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Elegance & Simplicity

Bethesda , MD
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LOCATION

4915 Auburn Avenue, Suite 204
Bethesda, MD 20814 US (map)

PHONE

800-768-8814

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ABOUT US

Elegance & Simplicity Wedding & Event Designers, Inc. is a full service Wedding Planning & Floral Design firm based in the Washington, DC area. We specialize in mid to high-end weddings... Read more
Elegance & Simplicity Wedding & Event Designers, Inc. is a full service Wedding Planning & Floral Design firm based in the Washington, DC area. We specialize in mid to high-end weddings and eco-friendly weddings. We also have a sister office in the Dominican Republic.

Katie Martin owns Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. and is the editor of Elegance & Simplicity – Engaged & Green Blog as well as Eco-Beautiful Weddings. She written 5 books: The Everything Mother of the Bride Book 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions, and The Everything Wedding Book, 3rd and 4th Editions. Read less
Flowers , Wedding Planning

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INFO FOR FLOWERS

How would you describe the style of your floral designs?
Classic, Eclectic, Modern, Romantic, Rustic, Vintage
Which of the following services do you provide?
Clean Up, Consultations, Delivery, Event Design, Samples, Set Up, Venue Visit
What types of arrangements do you provide?
Aisle Decor, Altar Decor, Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Chuppah Decor, Corsages, Flower Petals, Non-Floral, Single Flowers, Table Arrangements

INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Guest List Creation, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
7

REVIEWS

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Caitlyn
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
Chrishaun and Katie made planning my wedding so easy! We had a ton of out of state guests who had so much fun due to their extensive planning for them as well. I seriously would have lost my mind without them! My mom had very specific decor she wanted and my husband and I were focused on the food! Everything was perfect! I am already planning a big birthday party for my dad with them! They have become our friends and we recommend them to anyone having any type of event! Love them!!!!
Chrishaun and Katie made planning my wedding so easy! We had a ton of out of state guests who had so much fun due to their Read more...
Chrishaun and Katie made planning my wedding so easy! We had a ton of out of state guests who had so much fun due to their extensive planning for them as well. I seriously would have lost my mind without them! My mom had very specific decor she wanted and my husband and I were focused on the food! Everything was perfect! I am already planning a big birthday party for my dad with them! They have become our friends and we recommend them to anyone having any type of event! Love them!!!! Read less
Services Used: Favors & Gifts, Flowers, Invitations, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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rjd2123
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Katie and her team went ABOVE AND BEYOND on my wedding day. Katie listened to what I said, and somehow translated exactly what I wanted into absolute perfection. My bouquet was one of the most gorgeous I've ever seen, my bridesmaids loved their bouquets, and the reception area looked like it was out of my dreams. Katie provided tons of lanterns, pretty antique looking bottles, and the perfect flowers on the reception tables. She and her husband also built the backdrop for our photo booth out of about a billion tissue paper poms, and she did uplighting as well! Everyone was raving about how gorgeous everything was, and I know she worked tirelessly in the cold and rain to make it all happen. Katie is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
Katie and her team went ABOVE AND BEYOND on my wedding day. Katie listened to what I said, and somehow translated exactly Read more...
Katie and her team went ABOVE AND BEYOND on my wedding day. Katie listened to what I said, and somehow translated exactly what I wanted into absolute perfection. My bouquet was one of the most gorgeous I've ever seen, my bridesmaids loved their bouquets, and the reception area looked like it was out of my dreams. Katie provided tons of lanterns, pretty antique looking bottles, and the perfect flowers on the reception tables. She and her husband also built the backdrop for our photo booth out of about a billion tissue paper poms, and she did uplighting as well! Everyone was raving about how gorgeous everything was, and I know she worked tirelessly in the cold and rain to make it all happen. Katie is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Maureen
Wedding:
4/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Selecting Elegance and Simplicity and Katie Martin as our wedding planner proved to be equally as important as selecting my husband to marry. Katie made the whole process manageable, easy to navigate, she has AMAZING connections and relationships with vendors, is incredibly well-respected in the industry, and made me feel important (and not crazy - which may be redundant). She takes so much pride in what she does -- and rightfully so -- she does amazing work!

Lastly, Katie is one of the most hard-working and caring people I've ever known. If you want someone who will provide you with great ideas, service, and creativity, count on Katie to make wedding planning fun and low-stress.
Selecting Elegance and Simplicity and Katie Martin as our wedding planner proved to be equally as important as selecting Read more...
Selecting Elegance and Simplicity and Katie Martin as our wedding planner proved to be equally as important as selecting my husband to marry. Katie made the whole process manageable, easy to navigate, she has AMAZING connections and relationships with vendors, is incredibly well-respected in the industry, and made me feel important (and not crazy - which may be redundant). She takes so much pride in what she does -- and rightfully so -- she does amazing work!

