A Bridal Dozen – 12 Top Wedding Planners in the DC Area

Monday, January 14, 2013

Planning a wedding can be a difficult task – even for those who normally enjoy planning parties. The high level of emotions, energy and pressure can come together to turn almost anyone into an infamous Bridezilla. Luckily, in the DC area, there are several great wedding and event planners to turn to so that you can have your perfect wedding without driving yourself crazy.


Owner Emilie Staats Hilsenrath has been planning weddings and events professionally since 2007 and is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. She and her team of experts specialize in walking their clients through the entire planning process before they walk down the aisle. Bliss covers everything from budget planning to design services.

Ultimate Events

Ultimate Events takes on party and wedding planning literally from conception all the way through to completion. Their clients don’t even have to know what they want their wedding to be like. Clients can work directly with the Ultimate Events planning staff to develop a concept for the wedding and then work on how to make it happen. Their unique approach to wedding planning means the possibilities are endless and that Ultimate Events is truly a one stop shop.

True Wedding Events

Aimee Hardenbergh launched True Wedding Events after a successful career as a Special Event Coordinator where she earned the nickname ‘The Idea Girl’ for her brainstorming skills. Today she brings a flair for the creative as well as a strong background in management, organization and professional contacts to her private wedding clients. That creative streak coupled with her eye for detail means she’s able to give her clients the wedding of a lifetime with every detail in place – from the venue selection to reception activities.

Pineapple Productions

Pineapple Productions is based out of Washington DC but their flair for event planning has them frequently working major events in Florida, Cape Cod and California. Pineapple made a name for themselves by planning events at historic properties and exclusive private properties. They tailor each event to their client’s needs so that every detail reflects the life, vision and spirit of their client couple.

Cherry Blossom Events

The Cherry Blossom team of designers and coordinators has been working to deliver memorable weddings and events since 2006. Their award-winning team has established connections with some of the most highly sought-after vendors in the area and has coordinated weddings in truly memorable venues such as art galleries and historic hotels around the DC area.

Junebug Weddings

Junebug co-founders Blair de Laubenfels and Christy Weber first met in photography school. The two have risen through the ranks together working first as wedding photographers and then taking on a more comprehensive role in the entire area of wedding planning. The result is a wedding that is not only one to remember, but one that is literally made to be photographed. Their combined eye for style has ensured artistic and visually striking weddings for all of their clients.

Blue Canary Events

Blue Canary events is made up of planners with plenty of experience who have been featured in The Knot magazine as well as recognized by Bride & Groom, Wedding Wire and So You’re EnGAYged. Their modern and fanciful take on wedding planning means they’re able to deliver stunning weddings that manage to combine timeless class and beauty with a modern twist. Their team has even taken wedding planning to the next level and were contributors on the book ‘The Father of the Bride Wedding Guide’.

Invited Special Events

Invited Special Events bill themselves as a boutique event production firm which means each event is a truly unique experience. Pavaune Pearson began the firm in 2007 after having spent time as both a corporate event coordinator and an interior designer. Her combined skills and years of experience mean that she and her team can deliver a visually stunning event. Invited Special events has been featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom magazine and has also made waves on nationally associated websites like WeddingBee, BridePOP and Premier Bride magazine.

Event Accomplished

Event Accomplished covers everything from rehearsal dinner venues through to accommodation for out of town guests and the full service wedding package. They go out of their way to focus on every detail so that the happy couple is free to relax and enjoy their special event without having to worry about the minutiae. They’ve been serving clients since 2004 and have been able to coordinate weddings that combine art deco with sports or lend a touch of Carnival to a classic wedding theme.

Elegantly Chic Events

Elegantly Chic prides themselves on reviving the classic images of chic sophistication with a touch of timeless beauty. The result is exactly what you think – part Audrey Hepburn, part Jackie O. They’ve built their reputation on customized weddings that lend this touch of classic elegance to any personality so even if your own style is more bohemian, they’ll be able to ensure your personality shines through.

A. Dominick Events

A. Dominick Events has become synonymous with some of those most visually engaging events in the DC area. Their focus is entirely customer driven and they remain one of the few coordinators who do not work with vendors based on commission. Though this is a fairly common practice in the world of event planning, A. Dominick maintains a detached but professional relationship so that their clients know any vendor they suggest is based on them being a good fit and nothing else. This level of dedication has resulted in their coordinating one of a kind events throughout the DC area as well as Mexico, the Bahamas and southern France. As a result, their events have been featured in Bride & Groom, BizBash, Destination I Do and Style Me Pretty, to name a few.

These are the wedding and event planners making waves and headlines in Washington, DC. So, if you’re still on the fence about creating and designing your own wedding or hiring a serious professional to make your dream come to life, check out the Bridal Dozen, you’ll be amazed and inspired!

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