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Plan It Perfect

Baltimore , MD
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516 N. Charles Street, Suite 308
Baltimore, MD US 21201 (map)

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410-685-4765

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ABOUT US

Celebrating your special occasion does not mean you must resign to being overwhelmed throughout the entire process! No matter how much – or how little – assistance you need, Plan It... Read more
Celebrating your special occasion does not mean you must resign to being overwhelmed throughout the entire process! No matter how much – or how little – assistance you need, Plan It Perfect provides the guidance, support, and knowledge that will transform your vision into an exceptional reality! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

REVIEWS

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Sam
Wedding:
9/5/2014
5.0/5.0
I found Rachel a little over 2 months out, as I started freaking out about how everything would run day of. I had contacted 3 event planners and she got back in a timely manner, (one responded 2 weeks later, and one has still never responded to my inquiry). From the moment I met with Rachel, I felt like we were old friends, she is very calm and easy going which I really appreciated, as I was a little high strung at this point.

Throughout the whole process I found her very flexible with everything, meeting times, even sending me kind reminders that I still owed her something. I really appreciated her quick response time and her professional calm manner throughout the whole wedding planning though wedding day. I think she is unflappable. Both the husband I and I agree that this was the most valuable wedding money spent.

Working with Rachel in the planning process made me so relieved that everything would be ok. On the day of, we did not have to worry about anything. In the planning and on the day of, we also worked with two other Plan it Perfect planners: Natalie and Allison. On the day of, both of them were great at giving us the right amount of instruction and direction, Get ready at 1:00, be ready to go here at 1:30. They were also invaluable as I left my comfortable shoes in my hotel room, and they made sure I received them upstairs at the reception. They were like magic, somehow everything ended up where it was supposed to be at the time it was supposed to be there.

Rachel told me in one of our planning meetings that she wants her brides and grooms to be guests at their weddings, and I felt like the guest of honor. I did not have to worry about getting the placecards set up while simultaneously getting family pictures done. I could not be happier with Rachel, Natalie and Allison. They totally rocked our socks and made our wedding day super easy and even enjoyable! :)
I found Rachel a little over 2 months out, as I started freaking out about how everything would run day of. I had Read more...
I found Rachel a little over 2 months out, as I started freaking out about how everything would run day of. I had contacted 3 event planners and she got back in a timely manner, (one responded 2 weeks later, and one has still never responded to my inquiry). From the moment I met with Rachel, I felt like we were old friends, she is very calm and easy going which I really appreciated, as I was a little high strung at this point.

Throughout the whole process I found her very flexible with everything, meeting times, even sending me kind reminders that I still owed her something. I really appreciated her quick response time and her professional calm manner throughout the whole wedding planning though wedding day. I think she is unflappable. Both the husband I and I agree that this was the most valuable wedding money spent.

Working with Rachel in the planning process made me so relieved that everything would be ok. On the day of, we did not have to worry about anything. In the planning and on the day of, we also worked with two other Plan it Perfect planners: Natalie and Allison. On the day of, both of them were great at giving us the right amount of instruction and direction, Get ready at 1:00, be ready to go here at 1:30. They were also invaluable as I left my comfortable shoes in my hotel room, and they made sure I received them upstairs at the reception. They were like magic, somehow everything ended up where it was supposed to be at the time it was supposed to be there.

