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The Event Essentials

Scottsdale And Nationwide , AZ
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Scottsdale and Nationwide, AZ 85027 US (map)

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"Designer Essentials for Dazzling Events"

The Event Essentials is a planning and design boutique that started with the love for unique elements and enjoyment for entertaining... Read more
"Designer Essentials for Dazzling Events"

The Event Essentials is a planning and design boutique that started with the love for unique elements and enjoyment for entertaining without distractions.

We are dedicated to assisting you with all the small details that are part of planning your beautiful event. From gorgeous designer stationery pieces to the personalized touches. We will take any invitation or event from simple to spectacular, turning the first impression into a lasting impression. Read less
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INFO FOR INVITATIONS

Do you offer a catalog of products or custom products?
Custom Products
Do you handle design, printing, and assembly?
Assembly, Design, Printing
What specialty products do you provide?
Color Matching Proofs, Embossed, Letterpress
Describe the types of invitations that you offer:
Custom Invitations, Reception Stationery, Collection Invitations, Letterpress, Foil, Digital Printing
What is your average turnaround time, from initial contact to shipment?
4 to 6 weeks after signed contract and proof approvals.
Are you able to meet clients in person to showcase your product?
Absolutely! Or we can mail samples to out of state clients.
Is there a minimum order requirement?
$250

REVIEWS

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Danielle
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
We loved our invitations and seating cards! Thank you Kim for your excellent work!
We loved our invitations and seating cards! Thank you Kim for your excellent work!
We loved our invitations and seating cards! Thank you Kim for your excellent work! Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Vanessa
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
The event essentials is simply amazing!! I was having a huge crisis with my original stationary company and as soon as I could I dumped them and found Kim. She is the owner of The Event Essentials and she went above and beyond for me! She was such a delight to work with and she saved the day for me when it comes to one of the biggest parts for a wedding which is of course, the stationary; invitations, escort cards, programs the whole nine yards. If you use this company for any of your big days in life she WILL NOT let you down.
The event essentials is simply amazing!! I was having a huge crisis with my original stationary company and as soon as I Read more...
The event essentials is simply amazing!! I was having a huge crisis with my original stationary company and as soon as I could I dumped them and found Kim. She is the owner of The Event Essentials and she went above and beyond for me! She was such a delight to work with and she saved the day for me when it comes to one of the biggest parts for a wedding which is of course, the stationary; invitations, escort cards, programs the whole nine yards. If you use this company for any of your big days in life she WILL NOT let you down. Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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amanda
Wedding:
12/31/2012
4.8/5.0
Loved Event Essentials! Our invitations were amazing, they were completely custom and better than we envisioned! The paper was completely new to all our guests, heavy thick paper with a cool texture. Foil paper that glittered, oh my!

Then the details of the wedding--the custom horns as place cards, the signs for our special items (heel savers, pashminas, flip flops, macaroon cake and head table) they were some of my favorite things!

Kim is creative, wonderful and a joy to work with!
Loved Event Essentials! Our invitations were amazing, they were completely custom and better than we envisioned! The paper Read more...
Loved Event Essentials! Our invitations were amazing, they were completely custom and better than we envisioned! The paper was completely new to all our guests, heavy thick paper with a cool texture. Foil paper that glittered, oh my!

Then the details of the wedding--the custom horns as place cards, the signs for our special items (heel savers, pashminas, flip flops, macaroon cake and head table) they were some of my favorite things!

