4.7 out of 5.0
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Value for Cost:
5.0 out of 5.0
My husband and I won a contest sponsored by Couture Events by D / Wedded Luxe. We won free wedding planning services via the company's Luxuriate Package, which includes full service wedding planning and design. My (now) husband and I got engaged in February 2009 and our wedding was in August 2009. We won the wedding planning contest in early April, so by that time we had already made a lot of our wedding decisions (wedding dress) and booked our venue, florist, officiant, and videographer. Deniesha met with my husband and I four times--first for an initial meeting, next to meet with the florist and discuss centerpiece ideas, then during our final meeting at the wedding venue to go over last minute details, and lastly on our wedding day. Our initial impressions of Deniesha were that she is friendly and easy to get along with.
I sent Deniesha emails asking her opinion about things such as tricky invitation wording, centerpiece ideas, ceremony walking order, cardbox holder, makeup artists, and bridal party gifts. When she wasn't sure about the answer, she would do research and get back to me with a good response. It was nice to be able to brainstorm with Deniesha. She was typically prompt about replying to emails although there were a few weeks where she was occupied with another wedding and took a little longer to respond. I kept Deniesha in the email loop along the way and emailed her photos of the groom and groomsmen tuxes, the final centerpiece idea, the final invitations, etc. Deniesha made a checklist that she emailed to me. She would check in with me periodically to make sure that my wedding planning was on schedule and always asked what help I needed. I'm a pretty organized person, so I probably didn't use Deniesha's pre-wedding services as much as I could have. I think she probably would have been helpful with the wedding venue selection process if we hadn't already picked a venue. I was determined to stay within budget and Deniesha was very understanding of this. She didn't push me to spend more than I was comfortable with.
Having Deniesha around organizing the day of the wedding was truly a blessing. Even though we already had a great banquet manager and maitre'd assigned to us at the wedding venue, having a wedding planner the day of the wedding was fantastic and is highly recommended. Prior to the wedding, I gave Deniesha a list of very specific instructions with pictures of how I wanted things set up. I think she really understood the vision that I had and helped me execute the vision without my having to get stressed out or be super involved the day of the wedding. As a bride, I really appreciated the opportunity to let someone else be in charge so I could enjoy my special day. If I didn't have Deniesha that day, I probably would have been a ball of stress! I planned as much as I could before the wedding and then let Deniesha run with it the day of the wedding.
Having a wedding planner was especially helpful because we weren't 100% sure of the rain situation on our wedding day. We had originally envisioned an outdoor ceremony, but one hour before the wedding we had to have everything set up indoors. Deniesha worked together with our florist to ensure that the ceremony room, reception room, centerpieces, unity candle, card table, guestbook, table map, sweetheart table, photos, cardbox, programs, and table number frames were set up appropriately. She was the point person between the vendors and the wedding venue. She and the maitre'd kept the wedding running on schedule. She was very cool, calm, and collected. Deniesha was great at locating lost objects (bridesmaid fan) and people (friends and family members who got lost when we needed them for photos). After the wedding she even dropped off columns at our florist's place so we didn't have to worry about them post-wedding. Deniesha's/Wedded Lux' services are highly recommended. Thank you for being a part of our wonderful day.