Stephen & Rachel’s Wedding
Hands down, Erica was THE BEST decision we made for our wedding. From day one, she was professional, very organized, and delightful to be around. We were clueless about how to tackle all of these little details and still be successful at our full-time jobs! She provided us with a list of to-do’s every step of the way. From providing vendor recommendations to coordinating between them, she took a weight off of us through the entire process. Having her at our vendor meetings really helped keep everyone on the same page! She took the initiative to reach out when it was time for a meeting or my attention was needed on a certain item. We had several changes to our rentals (my fault!) along the way and, as a full coordination wedding, she shielded me from the headache of these revisions and coordinated them. (THANK YOU, ERICA!) Even when our makeup artist canceled a month before the wedding, Erica made sure we had another exceptional vendor booked before the end of that day. As we neared the big day, Erica created a play by play timeline for the wedding weekend down to the 10-minute increment for our wedding party, families, and vendors. Her knowledge, communication skills, and professional connections in Huntsville were invaluable to making sure everything was coordinated correctly and appear effortless! Lynn joined Erica a month out before our wedding as our event’s second coordinator. Lynn is so sweet and helpful! She helped with several items to ensure that extra coordinating the day of went even smoother. Erica ensured that our expectations were communicated clearly and made sure to tell us when something wasn’t reasonable. She was amazing to work with and I loved the opportunity to get to know her! Erica is one of the kindest people and genuinely cared about making our day special. I am so glad we hired Helping Hand for full coordination! Our wedding day was everything I thought it would be and so much more. Helping Hand gave us our DREAM WEDDING! Rachel (Photo by Erin Lindsey Images)
Jacob & Kaitlyn’s Wedding
After doing some research and speaking with friends we decided to go with Erica as our wedding planner. This was one of the best decisions we made in terms of our wedding! I consider myself a pretty detailed, organized person and had a very clear vision for our wedding. But Erica was able to help us take everything to the next level. Not only is she extremely attentive and detail oriented but she was able to reach out to and suggest the BEST vendors possible for us based on my vision for our wedding day. My husband and I live out of state and chose to get married in Huntsville (our hometown) and Erica was so accommodating with meetings and communication throughout our planning process. She made it possible for my mom and I to enjoy the process rather than being majorly stressed the entire time. When it came to the weeks and last few months leading up to our wedding day she had very detailed check lists prepared for us that we all went through together. By doing this there was NO guessing when it came to who would do what on our wedding day. Erica truly thinks of EVERY detail! She kept the day smooth, organized, and relaxing for us. It truly would not have been such a fabulous day without Erica and her team there. I am so grateful to her for all of the work and support she provided throughout the process! I promise, if you choose Erica, you will not be disappointed and you will have the most amazing day. Kaitlyn (Photo by Cindy Shaver Photography)
Nathan & Avery’s Wedding
Helping Hand Parties & Weddings was the first coordinator we approached for my wedding. After meeting with Erica there was no need for further inquiry! She was so easy to get along with and very organized and professional. Our only regret is that we did not choose to allow Erica to do everything and instead tried to do some of the work ourselves. It would have been entirely worth the cost to pay for her full package because she has so much experience with her vendors and all of the needs of each person involved. Thanks to Erica we did not forget any detail or miss out on any of the fun though! My wedding day was the greatest of successes thanks to her hard work and ingenuity! My parents and entire family were able to enjoy the actual day instead of taking care of details. Erica handled any and all problems with ease. We could not have been more pleased with her work and all who assisted her during the planning and the event itself. In the end, you have not just found an incredible coordinator with Erica, but also a dear friend. Brides, pick your husbands wisely and your coordinators with care! Pick Helping Hand Parties! (Photo by White Rabbit Photography)
Ryan & Ginny’s Wedding
“Erica kept our wedding planning and day running smoothly throughout many obstacles. On the actual day, we had to make quick adjustments and change to our rain plan. Erica and her team were able to remain composed during all the chaos. My mother and I knew we wanted a planner that was organized and communicative and Erica more than delivered! ” Ginny
Despite the torrential downpour, my daughter’s wedding day was unforgettable! There is no way to express how much Erica did to make the day run smoothly and I KNOW it would not have turned out as well without her! Kathy (Photo by Lauren Tomasella)
Dustin & Michelle’s Wedding
