Leila Ryan Events is a Newport, RI based boutique planning & design firm specializing in weddings, corporate events & social celebrations throughout the Northeast.
Our team offers an elegant & innovative perspective due to our paired experience in wedding planning and events operations that allows us to produce events that are thoughtfully planned and seamlessly executed.
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Rebecca M. · Getting married on 08/13/2021
The KEY to a Perfect Wedding
Leila Ryan Events was the key to a perfect wedding. We could not have had such a seamless event without them, especially during 2020. We ran into our fair share of bumps but they never seemed too drastic with LRE on my side. Katie was a very helpful mind and hand leading up to our wedding. Day of, Katie and Sarah went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. I had gone back and forth on if I wanted a planner outside of my wedding venue (they gave us a coordinator but I wouldn’t consider it a personal planner). Adding a planner to my vendor team was the best decision I ever made. My entire family agreed with me after they saw what Leila Ryan Events did for my husband and I October 2020. Long story short, if there are any issues along the way, you will hear the issue and solution in the same sentence when working with Leila Ryan Events.
To begin, I spoke to numerous wedding planners on my search for the right fit. I wanted someone/team who I felt connected to and not just a business transaction. Katie and I connected instantly and she was the person I knew would be amazing for our wedding. We first spoke in July 2019 - covid was not a worry or concern. We had to wait for 2020 to come in order to sign a contract and I was crossing my fingers we would be able to work together. I had signed contracts with most of my vendors prior to July 2019 so we both believed full planner was not the best fit for me and a month of would be most helpful.
Fall of 2019- I got word that the Jazz festival was on the same weekend of our wedding. My wedding venue salesperson told me ‘whatever you do don’t get married during the jazz festival’ then the jazz festival changed their dates and everything fell on our same weekend. In a panic I called Katie to see what I should do. Not only did Katie give me a sense of calm but she helped get a plan together, assured me I did not need to change my entire wedding date and all, and made together we made a plan on how to move forward. (This was before we were able to sign a contract)
As 2020 came around, I was able to officially hire LRE. As 2020 took a turn for the worse and no one in the wedding industry/brides knew what was going on, I felt as comfortable as one could in this situation having Katie and Sarah on my team. Katie and I talked weekly coming up with a best case scenario plan for our wedding. We decided to change our 250 person guest list to a 35 person event held somewhere in Newport on our original date. We would then host a celebration in 2021 with our full guest list. But we wanted to get married in 2020. We made plans for this smaller event then evidently had to make the decision to move our event to October. Third time was a charm. We planned to host an intimate weekend with our closest family, having a ceremony and cocktail hour at our venue then moving into downtown for a private dinner with our family. Leading up to all these changes, Sarah and Katie helped me make decisions on the fly and moved with every punch we were thrown. New information was given on rules and regulations regularly and Katie always kept me in the loop. I was living in Florida and she made sure keep me up to date on what the governor was saying about the wedding industry guidelines.
As our wedding weekend approached, Katie and I met to go over all information. She took over all communications with vendors and i was feeling confident and comfortable leading up to my wedding. I felt I was able to finish up the small details I needed to and not worry about contacting any vendors or answering last minute questions. One day before we were set to travel to Newport from CT, I got a call from Katie. My musician had tested positive for COVID and was unable to come to our event. Luckily, my musician called Katie and before I even knew of the news, Katie had a new musician lined up and ready to be booked with my OK. This was something that if my musician called me personally, I would have had a panic and probably had a CD recording playing music down the isle. I never would have been able to book a musician so quickly two days before the wedding.
Since we were not from Newport, we decided to get our marriage license the weekend of our wedding. Because of COVID, the office was closed when we arrived and we were met with an unpleasant person on the other line of the office. I immediately called Katie, she made some phone calls and was met with tasks that were out of all our control. She went beyond to get us a marriage license but the person was not having it. We all talked and made a plan that was best for us. This was another unfortunate event that would have put a damper on our weekend but because of LRE, we had an hour of panic and then relaxed immediately and now our family laughs about it.
