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Fresh and Fizzy Event Services
5.0
from 124 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 200 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gini B.
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Not only did Fresh & Fizzy provide excellent service but Drew's knowledge and advice was invaluable in planning our event. We ended up having him and his team do much more than we thought we would and we were so happy that we did.

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Catering Services
4.9
from 77 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa C.
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Michael is 5 stars in all aspects. I needed a bartender for my husband's office party. He was easily reachable by text/email with all my questions pre party. Michael even made a special butter rum for one of our signature drinks. Very professional, easy to talk to and engaging to all the guests. During the "down" time he would help toss cups and clean up without me even asking. I already hired him again for our next party. I wish I had met him sooner! He does event planning, flower arrangements, home organization and who knows what else. Hire him for a job well done and someone you can depend on.

Nitro BBQ & Catering
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Amy P.
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Paul and his staff worked hard to make our wedding perfect. The food was the highlight of our wedding. Paul was easy to work with, responsive, and professional. We would recommend hiring him for any event you are planning. We plan on using him for all of our future catering needs.

Event Coordinator
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny C.
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I hired Tiffany to be the day-of coordinator for my wedding. It was AWESOME. She's an event planner, so running the day-of logistics was perfect. Tiffany's very organized, asks all the right questions, and is able to coordinate with all the vendors. On the day-of, she was there on time and made sure everything ran smoothly. :)

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa J.
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Had a Christmas Party for 30 people in my home. Food was prepared on-site. As guests arrived first and caterers second, the kitchen was full of guests nibbling on appetizers. Alisa and her assistant blended right in working around guests. The food was delicious! All guests commented about how wonderful the food was and how pleasant Alisa and her assistant were. Clean-up was provided, and they did a great job at that too. It made enjoying guests and myself fantastic! Planning for the event was seamless, organized and expeditious! When I have another party for my 50th this year, Passionate Plates and Alisa will be on "speed-dial"!

AR Weddings N Events
4.6
from 55 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
Heather B.
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AnnaMarie was AMAZING. She was so completely helpful and perfect as our day-of coordinator. Everyone that worked with her was impressed with her efficiency, precision and professionalism. She gently guided us through the day and I was able to fully relax and feel that things were being taken care of. My husband is a fairly exacting and organized German and he was so appreciative of the AR Weddings services. Honestly, I could not recommend more. If you're planning a wedding in the bay area, this is your event planner!!!

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COCO-CREATIONS
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Genette C.
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Elizabeth was a delight to have assist me with decorating the venue for my wedding reception. She met with me over the phone, in person at the venue, at my home, and another location to pick up the items for the reception. The original florist was not able to meet my needy demands, and Elizabeth offered to give me a quote. She was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. The floral arrangement for the centerpieces were gorgeous. I trusted her vision without even seeing the full mock up, and it came out better than expected. She decorated the head table for 14 people, she decorated 10 seating tables, a gift table and a cake table. She did two different centerpiece options for 10 tables. I paid for an extra table centerpiece, which was not needed and she offered to give me the vases that I rented from her, for the refund. She did an amazing job!! If you have an event, I would recommend her again and again. I cannot thank her enough.

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Forsyth Designs
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allie W.
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We had a few hiccups with our event and had to change venues late in the planning process. This did not phase Matt as a problem in the least and was quick in finding the perfect new venue. Also, our budget did not allow for the anticipated amount for decor. Again, Matt worked his magic and the decor was a complete hit, really tying together our 80s themed Prom Night. Matt stays cool, calm, and collected throughout the whole planning process, which really adds to an overall smooth experience. If you are looking for an event planner, here is your guy!

Let's Eat
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Heather R.
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Everything about this event was stunning...the meal was simple, tasty, incredibly fresh, with local ingredients and beautifully prepared. Michelle was extremely professional, responsive, and managed all of our requests or changes. She added her own touches like hand written menus, fresh flowers and candles that made the evening that much better. I've hired a few professional chefs before and she was by far the best! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal chef experience.

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Christien T.
Verified review

An associate recommended Rainbow Chefs to provide the food for an event I was planning for a family gathering. I decided to go through with their services. There were kids and adults participating so I was a little nervous about how it would go, but everyone had a great time! It was so fun and interactive for the kids. The food was delicious! Would definitely recommend Rainbow Chefs!

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori S.
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Oh my goodness, I was so, so impressed with Cheri's cooking. I've never, and I mean never, tasted a turkey that was as tender and flavorful as hers. I'm getting hungry right now just thinking of it. She catered our holiday party, and the depth and delight of all her amazing dishes tantalized all the guests. All her dishes we're cooked and baked to perfection. She's a genius in the kitechen, with a down-home, nurturing spirit to boot. I highly recommend Cheri for any catering event you're planning in the future. Your guest will rave that it's the best catered food they've ever had.

