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Top Pro
I Do x Two
5.0
from 109 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eric S.
Verified review

When I met Saundra she was easy going and genuine. She was nonjudgmental and kind. Saundra explained the process to me and my fiancee and made us feel at ease during this time. Her positive attitude was refreshing and just what we needed on our special day. Thank you for being a part of our wedding day, Saundra!!!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 109 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Trish F.
Verified review

We had a wedding rehearsal dinner on a Friday and I connected and ordered on Tuesday of the same week. Professionals all the way and the food was outstanding! Thank you Evan and Gabby!

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Catering Services
4.9
from 77 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John L.
Verified review

Michael was terrific to work with. He helped us out with logistics the day of our wedding and made himself available to perform any task that was required for things to run smoothly. I would definitely recommend him to have on hand to get things done!

Nitro BBQ & Catering
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Derek S.
Verified review

Paul did an awesome job for our wedding! Not only was he flexible in meeting us for a tasting, he was able to provide additional staffing as we needed, with very reasonable prices in a market that seems all about exploiting people on their wedding day. He was communicative and helpful every step of the way and a nice guy to boot! The food was delicious and even passed the test of my picky dad the butcher! His versatility at creating a tailor-made experience for us was just what we needed as we (slowly) figured out what it is we wanted. I highly recommend Nitro BBQ for your event if you're looking for a genuinely friendly person who is obviously passionate about the food he prepares. Thanks again, Paul!

Event Coordinator
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Lei L.
Verified review

Before I give my glowing review of Tiffany, I have to preface the review with a few words so you know that I was in your shoes. Wedding planning sucks and having to stick to a limited budget doesn't it make it easier. As a bride, sometimes you have to cut corners in order to afford simple things (or let's be honest more desired things) for your wedding. Hiring a full service wedding planner, was one of those things that I really wanted, but I knew it would take a huge chunk out of my wedding budget. My wedding was in San Francisco, so it’s not the cheapest city to have your wedding. But after receiving price quotes from full service wedding planners, their prices depressed me (adding unnecessary stress to my wedding budget woes) and when I looked at their packages, I just didn't feel like it was right for me or my budget. I had to take a step back, breathe, and take ownership of wedding planning and face reality. I knew what I’d need to do, to stay on budget. I had big decisions to make as a bride, but I knew I could save a ton, if I planned my own wedding. So I thought “hey I plan many events for my friends, family, and clients all the time, we’ve got about 85-100 guests to invite, why not plan my own wedding, and hire a day of coordinator to save money?" I did just that and when I was in the process of looking for a day of coordinator, my next thought was, "shoot if I hire a day of coordinator, will I overlook something and regret not hiring a full service wedding planner?". With caution, I started to ask for quotes for day of coordinators and realized right away what I needed to do. I put a request up on Thumbtack and the email quotes came rolling in. I was astonished. But I was in a conundrum - every price was competitive, so how does one choose a vendor over the other. All of them had amazing reviews (which put my initial concerns more at ease). I spent a few days emailing back different vendors, asking them questions, reading their reviews, even looking them up on Linkedin! I did some my research and eventually decided on Tiffany Won. Choosing her as the day of coordinator was one of the best decisions I made during the wedding planning process. 3 pieces of advice if you DIY: First off ladies, have more confidence in your planning abilities and use the resources the internet provides you (there are a ton of wedding checklists and schedules online to help you plan your own wedding, and for inspiration for décor or what not, pinterest was key for me). It might be intimating at first, and the time involved in planning your wedding might feel like an absolute time suck, but trust in yourself and plan your day. No one has a better vision of what you want for your wedding, more than you. Secondly, trust in a day of coordinator like Tiffany to execute on your vision. She's top notch and will be a valuable asset in your planning process. I hired her as my day of coordinator. I was a little anxious, but after I spoke with her on the phone and especially after I met her before my wedding for the 2 hour “pre-wedding meeting”, I could tell that she had plenty of experience in event planning and coordination. Not only does she have experience in wedding planning, but she has extensive experience planning corporate events and conferences, which as you know, could range from hundreds to thousands of attendees. My thought was, if this girl can plan corporate events that are large scale, she will definitely be able to coordinate my smaller scale event. She also asked the right questions before the wedding, which put my concerns at ease, since she is very sharp and it became clear to me, that event planning plays a very familiar story in her head, a story she knows word for word. Thirdly, stick to your budget. If you need to roll up them sleeves and plan your wedding, just do it. But call in some cavalry to take over on the day of your wedding day because you’ll need it. Make sure you go with a pro like Tiffany. I’m pretty detailed oriented. So is she. I thought I had every detail planned, all she has to do is follow the schedule. You know what, she was able to catch holes in my schedule and my planning. She worked with me to double check my wedding schedule and everything – the whole shebang…from pre-wedding day stuff like what time the florist will set up, when will the lighting company get to the venue, advice or a second opinion on wedding décor, suggestions for additional vendors….even ceremony logistics such as where people would stand, the flow of the event, gaps in the vendors schedules…and the wedding reception details like when the band would take their breaks so she can play an ipod or something so background music would play, helping with the mic transition from the emcee to other guest speakers, overseeing food service so there wasn't a huge gap between the appetizers and dinner, making sure I ate, making sure the groom and I did our table rounds to thank our guests for coming, making sure at the end of the evening someone could collect my wedding gifts, etc etc. Tiffany did a phenomenal job at overseeing every tiny detail the day of the wedding! My wedding went smoothly, the guests had a fantastic time, I now have memories that will last a lifetime, and this was all because I had help taking some wedding responsibilities off my shoulders, I'm so glad I hired Tiffany! Tiffany went over and beyond the call of duty and at a very fair price. Whether you hire her as a day of coordinator or hire her for full service wedding planning (or to plan any type of event), do yourself a favor and put her in your top consideration list. I would hire her again if I could. I will certainly be recommending her to my friends and family. And if you hire her, I’m sure you will eventually do the same. Kudos Tiffany for the excellent work! Written by a very happy bride :)

