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Planner in Scotch Plains, NJ,
(845) 264-5575
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    Reinaldo Modernel

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  • I had the pleasure of working with Amanda recently and she was an absolute pleasure! I could tell how much she cared for her clients and how above and beyond she would go to make sure every event was exactly what her clients were looking for. If you're in need of an event planner, look no further! 5 stars across the board.

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    Thanks Rei! Was wonderful working with you, and I appreciate that you really understood what I was looking for and cared about helping me make it happen. You went above and beyond and that really means a lot.

    Patty Doyle Wolstein

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  • My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Amanda in planning a special event. She is both professional and exceptionally efficient; ahead of the curve in every detail. Amanda relieved my wife and I of all the stress that comes with planning such an event. She has just the right combination of professionalism and personal charm. It felt as if we had a personal friend assisting us. I would like to thank her for the outstanding job she did in making this event one of best experiences I and my family has ever had.

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    Patty, always always friends, and I'm so glad I could help to make the day as amazing as it was. Seeing the love in your family was so special, and I look forward to many more events with you in the future!

    Hannah Weisman

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  • I had the pleasure of having Amanda as the planner and day-of coordinator for my wedding this past Saturday. With Amanda’s help, my wedding day was everything that I envisioned and more! A few months ago, my mom and I found ourselves overwhelmed by the wedding planning process. We had picked most of our vendors and mailed out invitations, but we couldn’t figure out how to piece it all together, and manage the individual vendors. Luckily, Amanda stepped in and saved day. From the first conversation that I had with Amanda, I knew that my wedding was in good hands. Not only did Amanda have an extremely positive attitude, but she also showed a genuine interest in getting to know us as a couple. By getting to know us, Amanda was then able to make suggestions regarding the final touches of our wedding (e.g., the design of the dinner menus) that completely aligned with our style and taste. Amanda also made several amazing judgment calls on our wedding day (e.g., removing the strobe ... Read more

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    Hannah, the pleasure was all mine. Seeing your smiles on the day of your wedding was exactly as described by your now mother-in-law, the two of you are "magic." Thank you for all of your kind words, and I'm looking forward to updates!

    Jody

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  • I wasn’t planning to hire a wedding planner but organizing a NJ wedding from Denver (with the bride and groom living in England) was getting increasingly complicated as the day drew near. I had hired all our vendors but I became overwhelmed by all of the minutiae required for a successful wedding day.. When I spoke with Amanda initially, it became clear right away that she was going to be an outstanding person to work with. She told me that she would handle all conversations with the vendors, and I panicked as I wasn’t sure I could let her assume all responsibility. She quickly proved herself beyond capable and I began to relax and realize that I had found a gem 💎. She’s smart, easy to work with, and has a positive, can-do personality! We worked mostly through four way emails, with the MOB, bride, groom and her, to make decisions. I am so thankful that I hired Amanda as I was able to completely enjoy the wedding day with no worries. But, I also had someone with a... Read more

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    Jody, thank you so much for trusting me and allowing me to take as much from you as possible so you could focus on the excitement of it all. I know how difficult it can be, especially with someone you just met (and over the phone!), so thank you. Making sure all of you were happy was my goal, and in doing so, we also formed a bond, and I am so glad to have you as part of the STC Family now.

    Diane

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  • Amanda is extremely professional, kind and courteous. She will make your day easy so you will be able to enjoy your celebration!

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    Thanks Diane! That's what it's all about, right?! To be able to focus on friends and family... My goal is to make sure I'm doing everything in my power to remove stress from my clients and find solutions to any challenges that occur.

    Kori Abramson

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  • I worked with Amanda Hudes in preparing for a wedding room block at the Park Ridge Marriott, where I work as a Sales Manager. She was always so pleasant to work with, and extremely professional. Throughout the months leading up to the event, she made herself available whenever I needed her, whether the detail was big or small. Responsiveness is critical for such a big event, and she never disappointed. I highly recommend her for this, along with her attention to detail, flexibility, and knowledge of the industry.

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    Thanks so much, Kori! We had a lot to get done and we did it together! Really appreciate your kind words.

