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First Pick Planning

Manhattan Beach , CA

LOCATION

1590 Rosecrans Avenue, Ste D #181
Manhattan Beach, CA US 90266 (map)
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ABOUT US

First Pick Planning Services is a wedding & event planning company based in Los Angeles, CA. Wether you are planning a wedding or throwing a party, you can be assured that First Pick... Read more
First Pick Planning Services is a wedding & event planning company based in Los Angeles, CA. Wether you are planning a wedding or throwing a party, you can be assured that First Pick will make a difference in your event satisfaction. Making us your first pick for all your event planning needs is a selection you won't regret!

From the hardwood to the ballroom, the First Pick Planning team has the versatility and personality to work with anyone to make their event dreams come true. Owner Jen Bergmark has worked major sporting events like the 2007 Super Bowl XLII in Arizona to fundraisers like the Vintage Hollywood Foundation's food & wine tasting at the home of Mr. Ray Leonard and Mrs. Bernadette Leonard (boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard) but also coordinated dozens of glamorous weddings & intimate family celebrations.

Regardless of the event, the First Pick theory is simple: make everyone feel number 1 and have fun!

Please call 310-603-1858 to schedule a consultation with a First Pick Planning Coordinator who will meet with you wherever is most convenient either in the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

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Maribel
Wedding:
9/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Hiring first pick planning was the best decision I made in the entire planning process of our wedding. I was a diy bride with lots of ideas and lots off tasks. I felt overwhelmed with so much detail, but once I had Sarah on board I immediately felt a big sense of relief. I felt like the planning went from my hands to a professional. What I loved the best was that she never steered me away from my vision. She always added greater ideas and was so helpful in getting my ideas to come to life. Sarah and Jen were always so sweet, even when things came up (which they will at weddings like unexpected guest) they handled every situation perfectly. Our wedding looked so beautiful, just the way I pictured it, the way I asked them to set up and they even added nicer touches. I had complete trust in them. I could write a book on how great they were. Best assistance I could have ever asked for. I couldn't have picked a better set of gals ;) 5stars plus!
Maribel
Soto wedding 9/5/14
Hiring first pick planning was the best decision I made in the entire planning process of our wedding. I was a diy bride Read more...
Hiring first pick planning was the best decision I made in the entire planning process of our wedding. I was a diy bride with lots of ideas and lots off tasks. I felt overwhelmed with so much detail, but once I had Sarah on board I immediately felt a big sense of relief. I felt like the planning went from my hands to a professional. What I loved the best was that she never steered me away from my vision. She always added greater ideas and was so helpful in getting my ideas to come to life. Sarah and Jen were always so sweet, even when things came up (which they will at weddings like unexpected guest) they handled every situation perfectly. Our wedding looked so beautiful, just the way I pictured it, the way I asked them to set up and they even added nicer touches. I had complete trust in them. I could write a book on how great they were. Best assistance I could have ever asked for. I couldn't have picked a better set of gals ;) 5stars plus!
Maribel
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Hayley
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
To any bride-to-be, I HIGHLY recommend joining forces with the lovely ladies of First Pick Planning! Seriously, do yourself a favor and bring these ladies on to make your wedding day run smoothly and make it the most magical day of your life.

I personally met with Jen and Sarah and right from the very first meeting (they came out of their way to meet with myself and mother in Huntington Beach which was so nice of them) and felt how passionate they are about making a wedding day run smoothly with no hiccups.

Sarah went above and beyond with contacting me with all the little details (not in an overwhelming way) and was in constant contact with all our vendors (DJ, baker, caterer, floral and bar, priest, photographer, videographer). She made sure everyone was on the same page and all the small things you never think of as a bride-to-be she would take care of.

The day and night of the wedding ran extremely well and within the timeline she planned out. She went above and beyond; from helping myself, bridesmaids and my mother put together all the napkins before the rehearsal the day before the wedding to making the big day run fabulously by instructing another awesome day of coordinator (Amy) to run out to buy more champagne during our reception.

