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DJ Dan Utica Services
from 88 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 180 hires on Thumbtack
Lexi R.
Verified review

We hired DJ Dan Utica Services for our school winter formal dance, which had about 200 people in attendance. DJ Von, who was sent to us, was great!! He seemed very experienced and did a great job of keeping everyone dancing. I gave him a 4 star rating out of 5 for just a few reasons: 1. Our group didn't realize that DJ Dan was an agency, and assumed that he was an independent DJ. When a DJ came to meet us that wasn't the one pictured on the website we were a little confused 2. The closed photo booth had an outside as well as inside screen, so everyone waiting in line could see the actions of those inside the photo booth, which was kind of awkward. The printer also took a long time to print out the photos, so people would leave and have to remember to come back and get their photos later 3. In our original meeting before the event with the DJ, he was pretty vague about what music programs he used, what sort of audiences he had catered to, what types of lights he would bring, and other questions we asked him. However, it was kind of him to offer to meet with us beforehand, and I can be a bit of a control freak at times, so I can see where this would only be an issue from my point of view. Overall, the DJ services were great, as well as the fact that he arrived two hours early for set up and didn't inconvenience us at all with clean up. The photo booth was well operated, high quality, and definitely added to the event. The lights I would highly recommend these services as long as you ironed out the wrinkles mentioned above.

Sorensen's Smokin' Kitchen
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa G.
Verified review

Amazing experience with Madison! Wow, I would hire them again in a minute!!! I had my mom's 80th birthday party luncheon planned for a couple of months, and I had a caterer lined up. One week prior to the event, the caterer had a family emergency out of state, and I was left uncertain, unsure, and pulling my hair out. I got in touch with Madison, and within 24 hours, she had sent me a menu that sounded perfect for my event. The day before the event, I got in touch with her because I had several more people let me know that they could make it to the party. She said "No problem, I can just go to the store!" The food was outstanding, everyone raved about the food, and many people asked for her card. She was so efficient, that it went off without a hitch. I'm not even going to look for another caterer...the next event, I'm going to go right back to Sorensen's Smokin' Catering!!! I have her saved on my phone!

Take a Break
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
George L.
Verified review

Take a Break (Tami) has great ideas and works hard to give you what you want as far as an event planner she is just starting out but her positive energy gets you excited for the party you are planning and please remember sometime in our life we were all "starting out" so if you hire her give her a break because she will work it for you and as time goes by I can see her experience being absolutely awesome and If you need any day to day errands done that you don't have time for or just don't want to do she will do them she can do it one time or you can hire her to pick up your cleaners every Thursday and she will and deliver and my opinion the only thing she is lacking is charging what she's worth she undercharges for sure and I teased her about that I wanted to give her a lesson on charging a good price lol I liked her sense of humor so she is new to the business of party planning but she has got creative ideas and she did a good job with my daughters 21st birthday decorations and then I hired her to do my personal errands for two weeks because I was busy with work and family down from out of town for the birthday party I do know she doesn't pick up children because she's making sure that she is licensed for that but she did take my cat to the vet for me she is an animal lover very good with kids and animals. Thanks Tami

Wingett Weddings & Events
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Kimberly S.
Verified review

Jacquelin was worth every penny. She was awesome to work with and was beyond organized and super helpful with setting up our reception and helping breakdown everything. Thank you!!

FM Concerts
from 1 review
    Randy R.
    Verified review

    Promoted Rock & Hops festival for the Tap Room Pub & Grub. Very professional. Handled permits, music, sound, lighting etc..... The event went very smooth thanks to the help of FM Concerts. I would highly recommend their services.

    • 3 years in business
    Phyllis G.
    Verified review

    The food was delicious and just as we ordered, the entire transaction was done professionally, from the first contact, to the cleanup after the meal at my event. Great staff, great chef. I recommend them highly!


    Erika Amalia Event Design & Planning creates unique and meaningful events for every style and budget. We offer Full Service Coordination, Month of Coordination and provide Unique Extras for all of your event planning and design needs.


    I'm a highly motivated cultural architect with experience in marketing, promotion, event planning, and brand management.


    My services include the following: * wedding officiant — any type of ceremony * catering — cakes and desserts * wedding and event planning I am a certified MUA.


    McHenry Event Center, completely remodeled and refurbished, is known as one of Modesto's best venues for weddings and quinceaneras. The former Elks Lodge offers five rooms and two patios to accommodate from 15 to 610 people. Call and visit our site at 945 McHenry avenue to choose the perfect room for your event: weddings, bridal and bachelor parties, baby showers, corporate meetings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations, sweet sixteen celebrations, memorials, and any other special family gathering. McHenry Event Center also provides rooms for corporate meetings, service clubs and networking groups. The Seasons Catering provides dining services for both on-site and off-site events. Led by our professional chef', our staff and waiters have catered hundreds of events throughout Central Valley, California. Call and consult with our chef and your event coordinator to discuss your events catering needs. Arrange a meeting at our location, where you can sit down and relax among the decor of our elegant facility, or call us to meet at your location. No matter what your catering needs, we invite you to consider McHenry Event Center and The Seasons Catering for your special event. Our goal is to make your event memorable.


    I am an event coordinator, available for everything, from day-of events, weddings, birthday parties, business meetings and more! I have worked as an on-site wedding coordinator, and now, I run my own business, so I know the ins and outs of both sides. I specialize in going above and beyond for my clients.


    I am a real princess who can come to your next party or event. I specialize in singing, storytelling, games, photos and more!


    We have the passion and dedication, focus and confidence about making people happy on there special day, so let's make this happen.


    We are a full-service event planning business, from the beginning ideas to full execution. We specialize in weddings, corporate fundraising, and social events. I have a keen eye and a sharp sensibility that I can direct, orchestrate, conduct, coordinate and choreograph extraordinary events, from intimate gatherings and small celebrations to spectacular private parties and weddings. I am able to work within most budgets.


    I can work with any kind of arrangements and ideas you may have. I have worked all sorts of events.


    I am a wedding and event planner and designer who specializes in creating unique and personalized events for all of my clients. My goal is to get to know you and go through a series of consultations to plan and execute an event that is a reflection of you, along with a cohesive and creative design. I believe that it is all in the details, and no matter what your budget, we can create an event that is both beautiful and personalized. As a client of mine, you have access to my rental inventory at no additional fee (this includes lanterns, vintage furniture, chalkboards, and vases)! I will work with you to determine a budget that is reasonable and reflects my professionalism. Warmly, Alyssa Maxwell


    I specialize in working with brides on a budget.


    I am a Modesto based event coordinator and talent buyer for festivals with musical acts and unique entertainment. I run crews for set and tear down of events, hire bartenders for events in Modesto and surrounding areas.


    I am an event planner with over 13 years of event planning experience. I specialize in weddings and corporate events but have experience in all aspects of event planning.


    I mostly do decorating but can do planning for all events, big and small. My business is designed to fit client's budget or designed using our standard decorating costs that the client can choose from, which are basic, moderate, good and excellent. All quotations will be given upon showing the location/facility.


    Each event that we get the opportunity to participate in is unique and truly from the heart. A husband and wife team who's love of food and each other has inspired the creation of this special event catering and design company. From gourmet baskets to fully catered weddings, we design each event for each individual client.

    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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