Ashley J. | Bride
"I cannot say enough, how grateful my now husband and I are for Kate Whelan and team's services. Kate surpassed our expectations and made our wedding day beautiful and seamless. Hiring Kate was the single best investment we made, when securing services for our wedding. I'm still getting compliments about how chic and beautiful our wedding space was, and how well planned the event was. I've heard many people say it was the best wedding they'd ever attended. This is all thanks to Kate and her team. Kate not only has an eye for design, Kate is also extremely detailed, organized, and timely in her communication. My now husband is a project manager, and was very impressed with Kate's level of attention to detail in her project plan and timeline. There was not one aspect of our wedding that had not been thought of and planned. Kate's online wedding planning application, was super easy to use as well, and gave us updates and reminders of milestones that needed to be accomplished well in advance. Additionally, Kate's day of timeline kept our wedding party on track and made sure special moments were not rushed or missed due to time constraints."
Wendy M. | Hostess
"This review is long overdue but nevertheless I had to give 5 stars to Sarah with Kate Whelan Events. I am convinced the shower wouldn't have happened without Sarah! From the moment I contacted her she was responsive and helped me every step of the way. As the date got closer I was contacting her frequently and she was always accessible!
At first it was hard for me to let go of the planning but Sarah handled everything with ease. She was organized and kept me up to date through email, phone calls and in person meetings. She made sure all the vendor contracts were in order and kept an up to date timeline for me.
I was all over the place with ideas for what I wanted and Sarah helped me narrow down what would be best while always keeping my vision in mind.
The day of the shower she made sure everything went smoothly and efficiently. She arrived early to make sure the venue was ready; she helped with set up and even helped the flower vendor! There was one small hiccup with the food, but Sarah rectified the situation before I even knew there was a potential problem.
The shower was a huge success and more importantly it was stress free for me!"
Julianne T. | Bride
"I wish I could give Kate Whelan Events an infinite level of stars because their wedding planning services are OUTSTANDING. My now-husband and I got engaged in February. We wanted to get married before the holiday season, so we settled on October/early November. These days, this is considered a shorter engagement so we knew that we would probably need the help of a wedding planner. I should also mention that my husband and I are both Greek, so the big fat Greek wedding was definitely happening. Kate and her team came recommended to us from some Greek friends who had hired her as the planner for their weddings. She was the first planner we met with and the last -- her tremendous levels of experience, professionalism, and honesty made immediate impressions on us, so once a few preliminary questions were settled, we did not hesitate to hire her. We selected her "month before" package and we selected a few other services a la carte, such as venue negotiation, and ceremony and reception design. So, from the end of February to October 15th, Kate worked with us to plan an out of town wedding (we are from Sacramento and we got married in San Francisco) where we would be hosting an anticipated 400 guests, and she absolutely nailed it. She assisted us with vendors, gave us her thoughts and opinions on each, and worked tirelessly to ensure that we were happy with her ideas. From a few abstract questions, she created a template color and flower scheme that turned out simply gorgeous. I am not creative at all, and it is very difficult for me to envision colors together, so her contributions in this area were simply golden. She connected us to her planning tools, which were indispensable. I could create guest lists for each event having to do with the wedding (ceremony, reception, engagement party, bridal showers) and track people's attendance without any issue. The budget tool was great, and the seating chart planner was fantastic. Now I will admit, I had a few moments where things just got overwhelming and I could not deal with my wedding. Kate's professionalism and kindness existed throughout the planning process, but it really shined here. If I was having trouble, she would patiently explain things to me as many times as I needed, or advise me when I was not sure how to proceed. Her patience is perfectly balanced with a "tell it like it is" attitude, and it really helps to have a planner who wants to make your wedding day perfect but who is also a realist, because this prevents unrealistic expectations. Finally, on the weekend of the wedding (Kate and her team did our rehearsal dinner too), my husband and I were able to enjoy all of the events without having to worry about anything going wrong of being out of place. My husband and I were fully able to enjoy our wedding weekend. We would recommend Kate and her team without question and without hesitation to any bride and groom who are considering hiring a wedding planner. We will be forever grateful to KWE for making our wedding perfect! TL;DR: Hire KWE -- it will be the best decision you make with respect to your wedding."
Conor S. | Groom
"OUTSTANDING. My partner and I used KWE for our wedding and we could not be happier. We live in Chicago but wanted to have our wedding near friends and family in Napa. From the first consultation call with Kate we felt completely comfortable in her hands. Kate and her team at KWE are warm and friendly yet highly professional and amazingly organized. She was in contact with us from day one and walked us through the timeline and all steps involved in planning a wedding. Kate came with us to tour several venues in Napa and helped us select the best one. She has an extensive list of vendors that she trusts and has worked with in the past and was able to help us select vendors and contact them on our behalf, which saved us a lot of work and worry especially given we live 2k miles away. She was there for the food/cake tasting and helped us arrang our florist, DJ, caterer, and photographer.
We had regular emails from the KWE team, an online portal where we could track the progress of our timeline and budget, and regular conference calls or skype calls with Kate for months leading up to the wedding. Any time we emailed Kate a question she responded in less than 1 day (sometimes in less than 1 hour) with a detailed answer.
The wedding day itself went amazingly well. Kate and her team were there the day before our wedding to help us with rehearsal and the day of the wedding. We had no issues at all with any of the vendors, the location, staff, etc. It was a great relief knowing Kate and her team were there and were responding on our behalf to any questions our vendors had so we could focus on enjoying our day and not worrying about any of the wedding details.
We enthusiastically recommend Kate Whelan Events to anyone who is looking for a top notch event/wedding planner. Thank you Kate!!"
