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Reviewed On 6/21/2021 by Michelle T
Professional, prompt, efficient, classy, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the excellent service I received during my planning. Shawon was always accessible and prompt to address every concern. As if planning a wedding isn’t enough, I ...
was planning in a completely different state and time zone and I worried not. She and the SDS team paid attention to details and they thought of things many brides are too busy to. She and the SDS team executed a flawless wedding AND reception!!! I HIGHLY recommend SDS events for ALL your planning needs. She’s more than a wedding planner, she’s a visionary , she was my counselor and advisor during the process when I was indecisive. If you’re looking for a planner, look no further.
Reviewed On 6/18/2021 by Olivia C
I cannot speak highly enough about Shawon and the entire SDS Event staff. There wasn’t a time where I felt overwhelmed during the wedding planning process. The organizational skills and professionalism you receive is unmatched. You will truly g...
et the most bang for your buck.
On our wedding day, an unexpected event occurred that almost bought me to tears. My Matron of Honor quickly pulled out her “run of the show” which had Shawon’s number listed and called her to let her know what was going on. Shawon knew the exact words to say in order to calm me down and reassure me that our wedding day would be perfect.
Our wedding was everything that we envisioned and the execution was seamless. I will refer any and every newly engaged couples to SDS Events!
Reviewed On 5/16/2021 by Courtney D
Great job of the staff ensuring that our wedding went as smoothly as possible! Definitely recommend them to anyone looking to have an amazing wedding! Cannot thank you all enough for your time and efforts. Shawon and her team was absolutely ama...
zing! From the first day I met her we instantly clicked. I’m super big on vibes and she took me in and gave me the biggest hug ever. I knew she was the one to plan our big day. Jaren my husband was very involved in the planning process as well and he also instantly clicked with her. We’re super sad the process is over because we were so accustomed to talking with Shawon on a weekly basis, but no worries we have gained a friend and she’s stuck with us now. Again, thank you so much!
Reviewed On 5/02/2021 by Dena S
Shawon and the entire team at SDS Events went above and beyond to ensure that our dream wedding was planned and fully executed. During the planning process, Shawon engaged in constant discussions advising us on tasks to complete, appropriate we...
dding deadlines, and things to consider, many of which we were unaware of, that would later make the wedding memorable. Shawon contacted all of our wedding vendors and provided them with a timeline for the wedding day, which relieved stress of the bride and groom. On our wedding day, the entire SDS team made us feel like royalty! They went above and beyond to ensure that the wedding started on time and remained on schedule throughout the night. The professionalism of this team is remarkable. The thoughtfulness and personal touch that they bring to such an important event ensures that your wedding will be positively memorable for all in attendance. They are truly experts in planning and executing weddings. We highly recommend them to all couples interested in having an elegant and stress-free wedding process!
Reviewed On 1/01/2021 by Chenae G
Where do I even begin? Only being able to rate 5 stars to SDS is not even fair. Planning a wedding can be extremely challenging and when I first met with SDS, I knew immediately that our day, this experience and my level of happiness would be u...
nmatched. They even made my idea of having a food truck at the end of the night come to life! Now that is what I call getting it done!
Planning a wedding during a pandemic is nothing I would wish for anyone but having SDS made me feel like I was protected from it all and continuously helped me focus on what I could control and created an amazing experience through a very trying time for all.
As we went through the year, there was constant communication, professionalism, timely responses, amazing insight, ideas, suggestions, honesty, appropriate push back, mentoring, early morning calls, late night texts and one amazing relationship formed.
I can never put into words what SDS did for me, my husband and how they lead the wedding of the century (you read correctly…wedding of the century!). However, I will try, so here are a few things I just have to make sure the world knows:
1. Shawon is simply amazing and if you don’t secure her as your wedding planner, that will be your first mistake, TRUST ME. Her professionalism, tenure, lens of life and reputation is all you need to have the wedding your heart desires. She knows how to plan and execute a flawless wedding and she is the BEST, I mean, THE BEST. She listens intently and makes sure that she takes the time to learn you not only as a bride but as a person and that is so important and shows up in so many ways throughout this process. She will not tell you what you want to hear but instead she will tell you the truth and what needs to be said. Throughout this year she was not only my planner but she showed up as my therapist (☺️), listening ear, support system and she may not know it but my newest friend and I will forever love her for being what I needed without me even knowing it.
