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Planner in Chesapeake, VA,

Simply Southern Weddings and Events by Tara

Private Residence
Chesapeake, VA, VA
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(757) 578-2986
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  • 24 Reviews


    Kari

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  • Tara has been exceptional to work with. Her services were everything I could’ve asked for to complete my wedding planning. Her and I met when I was 2 months out from my wedding, at a tailor shop where I was getting my last dress fitting done. We started discussing weddings and planning and she informed me that she provides a timeline/details assistant package and service to brides who have a wedding in a distant state, outside of her home state, Virginia. I quickly became interested and she met me for a free consultation the next day over lunch to discuss what all she would provide. I was again, quickly convinced to continue working with her. She was so sweet and everything I needed to help finalize what I thought I had a grip of. She provided me with an array of wedding planning resources and enlightened me on many of the details I had still not figured out. Although I initially had a “do it all” mindset when planning my wedding, I quickly became over whelmed during the last... Read more

    Alexis Sarver

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  • When I first moved to Virginia Beach I was engaged for 4 months. My fiance and I had already set a date for our wedding, but had no idea where to begin when it came to planning it. After sitting down and making a full wedding to-do list, we knew we couldn't do this alone. I didn't search long before a mutual friend recommended Tara to me. From the moment I met her, I knew she was the PERFECT planning companion. From her elegant style to her vibrant personality, I fully trusted that should would turn our dream into a reality. Soon after I hired Tara, I already knew it was one of the best decisions I had ever made. She made what used to be stressful and overwhelming, EASY and exciting. Did I mention my wedding was IN FLORIDA!? With Tara and I both living in Virginia, you would think this would be a difficult event to plan. Absolutely not!! Tara found the most amazing vendors Florida has to offer all from five states away! The day of the wedding took my breath away. I knew Tara saw the vi... Read more

    Patsy Bembry

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  • Tara did an amazing job. We were so pleased with everything. I would highly recommend her services

    Dawn Smith

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  • Simply Southern Weddings was very professional. Each aspect of the wedding and reception flowed smoothly and transitioned seemlessly into the next. I would highly recommend using this coordinator service!

    Janelle Primeau

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  • From the first meeting with Tara, she was such a gem to work with! She worked very hard to understand and grasp my vision. The moment I arrived at the venue on our wedding day, I was in awe! Tara had taken care of absolutely everything! She took my dreams and made it a seamless reality. She truly has a talent, not only for being a devoted wedding planner, but also for developing a relationship with each bride to make sure her day is as perfect as she imagined!

    Bernaline

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  • Tara was amazing. For someone who only did a "month of coordinating," she kept in contact with me throughout my whole planning process, which was a total of 10 months. I'm a pretty simple bride but she always asked how I was feeling every now and then and even met up with me when I was stressed about family related issues! If anything went wrong at my wedding on the day of, I wouldn't have known because she was on top of it throughout the whole day.

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    Thank you for your sweet words! I really enjoyed being there for you when you felt a little bit stressed and I am still here if you ever need me! :) I look forward to following y'all's journey as husband and wife! Tara xo

    Rachel

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  • Made my wedding day stress free!!! She helped me create the perfect table layout and plan a wedding for 200+people! Loved working with Tara - highly recommend!!

    Shenicka

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  • Tara was absolutely amazing!! She was very responsive and a great listener. Tara was able to turn our vision into a reality. She has a connection for everything and the dj she helped us book was awesome. Shout out to dj Wes. Tara was not only a valuable part of wedding she has become family. Thanks so much. You would be lucky to have her partner on your life experience.

