I've been slowly re-vamping my home decor. Selling pieces of furniture that I once was into. For anyone who knows me, they know I love my glam. My home style is a mixture of Living Spaces meets Zgallerie. My living room is full of mercury glass candles, textured pillows, ghost chairs, faux fur and a color pallet of grays, whites and creams. I love mixing colors, textures and prints.
I've been wanting to make coasters for my coffee table.. but had a hard time spending $50.00. So, I decided to create them myself. Read below on how to make your own coasters!
These could also be used as place cards or fun table numbers for any wedding or event!
I purchased these at American Imports in San Diego. They cost me $15.00 total. They have a variety of colors ranging from pink, purple, to natural.
What you'll need: paint brushes, Rub'n Buff foil paint, and felt pads. I purchased all this for $8.00 (with coupon) from Hobby Lobby. The paints come in all different metallic shades (gold, copper and silver).
Start painting the edges of the rock all the way around. Make sure to pick a side that will be faced down to stick felt bottoms on.
Once paint is dry, stick felt bottoms on the underside of your coaster to prevent scratching and surfaces.
Pop open a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy! Total cost for this project was $23.00.
In the shadow of the multibillion-dollar wedding machine, it can be hard to tell real tradition from a made-up sales pitch. Without question, the wedding industry has piled on the notion of paying to preserve tradition, when in fact, many of those high-priced traditions, such as the diamond engagement ring, don't go back much further than the 1920s.
Nonetheless, some traditions are real.... like a brides bridal bouquet. The custom of bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Women carried aromatic bunches of dill & garlic, to ward off evil spirits. The bouquets were never made with florals, but strong-smelling herbs and spices. The strong smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits.
Fast forward to Victorian times, flowers became the secret messengers of lovers; each flower within the bouquet symbolizes its own meaning. Lovers began using floral exchanges to convey messages. Thus bridal flowers were chosen with regard to their traditional significance.
However in our modern times, brides pick their flowers based on their colors, shapes, and overall wedding theme. Bridal bouquets now symbolize each brides own unique and individual taste!
Being able to do what I love is a powerful thing. But what I love even more is the ability to invite others to join my journey! I was contacted by a dear friend of mine Erin Fader with Erin Fader Designs. Erin had recently created a high end bridal line that she wanted to have photographed. With the help from incredible vendors and myself, we put together a beautiful showcase of Erin's work!
Days like these make my heart whole!
You're engaged! Congratulations! Now it's time to plan your wedding. You have been dreaming about this day for as long as you could remember. Overwhelmed with the amount of themes, colors, detail selections. Here are some things you can expect for 2016.
Trends are intended for you to take away what you like. I challenge you to step outside the box. Take away what you must from trends but creating an original wedding that will last a lifetime is priceless. Make sure to showcase the wedding as who you are. Make a fun and enjoyable experience for your guests that won't look or feel dated. like shoulder pad wedding dresses and perms!
Metallics are still a very popular addition to any wedding! Depending on how you incorporate them, they can be elegant, whimsical, or even very natural!
Lighting is the key setting to a romantic mood and ambiance! Beautiful lighting creates a very intimate feeling regardless if its chandeliers, Edison bulbs, or pendant lighting! The more light... the better!
Flowers are one of the most important detail of a wedding. 2016 is showcasing many "wild" free-form bouquets. Brides are requesting a mixture of flowers that are in season and local. Tone-on-tone is also gaining popularity! Simply ask your florist to arrange your colors hues with 5-6 different flowers to create an ombre effect.
Cocktails. A toast to creative cocktail hour! His and her drinks are the best way to showcase who they are and what their favorite drink of choice is. Displaying each cocktail with garnishes and custom cocktail napkins make the biggest impact and a great conversation starter!
Planning a wedding involves spending money! When I meet with a new client... the first thing I ask them is "where do you want to see your money well spent?" Things add up very quickly. The second you mention the word "wedding" the price just quadrupled! Before planning your wedding, or meeting with your planner you need to determine what's important to you!
When planning my own wedding, there were 3 very important things on my list. This list including aspects of my wedding I wanted to invest money in.
Photography was the most important vendor I booked. Your photographs are the ONLY thing you have left after your wedding day is over. Hiring someone that doesn't have experience or a portfolio showcasing their work needs to be seriously questioned. You will end up extremely disappointed looking back at your photos.
Food and Beverage is what keeps your guests happy. Let's face it... the minute your ceremony is over... guests are b-lining for the bar line! Great drinks, and food not only keep guests satisfied, but also allows for good conversation and unfamiliar faces to become acquainted. Regardless if you can't afford to host a full bar. Beer, wine and a signature cocktail will do just fine.
Flowers... and oh how I love them! What girl doesn't sit hours on Pinterst pinning bouquet arrangements after another? Flowers make the biggest difference. Regardless what color scheme you choose, flowers make a wedding romantic and intimate. They set the mood for the evening and give your guests something to admire!
Sitting in my cubical day in and day out. I found myself 24 years old and sitting at a job I couldn't stand to be at. With little to no communication with other people, rarely ever knowing what the weather was outside, I knew I had to make a change. I worked for a company that offered me great benefits, incredible pay and stability. However, I was beyond unhappy.
Fast forward a few months later and there I was on Christmas Day watching my high school sweetheart down on one knee. The day every girl dreams of. The day he finally put a ring on it! It didn't take me long before designing a wedding binder, buying an abundance of highlighter pens, and pinning on Pinterest every evening. I planned my wedding from start to finish in only 6 months of time.
The day of my wedding was without a doubt the happiest day of my life. My husband and I found ourselves surrounded by love ones. Guests that had traveled half way across the U.S to be with us. The day itself was spectacular! Guests dressed to the nine. Cocktails flowing. Blush pink, cream and white florals dripping from every strategically created floral arrangement. It was the day I had dreamt for.
Shortly thereafter, returning from our honeymoon (Bermuda), wedded bliss faded into the reality of unhappiness at the job I faced. It wasn't until this day were I had my ah-ha moment. This was the career path I was supposed to take in life. With no instruction manual on how to be a successful wedding planner, I took the plunge and started my business Red Letter Events. With the permission and support from my amazing husband, I left my stable job, and have focused my full attention on Red Letter Events.
Over the years, I've had the honor to work with amazing vendors, meet incredible clients and build the foundation of my business. I have created the career of my dreams!
(P.S - Thank you Collin for your support. I am doing what I love.)