I will never be able to thank these ladies enough for making me feel like my lifelong friends were helping me put together one of the biggest days of my life. I love you girls!
To any bride-to-be, I HIGHLY recommend joining forces with the lovely ladies of First Pick Planning! Seriously, do Read more...
To any bride-to-be, I HIGHLY recommend joining forces with the lovely ladies of First Pick Planning! Seriously, do yourself a favor and bring these ladies on to make your wedding day run smoothly and make it the most magical day of your life.

I personally met with Jen and Sarah and right from the very first meeting (they came out of their way to meet with myself and mother in Huntington Beach which was so nice of them) and felt how passionate they are about making a wedding day run smoothly with no hiccups.

Sarah went above and beyond with contacting me with all the little details (not in an overwhelming way) and was in constant contact with all our vendors (DJ, baker, caterer, floral and bar, priest, photographer, videographer). She made sure everyone was on the same page and all the small things you never think of as a bride-to-be she would take care of.

The day and night of the wedding ran extremely well and within the timeline she planned out. She went above and beyond; from helping myself, bridesmaids and my mother put together all the napkins before the rehearsal the day before the wedding to making the big day run fabulously by instructing another awesome day of coordinator (Amy) to run out to buy more champagne during our reception.

I will never be able to thank these ladies enough for making me feel like my lifelong friends were helping me put together one of the biggest days of my life. I love you girls! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't know how my wedding would have come together without Jen and her team from First Pick Planning. She was amazing and so responsive! I fell in love with a reception venue where everything had to be brought in. She was essential in helping it all come together. And through the process, she definitely got my style and vision for the wedding. So much so that I had no worries that it would all come together. The best thing I did was hire First Pick Planning! I would absolutely recommend First Pick!
I don't know how my wedding would have come together without Jen and her team from First Pick Planning. She was amazing Read more...
I don't know how my wedding would have come together without Jen and her team from First Pick Planning. She was amazing and so responsive! I fell in love with a reception venue where everything had to be brought in. She was essential in helping it all come together. And through the process, she definitely got my style and vision for the wedding. So much so that I had no worries that it would all come together. The best thing I did was hire First Pick Planning! I would absolutely recommend First Pick! Read less
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Leslie
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
If you’re getting married, hire Jen and her team as your planners. You will be in safe hands.
My husband told me to hire a planner early on; however, I thought I could do everything on my own. I was wrong. Two inevitable meltdowns later, I started scouting the wedding world for planners. I vetted at least a dozen planners, none which impressed me and then I found Jen. One afternoon I met Jen at a Starbucks near my home and it was like we had been lifelong friends. We went through the progress of all of my DIY planning to-date and she provided opinions on how to improve my ideas, citing tons of examples of what she had done/seen in the past. She quickly demonstrated that she was the expert which I appreciated that after a long search. Throughout the process, she made herself available, promptly responded to emails, and continued excellent service up until the day of the event. Then, the day of the wedding her and her team SHINED. My sister visited the venue during the setup, & noted that the planning team, “hustled” the entire time. When I arrived and got my first look of the space, it was more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. My hawk eyes then zoned in on that the bar which was a total clusterf**ck for the cocktail hour. We booked 2 bartenders but 1 had yet to show (we booked them outside of Jen’s reco). I pulled Jen aside to voice my concern and she pointed to one of her girls who was already on the phone trying to locate the missing bartender. They troubleshot the problem, got behind the bar and served drinks to our guests themselves. It was great to see the hustle in action. We had one obnoxious guest who was rude to several people at the party, including her staff (which mortifies me) but Jen’s team all handled it with poise and professionalism.
I can’t express how grateful I am to Jen and that we trusted her because I never felt that I had anything to worry about with her in charge. I could just enjoy myself which is the whole point of that day, right?
If you’re getting married, hire Jen and her team as your planners. You will be in safe hands.
My husband told me to Read more...
If you’re getting married, hire Jen and her team as your planners. You will be in safe hands.
My husband told me to hire a planner early on; however, I thought I could do everything on my own. I was wrong. Two inevitable meltdowns later, I started scouting the wedding world for planners. I vetted at least a dozen planners, none which impressed me and then I found Jen. One afternoon I met Jen at a Starbucks near my home and it was like we had been lifelong friends. We went through the progress of all of my DIY planning to-date and she provided opinions on how to improve my ideas, citing tons of examples of what she had done/seen in the past. She quickly demonstrated that she was the expert which I appreciated that after a long search. Throughout the process, she made herself available, promptly responded to emails, and continued excellent service up until the day of the event. Then, the day of the wedding her and her team SHINED. My sister visited the venue during the setup, & noted that the planning team, “hustled” the entire time. When I arrived and got my first look of the space, it was more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. My hawk eyes then zoned in on that the bar which was a total clusterf**ck for the cocktail hour. We booked 2 bartenders but 1 had yet to show (we booked them outside of Jen’s reco). I pulled Jen aside to voice my concern and she pointed to one of her girls who was already on the phone trying to locate the missing bartender. They troubleshot the problem, got behind the bar and served drinks to our guests themselves. It was great to see the hustle in action. We had one obnoxious guest who was rude to several people at the party, including her staff (which mortifies me) but Jen’s team all handled it with poise and professionalism.