Rachel told me in one of our planning meetings that she wants her brides and grooms to be guests at their weddings, and I felt like the guest of honor. I did not have to worry about getting the placecards set up while simultaneously getting family pictures done. I could not be happier with Rachel, Natalie and Allison. They totally rocked our socks and made our wedding day super easy and even enjoyable! :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We spent over a year working with Rachel of Plan It Perfect on our wedding. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and we would recommend her to anyone! She is incredibly responsive, detail-oriented, and knowledgeable about the event industry. She was extraordinarily capable of balancing the desires and needs of the bride and groom, as well as all of the parents involved, and keeping everyone calm and organized. Thank you so much, Rachel, for a magnificent wedding, well-planned!
We spent over a year working with Rachel of Plan It Perfect on our wedding. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and Read more...
We spent over a year working with Rachel of Plan It Perfect on our wedding. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and we would recommend her to anyone! She is incredibly responsive, detail-oriented, and knowledgeable about the event industry. She was extraordinarily capable of balancing the desires and needs of the bride and groom, as well as all of the parents involved, and keeping everyone calm and organized. Thank you so much, Rachel, for a magnificent wedding, well-planned! Read less
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Maura
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
My brother-in-law and his girlfriend found Rachel for us, and we are so thankful. We planned our wedding in only a few months, and we were out of town, so there's no way we could have done it alone. But Rachel was more than we could have expected. She was great to work with. She kept us on track, she took care of things for us, and most importantly she was cool with what we wanted and never pushed her taste or the "you have to do this" type of stuff. And at the actual event, she was amazing. Nothing would have gotten done without her!
My brother-in-law and his girlfriend found Rachel for us, and we are so thankful. We planned our wedding in only a few Read more...
My brother-in-law and his girlfriend found Rachel for us, and we are so thankful. We planned our wedding in only a few months, and we were out of town, so there's no way we could have done it alone. But Rachel was more than we could have expected. She was great to work with. She kept us on track, she took care of things for us, and most importantly she was cool with what we wanted and never pushed her taste or the "you have to do this" type of stuff. And at the actual event, she was amazing. Nothing would have gotten done without her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I hired Rachel and Plan It Perfect for month out planning. Rachel was extremely professional, flexible, and very responsive. I tend to be a control freak and she kept me in the loop throughout the wedding process. I had a hard time working with my venue and she managed the entire process for me. Her day of coordination was integral to the smooth execution of my wedding. She coordinated with the band, the photographer, and the caterer. She planned the entire day from the minute I woke up to the minute the wedding was over. Hiring Rachel was the best decision I made and I strongly recommend her services for your next event.
I hired Rachel and Plan It Perfect for month out planning. Rachel was extremely professional, flexible, and very Read more...
I hired Rachel and Plan It Perfect for month out planning. Rachel was extremely professional, flexible, and very responsive. I tend to be a control freak and she kept me in the loop throughout the wedding process. I had a hard time working with my venue and she managed the entire process for me. Her day of coordination was integral to the smooth execution of my wedding. She coordinated with the band, the photographer, and the caterer. She planned the entire day from the minute I woke up to the minute the wedding was over. Hiring Rachel was the best decision I made and I strongly recommend her services for your next event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I contacted about 20 wedding planners/coordinators and honestly didn’t love any of them. I wanted personal attention and someone with experience both at my venue and with Jewish weddings. Also, most of the planners that did day of wouldn’t book until six months out and being the planner I am, that didn’t work for me. During a meeting with my caterer (Putting on the Ritz) the owner (Bobby) mentioned Rachel of Plan It Perfect. He explained that Plan It Perfect was owned by Cate who he “stole” and now works at Puttin on the Ritz. I called Rachel and figured what’s one more conversation. Rachel from the first chat was sharp, calm, knowledgeable, caring and overall wonderful. We didn’t need to but we met in person and I knew she was “the one” :) Not only did she not care that I was booking her so far out, but she was reasonably priced. Initially I hired her for day­-of coordination but about 11 months out I started getting overwhelmed and needed a little more direction (and support to be honest). I called Rachel. She said we could customize something to make it work for me and that’s what I did. We amended the contract to add more meetings and it was all very reasonably priced, especially since it was adding more work for her than she initially intended/agreed to. Since I had already booked her for the wedding she could have really overcharged for the extras, knowing I basically would have had to pay it, but she didn’t. In the wedding industry to find someone who doesn’t overcharge or gouge you just because they can is a rarity. Before I did this I had a couple of “meltdowns” and Rachel walked me through them and helped me out and even reviewed a contract I was very concerned about. None of this was in her contract but she did it anyway and I’m so grateful for that. Overall Rachel was helpful, knowledgeable, talented and resourceful. I'd use her again in an instant.
Icontactedabout20weddingplanners/coordinatorsandhonestlydidn’tloveanyofthem.Iwantedpersonalattentionandsomeonewith Read more...
I contacted about 20 wedding planners/coordinators and honestly didn’t love any of them. I wanted personal attention and someone with experience both at my venue and with Jewish weddings. Also, most of the planners that did day of wouldn’t book until six months out and being the planner I am, that didn’t work for me. During a meeting with my caterer (Putting on the Ritz) the owner (Bobby) mentioned Rachel of Plan It Perfect. He explained that Plan It Perfect was owned by Cate who he “stole” and now works at Puttin on the Ritz. I called Rachel and figured what’s one more conversation. Rachel from the first chat was sharp, calm, knowledgeable, caring and overall wonderful. We didn’t need to but we met in person and I knew she was “the one” :) Not only did she not care that I was booking her so far out, but she was reasonably priced. Initially I hired her for day­-of coordination but about 11 months out I started getting overwhelmed and needed a little more direction (and support to be honest). I called Rachel. She said we could customize something to make it work for me and that’s what I did. We amended the contract to add more meetings and it was all very reasonably priced, especially since it was adding more work for her than she initially intended/agreed to. Since I had already booked her for the wedding she could have really overcharged for the extras, knowing I basically would have had to pay it, but she didn’t. In the wedding industry to find someone who doesn’t overcharge or gouge you just because they can is a rarity. Before I did this I had a couple of “meltdowns” and Rachel walked me through them and helped me out and even reviewed a contract I was very concerned about. None of this was in her contract but she did it anyway and I’m so grateful for that. Overall Rachel was helpful, knowledgeable, talented and resourceful. I'd use her again in an instant. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
I hired Rachel about a month before my wedding and it was the best decision I made. She was extremely helpful the entire day. She really paid attention to the details so I didn't have to worry about them. When it seemed like it was going to rain the day of the wedding, Rachel was able to arrange a beautiful indoor venue for us to take our pictures. Even though our wedding started late because of the rain, Rachel was able to work with all of the vendors and get us back on schedule. She really went above and beyond and we were so thankful for her help.
I hired Rachel about a month before my wedding and it was the best decision I made. She was extremely helpful the entire Read more...
I hired Rachel about a month before my wedding and it was the best decision I made. She was extremely helpful the entire day. She really paid attention to the details so I didn't have to worry about them. When it seemed like it was going to rain the day of the wedding, Rachel was able to arrange a beautiful indoor venue for us to take our pictures. Even though our wedding started late because of the rain, Rachel was able to work with all of the vendors and get us back on schedule. She really went above and beyond and we were so thankful for her help. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rachel Shaw is underpriced! Her services from start to finish were priceless. As mother of the bride, I could not have foreseen the value of her services as this was our first wedding. Especially critical was Rache's 'day of coordination' which allowed everyone to fully enjoy the event without a single worry or concern. Because one thing we all learned is that things do go wrong, unexpected things happen and it was Rachel who handled them calmly without alerting guests. That is priceless! Her energy, resourcefullness and willingness to 'do what it takes' makes her services priceless! I will never host an important event without her!
Rachel Shaw is underpriced! Her services from start to finish were priceless. As mother of the bride, I could not have Read more...
Rachel Shaw is underpriced! Her services from start to finish were priceless. As mother of the bride, I could not have foreseen the value of her services as this was our first wedding. Especially critical was Rache's 'day of coordination' which allowed everyone to fully enjoy the event without a single worry or concern. Because one thing we all learned is that things do go wrong, unexpected things happen and it was Rachel who handled them calmly without alerting guests. That is priceless! Her energy, resourcefullness and willingness to 'do what it takes' makes her services priceless! I will never host an important event without her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We worked with Rachel Shaw as our day of planner and HIGHLY recommend her. She was efficient, capable, knowledgeable, firm, organized and a million other things that you'd want in a planner. She also knows a large number or local vendors and was really willing to suggest them to me. Her suggestions were solid! I can honestly say that our wedding would not have been the success it was without her help and expertise. To top it all off, she is super friendly, relaxed and has a great sense of humor. Worth every dollar.
We worked with Rachel Shaw as our day of planner and HIGHLY recommend her. She was efficient, capable, knowledgeable, Read more...
We worked with Rachel Shaw as our day of planner and HIGHLY recommend her. She was efficient, capable, knowledgeable, firm, organized and a million other things that you'd want in a planner. She also knows a large number or local vendors and was really willing to suggest them to me. Her suggestions were solid! I can honestly say that our wedding would not have been the success it was without her help and expertise. To top it all off, she is super friendly, relaxed and has a great sense of humor. Worth every dollar. Read less
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Pearl
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
I tried very hard to plan my wedding on my own but finally decided I needed help, so I hired Rachel about two months before the big day. This was probably the best decision I made throughout the entire process. Not only did she handle all of the tough logistics and coordinate pretty much everything of any importance, she kept me sane and supported me during the most stressful moments. I couldn't have chosen a more committed, harder working person to help me make my wedding day a success. She even remained cool when I gave her sass. Rachel is one tough cookie and now a treasured friend.
I tried very hard to plan my wedding on my own but finally decided I needed help, so I hired Rachel about two months Read more...
I tried very hard to plan my wedding on my own but finally decided I needed help, so I hired Rachel about two months before the big day. This was probably the best decision I made throughout the entire process. Not only did she handle all of the tough logistics and coordinate pretty much everything of any importance, she kept me sane and supported me during the most stressful moments. I couldn't have chosen a more committed, harder working person to help me make my wedding day a success. She even remained cool when I gave her sass. Rachel is one tough cookie and now a treasured friend. Read less
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Taylor
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
I could not have made it through our wedding day without Rachel and Kim from Plan It Perfect. Rachel made the planning process easy and thought about many things that I forgot. Rachel and Kim were a huge help on the wedding day. Our wedding with smooth because of them. Thank you!
I could not have made it through our wedding day without Rachel and Kim from Plan It Perfect. Rachel made the planning Read more...
I could not have made it through our wedding day without Rachel and Kim from Plan It Perfect. Rachel made the planning process easy and thought about many things that I forgot. Rachel and Kim were a huge help on the wedding day. Our wedding with smooth because of them. Thank you! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rachel Shaw and her staff of Plan it Perfect provided a partial customized
wedding plan for my son's wedding. This included guidance ahead of time with a timeline of tasks each month, and vendor recommendations in the Baltimore area. She also communicated as needed with both parents of the groom and bride and groom. The week of the wedding, she kicked in with assistance with welcome bag drop off at hotels, itemized drop off at the venue, confirmation with vendors, organization of the rehearsal, set up of the reception, and organization of the wedding day from start to finish. She also followed up after the event with packing up items immediately after the event, and reclaiming personal items that had been left, a couple of days later. In addition to her services, she was a source of assistance through the planning process, a source of organization through the event, and an advocate to all of us through it all, with any problems that cropped up, as well as helping with proper pinning of corsages, placement of cummerbunds, or order and timing of the ceremonial processions. I can't imagine having done it without her help!
