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First Pick Planning

Manhattan Beach , CA
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

310-603-1858
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ABOUT US

First Pick Planning Services is a wedding & event planning company based in Los Angeles, CA with offices in San Francisco, CA and Orange County, CA. Wether you are planning a wedding or... Read more
First Pick Planning Services is a wedding & event planning company based in Los Angeles, CA with offices in San Francisco, CA and Orange County, 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. We strive to make people feel welcome and allow our clients to enjoy every moment of their special event with our kind personalities and sincere attention to detail. Making us your first pick for all your event planning needs is a selection you won't regret!

Our services extend all throughout the state of California but we specifically have experience with weddings in LA, San Diego, Temecula, Palm Springs, Orange County, Santa Barbara as well as Las Vegas and beyond. We welcome out-of-state and international event opportunities (owner Jen is fluent in Spanish!) and regardless of the event, our theory is simple: make everyone feel number 1 and have fun!

Please email us at info@firstpickplanning.com 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 Greater Los Angeles areas. 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, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
5

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Emmalinda
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I hired Emma Seitz and she orchestrated the wedding of our DREAMS. I have no reservations recommending her work enthusiastically; you would be so lucky to have her plan your wedding! Whatever it is, she's ON TOP OF IT--I don’t think she forgot a single wedding-related idea I ever mentioned. If you’re asking yourself whether a professional coordinator or planner is worth the money—YES, for Emma and the First Pick Planning team, every penny and then some!!!

For starts, she gave us (multiple) referrals for just about every vendor we hired, and she saved us money at every possible turn. Honestly, she made the planning process so easy, she helped us keep the whole thing well within our modest budget, and when the day-of came, our wedding. was. perfect. Partly because I got to marry the love of my life and all that, but also because Emma is a magician.

We didn’t make it easy on her, either. Our (gorgeous) venue was entirely outdoors—no refrigeration, limited parking, very few electrical outlets, even. Emma made it work. On top of that, I wasn’t the most organized bride; Emma would send me the friendliest little guilt-free nudges and reminders, to help me stay on top of things. She kept us moving along our planning-timeline while being very understanding of our busy lives, and as often as you hear people say wedding planning is a nightmare, Emma made it easy and fun. She’s clearly very knowledgeable about wedding history, customs, and traditions, which was helpful, but never put the slightest pressure on us to conform to anyone’s dream wedding but our own. She was great with all our parents, our family and bridal party all loved her, and we had the happiest day of our lives and didn’t have to worry about a thing because Emma was on it. A+, 5 stars, 10 out of 10. Happiest bride in the world. Hire Emma.
My husband and I hired Emma Seitz and she orchestrated the wedding of our DREAMS. I have no reservations recommending her Read more...
My husband and I hired Emma Seitz and she orchestrated the wedding of our DREAMS. I have no reservations recommending her work enthusiastically; you would be so lucky to have her plan your wedding! Whatever it is, she's ON TOP OF IT--I don’t think she forgot a single wedding-related idea I ever mentioned. If you’re asking yourself whether a professional coordinator or planner is worth the money—YES, for Emma and the First Pick Planning team, every penny and then some!!!

For starts, she gave us (multiple) referrals for just about every vendor we hired, and she saved us money at every possible turn. Honestly, she made the planning process so easy, she helped us keep the whole thing well within our modest budget, and when the day-of came, our wedding. was. perfect. Partly because I got to marry the love of my life and all that, but also because Emma is a magician.

We didn’t make it easy on her, either. Our (gorgeous) venue was entirely outdoors—no refrigeration, limited parking, very few electrical outlets, even. Emma made it work. On top of that, I wasn’t the most organized bride; Emma would send me the friendliest little guilt-free nudges and reminders, to help me stay on top of things. She kept us moving along our planning-timeline while being very understanding of our busy lives, and as often as you hear people say wedding planning is a nightmare, Emma made it easy and fun. She’s clearly very knowledgeable about wedding history, customs, and traditions, which was helpful, but never put the slightest pressure on us to conform to anyone’s dream wedding but our own. She was great with all our parents, our family and bridal party all loved her, and we had the happiest day of our lives and didn’t have to worry about a thing because Emma was on it. A+, 5 stars, 10 out of 10. Happiest bride in the world. Hire Emma. Read less
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Alana
Wedding:
4/24/2016
5.0/5.0
JEN IS THE BEST. Sorry for the yelling, but seriously, Jen is the best. Everyone always tells you that things will go wrong on your wedding day, and to expect that it won't be perfect. Well, my wedding at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock was perfect, and that is completely thanks to Jen at First Pick Planning. She held our hands through every stressful moment of the planning process and through every blissful moment of the big day. Her vendor recommendations were so spot on, it's like she was reading our minds. She seems to know everybody in the wedding biz, and can tell you who is amazing and who isn't. Though we were on a budget, we felt like every dollar we spent was well spent.

