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Helping Hand Parties & Weddings

Madison/huntsville , AL
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Madison/Huntsville, AL US (map)

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256-698-4048

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ABOUT US

Winner: Best Wedding Planner in Alabama - Wedding Industry Experts 2012 and 2013 Awards

Voted most popular wedding planner by Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2014

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Winner: Best Wedding Planner in Alabama - Wedding Industry Experts 2012 and 2013 Awards

Voted most popular wedding planner by Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2014

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We offer Day of the Event Wedding Coordinating, Partial Planning, Full Planning and do Destination Weddings. You've imagined your dream wedding day so let us help you plan and then oversee your wedding and reception so you and your family can just relax and have your special day go as smoothly and as beautifully as you planned.

We can take your wedding from engagement day to wedding day with us helping every step of the way. We also cater to the bride who would like to plan most of the wedding herself but could use some advice along the way and some help especially that last month making sure everything is in place for the big day. We go over your contracts and make sure you have everything you need, create a timeline, work out all the last minute details and then we are there to run the rehearsal, wedding and reception from beginning to end.

You wedding is such a special day. Let us take your experience from stressful to stressfree. Having an experienced coordinator lets everyone enjoy the day. We are located in the Huntsville/Madison area but travel the state and beyond.

Hosting an Engagement Party? Bridal Shower? Rehearsal Dinner? Wedding Reception?

Helping Hand Parties is also available to send from one helper to a team to assist you with everything from setup to clean up, so you can relax and just enjoy your party. Be just the host at your event and let our staff do all the work! You plan it and we'll help you execute it with our friendly, professional staff.

Available services: Greeters, Hosts, Wait Staff, Wedding Book and Gift Table Attendants, General Helpers for setup, decorating, cleanup, etc.

Erica@helpinghandparties.com

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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
We do all styles of weddings. No two girls are the same so no two weddings should be the same.
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
We are open to all religions.
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
From 10 guests to 700
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
Burritt, Creekside, Summit, Roundhouse, Limestone Bay Trading, 1818 Farms, Peebly Farms, The Cedars, Huntsville Art Museum, VBC, Monte Sano Lodge, Smith Lake, Bridge Street Westin Hotel, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Guntersville Lodge, Sweetwater Valley Cheese Farm, Nassau Bahamas, Historic Rock Castle, Nashville

