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I can say without hesitation that hiring Savoir Flair was the best wedding decision I made (besides marrying my husband, of course)! Ryan Larson and her team were absolutely invaluable. Ryan has a calm yet capable mentality that I wish more people in the wedding industry possessed. Her package structure is designed for real brides with real budgets. You don’t need a six figure wedding budget to benefit from her experience, wisdom and creativity. I think many brides have a fear that they are “forgetting something” during the wedding planning process. Ryan ensures that no detail is forgotten. She will work with you to create a wedding that is unique, meaningful and perfect for YOU. She isn’t overly “trend” conscious, like so many who follow the fads in the wedding world. The design meeting with Ryan was one of my husband and my favorite parts of the process. She was able to take our vague ideas and paint an inspiring picture of our wedding, and then layout a realistic plan of how to execute. Ryan is the perfect combination of inspiration and practicality. More important than all the planning however, is that Ryan and her team make sure you truly enjoy your wedding. I didn’t realize the true value of this until my actual wedding day. From your rehearsal to riding away after the reception - it was as if a giant weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I didn’t need to worry, Ryan and her team had everything under control. Their number one goal is to make sure the bride and groom are present and in complete bliss on their day- and thanks to Savoir Flair we truly were!
Ryan Larson of Savoir Flare is amazing. She has great ideas and recommendations and she will ensure that your wedding day is stress free! Ryan is a pleasure to work with.
After my now-husband and I got engaged we called our parents, best friends, siblings…and Ryan Larson. Ryan is the most organized, creative, friendly and patient woman that I have ever met, just to name a few of her amazing qualities. Her team exudes the same qualities and made us feel like ours was the only wedding they were working on, when in fact they had a full schedule for the entire summer.
Despite being based in California, she seamlessly executed our wedding in my hometown of downtown Chicago. I hadn’t lived there since 2002 and was unaware of local vendors, but Ryan utilized her extensive network within the industry to get recommendations for excellent photographers, caterers, cakes, etc.
Our wedding was inspired by the glamour of the 1960s and décor from the television show Mad Men, and Ryan helped me stick to this theme from our invitations all the way to the escort table and bar décor at the reception. She sourced graphic designers to help us create menus similar to those from the Top of the Rock in Chicago during the 60s, came up with an amazingly unique guest book ideas incorporating a sign-in book from an office, and helped me prop out the entire event from our photos all over Chicago to the dessert bar that included vintage hat boxes from the era as serving dishes.
Most of all, Ryan was great at keeping our budget on track. We had some grand ideas, as I’m sure many couples do, and she kept our finances in tact while still getting us the wedding we wanted. We did not have a massive budget as far as weddings for 200+ people are concerned, but the event had our guests fooled!
I could go on and on and on with more details about the various components of wedding coordinating that Ryan excels – please feel free to message with any specific questions. Ryan made our wedding a day that we will forever remember fondly, and wish that we could relive daily. She is the best and I would recommend her 1000%!
Overall I was really pleased with most of my wedding vendors. The one exception was Ryan at Savoir Flair Wedding Coordination. We paid a lot of money for her Month Of Plus package. We were disappointed at every turn.
We weren't terribly familiar with venues in the Los Angeles area, so we added on the Venue Search option. This was a complete waste of money. She didn't listen to our wants at all, and the document was clearly out of date. For example, we called one location and the person listed hadn't been there in over two years. It was also filled with typos and information errors - not a good sign for someone who works in a detail-oriented field. Worst of all, she sent us to a venue that we fell in love with - but was completely out of our price range. When we talked to her about how disappointed we were, she shrugged it off.
Going forward anytime we asked her for any sort of assistance at all, we were told that we weren't paying for it. She wouldn't even give us price ranges on the vendors she recommended.
The "budget" she created for us was completely made up. She didn't fill it with accurate numbers at all. She assured as that we could find a customized wedding cake for 100 people for less than $250. That wasn't going to happen - not even at her referred bakeries. She didn't even give us a timeline leading up to the wedding.