My (now) husband and I were pretty clueless about how this whole wedding thing worked. We had questions like: Why do you need a DJ? How much does it cost to get 100 people tipsy? What else do you need to get married besides two people in love? Etc. She was endlessly patient and absolutely the best investment we made toward our mutual happiness and sanity.
JEN IS THE BEST. Sorry for the yelling, but seriously, Jen is the best. Everyone always tells you that things will go Read more...
JEN IS THE BEST. Sorry for the yelling, but seriously, Jen is the best. Everyone always tells you that things will go wrong on your wedding day, and to expect that it won't be perfect. Well, my wedding at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock was perfect, and that is completely thanks to Jen at First Pick Planning. She held our hands through every stressful moment of the planning process and through every blissful moment of the big day. Her vendor recommendations were so spot on, it's like she was reading our minds. She seems to know everybody in the wedding biz, and can tell you who is amazing and who isn't. Though we were on a budget, we felt like every dollar we spent was well spent.

My (now) husband and I were pretty clueless about how this whole wedding thing worked. We had questions like: Why do you need a DJ? How much does it cost to get 100 people tipsy? What else do you need to get married besides two people in love? Etc. She was endlessly patient and absolutely the best investment we made toward our mutual happiness and sanity. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
1/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Jen was absolutely phenomenal. She is so organized, professional, and very knowledgeable. She helped me with my destination wedding in Cabo, and without her, I don't know if I would have been able to have anything close to my dream wedding. Thanks to her, my husband and I enjoyed our year of engagement, and had a wedding better than we ever expected. She gave me the best wedding gift of all - peace of mind and zero stress. I will forever be grateful for her!!!
Jen was absolutely phenomenal. She is so organized, professional, and very knowledgeable. She helped me with my Read more...
Jen was absolutely phenomenal. She is so organized, professional, and very knowledgeable. She helped me with my destination wedding in Cabo, and without her, I don't know if I would have been able to have anything close to my dream wedding. Thanks to her, my husband and I enjoyed our year of engagement, and had a wedding better than we ever expected. She gave me the best wedding gift of all - peace of mind and zero stress. I will forever be grateful for her!!! Read less
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Kelly Williams
Wedding:
11/28/2015
5.0/5.0
To truly capture what an incredible difference Emma at FPP made for our wedding would require a novel-length review. She is worth her weight in gold, and was the best investment we made during the entire wedding planning process.

My husband David and I were lucky enough to work with Emma Seitz of FPP as our day-of coordinator. That title is a little misleading; Emma felt like a month-of coordinator!

I had done a lot of the work beforehand, and was lucky to be using lots of friends as my vendors. Emma had the perfect touch with everyone. Every question was answered, and she somehow psychically sensed what I needed before *I* even knew it.

My biggest goal for my wedding was to have a day that was full of love and happiness, and a BIG part of that was ensuring that things ran smoothly so that our parents, bridal party and, um, us, could enjoy the day and be in the moment, knowing that the details were taken care of.

Emma was on top of everything, but never overbearing. She was incredibly organized, but also flexible. Every time we needed her, she was right there, but not even slightly pushy. And she is one cool customer: I never, ever saw her flustered.

There are so many "unknown unknowns" during a wedding. Emma asked questions we would have never even thought of, then proceeded to execute the wedding of our dreams.

Thank you, Emma and First Pick!
To truly capture what an incredible difference Emma at FPP made for our wedding would require a novel-length review. She Read more...
To truly capture what an incredible difference Emma at FPP made for our wedding would require a novel-length review. She is worth her weight in gold, and was the best investment we made during the entire wedding planning process.

My husband David and I were lucky enough to work with Emma Seitz of FPP as our day-of coordinator. That title is a little misleading; Emma felt like a month-of coordinator!

I had done a lot of the work beforehand, and was lucky to be using lots of friends as my vendors. Emma had the perfect touch with everyone. Every question was answered, and she somehow psychically sensed what I needed before *I* even knew it.

My biggest goal for my wedding was to have a day that was full of love and happiness, and a BIG part of that was ensuring that things ran smoothly so that our parents, bridal party and, um, us, could enjoy the day and be in the moment, knowing that the details were taken care of.

Emma was on top of everything, but never overbearing. She was incredibly organized, but also flexible. Every time we needed her, she was right there, but not even slightly pushy. And she is one cool customer: I never, ever saw her flustered.

There are so many "unknown unknowns" during a wedding. Emma asked questions we would have never even thought of, then proceeded to execute the wedding of our dreams.

