Our Story

We're Edna and Jeri the Real Deal Wedding Insiders®. After working together on countless weddings, we developed a close friendship and trust in each other's talents and approach to working with wedding couples. We also shared the same frustration at seeing all the misinformation out there. Over and over, we heard stories about couples who embarked on their wedding journey with high hopes, only to become overwhelmed, confused, and disheartened, even after extensive research.

It became clear that we needed to do more. Between the two of us, we have tons of valuable information to share: hard-earned, inside knowledge that we knew could make a difference—and we saw no reason to hold back! We’ve combined our years of experience to give you the “real deal” on planning your wedding. We offer practical, actionable steps and advice—the kind that is realistic and doable. Because let’s face it, no one has time to learn it all. We give you exactly what you need to know to plan the wedding you envisioned without all the stress.

Edna Dratch-Parker

Edna, founder and creative director of EFD Creative—Event Planning & Design, brings her unique blend of experience as an artist, entrepreneur, and creative director to each and every wedding she’s planned for the past decade. A graduate of the Maine College of Art & Design, her approach to events comes from her desire to create a cohesive and visually engaging experience. She aligns her artistic sensibility with her professionalism to create a wedding experience that is memorable, distinctive, and seamless. Edna has received a number of industry honors, including “Wedding of the Year” from NACE NATIONAL – National Association of Catering and Events, “Social Event Planner of the Year” from BizBash, “Trendsetter of the Year” from Wedding Planner magazine and listed in the TOP 10 Wedding Planners, Boston from WeddingRule.com. Edna’s work has been published nationally in magazines and blogs.

Jeri Solomon

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Jeri parlayed her entrepreneurial spirit with her first love of flowers into a business – Jeri Solomon Floral Design, that has allowed her to be creative and thrive in the Boston wedding industry for over 25 years. Jeri’s motto is “Weddings are stressful; flowers shouldn’t be.” She believes in providing each of her customers not only with gorgeous floral arrangements but also with exceptional service, attention to detail, and impeccable design. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Boston Weddings, Flower magazine, The Knot magazine, Modern Luxury Weddings: Boston, and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. As one of the founding members of the prestigious Boston Wedding Group, Jeri has served in various leadership roles including president, vice president, and secretary.