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I Do…Weddings and Events is a wedding planning service based in San Diego, California. This company was founded by Melissa Barrad in 2003 who works alongside a team of four dedicated event planners and designers. Melissa has coordinated all manner of celebrations, including an exciting trip to Africa. She has also appeared on television to discuss wedding trends. Together with her team, she wants to help you plan your once-in-a-lifetime celebration, no matter the size. With great organizational skills and attention to detail, this team will help you throughout the entire process to create your dream wedding or event.

Services Offered

I Do… Weddings and Events offer event coordination services alongside floral design, helping you to personalize your venue. Melissa and her team offer full-service and partial planning, to suit the level of support you want when organizing your big day. You can also avail of a custom-built package the features whatever services you need. Some of these include:

  • Budget analysis
  • Event design
  • Guest-list management
  • Vendor referrals
  • To-do list and timeline creation
  • Day-of coordination
  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Woman-owned
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Frequently asked questions

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

$1,100

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$2,500

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$3,500

Do you offer an hourly rate?

Yes

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 I Do...Weddings & Events

4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
108 Reviews
98% recommend it
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  • Professionalism
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Melissa from I Do Weddings & Events is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for her exceptional coordination and planning services. She is described as professional, experienced, and attentive to detail. Melissa's team, including Elena and Sam, also received praise for their responsiveness and positive attitudes. Reviewers appreciated the calm and organized approach, as well as the seamless execution of their wedding day. Melissa's expertise, helpfulness, and dedication to making couples feel special were highlighted as standout qualities. Overall, customers highly recommended Melissa and her team for wedding planning and coordination services.

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This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

Melissa from I Do Weddings & Events is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for her exceptional coordination and planning services. She is described as professional, experienced, and attentive to detail. Melissa's team, including Elena and Sam, also received praise for their responsiveness and positive attitudes. Reviewers appreciated the calm and organized approach, as well as the seamless execution of their wedding day. Melissa's expertise, helpfulness, and dedication to making couples feel special were highlighted as standout qualities. Overall, customers highly recommended Melissa and her team for wedding planning and coordination services.

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Allison Z. Sent on 03/27/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our day was perfect!

We were so fortunate to have Melissa as our planner, coordinator, and florist for our recent wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum. She is incredibly seasoned, professional, and responsive, and played an instrumental role in the success of our wedding.

My now-husband and I knew we wanted to give our guests an iconic San Diegan wedding, and no better place than at Scripps! The challenge with this venue is that all the vendors need to be brought in, which is much more work than an all-inclusive venue. Melissa was a wonderful source of support throughout this process, providing useful recommendations based on our budget, reviewing all the contracts as they came in, and responding quickly to any questions I sent her way. Every time we met with her in person, we left feeling reassured and confident that she could make our vision a reality.

In the months leading up to our wedding, she took control of communicating with all our vendors, finalizing details and ensuring everyone was on the same page. She sent us tasks to focus on each week so that we could stay on track and was always mindful not to place too big of a burden on us. Thanks to this, we had few remaining to-dos the week of our wedding, and could focus on spending time with our family and wedding party.

When a storm was forecasted to hit on our wedding weekend, Melissa reassured us she had contingency plans in place, and sent us and the vendors regular updates. Fortunately, the sky cleared up just in time for our ceremony, and we were able to have it outdoors. In times like these, when uncertainty and stress arise, it makes it all the more important to have an experienced planner like Melissa.

On our wedding day, Melissa touched base with both of us in the morning, quietly delivered the most gorgeous bouquets to our Airbnb, and returned to the venue to set up a fantastic ceremony and reception. The day went by in a blur, but at no point did I feel stressed about the details because she was there running the show effortlessly and keeping things on track. The clean-up process was also made super smooth and easy for us. Thanks to Melissa, my husband and I were truly able to enjoy celebrating our wedding with our loved ones, and everyone had an amazing time!
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Laura B. Sent on 03/07/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent communication and stress free wedding day!

We worked with Caitlyn Flannery for our wedding this past weekend. From our first call with Caitlyn to our wedding, she was so easy to work with! I felt nerves but no stress on our wedding day as I knew Caitlyn would handle it all smoothly. Everything went amazing and I could not imagine a more perfect day for us! We had some rain in the morning - I wanted the ceremony to be outside but felt comfortable knowing Caitlyn had backup plans for rain and it would go well either way. She is very kind, organized, and attentive. Would definitely recommend working with her!
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Colleen Sent on 03/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

100/10 Wedding Planning

I found a kindred soul in Elena- she cared about my wedding as if it were her own and she knew every detail backwards and forwards. I felt a weight lifted off of me the day we hired her, and all the way through our wedding day. She is friendly and passionate and detail oriented, basically the ideal wedding planner.
I would absolutely recommend hiring Elena :)
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2009 Winner

Real Weddings

Kat & Nathan
19 photos · 11/17/2018
David & Brett
22 photos · 10/31/2016

Professional Network & Endorsements

16 Endorsements
Dexter Lo Photography Dexter Lo Photography Wedding Photographers

The team of San Diego wedding planners at "I Do... Weddings" is absolutely fantastic! I've photographed multiple weddings and worked with all three coordinators (Melissa, Rachel, and Lindsay) and couldn't be more delighted with the experiences. They are very efficient, knowledgable, and calm under pressure. Best of all, they are extremely likable, and that is a big selling point for brides and grooms who want to be stress-free on their wedding day and want their guests to enjoy themselves to the fullest.

Reams Photo Reams Photo Wedding Photographers

Melissa and her team are great! We really enjoyed working with her- she is calm, professional, and gets things done! Plus, she's super easy to be around. Such a friendly, relaxed presence!

The Creative Music DJ Inc. The Creative Music DJ Inc. Wedding DJs

I've DJ'd weddings for many of Melissa's clients, and it is always a great time working with her and her staff. Besides being organized and able to adapt to changes easily, she treats the vendors she's working with with respect, understands our needs, and helps us to be able to be able to provide the best service for our mutual clients. That's what it's all about, right?

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