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  • 34 years in business
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda B.
Verified review

Joe did a great job DJing our reception and we had a great time! He played nice dinner music and then the songs you want to dance to for the rest of the night. I mentioned to him that I love the Beatles and he made sure to play them a few times. He kept the pace of the night moving and everyone said they had a great time. I would recommend hiring Joe for your next event!

  • 7 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Merrilou P.
Verified review

This is a pre-event evaluation. Prompt and efficient service. Looking forward to working with Dynamic Cuisine Catering for my corporate event.

  • 18 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Jayne L.
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Carlyn saved me....I had 6 weeks to plan a wedding. I had the venue, my home but nothing else and very little time as we chose a Dec 31 date and figured it would be impossible to find a caterer and a band. I found Thumbtack when googling wedding planners so I went for it and Carlyn's name up and I contacted her. She responded immediately which was reassuring in itself and we made plans to meet. Carlyn was warm and kind and very prepared at that first meeting. She had lined up a caterer and a band for my approval and we hit the ground running with flowers and place settings. We had similar ideas of how we envisioned the wedding. Everything just clicked. The whole experience was wonderful. I knew it was going to be a fabulous wedding. Carlyn was there every step of the way and when the big day arrived she was there making sure everything went smoothly. I highly recommend Blissful Blooms to plan your wedding or corporate event.

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Hob Nob Catering
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike C.
Verified review

I hired Hob Nob Catering for a family surprise birthday event for 40 guests and the food Chef Alice prepared was amazing, her "potato bar" station was so much fun. They worked with my budget and give more than we expected. I would highly recommend Hob Nob and her staff for any event!!

  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Tricia R.
Verified review

She made a video for our wedding and it was very well done! My husband and I were both very happy with how the video turned out! I would highly recommend her for any event planning or video production.

  • 20 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia B.
Verified review

My experience with Debbie Kennedy Events & Design was absolutely phenomenal! Debbie and her team took my vision for my graduation celebration event, enhanced it, and executed the event flawlessly. Debbie stood out among all seven event planners I interviewed because of her extensive experience, professionalism, creativity, and take-charge attitude. It was a joy and pleasure to work with her. With Debbie and her team at the helm, I didn’t have a care in the world. I can’t wait to work with her again!

Lily of the Valley Events
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Vita S.
Verified review

My party was a success thanks to the help of Val and Alex. They were on time and stayed until the kitchen was clean and organized. They did an amazing job setting up a beautiful buffet and attentive at all times with my guests. I definitely will call them back for my next event. Thanks again! Vita

Lighthouse Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Corey W.
Verified review

Michelle Rogers with Lighthouse Catering did an event for The Central Arizona Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and City of Phoenix. I am the President Elect for the Central Arizona Chapter for National Forum for Black Public Administrators as well as Management Assistant II to the City Manager for the City of Phoenix. The event was for 100 people and she provided barbecue beef, chicken, baked beans, salad, desserts and drinks. The keynote speaker was the City Manager of Phoenix. The food was excellent and everyone was pleased. I would definitely recommend this caterer for small and large events.

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JAMC Event Management
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cynthia J.
Verified review

Ms Barbara was a God send to me. From the day we met, she was so personable, professional, and knowledgeable about this field. Her fee for officiating my ceremony was reasonable, and she looked great at the event. Would definitely recommend her for services.

Party On Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel L.
Verified review

Whitney and her staff are amazing! Thank you for making my event come to life. I will definitely be using Party on Catering for all my future events! Thank you again!

Cactus Flower Catering LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Vince G.
Verified review

I attended a class reunion that was hosted by Jeanette. The food was excellent, and it was a good value. The food, the value, those are tangible items that can be critiqued, but what makes it a super value added is Jeanette's communication, responsiveness and punctuality. if she says she is going to take care of it or get it done, consider it a real commitment. These types of qualities are what can make or break your next event.

Lady Jewel
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah O.
Verified review

Lady Jewel always does an awesome job. I've attended several weddings she coordinated. She is resourceful and keeps vendors ready to handle every aspect of the ceremony and reception. She handles it all with calmness & professionalism. Very, very easy to work with and listens to the family's desires. I've seen her pull off elaborate events almost effortlessly!

