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Dragonfly Events & Design

VA
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ABOUT US

Dragonfly Events and Design is your one-stop-shop for event planning, coordination and design within the Nation's Capital, Virginia and Maryland.
Owner, Gretchen Wade and her team... Read more
Dragonfly Events and Design is your one-stop-shop for event planning, coordination and design within the Nation's Capital, Virginia and Maryland.
Owner, Gretchen Wade and her team have sculpted and refined their in-depth knowledge of customer service, hospitality and design that is industry wide.
At the heart of Dragonfly, we strive to create a one of a kind, uber custom, boutique-style event for you and your guests.
Whatever the occasion, Dragonfly will help you pick the best vendors, details and designs that best suit your needs. Be our guests so that you can be a guest at your next event. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
I have a team of 4 coordinators. The number of coordinators that come with the package depends on the details and guest count. I personally am at every event and involved along every single step.
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
I enjoy creating and working on all weddings, but I have to say that a lavish, romantic wedding is my favorite!
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
All
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
Up to 750 guests
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
Four Seasons, Foxchase Manor, Rose Hill Manor, Fairview and Westfields Marriott, White Hall Manor, All Fairfax Historic Properties, Corcoran, Museum for Women in the Arts, DAR, Lightfoot, Selma Plantations, Oatland Plantations, Woodlawn Plantations, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens-Atrium, Newseum

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.5/5.0
My first meeting with Gretchen was wonderful--she is a great salesperson! That is about all she is great at. Her attitude is unprofessional and she honestly made the planning process more stressful than it needed to be, especially when we hired her to make things go more smoothy.
I hired Gretchen for wedding planning starting at 3 months out from our wedding date. Her products are amateur at best, with our floorplan being her scribbled pencil notes on a paper, not to scale, and not labeled. Her day-of itinerary was not detailed, not professional, and did not reflect what we told her we wanted for the day. She did not communicate with our vendors well, and was generally unhelpful on the day of. Further, she was rude to both my family members and my vendors.
She is very creative, but I think only if you hire her for full planning and as a florist as well. Do not hire Gretchen for wedding planning.
My first meeting with Gretchen was wonderful--she is a great salesperson! That is about all she is great at. Her attitude Read more...
My first meeting with Gretchen was wonderful--she is a great salesperson! That is about all she is great at. Her attitude is unprofessional and she honestly made the planning process more stressful than it needed to be, especially when we hired her to make things go more smoothy.
I hired Gretchen for wedding planning starting at 3 months out from our wedding date. Her products are amateur at best, with our floorplan being her scribbled pencil notes on a paper, not to scale, and not labeled. Her day-of itinerary was not detailed, not professional, and did not reflect what we told her we wanted for the day. She did not communicate with our vendors well, and was generally unhelpful on the day of. Further, she was rude to both my family members and my vendors.
She is very creative, but I think only if you hire her for full planning and as a florist as well. Do not hire Gretchen for wedding planning. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.2/5.0
Initial visit with Gretchen was impressive, it went downhill from there. She's slow to respond to inquiries, does not produce a professional product for planning purposes, and on the event day became an annoyance with insistent questions/concerns that she should have been able to address since she was to relieve the family members of any stress that day. She needs to focus on something else, because this is clearly not her calling! Overall we found Gretchen to be unprofessional! Recommend an event planner, however, Dragonfly is not the one.
Initial visit with Gretchen was impressive, it went downhill from there. She's slow to respond to inquiries, does not Read more...
Initial visit with Gretchen was impressive, it went downhill from there. She's slow to respond to inquiries, does not produce a professional product for planning purposes, and on the event day became an annoyance with insistent questions/concerns that she should have been able to address since she was to relieve the family members of any stress that day. She needs to focus on something else, because this is clearly not her calling! Overall we found Gretchen to be unprofessional! Recommend an event planner, however, Dragonfly is not the one. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Dragonfly Events & Design was such a great find for our wedding! Working with Gretchen as our day-of coordinator was so easy and helped make the big day go so smoothly. Her flowers were GORGEOUS! We were very happy and highly recommend this vendor!
Dragonfly Events & Design was such a great find for our wedding! Working with Gretchen as our day-of coordinator was so Read more...
Dragonfly Events & Design was such a great find for our wedding! Working with Gretchen as our day-of coordinator was so easy and helped make the big day go so smoothly. Her flowers were GORGEOUS! We were very happy and highly recommend this vendor! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Flowers, Centerpieces, bridal bouquet, ceremony flower, reception details...Everything was BEAUTIFUL. I planned my wedding out of state, Gretchen made everything easier, happier and beyond anything I had imagined. She took my vision and ran with it. Seeing the final masterpiece the day of my wedding, I was blown away. I left everything up to her, and it was the best decision I made. Thank you!!

