Wedding planning and Coordinating in Huntsville AL
Bradley and Meredith Wedding
Erica was amazing. She provided our family with so many helpful tips and suggestions, and she made my wedding day flow seamlessly. I don't know how everything would have gone without having her there to coordinate everything. She was a tremendous help and so sweet and friendly. I would recommend her services to anyone! Meredith
Meredith said the day was more than she had ever dreamed of! She and Bradley were so happy! You truly made Meredith's day incredible! You are simply wonderful! Becky Carr
Jimmy and Brittany's Wedding
I don't have enough great things to say about Erica. She provided us with day of coordination services at our wedding reception. She is so sweet, knowledgeable, professional and just an overall pleasure to work with. Months before the big day she was helpful in providing multiple vendor recommendations that were within my budget and was always quick to respond with any questions I had. Weeks before the wedding, every last detail was so thoroughly planned out that I was able to enjoy the events leading up to the wedding stress free. She assisted in set up and break down of the decorations, which were set up exactly as I had imagined, and made sure everything ran without a hitch. If something went wrong that night, I never knew about it. I'm so grateful to her for giving me the wedding of my dreams and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend her to any bride. Thank you Erica!
Thomas & Kavita's Wedding
Erica was wonderful! We had a big Indian wedding with 440 guests for the wedding followed by lunch and 350 for the evening dinner reception. Erica handled everything calmly and with a smile and made it possible for me to enjoy my daughter’s special day. We had a few problems the day before with the decor and Erica stayed late into the night and helped fix it. Her genuine love for what she does shows in her actions. She made the month of the wedding so much easier for me. We had weekly meetings at the venue with other coordinators and she contacted all the vendors , confirmed the orders and deliveries, carried the wedding favors to the venue , did the rehearsal and then on the day of the wedding made sure everything flowed well. It was a dream wedding and I was able to enjoy my daughter’s special day since I had total faith in Erica that she would make sure everything would be done as planned. Erica has this calm demeanor, nothing flusters her and she does everything with a smile. Hiring Erica was the best decision I made! Rekha
Erica at Helping Hands was an absolute lifesaver. I had a huge Indian wedding and there were tons of cultural aspects that Erica had to learn about along the way. She handled it so well and so calmly and knew every single detail of the ceremony which was all new to her. My mom and I would have gone crazy and probably would have fought so much if it weren't for Erica. Because she was so organized and detail-oriented, my mom and I got to enjoy the whole weekend and not worry about logistics at all. I cannot imagine what a mess my weekend would have been without Erica. Not only is she super organized and therefore gets stuff done, she is so easy to work with! She listened to my ideas and made them happen. I am incredibly thankful for her and owe so much of that amazing weekend to her brilliance! Stop trying to do everything, and hire Erica! Kavita
Chase and Whitley's Wedding
After several months of stressful planning, we realized that we needed to hire a wedding planner to help us wrap everything up for the big day. Even though we didn't seek Erica's help until a couple of months before the wedding, she was able to jump right in and make sure that everything flowed smoothly in the end. She was a definite help at the rehearsal and the actual day of the wedding, especially, as having her there to help my mother and I make sure that everything was coordinated and flowing as planned took the stress off of us. Her assistance allowed us to focus on relaxing and enjoying our special day. Whitley
Steven and Leah's Wedding
Thanks to Erica, my wedding was a complete success. She made every idea I had come to life and made sure it was executed beautifully. She is easy to talk to and keeps in constant contact with you making detailed outlines of the day and even making specific outlines for the wedding party, vendors, and friends and family who are helping. Her insight on what works well and what doesn't is invaluable. I would recommend Erica to anyone planning a wedding or event. Most importantly, she took all the stress off my shoulders allowing me to have the best day of my life. Leah
