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Ampersand Weddings and Events represents a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration! Under the parent company of Ampersand Entertainment, our wedding team offers full service weddings and partial planning services. We are based in Westlake Village, California, servicing weddings in all of Southern CA with a focus on Santa Barbara, Malibu, the central coast & Los Angeles. We also travel and do destination events! Our 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.

Experience
Ampersand is owned by award winning 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, & 2023 and honored to be a Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award winner for 2020, 2022, 2023 & 2024! We were also voted Malibu's favorite wedding planner for three years, from 2017 to 2019, with the Malibu Choice Awards. Nikki Visser has recently joined this family team as a lead planner and brings a great eye for style & 10 years of event expereience! We staff your wedding based on guest count, design, location and work consistently with the same planning team members so you can be assured, our events are detailed and well orchestrated.

Services Offered
Ampersand 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
  • Curated event design
  • Entertainment
  • Ceremony planning
  • Custom Invitations & Papersuite
  • Hiring of all vendors and overseeing 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 of your details, so you can be stress free and truly enjoy your engagement and the planning process!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer an hourly rate?

No

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Cultural
Destination
Elopement
Eco-Friendly
Non-Religious
Religious

How many planners are on your team?

As needed
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
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Karen of Ampersand Entertainment is highly praised by multiple reviewers for her exceptional wedding planning services. She is described as sweet, helpful, and responsive, providing great recommendations for vendors. Karen's attention to detail and organization skills were evident when she successfully executed a beautiful wedding in spite of inclement weather. Reviewers appreciate her professionalism, creativity,

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Karen of Ampersand Entertainment is highly praised by multiple reviewers for her exceptional wedding planning services. She is described as sweet, helpful, and responsive, providing great recommendations for vendors. Karen's attention to detail and organization skills were evident when she successfully executed a beautiful wedding in spite of inclement weather. Reviewers appreciate her professionalism, creativity,

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Suzanne F. Sent on 05/20/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Seamless, professional, responsive, creative, punctual, great communication, supportive, fun

Karen and Nikki are the BEST!! From start to finish the level of professionalism and excellence were top notch! They listened to what our daughter’s vision for her wedding was, recommended a fabulous variety of vendors, arranged meetings, walked us step by step through the details offering good insight and support, all from a great distance. The bride and groom live in NYC, my husband and I are in the process of relocating and remodeling a property in Florida, and the wedding was in Santa Barbara, so their role in the wedding was absolutely vital to creating a successful and stress free wedding! Cannot recommend them enough, highest praise possible. They are lovely humans, and you could feel the love and respect they held for us throughout this process. For me, as MOB, the highest compliment I can give is to say that I didn’t have to worry about ANYTHING all day, and could be fully present and enjoy every second with peace of mind. Karen and Nikki are excellent at what they do, they love their jobs and it is obvious!
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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
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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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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
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