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1. Creative Happens Events
Top Pro
5.0
from 39 reviews
5.0
(39)
5.0 (39)
Great Value
Great Value
  • 1 year in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves San Bernardino, CA
"In weeks leading up to the wedding Dan was available by email to consult regarding the most minute details, providing calm, professional advice. His attitude is thoughtful, respectful, calm, completely non-judgmental, and friendly. The day itself went off without a hitch. Dan (and his assistant Tanyada) led the early afternoon rehearsal, then stayed to help set up and coordinate with all the arriving vendors. While we were getting ready, Dan was available by phone and text, so we felt confident that everything was going according to the plan/timeline. Dan not only performed his basic duties excellently, he went far beyond—including doing a bit of MC-ing and being responsible for the playlists (since we didn’t have a DJ). He brought food and drinks to our sweetheart table to make sure the bride and groom actually ate (!) so we didn’t have to interrupt any conversations and generally picked up any slack if it occurred (buffet, drinks, guest management). Dan also stayed late to help clean-up AND sent us some candid photos of the wedding he took since getting the photos from the professional photographer takes a while. Overall, we are extremely satisfied and can’t imagine not having had Dan and Tanyada at the wedding! We’ve actually made great memories with out families and friends instead of anxiously worrying about every little thing. Thank you so much to Dan and Tanyada. I would highly recommend them to anyone! We thought the price for his services was also reasonable."

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$650

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4. Elizabeth Coopersmith Consulting
5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
5.0 (7)
Responds Quickly
Responds Quickly
  • 15 years in business
  • Serves San Bernardino, CA
"I opted for the day-of coordinating services, but Liz offered so much more. She visited my venues with me, offered advice and recommendations, and checked in with me often with meetings and phone calls. I had concerns about family drama and she said she would take care of it. Obviously she did, because on the wedding day, I didn't get wind of any drama going down. She was on top of all the scheduling, setting up timeline, working with my vendors, and keeping us on schedule. She transferred items from our home to the church to the venue. She set up and tore down. She packed up everything and packed up our car for us. I'm sure we had glitches throughout the day. But I never knew about them. Liz took care of everything. My friends and family were able to enjoy the day without being saddled with tasks. Most importantly, my hubby and I had the most amazing day, without a care in the world. Whatever people threw at me, I just sent them to Liz. She shielded us from everything and we were thoroughly able to enjoy the day. And not only did she take care of us the time leading up to the wedding, and on the wedding day itself, she also checked in with us after the wedding to make sure we were ok. Some minor issues came up and Liz was still working on stuff for us. She is still helping us with recommendations and referrals, even 4 months after the wedding! She is so easy to work with, she has a great, friendly energy, she always put me at ease. Having her a part of our wedding was the best decision I made. The hubby was reluctant on hiring a coordinator, but even he admitted at the end of the night that we could not have pulled it off without Liz. People asked me how I was so calm on the day of. It was because I knew I had her running the show! We are so grateful to Liz."
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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.

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 does it cost for a wedding planner?

Wedding planning is a full-time job — unless you hire a professional to handle the hard work for you. The cost for a wedding planner will depend on the level of service you desire. The least expensive wedding planner option is day-of coordination, then partial service, then full-service.  

The national average cost for wedding planning is between $990 and $1,300. Costs are greatly affected by region, with rural or smaller-town wedding planners often far more affordable than planners in higher-cost cities. Here are some examples of the various levels of wedding planning and their potential average costs:

  • Day-of-wedding coordination: $800-$1,700. Day-of services can include the planner finalizing all details, creating a timeline, confirming vendors and overseeing all setup, day-of activities, and cleanup. The couple does all the front-end planning and contracts all the vendors. Time commitment could be about 15-25 hours, depending on pricing.
  • Partial service: $1,500-$3,800. Here the planner works with the couple from the beginning, helping contract vendors, creating a timeline, and overseeing all details of day-of execution. Time commitment could be about 30-60 hours, depending on package and pricing.
  • Full service: $3,500-$8,000 or more. Here the professional handles all wedding and planning details including working on design, securing rentals, getting the venue and vendors, and handling complete execution of the event. Time commitment could be 50-150 hours or more, depending on package and pricing.
  • Consulting: $50-$150 per hour for design, vendor, reception and other wedding planning consultation.

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. 

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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