Where to start?! I suppose you made the right choice in coordinator when everyone that was in the bridal party keeps complimenting Lauren and her schedules and lists! I can't begin to say how important YWbL (and Lauren herself) were to my wedding. As an event planner of sorts, I understand that when you are working with at least a half dozen vendors, that requires a lot of planning and keeping people on track. I did NOT want to have to juggle that and getting ready for my wedding, so I began looking around. It didn't take me long to remember that my fellow IU grad, Lauren, had this awesome business that sounded right up my alley! Her month-of services were the perfect middle ground between full on planner and day of coordinator. It was SUCH a relief when I handed over contracts AND communication to Lauren. Her attention to detail and weekly emails with tasks kept us on track, but not overwhelmed. I'm a very controlling, Type A planner, but it didn't take long for me to become totally comfortable with Lauren handling the preparations. Not only is Lauren the consummate professional, she also genuinely cares about her clients and their weddings. I can't say enough good things about Lauren and all the things she did for our wedding. And to top it all off, she travels and is very reasonably priced! This was a line item for the wedding that I wasn't willing to part with and thanks to her pricing, I didn't have to! If you decide to work with YWbL, you won't regret it. Our day wouldn't have been the same without Lauren and Sam and we truly thank them from the bottom of our hearts!
photo courtesy of Melissa Marie Photography
Hiring YWbL was easily one of the best decisions we made during the wedding planning process! Lauren S. was a complete godsend during the month leading up to our wedding. Despite balancing busy work schedules, travel, and all of the last minute stressors wedding planning brings, Lauren kept me completely at ease knowing she was handling everything behind the scenes. Lauren went above and beyond coordinating with all of our vendors and staying on top of last-minute to-dos. She is detail-oriented, prompt, and completely reassuring that everything is on track when the inevitable stress hits! On top of being a true pro at what she does, Lauren has a fun-loving, bright personality that makes working with her such a pleasure! On the day of, Lauren and Michelle ran the show seamlessly so that my husband and I got to enjoy every minute of our day without worrying about a thing… what more could a bride ask for? You want YWbL on your team – hire them without hesitation!
photo courtesy of Darling Juliet
Working with YWbL was the BEST decision we made for our wedding. From the start, talking through everything with them gave us so much peace of mind. I am a designer and work in events, so as you can imagine, I was very detail oriented and particular about our wedding. YWbL delivered the vision we had for our wedding to a level I couldn't even imagine. On top of all of that, we just had a lot of fun working with them to make our wedding dreams a reality. Very, very good vibes all around from these folks. You can tell they genuinely are about their clients. Take my advice and book them NOW before their calendars fill up for your event. They are the absolute best!
photo courtesy of Pat Furey
I loved working with YWBL!!! I cannot say enough good things about them. Lauren and Laura were so great to work with, from planning every little detail the month before to coordinating the wedding day, they were so great. I am SOO glad Laura was there on our wedding day, as I could never have handled coordinating the day without her. She did so many things behind the scenes and helped keep things running smoothly. And Lauren built us a perfect schedule and brought up so many ideas and details I had not even thought about. Book YWBL!! You will not regret it!
photo courtesy of CK Photo
My husband and I cannot say enough amazing things about Lauren and Justine! They were incredibly organized, thoughtful, knowledgeable and communicative during our month of planning. They also have great personalities and are easy to work with. I would say one of their strengths was their ability to see your vision for your wedding with you, but also have incredible foresight to let you know what obstacles may be in your way. Lauren and Justine have a young, fresh outlook and can help you plan a seamless, traditional wedding or a unique, eclectic event. Lastly, they are incredibly hard workers who will work long hours effortlessly and make you feel super special. We highly recommend them and actually will miss their daily email check-ins!
photo courtesy of Joel Pitra
To say Lauren is a miracle worker is an understatement. From the month-out of our wedding, Lauren held my hand along the way, helping with vendor relations, answering questions, providing creative suggestions, and more! I was blown away by Lauren's composure, organization, enthusiasm, and genuine love for ensuring our wedding day was flawless. Above all, all her work allowed my wedding party, family, partner, and me to focus on the most important thing: soak in our wedding day. Thank you Lauren! We love you!
photo courtesy of Kelly Kollar Photography
Lauren was the very best thing that happened to our wedding, hands down. We took off a few days of work ahead of the wedding thinking we would be so busy tying up loose ends, but Lauren had taken care of EVERYTHING and more. We were able to be fully relaxed and present throughout the entire last month of our wedding planning & the whole wedding weekend. That was the best gift we could have ever received! Lauren was thoughtful, kind, and so very helpful throughout the whole experience. I'm sad the wedding is over and will miss my weekly emails from Lauren. Lauren is one of the key factors that takes a good wedding to an unforgettable wedding!
photo courtesy of Madi Flournoy Photography
We had an amazing experience working with Lauren! I was looking for a wedding coordinator who would not only understand what was important to us on our Big Day and help execute our vision, but also help shed light on anything I may have missed while planning. Thank g-d we found Lauren because she exceeded our expectations. She was on top of EVERY detail and thought of so many important things I hadn't considered. She knew all the right questions to ask our vendors and worked tirelessly to ensure everyone was aligned. Our wedding party mentioned how impressed they were with her attention to detail and her calm (and fun!) demeanor. We loved working with Lauren and would absolutely recommend her!
photo courtesy of Ashley Bosnick Photography
Lauren and Justine with YWbL were absolutely the best decision we ever made during wedding planning. The day would not have been possible had they not helped us so much the last month and made sure everything ran smoothly day of. They are both incredibly friendly, professional and think of every possible detail for the day. They took over the relationship between us and our vendors so the stress from that was relieved. They also thought of so many details and ideas that we would have never come up with. They are creative, extremely helpful and I am forever grateful for their hard work to make our wedding day such a success. We can't thank you both enough for making our vision of the day come to life!!
photo courtesy of Forever Photography
We will be eternally grateful to Lauren and her team for making our wedding the best weekend of our lives. We were overly ambitious on all we wanted to include for our wedding and had a lot of moving parts. Lauren stepped in seamlessly and made sure it all happened without a single hiccup. She coordinated all communications for our vendors, bridal party and family and was a consummate professional. I could also tell how genuinely happy she was for us and took such pride in doing her job. She's truly like a ninja, except armed with the brightest smile as if all is under control at all times :) She was 100% presence when we needed her and off accomplishing some other task when we didn't. Thank you Lauren and your team for doing such a fantastic job!!
