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Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. is a full-service, full-time wedding styling, planning, floral design and décor company. We are based in Bethesda, MD and the Dominican Republic and serving the entire world. We match vendors to your wedding planning needs, style and personality. We always take time and sincere thought in matching you to each and every vendor who compliments your wedding style and budget.

Each wedding we create is extremely unique and customized to our engaged couples. It’s not about us - it’s about you!  
We know that weddings are family gatherings in addition to being a highly styled and personalized event.  There is a ton of emotion that goes into planning a wedding.  Why do you think we love weddings?  The thrill of watching a bride make her way down the aisle or a groom waiting to see his betrothed.  There really is nothing more exciting than those moments we have with our clients. We are typically the first to congratulate our clients after they are married, which is the biggest honor and privilege for us.  Come in today for a free consultation and find out why our clients call us their friends after each wedding.

Here are some important frequently asked questions about our services:
 
What sets you apart from all the other wedding planners in the DC area?
We are also THE  source for eco-friendly weddings in the world.  Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. owns and operates the world’s first eco-friendly wedding magazine, Eco-Beautiful Weddings.  Elegance & Simplicity Wedding & Event Designers, Inc. is the only wedding planning firm in the DC area where all of their staff are trained in floral design.  We have been a going concern since 1998 and no other wedding planning firm has the same amount of accolades that we have!  Click here to go to our press page.
 
Can we afford your wedding planning services?
The average engaged couple spends over 400 hours to plan their wedding. That’s TEN 40-hour work weeks!   Who has time for that? We do! A good wedding planner is one that is going to save you money and time.  Every single one of our clients has told us how much they’ve saved in time, money and energy by working with us.
We have had several floral design clients and others who decided that we were “too expensive” as a wedding planner, but came back after their weddings to let us know how they doubled their budgets or their wedding was just a day full of chaos and stress.  Why? This is all due to the fact that they didn’t know what they were doing and did not have the time to research, and worst of all, their weddings were not even close to what they wanted. We do not want that for you!  It is easy for us to find what you want!
Unfortunately there are several event professionals all over the world that simply take advantage of brides and grooms.  This is a simple fact.  They know this is your first time planning a wedding (typically) and they know you have no idea what the average cost is for each type of service.  We do!  We know what everything typically costs and we are also a powerful tool for your vendors.  We not only bring them clients, but we also save the vendors time as we have already educated you as our client as to what each vendor can provide for you, as well as what they cannot provide for you.  We are thought of as “repeat clients” to other wedding professionals as we are the ones bringing clients to them constantly.  As an engaged couple about to be married, many wedding professionals do not see you as “repeat business” and therefore their goal is to make as much money as possible off of you.  This is the power of having a thoughtful and experienced wedding planner versus one that is inexperienced.  An inexperienced wedding planner may cost you less in the short-term, but in the long run will not have the same negotiating power as one who is experienced and therefore more connected – no matter who you hire as your wedding planner!
What does your dream wedding look like?  Are you able to communicate that effectively?  Are you a negotiator? Are you aware of all the new and innovative ideas in the wedding industry including trends, colors and eco-friendly options? If not, call or visit with us for your complimentary initial consultation so that we can really talk about your wedding vision and how we can make it a reality. (Ask us about the time Katie saved a client over $15,000!)

The answer to the above question is: You can’t afford not to hire us!

Do you provide eco-friendly planning and floral design services?
Yes – our goal is to make sure your event is green!  Ask us how to make this seamless for your event!

Can I still have a high-end wedding and still be eco-friendly?
Yes, we specialize in eco-couture weddings.

Have you planned multi-cultural weddings?
Yes!  We have been interviewed by The Washington Post about our multi-cultural wedding planning focus.  Our staff is multi-cultural as well.  Katie is fluent is Spanish

¿Hablan Español?
Sí, Katie Martin (la dueña) habla español perfectamente y ¡está casada con un Domicano!

Do you work with same-sex couples?
Yes!! We have planned several same-sex weddings and we are thrilled that DC is one of the few places in the country where same-sex weddings are legal. We plan weddings for out of town same-sex couples regularly to help with all of the logistics of being legally married in DC. Ask us how!

Where are you located?
We have a studio located in downtown Bethesda , MD. We also have a satellite office in the Dominican Republic.  

Why do you not post your address on your website?
We are by “appointment only” in order to ensure the highest in customer service. Once an appointment is confirmed via telephone or email, we will gladly give you our address!

How long have you been in business?
We started in 1998 as a wedding consulting only firm. Floral designs were added to our list of services and products in 2001.

Do you travel outside of the Washington DC /Baltimore areas?
Yes!!! We can travel anywhere in the world!
     
Do you charge for an initial consultation?
No!!

Do you have a minimum charge for wedding floral designs?
No, we don't have an overall minimum charge for wedding floral designs. However, we do have minimums on individual floral designs within weddings and a minimum delivery charge associated with the amount of items that are being delivered.  Please note: that a typical client of ours will spend about 10-12% of their overall budget on flowers and décor with us.  For example, if you have an overall budget of $50,000, you will probably spend approximately $4,500-$5,500 on floral designs.  This is based on an average.

Can you give me an estimate over the phone? A ball-park figure of what my wedding flowers will cost?
No, we can tell you what our minimums are on individual elements of a wedding. However, every single wedding we do is different!!! Everything is customized in a wedding.  We want to make sure that we fit into your style – you can't tell that over the phone! Please come in and meet with us – we want to know all about your venue and about you!

Will I still have control over my wedding if you are planning it for me?
Of course!  You are the focus of your wedding and it’s your day. We’re just here to help you find all the things you need to help you realize your vision for your wedding! You will never, ever lose control.

Will you work with vendors I’ve already found or people I want to work with?
Of course. We will work with your fabulous vendors. It is not necessary for you to only work with people we’ve planned with in the past; however, we do have amazing, friendly and ethical wedding professionals at our fingertips that we can easily match to your needs.

Do you take credit cards?
Yes. We happily accept all major credit cards.

Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. We have liability insurance that allows us to work confidently every where. We have never needed it, but we are protected for your peace of mind.

Do you take more than one wedding per day?
Yes and no.  Since we are team of over 40 wedding professionals doing both wedding planning and floral designs, we can take up to 6 weddings per weekend.  However, none of our staff works more than one wedding per day so you can be fully confident that your wedding will have the utmost in customer service and attention to detail.

What can we do to get started with the wedding planning process?
The next step for you is to call us at 301.656.5560 or 800.768.8814 or you can email us at inquiries@eleganceandsimplicity.com to set up a complimentary consultation. We want to hear all about your vision and style for you wedding day and what you’d love your day to be like.

To see more about our packages – click here!

To learn more about Katie Martin – click here!

 

 

Photographers

 

We would like to thank all of the photographers that help make our site look beautiful!

Documentary Associates
Love Life Images
Rodney Bailey
Roman Grinev
SOTA Photography
Steven Voss Photography
The Observatory
Greg Gibson
Rob Garland
Amy Deputy
Joe Portnoy
Eli Turner