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Planner in Harrisburg, PA,

Dana M. McGinley Events & Design

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA, PA
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(717) 982-7436
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 14 Reviews


    Nicole & Mandy Koch-Spitz

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    5 out of 5
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  • Omg you can NOT GO WRONG with using Dana as your wedding planner! She’s so cool and will literally do anything and everything to make sure your day goes just as perfect as you want! Mandy and I really don’t have time with our hectic lives and busy schedules to deal with any of this so we may be a rarity that we put the ball in her court for the entire time with literally everything. All we were a part of was picking the big things such as the Dj, photographer, venue (which she recommended and it was perfect) and where we got our food catered from which she recommended as well! Our day couldn’t have gone anymore smoothly. She picked our cake to the decorations to even surprising us with these really cool chandeliers in the trees as we got married outside! She made sure we had a butler all night with us! The flower arrangements were so beautiful. Mandy and I are for sure a rarity as most brides are controlling or bridezilla’s and don’t allow the planner to have all of the contr... Read more

    Anne

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dana was truly a God send during the entirety of the wedding process. i'm currently working full time and in grad school, so planning a wedding on top of that felt overwhelming but Dana made everything so much easier. From dealing with a caterer that fell through and recommending another one that ended up having much better food, to helping us to find the most amazing seamstress for my dress, Dana was truly wonderful. But, as amazing as she was throughout the planning process, where Dana really shone was during the rehearsal and ceremony/reception. She kept my (very large!) wedding party on task during the rehearsal, did an amazing job decorating the reception,stepped up when we needed another pair of hands at the bar, helped to bustle my ridiculously long dress, and even washed dishes at the end of the night, along with all the other tasks involved with making sure a wedding runs smoothly and on schedule. On top of all this Dana is just a nice and personable person and you feel like... Read more

    Ginny

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dana is fantastic, with so many different vendors involved with a wedding sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as you hope they will. Dana stepped up and took care of everything,any problems she immediately resolved them. Dana was always available to answer any questions. Working with Dana was like planning my daughter’s wedding with a friend, she genuinely wanted to make the wedding perfect and she more than succeeded.

    Christy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dana truly went above and beyond for our November 2017 wedding. From day 1 we clicked & knew our day was in good hands but NOTHING could have prepared us for just how crucial Dana would prove to be to our day running smoothly. Along the way of planning our wedding ran into our fair share of "OH NO" moments, which could have been catastrophic had it not been for Dana (think losing THE wedding dress, to possible nude male paintings on our art gallery walls where our reception was to be held, to running out of toilet paper during the reception). Everything that could've gone wrong she made right and the amount of work she put in behind the scenes on the day of ensured everything ran smoothly. Anything that needed handled she took care of with speed, efficiency and unbeknownst to us until after the fact. There are not enough positive words in the English language to effectively convey how amazing Dana is and how her dedication to our wedding made it absolutely perfect. We would hire her ... Read more

    Dana

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Dana for day of coordination a few weeks before our wedding. She took away all the stress of wedding planning pretty much right away and ensured everything was taken care of up to and during the big day. She understood our vision immediately and was right on board immediately. She was always available for a meeting or quick chat. She ran some last minute errands for us too and made sure I had everything I needed at every moment. She was so easy to work with and made the whole experience so enjoyable. She has such a fun, great personality. All of our vendors loved her just as much as we did!

    Jocelyn

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dana is AMAZING. She helped make our day seamless, fun, and memorable. We did not have to worry about a single thing on our wedding day and were able to enjoy the FOOD, our family and friends, and dancing with everyone! Leading up to the wedding, Dana was extremely communicative (but not annoying), up front, and accommodating. She made sure we were happy with everything that she organized and arranged. She followed up with every single vendor and was on top of every last detail. Dana went above and beyond to make this day special for us. SHE is very special and such a pleasure to work with. THANK YOU DANA M EVENTS AND DESIGN!!!!

    Helen

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    5 out of 5
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  • Dana is an angel! I am an ICU RN and a mom, so I can tend to be a bit of a control freak. But, I knew I needed help with planning my wedding. Dana never got frustrated with me and my questions. She was always quick to answer and calm my nerves. The day of the wedding, she was on the ball. Without her being there, I would have never have enjoyed my day. She took care of everything. She was always helpful and happy. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

    Julie

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  • I don't even know where to begin. From the initial meeting with Dana to my wedding day she went above and beyond any expectations I had for a wedding planner! Dana provided excellent quality of service with high professionalism and made wedding planning fun! She was quick to reply to emails, text, phone calls and was always available to answer any questions. She provided excellent vendor choices for my venue, photography, DJ, florist etc, and took the stress out of planning my big day. Ever vendor she suggested was reliable and just as excellent as she was. With my busy work schedule, she met with my vendors during the day and recap the meetings with me at my house in the evening. I cannot stress enough how EASY Dana made the wedding planning process. The day of the wedding ran just as smoothly as the planning process. She made sure all the vendors were in place, handled all the table set up and design, and made sure my needs as a bride where always met. Dana thought of everything and... Read more

    Melissa

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  • Dana was hands down AMAZING to work with! From our very first meeting to the day of my husband's 40th party she totally captured my image and thoughts into real life. Being wedding photographers, we didn't want the decor to feel too "wedding like" which Dana combined masculine elements of tools, with my husbands other hobbies like fishing and cooking. If we ever host an event again, you bet I'm calling Dana to rock the house on both decor and day of coordination. Look no further, she's the one you want at your event!

    Lynne

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  • As a guest at Dana's wedding, I had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was elegant and gorgeous. From the ceremony to the reception the whole event was picture perfect. Very professional!

    User

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    2.8 out of 5
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  • We used Dana for day-of coordination. She's warm, welcoming, and passionate about weddings and wedding design. I felt that she did a great job of "working" our event; getting things from point A to B and making sure we didn't have anything to think about. Some of my vendors loved her and she was generally quick to reply to phone calls or text. I think there is room for improvement in areas of professionalism (manner with some vendors; attire for the event), managing expectations, and attention to details.

    Brooke

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • I came to Dana telling her I didn't need someone to come up with a vision for me, I already had it...I just needed someone who was willing to deal with people and places to make the vision come to life! And that's exactly what she did :) She was flexible to come to any appointment I asked, willing to change anything last minute, and fantastic at mediating some confusing conversations-all to make sure the day was exactly as I wanted! My wedding was one out of a magazine and I'm so thankful to Dana for making it happen ??

    Brian

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • My fiance and I were struggling to figure out how to have a good wedding. We only had 3 months to put it all together, my wife was recently arrived from China and has somewhat limited English, and on top of all that we had a slim budget! Dana was a life saver for us. We gave her a short deadline and a tight budget, but she made everything work beautifully. She found us a beautiful historic church, an excellent caterer, 1st rate beautician, and incredibly delicious cake and put it all together mostly herself. The big day went over flawlessly. Some people had tears in their eyes, some complemented us for putting together such a good wedding in so short a time, and my general impression was that everyone at the wedding thought it was beautiful. So yes, Dan has our glowing recommendation!

    Carmella

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  • I attended an event planned by Dana this summer, it was beautiful. I will definitely be contacting Dana for my own future events.

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