charlottesville wedding planner & Coordinator
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!
We’re so glad you’re here and can’t wait to help you get started on your wedding planning journey!
Now that the post-engagement high is starting to give way to the exciting (and kind of overwhelming) reality of planning the most amazing day of your life, we’d love to come alongside you and be there to help you manage all of the details that go into planning your big day. Our goal is to make this process as stress-free as possible so that you are able to be fully present and enjoy every moment of this incredibly special time with friends and family.
READY TO START PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
Our team of Charlottesville wedding planners is top notch and can’t wait to help bring your wedding vision to life. With relationships with some of the most exclusive venues and vendors in the area including: Amy Nicole Photography, Cultivate Event Co, Cakes by Rachel, Paisley and Jade, Early Mountain Vineyards, Dover Hall, Clifton Inn, Pippin Hill Farm and Trump Winery (see the entire list below) our team has the connections, experience, and passion to help you create the elegant, sophisticated event you’ve always envisioned as your wedding day.
To connect with the Charlottesville team and get started planning your event click the button below:
HERE’S WHAT PAST CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH THE Charlottesville Team
- Justine & Matt (bride and groom)
- Emily (bride)
- Brooke (bride)
- Joanna + Joe (bride & groom)
WHAT MAKES OUR PLANNING PROCESS UNIQUE
Wedding planning doesn’t need to be stressful. In fact, it can (and should) be exciting and fun! Our goal is to give our clients an incredible planning experience and to make this entire process as enjoyable as possible.
In order to do this we offer our brides support in both “Full Planning” and “Month-of” capacities depending on the amount of assistance they need. We also provide custom partial planning packages as requested. But no matter how much support a bride chooses, she always has access to our incredible suite of online planning tools.
Our goal is that all of our brides feel relaxed and calm from “Yes!” to “I do!” knowing that they have an extraordinary team of planners and designers behind them every step of the way!
Not sure how much support you need on your planning journey?
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MEET THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WEDDING PLANNER TEAM
LEAD CHARLOTTESVILLE WEDDING PLANNER
Alana is as seasoned as they come (with over 75 weddings under her belt!), so it’s no surprise that she serves as Chancey Charm’s lead Charlottesville wedding planner and coordinator. Prior to joining us at Chancey Charm, Alana planned events with the Coastal Occasions team, and worked with couples to create beautiful celebrations at the Reservoir in Richmond. Alana has made a name for herself in the Charlottesville special events community, and we are so fortunate to have her on our team.
Raised in Virginia, Alana is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Public Relations and Communications. This skillset has been a huge asset to her throughout her career, and has helped her build strong connections within the Charlottesville wedding community.
For Alana, every wedding in Charlottesville is a chance to transport her couples to an unforgettable, romantic escape where they can celebrate their love story with friends and family. Her work has recently been featured on top wedding blogs like: Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Wedding Chicks, WeddingLovely, Borrowed & Blue and Tidewater and Tulle. And her expert planning advice has been featured numerous times on Brides and BridalGuide.com.
In her spare time, Alana plays a huge role in organizing charitable events at her local community’s Relay for Life, which is a nonprofit very close to her heart. She also enjoys afternoons spent getting lost in the streets of a new city, watching football (Go Steelers and Hokies!), loving on her sweet pup Bentley, or tackling a tough hike.
Why I Love Weddings
Weddings are one of the happiest days of a person’s life. As a little girl, you grow up dreaming about your wedding day and all of the little details like: the yummy food, silly dancing, fancy dresses–and everything in between!
I love being able to see my client’s dreams turn into a reality. The reception is such a wonderful time where family and friends are able to genuinely experience the love and happiness the couple has. It is the most rewarding part of the job, and it is truly a blessing to be able to share a couple’s special day with them! – Alana
Jena realized her love for weddings and her natural ability to coordinate events after planning her own wedding to her college sweetheart at the picturesque Inn at Willow Grove.
And this lady is one smart cookie! After graduating from High Point University with a B.A. in History and Studio Art, she went to Law School at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Her strengths in both the art world, as well as the world of law have combined to create one incredible planner, and we’re thrilled to have her on the Chancey Charm team.
When she’s not planning events, you can find her painting, crafting, designing, or more likely, chasing after her daughter and/or her pup Waldo.
COLLEEN MCDONOUGHColleen got her start in the events industry during her time at James Madison University when she did a public relations internship — despite being an English major! It was during this time that she fell in love with planning and executing events, and knew she wanted to pursue a career in the events industry when she graduated. After graduation, Colleen worked for Kendra Scott doing philanthropic events. She then gained experience planning weddings by serving as an Event Coordinator and “Month of” Planner for a popular wedding venue in Charlottesville, VA. Colleen considers herself to be a global citizen, having lived in Europe for half of her life before moving to the US during her freshman year of high school. She has lived in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Turkey. Her parents currently live in Poland, which feels like a “home away from home” for her, and her 3 siblings. When she’s not planning unforgettable events, Colleen loves listening to jazz music and classic crooners. She also enjoys exploring Charlottesville and Annapolis with her boyfriend.
CURIOUS TO SEE SOME OF THE STUNNING WEDDINGS PLANNED AND DESIGNED BY OUR INCREDIBLE CHARLOTTESVILLE TEAM?
