California’s Top Rated Local® Events Planners Award Winner: Fairy Godmother

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Fairy Godmother is a 2018 award winner for event planners in California!

Are you looking for an event planner who can make your big day one to remember? If so, look no further than Fairy Godmother in Bakersfield.

Fairy Godmother has earned hundreds of online reviews with an average rating of 4.97 stars, a stellar Rating Score™ of 99.68 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 event planners in all of California!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“When I started planning my wedding, I was worried about what I was going to do the day before and the day of. Having to worry about the little things was stressing me out. Then, we hired the Fairy Godmother company to help with the rehearsal and the wedding. I have to admit, I couldn’t have made a better choice. It was truly magical having their support. They do all the little things that you don’t have time for, like putting gifts in your car, making sure everyone is in their places, calling all the vendors to make sure that they will be there on time and so much more. But more importantly, they give you peace of mind, and to a bride, that is one of the greatest gifts, if not the greatest, to be given to you on your wedding day. I would highly recommend the Fairy Godmother company to anyone for any event.” – Denee P

Not Your Average Event Planners

There are many things that set Fairy Godmother apart from other event planning companies in California, but according to Colleen, the owner of Fairy Godmother, it’s their team that makes the biggest difference.

“We have a point person for each event, but there’s also an entire team of support behind them. We do a lot of brainstorming as a group.”

Another thing that sets Fairy Godmother apart is their experience. They’ve been around a lot longer than many other event planning companies, and they always put in the hard work to ensure that their clients’ events turn out beautifully.

We asked Colleen why she does what she does and how she works to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“My event planning career started by accident. I had a full-time career in the banking industry. Then, I did an event in town and just fell in love with it. I love the creative side versus the analytical side of banking. I love learning about people and relationships, and our job is to bring our clients’ ideas to life.”

Building Success By Taking Care of Their Clients.

When we asked Colleen what Fairy Godmother’s secret is to such a strong online reputation, she explained that they really have no secret. They just work hard to take great care of their clients, and their five-star reviews and respectable online reputation are just a natural result of that hard work.

At Fairy Godmother, their clients are their biggest advocates, and they help to spread the word about Fairy Godmother’s services by telling their friends and neighbors. Fairy Godmother also has a large social media presence on every platform, including YouTube, which helps them stay connected to their clients and gets their name in front of new clients.

Fairy Godmother also gets their name out there by giving back to the community, and they take a lot of pride in that. Colleen believes that, whenever they are successful at Fairy Godmother, it’s important to give back, and she challenges not only herself but all of her vendors to live by that principle.

Colleen and the rest of the team at Fairy Godmother throw parties for their vendors to celebrate them and show their appreciation for them. Every year, there’s a different theme. This year is going to be the first annual 1970s Boogie Bash!

We asked Colleen what advice she has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are words of wisdom:

“First and foremost, you have to build the reputation. It doesn’t happen overnight. The key is to look at each individual client as if they are your only client. We make sure every client knows they have an entire team working on making their event a success.”


Congratulations to the team at Fairy Godmother for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Colleen, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re looking for the right event planning company for your big day or any other special event, we highly recommend Fairy Godmother. Visit their website today.

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Event Planner Award Winner: NW Stage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that NW Stage is the recipient of a 2018 award, due to their tremendous 88.04 Rating Score™!

Thanks to their excellent service to their clients, MW Stage has earned a fabulous online reputation, as well as a spot among the top 10 event planners in Washington! Here are just two of the many five-star reviews that earned them this award:

“Great business and service experience during a recent theatre lighting rental! We blew a couple of fuses and couldn’t locate any fuses for replacement and then we informed NW Stage LLC about the situation. The next day Ron and Zayne drove over to our theatre space to investigate and resolve the dimmer pack issue. I highly recommend NW Stage LLC for rentals and for their solid customer service. Thank you!” – Samantha C.

“NW Stage was wonderful to work with for Business Impact NW’s Food Biz Day event. We needed help patching their system through the speakers already provided by the venue, and they were not only able to accommodate that, but troubleshoot issues that arose due to the location. We requested wireless mics, but there was too much noise interference in the area and they were cutting out, so they were able to switch us over to corded mics (that they brought “just in case”), and still get everything set up on time. Great service, wonderful prices, a pleasure to work with!” -Daniele M.