Double T Catering & Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Estelle E.
Verified review

Adetoun is the best thing that happened to me during my wedding planning process. I hired her to do my decoration and she was exceptional. We bonded from our first meeting and she was one stop shop as she planned everything. She is very professional and keeps to her words. She did everything she said she was gonna do and even more. when the doors opened for the guess to walk into the reception venue, their face lit up because they felt like they were in Cinderella's ballroom. Everything looked so amazing. I couldn't be happier that i chosed her and i thank God for leading me to her. She made me have my dream wedding. I was a very satisfied bride and i will recommend Adetoun anytime, anyday and for any event. I will use her again for all events i will ever have. She has become our family decorator for life. I love doublt T cateering.??

  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Timothy L.
Verified review

These guys are awesome. They were at the venue early n stayed late to help clean up. Great service guys. Thanks

Tiny Maven Productions
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Jordan M.
Verified review

I used Tiny Maven on two occasions, and was blown away by both! The attention to detail, thoroughness of theme, and passion are quite impressive and evidenced through their team’s efforts. I was also equally impressed by their level of professionalism and their efficiency and ability to both set up and tear down quickly. The first event I used them for was for a retirement party for my father - and from the music playlist and decor to the table settings and activities, he was baffled by how customized the setting was to him and his career, and thanked us over and over again for such a wonderful event. This led to my using them a second time, for which the occasion was a 60th birthday for my mom! She was also extremely enthused by the decorations and whimsy of it all. And because it was a room full of women, no one hesitated to mention how cute and well-thought-out everything in the house was. It was a last minute engagement (on my end) that Tiny Maven managed to bring together beautifully! Suffice it to say that if you’re looking for a planner who will cater to your needs and go the extra mile - you’ve definitely found them in Tiny Maven!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne D.
Verified review

Laken was the epitome of professional, her prices are much more reasonable than some quotes I received. I will be using Laken for future events I coordinate. Everything was great, thanks Laken!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Veronica A.
Verified review

Hiring Trisha was the best investment we made for our wedding! From the moment we met I knew she really cared about her clients and wanted to ensure their event goes exactly how they imagined. Trisha was everywhere I needed her to be and more and very accessible. She is flexible, kept things running as smooth as possible and made me feel at ease during the whole process and on our wedding day. She takes pride in her work and it shows. We can't thank her enough for being the support she was for us on our wedding and even after. Do yourself a favor and hire a hard working professional like Trisha for your special event. Thanks Trisha!!

Eisendrath House
5.0
from 1 review
  • 88 years in business
Sydney F.
Verified review

My husband and I recently held our wedding at the Eisendrath House with DJ as our event manager and videographer and let me just say... AMAZING WORK!! We are so incredibly pleased with not only the venue but also the professional and creative approach DJ accomplished with our video. I would refer anyone that wants a fabulous wedding video to see him! Thanks DJ!

Andrew's Party Rental

New To Thumbtack

    About

    Andrew's Party Rental is proud to offer a wide selection of high quality event products rental and unsurpassed customer service. For more than 15 years, we have built our reputation as one of the best rental companies in Arizona. Whether you are planning a corporate event, a fundraiser, a wedding reception or a backyard party, we can help with our extensive inventory and event planning experience. Furthermore, we help you stay within your budget by offering highly competitive rental rates. Stop by our showroom on 1230 W. Southern Avenue #106 in Tempe or call to set up an appointment so we can help you with planning your next event. We look forward to your visit!

    Chef Anitra Cheree'

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      The dream for Chef Anitra Cheree' began as a result of my past work history and a void that needed to be filled. As a former marketing manager for a managed health care company in Chicago, Illinois, my main responsibility was to evaluate trends and product strategies, promote new products and maintain client services. During the evaluation process, I realized how critical it was to make our marketing representatives stand out and did so by developing creative marketing strategies to make that happen. Additionally, my national sorority had always sought me out to help with planning for fundraising events. It was a task that came easy to me because I enjoy the process of making a vision become reality. From the success of the fundraising and creative marketing events I produced, a colleague suggested I apply for a position at Kellogg School of Management. Guessing that the work couldn't be much different from my current work, I snagged the position and worked there three years as their special events coordinator. From there, I was recruited to a university where my work as an event planner began to stand out. Soon, corporations and organizations began contacting me to produce their events. As a result, Chef Anitra Cheree' was born.

      About

      We're a boutique marketing agency who focuses on providing valuable event planning and marketing assistance to businesses and nonprofits.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      What does a wedding event coordinator do?

