Kind Words from Clients
Please enjoy some testimonials from my present and past couples and their families. They encourage you to contact them via email with any questions you may have. Enjoy! Mike
June 2017 Mother of the bride
Michael, my husband and I could not have been more pleased with the amazing and magical wedding that you helped to make a reality. Legare Waring House was a spectacular site but your facilitating the many vendors that made the day perfect was truly a blessing. You being there made enjoying our daughter's wedding possible.... did not worry about a thing! I have told everyone how wonderful you are and hope anyone reading this will give you a call... they won't be sorry! email@example.com
May 2017 Julianna and James
As things finally begin to settle back down, James and I would like to thank you dearly for all of the hard work and effort that went into planning our wedding. You didn't miss a beat when we told you that we had to move things up 8 months, and you had everything lined up for us in a week. Then we had the situation with my mother being sick at the wedding, and you stepped in then as well. You served as more than our wedding planner, you became our friend and someone we could unload our stresses on to. When all of my friends get married, I will definitely make sure they have your name and number, because you made the experience of going to nursing school, dealing with chronic health problems, dealing with James's mom's cancer, and having a long distance bridal party so much easier. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and that day will truly be remembered as the best day of our lives because we got to marry our best friend. You really are the best in the business and I wish you all of the success. I know I will be recommending you to my friends when they get married!
Sincerely, Julianna and James Weninger firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2017 Sarah and Anthony
Mike Winship is a true professional, a talented planner with fantastic vision, and overall amazing person. My husband and I hired Mike for our destination wedding at Boone Hall in May of 2017 and he was an incredible partner every step of the way. Boone Hall is a blank slate venue, so we had to bring in each and every vendor individually, which can be daunting and time consuming. Mike made it easy and fun! He has strong relationships with Charleston's top caterers, photographers, DJ's, florists, etc. We even got discounts with some vendors for working through Mike. In addition to keeping planning on track in the months leading up to our wedding, Mike was irreplaceable the day of. He was on site at 9am to make sure all vendors were on track and he made sure the entire day went smoothly. We had a TON of decorations and photos and Mike's team was clutch with placing them all beautifully and then packing them all up at the end of the night. My husband and our families were able to focus on enjoying the big day and not worrying about any details. Mike had it all covered from start to finish! I highly recommend Winship Productions to any couple who wants to a planner with strong connections and amazing advice. One of the big differences between Mike and a lot of the bigger planning companies is that we feel like we also got a friend out of the deal. Mike truly cares about his couples as people, not just as clients. He's the best! email@example.com
May 2017 Samantha and Chase
I cannot say enough nice things about Mike Winship! He made my wedding day absolutely flawless. I started working with Mike about a year out from my wedding date. He would always check in with me and we would grab coffee to go over vendors, timeline, and the overall wedding day. He is such a joy to meet and talk with. His enthusiasm for making my wedding day perfect took SO much stress off me as the bride - he made me feel beyond confident to put things in his hands. Great communicator at all times during the wedding planning process. On the day of the wedding, Mike and his wonderful assistants ran the show as smooth as can be! Everything was put in the perfect place and he absolutely understood the "look" and "feel" of what I was going for. We had a downtown wedding (ceremony at Saint Mary's and reception the The Governor Thomas Bennett house) and all my guests kept saying it was one of the most beautiful weddings they have ever been to. I could not have done this without Mike - my family absolutely loved him and were so thankful for how hardworking and passionate he was to make sure everyone enjoyed the big day! I highly recommend using Mike as your wedding planner - best decision I made! firstname.lastname@example.org>
Groom Patrick O' Donnell April 2017
My wife and I live in NJ and decided to get married in Charleston, SC. Because of the fact that we were doing a destination wedding, we immediately decided to hire a wedding planner. Right off the bat, we knew Mike would be the best choice for us. He called us within a few minutes of receiving our inquiry on a Sunday afternoon. Right away he was able to put us at ease and we were confident that he would help us make our wedding day an incredible experience. Mike did an incredible job helping keep us on track throughout the planning process. He was able to provide extremely valuable insight into every aspect of our wedding. My wife and I have hectic schedules and we asked Mike to make sure he gave us a kick in the behind if we were ever falling behind schedule or responding slowly, and he didn't disappoint :). Above all, he was honest with us. Our wedding day experience was smoother than I could have imagined. If there were any issues, my wife and I had no clue. Mike and his team took care of everything we needed. His team made sure we took a few minutes for ourselves to enjoy our dinner and relax. We would recommend Mike to anyone looking for a wedding planner for their event. Without hesitation. Seriously, do it. email@example.com
Becky Ward Mother of Groom April 2017
If you are planning a Charleston wedding, you MUST contact Mike with Winship Productions. Recently, he assisted me in the planning of our son's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation. The ceremony was on the lawn in front of the house, followed by a reception at the Cotton Dock. Since we live out of state, I was leery of choosing a wedding planner from Charleston, but Mike was absolutely fantastic! He was very professional and always available through e-mail or by phone. We only made two visits to Charleston for the planning process. Mike is respected by and has great rapport with local vendors. His enthusiasm is contagious and his passion and commitment are beyond reason. Our friends have commented that our son's wedding is, without a doubt, the best wedding they have ever attended! Mike will make your son or daughter's wedding dreams come true! firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2017 Megan and Will
My now husband and I live in Maryland and decided to get married in Charleston, SC. When trying to find a planner I came across Mike with Winship Productions. After reading his reviews, I decided to give him a call. Once we started chatting, I knew we had to have him as our planner. A few weeks later we headed down to charleston to meet him and pick out a venue. From that moment on Mike was with us ever step of the way. He was always available through email and phone whenever I needed him. He answered every question in a timely manner and gave the best advice when trying to make decision. He was professional and had a great set of vendors. He is out make the day special and unique for each couple. Our day went off with out a hitch and everything exceed our expectations. Our day was epic and thanks to Mike for making it seriously the best day ever!! email@example.com
December 2016 Kimberly and Ian
