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!

 

 

The Five Dont’s of Wedding Planning

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Getting engaged is so exciting most people feel very overwhelmed with all of the 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 2014 and it is the perfect time to start planning for 2015!

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

Red Letter Event Planning Empire State Building Picks

 

The Empire State Building’s Valentine’s Day Contest gives three lucky couples, along with 24 of their nearest and dearest family and friends the experience of a lifetime by giving away a wedding or vow renewal on top of this romantic icon.

One of the main sponsors of the event, Red Envelope  asked Red Letter Event Planning (lots of red synergy there) to choose our five favorite gifts from their wedding gifts collection to inspire their designers to put together a unique gifting suite. We couldn’t resist once we saw the gift list! To find out more about the contest go here deadline is December 5th!

The five gifts we chose were picked as they can be incorporated into the wedding day itself and used to entertain in your newlywed home.  Celebrating after the wedding with reminders of your special day is a great way to keep the warm memories of your wedding day alive year after year.

Red Letter Event Planning Empire State Buildiing Wedding Picks

  • The first pick are the twist candlesticks which will look gorgeous on any sweetheart table and is a lovely addition to any formal dining room.
  • Our second pick, a craft cocktail book is a great place to get ideas for a signature cocktail and it will allow you to hone your bartender skills for future parties.
  • The third and fourth picks, a personalized wine or champagne bucket and lovebirds champagne glasses would be fabulous for your champagne toast on your wedding day and used again and again at future anniversary celebrations.
  • Our fifth pick personalized couples key dates wall art, is a great decor piece for your gift table and then can hang in your future home as a reminder of all the great times you have had in your relationship (it also doubles as a cheat sheet so you don’t forget your anniversary).

We hope you liked our picks which item would you most like to have?

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

 

Let Fall inspire the design of your engagement ring

As engagement season approaches, you may be starting to research ring styles, definitely check out, Brilliant Earth’s brand new Wisteria Collection. This collection was inspired by Autumn one of the prettiest time of the year.  The four rings in the collection feature curving, overlapping and intertwined designs, that evoke the graceful beauty of vines and branches. A perfect design if you love the outdoors or if you are having winery wedding.

Engagement rings from Brilliant Earth

In addition to engagement rings, the Wisteria collection also includes earrings for a bride that loves sparkle or is more rustic.

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Brilliant Earth doesn’t just make beautiful jewelry it also has a gorgeous mission.  To put beyond conflict free diamonds on your ring finger.  Brillant Earth mandates their diamonds are

  • Free of human rights abuses        
  • Traceable to origin                         
  • Environmentally responsible                       
  • Fair labor practices                        
  • Promote Community development

They donate 5% of their profits to diamond mining communities for efforts in education, environmental restoration, and economic development.

When choosing an engagement ring you are right to remember the four C’s Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat but Brillant Earth also allows you to consider the 5th one, (Guaranteed) Conflict Free.

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

Get cooking it is almost Engagement Season!

 

A Repost from last year with a few updates,  Engagement Chicken is now on Pinterest!

In the wedding planning world, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is known as engagement season-more people get engaged in this time frame than any other time of year. So if you are anticipating a sparkly bauble on your finger soon, I highly recommend learning how to make “Engagement Chicken”. Learn more about the legend here: in a nutshell serving this roast chicken to your boyfriend will cause him to propose. This recipe was developed by an editor from Glamour magazine. She passed it around and many of the women who served it got proposals.

My best friend and I took on the challenge when we thought we had found “the one” and sure enough she just celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary in September and it will be 9 years this December for my husband and I! Be careful who you serve this delicious dish to; you may be signing up for more than dinner!

Engagement chicken

Recipe

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 medium lemons
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher or Sea Salt and Ground black pepper
  • Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat 400 degrees. Wash chicken inside and out with cold water, remove giblets, then let the chicken drain, cavity down in a colander until it reaches room temperature (15 minutes or so).
  • Pat dry with paper towels. Pour lemon juice all over chicken, inside and outside.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity. (Tip: If the lemons are hard, roll on countertop with palm to get juices flowing)
  • Place the bird breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan. Lower heat to 350 degrees and bake uncovered 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and turn breast side up (use wooden spoons!); return to oven for 35 minutes more.
  • Test for doneness-insert meat thermometer in the thigh-temperature should read 180 degrees or juices should run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork. Continue baking if necessary. Let chicken stand for a few minutes before carving.
  • Serve with juices on top.

If you REALLY want to wow your future fiancé to be I highly recommend watching this video on how to properly carve a roast chicken.

Enjoy, and let us know if Engagement Chicken worked for you.  Also if there are other “fall in love forever” recipes you want to share please do so in the comments.

After the Ceremony: Planning an Enjoyable Wedding Reception

The wedding reception is a party centered on the commitment made between the bride and groom. By keeping guests relaxed and focused on this simple fact, a fun time will be had by all.