Kelly (Dexter) Coupe
Flowers, Centerpieces, bridal bouquet, ceremony flower, reception details...Everything was BEAUTIFUL. I planned my wedding Read more...
Flowers, Centerpieces, bridal bouquet, ceremony flower, reception details...Everything was BEAUTIFUL. I planned my wedding out of state, Gretchen made everything easier, happier and beyond anything I had imagined. She took my vision and ran with it. Seeing the final masterpiece the day of my wedding, I was blown away. I left everything up to her, and it was the best decision I made. Thank you!!

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Services Used: Flowers
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.2/5.0
This planner has some lovely ideas and is very creative.
However, she is not attentive to details. She may be "overbooked and understaffed". She does not listen well. She focused on "on-site details" and neglected details regarding the church and rehearsal,(she did not attend the rehearsal, nor did she arrange to be at the hotel to direct limousine and bus assignments) therefore creating confusion at the actual ceremony. She rushed the cocktail hour...which was a highlight of the design of the event.The 5 days preceeding my daughter's wedding were a marathon race for me and cost me $5,000 above anticipated budget. I am frustrated and angry. The wedding was lovely, but I am confounded by and frustrated with numerous issue and details which ruin my memories of a wonderful day. My closest friends were aware of issues. The event rolled along and was fun, but I have serious regrets.
This planner has some lovely ideas and is very creative.
However, she is not attentive to details. She may be Read more...
This planner has some lovely ideas and is very creative.
However, she is not attentive to details. She may be "overbooked and understaffed". She does not listen well. She focused on "on-site details" and neglected details regarding the church and rehearsal,(she did not attend the rehearsal, nor did she arrange to be at the hotel to direct limousine and bus assignments) therefore creating confusion at the actual ceremony. She rushed the cocktail hour...which was a highlight of the design of the event.The 5 days preceeding my daughter's wedding were a marathon race for me and cost me $5,000 above anticipated budget. I am frustrated and angry. The wedding was lovely, but I am confounded by and frustrated with numerous issue and details which ruin my memories of a wonderful day. My closest friends were aware of issues. The event rolled along and was fun, but I have serious regrets. Read less
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Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Gretchen at Dragonfly is so creative and fun to work with while planning a wedding. She was always there to listen to all my ideas for decorations, and really brought to life our vision with her talent for design. Both Gretchen and her assistant Morgan were so kind on our wedding day, working all day and night to make sure everything was beautiful and went off without a hitch.

The flowers (my bouquet! the pergola we married under! the centerpieces! the orchids for my hair!) were all simply gorgeous! The string lights she hung for us made the renovated barn where we had dinner and dancing look like an enchanted inn in the countryside. I am so glad Dragonfly Events and Design was there to coordinate with all my other vendors as well, so I didn't have to worry about a thing when plans changed last minute due to a potential rainstorm.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dragonfly to other couples planning a wedding or anyone needing help with a large event.
Gretchen at Dragonfly is so creative and fun to work with while planning a wedding. She was always there to listen to all Read more...
Gretchen at Dragonfly is so creative and fun to work with while planning a wedding. She was always there to listen to all my ideas for decorations, and really brought to life our vision with her talent for design. Both Gretchen and her assistant Morgan were so kind on our wedding day, working all day and night to make sure everything was beautiful and went off without a hitch.

