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Planner in Washington,
(202) 316-8489
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  • 120 Reviews


    Jennifer R.

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  • We initially started working with Candy to plan a 200-person ballroom bash for 2021. It was love-at-first meeting for us + Candy. Candy was tremendously knowledgeable, insightful, full of creative ideas, and most of all she was a person we really clicked with on a human level. Candy was always thinking of us, even though our wedding was more than a year away when we first started collaborating. Then COVID hit. Candy pivoted in the most incredible way to helping us plan a tiny, 12-person/immediate-family only backyard gathering. Oh, and all of this with about 3-4 weeks of notice. Candy was in incredible action mode -- I have honestly never met anyone who is so on top of things. Me and my husband were overwhelmed and Candy walked us through every step of the way. Most importantly during this time, she prioritized safety above all and ensured our event was not only magical, beautiful, wondrous -- but also safe for us, our families and our vendors. The day-of could not have felt more smoot... Read more

    Leahb

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  • I was the officiant and friend at a very specially wedding that Candy was hired to plan, re-plan, and execute during Covid. VIP events are big part of my job and I know just how much goes into making them happen and look so seamless... Candy managed all the functional tasks/logistics, changes, small touches, and wish lists in a way that everything came together for not only a truly magical day but also smooth days/weeks leading up to it. She's incredibly professional and a joy to be around too!

    Katherine C.

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  • Candy created a totally organized and special wedding experience even during COVID when so many adjustments and special arrangements were needed. I have never seen a planner be so organized, and she solved problems and accommodated last-minute changes with a smile. Her energy and professionalism were incredible!

    Drsjayanddavid

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  • Planning a wedding is an extremely daunting task, but planning a wedding during a pandemic, and all the uncertainties associated with it, was full-on panic inducing. Thankfully, we had Candy to work with, who’s attention to detail, enthusiasm, creativity, responsiveness, commitment to diversity, and experience really helped us manage our anxieties. Candy was with us throughout the entire planning process, breaking up all the major tasks by month so that the planning was manageable and easy. She referred us to great vendors that were specific to our needs and gave us fantastic tips on how to pick vendors and negotiate with them on contracts. She met with us regularly to discuss how to approach certain tasks, such as how to choose the right decorations, what to do if we didn’t want to have flowers, or how to prepare a ceremony that incorporated all our cultural traditions and values. Candy also worked with us closely to brainstorm all the little details to ensure that our wedding was... Read more

    Michael

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  • I was an attendee so I can’t vouch for cost or planning but Candy’s energy the day of Hau and Caroline’s wedding was incredible. She was thoughtful and extremely thorough. Well done!

    Bill O.

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  • Fantastic energy and enthusiasm coupled with detail oriented logistics

    Caroline

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  • It is hard to put into words how amazing Candy and the whole Candy+Co team are. The website and instagram made clear that this was not just any planning company, but one with style and inclusivity at its heart. Hiring Candy was easily the best (and first) decision we made. When planning during the normal times, Candy made everything organized and as stress-free as planning could possibly be. When COVID struck and we then planned a wedding at 4 different venues, she made it possible for us to navigate vendors, draft emails for making changes, and helped us understand what policies were in place and what things would likely look like down the road. She truly is worth her weight in gold for any kind of event planning. Our first meeting with her made it clear, this was our planner - she is vivacious, creative, easy to talk to, and clearly a born problem-solver. She even talked us down from our thought for a full planner into month of - she saved us money on purpose! Additionally, given... Read more

    Laurel B.

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  • Candy was helpful and creative as we navigated the challenges of COVID, including rescheduling and reimagining our event. In the end, it all came out beautifully! Thank you Candy + co!

    Angela B.

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  • I LOVED Tori. She was responsive, supportive, attentive...ALL of the things a wedding coordinator should be. I did not worry a thing on our wedding day. She was experienced, organized— I loved how every month she would send us a “to do” list because that really kept us on track. I would recommend her and Candy+Co in a heartbeat!

    Amber M.