The Wedding was PERFECT. You are an amazing wedding planner. I can't tell you how many people who attended the wedding said to me how wonderful it was. I credit all the this to you. THANKS SO MUCH. YOU NEED TO CHARGE MORE IN FUTURE!!!. Let me say I'll be one of your biggest cheerleader. You will be the only one I refer in this business. Your attention to detail is amazing. Not to mention the information you provide us with. Things I never thought of. I never dreamed I could give Leah the wedding she wanted on my budget. You helped make it happen. THANK YOU :-) Linda Moran
Joel and Meredith's Wedding
Erica was an absolute wedding genius! She thinks of every detail you could possibly imagine and then at least 100 more. I knew when I first met her at our consultation that she would be great, but once we started our wedding month meetings I had no doubt she would make sure everything was perfect. In the planning process she works on every piece of the ceremony and reception and gives such great advice! I know I was stubborn on some things, but she still advised and convinced me (or my mom on some occasions) when a change really needed to be made. She's very experienced and knows so many of the vendors in Huntsville and Madison, that she knows the best way to work with each and every one of them. After the stress of planning and choosing things up until a month before the wedding, it was blessing to be able to hand things off to her and know I didn't need to worry about them. On the wedding day I was completely unaware of anything going wrong or being off (that's assuming stuff did which I'm sure is a safe assumption). Erica made everything run so smoothly and I don't know what we would have done without her. I'm so very grateful for her hard work and would highly recommend Helping Hands!
Mark and Sandy's Wedding
Erica was so wonderful to work with, she was very organized and detailed. We never had to worry once about how things were being handled. She was always ahead of things. The only other suggestion we have is trying to schedule the first meeting a bit sooner. We had our first meeting in early July the month of the wedding and we were overwhelmed with all we still had to do which was 3 weeks prior to the wedding. We were extremely impressed with Erica's services. She blew us away and really shined, allowing us to focus on enjoying our wedding and knowing our guests were well taken care of. Erica, The event could not have been possible without you. You were the reason as to why Sandy and I could focus on our guests, each other and the day. Again, thank you.
Scott and Anita's Wedding
For our destination wedding we truly took 'Bama to the Bahamas and Erica helped make it all happened. Forty eight family members and friends boarded the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. Erica and her assistant helped coordinate activities on the boat: Hindu prayer service, cocktail party, and wedding rehearsal. I was able to enjoy my guests while Erica and Lynn handles all of the logistics and solved any issues or problems that may have arose. On Saturday, April 27, the ship docked at Nassau, Bahamas. Erica and our DJ disembarked early to ensure that the wedding ceremony site, the Versailles Gardens at the One and Only Ocean Club, was set up and decorated appropriately. The ceremony was a colorful fairy tale. Our Hindu/American hybrid wedding flowed well and ran on schedule, a feat I was quite impressed with because Hindu weddings are known to run notoriously late. Because Erica kept everything running smoothly we had plenty of time for a champagne toast and pictures. Helping Hands made sure no guest was ever left behind with their methodical guest check lists. They handled transportation logistics and made sure every guest was where they needed to be. Later that evening were pictures on the beach, cocktail party, and reception at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino. Erica and Lynn decorated the beach pavilion for the reception with votive LED candles, red carnations, star fish, and sand dollars, add to that the beautiful pink and purple sunset, and DJ Luka's great music selection--it made for an absolutely memorable and enchanting reception. Erica stayed on top of the reception schedule (which was quite tight as is) and made sure the dances, cake cutting, and sparkler exit went without a hitch. I couldn't have asked for a better reception.
Jeffery and Marie's Wedding
Neil and Rachel's Wedding
Erica is an amazing wedding coordinator. She truly went above and beyond for our wedding to ensure it was a success. We had a number of meetings, and I never felt rushed, which was nice because we took a lot of time planning. Our wedding had an elaborate table decor display, which took a great deal of time to set up. She put in a number of extra hours to help set up these decorations, and we are truly appreciative of this!
