Details Made Simple is the four year winner of The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame and WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award. In addition you can read real and true bride reviews of our wedding coordination services below.
Melissa & Jonathan | Sparta, NJ – 11.12.16
Partly through my wedding planning process, I realized that I was out of my mind and kidding myself if I didn’t coordinate the help of a professional. I searched “Day of Coordinators” in northern NJ, and the stellar reviews of Details Made Simple prompted me to contact the company. Shortly thereafter, I received a message from Kim Martir; she and I scheduled a call to discuss my event. Kim spent SO much time with me on the phone understanding my event and my needs, and she was just so comprehensive and full of advice. She was so kind and funny on the phone, and I thought that if she’s that thorough to someone who she’s just consulting who hasn’t even committed to her services, I can’t imagine how wonderful of a Day of Coordinator she would be.
Without a doubt, the best money I spent on my wedding is having Kim and DMS part of my day. Leading up to the event, Kim and I did a walk through of the venue, spoke on the phone, and emailed/texted a ton; she was always available and her accessibility is exactly what you want when you’re trying to coordinate a big event. Words can’t describe just how much Kim and Jess – the second Day of Coordinator – helped me and how much stress of mine they relieved by being so organized and on top of their games. Even at the church rehearsal – which Kim didn’t necessarily have to help me with – I was digging through my emails and couldn’t find something I needed; I was getting frustrated and finally just texted her asking her to resend it to me. Within a minute she had already sent it to me! It’s things like that that reinforce how much of a help she was, and I honestly can’t imagine not having her involved. On the day of the wedding, she and Jess were there to coordinate vendors, the bridal party, family members, and just about everything else. They also took on the probably annoying role of fielding questions all night; anytime someone came up to me, I had the luxury of just pointing them in Kim’s and Jess’s directions and they were more than happy to help and take on the responsibility. Both were so wonderful, and I honestly felt selfish and spoiled asking them for so many favors and them happily agreeing. Kim has such a kind demeanor and a nice personality that it was sincerely like having my friend help me out with my wedding. At the end of the night, she packed up all of the stuff that was mine and had it ready for me to go.
Perhaps not everyone requires a coordinator, but if you are even considering one, the amount of time you can spend focusing on enjoying your big day is far increased by having someone like Kim or Jess by your side sorting out all of the details. I couldn’t have been happier with DMS and would recommend them without hesitation. As lame as it sounds, I’ll miss Kim and working with her!!
Thank you SO much!!!
Christina & Mike | Millstone, NJ – 11.12.16
Michele, you beautiful girl. You were my main contact person during the planning stages and I knew I could count on getting answers immediately from you anytime I had a question. The day of, you were even more accommodating, anytime I wanted to push something back or move something up, or anything I wanted, you were like a little magic genie and made it happen. You were everywhere – and so I also know that, without you, the wedding would have been very different. The problems we ran into (and are only the ones I knew about, not the ones that were taken care of that I didn’t even hear about) were only minor hiccups when they could have been far more disastrous, and I know it was because you were all over things.
Renée & Kevin | Summit, NJ – 11.11.16
I had a small-ish wedding (around 40 people), and I knew that on the actual day I wouldn’t have any time to manage anything. I also had less than 2 months to plan it (crazy, I know). I reached out to Details Made Simple, and was assigned to Carla, the owner, to have a coordinator for the wedding day. She immediately scheduled a time to meet in person, and made sure I wasn’t missing anything (I was missing a lot). Also she gave me some great tips for other things I could do to ensure the guests were entertained without spending too much money. Any emails I sent her, she responded very quickly and always gave me the confidence that everything would work out. She even met me another time at the venue with the caterer and the manager of the venue to make sure we were all on the same page. Whenever I would get overwhelmed with work and would lose track of what needed to be done, I would get a friendly email reminder from Carla, just to make sure I didn’t need anything. If I did, she took care of it immediately. I then sent her the contact info for all of my vendors (DJ, Caterer, Florist, Photographer, etc) and then she made sure they were all aware of the timeline we agreed upon and had her contact information in case of any questions. Many of the decorations were created by my mother-in-law (which was amazing) and with very minimal design/placement direction, Carla and her assistant were able to decorate the entire venue (a beautiful house in an arboretum) and it looked amazing. I don’t know how she did it, but she made it all work. I even forgot to order dessert for someone that had a bunch of food allergies. Carla was willing to jump in the car and pick something up, luckily she found an even quicker solution. All the guests were happy, my family was happy and most of all, the groom and I were happy. A bunch of my guests were stunned at how I was able to pull off this beautiful wedding with only 2 months of planning. My answer is Carla. <3 Renée
Despina & Tony | Jersey City, NJ – 11.6.16
Without Carla, I would have been lost. I decided I needed a day-of-coordinator 3 months before my wedding. She provided the guidance I needed to make my wedding day run smoothly. Some of what she helped with is starting a dialogue with my vendors, helping create a timeline, buying fabric from hobby-lobby to decorate the bathroom at my venue, and helping pinup my wedding dress because it was dragging even with the bustle. She is professional, efficient, sophisticated, talented, made sure every detail was taken care of, was there when I needed her, and she eased my mind. She really works for you and puts her all in making sure that your day goes as planned. I can’t say enough about her and Details Made Simple.
Gunay & Sal | Hazlet, NJ – 10.29.16
April was great to work with. She made herself available and answered all my questions promptly. The day of the wedding she was nothing but helpful and pleasant. I was able to enjoy the wedding without any worries and she handled all the day of details for me. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Jennifer & Dave | Redbank, NJ – 10.29.16
I contacted Michele only 3-4 weeks before my wedding, when a friend suggested that it might help to have a day-of coordinator. Even so, she listened to all the info I relayed to her & executed my vision for the day flawlessly. She took care of all of the details, and made sure things ran smoothly from start to finish. The staff at my reception site commented to me on how great she did…and figured we had worked together for months! They said she came in so prepared & helped them with everything. I am so pleased with how all the details came together, and would recommend her to others.
Andrea & Joe | Orange, NJ – 10.29.16
Hiring Shanika at Details Made Simple was seriously the best investment. She was with us for the whole wedding planning journey and so supportive every step of the way. She is professional, personable, and so much fun! I can definitely say I would not have been able to do this without her. We had the most beautiful wedding, big thanks to Shanika and DMS!!!!
Stephanie & Phil | Jersey City, NJ – 10.21.16
Kim Martir at Details Made Simple was absolutely AMAZING!!! I cannot possibly say enough good things about how helpful and responsive she was from our first contact! I used Kim as a day of coordinator and I have told so many people it was the best money I spent in my wedding planning and she was worth her weight in gold. She provided assistance/advice/insight on all my random questions about everything from my mom’s urgent need for a bra that worked with her dress to planning the ceremony to helping us have an unplugged ceremony to having umbrellas available when we thought it might rain to sewing on my husband’s suit button when he popped it off before we got to the ceremony (we called her from the car on the way there, she asked what color thread and met us as we pulled up, needle in hand) to making sure my dad had his dancing shoes ready to change into before our first dance. My day was so much more enjoyable and relaxed because I didn’t have to worry or even give a second thought to anything I knew Kim was taking care of- and she took care of everything I asked her to and so much more that I didn’t even think to ask her to. I fully intend to tell anyone I know who gets married in the future that they may not know it yet, but they need Kim to be their day of coordinator.
Heather & Chris | Franklin Lakes – 10.15.16
Jess did such a great job as our day-of coordinator! We threw a lot of quirky things at her and she handled them all really well. In the end, we had the perfect day, which would not have happened without Jess’ help!
Lauren & Joe | Franklin Lakes – 10.15.16
BOOK DETAILS MADE SIMPLE! It will be the best decision you make in the wedding process. Carla was our day of coordinator for our wedding in Northern New Jersey. She was so incredibly helpful both during the planning process and on our wedding day! If we had any questions or needed any recommendations, Carla was there with answers, ideas, and suggestions. I was so grateful for our Skype meetings that helped ease my anxiety about the whole day. The week before, she confirmed with our vendors that everything would go according to plan and reached out to our venue regarding the timing of everything. On our wedding day, Carla was there organizing our processional, photo wrangling, making sure everything at our venue was set up correctly (a major help since our contact at the venue quit 2 weeks before our wedding), and just so much more. At the end of the night, all we had to do was get in the car! Carla had already packed everything and ensured that we left with everything that we needed. I can’t thank or recommend Carla and Details Made Simple enough. ETERNALLY GRATEFUL!
Kim & Tom | East Brunswick – 10.14.16
My advice to anyone looking for a wedding coordinator for their wedding…BOOK NOW!!
I had the pleasure of working with Shadé for my October 14th wedding at Place on the Lake. Working with Shadé was the best decision I could have made. She was incredibly knowledgeable, on-point, and so personable. The one thing that really stinks about my wedding being over is that I feel as if I lost a really good friend! I saw Shadé every month leading up to the big day; so it feels weird to not be driving up to Westfield to meet with her. I’m actually really sad!
A tip that I would give when working with Shadé is to be completely honest and open. There are no weird questions when working with her. No concern too taboo. She never made me feel stupid when I came to her with a concern or just a simple question on etiquette; which I appreciated since this was my first time…so I had no idea. You can only learn so much from reading The Knot! Also: I’m not really confrontational, so she was able to play the part of ‘bad cop’ for me when a vendor was trying to brush me aside and give me the short end of the stick.
Day-of she was a blessing. Everybody thought she was amazing – even my aunt who was completely against me hiring a wedding coordinator was amazed. Shadé was zipping around while my husband and I got to enjoy our day. She completely took the stress off of my husband and I – and also my mom and bridal party – so I really appreciated that.
Long story short, Shadé was a blessing to work with. If you’re looking for a young, fun, serious and knowledgeable wedding coordinator who goes above and beyond what is expected. Who is there to help guide you through every emotional spectrum expected of a bride-to-be (frazzled to relaxed), Shadé is it.
The girls at Details Made Simple were amazing. You’d be silly to not call them for your wedding.
Jaqui & Dave | Philadelphia, PA – 10.9.16
Details Made Simple = Weddings Made Awesome! After we realized that we could not adequately plan a wedding in Philadelphia when we lived in San Francisco, we realized we needed feet on the ground. We interviewed at least 10 coordinators. When we met Candice, we knew we had the right match. Candice was friendly, professional, yet firm–exactly what we needed when wrangling vendors, wedding party members, and unruly relatives. The DMS team was very clear about what they would offer. Once a week, from June until October, Candice would check in with us, following up to ensure that we were on task. She also reached out to our vendors, ensuring that they were on top of their tasks–including providing certificates of insurance and final balances. During the week of the wedding, I’m sure we talked to Candice more than I spoke to my mother (a huge feat, considering I was getting married in a number of days!). Candice created a timeline and revised it with us as necessary. She followed up with all of our vendors, making sure they knew where to go and when. She told all of the vendors to go through her for those pesky last-minute questions. She kept us very relaxed, and made sure that major and minor details were not forgotten! On the day of the wedding, Candice and her assistant April started their day checking in with me and my husband. She made sure that all of the reception decor was brought to the venue, and that it all arrived in one piece. She got the wedding parties to the venue (separately!) and made sure that the shuttles ran on time. She worked incredibly well with our on-site vendors: the venue coordinator, photographer, videographer, Photo Booth attendant, and DJ. If there was a crisis, I can tell you I know nothing of it. She coordinated the clean-up of the venue, and got the checks to the vendors. She did all of this while remaining calm with a big smile on her face. We were able to enjoy our wedding and the days leading up to it!
Noelle & Mitch | Morristown, NJ – 10.8.16
Enlisting a wedding day coordinator was the best decision we made for our wedding. It helped the day go so smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about handing out final vendor payments and tips. Jess also ensured everyone was where they needed to be, Perfect!
