Meet the coordinator

Anna_Knight_pictureIn 2011, Anna Knight was drawn from a career as a successful custom artist and stay at home mom to the opportunity to serve as the Event Coordinator at Del’avant, LaGrange’s newest special event center.

Being a hometown girl with a Fine Arts degree from Presbyterian College and a minor in Interior Design from Converse College, coupled with extensive marketing and design experience, Anna was the perfect fit for the new position. In addition to creative talent, Anna also brings a love for event planning, a skill she discovered and developed while organizing local events from the Junior Service League’s Charity ball and annual Attic Sale, to countless festivals and silent auction fundraisers at schools where her three children attend.

Today, Del’avant clients benefit from Anna’s space planning expertise, creative furniture layouts and keen attention to the smallest of details. In 2015, Del’avant added a new service where Anna can serve as the “wedding weekend” coordinator to direct the wedding rehearsal, wedding ceremony, work with the vendors and provide a detailed itenerary for the entire weekend.   Whether you are planning an intimate Del’avant rooftop garden party or an epic wedding ceremony and reception in the McLellan parlor and Kress ballroom, Anna will work to ensure the Del’avant setting is just as they planned it to be.

Anna Knight served as coordinator for my daughter Alice’s wedding at the Del’Evant this September.   She is a completely organized and extremely competent professional.

We met with Anna on several occasions, the last of which was about a month before the wedding when she met us with a list of questions, tasks, etc., and helped us keep focus on what was still to be done. Many of those tasks were for her, from arranging tables by number to making sure each table had the right number of chairs (there were different numbers) and contacting all our vendors to make sure they knew everything they needed to know, as well as many other details.  She understands the facility inside out, which was also extremely helpful in our planning.

The day of the wedding and the rehearsal the night before she was there for everything we needed.  Neither my daughter or I worried about anything from lighting candles to organizing guests. 

I am a violinist and I have played for many weddings.  Because of those experiences, I refused to have a coordinator for my older daughter’s wedding.  I am very glad I made a different decision for this wedding, as Anna made everything more pleasant and made everything run smoothly.

I recommend hiring Anna for your wedding enthusiastically.

Celeste Myall


“Words can’t express how I feel about my wedding day, the venue and Anna Knight. From my first visit of this place and talking with Anna I knew this was the place for my wedding. I can’t thank Anna enough for everything she did, she was very informative on everything, even when I didn’t know what I wanted or how I wanted things set up, she knew. I highly recommend anyone that’s using the venue for their wedding to include Anna as their coordinator, it goes without saying that she is great at what she does.  Thanks again Anna and Del’avant’s staff.”

– Bennie & Pam Hixson, wed December 5th 2015

“Anna’s wedding coordination and planning services were outstanding! She was very oriented, and extremely hard-working. Anna was very professional as well. She was very nice and sweet to everyone. The day of the wedding she was there before 7 am to help make sure that everything was perfect for the wedding ceremony and the reception.  We had a wonderful wedding thanks to her. We encountered some last minute issues and she was able to make everything work smooth and perfect, for example I brought my own computer for my slide show and it was not compatible with the projector, she ran to Walmart and bought the cable that was needed just so that we could have our slideshow for the reception. Anna was just extremely wonderful! We will definitely use her services again In the future for our events.”

– Brad and Damaris Harris, wed at Del’avant November 8, 2015

If you want a beautiful historic venue with loads of personality, someplace beyond the usual, Del’Avant is your place. We chose Del’Avant for our January 3, 2016 wedding and are so glad we did. Anna Knight is a joy to work with. She’s calm, organized, creative, and responsive and did a lot of work without charge. After meeting with us to talk about our needs, she provided us with detailed floorplans and check lists for how the rooms would be set up for the ceremony and the reception. A few minor tweaks and we were set. Nearly everything is included in the price: Chivari chairs for the ceremony and reception; tables for dinner plus tables on the rooftop balcony; wood bars for beverage stations; tufted chairs and casual tables in groupings around the ballroom and balcony; custom parking signage; in-house sound the DJ can plug into; Pandora radio on your choice of station for background music; and more. The price gives you the entire building for sixteen hours, which meant we could take our time getting ready and clearing out–what a stress reliever! This includes suites for the bridal party to get ready. They have large bathrooms, plenty of room to hang garments, large mirrors, classy yet comfy furniture, and even an easy-to-use steam machine to steam wrinkles out of everyone’s finery. We did not serve alcohol so we didn’t have to deal with the extra insurance or security requirements. The McLellan Parlor was perfect for our ceremony. When we arrived, the room was set as we planned. 100 guests comfortably sat four to the row on either side of a center aisle. Del’Avant provided a lovely long carpet runner in grey with an ivory leaf pattern for the center aisle at no extra charge. We used one of the bars as our “altar” and decorated it with a floral centerpiece, candles, a long embroidered runner, and crocheted snowflakes hanging down the front. The room is so stunning, that’s all we needed. Kress Ballroom is stunning, too; easy to personalize with simple decorations. Del’Avant can provide table linens in black, white or ivory at $10 per table, which includes napkins. We had black table cloths with white napkins for guests and white table cloths with black napkins for the bridal party. Note: the front windows are open so passersby often peer in at the party. We didn’t mind: it made us feel like celebrities but if you’re shy, ask about closing the drapes. We used the rooftop patio for our cocktail hour with three large heaters, included at no extra charge, to ensure guests would be warm. The rooftop patio is enchanting with great views plus white lights strung in the trees. Pre-set tables and chairs made our guests comfortable. Parking is ample and free. The building is completely handicap accessible. We loved being able to choose our own caterer and baker so we could have a 100% gluten free reception. We also loved being able to choose our other vendors, though Del’Avant has a list of vendors to recommend. Our caterers loved the large prep-kitchen with lots of fridge space and many prep tables. Del’Avant is everything it promises: classy, beautiful, unforgettable, and affordable. There were no hidden fees and we got our security deposit back days after our wedding. Anna Knight was a joy to work with, and we loved every inch of the venue. Our guests still are raving about Del’Avant and so are we.

Sam Engle, married 1-3-16