Testimonials

Photo by Jessica Crews

Photo by Jessica Crews

“As her website promises, Katie ‘gets sh*t done.’ I simply don’t know what I would have done without Katie on our wedding day! We used The Plannery’s Month-Of services with a few extra hours of consultation for our rehearsal. There were SO Many details (and trust me, I’m a detail oriented person), but Katie handled it ALL – from helping me deal with last minute emergencies (the reception venue told us they couldn’t turn off the lights; rain spoiled our seating plans; ceremony venue’s sound system wasn’t working at the rehearsal) to the larger, special moments (fluffing my veil before I walked down the aisle with my dad; telling my husband and I it was time to cut the cake). If I could have Katie to handle ALL of my day-to-day concerns, I would hire her! I want to get married again just so Katie could help us out again. I’ve been referring her to all my engaged (and, let’s be honest, single) friends – snag her while you can. You will NOT regret it.”

Katie and Adam

Photo by Breanne Furlong

Photo by Breanne Furlong

“I am so happy that Tarra from The Plannery was there for our day! We hired Tarra as a Day of Coordinator several months before the wedding. Throughout the planning process I was so impressed and relieved to have Tarra’s insight, organization and calm demeanor. When the wedding was greeted with monsoon style down pours, I knew we would be OK with Tarra at the helm. I am so appreciative to Tarra and The Plannery for helping make our wedding day a soggy success! Thank you so much for your hard work!”

Noelle and Sean

Photo by Sarah Gormley Photography

Photo by Sarah Gormley Photography

“We worked with Tarra. She created lots of helpful online spreadsheets to keep everything organized. She asked all the right questions at our walk-through and led the rehearsal with the perfect amount of professionalism while my niece repeatedly threw my nephew’s pants in the air. Behind the scenes, she communicated with all our vendors so they understood the timeline and gameplan. And then on the big day, she made sure everything happened exactly as we had discussed and imagined. She made it so easy for us — we just showed up and she had it all under control. People always say that you can expect at least one thing to go wrong, but the entire day moved along as we hoped. I highly recommend!!”

– Rebecca and Dave

Photo by Hannah Hudson Photography

Photo by Hannah Hudson Photography

“Katie was so spectacular as our wedding coordinator that we’re now feeling sad that we don’t get to work with her anymore! We hired her for partial planning and couldn’t be happier with our decision. She’s smart, funny, creative, helpful, and most importantly – honest. She’ll tell you what she thinks in the nicest way possible while still keeping it real. Every vendor she recommended was within our budget and met all of our needs. She was on top of her game during the entire coordinating process and we never once felt behind or rushed. She’s like a ninja that comes in and gets sh*t done before you even knew it needed to be done. She helps you stay on top of your tasks without feeling pressured. She always keeps you within budget. And she’s pleasant and so fun to be around! If there were any issues on the day of our wedding we had no idea and that, in my opinion, is the sign of a great coordinator! I can’t recommend her enough to anyone looking for a wonderful, valuable, practical wedding coordinator!”

Sally and Brendan

Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

“We began working with Tarra at The Plannery a month before our wedding. It was hands down the best decision we made during the planning process. Everything – and I mean everything – went according to plan. Tarra reviewed all of our contracts, contacted all of our vendors, made great suggestions on the itinerary and made sure all of the logistics ran smoothly. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a control freak and I think the only reason I was able to relax and enjoy the wedding was because we came to trust Tarra. Even when it appeared a hurricane was heading straight for DC on our wedding weekend, Tarra kept us calm. She contacted vendors to figure out our options, which thankfully we ultimately didn’t need. It’s been almost a week since our wedding and my husband and I still can’t get over how perfect it was. We highly recommend Tarra and The Plannery, whether you’re a control freak or not!”

Blaine and Oscar

Photo by Stephen Gosling

Photo by Stephen Gosling

“Tarra came in to coordinate a wedding for no more than 100 people.  In reality she organized a pop up ceremony with 130 guests, a cocktail hour, a sit down dinner, limited space and an ever changing floor plan and format.  We placed a lot of hurdles and obstacles in the way for Tarra and the team and they pulled off a flawless affair. We would recommend her again, again, again and again.”

