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Special Event Genie

Marina del Rey, California, Los Angeles

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10 hires on Bark
‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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This is what is included in our services:
* Savings on all your vendos!
* Full, Partial and Day-of planning & coordinating
* Complete orchestration of your ceremony, cocktail hour & reception
* Provide diagrams allowing you to envision your event BEFORE it happens so last minute surprises!

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M
16 August 2020

This was the first time I ever used a party planner. I even planned my own wedding, so I was apprehensive about hiring one for my husband’s retirement party. As a detailed oriented control freak, my friends thought I was crazy for hiring someone. But I wanted to be able to fully enjoy the day of the event and looking back, I am glad I had Ricki. Ahead of the event, there was a delicate dance between Ricki and me, and she perceptively relinquished control of items she normally would manage when she saw that it was something I wanted to handle. But on the day of the event, she took control of everything. I was so thankful to have her, and I gladly abandoned ALL control. The event was so successful, and people enjoyed themselves so much that I could not believe the feedback!

Ricki’s vendor partners were absolutely phenomenal! She is particular with who she partners with, and when the team gets to work, you can see why. The bartenders and servers were repeatedly complimented by guests as being stellar, and I would wholeheartedly agree! Even the behind-the-scenes vendors, such as the rental companies were competitively priced and responsive. For instance, after setting up we knew we needed an additional tent and the vendor was able to deliver and set it up with plenty of time to spare. The cake vendor did a fabulous job with what I would have considered being a challenging design, and it was delectable. With it not being a wedding, I thought hiring a photographer would not be necessary, but I heeded Ricki’s advice and hired one. So grateful that I did! I did not get the pictures on my phone like I thought I would, and Joey Carmen was AMAZING and captured everything! The guests could not wait to see the photos afterward and the event was documented with beautiful photos. Trust that her vendors will deliver on Ricki’s assurances and hire them!

The only opportunity I would mention is a double-edged sword. There are a lot of details in the planning. Ricki thinks of them all! This is great because it covers bases I would not have considered, making the event even better. The downside is that there are a lot of details to remember and follow-up on. We had a lot of emails and texts going back and forth, all of which were important and served a purpose. But with all of that communication, things got confusing, like which one of us was in control of what (which could quite honestly be due to me wanting to ACTIVELY participate in the execution). It was hard searching through emails or texts to look for something. I would perhaps suggest that having a working shared Google doc as a means for tracking the details may be a good solution as it allows both sides to access it as a fluid plan. Aside from that, super ecstatic I used a party planner and thankful for Ricki running the day of my event like a boss!
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M
15 April 2020

We were down to the wire for an event in L.A. and had several things fall through. We were very stressed and anxious and weren't sure how we were going to make sure things went off well.

I looked around and found Ricki online. She had a lot of positive reviews and was one of the most reasonably-priced event planners.

She was able to take us on as clients with very short notice and helped pull off a miracle. She's very detail-oriented, responsible, and organized. I felt like I was in good hands with her because of how competent, experienced, and on-top-of-things she was.

She also had a good network of vendors who came through to help us pull off a great event.

Also, loved her company's event planning app! So helpful.

It was a night to remember -- in a good way! And, I'm so thankful that Ricki was available and willing to work with us on such a short-notice, higher-stress project.

Thanks, Ricki!
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S
2 April 2020

Ricki was a ROCK after my mother's passing -- dependable, forthright, calm, and organized. She put together a funeral reception my mother would have loved. It was elegant, tasteful, and surprisingly reasonable! The food was perfect, the servers were attentive, and the décor was lovely. She did all of this in less than one week. If I could give Special Event Genie more than 5 stars, I would. More...

J
11 February 2020

Ricki is a thorough, creative event planner. She is very responsive and puts her heart and soul into her events. Ricki went above and beyond to make sure our daughter's bat mitzvah was memorable and that there was thematic unity across all the elements of our party. If you don't like a vendor she recommends, she doesn't take it personally and will keep searching. More...

Thank you so much John for recognizing our skills and talents to see an event all the way through. We enjoyed making sure you are happy that create memories that last a lifetime.

