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Weddings

Testimonial

If anyone is getting married, you need to have Ricky plan everything, cause she is the best in the business. She handles everything from the cake, flowers, and is with you every step of the way. She is graceful and really listens to what you want. I would recommend her to everyone I know who is getting married. She is AMAZING!— Michelle (5-Stars on Yelp!)

Dear Sweet Ricki, Where can I start . . .First and foremost thank you for all your organized help with our wedding.  You have been a role model I can look up to because of how strong and talented you are. From day one in planning our wedding, it has been a joy working with you and all your advice was beyond helpful! You were sweet and generous & we can’t thank you enough for everything!  Love –  Jessica & Elliot

Ricki,  Thanks so much for all your help to make our wedding day truly memorable. Your insights from your other weddings were undoubtedly useful in making our day go smoothly and for that we are thankful.  Love & Thanks” –  Tiaunia & David

Ricki Lewis at Special Event Genie did my daughters wedding and it was absolutely fabulous. Her total knowledge of wedding procedure for accuracy and follow up on all details was incredible and flawless. We were so happy the venue she found for our celebration, it couldn’t of been any better. She totally understood the vision for my daughters wedding. Kept our budget concerns and even found creative ways to save us money. She went downtown to the flower mart and designed flower arrangements and bouquets saving 50% off regular florist fees. The flowers were amazing! She orchestrated the ceremony and reception seating and designed and set up the reception tables. She was there putting on all the finishing touches and more before we arrived to the venue. Provided a timeline for all vendors to follow which was seamless. Worked closely with the DJ and assisted with song order and selection. The event was a huge success and all family and guests raved about how much they enjoyed themselves, and how lovely and fun it was. The most important thing I have to say, is that the bride and groom were thrilled with the whole day and evening. They said it was the best day of their lives. Everything was perfect. I can’t wait to use her services again for more events. — Katherine B.

All the scenes of our wedding including: the processional, at the altar, the recessional and reception seating diagrams that Ricki produces with her Planning Genie® App is extraordinary.  Now we have them as a keepsake of our wedding party. — Rene K.

Ricki works so hard and really cares about her clients. She goes above and beyond the basics and thinks of everything. It was reassuring to have her at our wedding making sure everyone was happy. — Alice

I recommended Ricki to work on a relative’s wedding. She did a great job and worked with the bride throughout the entire process. She was able to gauge the bride’s needs and accommodate her. Ricki was able to provide discounts through her many contacts. Ricki knows all the pitfalls and possible problems that can occur throughout the wedding planning process.  She works hard to prevent any mishaps from occurring. She was on call and present whenever the bride needed her and worked hard at the wedding to make sure everything went smoothly. It was a beautiful wedding and everything went seamlessly.  Bravo, Ricki!!!!”  — Gail

You made our community veterans’ event successful.  The app that you created is absolutely magnificent and we would suggest it to be used for any event, party or wedding. Thanks for giving back to the men and women who fought for our country. — This highly-decorated veteran chose to remain anonymous.  (This event was for 4000 vets at the VA hospital in Brentwood, CA.)

If you’re looking for a wedding planner, search no further.  I feel that the wedding planner you hire is a personal decision.  When I met Ricki, I felt an instant connection with her knowing that she was to be my right hand women especially for the day of my wedding.  I heard about Special Event Genie and Ricki, and I could not believe that she could provide such detailed and committed service with a never ending no problem attitude!  I was overwhelmed, especially since we moved up our wedding date giving Ricki three months less to change and make new plans!  She handled everything with ease including ideas to orchestrate our ceremony to include our children.  To my surprise, she responded right away and assured me by writing suggestions for vows that would make us a united, happy family.  Ricki designed a plan to meet our needs at a reasonable cost…which she did by suggesting creative ways to make things less expensive and by procuring discounts with our vendors because of her established professional relationships!  Ricki is a pro in so many ways and she was so delightful to work with!  She is beyond creative and goes out of her way to make it a magical experience, tailor made.  We were all blown away by the extra touches and the attention to detail.  This was way beyond my expectations and I highly recommend her as she is outstanding! Thank you Ricki! — Jenifer (5-Stars on Yelp!)

I can not say enough good things about Ricki! I had the pleasure of working with her on a wedding a few weeks ago and she is the most organized and easy to work with event planner I have come across in my six years in the business. As the business owner of the venue she had a wedding at, I had the chance to work with her very closely.  I can confidently say she really will make your life easier. She has created a program that she creates custom floor plans for your event! This made the event very easy to run and creates very impressive floor plans. She communicates very thoroughly and is very efficient with her planing but more importantly she is genuinely a kind and person to be around!! I highly recommend Ricki and Special Event Genie for any event. I am sure that we will be working together again in the near future. Thanks Ricki! — Messina (5-Stars on Yelp!)