Helena T. | Bride
"My husband and I were married on July 16, 2016 and hired KWE to be our wedding planners. To chime in with everyone else on here, Kate Whelan is incredibly organized - I was completely overwhelmed by the prospect of wedding planning and she guided us throughout the whole process, from helping us pick our venue, manage our budget, and executing the final wedding. The most impressive think about Kate is that not only is she organized and an expert at coordination she has an incredible eye for design. I picked my colors and then kind of threw up my hands and just completely relied on her to help design the wedding. The end result was incredible. I was seriously in shock when I saw our reception, I could never have come up with something so beautiful on my own but it was exactly what I wanted. She took everything I imagined and envisioned and translated it into reality. Ultimately, Kate is a professional, she knows what she's doing. Honestly, we only hired her for the wedding and I wish we had gotten KWE for the pre-events (like Rehearsal Dinner) as well because she was so good. If you are getting married in Northern California I cannot suggest her highly enough. It is a month since we had our wedding and I cannot stop thinking about it and cannot wait to see the pictures."
Andrew J. | Groom
"Kate Whelan gets five stars because I can not give her more. Going into my wedding, I was not aware of how helpful a wedding organizer would be, let alone one like Kate who is about twenty steps ahead of everyone in preventing disasters, ensuring plans go smoothly, and joyfully collaborating with my wife and I. As our wedding date got closer and closer, I realized more and more how organized and helpful Kate was. Based on the package we ordered from her, my wife and I were in charge of finding all of our vendors. However, when the final month arrived, Kate took over communicating with them and organizing their arrival, set-up, and take down of the wedding. Because of Kate, my wife and I were able to relax more and more with each approaching day to the wedding. It allowed us to enjoy our wedding even more.
Kate was also poised and graceful when interacting with difficult family members. She has a way of communicating with others that is not belittling but is instead factual and centered with their needs. In this way, Kate's communication skills allowed all to feel like their voices were heard. I really respect this about her.
During the wedding itself, Kate directed every event to the point where my wife and I were allowed to enjoy each other, our company and our food. I did not once have to think about where I was supposed to be next or what I was supposed to do because I trusted that Kate would tell me what to do and where to be when I needed to do it and be there. Kate's diligence ;never slowed down; she is a dedicated wedding organizer who is worth every penny. Even if you don't think you need a wedding organizer you should still hire Kate!"
Sarah F. | Bride
I just wanted to say thank you so much for our entire wedding. Ed and I couldn't have been more pleased and thrilled with every single little detail. THANK YOU doesn't even begin to describe how grateful we are for you and your team. Everyone at the event was in awe and so were our close friends and family. A groomsmen asked "Can she come to Singapore?!" We would love to write a review for you if you'd like, once we have some down time. We LOVED every minute, it was seamless and filled with beauty because of you!!!
Sara and Ed"
Emily J. | Bride
"I can not say enough amazing things about Kate and her staff. She blew me away with her care, communication, kindness, professionalism and attention to detail while we planned our wedding this past July.
Kate worked with us for 7 months on our wedding and each step of the way she kept us on track and made things fun. When planning became stressful she was on it to fix any hiccups. I loved that she was on my Facebook page and a couple of times I slightly vented out about the wedding and seeing these posts, she did not ignore them but immediately reached out to me to calm my nerves and fix what ever irked me.
Not only were her online tools easy to use and help us stay on track, everything was elegantly designed as well.
Now we all know that weddings can bring drama. I will be transparent here because I feel that brides and grooms NEED SOMEONE ON THEIR SIDE DURING DRAMA! Kate was so professional about guests that were behaving badly while wedding planning and even at the wedding. I felt so protected by her and her staff. She really made sure that my husband and I kept having a cool head and having fun.
She is worth every cent and more. If your looking for a wedding planner look no further. Kate Whelan Events is your women for the job!!!!!!!!!!"
Todd S. | Groom
"I found Kate through a Google search of Sacramento wedding planners about a year before my partner and I got married on 5-14-16. I read her reviews and felt she might be the right choice for us. After our initial meeting to get acquainted I was convinced of this, sensing she was extremely organized and excellent at what she does. Throughout the planning process, leading up to the wedding, and especially the day of our wedding, I was so grateful I chose Kate to be the "maestro" of our event. She kept us on task in an unobtrusive way, ensuring that our event came together flawlessly. I know our stress level was reduced significantly by engaging her and allowing her to orchestrate the event. Her on-line planning tools allowed us to track our planning progress and budget, and also provided reminders of the bills for wedding vendors that were coming due. A wedding is usually a once in a lifetime event and you want it to be special and perfect. Kate and her staff ensured this happened. I'm forever grateful that a random Google search led me to her and forever grateful to her and to her staff for making our wedding and reception the best it could be. Thank you again, Kate!"
Ana C. | Bride
"My now husband and I got married 1/23/16 at the Citizen Hotel and had our reception at the Vizcaya Pavillon in Sacramento. Sharing our journey with Kate was one of the best decision my husband and I made during our wedding adventures. It takes a special type of person to make other people's dreams & visions come to life like they did. They did so while also keeping our budget and personalities in mind. Kate Whelan and her team helped greatly in making our day as beautiful as we dreamed it would be. She made it a pleasure to plan & made it possible to let go and enjoy the day of.
We had a very strong vision of what we wanted our day to look before the bulk of the planning with Kate started. She helped us greatly in finding the vendors we needed to make our day the way we wanted it to be. She also laid out the framework for our ceremony & reception and was a great resource for all our questions wedding related.
We did the all inclusive package. Along with a very detailed breakdown of wedding tasks, what I appreciated most about this option was the unlimited e mails and contact we had with her during the wedding planning process. Her and her team were extremely responsive the last few months before our wedding date, and pulled off some very last minute projects that made our day very special. We really don't know how we could have enjoyed our wedding week without her and her team handling our venues and vendors.
Her vendor lists are all reputable vendors who she's worked with time and time again, as well as some new up and coming vendors. Her reputation precedes her, we noticed some vendors bent over backwards for her so they could have a chance to work with her. For example, we were able to find such a beautiful furniture rental vendor through her connections when the vendor we had originally wanted got all booked for our wedding day. She works very hard to keep abreast of all the latest & greatest in her industry. Her passion for bettering her craft made me so excited as a bride to work with her.
