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Pearls Events

Grand Rapids & Traverse City , MI

LOCATION

Grand Rapids & Traverse City, MI US (map)

PHONE

616-283-3390

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Pearls Events, founded in 2007, is an event planning boutique based out of Michigan with offices in West Michigan & Northern Michigan. We serve clients planning Michigan celebrations of... Read more
Pearls Events, founded in 2007, is an event planning boutique based out of Michigan with offices in West Michigan & Northern Michigan. We serve clients planning Michigan celebrations of all kinds - weddings, anniversary parties, birthday celebrations, wedding showers, etc.

We plan, design and coordinate events with our dedicated team of four. Read more about our team on our website. Please visit our blog for photos of our events to inspire you as you plan your Michigan celebration.
Pearls Events in West Michigan
616-283-3390
leah @pearlsevents.com P.O. Box 7778
Grand Rapids, MI 49510 Pearls Events in Northern Michigan
231-590-5967
mary @pearlsevents.com P.O. Box 6063
Traverse City, MI 49686 Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning
How many planners do you work with?
The Pearls Events team is comprised of two wedding planners, one wedding coordinator and one event designer.
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
We have planned and coordinated weddings with up to 400 guests.
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
We have worked at countless venues throughout Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, South Haven & Northern Michigan including Glen Arbor, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and on both Old Mission and the Leelanau Peninsulas since 2007.

REVIEWS

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Natalie
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
There are so many wonderful things to say about our Wedding Coordinator Aletha and her team at Pearls Events, so let me start at the beginning.

I was working two jobs and trying to plan our wedding, which we decided to have it out-of-state in Michigan (we live in Florida) and the reality that there was so much yet to do and little time left was quickly putting me in a panic. I knew I needed help, but who could I trust to be there on our big day to make sure everything went smoothly? Luckily, my maid of honor reached out to her Wedding Coordinator in Chicago and Aletha was the first and only person she recommended for me to contact in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I immediately contacted Aletha and remember being completely frazzled as I was trying to tell her every little detail of what was yet to be accomplished. Aletha is such an easy person to talk to and within minutes into our conversation, I was already feeling more at ease. After our first initial chat, I started to regain confidence that my wedding was going to come together knowing I had Aletha there to help.

Once I got the contract from Aletha outlining what their services cover, I knew I made the right choice. It clearly communicated all the Pearls Events team was going to do to support our wedding needs; all of which were things I was worried about if I were to do it on my own.

Throughout the process I really enjoyed working with Aletha. She's upbeat, down to Earth, and there to guide you through the whole process. I know if I hadn't hired Pearls Events to be part of our big day, it wouldn't have gone so well and I certainly wouldn't have been able to enjoy myself like I did. I have an A type personality, but was able to let go and enjoy my day because I trusted Pearls Events to take care of all the details.

Best money I could've spent for our big day!

My sincerest THANK YOU to Aletha, Leah and Leah at Pearls Events for being there for me and my family. I will never forget it.
There are so many wonderful things to say about our Wedding Coordinator Aletha and her team at Pearls Events, so let me Read more...
There are so many wonderful things to say about our Wedding Coordinator Aletha and her team at Pearls Events, so let me start at the beginning.

I was working two jobs and trying to plan our wedding, which we decided to have it out-of-state in Michigan (we live in Florida) and the reality that there was so much yet to do and little time left was quickly putting me in a panic. I knew I needed help, but who could I trust to be there on our big day to make sure everything went smoothly? Luckily, my maid of honor reached out to her Wedding Coordinator in Chicago and Aletha was the first and only person she recommended for me to contact in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I immediately contacted Aletha and remember being completely frazzled as I was trying to tell her every little detail of what was yet to be accomplished. Aletha is such an easy person to talk to and within minutes into our conversation, I was already feeling more at ease. After our first initial chat, I started to regain confidence that my wedding was going to come together knowing I had Aletha there to help.

Once I got the contract from Aletha outlining what their services cover, I knew I made the right choice. It clearly communicated all the Pearls Events team was going to do to support our wedding needs; all of which were things I was worried about if I were to do it on my own.

Throughout the process I really enjoyed working with Aletha. She's upbeat, down to Earth, and there to guide you through the whole process. I know if I hadn't hired Pearls Events to be part of our big day, it wouldn't have gone so well and I certainly wouldn't have been able to enjoy myself like I did. I have an A type personality, but was able to let go and enjoy my day because I trusted Pearls Events to take care of all the details.

Best money I could've spent for our big day!

My sincerest THANK YOU to Aletha, Leah and Leah at Pearls Events for being there for me and my family. I will never forget it. Read less
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Kyla
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough praises regarding Mary Brown and pearls events. Mary was the glue that held me together while I was planning my wedding. She was extremely helpful in so many ways. She went above and beyond in her efforts, coordination, planning, answering all of our questions in a timely manner, locating vendors and researching the best vendors to meet our needs, providing expertise and advice, etc. Our wedding was spectacular, to which I give her the credit. I truly believe she was a gift from God to me and my husband. We had to plan our wedding rather quickly due to extenuating circumstances. I may be bias but even my guests agreed, my wedding was a fairy tale, elegant wedding! Again, I have Mary and pearls events staff to thank for this! My vendors were top notch. They exceeded any expectation I may have had.
I can not say enough praises regarding Mary Brown and pearls events. Mary was the glue that held me together while I was Read more...
I can not say enough praises regarding Mary Brown and pearls events. Mary was the glue that held me together while I was planning my wedding. She was extremely helpful in so many ways. She went above and beyond in her efforts, coordination, planning, answering all of our questions in a timely manner, locating vendors and researching the best vendors to meet our needs, providing expertise and advice, etc. Our wedding was spectacular, to which I give her the credit. I truly believe she was a gift from God to me and my husband. We had to plan our wedding rather quickly due to extenuating circumstances. I may be bias but even my guests agreed, my wedding was a fairy tale, elegant wedding! Again, I have Mary and pearls events staff to thank for this! My vendors were top notch. They exceeded any expectation I may have had. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Pearls Events was the best decision my husband and I made in our wedding process. Aletha was SO much fun to work with, and she always kept us on track, as well as provided us the best ideas and recommendations! We could not have gotten through the wedding process without Aletha and Pearls Events. I miss our regular meetings we had to make decisions and make sure we were on track. I would highly recommend Pearls Events to anyone, and I will definitely use them again for any furture events!! Not only are their services top notch, but they make the planning process FUN and stress-free.
Working with Pearls Events was the best decision my husband and I made in our wedding process. Aletha was SO much fun to Read more...
Working with Pearls Events was the best decision my husband and I made in our wedding process. Aletha was SO much fun to work with, and she always kept us on track, as well as provided us the best ideas and recommendations! We could not have gotten through the wedding process without Aletha and Pearls Events. I miss our regular meetings we had to make decisions and make sure we were on track. I would highly recommend Pearls Events to anyone, and I will definitely use them again for any furture events!! Not only are their services top notch, but they make the planning process FUN and stress-free. Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Lauren & John - it was an absolute pleasure getting to know you both, and your families, throughout our planning process! The day went seamlessly, and everything (including you, Lauren!) looked incredible. Clients like you are few & far between :) Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wedding! xoxo
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We'll start by saying that we are so grateful that we met and were able to have Aletha and her staff for our wedding. Simply better than we could have ever anticipated. I'm not certain we have enough space here to express our appreciation for everything Aletha and her staff did for us. Aletha and her staff were exactly what we were looking for. To start, the level of service Aletha and her staff were able to provide were excellent. This was a destination wedding spread over three days so the amount of planning was extensive.
We live out of state and so most of what we had to plan with Aletha was done over the phone or email. I must stress that there was never once an occasion that Aletha couldn't handle. She never once told us no. She did exactly what we asked and did it better than we had hoped. Aletha and her staff worked through the night for us and any request at anytime was granted. The level of execution was exceptional. Her vision allows for this to be extremely elegant and original. As you near the wedding, it's peace of mind to know that everything is being handled. Having this level of service to us was priceless.
Aside from this, everything was done with a smile. Aletha and her staff's personality were a pleasure the entire time. She was always professional, smiling, laughing and made the entire experience enjoyable.
When planning a wedding, it's much easier when someone not only takes direction from you, but also is creative and innovative enough to suggest idea's and to anticipate things in advance. Aletha immediately picked up on our theme and began showing us samples of idea's that we could incorporate. When you hire Aletha, you're hiring excellent service. I also must emphasize that you get what you pay for and much more. Aletha, as you know, we cannot thank you enough for everything that you did for us and for helping us create such a memorable experience for us and our families.
We'll start by saying that we are so grateful that we met and were able to have Aletha and her staff for our wedding. Read more...
We'll start by saying that we are so grateful that we met and were able to have Aletha and her staff for our wedding. Simply better than we could have ever anticipated. I'm not certain we have enough space here to express our appreciation for everything Aletha and her staff did for us. Aletha and her staff were exactly what we were looking for. To start, the level of service Aletha and her staff were able to provide were excellent. This was a destination wedding spread over three days so the amount of planning was extensive.
We live out of state and so most of what we had to plan with Aletha was done over the phone or email. I must stress that there was never once an occasion that Aletha couldn't handle. She never once told us no. She did exactly what we asked and did it better than we had hoped. Aletha and her staff worked through the night for us and any request at anytime was granted. The level of execution was exceptional. Her vision allows for this to be extremely elegant and original. As you near the wedding, it's peace of mind to know that everything is being handled. Having this level of service to us was priceless.
Aside from this, everything was done with a smile. Aletha and her staff's personality were a pleasure the entire time. She was always professional, smiling, laughing and made the entire experience enjoyable.
When planning a wedding, it's much easier when someone not only takes direction from you, but also is creative and innovative enough to suggest idea's and to anticipate things in advance. Aletha immediately picked up on our theme and began showing us samples of idea's that we could incorporate. When you hire Aletha, you're hiring excellent service. I also must emphasize that you get what you pay for and much more. Aletha, as you know, we cannot thank you enough for everything that you did for us and for helping us create such a memorable experience for us and our families. Read less
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Kirstin
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about Aletha and her wonderful team at Pearls Events. We had our work cut out for us planning a large wedding long distance on top of a recent move and demanding jobs. Aletha kept us organized and relaxed. She had great ideas on linens and final touches and made sure all of the nitty gritty details were taken care of so I didn't have to worry about them. I can be a bit of a control freak, so the fact that I completely trusted Aletha and her team to set up the reception space the night before and allow myself to be surprised the day of says a lot. I'm so glad I did, because the space turned out BEAUTIFUL - beyond all expectations. Perhaps most importantly, thanks to Aletha's supreme attention to detail and her team's poise and professionalism, we didn't have to worry about anything the day other than enjoying ourselves and savoring the moment. Thank you Pearls Events!
I can't say enough great things about Aletha and her wonderful team at Pearls Events. We had our work cut out for us Read more...
I can't say enough great things about Aletha and her wonderful team at Pearls Events. We had our work cut out for us planning a large wedding long distance on top of a recent move and demanding jobs. Aletha kept us organized and relaxed. She had great ideas on linens and final touches and made sure all of the nitty gritty details were taken care of so I didn't have to worry about them. I can be a bit of a control freak, so the fact that I completely trusted Aletha and her team to set up the reception space the night before and allow myself to be surprised the day of says a lot. I'm so glad I did, because the space turned out BEAUTIFUL - beyond all expectations. Perhaps most importantly, thanks to Aletha's supreme attention to detail and her team's poise and professionalism, we didn't have to worry about anything the day other than enjoying ourselves and savoring the moment. Thank you Pearls Events! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/21/2012
5.0/5.0
How do I even begin to thank Aletha at Pearl Events? We had the most amazing wedding day and I already want to do it again! Aletha helped me to prepare our timeline for the big day and assisted in making sure all my vendors were set. She was always there to run ideas by and to answer any questions I had. The day would not have been as seamless without her helpful suggestions. The wedding was flawless and absolutely perfect! I don't know what I would have done without her!

thank you so much Aletha!!!
How do I even begin to thank Aletha at Pearl Events? We had the most amazing wedding day and I already want to do it Read more...
How do I even begin to thank Aletha at Pearl Events? We had the most amazing wedding day and I already want to do it again! Aletha helped me to prepare our timeline for the big day and assisted in making sure all my vendors were set. She was always there to run ideas by and to answer any questions I had. The day would not have been as seamless without her helpful suggestions. The wedding was flawless and absolutely perfect! I don't know what I would have done without her!