Rachel Shaw and her staff of Plan it Perfect provided a partial customized
wedding plan for my son's wedding. This Read more...
Rachel Shaw and her staff of Plan it Perfect provided a partial customized
wedding plan for my son's wedding. This included guidance ahead of time with a timeline of tasks each month, and vendor recommendations in the Baltimore area. She also communicated as needed with both parents of the groom and bride and groom. The week of the wedding, she kicked in with assistance with welcome bag drop off at hotels, itemized drop off at the venue, confirmation with vendors, organization of the rehearsal, set up of the reception, and organization of the wedding day from start to finish. She also followed up after the event with packing up items immediately after the event, and reclaiming personal items that had been left, a couple of days later. In addition to her services, she was a source of assistance through the planning process, a source of organization through the event, and an advocate to all of us through it all, with any problems that cropped up, as well as helping with proper pinning of corsages, placement of cummerbunds, or order and timing of the ceremonial processions. I can't imagine having done it without her help! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
1/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachel was our saving grace. Our calming presence and voice of reason during our wedding planning process. She is so experienced with the wedding process that she made my mom and I feel so at ease with her and we knew we could trust her. Our main reason for hiring her was for day of coordination. She ended up becoming a much bigger help when it came to vendors and contract "negotiations." She knows almost everyone in the wedding world and offered a lot of help when it came time to try out vendors. Our wedding day went off without a hitch (that I know of!) and she helped transform our space into my wedding dream. Do yourself a favor and hire an event planner that knows your area and is in sync with your vision. I can't imagine having to do the things she did AND get married.
Rachel was our saving grace. Our calming presence and voice of reason during our wedding planning process. She is so Read more...
Rachel was our saving grace. Our calming presence and voice of reason during our wedding planning process. She is so experienced with the wedding process that she made my mom and I feel so at ease with her and we knew we could trust her. Our main reason for hiring her was for day of coordination. She ended up becoming a much bigger help when it came to vendors and contract "negotiations." She knows almost everyone in the wedding world and offered a lot of help when it came time to try out vendors. Our wedding day went off without a hitch (that I know of!) and she helped transform our space into my wedding dream. Do yourself a favor and hire an event planner that knows your area and is in sync with your vision. I can't imagine having to do the things she did AND get married. Read less
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Delali
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachel was an absolute life saver. We were able to bring her in two months before the wedding and she took complete ownership of the weekend. The whole staff at Plan It Perfect made sure that we were able to enjoy our wedding instead of trying to run it ourselves. Between a huge wedding party, multiple vendors, and guests, they coordinated the day to perfection, never missing a beat, and never missing all of the little details that were so important for us. Rachel is awesome and we would definitely recommend her.
Rachel was an absolute life saver. We were able to bring her in two months before the wedding and she took complete Read more...
Rachel was an absolute life saver. We were able to bring her in two months before the wedding and she took complete ownership of the weekend. The whole staff at Plan It Perfect made sure that we were able to enjoy our wedding instead of trying to run it ourselves. Between a huge wedding party, multiple vendors, and guests, they coordinated the day to perfection, never missing a beat, and never missing all of the little details that were so important for us. Rachel is awesome and we would definitely recommend her. Read less
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Chris-Ellyn
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
There is no way to describe how important Rachel was to the success of my daughter's wedding. All along I didn't think I needed a coordinator but luckily our photographer kept suggesting we change our mind. I mean I was already spending a lot of money-but if I hadn't hired Rachel it would have been a little wasted. I hired her only about 10 weeks before the wedding after reading a chapter in a wedding book that talked about schedule. Then I realized who was going to make the schedule work and I panicked. Luckily she was available. She literally took care of everything and let me enjoy the day. There were no slipups but plenty of little things that popped up at the last minute that she handled. All with calmness and aplomb. The price was more than worth it and I would recommend that everyone had a day coordinator if you want to enjoy the event.
There is no way to describe how important Rachel was to the success of my daughter's wedding. All along I didn't think I Read more...
There is no way to describe how important Rachel was to the success of my daughter's wedding. All along I didn't think I needed a coordinator but luckily our photographer kept suggesting we change our mind. I mean I was already spending a lot of money-but if I hadn't hired Rachel it would have been a little wasted. I hired her only about 10 weeks before the wedding after reading a chapter in a wedding book that talked about schedule. Then I realized who was going to make the schedule work and I panicked. Luckily she was available. She literally took care of everything and let me enjoy the day. There were no slipups but plenty of little things that popped up at the last minute that she handled. All with calmness and aplomb. The price was more than worth it and I would recommend that everyone had a day coordinator if you want to enjoy the event. Read less
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Nancy
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachel is amazing, she attends to all of the wedding details and provides very sound advice throughout the entire wedding planning process. On the wedding day she goes above and beyond to make sure everything with the wedding flows very smoothly. She does all this in a very unobstrusive manner and on top of all that she is very nice!! Without Plan it Perfect my wedding would have been way stressful for me, but Rachel took care of everything and that allowed me to just relax and enjoy my special day!
Rachel is amazing, she attends to all of the wedding details and provides very sound advice throughout the entire wedding Read more...
Rachel is amazing, she attends to all of the wedding details and provides very sound advice throughout the entire wedding planning process. On the wedding day she goes above and beyond to make sure everything with the wedding flows very smoothly. She does all this in a very unobstrusive manner and on top of all that she is very nice!! Without Plan it Perfect my wedding would have been way stressful for me, but Rachel took care of everything and that allowed me to just relax and enjoy my special day! Read less
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Whitney
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachel Shaw and everyone at Plan it Perfect made my wedding truly a day to remember! I didn't have to do anything expect hang out with my family and get ready for the night. I was relaxed and enjoyed my whole day. I wouldn't change anything that she took care of because it seemed like she really understood who I (and my husband) were and implemented everything with care as if it was her own wedding.
Rachel Shaw and everyone at Plan it Perfect made my wedding truly a day to remember! I didn't have to do anything expect Read more...
Rachel Shaw and everyone at Plan it Perfect made my wedding truly a day to remember! I didn't have to do anything expect hang out with my family and get ready for the night. I was relaxed and enjoyed my whole day. I wouldn't change anything that she took care of because it seemed like she really understood who I (and my husband) were and implemented everything with care as if it was her own wedding. Read less
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JULIETTE
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
It was my initial thought to do all of the wedding planning myself, I mean how hard could it be right? … Wrong!!! With my crazy work schedule and double the number of guests we originally intended on having at our wedding, my husband suggested I get help and found Rachel with Plan It Perfect. It was the best decision ever!!! Unlike most young brides to be, I never pre-planned or envisioned my wedding day into so much detail, that I was becoming a nervous wreck with every day closer to the wedding. I never realized how many small details I was overseeing and with Rachel’s tremendous help, our wedding turned out to be the Best Day of Our Lives and I was able to enjoy every moment of it. She took the time to answer all of my silly questions and even took care of things which I was not able to handle myself. I could not attend every single vendor meeting in person and she took over for me and turned my vision into reality and even better!!! I am very thankful to Rachel for helping my dream wedding come true, without all of the stress and worries. Our day was even more beautiful than we had imagined. Thank you Rachel! Juliette & Matt
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It was my initial thought to do all of the wedding planning myself, I mean how hard could it be right? … Wrong!!! With my crazy work schedule and double the number of guests we originally intended on having at our wedding, my husband suggested I get help and found Rachel with Plan It Perfect. It was the best decision ever!!! Unlike most young brides to be, I never pre-planned or envisioned my wedding day into so much detail, that I was becoming a nervous wreck with every day closer to the wedding. I never realized how many small details I was overseeing and with Rachel’s tremendous help, our wedding turned out to be the Best Day of Our Lives and I was able to enjoy every moment of it. She took the time to answer all of my silly questions and even took care of things which I was not able to handle myself. I could not attend every single vendor meeting in person and she took over for me and turned my vision into reality and even better!!! I am very thankful to Rachel for helping my dream wedding come true, without all of the stress and worries. Our day was even more beautiful than we had imagined. Thank you Rachel! Juliette & Matt Read less
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kmsorrells
Wedding:
8/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael was amaizing! She was literally physically right next to me every step of the way... from contacting and meeting EVERY vendor, going to the store for me to pick out supplies and cardstock, to coming to the house or meeting for coffee to cut and assemble announcemnts/ invitations/... you name it, Rachael did it. A true life saver. Our wedding was such an enjoyable, stress free experience! I never worried once, because I knew that Rachael had it all under controle:)
Rachael was amaizing! She was literally physically right next to me every step of the way... from contacting and meeting Read more...
Rachael was amaizing! She was literally physically right next to me every step of the way... from contacting and meeting EVERY vendor, going to the store for me to pick out supplies and cardstock, to coming to the house or meeting for coffee to cut and assemble announcemnts/ invitations/... you name it, Rachael did it. A true life saver. Our wedding was such an enjoyable, stress free experience! I never worried once, because I knew that Rachael had it all under controle:) Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We got the complete package for Plan It Perfect and it was the best decision we made for our wedding. Rachel is incredible! I was never a nervous bride because she had answers for everything and made all of my choices easy to manage. She has a huge network of people with whom she works, and she guides you in the direction you want to go. She is fun and easy-going, and has an answer before you ask the question! She is there when you need her, and remembers everything that you've discussed along the way. During the wedding, I felt comfortable and confident in the fact that she and her assistant were there, doing all of the backstage work and keeping the event flowing. She is amazing!!! You won't be sorry with Plan It Perfect!
We got the complete package for Plan It Perfect and it was the best decision we made for our wedding. Rachel is Read more...
We got the complete package for Plan It Perfect and it was the best decision we made for our wedding. Rachel is incredible! I was never a nervous bride because she had answers for everything and made all of my choices easy to manage. She has a huge network of people with whom she works, and she guides you in the direction you want to go. She is fun and easy-going, and has an answer before you ask the question! She is there when you need her, and remembers everything that you've discussed along the way. During the wedding, I felt comfortable and confident in the fact that she and her assistant were there, doing all of the backstage work and keeping the event flowing. She is amazing!!! You won't be sorry with Plan It Perfect! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
We used Plan It Perfect for day-of coordination. Rachel and her team were great! She met with us beforehand to go over the timeline and order of events so that my whole family felt comfortable. Rachel helped organize all of our vendors and the whole day so that it flowed seamlessly. I was a worry-free bride because of Rachel!
We used Plan It Perfect for day-of coordination. Rachel and her team were great! She met with us beforehand to go over the Read more...
We used Plan It Perfect for day-of coordination. Rachel and her team were great! She met with us beforehand to go over the timeline and order of events so that my whole family felt comfortable. Rachel helped organize all of our vendors and the whole day so that it flowed seamlessly. I was a worry-free bride because of Rachel! Read less
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laurendc
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
I found Rachel by way of another wedding planner. She was perfect! organized, creative, friendly and exactly what I needed.....someone to take my ideas, make them a reality and then take over so my Husband and I could have fun and enjoy the day.
