Allison Miller from Kirkbrides Wedding Planning and Design is an amazing wedding planner! Being the mother of the groom, and planning all of the weekend events, I had a lot on my plate. Allison took the pressure off throughout the entire planning process as well as the day of the wedding.  She suggested excellent options for all of the vendors, that matched the bride and groom's taste as well as our own. She offered advice from her experience and helped to create a cohesive design plan for the ceremony and reception, from invitations and stationery, to floral and linens, to favors. Allison even provided some of her personal items for us to use. Allison was consistently calm and positive throughout the entire planning process and day of the event. She was very accessible via email and phone conversations from the beginning to the end. Allison was an absolute pleasure to work with. The wedding we created together was magical!  

I honestly never thought I would be a bride to hire a wedding planner. As someone who prides themselves on being organized and having an overflowing pinterest wedding board I didn't see the need. Two months into my engagement I felt like I was drowning in wedding venues, vendors & decisions. I quickly realized I needed help, especially while I was finishing up my undergrad degree and working. Hiring with Kirkbrides turned in to one of the biggest blessings. The Kirkbrides team took my wedding from a stressful & overwhelming experience to a time of pure joy. My Planner, Katie is one of the most professional, kind, caring, sweet & helpful people you will ever meet. Katie went above and beyond for me and my family through the entire wedding process. I met some of the most amazing vendors and professionals through her and I would have never found them on my own. Katie allowed my wedding day to be completely stress free, beautiful and magical event for myself, Drew and our entire family. My mom and I always say that hiring Katie and the Kirkbrides team was hands down the best money we spent on the entire wedding. Drew and I will always be thankful for Katie and the entire kirkbrides team, they will always hold a special place in our hearts.
I could sit here and post a hundred more reasons why Kirkbrides is amazing, but this post is already the longest thing I have probably ever posted on facebook. If you are engaged, seriously check them out!

This day could not have been possible without the planning expertise of Katie from Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design. She is the reason the day went off without a hitch! Organized, personable, funny, light-hearted and comforting....all of the qualities that any bride planning a wedding would want...especially one like me that did most of it from Florida. Katie, you are awesome! Thank you for bringing this day together for us!

Thank you so much for all you and your team did to make Joanna and Kevin's wedding so very special.  You kept everything moving smoothly; from sending the team to pick up the escort cards to retrieving Joanna's veil from the hotel suite and everything in between.  We could not have done it without you and the Kirkbrides team.  Your professional manner and organizational skills were so needed and appreciated.  I have recommended your company to many of my friends.  They could not find a better wedding planning team.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our big day an absolute living fairytale! It was flawless thanks to you and your awesome team... 

I felt VERY relaxed on the wedding day, in large part because I knew we were in very good hands with you guys. Thank you for being endlessly patient and helpful! I really loved everything about the way the wedding turned out :)

Anna & Bryan
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect.  When we first met you over a year ago we immediately knew that we could trust you to make that day a reality.  With our families and bridal party spread across the country and a limited support system here in Cleveland, you proved immediately invaluable.  As the wedding planning process progressed, our mantra became, "we don't have to worry about that, we have Valarie!".  You helped us gather the most amazing team of professional who understood exactly what our vision was every step of the way.  And on our wedding day, everything came together in the most perfect way imaginable.  My favorite moment leading up to the wedding is when my mom realized she didn't need to lift a finger to help with preparations and was finally able to let go and relax!".

You have been reliable, helpful, encouraging, honest, and an absolute joy to work with.  I feel like you are my fairy godmother making all my dreams come true.  When I think about and talk about my wedding, you will always be one of the best parts.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Lauren & David
Thank you for being our wedding planner and seeing our vision/dream through to the big day.  In no way would our wedding have been as beautiful, organized or stress free without you.  Having you as part of our "team" was the best decision we made and we are so grateful for all of your hard work.

Meredith & Chris
With planning from afar it was definitely challenging to fit in meetings and make so many decisions, but with your help we always felt at ease.  It was the best decision that we've ever made to have you help plan our wedding, and it wouldn't have been everything we ever dreamed without your help! 

Her organization and attention to detail was impressive– she had a prompt response / solution for every question I had, whether it was logistical, etiquette, or things I hadn’t even considered [...] I don’t know what we would have done without her!

I have told my family and friends that the best gift I could have given Christen, and myself, was the gift of Kirkbrides.  This gift allowed us to have a perfect, fun, stress free day.  We were able to leave all of the details to Allison and focus on enjoying the day.  It was pure joy watching everything unfold before us.  We were able to trust and be confident that everything would be taken care of professionally.  Allison's help, the day of the wedding, was invaluable...or as they say in the commerical, "PRICELESS".

