It was wonderful working with Erica and Lauren! The girls made it so easy to plan the wedding celebration I had always dreamed of. As a bride, you’re spending so much time and money planning a wedding, you want to be able to enjoy the day when it finally comes.Thanks to these girls, both my mother and I were able relax and enjoy the day. Lauren and Erica are both very organized, we had meetings planned in advance with an agenda of what we would go over, so I never felt overwhelmed. I was kept on track for what I needed to get completed before the next meeting. They were always one step ahead of me with great ideas and advice. As the wedding day got closer there were multiple changes to the details and they were so flexible with changes to the wedding and made me feel relaxed through the entire process. They had ideas, that I would have never thought of on my own, that truly made the day just flow easier. I trusted their expertise and I knew that all of my ideas and details of the wedding would be displayed just how I had envisioned. I am so thankful to have worked with Erica and Lauren, they made my wedding day enjoyable and stress free.
– Laurie Tyler
Thank you for making our wedding absolutely perfect. It was everything we had ever hoped for. We couldn’t have asked for things to go more smoothly. You and your staff made every one of our guests feel so welcome and special. The attention to details and service was out of this world. Our families and guests are still talking about our wedding reception. Thank you so much!
– Stacy + Charley
Thank you for everything that you did to make our wedding the most special day of our lives. You and your team were a perfect 10. Our decorated Suite the night of our wedding was such a wonderful surprise. We are so appreciative of everything you did!
– Karie + Joe
Graham and I would like to thank you so very much for all your hard work and support in creating our dream wedding. You were a tremendous help and we don’t know what we would have done without you. We sincerely thank you for making our wedding day perfect!
– Summer + Graham
Erica and Lauren, The party was unbelievable!! You don’t even know how many people have emailed, called, texted me and let me know what a great time they had. Many have gone so far to say it’s the BEST party they have ever attended! Everything went off without a hitch, and I owe all of that to you two. You girls are so talented and good at your job–such a joy to work with. Many of my guests also told me afterwards how great you were, Lauren….so nice, pretty, calm, etc. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone throwing a party. In fact, I am sure my friends will contact me in the future, and ask me for your info for their future events. You both planned so well for everything and worked very hard on this event. I was able to just focus on having a great time and not worrying too much about the details. Thank you for making my day SO special!
I was fortunate enough to work with Erica and her team from Joie de Vivre at a recent event in Palm Springs. An exceptional wedding that was built on tons of details, a long list of vendors and a really unique venue. Erica brought the whole event together and didn’t miss a beat. Very impressive. Great communication throughout. Highly recommend.
If there were more stars available, Erica deserves them!! Erica is not only an amazing event planner, she is an amazing person. She brings her positive attitude with her in everything that she does. Her energy helps put a bride at ease. She kept me on track with timelines and remembering what was really important. Her outstanding organization and take charge (when needed) attitude kept me sane and made my wedding weekend completely stress free! Her negotiating with the Hotel kept us out of having to deal with it ourselves; she handled everything with great professionalism and care; as if it were her own wedding. I had the time of my life. I didnt worry about one thing all night. I danced the night away knowing Erica had it all under control. She was the needed calm for our storms!!! She is one of a kind and was a major contributor in making our wedding weekend all that we wanted.
– Maureen + Tyler
Erica and I worked together at the Hardrock Hotel in San Diego. She put together a fantastic event, that was tasteful, elegant, and fun. I couldn’t have been any more satisfied with the way the event went, and all the positive reviews from the guests. On top of the event being a success, she was a pleasure to work with. Her experience, time management, and personality makes Erica the complete package for any event planner. I would definitely work with her again, and I hope that it is sooner than later.
Erica is an amazing wedding coordinator. Her professionalism and knowledge of the industry are unmatched. Erica helped take our simple ideas and turn them into works of art. Throughout the planning process Erica was always there for us, going to vendor meetings and always willing to go above and beyond to help us accomplish the next task on our to-do list. I have several married friends, none of them enjoyed their planning process as much as I did and I contribute that to Erica. Erica and her team were beyond incredible on the day of the wedding, they had so many vendors to coordinate with and so many details to orchestrate and everything was done perfectly. It is not in my nature to relax and let other people take over, I had complete trust in Erica and was able to enjoy every moment of my wedding without ever worrying or questioning if everything was getting done-that alone was priceless! With Erica’s help we had the wedding I had always dreamed of, I am forever grateful.
