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Before I Do Events

Encinitas , CA
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1612 Orange Blossom Way
Encinitas, CA 92024 US (map)

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858-349-3538

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ABOUT US

BEFORE I DO is a San Diego based boutique wedding and event management company that specializes in creating seamlessly elegant, and memorable events. We believe an event's success lies... Read more
BEFORE I DO is a San Diego based boutique wedding and event management company that specializes in creating seamlessly elegant, and memorable events. We believe an event's success lies in the beauty of the details and flawless execution. This comes only with careful planning that stems from years of event management experience, a deep understanding of each event's purpose, and a true love for what we do.

We make the planning and execution of life's celebrations: affordable, less stressful, enjoyable, and most importantly, memorable... for years to come! Our clients are confident in knowing that both they, and their guests, will walk away in the highest spirits from a picture perfect event that reflects their unique message and style.


(weddings, showers, parties, birthday parties, kids parties, destination events, fundraisers, corporate events, social events, and more!) Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Guest List Creation, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
3

REVIEWS

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Kelley
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Our entire wedding planning process was 100% enjoyable and FUN all thanks to the wonderful team at Before I Do Events - and especially Alicia Strom. My husband and I were fortunate enough to get to connect with Before I Do Events through our wedding photographer. From our first meeting over a year ago to our wedding day this past September, Alicia was extremely professional, organized, detail-oriented, and energetic. We could've have picked a better fit for our wedding style and personalities. Alicia provided full wedding planning package - which included EVERYTHING.

It was amazing to know that every single small detail was thought through and being taken care of. Throughout the process of bringing on various vendors, Alicia was able to vet them and then negotiate prices that fit our budget needs. We were able to bring on the most incredible team of vendors - from our rocking band to our beautiful florals. It all turned out SO perfectly. Overall Alicia has the BEST ideas for making a wedding feel like the couple while also being realistic in staying within your budget. She came up with some really creative and interesting details that our guests loved. We worked together on a collaborative Pinterest board to coordinate ideas and design styles.

On our wedding day, Alicia had outlined a schedule down to the minute for all our vendors – which made it very seamless and stress-free (everything you want on the big day). She is extremely organized, and maintains a really great demeanor throughout the whole day. Our guests even commented on how well organized our wedding was – and that our planner was “very on top of everything.”

I HIGHLY recommend Before I Do Events for a very professional, well connected, and fun wedding planning experience.
Our entire wedding planning process was 100% enjoyable and FUN all thanks to the wonderful team at Before I Do Events - Read more...
Our entire wedding planning process was 100% enjoyable and FUN all thanks to the wonderful team at Before I Do Events - and especially Alicia Strom. My husband and I were fortunate enough to get to connect with Before I Do Events through our wedding photographer. From our first meeting over a year ago to our wedding day this past September, Alicia was extremely professional, organized, detail-oriented, and energetic. We could've have picked a better fit for our wedding style and personalities. Alicia provided full wedding planning package - which included EVERYTHING.

It was amazing to know that every single small detail was thought through and being taken care of. Throughout the process of bringing on various vendors, Alicia was able to vet them and then negotiate prices that fit our budget needs. We were able to bring on the most incredible team of vendors - from our rocking band to our beautiful florals. It all turned out SO perfectly. Overall Alicia has the BEST ideas for making a wedding feel like the couple while also being realistic in staying within your budget. She came up with some really creative and interesting details that our guests loved. We worked together on a collaborative Pinterest board to coordinate ideas and design styles.

On our wedding day, Alicia had outlined a schedule down to the minute for all our vendors – which made it very seamless and stress-free (everything you want on the big day). She is extremely organized, and maintains a really great demeanor throughout the whole day. Our guests even commented on how well organized our wedding was – and that our planner was “very on top of everything.”

