This review is long overdue. I cannot say enough good things about Shumaila! She was absolutely amazing and the best decision I could have made for my wedding, she made the day stress free!My wedding was in San Diego and I lived in Chicago, so having an event coordinator was super important for me. After one phone call with Shumaila, I knew I found the planner that I wanted to work with. Shumaila and her team did a phenomial job at my wedding. Every time I had a question (and I had lots!) throughout the planning process, she was quick to respond and always so kind and helpful. We had a few phone calls during the planning process and she ensured we were always on task. I couldn’t have been as calm and relaxed as I was if it weren’t for her!! All of my family and guests told me many times how wonderful she was too! She was SUPERWOMAN! People were constantly commenting, ” Shumaila and her team that made the wedding so lovely”
She checked in with me and my new husband throughout the day to make sure we were ok. Not only did she make sure we were fine but also our parents, and family on the wedding day. She truly goes above and beyond to make sure that your day is exactly how you want it, and she suggests ideas that you might have missed to make your day extra special. She’s by your side the whole time, organized and professional to ensure your event runs smoothly, from meeting your vendors for set up to making sure your napkins on the tables are folded the way you want.
I would recommend Shumaila without hesitation to anyone planning a wedding. I greatly appreciated not only getting a second opinion on my plans, but having the opportunity to completely enjoy my wedding day with my husband and our guests! Hiring Shumaila was truly one of the BEST decision I made in the wedding planning process.
Amal, August 2018
I truly can’t wait for another opportunity to work with SoCal Event planners!Shumaila and her team were absolutely amazing from beginning to end. Shumaila is extremely professional and personable and will guide you every step of the way. I was completely clueless as we started planning our reception but had an amazing event with the help and coordination of this wonderful team. We were left amazed at not only the planning before the event but even with all of the coordination needed (timeline, speeches, cake, powerpoint presentation, audio, songs, dinner, etc) on the day of the event. Shumaila is a relentless worker and helped us realize a reception event that went beyond our imagination. I recommend Shumaila and the So Cal Event Planners team without hesitation!
Junaid & Sumaiya
Shumaila helped plan my wedding for 8 months and took care of the day of coordination as well. She and her team are absolutely amazing! I’m in my first year of medical school so I didn’t have much time to be there every step of the way and she worked around that. I met with her only about 4 times plus some phone calls/texts. once I picked the decor, caterer and cake I basically took a step back and let Shumaila work with my father in law and sister in law to do the rest. She is very organized and helps you stay on top of planning and will do everything possible to make sure the bride gets what she wants. She is also incredible sweet and easy to talk to and has no conflicts with other vendors. The day of the wedding her team made sure I constantly had water during pictures and made sure I ate at the event. They definitely genuinely care that the bride and groom get what they want and have a great time at the event. My wedding day turned out to more amazing than I ever imagine and I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without her and her team.
Thank you Shumaila!
Zara & Devan
Shumaila & the entire team at SoCal Event Planners is absolutely amazing! They completely handled all aspects of decor & coordination for 2 of my major wedding events. I literally showed Shumaila 1 picture if my dream wedding and that was all she needed to make my exact vision come alive. Not only did Shumaila lead, plan, and organize my events, she also advised me on other aspects of the wedding process that are outside of her job description. For example, she heard me coughing on the phone so she immediately told me to have a teaspoon of honey & black pepper frequently in order to feel better. She also brought me multiple servings of tea ON my wedding day to soothe my cough. Shumaila is literally a life saver. My engagement was in April 2016 and we set our 500 people wedding date for August 2016. If it wasn’t for Shumaila, there would have been no way that we would’ve been able to pull off such a classy event with soo many people so flawlessly. Thank you Shumaila & team for all your help & love. Please note that we know that you plan alllll types of events & you WILL be organizing all our future gatherings!
With lots of love, Ruby & Ali Qazi, August 2016
SoCal Event Planners did an excellent job helping me plan and coordinate my big day. Shumaila and her team went above and beyond executing the beginning aspects of planning a wedding to the minute details on the big day. Our wedding would not have gone as successful as it did without SoCal Event Planner’s team work. Shumaila’s flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile for my big day made my wedding planning experience a breeze. I was able to have a piece of mind with my wedding events thanks to Shumaila and the rest of SoCal Event Planners as everything went as planned. I would highly recommend SoCal Event planners to make your day as perfect as it made mine. Thank you again, Shumaila and team!