2. Proper, Prior, Planning: I never and I mean never worried about one thing. Everything was always organized, planned and executed in a way that I was able to have the confidence that my vision would be seen by all to feel the love shared between Kenneth and I.
3. Execution: Our day was executed perfectly and I mean perfectly. Every encounter with SDS was done flawlessly. On the wedding day, I received my 7:00 am wake up call, I was given words of encouragement and told to be ready for one amazing day and that’s exactly what it was. When I walked out my heart was so full. Seeing what SDS along with the amazing vendors created was more than we ever imagined.
I will end by saying this, SDS is the best of the best and I would recommend them to anyone who is planning a wedding. I personally would like to thank Shawon and every single member of the team for all that you did for us. We are forever grateful and I'm trying to figure out what we can do next just to work with them again! I'm thinking #babyshower....
Kenneth & Chenae Burke
Reviewed On 1/01/2021 by Brianecia M
Shawon and her team were an absolute pleasure to work with! From the moment we met I knew that we had to have her plan our wedding and I’m SO glad we did. Not only was she very attentive to our wants and needs but she was also readily available...
at all times! I never wanted to feel like I was bothering her unless we had meetings but she assured me time and time again to call her even if I had the most basic question. When it came to budgeting and planning I had no worries at all and at times forgot I was planning a whole wedding because she was THAT GOOD! Our wedding was everything we could’ve dreamed of and more and we more than blessed to have SDS Events by our side every step of the way! If you’re looking for someone who’s always going to have your best interest at heart, make sure you stay within your budget, plan a bomb ass wedding, and become like family look no further than SDS Events! You will not be disappointed!
Reviewed On 10/04/2020 by Delton G
Shawon and her team are awesome! They are very professional and experts at what they do. Everything ran smoothly and perfectly because of them. We couldn’t have done this without them!
Reviewed On 10/03/2020 by Otteria M
Shawon and her team at SDS Events were absolutely amazing to work with for our wedding! From the first consultation throughout the entire journey to our wedding day, Shawon was very professional and courteous! She has an amazing personality an...
d just the best at what she does! We chose to have the full service planning package. Thanks for keeping me stress-free and executing a beautiful wedding for us!
Reviewed On 10/02/2020 by Candra C
Shawon McClure and her team are the most amazing wedding planning team! Before getting married, I’ve been in my fair share of weddings and was privy to a lot of the mishaps that can happen leading up to and unfortunately the day of a wedding. ...
Because of this I did my due diligence in asking around to see who most people from work to personal friends would recommend. 99% of the time Shawon’s name came up and after I reserved her services with the wedding planning package We wanted, everything from that point forward was taken care of . Getting married during Covid is already stressful enough and Shawon and her team made sure that for my husband and I’s wedding day that everything went perfect from start to finish. My wedding day was one of the best days of my life and that is owed entirely to Shawon and her team who paid attention to every detail, made sure my husband and I kept a drink in our hand at the reception, and overall just ensured a seamless experience from start to finish. Don’t hesitate to book Shawon !! She is beyond amazing and truly talented at what she does.
Reviewed On 10/01/2020 by Ashley M
We hired SDS events for month of planning and they were worth every penny. Shawon and her team helped ease my nerves leading up to the wedding and made sure everything went smooth on the day of. If there were any issues I wouldn’t know because ...
they were so helpful in making sure I was stress free on the day of. Even with COVID, Shawon and her team were really proactive in making sure we were able to adjust to make our wedding day not only memorable but safe. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my wedding and it’s all thanks to SDS events. I would recommend them for anyone who is in search for a wedding planner.
