Events by Courtney Ann

Walnut Creek, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

EBCA is a full service event planning and wedding coordination company specializing in corporate, non-profit and social event planning including weddings, bridal and baby showers, milestone birthdays and anniversaries

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

EBCA is detailed oriented, passionate & takes great pride in providing excellent service throughout the planning process in addition to executing every vision for your special day. We go above and beyond to make sure our customers are completely satisfied!

Location

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

2 Reviews
  • Amy O. Aug 14, 2017
    Courtney worked with me to help plan and execute my company's ten year party and it turned out awesome! I was nervious to plan everything on my own. There were so many facets to make sure they got done and with an already busy schedule it started to be a daunting project. I hired her and she jumped right in, coordinating all the venders, finding discounts I didn't even know where available and making connections with her preferred venders as well. Connections I would not have had available to me otherwise. She also came early the day of to set up and decorated. She even added all the small touches I had not thought off to make sure it was fun and esthetically appealing. It was a success! I am glad I hired her and will do so on future events.
  • Deborah C. Aug 9, 2017
    Events By Courtney Ann assisted me in the planning, coordinating and hosting of my Company Picnic and ensuring that the event went smoothly. Her advice and ideas resulted in the nicest picnic outing I could have imagined (not to mention relieving me of the stress associated with putting on a great event for my employers). We had a great turnout, with more than 65 people in attendance. She coordinated with the caterers, organized picnic games and party events and personalized the picnic area with banners, balloons, flowers and more. There were several organized games and races planned and Courtney facilitated in gathering large crowds for the games and making sure everyone had fun. Her timeline for the picnic was perfect. The day was awesome - everyone had a great time and my employers were extremely pleased. I would highly recommend Events By Courtney Ann for any event! She is organized, communicates well in the planning stages as well as at the event, is friendly and very professional.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is incredibly reasonable and I promise, worth every penny! I generally require a 50% deposit upon signing the contract and will work with my clients to determine an appropriate payment schedule for the remaining balance.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The typical process includes a phone call or initial meeting to find out about the wedding couple and/or individual hosting the event so I can get an idea of their visions, wants, needs for the day. I like to understand what the clients' expectations are. During this call/meeting I take the time to explain the packages that I offer and the service that are included with each package. Our call or meeting is followed up with a quote. If the quote is agreed upon I send over a contract in addition to several forms/documents that are helpful to me in the planning process. Depending on the package selected determines the next course of action. All of my packages include unlimited calls, texts and/or emails (within reason, of course) so that you know you can always reach out!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am currently in the process of becoming a certified event planner through the International Institution of Event Management (which is a nationally recognized organization).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was a corporate event planner for the past 6 years before deciding I wanted to follow my dreams if owning my own event planning company. This has also provided me the flexibility to be home with my daughter (who is a toddler).
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with high net-worth clients, same sex couples, corporations, non-profit organizations and various other wonderful wedding couples and individuals
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently coordinated a beautiful rustic meadow wedding in the Lake Tahoe, CA area and it was absolutely beautiful. There were 175 guests and everyone had an amazing time!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Having a Coordinator is so instrumental in the wedding planning process and having someone to relieve you and your family of any stress is so important! It is certainly an added cost, but from my experience in the industry and also having attended dozens of weddings - it is money well spent!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Budget! It is important to know what your budget is for each service when planning your event. You also want to make sure you find someone who knows and understands your wants, needs, visions for your special day. I always like to find out very specific information about certain event guests so that I can better service my clients, their family and friends (i.e. dietary restrictions, alcohol intolerance, handicap accessibility, etc.) You also want to make sure you have a clear vision so that when you meet to discuss the project you can clearly explain your desires!