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2010 summer event planning internships at stella event design

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The deadline is fast approaching for our 2010 summer internships! If you’d like to apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by January 30th—-read the full details below!

What You’ll Do :: Event Assistants will assist with all day-of wedding tasks including: setting up decor at ceremony and reception sites, assisting vendors with deliveries (ie. cake, flowers, linens, rentals), assisting with the ceremony, assisting vendors as needed throughout the day, ensuring time lines are being followed, trouble shooting problems that arise, and much more. Event Assistants are always working alongside an experienced Planner or Event Associate who is there to direct & teach you!

Who We’re Looking For :: We are seeking junior & senior level students pursuing a degree in a related field (public relations, communications, hospitality & tourism, design, etc.), who are excited about learning the ins-and-outs of event planning, work well with a team, and exhibit a high level of responsibility. Weddings can be a stressful and emotionally charged time for a bride & groom and their families—the ideal candidate is friendly, enthusiastic, calm under pressure, and a great communicator! Most of our events are located in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor/Harbor Country area, which is 60 minutes from Kalamazoo, 90 minutes from Grand Rapids, and 45 minutes from South Bend. You must be able to travel to Southwest Michigan for events.

What You’ll Get :: This is an unpaid internship and must apply towards college credit. You will walk away from this internship with hands-on experience in event planning & execution unlike anything you can learn in a classroom. This internship puts you in the action, working with real clients, professional vendors and beautiful locations throughout Southwest Michigan.

When You’ll Work :: Weddings are scheduled primarily on Saturdays, with some events on Fridays and Sundays. Interns will be scheduled to work 6-10 events throughout the wedding season (May-September) and we are happy to take schedules into consideration. Interns will also have the opportunity to work in-office during the week (hours flexible) to gain more experience in the planning that takes place prior to the wedding date!

How to Apply :: If you’re interested in joining the Stella Event Design Team for our 2010 season, please email your cover letter and resume (.pdf format preferred) to intern@stellaeventdesign.com. We will be accepting applications through January 30th and will be conducting interviews in February! If you have additional questions, please email intern@stellaeventdesign.com (no phone calls, please).

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What our 2009 interns said about their summer with Stella…

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brittanyblog “… I learned not only about event planning and coordinating, but also about how to work with vendors, what to do when things go wrong, and how to work with your clients in order to make sure that they get what they want. This internship gives you the opportunity to gain hands on experience as well as the opportunity to learn from a professional in the field.

One thing that surprised me about this internship was how much fun it was, even though I had to work hard. There are a lot of things that have to get done for each wedding and going into the internship I knew that I would have to work hard, but I had to work even harder than I thought I would! However, I also enjoyed the work that I was doing even more than I thought I would! Every day that I went to work, I was excited for what we were going to be doing. The effort we put in always paid off. At the end of every wedding we were able to reflect on the day and see that we had been successful and this was extremely rewarding.

My favorite part of this internship was working with the Stella Team. We had a great chemistry and it was easy to work together. This made accomplishing what we needed to at each wedding possible. The team that we had allowed us to get things done while having fun at the same time. I also loved working with the couples. Seeing them happy and satisfied with our work was exciting. Through this internship I really gained a love for weddings, an even greater love for planning, many new ideas on how to be creative, and great relationships with the women I worked with….” -Brittany Johnson, 2009 Event Assistant

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meganblog“…Interning with Stella Event Design was an incredible experience! When I first met Jessica, I fell in love with the passion that she has for planning exceptional weddings and her excitement and willingness to include me in the process. Each wedding that I worked on provided me with the opportunity to further understand what went into planning a wedding in addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience. I was continually surprised with the different experiences that each wedding provided and have learned first hand that no two weddings are the same. From working with other coordinators at churches to making sure every last detail at the reception is exactly what the bride wanted, I was never without something new and exciting to work on.

