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Top Rated Destination Wedding Planners Around Ashburn, VA

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anna H.
Verified review

Moya did an amazing job at my husabnd’s and my wedding! We started this planning process 10 months before the wedding day and Moya kept in touch with me the entire time. I just told him my style and what I liked and let him take creative liberty with the whole thing. Every few weeks he would touch base with me and bounce ideas around which I appreciated so much. I felt like my wedding was a priority for him the entire year, despite knowing he had a very busy schedule. I would recommend Lal Moya you anyone wanting a beautiful wedding or party! Such beautiful boutonnières and bouquets! 😍

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MJM Events & Staffing, LLC
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emie S.
Verified review

Our day would not have been the same without Mary. She deserves way more than 5 stars! Leading up to the event she answered all of my wedding planning questions and offered to do anything she could to help. She also communicated with my mother and mother-in-law who were helping me plan. She had great ideas and made sure we thought about the little details we missed. After every conversation, I was less stressed and more excited! Before the event, she met with us to go over details, sent out a schedule, and was there for our rehearsal. A few days before the wedding, she reached out to all of our vendors to introduce herself. I didn't have to worry about a thing on the wedding day. My family and bridesmaids could also relax. Mary is priceless. If you're questioning whether you should have a day-of coordinator the answer is YES. If you're having trouble deciding who, the answer is MARY. She was so sweet to work with and we loved her we-can-make-that-happen attitude. I can't thank her enough for making our wedding day dreams come true :)

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Beaux-Lou Events
5.0
from 46 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Armina L.
Verified review

I have worked with Candra multiple times for birthday parties, weddings, and other events. She is very creative, knowledgeable, driven, reasonable, and enthusiastic. With whatever event she has, she thoroughly plans it out, not missing any detail requested by her customer. She always does her best to satisfy customers. She has great work ethic, very personable; goes above and beyond the customer's request. She strives for excellence in whatever she does and is always willing to make involvements. She has great multi-tasking skills and management her time wisely. I can only see her improve in the future. I appreciate her services. I look forward to working with her again.

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Denean's Party by Design
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine S.
Verified review

Calm, confident and professional! These are a few descriptors that describe the planners of Denean's Party By Design. My birthday celebration was everything I dreamed and more. They took meticulous notes and made sure they infused every element I wanted. If you are planning an event from a wedding to a birthday celebration make it a perfect day by hiring Denean's Party By Design they aim for perfection.

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Little Black Book Events
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris F.
Verified review

When my now wife and I set out to plan our wedding, we were one of those couples who thought hiring a planner was unnecessary. We had roughly 6 months to pull it off. We fancy ourselves as reasonably intelligent and financially responsible people and we thought that was plenty of time. Fast forward 4 months. The stress began to mount and panic had set in. Our budget is dwindling. We broke down and decided to hire a day-of coordinator. Better late than never, but who do we call? Every one we spoke to was either way too expensive or not the right fit personality wise. Thanks to Thumbtack, we found Vanessa. We are incredibly happy we did and we couldn't have pulled off our awesome wedding without her. Here's just a few of the reasons why: 1) Attitude - She has the PERFECT demeanor for event planning. She kept us on track, but was never pushy. Very personable and easy to talk to. Every time we spoke to her we felt both at ease and motivated to check more off of our list. 2) Creativity - Simply put she has great ideas. Whether it was decor, logistics, floor planning, etc., she listened to our inputs (which weren't always in lockstep - welcome to married life) but put here own spin on things. Our wedding was weeks ago and we still are getting comments on how beautiful everything was. 3) Contacts - Vanessa made great recommendations for vendors, and didn't do so based on any kickbacks or financial gain to herself. In fact, we had one vendor who was somewhat flaky that we had already booked. She was able to line up a "just in case" vendor for us. 4) Organization - Nothing fell through the cracks and she thought of small details we didn't have the capacity to (because we were too busy being crazy pants). 5) Value - She is worth every penny and I would argue she is a bargain for the service she provides. This is especially in comparison to other planners out there. If you need help planning an event, not just a wedding, we highly suggest you reach out to Vanessa @ Little Black Book. You absolutely will not regret it.

