Khadijia planned my wedding from top to bottom and she did a FANTASTIC job of making my vision a reality. She came up with cost saving options and DIY ideas to keep my wedding under budget while still giving it the upscale feeling that I wanted. Her attention to detail and prompt responses to ALL of my questions helped me to stay on track and allowed me to actually enjoy the planning process. Even during those times when I felt overwhelmed and stressed out, she would meet me for lunch or give me a call to let me know that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Khadijia's repoire with the vendors that we used was remarkable. She was completely professional and at ease during all the vendor meetings, even with those that she had never used before. She comes prepared to talk business and asks all the right questions to make sure that everyone is on the same page. On the day of the wedding, Khadijia and her staff really exceeded all of my expectations. I can't even put into words how impressed I was, I literally just had to show up and enjoy the day. Even Wills (my husband, who kept referring to the wedding as "our party" during the planning process) couldn't believe how amazing our event was. Khadijia has a true passion for the work that she does and it shows in the product that she delivers. We really owe Khadijia for making our wedding so special for us, it is honestly a day that we will never forget.
Endlessly optimistic. Relentlessly creative. Thoroughly resourceful. I could go on with phrases to express my experience in working with Khadijia, but the most powerful words came in the form of the endless compliments my husband and I received from our guests, and even other vendors. Many were amazed at the overall production of our wedding and how seamlessly it flowed. Khadijia is a passionate professional, with a true joy for her expertise. She has superior organizational skills and a genuine cheerfulness that seemed to trump any sticky situation or challenge (and inevitably, there will be a few!) Stylish and sophisticated, she coordinated our wedding as if it were her own, and succeeded in tying together all of the details, large and small. The one to choose if you need a true partner; she is a unique treasure in the crowd of wedding planning.
Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this gorgeous wedding!!! It was so much fun bringing our ideas to life. You two are such genuinely good people! I wish you a lifetime of happiness.
Wonderful planning. Well organized and detail oriented. Other vendors appreciated her skills too.
Thanks so much Natalie! It was a pleasure planning with you and Trevor. I hope you two are doing well!
I'm not even sure where to start. We had the absolute pleasure of working with Khadijia over the past year through our wedding two weeks ago - and she's still helping me tie up a few odds and ends! She came highly recommended from our wedding venue, which proved to be advantageous. She was able to negotiate an incredible package with the hotel (our hotel contact was just as amazing!!) and was very quick to follow up and contact our preferred vendors. Throughout the year, many of my friends would ask me how stressed out I was (they know I'm a slight control freak) and I could honestly respond that I was totally fine because my wedding planner was handling almost everything!
I also have a strong meeting/events background, so I really did feel like Khadijia and I truly worked together on the wedding. Although my now-husband was a bit more hands-off during the process (typical!) she gave me enough information, feedback, and support to go back to him and keep him well-informed. She was also very timely in her communications and oftentimes, we'd both hit send on our emails at the same time!
She really took my vision and ran with it. I think she quickly picked up that I was not a typical bride who wanted to follow the standard wedding day formula. Not only did she pitch a number of great ideas, but she was also honest about my own ideas (especially towards the end, when I was throwing in so many last minute details, she helped to reel me in a bit) and either helped me eliminate certain ones or figure out how bring those ideas out. We also did a pretty good job of not stepping on each others toes; I was still very hands on with the planning, decision making, and vendor selection (one of my big caveats at our initial interview was that I wanted to remain hands on) but she handled all the logistics, connected with the vendors/companies, and worked out great deals. The thing I loved most about her (aside from that always smiling face!) is that she really paid attention to the details; most people say don't stress the details, which is true but at the same time, the details are what brings out the big picture. And I had a lot of details involved and she was on top of nearly everything.
