The Plannery is a boutique event planning company led by me, Katie Adams Wannen – a DC-based professional who believes high quality is achievable at any budget. At The Plannery, there are no “shoulds” – I am here to support and nurture each unique client, whether you envision a funky wedding in your favorite bar, a traditional baby shower, or an intimate engagement party. As a practical, down-to-earth planner, I’ll get the job done right – and you can count on it. I’m the person to shoulder the stress and insanity so you can relax, enjoy, and party your ass off! As a recent transplant from Brooklyn, my business style is Brooklyn-style – 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 DC and Maryland’s decisions to support same-sex marriage, and giddily look forward to planning weddings and other events for everyone.
After planning her own wedding, Katie had a revelation: 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. Her experience in NYC includes working as a planner at a high-end event planning and design firm and as a manager for an event entertainment company, before relocating to the DC area (Del Ray in Alexandria, VA to be exact) and launching her own business.
Having grown up in Connecticut (with a few formative years in Paris, France), Katie then earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University in NYC. She will complete her certification in events management through George Washington University’s School of Business in May of 2013.
Katie has produced multiple Off-off Broadway theatre productions in Brooklyn and NYC, and worked in marketing and press at Blue Man Productions. In these various fields, she played an important role as the calm, level-headed professional in a sea of eccentrics (whether they were actors, vendors, or clients).
Katie is a pop-culture junkie who loves eating her husband’s delicious cooking and fanatically enjoys organizing family travel plans – often years in advance.