Reviewed On 3/13/2020 by Travain R
Shawon and her team at SDS Events are incredibly and arguably one of the most professional, genuine and sincerely caring people I have ever worked with. From the moment I said yes to my honey I've heard, "You have to work with Shawon" or "Shawo...
n is amazing you will love her" & "Shawon caters to her brides!" Well let me tell you... they didn't lie! Shawon exceeded my expectations of what a planner is. There was NEVER a time where I couldn't get in contact with her and IF, keyword IF she didn't answer on the first try, there was an immediate response. She was literally a phone call, Facetime :) email or text away. Unfortunately, three weeks before our wedding, we were informed that our Venue had closed. I was in total shock, disbelief and ultimately hurt and scared to be honest, but Shawon saved the day. Not only did she book several appointments for us the NEXT day her team was there to assist us in our search. That's not a planner, that's a HERO. (We went with one of the venues that she chose, and I must say we LOVEDDD it more than our original venue!) Shawon made me feel like I was the ONLY bride she was working with, she made me feel important and never left me in the dark. Even when she traveled she gave me a heads up with dates she'd be out of town so I was AWARE! She was there every step of the way. Any question I had she answered. She checked in on me daily/weekly to make sure I had what I needed mentally and to prepare me for my big day. She sent checklist which was a HUGE help to me and kept me organized and above all she was professional and instrumental in EVERY decision I made. ANDDD she GETS THE JOB DONE! She WORKS for her Brides and makes sure you have what YOU want. If you're looking for a planner that is professional, communicative, goes above and beyond for her clients, funny, your girlfriend, someone who makes you feel like you're the TOP priority then don't hesitate to book SDS Events! (I'm literally tearing up as I type this) I PROMISE you it's worth it. Although my wedding is over, Shawon has a special place in my heart and I will continue to text and call her LOL. She's the best. Don't waste your time searching anymore, SDS Events is the way to go!
Reviewed On 11/08/2019 by Erika J
Ms. Shawon’s services was one of our greatest investments. Her team thought of everything and met ALL of our needs. I honestly had an amazing wedding day largely due to the hard work of SDS Events. We can never thank you enough.
Reviewed On 11/02/2019 by Monet V
Virella Jamaica Destination Wedding Experience...
Tony and I are so grateful for hiring SDS events to plan our destination wedding. Shawon McClure, owner, was absolutely amazing and very professional. Despite being given an onsite coordinator ...
at the resort, Shawon was exactly what we needed. She kept us focused on what we pre-established as our financial goal and made sure everything was within reason. We were so ecstatic to have her present with us during the week of the wedding when we first met the wedding staff at the resort. She guided us through every single detail and ensured that we received everything we desired. Shawon's passion for weddings combined with her organization and attention to detail makes her far worth more than the rate charged. We would highly recommend her and her staff to any couple planning a local or destination wedding. With Shawon's help our wedding weekend was a smoothly-run success.
Reviewed On 9/26/2019 by Sherell W
We can’t begin to express how appreciative we are of our wedding planner and her team. From the moment my now husband and I first met with Shawon, we knew she was the one for us! Her professionalism, bright personality, sternness and nurturing ...
spirit immediately attracted us. For couples that are planning a wedding, A WEDDING PLANNER IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! & you do not need to look any further. SDS Events, LLC is the team for you!! I can’t stress that enough.
Midway during the planning process, we took s job abroad and spent 9 months planning away from home. Shawon was there, checking in with us and making sure everything was in order. On the morning of the wedding, Shawon had beautiful flowers delivered to me. & she checked in with us continually. Tiara, Tiffany and Kayla never left my side on Our wedding day. The day couldn’t have gone any smoother than it did. My bridal party and guests fell in love with them and commended them on the excellent job they did with our wedding. I felt NO stress on wedding day. I was so calm knowing that I had an awesome team beside me. We deeply feel in our hearts that if we had not chosen SDS Events, LLC as our wedding planners, it wouldn’t have ran as smoothly as it did. These ladies are heaven sent. We will be returning for our future celebrations because we aren’t ready to let them go ❤️
Reviewed On 7/31/2019 by Shonda C
When I started planning my wedding, I was skeptical about using a wedding planner. I didn't think it was in our budget and I also wanted to do a lot of the planning on my own. I was referred to Shawon and her team (SDS Events) through a famil...
y member and decided to reach out to them about their services. From the moment I spoke with Shawon on the phone, she was very professional, made me and my fiance feel extremely comfortable and she was within our budget. Looking back on my experience, I wish I would have reached out to SDS a lot sooner than I did. Shawon and her team did an EXCELLENT job and exceeded my expectations. She made sure that my wedding day and all the details leading up to that day was perfect! She crossed every "t" and dotted every "i". I didn't have to worry about all the moving parts that go into planning a wedding, because SDS made sure everything was taken care of. I had no idea the amount of detail that goes into making sure the wedding day ran smoothly. I'm so glad that I chose to go with a wedding planner, but even more happy that I chose SDS. The entire day Shawon and her staff checked on me to make sure I was ok. I felt like a queen and I didn't have to lift a finger.
