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Memory Lane Engagements

MD
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MD 20874 US

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240-688-6237

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ABOUT US

Founded in 2004, Memory Lane Engagements is a full service wedding planning company serving Maryland, DC and Virginia. Owned and operated by Shannon Calabrese, a former planner for... Read more
Founded in 2004, Memory Lane Engagements is a full service wedding planning company serving Maryland, DC and Virginia. Owned and operated by Shannon Calabrese, a former planner for celebrity speakers throughout the nation, Memory Lane Engagements has the expertise you need to make your wedding day everything you dreamed it would be.

We assure a smooth and fun planning process and are passionate about making every minor or large detail flawless. Without a doubt our simple but classy eye for detail is taken to the next level.

We look forward to being a part of your special day! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was perfect! I didn't worry about anything (and from what I heard later there were definitely a few things that I could have spent time worrying about!) Shannon made us feel like guests at our own wedding. We spent no time running around taking care of last minute details because it was already taken care of. We knew exactly what to do and when to do it, because Shannon made sure it happened. She delivered a completely personalized wedding and catered to our every desire! Memory Lane Engagements made our wedding day relaxing, fun and completely stress free!!
Our wedding day was perfect! I didn't worry about anything (and from what I heard later there were definitely a few things Read more...
Our wedding day was perfect! I didn't worry about anything (and from what I heard later there were definitely a few things that I could have spent time worrying about!) Shannon made us feel like guests at our own wedding. We spent no time running around taking care of last minute details because it was already taken care of. We knew exactly what to do and when to do it, because Shannon made sure it happened. She delivered a completely personalized wedding and catered to our every desire! Memory Lane Engagements made our wedding day relaxing, fun and completely stress free!! Read less
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JBM
Wedding:
1/16/2010
4.9/5.0
Hiring Shannon was by far the best decision I made for my entire wedding. I did it relatively late in the process because I was convinced I didn't need a day-of coordinator. For those of you who are thinking that - you're wrong! Do it! And Shannon was just the right person to hire. She is organized, friendly, attentive, and experienced. You won't be disappointed with Shannon!
Hiring Shannon was by far the best decision I made for my entire wedding. I did it relatively late in the process because Read more...
Hiring Shannon was by far the best decision I made for my entire wedding. I did it relatively late in the process because I was convinced I didn't need a day-of coordinator. For those of you who are thinking that - you're wrong! Do it! And Shannon was just the right person to hire. She is organized, friendly, attentive, and experienced. You won't be disappointed with Shannon! Read less
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Niki
Wedding:
6/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Shannon was wonderful to work with and so helpful. She was upfront about all fees and what would add additional fees and what wouldnt. She was very helpful through the whole process and I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Both my husband and I and our parents were able to relax and enjoy everything our day had to offer. She was the best money we spent and totally affordable. I highly recommend using Memory Lane Engagements. She helped make our wedding day absolutely perfect.
Shannon was wonderful to work with and so helpful. She was upfront about all fees and what would add additional fees and Read more...
Shannon was wonderful to work with and so helpful. She was upfront about all fees and what would add additional fees and what wouldnt. She was very helpful through the whole process and I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Both my husband and I and our parents were able to relax and enjoy everything our day had to offer. She was the best money we spent and totally affordable. I highly recommend using Memory Lane Engagements. She helped make our wedding day absolutely perfect. Read less
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Jeanie P
Wedding:
6/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Shannon and her team made the day perfect. We didn't have to worry about anything. She was well organized and pleasant to deal with.

We had done all the planning but the one thing we couldn't figure out was how to deal with the day of the wedding. Our reception vendor had Memory Lane Engagements as one of their recommended vendors and from the first phone call, we knew we were hiring the right person. She dealt with all our vendors, providing them and us with timelines and made sure that everything went as scheduled.

Shannon and her team made the day very un-stressful, everything flowed like clockwork and I highly recommend her for anyone planning a wedding. We couldn't have done it without her.
Shannon and her team made the day perfect. We didn't have to worry about anything. She was well organized and pleasant to Read more...
Shannon and her team made the day perfect. We didn't have to worry about anything. She was well organized and pleasant to deal with.