"Best wedding I've ever been to", "I had a blast", "Where did you find that band?", "I can't believe all the details".  Those are just a few of the compliments from guests who attended the wedding.  Every time I think of how perfect the day was - tears fill my eyes.  The journey to the altar could not have been possible with you.  I truly believe you were a gift from up above.   Valarie, you went above and beyond in so many ways to make my wedding day spectacular!

We cannot thank you enough for all that you did to make our wedding day perfect in every way. It was such a joy working with you and your organization and help along the way cannot be understated!

Our many thanks to you and your team for all you have done for us! Your patience, kindness and guidance were so helpful and we will always be grateful.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping Rob and I plan our dream wedding. You are smart and so sweet and we could not have asked for a better wedding planner.

I cannot even put in to words my immense gratitude for the countless hours you put in to ensure our wedding day would be absolutely perfect. ...and it was. Thank you for being the absolute best investment we made in our wedding.

To say thank you for all you did to make the day as wonderful as you did would seem inadequate but THANK YOU!!!. You made us feel special like we were your only clients. 

I'm so happy with the way the wedding turned out, it was so beautiful and just what I dreamed!  You did such a great job matching us with the right vendors and keeping me organized and on budget.  You're trully wonderful at your job and I would recommend you to any Ohio bride I know!  Thank you again for everything, you are the best and we couldn't have done it without you!

I wanted to thank you again for the outstanding July 4th wedding - it was truly a dream come true for Sarah & John.  The whole day, starting with getting the bridesmaids on the limo to the church, the beautiful ceremony, the fabulous cocktail hour and the amazing reception, were all we had hoped for and more!  My husband and I enjoyed the day and evening so much, and we knew everything was in good hands, with you in charge!  I cannot tell yo how many texts, emails and notes I have received commenting on how wonderful the wedding was - most of comments ending with, "that was the best wedding we have ever been to!" - and we have you and your team to thank!  I feel like us finding you was meant to be - you were there for us every step of the way.  There are no words to express my heartfelt gratitude.

Thank you so much for helping create a wonderful wedding experience.  We appreciated your patience and attention to detail and will be sure to recommend you to others in the local area.  Thanks again for your professionalism and positive attitude.

I could not be happier that I chose you, Allison and your many assistants!  It was a magical night!

Work with you has been such a pleasure!  You are such a professional, and your ideas and work are top notch!  Please stay in touch and good luck to you - you have a really good thing going!

Katie was by far the best decision in our wedding planning.

Cassandra and Ernie
Your expert knowledge of vendors and etiquette and your keen understanding of our goals kept us grounded during our wedding planning.  Hiring Kirkbrides was one of the smartest wedding investments we made and we were so fortunate to be paired with you.

Knowing you were behind the scenes making certain that the whole event unfolded as planned gave us a chance to relax and enjoy every minute.

Thank you SO much for everything that you did to make our wedding day perfect.  I'm still on cloud 9 thinking about what a magical day it was.  You are so freaking good at what you do, and we appreciate it very much!

People asked me "why did you need a planner for the day of, didn't you have everything organized and ready to go?".  I told them that the weeks leading up to and the day of which could be very stressful were not stressful at all.  Why weren't they stressful?  Because we had Katie from Kirkbrides!  I enjoyed the whole wedding and if anything went wrong I had no ideas as Katie handled it all. 

Lea & Leland
We are truly having trouble finding the words to thank you properly.  Within a few minutes of our first meeting it was obvious you were the perfect fit for us.  We knew working with you over the course of the next seven months to plan our wedding would help but we had no idea the extent to which you would change it completely.  Our goals for the wedding were to enjoy (not hate) the planning and most importantly enjoy our wedding day.  Both were achieved above and beyond our expectations.

Emily & Joe
Thank you so much for everything - we had the most wonderful wedding and could not have done it without you!  Between the move and the bar exam and the long distance planning, the wedding could have been turned into a burden, but you made the planning a joy!  The wedding was everything we could have hoped for and more!  Every little detail was amazing and the day of the wedding ran so smoothly (despite some rowdy guests:) )!

Katie & Joe
We just can't thank you enough for all that you did to make our dream wedding a reality.  Three months later, we still hear how beautiful the day was and we couldn't be happier.  Looking at the pictures and video, I can still hardly believe that it is my wedding.

Neena and Brent
Thank you for making our day perfect!