With her unparalleled organizational skills coupled with being extremely passionate, patient, and professional, she sets herself apart from the rest in her industry."
Kelly M. | Bride
"After interviewing several wedding planners prior to Kate, we made the immediate and easy choice to hire her as soon as we met her. Her professionalism stands out from her peers in the Sacramento area that we interviewed. Kate was likely the easiest and best choice we made in the whole wedding planning process. From the initial meeting Kate was organized, creative, innovative, responsive, and helpful. She has created a fantastic system for event planning where the bride's task list is broken down into specific timelines, with email reminders as the need to complete each task approaches. Having heard many horror stories about the difficulties of planning a wedding, I experienced 'little to no' issues and I know that is due to Kate and team.
For the day of our wedding, Kate generated a complete timeline for every vendor, family member, and wedding participant so that I was not bothered for ANYTHING. She even took phone calls from the entire wedding party, fielded all issues, and handled every interaction with our venue and the staff. The hours leading up to my wedding were as relaxing as a weekend at the spa with my friends, which is unbelievable and priceless.
More than all of the above, Kate is a creative genius and has a knack for making a vision come to life. From the first day, Kate understood what I was after and came up with MANY creative and unique ideas that made our wedding one of a kind and completely ours. It is this piece of the process that makes Kate and her team truly worth the money.
She is fabulous, if there were 10 stars I would give her all 10."
Cynthia H. | Bride
"Kate Whelan was a very early and easy choice as we began planning our wedding, right after we decided on our date and venue (August 2015 in the Crocker Art Museum). As we live in Los Angeles but my parents are near Sacramento, they met with Kate for the first meeting, and felt extremely comfortable talking with her. Kate is a consummate professional who knows everything there is to know about wedding planning, and we quickly recognized that even if we didn't make any more decisions, she could and would ensure a perfect event. We hired her for month-of coordination, though I also corresponded with her intermittently during the year prior as I chose vendors, ran into questions, etc.
During the month before the wedding, having Kate in charge really reduced the stress level of the month, and in fact the week before the wedding was quite relaxed since we knew that all the logistics were set. Kate got the entire wedding party in order before the rehearsal, ran a very helpful rehearsal (we hadn't realized how important this was until that day!), and made sure that everything was in place and unfolded smoothly on the day and evening of. (She also has an uncanny ability to appear whenever and wherever she is needed, and possibly to be in multiple places at once.)
Our wedding was perfect and so very joyful, and we are so happy to have had Kate on board."
Trent C. | Groom
"Kate is absolutely amazing--that must be said first and foremost before I get into the details. We hired Kate to do month-of coordination for our wedding--most of the fantastic things the can be said about Kate have already been said by other reviewers, but why not add one more voice to the choir singing her praises?
Kate came recommended to us by a close relative that works in the event planning industry, who confided that Kate was really the only one she could recommend, because she was THAT much better than all of the other planners/coordinators this person had worked with.
We weren't even sure we even needed outside help at first, but after that initial meeting with Kate, we agreed: "There's no way we can pull this off without her." Kate made an unbelievable first impression, taking her time to ask a million questions to get the full picture of what we wanted for our day (including many details we hadn't even thought of yet...!), and making tons of helpful suggestions for thing we were unsure about (while also being cool about not pushing back on decisions we felt strongly about). All along the way, she continued to be invaluable--consistently helpful, informative, professional, communicative, detailed, decisive, organized, and very reassuring. We felt comfortable and trusted her every step of the way. Our situation was also probably a little more challenging because we took a very "a la carte" approach to our vendors; e.g., has separate ceremony and reception venues; our reception venue was essentially just providing the space with tables and chairs; we had our favorite restaurant do our catering, but hired an outside staffing service to man the buffet and bars; brought the alcohol in ourselves, etc....the point being that it wasn't as easy as, say, having a hotel wedding with a package deal where the venue provides most of the stuff, so Kate probably had a little more juggling to do BUT she handled every single vendor with absolute finesse and it all came together without the slightest snag.
Anyone who has jumped into the wedding planning process knows it can be pretty scary--you're spending a ton of money for what is essentially a giant party, and there is all this pressure to make sure it's "the best day of your life"! When we finally DID get to "the big day" it was genuinely stress-free, and more beautiful and FUN than we could have ever imagined--it really WAS the best day of our life and we owe so much appreciation to Kate for that. If something went wrong, we never even knew about it. Not only did we not have to worry about *anything* other than being present and enjoying ourselves and focusing on what the day was really about (love!), but our families were also able to enjoy themselves because Kate and her assistant flawlessly handled everything (including random tasks that often I think often falls to family and friends when you don't have someone like Kate involved--I am sure they would have been nice about it but we didn't want our guests to do anything but have a great time). Our parents especially were raving for a week afterward at how impressed they were with her and her team.
Bottom line, if you want to ensure that you have a planning process that is as painless as possible, with the end result being a truly magical, enjoyable wedding day--call Kate. You will not regret it. If we had to do it all over again, we would do it in a heartbeat."
Leah S. | Bride
"My review of Kate Whelan Events is long overdue! Soon after becoming engaged I knew I wanted to hire a coordinator to help pull off our amazing day...after a little internet research and asking a few friends for recommendations; I found Kate Whelan Events. From my first meeting with Kate, I knew she was the best person for helping us create a memorable day! She is detail oriented, organized, creative, knows the industry and is very professional. I had very solid ideas and hopes for what the day would look like and feel like. Kate and her team did an amazing job of listening to those ideas, making suggestions, recommending vendors(FLOURISH), answering countless emails, working with an array of vendors in Sonoma County and overall being really awesome to work with and making the day more beautiful and seamless than we ever could have hoped for! KWE provides top notch, professional service and ideas and truly delivers and makes your wedding day one you will never forget!
Thank you so much Kate and Lauren for being a HUGE part of why our day was so special!"
