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Planner in Scotch Plains, NJ,
(845) 264-5575
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  • 45 Reviews


    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.

    Kristeen Webb

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  • Although not a wedding, this birthday party that Amanda coordinated would rival the best of weddings anywhere! What a gem we found in Amanda and Smiling Through Chaos! My best friend hosted a 50th birthday party and hired Amanda to coordinate all of the details. We were supposed to be in Paris but due to COVID, we had to stay local and bring Paris to New Jersey via an outdoor dinner party. From the moment I met Amanda, I knew she would be great to work with. She is upbeat, has a positive attitude, and is full of awesome ideas. Amanda clearly has long standing relationships with a wide variety of vendors to make events truly special. The number of vendors for this event were endless and Amanda displayed a knack for keeping everything organized. The gorgeous recommendations she made for linens, place settings, floral and so much more transformed this event into a beautiful Parisian experience. Additionally, the food, desserts, and specialty cocktails were perfect! All of th... Read more

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    Kristeen, what a pleasure it was to create this magical evening for all of you to experience and enjoy! You're such a wonderful friend who put in so much time and effort into making sure I received answers when I needed to, surprise moments for her, and just such a happy evening. Thank you so much for your appreciation and kind words.

    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!

    Alexa Dimarco

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  • I had the pleasure with working with Amanda as my wedding planner. My mom had actually hired her before I was formally engaged, and three days after the proposal, I had my first meeting with Amanda. Our one hour session quickly turned into a four hour meeting; she came prepared with all of the questions and already had some ideas to throw at me, in the first session of us meeting. The next session Amanda showed up with a binder of typed notes, organized plans and more pictures she had printed with more ideas. This was really what it was like working with her throughout the entire planning process. She always made herself available by phone, no matter what time or day (even though she certainly has her own family and other clients). She showed up to the every session with the organized binder filled with more ideas. After every meeting, my fiancé and I felt extremely productive, positive, and excited! Unfortunately, my wedding was planned for the summer the pandemic that changed the w... Read more

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    Thank you so much, Lex. You two are such a special and wonderful couple, and just beautiful people. I always want the experience, not just the day, to be enjoyable and exciting, so while we weren’t able to have the wedding celebration we had hoped for, the end goal is that you have a wonderful life with your partner. And that you will have. You know I’m here for you anytime and for any event going forward! And we still have one coming up! ❤️😁

    Shar Dimarco

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  • I had been working with Amanda for a little over a year to plan my wedding and my mom decided to hire her to also plan the bridal shower. Due to the pandemic, my bridal shower had to be rescheduled three times and our big plans for the wedding had to be changed. While my husband and I decided to let love win and keep our day, having a small, intimate, private event at my parent's home, I did not want to give up both celebrations! We decided to move forward with the shower, even though it was now rescheduled for a few months after we had been married. Truthfully, I was over the stress of wedding-related things and as a teacher, I was overwhelmed with school starting. I was not a part of this planning process, so I did not know what was in store for me that day; I was not really looking forward to this event Amanda had planned for me. The day had finally come and gone, but the smile lasted for days. If I had known what the day was going to be, I would have had a countdown on my calenda... Read more

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    You're so sweet! My goal was always to make sure both of you were happy, and I'm so glad you were so thrilled with the result. It was wonderful seeing everyone have the best time that day. We will have to plan a 5-year anniversary party for them :) To many more!

    Dennis Lipovsky

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  • Smiling Through Chaos helped plan our wedding through one of the most uncertain times. Nearly everything changed from our original plan except for two things: my beautiful bride and the planner keeping us both sane.

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    Haha Love this so much! We will all remember your wedding, but most of all, how special the two of you are. Thank you.

    Kathryn Sutter

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  • I found Smiling Through Chaos online shortly after getting engaged last September, my fiance and I wanted a wedding within a year in the summer, Amanda met with us and immediately got to work. We both have busy stressful jobs so we knew we'd need support if this was going to happen in a "short" timeframe. Amanda was literally a godsend for us! She was with us from a week after getting engaged through our rescheduled date this Sept. She helped us plan a June wedding and then was amazing helping us reschedule to a September wedding. We are a pandemic couple who literally went through everything you could imagine and more during this wedding planning and Amanda was always a light to talk to and a person in our corner. She becomes your confidant and your cheerleader and allows you to be who you are but brings the light to remind you it's always around the corner for when you're ready to see it. We wound up having a beautiful day with our friends and family who were comfortable celebrat... Read more

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    Did we ever think we'd go through this? No. Did you ever think you'd be writing a review like this? No. But life throws so much our way, and it's about how to get through it with a smile, a positive attitude, and a forward-thinking mindset that will allow you to have a successful experience and day. YOU, my friend, are amazing. The number of hurdles we had to jump through to get to your incredible day...well, we could write a book about it, but you didn't allow them to overtake you, and that's wonderful. It was a PLEASURE working with you and creating a magical day for the two of you and your friends and family. I look forward to so many updates to come and future events to plan. You deserve the absolute best life has to offer. You are SO welcome!

    Jody

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    5 out of 5
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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.

    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!

    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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    5 out of 5
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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!
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