Recommended by 99%
Joe · Married on 03/24/2012
After many hours of internet research, we scheduled interviews with four wedding planners who we felt could provide wedding day-of services. Our first and ONLY meeting-we were thoroughly impressed, so we canceled other appointments-was with Carmen of Expressionary Events. We were early, but Carmen was earlier. She was well informed, very prepared, highly qualified, and a genuinely nice person. Most importantly, she appeared to ENJOY the business. O.K., first impressions are great, but did Expressionary Events deliver you ask?
Quality of Service: We are both in our 40s and are not easily impressed anymore. Carmen and her team, which included Kevin, managed every single detail of our ceremony and reception exceptionally well. Expressionary Events provided us with an invaluable and detailed timeline of our wedding day. What we envisioned became reality!
Responsiveness: We had absolutely no problems communicating with staff. Email and telephone responses were returned, if not the same day, by the next day.
Professionalism: I actually asked our vendors about Expressionary Events' staff. All vendor responses were positve. Staff dressed in formal wear and looked like wedding guests the day of the wedding.
Value: Our research shows Expressionary Events' prices are very competitive. In fact, given the logistics of our wedding, Carmen added more staff at no extra charge. Reheasal was also included in their already reasonable price.
Flexibility: Carmen and staff did everything in their power within reason to satisfy the bride and groom. I, the groom, was involved in much of the planning process and can attest to the flexibility of Expressionary Events. We had a few unexpected day-of changes with the schedule. No one, but me and the coordinating staff knew about the changes because Carmen handled matters discretely.
In summary, many of our guests commented about how the wedding ceremony and reception proceeded smoothy and without any hitches. Carmen, Kevin, and staff know the wedding business and can definitely make wedding dreams come true. Finally, I can assure you Carmen and staff are good people who, when hired, will work their tales off to provide you with exceptional service.
-Extremely satisfied Bride and Groom,
Aja · Married on 10/11/2017
Anyone debating Expressionary Events, hope this helps. Carmen made my day 100% stress free, everything we planned together went better than I had expected! She was responsive, timely, friendly, professional yet personal and extremely experienced she thought through everything and made sure no detail as missed. We didn't feel rushed or like we had to stick to a timeline but still didn't miss any activities. She made sure all deco was how we discussed and all our personal items we brought or recieved were boxed up and in our room we didn't even have to remember anything just enjoy the day! #morethanworthit
Gina · Married on 09/29/2017
I have just emailed Carmen Fuentes the below : I wanted to send a quick email to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work on my wedding day.
I can say with confidence it would NOT have been as smooth and successful without you.
You always put my mind at ease and your calm and confident nature always gave me a quite confidence that I was in good hands.
You are VERY good at what you do and should be proud.
I am happy to leave a review with your manger or online if it helps you in any way.
Thank you again for helping make all my dreams come true.
Raj · Married on 06/18/2017
Thank you Carmen!! Our wedding went very smoothly because of you! We always felt in the loop and you helped us plan for things we wouldn't have thought of. Well worth it! Thanks Carmen!
Anjali · Married on 06/18/2017
Carmen was our Day-Of Wedding Coordinator and she was AMAZING! She came recommended by our venue and it's easy to see why. Ours was an Indian wedding and we wanted to a coordinator who was familiar with all the cultural traditions. Carmen knew *everything*! She understood all the nuances of the ceremonies and kept everything running smoothly and on time all day and night, which is not an easy feat for an Indian wedding! She also did little things for my husband and me throughout the day that really made us feel taken care of. The next day, we received tons of compliments from various family members who had interacted with her throughout the day. I highly highly recommend her!
Kathleen · Married on 10/15/2016
My wedding was on 10.15.16. Carmen was simply amazing!!! She did such an amazing job with organizing my wedding. I forgot to get sharpies last minute for my guestbook and Carmen was there and able to provide my guest with some sharpie pens. She made sure that everything ran smoothly for my husband and I. I would highly recommend Carmen to help plan your wedding. She's so sweet. My husband and I loved everything she did for us. Thank you Carmen!!! Xoxo
Damaris · Married on 09/25/2016
Carmen was amazing! If anything went wrong the day of my wedding I definitely did not know about it. It was perfect!
Maggie · Married on 09/03/2016
Carmen was amazing! She went above and beyond with what she offered and made our special day flawless.