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Nancy
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Erica at Helping Hand Parties helped me plan my daughter's wedding in August 2014. She was extremely helpful from the very beginning when we did not know where to start, providing a check list, examples, vendor suggestions when needed and guidance. Erica was patient and professional. On the day of the wedding she and her assistant filled in to help out without another vendor who had a family emergency. She thought of details I would not have even considered. Our day went so smoothly and I was able to enjoy time with family and friends.We would highly recommend Erica Thimsen at Helping Hand Parties.
Erica at Helping Hand Parties helped me plan my daughter's wedding in August 2014. She was extremely helpful from the very Read more...
Erica at Helping Hand Parties helped me plan my daughter's wedding in August 2014. She was extremely helpful from the very beginning when we did not know where to start, providing a check list, examples, vendor suggestions when needed and guidance. Erica was patient and professional. On the day of the wedding she and her assistant filled in to help out without another vendor who had a family emergency. She thought of details I would not have even considered. Our day went so smoothly and I was able to enjoy time with family and friends.We would highly recommend Erica Thimsen at Helping Hand Parties. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings is amazing! I would have never been able to give my daughter the most perfect wedding without the help of Erica! She is very detailed, organized, and creative! She took our ideas and made them come to life! She was so easy to work with and was in constant contact with our vendors. Her knowledge of planning weddings is fantastic! She made sure that we had all the boxes checked so that everything would go smoothly the day of the wedding! She enabled us to have a magical and stress free day! The wedding was a complete success!
Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings is amazing! I would have never been able to give my daughter the most perfect Read more...
Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings is amazing! I would have never been able to give my daughter the most perfect wedding without the help of Erica! She is very detailed, organized, and creative! She took our ideas and made them come to life! She was so easy to work with and was in constant contact with our vendors. Her knowledge of planning weddings is fantastic! She made sure that we had all the boxes checked so that everything would go smoothly the day of the wedding! She enabled us to have a magical and stress free day! The wedding was a complete success! Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Erica from Helping Hands is fabulous. Period. She is a joy to work with and is greatly gifted in event planning. Not only will she help make your vision come to life but she will also brainstorm/ walk you through every detail to make it even better than you originally dreamed of!
Erica from Helping Hands is fabulous. Period. She is a joy to work with and is greatly gifted in event planning. Not only Read more...
Erica from Helping Hands is fabulous. Period. She is a joy to work with and is greatly gifted in event planning. Not only will she help make your vision come to life but she will also brainstorm/ walk you through every detail to make it even better than you originally dreamed of! Read less
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Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Awesome, professional, kind, and a joy to work with. I would never been able to give my daughter such a beautiful wedding without Erica's expertise. She put together the perfect wedding down to the smallest detail. Erica enabled me to enjoy a magical, stress free day with my daughter, new son, family, and friends. I still have two daughters at home and when the time comes to plan their special day, my first call will be to Erica!!!!
Awesome, professional, kind, and a joy to work with. I would never been able to give my daughter such a beautiful wedding Read more...
Awesome, professional, kind, and a joy to work with. I would never been able to give my daughter such a beautiful wedding without Erica's expertise. She put together the perfect wedding down to the smallest detail. Erica enabled me to enjoy a magical, stress free day with my daughter, new son, family, and friends. I still have two daughters at home and when the time comes to plan their special day, my first call will be to Erica!!!! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Erica was amazing! She made sure that I had all the boxes checked before the wedding and then work tirelessly the day of the wedding to make sure everything went smoothly. My wedding day was perfect and I could not have done it without her!
Erica was amazing! She made sure that I had all the boxes checked before the wedding and then work tirelessly the day of Read more...
Erica was amazing! She made sure that I had all the boxes checked before the wedding and then work tirelessly the day of the wedding to make sure everything went smoothly. My wedding day was perfect and I could not have done it without her! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding, and we would choose her again in a heartbeat! Erica is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented, she will be your advocate and liaison to other vendors, and she will do it all with a smile and calm demeanor! Whatever you want for your wedding, Erica will help make it happen! She had a lot of great ideas and made sure every detail was considered in advance (both decorative and logistical), so that we could all relax and enjoy our wedding with peace of mind! Erica was very responsive and flexible - always returning calls or emails right away (I sometimes wondered when she slept, based on the various timestamps of her emails! :)) When we decided to go a different direction with our wedding just a few months before the big day, Erica didn't flinch at all, and was very supportive and encouraging of us and our new plan, which we were SO grateful for. She helped us turn everything around into the direction we wanted to go (intimate, personal, and beautiful), and we were SO HAPPY. The wedding day was perfect! Erica took care of everything. We all knew where everyone and everything needed to be and when with the timeline Erica developed and executed. She coordinated all of the vendors and we didn't have to worry about a thing except showing up, looking pretty, and having the happiest day of our lives! The value you get with everything she does for you is unmatched. My groom and I were so happy not just on the wedding day, but throughout the planning process (which is important!). I would recommend her to everyone. Thank you Erica!!!
Working with Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding, Read more...
Working with Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding, and we would choose her again in a heartbeat! Erica is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented, she will be your advocate and liaison to other vendors, and she will do it all with a smile and calm demeanor! Whatever you want for your wedding, Erica will help make it happen! She had a lot of great ideas and made sure every detail was considered in advance (both decorative and logistical), so that we could all relax and enjoy our wedding with peace of mind! Erica was very responsive and flexible - always returning calls or emails right away (I sometimes wondered when she slept, based on the various timestamps of her emails! :)) When we decided to go a different direction with our wedding just a few months before the big day, Erica didn't flinch at all, and was very supportive and encouraging of us and our new plan, which we were SO grateful for. She helped us turn everything around into the direction we wanted to go (intimate, personal, and beautiful), and we were SO HAPPY. The wedding day was perfect! Erica took care of everything. We all knew where everyone and everything needed to be and when with the timeline Erica developed and executed. She coordinated all of the vendors and we didn't have to worry about a thing except showing up, looking pretty, and having the happiest day of our lives! The value you get with everything she does for you is unmatched. My groom and I were so happy not just on the wedding day, but throughout the planning process (which is important!). I would recommend her to everyone. Thank you Erica!!! Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
My wedding day couldn't have been more perfect! Erica was hired as my day-of-coordinator and the execution of the day was flawless. I didn't have to worry about a thing during the day and actually got to enjoy my day. Even though she was only hired as a day-of-coordinator, Erica helped me weeks in advance, with keeping me on track of deadlines, following up with vendors, meeting with my venue, and bringing up items I hadn't even though of! Erica is also very accommodating to your schedule. As with planning a wedding and having a full time job things can get a little hectic, but Erica was always willing to work around my schedule.

If you want to have a low stress day and know that it will be executed to perfection then Erica is the person for you!
My wedding day couldn't have been more perfect! Erica was hired as my day-of-coordinator and the execution of the day was Read more...
My wedding day couldn't have been more perfect! Erica was hired as my day-of-coordinator and the execution of the day was flawless. I didn't have to worry about a thing during the day and actually got to enjoy my day. Even though she was only hired as a day-of-coordinator, Erica helped me weeks in advance, with keeping me on track of deadlines, following up with vendors, meeting with my venue, and bringing up items I hadn't even though of! Erica is also very accommodating to your schedule. As with planning a wedding and having a full time job things can get a little hectic, but Erica was always willing to work around my schedule.