Jessie and Trent
I owe the biggest thank you for all of your help to coordinate our wedding! The best decision we make in the whole process was hiring you! We were so happy with how our day came together and could not have done it without you! 

Molly and Chris
Thank you so much for all of your help with the wedding. It would not have gone so perfectly with out all of your attention to detail, organization and input on decisions. We are so thankful you were there to help with everything we could not be there for. As an out-of-town bride and groom, it made us feel so much better!

Stefanie and Robby
Thank you! Everything was perfect thanks to your talent and organization! it was a stress-free day and selecting you was the best decision we made (aside from each other!).

There aren't words to express how much I appreciate your help and how much I enjoyed working with you!  Hope to see you soon and always know we're more than happy to speak on your behalf as a reference!

Nikki and Chris
We cannot thank you enough for making sure our wedding went smoothly. You were the glue that held this process together! We had an absolutely amazing and memorable day and it was so helpful knowing you were there with us!

Holly and Dave
The wedding was absolutely amazing, and numerous friends and relatives continue to tell us that they felt like they were part of a fairy tale. Dave and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you and your team did to make it magical - because that is exactly what it was - completely magical! You helped make our fairy tale a reality! I feel like I not only received outstanding service, professionalism, creativity, and a beautiful end result that encompassed our vision, but I alsofeel I gained a friend. It truly was an honor for me and Dave to work with you. Kirkbrides helped make the wedding planning process a breeze and produced a spectacular event. I do not hesitate to recommend Kirkbrides to all of my newly engaged friends. It is the first thing that comes out of my mouth after congratulations.

Miranda and James
There are not enough thank you's in the world to express our gratitude for all that you did to make our wedding day special!  We really appreciate all the hard work & dedication you put into our wedding!  Thank you for all the wonderful vendors you suggested, everyone was amazing.  There isn't one detail I would change about our wedding day.  Thank you also to your staff for all of their hard work.  Our day could not have been possible without you.  You can't imagine how much stress you lifted off my and my mom's shoulders!  You were amazing and wonderful and we thank you so much!

Kasey and Farley
We needed Valarie and her wedding expertise to turn our dream-wedding into reality. The moment Kirkbrides started working withus all our stress and uncertainties disappeared. They truly made our wedding planning phase so pleasurable and exciting! Planning a wedding long distance was no challenge at all because I had Valarie and her team! They were so flexible, well organized, and thorough with all the planning. We were beyond impressed with their responsiveness, wedding knowledge, dedication and attention to detail. Kirkbrides introduced us to themost amazing and talented vendors in the Cleveland area. Each vendor added a special touch to our wedding. We greatly appreciate all the time and creative energy that went into making our wedding extremely memorable.  We HIGHLY recommend Krikbrides to any bride and groom to be!"

Amanda and Ritam
Valarie is highly responsive and personable and made the planning process a joy. She seems to truly love what she does, which is reflected in the effort and personal details put into each of the weddings she plans.

Dina and Jason
Thank you for making our dreams come true yesterday!  When I would close my eyes and dream of the big day I only hoped it would be perfect. Yesterday you made that a reality! I'm serious -my dream came true, everything was more than PERFECT! Jason and I will never ever forget everything you did for us and how yoou truly made our wedding day look like a fairytale in South Beach and Italy! As Jason would say, you were on Point! LOL! Thank you!

Natasha and Ron
After the rehearsal dinner, yet another example of where you delivered the Kirkbride class, the wedding ceremony, and reception, we received a myriad of phone calls, text messages, emails, and cards from our guests gushing with praise and astonishment at all the event. I would refer and recommend you to any couple who strives for perfection, elegance and class for their wedding experience. Thank you again for your time, dedication, and patience.

Vanessa and Jon
I must comment on the sheer joy of working with Valarie.  Valarie became my ally during the planning process; she understood my style and vision.  While planning a wedding is (and should be) fun, Valarie never stops being a professional businesswoman.  Her organization skills are simply phenomenal, and her passion for her work is obvious with every event she creates.  Valarie has the unique ability to be the coordinator and creative director of the day while still ensuring that the bride andgroom make the final decisions; while Valarie coordinated and managed every element of my wedding, I was always confident that it was my day.

