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Alex and Jyss
FORESAW ALL THE LITTLE DETAILS AND SPECIAL MOMENTS
Keen Events came in and COMPLETELY SAVED THE DAY. I honestly can't say enough good things about Elise. She worked with what we needed and negotiated a really difficult situation that honestly saved the wedding. Thank you so so much Elise. We could never have done it without you.
Loved working with Elise and her team as my day-of wedding coordinator! She was professional, very communicative, and foresaw all the little details and special moments we didn't even think of. I absolutely recommend Keen Events PDX!
Kim and Nate
WE WERE EXCITED AND RELAXED BECAUSE SHE HANDLED EVERYTHING
Elise is SO good at her job. She has excellent experience navigating the complexities of weddings, couples, vendors, and guests. She provides direct and thoughtful advice that help steer decision making. She is detailed, focused, and organized. The weeks leading up to the event, we were excited and relaxed because she handled everything, which allowed my partner and I to enjoy our very special day. The wedding went off without a hitch and it's largely due to Elise and her extraordinary management. A million thanks, Elise, for all of your hard work and coordination. You are simply the best! For couples who are hesitant or looking elsewhere, stop right here and just hire her. She is worth every penny!
Karolynh and Kelvin
Wald House, PDX
WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS AND OVER DELIVERED.
We cannot recommend Keen Events PDX enough! Elise understood our budget but kept it realistic, gave us options but we weren’t overwhelmed, paid attention to our likes/dislikes and made sure we were happy with our decisions, checked in on me (the bride) at just the right moments and when I didn’t realize I needed it, and responded to my texts/emails within minutes and was available at (what felt like) a moment's notice. To have unlimited communication with your wedding coordinator is, I believe, so important because planning can get hectic! What was top priority for us though was to be sustainable and eco-friendly, and Keen is green certified. We hit the jackpot!
Elise has incredible attention to detail and an eye for design. Our wedding was cozy and intimate but it still felt like an event, which is exactly what we wanted. All of the details, both seen and heard (I know there were more), made our 10-person wedding so beautiful. On the day of, she made sure I was kept out of all of the hustle and bustle and I am so thankful she did because I’m the type to ask “What happened? Who needs what? How can I help?” I was able to be present and relax because of her.
She went beyond our expectations and over delivered. Again, we cannot recommend her enough and will suggest her to all future brides/grooms without hesitation!
Alexis and David
Summit Grove Lodge (Washington)
GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY AND REMINDED ME TO RELAX AND ABSORB EVERY MOMENT
If I could suggest one thing to every bride I come across in my lifetime, it's to hire Elise (Keen Events PDX). Elise was worth her weight in gold and so much more! She solved every worry and problem that came up while also making sure I still felt in control. She answered every email, phone call, and text without hesitation! During the wedding she handled everything...I mean everything. From setup to take down she was there either making sure it got done correctly, or doing it herself. She was also ready to handle our wedding crasher situation with whatever force necessary! She is fierce when it comes to the couples she's working with! But more than anything, Elise, you gave me the opportunity and reminded me to relax and absorb every moment and detail of my wedding day. You took the dreams I had been concocting for years and turned them into my reality. Thank you for more than you could ever know.
S & J
THE VALUE THEY BRING TO THE SUCESS OF YOUR WEDDING IS BEYOND THE PRICE YOU PAY
We do not even know where to start, but Elise from Keen Events does, which is why you will be so relieved if you are lucky enough to have her on your team when planning your wedding. We started seriously looking for a wedding day-of coordinator only 3 months before our wedding date even though we had the date saved a year and half before. By some miracle, Elise was available to take us on. We originally were looking for just a day-of coordinator, but every single one we contacted was booked until we received a response from Elise saying she was available but that she does not offer day-of only services, and for good reason. She starts by offering partial-planning, and I think most people need this when planning a wedding if you hope to enjoy any part of your wedding day. The moment we officially booked Keen Events, we had a long and thorough consultation meeting where Elise assessed our progress with a calm and very collected demeanor. We were in mostly okay shape, but still needed to complete hundreds of small details as well as book our final vendors. She laid out our tasks in manageable order and helped us to understand our priorities to get to the finish line.
Working with her on her planning software was easy because she walks you through it, and being able to communicate with her there was so essential to our hectic work schedule. I could open up the software anytime to knock out little tasks, but she also was essential in making sure I was logging in to do so. We had so much work travel leading up to our wedding, but Elise made time every week to check in with us and work on our schedule. We wanted to incorporate so many of our own personal details into the wedding, and she did everything in her power and her network to help us accomplish them. She knew where to triple check on details that we overlooked with our vendors so that we avoided any and all day-of emergencies. I cannot express how valuable her services are leading up to the wedding. There is SO MUCH communication in the final week with vendors and I cannot imagine how much more stressed and worried we would have been if she was not onboard fielding emails and communication left and right. She held down our team of vendors with all the direction they needed and expressed our vision clearly where it still needed to be. This allowed us to actually meet and greet our guests as they arrived in town, as well as finish up all of our final tasks and prep at home. We are so grateful for the role Keen Events played in the success of our wedding day. Our guests had such a wonderful time, and the whole day was so incredibly smooth. We cannot recommend Keen Events enough and can confidently say that the value they bring to the success of your wedding is beyond the price you pay for their services.
