After the first consultation Kate will provide a list of what would be involved with full planning of your individual wedding. The client then selects the responsibilities which they feel capable completing and Kate will create a planning package incorporating the remaining tasks from the to-do list. We work with the clients to make them feel totally secure and well taken care of through their planning process.
'Kate Duffy was our wedding planner for our daughter’s wedding on June 4, 2021. The wedding was for 200+ guests under the largest tent that Sperry makes on and adjacent to our property on the Jersey shore. There were many vendors involved unlike a wedding at a wedding venue or club where the venue provides everything but the music, the couple and the guests. Kate was excellent at organizing and managing this from start to finish. Her financial estimates matched the final cost perfectly. She had excellent relationships with many vendors giving us many options. With Kate’s help we ended up with an outstanding group of vendors which included one of the top chefs in New Jersey, a spectacular band from New York as well as lighting vendors, the tent company, the lighting and decoration vendor, the furniture and china vendor, transportation. We even had to hire a landscaper to level the property, relocate some 12 foot hedges and provide beautiful floral plantings. The flowers were provided by Kate’s floral company who are excellent in their own right.. They put together a magical wonderland inside the tents. Yes tents, we required one for the cocktail location and one for the reception with covered walkways linking them. To a sense of the scale of this, the caterer brought over 60 people from chef to waiter. What made all this particularly challenging was the fact that the Covid pandemic caused the rescheduling of the wedding three times. That required that Kate get the vendors to roll over their commitment to three different dates. This required close professional relationships and acute management skill. There were many moving parts in this whole project with multiple areas of possible debacles of which there were none. The wedding day itself went off smoothly as Kate had a professional event coordinators on site making sure things kept moving. Kate Duffy is a highly skilled professional with impeccable taste and strong relationships in the area. It was an unforgettable day thanks to Kate Duffy and her amazing assistant Leslie." Eileen M.
Private home, Spring Lake NJ After the happy discovery that a generous neighbor would lend her adjacent vacant property for this tented affair the client hired Katydid to plan the entire event for 280 guests. Cocktail hour was under a charming clear tent in the client’s yard, with high tops poolside. Hedge trees were temporarily removed and white arbors built to create two entrances to the vacant lot which would soon be covered by a floor and peaked (66x126) tent. Katydid made the introduction to the top restaurateur in NJ and because of their strong relationship he was willing to cater this event, closing his restaurant for the night and bringing 65 employees. Specific planning responsibilities included appropriate tent (2) clear and peaked coordination, rental of unique furniture and details for the tent such as 2 12’ curved bars and shelved backbars, farm tables, specialty chargers, plates and mismatched light blue water goblets, 10 ft high topiaries, design of overhead installation, stage, pool orbs, satellite bars, creation of a cook site for caterer, provision of 2 day of assistants, connection to graphic artist, design of overhead functional and decorative lighting and 5’ high hanging topiaries, introduction to NY photographer. Note, this event was rescheduled 4 times due to covid. As the full planner Katydid had to reschedule 11 vendors for each new date.
This wedding was a full planning event requiring full design, coordination
with the hotel and kitchen, lighting specialist, design of ceremony on site,
design of ballroom including creation of custom linens and graphics,
design of lighting including individual chandeliers over each table and rose
pattern over the ceiling, floral tablescape installations, the re-carpeting of
the ballroom with white carpet for the event, and the delivery and décor of
a 20’ Christmas tree. We had 5 weeks to prepare for this 300 person