Kim is creative, wonderful and a joy to work with! Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Amina
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
As an award winning wedding planner in Scottsdale, it was so important that I choose a Invitation and wedding paper products designer that could deliver creativity, innovative design, quality product. I naturally chose someone that I refer to my clients on a regular basis and I knew had the ability to deliver incredible results. Kim is not only a incredible graphic designer, she also use to be a planner, so she knows the importance of paper in relation to the overall esthetic of wedding design. She also is extremely knowledgeable about wording etiquette which is something every Bride struggles with. The design process working with a wedding planner such as myself was not an easy task - but she took it with great stride and gave me all of the drafts I requested and made any changes I needed. She even came out and helped me assemble some of my wedding products she helped create. What I love the most about Kim and her work ethic is that she is so easy to get along with, she makes the process so fun, she goes over and beyond to find you product and stylized paper that is unique to you, and her recommendations are always forward thinking. She puts tremendous energy and work into all of her clients and it shows - even the wedding publications want to feature her - there is NO wedding magazine on the shelves that isn't featuring her work. She is sought after! I wouldn't have picked anyone other than Kim for my wedding - she is incredibly talented - and if you are considering - you picked the right gal! I will continue to endorse her to all of my Brides!!
As an award winning wedding planner in Scottsdale, it was so important that I choose a Invitation and wedding paper Read more...
As an award winning wedding planner in Scottsdale, it was so important that I choose a Invitation and wedding paper products designer that could deliver creativity, innovative design, quality product. I naturally chose someone that I refer to my clients on a regular basis and I knew had the ability to deliver incredible results. Kim is not only a incredible graphic designer, she also use to be a planner, so she knows the importance of paper in relation to the overall esthetic of wedding design. She also is extremely knowledgeable about wording etiquette which is something every Bride struggles with. The design process working with a wedding planner such as myself was not an easy task - but she took it with great stride and gave me all of the drafts I requested and made any changes I needed. She even came out and helped me assemble some of my wedding products she helped create. What I love the most about Kim and her work ethic is that she is so easy to get along with, she makes the process so fun, she goes over and beyond to find you product and stylized paper that is unique to you, and her recommendations are always forward thinking. She puts tremendous energy and work into all of her clients and it shows - even the wedding publications want to feature her - there is NO wedding magazine on the shelves that isn't featuring her work. She is sought after! I wouldn't have picked anyone other than Kim for my wedding - she is incredibly talented - and if you are considering - you picked the right gal! I will continue to endorse her to all of my Brides!! Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Selina
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Kim is the best! She did my invitations, escort cards, table numbers and some beautiful signs for flip flops, parasols and some other cute things I had. People would not stop talking about my invitations weeks after they had received them. They said they were the most stunning invitations they had ever seen. She does a wonderful job of capturing exactly what you want and creating a masterpiece! I highly recommend her if you want the best!
Kim is the best! She did my invitations, escort cards, table numbers and some beautiful signs for flip flops, parasols and Read more...
Kim is the best! She did my invitations, escort cards, table numbers and some beautiful signs for flip flops, parasols and some other cute things I had. People would not stop talking about my invitations weeks after they had received them. They said they were the most stunning invitations they had ever seen. She does a wonderful job of capturing exactly what you want and creating a masterpiece! I highly recommend her if you want the best! Read less
Services Used: Invitations
The Event Essentials responded with the following comments:

We can't thank you enough for your very kind review. Your words mean the world to us and we enjoyed creating each and every piece for your amazing wedding. Many blessings to you and your new husband!
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pattib5
Wedding:
4/27/2012
4.7/5.0
Our invitations and stationary through Kim were absolutely amazing. We heard from so many guests how beautiful and unique, yet simple and classic our invitations were. Kim's advice, ideas, and thoughtful touches were invaluable.

Her responses and communication was generally quick, and always pleasant, friendly, and professional.

The week of the wedding was a bit frazzled with a couple forgotten/mistaken items, but Kim was super quick to remedy and came through almost immediately.

I highly recommend Kim at The Event Essentials ... you won't go wrong hiring her for your stationary needs!
Our invitations and stationary through Kim were absolutely amazing. We heard from so many guests how beautiful and unique, Read more...
Our invitations and stationary through Kim were absolutely amazing. We heard from so many guests how beautiful and unique, yet simple and classic our invitations were. Kim's advice, ideas, and thoughtful touches were invaluable.

Her responses and communication was generally quick, and always pleasant, friendly, and professional.

The week of the wedding was a bit frazzled with a couple forgotten/mistaken items, but Kim was super quick to remedy and came through almost immediately.

