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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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Wedding:
9/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Gretchen of Dragonfly Events & Design was a dream to work with! The first time I called her, she listened to my ideas, looked at my Pinterest boards, and drafted a proposal of all my florals right then and there. She is SO creative and innovative- she saw my vision even better than I did! When I saw my bouquets, they were better than I had even pictured them in my head. My guests and photographer were all asking who my amazing florist was!

Her responsiveness and communication skills were top notch- even when I would email her in the middle of the night about colors, she got back to me ASAP with advice, and always answered or returned phone calls promptly.
Gretchen of Dragonfly Events & Design was a dream to work with! The first time I called her, she listened to my ideas, Read more...
Gretchen of Dragonfly Events & Design was a dream to work with! The first time I called her, she listened to my ideas, looked at my Pinterest boards, and drafted a proposal of all my florals right then and there. She is SO creative and innovative- she saw my vision even better than I did! When I saw my bouquets, they were better than I had even pictured them in my head. My guests and photographer were all asking who my amazing florist was!

Her responsiveness and communication skills were top notch- even when I would email her in the middle of the night about colors, she got back to me ASAP with advice, and always answered or returned phone calls promptly. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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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
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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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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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