Lastly, Katie is one of the most hard-working and caring people I've ever known. If you want someone who will provide you with great ideas, service, and creativity, count on Katie to make wedding planning fun and low-stress. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Lori
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Katie did such a fantastic job with our flowers. She was very cognizant of working within our budget, and made lots of suggestions on how to get the look we wanted for less. It was clear she was very knowledgeable about all things flowers, and when I showed her my out-of-season dream bouquet that I found on Pinterest (of course), she knew exactly how to replicate the look with in-season flowers within our budget. When I finally saw my bouquet, I was blown away- it was the most beautiful bouquet I'd ever seen! So. Many. Compliments. And of course, the cake flowers, boutonnieres, bridesmaid bouquets, and table decorations were perfect. I also really appreciate that she is a green/eco-friendly business. I'd book her again in a heartbeat!
Katie did such a fantastic job with our flowers. She was very cognizant of working within our budget, and made lots of Read more...
Katie did such a fantastic job with our flowers. She was very cognizant of working within our budget, and made lots of suggestions on how to get the look we wanted for less. It was clear she was very knowledgeable about all things flowers, and when I showed her my out-of-season dream bouquet that I found on Pinterest (of course), she knew exactly how to replicate the look with in-season flowers within our budget. When I finally saw my bouquet, I was blown away- it was the most beautiful bouquet I'd ever seen! So. Many. Compliments. And of course, the cake flowers, boutonnieres, bridesmaid bouquets, and table decorations were perfect. I also really appreciate that she is a green/eco-friendly business. I'd book her again in a heartbeat! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
Elegance & Simplicity responded with the following comments:

Lori! Thanks so much for your wonderful review! I truly appreciate it! We loved working with you! You two were such a gorgeous couple and I appreciated all the details you had that day! Congrats to the two of and you thank you for choosing us! - Katie
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Katie
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Thank you Katie and Chrishaun!!! My mother was hoping things would be made a bit easier on us by hiring a good day-of coordinator for my wedding so we hired Katie and her team (and boy was my mom right). We had a meeting with Katie and our assigned coordinator, Chrishaun, who were just so lovely and so knowledgeable. They helped us with some final decor touches and helped us come up with a great reception itinerary. They contacted all our vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. Then the weather forecast came before my planned outdoor ceremony. Rain rain rain. Chrishaun actually bought a white umbrella for us to use (I had tried to find one with no luck at the last second) if we had to take rain pictures. Then when it came down to it, there was torrential rain ahead of our ceremony, which was moved into a closed tent, which then flooded 20 minutes before our ceremony was set to begin. Chrishaun kept a level-head through it all and helped me stay calm too! Our indoor, slightly flooded ceremony couldn't have been more gorgeous and I credit Chrishaun, her assistant Keya and my venue vendor with bringing everything together in the nick of time and turning a really unfortunate circumstance into the best (and most exciting) wedding ever! Thanks to the Elegance & Simplicity team!
Thank you Katie and Chrishaun!!! My mother was hoping things would be made a bit easier on us by hiring a good day-of Read more...
Thank you Katie and Chrishaun!!! My mother was hoping things would be made a bit easier on us by hiring a good day-of coordinator for my wedding so we hired Katie and her team (and boy was my mom right). We had a meeting with Katie and our assigned coordinator, Chrishaun, who were just so lovely and so knowledgeable. They helped us with some final decor touches and helped us come up with a great reception itinerary. They contacted all our vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. Then the weather forecast came before my planned outdoor ceremony. Rain rain rain. Chrishaun actually bought a white umbrella for us to use (I had tried to find one with no luck at the last second) if we had to take rain pictures. Then when it came down to it, there was torrential rain ahead of our ceremony, which was moved into a closed tent, which then flooded 20 minutes before our ceremony was set to begin. Chrishaun kept a level-head through it all and helped me stay calm too! Our indoor, slightly flooded ceremony couldn't have been more gorgeous and I credit Chrishaun, her assistant Keya and my venue vendor with bringing everything together in the nick of time and turning a really unfortunate circumstance into the best (and most exciting) wedding ever! Thanks to the Elegance & Simplicity team! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
Elegance & Simplicity responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! We absolutely loved working with you and your mom! We hated that it rained so much, but we were so happy everything turned out so nicely in the end! Thanks so much for choosing us! - Katie & Chrishaun
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Katie was great to work with from the start to finish. She was willing to work within our budget, was knowledgeable about prices and choices, and made suggestions for beautiful flower arrangements. When we wanted to make changes she was flexible and totally cooperative, giving us exactly what WE wanted. She communicated quickly and easily by email, and was available to meet in person when we requested it. On the day of the wedding she was there to personally make sure everything was set up to perfection, including pinning the corsages and boutonnieres! My daughter's bouquet was colorful, bountiful, and delicate. The floral arch on the gazebo was a perfect frame for our ceremony. The table decorations, including our own antique sour cream bottles, and moss and succulents on the table, were unique and beautiful. We highly recommend Elegance & Simplicity.
Katie was great to work with from the start to finish. She was willing to work within our budget, was knowledgeable about Read more...
Katie was great to work with from the start to finish. She was willing to work within our budget, was knowledgeable about prices and choices, and made suggestions for beautiful flower arrangements. When we wanted to make changes she was flexible and totally cooperative, giving us exactly what WE wanted. She communicated quickly and easily by email, and was available to meet in person when we requested it. On the day of the wedding she was there to personally make sure everything was set up to perfection, including pinning the corsages and boutonnieres! My daughter's bouquet was colorful, bountiful, and delicate. The floral arch on the gazebo was a perfect frame for our ceremony. The table decorations, including our own antique sour cream bottles, and moss and succulents on the table, were unique and beautiful. We highly recommend Elegance & Simplicity. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
Elegance & Simplicity responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much!!! We loved being part of your daughter's wedding day at Woodlawn! Thanks again for choosing us! Cheers! Katie
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Vanessa
Wedding:
2/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Katie is a ball of sunshine and positive attitude, and it was an easy decision to select her as our floral vendor. Katie patiently went through the floral needs/process with us several months from our wedding, and was incredibly patient when we changed/edited most of those needs/ideas a month or two out from the wedding. Katie was upfront about costs, honest about ways to stay within budget (what should stay, what should go, and what I could adjust), and found creative ways for us to stay within our budget (i.e. reusing the bridesmaid bouquets as a part of some of the table centerpieces). Katie was willing to go above and beyond to make our vision for our ceremony trellis a reality, which was able to be repurposed, in part, for the reception (a helpful way to get the most out of what you pay for!) The bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets were so beautiful and striking, and I received a lot of compliments on all of the floral arrangements and decor. If you want a vendor that will give you their best and do so with a smile and genuine happiness to serve you on the most important day of your life, look no further than Elegance & Simplicity!
Katie is a ball of sunshine and positive attitude, and it was an easy decision to select her as our floral vendor. Katie Read more...
Katie is a ball of sunshine and positive attitude, and it was an easy decision to select her as our floral vendor. Katie patiently went through the floral needs/process with us several months from our wedding, and was incredibly patient when we changed/edited most of those needs/ideas a month or two out from the wedding. Katie was upfront about costs, honest about ways to stay within budget (what should stay, what should go, and what I could adjust), and found creative ways for us to stay within our budget (i.e. reusing the bridesmaid bouquets as a part of some of the table centerpieces). Katie was willing to go above and beyond to make our vision for our ceremony trellis a reality, which was able to be repurposed, in part, for the reception (a helpful way to get the most out of what you pay for!) The bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets were so beautiful and striking, and I received a lot of compliments on all of the floral arrangements and decor. If you want a vendor that will give you their best and do so with a smile and genuine happiness to serve you on the most important day of your life, look no further than Elegance & Simplicity! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
Elegance & Simplicity responded with the following comments:

