A couple of months after I proposed, Q mentioned to me that she really did not want to use a wedding planner, that we could do it on our own. Previously, we had met with a couple of wedding planners, who all seemed too casual, not very serious and lacking a solid vision... which probably caused Q to abandon the wedding planner idea. Although I believe in our good organizational skills, I was vehemently opposed to planning this "celebrity wedding" by ourselves, without any professional help. After we met with Kathy Byrum of Dream Wedding and Event Planners, we decided in the car on our way home that she presented herself as a professional wedding planner, who seemed to have a no nonsense approach to a detailed planning process. Since both of us are not from this area, we depended heavily on Kathy's recommendations for all the vendors, suppliers and external support. Kathy had a vision, accompanied us to some of our meetings with vendors and took it upon herself - with and without our request - to communicate complicated and/or uncomfortable issues to vendors that were less forthcoming or understanding. I am writing this because as the groom I felt that Kathy also had my interest in mind and not only the bride's (as it is in so many cases). She conducted herself in such a diplomatic and professional manner, that after every time when we listened to her opinion, we felt absolutely grateful and at ease. "Kathy is going to handle it" or "Let's see what Kathy thinks" were the reassuring phrases we said to each other, which helped us getting through this wedding planning without having any fears or doubts. We valued her advice deeply and do not regret having done so. Kathy Byrum put together a spectacular wedding for us. Our international guests as well as domestic friends keep commenting to this day on how smooth, visually and culinary appealing, detail oriented and most importantly - fun - our wedding was.
Before my husband and I hired Kathy, we were a little overwhelmed because we're not from the Detroit area, and we were not familiar with the vendors. She came along and proved to be a valuable liaison between us and the various vendors. We hired her early and that proved to be one of our best moves. When we decided to change the venue for the reception, she jumped right in and facilitated the change. I give Kathy credit for helping us avoid lots of sleepless nights. Kathy and her team did everything to make the wedding weekend a memorable time for our families. One of the things we really appreciated was the fact that she met with us and helped us secure a sight for the rehearsal dinner. We wouldn't have known where to start without her, and the rehearsal dinner was a real hit with our guests. Putting out "fires" is what a good wedding planner will do and Kathy and her team were the best. Besides marrying my son, finding Kathy to help plan the wedding was the smartest thing Jennifer did! I would tell brides entertaining the idea of hiring Dream Wedding & Event Planners to not think twice about it. It will make the days leading up to the wedding so much easier, and they'll have such great memories from their big day. I can’t say enough about Kathy and her team. They really care and will go the extra mile for them. What more could you ask for?
Kathy and her Team did such an amazing job coordinating our wedding. Because of Kathy and Linda, we were all able to relax and just enjoy the day knowing that all of the details were being taken care of! My mom actually said that is the most fun that she has had in decades. :) We hired Kathy pretty early in our planning process, but meeting with her allowed us to evaluate the full picture of all of the things that we would need and vendors that we would need to hire. She set my mind at ease, just knowing that there was always a seasoned professional to consult if needed. Every detail that I had put time and effort into before the big day was successful because Kathy made sure that it happened. All of my pomanders were set up, sand ceremony in place, menu cards on folded napkins, candles lit, table numbers how I wanted them, 5 bridesmaid dresses and one flower girl dress altered, fans and tissues in place, toasting flutes and cake server packed up. Kathy and her team were worth every penny and more!! She took on all of the stresses that my Mom or I would have had, and we were able to enjoy 100% of the big day. During my older sister's wedding, my Mom handled all of the tasks that Kathy did during my wedding. Every picture of my Mom on my sister's big day shows her completely tired, drained and extremely stressed (because she was!). After my wedding, my Mom said she couldn't remember the last time that she had that much fun. Everyone says that on your wedding day, something always goes wrong, but as hard as I try I can't find one thing that went wrong on my day. I would have to attribute this to Kathy and her team! The BEST thing that I did for my wedding was hiring Kathy.