The most challenging part of this internship was learning to work with all varieties of people. From the delivery guys and caterers, to the mother of the groom, you definitely need to be flexible and willing to adjust to whatever situation may arise. At the end of an exhausting wedding day, the most rewarding part of the internship was being thanked by the bride and groom for such a wonderful experience. Knowing that everything turned out the way they they wanted it, and knowing that I was a direct part of that was incredible! I would definitely recommend interning with Stella Event Design to anyone who has a willingness to learn, can take challenges as they come, and has a passion for event planning!” -Megan O’Hara, 2009 Event Assistant


beautiful bouquets

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While many people think that winter must be “slow season” for a wedding planner, this is actually the time of year that we do all of our planning. So while the snow is falling outside, and I’m bundled in my winter coat & scarf, I’m also working on decor designs, color palettes and vendor appointments for some fabulous 2010 weddings. Because we plan so many weddings outdoors & on the beach, it can sometimes be challenging to look past the 2 feet of snow outside and remember what our beautiful SW Michigan landscape looks like underneath! So I love to look at past weddings, and be inspired by the beautiful weddings of summer time!

If you’re like me, and you’re surrounded by white, here are some beautiful summer bouquets to brighten your day! Have you chosen your wedding flowers? What style of bouquet will you carry? Will you choose a traditional white bouquet, or be daring with color?

Photo Credits (L-R): Ben Pancoast Photography, The Open Shutter Photography, Kelly Powers Photography, Kelly Powers Photography, Two Pair Photography, Carlos Ortiz Photo

bride2be university::a unique approach to planning your wedding

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Imagine yourself sitting in our Event Design Studio, on a cozy couch with a glass of wine, learning how you can plan an amazing wedding.  After an hour of learning & discussion with a professional wedding planner and fellow brides, you have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about planning your dream wedding….welcome to Bride2Be University!

Bride2Be University is a unique approach to planning your wedding! Based on the idea of learning in small groups while having a great time, B2BU offers professional wedding planning at an incredibly affordable cost. Designed for the DIY bride, B2Bu offers classes in a range of topics, from the basics of planning your wedding, to tips on creating an Earth friendly event.

Each class is intimate & fun, and includes an hour long learning session focused on a particular topic, followed by a Q+A session. With classes costing $20-$30, this is a one of a kind opportunity to obtain professional planning advice, no matter your budget!

For more info on Bride2Be University, and to check the class schedule for February & March, visit the Bride2Be University website! Each class is designed to be an intimate learning experience with only 5-10 brides, so be sure to RSVP soon!

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If you follow our blog (and you’re reading this, so I know you do)…then you should click below to become our fan on Facebook. Mostly because it would make my day to see your smiling face in a tiny box, but also because once we hit 200 fans we’ll be doing a giveaway with all of our facebook friends! That’s right, something shiny, fun and FREE! And if that’s not enough reason for you, we also have tons of pictures posted on Facebook that you won’t find on our blog or website, and you can see all of our latest blog posts right in your facebook feed!

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faves of 09::simple floral centerpieces

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This time of year it’s always fun to look back at the last season and think about everything that happened, and all of the wedding trends we loved! Last year we blogged a “Faves of 08” series, and I loved reflecting on everything so much, that it’s going to be a yearly tradition on the blog—so welcome to “Faves of 09!” We’ll be recapping our favorites of 2009 over the next few weeks!

Simple Floral Centerpieces

This year we had a lot of brides that embraced simple and clean designs for their centerpieces. Some utilized a simple gathering of wildflowers, others used several large blooms such as hydrangea, and even a clustering of 3 different flowers can make a simple, stunning and affordable option for centerpieces.

A green wedding tip: Re-use your flowers! If you’re using flowers on your pews, put them in vases for your cocktail table, to dress up your gift table, or add them to your centerpieces.  Use left over altar arrangements to dress up the bar at your reception. You’ll get more bang for your buck and will lower your impact on the environment by using less stems!

