The Purple Orchid, Event Planning

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The Purple Orchid, Event Planning

The Purple Orchid, a Maine Event Planning company, specializes in tented, outside and backyard weddings. The Purple Orchid, Event Planning has professional relationships with caterers, rental companies, musicians, photographers and artists, ensuring you will be working with top professionals.


Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Wedding Activities

Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner, Welcome Party, Ceremony, Wedding

Wedding Categories

A la Carte Wedding Planning, Budgeting, Day-Of Coordination, Full Service Wedding Planning, Planning

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Contact Info

Portland, ME Planning Throughout Maine (207) 615-4674

Reviewed on 8/17/2017 Kim C

Where to begin with Kristina- our wedding was amazing beyond our wildest dreams and we couldn't have done it without her. For a long time we ambitiously attempted to plan a large-ish wedding on a private property from long distance single-handedly and once we realized that this... Read More was impossible to do while working full-time jobs, we sought out a planner. From our first conversation with Kristina she immediately started making suggestions and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with someone who has as much experience as she has, and who has worked with so many local vendors. Kristina was fantastic and just what we needed-- she was responsive and professional, mentioned every detail that we might have overlooked, and was straightforward while being kind, encouraging, and unbelievably generous. On the day of the wedding I was able to leave the site to get ready and had total confidence in Kristina that everything would be in the right place, and when I came back everything was set in the right place and beautiful beyond anything I could imagine. She was super lovely with our family members, and despite having a million things to do she made sure that we were happy, relaxed and well-fed. It was such a pleasure working with Kristina and we would recommend her to friends and family in a heartbeat. There are many talented event planners in Maine but if you're looking for a team with a deep breadth of experience in the area and who have worked with basically everyone, hire PO as soon as possible. And enjoy every moment!

2017-09-01T13:37:11 Response from the vendor

I am beyond excited to hear you were able to enjoy your moments, you deserve it. You were one of the most laid back brides we have ever worked with and look how AMAZING your weekend was! Thank you 100x for allowing us to be... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/26/2017 Jamie P

Hiring Purple Orchid was hands down the BEST decision we made in our wedding planning process. Our wedding day was a complete fairytale and we were able to live every moment fully because Kristina and Meli were there to take care of everything for us as coordinators. We started... Read More planning about two years prior to our actual wedding day, and being from New York, we needed someone with knowledge of the area. I immediately clicked with Kristina and felt in such good hands. She was so patient with me every step of the way and always made me feel like a priority, even though my wedding was so far away and she surely had events that were sooner and more pressing. She led us to incredible vendors and as we got closer to the wedding, our stress level actually DECREASED because she handled all of the coordination in the weeks and days leading up. She made us feel so relaxed and well taken care of on the day and on top of it all, she is just such a kind and fun person to have with you on that very special day. Her and her assistant Meli had everything under control, and we quite literally worried about nothing the day of. We trusted them completely and it was PERFECT. My family and friends all commented on how well put together everything was and my response to them was always "Kristina and Meli are amazing!!!!" We'll miss them and wish they could plan every event in our lives! We can't say enough incredible things about The Purple Orchid, they are a MUST have for your Maine Wedding.

2017-09-01T13:34:07 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for this. We miss you guys! Please let me know when you are in Maine again so we can connect and re-live your weekend over a glass of wine. Much love, Kristina

Reviewed on 7/08/2016 Nicole A

We can't say enough good things about Kristina and The Purple Orchid. Kristina answered every question and helped with every stress I had throughout the whole wedding planning process. When I finally met Kristina the night of the rehearsal dinner I knew I had nothing to worry... Read More about. She has one of those personalities where you just know you can trust her! During the wedding day Kristina and Mellie took care of EVERYTHING! They made sure everything was perfect. One little thing that really meant a lot to us was Kristina bringing food over to our grandparents who were too hot/tired to go outside to the "cocktail area". That was so thoughtful and really made us feel taken care of.

2016-07-08T19:19:16 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for these super kind words! We had so much fun working with you - planners dream clients! I have to give the credit in looking after your grandparents to your photographer. While she was busy capturing moments of friends and family,... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 1/27/2018 Jordyne W

We hired Kristina 2 months leading up to our wedding at Camp Takajo on Long Lake in Maine. She helped us finalize all the planning and was indispensable the weekend of our wedding. She's very connected locally, has great taste, has seen it all, and is unflappable. Without... Read More Kristina, we would have still gotten married :) but we would have been crazed leading up to the wedding and would not have been able to enjoy the weekend fully w/our friends and family.