  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Christi R.
Verified review

We hired Lisa to be our on-site wedding coordinator a month before the big day, and she jumped right in and helped everything run smoothly and efficiently. She worked with the on-site staff to decorate and prepare the venue and she did a great job. Would recommend Lisa to others.

Lamey's Event & Staffing
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine P.
Verified review

Wedding Planning StacyAnn was absolutely AMAZING. I got in touch with her quite a few months before our wedding. Whenever I had a logistics question during the final months of planning, she was quick to respond and always had the answer. When it got to the actual month and weeks before the wedding, she was beyond amazing. The week of the wedding, she met with my mom, fiance, and me to go over final details and to finalize an incredibly detailed day-of schedule. She contacted all of the vendors to make sure that everyone was on the same page and that they knew the schedule. I didn't realize how much work that would be until I saw everything that she was doing. She was also a wonderful presence at the rehearsal, keeping us all on track and making sure that the wedding party knew what they were doing the next day. StacyAnn goes above and beyond. It was really helpful to know that I had someone who was going to make sure that everything went the way we wanted it to. I will absolutely be recommending her to everyone we know. Hiring her was one of the best decisions that we made for our wedding. She let me enjoy the final days of preparation and enjoy being a bride, instead of going crazy with all of the details. Words can't express how thankful we are to have you.

Top Pro
  • 14 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brittany K.
Verified review

Where do I begin?!!! Trina and her team were amazing! I initially reached out early last year just looking for quotes on decor setup. Trina responded immediately with a very professional and friendly response. Several months later, it was because of that response, that I reached out again. This time I also needed day of coordination services, along with the decor setup and tear down. She retained her professionalism and after our phone consultation, my wife and I knew we wanted to hire Affairs Remembered. Trina was a true blessing from the very beginning. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer, and her response time was very quick. Her pricing beat out all the rest, and was extremely fair. She never made us feel like we had "dumb" questions. We loved the fact that she was open to our suggestions, but when needed, advised us of a better solution she thought would work better. We appreciated that honesty since we had been planning on our own for so long. Much to our surprise Trina began taking over almost immediately. She maintained her professionalism when problems occurred and made us feel comfortable that we could trust her, and her team on our wedding day. Our ceremony and reception were outdoors and due to the weather Trina took good care to make respectful suggestions for our families in regards to having to tolerate the unexpected cold. With so many last minute changes, Trina communicated with all of our vendors, and made sure everything would still be executed according to our contracts. The day of our wedding, Trina and her team went above and beyond in all aspects. They called to make sure our hair and makeup team arrived on time, they tracked down park rangers when our caterer was stuck at the entrance of our reception location, the list goes on. They made sure my wife and I were calm, comfortable, and happy the entire day. Trina rearranged our timelines last minute when we took more time for our photos. She handled our families with respect, even when they were complaining. The biggest issue of the day was when a vendor was a no show. She tracked them down, and didn't take no for an answer in trying to resolve our major issue. She even offered to help mediate several days later to make sure we were refunded accordingly. You can trust one of the most important days of your life in Affairs Remembered's hands. Being someone who thought I had it all figured out, hiring Affairs Remembered was one of the smartest decisions I made. Our ceremony decor was breathtaking! Not once did we feel our wedding wasn't important because it was small and non-traditional. In Trina's eyes, our wedding wasn't just a "park wedding" but was just as important as a huge extravaganza would have been. Thank you doesn't even begin to describe how grateful we are to have worked with her!!

A Memorable Party
4.3
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Martha G.
Verified review

Mitch has been almost insanely responsive to my questions. He is always on time and proactive. He's connected me to vendors around town and made planning my wedding totally stress free for me.