There aren’t enough stars to give to rate the level of service that you’ll receive when working with Ricki. She is professional, personable, takes the time to get to know the vision of your event and helps to pull everything together to make it come to life. We hired Ricki after trying to get all the details for our wedding together on our own but as we moved forward in the process we realized we need help. Ricki is very organized and detail oriented. She gave us a timeline to help guide us through the day and we were able to view her vision with the help of her planning tools. When she saw our invitations she immediately tied in the place cards and table numbers to match. She helped us hone in on the things we had ideas for but weren’t sure how to execute. My best friends and I had lots of favors, details and ideas to work into the wedding and for a lot of them we needed that special touch with in to make it wedding perfect! We were even able to work in elements to the event I had ideas for but no idea how to make them come to life like helping us craft a special dedication to our children who were now going to join as one big family. Her years of experience in the field, expertise and experience with the many organizations she is affiliated with definitely have shaped hee into an expert at planning events. We were even able to get the photo booth layouts that tied into our theme. Ricki worked well with all of our vendors. We had an amazing team and she was able to contact and coordinate them leading up to and throughout the big day. She went out of her way to make sure we were ok during the wedding emotionally and physically. We like her so much and our guests were enjoying her so much that we asked her to join everyone to eat and chat. My friends and family loved her not just for her service and for her dedication to bringing a fairy tale wedding to life but for feeling like it was personal for her to make our dream a reality. By the end of the process it felt like we gained a friend. We will definitely work with her again and hope to keep in touch in the future. My niece has even started talking about design and event planning after being with Ricki! (Ricki was also very patient with the little ones and took their ideas into consideration because they were very important to me.)— Theresa

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Ricki throws the greatest parties! Her events leave no detail untouched. Everything is perfect. And the best part is how much money she saves. Ricki and Special Event Genie have been doing events for my business group Wildfire Networking for several years now. We have annual holiday parties with sit down dinners and dancing to a dj. Always gorgeous decorations, great food, good drinks, and at least 75 people. Ricki also arranges quarterly cocktail parties we call “mixers” and scores some great locations around West Los Angeles for us. I am looking forward to having her help with my next big birthday party! Call Special Event Genie if you want your wishes granted perfectly! — Cathe

Ricki was able to efficiently pull together an event for me last minute.  She knew exactly who to call and which vendors to work with.  This saved me a lot of time.  I really appreciate the extra gestures she did to help out. — Janelle (5-Stars on Yelp!)

I have planned birthdays for many years, and this time, I needed someone to take over so I can finally enjoy my daughter’s 7th birthday. For someone as meticulous as me, It’s hard to find someone who I can fully trust. When I met Ricki, I knew she was the one. The love and passion she has catering service for Client is beyond. Ricki loves to ensure that clients are well taken care of as soon as she steps in. She is well organized, on track, and knows what follow through means. We are grateful for having you in our event, I was able to enjoy my time and savor every detail of the party because someone like you were there to take care of things. I am happy to gain a friend in you and much more, thank you for taking care of my daughter’s party. There is a saying that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do” – You are an epitome of that quote in all aspect. You are highly recommended and I will definitely use your service again and again and again. More blessings to come to you and your business. — Alona (5-Stars on Yelp!)

More organized than you can imagine, Ricki Lewis takes the stress out of the planning. She gets discounts off catering and venues and more, and she saves more money than she costs…. She’s an unbelievable partner with all the anticipation I could wish for to head off any trips and shortfalls. I’m so impressed I recommend her to everyone with no reservations!!! — Michele (5-Stars on Yelp!)

Ricki organized a weekend of parties for my husband’s 90th birthday–an informal house party of 40, and then a formal dinner party for 100 people. She handled both extremely well and without a hitch. We were impressed with her enthusiasm and her ability to suppress her own ideas in order to allow ours, though often her ideas were the better, and we gladly used them. Many people have told us that ours was the best party they had ever attended and we thank Ricki for helping to make it so. We recommend her happily to future clients and wish her well in her career.  — Sherrye  (5-Stars on Yelp!)

Ricki will save you time, money and heartache. She’s a pro whether you need a major event organized and executed, or a smaller gathering done right. She can even make a Sunday evening football barbecue epic. Thank you Ricki!” — Tommy (5-Stars on Yelp!)

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