If you want to have a low stress day and know that it will be executed to perfection then Erica is the person for you! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Erica was amazing. She provided our family with so many helpful tips and suggestions, and she made my wedding day flow seamlessly. I don't know how everything would have gone without having her there to coordinate everything. She was a tremendous help and so sweet and friendly. I would recommend her services to anyone!
Erica was amazing. She provided our family with so many helpful tips and suggestions, and she made my wedding day flow Read more...
Erica was amazing. She provided our family with so many helpful tips and suggestions, and she made my wedding day flow seamlessly. I don't know how everything would have gone without having her there to coordinate everything. She was a tremendous help and so sweet and friendly. I would recommend her services to anyone! Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
I don't have enough great things to say about Erica. She provided us with day of coordination services at our wedding reception. She is so sweet, knowledgeable, professional and just an overall pleasure to work with. Months before the big day she was helpful in providing multiple vendor recommendations that were within my budget and was always quick to respond with any questions I had. Weeks before the wedding, every last detail was so thoroughly planned out that I was able to enjoy the events leading up to the wedding stress free. She assisted in set up and break down of the decorations, which were set up exactly as I had imagined, and made sure everything ran without a hitch. If something went wrong that night, I never knew about it. I'm so grateful to her for giving me the wedding of my dreams and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend her to any bride. Thank you Erica!
I don't have enough great things to say about Erica. She provided us with day of coordination services at our wedding Read more...
I don't have enough great things to say about Erica. She provided us with day of coordination services at our wedding reception. She is so sweet, knowledgeable, professional and just an overall pleasure to work with. Months before the big day she was helpful in providing multiple vendor recommendations that were within my budget and was always quick to respond with any questions I had. Weeks before the wedding, every last detail was so thoroughly planned out that I was able to enjoy the events leading up to the wedding stress free. She assisted in set up and break down of the decorations, which were set up exactly as I had imagined, and made sure everything ran without a hitch. If something went wrong that night, I never knew about it. I'm so grateful to her for giving me the wedding of my dreams and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend her to any bride. Thank you Erica! Read less
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Kavita
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Erica at Helping Hands was an absolute lifesaver. I had a huge Indian wedding and there were tons of cultural aspects that Erica had to learn about along the way. She handled it so well and so calmly and knew every single detail of the ceremony which was all new to her. My mom and I would have gone crazy and probably would have fought so much if it weren't for Erica. Because she was so organized and detail-oriented, my mom and I got to enjoy the whole weekend and not worry about logistics at all. I cannot imagine what a mess my weekend would have been without Erica. Not only is she super organized and therefore gets stuff done, she is so easy to work with! She listened to my ideas and made them happen. I am incredibly thankful for her and owe so much of that amazing weekend to her brilliance! Stop trying to do everything, and hire Erica!
Erica at Helping Hands was an absolute lifesaver. I had a huge Indian wedding and there were tons of cultural aspects that Read more...
Erica at Helping Hands was an absolute lifesaver. I had a huge Indian wedding and there were tons of cultural aspects that Erica had to learn about along the way. She handled it so well and so calmly and knew every single detail of the ceremony which was all new to her. My mom and I would have gone crazy and probably would have fought so much if it weren't for Erica. Because she was so organized and detail-oriented, my mom and I got to enjoy the whole weekend and not worry about logistics at all. I cannot imagine what a mess my weekend would have been without Erica. Not only is she super organized and therefore gets stuff done, she is so easy to work with! She listened to my ideas and made them happen. I am incredibly thankful for her and owe so much of that amazing weekend to her brilliance! Stop trying to do everything, and hire Erica! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Thanks to Erica, my wedding was a complete success. She made every idea I had come to life and made sure it was executed beautifully. She is easy to talk to and keeps in constant contact with you making detailed outlines of the day and even making specific outlines for the wedding party, vendors, and friends and family who are helping. Her insight on what works well and what doesn't is invaluable. I would recommend Erica to anyone planning a wedding or event. Most importantly, she took all the stress off my shoulders allowing me to have the best day of my life.
Thanks to Erica, my wedding was a complete success. She made every idea I had come to life and made sure it was executed Read more...
Thanks to Erica, my wedding was a complete success. She made every idea I had come to life and made sure it was executed beautifully. She is easy to talk to and keeps in constant contact with you making detailed outlines of the day and even making specific outlines for the wedding party, vendors, and friends and family who are helping. Her insight on what works well and what doesn't is invaluable. I would recommend Erica to anyone planning a wedding or event. Most importantly, she took all the stress off my shoulders allowing me to have the best day of my life. Read less
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Sandy and Mark
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Erica was so wonderful to work with, she was very organized and detailed. We never had to worry once about how things were being handled. She was always ahead of things. The only other suggestion we have is trying to schedule the first meeting a bit sooner. We had our first meeting in early July the month of the wedding and we were overwhelmed with all we still had to do which was 3 weeks prior to the wedding, overall we were extremely impressed with Erica's services, she blew us away and really shined, allowing us to focus on enjoying our wedding and knowing our guests were well taken care of.
Erica was so wonderful to work with, she was very organized and detailed. We never had to worry once about how things were Read more...
Erica was so wonderful to work with, she was very organized and detailed. We never had to worry once about how things were being handled. She was always ahead of things. The only other suggestion we have is trying to schedule the first meeting a bit sooner. We had our first meeting in early July the month of the wedding and we were overwhelmed with all we still had to do which was 3 weeks prior to the wedding, overall we were extremely impressed with Erica's services, she blew us away and really shined, allowing us to focus on enjoying our wedding and knowing our guests were well taken care of. Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Erica was an absolute wedding genius! She thinks of every detail you could possibly imagine and then at least 100 more. I knew when I first met her at our consultation that she would be great, but once we started our wedding month meetings I had no doubt she would make sure everything was perfect. In the planning process she works on every piece of the ceremony and reception and gives such great advice! I know I was stubborn on some things, but she still advised and convinced me (or my mom on some occasions) when a change really needed to be made. She's very experienced and knows so many of the vendors in Huntsville and Madison, that she knows the best way to work with each and every one of them. After the stress of planning and choosing things up until a month before the wedding, it was blessing to be able to hand things off to her and know I didn't need to worry about them. On the wedding day I was completely unaware of anything going wrong or being off (that's assuming stuff did which I'm sure is a safe assumption). Erica made everything run so smoothly and I don't know what we would have done without her. I'm so very grateful for her hard work and would highly recommend Helping Hands!
Erica was an absolute wedding genius! She thinks of every detail you could possibly imagine and then at least 100 more. I Read more...
Erica was an absolute wedding genius! She thinks of every detail you could possibly imagine and then at least 100 more. I knew when I first met her at our consultation that she would be great, but once we started our wedding month meetings I had no doubt she would make sure everything was perfect. In the planning process she works on every piece of the ceremony and reception and gives such great advice! I know I was stubborn on some things, but she still advised and convinced me (or my mom on some occasions) when a change really needed to be made. She's very experienced and knows so many of the vendors in Huntsville and Madison, that she knows the best way to work with each and every one of them. After the stress of planning and choosing things up until a month before the wedding, it was blessing to be able to hand things off to her and know I didn't need to worry about them. On the wedding day I was completely unaware of anything going wrong or being off (that's assuming stuff did which I'm sure is a safe assumption). Erica made everything run so smoothly and I don't know what we would have done without her. I'm so very grateful for her hard work and would highly recommend Helping Hands! Read less