Centerpiece Photos (L-R): Two Pair Photography, Ben Pancoast Photography, Kelly Powers Photography

hiring::2010 event planning summer internship

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It’s that time of year again—Stella Event Design is accepting applications for interns (Event Assistants) to assist us during our 2010 wedding season!

For full details on what you’ll do, where you’ll work, and how to apply, check out our original post! Resumes will be accepted until January 30th and interviews will take place in February! Please contact intern@stellaeventdesign.com with any questions (no phone calls please!)

happy new years from stella event design

2009 was a fabulous year and this time of year always leads me to reflect on the year and be thankful for all of the people who helped make it wonderful!

First and foremost, a huge thanks to all of the wonderful 2009 couples who allowed us to be a part of their big day—we loved every minute of every wedding we were blessed to be a part of! Also, many thanks to the wonderful area vendors and venues we got to work with in 2009—Southwest Michigan has so many amazing wedding professionals we are privileged to work with!

2009 brought a lot of exciting changes with it for Stella Event Design:

  • It was our busiest wedding season to date—we planned 14 weddings along the lake shore from May to October
  • We hired summer interns for the first time and owe a huge thank you to Brittany+Megan, who did an absolutely fantastic job!
  • We opened our first studio space—the first event design studio in Southwest Michigan

2010 is already off to a fabulous start—we have 15 couples we’re already booked to work with in 2010 and are so blessed that we continue to work with amazing couples!

Check out a few of our 2009 weddings in Southwest Michigan

  • Ken+Katy at Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Megan+Greg at Mill Creek Barns in Southwest Michigan
  • Yana+Brannon at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Kate+Mitch at Shadowland Pavilion and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Stefanie+Jim at Santaniello’s and Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan
  • Brittany+Hachem at The Veranda at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph
  • Meghan+Tom at the Blue Dress Barn in Southwest Michigan

hiring::2010 event planning summer internship

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It’s that time of year again—Stella Event Design is accepting applications for interns (Event Assistants) to assist us during our 2010 wedding season. Last summer we took on interns for the first time—which I’ll admit was a little scary for us—but after a very successful 2009, we are so excited to offer internship positions again for our 2010 season!

What You’ll Do :: Event Assistants will assist with all day-of wedding tasks including: setting up decor at ceremony and reception sites, assisting vendors with deliveries (ie. cake, flowers, linens, rentals), assisting with the ceremony, assisting vendors as needed throughout the day, ensuring time lines are being followed, trouble shooting problems that arise, and much more.  Event Assistants are always working alongside an experienced Planner or Event Associate who is there to direct & teach you!

Who We’re Looking For :: We are seeking junior & senior level students pursuing a degree in a related field (public relations, communications, hospitality & tourism, design, etc.), who are excited about learning the ins-and-outs of event planning, work well with a team, and exhibit a high level of responsibility. Weddings can be a stressful and emotionally charged time for a bride & groom and their families—the ideal candidate is friendly, enthusiastic, calm under pressure, and a great communicator! Most of our events are located in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor/Harbor Country area, which is 60 minutes from Kalamazoo, 90 minutes from Grand Rapids, and 45 minutes from South Bend. You must be able to travel to Southwest Michigan for events.

What You’ll Get :: This is an unpaid internship and must apply towards college credit. You will walk away from this internship with hands-on experience in event planning & execution unlike anything you can learn in a classroom. This internship puts you in the action, working with real clients, professional vendors and beautiful locations throughout Southwest Michigan.

When You’ll Work :: Weddings are scheduled primarily on Saturdays, with some events on Fridays and Sundays. Interns will be scheduled to work 6-10 events throughout the wedding season (May-September) and we are happy to take schedules into consideration. Interns will also have the opportunity to work in-office during the week (hours flexible) to gain more experience in the planning that takes place prior to the wedding date!

How to Apply :: If you’re interested in joining the Stella Event Design Team for our 2010 season, please email your cover letter and resume (.pdf format preferred) to intern@stellaeventdesign.com. We will be accepting applications through January 30th and will be conducting interviews in February! If you have additional questions, please email intern@stellaeventdesign.com (no phone calls, please).

