Event Planning DC
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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. :-)Oct 28, 2016
I couldn't recommend anyone better than WPYP for all events. Michele and Laura helped make our dream a reality on our wedding day, May 23rd. They made planning a breeze and stress free, and exceeded our expectations when our day finally came! I honestly believe that I couldn't have had such a fair tail wedding if it wasn't for WPYP. From the very beginning my vision was understood, and I felt so comfortable. They set up everything the day before, and the day of! I would also like to mention that our venue was supposed to supply lighting around the "poles" in the barn, but the day before our day we were informed that they didn't have them. Michele drove around all of Southern Maryland (there is not much around) and found the exact amount of lights that we needed at 4 different stores! This just shows how dedicated she and her team are, and also that they wanted our day to be just as special as we did. Michele and Laura also made sure our reception decor was a surprise for my husband and I, by not letting us see our reception venue (a beautiful barn) before we entered during intros. I wanted to cry when I saw it because of how beautiful it was! We owe so much thanks to WPYP for everything they have done for us. I will surely be recommending them every chance I get, and hopefully we will have the joy of working with them again for other events to come!Jun 22, 2015
Wedding and Event Decorating
I brought We Plan - You Party into my wedding planning towards the end for decorating our space. What I wanted was an extra touch to make my wedding feel like me. They did a great job with the decorating. The communication could have been improved, but overall I am very happy with the job they did.Oct 9, 2015Verified
Wedding and Event Decorating
I got married on Saturday to the man of dreams with the decorator of my dreams. I had a rustic/ burlap and lace themed wedding at grey rock mansion. Michele was there for me every step of the way. She went way above and beyond and made my wedding day better than I ever could have imagined. I got compliments on the decor from just about every guest and Michele and her team is 100% to thank for that. Her kind and encouraging words put my mind at ease from start to finish. I would recommend We Plan - You Party to everyone and if there was a way to give more than 5 stars I would. I will be forever grateful to Michele for all she did. I couldn't have had my dream big day without herOct 27, 2014Verified
Michele did a wonderful job helping me realize my vision for my wedding day. She was super attentive to the details that I wanted and made sure she was in contact with all of my vendors to ensure everything ran smoothly. I was beyond pleased with how perfect the day turned out. She even got me flower petals the day before my wedding since I had purchase the incorrect ones. I would definitely recommend Michele and her assistants for any of your future events!Jun 22, 2016Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Our pricing system is not complicated; however, in the world of planning events, providing decor or providing Day-Of coordination, it would be helpful if prospective clients understood that it can be difficult to provide a quote for their event without having a full-detailed conversation about the event and what the client envisions. It's kind of like buying a car - do you want the minimum or do you want it fully loaded...
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We like to meet in person initially so that we can determine if we are the "right fit" for each other. We are super easy to work with - if we are hired for month-of coordination, we are available at any time after the contract signed to provide advice and to attend the tasting and walk-through of your venue. It's all about making sure that your event goes smoothly and therefore we do whatever it takes.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?We have years of hands-on experience doing events and are certified meeting planners and wedding planners.