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The best way to stay stress-free on your wedding day? Hire a professional wedding planner and hand all of the prep and day-of reigns to them. If you're getting married in the Bay Area, consider one of our favorite San Francisco wedding experts for your big day.
With more than 15 years of events experience, Amy Nichols lends her keen, expert eye to weddings and special events across the Bay Area. This planning pro helps brides no matter their point in the process — from just engaged to nearing the finish line. Plus, her sister company The Poppy Group handles month-of coordination for those brides that need an extra boost right before the big day.
This industry vet has planned more than 900 weddings and events since starting her business in 1994 (she even teaches wedding-planning master classes to other pros!). Laurie and her team specialize in multi-day, guest-centric wedding weekends throughout California.
Alison Hotchkiss Rinderknecht is a superstar planner for both locals and celebs—about 30 percent of her weddings are destination celebrations while the rest are held at chic, closer-to-home venues like the Legion of Honor, Cavallo Point, and Durham Ranch in St. Helena. Read real brides' reviews here!
Stacy McCain Event Planning
Brides rave about Stacy's professionalism, superb vendor recommendations, and ability to roll with the punches and swiftly handle any hiccups that may arise on the wedding day. "It was an amazing feeling to wake up on my wedding day 100% relaxed," says a recent bride. Read real brides' reviews here!
Downey Street Events
Lauren Geissler and Emily de Ayora first met at Stanford Law School; in 2008, they decided to apply their legal skills to wedding-planning (negotiating contracts! drafting budget spreadsheets!) and they've been in demand ever since. Read real brides' reviews here!
Gloria Wong Design and Jubilee Lau Events
Two of the city's finest wedding planners have joined forces, with Gloria Wong conceptualizing the aesthetics—stationery, flowers, cake—and Jubilee Lau managing the behind-the-scenes logistics, including the budget, event production, and day-of schedule. Read real brides' reviews here!