I can honestly say that not one thing went wrong that day. Not one. Rachel is great at what she does!
I found Rachel by way of another wedding planner. She was perfect! organized, creative, friendly and exactly what I Read more...
I found Rachel by way of another wedding planner. She was perfect! organized, creative, friendly and exactly what I needed.....someone to take my ideas, make them a reality and then take over so my Husband and I could have fun and enjoy the day.
I can honestly say that not one thing went wrong that day. Not one. Rachel is great at what she does! Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
I used Rachel with Plan It Perfect as my day of coordinator and she was a complete lifesaver! I honestly don't know how we could have pulled off my wedding without her. There were so many little details about the wedding that she thought of that never would have crossed my mind. Having her there to make sure everything went smoothly made my wedding so much less stressful for me and my family. Rachel was also an immense help at my rehearsal. My officiant ended up missing it unexpectedly and if Rachel hadn't been there to keep me calm and handle everything, I would've freaked out. She was also incredibly responsive to my (many) emails and questions. Plus, she's really fun and a great dancer! Rachel really is the best. You will not regret using her for a second. Thanks, Rachel!!
I used Rachel with Plan It Perfect as my day of coordinator and she was a complete lifesaver! I honestly don't know how we Read more...
I used Rachel with Plan It Perfect as my day of coordinator and she was a complete lifesaver! I honestly don't know how we could have pulled off my wedding without her. There were so many little details about the wedding that she thought of that never would have crossed my mind. Having her there to make sure everything went smoothly made my wedding so much less stressful for me and my family. Rachel was also an immense help at my rehearsal. My officiant ended up missing it unexpectedly and if Rachel hadn't been there to keep me calm and handle everything, I would've freaked out. She was also incredibly responsive to my (many) emails and questions. Plus, she's really fun and a great dancer! Rachel really is the best. You will not regret using her for a second. Thanks, Rachel!! Read less
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MalissaR
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
I hired Rachel Shaw of Plan It Perfect to be a Day-of Coordinator for my daughter's recent wedding, and, frankly, I can't imagine not having had that kind of professional help. She went above and beyond the call of duty in terms of chair and linen vendors (we had already picked the "big stuff".) She prepared an itinerary and communicated the final details with all the vendors, which allowed all of us to relax and enjoy ourselves throughout the days leading up to the event, and the big day itself. She ran the rehearsal. She pinned the boutonnieres and corsages. She attended to special dietary needs. She knew what was supposed to happen when, and when things did not appear when they were supposed to ("where are the cakes??"), she whipped out her phone and solved the mystery. I am sure she did things that I still don't know about! She helped make my daughter and her fiance's vision a reality. Kudos to Rachel - she's on tap for the next wedding, too!
I hired Rachel Shaw of Plan It Perfect to be a Day-of Coordinator for my daughter's recent wedding, and, frankly, I can't Read more...
I hired Rachel Shaw of Plan It Perfect to be a Day-of Coordinator for my daughter's recent wedding, and, frankly, I can't imagine not having had that kind of professional help. She went above and beyond the call of duty in terms of chair and linen vendors (we had already picked the "big stuff".) She prepared an itinerary and communicated the final details with all the vendors, which allowed all of us to relax and enjoy ourselves throughout the days leading up to the event, and the big day itself. She ran the rehearsal. She pinned the boutonnieres and corsages. She attended to special dietary needs. She knew what was supposed to happen when, and when things did not appear when they were supposed to ("where are the cakes??"), she whipped out her phone and solved the mystery. I am sure she did things that I still don't know about! She helped make my daughter and her fiance's vision a reality. Kudos to Rachel - she's on tap for the next wedding, too! Read less
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h0bbes7
Wedding:
12/4/2010
5.0/5.0
I am so happy to have found Rachel to help with our big day!! Our venue provided sparse support for the day of, and Rachel made everything happen. We hired Rachel for just day-of support, but she really went above and beyond. From the minute we first met, she had things under control. When we discovered a few weeks out that additional help would be needed to help turn over the room from ceremony to reception - Rachel found an awesome team. Her coordination of the vendors meant that I had nothing to worry about that day except getting ready and smiling. All the way through the end of the reception, Rachel and her team made sure everything went smoothly and nothing was overlooked.
I am so happy to have found Rachel to help with our big day!! Our venue provided sparse support for the day of, and Rachel Read more...
I am so happy to have found Rachel to help with our big day!! Our venue provided sparse support for the day of, and Rachel made everything happen. We hired Rachel for just day-of support, but she really went above and beyond. From the minute we first met, she had things under control. When we discovered a few weeks out that additional help would be needed to help turn over the room from ceremony to reception - Rachel found an awesome team. Her coordination of the vendors meant that I had nothing to worry about that day except getting ready and smiling. All the way through the end of the reception, Rachel and her team made sure everything went smoothly and nothing was overlooked. Read less
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summer
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Rachel did an amazing job of making sure everything went smoothly. She also was a blast to hang out with on the wedding day.
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Rachel did an amazing job of making sure everything went smoothly. She also was a blast to hang out with on the wedding day. Read less
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Cristin
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Rachel was absolutely awesome!! At first my parents were hesitant on getting a day of wedding planner but as it got closer to the wedding they realized that it was going to take a lot to put all of the logistics together with the guests and vendors. They wanted to enjoy too--- so we hired Rachel! She was extremely professional and she knew exactly what she needed to get done. She contacted all of our vendors with the final details and she put together a day of itinerary. I have to say that I was not stressed AT ALL the few weeks before... and it was because of Rachel. Rachel was the best money that we ever spent on the wedding- my husband, parents and I tribute our wonderful day to Rachel. Thanks Rachel- I would recommend you and your services 110%
Rachel was absolutely awesome!! At first my parents were hesitant on getting a day of wedding planner but as it got closer Read more...
Rachel was absolutely awesome!! At first my parents were hesitant on getting a day of wedding planner but as it got closer to the wedding they realized that it was going to take a lot to put all of the logistics together with the guests and vendors. They wanted to enjoy too--- so we hired Rachel! She was extremely professional and she knew exactly what she needed to get done. She contacted all of our vendors with the final details and she put together a day of itinerary. I have to say that I was not stressed AT ALL the few weeks before... and it was because of Rachel. Rachel was the best money that we ever spent on the wedding- my husband, parents and I tribute our wonderful day to Rachel. Thanks Rachel- I would recommend you and your services 110% Read less
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Princess
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
We were very impressed. Rachel is well-organized, dependable, and we felt that she really wanted our wedding to be fun and successful. She really fit in with our family and friends and she has a great sense of humor.
We are both program managers and it was difficult for us to hand over our wedding to someone we didn't know. After going through the whole process, I don't know how we would have done it otherwise... I would recommend to any bride and groom if nothing else, make sure you hire someone for day-of planning/coordinating. I can't imagine the stress we would have endured if it were not for a good planner! We hired Rachel (and her assistant Kim) for day-of service and had her help us with vendor selections. Not only did she help us find good vendors, but she went above and beyond - she actually picked up our linens and flowers for the wedding (and returned the linens), and surprised us with drying our bouquets. She got us a discount with at least one vendor as well. We also live a few hours from where the event was held so we often had to communicate with Rachel via email and phone. We found her to be very easy to get in touch with, and if we emailed or left messages, she returned them quickly.
We were very impressed. Rachel is well-organized, dependable, and we felt that she really wanted our wedding to be fun and Read more...
We were very impressed. Rachel is well-organized, dependable, and we felt that she really wanted our wedding to be fun and successful. She really fit in with our family and friends and she has a great sense of humor.
We are both program managers and it was difficult for us to hand over our wedding to someone we didn't know. After going through the whole process, I don't know how we would have done it otherwise... I would recommend to any bride and groom if nothing else, make sure you hire someone for day-of planning/coordinating. I can't imagine the stress we would have endured if it were not for a good planner! We hired Rachel (and her assistant Kim) for day-of service and had her help us with vendor selections. Not only did she help us find good vendors, but she went above and beyond - she actually picked up our linens and flowers for the wedding (and returned the linens), and surprised us with drying our bouquets. She got us a discount with at least one vendor as well. We also live a few hours from where the event was held so we often had to communicate with Rachel via email and phone. We found her to be very easy to get in touch with, and if we emailed or left messages, she returned them quickly. Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
12/24/2009
5.0/5.0
They were so beautiful and the woman who helped us was very patient with us.Very curtious and helpful.Overall, excellent service!I would highly recommend!
They were so beautiful and the woman who helped us was very patient with us.Very curtious and helpful.Overall, excellent Read more...
They were so beautiful and the woman who helped us was very patient with us.Very curtious and helpful.Overall, excellent service!I would highly recommend! Read less
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BeckyW
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Cate was absolutely fantastic! I would recommend her to anyone who wants a stress free wedding. She was the ultimate professional yet very warm and kind.
Cate was absolutely fantastic! I would recommend her to anyone who wants a stress free wedding. She was the ultimate Read more...
Cate was absolutely fantastic! I would recommend her to anyone who wants a stress free wedding. She was the ultimate professional yet very warm and kind. Read less
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maryluhl
Wedding:
5/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Cate is fantastic! We held our wedding ceremony and reception at a museum so we had to contract all vendors ourselves (caterer, lighting and staging, band, linens, valet, etc.). We had finished most of the planning but needed someone to help us with coordinating all the vendors and bring everything together on the day of the event. We hired Cate as a "day of" planner, but that title doesn't fully describe what she did for us. She contacted all of our vendors before the event, created a schedule for us, and oversaw the setup, clean up, and event itself. She provided valuable recommendations that saved us money. Most importantly, having Cate there allowed my husband and I (and all of our family and friends) to completely enjoy ourselves! She handled all vendor questions and problems and made sure we were on schedule so Joel and I didn't have to worry about a thing that day! She is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! I don't know how we would have done it without her!
Cate is fantastic! We held our wedding ceremony and reception at a museum so we had to contract all vendors ourselves Read more...
Cate is fantastic! We held our wedding ceremony and reception at a museum so we had to contract all vendors ourselves (caterer, lighting and staging, band, linens, valet, etc.). We had finished most of the planning but needed someone to help us with coordinating all the vendors and bring everything together on the day of the event. We hired Cate as a "day of" planner, but that title doesn't fully describe what she did for us. She contacted all of our vendors before the event, created a schedule for us, and oversaw the setup, clean up, and event itself. She provided valuable recommendations that saved us money. Most importantly, having Cate there allowed my husband and I (and all of our family and friends) to completely enjoy ourselves! She handled all vendor questions and problems and made sure we were on schedule so Joel and I didn't have to worry about a thing that day! She is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! I don't know how we would have done it without her! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
The wedding rehearsal and wedding day went so smooth because of Cate. She knows exactly what to do with everything. I didnt realize how much I would need a cooridinator until that day. She's with you from day one that you hire her until the end of the reception. All of her vendors she suggested praised her with every meeting we had and we loved all of them. There are so many ideas that she helps you with and I honestly believe she can get you whatever it is you need for your wedding to make it as unique and perfect to fit what you have always invisioned for your big day. She is one of the best wedding coordinators out there, theres always a smile on her face and she makes sure everything is taken care of so you can enjoy every moment of your wedding.
The wedding rehearsal and wedding day went so smooth because of Cate. She knows exactly what to do with everything. I Read more...