I was so honored to be part of your day!!! Thanks so much for choosing us!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Super friendly to work with. Happy attitude and very organized. My wedding went off without a hitch!! The flowered and displays were stunning!
Super friendly to work with. Happy attitude and very organized. My wedding went off without a hitch!! The flowered and Read more...
Super friendly to work with. Happy attitude and very organized. My wedding went off without a hitch!! The flowered and displays were stunning! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
Elegance & Simplicity responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much Victoria! We loved being part of your day! We had so much fun with your families!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were incredibly fortunate to find Katie and all her amazing staff at Elegance & Simplicity! Our October wedding was smooth and easy, from start to finish, because of Katie's professionalism and guidance. With her recommendations, we also found a great deejay, photographer, and hair/makeup stylists. We felt confident that all would work out beautifully -- and it did! Katie's floral arrangements were also spectacular; I absolutely loved my bridal bouquet! We'd recommend Katie and Elegance & Simplicity for any event.
We were incredibly fortunate to find Katie and all her amazing staff at Elegance & Simplicity! Our October wedding was Read more...
We were incredibly fortunate to find Katie and all her amazing staff at Elegance & Simplicity! Our October wedding was smooth and easy, from start to finish, because of Katie's professionalism and guidance. With her recommendations, we also found a great deejay, photographer, and hair/makeup stylists. We felt confident that all would work out beautifully -- and it did! Katie's floral arrangements were also spectacular; I absolutely loved my bridal bouquet! We'd recommend Katie and Elegance & Simplicity for any event. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
Elegance & Simplicity responded with the following comments:

Being part of your wedding day was one of our highlights of the fall season! It was wonderful working with you and your entire family! Congratulations!
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Do you want to spend your wedding enjoying yourself or dealing with your vendors? Do yourself a favor and hire a wedding planner who has worked with your vendors and at your venue. Hire Katie Martin--especially if your event is at Woodend. Katie is easy to work with, responsive and helpful. We had a beautiful, stress free event. I couldn't be happier!
Do you want to spend your wedding enjoying yourself or dealing with your vendors? Do yourself a favor and hire a wedding Read more...
Do you want to spend your wedding enjoying yourself or dealing with your vendors? Do yourself a favor and hire a wedding planner who has worked with your vendors and at your venue. Hire Katie Martin--especially if your event is at Woodend. Katie is easy to work with, responsive and helpful. We had a beautiful, stress free event. I couldn't be happier! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
Elegance & Simplicity responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much Amanda!!! We loved being part of your wedding day!

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