Kelsey and Jake
The Woodlands House
WITH ELISE AT THE HELM, I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETELY RELAX ON MY WEDDING DAY.
Elise is a force to be reckoned with.
I worked with Elise, the owner and lead planner of Keen, to plan and execute my wedding and I couldn't be more blown away. We started to work together at the end of 2019 and ended up needing to push our wedding a year due to the pandemic. Elise was there with me every step of the way to help navigate how to communicate the change to our vendors and our guests; she not only had great advice but that advice was rooted in understanding who we were as a couple and the type of event we wanted to execute. She made herself available to us if we had any questions or concerns and checked in with us regularly as state mandates and rules changed. Having her there to help us understand how the changing news effected our wedding helped to cut the anxiety and allowed us to make thoughtful, real-time decisions that we were confident in.
When we got closer to the wedding day, Elise took over all vendor management and communication. I knew I could rely on her with all of the minute details I had been storing in my brain over the last year and a half and it put my mind at ease to know she was picking up right where I left off. She was hyper-organized and direct when she needed to be - exactly what you want (and need!) from your planner.
Elise also handled the day-of coordination of our wedding, with the help of her husband who was also a badass and handled our music, parking and general assistance. With Elise at the helm, I was able to completely relax on my wedding day. She showed up day-of with the most incredible charcuterie boards for our wedding party (separate for bridal and groom suites), made sure we were happy and had a glass of champagne in our hands and got right to work. She checked in many times throughout the day to ensure we were comfortable and gave us updates on how the setup was progressing (as someone who has trouble delegating, this was so helpful in calming my nerves). She managed and oversaw all of the vendors (which there were many - catering, photography, florals, bar, transportation, restrooms, lighting, etc) and helped to set up four distinct areas that our guests would be shuffled between throughout the evening. She ran the entire event, making sure everything went off without a hitch - including checking in with us to ensure we had a drink in our hands and that any family dynamics were being kept at bay so we could be present and fully enjoy the event.
At the end of the night, my husband and I came back to a tidy suite (including our wedding party who were also staying in the house), flower arrangements thoughtfully placed by bedsides and my cell phone plugged in. She also wrote us a sweet note that tied up any loose end details we might be wondering about. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU ASK FOR?! She truly thought of everything.
I can't express enough how highly I'd recommend working with Keen Events for any of your wedding and event needs. Their service list is endless (it seems as though there is nothing they can't do!) and their pricing is extremely reasonable for the value and experience. If there was only one recommendation I could make to a future bride, it would be to hire a coordinator so you can relax, enjoy and be fully present on your big day. Well, that and to hire Keen Events.
Malcolm and Bingjei
Thornewood Castle (Washington)
SAVED OUR WEDDING IN LESS THAN 72 HOURS
Keen Events deserve way more than 5 stars. Elise and Sam met me and literally saved my wedding with less than 72 hour notice. If you want rock star coordinators that will turn a mess of a situation into the perfect event look no further.
A week before our wedding a series of conflicts left us without a day-of coordinator 4 days before our wedding- a nightmare situation. At that point we had 7 vendors and no uniform schedule, very little ongoing communication with them, and were getting wed in a notoriously difficult venue to work with. We frantically emailed everyone in the Pacific Northwest just hoping to get some help.
After 30 or so emails and zero successful responses from vendors, we reached out to Elise 3 days prior to the event and heard back right away. After asking for a few more details, she took on the challenge and hit the ground running. She got in touch with all of our vendors, took us through the entire wedding planning process in a single day, shifted around her undoubtedly crazy schedule (post COVID lockdown), and drove for hours to get to our event on Sunday.
At the wedding, Elise and Sam made our entire event run smoothly, from the vendor setup, to the photography, to the ceremony, to the reception, to even finding a way to take care of our puppy during the entire day. They were putting out fires left and right and the wedding went off without a hitch.
But the worst wasn't over! Our venue waited until during our reception dinner to tell us about additional forms that needed signing (we were there from 2PM-10PM and had the venue booked and paid for for a year) and were ready to drag us out of the celebration to deal with it. Elise and Sam refused to let this get in the way and handled the entire situation seamlessly.
My wife will never forget how perfect our wedding day was, and it is all thanks to Elise, Sam, and Keen Events.
Rachel and Ella
OUR WEDDING DAY WAS STRESS FREE BECAUSE I KNEW ELISE WAS ON TOP IF IT
Although I was initially unsure about hiring a wedding planner, by the time our big day came, I was telling everyone I knew that it was the BEST decision I made throughout our planning process. Even better, was hiring Elise with Keen Events. From our very first phone call, to the post-wedding email, Elise worked to understand our vision, offer practical guidance, and help us stay excited about the planning process. She made sure our day went perfectly even amid all the weekly, if not hourly, changes that came with planning (and postponing once) during COVID-19. Elise helped walk us through every step throughout the planning process--from establishing our checklist, to hiring our vendors, to putting the final touches on our ceremony...she was there through all of it. On the day of our wedding, I was STRESS FREE because I knew that Elise was on top of it down to every last detail. As a fellow type-A person...I can't tell you how much this meant to me to trust in her and know that I was allowed to just enjoy the day. If you hire Keen Events, Elise will go above and beyond for you (and your vendors) and have you looking back on your day in awe. She helped make our dream a reality and we will forever be grateful to her!!!