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888 Productions

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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888 Productions is a special event and film production company founded in 2008 with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. Owner Jonah Rodriguez and her team of eight have produced a wide range of events from weddings to bar and bat mitzvahs to Sweet 16 parties. Ms. Rodriguez is a former Marketing Supervisor with experience planning large-scale events such as the Senator’s Cup, the Samsung Cup, and BMW and Porsche car shows. Since 2013, she also has been the exclusive Fashion Show Coordinator of Southern California's Premier Bridal Shows.

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5.0 / 5 (44)
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5.0 / 5 (1)
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A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production

Tustin, CA 92780
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A Good Affair's owner Natalie is an accomplished wedding planner. With nearly a decade in the business as A Good Affair's owner and years before that as Director of Catering and Events for a top-rated Orange County catering and event company, Natalie has made a name for herself in the industry. Natalie brings this experience to each wedding she and her five-person staff plan. She was appointed as the 2010-2011 Planner of the Year by Meeting Professionals International. She is at the forefront of the industry as a board member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Natalie also recently won the California Wedding Day Magazine's 2014 Designer of the Year aware and ABC Orange County's Trendsetter of the Year for Best Tablescape.

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Best Bride

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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Best Bride is dedicated to helping couples plan their dream wedding. Owner Leora established the company in 2011. Along with her team of six, she is an advocate for her client's vision of their wedding day. Clients praise how organized Leora and her team are when it comes to the details of their day as well as their accessibility by phone and text at any hour of the day.

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5.0 / 5 (13)
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David Pressman Events LLC

West Hollywood, CA 90046
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David Pressman Events LLC is an event planning service in the Los Angeles metro area. It has over 20 years' experience planning events, including local and destination weddings. David Pressman Events LLC handles all areas from finding the location and working with all vendors, including the caterer, DJ, photography, videography, flowers, guest accommodations, seating arrangements, decor, transportation, and organizing bridal and groomsmen's events. The service also helps with wedding dress shopping and bridal hair and makeup.

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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Events By Adam Afara

Irvine, CA 92614
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Events By Adam Afara provides event production, wedding planning, and corporate event planning and also offers signature floral design. Owner Adam Afara has 15 years of experience, is certified in International Event Planning and is a member of the Association for Wedding Professionals International. He began his career creating flower arrangements for weddings in his garage before moving into full event planning. Today, he has expanded to a global market, having planned events in Qatar, Mexico, and all throughout the US.

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Events By Red Carpet

Los Angeles, CA
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Events By Red Carpet is a premier event management company that serves a wide range of clients in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. It caters to innovative event planning and experiential marketing solutions to weddings and social events. It manages, produces, and provides strategized concepts for weddings from start to finish. It also offers professional assistance in finding venues, caterers, designers, and entertainers. Red Carpet's seasoned team of professionals creates visionary ideas to bring unique weddings to life.

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Exquisite Events Specialists

Anaheim, CA 92804
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Exquisite Events Specialists' founder Stephanie is a Professional Bridal Consultant and a graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Professional Development Program. Her goal is to be her clients' voice and advocate. The company was voted Best Orange County Wedding Planner for 2008 & 2009 by MyFox LA. Clients praise Stephanie's coordinative skills and calm demeanor for making their special day stress-free.

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In The Clouds Events

San Gabriel, CA 91775
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In The Clouds Events designs, plans, and coordinates weddings and social events throughout Southern California. The company's owner Tina has a background in digital project management for Fortune 500 companies like Disney and Honeywell and brings this management experience to the events she and her team plan. In The Clouds is a winner of the Bride's Choice Award from WeddingWire.

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4.5 / 5 (19)
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5.0 / 5 (13)

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Maria Lindsay Weddings and Events

Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
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Owner Maria Lindsay has been planning weddings and events for more than 25 years, specializing in destination weddings for couples from outside of the US or California who have picked Orange County their wedding location of choice. Ms. Lindsay credits this extensive experience for making her the wedding planner she is today, able to eliminate stress, save costs, and allow couples to spend time with each other and their families during their engagements. She brings her background in theater arts production and design as well as her experience as a catering manager to each event she produces. Ms. Lindsay is also a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.

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Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events

Los Angeles, CA 90210
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Los Angeles-based Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events provides full-service, month-of, celebrity, and a la carte wedding planning services. Originally from London, founder Natalie Sofer began her career opening restaurants in the US before going on to plan events and galas for the entertainment industry. Her company has been selected as a Best of Weddings Pick by The Knot in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and has received WeddingWire's Couples' Choice Awards in 2015 and 2016.