Her two meet-ups were a complete waste of time. Again, she never really listened to us or took the time to get to know us. Then when we told her about something we were planning on doing, she completely discounted our ideas.
She was very disorganized. She was always late to our meetings, would come unprepared, and would bring half arranged notes that even she couldn't understand. Our rehearsal was completely fly-by-the-seat-of-our pants.
The one upside was that I didn't have to worry about things on the day of the wedding. But with Ryan in charge, that meant things got a bit chaotic. The stories of what went on before and during the ceremony were disappointing. Then, to top it all off, she let someone walk off with some of our stuff after the reception. She assumed we said it was fine...
I would not recommend Savoir Flair Wedding Coordination at all. Your money is better spent elsewhere.
Ryan was really wonderful to work with and not only had the best price for the value, but also helped me to cut costs in several other areas. Other coordinators quoted me at 3 times the price! I had a pretty specific idea of how I wanted the decorations to look and on the day she did an amazing job of executing it. Everything looked exactly as I'd imagined it, and she made the reception flow beautifully and seamlessly. She had incredible tips and ideas and made herself extremely available to me throughout the planning process. She's a complete pro and her prices are great. I highly recommend Ryan and her team!
Ryan Larson and Savoir Flair Weddings truly made our wedding dreams come true! Ryan is diligent, communicative, and creative. She really listens to your ideas and there is nothing whatsoever that slipped through the cracks or was ever forgotten. Our wedding was like a fairytale and it was all thanks to her unbelievable work ethic and fabulous "flair." Thanks, Ryan!! (-C & J)
I absolutely love Ryan Larson and Savoir Flair. Her creativity helped us to put together the perfect wedding for my husband and I. Her business sense, helped us to afford it. A lot of people have said this in the past, but she's definitely worth every penny. She has the connections and experience and knew exactly who to refer for each of our vendors. All of whom we loved working with and would recommend 100 times over. The day of the wedding, she handled everything, I could completely trust that everything would be perfect, and it was. Even when the bustle on my dress fell apart, she was ready to go with pins and her emergency kit and completely re-bustled my dress on the fly.
Ryan Larson was amazing to work with throughout the entire wedding planning process. She is incredibly organized and knows what to do to get things done, but she is also amazingly creative and has great ideas that will really make your wedding stand out. From the get-go, she supplies you with a detailed outline of your wedding and gives you the direction you need to feel like you are on-track and organized. I could not have asked for a better planner.
Ryan performed a miracle for us! My wife and I got married in a church and had the reception in the church's parking lot. She somehow turned a dumpy, anonymous lot into a beautiful, romantic venue for a damn good party.
And even though we originally didn't plan on having a wedding, Ryan walked us through the whole process and allowed us to actually enjoy our big day.
Ryan was receptive to our ideas and needs, always responded to our questions quickly, and found ways to save money.
She never failed to come up with creative suggestions, and her enthusiasm kept us going through all the planning.
We can't thank Ryan enough for the guidance, support, hard work and patience she gave us the year and a half it took to make our Wedding the most talked about and unforgettable event not only for us but for all our guests.
In no way could we have been able to make our Wedding as "Magical" and perfect without her! Words can't express how amazing we thought every element of our wedding turned out, even with all the mental photos we took we don't think we were able to take in all the details we know she made or made sure were made specifically for us.
Ryan put together an awesome team, it was the perfect orchestra that worked so well together to make this a flawless event. We have received so many Thank You's from our friends and family who were so blown away by our wedding and thanking us and telling us how honored they were to be a part of our day.
Our Wedding exceeded our expectations! The food was fabulous. We wish we thought to take a little doggie bag home because even though we made a point to sit down and eat we didn't get to eat enough of everything and savor each morsel.
The Flowers, WOW! From the Ceremony to the Cocktail Hour and then the Grand Finale of the reception, every flower was placed in the perfect location. Every table was radiant with the perfect balance of candlelight and flowers. Ryan ordered these beautiful lanterns which subtly hung above the reception, we were sitting at our Sweetheart table looking at all the tables and lanterns and just thought each individual touch and placement was impeccable.
