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Planner in Sacramento, CA,
(424) 225-1415
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    Jenn Tran

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  • Risa was one of the first vendors I booked after I secured my venue. I already wanted to book her after our consultation, but had to meet with other potential coordinators/planners before we could make a decision. Afterwards, it was a unanimous, no brainer choice - we chose Risa! When you know, you know. I, like many 2020 brides, had to pivot from the big wedding celebration that I originally planned and decided to postpone it until the world was in a safer state. Risa made this decision so much easier by checking in on us and offering advice to us since we didn't know what to do. When we finally decided it was best to postpone our wedding, she mentioned that she was also ordained. If we wanted to keep our original wedding date, we could elope and she could officiate. We quickly took her up on her offer! Risa worked with us on the ceremony script by providing a template, nudged/reminded us to write our vows (we procrastinated lol), braved the California wildfires, hiked up an... Read more

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    Thank you SO much, Jenn! Being able to officiate your elopement was seriously one of the highlights of my wedding planning career! I love that we were able to put that together despite all the hurdles Mother Nature threw at us, and I feel a special connection with you and Don after being the one to pronounce you married. Super excited to work on your big celebration in 2021!

    Chelsea R

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    5 out of 5
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  • Risa is fabulous. We met her via a referral and were very fortunate to have her expertise available on relatively short notice. Risa possessed the perfect combination experience, poise and presence to guide my bride - and everyone else - through the details and stress of a long day. She is thorough and meticulous about making sure everything, and everyone, are on script, but also charming and gracious toward family and guests. I had complete faith that everything was going to run smoothly because of her. You're in good hands with Risa!

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    Thank you so much, Chelsea! You and Frank and your families were a delight to work with. Your dad and I felt like old buddies by the end of the night! I'm so happy you were able to have the wedding of your dreams, and I wish you and Frank many years of happiness together!

    Lauren Bakke

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    5 out of 5
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  • Risa was a godsend, particularly in a pandemic wedding. She was so helpful and always very responsive to all of our questions. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but Risa made things much easier for us and took a lot of weight off of our shoulders. At the very least, I would highly recommend hiring her for the day-of coordination. We ended up having the reception at my in-law's house because of the pandemic and she took care of all the decorations on the day of our wedding. With her help, the wedding was seamless and turned out beautifully.

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    Thank you, Lauren! I loved working with you over the past year to put together a beautiful wedding for you and Tim! Covid kept things interesting, and I'm glad we were able to re-plan to accommodate the new reality. I'm looking forward to seeing what you two (and the dogs!) get up to in the future. I wish you many years of happiness and love!

    Rachel Thomas

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    5 out of 5
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  • Incredibly accommodating, kind, COVID SAFE, and on top of her stuff. If you want someone who will make your day PERFECT and take all of the worry out of the day of planning, Risa is your person! As a control freak and the logistics person of the family, I thought it would be hard to let go of all of these wedding tasks, but once I found Risa I was able to relax because she is so ON TOP OF IT. I don’t trust many people with much, especially something as important as my BIG DAY but I trusted Risa 100% and have zero regrets. Do yourself a favor and pay the money—shes worth every penny!

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    Thank you SO much, Rachel! And thank *you* for also being Covid-safe! 2020 was a tough year to get married, but I'm thrilled that we were able to put together a smaller celebration for you and Steve to be lawfully wed. I look forward to staying in touch with you, and I wish you many years of health and happiness!

    Chelaine

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  • Risa was absolutely necessary for my wedding day. I was one of those thrifty brides, and didn’t want to spend the money on a wedding planner, but ended up deciding on it when I found out I wouldn’t be able to set up my venue in time for the wedding. Risa is detail oriented, efficient, and knowledgeable. She handled more than I actually paid her for. Hire her- you won’t regret it! Her presence made my wedding as stress free as possible.

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    Thank you so much, Chelaine! I loved working with you and getting to know you during the planning process. I'm delighted that we were able to make your wedding everything you hoped for!

    Stephanie Linder

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  • If you are considering of hiring someone to take all the stress and headaches away CHOOSE RISA! She is to the point get things done fast and extremely efficiently. She has a heart of gold and a beautiful personality. She made my planning process and my wedding day a dream come true!!

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    Thanks so much, Stephanie! It was so lovely to work with you and your mom and to meet everyone on the wedding day. I miss you and Derek already, and I'm so excited about your big 2020 on the horizon!

    Kristen

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    5 out of 5
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  • So I decided to DIY my wedding. It quickly became overwhelming and begged my husband to find me a wedding planner. I'm not sure how or where he found Risa, but he scheduled us a phone meeting. Within the first 5 min i knew she was going to be my wedding planner! She was so helpful throughout the entire process ESPECIALLY the day of. I literally could not have done it without her. I would have spend my whole wedding day doing all the things she got done for me and she created a seamless timeline for us. She was a delight at every meeting even when it was crunch time and i was wearing my stress on my sleeve. She is a pro and she helped me bring my childhood dream of getting married at my parents house to life. It was better than i could have ever imagined and wouldn't have been the same without her. Thank you Risa, words will never be enough to thank you.

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    Thank you so much, Kris! I'm beyond thrilled that we were able to make your wedding dreams come true! It's been wonderful getting to know you these past several months, and I'm excited to see what else life has in store for you.

