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Des Moines Event Planners

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

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline W.
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Very professional and my event turned out spectacular!!!

Elegant Events
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda S.
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I hired Angie to help plan my wedding and it was the best decision I could have made. Not only did she save us a ton of money, she was able to come up with great alternatives to things I wanted, but couldn't afford. She was a life saver in a high stress situation. She kept my husband and I calm in situations where we wouldn't have been had she not been there. Angie is very professional, on the ball, often a step ahead of me on what needs to be done and she is great fun to be around. She has great relationships with her vendors which works in your favor in the end. I will never plan a party without Angie's assistance. I can't rave about her enough. Seriously, my husband and I LOVED her!

Perfect Events
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
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From head to toe the work of Bonnie and all her vendors, made my day was more than I could of dreamed. Perfect Events described my day without question...perfect! No matter what arose, Bonnie was on top of it and I could just enjoy my day. Everyone was so impressed by everything. Thank you so much for making this stressful process a pure joy.

Standing Ovations Events
1.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Standing Ovations Events provides excellence in every way to make your event planning worry and stress free. Standing Ovations Events specializes in wedding planning and coordination, corporate events, and party planning. I create. You celebrate. Standing Ovations Events is an organized and detail-oriented event planning company.

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Our services are superior because we take the time to prepare our homemade food with care, we pride ourselves on presenting our food and services with a little bit of flair, and our extensive experience over the last 29 years has taught us how to be our best. We love meeting new people and relish the opportunity to have a part in making their event special. From weddings to business events to birthday parties, every event has special meaning to our customers, and it's our job to make them happy in every way we can.

  • 4 years in business
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We do event planning and staffing for all occasions. This includes weddings, graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, showers, corporate, trade shows, etc.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Bliss comes to your event with over 30 years of experience planning community events, corporate events and weddings. We will have 1-2 event planners at each event to make sure everything comes out to perfection. I really like meeting and becoming friends with the bride and groom and their families. I am still friends of brides I met planning their special day. Consequently, I then get to plan baby showers and family reunions.

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We will help all of your dreams come true. We personally listen to our clients' needs. We have created special memories from the wedding to the birth of their first child. We will help with your budget planning. We have special gifts for the bride and groom from our store Le Gourmet in Valley Junction. We have the ability to purchase many of the events' needs at a discount. We will be your friend who helps with everything. We look forward to meeting you.

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Eite Elegant Events, LLC is where your most precious dreams become a reality. Eite Elegant Events, LLC is a full-service wedding and event planning company that is specializing in designing, planning, and coordinating special events. Whether you are planning a wedding, conference, or a party, we will provide the highest level of service for your premier elite elegant event!

  • 5 years in business
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We are your wedding experts! We will help with as little or as much as you need. No matter what size your budget is, we will make sure that you get your biggest bang for your bucks. We create customized, unique, and memorable weddings that you and your guests will never forget!

  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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Kline Wedding & Event Planning will work with you to create the wedding/event of your dreams. I specialize on putting together weddings quickly, enemy's on a budget, Officiating Weddings, Wedding / Event programs, competitive pricing and exceptional customer service. I love being creative and thinking outside the box.

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Your event planner is here! Let us plan your next event, so you don't have to! Our planning expertise include the following events: - Weddings - Bridal Showers - Bachelorettes - Rehearsal Dinners - Baby Showers - Birthdays (all ages) - Social Parties - Reunions - Church Events - School Events - Meetings/Luncheons If your special event is not listed above, let us know. We love a challenge and putting our creativity to work!

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Photography by Mariah Johnson captures the interactions and emotions displayed by people to create captivating and in the moment photos. I offer pre and post event photography, competitive prices, and am 100% reliable. I love capturing the precious moments in another person's life that is so significant and memorable.

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We understand that every wedding is unique and needs different levels of attention and assistance. We want to help you find the best fit for your schedule and budget to make your big day as stress-free and perfect as possible. With this in mind, we offer a variety of packages that are customizable and flexible to best meet your needs.

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I do event planning and coordinating coupled with affiliation to a full caterer, party rental and decor shop. Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more details.

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We have 20 years of experience producing, promoting, organizing and performing at literally thousands of events, concerts and festivals across North and South America.

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You do not need to break the bank in order to create a memorable event. We work with YOUR budget and on your terms. Whether you want just need an extra set of hands the day of your event or you are looking for a full planning service, we are here for you! I have a true passion for what I do and for helping my clients create memorable life events.

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Overwhelmed by all the travel options? Don't know where to begin? Advantage Travel & Meeting Planning has over 20 years of experience arranging the perfect vacation. Specializing in honeymoons and destination weddings, incentive travel and meeting planning, we have the experience and the knowledge to help you with all your travel needs. We offer too many services to list here, but some are: * Air, hotel and rental car arrangements * Cruise and vacation planning * Group travel * Incentive trips Meeting planning services include: * Site Selection * Contract Negotiations * Speaker Selection * Transportation Needs * On-Site Coordination No trip is too small, and no meeting is too large. Call or email us today!

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I do floral design and major event planning. I have 20 years of experience and offer professional, excellent customer service. I have been specializing in weddings.

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I love planning parties and events! I am also a huge bargain hunter, so I can plan on a low budget! Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more details.

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I specialize in working with kids. I choreograph solo, small group, and large group routines. I also help clean up and perfect current routines.

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.

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