I HIGHLY recommend Before I Do Events for a very professional, well connected, and fun wedding planning experience. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with Alicia and the Before I Do Events team was simply wonderful! It was a fun process and Alicia truly wanted to capture our dream wedding and relationship throughout the whole day--she most definitely succeeded! The whole process was organized, professional, flexible and helpful. Before I Do Events has everything a bride to be needs to feel relaxed and calm as her wedding day approaches--not to mention on the big day. We knew the wedding and all the details would fall into place perfectly after all the hard work, many communications and meetings spent working with Alicia. I was able to relax, my husband could relax and the mother and father of the bride were calm knowing the whole day was in the best hands. Before I Do will help with every detail if you want: napkin fold recommendations, photographers, desserts, videographer, the way you want to enter the ceremony, lighting, florals, seating--you name it! Alicia was always there to answer my and my mom's many questions and was a commanding, joyful presence on our wedding day and throughout the planning process. If you want a wedding planner--be it for the whole process or just the day-of--Before I Do Events is exactly who you want to hire! Thank you again for making our wedding day simply beautiful and seamless.
Working with Alicia and the Before I Do Events team was simply wonderful! It was a fun process and Alicia truly wanted to Read more...
Working with Alicia and the Before I Do Events team was simply wonderful! It was a fun process and Alicia truly wanted to capture our dream wedding and relationship throughout the whole day--she most definitely succeeded! The whole process was organized, professional, flexible and helpful. Before I Do Events has everything a bride to be needs to feel relaxed and calm as her wedding day approaches--not to mention on the big day. We knew the wedding and all the details would fall into place perfectly after all the hard work, many communications and meetings spent working with Alicia. I was able to relax, my husband could relax and the mother and father of the bride were calm knowing the whole day was in the best hands. Before I Do will help with every detail if you want: napkin fold recommendations, photographers, desserts, videographer, the way you want to enter the ceremony, lighting, florals, seating--you name it! Alicia was always there to answer my and my mom's many questions and was a commanding, joyful presence on our wedding day and throughout the planning process. If you want a wedding planner--be it for the whole process or just the day-of--Before I Do Events is exactly who you want to hire! Thank you again for making our wedding day simply beautiful and seamless. Read less
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William
Wedding:
4/11/2015
5.0/5.0
If you’re considering hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, choose BEFORE I DO!!! Our wedding day and rehearsal dinner was absolutely perfect, and it’s all due to Alicia and Michele! Their professionalism is unparalleled, and their dedication to your wedding is impressive. Seriously, they went above and way beyond what we expected. It sounds like a cliché, but they treat your wedding like if it was their own. So many small touches that we didn’t even think of. Even last minute requests or things we forgot – they took care of.

Alicia in particular was incredible! She answered every question we had, pored over details for hours, and eliminated all of our pre-wedding stress with her organization and preparation. Well, *almost* all of our stress! Alicia worked within our budget and offered workarounds to help us have the wedding we always dreamed of. It’s clear they take great pride in their work, and the proof is in the final product and how your guests talk about your wedding. We got so many beautiful compliments about our wedding. It’s really a credit to Alicia, Michele and their amazing team. We’re so grateful we chose Before I Do. I can’t imagine picking someone else to trust with the biggest day of your life. We would (and have) recommended Before I Do to our family and friends.

Thank you both SO MUCH for giving us the BEST DAY EVER!!!
If you’re considering hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, choose BEFORE I DO!!! Our wedding day and rehearsal Read more...
If you’re considering hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, choose BEFORE I DO!!! Our wedding day and rehearsal dinner was absolutely perfect, and it’s all due to Alicia and Michele! Their professionalism is unparalleled, and their dedication to your wedding is impressive. Seriously, they went above and way beyond what we expected. It sounds like a cliché, but they treat your wedding like if it was their own. So many small touches that we didn’t even think of. Even last minute requests or things we forgot – they took care of.

Alicia in particular was incredible! She answered every question we had, pored over details for hours, and eliminated all of our pre-wedding stress with her organization and preparation. Well, *almost* all of our stress! Alicia worked within our budget and offered workarounds to help us have the wedding we always dreamed of. It’s clear they take great pride in their work, and the proof is in the final product and how your guests talk about your wedding. We got so many beautiful compliments about our wedding. It’s really a credit to Alicia, Michele and their amazing team. We’re so grateful we chose Before I Do. I can’t imagine picking someone else to trust with the biggest day of your life. We would (and have) recommended Before I Do to our family and friends.