Not Your Average Event Production Company

Ron Geier, the owner of NW Stage spoke with our team about his business’ fantastic online reputation and about what the NW Stage difference is. “Our focus is on the client for the event, not necessarily the venue. For example, many audio/ visual companies would have the venue as the customer, not the customer putting on the event. Because of that, we are able to fit exactly what the customer needs out of their event. We want to ensure our customer gets what they want, regardless of where they have the event.”, he said when asked what sets his business apart from other Washington event production companies.

Building Success Through Focused Service

Any company with reviews as superb as the ones NW Stage has received is clearly making quite a few good moves. If you ask Ron, he’ll say their secret to success is simply that “We keep high attention on our customer service. We are small enough to tailor each event to our exact customer’s needs…”

As for words of wisdom, Ron has this to offer other business owners that want to build or even simply maintain their positive reputation both online and off;

“Identify a niche you can do a good job, identify your customers’ needs, and then execute with attention to detail to ensure your customers’ needs are met. “


Congratulations to the team at NW Stage for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you to Ron for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your event production needs, we highly recommend NW Stage of Tacoma, Washington.

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: The Wedding Specialist

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Wedding Specialist is a 2018 award winner for event planners in Arizona!

If you’re looking for an event planner in Arizona who can make your big day one to remember, look no further than The Wedding Specialist.

The Wedding Specialist has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, a spectacular Rating Score™ of 94.00 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 event planners in all of Arizona!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews they’ve received from their happy clients:

“Thank you, Mimi, for making our wedding flow perfectly! It was so beneficial to have you there to coordinate the rehearsal and our wedding itself! Mimi is so professional and takes care of all the little things a new bride and groom don’t think about! The surprise balloon release Mimi suggested was a GREAT IDEA! Everyone at the wedding was shocked and so excited! If anyone lives in Lake Havasu, make sure to consult with Mimi, because she can plan any event and make it look flawless and timeless! Thank you, Mimi, for EVERYTHING! We are so grateful for you to have helped on our special day!” – Jake F

Not Your Average Event Planner

There are many things that set The Wedding Specialist apart from other event planners in Arizona, but according to Mimi Doke-Ward, the owner of The Wedding Specialist, it’s the cost of her service that really sets the company apart. Unlike other wedding coordinators who charge an arm and a leg for their services, The Wedding Specialist provides professional wedding planning services at absolutely no cost to their clients.

We asked Mimi why she does what she does. Here’s what she had to say:

“I love what I do. I wake up in the morning excited about being able to make a living doing what I love, and I am beyond blessed.”

Building Success Through Attention to Detail

Mimi is dedicated to always doing a good job for her clients. She’s incredibly meticulous and works hard to make everyone happy down to even the smallest details. She credits this dedication, along with her commitment to using Facebook and her website as tools to ask for reviews, as her secret to building such a strong online reputation for her company.

Due to a constantly changing and evolving world, Mimi has worked hard to stay on top of her game when it comes to marketing her business. At first, she had ads in the Yellow Pages, but now she puts her money into digital marketing.

We asked Mimi what advice she has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are her words of wisdom:

“Have a good website and be social media savvy. Just be honest and fair, and it will serve you.”


Congratulations to The Wedding Specialist for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Mimi, for taking the time to speak with us!

Are you looking for a great event planner who can make your big day special? If so, look no further than The Wedding Specialist. Visit their website today!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Event Planner Award Winner: Perfectly Planned Celebrations and Design

Making life’s most thrilling days perfect, Perfectly Planned Celebrations and Design has helped countless people celebrate in style. They’ve earned extraordinary reviews and a tremendous 92.00 Rating Score, making us proud to announce that they are a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner. Here are just two of the many rave reviews that earned them this award:

“Candida made our day easy and wonderful! I knew from our first phone call, she was the right decision. She was always advocating for us when dealing with vendors and asked the questions we did not know to ask. Candida helped us make decisions, but at the same time, always kept us in the driver’s seat so it always felt like ‘our day.’ There were probably issues on our wedding day, but I never knew because she handled each one with grace and efficiency. I’ve begun recommending Candida to all my friends (even if they aren’t engaged). Thank you so much!” -Sarah H.