Mariah and Robert

Photo by Shandi Wallace

Photo by Shandi Wallace

“I hired Katie for the month of coordination of my wedding and it was a great decision. I booked Katie right before she went on maternity leave and was impressed with how much she responded to my emails despite having just had a child! Her unlimited communication policy was wonderful. My mom really wanted to be a part of the month out meeting, so Katie did it over the phone with the both of us. My mom specifically mentioned at the end of the conversation how at ease she felt after talking to Katie. I felt the same way! I felt so great going into the rehearsal because I knew that I had handed everything over to Katie and I was confident that she was going to make everything look great. And she did!

I thought her documents and tools on google drive were great and easy to use (if only all of the vendors had used them!). She even followed up after the wedding to let us know somethings that she learned from our wedding and encouraged us to follow up with one vendor who did not perform as well as we had hoped.

Overall – great value and great service – thank you, Katie!”

Jen and Steve

Photo by Shandi Wallace

Photo by Shandi Wallace

“Katie was one of the smartest decisions we made during wedding planning. We used her month-of services, and she was so helpful. I had no idea what goes into making a wedding day run, and I cannot say how glad I am that we had Katie there to make sure it did. First, she is very calm and in charge, if there is something you are worrying about, she will help you figure it out and calm your nerves. Second, she is great at ironing out pre-wedding day wrinkles, she dealt wonderfully with our caterer and even helped to make sure family members didn’t get overly pushy with a wedding vision that wasn’t ours. Third, the day of the wedding went incredibly smoothly. She helped to make our venue look amazing and even had a bridal emergency kit on hand when my bustle came undone. I cannot recommend her highly enough!”

Brittany and Daniel

rainy day Woodend Sanctuary wedding

Photo by Amber Wilkie

“Katie helped us to pick a venue, consulted with us throughout our planning, and handled month-of coordination. She thought of every detail, recommended fantastic vendors, and overall helped us put together the wedding of our dreams.

She was incredibly responsive and supportive throughout the entire process, provided us with an amazingly helpful timeline, and it was a huge relief to have her take over with month-of coordination. On top of her accessibility, organization, and professionalism, Katie was super sweet and had an infectiously positive attitude that spread to us, our vendors, and eventually our wedding guests. She thought of literally every detail with weeks to spare, answered every question we had (even the seemingly unanswerable ones) and even ran out to a nearby liquor store when it seemed we might be in danger of running out of wine during the reception. Thanks to her, we didn’t, and no one but the three of us knew it was even close.

Overall we cannot recommend her strongly enough. Not only did she help make our wedding more enjoyable and less stressful than either of us could have imagined, but she was always receptive to our thoughts and requests and was generally a pleasure to work with.”

- Emily and Zach

Photo by De Nueva Photography

Photo by De Nueva Photography

“Thank you so much for your sense of humor, your organizational prowess (!), your thoughtful and wise advice. For your foresight, your diplomacy, for making order of the chaos. For having the conversations we really couldn’t handle. Knowing you were at the helm when the party started really, truly, allowed us to let everything go and connect with our loved ones in a way I really only hoped we’d be able to – wasn’t sure we could. You made that possible. Thanks for making our wedding all we had imagined, and even more magical than that.”

Julia and Phil

Photo by Leo Druker

Photo by Leo Druker

“Katie is AMAZING. Best money we spent on the wedding, hands down. We originally hired her to help us find a venue, and her professionalism, organization and creativity made it evident that we needed to hire her for the whole process. I think we can sum it up by saying we chose the first venue we saw, picked the first caterer she took us to, hired the first photographer she introduced us to and only met one florist she recommended. But, so you don’t think we’re just incredibly decisive, we talked to many, many planners before we found Katie.

She took the time to get to know us and just “got it,” so her recommendations and advice was always spot on and so helpful (and within our budget so we never fell in love with anything we couldn’t have). She is a wonderful communicator and consistently available with answers and suggestions when you need them. She is very open to non-traditional options and doesn’t push vendors or her personal preferences, and she looked for ways to save us money that I never would have thought about. I could not have been less worried about the wedding logistics and vendor choices with Katie at the helm. Unlike many of our friends, my (new!) husband and I thought wedding planning was super fun and did not find it stressful — Katie was a big part of that. We would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend her to any interested couples.”