On the day of the wedding, she had a team of three, including herself, to wrangle the guests, wedding party, and vendors. Although we ran incredibly late with hair and make up (note to all brides - this will almost ALWAYS happen, no matter what your timeline says!!) she still was able to hustle me out at a decent time for our first look and pre-ceremony pictures. And I really have no idea how she did it, but somehow, everything STILL started on time! When I got my first look at the ceremony and ballroom, I was floored. As I mentioned in the beginning, she took my vision and ran with it, really bringing our dreams to life and helping to create an incredibly beautiful space. I honestly never dreamed that my husband and I could have such a beautiful wedding but we did and I really have to credit that so much of it to Khadijia - of course, all of our vendors played a part :) but Khadijia really pulled it all together to make it amazing. The best part is that our wedding looked as though we spent nearly double what we actually did - again, due to Khadijia's negotiating, both of our connections, and DIY ideas, we had a VIP-style wedding that was pricey but not as much as what people probably thought we spent :)
I know I wrote a book, but I have to in order to really convey how grateful and happy I am that we worked with Khadijia. Dreams really do come true, and they can even be better when you work with someone who cares just as much as you do! We love you Khadijia and thank you so much for all that you've done to make our wedding truly one of the best days of our lives!
Best - Ti and Percy
I'm literally in tears, Fatima and Percy! I love you both and so enjoyed this last year with you. I agree that we made a fabulous team. You allowed me to let my creative juices flow and had some great ideas of your own. We really bonded from the start and you felt more like a friend than a client. Let's keep our date for burgers and bring Percy along!
Khadijia Mayo Morrow at Avant Garde Event Boutique was amazing! Her Professional, prompt, pleasant approach combined with good timing resulted in the perfect wedding. What a pleasure to work with Khadijia and her staff. I would recommend her without hesitation.
Thanks so much Sandee! It really was a pleasure. Best wishes to the bride and groom!
When I walked into my reception and saw what Khadijia had put together, it surpassed my wildest imagination of what things would look like! I still have people raving about my wedding and how gorgeous it was. She is very professional and even more professional when the bride is stressed out! She maintains her cool and this is a testament to the high quality of work that she provides. I would most likely use Khadijia in the future if the occasion arises!
Avant Garde Event Boutique was AMAZING! Khadijia and her team did an excellent job making sure I was not stressed or worried about anything on my wedding day. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who is planning a big event and wants to be stress free the day of! They were constantly calling all of my vendors to make sure they new their roles and were ready for my Wedding Day!!!! If I ever have another big event-They will be the first vendor I book, seriously!!!!
Khadijia was absolutely fantastic. She is incredibly approachable, and has the warmest smile you can imagine; she's low-key, but so, so effective. I used her as a day-of coordinator (which, seriously, SO WORTH IT--don't assume you, your mom, or your bridesmaids will be able to reasonably assess things like whether the lighting is properly set up hours before your guests arrive), and she was great--and she did so much more. She provided so many recommendations, and really listened to what I wanted. If the vendor she suggested wasn't what I had in mind, she came up with another. She set up appointments without my even having to ask. More than that, though, she was really and truly a part of our wedding team. During the planning, she was my biggest ally; and yet, on the night of, she was all but invisible. Our ceremony and reception went as smoothly as they did because Khadijia and her incredibly capable assistant were running around with their clip-boards, I'm convinced of it. Nothing was too much for them; we had our mishaps (and your wedding will, too; it happens!) but Khadijia handled it all so effortlessly. She's a true professional. It's clear she loves her job, and she does it well; to me, this is the mark of an excellent businesswoman. Work her into your budget: you won't regret it!
Khadijia was fantastic! As a wedding present my brother created a slide show for my husband and myself. He worked long long hours to perfect it. What happened on the day of the wedding I forgot my Mac. Luckily my brother saved it to a USB disk. Khadijia came to the rescue and had an IBM and internet connection. My brother frantically worked during cocktail to sync the music and the pictures as the mac version was not compatible with the other laptop. But in the end the show was a hit! I can not thank Khadijia for making that extra effort!
If you are looking for a fantastic wedding planner, then look no further than Khadijia & Avant Garde. Khadijia was such a pleasure to work with. Not only did I enjoy working with her but because of her great professionalism, my vendors enjoyed working with her (her promptness, her diligence, her sense of style) which made everything soooo much more manageable. She would step in and negotiate with my vendors on my behalf when I just could not handle it. Also, she thought of SOO many low cost ideas that I would never have had one my own. Honestly, everyone asked me why I was so calm during my wedding planning and I would always say," well, I've got a great wedding planner." If you are looking for an elegant, hassle-free wedding planning experience, than look no further than Khadijia and her team at Avant Garde!