User7051371 · 2+ years ago
Carmen from Expressionary Events is amazing! I've had the pleasure of working with her and her team on a few occasions and they simply go above and beyond. They respond to emails quickly and are always a pleasure to talk to! I can't wait to work with Carmen and her team again soon. :)
brittany · Married on 03/27/2015
Carmen was a life saver! I was starting to lose my mind by the time we were a month away from our wedding. I asked Carmen when she would take over because I didn't want to anymore, and she said, "you can let go." Right then, I felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders. She helped me out with so much stress! I was so over answering my vendors, and she was on top of it! I don't know how she doesn't lose her mind herself! Ha! She also made sure that the day of the wedding, everything went extremely smooth. She was on top of all of our vendors when it came to staying on track with what my husband and I wanted and what the venue required. She also somehow kept track of my husband and I all night to make sure we were there for all of the events of the night. Thanks for everything Carmen!
Mikela · Married on 03/20/2015
Carmen is such a pleasant woman to work with. Her wedding planning and assistants is great. She makes things easy and convenient for you. Carmen loves what she does and you can tell by the effort she puts into her work. She's right by your side when you need her most, especially the day of you wedding, she's right there to make everything go as planned. Thank you Carmen :)
Maria Magdalena · Married on 11/15/2014
Carmen made our event not only spectacular but very personal and romantic. She and my groom were doing their own planning of a special detail surprise for me while she and I had our own plans for decor and invitations. I never knew about the surprise and it meant the world to my husband to give me doves on our wedding date! It gave me tears of joy as the dove represents my mother who could not be at my wedding. He promised me "She will be there, trust me" and they pulled it off! It was a such an amazing day and Carmen held our hands the whole way through. I never felt any wedding stress! I truly did not feel overwhelmed or frustrated, she did her thing and thats why we enjoyed our engagement so much! I gave her my ideas my vision and she nailed it every time, she took the time to get to know us and what we wanted not just played guessing games. I also had the chance to meet her husband and he of course helps her, he was kind and helpful as well. Thank you Carmen for everything!!! I will refer you anytime! I just feel selfish and want to keep you as my own little secret precious diamond :)
Love you lots,
shena · Married on 11/08/2014
What can I say about Carmen... She is one of the sweetest people that you may ever meet in your life time. She truly has a talent for wedding coordinating. She has a special touch with amazing attention to details. She made my wedding come to life. She held my hand through the whole process of the stressful times that I had and set my mind back to clarity. I cannot say enough good things about Carmen because she went over and beyond to make my day truly become the fairy tale that I had always dreamed of. It didn't matter what time of day I would call or text her she would without fail always respond. Because I decided to give Carmen all of my trust my wedding turned out exactly how I had always envisioned it if not better. Everything was like a breeze on the day of my wedding because I had an angel literally flying around and taking care of everything. I didn't have to worry about anything. She literally took care of everything from holding my dress for my first look to bringing me a drink to calm my nerves just before walking down to become a Mrs. There was no task that was not complete. She took her time to make sure that my wedding was everything I wanted. I couldn't be happier that I chose her to be my fairy godsister the day of my wedding. I am lucky to have been so blessed to have had her my wedding coordinator. If I were talking to any of my friends who are deciding to get married I would recommend Carmen and Expressionary Events in a heart beat. She was the best investment that I ever made for my happily ever after.
Alexis · Married on 07/19/2014
Weddings are not perfect. There are hiccups. Things are forgotten! Things are misplaced! People get out of hand sometimes! There has never been a perfect wedding in existence. However, the job of a great coordinator is done when the bride and groom FEEL their day was perfect. Every blemish a wedding could have is promptly covered and taken care of and the bride and groom are none the wiser. This is why we hired Carmen and this is why our day was PERFECT. \r\nWe were looking for a day of coordinator (Carmen offers many different tiers suited to your budget and/or level of planning needed). Most of the wedding had already been planned, but we needed someone the day of to make sure all the wedding day events went smoothly. Expressionary Events do have a day of Coordination package but it really covers several weeks leading up to the big day. Carmen kept track of all of our vendors and contacts, wrote up a scheduled timeline for day of events, and happily helps with any recommendations or questions you might have. In case you are looking for a full event planner, Carmen has several amazing vendors at her disposal. \r\nI did not worry about a single thing the day of my wedding. Carmen and her team were professional, efficient and they took care of EVERYTHING. Even things I didnt think of myself! My husband and I were able to enjoy our day from start to finish. Everything was taken care of thanks to Expressionary Events. Aside from her professionalism, Carmen is a sweetheart. She cares about her clients, and it is obvious the minute you sit down with her that your best interest is all she\'s out for. She brings a lot of heart (and some glamour!) into wedding planning. A great addition to your team, I highly recommend Expressionary Events! Thank you Carmen!!