Emily and Paul

Photo by Paired Images

“People neglect to tell you that one of the first, and hardest, things about planning a wedding is… finding a planner! This is someone that will be with you throughout the process and someone whose judgment you have to be able to trust and rely on for your big day.

Luckily, we found Katie at The Plannery. As soon as we saw her website, we were sold. Her tagline: Where Ideas Become Events and Sh*t Gets Done says it all. It was cheeky, slightly irreverent, and oh so fun. Which is exactly what Katie was. And sweet and honest and diligent and hardworking. Katie was able to work with us on our vendors, help narrow them down, and help us see our vision in different places. She is so enthusiastic about what she does and it shows!

It was a yearlong process and Katie was with us every step of the way through the fights, the disappointments, the small victories and the big ones. And when our big day came, we were totally confident to step back, enjoy our day and let Katie take care of everything else. It was a wonderful, beautiful day and we know that it wouldn’t have been possible without Katie.”

- Wes and Brian

Photo by Ralph Alswang

Photo by Ralph Alswang

We loved working with Katie!  Rumor has it that wedding planning is stressful – but thanks to Katie, it was pretty fun. She pulled off an incredible feat – finding a fantastic outdoor venue in less than six months time within driving distance from DC during peak wedding season. Amazing! Katie provided great recommendations for vendors and made it easy to think through all the small details. As she got to know us, she came up with ideas that were perfect for the wedding we wanted, that we never would have thought of.
We chose “partial planning” which worked wonderfully, as Katie kept us on track and aware of everything she was doing and everything we needed to do and by when. She created easy-to-use shared spreadsheets which helped us relax, knowing that everything was accounted for. She is smart, warm, friendly, and incredibly easy to work with.
Our wedding had a mix of traditional and non-traditional aspects to it and everything went wonderfully smoothly. The number of details she kept track of still amazes us. Neither one of us ever harbored the illusion that somehow your wedding is supposed to be a perfect day. We were wrong – thanks to Katie, it was. Six months later, we’re still hearing from friends and family about what an incredible time they had. Thank you, Katie!

Photo by Olivia Jacob

“Katie was an absolute joy to work with. We originally hired her for day-of coordination (which she calls month-of coordination–a very good sign!), and then we ended up hiring her hourly before the month-of to help us with some other things (we had a family tragedy and needed help with things we just didn’t have the energy for). Katie was FABULOUS at communicating, dealing with some of our difficult vendors, staying organized, and making us feel like everything was under control. She was knowledgeable but also totally open to whatever our vision was, and she was our go-to person for pretty much every logistical question. Our wedding had a lot of DIY aspects and moving parts, and she made sure that everything ran without a hitch. I can honestly say that all of our wedding logistics worked beautifully, and that was largely due to Katie’s hard work. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding coordinator in the DC area–it was worth every penny to work with her.”

- Susannah and Zach

Photo by Chris Zarconi

“Katie was truly amazing – we could not have pulled off our wedding without her. Katie helped us to pick most of our vendors and and provided month-of coordination services. I felt like she really “got” us, but also let us make our own decisions. I was afraid of hiring someone who would push their own vision on us, but I didn’t have to worry that Katie would do that. I especially appreciated her positive and upbeat attitude, particularly at times when the wedding industry frustrated us. Katie was very well-organized, knowledgeable, helpful, and efficient at everything she did before, during, and after. She went above and beyond our expectations and we are grateful that she was there to help us. I would HIGHLY recommend Katie at the Plannery!”

Ilona and Evan

Photo by Edward Underwood

“Hiring Katie was the single greatest use of money that we had for our wedding–and we had Teddy from the Washington Nationals at our reception! As a couple planning a wedding in a city where no sets of parents live and with two full-time jobs, we were overwhelmed trying to find a venue that would fit with our budget. We found Katie via A Practical Wedding and felt at ease from our first meeting. She helped us find a venue, then we did 11 months of planning ourselves, and then she stepped in to tie up loose ends with month-of coordination.