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Anita
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
For our destination wedding we truly took 'Bama to the Bahamas and Erica helped make it all happened.
Forty eight family members and friends boarded the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. Erica and her assistant helped coordinate activities on the boat: Hindu prayer service, cocktail party, and wedding rehearsal. I was able to enjoy my guests while Erica and Lynn handles all of the logistics and solved any issues or problems that may have arose. On Saturday, April 27, the ship docked at Nassau, Bahamas. Erica and our DJ disembarked early to ensure that the wedding ceremony site, the Versailles Gardens at the One and Only Ocean Club, was set up and decorated appropriately. The ceremony was a colorful fairy tale. Our Hindu/American hybrid wedding flowed well and ran on schedule, a feat I was quite impressed with because Hindu weddings are known to run notoriously late. Because Erica kept everything running smoothly we had plenty of time for a champagne toast and pictures. Helping Hands made sure no guest was ever left behind with their methodical guest check lists. They handled transportation logistics and made sure every guest was where they needed to be. Later that evening were pictures on the beach, cocktail party, and reception at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino. Erica and Lynn decorated the beach pavillion for the reception with votive LED candles, red carnations, star fish, and sand dollars, add to that the beautiful pink and purple sunset, and DJ Luka's great music selection--it made for an absolutely memorable and enchanting reception. Erica stayed on top of the reception schedule (which was quite tight as is) and made sure the dances, cake cutting, and sparkler exit went without a hitch. I couldn't have asked for a better reception.
For our destination wedding we truly took 'Bama to the Bahamas and Erica helped make it all happened.
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For our destination wedding we truly took 'Bama to the Bahamas and Erica helped make it all happened.
Forty eight family members and friends boarded the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. Erica and her assistant helped coordinate activities on the boat: Hindu prayer service, cocktail party, and wedding rehearsal. I was able to enjoy my guests while Erica and Lynn handles all of the logistics and solved any issues or problems that may have arose. On Saturday, April 27, the ship docked at Nassau, Bahamas. Erica and our DJ disembarked early to ensure that the wedding ceremony site, the Versailles Gardens at the One and Only Ocean Club, was set up and decorated appropriately. The ceremony was a colorful fairy tale. Our Hindu/American hybrid wedding flowed well and ran on schedule, a feat I was quite impressed with because Hindu weddings are known to run notoriously late. Because Erica kept everything running smoothly we had plenty of time for a champagne toast and pictures. Helping Hands made sure no guest was ever left behind with their methodical guest check lists. They handled transportation logistics and made sure every guest was where they needed to be. Later that evening were pictures on the beach, cocktail party, and reception at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino. Erica and Lynn decorated the beach pavillion for the reception with votive LED candles, red carnations, star fish, and sand dollars, add to that the beautiful pink and purple sunset, and DJ Luka's great music selection--it made for an absolutely memorable and enchanting reception. Erica stayed on top of the reception schedule (which was quite tight as is) and made sure the dances, cake cutting, and sparkler exit went without a hitch. I couldn't have asked for a better reception. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Erica was an absolute God send!! She was so attentive and did everything in her power to make sure my big day was perfect (which it was)! If anything went wrong on the wedding day I had no idea, which is how it should be. Zero complaints, she is fabulous!
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Erica was an absolute God send!! She was so attentive and did everything in her power to make sure my big day was perfect (which it was)! If anything went wrong on the wedding day I had no idea, which is how it should be. Zero complaints, she is fabulous! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Erica was wonderful throughout our process. During our meetings, we never felt rushed or like we were taking up too much of her time. Each time I attempted to reach Erica she picked up the phone right away or called back within an hour and/or e-mailed me right back. I never felt like I was bugging her or calling too much or asking a stupid question. On the day before and of, she made the day run incredibly smoothly. I'll probably never know how many miracles that Erica performed that day but I'm sure it was many. The peace of mind I had knowing that Erica was there on the day of was incredibly valuable to me and my husband.
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Erica was wonderful throughout our process. During our meetings, we never felt rushed or like we were taking up too much of her time. Each time I attempted to reach Erica she picked up the phone right away or called back within an hour and/or e-mailed me right back. I never felt like I was bugging her or calling too much or asking a stupid question. On the day before and of, she made the day run incredibly smoothly. I'll probably never know how many miracles that Erica performed that day but I'm sure it was many. The peace of mind I had knowing that Erica was there on the day of was incredibly valuable to me and my husband. Read less
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Sydney
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Erica of Helping Hand Parties and Weddings was a true blessing to mine and my husband's wedding day. We met with her months prior to the big day and she was always available for advice as we contracted the caterer, the rentals, etc. A month prior to the wedding we started meeting with Erica once a week and constanly emailing each other updates. She is so wonderfully organized! We made sure every "i" was dotted and every "t" was crossed concerning the details of our wedding weekend. By the week of the wedding we had a whole schedule laid out of exactly how everything was going to take place - with a little wiggle room built in just in case pictures ran over or a grandparent showed up late. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! God blessed us with gorgeous weather and Erica handled everything with such grace. Thanks to her our parents were able to sit back and enjoy the day with us and we were all just able to celebrate our union. I highly recommend Erica to anyone newly engaged, in the middle of planning, or just looking for someone to make their wedding day run smoothly. She has very reasonable rates and is as sweet as she can be!
Erica of Helping Hand Parties and Weddings was a true blessing to mine and my husband's wedding day. We met with her Read more...
Erica of Helping Hand Parties and Weddings was a true blessing to mine and my husband's wedding day. We met with her months prior to the big day and she was always available for advice as we contracted the caterer, the rentals, etc. A month prior to the wedding we started meeting with Erica once a week and constanly emailing each other updates. She is so wonderfully organized! We made sure every "i" was dotted and every "t" was crossed concerning the details of our wedding weekend. By the week of the wedding we had a whole schedule laid out of exactly how everything was going to take place - with a little wiggle room built in just in case pictures ran over or a grandparent showed up late. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! God blessed us with gorgeous weather and Erica handled everything with such grace. Thanks to her our parents were able to sit back and enjoy the day with us and we were all just able to celebrate our union. I highly recommend Erica to anyone newly engaged, in the middle of planning, or just looking for someone to make their wedding day run smoothly. She has very reasonable rates and is as sweet as she can be! Read less
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Maegan
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Love Erica! Not only is she a wonderful person with a calm, sweet disposition, she is really on top of things & made wedding planning much less stressful for us. Having her there to help with our day was truly a blessing & I would highly recommend her services!
Love Erica! Not only is she a wonderful person with a calm, sweet disposition, she is really on top of things & made Read more...
Love Erica! Not only is she a wonderful person with a calm, sweet disposition, she is really on top of things & made wedding planning much less stressful for us. Having her there to help with our day was truly a blessing & I would highly recommend her services! Read less
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Jordan
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
We truly enjoyed having Erica as a wedding coordinator. She helped us navigate through all the decisions and logistic details of planning a wedding, always making sure we had everything covered. Due to her experience with event planning, she was able to give valuable advice and insight to make our day go smoothly. And it was such a relief to have her present on the day of the wedding! Having someone outside of the wedding party that knows how everything is supposed to go and can keep the day on track is invaluable!