Onto our wedding day! As I was having brunch with the girls and my husband was golfing, Sarah and Katie were running around making sure all was set up and in order. They took all the dresses of girls getting ready with me and the guys outfits to our venue to get them steamed and set for our arrival. My father in law was very impressed he had his shirt steamed for him. When Katie hadn’t heard from our cake baker and her shop was closed, she gave me a call and told me what was going on but once again had a plan before she spoke to me. She had a new order in at another bakery and just needed my choice in flavors. We hung up and I laughed to my mom that something else had gone wrong but not to worry because Katie & Sarah had it covered. It was a big joke among our guests when we arrived to dinner and my original cake was sitting decorated in our flowers. LRE made it happen. At the end of the night I stood with Katie in the corner to chat and looked out at the most perfect scene of our closest family and friends all in one beautifully decorated room together. The entire weekend my whole family was so relaxed and able to enjoy every moment. There was no ‘oh no did we forget —-‘ because I knew Katie and Sarah had it covered. There were multiple times leading up to the weekend where my mom would ask me a question and I would say ‘LRE takes care of that’.
If you lasted this long and are not convinced LRE is your gold star team, ask Katie for my phone number and I can tell you myself! They are superstars in their industry, know Newport like the back of their hand and are two amazing women to work with. After our wedding, every person (almost all 35 attendees made a comment at how extraordinary my planner team was). COVID or not, if I were to do it all over again, LRE would be the first vendor booked and locked in.Sent on 01/11/2021
Penny V. · Married on 07/10/2021
Wonderful Experience working with Leila Ryan Events
LRE (Sarah & Katie) were WONDERFUL to work with! They kept us organized-and calm! They managed all of the details and went above and beyond to ensure that each event of the wedding weekend went smoothly. I would HIGHLY recommend them! P.VinikSent on 07/14/2021
Alexandra G. · Married on 06/18/2021
LRE gave me the wedding of my Dreams!
I got engaged at the start of COVID and reached out to LRE among other planners for availability. I got the typical "not available" email response from everyone other than Katie, who even though she was not available on my date, spent over an hour on the phone talking me through the big items, important to-dos, and minimizing my overall stress level. That was the start of our love affair and as fate would have it, the stars aligned and Katie was able to be my full-time planner! That level of care and generosity with Katie's time and expertise was incredibly unique and exactly what to expect when working with Katie and LRE.
Our wedding was a destination wedding in Rhode Island, all planning took place during COVID, and I (the bride) am a bit of a control freak. Combined, that could have resulted in a lot of stress and challenges around wedding planning, but everything was seamless, easy, and fun thanks to LRE.
One very obvious example was when Katie coordinated a busy weekend in Rhode Island with our tasting and meetings with our design and décor vendors and our florist. I truly CANNOT imagine having managed a weekend like that without Katie. Aside from not having to schedule any of those meetings (and dates for that weekend changed multiple times due to COVID issues) there were SO many specific details. From linens to flatware, runners, and which goblets to use for water, among many other items and options, it could have been overwhelming. I am so grateful that Katie was there, knew exactly what would look good and what I liked, showed me the best bang for the budget, and then knew exactly what quantity to order for different table sizes, etc. I didn’t have to worry about any of that stuff and instead got to enjoy every moment of that weekend while getting even more excited for the big day!
Throughout planning Katie was always available and our expert source. She had a thoughtful answer for everything and knew how to placate any concerns (and COVID created a lot of concerns). Between myself, my parents, and my then-fiancé, there were a lot of opinions and perspectives and Katie was always able to help us come to a common ground that we were all really excited about. Katie helped us get our dream team of vendors and then managed all of those relationships, contracts, timing of payments, etc.
When the big day finally came around every moment was flawless! Katie and Sarah were true professionals who kept everything running smoothly and went above and beyond. Katie actually watched our dog the night of our rehearsal dinner and was able to enlist the help of a trustworthy friend the day of the wedding to ensure our dog could be a part of the big day! Sarah had to iron all the men’s suits by hand when the steamer broke. Those are two minor examples, but they show just how much Katie and Sarah care about giving their brides the best wedding experience possible.
I loved every moment of my wedding weekend and I truly cannot imagine anything better. LRE gave me the wedding of my dreams! Everyone was blown away – my husband, my parents, my in-laws, all guests – and we have heard from everyone how our wedding was the best wedding they have ever been to. And also – this dream wedding happened within budget – which further speaks to LRE’s expertise in knowing what matters and where to allocate funds.
Me, my husband and my parents all agree that Katie and LRE were the best investment and money very well-spent to ensure our dream wedding. Thank you so much Katie and Sarah for creating such a magical wedding! I cannot recommend them enough – you will not be disappointed!Sent on 07/14/2021
Excellent Company to work with! We highly recommend.
Very professional and friendly!
Ladies from Leila Ryan Events are a joy to work with Professional and knowledgeable. Always a pleasure !!