Save The Date Events
I am the "FOB"...aka Father of the Bride. We had Kathy - Save The Date Events for our Wedding Planner. Best decision we made. Kathy was the best "investment" I've made in a long time. With her help, we had a fabulous wedding for my only daughter. You have only one chance and we could not have pulled this off without Kathy. everything went as planned and the stress level was minimal. I would without hesitation suggest that you hire Save The Date Events to help with your wedding. You all will not be sorry.
Kathy is absolutely amazing! One of the 1st pieces of advice I received after my engagement was to hire a coordinator and that coordinator should be Kathy! I took that advice and I feel so very lucky! Kathy is professional, fun, knowledgeable, connected to wedding vendor community, calm, attentive, a true perfectionist ... the list goes on and on. On the big day I did not have a worry in the world cause Kathy and her amazing assistant Taryn were there! If you are getting married - hire a coordinator AND if you are getting married in Southern California - HIRE KATHY!
I can't say enough about Kathy! I must have talked to 8 different wedding coordinators, and she was the only REAL deal. The others were all talk and not much substance. She made everything from A to Z happen, and it was just a blessing to know that in the end, I could breathe a sigh of relief because I completely trusted her (and that's a huge thing)!
My husband and I are in Santa Barbara, and Kathy made the "planning" part easy, and she was always there for questions or a little help with talking to the vendors (especially through email). In the end, the whole day just flew right by, and not a care in the world! Her passion and smiles were never ending.
I definitely recommend Kathy Recchia! She is great!
Kathy helped us throw an absolutely amazing wedding. My goals were to be able to enjoy the day without worrying and for our guests to have a great time, and she accomplished both of those to a degree I had not even imagined possible. Everything was coordinated so well and the vendors she recommended were truly the best. We were able to relax and enjoy the time getting ready and mingling with our guests without having to think about anything except being married and celebrating with our friends and family. People had warned us that something always goes wrong in a wedding, however, I cannot think of a single thing that went wrong at ours. All of our friends and family are still talking about our wedding and how it was "the best wedding ever." I cannot recommend Kathy highly enough!
It has been a a little over a year and a half since my daughter's wedding, and people are still commenting that it was the most beautiful wedding that they have ever attended. As I reflect back on the whole experience, I can say that the beauty of that day is the result of Kathy Recchia's careful and meticulous planning. She thought of every detail, and she was so easy to work with - calm and so knowledgeable. I can truly say that we could not have done it without her. Absolutely nothing went wrong, and I personally had the best time at the wedding knowing that I didn't have to worry about a thing, that Kathy had everything under control. She is such a professional, and I can't thank her enough for making my daughter's wedding a day that was so magical and special.
I'm so glad that I found Kathy as a "day of" coordinator for our big day. She is very professional and easy to approach. She was always accessible through email or phone any time of the day. She made our day run so smoothly. I never thought that the wedding day would be so stress free. I was able to relax and just enjoy every moment of our wedding day. Thank you for everything Kathy!
Kathy really helped my wife and I get through all the details involved in a planning our wedding. She also had great vendor recommendations and did a bang up job handling the "day of". I would highly recommend her and Save the Date.
Kathy was right on top of every aspect of our wedding from the band to the venue, flowers, food, itinerary, rehearsal, limo...everything. She was outgoing, professional, responsive and thorough. When our wedding turned out to be bigger than originally planned, she switched gears seamlessly and made the preparations organized and the day effortless. We would recommend her enthusiastically to anyone. She handled the guests and vendors with ease and allowed us to relax and enjoy the day with no worries. Great job Kathy and thank you!!
Jennn and David
Kathy Recchia is a fantastic wedding coordinator. The moment I interviewed her, I knew she was the exact person that would make my wedding special. She has great relationships with all types of vendors and is willing to research new vendors. Kathy is exceptionally experienced and is very proactive in providing new ideas based on her bride's tastes and feedback. It has truly been a joy to work with Kathy. After our many hours together and emails going back and forth, I consider her a friend. My only negative is that I wish she could be a guest at my wedding instead of a vendor!
Needless to say, I highly recommend her to any bride!
