What the Upstate of South Carolina now know as the top wedding planning company in our market, Katie Williams Events, the origins of such started much more humbly. Between the years 2012-2017, Katie Williams worked under various private companies managing events, fundraisers, budgets, retreats, and projects alike - all the while dreaming of more beautiful and grand things. Known fondly by friends and family as the designated hostess for all occasions, big or small, Katie knew she had a calling to fulfill of branching out of the corporate box and into a business for herself where she could inspire, imagine, and create with those who also dreamt of grand occasions for themselves. Thus, in 2017, Katie took the plunge, and went from a corporate background to an entrepreneur, ready to start bringing these magical celebrations to life.
Katie Williams Events is now known as the top wedding planning company in the Upstate of South Carolina, and is well known and highly received across the charming state of South Carolina. From a humble beginning of Katie playing all the roles - secretary, designer, planner, day-of coordinator, production crew, bride's assistant, and so on, the Katie Williams Events team is now comprised of four strong, driven, creative, and genuine women working everyday to serve clients looking for the most intentional and collaborative wedding planning process around. The KWE value has been determined by the planning, designing, and execution of over 150 weddings, and it is still just as much of an honor today as it was when the doors first opened when a couple chooses to bring the KWE team along in their wedding planning journey.
to provide an exceptional level of service and attention to detail in order to turn your wedding dreams into a reality
It is our philosophy that in anything you do in life, you should go into every scenario prepared and as knowledgeable as you can be. In this way can you most effectively take on anything life throws at you. Planning a wedding is no different. While planning a wedding has many exciting moments along the way (choosing your bouquet, tasting the most delicious cake, crafting up a signature cocktail!), there are over hundreds of hours worth of intentional, detail driven, and meticulous work that needs to be done in order to produce not only the wedding of your dreams, but a wedding that runs logistically sound and is comprised of the best professionals to execute the day.
Enter, Katie Williams Events. We work closely with our couples and their families to plan, design, and execute the wedding they've always dreamt of hosting. Our process is crafted to match the preferences, needs, and style of each couple, and we work hand in hand to ensure that the vision of the couple is what is reflected on the wedding day. It is YOUR big day, and our number one priority is to bring to life the details that showcase your love for one another, your personal style, and highlights the top priorities you have for your wedding, all while managing the logistics, vendors, budget, and necessary details to produce a fully functioning, smooth wedding day.
Owner & Creative Director
Managing Partner & Principal Planner
Event Lead & Assistant
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 an architect when building a house - you may have general ideas and a concept for your big day, but a wedding planner has the tools, experience, knowledge, and team to actually turn that vision into a reality. 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, if not longer depending on the scope of your wedding.
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).
As a full service wedding planning & design company, we tailor our services to fit the needs of each couple working with us, and every couple experiences all of the full service planning & design benefits, suited to their style, size, budget, and scope of wedding. Additionally, we do offer à la carte services for couples who are in need of additional planning services for other wedding related events. We do not offer a basic "day-of coordination" service, as wedding day coordination is included in full service wedding planning. We do not offer "30 day planner" or "partial planning" packages.
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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 12-15 hours, sometimes more! As a part of your services with us, 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 more than enough time to load-in, setup, manage your vendors as they arrive, prep the bridal party, and conduct the ceremony & reception. Every now and then an additional hour or two at the beginning of the day is needed for wedding day prep or errands, and we also factor that into your services with us as a standard part of the wedding day. Additional hours for weddings that have a large guest count attending (over 350+ guests), very intricate or multiple day setup, or any other determining factors that warrant more time on-site from our team, will be factored into the total cost of services following an initial consultation and those determining factors are established.
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Can I create a custom wedding planning package?
As a full service wedding planning & design team, all of our clients experience all of the benefits of full service wedding planning. If you are looking to add-on to those services, which are already inclusive of all details large to small in wedding planning, we are happy to create a custom package. Services you may add on include additional events, like the rehearsal dinner or welcome party, stationery design, wedding party gift box curation, and more! 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, $1,000 flat travel fee to help offset the costs of mileage and hotel expenses throughout planning (for other cities within SC). For destination or domestic destination weddings, a custom destination wedding planning package will be created exclusively for you! 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 $50,000-$100,000, with higher end budgets reaching or exceeding $100,000-$150,000. We suggest planning to spend around 10% of your budget on your wedding planning services. We are open to working with most budgets, however we look to work with clients who have a budget that is commensurate with their guest count, design preferences, time of year, location, and so on. Simply put, we are here to advise and guide how to use your wedding budget, but the first step in that process is identifying a realistic number that aligns with your parameters and planning priorities.
When do we start working together, and how long should I expect the planning process to be?
We begin planning as early as 18 months before your wedding date. Typically, planning does not pick up and move at full-speed until the 12-14 month range, 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 18 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 Wedding Planner catches the flu the night before your wedding, we have a team of four highly skilled, professional, talented women who are ready to work on your big day. We operate as a team from start to finish with all of our weddings, so you will always have multiple people working on your plans behind the scenes and who are knowledgeable about the details of your wedding. Should your Lead Wedding Planner become ill or injured and is unable to perform her duties on your wedding day, our team is prepared to adjust and have another professional planner ready to work in the event of a staffing emergency. We also always have at least two planners on-site at every wedding, and add planners as-needed based on the guest count and other details of the wedding that may require more of our team on-site for the wedding. We do also employ season day-of associates to ensure the proper number of bodies are always on-site keeping the day running smoothly!
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 consultation. During this consultation we will review our services and discuss how we can help bring your wedding dreams to life!
Katie Williams Events is by far, the most exceptional wedding planner there is! I had the absolute pleasure of working with Katie Williams for over 15 months while planning my wedding. Every step of the way she made me feel like a priority, regardless of how close we were to my day. When wedding week came, we had some hiccups with vendors and Katie handled it with poise and skill. She always had everything under control. I never had to worry about a thing with Katie by my side! On the day of my wedding she was on the floor at church with me with a shout wipe trying to get a minor stain out of my dress. She held my train and veil and fluffed it right before I walked down the aisle. She pinned my hair up at the reception when it started to fall. She coordinated, ran, managed, and executed everything that day and she still had time to be there for me in EVERY way. I couldn’t have done this without Katie Williams Events. Katie is an absolute joy and now I have a Katie size void in my life!! My husband and I also hired Katie Williams Events for our rehearsal dinner management, coordination, and decor. Katie flawlessly executed our rehearsal dinner and blended it perfectly with the vision for my wedding. Everything about the event was wonderful and I didn’t have to worry about a thing because Katie had it covered. Katie Williams of Katie Williams Events is a superhero wedding planner extraordinaire! You will NOT regret hiring Katie and her team! In fact, the only regrettable part is that working with Katie ends when your wedding is over. What doesn’t end is her continued friendship. She’s the best and you should email her right now!!
— Meghan W.
Katie, simply put, was AMAZING during my wedding planning process as well as on my wedding day! I could not have made my dream wedding come together without her! She was always just a phone call or text away during the planning process. She really listened to my vision for my wedding while still respecting my wedding budget. I felt as though I had known Katie for a long time after talking just once with her on the phone. I was planning a wedding 4 hours from where I live so having her as a guide to the best vendors in Charleston made the process smooth and easy! Her assistant was also amazing! She runs a classy, yet fun and professional wedding business. I would recommend Katie Williams Events to any family, friends, or someone I just met on the street! Choose Katie Williams Events when picking a wedding planner!
— Danielle M.