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Garden Grove Event Planners

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Top Pro
  • 13 years in business
  • 300 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea O.
Verified review

Very professional. Perfect music selections for the event. Would highly recommend his services.

AE Events & Staffing LLC
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Basil S.
Verified review

Extremely professional, very easy to work with and coordinate things throughout the event. I would absolutely recommend Eddy and his staff.

Top Pro
  • 7 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
James W.
Verified review

Professional, experienced, and very competent. What you expect, what you need, and what you deserve for your wedding or event. In our initial consultation with 3 Little Birds Event Planning we described what we were thinking and our budget, and not to mention our compressed timeline. 3 Little Birds Event Planning was upfront about the challenges of the timeline, but expressed confidence that it could be done. Venue and vendor options were presented to meet our budget as well as options and ideas that were outside our budget should we want to incorporate additional things. Planning any project and event takes a very organized, detail oriented, experienced and well connected planner/company. But when it comes to a wedding, you only have one chance, there are no do overs, and you need someone who will make everything happen. Jessica Smith (3 Little Birds Event Planning) is all of the above and more. They can handle all of the business aspects (contracts, vendors, schedules, timelines, permits, etch, etc), but she also has an artistic eye and design style that provided such amazing ideas and direction to enhance and implement our theme. Trust me the small details that you may not think about make a HUGE difference. With my work schedule so hectic it was impossible for me get decorations or run around doing errands. Having a full service planner was not only helpful it was necessary. The money I would have lost from missed work, by far covered the difference between a day of event planner and full service planner. My recommendation is to go with the full service planner... it gives you the opportunity to have your event and vision grow organically as you meet and continually consult with your planner... not to mention the time and headaches your save yourself, trust me you will thank yourself for it. 3 Little Birds Event Planning is established and has many vendor connections (Florists, DJ, Photographers, Catering, Venues, Decorations, etc., etc.). What I really like is the fact that 3 Little Birds/Jessica Smith doesn’t force or pressure you to use her vendors. We vetted her vendors and chose to go with some of them, and some we didn't. All the vendors she recommended are professional and established and we were very pleased with the vendors she recommended. The vendors we didn’t use were not because of anything deficient, but rather because we had existing industry contacts and already knew great photographers and videographers. 3 Little Birds worked with the vendors they provided as well as the one we selected independently and brought everything together seamlessly. On the big day, things could not have gone any smoother. I was impressed, as were all of the guests. I was able to be present in the moment and truly enjoy our special day. All I can say is thank you, it was a true storybook/fairytale wedding.

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Nycole H.
Verified review

I decided to look for a caterer for my Mom's celebration of life and my internet search lead me to Thumbtack. After inputting my needs I quickly received a response back from Tonya at Sierra Madre Catering with a detailed quote and attached menu. When I called to speak with Tonya I immediately got a good vibe from her voice. She seemed excited and eager to help plan our event and made me feel comfortable that everything would be taken care of. I am so thankful I decided to use Sierra Madre for my event. We ordered appetizers and desserts and they arrived and set everything up, brought their own trash cans and kept the tables clean as people were done eating. The staff was professional and nice and their food was DELICIOUS! Many of our guests gave feedback that the food was great and they even ran out of business cards because a lot of people were interested in having their info. At such a difficult time with the passing of a loved one, these details are important but not ones you want to worry about yourselves and Tonya and Sierra Madre staff took that burden off my shoulders and I am so thankful for that. I will recommend them to anyone in need of a caterer for any event and if I could give more than 5 stars I most definitely would!! Thank you Tonya and Sierra Madre Catering!!

Top Pro
  • 15 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Benjamin W.
Verified review

I Hired Richard for a Corporate Event of 100 guests. He showed up early, had his full portable bar set up (which looked great) and he was very personable with all the guests. His communication leading up to the event and after was awesome and he was always a phone call or text away. Thanks Richard for taking care of our companies guests! Will definitely hire again for the next event!

  • 10 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Sabrina L.
Verified review

Marie and her team did an amazing job with our wedding. She not only coordinated the event but also officiated the ceremony. The ceremony was heartfelt and everything we wanted it to be. Leading up to the wedding Marie was always helpful and continued to reassure me that our big day would be perfect. We hired Marie as our day of coordinator, so although she was not responsible for planning the entire event she did a great job of guiding me along the way and always had helpful advice and was more than willing to help with anything I needed. She and her team definitely know what they're doing, I myself am a bit of a control freak, as many brides are I'm sure, I found it hard to trust someone else with this event. However once I stopped doubting the process Marie definetly brought it all together beautifully. I had my reservation after reading some prior reviews that weren't the best, however Marie personally responded to each negative review and addressed the claimed complaint. I think a lot of people who hire a day of coordinator don't fully understand that you're hiring just that a "DAY OF" coordinator. She is there to help you along the way and really becomes involved the few weeks leading up to your event and then on the day of it's her time to shine. We had a couple snags the day of and she handled them all on her own and didn't even involve us in it, as to not create stress for us. Overall, Marie is great at helping create your dream wedding, follows your vision and puts it into place, she is pleasant to work with and takes great pride in her work. My event wouldn't have been what it was without her.