thank you so much Aletha!!! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jennifer & David - It was a pleasure working with you throughout your planning process! And I am SO glad I was there to see everything come together on the day of. The barn was stunning and a wedding full of personal details I loved. Best wishes to you both!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Working with Pearls Events was an amazing experience. Pearls made my dream wedding a reality! I would recommend Pearls to anyone and everyone, love them!
Working with Pearls Events was an amazing experience. Pearls made my dream wedding a reality! I would recommend Pearls to Read more...
Working with Pearls Events was an amazing experience. Pearls made my dream wedding a reality! I would recommend Pearls to anyone and everyone, love them! Read less
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Lizabeth
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Aletha from Pearl's Events is no less then superb! She is so creative, positive and plannful! I was incredibly busy with work while planning my wedding and did not know what I needed to know. Aletha would put my worries instantly at ease and give me great recommendations to vendors that made leife so easy. And that was just the planning process. On the day of our event she worked over 16 hours with her team! The event was beyond flawless, it was so incredibly beautiful! The timing was amazing, all vendors and the wedding day timeline were perfect! I would absolutely recommend using Pearls Events no matter where your venue is held! Aletha is a rockstar!
Aletha from Pearl's Events is no less then superb! She is so creative, positive and plannful! I was incredibly busy with Read more...
Aletha from Pearl's Events is no less then superb! She is so creative, positive and plannful! I was incredibly busy with work while planning my wedding and did not know what I needed to know. Aletha would put my worries instantly at ease and give me great recommendations to vendors that made leife so easy. And that was just the planning process. On the day of our event she worked over 16 hours with her team! The event was beyond flawless, it was so incredibly beautiful! The timing was amazing, all vendors and the wedding day timeline were perfect! I would absolutely recommend using Pearls Events no matter where your venue is held! Aletha is a rockstar! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Liz & Ryan - thank you both so much for trusting me with your wedding day! It was a joy working with you, and I absolutely loved everything you decided on for your big day. Our team loved every minute of your wedding day, although my personal favorite was your grandfather walking you down the aisle! The weather was fabulous, your guests were so nice and everything was perfect! It truly was an honor to be a part of your wedding and we wish you nothing but the absolute best! Congrats, Aletha & team
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Jessica
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Aletha was my "day-of coordinator"
I planned my own wedding FROM SCRATCH (venue, rentals, stationary, EVERYTHING)
I worked so hard at planning for the 22 months of our engagement and she executed my plan on my wedding day for me... it was the most worthwhile vendor relationship.
There was nothing like feeling that everything was going smoothly on the day that I worked so hard on.
She was so personable and at the end of her service I felt like I was losing a friend instead of a wedding coordinator.
I would HIGHLY recommend her services to anyone who is planning their own wedding.
Aletha was my "day-of coordinator"
I planned my own wedding FROM SCRATCH (venue, rentals, stationary, EVERYTHING) Read more...
Aletha was my "day-of coordinator"
I planned my own wedding FROM SCRATCH (venue, rentals, stationary, EVERYTHING)
I worked so hard at planning for the 22 months of our engagement and she executed my plan on my wedding day for me... it was the most worthwhile vendor relationship.
There was nothing like feeling that everything was going smoothly on the day that I worked so hard on.
She was so personable and at the end of her service I felt like I was losing a friend instead of a wedding coordinator.
I would HIGHLY recommend her services to anyone who is planning their own wedding. Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jessica - I cannot even express how much I LOVED working with you and your mom on your wedding weekend. You had perfect weather, the site was my favorite of all time, and every single detail was planned to a T!

We wish two nothing but the best!
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sarahd1231
Wedding:
12/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Aletha was the wedding planner for my sister's wedding and did a fabulous job, so when I began planning my wedding, we knew we had to hire her again! Aletha was a joy to work with and had wonderful ideas all while keeping the day organized and beautiful. We had so much fun at our wedding and thought everything looked perfect! Thanks again!
Aletha was the wedding planner for my sister's wedding and did a fabulous job, so when I began planning my wedding, we Read more...
Aletha was the wedding planner for my sister's wedding and did a fabulous job, so when I began planning my wedding, we knew we had to hire her again! Aletha was a joy to work with and had wonderful ideas all while keeping the day organized and beautiful. We had so much fun at our wedding and thought everything looked perfect! Thanks again! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Sarah & Trevor - I cannot tell you how fabulous your wedding day was - on on my very favorite holiday of the year to celebrate a marriage! Working with you and your mom was wonderful and I can honestly say I'm sad your parents are out of daughters to get married :)

Blessings to you and Trevor for a long & wonderful marriage!
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lindsay.ilene
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
We really liked working with Aletha and her team!! We would defiantly recommend her to other people in the future.
We really liked working with Aletha and her team!! We would defiantly recommend her to other people in the future.
We really liked working with Aletha and her team!! We would defiantly recommend her to other people in the future. Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Lindsay & Ryan - we had so much fun working with the two of you! It seems our time together went by so quickly. Mazel Tov!
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akpe
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Pearls Events did such an incredible job for our wedding. Aletha, Mary and Megan were all very enjoyable to work with. Aletha really impressed us with the level of thoroughness throughout our wedding planning process and especially on the day of our wedding. She quickly responded to all the questions we had leading up to our wedding and asked us about things we hadn’t considered. Most important of all, Pearls Events gave us peace of mind on the day of our wedding. We would HIGHLY recommend Pearls Events to anyone who wants to make sure their wedding goes smoothly. Thanks again!
Pearls Events did such an incredible job for our wedding. Aletha, Mary and Megan were all very enjoyable to work with. Read more...
Pearls Events did such an incredible job for our wedding. Aletha, Mary and Megan were all very enjoyable to work with. Aletha really impressed us with the level of thoroughness throughout our wedding planning process and especially on the day of our wedding. She quickly responded to all the questions we had leading up to our wedding and asked us about things we hadn’t considered. Most important of all, Pearls Events gave us peace of mind on the day of our wedding. We would HIGHLY recommend Pearls Events to anyone who wants to make sure their wedding goes smoothly. Thanks again! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Ann & Kris - we loved working with the two of you and were SO thrilled to see such gorgeous weather in October. We are glad to hear our services were helpful leading up to the wedding day, and are glad the peace-of-mind was there for you.

Best wishes for a lovely future!
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Jenna
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
We hired Pearls Events for event coordination and were planning our Michigan wedding while living in California. With vendor suggestions from Aletha, I was able to confidently select my vendors before even meeting them. She has amazing taste and a great reputation in the wedding community.
The day of the rehearsal, Aletha was there to keep everyone focused and organized; and once everything was dropped off to be set-up for the ceremony and rehearsal, I knew I didn't have to worry about anything. I was totally able to enjoy every minute of my wedding as Aletha handled all of the logistics. When she did have to approach me regarding any issues - which was only two or three times - she would state the problem as well as a possible solution, and ask if I agreed with the solution. My bridesmaids even commented on how calm and soothing her voice was! Throughout the night, and now following the wedding, my guests and family still compliment Aletha and her abilities. She is absolutely amazing; passionate about planning/coordinating weddings and great at it!
We hired Pearls Events for event coordination and were planning our Michigan wedding while living in California. With Read more...
We hired Pearls Events for event coordination and were planning our Michigan wedding while living in California. With vendor suggestions from Aletha, I was able to confidently select my vendors before even meeting them. She has amazing taste and a great reputation in the wedding community.
The day of the rehearsal, Aletha was there to keep everyone focused and organized; and once everything was dropped off to be set-up for the ceremony and rehearsal, I knew I didn't have to worry about anything. I was totally able to enjoy every minute of my wedding as Aletha handled all of the logistics. When she did have to approach me regarding any issues - which was only two or three times - she would state the problem as well as a possible solution, and ask if I agreed with the solution. My bridesmaids even commented on how calm and soothing her voice was! Throughout the night, and now following the wedding, my guests and family still compliment Aletha and her abilities. She is absolutely amazing; passionate about planning/coordinating weddings and great at it! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jenna & Mick - it was an absolute pleasure working with both of you on your wedding day! Your families were both so wonderful and sweet - we had a great time the whole day!

Best wishes!
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Liz
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
It doesn't matter if you've dreamed of your wedding day since you were twelve, or are brand new to the bridal world; Aletha's help is the only thing you'll need besides your dress and your groom. Her knowledge is mind-blowing as well as her network. I hired her per hour (which is an option), and it was the best decision I made for my wedding. My stress was lifted, even for little pieces of advice or where to find hard-to-get items. Hiring Pearls Events was indispensable; the peace of mind was priceless.
It doesn't matter if you've dreamed of your wedding day since you were twelve, or are brand new to the bridal world; Read more...
It doesn't matter if you've dreamed of your wedding day since you were twelve, or are brand new to the bridal world; Aletha's help is the only thing you'll need besides your dress and your groom. Her knowledge is mind-blowing as well as her network. I hired her per hour (which is an option), and it was the best decision I made for my wedding. My stress was lifted, even for little pieces of advice or where to find hard-to-get items. Hiring Pearls Events was indispensable; the peace of mind was priceless. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Liz & Chris - your day was just amazing, and although we had a tiny part in it, we are just thrilled you chose to work with us! Congratulations on your marriage! Wishing you years of happiness together :)
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Tricia
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
There was absolutely no way we could have planned our August wedding without Aletha! Living in California while planning a Michigan wedding was miserable until we found Pearls Events to help us. Aletha always promptly answered all my questions with a detailed response and had great advice for everything. She suggested wonderful, friendly vendors and I absolutely love how everything came together on the wedding day. It was so much better than I could have ever imagined or come up with by myself!!

Thank you so much! Tricia & Bryan
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There was absolutely no way we could have planned our August wedding without Aletha! Living in California while planning a Michigan wedding was miserable until we found Pearls Events to help us. Aletha always promptly answered all my questions with a detailed response and had great advice for everything. She suggested wonderful, friendly vendors and I absolutely love how everything came together on the wedding day. It was so much better than I could have ever imagined or come up with by myself!!

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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Tricia & Bryan - We are SO thrilled you chose to work with us while planning your Michigan wedding from California. Your entire day was absolutely gorgeous and we are so proud to be a part it.

Best wishes!
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Laura
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
It has been almost 20 years since my first marriage so I was a bit rusty at how to plan another wedding. Aletha was great. I only met with her once and corresponded by email a few times but she gave me some great ideas and recommendations. I found a great hair stylist and officiant through her. I would definitely recommend her services as she is professional, thoughtful, and very concerned about helping you have a wonderful wedding.
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It has been almost 20 years since my first marriage so I was a bit rusty at how to plan another wedding. Aletha was great. I only met with her once and corresponded by email a few times but she gave me some great ideas and recommendations. I found a great hair stylist and officiant through her. I would definitely recommend her services as she is professional, thoughtful, and very concerned about helping you have a wonderful wedding. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Laura & Don - we are SO glad to hear that our services were helpful to you as you planned your big day! It was fabulous working with you and wish you nothing but the best in years to come!
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Ann Peters
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Aletha was so helpful and professional. As the wedding day got closer, I had different requests and Aletha did them all.
Aletha was so helpful and professional. As the wedding day got closer, I had different requests and Aletha did them all.
Aletha was so helpful and professional. As the wedding day got closer, I had different requests and Aletha did them all. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Shari - it was FABULOUS working with you on Joey & Chris' Fourth of July wedding. We had SUCH a great time getting to know all three of you throughout the planning process.
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Bailey
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Awesome work! We were so pleased to have Pearl Events do our wedding planning. I would highly recommend using them.
Awesome work! We were so pleased to have Pearl Events do our wedding planning. I would highly recommend using them.
Awesome work! We were so pleased to have Pearl Events do our wedding planning. I would highly recommend using them. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jenny - it was an honor working with you on Cory & Ryan's wedding plans. I enjoyed getting to know you while you planned an amazing wedding, and our team was so excited to be there on the day-of to make sure everything went smoothly. Best wishes to the new couple!
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zeemar
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
I can’t thank Aletha VanderMaas enough for all the help and guidance she gave us while planning our daughter’s wedding. I can’t imagine getting thru all the planning, preparation and finally the wedding day without her.

Enlisting the use of a wedding planner was like giving ourselves a wedding gift. Preparing for a wedding when the bride-to-be lives out of state makes the role of a wedding coordinator even more valuable. Aletha was wonderful at arranging wedding appointments to accommodate Lauren’s travel schedule. She always made sure that our daughter could take full advantage of wedding planning time while in town. Because of the distance e-mails were an essential part of the planning process and Aletha was flawless at keeping all the communication lines open and our questions and concerns always answered. She also was only a phone call way when stress got the best of the mother of the bride : )
Aletha keep everything organized and moving along smoothly. She is very detailed, well connected in the wedding industry and has the ability to stay calm and always smile and laugh.