Scott V. | Groom
"We hired Kate to help plan our wedding. It's hard to know where to start. Kate, and her associates, Lauren and Shannon, are just incredible.
Everything leading up the wedding was fantastic. Kate and her team communicated with our vendors and friends that provided music, the cake, etc., handling every behind the scene detail with professionalism. She kept us motivated with helpful checklists and check-ins.
On the day of, we faced the possibility of rain and Kate made on-the-go adjustments with grace. By the time we arrived on site, everything looked beautiful, even better, than we had planned. It didn't rain, the weather was incredible, and the wedding (and its component parts) moved along effortlessly.
Afterwards, my husband and I reflected on how stress free and positive the day was with Kate at our side. We focused on celebrating with our family and friends and once the day arrived, we didn't once worry about the details. It was the perfect day and Kate played an important role in it.
So, don't think twice. Kate's services are worth every dime and then some."
Erica H. | Bride
“Kate is the best! My now husband and I hired Kate for her Month of Services and it was the best choice that we could have made. She is professional, hardworking, honest, and unbelievably organized. I consider my husband and I pretty low maintenance as we really were interested in having someone pull everything together the day of so that we could just enjoy our day. Kate brought her incredible knowledge and attention to detail to the table and was such a pleasure to work with. Although we did not use her to plan all of the details of our wedding I would suggest that if this is an area that you find challenging that you let her handle it because her work is amazing!
I will be recommending her to anyone that is getting married.”
Tracey M. | Bride
“My wedding was the most amazing day of my life and I owe it all to Kate Miller and her team! Kate treated me professionally but also like a friend. She provided tools to help me stay on budget and keep track of my guest list but she also designed the most kick ass reception! She really listened to what we wanted and translated our ideas into reality. She transformed the space into the rock and roll atmosphere my husband wanted but it was also elegant and glamorous for me. I highly recommend Kate , it was the best wedding decision I made other than saying yes to my husband. Thank you Kate! We are forever grateful.”
Jeanette K. | Bride
“I hardly know where to start with singing my/our praises for Kate and her whole team. Kate came highly recommended from the start, for working with our tricky, incredibly remote venue, which already says a lot. But she lived up to those expectations and surpassed them, in many ways. Even though we booked her for month-of services, she was such a helpful resource from the moment we booked her, whether in our original, thoughtful conversation that already got us thinking about what we wanted, or through her incredibly thorough online portal with to-do lists.
Come 1 month out, it was great to have her wrangling our contracts and making sure we either didn’t forget anything crucial, or helping keep me sane with the far-less-crucial pieces too – all of it was clearly important to her. If I emailed Kate, I knew I’d not only get a response straight away, but one with way more helpful information than I could have come across even with all my crazy research. Her timeline for the weekend came with a title page, which our dear friend/cake maker says she’s never seen in all her work in the industry, and was so thoughtful that relatives who couldn’t make it to the wedding said it made them feel like they were there even just to read.
The weekend of, there was no one I could trust more to help, to keep my mind at ease, and to get things done effectively, professionally, and also joyfully. We ended up asking her to help out a couple extra hours on the wedding day, realizing I was over my head in the number of things I could take on for what became more of a 3-day wedding than a 1-day one. We just expected that extra time would help with decor we couldn’t get to and such, and that would be plenty… but I also mentioned to Kate that we’d thrown the idea of a chalkboard program out the window, and didn’t even write content for it anyway… Well I just about cried when getting to the aisle, even before seeing my now-husband, as I spied one she made for us. Wow. That’s Kate.
She was one of the very best “things” we spent our money on for the wedding, and we simply can’t thank her enough.”
Diane W. | Mother of the Bride
“The excitement of our daughter’s engagement, parties, and celebrations was quickly followed by many planning decisions to create the perfect wedding for the couple, family, and friends, including many out of state guests. Little did we know or could have anticipated the options, challenges, and numerous decisions that were to come. Thank you Kate Miller for being the perfect guide on our journey !! Kate is well organized, well informed, and personalizes all that she does for the couple and family. She understands the process, maintains and creates calm, and keeps a positive, upbeat attitude…….while always professionally representing the couple to vendors. After the many months of planning comes the wedding day, the one day, to see how it all comes together. And yes, it did! The day of the wedding starts slowly but ends so quickly. Our families and of course the bride and groom enjoyed the day from start to finish. We had nothing to worry about or think about….except to the enjoy the many sweet and fun moments. All the time knowing Kate and her team were quietly and thoughtfully engaged and working to insure……everything was perfect! And yes, it was perfect. Our family highly recommends Kate Miller events…….. you and your family will be cared for and cared about. Thank you Kate and your Team !!!!”
Jillian L. | Bride
“There are so many wonderful things I can say about Kate and her team. I am in love with her. She made planning my wedding so easy! The thing I love most about this awesome woman is her ability to take all of a brides crazy ideas and make them beautiful, organized and relatable.
She also recommended almost all of my vendors, who all ended up being so delightful! I would highly highly recommend Kate Miller Events to any bride, she will keep you sane and make your wedding exquisite and unforgettable!”
Megan G. | Bride
“Upon getting engaged, I was immediately overwhelmed. I knew I wanted some wedding planning help, but I also knew that our budget was tight and it felt like an expense that would be hard to justify. My fiance (now husband) Chris was even more skeptical.
Well having now been through the process, we’re both believers, and we couldn’t be more happy that we not only chose to have a wedding planner, but also that we chose Kate from Kate Miller Events. KME’s baseline services are for “day of” planning/coordination, but even her “day of” package starts almost 2 months out to make sure your vendors, venues, bridal party, and families are all ready for your big day. Additionally, as soon as you book KME, Kate’s fantastic online tools are available and at your disposal to help track budget, to-do list, contracts, milestones and more. We would have been lost without these, and because Chris and I are so online oriented, it was so much easier for us to collaborate using her tools.