What would we have done without Kathy?!?!?!!! From day one Kathy was on top of everything. If we had a question or a request we would always get a quick response many times in a matter of a few minutes. We had tried on our own to rent out a restaurant on a saturday night but to no avail. After Kathy came aboard, it was no problem. She has such an amazing calmness and ease of rolling with the punches. Dealing with both the guests and the vendors was second nature to her and the night of our wedding we really thought about nothing other than have a good time. Which of course we did.
-America & Ross
Although I did most of the planning myself, I was looking for a so called "day of" coordinator to make sure everything ran smoothly on my big day. I contacted several coordinators and Kathy's pricing was very reasonable. I met with her in person, and hired her on the spot. She immediately impressed me with her in depth understanding of the bridal industry and weddings in general. At our meeting with the venue she kept asking all these important questions that I would have never thought to ask, and she did so in a way that was professional and respectful.
Her role as a day of coordinator was to come into the picture about a month before the wedding and finalize the details, contact the vendors, and ensure execution according to the contracts. As the big day neared, every time something popped into my mind, Kathy had already taken care of it.
More impressive was how she rolled with the punches of the evening. As with many weddings, things did not always go as planned (for reasons outside of Kathy's control), but she was always right there to fix the problems and to see if my husband or I needed anything.
All that being said, Kathy is a very sweet woman, who is not afraid to stand up to vendors or anyone else for that matter. She is very easy to get along with. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for some help with their big day.
She's the best!
Kathy made everything we wanted to do happen on our big day...and even better than we imagined. When guests tell me (still a couple of months later) how the details at our wedding made it even more special and more beautiful, I have to credit Kathy for thinking of and executing them for us. She has a very relaxed, open and honest way of dealing with you when you're stressed and feeling a bit lost. I'd planned many events, but for my own wedding I was stumped and her vendor recommendations, great additions and overall calm demeanor made it all happen smoothly.
I had fun at my wedding - how many brides get to say that!
And if you're having a wedding on the sand, let Kathy handle it...she's got the process down.
Kathy helped my daughter and I enjoy the wedding so much. All the many details were lifted from our shoulders and tended seamlessly. We are very, very pleased and especially grateful to Kathy and her assistants. Both of us are so happy that we found Kathy Reccia, wedding planning.
In all seriousness, I wouldn't have made it to the wedding day without Kathy. I mean that in every sense - she had great suggestions, she kept things impeccably organized, but she also talked me down from more than one emotional ledge over the course of that year. When I say that my wedding day was perfect, I say it with complete awe and with the knowledge that it likely wouldn't have happened at all without her.
I was not in a good place when I came to Kathy for help: the stress of planning a wedding from 3000 miles away was unmanageable and the word "elope" was coming up more and more often in conversations with the groom. But somehow, even with all of the distance issues and family issues and budget issues and every other conceivable issue that could have (and did) come up - the day was perfect. She truly is a master diplomat, both with vendors and with the people closest to you. I can't thank her enough for all that she did for us.
A friend of mine got married last November and Kathy was her planner. What a success! I remember the bride often saying "oh, I talked with Kathy yesterday..." as the wedding planning process got rolling. The day went without a hitch. I was beginning to think about the details of my wedding at that point and contacted Save the Date Events. Kathy was already booked for the day but her colleague Lori was assigned to our event. (Lori had assisted at the wedding in November!)
Lori's help in contacting vendors and coordinating all our day-of comings and goings was PRICELESS. I live in Texas with my fiance-now-husband, my mom works full time and was busy with many other family crises, so I really needed help in this coordination for a southern California wedding. When a timing detail changed or was a conflict, she'd contact the necessary vendors or staff and it'd be done before I would even have gotten around to picking up the phone.
My mom didn't need to worry about anything, I wasn't worried anyway, and everything went so smoothly.
I think the best part was having someone to check-in with for all the mundane and exciting wedding details. I needed someone to remind me to get projects done or to delegate. She thought of every detail that I'd expect a professional to remember and none of my friends or family had to worry about meeting vendors, setting up centerpieces or crowd herding that day.
