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  • 4 years in business
  • 188 hires on Thumbtack
Hanglin Y.
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Tina is nice and professional. She took care of everything well and the process is stress-free. I would recommend her to anyone who need his/her event planned. :)

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Culinary Accommodations
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brenda H.
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Leslie was wonderful from start to finish! From helping plan the menu, to keeping me calm the day of my party. Leslie, has the best ideas when it comes to planning your event and goes the extra mile to make sure you are happy. I plan on you using Leslie in the future and I highly recommend her. And of course I couldn't leave a review without mentioning her sumptuous delicacies, one word fabulous! Thank you Leslie for making my Birthday perfect because you know at the end of the day it really is all about the food!

  • 27 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley L.
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My company recently hired Mike's photo booth for a 4th of July event. Mike was very accommodating and easy to work with. The picture quality was beautiful. We've hired the photo booth again for another company event next month and I'll keep Mike in mind for future events as well!

  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Thomas B.
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There is truly nothing that Corie cannot do! As an Acting Coach and Mentor she meets a performer where they are at (all ages and all experiences), and brings out the best of them. She listens, she motivates, she inspires. Her latest regional productions that she sat in the Director's Chair for resulted in performances from the most seasoned of actors that were beyond what anyone thought they could be; Corie doesn't give up and stands strong in her convictions and vision. As a Makeup Artist/Designer, she has imagination, endless energy, and a keen eye for detail that results in an end product that is beyond what you can imagine. She is a collaborator and a true Artist. As an Event Planner, she puts the E in Event with her Effervescence, Excellence, Execution and Endless creativity. HIGHLY Recommended on ALL Levels.

On Thyme Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy M.
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Great food ,beautiful presentation Nichole is very easy to work with and truly makes you event so perfect. I have attended many events that she has catered and can't say enough about this catering service.

Tarasha Original Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Diamond G.
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Tarasha's original did a fantastic job at coordinating my 50th birthday gala in 2016

AAevents
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Clara B.
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    I really liked working with AAevents. Made sure everything was set how I wanted it. I'll highly recommend them for any event you need !!!!

    Revolutionary Events
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Lauren O.
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    My husband and I were married in 2009. We had been searching for venues and event planners that would give us the day we wanted; a formal afternoon tea party. After numerous meetings with other planners, only to walk away disappointed we met with Sal. He was as excited about our idea as we were and it really showed. Our wedding day was everything we wanted and more and we didn't have to worry about anything. Sal's enthusiastic and imaginative approach put our minds at ease. Even years later friends and family who joined us that day still tell us ours was the best wedding they've ever attended. Sal and his staff were fantastic and I would be delighted to hire him for any event I host in the future.

    Planned 2 Perfection
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Jaclyn M.
      Verified review

      Maria is a true professional! She really cares about what she is doing and would bend over backwards to make sure things are done right. Her etiquette and attention to detail are superb.

      About

      I have 30 years of experience in making your special day or evening event one of the most favorite in your life. I am an event, wedding and party planner. I am also a caterer of fine foods that are made from scratch. We use the freshest local seasonal ingredients and whenever possible, organic! Outside of our menus include every cuisine under the sun. We will cater to any specific dietary requests such as gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. My specialty is to plan, organize, and choreograph the wedding, event, or party of your dreams! Sincerely, Renee

      • 1 year in business
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      Quality service. Excellent pricing. Kind people.

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      We are a full-service planning boutique. We offer anything, from full planning, partial planning, month of services, ask-the-expert sessions, or venue and professional finder. We are the only one in the Hudson Valley with a bridal boutique showcase. Come; visit our boutique, and experience a mini-bridal show right at your fingertips. We feature works from the Valley's best photographers, invitation designers, decoration ideas, faux cakes, and even an assortment of chefs. Come; see for yourself. We are here, from every big decision to every little detail.

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      We are a great human group interested in planning your parties! We provide the music, disco lights, food (barbecue), shows, scenery, LED screens, alcoholic beverages, etc.

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      I have worked with Chanel Cosmetics for the last four years, and prior to that, I worked for Estee Lauder. I am highly respected and educated locally in the region. I also have great experience in party planning, from large scales as bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings, to small corporate events or get-togethers. I find myself to be extremely reasonable, responsible, and stand completely behind all work that I do with pride. I will travel as far as three hours away for events with far enough notice/compensation.

      About

      Total Events is the vision of owner and operator, Richard Carrier. In 1983, Rich moved westward to Las Vegas, NV to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Upon his arrival, he enrolled and later graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While attending college, Rich based himself at the Las Vegas Hilton, where he regularly produced events for celebrities including several U.S. presidents, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and many others. He is hosting events for crowds of up to 10,000 and developed his industry's know-how and drive. After 9 years at the Hilton, Rich's stellar reputation had been noticed by the Rio, where he later became the director of catering and special events. In late 1997, Rich moved his family back to the capital region to be closer to his roots. After working as director of food and beverage for the Crown Plaza and director of convention and trade show services for Sodexo at the Empire State Plaza, Rich felt the need to fulfill a niche that Upstate New York area was lacking. In 1999, Total Events was born out of the idea that event rentals, tents and theme decor, could be fulfilled by a single qualified resource, much like the companies he had worked with in Las Vegas. Since its conception, Total Events has experienced remarkable growth in the event industry. Total Events has built strong relationships with corporate and residential clients alike, servicing Albany and the surrounding capital region as well as trade show and convention planning in Syracuse, NY. We work with event planners in Hudson Valley and throughout the northeast.

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      We provide any type of Event need or service, always the lowest rate! DJs - Planning - Officiants - Event Staff - Photography - Children's Parties & more

      About

      I am a designer and director of events. I co-directed and co-designed Mercer County, NJ, War of the World's 50th anniversary celebration, sub-contracted designs for Riverside Hospital, NJ, fundraising events, NJ Bar Association fundraising events, NYC financial industry events--Sheraton Centre, Sammons-ESPN fundraising activities, NYC folio trade show attendees-NYC Hilton, co-designed banquet facilities in NJ, increasing bookings, show houses in Mid-Atlantic and New England, designed commercial and residential establishments, Official Olympics media, ballets, theatrical productions, and worked in the restaurant industry.

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      We provide a unique Catskill Mountains venue that is exclusively yours for your wedding or event.

      About

      We are a full-service catering and event planning company that is doing business in the Hudson Valley and New York City, as well as outlining suburbs. We do everything from intimate dinners for 10 to corporate events for hundreds of guests.

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      We plan, style, and design for weddings and celebrations of all kinds. We offer day-of coordination as well as full-planning options.

      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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