I'll start by saying the way my husband and I chose to celebrate our nuptials was anything other traditional. We chose to have a tiny immediate family only wedding ceremony and then a gigantic friends and family reception/party a few months later. We were in search of someone with the knowledge, flexibility and INTEREST in helping us do so. We spoke to Mike over the phone and immediately knew he was the right man for the job. Mike was enthusiastic and more than willing to help and cater to our unconventional needs. I think he actually said our idea was "Dynamite!" Not only did he officiate and help with our actual wedding ceremony, but he helped us plan an AMAZING reception/celebration for October with all of our first-choice vendors. I am MOST thankful for having Mike, because our reception fell on the same weekend as Hurricane Matthew. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our party and while the idea of rescheduling a party for 150+ people seemed IMPOSSIBLE to me, it was no challenge for him. He contacted all vendors, provided endless advice, support and suggestions, and took all of the stress off my plate. We were able to successfully reschedule our reception two months later and it went off without a hitch! Mike helped me get through one of the toughest days of my life, and gave me two of the greatest days of my life that I will NEVER forget. He absolutely knows the industry well and has so many valuable connections and ideas. I would 100% recommend him as he is willing to accommodate your needs in order to give you the unique once in a lifetime celebration you deserve! Thanks Mike! Kimberlysbowers@gmail.com
September 2016 Katie and Andrew
When you decide to get married there are so many vendors to choose from it can make your head spin. Mike Winship is a straight forward, supportive and knowledgeable wedding planner who can narrow down your choices to fit your budget and your taste. His years of experience has made him an expert on local vendors around the Charleston area. Our wedding day could not have been any better thanks to Mike's recommendations and direction. He was there for us throughout the whole process, even though we were on the other side of the country for the majority of the planning process. Thanks to Mike and his team I had the best day of my life. Kebalman@gmail.com
July 2016 Beth and Scott
We used Michael as our day of coordinator at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation and we couldn't have pulled our day off without him. He didn't just serve as a point person the day of- throughout the entire planning process he provided advice and guidance. He is extremely personable, knowledgeable, and will ensure you have a seamless and enjoyable experience- I HIGHLY recommend! firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2016 Julia and Zach
From the first time I spoke with Michael Winship on the phone, I was immediately calmer about everything revolving my wedding and the entire planning process. He is extremely well-versed in all things wedding related as well as all things necessary for a wedding in Charleston, SC! My fiance and I were planning remotely from Boston, MA, and Michael was always available to guide us, answer questions, and make suggestions. He went above and beyond the list of responsibilities that we stipulated in our contract, and he was very humble and understanding about all miscommunications/difficult decision-making processes. My entire family and bridal party LOVED working with Michael and his team! I recommend him for any level of wedding coordination/planning! He is an expert in the field! email@example.com
July 2016 Alyson and Zackary
Michael is amazing...he made planning and executing our big day a success & made it fun. We highly recommend him. He is like the mayor, he knows everyone and is such an asset. We ADORE Winship!!!
June 2016 Stephanie and Charlie I firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Winship is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Within the first two minutes of our first phone conversation with him we knew he was the one we wanted to help us plan our destination wedding and he carried that level of impression throughout the entire 8 months leading up to our perfect wedding day. He helped us plan and host the most beautiful, unique and flawless wedding day beyond anything we could have possibly dreamed about; and our wedding guests loved him as much as we do. We didn't lift a finger on our wedding day from start to finish, which allowed us to simply enjoy watching everything unfold. There was a calm and focus that I would imagine many brides and grooms don't get to have on their wedding day. Michael has the utmost respect from all of the vendors he works with, he brings the best of the best from the long list of Charleston vendors. Most of the vendors we worked with were sure to let us know that we had hired the best planner in town, but we already knew that. We already miss working with him now that our wedding day has come and gone, but Michael will forever be so much more than our wedding planner...he will forever be our friend. We highly, highly recommend working with Winship Productions.
April 2016 Jennifer and Jason I email@example.com
Being an out of town bride I knew I wanted to find a wedding planner that I felt a strong connection with and when I met Mike I knew he was the real deal and hired him! I must say it was hands down the best decision I made. He is so warm and personable I felt like I knew him for years. He guided me through everything and I absolutely loved all of my vendors! Working with Mike was so much fun and was everything to me. It is something I will never forget. His enthusiasm and energy is contagious and I appreciated everything he helped me with throughout the planning! He responds to emails in a very timely manner and really is such a joy to work with! My wedding day was beyond anything I could ever imagine and everything came together thanks to Mike and his amazing team! They did not stop and took care of every beautiful detail. They also made sure my husband and I were taken care of all night. All we had to do was relax and enjoy celebrating with all of our guests and for that alone I am forever grateful for Mike! It was so nice to not have to worry about anything. Many guests came up to us throughout the night saying how awesome and friendly he was. I consider Mike a friend and I honestly cannot recommend him enough...hire him and have fun planning! Cheers! XO Jenn
April 2016 Mother of the Bride I Jldemar@us.ibm.com
I "found" Mike in late 2014 by searching the internet. His warmth, genuineness and knowledge of the Charleston wedding business really spoke to me (as we started to plan my daughter's 4.16.16 wedding). I made one call to Mike and the rest is history! We hit it off immediately. He gently steered us in directions where he felt my daughter's vision for the wedding would be realized. He attended many meeting, especially the critical ones (food tasting; venue; florist; rentals, DJ, Ceremony music, etc). Mike is extremely responsiveness. It was just a pleasure working with Mike over the 18 months. We are still floating on cloud 9 at the dream wedding the kids had. Everything was perfect -- everything! Not one thing was missed and Mike even had a few surprises for us along the way! Thank you Mike and Winship team for providing a lifetime of wonderful, happy memories . xoxo Jeri
November 2015, The Boman's | firstname.lastname@example.org
"We owe our biggest thank you to our wedding planner Mike Winship, the person that worked the hardest to make everything come together perfectly!! Our wedding day turned out to be better than we ever could of hoped. Our dreams were truly turned into reality, and we know this is largely due to his efforts. Mike is a true professional and kept calm, collected and on track throughout the entire planning process, even when we were undecided or struggling ourselves. He has clearly developed great vendor relationships in Charleston and the quality of our experience is an example of the strengths of those relationships. It was great working with Mike and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a planner in Charleston. His guidance and assistance are invaluable!
