I’m Ivy Summer, and I’m an MBA and certified wedding planner of The Bridal Society based in the Bay Area with nearly a decade of experience working with budget-conscious couples. I lived in Greece through all of 2019, gaining experience in luxury, celebrity, and destination wedding planning and my independent travel agency, specializing in Italy, Greece, Scotland, and Ireland. I absolutely love to learn new languages (I speak Greek, and a bit of French and Spanish), travel, and share all about my journeys and excursions on Instagram! I am humbled by all the wedding professionals, jaw-dropping venue locations, off-the-beaten-path resorts, and genuine local vendors whom I meet along the way.
While I was in San Francisco, I planned and coordinated the Guinness World Record attempt at Largest Public Wedding in 2015, introduced the annual Cannabis Wedding Expo to California in 2016, and launched America's first cannabis art museum tours and cannabis yacht tours from 2016 through 2018. By the winter of 2019, I launched an online wedding planning workshop for couples who want to plan their own wedding anywhere in the world with the resources, tools, and worldwide network of a pro.
By the end of 2019, I started interviewing dozens of couples about their experience planning their own wedding. Fortunately, those interviews gave me such great insight to share with other couples who are all about DIY and simultaneously confronted by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I translated the data from those interviews into case studies to share with couples like you. And by May 2020, I wrote and published the world’s first book about how to plan a wedding in a pandemic, Poise Over Panic (also available on Amazon).
Most recently, I've become a founding member of Aisle Planner's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a founding business member of the National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals.
My philosophy about wedding planning is based on your entitlement to a stress-free wedding planning experience, and I blog about this often. No matter where you are in the world, I believe you deserve an on-demand wedding planning consultant, and I'm committed to being your genie in a bottle for all things wedding planning!