On the wedding day, mother nature played a huge role and it was raining off and on that day. Erica and her assistant set up two ceremony areas, one inside the church and the other at the gazebo. She helped me stay calm throughout the day, as I was in a panic about what were going to do. Overall, it stopped raining and we had it outside, but it was so nice to know we had a back up plan in case it rained.
I highly recommend using a wedding coordinator for your wedding. Even if you think you know everything about a wedding, Erica will often bring ideas and suggestions that are very beneficial to your day. There were a number of things she suggested which turned out to be very advantageous to the wedding. The actual flow of the wedding was so smooth, which is something I really wanted. No hiccups or issues, and I have repeatedly heard from guests that it was an amazing wedding.
Overall, I highly recommend Helping Hand Parties & Weddings. Great value, great service, and your wedding will be beautiful.
Robert and Kelly's Wedding
Erica was an absolute God send!! She was so attentive and did everything in her power to make sure my big day was perfect (which it was)! If anything went wrong on the wedding day I had no idea, which is how it should be. Zero complaints, she is fabulous!
Clayton and Kari's Wedding
Erica was wonderful throughout our process. During our meetings, we never felt rushed or like we were taking up too much of her time. Each time I attempted to reach Erica she picked up the phone right away or called back within an hour and/or e-mailed me right back. I never felt like I was bugging her or calling too much or asking a stupid question. On the day before and of, she made the day run incredibly smoothly. I'll probably never know how many miracles that Erica performed that day but I'm sure it was many. The peace of mind I had knowing that Erica was there on the day of was incredibly valuable to me and my husband.
William and Elle's Wedding
Helping Hands Parties was the right choice for me and my groom. I had never had a wedding, or even attended one. So, when it came to planning my wedding and reception I was in the dark but Helping Hand Parties brought me into the light. The Internet is congested with many engines that really don’t point you in any specific direction. Helping Hand Parties allowed me to narrow my scope and focus on what I wanted as well as what I could afford. If money is no issue for you, then that’s not a problem either :>). However, we were on a strict budget and Helping Hand Parties provided the expertise and vendor suggestions that really assisted in financial savings. Not to mention, they were hands on around-the-clock assisting me in every step. My wedding was a small wedding, but it was elegant, intimate and all CLASS! Hindsight, my wedding and reception was Grand! I couldn’t have pulled this off without Helping Hand Parties. Helping Hand Parties was a God send.
Michael and Sydney's Wedding
Erica of Helping Hand Parties and Weddings was a true blessing to mine and my husband's wedding day. We met with her months prior to the big day and she was always available for advice as we contracted the caterer, the rentals, etc. A month prior to the wedding we started meeting with Erica once a week and constantly emailing each other updates. She is so wonderfully organized! We made sure every "i" was dotted and every "t" was crossed concerning the details of our wedding weekend. By the week of the wedding we had a whole schedule laid out of exactly how everything was going to take place - with a little wiggle room built in just in case pictures ran over or a grandparent showed up late. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! God blessed us with gorgeous weather and Erica handled everything with such grace. Thanks to her our parents were able to sit back and enjoy the day with us and we were all just able to celebrate our union. I highly recommend Erica to anyone newly engaged, in the middle of planning, or just looking for someone to make their wedding day run smoothly. She has very reasonable rates and is as sweet as she can be! Sydney
Matt and Maegan's Wedding
Erica, I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciated the awesome job you did with our only daughter’s wedding. With your help we were able to make all of her dreams come true (as well as our own). We are absolutely overwhelmed with all of the comments and compliments being made about how spectacular things were. We felt as if we were working with a trusted and loving family member and I feel I have made a new friend for life. Kathy Carter
Love Erica! Not only is she a person with a calm, sweet disposition, she is really on top of things & made wedding planning much less stressful for us. Having her there to help with our day was truly a blessing & I would highly recommend her services! Thank you so much for making our special day absolutely perfect, Erica - it couldn’t have gone any better - THANK YOU!!! Maegan Carter
Jake and Jordan's Wedding
We truly enjoyed having Erica as our coordinator. She helped us navigate through all the decisions and logistic details of planning a wedding, always making sure we had everything covered. Due to her experience with event planning, she was able to give valuable advice and insight to make our day go smoothly, and it was such a relief to have her present on the day of the wedding! Having someone outside of the wedding party that knows how everything is supposed to go and can keep the day on track is invaluable! I would most certainly recommend Helping Hand Parties and Weddings. Our wedding would not have been a success without Erica!