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4.9 / 5 (38)

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Nicole Alexandra Designs

Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Founder Nicole Alexandra Gillis brings her background in management and entrepreneurship to each event she plans. Listening to and understanding each client allows Ms. Gillis to develop exquisite event concepts. She offers both event design and bridal styling to her clients who praise Ms. Gillis for her flawless execution of their ideas.

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No Worries Event Planning + Design

Los Angeles, CA 90061
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Owner Dee Gaubert founded No Worries Event Planning + Design in 2010. She has a background in TV production and corporate event planning. She started her TV career working on shows such as HGTV’s House Hunters and Designed to Sell and FoodTV’s show Party Starters, where she developed a love for event planning. Ms. Gaubert and her team of seven are well-versed in many different cultural and religious wedding traditions including Persian, Jewish, Hindu, and Baha’i faiths and have planned events from a Paris elopement to a 400-person conference.

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Orange Blossom Special Events

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Orange Blossom Special Events specializes in wedding planning, design, and production. The team is based in Los Angeles and plans both local and worldwide events. The company has been featured on Brides.com and has been a Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Member since 2011. They also won WeddingWire's 2015 Couples' Choice Award.

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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Silver Charm Events

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Silver Charm Events was founded more than a decade ago by owner Liz Coopersmith after planning her own wedding in five months. In the ten years she has been planning weddings, Ms. Coopersmith has written a weekly advice column on The Broke-Ass Bride, contributed to Huffington Post Weddings and Brides Magazine, and has written articles for WeddingWire, Bride Rush, and Marriage.com. Her clients praise her services for the peace of mind that she provides on what can be a stressful day.

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Simply Natural Events

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Annette Garcia Kerslake, owner and founder of Simply Natural Events, has a background in fashion and costume design for film and television. She brings this experience to her love for designing parties and large events with Simply Natural. Simply Natural provides full event planning and day-of coordination, event design, logistical management, and styling. The business is based in Santa Monica but is willing to travel to wherever their clients need them. They work with both individual and corporate clients to plan parties and events ranging from baby showers to weddings to corporate retreats.

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Sterling Social

Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Based in Los Angeles, Sterling Social is a full-service event production company. They focus on producing experiential events from high-profile entertainment events to luxury weddings and celebrations. Co-Owners Angela Margolis and Erin Sprinkel both previously worked for Caravents, Inc. producing events for clients such as Target, Samsung, and E! Entertainment before founding Sterling Social in 2010.

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Stop and Stare Events

Oak Park, CA 91377
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Stop and Stare Events is owned by husband and wife, Dakota and Kristen Sottosanto. Kristen brings ten years of event planning expertise with ProSports and Entertainment where she was involved with planning large-scale events like the Long Beach Marathon and the Santa Barbara Concourse de Elegance. Dakota (DJ Sota) has been involved in nearly 500 weddings as a DJ and understands how to successfully coordinate and run sound for events ranging from 25 to 1000 people.

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5.0 / 5 (41)
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5.0 / 5 (8)
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4.8 / 5 (6)

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Victoria Flame Events

Culver City, CA 90232
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Victoria Flame Events specializes in event production for weddings, birthdays, showers, and product launches. Owner Victoria Flame has a background in public relations and worked with Cobalt Events designing weddings before opening Victoria Flame Events in 2012. Her clients have called Ms. Flame a wedding psychic and praised her attention to detail, calm spirit, and encouragement.

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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

A wedding planner can be a significant help on your special day. The happy couple and their closest loved ones should be able to enjoy their wedding day without worries. A wedding planner eases the burden off the couple, handles any problems that arise during the planning process and on the wedding day, and helps to put on a fantastic wedding.

How do you become a wedding planner?

There are courses and diplomas people can take to become a certified wedding planner; however, it’s not necessary. Regardless of if an individual gets a certification, the most essential step is to gain experience. Most wedding planners start by doing a few free weddings to build a portfolio. That portfolio can be used to promote the business and attract new clients.

How much does a wedding planner cost?

The national average cost of a wedding planner in 2019 was $1,500. However, it should be noted that this can vary dramatically. Average costs can vary from state to state. Additionally, factors such as the size of the wedding, the level of planning, the extravagance of the wedding, and the wedding planner’s experience can all change pricing.