Your Wedding by Lauren was hands down the best thing to happen to my wedding day, aside from actually getting married. Working with Lauren was easy and seamless, and she took care of every single detail I could have ever thought of (as well as many more that I would have NEVER thought of), which majorly helped my stress level in the month leading up to the big day. Lauren is prompt, organized, efficient and personable, and can answer any question you could have about the wedding process better than anyone else I’ve encountered. I had quite a few unexpected life stressors pop up in the two weeks before my wedding (think broken bones and homeowner struggles) and Lauren eased every worry and handled everything, assuring me that things would be taken care of and I could take care of myself and my own business without agonizing over wedding details and logistics. The day-of “boots on the ground” coordinator with YWbL, Laura, was also a dream to work with and made my wedding day (which is notoriously one of the most stressful days in a bride’s life) one of the smoothest and easiest days ever! She exuded kindness and calm, which helped calm me down so much and kept me present and grounded to enjoy every moment of the day. When I say I did not have to worry about a single thing, I mean it! Every tiny detail was handled before it even crossed my mind. Every vendor, bridal party member and family member couldn’t stop raving about how wonderful the YWbL team was to work with. My husband even said, “I’ve been in a lot of weddings, and I’ve never had a coordinator go above and beyond and communicate this well with everyone involved!” I’d hire YWbL again in a heartbeat, and could not possibly rave about them enough. I’m so happy Lauren and her team were a part of my wedding day. NOW STOP READING THIS AND GO BOOK HER BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE DOES!"
photo courtesy My Dear Love
I’m incredibly organized and went into planning my wedding thinking there was no way I needed a coordinator… Wrong! Hiring YWbL single-handedly saved me from becoming a total bridezilla and stressing out on my day rather than having a great time. From start to finish, Lauren and Justine were always a step ahead. They asked me questions that I would have NEVER thought regarding details, timing, preferences, you name it! They are truly wedding experts and will give you their honest opinions based on real life experience on how things can best flow and go together seamlessly. They were always available when I had a question (or a meltdown!) and – most importantly – had the most incredibly positive personalities that made me feel like they had it covered and it would all work out great! They handled communications with all of our vendors leading up to our big day and made sure that all outstanding questions and concerns were addressed. From the early morning on my wedding day, Justine was on top of everything! She showed up to my room like a little ray of sunshine with her binder full of every detail we had gone over. Since I trusted Justine to work her magic, I was able to relax a bit and enjoy getting ready, my first look and spending time with my bridesmaids beforehand, rather than worrying about all of the setup downstairs. We received compliments all night about how great everything was and how sweet + helpful Justine had been - not only for us but for our other vendors, parents, grandparents and guests! I would recommend YWbL in a heartbeat and cannot stress how important it is to have people like Lauren and Justine around to help execute your big day perfectly!
photo courtesy of Wilde Scout Photography
Lauren is AMAZING! Our wedding came together perfectly with little stress thanks to her amazing work. She is beyond organized and such a joy to work with. She truly thinks of everything! She communicates with all of your vendors and makes the process so easy for you. I could not have gotten married without Your Wedding By Lauren and HIGHLY recommend them!
photo courtesy of Swanky Fine Art Weddings
Words cannot express how much Lauren and Justine helped to make our day so special. Their energy, enthusiasm and positive, supportive vibes really carried us through that stressful month before, and helped us relax and remember what was important through the process. While they made their mark on our wedding in ways we will always remember and appreciate, the beauty is that it truly felt like our vision. They helped us organize and sort through all the details; during the planning stages it's easy to get swept up and forget to see the forest for the trees, but without even knowing it Lauren and Justine helped to make our wedding everything we had hoped for. Hiring them was the best decision we made for sure. I can't imagine what our day (and all the days before) would have been without them. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
photo courtesy of DeRonn Kidd Photography
Hiring Lauren as our wedding coordinator was literally THE BEST wedding decision we made (besides marrying each other). She went above and beyond in her communication with every single one of our vendors, was incredibly organized and on top of her game, and somehow miraculously handled every little detail, flaw, and hiccup with poise AND attention to detail. Our entire bridal party was raving about her, and our guests are still commenting about how seamless the entire event was (Thanks to Lauren!). Not to mention, she is just an absolute joy to be around. Honestly, I can say that my wedding day was everything I ever dreamed it could be, and there is no doubt in my mind that I owe that to Lauren. Hire her and expect your day to be perfect. End of story.
Your Wedding By Lauren was incredibly helpful in planning and conducting our daughter's recent wedding in Nashville, TN. We could not be happier with the quality of the service provided and the truly exceptional value. Lauren and her staff provided great advice and helpful suggestions throughout the planning process as well as providing a very professional interface with all the vendors during the days leading up to the wedding and at the event itself. Navigating the maze of vendor interactions would have been so much more difficult without this wonderful service. Your Wedding By Lauren contributed significantly to making this wedding a truly wonderful event with greatly reduced stress on the bride and groom and their families.
photo courtesy of My Dear Love
Lauren and Justine made not only the day of the wedding run without any faults, but also the weeks leading up to it. From the first planning meeting with Lauren, it was evident to me that the wedding was in superbly capable hands. She took over communication with the vendors and confirmed every single moving part of the wedding to create a master schedule, and then check in every step of the way to be sure that everyone was aware of the scheduling and to get live updates on the status of the schedule. Her organization made it simple for us to understand what tasks we had left to do and clearly showed a plan to execute all outstanding items. I wasn't worried about forgetting any details because I knew Lauren had them all handled and would also check all of them with us while adding her experienced suggestions.
On the day of the wedding, Lauren and Justine went beyond my imagination in how proactive, cheerful, helpful, and all around amazing they were.Lauren cued each parent and bridesmaid when to walk down the aisle in the ceremony. Justine communicated with our reception venue and helped set it up while the ceremony was ongoing. At the end of the night, Justine was able to pack up all items and make sure everything we needed to return to us got back to us that evening safely. There was no stress in either getting what we needed to the venue or taking everything back home. Due to Lauren's organization with her pack lists prior to the wedding and Justine's meticulousness, there was nothing in question for us.