October 2015 The Krenzer's I email@example.com
" Hi, we are Dave and Lea. We are from Baltimore, Md. We fell in love with Charleston during a vacation and decided to get married there. When searching for a wedding planner Winship productions was the only planner even willing to sit down with us 2 years in advance. Every other company didn't give us the time of day that far out. Seconds after our initial call with him, Mike was on point in sending us all the information on Charleston venues. He even went as far as setting up all of our appointments and venue visits, prior to even signing with him! Every step of the way he was there helping us find the very best vendors within our budget. He was always very responsive when we had questions or were freaking out. He made sure we were always on track with gentle reminders and a crazy positive attitude! Come the day of the wedding he went above and beyond, helping us with transportation, and handling all the little details, so we could simply enjoy our day. We had a downpour just prior to our ceremony and we thought we would not get the ceremony outside on the steps that we had hoped and planned for. Thankfully the rain stopped just before the ceremony. Everything was soaked, Mike was outside on the dance floor with brooms and towels, doing everything he could to get me what I had dreamed of. I cannot say enough good things about him. You truly can not go wrong with Mike Winship. We ended up with not only a seriously perfect wedding, but a friend as well."
July 2015 The Huber's I firstname.lastname@example.org
"Experienced, connected, responsive, and professional! Planning a wedding from a distance (NYC) could have been an incredibly stressful experience... Thankfully, we found Winship Productions! With the Charleston wedding industry being as large as it is, it can be difficult to narrow down a venue, let alone a caterer or DJ. Due to all of his years in his profession, Mike has firsthand experience with all of venues. When I described our vision for the day to Mike, he immediately helped us find a venue that was exactly what we were looking for. For vendors, Mike was able to help us narrow down the huge number of options and put us in contact with some of the top professionals in Charleston. His vendor suggestions were detailed enough to keep the process from becoming overwhelming, but there were still enough suggestions that we could had options to find the vendors that best matched our particular needs and personality. Mike was consistently responsive in his communication us, our family, and our vendors-- keeping us all on the same page. During our trips to Charleston, he organized all of our meetings. My fiance and I took care of the small details (i.e. vintage stamps for the invitations, etc.) while Mike managed all of the "big rocks." Throughout the planning, he allowed us to tailor the entire day to be personalized to us. If there was a decision, Mike would give us several different options of what he has seen work well in the past, pros and cons of each, and ultimately we could discuss and then let him know we wanted. He was also kind and flexible if we changed our minds or wanted a thought-partner to think through a decision. On the actual wedding day, Mike ran everything like clockwork. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the day without having to worry about the logistics. Mike executed everything perfectly, even with an unexpected storm. If you are looking for an experienced professional to carry out your wedding day vision, we highly recommend Mike! "
June 2015 The Lischett's I email@example.com
"Mike was absolutely outstanding as our wedding planner! He was on top of things every step of the way, making clear what decisions we needed to make vs. what he would/could, and providing guidance where and when he could. He kept us on schedule and gave frequent reminders that we were on track to keep me calm during the planning process.
The day of the wedding, he was Super Man!!! He was everywhere all the time, making sure that grandparents had a head start getting places and were offered food and drinks frequently, getting the bride and groom drinks and food before they knew they needed it, and clarifying logistical things to guests before they even had questions.
He went above and beyond and I cannot say enough good things about Mike and Winship Productions. My wedding day was perfect because of him and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone considering getting married in the Charleston area!"
June 2015 Mother of The Bride I Kathy Cemate firstname.lastname@example.org
"Mike was absolutely great to work with! We live out of town (the bride lives in Chicago and I -MOB- live in Ohio) so Mike was very helpful with sending us videos of potential venues and detailed info on each. Once the venue was decided upon Mike arranged meetings with various vendors (flowers/cake/food/music/décor/etc) so that we could meet them on a quick trip to Charleston. We were able to secure all the necessary services in the initial whirlwind trip with Mike's guidance. Mike kept us on budget and made sure all vendors were secured, payments made and everything was ready for the big day! He kept in touch thru emails and phone calls and helped troubleshoot any potential problems. Finally the big day arrived and we were able to enjoy everything with no worries! Without Mike's expertise- we would not have had such a beautiful event! My daughter got the wedding of her dreams and her dad and I were glad we had such expert help to make it happen!"
May 2015 The Smithe's I email@example.com
"Winship Productions were absolutely FANTASTIC! They did the best job of making the planning journey stress free (especially planning long distance)Mike listened to what we wanted and he also was ON IT with all of the vendors, Keeping us on track throughout the whole process! The day of, he executed flawlessly as well! Absolutely amazing 5 star service. I wouldn't have changed a thing! Mike even surprised us with a surprise wedding video free of charge, which was STUNNING and perfectly made! I am still in awe, thanks to Mike he made our big day just as we had hoped- even better!!! Best weekend of our lives thanks to Mike Winship!! "Thank you!
May 2015 The Smith's I firstname.lastname@example.org
"Lacey and I got engaged, and three weeks later we moved to Charleston, SC so she could begin her residency in Emergency Medicine. That meant two things: We were in a new city that we didn't know much about, and she was going to have very little time away from work to help plan our wedding. Enter Michael Winship. To say we were lucky to find him would be a massive understatement. Michael not only steered us in the right direction for all of our vendors, he became our Charleston guide and our friend. He took time to get to know us, and then provided vendors who fit our tastes and personalities. It is so obvious that he LOVES his job, and even more obvious that people love working with him.
On the day of our (outdoor) wedding, a tropical storm was threatening to hit Folly Beach. Michael was the calm in the eye of that storm, and with his quick footwork and a little luck, our wedding turned out absolutely perfect. His services are an incredible value, and his attitude and knowledge of the Charleston wedding scene are priceless. He has our highest recommendation not only as a professional, but a person."
May 2015 The Ballinger's I email@example.com
When I got engaged , I knew for sure that I was going to need some help planning my wedding as all of my family lives across the country on the west coast. I set out on my journey to find a wedding planner and it only took one five minute phone call with Michael to realize my search was over. He immediately asked me all of the right questions and even offered to help us find a venue before we had even agreed he was going to be my planner because he knew the importance of picking a venue early in Charleston. His charismatic and playful demeanor helped chase away my "bridezilla" moments and ease my worry when things weren't going the way I hoped(which was seldom because Michael always makes things happen).