    Keith Gervis

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  • Amanda and her team were absolutely amazing. As the groom, she was fully committed to keeping my bride happy and calm throughout the entire process which means the world to me. They assisted with everything from scheduling, dealing with our vendors, even making sure we had food and everything we need during the actual ceremony. I have learned that a happy Wife leads to a happy life, and I would highly recommend Smiling Through Chaos to anyone in the process of having a wedding.

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    Keith, thank you so much for your review and for really noticing all of the hard work we put into the weddings of our clients! And you're right about the happy wife (haha)! Looking forward to hearing many updates to come.

    Sarah

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  • For anyone seeking an event planner, don't look any further. Amanda is it. She helped me plan my New Jersey wedding while I was living in Texas. From the first time we spoke until the day of the event a year later, her energy and enthusiasm never wavered. I'm a hyper-organized person; nothing is ever on my to-do list for more than a day or two. Amanda's organization makes mine look like child's play. She is meticulous in keeping track of the countless little details that go into planning a truly special event. She's quick to respond to emails and texts. She's great about giving input (or not) if desired. Most of all, she is extremely proficient at what she does. She is tireless in negotiating with vendors - she saved me tens of thousands of dollars for my event, "paying for" her own services several times over. It's easy to post a review and say a generic "I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Amanda to anyone planning an event," that's true. While that's certainly t... Read more

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    Wow. That was my first reaction reading this. Thank you for appreciating the hard work I put into events and yours in particular - it truly means so much. I would plan your events a million times and it still wouldn't be enough. You are wonderful.

    Dsp Floral

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  • Amanda is great to work with. Easy to reach and very much a professional. I am a floral vendor and had a great experience working with her. Would absolutely recommend her to a bride who needed someone great to help her with her big day.

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    Thanks so much, John! Your work is just beautiful and I look forward to many more weddings together.

    Julia

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  • Amanda/STC was the best referral I received and I would highly recommend using her as your day of coordinator. From our first meeting (about 6 weeks before the event) until the final moments I was amazed by Amanda’s positive attitude and her genuine love of the job. Amanda coordinates with/between all the vendors so you can stress less about those last minute details. She is the timeline queen and works with EVERYBODY to ensure that no details are missed. Amanda took the time to understand what I was looking for and helped to make my day perfect. Because of Amanda my husband and I were actually able to enjoy our wedding and we are so grateful for that. Thank you!

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    Awww, thanks so much, Julia! I love it - the timeline queen :) I'm so glad that you had the best day ever... that was the goal! I look forward to working with you in the future. Please keep me updated always!

    Mark

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  • Great name and even better service, design, and organization. Kept us completely in the loop throughout the whole process. Terrific working with Amanda.

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    Thanks so much for your kind words, Mark! You are a PLEASURE to work with. It's much less stressful and more enjoyable when everything is organized! To many more.

    Asia

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  • Amanda was excellent! We had the pleasure of partnering with her for a unicorn themed party this past weekend. She went above and beyond as an event planner to ensure the success of this party for her client, as well as for us! Amanda’s work ethic and professionalism made for a very well-organized experience! -New Joy Farm Ent.

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    Thanks so much, Asia! I'm so glad you felt taken care of, as everyone should be! Seeing the ponies was so exciting for the children (I also got very excited!), and they really added to the theme. It was a PLEASURE working with you. To many more!

    Alex

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  • Amanda is one of the best wedding planners we've ever worked with! She hired us to provide photo booth services for an event she was coordinating and it was a very spectacular party! She was easy to work with through the planning process and everything went off without a single hitch on the day of the big event. We can't say enough great things about her & we look forward to working with Amanda again in the future.

    Mark

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  • It was great working with Amanda. As a photographer you really learn to appreciate corresponding with a great event/wedding planner who is organized and up to the task. Amanda is a joy and always brings a smile to your face even when things are hectic! I would definitely recommend her to any of my clients.

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    Thanks so much, Mark! FANTASTIC photography. I am so excited to continue our journey working together, and I appreciate your kind words.

    Mark

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  • It was great working with Amanda. As a photographer you really learn to appreciate corresponding with a great event/wedding planner who is organized and up to the task. Amanda is a joy and always brings a smile to your face even when things are hectic! I would definitely recommend her to any of my clients.
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