The flowers (my bouquet! the pergola we married under! the centerpieces! the orchids for my hair!) were all simply gorgeous! The string lights she hung for us made the renovated barn where we had dinner and dancing look like an enchanted inn in the countryside. I am so glad Dragonfly Events and Design was there to coordinate with all my other vendors as well, so I didn't have to worry about a thing when plans changed last minute due to a potential rainstorm.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dragonfly to other couples planning a wedding or anyone needing help with a large event. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Juliette
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Gretchen went above and beyond in making my wedding day so special. I hired her as my day-of coordinator, so that my family wouldn't have to worry about anything on the day of, and also as my florist. I am very particular in my taste, and I told Gretchen exactly how I wanted everything to look. She was so helpful in her suggestions, and she made the planning process a little easier on me. My flowers were so beautiful, and I got many compliments on them. She also added some charming touches to my guest tables that I didn't even have in the contract. She kept me on track the whole time, while also letting me enjoy myself. She was the one who made my wedding so beautiful, and I am so happy I decided to hire her. I highly recommend hiring Gretchen as your day-of coordinator because there are so many events that take place during a wedding, and somebody needs to be keeping track of where everyone is, where everyone should be, what needs to be done next, what needs to be set out, etc. She's done so many weddings, but I really felt like she honestly cared about how my wedding went, and it turned out so beautiful.
Gretchen went above and beyond in making my wedding day so special. I hired her as my day-of coordinator, so that my Read more...
Gretchen went above and beyond in making my wedding day so special. I hired her as my day-of coordinator, so that my family wouldn't have to worry about anything on the day of, and also as my florist. I am very particular in my taste, and I told Gretchen exactly how I wanted everything to look. She was so helpful in her suggestions, and she made the planning process a little easier on me. My flowers were so beautiful, and I got many compliments on them. She also added some charming touches to my guest tables that I didn't even have in the contract. She kept me on track the whole time, while also letting me enjoy myself. She was the one who made my wedding so beautiful, and I am so happy I decided to hire her. I highly recommend hiring Gretchen as your day-of coordinator because there are so many events that take place during a wedding, and somebody needs to be keeping track of where everyone is, where everyone should be, what needs to be done next, what needs to be set out, etc. She's done so many weddings, but I really felt like she honestly cared about how my wedding went, and it turned out so beautiful. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Gretchen has some terrific options to use, of which we used the recommended photographer, invitation designer, caterer and band. Gretchen's real forte was as a florist. My daughter's reception was held under a beautifully swagged tent with chandeliers draped with flowers and greens on the grounds of Collingwood. The flowers were in hues of gorgeous soft peaches, ivories and sage greens in both low arrangements and tall clear trumpet vases, which complemented the spectacular surroundings. With the peach tablecloths and chivari chairs with green cushions, it was simply stunning!
Although Gretchen could not be there, Pattie and Morgan were wonderful supervisors the day.
Gretchen has some terrific options to use, of which we used the recommended photographer, invitation designer, caterer and Read more...
Gretchen has some terrific options to use, of which we used the recommended photographer, invitation designer, caterer and band. Gretchen's real forte was as a florist. My daughter's reception was held under a beautifully swagged tent with chandeliers draped with flowers and greens on the grounds of Collingwood. The flowers were in hues of gorgeous soft peaches, ivories and sage greens in both low arrangements and tall clear trumpet vases, which complemented the spectacular surroundings. With the peach tablecloths and chivari chairs with green cushions, it was simply stunning!
Although Gretchen could not be there, Pattie and Morgan were wonderful supervisors the day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
gretchen was wonderful to work with. She listened to all my requests. She was available whenever i needed her.She fulfilled my vision of the wedding reception of my son and daughter-in-law.
gretchen was wonderful to work with. She listened to all my requests. She was available whenever i needed her.She Read more...
gretchen was wonderful to work with. She listened to all my requests. She was available whenever i needed her.She fulfilled my vision of the wedding reception of my son and daughter-in-law. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services
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Wendy
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Gretchen was fantastic to work with. I should probably start by saying I don't know that much about flowers! Our first contact was over the phone, where she listened to me describe the vague idea of what I wanted and transformed it into a beautiful sounding design. It wasn't quite "me" though, but her next effort sounded much more like what I wanted. At our initial meeting, she brought along several options for vases so I could see what she had in mind, which was so helpful in envisioning how things would turn out. Her personality is what made me decide I wanted to work with her - she's warm and energetic and bubbly (but not in a crazy/annoying way), and a very positive individual. I gave her a budget and she worked within it. She patiently answered tons of questions and provided very helpful advice (beyond just flowers). On the big day, she was at the venue getting everything set up when I arrived. Everyone commented on how beautiful the flowers were. I was blown away - the flowers set such a tone of springy light elegance. I had been nervous that things would look stuffy and formal, but that wasn't the case at all. Gretchen really did an amazing job!