I received many compliments on being the most relaxed bride they’ve ever seen from my guests, and it is all a great credit to Erica. Her attention to details is reflected in the precise timeline she provided us and our wedding was executed flawlessly as a result of her directing skills and regular communication with all our vendors. She gave us fantastic vendor suggestions, and her experience was extremely helpful to our decision making in all aspects for the wedding. She kept us on track in our 6-month planning with regular meetings around our hectic work and travel schedules. The day of the wedding, I woke up knowing I’m in good hands and simply sat back and enjoyed my getting ready time with my bridesmaids, our ceremony, and our time with guests at the reception. At the end of the evening, we also left knowing she has everything covered and just relax and unwind for the rest of the night. Michelle (Photo by Allison Jansen Photography)
Matt & Haley’s Wedding
When asking my friends in the Huntsville wedding scene who I should look into as a wedding planner, every one of them said “Erica!” She came highly recommended. The moment my mother and I sat down with her to talk about the wedding and planning packages, we knew we needed her on the big day and every day leading up to it! She gave us periodic timelines to help keep us organized and stress-free. When it came to the wedding day, she had everything perfect and it ran smooth. We couldn’t have done it without her! If there was a blemish the day of the wedding, I never knew it! I can’t imagine pulling it off without her. Haley
Personal, Professional, Awesome! The perfect wedding planner. Erica is keyed in to the desires of the bride, the details of the mother of the bride and most importantly to the Huntsville wedding scene. She has a great working relationship with the wedding vendors of the area, which made setting up meetings, tastings, etc. effortless on our part. Erica asked us at our initial meeting; What do you expect in a wedding planner? My answer: I want to enjoy my daughter’s wedding day. I don’t want to be bothered with any minor issues, vendors, etc. I want someone capable of doing that for me. I was assured that was her desire also. I can truthfully say, I could not have asked for more. It was perfect! Thanks, Erica. Martha (Photo by Joel and Amber Photography)
Cody & Ashley’s Wedding
As a mother, I always wanted to give our daughter the wedding of her dreams and Helping Hand Parties & Weddings did just that. Erica was phenomenal, From our very first meeting to the last. She was so knowledgeable with event planning offering ideas and suggestions in all our planning stages. Her detailed planning was spot on. From contacting and organizing timelines for all vendors to timelines for our daughter’s wedding day. She was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had. Erica succeeded in making our daughter’s wedding a beautiful dream come true!
~~Rhonda (Photo by Flashes by Fleischmann)
Chandler & Abby’s Wedding
I am the mother of bride wanting to give my daughter the wedding she always wanted but also wanting to enjoy the evening myself. Erica with Helping Hand Parties and Lynn did a wonderful job asking my daughter questions, helping her decide the type and style of wedding she wanted. From there we picked vendors to match her style. Erica is very knowledgeable of all vendors and is widely praised by them. She is very responsive to emails and texts. She is very detailed and made a very detailed timeline for us to follow. She also met with the groom the week of the wedding to make sure he was comfortable with everything. When asked, she gave honest feedback which was what I wanted. In the end, the bride and groom and mother and father of the bride were all able to enjoy the day worry free! There were nothing but happy memories. I highly recommend Lynn and Erica with Helping Hand Parties and would use them again. Not to mention they are ethical, kind and patient. Everything you want the day of the wedding! Kathy (Photo by Erin Lindsey Images)
Ronald & Rachel’s Wedding
Helping Hands Parties is hands down the best in Huntsville!! Erica and her staff went above and beyond to ensure my wedding was everything I asked for and more. With her experience, patience, creativity, and attention to detail, my 200+ wedding guests and I were able to enjoy all the festivities at The Ledges of Huntsville without a worry!! I couldn’t have had a smoother planning process without Erica’s help! Such a joy to work with – can’t wait until the next event! (Photo by John Lansdown Photography)
Tom & Amanda’s Wedding
Erica with Helping Hand Parties and Weddings has several options for someone looking for a wedding planner. We chose the partial planning option because we wanted to be hands on in making decisions and we knew for the most part what we wanted. From day one Erica was very responsive with emails, texting or phone calls. There were many things involved in wedding planning that we had not thought about. She had many suggestions and ideas for things to do during the wedding. She knew the venue well and knew what would work and what would not work. Erica has a very good working relationship with other vendors. All the other vendors knew who she was and how organized she is. They had nothing but good things to say about her. I was worried about leaving the wedding and my parents having a lot of cleaning up to do, but they said Erica wouldn’t let them lift a finger. Erica made sure everything ran smoothly. She helped make our fairytale wedding come true! Amanda and Tom (Photo by Allison Jansen Photography)
Kyle & Paige’s Wedding
