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Planner in Kensington, MD,
(301) 633-6719
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    Tiffany

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  • I was looking for a month-of/day-of coordinator and randomly found O'Neil events by looking at Wedding Wire reviews. I was planning my wedding in DC from LA so I knew that I needed someone local who could help me tie up all the loose ends and execute on the day of. I initially communicated with the owner, Colleen, who was very professional and well-organized. I was bummed at first when she told me that she would be assigning me to one of her staff (because Colleen was so accommodating and I had become attached to her), but I landed the jackpot with Ariel. Even though their scope of work is typically starting 4-6 weeks out from the wedding, Colleen arranged for Ariel and I to "meet" by phone about 8 weeks ahead of time to accommodate the time difference and my busy schedule. Ariel was completely responsive to my needs, adapting her management style to what I needed, and immediately began to have weekly calls with me at that point up to the wedding. I am the type of person who initially ... Read more

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    Tiffany, Thank you for taking the time to write this incredible review! It's always hard planning from across the country, but you were great at communication and helped everything along. It warms my heart you were able to get the same level of professionalism and comfort working with many of us over here at O'Neil Events! Cheers to you two!

    Stacey Heyman

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  • I could not be more excited to share our incredible experience with O'Neil Events and Ariel in particular. From the outset, Ariel put us completely at ease of all the details (big and small) about our wedding day. She was calm, cool, and collected at every turn, was always thinking ahead, and had a plan for everything. Our family and friends are also still raving about what a gem she was every step of the way! We had a few surprise factors on the day of: complete downpour, two flash mobs, a guest who wanted to propose, I fell out of the chair during the hora...the list goes on. Ariel was right there when we needed her and took care of everything. She made sure everyone was where they needed to be, on time, and made all the moving parts look seamless. Ariel, you made it all look easy and we can't thank you enough! You are a true gem!

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    Stacey, You were such a joy to work with! What a day and you always made the best of the situations, which are now all wonderful wedding memories. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

    Bill

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  • Ms. Kahan was great! Very professional, we ran out of alcohol and she knew just what to do. She kept things organized and moving along. Highly recommend!

    Claire

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  • O'Neil Events was amazing! Colleen worked with us to make the day perfect even when it meant lots of details and specifications. We felt so comfortable having her around and relied on her heavily to help with every little thing. It was such a weight off of my shoulders and she exceeded my expectations! Thanks you Colleen and O'Neil Events!

    George

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  • My wife and I were so glad to have hired O'Neil Events for our day-of-coordination. Our coordinator, Ariel, was fantastic from the first day we met to the end of our wedding. She was helpful in the small details of our wedding that we didn't think about. Ariel made the wedding less stressful for us by working with the vendors and the venue on the wedding details. and making sure she kept us on track with some of our tasks. She was a great person to provide assurance and support throughout the wedding process, even when were predicted to have snow on our wedding day. She would tell us, "Everything will be fine." And the wedding was very beautiful and successful with no problems. I know we would not have had a wonderful wedding and reception without her. Ariel was the best and I would recommend hiring her and O'Neil Events for any wedding coordination. It's worth the money! Trust me.

    Amy

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  • My husband and I said SEVERAL times how having Colleen by our side as a Day Of Planner was way beyond worth the money spent. If I have one recommendation for any newly engaged couples, it's have a day of planner. And if you're in the DC area... have it be Colleen. From the beginning just getting coffee with us and helping us start the process or planning, to every living detail of the day of... I can't imagine our big day without her. She was immensely professional. So sweet and caring; yet I knew she'd get done what needed to be done. She's no pushover! Monthly emails and check ins were lovely and kept us on track. But then the month leading up to the wedding, Colleen took everything off my plate and handled all the logistics and vendors and timelines. So, so valuable. Thank you for everything you did! We'll both never stop raving about you. :)

    Paula

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  • Of all the decisions we had to make throughout the wedding planning process, deciding to hire O'Neil Events was hands down the best one, because we got to work with Yvi. She is warm, friendly, and wonderful to work with and we knew we were in good hands from the start. We first met with Yvi about a month before our wedding and she immediately began the challenging task of getting us organized for the big day. At that point, we had booked all of our vendors and were pretty much done with the larger things, but hadn't thought about or finalized a number of small details. I think of myself as a pretty organized person, but Yvi's organizational skills are on a whole other level. Not only did she compile a list of all the smaller details we hadn't focused on, but she created an extremely detailed timeline for us and our vendors. Yvi made herself available for calls on nights and weekends to accommodate my work schedule, and she was always responsive with emails. She contacted all of ... Read more