“We can recommend Candida without reservation. Being an older couple (in our 70s), we may have had a different view of how we wanted things to go at our wedding and Candida just went right along with us without skipping a beat. She was an excellent resource for additional wedding services, handled all dealings with the venue and communicated when needed. She organized the rehearsal, quietly took care of a seating problem and made our day very special. Our flowers and table decor were just perfect!” -Ann R.

We had a chance to chat with owner, Candida Guttierrez, about her business’ stellar online reputation. This is what we found out:

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

I try to post as much on social media as I possibly can. As for reviews, I always ask. I provide good work, so people are happy to leave good reviews.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

We own all of our decor, which allows us to so offer more. Lighting, backdrop, you name it and we can take care of it. An added benefit is that it keeps cost down for the clients. Not paying for multiple packages like set up and clean up is a big deal.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

I love the romance industry. I love love, brides, and weddings. I used to be in the jewelry industry and always loved the heartfelt romance. I always want to make my clients’ special day as perfect as possible.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

Network, mainly. I like to meet people in person. I make sure to reach out and keep relationships with photographers and venues.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Remain loyal to your brand. Don’t be negative, and instead, go with the flow. Make your own name. Do what you love.


Thank you for speaking with us, Candida! Congratulations of your 2018 Top Rated Local award!

We highly recommend Perfectly Planned Celebrations and Design to anyone planning a special event. You can learn more about them on their website.

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Event Planner Award Winner: Party Girl Events

Party Girl Events is an event planning company in Vail, Colorado that specializes in helping to plan and execute memorable weddings and events.

Top Rated Local® is proud to announce that Party Girl Events is Colorado’s 2018 award-winning event planning company.

Party Girl Events is a one-of-a-kind event planning company that always goes above and beyond for their clients. They plan events of all shapes and sizes, no matter the budget, or how big or small they may be.

Their fresh, unique approach to event planning has made them a stand-out in the industry, and has helped them earn a 98.0 Rating Score™, as well as many positive reviews. Here are a couple of our favorites:

“Party Girl Events went above and beyond my expectations! Stephanie helped me plan my daughter’s wedding, and I could not have done it without her. When I first met Stephanie, I loved her confidence and experience so I felt like I could put my trust in her to help me since we were planning a destination wedding. The wedding was exactly what my daughter wanted, and every vendor Stephanie suggested was professional and just what we wanted for our fun, outdoor event. Thanks to her, we all could enjoy the day!” – Kathy T

“My partner and I got married in Vail this summer (June 2018), and we could not have asked for a better wedding coordinator. It was a destination wedding for us (we are from Texas), and Stephanie was extremely helpful and resourceful. She listened to what we wanted and hoped for, and made it come to life. We have received so many compliments from our guests about our wedding. Most say that it was the best wedding they have been to. It could not have happened without the efforts of Stephanie and her team.” – Javier V

So how have they earned so many outstanding reviews and such a stellar reputation? We sat down with CEO Stephanie Fleck to find out.

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

We always go above and beyond for our clients, and we make it a point to provide great service 100 percent of the time! When we provide the best possible service, it makes it easy for us to always ask for reviews.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

Whether we’re planning a wedding or a birthday party, we always make the experience all about our clients, making it a point to listen closely to their wants and needs.

We pride ourselves on being a different kind of event planning company. To us, it’s all in the details. By ensuring that every event is planned and carried out down to the very last detail, we’re able to create happy clients and amazing success stories.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

I started my career at Ritz Carlton, which took me all over the country. When I was stationed in Vail, I starting honing my event planning and customer service skills. I then realized that I could branch off and start doing event planning in Vail.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

We utilize keyword research and blogging to make sure that we are always visible in search results. We also love to highlight and post about our events so that others can see our great work for themselves.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Keep your head down and hustle! We are in an entrepreneur group, and we highly recommend that you join one, as well.

Always be in the know about the market and about what your competitors are doing, and continually ask yourself, “How am I different, and how can I be different?”


From all of us at Top Rated Local to the team at Party Girl Events, congratulations on making such an impact on your clients and the community, and on becoming Colorado’s award-winning event planning company for 2018!