I can’t express how grateful I am to Jen and that we trusted her because I never felt that I had anything to worry about with her in charge. I could just enjoy myself which is the whole point of that day, right? Read less
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Mora
Wedding:
5/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Most amazing coordinator and team ever!! She's professional, fun, and gets things done early and efficiently! She helped me for my day-of, but honestly, I felt like she was helping me months before then!! Her and her team did the most amazing job keeping my extra-large wedding flowing super smoothly! I was stress-free the entire day, and the credit completely goes to this amazing team! Absolutely love them!!
Most amazing coordinator and team ever!! She's professional, fun, and gets things done early and efficiently! She helped Read more...
Most amazing coordinator and team ever!! She's professional, fun, and gets things done early and efficiently! She helped me for my day-of, but honestly, I felt like she was helping me months before then!! Her and her team did the most amazing job keeping my extra-large wedding flowing super smoothly! I was stress-free the entire day, and the credit completely goes to this amazing team! Absolutely love them!! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
So you think you don't need a planner?? You are wrong! We hired Jen as our day-of coordinator but she was so helpful even before we committed to hiring her. I really feel that she gave us 110%. Her personality makes her a great coordinator because you feel like you are working with a friend. My husband and I both felt so lucky to have found her and booked her early on. Plus she had a wedding the day after ours but I never felt like she wasn't giving me her full attention on my wedding day. Every time I looked up she was within view ready to get me whatever I needed. Meet with her and you'll see what I'm talkin' about!
So you think you don't need a planner?? You are wrong! We hired Jen as our day-of coordinator but she was so helpful even Read more...
So you think you don't need a planner?? You are wrong! We hired Jen as our day-of coordinator but she was so helpful even before we committed to hiring her. I really feel that she gave us 110%. Her personality makes her a great coordinator because you feel like you are working with a friend. My husband and I both felt so lucky to have found her and booked her early on. Plus she had a wedding the day after ours but I never felt like she wasn't giving me her full attention on my wedding day. Every time I looked up she was within view ready to get me whatever I needed. Meet with her and you'll see what I'm talkin' about! Read less
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Paulette
Wedding:
4/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We had originally signed up with another planning service, but they had let us down so much. Feeling lost and frustrated we went looking all over and interviewed plenty of planners before picking Jen and boy, what a relief. Everything was perfect and it was no easy task. Our wedding was to incorporate both Armenian and American traditions and it was done perfect. We could not thank Jen enough for all the time and care for making our special day unforgettable.
We had originally signed up with another planning service, but they had let us down so much. Feeling lost and frustrated Read more...
We had originally signed up with another planning service, but they had let us down so much. Feeling lost and frustrated we went looking all over and interviewed plenty of planners before picking Jen and boy, what a relief. Everything was perfect and it was no easy task. Our wedding was to incorporate both Armenian and American traditions and it was done perfect. We could not thank Jen enough for all the time and care for making our special day unforgettable. Read less
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lauren jane
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
stop your search you've found your coordinator- jen bergmark is incredible!!!
stop your search you've found your coordinator- jen bergmark is incredible!!!
stop your search you've found your coordinator- jen bergmark is incredible!!! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
As skeptics of the need for a wedding coordinator, we want to say that Jen was worth every penny and MORE! To be honest, we didn't want a wedding coordinator because we thought they were too expensive but our venue required a professional. We booked Jen because of the few we interviewed, her personality and skillset matched with ours perfectly. Jen was incredibly responsive to all our emails (there were MANY) and built good relations with all of our vendors and key wedding personnel. Most importantly, she built a great relationship with US. Afterall, you spend all day with your wedding coordinator - they better be someone that you like! Our wedding day was perfect with Jen's help and while not everything went as planned (it never does) she and her assistants adeptly managed the changing situations and nobody was the wiser!
As skeptics of the need for a wedding coordinator, we want to say that Jen was worth every penny and MORE! To be honest, Read more...
As skeptics of the need for a wedding coordinator, we want to say that Jen was worth every penny and MORE! To be honest, we didn't want a wedding coordinator because we thought they were too expensive but our venue required a professional. We booked Jen because of the few we interviewed, her personality and skillset matched with ours perfectly. Jen was incredibly responsive to all our emails (there were MANY) and built good relations with all of our vendors and key wedding personnel. Most importantly, she built a great relationship with US. Afterall, you spend all day with your wedding coordinator - they better be someone that you like! Our wedding day was perfect with Jen's help and while not everything went as planned (it never does) she and her assistants adeptly managed the changing situations and nobody was the wiser! Read less
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Riley
Wedding:
3/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I'm a details person, and was covering my share of the details before Jen came on. Once she became our wedding planner, I was able to turn over all trust to Jen and let my mind be free of the worries and stress, never doubting the results. Looking back, I don't know how we could have planned/executed the wedding without her.