Working with Aletha was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend her. She listened to our daughter’s ideas and dreams for the wedding and worked with Lauren to make her wedding day absolutely amazing!
I can’t thank Aletha VanderMaas enough for all the help and guidance she gave us while planning our daughter’s wedding. I Read more...
I can’t thank Aletha VanderMaas enough for all the help and guidance she gave us while planning our daughter’s wedding. I can’t imagine getting thru all the planning, preparation and finally the wedding day without her.

Enlisting the use of a wedding planner was like giving ourselves a wedding gift. Preparing for a wedding when the bride-to-be lives out of state makes the role of a wedding coordinator even more valuable. Aletha was wonderful at arranging wedding appointments to accommodate Lauren’s travel schedule. She always made sure that our daughter could take full advantage of wedding planning time while in town. Because of the distance e-mails were an essential part of the planning process and Aletha was flawless at keeping all the communication lines open and our questions and concerns always answered. She also was only a phone call way when stress got the best of the mother of the bride : )
Aletha keep everything organized and moving along smoothly. She is very detailed, well connected in the wedding industry and has the ability to stay calm and always smile and laugh.

Working with Aletha was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend her. She listened to our daughter’s ideas and dreams for the wedding and worked with Lauren to make her wedding day absolutely amazing! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Working with Margo & Lauren on this May wedding was absolutely wonderful. They hired us early on in the process, so we were along for many of the vendor selection, design selections, and all the details in between.

Having clients who trust us completely makes everything easier, and with the amazing day they had, I know they were happy with their choice!

Congrats to Lauren & Greg!
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
I notice every little detail and Aletha did an amazing job taking care of all of them. The day after the wedding my new husband and I both said that everything was either exactly how we expected it, or better!

I had a lot of ideas but no clue about how to carry them out, Aletha was able to point me in the right direction. She was great at recommending the vendors she thought would work best for me, this was so helpful in controlling the confusion and stress of decision making. I can’t imagine how the day would have turned out without her, I know it would have been a million times more stressful and not nearly as beautiful.

I was planning my wedding from out of town and contacted Aletha primarily by e-mail. She was great at responding quickly. I loved her honest responses, I could ask her if ideas were good, bad, or tacky and she’d let me know. She was also great at making time available for me when I was in town.

Aletha did an amazing job and I’d recommend her to everyone planning a wedding!
I notice every little detail and Aletha did an amazing job taking care of all of them. The day after the wedding my new Read more...
I notice every little detail and Aletha did an amazing job taking care of all of them. The day after the wedding my new husband and I both said that everything was either exactly how we expected it, or better!

I had a lot of ideas but no clue about how to carry them out, Aletha was able to point me in the right direction. She was great at recommending the vendors she thought would work best for me, this was so helpful in controlling the confusion and stress of decision making. I can’t imagine how the day would have turned out without her, I know it would have been a million times more stressful and not nearly as beautiful.

I was planning my wedding from out of town and contacted Aletha primarily by e-mail. She was great at responding quickly. I loved her honest responses, I could ask her if ideas were good, bad, or tacky and she’d let me know. She was also great at making time available for me when I was in town.

Aletha did an amazing job and I’d recommend her to everyone planning a wedding! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Lauren & Greg - what can I say about your amazing day that you don't already know?! It was SUCH a great journey working with you two on your wedding day. So many great meetings of making it all come together.

Best wishes for a fabulous life together!
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Jaclyn
Wedding:
5/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Working with Aletha and Kate was a true pleasure. These girls know what they are doing! Our 14 months of planning was so fun! I will miss them. I would recommend anyone wanting guidance to planning their or their daughters wedding to use Pearls Event. The detail they provide is unbelieveable. Now what we have left.... is a perfect memory of our daughters wedding. Thanks to Pearls Events!
Working with Aletha and Kate was a true pleasure. These girls know what they are doing! Our 14 months of planning was so Read more...
Working with Aletha and Kate was a true pleasure. These girls know what they are doing! Our 14 months of planning was so fun! I will miss them. I would recommend anyone wanting guidance to planning their or their daughters wedding to use Pearls Event. The detail they provide is unbelieveable. Now what we have left.... is a perfect memory of our daughters wedding. Thanks to Pearls Events! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jackie - It was an honor to work with you and Jenna on her big day! I cannot say enough amazing things about your entire family. Thank you for trusting Pearls Events with your daughter's wedding day. It was a pleasure working with everyone! Best wishes to the new couple!
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Jenna
Wedding:
5/21/2010
5.0/5.0
When my mom suggested we consider a wedding planner I thought "Why do we need that, I know how to plan something and want to be invovled." To put my mothers mind at ease I agreed to meet with a few. The first was my stereotypical- "I'll handle everything for you..." kind of meeting and then after meeting and hearing about Aletha I could tell it was the perfect fit. She offered a consulting package as well as day of coordination. The best of both worlds! I was able with the help of my mom to plan the wedding of my dreams. Aletha, Kate, and team were always available to answer questions and advice. I would never have predicted I'd be so calm the day of my wedding, but with the help of Pearls Events and of course knowing my groom was the one for me, put me at extreme ease all day long. My parents, family members, and friends were all able to enjoy the day and not have to worry about a thing because Pearls Events was there to handle everything! On top of support on my wedding day I also have 2 new friends that I plan to see often :)
When my mom suggested we consider a wedding planner I thought "Why do we need that, I know how to plan something and want Read more...
When my mom suggested we consider a wedding planner I thought "Why do we need that, I know how to plan something and want to be invovled." To put my mothers mind at ease I agreed to meet with a few. The first was my stereotypical- "I'll handle everything for you..." kind of meeting and then after meeting and hearing about Aletha I could tell it was the perfect fit. She offered a consulting package as well as day of coordination. The best of both worlds! I was able with the help of my mom to plan the wedding of my dreams. Aletha, Kate, and team were always available to answer questions and advice. I would never have predicted I'd be so calm the day of my wedding, but with the help of Pearls Events and of course knowing my groom was the one for me, put me at extreme ease all day long. My parents, family members, and friends were all able to enjoy the day and not have to worry about a thing because Pearls Events was there to handle everything! On top of support on my wedding day I also have 2 new friends that I plan to see often :) Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jenna - it was SO much fun getting to know you over the past year. Working with you and your mom was fabulous. All of your design ideas - the linens, the flowers, those amazing candle holders - came together perfectly on the day-of and we were thrilled to be a part of your planning process, and of course, on the day of.

Best wishes to you and Rob for a fabulously, fun road ahead!
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Dr.P
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
It has been over a month since my wedding, and I still get compliments on it everyday! Pearls Events must be given all of the credit for directing me to the best vendors, coming up with the most gorgeous event design, and allowing me to be stress-free on my actual wedding day. Aletha and her staff took care of all the details so I was able to be in the moment and truly enjoy my wedding and reception rather than worrying about centerpiece placement and napkin folding :) Without their expertise and advice I would have ended up with a very EXPENSIVE disaster rather than the most AMAZING day ever! From the start of my planning process to the very end, Aletha was there to answer my questions, bounce ideas off of, attend appointments with me, and guide me through all the crises that inevitably came up. I cannot thank Pearls Event enough for all of their hard work and dedication. Hiring you for partial planning was the best decision I made (besides saying yes to Don!)
It has been over a month since my wedding, and I still get compliments on it everyday! Pearls Events must be given all of Read more...
It has been over a month since my wedding, and I still get compliments on it everyday! Pearls Events must be given all of the credit for directing me to the best vendors, coming up with the most gorgeous event design, and allowing me to be stress-free on my actual wedding day. Aletha and her staff took care of all the details so I was able to be in the moment and truly enjoy my wedding and reception rather than worrying about centerpiece placement and napkin folding :) Without their expertise and advice I would have ended up with a very EXPENSIVE disaster rather than the most AMAZING day ever! From the start of my planning process to the very end, Aletha was there to answer my questions, bounce ideas off of, attend appointments with me, and guide me through all the crises that inevitably came up. I cannot thank Pearls Event enough for all of their hard work and dedication. Hiring you for partial planning was the best decision I made (besides saying yes to Don!) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Liz - it was a pleasure working with you! I am so glad we connected and we are thankful for clients like you. Thank you for trusting us with your big day - it is a pleasure to hear this amazing review!
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M&L
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Aletha and Kate were our day-of coordinators for our daughter's wedding. They did a fabulous job! From filling their car with our "extras" to take to our up north location, setting up the
reception site, and not forgetting a thing on my detailed list, they really helped us- especially
this MOB- enjoy the day! All I had to worry about was would I trip in my dress or need
lipstick ( I didn't and I did!) Many of our guest commented on how sweet and helpful they were, always pitching in with a smile! They kept in touch with our vendors and helped
the day go so smoothly!
I highly recommend Pearls Events to help you plan a wonderful wedding!
Aletha and Kate were our day-of coordinators for our daughter's wedding. They did a fabulous job! From filling their car Read more...
Aletha and Kate were our day-of coordinators for our daughter's wedding. They did a fabulous job! From filling their car with our "extras" to take to our up north location, setting up the
reception site, and not forgetting a thing on my detailed list, they really helped us- especially
this MOB- enjoy the day! All I had to worry about was would I trip in my dress or need
lipstick ( I didn't and I did!) Many of our guest commented on how sweet and helpful they were, always pitching in with a smile! They kept in touch with our vendors and helped
the day go so smoothly!
I highly recommend Pearls Events to help you plan a wonderful wedding! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Working for Margie as she planned her daughter's wedding was a welcome addition to our 2009 event lineup! It was an absolute pleasure working with this entire family - and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for clients like these.

Thank you so much for, Margie,
Aletha
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mrs.vedo
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Probably my favorite vendor. Kate really saved the day! I booked Pearls Events for the decorate/set up package knowing that I may not be able to get into our venue the night before. The day of you can't get in until 10am. We dropped everything off on Friday, and then Kate came in the day of and knocked it out of the park! We walked in and our jaws dropped! We made our own centerpieces, table numbers, etc, and we knew everything that was going into the room, but still couldn't quite envision everything together and it was perfect! My sister also had to call her the morning of to check on the centerpiece flowers (like I said, we did them ourselves, and we weren't convinced they'd hold up the way we had done them). Kate confirmed they were mostly dead, so my sister ran down with the extra flowers I'd ordered and Kate met her a few blocks away because of the construction. She swapped out the dead flowers with the good ones, and it was great! Couldn't have been happier!
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Probably my favorite vendor. Kate really saved the day! I booked Pearls Events for the decorate/set up package knowing that I may not be able to get into our venue the night before. The day of you can't get in until 10am. We dropped everything off on Friday, and then Kate came in the day of and knocked it out of the park! We walked in and our jaws dropped! We made our own centerpieces, table numbers, etc, and we knew everything that was going into the room, but still couldn't quite envision everything together and it was perfect! My sister also had to call her the morning of to check on the centerpiece flowers (like I said, we did them ourselves, and we weren't convinced they'd hold up the way we had done them). Kate confirmed they were mostly dead, so my sister ran down with the extra flowers I'd ordered and Kate met her a few blocks away because of the construction. She swapped out the dead flowers with the good ones, and it was great! Couldn't have been happier! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Sarah - you were fabulous to work with! We loved setting up your wedding reception at San Chez - all your details were great. We are thrilled to hear you were so happy with our work. Thank you for choosing to work with Pearls Events.

Best wishes on a happy & healthy marriage,
The Pearls Events Team
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jammie
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
While I first cringed when my (then fiance) now husband suggested we hire a planner to ease my already busy schedule and overspent budget, I am here to tell you that I would pay for Aletha all over again! We actually started out just hiring Pearls Events for Day of Coordinator, but soon realized the full value this team brings to the table. The best feeling I had was at 3pm the day before my wedding... I showed up at Aletha's house, dropped off all the precious and important items that we'd be using the next day. I remember driving away and thinking "wow, that's it - I'm done and Aletha will make sure everything else goes as plans." My wedding day was so unbelievably stress-free as I could count on Aletha and team to do any and all of the last minute things that popped up and to make sure that everything stayed on time and according to plan. It was also really nice for our parents as they didn't have to run around making sure things were getting done - they were actually able to enjoy the day too.

Big value areas for me: helped me interview vendors, which kept me focused and provided an objective opinion; was the only other person besides me that knew exactly how everything was supposed to go (a simple DOC is not able to provide this ... need to have someone along for the ride the whole ride, not just the last mile); because she understood our vision, she was able to make game day decisions without having to bother me; sanity check - we reviewed budgets, timelines, assumptions, etc. I completely trusted her and knew that she would do a great job - and she did!
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While I first cringed when my (then fiance) now husband suggested we hire a planner to ease my already busy schedule and overspent budget, I am here to tell you that I would pay for Aletha all over again! We actually started out just hiring Pearls Events for Day of Coordinator, but soon realized the full value this team brings to the table. The best feeling I had was at 3pm the day before my wedding... I showed up at Aletha's house, dropped off all the precious and important items that we'd be using the next day. I remember driving away and thinking "wow, that's it - I'm done and Aletha will make sure everything else goes as plans." My wedding day was so unbelievably stress-free as I could count on Aletha and team to do any and all of the last minute things that popped up and to make sure that everything stayed on time and according to plan. It was also really nice for our parents as they didn't have to run around making sure things were getting done - they were actually able to enjoy the day too.

