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Planner in Columbia, SC,
(703) 895-3949
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    Nykole Griddine

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  • To say that Joan was a Godsend is an understatement! She is solely responsible for my sanity! Imagine not only planning a wedding from out-of-state while recently starting a new demanding job, but also having a global pandemic dumped on top of it! That's the backdrop for our August 15th wedding. From my first conversation with Joan, I could tell that she was a kind and sweet soul. She assured me that planning a wedding from out-of-town would not be an issue for her. Her pricing was reasonable (and looking back, probably a steal given all the work she did) and she even offered a nice discount when booking through WeddingWire. Our first in-person meet up was fantastic as she was able to arrange for meetings with ALL the major vendors and schedule a tour of the venue. As stated, this was extremely helpful and efficient because I did live in another state so meeting time was limited. From the very beginning she made it clear that she was willing to work within whatever budget we were comfo... Read more

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    Thank you, Nykole. It was my pleasure to be a part of your wedding planning activities and bringing it to fruition on your big day! The challenges of COVID-19 made for some unexpected changes, but we pulled through! You were incredible to work with being that you were ultra responsive and on top of everything. I enjoyed getting to know you and Jimmy, and meet all of your family and friends. Thanks, again, for putting your faith in my team, and for the kind review. Warmest thanks, Joan

    Erin Waldron

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  • I am so thankful I found Joan to work with to help finalize my wedding planning. Joan helped me tie up loose ends in the final month before my wedding and was present throughout my wedding weekend coordinating the festivities. My wedding was in early January so most of my final plans and confirmations with vendors were due during the height of the holiday season. Joan is extremely organized and made sure everything was taken care of with as little stress on me as possible. The same is true for my wedding day--Joan ensured that my vision came to life and all went smoothly. Joan is kind, organized, and wonderful to work with. My wedding (and my sanity!) would not have been the same without her!

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    Thank you, Erin, for your complimentary words of gratitude. Our team enjoyed working with your family and bringing your wedding vision and festivities to fruition. All of your selections and organization made our task easy! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to assist with your wedding. Warmest appreciation, Joan

    Wendy Freas Sembrat

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  • We had an excellent experience with Joan and her crew. This was a destination wedding for both the bride and groom’s family. All those worries melted away with Joan. She is very knowledgeable, calm, positive and works extremely well under pressure. I got to know her over the year of planning and sorry to see our business together end. She is the best!

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    Thank you, Wendy! Great of you to share your positive experience with Wedding Wire couples. I am so happy that your family enjoyed a lovely destination Columbia wedding right before Christmas! And that we could be of great help. Thank you for placing your trust in Joan Day Weddings.

    Morgan McManus

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  • Joan made everything fall into place. She made sure that everyone was where they were supposed to be, that my vendors knew what to do, and that my reception venue looked elegant. She has a very sweet, willing-to-accommodate personality. Would recommend to future brides.

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    Thanks so much, Morgan! The Joan Day Weddings team really enjoyed being a part of your special day. Best wishes to you and Nick. It was our pleasure to get to know both of you, and your families. Happy first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. Sembrat!

    Amy

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Joan as our wedding planner! She has such taste, superior organization, and a calm demeanor - she was worth every penny, and then some! My husband and I had the wedding of our dreams and the time of our lives on our special day, and it was 100% attributable to hiring Joan. She has exquisite taste, and provided so much help in creating a cohesive vision for our wedding. She also made great recommendations for etiquette and the flow of the day that proved invaluable. Joan's professionalism and suggestions for quality vendors also made the planning process easy AND enjoyable! The amount of day of coordination that Joan executed was impressive - my husband and I literally worried about nothing!!! Joan took care of us as if we were part of her family, and we would strongly recommend her services to anyone!

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    It was my pleasure to be a part of your wedding planning activities and bringing it to fruition on your big day! You guys were incredible to work with. And your love for pink made my design work extra fun, especially for the florist! Gorgeous selections made by you really pulled the event together. I enjoyed getting to know you and Henry, and meet all of your Cleveland family and friends. I think even your mom fell in love with South Carolina! I do think we pulled off a true southern style welcome and fun event for all. Thanks, again, for putting your faith in my team, and for the kind review. Warmest thanks, Joan

    Julie Johnson

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  • Joan was absolutely amazing to work with! She was very organized and professional and made sure our day went as smoothly as possible! I highly recommend using her!!

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    Thanks so much, Julie. You and Ruben were wonderful to work with. I'm honored to have been involved in your special day. All the best to you both! Joan

    Haley Byrne

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    5 out of 5
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  • Joan Day did such an amazing job planning our wedding. I know it’s a cliché thing to say, but we truly couldn’t of done it without her. My wedding date was placed right in the middle of Andrew being stationed over 1,000 miles away & my final semester of nursing school. Joan took all the weight off and made the planning process so fun and easy. She was very responsive at all times and adjusted things depending on my husband and I’s preference - even at the last minute! The day of the wedding, she was a lifesaver. She kept everything timely yet flexible. I remember one mom specifically when the DJ was calling for the bouquet toss and I started running to grab my throw bouquet but Joan was right there when I turned around with it. I highly recommend Joan for everybody! She truly helped our day be the best that it could.

