expert guidance for your wedding from start to finish

Our Services

Our ultimate goal is to make your wedding planning experience one that you'll enjoy

We have produced hundreds of weddings and events throughout New England and we have learned a few things over those 20 years.  The event industry is heavily based on relationships and experience, we have both.  We know what is worth spending time and money on and what is not.  We help you wade through an internet filled with ideas and narrow it down to what works for your space and budget.  We know those vendors out there who would be a perfect fit for you.  We also believe in full transparency and access, after all this is your event.  All of our customized planning portals have been set up so you can see exactly where you are in the planning process and what comes next and how.  We are here to lead and support you on this exciting path.

We will guide you through planning with care, creativity, and thoughtfulness to design an understated elegant affair.

truly memorable celebrations

Sorrell is a beautiful force. She provided wonderful vendor connections. All the while she was a calming, capable, compassionate ally. Her elegant sense of style was present in every decision. On the day of the wedding she seamlessly made everything fall into place. It was a thing of beauty to realize that the little details of the day quietly appeared and it allowed us a stress free day of pure joy. We can't thank her enough and we feel so fortunate to have had her lead our beautiful event.

Annette

Design
Services


Investment begins at $5000


When it comes to design needs, our clients rely on our experience and eye for detail to pull together a cohesive and beautiful vision. Our one-of-a-kind, process-driven design is centered around making your event unique to you and no one else!  

event
management



Investment begins at $7,500

Some People Call this day of coordination , or month of management.  Our event Management package is more, call it mini wedding planning and production.  We pull all the details together and create a minute by minute wedding day timeline, detailed layouts and rain plans. We assist with guest management and vendor coordination. EBS will provide 2 wedding day attendants to coordinate and implement the timeline.

wedding planning



Investment begins at $14,000

Wedding planning, start to finish. We break down your wedding planning tasks into small chunks and tackle them one at a time, no overwhelm. We have custom planning portals for each of our clients where each detail is accounted for, full transparency. On event day, we are beside you for each and every step, no-stress.

My husband and I worked with Sorrell for over a year and a half leading up to our wedding. She was the consummate professional, had wonderful tools to help throughout the planning process and is generally a lovely person. When the weekend of the wedding came, she was a calming force. She managed everything so myself, my husband and our families could focus on enjoying our time. Sorrell is incredibly well connected in the industry. Every vendor she connected us with was wonderful and easy to work with. Her aesthetic choices were also wonderful. She has great taste! Overall, if you're thinking of working with her, do it! She is the BEST!


Micaela

How we build your vendor team.

The first step in our wedding planning process involves a bit of getting to know you as a couple as your vendor team needs to be a reflection of you and your values.   A vendor that was great for one person is not always a great fit for another.

This really depends on the client.  Some of our people need a lot of contact, some don't.  Some people think they don't need a lot of support but they get half way in and realize they do.  Some people think they need a lot of support and get half way in and realize they just need event management.  So often it is a case of "we don't know what we we don't know" and our job is to educate and guide.  Sometimes emails and monthly scheduled meetings (with monthly reports) are enough, sometimes they are not.  Since everyone's needs are different and they change, we adapt.  We are here for our clients every step of the way.

How many meetings do you have with clients?

I love getting to know my clients through the questionnaires and regular meetings.
My least favorite is saying good bye to my clients after their wedding.

What Are your favorite and least favorite parts of wedding planning?

We take 6-8 full planning and 6-8 event management clients each year.

How many weddings do you Produce each year?

Questions & Answers

It depends on the size and complexity of the event, there are typically 4 of us at most weddings.  

How many staff members do you have at each wedding?

She gave us exactly what we needed throughout the planning process and over the course of wedding weekend: space to engage on pieces that were really important to us and complete confidence that she would take care of the rest. Sorrell’s unique combination of emotional intelligence and organization skills make her THE choice for creating the event of a lifetime. Not only is she kind and professional, she has deep knowledge of New England wedding vendors and incredible design instincts. Sorrell helped us find partners that fit what we were looking for and fostered an incredible vendor team environment from planning to executing the actual event. Lastly, she has an incredible eye for design. We wanted an understated aesthetic with lots of color. She brought this to life with beautiful table linens, simple furniture and tableware, and incredible partnership with our florist to pull it all together. She created a tent that felt warm and fun. We can’t wait to find another reason to throw an extravagant party so that we can work with her again!

"Hiring Sorrell was the best decision we made while planning our wedding (save the decision to get married!)"

If you are in search for THE best New England wedding planner, stop looking, you have found her. Our wedding could not have happened without Sorrell. From the beginning, she supported us with a vision, and options of vendors and met us where we were at with our goals. She made us feel calm, excited, and relaxed in the year leading up to the event. Then once the day(s) came we got to witness her magic in full effect. She held the reins and let us sit back and enjoy the day, our people, our wedding. It's truly like having a fairy godmother who (with a ton of behind-the-scenes hard work) transforms your location into the vision board you imagined all year. We feel extremely grateful to have had Sorrell and her team with us through this process. We hope you leap at the opportunity to have Sorrell orchestrate your event. We will never be able to recommend her enough.

"We will never be able to recommend her enough."

She gave us exactly what we needed throughout the planning process and over the course of wedding weekend: space to engage on pieces that were really important to us and complete confidence that she would take care of the rest. Sorrell’s unique combination of emotional intelligence and organization skills make her THE choice for creating the event of a lifetime. Not only is she kind and professional, she has deep knowledge of New England wedding vendors and incredible design instincts. We chose a DIY wedding venue, so we had to find vendors for everything (even toilets!). Sorrell helped us find partners that fit what we were looking for and fostered an incredible vendor team environment from planning to executing the actual event. Lastly, she has an incredible eye for design. We wanted an understated aesthetic with lots of color. She brought this to life with beautiful table linens, simple furniture and tableware, and incredible partnership with our florist to pull it all together. She created a tent that felt warm and fun. We can’t wait to find another reason to throw an extravagant party so that we can work with her again!