2018-02-28T14:35:23 Response from the vendor

I can not even believe you have been married for five years! Thank you so much for trusting in us. Visit Maine soon!

Reviewed on 10/27/2017 Amy H

I got married this past August, and worked with Chelsea and Meli. Those two are AMAZING!!! I can not say enough nice things about the team. I had Chelsea help with our rehearsal walk through, and I'm so glad I did. I would hire this team again in a heartbeat. They made sure... Read More everything ran smoothly day of, and I didn't worry about a thing. Originally when I started planning my wedding, I wasn't going to hire a wedding planner. I'm so glad we made room in our budget to allow for one. Well worth the money, I highly recommend The Purple Orchid, Event Planning! After my wedding my other vendors reached out to me and said how much they loved working with the wedding planners. Thank you so much ladies!!

2018-02-28T14:36:41 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for your kind words. Meli and Chelsea are the best, I'm so happy they made your wedding the kind of day you wanted. Much love, Kristina

Reviewed on 9/17/2017 Andrea C

We are so happy that we decided to hire The Purple Orchid for day 0f planning for our September wedding. Chelsea was our planner, with Nikki helping out the day of. Hiring a wedding planner was an expense I had to convince my fiance into, but he ended up being so happy that we... Read More did and we were both blown away by Chelsea's hard work and everything she did for us to make our day awesome! Seriously, Chelsea went so above and beyond the duties of a "day of" planner - I could not have put together the schedule and timeline for the day without her help. She also reached out to all my vendors prior to the wedding to make sure everyone was on the same page. She was so amazing the day of the wedding, running around and making sure everything was perfect, and stayed late to make sure everything was taken care so we didn't have to worry about anything. To top it all off, we loved her personality and felt so comfortable leaving everything in her hands. We liked her so much, we wanted her to stay and hang out with us after the wedding! We let her off the hook since she was probably exhausted after a 12+ hour day of hard work :) Thank you so much Chelsea and Purple Orchid for everything and making our wedding day so special!

2018-02-28T14:37:35 Response from the vendor

Chelsea still talks about your wedding! I'm so thrilled you were able to connect in the way you did. Visit soon!

Reviewed on 8/19/2017 Katrina H

We loved working with Kristina and her staff! They helped us with all the small logistical aspects leading up to our big day and were the magic behind the scenes the day of our wedding. Our ceremony and reception venue required multiple vendors and they were great with helping... Read More us work with everyone to keep it organized. Kristina and her staff went above and beyond for us and we can't thank them enough!

2017-09-01T13:35:22 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for trusting in us- we are truly honored. You two are wonderful, please stay in touch with updates and photos. Much l.o.v.e!

Reviewed on 8/16/2017 Emily B

We worked mostly with Chelsea and she exceeded all of our expectations as our wedding coordinator. Chelsea has such a confident, upbeat attitude, which really helped lower our stress levels throughout planning. We hired her for day-of coordination for our wedding at a flower... Read More farm. The venue was a blank slate property in the sense that all vendors needed to be brought in, as nothing was provided by the venue. Even though we had hired for day-of coordination, rather than using full planning services, Chelsea went above and beyond. She reached out to vendors and made sure the wedding schedule was given to all vendors and everyone was on the same page. She was organized, reliable, and made sure we had all of our bases covered. There were many moving pieces with our wedding, and we are SO happy to have found Chelsea. She really helped us feel at ease and kept us on track with our priorities and timeline. She has the most awesome, positive personality, and handled everything calmly and professionally. Chelsea (and Mel) really helped the entire day run smoothly. We were able to enjoy the day with friends and family, thanks to her. If you are wondering whether you have room in the budget for a coordinator- you NEED to make room. Thank you again, Chelsea! For everything :)

2017-09-01T13:38:00 Response from the vendor

What a pleasure! Thank you for the kind words and trust. My heart is melting. You two are beautiful, inside and out. Much love!

Reviewed on 8/01/2017 Kelsey S

We truly loved working with the Purple Orchid. I worked mostly with Kristina early on with my preliminary plans, but Chelsea ultimately took on the role of our primary planner and she did an amazing job. All my preliminary work with Kristina was flawlessly passed on to Chelsea... Read More and she (and Mel) were SO organized and professional throughout my whole rehearsal and wedding. They kept everyone on track and helped manage all the vendors. Throughout the planning process it was awesome to have someone to discuss all my ideas and random questions; every communication from The Purple Orchid is very prompt, professional and so helpful. Chelsea is super detail oriented and seems to be able to do a million things at once. At the beginning we sort of wondered if we really needed a planner but went with it and by the end of the wedding we realized how crucial it was to have The Purple Orchid focus on all the details to make everything run smoothly so we and our families could enjoy our day! They did an amazing job.