Erica was truly an asset to the wedding planning process! From the very first meeting, my mother and I could tell that we were in good hands with her. It was so helpful to have a seasoned professional who could recommend vendors and help make our visions a reality. As an out of town bride, I was a bit nervous about planning from afar, but Erica was wonderful at keeping us on task and sending detailed checklists for us to complete on time. Erica is also extremely prompt and professional and was always quick to respond to any questions we had. She was incredibly flexible with meeting times and alway accommodated my schedule when I was in town. Prior to the wedding day, she took care of coordinating all the vendors which relieved a huge burden from us and allowed us to more easily enjoy the festivities instead of focusing on all of the timing details. Having Erica there on the wedding day was incredible! I cannot imagine anything going more smoothly than it did. She truly took the stress away from us and allowed us to enjoy every single second! If there were any problems, I did not see them (or even know about them) because Erica had already found a solution. We absolutely loved our wedding! I would even say that it far exceeded my expectations. I truly could not stop smiling! We have since received many compliments on how beautiful and organized it was and a huge part of that is due to Erica and Helping Hand Parties & Weddings. We could not have done it without her! I highly recommend letting Erica put her magic touch on your wedding too!! Paige
(Photo by Erin Lindsey Images)
Jonathan & Amanda’s Wedding
I was the bride who knew exactly what I wanted & most vendors were booked 7 months out, but I needed help with the details / day of items. Helping Hand Parties & Weddings exceeded everything I could have imagined. Erica helped me follow through with my dream wedding from coordinating the vendors to assisting with last minute decorations to giving an honest opinion when it was needed. Erica’s timelines for the day of were so detailed that there is no way anything could be missed. The day of my wedding Erica & Leigh handled everything, holding my flowers during pictures, assisting the vendors as they arrived, and making sure the bridal party was in the right place at the right time. My dream wedding came true and most of the credit goes to Helping Hand Parties & Weddings. I highly recommend Helping Hand Parties & Weddings for any wedding planning service. Excellent service, flexible meeting times, & very detailed. You will not be disappointed!! Amanda.
(Photo by Forever Captured by Dionis)
Garrett & Chloe’s Wedding
Erica was such an amazing resource throughout my entire wedding season! I was an out-of-town bride and she made sure to keep our lines of communication open and frequently touched base with me to make sure we were all on the same page. In addition, she had timelines down to the minute for everyone involved in the wedding (bridal party, vendors, etc.) which made the day go by without a hitch! And if there was a hitch, she took care of it and I was completely unaware 🙂 I highly recommend her for any bride, especially those who, like myself, are not the most detail oriented.
(Photo by Lauren Tomasella)
Cameron & Cynthia’s Wedding
We highly recommend that anyone planning a wedding enlist Erica with Helping Hands as the coordinator. Erica is an absolutely wonderful person to work with and we are so thankful she helped us. It was the best decision we made to ensure our wedding went well. She is professional, knowledgeable, and highly organized. Every time an issue came up, Erica always had good, informed options for handling it. From the start of the planning until the day of the wedding, and even after, Erica was there to guide us through the process. She is a patient, kind, calming presence, even when we made some significant changes late. We were in school in two different towns during most of the planning. Despite that, Erica was right there the whole time working with us and our families to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams. When we called or sent an e-mail, she always responded promptly. Her checklists at every phase were really helpful. She worked so effectively with all the wonderful vendors involved in our wedding. Erica does a wonderful job of developing detailed timelines for every party involved in the wedding. Knowing that everything was in Erica’s very capable hands allowed us to relax and enjoy all of the wedding events. We planned an outdoor wedding and had the added stress of worrying about the weather. Erica had a good rain plan, which greatly relieved us and our families. As it turned out, we were blessed with weather that could not have been better during our ceremony. In working with Erica, we noticed that she really wants every bride and groom to have a wedding that represents their own personal style. We loved our wedding and thought it was so beautiful and so much fun. Erica and Helping Hands were a big reason we had such a wonderful day. Thank you! Cindy (Photo by Allison Jansen)
Patrick & Alicia’s Wedding
Erica with Helping Hand was a joy to work with!! From our first meeting about my wedding, she listened to my vision and immediately understood what I had in mind. She recommended great vendors, kept in touch along the way, thought of every detail, and kept everything running smoothly. It was such a relief to be able to relax and enjoy my ceremony and reception and not have to worry about all the details going on behind the scenes because I knew Erica had everything under control. We had so many compliments on the ceremony and reception..everything turned out perfectly! I highly recommend Erica and Helping Hand Parties & Weddings! Alicia
