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Planner in Richmond, VA,
(804) 399-7982
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 126 Reviews


    Jenna Kapsar

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  • Colleen and her team made our wedding day more perfect than we could have imagined! We had to cancel our original plans in Pennsylvania due to COVID-19 and were dreaming of a smaller arrangement in VA. Colleen stepped in and helped us plan a ceremony and reception within 8 weeks. She seamlessly naviagated previous vendor contracts and hiring new vendors, multiple meetings over the phone, and beautifully planning/designing/decorating our wedding day. I do not know how we would have survived without her. The time, effort and talent she puts into your wedding day is unmatched!

    Amanda K

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  • The number one thing we were looking for in planning our wedding, was to make sure our friends and family (and us!) had a stress-free and fun experience (especially the day of!). I was definitely one of those people that felt like I didn't "NEED" a wedding planner. But, I also didn't want to have friends and family running around the day of, dealing with my own stress of coordinating everyone, so we took the plunge and hired CCS. We could NOT be happier with the decision. Every moment of planning was stress-free (even considering we were in the middle of a pandemic!). More importantly, I can honestly say that we were able to enjoy the day of without ever having to worry or think about a single thing, because we knew it was being handled. We (and our friends and family) were able to just be present and enjoy the day, which is by far the best gift you can get on the day of your wedding. Colleen helped give us our dream wedding (albeit with more masks and less guests), and we had the best... Read more

    Kayla

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    5 out of 5
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  • I worked with Colleen, Melissa, and Nicole 2 months into my planning process (my wedding was only 6 months after my engagement), and they SAVED my sanity. I was going to plan it myself to start off and it all started to pile on with my work and home life, I wasn't sure if I could afford a planner, but once we found them they worked with me on payments, and they were EXTREMELY reasonable for the amazing work they did. I couldn't have asked for more from them, and they exceeded my expectations. I told them I was pretty open and told them little details I wanted and every single one was completed. I made most of my decor for my wedding and everything I created was placed in the perfect spot for the ceremony and reception. They had plenty of props for me to borrow for my wedding at no additional cost, which made each detail I wanted work out amazingly. A few days before my wedding my make-up artist fell through and Colleen found me an AMAZING one the next day, they also introduced me to my... Read more

    Morgan Hodges

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    5 out of 5
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  • CCS Events…. where do we even start?! Colleen is by far one of the BEST wedding planners in the business. Colleen’s knowledge and long-standing relationships with vendors in the Charlottesville/Richmond made the vendor selection process easy! Our 120+ person wedding in March 2020 turned into an intimate family only ceremony that turned out more beautiful then we could have ever imagined. I cannot recommend Collen enough. Colleen is the type of planner that will stick by you through thick and thin to make sure your day is exactly what you want it to be. She will advocate for you to make sure you are getting what you want for the best price possible. With the crowd restrictions and business closures starting to take place, our bakery unexpectedly closed the day before our wedding. After some tears and calling Colleen, this was no problem. Within 15 minutes Colleen had a bakery lined up to make our cake that she brought up to Charlottesville the morning of our wedding. The day of C... Read more

    NASIM HEMMATIAN

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    5 out of 5
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  • Colleen knows how to throw a PARTY! When we met her 2 years before our wedding we wanted a wedding by the water near the Richmond area, after lots of planning and discussion we ended up getting married at the Virginia house and reception at the Jefferson hotel and it was seriously soo extravagant and truly such an amazing day! She knows the RVA wedding scene in and out. She knew all the event coordinators at the majority of the venues we looked at and she gave us her honest opinion. She has great props you can use gratis, she packs up your car with cake, flowers, all your decor, and always has a drink or food ready for you when you need it the most. She is truly great at what she does and very detail oriented, I would recommend her 1000x over again.

    Sacha Hales

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    5 out of 5
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  • Colleen and CCS Events are AMAZING! Our venue CANCELLED our wedding the Thursday before the event. The venue was to provide the location, catering, shuttles and liquor. Within 30 min of our cancellation discussion, Colleen had lined up catering, outside shuttle, and outlined the steps on how to get our own liquor license and what to buy. We ended up using the venue for only the location, and Colleen ended up doing most of the venue’s responsibilities, so that we could have our wedding. Her team had to be the set-up staff, servers, bussers, trash pick-up, plus everything else a planner is supposed to do! She pulled off the greatest feat ever. For the guests that knew of our challenges, they were so impressed by Colleen and her team. Even before the cancellation, Colleen made the planning so easy. The week heading into the wedding weekend, I even asked if I had anything to do. All I was doing was making sure our vendors were paid. She took care of everything! CCS Events is... Read more

    Michelle Alessi

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    5 out of 5
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  • Seriously, where do I even start? Colleen is THE REAL DEAL. From start to finish, she made planning a wedding from several states away, a total breeze! I’m a very laid back and (let’s be real...) disorganized person, so having Colleen there to keep me on a timeline, consider things I’ve never thought of, and help with facilitating communication with vendors was EXACTLY what I needed. A true godsend when attempting to plan a wedding during the Covid era! Not only do you get Colleen’s superior industry expertise and knowledge, but also included in her packages are gratis props you are able to use when thinking about decorating/your wedding day aesthetic. A nice surprise that saved us some money! It truly was a pleasure working with Colleen and her staff. The peace of mind I had throughout the whole process (and ESPECIALLY on the day of!) was priceless. Without hesitation, hiring CCS Events was the best decision and money spent!! Stop your search and book this superwoman... Read more

    Kaitlin Blonsky

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    5 out of 5
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  • Colleen literally is the best thing to happen to us (besides each other of course!). We hired Colleen 16 months before our wedding. We were plugging along nicely in the planning department and then CoVid hit. There is absolutely no way we could have made it without her!! She kept me calm, cool, and , collected.I’m sure was not so calm but we would never know it! Her sense of humor carried us through! The end result- a dream!!! Everything was perfection! More than we had hoped for or thought up! She entertained all my out there, push the envelope decor ideas and made them even better! The only thing I wish was different would be that we had more time together! Colleen not only planned the best wedding ever (people are still talking about it months later), she taught me to not sweat the small stuff and to take things as they come! We love you so much Colleen!