Megan V. | Brookyln, NY – 10.8.16
As a super budget conscious bride, I was really reluctant to hire a day-of wedding coordinator and only did so because my venue required it. But in retrospect, I am so very grateful that we got the opportunity to work with Shadé! Even though we had a relatively low-key event (comparatively speaking, of course) Shadé was always quick to respond the few times that we required her guidance prior to the event. DMS really does offer a great package of services for those with more traditional events. I did not realize how important a day-of wedding coordinator was until the day before our wedding when Shadé gave me a call to clarify where/when the photographer was supposed to show up. Despite our frequent communications with our photographer and multiple clarifications regarding the schedule, it turned out that there was still confusion surrounding the schedule and he was completely wrong about the when/where!! We only discovered this thanks to Shade’s due diligence in contacting our vendors and ensuring that everyone was on the same page. If not for Shadé, the photographer would not have shown up to capture the most important part of our day – our ceremony! There were so many moving parts that week (especially day-of) and I would have been absolutely devastated if our photographer had not shown up! That definitely would have ruined the day for me. Shadé was also an absolute dream through the entirety of our party that evening but really, by doing her due-diligence the day before, she saved our day. I am so very grateful to Shadé and DMS! If you’re cheap like me and need help justifying the expense, let me assure you that you cannot afford NOT to hire Shadé! She’s a superhero. <3 Thank you, DMS!!!
Kate & Brett | Harrington Park, NJ – 10.1.16
Candice’s services were exactly what we needed to make sure our day of was going to run smoothly. We went for the Peace of Mind package, and she surely delivered peace of mind! There were details that we hadn’t even thought about that she’d bring up and she’d always have solutions for things as well. I felt such relief after finally paying for her services and seeing the level of commitment and care Candice brings to the big day!
Another thing that was super important was her level of Responsiveness. She would respond to phone calls and e-mails within minutes…sometimes even within seconds! This kept things going and really helped us get to our big day with lots of stamina and knowledge about what’s to come. The only reason I gave a 4 out of 5 for Flexibility was because of other weddings that Candice had scheduled as a coordinator. That being said, we were just over 3 weeks away when I started working with Candice, so our time was limited and we were in the throes of wedding season. She still did everything in her power to make sure I felt like we were on a good track.
I waited a while to make the plunge for a day-of coordinator, but Candice’s services were worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY! If you are on the fence about it, I hope I can convince you to go for it. I cannot imagine what my wedding day would have been like without her. I have to imagine I would have been stressed/overwhelmed the whole time without her. Instead I got to enjoy my wedding and celebrate with my guests. It was just wonderful!
Thank you so much for everything Candice!!!
Joanna & Jansen | Hamilton, NJ – 10.1.16
Booking a Day of Coordinator is so worth it, especially working with Kim, she’s flexible and on top of things. She responded to my emails so quickly and she knows what she’s doing. She helped me in so many ways: getting signs for the wedding, and putting together time table.
She was such a great help on my wedding day, I didn’t have to worry a thing! Not only she arrived early to check up one me, she also stayed after my photoshop making sure I was able to get out of my dress and packing things up for me.
My wedding dress got brown stain in the morning from the chair I sat in, Kim brought chalk and Tide stain remover to fix my dress, how awesome is she! I am so happy with her work.
Michelle & John | Philadelphia, PA – 9.30.16
Michele from Details Made Simple was absolutely wonderful and a pleasure to work with! My wedding day would not have run so smoothly had it not been for her help and expertise. Enlisting Michele’s help was the best decision I made during this whole wedding planning process! Thank you DMS for making our special day absolutely wonderful!
Brittany & Ryan | Philadelphia, PA – 9.30.16
Details Made Simple was a great choice for our day of wedding coordinator. We worked with Candice and she was amazing, super helpful and very responsive and professional. She truly got to know us and did everything within her power to make our day truly special and carefree so we could enjoy ourselves. Candice is great wedding coordinator and friend, I wouldn’t have wanted to work with anyone else.
Bridget & Fady | West Orange, NJ – 9.18.16
My husband & I had a small wedding. But between not having a bridal party & our mounting to-do list for the day of, as well as some very delicate family dynamics, we knew we needed help. We started researching & landed upon DMS. That’s when we met Kim… I actually can’t imagine what our engagement & wedding would’ve been like without Kim. During the months leading up to the wedding, she helped plan & organize our details. She offered tons of helpful suggestions & solutions to help us achieve the wedding we wanted. No matter how big or small our questions were, she was always willing to help. She came with us for walk throughs for both the church & reception- pointing out things & asking questions we would’ve never thought of. On the wedding day Kim simply blew us away. Every detail was taken care of. Even when something went wrong, she made it perfect without stressing us out. She literally took care of everything we needed & made the entire day perfect for us. She was like a personal assistant, event manager, wedding ninja & emotional body guard all rolled into one fantastically friendly, organized, & hilarious DOC. Before I found DMS, I had no idea what a day-of-coordinator was. Now, I would recommend that every single couple have one. It is the best decision you can make for your wedding!
Danielle & Victor | Paterson, NJ – 9.17.16
Well. I brought Shadé on a month or two before the wedding. I really struggled with hiring a wedding day coordinator, not really understanding the importance of having one. I’ll be the first to say it was one of the best decisions for my wedding day to have 3 coordinators. Shadé and her team were amazing! I would refer Details Made Simple to any bride that is in need of help on her wedding day! Thank you so much!!!!!!
Kristina & Michael | Lodi, NJ – 9.17.16
Carla was our day of coordinator but to be honest she was more than that. We booked her in February 2016 for our September wedding. From the day we booked, she did monthly check ins to see how things were going and what she could assist with. When time got closer, she was checking in every week. She also did a final confirmation with our vendors. She was always willing to lend a hand and her guidance. She came with me to our final walk through and knew the right questions to ask the venue. She truly made my vision come to life! She never felt like just a day of coordinator, she felt like more than that. She was someone by my side throughout the process and on the day of was very quick and efficient and thought on her feet! Our venue even agreed she was the best day of coordinator they have dealt with. Carla thank you so much for my making our wedding the day of our dreams!
Karina & Dos | Central Park, NY – 9.16.16
Carla was nothing short of amazing…I can honestly say that on my wedding anytime I turned around she was there waiting to see what I needed and was able to provide it. Our wedding day was amazing and much of that is owed to Carla’s knowledge, attentiveness and her heart. Thank you very much Carla!
Kristen & Angelo | Belleville, NJ – 9.10.16
I cannot say enough good things about Carla! She was absolutely amazing and the best decision I could have made for that day, she made the day feel stress free! I am relatively detailed oriented person and like to do most things on my own since I find others lack the attention to detail I strive for. I knew that day was going to fly by and wanted to enjoy as much of it as I could without being bogged down with fixing the little (and inevitable) mishaps that occurred that day, so I looked into day of coordinator and found Carla. I can tell you that Carla was sooo much more than just my go to girl that day. She checked in me every month to ensure I was on track with planning and offered assistance/guidance at any step I needed, and as the wedding date came closer she drafted a timeline for the day, which kept things running smooth the day of. She also contacted all my vendors to confirm arrival times, setup, etc, and came to the rehearsal, keeping everyone focused and on track, ensuring it ran smoothly. The day of the wedding was just WOW, Carla and Jessica setup my INSANE amount décor in the venue (for which they only had about an hour to do so for a wedding of over 250 people) and it turned out beautiful!!! Despite that my venue had provided me a Maître D, I can it was truly Carla that was by my side throughout the entire day, if I needed something she grabbed it, if there was a problem she solved it (and honestly I didn’t even know there any problems until after the wedding lol), she was quick, efficient and best decision I made for wedding! One of my bridesmaids who had recently gotten married, had commented to me that she wished she had hired a Day of Coordinator, even one half as good as Carla for her wedding, because she saw how much Carla did, how much stress she took off me as the bride, and how that enabled me to enjoy my own wedding.
Ranee & Michael | Basking Ridge, NJ – 9.10.16
Details Made Simple was highly recommended by my brother and sister-in-law, so I decided to reach out to them in my search for a day of coordinator. After speaking with a few different DOCs, it was clear that April from Details Made Simple was the best fit! Before we even moved forward with her, she asked detailed questions about what we wanted our day to look like, what we felt our main concerns for the day were, and what was our wedding planning style. I could tell she was building a customized approach for us and our needs for our wedding day. April was helpful before, during and after the wedding, which took a lot of the stress away. We even had a few vendor hiccups a few weeks before the wedding where she helped make suggestions/recommendations. We had several conversations to ensure the schedule was set. She reached out to all of the vendors before our wedding to ensure everyone was on schedule, so that we didn’t have to worry about it. Even on the day, there were some issues that occurred, but me and my fiancee didn’t even know about it because April handled it! She was friendly, flexible, adaptable and professional. I would highly recommend April and Details Made Simple. If you want to ensure an incredible wedding day, Details Made Simple will help you make that happen!
Tori & Alex | Cedar Grove, NJ – 9.10.16
I’m a planner but wanted someone the day of to be my right hand man to ensure everything went perfectly so that I didn’t have to worry. The Piece of Mind Package was exactly what we needed. Shadé was amazing! My husband and I were so thankful to have had her by our sides on our wedding day. She made sure everything we envisioned was executed flawlessly and was right there when we needed anything! Even though we only went with the day of package – Shadé was also extremely helpful in providing guidance and advice in the lead up to our big day as well.
Catherine & Norman | Jersey City, NJ – 9.9.16
I am one of those people who likes to do everything on my own. But for our special day, I knew I would need someone to be “me” and get everything in order without stressing me out. Our coordinator Shanika, was “me” on the day of our special day and MORE. We have been in touch ever since I first reached out to details made simple. She was so responsive and helpful even before I decided to book her service, and this was why I decided to go with Details Made Simple. Throughout the months leading up to the wedding, Shanika was one of the two vendors who constantly checked up on me to see how I am doing and was really helpful with anything I asked her for. When one of my vendors was not responding to any of my emails 3 weeks before the wedding, I started panicking and Shanika really stepped it up and reached out to him on behalf of me and took care of the coordination for me. On the day of the wedding, I knew I could count on her to execute everything the way I have envisioned it, and she did nothing short of that. I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Shanika and to Details Made Simple. It would not have been the same without her.
Justine & Tarek | New York, NY – 9.3.16
Details Made Simple is worth every penny- my husband and I got married last month and we worked with Shanika who was our day of coordinator. She is incredible!! She was always available to answer any question, meet in person to go over floor-plans and timeline details and really made us feel like we didn’t have to worry about a thing on our wedding day. I am SO happy we worked with her!!
Sasha & | Cliffside Park, NJ – 9.3.16
Having Shadé for our day of coordinator for our wedding from Details Made Simple was such a blessing. We had a very complicated time line for the day, and she was able to make sure everything was on schedule and was able to really let us enjoy our big day without having to worry about anything. She thought about details that I would have ever thought of, and was very helpful and prepared. I found out about some problems that happened with the transportation for our guests days after the event, and how she took care of problems and helped everything go smoothly. Other then being on point she is also a very sweet and pleasant person to work with. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to any bride!
Jesse & Dan | Bloomfield, NJ – 8.26.16
I honestly thought over and over do I need help? Cant I just do this on my own?! Then I came across Details Made Simple and I made the call. Once I spoke to Carla I knew that she was the person to make my vision come true, she is truly amazing! She was there for us every step of the way constantly checking in and making sure everything was on track. We had many details in our wedding since we had the ability to be creative at our venue and If it wasn’t for Carla we wouldn’t have pull it off! She was so flexible with our meetings and emails and calls it put as at ease while the craziness of a planning a wedding got near. There’s not enough words to describe how much we appreciate her and all her wonderful ideas & support. We even had the opportunity to have a little fun with Cake Boss and make our day that much more unique and special all thanks to Carla!
Brittany & Alex | Mountain Lakes, NJ – 8.19.16
Carla Friday is a life saver! I’m pretty sure our wedding would have been a disaster without her.
Our venue went under new ownership, so that caused massive anxiety. She kept us calm through the changes. She constantly kept in contact with the new owners to ensure our day was successful.
She was unnoticed by most guests. She made sure our ceremony was beautiful – paces timed out perfectly, entrances and exits beautiful, and made sure opportune photos were taken. She fixed a florist mistake and made a boutonniere in a couple of minutes with flowers from our altar piece. She made special arrangements for a guest with Celiac Disease so the guest could still enjoy the night. She set up all of our decorations at the venue and made sure they looked amazing! And I’m sure there are a ton of other things that she did but I was kept unaware of these issues. Which is great, but now I can’t brag about how amazing she is!
I am so so thankful for everything Carla did for us!! And my husband says “she’s pretty cool.”