The wedding rehearsal and wedding day went so smooth because of Cate. She knows exactly what to do with everything. I didnt realize how much I would need a cooridinator until that day. She's with you from day one that you hire her until the end of the reception. All of her vendors she suggested praised her with every meeting we had and we loved all of them. There are so many ideas that she helps you with and I honestly believe she can get you whatever it is you need for your wedding to make it as unique and perfect to fit what you have always invisioned for your big day. She is one of the best wedding coordinators out there, theres always a smile on her face and she makes sure everything is taken care of so you can enjoy every moment of your wedding. Read less
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Karen Finnell
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
Although we only used Plan It Perfect and Kate for arranging transportaion and "day of" event services, everything we asked of her was top quality, done in a timely manner and A number one service. We could not have asked for more. We would reccomend her to anyone. Kate amd her staff handled evrything we asked them to do in a very professional manner.
Karen and Jack Finnell
Katie and Dan Abresch
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Although we only used Plan It Perfect and Kate for arranging transportaion and "day of" event services, everything we asked of her was top quality, done in a timely manner and A number one service. We could not have asked for more. We would reccomend her to anyone. Kate amd her staff handled evrything we asked them to do in a very professional manner.
Karen and Jack Finnell
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BBudden
Wedding:
12/8/2007
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about Cate. She is a dream to work with. She made every detail come together... I never once worried about a single element on our special day. Her advice leading up to our special day I could not have lived without. We chose to use Cate after she worked on our friend's wedding. In a year of attending 10 plus weddings, the one Cate worked one was SOOOOO much better than any other wedding. The reception was smooth, the details were perfect, everything was flawless. Cate made the same thing happen for us. I would definitely recommend Cate!!!!
I can't say enough great things about Cate. She is a dream to work with. She made every detail come together... I never Read more...
I can't say enough great things about Cate. She is a dream to work with. She made every detail come together... I never once worried about a single element on our special day. Her advice leading up to our special day I could not have lived without. We chose to use Cate after she worked on our friend's wedding. In a year of attending 10 plus weddings, the one Cate worked one was SOOOOO much better than any other wedding. The reception was smooth, the details were perfect, everything was flawless. Cate made the same thing happen for us. I would definitely recommend Cate!!!! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
11/17/2007
5.0/5.0
We hired Cate Buscher to help run the wedding ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church and she was able to deliver flawlessly by coordinating such a diverse group in a really tiny church. (And when I say tiny, I mean really tiny. We didn't even have a vestibule or a room for the bridal party.) From the planning phase forth, Cate was a delight to work. She was always accessible, was a guru of wedding ceremony protocol, and was assertive without being overbearing. Everyone knew when to walk, where to stand, etc. It was wonderful to work with someone who truly has the right mix of experience and professionalism.
We hired Cate Buscher to help run the wedding ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church and she was able to deliver flawlessly by Read more...
We hired Cate Buscher to help run the wedding ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church and she was able to deliver flawlessly by coordinating such a diverse group in a really tiny church. (And when I say tiny, I mean really tiny. We didn't even have a vestibule or a room for the bridal party.) From the planning phase forth, Cate was a delight to work. She was always accessible, was a guru of wedding ceremony protocol, and was assertive without being overbearing. Everyone knew when to walk, where to stand, etc. It was wonderful to work with someone who truly has the right mix of experience and professionalism. Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
8/18/2007
5.0/5.0
Cate was wonderful. We had such a great time from the start. Throughout the whole planning process she listened to our ideas and steered us in the right direction. The vendors that she recommended turned out to be great and we got so many discounts! She is very connected. On the wedding day, everything seemed just to fall into place. If there was anything that went wrong, I didn't know about it, so I was stress free, just how I wanted it to be. The most important reason we hired a planner was for coordinating the day, the other parts of the package we got were a great bonus and helped us a lot while still letting us make the decisions. Overall, we developed a great relationship and we had a lot of fun together.
Cate was wonderful. We had such a great time from the start. Throughout the whole planning process she listened to our Read more...
Cate was wonderful. We had such a great time from the start. Throughout the whole planning process she listened to our ideas and steered us in the right direction. The vendors that she recommended turned out to be great and we got so many discounts! She is very connected. On the wedding day, everything seemed just to fall into place. If there was anything that went wrong, I didn't know about it, so I was stress free, just how I wanted it to be. The most important reason we hired a planner was for coordinating the day, the other parts of the package we got were a great bonus and helped us a lot while still letting us make the decisions. Overall, we developed a great relationship and we had a lot of fun together. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/20/2007
5.0/5.0
Cate, Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job with helping me prepare for the wedding! Your ideas were unique and creative, and I was so appreciative of how professional you were. You weren't afraid to give honest feedback and you definitely had a good perspective on how things should be, but you still let me be the one making the calls. You handled everything so well during the rehearsal and during the wedding; it definitely allowed me to have a peace of mind that things would fall into place as they needed to since you were there. Thank you so much for your planning skills and advice! It wouldn't have been as beautiful and successful as it was without you.
Cate, Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job with helping me prepare for the wedding! Your ideas were unique and Read more...
Cate, Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job with helping me prepare for the wedding! Your ideas were unique and creative, and I was so appreciative of how professional you were. You weren't afraid to give honest feedback and you definitely had a good perspective on how things should be, but you still let me be the one making the calls. You handled everything so well during the rehearsal and during the wedding; it definitely allowed me to have a peace of mind that things would fall into place as they needed to since you were there. Thank you so much for your planning skills and advice! It wouldn't have been as beautiful and successful as it was without you. Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
5/5/2012
4.9/5.0
One month before the wedding Rachel took charge. She attended all meetings and made sure the big day was organized. She had multiple hands to help the day of the wedding and continued to ensure our parents and all important people were where they needed to be throughout the big day! We had very little stress and it was great although we never really felt like we saw Rachel it went smooth for the most part so I guess that is the point to a day of planner :)
Thank you Keith and Jamie Holland
One month before the wedding Rachel took charge. She attended all meetings and made sure the big day was organized. She Read more...
One month before the wedding Rachel took charge. She attended all meetings and made sure the big day was organized. She had multiple hands to help the day of the wedding and continued to ensure our parents and all important people were where they needed to be throughout the big day! We had very little stress and it was great although we never really felt like we saw Rachel it went smooth for the most part so I guess that is the point to a day of planner :)
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AmandaBill
Wedding:
10/10/2009
4.9/5.0
Cate made our dream wedding come true. The first day we met her she put us at ease. She was professional while keeping it FUN the entire time!! She stuck to our budget, a perfect time line and just made everything wonderful! When it came to the day before and the day of (most important) there was no messing around which we liked! Her vendor choices were perfect as well. Thanks Cate!!
Cate made our dream wedding come true. The first day we met her she put us at ease. She was professional while keeping it Read more...
Cate made our dream wedding come true. The first day we met her she put us at ease. She was professional while keeping it FUN the entire time!! She stuck to our budget, a perfect time line and just made everything wonderful! When it came to the day before and the day of (most important) there was no messing around which we liked! Her vendor choices were perfect as well. Thanks Cate!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
I worked really crazy hours during this process and after picking the venue trying to do everything else was just too much, so I hired Rachel using her full planning package. The event coordinator at the hotel recommended her and they worked really seamlessly together. All of her vendor recommendations were spot on. She handled meetings with my family who didn't always agree with my vision very well. Most importantly, the day of things went absolutely seamlessly. I am a person that likes having schedules and details all worked out ahead of time and everything was planned down to the exact time each person's hair and makeup was getting done. During the reception she made sure everything was coordinated and timed appropriately. I told her if there were any last minute details or little issues she could just make the decisions herself and if there were any issues that came up I honestly don't know because everything was perfect!
I worked really crazy hours during this process and after picking the venue trying to do everything else was just too Read more...
I worked really crazy hours during this process and after picking the venue trying to do everything else was just too much, so I hired Rachel using her full planning package. The event coordinator at the hotel recommended her and they worked really seamlessly together. All of her vendor recommendations were spot on. She handled meetings with my family who didn't always agree with my vision very well. Most importantly, the day of things went absolutely seamlessly. I am a person that likes having schedules and details all worked out ahead of time and everything was planned down to the exact time each person's hair and makeup was getting done. During the reception she made sure everything was coordinated and timed appropriately. I told her if there were any last minute details or little issues she could just make the decisions herself and if there were any issues that came up I honestly don't know because everything was perfect! Read less
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kmk
Wedding:
11/3/2007
4.7/5.0
We worked with Cate Busher of Plan It Perfect. We used her as a wedding coordinator, also called “day-of” coordinator. She was something my mom wanted and I wasn’t sure of. Her prices were pretty high, but I can tell you this – I am so very, very, very thankful I had her services. Cate met with us a month before our wedding. We gave her the contact info of all our vendors and although we thought we were really organized and thought of everything, Cate sent us home with about 20 things we didn’t even consider doing that needed to be done. She talks with each vendor prior to your wedding to make sure they know what they are doing and when and was such a blessing the day before and the day of the wedding. She was able to orchestrate the rehearsal and was able to be the “bad cop” when needed. When the limo company didn’t show to pick me up on the wedding day, Cate had been on the phone with the limo company a half hour before we even noticed! We were impressed. When a table didn’t get dessert and a guest came up to tell me so, I pointed him to Cate and told him to tell her to deal with it. I looked and moments later they were eating. She also got me a discount with Mike’s photography and with my DJ – a total savings of over $500. She cold have saved me on my invites too, but I had already purchased them before I hired Cate. She was a total blessing and I’m very thankful I listened to my mom and hired her.
We worked with Cate Busher of Plan It Perfect. We used her as a wedding coordinator, also called day-of coordinator. She Read more...
We worked with Cate Busher of Plan It Perfect. We used her as a wedding coordinator, also called “day-of” coordinator. She was something my mom wanted and I wasn’t sure of. Her prices were pretty high, but I can tell you this – I am so very, very, very thankful I had her services. Cate met with us a month before our wedding. We gave her the contact info of all our vendors and although we thought we were really organized and thought of everything, Cate sent us home with about 20 things we didn’t even consider doing that needed to be done. She talks with each vendor prior to your wedding to make sure they know what they are doing and when and was such a blessing the day before and the day of the wedding. She was able to orchestrate the rehearsal and was able to be the “bad cop” when needed. When the limo company didn’t show to pick me up on the wedding day, Cate had been on the phone with the limo company a half hour before we even noticed! We were impressed. When a table didn’t get dessert and a guest came up to tell me so, I pointed him to Cate and told him to tell her to deal with it. I looked and moments later they were eating. She also got me a discount with Mike’s photography and with my DJ – a total savings of over $500. She cold have saved me on my invites too, but I had already purchased them before I hired Cate. She was a total blessing and I’m very thankful I listened to my mom and hired her. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anna
Wedding:
3/24/2007
4.6/5.0
Cate was always pleasant to work with.
Cate was always pleasant to work with.
Cate was always pleasant to work with. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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KKT
Wedding:
8/20/2011
1.2/5.0
If I had to plan my wedding all over again, I would not choose Plan It Perfect/Rachel Shaw for my day of wedding coordinating needs.