Thank you both SO MUCH for giving us the BEST DAY EVER!!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
3/28/2015
4.9/5.0
I worked with Alicia at Before I do Events and I would highly recommend her and her team. It was an absolute pleasure working with her. She is easy going, flexible, helpful and has no ego. I had spoken to other planners that required 5 star hotels and multiple rooms and her and Nichole were happy with anything I booked. One less thing to stress about. On the day of the wedding I knew everything was going to go smoothly because if it didn't Alicia would take care of it. Whether it was gathering items at the end of the wedding or working with the venues staff she was all over it.
I worked with Alicia at Before I do Events and I would highly recommend her and her team. It was an absolute pleasure Read more...
I worked with Alicia at Before I do Events and I would highly recommend her and her team. It was an absolute pleasure working with her. She is easy going, flexible, helpful and has no ego. I had spoken to other planners that required 5 star hotels and multiple rooms and her and Nichole were happy with anything I booked. One less thing to stress about. On the day of the wedding I knew everything was going to go smoothly because if it didn't Alicia would take care of it. Whether it was gathering items at the end of the wedding or working with the venues staff she was all over it. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow, I honestly don't know how we would have had a wedding without Michele, Alicia and their team. They are incredible, and truly went so far beyond what I thought any wedding planner could do. Before I keep going with the superlatives I should say that my parents and I did NOT think we fit the profile of typical wedding planner clients, since my mom is a brilliant designer, loves all things weddings and had even helped plan a few others. We thought we really had our act together and likely didn't need a pro, but thought maybe Before I Do could help us navigate vendors and deal with logistics on the wedding day. How naive we were! Before I Do did absolutely everything you can imagine, all while making sure that every detail was true to what we wanted.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about BID is that unlike other wedding planners I've heard tales of, they are equally great at the design element and the logistical quagmire that can swallow a big wedding without cool heads stepping in. These parallel talents played out daily: I was always so impressed at their responsiveness to email/text, shared spreadsheets, etc, because you knew that they weren't posted at a desk computer all day - they were probably out at a florist or hunting down the perfect blue and white grosgrain ribbon, meanwhile updating the color-coded master logistical spreadsheet! So impressive.

So here's the takeaway - book them early, buy their full package (we started with a more limited package and ended up paying them a la carte for the countless other workstreams we had them take over), and loop them in on absolutely everything. They will take over the tasks you don't want or have time to do yourself, and they'll provide crucial support on more personal things you might want to do yourself, like song selection, toasts, ceremony order, etc. But they can literally do anything. I miss them in my life! Hire them now!
Wow, I honestly don't know how we would have had a wedding without Michele, Alicia and their team. They are incredible, Read more...
Wow, I honestly don't know how we would have had a wedding without Michele, Alicia and their team. They are incredible, and truly went so far beyond what I thought any wedding planner could do. Before I keep going with the superlatives I should say that my parents and I did NOT think we fit the profile of typical wedding planner clients, since my mom is a brilliant designer, loves all things weddings and had even helped plan a few others. We thought we really had our act together and likely didn't need a pro, but thought maybe Before I Do could help us navigate vendors and deal with logistics on the wedding day. How naive we were! Before I Do did absolutely everything you can imagine, all while making sure that every detail was true to what we wanted.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about BID is that unlike other wedding planners I've heard tales of, they are equally great at the design element and the logistical quagmire that can swallow a big wedding without cool heads stepping in. These parallel talents played out daily: I was always so impressed at their responsiveness to email/text, shared spreadsheets, etc, because you knew that they weren't posted at a desk computer all day - they were probably out at a florist or hunting down the perfect blue and white grosgrain ribbon, meanwhile updating the color-coded master logistical spreadsheet! So impressive.

