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  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel S.
Verified review

I am writing to let everyone know how pleased we were with Kelly Houlehan as a wedding coordinator for our daughter’s wedding, June 24, 2017. The ceremony was held at the MN Arboretum and we some scheduling challenges that Kelly navigated easily. When I arrived at the Arboretum at 11:00 am the day of the wedding, I had no idea Kelly and I would not get into the reception venue to prepare the tables until much later in the day when I was scheduled for photos. Kelly used her time efficiently to listen to my detailed plan, sort the décor to facilitate the transfer of flowers, candles, lights, pictures, and butterflies to their respective locations. She set up everything without my help. The reception room was absolutely stunning and the ceremony lovely. I could never have successfully done the décor had it not been for Kelly’s hard work, efficient planning and professionalism. Kelly was also on hand to reminded us of our photo timelines and got us to the ceremony location on time. She served as a point person for any questions that came up during the reception like helping the DJ to upload the slide show, coordinating the event with the Arboretum staff and keeping my relatives' meals warm while they stepped out for a minute. Kelly was there to respond to every question or problem that arose. She also help organize clean up and packed the décor at the end of the evening. WOW!! Kelly was easy to work with and made it possible for me to enjoy my daughter’s wedding, eat a wonderful meal and celebrate the evening with dancing. I cannot speak more highly of Kelly’s ability to listen carefully, actualize that plan, herd our families around to pictures, ceremony and reception, and clean up. She is an exceptional contractor for the Wedding Collective. I would highly recommend Kelly’s services to everyone who is planning a wedding. Thank you Kelly.

Vandy's Grille
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jesse F.
Verified review

Steve was the perfect caterer for our wedding. He went above and beyond to make our day special. Admittingly, Steve was more detailed and prepared than our wedding planner and everyone else combined...his experience really shined through and put us at ease. We expected 425-450 for our guest list, and with just 2 weeks to go, started to panic as our list grew to over 600. Steve simply remained calm through the whole thing...a phone call or two and he said everything was alright and we'd get through it. I was about to be a basket case, yet his calm reassured me. The best of it was, before anyone else was served, Steve personally served us first...along with a complimentary bottle of wine he had picked out especially for our meal. He stopped for a second to congratulate us, allow for a few extra pictures, and to make sure we...the bride and groom...were totally taken care of before moving onto our guests. Steve made our day special in so many ways. Something my mother said afterwards that sums up Steve pretty well was, "He's an old fashioned gentleman. His handshake is his bond, and his word is gold. He gets his reputation the old way...he earns it.". I highly recommend Steve to anyone for any catering need.

J'aime Events
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kristie P.
Verified review

Jaime did an amazing job of helping me plan my destination wedding. I tried to do it on my own, but after 4 days of searching for the right venue, I was feeling overwhelmed. I hired Jaime as my wedding coordinator and she was able to provide several options within hours of my initial contact with her. She respected my budget and only offered services in my financial range. She was available every time I contacted her with a question, concern, or idea. She created a Pinterest board exclusively for my wedding, which allowed me to see ideas that fit with my desires. I'm a Type B personality and just don't enjoy the overwhelming amount of work that goes into planning a wedding. Jaime took on the challenges of my destination wedding with zeal. She doesn't treat event planning like a job; she takes the time to make people feel like their event is the most important thing she's ever done. I highly recommend Jaime for any event planning. I will definitely hire her again!

RV Designs
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Dilmohan S.
Verified review

Rida is very energetic event planner!! Excellent work!! At first i was little confuse to give a try but she outlined it so welll that decided to let her do. She is very energetic and creative person. I would recommend her for any event. She is perfect in work. Thanks again for your work!! We all loved it. Thanks

Ask for the Moon Events
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Megan C.
Verified review

So approachable! Madeline Hughes and her staff are very warm and pleasant but they get the job done efficiently. Wide variety of businesses to choose from or we could get out own for our wedding. The whole idea of an event planner helps you relax on the big day. Do it!

