Hayley and Matt – Riverbend Golf & Country Club, October 17, 2015

Dear Margo, Thank you so much for all of your help in making Hayley and Matt’s wedding such a beautiful occasion. We couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves so much had you not been there to take care of every detail. Everything was perfect and just as we hoped and imagined.

Laurie, Mother of the Bride

Lindsay and Ross – Carnegie Institution for Science, August 1, 2015

My fiance and I used Bright Occasions for partial planning services, and we couldn’t recommend Margo more highly. She is a true professional through and through. Before we hired Margo, we were overwhelmed with trying to plan a wedding in DC. After hiring Margo, we felt like we didn’t have to worry about a thing. She suggested vendors that met our style and were within our budget. She made me feel at ease throughout the entire process with both her professionalism and her demeanor, and on the day of the wedding, she was everything advertised and more. I didn’t have to worry about a thing and got to focus on enjoying the reception with family and friends and my new husband. The entire wedding party, and our parents, couldn’t help raving about how great she was the entire day. If you are thinking of getting married in DC, do yourself a favor and hire Margo as fast as humanly possible. You will be glad you did.

Athena and Blair – Sequoia, May 2, 2015

Margo of Bright Occasions helped my husband and I plan our perfect wedding. She took care of everything for us–budget, planning and day-of schedule, vendor selection, contract negotiations, booking hotel block, creating wedding website, guiding us thru registry process, decorating venue, troubleshooting, and much, much more. There were so many details that would not even have occurred to us without her and really made a huge difference how things went. Margo made the whole process as stress-free as possible for us and really went out of her way to make our wedding exactly how we wanted it. By the time the actual day rolled around we were able to really enjoy ourselves and our guests and didn’t have to worry about anything at all. We really could not have done it without her.

Liz and Henry – Torpedo Factory Art Center, May 23, 2015

Margo is the best. Hands down, she was the force behind the scenes that kept everything going. Throughout planning our wedding, I was going through medical school so did not have a lot of time to do much of anything. I hired Margo, and she did a beautiful job of suggesting the most wonderful vendors. She helped craft my wedding into a dream wedding, with our input and within the budget that we planned. Margo is meticulous, responsive, so professional and everything that you could hope or wish a planner to be.

Jessica and Greg – Corcoran Gallery of Art, December 13, 2014

Dear Margo,

Thanks so much for all your help this weekend and leading up to the wedding. Not sure what we would have done without you, clearly you have mastered the art of managing a wedding, working with you was the best decision.

Cheers,

Greg

Meghan and Adam – Hamilton Live!, May 11, 2014

Margo is soft spoken and incredibly friendly and I was initially a little worried that she wouldn’t be assertive enough to orchestrate our multi-site wedding. It became clear almost immediately that that was a very silly worry. Margo took charge right after our first planning meeting and, as it turns out, these qualities just make her a dream to work with.

At our planning meeting, Margo created a timeline for us and corrected vendor arrival times (this averted a huge disaster, so I was more than thrilled before we even got started with the wedding weekend). Day of, she kept me at ease all day, putting out fires that I was never even aware of until later (apparently our groomsmen are a bunch of dopes).

Every time I saw her, she was so calm that it was almost unreal. At your wedding, things will go wrong. If you hire Margo, she will deal with them like the badass goddess of zen that she is.

When I say she went above and beyond, I really mean it. When I say she ACTUALLY cared about every aspect of our wedding and that I could tell she really really loves what she does, I mean it.

Lauren and Neal – Woodend, September 27, 2014

Margo was hands down the best thing that happened to our wedding.

From day one, Margo made an incredibly stressful process as stress-free as possible, and was patient with us throughout our year of planning.After getting to know us, she first helped us come up with a timeline for planning and made sure we stayed on track right until the wedding day. We planned the majority of our wedding from out-of-state, and Margo was there by email, phone, or Skype whenever we had questions or needed reassurance. She also provided the same level of responsiveness to our parents whom she worked with in planning our rehearsal dinner. She was very conscious of our budget throughout and was able to recommend vendors whom she trusted and fit within our means. She also helped us set up meetings with them when we were in town and negotiate contracts. In the end, we had great experiences with all of our vendors.

Margo has an incredibly calming presence which is catching to those around her, and that was so helpful to us and our families before and during the wedding. She coordinated the arrival, set up, and clean up of all vendors at the hotel beforehand and at our ceremony site so that everything flowed smoothly. If anything went wrong that day, she handled it without us knowing.

It is clear that Margo loves her job and is an expert in her field. She truly went above and beyond, and I can’t think of anything she didn’t offer to help us with. She’s kind, caring, dedicated, and assertive when needed and you should absolutely choose Margo and Bright Occasions for your wedding!

Katy and Michael – The Whittemore House, September 19, 2014

My father-in-law had the best description of Margo after the wedding rehearsal – “That girl knows how to make the trains run on time!” Margo was hands down the best decision we made. We got way more than we paid for – from fantastic wedding vendor suggestions that fit us and our budget to intrinsically understanding us and what we were looking for in our wedding. While she may have a quiet, reserved exterior, Margo is clearly in charge of her craft and gets things done and done well.

