Working with Thomas is the best decision you could ever make. You get what you pay for and it is worth every penny for the experience he delivers to his clients. He is the consummate professional and it is an absolute joy to work with him, as h...
e is upbeat, calm no matter the situation, and insures there are no details left undone. Every wedding is done to perfection that they don't even seem real. I cannot convey enough how much you should work with Thomas, it's honestly a choice you will thank yourself for every day.
Reviewed On 11/05/2019 by Charlotte C
We hired Thomas Bui for my mom's 60th birthday celebration. We have always admired Thomas' work as native San Diegans. It has always been a dream of my mom's to hire Thomas, so we were very excited to work with him and Thomas and his team excee...
ded all of our expectations.
We told him a brief idea of what we were thinking for the party and he took it to a new level. His knowledge of the industry and vast experience is unmatched. He has incredible relationships with the best, most reliable vendors, so the entire process from planning to the actual party was efficient and seamless. Thomas coordinated the invites, a dance floor on the pool, gourmet appetizers and dinner, a band, rentals, hair and makeup and much more. The day of the party was relaxing and stress-free thanks to his meticulous planning.
Thomas and his team are friendly, outgoing and easy to be around. We always looked forward to our meetings with them prior to the event. Thomas has endless ideas, but knows how to narrow down the priorities to fit within budget. We will absolutely be hiring Thomas again. If you want to throw a first class party, Thomas is for you.
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Minh L
My wife and I have had a year to reflect on this since the wedding and I’m finally glad to publish it. For anyone that’s reading this review, I can only imagine the stress you’re feeling and sheer magnitude of items that you will need to addres...
s ahead of the wedding and things that you probably have not even thought of yet. Now imagine that and transporting yourself to the other side of the world (12 time zones away) and you may feel a sense of hopelessness or lack of control over such a creative process.
For my wife and I, that was exactly how we felt when we set out to plan our San Diego wedding from the UAE (San Diego because I’m from there). Now enter Thomas, a very friendly, easy to get along with person and very well connected in the event planning industry – additionally, he has an incredible attitude, bringing a sense of calmness and measured control during the planning and execution phase.
We started a year out for planning this wedding and during the first eight months, it was the occasional email on “let’s decide this because this is when we need to decide it” which was perfect given the time difference and our busy schedules. Crunch time came around T-4, when we were planning to meet Thomas for the first time (he was hired based on an initial Skype interview and seeing him plan other weddings for my family members). As expected, our schedules changed and we could only be in San Diego a month later; “no worries” said Thomas, all vendor were able to accommodate the schedule change with the utmost courtesy. Meeting Thomas for the first time at the Park Hyatt Aviara, we ate our way through a 20-course taster to dwindle the selection down to 8 choices. We picked out the final invitations with the meal choices and stopped by Blush Botanicals to see the proposed table settings and florals. I’m certain there was a ton of work in the background but to us, it was effortless and fun.
We come back to San Diego a week before the wedding with what we thought was a nearly finalized wedding plan, but we had a few ideas to make the wedding more fun and enjoyable for our guests. Conversations from one week out began and all ended like this:
Us: Hi Thomas, can we please have an ice luge for next weekend next to the bar outside?
Thomas: Of course, I know a good ice sculptor. How big do you want it and what do you want inscribed?
Us: Hi Thomas, can we ask Melissa to print out detailed itineraries for all of the guests given it’s a 3-day event?
Thomas: Of course, I’ll coordinate with her.
I think you get the message here – the answer was never a no and no request was too much. We even asked to have free roaming peacocks at our farewell brunch – Thomas enquired and then suggested that we shouldn’t have them because they shed their feathers in October; featherless peacocks wouldn’t be too fun and we passed upon Thomas’ suggestion. In hindsight, we probably could have asked Thomas to import some from Australia for the brunch and he probably would have found a way. It’s this measured calmness and impression of being in control (and actually being in control) that gave us the calmness and confidence to push to the finish line. Having a panicked and tough to deal with wedding planner would have deteriorated our event which thankfully Thomas was not in any way.