    Kelsey

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    5 out of 5
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  • When I say our wedding day was perfect, it was 100% because of Colleen! Literally everything looked amazing, better than I had envisioned in my head. (I'm a designer so that's hard to beat!) We had zero issues! I was so amazed at how smooth everything ran throughout the whole day. We got married on March 14th, right before the crowd restrictions, and stay at home orders were enforced. Colleen did such a fantastic job of making everyone feel comfortable being at our wedding. She kept the bridal party calm and most importantly me calm! It was incredible, for one night everyone at our wedding completely forgot about the craziness that was happing in our world. Colleen played a huge part in helping everyone feel comfortable and enjoy our wedding. When first planning our wedding, I totally thought that I could do everything myself. Being a designer and planning many large parties before I thought I knew what I was doing. Man, I was wrong. Colleen would bring up details that I never wou... Read more

    Alexa

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    5 out of 5
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  • WHAT to say about Colleen?! From start to finish she brought our vision to life for a perfect wedding day!! Throughout the planning process, even with hectic holidays (January wedding), she was ALWAYS available even for the smallest/most ridiculous questions I would have. Her experience speaks for itself and she knows EVERYONE. With her experience she is able to tell you exactly what to expect and provide ideas/options that you may not have thought about. The week prior to the day of the wedding is definitely Colleen's "shine time". Noah was so great as well helping with last minute graphic design and on wedding day! We felt so relieved and at ease about EVERYTHING because of them... even with 80% of our wedding being out of town guests!! Highly recommend and couldn't thank CCS enough for everything they did for us :)

    Kathryn Bradt

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  • CCS Events is the best wedding planning business. I'd been gushing about Colleen and her team in the months leading up to my wedding, but now that it has happened, I just can't stop talking about how amazing they are. Colleen thinks of absolutely everything - from getting flowers delivered to the hotel for photos to making sure our friends and family were taken care of to checking us into our wedding night hotel room/arranging transport, I didn't have to think about anything other than enjoying my wedding. At the end of the night, Colleen packed up all of our personal items and loaded my mom's car with them. Her and her team truly took care of everything with the utmost professionalism and kindness. The depth of her experience is clearly seen in how she handles planning meetings and the questions she asks. She was instrumental in helping me achieve the look I wanted while staying on budget. If you are looking for a wedding planner who will cover absolutely every contingency f... Read more

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    Thank you so much Kathryn...you and Tom are such wonderful people and it was a pleasure to work for you and your sweet families! I loved the special touch in your bouquet and I have never seen so many lawyers have a good time LOL! Take care of each other...and I can't WAIT to see the pics!

    Mara Jacobs

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  • Working with Colleen was a great experience! She gave us excellent advice on all of our issues. We had some problems with our venue, and Colleen stepped in and communicated to the venue for us. That was such a relief! She also recommended wonderful vendors, such as our DJ and florist. She was upbeat, patient, organized, and professional. She selflessly arranged her schedule to accommodate ours. She sent two assistants to help on our day of the wedding, and they were equally professional and helpful. Colleen comes prepared with many props at your disposal including the opportunity to test out many rentals before you purchase. We highly recommend Colleen and CCS Events to everyone!

    Katie

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    5 out of 5
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  • I TRULY don’t even know where to start. Colleen helped us to enjoy our engagement period by her organization and prompting when it was time to make wedding decisions. Colleen talked us through EVERYTHING. She also helped talk with my parents and explain and communicate everything! When it came to the wedding week/day there was honestly no stress at all and it allowed us to feel so much love and joy! While we were with the ones we loved the most, Colleen was working endlessly to give us the wedding we had always pictured. And when we saw the final details it was everything and more!!! She has AWESOME relationships with all the vendors that made it so much easier. We are so blessed to have had her and her whole entire team! I can not say enough great things about her and her team. You HAVE to have her as a part of your wedding day/planning to be able to relax and enjoy every single second of this precious time!

    COURTNEY STANDERFER

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    5 out of 5
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  • I have nothing but rave reviews to give about CCS EVENTS. We had planned to do everything ourselves, but a month into planning, I realized how overwhelming all of the details were and how miserable I was going to be as a high-stress, type A personality trying to plan a wedding for 175 guests. We reached out to ask about month-of coordinator prices and ended up hiring CCS for full wedding planning services. Colleen has honed her craft to perfection. Her passion for clients and within the wedding industry as a whole is obvious, and she clearly cares about each couple she works with. She is meticulous when it comes to the finer details (there seriously must have been at least 87 things I never would have thought of) and will not settle for less than the absolute best for her clients, but she also manages to make you feel completely comfortable with everything and it seems like you have known her forever. Basically, she is super high-key in a low key way. I truly cannot say enough... Read more

    Krista

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Colleen is a go-to for planning a wedding in Richmond. She has tons of experience and referred us to great vendors in the area. She kept me calm throughout the process and helped me bring my dream wedding to life. On our special day, she made sure everything ran smoothly and enabled us to enjoy our time with friends, family and each other!
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