  • 11 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Sylvia P.
Verified review

Angie is an absolute hero. Despite being located in Los Angeles, we were planning a wedding in Bowie, MD...and were totally behind schedule. Luckily, some last-minute searching led me to Angie & Honey Do planners. After our first phone conversation, I felt totally comfortable and even EXCITED about my looming marriage. She helped calm my nerves, direct my energy, and take care of every little task I hadn't thought of. Angie recommended nearly every vendor for our event--photographer, florist, baker--and our guests absolutely raved about each one. She was easy to contact and always helpful, despite being three time zones away. Angie designed our decorations, from centerpieces to guestbook, and was able to intuit my preferences from very little data. I had no vision--just a pinterest page and a rough sense of what I didn't like--and somehow from this she was able to define my style and create absolutely gorgeous decor. I can't express how grateful I am! Angie has a gift. She also served as our day-of-coordinator, making sure everyone in the ceremony was on-time and ready to go. I couldn't get over how much effort she put into our day--the details, the timeline, the decorations--and she helped push everyone involved to make sure they knew what to do and when. Before Angie, I was sincerely dreading my wedding as a social obligation that would be a lot of effort and very little fun. After Angie, I somehow managed to pull off an event that pleased everyone, looked awesome, and felt absolutely joyous from beginning to end. While on the opposite coast. She's a miracle-worker.

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Party Helpers
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matthew S.
Verified review

Tiffany did an excellent job in helping with our event. We were having a dinner with immediate family to celebrate our wedding, and Tiffany set the table for the dinner, set up the cocktail hour, and picked up and served the food and drinks for dinner. One particularly tricky part of our dinner was that, despite it being a small group (11 people total), there were many different dietary restrictions (and difficult directions for all those different restrictions!), but Tiffany got everything exactly right and did a fantastic job making sure it all went smoothly. She was also incredibly quick to respond over email and extremely accommodating. I would highly recommend Tiffany and Party Helpers for any event!

  • 4 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen W.
Verified review

Leslie was incredible to work with. She helped make our wedding day such an amazing experience!! From the very beginning, Leslie was very professional, organized and responsive. Not only did she answer questions I had about planning the wedding, she also was helped to reassure me when I was feeling the stressed and overwhelmed. She visited and met with the coordinator at the venue prior to the wedding date and made sure that everything was ready for the big day. During the wedding, she kept everyone on track and made sure the event ran smoothly. She was worth every penny. She helped my husband and I have an incredible day that we will always cherish.

The Willow Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shai E.
Verified review

Omg! Seye was really amazing. I was really stressing especially up to the day and she really helped me relieve a lot of stress. When I was freaking out she would just say “it’s fine I’ll handle it” or “I got it don’t worry” and I would be looking like are you crazy! Lol I have so much to do. She really held it down though I must admit. I hired her as a DOC but from day one she working and helping me out to the very end. She was always in touch with me and I was always able to reach her.​ My wedding day was nothing short of magical and people are still raving about it and Seye. Everyone was like who was that she was on top of everything! If you are second guessing on hiring Seye don’t! Hire her and I swear you will not regret it. She is worth every single penny and more. If I ever do anything again I will hire her and I highly recommend her to any and everybody. I miss her already and if I could I would go back and do my wedding over again. Thank you Seye.

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
A. B.
Verified review

Working with EA was amazing... from start to finish. Their responsiveness, their professionalism and their vision--had me from day one. From the time of first contact, Shavonna calmed me and reassured me that EA could turn my vision into a reality. We hired EA for event design--and they did just that! Every picture I sent and every idea I conveyed was implemented to the fullest extent. EA received kudos from my venue and my wedding planner for their efficient manner for getting the job done, as well as the exquisite design details. When my new hubby and I were introduced, as we walked into the ballroom, I literally cried. As a bride, planning for months, you can never imagine just HOW it will all pull together--your vision, your ideas, your dreams--that makes you so very nervous. As we walked through the crowd to start our first dance, I remember thinking "it is literally dead-on...they nailed my vision dead-on..." I remember telling Shavonna prior that I couldn't imagine how all of my ideas would pull together--couldn't envision it... her response was "leave it to her--that was EA's job, that's why I hired them...so I could remove that concern off my plate" Once again...dead-on.... From the lanterns, to the Eiffel tower feather centerpieces, to the gorgeous linens to the spectacular feather bouquets/boutonnieres/corsages....I am forever grateful.... Many people tell you to prepare for something not to go right, or for something not to be perfect on your wedding day. However, I can honestly say, hiring EA will prove everyone wrong...your day will be amazing--far beyond what you ever dreamt possible--they will meet AND exceed your expectations! Thanks Shavonna and Jamie--you two made my fairytale wedding into a reality! Sincerely and forever grateful, Best Wishes, Andrea and Anwar

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jen M.
Verified review

Everything about our experience with Catering Reserved was incredible. Dianna Gilbert showed immense professionalism, and was the perfect caterer for our wedding reception. We are so grateful for everything she did and would not hesitate to recommend her, and the company.