Hiring Lauren was our best wedding decision - we can't have imagined our day running so seamlessly without her and her team. Any prospective couples out there should get their dates on Lauren's calendar and rest assured that their day will run perfectly. We had the most magical day, and not once were we concerned about any planning details. Our vendors, bridal party, and guests noted how organized and smooth the event ran, all thanks to YWbL!
photo courtesy The Brenizers
I am serious when I say that hiring Lauren was the best thing I did when planning my wedding. As someone prone to worrying, the closer I got to the wedding the more nervous I became. Because Lauren is a month of coordinator, her services began at just the moment I needed them to! It felt like she was ten steps ahead of me in the best way. She took charge of EVERY vendor communication, checked in with me regularly about how I was feeling, crated my timeline, validated my concerns, brainstormed with me, and ensured that ever last detail I dreamed of came to fruition. Because of this, I did not have to worry on the week of my wedding. I was free to have FUN and soak in all the precious moments. She is a dream, really. And she was SO accessible. She is more organized than I will ever dream of being. And not only that, she has a wonderful personality and was so fun to hang out with on my wedding day. If you are on the fence about having a month of coordinator, DO IT! And you can't beat Lauren. She is the best of the best.
photo courtesy of Keeli Fatih Photography
I cannot say enough about Lauren! I hired Lauren two months before my wedding and to this day am convinced it was the best decision that I have ever made. She was the most reliable person I have ever worked with! Lauren took note of everything that I communicated to her, be it in person, over the phone or over email. She helped to execute on my vision not only my wedding day, but the day before with a Welcome Party we had planned and the day after with a Farewell Brunch. Lauren was organized, positive, kind and had the best attitude, all while juggling a million things my wedding weekend. She always had the warmest smile and was able to effectively manage a wedding party of over 20 people. She is talented and incredibly diligent, and I cannot say enough about her experience. Having Lauren there my wedding weekend allowed me to spend time with my fiance, guests and family and not worry about the little stuff. The weekend turned out spectacular and I still have guests telling me how amazingly well organized the day was and I have Lauren to thank for that!
photo courtesy of Ross Harvey
Lauren was an absolute God-send! Upon first impression we knew we would get along with her. She was so sweet, funny, energetic and personable. We don’t know what we would have done without her expertise during the busiest month of our lives. My husband and I are very organized people but Lauren took organization to another level. We had to work with multiple vendors for our wedding venue and Lauren took the responsibility of communicating with them all during that last month. When things would get stressful, we were reassured because we knew we had Lauren! The day of, Lauren was on top of it ALL. Our vendors, family, friends and even our Priest made mention of how great she was to work with. We were truly blessed to have such an awesome coordinator and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for someone they can trust and depend on for the biggest day of their lives!
I loved designing and planning every detail of my wedding, but I knew I needed someone to execute my plans and address any mishaps that might arise. That is exactly what Lauren did! From our very first meeting, she immediately demonstrated that she could take all my plans and execute them exactly how I pictured. She went above-and-beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly. From typing up changes to the ceremony script at 1AM the night before the wedding to swooping in with Goldfish crackers to calm a fussy flower girl-- she had it all under control. Lauren's knowledge and professionalism allowed me to be fully present and relaxed on my wedding day, instead of worrying about centerpieces and schedules.
Lauren went above and beyond to help us every step of the way in our last month of wedding planning. She was professional, gentle, fun and stayed focused on the big picture while never letting go of details. She kept in touch with us daily and we could tell that all our vendors loved her too. She exceeded all expectations and went the extra mile on the day of to make sure that the things we were worried about had extra attention. She also had GREAT recommendations for other vendors and even little details like the right umbrellas and candles to order. Don't think twice about hiring her - she's amazing!!
photo courtesy of Khaki Bedford Photography
LAUREN SCHAEFER IS THE CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL! This review (by the MoB) is long overdue, but I wanted to share my gratitude for ALL that Lauren did to make Kathleen and Michael’s wedding magical -- mid-size wedding and reception (130 guests) on a Thursday evening at The Green Building in Brooklyn. Chef Rossi & Raging Skillet did the catering, Quyn Duong was the photographer -- all fantastic! Kathleen and Michael are actors with day jobs, and we live in Atlanta, so we knew that we’d need help with logistics. Lauren worked with us to get everything arranged, giving good advice but always respecting – even anticipating – what Kathleen and Michael wanted. Then the night of her wedding, Kathleen ended up going onstage as an understudy for Zoe Kazan in the Roundabout Theater production of “Love, Love, Love.” The heroine of the behind the scenes story is LAUREN. She contacted The Green Building, the caterers, the photographers and all the guests to keep them updated on this crazy development, arranged to extend the reception for an extra hour to enable the newlyweds to return to their reception after the show and enjoy all the traditional activities like cutting the cake, toasts, dances. Wedding day - Lauren arranged for guests to be greeted with a glass of champagne or sparkling water as they arrived so that they could mingle with the bride and groom (who opted NOT to stay hidden away before the ceremony). Afterwards the (beautiful!) ceremony, Lauren choreographed a send-off line as the newlyweds headed off to the theater district, kept the flow of the evening going smoothly – drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, and food stations, music and dancing – and cued the DJ when at 10:30 Kathleen and Michael returned. Lauren’s attention to detail, her warmth and calm, her ability to keep everything on track were amazing. I recommend her enthusiastically and without reservation!
I don’t even know where to begin! Lauren was nothing short of amazing every step of the way. She truly made me feel like I was the only bride she was working with. Our wedding was a destination in Nashville and I was able to go into my wedding weekend stress free knowing Lauren was handling every detail. I would highly recommend Lauren and her services. There is no way my wedding would have been what it was without her!
photo courtesy of Sharon Wheaton Photography
Lauren is an amazing "month-of" wedding planner! She took my daughter's dreams, planning and prep work and turned it into a reality. She managed all the plans and allowed us to just enjoy the day. As mother of the bride, I can't say enough about how on top of all the details she was and how gracious and kind she was as she took care of the wedding party, our family and friends and made the whole day run smoothly.
