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From small intimate gatherings to large opulent events, our first-class service remains tried and true. We ensure your event is authentically designed, perfectly planned, and beautifully executed. Our finely-tuned process has proven successful in over 100 events.

We offer four elements of value: planning, design, production, and event management. Our full-service offering guides Drake Social clients through a memorable planning experience that leads to a one-of-a-kind event. We take a limited number of clients each year to focus on the quality of execution.

Our clients trust our experience and refined strategy to guide them through the planning process with ease. Your planning experience will be focused on your priorities. We take time to develop a meaningful relationship with every client and partner with the best industry professionals for your event. Drake Social’s vendor list is a curated selection that parallels our quality of service.


Services Offered
Drake Social offers the following services:

  • Budget Mapping
  • Event Management
  • Event Design
  • Full Planning
  • Guest List Management
  • Referrals
  • Timelines
  • To-do List
  • Two Planners


Other Services
This vendor services the following wedding types:

  • Civil
  • Cultural
  • Destination
  • Elopement
  • Military
  • Non-religious
  • Religious


Location
Drake Social is based in Santa Barbara, California and Atlanta, Georgia and services the surrounding areas.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$4,500

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$15,000

Do you offer an hourly rate?

No

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Full Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Elopement
Military
Non-Religious
Religious

How many planners are on your team?

2
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Drake Social is highly praised and recommended for wedding planning services. Reviewers appreciate the team's attention to detail, communication, and ability to transform the wedding vision into reality. The extensive network of vendors and flawless execution on the wedding day contribute to a seamless experience for couples. The team is described as professional, attentive, and dedicated, making the planning process stress-free and enjoyable. Overall, Drake Social is highly recommended for couples looking for a luxury and personalized wedding planning experience.

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Drake Social is highly praised and recommended for wedding planning services. Reviewers appreciate the team's attention to detail, communication, and ability to transform the wedding vision into reality. The extensive network of vendors and flawless execution on the wedding day contribute to a seamless experience for couples. The team is described as professional, attentive, and dedicated, making the planning process stress-free and enjoyable. Overall, Drake Social is highly recommended for couples looking for a luxury and personalized wedding planning experience.

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Geornay Z. Sent on 01/18/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Above & Beyond Service

The Drake Social Team went above and beyond when planning my wedding! They created my vision and then showed me possibilities that I didn't even know were an option. Throughout the year they completely mitigated my stress and never presented a vendor to me that was anything less than professional. I am based in California and had my wedding at the St. Regis in Atlanta, and the Drake Social team never failed to be on the ground and taking care of all of the details. Their team is not only great at what they do professionally but, I can truly say the ladies have become friends of both myself and my family.

Drake Social also added an a la carte option of providing me with social and behind the scenes content during the day of my wedding. Capturing everything from the room transformation, to the first look with my husband, and even the looks of surprises when guests entered the reception! This was so reminiscent and dreamy to look back on and elevated my social media content on both TikTok and Instagram! I highly recommend this addition to any wedding package!

5 STARS all the way for Drake Social...you cannot go wrong with them planning your wedding or event!
Michelle
Michelle H. Sent on 07/13/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Professional planners who go above and beyond

So happy we chose Drake Social as our planners for our Santa Barbara, CA wedding. We chose 3 month partial planning and got teamed up with Ally and Meghan, who were both amazing. The entire team was a breeze to work with from day 1 and Ally (our main planner) really helped us the entire way in turning our vision into a reality.

Not only did she help us think of all the little details, create a cohesive timeline, and keep us on track— but they truly went above and beyond on our actual wedding day. They made a Spotify playlist on the fly because our ceremony musician was late (so seamless my guests and I didn’t even notice), fixed seating changes right before the reception started, and helped pack candy to-go bags and floral bouquets for our guests to easily take home easily. Didn’t even ask them to, but so happy they did!

Overall, I was prepared for our wedding day to be stressful and hectic, but we got to enjoy every minute of it carefree because Ally and Meghan were behind the scenes making it all happen for us! Our guest also raved about what an effortless and smooth wedding it was.
I am so thankful we got to work with them for my wedding and highly recommend them!
Abigail
Abigail G. Sent on 07/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Team That Made Our World Go Round: Beyond Expectations: An Ecstatic Review of Drake Social

Exceptionally Talented. Masterfully Detailed. Effortlessly Engaging. Truly Extraordinary. I cannot find enough words to express how eternally grateful & blown away my spouse & I are with Courtney Drake, Cait Madden & the Drake Social Team for tirelessly curating our dream wedding.

