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Sarasota Event Planners

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

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.

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Epic Events by Booth, Inc.
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Patricia R.
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Dawn was our event planner for many years at our 200 unit beach condo community.Everything was done so superbly and impeccably. We looked so forward to every party because we knew Dawn made sure everything was perfect. She not only planned parties on site, she would organize many bussed events such as going to the Casino or going on the Starlite Majesty. So no matter what the event, Dawn will make sure it happens. And if you're looking for some good food,Dawn is the one you want. What a great chef!! I don't think there's anything she can't do.

Glamour & Design LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Sarai E.
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Gabriela estamos super agradecidos con ustedes por hacer hecho realidad nuestros deseos.....hicieron un trabajo espectacular. Llenaron todas nuestras expectativas, muy eficiente y sobre todo los mejores precios de nuestra área. Gabriela we just want to say thank you so much for making our wishes come true ..... You did a spectacular job. You filled all our expectations, you are very efficient and best prices in our area. So if you have an event coming don't hesitate to call Gabriela she is the best!!

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  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghan B.
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Our experience was amazing! Due to an unexpected loss in the family, we needed catering service with short notice. Renowned catering not only replied quickly but with a reasonable price. Laura, the owner, provided a proposed menu by the end of the day and met our every request without hesitation. On the day of the event, the set up was just as desired and the staff was friendly and knew exactly what they were doing. The food tasted amazing and was of fantastic quality. This catering company made our experience seamless, which was a blessing through this difficult time.

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!!!

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Beth K.
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Lisi was so easy to work with. She knew the area, made suggestions improve our event, and was one heck of a cook! I didn't have to do anything -- just enjoyed the food and the great service.

  • 17 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
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We are so grateful to Tammy at Elegant Event Planners for organizing our absolutely beautiful wedding. We were very impressed by Tammy's organizational skills and how she was always one step ahead of everything. Our guests said that our wedding was the most beautiful wedding that they had ever been to! We highly recommend Elegant Event Planners to plan your most special day or any other event for that matter!

Event Lab No. 1
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Teena C.
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I am currently working with Event Lab on my first company event. At times when I have several questions and get nervous, Rena with event lab is there to answer any and all of my questions. She has made me feel extremely comfortable and confident with her knowledge and expertise. I am now more excited than every to impress all my clients, friends and family with my fabulous event!!!

iKonic Event Planning, LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 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!

Superior Concierge Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Natasha P.
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Initially I thought I could handle everything myself but when things became overwhelming, Superior came highly recommended. Everything I heard turned out to be accurate. Ashley was an amazing help. So much of my stress was relieved and she offered so much great information to make my event a success. I would definitely use Superior's services again and would refer her to anyone thinking of having any kind of event!

Stacey Price Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie O.
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Stacey was such a great help planning my wedding. From picking out a florist, dj, caterers, to which hotel to have our guests stay at, she was so helpful. I especially appreciated her attention to details. She thought of everything. I don't know what I would have done without her! Her years of experience in event planning show, I would highly recommend her to anyone needing help planning an event.

Once Upon A Cocktail
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle K.
Verified review

I want to thank Janice Whitney and Jay for making my father 75th birthday event spectacular. The words beyond the Call of Duty is a understatement for these three☺ I appreciate everything they did to make this event run smoothly and words cannot explain the gratitude I have in meeting these three for the first time. They became part of the family. If there was a way to rate each and every one of them five stars each I would gladly do so but for now 👍👍👍👍👍 with a job well done will have to do and once again thanks guys for everything😄😄😄 Michelle Krotz

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Bridget Y.
Verified review

I hired the Fishin Chicken ( Debbie Guy ) for a cast and crew dinner. I had special circumstances in that the dinner needed to be served to all cast members in time for them to begin rehearsal. we discussed menu options that would work and the event went very smoothly. Debbie and her crew went above and beyond, there were no unpleasant surprises ( prices was as agreed. they showed up on time) Everyone enjoyed the food they prepared and I would hire her again in a heartbeat

CM & M Events
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 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.

Sarah S.
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Quick service, fantastic cocktails! Great knowledge of cocktails - served with a smiling face. She created themed cocktails for our event and helped make the party a success! She even brought in specialty cups for our Derby Party theme!

  • 6 years in business
Kisha L.
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Chalette stepped in as a favor to help coordinate a very special event for me and did a fantastic job! We were impressed by her organization, ability to manage multiple urgent tasks and her great attitude and good humor throughout. She is one of the most professional planners that I have worked with and I would recommend her for any event!

Birthdays to Banquets
5.0
from 1 review
    Suzi B.
    Verified review

    We have a 55 anniversary party for my parents, it was in the garden. The decorations were fabulous and all handmade. Jeanne worked very closely with all the particular requests of the timing of the 7 course buffet and ensured the food was beautifully dislayed. They kept the work area clean during the event, and after the cleanup was efficiently done. I'd absolutely hire her for any event in the future.

    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    We started this business to help family members afford great food, have lots of fun and not break the bank. I've been in the hospitality business for more than 33 years. I watch for those details that matter, create amazing food dishes and turn any event into everything you've dreamed of on a budget that works for you! I look forward to working with you and making that special day, party, or event as easy and as perfect as you want it to be!

    About

    I provide professional services as needed. I can assist, follow instructions, and manage with little or no supervision. Give me your request, and I'll provide a solution! I do wine tasting, event planning, etc.

    About

    Saved by the DJ is not just a DJ service but a network of DJs, photographers, event, planners, caterers, and more. Call us now for your party! We even do foam parties with the best foam machine in the Tampa area!

    About

    Let me help you create your special moments. Let me help you see your visions and make your event one that you can enjoy while I take care of the details. I have an extensive experience in event planning, design, food and beverage. I can provide all or part of your needs, including catering, decors, linens, floral service, DJ, photography and printing. I would welcome an opportunity to make your vision become a reality.

    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.