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Santa Barbara Wedding Planners

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Paper Heart Events
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Ashleigh C.
Verified review

Love Holly!! She is great so far! So excited to continue planning our wedding with her.

Events by M and M
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Me G.
Verified review

Dear Meg from Events by M & M, Two years...two years of planning this wedding event for 100 people and just like that it was over in eight hours. It was a pleasure working with you and Noel. Noel was amazing, to say the least. Noel was alert, attentive, welcoming and such a hard worker on Friday. Our family is a tad needy and you took control of each scenario polity, professional but firm. Your entire team was amazing. Your responsiveness was amazing, when a situation was brought to your attention for whatever the reason was, you and your team was there to step in and mediate the situation immediately. Our family was ranting and raving how you gave clear and concise directions throughout the wedding rehearsal and most importantly with our mom’s fear of heights. Events by M & M professionalism far exceeded our expectations and the overall vision we were going towards. Definitely, such a memorable event that will never be forgotten. We and our close friends and family enjoyed every single second of it. Words cannot express the magnitude of gratitude I have for you and your team at Events by M & M. We are truly thankful and thank you for the bottle of Brut. We are saving it for our one-year anniversary. KIT! XOXO Warm Regards, M/M Childress – May the Fourth Be with Us!

Kelly Raba Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin P.
Verified review

Kelly was absolutely amazing! I cannot thank her enough for planning my wedding. She was able to take the few ideas I had in my head and bring them to life. I would highly recommend Kelly and her team to be apart of your wedding day!

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Angela J.
Verified review

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!

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

The short: Savannah surpassed our expectations. Viki and I are thinking about getting married one more time so we can work with Savannah again! The long: Savannah provided day-of wedding coordination for our wedding. Even though she was contracted for just one day, she regularly checked in with us during wedding planning to offer assistance and advice. She made time to be available over phone, email, and in person for meetings with venue representatives, other vendors, and myself and my wife. She never lost track of a single detail. From the rehearsal to the day of she did a fantastic job. We surrendered the event to her and were able to have a blast on the biggest day of our lives. She took care of EVERYTHING: coordinating vendors, grabbing us for photo ops, keeping the event at a perfect pace, and likely solving all kinds of problems that I never even knew came up. She helped decorate, prepared my wife's bridal bouquet, and helped take everything down at the end of the night. She even dropped our things off at our Hotel Room while we were at the after party! We had no worries for the entire night and got to spend time with our guests and enjoying the moment. I cannot recommend someone more highly. From our perspective, the event went flawlessly and we hope to have an opportunity to work with her again in the future!

Marry Me Maria
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 20 years in business
Dominique G.
Verified review

I've attended a number of weddings that Maria has officiated over the years and she is always calm, articulate and professional.

Amanda G.
Verified review

Cari was absolutely amazing! From the planning to the actual wedding/reception, Cari was soo helpful, fun and knew what she was doing! Some of the other services we hired (DJ, vendor, flowers, lighting) all had worked with Cari before and all spoke very highly of her. The day of our wedding, it was supposed to rain and the vendor was hinting toward moving our wedding indoors (we had planned to have the ceremony outside with the reception in a barn), but I REALLY wanted it as we had planned and Cari had my back 100%. She was also great with some 'difficult' family members. They loved her too! And they don't like anyone! I would recommend Cari to anyone planning any event!!!

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!

Jessica Chadwick
5.0
from 1 review
    Celeste N.
    Verified review

    Jessica was amazing! I was definitely a bridezilla but Jessica was so on top of it that it eased my mind and made the day perfect. My husband and I are so thankful that the day went as well as it did. She new exactly how to support us when we were stressed beyond belief and was always calm and on top of it! Her ideas and recommendations were always spot on with our vision and expectations for the wedding. THANK YOU JESS! So happy you could be apart of this beautiful journey as well.

    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!

    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.

      About

      SWAY Presents, a division of established Phoenix-based event planning company SWAY Events, provides luxury event planning and production, specializing in celebrity and media outreach. The boutique agency’s services include celebrity gift lounges, brand representation, and event consultation. Experienced in tailored promotional outreach, SWAY Presents’ Gary Guerin and Kimberly Killough pride themselves in being able to get your product in the hands of today’s most popular celebrities and media while working within your company’s budget. A few of the clients we’ve had the pleasure of working with include National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), Johnny Rockets Restaurants, Inc. and The Give Back Hollywood Foundation.

      About

      If you are looking to hire the best for your wedding or any type of event, we are a one-stop shop for all of your needs.

      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

      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

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

      About

      I am a Minister of several non-dominational church. Doctor of Divinity.

      About

      Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more details. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

      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.

      About

      I am just starting out in the event industry. I have done several friends' weddings from start to finish as well as day-of coordination. I am here to make your special day a day to remember forever!

      About

      Amber Weir Weddings and Events is a boutique wedding coordinating firm that is specializing in California weddings in Santa Barbara, Malibu, Santa Ynez Wine Country, Ojai, and Ventura. We are experts in local vendors and venues, and our packages include all inclusive, essential, and month of.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      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 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.
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