We chose to work with Courtney, Cait, & the Drake Social Team because of their years of expertise, knowledge & attention to detail & budget, as well as for the genuine, indescribable, feeling that they 'get it'.

The first time we connected, they exuded warmth, professionalism & creativity that set the tone for what turned into almost 2 years of working together.

Every step of the planning process was seamless as they attentively listened to our ideas & desires & incorporated every detail with precision. They would work-shop ideas with us to help us achieve the one-of-a-kind moments/experiences/designs that we wanted. Their genuine passion for what they do was evident & it made us feel like we were working with friends who genuinely cared about making our day unforgettable. These are good, amazing people, who I wish I was still working with & talking to regularly.

Communication was impeccable. They established a regular cadence and kept us updated on the planning progress. We chose to get married out-of-state & Courtney & Cait went above & beyond to answer my questions, ensuring I had peace of mind throughout. They gave us time to be choosy with vendors & book them with enough time to make changes to contracts or designs. Cool & confident under pressure, they always made us feel like the most important couple in the world & never made us feel like we were competing with others they were managing.

The venue we chose was a bring-your-own EVERYTHING with a beastly contract. Courtney and Cait handled everything with unyielding professionalism and a can-do attitude. Their meticulous organization, unwavering determination, and creative problem-solving skills ensured that all required deliverables were flawlessly managed.

They thoughtfully introduced us to vendors familiar with our venue & location while remaining open to collaborating with vendors we discovered on our own. Moreover, they skillfully navigated strong family dynamics ensuring a harmonious planning experience.

I cannot overstate how breathtakingly beautiful our wedding day was. Courtney miraculously pulled together all our discussions & transformed them into the exact aesthetic we desired, even without us providing explicit instructions. Months of conversations, tones, feelings & inklings were artfully blended into an unforgettable atmosphere.

As a bride, I was more relaxed than I anticipated the morning of my wedding. Drake Social executed the day as a flawless symphony of events & we were able to enjoy the day without managing it & they ensured we had built-in time to bask in the moment. Due to issues outside of their control we got off-timeline, but Courtney & Cait masterfully made adjustments in the background to ensure we still had all of the moments & experiences we wanted. This is the team that gets it done & they make sure nothing stands in your way of the day & experience you want.

Our admiration for Drake Social knows no bounds & we wholeheartedly recommend them to every couple seeking an unforgettable wedding experience. They made our world go round. With their unwavering support, we had the wedding of our dreams & we will forever cherish the extraordinary memories they created.
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Courtney  Drake
Courtney Drake
Owner

I started Drake Social with a passion for creating beautiful events that leave your guests in “awe”. I am a natural leader and consider myself lucky to have found the event industry.

Between Atlanta, Georgia, and Santa Barbara, California, I’m officially bicoastal. As an Atlanta native, my heart will always be in the south but my soul thrives on the west coast. I love mixing traditions and trends across both markets and that translates to one-of-a-kind events for my clients across the country.

My education and corporate experience elevate my natural talent for planning, design, and event management. A bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in interior design, a master’s degree from Georgia Tech in construction management, and 11 years of corporate finance experience provide a solid foundation for superior event planning and design services.

I’m a fitness fanatic who loves red wine. You can find me in Europe during my offseason, or on the beaches of the Caribbean. Whether indulging in a seasonal Terrine from Arnaud Nicolas in Paris or soaking up rays in Exuma, I love to travel. I appreciate runway fashion, but my comfort lies in Anthropologie or Arhaus.

I am thrilled to get to know you so I can bring to life everything that makes you special as a couple. It is my mission to ensure your guests feel your love and experience the “awe” of your event.

Cait Madden
Cait Madden
Event Producer

I recognized my passion for weddings after being a bridesmaid for the better half of the last decade. I’ve attended and been a part of so many weddings that my mother began calling me “27 Dresses.” After being a part of so many weddings, I became captivated by watching each aspect come together to create something sensational on the big day. With a background in public relations and event planning, coordinating weddings was a perfect fit.

I grew up just outside of Atlanta and received my bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration on Public Relations from the University of West Georgia. After working in the corporate world as an Account Director, I’ve recently decided to return to UWG to complete my Masters in Business Administration. When I’m not at a wedding or studying, I like to volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society in Smyrna.

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