Member Since: 2/17/2013
We were looking for a day-of-coordinator for our September 2013 wedding since we pretty much had our wedding planning taken care of (as far as picking our vendors, the theme we wanted, and our wedding pieces which were mostly DIY). Our catering manager at the Prado in Balboa Park recommended Amy Vargas. Upon meeting her, which was not planned (we just happened to catch her after she was getting out of another meeting at the Prado after my now-husband and I were meeting with our catering manager there), she was friendly, professional, and seemed on top of things. We were debating on whether or not we really needed a coordinator, and although her day of service package was a little outside our price range, I really wanted someone to take care of making sure things were in place the day of and she seemed to offer that comfort/peace of mind and the exact services we were looking for. We decided to go with her, and are so happy we did! She created a timeline for the day of, and she coordinated it with all our vendors prior to and on the wedding day. She was very responsive via email before the wedding (I think I only contacted her once or twice with questions as their website takes care of the contract terms and paying). She coordinated our rehearsal, and had an assistant for the day of to help with placing things. She was very on hands but made sure she didn't stand out during the wedding. Everything went seamless and she made sure we got the items we wanted back (e.g, our cake topper, cake serving set, cardbox, our handmade reception welcome sign, handmade sweetheart chair decorations, etc.) and even sent small reminder emails about what to do after the wedding which included helpful tips on obtaining a copy of our marriage license. After being a bridesmaid at a few other weddings and seeing the stress of coordinating everyone on the wedding day (getting everyone from one place to another when the bridal party is running late because of traffic between the ceremony & reception), not knowing who to give what to or who knows where items are (like the bride's toss bouquet!), making sure that vendors gets their decorative items back, and searching for missing items after the wedding, we are soooo glad we hired Amy!! I was able to focus on just enjoying our wedding from start to finish rather than the stressing about the details of it. Amy is worth every penny & I totally recommend her for your wedding day needs!
Member Since: 1/2/2008
I can't say enough great things about the First Comes Love team! From the first moment I spoke with Amy, I felt immediately comfortable and knew that I would be in good hands. When there was a last minute snafus with our officiant, Amy sprang into action, finding a replacement (who was fantastic!) and calming my nerves. Tanya was our day-of coordinator and she was wonderful! I didn't have to worry about anything because Tanya was on top of everything. Several of my family members and wedding party commented on how organized, warm, and enthusiastic she was. She made sure that the day went off without a hitch. I highly recommend First Comes Love!!!
Member Since: 1/17/2013
Amy made my wedding planning up to the event so easy. She kept me on target, suggested vendors in my budget and thought of things that my husband and I never did. She provided us with suggestions and questions to ask vendors that we wouldn't have done. On the day of our event our Event Manager was Jenn and I love her so much!!! She kept me so calm, and everything on target. My aunt needed a safety pin and Jenn pulled it out, my daughter needed a bandaid and some reassurance that she didn't need to be nervous and Jenn had both of those things for her. After the evening was done she made sure one last time that my now husband and I were ok before she left after being there for about 10 hours. I was so grateful for everything she did for us.
Member Since: 9/22/2012
My wedding day came together beautifully and stress-free because of Amy and her team. I planned my wedding in 3 months (so needless to say I needed a lot of help!) and found Amy and "First Comes Love" on the last month.
The level of professionalism and organization from First Comes Love were incredible...I did not have to worry about a single thing on the day of my wedding. Not only were they on top of every single detail in the most professional way, but also the team of ladies were wonderful, compassionate and truly cared.
I highly recommend...the best!
Member Since: 6/5/2013
We chose to work with Amy because from our first meeting it was obvious she really knew her stuff when it came to weddings in San Diego. Venues, caterers etc. You could ask her about any venue, she knew whether they were open for your date and the capacity they could hold. Amy and the FCL team has a lot of experience and has probably worked with or at least is familiar with and can offer insight into many vendors a bride might be looking at. Amy kept us on track during the planning and helped us greatly along the way. Definitely coming through in a pinch when I had left some things to the last minute. Amy had another event that same day so Jenn was our day of coordinator and our Wedding day was perfect! Many of our guests told us it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Amy even showed up at the end and handed me my bouquet as I almost left without it! Huge thanks to Amy and her team.