Thank you, Emma and First Pick! Read less
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Nancy
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
First Pick Planning is amazing! At first, I was hesitant in hiring a day of wedding coordinator due to the rising costs of the wedding but since a lot of my friends said it's very necessary for at least the wedding day, I started shopping around. My husband travels a lot and Jen was very accomodating in meeting with us twice so that he can meet her. Not only was Jen there for the wedding day but was also there for my email questions as mundane as what hotel do you think I should go to? Do you think that's expensive?..She even offered to call her contacts to see if she can get a better price. Jen and her team made my wedding day not only beautiful but so stress-free that I was actually able to enjoy the day. I told them my vision and provided the decor. When I came into the reception, it was so much better than I had envisioned! They even were able to pick up desserts for the dessert table the day of the wedding and I stupidly forgot the pants to my Vietnamese ao dai (traditional dress) and they were able to pick it up at the hotel. First Pick Planning was very worth the money and this is coming from a cheapo. lol.
First Pick Planning is amazing! At first, I was hesitant in hiring a day of wedding coordinator due to the rising costs of Read more...
First Pick Planning is amazing! At first, I was hesitant in hiring a day of wedding coordinator due to the rising costs of the wedding but since a lot of my friends said it's very necessary for at least the wedding day, I started shopping around. My husband travels a lot and Jen was very accomodating in meeting with us twice so that he can meet her. Not only was Jen there for the wedding day but was also there for my email questions as mundane as what hotel do you think I should go to? Do you think that's expensive?..She even offered to call her contacts to see if she can get a better price. Jen and her team made my wedding day not only beautiful but so stress-free that I was actually able to enjoy the day. I told them my vision and provided the decor. When I came into the reception, it was so much better than I had envisioned! They even were able to pick up desserts for the dessert table the day of the wedding and I stupidly forgot the pants to my Vietnamese ao dai (traditional dress) and they were able to pick it up at the hotel. First Pick Planning was very worth the money and this is coming from a cheapo. lol. Read less
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Anny
Wedding:
10/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Hiring Jen Bergmark with First Pick Planning was the best wedding decision that my husband and I made! If you're going back and forth on whether or not you need a wedding planner, the answer is you DEFINITELY need one, and you need Jen. Jen was amazing from our first meeting with her, until the end of the wedding. She made everything go so smoothly, she and her team had fantastic energy and if anything did go wrong, we had no idea! Ashley was her assistant coordinator for our wedding, and we loved her just as much! I can't say enough good things about this company, seriously hire them!
Hiring Jen Bergmark with First Pick Planning was the best wedding decision that my husband and I made! If you're going Read more...
Hiring Jen Bergmark with First Pick Planning was the best wedding decision that my husband and I made! If you're going back and forth on whether or not you need a wedding planner, the answer is you DEFINITELY need one, and you need Jen. Jen was amazing from our first meeting with her, until the end of the wedding. She made everything go so smoothly, she and her team had fantastic energy and if anything did go wrong, we had no idea! Ashley was her assistant coordinator for our wedding, and we loved her just as much! I can't say enough good things about this company, seriously hire them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I'm giving First Pick Planning 5 stars because they truly were a good company to work with for my wedding. I met Sarah during my initial consultation meeting and I instantly knew that she would make for a great wedding planner! She's got a fun and bubbly personality and it shows that she loves what she does. She's also very enthusiastic and although she's young, she had enough experience under her belt for me to choose her. I was happy that she was familiar with the Catholic ceremony too since that's what we were going to have. It seems like she had seen it all! During the planning process she was very responsive to emails. We were in constant contact, even with texts and calls. She would inform me of everything and was pretty good at calming an anxious bride like myself. She did everything in her power to give us the wedding we wanted while still making an effort to keep us within budget. She made sure everything ran smoothly and didn't pressure me into making any decisions whatsoever. She handled everything for me and all I had to do was tell her what I wanted and she would make it happen. Also if something did go wrong, she would be on the ball and try to fix it. We had a couple mishaps along the way from wedding invitations to the limo services being sub-par. She went ahead and volunteered to put all my invitations together for me and mail them out. And she spoke with the limo vendor and was able to refund us half the cost. On our wedding day reception she was also super flexible with the timeline. Initially I didn't want to do a bouquet toss or garter toss but we were able to add that to the program last minute with no problem. My family even noticed the good job she did during the reception and commented how seamless she made everything. Working with her and her team was truly an enjoyable experience and it made our day stress free. They're truly there for you and they work hard to make sure your day is a success.
I'm giving First Pick Planning 5 stars because they truly were a good company to work with for my wedding. I met Sarah Read more...