M
10 November 2019

Our wedding was the best day of our lives. Everything was perfect and we have Ricki to thank. She gave us expert advice from the first moment we sat down with her. Guided us through the process of putting our wedding together and was with us every step of the way. Her wealth of knowledge helped us get some deals in which we otherwise would not have had. she has an extended network of trusted vendors that ensures you get quality service at the best price. More...

Thank you so much Mike. It was a pleasure to assist you every step of the way in the wedding planning process. I wish the two of you a lifetime of love and happiness!

M
10 November 2019

Our wedding was the best day of our lives. Everything was perfect and we have Ricki to thank. She gave us expert advice from the first moment we sat down with her. Guided us through the process of putting our wedding together and was with us every step of the way. Her wealth of knowledge helped us get some deals in which we otherwise would not have had. she has an extended network of trusted vendors that ensures you get quality service at the best price. More...

E
7 November 2019

I hired Ricki three weeks before a 400+ guest exclusive premiere event in Hollywood. She was responsive, efficient, resourceful and honest about what was feasible in the time we had. She did an amazing job designing and executing the decor, which was pretty complex. I'm very pleased with the resulting event and have received many compliments! Ricki stayed on top of everything she and her team committed to and then some. Would definitely hire again! More...

Thank you Eden It was absolutely a pleasure to assist you with this wonderful Hollywood event! We take great pride in our work and the creativity we can produce in such a short amount of time! Thanks again!

E
7 November 2019

Thank you so much Ricki for your services and expertise!

E
3 November 2019

I hired Ricki three weeks before a 400+ guest exclusive premiere event in Hollywood. She was responsive, efficient, resourceful and honest about what was feasible in the time we had. I'm very pleased with the resulting event and have received many compliments! Ricki stayed on top of everything she and her team committed to and then some. Would definitely hire again! More...

T
21 October 2019

Ricki was so wonderful! She was very prompt with answering calls, texts, and emails. Anytime I needed help with any questions she was quick to assist me. She accompanied me to some of my appointments and helped me with my dress fitting problems. She also developed a timeline for our wedding and incorporated each vendor’s role within the timeline. We loved the diagrams she provided us with, which ultimately painted a picture of how everything would go. There were items I forgot to bring, but this was not a problem because Ricki happened to have everything we needed in her wedding planning tool belt!! The rental company vendor did not set-up our sweetheart backdrop like they were supposed to, so she sprung into action and arranged to have them come all the way back and set it up. I will say that I was VERY particular with the wedding decorations and this was the part I was most concerned with....Well Ricki exceeded our expectations and made everything look even BETTER than we had imagined it. Our wedding day went smoothly thanks to Ricki and her team, and this what made everything so much more enjoyable and special for us. More...

T
8 October 2019

Ricki did a fantastic job for our wedding. She provided us with a wedding timeline, ceremony maps and diagrams of the processional. She saved the day with items we forgot to bring. Ricki truly went above and beyond with arranging all the 500 different pieces of decor that I dropped on her at the last minute! The best part was that she saw our vision and brought it all to life. The decor came out even better than we had imagined. She was always prompt with answering calls/texts/emails and was very helpful in offering her professional opinions. She taught us how to do the processional during rehearsal and also showed us how to properly cut our cake. And she is a wizz with wedding etiquette! 5 stars from the new Mr. and Mrs. Orellana!! More...

T
16 September 2019

I would like to thank Ricki for all of her incredible work planning a combination Surprise Birthday Party/Baby Shower for my wife last week. Every step of the way, she was there offering ideas, suggestions and advice to help make the big day an exceptional and unique event. Ricki truly went the extra mile seeing to it that all the arrangements were completed in a timely fashion—acting as my “silent partner”. She found us a watermelon sculpture maker to create a fruit baby carriage (adorable!), mariachis, taco caterer (yum!) as well as beautiful and fun rentals, flowers and decor. Ricki was a gem to work with, generous with her time, and graciously understanding the element of Surprise. This beautiful event went off without a hitch thanks to the creativity and organizational skills of our fully prepared “Special Event Genie,” Ricki Lewis. My wife was truly surprised and so thankful! I couldn’t have done it without Ricki’s assistance and attention to detail. I will certainly recommend all of my family and friends choose Ricki to help with their next event. Thank you so much Ricki for wonderful memories that last a lifetime– Sincerely, Tony C. More...