I could probably write a short novella of all the ways that Kate helped us and went above and beyond for us as clients, but for the sake of brevity, I won’t. What I will say, is that hiring Kate was probably the single decision that went the furthest in making our wedding day as wonderful as it was. Not only is she just very good at her job, but the knowledge that she is on top of everything gave us so much less to be worried or nervous about in the weeks leading up to our wedding. As a matter of fact, our venue’s veteran wedding coordinator (you know, the one the venues tout as the reason you don’t need an outside planner… “We handle all of your coordination needs!”), was actually laid off just 3 months before our wedding and replaced just 6 weeks prior to our big day with a part time coordinator. If we hadn’t had Kate to rely on, this would have definitely freaked us out, but instead, we simply knew it would all be fine.
The best part about working with Kate, is that although we know she has clients buying the whole kit and caboodle from her, and we were only able to afford her base package, she never made us feel like she was anything but committed to us as clients. She answered questions when she didn’t have to, she had our back when vendors tried to pull fast ones on us, and she was a fantastic point of reference throughout the entire planning process. And above all, we really liked her. She’s just awesome at what she does. Chris and I couldn’t recommend her more.”
Mitch D. | Officiant
“Kate is top-class!! And she has a uniquely rare blend of two awesome characteristics: She’s VERY organized, very much thinking ahead and looking out for her Brides and Grooms… AND she has a great personality – Very calm and pleasant (not a slave driver)!!
It’s a pleasure to work with Kate!!”
Allison P. | Bride
“HUGE thank you to Kate and her team for making it all happen for us. Not only is Kate incredibly organized, but she really took the time to get to know us and our style. She made fantastic suggestions when she felt they were welcome or especially important, but never tried to force anything on us or talk us into something we weren’t comfortable with. I can’t begin to explain how great it felt to trust her 100% and know that everything was under control on our wedding day. Every aspect was taken care of, down to the smallest detail, and my husband and I never once worried about a single thing. She glued my sister/maid of honor’s eyelashes back on when they started to peel off after the ceremony, she brought me an assortment of granola bars when she overheard me whisper to my husband-to-be that I was hungry during family photos, she brought all of our gorgeous flowers and candles up to our hotel room after the reception so that we’d have a beautiful room to come back to… and I know that as soon as we get all the photographs back, we’ll see detail after detail that we missed that day and be so grateful for! Because of her, we were able to just truly relax and enjoy a beautiful day with the people we love most. Thank you again, Kate – we’ll let you know when it’s time to throw a vow renewal party!”
Janet B. | Bride
“Definitely the best wedding planner in Northern California!!I am so happy she won the title this past year because she deserves it!!She is amazingly creative (designed our invitations,, signs,etc.) and organized.She is so sweet and doesn’t show when she stresses. I remember the right colored linens didn’t arrive she still remained calm and collective.didnt mention it to me because she didnt want me to stress (she’s the best!)but she still managed staff to rechange the linens. I absolutely adore Kate and I wish her all success!!i am so glad I chose her and she is definitely mindful of your budget.I remember I interviewed another planner and she was like…”oh you only have that budget for your wedding?..and basically was going to hand me off to her associate to work with..but Kate was different..she embraced my budget, concept,stress,and made it the best day of my life!!!HIRE HER because you won’t regret it!!!:)”
Jenny M. | Bride
“Flawless is really the word for a wedding done by Kate Miller and her staff. My wedding went so smoothly. When someone who I had invited +1 showed up with +2 i simply told Kate and it was taken care of. When I forgot to put my veil on, Kate was right there with it. All the accessories and little details were handled by Kate. The budget. The spreadsheets. The coordination with all the vendors. She helps you take control of your wedding. I was never stressed about my wedding. Instead, I enjoyed my wonderful beautiful flawless day. My husband and I are oh so grateful!”
Gerard M. | Father of the Bride
“As the father of the bride, our wedding was a logistical challenge because it was a destination wedding at a vineyard. It was a logistical challenge that included contruction of a large tent, lighting, floral arrangements, rehearsal dinner for 150 people, transporting 150 people from hotel to vineyard (and back) and, lastly, the brunch following. Kate Miller knows detail and the wedding was a huge success because of her attention to detail. No aspect was too small to avoid her scrutiny. She ensured that every vendor knew what they had to do, when they had to do it, and the quality she expected. I’m not new at being the father at the wedding so my views are not based on the uniqueness of the experience. She is the best I have seen and worth every penny.”
Pat M. | Mother of the Bride
“Dear Kate – Thank you for making my daughter’s wedding an exquisite experience. Everything was perfectly romantic, flawlessly executed, and your leadership made all that happen. As Mom of the Bride, I didn’t feel like I had to do a thing – and everything you did was on time, purposeful, and done with a huge smile on the faces of you and your team. I would not hesitate in giving a huge endorsement of your services – from start to the end…. Many thanks.
Garrett M. | Groom
“Planning a wedding is something most men rarely do. Most husbands-to-be allow their brides-to-be do all the planning. Girlfriends are called up, mother and mother-in-law pick out china patterns, and a gaggle of ladies plan to their hearts content. The men, in my experience, simply must provide the occasional yes or no.
So when two men decide to get married and neither one has the wedding planning gene… well, they need to get a little help.
Enter Kate Miller, who quickly took the hands of two somewhat misanthropic grooms and helped them put on what had to be one of the most amazing weddings ever conceived. While I can stress up a storm at the drop of a hat and my partner is a tad forgetful, she was able to actively engage us and get to know us both as a couple and as individuals.
We knew right away she was the right choice when at our very first meeting she helped us figure out our budget. We were on a tight one. She was able to explain what parts of the kind of wedding we wanted to do were necessary and what wasn’t, and she kept us realistic about what we could do. That might sound rather blah, but because she made thing so financially clear she was able to provide multiple options that still got us what we wanted, or helped us find even better options we hadn’t thought of before.
In addition, Kate also used plenty of technology to keep things organized. Her team uses a dashboard on their server that allowed us to send messages, assign tasks, share documents, review vendor orders, and keep us on task with timely checklists that kept us on task for what needed doing and when. Kate was always on time with what she needed to do, and kept us on time for the things we needed to do (get suits tailored, send out cards, etc.).