Although my wedding wasn't for a year and a half, he was attentive through every step and I looked forward to his check ins to make sure everything was going well. He is so organized that it makes planning a wedding actually enjoyable! My favorite part about Winship productions is the emphasis they put on the relationship between the bride and groom. It is so easy to get sucked into the planning and forget the real reason you are stressing over tent vs. no tent. Mike reminded us the entire time to focus on our love and take time for each other which is such a beautiful thing and something you do not expect from a wedding planner.
The day of the wedding literally went flawlessly and I never had to lift a finger because Michael had already done everything. I actually got to sit back and enjoy my beautiful wedding with the people I love. He always made sure I had a drink in my hand and food on my plate. When we were running a little behind for our wedding day timeline, no worries he nonchalantly moved around the schedule to make sure I wasn't stressed and could enjoy my guests. With Mike you get so much more than a planner. You get a friend, a confidant and ultimately your dream wedding. I will never be able to thank him for everything .
The Grawert's Jan 2015 I firstname.lastname@example.org
"Michael came highly rated to us through our (top rated) photographer, who said, "I've worked with alot of wedding planners in the business, and Michael Winship is absolutely the best..your wedding will run flawlessly." Boy was he right. From the very beginning he was friendly, outgoing, organized, and always on top of things. He provided us a budget worksheet to go by, a timeline, and when my future in-laws were looking for rehearsal dinner locations, he emailed a spreadsheet of 50 locations that offered private dining rooms with phone numbers and manager names. We were very impressed that his helpful services extended far beyond the wedding day with help leading up to the day. He called all vendors 2 weeks before the wedding to confirm time of arrival on wedding day, as well as emailed them a month before. I could go on and on. I did not worry about anything on my wedding day because I knew he had everything under control. If you want your wedding day to go FLAWLESSLY, as well as assistance along the way with many other details, he's the man for the job!
The DraftzMarch 2015 I email@example.com
"Working with Mike meant that I (a bride planning a wedding while in nursing school), my family, and my fiancé's family had peace of mind that all the details of the planning process were addressed and would work cohesively! Mike did a great job working with me during what time I had to spare and was able to introduce me to the perfect vendors to create my dream wedding. On my wedding day, Mike and his team were there to coordinate all the details so my husband and I could enjoy our very special day! Working with Mike was our best wedding planning decision for sure! .
The Driesen's April 2015 I firstname.lastname@example.org
"Mike Winship (Winship Productions) helped make sure my wedding day was a fabulous success! Mike knows the Charleston area extremely well and has great relationships with key vendors. He provided recommendations for the best vendors to work with – based on how they had performed in the past (knowing which vendors you could count on, which ones you couldn’t). He helped us secure the best band and caterer in the city! We even got a discount on the catering just for using Mike. He helped me focus on what tasks to do and when to do them, and allayed fears about getting it all done, which was important considering I had limited time to spend planning (while working full-time and moving, etc.). The day-of coordination and management of the event was terrific! I didn’t have to worry about a thing and was able to truly enjoy the day! I was very grateful to have Mike as my planner."
Mike gave us recommendations of venues, caterers, florists and rental companies and then let us choose the ones we felt were the best fit. He kept us within our budget every step of the way and did not let us spend emotionally. He answered emails and phone calls promptly and kept the time line going in a manageable fashion. Best of all, on the day of the wedding,
Mother of The Bride March 2015 I email@example.com
Mike was there every step of the way making sure details were handled and all went smoothly. The bride and her mother were treated like royalty and did not have to do a thing except enjoy every minute of a perfect day! Mike kept the reception on a time line, making sure everything flowed smoothly right up to the send off. When we walked back in the venue after send off, everything was already cleaned up and our car was loaded! If we had it to do over again, what would we change? Not one single thing! If our next daughter chooses to get married in Charleston, the first thing on the list will be to call Mike at Winship Productions. Everything he says on his website is true and then some. You gain a friend with Mike Winship "
The Hicks May 2015 I firstname.lastname@example.org
If asked to describe Mike Winship my husband and I would say, “The Man”! My husband and I had our destination wedding in Mount Pleasant, SC and were required to plan from afar. Without finding Mike, the best day of our life would not have been possible. From the very first phone call with Mike, I knew that we were a match made in heaven (aside from my husband and I). Mike was so easy to talk to and understood our vision from day one. With knowing what we were envisioning he was able to get us in touch with the best vendors to make our “A-team” and the rest goes down in wedding history as "Best day ever!!"
" Our wedding was a destination wedding so we were totally dependent on Mike to point us in the right direction. We had a year to plan our wedding and Mike consistently kept me on task, helping me to focus on the priorities. Mike also was great about helping me step back and appreciate what the day was really about - Raymond and I spending the rest of our lives together. What I appreciated the most was the depth of Mike's resources for each component of the wedding event. Every vendor we met with was exceptional; we simply needed to select the vendor that best met our vision and taste. I believe excellence is Mike's silent slogan. In addition to having an excellent reputation with the local vendors, his staff that we met on the day of the wedding was great. My mom actually had an assistant designated to help her with the miscellaneous decorations she had planned.
Our wedding was something that every girl dreams about and completely stress free, which isn't something that I hear very often. Mike understood our vision and was very prepared prior to the wedding and the day of. He and his team took care of everything in a quiet and timely fashion, even anticipating things before they happened. No glitches. They even anticipated that we wouldn't eat, so they had plates of food made and insisted that we sit down and enjoy the food. Mike and his team also made sure that Raymond and I had the best time with each other and all of our guests. Our guests are still talking about our wedding and how it was the best that they have ever attended!