      Pulling off a large, complex wedding or an elegant, small affair requires juggling myriad details, including the officiant, food, drink, wedding cake, entertainment, transportation, rehearsal dinner, photography, equipment rentals, venue reservations and more. A wedding event coordinator can help you keep track of these details, overseeing the planning process and managing everything on the day of your wedding. Each wedding coordinator (and wedding) is different, but in general you can expect an event coordinator to:

      • Help you devise a realistic wedding budget and hold your vendors to it.
      • Map out a master plan that includes all of the details including ceremony music, favors, the guest book and more.
      • Suggest ceremony and reception locations that fit your wedding size, budget and vision.   
      • Suggest florists, photographers, bands, caterers and other vendors that fit your budget.
      • Negotiate vendor contracts for the best deals.
      • Create a timeline for the day of the wedding that includes each vendor and member of your wedding party.
      • Mail invitations and track RSVPs.
      • Answer questions about wedding etiquette and current wedding trends.
      • Manage the wedding day from supervising vendors and setup to handling last-minute emergencies.

      How much do day-of wedding coordinators cost?

      A day-of wedding coordinator makes sure that every detail of your wedding day goes off without a hitch, and deals quickly and quietly with any last-minute emergencies. For many brides, the day-of wedding coordinator is their best investment! The average national cost for a wedding coordinator is $800 to $1,000. Although full-service wedding coordinators often charge a percentage of the total wedding budget, most day-of coordinators charge a flat fee plus an additional hourly fee if the day runs long. For example, a 15-hour day-of coordination costs an average of $600, plus an additional $45 per hour if the coordinator works more than the planned 15 hours. Another option is to hire a coordinator to manage the last-minute details leading up to the event; for example, 25 hours of month-of coordination costs an average of $1,200. Several factors affect the cost of day-of coordination, including the region, the planner’s experience, and the specifics of the wedding. If the ceremony and reception are in two different locations, expect to pay more than if they’re in the same place. Also, extra details, such as managing food trucks or setting up snacks in addition to the meal, will increase the cost.

      What should you ask a wedding coordinator?

      When you hire a wedding coordinator, you want to make sure he or she gets you and can execute perfectly your vision of your dream wedding. To find the very best fit, it’s important to ask these five questions:

      • Are you available on my wedding date? If the coordinator isn’t available on your big day, there’s no reason to continue the interview — unless you’re willing to shift your date to accommodate their schedule.
      • What’s average cost of most of your weddings? If the coordinator’s usual wedding is outside your range, they might not be the right coordinator for you. Ask whether the coordinator requires a minimum wedding budget. In general, the wedding coordinator’s fee should be about 15 percent of your budget.
      • What is your speciality? Some coordinators specialize in day-of coordination, some create the overall vision, and others act as a producer. Make sure your wedding coordinator provides the type of services that will most help you create the event you have in mind, such as selecting vendors and handling their contracts, or managing the guest list and invitations.
      • What are your ideas for fulfilling our wedding vision? After you describe your dream wedding — rustic or sophisticated, traditional or funky — the wedding coordinator should be able to suggest appropriate venues, menus, decorations, etc..

      Do you have a portfolio? Ask to see photos of their favorite weddings, especially if they’ve managed any that are similar to what you have in mind. This will help you see if you like their style and if their ideas seem fresh and creative.

      Do I need a wedding day coordinator?

      Even if you’ve handled every detail of planning your wedding, you might appreciate having a day-of wedding coordinator in your corner. Usually, the coordinator meets with you a few weeks before your wedding to put together a detailed timeline of everything that needs to happen on your wedding day. Then, on the big day, the coordinator makes sure everything goes according to plan — and handles any emergencies that pop up, such as party crashers, missing tuxedos, late vendors, disappearing bridal party members and more. Most wedding coordinators also handle:

      • Distributing the wedding day timeline to all of your vendors.
      • Coordinating all of your vendors, including the photographer, florist and baker.
      • Conducting the wedding rehearsal.
      • Helping the bride and her wedding party get dressed and take photos.   
      • Checking floor plans, lighting levels, cake placement, menus, favors and more.
      • Collecting the wedding gifts and keeping personal items safe and accounted for.

      Even if you don’t think you need a wedding coordinator, check with your venue. Some require that couples hire a day-of wedding coordinator for the day of the event. 

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