Jennifer and Scott – The Hay-Adams, November 22, 2014

Dear Margo,

You were fantastic! Everyone was raving about how organized, friendly and calm you were. Scott said it was the best money spent on the wedding. Thank you so much for making our day run so smoothly. It was such a relief knowing that you had everything covered and that we didn’t need to worry about anything at all. – From Jennifer

 

Melissa and Dennis – Army and Navy Club, March 22, 2014

The absolute BEST investment we made in our wedding was hiring Margo. She is calm, organized and adjusts incredibly well to changing circumstances!

 

Maryn and David – Beth El Hebrew Congregation, August 4, 2013

We are so grateful we hired Margo as our planner because she was very flexible and helped to ease our anxiety. She was responsible, reliable, and knowledgeable.

Margo provided wonderful suggestions and ideas for our ceremony and reception. She was always available to chat by phone, text message, or through email. Margo met with us and our caterer at our venue and helped us create a wedding day timeline and she helped us decide how to use the venue space. Margo spoke directly with all of our vendors to coordinate final details and reviewed the vendor contracts with us.

The day of our wedding, she arrived long before the ceremony time and immediately went to work making sure everything fell into place. She brought an assistant, Rachel, who was friendly and helpful. They set up our chuppah cover and it looked beautiful. Margo made sure we stayed on schedule throughout the day. She helped coordinate family photos and our ketubah signing. When it was time for the main ceremony, Margo arranged the bridal party and gave clear instructions for the processional and recessional. During the reception, Margo stayed in contact with our caterer and dj and made sure everything ran smoothly. She was the last person to leave the synagogue after helping to clean up and make sure all of our belongings and supplies were packed for us. She was simply delightful, relaxed, and on-top of every part of our wedding for the entire day. We highly recommend Margo to anyone looking for an organized, creative, and proactive wedding planner.

 

Nina and Justin – Carnegie Institution for Science, March 23, 2013

We hired Margo as our day-of coordinator about a year before our wedding. However, Margo went above and beyond what we hired her for. From day one, she encouraged me to email her questions I had about the wedding. She always responded, whether via email or phone, extremely promptly and was always incredibly friendly. I felt as though I was chatting with a close friend.

In the couple of months leading up to the wedding, I worked even closer with Margo. We had a planning meeting and a walk-through at my wedding site. Margo was always “on the ball.” She came to every event with notes from our previous conversations. I considered myself a nervous bride, but Margo always made me feel extremely comfortable. She was kind and respectful, listening to all of my concerns and questions, and taking them seriously by offering professional advice. Margo always made me feel like I was her number one priority.

I cannot stress how helpful Margo was in the weeks before the wedding. Margo put together a wonderful wedding day timeline (which, by the way, she helped us stick to perfectly!) and would email me gentle reminders of tasks I had outstanding. She was incredibly instrumental in helping me coordinate with my vendors. When I had a hard time reaching my officiant, Margo took it upon herself to call him, and within the day I heard back from him.

Margo is a great wedding planner because she is calm, collected, and has an incredibly friendly demeanor, yet she commands respect in moments of stress.

For example, moments before our ceremony began, our eight grandparents wanted to change their ceremony entrance, and Margo swiftly got everyone’s attention and executed the change perfectly.
I should also that on the wedding day, I also gave Margo a massive “to-do” list. I did not think it was humanly possible to complete every last thing on that list, but Margo did. Her performance was flawless and she was never intrusive.

I wholeheartedly recommend Margo!

Nina and Justin

 

Kathleen and Andrew – Metropolitan Club, December 8, 2012

Margo was a godsend. We hired her a month before the wedding when I had so many loose ends I didn’t know what to do with them. I had interviewed a few other wedding coordinators but Margo seemed so on the ball, arriving at our free consultation prepared with a sample wedding plan. Plus she made me feel so comfortable as soon as we met. I just knew she and I would work well together (though she did most of the work!).

She dove right in and got things in order while maintaining a naturally calm demeanor.

She continuously sent me gentle reminders of the tasks I needed to accomplish. She followed up with vendors immediately and was always quick to respond to my emails. I can’t recommend her enough. My wedding was the best day of my life thanks in part to her great work!

 

Laura and Kingston – Woodlawn Manor, October 13, 2012

Margo was our Day of Coordinator for our October 13, 2012 wedding. I wanted to plan the entire event myself, but I knew I would need help on the day of the wedding, and I found that and so much more in Margo. My Mother and I essentially handed over the timeline and giant to-do list to Margo in the weeks leading up to the big day. My mom and I put a great deal of trust in her to carry out the many details we had spent months planning…and she went above and beyond to make our dreams a reality! From the beginning, Margo went way beyond what she had been hired to do, and was more than happy to offer advice and recommendations to me throughout the planning process.

On our wedding day, she came early and stayed late and was truly an asset in making our day the amazing event that it was. Margo set up our many detailed decorations, kept everything running smoothly and on schedule, just as we had talked about and run through prior to the wedding.

Margo also handled the management of our timeline so effortlessly…ensuring that I never had to worry about what time it was or what was supposed to happen next. I cannot recommend Margo enough, she truly helped make my wedding day the best day of my life!