S
11 July 2019

Ricki and her team were an absolute dream to have! We told her what we envisioned and she went above and beyond to make that happen for the wedding of our dreams. Ricki not only put in the extra hours to help us stick with our wedding theme she was great with connections and has great taste. On top of all this, she worked so well within our budget which was highly important to us as a young couple. Highly Recommended! More...

C
18 June 2019

My husband and I hired her very early on in the process to help us plan our wedding. I quickly learned that with her, I could do as much or as little of the wedding planning as I wanted. If I wanted to pick out certain vendors on my own, I was free to do so. If I didn’t care to do the work myself, she had connections everywhere and always had a person for me. Ricki can take care of almost anything that you don’t want to/don’t have time to deal with yourself (exceptions being things like making your guest list, picking your song selections, figuring out who should sit with who at the reception etc..personal things like that). I was very busy (not to mention out of town) for the last 6 months leading up to the wedding, so having her was incredibly helpful. All I needed to do was tell her what I was envisioning and she would think of ways to make it happen. Ricki was nothing but supportive throughout the whole process.

But what she did for us on the day of the wedding was nothing short of magic. Beautiful flower arrangements I didn’t ask for popped up on cocktail tables, on the sweetheart table, and along the aisle (and no, I didn’t get charged extra) - all of them tasteful and in-theme. She procured a tossing bouquet out of nowhere and got us free upgraded chairs for the reception. Everything was set up beautifully and meticulously despite a short bout of rain leading up to the ceremony. Because of Ricki and her assistants I was able to enjoy the day and the evening wholeheartedly without thinking about the logistics- it was only in the next couple days afterwards that we would realize all the things we would’ve had to think about during the wedding if she hadn’t been there.

Thanks to Ricki, my husband and I will forever look back on our big day and remember it as nothing short of perfect.
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C
18 June 2019

Ricki Lewis is amazing. My husband and I hired her very early on in the process to help us plan our wedding. I quickly learned that with her, I could do as much or as little of the wedding planning as I wanted. If I wanted to pick out certain vendors on my own, I was free to do so. If I didn't care to do the work myself, she had connections everywhere and always had a person for me. Ricki can take care of almost anything that you don't want to/don't have time to deal with yourself (exceptions being things like making your guest list, picking your song selections, figuring out who should sit with who at the reception etc..personal things like that). I was very busy (not to mention out of town) for the last 6 months leading up to the wedding, so having her was incredibly helpful. All I needed to do was tell her what I was envisioning and she would think of ways to make it happen. Ricki was nothing but supportive throughout the whole process. But what she did for us on the day of the wedding was nothing short of magic. Beautiful flower arrangements I didn't ask for popped up on cocktail tables, on the sweetheart table, and along the aisle (and no, I didn't get charged extra) - all of them tasteful and in-theme. She procured a tossing bouquet out of nowhere and got us free upgraded chairs for the reception. Everything was set up beautifully and meticulously despite a short bout of rain leading up to the ceremony. Because of Ricki and her assistants I was able to enjoy the day and the evening wholeheartedly without thinking about the logistics- it was only in the next couple days afterwards that we would realize all the things we would've had to think about during the wedding if she hadn't been there. Thanks to Ricki, my husband and I will forever look back on our big day and remember it as nothing short of perfect. More...

K
19 May 2019

Ricki Lewis exceeds expectations. She is a detail-orientated professional who understands and capably executes your wedding day vision. We partnered with Ricki as our day-of coordinator, but her hand and help really began the moment we met! She handled our day-of timeline for both the church and reception, skillfully set up our reception with the finishing DIY touches, and is incredibly responsive on both email and cell.

Ricki Lewis exceeds expectations. She is a detail-orientated professional who understands and capably executes your wedding day vision. We partnered with Ricki as our day-of coordinator, but her hand and help really began the moment we met! She handled our day-of timeline for both the church and reception down to the very last detail, skillfully set up our reception with the finishing DIY touches, and is incredibly responsive on both email and cell.