The design of the ceremony site exceeded our vision. We trusted Ryan to implement what we described to her and to show us what we wanted since we didn't know what we even wanted sometimes. The candelabras were the perfect touch with the flowers cascading and the chandelier in the small tent with the flowing fabric. Everything flowed!
Ryan is a consummate professional and perfectly executed my wedding day. I'm a picky person and knew exactly how I wanted the order of events. She was able to keep track of the details and made sure our getting hitched went without a hitch. She even brought an extra assistant so that no detail would be overlooked.
Her vendor recommendations were also spot on. I'm so happy that we found her, hired her, and took full advantage of all her knowledge and experience. To this day, we still look at our wedding album and video with fondness and pride. Our happy memories of our wedding will last a lifetime and Ryan played an important role in making our dream come true.
Ryan and her team make the wedding planning and wedding seamless and stressfree. I learned about all the little things that went wrong the day of my wedding AFTER I returned from my honeymoon. This means that Ryan and her team took on every challenge without ever worrying me. They executed my vision beautifully and creatively. No cookie cutter weddings here.
Hiring Ryan was probably the best money I spent for my entire wedding. My husband and I didn't have a huge budget, so Ryan was able to set us up with her favorite vendors, all who gave us reasonable prices for their services and all who did amazing jobs, from the florist to the DJ to the photographer. Ryan was able to figure out the style and feelings we wanted to convey at our wedding and then turn those feelings into a reality! Since I am a "Do It Yourself" person at heart, Ryan helped guide me to create personalized touches to our wedding that really translated to a wedding that was "so us" (as some of our guests put it). I NEVER would have come up with the ideas that she gave me- she is so stylish and creative. On our wedding day, Ryan was super organized (to the minute- seriously!) and I didn't have to worry about one thing. She let us know what was happening and what would be happening next at every step of our big day. When my maid of honor was nowhere to be found, Ryan even stepped in to bustle my dress before the reception! I loved our wedding, and there is no doubt in my mind that Ryan helped make that a reality.
Ryan Larson (Savoir Flair Weddings) helped my husband and I plan our wedding in June, 2007. I don't even know where to begin other than to say that she was absolutely incredible! From our first meeting with her, we both just really loved her amazing energy and her very creative vibe. Looking through her portfolio, you could just sense that the weddings she had planned all had a lot of soul (which was very different from many planners we had met with, whose portfolios featured very beautiful but very generic and stereotypical weddings). Working with her didn't really feel like working with someone we had hired - it felt like planning a party with the really cool friend who always has the great ideas. Our initial meetings were like these fun brainstorming sessions where it just felt like she and my husband and I were all feeding off of each other's ideas.
Ryan made everything so easy for us - when we said we wanted a downtown wedding, she provided us a list of all of the possible downtown locations (along with descriptions and the relevant contact info). When it came to choosing florist, photographer, etc., she gave us a few different choices from each category so that we could pick the one that was the best fit. She is crazy organized with a meticulous attention to detail - she kept us on track with what needed to happen and when.
Ryan helped us plan the exact wedding that we wanted - elegant without being stuffy, warm and intimate without being too casual, lots of really amazing details that created a fantastic ambiance. We had a pretty big wedding but didn't want it to feel too wedding-y (if that makes sense) and that's exactly what we got.
I became friends with Ryan in the process of planning our wedding so I can also add that in the four years since I first met, I have seen her bring the same enthusiasm and creative zeal to every wedding she's planned since then! I love hearing about new weddings that she is working on because she really has such a passion for coming up with new and different ideas and they always just sound like a party I wish I was going to. Ryan is very talented at what she does but she is also a really amazing person. I think everyone should be so lucky to have a Ryan Larson-planned wedding!!
Ryan Larson is not only creative in her planning, but she is creative in her thinking, as well. Our biggest planning obstacle at the outset had to do with squeezing our large number of guests into my dream venue. It would not have happened without Ryan's dedication to solving the issue. She was determined to find a way to make it work. And, she did. And... we truly had a dream wedding at my dream venue.
