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Planner in Cedar Rapids, IA,
(319) 777-8738

About Us

If you're looking for your wedding planning bestie, look no further! Gems and Joy is your luxury wedding go-to for all things planning, designing, and coordinating! Serving Iowa, all around the Midwest, and destination weddings, you've never experienced luxury like this before. We are a husband and wife duo-and we truly love working with one another! We have a great love for short engagements, themed, and destination weddings. Denise's signature style is unique lighting, and lush florals. Our services include full wedding planning, design, coordination, and custom packages. We have also added elopements and mini-weddings!

With years of experience in planning weddings and events, we are sure to bring a high level of expertise to your wedding day! We have three main goals at Gems and Joy:

  1. To give you a luxury wedding planning experience
  2. To exceed your expectations for your wedding day
  3. To bring your vision to life, within your budget

At Gems and Joy, we know that your wedding is not just one day. It's how you spend every day of your engagement. It's your wedding day. It's every time you watch your wedding video, or even think about your wedding day. It's every anniversary, and every time you walk past your wedding pictures. You deserve to relax, be present, and make joyful, beautiful memories.

Services Offered

  • Full Service Wedding Planning + Coordination
  • Design + Coordination
  • Design
  • Wedding Management
  • Wedding Timeline and Dossier Creation
  • COVID weddings (minimonies, mini-weddings, wedding festivals, COVID consultations)

Heather P.

5 out of 5
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  • Gems and Joy did an absolutely amazing job coordinating our wedding at IMU. For a day of coordinator, I feel that Denise went above and beyond! I am definitely a last minute planner but she helped keep me more on task with the months and weeks leading up to the big day. As organized as I thought I was, there were definitely several things I hadn't considered or planned for. I was a lot more at ease on the day of our wedding knowing that Denise was running the show. I had no idea how the months of planning would come together but when I walked into the ballroom- WOW! She really did an amazing job coordinating all our vendors and I had very few questions coming at me the day of. I would VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Gems and Joy for anybody's wedding. And in hindsight, I wish I would have had her do more than just the day of coordinating.

    responded with the following comments.

    Heather, thank you so much for the kind words! Coordinating your wedding was such a joy! You and Tyler are such a fun couple, and I absolutely loved working with you! It was a gorgeous day, for a gorgeous couple!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Rental

    What is the starting price for a photo booth package?

    $ 450.00

    Which of the following does your starting price include?

    Backdrop(s), Props, Social Media Integration

    What is the price of your most popular photo booth package?

    $ 800.00

    Which of the following does your most popular package include?

    Backdrop(s), Prints, Props, Social Media Integration

    What photo booth items are available?

    Backdrop(s), CD/DVD of Images, Flip Book, Prints, Props, Social Media Integration

    Frequently Asked Questions about Planner

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    What wedding events do you provide services for?

    Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner

    What wedding planning services do you offer?

    Budget Analysis, Day-of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Guest List Creation, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals

    What weddings do you have experience planning?

    Civil, Cultural, Elopement, Military, Non-Religious, Religious

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