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Helping Hand Parties & Weddings is a professional wedding planning and coordinating company based in Huntsville, Alabama. It provides services throughout northern Alabama, including Huntsville, Madison, and Decatur, as well as destination weddings. The company strives to help couples design their wedding day events in a unique and memorable way. Erica Thimsen, a well-known event planner, is the company鈥檚 owner. They have been voted best planner in Alabama by Lux Life Magazine and Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad.

Services Offered
Helping Hand Parties & Weddings offers month of planning, partial planning, and full wedding planning, as well as destination wedding planning, in addition to referrals, timelines, and to-do lists. The company provides services for wedding ceremonies and receptions from beginning to end. They also offer friendly, professional staff to help with everything from the set up and serving to clean up. Helping Hand Parties serves different wedding types, including civil, cultural, religious, non-religious, eco-friendly, military, destination, and double weddings. The company offers the following additional services:

  • Greeters
  • Hosts
  • Wait staff
  • Wedding book and gift table attendants

  • Woman-owned

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Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Double Weddings
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Kimberly D. Married on 09/15/2023
5 out of 5 rating

10/10 Would Recommend!!!

Erica is the woman behind all the magic that was our wedding day! She listened to everything we wanted and made sure it happened. We did the "month of/coordinator" package, so we had to book the vendors ourselves and communicate with them until the month of the wedding when Erica took it from there. She was easy to talk to, very communicative, and asked lots of questions to make sure there was no detail that hadn't been covered. We seriously wouldn't have been able to do it without her. She gave us suggestions for vendors and everyone she suggested was top notch and professional. Erica was a God send and she make our day run so smoothly, on time, and without any hiccups that I was aware of (she probably didn't tell us so we did not stress haha). Do yourself a favor and have Erica be your right hand won't regret it!!!
Amanda P. Married on 05/13/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Highly recommend!

Erica was a godsend! My husband and I are busy people. We knew from the beginning that we would need help. Our goal was that none of our family or friends would have to work at our wedding.

I was never the bride that knew exactly what I wanted. I knew I wanted my wedding day to be beautiful but didn鈥檛 have a specific vision for it. Erica helped take what little ideas I had and made it absolutely beautiful! She had a wide variety of vendor contacts to help achieve our goals and do it within the budget we wanted.

Erica was very organized. We had regular check ins with progressive check lists. I love a check list! I knew exactly what I needed to do throughout all the stages of the planning process. It was very comforting to know that all the details were taken care of. If it wasn鈥檛 on my list, I didn鈥檛 worry about it!

Our wedding day way perfect!! It was very well organized and went so smoothly. We had a very detailed schedule that let everyone know when and where they were supposed to be. While I got to spend the morning focusing on getting hair and makeup done and spending time with my best girls, Erica was ensuring that everything was taken care of. I might have been the most relaxed bride there ever was! The rest of the day went just as smoothly with many compliments from our guests.

Hiring Erica was by far the best decision we made in the entire process! Erica saved us a lot of stress and worry and helped ensure that my husband and I still liked each other at the end of the day!

I can鈥檛 recommend Erica and Helping Hand Parties enough!! If you are on the fence, I鈥檓 here to tell you that it is completely worth it! Thank you, Erica, for helping make our wedding day absolutely perfect!!
Kalee F. Married on 04/15/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Previous Bride

Erica is the BEST there is! She made everything so smooth and easy for us throughout the whole wedding planning process. On the day, everything went so smoothly and we were able to relax and have fun because Erica was on top of everything! HIGHLY recommend! She is truly the best.
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Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
Endless Catering Endless Catering Wedding Caterers

We have worked with Erica a lot through the last few years and it is always a pleasure!! I know if our client has hired Erica the day we arrive for an event we have nothing to worry about and our event together is going to be flawless! Erica is always on top of things, VERY ORGANIZED (as to which a coordinator should be) and VERY PROFESSIONAL.

Belle Fleur Belle Fleur Wedding Caterers

Erica and her staff are a delight to work with and very professional. Always a joy to do an event together. Highly recommend her service.

Decorous Dishes Decorous Dishes Wedding Rentals

As an event coordinator, Erica is creative, organized, patient and composed. What more can you ask for?

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