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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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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 types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
We have 2 partners (1 specializing in event styling/design and 1 specializing in organization, details, and communication!) + 1 assistant + a handful of amazing interns!
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
We've coordinated quaint weddings with 20 guests, all the way to 350!
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
We work with lots of fabulous venues throughout SoCal (and other destinations!)

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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:
1+ year 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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Nichole
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Before I Do Events were amazing. I have already recommended them to my friends. Michele and Tammi worked closely with my family, fiancé and I as we planned an elegant and intimate backyard wedding. I had all kinds of ideas that I wanted to include to make the day personal and unique. The girls at Before I Do events helped make these ideas a reality. With a full time job and short engagement I didn't have time to do it all. These girls made me feel so great through the whole process. They were prompt at responding to texts, calls, and emails. They were able to really understand the look and feel I was going for and help me get there. They are the best!
Before I Do Events were amazing. I have already recommended them to my friends. Michele and Tammi worked closely with my Read more...
Before I Do Events were amazing. I have already recommended them to my friends. Michele and Tammi worked closely with my family, fiancé and I as we planned an elegant and intimate backyard wedding. I had all kinds of ideas that I wanted to include to make the day personal and unique. The girls at Before I Do events helped make these ideas a reality. With a full time job and short engagement I didn't have time to do it all. These girls made me feel so great through the whole process. They were prompt at responding to texts, calls, and emails. They were able to really understand the look and feel I was going for and help me get there. They are the best! Read less
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Mrs. C to Be!
Wedding:
11/10/2012
1.4/5.0
The coordinator was a disappointment, and dealing with her was the most stressful part of wedding planning. She was dishonest, unorganized, unprofessional, and rude.

We originally agreed to an all inclusive package, but a few months into the planning, my parents and I realized that we were handling almost every detail. We found our venue and all but one of our vendors. And every vendor, except the one, complained to us about the coordinator's naivety and lack of professionalism. The hotel found that Michele did not have insurance or a business license. She lost our file and told the hotel, but then tried to hide it from us. After asking for an update on our budget (keeping a budget was her responsibility under the contract), after two weeks, her "proposed" budget was more than twice the amount we had originally stated. Based on the mounting frustration of paying someone (with little regard for the money we were spending) for a job we were doing ourselves, we amended the contract for just day of services.

Even after that, this coordinator was the worst part of the wedding. She arrived late and disappeared for long stretches. During the event it appeared she was talking to guests more than it seemed that she was coordinating. I barely saw her the entire day and she did not attempt to keep us on schedule. She interrupted while I was having my hair done to ask me to get a bicycle pump for her from my parents' room across the lawn, tried to set the table with just chargers, no plates, lied about misplacing place cards, and left before completing her job. We are missing personal items that she was responsible for collecting and returning, but her only response when my mom asked her about the missing items was that she just got tired and left. I've spoken to another couple who had a similarly disappointing experience a month before us. Sadly, this was a very bad experience and I cannot recommend this company.
The coordinator was a disappointment, and dealing with her was the most stressful part of wedding planning. She was Read more...
The coordinator was a disappointment, and dealing with her was the most stressful part of wedding planning. She was dishonest, unorganized, unprofessional, and rude.

We originally agreed to an all inclusive package, but a few months into the planning, my parents and I realized that we were handling almost every detail. We found our venue and all but one of our vendors. And every vendor, except the one, complained to us about the coordinator's naivety and lack of professionalism. The hotel found that Michele did not have insurance or a business license. She lost our file and told the hotel, but then tried to hide it from us. After asking for an update on our budget (keeping a budget was her responsibility under the contract), after two weeks, her "proposed" budget was more than twice the amount we had originally stated. Based on the mounting frustration of paying someone (with little regard for the money we were spending) for a job we were doing ourselves, we amended the contract for just day of services.