Overall, Ricki provided the essential stress-relief we were hoping for from planning the wedding. If you're seeking an expert to help carry your wedding planning across the finish line -- go with Special Event Genie!
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K
19 May 2019

Special Event Genie exceeds expectations! Ricki Lewis is a detail-orientated professional who understands and capably executes your wedding day vision. We partnered with her as our day-of coordinator, but her hand and help really began the moment we met! She created our day-of timeline for both the church and reception down to the very last detail, skillfully set up our reception with the finishing DIY touches, and is incredibly responsive on both email and cell. Overall, Ricki provided the essential stress-relief in planning our wedding. If you're seeking an expert to execute your special day perfectly -- go with Special Event Genie! More...

K
19 May 2019

Ricki Lewis is a detail-orientated professional who understands and capably executes your wedding day vision. We partnered with Ricki as our day-of coordinator, but her hand and help really began the moment we met! She handled our day-of timeline for both the church and reception, skillfully set up our reception with the finishing DIY touches, and is incredibly responsive on both email and cell.

Overall, Ricki provided the essential stress-relief we were hoping for from planning the wedding and if you're seeking an expert to help carry your wedding planning across the finish line –– go with Special Event Genie!
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L
19 April 2019

We hired Special Event Genie only five weeks before our wedding because we needed to feel organized about how we were planning all the finishing touches and details.
We were most impressed that she was so easy to work with, flexible with her time and came to our home twice to give ideas as well as assist with assembly of the centerpieces and favors.
Ricki immediately understood our vision for the look and feel we wanted to create, showcasing our love of all things Gold!
She even drew up full color, to scale floor plans for all scenes of our wedding using her own app!
Ricki understood our budget and came up with creative ways to do things that only looked expensive.
We were also impressed with the detailed and most organized timeline and other documents she created for us.
And we felt very comfortable working with her because she totally understood our culture and traditions.
Her team was totally hands on making sure the evening went smoothly.
We were so glad to have Special Event Genie running the show, we could not have done it without her!
Thank you Ricki! - Linda & Ricky
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S
11 March 2019

We hired Ricki Lewis of Special Event Genie for our wedding.
We really did not want to wait the usual 9 to 12 months of planning.
Once we were granted permission to have our wedding USC, we called Ricki.
This was only six weeks before our wedding date!
Ricki totally shared our vision of the look and feel of our wedding decor.
She designed our invitations and RSVP management!
She even went out of her way to walk the entire University to make sure all departments had the required permits approved and all money was paid.
Ricki and her team stayed the entire day, to make sure everything went smoothly from start to finish.
We cannot say enough about her attention to detail and to our individual needs.
Her resources for the dress, the music and the lighting were wonderful.
She has a can-do attitude and never gives up.
We could not have done this without her guidance and assistance every step of the way.
We are so appreciative! Thank you Ricki!
Shauna & Rik
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L
14 February 2019

I have had the opportunity to work with Ricki on several occasions and she is phenomenal. No matter what event you are in need of a planner for look no further, Ricki takes care of you for beginning to end.

C
3 February 2019

Ricki really helped to make our event great even with problems with our venue.

C
13 November 2018

We celebrated my mother's life on Saturday November 10 with the help of Special Event Genie. Ricki and Robin were phenomenal! We had a church service at 2:00 p.m. and a reception at the house at 5:30 p.m. Even though I have lots of experience throwing parties, doing this after my mother passed was daunting.  Ricky made sure no detail was missed. She was on top of everything from the beginning.  She arranged the food, the bar,  the rentals, the music, the invitations, and a myriad of other details.  She followed up with me daily but gently. More...

R
8 November 2018

SEG helped make our wedding a success! It was beautiful yet budget-conscious. Her scope of srvcs was far broader than the other planners we met yet she was affordable. She negotiated w/our vendors & many gave us discounts due to her relationships w/them. W/1 exception we were pleased w/her vendors. She ran countless errands for us, joining me at dress appts, visiting sev. venues on our behalf, & making many trips to our chosen venue to check on things. She made frequent trips to the flower mart, even picking me up from work on her way (when I couldn’t join her she vid chat/sent pics). As an architect I loved that she could communicate the layout of the event spaces thanks to her proprietary software that generated to-scale floor plans of each area; not only did these plans help us visualize the space but they also gave us comfort knowing the rental ppl would know exactly how we wanted things. Being a perfectionist/DIYer I was a very hands-on bride but SEG was always avail. when needed; from the day we signed w/her we were in constant communication by phone/txt/email. Over the months we wrkd w/her she ensured we hit milestones on time, warning us when invites should go out & following up to ensure we were mtg deadlines. She had to act as both planner & decorator as we had no florist (all the décor was DIYed). She sent her van to my house to get loaded w/décor the night before; the next morning she & her team got to the venue early to set everything up. The room looked as though a real florist decorated it! Another planner we interviewed wanted an extra $1k to set up the DIY décor! My critiques of SEG are 1)the way she timed the processional was too slow & 2)she missed the mark when it came to gathering our relatives for the family portraits, so the portrait session was chaotic/took too long. But once the party began everything went great. Ppl are still telling us what fun it was/how much they enjoyed the custom touches. We couldn’t have pulled off our vision w/o SEG! More...

