I am confident that no one in the industry does a better a job than Grace. We hired Grace two months before the wedding because I gradually became too overwhelmed with managing all of our vendors, especially one vendor who was being difficult. I also handed over event design to her, which resulted in the modern, sophisticated wedding that was better than we could imagine and way better than anything I could have done myself. Ultimately, she gave me the most important thing I wanted - the time and energy to focus on celebrating with my new husband, family, and friends.
Grace is THE most professional person I have ever worked with (and I have worked with a lot of people!). She is extremely bright, creative, excellent at communication, highly focused, manages expectations (which are pretty high), and meets those expectations. Also, she works well with others and is a master at execution.
Grace is absolutely trustworthy because she is honest, open, and has excellent judgement honed by years of experience. She was my number one advocate and used her vast knowledge and experience to get what I wanted in the most ethical and professional manner.
I believe the value she provides would warrant her charging at least 10x what she charges. She recently planned 100% the one and only wedding on Angel Island (an amazing feat), which will soon be profiled in Martha Steward Weddings. However, I have no doubt that she provides the same level of service to each and every client regardless of budget.
I know Grace does not market her services, but she is the event planning industry's greatest secret!
Although I now consider Grace to be a true friend, I can honestly and objectively say that Grace is an AMAZING event planner!! I met Grace after finally coming to the realization that I absolutely needed to let go of my wedding planning and look to a professional to take over the final days of coordination. It's no secret that I'm the most extreme type A person you would ever meet, so giving the reigns over to someone I didn't know seemed very unlikely. After speaking with Grace only once on the phone, I knew for certain I had made the best decision.
Grace is EXTREMELY well organized and rehearsed in the in's and out's of events and has at some point dealt with every situation. My husband and I sat down with her just prior to the big day and she was able to systematically pick up on the ENTIRE year of planning we had done and execute every little detail without a hitch. I mean, she pulled together the timeline, put together the bridesmaid gifts, ensured there was an ample supply of beverages and snacks for the groomsmen and even had a sewing kit handy, so that when my husband's coat button popped off minutes before the ceremony it was back in place practically before it hit the ground!!! The most amazing thing about the coat button and several other typical wedding day issues that happened was I didn't even know about them. Grace just handled them.
I can go on and on, but I think I've made my point. Grace is a must for ALL events, especially your wedding day!!!
True grace under pressure. When consistent rain showers threatened to disrupt the plans of an October wedding... Grace stepped in to make things happen. Just as planned. Flawlessly. She is your calm in the storm and orchestrates the entire process with precision and unquestionable flair.
Grace handles her clients and her vendors with integrity and has an incredible eye for detail. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for exceptional service.
Grace is absolutely wonderful!! From our first meeting, I had complete confidence in her. She helped my husband and me create a budget (which she helped us stick to), provided vendor referrals, and gave us ideas about how to make our wedding truly special. She helped up create the sophisticated, stylish wedding of our dreams. Grace was also able to keep track of my ever-changing ideas, which (I can admit in hindsight) was not an easy task.
I asked Grace to help us in virtually every aspect of planning our wedding. She sourced the rehearsal dinner location. My husband and I loved the place she recommended, and our guests commented about lovely the dinner (the location, food, wine, service) was. She researched and negotiated deals with hotels for my guests. She handled my caterer - as the caterer continued to increase the price of the event, Grace stepped in, negotiated with the caterer, and got us everything we wanted at a price even lower than the original quote from the caterer.
Grace is very detail-oriented. In preparing a timeline for the wedding, Grace asked lots of questions, focusing in on details that had escaped the attention of both my husband and me. Her attention to detail resulted in our wedding running exactly as planned.
I cannot say enough good things about Grace. My wedding was wonderful, thanks to her. Now that it is over, I miss my time with Grace, who I now consider a friend.
Grace Lee is amazing. She is well-organized, has great ideas, and a book of contacts. Through Grace, I found the florist, transportation for the my guests, and the location of the rehearsal dinner. She also re-negotiated fees with the caterer. She was loved by my husband and me, as well as our wedding party and familes - all of whom came infrom out of town. Grace made sure our wedding day was everything we had imagined and made sure everything went smoothly.
I can't even say enough about Grace - not only was she my wedding planner, but she became my friend through the whole process. I joke to other people that the thing I miss the most after the wedding was Grace!
When I first went through the whole wedding planning process, I thought I could do it myself. Okay, so I was being overly optimistic. When I realized that I was in when over my head, I started to look for wedding planners and met with several. I was seriously like Goldilocks (but with black hair) - the Grace was just right! I was instantly comfortable with her: she didn't laugh at my budget (which one planner almost did); she didn't try to impose her ideas; she didn't try to shuffle me off to an assistant; and she wore jeans and sneakers to the initial meeting. Awesome.
We were totally on top of things until two months before the wedding, when my venue decided it would be a good idea to have a 5000-person, 3-stage concert right next to my wedding. (Yes, it was THAT concert. I was supposed to be married next door. My friends told me they could hear it from the Bay Bridge.) Given that my invitations had gone out, people had bought plane tickets, our hotel block reserved, our florist and photographer reserved, our caterer reserved, and our wedding planner reserved, it was not exactly practical to change the date. Needless to say, I was extremely unhappy. In between my bouts of depression and anger and uncontrollable sobbing, I managed to call Grace. Grace called 50(!) different venues (who all asked if it was for next year), and finally found one for us. In the end, our wedding turned out better than I could've imagined, all thanks to Grace. One of my friends asked for her number during the wedding. No joke. Even my hubby loved her!
A few more things about Grace (and I'll stop before this turns into a novel): She's extremely organized, keeping me up-to-date on all the stuff we had to do (or that she could do for us). She was calm and collected, and fixed everything behind the scenes. (For instance, my hubby told me there was a problem with the chairs right before the wedding, and Grace took care of it - and I didn't even know anything had gone wrong.) She recommended great vendors - I LOVED our florist (Spiral Hand) and photographer (Lisa Lefkowitz). And she LISTENED to what I wanted - even if it changed from one week to the next.
So, what I'm trying to say is (albeit somewhat verbosely), hire Grace. It'll be the best thing you'll do for your wedding. No kidding.