Kudos to Mike and his team in the production of the wedding. Kudos to Mike for his insight and his skills as an officiant. We greatly appreciate how much he contributed to the joy and fun we experienced at our wedding. The day was the most amazing day, exceeding all expectations. This experience will be an enjoyable lifelong memory, thanks to Mike and his team"
The GallaghersMay 2014 I email@example.com
" When we first decided to have a destination wedding in Charleston (we are from Texas) - we were not considering hiring a wedding planner - mainly to keep costs down and frankly because we thought we did not need one. After our first trip to Charleston, however, we were overwhelmed and exhausted. Our photographer suggested we contact Michael Winship. Hiring Michael completely changed the flow of our planning and I do not have enough praise to sing of Michael Winship as a wedding planner but I will try to list them as best I can....
1. Cost - we initially did not consider hiring a planner because typically their fee structure is a percentage of the cost of your wedding - creating an incentive to drive up the cost of your wedding. Mike, however, charged a flat fee for his services no matter how big or small your wedding or budget and actually ended up saving us a couple thousand dollars, even after the cost of his services. He introduced us to some of the best caterers and florist in Charleston and we were always amazed at the quality of the product we got for the reasonable price. Mike also managed to find us an incredible band that was cheaper than the D.J we were going to hire. Mike was able to save us money without sacrificing quality - in fact often improving the quality compared to the vendors we found on our own - specifically the caterer - people are still talking about the food at our wedding.
2. Peace of Mind - No matter what happened along the way with planning or vendors; we had complete faith in Mike. When hiccups did happen with some of the vendors - and they will, Mike was on top of it and the issue was resolved by the end of the day. We always felt reassured having someone in Charleston whom vendors had long standing relationships.
3. Organization & Communication - Being a doctor with a type A personality what I really appreciated about Mike was his ability to keep me & the vendors organized and on top of things. He had budget spreadsheets, to keep us within budget and to have all of our vendor information easily accessible, as well as suggested to do lists. Also, all of the vendors are communicated with thoroughly, everyone knew who Mike was & had a detailed flow of events for the night.
4 Day of the Wedding - Even if Mike had done nothing else, having him there the day of the
wedding was invaluable. After the wedding we were discussing how perfect the entire day was- it seemed as though nothing went wrong. Now, I am sure that Mike has a different story but the point is we were able to enjoy the day, not worry about a thing and Mike orchestrated everything perfectly. From bringing us food to ensure we ate, to calmly directing the crowds on where to go. The entire night was perfect and if we had to do it all over again we would hire Mike from the get go. If you decide to hire him I can assure you after your wedding you will be here singing his praises along with me.
Father of the Bride 2014 Istephenlyearout@aol.com
" Dear Michael: Now that the excitement of the weekend wedding activities have settled, and I have had a chance to reflect, I am writing to tell you how much I appreciate the work of Winship Productions. Saying that the wedding and reception event was perfect would be an understatement. And saying that this perfect event was made possible by the planning, coordination, and execution by you and your staff would be another understatement. Watching you take charge of coordinating all the moving parts of Saturday’s event was like watching a fine symphony conductor bring together the diverse talents of the orchestra to create something beautiful and unique. As the father of the bride, I must confess I was skeptical when our daughter told us she was using a wedding coordinator. Now I can’t imagine undertaking such an event without one. I speak for myself, my wife, daughter and new son in law when I tell you that your services were the best investment we made in the entire wedding and reception event. Thanks again, Michael, for your calming demeanor and steady hand guiding us through our daughter’s wedding and reception. I hope you will feel free to reference me as a delighted customer with future clients. Particularly with any skeptical Dads l used to be."
Father of the Bride2014 I Charles Hoff choff@HoffHospitality.com
"It has been a whirlwind since the wedding, but I did not want to let any more time go by before I sent you a note letting you know how truly appreciative we are of the critical role you played in the success of Mallory and Ben’s wedding. I cannot begin to tell you how many compliments we received from our guests as all felt that there was indeed something very special and heartwarming about this wedding (not to mention the Rehearsal Dinner). Thanks in large part to your efforts; we will all have wonderful memories to treasure over the years. I personally owe you a debt of gratitude as I would have never gotten my bow tie and cummerbund on without your assistance. You are truly a professional, and most importantly have become our friend!
The Golata's I firstname.lastname@example.org
"My husband and I were married in the lovely month of September. It was the most beautiful day of our lives and an affair our friends say was the most fun black tie optional event they have ever attended. We credit the beauty of that day to our wedding planner Mike Winship of Winship Productions. His great attention to detail ensured every table setting was in position and that the lights were dimmed to perfection. From helping us pick the location, to coordinating with our vendors, Mike took the stress off so that we could enjoy the ride that is engagement to altar. In addition, all of the vendors he introduced us to put in 110%. But perhaps the most magical thing about working with Mike was that he was true to his company's slogan, "Never lose focus of the marriage, while planning your wedding."
Mike took the time to get to know us and understand *our vision for our day. By doing this he was able to put on a ceremony/reception/production that was a reflection of who we are. On the day of, my mom, the mother of the bride, could relax and hit the dance floor instead of worrying about the details Mike had already taken care of. If you are looking for your personal guide to the type of fairytale day you've envisioned, Mike is your guy! "
The Cockey's October 2014 I email@example.com
"Mike Winship is top-notch and we highly recommend him to any couple looking to get married in Charleston. My husband and I live in Charlotte, NC and being that we live out of town, we knew we needing a wedding coordinator to help us get the job done right. We were in Charleston touring venues in September 2013 for our October 2014 wedding when we first met Mike, but the introduction wasn't planned - we ran into Mike setting up for a wedding at one of the venues we toured that day. He approached us and introduced himself, and immediately his knowledge and expertise showed through. We hired him shortly thereafter, without talking to or considering anyone else. Without Mike, I don't expect our wedding would have been as perfect as it was. He knows all the BEST vendors and venues in the area, for all price ranges, even lower budget weddings like ours. And his recommendations didn't fail us once. We ended up with all the highest quality vendors in Charleston for our wedding, and we owe all of that to him. And when it comes to day of coordination, I trust Mike to get the job done. He and his assistant, Jessica, flawlessly executed all the details without disturbance to any of our guests, and we've heard from so many ourguests that every last detail was absolutely perfect. Mike is energetic, easy-going, and has the knowledge, experience, and connections to get the job done right. Mike, you rock! Thank you for making our day so amazing and memorable!"
