Erica · Married on 08/30/2015
The greatest item someone could gift an about-to-be-married couple is a totally stress-free, fully enchanting wedding weekend, and Michelle Lee at Simply Events did just that for us in August 2015!Sent on 01/25/2016
From ideation to venue shopping to vendor negotiations to final execution on the wedding weekend, Michelle delivered flawlessly. Michelle is honest, genuine, diplomatic, timely, and a true teammate. She can be as hands-on or hands-off as you'd like. I can't imagine anyone NOT getting along with Michelle! She carefully listened to our ideas and converted them into reality, all while remaining within our budget. She coordinated hand-in-hand with our wedding venue (The Holly Farm in Carmel, CA) for the entire year leading up to our wedding weekend and all of the associated vendors -- catering, floral, photographer/videographer, music, alcohol, hair & makeup, decorations, custom personalized items, and the other "little things" that made our wedding one-of-a kind.
As soon as I stepped onto the property for our wedding, I was completely at ease knowing Michelle had us covered. I was truly able to enjoy every moment, guest, laugh, tear (of joy) and, my husband, of course! Seriously, our wedding was a dream come true and I couldn't imagine having it any other way. So, thank you, Michelle, for partnering with us on our wedding adventure and for giving us the ultimate gift of complete happiness :)
Blair · Married on 06/07/2014
Michelle made our wedding absolutely perfect and I cannot even imagine having tackled it without her. Michelle planned our wedding rehearsal dinner, wedding day ceremony and reception, AND our Sunday brunch in Sonoma. We thought the whole process was pretty low stress with Michelle’s guidance. Michelle made sure we stayed on task with the big items, and was also was quick to look into our whimsical ideas that we wanted to incorporate into the wedding (i.e., a smore pit, a freshly made donut stand, etc etc).Sent on 07/02/2014
Michelle’s key strengths are 1) she is super organized – including making sure you’re on schedule picking the DJ, food, flowers…, keeping track of contracts and payments due to vendors (and staying on top of pesky unresponsive vendors), and has a whole timetable for everything going on during wedding day 2) she is a good bargainer and was often able to get us additional discounts or fees waived, 3) she knows the Bay area wedding vendors – we almost always picked the first vendor she suggested which saved us a ton of time, 4) she is very professional – Michelle was the one interacting with and coordinating most of our vendors, and they all had great things to say about her too, and 5) she is really good at listening to what you want and coming up with creative ways to make it happen. Once she gets to know you, she will also suggest other ideas, websites, inspiration photos etc to help with the nitty gritty details of your wedding (like cute ways to do table numbers, places we could get customized stickers, and fun local vendors we could include if we wanted).
We absolutely loved working with Michelle, and highly recommend her to anyone interested in a wedding planner for a Bay area wedding.
Stephanie · Married on 09/28/2013
Michelle is awesome! She was able to make the entire wedding planning process manageable and even enjoyable. She proved to be an invaluable resource in terms of advice, ideas, logistics, and taking care of all the details that we were either too busy or too indifferent to deal with ourselves. We had no idea where to start planning, and she helped with everything from the brainstorming to the execution (including getting one of our favorite boba stores to provide pre-ceremony drinks and finding a cake baker who could make us a sculpted cake with a penguin and polar bear climbing a mountain). Knowing that Michelle was taking care of things like negotiating contracts, coordinating deliveries, making payments, and confirming vendors let us focus on more important things on the days (and months) leading up to our wedding. It was a huge relief knowing that all we had to do was voice a concern, request, etc, and she would take care of it.Sent on 02/01/2014
Day-of, Michelle made sure everything ran smoothly. The wedding was at my parents' house, and she arrived early to receive the deliveries, supervise set up, and take care of all the last-minute details. Pre-ceremony, she corralled our family members for the processional and made sure the guests were seated. During the reception, she kept everything on schedule and even dealt with my family's blind dog getting stuck in a sticky mouse trap. Afterwards, she was the last to leave, making sure everything was cleaned up properly and that there were no outstanding issues to be taken care of. In addition, knowing how you often don't have time to enjoy all the delicious food you pick out for your own wedding, she put aside a sampling of all of our food (including our dessert spread) for us to enjoy the next day.
Michelle is amazing, and I would highly recommend her event planning services to anyone.
Sunanda · Married on 09/16/2012
Our wedding was not huge but very overwhelming. Neither of us had time or really the desire to plan everything. We also didn't have a "vision" or "dream wedding," although EVERY vendor insisted that we must. Michelle was totally able to save us from these vendors, by stepping in and handling everything for us. She got things done in a timely manner and was always communicative with us as far as pricing and what we needed to do, which in most cases was nothing! Exactly what we wanted. She was particularly great regarding the flowers at our wedding. I had no idea what kind of flowers were the best for that time of year or what colors went with what. Michelle found florals that looked beautiful, fit in perfectly and she negotiated a great price for us. Michelle was wonderful and incredibly easy to work with plus reliable! ; I would totally recommend her to anyone. If you are thinking of planning everything on your own, one don't try it if you want to stay sane and two hire Michelle. She delivers.Sent on 02/23/2014