I'm giving First Pick Planning 5 stars because they truly were a good company to work with for my wedding. I met Sarah during my initial consultation meeting and I instantly knew that she would make for a great wedding planner! She's got a fun and bubbly personality and it shows that she loves what she does. She's also very enthusiastic and although she's young, she had enough experience under her belt for me to choose her. I was happy that she was familiar with the Catholic ceremony too since that's what we were going to have. It seems like she had seen it all! During the planning process she was very responsive to emails. We were in constant contact, even with texts and calls. She would inform me of everything and was pretty good at calming an anxious bride like myself. She did everything in her power to give us the wedding we wanted while still making an effort to keep us within budget. She made sure everything ran smoothly and didn't pressure me into making any decisions whatsoever. She handled everything for me and all I had to do was tell her what I wanted and she would make it happen. Also if something did go wrong, she would be on the ball and try to fix it. We had a couple mishaps along the way from wedding invitations to the limo services being sub-par. She went ahead and volunteered to put all my invitations together for me and mail them out. And she spoke with the limo vendor and was able to refund us half the cost. On our wedding day reception she was also super flexible with the timeline. Initially I didn't want to do a bouquet toss or garter toss but we were able to add that to the program last minute with no problem. My family even noticed the good job she did during the reception and commented how seamless she made everything. Working with her and her team was truly an enjoyable experience and it made our day stress free. They're truly there for you and they work hard to make sure your day is a success. Read less
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Alesandra
Wedding:
5/24/2015
5.0/5.0
First Pick Planning was an excellent choice on my part. I found them through the LA Bridal Expo end of last year. We clicked and the affair was absolutely wonderful. All who attended our wedding raved about the details, band, food, flowers and the atmosphere created by what I and my husband wanted for the celebration. There were no last minute glitches I was told to expect. Emma Seitz who worked with us from First Pick Planning was very professional, very organized and willing to do the wedding we wanted not what was expected or the fad of the day. Every vendor I talked with asked how I found Emma and how they liked working with her. It was a great wedding!
First Pick Planning was an excellent choice on my part. I found them through the LA Bridal Expo end of last year. We Read more...
First Pick Planning was an excellent choice on my part. I found them through the LA Bridal Expo end of last year. We clicked and the affair was absolutely wonderful. All who attended our wedding raved about the details, band, food, flowers and the atmosphere created by what I and my husband wanted for the celebration. There were no last minute glitches I was told to expect. Emma Seitz who worked with us from First Pick Planning was very professional, very organized and willing to do the wedding we wanted not what was expected or the fad of the day. Every vendor I talked with asked how I found Emma and how they liked working with her. It was a great wedding! Read less
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Kyle
Wedding:
5/20/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired First Pick to coordinate our Observatory Elopement and our Reception in Georgia. I can't imagine a better experience. My now husband and I wanted to have a private ceremony at the Lick Observatory in Mt. Hamilton, CA and then 6 months later surprise our friends and family with a wedding film of the whole experience. Jen and Ashley helped us get everything we wanted. They are a fantastic, fun team who loves what they do and are amazing at it.
We hired First Pick to coordinate our Observatory Elopement and our Reception in Georgia. I can't imagine a better Read more...
We hired First Pick to coordinate our Observatory Elopement and our Reception in Georgia. I can't imagine a better experience. My now husband and I wanted to have a private ceremony at the Lick Observatory in Mt. Hamilton, CA and then 6 months later surprise our friends and family with a wedding film of the whole experience. Jen and Ashley helped us get everything we wanted. They are a fantastic, fun team who loves what they do and are amazing at it. Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
5/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Jen is very professional and we could tell she takes great pride in her company and wants to make sure her clients are happy. Our wedding was beautiful and I can actually say it was just as I imagined it would be! We have no complaints. Sarah was the one who worked on our wedding and her attention to detail and her knack for creating a detailed, minute by minute timeline was so impressive. Her planning skills definitely helped keep our wedding on track. We didn't have to worry about a thing because we knew that Sarah was on top of everything and we were able to enjoy our beautiful day at the Sky Room in Long Beach. Sarah was also wonderful about responding to all of my emails and her energy calmed my nerves and she made me feel like everything was going to be fine and it was! Everything flowed perfectly and more importantly, everyone had a great time!
Jen is very professional and we could tell she takes great pride in her company and wants to make sure her clients are Read more...
Jen is very professional and we could tell she takes great pride in her company and wants to make sure her clients are happy. Our wedding was beautiful and I can actually say it was just as I imagined it would be! We have no complaints. Sarah was the one who worked on our wedding and her attention to detail and her knack for creating a detailed, minute by minute timeline was so impressive. Her planning skills definitely helped keep our wedding on track. We didn't have to worry about a thing because we knew that Sarah was on top of everything and we were able to enjoy our beautiful day at the Sky Room in Long Beach. Sarah was also wonderful about responding to all of my emails and her energy calmed my nerves and she made me feel like everything was going to be fine and it was! Everything flowed perfectly and more importantly, everyone had a great time! Read less
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