Despite the fact that the recent economic recession saw a downtrend in the wedding planning industry, it remains a multi-billion dollar business in the United States alone ($47.5 billion to be precise). And little wonder: with the seemingly endless stream of details involved, planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience.

Whether you are planning a large or intimate wedding, in the middle of deciding about flowers and ice sculptures, it is best to remember that your wedding day should be about celebrating love and the beginning of a life together. Otherwise, it’s just another party.

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In particular, the seating arrangement can be a cause of undue stress for the bride and groom. Seating Aunt Lydia next to Cousin Hank, who ran over her prize petunias in a summer long forgotten (except by Aunt Lydia), can be a recipe for disaster. However, random seating can be equally disastrous.

One method of smoothing over potentially awkward or difficult moments among seating partners during the wedding reception is to give them something fun to do. Plan a table activity that will remind them that this day is about two people in love beginning their life together and not about a past best forgotten or at least set aside for the day.

Rectangular wedding tables

Comfortable conversation

Whenever possible, choose narrow rectangular tables over large round ones like this one from Jessica and Joe’s Red Letter Wedding Day. An oversized round table discourages conversation with people on opposite ends. Seated along a narrow rectangular table, however, your guests can talk to people on either side of them, to the person in front of them, and to the people on either side of this person. Be sure to seat your guests in comfortable chairs. A wedding reception can last for three or four hours; that’s a long time to be fidgeting in an uncomfortable position.

Personal touches

One fun activity for a cozy wedding is to encourage your guests to write a short message on the back of their place cards and put them into a container. Then draw one name card from each table to decide who gets to take the centerpiece home. Consider a bonsai tree or live ornamental plant as a centerpiece; this way, your guest will be reminded of your wedding day each time they water it. This is just another way that you can add a unique personal touch to your wedding day and give your guests great memories as well.

A wedding reception is a special celebration. The most important detail to remember is to keep it festive, keep it centered on the bride and groom, and keep your guests relaxed and comfortable. There is no better way to end a long day and begin a new life together than in the company of happy people.

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

Color Trends Spring 2014-Cayenne is HOT

Pantone, the guru of trending colors in fashion, decor and weddings released their report in conjunction with NY Fashion Week on the hottest colors for Spring 2014 and we are LOVING them.

Pantone 2014 Spring

 
One of the best things about this palette as how there are bolder versions of the quiet, pastel colors.  Radiant Orchid is the bright version of Violet Tulip and they work so well together. However my favorite color in this scheme is by far the Cayenne, this bright orange/pink/red can be paired with so many colors. or can be the bold floral statement among neutrals linens. This picture from Molly and Dan’s wedding show how to pair the Celosia Orange with the Cayenne, a bright, beautiful statement! The Circus Rose is the perfect flower if you are using Cayenne in your palette.

Pantone 2014 Spring Colors Celosia Orange and Cayenne

So we want to know: what is your favorite color from the 2014 Spring report? Will you be using it in your wedding? Let us know!

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

How did you come up with Red Letter Event Planning?

 

About once a month, I get asked what does your company name, Red Letter Event Planning mean?

Red Letter Days

A Red Letter Day is one of significance. It is thought to have started in the early Catholic church when a festival or saint’s day was indicated in red on the calendar.

However it has evolved to indicate a day of celebration.  I decided to incorporate the use of the term into my business, because that is our goal to create special days of celebration for our clients, and every event we plan and coordinate is certainly a “Red Letter Day”.

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

Traveling to your Inland Northwest Destination wedding

How about having your destination wedding in the Inland Northwest? Your first question may be: Where is the Inland Northwest? It is commonly defined as Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington state in the U.S.  Your next question will be: How do I get there?

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest driving to the area is easy and has some beautiful scenery here are some common starting destinations and the driving time to the Inland Northwest:

  • Seattle: 4 1/2 hours
  • Portland: 5 1/2 hours
  • Vancouver 6 1/2 hours
  • Calgary, 7 1/2 hours

If you are coming from farther away, the area is served by the small but mighty, Spokane International Airport (GEG) which offers Non-Stop flights from the following areas

  • Denver, CO         
  • Chicago, IL
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA 
  • Minneapolis, MN     
  • Oakland, CA        
  • Portland, OR
  • Salt Lake City, UT

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Airlines that you can fly include, Delta, Allegiant, Frontier, United and Southwest

Although there aren’t any international non-stops you just have one layover if you are coming from these locations.

  • London, Heathrow
  • Paris, Charles de Gaulle

Round-trip cost for these international flights is around $1,600-$1,800

The Inland Northwest is a gorgeous and ACCESSIBLE location for your destination wedding. Here are some great resources on the area to further familiarize you with all it has to offer.

Visitspokane, Coeur d’alene.org, and this video put together by Marry Abroad UK

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