    Claire Studebaker Miller

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  • Hiring Joan was the single best decision I made during the entire planning process. My parents and I wanted to make the wedding day as stress free as possible and Joan made it happen. Because of her, my family and I were not frantically setting out linens, placing decor, or panicking about contacting vendors. The last thing any bride and her family wants to be doing on the wedding day is worrying about "Who will light the candles?" "Where are the sparklers?" "Are the tablecloths creased?" "Where's the cake serving set?" etc etc. About 1-2 months prior to the wedding, Joan and I began working more closely together and met/spoke several times to nail down a timeline and coordinate all the moving pieces. Planning a wedding is a unique experience, something that I've never done before and will never do again...aka I had no idea what I was doing! Joan smoothed out all of the details and her years of experience made me feel confident. And even more importantly, made my mother feel relaxed a... Read more

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    Thank you so much, Claire! What a lovely and enjoyable morning to receive your review of my services. Your family was awesome, kind and generous, which made my job not feel like work at all. I enjoyed our meetings, checking over vendor details, answering your questions, texting back and forth, and attending 701 Whaley's 10-year celebration together. Weddings don't need to be stressful. The experience is meant to be spiritual, God-loving, and a celebration of a beautiful marriage. You and your husband, Cole, reflected a meaningful commitment, and shared the experience with your families and friends. The event was such a beautiful experience for all present. Tim and I enjoyed being included in your Rehearsal Dinner too. Your selections made for one gorgeous ceremony and reception. Hummingbird cake is now my favorite too (tell Cole thank you for introducing us to it). And your Grandmother's delicious homemade wedding cake was the best I have ever had. So much fun to see three generations of strong, God-loving women decorating and cutting cake to share. Your families truly made us feel like we'd become part of it. Gracious, giving, loving, and God-like, ... I just can't find the words to describe what an incredible young lady you are and what a fine young man Cole is. I know that God will bless you with many years of happiness. Congratulations, again, to Dr. and Mrs. Cole Miller! Warmly, Joan

    tessa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Joan was amazing she basically became part of the family, she worked with my husband and me and perfectly captured our vision on our special day. She went above and beyond! Joan was creative, agreeable, smart, frugal when we needed her to be, and overall a welcome and warm help while planning. She took all my stress and dealt with family drama perfectly. You would seriously be lucky to have Joan help plan your event she was so amazing!

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    What a wonderful Christmas gift today ... reading your review! I had a great time working with you and Buchanan, and your family. Y’all immediately made me feel like a part of your family. Everything turned out so beautiful and thanks for placing some of your pics here ... gorgeous! I cannot wait to see them all. Thanks, again, for allowing me to be a part of such a special day. Tim and I had a great time working it together. See you soon. Many thanks - Joan

    Carlie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Joan was wonderful to work with! I do not think I could have survived my wedding without her and her guidance! She is flexible and responsive, and your wedding/event will flow smoothly with her directing it. She helped with everything; guests, decor, organization!

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    Thank you, sweet Carlie! You and Jacob, and your parents, were such a pleasure to plan with. I enjoyed every aspect of helping you select your wedding cake, flowers, and making other decisions on decor. Your wedding was beautiful. Those bridesmaids' dresses and the color are among my favorite! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family's special occasion. Hugs to you and Jacob!

    K

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  • Joan did an excellent job putting all the pieces of our wedding together! From directing & decor to the send off she did a wonderfor job making our special day flow smoothly!

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    Thank you so much, Kela. You and Barry are a great couple. I appreciated you allowing me to help coordinate details on such a special occasion. Everything was lovely. You made a beautiful bride. Truly a blessing to be a part of your wedding day.

    Meredith

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  • Joan helped us plan our wedding in August, 2014. We could not have done it without her expertise. She was exceptional and her services were invaluable to us. She provided us with so much help and advice along the way and was extremely organized, thorough, and professional. She has our highest recommendation!

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    Thank you, Meredith! You and Biff are among the sweetest couples I have worked with. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you both as individuals. Your tastes were exquisite and everything looked so beautiful on your wedding day. Your friends and family were so much fun to be around. You made an incredibly beautiful bride! Hugs to you and Biff.

    lauri

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  • It was an absolute pleasure working with Joan. I highly recommed her to anyone getting married in the Columbia area even for an event out of town.

    Elizabeth C Connors

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  • Joan helped us make a little intimate, romantic living room candlelit vibe. She had great attention to detail and dedication to making us happy with the look!

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    Thank you Liz for your review! Our team was very excited to create a romantic ambience for your private nuptials. You didn't let your wedding postponement stand in the way of saying "I do" on the day you intended. All the best to you and Rob when you host your grande wedding day events in Maine next October. We enjoyed meeting you all! Happy marriage to The Bird's.

    Mitch

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • Joan is a very polite, professional and organized planner. Although we did not use many of the expansive services she offers, our main need was "week of" planning for our destination wedding. Joan did an excellent job coordinating with vendors and making our special day a smooth and fun experience which helped us focus on our time with friends and family, and not worrying about vendors and details. Her personality and character are second to none; and at the end of the day you want to be surrounded by good kind-hearted people. Joan Day Kelly is that person.

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    Thanks, Mitch, for your review. I'm glad that you and Bridget had an enjoyable wedding weekend in Columbia. Everything you all selected turned out lovely. I appreciated having the opportunity to work with you on the finishing wedding details the day-of. Again, thank you and congratulations! Best, Joan

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