Hiring Lauren was the best money we spent on our wedding. My husband and I have been singing her praises ever since—let me explain why. First, for the month leading up to our wedding, Lauren was the primary contact for *all* of our vendors (and even for our relatively simple wedding, we had a lot of vendors). Instead of emailing and calling back and forth with caterers and musicians and florists, we just told Lauren what we wanted from each of them, and she made it happen. Second, Lauren spent the full month leading up to our wedding helping us create a detailed, play-by-play outline of the wedding. Any time we had a question, she either knew the answer or knew where we could find it. Lauren kept all the details straight, and by the day of the wedding, she knew the plan cold—probably better than either of us—and she ran the wedding just how we envisioned. Third, Lauren works really, really hard. Our venue opened at 8AM the day of our wedding, and Lauren and her assistant Justine were there at 8AM, if not a bit earlier. When the festivities ended 13 hours later, Lauren and Justine were still going. They handled the bulk of the set up and a bunch of the clean up, and were probably the last ones to leave the venue (we were long gone by that point). Last, Lauren is so easy and pleasant to work with. She was super positive and encouraging throughout the whole process. You want a coordinator who can take charge and be assertive, but who your vendors and your bridal party and your friends / family will enjoy interacting with—that’s definitely Lauren. And one final point, Lauren was an amazing value. For all the time and expertise she put into our wedding, she would’ve been a bargain at several times the price. In conclusions: five stars. You should hire Lauren now before she gets booked.
photo courtesy George Street
Lauren was the best money we spent on our wedding. Period. By a long shot. Initially, we were against the idea of hiring a wedding coordinator. We felt that we could handle it all on our own. That’s the way our parents did it, so why couldn’t we? But as our plans for our wedding expanded, we grew open to exploring the idea, so we spoke with a few coordinators. Lauren was one of four that we interviewed. While most of the coordinators were nice and seemed competent enough, Lauren gelled with us instantly. Her humor, professionalism, and enthusiasm immediately put us at ease. She got what we were trying to do with our offbeat dinosaur theme, and she shared our vision. She also had an immediate level of organization that, even in that first phone call, began to alleviate some of the stress that had begun to weigh on us. One of the things she offered that we really liked was a comprehensive and personal packing “prep” list and schedule for our wedding. Everything and everyone was accounted for, and all responsibilities were laid out and clear before our wedding began. That made us feel so at ease. On the day of the wedding, Lauren knew where everyone and everything went, she knew everyone’s name, and she was ready to troubleshoot any problem that might arise. And as they do at weddings, problems did arise. One of our vendors failed us in a significant way on our wedding day, and thanks to Lauren, we had no idea there was ever an issue. Lauren took care of it discreetly and professionally, and we were (gratefully) none the wiser. One of the many things we love about Lauren is how well she worked with all our vendors, issues or not. Our site manager absolutely fell in love with her, and they worked really well together. And Lauren recommended to us a DJ who could not have been more attentive, thoughtful, and perfect. (Thanks, DJ Brent Fierro!) We had a lot of ideas for our wedding. Lauren helped us sort through them and figure out what was actually important to us, and what was just an unnecessary stress. She was encouraging and positive. And as the production level for our weekend grew and grew (and boy, did it grow!), Lauren took it all in stride and helped us figure out how best to bring all the pieces together. At the end of the night, as we were all piled onto a bus headed back to the hotel, Lauren hopped on and snapped a picture of the whole group. We hadn’t even noticed that our photographer was done for the evening, but Lauren had, so she jumped into action and snapped the last photo to be taken at our wedding She didn’t need to do that, we didn’t ask her to, but that’s just who Lauren is. She sees a need, and she fixes it. And we are so, so grateful! Throughout the entire process, Lauren was a source of enthusiasm and relief. We recommend her to anyone thinking about throwing a wedding, big or small. Months later, like us, you won’t be able to imagine your wedding without her.
photo courtesy of KetaNuva Photography
I have had the distinct privilege of working with Lauren as a friend/colleague, and now I have had the honor of experiencing her work as a client. Lauren is the consummate professional. She consistently is thinking 1,000 steps ahead of you, while meeting you exactly where you are and where you need support in that moment. She breaks down all of those last minute questions and details into small and attainable "bites." She was great about checking in, taking a pulse of how we were doing, putting all our details together, and validating and affirming our concerns or wishes. All of our family, friends, and bridal party were so appreciative of the ability to show up and have fun celebrating the big day. I manage events and and conferences for a living, but when it came to our wedding, I knew we needed help. Not just anyone, I knew we needed Lauren. What speaks volumes for Lauren's work is the way that she is so respected by other vendors, venues, and industry professionals. They recognize her expertise and her skill, and they love working with her. She has a truly magnetic personality and a joy to be around. I couldn't have imagined our wedding day any differently, and I am so grateful for the decision to hire Your Wedding by Lauren.
photo courtesy of Hannah Elaine Photography
This review is a bit late but I am still smiling thinking of our daughter’s beautiful, fun wedding! Lauren is amazing!! She somehow wrangled 19 vendors/friendors, a large wedding party, and bus loads of out of town guests to create my daughter and her fiance’s Best Day Ever. Throughout their rehearsal and their big day Lauren was smiling, pleasant and in control of every little detail. She was a joy to be around and made everyone feel at ease. Her planning skills and attention to every single detail is exactly what you hope for in a wedding planner. As the mother-of-the-bride I was able to relax and enjoy every moment of the weekend. The wedding party all enjoyed Lauren’s fun spirit at the rehearsal. She was able to keep everyone on time and focused and still made sure we had fun.
