Kirkbrides was founded in 2005 by Valarie Kirkbride Falvey, a young planner and entrepreneur with a goal to fill the need for a creative and on-trend wedding planner in the Northeast Ohio area. With years of experience creating personalized weddings on the West Coast for several years, Falvey and her team strive to make the wedding planning process as breezy as a day at the beach.
In Southern California, Valarie originally started in private mansion weddings only and really sought to bring this luxurious type of wedding back to the Cleveland area. While an abundance of private estates isn’t as available in Northeast Ohio, she pivoted her business strategy to work with upscale hotels, country clubs, and other unique locations that stayed true to the aesthetic of the events she plans.
Over the past 13 years, Kirkbrides’ innovative and organized planning process has caught on with interested engaged couples and the team has grown to five times its size. Planning nearly 100 weddings a year, they continue working with couples to embrace the trends and customize their day through setup, timeline, organization and style, as well as expand the event side of the business including extra wedding events of rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and post-wedding brunches.
The company also offers a plethora of wedding planning educational services, such as e-books, videos, classes, and more at kirkbrides.com.