it once a month to purge unneeded items.

Bonus Tip #1:  Hire a wedding planner: A planner can make sure that the budget you set is being used effectively, provide creative solutions to issues and also take the wedding stress off of your shoulders. A good wedding planner will let you be as involved as you want to be.  If you cannot afford a full service planner then PLEASE have a wedding day manager more commonly known as a day of coordinator, let an expert worry about the details of the day so you can have fun and enjoy the wedding you have spent so much time perfecting and planning.We have some prime dates available for your Spokane/CdA wedding. Contact us to chat about your wedding planning needs!

 

Congratulations on your engagement and till next time I hope your wedding planning results in a fabulous “Red Letter Day”

Makeup Must Haves

 

What should be in your wedding makeup bag?

All brides want everything to be perfect on their big day, but that doesn’t always happen. Wedding makeup, however, can remain perfect through the entire day if you have the right tools at your disposal. With a few extras, you can insure your face stays flawless even until that very last sparkler goes out.

  • Prep/Finishing Spray
    Urban Decay’s All Nighter Finishing Spray is the best. Spray it on your face before you start any makeup, and after you finishand you’re sure to stay put. This stuff is like hairspray for your face—only better.

Prep Finishing Spray

 

  • Translucent Powder
    Makeup Forever makes a great version, but so does ELF, for a fraction of the price. Use this after foundation and concealer, in place of regular powder. It sets everything without changing the shade of your foundation, and a tiny bit is all you need. One jar will last months! A compact version is also great for on-the-go touch ups. Make sure you blend, blend, blend though, because this powder can appear invisible to the naked eye, but show up in HD photographs if not properly blended. Let your photographer know to give you a heads up for any makeup mishaps ahead of time.

Translucent Powder

Waterproof liner, mascara, etc
While you may not be a crier, you should still reach for the waterproof version of your favorites for your big day. Waterproof means water, sweat, rubbing— it withstands it all. Not sure there’s a waterproof version of your favorite mascara? Anastasia Beverly Hills makes a mascara top coat, which transforms any normal mascara into waterproof. Additionally, ELF makes a Makeup Lock & Seal which coats any liner, shadow or lip color with a sealed topcoat, of sorts.

 

Waterproof Mascara

Primer, and not just for your skin
Nowadays there’s a primer for everything, and while it may not be necessary for your day to day life, going above and beyond your standard face primer could mean the difference between smudging and staying. Smashbox or ELF both make great versions for your face, and MAC’s lip primer is awesome for ensuring your color stays where you put it. Lancome and ELF also make mascara primers that make your lashes long, lush and not dripping down your face.

Facial Primer

All it takes is a few extra steps, and products, to ensure that you look great all night long, and can focus on more important things. Like enjoying your special day!

 

Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!

The Red Letter Event Planning Team

Get to know the Red Letter Event Planning Team!

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Rosie Michaelis, Day of Event Assistant

What is your favorite color palette? I love anything that represents beach and ocean – different hues of blue, brown, white and yellow.

Why do you love event planning?
I’ve always loved to put on a good party! Even as a little girl, I used to love planning little get togethers with my friends and create fun themes to keep everyone entertained. It’s something that comes very natural to me.

What is your favorite TV show?
My husband and I are HUGE Walking Dead fans! I know it sounds gory, but it really is a brilliant show with great writing.

Why do you love the Inland Northwest? For me, it’s the little things I didn’t get growing up in a big city. I love the fact that I can always find parking, even during the Christmas rush! I love all the beautiful lakes and rivers. I love encountering deer, geese and quail on a walk with my dog. I love nature – even though it doesn’t love me, I have horrible allergies – I find it all very peaceful and simply, beautiful.

Favorite Sports team? San Diego Chargers!

Who is your celebrity crush? I know this sounds weird but, Martha Stewart – because I hope to become the latina version of her one day.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I would live on a boat and sail around the world. With all the awesome places in this world, how can I choose just one? Maybe I was a pirate in a past life..

 

Reagan Van Gelder, Intern

Why do you love event planning? I love being able to make peoples visions come to life

What is your favorite TV show? Game of Thrones

Why do you love the Inland Northwest? I love the lake and the seasons

Favorite Sports team? New England Patriots

Who is your celebrity crush? Channing Tatum

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Tuscany Italy

 Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!

The Red Letter Event Planning Team

Get to know the Red Letter Event Planning Team!

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Robyn Bruns, Owner and Principal Event Planner

What is your favorite color palette? Black and White it can be paired with almost any other color for a dramatic pop or a subtle accent.

Why do you love event planning? I love the organization and working with awesome clients taking their ideas and  bringing their weddings and events to life.

What is your favorite TV show? I love singing and cooking competition shows and I am actively hooked on Revenge.

