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Where To Start, Inc. Wedding and Event Management

Newark , CA
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Newark, CA US 94560 (map)

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510-795-9072

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ABOUT US

The role of a wedding planner is to be a facilitator, mediator, negotiator, money manager, artist and visionary. We want to help you find the your perfect way to celebrate. Our services... Read more
The role of a wedding planner is to be a facilitator, mediator, negotiator, money manager, artist and visionary. We want to help you find the your perfect way to celebrate. Our services are designed to help you get the most from our expertise.
When life gives you a reason to celebrate now you know WHERE TO START! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
1
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
We love to do all types our specialty is unique locations, outdoor and at home weddings.
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
We love everyone!
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
We can happily do weddings from 2 to 2000. We thrive around 250
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
Just a few of our favorite places:
 Asian Art Museum San Francisco San Francisco CA
 Blackhawk Automotive Museum Danville CA
 Campovida Hopland CA
 Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery & Palm Event Center Pleasanton CA
 Chabot Space & Science Center Oakland CA
 Craneway Pavilion Richmond CA
 Dunsmuir Historic Estate Oakland CA
 Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange San Francisco CA
 Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel San Francisco CA
 Mission Ranch Carmel CA
 Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga CA
 Palm Event Center in the Vineyard Pleasanton CA
 Preservation Park Oakland CA
 Round Hill Country Club Alamo CA
 Saratoga Springs Picnics & Campgrounds Saratoga CA
 The James Leary Flood Mansion San Francisco CA
 The Lodge at Sonoma Sonoma CA
 The Presido San Francisco CA

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Kathy
Wedding:
11/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring Gwen and the Where to Start team is the only decision you need to make. Gwen is a true professional and no detail will be left undone. She guides you thru the process making sure your wedding is just as you imagined it. If you want a flawless event Gwen Helbush should be at the top of your list.
Hiring Gwen and the Where to Start team is the only decision you need to make. Gwen is a true professional and no detail Read more...
Hiring Gwen and the Where to Start team is the only decision you need to make. Gwen is a true professional and no detail will be left undone. She guides you thru the process making sure your wedding is just as you imagined it. If you want a flawless event Gwen Helbush should be at the top of your list. Read less
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Bridget
Wedding:
11/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Of everything in our budget, Gwen was, by far, THE BEST MONEY WE SPENT!!! She is, in short, AMAZING! But if you need more then that read on. From handling all of the particulars to the added touches and surprises she incorporated for us, I could not have asked for a better planner!

Our wedding was 100% destination and planning from afar wasn't easy. Gwen took over all of the details and loose ends (which there were a lot of) for our November wedding about 8 weeks out. We had a lot of planning left to do and I was nervous about everything until she took the reins. She took our scrambled planning and loose ends and put them all together for an INCREDIBLE celebration!!

She made a number of site visits with us and on her own to make sure things were just right at our venue. With her anything is possible, never a "no," just a matter of how, and she ALWAYS figured out how. You name it she was there - problem comes up, she has a solution; drunken guest, she runs interference. In addition, she's a great mediator - not everyone gets along during the planning process (moms and brides) but she figured out a way to make everyone happy. And that's just scratching the surface, I could go on forever!

Gwen is very well seasoned, extremely organized and very personable. The best part, from the moment we hit the ground Gwen and her team were ready and we didn't have to worry about a thing. You'll definitely want her to be in charge of your big day, everything will be just as it should be, PERFECT!!
Of everything in our budget, Gwen was, by far, THE BEST MONEY WE SPENT!!! She is, in short, AMAZING! But if you need more Read more...
Of everything in our budget, Gwen was, by far, THE BEST MONEY WE SPENT!!! She is, in short, AMAZING! But if you need more then that read on. From handling all of the particulars to the added touches and surprises she incorporated for us, I could not have asked for a better planner!

Our wedding was 100% destination and planning from afar wasn't easy. Gwen took over all of the details and loose ends (which there were a lot of) for our November wedding about 8 weeks out. We had a lot of planning left to do and I was nervous about everything until she took the reins. She took our scrambled planning and loose ends and put them all together for an INCREDIBLE celebration!!