Our ceremony start time was at 4 pm and our wedding started exactly at 4 pm. SDS was very prompt and the entire wedding ran on schedule (i.e. intros, first dances, prayer, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.) Everything was on schedule and flowed so smoothly. There was no corner left unturned. I am so grateful for Shawon and her team. My guests are still raving about our wedding day and SDS made sure it was perfect. They contacted all of the vendors prior to and the day of, so that I didn't have much to worry or stress about when vendors were arriving, drop off times, etc. Shawon called me every week the month before the wedding to touch base, she emailed throughout the day and made sure I was copied on all emails to the vendors, she called everyday the week of the wedding, she called the night before and the morning of to give me my wake up call the day of. She ROCKED it! I felt so comfortable with her. She didn't make any decisions without contacting me first to get my opinion or if something came up, she made sure to let me know and then she would handle it accordingly.
Overall, I thought SDS Events did a PHENOMENAL job and I would highly recommend to any bride to be. If you're skeptical or a little hesitant like I was, don't be! It's the best decision I could have ever made to make sure my wedding day was perfect.
Reviewed On 6/14/2019 by Tiara S
If anyone knows me, you know I’m anal and a perfectionist in the nicest way possible lol. When I decided to get a wedding planner, I already knew I was going to do most of the work and just consult the planner for advice! The sole purpose was f...
or them to execute my plans bc my life was hectic!!! When I tell you, that was NOT the case with SDS events!! After my first conversation with Shawon I knew I had to have her!! When we met in person, it felt like I’d known her forever!! She made my “extra-ness” feel normal lol! After that meeting my mind was at ease, I was relieved, and I didn’t feel like I needed to give her the blueprint to plan my wedding!!! Throughout the entire process I literally didn’t worry about a thing! I trusted her 100% and she never let me down! Her follow through was on point!!!!! If you’ve never met a stress-free bride, now you have!! After talking to other brides I would call Shawon and ask if I was suppose to do something or worry about something bc being stress-free is apparently abnormal and foreign!! She assured me I was good....and I really was!! Fast forward to my wedding day....everything that could’ve happened, happened! However, the entire team FLAWLESSLY executed my day!!! I gotta admit, I got a little nervous for about 2mins but it didn’t last long at all lol! To say the least, make sure you get you a planner that doesn’t crack under pressure, especially if it’s out of their control!!! If it wasn’t for Shawon, I’m not sure how I would’ve made it to the wedding day (probably stressed, in debt, and half crazy); and if it wasn’t for her entire team, ESPECIALLY Tia, I’m not sure how we would’ve made it through our wedding day! Tia not only made sure I was good at all times, but she took care the needs of my girls and my mother as well! When our guests mention how beautiful, well-organized, and amazing our day was they ALWAYS mention how on-point my planner and her team was!!! My husband and I are truly blessed to have had SDS plan our wedding! When my husband raves about an experience, it speaks volumes!!!! Please make sure you have a full-service planner and if you don’t choose SDS events, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice!
Reviewed On 4/07/2019 by Tyffani M
Shawon is absolutely the best planner! She is a true professional that loves what she does and goes above and beyond. My husband and I decided to get a planner 2 months prior to our picked date, After realizing that even planning a small weddi...
ng was more work than we expected. For months we tried to pull it together on our own and as time continue to close in on us that’s when we realized we needed someone to take over. So I decided to contact SDS events. Knowing Shawon from Facebook and seeing her beautiful work, I knew she was the one I wanted to work with however, I wasn’t sure if she was in the small wedding business or the last-minute business lol. We hired Shawon From start to finish. Shawon did more than I expected of her. From finding our location, scheduling food tasting, cake tasting, meetings with the florist, DJ and a pastor, Scheduling a photographer and make up artist, and she even made sure I found a dress. Well you wouldn’t believe on the day of our wedding it was actually a snow storm and our venue had to close due to power loss 3 hours before our wedding. Long story short, after several phone consults with Shawon confirming we were still getting married (she was still on board with our decision) and making some calls, our small wedding happened at another venue and it was still a beautiful memorable day. Might I add a very stress-free day that would not have happened without Shawon and her team!
