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Charlyne · Married on 11/10/2019
No Other Choice! Highly Recommend
Where to even begin?! As we began the process of wedding planning we went back and forth about how much planning services we wanted as we were are fairly organized ourselves and we were able to procure some of the vendors on our own. One thing we did know, is that we would want a day-of coordinator to ensure the logistics of the wedding day went off as planned.Sent on 01/03/2020
We discovered Perfect Planning through our search, and honestly, we couldn't have made a better decision. From our first introduction with Tara, we knew we were working with a seasoned professional who knew what they were doing and would help us get to the finish line. Tara made the wedding planning process so easy for us, providing us every bit of guidance we would need. Moreover, she took the time to listen to what we wanted and insured that vision was clearly articulated to the entire vendor team. Speaking of the vendor team, Tara helped fill in all the missing pieces of our team by providing expert recommendations that fit our vision (and more importantly, our budget).
When it came to the day of, there was nothing we had to worry of short of saying "I Do". Tara and the Perfect Planning team perfectly executed on our big day, ensuring we didn't have to worry about a thing. Our family and friends were also very complimentary of Tara and her team as they observed her professionalism, organization, and execution throughout our wedding day.
There really aren't enough words to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Tara for making #ALawrenceLoveStory a reality we couldn't have imagined in our wildest dreams. Our wedding day was everything we desired and more and we know without a doubt that it would not have been possible without Perfect Planning.
If you're in the market for an exceptional planner who will not disappoint, look no further! We love Tara and know you will as well. Happy wedding planning.
Jazmin F. · Married on 09/20/2019
A joy to work with!
I was drawn to Tara and Perfect Planning after meeting them at a vendor event. What lovely, bubbly personalities! Everyone was so warm and down to earth, and genuinely wanted to help. I didn’t feel like they were trying to recruit anyone or sell me anything, they were just being themselves.Sent on 10/12/2019
Tara was wonderful to work with. I was a deer in headlights for a lot of the planning, and she never made me feel like I was dumb or silly for not knowing things. She gave me many great suggestions, and when I had trouble communicating with vendors, she was there to help get things back in order. Her responses were always timely, her organizational skills were flawless, and I VERY much appreciated her client workbook. It had everything I needed to do, when I needed to do it, and spreadsheets for me to fill out once these said things got done. Truly a life saver, especially when you have a million things going on in your head and just can’t keep track of it all.
Despite all the pre-wedding worries, even up to the morning of the event, Tara and her team were always calm, collected, and had solutions for every problem. Every bride gets nervous about how things are going to turn out for the big day, but I can tell you this for sure - my wedding was flawless. And I couldn’t have done it without their help and expertise!
If you want someone who is easy to talk to/ down to earth, but is also organized and really gets things done, I highly recommend Tara and the Perfect Planning team. I started as a client and left feeling like family. Thank you!
Latarya · Married on 11/02/2018
Top notch service and expertise!
Perfect planning events was exactly what I needed for planning my wedding. Being in the military and planning initially from overseas, the team was a breath of life saving air! All of the vendors recommended were the best of the best! She worked within my budget and made my experience more than I could have imagined. I was able to take in all the special moments during both the planning and my actual wedding events because I could trust that Tara had everything under control. I highly recommend Tara and her team! They will be forever family and I will gladly utilize them in the future!Sent on 12/17/2018
David · Married on 10/08/2018
Our special day was planned with meticulous detail. Our family and friends were delighted and suprised. Perfect Planning Events made our day absolutly perfect.Sent on 10/20/2018
Sophia C. · Married on 10/08/2018
Best wedding planner
My wedding was perfect!!!!!!!!Sent on 10/20/2018
Perfect Planning Events's reply:Thank you! you were a beautiful and amazing couple! Within less than 90 days we planned a romantic and classy wedding that reflected your love for each other. Thank you for entrusting me with y our special day.
Willow · Married on 09/01/2018
Tara describes herself as Fierce, Confident, Bodacious, Classy, and Loyal. After an absolutely perfectly planned wedding for my daughter on September 1, 2018, I would add the following traits: organized, patient, prompt, respectful, kind, and most of all, professional. She and her team managed every detail to perfection. Definitely worth every penny! WillowSent on 09/04/2018
Myrina B. · Married on 09/01/2018
The Best Decision We Made!