Jessica & Anthony | Stirling, NJ – 8.12.16
Carla Friday was our Day of Coordinator for our wedding on 8.12.16 at the Primavera Regency in Stirling, NJ. I can’t emphasize how helpful Carla was before the wedding and the day of. We met a few months prior to discuss details and she gave me ideas I hadn’t thought of and gave me advice on making the day run as smoothly as possible. She came to the venue with me for the meeting to review the details and her help was tremendous. On the day of the wedding, anything I needed, Carla was five steps ahead. When I arrived at the venue, the decorations looked exactly how I wanted and throughout the evening she attended to myself as well as the bridal party. My Maitre’d was so thrilled to work with her and said that she was on top of every detail and has never worked with a day of coordinator like her. The wedding was supposed to be outside and got moved inside due to a thunderstorm and Carla and the Maitre’d made sure everything was smooth and the ceremony was perfect. I cannot emphasize how helpful Carla was the day of our wedding. She is a gem and the price was well worth it and then some. Do yourself a favor and make sure you get to enjoy your big day like I did. Book Details Made Simple as your Day of Coordinator!
Amina | New York, NY – 7.19.16
Shanika is absolutely THE BEST!!!! I wish I had hired her sooner. I don’t know what I would have done without her! She made my day so much more stress free. She made sure that EVRYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING was running smoothly. Do not let the price deter you. It is worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY and then some. From finding me a hair stylist last minute (because my original stylist bailed) to coming to the rehearsal at the venue, to keeping tabs on the photographers…etc. I am so happy that she was a part of my special day. I will forever be grateful. If you are planning a wedding use this vendor. You will not regret it!
Nikki & Tony | Woodbridge, NJ – 7.16.16
Of the many decisions we made while planning our wedding, the best decision was working with Details Made Simple. We were truly fortunate and blessed by getting to work with the CEO/Owner – Carla Friday. From the time we contracted with Carla, she kept us on task, gently reminding us of the things we needed to accomplish in a certain time frame. Carla always made herself available, especially in times of crisis, always calm, poised and extremely helpful. Whenever we had a question or a vision that we didn’t know how to bring to fruition, Carla was right there with an answer and execution. As we approached the date, Carla coordinated with all of the vendors, making sure they were on task. The day of our wedding I honestly did not look at the clock one time. Carla was there making sure everything ran smoothly, everyone was where they were supposed to be, and most importantly – that our parents were taken care of. We received everything we contracted for and more. I don’t know how Carla does everything she does and does it so well but she certainly was the driving force behind our wedding. We are truly grateful for Carla Friday and Details Made Simple!
Olivia & Trevor | Randor, PA – 7.9.16
Candice from Details Made Simple had to be one of the best parts of planning our wedding! My now hubby and I could not have been more impressed with Candice’s responsiveness, positive attitude, and organization! There were multiple times in which Candice caught potential wrenches that could have caused our big day to go awry! Candice was in contact with each of our vendors multiple times leading up to the wedding and put out all fires as the popped up! She came to our rehearsal to start the weekend off right and make sure she knew what to expect when it came to the actually wedding day! She was available to talk to any time I needed her, and my husband and I just felt relaxed knowing that she was there. From the big issues that arose to the tiny details that I needed advice on, Candice and Details Made Simple were there for us every step of the way! LOVE!
Gabriella & Ram | Morristown, NJ – 7.9.16
Shadé did a fantastic job on our wedding day and was honestly worth every cent! She kept our entire day on schedule and made our large wedding flow seamlessly. She is so easy to work with and just a pleasure in general. I recommend Details Made Simply to any bride who wants to have a relatively stress-free wedding day. It’s the best investment you could make for your wedding day.
Yi & Andrew | West Orange, NJ – 7.8.16
Shanika was a fantastic day-of coordinator, and we were so fortunate to work with her to make our wedding day seamless and easy. Upon initial contact, I could tell Shanika is extremely thorough and accountable. She checked in every month to make sure we were on track and worked closely with us to plan out the day-of timeline. Even though we took care much of vendor management ourselves, Shanika provided valuable insights and experience on the minute by minute details and logistics. On the day of, she was available to me but really worked behind the scenes to coordinate the transportation and the vendors. This is exactly what I needed her to do. I got married on a hot day in July. Shanika thoughtfully provided ample water for my family while they were waiting at the church. One of my guests complimented how smooth and comfortable the day was for the guests, especially consideration the multiple destinations (hotel, church, and reception venue) and shuttles involved. This is in no small part due to Shanika‘s efforts and hard work. I felt 100% confident and serene on my day knowing that she had my back and handled all the details deftly and gracefully. Thank you, Shanika!
Kimberly & Michael | Stirling, NJ – 7.8.16
My advice to you? BOOK DETAILS MADE SIMPLE! You may think you do not need this level of support – you are wrong! Carla is a ROCK STAR! As our ‘day of coordinator’, she gracefully handled everything I was stressed about so that I could enjoy our wedding. There were so many small details of the day and coordination between vendors – you don’t want to spend your wedding day tending to these tasks. We also had so many last minute issues and challenges – it was a relief to know Carla was our partner in resolving and managing them. Carla and her team provide an invaluable service and I am beyond grateful to her.
Isabella & Anthony | Millington, NJ – 6.18.16
Everything was perfect! Shanika filled in any missing gaps with vendors and remembered all of the “little things” that she knew were important to us. The wedding was a backyard setting that required a lot of assembly. While my mother and I went to our hair and makeup appointments, Shanika and April set up everything! It looked beautiful, and even better than I envisioned. Shanika was so sweet and helped ensure that everyone was comfortable. Shanika dealt with all of our vendors and day of details, so that we were all able to enjoy the day! When I got to the reception I was truly taken back by my dream wedding that had come to life! Thank you so much!
Brooke & Bill | Philadelphia, PA – 6.11.16
I spoke with a few different companies when looking for a day of coordinator for my wedding. Not onyl did I have a really great conversation with Kim but Details Made Simple offered more in their package than any other company I spoke with. Kim met me and my fiancée in the fall to check out our venue and then sat down with is to get to know us and understand our vision. She was in touch throughout our entire planning process. She helped me create to do lists, gave me advice, helped me track down linens and countless other things. She was always available by phone or email and we met two more times before the wedding. The florist, event manager and my mother all commented on how helpful, efficient and friendly she was in all of our meetings. She took notes and followed up with me afterwards. The day of the wedding she was terrific – personable and helpful and keeping us on track. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without her. I really didn’t worry about a thing the entire evening because Kim was on top of everything. From making sure the decor was setup properly, keeping us on a timeline, insisting I quickly cut the cake because I didn’t want to leave the dance floor, to packing up all of the decorations and gifts we needed to take home. Hiring Details Made Simple was the best decision I made in the wedding planning process. I cannot recommend enough!
Laura & Mark | Morristown, NJ – 6.11.16
I was on the fence for a while about whether to hire a day-of coordinator. Hiring Details Made Simple turned out to be the BEST decision I made in wedding planning. I worked with Jessica, and she was helpful even before the day of in allowing me to bounce ideas off of her, helping me keep organized, and even giving me a plan of attack for the wedding rehearsal.
On our wedding day, I really do not know what I would have done without her. Looking back now, it seems like everything went perfectly, impossibly smooth, because I didn’t have to deal with anything except getting ready, then enjoying myself. In reality, as is always the case, little things were popping up here and there but Jessica was putting out fires with grace and expertise before I even realized what was happening. She was also personally a pleasure to be around – especially on such an important day!
We also had the pleasure of working with April for a few hours. Our ceremony and reception were 40 mins apart, so Jessica stayed at the reception site to oversee decorating there while April came to the ceremony and made sure that everyone was pinned, tucked, fluffed, ready for their entrances, ready and waiting for pictures, etc.
Wedding planners of any sort in the Tri-State area are not cheap, but Details Made Simple had the best prices I found for day-of coordinators who were well-reviewed online. I can tell you now that if there is any way to stretch your budget, do it, and hire these girls. You will NOT regret it!
Sue & Michael | Bloomfield, NJ – 6.11.16
My longer review: I am a person who likes to be sure EVERY detail is taken into account (i.e. a bit of a control freak). When I entertain at home I like to make sure every guest is taken of and having a great time, usually forgetting that I should be enjoying the party as well! As many brides out there already know, you will get advice from everyone on just about everything the second you announce your engagement. The same happened for me, but as a control freak, I figured wedding planning would be easy and my wedding would go off without a hitch because naturally, I would be in control and taking care of all the details. And then, I received the best advice and was told to make sure I attended my wedding and did not “work my wedding.” I took that advice and found Carla and Details Made Simple. I emailed her for more information and she called me back almost immediately.
We chatted about the wedding, my vision, my need for everything to be perfect and when I hung up the phone I was already writing a check for the Peace of Mind Package; I assure you this was, by far, the best decision we made. We were married on June 11, 2016 and my wedding day was incredibly relaxing because Carla had it all under control. Any time I had a moment of panic, Carla literally appeared at my side asking what I needed; it was as if she was reading my mind! Her presence and assistance leading up to and on the day of my wedding gave me, my husband, my family, and my bridal party peace of mind that is worth more than money can buy. I was able to attend, enjoy, and soak up my wedding day and know that the details were taken care of. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and will continue to recommend her in the future. Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life and Carla and her team will help you enjoy that day to the fullest!
Brittany & Michael | Newtown, PA – 6.3.16
We had our wedding last month and decided to use Details Made Simple and specifically Kim to help us plan our wedding. Kim was a great resource throughout the planning process and was always available to us whenever we had questions or concerns. We spent hours in face to face meetings with Kim leading up to the wedding to make sure that all the time lines were perfect and that we knew exactly what to do. Finally on the day of the wedding Kim was there the entire day to make sure everything was coordinated perfectly from the setup of the venue to all of the different vendors. We are eternally grateful to Kim and Details Made Simple for making our day perfect and know that we could not have done it without them!
Amanda & Keenan | Montclair, NJ – 5.21.16
Our May 21st wedding had a heavy DYI approach to it and having a day of coordinator was a must. Working in the marketing and event field my husband and I knew we just couldn’t do it all and needed a professional. After researching and speaking with Carla from DMS we knew we found our match. Carla and April made sure every element of our wedding was executed perfectly. During the last few weeks we had a few last minute changes (including adding a film crew!) but the team wasn’t phased by any changes or additions. Just knowing we had a team that can handle everything from confirming vendors, setting up our venue, making sure my elderly father had reserve seating, managing any issues and after all of it putting a glass of champagne in your hand with a big smile… it’s worth it’s weight in gold. We couldn’t begin to thank those ladies enough and hope others read this review and feel confident in giving them a call. Forget the five star rating; these ladies are a ten!
Kristin and Michael | 5.22.16
I worked with Jessica at Details Made Simple for my Day-of wedding planning services. At first I was a little wary about spending money for planning services for just one day, but after seeing what an amazing help Jess was on our day, it was one of the BEST investments we made for our wedding. First, Jess was not one of those day-of planners that just show up on your wedding day and “wing-it”. I met with Jessica multiple times (in addition to emails and calls) to talk about how the day should flow and all important details that should be taken care of. My wedding was very “logistics-heavy” (i.e. multiple locations, large bridal party and family, transportation, etc.), and Jessica made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be at the right time and that the day flowed seamlessly. Jessica took care of paying all of the vendors, dealing with unforeseen issues, and making sure by the end of the night that everything was taken care of.
I have pretty high standards, but Jessica honestly exceeded all of my expectations. My entire bridal party and family were extremely complimentary of Jess’s services and she took care of everything on my wedding day so that I had to worry about nothing. I really cannot say enough good things about my experience with Jessica, but in short, her services were invaluable (not to mention, that she is a pleasure to work with!). If you are on the fence about using a day-of planner, I would HIGHLY recommend Jess and the Details Made Simple team!
Sophia & Luis | Maplewood, NJ – 5.21.16
Wonderfully professional! Shadé and Jess basically saved my wedding. They went above and beyond to make sure things went smoothly. They handled any last minute changes easily. Shadé even helped sew me into my dress, bustled it for me after the ceremony and even got soda to remove some stains that got on my dress. Not only were they professional, but they were also quite sweet and wonderful to work with. They were an integral part of making our day the dream that it was.
