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Portland Event Planning Companies

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That Food Guy Catering
4.6
from 106 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
Verified review

Jerry and his team were brought on board pretty much at the last minute and performed beautifully. The food was delicious; the layout was beautiful, and his staff was right there keeping the trays full and the tables neat. The bartender was proficient in pouring drinks. The bar service was another area where it was a last minute decision on our part. That Food Guy was amazing in fulfilling what we needed. They arrived promptly and immediately started set up for our event. And, they stayed until the venue manager signed off on the kitchen and event spaces. We would definitely look to That Food Guy for other event catering. He and his staff were helpful, professional, and especially interacted well with our attendees. I've been in fundraising and event planning for many years and can say Jerry Crane and his staff are up there with some of the better caterers I've used. Juanita Barrabee Business & Fund Development Manager Community Access Services

Bottoms Up Bartending
4.6
from 89 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Martin P.
Verified review

Julie was fantastic. We hired her company for an open house event for a new clinic, and we couldn’t be happier. The party was amazing, the guests were all very happy and also had great feedback about Julie. If you’re looking for bartending/catering/event planning, Julie is the best. We will be using her for all future parties!

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Don't Mess With The Bride
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghann G.
Verified review

Amazing amazing AMAZING! Hiring Will and his team to help with the planning and coordination of my wedding was the best decision ever. Will is organized, friendly, creative and flexible which made him such a great addition to our wedding. He was a wonderful calming presence in the middle of all the wedding madness! He had great ideas and he worked hard to find a way to make the seemingly impossible happen, often even better than I envisioned, in executing my wedding vision. Will is THE BEST.

Blooms and Rooms PDX
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Chris N.
Verified review

We picked June from the list of event planners recommended through Thumbtack. Being out of state, we needed June to work with my mother to determine her 90th birthday event wishes. June knew the questions to ask as well as the trade offs so my mother could make the best decisions for her. June also worked closely with me via phone and email on all the details. The event itself went perfectly. We could not have wished for a better event or a better event planner.

  • 23 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Penny G.
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Oh my gosh, what fun was had by all. We hired a balloon artist and two face painters but these were not just any artists. This was Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and they brought Jasmine (princess in Aladdin) along too. I also had Ariel the Mermaid at a private event a week ago and was so impressed with her performance and these folks I can't say enough. They all stayed in character, they were wonderful with the kids (about 50 of them at the firm picnic) and such a pleasure to watch. At both events they were the center of the fun for the kids. Even the older kids (25-60) got painted and enjoyed the humor of the artists. The private event was an hour the firm event was 4 hours and these artists were "on" the entire time. They were on time (even early) to set up and they were ready to go when the first children arrived. I was totally charmed and will definitely use the Dragon Theater again for children's events.

Party To Go-Go,LLC
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Shelley S.
Verified review

Nicole is knowledgable, proactive, extremely creative, no pressure, open to feedback and opinions, and provides options. Nicole's wonderful personality makes any planning and the event a joy!

  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Nikolay K.
Verified review

As a Dessert Caterer, I had the opportunity to meet Lacy at one of our shared wedding. I was impressed with all the big & little things she was dealing with. It seemed like she didn't want to miss a thing, making sure all was done in timely manner., without even giving herself any mini brakes. Since then, I can proudly call her my colleague in a Special Events business. Definetely will recommend her services to my brides.

Bouquets & Balloons
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
DeeDee P.
Verified review

The owner is very creative and had great suggestions and also managed to pull off the last-minute event without any issues. will definitely use Bouquets & Balloons again.

Falling in Love Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jensen P.
Verified review

Autumn is a seriously amazing person to have plan your wedding. She puts so much effort and time into making sure your day is special!

My Vice Catering & events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Suvi C.
Verified review

My Vice Catering is a fantastic company. Their values for locally sourced and sustainable products is in line with what we believe in. They also pay and treat their staff so well. The bartenders we happy, efficient, and fun. The staff did an amazing job of busing and cleaning up. They arrived on time and prepared. Then there is the food.... so yummy. We got soooo many compliments from our guests. The appetizers were beautiful and delicious. They used the charcoal bbq at the venue and it really added to the experience and made the food so fresh. All the sauces, salsas, and attention to detail on the buffet table was great. Tarl was very communicative with us throughout the entire process. They handled all the rentals, we just had to pick what we wanted. So easy! If you are planning an event, hire My Vice Catering. Seriously, just do it. They are awesome!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Morgan E.
Verified review

Madison is absolutely AMAZING!!!!! I highly recomend her to anyone!! She has such an eye for aesthetics when it comes to weddings and event planning! She is organized, creative, and she really made my vision come to life!! She worked magic for my wedding and made it everything I wanted and more! Not to mention she is the sweetest!! I am SO glad I decided to go with her, it was the best experience! She made it so fun and stress free! Totally worth it!!