This review is well over due! Tara Melvin is AMAZING! We were on the fence about hiring a wedding planner and are so happy we did with Tara Melvin and her Team. It was the best decision we made! Our special day was literally stress free. Tara is accommodating to your schedule, professional and makes sure the details you really want are discussed and well orchestrated. We had a fairly large wedding with 180 guests and the day was smoother then ever. We were able to enjoy our special day with our friends and family. I would absolutely recommend Perfect Planning to other couples!Sent on 01/01/2019
Shaketta · Married on 09/29/2017
I cannot say enough how AWESOME Tara and her team were. Leading up to the wedding Tara went above and beyond to answer any questions and quell my anxieties. No matter what time of day or night she was there to answer questions, review contracts and come up with solutions for the last minute catastrophes that happen with a wedding. The day of her team was seamless... if anything went wrong I did not know it... It was beautiful and fun and despite my trying to manage it.. when I finally relaxed and just got married I had blast. Everyone told us how amazing the party was and I owe so much of that to Tara and her team!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you .. I almost wish I could get married 50 more times just to have to work with Tara again....Sent on 10/16/2017
Vera · Married on 09/29/2017
There are a million and one cliches I could use to describe our experiences with Tara during this year-long process. However, no superlative can begin to express my respect for her work-ethic, continuous positive "state of mind" and the dedication and commitment she expressed toward my daughter at EVER turn. Tara is truly a rare professional with the patience of JOB. I am so very, very happy to have been introduced and worked with her. Tara is worth every penny and more .. I offered to pay more because she was so awesome. You will find no one on the planet better to be your wedding coordinator -- I guarantee you!!! #MOBSent on 10/17/2017
Kristyn · Married on 09/23/2017
Tara is an amazing wedding planner. She was so kind, helpful, friendly and professional that it made every aspect of planning our wedding easier. Her staff on the day of the wedding were fantastic, they took care of every detail. From the first day I spoke to Tara on the phone, through the end of the wedding, she brought us so much calm by being focused and detail-oriented. She's truly great, I can't imagine having gotten through it without her help!Sent on 10/21/2017
User5375889 · 2+ years ago
Tara and Perfect Planning Events are the real deal. This was hands-down the best decision we made during our wedding planning process. Tara and her team are professional, attentive, and courteous, and absolutely the organizers and advocates you want between you and the rest of your vendors on your big day.Sent on 12/29/2017
We live in Ohio and were getting married in Virginia. As an out of town couple, we knew we needed a coordinator with experience, particularly in the VA and greater-DC area; someone who would be flexible and able to work with us and our busy schedules; and we wanted someone professional, but fun. Tara was all of these things. She is super responsive over email, was always open to having meetings via Skype, and she regularly made herself available for appointments after hours, and on the weekends if she was free.
Her communication, particularly on the day-of, was awesome. Our ceremony spot was outdoors, but the day of our wedding it was pouring rain. The venue was pushing Tara for permission to implement our rain plan to set-up our Plan B ceremony location. But Tara and I had spoken at-length about my priorities and she understood how important it was to me that we stick with our Plan A outdoor ceremony spot, if at all possible. Tara handled all of the negotiations and back-and-forth with our venue as the weather changed throughout the day. She discreetly liaised with the venue's set-up staff, and all of our other vendors, to keep everyone updated as our plans evolved with the weather. Ultimately, she negotiated with our venue and secured us an extra-late set-up time at our Plan A ceremony location, and everything went off without a hitch.
The team assisting Tara on our wedding day was just as amazing as Tara, which, in retrospect, shouldn’t have come as a surprise. I’ll spare everyone the details; suffice to say, on two separate occasions the day-of, I was brought to tears by how conscientious and sweet her team members were. Perfect Planning rocks.