Gretchen was fantastic to work with. I should probably start by saying I don't know that much about flowers! Our first Read more...
Gretchen was fantastic to work with. I should probably start by saying I don't know that much about flowers! Our first contact was over the phone, where she listened to me describe the vague idea of what I wanted and transformed it into a beautiful sounding design. It wasn't quite "me" though, but her next effort sounded much more like what I wanted. At our initial meeting, she brought along several options for vases so I could see what she had in mind, which was so helpful in envisioning how things would turn out. Her personality is what made me decide I wanted to work with her - she's warm and energetic and bubbly (but not in a crazy/annoying way), and a very positive individual. I gave her a budget and she worked within it. She patiently answered tons of questions and provided very helpful advice (beyond just flowers). On the big day, she was at the venue getting everything set up when I arrived. Everyone commented on how beautiful the flowers were. I was blown away - the flowers set such a tone of springy light elegance. I had been nervous that things would look stuffy and formal, but that wasn't the case at all. Gretchen really did an amazing job! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Our daughter was married in Leesburg, VA in April, and we asked Gretchen Wade at eventsbydragonfly.com to do the flowers. They were spectacular. Our daughter wished to use a variety of containers – silver and pewter pieces from both families - and to have spring bloom uniquely on each table. Gretchen caught the vision and truly brought it to life. One table had a revere bowl overflowing with the chosen whites, corals, and pinks – with a pop of yellow and blue to complement the walls and bridesmaid dresses, while the next table had a tall goblet and shorter creamer and sugar with blooms bunched in each, and at a third table a pitcher showcased a hand tied bouquet. Rather than the same old vases on pedestals suggested by other florists for an outdoor wedding, Gretchen hung absolutely gorgeous large kissing balls of coral carnations. She was a joy to work with and her flowers, from centerpieces to wedding party bouquets, far exceeded our expectations and created a space of elegance and beauty (and at a price that was more than reasonable for what was provided).
Our daughter was married in Leesburg, VA in April, and we asked Gretchen Wade at eventsbydragonfly.com to do the flowers. Read more...
Our daughter was married in Leesburg, VA in April, and we asked Gretchen Wade at eventsbydragonfly.com to do the flowers. They were spectacular. Our daughter wished to use a variety of containers – silver and pewter pieces from both families - and to have spring bloom uniquely on each table. Gretchen caught the vision and truly brought it to life. One table had a revere bowl overflowing with the chosen whites, corals, and pinks – with a pop of yellow and blue to complement the walls and bridesmaid dresses, while the next table had a tall goblet and shorter creamer and sugar with blooms bunched in each, and at a third table a pitcher showcased a hand tied bouquet. Rather than the same old vases on pedestals suggested by other florists for an outdoor wedding, Gretchen hung absolutely gorgeous large kissing balls of coral carnations. She was a joy to work with and her flowers, from centerpieces to wedding party bouquets, far exceeded our expectations and created a space of elegance and beauty (and at a price that was more than reasonable for what was provided). Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Gretchen at Dragonfly is absolutely the best! She worked so hard to make sure everything was organized and went smoothly for my wedding. She did my coordinating, flowers, and decor. I consider myself to be an organized person, but she puts me to shame. She is unbelievably organized and knowledgeable about all things wedding. She was so responsive whenever I needed anything. Whenever I contacted her, she responded within a day. When I first started planning my wedding, I thought a coordinator would not be the best use of my budget, but she was worth every penny and more. She was very understanding of my budget and gave me lots of awesome tips and ideas for saving money. Her coordination made my day run so smoothly. I didn't have to worry about a thing and I could just enjoy the day. She coordinated with all of my other vendors in the weeks leading up to the wedding, which made things much less stressful for me. The flowers she did were absolutely stunning and the decor was beautiful also. She is such a kind and personable person and an absolute joy to work with. I would absolutely recommend her to any bride.
Gretchen at Dragonfly is absolutely the best! She worked so hard to make sure everything was organized and went smoothly Read more...
Gretchen at Dragonfly is absolutely the best! She worked so hard to make sure everything was organized and went smoothly for my wedding. She did my coordinating, flowers, and decor. I consider myself to be an organized person, but she puts me to shame. She is unbelievably organized and knowledgeable about all things wedding. She was so responsive whenever I needed anything. Whenever I contacted her, she responded within a day. When I first started planning my wedding, I thought a coordinator would not be the best use of my budget, but she was worth every penny and more. She was very understanding of my budget and gave me lots of awesome tips and ideas for saving money. Her coordination made my day run so smoothly. I didn't have to worry about a thing and I could just enjoy the day. She coordinated with all of my other vendors in the weeks leading up to the wedding, which made things much less stressful for me. The flowers she did were absolutely stunning and the decor was beautiful also. She is such a kind and personable person and an absolute joy to work with. I would absolutely recommend her to any bride. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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maaronw
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Dragonfly Events & Design did all the flower arrangements for our August winery wedding. We were not the easiest clients. We had an image in our heads and worked with Dragonfly and our planner to make it happen. Dragonfly was very patient as we tried to express what we invisioned. They also worked with us to keep the price within our budget.