Mother of The Bride April 2014 Ikeeferfam4@yahoo.com
"I can't begin to thank Mike for the amazing job he did with my daughter, myself and the year long engagement and wedding planning. He not only saw my daughter's vision but he executed it. He was everything we needed and available when we needed him. I am forever grateful for the perfect day he helped create for our family. I'm so happy to see Mike featured here on your blog! He is an amazing planner and most importantly an accurate executor of the hopes and dreams of the bride, groom and even me, (the mother of the bride). I have under my belt, starting a company, starting a youth center, raising 2 children through college, but I knew I was out of my element and way over my head when it came to planning and executing the details of my daughters wedding.
Mike, from the very first meeting, made my daughter and I feel like he had us covered. He listened to our visions, although over the year engagement they did change some :), he reassured us when too many options became overwhelming and he was so generous to be available for my daughter whenever she needed him! I just can't say enough about what a wonderful experience it was working with Mike and his team of professionals. I believe Mike Winship Productions is truly the best in Charleston and my daughter's wedding is still very fresh in my mind thanks to the positive experience with Mike.
Every girl dreams of their wedding day. They want it to be perfect! my dream came true this past summer. Mike not only becomes a planner but he becomes a friend. He puts all of your needs and wants first. He is one of the most caring people I've ever met. He makes the wedding planning process a piece of cake. He keeps you calm which allows you to focus on the real reason of the wedding day. I can honestly say when I look back on our day I wouldn't change a thing, especially the decision to use Mike Winship as our planner! I will always be thankful for him!
Mother of The Bride June 2014 Ijudithpohlman@icloud.com
"We worked with Michael Winship for over a year on our daughter's wedding. Michael gently pulled us along for the ride of a lifetime. He introduced us to only the best caterers, florists, venues and photographers, but the final decision was ours. Michael is very good at keeping his clients organized and on budget, and he has the vision to see the final product. I would go on the adventure with Michael again, if we only had another daughter.
The Bradley's April 2014 Ileslie.firstname.lastname@example.org
" Mike is absolutely an amazing planner (and an exceptional person in general)! We have been working with him since last October for our wedding. Our day was beyond perfect and it was all thanks to Winship Productions. He helped us hand pick each and every vendor! Each one was so easy to work with and helped make our day such a success! Mike is on top of everything. He responded to all our emails and calls so promptly (always the same day!!). He kept us on track with the budgets and timelines, and made sure every detail was figured out weeks before the wedding so we could relax and enjoy time with our out of town family/friends the week of the wedding. We couldn't have done it without him! Even our guests loved him and still talk about how personable and professional he was! He is THE BEST of the best!!!
The Evan's February 2014 Ivandegtn@gmail.com
" Our wedding day was incredible! I was able to enjoy every second because Mike and his staff had everything under control. Winship Production's t-shirt logo is "Relax...We've Got This" and it is so true! Due to weather our ceremony was moved indoors. This happened seamlessly without any extra effort from us. People repeatedly commented about how relaxed my husband and I were during the wedding and reception. Looking back we can give the credit to Mike, his staff and our vendors. Mike's demeanor is calm and cool the entire way through the planning process and the wedding. He was very good at keeping us on track with the planning process without overloading us with things to do. His contacts with a wide variety of vendors allowed us to create a wedding to fit our personalities. Mike is an honest and direct communicator who has an incredible way with people including difficult guests. He keeps the mood of wedding and the planning process true to what it should all be about...the two people who are getting married! "
The Lustenberger's February 2014 Ipitzerl@upmc.edu
" Mike Winship and his team are the real deal. My husband and I wanted to get married in Charleston, but lived in Pittsburgh--both of us with full-time and demanding jobs. We knew that we would need help navigating the territory and have an ally in Charleston--there are MANY vendors in Charleston and we wanted to pick the perfect ones. Mike came highly recommended to us--and we were not disappointed. From the first phone call, Mike was ready to go and excited about working with us on our wedding. Notice I said "...working with us..." He did not dictate, but instead guided us through the process, while still allowing us to put our stamp on the wedding. He introduced us to the best of the best in Charleston--all of his vendors LOVE working with him and that is reflected from the first meeting with the vendors to the day of the wedding.
We did not worry about a thing on the day of our wedding--we were able to enjoy the party, and our friends and family. Even my father, who is a man of few words, said, "Mike did not just make sure this was a party, but an EVENT." High praise, indeed. Many of our friends and family members commented on how professional and courteous Mike was at our wedding--we could not agree more! We loved working with him and highly, highly, recommend his services.."
The Keenan's 2014 I Annathrash@hotmail.com
"Aside from picking Charleston as our destination wedding spot, our second best decision was hiring Mike. Neither my husband nor I had ever been to Charleston. We picked the location solely on what we'd heard about the town, seen in pictures and I really wanted a southern, Nicholas Sparks book type wedding :) I'm pretty picky, knew exactly what I wanted and love planning events, so I didn't give two thoughts on hiring a wedding coordinator. I figured I'd be able to pull it off with the help of my mom...even living in St. Louis. After about 6 weeks of getting no where with vendors and my husband seeing how frustrated I was getting, he secretly took to the internet and surprised me by hiring Mike (to which I still thank him for to this day :).
After Jonathan's initial conversation with Mike, he knew I'd love him and he couldn't have been more right. From our first conversation, I clicked with Mike and his personality and style. We had a pretty tight/strict budget and Mike was able to work with it with no problems. He knew exactly what we wanted to spend and I credit him for us to sticking to that budget because as a bride, it's easy to get a little out of control with all the details. Honestly, I didn't know if we could have the wedding I envisioned on the budget we had, but Mike proved otherwise. He connected us with the best vendors Charleston has to offer. They all love and respect Mike and WANT to work with him and his brides and in return, we got such amazing service.
We visited Charleston once while planning the wedding and Mike made the most of our time there. We met with the DJ, different caterers, bakeries, visited venues, etc. I was nervous only visiting Charleston once, but knowing Mike was on board, he kept us on track and made the planning run so smoothly.
