The NOLA Bride

New Orleans, LA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Not your average wedding planner and officiant. I'm a sidekick to NOLA couples who want to step outside the standard and have a wedding infused with their unique personalities while staying within budget. I'm also perform civil and non-denominational ceremonies, including same sex, and really dig helping my couples create a union that is uniquely them!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Life is short, and your wedding is too awesome of an occasion to be fretting about budget- or judgement for straying from tradition. I want to help you plan a wedding that is off the beaten path, blows your guests' minds, and- most importantly-highlights the best parts of you as a couple. I'm here to help you create a stress-free planning process that allows you to focus on your ideas, navigate through the expectations and the "norms," and create a wedding that is completely yours.

Location

New Orleans, LA 70183

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

6

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Jackie B. Jun 15, 2017
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    I do not have the words to describe how amazing Casey is! We planned our big day at Race & Religious mostly remotely from NYC and thanks to Casey, it was a dream day. First of all, she is absolutely wonderful - so much so that we were sad when it was over (and trust me, we weren't sad about ending wedding planning). We knew from our first call that we had found the right planner. She takes great care and pride in getting to know her couples so that she can focus her talents on helping you create a day that is aligned with your vision and who you are as a couple. We worked with her to find the right plan and then she went above and beyond to make it all happen. Like many couples, we did not have unlimited funds and needed to put in a lot of work to find solutions to match our budget; Casey understood that and was super helpful in her suggestions and approach. We had many last minute things to work through and Casey was a pure professional about helping us tackle them all and not become overwhelmed in the process. Her expertise of the industry and our venue made our day easy. When we were scrambling last minute to finalize certain elements, Casey was wonderful in assisting us and offering great suggestions. One of the biggest stress-inducing parts of our day was having so many "DIY" elements which allowed us to create a wedding that was unique, but also had so many moving parts. We only had a few hours to set up the venue and a lot to coordinate, and I can't tell you how seamless it all went and just how special Casey made the day for us and we will never forget it! Any couple would be lucky to work with her.
  • Shauna M. Mar 5, 2017
    Wedding Planning
    Verified Review
    So Much More than "Just a Wedding Planner"...
    I wanted to take a week or two before putting my thoughts down, to clear away the wedding-high and simply be able to focus on doing justice to this amazing lady! We got married on February 18th, 2017. What I have come to realize, is that I can't possibly express the utmost satisfaction and joy that Casey brought to our lives. Finding Casey was an absolute fluke. We knew that we wanted to elope to NOLA, but given neither of us had ever been there, I was at a loss on how to plan our perfect day. In utter frustration one night, I Googled "wedding planners NOLA" and Thumbtack popped up. I had never even heard of this website, let alone the fact that I don't trust a lot of online sites that I am not familiar with. I figured I had nothing to lose and completed the initial questionnaire. Casey responded right away and the first thing that caught my attention was her profile pick. Absurd, I am sure you are thinking, but she just seemed lovely. She had a professional and yet relaxed appearance and I instantly thought, this could work. She provided me with her initial information and what she could do for me. Still not convinced, I messaged her back and gave her a bit more information about what we were thinking. Casey immediately started giving me options, ideas, locations, direction... and I hadn't even hired her yet! My fiance and I debated her price and whether we wanted to extend the extra money that we hadn't budgeted for. In the end, I knew I needed that hands-on approach and knowledge that Casey could provide and we took the plunge. Best. Decision. Ever! Casey quickly got to work and started sending me venue options. She knew our budget and not once did she stray from that number. She found us every possible deal/break/discount and even bartered on our behalf. I am sure this woman spent hours travelling around to give us every option available, including photos! She also scoured AirBNB and provided us with several options for places to stay. She recommended services for hair and make-up, florists, where to have our wedding meal, and photographers. Every single service that I booked was on her recommendation. Each service was performed flawlessly, professionally and absolutely met my expectations. I can't even fathom the amount of time and effort Casey put into planning our day. Not only was Casey and amazing Wedding Planner, she became our decorator (she even hand made my bouquet using artificial flowers so I could bring it home with me), our event planner (provided a 17 page PDF with a list of absolutely everything to see and do in NOLA), our wedding officiant (as we are not religious people and she is ordained to perform ceremonies, she wrote and performed a ceremony completely tailored to us!), our driver (her and her husband got us back to where we were staying after the ceremony... which took 2 hours given the traffic/people in town for Mardi Gras and the NBA All-Star Game!) and even a personal counselor. I was struggling with personal issues and when I happened to mention this to Casey she extended the invite to call her at any time, to discuss wedding issues or anything else I was struggling with. This was so far beyond the scope of what we had hired her for. Who does all of that?!? Casey does. Casey wrote an amazing ceremony for us... she listened to everything that we told her and custom tailored the ceremony to suit who we are and our story. She didn't just write "about us", she got to know us and understand who we are as a couple. It was truly unbelievable. I could go on and on... as these are just a few of the things that Casey did. I really can not say enough about this amazing woman. She is truly one of a kind and is the most thoughtful, considerate, caring and honest individual I have met in a really long time. You would be blessed to have Casey working with you on the most important day of your lives. Take a chance on her, because I guarantee she will not disappoint. Casey... from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. You made our special day even more so by having you and Ed there. We literally could not have done this without you and you will forever hold a special place in our hearts. NOLA has not seen the last of us and we can't wait to come back and hopefully sit down for drinks to celebrate all that you did for us!