I would most certainly recommend Helping Hand Parties and Weddings. Our wedding would not have been a success without Erica!
We truly enjoyed having Erica as a wedding coordinator. She helped us navigate through all the decisions and logistic Read more...
We truly enjoyed having Erica as a wedding coordinator. She helped us navigate through all the decisions and logistic details of planning a wedding, always making sure we had everything covered. Due to her experience with event planning, she was able to give valuable advice and insight to make our day go smoothly. And it was such a relief to have her present on the day of the wedding! Having someone outside of the wedding party that knows how everything is supposed to go and can keep the day on track is invaluable!

I would most certainly recommend Helping Hand Parties and Weddings. Our wedding would not have been a success without Erica! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I feel so lucky we found Erica to help us with our wedding. I honestly don’t know how we could have done without her help. Erica went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was the way we envisioned. My family absolutely loved her and her calm and assuring demeanor. She was available to me basically 24h on the week of my wedding, I even felt bad for her (I didn’t want to be a bridezilla). She reviewed my contracts, contacted all the vendors, confirmed appointments, and kept me on the schedule. I know I could not have done it without her. Everything turned out so beautiful and organized and for that we will be forever grateful.
Thank you Erica!!!
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My husband and I feel so lucky we found Erica to help us with our wedding. I honestly don’t know how we could have done without her help. Erica went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was the way we envisioned. My family absolutely loved her and her calm and assuring demeanor. She was available to me basically 24h on the week of my wedding, I even felt bad for her (I didn’t want to be a bridezilla). She reviewed my contracts, contacted all the vendors, confirmed appointments, and kept me on the schedule. I know I could not have done it without her. Everything turned out so beautiful and organized and for that we will be forever grateful.
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Gabriella
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Erica was truly a godsend when planning my recent wedding. We live in New York and planned to be married in my fiance's hometown of Huntsville, so we knew that coordinating from a distance could be a challenge. Thanks to Erica, everything turned out wonderfully. From the earliest planning stages to our exit from the reception, Erica worked with me on every detail, offering suggestions and advice but always keeping true to my vision for the event. When our original caterer suddenly canceled a few months before the wedding, Erica was immediately on the task and found us an amazing replacement who still fit in our original budget. On our wedding day, Erica kept everything running smoothly within the timeline we'd laid out in advance, and when little glitches popped up behind the scenes, she handled everything calmly and discreetly so that my new husband and I could simply enjoy our day. If I have occasion again, I would hire Erica in a heartbeat. She has my highest recommendation and my most sincere gratitude.
Erica was truly a godsend when planning my recent wedding. We live in New York and planned to be married in my fiance's Read more...
Erica was truly a godsend when planning my recent wedding. We live in New York and planned to be married in my fiance's hometown of Huntsville, so we knew that coordinating from a distance could be a challenge. Thanks to Erica, everything turned out wonderfully. From the earliest planning stages to our exit from the reception, Erica worked with me on every detail, offering suggestions and advice but always keeping true to my vision for the event. When our original caterer suddenly canceled a few months before the wedding, Erica was immediately on the task and found us an amazing replacement who still fit in our original budget. On our wedding day, Erica kept everything running smoothly within the timeline we'd laid out in advance, and when little glitches popped up behind the scenes, she handled everything calmly and discreetly so that my new husband and I could simply enjoy our day. If I have occasion again, I would hire Erica in a heartbeat. She has my highest recommendation and my most sincere gratitude. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Using Helping Hand Parties was the absolute best decision I made about my wedding...other than marrying my husband of course! I was not one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding and when the time came, I did not have a clue what I wanted. Erica was so patient with me and gave me endless ideas and themes and in the end, I left most of the decorating ideas up to her. Not only did the wedding turn out stunningly gorgeous, but the reception looked like it belonged in a fairy tale book. She worked tirelessly on the day of the event and calmly made everything so perfect. She ensured that my husband and I had a wonderful and relaxing day. I highly, highly recommend Erica to anyone who is planning a wedding or event!
Using Helping Hand Parties was the absolute best decision I made about my wedding...other than marrying my husband of Read more...
Using Helping Hand Parties was the absolute best decision I made about my wedding...other than marrying my husband of course! I was not one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding and when the time came, I did not have a clue what I wanted. Erica was so patient with me and gave me endless ideas and themes and in the end, I left most of the decorating ideas up to her. Not only did the wedding turn out stunningly gorgeous, but the reception looked like it belonged in a fairy tale book. She worked tirelessly on the day of the event and calmly made everything so perfect. She ensured that my husband and I had a wonderful and relaxing day. I highly, highly recommend Erica to anyone who is planning a wedding or event! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Having Erica guide us along the way and be a coordinator the day of the wedding was amazing. It took so much pressure and worry off of myself and my family. I'm so glad we had her.
Having Erica guide us along the way and be a coordinator the day of the wedding was amazing. It took so much pressure and Read more...
Having Erica guide us along the way and be a coordinator the day of the wedding was amazing. It took so much pressure and worry off of myself and my family. I'm so glad we had her. Read less
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Kelly Hovis
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Erica helped plan my daughters wedding this past weekend, September 24th. I highly recommend Erica. She is very knowledgeable and very organized. She was quick to respond to my emails and phone calls and always knew the answers. The wedding turned out wonderful, it was exactly what we wanted. Erica worked so hard on the wedding day, she was there from 8:00 am and was still there cleaning up when we left at 11:00 pm. I couldn't have done it without her!
Erica helped plan my daughters wedding this past weekend, September 24th. I highly recommend Erica. She is very Read more...
Erica helped plan my daughters wedding this past weekend, September 24th. I highly recommend Erica. She is very knowledgeable and very organized. She was quick to respond to my emails and phone calls and always knew the answers. The wedding turned out wonderful, it was exactly what we wanted. Erica worked so hard on the wedding day, she was there from 8:00 am and was still there cleaning up when we left at 11:00 pm. I couldn't have done it without her! Read less
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rriggs
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Erica's professionalism, attention to detail and patience is unrivaled. We could not have had such a great wedding without her, she thought of everything. There were several isuues that my daughter and I had not thought of and Erica was able to see the big picture and get us through the planning and the "Big Day"! Thank you so very much!
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Erica's professionalism, attention to detail and patience is unrivaled. We could not have had such a great wedding without her, she thought of everything. There were several isuues that my daughter and I had not thought of and Erica was able to see the big picture and get us through the planning and the "Big Day"! Thank you so very much! Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for Erica Thimsen. I hired Erica as my “Day Of” coordinator for my the reception of my wedding that was held on April 30, 2011. The minute I met her, and her warm spirit, I knew that she genuinely cared about me and making sure my wedding reception was perfect. I had spent a year planning my formal reception that included a cocktail hour and formal dinner. I had planned every detail to a ‘t’ yet, I wanted someone to put my dreams into play and keep my reception running smoothly. Erica was there to come up with things I didn’t even think of. She was organized, professional, and remembered everything we discussed. The week before my wedding, I knew she had everything taken care of and that my reception would flow smoothly.
