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Lakeland Event Planners

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On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Dale L.
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I was recently in Orlando and hired Vivian to host a dinner for me and my 21 family members including 13 adults and 8 kids under the age of 10. Vivian was extremely responsive to all of my e-mails throughout the process and I hired for this experience. Everything that I asked for Vivian was able to do including planning an Asian infusion menu, including a kids menu for those with less sophisticated palates, showing up on time, setting up, and most importantly delivering a delicious menu was spot on perfect. While she was at the event she interacted with my family who all raved about her food and her personality. I would definitely recommend Vivian for any event you are looking to plan as she is a consummate professional and a delicious cook.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tena N.
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Sandy' company provided the linens for my wedding reception and more, she went above and beyond in so many ways!!! If I had met her sooner , I would had her do my catering as well! If you are looking for an event planner who specializes in customer service with a personal touch, look no further !!

Top Pro
  • 13 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lynette B.
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Destiny was incredibly professional and prompt in all of our communication surrounding our need for an event planner.

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vontrice W.
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OMG if you are looking for professionalism, friendly and superb service in event planning, then Sierra Settings and Events has absolutely everything you need.

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Bartender
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Saara G.
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Heather was punctual and a true professional to work with. I will definitely hire her for my next event!

  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Jolie F.
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Tanya is a diligent, detail oriented, highly reliable and morally upstanding person who strives for the best in all of her endeavors. She has amazing vision and is excellent at project management and event planning. Tanya is never satisfied with mediocrity and always goes the extra mile for her clients.

Celebration Balloon Center
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Meagan S.
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Everyone at our event commented on how AMAZING the balloons looked! Thank you!!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Cristy C.
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Jo did an amazing job with the flowers for our nautical themed wedding! She already had some ideas and pictures to offer before we spoke and she took my ideas and photos and created some beautiful displays! She's very easy to work with for a very reasonable price!!

Anna's Creations
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Anne P.
Verified review

Such a pleasure to work with. Anna was very accommodating and was able to produce what my client wanted...truly a planner's dream! I plan to hire Anna for several of my upcoming events!

  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lovell J.
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Their customer care of honesty and integrity was second to none. My event was very timely and professional. They made sure that my event from start to finish was completely successful and accomplished in high class. Liz care to make my dreamful event a dream come true and went they adove and beyond to ensure that it will always be taught of and never forgotten.

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn H.
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Flowers are the "finishing touch" and this shop really understands how to WOW. The designer is super-creative and an excellent listener too. I love the old-Tampa charm of the event space. Exposed brick. High ceilings. Loads of natural light and the lovely, attached outdoor patio.

All That Glitters
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Jane H.
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Very creative and passionate about the event. Planning was through and the event was beautiful and very enjoyable.

Sarah Rose Events
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Deviquea R.
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She has been great to work with so far. She allows you to create your vision and provides her own creative suggestions to assist you but is so respectful of it being your big day. After meeting with Sarah, I feel comfortable booking her as a decorator and know I can trust her and the work she creates. Also very professional. Would definitely recommend and will do another review after the wedding.

Globomania by Linet
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Darmis S.
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Extremely professional and resourceful event planner. Creative and knowledgeable, over the top party within the budget and reliable 100%.

Anna's Creations
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Ana Lourdes M.
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Anna is a great professional, very pleasant to work with and extremely creative. I highly recommend Anna's Creation for your upcoming event!.

iKonic Event Planning, LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
LESLEY T.
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I hired Ikonic Event Planning to plan my entire wedding. I could not have been more pleased with my decision! I told Sarah that I wanted my wedding to have a "police theme" (my husband is a patrol officer); she listened very carefully to my ideas and vision of what I wanted my Wedding to be, and then brought the whole thing to full and complete fruition! I wanted an elegant yet fun event, and that is precisely what I got. The venue I chose was outdoors (basically a "field" by the water), and Sarah used her creativity and artistic talent to turn the space into everything I envisioned, and more. Sarah thought of every minute detail, and the police theme was tastefully incorporated throughout. She hand-made many of the decorations. She kept me sane lol. All the other vendors enjoyed working with her; they actually made comments to me about how fantastic she is with her professionalism and attention to timing and detail. (I picked the vendors, but Sarah did the leg work by researching several options for me to choose from.) As it turned out, the music, cake, food, and ambiance blended so perfectly, that many of my guests commented that my wedding was the "best they've ever been to." And major bonus - I was working with a modest budget, and we even came in UNDER budget! Brides, look no further, you will be in great hands with Ikonic!

517 Exclusive Events, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Vince D.
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My experience was like none other! I appreciate 517 Exclusive Events handling my party with class. They were so understanding of my needs. The way they listen to detail is pretty on spot with what the result came out to be. Will definitely use them again in the near future! Thanks! Again 517 Exclusive Events

Renowned Hospitality
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deb H.
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Everything about this company was fantastic. The food was master chef quality and the prices were too good to be true! They were very professional, responsive and on time. They are willing to fit your budget with a stress free GOURMET meal. All you have to do is invite your guests. I would highly recommend them for any of your catered events. They were awesome...Thank you Antoine, Victoria and rest of team for making our party a success.

  • 4 years in business
Francesca M.
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BEST DAY OF MY LIFE....that's what my wedding day was thanks to mimi & Val event planner. I had very little to do with it,starting with decorations,souvenirs and every little things that I didn't even think of, everything turned out to be better than I expected, JUST BEAUTIFUL. So thank you for making that day the most beautiful day of my life. Francesca

CM & M Events
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Pasta Chef C.
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Owner personally comes to our events and shoots our set ups for our website. She does an amazing job and she is highly recommended.

  • 7 years in business
Maria V.
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Cassia was amazing when she helped me out with my 7 year old daughter. She was very responsive and very caring of everything we asked her. My family will always recommend her!!!! Thank you cassia and her amazing team!

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.

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.

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. 

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