Additionally, she took what we wanted and added her own creative aspects to it, making for a unique San Franciscan wedding. We couldn't have had a better wedding!
I'm a details person, and was covering my share of the details before Jen came on. Once she became our wedding planner, I Read more...
I'm a details person, and was covering my share of the details before Jen came on. Once she became our wedding planner, I was able to turn over all trust to Jen and let my mind be free of the worries and stress, never doubting the results. Looking back, I don't know how we could have planned/executed the wedding without her.

Additionally, she took what we wanted and added her own creative aspects to it, making for a unique San Franciscan wedding. We couldn't have had a better wedding! Read less
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Candice
Wedding:
2/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Jen was my personal cheerleader and brain (Wedding Brain is a real thing!) for the entire wedding experience. Just saying that she is amazing isn't enough. The day wouldn't have happened or have been as smooth or beautiful if it wasn't for her. My husband and I picked a location a good deal away from the city, and she was there buying Hay, organizing vendors, driving the mountain roads, responding to emails/phone calls AND helping me with DIY projects the night before the wedding...all with a huge smile on her face. Our entire family LOVED her and wanted to instantly adopt her into the family. I would recommend Jen to everyone and anyone. Hiring her was the best decision we made for our wedding, and as a Professional Wedding Photographer myself, I know how important it is to have a coordinator there to make things run smoothly. Also, just being able to hand off all of your planning and designs to someone else two weeks before the wedding and knowing they are going to get it done is like heaven in wedding-land.
Jen was my personal cheerleader and brain (Wedding Brain is a real thing!) for the entire wedding experience. Just saying Read more...
Jen was my personal cheerleader and brain (Wedding Brain is a real thing!) for the entire wedding experience. Just saying that she is amazing isn't enough. The day wouldn't have happened or have been as smooth or beautiful if it wasn't for her. My husband and I picked a location a good deal away from the city, and she was there buying Hay, organizing vendors, driving the mountain roads, responding to emails/phone calls AND helping me with DIY projects the night before the wedding...all with a huge smile on her face. Our entire family LOVED her and wanted to instantly adopt her into the family. I would recommend Jen to everyone and anyone. Hiring her was the best decision we made for our wedding, and as a Professional Wedding Photographer myself, I know how important it is to have a coordinator there to make things run smoothly. Also, just being able to hand off all of your planning and designs to someone else two weeks before the wedding and knowing they are going to get it done is like heaven in wedding-land. Read less
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Ronda
Wedding:
12/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Jen is thoughtful, resonsive and enjoyable to work with. She is available, flexible and has great ideas. She had it all under control on my wedding day. I did not have to worrry about a thing. I enjoyed my wedding as did my family! My family and friends loved her which made for a warm and positive experience. My vendors enjoyed working with her as well. Thanks Jen for making my wedding day so easy and special!
Jen is thoughtful, resonsive and enjoyable to work with. She is available, flexible and has great ideas. She had it all Read more...
Jen is thoughtful, resonsive and enjoyable to work with. She is available, flexible and has great ideas. She had it all under control on my wedding day. I did not have to worrry about a thing. I enjoyed my wedding as did my family! My family and friends loved her which made for a warm and positive experience. My vendors enjoyed working with her as well. Thanks Jen for making my wedding day so easy and special! Read less
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Marina
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
We cannot begin to express how spectacular, amazing and wonderful Jen at First Pick Planning was to us in the planning and execution of a very broad and detailed wedding. Jen's attention to detail, professionalism and dedication to our family made working with First Pick Planning a dream. Jen never seemed to be rattled or got off guard through the whole process.The day was a marked event to all who attended! We were able to enjoy the beauty of the day also. We would HIGHLY recommend Jen and First Pick Planning to anyone that is in need of assistance with any type of event planning. Thank you again Jen !!!!!
We cannot begin to express how spectacular, amazing and wonderful Jen at First Pick Planning was to us in the planning and Read more...
