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Laura · Married on 10/25/2019
Could Not Have Done it Without Lisa Havard!
Lisa was our wedding planner for my daughter's beautiful wedding a week ago. I cannot thank her enough for her assistance, encouragement, and creativity! We worked with Lisa for almost 18 months, from shortly after the engagement until the big event. Because of her experience, she was able to make recommendations to us for all of the big and small decisions. Lisa suggested several vendors in each category and helped us make our decisions. Because of Lisa, we were able to assemble a fantastic team. We used Shadow Creek for the venue, Spilled Milk Caterers, The Rosy Posy florists, DJ Nelson Vargas/Xtreme Solutions, Sam Stroud Photography, Lansdowne Resort for the guests and Road Yachts for transportation. Also very important were the relationships she had with all the vendors. It was quite evident that she was well respected by all of them. Throughout the process she kept us on track to make sure we were making progress on all the little things that needed to be done (save the dates, invitations, escort cards, etc). I learned first hand how stressful wedding planning could be, but I was so confident in Lisa's guidance that I never lost a minute of sleep worrying about anything. On the wedding day she was energized and made sure everything was ready and things stayed on track. I lost track of time during the reception, but Lisa was right there coordinating the introductions, cake cutting, breaking out the flip flops, distributing the glow necklaces and then the sparkler send-off! We received many many complements from the wedding guests. I am so grateful for Lisa's assistance in making my daughter and son-in-law's wedding so special and memorable. I have one more daughter and when the time comes, I will definitely want Lisa to handle the planning. I strongly recommend Lisa Havard to coordinate your wedding!Sent on 11/04/2019
Maria Fernandez · Married on 10/19/2019
BEST money I spent!
I was fortunate enough to find Lisa available to help with a fall wedding just two months before the big day. She was simply the BEST!!! I originally thought I'd be able to manage everything as it was supposed to be a small, in-town wedding, but as we got closer to the date and I realized there was A LOT of day coordination I wasn't going to be able to manage alone, I started freaking out. From my first meeting with Lisa, I knew I was in capable hands. She expertly guided me through everything and made sure no detail was overlooked -- between coordinating a quick 45 minute set-up for the reception to making sure the buses made it to the winery on time -- everything went off without a hitch. She even connected me with a fantastic florist last minute who was able to stay within my desired budget. Without a doubt, Lisa was the BEST money I spent for the wedding. I'm just sorry I didn't connect with her sooner!Sent on 10/30/2019
Kim · Married on 10/01/2019
Very professional and organized
I couldn't have better things to say about working with Lisa and her team. Throughout the planning process, Lisa was attentive, organized and a great resource. She is a great value and makes sure that everything goes smoothly.Sent on 11/03/2019
L.Havard Events's reply:Kim, Thank you so much for the review. It was such a joy to make your season of planning and your wedding day stress free and seamless. I hope I can find and work with more couples like you and Geoff!
Gabby · Married on 09/28/2019
Lisa and Her Team Made Wedding Planning Stress Free
Lisa and Maureen absolutely saved me. I was planning my wedding out-of-state, and for some reason thought I didn't need a day-of coordinator LOL. Lisa came on board about 4 months out and immediately got down to business helping me plan for things I never would have thought of (and made a huge difference). Lisa is extremely responsive and detail-oriented, and throughout the process it was clear that she had my best interests in mind and was looking out for me. Lisa was on top of everything - our unconventional seating plan, working with my vendors, all of the details of the contracts, and working through a very elaborate day-of timeline, among a million other things. She was also extremely positive throughout the whole process and very easy to talk to and communicate with. And that's saying a lot, because I never even got the chance to meet her in person! We did everything over email and the phone since I'm out of state, and it made no difference at all. She was completely there for me and my stress levels went down 1000% after I started working with her. I also loved working with Maureen on the day-of. Maureen is amazing -- a lovely person to have by your side on such an important and special day, in addition to being a total pro. I hit the jackpot with these two -- thank you for all of your help and making my wedding so seamless! :)Sent on 11/13/2019
Helen · Married on 05/18/2019
One of our best wedding decisions was hiring Lisa
Hiring Lisa was one of the best decisions we made for our day! She responded to our emails promptly and made a day-of timeline that took everything into consideration. All of our family and wedding party knew exactly where to be and what to do, and we felt so relaxed! Lisa even helped us book and coordinate our wedding transportation. Her staff kept everything on schedule the day of, and knew what we needed without us even having to ask. We can’t say enough great things about Lisa!Sent on 04/07/2019
L.Havard Events's reply:Helen and Chris, Thank you for choosing ME to help you coordinate the details of your amazing wedding day. You and your families were so sweet and such a pleasure to get to know. I hope your day was everything you imagined and dreamed of. I wish you and Chris a lifetime of love and adventure!