Alexis · Married on 07/19/2014
Weddings are not perfect. There are hiccups. Things are forgotten! Things are misplaced! People get out of hand sometimes! There has never been a perfect wedding in existence. However, the job of a great coordinator is done when the bride and groom FEEL their day was perfect. Every blemish a wedding could have is promptly covered and taken care of and the bride and groom are none the wiser. This is why we hired Carmen and this is why our day was PERFECT.
We were looking for a day of coordinator (Carmen offers many different tiers suited to your budget and/or level of planning needed). Most of the wedding had already been planned, but we needed someone the day of to make sure all the wedding day events went smoothly. Expressionary Events do have a day of Coordination package but it really covers several weeks leading up to the big day. Carmen kept track of all of our vendors and contacts, wrote up a scheduled timeline for day of events, and happily helps with any recommendations or questions you might have. In case you are looking for a full event planner, Carmen has several amazing vendors at her disposal.
I did not worry about a single thing the day of my wedding. Carmen and her team were professional, efficient and they took care of EVERYTHING. Even things I didnt think of myself! My husband and I were able to enjoy our day from start to finish. Everything was taken care of thanks to Expressionary Events. Aside from her professionalism, Carmen is a sweetheart. She cares about her clients, and it is obvious the minute you sit down with her that your best interest is all she's out for. She brings a lot of heart (and some glamour!) into wedding planning. A great addition to your team, I highly recommend Expressionary Events! Thank you Carmen!!
Leo or · Married on 05/24/2014
I couldn't of asked for a better planner. I love google; which is where I found her. She was on time for every meeting we had , unlike us , and was very patient with us when we were late. Our wedding was beautiful, gorgeous and perfect and all the vendors she recommended from RLP Graphics (pictures) Oh La La flowers, Cakes to Celebrate , Luxury DJ, just to name a few were great. The entire wedding flowed so smoothly and everything we had planned out happend exactly when it was suppose to especially because she is very organized and had a timeline we had to follow . Our invitations , save the dates , and special touches Carmen added were more than we could of asked for . Totally worth the money. Thank you and Kevin so much for everything.
Nancy · Married on 10/12/2013
I cannot begin to express what Carmen and her team contributed to our destination wedding. From our welcome gift bags to my barefoot jeweled sandals to our photography to ceremony site to flowers... and everything in between, I could go on and on... Her attention to detail is second to none and not just for the big things, like ceremony site and photography, but for all of the "little" things that add up to be incredibly important in the end, like being a translator with our vendors (Cabo wedding).
Kevin did our photography, and we absolutely love what what he did for us. He was with us all day and worked tirelessly to make sure he got the perfect shots he was looking for. He's great with children so all of our 6 (!!) little ring bearers and flower girls allowed themselves to be photographed, and resulted in some beautiful pictures. I could not be happier with ALL of my pictures, my hardest decision will be which to blow up!
I have a very tough time making decisions and Carmen was able to guide me, step-by-step through the entire process and made it pain-free. It was raining on and off on our wedding day (we had an outdoor beach wedding), and Carmen was able to keep me calm and collected, I would have lost my mind without her. Through the entire process their team was upbeat, energetic, supportive and accommodating. Overall, their help was invaluable, and you can really tell the entire team genuinely and thoroughly loves what they do. I love them both and have such beautiful memories of my wedding day. I highly, highly recommend Expressionary Events. Best decision besides deciding to get married :)
Jennifer · Married on 10/06/2013
I signed up for wedding wire specifically to review all of our wedding vendors. First of all, I didn't know what to expect from a "Day Of" coordinator. There are so many people in Southern California that want you to pick them for your big day. Carmen is the sweetest soul. She loves what she does, and therefore, she is incredibly talented. To choose a career in such an emotional field must be taxing. Finding her was a blessing. She never once made me feel like I didn't know what was going on during my big day. She calmed by nerves, she handled everything so professionally, and she put me and my husband's needs first. I never had to look for her during the day, she was amazing. I would want her at my side for any important day. Let's face it, I love her, and we can't thank her enough. If you don't select her for your wedding/event, then you're at a loss. Thank you Carmen, you are a game changer. <3
Lauren · Married on 10/05/2013
We cannot express enough how big of a role Carmen played in taking the stress off of us before and on our Wedding day. Carmen and her team went above and beyond to make sure all the details of our Wedding were exactly how we envisioned them and so much more. From our first meeting forward, she took our ideas, and added valuable input of her own based on her experience to made our Ceremony + Reception truly memorable. We even received numerous comments from our family and guests about how on-the-ball Carmen and her team were. Our whole wedding day flowed so smoothly. Even if there were bumps, we would've never known. Carmen never failed to make us feel important and special on this Big day.