Regardless of how many event details are reviewed repeatedly, something is bound to go wrong. For this reason, hiring a day-of-coordinator was for me a form of barrier from stress of the inevitable. I was not expecting the person in this role to prevent unforeseen situations, rather to handle them behind-the-scenes in a professional and calm demeanor. In my experience, Rachel was easily distressed and displayed irritation and rude behavior during both the rehearsal and the wedding day. When she encountered hiccups, instead of calmly handling the situation, she frequently would react with sarcastic remarks and from an overall abrasive disposition.

What was most disconcerting for me was to witness Rachel behave rudely toward the guests at my wedding. In one instance, I realized something was wrong because I heard Rachel’s voice yelling at a guest at the next table. When I looked over I was further stunned because I saw her wagging her index finger at this guest while scolding him for something. At the time I couldn’t tell what she was saying, but the guest clearly looked very uncomfortable and embarrassed. Regardless of what the guest was being scolded for, this is an egregious faux pas. I believe a true professional would have handled this in a more polite way. I must add that mine was an inter-cultural/religious wedding with guests who were culturally conservative. The sensitivity and politeness required was discussed with Rachel beforehand, yet it seems that in the moment of anger Rachel forgot her professional role.

I also found it to be unprofessional for Rachel to sit in the bridal room using Facebook, when she should have been outside coordinating a cultural event. When I noticed that the event was already 15 minutes late, I asked her about it and her response was “they have it under control.” As a client, I found this to be an unacceptable response, especially when this led the wedding services to be delayed by 20 minutes. Timing is a critical component for certain events, especially because I had other vendors who were hired during certain time frames, and a delay of 20 minutes meant an extra charge to stay longer or to lose their services before the event was concluded.