"Not only is she kind and professional, she has deep knowledge of New England wedding vendors and incredible design instincts"

Sorrell made our vision of our daughter's wedding a beautiful reality. She generously and graciously worked with me for almost 3 years through several pandemic postponements. Finally, we hosted the event of our lives under her guidance. Sorrell is a beautiful force. She provided wonderful vendor connections. All the while, she was a calming, capable, compassionate ally. Her elegant sense of style was present in every decision. On the day of the wedding, she seamlessly made everything fall into place. It was a thing of beauty to realize that the little details of the day quietly appeared, and it allowed us a stress-free day of pure joy. We can't thank her enough, and we feel so fortunate to have had her lead our beautiful event.

"we feel so fortunate to have had her lead our beautiful event."

My wedding was this month and I remember watching Sorrell on my wedding day and thinking to myself, “how does she do it all? How does she stay so calm and confident when things go wrong? How does she execute so flawlessly?” Simply put, Sorrell is wonderful to work with and very skilled at what she does. I can’t imagine there is anyone that knows this industry as well as she does and she has really mastered the New England region. She knows everyone and works well with everyone. She has a keen eye for design (I think in a past life she was a designer 😉) and she understands the complexities of events. Our wedding was one of the most challenging (on a private lake property and it was three days long) and she really knew exactly how to make everything fit together so pleasantly. Her staff is also amazing. My family was not easy to deal with and they all handled us well!I’m so grateful that I got to work with Sorrell and I would recommend her with more than five stars if I could.

"I would recommend her with more than five stars if I could."

Sorrell is amazing and knows this business backwards and forwards, inside and out. There was not one time where she said we couldn't accomplish what we envisioned. Sorrell totally has a can-do attitude and has the background and knowledge to make it happen. Her coordination of our vendors and the absolutely seamless way she made everything happen without me even knowing in on the wedding day was incredible. Sorrell is so positive and I can't recommend her highly enough. Her services range in how much you want her to do which allows you to tailor the wedding planner job to your individual event needs.

"Sorrell is so positive and I can't recommend her highly enough"

Wedding planning teaches you a lot about your relationship with control - how do you take the wheel for one of the most important events of your life? I am naturally a Type A personality and, at worst, can lean into micromanaging. But when my husband and I hired Sorrell, I quickly learned I could take my hands off and cruise. Sorrell is an expert in all things New England wedding - she has a fantastic eye for design and conceptualization in addition to crucial practical knowledge of logistics and local vendors. She truly has it all. By the time we arrived at our wedding, I kept telling Sorrell I wasn't sure how all of the elements we talked about for months were going to come together. She kept telling me not to worry, and I believed her. I'm so happy I did, because I was able to relax the morning of my wedding and walk without any nervousness into my ceremony and reception. I knew I could breathe easily knowing our wedding was in the hands of Sorrell Downing. And she pulled off a magnificent one.

"Sorrell actualized such a personal and dazzling wedding - one far better than one I could have come up with myself"

Love Notes

We work with a variety of budgets, and want to share with you some examples from recent weddings. There is a lot of mis information out there as to what things really cost for weddings.  Please note, these are just ranges - we have some that go above, some below, some in between.  We keep a close watch on the numbers in our planning process.  We too have paid for weddings,  we get it. 

Let's Discuss The Budget

Venue: $5000 - $25,000
Rentals:  $500 - $10,000
Catering & Bar: $10,000 - $30,000
DJ: $2500 - $5000
Photography: $6000 - $10,000
Florals: $3,000 - $10,000
Cake: $500 - $2,500

Event Management Service
100 Person Wedding
Wedding Venue

Transportation: $1000- $5,000
Stationery: $500 - $2,500
Hair & Makeup: $500 - $3000
Event Management: $7000 - $9000


Total Fees: $36,500 - $112,000

Tent: $12,000 - $20,000
Rentals:  $5000 - $10,000
Catering & Bar: $20,000 - $35,000
Band: $6,000 - $15,000
Photography: $7,000 - $12,000
Videography: $5,000 - $10,000
Florals: $6,500 -$18,000
Desserts: $2,500

Full Planning Service
100 Person Wedding
Private Residence

Stationery: $1000 - $4,000
Hair & Makeup: $500 - $3,500
Wedding Planning: ~$9,000 - $19,000
(15% Budget Coordinated by EBS)


Total Budget: ~$80,000 - $148,500

Tent: $20,000 - $30,000
Rentals:  $10,000 - $25,000
Catering & Bar: $30,000 - $50,000
Band: $12,000 - $25,000
Photography: $12,000 - $20,000
Videography: $12,000 - $20,000
Florals: $20,000 -$40,000
Desserts: $2,500

Full Planning Service
100 Person Wedding
Luxury Venue

Stationery: $3000 - $8,000
Hair & Makeup: $2,500 - $6,000
Wedding Planning: ~$17,000 - $25,000


Total Budget: ~$150,000 - $250,000

We can't wait to bring your vision to life.

For more details on wedding packages and to find out more about a custom package, please contact us.  We can create a flat fee full planning package for some clients.  

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Events By Sorrell is an award-winning wedding planner designing thoughtful and elegant weddings. Based in New Hampshire, serving all of New England.