Reviewed On 10/11/2019 by Derrick D
To Thomas and the whole TBL crew: We wanted to say thank you, again, from the bottom of our hearts for making the wedding of our dreams a reality! I've personally been dreaming of my wedding day since I was a little boy, but this weekend proved...
that I didn't dream big enough. I never imagined just how beautiful it could have been -- and our actual wedding exceeded all of my wishes as a young boy. THANK YOU ALL for creating the best day of our lives! We love you so much for everything that you do!
Reviewed On 1/27/2019 by Ann C
We cannot say enough wonderful things about Thomas Bui. We have now made it through both our kids’ weddings, and could not have done it without Thomas and his amazing team - Bonnie, Rachel and Rob.
You feel like you’re his only client. And w...
hatever your budget, he treats it like it’s the most amazing wedding in the world. Just look at his website and you will see his creativity and passion for design. He listens to your vision and then figures out ways to enhance it. He doesn’t try to change it. He understands it’s YOUR wedding. And you can trust him completely.
He asks questions and makes suggestions - many times things you wouldn’t have thought about. He has an extensive list of recommended vendors for varying budgets.
But the truly exceptional value of Thomas’ skills is right before and on wedding day. He confirms every detail with all the vendors, venue arrangements etc. right before the day. Then on wedding day, he and his team are there, from first thing in the morning until the venue shuts down. Everything runs smoothly. You don’t need to think about anything, because Thomas and his team have thought about everything. All you have to do is enjoy the day. This is so important for EVERYONE - bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents on both sides. Things go wrong, but Thomas handles them behind the scenes and you never know it. You are free to enjoy your very special day.
We are so thankful to have found Thomas. We recommend him without hesitation.
Reviewed On 5/13/2018 by Jennifer C
I found Thomas by looking at some instagram photos and his website, with absolutely beautiful designs. Everything from the beginning was so easy and once we met and chatted about the style and what I envisioned for the my wedding, he took it fr...
om there. He picked vendors that perfectly suited my personality and style, and completely respected my budget. I wanted lots of flowers and really only said the words elegant and lavender, and he created a design board with ideas and decorations I completely fell in love with. He is the sweetest person and fun to work with and communication regarding small details such as choosing plates, chairs, etc was a breeze because he had already narrowed everything down to something that worked perfectly for the venue and occasion. On the day of the wedding, his team was AMAZING. Bonnie was the nicest, sweetest woman who took care of me and did everything including steam my bridal party's dresses. She fixed my shoes, carried my train, and made sure everything was perfect. The planning came out even more beautiful and spectacular than I could have ever imagined and everyone was talking about how amazing the ballroom looked. Thank you so much Thomas and Bonnie for making our dreams come true and making everything that I wanted but more come into fruition. Love you both!
Reviewed On 2/28/2018 by Samantha L
Thomas was my sister’s wedding planner a few years ago, and she never stopped raving about how amazing he was. That’s why when my wife and I got engaged he was the first person I called. Are we glad we did? HECK YES! Thomas went above and be...
yond our expectations. We had no idea all the details that go into planning a wedding. If we didn’t hire Thomas we would have been in over our heads.
My wife and I aren’t the most “organized” people. Thomas made the wedding planning so simple and easy for us. He kept us on track throughout the entire process. He made sure we checked everything off our “TO-DO” list, and reminded us of important deadlines. I remember calling Thomas a few times “freaking out” during the planning process, and he helped calm me down and refocus on the tasks at hand.
Thomas is fun, friendly, professional, prompt, and passionate. The list goes on. Now that the wedding is over, we truly consider Thomas a friend. We HIGHLY recommend hiring Thomas as your wedding planner, it would be dumb not to!!!