Lauren’s assistant, Justine, was delightful, too. She has a talent for decor. Together Lauren and Justine transformed a grand empty room into the exact vision my daughter and her fiance had wanted for their reception. It was beautiful. If you are researching planners and reading reviews to find the perfect person to work with you to make your wedding day stress free and fun, stop reading and hire Your Wedding by Lauren! I am SO thankful my daughter and her fiance did!
photo courtesy of KetaNuva Photography
Lauren was the BEST wedding coordinator ever! She was highly organized, super detail oriented, and so approachable. From the first phone call I had with Lauren, I knew right away she was the person that I wanted to work with on our wedding. Even before the call, she already went to our wedding website to get to know more about us. Lauren is a "month-of" wedding coordinator; however, she was available for us even months before our wedding. We asked for a wide variety of recommendations, and she was always able to provide a list or research for us to provide the best possible answers (on the rare occasion that she was unfamiliar with the topics). I especially loved how efficient she was with responding to her emails. Her response rate was typically well under 24 hours! Lauren also did a site visit with me and made many great suggestions on the layout of the venue. We eventually went with all her ideas, and they were perfect! I had a stressful moment with our caterer's site visit; however, as soon as Lauren was on board, she swept in and handled all vendor interactions effortlessly. She was very comfortable and confident being the person in charge. My husband and I met Lauren in person in NYC about 6 weeks before the wedding to go over the logistics of the wedding weekend (just because we just happened to be visiting for other reasons). I am so glad we visited and saw her energy and passion for her work, and we were absolutely certain that she was the person who would manage our big day. At the rehearsal dinner, we all met up at the venue, and she was able to get through everything in less than 30 minutes. The day-of, she was everything I expected her to be and more. She made that evening perfect in every way. She read the guests well and knew the pace of the event, so she took the liberty to make the evening transition smoothly. I cannot express how much I enjoyed working with Lauren. She had a smile on her face 100% of the time and I never once saw her stressed. You will NOT regret working with her. She is perfect for this industry. We were so lucky to have found her. Lauren, thank you for everything you did for us!
photo courtesy of Redbud Photography
Lauren, Justine, and her team were the superglue and building blocks to our wedding. Our wedding was in Brooklyn, at a beautiful venue where I had to provide my own caterer, florist, DJ, and everything. I had so much envisioned for my wedding and wanted many things to be DIY, but I had no idea it was going to be so tough to organize everything. From the second I met Lauren through google hangout, I knew she was going to be able to turn my dreams into reality. She is organized and thorough, while still able to give you space to think and dream - though she won't let you fall behind. She kept me on track throughout the month prior to the wedding, and made sure the hundreds of pieces came together as one. She responds immediately to your needs and comes up with questions you didn't even realize needed to be answered (but would have surely been a stressor had they not been!). On the day of the wedding, Justine took out small fires for me - and even calmed me down and fixed everything when one of the vendors had thrown me a curve ball (bridesmaid hairstylist mis-hap). With Lauren and her team, I felt at ease throughout my wedding and actually enjoyed the entire day. The best day of my life really happened because of all my vendors and Lauren's team - and I cannot imagine it having gone any better. Thank you!!!
photo courtesy of Forever Photography
Lauren was the absolute best planner we could have asked for!!! Our wedding was 4 hours from where we lived and a travel for her as well, which added to the stress and when she took over, all the stress disappeared! Prior to her “officially” taking over the planning, she still was there to answer any questions we had. She got us excited every time we spoke and she thought of so many things that we hadn’t yet and made it seem easy! On the day, I didn’t have one worry in the world! We were able to enjoy the day and know that everything was taken care of and we couldn’t have been more grateful. We gained a friend and I honestly missed her after the wedding!! I highly recommend her to anyone that wants a wedding that is perfection and moves with ease!
photo courtesy of Laura K. Allen
I. AM. DEAD. Our wedding was so immaculately planned and executed so smoothly thanks to Lauren and Justine. There were ZERO issues perceived by anyone (weather aside) and Lauren and Justine have truly thought of every single detail and scenario you could possibly run into during a wedding. They make the planning process so easy, and guide you through last minute decisions you never even thought of (like what are you feeding everyone while getting ready?) to make sure you’re as completely prepared as they are. The exhaustive lists, spreadsheets and communication help keep everything so supremely organized, paired with the convenience of google sheets is a control freaks dream - yet somehow they make it easy to let go of the wheel so you are able to enjoy the day you just spent months planning. I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work, finesse, and help with every single question we asked them at 2am with a rapid response. The only thing I can say is that after watching Lauren and Justine work in action, my maid of honor NEEDED their info to plan her day. YOU NEED THEM. BOOK THEM. NOW.
photo courtesy of The Portos
Lauren was so essential to our wedding day — we couldn’t have done it without her. We hired her as a month-of coordinator and it was the best decision we could have made. She gave us great recommendations and guidance off the bat, when we first started planning, and helped us put together a “dream team,” which she was an integral part of. She was incredibly organized, responsive, positive, professional, friendly and chill — everything you need to help pull off such an important, stress-inducing event. I am so grateful we found Lauren. Cannot recommend her highly enough!
photo courtesy of Tonhya Kae Photography
To say that Lauren and Justine were our wedding planner and day-of coordinator would be a vast understatement! They were such fun people to work with during our wedding planning season, and were our biggest cheerleaders, friends, and support. Lauren is incredibly organized, energetic, and great at communication. She was able to coordinate the entire day schedule to minute detail; she also checked in with us almost every day with updates, manageable to-do lists, and just to see how we were feeling. When our wedding day arrived, Justine took over and my husband and I were able to fully enjoy and celebrate the special day with zero worries! She coordinated with the vendors seamlessly from beginning to end. Justine was also such a cheery and encouraging presence around our bridal party, parents, and ring bearer. My husband was very grateful that she guided him through his bow tie meltdown (not easy to tie!) :). Through the night she made sure we stayed hydrated and fed, and even took a bunch of extra photos and videos for us. We honestly could not recommend YWbL enough – they are not only great professionals but great people as well!
photo courtesy of Nato Tuke Wedding Collective
Your Wedding by Lauren was without question the best investment we made for our wedding! My husband and I were very hesitant about booking coordinators as we thought we would be able to manage on our own. We were so wrong! From the very beginning, Lauren and Michelle were incredibly organized, flexible, creative, and understanding. They were extremely professional in a way that allowed us all to laugh and enjoy the process instead of getting caught up in the stress! Michelle was our day of coordinator, but even though she wasn’t there, Lauren was involved every step of the way. From encouraging words to reminders that we needed to enjoy our time with family and friends because this is a once in a lifetime experience. From first thing in the morning until we left the wedding, Michelle could not have been more helpful! Whenever we needed her, she was there… but somehow still managed to coordinate EVERYTHING we hadn’t seen. Our wedding was supposed to be outside, but last minute we had to make the decision to move inside. Even if she was worried, we had no idea at all! She reassured us (several times) that our wedding would be beautiful, and she would do everything she could to make it feel like it was outside, even if it wasn’t. We will be forever grateful to both Lauren and Michelle for making our day the best day of our lives. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better team! THANK YOU endlessly!
