23 Wonderful Philly Wedding Planners to Dream Up Your Big Day
You get engaged, they'll take care of everything that comes next.
Planning a wedding can be a full-time job, which is precisely why these 20 Philadelphia-area wedding planners and designers have made it their full time job. Picking a venue, hiring the catering, managing the budget … if your schedule is a little too packed to take on these tasks, let someone from this trusted group of local pros take the reins.
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today has been nothing short of a dream. our most anticipated wedding of the season and our last, we loved spending time with @hankryan and @petepyb curating this stunner of an occasion. also featuring the best team, @lumos_co @oleandercurated @byconstellation @marykatemoon @maggpierentals @brittneyraine @lovesickinc @shimmerandspice @borrowedblu @cliquebaitphotoboothco #hannahburger
South Jersey-based Sara Murray has spent over ten years in the wedding industry, including a stint at BHLDN as a decorations stylist—and it shows in the sweetly creative details she and her team bring to life in their personalized weddings. Offering planning beginning six weeks before the Big Day to full-service wedding planning and design, Confetti & Co. takes on just 13 weddings a year. They prioritize “keeping things fun and stress-free” for clients by working on each piece of the planning process with them in manageable chunks. As for aesthetic, “We embrace current trends and ideas, but keep the styling refined,” Murray says, and she’s received national recognition for her approach: her own 2017 wedding at Crane Arts was featured in one of the last print issues of Martha Stewart Weddings. In 2019, she’d love nothing more than to do a kitten cocktail hour for a couple. “Will also take puppy inquiries,” she adds. “Calling all clients who would like this to happen, we are available for you.”
After kicking off her career as a catering sales manager at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and then building her planning pedigree working for three wedding planners and two floral design companies in her off hours, Truly You owner Christiane Lehman went into business for herself in 2012. “Our core goal is creating personalized, polished weddings that our clients can actually enjoy,” says Lehman, who has managed everything from a Gritty wedding crash surprise to planning a Mummers parade down Filbert Street. (She also worked with Questlove’s sister, Donn, on her Trust wedding, and appeared on Say Yes to The Dress in the process!) Based in Center City, Truly You Events offers full-service, partial- and month-of style and planning and typically takes on 8 to 10 weddings per year. For 2019, Lehman is excited about incorporating florals inspired by the latest royal wedding into her celebrations.
In business since 2002, Rittenhouse-based Gina Sole knows high-end Philadelphia style to a T, and it shows in her high-profile client list: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Stephen Starr, Phillies player Marlon Byrd and NFL athletes Jahri Evans and Steve Slaton have all enlisted her services. (From 2015 to 2011, Sole also filmed episodes for the Style Network reality show Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?) “Our girls’ decor goals are all different,” says Sole, who takes on 20 to 30 weddings per year and offers full-service wedding planning, month-of and day-of coordination, and even hourly planning help. “From grand hotel weddings to estate tents, we take pride in assisting them every step of the way—like an extremely organized girlfriend would!”
Certified through the Wedding Planning & Consulting Program at Temple, Manayunk-based Caitlin Maloney Kuchemba and her crew offer full-service wedding planning, partial planning, styling, and day-of coordination packages (which start three months out) for about 40 to 50 weddings per year. Kuchemba also offers custom invitation and paper good design for styling clients. “The majority of our clients value authentic experiences, high design, and have a more modern aesthetic,” notes Kuchemba.“We lean toward industrial, mid-century modern and bohemian designs along with doing a lot of outdoor tented and estate weddings.” In the Philly market, Clover is known for more intimate weddings (100 guests or less) at unexpected locales such as La Colombe and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, along with breweries and distilleries. Kuchemba’s own upstate New York glamping wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes, and the Clover crew travels frequently to the area to work on other destination weddings.