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What our 2009 interns said about their summer with Stella…

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brittanyblog “… I learned not only about event planning and coordinating, but also about how to work with vendors, what to do when things go wrong, and how to work with your clients in order to make sure that they get what they want.  This internship gives you the opportunity to gain hands on experience as well as the opportunity to learn from a professional in the field.

One thing that surprised me about this internship was how much fun it was, even though I had to work hard.  There are a lot of things that have to get done for each wedding and going into the internship I knew that I would have to work hard, but I had to work even harder than I thought I would!  However, I also enjoyed the work that I was doing even more than I thought I would!  Every day that I went to work, I was excited for what we were going to be doing.  The effort we put in always paid off.  At the end of every wedding we were able to reflect on the day and see that we had been successful and this was extremely rewarding.

My favorite part of this internship was working with the Stella Team.  We had a great chemistry and it was easy to work together.  This made accomplishing what we needed to at each wedding possible.  The team that we had allowed us to get things done while having fun at the same time.  I also loved working with the couples.  Seeing them happy and satisfied with our work was exciting. Through this internship I really gained a love for weddings, an even greater love for planning, many new ideas on how to be creative, and great relationships with the women I worked with….”   -Brittany Johnson, 2009 Event Assistant

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meganblog“…Interning with Stella Event Design was an incredible experience! When I first met Jessica, I fell in love with the passion that she has for planning exceptional weddings and her excitement and willingness to include me in the process. Each wedding that I worked on provided me with the opportunity to further understand what went into planning a wedding in addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience. I was continually surprised with the different experiences that each wedding provided and have learned first hand that no two weddings are the same. From working with other coordinators at churches to making sure every last detail at the reception is exactly what the bride wanted, I was never without something new and exciting to work on.

The most challenging part of this internship was learning to work with all varieties of people. From the delivery guys and caterers, to the mother of the groom, you definitely need to be flexible and willing to adjust to whatever situation may arise. At the end of an exhausting wedding day, the most rewarding part of the internship was being thanked by the bride and groom for such a wonderful experience. Knowing that everything turned out the way they they wanted it, and knowing that I was a direct part of that was incredible! I would definitely recommend interning with Stella Event Design to anyone who has a willingness to learn, can take challenges as they come, and has a passion for event planning!”  -Megan O’Hara, 2009 Event Assistant


Happy Thanksgiving

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I have a lot to be thankful for this year:  first and foremost, my husband Josh who supported me in quitting my job last December so that I could focus on Stella Event Design full-time and help to grow it into a fabulous business! Without his support of that decision, Stella Event Design would still be a part time job & a dream in the process!

I’m also thankful for the amazing wedding professionals and event industry pros who have embraced and welcomed me into the local wedding community over the last 2 years—I have loved the camaraderie of our local networking group and look forward to continue to work with you all in 2010!

And of course, our amazing clients! People always ask me what our clients are like (thanks to shows like Bridezillas, there is a certain misconception) and I have to honestly say that we were so blessed to work with 14 amazing couples this summer! And our 2010 and 2011 calendars are already filling up with more fabulous couples that I am so excited to work with. I am so thankful to have a job I truly love.

I hope you all have an amazing thanksgiving and can enjoy it with your loved ones! We’ll be back next week with the final installment in our “5 W’s of Wedding Planning” blog series, pictures from a real 2009 wedding at the Blue Dress Barn and more!

A fall inspired wedding from brides.com

because it never hurts to have too many friends…or fans

If you follow our blog (and you’re reading this, so I know you do)…then you should click below to become our fan on Facebook. Mostly because it would make my day to see your smiling face in a tiny box, but also because once we hit 200 fans we’ll be doing a giveaway with all of our facebook friends! That’s right, something shiny, fun and FREE! And if that’s not enough reason for you, we also have tons of pictures posted on Facebook that you won’t find on our blog or website!
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