Reviewed On 1/27/2018 by Corey M
Thomas put an enormous amount of time and energy into making our day special, and exactly what we wanted. Each of the other vendors that he referred to us were spot on and a perfect fit for the theme of our wedding. Rob and Bonnie were incred...
ible as well. They knew exactly what we needed on the day of the wedding. We are so thrilled we found Thomas and his team to be there with us on our special day!
Reviewed On 9/12/2017 by Kelly A
There is no one else our family would ever use. This past wedding is the 4th wedding Thomas Bui Lifestyle has coordinated for us. Thomas, Bonnie and Team are truly amazing. You will never regret hiring them. The time and effort they put in is ...
beyond compare. We will continue to use them for any future events we have.
Reviewed On 3/05/2016 by Morgan C
If you want the wedding of your dreams, Thomas is your guy. He is incredibly talented, stylish and all around wonderful. He knows the best of the best in the business so we got to work with some amazing people. The wedding planning process can ...
be so overwhelming and stressful, but Thomas takes all that out of the equation for you. He was constantly available for us and he took care of every detail and made sure it was perfection. At the beginning, we didn’t have much of a vision for our day but Thomas helped guide and inspire us. He designed a day more beautiful than we could have imagined. We can’t thank Thomas and his amazing team enough- Bonnie, Susan and Rob. Together, they executed a seamless, flawless and unforgettable day for us. We love you, Thomas!!!
Reviewed On 1/17/2016 by Tina L
Thomas has world-class vision, taste, and professionalism - every detail of our wedding was planned with grace and elegance from choosing each vendor to the timeline preparation. The Big Day was executed flawlessly thanks to Thomas and his tea...
m - their professionalism and attention to detail allowed us to be relaxed and really enjoy our special day with our friends and family. We were extremely happy and would recommend Thomas Bui Lifestyle to anyone. Many of our friends and family commented on how amazing our wedding was - it was a magical evening and we couldn't have done it without Thomas Bui Lifestyle!
Reviewed On 11/01/2015 by Kristen A
I honestly cannot recommend Thomas Bui enough. We found him through our venue on a list of recommended coordinators, and his work stood out by a mile. We were so excited to have found a coordinator who’s work looked so impeccable, and who was i...
n our budget range. We were also extremely lucky he was able to work with us.
Thomas was so responsive, attentive, and patient with us the whole process. He consistently, and immediately responded to any email, or call, or text we sent. He was always two steps ahead of us, and thought of EVERYTHING. We never had to worry if anything was done yet, because we knew he had everything under control. It was such a relief to have total and complete faith in him as a professional.
He knows everyone. Thomas’s wealth of contacts in the industry was such a blessing. He seems to literally know everyone personally, and everyone loves him. My friend and I were looking at a venue for a bridal shower, and we met with the catering manager- who didn’t know Thomas was our planner- and he recommended him! By saying; “I know you’re only looking for shower venues right now- but if you need a wedding coordinator still, call Thomas Bui- he’s the best in the business!” We were like- “yeah. We know!!” This kept happening. EVERYONE loves Thomas, and because of this- everyone wants to help! He was able to recommend THE BEST vendors for us. He got to know us, and was able to recommend the best people to match our tastes and styles. Also, with this- he’s always on your side, and is trying to get the best for YOU!
We never felt like his attention was divided. We really felt like we were an important client, and even though our budget wasn’t huge- he made us feel like first-class clientele. I know Thomas works with upper-crust society, and we were treated with total respect, and attention the whole time. He was always on our side, and was willing to help us out every step of the way. Thomas doesn’t take on more weddings than he can at once- to make sure he gives everyone his total attention, and this was VERY clear.
His taste is impeccable. He has seen everything, and has the best eye, but is also totally adaptable to your personal taste. He entirely took on board our vision, and knew exactly what we were talking about. I had a very specific aesthetic I wanted to achieve, and most wedding coordinators I spoke with didn’t even understand, or want to throw us into a “packaged” kind of wedding. Thomas understood what we wanted, and payed EXTREME attention to detail to make sure it was exactly what we liked- and not someone else’s vision.