Lauren & Ian | Warren, NJ – 5.14.16
We worked with Kim at DMS. She did a fabulous job coordinating everyone and everything (from arranging transportation fro my 90+ year old grandpa to searching for a lost diamond in my engagement ring). As someone who was never obsessed with the idea of planning a wedding, Kim was able to answer any questions we had and give structure to our day without me putting in a lot of effort. Any last minute requests were handled immediately, and we could not have been more pleased with how the day turned out! The value is incredible, worth every penny and more!
Katrina & Mike | Brooklyn, NY – 5.7.16
I hired Carla & Candice as a day-of coordinators and they were so efficient and organized and took all of the stress out of the day. Theye went above and beyond and managed to handle the day, (and last minute hiccups), with ease and grace, allowing us to really enjoy our wedding from start to finish. Carla and Candice worked so hard to make sure we didn’t have to worry about a thing and I couldn’t imagine the day without either of them. One of the best decisions we made about our wedding! I also appreciated how available Carla was and how easy it was to communicate with her.
Tara & Jarrett | Philadelphia, PA – 5.6.16
We had Kim as our wedding coordinator she was amazing! She answered emails and txt almost immediately. She answered all question we had about the wedding and vendors. She was so helpful the day of the wedding running around setting things up dealing with all the little things you as a couple just don’t have time to. I don’t know what we would have done with out her! It was an amazing experience
Megan & Bryan | Rockleigh, NJ – 4.16.16
Carla was an absolute pleasure to work with! Not only did she remain completely calm but she was on top of things I could not even imagine having to think about the day of. She made sure everything was perfect and seamless and was a great shoulder to lean on. I highly recommend hiring her and Details Made Simple for your special day to ensure everything goes smoothly and surpasses your expectations. She was a pleasure to work with and could not have asked for better service! Thank you for everything Carla!
Heather & Marc | Shrewsbury, NJ – 4.2.16
I simply can’t put into words how invaluable Carla and Details Made Simple were to helping to make my wedding a success. From making recommendations on vendors and coordinating with them, to taking my ideas for DIY projects and making them come to life, to even listening to me vent when I had a bridesmaid drop out one month before the wedding with no explanation. Carla truly helped with anything and everything, including things I didn’t even know I needed. She was there with me every step of the way. On the day of the wedding, I knew Carla was on top of all of the little details, so I didn’t stress or worry about anything. Having her with me, allowed my husband and myself to get the most out of enjoying our wedding, because we knew we were in good hands. I would recommend her services to anyone!
Gema & Gregory | West Orange, NJ – 3.26.16
Hello! I worked with Shanika from Details Made Simple and she was the most helpful and key person at our wedding! She was always on time or earlier than expected. She was so relatable and sweet. I could not have asked for a better day of coordinator! Even though I only booked her for the Peace of Mind Package, she was assisting me with timelines, vendor contact sheets, looking over contracts, helping me store everything in her house, and helped me throughout the event. I received so many compliments about her that day. Initially, I thought I wouldn’t need a coordinator, but thank goodness she was there. I was able to enjoy our wedding and connect with friends and family, and of course, be with my husband. I can’t say enough things to really express how great Shanika and Details Made Simple were! It is good to know you guys hire the best people. Looking forward to working with Details Made Simple again when I renew my vows with my husband. Thank you!!!
Allison & Amir | Doylestown PA – 3.20.16
Kim from Details Made Simple kept us organized and on schedule, and she was such a pleasure to work with! From the first time we met with Kim, we could tell how much she knew and what an asset she would be. She exceeded all of our expectations! She is professional and responsive, and she shielded us from any potential stressors the day of the wedding. I highly recommend Details Made Simple in general and Kim in particular!
From Brides Mom, Sandra: Kim was wonderful, we were very well cared for!
Laurie & Lewis | Woodbridge NJ – 3.3.16
I went back and forth about whether we REALLY needed a day of coordinator. I had all of the big items planned, but was struggling with the overall vision of the wedding and some of the smaller details. So a few months before the wedding, I gave in and signed up with Details Made Simple, the VIB Package. April was our coordinator and she started helping me brainstorm ideas immediately. It was clear right away that April knew what she was doing. She was continuously asking me questions to get me thinking of things I hadn’t considered yet and suggesting ideas that matched my wedding vision. I was a pretty low-stress bride (I think), but the 2 times something went wrong during planning, I called April and she was cool as a cucumber and helped me come up with solutions to my wedding crises. April planned the overall timeline of the day, communicated it to our vendors beforehand and managed it throughout the day. I didn’t worry about a single thing on the day of the wedding. All the vendors came on time, everything that needed to be set up, was, nothing was forgotten, no one came to me with questions, etc.. If there was anything that went wrong, I didn’t hear about it. So what did I have to do the day of the wedding? Get married and have a blast celebrating! I’m not really sure if there’s much more you can ask for as a bride. There is 1 thing that did go wrong on the day. 45 minutes before the ceremony we realized we left the marriage license at the hotel (15 mins away)! And of course I didn’t have a key to the room, oops. Without hesitating, April hopped in her car and got it for us. Not even sure how she got a key to our room, I guess she worked her magic! I’m so happy I had April to bounce ideas off of and coordinate our overall day. She helped make my dream wedding into a reality and I couldn’t have done it without her!
Karen & Albert | Philadelphia, PA – 1.8.16
I decided to use Details Made Simple about one month before my wedding when I started to get overwhelmed with everything. I had met Candice at a Philly Bridal show earlier that year and decided to give myself a break. I wish I had made that decision earlier because she was so helpful pulling together last minute details and dealing with some of my other vendors that gave me last minute issues. She was professional and a comforting and calming presence which was so helpful. She was always reachable by phone and handled any requests or questions I had. My only regret was not making decision sooner and saving myself trouble. It was an extra splurge, but considering how much time and money went into planning it was definitely worth it and something to consider from the get go.
Jessica & Andrew | Princeton, NJ – 12.19.15
Using Details Made Simple was possibly the best money I spent for my wedding day. April was helpful and responsive from the moment I started working with her. We had several meetings before my day where she answered any questions I had and asked the questions I didn’t even know to ask. She coordinated with all my vendors, gave me a ton a helpful tips and even helped me save money on my flowers. On the day of, she really came to my rescue when we had an issue with my table number holders not holding my table numbers. She was quick thinking and resourceful and truly saved the day. She set up my whole reception venue and took care of everything so I was able to enjoy every moment of my day. April was worth 10 times what she charges and I would recommend her to any bride!
Mother of the Bride – Jean M. – 11.20.15
I can not say enough about Ashley. I could not have enjoyed the day the way I did if it wasn’t. For all her help.she is wonderful. I will be recommending her to all of my friends. I hope I have another event so I can call her again. She was perfect and on top of every detail. I can not express or say enough about her. She truly is a wonderful person!
Bride Amy R., New Hope, PA | 11.20.15
I hired Candice from Details Made Simple to handle the day of coordinator service for our DIY wedding for 200+ people at my in-laws residence in New Hope, PA. While I did a majority of the wedding planning myself up until a few weeks leading up to the wedding, I cannot say enough to compliment the amazing job that Candice did in making our vision become an absolute reality. The day she saw our “venue”, she provided great feedback and suggestions on how to make our celebration really flow together. We knew then that we had absolutely made the right choice. On the week prior, Candice took total control and coordinated with the various vendors we had hired. When Hurricane Joaquin threatened our outdoor celebration, Candice was constantly communicating with me, reassuring me that everything would still work out as planned. She even kept an eye on the weather for me and provided me with positive feedback and updates. The support she provided was beyond what I expected and looking back, I’m incredibly thankful to have her keep me sane during that last week! On the day of, Candice and assistant, Kim, totally nailed it. They understood how much we really wanted to party with our guests and how we really wanted to maximize that time so they coordinated with our dj/caterer to make sure the dinner/speeches/cake cutting were perfectly timed so we could do so. We can hands down say that we attribute the success of our whole day to the very talented coordinators we were lucky enough to work with and would undoubtedly recommend them to anyone looking for these services!
Kelli & Michael | 10.24.15
Shanika was the absolute best! On my wedding day, she made sure that all of the details we discussed prior to were executed exactly how I wanted them to be. At the last minute, my ceremony had to be changed from outdoors to indoors and she made sure that I knew what was going on. Then she made sure that the venue’s staff switched everything around at the last minute and it looked great! If it wasn’t for her, my ceremony would have been outside in the rain, but she payed close attention to weather forecast that day. At the end of the night, she made sure that all of my item were packed away and brought to my car and she did not leave until my fiancé and I got into our car and left. She is such a sweetheart and I had the best time working with her!
Lauren & Stefan | 10.18.15
Where do I even begin in explaining how great it was to have Carla there the day of my wedding. We hired her to be a Day-Of-Coordinator but even before the wedding day she was helpful in making sure we had taken care of all the important pieces and gave us advice on the timeline, how to handle certain things with vendors, and some general tips here and there. We knew from the first conversation with her that we could trust that our vision would be executed perfectly that day without us having to think about a thing. We had done a lot of the decorations for the venue ourselves and Carla made sure that everything we had created was set up just right. All I needed to do was ask and Carla helped with a big smile. And often I didn’t even need to ask – she was just right there at the right moments!!
Mother of the Bride – Jeanie | 10.14.15
I can not say enough about Ashley. I could not have enjoyed the day the way I did if it wasn’t for all her help, she is wonderful. I will be recommending her to all of my friends. I hope I have another event so I can call her again. She was perfect and on top of every detail. I can not express or say enough about her. She truly is a wonderful person.
Elizabeth & Justin | 9.26.15
Worth every penny and more! We used Carla for our day of coordination (the Peace of Mind Package) and I don’t know what I would have done without her. I am a very Type-A, some would say controlling person, but from the moment I met Carla I knew I could let go and let her take over on the big day without any worries. I had a lot of little table setups and decorations and Carla not only executed everything perfectly, she went above and beyond arranging little decorative accents that helped to create the most beautiful atmosphere – more than I could have imagined. She was calm, on top of everything and one step ahead of every little request that me and my family had. To be able to enjoy your wedding night without one worry or concern is priceless so be sure to make Details Made Simple a part of your big day.
Rosa & Michael | 9.25.15
Shadé made our wedding a success! She picked up the flowers, came to see us at the hotel to make sure we didn’t need anything, she went to the venue and set everything up, I mean everything. The table numbers, menus, centerpieces, candy table, memorial table, photobooth table, table activities table, and decorated out beautiful naked cake! She was WONDERFUL!!!!
If you need a wedding planner, choose Shadé, you will not be disappointed.
Nia & Walter | 9.12.15
Shanika was very valuable at my wedding, helping me to coordinate the activities of the day as I was not able to attend to many of the logistical details. She took care of my vendors in a timely manner, was able to help facilitate all of the important guest arrivals/making sure everyone was where they needed to be at the scheduled time and was also there attending to my every need that day as well. She was really great to me and my bridesmaids and a few actually commented that she was very helpful and attentive and added great value to the day. In addition, prior to my wedding day, she was extremely helpful to me in helping me feel organized and making sure that nothing was missed and that I was on track with all of my milestones. She was very flexible and always made time to meet with me. All in all, I am very happy with Shanika’s services and Details Made Simple and would definitely recommend to friends and family!
Lauren & Joe
Kim from Details Made Simple was FANTASTIC. She was a God send for my DIY – Country Barn Wedding in NJ. She made sure all the little details I had in my head come to life. She worked so hard to ensure the venue looked perfect upon my arrival. She took ownership of everything, and was so pleasant to work with. The wedding would not have been the same without her. IF you are trying a DIY wedding, do yourself a favor and hire Kim from Details Made Simple to ensure you have a stress free, wonderful wedding day.
Helen – Mother of the Bride | 9.6.15
I was resistant to my daughter’s suggestion that we get a ‘day of’ wedding planner. Why spend the extra money? Well, I am so glad that I did. Carla is terrific – nothing seems to rattle her. She was more than ‘day of’. She was a source of referrals, suggestions and information during the whole year that we planned the wedding. She replied promptly, even in the middle of the night, to any and all our questions. She walked through the venue with my daughter, months before the wedding, pointing out and suggesting things to make the day run smoothly, while at the same time being respectful of the people working at the venue.
The week before, she called all our vendors to confirm the terms of the contract and their time of arrival.