So here's the takeaway - book them early, buy their full package (we started with a more limited package and ended up paying them a la carte for the countless other workstreams we had them take over), and loop them in on absolutely everything. They will take over the tasks you don't want or have time to do yourself, and they'll provide crucial support on more personal things you might want to do yourself, like song selection, toasts, ceremony order, etc. But they can literally do anything. I miss them in my life! Hire them now! Read less
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Haley
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Before I Do Events took care of every last detail for a weekend that my husband and I will remember for the rest of our lives. We hired them for their full service wedding planning and Tammi & Alicia were there every step of the way - from helping with vendors & coordinating conversations, to the day-of seamless organization and logistics. It was the design & look and feel where Alicia showed her real talents. I struggled to come up with one "vision" so she came up with creative & stylish options for me to work from (florals, bouquets, dessert table, everything!). There were so many unique touches and details that I would have never dreamed up. They really took the time to get to know us to create the perfect wedding for us and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
Before I Do Events took care of every last detail for a weekend that my husband and I will remember for the rest of our Read more...
Before I Do Events took care of every last detail for a weekend that my husband and I will remember for the rest of our lives. We hired them for their full service wedding planning and Tammi & Alicia were there every step of the way - from helping with vendors & coordinating conversations, to the day-of seamless organization and logistics. It was the design & look and feel where Alicia showed her real talents. I struggled to come up with one "vision" so she came up with creative & stylish options for me to work from (florals, bouquets, dessert table, everything!). There were so many unique touches and details that I would have never dreamed up. They really took the time to get to know us to create the perfect wedding for us and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
It was amazing working with Tammi and Alicia. Looking back, I couldn't have imagined working with anyone else!

When I first met with Tammi back in 2013, I was immediately impressed with her professionalism and organization. That day I met with several wedding planners and Before I Do was the perfect mix of business savvy and creativity. They had a lot of inspiring, imaginative ideas and were the only ones who had a goal for their services to pay for themselves (through negotiating contracts, etc.).

I live in LA and was planning a wedding down in San Diego. My venue happened to be one that is highly customizable, so I needed recommendations for everything from rentals to catering to florists. Tammi and Alicia did a great job with this and already had an extensive list of recommended vendors for every category. Also, they were always responsive to our questions.

The timeline meeting was immensely helpful and they thought of every little detail so our wedding day would run smoothly.

The week leading up to the weekend was by far the most stressful. I really appreciated handing everything off on the Rehearsal Dinner night. They even picked up some last minute things for my husband and I so we didn't need to worry about a thing.

Highly recommended!
It was amazing working with Tammi and Alicia. Looking back, I couldn't have imagined working with anyone else!

Read more...
It was amazing working with Tammi and Alicia. Looking back, I couldn't have imagined working with anyone else!

When I first met with Tammi back in 2013, I was immediately impressed with her professionalism and organization. That day I met with several wedding planners and Before I Do was the perfect mix of business savvy and creativity. They had a lot of inspiring, imaginative ideas and were the only ones who had a goal for their services to pay for themselves (through negotiating contracts, etc.).

I live in LA and was planning a wedding down in San Diego. My venue happened to be one that is highly customizable, so I needed recommendations for everything from rentals to catering to florists. Tammi and Alicia did a great job with this and already had an extensive list of recommended vendors for every category. Also, they were always responsive to our questions.

The timeline meeting was immensely helpful and they thought of every little detail so our wedding day would run smoothly.

The week leading up to the weekend was by far the most stressful. I really appreciated handing everything off on the Rehearsal Dinner night. They even picked up some last minute things for my husband and I so we didn't need to worry about a thing.

