From discussing the grand vision, initiating comprehensive communication and design, to managing the event the day of- we are there for our clients every step of the way.


Getting to know you and what you have envisioned is the ultimate goal of a planner. This is your party, and we are here to be your guide to success! Not only do we feel confident that you'll feel on top of your tasks, organized and well connected with local vendors, but that you'll be able to enjoy the experience with us as well!



Owner and Planner

Abby Gallagher was born in Canada, raised in Michigan, and has now been living in Florida for 5 years. With a deep love for all things beautiful, she has a unique history of luxury yachting which has now evolved to living ashore, planning and designing stunning events for her clients. She has 10 years of hospitality and event management experience and her Bachelors from the University of Michigan. As a socialite by nature, she never passes a moment to have a good laugh and deeply cares about the people she meets in her life.

For now, Blue Orchid Events & Design is a small, passionately driven business. The ultimate goal will be to open a design studio in the heart of Venice of America (Fort Lauderdale) to bring the professional, friendly, young, and progressive culture of event planning to brides, yachting companies, locals, and visitors worldwide.

Besides running her business, Abby also owns Blue Ocean Events (planning private yacht weddings), is an avid motorcycle rider, has travelled to 32 countries, gardens, creates her own beauty products, and is mildly obsessed with throwing dinner parties.

Portrait by Lara Rose Photography


Our Method

After officially booking our services, we jump right into a 3 phase planning process.


  • Budget assessment

  • Venue selection

  • Service vendors

  • Officiant 

  • Beauticians

  • Transportation


  • Color palettes

  • Design boards

  • Floral needs

  • Stationery design

  • Cake design

  • Rentals and linen choices


  • Catering and cake tastings

  • Table mock-ups

  • Day-of timeline

  • Item responsibility sheets

  • Personal packing lists

  • Room layouts

The planning process can begin up to 16 months in advance. We highly recommend you book your planner in the beginning phase of your planning process. Planners can help you connect to authentic, quality vendors, and guide you through the appropriate scheduling, keep track of your spending, and help you with basic etiquette. 

We offer three different wedding packages, depending on where our clients are in their planning process. Once we meet for a complimentary consultation, we'd recommend a month-of coordination (day-of), partial planning package, or a full planning package. 

Complimentary Consultation

Did you know that weddings, on average, have about 5000 details? It’s our job to know and keep track of all of them. During out first meeting, we will go over topics, such as the overall vision or theme, budget factors, ideas for saving money, stationery and wording etiquette, what to expect from hiring a planner, etc. We can meet at your favorite coffee shop, or just chat on the phone, either way we love to get to know prospective clients and be as helpful as possible right from the start.

We can’t wait to hear about your unique day!