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It was great to get in touch with Deb and she was very excited and enthusiastic about working with me for my wedding! In the end, I decided to go with someone else but it was definitely a tough choice! Deb was a delight to talk to and seems very experienced in the field of event planning, design, and coordination! Wish you all the best, Deb :)Jul 24, 2018Verified
I was very excited to work with her, but ended up being very disappointed in her performance. Below is my list of pros and cons. I really thought she was going to do an amazing job and was sorely disappointed and so were many of my guests. Pros 1. She is very responsive to your emails, phone calls etc 2. i spoke to her once and months later she remembered everything i told her 3. She attended and organized our rehearsal ceremony even though that wasn't included in her contract. Which i was grateful for on that day because I was feeling overwhelmed. Cons 1. The day of the wedding, whenever things needed to be handled, no one could ever find her when we needed her. 2. She had a detailed timeline and with the exception of the start time, rarely followed it. 3. My maid of honor and I had to keep reminding her of things that needed to happen and she wouldn't do them. The Maitre D, servers or the DJ ended up taking the lead on many things I needed. 4. I did all of the decorating and only needed her to literally move a couple of things around for the ceremony/reception turnover (everything was in the same area). She never did the two things i asked her to do. This meant some of my centerpieces didn't have lights in them like I had asked her to check. I told her before, the decor was the most important thing to me because I wanted the pics for my business. She also didn't tell people to fill out the tags on our wishing tree during cocktail hour until later, so i only had a few filled out. 5. I asked before hiring her that i would need some balloons filled up (i had the helium tank and balloons at the venue ready to go) to make a second entrance. I reminded her when she got there and asked her several times if she was on it. She said yes but never did it. When i realized she probably wasn't, I asked her to get my bridesmaids together at a certain time and they can do it, she never rounded them up. So right before i was to go out, my best friend and my little brother gave me a few balloons that they tried to blow up on their own, after i got frustrated trying to do it myself. The few balloons they gave me was nothing like my vision, but better than nothing. 6. I was told by several guests that she yelled at them to not step on the silk rose petals i had on the side of the aisle runner, which happened to be the only thing she decorated and she spent at least a half hour on those. So i felt like she cared only because it was the only thing she could take credit for. 7. There was a family problem which delayed my second entrance, instead of asking the DJ to make an announcement that the couple will be back down and to keep partying, she let people leave thinking the wedding was over and I wasn't coming back down. Then as i was preparing to make my entrance she comes up and tells me half your guest are gone do you still want to do the entrance? 8. I hired her partially for clean up and she stood in the same place "packing" one bin for almost an hour. 9. She knew we were having a unity candle ceremony and I brought a lighter with me. However, I didn't have time to put in up at the front of the aisle. As a coordinator, i was hoping she would remember, but she didn't. The part that bothered me the most was that when it was time for the lighting, no one could find her so that she could hunt one down. We stood there for about a minute before one of our guest in the front row gave us one. At the end I felt she was more like one of the guest rather than a vendor on her job. Perhaps if you are a bride that has no event planning or decorating experience, she will work hard for you. But as for me and my wedding, it was a failure.Nov 26, 2018VerifiedEvent Designs By Deb's reply
saw the review you posted and I am very disappointed that you feel the way you do. Wedding Aisle - I did not yell at your guests. I had to repeatedly ask them not to step on the petals as they kept moving about the aisle before the wedding. I was not looking to take credit for any of your decorations. Unity Candle - the butane lighter was there and then someone at the venue moved it. I was running to get a lighter when the wedding officiant couldn’t find it. I was there the whole time. During the ceremony, the DJ could not see you and your bridal party because of the curtains. I was standing in between the white curtains giving him the cues for the music. You did not see me a lot because I was constantly moving around the venue working with the venue staff to get things done. You may feel that they took the lead but there were several times (too many to mention) that the Maitre D and staff were not easy to locate. Wedding Centerpieces - There were a lot of lights that just didn’t work. I tried and tried numerous times to get them to work, but this is common with the lights. I did the best I could under the circumstances. LED show - I never agreed to blow up balloons. I am not a balloon decorator. I was not made aware of the faulty helium tank situation until it was time for that event to take place. I continually communicated with the DJ about the delay and we both did our best to keep your guests occupied. The wedding was on a Sunday evening and it is understandable that some of your guests had to leave because of child care issues and an early start for work the next day. Clean up - I packed up your items carefully. I’m sorry if you felt it took me too long to do that. I was never standing in one place for too long. I made sure your food was set aside and your cake was packed away. Timeline - the wedding ran 45 minutes late because of makeup and getting ready. I constantly reminded you and the bridal party about the timeline. Some things are just out of my control. The best I can do is keep things moving, and I did that. As for your guest sign in tree - I did ask your guests to sign the tags and place them on the tree. I wish you and Lawrence and your families the very best of luck and happiness. Deb
Deb was a pleasure to work with! Living in NC but having a wedding in NJ I needed a lot of help and Deb stepped in and helped me find a venue as well as recommended a DJ, Transportation and more! Whenever I had any questions or concerns Deb was always easy to reach. She even created a welcome sign, seating chart, decorated the guestbook table and provided my wedding guest with bubbles which helped capture beautiful pictures! She kept my party on track timewise, and had a detailed itinerary of how the day should go. Our wedding day was absolutely beautiful from start to finish! Thank You Again!May 15, 2019Verified
Deborah was an amazing day-of-wedding coordinator! She went above and beyond what the role required, and she was very responsive to communication and very proactive in getting all of the vendors together prior to the wedding day. On the wedding day, she made sure all of the decorations looked nice and gave order to the chaos of my 150-person wedding. She is a kind, generous, organized, thorough, and thoughtful person! Would definitely recommend!Jul 26, 2017VerifiedEvent Designs By Deb's reply
Thanks, Rose. You were delightful to work with. Thank you for picking me to coordinate your most special day. Your husband, family and guests were gracious, kind and sweet.
I had an amazing experience working with Deborah. She made my day very special. She is very easy to work with, extremely organized and pays attention to every detail. Deborah made my vision come to life without any problems. My special was smooth and perfect.Aug 17, 2017VerifiedEvent Designs By Deb's reply
Thank you for trusting me to bring your vision to life. It was beautiful!
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My pricing is fair and reasonable and according to industry standards. I do offer discounts and monthly payment plans so that my customers can pay for their special event on a more comfortable budget.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Initially I contact the new customer by phone to arrange a face to face meeting to discuss their ideas, expectations, budget and how they envision their special event. Sometimes the customers are too busy to meet, so I am in constant contact with the customer by phone, text message and e-mail. I provide photos of the design prior to the event, when possible.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I started designing for family events - parties, weddings, showers.