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Taqueria Cazadores catered a party for us, a school fundraiser for 70 parents. Showed up early, food ready on time, amazing reviews from the guests for the taco bar and especially the churros. Several of our guests were gluten-free and vegitarian...all were satisfied. We'll use them again.
Before I give my glowing review of Tiffany, I have to preface the review with a few words so you know that I was in your shoes. Wedding planning sucks and having to stick to a limited budget doesn't it make it easier. As a bride, sometimes you have to cut corners in order to afford simple things (or let's be honest more desired things) for your wedding. Hiring a full service wedding planner, was one of those things that I really wanted, but I knew it would take a huge chunk out of my wedding budget. My wedding was in San Francisco, so its not the cheapest city to have your wedding. But after receiving price quotes from full service wedding planners, their prices depressed me (adding unnecessary stress to my wedding budget woes) and when I looked at their packages, I just didn't feel like it was right for me or my budget. I had to take a step back, breathe, and take ownership of wedding planning and face reality. I knew what Id need to do, to stay on budget. I had big decisions to make as a bride, but I knew I could save a ton, if I planned my own wedding. So I thought hey I plan many events for my friends, family, and clients all the time, weve got about 85-100 guests to invite, why not plan my own wedding, and hire a day of coordinator to save money?" I did just that and when I was in the process of looking for a day of coordinator, my next thought was, "shoot if I hire a day of coordinator, will I overlook something and regret not hiring a full service wedding planner?". With caution, I started to ask for quotes for day of coordinators and realized right away what I needed to do. I put a request up on Thumbtack and the email quotes came rolling in. I was astonished. But I was in a conundrum - every price was competitive, so how does one choose a vendor over the other. All of them had amazing reviews (which put my initial concerns more at ease). I spent a few days emailing back different vendors, asking them questions, reading their reviews, even looking them up on Linkedin! I did some my research and eventually decided on Tiffany Won. Choosing her as the day of coordinator was one of the best decisions I made during the wedding planning process. 3 pieces of advice if you DIY: First off ladies, have more confidence in your planning abilities and use the resources the internet provides you (there are a ton of wedding checklists and schedules online to help you plan your own wedding, and for inspiration for décor or what not, pinterest was key for me). It might be intimating at first, and the time involved in planning your wedding might feel like an absolute time suck, but trust in yourself and plan your day. No one has a better vision of what you want for your wedding, more than you. Secondly, trust in a day of coordinator like Tiffany to execute on your vision. She's top notch and will be a valuable asset in your planning process. I hired her as my day of coordinator. I was a little anxious, but after I spoke with her on the phone and especially after I met her before my wedding for the 2 hour pre-wedding meeting, I could tell that she had plenty of experience in event planning and coordination. Not only does she have experience in wedding planning, but she has extensive experience planning corporate events and conferences, which as you know, could range from hundreds to thousands of attendees. My thought was, if this girl can plan corporate events that are large scale, she will definitely be able to coordinate my smaller scale event. She also asked the right questions before the wedding, which put my concerns at ease, since she is very sharp and it became clear to me, that event planning plays a very familiar story in her head, a story she knows word for word. Thirdly, stick to your budget. If you need to roll up them sleeves and plan your wedding, just do it. But call in some cavalry to take over on the day of your wedding day because youll need it. Make sure you go with a pro like Tiffany. Im pretty detailed oriented. So is she. I thought I had every detail planned, all she has to do is follow the schedule. You know what, she was able to catch holes in my schedule and my planning. She worked with me to double check my wedding schedule and everything the whole shebang from pre-wedding day stuff like what time the florist will set up, when will the lighting company get to the venue, advice or a second opinion on wedding décor, suggestions for additional vendors .even ceremony logistics such as where people would stand, the flow of the event, gaps in the vendors schedules and the wedding reception details like when the band would take their breaks so she can play an ipod or something so background music would play, helping with the mic transition from the emcee to other guest speakers, overseeing food service so there wasn't a huge gap between the appetizers and dinner, making sure I ate, making sure the groom and I did our table rounds to thank our guests for coming, making sure at the end of the evening someone could collect my wedding gifts, etc etc. Tiffany did a phenomenal job at overseeing every tiny detail the day of the wedding! My wedding went smoothly, the guests had a fantastic time, I now have memories that will last a lifetime, and this was all because I had help taking some wedding responsibilities off my shoulders, I'm so glad I hired Tiffany! Tiffany went over and beyond the call of duty and at a very fair price. Whether you hire her as a day of coordinator or hire her for full service wedding planning (or to plan any type of event), do yourself a favor and put her in your top consideration list. I would hire her again if I could. I will certainly be recommending her to my friends and family. And if you hire her, Im sure you will eventually do the same. Kudos Tiffany for the excellent work! Written by a very happy bride :)
Alisa made everything I asked her to make and presented it beautifullly. She catered a High School graduation all night party held at the High School. She cooked the hot food for our diner on the premises. She had the appetizer platters premade and ready to go. She came early which I appreciated, and the food was made and served on time. I asked her to leave the leftovers for the kids and adult volunteers to graze on as the night went on and she did. We met at the school weeks before the event to coordinate where the cooking would be done. Also how and where things would be served. The quality of her work exceeded my expectations. I was personally nervous and wanted the diner I had set up for the kids to be perfect. Alisa helped make that happen. I would highly recommend Alisa as she was very detail oriented and did a magnificant job!