We had done all the planning but the one thing we couldn't figure out was how to deal with the day of the wedding. Our reception vendor had Memory Lane Engagements as one of their recommended vendors and from the first phone call, we knew we were hiring the right person. She dealt with all our vendors, providing them and us with timelines and made sure that everything went as scheduled.

Shannon and her team made the day very un-stressful, everything flowed like clockwork and I highly recommend her for anyone planning a wedding. We couldn't have done it without her. Read less
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01280
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
Shannon made the day stress-free and is a true professional and expert in her field.
Shannon made the day stress-free and is a true professional and expert in her field.
Shannon made the day stress-free and is a true professional and expert in her field. Read less
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Chels
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
What can I say about Shannon? It’s hard for me to write this review because she was absolutely the glue that held our wedding together and I don’t exactly know how to communicate that—words don’t seem to be enough. However, I will do my best because I think she was absolutely the most important vendor I selected in order to pull-off the wedding of my dreams. So, let my try to outline some of my highlights about Shannon:

#1—Shannon’s prices are beyond reasonable for the services that she provides (dare I say she actually may charge too little for as much work as she puts in).

#2—When I first met Shannon, besides being very pregnant, she impressed me as someone who would “get things done.” By this, I mean that she seemed to be the type of person that, when needed, could pull out a little attitude to accomplish her goals. In fact, when I hired Shannon I told her that I chose to hire her because I could tell she had “just a touch of bitch” in her and I knew that she would wield her sword of attitude, if needed. I knew we were a match when she laughed and agreed with me and wasn’t offended by my comment.

#3—In working with Shannon I found that she cares very much for her brides—she actually treats them as friends rather than clients. She only takes on a few weddings per year (as she is primarily a stay-at-home mom) and so she puts in the time to get to know her brides so she can offer more personalized attention than some other planners I have heard of.

#4—Shannon has some excellent connections in the wedding industry and therefore is able to get discounts and other freebies or thro-ins from certain vendors. Case in point, I saved 10% on my entire linen order because Shannon had a relationship with the vendor I chose (and that vendor was the only one in the area who could offer me the linens I wanted and the pre-discounted price was stellar, so the discount only sweetened the pot even more!).

Finally, I think the best way to sum up Shannon’s excellence is to offer a story about my mother. When I first started planning for the wedding, I knew within 3 weeks that I would need someone in my corner to help me. My mom thought I was ridiculous for wanting to hire a wedding planner and told me not to waste my money and that she knew I was anal retentive and organized enough to do it on my own (which, truthfully I am!). However, I knew that I wanted someone to take the pressure off of me and assist me in finding the right vendors for my needs—I’ve never been married before, how do I know what a good price for flowers is? Well, after we had been planning for about 6 months and during our third trip to the bridal store (which was over an hour’s drive for Shannon), my mom pulled me aside and told me how glad she was that I had hired Shannon. Furthermore, as far as day-of coordination is concerned, Shannon was invaluable and I had both of my parents as well as my new in-laws singing her praises in how much easier she made the entire process for everyone.

I know I haven’t said nearly enough, but I must indicate that Shannon was by far the most important person I hired to help me with our wedding. I’m not sure if I could have done it without her.
What can I say about Shannon? Its hard for me to write this review because she was absolutely the glue that held our Read more...
What can I say about Shannon? It’s hard for me to write this review because she was absolutely the glue that held our wedding together and I don’t exactly know how to communicate that—words don’t seem to be enough. However, I will do my best because I think she was absolutely the most important vendor I selected in order to pull-off the wedding of my dreams. So, let my try to outline some of my highlights about Shannon:

#1—Shannon’s prices are beyond reasonable for the services that she provides (dare I say she actually may charge too little for as much work as she puts in).

#2—When I first met Shannon, besides being very pregnant, she impressed me as someone who would “get things done.” By this, I mean that she seemed to be the type of person that, when needed, could pull out a little attitude to accomplish her goals. In fact, when I hired Shannon I told her that I chose to hire her because I could tell she had “just a touch of bitch” in her and I knew that she would wield her sword of attitude, if needed. I knew we were a match when she laughed and agreed with me and wasn’t offended by my comment.