Come the day of there was no stress at all. We knew that Kate was on site and that everything would be handled beautifully. And it was.
I cannot recommend Kate and her team enough. She will ensure that your wedding is perfect.”
Fran R. | Mother of the Bride
With all the energy and emotion of Amanda and Mike’s wedding day, I didn’t get a chance to thank you personally for all that you did to make it a success. My family and I would like to express our gratitude to you for your part in making Amanda and Mike’s wedding such a wonderful memory. Your coordination of vendors and attention to the details of the wedding was amazing. The wedding site and all the decorations that Amanda wanted were very beautifully arranged. Your staff was very efficient, thoughtful and helpful through the entire celebration. I know the inclement weather was a challenge, but your experience and calm demeanor allowed our guests to enjoy the food and music without interruption.
One of the memories that will remain of the wedding is how many times your staff patiently tossed plastic tarps over the vintage furniture and removed them when a ray of sun broke through the clouds and my glimpse of you in your “garbage bag” attire to protect against the rain.
My sincere thanks for your efforts and genuine concern for Amanda and Mike and our family and guests at the HideOut wedding last Saturday. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know who is planning a destination wedding.
Amanda M. | Bride
“Hello Kate and Staff,
I am back to civilization and have email access and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you and your amazing staff!! You guys did such an amazing job, from the decor to the coordination to covering and uncovering everything because of the rain and then finally cleaning everything up. I unfortunately did not get to say goodbye to you guys and I am very very sad about that. I can’t thank you enough for everything you guys did especially with the rain and all my vintage decor.
Kate it has been such a pleasure working with you and though I am not sad the wedding planning part is over it is very sad to not get to work anymore with such great vendors like yourself!
Thank you again, I don’t think I can say it enough. The girls were fabulous and the event was flawless!
Lizzie S. | Bride
“If you want a flawless wedding, hire Kate Miller.
One thing that Kate said in our first conversation that I originally overlooked was that she not only wanted our big day to run perfectly but she wanted our memory of it to be perfect. Now that our wedding has passed, I realize how absolutely perfect my memory is of it. There was no stress, no running around or yelling trying to get things in order. There was just joy and enjoyment. And I know that was all thanks to Kate and her staff.
We hosted a tiki wedding and Kate instantly understood what we were going for. I immediately felt confident that I could trust her with any day of decisions and knew that she could make the same decisions that I would without burdening me with the unnecessary details.
She also gave us wise, experienced advice on things that we wouldn’t have thought of and yet she was never pushy on anything. However, Kate’s suggestions made huge differences in our wedding and it’s scary to think that we wouldn’t have even considered them without her.
Kate is also extremely tech savy and her online aids made organization and transactions effortless. Even though Kate’s company is based two hours away from us, it seemed like she was right next door as a result.
Kate was also greatly appreciated by my parents and my wedding party who all got detailed itineraries and were welcomed to contact her for anything. She was also extremely detailed in the planning process and worked well with all of our vendors.
At the wedding, Kate and her staff were on top of EVERYTHING and yet never stood out as “the coordinators” to our guests. When our timeline got screwed up due to our speeches running long, Kate somehow got us back on schedule in what seemed like seconds and she did it so well that no one even notice that anything was wrong.
At the end of the night, Kate and her staff even went above and beyond our expectations when they surprised us by beautifully decorating our bridal suite with all of the left over flowers from the wedding.
Kate is so pleasant and easy to work with and so reliable and valuable to have that I would recommend Kate Miller Events to anyone and everyone.”
Karin B. | Bride
“From the first email Kate was not only responsive but helpful before I even hired her as my wedding planner. She impressed me with her organization with the first meeting and how well she listened. I loved her honest opinions and overall helpfulness.
I went into my wedding not sure if I truly needed a wedding planner but when all is said and done, I was so happy and grateful to have Kate and Samantha in my corner. They offered great advice, solutions and resources.
I am so happy that I chose Kate and Samantha to help me- I did meet with quite a few other wedding planners – and I know I made the right decision. The were absolutely an essential part to our successful and stress free event. I can not thank them enough for everything they did.”
Jessica J. | Bride
”My wedding was absolutely amazing and beautiful and I couldn’t [have] done it without Kate. Kate and her team are wonderful, so nice and helpful. Kate took my vision and made it come to life. I never had any worry day of the wedding and it gave me such ease knowing she was there. My wedding was perfect thanks to Kate and her team!!”
Lia S. | Bride
“KME helped us plan our entire wedding, from start to finish. Kate’s professionalism, creativity, dedication, style and knowledge of all things wedding were evident in everything we planned together.
We relied on Kate and her staff for a great deal, and they absolutely helped make our wedding the best it could be!”
Samantha F. | Bride
“Kate Miller and her team [are] amazing. I’m a project and events manager myself and I’m pretty hard to please – but Kate and her team exceeded my expectations.
Kate has been absolutely wonderful to work with throughout the entire wedding cycle – she was professional, responsive, and flexible. She resolved issues fast and effectively. She would always be so helpful in terms of looking for alternative solutions and cost effective but excellent vendors/items, as well as communicating with everyone involved. Early on, I’ve learned to trust her experience, instinct, and taste.
Everyone raved about our wedding – from the logistics to the decor. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding coordinator!!! 🙂
We love you Kate!”
Cindy G. | Mother of the Bride
“Going into planning our daughter’s wedding we all had an idea of what was most important to each of us. My husband wanted a great photographer. My daughter felt the venue was the most important thing. The groom had a passion for the music. As the mother of the bride I wanted a planner who could enable me to actually be relaxed and enjoy the day of the wedding.
In Kate Miller Events I found my answer! Kate knows how to make a wedding happen – from timing of each aspect to organization of it all – she has it all covered. We hired Kate for our [month] of services and we were delighted with how easily everything unfolded under her guidance. It was the best money I ever spent!