Big value areas for me: helped me interview vendors, which kept me focused and provided an objective opinion; was the only other person besides me that knew exactly how everything was supposed to go (a simple DOC is not able to provide this ... need to have someone along for the ride the whole ride, not just the last mile); because she understood our vision, she was able to make game day decisions without having to bother me; sanity check - we reviewed budgets, timelines, assumptions, etc. I completely trusted her and knew that she would do a great job - and she did! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jammie & Aaron's wedding was gorgeous and we were happy to help them find the right vendors, develop their look & feel, plus be there on the day of to make sure everything ran smoothly and on time!

Thank you both for working with Pearls Events! Best wishes on a VERY happy life together.
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Tara
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Aletha was our day-of-coordinator and she is fabulous! She is so genuine and fun to work with. Not only was she super organized, but she stayed calm and handled things beautifully when our officiant was stuck in traffic jam. She went above and beyond for us and even cut our cake with the help of her intern Amy so that my aunts didn't have to miss out on anything during the reception. So sweet! Aletha also was incredibly helpful to me throughout the planning process even though she wasn't my wedding planner! She helped me locate some great vendors and was an essential part of my "dream team" :) Thank you Aletha!
Aletha was our day-of-coordinator and she is fabulous! She is so genuine and fun to work with. Not only was she super Read more...
Aletha was our day-of-coordinator and she is fabulous! She is so genuine and fun to work with. Not only was she super organized, but she stayed calm and handled things beautifully when our officiant was stuck in traffic jam. She went above and beyond for us and even cut our cake with the help of her intern Amy so that my aunts didn't have to miss out on anything during the reception. So sweet! Aletha also was incredibly helpful to me throughout the planning process even though she wasn't my wedding planner! She helped me locate some great vendors and was an essential part of my "dream team" :) Thank you Aletha! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Tara & Mike's wedding fell on a gorgeous June day. They were blessed with amazing weather for their outdoor ceremony - thank goodness! Everything ran on time except the officiant being stuck in a traffic jam, however, it all came together in the end with he help of the amazing friends & family that surrounded the couple.

Congratulation, Tara & Mike!
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Janzilla
Wedding:
6/12/2009
5.0/5.0
I am so happy we booked Aletha from Pearls Events. We were on a budget so were hesitant to have this service. Aletha saved us so much money! In addition to helping us select our vendors, coordinate the rehearsal, set up the decor and table settings on the day-of, help me with my dress throughout the day, communicate with all the vendors, coordinate the day of events, she poured almost 100 glasses of Champaign, and cut over 100 slices of cake. I didn't know how much work it was to pull off a wedding and thanks to Aletha I still don't! It is amazing just how fast the day goes. I was so thankful for Aletha because she helped me make most of the day. Because she knows weddings in and out, she would say, "this is something I wish I would have done on my wedding day." This type of insight was invaluable. In addition, it was so awesome to have someone else watch the clock making sure the day's events happened. With Aletha at Pearls Events, I was able to be the bride and only the bride!
I am so happy we booked Aletha from Pearls Events. We were on a budget so were hesitant to have this service. Aletha saved Read more...
I am so happy we booked Aletha from Pearls Events. We were on a budget so were hesitant to have this service. Aletha saved us so much money! In addition to helping us select our vendors, coordinate the rehearsal, set up the decor and table settings on the day-of, help me with my dress throughout the day, communicate with all the vendors, coordinate the day of events, she poured almost 100 glasses of Champaign, and cut over 100 slices of cake. I didn't know how much work it was to pull off a wedding and thanks to Aletha I still don't! It is amazing just how fast the day goes. I was so thankful for Aletha because she helped me make most of the day. Because she knows weddings in and out, she would say, "this is something I wish I would have done on my wedding day." This type of insight was invaluable. In addition, it was so awesome to have someone else watch the clock making sure the day's events happened. With Aletha at Pearls Events, I was able to be the bride and only the bride! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jan & Dan's wedding was one of my favorites because of the unique location, the simplicity of the decor, and the awesome family & friends that all came together to pull it off! It was an incredible day and I was SO happy to be a part of it.

The planning went smoothly throughout the year we worked together and I'm proud to have this one "on the books"! Thank you Jan & Dan for working with Pearls Events. Best wishes!
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Lindsey
Wedding:
6/5/2009
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was on a beach in South Haven. With Aletha and her team every thing ran so smoothly. She was there to make sure everyone was in there place and to keep things flowing. They cleaned up every thing on the beach and after the reception. It was a relief to know they were there if anything would have went wrong. And if something did go wrong i didnt not know about it was taken care of. I would recomend them to any bride they do this all of the time they know what they are doing. Thank You Pearls Events, Aletha and Tara.
Lindsey and Travis Pawlowski
Our wedding was on a beach in South Haven. With Aletha and her team every thing ran so smoothly. She was there to make Read more...
Our wedding was on a beach in South Haven. With Aletha and her team every thing ran so smoothly. She was there to make sure everyone was in there place and to keep things flowing. They cleaned up every thing on the beach and after the reception. It was a relief to know they were there if anything would have went wrong. And if something did go wrong i didnt not know about it was taken care of. I would recomend them to any bride they do this all of the time they know what they are doing. Thank You Pearls Events, Aletha and Tara.
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Lindsey & Travis' wedding day was so much fun. They were surrounded by a great group of family and friends, and everyone had a blast. Lindsey has SO many great details and Tara & I were happy to be there to make sure the ceremony went well on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Best wishes!
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Theresa Jacobs
Wedding:
5/23/2009
5.0/5.0
We were absolutely thrilled to work with Aletha at Pearls Events for set-up and day-of-coordination. Throughout my wedding planning process, she was willing to help with extra things like answering random questions and providing advice. She helped us create the timeline for our day which worked out great. She even taught me how to fold the napkins the way I wanted.

I met with her a week before the wedding and went through the plans (ceremony and reception layout, decoration plans, vendor contacts, etc). After that meeting, I felt wonder to have given the details of the day to her to manage. My fiance and I had spent a year and half planning our wedding. It felt great to let it go. We had our wedding at Camp Blodgett. It's a lovely site, but required a lot of set-up. On the day of the wedding, Pearls Events arrived in the morning and set up all the details for the day. When I arrived at Camp Blodgett, I was so excited! The reception hall was set-up perfectly; it was just as I had imagined or maybe even better. The ceremony set-up on the deck was perfect also. Throughout the evening, she kept track of the timeline and kept things running smoothly. She even loaded my gifts into my parent's van.

I highly recommend Pearls Events. I was able to have a stress-free day, which is amazing because I'm usually a big stress-ball. It was fantastic knowing that someone else had everything in control. Aletha ensured the day was just as I had planned and hoped for. We couldn't have been happier. Thank you so much!!!
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We were absolutely thrilled to work with Aletha at Pearls Events for set-up and day-of-coordination. Throughout my wedding planning process, she was willing to help with extra things like answering random questions and providing advice. She helped us create the timeline for our day which worked out great. She even taught me how to fold the napkins the way I wanted.

I met with her a week before the wedding and went through the plans (ceremony and reception layout, decoration plans, vendor contacts, etc). After that meeting, I felt wonder to have given the details of the day to her to manage. My fiance and I had spent a year and half planning our wedding. It felt great to let it go. We had our wedding at Camp Blodgett. It's a lovely site, but required a lot of set-up. On the day of the wedding, Pearls Events arrived in the morning and set up all the details for the day. When I arrived at Camp Blodgett, I was so excited! The reception hall was set-up perfectly; it was just as I had imagined or maybe even better. The ceremony set-up on the deck was perfect also. Throughout the evening, she kept track of the timeline and kept things running smoothly. She even loaded my gifts into my parent's van.

I highly recommend Pearls Events. I was able to have a stress-free day, which is amazing because I'm usually a big stress-ball. It was fantastic knowing that someone else had everything in control. Aletha ensured the day was just as I had planned and hoped for. We couldn't have been happier. Thank you so much!!! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Teri was a fabulous bride to work with - she created each detail of her wedding and had an exact vision of how she wanted everything to come together. We worked with her the weeks leading up to the wedding to make sure we had everything ready to go. On the day-of, we did a complete installation of the set-up, and coordinated the entire day. It was a gorgeous day on the shores of Lake Michigan and the couple was awesome to work with!

Thank you for the fabulous review - we are SO glad we were an asset to your big day. Best wishes Teri & Jeff - thank you for working with us!
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PearTreeWedding
Wedding:
4/11/2009
5.0/5.0
I am not sure what wonderful quality of Aletha's to begin with. I firmly believe that Aletha and her assistant, Tara, were a major reason our wedding was absolutely perfect! Aletha really listened to our worries about the wedding, and kept a sharp eye out for those occurrences during the wedding. She was also great at communicating. I emailed her many times with wedding questions, and she would response quickly and provide wonderful, informative answers. Aletha has a wonderful and commanding personality, which is one of the reasons we hired her. We knew she would not be afraid to be slightly bossy to make sure our day was perfect! Additionally, my mother adored her, and Aletha was part of the reason my mother didn't cry with joy the entire night... If we ever have a vow renewal, we will gladly hire Aletha again to coordinate. She is very talented at her job, and we really cannot thank her enough.
I am not sure what wonderful quality of Aletha's to begin with. I firmly believe that Aletha and her assistant, Tara, were Read more...
I am not sure what wonderful quality of Aletha's to begin with. I firmly believe that Aletha and her assistant, Tara, were a major reason our wedding was absolutely perfect! Aletha really listened to our worries about the wedding, and kept a sharp eye out for those occurrences during the wedding. She was also great at communicating. I emailed her many times with wedding questions, and she would response quickly and provide wonderful, informative answers. Aletha has a wonderful and commanding personality, which is one of the reasons we hired her. We knew she would not be afraid to be slightly bossy to make sure our day was perfect! Additionally, my mother adored her, and Aletha was part of the reason my mother didn't cry with joy the entire night... If we ever have a vow renewal, we will gladly hire Aletha again to coordinate. She is very talented at her job, and we really cannot thank her enough. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

What can I say about Ryan & Deanna? They are both AWESOME and we loved working with them on their wedding day! They brought us on board for event management because they needed someone who would calm the mothers down, make sure everything ran on time and be the liaison between the venue and the couple - and we were happy we were the ones to do the job.

Congrats Ryan & Deanna! Best wishes for a fabulous life together:)
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Amy
Wedding:
3/7/2009
5.0/5.0
We hired Aletha of Pearls Events to serve as our day of coordinator; and I really wish we would have hired her to provide even more services at our wedding, she was truly an outstanding vendor. Although our wedding day went very smoothly, she and her interns were invaluable sets of hands throughout the day. They took care of details (small and large) I couldn't have planned for, anticipated my needs in ways only experienced wedding professionals could, and worked seemlessly with my other vendors to ensure the day went as planned. All of this was done with professionalism and cheerfulness that amazed me, my family, our guests. Although initially hestitant about needing a coordinator, it was one of the best decisions we made in the planning process. Having someone with you to make sure you can enjoy your wedding day to the fullest extent is a gift every bride should give herself!
We hired Aletha of Pearls Events to serve as our day of coordinator; and I really wish we would have hired her to provide Read more...
We hired Aletha of Pearls Events to serve as our day of coordinator; and I really wish we would have hired her to provide even more services at our wedding, she was truly an outstanding vendor. Although our wedding day went very smoothly, she and her interns were invaluable sets of hands throughout the day. They took care of details (small and large) I couldn't have planned for, anticipated my needs in ways only experienced wedding professionals could, and worked seemlessly with my other vendors to ensure the day went as planned. All of this was done with professionalism and cheerfulness that amazed me, my family, our guests. Although initially hestitant about needing a coordinator, it was one of the best decisions we made in the planning process. Having someone with you to make sure you can enjoy your wedding day to the fullest extent is a gift every bride should give herself! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

One word for Amy & Carlo's wedding day - Beautiful!

The couple was a joy to work with. Their venues were fabulous as well. And the whole day was gorgeous! We loved their very sweet wedding party, and their families were just as kind and gracious as the couple.