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Limelight Productions
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stavan S.
Verified review

I came across Khadija as a very professional yet friendly event planner, and thats exactly what I was looking for. She has great organizing and communication skills. Her price quote for my brothers wedding was clear and to the point making it easy for me to understand. I will definitely recommend her for all the event planning. All our guests were very impressed and some of them used her services already and they were equally happy! Thanks Khadija for your outstanding service :)

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Taneva Events
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Maite O.
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Velina was such a pleasure to work with for our wedding! She has a very relaxed presence (which was a pleasant change from other planners we had looked into/worked with). She was our day of coordinator and she did our flowers. I wanted pretty simple florals, and she did a beautiful job with little input needed from me (which was very nice with all that was on my plate!) Velina was so calm and flexible and was really willing to do whatever we needed in the weeks leading up to our wedding - including picking up tons of personal items and decorations to deliver on the day of! A huge stress relief. She ensured that our day went smoothly and we were really able to sit back and enjoy it. On top of all that, her prices are very reasonable and she is an amazing value. I can’t say enough how much we appreciate everything! Thank you, Velina!

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Farm to Table
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yoav S.
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I can't possibly say enough good things about working with Zach. He made my wife's 40th birthday party an exceptional event - executed flawlessly with *incredibly* delicious food. Each course was more delicious than the last - a perfect, creamy chilled asparagus soup, followed by an outstanding panzanella complete with homemade bread croutons, then on to an incredible halibut dish with flawless asian flavors and finally on to a perfect chocolate tartlet with coffee stout mousse and a bourbon cream. Oh man, if we could have that meal again, we'd go back to it over and over again. It was as good if not better than any meal we've had at our favorite restaurant. Zach made the evening easy and smooth, ensuring all the details were covered and making sure our party of 8 had a memorable evening. He was calm and a real delight - even making sure our two girls (ages 3 and 5) and the family dog were taken care of (for example, letting our older daughter help cook and taste as he went). It felt like having a cool and incredibly talented friend in the house, relaxed and delightful. Can't recommend working with him enough - and we certainly will have him back for another event in the future.

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The Party Artists
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mildred B.
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Natasha did an excellent job face painting, balloon twisting and entertaining kids at my event! Everyone loves her work!

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MKultra Events
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
BCG G.
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I had the pleasure of working on over 100 diverse events with Mary Kay throughout our 15-year working relationship and have continued using her as my go to event planner. She is incredibly efficient, creative & manages a budget respectfully. She has a vast portfolio of event experience to pull from, and has managed some of the biggest events in Bay Area history. Her attention to detail and her ability to build strong relationships with her clients, her vendors & workers along with event guests, make her a powerful force in the event arena. She takes great pride in being the best & can be relied upon to get the job done right, always. I highly recommend her!

Extraordinary Weddings
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Chauntel G.
Verified review

We hired Lura and her team for full service planning. There was no stone unturned with her. We are so thankful that we had Lura on our team and she is absolutely amazing! The planning process was so simple and Lura came up with a full proposal to every one of our ideas including the children's room with babysitters and children's entertainment. The best part of it was that Lura worked so well with us even though we were over 500 miles away. She was willing to make all of our ideas come to life no matter how big or small. Including a shot of my wedding dress hanging in the window of my hotel room with my flower girls looking up at the dress. She made sure that the hotel maintenance came to the room to set this up in a window that had no hangings. It is unbelievable the amount of dedication Lura has for her role as a planner and her undivided commitment.

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Birminkeley
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paul P.
Verified review

We were both very happy with the service and professionalism Heidi and Ashton brought. Things ran so well and we could not be happier!

Olive Cater
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Sheila R.
Verified review

Olive Cater team are simply the best! They catered for me an office party and my parents 40th anniversary. Even though the menus were totally different both events were a success! Arkadi is a talented and creative young chef. His food is beautifully presented and it tastes amazing! I got many compliments on those events and I look forward to having Arkadi and Elinor cater my next event.

Alta Cuisine
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany K.
Verified review

As an event planner, I look for a caterer who makes great food (fresh, local and inventive), can work with me under challenging circumstances, and has staffing who are professional and tireless at an event. Alta Cuisine fulfills all of those requirements. I have worked with Alta on dozens of events, and she never fails to rise to the occasion. I can highly recommend Alta Cuisine.

Mikie's Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela B.
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This service has been a wonderful experience for me. I'm excited to work with Barbara to make my Engagement Celebration event unforgettable.

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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