photo courtesy of Christan C. George
As an event planner myself, I didn't feel right hiring a full-on wedding planner to work with me throughout the entire planning process. That said, I definitely wanted someone capable who could run the show leading up to the wedding and day of. I started working with Lauren about a month out, and I thank my lucky stars I did. She took over all vendor relationships, managed all logistics with everyone from my family and wedding party to every single vendor. She wrote pack lists, logistic memos, a schedule (down to nearly the minute.... no, seriously), and more then distributed them to every single relevant person -- and I didn't have to think about any of it! I felt so at ease working with Lauren. Her work style is clear, efficient, and incredibly thorough. She made me feel calm, confident, and excited about the crazy day. She managed a large group of insane people (my closest friends and family, haha) with poise, competence, and a great attitude. I am beyond grateful for her and would recommend her to ANYONE. Honestly, the budget that went towards hiring her was by far the most valuable line item in the entire spreadsheet. I would hire her again a million times over.
photo courtesy of Waldorf Photographic Art
Lauren and Justine went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect! Honestly, it was better than anything I could've dreamed of. Besides everything going off without a hitch, the weeks leading up to it were planned and executed seamlessly by Lauren and Justine. From the moment I met Lauren and Justine, I knew our wedding was already in great hands. Lauren is extremely organized, attentive to details and has an answer and solution to everything! Seriously, EVERYTHING! Justine has the most amazing energy and can-do attitude, which makes her the perfect person to execute alongside all of Lauren's planning details.
After months of planning the wedding myself, Lauren took over all communication with my vendors. She picked up all the missing pieces, made suggestions that I didn't even think of, and put all the details together to create a seamless timeline, master doc, and pack list. Every step of the way, I never had to worry about any missing details because Lauren was always right behind me, either suggesting things I needed or perfecting things. She is very responsive and was in touch with me several days a week. Not only is her communication superb, she has an extremely positive spirit that makes you feel at ease about all of the things that have yet to be done.
I cannot say enough great things about Justine, who ran our day flawlessly. From the moment she stepped into my hotel suite that morning, I already knew the day was going to run smoothly. She made sure our venue looked flawless, handled all of our vendors, assisted our large bridal party and our 2 large dogs with all of our needs! I'm still in awe of how she tackled it all. I felt relaxed and was able to enjoy my wedding from beginning to end.
YWBL are wedding experts! Not only are they extremely skilled at what they do, it's evident that they have a ton of experience in the wedding biz. Do yourself a favor and book them ASAP for a stress-free, fun, and perfect wedding day!
photo courtesy of Ninety Eight Wedding Co.
Booking YWbL was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! We got married at The Green Building (Brooklyn) in April 2019. We used Lauren as our month-of coordinator and Julie was our day-of contact and coordinator. We have nothing but awesome things to say about both of them. They were both extremely organized, detail-oriented, and professional. It was a big bonus that they were both familiar with our venue and had done many other weddings there. Lauren and Julie got involved ~6 weeks out from the wedding, right at crunch time when everything was getting extra crazy. At this time, they also became the official points of contact for our vendors so we only had to communicate with them and they would coordinate with everyone else. They were both very timely in answering emails. On the day-of, Julie was present at our venue starting at 9AM, supervising load-in and set-up and also constantly communicating with the maid of honor/best man to make sure the bridal party was on schedule and didn’t need anything. She was there for every step of the day - she distributed our vendor tips, rescued one of the bridesmaids from a mysterious stain on her dress, helped steam my (the bride!) dress when it got some last minute wrinkles, and checked in with me and the groom periodically once the festivities officially began, letting us know where we were in the schedule. In the days leading up to our big day, we constantly found ourselves saying how grateful we were for Lauren and Julie and all of their planning. They are very good at their jobs and were truly a pleasure to work with. Having them onboard allowed us to fully enjoy every minute of our wedding without having to stress the small things. If you’re on the fence about hiring a day-of/month-of coordinator, you NEED to and you NEED to hire Lauren. We highly recommend YWbL!
photo courtesy of Victoria Heer
Lauren and Laura were incredible, from start to finish. Ultra-attentive, ultra-organized, and ultra-affordable, they handled everything we could have hoped for and a lot more with professionalism and respect and fun. I would recommend Your Wedding by Lauren to any couple getting married in Nashville. They are amazing.
photo courtesy of John Myers Photography
YWbL was the best decision I ever made during the wedding planning process. They are the most organized, detail-oriented and responsive team but most importantly, straight up LOVELY people. The kind of people you should make sure to surround yourself with during the lead-up to the big day. Lauren, I couldn't have done it without you sister, truly. Justine, I can't thank you enough -- your calming (and fun!) presence made the weekend even more special.
photo courtesy of Julia Elizabeth Photography
Lauren and Laura were an amazing team. They were both so helpful and organized. Lauren helped so much with the last month before the wedding and eased my mind so much knowing there was someone else. Laura was so sweet and helped with everything the day of the wedding! Best money spent with the wedding!! Love them and would highly recommend!
photo courtesy of Madi Flournoy Photography
Words cannot express how amazing it was to work with Lauren! She was truly a key element in making all of our wedding go not only smoothly, but above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. We live in Seattle and got married in New York so it was very important to have someone we can trust and be at ease with. Her attention to detail, dedication and patience was great. She provided solutions when we had questions or concerns. She defended anything that we needed to defend in conversation with vendors. On the day of, she gave both of us so much peace and we felt worry less and that we were in very good hands. On a personality note, Lauren has the the kind of energy that you want/need to have around you. She is a happy, energetic and lovely. We felt like we became friends through it all. Thank You, Lauren!!!
photo courtesy of Asia Pimentel Photography
My then-fiancé and now-husband Mike and I were looking for a month-of coordinator to help us with our December 15, 2016 wedding at The Green Building, as we both work multiple jobs and have never planned a wedding before! Lauren was highly recommended by our friend, and we are SO LUCKY we hired her! She was incredibly helpful in the month leading up to the wedding, making all our "Ts" were crossed and "i's" dotted, continuously available, but never pushy or stressful to work or talk with. Her energy is always positive, upbeat, and focused on making sure your wedding is everything you dream it could be. And then, the week of the wedding...