2017-08-14T14:04:26 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of one of the most important days of your life. We are honored and grateful, a million thanks. Much love and laughter to you all. Kristina, Chelsea, Meli, Jarron and Nikki!

Reviewed on 10/24/2016 Rebecca G

While we felt OK about our pre-wedding engagement with Kristina, she sent her colleague Chelsea to our venue for the rehearsal. Kristina had clearly not prepped Chelsea well for the day and we were VERY upset. We had worked tirelessly on our schedule of events together - down... Read More to the minute - and Chelsea showed up with a blank piece of paper with our names on it and no background of our story, flow of the day, etc. She even opened the rehearsal by saying 'if you could all SHUT UP for 15 minutes, we can all get out of here'. This was extremely unprofessional and shocking to us having worked with Kristina. Then, we did our walk around the property only to have 'to do's' delegated to us the night before our wedding by the planner. This was also shocking to us. We were told to relinquish control to Kristina and her staff a week before our wedding and now we're being asked to make arrangements the day before our wedding? What were we paying for then?! To seal the deal, we were told by our venue to send some friends over in the morning to 'babysit' the planners as they required a tremendous amount of oversight. On our wedding day, Kristina did manage to pull everything together; however, instead of relieving my stress as a bride, her staff elevated my anxiety level and caused me to put my friends and family to work. We are devastated by the lack of consistent service we were afforded during this important time. While Kristina is highly skilled as a day-of planner, we don't trust her staff and would caution brides/grooms-to-be when enlisting her services.

2016-11-01T13:56:36 Response from the vendor

As painful as it is to read your comments, I appreciate your feedback. The Purple Orchid, Event Planning has always tried to go above and beyond for all of its clients. The reason why I started the business is because we love what we do,... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/15/2016 Lindsay S

We worked with The Purple Orchid to plan our July 2016 wedding. We opted to do the full package and are so grateful for Kristina's help! Kristina assisted us with every step. One thing I loved about working with Kristina was that I never second-guessed decisions. She helped... Read More us narrow down options, make a decision, and then move on to the next task. Kristina was very knowledgeable and worked with us on major tasks, such as choosing vendors and reviewing contracts, as well as the smaller details such as putting together a detailed hour-by-hour timeline for our wedding day and making sure all vendors had it well in advance. She was always available during wedding planning to answer questions, make suggestions, and keep us on track. Besides doing wonderful work, she was also very organized, professional, and personable. About a month before our wedding, we planned a weekend to meet with vendors, but ended up getting a flat tire and which delayed us about 4 hours. Kristina waited for us anyways to attend the final walk-through appointment with our venue and contacted vendors whose appointments we missed. She rescheduled them for us and was more concerned about our flat tire than anything else! I highly recommend Kristina and The Purple Orchid. She made the wedding planning process much easier and ensured that everything turned out wonderfully on the big day!

2016-09-26T13:47:07 Response from the vendor

Hope you two are doing great! Miss you already. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day- it was magical. xoxo Kristina

Reviewed on 8/06/2016 Micah S

We hired Purple Orchid Event Planning in December 2015 for our July 2016 wedding. We purchased the full Maine Wedding Planner package. True to how the package is advertised, Kristina's service was virtually unlimited. She particularly excelled during the first month of planning... Read More and the last week before (and of course the day of) the event. She helped us quickly identify a wedding site by pre-filtering locations based on our tastes, date restrictions and budget. My wife and I live in Boston, so she arranged to have us tour five sites in one day. We ended up choosing a location we would never have considered without the benefit of her experience. She has a great approach where she proposes several options for each vendor need, depending on your budget and tastes, and offers editorial perspective where necessary. She makes the process much more manageable while also making you feel like it is still your day. She is a great sounding board and voice of calm and reason during a process that could otherwise be rather stressful. We truly rarely felt stressed through the whole planning process. Fast forward to the week before the wedding: Kristina was on top of every detail. Our particular crisis was the mobile bathroom vendor canceling our reservation five days before the wedding. We never worried about it, and Kristina took care of it. Come the Friday before the weekend, we handed off a car full of table cards, Ketubah, photos for display, etc. and then stopped worrying about any details. She and her team took care of everything the weekend of the wedding, and we never worried about any of it. Highly recommended, especially for outdoor weddings--and for couples short on time.