R
3 October 2018

Best wedding ever and all because of Ricki Lewis , our Wedding Planner. She made sure everything went off smoothly and she was very organized in  all aspects of the Wedding. And found ways to save us money.Thank you More...

F
1 September 2018

Ricki, did an amazing job helping put together our daughter's Quinceanera. She was very detailed, knowledgeable of the celebration and meaning of our Mexican traditions. Her suggestions  were amazing and helpful. She suggested baile Folklorico for our reception... and it was a total success. All of our guest enjoyed the performances. She is amazing, we definitely recommended her services. She makes your planning so much less stressful! We love you Ricki! More...

A
25 July 2018

Ricki did an AWESOME job at our backyard wedding. We had a wonderful time and the feedback from the guests has been great. We couldn't have done it without her help. She went above and beyond to make sure everything was going smoothly and even went out and served food when the wait staff were overwhelmed. It truly was the best day of our lives, and we owe a huge portion of that to the help that Ricki provided. More...

T
19 June 2018

We hired Ricki for her “Wedding Day Consultant Package”. She put in a lot of time and special attention doing her very best to make our wedding day so very special. She arrived early to make sure all the tables & chairs were set up and decorated, directed the caterer, the photographer, and the musicians. We were impressed at how knowledgeable she is in all the facets that go into a wedding. Ricki certainly knows her stuff! Ricki offers more value with her services than I could have imagined. She really goes the extra mile! I am a fourth generation matchmaker with much experience and I am recommending her services to all my clients. Ricki took a lot of worry off my mind, knowing that she was there taking care of all the details… and just plain being our eyes and ears so we could relax and enjoy my own wedding. She was there making sure we were well taken care of the entire day! Thank you, Ricki! – Terry Brussel-Rogers & Craig Brussel Rogers More...

J
9 May 2018

My husband and I would like to thank Ricki for all of her incredible work planning our wedding three weeks ago. Every step of the way, she was there offering ideas, suggestions and advice to help make our wedding an exceptional and unique event. Ricki truly went the extra mile seeing to it that all the arrangements were completed in a timely fashion—acting as my “fairy godmother”. Ricki was a gem to work with, generous with her time, and graciously understanding of our religious customs. Our beautiful wedding went off without a hitch thanks to the creativity and organizational skills of our fully prepared “Special Event Genie,” Ricki Lewis. We couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you so very much Ricki for wonderful memories that last a lifetime. – Sincerely, Jessica & Joshua Castaños More...

J
18 March 2018

My wife and I would like to thank Ricki for all of her incredible work planning our wedding last weekend. Every step of the way, she was there offering ideas, suggestions and advice to help make our wedding an exceptional and unique event. Ricki truly went the extra mile seeing to it that all the arrangements were completed in a timely fashion—even thinking ahead to the unexpected with a Plan B. Rain was predicted and we were to have an outdoor wedding! Well, we didn’t worry knowing that Ricki was on board, planning for every contingency. Ricki was a gem to work with, generous with her time, and had a keen understanding of our religious customs. Our beautiful wedding went off without a hitch thanks to the creativity and organizational skills of our fully prepared “Special Event Genie,” Ricki Lewis. We couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you so very much Ricki for wonderful memories that last a lifetime. – Sincerely, Jonathan Brier More...

N
8 January 2018

Ricki took personal responsibility for our 50th anniversary celebration just two weeks before the event: she worked effectively with everyone we'd already arranged to support the event and brought her own teams in to fill in the gaps. Ricki is warm, professional and incredibly responsive. We had a great event and Ricki was a key reason everyone who attended had a great time. More...