Elizabeth Kolbe · Married on 05/18/2019
Wonderful! Highly recommend!
We loved working with Lisa and her team! Charlene was there the day of to make everything run smoothly behind the scenes. They were well prepared, organized, and very talented. I had such confidence that they were going to make sure the day went smoothly and they delivered. Thank you, Lisa and Charlene!Sent on 09/29/2019
L.Havard Events's reply:Beth, We LOVED you and Dan. Your wedding was gorgeous and we were so honored to help coordinate your plans and ensure that you had the best day ever!
Jennie Raff · Married on 05/10/2019
Detail oriented and calming presence
Amazing planning under pressure so that your big day goes without a hitch. Lisa is a listener: she listens to what her clients need and makes sure to specialize each wedding day so that it is everything her couple dreamed of. Love working with her - her attention to details and ability to remain calm no matter what is happening makes Lisa stand out and worth every penny.Sent on 04/25/2020
L.Havard Events's reply:Jennie, Thank you so much for the kind words. I could say the same about you. I look forward to every opportunity to add you to my vendor team. Your gorgeous photos capture all the emotions, and the details, we all work so hard to plan and perfect. Your ability to calm a nervous bride and a camera shy groom make you very special.
Julia · Married on 12/29/2018
A Wedding Planner is a Must for the Parents of the Bride!
Because of the work of Lisa and her amazing crew, we were able to just relax and enjoy our daughter's wedding. It was totally stress free and we had a blast as did our family and friends, many of whom complemented her and her team during the event. Leading up to the wedding, Lisa also removed any stress or tension that could have come from the multitude of decisions and choices that need to be made. I highly recommend https://lhavardevents.com/Sent on 02/01/2019
John · Married on 12/29/2018
Hire Lisa. She is TERRIFIC.
Simply put, Lisa is exactly what we needed in a wedding planner. My wife and I were tasked with planning a wedding in ten months while both working demanding jobs with rough hours. One would think that not having strict criteria for every last detail and being relatively open-minded would be good things when planning a wedding, but the opposite proved true. Overwhelmed by the multitude of options that seemed to present themselves with every last decision required of us, we were grateful for - and extremely impressed by - Lisa's knowledge, insight, and ability to make things happen. She kept us on-task, was beyond flexible and patient with us, and guided us through what would otherwise have been an extremely stressful process with unparalleled professionalism. Lisa made everything that at times seemed impossible to us look easy, and that's the mark of a true professional. We just celebrated out first anniversary and spent the evening reminiscing about how much fun our wedding was. Unfortunately, many couples reach a point where they feel like their wedding is a day for everyone else, a day on which their guests should have fun and they themselves just need to get through. My wife and I, on the other hand, had an absolute BLAST on our wedding day because Lisa had everything taken care of and was an absolute lifesaver. We were truly privileged to have Lisa with us every step of the way, and we wholeheartedly endorse her.Sent on 01/02/2020
L.Havard Events's reply:John and Melissa - Happy First Anniversary!! I too was thinking about your beautiful wedding last week and how much fun it was to get to know you and be with you on the most important day of your life. Thank you so very much for your kind words. This means so much to me. The points you made are the mission of my business! I am so happy you were happy! Please, please stay in touch and keep me updated on all the good things happening in your lives, Wishing you a lifetime of Happy Anniversaries. xoxo Lisa
Out of Town Bride · Married on 11/10/2018
Detailed, Personal, On Top Of It All!!