We also used Kate Miller Events for our stationary needs and that gave us a unique professional look to our invitations that we loved. We can’t thank Kate enough!”
Alecia P. | Bride
“If I could give more than five stars I would. Kate Miller has a gift. She automatically “gets” her brides and brings their vision to fruition. I knew I wanted to work with her after our first phone conversation. She asked questions no other planners did, she was full of ideas, but also listened to everything we wanted. I mean I could literally write you a novel here. Kate was the day of coordinator for my South Lake Tahoe wedding on 9/10/2011. Yup I’m so happy with her and her team I wanted to write my review first thing the day after my wedding while my new hubby is nursing his hangover! Kate told me I was a very calm bride and there’s a reason for that…because I had her and her assistant Christine. I didn’t have to worry about one thing. Even before Kate was technically “on the clock” she was there for phone calls, advice, suggestions…etc. When I found out we were going to get rain on our wedding day a week prior, Kate talked me off the ledge and drew up a rain plan. I loved that she sincerely cared about us and wanted our day to be perfect. I did a lot of DIY projects and Kate displayed them perfectly and then brought them up a notch! I truly hope Kate and Christine stay in our lives as they have become our friends. They even came to the casino after party with us;) Now that is a team you want to hire! Trust me you deserve to be present on your wedding day and Kate will give you the opportunity to do just that! Thank you Kate and Christine! We love you both:)
Love, Josh and Leesh”
Megan S. | Bride
“Kate Miller Events provided coordination for our backyard wedding. She went above and beyond what I could have imagined in orchestrating fantastic and organized day. Kate and her assistants were very receptive to my and my family’s wants and needs. I live in Southern California, and Kate was so flexible in setting meetings that worked with my schedule while I was in NorCal. I am grateful to have hired her as she is exactly what brides (and the mothers of the bride and groom) need on their wedding day. She really helped in making my vision come to fruition. THANK YOU!!!”
Buu N. | Bride
“I am the type of bride that likes to control everything. I didn’t trust anyone to plan my wedding but I knew I couldn’t do it all so I hired Airen from Kate Miller Events. We started our services with them a month before the wedding. They were extremely helpful on creating a timeline, helping us take care of last minute bills and just making sure our stress levels were minimal. Honestly, I should have entrusted KME with our wedding budget from the beginning. Some brides don’t realize that a planner will help you stay within budget and help your visions come to life. A lot of the projects I started were never finished resulting in wasting $$$. They will also hook you up with the best vendors. It’s not everyday that you are shopping for a photographer or a baker, right? But they are so they know who the best vendors are. You only get one wedding so why wouldn’t you entrust someone who has planned several weddings before? KME can get the job done and do it with STYLE! KME is excellent and we will definitely be recommending them to other friends.”
Angie M. | Bride
“Definitely worth every single dollar! It was so wonderful working with Kate. She was VERY professional and so quick to respond to questions/concerns – such a wonderful thing when you are dealing with so many different vendors. She was very quick to help me with any problems I had and took care of it without me having to worry about a single thing. I couldn’t have made it through without her! If I could do it over again, she would be the one single vendor I would hire again in a heart beat. LOVED HER!!!”
Kristen D. | Bride
“Kate is absolutely amazing – I cannot say enough about her! I hired her for my wedding in March 2011. From the very beginning she set out to make sure that my wedding was all that I had envisioned. With her creativity she took my vision and carried it through all the way to the tiniest detail, all while helping us to keep on budget. She not only gave us impeccable vendor recommendations and resources, but also helped us to negotiate the best contracts with the vendors to ensure that everything fit exactly what we needed. Any time I had any questions or concerns, she would respond immediately and put my mind at ease. In the weeks/days leading up to the wedding we had some issues with our venue but Kate immediately stepped in to take care of things. I can honestly say the planning of my wedding was completely stress-free because of her.
When it came to the day of the wedding I was in awe of her organization! The day-of she not only coordinated and met with all the vendors arriving at the venue but was also in touch with the family and wedding party to ensure everyone knew exactly what was going on and where they needed to be at all times. After the wedding she stayed after to make sure everything was cleaned up, sent back to the appropriate places, and gifts were delivered to the designated room. If there were any hiccups the day-of (which I’m sure there were), I did not know of them. It was her number one goal to make sure I did not have to worry about anything and that I just enjoyed it!
Kate is extremely professional and will make you feel like you are her only client. Because of her, I had the most amazing wedding! I can’t thank her enough for everything she did – I would hire her again in a heartbeat!”
Susan B. | Mother of the Bride
“Thank you so much for making such an important day in our lives so memorable. Your planning was impeccable and you certainly know your job. We were so impressed with how organized everything was and the timelines you created. There was no guess work on the wedding day (or before). We were most impressed how well you dealt with all the vendors. Last minute issues were taken care of by you and took the stress off us and the bride. The ceremony and reception went off without incident! Kristen and Jon couldn’t have had a lovelier wedding. Kristen’s last comment was “I couldn’t have imagined anything more beautiful and perfect.” Certainly words that parents of the bride want to hear! We can’t thank you enough for EVERYTHING! You are amazing!!!”
Ashley S. | Bride
“I don’t have enough nice things to say about Kate! She completely saved my life when it came to our wedding. As soon as we decided that we would have a backyard wedding I knew that a coordinator was a must! Kate went above and beyond our every expectation & because of her our wedding was amazing. I felt 100% secure in her every decision – she is AMAZING at what she does. Not only did she design the exact wedding I had invisioned, she made everything about the day of flow seamlessly. It literally did not even cross my mind to be worried about anything on the day of our wedding. I was just able to sip champagne and relax. 🙂 Without a doubt, Kate was the best decision we made regarding our wedding. It scares me to think what it could have been had we not hired her!”
Lisa S. | Bride
“I hired Kate in late December for my wedding on May 1st. She whipped together the wedding of my dreams in 4 months. I literally had nothing to do but relax two weeks before my wedding and it was fabulous and unexpected. I kept thinking “Why is this so easy?” In the movies it always looks like a nightmare!
