GRITTY + GRACEFUL. CALM + COOL. UNABASHEDLY UNIQUE.
Just like our great City of Tacoma - aka Grit City.
Your wedding colors are hot pink and tattoos. You are entering the venue on a horse. Your theme is Game of Thrones. Instead of dancing, you are playing board games all night. Yeah, we get you.
Weddings don’t have to be lilies and roses. There is nothing wrong with lilies and roses, we quite like them, but you don’t have to have those. You can have paper flowers or no flowers at all. Your options don’t have to be chicken or beef. Eat lamb ragu or vegan chili. Let’s plan a wedding that looks like the two of you.
You know what makes a wedding awesome? Spending time with the people you love. A wedding doesn’t have to cost $40,000 if you don’t want it to. Spend money on the things that really matter to you. Let’s uproot the idea of what a wedding should look like. Let’s celebrate this commitment you have made to each other. Let’s throw a huge party where everyone has a great time!
One of the best vendors to invest in is a wedding planner and/or coordinator. This ensures you are hosting your party not working your party. Let your friends and family actually enjoy the event: don’t expect them to set-up and tear-down. Leave the work to us. Let us manage the timing, organization, and details. Let's plan this event so well that it doesn't look planned at all.
Grit City Weddings + Events offers several packages for weddings of all shapes and sizes. From elopement or elopement-like to massive 500-guest blow-outs, we have the connections, skills, and passion for weddings to make these awesome celebrations happen. We even have special all-inclusive, concierge packages for micro-weddings – weddings for a guest list of less than 50 people. We work with Tacoma-based small businesses to make these intimate weddings happen on a small budget but with huge style.
We seek to work with local businesses who care about the community in which we live and work and are seeking to leave it better than we found it.
We want to work with couples who are on the same page as us, too. That means we agree on some basic tenets: black lives matter, feminism is for everyone, no human is illegal, science is real, love is love, and religious freedom makes each of our lives rich with compassion.
5 Reviews for Grit City Weddings & Events
Recommended by 100% of couples
Ivy G. · Married on 08/08/2020
Best Wedding Decision I Made
Hiring Grit City Weddings was the best choice I made for my entire wedding. Hands down. My husband and I decided to get married on a VERY short timeline, six weeks to be exact! In that time, I think I had two or three zoom calls with Michele and Ashley, they answered any email questions I had, plus Michele came to our venue (our house) for a long planning meeting as well. They provided vendor suggestions, lists of to-dos that I would not have thought of, and were incredibly helpful with brainstorming ideas for covid/distancing requirements.Sent on 11/22/2020
On the night of rehearsal dinner Michele led the entire process. Our officiant was fairly inexperienced, and I certainly had no idea what to do. Michele made sure we practiced all the important parts without feeling too rehearsed.
On the day-of…wow! Michele was amazing. Let me just say that my personality is to be incredibly anxious/ worried/high strung. However, on the day of the wedding, I was actually relaxed, ahead of schedule and able to fully enjoy every moment! I completely owe this to Michele. Im sure there was chaos happening behind the scenes (we had to switch to our rain-plan at the last minute), but I never felt any stress on my end. All of my bridesmaids/groomsmen who have been part of another wedding before told me that this was the smoothest wedding they had been a part of, and they all said Michele was incredible!
My entire day was wonderful, and I am so so so happy I hired Grit City. Could not recommend them more!
Grit City Weddings & Events's reply:Ivy - thank you for all of your kind words! It was truly our honor to be a part of such a special day with you all!!! (And your pup! 🐕) Thank you for choosing us!!! ❤️
Alyssa L. · Married on 08/01/2020
Our Covid-19 Wedding
Ashley is amazing! From the first meeting to the actual day of our wedding she had the most upbeat. Cheerful personality that always made it seem like everything would be ok. (Even during covid) Ashley made sure that our big day ran as smooth as possible. With all the ups and downs through the last months of planning a wedding during covid she was nothing but smiles (even when I was stressed). From handling arrival of guests and vendors to placing decorations everything was beautiful!Sent on 08/19/2020
Grit City Weddings & Events's reply:Thank you, Alyssa + Chad, for your kind words! It was pure joy to work with you both. Congrats on your marriage and I look forward to celebrating again! :)
Abigail K. · Married on 06/06/2020
Look no further! The ABSOLUTE best!
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! Choosing Ashley as our wedding coordinator was the best decision we ever made. Out of all the vendors we hired, she really shined! She gave us direction and tied all the details together, which made our big day fun and stress-free. She also gave us ideas and asked questions we would have otherwise never thought of. She really went above and beyond - she met us at our venue (which wasn't super close), helped direct a zoom call with my loud crazy family, she continued to update a detailed timeline that she sent to myself and our vendors, and she was there from start to finish the day of the wedding - that list doesn't come close to describing everything she did! She also gave me an emergency kit to use on my wedding day, how thoughtful is that?! At one point she was even helping the servers at the venue make sure that the guests had drinks and water. She has so much energy and creativity and she was fun to work with. I felt like we were friends that had known each other for a long time. I will recommend her to ANYONE getting married. A+!Sent on 08/21/2020
Grit City Weddings & Events's reply:Abby, thank you so much for choosing me to be there with you on that awesome day! You were a DELIGHT to work with. I wish you + Colin all the best. Thank you!!
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Team of Grit City Weddings & Events
Originally from the East Coast and then having resided in the South for 20+ years, Michele feels like she’s finally found “home” in the Grit City and in the PNW. Michele has cut her teeth in a lot of areas of event planning, management, and production, with recent gigs being stadiums and arenas for various artists and conferences. Her true passion, though, is the intimate experience that makes whoever is participating (or celebrating!) feel like it was made just for them.
Along with a lot of business and nonprofit management experience, Michele brings her love for logistics and making things happen to the table at Grit City Weddings + Events. Michele counts it all awesome to be able to not only serve others well, but do it with friends and the best people...and have so much fun!
Ashley Griffith, a native of Cincinnati, OH, followed a cute boy to Tacoma, WA and never looked back. Now, his hometown feels like her hometown. After years of coordinating, participating in, singing in, and attending countless weddings for friends and family (we think it’s over 75 now), Ashley took the plunge in 2019 and started Grit City Weddings + Events.
Ashley’s seemingly unending energy drives her passion for the logistics of an event. And she is thrilled when small businesses are connected with the couples or organizations who need their services. As Grit City Weddings + Events continues to grow and change, Ashley is excited to serve couples of all backgrounds, budgets, and wedding visions.