BMore Fabulous Designs
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany P.
Verified review

Working with Erin was the absolute best decision My Husband and I made when planning our wedding. She listened to everything that we wanted and made our dream wedding come true. Her team was professional and made themselves available throughout the entire planning process. Even on our wedding day they made the events elegant and smooth without any hiccups. Erin has an amazing eye for what she does and I am so thankful that I met her! We started planning our June wedding in January and she was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I was a full time student and worked full time and I didn't have to stress over a wedding because she was so involved and ensured that this process was not a stressful one. I will go to Erin for any and all of my events she definitely has a customer for life!

"Bride-to-be" Weddings
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Laraye H.
Verified review

My husband and I are SUPER EXCITED with the outcome and very careful planning of our 10 year "Vow Renewal"!! Planned by Shauna Robinson of 'Brides-to- be Wedding's. Mrs. Robinson came to our home and explained 'exactly' what "Brides to-be'- does', she was also concerned with what our expectation's were for our wedding. We were so impressed with her kindness, her elegance, her organization skills and her ability to take the stress of planning off of my plate! She saved me so much stress!!! Our wedding was Simply Amazing thanks to Shauna! She stayed in contact with all of my vendors, the venue coordinator and anyone else involved in my wedding! I couldn't believe just how organized she was...she took my stress away and assured me that she was going to make sure my wedding was everything we thought it would be, and she delivered!!! I would highly recommend Brides- to- be to everyone" that wants a Awesome, patient Wedding Coordinator! I truly appreciate her work! Awesome, just AWESOME!!!!!!! L. Harvey

IMPERIAL DESIGNS
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Jackie C.
Verified review

I did not know where to start to help plan a wedding for my sister. I contacted Sahar and she was amazing from the beginning to the end she was putting my sisters vision together listening to what exactly what my sister wanted. All the guest kept commenting on how beautiful the decorations were and how well organized the wedding was. She helped plan her bachorlette party as well. We would text her call her meet up to talk about plans and colors and decor it was very enjoyable working with her side by side! I would definitely come back to her when we need any other family event planned !

Events by e.Charí
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Natasha R.
Verified review

We had a fantastic time. The décor was amazing! My husband and I wanted a simple DIY Wedding, but the reality was there is no way we could have pulled this thing off without Events by e.Chari. When the night was over, I was honestly sad. I did not want it to end. It was a day that I will never forget. I would definitely recommend Events by e.Chari to anyone looking to have their special day be an everlasting memory...

Event Envy
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Albert L.
Verified review

We hired Event Envy to provide drapes for our reception and could not be happier with the service they provided! First of all, don't be put off by the fact that they specialize in South Asian weddings, they did a wonderful job at our Chinese restaurant venue. We hired them to provide simple white drapes and they made things look amazing! Really elevated the venue! Event Envy even put in extra effort into visiting the venue a couple days prior to our wedding to ensure they had everything ready to go day of. On our wedding day, they arrived very early and worked well with the venue managers which took a load of stress off of us. They were very attentive to every detail as they steamed out any wrinkles and ensured the drapes flowed perfectly. Email communication was quick, friendly, and clear! Don't hesitate to hire them for your draping needs! Thanks Event Envy!