I couldn’t believe how calm and organized I was (total thanks to her). I met Kate by chance through a client and was so lucky – it was fate! She has excellent communication skills and is extremely responsive. She always has the brides interest first and takes on all of the difficult conversations with vendors with professionalism and ease. She took all of my concerns and ideas seriously and supported my position when dealing with vendor issues and venue rules. If there was a problem she always had a creative solution that made everybody happy.
The money spent on Kate’s services for pre-wedding planning and day of services were extremely well spent. Kate has excellent check lists and web based tools for easy planning and communication. She has thought of everything! She helped me value engineer my wedding to get what I wanted at the lowest possible price without skimping on quality.
Kate has a million resources for ribbons, design ideas, paper, decor materials, fabric, favors – you name it. She can even make your invitations, programs, menus and signs HERSELf. Just ask her about her “Luxecuts” – OMG. She has great taste and is knowledgeable about new trends and is ahead of the curve on design. She tells you where to get the most impact and is an expert in timing and entertaining guests so they enjoy themselves. You won’t get a cookie cutter wedding with her!
She has great vendor references for photography and other things and has very high standards for the people she works with. She expects a lot out of vendors and is very well liked by them! She put together a great timeline for my entire wedding party and family and everyone knew where they were supposed to be and I didn’t have to do a thing!
The wedding went so smooth and perfect it was just awesome. I hate to think what it would have been like without her – really. But, I’m so glad I don’t have to! I would highly recommend her. I was able to enjoy my wedding weekend like a pampered guest not a frantic host. I am so happy. One hundred thumbs up from me, my new husband, my family and guests!”
Alexandra T. | Officiant
“Thanks so much for working with me at Hans Fahden at Kris and Susan’s wedding. It made my life so much easier to have you there orchestrating all the details. I hope we get an opportunity to do that again sometime!”
Amy K. | Bride
“I don’t even know how to write a review on Kate. She and her assistant were beyond all expectation!
Let me start by saying that I am admittedly never satisfied. I’m critical, hard on people, the type of person with unrealistic expectations. It is extremely rare for me to say that someone is perfect at what they do…
Somehow, I found Kate. And from the moment I came into contact with her, I knew she was the type of person who would never let me down. It’s very rare for me to trust anyone to do something better than I think I could do it on my own, and that is why I was hesitant to hire a wedding coordinator. But Kate blew my mind. I hired her as a day-of-coordinator, as that is what my budget allowed. But Kate became SO much more than that. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that your event goes exactly the way you want it. She is painfully anal (sorry but this word is appropriate here), and I think that’s exactly what is needed in a great wedding coordinator. She was professional, kind, energetic and best of all, completely able to grasp my vision for the day.
From her amazing client website, vendor correspondence, check lists, day of timeline, graphic design skills, to her thoughtful reminders-she left NOTHING undone.
The ONLY reason that I was able to thoroughly enjoy our wedding day was because of Kate. Because she had earned my trust with her talent, I was able to completely relax and take in every moment. I still can’t believe that. I NEVEr get to do that!!! It was amazing and I just can’t imagine how it would have gone without her!”
I would recommend Kate to anyone without any doubt that she will give 110% to everything she does!”
Blake P. | Groom
“As a groom, I did very little….Ok….I did nothing. All I had to do was show up. I couldn’t have asked for it any other way. Plain and simple. I now owe my life to Kate Miller.”
Carroll F. | Stationery Client
“My Save the Dates were amazing. I’m still receiving compliments on them! People keep teasing me that if that was just the STD, they can’t wait to see the wedding. It really helped me kick of our wedding celebration in the way I had hoped! Thank you so much for your assistance.”
Emily A. | Bride
“I just wanted to thank you for all you did at our wedding. You really helped to keep things on time…to have the right people at the right place at the right time. I’m so glad we hired you. We both feel that the wedding went REALLY well, and now we have some great memories from the day! It was nice to know that if we had a question or didn’t know where to go/be, we could always just ask you. Thank you also for all you did in helping me to consolidate ideas and form opinions for how my wedding should be. I really felt that you offered a nice blend between being creative and yet practical. I never felt you were pushy or unable to change gears. You were great!”
James H. | Social Client
“THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I could have not made this shower as perfect as it IS without your help. I am sooo happy! I did a pre-setup last night…TOTALLY CUTE!! You did an amazing job.”
Stevie P. | Bride
“It all starts with love. Then the ring. Then the date. Then the options seem endless. Almost too endless. What’s a girl to do when planning her wedding? To be honest, all I knew was that I found the groom. Other than that, I didn’t have a plan or any grasp on how to plan the wedding of my dreams. Then along came Kate Miller Events. In a bride’s terms: a little bit of manna from heaven perfectly packaged into the black-rimmed glasses, smartly-fashioned, oh-so-sophisticated Kate Miller.
This little firecracker of a wedding coordinator puts Miss Manners herself to shame. To say the least, my wedding day went off without a hitch! Well, despite the actually “hitching” of the groom & I! Kate Miller outdid herself; my wedding day flowed seamlessly, as if it were straight out of a fairytale. From the moment I walked through those 2 doors, I left every care behind. I knew Kate was on it! From the flowers, to the candles, to the programs, to the website, to the rehearsal; honestly, I can’t begin to list the features of Kate Miller Events. Kate listens to the bride, finds out exactly what it is that bride wants, & she gets it done. Without any if’s, and’s, or but’s. After first meeting with Kate, I knew I could trust this dynamo with the most special day of my life. Her can-do approach to any requests is impressive, not to mention her ability to come back at you with bigger & better ideas! I could not have imagined trying to plan a wedding without Kate.
It’s funny; people keep asking me the high’s & lows of my wedding day but I only have highs! I loved every minute of our special day & I know I have Kate Miller to thank for so much of it. Thank you, Kate!”