28 total reviews
My husband and I got married in April, and I can truly say that hiring SHE was the best decision we ever made. After meeting with a few potential vendors, we were feeling pretty disappointed because none of them seemed that great. However, immediately after our first meeting with Emily, I turned to my now husband and said, "she's hired." Luckily, he loved Emily and SHE just as much as I did.
Emily put us at ease within the first few seconds of meeting. We could tell she was extremely confident and competent, with the experience to back it up. The amazing reviews don't lie - SHE is that good. It's not often you meet such a professional that you can also see yourself being friends with, but that's exactly what happened with Emily! She was there throughout the entire planning process, even though we only purchased the rehearsal and wedding day package . I could always ask her questions, and she would respond so quickly, which is a stressed out bride's dream!
Our wedding day went off without a hitch! Emily and her team took care of every single aspect. I did not have to worry about a single thing. I knew that all of the details would be taken care of. It was so nice to be able to let go of my "Type A" personality for the day. I can't stress enough how much Emily and her team went above and beyond. From vendor deliveries, to reception layout, to timeline creation, Emily nailed every single aspect. Everything was exactly how I wanted it. If anything went wrong, I will never know, because Emily took care of any problems immediately, always with our vision in mind. I'm sure all brides will agree that's exactly how it should be. :)
Emily put my entire family at ease. My mom simply couldn't stop gushing about how much she did to take care of her. Emily even went as far as to follow my husband and me around with our drinks while we took pictures during the cocktail hour. Now, that's great service! The best part is, Emily was 8 months pregnant at our wedding, and she still absolutely rocked it and worked SO hard to make our wedding day a complete dream!
We got WAY more than what we paid for by using SHE. The prices are so reasonable to begin with, and the quality of service SHE provides is well worth the money spent.
I could gush for days about Emily and SHE. Hire them - I promise it will be one of the best wedding decisions you'll make!
My wedding was a month ago and with Emily's help, it went perfectly! So perfectly, in fact, that if anything did go wrong, I was completely unaware! What more could a bride ask of her wedding coordinator?
I was planning my wedding myself, but using a reception venue that was an empty warehouse space (turning it into an art gallery). While I was able to hire the necessary vendors, I needed someone to coordinate the site on the day of the wedding. The peace of mind of having Emily there and in control of the situation was worth every penny!
I interviewed quite a few wedding coordinators and by far, Emily was the most personable, organized and put together of them all! I checked her references from both very satisfied brides to vendors who commented on her professionalism and the pleasure it is to work with her. But what really won me over about Emily was that she was just as excited about my wedding as I was!
From the moment I hired her, she was an excellent source of information and calm! She gave me wonderful suggestions for the space and recommended vendors. One month out of the wedding, she completely handled everything, contacting vendors and establishing the timeline, so that on the day of the wedding, I worried about nothing!
On the day of the wedding, she was wonderful - making sure the site was together and perfect, and that everything went smoothly. With her help, it was the memorable, fun celebration that I had looked forward to enjoying for 7 months!
I could not recommend Emily more highly!
I've been married only three weeks and I'm already on Wedding Channel giving Stella Harper Events (SHE) a review. Yes, our experience with them was THAT amazing that I really don’t want to miss any of the details before it all becomes a huge blur.
To give a bit of background, I was planning my wedding from out of state so I knew that having an event planner would be key. After not getting some call backs (terrible thing if you're a wedding planner, btw), I got in touch with Emily, the founder of SHE, and I fell in love right away. As they say, “You just know”. ;) She was incredibly down to earth & funny, and her heart & passion for her work were evident even in the first moments of our conversation.
We decided on the “Month of” package and imagine our delight when Emily was responding to emails and random questions, sending us vendor referrals (she is well connected!), etc. far before we even entered the last month. This spoke volumes about her character and showed just how willing she was to help clients even if it wasn’t contractually necessary (unfortunately, this is pretty rare in the wedding world…).