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  • Candy and her team were invaluable in making our day perfect. We couldn't have done it without them. Candy kept us on task in the year leading up to our day, making sure that we did the necessary tasks each month (and then week and day, as we got closer to the wedding), then provided on-site assistance the day of. She was especially essential in helping us navigate the sometimes complicated rules of our venue (Oxon Hill Manor) and the often complicated dynamics of our families. She does it all with a positive attitude and is fun and funny. I would hire Candy + Co. a million times over and have already recommended them to loved ones.

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    A+J: What can we say that hasn't already been said? We just adore you both and it was truly an honor to help your vision come to life. You knew what you wanted, (and what you didn't!) and asked questions when you were unsure. You listened and considered our advice and were responsive to our questions! You were a dream to work with and the whole team of vendors working your wedding agreed! We wish you a happy forever and many many more adventures (and hopefully events we get to plan) to come!! XO

    Timothy

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  • Candy+Co was the perfect partner to help us bring our wedding to life! We worked with Anastasia, and we could tell from our very first phone conversation that she would be an amazing fit for us and our vision. Throughout the process, she was communicative, experienced, and just an all-around amazing person. From helping us design the floorplan to coordinating between our numerous vendors to dealing with unplanned guests and making sure we could enjoy the evening – Anastasia helped us bridge the many different components of our big day. Our wedding was almost a month ago, and we’re still getting feedback from our guests about how perfect and seamless everything was! As a separate, but important note – one of our many deciding factors in choosing Anastasia and Candy+Co was the fact that they were ardent LGBT allies. Just one quick look at their diverse Instagram page and gallery will tell you everything you need to know about their values! All in all, we highly recommen... Read more

    Caroline

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  • After interviewing with 5-6 wedding planners, Candy stood out as the one planner who actually made me feel EXCITED instead of overwhelmed about having a wedding. From start to finish, she was incredibly patient, thorough, organized and responsive. Candy was always several steps ahead and all of her help took an enormous weight off our shoulders! We loved her, as well as her team, and all of the vendors that she recommended! Initially, we were really hesitant to spend so much out of our wedding "budget" for a planner but as client who had zero time to plan a wedding, hiring Candy was worth every penny and probably saved us from calling off the engagement! It was also overwhelming to even think about making any decisions related to the wedding, but Candy was extremely helpful in simplifying the process, providing reminders on key decision points and keeping us on track/schedule. She was our biggest cheerleader and a wonderful source of encouragement and emotional support leading up to ... Read more

    Tom R.

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  • Hiring Candy to be our wedding planner was one of the best decisions we've ever made. She was friendly and attentive, making sure we kept up with everything ahead of the wedding and helping us calm down when we stressed out. When we had to change vendors last minute she even helped with recommendations of people to replace them who did a fantastic job. Everything during our wedding went perfectly! Candy & Co are at the top of their game - they are miracle workers and we can't say enough good things about them!

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    Thank you so much for the kind review T+A! I'll make sure to share the love with the other vendors! The team and I wish you a lifetime of GF adventures!

    Brett A.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Candy and her team achieve absolute perfection in a way that makes it seem effortless. Her eyes and ears are everywhere anticipating not only the bride's every need but every need of the wedding party, and guests as well. Best of all though is her energy. You feel like she is in charge of absolutely every situation, and this competence adds a layer of calm to the most elaborate and, what would otherwise be, chaotic events. Even high strung brides melt into blissful participants at their own weddings where merriment and good cheer abound, all due to Candy's expert ninja skills and heart of gold. I am pretty sure that she is an angel dressed in black. Thank you, Candy!

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    I'm not crying. I'm not crying. I'm not crying. Okay. I'm crying. Thank you so much for this amazing review Brett and thank you so much for your warm, thoughtful spirit and kind and generous heart. Your words have melted me!!!!

    Cory B.

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  • Candy was incredibly helpful throughout the entirety of her planning process. In addition to vast insight and experience, she had a number of resources (spreadsheets, lists, powerpoints, templates etc...) that helped us out immensely throughout the end-to-end process. We couldn't have done it without her.

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    It was such a pleasure to work with you, MJ, and your entire wedding party. Thank you both so much for your proactive communication and great decision making!
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