Finding the right person to work on our wedding day was not easy, some vendors need to know that you are prepared to give them the equivalent of a small fortune and your first born before even talking to you. Others flat out tell you they are "not baby sitters" or "techies", when you ask for a scanned image or request the sheer courtesy of not copying the entire world in your emails while you try to drive a wedding in Southern California from a living room thousands of miles away. My husband and I feel that we have seen it all... we can probably write a blog! We screened, we called, we worked with 3 different coordinators before Kathy, including one who fundamentally disagreed with our unconventional ideas for our wedding and decided to drop out 3 months away from the big day. This is why Kathy is so special to us- she was able to execute our vision and take it to a level we never imagined. She picked up right were the wedding had been dropped and ran with all the ideas and details as though she had been there from the beginning, which is the only regret I have. Where were you, Kathy? Why didn't we call you earlier? MUCH earlier? She also worked on our behalf to pursue better deals and refunds for us after the wedding was over. Something we really enjoyed about Kathy's style is that she works very independently and never says "we cannot do that" before really trying. You can't ever anticipate what part of your dream day will encounter a roadblock and you need someone like Kathy to negotiate on your behalf. We felt that we were in the hands of a professional all along, and you know this meant the world considering we were already rather jittery. Kathy is an expert in her field, she is bold, assertive, creative and more importantly- she let's you write your own fairy tale and then she makes it happen. A month after our dream wedding, our friends are still raving about it calling it nothing less than "spectacular". My best friend asked me, How in the world did you pull this off? Hats off!" Hats off to Kathy.;) B and E.
Kathy was the first coordinator I met with and within the first five minutes of our conversation I knew she was the perfect choice for us. To just say that she has attention to detail or that she is good with vendors is an understatement. Kathy has a genuine enthusiasm for her clients and weddings. She is organized and proficient with an incredible wealth of contacts; she is sincerely sweet and devoted to her clients, and nice but firm and assertive when required with vendors.
On the day of our wedding Kathy and her assistant made sure everything ran smoothly and on time. She cued all of the vendors, the bridal party, our families, and us subtly and at the appropriate times. She also went out of her way to provide several other things to make our day extra special and one hundred percent worry free! We have no idea if anything went wrong on our wedding day, and if it did, she took care of it to the point that we never knew about it. I don't know what we would have done without her!
Thanks to Kathy, our wedding day was the most amazing and beautiful day imaginable. One of our most important desires was that, along our family and friends, that my fiancé and I would actually get to be guests at our own wedding and it came true because everything was smooth flowing and perfect. In addition to the wedding details, I think most of all, Kathy was more of a friend who truly cared about our wedding rather than just some person that we hired, and that is what truly impressed us the most. We can't thank her enough and I would recommend her to hands down to anyone!
~ Michele & Brian
We found Kathy after weeks of researching various coordinators. Luckily, we were able to meet with her during our visit to So Cal last year. Since then, she was our eyes throughout the planning process. Planning a wedding in So Cal while living in MD was not easy, but after we met Kathy, who knew the area well, we were able to make a majority of decisions via telephone.
She worked well with the vendors we already booked and was able to effectively execute the perfect wedding for us. We had a lot of bumps in the road of planning... changing of this, completely re-booking that, etc... Kathy helped to mediate and deliver compromises that all parties would be able to agree to. She seemed to understand and empathize with us and most importantly, she understood the traditions of a wedding and of a Korean wedding. She was able to deliver compromises that we agreed to, but more importantly, our parents agreed to.
Our wedding day was the most beautiful and perfect day. I was nervous about the littlest details, but Kathy made sure that everything was "up to par".
We would not have been able to execute a wedding of this caliber without her help.
Bottom line... our guests who were 60% traditional Korean adults who weren't accustomed to an upscale hotel wedding have complemented us and are still complementing us (our wedding day was 3/29/08). Many guests were surprised at the smooth flow of the night and we were told by majority of guests that they never attended a wedding this elegant and exciting.
