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Manhattan Beach Event Planners

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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.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

The K. Simone Group
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa G.
Verified review

I hired the K. Simone Group to staff my birthday party. Her team was highly professional and responsive to all my guests' needs throughout the night. The bartenders offered great, quick drinks and top-notch customer service, ensuring that party goers were having an awesome time. Kea and her team went above and beyond contracted duties, helping out wherever they could when it came to finishing off decorations or cutting and serving cake. I was pretty carefree the night of my party, and it was all thanks to the great event planning services by the K. Simone Group! I will definitely use them again and will refer them in the future.

  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Laura K.
Verified review

Stephanie was great to work with! She was calm when I was frazzled and she took charge. She made sure everything ran smoothly and our guests loved her! I will definitely use her again at my next event!!

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.

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Flyte44 Events
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dave D.
Verified review

I am a DJ and I have worked with many event planners over the years. Michelle is one of the very best! I find her to be very professional, knowledgable and always prepared. Weddings in particular can have unexpected moments and she handles them with grace and ease. She takes the time to make sure the events she manages are special, memorable and fun! She has a style of class and elegance - and she really seems to care that the clients are having a good time.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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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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Haus 353
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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Dreams In Detail
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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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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  • 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.

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Joelle Elias
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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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!

Victoria
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
David L.
Verified review

So glad that I found Victoria for my event! She is awesome! The best quality and price in LA!

OC Event Photos
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 26 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.

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.

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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen B.
Verified review

Deuce was truly a lifesaver when it came to planning my husband’s 40th birthday party. I wanted something that would be unforgettable but still within my budget and Deuce was able to come through with everything I wanted and more. I consider myself a pretty creative planner but I definitely pale in comparison to Jackie’s creativity when it comes to decor, presentation, and making the whole event from start to finish very memorable for my husband. Jackie is one of the sweetest, most creative people I have met in this industry and I would recommend Deuce to ANYONE who is planning any event or party. It’s worth every penny spent. Thank you Deuce!!

DJ Ceeej & friends
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael A.
Verified review

I booked DJ Ceej & Friends to be the DJ at my wedding. We planned our wedding in about 2 weeks and DJ Ceej was cooperative and very responsive to all of my needs. I compiled a list of songs that I wanted him to play and he had all of them ready to go within such a short notice. I also had edited specific songs that we used during various moments in the wedding and he was able to transfer them to his DJ program with ease. Contacting him was very easy (through the app, email, and text) and with such limited time before the wedding, he was even able to have an in person consultation. We didn’t get a chance to have a rehearsal dinner and I explained to him how the day would go on the day of the wedding. I gave him a schedule and specific times when we wanted a certain song to be played and he was able to follow it with ease. The day of, he came professionally dressed, as one man crew, and an hour early to setup his equipment. He had two large speakers and a mic that produced exceptional sound quality. He really brought life and feelings into the wedding. He got everyone to crowd the dance floor and had everyone dancing, having a good time. He stayed til the very end of the event playing music throughout and my wife and I had no complaints. DJ Ceej & Friends did an exceptional job that I felt the need to tip him extra for his services. I was very pleased with his job performance, punctuality, and quality of sound/music. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ who knows his music and knows how to keep a party alive.

Bella B Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 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!

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!

  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Katrina A.
Verified review

I cannot say enough good things about Karina, she made our day so special and the one we could only dream of. Her organization of the whole day really gave me such an ease to enjoy my day and time with everyone. I would definitely recommend working with Karina, she will make your wedding day, the day of your dreams.

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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