AR Weddings N Events
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah R.
Verified review

AnnaMarie was a fantastic wedding planner and coordinator for the day of. She was always approachable through phone call, text, and email, and always very responsive. I suspect I could have easily contacted her twice as much as she would not have minded. She always had immediate answers to my questions, too. She had no problem travelling about 50 miles for us for the site venue walk through, the rehearsal, and the day of the wedding. AnnaMarie was incredible on the day of our wedding, she handled all the problems and didn't let us have to worry about them. She put up all the decorations, and handled all the details according to our wants, and stayed until the end of the night cleaning up, and really went made the day run smoothly. I would definitely recommend AnnaMarie and AR Weddings N Events for any of your party coordination/planning needs.

  • 5 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Nisha M.
Verified review

Manya and her team made all my dreams come true for my colorful chai-themed co-ed baby shower. I'm extremely detail-oriented and a perfectionist by heart - so that's a challenge for any event planner :) Manya helped execute my vision to the T! She's very hardworking, kind and accommodating to all needs - big and small. She has good ideas and can be flexible to work with on any budget. She's also very responsive to text, email and phone calls. You won't regret collaborating with Manya - she's passionate about her work and will help make your event truly dazzle :)

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Forsyth Designs
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christina H.
Verified review

We really struggled to find a wedding coordinator that could tailor their services to meet our needs and were so fortunate when a family friend recommended Matt! He was instantly on board and right on top of everything leading all the way up until the big day. I don't think I was the easiest bride to work with either, as I had all these crazy ideas about what our wedding day would look like, and Matt would always, very gently, guide me in the right direction, still maintaining my vision, and I very much appreciated that about him. As it came closer to the big day, he made it very clear that he didn't want me to stress about anything and instilled confidence in me that he had it all covered. He was quick in his correspondences and exceeded our expectations, making sure everything went smoothly from start to finish. We are very grateful for all of his support, and looking back, couldn't imagine what our day would have looked like if we didn't have him as the guiding force of our wedding team!

  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Kendall M.
Verified review

Actually I didn't meet the LadyMarry coordinator and florist, until the rehearsal day, because I was planning my wedding remotely in New York. They are very responsive and patient to my endless questions, and did a great job about organizing the rehearsal and communicating with the other vendors. I always saw Melissa and Donna running around. Hiring you was the best decision I made for my wedding. Thank you!