Lisa was an amazing planner! I had already booked my venue and caterer when I found L. Havard Events, but thought it might be nice to have someone help manage all the little details. As always happens with weddings and life, the unexpected threw me a curve ball, and I was SO THANKFUL to have Lisa as my planner. I found out I was moving, well before we had any real details worked out, and that I would end up being an out of town bride (not what I had wanted). Lisa was detailed, thorough, responsive, and so compassionate and personal - she got to know me, my fiancé, our style, and our priorities, and help filter the overwhelming stuff, organize the many many moving parts, talk through the options, and always steered us in the right, trustworthy direction. I know it’s a hard time right now, and can’t imagine what it must be like to have to plan a wedding with all of our current unknowns, but I also know if I was engaged right now, I wouldn’t want anyone else helping me navigate wedding planning. Lisa is seriously the best, and she executed on the day-of above and beyond anything I could have hoped for.Sent on 03/23/2020
L.Havard Events's reply:Uzma your wonderful review was just what I needed today! This is a tough time for all of us. I am so thankful that I get to serve amazing people like you and Alex. I will never forget you and think about you often. You were so kind and so grateful which made me work extra hard to ensure you had a day that was beyond your wildest dreams.
Megan · Married on 09/22/2018
Great wedding coordinator!
Lisa was worth every penny!! I don't know what we would have done without her. She provided excellent advice and was always available during the planning process, helping to make sure all the details were sorted out. We were very impressed by her attention to detail. Our venue required a lot of coordination between different vendors, and she handled it very well. The day of the wedding she helped transform our venue into the exact vision we had and made sure everything went smoothly. We really didn't have to worry about a thing. A true professional. We would highly recommend her.Sent on 11/12/2018
Maura · Married on 06/23/2018
I cannot say enough good things about Lisa! She was so amazing to work with as my month-of wedding planner. I was completely relaxed on my wedding day and was able to enjoy every aspect of they day – and that really is thanks to Lisa. She was so organized and on top of everything and was able to handle anything thrown her way. My husband and I are pretty laid back so Lisa was great for us in helping us to stay on track and also helping us to brainstorm and make decisions about every aspect of our wedding. Even though we hired her as a month-of planner, she really went above and beyond throughout our whole wedding planning process. We live in Chicago so it was important to us to have a planner that was very familiar with the wedding industry in DC since we wouldn’t be able to visit and meet with every vendor. Lisa had great recommendations for every vendor that we were looking for which made our lives so much easier. She took the time to meet with us a do a venue walk-through 6 months before the wedding when we happened to be in DC for a few days in December. She also attended our final walk-through and tasting two months before the wedding and by this time already had a detailed timeline for the wedding. She thought of every little detail and had contingency plans for everything. Working with Lisa was wonderful – we weren’t sure if we needed to hire a month-of planner but this was honestly the best money we spent. She was so thoughtful and helpful throughout the whole process and made planning so much easier. We highly recommend hiring Lisa as your planner!Sent on 08/09/2018
L.Havard Events's reply:Maura and Brian thank you so much for the wonderful review! You are the reason I love what I do. It was so much fun to get to know you and to help you bring your all of your thoughts and dreams for your wedding to life. Seeing you and your family enjoying the day was pure joy for me. Please stay in touch!