Dan and Emilia's Wedding
My husband and I feel so lucky we found Erica to help us with our wedding. I honestly don’t know how we could have done without her help. Erica went above and beyond to ensure our wedding was the way we envisioned. My family absolutely loved her and her calm and assuring demeanor. She was available to me basically 24h on the week of my wedding, I even felt bad for her (I didn’t want to be a bridezilla). She reviewed my contracts, contacted all the vendors, confirmed appointments, and kept me on the schedule. I know I could not have done it without her. Everything turned out so beautiful and organized and for that we will be forever grateful. Thank you Erica!!! Emilia
Hunter and Gabriella's Wedding
Erica was truly a godsend when planning my recent wedding. We live in New York and planned to be married in my fiance's hometown of Huntsville, so we knew that coordinating from a distance could be a challenge. Thanks to Erica, everything turned out wonderfully. From the earliest planning stages to our exit from the reception, Erica worked with me on every detail, offering suggestions and advice but always keeping true to my vision for the event. When our original caterer suddenly canceled a few months before the wedding, Erica was immediately on the task and found us an amazing replacement who still fit in our original budget. On our wedding day, Erica kept everything running smoothly within the timeline we'd laid out in advance, and when little glitches popped up behind the scenes, she handled everything calmly and discreetly so that my new husband and I could simply enjoy our day. If I have occasion again, I would hire Erica in a heartbeat. She has my highest recommendation and my most sincere gratitude. Gabriella
Adam and Tessa's Wedding
Having Erica plan my wedding was the absolute best decision I made about my wedding...other than marrying my husband of course! I was not one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding and when the time came, I did not have a clue what I wanted. Erica was so patient with me and gave me endless ideas and themes and in the end, I left most of the decorating ideas up to her. Not only did the wedding turn out stunningly gorgeous, but the reception looked like it belonged in a fairy tale book. She worked tirelessly on the day of the event and calmly made everything so perfect. She ensured that my husband and I had a wonderful and relaxing day. I highly, highly recommend Erica to anyone who is planning a wedding or event!
Will and Jessica's Wedding
My family, friends and I recently celebrated and thoroughly enjoyed my daughter’s wedding. The rehearsal, ceremony, and reception went off without a hitch, due in large part to Ms. Erica Thimsen’s outstanding work as our wedding coordinator. She provided spot-on recommendations, coordinated with all vendors, and orchestrated the entire event, all while placing our personal desires as the top priority. Her professional demeanor, attention to detail, and tireless efforts were instrumental to providing an absolutely wonderful event and allowed my wife and me to relax and enjoy rather than scurry and worry about details, large or small.