We cannot begin to express how spectacular, amazing and wonderful Jen at First Pick Planning was to us in the planning and execution of a very broad and detailed wedding. Jen's attention to detail, professionalism and dedication to our family made working with First Pick Planning a dream. Jen never seemed to be rattled or got off guard through the whole process.The day was a marked event to all who attended! We were able to enjoy the beauty of the day also. We would HIGHLY recommend Jen and First Pick Planning to anyone that is in need of assistance with any type of event planning. Thank you again Jen !!!!! Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Jen was great to work with! She came to Santa Barbara from southern California to work with us and make our special day flawless. She communicated with all the vendors and made sure they knew where and when to be at the venue and took care of any questions and concerns that came up. It was so nice to have someone take care of setting up and gathering decorations, gifts, and other items that I would not have had help with. I am very grateful to have had her help!
Jen was great to work with! She came to Santa Barbara from southern California to work with us and make our special day Read more...
Jen was great to work with! She came to Santa Barbara from southern California to work with us and make our special day flawless. She communicated with all the vendors and made sure they knew where and when to be at the venue and took care of any questions and concerns that came up. It was so nice to have someone take care of setting up and gathering decorations, gifts, and other items that I would not have had help with. I am very grateful to have had her help! Read less
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Claire
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
I know it's rare to see a review with 5 stars across all categories, but Jen with First Pick Planning is a rare and wonderful find! From start to finish, she helped make my husband's (weeee!) and my wedding go so smoothly and stress-free. With every wedding comes hiccups, but I either didn't know about them or Jen put me at ease when some random issue came up. With extreme organization,
professionalism and wonderfully calm and fun demeanor, First Pick Planning helped me part with my beloved wedding planning binder which allowed us to have best day and night of our lives. I highly recommend their services -- Worth every damn penny!
I know it's rare to see a review with 5 stars across all categories, but Jen with First Pick Planning is a rare and Read more...
I know it's rare to see a review with 5 stars across all categories, but Jen with First Pick Planning is a rare and wonderful find! From start to finish, she helped make my husband's (weeee!) and my wedding go so smoothly and stress-free. With every wedding comes hiccups, but I either didn't know about them or Jen put me at ease when some random issue came up. With extreme organization,
professionalism and wonderfully calm and fun demeanor, First Pick Planning helped me part with my beloved wedding planning binder which allowed us to have best day and night of our lives. I highly recommend their services -- Worth every damn penny! Read less
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Laina
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Jen Bergmark at First Pick Planning was absolutely incredible! With one week to go we realized that we needed ALOT of help and Jen came in at the last minute to save the day. She was so organized and helpful thinking about all of the little details and ensured that our vision was executed perfectly. On the day of, she was amazing to have by my side, running around doing last minute little things and ensuring that everyone was where they needed to be at the right time. We were people that did a lot of our wedding planning on our own and in retrospect I wish we had gotten Jen involved earlier. She really helped us to stay calm and relaxed in the finals days because she stepped in to take care of everything. She really went above and beyond and even made us a scrapbook to use for the pictures from the photo booth we rented and the scrapbook was awesome! She has an incredible ability to get things done quickly and efficiently and made our wedding look even more beautiful than I could have imagined. She worked phenomenally with all of our vendors and reached out to them on her own to introduce herself and share the wedding timeline so I didn't even have to think about coordinating anything! Not only is Jen professional and an excellent event planner she is also a caring and truly loving person. My entire family and wedding party loved her and she is definitely someone you want by your side as you prepare for, plan and enjoy the biggest day of your life!! We love Jen and highly recommend her!!!
Jen Bergmark at First Pick Planning was absolutely incredible! With one week to go we realized that we needed ALOT of help Read more...