His team is amazing. His day-of team was friendly, warm, kind, and tireless. We felt so well-taken care of! They were just lovely people, and made the day so easy for us.
Your wedding day only happens once- and you’re going to want to be able to not worry about the details, and just have fun. I was so calm the whole process because I knew I could trust everything being in Thomas’s capable hands. I cannot praise him as highly as he deserves. If you’re looking for a kind, sweet, professional, responsive, attention and detail-oriented coordinator- please work with Thomas! You 100% will be happy. He’s the best investment we made!!
Reviewed On 8/19/2015 by Knottie1440038496
My husband and I met Thomas through a family friend. Due to unfortunate circumstances with our previous planner, we met Thomas only 3 month before our wedding date. He stepped in immediately with such professionalism and grace. I was a very "ha...
nds on" bride, but with all things I knew they were being taken care of and handled properly. The day of our wedding was simply a dream. Thomas and his team delivered beyond words…allowing all of us to just be in the moment and enjoy the fun. Thomas' reputation is sparking and all vendors he aligned to help create our wedding were his biggest fans. The only sad thing now is that we don't get to see him every week like we did leading up to the wedding! ;-) Thomas truly does it all and at the same time, gets to know you on a very personal level and cares about the services he is delivering to all his clients. In short, you will not be sorry…he is brilliant!
Reviewed On 3/10/2015 by Sophia H
Thomas and his team are awesome! It's been 5 months now since the wedding, and my husband and I still have friends and co-workers that come up to us and tell us how beautiful our wedding was. If you are considering of hiring a wedding planner, ...
you SHOULD go with Thomas Bui!!
Being someone that lives in LA and travel for work 80% of the time, I knew that I had to hire a wedding planner to take care of everything. However, being as picky as I am, I spent hours online doing researches on who's the best in San Diego area. I'm not gonna lie, there were plenty of wedding planners that have glorious reviews out there, and I had plans to meet a few of them. The first person we met with was Thomas. We chatted about my vision, he threw in his thoughts and understandings of how I wanted the wedding to be, and we immediately clicked. The way he explained my vision was exactly how I've always imagined (but more colorful), and we came out of our initial meeting, decided that we were going to go with Thomas.
Throughout the 9 months planning period, Thomas was there every step of the way. He's very attentive and responsive. He will make sure your questions/concerns get answered no matter where he is. He made the whole planning process a breeze. We were able to set a few dates to pick out vendors (i.e., cake, flowers, etc.) and because I traveled a lot, we relied on emails. Also, it's important to note that all the vendors adore Thomas. He keeps a great relationship with them, and each one of them are best of the best.
Did I mention that Thomas is dedicated and passionate? My wedding happens to fall on Thoma's birthday, and Thomas did not turn it down, and worked extra hard on his birthday, to ensure that my wedding was perfect. What I really love about Thomas is that you can share anything with him. You can bounce ideas off of him and he will give you his honest opinion. It's one thing to bring the Bride's vision to life, but it's a whole new level when someone can tell you what will work out and what are things that might not work out as nice as you hoped.
Thomas and his team are very professional and fun to be around. Shout out to Bonnie Tran! She was running around the Bridal suite and the guys "getting-ready" room all day, but managed to be there whenever you needed her (you'd almost think she has twins!).
Everyone on Thomas's team is amazing and it was truly a joy to get to know these individuals, and I appreciate all the hard work that the team has done for my wedding. Thomas is not just my wedding planner, he's a friend that I would visit when I'm in San Diego.
Reviewed On 11/16/2014 by Astrid K
For those who just want to read the first paragraph: hiring Thomas is the best investment we made during our wedding planning process. Because of him, we had the chance to work with phenomenal vendors and a multi-talented wedding coordinator ...
that collaborated and materialized the feeling and ambiance we both wanted for our wedding. More importantly, for us, hiring Thomas allowed us to place absolute trust on him to plan the wedding and gave my husband and I the time to focus on preparing for married life during our engagement.