 Annie and Patrick
Valarie and her staff are phenomenal!! Kirkbride Wedding Planners were invaluable throughout my entire wedding planning process. Valarie's organization, knowledge of the wedding process, professionalism and can do attitude made my wedding into the most beautiful day my family, my husband and I could have ever imagined. I had a large wedding, with the ceremony held outside, cocktail hour on the club's veranda and the reception in a beautiful tent. There was a TON of planning, coordinating, imagination and strategy that had to go into my wedding. Kirkbrides was so helpful in introducing us to top tier vendors and coordinating their services to provide for a seamless wedding day. Valarie and her team of wedding coordinators were so comprehensive in their duties that I didn't have to worry abouta single thing. Valarie is not only a lovely person, but she is great to work with!

Ciela and Keith
Allison - The wedding could not have been more perfect. I think ittwas the happiest day of my life. You did a spectacular job of taking our vision and turning it into a reality. Celia and Keith were like kids in a candy shop - they were absolutely thrilled. As you know, I think your work is fabulous - you really became a part of our family and made everything so easy for us. Thank you so much!

Emily and Jeff
Valarie and her team are without a doubt the best wedding planners/ designers in the Cleveland area. They are creative, professional, committed, and exceptionally talented. I highly recommend Kirkbrides to ANY bride and groom hoping to create a beautiful, memorable day in an organized and stress-free fashion!
They are the best of the best.

Tara and Ryan
Hi Allison! It was fantastic working with you and my parents loved you! You did a fantastic job and every detail was perfect. Thank you, again, for all your hard work!! I look forward to recommending you, and best of luck to you!

Nirali & Nirav
We have never been able to have as much fun at one of our events as we did during the wedding weekend!  This in great part was because of your presence. Our guests are still raving about the weekend and how gorgeous it was!  Thank you for orchestrating such a luxurious feeling event.

Rosie and Lance
Since I was never the girl who dreamed of weddings, I felt a little lost at the beginning of the planning process. But you had such a great sense of my taste and the atmosphere that we wanted to create for our guests that you were often better able to describe what I wanted than I could! I so appreciate your ability to turn my vague ramblings into tangible ideas and images. When we finally saw it come together, Lance and I were breathless! Everything came together so beautifully and reflected both of our personalities. 

In the end, I can't imagine changing a single thing about our wedding day. From the stationary and linens to the lighting and the signature cocktail, the day was picture perfect. Knowing you were there attending to every last detail allowed us to fully enjoy every aspect of the day. And trust me, we did!

Margeaux and Sherron
Dear Allison, Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding a dream come true. It was all so beautiful and we really appreciate all of your hard work throughout this long process. It was truly the best day of both of our lives and we could not have done it without you. The beautiful touches that you added to everything made our day amazingly beautiful!!!

Michelle and Shawn
We could not be happier with the way our special day turned out and we owe it to you and the awesome vendors you recommended to us.  We enjoyed every minute of the wedding and reception and we talked about it for days into our honeymoon.  As a little girl, I never was one to dream about my wedding day nor plan on what it would be like... but I really feel that I had the wedding of every little girl's dreams.  We could not have asked for a better day, weather or event wise.  You and your team handled all the details and neither myself or our families had to worry about a thing.  Thank you for that!

Brittany and Dave
The day of the wedding, I had absolutely no worries, I knew you and your team could handle everything. You gave a controlling, type A personality girl the best gift ever, piece of mind that I could just enjoy the day and be a bride. I can not thank you enough for that. I feel like I truly enjoyed my day and didn't miss a single thing, because you were there. The gardens and the reception room took my breathe away. The colors, flowers, menu's, and all the other little details were stunning, and beyond my wildest dreams. I am just in love with how all of that turned out. We have gotten so many compliments on how beautiful the room was, and still hear about it all the time! So many people told us it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to.

Renita and Josh
Thanks to Kirkbrides, we had a wedding that went beyond all of our expectations. Kirkbrides planner Allison, like the company owner, Valarie, listens carefully and brings your vision to life. More than once a couple friends seemed puzzled when I talked to them about not one or two wedding colors but rather a series of "jewel tones". Allison never questioned it! And on the wedding day those friends said, it's gorgeous, I can't believe how this all came together. I couldn't imagine it. That's the power of the creative planners at Kirkbrides! Thanks to Allison, we had a fun and glamorous-feeling affair that suited our personalities... and didn't blow our budget!

Laura and Stephen
And then not to mention all of the extra work that you did for the wedding, besides all of the coordination.  The escort cards, bar menus, guest menus, luminaries, and so much more!  That meant a lot to us that you put in all of that hard work on those extra details.  Our family loved working with you as well, and were just so happy with how easy you made it on all of us.  I could go on and on about how pleased we were with everything that you did to make our wedding the most special night, and everything we could have wished for.

