Special Event Genie
Special Event Genie

Special Event Genie

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Introduction: We are licensed, insured up to $2M, and Certified by the American Bridal Association. We are members in excellent standing with the Event Planners Association as well as AAA-rated with the Better Business Bureau. We are very hands-on. We pay attention to every detail. We work within a network of vendors so we can pass the savings on to you, just ask! No request is too small or unusual. Since we come from a creative background, we can give you advice about colors, flowers, themes for your event. We understand family dynamics and are trained in all religions and traditions. And of course, we are the only planners/coordinators with Planning Genie® app that actually allows you to see your event BEFORE it happens, so there are no last-minute surprises! We actually help to design your space/what your event will look like and feel like. We will come for every fitting of your wedding gown to make sure you are pleased. We strive to make people happy. Our goal is to give you the event you've always dreamed of!

Hired 39 times

Serves Marina del Rey, CA

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8 employees

16 years in business

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Cash, Check, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, Zelle

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Jan - Jun

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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  • An Enchanted Wedding at USC

    Event Planning


Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, professionalism, and punctuality.

Great 4.7

27 reviews


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Joyce S.

Working with Ricky is a dream. She has many ideas and vendors to work with. She planned and executed my granddaughters Bat Mitzvah to perfection. All of the work made the event so special.
Special Event Genie's reply
Hi Joyce, Thanks for your review! It was a pleasure assisting you with your granddaughter's bat mitzvah! It was a joy to create all the details for her chosen decor theme! You are a most lovely family and thanks so much for thinking of our services.
May 13, 2021
Robyn L.

Ricki, the Genie behind Special Event Genie, is incredible! We worked together to host my 75th Birthday Zoom Party and it was a delightful success! Ricki is a talented graphic artist and created backgrounds for me and my guests that were clever, funny and underscored the theme of my party. Even in this time of virtual events, Ricki was able to come up with multiples of ideas that made my party unique. An important aspect of working with Ricki was her commitment to making sure that my vision of the party came to life. If I wasn't pleased by one idea, Ricki would come up with more. She did an amazing amount of "legwork" in planning and implementing my party, constantly checking with me to make sure we were on the same page. Her creativity and energy helped shape my party into the specific Zoom experience that I wanted. The party was a HIT with all my guests and I couldn’t have been happier!
Special Event Genie's reply
Robyn, thanks so much for trusting us with your 75th birthday Zoom party! This was such a pleasure to plan for you and I'm so glad to see your recognition of our creativity especially with the variety of graphic arts that were made for this type of event: including care packages, goody bags, and the Zoom custom themed backgrounds. Our knowledge of the Zoom technology created a scavenger hunt so your guests could be placed into teams in various breakout rooms. Again, we are so delighted that you and your guests are happy and share fond memories!
Dec 11, 2020
Rich E.

We hired Special Event Genie only six months before our wedding because we needed to feel organized about how we were planning all the finishing touches and details. We were most impressed that she was so easy to work with, flexible with her time and came to our backyard three times before our wedding to give ideas. Ricki immediately understood our vision for the dance party we wanted to create! She also put into place al the COVID-19 protocols for social distancing and guest entry. She created full color, to scale site plans for all scenes of our wedding using her own app! And we felt very comfortable working with her because she totally understood our culture and traditions. Her team was totally hands on making sure the everything went smoothly. We were so glad to have Special Event Genie, we could not have done it without her! Thank you Ricki! - Richard E.
Special Event Genie's reply
Hi Richard! I'm so pleased we could share your vision for your wedding and make your wedding come to life considering the current climate we are living in these days. Thank you so much for recognizing the details we add to make your day an affair to remember! We wish you a lifetime of love & happiness!
Nov 6, 2020
Mark M.