The last couple of weeks were hectic for me but knowing that Emily was so organized and on top of every single one of my emails (which had accumulated over several months by now!) relating to vendors, wedding day timelines, etc., made my anxiety vanish and I was able to focus on just a few things rather than everything at once.
I can’t stress these next words enough: Our wedding day was UNBELIEVABLY calm and stress free (even our pastor thought it was so weird to see such a calm bridal party just chilling before the ceremony started)! From the moment we arrived at the venue, I really felt like Emily's #1 priority, and I can’t emphasize how important this was for a bride on a day where so many things can potentially go wrong. I had a couple of communication errors with our caterer and Emily was able to step in and rectify the situation right away.
Deciding on SHE was hands down THE BEST money we spent. There's simply no price tag on “peace of mind” and I’m so grateful that I can look back on our wedding day and all I feel is a sense of calm – no tears, no freaking out, no Bridezilla moments.
I could really go on, but here's what you can expect if you ever work with Emily/SHE:
- A “Type A” event planner that is actually pleasant to be around. Top notch professionalism but with loads of humor (the girl is funny!), yet she never misses a beat – not a single one.
- Punctuality at vendor meetings and the incredible ability to think of questions on the spot, various scenarios that could occur, and to consider all the moving parts of a wedding as a whole.
- Incredible calmness. This is SO important as an event planner!
- Bride is the priority: She will always ask how you’re doing, if you feel uneasy about anything and if you have any concerns. The second you express any concerns, she’s already on top of it.
- An event planner that is as involved as you want her to be – she can adjust and adapt to any situation.
Lastly...Emily is one of those people you meet and you instantly want to be her best friend, seriously. She’s so much more than a “vendor” and this is certainly one relationship that’s come out of the wedding planning process that I'll cherish. Emily - Our words are so paltry but if you’re reading this, thank you for making our wedding day dreams come true. We adore you and wish Stella Harper Events the best!
We used Stella Harper Events for day of coordinating. Emily was wonderful. Her list of vendors is invaluable -- I think almost every vendor we used was one of the ones she recommended and we were so happy with all of them. In the months leading up to our wedding, Emily always got back to us quickly when we emailed her with questions. And she completely took over coordinating with all the vendors and the venue in the month or so before the wedding. That was a huge help for us. We were happy to choose vendors and make the major decisions along the way, but having someone else finalize the last-minute details was really nice.
The day of our wedding, it was POURING rain in the morning. Our ceremony was set to be outside and even as the time approached it was looking questionable. Emily watched the radar carefully and had everything set up outside, saying she didn't mind rushing everything inside at the last minute if needed. The weather held and we were so glad we had trusted her and not just gone with our indoor rain plan. During the ceremony and reception, Emily and Courtney were great. They made sure everyone and everything was in the right place but in such a way that we hardly noticed they were there. It was perfect.
I would highly recommend Stella Harper Events for day of planning if you're someone who's happy to do some of the legwork on your own but wants great suggestions on vendors and someone else to run the show on your wedding day.
Awesome lady! She was just the sweetest. Emily answered all my questions and assured me that my wedding would go off without a hitch. Now I will say that certain things happened that I feel should not and that I may have place her on a wee bit to high of a pedestal. BUT Emily was very apologetic and sweet which helped my cope with things that didn't go as planned on my wedding day.
Emily, the owner of SHE is a five star planner, and I will tell you why. Our only daughter was engaged in late 2012 and they decided on the date of 3/29/14, 16 months later. Leah, our daughter, researched planners, finding SHE with excellent reviews. We opted to have Emily help us from start to finish and we all agree that this was the best $ we could've spent!
Emily scheduled and attended all vendor meetings, always offering great advice, without being afraid to say so if she felt an idea would not work or was simply not the best choice. Emily was prompt, organized , and always got back with us within a short time via text, voicemail, or email.
SHE has many preferred, tried & true vendors which offered us substantial discounts just because SHE was handling our event.
Emily was always ready and willing to go above and beyond!!!!!