(Photo by Arabella Studios)
Benjie & Cadence’s Wedding
Choosing Helping Hand Parties was the best decision we made during our wedding planning process. Erica was with us every step of the way and managed to make the stressful task of planning a wedding pleasant for everyone involved. During the planning period, I was living in a different city and was busy finishing college while my fiancé was living in a different state. Erica worked with our crazy schedule, helped us find wonderful vendors, and helped with any situation that came up. She went out of her way to make sure tasks were completed in a timely manner, and she was always in constant contact. My husband, his family, my family and I all had very different visions for the wedding, and this wonderful woman was somehow able to create a wedding experience that we all loved. On the wedding day, Erica and her staff at Helping Hand Parties pulled together everything to create the most amazing day of my life thus far. One of the most memorable moments of my wedding day was after the ceremony, when we were going to the reception venue. I was smiling as big as possible and realized that getting married was so much more fun than I had expected. I can honestly say that without Erica and Helping Hand Parties, I would not have had that same experience. She truly was the best decision we made, and I could never thank her enough for everything she did for us! Cadence
(Photo by Erin Lindsey Images)
Andrew and Ale’s Wedding
Erica is awesome. She was such a helpful resource throughout the whole process. She is so organized and has such good advice for everything. I absolutely loved working with her and my family and I will never be able to thank her enough for everything she did before, during, and after the wedding. I definitely recommend her as your wedding planner. Ale
(Photo by Green Tree Photography)
Taylor & Tiffany’s Wedding
After talking to several wedding planners for my daughter’s New Year’s Eve wedding, we were most impressed with Erica. She came highly recommended, and she did not disappoint! Erica was a pleasure to work with, very attentive, organized, and detail oriented. When the photographer had the wedding party outside for pictures, they came back in with mud on their shoes and tux. My daughter had mud on her satin heels. Erica was prepared and had supplies on hand to remove mud from shoes, tuxes, etc. With Erica there to take care of all the details, I was able to sit back and enjoy my daughter’s wedding. I could not imagine trying to plan and take care of everything without Erica. My husband, family and wedding party commented about how great Erica was. Dixie
(Photo by Allison Jansen Photography)
Isaac and Christen’s Wedding
We are EXTREMELY grateful for Erica’s detailed planning and for her ability to provide us with peace of mind before and on our wedding day. It is incredibly challenging to get 90 family members and 125 total guests at the right place, at the right time. It would not have been possible without Erica’s expertise and professional attitude. She stayed late at work for us; she bridged communication gaps between families; she even sat down with my husband and me before the rehearsal dinner to go over every detail, start-to-finish. We continuously receive compliments about the ceremony and reception– certainly we and everyone else were impressed by the smooth execution of such a momentous and sacred event. God bless Erica. She truly allowed me to focus on the day and soak it all in because I knew she’d take care of everything else– good or bad– that popped up last minute. They say you never remember your wedding day because it’s “such a blur”– but I remember and cherish every moment knowing I was worry-free, present, and happy. I can’t thank her enough. We recommend her to all of our engaged friends and family members every chance we get. Christen
(Photo by Allison Jansen Photography)
Michael and Bonnie’s Wedding
Helping Hand Parties planning services were amazing! Erica, the owner, is the sweetest person you could ever hope to help you in planning your special day. She will make sure you receive everything that you want AND more! She is especially helpful in the many details that a bride would never even think of! It was such a blessing to have her by my side helping me through all of this and she made sure the day was perfect! Cheers to you Erica! Truly a wonderful person and professional to work with! I would recommend to anyone with big or small wedding because you never really know what it takes. Bonnie
(Photo by Jorge De Aguinaga Photography)
Joe and Leslie-Ana’s Wedding
Encouraging, calm & collected, confident, reliable and understanding are just some of the words that come to my mind in describing Erica Thimsen. I cannot express my gratitude and appreciation enough. My daughter’s wedding was amazing and more beautiful, than I could ever have imagined. One could never imagined all the work that it takes to plan a successful wedding. Erica put everyone at ease during such a stressful time with her kind and gentle spirit, not to mention a lot of patience. As a wedding planner, she is very professional and detail orientated, an admirable quality. Erica is very knowledgeable in her field of expertise and she makes everything look so easy. My daughters wedding will always be such a memorable event because it was perfect! Seeing how happy and joyous she was on her special day was all that we as parents could ever hope for. I recommend Erica to anyone who is looking for a wedding planner and even if they don’t think they need one, hire her anyway. You’ll not be disappointed. Erica may God bless you always. You are a genuine treasure and such a joy to work with. Thank you so much for being such a caring person. María Elena Curtiss (Photo by Eggplant Photography)
