Gatherings for Good

Santa Barbara, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I combine my passion for events with my desire to give back and make a difference. I chose to incorporate charitable giving into my company to offer a unique way to donate to a variety of non-profits both locally and nationally. I give the couple the option of where they would like a portion of their event fees to be donated so they know they are also helping to make a difference all while planning their special day!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Creating unique and memorable experiences people love and remember. It's a joy for me to be part of a couple's journey to marriage and helping them see their vision through. I love helping the couple design their wedding the way they want and give them the guidance and support they often need to keep things as organized and stress free as possible so they can focus on enjoying the process of planning the wedding and getting to enjoy their day with family and friends!

Location

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Years in business

3

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Ana S. Feb 22, 2016
    Words could not describe how amazed I was with Brenda and how everything turned out on my wedding day. I hired Brenda for the day of and Wow…I was very pleased. Brenda is an amazing professional women/coordinator, always on top of things. I didn’t realize there were so many little details that needed to be covered, but yet Brenda was there to assist me in that. Her attention to detail is by far amazing. I had a lot of personal items and items that I didn’t know where to put, but yet she made them look great. Brenda was always available when I needed to ask a question. Her response times on emails are very quick and as a bride, man was that a great thing. Or when I met with vendors and ask her last minute to join me, she was there. I didn’t worry about anything on my wedding day as she kept the evening flowing. It went as smooth as can be. At the end of the evening we were able to leave with all of our items gathered and organized into all the boxes they came in. I was truly blessed with finding her and having her as my wedding coordinator. On top of all her work she does, she donates to charity, which is beyond amazing, as she deserves every penny that is paid to her. I can’t thank Brenda enough for the work she did. As she did by far more then what she was hired to do. Thank you Ana 02.06.16
  • Brittany H. Feb 14, 2016
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    Brenda is the consummate professional. Her organizational skills are incomparable. Her attention to detail, ability to stay calm and execute to the tee is unmatched. Most importantly is her empathy and ability to provide the bride and couple support. Top top notch service.
  • Angela J. Nov 8, 2015
    Brenda Cali with Gatherings for Good helped me create our perfect wedding. We hired Gatherings for Good at the beginning of our 9 month engagement and throughout the engagement process she kept us on track and made the engagement care free! Every now and again we would get an email from Brenda reminding us of what we should be planning and often times meeting with us to go over what we had planned. Brenda was always available when we needed to meet, was very organized and had many helpful suggestions for us. Our rehearsal was seamless because of Brenda and her expertise! My husband is from England and weddings are a little different there. She helped organize the British lads to help them feel comfortable knowing their role for the big day! On the big day we had a lot of decor items that Brenda and Gatherings for Good was able to decorate exactly how we asked and as a bride I never had one worry during the day that things would not be done how we had wanted them! The day was perfect and as the evening progressed I had no notice that Brenda was orchestrating the wedding. We had met before the big day and throughly discussed everything with her and during our wedding we were able to enjoy each other and our guests as she kept the evening flowing! At the end of the evening we were able to leave as she carefully gathered all our items and organized them back into the provided boxes. We trusted Brenda and Gatherings for Good for our most important day and it truly was perfect! I would highly recommend Gatherings for Good - the price point was reasonable and most importantly Brenda was kind and super fun to work with! We are now fortunate to say that our wedding planner has become one of our friends! Thank you for all you did for us and we know other brides will be lucky when they can call you their wedding planner!
  • Ashley R. Aug 16, 2015
    Brenda is very organized in the planning process and is very prompt with responding to calls/emails.
  • Brynne B. Jul 11, 2015
    Wedding Coordination
    Verified Review
    I am so happy that we found Brenda! She reached out right after contacting her and she was so reliable from the first conversation until the very end of our wedding. She went above and beyond and responded to my many emails promptly and always with helpful answers. I had a lot of DIY decorations and she displayed them all beautifully. She was friendly, reliable, full of ideas and has a passion for the wedding industry. She also donated a part of her fee to a good cause of my choosing which is extremely giving and thoughtful. My Mom also really liked her and was so thankful I found her! Thanks Brenda!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to get to know the couple and find out what they envision for their wedding day, help them determine what aspects of the wedding are most important to them and how they see a wedding planner's role to be to determine my level of involvement. We talk about budget for the wedding, size of the wedding, locations, style/color and their overall wedding vision. It's important for me to know as much about them as well as the wedding they want to have in order to give them the best advice and guidance I can throughout the process.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was training by the ACPWC. I have also have a background in event planning from working in corporate events and fundraising/development experience through non-profit work. I attend networking and industry related events to stay on top of trends and meet other qualified event professionals that I can refer to my clients.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Any package can be customized to fit your particular needs. I also offer hourly rates for many of my services. Consultations and quotes are always complimentary.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all types of customers from various locations. Most couples come to me who are not from the local Santa Barbara area and are planning a destination wedding. I work with all budgets and weddings of different sizes, some small and intimate and some on a larger scale. I have also worked with same sex couples, couples who are planning their 2nd marriages, have blended families, different religions and traditions and at many locations from parks to beaches to hotels to private estates.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find someone that you feel a connection with and that makes you feel comfortable. You will be working very closely with this person for several weeks or months so it is important to like them! It can very naturally evolve into a friendship because you get to know each other so well and spend so much time together! That's what you should aim for! Trust is also a big factor. You need to have trust in them that they can handle any situation and will always have your best interest in mind!