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Ampersand Entertainment delivers a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration! A full service wedding planning company based in Westlake Village, California, servicing weddings in Southern CA with a focus on Santa Barbara, Malibu, Los Angeles and they do destination events! Their goal is to make your once-in-a-lifetime event the most meaningful, with great attention to detail and seamless event management that is always expertly executed.

Ampersand Entertainment is owned by expert planner & producer, Karen Waldron. Karen brings a creative eye and years of professional experience in the event and entertainment industry. She discovered her passion for wedding planning while working in the film and television industry. Ampersand was recently selected for The Knot's Best of Weddings Award for 2024 and honored to be a Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award winner for 2020, 2022, 2023 & 2024! She was also voted Malibu's favorite wedding planner for three years, from 2017 to 2019, with the Malibu Choice Awards. Nikki Visser has recently joined the AE team and brings a great eye for style & 10 years of event expereience! They staff your wedding based on guest count, design, location and they work consistently with the same planning team members so you can be assured, their events are deatiled and well orchestrated.

Services Offered
Ampersand Entertainment (AE) offers a wide range of wedding planning services for your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception. The company offers services for cultural weddings, religious and non-religious weddings, as well as destination weddings. Partial and full-planning packages are available and include:

  • Budget analysis
  • Event design
  • Entertainment
  • Ceremony planning
  • Invites
  • Hiring of vendors and overseeing all contracts
  • Hidden gem locations
  • Strong industry vendor relationships for anything you need, I.e. Catering, floral, signage, rentals, music, photography, glam squads, staging, set design and lighting companies that are the best in the industry.
  • We manage all the details so you can be stress free and enjoy your engagement time!
  • Woman-owned

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What wedding events do you provide services for?

Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?


How many planners are on your team?

As needed
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Shannon C. Sent on 09/14/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Look No Further!!

LA area brides & grooms look no further, if you're in need of a planner Ampersand entertainment is the way to go! From my initial zoom meeting with Karen we immediately connected & through our year and a half of planning she became like family.

Wedding planning can be tiring, stressful, and downright difficult. Karen helped with every detail along the way, any time we felt unsure or needed an opinion on anything we had confidence and trust in her and her recommendations. Karens knowledge, hustle, creative eye, & amazing energy made hiring her as a planner worth EVERY penny (although after realizing how much effort, expertise, and love she puts into her work I'm not sure she and her team get paid even nearly what they deserve)

I could go on and on about how amazing she was/is BUT the bottom line is if you and your future husband/wife want to actually sit back and ENJOY your wedding day I suggest hiring Karen. All of our guests & family members are still raving about how stunning & special our wedding ceremony & reception were, we continue to respond with "thank you, but we truly couldn't have done it without Karen as our planner" She is an absolute GEM of a human & beyond talented!

We are forever in debt to Ampersand Entertainment for seamlessly executing the wedding day of our dreams and for allowing us to be as worry free as humanly possible & soak in all the beauty and love that we were surrounded by on the most unforgettable day of our lives!

If you're looking for a passionate, professional, organized, have your back kind of planner -- Ampersand Entertainment is the one!!
Luke D. Sent on 12/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

bacara wedding

Karen was so sweet and helpful with our planning process ! She had great recommendations for XO Bloom Florist and makeup artists as well. She is on top of her wedding planning and very responsive with questions or support along the way! We had the best day ever and it was a beautiful wedding
Krystal G. Sent on 10/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfectly executed event

Hiring the help of Ampersand Entertainment to help us with our event
was well worth every penny spent. The team was extremely attentive to all of our wishes and executed our vision impeccably. They were extremely communicative and relieved a lot of the overwhelm I would have otherwise had. Nikki was especially kind and went above and beyond at every turn. We appreciate professionalism and great customer service, and the AE team exemplified both. Highly HIGHLY recommend utilizing their services, you will be left with a day to remember forever.
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