Special Event Genie
Special Event Genie

Special Event Genie

Offers remote services
Discounts available
Offers remote services
Discounts available
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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 42 times

Serves Marina del Rey, CA

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8 employees

17 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, professionalism, and work quality.

Great 4.7

27 reviews


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Michele M.
Nov 22, 2021
Ricki and her staff did a spectacular job! She took us through the planning stages of choosing the vendors, negotiating with the venue about the catering choices and logistics, and laying out the floor plan and decor. Two days before the event, she came to our house and spent a considerable amount of time helping me organize all the decor items I had purchased, identifying where they belonged on her site plan, and loading them in her car. On the day of the event, all we had to do was show up and enjoy. She managed the event in a thoroughly professional manner, even handling an unruly guest with tact and patience. She is a highly competent event planner and I couldn't recommend her more highly.
Special Event Genie's reply
Michele, thank you so much for your lovely review. We always make sure that every detail of your special day is exactly the way you want it! So happy that you were stress-free and loved your day. Best wishes to you and your family.
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Joyce S.
May 13, 2021
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.
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Laurie D.
Jan 12, 2022
Great experience with Ricki and Richard. I would definitely recommend Special Event Genie to everyone having any size event. They were amazing to work with. Best party even Laurie
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Patricia M.
Feb 12, 2018

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I hired Ricki, my Special Event Genie, to work her magic (and dedicated hard work) on my 70th Birthday Party. Every detail was absolutely perfect. Ricki kept in touch with me by phone, text and in person meetings from the day I hired her, came to my event hours early and stayed late to manage clean up. She knew every aspect of party planning from table position and centerpieces that maintain a theme to creative displays to timelines — All of my guests enjoyed interacting with her and everyone had a good time.
Special Event Genie's reply
Patricia, we appreciate the great review! We strive for perfection and know how important even the smallest detail is. Thank you for choosing us to make your 70th birthday, a special event! And we appreciate your continued interest in our services. We are on board to plan your husband's birthday, hopefully soon!
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Alona B.
Dec 13, 2016

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I have planned birthdays for many years, and this time, I needed someone to take over so I can finally enjoy my daughter's 7th birthday. For someone as meticulous as me, It's hard to find someone who I can fully trust. When I met Ricki, I knew she was the one. The love and passion she has catering service for Client is beyond. Ricki loves to ensure that clients are well taken care of as soon as she steps in. She is well organized, on track, and knows what follow through means. We are grateful for having you in our event, I was able to enjoy my time and savor every detail of the party because someone like you were there to take care of things. I am happy to gain a friend in you and much more, thank you for taking care of my daughter’s party. There is a saying that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do” – You are an epitome of that quote in all aspect. You are highly recommended and I will definitely use your service again and again and again. More blessings to come to you and your business.
Special Event Genie's reply
Alona, we are so glad you chose our company to plan your daughter’s birthday. We make sure our clients feel completely taken care of and secure in letting us take control of the event. Thank you so much for your lovely review.
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  • 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 1995 to 2295 EMERALD 2495 to 2995 DIAMOND 3295 to 3895 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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