During the week before the wedding, I became very tearful, and who did I call? EMILY! Emily talked me through my (very normal) mom of the bride pre-wedding emotions and even told me sometimes we need to go cry in a pillow, which I did, resulting in feeling much better and more emotionally prepared for our daughter's wedding day. : )
Just 3 days before the big day, our groom was looking through the program and (thankfully) noticed an important omission, a mistake on our part. We frantically called Emily and she calmed my daughter and I down immediately, taking charge of having the programs reprinted. Emily even ended up tying the ribbons on each of the newly printed programs because at this point , we were getting ready for rehearsal night.
As we reflect on our daughter and handsome son-in-law's day, Emily is always a positive part of our reflection. Even my husband, Father-of-the -bride raves about what a grand decision it was to hire SHE to oversee our only daughter's wedding ! Yes, a five star planner is what eased our mind and SHE will surely ease your mind, as well.
When my now husband and I decided to get married out of state in Atlanta, we knew we'd need some help. Meeting with Emily of Stella Harper Events was the first meeting I scheduled, and we knew right away that Emily was the right fit. She is very Type A (like me!) so I knew that we would have a good working relationship. Emily was so helpful throughout the planning process, whether it was via email or making time to meet us on the few visits to Atlanta that we had before the wedding. She was extremely helpful whether recommending other vendors or working through timeline details. She also was not afraid to make suggestions which was great! She also coordinated all the other vendors, including set up and flipping our ceremony space for the reception. On the day of the wedding, Emily and Ashley from SHE managed everything, including keeping us on schedule and making sure we had everything we needed. Hiring a wedding planner was the best decision I made (besides getting engaged!) and I am so happy we went with Stella Harper Events - I'd recommend them to anyone!
Our experience with SHE was a great one. Before even making any agreements Emily, the founder, was very helpful and gave us sound advice. We chose for the day of package and found this worked out great for us.
Erin Stapleton was our coordinator. Even way before the wedding I could count on Erin for guidance and ideas.
And the weeks leading up to the wedding Erin aligned with all the vendors and took care of all the loose ends. More importantly she did so in an organized and positive way building a good relationship and planning with the other vendors. She always asked for what we wanted and made sure things were arranged to our liking. This ensured that everything went smoothly on our wedding day. On our wedding my husband and I and our families could really relax and enjoy this wonderful occasion because we knew we were in good hands with Erin. She is a very sweet and caring person and brought a positive and happy energy with her. She is very attuned to the environment which helped her manage our wedding with a natural flow. This made our day feel very relaxed and enjoyable. We would definitely recommend Erin to our friends and family. Thanks so much Erin for being part of our special day!
Emily at Stella Harper Events was truly amazing! I was located in a different state and Emily helped take care of everything for me! She took care of all vendors, all emails, anything you can think of for a wedding, she helped me take care of all things. I would recommend her to any one who asked who the to use for a wedding planner, she is incredible, and knows what she's doing. She actually listens to what you want, and doesn't say "no i think you should do this" she lets you plan your dream wedding and she makes sure your vision gets done.
I contacted Emily once I’d given up on looking for venues and trying to budget my dream wedding. As soon as I met with Emily I knew she was the missing piece. The planning process immediately got easier and I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. She has a long and reputable list of vendors while still staying very honest about their strengths and weaknesses. The wedding day went off without a flaw. Anything I needed or forgot she was there to deliver. Now after the big day, I’m happy to call her a dear friend that just so happens to ROCK at planning weddings.
I would love the opportunity to tell everyone all about my experience with Emily and Stella Harper Events (SHE). Let me start with a little background about my journey to SHE, offer a little more perspective. My husband proposed to me the night before we left for a week in paradise to celebrate my father's 60th birthday in August 2011. After a week on St. John, I returned home just in time to say goodbye to my grandfather. He waited until I got home before finally surrendering to cancer. I was left devastated, during a time when everything was supposed to be happy. I no longer cared about planning a wedding. The emotional toll of the past year came to a head, leaving me exhausted and apathetic.
