My name is Katie Williams and I am the Founder, Owner and Principal Planner for Katie Williams Events. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 with a BA in Political Science. My first job out of college was working for a political strategy firm, where I learned the basics in fundraising, campaign management, and how to work with ALL types of personalities! Before opening Katie Williams Events in 2017, I worked for various private companies focusing on project and timeline management, fundraising, company events, and budget analysis. You could say I'm sort of an organizational mastermind.
I have always been a creative person, (before landing on a major I dabbled in art history, painting, fashion marketing, and even photography!) so the main passion for starting Katie Williams Events came from my desire to combine both my organizational and creative sides into a career where I could help people create that magical day they've been dreaming about. Nothing brings me more joy than to see the months (or year!) of planning come together on wedding day and to know how happy our clients are with a grand celebration of them and their love for one another!
I am originally from Richmond, Virginia and have been residing in South Carolina for 6 years, 5 of which have been in Greenville. I am happily married to my VERY patient husband, Nick. We have two sweet dogs, Lyla & Riggs (any Friday Night Lights fans out there?!) and they are our only babies...for now! When I'm not planning weddings and working with the BEST COUPLES ON THE PLANET, you can find me with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc watching Bravo, snuggling with my dogs and husband on a lazy Sunday morning, or hosting a girls night in - because let's be honest, it's so much fun to wear comfy clothes with your hair up, eat junk food, and laugh with your friends on the couch! I am a member of the Junior League of Greenville, and enjoy volunteering in our community and giving back to those families in need. I am the oldest of four, and consider myself to be a protector of my loved ones. My father is my biggest inspiration in business and life - I strive to be as successful as he is one day in all aspects of my life.
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My name is Marion Reeves and I am a Lead Wedding Planner for Katie Williams Events. I graduated from Clemson University in 2014 with a BA in History and finished my Masters from Clemson University in 2015. I spent 4 years teaching 8th grade at Sevier Middle School plan to take a break to follow other passions as of 2019.
Working with Katie Williams Events has allowed me to further develop my passions for planning and design. Working as a planner has allowed me to work with some of the best brides! I love getting to watch the planning process from start to finish and see the execution of the wedding day come full circle. One of my most rewarding aspects of working with Katie Williams Events has been to see the planning come together to meet and exceed a bride's expectation of her dream day!
I grew up and currently reside in Greenville, SC. I love being able to call this city home! In my spare time you will find me checking out delicious resturants and fun breweries around Greenville. I have a sweet labradoodle, named Scarlett, who is the light of my life!
My name is Emma Chandler, and I am the Assistant Wedding Planner for Katie Williams Events. My love for events started as a child decorating and planning for family parties. It has always been so satisfying to see all hard work and planning come together to create the most magical and happy moments. I am pretty sure I have cried watching every-single- bride walk down the aisle.
Designing a wedding brings me to a whole new level of excitement - who'd have guessed picking out table linens and choosing napkin folds could be so fun! I am proud to bring my experience to the Katie Williams Events team: I have a Wedding Planning Certificate from Greenville Technical College. I am a member of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events). I have also served as the Wedding Sales and Coordinator for The Cliffs for the last two years.
I am happiest in the in mountains or while enjoying anything Italian. I love all flowers, anything pastel, shopping and of course my basset hound, Maple. My Pandora station has been set to John Mayer for a year now and you can find him blaring over any speaker that I am near. For the past six years I have scrapbooked every life event and dedicated an entire closest to photographs.
Challenges and new experiences are my driving force, so I would love to get to know you and make your dream wedding become a reality!
What is the difference between a wedding coordinator and a wedding planner?
A wedding planner generally is the most involved professional you can hire to help you to plan your wedding. Hiring a wedding planner is like hiring a new best friend to figure out and discuss every detail of your wedding. A wedding planner helps the bride and groom prepare, organize, design and financially manage the wedding. Wedding planners are typically hired soon after an engagement, and full wedding planning takes roughly one year from the time of your engagement until your wedding day.
A wedding coordinator helps, at a limited capacity, when you're planning your wedding yourself. He or she ensures that everything goes smoothly on the day of the wedding. Wedding coordination is similar to wedding planning, but does not require as many hours, and typically a wedding coordinator is hired around 6-8 months before your wedding (usually once the bride and/or groom get a little tired from doing the planning themselves, hit a snag with vendor sourcing, or have saved some more money in their budget to bring on a coordinator).