-Farah & Osama, February 2016
SoCal Event Planners planned my wedding this past month. Although Shumaila was busy with another event on the day of my mehndi and we had only hired her to coordinate the wedding reception, she still helped organizing the timeline for the mehndi and checking in with the vendors on our behalf. Her team went out of their way to make me and my husband feel comfortable. Further, they did a great job in handling the event and coordinating with the vendors/staff/guests etc.
Shumaila was always available via email/phone to answer any of our questions and was able to meet with us in person several times over the course of the planning period.
She was extremely respectful to the extended family and made sure that all the important guests received the attention they deserved. My husband and I only have good things to say
-Rukhsar & Aqeel, August 2016
I was in need of affordable decor and coordination and I’m so glad I found So Cal Event Planners!!! I talked to Shumaila and instantly knew she was going to be my coordinator. She was always very patient with me throughout the planning process as well as during the wedding itself. I was in touch with her via text and phone calls and she was available for me when I needed her. I could count on her to make things happen! Tonya handled the decor and was awesome to work with as well. They were both great listeners and provided feedback when I asked them. The wedding was absolutely amazing and I’m so happy with how things turned out Thank you!!!!
- Saba & Salah, May 2016
I contacted SoCal Event Planners for help designing my engagement party. I was looking for a rustic and romantic vibe with soft lighting. The event took place in a backyard and started late in the afternoon and ran into late evening so it was really important to make sure that there was enough lighting for pictures and that any weather accommodations were made (although we’re in SoCal, it was predicted to rain the day of the event).
I ended up working with Shumaila who achieved my vision much better than I could have imagined! Shumaila was kind, responsive, knowledgeable, and accommodating. She responded to any concerns I brought up throughout the planning process. She also made sure to bring up any potential design blindspots.
I never planned a party before and I was stressing out before I got in touch with Shumaila who handled everything so gracefully. She paid so much attention to every detail and made me feel comfortable. If she didn’t have a particular item that matched my event idea/them (ex: loveseat) in her inventory she made sure I found one that matched what I had in mind and coordinated everything with other vendors.
I’m so happy that someone suggested I look into SoCal Event Planners! Compared to other planners I’ve contacted, no one comes close to SoCal Event’s competitive pricing, kindness, and care. A week later and I’m still smiling at how everything turned out (it was a gorgeous setting, I had so much fun, and I was so relaxed the day of).
- Sarah, April 2016
I was introduced to SoCal Event Planners through my decorator Nafisa (Nafees Occasions). I needed a day of the event coordinator for my Reception event of 400 guests and I had very specific plans prepared for how I wanted everything to flow during the Reception day. Shumaila gave GREAT suggestions on how I can improve my vision for the event and make it flow in a way that would be SUPER enjoyable for family and guests.
Her team was amazing on the day of the event! I didn’t worry about a single thing because the communication I had w/ Shumaila prior to the event assured me that I would not have to worry about a single thing. We received numerous compliments on how amazing the reception was and how much our guests loved the flow or how everything was handled.
Shumaila is professional, calm, sweet and an amazing coordinator. I couldn’t imagine my wedding event without her presence. If you’re looking for a coordinator that goes above and beyond I definitely recommend that you choose SoCal Event Planners for your wedding festivity needs.
- Shifat & Shathi, August 2015
I found Shumaila by attending another person’s wedding and came to her needing a friend to vent to. She worked with my budget perfectly (very affordable!) and deserved much more than she asked for. Shumaila is a gem and I recommend all my friends and family to book her as soon as they know their wedding date!
Halfway through my planning, I hired her for day-of coordination and she helped me with practically everything else. I don’t know if this was included or out of the goodness of her heart but I can’t imagine my wedding planning or my wedding day without her. She’s friendly, kind and patient. She knows her stuff and she goes above and beyond to make sure I was calm and stress free. She took so much stress out of the wedding planning and I am grateful for her services.
I now have a new friend and if I did my wedding over, she would be the first person I would call.
-Bushra & Anas, August 2015
It was great working with you on our daughter’s wedding. Everything was well taken care of according to the plans. You and your staff did an amazing job, enabling us to be free without worry and enjoy our daughter’s wedding. THANKS A LOT.
