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Planner in Santa Rosa, CA,
(707) 889-0877
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  • 15 Reviews


    Danielle Littman

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  • Elsa did an incredible job of listening to what we wanted, and helping us make our dreams a reality. We hired her for day-of coordination, as well as some a-la-cart support (an feature of her business we loved) and we couldn’t have been happier with both the process and results. It truly felt like she was on our family’s “team” through the whole wedding planning process, from the first phone call to (and through) the wedding day. She listened to exactly what we wanted, understood our non traditional/relaxed vibe, and gave incredible advice at every stage of the process to make our visions a reality. I truly can’t imagine having done this without her. Thank you Elsa!

    Liz

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  • Elsa and her team were awesome to work with! We booked her for her week-of package, but as questions came up along the way (and so many did!) she was great in steering us in the right direction and giving us invaluable insider knowledge to help us streamline our event and tailor it to our venue's specifications (Campovida in Hopland, CA). Elsa is a straight shooter and never loses her cool, which is an absolute godsend during an inevitably hectic event. She will be a calming force of organized precision, perfectly juggling every piece of your day seemingly without ever being phased (and even calmly helping your flower girl when she dumps her basket of petals moments before walking down the aisle). I was a particularly anxious bride leading up to our wedding weekend, but as soon as Friday evening came, Elsa and her team absorbed all of that energy and made me feel completely at ease. Trust them with your wedding. They're wedding ninjas!

    Anne

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  • Elsa and Karin and the team were fantastic. When I booked Elsa talked to me in detail about exactly what I wanted and created a package that fit my price. We worked mostly with Karin as our day of coordinator, who was lovely and responsive through the whole process of creating a timeline, etc. What is really most notable is that on the day of the wedding, Karin had to deal with a serious, wholly unexpected personal emergency. Elsa called me at 7am that day, and told me that everything would be taken care of. I had had such good experience with them thus far so I didn't feel worried at all. Even though I had only contracted them for 1 or 2 people at my wedding venue, as a result of this emergency, I had two people at my venue doing set up, AND Elsa and her colleague also came to the church to support the ceremony. What's more, Karin handled her emergency and STILL came to help get everything rolling at the venue - even though she really didn't need to. WOW! What dedication. There were ... Read more

    User5227487

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  • This might come as an odd review, because we never actually ended up using Elsa Vera, due to us moving our wedding to Florida. However, I can honestly say that even without performing her services for us, any couple planning to get married would be surely missing out if they don't choose Elsa Vera. My Fiancee and I really had no idea about how the whole wedding process worked, and from the very first phone call, Elsa was extremely patient to answer all of our questions, (even the silly ones). She had great optimism to work hard, and really wanted to give us our dream wedding in Sonoma with our limited budget. She is the type of person that likes the challenge, and her attention to detail was amazing. She was also very upfront about not working on 2 weddings on the same date at once, so she could dedicate her time and attention to one wedding at a time. She also handles all of her communication and replies to all emails very quickly. That was very comforting to us, because did not w... Read more

    Ping

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  • elsa was great! she had great vendor recommendations and great ideas of decor and how to set up our wedding. she was easy to work with, very responsive via email, and did a great job orchestrating our rehearsal.

    Chris

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  • We hired Elsa as our day-of coordinator, but she was so good, I'm kicking myself for not having hired her earlier. I truly believe we would have not pulled off our wedding so smoothly without her. Elsa was constantly communicative throughout the entire process and gave countless wonderful suggestions to help us. She's so detail-oriented that she kept delightfully surprising me. For instance, I'd sent over our birth dates and she noticed that my wife-to-be's birthday was a few days before the wedding. She suggested some ways for us to celebrate for the reception and we all ended up singing her happy birthday and got her a special cake! I truly feel that she went above and beyond, bringing us props from her personal collection and even offering to go down to fabric stores to cut fabric for table runners. She saved us so much money in so many little ways that she practically paid for herself. I highly recommend Elsa who is not only a fantastic wedding coordinator, but an incredibly sweet ... Read more

    User6083484

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  • We hired Elsa as a "week of" planner. But she was so much more than that. She recommended vendors, reviewed contracts, and answered questions for the entire planning process. She was always available to answer questions and met with us on-site on 3 occasions. Elsa offered helpful advise in the planning of the rehearsal dinner that we held at our home. She went way beyond our expectations. And she kept everyone organized, focused and calm the day of. We loved working with Elsa. Mother of the bride

    Jon

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  • I found Elsa to be very accommodating and thorough. She was loved by all other vendors and they referred to her as the A team. Every time our other vendors discovered we were working with Elsa they instantly knew that everything was going to work out perfectly. She is very well respected and admired in her industry. I truly feel that her connections and vendor relationships saved us money, and provided us with the best wedding experience. I would highly recommend her to any couple looking to have the best wedding experience ever.

