The roles, responsibilities, and services of a wedding planner are as varied as the couples getting hitched. Some focus on high-end, luxury weddings for hundreds of guests, whereas others specialize in elopements and micro-weddings with only your nearest and dearest in attendance.

Still, other wedding planners are perfectly suited to the budget-conscious couple looking for an expert to take on specific aspects of their planning or tying it all together in the last moments with a day-of coordinator.

The wedding planners on our list are the best of the best in Oakland, but each has their individual style and set of services, so check out which is best suited for your needs and wedding vision.

Justina Luong is the planner extraordinaire and namesake for JL Events. She and her company have been designing, planning, and executing parties, bridal showers, and weddings since 2014 throughout the San Francisco Bay area, Orange County, and San Diego. The Intimate package is for couples looking for someone to take on managing their wedding in the final stretch after the vendors have been chosen. The Delightful package is perfect for couples that are looking for a bit more assistance with the planning stages in addition to coordination on your big day.

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Address: Oakland, CA 94601

Phone: 510-371-5309

Social: JL Events


Contact : Justina Luong

Lea Stafford Events focuses on providing real people with authentic events tailored specifically to their needs. They strive to work with couples seeking luxury without playing by others’ rules while, at the same time, supporting local and ethical products wherever possible. Lea Stafford is all about quality and puts work into ensuring that the events and weddings she collaborates on make a positive impact. Full-service wedding coordination and planning packages are available for large gatherings or intimate elopements and micro-weddings.

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Address: Oakland, CA

Phone: 510-798-7362

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Contact : Lea

Let us guess. Do you want your wedding planning experience to be a ton of fun? Do you want your wedding to be gorgeous? Do you want all of your friends and family to be talking about what a great time they had?  If you answered yes to all of this, Prim Event Studio might be your perfect wedding coordinator. They offer wedding planning, design, and coordination services for celebrations that are meant to knock the socks off all of your guests and create memories to last a lifetime.

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Address: Oakland, CA

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Contact : Morgan Miller

Kendra Nixon loves a challenge and also loves nothing more than creating spectacular weddings that celebrate your love. Full-scale planning packages include all of the details from when you sign your name on the contract until after you say ‘I Do.’ This includes unlimited communication, budgeting advice, and design, as well as so much more. Partial planning and month-of coordination packages are also on offer for couples that would like to take a more hands-on approach to planning their weddings but would like expert knowledge on the details, as well as handing over the reins at the last moments so that they can finally relax and enjoy.

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Address: Oakland, CA

Phone: 760-715-8273

Social: Nomad Nixon Events


Contact : Kendra Nixon

Be Hitched is the brainchild of owner and creative director Rebecca Pfiffner. She’s been affectionately renamed ‘wedding whisperer’ and ‘planning guru’ by her former clients, which speaks volumes to how amazing she is at coordinating meaningful experiences. Personalized weddings that don’t follow trends but speak to who you are as a couple are what Be hitched is known for creating. They are visual storytellers that produce dynamic weddings with clever design, meticulous attention to detail, and authentic experiences.

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Address: Oakland, CA

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Contact : Rebecca Pfiffner

Jenni Grubba Events can guide you along the journey from getting engaged to walking down the aisle. They are experts at creating unique and personalized elopements and small weddings that are intimate but luxurious. Jenni Grubba Events have planned and executed numerous destination weddings in far-flung, exotic spots and can create a package specifically suited to the needs of you and your guests. They are design experts and will make sure all of the little details build into a cohesive look that is tailored precisely to you and your sense of style.

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Address: 53 Monte Vista Ave. Oakland, CA 94611

Phone: 510-898-6985

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Contact : Jenni Grubba

Jessica Park is the go-getter leading JMK Events, a company founded on the belief that every couple has a unique love story that should be celebrated with a stunning wedding. They offer services throughout California, or even beyond if a destination wedding is more your style. JMK Events favor a natural aesthetic and combine this with their impeccable organizational skills and thoughtful design into a cohesive vision. They have a special micro-wedding planning package, as well as full, partial, and day-of wedding coordination. JMK Events also offers its services for design consultations and city hall elopements.

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Address: Oakland, CA

Phone: 714-504-4208

Social: JMK Events


Contact : Jessica Park

Elle Bronson of Elle Inspired Productions is all about producing genuine events that connect people and hyper-personalized experiences to the couple getting married. Cutting-edge, fun, and creativity can be expected when you work with Elle. Hourly consultation services are available at any time during your planning but are ideal early on for couples that need a jump start but would like to do most of the planning themselves. Alternatively, there are full-service and partial service wedding coordination packages on offer, which can be tailored to your specific needs and wedding wishes.

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Address: Oakland, CA

Phone: 415-608-3585

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Contact : Elle Bronson

Emily, the founder of Folklore Event Planning & Design, literally grew up surrounded by weddings. Her folks own a wedding venue, so she has been in the industry and helping out ever since she could remember. After many years working with top players in the catering and event world on both coasts, she decided to hone in on her true passion for making wedding dreams come true. The start-up package is ideal for couples who don’t quite know where to begin with the planning process and would like some initial tips and hints on design, vendors, logistics, or permits. They also have partial and full-service wedding planning packages are on offer with a detailed list of inclusions.

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Address: Oakland, CA

Phone: 717-341-5597

Social: Folklore Event Planning & Design


Contact : Emily Raezer

O Frabjous Day Events will tailor their services specifically to your needs as they understand that no two couples are alike, so neither should be their wedding day. Laura is the master planner behind the scenes and has over twenty years in the industry, pulling together weddings from intimate elopements to grand celebrations with hundreds of guests. They will ensure your big day is everything you’ve always dreamed it could be, and more!

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Address: 4200 Park Boulevard, Suite 132, Oakland, CA 94606

Phone: 415-412-5128

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Contact : Laura

Conclusion

There is nothing cookie-cutter about the wedding planners on our list. Each of these businesses in Oakland is unique, so check them all out and see which speaks to you. Many wedding planners offer a free initial consultation so that you can be assured that your choice will allow you to breathe easy and enjoy your engagement.