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. We understand you’re busy professionals who want a gorgeous wedding, but don’t have time to plan it all yourselves. 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.
Our Chancey Charm Washington, DC team is known for its exceptional customer service and stunning event designs. Our team of professional planners infuses each wedding with distinctive details that show our couples’ personality and personal style.
We were recently named a Top Wedding Planner by Southern Living Magazine, and consistently work with many of Washington’s most exclusive venues and vendors including: the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Fairmont, Hay-Adams, Mandarin Oriental, DC, Love Blooms and Donner Photography.
We’ve also had our weddings featured by Martha Stewart, Tidewater and Tulle, BRIDES, Bridal Guide, Ruffled, WeddingLovely, Borrowed & Blue, and Style Me Pretty.
We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and ability to cater to a discerning clientele. Our approach means that our clients have the support of an elite team of luxury wedding planners–giving each of our couples the highest level of service possible.
Finally, each of our DC wedding planners utilize our custom online planning and design program, which keeps the entire team on the same page and allows for an easy, stress free, and seamless planning process.
To connect with the Washington, DC team and get started planning your event click the button below:
HERE’S WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH THE DC WEDDING PLANNER TEAM
- Victoria (bride)
– Janelle Larco (DC Bride)
- Janelle Larco (DC Bride) // abby jui photography
- Janelle (bride)
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. 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 DC TEAM
Kolena fell in love with Virginia when she attended James Madison University where she earned a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. After graduation, she became the Catering, Food and Beverage Manager for a large, private country club in the Washington, DC area where she executed over 400 events per year! After eventually transitioning into corporate event planning, Kolena planned everything from charity galas to multi-day conferences.
Kolena’s path has now led her to weddings where she uses her previous background to give her couples an incredible experience by always having a plan A, B, and C. Her favorite part of the wedding day is the speeches. She loves feeling the raw emotion in the room as everyone celebrates the happy couple.
In her free time, Kolena also has weddings on the brain! She’s currently planning her own dream wedding on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her fiance Carl who proposed while they were vacationing in Sonoma, California.
LAUREN HARBIN (STEARNS)
With experience in both event planning and graphic design, Lauren’s primary focus when working with couples is to give them an unmatched client experience. One of the ways she does this is through her knack for organization. She keeps her couples on track so that no one feels overwhelmed by the planning process. She also has a calm, polished demeanor that makes her brides feel at ease, especially during the emotional moments that are a natural part of such an important event. Her favorite parts of the wedding day are the first look and cocktail hour, when the bride and groom are first feeling the high of being married!
Lauren is a Pennsylvania native that found her way to Virginia thanks to the welcoming doors of James Madison University (JMU) – Go Dukes! While attending JMU, Lauren worked as a Director of Special Events for the student programming board as well as a graphic designer in JMU’s Office of Admissions. Lauren has previous corporate design experience in the news and financial industries, but she ultimately missed designing for physical spaces.
Lauren’s work has recently been featured in Wedding Chicks and she has established relationships with several Loudoun County venues. She loves working in Loudoun County because of the picturesque mountain, vineyard, and farmland scenery.
Shalyce has over ten years experience in the wedding industry and is a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society. She has a passion for event design, and a love for stylish details. Her eye for design compliments her talent for managing even the most complicated wedding day logistics. A skill which she has honed over the past 6+ years as a professional wedding planner.
Her work has been featured both online and in print by Washingtonian Weddings, Wedding Chicks, Munaluchi Bride, and District Bliss to name a few!
Shalyce consistently delivers an incredible client experience by providing her couples with expert advice and professional guidance every step of the planning process. By getting to know who her couples are as people, Shalyce is able to help them dream up and design a wedding day that feels personal to them and their love story.
Shalyce is a proud “Marylander,” loving wife to her Harley riding hubby, and mom to two beautiful children. When she’s not planning stylish soirees, Shalyce enjoys brunching with her girlfriends and watching reruns of Law & Order.
CURIOUS TO SEE SOME OF THE STUNNING WEDDINGS PLANNED AND DESIGNED BY OUR INCREDIBLE WASHINGTON DC TEAM?
Click below to view the details and images that make us swoon from some of our favorite events.
