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On WeddingWire since 2015

Design a Dream Events is a full-service wedding planning company based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Working with this team is not like any typical company; they make every event planning experience smooth and stress-free by treating the couples as part of their family. The company blends creativity and experience with the couples' ideas, personalities, and visions to execute a successful event.

Experience
Jana Ingraham, the founder and lead event planner, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina. In 2008, Jana began working on weddings and other special events. In 2012, she finally decided to establish Design a Dream Events to provide her own style of high-quality event planning services.

Services Offered
Design a Dream Events helps plan wedding events like ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. The company works on different types of wedding including civil unions, destination weddings, double weddings, and many more. Their planning services include:

  • Budget analysis
  • Day-of coordination
  • Partial Planning
  • Event design
  • Full service planning
  • Timelines
  • Preferred vendor list
  • To-do lists
  • Check lists

Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination?

$3,000

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$4,000

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$6,000

Do you offer an hourly rate?

Yes

What is the hourly rate?

$75

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Day-of Coordination
Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Double Weddings
Elopement
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious
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Reviews of Design A Dream Events

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
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Design a Dream Events, particularly led by Jana and Pam, receives glowing reviews for their exceptional wedding planning services in Wilmington. From seamless organization, professional vendor recommendations, and calm and supportive demeanor, the team is hailed as top-notch. They are commended for their attention to detail, responsiveness, and ability to ensure a stress-free and flawless wedding day. Reviewers express gratitude for the team's dedication and knack for exceeding expectations, leading to dream weddings and cherished memories. Jana and her team are highly recommended for their invaluable contributions to making wedding visions a reality.

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This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

Design a Dream Events, particularly led by Jana and Pam, receives glowing reviews for their exceptional wedding planning services in Wilmington. From seamless organization, professional vendor recommendations, and calm and supportive demeanor, the team is hailed as top-notch. They are commended for their attention to detail, responsiveness, and ability to ensure a stress-free and flawless wedding day. Reviewers express gratitude for the team's dedication and knack for exceeding expectations, leading to dream weddings and cherished memories. Jana and her team are highly recommended for their invaluable contributions to making wedding visions a reality.

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Laura Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding planner there is!!!

I am not even sure where to begin. I have so many wonderful, positive things to say about Jana and her team at Design a Dream Events. Our wedding was in Wilmington but we are from Charlotte and having her and her team there on the ground helping with contracts, vendors, meetings, tastings, you name it, was an absolute life savor. I lost my mom 7 years ago so even though my mother in law helped a lot in ways- I really was left to do this on my own and I was pretty overwhelmed to start off. Making the decision to go with Design a Dream was the easiest and best thing I have ever done. Every step in the process was so seamless and easy. I never stressed about any of it at all- not even once. Jana is the most organized and professional person I think I have ever met. All the vendors she recommended were PERFECT the day and events around it were PERFECT , all of our guests loved her and her team, and she even helped to calm my nerves the day of the wedding. All of my bridesmaids and the groomsmen/ family loved her as well and could instantly tell how professional and on top of everything she was. I cried thanking her at the end of the night because honestly, I don't know what I would have done without her and her expertise. I could go on and on, but Jana and her team at Design a Dream are by far the best wedding planners/ event team in Wilmington. Whatever you do- pick them and I promise you will not be disappointed. Thank you Design a Dream team!!!
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Kathleen P. Sent on 04/23/2024
5 out of 5 rating

You won’t regret hiring Design a Dream!

I recently got married at Wrightsville Manor. The Design a Dream team was so great to work with! They know this venue like the back of their hand. They also know the locals vendors and have built great relationships with them to provide you great insight. They provide their own recommendations when asked but also listen to your opinion. I’m not sure what we would have done without them on the day of the wedding. They did EVERYTHING. Thought of everything and did everything with a smile! If you are debating spending the money - do it - you won’t regret it. Pam, special shout out to you girl. You are such a kind, thoughtful, and boss of a woman! Thank you for everything you did for Cody and I!
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Harlee T. Sent on 12/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best Decision Ever!!

From my first phone call with Jana, I knew she was who I needed to bring my wedding vision to life! We totally clicked! I truly don't know how I would have navigated this process without her! There are so many pieces that go into the big day and I would have been completely overwhelmed without her! Then when it came to our actual wedding day Jana was EVERYTHING! Truly I didn't have a worry in the world besides enjoying every ounce of my day and that was because of Jana and her team working in the background making sure that everything was taken care of. Our wedding truly was an absolute dream!! Deciding to work with Jana was the best decision I could have made!!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

12 Endorsements
Gypsy Films, LLC Gypsy Films, LLC Wedding Videographers

We had the privilege, and we do mean privilege, of working alongside this amazingly talented team on a wedding in Wilmington, NC. As a wedding filmmaker, they made our job so much easier. Every last detail was perfect and every beautiful moment went off as planned!! The bride and groom were able to place their full trust and confidence in Design A Dream and in turn, they enjoyed every last moment to the fullest. They laughed, they cried and oh man did they party but, not once did they worry. To wrap this up, anyone who is looking to have that perfect wedding experience they have always dreamed of should speak with Design A Dream Events so that they can make that dream, a reality.

Flying Cloud Bar Services Flying Cloud Bar Services Wedding Caterers

The team at Design A Dream Events does an amazing job. Super organized and extremely creative. We love how they create a clear vision and bring it to life.

Silverceiling Beauty Consulting Silverceiling Beauty Consulting Wedding Hair & Makeup

Jana at Design a Dream Events is completely amazing! Our team met her while working on a styled shoot at Wrightsville manor... and we immediately recognized her passion and dedication. The creativity and drive that she puts into her planning and coordination is impeccable! We highly recommend her and her team- you will be very happy!

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