During our planning meeting, there were a few tasks that Rachel indicated she would handle, but on the rehearsal day she turned around and asked me if I had completed those tasks. When I reminded her that she had claimed responsibility, she said “oh yeah, that was an oversight.” For example:
-When we discussed vendor meals, Rachel said she was going to contact the venue and handle the details. After the rehearsal she asked me if I had handled vendor meals. I reminded her that she had assured me she was going to raise that question with the venue, she said she had forgotten and will do so. After the wedding I learned that the venue coordinator was never contacted. Instead other vendors notified me that Rachel had informed them that they could help themselves to the food set out for the wedding guests.

-Rachel had assured me that she coordinated with all the vendors on dates and times for when they were needed. During the rehearsal she asked me what time the officiant was expected to arrive. When I reminded her that she was handling the coordination of the rehearsal, she called the officiant and it seemed that it was the first time she learned that he does not attend rehearsals.

-Setting up table cards was discussed and I had included her in an email that outlined the names of the tables. Yet, Rachel and her assistant overlooked that they didn’t place the table card on the sweetheart table – something that was of sentimental value to my husband and I.

-Rachel had the florist contract, which she had requested so she could be clear on what was to be delivered and for whom. This included bouquets for my husband’s stepmom and sister, it was a gesture we had put a lot of thought into to demonstrate our respect for them. Neither of them received their bouquets. Later when we were looking through the pictures we realized that the grandmothers were given both their pin corsages and the small bouquets. These details were outlined on the florist contract. After the wedding, when I asked Rachel about it, she admitted that she had an old version of the contract, which is an unacceptable oversight from a wedding coordinator.