I found out that I, since I was understudying a play at the time, would very likely have to perform the night of our wedding. AUGH! Lauren was nothing short of a miracle - she helped me put together multiple contingency plans, choose the best one and organize the new timeline. In the midst of all the insanity, Lauren was a solid rock of sensible enthusiasm and quick thinking. I honestly have no idea what we would have done without her. She is worth her weight in gold! Thank you, Lauren, for everything, and for making our wedding even more magical than I could have dreamed!
YWbL was one of the best purchases we made for our wedding. The month of coordination was key for us, as our venue did not provide any planning of the vendors. We ended up having +10 vendors and Lauren and Justine worked with them seamlessly. Justine was our on site coordinator and she was phenomenal. Our bridal party was so impressed by her - she made our day so easy. It was truly like we were guests at our own wedding. If you are thinking of hiring on site coordinators - month of is the only way to go! Hire Lauren and her team of experts for their great attitudes, attention to detail and follow through!
photo courtesy of AJL Studio
Lauren is a thorough, meticulous, yet friendly wedding coordinator. She made the weeks leading up to the wedding less stressful. The day itself, seamless. She: 1) Went on a site visit with us, obtaining the decor, catering and floor plans from the venue; 2) Coordinated between all the different vendors, flawlessly; 3) Spoke with us throughout the process about our vision and how to coordinate that; 4) Made 6-star logistics and planning memos and then sent them in advance to the relevant friends and family, with each person’s role individualized; 5) Sent us emails each week with discrete tasks, simplifying the wedding process, but not in a heavy-handed way; 6) She ran the wedding rehearsal the day before; AND 5) Managed the actual wedding day, making it seamless and stress-free. Note: Lauren is very friendly and approachable. Other people who are as detail-oriented can be stuffy, or worse. We could not recommend Lauren enough.
photo courtesy of Edward Chan Photography
Lauren is an absolute dream, a miracle worker, a wedding wonder woman, and also a whole lot of fun to spend time with. When I started planning my wedding on my own I kept thinking "I got this" until little logistical details started keeping me up all night as I got closer and closer to the wedding. Hiring Lauren was the best thing my husband and I could have done to make our wedding even more perfect. Lauren is organized, thoughtful, kind, and always went the extra mile to make things easier for us and put our worries to rest. Every single person in our wedding party commented on how much they loved her and couldn't believe we had found someone so amazing to run the show. Lauren is detail-oriented, thoughtful, and innovative. She is a logistical mastermind and gave consideration to every tiny detail of our wedding. As the first person in my friend group to get married-- I didn't have a lot of reference points for how a wedding operates, but Lauren was so easy to talk to and always understood exactly what I was trying to say during our conversations. I trusted her completely and appreciated every piece of advice or suggestion she put forward. She was such a joy to work with, lovely to talk with during our Skype meetings, and made our wedding even more enjoyable. I'd recommend her to absolutely anyone!
photo courtesy of Amber Lowe Photography
Lauren helped us put on the wedding of our dreams! We truly could not have done it without her. She was amazing to work with and so supportive through the entire process. After our first meeting with her, with the wedding a month out, we felt such a huge weight lifted off our shoulders. She made everything fall into place and had answers to all of our questions and concerns. Day-of, everything went incredibly smoothly because of her. All our vendors loved working with her and our families were so impressed with her work. She made it so we could just enjoy ourselves, not worrying about logistics on our wedding day. We would highly recommend anyone to work with her!
photo courtesy of Poynter Photo Co.
In the month leading up to our wedding, I found myself saying maybe once a day “what in the world would we have done without Lauren”?? I was one of those brides who was convinced I’d be able to execute everything without any help, since our venue and vendors were all pretty straight forward. But as the day approached, I realized there were SO many small details and logistics that I just couldn’t manage! Our decision to hire Lauren was the best one we made. She took over everything in the last month, from planning day-of logistics and final payments with vendors, to figuring out the dance set timing with our band, to making sure I didn’t forget to pack anything. On the actual day of my wedding, I was blissfully unaware of all the last-minute happenings going on, and was just able to sit back and enjoy the day. My mom, who was very involved with the planning, was singing her praises all day as well. Don’t think twice – hire Lauren!
Hiring YWBL was the BEST decision!!! I could not be more pleased with Lauren S and Lauren R and how our intimate Brooklyn wedding turned out. They are PROS and took over the month before our wedding. I thought I had most of the planning done but YWBL took it to the next level organizing all our vendor contracts and confirming all the nitty-gritty details around decor, timing, logistics. We had the TIME OF OUR LIVES at our wedding and were able to relax and be fully present knowing YWBL was running the show. Treat yo self and hire YWBL. You won’t regret it!!!!
What can we say about Lauren. This lady has the disposition of a camp counselor, the organization of a librarian, and the excellence and rigor of a drill sergeant. She is unbelievable and our wedding ran without one single hitch because of her. Well, there was one hitch, when my dearly beloved got chocolate sauce all over my dress (thankfully a second "after party" dress, but still), at which point Lauren showed up to the bathroom with numerous tools in hand to remove the stain in the bathroom sink, while I stood naked in the corner. If that isn't the sign of truly dedicated coordinator who goes the extra mile, I'm just not sure what is. Lauren came in at the one month mark and took a ton off our plate. Delegation and trust are not my personal strong suits, but Lauren had such confidence, organization and expertise that I found myself really comfortable allowing her to take over. I am so glad I did, because she did a better job than I ever could have. She thought of details that would have never occurred to us, but which would've profoundly impacted the flow of our day and the experience for us and our guests. She was in touch numerous times per week leading up to the wedding with updates and key logistical questions to ensure a seamless event. During our wedding, she executed my vision perfectly, with included a lot of small DIY details that I wasn't available to pull together during the event. I really can't say enough about Lauren, both professionally and personally. She seamlessly corrals challenging family members and other vendors with her positive attitude and a well timed joke. Also, as a pretty nervous bride, I felt incredibly comforted to know that Lauren was always nearby with a thumbs up and a wink ("you're doing great sweetie!") Net net, hire lauren!! You will NOT be disappointed.