Then on April 27, 2011 tornados ripped across the state of Alabama. Devastation. Power was out and predicted to stay out for 7 days. Cell phones didn’t work. As you can imagine, I panicked. My dream wedding was falling apart. Yet, Erica sprang into action. Though I couldn’t get a hold of her because of the cell phones service, she was already planning and making alternative arrangements. I’ll never forget when we were finally able to get through to each other, how amazed I was on how much she had already done. Over the day, she amazingly contacted all my vendors and made a plan of what our options were. At this point, I was in a state of shock by everything that I told her to make whatever she could happen, happen. Due to the power outages and tornado damage, Erica had to cancel and replan a whole reception in a day. She was able to change venues, work with my caterer, cake lady, florist, etc. She made it happen.
Our story was featured in the local television evening news and newspaper:
http://www.madisoncountyrecord.com/2011/05/26/a-twist-on-wedding-bliss/
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/19493/2421456?title=10pm&wpid=9715
I’ll never forget walking into our “new” reception and how amazed I was. Not only was the place beautiful with linens, a buffet of food, etc., she had remember the little details from our reception and incorporated them all-even down to the little elephant name card holders. She is a miracle worker who went out of her way to make our wedding perfect. I cannot tell you enough how much I recommend her. Please feel free to contact me personally if you would like more information on my experience: VanessaRolfJones@gmail.com.
Thank you Erica, from the bottom of my heart!
Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for Erica Thimsen. I hired Erica as my “Day Of” coordinator for my the Read more...
Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for Erica Thimsen. I hired Erica as my “Day Of” coordinator for my the reception of my wedding that was held on April 30, 2011. The minute I met her, and her warm spirit, I knew that she genuinely cared about me and making sure my wedding reception was perfect. I had spent a year planning my formal reception that included a cocktail hour and formal dinner. I had planned every detail to a ‘t’ yet, I wanted someone to put my dreams into play and keep my reception running smoothly. Erica was there to come up with things I didn’t even think of. She was organized, professional, and remembered everything we discussed. The week before my wedding, I knew she had everything taken care of and that my reception would flow smoothly.
Then on April 27, 2011 tornados ripped across the state of Alabama. Devastation. Power was out and predicted to stay out for 7 days. Cell phones didn’t work. As you can imagine, I panicked. My dream wedding was falling apart. Yet, Erica sprang into action. Though I couldn’t get a hold of her because of the cell phones service, she was already planning and making alternative arrangements. I’ll never forget when we were finally able to get through to each other, how amazed I was on how much she had already done. Over the day, she amazingly contacted all my vendors and made a plan of what our options were. At this point, I was in a state of shock by everything that I told her to make whatever she could happen, happen. Due to the power outages and tornado damage, Erica had to cancel and replan a whole reception in a day. She was able to change venues, work with my caterer, cake lady, florist, etc. She made it happen.
Our story was featured in the local television evening news and newspaper:
http://www.madisoncountyrecord.com/2011/05/26/a-twist-on-wedding-bliss/
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/19493/2421456?title=10pm&wpid=9715
I’ll never forget walking into our “new” reception and how amazed I was. Not only was the place beautiful with linens, a buffet of food, etc., she had remember the little details from our reception and incorporated them all-even down to the little elephant name card holders. She is a miracle worker who went out of her way to make our wedding perfect. I cannot tell you enough how much I recommend her. Please feel free to contact me personally if you would like more information on my experience: VanessaRolfJones@gmail.com.
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Cardin
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
From our very first meeting, I knew Erica was the woman for the job! She took my ideas and ran with them creatively, was direct and precise with all of the logistics for those ideas and was completely "on the ball" with every aspect of my event. Throughout the rest of the planning, she was consistently available to me the moment I called on her. I was so calm without an ounce of stress the day of my wedding. I knew it had all been taken care of and that if a problem arose, Erica would handle it perfectly. She directed the day beautifully and I feel that I am forever indebted to her awesome service and the service of her staff! Thanks, Erica!
From our very first meeting, I knew Erica was the woman for the job! She took my ideas and ran with them creatively, was Read more...
From our very first meeting, I knew Erica was the woman for the job! She took my ideas and ran with them creatively, was direct and precise with all of the logistics for those ideas and was completely "on the ball" with every aspect of my event. Throughout the rest of the planning, she was consistently available to me the moment I called on her. I was so calm without an ounce of stress the day of my wedding. I knew it had all been taken care of and that if a problem arose, Erica would handle it perfectly. She directed the day beautifully and I feel that I am forever indebted to her awesome service and the service of her staff! Thanks, Erica! Read less
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Lynn
Wedding:
4/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Several of my friends asked how we were able to be so calm on the "big day" and I had to give Erica the credit. She handled all the details: from seating, order of entry down the aisle, coordinating rides to the reception, reception events, and making sure everyone was where they needed to be. My daughter was able to enjoy the limelight and her new husband and we were able to visit with our guests. If anyone had a question, they went straight to Erica for the answer. Thanks again, Erica!
Lynn
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Several of my friends asked how we were able to be so calm on the "big day" and I had to give Erica the credit. She handled all the details: from seating, order of entry down the aisle, coordinating rides to the reception, reception events, and making sure everyone was where they needed to be. My daughter was able to enjoy the limelight and her new husband and we were able to visit with our guests. If anyone had a question, they went straight to Erica for the answer. Thanks again, Erica!
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Morgan
Wedding:
4/25/2010
5.0/5.0
A wedding is an event you don't want to repeat. You want everything to be perfect the first time. Erica took care of not only the details that we discussed before hand in our pre-wedding meetings but was the go to for all details that day and added special touches and organization that made the day go smoothly and come off perfectly. I would highly recommend her services to anyone. Her desire to please and skill at organization is sure to be a blessing!
A wedding is an event you don't want to repeat. You want everything to be perfect the first time. Erica took care of not Read more...
A wedding is an event you don't want to repeat. You want everything to be perfect the first time. Erica took care of not only the details that we discussed before hand in our pre-wedding meetings but was the go to for all details that day and added special touches and organization that made the day go smoothly and come off perfectly. I would highly recommend her services to anyone. Her desire to please and skill at organization is sure to be a blessing! Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
The service provided of setting up the chairs & tables for the outdoor wedding & reception allowed us more time to relax & get ready for the wedding. If we hadn't of used this service we would have spent approximately 2 -1/2 - 3 hrs setting up the chairs & tables & driving back & forth to the venue.
The service provided of setting up the chairs & tables for the outdoor wedding & reception allowed us more time to relax & Read more...
The service provided of setting up the chairs & tables for the outdoor wedding & reception allowed us more time to relax & get ready for the wedding. If we hadn't of used this service we would have spent approximately 2 -1/2 - 3 hrs setting up the chairs & tables & driving back & forth to the venue. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
8/2/2014
4.9/5.0
My mom and I both had so much on our minds throughout planning and on the day of, but Erica's expertise and guidance kept us calm and assured that everything would go flawlessly. And it did! We had a couple small mix ups at the reception that I never even noticed because Erica handled them so discretely and professionally. In my eyes, the entire day was perfection, and we couldn't have done it on our own.

