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Browse these event planners with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santa Barbara.

  • 3 years in business
Greg P.
Verified review

Creative combinations of several fresh vegan dishes at an event that was tough for any cook to time just right. Very tasty!

Big Daddy's Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn A.
Verified review

We had a college graduation party in June, 2018 for about 30 people and used Big Daddy's catering. It was so incredibly good!!!! We had a full taco bat that had something delish for everyone. Our guests continued to ask "who did the food because it was awesome!" They delivered on everything they said they would do and we couldn't have been happier with both the food and the friendly service. If you are having a party or other event, please use Big Daddy's......you won't be disappointed!!

Henna Speaks
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie A.
Verified review

Amazing person! She came 30 minutes before our event to setup. Worked very well with the children. Had her materials very organized and clean. I will definitely hire Alyssa for future events. Highly recommend!

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
About

At Just 2 Sweet Events we are here to enhance your event with a fun and sweet candy or dessert buffet with personal touches to make it your very own. Just 2 Sweet Events offers full and partial wedding planning, design and time management, and day of coordination. We specialize in: Weddings ~ Birthdays ~ Graduations ~ Bridal Showers ~ Baby Showers ~ Retirement Parties ~ Anniversary Parties ~ Bar & Bat Mitzvahs ~ Holiday Parties ~ Charity Events

Kelly Raba Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ana L.
Verified review

There are not enough thank you's for Kelly and her work on our special day. It went smoothly and no one bothered us with benign questions. Kelly was there to handle everything and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves knowing we had her. She also made sure we had something to eat as most newlyweds forget to do this. She also made a garter from ribbon since it was misplaced. We highly recommend Kelly for any event you have as she will work with you to bring your vision to life.

Simply S Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Nadia W.
Verified review

Savannah was experienced, helpful, full of ideas and super on point the day of the wedding. I didn't have to worry about anything the day of, she set up everything beautifully and ran a super on time event, which was important to us. I would highly recommend Savannah for any event, she knows what she is doing and makes the days leading up to an event run smoothly. The only thing I could have done better is I wish I found her sooner than 4 months prior to my wedding!

Elegant Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Donna S.
Verified review

We hired Elegant Eats for an anniversary party for 25 people and the experience was delightful! It was all Chef Jacquelyn said it would be and MORE!! The food was exceptional, service was professional, and Chef Jacquelyn was wonderful to work with. She took our ideas and expanded on them to make our event truly memorable. We can't wait to be able to enjoy Elegant Eats again!

Flair Project
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Hristo H.
Verified review

Very professional, sharp looking and fun bartenders. Flair Project provides exceptional service at every event they cater. You can never go wrong with their drinks, tricks and professional presentation.

Once in a Lifetime
5.0
from 1 review
    Liz R.
    Verified review

    Dalina is a dedicated, put-the-bride-first planner! She is so friendly and I know she will put you at ease, just like she did for me!

    Uber Chic Events
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 6 years in business
    Nikita V.
    Verified review

    From day one, Vanessa and Timothy was absolutely amazing! They are hands down the most helpfull and professional people I have worked with while planning my wedding and no effort was to much for them. After searching months for the perfect sequin tablecloths, we finally found them and from there, organising to get it to PE and arranging to meet Vanessa and Timothy was a breeze! Thank you so much for replying on our endless emails, being available to arrange meetings and for being proffesional and helpful!

    Jason T.
    Verified review

    We hired Top Shelf after seeing all of their Yelp reviews. We could not have been happier. Jude and his crew went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. We would highly recommend using Top Shelf for your next event.

    Essential Ellements
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Rose R.
      Verified review

      I became acutely aware of Sachiko's organizational & motivational skills by being a member of our Company's Activity Committee which she chaired. (an ongoing function) She constantly not only came up with new ideas herself, but had the ability to energize her team to be creative as well and it was always done with a good dose of humor which made it such a joy to work with her.

      Allure Wedding Planning
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 12 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Teri H.
      Verified review

      Emma Lombardi with Allure Wedding Planning helped make our special day even more wonderful! She coordinated with vendors, had recommendations for anything/everything we needed, went with me to dress fittings and was always just a call or email away! I would highly suggest using Emma and her expertise if you'd like your wedding experience to be easy, pleasant and fun!

      About

      We are an upscale off-site catering company. We can also offer event planning for any-size event. We look forward to helping you plan your next event.

      About

      I BELIEVE THAT COOKING AND PARTY PLANNING IS AN ART AND IF YOU HAVE A TRUE SKILL FOR WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THAN YOU CAN SHARE THAT PASSION WITH OTHERS AND PROVIDE GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE TO THOSE THAT ARE IN NEED...THAN YOU TOO CAN BE OVER THE TOP

      About

      Every wedding is unique and is an expression of who the bride and groom are. We will assist you in planning your wedding as much or as little as you need or want.

      • 6 years in business
      About

      About

      I am an event decorator. I do stage curtains, lighting, props, backdrops, sets, and custom marquees (lighted signs). I am great for galas, fund-raisers, corporate events, etc.

      About

      I am a photographer but also have a lot of experiences with events, so I can do both the planning of your events and the photography.

      About

      Hand it off to us so you can enjoy your event. Whether you are planning a wedding, anniversary, family reunion or nonprofit fundraiser, you deserve to enjoy the party as much as anyone! Having planned many events ourselves, we see a desperate need for the party planner to actually enjoy the fruits of their labor. Here is a sampling of what you can expect when hiring Amazing Days Events: – Point-of-contact for all vendors during event day – Manage and schedule all vendor set-up and deliveries – Contact vendors to confirm event services, needs & timing – Overseeing all aspects of event during event hours – Coordinate final vendor payments – Assist with set-up and clean-up – Coordinate event day timeline and schedule – Piece of mind that someone else (besides you) has all of the answers We also offer emcee services for events featuring live auctions, silent auctions, and raffle drawings, etc.

      About

      We specialize in creating memories that last a lifetime. We guide our clients through the wedding planning process with grace, efficiency, and humor.

      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.

      Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.