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Encounters Weddings & Events

Columbia, MD View map
Rating 5.0 out of 5
51 reviews
$2,500 Package Price

About

$2,500 Package Price

Encounters is a wedding planning business based in Columbia, Maryland. As an award-winning business, they have been planning weddings since 1999. With years of experience, they hold a strong amount of serviceable knowledge in the wedding planning industry. Owners Peyton and Karin Craig absolutely love everything about helping plan a wedding, and they take their jobs seriously, providing unmatched service and attention to detail. With a long background in event design and diverse wedding traditions, expect nothing but the best from their support team in planning a truly spectacular wedding!

Services Offered
Encounters is a full-service wedding planning business, ready and waiting to help plan every detail of your wedding. They desire for their clients to be completely stress-free! Their services cover:

  • Two planners
  • Budget analysis
  • Day-of coordination
  • Event design
  • Full planning
  • Partial planning
  • Referrals
  • Timelines
  • To-do lists
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal dinner

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$1,200

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$2,500

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$4,000

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?

Budget Analysis
Day-of Coordination
Event Design
Full Planning
Partial Planning
Timelines
To-Do Lists
Vendor Referrals

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Double Weddings
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious

How many planners are on your team?

2

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    Janet C. Married on 08/01/2021
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    Peyton and Karin were amazing in helping us plan our wedding! They made sure we understood everything and were very helpful in helping us find other vendors to work with. Not only were they there every step of the way from the beginning, they made the day of so easy so that we didn't have to worry about a thing. They made sure the ceremony and reception flowed smoothly and on schedule.
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    Renee Married on 06/17/2017
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    We knew that in planning our own wedding, we’d need help at least “managing” the logistics of The Big Day. Karin and Peyton did that and so much more. Our wedding ceremony was a small private affair, but the party would be a big do-it-yourself event. We didn’t want a typical venue because we wanted control of the choice of caterer, the timing, the bar, the music – in short everything. We decided on an outdoor event, under a tent in the yard of our best friends. From recommending and coordinating the various vendors, negotiating the fees, and following through on the details, Encounters did it all. They knew we wanted to control some things, and made recommendations, but followed our lead if we wanted to do something different. We went with their recommendations for the cake, band, tent rental, restroom trailer rental, and transportation from a nearby hotel where many guests stayed. I was so glad they were insistent on staff – when I saw how smoothly it went without our having to think about it, I realized it was the only way to go. We got a lot of comments about how wonderful a party it was. Guests talked about how much they loved food, band, everything, but I know the biggest part of what made it a success was the work being done that was “invisible” – that is Karin and Peyton and the wait staff. Karin had to make adjustments to timing when tables were delivered late, and not having paid for set up, we had to rush to get them in place and decorated. Plus I made some last minute changes to the layout, but Karin was on top of it. Peyton had to rush out to get sterno for the buffet when the vendor did not provide it. All was done with a smile. One thing I would do differently is to set extra plates aside so they wouldn’t be opened right away. For efficiency the wait staff opened all the packages at once, so there was no way to return unused items. But that was such a small thing in the scheme!
    I highly recommend Encounters Event Planners. Thank you both!
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    Kari Married on 05/27/2017
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    Best decision we made for our wedding was hiring Encounters. If anything went wrong the day of, I don't know about it! They handled everything and we had such an amazing time. Planning was easy as well, they provided a lot of suggestions and have so much experience and stories to share that helped me make decisions.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

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We enjoy meeting new people, take pleasure in the happiness of others and are devoted to the success of our efforts. We are equally as passionate about our enthusiasm and dedication to coordinating support for our community and the world around us. When you contract Encounters for full service planning, we will donate $50 to the charity of your choice.

Professional Network & Endorsements

12 Endorsements
Party Plus Tents + Events Party Plus Tents + Events Wedding Rentals

Peyton and Karin are truly the best! Working with them is seamless and joyful all at the same time!

Bowen Films Bowen Films Wedding Videographers

Karin and Peyton are not only a great fit for potential bride and grooms but they are so friendly and supportive to the vendors.

Santana Entertainment Santana Entertainment Wedding DJs

Encounters does an incredible job working their magic for their clients! I highly recommend them to all my clients!

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7357 Broken Staff Columbia, MD, 21045
4432590982
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