Santa Monica, CA 90405
We enjoyed working with Casa del Mar and would recommend any couple to consider having their wedding at this beautiful hotel.
We really feel like we got a lot of value for our money. You get an extremely professional (and experienced) staff, a beautiful ballroom, and just awesome views of the ocean, which blew our guests away while they were having cocktails on the terrace at sunset. Most importantly, we had absolutely no problems during the wedding. Everything was set up and run according to plan. No glitches. No headaches.
For those couples who feel that it's a bit over their budget, I'd advise that sometimes it's worth spending that extra bit because you really do get what you pay for. The experience and professionalism of this hotel really shines through, especially with how smoothly they handled all my extra requests and last minute changes.
My only caveat is that make sure you get everything in writing. I don't think it was anything malicious on Casa's part, but there was one incident where the hotel had forgotten that they had promised something and we had to end up showing them our contract to receive what was promised. Obviously it was a very minor thing because we were VERY happy with Casa del Mar overall. But just a word of caution to my fellow brides out there: get everything in writing from ALL your vendors! Regardless of how awesome and nice your vendors are, memories fade and details get blurry, especially when negotiations are long and drawn-out.
Hope this helps!
North Hollywood, CA 91607
Working with Kate was very easy and painless. I hired her off the recommendation of my coordinator and based on the very pleasant and friendly conversation I first had with Kate over the phone.
Being in NYC while trying to plan a Los Angeles wedding was a bit anxiety-inducing at times, because it limited the number of times I could meet with my vendors. I believe I met Kate in person only once and I didn't have the opportunity to see any sample centerpieces (no fault of hers), so I WAS a bit uneasy about how the flowers would turn out on the day of the wedding.
But Kate did an absolutely fantastic job of working with the pictures I emailed her and deciphering what exactly I wanted, which was probably difficult for her (in retrospect) because I was definitely indecisive at times and didn't give her a whole lot of detailed guidance. In the end, the flowers ended up being BEAUTIFUL and I really did love every single thing she did for our wedding. The only words that can describe how I felt when I first saw all the bouquets on my wedding day: pure delight.
Kate's work speaks for itself. As far as Kate's personality goes, she is patient, really super-friendly and works hard for you. I loved that she wasn't pushy, but if you solicited her advice, she definitely gave good input and steered you in the right direction. Thank you Kate!
My husband and I both 100% agree that hiring Paola as our day-of wedding coordinator was one of the best decisions we made during the planning process. Besides the fact that she is just a downright cool lady, she is an EXCELLENT coordinator. She was always responsive to every single email and phone call I sent her over the months leading up to the big day. No question was too big or too small, whether it was directing me to the right vendors or dealing with diva behavior from wedding party members.
On the day of the wedding, she had every little single detail under control and I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I mean, the bottom line is PAOLA IS A PRO. Another important thing I should point out is that I really wanted a coordinator who knew how to deal with a parade of personalities, that included Korean family members who knew little to no English, Chinese in-laws, and a motley crew of American friends. The fact that everyone liked her and commented on what a great job she did speaks volumes, not only about her professional skills, but also about what a great person she is overall.