I highly recommend Kim at The Event Essentials ... you won't go wrong hiring her for your stationary needs! Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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lbrown
Wedding:
3/24/2012
4.8/5.0
We were very happy with The Event Essentials. They did all of our paper products for our wedding. Kim (who we worked with) had great ideas and helped to make all of our ideas come to life. We were so pleased with everything. Everything was beautiful! I couldn't have asked for anything more!!
We were very happy with The Event Essentials. They did all of our paper products for our wedding. Kim (who we worked with) Read more...
We were very happy with The Event Essentials. They did all of our paper products for our wedding. Kim (who we worked with) had great ideas and helped to make all of our ideas come to life. We were so pleased with everything. Everything was beautiful! I couldn't have asked for anything more!! Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Wedding Planning
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Gina Fioramonti Keilen
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Hiring Kim of The Event Essentials was by far the best investment I made in my wedding. She is professional and her creative abilities impressed me time and time again. She is responsive and extremely good at taking your vision and turning it into reality. She also designed and created all of my stationary and each and every piece was complete perfection. My invitations, programs, menu cards, table numbers, and save-the-dates were all elegant and matched the decor of my wedding. You are truly missing out if Kim McDowell and The Event Essentials is not a part of your wedding day! I can't thank her enough for how beautiful my wedding was and her efforts in creating our the big day!
Hiring Kim of The Event Essentials was by far the best investment I made in my wedding. She is professional and her Read more...
Hiring Kim of The Event Essentials was by far the best investment I made in my wedding. She is professional and her creative abilities impressed me time and time again. She is responsive and extremely good at taking your vision and turning it into reality. She also designed and created all of my stationary and each and every piece was complete perfection. My invitations, programs, menu cards, table numbers, and save-the-dates were all elegant and matched the decor of my wedding. You are truly missing out if Kim McDowell and The Event Essentials is not a part of your wedding day! I can't thank her enough for how beautiful my wedding was and her efforts in creating our the big day! Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Wedding Planning
The Event Essentials responded with the following comments:

