Aug 15, 2009
We just started working with Amber this past month, and we are very impressed so far by her professionalism and great organizational skills. Her rates are competitive, especially since she is bringing 2 assistants with her. Most importantly, she seemed genuinely excited about our wedding (as opposed to some other vendors). Our wedding is in August, so I will update my review when it gets closer to the date! ****UPDATE**** Our wedding was in August, and I have to say it went fabulously - in many ways thanks to Amber. I will say that your coordinator is one of the most important vendors for you to "click" with - I mean, its not essential that you *like* your cake baker/florist/caterer as long as you trust them professionally. Your coordinator, on the other hand, will be spending a lot of time with you, so if you can't get along, its a problem! We probably met with 5-6 potential coordinators. Some tried to prove how "upscale" they were and others gave the impression of an OC-Housewife who woke up one day and decided "hey, I'll be a wedding planner." We were starting to get discouraged... Amber was refreshingly different. You can tell she is fully committed to her job, and is a true professional. At the same time, she is extremely down-to-earth (I credit this to the fact that she grew up somewhere OTHER than LA ;) which made us very comfortable. We were particularly impressed with her organizational skills, and really trusted that she would have everything taken care of. Our site was extremely challenging (think: Top of a hill in Malibu,long narrow windy road, no parking, have to RENT everything, location coordinators that won't call you back, etc.) If we had to deal with it all on our own I think we would have had a nervous breakdown and eloped to vegas. I can't tell you how many times Amber brought up and took care of things we never even thought of. She KNOWS her stuff - and in particular gave us great recommendations for the few vendors we still had to book. She also let us choose the level of involvement we needed. In our case, we wanted to choose a lot of the design elements ourselves, but we really relied on her professional eye to put it all together and execute our "vision." On the day of, she was there until the very end...painstakingly packing and repacking the best man's SUV with our gifts, decorations, and leftover alcohol. I am still amazed that it all fit! To sum up - if you are considering hiring a coordinator I would recommend: 1) Do it. (This is not the place to scrimp on your budget, get cheaper chairs or something) and 2) Book Amber if you can! It will be one of the best decisions you make in the planning process.
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