G
28 November 2017

Ricki did a great job as our very detailed wedding planner! She found us the most perfect and beautiful place for our outdoor rustic style wedding! My Fiancé (now husband) and I were very demanding so it was a relief to have Ricki in our planning process. Ricki had everything all planned and ready to go, down to the last detail. She understood and was considerate of our culture and even spoke Spanish with our guests! She worked with me, every step of the way by sharing exactly my vision for my wedding. She has a no-problem attitude, embracing any last minute changes! I was immediately impressed with her endless energy and generosity with her time. She was always available to me, day or night, taking care of any concerns I had at the moment. Keeping the budget in mind, she found us a great photographer, hairdresser, make up artist, dessert maker, baker, and mariachis at a very reasonable price.
On the day of, she assisted with making sure everything was placed precisely as we envisioned in the venue and everything ran smoothly. I would highly recommend Ricki for her most detailed, accurate and attentive service. We could not have done it without her!
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S
19 September 2017

I cannot say enough good things about Ricki and her wedding planning services.
I have a more than full time job with absolutely no extra time for planning or such details.
Ricki totally understood our culture and hired all the right vendors on our behalf that were appropriate and beautiful for this event.
Everything ran smoothly and Ricki stayed the entire length of our event making sure all our guests were happy and had what they needed.
She waited patiently after our event was finished for the decor and dessert companies to return and clean up the banquet room.
I would highly recommend Special Event Genie for her attention to detail and complete A to Z service!
Thank you Ricki!
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M
2 September 2017

Ricki did a great job as our very attentive wedding planner!  I have a more than full time job so it was a relief to have Ricki as my right hand woman!   Ricki had everything all planned and ready to go, down to the last detail. She understood and was considerate of our cultures as this was a combo-culture wedding.  She worked with me, every step of the way by sharing exactly the vision for my wedding.  She was always flexible and displayed a no-problem attitude, assisting with last minute changes!   I was immediately impressed with her endless energy and generosity with her time.  She was always available to me taking care of any concerns I had at the moment.  She is just just a text away!   Ricki was totally capable of and willing to modify the time line and floor layout diagrams on the spot!  Keeping the budget in mind, she found us a crew of servers at a very reasonable price.  On the day of she assisted with making sure everything was placed precisely as we envisioned at the venue.  I would highly recommend Ricki for her most detailed, accurate and attentive service.  We could not have done it with her! More...

E
27 August 2017

The Special Event Genie (Ricki) is truly passionate about giving her clients a great wedding. She is very thorough in her planning of events and she provides custom planning tools for her clients. She put together a very thorough and organized time line for our event which helped insure that everything ran smoothly and on time. She has a lot of experience in coordinating weddings so she was very helpful in identifying potential pitfalls that we had not thought of. She attended multiple planning meetings, facilitated our rehearsal at the venue, coordinated all vendors and led the set-up of our wedding with assistance from family and friends. We had an amazing wedding and we couldn't be happier with the way things turned out. Thanks Ricki! More...

K
25 August 2017

Ricki Lewis at Special Event Genie was absolutely fabulous in planning the wedding. 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 the wedding. Ricki kept our budget concerns and even found creative ways to save us money. Ricki went downtown LA 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. She 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 there lives. My daughter looked so beautiful, and was glowing with happiness, everything was perfect. I can't wait to use her services again for more events. I recommend Ricki to work on anyone's wedding and have sent referrals her way. Thank you Ricki for all you do. She really knows her stuff inside and out, and was a pleasure to work with. Kath More...

D
22 August 2017

There are not enough words to describe how helpful Ricki was as my wedding coordinator. Her experience is so valuable, and her passion unmatched. What I think was most helpful, was Ricki's willingness to be there with you physically, no matter how stressed/anxious/confused you are to make sure you know that everything is going to be okay. I also can't stress enough how helpful it is to have Ricki to connect you to the BEST vendors EVER. I would recommend hiring Ricki as both a planner and day of coordinator, and realize now (and recommend) the value is hiring her along with her assistant, because the reality is, a wedding is a performance that needs to be orchestrated, and you want a team in charge of this. Ricki is tough, but realistic. She is who you need to battle the Wedding Industrial Complex, where you will get taken advantage of left and right. Thanks Ricki! More...