Reviewed On 1/26/2019 by DeJa M
I am so thankful I had Shawon and her team with me every step of the way. From our first meeting I Knew she was the perfect planner for me. With her down to earth personality and professionalism, I knew we were making the right choice. Shawo...
n pointed us in the right direction and was there to answer any questions. She made sure everything was taken care of, so we could enjoy our special day. With the help of SDS Events our wedding was everything we hoped for and more!
Reviewed On 10/24/2018 by Shenickie T
My wedding was 8/11/18 and I couldn’t have been more pleased and satisfied with the way my wedding and reception was executed and decorated! From the flowers, decor, food, cake, venue, bridal store, photos, and professionalism I received from S...
hawun, the rest of the SDS ladies, and vendors was outstanding! My guest are still talking about my wedding/reception and how fabulous it was! Shawun asked me if anything could have been done better, absolutely not! Keep up the great work, this is truly your gift, Derick and I couldn’t think of anything that could’ve been better!! Thanks so much!!
Reviewed On 10/24/2018 by La’Tracia J
We want to say thank youuuuuu!!!!!! We trulyyyyyyy appreciate all of you all!!!!! SDS EVENTS kilt it! Thank you for working closely with our vendors to ensure our day was everything we dreamt of! The wedding was a solid mixture of uniqueness an...
d traditional. We had a vision and you guys thoroughly EXECUTED!! You guys allowed Kevin and I to be ourselves! Thanks for building genuine relationships with Kevin and I. Thanks for embracing our ratchet..silly.. tardy personalities!!!! SATURDAY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN WHAT IT WAS FOR OURSELVES OR OUR GUEST WITHOUT EACH ONE OF YOU!!! SDS EVENTSSSSS ISSSS THE SHIIIIIIIIIII* Love you ladies!!!! 😘😘😘
Reviewed On 11/20/2017 by Shanta R
Shawon, Thank you:
For meeting me the SAME day that I contacted you about my wedding.
For agreeing to plan my wedding - 6 short months out..I know..yikes
For allowing me to vent and be mean while dealing with my first world problems smh
aking a reluctant bride a believer again (I was taking myself way too seriously).
For humoring a 39/40 yr old non-traditional, sort of traditional, I make my own traditions kind of bride
For helping me throw my biggest, baddest and most ballingness "house party" ever LOL
Shawon, you and your team of beautiful ladies did a wonderful and most professional job executing my vision. You have something special here and deserve recognition for it.
Shawon, you were inspirational, helpful and most importantly, available to me up to the day of my wedding (and after). The rehearsal and ceremony were ON TIME, yeahhhhhhhhh!!
Everything from makeup to sparkler send-off ran smoothly. If there was a hiccup or bump in the road I wouldn't have known
In six months, you helped me pull together a dream of a wedding and I couldn't be more proud.
Guests say it was the wedding of the year and the wedding of the century! Even invited guests that weren't in attendance are talking about this wedding....#hateyoumissedit
Thanks for calling me the NEXT day after getting a phone call and couple of those .."Pls call me".."Oh nevermind smiley face" texts from me..I know smh. A call to Tiara..and she was right there with the answer as usual!
My former fiance adored you and my new husband loves you in a way that I approve! :)
Shawon I'm proud of you and love you, Tiara you mean the world to me, Tia my fellow libra you stuck by my side and didn't let me get you into trouble
Many thanks to the entire SDS team. I am very grateful to know each of you..xoxo Shanta "Shae" Rudd
PS - the ring bearer wants to know when we're having ANOTHER wedding...what the??