VENUES WE’VE WORKED AT IN WASHINGTON DC
Washington DC is home to some seriously gorgeous venues and we are lucky enough to have worked in a lot of them. Whether you’re into a gorgeous ballroom celebration, or a chic city fete, you can find exactly what you’re looking for in the DC area. Here’s a list of some of the venues where we’ve planned and celebrated with our couples:
- Bellevue Conference and Event Center
- First Baptist Church
- The Hay Adams
- Hotel Monaco DC
- The Jefferson Hotel – Richmond
- The LINE Hotel
- Lost Creek Winery
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel
- Meadowlark Gardens
- The National Press Club
- Riverside on the Potomac
- St. Matthews Church
- Tranquility Farm
- Washington National Cathedral
- The Willard InterContinental
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 a team. We are always communicating with each other to better ourselves and our business for our clients. The Chancey Charm business structure is geared towards giving our clients a phenomenal experience, and one of the ways we are able to do that is by allowing our planners to focus on what’s most important: our couples!
Most planners have to do it all. But we have the back end business support that allows us to solely focus on our client’s event. Plus, we have access to a team of national wedding planners who are ready to offer advice or help problem solve at a moments notice. So if we don’t have the answer to a question or the solution to a problem, our team is always there to help us!
All of this support gives our couples one of the best client experiences in the industry.
Our “month-of” coordination package is our version of “day-of.” We believe in order to serve you best, we need to become involved in the planning process much earlier than the week–or even the day of the event! Our goal is not only to give our clients a beautiful wedding, but also to provide them with an incredible experience.
In order to achieve this, we work together for the entire month before your wedding so that we can troubleshoot any potential issues, and take all those last minute to-do’s off of your plate.
Our full planning and design package is created to help you throughout every step of your wedding planning process. From vendor selection, to design plans, to wedding day execution, we are there every step of the way from “Yes!” to “I do!”
We understand that most of our couples are busy professionals who don’t need another item added to their “to-do” list, which is why we offer full-service wedding planning and design. This service allows our couples to truly have it all! You’ll be able to enjoy being engaged because you will have a team of professionals available to help you navigate your way throughout the entire wedding planning process.
Of course! We love the design process and have our own unique take on helping you infuse your personal style into your wedding day. We will start by creating multiple mood boards to assist you in selecting a color palette and tone for your event.
From there we start pulling things together allowing you to make choices that best fit your distinct taste and overall vision. Once we’ve finalized the details we create a detailed, online design board that will walk you through your wedding day from start to finish. You’ll rest easy knowing exactly what each of the details will look like on your big day.
We are a team of professionals. Weddings are our business, and our clients are our top priority. Bottom line: we are communicators!
Email is the best way to reach us because we can’t always answer our phones if we’re with clients or working an event. We typically respond within 24 hours, unless we are off-site at a wedding or spending time with loved ones.
We understand that your wedding is an incredibly important investment, and we treat it as such. We do not charge by the hour, instead we will discuss the amount of support you need and determine a flat fee that will cover the entire planning process.
Our prices are all inclusive, so once we’ve determined the fee for planning your event you don’t have to worry about an additional invoice at the end of the planning process that will increase your bottom line!
We adore our destination clients, and often work with couples from out of town. We have an incredible suite of online planning tools which helps us work remotely with couples from anywhere!
Our clients can easily check in on the progress of their event, stay up to date to-do’s and payments, and quickly communicate with their planners. This platform has allowed us to perfect the planning process for all of our couples–destination or otherwise!
Our couples primarily plan events in Charlottesville, Richmond and Washington DC–so pretty much all of Virginia!
Some of our favorites are Early Mountain Vineyard, the Clifton, the Willard and John Marshall Ballrooms, but keep scrolling for a complete list of our favorite event spaces in the DC area.
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 DC area.
Want to see a few of the names in our little black book?
Click the “I’m Ready to Start Planning” button below to contact us for complete pricing information.
Once we receive your request, one of our DC 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.
Thank you for considering us for your wedding planning and design needs. We know you’re busy, so let’s keep this short + sweet!
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Thank to the following photographers for providing the stunning images on this page:
donner photos, united with love & klaire dixius