Allie Biek is the Philly arm of this NYC-based wedding planning firm, which specializes in month-of coordination. “We personally love modern and minimal designs, with organic and dimensional flowers,” say Biek. “However, all of our design plans are completely customized for each client, so we work with them on exactly what they want.” Biek seeks a sense of comfort and contentment for each of her clients, and takes on up to 50 weddings each year. At a recent Bartram’s Garden weddings for two artistic clients, she arranged for 150 guests to follow a brass band around a winding path on the property in lieu of a traditional ceremony, and looks forward to more couples being true to themselves and celebrating their uniqueness in 2019.
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Laying in a big fluffy bed in the Venetian hotel out here in Vegas after a whirlwind few days in Dallas for @designsanctuary and I just have no words for this experience that just keeps getting better and better. My favorite part is the farewell family dinner for our attendees that we pull together with the installations and florals they spent their days creating. It’s just ✨✨✨ photo @gabbyhphoto | linens @nuagedesignsinc | stationery @papertreestudio | venue @thewhitesparrow
Chadds Ford-based Shannon Wellington started out in corporate event planning, but now takes on up to 25 wedding per year through her luxury wedding planning outfit. “Our design aesthetic is creative, out-of-the-box and high-touch,” says Wellington, who offers full and partial wedding planning, month-of coordination, and design and styling services. “We combine our client’s aesthetic with classic elements and creative approaches to wedding day details.” Past clients include the families of MLB center-fielder and MVP Mike Trout, current governor of Washington state Jay Inslee, and CEO of Independence Blue Cross Dan Hilferty. Wellington also has a knack for discovering and incorporating unique services into her events.
Formed in 2012 by two lifelong best friends, Philly and Bucks County-based Lovehaus prioritizes organization, and uses a specific workflow with clients to keep everything on track. Decor-wise, founders Andrea Petrucci and Laura Bonadonna say their aesthetic is “all about creating a look that has contrasting textures and objects, but still has a cohesive theme and style.” That’s why, for 2019, they’re all about velvet, vellum, and textures. Laura and Andrea area also all about having a good time. With their sister company, Crafthaus Events, they also teach DIY workshops that are perfect opportunities for bridesmaid bonding. Lovehaus takes on 12 to 15 weddings per year, and they offer month-of coordination, day-of coordination, event design, stationery, and day-of goods design.
With three wedding planners on staff and working between Philly, Connecticut and New York, Amy Champagne Events puts a twist on the traditional with every one of their expertly executed affairs. Each Amy Champagne wedding planner takes on 8 to twelve weddings per year, and offers all levels of wedding planning. What we love most is how different our clients and their styles are,” says founder Amy Jones. “From completely bold and outside the box to more traditional, we do try to find a way to come up with something creative and unique to all of our clients.”
Photography assistant, catering manager, busser, rental assistant … Heart & Dash founder Sarah Kudlack has held many jobs over her 20 years in the wedding industry, and knowing how so many different aspects work allows her to provide insights that other wedding planners can lack. As a wedding planner for the last 10 years, Kudlack offers design, event management (similar to day-of), and full wedding planning packages for 15 to 22 couples per year. “Most of my design is based on how to best suit the couple,” says Kudlack, who resides in central PA but works predominately with Philly and NYC couples. “How can we make their vision work within their budget so that they feel confident about their decisions?” Kudlack also has an understanding of the discretion required for high-profile clients: “I used to work at an exclusive resort and got the honor of working with past presidents, athletes from the Chicago Bears and New York Knicks, and celebrities like Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Michelle Rodriguez. Learning how to handle logistics with the Secret Service is definitely a game-changer!”
Owner and Wedding Director Susan Norcross cut her teeth in fashion show production in NYC and elite Philly PR firm Cashman & Associates before taking over at The Styled Bride. Offering full-service and partial wedding planning and styling as well as month-of services for 30-plus weddings a year, Philly-based Norcross is beloved by local couples for her classic, romantic style and crisp attention to detail—and was recently named by Brides magazine as one of the best wedding planners in the US. Norcross’s take on trends is particularly refreshing: “Feeling like something is in or out is silly and a lot of pressure. if something will bring you joy, then have it. No one is going to look back in 20 years and tell you the wedding was the best thing ever or the worst over a doughnut wall.”