I absolutely recommend Helping Hand Parties and Erica as your choice of wedding coordinator. Her rates are very reasonable, her service top-notch, and the results were outstanding. Steve
Having Erica guide us along the way and be a coordinator the day of the wedding was amazing. It took so much pressure and worry off of myself and my family. I'm so glad we had her. Jessica
Kirk and Julie's Wedding
I cannot say enough good things about Erica. My daughter's wedding was June 2012. I was caring for my invalid mother who subsequently died a few weeks before the wedding. Erica took over all the stress for me. She was extremely conscientious with all the details, especially checking up on the vendors. Erica knows which vendors are excellent and reliable. For all the services she provided us and the many hours of phone calls and meetings, I felt like we got a bargain. She arrived before the wedding party and worked tirelessly making sure every detail was perfect. I just wish we had hired Helping Hands Parties the day my daughter was engaged! JoAnn
Shawn & Brittany's Wedding
Erica, Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for making our wedding day nothing more than a fairy tale. We sincerely appreciate all your time and skill and yes, woman, you have skills! You are an angel! Thank you for serving us like Jesus! I could not have asked for a better coordinator/friend to share my day with! Love you lady! Shawn & Brittany
Brad and Lindsey's Wedding
Erica helped plan my daughter's wedding this past weekend. I highly recommend Erica. She is very knowledgeable and very organized. She was quick to respond to my emails and phone calls and always knew the answers. The wedding turned out wonderful; it was exactly what we wanted. Erica worked so hard on the wedding day. She was there from 8:00 am and was still there cleaning up when we left at 11:00 pm. I couldn't have done it without her!
Thank you so much for making my wedding perfect! I'm so thankful that we found you. We couldn't have done it without you. You went above and beyond and I will be forever grateful!!! Lindsey
Will and Katie's Wedding
Erica's professionalism, attention to detail and patience is unrivaled. We could not have had such a great wedding without her; she thought of everything. There were several issues that my daughter and I had not thought of and Erica was able to see the big picture and get us through the planning and the "Big Day"! Thank you so very much!
Tyler and Vanessa's Wedding
Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for Erica Thimsen. I hired Erica as my “Day Of” coordinator for my the reception of my wedding that was held on April 30, 2011. The minute I met her, and her warm spirit, I knew that she genuinely cared about me and making sure my wedding reception was perfect. I had spent a year planning my formal reception that included a cocktail hour and formal dinner. I had planned every detail to a ‘t’ yet, I wanted someone to put my dreams into play and keep my reception running smoothly. Erica was there to come up with things I didn’t even think of. She was organized, professional, and remembered everything we discussed. The week before my wedding, I knew she had everything taken care of and that my reception would flow smoothly. Then on April 27, 2011 tornados ripped across the state of Alabama. Devastation. Power was out and predicted to stay out for 7 days. Cell phones didn’t work. As you can imagine, I panicked. My dream wedding was falling apart. Yet, Erica sprang into action. Though I couldn’t get a hold of her because of the cell phones service, she was already planning and making alternative arrangements. I’ll never forget when we were finally able to get through to each other, how amazed I was on how much she had already done. Over the day, she amazingly contacted all my vendors and made a plan of what our options were. At this point, I was in a state of shock by everything that I told her to make whatever she could happen, happen. Due to the power outages and tornado damage, Erica had to cancel and replan a whole reception in a day. She was able to change venues, work with my caterer, cake lady, florist, etc. She made it happen. Our story was featured in the local television evening news and newspaper: http://www.madisoncountyrecord.com/2011/05/26/a-twist-on-wedding-bliss/ http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/19493/2421456?title=10pm&wpid=9715 I’ll never forget walking into our “new” reception and how amazed I was. Not only was the place beautiful with linens, a buffet of food, etc., she had remember the little details from our reception and incorporated them all-even down to the little elephant name card holders. She is a miracle worker who went out of her way to make our wedding perfect. I cannot tell you enough how much I recommend her. Please feel free to contact me personally if you would like more information on my experience: VanessaRolfJones@gmail.com. Thank you Erica, from the bottom of my heart!
Rolf/Jones Wedding Cont.
Erica was considered our Guardian Angel for our wedding!!! Our daughter Vanessa selected Erica for her wedding to help coordinate the day. We were excited about her ideas, and the sense of security it gave us to have her there for the day.
The April 27th tornado came on Wednesday, and the wedding was planned for three days later. Among the destruction and disaster many faced during this tragic time, Erica was cool and calm and collected.
Erica was able to contact and collaborate with our selected vendors!!! The candlelight wedding for Vanessa and Tyler Jones occured due to Erica!!! Immediately following the ceremony she set up a reception at Cyn Shea's Restaurant in downtown Huntsville!!!! All this with NO POWER !!!!