Member Since: 8/25/2011
I knew I hired the right wedding planner when nearly all of my vendors kept saying that I was smart to work with the "Big Guns" in San Diego wedding coordination. Amy and her team and First Comes Love know the best vendors to work with, work to get you the best prices, and made planning our wedding a breeze and an absolute joy. They're always friendly, available, and quick to help solve any question or dilemma that comes up, whether it's family etiquette problems, or double-checking a quote from a vendor. On the day of, we had a few hiccups, but as far as I was concerned our wedding was PERFECT because the FCL team was there to troubleshoot and fix any issues without me even knowing. If you want a professional who always puts the couple's needs first, makes the planning process fun, and who you know you can count on no matter what, then FCL is your team. They are way more affordable than other planners in San Diego, and the amount of discounts and savings that Amy helped us get more than made up for her fee. FCL is worth every penny and then some! Hire FCL if you want peace of mind on your wedding day!
Member Since: 2/1/2013
Wow, Amy Vargas at First Comes Love is your "go to girl" and "look no further" for a wedding planner! Planning a wedding from overseas is difficult enough but finding a reliable and budget friendly wedding planner in San Diego can be much more difficult. Amy was recommended to me by a friend I am forever grateful. My husband and I owe her a huge thanks - and thank you, Amy! From early morning Skype planning sessions to answering my phone calls at any hour. I had a mini bridezilla moment when I had told some guests a different start time for our ceremony than what was on the invite! I called Amy and she was VERY calm and collected and her voice on the other end was exactly what I needed at that moment. Our wedding day was perfect and the best day of my life (so far) and owe most of it to Amy! Thank you so much for making our special day the best it could be!
Member Since: 8/8/2012
Where to start...with my crazy mother, my 250+ guests, or my priority to have FUN at my wedding? Let's go with YES!
I was first looking to employ ANY help to communicate with my mom since she's one of those who considered my wedding as HER day. I wanted someone to know this business and people enough where my mom couldn't ruin my wedding planning experience with her nit-picking. Amy was PERFECT. She's professional, and knew how to respond to my Asian-mom's crazy.
I had a lot of guests, but my husband and I's priority was to be selfish and enjoy the party. It was amazing, and my family had rave reviews for Amy and her staff. They were great, and I remember thanking them the whole evening during the reception.
Most importantly, I interviewed two other wedding planning services before deciding with FCL. One was less-experienced who was asking for the same amount FCL charged me. Another was more pricey and seemed very well-established in the industry. I felt FCL was definitely the best along the planning journey, and helped me get some unheard of discounts with the reception venue.
Thank you, FCL, for the best day of my life!
Member Since: 3/17/2012
You cannot afford NOT to hire Amy for your wedding. If you’re even considering a wedding planner, go with First Comes Love. If you think you got it together and don’t need a wedding planner, do yourself a huge favor and go with First Comes Love anyway. Amy and her team were an enormous help during the planning process and an absolutely indispensable part of the wedding day itself. I had no idea what actually goes into pulling an event like this off, but once I figured it out, I had no doubt that I needed a pro like Amy.
Amy will guide you through the bewildering world of wedding planning by recommending only time-tested vendors while keeping you within budget and on schedule. She will save you money by planning a meticulous budget and garnering industry discounts. Most importantly, when you feel stressed and overwhelmed or confused or indecisive, she will be an email or a phone call away to take that load off your shoulders. There’s no need to shop around for wedding planners: First Comes Love is professional, well-respected in the industry, knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared for anything. On top of all that, Amy was a pleasure to work with and get to know on a personal level. I had an absolute dream wedding, and I owe it all to the team at First Comes Love.
