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Planner and Event Production in Billerica, MA,
(617) 982-3887
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  • 32 Reviews


    Ashley Daniell

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  • I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am for Shay & Harken events! Shay is amazing and absolutely went above and beyond to make my decor visions come to life. I began working with her in the beginning of the year in January, but then with COVID-19 we were undecided on what to do for awhile. Once we decided on a smaller backyard wedding only about a month before the date, Shay and I picked back up and she truly made the last minute planning way less stressful. I wouldn’t of been able to pull it off without her. I’m adding a few photos of the decor I currently have, but can’t wait to see all the professional pictures. Thank you for everything Shay! You most definitely helped make my wedding one to remember forever!

    Pamela Leskar

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  • Have you ever walked away from one of your wedding vendors thinking "I didn't pay them enough money for the service they provided"?  I hadn't either, until we hired Harken Events.  Let me start by saying that I wasn't going to hire a wedding planner/coordinator at all.  I am a type A control freak who plans events as part of my job, so wedding planning did not stress me out.  However, I wanted to completely relax on my wedding day and not have to coordinate, so I hired someone. Enter - Shay.   Shay brings two people on for her day-of services, which is SO IMPORTANT.  One person needs to be keeping everything on track, and one person needs to be fixing anything that goes wrong.  One person CANNOT successfully do both.  And no matter how well you plan, something will go wrong.  Shay worked with us for months leading up to the wedding to make sure that everything went perfectly day-of.  She fully understood our vision so if issues came up, she just fixed them how she thought... Read more

    Kimberly Long

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  • If you want someone who knows what they're doing when it comes to event planning, this company will work wonders for you. From offering up a variety of options from their own array of decorations, to putting the decorations together for you, to being onsite at the event to provide back-end help without ever knowing they are there so things run smoothly, then this is the company you want to have at your event.

    Jillian Hall

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  • I rented several items from Harken Events for a fall wedding and it was an amazing experience from start to finish. The guests loved the photo backdrop we rented for the photo booth as well as the desert table additions and most importantly, the doughnut wall and holders. The rentals were extremely well priced and the staff delivered and picked up promptly and right on time. I highly recommend Harken Events and look forward to working with them again.

    Jill Gilberg

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  • I cannot say enough great things about Shay and Harken Event Company. She far exceeded my expectations of what her services actually entailed. She was so lovely to work with and quickly took the lead to become the liaison to all vendors. She was fun to be around - a wonderful sounding board and a great decision maker. No task was to small or large for her to take on. She was worth every penny in fact she was worth so much more! I can't say enough about her and would highly recommend her to anyone who is having a party large or small.

    Jacqueline Murray

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  • I would seriously give Harken Events and it's owner, Shay, 10 stars on all of the categories if I could. We used her for our wedding decor and rentals and boy am I happy that we did. Everything she designed and created was absolutely beautiful, of high quality, on trend, "Instragram worthy", and matched my vision exactly. Shay is patient, responsive, and a great listener - all of the things brides and grooms should look for when selecting their wedding vendors. In addition, Harken Events is reasonably priced and mission-driven; they proudly offer military and first responder discounts, and Shay sits on the board for Brides Across America and does a ton of pro bono work for them. As a fellow military bride, I was honored when she donated my gratuity (which she could not have deserved more) to the BAA organization. I hope that speaks volumes to other couples about the type of person she is. Most importantly, what amazed me the most about working with Shay is how she truly went above ... Read more

    Sarah

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  • Shay and her team were so amazing! Harken events was amazingly helpful throughout day one of our wedding planning process up until the big day which went Perfectly! They were so responsive and detail oriented which was exactly what we needed to incorporate everything we wanted into our wedding day. We had a large party and two different locations along with a shuttle bus and limo and Shay made everything feel so put together and organized. I couldn’t have done it without her and her team and would recommend them to anyone planning a wedding!