Reviewed On 7/13/2017 by Kim S
I'll keep it simple: you will not find a more responsive, professional, resourceful planning service than SDS Events. Shawon, the CEO, meets with you to obtain clarity about your vision for your big day. Then, she connects you with service prov...
iders who will deliver exactly what you expect - and beyond! On your wedding day, you will be buffered from all stress while your event unfolds flawlessly before your eyes. My wedding day was like a dream. I'm convinced that no one could have done it better. If - and that's a big if - you can get her, DO IT.
Reviewed On 7/13/2017 by Holly C
Once engaged, my fiance (now husband) knew I would need help with the entire planning process! He immediately recommended Shawon and the SDS team because she was the planner of his best friend wedding a few years earlier, and I had a friend wh...
ose wedding she had just completed. Once we sat down for the consultation, I just knew she was IT! Her character, demeanor, no nonsense, professional, business savvy mode was all I needed to see and hear! I knew we were in good hands when we left the consultation and decided to say yes, but after 18 months of planning, I truly realized I was in superb hands because she turned my indecisiveness into an amazing, elegant, flawless wedding! She was there every step of the way to provide sound advice, recommendations, and execute the day all in a timely manner in true SDS fashion! Her expertise was always on point! She was just what I needed, and I cannot say thank you enough because the SDS team is not just great but awesome at what they do for a bride before, after, during, and all other moments in between leading up to and on that special day! Our wedding party, family, and friends are still raving about that amazing day! You will never know how much you mean to me! Shawon, thank you for being my wedding planner, counselor, and friend! The Crocketts love and appreciate you for making our day! We are truly thankful for SDS Events!
Reviewed On 7/13/2017 by Kianna A
Every since I met Shawon and the SDS staff I knew that they would be the one to coordinate my wedding! I honestly wouldn't have had it any other way! My husband I got everything we asked for and more. May 20, 2017 was the best day of our lives!...
Full of surprises and just absolutely amazing from start to finish. The set up had me in complete awe. The view I had from the balcony I came down brung me to tears. I can never repay them for how beautiful everything was! My husband and I are so grateful to have met such a professional team of individuals, that executed our day flawlessly. Thank you so much SDS for everything you've done. I wish I could re-live that moment over and over because it was everything I imagined and more! Again, we thank you for our fairytale wedding!
Reviewed On 7/13/2017 by Latoya S
I got engaged in October 2015 and immediately started planning my dream wedding. Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a big Do It Yourself type person so I never thought I would seek the help of a wedding planner. I ended up moving from Charlot...
te to Virginia and quickly realized I needed help. Shawon of SDS Events came highly recommended by several people I knew, but they all didn't know each other so I took this as a sign that I definitely needed to choose her. We came into town for a consultation with her and Tiara and I instantly wanted to hire her. SDS should stand for Stop Dang Stressing because that's exactly what she did for me. Everything I stressed about or thought I would stress about her and her team handled with grace and ease. Her words to me were to take a deep breath, relax, I got you boo and everything is fixable. I started to hear those words in my sleep but it always helped and got me through and in the end EVERYTHING turned out absolutely beautiful and I couldn't have done it without her. She took the stress out of planning a wedding from another state for 100 guest coming from all over the US from as far as Hawaii. Guests are still talking about how beautiful it was and how professional (and strict lol) Shawon and her staff were. Please note she does not play about time management and professionalism. You will appreciate this the most on your wedding day when she pulls off that On Time & Flawless wedding that people will talk about for years to come. Thank you SDS Events for everything.
Reviewed On 11/11/2016 by Michelle D
Ever since I met Shawon at a Bridal salon, I knew she would be my wedding planner. Shawon gave me the right guidance and suggestions on all aspects of the wedding. She responded to all of my emails in a timely manner and kept me on track. On th...
e day of the wedding, I was completely relaxed. I knew that Shawon and Tiara had everything covered. Thanks SDS Events for making our day so special.
Reviewed On 1/20/2012 by Meia M
Shawon did EVERYTHING for me for my destination wedding in the Bahamas. I never had to stress and she cut costs a lot for us. Every time I needed her, she was able to be reached via phone, email, or text. Just through email, she made my wedd...
ing better than I could have dreamed & for thousands less than we budgeted! She has packages that are very affordable & can be designed for your needs.