The Simply Elegant Group is a wedding planning and event design company that focuses on your overall budget. Unlike other wedding planning companies, the Simply Elegant Group does not focus solely on the design of an event, but provides you with as much insider knowledge as possible.
Customer reviews (7)
I cannot say enough WONDERFUL things about the Simply Elegant Group and my day of coordinator, Ashley Carpenter. I could not have gotten through my wedding without her. I booked her for day of coordination about eight months out from my wedding, but she began "officially" working on timeline and planning about two months out from the wedding. Before those two months however, Ashley sent us recommendations and answered logistics questions for us at no extra charge. Throughout the entire process, Ashley was on top of my questions, always quick to respond, and found an answer if she did not know it right away. She calmed me down when I was acting crazy and reassured me that things would work out. I am not super organized and would never have been able to have detailed a timeline for our day like she did. She had things planned at some points in the evening down to 5-minute segments. She constantly asked my opinion when it was warranted and when I did not know how to proceed, she explained the options and gave recommendations. She communicated and coordinated with all our vendors so that I didn't have to deal with that in the weeks leading up to the big day. On the day of, I did not have to deal with any problems - she made sure we were on time, she grabbed things we forgot, she was our point person for any issues and trust me, things will go wrong! A guest at my wedding fainted during cocktail hour and I didn't even know it was happening because of how amazing Ashley was at handling it. My bustle was also impossible to work out and while I was on the verge of a meltdown, Ashley reassured me that it would be solved and of course, she fixed it. She was the BEST money I spent and I would absolutely recommend this company, but specifically Ashley, to any bride - REGARDLESS of how much of a planner you think you are. Ashley will think of things that did not cross your mind. I love love love Ashley and am so glad I was able to work with her. My day ended up perfect!!
Ashley C was our day of wedding coordinator. My husband and I can not say enough good things about her. She was an absolute delight to work with - super organized and friendly! She really helped take the stress off of us during the wedding weekend so we could just focus on having fun!
We had Lindsay as our wedding planner and she was amazing on our wedding day! We both thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and did not think twice about a single detail during the reception. From the beginning of the day, she was able to delicately solve an issue with the makeup artist and help me feel beautiful! However, I think the part that I enjoyed most was that I felt like I was sharing my day with a friend, not a planner. I never had to ask for anything to be done, because she was either already on it or asking me if I need anything else to have a good time. Overall, I loved our experience and am so happy to have met Lindsay and Elisa from Simply Elegant!
I ended up hiring Simply Elegant last minute for day-of services. I was having a destination wedding in Jamaica. The resort wedding planners were helpful when it came to selecting a location, band, dinner, flowers, etc. but less helpful with the details of the day and timeline. Lindsay Mackey helped us put together a timeline for the day, ceremony and reception. Also, the resort didn't do much for a wedding rehearsal so Lindsay managed this (which was a feat with my family). I was so happy that she insisted that we do a quick run through instead of just skipping it. Lindsay helped make sure everything was on track the day of and for a destination wedding this is not an easy task. Island time is real! When planning the details with the resort, photography was a challenge. I knew that I wanted amazing photos and wasn't getting warm and fuzzy feelings from the resort photographer. One night when Lindsay was helping me with the timeline (about 2 weeks before the wedding) I mentioned my concerns and she said she would reach out to some of her Chicago photographers to see if one was free and would be willing to travel last minute for us. I have no idea how she did it, but she found Adam Novak (http://www.adamnovak.com/) and worked out a great price in a matter of a few days.. The photos were beautiful - Lindsay & Adam were godsends!!! Can't say enough great things about these two gifted people, whom turned my vision of an epic Jamaican beach wedding into an event our friends and family are still gushing about.
We hired Lindsay the week of and WOW are we glad we did. I'm not sure what I was thinking not having a day of coordinator. I thought I could do it all then as I met with the manager of my venue and had final meetings with vendors I quickly realized I did not want to be the go to person. I also did not want any of my family members to be that person because I wanted them to enjoy the day as well. From the second Lindsay came into the picture I felt relaxed and way more comfortable with how the flow of the day would go. She is professional, honest, funny, high energy and everything else you'd want in the person there to make your day perfect. She instantly had a vision for my day and made it better than I could have ever pictured. Do yourself a favor and hire Lindsay. This is the best decision we made for our wedding!
I spent time reaching out to Lindsay M. Mackey, "Expert Planner" from
The Simply Elegant Group - I put expert planner in quotes because anyone who is even a decent planner would not confirm they had a coordinator available for your date (this is after she mixed up the dates in her initial outreach and I had to correct her) and then claim they do not have someone available after all. This is after I wasted my time scheduling a call and going through all the details of our wedding, then waiting a week without receiving any of the information requested. When I finally reached back out to her to follow-up (which is her job) she stated that she was waiting for confirmation of someone's availability and they were not available after all. Little pro tip- don't waste someone's time 3 months before their wedding.
Hiring Simply Elegant for our November wedding was the best decision I ever made. From our initial meeting with Ashely, we knew that Simply Elegant would be a great fit for us. These girls are all about saving YOU money and we saved enough using their preferred vendors to offset the cost of hiring them! We worked with Cait who was seriously amazing, and went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. We bought the "Day of Plus Package" which including 5 extra hours and was the perfect package for us. I cannot overstate how helpful Cait was to us, since she was there we didn't have to worry about a thing on our wedding day. It was the most stress free wedding day ever! She took care of all the behind the scenes details to ensure our reception flowed according to plan. She worked with our wedding coordinator at our reception venue to ensure our venue was decorated perfectly, and it was more beautiful than we could have imagined. She worked with us a couple weeks before the wedding to create a detailed timeline, and helped us plan out little details we never would have thought of. She called all of our vendors the week of the wedding to confirm details, which took so much stress away from me the week of the wedding. She was present at our rehearsal, taking notes and handling any questions our families and friends had. She remained calm through the whole process, even as we added more and more responsibility to her plate. We saved a ton of money using their preferred vendors, and she even saved us money by offering to return our rental items to Festivities the next day so we could avoid a fee. My heart swells with gratitude when I think of how much she did for us. I highly recommend Cait and the Simply Elegant team, they are so worth the money and the discounts they offer with their preferred vendors ends up saving enough to offset the cost. It is so valuable having a professional on your team who knows the wedding business! Cait--we love you!!!
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I am a LOVER of all things vintage- and I loved that 2014 was all about antique inspired décor! I have been a part of the lovely wedding world for going on 5 years now and I CANNOT get enough! I recently was a bride myself- marrying the LOVE OF MY LIFE Nathan in early 2014. But before I was a bride- I created Simply Elegant, a wedding planning company that is devoted to helping brides on a budget.
Today we’re happy to interview Britty of Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting, the newest addition to our wedding planner directory!