About

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Photo by Paired Images

The Plannery is a boutique wedding planning and coordination company led by me, Katie Wannen – a DC-based professional who believes high quality is achievable at any budget.  At The Plannery, there are no “shoulds” – we are here to support and nurture each unique client. As practical, down-to-earth planners and coordinators, we’ll get the job done right – and you can count on it. We’re here to shoulder the stress and insanity so you can relax, enjoy, and party your ass off! Our business style reflects my Brooklyn background and my current Del Ray neighborhood – friendly, real, creative, and open-minded, where inspiration is more important than aspiration and where the priority is spending money in a smart and conscious way. I’m incredibly excited about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to support marriage equality, and giddily enjoy planning weddings and other events for everyone.

Please note that due to my new addition, while The Plannery is still my full time job, I’m now also parenting part-time so my response time may be slower than it used to be!

ABOUT KATIE:

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Katie entered the event planning world after realizing the extensive skills she acquired through years of theatrical management and producing — paired with her background in publicity and marketing and obsessive love of organization — were a perfect combination for event planning. Before relocating to the DC area (Del Ray in Alexandria, VA to be exact), and launching The Plannery in 2012, her experience in NYC included working as a wedding planner at a high-end event planning and design firm and as a manager for an event entertainment company. Katie is a recent contributor to both the blog and the book, A Practical Wedding – helping couples on How to Choose a Wedding Venue, and Doing a Wedding Venue Site Visit: Questions to Ask, and has also been featured on Catalyst Wed Co and spoke at their (un)convention, Brooklyn. She was also recently featured on an episode of the excellent podcast, Surprisingly Awesome (about Wedding Planning, of course).
Having grown up in Connecticut (with a few formative years in Paris, France), she then earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University in NYC. She received her certification in events management through George Washington University’s School of Business in July of 2013.
Katie is also a pop-culture junkie who loves eating her husband’s delicious cooking. She’s a new mother to her darling Tallulah and black lab, Birdie. She also fanatically enjoys organizing family travel plans – often years in advance.
ABOUT TARRA:
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Like many others in the industry, Tarra fell in love with weddings after planning her own in Baltimore.  At that time, she was actually pursuing her PhD in Criminal Justice and then it hit her…she was totally in the wrong field.  She knew from then, with every caring, creative, organized, and detail-oriented bone in her body she would dedicate herself to helping others make their wedding day dreams come true!

Tarra’s wedding coordinating journey began in the breath-taking Charlottesville, VA region.  Her MO is pretty simple:  Listen, Imagine, and Execute.  Her style is completely opposite of the pushy, know-it-all, you are just another client approach to wedding coordinating (hence, she’s a perfect fit for The Plannery).

With a BS in Psychology and a MA in Criminal Justice under her belt, Tarra is continuing her education in the Event Management Certification Program at George Washington University School of Business.  Tarra is a laid-back, quirky, and eclectic New Englander.   She is a planner through and through, though she is open to a little spontaneity here and there.  She is fond of all things creative including art, poetry, photography, and music…especially music.  She resides in the Fairfax area with her best friend/partner Jessy.

 

ABOUT KIM:

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Photo by Jay Westcott

A trained graphic designer and a lover of all things visual, Kim’s favorite parts of planning her own wedding included picking flowers, invitation styles, colors, and wrangling various design elements.

Her eye for design and penchant for organization led to many of Kim’s friends tapping her for design advice when planning their weddings—which led her to realize she could share her skills with others! Looking for a way to broaden her design expertise, she reached out to Katie (who she had hired as her month-of coordinator) to see if she’d be interested in starting a design arm of her company. Katie loved the idea and after a few planning meetings and emails (OK, a lot of emails!) event design at The Plannery was born.

Kim holds a B.A. in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University and is currently a full-time graphic designer at a large consulting firm. She contracts with Katie for clients interested in adding design services on top of a general planning package. She currently lives in Fairfax with her husband in their newly purchased townhouse that she’s enjoyed decorating. In between her day job and wedding designs, Kim enjoys going to barre classes, watching documentaries on Netflix, and discussing Myers-Briggs personality types. She’s an ISFJ, if you’re wondering!

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