    Jenn

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  • Elsa is the best wedding planner that I could've ever asked for. When I was interviewing planners, she spent an hour on the phone with me giving me ideas, recommendations of vendors, etc before I had even hired her. I could tell she was very passionate and knowledgable in the wedding planning industry. She came to my parents house to meet my family and gave many suggestions on how things could work versus couldn't, suggestions on ways to save money yet have the most beautiful wedding. I was able to call, text or email Elsa and she was very responsive to all of my questions/concerns. She was extremely professional and everything was great! I highly recommend her! Below is the link to a snapshot of our wedding video so you can see some of her amazing work first hand! https://youtu.be/wdt9YIjTGdU

    Paula

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  • When I started planning my wedding I had a clear idea of what I wanted it to look like and my mom and I went about collecting everything that we needed to make that vision come to life, even as I was across the country in Boston from my wedding venue in Sonoma. About 5 months out from the wedding I realized I had everything I wanted for the decorations but no idea how it was going to get it set up and I knew I didn't want to spend the day of our wedding running around with light bulbs, garlands, and chalkboards.... enter Elsa! I saw on her website that she offered an a la carte service of "Ceremony or Reception Set up or Break Down" so I emailed to ask about this service and her availability. Long story short - I heard back quickly, we soon set up a time to talk by phone, she listened to what I wanted and also made some good suggestions of her own, and she even took it upon herself to go look at the venue without my asking. I never actually got to meet Elsa because she had come and gon... Read more

    User4484748

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  • Elsa was very responsive and professional throughout the process. Although she was providing my "day of" coordination, she really was so much more than that: meeting with me to review details and giving me suggestions, provide referrals for vendors I was missing, constantly communicating by email as needed. She really helped make our day as stress-free as possible and checked in with us constantly to make sure we had what we needed and kept things moving as best we could according to our timeline for the day even given some delays from another vendor. She also delivered all of our things back to our house after the event and picked up our flowers the next day to be donated and repurposed a local assisted living facility, which was great! All in all, Elsa was fantastic to work with and I'd definitely recommend her to others looking for a great event planner.

    User4561608

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  • Elsa made my daughter's destination wedding easy.. She went above & beyond our expectations. Due to her experience & hard work behind the scene we were able to enjoy the wedding & all our out of town guests.

    Leslie

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  • Elsa Vera was an extremely important part of my wedding day... The instant I met her I loved her... she was knowledgeable, genuine, and SO personable. She was in contact with me every step of the way during the planning process... she answered questions, thought of solutions, gave me tons of ideas.. and that was just during the planning! She was even more amazing the day of the wedding. She kept everything running smoothly and made sure we were following a timeline without making us feel like we had a scheduled agenda. We made it through everything we wanted to do during our wedding and we were able to enjoy every second. She was a huge part of the day's success and we could not have been happier with our decision to have Elsa as part of our day. Like she hadn't already done enough, she spent a few evenings working with my husband and I on some dance moves for our first dance. We were so comfortable with her! I highly recommend her! She is the best!

    User5300881

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  • Elsa and her team helped make our wedding day impeccable. She saw our vision and made it happen seamlessly, and rolled with the punches when the ceremony ran long and the speeches went long. She's clearly a seasoned professional and wants to make her clients happy. A calm and positive energy on a whirlwind day!

    Chrissy

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  • I would absolutely recommend Elsa. My venue required an event coordinator, per the contract. She was referred to me by another event coordinator on my venue's 'preferred vendor list'. I am a really organized person by nature, so I was super skeptical about the need for a 'day of' coordinator. To be honest, the whole idea sounded frivolous to me....but BOY was I wrong! Per the agreement, we had a 'check-in' meeting 30 days out and she really took the reigns from there! I basically gave her all my vendor contracts, pending details and she helped to firm up timeline details and generally eased my nerves. We also did a venue site visit with her and my parents, so we could all visually understand her role on the big day! I loved working with her for all the reasons I just stated...but I really appreciated three things. One, her timeline for the big day. It was SUPER helpful to have an itinerary to email to my in-laws, bridal party and important guests for where to be and when!... Read more

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    My team and I enjoyed working on Chrissy & Gary's wedding. They had actually only hired me to coordinate their reception. But we felt it would be helpful for all if we stepped in and helped a bit more. So she actually was given a larger package (week of coordination). And honestly, June is one of the busier times, so response time may take longer. I like couples to realize that when we're out meeting with couples and doing walk through visits during the days, that only leaves late nights for emails (i'm not a large company with a sales team). So sometimes I might take a day or so to get back to you - but I always do :-)

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