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Oakland Event Planners

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Fresh and Fizzy Event Services
5.0
from 129 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 205 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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Midnight G
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer A.
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From the way Anita advises and supports you in planning your event, to the delicious food she prepares and professionalism with which she delivers it all (and helps you wrap up at the end) it's no wonder that several of my guests asked for her contact info right away. Passionate Plates is a real find!

AR Weddings N Events
4.6
from 58 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 100 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!!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Nisha M.
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Manya and her team made all my dreams come true for my colorful chai-themed co-ed baby shower. I'm extremely detail-oriented and a perfectionist by heart - so that's a challenge for any event planner :) Manya helped execute my vision to the T! She's very hardworking, kind and accommodating to all needs - big and small. She has good ideas and can be flexible to work with on any budget. She's also very responsive to text, email and phone calls. You won't regret collaborating with Manya - she's passionate about her work and will help make your event truly dazzle :)

Event Cre8tive
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel L.
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I'm very glad that I hired sunshine Event Planner for my Daughter 's Party. Danny, Theresa and Annie are very Talented. They can painted any pictures that the children requested and They beautifully done. I will refer them to my friends .

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Forsyth Designs
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 46 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!

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 65 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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Limelight Productions
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stavan S.
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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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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori S.
Verified review

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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  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Madison B.
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Working with Sassy Diva Designs and Events was awesome! For our event we had her do the bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages, table arrangements, and of course an amazing giant wedding wreath! They went above and beyond to move items within our venue space so we could reuse them, and crafted special candle holders just for our event! In particular I loved my bridal bouquet and the wreath. It was so special to be able to replant the succulents from my bouquet so that a little bit of it lives on with us. The wreath was so beautiful and the perfect backdrop for both our ceremony as well as for our sweetheart table. I would highly recommend Beth, and happily work with her again for my floral needs!

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Sparkling or STILL
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Juanita H.
Verified review

Scotty and team were great to work with and could tell he definitely has much experience in this industry. He totally came through and helped us out with a last minute request for an event close to 200 attendees. Him and his staff were professional, proactive, and all around a pleasure to work with. Definitely looking forward to working with Scotty and his team for my next event.

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The Party Artists
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 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!

jMonae Events
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jamere D.
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The saying goes "If you want something done correct, do it yourself!" I was once a firm believer until I requested the services of Jessica/jMonae events. The task was to create an atmosphere where friends and family could help me celebrate my 25th birthday. Jessica helped me to plan a 'Non-celebrity Roast', and it was hilarious. She found a host, provided seating arrangements and had food some good food catered. I was even gifted a surprise appearance from a local comedian. I left everything in her hands and she handed me back a once and a lifetime experience! The logistics were clear, the communication was constant and the budget was adhered to. I couldn't have asked for a better event planner!

Robyn Diane Events
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
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Robyn was AMAZING! She was organized, calm, professional, attentive, and fun all at the same time! She did a great job at balancing the event and our families to ensure everything went smoothly and according to plan. Highly recommended!

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Birminkeley
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paul P.
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We were both very happy with the service and professionalism Heidi and Ashton brought. Things ran so well and we could not be happier!

Plan-It Duo
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Susie C.
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Krista did a GREAT job helping us with our event. She thought through all the details and made sure everything was perfect. We did the event at my home and she arranged everything from the valet to caterer to flowers to party table and linen rentals. We would definitely love to work with her again and I had people ask me for her contact information while they were at our party. Thanks for the amazing event Krista!!!

Magnetic Magnificent Events
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mia H.
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Christa Mekki is an absolutely astounding event planner. She is creative, patience, detail-oriented, and easy to work with! She is the epitome of customer service. I would reccommend her for every important occasion, big or small.

Event Cre8tive
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nayana R.
Verified review

We hired Danny to do the decoration for our house warming. Danny is very detail oriented and professional. He not only offered services that were agreed upon but also provided some extra decor for no cost. He is very passionate about his work and is great at what he does. I am very happy with his work and would hire him again for my next event.

Foray Travel + Event Design
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda M.
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Foray Travel + Design did an outstanding job planning my trip. Sarah’s expertise and industry connections provided me with a personalized and meaningful travel experience that I would never have been able to plan on my own. Sarah is detail oriented, organized, a great listener and dedicated to making sure your experience is absolutely perfect. Communication was seamless and from beginning to end, Sarah was incredibly professional and available to answer any questions I had. I can highly recommend Foray Travel + Design to curate a trip, experience or event!

Stratford & Pearl
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kristi C.
Verified review

Shannon was so great! She did my baby shower and the attention to detail and creativeness was stellar. She clearly loves what she does because the results are amazing. She is such a joy to work with and would have her plan my next event anytime!

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.

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. 

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.

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