    Gabriella Castaneda

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  • Risa was a complete life saver. My husband and I were a different case since we live full time in Scotland. Risa was professional, had wonderful advice and a spectacular eye for detail. When we were planning, the wedding timeline was invaluable. She also kept me on track and made sure everything was ready for the wedding day because we only had 2 days from us landing in California to the wedding day. I sometimes struggle with making decisions, and Risa's experience and advice really helped me make decisions I was very happy with for the wedding.I don't think our day would have run as smoothly if it weren't for her. She was flexible and willing wanted to chat even if we were 8 hours ahead. She kept me, and my husband on track which helped us relax for the wedding. Seriously, there aren't enough stars for Risa! She deserves at least 100!

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    Thank you SO much, Gabby! You and Ewan are just the best, and I had so much fun working with you and your mom on your wedding! I'm glad we were able to give you the beautiful Sacramento wedding you wanted. I look forward to staying in touch with you via Instagram :-)

    Anna Lopez

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  • I truly don't know what I would have done without you. I loved my wedding and it was thanks to you! Aside from all the caos you managed to make my day enjoyable and special. I was not worried about a single thing throughout the whole day and that is greatest gift on the most important day of our lives. I could not thank you enough! You are the best!

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    Thank you, Anna! I loved working with you and Edwin and meeting all your family and friends. I know the two of you will be so happy together! Thanks for letting me be part of your special day!

    Stephanie

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  • When I booked Risa for a day-of-coordinator for my wedding in late July I was expecting someone who just works the day of the wedding but that was not the case with Risa. I was immediately impressed by the amount of time she dedicated to make my day special months in advance. She was extremely flexible and willing to work with our schedules and needs in a kind, thoughtful, and professional manner. Risa brought things to my attention that without her I would have completely overlooked and would have made my wedding 10 times more stressful. On the actually day of the event I didn't have to worry about one single thing because Risa was there to manage everything. From decor set-up, contacting vendors, organizing guest arrival, managing our first look and so much more my day was so enjoyable because I didn't have to worry about one single thing. She even went as far as gathered up all of my belongings at the end of the night, boxed them all up, and placed them in a safe location for me to ... Read more

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    Thank you SO much, Stephanie! It was such a joy to work with you and Mark over the past few months. I'm thrilled that you had a magical wedding day, and I hope the rest of your married life is just as magical!

    Helen Berenice Maldonado

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  • Excellent, meticulous and detail oriented! She's the best! Risa stays on top of everything for you if you want her to do this.

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    Aw, thanks so much, Helen! Love those photos too! I miss you and Bruce already :) I hope married life is treating you both well!

    Brittany

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  • Risa has superb attention to detail and was wonderful to work with. We clicked instantly and she made sure every part of our wedding ran smoothly. Our only regret was that we only hired her for coordination services. If it's in your budget (and even if it's not), hire her as soon as you start planning!

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    Thank you so much, Brittany! I loved getting to know you and Marshall, and I'm happy we'll be able to stay in touch on Instagram!

    Susie Helton

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  • I simply cannot say enough about the value of working with Risa James Events for my daughter's recent wedding. From our initial meeting, to the months leading up to our beautiful day, Risa was always available for questions and advice and kept us on track with details of which we would have been completely unaware without her steady guidance. As the mother of the bride, my intention in hiring a coordinator was to be able to completely enjoy the day as my daughter married her one true love, and from the moment Risa arrived onsite at the venue, I was 'off duty'. I did not have to attend to another single detail other than to answer an occasional question, because the necessary groundwork and communication had been laid. Risa, you truly made the day a joy, and I'm so very grateful for your poise, professionalism and competence. Thank you!

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    Thank you so much, Susie! I loved working with you, Jessi, and CC to make their wedding beautiful! I'm excited to stay in touch with all of you through the magic of Instagram!

    Ann Creson

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  • Risa is undoubtedly the one person you cannot be without when planning a wedding and have present on your daughter’s wedding day. She is creative, proactive, quick to solve a problem, professional, keeps everyone on a sensible timeline, helpful, honorable and just a pure delightful person. Love her work, interaction with vendors and the overall support system she brings. Our entire wedding party and family just loved her. I was extremely skeptical of hiring a wedding planner and thought I would be able to do it all on my own. Risa however, made it possible for me to enjoy it all to the fullest. She is by far the best ever!!!! ~Ann C.~

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    Thank you, Ann, for your kind words! I'm so happy everything turned out beautifully for Kaeli & Brandon, and it was a delight to work with you and your family. I wish you all the best, and I hope to be able to work with you again in the future!

    Natalie Nunez

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Risa helped me with my elopement ceremony after COVID cancelled our original wedding plans and she was great, responsive, and so understanding of all the changes that we had to constantly make. She coordinated all our vendors and took care of them the day of. She took care of setting up the full ceremony spot and car parade site. She also then gathered all the materials from the ceremony and set up our private dinner table so beautifully on top of a deck and coordinate our private chef. Couldn't have pulled it off without her and appreciate all the effort on our special day.

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    Thanks, Natalie! So glad we were able to make the elopement happen! I wish you and Chimayó many years of happiness together!
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