I highly recommend Erica!! I am unaware of any other event planner who would be able to do what she did for us. In 72 hours she made it all happen during one of the worst times in the city of Huntsville. We had 133 guests attend and leave with a wonderful memory of the wedding.
S Rolf Athens,Alabama
Matt and Cardin's Wedding
From our very first meeting, I knew Erica was the woman for the job! She took my ideas and ran with them creatively, was direct and precise with all of the logistics for those ideas and was completely "on the ball" with every aspect of my event. Throughout the rest of the planning, she was consistently available to me the moment I called on her. I was so calm without an ounce of stress the day of my wedding. I knew it had all been taken care of and that if a problem arose, Erica would handle it perfectly. She directed the day beautifully and I feel that I am forever indebted to her awesome service and the service of her staff! Thanks, Erica!
Josh and Morgan's Wedding
Several of my friends asked how we were able to be so calm on the "big day" and I had to give Erica the credit. She handled all the details: from seating, order of entry down the aisle, coordinating rides to the reception, reception events, and making sure everyone was where they needed to be. My daughter was able to enjoy the limelight and her new husband and we were able to visit with our guests. If anyone had a question, they went straight to Erica for the answer. Thanks again, Erica! Lynn
A wedding is an event you don't want to repeat. You want everything to be perfect the first time. Erica took care of not only the details that we discussed before hand in our pre-wedding meetings but was the go to for all details that day and added special touches and organization that made the day go smoothly and come off perfectly. I would highly recommend her services to anyone. Her desire to please and skill at organization is sure to be a blessing! Morgan
The service provided of setting up the chairs & tables for the outdoor wedding & reception allowed us more time to relax & get ready for the wedding. If we hadn't of used this service we would have spent approximately 2 -1/2 - 3 hrs setting up the chairs & tables & driving back & forth to the venue.
50th Wedding Anniversary
Helping hand parties planned and executed my 50th wedding anniversary party for 100 friends. The party was unique and beautiful and even more than I wished for.
Robin's Holiday Party
I must give a shout out and tell everyone if you are hosting a family gathering, Christmas party or any kind of party you should call Erica Thimsen at "Helping Hand Parties". She is AMAZING!! She knows EXACTLY what to do and how to help to make your event run smoothly and stress free!! I'm pretty finicky and she really went above and beyond my expectations! I was able to enjoy the party and relax! It was my first time using her service and I have to say...I wouldn't want to host anything else without her help again!! Worth EVERY cent!!
Erica Thimsen - owner
After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, I continued my education to become a certified Court Reporter, but once I had my children, I was able to be a stay at home mom. Then in 1998, we moved to Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands where my husband and I lived and raised our children for 10 years.
I have always loved entertaining and since there is not a lot to do on a small island, I spent my time throwing lots of dinner parties, large holiday theme parties, special occasion parties, and organizing a multitude of church-wide events. Upon returning to the states and locating in Madison, Alabama, I started coordinating weddings and loving the excitement of coordinating a bride's very special day. I also contracted to setup and serve for a local catering company working many events and weddings. But it wasn't until I was throwing my own large party, and I could not find servers/helpers, that the idea formed to start my own business providing helpers and servers for home parties, corporate events, holiday parties, showers, receptions, etc. I wanted to be able to relax and enjoy my own party and knew others would enjoy that also. The same was true for weddings. I wanted the bride and family to be able to really relax and just enjoy their wedding day while I take care of all the little details. It has grown into quite the passion for me.
We believe in going above and beyond what is expected while staying very reasonably priced. My staff is hand picked, well trained, and is dedicated to making your event a success. Whether you just need one person's help or a whole crew, we will be there for you. If it's a wedding coordinator you need, I will personally make sure your day goes as beautifully and smoothly as planned.
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