Even after that, this coordinator was the worst part of the wedding. She arrived late and disappeared for long stretches. During the event it appeared she was talking to guests more than it seemed that she was coordinating. I barely saw her the entire day and she did not attempt to keep us on schedule. She interrupted while I was having my hair done to ask me to get a bicycle pump for her from my parents' room across the lawn, tried to set the table with just chargers, no plates, lied about misplacing place cards, and left before completing her job. We are missing personal items that she was responsible for collecting and returning, but her only response when my mom asked her about the missing items was that she just got tired and left. I've spoken to another couple who had a similarly disappointing experience a month before us. Sadly, this was a very bad experience and I cannot recommend this company. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Before I Do Events made my wedding planning so much more stress free and enjoyable than I ever imagined!!! Tammi and Michele both helped to make my creative vision a reality. They worked with all my vendors to get everything organized and ready for the big day. Don't know what I would have done without them!!! I plan on using them for other major events in the future - ie. baby showers, bridal showers and private parties!!!
Before I Do Events made my wedding planning so much more stress free and enjoyable than I ever imagined!!! Tammi and Read more...
Before I Do Events made my wedding planning so much more stress free and enjoyable than I ever imagined!!! Tammi and Michele both helped to make my creative vision a reality. They worked with all my vendors to get everything organized and ready for the big day. Don't know what I would have done without them!!! I plan on using them for other major events in the future - ie. baby showers, bridal showers and private parties!!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/1/2012
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough amazing things about Michele - not only did she plan our wedding in Tahoe while she was in San Diego and I was in NYC, but she did it while she was having a baby!!

Every single detail of our wedding (and rehearsal dinner which she also planned, soup to nuts) was to die for - family and friends still remember and talk about the details one year later! The theme boards she sent me were so helpful - I was incredibly indecisive and couldn't narrow down a look and feel until she created those boards for me. And she was SO responsive to my often neurotic questions/additions to the details.

Because it was a destination wedding and I was coming from across the country, I relied on Michele to get everything to the wedding and assembled. She spent hours making the most gorgeous ribbon backdrop for our dessert table and tying every since place card - I was blown away when I walked into the room ... it was so much more incredible than I expected.

If you're getting married in San Diego, Tahoe or anywhere in the WORLD, I would recommend Michele in a heartbeat. She's creative, kind, attentive, responsive and genuinely a really really good person.

For more photos of our wedding, here's a blog post on 100 Layer Cake and Tahoe Unveiled:

http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2012/10/24/lake-tahoe-wedding-lauren-greg/

http://tahoeunveiled.com/blog/lake-tahoe-wedding-a-romantic-destination-at-the-hyatt/
I can't say enough amazing things about Michele - not only did she plan our wedding in Tahoe while she was in San Diego Read more...
I can't say enough amazing things about Michele - not only did she plan our wedding in Tahoe while she was in San Diego and I was in NYC, but she did it while she was having a baby!!

Every single detail of our wedding (and rehearsal dinner which she also planned, soup to nuts) was to die for - family and friends still remember and talk about the details one year later! The theme boards she sent me were so helpful - I was incredibly indecisive and couldn't narrow down a look and feel until she created those boards for me. And she was SO responsive to my often neurotic questions/additions to the details.

Because it was a destination wedding and I was coming from across the country, I relied on Michele to get everything to the wedding and assembled. She spent hours making the most gorgeous ribbon backdrop for our dessert table and tying every since place card - I was blown away when I walked into the room ... it was so much more incredible than I expected.

If you're getting married in San Diego, Tahoe or anywhere in the WORLD, I would recommend Michele in a heartbeat. She's creative, kind, attentive, responsive and genuinely a really really good person.

For more photos of our wedding, here's a blog post on 100 Layer Cake and Tahoe Unveiled:

http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2012/10/24/lake-tahoe-wedding-lauren-greg/

http://tahoeunveiled.com/blog/lake-tahoe-wedding-a-romantic-destination-at-the-hyatt/ Read less
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