You can tell Erica has experience planning events because she knows all the right questions to ask when she meets with you. She makes a schedule for the whole wedding weekend and distributes it to your vendors, family, and wedding party so everyone's on the same page. We were able enjoy each moment of our day because Erica took care of the timing and details for us, which was invaluable. Our hearts are still overflowing with joy from our wedding day and we're so happy we asked Erica to be a part of it.
My mom and I both had so much on our minds throughout planning and on the day of, but Erica's expertise and guidance kept Read more...
My mom and I both had so much on our minds throughout planning and on the day of, but Erica's expertise and guidance kept us calm and assured that everything would go flawlessly. And it did! We had a couple small mix ups at the reception that I never even noticed because Erica handled them so discretely and professionally. In my eyes, the entire day was perfection, and we couldn't have done it on our own.

You can tell Erica has experience planning events because she knows all the right questions to ask when she meets with you. She makes a schedule for the whole wedding weekend and distributes it to your vendors, family, and wedding party so everyone's on the same page. We were able enjoy each moment of our day because Erica took care of the timing and details for us, which was invaluable. Our hearts are still overflowing with joy from our wedding day and we're so happy we asked Erica to be a part of it. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.9/5.0
Erica is an amazing wedding coordinator. She truly went above and beyond for our wedding to ensure it was a success. We had a number of meetings, and I never felt rushed, which was nice because we took a lot of time planning. Our wedding had an elaborate table decor display, which took a great deal of time to set up. She put in a number of extra hours to help set up these decorations, and we are truly appreciative of this!

