The DIY Bride SD is a collaborative wedding planner for couples marrying in Santee, California, and beyond. This planner helps excited nearly-weds with all of the logistical aspects of their big day. The business aims to bring to life each couples’ dream wedding day vision while leaving them feeling confident about the process. The DIY Bride SD understands the feeling of getting overwhelmed by the planning experience and steps in where couples need help.
Couples can find partial planning and day-of coordination alongside a personalized experience when working alongside The DIY Bride SD. The ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner can all be designed and executed through this experts’ innate event planning abilities. Their skills with budget analysis help couples achieve their dream wedding even on a tight budget. The company also helps couples with event design and to-do lists that keep them on track.
8 Reviews for The DIY Bride SD
Recommended by 93% of couples
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Lindsey · Married on 09/26/2020
Wonderful Wedding Experience!
We had to cancel the large wedding we had planned and instead did a small wedding with our immediate family on fairly short notice. Vanessa went above and beyond what we could have expected and helped make our day so special. She was incredibly organized and pointed out all the important details we had overlooked. She lives up to the DIY reputation and helped create a beautiful wedding on a small budget providing many of her own decorations that she has collected over time. After our first meeting with Vanessa, she assessed our needs and suggested vendors that fit our style and budget. Vanessa was also very organized and professional when dealing with us and our guests. Her planning and coordinating efforts are top notch! We were so lucky to have found Vanessa and wish her the best!!Sent on 09/26/2020
Mary Desjean · Married on 05/30/2020
Flexible, thoughtful, and caring coordinator
We originally hired Vanessa to do a much bigger, 80+ guest wedding, and our dreams for that wedding were shattered with COVID-19. We eventually decided to have a tiny, livestreamed wedding and about 1 week before the new wedding date, we contacted Vanessa again and she helped to completely pull the wedding off! She setup our new venue with minor direction from me and really nailed the look and feel of the wedding day. She helped coordinator all of us (most of my guests were actually also IN the wedding and walking down the aisle). She took care of all of the details so I didn't have to stress about my tiny wedding. After months of planning the "big" one and having it fall through, I just didn't want to plan much else. She was able to set everything up, she was flexible in meeting us, was great at communication and helping me feel calm and stress free. She was just what we needed and helped to make our tiny wedding the very best it could be.Sent on 06/03/2020
Carrie · Married on 05/25/2019
All around awesome!
From the moment we sat down with Vanessa, we knew she was exactly who we needed for day-of coordination services. She was organized, well-prepared, and mindful of our budget throughout the process.Sent on 07/06/2019
Prior to the wedding, she met with our florist and reception coordinator, on her own time. She listened to our requests and offered some of her own money-saving ideas. She's a wealth of knowledge regarding vendors and all things DIY.
On the day of, she set up everything for our reception venue, including centerpieces and the dessert table. Dances, toasts, and dinner were all on time. She single-handedly kept our reception running smoothly.
Our wedding day turned out so well, and we received tons of compliments. I would recommend Vanessa for any-budget brides/grooms looking to work with someone who is reasonable, level-headed, and can help you manage the waters of the wedding industry. She's the best!
P.S. You might be able to rent some decor items from her too.