Our reception was at a venue that is primarily a yoga studio/gym, so almost everything we needed for a wedding had to be contracted through a vendor and brought into the space. There were tons of moving pieces! Katie consulted with us over the phone a few times before her month-of period started and recommended excellent beverage and rentals vendors. At our month-of handover meeting, she came prepared with a bunch of questions and suggestions–a true professional. We were calm on our wedding day because we knew she would handle the reception set-up and any that we’d trust her completely to make decisions on the the fly.

Katie is warm, empathetic, organized, and funny. I am recommending to her all the engaged people I know and if we ever have need for a party planner again, we will be calling her to see if she is interested!”

Kate and Jeff

photo by Debi Parker

“Thank you again so very much for going above and beyond to make our wedding so special!  So many people told us how wonderful you were (which we already knew, of course)… Thank you so very much for helping to make our wedding day run so smoothly. The day went off without a hitch (or, at least, you managed to hide the ‘hitches’ from me), and Dave and I had a blast. I can’t imagine how we would have gotten through it without you. Thank you for being so thorough and professional, for really listening to what we wanted and for giving such helpful suggestions when I wasn’t sure how I wanted parts of the day to go. You’re the best!”

- Linn and Dave

photo by Amber Wilkie

“We found Katie through A Practical Wedding and hired her for month-of coordination. She was reassuring, professional and thorough in our email and phone conversations in the run-up, managed the family dynamics of our rehearsal with aplomb and ensured that things ran smoothly on the day across 2 venues and multiple vendors. She completely understood what we were after and were concerned about even though, since we live in London, we didn’t meet until just before the rehearsal. Our ability to fully enjoy the day was definitely enhanced by what she did—would highly recommend!”

- Shira and Graeme

“Hiring Katie as our month-of planner was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process! As people who plan events regularly for our jobs, my husband and I knew that we needed someone who could take charge of all the details or we’d get sucked into moving tables and setting up food out of habit. Having Katie there managing the set up, take down, and general flow of the day allowed us to kick back and relax without having to sweat the details.
We had a bit of a non-traditional, do it yourself wedding and from the beginning Katie was totally on board. She helped us think through some of the logistical details and really made sure we weren’t trying anything too crazy or stressful. We appreciated her realistic and thorough approach as well her professional and personable style. We would recommend her to anyone!”

Photo by Michelle Frankfurter

“Hiring Katie was the single best wedding gift for both myself and my parents. She helped guide me through the process before the wedding and worked with me to make sure she understood my vision, my odd requests and details- from a list of must have photos, ceremony seating chart, marriage license, song list and detailed timeline of the day and all sorts of details I never knew you needed to pay attention to. With Katie’s help my family was able to actually enjoy the wedding weekend- not work or watch the clock! On our very first meeting with Katie, she assured me that she was calm under pressure and could handle just about anything and anyone… I’m pretty sure I put her to the test and she was amazing! Nothing frazzled her- not my waiting till the last minute to get her information, not my minister coming straight from vacation to the ceremony, not a 100+ degree heat wave and not even the venue double booking- she dealt with everything quickly and efficiently and I only cried once (until the venue representative came back from talking to Katie with his tail between his legs and apologized). She is worth every penny and more! She was the single best investment of our wedding! I cannot say enough great things about Katie; I would recommend her 100 times over and hire her again in a heartbeat!”

Charlotte and Dave

Photo by Michelle Frankfurter

“People kept asking me how I could be so calm the month running up to the wedding date. I was relaxed and completely at ease because I had Katie as my wedding coordinator. She handled the vendors and the issues and carried all the stress. All I felt was excitement and confidence that my wedding day would go off without a hitch. Katie was thorough and professional. Questions were answered before I even thought to ask them. Our wedding day went exactly as planned. I never had to wonder what was going to happen next or worry that something wasn’t getting done. I heard planning a wedding can be really stressful, but with Katie all I noticed was how perfectly my wedding day went.”

- Audrey and Adrian

 

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