Amy and Keith:
Three things convinced me to look for a wedding planner: One, I had no idea what I was doing and needed someone with the expertise to plan a wedding; Two, I’m terribly busy with work and wanted someone who would keep me on schedule and consider my wedding as important as I did; and three, I wanted my wedding to be a wonderfully unique event that was a reflection of the creativity and details that I love.
After we decided to host our wedding in southern Maine, I started looking for planners in the Portland area. Emily Elizabeth Events’ website was full of gushing reviews and a portfolio of events that were absolutely breathtaking. I immediately identified with her style; a charming, elegant, purist eye for details and an incredible ability to create a fluid motif throughout an event. During our first phone call, I was so thrilled to introduce my vision for our wedding to Emily. She was so easy to talk to, unquestionably professional, and it was clear that she shared my vision for our wedding too.
Over the course of 14 months, we were in weekly (sometimes more frequent) contact with each other. She laid out a timeline and kept me on track, organized a running ledger based on my budget, and would help me select vendors from the area. She was ALWAYS available by email or phone, which was evident by several of her immediate replies to my many late-night questions. I cannot stress enough how amazingly organized she is and how much of a blessing that is while you are planning a wedding! She built me an A-team for my photographer, caterer, hair and makeup designer, rentals, and florist. Her end-product was stunning. The day before my event, she was with me all day, helping to organize items/rentals and running through the next day’s schedule with the whole family. The day of, she was there bright and early setting up the ceremony and attending individually to each loose-end, making sure nothing was overlooked. During the wedding day, I kept hearing over and over that my wedding was the most beautiful and most unique wedding any of my guests had ever attended. This is precisely why I chose EEE.
Why you should choose EEE for your next event: My favorite memory of Emily was watching her run around in her wellies, the morning of my outdoor farmhouse ceremony, toweling off benches after a brisk morning rain and raking leaves to spread them around the event. That’s the kind of hard work and dedication you get with Emily Elizabeth Events. Her talent is unmistakable; she is truly an artist. She is a pleasure to work with and always makes you feel that your event is her top priority. After working with her and seeing how much time she invested into me and my event, I consider the cost of her services to be well underpriced. I challenge anyone to find me another planner with her prices who will single-handedly run your entire event with the same enthusiasm, professionalism, and raw talent as Emily Elizabeth Events.
Ellen and Dexter (parents of the bride):
I wanted to thank you for facilitating an amazing wedding weekend! As Kate must have told you, I had misgivings about the venue and all the moving parts needed to coordinate an event from such a raw space. Having done quite a few large events for non-profits I knew the amount of planning, work, coordination and vision it would take. That being said, you complemented my daughters vision of her wedding so beautifully and successfully executed a remarkable event. From your choice of vendors for food, lighting, flowers and hard and soft goods – you were spot on! I witnessed a soft-spoken but firm professional manner in your dealing with issues that arose and was very impressed. You have a gift for making things look easy and calm, a skill much needed and appreciated during the planning and implementation of the wedding. If things went wrong during the wedding, we were not aware and neither were our guests – thank you! This was definitely an event our guests will be talking about for a long time to come. Thank you for working along side my daughter to give her a truly memorable wedding and her parents memories we will cherish forever.
Kate and Mitch:
Emily is incredible. Our wedding was truly magical and I wouldn’t have been able to create such an amazing evening without her. Throughout the planning process, Emily was a sounding board, idea generator, mediator, and most importantly, an incredible listener. Because of this, I was completely confident that she understood exactly what my husband and I envisioned for our wedding. Her skills managing vendor relationships, organizing timelines, and making sure each detail was just right were apparent in the fluidity of the evening and the interconnectedness of all the moving parts. Her grace and poise belied the incredible amount of work and orchestration I know was involved. Our guests thought it was “the best wedding ever” and obviously I’m biased, but I have to agree! It would not have been possible without Emily and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a thoughtful, organized, creative event planner.
Anna and Zack:
I simply cannot say enough amazing things about Emily! Emily was our planner for a destination wedding in Kennebunkport for about 100 guests. Right from the start I was at ease and confident that Emily understood exactly what my husband and I envisioned for our dream wedding. She possesses all the qualities you would want in a planning partner – extremely patient, professional, passionate, a careful listener, and detail oriented. She often exchanged multiple emails a day with me and our vendors, to get the details just right. Based on how much time and energy she put into my wedding, you would think it was the only wedding she was planning! I had complete confidence in her eye for aesthetics and design, deferring many decisions to her in the end. She also is a master of all things logistics. I cannot remember a time throughout this process where I ever was stressed that we did not have everything in place at the right time or that the day of would not go off as planned. In the end, as I walked through our reception tent, I was amazed at just how perfectly Emily had executed my dream wedding! Looking back now, I honestly would not have changed a single decison Emily and I made together – it could not have been a more perfect day for us….thanks in a large part to her!!!
