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Planner in Falls Church, District Of Columbia,
(703) 851-9622
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 78 Reviews


    Lindsay

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  • If you're reading this review looking for a world-class planner, you should just stop now and hire Janice and the Bellwether team. Seriously. After being put in touch by a friend, my now-husband (!!) and I worked with Janice to plan our wedding in DC while we were living abroad in London. From our first call with her in Dec '18 to our wedding day in Nov '19, Janice was indispensable. She helped us both with advance planning/vendor selection as well as week/day-of coordination. Because we were only able to be in DC once or twice before the wedding itself, we trusted Janice to guide us on everything from picking a venue (which we did sight unseen) to suggesting all the local vendors. We have zero regrets on any of it. The vendors that she suggested were incredible (and many were local women-owned small businesses) and such a pleasure to get to know. Janice also helped us understand overall planning timelines, how to make our budget stretch for the things we cared the most about, coordina... Read more

    Chris Norman

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  • Janice and her team took care of us from beginning to end and were an indispensable part of our successful wedding weekend for 275 guests. She was always accessible; had a huge, collaborative vendor network to tap into; and generally made everything easy for us. Highly recommend!

    Elizabeth Case

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    5 out of 5
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  • We felt in the best of hands on our special day with Janice as our Wedding Coordinator. She was on top of every last detail, making sure all of the moving parts ran smoothly. Her responsiveness and professionalism are unmatched. Our guests could not stop raving about the organization and continuity of the whole day. All of this is thanks to Janice! She truly is the best in the business and we cannot recommend her enough!

    Rachel

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Janice for her "month of coordination" and she was fantastic. Janice met with us a month out and again a week before the wedding. She made sure that all of the little details that we hadn't thought of were covered. At one point, we had meant to get a welcome sign made for our wedding and we completely forgot! But Janice didn't! She got a sign that she already had and had it done by a contact of hers. On the day of the wedding, she and her assistant Courtney ran the event so smoothly that nothing went wrong. At one point Courtney called my now husband to make sure that he didn't come in to the venue at the wrong time and see me in my dress prematurely. Janice was just perfect. We highly recommend her to anyone looking to hire her.

    Emily Cerling

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    5 out of 5
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  • Janice was on top of things every step of the way. From selecting a venue to managing parents to day-of details, Janice was extremely organized and got things done. Would definitely recommend her wedding planning services.

    Karema Page

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    5 out of 5
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  • Janice is the first wedding planner that we talked to and was with us for the entire process, from budget planning and venue selection to bustling my dress and the sparkler send-off. She was a referral from a colleague who told me about her impeccable service. Janice is one of the most responsive people that I have ever worked with, and that includes colleagues and co-workers. She is prompt, communicative, clear, and very detail-oriented. She's also an expert at her craft. Janice will ensure that your wedding/event is a success and runs seamlessly. She is also flexible. We first engaged her for a venue search under what was already a tight timeline. We then engaged her for a wedding planning package, which she customized based on our needs and concerns. Her work and assistance were invaluable. Janice even helped us stick to our budget when we started to wander. Her vendor recommendations were spot on and, because we were planning so many things so close to the actual wedding day, she ... Read more

    Christina Ji

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    5 out of 5
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  • Let me just start this review by saying that this review is long — but only because Janice is 100% WORTH the word count. Second, FYI my (now) husband I both STRONGLY dislike planning "social" events. As two busy young professionals living in NYC, we are great at managing work-related projects, but for some reason, completely fall to pieces when tasked with organizing birthday parties, or even something as simple as a casual happy hour with friends. As such, the thought of planning our OWN WEDDING (a super important life event, btw) seemed overwhelmingly daunting for us. Don’t get us wrong; we obviously enjoy going to parties, and have attended a number of weddings over the past few years — all of which were lovely and fantastically executed. For some reason, however, the thought of planning our own wedding just felt so…unattainable … … … ENTER JANICE CARNEVALE - who swooped in like an ABSOLUTE BOSS to save the day (and our sanity). Just a few things we love a... Read more

    Jenna

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    5 out of 5
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  • We went to Janice after first using a different wedding planner who didn't really mesh with our style too well. While our vendors were on track, our family was not. Everyone was fighting all the time and there were lots of tears. The day we brought Janice on, everything changed! She brought peace to the process and everyone felt heard. On top of bringing the best calm energy ever to our family, she was truly the best wedding planner. Every single detail was thought of. At no point did she ever imply things were out of scope or not her job. She did everything. She always responded to everything promptly and truly made the process easy. I know she had other clients while we were working together, but she made me feel like I was her only client and her top priority, and I'm positive her other brides felt the same way. She balances calm and collected with detail oriented like a pro. Plus my mother loved her and she is incredibly hard to please. If you are looking for a planner, look no fur... Read more