South Jersey-based wedding planner Jaclyn Fisher offers full-service planning, month-of coordination, and custom packages for just ten couples a year in order to give her clients the VIP treatment. “It’s our goal to make the wedding planning experience enjoyable, stress-free, and fun,” she says. “Throughout the planning process, we really get to know our couples so we can personalize their experience.” Just last year, she planned the wedding of Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux to Ryanne Breton; in 2019, she’s excited to incorporate dramatic floral designs like bold ceremony backdrops and unique hanging installations into her weddings.
Lauren Lerner Akman and Jamie Nadeau met working on the meeting and special events team at the Ritz-Carlton in Center City. Nowadays, the duo offers luxury wedding planning services ranging from month-of coordination to full-service wedding weekend planning for 20 couples a year. “We tailor the process to each couple based on their personalities and schedules,” says Nadeau. “We sweat the small stuff so they don’t have to.” Akman and Nadeau are also especially fond of incorporating surprises into their weddings: “From a bride surprising her husband and guests by singing with the band on stage to a couple arranging a band to play the Notre Dame fight song after the ceremony as guests exited the cathedral, we love helping bring these moments to life. They become everlasting memories to look back on.”
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On Monday I get to help create pretty tablescapes, hang out with awesome photographers and ah…llamas! . . . . . Photographer:@kiamariestone Host: @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning & Design: @heatherbengeevents Venue: @woodsedgefarmevents Assistant Coordinator: @la_rue_events Stationery: @oakleafstudio Hair & Makeup: @fresh_breath_of_hair Florals: @intrigueteaches @intrigue_designs Linens: @nuagedesignsinc Bridal Salon: @Nicole_bridal Stylist: @susanpadron_stylist Rentals & Décor: @luxeeventrentals Shoes: @davidtuterafootwear Cake: Pretty in Sugar Models: Lily & Jeffery Muir, Leah Hagan #styledshootsacrossamerica #laruestyled #kssphotography #llamawedding #paweddings, #njweddings, #eventplanner, #weddingplanner, #buckscountywedding
Though she’s dabbled in corporate, pharma, and charity events, and past clients have included athletes, musicians, and brands like Audi and Johnson & Johnson, Philly-based La Rue owner Larissa Esposito loves working with engaged couples most. The La Rue crew takes on 3 to 5 full-service or destination weddings per year, but can also handle up to 25 additional weddings with smaller planning packages. “I have had quite the year in South Asian weddings, with some very unique Vidaai ceremony requests,” says Esposito.“We have planned exotic car exits, and helicopter rides around the city and to the shore. We even have an elephant on speed dial now, just in case!”
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When a woman returns to her family’s home in Tuscany and takes a few quiet moments before walking down the aisle… Inspo behind one our recent editorials, so beautifully featured today on @weddingsparrow and styled by yours truly for the #landjworkshopabroad at @borgopetrognano :-)) Love & Thanks to the team: @laurenfair @juliepaisleyphotography @ruedeseinebridal @lovelybride @margheritapracchia @truebeautymarks @ginakaypremium @honeysilksco @shastabellcalligraphy & @bhldn!
Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and David Manchester are a one-of-a-kind one-stop-shop when it comes to gorgeously executed weddings. With her background in fine art floral design, and his knowledge of interior architecture, metal casting, and custom woodworking, they’ve been creating and providing decorative and furniture elements for weddings since 2005. In addition to working on weddings in and around Philly — including taking the design reigns on the recent nuptials of Flyers Captain Claude Giroux — Oleander has curated the decor for photography workshops and destination weddings in far-flung locales like Italy, France, Iceland, and Hawaii. Starting with 2019 couples, the Stockton, New Jersey-based company will be offering creative direction and full-service wedding planning, design and styling paired with month-of wedding management, or a design and styling event curation package for ten to twelve couples per year. (They’ll continue to offer floral design for a limited number of clients.) Good news for all couples, though: with the opening of their new studio, Oleander has significantly expanded their speciality event furniture and decor rentals catalog, so be sure to inquire if you’re looking for a show-stopping piece.
