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We believe that the wedding planning process can be just as memorable and fun as the wedding itself. We take your vision and pair it with our expertise to create an inspired event that showcases how awesome you are as a couple.

At First Comes Love, we take a value approach to wedding planning. We know you are investing a lot of time and money into the day – so let’s work together to find the best wedding professionals to create your personal dream team – for whatever budget and priorities you have.

It is so important for you to be able to confide in us and tell us anything and everything about your wedding – we want our clients to feel comfortable with us, so much so that most of our clients become friends and we keep in touch after the wedding.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND US

We’re preferred planners at over 20 wedding venues including Scripps Seaside Forum, US Grant Hotel, La Valencia, The Prado at Balboa Park, Rancho Valencia, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Loews Coronado and many more! We’ve been published too! You can find our wedding featured in San Diego Style Weddings, Exquisite Weddings, The Knot, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes, just to name a few.


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Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination?

$1,300

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$3,500

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$5,500

Do you offer an hourly rate?

Yes

What is the hourly rate?

$150

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Day-of Coordination
Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Double Weddings
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious

How many planners are on your team?

6
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Reviews of First Comes Love Weddings & Events

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4.8 out of 5 rating
71 Reviews
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    4.7 out of 5 rating
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Amy and her team at First Comes Love receive high praise from multiple reviewers for their exceptional wedding planning services. Amy is described as professional, responsive, and knowledgeable, providing stress-free and well-organized planning experiences. Reviewers mention how Amy took over the planning process and made their wedding day flawless, exceeding their expectations. The team's expertise, support, and attention to detail are highly appreciated, making them a highly recommended choice for couples looking for a wedding planner.

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Amy and her team at First Comes Love receive high praise from multiple reviewers for their exceptional wedding planning services. Amy is described as professional, responsive, and knowledgeable, providing stress-free and well-organized planning experiences. Reviewers mention how Amy took over the planning process and made their wedding day flawless, exceeding their expectations. The team's expertise, support, and attention to detail are highly appreciated, making them a highly recommended choice for couples looking for a wedding planner.

Justin
Justin S. Sent on 07/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of our lives

Without Amy, our day wouldn’t have been the best day of our lives...Initially we thought we could go about putting our wedding together on our own down in Guadalupe Valley, Mexico and we quickly learned we weren’t getting anywhere fast. We were getting zero response from anyone we tried to get a hold of down there and started to worry our plan wasn’t going to happen. We knew we needed a professional. We found Amy online and had an initial phone call consult and that was pretty much all we needed.

When we first met Amy, I knew she was the one to get it done. She’s straight forward, very direct(which I love), extremely responsive(trust me, my then fiance hit her up constantly and she was ALWAYS so responsive and patient), she is extremely professional, and she just gets SHT DONE! Every step of the way, she was there for us. She kept us calm, minimized our stress levels and gave us the confidence that our day was going to be a success. She made several trips down to Mexico to deal with the different vendors and always gave much needed guidance and advice.

Come to our wedding day, all of her and my wife’s work came to fruition. The day was absolutely PERFECT. Everything flowed as planned and Amy was just as good as it gets. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. She’s the consummate pro. THANK YOU for making this day the most memorable day of our lives!!
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Jenna F. Sent on 07/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Planner

Words can not describe how wonderful Amy is and her planning services.
We were in the middle of planning our wedding in Valle de Guadalupe, MX, and we were feeling overwhelmed and like we were not making progress by doing it ourselves. I really did my research and had a couple of phone interviews and we decided on Amy because of her experience in the area, expertise in the wedding industry and her amazing attitude with taking everything over for us so we can actually enjoy the planning process. That’s exactly what happened, as soon as we hired her, she took over the whole process and really took away all of the stress Justin and I were dealing with prior to meeting her. She is extremely professional, very responsive, and always steered us in the right direction for every decision we had to make throughout the planning journey. Our wedding turned out better than we could have ever imagined, truly the best couple days of our lives, all thanks to Amy. Most of guests even said it was the best wedding that they had ever attended and how organized and easy going everything was. None of this would have been possible without Amy’s guidance and planning expertise to make this day so incredible. If you are looking to actually enjoy the process of planning your wedding and have everything be taken care of and flawless, Amy is your girl. We can’t thank her enough 🤍
Laura
Laura M. Sent on 06/23/2023
5 out of 5 rating

10/10 would recommend working with First Comes Love!

Working with Amy and the First Comes Love team was easily the best decision I made for the wedding planning process. Amy was with us every step of the wedding planning process - she helped review our venue, all contracts, had amazing vendor recommendations, and was just the best support over the 1.5 yrs of planning. We had monthly calls with her on the books to stay on track leading up to the wedding and was also always available via text/email if we had ad hoc questions for her. The entire planning process was stress-free and we owe it completely to her.
Amy came recommended to me after a friend of mine also partnered with her for their wedding - easy to say that I will be passing along that recommendation to any future friends looking for a wedding planner. Thank you for everything, Amy!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner

Real Weddings

Raquel & Tyler
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Darwin & Lindsay
32 photos · 02/27/2016

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Team

Amy Ulkutekin
Amy Ulkutekin
Owner / Wedding Planner

Over the years I’ve learned that what’s really important about a wedding is the couple coming together and being surrounded by friends and family. I love learning about my clients, their lives and what makes them happy. This allows me to hone in on what’s really important to them and help them create the most memorable day imaginable.

If you ask anyone, I’m a stickler for detail and my timelines are on point! I can be a bulldog, but only when I have to (in the best interest of my clients of course!) I founded First Comes Love with my best friend Lindsay in 2008 and took a huge leap of faith by leaving my job working for the world’s largest PR firm. But I’m so glad I did and have been so grateful that phenomenal couples like you allow me to call this my job.

Lindsay Johnson
Lindsay Johnson
Partner, Creative Director and Event Manager

I love anything and everything about design. I started in the wedding industry while I was in college. I worked for a wedding florist and a wedding photographer and got to see how design played into each of their roles.

I’m also a graphic designer so feel that all of my collective experience really helps me to create stunning weddings for my couples. When we launched First Comes Love, it was the perfect balance of design and logistics for me. I get to make things look pretty and keep the day running smoothly. I want my clients to have fun and be able to relax at their wedding.

Chardae Jones
Chardae Jones
Event Manager

I began working for a wedding venue and caterer in 2007, and I was hooked–I loved the excitement, the tiny details, and even the long hours. Eventually, I moved into corporate event marketing, but weddings have always remained my passion.

My marketing background provides a balance of creativity and detail-oriented project management skills, which ensure that a couple’s special day is executed seamlessly from beginning to end. I feel so privileged to help bring a couple’s vision to life while allowing them to enjoy every moment of it.

I love that every wedding is different from the next. I’m always excited to see the unique aspects each couple will incorporate into their wedding day.

Professional Network & Endorsements

27 Endorsements
Music Phreek DJ & Lighting Music Phreek DJ & Lighting Wedding DJs

I'm always excited whenever I get to work with Amy and her wonderful team! She is so talented at what she does and she truly cares about all her clients to the highest degree.

321 Smile Photo Booth 321 Smile Photo Booth Photo Booths

I've been working with Amy and her teams since my own wedding 4 years ago. They are always on top of every situation and you know you can count on them to make sure you event goes perfectly. From pre-planning to post even you always know First Comes Love is going to put your event FIRST!

Taylor Films Taylor Films Wedding Videographers

We love woring with First Comes Love! Amy is the best!

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