Seeing now how detail-oriented and professional Carmen and her team were, we wish we could go back in time and hire her day one of our Engagement!
Chelsea · Married on 09/21/2013
Carmen was an amazing wedding planner for the day of and the days leading up to my wedding! Very professional and always on time. I would recommend her to anyone!
Casey · Married on 08/02/2013
Want to know how Expressionary Events is good? I was referred to them from another Event Planner! Carmen and her team are so amazing, it's beyond any words I could use in a review. Carmen was my right hand gal for the month before my wedding and made the transition flawless! She set up my decor just the way I imagined, wrangled both crazy families at the rehearsal, handled a DJ situation, and kept our day on time and running smoothly! Carmen is worth ever penny and even more. Her professionalism, organization, and just over all personality and laugh was such a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Expressionary Events!!
Courtney · Married on 07/13/2013
Carmen was absolutley amazing! She was flexible and made herself availablr any instant I needed her, gave me great advice and helped me figure out a lot of.details of our wedding that I would of not thought about! I was orginally not going to hire a wedding coordinator but I am SO glad I was reffered to Carmen by my photographer! I was stress free my entire wedding day and she handled everything perfectly! My family and I were able to actually enjoy my wedding! I will and am reccommending her to all of my friends and family in the future. She was amazing! Thank you again!
Vanessa · Married on 06/21/2013
Wedding planning can be very stressful, especially if you're busy going to school and working. I can't imagine having to have planned my wedding without Carmen's help. Carmen and her team were very easy to work with, professional, and were there to help us from the beginning till the end. They helped us plan our engagement party (decor, candy bar, entertainment), helped us create custom fabulous invitations (themed, with our colors), and even executed a fun filled bridal shower for our friends and family (without all the planning hassle). They also helped us produce a surprise MUSIC VIDEO that was filmed by the beach, which we got to show our loved ones during our reception on our wedding day. I am not gonna lie and say the "Big Day" isn't stressful, it is.... but Carmen and her team worked very hard to make sure nothing went wrong the day of our wedding. She was very organized and provided us and all the vendors with a detailed timeline/schedule to keep us on track. And I cannot stress this enough, but in the planning process, she always gave us options and alternatives to help us stay within our budget, while still maintaining the look we were aiming for at our wedding. Carmen also has a great working relationship with other vendors, which also ends up saving you quite a bit of money. My husband and I can be indecisive sometimes, but she was patient with us throughout the whole process. We couldn't ask for a better wedding planner :) I highly recommend expressionary events! Thanks for making our wedding day a dream come true!
Seima · Married on 06/01/2013
Carmen and Kevin helped make my wedding more beautiful than I could have imagined. They are both so creative! They listened to my desires and produced my dreams. Their services eliminated so much stress and doubt I was carrying by trying to plan my wedding myself. They are both such down to earth people, I truly enjoyed having them as a part of my wedding process.
Claudia · Married on 05/18/2013
Carmen was not only an absolute pleasure to work with but she is also incredibly talented and creative. I had a 200 guest wedding on a 13 acre private Estate in Santa Barbara and EVERYTHING ran smoothly and according to plan. She and her staff went above and beyond to make our special day perfect and everything that I had dreamed of. Carmen even surprised me with a personalized painting of my wedding dress on my wedding day!!!! I was floored with her generosity and attention to details. We really couldn't have picked a better wedding planner. She has impeccable work ethic and makes you her first priority. I would 100% recommend her : )