Ryan & Jessica’s Wedding
Erica did such an amazing job with my wedding. I truly can’t imagine how I would have stayed sane without her! My wedding was very DIY and detail heavy—requiring a lot of setup and attention. Erica made the entire wedding/reception seamless and looking perfect. She helped guide me along the planning process (not afraid to tell me when an idea I had might not work, and always suggesting something to help). She gave me wonderful vendor recommendations and even found me a new cake vendor when my baker fell through two weeks before the wedding. She’s a life saver! Jessica
(Photo by Sebastian Ho Photography)
Steven and Kami’s Wedding
My husband and I decided to have our wedding out of state and it wouldn’t have been possible without Erica. She is definitely in the right job, and she is amazing at it. She was always able to meet with us when we came from out of town. She put us in touch with some of the best vendors that fit our style. She thought about things that never even crossed my mind. She was very professional and was always pleasant to work with. On the day of the wedding if something went wrong, I didn’t know about it. She was everywhere and aware of everything. She was by far a blessing to have during the wedding planning process. I would recommend her to every single bride out there. She’s definitely worth the money! She made our wedding dreams come true.
(Photo by Erin Lindsey Images)
Trey and Natalie’s Wedding
Erica keeps everything so organized the day of the wedding that I literally did not worry about a single thing! She was so professional and gave such good advice. I thought I could handle a 130 person wedding myself, but boy was I wrong. I am so glad I hired her! The day was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. (Photo by Patricia Doyle)
Jake & Anna’s Wedding
We had Erica for partial planning, and it was the best decision we made while wedding planning! Erica was on top of it, had so many great questions that helped us think through every part of the day, and gave us great ideas for how to make it unique to us and fun for our guests! On the day of, her leadership style was resolute and calming, something that me, my mom, and the entire bridal party were really appreciative of. We couldn’t have done it without her and I know she was the reason everything was so perfect! I couldn’t thank her enough for all she did to make our wedding run so smoothly and be so fun! Anna
(Photo by Eternal Reflections)
Stephen & Tasheria’s Wedding
We interviewed 3 wedding planners before meeting Erica. Erica is the best wedding planner in town!! I do not say that lightly. She attended to all of our needs and was so well organized. Everything I wanted, Erica made sure I had. She worked with our budget and worked around the clock for us. I wish I could personally talk with each bride or groom that reads this review because words do not seem to express how happy we felt after working with Helping Hand Parties. You will not go wrong! She is a wonderful person. Tasheria (Photo by Shannon Jackson)
Tyler & Genna’s Wedding
Erica is wonderful. I met her while she was working a wedding and I just loved how calm and collected she was. Erica was totally my speed, I felt like we just clicked together. She is easy to talk to and a fast communicator. At times I didn’t know when she slept because at the times she sent us emails. You could text her pretty much anytime! She makes you feel super important and in charge of your day. I had her for partial planning and so we had a few meetings, more when the wedding got closure. She would take all of our notes and make a timeline. It helps you feel more organized when you’re feeling jumbled. Even if you think you have thought of everything, she helps you make sure you did and if you needed help, she had suggestions. I really feel that she is a good friend and would love to hang out with her after the wedding. I would highly suggest her because we loved her and it took so much stress off my mom so she could enjoy the day too!! Genna (Photo by David Phillips Photography)
Austin & Mckenna’s Wedding
Erica Thimsen is the dream wedding planner. She is the best of the best. She is one of the most organized, creative and genuine people I have ever met. She made the entire process of planning our wedding 10x better and easier. And on the actual wedding day, she was absolutely perfect. There were things that went wrong, but I never knew about them because Erica took care of them immediately. Erica was not only a wedding planner to me, she was also a friend. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone who wants a dream wedding! 🙂 (Photo by Erin Lindsey Images)
Steve & Lana’s Wedding
We don’t even know where to begin! There needs to be a special word that means thank you but is only used for something extremely special. Whatever that is – that is how we feel! Thank you for the wedding coordination both before and during the ceremony. Everything seemed like a piece of cake the day of (minus Steve’s vows) and we know that is directly because of you. We had an absolute blast the day of! We really wouldn’t change anything and truly felt the whole day embodied our “style” for the lack of a better word. Thank you as well for making the trip out here all the way from Alabama! Thanks again for everything!! Love, Steve & Lana
