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Planner and Ceremony Music in Tacoma, WA,
(513) 550-0761

About Us


Just like our great City of Tacoma - aka Grit City.

Your wedding colors are hot pink and tattoos. You are entering the venue on a horse. Your theme is Game of Thrones. Instead of dancing, you are playing board games all night. Yeah, we get you.

Weddings don’t have to be lilies and roses. There is nothing wrong with lilies and roses, we quite like them, but you don’t have to have those. You can have paper flowers or no flowers at all. Your options don’t have to be chicken or beef. Eat lamb ragu or vegan chili. Let’s plan a wedding that looks like the two of you.

You know what makes a wedding awesome? Spending time with the people you love. A wedding doesn’t have to cost $40,000 if you don’t want it to. Spend money on the things that really matter to you. Let’s uproot the idea of what a wedding should look like. Let’s celebrate this commitment you have made to each other. Let’s throw a huge party where everyone has a great time!

One of the best vendors to invest in is a wedding coordinator. This person ensures you are hosting your party not working your party. Let your friends and family actually enjoy the event: don’t expect them to set-up and tear-down. Leave the work to us. Let us manage the timing, organization, and details. Let's plan this event so well that it doesn't look planned at all.


Grit City Weddings + Events offers several packages for weddings of all shapes and sizes. From elopement or elopement-like to massive 500-guest blow-outs, we have the connections, skill, and passion for weddings to make these awesome celebrations happen. We even have special all-inclusive, concierge packages for micro-weddings – weddings for a guest list of less than 50 people. We work with Tacoma-based small businesses to make these intimate weddings happen on a small budget but with huge style.

New to Tacoma but not new to weddings and events, Michele + Ashley seek to work with local businesses who care about the community in which we live and work and are seeking to leave it better than we found it.

We want to work with couples who are on the same page as us, too. That means we agree on some basic tenets: black lives matter, feminism is for everyone, no human is illegal, science is real, love is love, and religious freedom makes each of our lives rich with compassion.

Ivy Gilliam

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  • Hiring Grit City Weddings was the best choice I made for my entire wedding. Hands down. My husband and I decided to get married on a VERY short timeline, six weeks to be exact! In that time, I think I had two or three zoom calls with Michele and Ashley, they answered any email questions I had, plus Michele came to our venue (our house) for a long planning meeting as well. They provided vendor suggestions, lists of to-dos that I would not have thought of, and were incredibly helpful with brainstorming ideas for covid/distancing requirements. On the night of rehearsal dinner Michele led the entire process. Our officiant was fairly inexperienced, and I certainly had no idea what to do. Michele made sure we practiced all the important parts without feeling too rehearsed. On the day-of…wow! Michele was amazing. Let me just say that my personality is to be incredibly anxious/ worried/high strung. However, on the day of the wedding, I was actually relaxed, ahead of schedule and able to ... Read more

    Frequently Asked Questions about Planner

    What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination?

    $ 1,200.00

    What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

    $ 2,000.00

    What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

    $ 6,000.00

    Do you offer an hourly rate?


    What is the hourly rate?

    $ 50.00

    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?

    Destination, Elopement, Non-Religious, Religious

    How many planners are on your team?


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