- Chanda Ali, Mother of Bride July 2015
So Cal Event Planners were lifesavers! After my family and I dealt with the stress of trying to coordinate the Henna/Mehndi night on our own, I realized I needed major help on the wedding day! I contacted Shumaila just a few days prior to my big day and somehow her and her team members were able to step in and help! They got up to speed on all event details, reached out to my vendors, created a script for my emcees, planned the program and evening’s events and made it all happen! We had some issues with a few vendors during set up which put us on a time crunch. So Cal Event Planners dove right in and corrected all the mistakes while directing other vendors. This was a big help and allowed my family to relax during the set up portion of the event. Shumaila and her team of lovely ladies helped keep my wedding on schedule without any hiccups. My only regret is not contacting So Cal Event Planners sooner!!
-Summera & Shabbir, August 2015
Thank you So Cal Event Planners for a flawless evening!! We are so so so grateful! We love you!!
- Maham & Adeel, July 2015
So Cal Event Planners did an amazing job coordinating our dream wedding at the Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency! Our sweet and friendly coordinator Shumaila minimized much of the stress throughout the planning process from months in advance by helping us stay on top of everything. From remaining by our (groom + bridal party) side throughout the event day, to making sure all of the vendors conducted their roles in an organized fashion – Shumaila and her crew attended to every detail of our wedding so professionally! To this day, we have family and friends that are still awe-stricken by how our special day was so beautifully conducted, and we are very grateful to So Cal Event Planners for making it all possible!
- Teymour and Suzana, May 2015
It is difficult to put into words how appreciative I am of Shumaila and SoCal Events. Thanks to her and her team, I was able to enjoy my wedding stress-free, and confident that everything would run smoothly. She is kind, timely, and very VERY organized! From the moment we sat down at our first meeting, Shumaila was warm and thoughtful—she considered all of mine (and my family’s) ideas of how we wanted the event to run, and made excellent suggestions based on her own expertise. Our family and friends could not stop raving about how wonderfully everything came together and how well-organized the whole wedding was! She went above and beyond all of our expectations and we could not be more grateful! I would definitely recommend hiring SoCal Events—they will make your wedding everything you imagined and more! Thank you so much SoCal Events!
-Naseem and Atanacio, December 2014
So Cal Event Planners was absolutely superb in organizing and executing my wedding day until the very last hour. I had about 350+ guests, and after realizing I had no control in managing anything on the day of the wedding, I knew I had to appoint someone to take care of all the necessary details. I called So Cal Event Planners and met with Shumaila, my Wedding Coordinator. Shumaila worked closely with my mother to get all of our details in order from putting the centerpieces together to coordinating with the decorator, photographer, hotel staff, friends and importantly, the groom! I was especially thankful having her by my side as I was getting ready. She made me feel comfortable and at ease and reassured me that everything would be okay. Whether it was an important phone call to handling my lipstick, Shumaila had everything on hand and was very professional. My mother and I are 100% positive in saying that without having Shumaila as our Wedding Coordinator, we don’t know how we would have properly organized this wedding. Thanks to Shumaila, I had an amazing day, full of wonderful memorizes. I would definitely recommend Shumaila and her team to anyone looking for a friendly, positive and overall professional person to work with, that will make sure in every way that things are handled smoothly on your most important day. Thanks So Cal Event Planners!
-Meshal & Zeeshan, May 2012
Without So Cal Event Planners, I would have crashed and burned during the planning stages of my wedding. Shumaila and her team stepped in to help with EVERYTHING. From décor details to making my family feel at ease – it was an awesome experience. Could not have asked for a better team to share my special day with. THEY ROCK! Thank you!
-Lisa & Drew, June 2012
Shumaila has the perfect balance of being easy to work with but still getting great results. She did a great job of easing the planning process. One of the things I underestimated was that a company like So Cal Event Planners can use their connection with vendors to help you get the best. I’ve had friends who did it alone and they paid the price on their special days by having multiple things go wrong. There are no do-overs and the stress isn’t worth it. With two coordinators on-site (Shumaila and Nichole), we didn’t have to worry about anything and had a blast! We were able to enjoy our day worry-free! Hiring So Cal Event Planners was one of the best choices we made.
-Tim & Norma, August 2011
Shumaila was my right hand at our June 2011 wedding. She took care of every detail on the day of the event – as a bride, it’s wonderful to look back and have only fond memories of the day and not remember a single stressful detail. She asked me questions I didn’t think to ask vendors and kept me on my toes. One of the best decisions of the day was hiring Shumaila, and I highly recommend her excellent services. She created a timeline for day-of event items and circulated it to all vendors. If anything went wrong on the day of my wedding, I didn’t hear about it until after the wedding, the way it should be for all brides. Hire her – you won’t regret it!
-Sidra & Nick Trajcevska, June 2011