11-year wedding industry vet Tiffany Chalk offers full wedding planning, design, and month-of coordination for twelve weddings a year. “Our decor aesthetic is simplistic elegance with personalized details to highlight a couple’s personality,” says Chalk, who once managed logistics for 13 celebrities from all across the U.S. and over 2,000 attendees for a charity basketball event. Chalk has worked with an array of professional athletes for private events, and has partnered with major corporations such as Honeywell Energy, J.P. Morgan Chase, and The March of Dimes. “Our planning style is methodical. In order for logistics to run smoothly, systems and processes have to be at the forefront of the planning process to ensure a seamless experience,” Chalk adds.
In business for 12-and-a-half years, All About Events owner Sarah Zaun and her full-time team offer full-service wedding planning, partial planning and final stages planning for about 30 couples per year. This “Philly Proud” company also serves as the executive event planning company for Reading Terminal Market, and has organized the Bourse Grand Opening event, Entercom’s Pizzadelphia Festival at the Navy Yard, and the Philadelphia Veterans Parade Festival. Speaking of Philly proud: All About Events also coordinated the wedding of beloved Eagles player Jason Kelce to now-wife Kylie only a few months after the Super Bowl. “My planning style is focused around the power of relationships,” says Zaun. “Establishing trust at an early stage ensures the planning process remains smooth for all involved because they know I have everyone’s best interests in mind.” For 2019, the company is especially excited about wedding after parties, and have even developed a specific after party package complete with favorite Philly foods, entertainment, and goodie bags filled with water and Advil for guests to take before they leave for the next morning.
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Congrats Molly + Matt! Here is a photo of their relaxed and beautiful wedding yesterday right before the guests came upstairs to eat incredible food from @missrachelspantry @maasbuilding. • • • • What did we do? Jessica Keating Whitney planned with Molly set up design, diy floral arrangements from @jig_bee that Molly and Ronna (Molly’s mom) arranged in vases on Friday. Jessica set up all the greenery and decor with @jacquelinequinn. Jessica also created and served delicious signature cocktails named after Molly + Matt’s cats, Phil and Mango. Phil Collins and Mango Margarita. @jacquelinequinn designed custom invitations and signage (which also included Phil and Mango!) @miriam_singer was the Day of Coordinator and helped @jacquelinequinn with signage prep, a little planning, and some decor set up. We had so much fun and loved working with Molly, Matt, and Ronna. We can’t wait to see more photos by Grace Winter. Especially of the dessert table by @crustveganbakery. Special thanks to @kasselrm (Molly’s mom!) #veganwedding
Born between Miriam Singer, Jessica Keating, and Jacqueline Quinn, three brides who all DIY’ed their own weddings but agree they could have used some help along the way, this collective offers coordination, set-up, invitation and signage design, bartending, and event staffing. Philly DIY Wedding describes their style as simple — lights, lots of flowers or greenery, and handmade items wherever possible. Jessica is the brains behind the bar, whipping up signature batch cocktails, while artists Jacqueline and Miriam focus on the paper goods and signage. The entire group tag-teams in different ways on event coordination, and are excited to incorporate more minimalist decor and sustainable practices into their 2019 weddings.
Laurel & Elm owner Lora Horst first dipped her toes into the wedding world in a graphic design studio, working with clients on invitations and event branding. Now, she offers day-of coordination, styling and design, full-service wedding planning and lots of custom partial packages for 20 to 25 couples each year. “My personal style tends to be more modern, natural, and very detail-filled, both in design and logistical elements,” says Center City-based Horst. “Those are the things your guests remember!” She also loves getting to know her clients: “I’m proud to work with all of them and love hearing about their work lives! One of my grooms was the head writer of The Daily Show, and his wife an accomplished author, and I’m headed to Aruba this year for the wedding I’ve planned for an NFL couple.” In 2019, Horst is looking forward to including lots of ceiling decor, unique installations, and bright color into her weddings.