Thank you for working with Pearls Events - best wishes!
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FeliciaEzell
Wedding:
10/25/2008
5.0/5.0
Aletha is by far in the right working field! She is by far the best wedding planner that I have ever met! She was there for the Day-of-Coordination and thank goodness for her! My photographer and I had a lot of communication problems and she straightened everything out! She was a lot of help and we don't know what we would have done with out her! At one point I even began to cry and she snapped me out of it really quickly! If I could do it all over again, I would have her do the entire wedding planning! She knows a lot of great vendors and I love and stalk her blog! She is very professional and quick to answer emails! She is there for YOU, not herself!

Thanks for everything Aletha!
Aletha is by far in the right working field! She is by far the best wedding planner that I have ever met! She was there Read more...
Aletha is by far in the right working field! She is by far the best wedding planner that I have ever met! She was there for the Day-of-Coordination and thank goodness for her! My photographer and I had a lot of communication problems and she straightened everything out! She was a lot of help and we don't know what we would have done with out her! At one point I even began to cry and she snapped me out of it really quickly! If I could do it all over again, I would have her do the entire wedding planning! She knows a lot of great vendors and I love and stalk her blog! She is very professional and quick to answer emails! She is there for YOU, not herself!

Thanks for everything Aletha! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Felicia--
You are the most gracious bride I've ever met. I was honored to be a part of your beautiful wedding day. I am thankful you had someone like me to snap you out of it. Best wishes to you and Jeremy! If I'm ever in Texas, I'm looking up your number.
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Amy
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Pearls Events to every bride I meet! Both Chad and I feel that hiring Aletha was the best wedding day decision we made (besides saying "I do" of course!) Aletha helped us have the wedding of our dreams by making sure nothing was over-looked. She has such a passion for weddings and her knack for detail is amazing!

From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU ALETHA! You simply ROCK!
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I would recommend Pearls Events to every bride I meet! Both Chad and I feel that hiring Aletha was the best wedding day decision we made (besides saying "I do" of course!) Aletha helped us have the wedding of our dreams by making sure nothing was over-looked. She has such a passion for weddings and her knack for detail is amazing!

From the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU ALETHA! You simply ROCK! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Amy,
Thank you for the kind review on my behalf. Your wedding day was beautiful, and you hired a great group of vendors, which made my job a piece of cake! I wish you and Chad nothing but a wonderful life together. Best wishes in what is to come!
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B
Wedding:
10/3/2008
5.0/5.0
Aletha takes pride in her work and is truly a shining star within the industry - who has quickly made a name for herself! She loves what she does and that is evident throughout her work.

Pearls Events was one of the first few vendors that we booked, and it was a wise decision. Having Aletha as our DOC allowed me to truly enjoy every little moment of my day. Surprisingly, I was extremely calm, maybe even too calm and I attribute a lot of that to Aletha. We had a situation arise during our wedding day that I was not even aware happened. Aletha was so on top of things, that she had it resolved before it was even brought to our attention.

Hiring Aletha was a win-win situation, not only did we have an fabulous DOC but I now feel as if I have made a new friend as well! I am excited to watch Pearls Events thrive and prosper, and I am honored to have been a part of the growth!

Thank you for everything Pearls Events/Aletha!
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Aletha takes pride in her work and is truly a shining star within the industry - who has quickly made a name for herself! She loves what she does and that is evident throughout her work.

Pearls Events was one of the first few vendors that we booked, and it was a wise decision. Having Aletha as our DOC allowed me to truly enjoy every little moment of my day. Surprisingly, I was extremely calm, maybe even too calm and I attribute a lot of that to Aletha. We had a situation arise during our wedding day that I was not even aware happened. Aletha was so on top of things, that she had it resolved before it was even brought to our attention.

Hiring Aletha was a win-win situation, not only did we have an fabulous DOC but I now feel as if I have made a new friend as well! I am excited to watch Pearls Events thrive and prosper, and I am honored to have been a part of the growth!

Thank you for everything Pearls Events/Aletha! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Bree,
Your wedding day was so personal and reflected you + Brad, that I was honored you hired me as your DOC. Amazing clients like you reaffirm I've made the right decision to be in this industry! Stop over any time for a cup of tea :)
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Kambojo
Wedding:
8/23/2008
5.0/5.0
It was a huge help to have you on that day! You were making sure everything was done as scheduled and it was awesome!
It was a huge help to have you on that day! You were making sure everything was done as scheduled and it was awesome!
It was a huge help to have you on that day! You were making sure everything was done as scheduled and it was awesome! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Kami,
It was my pleasure working with you and Daniel on your wedding day.
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pixelgirl
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
Pearls Events was my day of coordinator. She made the day go smooth as silk! I had gotten everything prepared and they made it all come together. I highly recommend!
Pearls Events was my day of coordinator. She made the day go smooth as silk! I had gotten everything prepared and they Read more...
Pearls Events was my day of coordinator. She made the day go smooth as silk! I had gotten everything prepared and they made it all come together. I highly recommend! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Daisy,
Your wedding at The Homestead was amazing and I was so thankful to be a part of the day. Thank you for making me feel more like a friend than a vendor! Everything went well with the crazy logistics of the ski hill transportation and I wish you and Greg a long, happy marriage.
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Kathryn
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Aletha was awesome! From the moment I met her on a cold, rainy, November day at Biggby I knew I'd found my girl. She helped throughout the planning with any questions I had regarding ANYTHING. She even gave me inside secrets on how to save money. :) She showed up at our rehearsal dinner and was extremely helpful and I let her take charge (I wanted her to!). The day of my wedding not a single thing went wrong (literally) and a lot of that was because Aletha was there to help. I made up a time line for the day and she stuck to it and saw that people were where they needed to be and when! We loved her. I'd recommend her to anyone planning their wedding and not wanting to have to worry about the "little things" the day of their own. She will take care of it and do a good job doing it!

Thank you Aletha!
Aletha was awesome! From the moment I met her on a cold, rainy, November day at Biggby I knew I'd found my girl. She Read more...
Aletha was awesome! From the moment I met her on a cold, rainy, November day at Biggby I knew I'd found my girl. She helped throughout the planning with any questions I had regarding ANYTHING. She even gave me inside secrets on how to save money. :) She showed up at our rehearsal dinner and was extremely helpful and I let her take charge (I wanted her to!). The day of my wedding not a single thing went wrong (literally) and a lot of that was because Aletha was there to help. I made up a time line for the day and she stuck to it and saw that people were where they needed to be and when! We loved her. I'd recommend her to anyone planning their wedding and not wanting to have to worry about the "little things" the day of their own. She will take care of it and do a good job doing it!

Thank you Aletha! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Kathryn,
You and Will are completely adorable together and I had a great time getting to know you throughout your planning process. The day-of went SO well because of all of your thought-out details. My job of keeping everyone on task + making sure everything showed up went so smoothly because you are the organizational queen! It was a gorgeous day, and I'm thankful we had the chance to work together.
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j&gw
Wedding:
7/25/2008
5.0/5.0
Aletha is amazing!! She is so sweet and wonderful to work with. You can leave your wedding day dreams in her hands and she will bring them to fruition! She has incredible taste and an eye for what works...she rocked our reception decor beyond what we could have imagined!!!
Aletha is amazing!! She is so sweet and wonderful to work with. You can leave your wedding day dreams in her hands and she Read more...
Aletha is amazing!! She is so sweet and wonderful to work with. You can leave your wedding day dreams in her hands and she will bring them to fruition! She has incredible taste and an eye for what works...she rocked our reception decor beyond what we could have imagined!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jen--your wedding was full of beautiful details and I am SO happy you hired us to set things up for you. I love the photos Jen has of you two, and love to show them off.
Best wishes to you + Greg :)
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ks621
Wedding:
7/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Aletha was amazing! She was calm, professional, and responsive during all the meetings and the entire wedding day! I would hire her again in a heartbeat! She made the day go so smoothly!
Aletha was amazing! She was calm, professional, and responsive during all the meetings and the entire wedding day! I would Read more...
Aletha was amazing! She was calm, professional, and responsive during all the meetings and the entire wedding day! I would hire her again in a heartbeat! She made the day go so smoothly! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Kristina,
Working with you and your mom on the day-of your wedding was great. I was excited to be part of your amazing day, and the kid's reception was so adorable and raved about by all of the parents. I send my love to you and Dan for a long + exciting marriage!
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Dana
Wedding:
7/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Aletha was a wonderful resource to have on our wedding day. I didn't realize the inevitable wedding glitches that occurred because Aletha was there on the front line smoothing things over and handling the matter. I didn't have to worry about anything and could enjoy my day. Aletha was very organized, professional and easy to work with. If you are considering hiring a wedding planner/coordinator I encourage you to contact Pearls Events.
Aletha was a wonderful resource to have on our wedding day. I didn't realize the inevitable wedding glitches that occurred Read more...
Aletha was a wonderful resource to have on our wedding day. I didn't realize the inevitable wedding glitches that occurred because Aletha was there on the front line smoothing things over and handling the matter. I didn't have to worry about anything and could enjoy my day. Aletha was very organized, professional and easy to work with. If you are considering hiring a wedding planner/coordinator I encourage you to contact Pearls Events. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Dana,
You and Joe had such a great wedding day at Frederick Meijer Gardens, and I'm thankful it didn't rain! I enjoyed getting to know you two throughout the planning process and am happy to say that your wedding went smoothly. Thank you for being a rockin' bride + groom!
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Alicia
Wedding:
7/11/2008
5.0/5.0
Looking back on my wedding day I could not imagine it without Aletha (and her amazing assistant, Kyndra) from Pearl's Events being there. I was able to just plain enjoy the day, enjoy my friends, my family, my husband, and myself! It was amazing. I had so many people telling me how super sweet they were and how accomadating they had been during that day. If anything went wrong I sure didn't know a thing about it, and that is just the way I wanted it. I've heard from so many people that they just didn't get to really enjoy their wedding day as they were stressed out and worried about all the little things... Not my husband and I we loved every minute of it and know that it wouldn't have been that way with Pearl's Events there watching over everything. I would recommed Aletha to anyone, she is amazing and so many ways and really makes your day special.
Looking back on my wedding day I could not imagine it without Aletha (and her amazing assistant, Kyndra) from Pearl's Read more...
Looking back on my wedding day I could not imagine it without Aletha (and her amazing assistant, Kyndra) from Pearl's Events being there. I was able to just plain enjoy the day, enjoy my friends, my family, my husband, and myself! It was amazing. I had so many people telling me how super sweet they were and how accomadating they had been during that day. If anything went wrong I sure didn't know a thing about it, and that is just the way I wanted it. I've heard from so many people that they just didn't get to really enjoy their wedding day as they were stressed out and worried about all the little things... Not my husband and I we loved every minute of it and know that it wouldn't have been that way with Pearl's Events there watching over everything. I would recommed Aletha to anyone, she is amazing and so many ways and really makes your day special. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Alicia,
You and Troy have amazing families. Thank you for making me feel welcomed and not like "just another vendor". I had a great time working at Windmill Islands and everything was gorgeous that day! You two are so full of life and love, I wish you nothing by happiness.
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Jackie
Wedding:
6/7/2008
5.0/5.0
The moment I contacted Aletha I knew I had to have her as a part of my day! She was without a doubt the most worth while expense. Aletha was my day of the event and set-up gal! She took care of everything that I had planned :-) It was so nice knowing that Aletha would carry out my vision for the ceremony and reception set-up! Having Aletha decreased my stress by about 99.9% Aletha will enable you to enjoy your special day :-)
The moment I contacted Aletha I knew I had to have her as a part of my day! She was without a doubt the most worth while Read more...
The moment I contacted Aletha I knew I had to have her as a part of my day! She was without a doubt the most worth while expense. Aletha was my day of the event and set-up gal! She took care of everything that I had planned :-) It was so nice knowing that Aletha would carry out my vision for the ceremony and reception set-up! Having Aletha decreased my stress by about 99.9% Aletha will enable you to enjoy your special day :-) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Jackie,
You and your mom are gorgoues ladies--both inside + out! I loved your personal, down-to-earth wedding day you planned. I wish nothing but the best for you and Matt--Congrats!
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becky
Wedding:
5/24/2008
5.0/5.0
Aletha of Pearls Events is a must-have addition to any wedding. I was a bride who didn't know if she'd need a day-of coordinator, thinking I could handle all the details. Boy, am I glad I hired Aletha. Even though a wedding is an exciting event, it is filled with many unknowns, as is anything with that many people involved. Aletha handled everything so my husband and I could just enjoy our day. She made our reception venue look GORGEOUS! It was seriously more beautiful than anything I could have imagined. Plus, she's friendly, knowledgable, organized, a great communicator, and multi-talented. I would highly recommend her services to anyone.
Aletha of Pearls Events is a must-have addition to any wedding. I was a bride who didn't know if she'd need a day-of Read more...
Aletha of Pearls Events is a must-have addition to any wedding. I was a bride who didn't know if she'd need a day-of coordinator, thinking I could handle all the details. Boy, am I glad I hired Aletha. Even though a wedding is an exciting event, it is filled with many unknowns, as is anything with that many people involved. Aletha handled everything so my husband and I could just enjoy our day. She made our reception venue look GORGEOUS! It was seriously more beautiful than anything I could have imagined. Plus, she's friendly, knowledgable, organized, a great communicator, and multi-talented. I would highly recommend her services to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Becky,
You and Matt are so kind + generous. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day. It was amazing working with the two of you and the wedding day was as gorgeous as you planned. Best wishes to you two!
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flyebs12
Wedding:
10/27/2007
5.0/5.0
Aletha at Pearls Events worked very hard to make our October wedding so special. From the time the Rehearsal started until the last guest left our Reception it was so nice that I did not have to worry about a thing, which was nice since majority or our guest were from Out of Town. The vendors were paid, the cake disaster was solved quickly and quietly, the tuxes were returned and all of our vendors just loved working with her. They all commented on how easy Aletha was to work with. I was not bothered at all during the hours leading up to the wedding because I was able to give all of our vendors her name and number so that she could solve any problems that arose. It was also so wonderful that Aletha took a truck load full of wedding stuff and my ideas and ran with them. From the ceremony set-up to the reception set-up everything was perfect! All the details, no matter how small or large, that I had in my head she made them a reality. Aletha worked so hard and put in a lot of hours to make our day unforgettable. People are still talking about how beautiful everything was!
I loved planning my wedding but I also loved that I could spend time with all of my family and guests without having to worry about a thing the days leading up to it. If I had it all to do it again, Pearls Events would be the first vendor that I would book!