We are a full service wedding planning firm, so that means we cover all aspects of planning, design, and wedding week coordination. We also offer à la carte services for couples who are not in need of a full service planning team. Additionally, we do offer coordination services by request only.
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Why do I need to hire a wedding planner?
Planning a wedding, whether you’re expecting 50 or 250 guests, requires a lot more than just picking out pretty flowers or tabletop décor. A wedding planner essentially juggles the roles of designer, budget manager, coordinator and logistical wizard—all while helping you pull together your wedding. They can be tapped to take care of everything on your to-do list, from choosing aesthetic details to going over vendor contracts and dealing with day-of emergencies—a huge asset for busy couples hoping to plan their day with minimal stress. They’re clued into everything there is to know about executing a wedding, and all that comes along with such an emotionally charged event, so you’ll be in good hands whether your issue is bouquets or a vendor who is running late. Plus, they’re connected with top venues and pros in your area, ensuring you have the best team of experts to pull off your celebration. Simply put, an experienced planner is one of the key investments you can make when bringing your day to life.
How many hours do you work on my wedding day? Can I hire you for extra hours if needed?
Generally a wedding day is anywhere from 12-14 hours, sometimes more! As a part of full service planning, there is no set time limit for hours worked on the wedding day. Most venues offer a 10-12 hour rental window, and for the average size wedding, that gives us more than enough time to load-in, setup, manage your vendors as they arrive, prep the bridal party, and conduct the ceremony & reception. For coordination-only weddings, we work within the allotted venue rental hours - usually 8-12 hours. Additional hours can be purchased as-needed for coordination-only weddings that have a large guest count, intricate setup, or any other determining factors that warrant more time on-site from our team.
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Can I create a custom wedding planning package?
Yes! We are happy to help you curate the perfect package of planning, design & coordination services. We recommend a phone or in-person consultation to go over all of our services in order to prepare the best package for your specific needs. Contact Us to set up this consultation!
Do you travel?
We do! For any weddings outside of Greenville, SC and its surrounding cities/counties (The Upstate) we charge a one-time, $250 flat travel fee to help offset the costs of mileage and hotel expenses. If you need us to travel out of town for multiple meetings at your venue or with vendors, we will work with you on the travel costs associated with this level of service. For more information, please Contact Us.
What is the average budget of a Katie Williams Events client?
This really depends on a variety of factors (wedding size, location, décor & personalized details, catering, etc.), but our clients' budgets typically range between $35,000-$65,000, with our highest budget reaching $90,000. We suggest planning to spend around 8-10% of your budget on your wedding planning services. We are open to working with any budget, however we generally like to start with at least $35,000 to ensure proper services and standards are met.
When do we start working together, and how long should I expect the planning process to be?
We begin planning as early as 14 months before your wedding date. Typically, planning does not pick up and move at full-speed until the 12 month mark, but we do understand that couples are booking their vendors earlier than ever these days due to high demand, so we are happy to accept engaged couples with a wedding date as far out as 14 months (or longer if needed, on a case-by-case basis).
Do you work with any vendors exclusively?
We do not. We have various special partnerships with local and national vendors, but none of these are exclusive partnerships. We like to give our clients the freedom to work with any professional vendor* they choose. The special partnerships we do have are solely for the purpose of offering special rates or promotional services/products to our clients by vendors that we trust and love working with. *Professional vendors are vendors who are licensed and insured to operate their business.
Do you have a team that can fill in on my wedding day in case of an emergency with my Lead Planner (illness, injury, etc.)?
Don't worry! If your Lead Planner catches the flu the night before your wedding, we have a team of 8 wonderful, talented women who can step up to the plate and fill-in on your big day. We explain this emergency plan during our initial consultation with you, as we know how important this day is and want you to feel secure that no matter what, you have an experienced, professional coordinator managing your wedding day.
I'm ready to get started! How do we begin the process?
We would love to meet you! Please fill out our Inquiry Form so that we may schedule a phone or in-person consultation. During this consultation we will review our services and discuss how we can help bring your wedding dreams to life!