As our wedding day unfolded, we could not have been more happy with the floral arrangements. Dragonfly added just the right touches to accent the beauty of the day, the venue, dinner and everything they touched. We were very pleased with the flowers and so happy Dragonfly was an important part of our day.

Thank you, Dragonfly Events & Design!
Dragonfly Events & Design did all the flower arrangements for our August winery wedding. We were not the easiest clients. Read more...
Dragonfly Events & Design did all the flower arrangements for our August winery wedding. We were not the easiest clients. We had an image in our heads and worked with Dragonfly and our planner to make it happen. Dragonfly was very patient as we tried to express what we invisioned. They also worked with us to keep the price within our budget.

As our wedding day unfolded, we could not have been more happy with the floral arrangements. Dragonfly added just the right touches to accent the beauty of the day, the venue, dinner and everything they touched. We were very pleased with the flowers and so happy Dragonfly was an important part of our day.

Thank you, Dragonfly Events & Design! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Gretchen provided flowers for our wedding ceremony and reception. We chose Dragonfly because 1) Gretchen was familiar with our reception venue, and 2) out of all the florists I contacted, she was the most polite and responsive. During our initial meeting, we had only our color choices and no other specifics. Based on that alone, Gretchen was able to come up with a vision. The end result: the flowers were absolutely stunning. I've been in a number of weddings, and my own bouquet and bridesmaids' bouquets were by far the most beautiful I have ever seen. Gretchen knows her trade, and I would absolutely recommend her to any bride who is seeking stunning floral arrangements for her day.
Gretchen provided flowers for our wedding ceremony and reception. We chose Dragonfly because 1) Gretchen was familiar with Read more...
Gretchen provided flowers for our wedding ceremony and reception. We chose Dragonfly because 1) Gretchen was familiar with our reception venue, and 2) out of all the florists I contacted, she was the most polite and responsive. During our initial meeting, we had only our color choices and no other specifics. Based on that alone, Gretchen was able to come up with a vision. The end result: the flowers were absolutely stunning. I've been in a number of weddings, and my own bouquet and bridesmaids' bouquets were by far the most beautiful I have ever seen. Gretchen knows her trade, and I would absolutely recommend her to any bride who is seeking stunning floral arrangements for her day. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Traci
Wedding:
5/12/2012
4.2/5.0
Dragonfly Events & Design provided the lighting and decor for my wedding reception. While the decor turned out great, the lighting was much too harsh for my space. Gretchen and I had several conversations about a "midsummer night" vibe, but the lighting was so bright and harsh it was not even dim in the reception hall. Especially given the cost, I was very disappointed.

I would recommend Dragonfly Events & Design for decor but not lighting.
Dragonfly Events & Design provided the lighting and decor for my wedding reception. While the decor turned out great, the Read more...
Dragonfly Events & Design provided the lighting and decor for my wedding reception. While the decor turned out great, the lighting was much too harsh for my space. Gretchen and I had several conversations about a "midsummer night" vibe, but the lighting was so bright and harsh it was not even dim in the reception hall. Especially given the cost, I was very disappointed.

