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Santa Monica Wedding Planners

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Top Pro
  • 7 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Greg F.
Verified review

I'm an entrepreneur and my (now) wife is an elementary school teacher - safe to say we thought we could handle planning our wedding on our own - and for a while, we were successful. Then 3 months before the big day we realized how in over our heads we were. We scrambled to find a wedding coordinator on different websites and after talking with multiple agencies, we ended up going with 3 Little Birds. And it made all the difference. On many occasions my wife and I have said out loud "Wow. We would've been totally screwed were it not for Jessica, Dustin, and Carly." And we mean it. From scheduling ahead of time, to coordinating vendors and directing the entire day to perfection, their team's expertise and positive energy made our day the special memory that it became. Their pricing is incredibly fair, they overdeliver, and if you're like us and think you can save a few bucks by doing it all on your own - you could not be more wrong - especially if you have 120+ attend your day. Of all the expenses we incurred for our wedding, this one had the greatest return on investment. We will be recommending Jessica, Dustin & 3 Little Birds to all our friends getting married in the next few years. Nothing but love for the birds!

Special Event Genie
4.7
from 26 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica V.
Verified review

My husband and I would like to thank Ricki for all of her incredible work planning our wedding three weeks ago. Every step of the way, she was there offering ideas, suggestions and advice to help make our wedding an exceptional and unique event. Ricki truly went the extra mile seeing to it that all the arrangements were completed in a timely fashion—acting as my “fairy godmother”. Ricki was a gem to work with, generous with her time, and graciously understanding of our religious customs. Our beautiful wedding went off without a hitch thanks to the creativity and organizational skills of our fully prepared “Special Event Genie,” Ricki Lewis. We couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you so very much Ricki for wonderful memories that last a lifetime. – Sincerely, Jessica & Joshua Castaños

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Flyte44 Events
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Loren S.
Verified review

Michelle was an absolute godsend. We were planning a wedding for about 150 people at a venue where we had to bring in absolutely everything - from the chairs and silverware, to the outdoor kitchen, dumpster, and trash bags. Needless to say, there were a lot of moving pieces that needed to be pulled off within pretty precise time frames. Michelle and her team were up to the challenge, and exceeded all expectations. Not only did she create and execute a meticulous timeline for the day of, but she went above and beyond in every way. She made herself available to our questions whenever we had them and shared with us so many invaluable pieces of wedding planning wisdom she's picked up during her extensive experience as an event planner/coordinator. She had ideas and insights that we never even considered, and even offered advice that helped us cut down on costs in several areas of our budget. She was also our lifesaver in the weeks leading up to the event, completely managing all vendor communication and double checking our work so that we could use he time we had left to shore up all the small details and complete last minute DIY projects. The day-of flowed so wonderfully, and during the few times there were hiccups, Michelle was already in problem-solving mode by the time I noticed them. She was also always composed and centered, and served as a calming presence for us during what could have been an otherwise very stressful day. Michelle and her team were the glue that held our wedding together, and we are so grateful for their help in making it truly the best day of our lives. Hire Flyte44!

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Joanne and her team were amazing to work with. They're a newer company and ready to go above and beyond to make your day happen. She was responsive and thorough, which made wedding planning less stressful and fun! She gave my husband and I a lot of options and were able to work with our budget without compromising the things we wanted. She connected me with a local florist and videographer. Their services exceeded my expectations and were great to work with as well. Joanne also arrived early on the day of my wedding to make sure the vendors were on track. It was a pleasure working with her team and I'd highly recommend their services.

Love Note Events
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Karla L.
Verified review

Terri helped me planned my wedding and everything I wanted, she made happened. She was extremely professional and very knowledgable. Even on my tight budget she was able to my dream wedding come true. I'm going to give it a couple of years, but when I'm ready, Terri is going to plan my baby shower!

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha P.
Verified review

Weddings are stupid and stressful but these guys were freaking amazing. They went so far above and beyond to make mine and Brians wedding day everything we dreamed of. No matter what I was thinking she was there. No matter when I texted or called she responded. Seriously the best choice ever.

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Crystal D.
Verified review

Wedding was yesterday and have to say that hands down, Crystal was one of the biggest blessings of the day! she was so organized and on top of everything and everyone! We felt totally comfortable that she would fix any hiccups that would arise! Definitely, recommending to Crystal to anyone planning a wedding

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Linda Zuniga Events
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
Verified review

Working with Linda was the easiest part of planning my wedding! She is such a great person to hold your hand during wedding planning. She was great at the follow-up and even better at the follow-through. I will definitely be recommending her to EVERYONE and will keep her in my Rolodex for future events I have to put together. I was happy to learn that she doesn't just plan weddings. I love you, Linda!!! Thanks, again!

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Dreams In Detail
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carrie R.
Verified review

Omg the wedding planner and decorator sent from the Gods!! A bit dramatic for me to say, i know, but Nicole saved me! I tried to plan my own wedding, even got my mom involved and that took a turn for the worse. Nicole met with us, spoiled us with cold champagne, we talked about every detail and it she hit the ground running. It was amazing to see her level of expertise and decisiveness. So happy she could plan and decorate my wedding so magnificently ! You are an angel and I recommend Nicole and her fun team to anyone who is looking for a planner or designer. Chic, professional, and responsive!