Laura and Pete Sartorello
Denver CO
Aletha at Pearls Events worked very hard to make our October wedding so special. From the time the Rehearsal started until Read more...
Aletha at Pearls Events worked very hard to make our October wedding so special. From the time the Rehearsal started until the last guest left our Reception it was so nice that I did not have to worry about a thing, which was nice since majority or our guest were from Out of Town. The vendors were paid, the cake disaster was solved quickly and quietly, the tuxes were returned and all of our vendors just loved working with her. They all commented on how easy Aletha was to work with. I was not bothered at all during the hours leading up to the wedding because I was able to give all of our vendors her name and number so that she could solve any problems that arose. It was also so wonderful that Aletha took a truck load full of wedding stuff and my ideas and ran with them. From the ceremony set-up to the reception set-up everything was perfect! All the details, no matter how small or large, that I had in my head she made them a reality. Aletha worked so hard and put in a lot of hours to make our day unforgettable. People are still talking about how beautiful everything was!
I loved planning my wedding but I also loved that I could spend time with all of my family and guests without having to worry about a thing the days leading up to it. If I had it all to do it again, Pearls Events would be the first vendor that I would book!

Laura and Pete Sartorello
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Services Used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Laura,
You and Pete are perfect for each other! I am so excited that I can call you two friends now. I wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness and am SO excited for Baby Sartorello's arrival in January.
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Mary
Wedding:
10/13/2007
5.0/5.0
Aletha, was fabulous to work with, she is organized, very detail-orientated, a hard worker, and to top it off an absolute sweetheart. No one had to worry on our wedding day about the little things because Aletha had it under control. there is no question in my mind if I were to do it again she would be the first vendor I hired. We recommend her to anyone getting married. Thanks Aletha!
Aletha, was fabulous to work with, she is organized, very detail-orientated, a hard worker, and to top it off an absolute Read more...
Aletha, was fabulous to work with, she is organized, very detail-orientated, a hard worker, and to top it off an absolute sweetheart. No one had to worry on our wedding day about the little things because Aletha had it under control. there is no question in my mind if I were to do it again she would be the first vendor I hired. We recommend her to anyone getting married. Thanks Aletha! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Mary,
Thank you so much for including me in your gorgeous Fall wedding. The weather was perfect and all of your details fell into place so well the day-of. Congrats to you + Jeff!
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setroup
Wedding:
10/6/2007
5.0/5.0
Aletha was an absolutely wonderful Day-of Coordinator. She oversaw the set up of our reception venue (floral/candle centerpieces, favors, place cards, decor, etc) and everything was perfect. She handled and unexpected issues that came up, freeing me to enjoy the evening. She was prompt, professional, and extremely easy to work with. Very highly recommended!
Aletha was an absolutely wonderful Day-of Coordinator. She oversaw the set up of our reception venue (floral/candle Read more...
Aletha was an absolutely wonderful Day-of Coordinator. She oversaw the set up of our reception venue (floral/candle centerpieces, favors, place cards, decor, etc) and everything was perfect. She handled and unexpected issues that came up, freeing me to enjoy the evening. She was prompt, professional, and extremely easy to work with. Very highly recommended! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Sarah,
What can I say about my first wedding with Pearls Events? You made it SO great, with your top-notch organizational + planning skills. Your day was gorgeous and I'm excited to see it be featured in The Knot in '08. Congrat to you + Dan!
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Anne
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.9/5.0
Planning a wedding in four months required some big help - and I couldn't have pulled off our 'up north' nuptials without the help of Aletha! She was incredible. From recommending wonderful Michigan vendors, trouble shooting (especially after losing a caterer three weeks before the wedding!), helping keep the event on budget, offering wonderful design and style ideas, and keeping the day organized. Aletha is responsive, calming and helpful in nearly all situations.
I would highly recommend Pearls Events for any bride - whether it's full-planning or only day of coordination!
Planning a wedding in four months required some big help - and I couldn't have pulled off our 'up north' nuptials without Read more...
Planning a wedding in four months required some big help - and I couldn't have pulled off our 'up north' nuptials without the help of Aletha! She was incredible. From recommending wonderful Michigan vendors, trouble shooting (especially after losing a caterer three weeks before the wedding!), helping keep the event on budget, offering wonderful design and style ideas, and keeping the day organized. Aletha is responsive, calming and helpful in nearly all situations.
I would highly recommend Pearls Events for any bride - whether it's full-planning or only day of coordination! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Anne & Alby's wedding day was nothing short of awesome! From the incredible location to the rockin' band that kept the dance floor packed all night long - it was an honor to be a small part of their big day!

Congrats to you both - the entire Pearls Events team wishes you nothing but the best!
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MJ
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.9/5.0
You were our lifeline Aletha! Without knowing the vendors in GR, Big Rapids, and Stanwood, we were at a loss. With your tremendous assistance all along the way, we were able to enjoy an incredible wedding weekend. It was too awesome for words. If I can ever provide a reference for you to a prospective client, please send them my way. Thank you - Mary Jane Thomson 989.255.7503
You were our lifeline Aletha! Without knowing the vendors in GR, Big Rapids, and Stanwood, we were at a loss. With your Read more...
You were our lifeline Aletha! Without knowing the vendors in GR, Big Rapids, and Stanwood, we were at a loss. With your tremendous assistance all along the way, we were able to enjoy an incredible wedding weekend. It was too awesome for words. If I can ever provide a reference for you to a prospective client, please send them my way. Thank you - Mary Jane Thomson 989.255.7503 Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

MaryJane - it was SUCH a pleasure working with you and Amy on the wedding. We had a great time helping design all of the elements that made Amy & Steve's wedding a over-the-top gorgeous day. Best wishes to the happy couple :)
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amyhall
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.9/5.0
The Pearl's Events team was so warm and wonderful to work with! These ladies are so classy and can find the vedors you need to make your special day absolutely perfect!
The Pearl's Events team was so warm and wonderful to work with! These ladies are so classy and can find the vedors you Read more...
The Pearl's Events team was so warm and wonderful to work with! These ladies are so classy and can find the vedors you need to make your special day absolutely perfect! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Amy & Steve - it was a pleasure working with you both as we designed your gorgeous wedding day! All of the details came together perfectly and I am so proud of the work we did together. Best wishes!
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rogonz11
Wedding:
9/27/2008
4.9/5.0
Althea was one of the smartest things we budgeted for. Althea was there from the begining to the end. She also helped with a lot of details behind the scenes that I was too busy to notice. Our mothers also had a person to go to with any questions or concerns. I can not imagine what our wedding would have been like without her there. Althea was a saving grace !!
Althea was one of the smartest things we budgeted for. Althea was there from the begining to the end. She also helped with Read more...
Althea was one of the smartest things we budgeted for. Althea was there from the begining to the end. She also helped with a lot of details behind the scenes that I was too busy to notice. Our mothers also had a person to go to with any questions or concerns. I can not imagine what our wedding would have been like without her there. Althea was a saving grace !! Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Rose,
You are way too kind, however you're still calling me Althea! I'll let it slide, though :) Your wedding was absolutely gorgeous and I'm glad I was there to pull all your details together with your amazing florist, Helen. What a joy to be a part of you + Brian's wedding. Best with to you two!
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Christina
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.9/5.0
What I enjoyed most about Aletha was her extremely calm and capable presence throughout our wedding day. She was perpetually on top of everything and was always very quick to respond to emails leading up to our day. As a long-distance bride, it was so refreshing to have someone so willing to communicate! On the day of, she followed our schedule to a T and never made it seem like we were being rushed for time. She also tackled the tiny, inevitable mishaps throughout the day with ease and professionalism (a broken button, thirsty puppy, clueless ushers, etc). She took care of most things before I even realized that anything was wrong! I am so glad that we went with Aletha - everything went so smoothly thanks to her!
What I enjoyed most about Aletha was her extremely calm and capable presence throughout our wedding day. She was Read more...
What I enjoyed most about Aletha was her extremely calm and capable presence throughout our wedding day. She was perpetually on top of everything and was always very quick to respond to emails leading up to our day. As a long-distance bride, it was so refreshing to have someone so willing to communicate! On the day of, she followed our schedule to a T and never made it seem like we were being rushed for time. She also tackled the tiny, inevitable mishaps throughout the day with ease and professionalism (a broken button, thirsty puppy, clueless ushers, etc). She took care of most things before I even realized that anything was wrong! I am so glad that we went with Aletha - everything went so smoothly thanks to her! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Christina,
It was a joy working with you and Eric on your wedding day. Your day was gorgeous, personal + beautiful, and I am happy you chose to work with me to make sure your day went smoothly. Thank you!
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Ericm
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.8/5.0
Pearls Events made my event memorable. The vision and hope I had for my event was grasped by Pearls Events and surpassed my expectations.
Pearls Events made my event memorable. The vision and hope I had for my event was grasped by Pearls Events and surpassed Read more...
Pearls Events made my event memorable. The vision and hope I had for my event was grasped by Pearls Events and surpassed my expectations. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Eric - it was fabulous working behind the scenes with you plotting - errrr, planning! - Jill's fabulous SURPRISE party! Thank you for reaching out to me and including me in the fun evening.
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m.van.order
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.8/5.0
Aletha was wonderful to work with for our wedding day. It was great to have her advice, suggestions and extra help on the day of. Several of our guests remarked about how she happily helped them out with things during our big day. I felt confident that everything would be taken care of and it was! Plus, what a fabulous blog she and her team has! Thanks Pearls Events!
Aletha was wonderful to work with for our wedding day. It was great to have her advice, suggestions and extra help on the Read more...
Aletha was wonderful to work with for our wedding day. It was great to have her advice, suggestions and extra help on the day of. Several of our guests remarked about how she happily helped them out with things during our big day. I felt confident that everything would be taken care of and it was! Plus, what a fabulous blog she and her team has! Thanks Pearls Events! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Megan - it was wonderful working with you & Jacob! Both of your families were wonderful - we truly appreciated being part of your big day.

Best wishes from the entire Pearls Events Team!
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Nadene
Wedding:
7/15/2011
4.8/5.0
Aletha - Thank you! This was a tough bill to fill - considering that I was not only a Bride (we can be needy) But - A Wedding Planner myself! ...and a tough one to impress at that!
I loved your confidence and personality - on our first phone call - and the decision to hire Pearls Events for Wedding Day Coordination - was an easy one ..after speaking with 2 other local planners ...YOU were the one for me!

Having been in the business for years and done more than 300 weddings myself - it was a bit of an adjustment for me to turn over the reigns ...my colleagues joked that I would be walking up the aisle with my 'wedding file' in my hands rather than a bouqet ... SO ...when it came right down to it - in the Wedding Week - I had 100% confidence in you and your team - and happily handed all the control over ... so that I could do exactly what every bride should ... RELAX and ENJOY every moment of her wedding day!!

Everything was taken care of ...all the re-confirming ...the time line...the set up ... all came together perfectly! ..and Thank you for vaccuming under the tables at the reception hall :) ... gold star for attention to details and jumping in where needed!! its True we never know what we will end up doing on wedding day ...'as wedding planners' the answer to that is WHATEVER IS NEEDED!! And your team certainly did just that!