She also has fabulous taste... in terms of style, decor and vendors. You won't get anything even in the neighborhood of "cheesy" with Ryan on your team.
Oh, and she's extremely prepared for last-minute disasters. 20 minutes before I walked down the aisle, my beautiful dress I bought at Renee Strauss For The Bride (in Beverly Hills) started to rip. Yes, rip. And the dress was far from cheap. Ryan and her two assistants saved the day -- they spent a few minutes sewing up my dress!
Overall, Ryan is fabulous. Sweet, sincere, creative, thoughtful, determined, hard-working... what more could you want?!
Ryan is #1 - no questions asked!!
She'll give you all the glitz, glamor, fluff, and fun detail stuff you want, but will work her butt off on your day-of to make everything seamless. She works hard and does not miss a thing. For a bride who got great weather (considering the rainy season) and crazy wind instead, she turned what might have been a nightmare outdoor-setting into an absolute dream. She gave us the wedding we dreamed of and made it look effortless in the process. I only hope she got a piece of ice cream cake in the end!!
Love you, Ry! ~ Jamie & Jared, 11/29/2009
Ryan was a dream during my wedding planning process. Because of her expertise and creativity, my wedding was a beautiful representation and celebration of my husband and I. Furthermore, because of her impeccable organization, I didn't have a to worry about a single detail on the day of the wedding. My husband and I were able to relax and enjoy our day.
I was planning a California wedding from Boston, and was totally overwhelmed by the process. In stepped Ryan from a recomendation of a close family friend. I don't know how I would have done it without her.
She interviewed my fiance and I and came up with the vision for our wedding that was exactly what we had in mind. She coached us on our budget, she provided fabulous vendor recomendations to fit. I fell in love with a venue, but they had a nightmarish event manager. Not a problem--I put Ryan in charge of all decisions and I never had to deal with her.
The wedding was FLAWLESS--and I credit Ryan entirely. Everything happened on time. There was never an awkward moment. The dance floor was filled. People had a great time. I had so many people tell me it was by far the best, most beautiful wedding they've ever been to.
To top it off--we got married in Santa Barbara during a horrible wildfire. There were several mishaps, including my officiant being evacuated from her home the day of the rehersal. I didn't even know about them until they were fixed.
This was my dream wedding. Savoir Flair was the best investment I made. Ryan is a joy, super professional, and a creative genious. I highly recommend her!
Ryan was amazing. Her advice, demeanor, professionalism and knowledge got me through the sometimes stressful wedding planning process and helped make my wedding beautiful and memorable; she took care of details so I could just enjoy the day. I cannot say enough good things about Ryan!
Ryan Larson of Savior Flair is a wedding dream! She was recommended to me through two close friends who both used Ryan for day of coordination. After one meeting, I knew that Ryan was going to create the most amazing wedding for my husband and myself.
I initially contracted Ryan for Day Of coordination, but soon after meeting with her I realized that I HAD TO HAVE HER full time.
Oftentimes, brides think that coordinators are too much of an expense and would rather spend the money elsewhere. FALSE. Ryan Larson SAVED me money. Whatever we paid her, it came back to us. Her relationships with vendors helped us negotiate better deals and she was able to help us decipher the sometimes tricky BEO's and find loopholes for deals and helped us accomplish EVERYTHING we want. She is always honest and I trusted her implicitly.
The ideas she had were out of this world. I had the most original and gorgeous wedding I could have imagined. She is so efficient and thoughtful. No detail was overlooked. She literally THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING. I did not have to ask about anything, because she already had it done. I adored working with her and her team.
I would recommend her to ANYONE. In all sincerity and truthfulness, I could not have imagined or hoped for anyone else. She made my husband and my wedding the most amazing day of my life. I am forever grateful to her and Savior Flair.
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CHOSEN TWICE IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS PICK
No two weddings could be alike for they each organically grow from the bride and grooms personalities, passions, vision and style. Wedding designer Ryan Larson, has a reputation for dreaming up distinctive, one-of-a-kind weddings and helping clients flush out and conceptualize their day.
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