Arielle · Married on 06/01/2018
Choosing Lisa as our wedding coordinator was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding. Her experience and expertise took all of the stress out of planning our wedding. She was so organized and helpful when it came to helping us select our vendors, she did an incredible job coordinating all of our vendor contracts and ensuring we received everything we were promised, and we were blown away by the timeline she built to help ensure our day ran smoothly. We could not have done any of it without her. Throughout the experience, she was calm and professional and helped us navigate various challenges that arose during our planning process. She allowed us to truly be able to enjoy our wedding day and with her at the helm we knew everything would run smoothly! Thank you Lisa!!!Sent on 06/15/2018
L.Havard Events's reply:Arielle and Bill, Thank you so very much for choosing me to help you plan and coordinate your wedding. I loved every minute of helping you and getting to know you and your families. I wish a world of happiness and adventure in the coming years. XXOO
Hillary · Married on 05/27/2018
Hiring Lisa Havard to be our day-of-event wedding coordinator was our best wedding-related decision. We interviewed other coordinators but got the feeling that our wedding was just another job to them. Lisa's joyful enthusiasm and dedication to making our wedding vision come true won us over.Sent on 06/28/2018
Throughout the lead-up to our wedding, Lisa was generous with her time and ideas on topics ranging from wedding décor to ice-breakers for our rehearsal dinner to suggestions to take our wedding to the next level. We had many email and phone communications, plus two lengthy in person meetings before the actual wedding. Lisa helped us prepare a detailed time-line for our cocktail hour, ceremony, reception, and conclusion. She acted as liaison between us, our other wedding professionals, and our venue; recommended additional vendors who turned out to be awesome; provided timely reminders of tasks left on the to-do list so that we were not left scrambling for time at the end or having to give up on something we wanted for lack of time; even lent us her own easel when we needed a place to display our wedding Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract); and was always a calm, reassuring, and supportive presence.
On the day of the wedding, Lisa and her assistant were on top of everything, ensuring that our wedding ran seamlessly so that my husband and I were able to lose ourselves in the sheer enjoyment of the day. We really appreciated the fact that Lisa brought an assistant (something other coordinators never mentioned). Two sets of eyes and hands definitely beat one. I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job than Lisa at helping us prepare for our wedding and ensuring that it was the everything we hoped it would be and more. Thank you Lisa!!
L.Havard Events's reply:Thank you so much for the wonderful review. This makes my heart sing!! It was my pleasure to help you and Scott have the wedding you envisioned.I am glad we exceeded your expectations. Your love story is one of my favorites and I wish you both many happy adventures through life!! Please stay in touch. I can't wait to see the pictures!
Katie · Married on 09/23/2017
My Husband and I have known Lisa of L.Havard events for a few years (she is both a friend and colleague of mine), so it was a no-brainer when we got engaged that we would ask her to help with with the month-of coordination for our big day.Sent on 11/08/2017
Being in the events industry myself, I have come to know that hiring an experienced planner is the BEST money a couple can spend on their wedding.
Having worked with Lisa in the past on events for other couples, I knew from our first conversation that she was going to make sure our wedding was perfect from start to finish.
Lisa went above and beyond to deliver every detail of our dream day, and looking back, I am still in awe of the ease with which she executed a full weekend of events for our friends, family and guests!
From her organization and timelines, to checking in with each vendor, member of our families and bridal party, the day ran like clockwork.
All of our guests were wowed by the hospitality of Lisa, her assistant Charlene, and the team of vendors she helped oversee.
Lisa's rapport with her clients goes above and beyond what I have experienced in working with other planners - she takes the time to get to know her couples, their families, the venue, and the event vendors, to ensure that everyone involved is able to relax and enjoy being a part of the wedding.
Her experience, confidence in her work, and industry knowledge truly shine through in the execution of her events, but she is also creative and fun to work with during the planning process, always being there for moral support, ideas and assistance.
Wether you are looking for full wedding planning or month/day-of coordination, we would highly recommend Lisa, and we cannot thank her enough for her literally making our big day feel like magic!
L.Havard Events's reply:Katie - Thank you so much for the amazing and heartfelt review. My heart is singing. I was beyond honored when you asked me to help you coordinate your wedding. Working with you and getting to know Tim and your families was the highlight of my year!