OUR FAVORITE CHARLOTTESVILLE VENUES
We love our Charlottesville wedding venues for their breathtaking scenery and classic southern charm. Take a peek at the full list of our favorite event spaces in the area to see if we’ve planned a wedding at your venue:
- The Barn at Edgewood
- The Blackburn Inn
- The Clifton
- Cumberland Plantation
- Dover Hall Estate
- Early Mountain Vineyard
- John Marshall Ballroom
- Keswick Vineyards
- King Family Vineyard
- Mill at Fine Creek
- Mount Ida
- Pippin Hill
- Seven Springs
- Trump National Golf Club
- Trump Winery
- Upper Shirley Vineyards
- Veritas Vineyards and Winery
Are you ready to hand off the stress of planning and connect with a professional planner that can make your dream wedding a reality?
We ARE an actual team that is in constant communication with each other in order to better ourselves and consistently offer our clients a stellar experience. At Chancey Charm, we really thrive on the this aspect of planning a high-end event because of how much it benefits our clients and their weddings. We understand that it takes a team to execute an event of this caliber, and our award winning group of professionals is more than up for the task!
The best part of our team philosophy is that as a Chancey Charm bride, you are not only getting the expertise, knowledge, and connections of the planner you are working with, but you also have that kind of support from an entire national team of luxury wedding planners. It truly is the best of both worlds; you receive expert personal attention from one planner and the knowledge and experience of many!
We offer a version of “day-of” known as “month-of” coordination. It’s a common misconception that wedding coordinators can come in on your wedding day without having spent time reviewing the details and troubleshooting potential issues, and still be able to execute a flawless event. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
As planners, we want to make sure that we have enough time to gather the information needed to manage all of the details you’ve put together, while making sure that we troubleshoot any issues that could come up so that there are no unwelcome surprises on your wedding day.
Therefore, our “month-of” coordination package starts one month before your wedding date to ensure that we have had enough time to familiarize ourselves with all the details and logistics necessary to ensure your event runs smoothly.
We promise, once you’re a month out from your day, you’ll be so relieved to be able to enjoy the last few weeks before you say “I do!” that you’ll readily hand off the reins to a trusted professional who can take on the responsibility of ensuring a stress-free wedding day.
Our full planning and design package is created to assist you throughout every step of your wedding planning process. From help with vendor selection and negotiation, to the creation of a custom design plan, we can do it all! Oh and don’t worry, we don’t select your vendors for you. Rather, like we do with most aspects of the planning process, we’ll narrow down the sea of possibilities and provide you with a list of curated choices that fit your budget and taste preferences. Then we take those options and present them to you to make the final decision.
And since each bride is different in terms of the amount of guidance they need, we customize each proposal to fit their unique level of support through partial planning packages as requested. There’s not a lot that we won’t do for our full service brides!
ABSOLUTELY! We are happy to add design services to any month of coordination package, and it’s already included in our full service planning packages.
Our approach to event design is one-of-a-kind and it is one of our favorite parts of the entire planning process. We start by sitting down with you and your fiancé in order to really get to know you both as a couple. We’ll ask you questions to learn more about your personal style, then we’ll work with you to create a comprehensive design plan that outlines all of the aesthetic details for your big day so you’ll be able to envision exactly what it will look like when you celebrate with your loved ones.
Our goal is to incorporate as much of your personality and personal style into your wedding day as possible so your event feels like a beautiful representation of who you both are as a couple, rather than just a pretty “Pinterest-worthy” wedding.
We have to say, we are pretty fast when it comes to communicating with our couples! Email is the best way to reach our team since we can’t always answer our phones when we are in meetings or on-site. You can typically expect a response within 24 hours unless you’re reaching out on a weekend when we’re executing an event or spending a little time with our families.
We do not charge our clients on an hourly basis. Instead, we assess your needs during the consultation phase and determine a flat fee that will cover the entirety of the planning process. Your price will never increase once a contract is agreed upon, and your fee includes your planning services as well as unlimited communication throughout the entire process.
Absolutely! We love sharing our insider knowledge about the Charlottesville wedding scene with our destination clients. Our goal is to give them an authentic, Virginia wedding experience without the hassle and research that’s often necessary when planning an event in an unfamiliar locale.
Plus, all of our planners use a custom, online planning system to ensure that the details of your wedding day are accounted for, allowing you to watch the progress of your event from anywhere in the world. Our clients tell us this tool makes destination wedding planning a breeze!
We plan events in and around Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington DC–so pretty much all of Virginia! Some of our favorite venues include are Early Mountain Vineyard, the Clifton, the Willard and John Marshall Ballrooms. (If you’re interested in a full list of the venues we love to work at in the Charlottesville area, keep scrolling!)
And don’t worry if your venue is new to us, or if you’re planning an event at a private estate. While we understand that it can be scary trusting someone with your wedding if they haven’t worked at your venue before, rest assured, that doesn’t scare us at all! In fact, we love the challenge and fresh energy that we get from designing an event in a new space.
WE WORK WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST!
At Chancey Charm we understand that having an amazing team is one of the keys to a successful event. This philosophy is one of the cornerstones of our brand, and is illustrated by the close relationships we have with some of the best wedding vendors in the Charlottesville area.
Want to see a few of the names in our little black book?
Our investment varies based on the complexity of your event.
For those simply looking for help with design, we provide a custom, virtual design package (click here for more info).
Click the “I’m Ready to Start Planning” button below to contact us for complete pricing information for day of and full planning and design.
Once we receive your request, one of our Charlottesville planners will reach out to you to connect further so that we can discuss the appropriate level of guidance and support needed for your event.
We can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to guiding you on your journey to “I do!” Click the button below right now to get started.
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Thank to the following photographers for providing the stunning images on this page:
Amber Kay Photo, Vicki Grafton Photography, Ashley Cox Photography, & Du Soleil Photographie