– Katie + Erik
We looked for a “day of” wedding planner for our daughter’s wedding in September. What we got instead was Erica Hinshaw and much, much more. Erica went far beyond our expectations and worked with us for several weeks before the wedding. The days leading up to “The Day”, Erica negotiated strongly on our behalf with the caterer, the reception venue and the hotel for our out of town guests. The day and night before Erica worked tirelessly to make sure every small detail was attended to. She even recruited a friend of hers to help tie ribbons the morning of the wedding. The wedding and the reception went off without a hitch as Erica hurried about behind the scene to make positive that everything continued to go smoothly. Thank you Erica for making our daughter’s day so special. “Special” is a good word that describes you as well.
– Sandy F
She has style and grace and can set the tone for any event. She will make you feel comfortable through the whole process. Don’t miss out on working with the best!!!! Erica and the entire Joie de Vivre team are absolutely incredible. I was on a very tight budget when planning my wedding and initially didn’t think I would have the budget to allow for a wedding coordinator, plus, I was an event coordinator at one point so I thought I’d have it covered. But as the big day approached, I knew I needed someone there to take care of everything day-of so that I could actually enjoy my wedding day. I met with several coordinators and not a single one compared to the dedication, creativity and professionalism that Erica brought to the table. She did everything she could to create a plan that would work for me and my budget and, let me tell you, it was the best money I have ever spent in my entire life! Worth every single penny! Erica made sure every single detail was covered and ensured that I was calm, confident and ready to go on my wedding day! On the morning of my wedding, my bridesmaids kept asking me how and why I was so incredibly calm and it was because I knew everything was going to be perfect because Erica was at the helm. Every bride deserves that experience. Make the call, find the room in your budget, make it happen! She is the absolute best!
– Katelyn + David
Wow! Erica went above and beyond in planning our beautiful wedding. I did not know if I was going to use a wedding planner, but now I can’t imagine not using Erica when planning a wedding! Erica thought of things that I never would have known about, plus she is extremely detail oriented which is a must in the wedding business. Erica also helped with all vendor coordination and communication. This was a huge help because I learned that vendors tend to forget all the details you decided on, but Erica is there to remind them and make sure it gets done. Erica also helped in event design as she has an amazing eye for this! She made sure set up was perfect and added details that I am so thankful for. Erica also helped me save money by knowing which vendors to use and how much we should be paying for different portions of the wedding. She was involved in every detail of the wedding from the major decisions to even helping me find/buy items to stuffing gift bags and more. I seriously could not have done this without her. I ended up moving in the middle of wedding planning and Erica made sure everything was as smooth as possible. If you are in the San Diego area or even an out of town bride like me, Erica will make your event a success and a beautiful memory that you will cherish forever. Thank you, Erica!
– Julie + Justin
I have had the pleasure working with Erica in several different capacities. She is THE BEST in the business. As her former associate, I have taken direction from her during the planning process and the day-of orchestration of many different events – from weddings to galas to extravagent birthday parties. She is seamless perfection and has creative vision like no one I have ever worked with. She also has a knack for executing and getting the best out of the people she works with. Her kindness and expertise inspires everyone around her to want to give their best too. Knowing her expectation for excellence has now lead me to hire her to work with me on my own wedding. So far, the planning process has been a ton of fun! HIGHLY recommend.
– Courtney + Darren
I met Erica Hinshaw through a mutual friend a little before my engagement. She offered to help me get the ball rolling with my upcoming wedding, and I thought…”Why not?!” Most of my family lives in Chicago and I thought I would at least be gaining a second set of eyes and ears for the whole wedding planning year. What I did not realize as I made this casual decision was that I was making the most important decision of wedding planning!!! Erica turned out to be that second set of ears and eyes, but more than that she become an invaluable tool that helped me navigate through the stress and complications of the wedding world! She helped me form a vision, negotiate contracts, formulate a budget, and stick to a timeline. We went to some meetings together, some we would divide and conquer. We meet regularly, and slowly but surely the tasks of my 200 person wedding here in San Diego, were being checked off the list! The money we spent on Erica more than payed itself back, as she used her relationships and insider tips to keep us from making big mistakes with our money. Every vendor she put us in contact with was amazing! I would never have stumbled onto the vendors I chose without Erica! Erica become more important as the days drew closer to the wedding day. She had my 20+ person wedding party in check with emails and reminders, and helped run last min. errands and even saved the day on a few mishaps. She kept me calm in those final days, and I could tell how seriously she took our vision of our wedding, and how focused she was on pulling it all off for us. There were things that happened that day that I later found out about that would have been added stress for a bride, but because of Erica I never knew! She just handled it all!!! I got to enjoy my day, and the wedding was a beautiful and wonderful success!! I know NO wedding is stress free, but if you want an impressive and tasteful wedding without ALL of the stress, find Erica Hinshaw of Joie de Vivre!!! Her professionalism, enthusiasm and vision for your wedding will defiantly make an impression!!! So lucky to have found her!!!
– Shannon + Bill