Fast forward to June 2012... and suddenly I realized I needed to get moving. I met with two planners prior to meeting with Emily. They were both nice, but we didn't "click" and I didn't leave the meetings any more enthused than before. I met with Emily in July and the rest is history! To say we clicked is an understatement. I left our meeting actually excited about planning a wedding!
My experience with Emily and the SHE team was fantastically flawless. Normally a complete Type A personality, I felt completely comfortable turning over control to Emily, which totally shocked everyone that knows me. Emily was easy to reach - by phone, email, text. Having her help was absolutely priceless - did I mention that while we met in July, my wedding date was December 30th - so planning quickly was essential. She knows the best in the industry. In less than six months of planning, I had the wedding of my dreams. I worked with the " Dream Team" of wedding planning in Atlanta and Emily was the team captain! From the ceremony design to the send off everything was perfect! I truly cannot say enough good things about Emily, as there wasn't anything she wouldn't do to help me. She listened to what I wanted and introduced me to the right people to get it done. My wedding was gorgeous and everyone, including me, had a blast! I truly could go on forever about how awesome Emily is, but I won't. As the last of my friends to get married and after dating for ten years, I had seen friends enjoy their wedding, loathe their wedding and some just eloped to avoid the stress all together! I knew that I wanted to actually enjoy my wedding. I didn't want to have to worry about setting anything up or making sure the DJ showed on time. I literally wanted to enjoy the party with all the people that I love. Emily and the Stella Harper team made that all possible and for me that is invaluable.
As a self-proclaimed laid-back couple, we were sure we wouldn't need and didn't want a wedding coordinator. However, after some pushing from my family and a recommendation from our venue, we contracted SHE as our weekend-of coordinator. One month after our wedding, we still think it was the best money spent!
Emily, after only one face-to-face meeting (and lots of phone calls), totally got us and what we wanted for our wedding weekend! The first moment I knew she was great was during the rehearsal because, as she coordinated all of our friends and families and got them to listen, my dad and I just sat down and watched. How relaxing!
Emily was everything that we needed and more: she was there for our vendors, there for us (always with our best interests in mind), and there for our families. Everything happened on time and smoothly because of her. Isn't that what you want, someone who can read you and your partner quickly and then combine that with all of their professionalism and experience to help you make your event happen?!
If you're in search of the perfect wedding coordinator, stop your search here.
Although we selected the major vendors and worked on the overall design ourselves, we knew we needed someone to make sure the day went off without a hitch, as our venue didn't provide anyone. Although we selected the "day-of" package, the service the SHE team provided was so much more than that.
After signing our contract, the first thing I did was meet with Emily, the owner, to bring her up to speed. During our meeting, she was able to recommend vendors for some of the details we hadn't planned yet and sent me home with a list of tasks to keep me from falling behind.
I should probably mention that although our wedding was in Atlanta and we knew the area well, my husband and I live about 5 hours south. Although I was in town at least once a month leading up to the wedding, there was just never enough time to get it all done. Being able to hand over all the vendor coordination to Ashley (our main coordinator) and Emily eight weeks before the wedding was a life-saver. They even did the final venue walk throughs with all of our vendors for us, so that we didn't have to take more time off of work or make another trip into town.
Everyone at SHE is amazing, but I have to rave about Ashley C.! In the few weeks leading up to the wedding, she let us ship things to her house--like table runners and sparklers--and took as much off our plates as possible. We were dying to do chalkboard signs for station menus and a welcome sign. We made our own antique framed boards, but didn't think we had the skill to write on them the way we wanted them to look. We handed them over to Ashley and she did all four! We saved a ton of money this way and they looked amazing. We even have one hanging in our kitchen as decoration.
