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On WeddingWire since 2016

Golden Coast Event Planning is a wedding planning firm based in Carmel, California. This team makes it their priority to curate a memorable experience while easing the happy couple’s stress. These detail-oriented professionals can oversee the creative and organizational aspects so soon-to-be newlyweds can relax and enjoy their engagement.

Services Offered

Golden Coast Event Planning offers several wedding planning packages. Whether you need guidance from start to finish or someone to oversee the execution of the event, this team can accommodate you. Their full planning package includes venue scouting, event design, budget management, day-of coordination, and more. If you prefer to do some or all of the planning yourself, their partial or month-of coordination services may be ideal. This business also provides specialized plans for elopements and micro weddings.

  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned

Frequently asked questions

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

$4,500

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$4,500

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$4,500

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?

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99% Recommended by couples

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40 Reviews
Emily
Emily T. Sent on 10/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Partner in Crime You NEED for Your Wedding!

If you are planning a wedding anywhere in California, you MUST work with Golden Coast Planning! It was a true joy and pleasure to plan together with Josh and benefit from his wealth of knowledge of the wedding industry, vendors, and the Big Sur area.

Josh and the Golden Coast Team were fabulous partners in bringing our dream wedding to life in Big Sur. We worked very closely with Josh for 16 months leading up to our 25 person wedding at the Wind and Sea Estate in September of 2023, and he was such an amazing partner in crime who made all of our wishes come true!

Aside from being an all around amazing human being who is fun to work with, Josh is very well connected with so many local vendors in the Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur area where we had our wedding, and he has an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience in the wedding industry. He was able to curate a stunning group of vendors who were familiar with our venue and who would be able to bring our vision to life exactly the way we had hoped at that specific location.

Josh was with us every step of the way, from selecting a venue over a year in advance, managing contracts and timelines, helping pick up rentals, and even being there on the day of the wedding himself to make sure our day went off without a hitch. He was such a great mentor and sound board throughout the entire process with every little decision we had to make, always guiding us in the right direction. Planning a wedding is a once in a lifetime event, so we definitely needed Josh’s guidance!

In addition, having the Golden Coast Team provide day of coordination services to run our welcome party and wedding day was the best decision we ever made. We did not have to think about anything and were truly able to enjoy the moment and watch all of our planning come to life flawlessly. The team was very organized, timely, thoughtful and creative. We felt like celebrities as they were running the show and always making sure we had everything we needed and were in the right places at the right times.

Thank you again for the most perfect wedding week and a new found friendship!
Brittany
Brittany H. Sent on 12/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect day with Golden Coast Planning!

We hired Josh and his team around September for our wedding in November, so he didn't get a ton of time with us beforehand, but we got so much done in that short period of time!

He helped us make our very complicated timeline, the floor plan/layout, and helped us stay organized with a checklist and guest list. He asked a lot of questions that we hadn't thought of, and helped recommend vendors.

The best part of service was the day of. He showed up the day before to do a walk through of the venue and be present for our rehearsal, so we were off to a great start already.

The day of, my hair and makeup team was not the best and ended up putting us behind by about 30 mins. The first time he checked in on me that morning, Josh asked how I was feeling. I said, "I'm feeling behind!". He instantly went into overdrive to get it figured out. We had to wait on the hair and makeup to finish all the bridesmaids so we could get our scheduled "PJ" photos, and I couldn't get into my dress before that. So we got behind, but by the time we reached the ceremony we were back on time! Ceremony started on time and I'm not even sure exactly what Josh and his team did, but they rushed around and got everything back on schedule.

My photographer was a bit scattered as far as following our shot list we made. After the ceremony for family photos, Josh ended up stepping in to help call out names for people in the next photos so things could go more quickly. It helped a lot!

Throughout the day he made sure to ask questions to the groom or bridesmaids and specifically not me so as not to stress me out as the bride. He brought us drinks and appetizers during our scheduled break as bride and groom, brought me drinks later in the night too, and was overall super helpful!

The day ended up running so smoothly and everything turned out absolutely beautiful. We keep saying it was a perfect day, everybody complimented us on the wedding, and we just wish we could do it all again! If you're on the fence about a planner, definitely consider Golden Coast Planning. Josh and his team did an excellent job and the day would have been chaos without them!
Taryne
Taryne M. Sent on 02/19/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Simply Amazing Experience!

My fiancee and I have been working with Jackie Stiphout planning our wedding and I cannot sing her praises enough. She is simply a joy to work with and incredibly helpful. She has vast amounts of expertise in all things wedding event related and is incredibly creative, helping us make something truly genuine and unique for our day. She has thorough insights and amazing vendor recommendations (to fit all sorts of budgets). She's also highly organized, super supportive with consistent communication and a sweet personality to boot! I feel like I'm getting to plan our special day with my best friend. Simply can't thank her enough for all the incredible support she's given us to create an unforgettable experience for our wedding.
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Team

Josh Villegas
Josh Villegas
Owner/Director of Operations
  • Planning/Organizing Weddings & Corporate Events for 12+ Years
  • Loves Disney
  • Degree in Business Management
  • Newly Engaged
  • Passion for Building Client Relations
Kimberly Martinez
Kimberly Martinez
Lead Coordinator
  • Planning/Organizing Events for over 10+ Years
  • Loves Disney and Date Nights
  • Newly Engaged
  • Boss in Sales & Negotiations
Samantha Moreno
Samantha Moreno
Lead Coordinator
  • Planning/Organizing Weddings for over 10+ Years
  • Loves Disney
  • Has a Beautiful Son
  • Energetic
  • Loves to Travel

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Julia & Ken Photography Julia & Ken Photography Wedding Photographers

They've done a wonderful job at Nicole and Christian's wedding! Highly professional and a joy to work with! We're can't wait to work with them in the near future!

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