Elegant and Modern Events
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
Verified review

Michelle and Eimee were absolutely wonderful to work with! I was a bride planning my wedding from Maryland. I was really worried about the floral arrangements because I was not in California until a couple of weeks before my wedding. Michelle and Eimee always kept me in the loop and consistently communicated with me via Skype and email. They researched flowers that would complete my vision and fit within my budget. Everything turned out so beautiful! I cannot thank them enough!

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Joelle Elias
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Corrina P.
Verified review

Joelle is the best day-of-wedding coordinator you could hire. She was very responsive in texts and emails. She was available to meet in person to go over details or pick up props. She helped create the wedding of my dreams and thanks to her, I didn’t have to worry about anything at my wedding. I am forever grateful for Joelle’s hard work and so glad she contacted me on Thumbtack.

Perfectly Events
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jay T.
Verified review

Jessell and Perfectly Events were exactly what we wanted. I had been planning the wedding from the beginning and knew that it would be better to hire a coordinator for the month leading up to the wedding. My wife and I instantly liked Jessell when we met with her as she was punctual and was really on top of her game when it came to answering all our questions. The month of the wedding, she was effectively communicating not only with us but with our vendors, making sure that they were coming and that they were ready to perform. Then on the actual wedding day, she was awesome. During the church ceremony, we had a nightmare of a church coordinator (appointed to us by our church) and Jessell handled her well. She was also really helpful for small things such as helping pin the flowers and finding a replacement ring bearer as some of ours went MIA. For the reception, she really allowed us to enjoy the wedding. We even got to eat the food and cake (which Jessell and her assistant actually delivered to our table!) I can have a type A personality, but thankfully, Jessell was there to make sure the event went smoothly and on-time. I also have to compliment her for the extra steps she took such as in the decorations and food delivery. She really went above and beyond and my wife and I are so happy she was involved in our wedding. I would highly recommend her to anyone considering having a month of coordinator.

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LexiLou Special Events
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica R.
Verified review

Very professional and talented. Put together a beautiful and we'll designed wedding even on a fixed budget.

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda L.
Verified review

I was hesitant to get a planner at first because we were working with a very small budget, but Ira was (is) absolutely amazing. She worked within our budget, helped my plans materialize and made my wedding day beyond incredible. She is such a hard worker, so kind, and very knowledgeable for the planning industry. Thank you Ira, you are beautiful, inside and out!!

R&A Party Adornments
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth L.
Verified review

It was a pleasure working with Rubina. She definitely helped run my wedding day smoothly. :)

Above & Beyond Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Taylor V.
Verified review

Selina made our wedding everything we dreamed of and then some. It was ABOVE our expectations and totally BEYOND perfect~! From start to finish she made planning my wedding a breeze (I run a company, so I didn't have much time to plan my own). Thank you Selina for such a special day.

Bella B Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie W.
Verified review

Kelly of Bella B Events was FANTASTIC! She went above and beyond the call of duty for my daughter's wedding and we couldn't have asked for anyone better. She spent so much time with us pre-wedding to make sure all of your wishes were communicated to her and she handled herself as well as our wedding day in the most professional manner. I highly recommend Kelly & Bella B Events to do the same for you!

I Do Wedding and Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Richard C.
Verified review

Marlene, from start to finish, was fantastic. We began working with her only a short while prior to our wedding and she was a saving grace. She ensured we got our timeline settled, made suggestions to help logistically, and then executed that timeline as best as could be expected (despite the groom needing to make changes the day before and the day of the wedding). I've heard only good things about how the event went, and I don't think it would have been as successful without Marlene's guidance and aide. Thank you Marlene. Reina & Richard

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ana S.
Verified review

So thankful for Karina and couldn't have made a better choice than hiring her. As a bride on my wedding, day I can truly say I felt totally relaxed rather than worried about anything. Karina ran everything smoothly and everybody loved her! Thank you so much Karina!

Fou de Joie Events
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Vania S.
Verified review

I hired Brittany and Betty, mother/daughter super team, for my garden wedding this past weekend. They were superb. I requested a lot of quotes and spoke with a lot of coordinators prior to choosing Fou de Joie; I choose them because from our very first conversation could sense they were very organized and meticulous with the details, a must for any successful event. They were extremely communicative throughout the process ensuring that all the small changes were recorded and planned for. They took so much stress off my hands and truly allowed me to enjoy the journey towards my wedding day. It was all so pleasant and as stress free as can be possible. On the day of the wedding, they arrived ahead of schedule, reviewed the timeline with all vendors and involved parties, and finally enabled a splendid reception and ceremony. It was a pleasure working with them!

Creative Happens Events
5.0
from 1 review
    Tanya S.
    Verified review

    Loved working with Dan and his team! As a Bride, I was able to relax and enjoy my special day without worrying about all the logistics that come from a Wedding. His team was able to deal with the vendors and I noticed how he was able to problem solve right on the spot. I appreciated the regular check-ins and professionalism. It was such a smooth day! I highly recommend!

    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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