Denyse · Married on 10/02/2016
I booked Tara and her team for our wedding on the 2nd of October. I planned the majority of my wedding but booked Tara for the Day of planning. I'm so glad I did. Tara and her team were incredibly responsive and professional. I did not feel stressed or worried about the day. Tara took care of everything and being someone with Type-A tendencies I did not feel pressured to "take control" ... it actually felt great to not be "in charge" and I trusted Tara and her entire team 100%. If you are a bride and groom looking for a wedding planner - call Tara! If you are debating on if you should hire a wedding planner -- call Tara. If I had to do it over again, I probably would have had Tara plan the entire event. Overall - if you are bride and groom in the Metro DC area - please consider Tara and her team of professionals for your event. I can't thank you enough!!Sent on 10/18/2016
Kate · Married on 10/01/2016
What can we say about Tara and her team at Perfect Planning except that they were ... Perfect! We selected Tara's "Day Of" planning and it was everything we wanted and more! Tara's professionalism and organization kept us focused and on-track right up to the day of the wedding. Speaking of our big day, afterward we told Tara we hardly knew what she and her team did all night! While this sounds odd as a compliment, consider this ... our wedding was legitimately perfect. Everything went off without a single hiccup! Throughout the day, we hardly interacted with Tara and her team. They took care of everything that needed to be addressed and left us free to do what we wanted most -- enjoy the day to the fullest with our friends and family! When questions popped up from vendors or our guests, Tara and her team were on it with solutions before anyone had a chance to worry! For example, when Tara found out a very close family member fell ill and wasn't able to make our wedding, she and her staff set up a live feed YouTube channel that day so we could live-stream the ceremony for them to watch!!! If you are looking for a planner you will be hard pressed to find anyone better than Tara and Perfect Planning Events!!!!!Sent on 12/07/2016
Ayana · Married on 07/16/2016
My husband & I got engaged on 04/09/14. Fast forward to 2015. After a year of researching locations, venues, budgets we still hadn't made any progress with our wedding. We knew we would need the help of a wedding planner to help us make these important decisions. We needed someone that was organized, detail oriented & readily available by email. My husbands' job requires unusual hours & as a nurse it's almost impossible for me to communicate with the outside world during my shifts.Sent on 11/29/2016
After researching numerous planners online we finally came across Perfect Planning Events. During our 1st meeting Tara listened to all of our concerns. The very next day she sent us a proposal detailing her services tailored to our needs along with a preliminary budget spreadsheet. This coupled with the discussion from our 1st meeting had us sold. She helped to put our minds at ease & we started to feel the weight of the wedding lift from our shoulders.
Tara assisted us with EVERYTHING !!! She came up with recommendations for floral, linen, transportation & cake vendors. She arranged meetings with them, drew up contracts & even helped us to monitor all of our payment schedules.
Tara was always 3 steps ahead of whatever inevitable planning bumps that came along the way. She is so well versed in the wedding industry that she informed me of when the store that was selling my wedding dress was going out of business well before the store. Instead of this info causing me to panic her early notice allowed me time to coordinate with my mom (who was helping me pay for the dress) & the store to come up with an updated payment plan.
I wasn't the most detail oriented decisive bride. No matter how long it took for me to make a decision, Tara remained patient & continued to provide her guidance & expertise. She understood exactly what we wanted & executed it better than what we could have hoped. We highly recommend Tara & her team to any couple looking for wedding planning assistance.
Arthur · Married on 07/16/2016
Tara provided us with planning services, assisted us with vendor, venue recommendations and day-of planning and coordination.Sent on 11/29/2016
My wife is a nurse and my job requires unusual hours, so we both knew that setting aside the proper time necessary for our wedding was going to be difficult. After meeting with several planners, we ultimately chose Tara. During the wedding planning process, it is very important to find someone with excellent attention to detail. You definitely want the person guiding you and telling you what to do to be someone you can get along with in terms of personality and temperament.
As my wife and I have odd schedules and we were not always readily available, we found that Tara was flexible and worked tirelessly to keep us on track and on budget. Whenever anything out of the ordinary would arise, Tara would communicate with us and formulate workable solutions before they ever became true problems.
When the big day came, it was all downhill. The impeccable planning paid off, our wedding was the first wedding I have ever known to start on time. Even when the weather was not cooperating, Tara and the staff kept everything rolling. Everyone was enjoying themselves and most important my bride was never stressed over anything.
Tara and her staff went above and beyond on behalf of our wedding more times than we could count. When the dust settled and I think about the ease of our ceremony and level of service that was shown, I felt guilty that we were not paying more. That is the highest praise I can possibly give for priceless service.
Sreeya · Married on 05/29/2016
The day of our wedding was FLAWLESS. If there was one thing guests were raving about, it was about how amazingly organized our wedding was. Many even said it was the most well organized wedding they had ever been to. With my husband and I's horrible work schedules, I don't think we could have done it without Tara. We were late to numerous meetings where Tara had to excuse our absence, and she never once made us feel bad about it. From all the chaos of planning and whenever I needed last minute changes, she was very easy to reach. She's very well versed in the industry and knew just what to recommend.Sent on 06/24/2016
Tara recommend an amazing officiant for us, and we couldn't have asked for a more incredible person to marry us. After the wedding, a lot of people wanted both Tara and the officiant's information for their upcoming weddings.
In addition to the wedding planning, I had a lady in waiting provided by Tara. Kendra was fantastic about getting us food, coffee, mimosas and anything else we needed day of. I never had any worries about where I needed to be and where, and neither did the guests. I was blown away by how well timed and orchestrated everything was. Tara's assistants were very flexible and when I decided to hand out favors, they were right there to help. I felt very well taken care of.