Jen Bergmark at First Pick Planning was absolutely incredible! With one week to go we realized that we needed ALOT of help and Jen came in at the last minute to save the day. She was so organized and helpful thinking about all of the little details and ensured that our vision was executed perfectly. On the day of, she was amazing to have by my side, running around doing last minute little things and ensuring that everyone was where they needed to be at the right time. We were people that did a lot of our wedding planning on our own and in retrospect I wish we had gotten Jen involved earlier. She really helped us to stay calm and relaxed in the finals days because she stepped in to take care of everything. She really went above and beyond and even made us a scrapbook to use for the pictures from the photo booth we rented and the scrapbook was awesome! She has an incredible ability to get things done quickly and efficiently and made our wedding look even more beautiful than I could have imagined. She worked phenomenally with all of our vendors and reached out to them on her own to introduce herself and share the wedding timeline so I didn't even have to think about coordinating anything! Not only is Jen professional and an excellent event planner she is also a caring and truly loving person. My entire family and wedding party loved her and she is definitely someone you want by your side as you prepare for, plan and enjoy the biggest day of your life!! We love Jen and highly recommend her!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Jen was absolutely fabulous from day 1. I really considered her my angel. With little help from the hubby, she was my go to girl. I purchased the middle package and thought is was plenty of time for her to help me stay organized, go to meetings, contact vendors, assemble table numbers, etc. On the day of the wedding, Jen & her assistant were great. Everything went smoothly. After I expressed needing someone to check in with me every once in awhile, Jen & her assistant her on it! Jen stayed calm & pleasant even though I may have been a little bit short and snappy, mainly because I was stressed. She really was on top of everything. Jen & assistant blended in well with the family; family members thought they were guests. Overall, we were blessed and grateful to have Jen & assistant coordinate our special day.
~Michelle M.
Jen was absolutely fabulous from day 1. I really considered her my angel. With little help from the hubby, she was my go Read more...
Jen was absolutely fabulous from day 1. I really considered her my angel. With little help from the hubby, she was my go to girl. I purchased the middle package and thought is was plenty of time for her to help me stay organized, go to meetings, contact vendors, assemble table numbers, etc. On the day of the wedding, Jen & her assistant were great. Everything went smoothly. After I expressed needing someone to check in with me every once in awhile, Jen & her assistant her on it! Jen stayed calm & pleasant even though I may have been a little bit short and snappy, mainly because I was stressed. She really was on top of everything. Jen & assistant blended in well with the family; family members thought they were guests. Overall, we were blessed and grateful to have Jen & assistant coordinate our special day.
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Jillian
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Jenn was our day of coordinator, and she is a superstar! She anticipated every problem and made sure the day went perfectly. We met several times before the big day, and she was always there to answer email questions as well. She set up all of our DIY decor (including floral centerpieces, lawn games, etc), coordinated with all the vendors to keep everyone on the timeline, got all the gifts and leftover decor packed into cars, and even made sure my purse was in the limo at the end of the night. She was absolutely amazing, and it's because of her that our wedding day was fun and stress free :)
Jenn was our day of coordinator, and she is a superstar! She anticipated every problem and made sure the day went Read more...
Jenn was our day of coordinator, and she is a superstar! She anticipated every problem and made sure the day went perfectly. We met several times before the big day, and she was always there to answer email questions as well. She set up all of our DIY decor (including floral centerpieces, lawn games, etc), coordinated with all the vendors to keep everyone on the timeline, got all the gifts and leftover decor packed into cars, and even made sure my purse was in the limo at the end of the night. She was absolutely amazing, and it's because of her that our wedding day was fun and stress free :) Read less
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Joyce
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
By far the best wedding planner ever! Jen was my day of coordinator and she went above and beyond her responsibilities! Not only is she organized, have a great eye for details and approachable - she is also a lot of fun! Our wedding was a mix of Indian and New Orleans customs and she dove right into it! She is a must and you won't be disappointed!
By far the best wedding planner ever! Jen was my day of coordinator and she went above and beyond her responsibilities! Read more...