(Photo by Brian Byllesby)
Peter and Mary Carolyn’s Wedding
Erica is a wonder. Fully worth the investment (we did the Partial Planning package), she helped take a heap of stress off of my (the bride’s) family. My then fiancé and I planned the details while we were in school, and since we weren’t in north AL, Erica was available for phone calls, texts, and emails the whole time. She answered questions, kept us on track through the process, and provided us with options for vendors (and she knows exactly who and who not to use!). She totally kicked into Super Woman hyper drive a few weeks out from the wedding and provided everyone with everything they needed to know. She oversaw the rehearsal and everything the day of–we just let everyone know that if you do what she says, everything will be fine! Our day was fabulous and was executed so smoothly. Erica probably took care of a ton of problems my husband and I didn’t even know about! We still have guests complimenting us on the wedding, and my family got to enjoy the day and spend time with the guests rather than stress and be in charge. Erica is so sweet, professional, and gifted at what she does. Thanks for providing us with such an enjoyable wedding to look back on, Erica!! Mary Carolyn
(Photo by Kimberly Greenfield)
Nathan and Kortni’s Wedding
Erica is simply the best wedding planner in this entire area, hands down! As an engaged couple, we thought we had a general plan for our wedding, but after we met with her the very first time, we quickly realized that there was SO much more to planning a wedding then picking out vendors and reserving sites. She literally had a to-do list based on the number of months out from your wedding day so we didn’t miss anything or try to do something too late. She kept us very organized by keeping a personalized folder for our wedding. To explain her services, it would best be said that she is the glue that keeps all your vendors, venues, reservations, etc., all together. If you want your wedding to run as smooth as possible and want to not waste your time trying to figure things out, we would highly recommend her.
(Photo by Kerry Brooks)
Kyle and Katie’s Wedding
Erica was fantastic! She was so helpful, always available, always smiling and always had a solution to any objections or concerns we had! On the day of the wedding, she pulled everything together and kept nerves down, bridesmaids and groomsmen under control, bride smiling! She allowed the bride’s mother and father the ability to enjoy the day with our daughter! It was a dream come true for all of us and we couldn’t have done it without her! I would recommend her to any and everyone who wants someone who will help make this the most wonderful event you will remember with joy! Kathy
(Photo by Greentree Photography)
Brian and Mary Beth’s Wedding
I would highly recommend Helping Hand Parties! The attention to detail is obvious in everything Erica does. Erica is an excellent listener and helps you put your ideas together in a organized fashion. We had a large wedding event that required lots of coordination. Erica met with us and prepared a timeline of every single detail. She takes nothing for granted and will ensure that everything within your control is executed well and everything stays on time. Hiring Erica was the best wedding decision we made. She loves her job and it shows. Brenda
(Photo by Kerry Brooks)
Mike and Misty’s Wedding
Erica is an amazing wedding planner and such a joy to work with. She was hired to plan my wedding very late in the game. She managed to find extremely talented vendors that I never thought I would get to have since I was starting to plan our wedding in such a short amount of time. She is kind, caring, talented, thoughtful, and I’m so happy we found her! Misty
(Photo by KBZ Photography)
Owen and Abby’s Wedding
Erica was professional and very wonderful to work with. She did her job and kept us on track with our “to do” lists. The day of the wedding she was exceptional. I am the mother of the bride and was able to enjoy my daughter’s day and not get stressed about things. I was not running around checking to see if vendors had shown up and if the tables were done! I highly recommend you hire a wedding planner if you haven’t planned on it. She was well worth every penny and then some! Debra
(Photo by Glass Jar Photography)
Dylan and Kristen’s Wedding
Will and Jessica’s Wedding
Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings is amazing! I would have never been able to give my daughter the most perfect wedding without the help of Erica! She is very detailed, organized, and creative! She took our ideas and made them come to life! She was so easy to work with and was in constant contact with our vendors. Her knowledge of planning weddings is fantastic! She made sure that we had all the boxes checked so that everything would go smoothly the day of the wedding! She enabled us to have a magical and stress free day! The wedding was a complete success! Melanie (Photo by Amy Boston Photograhpy)
Bradley and Bethany’s Wedding
Erica from Helping Hand Parties is fabulous. Period. She is a joy to work with and is greatly gifted in event planning. Not only will she help make your vision come to life but she will also brainstorm/ walk you through every detail to make it even better than you originally dreamed of!
