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The Food Academy, LLC
4.7
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Edmund A.
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Jessica was a Godsend for us when the original bartender canceled at the last minute. She was professional, punctual, and courteous throughout the whole event. I would recommend her to anyone looking 4 a bartender

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Lita's Gifts
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lina Q.
Verified review

This was my first event ever and with her help it turned out magnificent. Everything was beautiful and went perfect for accession. My family love it and we love her for her service. Small or large event I’m sure she will make it spectacular.

  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
SANDY L.
Verified review

Lauren is phenomenal! She handled every aspect of our wedding. We spoke in detail about our vision and in return she would send me pics and ideas of flowers, cake, decor, linens, tables, chairs, music, etc. doing so based on the budget you have in mind. It was such a blessing because she made each and every phone call which can be very time consuming. She has a very calming nature about her which is reassuring when you need it the most. You will see Lauren has passion and her loving personality is such a blessing. She planned a breakfast brunch for the morning of our wedding! It was absolutely fabulous! Each item was meticulously placed. So realizing and such an added feature. She even handled planning our honeymoon!! She called numerous resorts, insured we received any discounts available, upgrades, etc. It was perfect. Never-ending memories with my husband. The one thing that stood out for me was she continued to ask “is there anything else would like for me to handle” “I want to make sure you are completely happy” “This is your day and I want it to be all about you and your happiness” I have attended a child’s party created by Lauren and it was out of this world! Everyone was blown away with her creation and the decor. Without a doubt I would highly recommend Lauren/Gilded Greene Event Planning for any event, parties, receptions, weddings, engagement events, etc. Additionally, she has an exquisite eye for photography which goes hand in hand with her visions and deco.

Alexis Doktor Designs
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah A.
Verified review

Alexis is a simple choice for all of your wedding planning needs. She possesses all of the qualities that you want in a wedding planner, and wields them gracefully when challenged with the task. She is hard-working and dedicated, and endlessly attentive. Innovation manifests instantaneously, and she is quick to make the decisions that need to be made during the stressful day-of "speed bumps and road blocks" that are inherently inevitable. I have performed 204 events as a wedding professional (not including catering), and Alexis is as skillful as planners come. Furthermore... She was the first vendor to arrive early on the morning of the event-- and she was the last one to leave. She made sure everything was exactly as it should be before locking up. This level of dedication is just-- rare. I can't wait to work with her again.

Alexandra Madison Weddings
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Maya H.
Verified review

Alexandra was absolutely wonderful. On the day of rehearsal she made sure everyone was at ease and knew exactly what to do. She set a just the right tone. The day of the wedding was seamless and all my worries as the mother of the bride were totally addressed. I would definitely recommend Alexandra.

Sherry's Exquisite Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Kamaiyah G.
Verified review

I remember when Mrs. Smith did my graduation event. She did everything in a timely manner. The decorations were very well put together. Everything turned out excellent.

MWR Events
5.0
from 1 review
  • 24 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
LEIGH H.
Verified review

The wedding is planned for the end of October. MWR has been instrumental in making everything come together. We couldn't have gotten this far without her guidance and planning. As the big day gets closer I can put all of my energy into enjoying the festivities surrounding this beautiful event.

The Avenue Events
5.0
from 1 review
    Jamar W.
    Verified review

    The Avenue designed and coordinated my fraternity's new member celebration back in April 2016. I was very pleased with service, All of our guest raved about the decorations. Everything was done on time and correct per my request. I look forward to using the services again in the near future.

    Creativevisions by Lady D
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 6 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Tanovia H.
    Verified review

    Everything was wonderful...You went above and beyond what was expected. Thank you so much, everybody is still talking about how beautiful you made our venue.

    Tailor Made Event Co.
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 7 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Yas H.
    Verified review

    Excellent customer service! Yasmine helped me plan my dream wedding with a tight budget. She took what was important to me and made sure those thing were done. I will always use her for all of my events

    About

    I am a national award winning floral designer, fabric designer,and wrapping paper designer as well as award winning interior designer and the professionalism and years of experience in meeting clients needs and desires SHOWs in the finished product! and my advertising and marketing background has pulled my concepts of creativity beyond the typical, I can and have made events for children,adults, businesses, and corporations. with repeat business! I know the unexpected prolems that can happen and stay prepared with back up plans.

    About

    I do and design all the floral arrangements and design and decorate the entire area where the event is being held. If I have to plan the party along with the food and entertainment, I have no problem with that also.

    About

    We plan and decorate for weddings and parties. We can turn a small space into an elegant place for celebrating all events.

    About

    I offer full service wedding planning. The Diva Wedding Planner will make your day special. I have a list of vendors to serve all your needs. I have several years of experience.

    About

    You tell me the type of event, how many people, and your budget, and I will do the rest! Satisfaction is guaranteed!

    • 4 years in business
    About

    We here at Tres Chic Planning take pride in our work to meticulously plan a flawless event. We enjoy taking the time to get to know our clients and taking all of their stresses away. It's important that we not only meet your expectations--but that we exceed them.

    About

    We cater to customer events, from makeup and decor to catering as well as planning an event. We offer event planning for any special occasion while specializing on your catering needs and planning your event.

    About

    We measure our success by pleased clients as oppose to finances.

    About

    We make your dreams and visions reality. We do it all for you no stress planning.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    I am there every step of the way. From the beginning to the very ending of each event. I make myself available 24 hours a day. No matter how large or small the budget, we make magic happen.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    LaCroix Events helps Entrepreneurs & Professionals create amazing live event where they can rock their audience sell their products and eliminate event planning worries all on a budget.

    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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