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Limelight Productions
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Drielle C.
Verified review

When we met Khadija we were half way through the wedding planning, and we knew what we wanted in our party but we still needed plenty of guidance...Khadija and James provided that and then some! We found Limelight Productions to be all we could have hoped for and more. Not only is their team very organized and knowledgeable but they helped us to think of things we never would have otherwise considered and they truly went above and beyond. We never had one e-mail, text or call not promptly responded to and at the right times they even gave us some needed pushes on planning and execution as our big day drew nearer. The week of the wedding arrived and Khadija and James (and Ayesha for the bouquet production) showed why they deserve nothing less than 5 stars on their reviews. They were fantastic and very professional, and our party was amazing because they were an amazing team handling things for and with us. Our thank you very much to them, and best recommendations. There is no way we could have had our wedding without them!

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Taneva Events
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ian D.
Verified review

Velina was great at organizing and keeping schedule on our wedding day. I'd highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding plan or day-of coordinator.

Divinity Events
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Noel C.
Verified review

Midsummer Night’s Project: I found Raquel on very short notice, 2 days before our party. My other team member was sick during the week & wasn’t sure she was going to make it to the party. Raquel is professional, punctual, sharp, personable, reliable and creative. I’ll tell you why… The Task: String artificial floral vines to sets of balloons in 2 hours or less. The day of the party there was a major detour to the venue. The street to get to the venue was blocked! The police officers guarding the blocks let me through after I explained to them I’ve got a party right where it’s being blocked & I’ve got all sorts of decorations. They let people through as long as you’ve got an event :). With that major detour Raquel still managed to be on time. She parked her car parallel to the blocked street (so smart!). When she got to the venue she gave me a warm smile. She knew I was a bit stressed with the whole detour issue. I explained to her in less than 5 minutes of my vision & she did a great job. Raquel is a great listener & a quick study. My other team member showed up and I had Raquel take the lead. She explained to her and eventually the event planner who came to help as well what to do. She has great communication skills. There were other things happening at the party that she was privy which I was clueless to & Raquel “translated” party lingo to me which helped me make quick & sounds decisions. I’ve only met Raquel that one time & I knew by her demeanor & work ethic that I can rely on her that I’m in good hands. My stress level really diminished…yay! Raquel didn’t do just the job given her, she went above & beyond. She was very creative & proactive. Without being asked, Raquel thought of a way to make the cake table look spectacular! Raquel is sensitive to my wants that she communicated with me her plan first. Raquel strategically placed floating floral vines at the back of the cake table. I believe Raquel has photos. I was so busy with everything else I didn’t find the time to take décor photos. The result was just beautiful! I think after reading this you’ll find that I cannot say enough good things about Raquel. I won’t be surprised the next time I ask her to rescue me that she’ll be booked. Raquel…thank you for everything! You made it such a magical day for us :). 

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
Verified review

Loved working with Sassy Diva! The floral design on my wedding day definitely exceeded all of my exceptions. Can't thank you enough, Beth!

Top Pro
Jennifer Trevino
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lucia F.
Verified review

I hired Jennifer a week before my wedding because our previous bartender had to cancel due to a passing of a dear friend's mother. Jennifer stepped up to the challenge. She was very easy to work with. She kept everyone at the wedding satiated and she even brought a bar-back to help fill in any gaps. Not only did they mix our favorite drinks, but they helped set up the station, and even poured champagne at the tables. Jennifer was professional, easy to work with, punctual, and very responsive. Great work! Jennifer, thank you so much for filling in last minute and knocking it out of the park for us. You made our day very special.

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MKultra Events
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thy C.
Verified review

Mary Kay was our day of coordinator for our wedding 10/7/17. We were so thankful for her help leading up to the wedding, on the rehearsal, and on the actual wedding day. Would highly recommend MK because she was a rockstar. Thank you so much, Mary Kay!!

Extraordinary Weddings
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jane S.
Verified review

Lura at Extraordinary Weddings was truly amazing, upbeat and positive, completely organized, and really took charge of the flow of our wedding day. She also helped us tremendously at the rehearsal. She was great at communicating our needs to all our vendors. We could really relax and have a great time because she took care of everything, even above and beyond. Many of our guests told us it was the best wedding they've ever been to. I can't think of anything that went wrong, it was perfect. Absolutely fabulous, and I highly recommend her!