    Megan

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  • O'Neil Events came highly recommended to us by our caterer, and hiring them was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! I booked O'Neil about 4 months before our wedding to be our day-of-coordinator and assist in the final month of planning. Before booking, Colleen put me in touch with Yvi (who would be our coordinator) and in our first conversation, I immediately knew I wanted to work with her! Yvi is very warm and easy to talk to on the phone - she made me feel completely confident turning over the day to her! Yvi & Colleen were both responsive via email and easy to work with. The month of our wedding, Yvi took everything over and was positively wonderful! She contacted all of my vendors and was able to coordinate things behind the scenes that I didn't even know about. Yvi ran a flawless rehearsal - coordinating a 17 person wedding party with ease. The day of the wedding, she met us at the hotel to check on everyone, took care of personal flower delivery, and made sure ... Read more

    Sarah

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  • I was hesitant that I even needed a planner but I'm so glad we got one! We had Ariel as our day of coordinator. Her personality was great and she made it seem like we've known each other for years. She was so helpful and always available. The wedding went so smoothly and we have her to thank. We spent our day enjoying ourselves instead of worrying about the details. Before Ariel started helping us full time, Colleen was there to answer any questions we had. She was very easy to work with very responsive. Thank you!!! I highly highly recommend them!

    Caitlin

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  • We worked with O'Neil Events for our wedding in September. We had Ariel as a day-of coordinator and she was amazing! As soon as we hired the company, we started receiving monthly checklists of things to have completed/start thinking about and then one month out, we started meeting with Ariel/communicating regularly and she took over all vendor contracts and contact. It was such a relief. She made sure that our vision for the day became a reality and she went above and beyond dealing with all of the details on the day itself. We can't recommend her and O'Neil Events enough!

    Nick

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  • From the minute we met our wedding coordinator Ariel Kahan, we knew she would be our biggest ally on our wedding day. But we owe her a debt of gratitude for just how much she did — before, during, and after. Everything we conceptualized came to fruition because of her, and never did we feel like we were flying solo. She championed our whims while making sure everything was practical and achievable. We were in such caring, diligent hands, even when it came to things we forgot… from simple oversights like needing extra escort card holders, which she spent her own time buying for us (matching our style perfectly, might I add), to the complex, when a family member made a spontaneous and bizarre request during the dinner toasts, Ariel handled everything with ease, grace, and most incredibly, a smile on her face. She managed all personalities with diplomacy and made us feel like we were in control, even though we really knew it was her. She kept everyone in line from start to finish, ... Read more

    Lauren Marie

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  • O'Neil Events are amazing! They helped us deal with a difficult hotel vendor. Yvi was just so wonderful, words cannot describe! I not only found a gem in a vendor, I made a friend

    Emily

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  • I can not even begin to write how INCREDIBLE Colleen (and the whole company) was during my wedding planning process. She was immediately responsive, always helpful and always calm as we made decisions about my wedding and worked with so many different vendors. I would always say that she was always one step ahead of me. If I thought of something that needed to get done for the wedding, Colleen had already completed it. I appreciated her open and easy communication the whole time. She was always available to help, problem solve, and give advice. She went beyond helping with planning and communicating --- she helped me with little things like how to tip the vendors, how to make sure all of my items were accounted for, etc. She made the day 100% seamless. If we had any bumps in the road on my wedding day, I had no idea because Colleen handled everything. Whenever I would get my vendors on the phone or communicate through email, the vendor would always comment that "Colleen has al... Read more

    Meaghan

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  • O'Neil Events came highly recommended to us by our reception venue, Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda. Our planner Yvi was assigned to us one month before our wedding was to take place. She capably handled communications among multiple vendors and made sure everyone was on the same page, and provided a very detailed timeline for everyone to follow. She also had excellent advice on some planning points, such as transportation for guests and decor, which proved to save us a bit of money here and there. Our service and reception ran so smoothly and we had such a great time from start to finish. While I was initially hesitant to hire an official wedding planner, I am so glad I did....Yvi made the day stress-free and we could focus on enjoying ourselves!

    Julie

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  • There is one word for O'Neil Events, AWESOME! Everything was perfect, I never had to worry about anything, and Colleen's professionalism is matched only by her kindness. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
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