If it was even possible, Ashley stepped it up even more on our wedding weekend. My husband and I both came down with food poisoning 36 hours before the wedding--talk about a nightmare. We couldn't even make it to our rehearsal. Luckily, Ashley had everything under control. She ran the rehearsal with our wedding party and officiant. Since we couldn't make it, she video taped it for me to watch. On the day of the wedding she ran back and forth between the venue and our hotel, checking in and bringing lunch for all the girls. She also kept us on schedule.
At the event, Emily, Ashley and several other members of the SHE team were there. The set up and layout looked just the way we had discussed. They even rolled up their sleeves to cut our wedding cake, saving us a $150 cake cutting charge from the caterer.
After the wedding was over, Ashley made sure all of the decor and DIY items we provided made it into the appropriate cars. She also stayed around as the vendors packed up, making sure everything was cleaned out. She also handed out final payments and tips to vendors.
The last thing I want to mention is the price of the service they provided. We didn't have a huge budget for a coordinator and were looking to keep it close to $1,000. The team absolutely ensured that our money wasn't wasted. Their pricing is extremely fair for the area. I also felt like we got just as much attention as clients with larger contracts.
So, if you need more convincing than this to choose SHE, your perfect wedding coordinator probably doesn't exist.
Thank you so much Ashley C., Emily and team! Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without you!
Hiring Emily and Stella Harper Events (SHE) was the best decision we made (beside deciding to get married, of course). After finding and booking our venue, we made appointments with several different planners in the area, including Emily. After meeting with all of them, we knew right away that Emily was the right one. Emily is personable and laid back, but then on top of everything at a moments notice. It was immediately clear that she takes her job and company seriously. And, also important, her prices are fair and much more reasonable (for more) than many of other area planners.
Emily immediately put us to work meeting and hiring our other vendors (we bought the full package, so we had her for about a year - poor woman). Not surprisingly, we ended up hiring most of the vendors that she recommended. And by "most," I mean that some of the ones we hired were her second or third choice, but still someone she recommended. She has a great relationship with area vendors and came to nearly every meeting with us. Some vendors, such as Affairs, even ended up throwing little extras in without additional cost and I think Emily had a large part in that.
Over the course of the year we met Emily every couple of months to go over everything and she was always accommodating to our schedule and the fact that we live in the opposite direction that she does. If she didn't come to our house, then we would meet her somewhere as centrally located as possible so that she could get home to her beautiful twins (Stella & Harper, of course). The point is, Emily did what it took to make our lives as easy as possible. Emily even sat with my wife after one of their lunch meetings as she filed a police report because someone backed into her car in front of the restaurant and Emily also drove all the way to our paper vendor's house to pick up correct invitations after some of them arrived to SHE and were incorrect!
Once the wedding finally rolled around we were in excellent shape. Everything went without a hitch and we were able to enjoy the day. Emily was running around and on top of everything and her staff did an outstanding job of communicating and keeping everything moving forward. My mother-in-law accidentally brought my contacts to my wife at our hotel and Emily's assistant Ashley, without even being prompted to, jumped in her car and raced to our house to get the correct ones. I received a call from our gate only a few minutes after finding out that my wife was basically blind right before we were supposed to do our first reveal! Clearly, SHE works together as a team.
After the wedding is over we are still spending time with Emily, but she is now our friend, not our wedding planner. We had dinner together after we got back from our honeymoon and are hoping our friendship continues into the future. She is a great person and truly does a tremendous job. You will not regret hiring SHE!
Thank you Emily, Ashley, Ashlyn and the entire Stella Harper team!
Michelle & Matt
June 8, 2013
Erin was my day of wedding coordinator, and she was amazing! She was there to answer any of my questions before the wedding and took care of coordinating and dealing with all of my vendors. She was so well organized and truly made the event perfect. This was the best money I spent. It meant that my mom and I could actually relax and enjoy the day instead of worrying about making the event happen. She was such a professional and if there were any problems she sure didn't let me find out! I would highly recommend Stella Harper events!