Poka-Dots
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Jaimie C.
Verified review

I highly recommend Melissa Rubin for her party planning services. She put together a fabulous graduation party for my son for which we received many compliments. Not being a party planning person myself, I appreciated Melissa’s fresh ideas, attention to detail and take charge attitude. She was very willing to do as much or as little as I needed help with. She has many contacts in the business and her coordination was instrumental to a well-run event. I would not hesitate to work with her again.

About

At Premiere Events Portland, our goal is to provide exceptional customer service while producing one-of-a-kind events for individuals and corporations throughout the Northwest. We only work with vendors that meet our high-quality standards in order to produce events that are as unique and memorable as you are. We offer day of services as well as full-scale event planning, consulting, and designing. Commission percentages vary depending on event size and specifications. Smaller event services, consulting services or day of services are charged at an hourly rate. You deserve to have your event be a spectacular, seamless, stress-free, and premiere event!

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I am an event coordinator and wellness coach. I also do housesitting, childcare, and website development and help figure out electronics (phones, computers, programs, etc.).

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We are a group of DJs and event planners. Amiti Group is ready to provide your event with entertainment customized to your specific needs.

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I just got out of hotel restaurant management and event planning school. I have been in the hospitality industry all my life. I worked at the famous Metropolitan Club for years in NYC. I have a dance background, and I am also a choreographer. I can put so many things together. Give me a try!

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Red Crown Affairs is a full-service event and meeting planning company for corporate, community and private events specializing in conferences, trade shows, team building incentive programs, golf tournaments, auctions and community festivals. The owner is dedicated to the kind of detailed execution which will allow clients' vision to become reality while enhancing the image of the organization. The company provides courteous and friendly service to clients while offering comprehensive logistical planning and cutting edge ideas in support of any event concept.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Northwest Facility Services began servicing commercial businesses and properties managers to cater to the various needs of the client. The entertainment department will become a separate entity in 2016 but until the logistics of securing the perfect team to carry out wishes that revolve around a special occasion, we can offer suggestions that allow your mind to be put at ease while we take each opportunity and transform it into an awe inspiring event you deserve. No budget too big or small. Our years of experience networking with local businesses, fellow colleagues and vendors has been exponential in building a strong rapport and trust that simply cannot be matched with. We realize that you would be taking a chance on a brand new department and therefore a new company(although the years of experience are not new it is important to us that you are happy with the decision you make to hire our department does not prompt uncertainty. Our goal is to gain your trust with the hope we may earn business through word of mouth. One thing you may take for granted is that our attentive staff will pay close attention to your needs no matter how elaborate the request we will never fail to give you and your guests the highest level of service and professionalism that decades of hands on experience wii ensure. To show our appreciation for trusting in our dedicated team while we get ready to announce our grand opening to the public we will be offering a substantial discount if you book your event in 2015 regardless of your event date. Some restrictions may apply. As the director of operations for this department, I will be the main point of contact.Id be happy to answer any questions or Alleviate your concerns. My personal experience planning parties, weddings and events..any size, theme or venue and many times last minute has given me the knowledge to anticipate, troubleshoot, reconcile and avoid potential disasterous scenarios. There is no problem too small that i would take for granted or too big that I cannot handle. Whatever you need, I will make it happen. I aquired this experience not only through my passion for entertaining but through my work as an on-air talent for a radio station in the Midwest where i took requests, promoted events, contest giveaways at the station on air and during live events. I was given an exciting opportunity to further my career when i was promoted to write and produce commercials for local businesses. As a professional voice over artist i was the voice behind anything from commercials to audibooks . My talent and passion for entertaining has instilled the natural ability to put guests of all ages at ease. Knowing your venue and age group i can anticipate ahead of time the music, activities, and level of appropriateness by adhering to your instructions. If You are looking for a D J our library consists of over 100,000 songs and growing .Of course licensed DJs have the ability to stream unlimited content if requests are desired. A stable wi fi connection would need to be available and since we realize that cannot always be a reliable source for music content it is important to have a large library and your personal playlist with must have songs will be discussed and added prior to your event. If a planner is desired then the initial meeting will be consist of questions, brainstorming and most of all fun. I say that because planning the event does not have to be stressful ..i know easier said than done ;) but moments leading up to the event can be some of the most memorable times. You can be as involved as much or little as you want. Our staff will be what you need. You really only have to show up if you desire. Besides the planning there is the "not as fun" part but that is where you need not worry. Financial, administrative and record keeping is vital to the overall success. Finding the right vendors while staying within your budget codes... planning your wedding or event involves so many aspects and unexpected variables the delicate mediation as the liason between vendors, the clients and guests on day of event requires someone that can handle situations with finesse. Unwanted guests that are invited out of obligation i have heard some stories from brides during planning about the obligatory guest list that includes exes, and the guest they bring along . To avoid risking insults or going off on a tangent i will end it there. My earlier point was what started out as anger or disappointment ended up in laughter. That is part of what i mean about fun planning. However my easy going nature and often times silly sense of humor is all it may take to break the ice with these guests. I listen and observe whether I am there in the shadows or playing your music there will be no awkward silences or guests unsure of what or where to go. Thinking outside the box is a talent that has come in handy. If you prefer something less traditional and more eccentric this applies to your event planning, activities to be included, and a plethora of innovative ideas . Your guests will remember your event. I am able to apply these talents as your planner ,mc, or dj. The main thing you need to know is that i am a devoted employee that holds my ethics in the highest regard. As the client you ultimately call all the shots as i am there only to execute accordingly. On the other hand that can be stressful during the event if the client does not have 100 percent trust in us. We have state of the art dj mixing boards, sound equipment, microphones, fog machines and lights. I can assist in making sure your schedule during the event is on time with announcements. Either way, you will not regret hiring us for planning your event from square one or if you are in need of only an MC or DJ, my easy to fill out questionairres will ensure the right music will be filling the room. As an added service at no charge and upon request have the ability to capture great candid video and stills throughout the evening . We can make it known or be stealthy whatever you wish. Although my personal favorite is the candit shots , especially when guests do not know there is a camera pointed at them. I will take a few short weeks to turn the footage into a professionally editied DVD where i guarantee laughter and tears. The time and effort involved in creating such a visual most find the modest fee to be a small price to pay for memories that cannot be recreated but it is not mandatory and is not intended to take the place of a photographer you may already have but rather compliments like the sprinkles on your sundae. . The bottom line is, I'm there to serve you. There is no need to stress on your big day. Our DJs do more than just play the music. Our planners go above and beyond to find best kept secrets for the perfect venue. I could keep talking because this is simply my passion. When you do what you love then everyone involved will reap the joyous benefits of a happy occasion. My goal is to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. Except the bride and groom of course ;) Dont hesitate. Please message me to take advantage of our 2015 pregrand opening specials. I look forward to making your special day one for the ages.