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    Shenicka! Thank you for your sweet words! I enjoyed every moment we spent planning your wedding and getting to know you and your wonderful family! I look forward to staying in touch!! Tara - xo

    Cynthia

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  • My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary on June 16, 2018. We did not have a wedding when we first got married so we decided to have the wedding of our dreams and vow renewal ceremony this year (two months ago today) at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Since we live in Maryland, we wanted an experienced wedding coordinator who was friendly, organized, knowledgeable and familiar with local VA Beach vendors. We chose Simply Southern Weddings and Events by Tara, and could not be happier with our decision. Tara and her team did an outstanding job! We purchased the partial package to reduce costs and b/c I wanted to coordinate various details of the wedding. As our special day drew closer, I fell behind on completing the seating chart, ordering printed signs and a few other details. Also, we had an unexpected death in the family within days of the wedding, along with 12 unexpected guest cancellations after giving our final headcount. I was feeling overwhelmed and didn't... Read more

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    Cynthia, Thank you for your sweet words! I was thrilled to have been a part of yours and Kevin's 30-year vow renewal! It was one of the sweetest ceremonies I have seen to date! I miss our daily chats and messages but am thankful for the friendship that was formed! Stay in touch! Tara

    Keith

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  • Simply Southern Weddings and Events by Tara will give your bride a 5 star experience! Her professionalism and attention to detail is beyond measure!

    Rebecca

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  • Finding the words for this review is really difficult because I feel that nothing I can say will be enough to express how grateful I am to have hired Simply Southern Weddings. I had a vision for my beach wedding that was simple yet elegant and beautiful, but was having a lot of trouble finding the time to bring that vision to life. The day I called Tara was about 18 months from my big day. In those remaining 18 months, Tara not only brought my vision to life, she made it her mission to make sure that my wedding day was the absolute best day of my life, and it truly was. Tara worked with all my vendors, organized almost every detail of my wedding day, corresponded with our whole bridal party and both of our families and went above and beyond to take so much stress off my plate. I’ve been a part of weddings where brides want to save money and thus, take on every aspect of planning themselves. But, in my experience, if you hire Tara, your big day will be just that, yours. Because of Ta... Read more

    Brittany

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  • Tara is so sweet & her pricing is FANTASTIC for what she does! She made our wedding day run so smoothly!

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    Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful day! The weather was just incredible for a November day! Cheers to you and Adam! :)

    Dana

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  • Tara was absolutely amazing! I could not have asked for a better wedding planner to make our day so special. Even leading up to the month of, Tara checked in on a regular basis. She was so accommodating and hands on through the entire process. Tara made everything look so beautiful and perfect in every way! We are so grateful she and her team were such a special hardworking asset to our day! I strongly recommend her and wouldn't have wanted to work with anyone else! - Dana Salerno Chappell

    Kirt

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  • My wife and I hired Tara to coordinate our wedding. One of the best decisions we made outside of deciding to and where to get married. Like my wife, Tara had a real artistic eye, something that I was graciously appreciative of since I don't. Tara was there every step in a very cool, calm and collective way. Her focus was that, on our special day, our only focus would be each other. Boy 'oh boy, did she impress. Tara was amazing, when one of the shuttles we rented was late. She was in contact with me (we left the bride out of it) and she was quick to remedy it by contacting the company and we were able to get the first shuttle to double back to pick up the bridal party, as though it was planned that way. She did all of that before she even gave me the call about it being late. True professional. Nothing seemed to tough for her. She's really honest, hard-working and is real gem in the business. My one and only regret was that we didn't hire her sooner. THANK YOU TARA!, for being part of ... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Kirt, Thank you for such sweet words! It means a lot to know that you were extremely pleased with our services! It was a joy working with both you and Alexis! :)

    Kristianne

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  • Tara and her team were so wonderful to work with! She absolutely helped make our wedding vision come to life. My husband and I were absolutely stunned when we walked into venue and it felt so unreal that everything we envisioned was a reality. We used Tara's "Month-of-planning" services and she provided us with so much more than just "month-of" planning. She kept in touch with us throughout the wedding planning process and made sure we weren't forgetting anything along the way! My husband and I are very crafty, detail oriented, and big planners, so we were really looking to just have someone deliver our vision on our wedding day so that we could just enjoy our big day and Tara and her team provided exactly what we needed! We had so many DIY decor and so many details and Tara was able to put everything together exactly as we had envisioned it and we couldn't be any happier! We knew that this task was going to be a LOT for any wedding planner, but she listened to every detail and re... Read more

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