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One of the best-laid plans you can make for your big day is to hire a wedding planner. These professionals bring experience and savvy ideas to the table while taking hassles and headaches off your plate. They will tend to every last detail of your wedding, rehearsal, photo sessions, and any other nuptial events — or simply manage the day-of festivities. No matter your vision, these eight elite Houston wedding planners will handle the minutiae you didn't think of (and all the stuff you don't want to think about) so you can keep calm and have the time of your life on your big day.
Two Be Wed
One of the top event planning boutiques in the city, the creative all-female team led by cheerful owner Natalie Dawley has hundreds of weddings worth of inspiration and experience with traditional, cultural and destination nuptials. Known for their imaginative ideas and resourcefulness, they flawlessly execute any type of event: chi-chi, rustic, exotic, intimate, extravagant, budget — you name it. Read real brides' reviews here!
An award-winning staple in Dallas for more than a decade, owner and creative director Todd Fiscus recently opened a Houston office. His clients include (but is not limited to) Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the Dallas Cowboys, amfAR, Audi and Neiman Marcus. Fiscus and his team do exquisite, extravagant affairs with the utmost attention to detail and discerning taste — whether on Texas soil or in a faraway locale. Todd Events are often published and the company website is just a small indication.
Pomp & Circumstance Events
It may be new on the scene, but the ladies behind this party-planning, styling and design company are not new to the industry. Owner Christina Landrum (who describes her style as “Oscar de la Renta glam, mixed with classic Jackie O, and a hint of Jonathan Adler funk”) and partner Lauren MacQueen (a self-described “party-throwing DIY goddess”) are experienced pros with an edgy aesthetic that's equal parts pretty and cool. They offer customizable packages and pricing and assistance with everything from styling your bridal shower to color palettes, custom paper, floor plans and signature drinks. Read real brides' reviews here!
Although owner Aurora Perez Smith's experience is rooted in massive corporate and non-profit events catering to 1,000-plus guests, she and her team do really unique weddings of all sizes and budgets. They specialize in dynamic details and clever, cohesive themes like The Giving Tree, which show through in the tiniest details to make an event memorable. Smith began her career in New York City, working in corporate sales at the Grand Hyatt and in management for the legendary P.J. Clark's, and has clients like ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Memorial Hermann Hospital, NASA, ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW.
Keely Thorne Events
Opened by namesake owner Keely Thorne in 2008, this full-service party-planning boutique has grown to a creative team of eight and become a favorite among Houston's young movers and shakers. Whether lavish or low-key, Thorne events has a subtle femininity and gorgeous effortlessness that gets notice and published — often. Read real brides' reviews here!
Piper & Muse
West coast transplant and Arizona State University grad, Piper Hatfield is an energetic newcomer building a reputation for beautiful, well-organized weddings and events (like baby showers and birthday parties) with a feminine flair. She says her true passion is in planning weddings, which she finds to be the most rewarding. Read real brides' reviews here!
Darryl & Co.
Known for creating innovative, sophisticated weddings — consistently for more than 20 years — owner Darryl Murchison is a seasoned pro. He also operates a full rental biz with an ever-changing inventory of florals, furniture, custom décor, props, theatrical lighting, and high-end linens, so it's a full-service, a stress-free and comprehensive "one-stop shop" that helps streamline the planning process for busy couples. Murchison and his team promise to tend every detail and “pursue the hundreds of painstaking plans, decipher and delegate the thousands of details, creating millions of magical memories." Read real brides' reviews here!
Chic Soiree Events
Known for masterminding modern, high glam weddings in Houston and Dallas, six-foot-tall owner and designer Sabrina Patrick lives by the mantra “everything is bigger and better in Texas.” She is the former wedding director and events planner for Joel Osteen Ministries' Lakewood Church, where she produced everything from luncheons to nationwide conferences, concerts and weddings. Patrick established her biz in 2007 to help clients “celebrate life in a fabulous way” and create unforgettable, fashionable, and “cleverly stylish” celebrations that are personal and reflective of each couple, mirroring their taste and budget. She offers à la carte services, whether you want help with décor, food, paper, music, or the entire affair. Read real brides' reviews here!