The day of the wedding, she picked up lunch for the wedding party and came armed with her steamer. She then proceeded to steam all our dresses and helped us get dressed. She handled and reviewed the set up with the maître d, ran interference with all the vendors and checked up with us during the party to see if we were ok or needed anything. At the end of the night, she gathered all our stuff (programs, bags, photo booth album and accessories, etc and helped us pack up our cars. She was definitely a valuable asset to have for an affair and a joy to work with.
Kaitlin & Chris
Carla did an amazing job in helping us with day-of wedding coordination. She was a crucial asset on our big day and ensured that we had peace of mind for anything and everything concerning our ceremony and reception. Carla is friendly, organized and her experience shined! It was clear that her number one priority was to ensure we could enjoy the day & evening without having to think about all the little and big things that tend to come up. Cheers to Carla & Details Made Simple!
Ashley & Rodrigo | Riviera Maya, Mexico
Details Made Simple was recommended to me by a friend that was also planning a destination wedding. My husband and I had the fortunate opportunity of being paired with the owner of the company, Carla Friday. From our first meeting, it was evident that our coordinator was genuine, thoughtful and professional.
She not only has had various experiences working with brides and grooms, she has a determined passion for being a wedding coordinator.
Planning a destination wedding from a different country certainly involves additional obstacles and planning beyond the typical tasks and responsibilities of planning a wedding in the same country. Carla was easily accessible for in-person meetings, phone or email correspondence. She was always looking out for our best interest and helping us find the most cost-effective deals that matched our wedding theme.
Carla came to our destination wedding n Mexico and my husband and I could honestly say that we do not know what we would have done without her. She was more helpful, organized and accessible to the wedding party, our families and guests than the actual venue itself. Because of Details Made Simple and all that our wedding coordinator Carla did, we did not stress on our wedding day because we knew that our wedding coordinator knew exactly what we wanted and how we wanted everything. She 100% went above and beyond to make sure that our day was special and memorable. We highly recommend Details Made Simple to any couple looking to plan a destination wedding.
Maile & Eldon
The needle and thread of the most important day of our lives – Shadé Coleman. Words cannot begin to describe how valuable Shadé was to us for our big day. From the beginning, she was ready to jump right in and help us make our day one we’d never forget. Whether sitting in on a 2hr conference call with our photographers, helping during the rehearsal with the procession formation, or sewing buttons that popped off of my wedding dress, she was always there whenever needed. THANK YOU Shadé for making our special day so perfect and stress free. You stitched us up and held it all together for us and all 230 of our guests. I would recommend Details Made Simple to anyone, and I would tell everyone about Shadé (even if they didn’t ask), for she was simply amazing!
Kim & Ajay 7.25.15
Possibly the best decision we made with our wedding was seeking out Details Made Simple and having Ashley help us pull everything together. As early as our first meeting with her, we were confident that she knew wedding coordination inside out and everything following that only served to prove this. Ashley was able to guide us through the parts of planning that we were responsible for and was able to effectively step in and take on what she could. Leading up to the wedding, we were pleased with her responsiveness and insights, but she really knocked it out of the park on the day of the wedding. She really did take care of every detail, allowing us to enjoy our wedding to the fullest. It was to the point where I didn’t find out about any hiccups until days/weeks after our wedding – Ashley had fixed all minor problems without ever letting on that they’d happened. Aside from providing an amazing level of service, Ashley was a lot of fun to work with – she had some fun and innovative ideas that worked so well with what we’d envisioned for our wedding. Post wedding, so many people asked us who she was because she’d impressed them with her professionalism, knowledge, and positive attitude. Best investment we made for our wedding? Absolutely!
Bride: Ashley T. | 7.11.15
Shadé and Details Made Simple were an incredible help on our wedding day – because of Shadé, we didn’t have to do anything on our wedding day except enjoy it! She took care of greeting the vendors and helping the set up, as well as tipping them at the end of the evening. And by the time the last guest had left and we were all ready to go back to the hotel, Shadé had already packed everything up for us! All we had to do was grab and go. This service was worth three times what we paid for it.
Twanna & James
Carla and the entire team at DMS were fully dedicated in ensuring that of wedding details were fully executed. We had numerous vendors (more than 8). They coordinated with each vendor to eliminated any “surprise”. As a bride i felt that Carla had our entire wedding under control. We were amazed with how everything came together and are grateful to Carla and the DMS crew for making our dreams a reality. Anyone bride that is looking for the “best” day of coordinator must use Carla and the DMS crew.
Bride – Jennifer R.
I was back and forth about getting a planner but in the end I’m glad I did and couldn’t imagine not having her there! My planner was Ashley. She was extremely professional, very accommodating (coming to the city to meet me and help me in my planning) even though I signed up for the “Day of” planning package. There were so many things that popped up that she handled with grace and professionalism, most of which I didn’t even know where occurring, because THAT’s how good she was… including a mishap where our best man lost the sole of his shoe!! There were so many details that I wouldn’t have thought to plan for were it not for her and am very thankful to have had that extra help and guidance on my special day!
I am a very busy individual with a demanding schedule. I was at work one day discussing my last minute needs on my wedding day with a co worker of mine and she went online and found Details Made Simple. Much to my surprise….the easy to navigate website helped me to find the package in which I was looking for. I was blessed to have Ashley as my day of wedding planner. She was very organized and helped me with all of my needs for the day of my wedding. I was on a tight budget towards the end of the planning of my wedding but the price point of Details Made Simple wedding day coordination really made my wedding worthwhile and I had no regrets. My only regret through this not having Ashley help coordinate my wedding from the start! I highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for an amazing day of wedding planner in the NYMetro / NJ area.
Laura & Vivek
I hired Carla as the week-of wedding planner for my wedding on June 20th. I would definitely recommend her. She made cute chalkboard signs for my chapel, helped with other crafts and confirmed all my vendors ahead of time. However, Carla really earns her value the day off of the wedding. Something will inevitably go wrong on your wedding day, and she is a pro at handling it. On my wedding day, my florist was late and did not set up the chapel as was planned. Carla jumped in and set it up, beautifully. She was also on-hand all day to make sure vendors were arriving as planned so my family wouldn’t have to. I had a very complicated wedding (multi-cultural event with two wedding ceremonies, many events and many different personalities) and she kept everyone on a tight timeline. I think of her as a bit of extra insurance to make sure your day runs as smoothly as it should! Guests are still raving at what a great event it was and I really think Carla helped to ensure that. I would highly recommend her!
Karen & Al
Shade was an amazing help just before and on the actual wedding day. We hired her for day of services and truly would not have been able to get through the day stress free without her! Best decision we made was to hire her.
Aaron & Kristine
Shadé and Ashley were angels sent from above. Without them I don’t think my wife and I would’ve pulled off this wedding with such little time. We highly recommend hiring them. They were both courteous and resourceful. Every vendor Shadé suggested we used and did not regret it one bit. From the bottom of our hearts thank you so much for making our wonderful day a happy and successful one.
Jessica & Brandon
We hired Carla Friday and Details Made Simple to be our day-of coordinator because we got married at a clean slate venue. Carla was fantastic from start to finish and delivered everything she promised and more. We met with Carla several weeks prior to our wedding for a walk through at the venue. She not only listened to what we had envisioned for the day and helped us set up a timeline, but was able to make several suggestions for things we hadn’t thought of. On our wedding day, she arrived and got right to work. She is extremely calm and professional. She knew what we wanted and had already spoken with our vendors prior to the wedding. My biggest concern was coordinating our multiple vendors and Carla made it so that I hardly spoke to any of our vendors on the day of the wedding. I was totally unaware of an issues that arose during the wedding day, because Carla managed the day so well. She was very creative and re-purposed our ceremony flowers to decorate for the reception. She was extremely attentive to all of our guests and many of them commented on how wonderful she was. Having her coordinate our wedding day was easily one of our best decisions. She allowed us to relax and truly enjoy the day.
Emory & Chris
Hiring Michelle Perez from Details Made Simple was one of the best decisions we made for our destination wedding. Her quality of service allowed us to truly enjoy the planning process and embrace our Big Day. I highly recommend hiring a Day Coordinator from Details Made Simple!
Jessica & Dan
We decided that we needed a wedding coordinator shortly after we started planning our wedding. That’s when we found Ashley with Details Made Simple, what a life saver! She was very attentive and always had great ideas and suggestions about DIY projects that I wanted to have for my wedding. She put together a detailed timeline that help my vendors keep track of the day (and also my bridal party!) I really do not know what I would have done without her help not to mention she is just the sweetest person! I was able to focus on myself on my wedding day and not the details because Ashley was there and she handled everything. She even catered to my parents when they asked her for assistance. Hiring Ashley was the best decision when it came to making our wedding day go smooth, she’s awesome and will make sure her brides are well taken care of!
Brina & Rob
I hired Carla Friday of Details Made Simple a year before my wedding. I am a fellow wedding planner and I knew that while my venue had a wonderful event planning staff, I needed someone who was there just for me. I needed someone to stop me from working on my wedding day. Carla checked in a few times over the next 12 months, I knew she was there if I needed her, but I didn’t let her do much. When I did meet with her about 6 weeks before the day- she was patient, understanding and on the ball. I gave her a rundown of things that I wanted her to pay attention to. I provided her with the paperwork she needed and it was a smooth transition from me running the event to her. She coordinated with each vendor the week of the wedding, she set up the venue perfectly with the staff on the day. Carla was by my side giving me the peace of mind that I needed to get through the day. My husband raved about her and she smoothly weaved in and out of the day’s events.. being where I needed her to be. She is a lovely person in general, but she is a huge asset when planning a wedding. She is calm, professional and to me a good DOC is like a silent ninja- and she is exactly that.
Yolanda & Frankie
I hired Carla for my wedding as a day wedding coordinator and she was amazing. Carla made sure everything was done with ease and compassion. She use all the decor I selected and used them accordingly to make my wedding a remarkable one. She was on time and didn’t bother me not once about where certain items should be placed. I gave her instructions and she followed through with ease. She made my day so simple and headache free. She was calm, polite and most importantly very helpful to work with. I will definitely use her services again for any large event. Carla had a very pleasant attitude and never took time out. She demonstrated responsibility and leadership to gather to her business to make sure everyone was satisfied and happy. Am so glad I hired her! Thanks you so much Carla.
Karen & Mark
Carla Friday and Ashley Bitten from Details Made Simple were my day-of coordinators for my big day and they were both a blessing. Carla kept in touch with me from the first day we got together to the very end. Not only did she help keep things organized, she also kept me sane as the day got closer and stress built up. Before the wedding, Carla took all my vendor contacts, we went through timeline of the day and all the details of who needs to be where, what needs to go where, etc. During the rehearsal, Carla and Ashley were able to organize my already big family and go through our program without any problems. It was like they were part of the family and knew who people where and where they needed to be. Now, when the day finally arrived, Carla took full control and got us where we needed to be, made sure everything was as it was discussed, and if there were any problems – I did not know about it. I did not receive any calls from vendors, or family members. After the ceremony, Carla and Ashley worked quick with my photographer to get all the family pictures done in time to get to the reception. During the reception, I felt that Carla and Ashley were always by my side. They were there when i needed help getting my dress rebustled. I had no worry. They made the day more perfect than I could ever imagine. All in all, having a day-of coordinator helped me and my husband enjoy the wedding much more with absolutely no stress. I would definitely recommend Details Made Simple to others.
Mother of the Bride ~ Lisa
Our daughter was recently married at Maritime Parc in Jersey City. we live in North Bergen county, and although it was not actually a “Destination Wedding”, the logistics were somewhat challenging with guests coming in from across the country. Of course,we had a vision for the big day, and felt confident and excited with our choice of Vendors. As the day approached, I, the MOB, began to feel anxious about the details, details, details of the upcoming three day event! At some point, someone mentioned a “Day of Coordinator”. Never heard of that service, but clearly it was just what we needed!!! It was just pure luck that I happened upon “Details Made Simple”, and more importantly, Ms. Carla Friday. Enter a young woman whose Professionalism was equally evident as her sincerity and warmth. She was sensitive to our vision and shared in our excitement. And……she made sure that everything happened! She anticipated our needs….even before we realized we had a need!! She was amazing and as far a the cost factor….I would have paid double…in fact she was priceless!!!!
