Honeysuckle Events Flower
Honeysuckle Events Flower

"For many people, honeysuckle is a sprawling collection of memories, a cluster of moments." — Scott Geier, "A Lesson in Honeysuckle"

Rebecca Hoeckele

about us

As much as we enjoy talking about our sweethearts, our kids, our dogs and our hobbies, we're pretty sure you're a lot more interested in what it's like to work with us. With that in mind, we've put together a brief interview based on questions we get all the time. We hope the answers below help convince you that a free initial consultation is well worth your time.

how did you get into wedding planning? how long have you been doing this?

We started with the notion of giving our kids birthday parties they'd always remember, going way beyond what we could find in party stores to create three-dimensional props, design our own games and even develop the right sound track for each theme to heighten the experience. We gradually expanded to family and friends, and then to friends of friends. When we got to friends of friends of friends of friends, we knew we were onto something. Over the past two decades we've planned and staged hundreds of events, from pirate parties and murder mysteries to engagement parties, showers and rehearsal dinners, before "graduating" to weddings — our real love and true calling — in 2009.

In the process, we've learned to create a huge impact with smart investment, plan for every contingency, and infuse each event with personal touches that will create lasting memories for you and your guests.

we love your portfolio, but anyone can create a beautiful wedding if they throw enough money at it. what sets you apart from other planners?

Our firm belief that design should go beyond merely pretty to incorporate the personal touches that help to tell your unique story as a couple and to create incomparable memories. We love teasing out seemingly unrelated bits and pieces of your story and turning them into a beautiful, cohesive and completely personal fairy tale.

will I lose control of my wedding if you’re planning it for me?

Absolutely not. What we're most proud of is our ability to put ourselves not only in your shoes but inside your head and within your budget — understanding exactly what you're looking for and helping you find the best way to accomplish it. But don't take our word for it; instead, see what some of our brides and grooms have to say.

I'm so tired of lugging around binders full of spreadsheets, proposals, contracts and clippings, and keeping my fiancé, wedding party and both moms up to date on all of it is killing me.
Can you help with that?

We sure can! We're proud to offer all our couples free access to our cloud-based collaborative planning tool, with no limit to the number of planning partners you can invite to the table. Intuitive enough to master in minutes, it's just what you need to manage your planning checklist, build your wedding-day timeline one bit of information at a time (sunset is at 7:28 that day? check!), collect proposals and final contracts from your vendor team, track your overall budget and individual payment deadlines, make notes, organize both inspiration photos and snapshots of things you already have in hand, manage your guest list, plan your seating assignments, and more. Even better, you can have it all at your fingertips wherever you go, whether on your phone, tablet or laptop.

it sounds great ... but can we afford this?

It's tempting to think at the beginning of the process that planning help is an easy place to economize.
"We know what we like."
"We're planners by nature."
"Our friends are amazing, and they've promised to help."
"How hard can it be?"

But while it's not hard to assemble inspiration for a pretty wedding, it's another thing altogether to identify which bits can be stitched together to create one that's both pretty and uniquely you. And that's before you get overwhelmed by the nitty-gritty, where it's easy for anyone who hasn't managed an event this complex to overspend here, under-budget there and miss some key pieces completely.

Whether you're boggled by all the decisions you need to make or scratching your head over a roomful of décor purchases that just aren't coming together, we can help you develop a cohesive vision and take the pain out of the process at the same time. Every couple we've ever worked with has told us that the peace of mind they gained the minute our contract was signed was worth many times their investment.

who won't benefit from your help?

Couples who want their weddings to be exactly like someone else's. They don't need us for that. Honeysuckle Events is a boutique wedding planning company, specializing in full and partial planning for couples who want their weddings to be not just gorgeous but completely personal.

do you take more than one wedding per weekend?

Never. In fact, we accept only a limited number of commissions each month to ensure that you have our undivided attention as your big day approaches.

will you work with vendors we’ve already found?

Definitely. With any of our services, we'll review all your contracts to fully understand your (and their) expectations, confirm every detail as your wedding gets closer, work closely with all your vendors to develop your detailed wedding-day timeline and, of course, coordinate with them throughout your wedding day so you're free to enjoy every moment.

do you offer a payment plan?

Our typical payment structure calls for a non-refundable retainer of 50% when the contract is signed, with the balance due no later than 14 days prior to your event. But we're happy to break the balance into multiple payments if you prefer.

do you carry liability insurance?


sounds like everything we’ve been looking for … how do we get started?

We're excited to get to know you, hear about your needs and figure out what combination of services will be the best fit for you. Please email or call 910.599.2589 today to schedule your free initial consultation.

may we contact some of your other clients to see what it’s like to work with you?

Of course! We'll provide you with their contact information at the end of our first meeting. In the meantime, we hope you'll take a look at the rave reviews we've received from some of our past clients.

why honeysuckle events?

Simply because honeysuckle is so firmly entwined in the language of love. To the Victorians, it stood for happiness and symbolized a lover's embrace. And folklore says that if honeysuckle is brought into a home when it’s in bloom, a wedding will soon take place in that family. How could we choose anything else?