Member Since: 5/15/2012
I did the partial planning option through First Comes Love which worked out great for me. They were always on top of everything, even when I wasn't. They know what they are doing, and they do it well. They are very organized and detail oriented. The vendors that they suggested all did fantastic work that I was so pleased with and they all had reasonable pricing. I feel like I got way more in return, than what I paid for. First Comes Love works with these vendors a lot, so they now how they operate and that they are dependable. I could always get a hold of them when I needed them. The day of my wedding I didn't worry about a thing because I felt like I was in good hands. All I did was show up to the venue for pictures, and everything was there and perfect!! It was worth every penny to have a peaceful sound of mind during this potentially stress inducing time. I highly recommend them.
Member Since: 5/3/2009
First Comes Love is WONDERFUL! Amy and Lindsay made our wedding day flawless and so much fun! We had so much fun working with them and they made so many great recommendations for other vendors. It was such a beautiful day, and I cannot thank them enough! They knew our wedding venue so well (Admiral Kidd Club) and really set out to make our day as stress free as possible. Thank you, First Comes Love!!!
Member Since: 3/18/2012
Where could I even begin? Amy and Lindsay are BEYOND amazing. I am so incredibly happy for making the decision to hire them for a full wedding planning service, it honestly was the best decision I made in the wedding process. They provided not only the guidance in this whole process but referred me to the best vendors possible. Their expertise in the industry made my wedding an unforgettable experience. Everything ran perfectly the day of the wedding, and it was all thanks to their coordination. I can't thank them enough, and I hope everyone who reads this trusts when I say... HIRE them. They go above and beyond and are there for you every single step of the way.
Member Since: 11/28/2011
Amy has been the biggest help through the whole planning process. My husband and I went with the partial planning package because we wanted to be able to make it special and really be a part of the planning process. Amy contacted us every month with timeline updates, provided the budget a checklist and pure peace of mind. She provided wonderful compromise ideas when my hubby and I had different ideas. She was persistent in ensuring that we got great deals and because she has such an amazing personality all of the other vendors we worked with had nothing but respect for her. Purely awesomeness. I don't have enough good things to say about her and First comes love and for a bride on a budget her fees were very gracious! I have had numerous guests tell me it was the best wedding they had ever been to and specifically mention how fantastic and on point Amy was during the day of. She really takes care of her couples! As a dual military couple with very hectic schedules she was extremely flexible and on top of her game always ready to help. Can't say enough good about her.
Member Since: 2/8/2012
We bought a partial planner package as my mom and I wanted to be pretty involved on the front end in terms of meeting with and choosing vendors and creating a wedding concept. That said, Amy was there as a resource whenever we needed her. In the beginning she helped us with a budget and wedding checklist. She also gave plenty of vendor recommendations and decor suggestions. She helped us with vendor contracts and gave guidance and editing on the invite, program, ceremony script, etc.
As the wedding date approached Amy made sure we were on task with the preparations and about a month before the wedding she totally took over. She was amazing!! Amy contacted all our different vendors, worked out the little but very stressful details, and created a flawless time line for us. At the rehearsal and on wedding day we did not need to worry about a single thing. She kept everyone on task and made the wedding run so smoothly. It was amazing to watch her in action. I really can't thank her enough. Also, to top it off, she was very reasonably priced. I would very highly recommend her services.
Member Since: 10/2/2011
Amy and her team were professional, efficient and very personable for my recent wedding in September in San Diego. I was very comfortable working with Amy and she was so courteouse and helpful, I would not be able to have done it without her. I was impressed with all there services but these are the highlights:
1. Great Quality of Service that was an invaluable investment! (Enough said)
2. Great Vendor Recommendations! I loved all my vendors they recommended - Florist, Photographer, Videographer, Limo, etc..
