Kelsey Mackay-Smith ~ associate planner

“I love that Kelsey is always so calm and positive. When things got a little stressful during the planning she was just what we needed to keep us focused and on track.”

Kelsey Mackay-Smith, Coordinator, DreamGroup Productions, photo: Life Studios

Kelsey Mackay-Smith, Associate Planner, DreamGroup Productions, photo: Life Studios

Kelsey has always loved weddings and events, “I love getting to know my client’s love story and vision and bringing all of the pieces together to make them flow beautifully.” Kelsey has worked professionally in the events industry for over eight years, and has developed a wealth of knowledge with her experience in planning weddings and corporate events.

She began her career working for a large international conference planning company, then moved over to corporate and association events before joining the DreamGroup team full time.  All of this experience combined to give Kelsey a very unique and well-rounded planning portfolio.  The excitement that surrounds a wedding day is what Kelsey thrives on! “The joy, the anticipation, and the energy that can be felt right before the bride walks down the aisle is incredible! There is nothing more rewarding than being able to create the most perfect and memorable atmosphere for my clients.”

Kelsey takes pride in ensuring her clients and their guests have the best wedding experience possible by understanding expectations, solving problems and handling every detail with the greatest of care. She is also familiar with various cultural elements, such as tea ceremonies, that couples may choose to include in their day.  Planning never feels like work to her because she really loves what she does.  Clients have expressed that she feels like “part of the family” thanks to her approach to the planning and the level of trust she builds with her bride, groom, and their families.

In her private time Kelsey loves exploring the west end with her dog, traveling, enjoying coffee dates with friends, eating sushi, and spending time with family.

Kelsey’s best assets are her high level attention to detail, incredible organization skills, and her reliable nature. “I want my clients to trust me completely and know that I will put in 110% for them at all times. Every problem has a solution, everything will be taken care of, and my clients know they are in good hands.”  She works very well under pressure and tailors her approach to fit her client’s unique needs and priorities.

 

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Kelsey’s Favorite Things (Pins from her Pinterest Board)

Each of us as coordinators & planners are drawn to different types of inspiration and the things that we find beautiful.  These are just a few of Kelsey’s pins from her Pinterest Board…see all of her inspiration here.

 

Words of Thanks from Kelsey’s clients…

One of the best investments we made for our wedding was hiring Kelsey at DreamGroup as our wedding planner.  We went back and forth between hiring a full-service planner and just hiring one for the day-of, but we are so glad we went with full-service! Having an experienced planner goes a long way in making sure that your wedding day (and the year leading up to it) goes smoothly and as perfectly as possible! The icing on the cake was that we got to meet and work with our wonderful planner, Kelsey Mackay-Smith. From our first consultation with her, Kelsey was professional, friendly and above all, knowledgeable. From reviewing contracts for vendors, to providing recommendations and advice, to liaising with what seemed like a million different vendors the day of, Kelsey was reliable and really made the planning process enjoyable. Kelsey’s enthusiasm and love for her job is obvious and makes her a joy to work with. We are so happy with how everything turned out and would recommend Kelsey to anyone needing an organized, reliable and experienced planner!

Melissa & Brian

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Dear Kelsey,

Thank you so much for being so wonderful this past year!  Although there were stressful moments at times, your guiding hand and cool, calm, and collected nature kept us relaxed.  Our wedding day was the best day of our lives and it could not have gone more perfectly or smoothly.  Thank you so much for being such a wonderful wedding planner and friend throughout this process!

With love,

Josephine & Steffen

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We had a fantastic experience with DreamGroup Productions.  After realizing we were in over our heads with trying to plan things on our own and juggle our work schedules we met with Kelsey and were instantly impressed by her warm demeanor and excellent planning skills.  Kelsey did a great job of understanding the kind of wedding we wanted and what was most important to us. Our wedding day could not have been better.  I truly don’t know how anyone could manage to pull off organizing those family photos without a wedding planner!  Kelsey was such a great part of our wedding and truly made our vision come true.  We could not recommend her services more!

Emily & Jesse

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We are so grateful that Kelsey was a part of our wedding day.  She is extremely organized, responsive, and on-the-ball.  Her demeanor and professionalism helped make us feel at ease on our special day.  Any task that she did was done with care and attention to detail.  Even though she had several other weddings around the same time as ours, it was obvious that she was focused when it came to working on our wedding.  It is hard to leave things in the hands of other people, but Kelsey made it easy to relax and enjoy our day without worrying about all of the details.  I would 100% recommend Kelsey!

Joelle & Daniel

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I am a pretty organized person and wasn’t too worried about the planning…so if I’m being honest, when I was first told about DreamGroup and how incredible they are I wasn’t sure that it was for me, or that I needed them.  I was wrong.  They are worth every penny and made our day run SEAMLESSLY.  They allowed us to actually enjoy the day and focus on what was important in the time leading up to the wedding and during the entire day of celebrations. Kelsey at DreamGroup was incredible – HIGHLY recommended.  Even if you’re like me and naively think you won’t need the help…you do…and this is the group to go with.

Christie & Sean

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Kelsey from DreamGroup Productions was an absolute blessing for our wedding! The best money we spent, by far, was in hiring her to help guide us through our big day.

We went for the ‘day-of’ coordinating package, but let me tell you, this comes with so much more than just coordination on the day. From a detailed pre-wedding meeting (where Kelsey will ask you about all the important things you likely haven’t thought of), through to managing vendors, attendance at the rehearsal, and attendance through the whole big day, ‘day-of’ is so much more!

Kelsey, through every step of the process, was friendly and very professional. She helped me keep my nerves in check and was there to help manage the last-minute details as they appeared unexpectedly.  I could not recommend her services enough.  If you’re a bride in need of help coordinating her big day you cannot go wrong with Kelsey and DreamGroup Productions. The cost is an absolute bargain for the level of service you receive!

Diana & Anthony

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I got married recently and Kelsey Mackay-Smith was my coordinator. From the moment we met in our kick off meeting almost a year ago, she has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Not only was she knowledgeable and professional, she genuinely cares in the day and wants to ensure everything is perfect.

She is highly organized, and literally has every detail written down in some form of excel spread-sheet or chart, and had excellent referrals and recommendations, where I might have not known or missed. On the day of the wedding, we didn’t need to do anything but show up, everything else was taken care of. She is also a rock star human, just so nice! I would recommend her (and dreamgroup) to anyone. We had a lot of fun together this summer (she also helped my best friend on her wedding a few weeks before mine).

Thanks for everything!

Julia & Adam

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Kelsey was such an amazing support as we planned our wedding. Her patience and understanding is next to none and she was always happy to respond to my many questions, thoughts, and concerns along the way. From our first meeting with Kelsey, we felt completely confident that we were in good hands. She is incredibly organized and we were thrilled with how our wedding turned out and we cannot thank Kelsey enough for her expertise and guidance throughout the process!

Emel & Travis

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Kelsey’s planning allowed us to get organized throughout the months leading to our wedding. This allowed us to have minimal stress on the days leading up to our wedding and enabled us to completely enjoy the day. On the wedding day, she quietly tackled all hiccups and ensured everything went off without a hitch. Without her and her expertise, our wedding would not have been so seamless and enjoyable.

Janene & Devin