About

I am currently an event planner for a local country club, but I'm looking forward to creating my own event planning business. I have experience within the industry, and I have relationships with many event industry professionals, such as DJs, florists, venues, etc. I'd love to help you create your special day!

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I have been in the wedding industry for 6 years. I've worked every position and been faced with every possible dhilemma. I am excellent at overcoming obsticles seamlessly with little cost to you or your guests!

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I have been in the catering and restaurant industry for the past 15 years. I can help with your event planning, menu preparation, limo rental, entertainment needs, server and bartender needs, event set up and crew staffing.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

How much does it cost for a wedding planner?

Wedding planning is a full-time job — unless you hire a professional to handle the hard work for you. The cost for a wedding planner will depend on the level of service you desire. The least expensive wedding planner option is day-of coordination, then partial service, then full-service.  

The national average cost for wedding planning is between $990 and $1,300. Costs are greatly affected by region, with rural or smaller-town wedding planners often far more affordable than planners in higher-cost cities. Here are some examples of the various levels of wedding planning and their potential average costs:

  • Day-of-wedding coordination: $800-$1,700. Day-of services can include the planner finalizing all details, creating a timeline, confirming vendors and overseeing all setup, day-of activities, and cleanup. The couple does all the front-end planning and contracts all the vendors. Time commitment could be about 15-25 hours, depending on pricing.
  • Partial service: $1,500-$3,800. Here the planner works with the couple from the beginning, helping contract vendors, creating a timeline, and overseeing all details of day-of execution. Time commitment could be about 30-60 hours, depending on package and pricing.
  • Full service: $3,500-$8,000 or more. Here the professional handles all wedding and planning details including working on design, securing rentals, getting the venue and vendors, and handling complete execution of the event. Time commitment could be 50-150 hours or more, depending on package and pricing.
  • Consulting: $50-$150 per hour for design, vendor, reception and other wedding planning consultation.
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