3. Use of Technology: Since I lived in houston but my wedding was in San Diego, Amy's webiste and web forms were very handy and environmentally friendly since it was paper-less.
4. Cost- You can't beet their price for the quality of service and I like the package setup so I knew how much I was paying upfront.
I would consider using Amy and their team for any other big event planning services. I had many of my wedding guests complementing the wedding and also considering using her services for big convention events.
Thank you First Comes Love for an amazing wedding!
Member Since: 11/8/2009
I cannot say enough good things about Amy and her team at First Comes Love. My husband and I were planning our wedding from 3,000 miles away, and First Comes Love was the key to our success in pulling off a fantastic wedding. She was able to handle and give advice on every detail, and kept my wedding on track despite every obstacle that popped up (even the fact that my husband forgot to pick up his tux for the wedding!! I never even knew until after it was safely delivered!) Amy and her team had the best suggestions for DJ's, Photographers, everything. They know the wedding business backwards and forwards. Little details that I never even considered were brought to my attention and taken care of immediately because of their knowledge and experience. Whatever package you choose from them, however much money you spend to hire First Comes Love, you will save AT LEAST that much on all the great deals they provide with vendors, and all the little tricks they know to save you money. Plus, ladies, it is TOTALLY worth every penny just so you can have a perfect, exciting day. You will be free to enjoy your wedding and not have to worry about a thing. No one asked me ANY questions the day of the wedding, I was free to enjoy every second of my blissful day. It was SO WORTH IT! You will be so pleased with Amy and her whole team, they were so professional and kept my wedding running smoothly from start to finish. It was amazing, and it made that day the most beautiful memory I have. Please do yourself a favor and use First Comes Love! This is the most important day of your life, let someone else who knows what they are doing every step of the way handle to stress and keep you worry free. First Comes Love rocks!
Member Since: 9/4/2011
I was referred through a friend,had read about this company and seen them at many bridal fairs, so I felt confident. Everything went smooth, referrals, diagrams, walk through etc..what few issues were resolved. Amy the owner is accomodating and willing to work with you.
Member Since: 3/18/2010
All I'm going to say is this company caused more work/stress for us instead of taking things off our hands. We were incredibly disappointed all around.
Member Since: 9/8/2009
My husband and my primary reason for getting a coordinator was so that we didn't have to worry about anything the day of and we could just enjoy our day. It was successful in the fact that we got to just enjoy our day - but it wasn't great. A few examples - we were told they mostly eat before and after the event or snack on something here and there so that they can pay attention to us - great - but at one point my husband and I were just standing there waiting to be told what was supposed to happen next. They had told us that in about 5 minutes we were going to be cutting the cake and doing toasts so after about 5 minutes we stood over by the cake area and then looked around and no one could find them - they were ALL sitting down playing on their phones and giggling and eating. They did a fantastic job setting all the decorations up and I would have been stressed if they weren't there - but it just wasn't anything special - like we were told they would be.
Member Since: 9/9/2011
You know it's a good sign when your venue manager, officiant, and your other vendors are really stoked when they here your choice for wedding coordinator. We worked with Amy/FCL for our wedding last weekend, and she was amazing. She gave us great advice from start to finish, going out of her way to help us remember all of the important details. She was very responsive throughout the process, always available with solid, practical, and useful advice. She put together our timeline and coordinated all of the vendors and deliveries...which was a little complex because of our venue. We didn't have to worry about it, and that let us spend more time withour families and out-of-time guests leading up to the wedding. At the rehearsal, she kept everything on point, making me feel really comfortable with what was going to happen the next day. And of course, on the day of the ceremony, she made sure everything was running smoothly. I didn't have to worry about anything, and I was able to thoroughly enjoy every minute of the big day. If anything went wrong, I didn't know about it, and my guests and family all commented on how smoothly everything went. She's a real professional who is the perfect balance of efficiency and caring. I can honestly say it was a perfect day, and she played a large part of making it that way. Well worth it!
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