Ahhh thank you Mrs. Keilen!! :) It didn't hurt that you were so very wonderful to work with!! I appreciate your kindness and look forward to seeing you again soon!!
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Chitown
Wedding:
10/10/2009
3.0/5.0
My wedding was Oct 10, 2009. I wanted to wait a bit before I decided to write my feedback. I hired Kim for her paper products and day of planning. I loved my invitations and the quality of the paper. I was very disappointed in her day of planning services. I hired her solely for the small things she promised me and a sense of security that the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception would have a once over from someone else besides the hotel staff. Some of the things I was disappointed in: she emailed me last minute my final invoice. I explained 90% of my guest were coming from out of town, I will be at work on Monday and then they begin to arrive. Thursday we are having a bar b q from 2-whenever. She sent me text to check my email to check names for my seating chart and an invoice from pillars. This was 7pm. I already was several hours into my party and a few cocktails in. I responded to those emails and took care of my check for the pillars. I still had not received a final invoice from her. At my rehearsal I bring a check for the pillars and $1k check for her to be like I know I owe you money still and I think I should pay you something even though I didn't receive a final invoice yet. She calls me 40 mins after my rehearsal 5:30pm and asked me about her final payment. I said I never received the email. Apparently she sent me an additional email after I had already checked the 2 prior the night of my bar b q. I was having a family party and several drinks in I didn't keep checking my email. A phone call would of been nice because it is a large amount of money and I wanted to confirm my prices with my original quote. Needless to say I was on my computer at 11pm after my rehearsal dinner checking my final invoice. I had a few questions about prices and charges. I sent that email out. The next morning I needed to be at The Buttes for my girls hair and makeup. I pulled max out of the atm. At 10am I get an email, not a phone call, from Kim stating the final amount which was fine and I agreed on the charges. She wanted cash or paypal payment. Well, I am already at the hotel can't pull another $1k out of the ATM and she wouldn't take a check, even though she had already cashed the other one I gave her the night before. I was running around trying to use the hotel computer to create a paypal account and stressing about how I was supposed to pay my planner last minute on my wedding day. She finally said fine I can wait until after the wedding. She never followed up with me for appointments etc, she followed up with me to make sure I was going to pay her her final bill. She didn't even cash my down payment check until a month later, after I asked her to cash it. I agree in paying my vendors and had all my bills taken care by the week before because I didn't want any stress on my wedding day. My other dissapointments were the small things, lighter promised behind my memory candles and unity candle, my husbands god daughter burnt her finger with the matches. Food and beverages served to us during our pictures from our cocktail hour. A few appetizers were left on our table when we arrived at the reception. My leftover food boxed and placed in our room for later. She mentioned these things several times b/c we would be so busy and unable to enjoy our food. Thats why I hired her. No leftovers boxed and then she blamed the hotel. It wasn't their job. Our room decorated, not done. It was all very heartbreaking to have this all hapen on my day. Everything the hotel did was great and wonderful. I just tried to keep the disappointment of Kim on the back burner. I would never use Kim again, but I would only recommend her for her paper products but make sure you follow up with her to stay on your time schedule.
My wedding was Oct 10, 2009. I wanted to wait a bit before I decided to write my feedback. I hired Kim for her paper Read more...
My wedding was Oct 10, 2009. I wanted to wait a bit before I decided to write my feedback. I hired Kim for her paper products and day of planning. I loved my invitations and the quality of the paper. I was very disappointed in her day of planning services. I hired her solely for the small things she promised me and a sense of security that the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception would have a once over from someone else besides the hotel staff. Some of the things I was disappointed in: she emailed me last minute my final invoice. I explained 90% of my guest were coming from out of town, I will be at work on Monday and then they begin to arrive. Thursday we are having a bar b q from 2-whenever. She sent me text to check my email to check names for my seating chart and an invoice from pillars. This was 7pm. I already was several hours into my party and a few cocktails in. I responded to those emails and took care of my check for the pillars. I still had not received a final invoice from her. At my rehearsal I bring a check for the pillars and $1k check for her to be like I know I owe you money still and I think I should pay you something even though I didn't receive a final invoice yet. She calls me 40 mins after my rehearsal 5:30pm and asked me about her final payment. I said I never received the email. Apparently she sent me an additional email after I had already checked the 2 prior the night of my bar b q. I was having a family party and several drinks in I didn't keep checking my email. A phone call would of been nice because it is a large amount of money and I wanted to confirm my prices with my original quote. Needless to say I was on my computer at 11pm after my rehearsal dinner checking my final invoice. I had a few questions about prices and charges. I sent that email out. The next morning I needed to be at The Buttes for my girls hair and makeup. I pulled max out of the atm. At 10am I get an email, not a phone call, from Kim stating the final amount which was fine and I agreed on the charges. She wanted cash or paypal payment. Well, I am already at the hotel can't pull another $1k out of the ATM and she wouldn't take a check, even though she had already cashed the other one I gave her the night before. I was running around trying to use the hotel computer to create a paypal account and stressing about how I was supposed to pay my planner last minute on my wedding day. She finally said fine I can wait until after the wedding. She never followed up with me for appointments etc, she followed up with me to make sure I was going to pay her her final bill. She didn't even cash my down payment check until a month later, after I asked her to cash it. I agree in paying my vendors and had all my bills taken care by the week before because I didn't want any stress on my wedding day. My other dissapointments were the small things, lighter promised behind my memory candles and unity candle, my husbands god daughter burnt her finger with the matches. Food and beverages served to us during our pictures from our cocktail hour. A few appetizers were left on our table when we arrived at the reception. My leftover food boxed and placed in our room for later. She mentioned these things several times b/c we would be so busy and unable to enjoy our food. Thats why I hired her. No leftovers boxed and then she blamed the hotel. It wasn't their job. Our room decorated, not done. It was all very heartbreaking to have this all hapen on my day. Everything the hotel did was great and wonderful. I just tried to keep the disappointment of Kim on the back burner. I would never use Kim again, but I would only recommend her for her paper products but make sure you follow up with her to stay on your time schedule. Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Wedding Planning
The Event Essentials responded with the following comments:

After several attempts to go above and beyond to satisfy and communicate with this client throughout the entire planning process, we regrettably were unable to pacify her non-contracted expectations. This inaccurate review has been noted and contact has been made with the client to let her know we sincerely have heard her evaluation.
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Courtney
Wedding:
4/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Vendor was great.
Vendor was great.
Vendor was great. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning

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