Highly recommended! Read less
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Darin
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier about our wedding planner Before I Do Events. We were with Tammi and she was absolutely fantastic to work with. A wedding is more stress that I would have imagined and I don't know what we would have done without Tammi. I would recommend Tammi and Before I Do Events to anyone that is looking for a great wedding planner!
We could not be happier about our wedding planner Before I Do Events. We were with Tammi and she was absolutely fantastic Read more...
We could not be happier about our wedding planner Before I Do Events. We were with Tammi and she was absolutely fantastic to work with. A wedding is more stress that I would have imagined and I don't know what we would have done without Tammi. I would recommend Tammi and Before I Do Events to anyone that is looking for a great wedding planner! Read less
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Adriana
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I am so happy I chose to work with Before I Do Events. They worked with me from start to finish, from coordinating the vendors to all of the intricate details of the wedding day. I worked specifically with Michelle and Tammi. They were very knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions I had throughout the planning process. Anytime I needed help, they were more than willing to lend a hand. Their attention to detail and and positive attitudes really made the whole experience so much more enjoyable for me. The Before I Do Events team has a great eye for design. My wedding was so beautiful and tasteful because of their suggestions and ideas. It was such a pleasure working with Before I Do Events and I would recommend them to anyone who is planning a wedding. Let these ladies make your day even more amazing than you've envisioned!
I am so happy I chose to work with Before I Do Events. They worked with me from start to finish, from coordinating the Read more...
I am so happy I chose to work with Before I Do Events. They worked with me from start to finish, from coordinating the vendors to all of the intricate details of the wedding day. I worked specifically with Michelle and Tammi. They were very knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions I had throughout the planning process. Anytime I needed help, they were more than willing to lend a hand. Their attention to detail and and positive attitudes really made the whole experience so much more enjoyable for me. The Before I Do Events team has a great eye for design. My wedding was so beautiful and tasteful because of their suggestions and ideas. It was such a pleasure working with Before I Do Events and I would recommend them to anyone who is planning a wedding. Let these ladies make your day even more amazing than you've envisioned! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be happier about our decision to go with Before I Do events for our wedding coordination. I am a very resourceful, organized and creative person, and I planned my whole wedding myself, with no intention of having a coordinator. But after a friends wedding which was a few months before mine, the bride told me the smartest decision she made was having a day of coordinator. So I decided to look into it and I have to say the money spent on the coordination services was probably the most well spent money for the whole wedding. You can have a beautiful venue and amazing decor but without someone else there who is running the show you have the potential for a complete disaster. Tammi was so professional, so organized and had so much wisdom about little things here and there that I would have had no clue about. She literally ran the show, the rehearsal, the setting up of decorations, coordinating with all the other vendors, emailing with them the week prior so I could have some quality time with all the friends and family in town. Her expertise far surpassed my expectations, I especially loved that she was bold enough to question the reception layout, which led to re-arranging. In hindsight if we had not changed the floor plan the vibe would have been totally different and not as ideal for dancing and mingling. A detail that would have completely changed the intimate feeling the guests couldn't stop raving about. All in all Tammi and Before I Do events allowed us to actually enjoy the day we spent so much time and money planning and be present for the most important day of our lives!
I couldn't be happier about our decision to go with Before I Do events for our wedding coordination. I am a very Read more...
I couldn't be happier about our decision to go with Before I Do events for our wedding coordination. I am a very resourceful, organized and creative person, and I planned my whole wedding myself, with no intention of having a coordinator. But after a friends wedding which was a few months before mine, the bride told me the smartest decision she made was having a day of coordinator. So I decided to look into it and I have to say the money spent on the coordination services was probably the most well spent money for the whole wedding. You can have a beautiful venue and amazing decor but without someone else there who is running the show you have the potential for a complete disaster. Tammi was so professional, so organized and had so much wisdom about little things here and there that I would have had no clue about. She literally ran the show, the rehearsal, the setting up of decorations, coordinating with all the other vendors, emailing with them the week prior so I could have some quality time with all the friends and family in town. Her expertise far surpassed my expectations, I especially loved that she was bold enough to question the reception layout, which led to re-arranging. In hindsight if we had not changed the floor plan the vibe would have been totally different and not as ideal for dancing and mingling. A detail that would have completely changed the intimate feeling the guests couldn't stop raving about. All in all Tammi and Before I Do events allowed us to actually enjoy the day we spent so much time and money planning and be present for the most important day of our lives! Read less
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