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!!
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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 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!"
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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!
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!
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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!
photo courtesy of Ein Photo
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.
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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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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!
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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!
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.
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!
Click here to read more about Kathleen and Mike's exciting wedding day as featured in The New York Times.
Header photo courtesy of Quyn Duong