I would recommend Dragonfly Events & Design for decor but not lighting. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Dragonfly Events and Design were absolutely amazing. We used the day of service, which is really so much more. My wedding was perfect, thanks to Gretchen – we loved her. She thought of every detail, helped us come up with very cool ideas, worked with every vendor and was always relaxed and professional. We literally could not have done it without her. She always responded to my e-mails and phone calls in a timely manner - even when she was on vacation with her family! She kept everyone calm and comfortable throughout the entire process. The weather was calling for major rain on our wedding day and she was awesome about coming up with back up rain plans and keeping everyone happy at the same time. I didn’t worry about anything on the day of the wedding because I knew she would make sure it was perfect. We also loved her day of assistant, Morgan. They both worked so hard to make sure everything was great. If you are considering using a planner you should definitely go with Dragonfly. It was the best decision we made in our wedding planning process. Really I can't say enough good things!
Dragonfly Events and Design were absolutely amazing. We used the day of service, which is really so much more. My wedding Read more...
Dragonfly Events and Design were absolutely amazing. We used the day of service, which is really so much more. My wedding was perfect, thanks to Gretchen – we loved her. She thought of every detail, helped us come up with very cool ideas, worked with every vendor and was always relaxed and professional. We literally could not have done it without her. She always responded to my e-mails and phone calls in a timely manner - even when she was on vacation with her family! She kept everyone calm and comfortable throughout the entire process. The weather was calling for major rain on our wedding day and she was awesome about coming up with back up rain plans and keeping everyone happy at the same time. I didn’t worry about anything on the day of the wedding because I knew she would make sure it was perfect. We also loved her day of assistant, Morgan. They both worked so hard to make sure everything was great. If you are considering using a planner you should definitely go with Dragonfly. It was the best decision we made in our wedding planning process. Really I can't say enough good things! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Priya
Wedding:
7/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Gretchen from Dragonfly Events and Design helped coordinate our very lengthy and complex wedding and reception in July 2011 at Fox Chase Manor. She was awesome! Gretchen knew everything about the venue, had good ideas from prior experience, kinks to look out for, etc. She also listened to our needs/requests and was extremely friendly/easy to work with. Gretchen was present during the events and made sure things ran very smoothly. I was able to put my mind at ease knowing that she was in charge!
Gretchen from Dragonfly Events and Design helped coordinate our very lengthy and complex wedding and reception in July Read more...
Gretchen from Dragonfly Events and Design helped coordinate our very lengthy and complex wedding and reception in July 2011 at Fox Chase Manor. She was awesome! Gretchen knew everything about the venue, had good ideas from prior experience, kinks to look out for, etc. She also listened to our needs/requests and was extremely friendly/easy to work with. Gretchen was present during the events and made sure things ran very smoothly. I was able to put my mind at ease knowing that she was in charge! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
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Bride
Wedding:
5/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Attention Brides: do NOT skim on this necessary service. Period.

Gretchen and her team will pull every detail of your day, together in perfect harmony. I wanted it, pretty. They made it, B E A U T I F U L.

DragonFly is prepared with spreadsheets, timelines, and more.
DragonFly is patient, timely, and professional.

Ps. Be sure to ask about their FLORAL services. Added bonus!
Attention Brides: do NOT skim on this necessary service. Period.

Gretchen and her team will pull every detail of Read more...
Attention Brides: do NOT skim on this necessary service. Period.

Gretchen and her team will pull every detail of your day, together in perfect harmony. I wanted it, pretty. They made it, B E A U T I F U L.

DragonFly is prepared with spreadsheets, timelines, and more.
DragonFly is patient, timely, and professional.