I used SHE for the rehearsal and day of services only for my wedding but wish that I had them for the entire planning process. Even though we only had them for the partial service, Emily helped me with any questions or problems I had with any other vendors. Emily is very passionate about what she does and cares about her clients. We ended up switching venues two months before the wedding and Emily was right there by my side in my moment of crisis asking what she could do to help. Due to my work schedule, I was having trouble planning my walk through at the venue. Emily, being the amazing super woman she is, did my walk through with just my mom and sent me the diagrams of the different ceremony and reception options to choose from. The day of the wedding, I was as calm and relaxed as I could possibly be and it was all thanks to Emily and her positive and reassuring attitude that everything would be perfect, and it was. I would highly recommened Stella Harper Events to anyone planning a wedding or event and already have to a few newly engaged friends of mine.
I loved having Emily and the folks at Stella Harper at my wedding. They made my wedding day easy. I was able to just enjoy the day without worrying about anything. It was so nice to release responsibilty and feel confident that Emily and her assistants would take care of everything. She is a necessity at any wedding.
My fiancé proposed in May, and not long after I sought my best friend’s advice on wedding planning since she loves the stuff and this was my first rodeo. The first thing she recommended after finding out what my venue included/did not include was hiring someone she said was essential: a Day-of-Coordinator. S.H.E. Coordinator Ashley Croxton was her wedding day coordinator and my best friend absolutely loved her! So, in October I contacted Ashley and officially hired Stella Harper Events to coordinate our special day. Immediately, Ashley called me to introduce herself and make me feel more at ease with our situation since we lived in different cities and had never previously met. The next month, she and I exchanged countless emails with the many vendors I had booked. Ashley also set up a date two months prior to our wedding date for us to meet at our venue in Athens to go over every single detail to make things run smoothly. After that meeting, it was clear I wasn’t sure about every detail of the ceremony, such as how the bridesmaids/groomsmen would walk down which aisle, where they would stand, etc., but Ashley had tons of ideas. She emailed me a rough draft which sparked the flame and allowed me to create my dream wedding ceremony. In a flash, the day before our wedding arrived and Ashley was right on cue taking control of the rehearsal, picking up keys for the sites, and reviewing last minute plans. On our wedding day, I didn’t see Ashley much at all – which was a good thing! She was at the venues verifying everything with the vendors – a task I was so thankful not to have to do. Ashley made sure the whole ceremony ran smoothly and was extremely efficient. She was there to reassure me when I was told 5 minutes before the reception our band needed one of our songs we would be dancing to and she immediately rectified the situation. Ashley was a true blessing to us and our wedding day and we are so thankful she took the stress away from us! Even when the hotel informed her she did not have a room (which my parents had reserved months in advance for her to stay in after the wedding) I never heard one bad word out of Ashley’s mouth! S.H.E. performed an invaluable service for us and we couldn’t be more appreciative!
I was honestly not planning to use a wedding coordinator and it turned out to be the best decision I could have made! I used Stella Harper for "day of" coordination & my wedding went off flawlessly.
Erin Stapleton was extremely organized, thorough, professional & insightful throughout the whole process. She truly went above & beyond! She worked closely with me & my vendors ahead of time to coordinate the timeline of events. She is very knowledgeable about weddings & special events - she made sure to ask questions about things that I hadn't even considered! It gave me & my parents peace of mind knowing she was in charge & keeping everything on track. I would highly recommend!
I chose Emily at Stella Harper Events to be my wedding planner and it was one of the best decisions I made. I was one of those girls that interviewed 5+ wedding planners. Emily was the last person I interviewed and I’m happy to say she was the best. She is so easy to talk to, very understanding, and always on her A game. I chose the day of wedding planning, but I wish I had gotten her for the entire process. She came in about 6 weeks out and took over everything. This definitely alleviated some of the stress from the wedding. I had a lot of DIY details and to say she stepped up to the plate on the wedding day is an understatement. There were a lot of logistical things to take care of at the venue and Emily got it all done and didn’t even bat an eyelash. The wedding day was perfect and I couldn’t have been any happier. Emily is simply the best. Thanks so much for all of your help!
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