9 total reviews
The moment we hired her all the promises of I get so many discounts I pay for myself evaporated. She did not get a single one, and we had to twist her arm to even try. Worst of all, we did not trust her. She gave us very bad advice. She would try to get us to use over priced vendors and would act like I was crazy if I did not want to use them. We ended up paying $9 per save the date from her vendor. We basically choose one off a table, and they were like well we cannot price it right now. Sandy knew they were taking advantage of us, and she brought them there to do that. When we found out she was like it was too late to go back. They ended up putting the wrong website on them. Sandy said we would get something for free, when I went back and asked later she acted like I was crazy. My fiance bought the domain name of the website that misprinted and Sandy claimed she resolved the issue and told him to do that even though it shows we did it before we even contacted her. I finally went around her and contacted them directly (strictly permitted by Sandy) and found out they were going to charge us $35-$40 per invitation. I found a vendor at an expo who custom made ours for $7 each. The design company's proposal was $20,000. She got even angrier when I told her we were only probably going to have 75 people. She insisted the function space was too large, and we must pay a large sum for draping. We contracted that space based on the number and knew it was right. Sandy was exasperated when I said we had to trim down some expenses. She said our wedding had been misrepresented to her, and I should feel bad for making the vendor do all that work. My fiancee talked to her and she threatened to quit, said I was short with her in my emails, and I wasn't answering her questions. He was furious with me. I forwarded all my emails of all the stuff she asked me 2 or 3 times and I answered 2-3 times. There were vendors who she didn't know we hired, and she was the one who got the contracts and I cced her when I sent them back. She didn't bother to look over our emails or document decisions. We basically told her we only wanted to use her for the day of the wedding.
The Big Day: Sandy walks into the bridal suite throws her hand over her face and is like "I cannot look at you this is so offensive" to my (self-conscience, top-heavy bridesmaid). She tried to kick the best man's girlfriend out of the gathering at the groom's suite. My fiancee (after reminding all vendors even though Sandy should) tells Sandy to make sure they introduce him and his friends as Captain and not Mr. She says, "what does it matter you are making a big deal out of nothing". Wow! The lighting went out at the reception. The venue was concerned about doing the cake cutting, dances, and keeping everything on schedule--which was Sandy's job. She disappeared for most of the reception. When my fiancee found her, she said she was trying to fix the lighting. He asked her to ignore it, and to continue coordinating. She was like no I cannot get past it. Right before the ceremony, I asked her to take my flat shoes to the holding room we went to after the ceremony because I was already in agony. She wasn't happy about it but agreed. I got there, and they were not. I asked why. She acted like it was new information. She was insulted, and was like seriously you want me to do that? She just kept standing there repeating what I asked back to me. My maid of honor was like please just go do it.
I don't know where I would have been without Sandy! She is awesome! I live in Chicago and my wedding was in Tampa. Sandy's expertise and knowledge of vendors in the Tampa area was so helpful! Without her, I think I would have been scrambling to find vendors and they would have been vendors who I knew little or nothing about. She has great relationships with some amazing vendors in the area which made everything else so stress free! The day of the wedding I didn't think twice about anything or stress wondering if someone showed up to set up at the venue or not. Sandy handled it all and it was a huge relief! I was able to enjoy every minute of the day and it turned out perfect because of her! I definitely recommend Sandy Rule Events! Everything turned out so beautifully. She brought our vision to life. Not a day goes by since the wedding where I don't look back and think how amazing everything was!
I cannot say enough good things about Sandy! She truly made my wedding day a stress free day! I had nothing to worry about the day before or day of. She took care of everything! All I did was sit back relax and enjoy the moments with family and friends. She ensured that my vision for our wedding day came true! I would recommend her to anyone!
Every bride that I have talked to said that hiring a day-of wedding coordinator was the best money that they ever spent! So when I went to look for my own, I scoured the wedding websites for the best reviewed in the Tampa area. Sandy Rule Events popped up over and over again. I put in an inquiry to her, as well as a few others. I knew that personality fit had a lot to do with who I was going to hire, so I wanted to give myself options. Sandy was the first person to contact me back. When I spoke with her on the phone, she was direct and very knowledgeable about the business. She took the time to answer all of the questions that I had and then some! After speaking another coordinator, and waiting for the others to call me back (which they did not!), it was clear that Sandy was the right fit. Her take charge attitude and industry expertise was just what I wanted in my coordinator.