This was the first time I ever used a party planner. I even planned my own wedding, so I was apprehensive about hiring one for my husband’s retirement party. As a detailed oriented control freak, my friends thought I was crazy for hiring someone. But I wanted to be able to fully enjoy the day of the event and looking back, I am glad I had Ricki. Ahead of the event, there was a delicate dance between Ricki and me, and she perceptively relinquished control of items she normally would manage when she saw that it was something I wanted to handle. But on the day of the event, she took control of everything. I was so thankful to have her, and I gladly abandoned ALL control. The event was so successful, and people enjoyed themselves so much that I could not believe the feedback! Ricki’s vendor partners were absolutely phenomenal! She is particular with whom she partners with, and when the team gets to work, you can see why. The bartenders and servers were repeatedly complimented by guests as being stellar, and I would wholeheartedly agree! Even the behind-the-scenes vendors, such as the rental companies were competitively priced and responsive. For instance, after setting up we knew we needed an additional tent and the vendor was able to deliver and set it up with plenty of time to spare. The cake vendor did a fabulous job with what I would have considered being a challenging design, and it was delectable. With it not being a wedding, I thought hiring a photographer would not be necessary, but I heeded Ricki’s advice and hired one. So grateful that I did! I did not get the pictures on my phone like I thought I would, and Joey Carmen was AMAZING and captured everything! The guests could not wait to see the photos afterward and the event was documented with beautiful photos. Trust that her vendors will deliver on Ricki’s assurances and hire them! The only opportunity I would mention is a double-edged sword. There are a lot of details in the planning. Ricki thinks of them all! This is great because it covers bases I would not have considered, making the event even better. The downside is that there are a lot of details to remember and follow-up on. We had a lot of emails and texts going back and forth, all of which were important and served a purpose. But with all of that communication, things got confusing, like which one of us was in control of what (which could quite honestly be due to me wanting to ACTIVELY participate in the execution). It was hard searching through emails or texts to look for something. I would perhaps suggest that having a working shared Google doc as a means for tracking the details may be a good solution as it allows both sides to access it as a fluid plan. Aside from that, super ecstatic I used a party planner and thankful for Ricki running the day of my event like a boss!
Special Event Genie's reply
Thank you so much, Mark! I was so excited to read your glowing review of our services and I was most happy to accommodate you. I appreciate the feedback about Google Docs. Hope you are enjoying your retirement!
Aug 16, 2020
Jenni C.

We were down to the wire for an event in L.A. and had several things fall through. We were very stressed and anxious and weren't sure how we were going to make sure things went off well. I looked around and found Ricki online. She had a lot of positive reviews and was one of the most reasonably-priced event planners. She was able to take us on as clients with very short notice and helped pull off a miracle. She's very detail-oriented, responsible, and organized. I felt like I was in good hands with her because of how competent, experienced, and on-top-of-things she was. She also had a good network of vendors who came through to help us pull off a great event. Also, loved her company's event planning app! So helpful. It was a night to remember -- in a good way! And, I'm so thankful that Ricki was available and willing to work with us on such a short-notice, higher-stress project. Thanks, Ricki!
Special Event Genie's reply
Thank you, Jenni, for this thoughtful review! It was my pleasure to be so helpful with all your event needs on such short notice. We take pride in bringing those detailed services that mean so much. It's good that our helpful app could assist you with visualizing your event in a pinch. I look forward to working with you again on your next social enterprise event!
Apr 15, 2020
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Ricki Lewis


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Please take a look at the photos section for our full price list. RUBY 1395 to 1695 EMERALD 1695 to 1895 DIAMOND 1895 to 2295 Special Event Genie has three event planning packages to suit your budget and individual needs. They range from the all-encompassing Diamond package to the essential, Coordination Day package. We also can give you the “Hybrid” custom option. Let’s chat about your unique needs and budget to determine which is best for you. We offer additional savings for essential workers, military, educators, and medical staff.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The first thing we do is to get to know you as our client and the level of personal attention you require. Then we make suggestions and recommmendations for the venue and vendors that fit your taste level and budget. We negotiate on your behalf to get you the best value possible. Next, we design with Planning Genie® all floor plans for the ceremony, cocktail, and reception so you can actually see what your event will look like BEFORE it happens so there are no day-of surprises. Then we create the timeline of your event down to the last minute! And last but certainly not least, we are there with you the entire day, setting up before, making sure everything goes smoothly, and cleaning up afterward.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Yes, we are educated by the Association of Professional Bridal Consultants. Also we are members of the American Bridal Association, we attend conferences and classes ongoing.

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