Any mishaps that happened or any unexpected situations and I didn't even know until the next day. Tara did an incredible job of making us have a peaceful/stress free day and also ensuring our guests were well tended to.
Thank you so much Tara for such a wonderful experience! We couldn't have pulled this off without you!
Jamilah · Married on 04/23/2016
The service I received was excellent and would highly recommend without hesitation. Perfect Planning Events was on a list of preferred vendors from my wedding venue and they exceeded my expectations. Tara is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and recommended vendors that I eventually used on my wedding day and to help plan the honeymoon. Her recommendations throughout the wedding planning process were great and helped to make our wedding day more special. Her team on the wedding day was extremely professional and personable. All my guests commented on how flawless the wedding day was. As the bride, I was completely stress-free my wedding day knowing that Tara and her team (Perfect Planning Events) would take care of everything and make sure the day went smoothly. She is truly amazing at what she does and I wish I had other friends who were getting married so I could refer her services.Sent on 06/26/2016
Katharine · Married on 06/13/2015
Working with Tara Melvin and Perfect Planning was the best decision we made in planning our wedding. From our first meeting, through vendor selection and deciding on the myriad details Tara was professional, prepared and always cheerful. Her vendor recommendations were excellent and she was outstanding asset in negotiating contract details. Our wedding was large and had a lot of moving parts—Tara expertly juggled them all. When we first contacted her, she scheduled an in-person meeting to discuss her services and my vision. After meeting with her, my mom and I knew she was the perfect person to help us bring that vision to life. Her hard work allowed us to be guests at our own wedding. I would definitely hire her again for any future events we have, and enthusiastically recommend her to other brides-to-be.Sent on 09/10/2015
Padreus · Married on 06/06/2015
Thank you Tara for taking our vision and creating perfection. We couldn't have done it without you and your team.Sent on 06/21/2015
We highly recommend!
Rose · Married on 06/06/2015
Tara and her staff made it a wonderful day for our daughter and son on law. My husband and I were able to totally enjoy our daughter 's wedding. Every detail was taken care of and at the end of the day were exhausted, not because of the stress of the day but from having a wonderful experience from the ceremony to the reception. We recommend Tara Melvin and Perfect Planning Events for your next special occasion!Sent on 06/21/2015
Amanda · Married on 06/06/2015
Tara and staff at Perfect Planning events were a dependable and organized, fun, and flexible staff to work with Tara. From our first meeting I felt that Tara was organized and had the leadership to help finance and plan the wedding of our dreams. Tara listened to what we wanted, but also used her creativity and experience to suggest ways to enhance the day not only for us but for our guests as well. The day of our wedding ran smoothly, there was nothing for me to worth about as a bride and our guests are still raving about how well our day was put together. I'd love seeing Tara and team dancing at our reception because they were such an integral part of our day and could finally enjoy it all with us!Sent on 06/29/2015
Sarah · Married on 03/28/2015
Working with Tara at Perfect Planning and her team was the best decision I made during the planning process. We chose to go with her full package which mean that Tara was with us the entire way: from finding the venue, to the dj, and cake baker Tara had great connections and suggestions. My husband is in the army and was stationed in Texas during year that we were engaged and only made it home for a few short visits. Tara was able to schedule vendor meetings and the all important tasting around his schedule--which was truly a blessing.Sent on 05/08/2015
I am not as detailed oriented bride as others may be, so I gave Tara the general vision and she executed every detail flawlessly. She provided advice, guidance, and friendship the entire time. On our wedding day, I felt absolutely no stress as I knew Tara and her team were on top of everything, and I really mean everything!!
I am so grateful that I found Tara. I am especially grateful for the friendship I now have with her. Choose Tara and Perfect Planning for your special day and you cannot go wrong.
Perfect Planning Events's reply:One of the most amazing families that I have ever had the opportunity to work with which has now become an extension of my family. Beautiful wedding, Beautiful family!
Debra A. · Married on 03/28/2015
Ms. Melvin was very helpful in every way. She is very personable, professional and had unlimited resources and referrals available to us. We decided on a sunday brunch after the wedding day at the last minute, and Ms. Melvin made everything perfect for us. This was not a part of our original proposal and she made everything happen within a moments notice.Sent on 05/24/2015
We have referred her to several of our friends and colleagues. We would highly recommend her for any of your future events.
Thank you Ms. Melvin for such a memorable experience for our family.
User4670954 · event on: 12/09/2014
Perfect Planning Events is the best, brings great value to any project she works on...Sent on 01/07/2015
Tony · Married on 10/18/2014
Tara and her entire team was extremely professional!Sent on 12/06/2014