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!
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:
Recommended by 98% of couples
Laura · Married on 10/23/2010
Encounters was the most important vendor that we selected to plan our wedding and they had the biggest impact overall on our amazing wedding day! From the beginning to the overwhelming vendor selection of band, caterer, officiant, florist, even seamstress for the bridal gown, they were there with top notch recommendations and we were so pleased with all their recommendations. Each vendor was outstanding and with Encounters referrals we were able to secure amazing vendors with much welcome discounts. Encounters developed a timeline for our wedding planning leading up to the big day, and event were there for any issues such as the mis-engraving on the wedding band, they had a jeweler that could help out to fix it last minute! They ensured the wedding day went so smoothly and most importantly they did a beautiful job of making sure always that the Bride and Groom had a very special day, and always put them first and ensured they were free to enjoy each and every moment. I can't recommend them enough to any future brides!
Renee · Married on 06/17/2017
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!
Kari · Married on 05/27/2017
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.
Peyton and Karin are truly the best! Working with them is seamless and joyful all at the same time!
Karin and Peyton are not only a great fit for potential bride and grooms but they are so friendly and supportive to the vendors.
Encounters does an incredible job working their magic for their clients! I highly recommend them to all my clients!