    Kimmy

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  • Initially, when starting wedding planning, we honestly were not considering a wedding planner, in attempts to save some money during the process. The venue we selected required a coordinator, and in hindsight, I’m so glad they did because we found Courtney at Bellwether. Courtney is so professional and organized, and her expertise provided insight throughout the whole wedding process. She was so patient as we worked through the timeline and vendors, and she provided answers to questions we didn’t even know we had. I can’t imagine what we may have missed if we didn’t have Courtney to walk us through it all. On the day, Courtney kept us on schedule, with patience and a calm demeanor. She actively participated in the set-up of our venue, making sure every little detail we planned was included. When things went awry (at no fault of her own and because it happens no matter how hard you try), she solved the issues without causing panic (mostly for me). She even had a Tide-to-Go in ... Read more

    Lelia

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    5 out of 5
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  • Janice knows EVERYTHING you need to pull off a backyard wedding. She knows the ins and outs of generators, tents, tent floors, bathroom trailers, and all the subtle things that aren't necessarily sexy but which you NEED to pull off a functional event in your backyard. She is also very organized and has great leadership skills to get everyone in line to do what they are supposed to do. Our event was amazing and perfect largely thanks to Janice's organizational skills. Thank you, Janice! (Photos attached to this review are by Bokeh Lane Photography)

    Sara

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you are even contemplating a wedding planner in the DMV area, you must hire Janice!! My mom interviewed 35 planners in the area before telling me Janice was the perfect one for us. I don't admit this lightly, but mom was right :) Janice is the most creative, organized and helpful planner you will find. Both my husband and I are super type A people but Janice kept our stress in line and we trusted her implicitly to run point with vendors, keep our budget on track, and on the day of, make sure everything ran without a hitch. She both helped us craft a big picture vision for the day and find the perfect fun details that made our wedding so special -- and uniquely us. From the little things -- like making sure we had snacks after the ceremony to making an extra trip to a rental place to ensure our place-settings matched the plates we picked -- Janice went above and beyond every step of the way and made our experience incredibly fun. She's the absolute best and I can't recommend her more... Read more

    Marisa

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Janice as our Day of Coordinator, but it was more like month of coordinator. Janice knows her stuff. She is very knowledgeable and straight to the point. As a bride it can be easy to become distracted and overwhelmed. I found Janice to be very helpful in keeping me organized and my vendors updated because you just can't do it all. She made us a schedule for everything and not one thing went wrong on my wedding day. I was running late on the morning of the wedding which definitely put us a little behind but we still started the ceremony right on time! There were times on my wedding day where I felt tired and overwhelmed (let's face it being a bride is exhausting) and the schedule was a little hard to keep up with, but it's really there to make sure that you get to do all the things you wanted to do and don't run out of time and we were able to do all the things we wanted and I am thankful for such a seamless day. Janice removed a lot of anxiety for me. Everything was set up exa... Read more

    Caren Auchman

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    5 out of 5
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  • Janice is absolutely amazing! She knows everything and anything about throwing a perfect and seamless wedding. It's hard to find someone who can see the big picture while getting all the minor details right and that's Janice. And she takes the time to really get to know you as a couple so everything is just right for all your wedding activities. She made recommendations and asked us questions about things we would have never even thought of but were absolutely necessary. And after my wedding, when I kept asking oh what about this or that, everything was taken care of because Janice was working her magic behind the scenes. If you are looking for a wedding planner who is professional, reliable, always reachable, creative, knowledgeable and detail oriented, Janice is the best!

    Whitney

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    5 out of 5
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  • I highly recommend working with Janice if you're able. We used Bellwether for the coordination process. After our intro phone call, my husband and I were relieved to have found a wedding planner who was straightforward and incredibly efficient. Since we were planning from another city, her expertise during our walkthrough was especially invaluable. We are grateful that her team made our wedding day so smooth!

    Kaitlin Mamie

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • To put it lightly, my wedding was not an easy one to work. There were a lot of big personalities and a million curve balls. Poor Janice had to deal with so many last minute things being thrown at her. She had to deal with everything being done completely last minute. She had to deal with a family of very big personalities and a lot of opinions. She handled it all beautifully. The wedding day itself went off completely smooth and it had about a million moving parts. As the bride I did not feel any stress at all and that is all a bride could ask for. Janice did a beautiful job handling all the curve balls that were thrown at her and this was not an easy wedding to plan. Literally the day of the wedding I ran up to her and told her "we need a 6 foot table next to an outlet for the late night food delivery...oh ya and we didn't pay them yet!" She just nodded and said she would handle it without making anyone feel any sort of stress. Her team of assistants were also amazing and kind... Read more
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