During the planning process - your calls and e-mails were always professional and timely - and you kept in great communication even when you were out for Maternity leave! Impressive!! ....though I must admit that I did find myself getting a bit frustrated - when asking for vendor reccomendations ... I'm sure this is because resources in Michigan are quite different - in comparison to what i'm accustomed to in Key West - but I also honestly felt that though I Certainly valued your opinion of the Vendors I was considering for my services ... I did find them all on my own - or via refferals from the Vendors I had contracted already.

When I look back on my Wedding Day - I know that I Smilled ALL DAY ... it was just perfect for us - thanks to you and your team - I enjoyed every moment - and didn't Think about a single thing other than my Groom and my Guests!!

Knowing first hand what it takes to run a wedding - Please know that you were APPRECIATED 100% by this 'Bride' !!! - Thank you!!

xoxo
Aletha - Thank you! This was a tough bill to fill - considering that I was not only a Bride (we can be needy) But - A Read more...
Aletha - Thank you! This was a tough bill to fill - considering that I was not only a Bride (we can be needy) But - A Wedding Planner myself! ...and a tough one to impress at that!
I loved your confidence and personality - on our first phone call - and the decision to hire Pearls Events for Wedding Day Coordination - was an easy one ..after speaking with 2 other local planners ...YOU were the one for me!

Having been in the business for years and done more than 300 weddings myself - it was a bit of an adjustment for me to turn over the reigns ...my colleagues joked that I would be walking up the aisle with my 'wedding file' in my hands rather than a bouqet ... SO ...when it came right down to it - in the Wedding Week - I had 100% confidence in you and your team - and happily handed all the control over ... so that I could do exactly what every bride should ... RELAX and ENJOY every moment of her wedding day!!

Everything was taken care of ...all the re-confirming ...the time line...the set up ... all came together perfectly! ..and Thank you for vaccuming under the tables at the reception hall :) ... gold star for attention to details and jumping in where needed!! its True we never know what we will end up doing on wedding day ...'as wedding planners' the answer to that is WHATEVER IS NEEDED!! And your team certainly did just that!

During the planning process - your calls and e-mails were always professional and timely - and you kept in great communication even when you were out for Maternity leave! Impressive!! ....though I must admit that I did find myself getting a bit frustrated - when asking for vendor reccomendations ... I'm sure this is because resources in Michigan are quite different - in comparison to what i'm accustomed to in Key West - but I also honestly felt that though I Certainly valued your opinion of the Vendors I was considering for my services ... I did find them all on my own - or via refferals from the Vendors I had contracted already.

When I look back on my Wedding Day - I know that I Smilled ALL DAY ... it was just perfect for us - thanks to you and your team - I enjoyed every moment - and didn't Think about a single thing other than my Groom and my Guests!!

Knowing first hand what it takes to run a wedding - Please know that you were APPRECIATED 100% by this 'Bride' !!! - Thank you!!

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Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Nadene - you and Trevor were wonderful! Your day was planned flawlessly (I'd expect nothing else from you, naturally) and your friends & family were so much fun.

The entire Pearls Events team wishes you nothing but the best!
Aletha
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Kat
Wedding:
7/18/2009
4.8/5.0
LOVE Aletha and Kate. We hired Pearls Events for "Day of" coordinating, and man was it worth every penny. We planned our wedding from 600 miles' distance, with limited knowledge of the Grand Rapids area. Aletha was super-responsive in the weeks and months leading up the wedding, and all of her recommendations were excellent. From invitations to make-up artists, the woman has beautiful taste.

On our actual wedding day, Aletha and Kate made sure we didn't worry about a thing. They intercepted deliveries, set up our placecards and programs, and worked with the venue staff to ensure that everything went off as planned. Aletha even came to the rescue when one of my bridesmaids tore the zipper of her dress just minutes before the ceremony! She was extremely professional, a calming presence, and generally a joy to have around. She really felt like a friend.

Her fees are average for the area, which is to say not super-cheap, but we felt we got more than our money's worth. She made us feel like we were her only clients.
LOVE Aletha and Kate. We hired Pearls Events for "Day of" coordinating, and man was it worth every penny. We planned our Read more...
LOVE Aletha and Kate. We hired Pearls Events for "Day of" coordinating, and man was it worth every penny. We planned our wedding from 600 miles' distance, with limited knowledge of the Grand Rapids area. Aletha was super-responsive in the weeks and months leading up the wedding, and all of her recommendations were excellent. From invitations to make-up artists, the woman has beautiful taste.

On our actual wedding day, Aletha and Kate made sure we didn't worry about a thing. They intercepted deliveries, set up our placecards and programs, and worked with the venue staff to ensure that everything went off as planned. Aletha even came to the rescue when one of my bridesmaids tore the zipper of her dress just minutes before the ceremony! She was extremely professional, a calming presence, and generally a joy to have around. She really felt like a friend.

Her fees are average for the area, which is to say not super-cheap, but we felt we got more than our money's worth. She made us feel like we were her only clients. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Kat & Eric's wedding day was fabulous - an outdoor, lake side affair with gorgeous weather, thankfully! We are thrilled to hear you were happy with our Event Management services. Your family & friends were a dream to work with and it was our pleasure working with you on your big day.

Best wishes from Pearls Events!
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Karaline
Wedding:
9/6/2008
4.8/5.0
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Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Karaline,
So glad that you and Andy had a great wedding day. It was gorgeous weather and both locations were amazing. Best wishes for a beautiful marriage.
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Laura
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.7/5.0
We used Aletha and Mary at Pearls events to help coordinate the day of planning for our wedding in Traverse City. We live in Chicago, so needed all the help we could get to choose vendors, etc. I think I was one of the first few brides that has used Pearls for a Traverse City wedding, since they are based out of Grand Rapids, so I think they still have some relationships to build with vendors. I had already chosen a few of my vendors before finding them, but my other vendors they were able to help me find I loved. Mary was my main contact throughout the planning process, and she was great. She offered to go taste pie and donuts that we had planned on using for the wedding. I know she was super busy, as she had her first baby while we were planning the wedding, so there was some communication for a period there that slacked, but she was quick to apologize.
The day of the wedding they were great, I did not see them until I was at the venue, as they were at the venue early to decorate and coordinate my vendors. I did not have to worry about calling my vendors, or coordinating where people were, or what was happening at the venue. I had ran down and wrote a list of every single detail I wanted them to set up, so it was pretty straight forward, but they set almost everything up as I had asked (It was a long list!). It was great to not have to worry about decorating and setting things up myself. It rained the day of our wedding on and off, so they were out wiping down the seats for the guests for the ceremony.
I couldn't have been a stress free bride without them! I am very thankful for everything they did. I am going to miss our weekly/daily emails!
We used Aletha and Mary at Pearls events to help coordinate the day of planning for our wedding in Traverse City. We live Read more...
We used Aletha and Mary at Pearls events to help coordinate the day of planning for our wedding in Traverse City. We live in Chicago, so needed all the help we could get to choose vendors, etc. I think I was one of the first few brides that has used Pearls for a Traverse City wedding, since they are based out of Grand Rapids, so I think they still have some relationships to build with vendors. I had already chosen a few of my vendors before finding them, but my other vendors they were able to help me find I loved. Mary was my main contact throughout the planning process, and she was great. She offered to go taste pie and donuts that we had planned on using for the wedding. I know she was super busy, as she had her first baby while we were planning the wedding, so there was some communication for a period there that slacked, but she was quick to apologize.
The day of the wedding they were great, I did not see them until I was at the venue, as they were at the venue early to decorate and coordinate my vendors. I did not have to worry about calling my vendors, or coordinating where people were, or what was happening at the venue. I had ran down and wrote a list of every single detail I wanted them to set up, so it was pretty straight forward, but they set almost everything up as I had asked (It was a long list!). It was great to not have to worry about decorating and setting things up myself. It rained the day of our wedding on and off, so they were out wiping down the seats for the guests for the ceremony.
I couldn't have been a stress free bride without them! I am very thankful for everything they did. I am going to miss our weekly/daily emails! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Laura & Kevin - your wedding day was unforgettable - seriously, the rain during the ceremony, and the sun shining down right when you walked down the aisle will be a story I tell many people! It was glorious! Thank you for trusting Pearls Events with your plans; it was wonderful working with you both!
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Sheri
Wedding:
6/4/2010
4.6/5.0
Aletha and her staff were attentive to our needs and did everything within their power to take care of the details.
Aletha and her staff were attentive to our needs and did everything within their power to take care of the details.
Aletha and her staff were attentive to our needs and did everything within their power to take care of the details. Read less
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Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Working with Sheri and Emily on the June wedding was fabulous! Helping them find their amazing vendor team, and being available for etiquette questions throughout the planning proved helpful for this client, as they day turned out completely gorgeous! It was an honoring working for this gracious family.

Best wishes to Emily & Tyler!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
Aletha and the team from Pearls Events provided day-of-coordination for our wedding. Aletha was a tremendous resource when looking for various vendors in categories unknown to us, providing copious names, suggestions and feedback, for which she went above and beyond her expected duties. At the ceremony location, Aletha and her team ensured the many personal flowers were properly distributed ahead of photos. Pearls Events did a fantastic job placing our last minute details and items at the reception venue and ensuring that everything was in place when our guests arrived. Also, at the end of the evening, everything was accounted for and where we had asked them for it to be put - something that has been an issue for friends with other coordinators in the past. Given the large size of our attendee list, which was primarily family, multiple venus and most guests traveling to Grand Rapids from out of town, it would have been helpful to have Pearls Events on board for and part of the complete planning process for them to know of and be aware of all details inside and out leading up to and on the of the wedding.
Aletha and the team from Pearls Events provided day-of-coordination for our wedding. Aletha was a tremendous resource when Read more...
Aletha and the team from Pearls Events provided day-of-coordination for our wedding. Aletha was a tremendous resource when looking for various vendors in categories unknown to us, providing copious names, suggestions and feedback, for which she went above and beyond her expected duties. At the ceremony location, Aletha and her team ensured the many personal flowers were properly distributed ahead of photos. Pearls Events did a fantastic job placing our last minute details and items at the reception venue and ensuring that everything was in place when our guests arrived. Also, at the end of the evening, everything was accounted for and where we had asked them for it to be put - something that has been an issue for friends with other coordinators in the past. Given the large size of our attendee list, which was primarily family, multiple venus and most guests traveling to Grand Rapids from out of town, it would have been helpful to have Pearls Events on board for and part of the complete planning process for them to know of and be aware of all details inside and out leading up to and on the of the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

Molly & Colin planned an incredible wedding & reception in the heart of our beautiful city of Grand Rapids. We were thrilled to be a part of the event - the day ran right on schedule, everyone had a blast, and the bride & groom were awesome to work with.

Best wishes Molly & Colin!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
I did not complete the full planning cycle with Pearls Events and Aletha VanderMaas. Our contract was severed 3 months prior to the wedding.
I have struggled with how to describe our experience with Aletha in a way that is constructive to future brides. I have read all the glowing reviews of Aletha, and honestly just cannot believe them. The only review that rings true to me is the other bride who gave her zero stars. I have contacted that bride (after the fact) and found our experiences to be very similar. Unfortunately, when I read her review prior to hiring Aletha, I assumed she was just one of those people who could not be pleased or that her expectations were out of line with reality. I now know that is absolutely not the case based on our discussions and also on her experiences with her other vendors, which were all extremely positive, as were mine. I challenge wedding wire to verify the other positive reviews of Aletha, as many of these brides ONLY reviewed Aletha, no other vendors… isn’t that unusual? How many brides can afford a wedding planner but don’t use any other vendors? And with Wedding Wire’s gift for reviewing 5 vendors, it just seems very suspicious to me about whether those reviews are real. Maybe I am unnecessarily suspicious, but after my experience I just cannot understand how she could have made this many people happy.
As I prepared my review of Aletha, it grew to 3 pages single typed. So I will summarize here in the most constructive way I can. If you are interested in more information from me, please email me and I will send you the full detail.