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Birminkeley
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maria P.
Verified review

Heidi and Ashton were the perfect day-of wedding coordinators. When we arrived at the site on our wedding day, everything was beautifully set up as if by magic. Gracefully and unobtrusively, they made everything happen. They arranged flowers, set up the wedding altar, wrangled vendors, and guided guests through the day’s various phases (ceremony, reception, toasts). They even served us cake and champagne. Our guests remarked on how “effortless” the wedding seemed; this is largely due to Birminkeley’s hard work! Birminkeley also helped plan our wedding. They visited the venue with us and talked us through everything from where to seat the guests to how many tablecloths to order. Later, they helped us search for wedding vendors. Despite our tight timeline (~2 months), they found us a wonderful photographer, rental company, and makeup artist. They were persistent and tenacious in making sure the vendors would adhere to our venue’s strict requirements. In addition to being very capable, flexible, and affordable, Heidi and Ashton are very pleasant to work with. Their calmness and perseverance helped us get through a very stressful time!

Robyn Diane Events
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey G.
Verified review

Robyn made my bridal shower a total surprise! I was not expecting it at all. It was based on me, as the theme was what I love best, horses. I could tell she had spent so much time researching to find decorations and party favors that would make my bridal shower so special. She also helped plan my backyard wedding. I'm not a very good party planner myself so had no idea where to start. When I hired her, she stepped right in and took the control I was looking for. I could relax and have a great time at my wedding knowing every little detail was being watched and taken care of by Robin.

Event Cre8tive
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Sherri H.
Verified review

Danny's floral arrangements are beautiful and thoughtful composites plucked out of fairy tale imagery. I was a bride who hired Danny for my wedding flowers. Originally, I just wanted fresh flowers, some roses, something simple and pretty. However, for the centerpieces, I requested a special set-up with Moroccan lanterns, rustic wood slabs, and flowers spilling out the lanterns flanked by oranges (a Chinese symbol for fortune). In addition, I noted that our wedding colors were pink, blue, cream and gold. Danny was extremely open, flexible, and considerate in listening to my and my husband's vision. In addition, there were a few last minute changes such as: number of reception tables, changing my bouquet to a cascade bouquet, and adding more corsages and boutonnieres to the order. Danny was always very patient and graciously said that he'll do everything he could to make my wedding a dream come true. On the day of my wedding, I walked into my bridal changing room and saw the most gorgeous bouquet I'd ever seen. Blush roses, blue orchis, delicate violet flowers, and eucalyptus coins tumbled majestically in a floral waterfall - wild and natural, yet together making a disciplined formation. Later, I walked down the aisle and saw my beloved standing in front of a gazebo that was swathed in white chiffon and vibrant florals, also Danny's work. An hour and a half later, when we entered the reception room, I was met with the magnificence of our sweetheart table. Being a practical person, I had just discussed with Danny that we'd have a simple sweetheart table with my bridal bouquet as a centerpiece. What met my eyes was a golden tablecloth filled with rosette swirls. Across it were crystal goblets, Moroccan lanterns juxtaposed with oranges and golden frames containing my husband's and my pictures and standing atop tomes and wooden slabs. In that moment, my simple self became suddenly enraptured by a desire for lovely things, and in my transformation, decided that I must preserve my bridal bouquet. Danny indeed works magic.

Nomad Nixon
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Josh T.
Verified review

We hired Kendra as our day-of wedding coordinator. To give you some context, we are a couple that finds comfort in planning minute-by-minute timelines and we had a very specific vision for our ceremony/reception. After realizing we would need someone to entrust with our plans, we hired Kendra to execute our grand vision as well as the small details. It was a decision that we do not regret. She's such a joy to work with, offers thoughtful feedback, and has a can-do attitude. When we asked her if should wanted to visit our venue, she said yes. When we asked her to join us for rehearsal the day before, she said yes. And when we gave her so many day-of asks--often confusing and sometimes conflicting--she didn't hesitate to say yes. We are so grateful to get to know her (and her beautiful kids) and truly believe that any couple would be blessed to have her as a coordinator. So stop wasting your time and get in touch with her ;)

Revel Party Design
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Stephanie L.
    Verified review

    Diane and her team are professional, friendly, timely and have consistently delivered creative designs for the events. She's done both a birthday party as well as a wedding reception and both were fantastic.

    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.

    What is a wedding planner?

    A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

    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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