Event Planning DC
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Alanna D.
Verified review

I had the distinct pleasure of working with the incomparable Michele Palmer (and her dynamic team) for my recent wedding in October 2016. I hired Michele and her team to help with month-of wedding coordination. Initially, I thought I only needed someone to help set up the venue on the day of the wedding and handle week-of phone calls with the other vendors to make sure that everyone was on board and had the correct details. However, as this was my first time planning a wedding, and despite my tendency to be an extremely organized person, there were so many little things that Michele and her team took care of that I hadn’t even expected or anticipated and that helped my wedding go off without a hitch. I would ABSOLUTELY hire Michele and her team again, for any event I host, and merrily pay whatever price to secure her services. In chronological order, and among other kudos for things that I am sure happened behind the scenes and of which I am unaware, I can credit Michele and her team with: -Coordinating the walkthrough at the venue with the caterer, myself, and her team (which happened more than a month prior to the wedding) -Working with the unusually inflexible venue to book a real band, get the band in for training, and arrange for the band to be there with ample time to set up and take down their equipment -Working with the venue to design a floor plan and timeline that the venue was able to understand (despite their perpetually baffled reactions to things from cabaret-style seating to the timing of cocktail hour) -Arranging two rendezvous with myself and my husband (prior to and after the wedding) to meet halfway and transfer LOTS of wedding “stuff” from one vehicle to another. (NEW BRIDES: this is SUPER IMPORTANT because it allowed all of our wedding guests and ourselves to leave the venue at the end of the evening without having to wait around for any handmade decorations, gifts, etc. to be collected and transported into someone’s car. It was the #1 thing that made us feel like we could celebrate on the day rather than be the hosts.) -Chunking last-minute detail information for me, such as deciding on linens, and communicating that information to the caterer (including number of each type of linen for each specific type of table in the venue) -Making useful suggestions that enhanced the wedding experience for the guests (pintuck linens instead of plain, three lanterns on the tables rather than one so they wouldn’t get lost) -Exchanging seemingly hundreds of text messages to answer my last-minute questions and attend to last-minute requests for things such as changing out an escort card when one of the guests broke up with his date two days before the wedding -Arranging for 29 sets of fairy lights for our lanterns, checking the batteries for each one, and stuffing them into the lanterns (saving me from a seriously tedious task) -Being prepared to handle any number of high-maintenance relatives, including knowing their names and where they would be seated -Handling guests that showed up to the venue 75 minutes early (!!!) when the venue was not ready to receive them -Checking in with myself and my husband multiple times throughout the evening to make sure we were OK and had everything we needed (food, drink, a moment to collect ourselves) -Working hand-in-glove with the caterer to accommodate our unusual ceremony (of unknown duration) -Helping me to bustle my dress quickly and efficiently with little direction (CRUCIAL when you don’t have someone at your final fitting and simply need someone to bustle the dress who has bustling experience) -Tearing it up on the drums as a guest drummer for the live band for a song or two -Checking in after the wedding to arrange any and all wrapping-up details PS: Michele can totally hook you up with lanterns and make your tables look SUPER romantic! See attached photo. :-)

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What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

How much does it cost for a wedding planner?

Wedding planning is a full-time job — unless you hire a professional to handle the hard work for you. The cost for a wedding planner will depend on the level of service you desire. The least expensive wedding planner option is day-of coordination, then partial service, then full-service.  

The national average cost for wedding planning is between $990 and $1,300. Costs are greatly affected by region, with rural or smaller-town wedding planners often far more affordable than planners in higher-cost cities. Here are some examples of the various levels of wedding planning and their potential average costs:

  • Day-of-wedding coordination: $800-$1,700. Day-of services can include the planner finalizing all details, creating a timeline, confirming vendors and overseeing all setup, day-of activities, and cleanup. The couple does all the front-end planning and contracts all the vendors. Time commitment could be about 15-25 hours, depending on pricing.
  • Partial service: $1,500-$3,800. Here the planner works with the couple from the beginning, helping contract vendors, creating a timeline, and overseeing all details of day-of execution. Time commitment could be about 30-60 hours, depending on package and pricing.
  • Full service: $3,500-$8,000 or more. Here the professional handles all wedding and planning details including working on design, securing rentals, getting the venue and vendors, and handling complete execution of the event. Time commitment could be 50-150 hours or more, depending on package and pricing.
  • Consulting: $50-$150 per hour for design, vendor, reception and other wedding planning consultation.