Thanks, Kathy, from the bottom of our hearts!
jen and clarence
Kathy was the best coordinator I could have ever imagined. She was extremely detail oriented, organized, efficient, kind, and fun. She took the stress completely off of me on our wedding and the days leading up to the wedding. I was really expecting to be stressed and anxious on the day of the wedding, but knowing Kathy was there made me feel so calm and relaxed. I would highly recommend Kathy to anyone who asked. I did a lot of little things but she connected all the dots and made the wedding into what we dreamed about. She makes the day all about you and treats you wonderfully
We actually worked alongside Kathy at a recent wedding we were shooting (we're photographers). Kathy was extremely professional, friendly, and on top of every part of the event. She was very informed, took care of all the other vendors, and most importantly looked out for the couple's best interests so that they didn't have to lift a finger. Hope to work with you again soon Kathy!
As a wedding photographer in Southern California for 16 years, I have worked with plenty of wedding coordinators and Kathy is certainly among the best. She was great to work with for a number of reasons, but mostly that she kept the clients really happy and mellow. Lets face it, happy clients have happy photos and I had some wonderful opportunities because of Kathy's professional expertise. She was on top of every facet of that wedding and it showed. Being part of Kathy's team was a great experience and I would gladly stand behind her and wave a huge Kathy flag.
James Johnson, photographer www.jamesjohnsonphotography.com
Kathy was great to work with. Not only is she a genuinely nice person, but she understood our vision, what we wanted and what we didn't want. She was calm and professional in her dealings with the vendors and made sure that everything happened on time and according to plan. I was able to relax and enjoy the day. I did not have to worry about anything.
I highly recommend her to anyone planning a wedding.
We used Kathy from about 5-6 months out and she was great. If you want a high class wedding without high class attitude she's your lady. I had talked to other wedding coordinators who were pushy or judgmental, but Kathy was none of those things. Just very professional and helpful and totally got what we wanted. She has a very pleasant demeanor and was definitely the calming voice she promised to be. Our wedding was absolutely fantastic, and a lot of that was because of her. I wasn't one of these brides who knew every little thing I was supposed to be thinking about or had opinions about everything, so it was great to have her help me along and make sure every detail was taken care of. Now that our wedding's over I miss her! I have plenty of friends who WOULD NOT say that about their wedding coordinators.
We would definitely recommend Kathy!!!! She was extremely easy to work with. Personable, friendly and accommodating to all our needs and requests. We couldn't be more happy with the service Kathy provided for us. I would recommend Kathy to ANYONE!!!! Our wedding day was perfect, thanks to Kathy!!!!
Dan & Asma
Kathy is wonderful! She made everything flow as scheduled (a severe challenge for a wedding) but more importantly she did it with a smile and grace. Having a planner who knows how to work with people in a polite but not bossy manner can really make the energy of the day. I have been a part of weddings where the planner was a total diva and I was so pleased I picked Kathy because everyone loved her and it was the most perfect day!
I couldn't say enough good things about Kathy. My wedding day was relaxed and perfectly put together to my specifications. She offered great advice from experience. The 'day of' could not have gone more smoothly due to her organization and know how. Her referrals to vendors fit both my price range and my highest expectations. She probably saved me more money negotiating with vendors and giving me good advice than what she charged me. Highly recommended.
I am happy to provide a glowing recommendation of Kathy as wedding planner. Kathy handled every aspect of the planning extremely professionally, and I always felt like I was in the best hands. Kathy was absolutely invaluable! She coordinated everything from picking linens and china, to ordering the cake, to choosing the menu, to making sure the tables were set up correctly, to placing the name cards, to making sure we ate during the wedding (trust me, you need this!), and everything in between! She went above and beyond the call of duty in every way, and even met with my husband and me on her day off b/c that was the only day we could meet with her on one of our trips to CA. On the big day, she was a calming force and expertly managed everything, including helping with the pace of the evening and making sure we and our guests had a wonderful time (which we did!). Every detail was executed to perfection. I honestly don’t think I could have had a more perfect wedding, and Kathy is largely to thank for that (although I suppose my husband should get some credit, too!).
Kathy is amazing to work with. She is on top of every detail and works behind the scene for a seemless event. She is friendly and personable and makes the wedding day an amazing experience for the bride and groom. I would recommend her to anyone who is getting married.