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Laguna Woods Event Planners

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Top Pro
  • 13 years in business
  • 301 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David M.
Verified review

Dj Charlie was great! We didn't have a planner and he pretty much ran the show. I would recommend him for any event or would book him again for any party I may be throwing in the future. Thanks again Dj Charlie.

  • 12 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
Bethany M.
Verified review

I can't describe how much I enjoyed my experience working with Megan Brown. Her floral arrangements were gorgeous, and she was able to include more flowers than originally proposed because we came in under budget. I LOVED my bridal bouquet and the cohesive elegance of all the flowers for the full bridal party. Megan was able to incorporate my favorite two-toned calla lilies while making the entire arrangement look lush and natural. Delivery was punctual and easy, and her set up in the reception hall looked wonderful. The lantern centerpieces were the perfect match for my vision of Megan communicates well, through both email and text, and is flexible with payment schedules. I highly recommend her floral and event planning expertise!

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
  • 78 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
  • 34 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!

Special Event Genie
4.7
from 26 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Janelle D.
Verified review

Ricki negotiated her price once we discussed I was only doing a reception and not a wedding ceremony. I didn't give her much time to plan the event, but she showed us multiple venues and we were very happy with our selection. Ricki also did her best to help us stay on budget, she found flowers for an amazing deal, she brought decorations from her house, and she with the sudden weather change she got sun umbrellas in the nick-of-time. She really worked her tail off! It was a great reception, exactly what my husband and I wanted.

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 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
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 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!

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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Joelle Elias
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lorena M.
Verified review

Elias Events did an amazing job for my mother’s birthday party. Joelle planned everything for us, she provided an excellent service by giving us options, being punctual and working within our budget. Our event had about 100 people and she manage to keep everything under control with no mishaps. Joelle truly provides a luxury service. We can’t wait to work with her again!

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LexiLou Special Events
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Virginia R.
Verified review

I was able to concentrate on other things while lexilou events took care of the decorations. They painted and assembled all my centerpieces for the baby shower and coordinated the event the day of.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Char C.
Verified review

Excellent rate for service & very friendly & welcoming to all guests. Good communication & follow up during planning stage. I highly recomend David & Black Diamond Bartending, and I would definitely hire them again for my next event/party!!

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.

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ra'Daniel McCoy
Verified review

Always on point, always on time ... when it comes to choices for my personal catering and event planning needs, Yummy Creations is always mine!

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.

  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jim H.
Verified review

Karen came through big time in helping me put on my wife's 50th Birthday Party. The outpouring of compliments are still coming through from all of the guests in attendance. Not only being very professional, Karen's attention to the details made the difference in an extremely successful party. From the Photo Booth, Pictures, Layout, Venue... Karen kept me informed prior and during the party, keeping a very calm demeanor throughout... very professional! I would definitely use Karen again if needed and would highly recommend to anyone needing an event planner.

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Visionary Events
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 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

Above & Beyond Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
Verified review

I’ve worked with Above and Beyond Events for several corporate and social events - and can say that they are hands down the best event company out there. For my last event (corporate fundraiser) Selina (the owner), met with me personally and went over each and every detail, and thought of multiple things that I didn’t event think about. She is quick to respond via email, and made sure that everything ran smoothly through setup and execution of the event. She created a beautiful setup, provided lovely certerpieces and even coordinated all take down after the event. I truly can’t say enough about Selina and Above and Beyond Events, my expectations have been exceeded every time.

A Priceless Moment Event
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Thomasina H.
Verified review

My flowers for my wedding were absolutely gorgeous!!!! They were elegant, special, and sophisticated!

Bella B Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Grace C.
Verified review

We liked Kelly so much for our wedding, we hired her for all of our other events too! She handled the whole weekend, 3 different events, with calm professionalism, style, poise, and good humor. By the end she felt like one of the family, and our guests hugged her goodbye. We will be recommending her to everyone for any event and we will definitely be engaging her again!

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.

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. 

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.

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