Cara & Greg
Where do I begin and how can I possibly thank Carla Friday of Details Made Simple? Our wedding on 11/15/14 was simply everything and more I had hoped and dreamt it would be.,..and it wouldn’t have been possible with out Carla! From helping with the rehearsal the night before, making “reserved” signs, assembling All of the favors, communicating with all of the vendors regarding last minute details, and much more…..Carla was a dream to work with. She did anything and everything you asked of her, and she completed the task (big or small) with a smile and complete professionalism every time. To me, my husband, parents and family….Carla was priceless. We love her and know our wedding would not have been as perfect and seamless if it wasn’t for her. In short, we cannot recommend Carla and Details made Simple enough!
Jamie & Michael
Hiring our wedding day planner Shade Coleman with Details Made Simple was the best decision that my husband and I made during our wedding planning process! We had a unique wedding in an old movie theater (Landmark Loew’s Jersey City) with an old Hollywood theme. Since our venue was not a typical wedding venue and our theme included a lot of details, we found ourselves dealing with many vendors. Up until two weeks before the big day, my husband and I thought we could handle the vendors and details on our own…we were wrong. We quickly got in touch with Details Made Simple and they were extremely helpful with putting Shade on the job right away. Shade was great in creating a timeline, confirming with vendors, and keeping the day going. We both had a real peace of mind on our special day thanks to her! Shade was great to work with I would highly recommend her and Details Made Simple to anyone planning a wedding or other event!
Lauren & Michael
My husband and I hired Details Made Simple and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice. Shadé Coleman was an absolute pleasure to work with and was always available. She was hands on, offered many suggestions, and always came through when needed. If you’re in the NJ area you should definitely hire this company, they are excellent !!!
June & Nick
I can’t even imagine how we would have pulled off our wedding without Michelle.
When I first met her, I was a ball of stress. I was trying to figure out everything at once and it was overwhelming. Michelle calmed me down. She told me that we would take it step by step. She directed me through the planning stages, which gave me huge peace of mind in the months leading to our wedding.
A couple week before the wedding, things got very hectic for me at work. Michelle made things manageable by making sure that our vendors were confirmed and planning out the precise schedule for the big day. A number of my vendors later commented that Michelle was very professional and “on top of it.”
On the day of the wedding, Michelle picked up my bouquets, got to the venue early, and started decorating. She had the brilliant idea to use hanging mason jars with candles to outline the perimeter of the pavilion where we held our reception. The effect was simply magical! It was also the cost-effective solution we were looking for.
The best part about Michelle is that SHE UNDERSTANDS BRIDES. She understands the immense pressure and completely unreasonable fear about everything going wrong that (I think) every bride will experience. Michelle stayed very positive and calm throughout the wedding day. If I had to make any decisions (for instance, whether to open more bottles of wine from the vineyard), she mentioned it in a way that kept me calm and collected. She was on the ball before I had the chance to worry about anything. She was also extremely thoughtful — complimenting me before I walked down the aisle, stopping at the sweetheart table to see if we needed drinks.
Our wedding was more beautiful than we ever imagined, within our budget, and tons of fun…thanks to Michelle!
Julie & Chris
Finding a wedding planner who is both fun, professional, and decisive, isn’t easy- my introduction to Shadé instantly changed my excitement about wedding planning from stress to ease. From Day 1 she provided suggestions, support, made phone calls, planned meetings, and encouraged an organized schedule of planning. Shadé kept me on task, sent updates and reminders, and was extremely flexible when I needed to sit down and hash out ideas, review plans, and she even met me on numerous occasions at our venue and at vendor sites to sift through ideas and make decisions. I can’t say enough about her professionalism, her day-of support, and her willingness to do whatever it took to make our day look and feel exactly how we envisioned. THANK YOU, Shadé, for helping us execute the most special day of our lives.
Elizabeth & Mathew
Shadé Coleman at Details Made Simple was a huge help to us as our day of coordinator! She extremely helpful in organizing the schedule/logistics for our big day and coordinating and confirming with our vendors as well. She was indispensable on the “day of” setting up and packing up items and displays at the reception site, ensuring that people and transportation were in the right place at the right time and handling last minute requests from bridal party, vendors and guests. I would highly recommend Shadé’ and her team at Details Made Simple to any bride and groom looking for a bit of extra help and peace of mind on their wedding day!
Best thing I did was hire Michelle! I just got married on Friday night in NYC at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. I am an extremely organized person as is my mother. I heard about through my best friend who had used her for her wedding in July in NJ. I wasn’t sure if Michelle could do my wedding because I am not based in NJ. From the minute I called her, she was beyond accommodating. Michelle was absolutely FANTASTIC. She explained her packages and what she offers. I picked the one that worked best for me. We had multiple exchanges back and forth on the phone and email. We met twice before the wedding. She was extremely professional, she executed EVERYTHING and beyond that we asked for, and overall was so wonderful to work with. She made my night better. My mother, who is beyond organized herself, stated these exact words “If it weren’t for Michelle, I don’t know what we would’ve done.” There was so much planning that we did throughout the year that on the day of, you don’t want to worry about handing out tips, is the Table number 1 in the right spot, are the candles lit where they are supposed to be, is the sign for the ceremony in the right spot, did all of our items get packed up and brought back to the hotel, etc etc etc.
Michelle went above and beyond and I am not just saying this. She truly was professional, calming, and every time I turned around, there she was, making sure I was okay and things were getting done. She delivered all of our items to my husband’s sister’s apartment after the wedding so we did’t have to worry about it, she executed the picture list that she suggested we make for the photographer, she made sure I got food, she sewed the button on my dress in a matter of seconds…you name it, she did it.
My expectations were beyond met with her. Even though I live on Long Island, I will 100% be referring Michelle and her company to anyone that I know. I don’t know what I would’ve done if she wasn’t there on that day. My husband’s sister is an event planner and she said to me “Wow that girl is fantastic.”
Thank you for having such a wonderful business as it was crucial in making my day perfect.I would have NEVER thought to have someone for the day of to handle all of those details. We had a venue manager who was great but without Michelle, he wouldn’t have been able to handle all that she did on his own. She was my extra set of eyes and truly made my day and night perfect.
Tara, the Grooms Sister
I attended my brother’s wedding which was held at Chelsea Lighthouse. My sister in law told me she hired a day of event planner for the wedding so she would not have to worry about logistics. Michelle, from Details Made Simple was the event planner and she was top notch. The 2 families that Michelle had to deal with the day of were loud and all over the place – in a good way of course. Michelle stuck to the plan that the Bride and her Mother discussed with Michelle and Michelle kept the group on point during family pictures, was on top of the ceremony details, and all the details during the wedding.
As an event planner myself I was very impressed with the terrific job that Michelle did and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a day of planner. My sister who is a type A person as well told Michelle that she would get married again just so Michelle could be her wedding planner. We just loved her, loved her calm demeanor, and professionalism. 5 Stars!!!!!!
Holly & Joao
Where to begin?! Carla, our wedding coordinator, knocked it out of the park! We hired her for our wedding this past weekend, and she was a complete life saver. There is no way that I would’ve been able to get our special day up and off of the ground without her! Our farm wedding was completely DIY and she made that barn a beautiful venue that suited our personalities perfectly. And when we learned the weather wouldn’t cooperate (meaning we’d have to move our ceremony indoors), Carla didn’t shy away from the task of rearranging the reception space so we could make room for the ceremony, and then decorate the space for the ceremony – no small undertaking! She did such a great job that our families and friends kept remarking about “that lady who has been running around all night who made everything so lovely”, and a few are hoping to book her for their own weddings. And the next day, the site manager of the farm raved about how unbelievably well Carla handled everything – she hasn’t seen anyone like her before at other weddings!
Details Made Simple helped us keep a complicated and overwhelming planning process relatively calm and organized. Need help getting invitations addressed and mailed? Check. Need signage printed and framed? Check. Need someone to talk you down from the bridal-sanity precipice you’re teetering on? Check. Problems with vendors, or need recommendations? Check. Need someone to cat herd your bridal party and queue your ceremony? Check. Need someone to do the same with your many vendors? Check. Need someone to set up and dismantle your big, cumbersome DIY ceremony AND reception?? CHECK! Need an amazing wedding coordinator who will bring all of the elements of your wedding together so you’re not worrying about it on your special day? Go with Details Made Simple!!
Lauren & Jim
I worked with Carla from Details Made Simple for my mid-August wedding. I strongly recommend her and all of her services for your upcoming wedding. She was thoughtful, listened to my needs, came through at the last second (due to my lack of planning), and most importantly was great to work with. I’ve detailed below my interactions of working with Carla, but overall, she is totally worth every penny. You can’t imagine having one of your family members, friends, or yourself doing the kinds of things she does -right- before your big day! Save yourself A LOT of hassle and get in touch with her RIGHT NOW!
I was an out of state bride who needed help near the wedding venue. My initial phone call with Carla, before I contracted her, was hours after I emailed her. She’s extremely quick to respond through any type of communication. She gave me a ton of advice during our initial call. Once I contracted her, she periodically checked in and asked what she could help out with. Since I’m out of state, I only met with her once-during a holiday weekend nonetheless- before my rehearsal/wedding. She provides you a ton of helpful sheet to get organized (hint- USE THEM!). Carla was a total lifesaver at the rehearsal and helped organize everyone. She made the flow of the ceremony work- coordinating me in the limo, the priest, the music. At the reception, Carla made magic of my supplies and decorations, placing pictures, décor, and favors out. Because of her work, my husband and I got to enjoy the reception so much more! She really worked hard and has a natural talent for this work. I can’t say enough great things about her!
Samantha & Gary
Our wedding was a little more than a month ago and our wedding planner was the fabulous Ms. Michelle Perez. I discovered Details made simple through the knot. I sent a email and immediately I got a reply from Michelle. We hire Michelle about six months prior to our wedding. We were pretty far along in our planning but we needed Michelle to put everything together. She was great with vendor recommendations, wedding ideas and most of all support. Michelle became my mom and I’s bestie. She was the go to, in every aspect of the wedding as well as our honeymoon. On the day of our wedding there was a small issue with our transportation, but Michelle was on it. We did not have to worry about anything. We don’t know Michelle personally, but her amiable nature, patience, assertiveness, kindness and coordination, puts her at the top of her game. We Love you Michelle, thanks for everything. God Bless
Lauren & Henry
WOW! Where to begin? If you want to know the definition of ‘above and beyond’, look no further than Details Made Simple.
We had a wedding at Sandy Hook, so aside from having the land, no other venue services were offered. We knew that we didn’t want a full-time planner because we were excited to have creative control over our big day. However, we soon recognized that while we had our vendors and visions, we had no way of putting it all together on the day of!
After much research, enter Details Made Simple. We were immediately swept off of our feet by Carla. Her focus was on offering help EVERY step of the way. We soon realized that we made the best decision ever hiring her! Lines of communication were always open when we asked tons of “what if” questions. She was solution-oriented, which helped turn down our stress levels tremendously. Additionally, she happily offered to tackle countless “to-do”‘s that were piling up; she shopped for wedding accents, printed menus and programs, handmade our guest bags…the list goes on. Genuine, savvy and ridiculously creative, she was SUCH a pleasure to work with pre-wedding day.
We thank Carla from the bottom of our hearts for making our day absolute perfection. Without her help, it wouldn’t have been even close to the dream it materialized to be. Among so many other things; she coordinated all vendors, set up and ensured the decor was spot on, and made sure everything went exactly as planned. All of these things were done with such calm and control. She even helped me bustle my dress with emergency safety pins after the original failed!
It is the most important day of someone’s life and the fact that we had her by our side made it FEEL that way because we didn’t have to worry about a single thing – we were able to focus on fun and love. Out of every single vendor we hired, Details Made Simple was one that we deem priceless and recommend without reservation or regret…they were our wedding rockstars!!
Jill & Michael
I rarely write online reviews, but Carla made such a personal, professional and detail oriented contribution to our wedding – I want other brides to know! I hired Carla for day-of services, but from day #1 she provided so much more. I gave her pages and pages of detailed notes on my vision. She executed on ALL of it. We had a lot going on, from photo displays, to detailed table setting plans to flowers being moved around. She gave warm attention to every detail. She calmed my nerves. On the day of, I really could relax and focus on the day because I knew I could count on Carla to get it done. Throughout the wedding planning process, I could buzz her at any time. She shared great ideas with me and helped me work through the execution of my own ideas. She was always professional, calm and courteous. Our wedding vision simply would not have been possible or realized without her. I highly recommend her to any bride who has a discriminating sense of detail and who needs a helping hand in the wedding planning process.
