Classic Occasions by Caitlin is a full-service event company run by Caitlin McGrew and started in 2014 to serve the Maryland and Nothern Virginia areas. Since graduating with her Hospitality and Business Degree from Virgnia Tech, Caitlin immediately continued her work in the event planning industry. Her experience has included planning weddings and events at a historic hotel and a country club, coordinating wine and beer festivals, consulting with a non-profit organization, and corporate event planning for a high-end steakhouse.
Caitlin has always been extremely passionate about planning events, and her creativity and attention to detail ensures that the event planning process will be effortless and enjoyable for her clients. She loves truly getting to know her clients, so by the day of the big event, there is no detail left to chance. Over the years, Caitlin has developed relationships with vendors from all over the industry, and has the perfect knack for matching clients with the perfect vendors.
There is no event (or budget) too small or too large, and Caitlin is happy to work with you to make sure that every event is exactly how you envision it to be and within your planned budget.
Caitlin's customer service and industry knowledge is unmatched, and she can't wait to meet with you!
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Samantha · Married on 06/29/2019
Incredible Wedding Planner
Caitlin is truly incredible. We picked a nontraditional wedding venue an hour away from our home town, so we needed all the help we could get. Even though we hired Caitlin as a month-of coordinator, she was willing to meet us to tour the venue as we built our vision for our wedding and answered my endless questions quickly and with patience. At our final walk-through, Caitlin helped us build a schedule, finalized details with every vendor, and made sure we felt comfortable and prepared leaving the meeting. At our rehearsal, Caitlin managed our family and bridal party easily and quickly. It was organized and informative. After the rehearsal, my husband and I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Caitlin took care of everything. She managed our numerous vendors, decorated the venue beautifully, and always made sure we were comfortable with a drink in our hands. Caitlin was always there, ready to help or answer a question. Then, after we left the reception, she packed up all our personal decors so we could pick up the boxes the day after.Sent on 08/18/2019
As a DIY bride who loved planning a wedding, it can be difficult handing that planning over to someone else. However, Caitlin’s expertise in event planning, her positive attitude, and her calming presence helped me relax and enjoy my wedding. Once I came to the rehearsal, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. She took my vision, perfected it and fine-tuned it, and exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Caitlin for making my wedding perfect!
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Sarah · Married on 06/01/2019
Hire Caitlin and then just enjoy your day!
Hiring Caitlin as our month of coordinator was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! Although we did not hire Caitlin for a full planning package, she was always willing to lend advice when we sought her expertise for different planning aspects of a wedding. The month prior to the event, Caitlin helped with finalizing the timeline and coordinating with vendors. Even if you are someone like myself who enjoys coordinating and planning, Caitlin's added expertise in formulating the timeline (making sure you have enough time for events, order, etc.) and taking care of vendors requests/emails provides you with the time before your wedding to focus on family, relaxing, etc. and a timeline that is set-up for success. I received many compliments on how our wedding flowed and how it seemed very well organized. In addition, Caitlin was always super responsive and even helped me resolve an issue with my dress only days before the wedding. As for the day of the event, we just had so much fun at our wedding. Our parents, our siblings, everyone could just have fun - Caitlin and her assistant handled EVERYTHING. She made sure we stuck to our timeline (or made sure all vendors were updated if we needed a change), that our decorations were set-up exactly as we requested, that all vendors were set-up on time and as we requested, that Dan and I got some apps and drink after the ceremony, and that everything was packed up at the end of the night. We didn't have to worry about anything! In addition, Caitlin is such a fun person to be around and her positivity really adds to the energy of the day. You spend all of this time, energy and money planning the wedding and it is worth the extra expense in my opinion to hire a coordinator in order for you to be able to just be present in the moment. If you choose Caitlin as your coordinator, you will have that ease of mind and so much more. Thanks again! - Sarah and DanielSent on 07/02/2019
Julia · Married on 05/04/2018
We were led to Caitlin after the planner we originally hired had a career change. While this was an unexpected and somewhat stressful event, it worked out so well because Caitlin took such good care of us! She served as our "day of" coordinator, and met with us several times before the big day to make sure we were all on the same page. I fully admit that I am a type A person who likes to be in control, and Caitlin totally got that. She did a great job of balancing my need to plan everything and be in the loop, but also taking ideas and running with them to make them even better. She coordinated with all of our vendors in advance and on the day of the wedding. She and her assistant set up all of our decorations, greeted our vendors, coordinated our guests, kept the evening on schedule, and so much more. Her warm and calm personality really made me relax on what could have been a very stressful day!Sent on 06/03/2018
My husband and I have worked with Caitlin both professionally and personally. After getting the chance to work with her on a wedding last year I referred a college friend and my sister-in-law to her business. My sister-in-law's wedding was during an epic blizzard (#snowzilla #blizzard2016) and Caitlin was her savior. She and her assistant spent the night before and the night of the wedding at the hotel we were staying in to make sure they would be there for the wedding. They fulfilled every assignment with a smile and went above and beyond in every way. If that's not professionalism to the max I don't know what is. We passionately endorse Classic Occasions by Caitlin!