Elizabeth was a pleasure to work with. Hiring her for our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. She was value-added on both rehearsal and wedding day and executed the plans to perfection! Our wedding venue was quite large and rain was in the forecast for the day. Elizabeth did a wonderful job at keeping me calm, having the rain contingency plans ready, and was quick at making calls when needed. Thankfully, the rain missed us and things continued as planned. Her urgency is second to none and made the day flawless. I highly recommend Elizabeth as a wedding coordinator. Thank you, Elizabeth!
We hired Dazzling Streaks for our high school prom. Manya is amazing! Very detailed oriented, on-time and delivered on everything she promised.
The photobooth we rented from the Fabulous Event People was awesome! Super professional service before and during the event. This was for a prom, and the kids absolutely loved the props and the quality of the strips. An overall great experience.
This review does not fully compare to the actual experience of having Mimi as our wedding planner. My husband and I fell in love with her! I was referred to her by a friend a month or so before my wedding. You can imagine the details that needed to be done before that time frame. Not only did she take on the challenge of helping us, but went out of her way so our day was perfect. I live in concord, and she drove out 1 1/2 away to come meet with us several times. She kept good track of the things that still needed to be done. Her organization was phenomenal! Constant communication and support were there more than 100% (even for my emotional days) Besides the planning, she took care of the table centerpieces herself! Which were beautifully made with natural flowers on all 15-18 tables including our head table. Our guests, including vendors we hired were so impressed with her work, and most importantly by my husband and I. She found the best deals possible and made everything perfect yet affordable for us. Not only would we consider going through her all over again, but know we will continue to use her for future events and highly recommend her. We know that we didn't just find a good event/wedding planner, but a great friend that we will keep in touch with. Thank you again Mimi for helping us with our unforgettable perfect day!
From the first time we met Whitney and Adriana, we knew they were going to be our wedding planners. We needed someone who could get keep us on track, plan all the little details, and simply get our wedding done without much stress. Since this is our first wedding, we didn't know what we didn't know! They were exactly the type of personality that fit our criteria. We were involved when we wanted to be involved which was perfect for us. If there was a vendor we didn't want to deal with, Whitney and Adriana would make sure it got done. They are also excellent designers. We gave them a theme, a few pictures, a few styles, and they took it from there. Only after walking into the ceremony and reception, did *I* realize much effort and attention to detail A'Reve put into the event. The day of the wedding everything went smoothly. We didn't find out until later one of our cakes didn't show up but they handled it without our knowledge. Although I'm positive there were many hiccups the day of (what wedding doesn't?), the event went perfectly from my wife and my perspective. I would recommend A'Reve to anybody planning a wedding.
Linda and Leslie were exceptional day-of coordinators for our Labor Day 2016 wedding. Their organization, detail-orientation, and positive attitude were instrumental in the weeks leading up to the wedding and the day itself. With spreadsheets and all, they helped us nail down every little detail for our special day. We had our final pre-wedding meeting with them a few weeks before the event and came out of the meeting with a sense of relief and confidence we would not be worrying about logistics on our wedding day. On the actual day, there were many DIY items that had to be transported and arranged for the wedding, and their setup was exactly how we’d imagined, down to every last detail. They kept in touch with our wedding party and vendors during the day to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be. Most importantly, Linda and Leslie were able to handle adversity with poise. After dinner was served at our outdoor wedding, the power went out. Linda and Leslie helped orchestrate the move of our wedding to a different location at the venue with incredible speed and diligence that our guests honestly thought it was part of the reception. Additionally, they helped us get extra time for dancing due to the lost time in moving locations. For people looking for wedding planners, I’d argue the ability to handle problems with efficiency and composure is of critical importance. Beyond their organization and execution, they were a pleasure to work with, and nice enough to share a few beautiful photos the day after the event. We highly recommend L&L to be your day-of wedding coordinators!