Victoria & Dave
Michelle was incredible on the day of our wedding. I don’t know what I would have done without her honestly. She came and took on so much for me and told me to sit down and relax which I really needed to do! We threw our wedding at my parents farm so it was hard to hand over control but she was all for it and I’m glad that I did! My only regret is not having her stay for the whole evening ( we told her she could leave after the speeches) and the cake cutting was sorta lost in the night. I would totally recommend her for any event! Its worth every penny!!!
Danielle & Chris
Details Made Simple was one of those things that we didn’t know we needed until we met Shade’ Coleman. Hiring her was the BEST decision we made for our wedding. She was extremely professional and managed to keep me (the bride) calm during the entire wedding planning process. Through my bridezilla moments, Shade’ tirelessly worked to solve the issues and never once lost her cool. Not only was she a superwoman at her job, but we felt like she was a friend (and sometimes a therapist we could confide in. She was quick to answer ALL of my questions, eager to help in any way, and led me through each step.
We had so many boxes of DIY decorations and day-of items that needed to be delivered to the venue and set up, as well as many back and forth drop offs and logistics- She went above and way beyond what our contract outlined, executed our vision perfectly, and our wedding was more than we ever expected. We were able to fully enjoy our wedding day without stressing about ANYTHING (what an awesome feeling it was!) We absolutely could not have pulled off such a great day without Shade’ and ‘Details Made Simple’, and we were SO blessed to have worked with her.
Meredith & John
Shade was my day of wedding coordinator from Details Made Simple. I can’t say enough about how she took the stress of making sure every detail that I planned actually was implemented. After all, I spent a year creating each element of my big day but I didn’t want to be worried about which family member or bridesmaid had to stop enjoying the moment to help with all of the many wedding day tasks.
She came to the hotel where we were getting ready to check in on use and make sure we were on schedule. I originally only thought she would start her day at the church. I had the bouquets delivered to the bridal suite and I wanted to have letter charms tied to around the stems and Shade jumped right in and did that. Right then I know the day was in great hands. She also lugged tubs out of the hotel full of the ceremony items that I couldn’t deliver to the church before hand. That was a potential issue I didn’t realize would be one until the rehearsal the day before. I another example of how everyone needs a day of coordinator since these things pop up and you need someone trustworthy to handle them.
Once we were at the golf club Shade along with the help of her intern was hard at work getting all of my little details set up i.e. thumb print tree painting, sign in book, memorial candle with pictures, cocktail signs, directional signs etc.
One thing I wanted most was a send off. I wanted a glow stick send off since sparklers aren’t allowed in NJ. She made sure it started at 10:55 PM just as planned and all the guests had their glow sticks handed to them by her. This was the last moment of the wedding and I wanted it to go smoothly and I know getting all of my friends and family to gather at once and away from the dance floor wouldn’t have been easy but Shade was up to the challenge.
I highly recommend Shade and Details Made Simple! Trust me you need a day of coordinator and Details made simple is the best in the business.
From Brides Mom: A Day of Wedding coordinator was a gift I gave to myself – the Mother of the Bride. At the beginning I’m sure everyone else in the family thought this was a “luxury” but it soon became clear that Shade Coleman was a necessity. I checked her Linked In profile and I was very pleased to see that she is a Johnson & Wales University graduate, a school very well known for its hospitality major. We were pleased to see on the day of the wedding that Shade brought Tiffany, an intern who will graduate from Kean University and wanted real life experience. They both took care of absolutely everything and I was able to enjoy the wedding ceremony and reception to the maximum. Mothers, do yourselves a favor and invest in a a Day of Coordinator- you will end up thinking it was the best money you spent on your daughter’s wedding!
From Maid of Honor: As Maid of Honor and Meredith’s twin, I also would like to say invest in a day of coordinator. I was one of those people who thought this was a waste, and I thought why not use the money and invite more guests. Oh boy was I wrong! Not having to worry about ALL of my sister’s MANY little touches (which helped to create a very personalized wedding) was amazing! Believe me you don’t have have time to talk to your family and friends, and if I was helping to arrange the kid’s craft table, ensuring the band and centerpieces showed, I would’t have enjoyed myself as much as I did. As it was, the bridesmaid’s and I decorated the couple’s going away car, and I missed Meredith dancing with our grandpa, I only saw that moment in the pictures. If or more like WHEN I get married, Shade and team will be at my wedding along with Brian Kirk and the Jerks! Both made my sister’s wedding the BEST EVER!!!
Norma and Marq
Why go anywhere else?!?! Carla was simply fabulous!!!! She made my wedding day perfect, she knew exactly what I wanted and provided me with excellent service. The bridal party loved her!! She took charge and made sure everything ran smoothly, even thou I wasn’t the most organized bride !!! If I could I would use Details Made Simple a hundred times over!!! Thank you Carla for making my day a special one!!
Suzanne & Kevin
Carla of Details Made Simple is Simply Amazing at Details!!!! If I could give more than 5 stars I would in a heart beat. From the start of planning I knew I wanted to be a D.I.Y. bride. But after months of planning I came to the realization that I would somehow need to execute all of these crafts and details I had worked so hard on. That’s when the panic started to set in. That’s also when I found Details Made Simple and Carla Friday.
From our first conversation I knew she got me. By the end of that first call my panic had turned to excitement and I knew without question that she would turn my vision into reality and make all my wedding dreams come true. Throughout the rest of the planning process she was there whenever I needed her whether it be to set my mind at ease or to bounce ideas off of. As the wedding drew closer the nerves began to settle in. With a simple call, text or email Carla would erase any worries I was having, which honestly wasn’t often because I had her in my corner! There is nothing I can say but that my day far surpassed my dreams.
Carla and another of her staff, Michelle, seemed to have been in my head. Everything was set up exactly how I had pictured. Even with some unexpected rain they made a plan and kept things going. Walking into my reception space I was almost in tears. Everything looked better than I had even imagined. Every detail was perfectly placed.The manager of the reception hall made a point to tell me that in all of his many years in this business he has met coordinators who are simply nightmares. He expressed that Carla, however, was by far the best he had ever worked with. He said to me that he appreciated her professionalism as well as her rapport not only with himself but with the other vendors and guests as well. He also said he could tell she was genuinely a good person and cares about her clients, which I one thousand percent agree with. In fact, many of my vendors have praised Carla and Details Made Simple.
Carla and her staff are knowledgeable, professional and personable. I tend to be a control freak so to give control over to someone else is a hard thing for me to do, especially when it’s my wedding.I can say without reservation that I confidently gave all control over to Carla that day. I can also honestly say that my wedding was everything I dreamed it would be. In turn I was completely stress free and able to completely enjoy my day. There is nothing I would change about my wedding day. Carla was my angel that day as well as the months leading up to it. There are no words to thank her enough for bringing my dreams into reality. Details Made Simple was by far the best money I spent on the wedding. I would without a doubt recommend that any bride consider hiring Details Made Simple.
Andy & Marvin
Carla of Details Made Simple was absolutely great. We planed our wedding on short notice and Carla made it all go smoothly. She was responsive to our frequent questions and gave us a lot of good advice, all very promptly. On the day of our wedding she did everything and made it effortless for my husband and me. She also gave us emotional support whenever we were anxious about the wedding. She not only made absolutely sure everything was ready during the process, but if there were anything that could have potentially been an issue in our planning she took care of it before it would happen. If this website allowed, we would give Carla 10 stars instead of 5 stars! We truly think she is the best.
Cindy & Kevin
Though everyone dreams of a perfect wedding it is almost impossible, as little things can and will go wrong in the days leading up to and on you wedding.
Carla Friday was the reason all those little things didn’t affect my special day and it all seemingly went without a hitch. She replied to all hour of the day emails and phone calls in a timely manner with a can-do spirit resulting in positive outcomes. She handled the minutiae and the significant details with equal importance ensuring my day go smoothly.
She was like my guardian angel on a day that I needed it the most. I honestly don’t want to imagine my wedding day without her.
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Marie & Tom
Shadé, thank you so very much for helping us to make our wedding day so special – it was such a relief knowing that you were behind the scenes making sure things ran so smoothly.
The best decision we made was to hire you! You were fabulous, and your knowledge and experience was so very helpful. Knowing that you were there, and had everything under control, Tom and I knew we did not have to worry about anything! We were able to have fun and enjoy ourselves with our families and friends.
You should know that we were most appreciative of you always reminding us that you would be available for any questions or concerns we may have prior to our wedding. That’s a great thing to hear from your planner! Thank you!
Your services were invaluable, and If we had our wedding to plan over again we would not think twice about hiring you as our Wedding coordinator again.
We were lucky to find you and would be delighted to recommend Details Made Simple to anyone many times over! Our wedding day would not have been the same experience without you! Thanks again!
Erin & George
Details Made Simple helped my husband and I focus on many other matters leading up to our wedding day, and took much of the angst and worry out of the logistical details in the weeks and days before our marriage. Carla took the time to discuss options and alternatives as well as keeping focus on what we wanted to incorporate to make this our special day. Without them, we would have been much more concerned with extraneous details that would not have been made simple for us. The name of the organization truly describes the value we received from them, and I would be happy to recommend to others.
Ivonne & Andy
Working with Carla for my outdoor, tented wedding made the day of as PERFECT as it gets. Carla completely understood my style, wishes and expectations and made sure everything was exactly the way I wanted. My venue was challenging, as I had not seen the actual tent set up before booking, therefore I relied heavily on Carla for her opinions on some of my ideas. She was ALWAYS available for me – morning, noon or night. From early morning texts to late night messages, Carla always made sure to give me her advice and opinion whenever I needed it. On the day of, she was professional and super friendly. She made me the most stress-free bride in the world! My friends and family all loved her and now want to book her for their weddings! I know my wedding would not have been as magical as it was had it not been for Carla making sure all of my little details were perfect. She went above and beyond my expectations and because of her so did my wedding. Thank you Carla – you rock!
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Suzette & Karl
I worked with Shadé and purchased the VIB Package. I am still getting compliments about her from people who were part of my wedding. I decided to get married at a new venue, which has its fair share of ups and downs and unknowns, but it’s one way to ensure I didn’t have a cookie-cutter wedding. I definitely needed someone on hand to make sure that the little things important to me were going smoothly despite all the craziness of picking a new place. I probably only hired her less than 3 months before the wedding, but she was fielding so many calls/texts/emails from me, giving advice and meeting me plenty of times throughout the process that I feel like we have known each other for much longer at this point. Anyway, Shadé was a much-needed extra set of hands for us and I felt like there were really no limits with her. She printed our escort cards and made signs for the ceremony and reception. We didn’t ask for the latter but they were definitely a good idea! She made sure my parents and I had everything we needed packed aside for after the wedding and didn’t leave the venue until we did, for example. When one of our groomsmen left his wallet in his tux pocket (he lives in Hawaii and we are in NJ), she went through all the bags for us and met us as soon as we could get to a central location. She was professional throughout and really loves what she does!
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Farzeen & Adilson
Shadé Coleman was my day-of-coordinator at my wedding on September 1st. From the very beginning, she was very organized and kept in contact. I chose to have a coordinator because working full-time and going to school, I didn’t know if I would have maintained my sanity to run my wedding. I purchased the Very-Important-Bride Package that included a little bit of planning help. Before the wedding, Shadé looked at my contracts and offered suggestions for different vendors. During the rehearsal, she was able to organize the group and create a nice order of events in the ceremony. Her minute by minute timeline of the wedding day helped as well! Finally, when the actual wedding day arrived, Shadé took control and got the wedding party from point A and B. She made sure my husband and I didn’t accidentally run into each other before our first look ceremony. When we were running behind on formal portraits in the ceremony area, Shadé ushered all early guests into the hall in the venue so we would have extra time to take pictures. After the ceremony, she ushered all guests to the cocktail hour and made sure they arrived to the reception event on time. Post-wedding feedback by the guests were that it was a beautiful and super-organized wedding. Having Shadé on hand meant that there was someone to handle the details (a professional who enjoys her job) and that I could enjoy my wedding day a lot more than I would have. Even my husband- who was skeptical of the wedding industry, including planners/coordinators all told me at the end of our wedding day that Shadé was a great investment!