    Joanna

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  • Harken Events was fabulous to work with!! I would highly recommend them for your wedding planning needs. My husband’s friend from law school recommended Shay to us and it was honestly the best referral that we received for our wedding. Shay and team went above and beyond at every opportunity to ensure our wedding weekend was perfect. They were attentive, organized and willing to put a custom package in place based on what we were looking for help with. Shay TRULY wanted to help throughout the process - she actually would check-in to see how she could help regularly. Shay also took the lead at coordinating with our venue and vendors and handled things with everyone seamlessly. She is incredibly sweet, creative, and helped make the entire process less stressful. The reason we thought it’d be helpful to get a planner is because we found out our venue had booked an earlier wedding from 11:30-5pm. This meant our vendors would only have access on-site at 5:15pm. Initially, my... Read more

    Alaina Shemtob

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  • Shay and Fabio are premiere professionals, and also wonderful human beings. We could not have imagined our wedding without them. For dozens of reasons (or more!) I could not recommend Harken Events more, but here is why they are the best of the best. Organization (and Systems): I have never seen more impressive Excel Shreadsheets. Shay and Fabio tracked. Every. Single. Detail. Mention something once, and they’d have it signed, sealed, and delivered before you can even remember what your idea was. Their superior organizational systems helped to facilitate a completely seamless weekend (at least to us and all our guests)! And they put our minds at ease by proving to us throughout the planning process that they had the ability to keep track of every detail. Personalization: Our guests routinely told us that our wedding was the most personal and personalized wedding they’d ever been to. We are positive that that impact on our loved ones would not have been possible without ... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    I am speechless! I truly consider you a friend and not a customer. Your words mean the world to me. Your review is so amazing because it is validation that everything we do is showing through. Your summary hit the nail on the head of what we are all about. We always strive to go above and beyond and offer a custom experience down to the last detail. Your wedding was incredibly special and it will be a day not only you will remember but so will we. It is an absolute honor for us to be there with you on such a special day in your life. We are proud, inspired and humbled by this. I am so glad you mentioned our customized approach. We feel that the little custom details is what makes a wedding truly your wedding. It is so amazing to be able to put these "stamps" on such special days and to have the brides like you, see it and appreciate it and love it. Once again, thank you so much for your review. Your words are in my heart forever I know that we will be crossing paths and many more momentous occasions in the future and I can't wait to continue going above and beyond for you and your family!

    Brandon Shemtob

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  • There is an old proverb in business, "give more in value then you request in payment." Shay and Fabio epitomize this. From the moment my wife and I met them they were beyond friendly, professional and amazing. We were planning our wedding from many miles away and had to rely on them for A LOT. Not only did they consistently put our mind at ease throughout the process but they executed above and beyond on game day. Shay may be the most capable and organized person that I have ever met and Fabio is a wizard on budget projections and a calming presence throughout the process. As my mom said constantly throughout the planning process, the wedding weekend goes by so quickly that you really want to enjoy the planning process as well. Shay and Fabio made that possible. For those engaged couples that are reading this deciding between wedding planners, please do your future-self a favor and meet with this all star team. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

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    Brandon and Lainey, You guys are absolutely incredible people and we enjoyed planning every minute of your wedding. Given that you guys were not local, we embraced getting to know you as much as possible and we are so proud to call you friends. Your wedding was the perfect mix of elegance, emotional and fun. Your personalities shined through and the love was felt throughout. It was truly special! I love your comment on the planning process. It is our goal to have fun throughout and you are right, wedding planning should be fun! Thank you for your thoughtful review and we can't say enough about how much we appreciate you guys. We at Harken Events look forward to being there for you for many more memories to come!

    Jill Liposky

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  • Shay was wonderful to work with. She was very detailed and easy to work with throughout the entire process. Shay was very creative in capturing our wedding vision making it a day we will never forget.

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    Jill, Thank you so much for your kind words. Working with you was such an amazing opportunity to take your vision and bring it to life. Myself and the rest of the Harken Events team are so honored to have been a part of your day. The best is yet to come!

    Liz

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  • After searching for a planner and getting in touch with a few people, we found ourselves partnered with Shay and boy, did we make the right decision. There is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding, but there is definitely a right fit for the people involved and Shay was a perfect match for us. During our first meeting, before we had even hired her, Shay was super informative and prepared. She was very open while talking about her experience so far and what would be included in her service (as well as pricing), and she went so far as to send us a preliminary budget spreadsheet that she normally uses to help couples keep track of how they want to spend their wedding fund. All of this together gave us a great feeling about Shay and it was a no brainer to hire her. Now I'm not a "traditional" bride who had a clear vision for her wedding day, nor did we have a lot of help from family in the process. Shay was our champion though, stepping in and motivating us the whole time and bein... Read more

