Monroe GA Wedding Planner

Based out of Monroe, we serve as a wedding planner in middle Georgia. This includes cities like Milledgeville, Monroe, Macon, Augusta, Athens and Atlanta. 

Monroe Georgia offers it's visitor an extra dose of southern hospitality. With historic sites and beautiful views, it's easy to see why brides and grooms want to spend their special day in Monroe. Monroe also offers engaged couples with diverse venues that are bursting with Georgia history.

One of the popular venues in Monroe in The Engine Room. The Engine Room can service any wedding you can imagine. It offers a private outdoor patio, hardwood floors made for dancing, and a historic setting. 9 Oaks Farm is an authentic 1900's barn that is renovated to be the perfect location for your wedding. It includes an entrance hall, reception barn and bridal suite, as well as various locations for outdoor ceremonies. 


Monroe GA Wedding Planning

Weddings represent the joyful union of two remarkable individuals. Most brides have been dreaming of their wedding since they were young girls, but the executions of that dream tend to be harder, and more stressful, than anticipated. 

When looking for someone to plan your wedding, you don’t want to hand the job to just anyone. You’ll want the person who answers questions before you ask them, the one who comes prepared with items ranging from ban-aids to hammers, and the one who has the timing of your wedding down to a science. 

Having your wedding in Georgia offers the perfect Southern setting for your nuptials. Georgia offers various venues including beaches, farms, art museums, or historic churches. 

Wedding Coordinating

Monroe GA Wedding Planner

Since 2014, Laurel Avenue has carefully planned numerous weddings across the Southeast with the goal of providing our sweet brides with a relaxing and memorable day. We know a lot goes in to making a wedding perfect, but that’s not what we want our brides thinking about on the day of. We want our brides, grooms and their families to have only joyous memories of their big day. 

Our wedding planning services begin 30 days before your wedding. We start by getting all the information about your big day, the vendors you’ve booked and the plans you’ve made. We then coordinate the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. We handle everything from the vendors, the deliveries and the set up for your wedding. We are able to coordinate your wedding, wherever it is. We are there to simplify the flow of the day.  Our wedding planning services pair perfectly with our coaching services. 



Wedding Coaching

Our coaching services require only 3 meetings. After these meetings, you will have a plan for your budget, a list of vendor referrals and a perfect timeline for your day. We can answer questions like, “How much will ___ cost?” “When should ___ begin?” and “Can you recommend a good photographer?” We created these coaching services to help out those brides who need a little guidance from the beginning. We take the vision that our brides illustrate, and tell them how they can make it a reality. 



A month of planning with vendors + day-of wedding direction/management. 


3 one-on-one sessions with steps to plan the wedding you want with the budget you have

Elena Balkcom

Based in Milledgeville, GA  |  Owner, Coach, Coordinator

Hey! I'm Elena. I started Laurel Avenue (alongside Johna Castro) in 2014. I'm a business geek at heart. I'm passionate about timelines, and punctuality. Also cake...preferably on a front-porch-rainy-day. 

My husband's contagious love of basketball has turned me into a fan - truthfully we visited the Celtics home-court during our Boston honeymoon this year. Most days you can find me doing that double-tap on my brother's trendy Instagram posts, drinking something warm out of a giraffe mug, or hoarding candles. There's always room for friends here. 

Family rule: As long as we have anything, we have enough to share!

One personal goal for 2016: Be a better question asker! I want to really know you!

Photo: Morgan Blake

Photo: Morgan Blake



“Hiring Elena and Laurel Avenue was the best decision we made. She was so helpful and truly cares about making your wedding day absolutely perfect. We can't thank he enough for the amazing service she provides. She is a meticulous planner and makes sure everything runs smooth. Any issues that arose she handled like a pro. She took all the stress out of our wedding day. Everything was perfect and Elena played a huge part!!!” – Shelly

“Elena did an amazing job planning our wedding. I hired her seven months out as I started to panic about getting everything completed on time, within our budget. She helped me figure out a plan and calm my nerves. She did a great job answering emails and even panicky text messages! In addition, Elena did a great job on our flowers. They were beautiful and exactly what I wanted them to be.” – Alicia

“I can't say enough great things about Laurel Avenue. Hiring Elena was the absolute best investment I made for my wedding day!” - Beka



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