(Photo by Greentree Photography)
Alan and Heather’s Wedding
Awesome, professional, kind, and a joy to work with. I would never been able to give my daughter such a beautiful wedding without Erica’s expertise. She put together the perfect wedding down to the smallest detail. Erica enabled me to enjoy a magical, stress free day with my daughter, new son, family, and friends. I still have two daughters at home and when the time comes to plan their special day, my first call will be to Erica!!!! Lauri
(Photo by Sweet Roots Photography)
Nicholas and Jennifer’s Wedding
Bruce and Michelle’s Wedding
Working with Erica of Helping Hand Parties & Weddings was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding, and we would choose her again in a heartbeat! Erica is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented, she will be your advocate and liaison to other vendors, and she will do it all with a smile and calm demeanor! Whatever you want for your wedding, Erica will help make it happen! She had a lot of great ideas and made sure every detail was considered in advance (both decorative and logistical), so that we could all relax and enjoy our wedding with peace of mind! Erica was very responsive and flexible – always returning calls or emails right away (I sometimes wondered when she slept, based on the various time stamps of her emails! :)) When we decided to go a different direction with our wedding just a few months before the big day, Erica didn’t flinch at all, and was very supportive and encouraging of us and our new plan, which we were SO grateful for. She helped us turn everything around into the direction we wanted to go (intimate, personal, and beautiful), and we were SO HAPPY. The wedding day was perfect! Erica took care of everything. We all knew where everyone and everything needed to be and when with the timeline Erica developed and executed. She coordinated all of the vendors and we didn’t have to worry about a thing except showing up, looking pretty, and having the happiest day of our lives! The value you get with everything she does for you is unmatched. My groom and I were so happy not just on the wedding day, but throughout the planning process (which is important!). I would recommend her to everyone. Thank you Erica!!! Michelle
TJ and Christina’s Wedding
My wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect! Erica was hired as my day-of-coordinator and the execution of the day was flawless. I didn’t have to worry about a thing during the day and actually got to enjoy my day. Even though she was only hired as a day-of-coordinator, Erica helped me weeks in advance, with keeping me on track of deadlines, following up with vendors, meeting with my venue, and bringing up items I hadn’t even though of! Erica is also very accommodating to your schedule. As with planning a wedding and having a full time job things can get a little hectic, but Erica was always willing to work around my schedule.
If you want to have a low stress day and know that it will be executed to perfection then Erica is the person for you! Christina
(Photo by Kerry Brooks)
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
(Photo by Jessica Sparks Photography)
Bradley and Meredith’s 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
(Photo by Armosa Studios Photography)
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!
(Photo by Greentree Photography)
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
(Photo by Erin Lindsey Images)
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
(Photo by Ethan Gulley)
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. Mark
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!
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.
I highly recommend Helping Hand Parties & Weddings. Great value, great service, and your wedding will be beautiful.
(Photo by Lauren Tomasella Photography)
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.
(Photo by Angela Karen Photography)
Robert and Kelly’s Wedding
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. Kari
(Photo by Lauren Tomasella Photography)
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.
(Photo by Leonardo Williams)
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
(Photo by A Thousand Words)
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! (Photo by Greentree Photography)
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
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
(Photo by Cocoa L Photography)
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
(Photo by Little Acorn Photography)
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! (Note: this cute review came from my daughter – too funny.)
(Photo by Amy Boston Photography)
Will and Jessica’s Wedding
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
(Photo by Kathy Gray Photography)
Brad and Lindsey’s Wedding
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
(Photo by Greentree Photography)
Shawn & Brittany’s Wedding
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
(Photo by Jessie Holloway Photography)
Tyler and Vanessa’s Wedding
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:
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: [email protected].
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 (Photos by Allison Jansen Photography)
Matt and Cardin’s Wedding
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