#3—In working with Shannon I found that she cares very much for her brides—she actually treats them as friends rather than clients. She only takes on a few weddings per year (as she is primarily a stay-at-home mom) and so she puts in the time to get to know her brides so she can offer more personalized attention than some other planners I have heard of.

#4—Shannon has some excellent connections in the wedding industry and therefore is able to get discounts and other freebies or thro-ins from certain vendors. Case in point, I saved 10% on my entire linen order because Shannon had a relationship with the vendor I chose (and that vendor was the only one in the area who could offer me the linens I wanted and the pre-discounted price was stellar, so the discount only sweetened the pot even more!).

Finally, I think the best way to sum up Shannon’s excellence is to offer a story about my mother. When I first started planning for the wedding, I knew within 3 weeks that I would need someone in my corner to help me. My mom thought I was ridiculous for wanting to hire a wedding planner and told me not to waste my money and that she knew I was anal retentive and organized enough to do it on my own (which, truthfully I am!). However, I knew that I wanted someone to take the pressure off of me and assist me in finding the right vendors for my needs—I’ve never been married before, how do I know what a good price for flowers is? Well, after we had been planning for about 6 months and during our third trip to the bridal store (which was over an hour’s drive for Shannon), my mom pulled me aside and told me how glad she was that I had hired Shannon. Furthermore, as far as day-of coordination is concerned, Shannon was invaluable and I had both of my parents as well as my new in-laws singing her praises in how much easier she made the entire process for everyone.

I know I haven’t said nearly enough, but I must indicate that Shannon was by far the most important person I hired to help me with our wedding. I’m not sure if I could have done it without her. Read less
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Stephen
Wedding:
9/6/2008
5.0/5.0
In all ways, Shannon at Memory Lane Engagements performed above and beyond our expectations.

With smooth and impressive execution, Shannon was able to switch our wedding at the last minute (because of Hurricane Hannah) from an outdoor tented event for 240 people to inside our venue's visitors center, which had a capacity for only about 175 people. Shannon had both the skills to manage multiple vendors throughout this process and the understanding of our vision and desires to make our wedding reception more beautiful than we could have ever imagined it to be when moved indoors.

We originally took on all of the planning for our wedding ourselves, but we realized it was too much work and stress to manage all of the vendors and other small details. We found Memory Lane Engagements online and contacted Shannon for the day-of wedding coordination services. At our first meeting Shannon basically took over all of the stressful aspects of wedding planning and served as the liaison between us and our vendors - it was such a huge relief. Shannon was extremely responsive, professional, flexible and friendly throughout the whole process. In the face of so many setbacks (an exponentially growing guest count, an extremely regulated venue, a hurricane, and the list goes on), Shannon took everything in stride. So many people told us that our ceremony and reception were among their favorites they had attended. We are so happy that we found Memory Lane Engagements - the services and attention we received were worth every penny.

If we had to do it all over again, we would not change anything - and the majority of this sentiment can be attributed to how well Shannon took care of us and our wedding.

Thanks Shannon!!!

Stephen and Christina Johnston
Washington, D.C.
Wedding Date: 09/06/2008
In all ways, Shannon at Memory Lane Engagements performed above and beyond our expectations.

With smooth and Read more...
In all ways, Shannon at Memory Lane Engagements performed above and beyond our expectations.

With smooth and impressive execution, Shannon was able to switch our wedding at the last minute (because of Hurricane Hannah) from an outdoor tented event for 240 people to inside our venue's visitors center, which had a capacity for only about 175 people. Shannon had both the skills to manage multiple vendors throughout this process and the understanding of our vision and desires to make our wedding reception more beautiful than we could have ever imagined it to be when moved indoors.