Sisters duo Kate Boyle and Sara Michener formed their events and interiors business two years ago. (Kate has a background in events, Sara is an interior designer.) “While our aesthetic is modern and balanced, we love being creative and listening to our clients to accomplish their ideal style as well,” says Kate. You’ll be seeing their work in pockets all over the city: Boyle and Michener worked with Brulee Catering to bring an upscale bohemian look — including a cloud-inspired accent wall and custom lighting — to their newly acquired wedding venue Moulin in East Falls, and are currently revamping the bridal suite in the Kimmel Center as well. The Philadelphia-based pair offers custom wedding planning packages to suit each of their clients needs, and, after you get hitched, they can also help you decorate your house!
Based in South Jersey and New York City respectively, Kristin Phalines and Meghan Justice oversee everything from day-of coordination to full-service wedding planning for 20 to 25 weddings a year. “Our style is relaxed, fresh and different,” says Kristin, who coordinated the nuptials of former Sixers basketball player Gerald Henderson Jr. at Water Works last year. “There is no right way to plan a wedding, but there is a fun way — and that’s how we approach planning.” For 2019, Kyle Michelle is looking forward to incorporating custom dance floors and lots of acrylic and mirrors into their weddings.
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Our gorgeous Old World European winery-inspired editorial was featured on @stylemepretty earlier this week and I couldn’t been more thankful for the team I got to create it with. I’ll be sharing some of the pretty details in my next couple of posts. Photography: @laurenfair Planning/design @arielleferaevents Florals @belovely_design Makeup: @makeupbyemilydimant Hair: @arielkatrinahair Venue: @folinoestate Paper Goods: @papertreestudio Cake: @nutmegcakedesign Bridal Shop: @olivia_bowen_bridal Rentals: @whitegloverentals Gowns: @raraavis_group Veil: @bhldn Rings: @lpriorijewelry Menswear: @asos Models: @reinhardagency @devybry Film: @photovisionprints Vow books: @theartofetiquette
“Organized creative” Fera loves spreadsheets as much as she loves design details, and never books more than one wedding per weekend so that she can ensure each couple has her undivided attention. While she is the main planner for the 10 to 12 events she takes on each year, she also has a dedicated day-of team to ensure the main event goes off without a hitch. Glenside-based Fera calls her design aesthetic romantic, refined, and organic, and has a special affinity for natural settings. She offers full-service wedding planning and design, partial planning, month of coordination (starting six weeks prior to your wedding date), and custom design and styling services.
The Wayne-based Kaleidoscope Weddings team is made up of Jennifer Supper, Lisa Marie Chimento and Dana Gabor. Celebrating their 10-year business anniversary this year, the team has planned everything from whimsical glamping weddings to classic ballroom fetes, and their client roster includes IndyCar racer Marco Andretti and model Ashley Alexxis. Altogether they work on about 50 weddings per year, and offer full, custom, and month-of wedding planning package options.
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Love these photos taken by @mariamackphotog of Filiz and Tj! We absolutely adored working with this bride and groom and making their wedding something special. Happy 3 month (and 3 day) anniversary my loves ❤️ #wedding #weddingdecor #florist #flowers #weddingflowers #bride #groom #weddinginspiration #philadelphia #newlyweds
Beyond weddings, Glenside and Delco-based Eventricity has worked on event production for the Eagles parade, 3 Super Bowls, the Seminary and Back Stage Parkway Concert during Pope Weekend, and much, much more. In business for over 25 years, the production powerhouse has also put on weddings for professional athletes, national news personalities and CEOS of major corporations. President Phyllis Jablonowski has a three-prong approach to planning—”Listen. Organize. Execute.”—and is especially proud of her company’s creative department. “There is nothing that we can’t do, so dream big,” Jablonowski says. “We’ll make it happen!”
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