Do wedding planners have specialties?

Yes, wedding planners can have specialties. For example, some wedding planners may specialize in destination weddings. Or wedding planners can specialize in the extent of wedding support they offer. A day-of-coordinator will only arrive on the day of the wedding and help during the day. In comparison, a complete wedding planner will help with the planning and execution of the wedding.

How do you know if you need a wedding planner?

Hiring a wedding planner is a personal choice. Ultimately, the wedding couple needs to decide if they have the budget for a planner and if they believe the investment to be worth it. For example, some people enjoy planning events, so they wouldn’t need a wedding planner. Conversely, planning stresses other people, so it might be a task they want to outsource.

Is there a certification to become a wedding planner?

The wedding planning certification industry is “largely unregulated.” This means that while you can get a wedding planner certification, it might not always be from a qualified source. One trusted source is the certification from the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners.  

A certification can be a great asset, but there are many qualified wedding planners who don’t have a certification.

How do you find a destination wedding planner?

Planning a destination wedding is very different from planning a local wedding. You’ll want to find someone who has experience organizing a destination wedding.

Many destinations offer an in-house wedding planner. However, if you need to find your own destination wedding planner, local Facebook wedding groups are an excellent place to ask for referrals.

Does your wedding planner need a degree?

No, your wedding planner doesn’t need a degree. A degree in event hospitality can undoubtedly give new wedding planners an advantage, but ultimately, this industry is all about experience. If you want to understand how qualified your wedding planner is, ask for client referrals or ask to see portfolio examples of previous work. 

Where can you buy a wedding planner book?

A wedding planner book is a DIY guide that takes couples through the wedding planning process. This book reminds couples of every little task they have to do and suggests the order in which the tasks should be done.

What should a wedding planner contract include?

A wedding contract should outline the terms of the working relationship. It should state what kind of work the wedding planner will do and clearly outline costs and deadlines. Many wedding planners will also put in restrictions or clauses to protect themselves. This could include what types of services they won’t do, the right to a meal at the wedding, and more.

What should a wedding planner portfolio include? 

Each wedding planner’s portfolio might be slightly different. In general, some of the common aspects of a portfolio are:

  • Photos and videos of past events (before and after)
  • Example timeline
  • Example wedding budget
  • Catalog of rental items
  • Any awards or certifications
  • Customer testimonials

How soon should you hire a wedding planner?

Wedding planners can quickly book up during the wedding season. We recommend hiring a wedding planner as soon as possible. A wedding planner should be one of the first bookings for your wedding as they can help you get discounts for future wedding items. They can also provide industry insights, such as the pros and cons of the venues you’re considering and vendor recommendations.

How much do you tip a wedding planner?

Tipping your wedding planner is a personal choice. Many wedding planners say it’s not necessary, and they would just prefer an online review. However, if you choose to tip our wedding planner, you can aim for 10-20% of their total fee. 

Do you invite the wedding planner to the rehearsal dinner?

Many people see a rehearsal dinner as an additional time to get together with their closest wedding attendees. And, while it is that, it’s also a time to rehearse. Therefore, your wedding planner should at least be a part of the rehearsal portion so they can make sure everyone is prepared for the big day. 

Does a wedding planner decorate?

This can vary from wedding planner to wedding planner. Some planners will decorate, but they’ll charge an extra fee for it. Other planners want to focus on running the event, so they’ll suggest you hire a decorator for the wedding instead. Ask your wedding planner if decorating is part of their services.

How many weddings will a wedding planner take on at the same time?

Most wedding planners work with small teams and will only do one wedding per day. Wedding planners that work with bigger teams may split their team up among multiple weddings in a day. If having your wedding planner there for you on the day is important to you, make sure to ask your wedding planner if they’ll be booking other events on the same day.

What is a wedding planner responsible for?

A wedding planner can be responsible for many things, such as:

  • Researching vendors
  • Obtaining quotes
  • Building out the wedding schedule
  • Paying vendors
  • Organizing everything on the day of the event
  • Sending out save the dates, invites, and thank you cards
  • Decorating
  • Dealing with issues
What your wedding planner does for you will depend on the type of services you pay for.

Do wedding planners need insurance?

Event planners should consider getting general liability insurance. This protects the wedding planner against claims of property damage or bodily injury. General liability insurance also covers the medical costs for any injured parties. You can ask your wedding planner if they have insurance.

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