Jen was amazing to work with to begin with. I live in St. Louis, MO and my wedding was in Oakland, CA. I was taking a bit of a risk planning my wedding over the phone and email. From the first moment, Jen was nothing but professional. Jen made it very easy to communicate with over the email. She responded emails within a day or two. We even did a Google hangout once to talk about the details of her work. She worked with us on our personal vows and made it very easy. She even asked what I wanted her to wear but I didn't care too much because I trusted her judgment. I didn't meet her until the day of the wedding and everything went smoothly. Thanks Jen!
Our experience with Weddings by Jaimee was exceptional. Jaimees services are truly Turn Key. She was a very warm and professional Officiant, Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. Her knowledge of Aloha, flowers and design allowed us to customize our dream of creating our Hawaii Theme of Ohana! You feel her excitement for making your day the most important thing in the world. I did not hesitate to recommend her to our hotel Catering Director as an Officiant and Floral Designer. Reach out to Weddings by Jaimee to make your wedding day one to remember.
Robin is one of the most accomplished event planners and producers I've had the pleasure of working with. Over the 10+ years I've known and worked with Robin, I've been consistently impressed with the quality, creativity, thoughtfulness, and exceptional professionalism with which Robin plans and executes on events large and small. Some of the projects I've worked on with Robin include luncheons and product demo open houses for pediatric oncology clinical care teams in busy hospitals, as well as full day on-site design workshops with elementary school faculty and staff. Across all settings, what makes an event with Robin stand out is that she always begins with two key elements - first, exquisite vision and execution, and second, relationships. First, Robin can envision an event from start to finish, using her vast experience to anticipate needs, outline a schedule and process that will work for the intended goals and audience, and design an approach that gets every detail just right. Even more importantly, Robin understands that strong relationships are a key outcome of any event, and there is no one I’ve ever worked with as skilled as Robin in building trust and cultivating warm, mutual relationships throughout the event planning and production process. People at Robin’s events feel absolutely taken-care of, welcomed, and fully engaged and recognized. When all of this comes together, as it does at Robin’s events, the result is magical. In sum, Robin is truly an exceptional event professional, one that I feel grateful to have worked with and learned from. I absolutely look forward to our next opportunity to work together!
Pili Lani was recommended to us by a friend, but small world when I first met with Sheri, I realized I've known her since high school! Sherie put me at such ease when talking to her about our wedding, and it was clear that she would be on top of anything we needed on the day of. I was a bit hesitant to hire them at first, as they were out of budget, but they assured me it would be worth it. We chose to go with them for their month-to-day-of coordination package, where you do most of the planning then hand things off to them. Boy, were we glad we did hire them. Since our wedding was an all day event, with Vietnamese/Chinese ceremonies, 4 different locations, and a lot of DIY/hired myself vendors, having a day of coordinator that was not tied to any one venue was a must. Sherie and Evelyn really delivered, and they were by our sides throughout the day. There were a still snafoos here and there, but even those they responded to quickly and fixed immediately. I cannot thank them enough, and the hubby and I are always telling our friends that it's worth it to have people running things for you on your big day.
I first used KitchIt for a graduate school reunion dinner after a prior dinner had been more expensive then we liked and we had felt bad for staying so long. With KitchIt, we were able to have the restaurant experience in the comfort of our home without worrying how long we took. Since then I've used KitchIt for many social events and couldn't be more pleased. The chefs have all been very professional, the food has been delicious and they often leave the kitchen in a better state then when they arrived. For group events it's really easy to set up the event and have each person pay their portion. I highly recommend KitchIt for any type of occasion, even a weekday dinner with friends or family!
Michelle Fetsch is a true visionary. Her creativity, marketing expertise and business savviness make her a top resource for businesses seeking growth. She is a powerful leader that is driven for success and outstanding results. Michelle and I worked together on branding our new company and her work has helped us grow from an idea into a successful business. I highly recommend Michelle and Stand!