Vivian · Married on 08/12/2017
We LOVE Lisa!!!! (Quick disclaimer, I usually never write in all caps but I feel very strongly about this so here goes!) I've tried to write and re-write this review at least 10 times but nothing I write can really express the gratitude my husband and I feel for all of the incredibly hard work, time, and effort Lisa put into our wedding. I can say for a fact that the wedding would not nearly have been as beautiful or successful without Lisa's help. Frankly, it would have been a big mess. But with Lisa's magic, it was THE best day of my life and it went off without a single hitch!!! I could go on and on with a huge list of why she and her team are so amazing, but let me just give you the top three things that I most appreciate from her: 1) I had this insane (and somewhat drunken) request that the flowers MUST go home, and believe me if you saw the flowers you'd know it was a Herculean task (we're talking HUGE tropical leaves, vines, and flowers everywhere). Lisa had it all packed and stuffed in multiple family members cars by the end of the night, like magic. AND all of the other trillion things that we brought from home, it was all neatly packed and stuffed in the car. MAGIC!! 2) I literally had to worry about NOTHING on the day of the wedding. Not. A. Single. Thing. She took care of it all, which speaks volumes about her dedication and preparation. She even hand-wrote this adorable sign for the rally towels we put out for our guests at the wedding with the cutest saying!! She's really goes above and beyond! 3) She's incredibly nice, easy to get along with, and very accessible!! Every little thing, every little indecision and decision, she was there for me. And as you know, having someone there to say "yes" or "no" or "I think this is a better idea" can be really helpful during this whole process. I think I must have emailed her like 10x a day at one point and she was always so patient! In sum, hiring Lisa was the best decision I made. Book her now!Sent on 09/27/2017
Marlee · Married on 07/15/2017
Working with L. Havard Events was the single best decision we made throughout the wedding planning process. We cannot overstate the value of working with Lisa from the beginning, as she helped us make the fundamental decisions that led to our vision for the day. Every step of the way she was with us to make sure we were working with the best vendors, getting the best prices (saved us lots of money here), and to take all the stresses of wedding planning away from us. Her passion for this work and her experience gave us a lot of comfort in making decisions, which is something we struggled with prior to working with Lisa. She knew how to take our ideas and make them reality.Sent on 08/31/2017
Perhaps the most valuable part was that we actually got to enjoy the process with our families, and avoid the inevitable stress that comes with making decisions and planning. This really proved true in the month leading up to the wedding when we got to hand over all the logistics to Lisa and simply enjoy the special moments with our friends and family. Her timeline was exceptional, and kept everything extremely organized throughout the day (and our wedding had a lot of moving parts). We truly cannot recommend working with Lisa enough!
L.Havard Events's reply:Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I enjoyed every minute of working with you and being with you when your dream wedding came to life. I miss our convesations so please stay in touch!
Whitney · Married on 06/10/2017
Hiring Lisa as a day-of coordinator was absolutely one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. It was a special blessing to be able to spend precious time with our families before our ceremony and know that Lisa and her wonderful team were setting up and making sure every detail was in place. Lisa's passion for weddings combined with her organization and attention to detail make her worth far more than the rate she charges. We would highly recommend her to any couple planning their wedding; with Lisa's help, our wedding was everything we dreamed of.Sent on 06/13/2017
P.S. she also knows how to tie a bow tie ;)
- Whitney & Neil
L.Havard Events's reply:Whitney and Neil - You made my day with your nice words! I enjoyed getting to know both of your throughout our time together. Your wedding day was amazing and I hope life provides you with many more amazing days! Please stay in touch and I can't wait to see the pictures. :)
kristin · Married on 05/13/2017
My dream December wedding would not have been all I had dreamed without the help of Lisa. She supported me from start to finish and never shut down any of my "out of the box" dreams- e.g. I want a Santa Claus to surprise the guests on the dance floor! I want him to throw green & red glow sticks, and hand out donuts!Sent on 01/31/2017
From the beginning, she helped me narrow in on my what was most important to me and guided me through the process of bringing this to life. Lisa not only made great vendor recommendations but was fun, detail-oriented, kind and a pleasure to do vendor visits with. She always knew what questions to ask, how to analyze contract and make sure that our choices fulfilled my ultimate goals.
