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La Quinta Event Planners

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  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Janice L.
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Mike catered an event with 60 people expected at our home. Everything I requested food-wise was supplied, and the food was served within our requested time frame. The hamburgers/cheeseburgers and chicken were very good, with all the fresh fixin's, and the chocolate ice cream shakes were awesome. Mike's fryer for the fries was not working, but he was able to use our home oven. Would have loved to have tasted those fresh fried! Suggestions: chill the root beer prior to using for floats, and have enough floats and shakes for each person to have one of each treat. Mike was very easy to work with, and I would use Mike again.

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Hilary K.
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Jessica was great and went above and beyond what we hired her to do. I found her on Craigslist so was a bit skeptical, but it all turned out amazingly. We hired her to prep, cook, serve and clean for our meal at my husband's 40th birthday party for approximately 30 people. Jessica and her team did so much more that that. They served appetizers, acted as bartenders, did store runs, helped us put a shade shelter in the pool and so much more. They acted more as event coordinators than just cooks. My friends were very impressed and said she made the party! Thanks Jessica!

  • 10 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie N.
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Marie was fantastic to work with! She goes above and beyond as a day-of coordinator to make sure that every detail is in place. She has great organizational and soft skills, which is important when working with family members and vendors. It's apparent she loves her job and genuinely cares about her client. I would absolutely recommend Marie to anyone On the day of our wedding, our Hawaiian Ice vendor wasn't serving the ice cream we had requested (and paid extra for). When I realized this, I was about to go over and talk to the vendor but before I could even step in that direction, Marie intercepted me and said, "Don't you worry about a thing. I'll handle this." A couple minutes later every guest who wanted ice cream had some :) Marie even met us the evening before the wedding to pick up decorations so we wouldn't have to worry about taking them over the day of the event! She is an absolute pleasure to work with and I'm so grateful to have found her. Our wedding wouldn't have been half as spectacular without her amazing support. Marie, thank you so much!! Laurie O.

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FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jason C.
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First Class Catering Service catered an Italian buffet for my sister's Sweet 16. They were very friendly and accommodating throughout our event planning process and tailored the buffet to our needs in order to make our event a success. Ultimately, the event was great and our guests loved the food. It was a pleasure working with Michael and will definitely recommend him to friends and family who are in search of a catering service. Thanks!

Religious Events
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Ester D.
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I hired Elvia and her assistant as party staff and they were so helpful in making sure our event ran smoothly and our guests were welcomed. There was no need to provide them with much direction as they took initiative to keep on top of many tasks as needed. They were also very friendly and pleasant to work with. I am so thankful for them--they were a tremendous help!

  • 11 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
LaShonda P.
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From A-Z, this company has it under control! I will never use another Event planner. There is simply no need to.

  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Kim is a wonderful event planner to have on your team! We found her to be very understanding of the type of wedding ceremony we wanted and she asked great questions to keep us thinking. Her years of experience have helped us plan our small, ideal destination wedding ceremony.

Sandy Waters Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Atalia C.
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I just want to say that she did an amazing job and my wedding came out beautiful. The event took place August 23, 2014. From a scale 1 to 10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best I give Sandy a 10.

  • 9 years in business
Lanamarie A.
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Stacey was hired by my husband to create an unforgettable anniversary weekend. From start to finish my anniversary was amazing and one that will never be forgotten. Stacey is a natural in the event planning field. Her attention to details and organization reflected in the itinerary. Thank You!

Handmades by Heidi
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brenda B.
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Food was delicious! Professional friendly service. Will defenitely hire her again!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nicole C.
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Kim did an amazing job with the planning, decorating and the coordinating! We were so grateful for her and her team! Thank you so much Kim! We definitely recommend using her.

V.I.P Palm Springs
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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We specialize in event planning and staffing. We offer VIP services. Our goal is for you to have the best possible, stress-free experience. We ynderstand that planning an event can be stressful. Let us alleviate that stress so you can enjoy yourself.

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I help anyone create the event of their dreams, big or small and young or old. I have planned three weddings so far, and I look forward to helping create more memories exactly the way you dream it!

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Desert Cities provides full-service catering for special events, weddings, corporate catering and craft services for film and photo shoots. Social events, dinner parties and cocktail parties are serviced. Whether it's a large group of friends or just a few of your closest friends, Desert Cities Catering can assist in making your event the talk of the town! The following are catered to: * Themed Events * Hawaiian * Moroccan * Western * Mexican Whether it is a Western hoedown or an Egyptian snake-charming party, Desert Cities Catering has all the props and imagination needed to pull off your themed party!

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I have 15 years' experience in event planning. I am known for very elegant yet cost-effective events which promise lots of fun and many wonderful memories!

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Kick up your feet, relax, and let us do all the work! Our talented staff is ready to serve as your event or wedding DJ, or wedding officiant. We have experience serving all types of crowds and all types of events. We were honored to have been voted IE's Best DJ through IE's Hotlist for both 2012 & 2013! Give us a call today for a free quote! We know events, and we are happy to be of your service.

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DDE provides unparalleled event designing and planning services. Weddings, private parties, and corporate events. Extensive experience in budgeting, decor, catering, vendor scheduling, and time management.

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I do event planning of any type. I will handle the coordination of all arrangements and details, confirmations, etc. I provide venue assistance, floral arrangements, and all details.

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I provide event and home cleaning services. I became an event coordinator when I had a family party. I can make your stress go away for the after party.

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I am an organized individual with a passion for creating special days to remember! I have a passion for weddings and experience in the special events industry! I look forward to working with happy couples and celebrating their stories.

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I have over 25 years experience producing extraordinary international events/shows for Universal Studios. More recently I turned my attention to weddings.

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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