Ps. Be sure to ask about their FLORAL services. Added bonus! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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clulesintentions
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Gretchen was the best asset to our wedding planning process. She was there at the very beginning to help us plan all the details and design. Gretchen was fantastic, flexible, and very responsive to all my questions. The best thing Gretchen did was the design and day-of-service. She worked closely with the florist to design our ceremony and reception. Everywhere we looked there were little details that made the entire place wonderful. The wedding itself was so seamless. Everything we off without a hitch, and I knew I could breathe easier knowing Gretchen was handling the schedule. I know with 100% certainty that our day was better because of Gretchen and all her help.
Gretchen was the best asset to our wedding planning process. She was there at the very beginning to help us plan all the Read more...
Gretchen was the best asset to our wedding planning process. She was there at the very beginning to help us plan all the details and design. Gretchen was fantastic, flexible, and very responsive to all my questions. The best thing Gretchen did was the design and day-of-service. She worked closely with the florist to design our ceremony and reception. Everywhere we looked there were little details that made the entire place wonderful. The wedding itself was so seamless. Everything we off without a hitch, and I knew I could breathe easier knowing Gretchen was handling the schedule. I know with 100% certainty that our day was better because of Gretchen and all her help. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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jenna
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
GRETCHEN WADE: Better then the best! You can stop looking for other wedding planners as you will find no one better then Gretchen! From the day we met Gretchen we knew we wern't going to get married without her! She has been nothing but wonderful throughout our entire engagement, helping with everything from recommending vendors to ideas on decorations and time lines. On the wedding day she did more then I could have hoped for. She helped set up, organize, decorate, keep people calm, greet guests, and make sure everyone was doing what they were suppose to be doing when they were suppose to be doing it! My husband kept telling me that we didn't need to spend the money on a wedding planner throughout our engagement, but, on our wedding day I couldn't count how many times he told me that he was so glad I didn't listen to him and went with Gretchen! Honestly, if you are looking for a wedding planner you can not go wrong with Gretchen, she will far exceed your expectations, and do it for a reasonable price! THANK YOU GRETCHEN!!!!!!!!
GRETCHEN WADE: Better then the best! You can stop looking for other wedding planners as you will find no one better then Read more...
GRETCHEN WADE: Better then the best! You can stop looking for other wedding planners as you will find no one better then Gretchen! From the day we met Gretchen we knew we wern't going to get married without her! She has been nothing but wonderful throughout our entire engagement, helping with everything from recommending vendors to ideas on decorations and time lines. On the wedding day she did more then I could have hoped for. She helped set up, organize, decorate, keep people calm, greet guests, and make sure everyone was doing what they were suppose to be doing when they were suppose to be doing it! My husband kept telling me that we didn't need to spend the money on a wedding planner throughout our engagement, but, on our wedding day I couldn't count how many times he told me that he was so glad I didn't listen to him and went with Gretchen! Honestly, if you are looking for a wedding planner you can not go wrong with Gretchen, she will far exceed your expectations, and do it for a reasonable price! THANK YOU GRETCHEN!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/8/2010
4.9/5.0
We hired Gretchen as our day-of coordinator. She was fabulous! It was wonderful not to have to worry about who was setting up our reception site as we were engrossed in the ceremony and pictures. Once we arrived and got a sneak peek, I was just blown away to see how everything came together. Gretchen was just wonderful and I was very impressed!
We hired Gretchen as our day-of coordinator. She was fabulous! It was wonderful not to have to worry about who was setting Read more...
We hired Gretchen as our day-of coordinator. She was fabulous! It was wonderful not to have to worry about who was setting up our reception site as we were engrossed in the ceremony and pictures. Once we arrived and got a sneak peek, I was just blown away to see how everything came together. Gretchen was just wonderful and I was very impressed! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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mpandsam
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I wish there was a rating higher than 5.0, but how do you rate perfection?

Gretchen's eye for design and color, her amazing ideas and experience, her business contacts, her patience and untiring commitment to making our wedding day something that we and our guests will remember for a lifetime, were overwhelming.

We were blessed with Gretchen taking us by the hand from the very start of our wedding planning journey. We never once worried about a thing, Gretchen was always two or three steps ahead of the planning. She was always as close as her comforting phone calls and emails.

As a number of our guests have since told us, if a wedding could be perfect, ours was. One of our youngest guests, a four year old, told his parents that our wedding day was the best day in his life.......it was ours too, thanks to our dear Gretchen.
I wish there was a rating higher than 5.0, but how do you rate perfection?

Gretchen's eye for design and color, Read more...
I wish there was a rating higher than 5.0, but how do you rate perfection?

Gretchen's eye for design and color, her amazing ideas and experience, her business contacts, her patience and untiring commitment to making our wedding day something that we and our guests will remember for a lifetime, were overwhelming.

We were blessed with Gretchen taking us by the hand from the very start of our wedding planning journey. We never once worried about a thing, Gretchen was always two or three steps ahead of the planning. She was always as close as her comforting phone calls and emails.