  • Mackenzie A. Dec 30, 2016
    The NOLA Bride is Bambles Approved!
    I stumbled across The Nola Bride shortly after deciding that I would be a New Orleans bride
  • Matthew K. Nov 6, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    The perfect ceremony
    Not enough good things could be said about the Nola bride. She did a beautiful service and came up with a very very heartfelt ceremony.
  • Brian C. Sep 29, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    To say Casey was a life saver is an understatement!! She took our wedding on with only a few weeks till the date and what we found out was a mess of our contracts. We were from out of state and thought the contracts were set but found out it was the opposite. She dropped everything to make sure our event went off as the special day it should be. We used her as our officiant and wedding planner. Even on the night of our rehearsal dinner when everything went wrong with the company we had booked she was our muscle behind the scenes doing everything to demand a refund so we didn't have to worry about it. She shopped for decorations, made a Costco trip to get flowers, received packages, gave ceremony and vow ideas, designed our wedding, cut the cake and pretty much anything else you could think of she did it. If you are looking for someone to help make your wedding special I strongly urge you to use Casey and the Nola Bride. Cause after all gentleman we never want to see the velocibride and Casey will make the stress roll away.. If you need a reference ask Casey to give you my email and I will gladly tell you why you need a little Nola Bride in your life.
  • Elizabeth L. Sep 25, 2016
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Best event/wedding planner in LA!
    Amazing!!! I can't say enough good things about Casey. She helped me plan my husbands 40th in New Orleans and truly made it enjoying and relaxing for me because EVERY little detail was handled. I wish I had known her for my wedding! Thank you Casey!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My prices and options cover a wide range and vary by package, with the lowest priced option starting with my lagniappe packages ($95) and my highest priced option starting with my day-of services ($950). I do everything from help you curate the perfect wedding day timeline and managing your RSVP, to event design and day of coordination!
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My current process involves a lot of open communication and feedback opportunities for my clients during our time together. It all starts with a free, 30 minute consultation, where we discuss their needs and what services I can provide to them. Then, after figuring out what is best for the client, we move forward with an outline of the work to be done, when they can expect it to be completed, and any details I need from them to make their experience completely unique.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, and venue rep experience at a popular wedding venue here in NOLA. But probably what has been most valuable to my work as a planner has been my experience gained as a Registered Nurse. I have a variety of unique skills that have been awesomely transferable to my planning business, such as I'm great at communicating with people during stressful situations; I think fast on my feet while keeping cool; I'm extremely solution + detail oriented; and I'm good at predicting possible problems, while pre-emptively formulating solutions for them. (Whew!) I'm also one of those rare breeds whose right and left brain operate almost equally, so I've also got a kick-ass creative side and love to use my imagination. I love it!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was planning my offbeat wedding on a budget and struggled to find vendors who not only fit my personality and needs, but accommodated my budget. I also worked as a venue rep for a local NOLA wedding venue, which inspired me to start coordinating my own events.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I plan weddings, as well as other events, so I have worked with a variety of clients. Clients who have an idea of what their vision is for their event; clients who have no idea of what their vision is for their event; and clients who change their mind mid-planning of their event. Whatever you can dream up, I'm here to help make it a reality! And I especially love if its something incredibly unique!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Currently, I'm most proud of my handmade gifts that I give to my brides- I love to work with my hands! I'm also working on a photoshoot that I'm really excited about.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I always tell clients to trust their gut. If you are uncomfortable with someone- despite great reviews- you intuition might be telling you something. There are a lot of wonderful wedding planners here in New Orleans. It's important to pick one that is in-line with both your vision and your budget. Never hesitate to ask questions!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Before they reach out to any vendors, clients should have a solid understanding (and commitment) of what their budget will be, and which things they will splurge on versus save on. For instance, photography may be a splurge item, while flowers may fall into the save category. If you go into planning armed with the knowledge of your budget and your priorities, it's a lot easier to make selections, and avoid feeling trapped into vendor relationship. Also, clients should have at least an idea of what their style and vibe is when it comes to their wedding. For instance, if you know you're feeling a relaxed, rustic theme, choosing vendors that are in-line with your vision will be that much easier. And don't feel like you're stuck into something just because you can't find what you're looking for. Get creative! And make your wedding truly about you.