On the wedding day, mother nature played a huge role and it was raining off and on that day. Erica and her assistant set up two ceremony areas, one inside the church and the other at the gazebo. She helped me stay calm throughout the day, as I was in a panic about what were going to do. Overall, it stopped raining and we had it outside, but it was so nice to know we had a back up plan in case it rained.

I highly recommend using a wedding coordinator for your wedding. Even if you think you know everything about a wedding, Erica will often bring ideas and suggestions that are very beneficial to your day. There were a number of things she suggested which turned out to be very advantageous to the wedding. The actual flow of the wedding was so smooth, which is something I really wanted. No hiccups or issues, and I have repeatedly heard from guests that it was an amazing wedding.

Overall, I highly recommend Helping Hand Parties & Weddings. Great value, great service, and your wedding will be beautiful.
Erica is an amazing wedding coordinator. She truly went above and beyond for our wedding to ensure it was a success. We Read more...
Erica is an amazing wedding coordinator. She truly went above and beyond for our wedding to ensure it was a success. We had a number of meetings, and I never felt rushed, which was nice because we took a lot of time planning. Our wedding had an elaborate table decor display, which took a great deal of time to set up. She put in a number of extra hours to help set up these decorations, and we are truly appreciative of this!

On the wedding day, mother nature played a huge role and it was raining off and on that day. Erica and her assistant set up two ceremony areas, one inside the church and the other at the gazebo. She helped me stay calm throughout the day, as I was in a panic about what were going to do. Overall, it stopped raining and we had it outside, but it was so nice to know we had a back up plan in case it rained.

I highly recommend using a wedding coordinator for your wedding. Even if you think you know everything about a wedding, Erica will often bring ideas and suggestions that are very beneficial to your day. There were a number of things she suggested which turned out to be very advantageous to the wedding. The actual flow of the wedding was so smooth, which is something I really wanted. No hiccups or issues, and I have repeatedly heard from guests that it was an amazing wedding.

Overall, I highly recommend Helping Hand Parties & Weddings. Great value, great service, and your wedding will be beautiful. Read less
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After several months of stressful planning, we realized that we needed to hire a wedding planner to help us wrap everything up for the big day. Even though we didn't seek Erica's help until a couple of months before the wedding, she was able to jump right in and make sure that everything flowed smoothly in the end. She was a definite help at the rehearsal and the actual day of the wedding, especially, as having her there to help my mother and I make sure that everything was coordinated and flowing as planned took the stress off of us. Her assistance allowed us to focus on relaxing and enjoying our special day.
After several months of stressful planning, we realized that we needed to hire a wedding planner to help us wrap Read more...
After several months of stressful planning, we realized that we needed to hire a wedding planner to help us wrap everything up for the big day. Even though we didn't seek Erica's help until a couple of months before the wedding, she was able to jump right in and make sure that everything flowed smoothly in the end. She was a definite help at the rehearsal and the actual day of the wedding, especially, as having her there to help my mother and I make sure that everything was coordinated and flowing as planned took the stress off of us. Her assistance allowed us to focus on relaxing and enjoying our special day. Read less
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