Our Story

At Always Planned, we design and execute each wedding as if it were our very own – with insane attention to detail, creative elements, gorgeous decor, and an efficient timeline for the festivities.   We also believe that you get one opportunity to truly celebrate your love story, and it's our goal to make the planning stress-free and exciting – while creating the wedding and celebration of your dreams.

Rayna and Mallory launched Always Planned in 2008, and as a team, they took Lexington by storm and planned some pretty spectacular weddings and events.  In 2013, Mallory decided it was time for her to retire from the wedding industry, to start a family.  Now, instead of planning elaborate events, she plans play dates—and she loves 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.  Today, Rayna is joined by an amazing team dedicated to the wedding industry, and with their help, she continues to plan, design and execute luxury weddings in Kentucky and beyond. 


Full Service & Design

From the moment we meet we can't help but envision your ideal day - one where your relationship and love story are center stage.  We love getting to know you and your fiance, and believe your wedding celebration should reflect your individual personalities and style. 

As a full service event planning and design firm, we know what we do best, so that's what we do.  We thrive on big days, little details and awesome design. 

Our signature design presentation is 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 celebration.  We're ready, are you?  Let's get started!

Destination Weddings

Fancy a field of sunflowers, an intimate elopement for just the two of you, or maybe you dream of something more elaborate?  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 involves a few more details.  Even for the smallest of elopements, there are big milestones along the way.  No worries,  we are here to help!  We've executed elaborate week long celebrations in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Riviera Maya, Mexico to intimate countryside soirees in southern Kentucky, 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 –  We're ready, are you?  Let's get started!

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


The Company

International and award-winning event production and design firm, Always Planned, is centrally located in Lexington, Kentucky and specializes in creating sophisticated southern weddings and intimate soirees.  Our weddings have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings, Brides.com 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).


Our Team


Rayna Wallen
Owner/Event Design


Sarah Martin
Design Intern

Monika Witkowski
Event Direction

Rayna Wallen, Creative Director

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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