We had about 80 guests travel to Charleston for our wedding last September. I still have family and friends rave about our location, the music and most of all, the food! The caterer Mike connected us with was just absolutely awesome!!! Best wedding food ever. Mike works with a constant smile on his face and during our wedding weekend, I would look at him to find a little peace. When my mom or mother-in-law were leaning on me (i.e. - stressing me out :),
Mike could sense it and would just take charge which is exactly what we needed. There are so many elements of the actual wedding weekend that can be overwhelming, but Mike made sure it wasn't. His passion, organization, keen eye for detail, expertise, great taste, connections, contagious enthusiasm and outgoing personality makes for the perfect wedding coordinator!
He made sure our wedding day was right on schedule, our wedding party was where they should be, that there was communication between all the vendors, etc....I seriously don't know how he does it so flawlessly. At our reception, he was like a ghost who kept filling up my drink to make sure I was staying hydrated :) And more importantly, he made sure our families had a full glass, enough to eat, etc. I had girlfriends at the wedding ask if Mike traveled to plan weddings because they've never seen such an amazing wedding coordinator.
I could seriously go on and on about how incredible Mike is. You, your daughter, your future son-in-law and your families would be very lucky to work with such a pro. My husband and I had the southern Charleston wedding we dreamed of all thanks to Mike. He is the one who brought my vision to life, even on a strict budget, and made our wedding look and feel like a million bucks. In all honesty, I was sad our wedding was over because that meant we weren't going to work with Mike anymore. He became such a friend and part of our family.
The Sam's 2013 Ihoutz07@gmail.com
"There aren't enough positive things to say about Mike!!! My husband surprised me with hiring a wedding coordinator for our wedding since we had a destination wedding. At first, I didn't think we needed one but I was completely mistaken. From the first time I talked to mike, I couldn't have been more grateful he was on board to coordinate our wedding. He made sure we stayed within our budget, but connected us with the absolute best vendors ever!
What a dream it was to work with you!!, Mike Winship. Steven and I are so grateful for your expert orchestration of our wedding day and all the events that brought us up to the wedding. We consider ourselves blessed to have had the privilege of working with someone who always made us feel at ease, and translated our vision with such style, grace and professionalism. You took all my visions and made them come true in the most cost effective way. EVERY detail exceeded our expectations and our guest were thoroughly impressed with your talents. We sincerely thank you for making our wedding day dream become the best day of our lives."
" I'll tell you this: You always hear couples say how "crazy" and "hectic" planning a wedding and especially the activities on the day of the wedding can be. My beautiful wife and I can both say that we never had a bad experience while working with Mike and it was nothing but smooth sailing! The only crazy moments were the crazy FUN moments we had at the ceremony and reception! Mike earns his stripes on "the day of"...calm, cool, and organized in an atmosphere of nerves and elation.’ I’m happy to say that not only was he the best investment we could make in our special day, but we're also proud to call him a friend!
The Freiberg's 2013 Imeyersb2@yahoo.com
“I really cannot say enough about Winship Productions, and Michael Winship himself! With my family and fiancé 1,000 miles away from me throughout the entire process, planning could've become very overwhelming as a one woman show, but Michael allowed me to have someone there alongside of me every step of the way! From attending vendor visits with me to walking me through every detail of the set-up so I was 100% comfortable with everything, I couldn't have asked for more.
Winship Productions is top-notch, professional, and as hands on as you'd like them to be. I loved that Michael lent his expertise and knowledge without making decisions for us. I knew I wanted our guests to walk away from the wedding seeing "Britt and Tim" in the details, and not just seeing a planner's agenda. Michael allowed our wedding to be so very "us", while helping me execute all of my ideas, and our guests are still talking about the great time they had and every little detail. He also has phenomenal vendor relationships and connected us with a caterer who our guests claimed is the best they've tasted!
If you're looking for someone to walk you through the wedding planning process smoothly and timely, without feeling stressed, pressured or stretched beyond your means, Michael Winship is the way to go!! The gift he allows you is the opportunity to enjoy what can be a daunting time, and he never lets you "lose sight of the marriage while planning the wedding", which I LOVED! He's also affordable and invaluable, which meant a lot to my parents.
I give Winship Productions 2 very grateful thumbs up! Thank you for making our day perfect! And thank you for becoming a cherished friend along the way!”
The Wilder's I email@example.com
‘I am not really sure where to start when describing the incredible experience we had working with Mike Winship, with Winship Productions!! Mike's service is one that you need to pull off your wedding or event. Being from Denver and planning a Charleston wedding, he helped us in so many ways by keeping us on track with planning deadlines, steering us in the right direction in terms of vendor selection, and he was an ear of reason and excitement at all times. Everything on our wedding day was flawless. He made sure all the vendors were managed and I didn't have to think about one single thing the entire weekend. Once we got to town, the ship was smooth sailing and we were having the time of our life.
If there was any detail needing attention, Mike was on it before we even had to know it needed addressing. The list goes on and on. The best thing about Mike's service is that it is NOT his job to make you spend a boat load of money with every vendor in town. Instead, Mike's approach is conservative and realistic at all times. Let's not forget that the TOP VENDORS in CHARLESTON LOVE WORKING WITH HIM and reward his clients with TOP SERVICE/PRICING, but at the end of the day YOU choose your vendors and Mike is your wedding executive throughout the whole selection process. There truly is no one like Mike. He has an incredible attitude, he is incredibly personable and fun, and lastly he was genuinely our biggest fan. We just loved working with him and having him manages our wedding weekend. My final comment is one that I learned directly from Mike: A wedding planner is not a luxury, it is an affordable necessity. Besides, why loose sight of the marriage while planning your wedding?? Let Mike Winship with Winship Productions manage your event. It's as easy as that."
