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Our Services

At A Beautiful Wedding, Carmen Hocking and her "I Do Crew" work with couples to plan their wedding venue, reception, music, decor, and so much more. We’ll be behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. You won’t have to worry with Carmen’s “I Do Crew” supporting you, because you will be involved in the entire process. Nothing will go forward without your approval.

We know that planning a wedding can take a great deal of time and can be emotional and stressful — but it doesn’t have to be. To help alleviate the stress and pressure, we would be honored to assist with the detailed planning of your wedding so that you, the love of your life, and your families can enjoy a beautiful and happy day focused on your love, your guests, and your joyful occasion. We will create a serene event atmosphere that will provide you and your guests with a truly memorable experience.


We will help you develop an overall vision for the wedding day, as well as coordinate everything with the wedding service professionals you choose to bring it all together. Carmen’s home base is Lawrence, Kansas, but she is happy to assist with weddings wherever in the world they will be happening.


Many couples begin planning their wedding on their own, only to find themselves looking for professional help to make sense of what they have done and determine what is still left to do. Let A Beautiful Wedding step in and smooth it out. We have the expertise and connections you’re looking for. A Beautiful Wedding has three Wedding Officiants on our team, too.

With our range of wedding planning packages, you will be able to choose the level of support that is right for your needs and budget. For example, we can oversee the entire wedding process with you, or help with just “Weekend Of” coordination, a Groom’s Assistance package, or you can choose your planning services à la carte

We offer many other wedding services, such as: destination wedding packages and wonderful honeymoon packages (provided by one of the biggest names in the industry—with travel included!), wedding gown preservation, arranging guest or wedding-night hotel accommodations, wedding insurance, and a collection of affordable rental items to enhance your celebration.

We will help you find wedding service professionals to create your dream wedding (such as a florist, caterer, musicians, and many diverse venues.)

We would be happy to direct your wedding rehearsal along with your Minister or Officiant and manage every aspect of your reception, taking care of any last minute changes or “unexpected situations” to make sure your wedding day is perfect.

We can assist you with proofing your stationery order, arranging to have the Invitations addressed, assembling them, and mailing them out for you. We have sources for custom design work. We can even arrange for a picture of the two of you to adorn your very own personalized postage stamps!

Let us help you find rehearsal dinner venues, and make reservations for a post-wedding-day brunch. Wouldn’t it be nice to have Carmen and her "I Do Crew" handle that so you don’t have that to stress over?

The team at A Beautiful Wedding can develop detailed wedding itineraries for the entire wedding party, and ensure that everyone is where they need to be at the right time and place. We would be happy to orchestrate the entire flow of the day and ensure that everything is done as you request on your wedding day. Take it from Carmen: “No one helps you plan your “I Do’s” better than I do!”

Bride and Groom


Wedding Dress

Other services


Happy Wedding Day

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What couples have said about A Beautiful Wedding

“All of Carmen’s special ideas gave us the elegant wedding I had always wanted as a bride. Carmen made everything happen. I don’t know what I would have done without Carmen Hocking.”

Chris Krogh and Gary Singer

“I will never be able to compensate you for all of the hard work you contributed so that we could rest and enjoy our memorable day. Every bride who has you is so blessed. I really had so much fun that day. You saved us from a lot of headaches and really allowed us to relax and breathe and look around to see joy around us. I am so glad you could be with us as we took this step and I am so grateful to you. We rave and rave about you to everyone. I simply will not let anyone get engaged in the Lawrence area without giving them your information. You’re simply the best!”

Sarah Mozykowski and Matt Roenfeldt

“Well, it was truly “A Beautiful Wedding”—and thanks so much for all you did for it! The Sanctuary was gorgeous, and the flowers were gorgeous. Thank you for pulling it all together. We were so pleased with the vendors you suggested—every one of them! Thanks again so much!”

John and Barb Stephens, Parents of the Bride
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