Event Planners of OC
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Cara H.
Verified review

Hiring Irene (Event Planners of OC) as the event planner for my fathers celebration of life was the best decision I could've possibly made. She was absolutely fabulous! She's clearly very good at what she does and it shows in every detail. I'll start by saying that this woman goes above and beyond her expected duties as an Event Planner. Planning funeral type services could never be easy, especially since the time frame can quite often be no more than a week or two. When you're grieving the loss of your loved one, its hard to even function- let alone plan a funeral reception for around 100 people. When I first posted my request on thumbtack, I wasn't sure if I really even needed to hire help. I was simply just seeing what my options were. Now I can confidently say that there's no way I could've done it without Irene. She was up until 2am almost every night texting back and forth with me and figuring out every last detail. From the event invite and keeping track of the guest list, to the flower arrangements, slideshow, programs and itinerary- she did it all! She not only helped with the event, but she also helped me on an emotional level. This being one of the most difficult times of my life, I was a complete mess during the planning process. And she made me feel like I could talk to her about anything.. as if I had know her for many years. I truly am so grateful for this. On the morning of the celebration of life reception, the immediate family would be taking part in a burial at sea right before the reception started. So, I was not even able to be there at the venue to set anything up (And of course, the venue wouldn't allow us to do any setting up the day before!) BUT that was ok, because I was able to have complete confidence in her and that everything would be absolutely perfect. Upon arriving at the venue that day- she proved me right. It was so beautiful and she had clearly listened to every last detail. Her wonderful son was also there to help, and I hired him to take care of all the music/setting up the sound system for the event. We didn't even get the list of music to him until 11pm the night before the reception... yet he still was able to get every last song we had requested! The entire thing ran smoothly- all thanks to Irene being on top of it all!! (She even hauled everything back home to my condo after the event- which was much appreciated) I could go on and on about every last detail- but that would take a while... so I'll finish by saying this: HIRE IRENE for your next event and you will not be disappointed. She truly was a god send. Thanks again, Irene ( and Scott!) I will absolutely be using Irene and Event Planners of OC again in the future!

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carmen C.
Verified review

My event isn't until May of this year, but I was very happy with how quick she replied and how professional she is. I have full faith that she will assist me in every possible way on the day of my wedding.

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Dreams In Detail
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chantel J.
Verified review

I reached out to Nicole and her team for a client who unfortunately fell through (their loss!). Nicole was very attentive, enthusiastic, and delivered in a timely manner. I hope to work with her and her team in the near future, as I was very excited to bring One Last Frog for this project.

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Haus 353
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica R.
Verified review

Haus 353 did the invitations, centerpieces, dessert table display, banners, and alternative guestbook for our mother's retirement celebration. We couldn't have been happier with the result of the event. As usual, she went above and beyond what was expected. We have hired Ione in the past and will continue to refer her to friends and family.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sonya A.
Verified review

Shannan is awesome and did everything she could to make my event perfect! Her quality of tables, chairs and linens are awesome! I definitely recommend her!

  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Laureate S.
Verified review

BEST EVENT PLANNER, HANDS DOWN!!!! I hired Ingrid and her team last minute for decorations and event planning for a work party. By far, the best decision I've ever made. My wedding is in August, and I've went along and hired her for that event as well. She's proficient, efficient, and a visionary!! Her ideas are so thoughtful and personally organized! I am so impressed with her work and her expertise. She never ceased to amaze me. I got so many compliments on her flower arrangements and decorations that for so perfectly with the theme. I can't wait to see what she's got up her sleeve for my wedding in August. Also, this wasn't the first time I've hired Ingrid for an event. I hired her back in November 2015 for my MIL 50th birthday party. Her husband and herself, arrived much earlier for setup and made sure everything was the way we wanted it to look, before hey left the scene. They are so professional and such hard workers. I got a ton of compliments on their work that our family friend also hired her for her services for their wedding too! I will always refer Ingrid, without a doubt! She's my go-to person since Nov 2015.

OC Event Photos
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Allen K.
Verified review

Wow!! OC Event Photography really outdid themselves at our party. Not only were they professional, but they also took direction and were able to edit the photos so they came out beautiful. If you are looking for somebody to make your next event look remarkable this is the company to hire.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cynthia R.
Verified review

When my daughter and I went searching online for someone to help with decorating her wedding reception we found Thumbtack. I typed in exactly what we were looking for and Jennifer with Peachy Keen weddings and event designs responded right away. We setup an appointment to speak with her about our ideas. Again Jennifer promptly confirmed our appointment and was right on time the morning of. She was sensitive to my daughters wants and needs, she contributed in areas we weren't quite sure of what we wanted and exceeded our expectations were we did. She was very attentive the night of the event and and was right there all night to do her best to try and keep us on schedule. Of course in all events some things don't go exactly as planned but Jennifer never complained. I was very appreciative of all her efforts to help make my daughters wedding as less stressful as possible. I would definitely recommend her and use her again in a heartbeat.

R&A Party Adornments
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kiran Q.
Verified review

I couldn’t have asked for a better party planner. From the very first meeting I knew Rubina and her team would take care of everything. On the day of the party I didn’t have to worry about anything, and just showed up. Everyone loved the decorations and the professional staff. Would recommend highly for any type of event.

Pat Thomas Design
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christian P.
Verified review

Working with Dani was nothing short of amazing. She made sure everything went smooth with my event and had all the contacts to provide everything I desired. She made it so I didn’t have to stress about anything even when the deadlines were running close. I’d recommend her to anyone looking for a great event planner.

Alicia C. Creative
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna C.
Verified review

This was my first time working with Maricela and she is the most amazing event planner/coordinator I have ever had! It has been such a privilege getting to know her and seeing her in action. I love that she actually cares about her clients and goes above and beyond to make them happy. She has a terrific eye for creativity and elegance. The quality of work was phenomenal and completely worth my time and money!

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Visionary Events
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alma P.
Verified review

I was very pleased with the level of quality both in service and the event, I was listened to, my 50th Birthday was perfect, thank you Bri

OOBE Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa H.
Verified review

Recommend Natalie and OOBE events!

Party Planners LA
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Party Planners is awesome. Took care of all our event needs!

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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