The Jefford's I firstname.lastname@example.org
"I couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding planner. I knew from our first conversation over the phone that Mike knew how to help my vision come together. He was always on top of things and never let a thing go unnoticed. Mike not only helped to introduce me to vendors, but he organized meetings, and followed through every step of the way. I was the much calmer than expected on my wedding day because I knew that everything that was supposed to happen did and it was all because of Mike. I would absolutely recommend using him and he was the most integral piece of my wedding puzzle. Because of him I had the dream wedding I always wanted! "
The Johnston's I email@example.com
"Amazing! Spectacular!! My dream come true and more for a once in a lifetime day and all thanks to Mike of Winship Productions!! I don’t know how anyone could plan a wedding without him. He thinks of everything and then some!! From being the most knowledgeable on all there is to offer in Charleston, SC to helping with special and sentimental touches that blew me and everyone else away. He is truly the maestro of wedding planning!! It was a complete fluke that I called Mike, I was looking for someone to help "manage" everything the day of our wedding and my future mother-in-law sent me Mike's website, I called the number listed and Mike picked up. I fell in love him with right then and there (as a full on wedding planner, not just to "manage" the big day)! He was asking all the right questions and really wanted to get to know me and my fiancé (Patrick).
I explained out vision to him and without even hiring him he started setting appointments for us. We live in Charlotte and we had one weekend to find a venue and set a date in Charleston. He set us up with places we wanted to see and also places that he wanted us to see. When we came down there for the weekend we saw all of the venues and then we finally met Mike. We spent 3 hours together in Starbucks! I was so nervous to meet him because I wanted everything to be perfect and I wanted him to want to work with US! I already knew that we wanted to work with him just from our conversations and emails. Mike will give you information and allow you to make a decision. If you want an opinion they will give it to you, but not unless you ask.
We hired Mike in September and it has been such an easy process to plan our wedding. They have some amazing vendor contacts in the Charleston area and only work with the best! I am an event planner and never thought that I would hire someone for my wedding, but Mike is more than a wedding planner to us, he has become a great friend! We have even asked him to marry us!!”
Mother of The Bride I firstname.lastname@example.org
"Working with Mike and his staff has been a wonderful experience. His professionalism, eye for detail, and ability to conform to a variety of situations and wedding day visions of his many brides is a true talent!! We went into this not knowing a thing about planning a wedding and he helped us to make my daughters wedding the most beautiful, romantic, magical wedding ever!! We could not have done it with out him!! His guidance and recommendations from the venue to each of the vendors we chose was just what we were looking for. He was there the entire journey to make our planning experience a good one.
I just want to say thank you to Mike and his staff for keeping us sane!! You are the best!!"
The Dietrich's I email@example.com
"My husband and I were just married this past November. We had an OUTSTANDING weekend and could not have asked for a better time w/ family and friends. We both LOVED the "job" Mike did in helping make our wedding weekend exactly what we'd hoped. I'm a detail-oriented/planner-type by nature, but it was a huge relief to have Emily and Mike help w/ the specifics and the orchestration the week/weekend of our wedding. We almost considered having our wedding w/out a planner, but I can honestly say having Mike was a HUGE help and something that I am so glad we did. Their fees were unbelievable compared to other planners we interviewed and we really appreciated knowing exactly what we were paying them and not having to worry about them being paid based on a percentage of the total amount spent on our wedding.
We actually SAVED a good deal of money thanks to their connections in the wedding industry and a few discounts due to those connections. Mike helped think of questions/issues we hadn't thought of and were there at every meeting (with vendors, venues) that we asked. My then-fiancé loved how relaxed and calm Mike was throughout the entire planning period. We truly enjoyed the planning "process" (or experience, as I like to say :) and think of it as some of the most fun we had leading up to the wedding."
The Lszell'sI firstname.lastname@example.org
"I called Winship Productions on a whim, I wasn’t sure Mike could help me as we were having a small intimate reception. I knew from the first phone conversation that Mike and his staff were going to be the perfect choice for Catering and planning my wedding. I felt an instant connection with Mike. He is very easy going and knowledgeable and has a fantastic sense of humor. Any question or concern I had during the planning was quickly addressed... Mike instantly put me at ease. We had our ceremony on Folly Beach and the reception at a house directly across from the washout. Mike had never done an event at that location and had never seen or used the facilities of the home until our Wedding day. You would have never known that they had never been to the location prior.
Mike and his staff seemed completely comfortable as though they had catered events many times before at this location. We were so impressed by how outgoing he was with everyone at the wedding; Introducing himself to our guests and making everyone feel at home.
We told Mike exactly how we envisioned our reception and he made it happen to a T. There was nothing more I could have possibly wanted. My husband and I wanted a day to share amazing food and fun in a laid back atmosphere with our family and close friends and that is exactly what Mike and his staff delivered. I don't know how he does it, but Mike has a way of putting a bride at ease thru the entire planning process. I had nothing to be worried or concerned with the day of the wedding. On what could have been the most stressful day for my husband and I, there was not an ounce of stress."
During the planning Mike gave me suggestions on who to use for my cake, equipment/tent rentals, florist etc. and I were not disappointed by any of his recommendations. He is a true professional, a complete pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to use Winship Productions for other catering or event planning needs in the future. Not only did they provide us with the most memorable days of our lives, I feel we have also made a lasting friendship with Mike. He is amazing!!!! I wish there were more words I could use to express how special he is and how special he made our day. Thank you Mike you are one in a million!!!!
The Hall's Ibrandiray33@hotmail.com
"I would not have made it through my wedding day, or even made it TO my wedding day, without Mike and the Winship Productions staff. Mike and his staff were amazing from day one until the end of the reception. Mike helped organize all of our vendors, which was a huge help. He attended vendor appointments with me and helped me ask the right questions to maximize my time. He and his staff coordinated EVERYTHING on the day of the wedding. I never had to answer any vendor questions or be concerned that something would go wrong. Mike and his staff took care of everything.
My wedding day could not have been more perfect, and it is due to Mike and his staff that it ran so smoothly. From small details like champagne & appetizers delivered to us as our photos were being taken to larger endeavors such as routing our crowd of 250 to the ceremony, a champagne toast, cocktail hour, and the reception, Mike and his staff were always exactly where we needed them to be.
I would not have made it through my wedding day, or even made it TO my wedding day, without Mike and the Winship Productions staff. Mike and his staff were amazing from day one until the end of the reception. Mike helped organize all of our vendors, which was a huge help. He attended vendor appointments with me and helped me ask the right questions to maximize my time. He and his staff coordinated EVERYTHING on the day of the wedding. I never had to answer any vendor questions or be concerned that something would go wrong. Mike and his staff took care of everything. "