P
28 June 2017

We were concerned because we had to plan the wedding from out of state and were flying in just a few days before our wedding. That’s when Ricki came in and had everything all planned and ready to go, down to the last detail. There were quite a few last-minute changes and Ricki was totally capable of and willing to modify the time line and floor layout on the spot! She found us a florist at a very reasonable price that had exactly the type and color of flowers my wife wanted. We had an idea for the center pieces and her suggestions made them even better. On the day of she assisted with making sure everything was placed precisely as we envisioned in the venue. She made sure all our guests were comfortable and had everything they needed to enjoy the celebration. I would highly recommend Ricki for her most detailed, accurate and attentive service. We could not have done it without her!” More...

D
27 June 2017

There are not enough words to thank Ricki! She came in and saved our day. We knew we needed a local wedding planner because we live out of state and arrived in California just two days before our wedding. Ricki had everything all planned and ready to go down to the last detail. She has a way of working with people as the neutral third party to make everything go smoothly so all venders are working together in a most congenial way. She worked with us, giving us the fairy tale wedding we imagined. On the day-of, she assisted with making sure everything was set up as we envisioned for this most special venue. I would highly recommend Ricki for the most accurate and attentive service. There is no way we could have done it without her! More...

N
27 June 2017

There are not enough words to thank Ricki!  She came in and saved our day.  We knew we needed a local wedding planner because we live out of state and arrived in California just two days before our wedding.   Ricki had everything all planned and ready to go down to the last detail.  She has a way of working with people as the neutral third party to make everything go smoothly so all venders are working together in a most congenial way.  She worked with us, giving us the fairy tale wedding we imagined. On the day-of, she assisted with making sure everything was set up as we envisioned for this most special venue.  I would highly recommend Ricki for the most accurate and attentive service.  There is no way we could have done it without her! More...

M
16 March 2017

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! More...

R
7 March 2017

Since I am so busy with my business, I hired Ricki to create a party for my ten-year-old son in our back yard. I wanted the party to be fun for the parents as well as the kids. I only had three weeks to put the whole thing together and Ricki responded right away. The next day she came by to measure the back yard and determine how many tables we could fit comfortably while still having room for the kids to play games. Ricki had no problem keeping to my budget! She immediately contacted her rental company to order tables, chairs and linens in my son’s favorite colors. She was most thoughtful asking my son what games he and his friends liked to play. She bought party favors for the kids including sports memorabilia and Minecraft toys. Ricki even hired a bartender that made “mocktails” for the kids named in honor of my son. I was very pleased in the way Ricki acted as “mother hen” during the entire party, making sure everyone was happy and having a good time. She arrived early to set up and stayed an extra hour afterward to clean up and make sure my home was better than she found it! I would highly recommend Ricki, the Special Event Genie! Thank you, Ricki! More...

A
13 December 2016

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. More...

A
18 November 2016

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.

T
5 October 2016

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! More...

C
11 September 2016

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! More...

T
5 August 2016

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! More...

J
19 April 2016

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! More...

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11 April 2016

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.) More...

M
13 November 2015

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!!! More...

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Seeing my clients happy. Making sure everything is decorated beautifully. Taking care of every last detail.

We offer a one-hour free consultation for both full planning and day of coordination. Wedding for 500? Surprise party for 40? No Problem! Whatever you desire, we can create it! We are willing to do everything and anything to make your event a smashing success!

My mother was in this business. She started teaching me when I was teen.
All I did for years was set the tables and create the center pieces!

This business has been built from referrals and word of mouth. Success is measured by the satisfied clients and families that stay with us throughout the years. We take care of every last detail so all you have to do is show up, enjoy your guests and relax. We truly care about your happiness and the success of each event. No matter how large or small your event may be, we give you the same care and attention. Start planning your next event now. Text or call. You’ll be glad you did!

We really pay attention to our client’s needs and spend time with you to make sure you are getting exactly what they want.

What sets us apart is that we are professionally trained by the American Bridal & Event Planner Associations. We developed a unique app that actually shows you what your event is going to look like BEFORE it happens so you can feel completely at ease with the outcome of your occasion. Also, with this software, all vendors get to see exactly what’s been planned so everyone involved is on the same page. It is presented in full color and perfectly to scale. We are the only event planners to have this.