Leah and Yehuda – Newton White Mansion, March 9, 2014

Thank you so much! You were fabulous and an absolute G-dsend. We could not have pulled off such an extraordinary event without your help. We will recommend Bright Occasions to all of our friends!

 

Emily and Andrew – The Westin Georgetown, November 2, 2013

When I started planning my wedding, I felt I could handle the color coordination, organization, details and fun wedding ideas on my own, but I really needed someone to help me on the actual day of my wedding. I was only engaged for 8 months, (a flash in wedding time) and sometimes felt I didn’t have time to think. Margo was just an email away ready to answer any of my questions. As a bride, there a million things going at once on the big day and I wanted to enjoy it stress and worry free.

I am SO glad I had Margo by my side to handle the timeline, wedding party and any last minute changes. She truly has a calming effect on people. She went above and beyond my expectations.

The morning of my wedding she came to check on me to make sure everything was in order, drove to the groomsmen to help with their boutonnieres, and most importantly set up all the details at the reception. I had a fall wedding and she made all my Pinterest ideas come true! Margo always put me first and made me remember it was my special day!

 

Jessica and Mike – Old South Country Club, October 12, 2013
I can’t recommend Margo from Bright Occasions enough!! She was absolutely incredible, a total wedding saver.

Even though it rained the day of our wedding and our outdoor ceremony had to be moved indoors Margo made sure everything looked perfect. I had only provided Margo a vague idea of how I wanted our reception set up but she was able to create exactly what I had imagined. Margo handled everything the day of the wedding from coordinating vendors arrivals and departures to directing our ceremony. Above all Margo is very kind person and enjoyable to work with.

 

Bess and Josh – Carnegie Institution for Science, July 5, 2013

Dear Margo,

We can’t thank you enough for all your help making our wedding day so special. It was an unforgettable, amazing evening. We had a blast and our friends and family can’t stop talking about how wonderful it was.

Thank you for making it so easy for us.

With love,

The Winstons (Bess and Josh)

 

Courtney and Josh – Herrington on the Bay, June 1, 2013

We hired Margo as our day of coordinator but she did so much more than that. I planned the majority of the wedding myself but knew that I wanted to be stress-free on wedding day and that is exactly what I was! Margo handled everything. She is definitely experienced and knew exactly what needed to be done. She ran our rehearsal, set up our centerpieces and ceremony things. She made sure that someone had all of our things at the end of the night. She took care of pre-wedding stuff like vendor confirmation. She even saved our centerpieces by using some votives she happened to have when the ones I ordered did not arrive in time for wedding day. Margo was just spectacular and more than anything else she is just so nice. My family commented on how just genuinely nice she was through the rehearsal and wedding. I whole heartedly recommend Bright Occasions. My day would not have gone as smoothly if Margo was not a part of it.

 

Kathryn and Shaama – Private Home Wedding, September 29, 2012

Dear Margo,

Thanks again for your help and good advice while planning! We were all impressed by and grateful for all your help Saturday. I didn’t know until it was all over that you had gone above and beyond and dealt with clogged toilet in the midst of everything else! The party was a great success–a friend commented that it was both sophisticated and relaxed (just what we were aiming for)–and we couldn’t have done it without you. Your calm and enthusiasm and energy gave us confidence that all would be well, and that’s a priceless gift.

Regards, Judy

 

Emilie and Charles – Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, September 7,2012

Margo was great! She took care of setting up and packing up all of our diy projects – a huge relief for us! She was always responsive and right there when we needed her, but was far from intrusive during the event.

If you want someone you can trust and who will handle things without causing you more stress, I highly recommend Margo!

 

Becky & Brian – Glen Echo Park, June 25, 2011

Margo was a huge help during every stage of the planning process for my June 2011 wedding. She was a calm voice of experience during the nerve-wracking moments when I worried my guest list exceeded our venue capacity.Her predictions about how many guests would be able to attend were perfectly accurate. Closer to the big day, she helped me wade through a sea of contradictions on internet forums to tackle the complex issue of tipping wedding vendors.Her advice on practical issues, etiquette, and traditions is invariably spot on.

Margo also has a tremendous eye for visual details and small, personal touches. I have found that the vendors she collaborates with tend to go beyond providing competent services, helping to shape an event that is creative, different, and perfectly suited to the couple.

Margo referred me to my fantastic florist, Shelly, who created a design that perfectly captured the aesthetic I had in mind for my wedding, while working within a budget. I highly recommend Margo for any couple hoping to remain relaxed and sane while planning a personalized, unique event.

 

Kate – Event Planner and Client from 2009-2010

Margo is extremely professional, bubbly and a breeze to work with, I enjoyed working with her in my role as the Event & Publications Coordinator at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University. You can tell that Margo has a sincere interest in getting to know her clients on a personal level and has very strong customer-relations skills. Her magnetic personality and positive outlook made me want to get to know her better and establish a friendship, since she was a true delight to work with in the office. I highly recommend Margo to anyone looking to pull together a 5 star event from start to finish – she will sure pull out all the stops and impress you every step of the way!

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