It is evident, from the websites he has been featured in, that Thomas is an exceptionally creative person who has the skills necessary to create visionary excellence. His work is imbued with enterprising personal touches that demonstrate deep expertise and a perfect understanding of aesthetics and design. He has an innate ability to hand-pick the perfect team for his clients, to a point that my husband and I stopped interviewing vendors and asked Thomas to simply give us his first choice of vendors.
We hired Thomas based on his exemplary work, our wonderful first interview, and the glowing recommendations from his previous clients. Additionally, as I ended up planning this wedding from another continent, I needed someone to make decisions independently that would align with my vision. Thomas excels in materializing the concepts I had in my mind. Now that we are past the wedding, I have come to understand what Thomas gifted us was complete and utter trust in him. It is difficult to find people who truly take pride and ownership in their endeavors. I saw in him his own strive for personal excellence that is independent from earning his fee. Combined with talent and vision, Thomas brings integrity, painstaking meticulous attention to detail, consistency and accountability
Planning is not only Thomas’ forte; Thomas also excels in execution. On our wedding day, everything started on time. The bridal party was not rushed. The girls and I were fed (crucially important if you’ve met us). Several comments from my bridesmaid were that they felt this was the most “chill and relaxed” getting ready process they had experienced. During this time, Thomas was also juggling the ceremony set up on the rooftop, dealing with all of the vendors that were coming in and out, and making sure that the groomsmen had their suits and were ready to go. To make this more complex, Thomas and his team had one hour to flip the ceremony to the reception during cocktail hour, which included hanging grapewood and orbs on lucite. The whole thing was carried out with precision and meticulous attention to detail. When I walked upstairs, every chair, every menu and place card was neatly in its place. Nothing was left to chance by Thomas.
Thomas is also the type of person that pays attention to the small things his client mentions. Having shared a love for macarons and knowing that we wouldn’t be having them, Thomas pulled the strings and made a table of macarons in the shape of our monogrammed logo. His thoughtfulness to do things above and beyond what is required truly touched my heart.
We wholeheartedly recommend Thomas and cannot be more grateful that we had the opportunity to work with this incredible person on such a pivotal moment in our lives. We hope he brings as much joy, serenity and much needed sanity during your wedding planning process as he did for us.
Reviewed On 7/27/2012 by Jennifer N
Thomas is a life and wedding saver. I would never have found all the vendors or my venue without him. Because of Thomas' vision, we had an out of this world wedding (a live band, silhouette artist, black chandeliers, amazing flowers, and fire...
works). All my guests were raving about how our wedding was amazing, gorgeous, etc. I cannot even come up with enough adjectives to describe my own wedding. However, it was all thanks to Thomas.
On the day of my wedding, my husband turned to me and said I'm sorry that I fought you every step and Thomas is worth his weight in gold. My husband was amazed how well organized Thomas and his staff were. Thomas is a conductor on the wedding day. He had three assistants to help coordinate everything. Without him, I know nothing would have started on time.
We started planning our wedding with Thomas over a year before. He literally drove us to all the potential venues and churches for two days. I was very adamant that I did not want a reception in an hotel ballroom. Thomas found us the most amazing venue (the Santaluz club) that was amazingly affordable. Thomas was present for every step of the wedding process. He recommended vendors, set up and went to meetings, and handled all the communication.
I could not have planned my wedding without Thomas. I live 7-8 hours away by car from San Diego and I was working full time. I barely had time to take care of my normal life let alone plan a major event.
If you are planning to have a major and expensive wedding, hire Thomas. Thomas is not the wedding planner you want to hire if you are on a shoe string budget. Not only does Thomas plans weddings in San Diego but really anywhere. He has an amazing set of contacts. For example, our photographer is from San Francisco.
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by dayna m
Thomas is calm and collected. He is amazing when it comes to lighting and elegant, sophisticated style.