She made a number of site visits with us and on her own to make sure things were just right at our venue. With her anything is possible, never a "no," just a matter of how, and she ALWAYS figured out how. You name it she was there - problem comes up, she has a solution; drunken guest, she runs interference. In addition, she's a great mediator - not everyone gets along during the planning process (moms and brides) but she figured out a way to make everyone happy. And that's just scratching the surface, I could go on forever!

Gwen is very well seasoned, extremely organized and very personable. The best part, from the moment we hit the ground Gwen and her team were ready and we didn't have to worry about a thing. You'll definitely want her to be in charge of your big day, everything will be just as it should be, PERFECT!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Gwen and her staff were amazing. I don't know what we would have done without them. Resourceful, responsive and just plain great to be around. Many, many thanks.
Gwen and her staff were amazing. I don't know what we would have done without them. Resourceful, responsive and just plain Read more...
Gwen and her staff were amazing. I don't know what we would have done without them. Resourceful, responsive and just plain great to be around. Many, many thanks. Read less
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Where To Start, Inc. Wedding and Event Management responded with the following comments:

THANK YOU!!!
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alisa
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
The most professional wedding planner ever. Very sensitive to the couple's needs and wants. I couldn't be happier.
The most professional wedding planner ever. Very sensitive to the couple's needs and wants. I couldn't be happier.
The most professional wedding planner ever. Very sensitive to the couple's needs and wants. I couldn't be happier. Read less
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Where To Start, Inc. Wedding and Event Management responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much!
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
I could not have been more satisfied with the service that Gwen provided for our wedding. She is ultra organized, professional, and creative. She had excellent vendor recommendations and relationships, and she really understood the tone and style of the event we had in mind, and helped us to realize that dream. She was very prompt in all our contacts (phone & email), easy to talk to, and she often offered ideas to help compromise when something on our wish list was unavailable for any reason. She definitely helped us to work within our budget, often showing us places we could cut corners where guests wouldn't notice.

My large extended family keeps talking about how it was the best wedding they've ever been to. I know that my wedding would not have been the epic success it was without Gwen, and I would recommend her to everyone.
I could not have been more satisfied with the service that Gwen provided for our wedding. She is ultra organized, Read more...
I could not have been more satisfied with the service that Gwen provided for our wedding. She is ultra organized, professional, and creative. She had excellent vendor recommendations and relationships, and she really understood the tone and style of the event we had in mind, and helped us to realize that dream. She was very prompt in all our contacts (phone & email), easy to talk to, and she often offered ideas to help compromise when something on our wish list was unavailable for any reason. She definitely helped us to work within our budget, often showing us places we could cut corners where guests wouldn't notice.

My large extended family keeps talking about how it was the best wedding they've ever been to. I know that my wedding would not have been the epic success it was without Gwen, and I would recommend her to everyone. Read less
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Nichole
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Gwen is one heck of a woman!! She did my brother and sister-in-laws wedding at V. Sattui and it was like a fairytale! I couldn't believe how magical and smooth everything went. Being a bridesmade too. She made sure everyone was happy and that everything was on time. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
Gwen is one heck of a woman!! She did my brother and sister-in-laws wedding at V. Sattui and it was like a fairytale! I Read more...
Gwen is one heck of a woman!! She did my brother and sister-in-laws wedding at V. Sattui and it was like a fairytale! I couldn't believe how magical and smooth everything went. Being a bridesmade too. She made sure everyone was happy and that everything was on time. I would recommend her in a heartbeat! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Wonderful team to help with my daughters wedding. You will love working with them!
Wonderful team to help with my daughters wedding. You will love working with them!
Wonderful team to help with my daughters wedding. You will love working with them! Read less
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Tricia Sims
Wedding:
10/2/2010
4.9/5.0
It was great working with Gwen. Clear direction on what my daughter wanted. Great vendors. Professional service, accurate contract. Didn't have to worry about anything. Gwen has experience and has the details thought out. Wedding week and day were wonderful, we didn't have to worry about anything, Gwen was right on top of the event. I highly recommend Gwen and Where To Start
It was great working with Gwen. Clear direction on what my daughter wanted. Great vendors. Professional service, accurate Read more...
It was great working with Gwen. Clear direction on what my daughter wanted. Great vendors. Professional service, accurate contract. Didn't have to worry about anything. Gwen has experience and has the details thought out. Wedding week and day were wonderful, we didn't have to worry about anything, Gwen was right on top of the event. I highly recommend Gwen and Where To Start Read less
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