Kara and Brian
Thank you so much for everything! I have to admit, I look at this blog at least once a day and am at awe that it was our wedding day! None of it would have been possible without you. I hope your wedding turns out just as well, because ours was perfect! Thanks again.

WOW - I think I have come down from my high of a wonderful day :) I can't thank you enough for all your help!

I really hope you know how much I appreciate you and thank you immensly for everything you and your team did. It was such a pleasure working together!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad that I had the wedding of my dreams and all but I am sad a bit that it's over :( I will miss chatting with you but promise to keep in touch :).  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING AGAIN.  You are so wonderful and I'm so fortunate to have worked with you :)

Emily and Brendon
I don't know how to put into words what it meant to have you involved in planning my wedding.  Throughout the entire process you were there to answer questions and help plan for everything that made our wedding so wonderful.  I never once worried about anything because it was in your capable hands.  When the day finally came, all of our hard work paid off.  It was the most amazing day of my life and I can't thank you enough for everything you did to make it that way!

Lorraine and Steven
Thank you so much for guiding us through the wedding process.  Our wedding was amazing, and we could not have done it without you!

Kelly and Scott
Thank you so much for everything you and your team did to make our day absolutely perfect!  I can't think of anyone else who could have done a better job orchestrating our wedding!  You are a true gem!

Christine & Jeremy
Thank you for all of your patience, grace, good judgment, and incredible planning.  As soon as we met you, both Christine and I were at ease.  We knew that no matter what happened, you would make sure the wedding went smoothly.  And it did.  There was absolutely nothing left for us to worry about.  Also, all of the recommended vendors were truly a pleasure to work with.  We had such a wonderful time, we wish we could do it all over again.  You really did make our wedding dreams come true!

Noel & Dana
Writing a thank you letter to you was one of the harder ones to write.  I feel like just saying "thank you" is such an understatement.  When I first calle dyou, I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted but I knew I wanted our wedding to be unique, modern and stylish.  The problem was that I didn't know how to get it and didn't want to do all the legwork.  Hiring you was the BEST decision!!  Just by hanging out and getting to know me and Dana, you were able to suggest the best vendors and create the perfect day for us.  Your suggestions and efficiency were so great that I feel like it never took more than 10 minutes to make a decision and then we were on to the next thing.  My mom mentioned several times how easy the planning process was and how everything just seemed to fall into place.

All of the hard work done by you and your team helped me to truly enjoy the day.  Thank you also for all of your help through the planning process.  You helped me to find just the right vendors and made the whole process stress free.   I don't know what I would have done without you!

Ciera and Melvin
I can't tell you how many of our guests have said that our wedding was the best wedding they have ever attended.  We truly had the wedding of our dreams and it would not have been possible without you!  During our 16 months of planning you were an invaluable resource that was dedicated, knowledgeable, attentive to details, and always provided sincere guidance.  You knew how to put our minds at ease, especially when I sent you panicked emails in the middle of the night, haha!  You connected us with several amazing vendors that I can't quit raving about!  I also want to mention how awesome your team is.  They were all so incredibly friendly and willing to help whenever they could.  I will continue to sing your praises to every bride I come in contact with and let them know that you are the absolute best in the area.  You're amazing!

Christina and Nick
Thank you so much for your willingness to skype with us in Germany at odd hours and dealing with the flurry of emails - even as your newest baby was born!  We couldn't have asked for a more picture-perfect wedding, or a more gracious and kind person to take away the stress of dealing with the wedding details.

Thank you so much for helping us plan an dpull off our perfect wedding day!  It was so much more than I could have ever imagined and it was definitely a day that we will never forget.  I think the best compliment we received was that the wedding was"us", that it had a very unique feel to it compared to all of the previous weddings they had attended.

Molly and Craig
The entire day was a fairytale and we owe a large part of that to you!  I knew from the day we met we would get along great and I had so much fun with you during the planning process.  Having a wedding planner helped us keep planning fun and not stressful!  You truly understood our vision and brought it to life.  You have so many great ideas and all the details you helped us add Craig and I cannot thank you and the Kirkbrides team enough for all your hard work.  I recommend Kirkbrides to everyone!

Cait and Spencer
They always say your wedding is the best day of your life, and I think it is safe to say after last night that July 28, 2012 will be just that for Spencer and me.  And you played a huge role in making it so special.  I do not think I can thank you enough for just allowing me to enjoy my day and not have to worry about all of the small details. 

Rachel and Steve
You definitely made the process much easier for us.  Thank you for creating the best day of our lives.  We couldn't have done it without you.  You are the best!