Why do you love the Inland Northwest? What’s not to love the beautiful scenery, the friendly people and the awesome weather (especially in the summer) I am so glad we moved here.

Favorite Sports team? I am a die hard Cubs fan, and I know someday “This will be the year”

Who is your celebrity crush? Mark Wahlberg, from the Marky Mark days and beyond. I am even going to see my first Transformers movie this summer because he is in it!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I love that we chose to live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho but New Zealand will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

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Jessica English, Assistant Event Planner

What is your favorite color palette? I love a neutral palette with a
metallic accent, or a really rich bordeaux thrown in.

Why do you love event planning? I love seeing an event evolve from
initial conceptualization to day of logistics. It’s a labor of love!

What is your favorite TV show? That’s a toss up between The Big Bang
Theory and The Walking Dead. I’m avidly obsessed.

Why do you love the Inland Northwest? It’s a hidden gem– there are so
many advantages to living in this area that not everyone sees!

Favorite Sports team? The Bears first and foremost, followed by the
Seahawks, and the Blackhawks. Also, the Cubs, of course.

Who is your celebrity crush? Mark Wahlberg. Marky Mark forever!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I’d like
the opportunity to live in Chicago as a young professional, or Santorini.

Tomorrow, meet day of Assistant Rosie and Intern Reagan!

Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day

 

Wedding Registry and Table Styling Event-THIS SUNDAY

 

The Dinner Party Store and Red Letter Event Planning will be hosting a wedding registry open house featuring professionally styled tables.Picture1

Come to 3520 N Government Way  Coeur d’Alene, ID this Sunday, March 30 from 1:00-4:00 pm for a unique registry event.

There will be four tables with a specific theme that are designed so you can easily recreate them in your newlywed home

  • Chic cocktail party
  • Girls Brunch
  • Casual BBQ
  • Formal dinner party

Every table will be created with Dinner Party items that you can add to your wedding registry right on site.

Signing up for  a dinner party registry is easy and free, the items you choose will be listed on their website, very convenient for your guests to make purchases.

Your wedding is unique your registry should be as well.  A Dinner Party registry ensures your newlywed table will be chic and stylish.

We hope to see you there!

Till next time I hope you have a Red Letter Day!

Why you need a wedding planner that works for YOU not the venue

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Looking for the perfect venue is one of the first things a newly engaged couple does.

We have some amazing wedding venues in Coeur d’Alene, Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. When you interview a venue they may tell you they have on site wedding coordination and you may think you are all set for the wedding, and there is no need to hire a full service wedding planner or day of coordinator.

There are some important differences between a coordinator that works for a venue and one that you hire independently. Venue coordinators have a very important role and I love working with them just as I enjoy the partnership I have with all the vendors that are hired by my client but we provide very different services.

  •  As your wedding planner we refine your vision, contribute to your Pinterest board and help you pick out the venue, and all of your other vendors. Your venue coordinator will often provide you with a list of referrals, sometimes these vendors have paid to be on this list, sometimes not. Either way your time will be more efficiently spent with referrals of 1-2 vendors in each category versus a list of 10 given to you from the venue.
  • As your wedding planner we manage all the little items that go into planning your wedding, including vendor communication, rehearsal direction and just being available when you have that sticky etiquette question. We provide you a checklist, negotiate with vendors (including the venue), give budget advice and make sure your DIY projects have the necessary resources.
  • As your wedding planner we are focused on your wedding and will be your advocate throughout the planning process. A venue may do 20+ weddings/events in a summer, we limit our weddings to one per weekend per consultant. That means you have our undivided attention from the day you hire us until the last guest leaves the reception. We are available to meet when it is most convenient for you- weeknights, weekend days and over Skype if you are planning a destination wedding.
  • As your wedding coordinator we have confirmed all of your vendors a week before your wedding. They have been provided a timeline for the day, we have their emergency contact information and they know if there are any questions we are the people to ask, not you or your groom. A venue coordinator will not do this pre-wedding coordination work nor will they look for any issues that may need to be refined to make the day run smoothly such as adjusting the photography timeline or hair and make up schedule.
  • As your wedding coordinator our focus is on your vision for the day. If there are problems in the kitchen, the venue coordinator will be focused on that and not on setting up your DIY photobooth correctly. Your wedding day is about attention to detail and planning and sometimes we even have to point out issues to the venue coordinator such as a place-setting missing or cold appetizers. We are there to ensure your day is as close to perfect as possible for every aspect of your wedding.

If you are in the process of looking at venues we want to help! Fill out the form below to get a free list of questions you can bring to your venue appointment. Red Letter Event Planning still has 2014 dates available, contact us or call us at 208-244-0601 to set up your complimentary consultation.

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Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day!