Birds of a Feather is a boutique planning and design firm focused on curated and handcrafted design as well as a hands-on mentality when it comes to planning our client’s weddings. We take on a limited amount of weddings each year.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Dallas Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Wendy, from Birds of a Feather Events.
Where have you been featured?
Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, The Knot, The Knot Texas, D Weddings, Brides, 100 Layer Cake, Ruffled, Magnolia Rouge, Wedding Sparrow, Wedding Chicks, Carats and Cake, Southern Weddings, Glitter Guide, The Sweetest Occasion, Oh Lovely Day, My Wedding Magazine, and coming soon to Martha Stewart
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
Outdoor weddings with a fine art aesthetic
Why do couples love working with you?
Most of our clients love our creative designs and the fact that I only take on 8-10 weddings each year. I am very hands on, and only do full service, so I rarely have to say no to their requests. This makes the planning process so easy!
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I really love owning my own business and being in charge of creating my own brand and voice – picking and choosing who I want to work with. I also love making something out of a small idea and seeing my clients reactions once it all comes together. I really try to design everything based on their personalities, likes, and put in personal touches that really speak to who they are as a couple.
How did you get started?
I am a statistic. I started planning weddings professionally after planning my own wedding. I previously produced television for 9 years.
What budget range do you cater to?
Our typical client invests anywhere from 60K to 150K on their weddings, but currently most are around the $80K mark.
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
Whenever we get an inquiry from someone that seems like it could be a good fit, we always set up a meeting at our Dallas studio, or a Skype meeting for our destination clients, to get to know one another better and see if we would like to work together.
WOW! Needless to say, I don’t know where to start without well…sounding cliché! I can honestly say, I would have been lost without Wendy! I don’t know if I’d go as far as saying I was the anti-bride; however I will say I was not the girl looking forward to planning her wedding, I hadn’t dreamed about it since I was five years old, and I was planning from 1,000 miles away. Finding Wendy and her team truly made a process I was dreading enjoyable, relaxing, and overall a great experience. If you are looking for a truly unique, personal, and insanely detailed wedding, Wendy is your girl. In a world with sites like Pinterest, Wendy’s motto is “we can do better”! She truly gets to know you as a couple, understands what’s important to you, is very transparent and provides good visibility into all the things, big and small, that make your day happen. She approaches every idea from multiple angles giving you the good, bad, and the ugly to ensure every expectation is managed to guarantee the day unfolds as you the couple wants. That’s the key, she makes it all about you and what you want, all other opinions aside….she stresses that it’s your day! She is accessible and as an out-of-town bride, she made herself available any time we were in town, even on holidays. She met with any vendors on our behalf if we were unable to join. In a day full of unexpected events, Wendy was the ultimate problem solver and made everything go off without a hitch! I think the most impressive takeaway I have from working with Wendy is, she knew my vision even when I didn’t and when it all came together, it was everything I could have ever dreamed and more. Her creativity, DIY skills, combined with her organization and assertiveness makes her the ultimate triple threat planner. I loved her approach, viewpoints, advice, ideas, drive, vision, perspective, design, staff, insanely valuable vendor recommendations, why she become a planner, and ultimately, I just LOVE HER!!
– Shelley Key
Wendy at Birds of a Feather was an absolute god-send. Like many brides, I had grand DIY dreams after getting engaged. After my fiance and I completed our wedding venue hunt and returned home (many states away), I quickly became overwhelmed with just the thought of everything that needed to be done and how completely clueless I was. My mom, who was to be the boots-on-the-ground, so to speak, was also dreading her role. We decided to split the cost of Wendy’s full planning service, and it was something everyone involved was so thankful for! My actual wedding day ended up being stressful due to weather (unpredictable rain, outdoor wedding, etc). I can’t imagine having to stress about that AND coordinating things. I would have been a mess. Wendy took care of everything while my bridal party calmed me down about the weather. It ended up being amazing. I’m sure many things went wrong, but another of Wendy’s strengths is that she knows better than to tell you about that. 😉 In my view, as my husband’s and the bridal party, everything went smooth as could be. We ended up having the ceremony outside (the rain cleared just in time) and moved the reception inside. (Always have a back-up plan!) Everyone danced the night away, and my husband and I got endless comments on the design of the event — all Wendy’s doing. Everyone loved it and said they had the best time. She is really amazing, and her team is equally special. I thank my lucky stars that we made the decision we did!
– Elissa Brown
Wendy, Sarah and their other assistant were the difference between a wonderful outdoor wedding event and a near event disaster. I do not hesitate to recommend Birds of a Feather for their full event planning services. My daughter, the bride and Interior Design major, had a clear creative vision for the wedding. I have extensive project management experience. Even with all this and nine months, planning a wedding for 270 was a significant undertaking and beyond time consuming. It was important to be honest with our capacity and expertise limits, and we had gaps. Wendy and her team were the perfect experts. Wendy brings creativity and experience, while being so respectful to my daughter’s plans. She understood my desire for excellence and I was able to completely trust her and Sarah. They understood the vision, they dug in to ensure our vendors understood our expectations of them, and they were able to make clear decisions on the fly … and not a one did I second guess. I’m demanding . . . that says an awful lot! Wendy did a perfect job designing all our floral needs. She and Sarah designed the rain plan for our outdoor event and made the entire day come to life with coordinating all our numerous vendors into a well-oiled machine for “day of” execution. Their involvement in the last four weeks allowed me to enjoy being the “mother of the bride.” All three ladies worked so hard and professionally on-site to ensure everything went well. They allowed the event to run without a glitch in the eyes of our guests even though it was the most weather impacted event these ladies had seen in five years. Detailed, advanced planning for good AND poor weather, Wendy’s ensuring all vendors were armed the day prior with the rain plan schedule, and their friendly and personal on-site facilitation made it a seamlessly executed event. It was truly memorable! Thank you Wendy!!
– Annette (Mother of the Bride)