2016-09-26T13:47:55 Response from the vendor

Hello you two! Thank you so much for the review- so very kind and thoughtful. Hope you two are doing great and please be in touch the next time you are in Maine. xoxo Kristina and team

Reviewed on 11/02/2015 heather s

Absolutely the best money we spent for our wedding! Kristina was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was professional but also felt like a friend right from the beginning. She made me feel at ease and wasn't afraid to interject her opinion (which was right and made the best... Read More sense!) I was so grateful to have Kristina execute everything that my husband and I put together for the wedding. Even though we hired her as a day-of coordinator, she regularly touched based with us throughout our wedding planning process and also provided some great recommendations and feedback. If it wasn't for her, we may not have met our caterer - and the food was to die for!! You will absolutely not regret hiring Kristina and her team at Purple Orchid. If you want your big day to be truly stress-free... then contact her today. She really will make your dreams come true.

2016-01-06T15:18:19 Response from the vendor

Thank you lady! I just emailed you- was going through your photos...oh my gosh!!! Beautiful. Please stay in touch. Your friend, Kristina

Reviewed on 10/29/2015 Molly M

My now husband and I got married in September up in Rangeley, ME. We agreed to hire a day of wedding coordinator to ease the stress of our wedding day and to appoint one person to be in charge, so that everyone else could day a back seat and enjoy the ride, and what an amazing... Read More ride it was! Thank god for Kristina and Chelsea. Planning a wedding in a little town in the mountain/lake region two states away is not easy. They met with us a month or two before the wedding day at the venue and we outlined the day of wedding activities and I instantly felt secure in our decision. Chelsea was our coordinator for the wedding day and she executed everything flawlessly, I truly could not have ask for a better go-to person. I had so many details and she made sure everything was precisely how I had envisioned it. This was by far the best decision we made for the wedding and honestly worth every penny, I cannot recommend them enough!

Reviewed on 10/29/2015 Molly M

My now husband and I got married in September up in Rangeley, ME. We agreed to hire a day of wedding coordinator to ease the stress of our wedding day and to appoint one person to be in charge, so that everyone else could day a back seat and enjoy the ride, and what an amazing... Read More ride it was! Thank god for Kristina and Chelsea. Planning a wedding in a little town in the mountain/lake region two states away is not easy. They met with us a month or two before the wedding day at the venue and we outlined the day of wedding activities and I instantly felt secure in our decision. Chelsea was our coordinator for the wedding day and she executed everything flawlessly, I truly could not have ask for a better go-to person. I had so many details and she made sure everything was precisely how I had envisioned it. This was by far the best decision we made for the wedding and honestly worth every penny, I cannot recommend them enough!

Reviewed on 10/26/2015 Amy G

Very pleased, good guidance throughout the planning process, easy to reach when needed, and professional. Nice to have the help with coordination of vendors and day of setup. A great day!

Reviewed on 10/25/2015 Katie C

Hiring Kristina as our day-of wedding coordinator was one of the best decisions of our whole wedding process. She coordinated with each of our vendors (and we had many!) prior to the wedding weekend and arrived on site early the day of to make sure everything was set up... Read More beautifully and in order. It was so helpful knowing she would be there to not only set everything up at both the ceremony and reception locations, but troubleshoot anything that might come up throughout the day. I knew I wouldn't have to worry about logistics and could just focus on getting married and having fun! She took care of everything on our wedding day--the decorations were beautiful and creatively arranged, and the schedule of events ran so smoothly. She was always willing to give advice or answer questions during my planning. She also knows most of the vendors in the area and had a great system in place. I met Kristina once before the wedding at our wedding site and otherwise communicated via email and phone. I would highly recommend getting a day-of coordinator especially at venues that are very hands on and don't offer their own staff. It makes your life SO much easier come wedding day. It made all the work we put into months of planning worth it to see everything come together beautifully and have the ability to just experience every moment of my wedding day and not worry. Kristina and Chelsea did a terrific job -- I highly recommend The Purple Orchid for your wedding!!

2015-10-26T09:15:02 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for the kind words. Much love and laughter to you both! Please stay in touch!

Reviewed on 10/24/2015

Kristina was a great wedding planner. She was extremely good at getting a sense of the style/mood we were going for, and then recommending places that fit that style. She was also an immense, immense help day-of. She helped solve dozens of small problems that (inevitably)... Read More emerge. Without her, much of our wedding day would have been spent troubleshooting, which would have greatly detracted from our experience. If you are looking to have a cheaper-then-average wedding, I would just recommend being really explicit about your budget, and continuously checking in about whether you are on track to make it. Many of her vendors, though fantastic, are not particularly cheap (which isn't a bad thing necessarily, since they're all very professional), but nevertheless I'd recommend being very explicit about your constraints and where you're willing to sacrifice elegance for affordability.

