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  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
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Hyson was very professional and provided a wonderful meal for our wedding at a private home. We were able to easily work with Hyson in planning from afar as this was a destination wedding for us and he was so helpful in figuring out all of the details in serving the meal once we arrived in California.

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Jennifer Trevino
from 17 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Lucia F.
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I hired Jennifer a week before my wedding because our previous bartender had to cancel due to a passing of a dear friend's mother. Jennifer stepped up to the challenge. She was very easy to work with. She kept everyone at the wedding satiated and she even brought a bar-back to help fill in any gaps. Not only did they mix our favorite drinks, but they helped set up the station, and even poured champagne at the tables. Jennifer was professional, easy to work with, punctual, and very responsive. Great work! Jennifer, thank you so much for filling in last minute and knocking it out of the park for us. You made our day very special.

Naseem Events
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay M.
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I am so grateful to have gotten to work with Naseem in planning my wedding. She's ebullient and has a contagious enthusiasm about weddings. I kept wanting to play it cool and pretend I was above all the girly wedding stuff, but I couldn't help but get excited every time I talked to Naseem. She unlocked some of that wedding enthusiasm in me, and I'm so glad she did, because it made the planning experience a zillion times better. Also want to add that Naseem has a special talent for making luxurious paper art without spending a fortune. She knows how to use craft to transform the most humble components into beautiful details that make an event feel special and meaningful.

Jaimee Leigh Events
from 8 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy H.
Verified review

Our experience with Weddings by Jaimee was exceptional. Jaimee’s 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.

Hilly Event Services
from 7 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda K.
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I hired Nicole for "day of" wedding planning. We met a few times prior to my event, she even drove to Santa Cruz from San Jose to look at my venue with me. Nicole was outstanding! She was open to my suggestions, listened to my ideas, and executed my vision perfectly. She's has a great sense of style and creativity which came across beautifully on my wedding day. She is so easy to work with too which was awesome. If you're looking for an event planner, especially all the brides out there, hire Nicole, she's worth every penny! Which was not a lot of pennies by the way, her fee fit perfect with our budget for day of coordination. Thanks again!! Amanda

Nina's Knacks
from 6 reviews
    Jenn W.
    Verified review

    Nina did all my wedding decore & I could not have been more happy with the work. I still have many of her pieces from my wedding up in my house. She was fast, listened & is extremely talented. I recommend her for any event or any artistic project you want.

    Savvy Chic Weddings
    from 4 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Sogol Y.
    Verified review

    My Fiance and I hired Sepideh as our full wedding coordinator/planner. I think this was the best decision we made to have her as part of our big day! Having never planned a wedding before I had no idea about the first thing I needed to do and I was stressed out. After meeting Sepideh and looking at her wedding pictures/video I was confident that I can trust her with planning everything for my wedding day (she planned all her wedding by herself and it was flawless). She is easy to contact and very quick with responses. Whenever I was stressed out about anything, I just called her right away and she took care of it. Also, she pays a lot of attention to details and she tries really hard to make sure all the requests are being addressed. She helped me with basically everything such as picking a venue, photographer/ videographer, decoration of the venue, picking a makeup artist, wedding band, even planning the bacheloret party! I couldn't have asked for a better planner, and I am so grateful that we picked Sepideh to help us throughout our wedding planning. If you need a coordinator, I highly recommend Sepideh because, not only she does an amazing job, but she does it with a warm heart.

    Hermosa Weddings and Events
    from 4 reviews
      Cathy M.
      Verified review

      I recently collaborated on a styled photo session with Hermosa Weddings and Events. Cristina is very creative and professional, dependable too. I will recommend my brides to her for their Wedding and Event Planning needs!, Cathy, Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique and Bridals, Carmel-by-the-Sea,CA 93921

      Allegro Gourmet Pizzeria
      from 2 reviews
      • 30 years in business
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Katie C.
      Verified review

      We had a great experience at Allegro for our wedding reception. Jeano was extremely attentive in the planning process and was there for us to answer any questions that arose. He put on an amazing dinner with steak, salmon, and chicken that was all cooked to perfection! He worked with our time table, which got a little thrown off by traffic and those unforeseeable events that happen in weddings. He was professional and his staff was warm and friendly. The dinner and drinks were organized flawlessly, as there weren't lines for the food tables or the bar, and everyone had what they needed in a timely manner. Allegro's venue worked very well for our number of guests, everyone got to sit where they wanted and could mingle without issues. The restaurant was PERFECT for an after party as well! Their outside patio fit our guests and the DJ very well and we had people dancing and celebrating for hours! We still have people telling us 2 months out that our wedding was the most fun they had ever had at a wedding. We know this was one Allegro's first wedding parties in the restaurant, but it was flawless, and your performance was that of a seasoned wedding planner! You went ABOVE AND BEYOND our expectations! Thank you Jeano and all the Allegro crew! You guys are the BEST and we wish you great success in all you future wedding parties! WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VENUE FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR A WEDDING RECEPTION!

      from 2 reviews
        Tabetha H.
        Verified review

        Stephanie has been my go-to event planner for over 10 years since she did my destination wedding in Carmel Valley. Stephanie is creative and tasteful, with a wonderful vision and a unique ability to bring your ideas to life. I am so grateful to have her help for all of my event planning, gift projects, decorating projects and so much more! I wholeheartedly recommend her!

        • 8 years in business

        We aren't your average wedding professionals. We like non-traditional events, unique styles and aren't afraid to break traditions if it's what our clients want. We are easy to work with and love dreaming up your vision (practically and aesthetically). We think we're pretty fun to work with. We usually end up being friends with our clients.



        Celebrating 20 years of wedding and event excellence! The Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants offers both in-person intensives and an easy to use study at home course to help aspiring wedding and event consultants achieve success! The ACPWC is dedicated to raising education levels, upholding professional standards and ensuring uniformity at a national level in the wedding and event industry. We are BBB certified and members of numerous educational and industry specific organizations like the Better Business Bureau, Event Planners Association and the Association of Event Planners International.


        I believe Fabulous Weddings and Events truly dedicates time and effort into making sure that every details of a wedding is maintained, right through the planning and coordinating stage, as well as on the day. So that everything runs smoothly and elegantly.

        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.

        What is a wedding planner?

        A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

        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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