By far the best wedding planner ever! Jen was my day of coordinator and she went above and beyond her responsibilities! Not only is she organized, have a great eye for details and approachable - she is also a lot of fun! Our wedding was a mix of Indian and New Orleans customs and she dove right into it! She is a must and you won't be disappointed! Read less
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Oksana
Wedding:
4/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Jen was wonderful! Very professional and always available to answer our questions and to take care of any concern we had, which were just a few. He handled everything with great care and attention to all of the little details we had planned for our wedding. Thank you, Jen!
Jen was wonderful! Very professional and always available to answer our questions and to take care of any concern we had, Read more...
Jen was wonderful! Very professional and always available to answer our questions and to take care of any concern we had, which were just a few. He handled everything with great care and attention to all of the little details we had planned for our wedding. Thank you, Jen! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It took all of 20 seconds for me to know that first pick planning was right for Val and I. That was how long her pitch was when we first met Jen at the LA Wedding Expo in July of 2012. We had seen and heard from just about every vendor and were very tired of being sold or turned away because we didn't have enough money. Then we walked past Jen's booth and stopped because we hadn't spoken with any coordinators. Jen's 20 second pitch was very warm and inviting without jamming herself down our throats like the rest of the sharks there, and she didn't try to keep us any longer then those 20 seconds. I emailed her that night and told her our situation. She remembered us by name and really worked with us on the price, so we scheduled a meeting with her. We scheduled interviews with a handful of other coordinators as well so we could see what was out there but we met Jen later the next weekend and decided there was no reason meet with anyone else. She never gave us a reason to second-guess that decision. I found myself both sympathetic and yet highly critical of her position because I do the very same thing she does, just in a different field and not once did she disappoint. Jen is a very personable and friendly person, which is what Val and I were looking for in all of our vendors, but beneath that friendly demeanor is a great work ethic and sense of joy and pride in her work that drives her to deliver for her clients. Yet when faced with the egos that inevitably love to poke their heads out, she stands her ground for her clients and somehow keeps a smile on everybody's face. Needless to say, we were very pleased with Jen and her services and would whole-heartedly, without reserve, recommend Jen & First Pick Planning to anyone looking for Wedding and Event Planning Services.
It took all of 20 seconds for me to know that first pick planning was right for Val and I. That was how long her pitch was Read more...
It took all of 20 seconds for me to know that first pick planning was right for Val and I. That was how long her pitch was when we first met Jen at the LA Wedding Expo in July of 2012. We had seen and heard from just about every vendor and were very tired of being sold or turned away because we didn't have enough money. Then we walked past Jen's booth and stopped because we hadn't spoken with any coordinators. Jen's 20 second pitch was very warm and inviting without jamming herself down our throats like the rest of the sharks there, and she didn't try to keep us any longer then those 20 seconds. I emailed her that night and told her our situation. She remembered us by name and really worked with us on the price, so we scheduled a meeting with her. We scheduled interviews with a handful of other coordinators as well so we could see what was out there but we met Jen later the next weekend and decided there was no reason meet with anyone else. She never gave us a reason to second-guess that decision. I found myself both sympathetic and yet highly critical of her position because I do the very same thing she does, just in a different field and not once did she disappoint. Jen is a very personable and friendly person, which is what Val and I were looking for in all of our vendors, but beneath that friendly demeanor is a great work ethic and sense of joy and pride in her work that drives her to deliver for her clients. Yet when faced with the egos that inevitably love to poke their heads out, she stands her ground for her clients and somehow keeps a smile on everybody's face. Needless to say, we were very pleased with Jen and her services and would whole-heartedly, without reserve, recommend Jen & First Pick Planning to anyone looking for Wedding and Event Planning Services. Read less
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Hillary
Wedding:
2/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring First Pick Planning was one of the best decisions I made during my wedding planning process. Jen Bergmark is so knowledgeable and organized about the entire wedding process. She met with me several times before my wedding and had an answer to every questions I had. She was always very responsive to my emails. Jen ran my rehearsal and made a schedule for everyone in the wedding party so they all knew when and where they were supposed to be on the big day. A friend of mine was supposed to supplies orchid blooms on the day of, but had a family emergency, so Jen went to the downtown flower market that morning and bought all the orchids I needed. She followed all of my instructions about decorating made sure everything looked amazing. She stayed late after the event and made sure that everything got cleaned up. I would highly recommend her services - there's no way my wedding would have gone so smoothly if it wasn't for her!
Hiring First Pick Planning was one of the best decisions I made during my wedding planning process. Jen Bergmark is so Read more...
Hiring First Pick Planning was one of the best decisions I made during my wedding planning process. Jen Bergmark is so knowledgeable and organized about the entire wedding process. She met with me several times before my wedding and had an answer to every questions I had. She was always very responsive to my emails. Jen ran my rehearsal and made a schedule for everyone in the wedding party so they all knew when and where they were supposed to be on the big day. A friend of mine was supposed to supplies orchid blooms on the day of, but had a family emergency, so Jen went to the downtown flower market that morning and bought all the orchids I needed. She followed all of my instructions about decorating made sure everything looked amazing. She stayed late after the event and made sure that everything got cleaned up. I would highly recommend her services - there's no way my wedding would have gone so smoothly if it wasn't for her! Read less
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Faye
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
My (now) husband and I could not have loved First Pick/Jen more. Even better than that both moms loved her too. She was creative, efficient, fun, smart and sweet. She thought of everything we didn't have time to and truly made the wedding a relaxed and special event. She was also very responsive as well as clear and concise in her communications. Her plans were organized and easy to follow. In other words exactly what you would want in a planner.
My (now) husband and I could not have loved First Pick/Jen more. Even better than that both moms loved her too. She was Read more...
My (now) husband and I could not have loved First Pick/Jen more. Even better than that both moms loved her too. She was creative, efficient, fun, smart and sweet. She thought of everything we didn't have time to and truly made the wedding a relaxed and special event. She was also very responsive as well as clear and concise in her communications. Her plans were organized and easy to follow. In other words exactly what you would want in a planner. Read less
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M
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
With only about a month left until our wedding, I was frantically looking for a day of coordinator that would work with our long wedding day and that was fluent in Spanish. Luckily, my husband and I found Jen at a bridal show! She was a charm, very professional, and fit both requirements. She answered and clarified any questions I had in a timely manner. On our wedding day, she was able to tackle all situations that arose successfully along with her assistant Romie.

They were both very attentive, quick to act, creative, and above all a pleasure to work with. I felt as if I had my best friends along my side overseeing and taking care of all things that I had carefully planned for.

Thanks for many unforgettable moments leading to the very end of the night! ;) Many nerve wrecking moments were eased by sharing a laugh with you.

Jen, you and your business Rock!
With only about a month left until our wedding, I was frantically looking for a day of coordinator that would work with Read more...
With only about a month left until our wedding, I was frantically looking for a day of coordinator that would work with our long wedding day and that was fluent in Spanish. Luckily, my husband and I found Jen at a bridal show! She was a charm, very professional, and fit both requirements. She answered and clarified any questions I had in a timely manner. On our wedding day, she was able to tackle all situations that arose successfully along with her assistant Romie.

They were both very attentive, quick to act, creative, and above all a pleasure to work with. I felt as if I had my best friends along my side overseeing and taking care of all things that I had carefully planned for.

Thanks for many unforgettable moments leading to the very end of the night! ;) Many nerve wrecking moments were eased by sharing a laugh with you.

Jen, you and your business Rock! Read less
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