2015-10-26T09:14:05 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for the kind words- you two are fantastic and we has so much fun working with you... please stay in touch.

Reviewed on 10/22/2015 Stacy B

Kristina and her team was so amazing. We loved her from the moment we met her. She was fabulous to work for and all of our other vendors raved about her! We think the world of her and would recommend her to any couple planning a special day! Kristina was more than just a... Read More planner - she became a friend !

Reviewed on 10/22/2015 Kate T

Working with Kristina was FANTASTIC. My husband and I planned a wedding in Maine from NYC, and my parents were in Pittsburgh. As disjointed as that sounds, Kristina and her team pulled everything together and made the whole process seamless and as pain-free as a wedding planning... Read More can be :) Everything about our day was completely perfect, and every detail handled -- I didn't have to lift a finger on the day-of (except to put a ring on it!) If you're planning a wedding in Maine, she's your girl, without a doubt.

2015-10-22T13:38:29 Response from the vendor

Thank you Kate! It was such a pleasure working with you all. Is it so weird to say, "My husband?"

Reviewed on 10/21/2015

My husband and I always say that Kristina was our best choice in our whole wedding planning process. I don't have enough space to write how awesome Kristina and Purple Orchid was for our Maine island wedding. She was organized, laid back, professional, proactive and went above... Read More and beyond in all respects to ensure our day was perfect - which it was. I cannot recommend Kristina enough - seriously. I was one of those people that thought we wouldn't need a wedding planner and I repeat - best decision we made by far!!! Besides her help prior to the wedding Kristina and her teammate Chelsea were incredible on the day of - they made sure the day was flawlessly executed. Best choice!!

2015-10-22T13:52:54 Response from the vendor

Wasn't that one of the best days ever? Thank you so much for making us a part of it. xoxo Kristina

Above and Beyond

Reviewed on 10/06/2015 Leigh S

We hired Kristina at the Purple Orchid Event Planning as our wedding planner. She was truly amazing to work with, professional, organized, stayed within budget, and helped us visualize our wedding. We were completely at ease on the day of our wedding knowing everything had been... Read More taken care of. She went above and beyond our expectations and we couldn't have asked for a better wedding planner and friend.

2015-10-06T20:30:43 Response from the vendor

A friend for sure. What a pleasure working with you. Please stay in touch! I want baby pictures one day :)

Worth every penny!

Reviewed on 8/29/2015 Kelly W

Kristina and Chelsea are a god-send! We feel very thankful to have decided on a day-of wedding coordinator. Kristina was excellent to work with from the very start. Planning a wedding two states a way, we had an initial phone conversation that alluded to an immediate connection... Read More and understanding of our wedding needs and vision. She met us prior to the event at our wedding location. Our wedding was at my husband's family summer home; thus, we had to pull in MANY different vendors to come out to this little Maine, island. Kristina organized all the vendors seamlessly. She contacted each one prior to the wedding and took that worry off of our plates and allowed us to enjoy the morning leading up to the big moment. The day of the wedding she showed up early to help with set-up and nailed every last one of our little details (and as a teacher, there were many). During all of this she remained friendly and professional. We are extremely thankful that we went with a day-of wedding coordinator and that this was The Purple Orchid. I would highly recommend them!

2015-10-22T13:54:16 Response from the vendor

Dude, your pictures are amazing! What a blast of a day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Reviewed on 7/20/2015 Jose R

Kristina and her assistant Chelsea proved their worth and more on our wedding day! I don't know how I would have made it through the event without them! Kristina solved problems and worked out glitches independently and when she requested my input she always had helpful... Read More suggestions so I never felt overly stressed, even when my timeline had to be modified halfway through the event! Kristina and Chelsea never stopped moving, and were on top of everything, communicating with all of our vendors and coordinating each step of my wedding flawlessly. Purple Orchid was not only efficient and professional, but also fun and personable as well. It was a pleasure working with Kristina and we recommend her services to anyone planning any event!

Reviewed on 6/17/2015 Michelle P

Kristina and her staff were amazing! Every detail went off without a hitch. I live 3000 miles away and she was easy to work with and I always felt like I had an advocate. She was honest and forthright and I could not have asked for better communication! Our wedding exceeded mine... Read More and my husbands expectations!!

2015-10-06T20:30:06 Response from the vendor

I hope newlywed life is treating you great! Miss you guys.