As a number of our guests have since told us, if a wedding could be perfect, ours was. One of our youngest guests, a four year old, told his parents that our wedding day was the best day in his life.......it was ours too, thanks to our dear Gretchen. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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VA Bride
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Gretchen was amazing to work with! We used her for day of coordinating as I'm a meeting planner and knew I needed someone there the day of so I didn't go insane ha. My mother also used her on a consultant basis for our enegamenet party. She was very helpful and able to asnwer any questions I ahd throughout the process adn then took over contacting vendors etc abotu 2 weeks out we had 2 meetings beforehand to go voer details and the day of went by without a hitch (or atleast any hitch that i knew about) she had everythign under control adn was very very helpful on-site I highly recommend using her!
Gretchen was amazing to work with! We used her for day of coordinating as I'm a meeting planner and knew I needed someone Read more...
Gretchen was amazing to work with! We used her for day of coordinating as I'm a meeting planner and knew I needed someone there the day of so I didn't go insane ha. My mother also used her on a consultant basis for our enegamenet party. She was very helpful and able to asnwer any questions I ahd throughout the process adn then took over contacting vendors etc abotu 2 weeks out we had 2 meetings beforehand to go voer details and the day of went by without a hitch (or atleast any hitch that i knew about) she had everythign under control adn was very very helpful on-site I highly recommend using her! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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klo
Wedding:
10/25/2008
5.0/5.0
My reception was amazing and Gretchen played a MAJOR role in that. I was lucky in that my mom and Gretchen were there to help me with all of the planning. The reception looked beautiful with the amazing flowers, table linens, place settings…everything you can think of. Gretchen has a great taste and was very helpful. We had an amazing candy bar and the setup looked beautiful. People still rave over the wedding and many say that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Gretchen has great ideas and makes sure to incorporate everything you want into the reception. I couldn’t have been happier with the wedding!
My reception was amazing and Gretchen played a MAJOR role in that. I was lucky in that my mom and Gretchen were there to Read more...
My reception was amazing and Gretchen played a MAJOR role in that. I was lucky in that my mom and Gretchen were there to help me with all of the planning. The reception looked beautiful with the amazing flowers, table linens, place settings…everything you can think of. Gretchen has a great taste and was very helpful. We had an amazing candy bar and the setup looked beautiful. People still rave over the wedding and many say that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Gretchen has great ideas and makes sure to incorporate everything you want into the reception. I couldn’t have been happier with the wedding! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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TalonQT
Wedding:
10/18/2008
5.0/5.0
Gretchen was absolutely wonderful! I really don't know how we would have pulled everything off without her. Our point of contact at our reception venue was less than responsive through the entire planning process, but once we hired Gretchen, she took care of everything!

She is worth every penny and then some =)
Gretchen was absolutely wonderful! I really don't know how we would have pulled everything off without her. Our point of Read more...
Gretchen was absolutely wonderful! I really don't know how we would have pulled everything off without her. Our point of contact at our reception venue was less than responsive through the entire planning process, but once we hired Gretchen, she took care of everything!

She is worth every penny and then some =) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Alison
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.6/5.0
Gretchen Wade was truly professional. She listened and added her own insight without taking away from what my husband and I wanted. She knew how to get the best with the money we had to use for the wedding. I would recommend her to anyone that is in need of a wedding planner. She truly knows what she is doing and how to make sure your happy.
Gretchen Wade was truly professional. She listened and added her own insight without taking away from what my husband and Read more...
Gretchen Wade was truly professional. She listened and added her own insight without taking away from what my husband and I wanted. She knew how to get the best with the money we had to use for the wedding. I would recommend her to anyone that is in need of a wedding planner. She truly knows what she is doing and how to make sure your happy. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/5/2008
5.0/5.0
Gretchen Wade was truly wonderful in her understanding of what my husband and I had envisioned for our big day. She listened to our ideas, and encorporated how best they would work for us as far as time and space. We felt comfortable with her approach and would recommend her for anyone looking to feel special and celebrated. It is because of her loyalty and caring about us as people, as opposed to a typical business negotiation, we had our dreams come true.
Gretchen Wade was truly wonderful in her understanding of what my husband and I had envisioned for our big day. She Read more...
Gretchen Wade was truly wonderful in her understanding of what my husband and I had envisioned for our big day. She listened to our ideas, and encorporated how best they would work for us as far as time and space. We felt comfortable with her approach and would recommend her for anyone looking to feel special and celebrated. It is because of her loyalty and caring about us as people, as opposed to a typical business negotiation, we had our dreams come true. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services
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