Being just a month out of the wedding, I know that a planner provides you not only with a person to bounce ideas off but someone to help ease your mind do stressful times (this is inevitable!) and share in the successes.
I highly recommend Lisa and guarantee that she will help you the way she helped me all while being creative, fun and kind!
Daphne · Married on 05/13/2017
Lisa is AMAZING! Without a doubt, our wedding wouldn't have come together without her help. Our wedding logistics were rather complicated (a lot of vendors, three different locations), and Lisa made sure everything ran seamlessly. In the two months that we worked with Lisa, she gave us such peace of mind and alleviated any wedding stress, both our own and that of our families. Lisa provides great advice given her expertise and decades of experience in this space while at the same time respecting your wishes and fully executing your vision. She is incredibly responsive, pleasant, organized, and hyper competent. Hiring Lisa was probably the best decision we made regarding our wedding.Sent on 06/01/2017
Rebecca · Married on 04/08/2017
I would definitely recommend a wedding planner! Thank you Lisa for all your hard work. My wedding day was beautiful.Sent on 05/05/2017
Barbara · Married on 11/05/2016
Lisa pays attention to every detail and makes sure you have the wedding of your dreams. She is very organized and thorough and was exactly what we needed when planning our daughter's wedding. She was on top of all our deadlines and provided gentle reminders throughout the whole planning process. She had great suggestions when we were uncertain what we wanted and always helped us make wise choices! Our daughter's wedding ran very smoothly. Lisa and her team were a great help from start to finish!Sent on 09/25/2016
L.Havard Events's reply:Barbara, Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed every minute of planning and coordinating L & A's gorgeous wedding. Thank you for choosing to work with me!
allison · Married on 10/21/2016
Lisa and her crew are talented, organized, and efficient! Lisa makes you feel special and like a bride-- not like just another client. After a terrible experience with a previous wedding planner, Lisa came in and saved the day! She seamlessly picked up all of the pieces and went above and beyond for my husband and me. Our big day was absolutely beautiful and that is thanks to the hard work and dedication of Lisa and her staff! I can't not recommend L. Havard Events highly enough! :)Sent on 11/21/2016
Vivian · Married on 10/01/2016
Lisa is amazing! She has been the point person for both of my daughters weddings. Two weddings in three years and both major successes with Lisa's expert help and coordination. We decided to do a backyard wedding this time (10/01/16) and planning did not start until May 2016. With Lisa heading it up every detail was thought out planned and coordinated. After weeks of drought Mother Nature saw fit to deliver a solid week of rain leading up to and even the morning of the wedding. Not to worry because Lisa had a rain plan! The maid of honor (my other daughter) worked hand in hand to coordinate with Lisa to implement design ideas, purchases, rentals, timelines etc and they dId it all long distance as she lives in CA. As if the long distance planning and weather were not enough of a challenge we had two caterers. Lisa coordinated everything and the food was amazing.Sent on 10/15/2016
If you are planning a wedding, shower, birthday or any event that needs that special touch and an expert to handle all the details and coordination Lisa is your go to person. We could not have done it without her!
Thank you Lisa
Oak Hill, VA
Pamela · Married on 06/25/2016
Lisa was great! I live in Atlanta and our wedding was in Fairfax, VA, so finding an event planner to assist me in planning was my first priority. She took the vision I had for the wedding and made it happen. The vendors she recommended were fantastic. My husband and I really appreciated everything Lisa did to make the day go smoothly and stress-free.Sent on 08/14/2016
L.Havard Events's reply:Pam, It was so much fun to work with you and Rob to create the perfect wedding you envisioned. So glad to be part of your beginning. Wishing you all the BEST!