Enchanting Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Laura P.
Verified review

We got experienced, professional, personal service from Enchanting Events. I never could have pulled together this wedding without Ania. Right from our very first conversation she

Ole Piper
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 49 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chris T.
Verified review

We hired Ole Piper to cater our wedding reception at the Rosemount Community Center. We made the decision to hire them based on our previous wonderful experiences with the restaurant/ownership. They provided an excellent assortment of food, based on our requests and their great recommendations, that was cooked to perfection and was right on time. Many guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food. The process of having the it ready and served was seamless and done to perfection. It was clear they had the experience and expertise to handle our special day. We highly recommend using Ole Piper to cater any event.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Alejandra C.
Verified review

Jessica and Jenna are true professionals. I booked them as my day-of coordinators for my wedding reception, and from the beginning they were prompt and clear communicators - over email, by phone, and in our in-person site visit. They really know weddings and events inside out and were always thinking two steps ahead. I always felt like they were listening to my vision and asking good clarifying questions in order to execute my event in the best way possible. My guests even remarked on what a genuinely cheerful presence they brought to the event day! It was a pleasure working with them...thanks JMH Events!

Events by Erin
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Jane John M.
Verified review

We are writing to give our most enthusiastic recommendation for Erin Steinlage. She is a great wedding planner. We worked with Erin during the entire process of planning our daughter’s wedding in 2013. Her encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of planning the perfect wedding, people skills and enthusiasm are unmatched. Erin is meticulously organized and has the ability to just "get things done" while remaining calm. She introduced us to excellent vendors, added creativity, handled last minute details seamlessly and accepted challenges with incredible grace. Erin has a keen eye for detail and the ability to juggle the multiple needs of a project of this type. She was truly invested in the success of not only the wedding day, but all the steps it took to get there. It goes without saying that Erin would be a positive and impactful wedding planner for anyone who hires her. Erin is bright and capable and a pleasure to work with. We have wonderful memories of working with Erin.

612 Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
MARTHA S.
Verified review

We are a properties management company and we always have 612 Catering cater our meetings and events. They are our 1st choice for catering. Good food, good service and good pricing. -Sabri Properties

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marcia H.
Verified review

I contacted Melissa to help with my daughter's September 22 wedding, and it was a great decision! Throughout the process, she was responsive and constantly communicating with us about the many issues and details involved in a large wedding. The day of the wedding couldn't have gone more smoothly as she and her team were making sure every detail and transition was seamless and polished. The entire wedding party enjoyed working with her, and according to our guests, it was a wonderful evening! If I have another event to plan, I won't hesitate to contact Melissa!

SR Consulting and Events
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Dawn P.
Verified review

We had a fundraiser and didn't even know where to begin. The staff at SR Consulting and Events were great. They really listened to what we wanted to accomplish, and delivered. We are planning on booking them again fo future events!

Minka Events LLC
5.0
from 1 review
    Lucia W.
    Verified review

    Minka Events really came through for my wedding. A destination wedding planned in just 6 months. They were able to capture just what I liked as well as needed. I was never really the enthusiastic wedding planning bride so it was truly a sigh of relief when Minka Events took over.

    About

    We will arrange everything from start to finish to accommodate you and your guests, including table settings, menu requests, entertainment and special decorations. The Magnolia Blossom is available for weddings and receptions, corporate sales meetings, award banquets, customer appreciation parties, birthdays, retirements, weddings, luaus, or any other theme occasion which requires that extra special attention.

    About

    I'm an event planner with over 16 years of experience. I currently work at the MN Twins leading children and adult tours and working the games! I'm detailed, enthusiastic, great team player, and communicator. Give me a call!

    • 7 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I focus on the bride and groom and make thier day as they want it!

    About

    I am making sure that children are happy on their special day. A birthday party should be something that every child deserves and remembers.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    Two heads are better than one! With Kelly's floral experience and wedding industry connections and Chris' creativity and management skills, you can count on us to make your dreams come true! No matter what your budget, your wedding can be "Simply Beautiful".

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    About

    I have over 10 years of experience in planning amazing events. From graduation ceremonies, fund-raisers, and luncheons to classroom parties, baby showers and birthday celebrations, I have planned it all. If you want a fantastic planner who gives attention to every detail of the event, then you have found the right person. I will work closely with you to find out what your vision of your event looks like and then create it. We will have a great time putting your event together, and when the day comes, you will be beyond satisfied with the end result.

    About

    Red Letter Events can bring to life the weddings you envision. We can guide you through the entire process, making sure everything is handled well. Everything will come together, from the smallest detail to the overall picture. For weddings, we have different packages: pre-designed, custom, and a la carte. For any other event, we can offer custom packages or work at an hourly rate. Whatever your event is, we are wiling to work with you in staying within budget, saving you time and stress at the same time. It's your "Red Letter Day". Expect us to be with you to make the event what you imagined.

    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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