We originally took on all of the planning for our wedding ourselves, but we realized it was too much work and stress to manage all of the vendors and other small details. We found Memory Lane Engagements online and contacted Shannon for the day-of wedding coordination services. At our first meeting Shannon basically took over all of the stressful aspects of wedding planning and served as the liaison between us and our vendors - it was such a huge relief. Shannon was extremely responsive, professional, flexible and friendly throughout the whole process. In the face of so many setbacks (an exponentially growing guest count, an extremely regulated venue, a hurricane, and the list goes on), Shannon took everything in stride. So many people told us that our ceremony and reception were among their favorites they had attended. We are so happy that we found Memory Lane Engagements - the services and attention we received were worth every penny.

If we had to do it all over again, we would not change anything - and the majority of this sentiment can be attributed to how well Shannon took care of us and our wedding.

Thanks Shannon!!!

Stephen and Christina Johnston
Washington, D.C.
Wedding Date: 09/06/2008 Read less
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Vicky
Wedding:
8/31/2008
5.0/5.0
Hiring Shannon was the best thing I could have done for myself and my wedding day!!! I had a Russian-Jewish wedding so there was a bit of a language barrier between her and some of my vendors. However, Shannon handled it like a champ. She was extremely flexible with everyone and took charge in making quick decisions to any last minute changes that needed to be made. She was always there when I needed her, especially during the technical difficulties that I was having with my dress. No matter what was going on she was on top of it. Before the ceremony started, Shannon came with a suitcase of items needed should anything come up. This greatly put me at ease during such a hectic occasion. I would recommend Shannon to any and everyone. She truly is the best vendor you can hire for your wedding. Thanks for everything Shannon!!!!!
Hiring Shannon was the best thing I could have done for myself and my wedding day!!! I had a Russian-Jewish wedding so Read more...
Hiring Shannon was the best thing I could have done for myself and my wedding day!!! I had a Russian-Jewish wedding so there was a bit of a language barrier between her and some of my vendors. However, Shannon handled it like a champ. She was extremely flexible with everyone and took charge in making quick decisions to any last minute changes that needed to be made. She was always there when I needed her, especially during the technical difficulties that I was having with my dress. No matter what was going on she was on top of it. Before the ceremony started, Shannon came with a suitcase of items needed should anything come up. This greatly put me at ease during such a hectic occasion. I would recommend Shannon to any and everyone. She truly is the best vendor you can hire for your wedding. Thanks for everything Shannon!!!!! Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Shannon was amazing she handled EVERYTHING she kept all of the vendors up to date as well as the wedding party. I was so impressed with how wonderfully she kept everything under control and if there were any issues with anything on my wedding day i had no idea she kept us on track with our time line but also let us enjoy the night. I have had so many compliments about how perfect and organized she was! i would recommend her to any one she really kept me and my husband relaxed and happy the whole day! If only i couold take her to work and home with me!!!
Shannon was amazing she handled EVERYTHING she kept all of the vendors up to date as well as the wedding party. I was so Read more...
Shannon was amazing she handled EVERYTHING she kept all of the vendors up to date as well as the wedding party. I was so impressed with how wonderfully she kept everything under control and if there were any issues with anything on my wedding day i had no idea she kept us on track with our time line but also let us enjoy the night. I have had so many compliments about how perfect and organized she was! i would recommend her to any one she really kept me and my husband relaxed and happy the whole day! If only i couold take her to work and home with me!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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The Mother of the Bride
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Shannon provided "Day of Event" services for us and we could not have been more pleased! All families have "issues" and Shannon handled a difficult situation between divorced spouses and remarried partners will professionalism and ease. She made what could have been a very stressful day for my daughter so easy and stress-free! She was VERY organized, made our day run smoothly, and coordinated delivery by all vendors. She was just GREAT! and I would recommend her highly to anyone needing full service or limited planning and event coordination.
Shannon provided "Day of Event" services for us and we could not have been more pleased! All families have "issues" and Read more...
Shannon provided "Day of Event" services for us and we could not have been more pleased! All families have "issues" and Shannon handled a difficult situation between divorced spouses and remarried partners will professionalism and ease. She made what could have been a very stressful day for my daughter so easy and stress-free! She was VERY organized, made our day run smoothly, and coordinated delivery by all vendors. She was just GREAT! and I would recommend her highly to anyone needing full service or limited planning and event coordination. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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