photo courtesy of Sarah Murray Photography
Lauren was a dream wedding planner. From day one she made my fiancee and I feel at ease. She was responsive, calm and fun to work with! At our kick-off one-month out she drew up an entire timeline with every single detail we could ever think of and she followed up throughout to make sure everything was executed to our vision. Day of we didn't have to worry about a thing because Lauren was on top of it. I couldn't recommend her more! Our vendors loved working with her too. Hire this woman, it will be the best money you ever spent!
photo courtesy of Wilde Scout Photography
Lauren is the ultimate chill pill and is ten steps ahead of you at all times. She is creative and resourceful with her planning, and her consistent knowledge and professionalism exceeding my expectations. If it weren't for Lauren, I don't know if we would have pulled off half of what we wanted to.
photo courtesy of Adam Smith Photography
We decided to use a month of wedding planner and had a few recommended by friends and the venue. I contacted several and after careful thought and gut instinct decided to use Lauren. She was absolutely the right person for us! We already knew that we would want to select our own vendors but wanted someone who could come in and manage all the moving parts. Not only was she very easy to communicate with, she reviewed the entire event and made suggestions for what she thought were missing pieces. Such as a microphone for the ceremony!!!!!!! Her pleasant demeanor, super efficiency, and enthusiasm she made us feel that an incredibly complicated and expensive event would go off without a hitch, and it did. She steps into your life at one of the most incredible and stressful times and made sure everyone was not only doing their jobs but that you as the parents and the couple have the best time celebrating and just knowing that everything is being handled with professionalism and kindness. I can’t thank her enough or recommend her more highly. ….. still smiling Mother of the Bride!
photo courtesy of Katie Osgood Photography
Fate connected us with Your Wedding by Lauren just six short weeks before our wedding - just at the point where my fiancé and I thought ‘how are we going to pull this off ourselves without a superhero to help us on our big day? And then I received an email introducing me to Lauren. Phew! Lauren’s organizational skills, creativity, patience and all around ‘can do!’ spirit ensured that our garden wedding went off without a hitch. And if there was a hitch, we never knew it because Lauren made everything look perfect and appear seamless. Thanks to Lauren, were able to hand her the reins and throughly enjoy our wedding day without having to worry about anything at all. She even got the rain to stop and the sun to come out at the perfect time! The first person a newly-engaged couple should call after sharing their good news with family is Lauren.
photo courtesy Art + Life
Lauren was absolutely amazing!!!! She made my life 100 times easier, very detailed, professional and friendly. We would not have had a successful wedding without her! Her energy is very contagious : it made us not only look forward to the big day as we were getting closer, but also enjoy our special night that much more. Worth. Every. Penny. Seriously :) Thank you so much!!
photo courtesy Tom Harmon Photography
Working with Lauren was hands down the best decision we made about our wedding. She helped us think through every detail and executed the day flawlessly. It was so easy to communicate with her the month leading up to our wedding as she asked questions to help fill in any holes that we had overlooked in our own planning process. Our wedding took place in a raw venue and we handmade everything except for the food (including constructing a light curtain). Lauren kept the setup with our family and friends lighthearted and moving along and she worked seamlessly with our vendors. We were able to relax and enjoy our wedding because we knew that everything was in the best hands possible. Lauren is incredible at her job not only because she is so detail-oriented, organized, positive, and great at solving problems, but also because she is an amazing person. We loved working with her, and our families did, too!
photo courtesy Christopher Duggan
Having Lauren come in 30 days before our wedding was a life saver! After our first meeting, both my husband and I left feeling less stressed and more excited for our day. After a year of planning on our own, it was the first time we could really see a picture of what our day would look like! Lauren was so organized and on top of everything! On the day of our wedding, Lauren made sure everything ran smoothly and we truly felt taken care of. I would recommend YWbL to all of my friends without hesitation!
photo courtesy of Isabelle Selby Photography
In an attempt to have a very unique wedding my daughter and her fiancé decided to use multiple vendors and do much of the signs,decor and games on their own. This meant tons to coordinate with vendors coming at various times, carloads from our home and boxes to pack and unpack.
Enter Lauren, wedding coordinator extraordinaire! Lauren coordinated drop offs, pickups, people, and made this mother of the bride feel relaxed knowing every detail was being handled exactly as we had planned. I cannot speak highly enough of her services.
Our experience with Your Wedding by Lauren was incredible. She was flexible around our schedule and gave us all the love and support we could've asked for. She checked in with us regularly and handled even the smallest details (noting in our day of schedule what we were planning to eat for breakfast!). Lauren was a pleasure to work with and we would recommend to her to anyone looking for a top notch wedding planner who will help beautiful execute your dream wedding!
photo courtesy Unique Lapin
Lauren was amazing from the very first time I spoke with her on the phone. I had a crazy idea that I could plan a wedding, take my qualifying exams for my PhD, and move across the country within 8 months, all while having to leave the country for 15 weeks for work. She laughed, said not a problem and took it all in stride: the wedding was flawless!! She eased my anxiety right away with her super organized yet easy-going attitude. She was always available for my last minute panicked text messages about seating, schedules, or wedding etiquette. Her day of schedule was fantastic, and everyone loved knowing exactly where to be and when. She was never pushy, she calmly and competently guided everyone through the day, even going so far as to do an extra practice walk down the aisle for the flower girls! She was truly wonderful, and I would highly recommend her for your wedding, it will be money well spent, and you will actually get to enjoy your day!!
photo courtesy of Ciro Photography
Lauren Schaefer is, straight-up, good at what she does! Having her take the reigns during the week of my wedding was absolutely luxurious! She repeatedly proved to be on top of the plans, in close touch with our venue, and established a wonderful rapport with our vendors. On our wedding day, she was two steps ahead of everyone else--ready with an answer to any question or the right tools for any job. Her ability to have eyes on all facets of the event was truly extraordinary. She had every detail covered, from making sure both my best girlfriends had tissue packs on their seats during the ceremony to handily managing the thorough load-out of the venue at the end of the night. She even took the time to text me early in the day to make sure I ate something! If anything was not going well, you better believe that I had no idea about it as she expertly shielded us for any potential stress. Several members of my family and wedding party commented on how wonderful she was and I could not agree more! My wedding was a beautiful experience and, in no small part, I owe that to Lauren!
Lauren was just amazing! We do not know how we would have managed everything without her! My husband and I have both commented that of all the wedding expenses, hiring Lauren was the best money we spent for this wedding. We would highly recommend Lauren as an event coordinator!