With over 10 years of experience in the wedding industry, I strive for perfection in all aspects of planning weddings. My background in catering has allowed me to fully grasp the concept of all different types of weddings and events and has allowed me the experience of being versatile. I truly enjoy being a part of the bride and groom’s perfect day!
What We Offer:
Full-Service Planning, Partial Planning, and Design, Design Consultation Month-of Planning
Our Wedding Style Is:
My wedding planning style is laid back. The more relaxed and on top of everything I can be, the better off my couples are going to be. I like to have my hands on all the details so I can guarantee a successful wedding day for my couples. I love to offer my creative suggestions to help bring their vision to reality.
Our Personality Is:
Fun and easy-going. I feel confident in my abilities as an event planner therefore that allows me to bring my personality out and show my couples that the planning process can be an enjoyable one!
What Inspired Us to Start Our Business is:
Prior to starting my own business, I was in the catering field and gained a lot of experience working behind the scenes of events. That allowed me to build the confidence to now take the journey to everything that happens prior to the event actually happening. I started my business to 1) provide a second income for my young family at the time and 2) step into the career path that I knew I wanted and courageously sought to have.
The flexibility of working from home while taking care of my baby and still being able to do what I love sounded like a win-win situation and is still true to this day – many years later!
We Love Being a Part of the Wedding Industry Because:
I feel fortunate to have found my calling in life. Planning is a part of me – it is who I am supposed to be. Along with being a mom, planning events comes naturally to me. I love being detailed and doing everything that I can possibly do to cover all the aspects of a wedding so that my bride and groom can truly have the best day of their life.
What Makes Our Business Stand Out From Other Vendors Is:
Not only do I go above and beyond for my couples, I go the next step by offering decor rentals. I like to think of myself as unique because I do offer this additional service. I try and find unique pieces that will appeal to my couples and give them the option to make life just a little easier on them by letting me provide these rentals. Whether it’s a dessert table or a cool piece of furniture for their gifts and cards – I want to be able to give them options rather than the standard.
One Thing Most Couples Would Be Surprised to Know About Us Is:
No matter how much planning I do for events, I can still get nervous and feel stressed. Not because I am not prepared, but because I care A LOT about making sure absolutely everything is perfect for the couples wedding day.
One of Our Non-Wedding Passions Is:
I love designing and decorating my house. DIY projects are a way for me to clear my head and focus on improving or reimagining.
I offer three different packages:
Full-Service Package- $7,000
Wedding Management Package – $1,600 (most familiar with a day-of planner)
Partial Planning and Design – $3,200
I am a native of Florida. Born and raised in Manatee County. The only time I moved away was to attend The University of Florida (Go Gators!). I have been married for 9 years and have 2 kids and a dog. I love family time, the sunshine, DIY projects, a good glass of wine, and Home Makeover shows.
Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:
Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.
Timeless White and Gold Sarasota Wedding | Powel Crosley Estate
We wanted someone who wasn't uptight. We had spoken with two planners before we chose Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events, and the connection wasn't there. They were pretty snooty, and we wanted someone who was excited as we were and understood our vision.
Wedding planning should be fun and stress-free, so choosing the perfect planner is crucial. We just connected with Kelly right away. She understood our humor and vision. She was super excited and had a lot of experience. She checked all of our boxes.
Vintage Modern Anna Maria Island Wedding | Bali Hai Beach Resort
We wanted a wedding planner who could take away our stress because we decided to get married during a pandemic, which we were able to keep our original date and venue, we were in the middle of selling our house, and we were renovating our new home.
We had multiple family members use Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events, and after our first call with her, Scott and I instantly knew she was the perfect fit! We knew just how sweet and soft her voice was that it would be an easy, funny planning adventure.
Romantic Dusty Rose and Mauve Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Birchwood
We wanted someone who would guide us and help us make the best decisions for our day based on our personalities and level of comfort. We knew we weren't going to do a lot of DIY stuff based on location and travel. We wanted a planner who had a good network and vendors to recommend.
Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events offers full-service wedding planning, though we knew we were comfortable handling the contracts for additional vendors and administrative-type tasks, we appreciated that she would check in with us frequently to say, ‘This week you should be doing this, and next week you should have this done.' That was very helpful; it was exactly what we were looking for in a planner. We had ideas but knew we needed help on executing them or wanted someone to say if that idea would work and how it would look with our particular venue and set up. We also wanted someone to handle logistics; we absolutely had no desire to handle any of that.
I chose Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events because our personalities meshed well. She was easy to talk to and really listened to my requests and concerns; she understood what I wanted, and she did not try to sell me services that we really did not need. She was always available by phone or email, and if she wasn't she would let me know ahead of time. Most importantly, she would always get back to me by the time she promised. She was a calm presence during a very difficult period when we weren’t sure whether to cancel our wedding all together or to push forward with the changes. She made us feel confident in our decision to go forward, and she helped make our day gorgeous and stress-free even though the logistics changed many times. We can’t thank Kelly enough. Kelly and Anna really made us feel special and helped make our wedding so beautiful and made the day run seamlessly. Kelly and her team were truly invaluable.
Orange and Beige Boho Outdoor Sarasota Wedding | Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast
When we chose our wedding planner, Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events, we were looking for someone who really understood our sense of style and who we felt could bring our vision to life. It was also important to us that we have someone who we were confident enough to let her take over the day of the wedding.
Kelly really helped me bring my vision to life! She was always available when I had any questions or wanted to bounce ideas off of. She was really good about sharing her own thoughts and opinions about the design but also being very respectful to our wishes and requests. She responded to me in a timely manner which I appreciated. I couldn’t have done it on the day of the wedding without her! She worked with all of the vendors to set everything up and I didn’t have to worry about a thing the entire day which made the process go much smoother for me.