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    Liz! I am so deeply appreciative of your amazing words and review of our services. It was such a joy working with you because as you said, you were not a traditional bride and your vision was full of unique creativity and personality and I loved it all! It is so rewarding for me to work with couples that embrace their personality and want to infuse it into their wedding. I loved helping make your vision a reality. I am so thankful to have worked with you on your amazing wedding because I'm so thankful to have gotten to know you and Dave. To be able to bring the organization and planning expertise to the table and then also our design capabilities was a great example of the value we can add to couples like yourselves. Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your big day. You and Dave are forever a part of our Harken Events family and we are so proud to have been there in the beginning of your beautiful marriage. We look forward to celebrating many more special occasions with you!

    Jeff

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  • Shay and her team are amazing to work with! I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing help with their wedding. The value that Shay brought to both our planning, and execution was outstanding. We did not have a long engagement, just about 5 months. In that time, Shay worked with us to make all our dreams and visions for our special day come true. Not only did she make sure that 100% of the things that were important to us were pulled off just as we would hope, she also made sure that all of the details we may not have been thinking about got addressed as well. Shay's personality feels like it was made for what she does. No matter what the task, if we told her it was important to us, then she made it known it was important to her as well. She was always a pleasure to communicate with, whether over email, text, phone, or in person. If we had an issue with another vendor, Shay was not afraid to speak up on our behalf. On the day of our wedding, there were so many logistics that ne... Read more

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    Rachel and Jeff! Thank you so much for your kind words. The line about "the best decision you made this year" made me want to cry tears of joy. Harken Events always seeks to go above and beyond and not just be 5 star but also be the absolute best possible for our couples. I loved being part of your wedding because it was so awesome to take your personality and creativity and help it come to life. You are now part of our family and I look forward to keeping in touch and celebrating your many milestones in the future. We are here for you and can't wait to celebrate more with you! Thank you so much for being such an amazing couple!

    Shansi

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  • I cannot imagine how our wedding would've been the same without Shay and her team - having them as part of our wedding was the best decision we've made throughout our planning process. From the day we met Shay all the way until 2am on our wedding day, she has been nothing but passionate, attentive to detail and professional (not to mention, she's such a great person to be around). She truly cared that we had the best day and that we had nothing to worry about except to enjoy ourselves. I felt so relaxed the days and weeks leading up to the wedding knowing that Shay was on top of it all; to see our vision come to life on wedding day was beyond magical. Shay, thank you so much for making our wedding day such a memorable one - we are so grateful to have worked with you!

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    Shansi and Brian! First I must say that I loved your wedding and the two of you are one of the kindest couples I've ever known. It is amazing to you in that you were both in New Jersey and even without face to face interaction, it felt like we were old friends. We were able to laugh and keep it fun and I'm so thankful Harken Events could be there on your most important day. Everything turned out beautifully and I'm so honored to have helped you plan your wedding and ensure it all happened flawlessly. I am forever in your corner and can't wait to share more memories with you!

    Eileen Viglione

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  • I had the opportunity previous to my event to attend a wedding presented by Harken Events. Needless to say my first reaction entering the wedding I was captivated. The thought and attention to detail from entering the parking area to walking to the venue, then entering the venue I was mesmerized. What immediately came into thought was, if I had an event in the future I would have to have Harken Events as the event planner. As it turns out a year or so later I had my daughter's shower to plan and I wanted it to be perfect. I can't even put into words the experience. Again the attention to detail was breath taking. Despite being out of the state, Shay put me at ease with her communication and expertise. Shay gave me a lot to think about but more importantly guided me on how to achieve my vision. The day of the event, I saw in the eyes of my guests exactly what I wanted and that meant the world to me. I am still hearing from guests, saying how extraordinary the shower was. I have Shay ... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Eileen, your review is so special to me. The fact that you learned about us from attending one of our events is so inspiring as it shows that our work speaks for itself. I am so glad that I could serve you in an event and make your guests just as happy. This is what it is all about. We try to keep it simple. Go above and beyond and make people happy and everything will be perfect and our business will grow. Thank you so much for inspiring us and for being part of our event family. I can't wait to share more moments with you. It was an absolute pleasure being part of your daughter's day.
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