This team is incredible. I would recommend their planning services to anyone I know wholeheartedly. Each member of their team excels and they work together wonderfully. Cannot say enough how grateful I am to them. They entire day was seamless. They were 5 steps ahead of everyone else. LOVE THEM!!!

— Allison, Bride



Every consultation starts with your story.  We love hearing all about your relationship, and finding little ways to help you enjoy the planning is something we take pride in.  So it's no surprise that every planning, or coordination collection, offer the same friendly smile, quick response and signature day-of coordination.  But, that's just the beginning.  While your overall planning experience is key to our success, we thrive on the big day.  Where you, and your family, can sit back and enjoy the celebration.  We also encourage you to work with our design team to create the perfect guest experience and give the photographer something to dance about!


We believe your wedding celebration should reflect your individual personalities and style!  That's why we begin thinking about your design from the moment we first meet, and that personal touch is reflected in every event we design.  Our signature design presentations are unique in that we create the perfect experience where you can touch, feel, and sometimes taste, what your guests will experience while attending your wedding.  Each client receives our one-of-a-kind design presentation, complete with boards, full linens, fresh floral arrangements – then we top the meeting off with champagne!


Who hasn't thought about running off to some exotic location, or sneaking off to the woods somewhere for the most romantic setting?  We get it!  Often times, a destination wedding involved a ton more details.  Even for the smallest of elopements!  No worries,  we are here to help!  We've helped our clients host elaborate week long celebrations in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Riviera Maya, Mexico to intimate countryside soirees and everything in between.   Searching for the perfect rustic setting?  A bourbon distillery perhaps, or even a billion dollar horse farm?  From beach to barn – AP Destinations is your ideal choice!

Founded in 2008 by award-winning event designer Rayna Wallen, Always Planned is one of the most respected wedding and event firms in Kentucky.


Always Planned was launched in 2008 by Rayna and Mallory.  As a team, they took Lexington by storm and planned some pretty spectacular weddings and events.  A couple of years ago, Mallory decided it was time for her to retire from the wedding industry to go on and start a family.  Now, instead of planning elaborate events, she plans play dates—and she's loving every minute of it!  While we miss her, we can't help but smile at her sweet little family, and the many amazing stories we share. 

The Company

Always Planned is now an international and award-winning event production and design firm.  We specialize in sophisticated southern weddings and intimate soirees.  Our weddings have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings, and more.  In 2016 Always Planned continues to receive much applause from clients and event professionals alike; we have won “Wedding Planner of the Year” consecutively, and our events are constantly featured in a variety of local and national wedding magazines, websites, and blogs.  Our impressive roster of clients continues to grow, and we're sure they would impress you too! (But a girl has to keep a few secrets).

We look forward to working with you to create the ultimate experience.  Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.


Our Team


Rayna Wallen
Owner/Event Design


Sarah Martin
Design Intern

Monika Witkowski
Event Direction

Rayna Wallen, Founder & CEO

Kentucky proud, Rayna grew up in Eastern Kentucky.  She attended UK, so she definitely bleeds blueGo Wildcats!  She loves bourbon, horses, and family, and is obsessed with traveling the world.  Her favorite places she has traveled to so far are Tuscany, Italy; and Boracay, Philippines.  Needless to say, Rayna feels grounded at home in the Bluegrass State, but is always up for an adventure. 

Dedicated to the wedding industry and an innovative leader in her community, Rayna started the first (and only) wedding resource studio in Kentucky—Simply Love Studio—where she developed the Venue Hop and the Bridal Benchmark series. 

Rayna is all about entertaining.  Her Southern charm, sense of style and determination have all contributed to the success of Always Planned. 

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Open Positions

Wedding Setup/Breakdown Team

Would you like to join the Always Planned family?  Let us know why you think you're the perfect candidate.



  • Attention to detail & very organized
  • Self starter
  • Eager to deliver stellar service
  • Resourceful problem solver who develops solutions around potential hiccups
  • Fun person who loves a great party
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.

Marketing Intern

Want to intern for Always Planned?  Let us know why you think you're the perfect candidate.



  • Creative mind and great personality
  • Attention to detail a must
  • Ability to take charge of marketing campaign, social media, blog
  • Experience providing exceptional customer service


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