What went wrong:
1) Aletha was not clear during our initial interview that she was referring to her full planning services when she answered my questions about what she would do for me. She has since (probably due to this experience, maybe others too) more clearly defined the differences in her packages on her website, hopefully this helps people.
2) I desired an efficient use of wedding budget money – expected her to help do some décor and setup to avoid paying a lot of costs for vendors to travel to northern Michigan for setup.
3) I expected more constructive design input from her that was within my budget. She seemed more inclined to agree with what I was saying than offer creative options I hadn’t already considered. A lot of brides need this reassurance. I was looking for more than that.
4) When she was pressed (by my Mom) to make a design proposal, I priced it out and it was DOUBLE my stated design budget to her which we reviewed at our first meeting. If our budget was that out-of-line (low), the first meeting would have been the right time to give me that feedback. In the end, my wedding was gorgeous, exactly what I had envisioned, AND within budget – thanks to my Mom and her amazing friends, not Aletha.
5) She was not familiar with vendors local to my venue, and therefore recommended vendors who would charge a large fee for travel. She used wedding wire to look for local vendors – I could do that without paying her. She called my photographer for recommendations – creative, but again, something I could do (and did do) without paying her.
6) She did not understand my style. Her website now describes her as the planner for the “modern bride”, I think that is appropriate. You can look at my pictures to see what you think my style is. She struggled with this, and the deposit I lost because of her recommendation for invitation vendor proves it.
7) It is possible, (although it is impossible for me to know for sure), that Aletha’s approach to her business has changed since she made the decision to start her family. This is the only thing that might explain all the positive reviews from a previous time period. Her personal blog used to be full of excitement about her work as a planner; it is now 100% about the baby.
8) It is also possible that she just didn’t like me and could not separate that from her professional behavior.

I think Aletha MIGHT be able to satisfy you if the following apply – note, this is based on my assessment of why things went wrong for me, and the (maybe bogus) positive reviews from other brides:
1) Your wedding is in Grand Rapids.
2) You use a traditional wedding venue – a hall, banquet center, hotel/resort.
3) You plan to hire everything out – linens, chairs, décor – or the venue takes care of it.
4) You have a relatively large budget due to all this hiring of vendors – and her fees.
5) Your style is modern using a trendy color palette.

I highly recommend against hiring Aletha if any of the following apply to you:
1) Your wedding is outside of Grand Rapids.
2) Your wedding is in a non-traditional location (mine was in a barn on a golf course).
3) You plan to incorporate a lot of hand-made decoration or special details to save money.
4) You have a classic, elegant style, not wanting your wedding to look dated.

I will leave you with one choice quote that speaks to Aletha’s attitude about work. This is from an e-mail she sent to me after Eames was born:

“Aah, if I had it my way, I wouldn't have to work at all! Unfortunately, I didn't marry Greg for money, so instead of working some LAME office job, I run a business I love. I'm not really ready to work, I'd rather just stare at Eames all day. Too bad that doesn't pay the bills - hahaha!”

I didn’t find this very funny, as I read it after coming home from working 14 hours at my “LAME office job”.

Best of luck with your choice and especially with your wedding and planning!
I did not complete the full planning cycle with Pearls Events and Aletha VanderMaas. Our contract was severed 3 months Read more...
I did not complete the full planning cycle with Pearls Events and Aletha VanderMaas. Our contract was severed 3 months prior to the wedding.
I have struggled with how to describe our experience with Aletha in a way that is constructive to future brides. I have read all the glowing reviews of Aletha, and honestly just cannot believe them. The only review that rings true to me is the other bride who gave her zero stars. I have contacted that bride (after the fact) and found our experiences to be very similar. Unfortunately, when I read her review prior to hiring Aletha, I assumed she was just one of those people who could not be pleased or that her expectations were out of line with reality. I now know that is absolutely not the case based on our discussions and also on her experiences with her other vendors, which were all extremely positive, as were mine. I challenge wedding wire to verify the other positive reviews of Aletha, as many of these brides ONLY reviewed Aletha, no other vendors… isn’t that unusual? How many brides can afford a wedding planner but don’t use any other vendors? And with Wedding Wire’s gift for reviewing 5 vendors, it just seems very suspicious to me about whether those reviews are real. Maybe I am unnecessarily suspicious, but after my experience I just cannot understand how she could have made this many people happy.
As I prepared my review of Aletha, it grew to 3 pages single typed. So I will summarize here in the most constructive way I can. If you are interested in more information from me, please email me and I will send you the full detail.

What went wrong:
1) Aletha was not clear during our initial interview that she was referring to her full planning services when she answered my questions about what she would do for me. She has since (probably due to this experience, maybe others too) more clearly defined the differences in her packages on her website, hopefully this helps people.
2) I desired an efficient use of wedding budget money – expected her to help do some décor and setup to avoid paying a lot of costs for vendors to travel to northern Michigan for setup.
3) I expected more constructive design input from her that was within my budget. She seemed more inclined to agree with what I was saying than offer creative options I hadn’t already considered. A lot of brides need this reassurance. I was looking for more than that.
4) When she was pressed (by my Mom) to make a design proposal, I priced it out and it was DOUBLE my stated design budget to her which we reviewed at our first meeting. If our budget was that out-of-line (low), the first meeting would have been the right time to give me that feedback. In the end, my wedding was gorgeous, exactly what I had envisioned, AND within budget – thanks to my Mom and her amazing friends, not Aletha.
5) She was not familiar with vendors local to my venue, and therefore recommended vendors who would charge a large fee for travel. She used wedding wire to look for local vendors – I could do that without paying her. She called my photographer for recommendations – creative, but again, something I could do (and did do) without paying her.
6) She did not understand my style. Her website now describes her as the planner for the “modern bride”, I think that is appropriate. You can look at my pictures to see what you think my style is. She struggled with this, and the deposit I lost because of her recommendation for invitation vendor proves it.
7) It is possible, (although it is impossible for me to know for sure), that Aletha’s approach to her business has changed since she made the decision to start her family. This is the only thing that might explain all the positive reviews from a previous time period. Her personal blog used to be full of excitement about her work as a planner; it is now 100% about the baby.
8) It is also possible that she just didn’t like me and could not separate that from her professional behavior.

I think Aletha MIGHT be able to satisfy you if the following apply – note, this is based on my assessment of why things went wrong for me, and the (maybe bogus) positive reviews from other brides:
1) Your wedding is in Grand Rapids.
2) You use a traditional wedding venue – a hall, banquet center, hotel/resort.
3) You plan to hire everything out – linens, chairs, décor – or the venue takes care of it.
4) You have a relatively large budget due to all this hiring of vendors – and her fees.
5) Your style is modern using a trendy color palette.

I highly recommend against hiring Aletha if any of the following apply to you:
1) Your wedding is outside of Grand Rapids.
2) Your wedding is in a non-traditional location (mine was in a barn on a golf course).
3) You plan to incorporate a lot of hand-made decoration or special details to save money.
4) You have a classic, elegant style, not wanting your wedding to look dated.

I will leave you with one choice quote that speaks to Aletha’s attitude about work. This is from an e-mail she sent to me after Eames was born:

“Aah, if I had it my way, I wouldn't have to work at all! Unfortunately, I didn't marry Greg for money, so instead of working some LAME office job, I run a business I love. I'm not really ready to work, I'd rather just stare at Eames all day. Too bad that doesn't pay the bills - hahaha!”

I didn’t find this very funny, as I read it after coming home from working 14 hours at my “LAME office job”.

Best of luck with your choice and especially with your wedding and planning! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

It is not ideal to end a working relationship with a bride before her wedding day, and Shannon was no exception. It was upsetting to hear Shannon decided to discontinue working with Pearls Events, but after her mother yelled at our team at an on-site visit, I was not surprised.

We worked with Shannon for six months to try and bring Shannon's wedding dreams to reality. Because her budget did not match her inspiration, nor her "wish list", it was difficult to bring her ideal wedding to fruition.

In the initial proposal, it was very clear what the differences in our services were, as well as the pricing difference. However, I know she interviewed several planners and realize she was most likely confused on what Pearls Events does. She did not ask any questions before signing her contract, so I assumed she understood what she agreed to.

Unfortunately, she assumed she had hired Pearls Events to save money during installation of lighting, chair covers and tabletop decor, when in reality, her contract stated we were to be there as coordinators, not a set-up crew. The Pearls Events team are not lighting experts, chair cover installers or florists - all of which Shannon hoped we could do to save her money.

I wish Shannon & Scott nothing but the best and am relieved to hear their wedding day was a success.
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Rachel
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9/6/2009
0.0/5.0
We thought Aletha was great when we booked her for partial planning. However, after working with her for several months we noticed a drastic change in her quality of service, as well as the fact that she did not come through on a few items included in our package. After a conference call discussing various decor/detail items at the beginning of the year, in which we could noticeably tell that she was annoyed with us during the entire call, we knew something wasn't right. So, after discussing the issue with a few people close to us, we sent her a very carefully crafted email explaining our concerns (slow email responses, not as much enthusiasm, her being annoyed on our conference call), figuring that she did not realize how we felt and that this would help to patch things up. Well, instead we received back a very snippy letter explaining that she had spent "tons and tons of hours helping us plan our wedding" (I would beg to differ) and "had replied to over a hundred of our emails" (btw - unlimited emails were included in our package, and most were quick emails asking for her opinion on something and took her a minute or two respond...) and just reiterating what was included in our package. We were a bit taken aback, but decided to take the high road. We responded to her email and said we did appreciate the time she had spent with us, and wanted to let her know about some of these concerns to help her with future clients. We then said we were willing to move forward and continue on, and we asked her if she thought she could put this behind her and go back to the way we were in the beginning. 24 hours later, we received a two paragraph email saying that "she found it in her best interest to break ties with us as she has put too much of a strain on our professional relationship and cannot promise a funny, goofy planner like we wanted and had originally signed up for... and that a check for half of our deposit was already dropped in the mail back to us." So, she just left us high and dry and that was it... she did not want to reconcile the relationship, she just quit on us 4 MONTHS prior to our wedding. She is only great at marketing herself, which has helped her to become popular, but it is obvious that she was lacking the professionalism and expertise to satisfy us, and I would hate for her to leave another couple high and dry, stressed out, and unexcited about planning their wedding only 4 months out from their big day. Further details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/y958qc3
We thought Aletha was great when we booked her for partial planning. However, after working with her for several months we Read more...
We thought Aletha was great when we booked her for partial planning. However, after working with her for several months we noticed a drastic change in her quality of service, as well as the fact that she did not come through on a few items included in our package. After a conference call discussing various decor/detail items at the beginning of the year, in which we could noticeably tell that she was annoyed with us during the entire call, we knew something wasn't right. So, after discussing the issue with a few people close to us, we sent her a very carefully crafted email explaining our concerns (slow email responses, not as much enthusiasm, her being annoyed on our conference call), figuring that she did not realize how we felt and that this would help to patch things up. Well, instead we received back a very snippy letter explaining that she had spent "tons and tons of hours helping us plan our wedding" (I would beg to differ) and "had replied to over a hundred of our emails" (btw - unlimited emails were included in our package, and most were quick emails asking for her opinion on something and took her a minute or two respond...) and just reiterating what was included in our package. We were a bit taken aback, but decided to take the high road. We responded to her email and said we did appreciate the time she had spent with us, and wanted to let her know about some of these concerns to help her with future clients. We then said we were willing to move forward and continue on, and we asked her if she thought she could put this behind her and go back to the way we were in the beginning. 24 hours later, we received a two paragraph email saying that "she found it in her best interest to break ties with us as she has put too much of a strain on our professional relationship and cannot promise a funny, goofy planner like we wanted and had originally signed up for... and that a check for half of our deposit was already dropped in the mail back to us." So, she just left us high and dry and that was it... she did not want to reconcile the relationship, she just quit on us 4 MONTHS prior to our wedding. She is only great at marketing herself, which has helped her to become popular, but it is obvious that she was lacking the professionalism and expertise to satisfy us, and I would hate for her to leave another couple high and dry, stressed out, and unexcited about planning their wedding only 4 months out from their big day. Further details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/y958qc3 Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Pearls Events responded with the following comments:

I have been thinking how to reply to this inevitable negative review since I quit working for this couple in May 2009, as it was one of the hardest customer service decisions I have ever had to make. After the client threatened me with "a bad review after all is said and done...or worse yet - have to part ways before..." I knew it was time to quit working for them. When another professional informed me they had contacted her and requested that she take over as their wedding planner, I concluded it was a mutual decision.

During the 12+ months we worked together, we went above and beyond the contracted services trying to make them happy. The clients were provided what they contracted us for, a solid design concept, carefully selected vendors, and all the help in between. The only part of the contract we could not uphold was the day-of-coordination, and that was because we quit working for them four months prior to their wedding day based on the fact they were very unhappy and shopping for another planner.

The clients did have unlimited phone and email time in their contract, however the emails sent were not simple, quick questions, which email is intended for. Instead, I received emails that took hours to respond to, as the answers needed to be carefully researched.

Over the past two years, I have worked with over 40 clients. Unfortunately, this client was a giant learning experience for Pearls Events. As you can see from our other reviews, this was definitely a one-time situation where Pearls Events could not please the clients no matter how much time and effort was put into their wedding day.

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