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Leslie & Kyle
Hiring Carla Friday was the best decision I made. I had never heard of a day of coordinator… after realizing I didn’t really need a wedding planner ( or could really afford one) someone mentioned a day of coordinator. I spoke with a few DOC’s, but Carla stuck out the most. She was the only DOC that started throwing out great ideas, and brainstorming about my visions. Even though she was a DOC, she sat down and talked to me like she was my best friend who was so excited to help me with the wedding in any way. We had a tented wedding at a vineyard ( so brought everything in from the tent, so chairs, to forks etc). Carla ran the show our entire wedding day- from greeting vendors and directing them where to go, what to do, etc, to setting up my decor and ensuring everything ran smoothly – she really did it all. If we needed to find a family member for pictures, or grab our flip flops, or move flowers… anything, she was our girl. I cant tell you how many times me, my mom or the bridesmaids would say, lets ask Carla, Carla can help, Carla will do it! You want to be able to enjoy your day and not worry about anything. She is the sole reason I was stress free on my wedding day- she worked from morning until night making sure everything was taken care of. If I can give any advice it would be to hire Carla- you are buying your way to a stress free, worry free, relaxed wedding day.. and to me that is priceless!
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Paul & Emi
Shadé was amazing A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. She was on top of everything and because of her diligence we caught a major seating mistake the venue made. She literally saved our reception from being an awkward mess. She is extremely professional and even more personable! She is an exemplary employee. Our wedding was a logistical pain in the ass and I credit her for making it all work out beautifully. I will highly recommend your company and Shadé when the time comes.
Shannon & Steve
I hired Carla for my wedding at a venue that was gorgeous but very difficult to deal with if you are the “DIY” bride that I was with a great deal of props and decorations! Despite a few bumps in the road with the venue, Carla helped to work it all out. The day of was absolutely perfect and Carla and Michelle worked tirelessly to make sure that it was everything I wanted and more. Working with Carla was a pleasure and her kindness and professionalism will sure be missed! The best investment of our day!!!!
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Megan & Matthew
Shadé took care of challenges without my husband or I even knowing those challenges existed during our wedding. Through out the whole wedding planning process, Shadé was helpful and understanding of what we needed and when we needed it. She was always helpful and willing to step in at anytime. My grandmother passed away 5 days before my wedding. Shadé took on extra work to assist us as we planned a funeral around our wedding. She was a big help in getting things organized the day of and leading into the wedding. Thanks so much Shadé!
Katie & Michael
Working with Carla made everything day of so much easier. Our wedding was very involved and without location support as it was an outdoor public arboretum. Carla was able to organize, react, push forward, and basically run the show for us on the day of! She was professional and simply a joy to have been a part of our special day!
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Katie & Matt
Carla was amazing, knowing she was there to handle hiccups that could and did happen was very reassuring. She corrals attendants, tackles delayed transportation, makes sure your vision is executed, and brings great energy to the day. I recently “gifted” her to my maid of honor who is getting married in November.
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This wedding was also published in NJ Bride Magazine Spring 2014 Issue.
Amanda & Ben
I am very happy with the services provided by Details Made Simple. My coordinator Carla was very professional, helpful and exceedingly kind. I chose the day of coordinator package and added decorating help as well. Carla was very knowledgeable about all aspects of a wedding and was a good resource during the planning stages. It was a relief to have a team I could trust running my rehearsal, my wedding ceremony, and get all the things I bought back to me at the end of the night. I am grateful to Details Made Simple for keeping my big day calm and easy to enjoy knowing Carla was so on top of everything!
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Nancy & Roland
We wanted a day of planner to ensure that we were on time with the events throughout the day and to take some of the pressures off of my mom on setup and execution. Carla was our day of planner and she was amazing! We met with Carla 3 months prior to our wedding to go over initial details and the overall wedding day. She was organized, attentive, and a joy to speak to. She was open to having us email her ideas and even lend a hand to get some of the wedding prep done. We loved that she was so friendly and had a very calming aura about her. During the day she was there to setup the ceremony & reception. She ensured that all the work and detail we put into the day was executed and even ran out last min to grab items we forgot. She didn’t let me get stressed out that day even though it was a hectic wedding. I am so happy we had her for our day of planning and would recommend that all brides have a day of coordinator to make your wedding day go as smooth as possible.
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Jackie & DeShaun
Words cannot express how grateful we are to have you as our wedding coordinator! You truly shine at what you do. What more can we say? You have gone above and beyond the call of duty and we cannot thank you enough and we wish you nothing but the best! Thank You!
Laura & Mike
Having Carla as a day of event coordinator was like having an extra set of eyes and ears on every single detail. Her discerning taste, her watchful gaze, her sense of anticipation….all let me relax, knowing that Carla was looking out for everything. She made it all look easy, and put us all at ease. I think every bride should treat herself to Carla!!! Thank you again for a job well done!
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Jen & Jeff
Shadé was so great to work with! She helped to make my wedding day so enjoyable and stress-free, and I had a WONDERFUL time knowing that all of the details were taken care of for me! I was a somewhat clueless bride with some of the details like ceremony/procession order, making a schedule for the day, etc., and luckily Shadé was there to help guide me through the process. We also had some seating issues at our reception (i.e., missing seating cards for a few guests), which she took care of immediately and which I actually didn’t even know about until I came back from the honeymoon. I would highly recommend working with her as she was nice, professional, competent, and hard-working, and really made me feel confident that my day would go off without a hitch, which it did!!!
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Julia & Marty
Carla went above and beyond to make my day the best I could ever have hoped for! She dealt with the worst of situations with the greatest of ease and made the impossible, possible! My wedding was a difficult one with all sorts of elements being constantly thrown at us and Carla not only battled the elements and made everything come together perfectly, she made sure that I was sheltered from the storm…literally! I never felt any of the stress, she calmed my nerves and made sure that I was totally taken care of from start to finish. All of the many details were taken care of and managed beautifully. She even was able to have her own Father do our tent decorations when we had no one! My Father said that while the wedding was unstructured it was perfectly organized and felt as though it was always under control. I agree whole heartedly! I couldn’t have gotten through this without her!!! Thank you Carla and Details Made Simple for giving me an amazing wedding day that I will remember forever!!”
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Danielle & Collin
I first called Carla after finding out that my venue’s even coordinator and team was not responsible for assembling or taking down the wedding decor. I found Carla on this site and called her in a panic. I was planning my wedding from another state and this had just added to the stress. She was so friendly and was so reassuring that things would be fine. After talking with Carla a few times, I decided to hire her as my day of coordinator. We kept in contact for the few months leading up to the wedding and she was always quick to respond and gave the best advice. You can tell she really loves what she does! As if that wasn’t enough, Carla did the most amazing job pulling together my wedding vision with just TWO hours of setup time! The venue let vendors in only two hours prior to the start of the ceremony and after hearing that, Carla didn’t even flinch. She assured me that I shouldn’t worry and that she would pull it together. When I walked into the venue and first saw the setup, I was extremely pleased to say the least! It looked better than I even imagined in my head-she knew exactly what I was looking for, even better than I did! The whole night went off without a hitch and I swear I couldn’t have done it without her! She was truly a miracle worker!
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This wedding was also published in Destination I Do Magazine Fall 2013 Issue
Jill & Chris
Our wedding day was FLAWLESS because of you. Our whole family thought you did a spectacular job and talked about it all weekend!!! When I saw the how you set up the reception, after months of planning, I burst into tears. You’re like Carla Tutera, making bride’s dreams come true.
Everything went PERFECTLY!!! I was so nervous that it wouldn’t come together but you thought of everything and made the whole day flow. I just can’t even thank you enough for making our wedding day one the best of my life.Chris and I are lucky to have found you, Carla. Thank you so much for everything! You went above and beyond. The investment in a coordinator pays for itself! You saved us weeks of stressing, you gave us so many awesome creative ideas to make the wedding special and you saved us a ton of money with your advice.
Love you girl!! I’ll probably still email you funky wedding ideas from time to time since I’m not ready to say goodbye.
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Jen & Sam
Shadé went above and beyond my expectations. She was extremely helpful from our first interaction up through the week of the wedding, checking in to make sure I was on track and providing helpful tidbits of information along the way. But where Shadé really made a HUGE impact was the day of the wedding. There were a few specific tasks – setting up place cards, indoor lighting – that I asked her to do and she did them perfectly. She even made a really creative and fun display with the place cards that people were raving about all night! In addition to these specific tasks, Shadé was there with me from the beginning of the day all the way through to the end of the night, helping with last minute reminders, coordinating with our vendors, and of course providing access to the emergency kit (which we used!). This saved my mom and me a ton of stress; we didn’t need to worry about a thing and could just enjoy the day. In addition to all of this, Shadé is helpful and easy to work with. I’m so glad she was there for our wedding!!
Ali & Matt
I cannot say enough amazing things about Carla and Details Made Simple. When I first met Carla, I was impressed with her professionalism and her desire to get to know me and my wedding. I always felt like Carla understood my vision and helped me execute it beyond my dreams. While I used her “day of coordination” service, what I received was well beyond that day.
Carla was available for pre-wedding phone calls and emails, and was constantly sending cute pins and Etsy posts that went along with my theme. Right before the wedding, she came to my home and picked up many of the supplies to transport to the venue. At the rehearsal, she was able to tame our rowdy crowd and make sure everyone was comfortable with their role.
I am normally a stressed out person. On my wedding day, however, I was calm and happy, and had so much fun. My mom, sisters, and bridesmaids were the same way. I attribute this to Carla and Details Made Simple. I was confident that she understood my vision, and she executed it beautifully. If there were any problems, I still don’t know about them. Thank you Carla for making my wedding wonderful!
Vinaya & Robby
I wholeheartedly recommend Carla and the Details Made Simple staff to any bride-to-be out there looking for assistance with wedding day coordination. I hired Carla as a “day-of” coordinator, but her services really went above and beyond just that day. I was in my final semester at grad school and planning a wedding from long-distance and Carla helped keep me sane throughout the process. She would email and check in on things, set up face to face meetings, coordinate with my vendors for me and really just tried to figure out any and every possible way to make my life easier. We had a very large wedding (350ppl!) and Carla offered to bring another wedding coordinator along to ease my nerves and both Carla and Shadé worked flawlessly together. What I loved most about working with her is that she is sincere in her efforts to make life easier for the bride. She actually offered to hand write my escort cards for me because she knew I was stressing about them. Even though I didn’t take her up on the offer (I would have felt too guilty!), I know she would have done so in a heartbeat. She is the kind of wedding coordinator that hands you her entire bag of cough drops because she knows that you are sick with a cough a few days before your wedding (which happened to me). She is extremely well organized and all of my anxiety about having the wedding run smoothly and avoiding any crazy wedding day catastrophes were put to rest, a large part because I had Carla by my side. She really gave me Peace of Mind the day of my wedding, which in my opinion, is priceless for any bride.
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Ashley & Eric
As an event planner myself I was looking for someone I could trust to make my wedding vision a reality. The best planning decision I made was hiring Carla Friday. My day was absolutely perfect and I owe it all to her. I was able to enjoy my wedding day the way a bride should because I knew that Carla was on site handling whatever was thrown her way. Everyone from the photographer to the Band commented on how lucky I was to have her, and every time I look at my wedding pictures I am reminded of what an amazing job she did. My first word of advice to anyone I meet that is getting married is to hire Details Made Simple.
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Kim & Lu
I couldn’t have EVER had such an amazing wedding if it wasn’t for Carla and her team at Details Made Simple. I knew I needed a day of planner when my fiance got called up to attend the police academy 3.5 months before our wedding and EVERYTHING was left to me. As the wedding grew closer panic set in. I knew I’d be able to get everything together, but who was going make sure everything was EXACTLY the way I wanted.
In stepped Details Made Simple! Carla, the owner, calmed me down, she assured me that every little detail would be executed perfectly, and it was. My hubby calls her my angel. We didn’t have to worry about a thing, and after a year and a half of planning, we deserved to enjoy ourselves, and we never would have if it wasn’t for them.
Carla came with me for walk throughs and acted as my stand in fiance’ since he was away and I truly don’t think I will ever be able to thank her enough. All brides need a day of planner so they can actually ENJOY THEMSELVES!! I will be recommending them to all of my engaged friends and know that they will continue making crazy brides like me, sane on their special day for years to come. Thank you Ladies!!!
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