I will also share a glimpse of some of the complaints I received from guests, which caused me far more angst:

During the reception, apparently one guest had asked Rachel what was the evening program and when the dance floor was going to open up. Supposedly, after the DJ opened the dance floor this guest received the following response from Rachel, “You wanted to dance, so go, what the F*** are you standing here for?” There is a protocol on how guests are approached and spoken to – a line that any professional does not cross. This is yet another egregious error on Rachel’s part. Unfortunately, there were other guests standing nearby who also brought this to my attention.

The emcee at the reception complained that she received conflicting guidance from both Rachel and her assistant. According to the emcee, at one point Rachel’s assistant approached and told her to announce dinner is served and then Rachel told her not to announce dinner to the guests because Rachel wanted to call each table one at a time. Meanwhile, when I discussed the reception plan with the emcee and Rachel I had said that I wanted dinner to be announced because I wanted the guests to be aware of the program. This demonstrates poor coordination and increased confusion.

The most notable aspect of what I have mentioned above is the fact that this information came to us after the wedding, very much unsolicited. Most guests were quite respectful of my choice for a wedding coordinator, but still felt the need to footnote their negative experience. Typically people only highlight what they loved about a wedding (especially to the bride), but there were some really frank observations and encounters that I could not just let go. The cultural misunderstanding or perhaps a lack of knowledge of different customs is quite normal; however, coming from an open and respectful place of learning is what allows one to be an effective cross-cultural communicator in all settings. Although I am not involved as a professional in the wedding coordinating field, I would assume the hallmark characteristic of someone in this role is to be intuitive, communicative, sincere, and calm.


P.S.: Please note, only the last 7 of these reviews mention Rachel (4/24/20-10/22/11), the other older reviews mention another coordinator (Cate Buscher), something I overlooked when I first used these ratings to help me decide on a coordinator.
If I had to plan my wedding all over again, I would not choose Plan It Perfect/Rachel Shaw for my day of wedding Read more...
If I had to plan my wedding all over again, I would not choose Plan It Perfect/Rachel Shaw for my day of wedding coordinating needs.

Regardless of how many event details are reviewed repeatedly, something is bound to go wrong. For this reason, hiring a day-of-coordinator was for me a form of barrier from stress of the inevitable. I was not expecting the person in this role to prevent unforeseen situations, rather to handle them behind-the-scenes in a professional and calm demeanor. In my experience, Rachel was easily distressed and displayed irritation and rude behavior during both the rehearsal and the wedding day. When she encountered hiccups, instead of calmly handling the situation, she frequently would react with sarcastic remarks and from an overall abrasive disposition.

What was most disconcerting for me was to witness Rachel behave rudely toward the guests at my wedding. In one instance, I realized something was wrong because I heard Rachel’s voice yelling at a guest at the next table. When I looked over I was further stunned because I saw her wagging her index finger at this guest while scolding him for something. At the time I couldn’t tell what she was saying, but the guest clearly looked very uncomfortable and embarrassed. Regardless of what the guest was being scolded for, this is an egregious faux pas. I believe a true professional would have handled this in a more polite way. I must add that mine was an inter-cultural/religious wedding with guests who were culturally conservative. The sensitivity and politeness required was discussed with Rachel beforehand, yet it seems that in the moment of anger Rachel forgot her professional role.

I also found it to be unprofessional for Rachel to sit in the bridal room using Facebook, when she should have been outside coordinating a cultural event. When I noticed that the event was already 15 minutes late, I asked her about it and her response was “they have it under control.” As a client, I found this to be an unacceptable response, especially when this led the wedding services to be delayed by 20 minutes. Timing is a critical component for certain events, especially because I had other vendors who were hired during certain time frames, and a delay of 20 minutes meant an extra charge to stay longer or to lose their services before the event was concluded.

During our planning meeting, there were a few tasks that Rachel indicated she would handle, but on the rehearsal day she turned around and asked me if I had completed those tasks. When I reminded her that she had claimed responsibility, she said “oh yeah, that was an oversight.” For example:
-When we discussed vendor meals, Rachel said she was going to contact the venue and handle the details. After the rehearsal she asked me if I had handled vendor meals. I reminded her that she had assured me she was going to raise that question with the venue, she said she had forgotten and will do so. After the wedding I learned that the venue coordinator was never contacted. Instead other vendors notified me that Rachel had informed them that they could help themselves to the food set out for the wedding guests.

-Rachel had assured me that she coordinated with all the vendors on dates and times for when they were needed. During the rehearsal she asked me what time the officiant was expected to arrive. When I reminded her that she was handling the coordination of the rehearsal, she called the officiant and it seemed that it was the first time she learned that he does not attend rehearsals.

-Setting up table cards was discussed and I had included her in an email that outlined the names of the tables. Yet, Rachel and her assistant overlooked that they didn’t place the table card on the sweetheart table – something that was of sentimental value to my husband and I.

-Rachel had the florist contract, which she had requested so she could be clear on what was to be delivered and for whom. This included bouquets for my husband’s stepmom and sister, it was a gesture we had put a lot of thought into to demonstrate our respect for them. Neither of them received their bouquets. Later when we were looking through the pictures we realized that the grandmothers were given both their pin corsages and the small bouquets. These details were outlined on the florist contract. After the wedding, when I asked Rachel about it, she admitted that she had an old version of the contract, which is an unacceptable oversight from a wedding coordinator.


I will also share a glimpse of some of the complaints I received from guests, which caused me far more angst:

During the reception, apparently one guest had asked Rachel what was the evening program and when the dance floor was going to open up. Supposedly, after the DJ opened the dance floor this guest received the following response from Rachel, “You wanted to dance, so go, what the F*** are you standing here for?” There is a protocol on how guests are approached and spoken to – a line that any professional does not cross. This is yet another egregious error on Rachel’s part. Unfortunately, there were other guests standing nearby who also brought this to my attention.

The emcee at the reception complained that she received conflicting guidance from both Rachel and her assistant. According to the emcee, at one point Rachel’s assistant approached and told her to announce dinner is served and then Rachel told her not to announce dinner to the guests because Rachel wanted to call each table one at a time. Meanwhile, when I discussed the reception plan with the emcee and Rachel I had said that I wanted dinner to be announced because I wanted the guests to be aware of the program. This demonstrates poor coordination and increased confusion.

The most notable aspect of what I have mentioned above is the fact that this information came to us after the wedding, very much unsolicited. Most guests were quite respectful of my choice for a wedding coordinator, but still felt the need to footnote their negative experience. Typically people only highlight what they loved about a wedding (especially to the bride), but there were some really frank observations and encounters that I could not just let go. The cultural misunderstanding or perhaps a lack of knowledge of different customs is quite normal; however, coming from an open and respectful place of learning is what allows one to be an effective cross-cultural communicator in all settings. Although I am not involved as a professional in the wedding coordinating field, I would assume the hallmark characteristic of someone in this role is to be intuitive, communicative, sincere, and calm.


P.S.: Please note, only the last 7 of these reviews mention Rachel (4/24/20-10/22/11), the other older reviews mention another coordinator (Cate Buscher), something I overlooked when I first used these ratings to help me decide on a coordinator. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning

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