Linda and Dave:
We didn’t start out looking for a wedding planner – the thought seemed odd to us when we even suggested to each other that we’d get one. Now we truly understand the value of having a wedding planner having worked with Emily, and we can honestly say that without her, we would never have been able to have the kind of wedding we did. She helped us transform a collection of ideas into a vision for our day that we’d probably never have come up with ourselves and thanks to the great relationships she’s created with other vendors, orchestrated an amazing occasion that was personal, thoughtful and stylish. From the outset Emily was really responsive, and took care to get our input on every small detail, without overwhelming us, and kept us on track with everything we needed to do, at the right time. She is great at listening to your ideas and thoughts, but is also never afraid to give you an honest opinion in her calm, gracious way. If you’re planning on getting married in Maine, then you really can’t do any better than Emily.
Stephanie and Colin:
I have had the pleasure of working with Emily of Emily Elizabeth Events for the past two years, as Emily helped us plan every aspect (big and small!) of our “lobster shack chic” wedding weekend in Maine. Emily is a rare combination of creative/artistic talent and organizational skills, which makes her uniquely suited as an event coordinator. Emily’s artistic eye and personal touch came through in everything she arranged for us, and she went above and beyond in every aspect of our wedding planning and day-of coordination. Every vendor we worked with, as well as many of our guests, raved about her ability to plan and coordinate lots of moving parts while remaining calm and positive. We couldn’t have had the beautiful, stress-free wedding weekend we had without Emily taking care of every last detail, and we enthusiastically recommend Emily Elizabeth Events to anyone seeking a talented, highly organized, and all-around excellent event planner.
Erin and Mark:
I honestly can’t say enough great things about Emily. She is AMAZING. I was blown away by the amount of things she did for our wedding and having all of that in such good hands made me relax and not worry about a thing. She made everything run incredibly smoothly and our wedding looked fantastic. She is extremely responsive. She never left me hanging… I don’t think even a day went by without a response from her if I had a question. That’s hard to find in the wedding industry! And she was so knowledgable throughout the whole process and really opened my eyes to how much goes into what she does.
Mark and I feel really lucky that Emily was a part of our wedding. I honestly couldn’t have done it without her and we would hire her again in a heartbeat!
Linda and Jim:
If every bride and groom who reads this could have attended our beautiful wedding, they would know the true value of having the quintessential wedding planner. Emily’s acute listening skills, patience, and sincere passion to help us achieve our 1930’s themed wedding won over my confidence – she did not disappoint! We were free to enjoy our wedding because she treated our wedding as though it were her own.
Her professional manner along with her precise planning, styling, designing, and researching talents were only enhanced by her ability to find excellent, professional wedding suppliers to make it all work. Her understanding that our day of love was a one time event will be reflected in our memories of a lifetime.
Erica and John:
We hired Emily Elizabeth Events with the hopes that Emily could take our vision and create something truly special that our family and friends would enjoy. Throughout the planning process she was always prompt with e-mails, calls, and texts. It never felt like she was too busy to take the time to listen to our ideas or make changes. Anytime there was a problem with a vendor she took care of it right away. On the day of the event, Emily was very organized and kept everything in order with the help of her handy timeline. She made sure the vendors were on point and the guests were being attended to and enjoying themselves. I trusted her to do a good job and she really outperformed.
Emily’s professionalism, creative mind, and positive energy is very rare in the business. Our shower was everything we could have dreamed it to be and much more. The feedback we received from guests the day of the event and the following weeks was overwhelming. There were so many compliments ranging from how beautiful the details were to how much fun the guests had and how smoothly the party ran. It was an honor to have been able to work with Emily on such a meaningful event to our family.
Nicole and Erik:
Hiring Emily was, hands-down, the best decision my husband and I made while planning our wedding.
With the decor planning, Emily helped us go from a very vague vision–of a casual, rustic-chic orchard wedding—to selecting elements to bring that to life. She asked thoughtful questions, helped us brainstorm, and made tasteful suggestions within our budget. Emily has impeccable taste, and had an uncanny ability to know what I wanted or would like before I did.
All that said, where Emily was most invaluable for us was with day-of coordination, which included creating a detailed timeline for our wedding weekend, a materials list, and drafting ceremony choreography. She also took over logistics communication with our venue manager, caterer, and officiant in the 3-4 weeks preceding the wedding. Wedding vendors, especially in summer, are incredibly busy and, we found, sometimes impatient or not as helpful as we would have liked. Emily handled all of our vendors very gracefully and professionally; she knew what questions to ask, and it was a huge relief to know we didn’t have to worry about all the last-minute details.
Emily made our rehearsal and wedding day go so smoothly, thanks to her detailed timeline (which was shared with all immediate family members and wedding party), coolness under pressure, and incredible grace. All my husband and I had to think about that day was getting married and enjoying our friends and family. I’m so grateful for that. I feel so lucky that we hired her–I have a feeling that in the not-too-distant future, she would have been booked so far in advance that she wouldn’t have been available!