Sandy did a lot more for us than what a normal day-of coordinator would do. Since we live 3,000 miles away, and were only in town periodically before the wedding, she made sure to meet us at our other vendor appointments, multiple times. She spent a lot of time on the phone with us, and responding to our emailed questions. Even though we knew that we were not her only client, she made us feel like we were. This was our first time getting married, so we didnt know the first thing about planning a wedding. I had an idea of what I wanted, but with Sandy's help, it turned into something better than I could have ever dreamed up. She offered suggestions that I would have never thought of. She gave us advice on what would give us the most "bang for our buck", so we could have the most amazing wedding on the budget that we had to work with. She directed us to the tried and true vendors in the area. She was very detaill oriented, focussed on getting it right, and making sure everything went smoothly. On our wedding day, we didnt have to deal with a single thing! Sandy made sure everything and everyone was in their place, and it made the whole day totally stress free. Everything exceeded our expectations, and that was largely due to Sandy's involvement!
Our only bit of constructive criticism for Sandy was that she needed an out of office auto-reply on her email. It seems petty to even mention, but there were a few instances when an email or phone call would go unanswered for a period of time. Once recieved, Sandy was always good about giving us an explanation for her not getting back to us. It was frustrating none the less, and we gave her the feedback that it is better to know that she wont be getting back to us right away, than to not know anything at all. She was very receptive to our feedback and said that she would try to be better about managing her clients expectations. I told her only because I want her to further succeed, and I would hate to see something like that be a roadblock for her.
Overall, Sandy was great to work with. She helped us plan a wedding that was beyond our wildest imagination, and made sure the day ran smoothly so we could enjoy it! I would highly reccomend Sandy Rule Events to anyone planning their wedding in the Tampa area.
As a groom, I was a little skeptical when my fiancée (now wife) wanted to use a wedding planner instead of doing ourselves. But looking back afterward, I would not change a thing. The vendors she recommended we use, the personal attention she paid to our wedding and her ability to creatively solve for minor issues made her worth every penny we spent. Just the look on my Brides’ face when we both were able to see the vision that we had for our wedding fully executed, made me extremely happy with our decision to use Sandy as our wedding planner. She really did change my mind on couples using wedding planners and I have recommended her to several other couples that become engaged since our wedding.
I have to say that I am so sad that the wedding is over. What an incredibly amazing day!!! It was filled with so much love, and absolutely beautiful from start to finish! Sandy was awesome! She gave me so much help and guidance throughout the entire process. She was pivotal in the whole event and I'm very grateful that she was on our team! With her direction we were able to select the best vendors that provided us with outstanding results. She understood our vision completely and executed it flawlessly! I was able to enjoy the entire day without worrying about the endless details because I knew that Sandy had it all covered! I can not express how incredibly grateful I am!!! I highly recommend her to any couple that is looking for someone that is sensational and truly cares about her clients.
During the planning process Sandy was a breath of fresh air. Even though I knew what I wanted, well I thought I did, there are so many little details that you don't even think about and even ways to save money. Sandy provided so much helpful information and even though she was only hired for the "Day Of services" she was in constant communication through email and phone for the 8 months leading up to my wedding, and even attended vendor appointments. On the day of the wedding she took care of EVERY detail, including the timelines, vendor delivery times, set up, and most importantly keeping me relaxed :); sure made everything perfect. I'm so Thankful that she was a part of our wedding day!
Sandy was so amazing as a wedding planner. We used her on the day of the wedding and as needed other than that. She came with us to the tasting but we arranged for her to be available by phone during the rest of the planning period to cut down on costs. Not only did she make the day possible and so easy, but she called all the vendors for before about a week before. Also, she gave great options for vendors, and most of the time even called ahead for us and got us a discount. She was wonderful, and I highly recommend her!
Sandy is the BEST she made our day so beautiful i gave her the overall look i wanted and she brought it to life and then some. I was overjoyed with everything she did. I will never forget how beautiful everything was.
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2010