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Em Devaud Events, LLC is a wedding planning company based in Newport, Rhode Island. This talented team of event planners boasts over 14 years of planning experience in both the corporate and wedding industries. With their extensive traveling background and availability to accommodate destination weddings, they aim to create your dream celebration no matter where your wedding is located.
Em Devaud Events, LLC offers a range of fabulous packages to make your wedding planning fun and stress-free. Their team will make sure your vision becomes a reality through design, detail, and creativity. Whether you need full wedding planning or styling services for your event, they can do it all. No task is too big or too small for this dedicated team, who can offer a plethora of services, including:
- Day-of coordination
- Budget management
- Partial planning
- Vendor referrals
- To-do lists
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Newport, RI Wedding? Em Devaud Should Be Your First Call
My husband and I made two promises to each other when we sat down to plan our wedding: 1. We would enjoy the planning process and 2. We and our parents would be guests at our own wedding. Though my husband is a native of the Newport, RI area, we quickly realized when we began the process that we would need some extra support in making this a reality. Enter Em Devaud.
Immediately, Em was different. I had hired some vendors prior to working with Em and, I kid you not, every. single. one. of. them. was ECSTATIC at the idea that Em may be a part of this wedding and sung her praises, recommending her 10/10 times. When we reached out to her, she provided a very clear price structure including line items of what responsibilities, jobs, and wedding weekend events were included with her fees. There were never gray areas or moments of "Can we ask her to do this?" or "Who's job is it to do that?" which was EXCEEDINGLY helpful after navigating a sea of different pricing structures with unclear benefits, roles/responsibilities from other planning vendors. She expected to be a part of the process from start to finish, checking in regularly, even 11+ months out from wedding day, and having a TON of resources, google sheets, recommendations, and calendar invites available to you.
Then you talk to Em, and you realize why she prides herself on being your "hired best friend." Fun, up-beat, positive, can-do. If Elle Woods and Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner were combined, you'd have Em. I'd also add, though, that she is also your "hired 'in' for Newport, RI." As I said above, vendors in Newport love and respect Em. It's evident in their interactions with her that I was witness to and its evident in her ability to get things done with them. Her track record is strong, and she is a respected professional in the community.
Em joined us for every vendor meeting, either in-person or virtual, including a meeting that took place only FIVE days after she gave birth to her youngest. She took detailed notes and followed up on all of my questions and concerns. She navigated difficult conversations that I felt too uncomfortable handling, maintaining a professional relationship with both myself and vendors. She gave straightforward advice when needed or asked for and she was willing to make whatever decisions my husband and I decided on work, even if that meant more behind the scenes action on her end.
So, can Em handle challenges and curve balls? We certainly threw her some, and she hit grand slam after grand slam. About a month out from our wedding, our room block and brunch hotel site had a fire that effectively wiped it out from use. The fire began in the 8 o'clock PM hour and Em was calling and emailing solutions and back up contracts starting at 10 o'clock PM that night. We had CHOICES for room blocks and brunch locations (during the summer months in Newport, RI) within 24 hours of realizing we would have to completely switch gears without having done a thing; it had been completely facilitated by Em. We didn't have time to panic, as any problems were solved by Em before we truly realized we had them. On our wedding day, a massive thunderstorm and torrential downpour threatened our outdoor ceremony, and Em had Plans A, B, C, D, E ready to go, though at all cost she was going to make our dreams a reality and make outdoors work. When it was still pouring 30 minutes before our ceremony was due to start, Em put my husband and I in a quiet room (strategically away from people and windows through which you could see weather) with champagne, left us to go back to the venue to subsequently coordinate an entire crew and staff to dry everything for us so that when the rain stopped 15 minutes before my walk down the aisle, we could and did have our perfect, outdoor ceremony.
Our parents, our bridal party, our vendors, and our GUESTS were amazed with Em. So many people came up to my husband and I to sing the praises of "our wedding planner, Em" or to tell us, and I quote, "Is it weird that I just told your wedding planner that I love her?" Some members of my bridal party had hired and worked with some of the most well-known planners on the Eastern seaboard and wished they had known about Em because they would have booked her in a heartbeat instead. She went so above and beyond what is industry standard.
If you are still reading, thank you! Em is everything. In our toast at our wedding I said that the only sad part of the day was that it meant I was not going to be regularly communicating with Em anymore, and I meant that. She will ensure you have the absolute best day, the day you have dreamed of, and importantly, the day you deserve.
Hiring Em was the best and easiest decision we ever made!
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A planner with a brilliant smile, charming personality, and a pleasure to work with. Her weddings are always precisely planned and smoothly orchestrated, stylish and fun. We love working with this planner!
Emily is just a JOY to work with. She is very thorough and has a wonderful understanding of the wedding industry.