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VP Events Testimonials

I retained VP Events to coordinate my wedding in Santa Barbara and could not have been happier with the results. Mary and Karey are consummate professionals who are proactive, responsive and incredibly composed. They truly care about their clients and ensure every detail is taken care of. When we decided to change our venue thirty days before the wedding, they moved swiftly and seamlessly to help us transition to a different locale. It was really a joy to work with the ladies of VP Events and I cannot recommend them highly enough!

~ Liz Dennery Sanders, CEO & President, She Brand, Santa Barbara Private Estate Wedding

What can we say, you were awesome! You brought in a brilliant combination of vendors, and we especially loved the scuba diving, working late and schlepping boxes. The wedding weekend was pulled off with style, grace and enormous talent behind the scenes. We were lucky to have you as our Wedding Planner, but even luckier to now have you as a friend.

~ Todd and Denise Kaplan, Parents of the Bride, Catalina Island Wedding

We were originally of the opinion that we could stage this wedding ourselves. When it stopped being fun, we turned to Mary and the staff of VP Events. There are so many decisions to be made in preparation for a wedding. For us, the smartest decision we made was to hire Mary. Our only regret was not hiring her sooner!

~ Sal and Meredith, Crossroads Estate/Firestone Winery Wedding

How do you thank someone for helping to make their wedding day magical, memorable and seamless? We are forever grateful to you for your warmth, creativity, humor and efficient approach to our special day. Being a music and film producer, and a newspaper publisher; we both are perfectionists who greatly appreciate detail and creativity. Thank you again and again for all you did to help make our day truly the happiest cay of our lives.

~ Judy and Spencer, Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara Wedding

The wedding has been described by my family and friends as “the best wedding they have ever attended” and “the wedding of the century”. These compliments are because of all the hard work and preparation that was done with Mary’s help. We had very high expectations of Mary after our first meeting. Mary not only lived up to those expectations but also exceeded them by leaps and bounds. Her ideas and resources helped make our wedding everything we could ever wish for and so much more. She was not only our wedding planner but also has become a friend we will continue to cherish for our lifetime. We were exceptionally happy of Mary’s job as our wedding planner/friend and feel lucky that she helped make our wedding a night we will cherish forever.

~ Rahim and Salima, Four Seasons Westlake Village, Wedding

At a time when there are many overwhelming, difficult and important decisions to make, the assistance of VP Events become invaluable. It is a true art to be able to meet a couple, and very quickly begin to introduce them to the vendors that are right for them. Most importantly, it was abundantly clear that Mary and her team are highly regarded and respected by their peers in the industry. Of the many decisions we made, hiring VP Events was the first and by far, the best!

~ Emily and Alex, Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu Wedding

Great events in history only happen because of equally great planning and design. Using that standard, your work in creating and bringing together everything needed for our wedding and reception were truly remarkable. The wedding itself flowed like a chapter from a 1940’s novel. It was over-the-top and exciting, yet classy.

~ Monica and Harry, Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara Wedding

Very recently we had the privilege of working with Mary for a second time; once as the mother of the groom in 2008, and on January 16, 2010 as the mother of the bride. These are two very different experiences. Mary provided us with a balanced and high quality list of vendors, and was able to help with negotiations, suggestions and helped us in establishing a realistic time frame for the process until the big day. I have had so many people ask “What was your secret at being able to have such a positive experience with our daughter?” I must say Mary contributed to this in a huge way. We just can’t say enough and realize Mary made it all flow together. As the mother of the bride, I always had more than enough to do, and would not have changed one moment!

~ Kim, Mother of the Bride, Terranea Resort and Spa, Rancho Palos Verdes Wedding

The moment I met Mary, I realized she knew everything about the wedding industry and at that point I knew there was no need to interview other consultants. As a public relations and marketing professional with a busy career, I was looking for a consultant who had immense experience in the field and someone I could trust to get the job done. One of her greatest assets is that she puts her clients at ease and allows the bride and groom to actually enjoy their wedding day. Mary is by far one of the most organized, creative and “connected” event professionals I have ever met. Basically, with Mary on your team you are assured that your event will be amazing!

~ Shannon, Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding

Thank you so much for making our wedding absolutely amazing and unforgettable. You totally understood our vision and although we know you are incredibly busy, you always had a special way of making us feel like we were your first priority.

~ Gavin and Jacqui, Hahn Estate, Santa Barbara Wedding

Thank you for everything you did to make Beth’s wedding completely joyous. I know that I thanked you before the planning started, but little did I know then how thankful we would be at the end. Beth dubbed you Mary the Magician. I think that says it all.

~ Linda, Mother of the Bride, Foley Vineyards, Santa Ynez Wedding

As a home & design writer for Luxury Las Vegas Magazine with “The Home Front”, I am always looking for something different and unique to present to the Las Vegas readers. For the June Bridal issue I was extremely impressed with the type of luxury destination events she produced. I chose Mary because of this type of Luxury and felt she was very unique with her approach. It certainly is a “production” of originality and unique flair. The Winery was an exquisite idea with I adored and it spanned over an entire weekend. A menu of events kept the bridal party moving for sure. On top of it all, I loved Mary’s personality and she was a true find for our issue.

~ Kassie Smith, Feature Writer, “Luxury Las Vegas Magazine”

Your best bet with Mary is to just turn her loose. She took a field in the Santa Ynez Valley and turned it into a hip, New York/LA nite club. The town is still talking about it. Oh, by the way, in less than 15 hours, it was completely transformed to handle over a 1,000 new guests with a totally different theme. Mary and her staff were amazing.

~ Rick Barker, Program Director, KRAZ fm 105.9

As a fellow vendor, there is a relief felt when I know I’m working with someone well prepared for the job, and someone who I know enjoys what they are doing. When I look down at my phone and see Mary’s name and number ringing in, I always think to myself, “This is going to be good.

~ Daniel Milnor, Photographer, Costa Mesa, CA

Mary Litzsinger recognizes the power of music to enhance the guest experience at an event. It is always a pleasure to work with an event producer like Mary, who understands how to weave music into a schedule to create a well paced party. Creativity, attention to detail, and a good sense of humor are her ingredients for success.

~ Jim Eppolito, West Coast Music, Beverly Hills, CA

I wanted to write and thank you for all of your efforts towards our highly successful American Heroes event. It was a pleasure working with you and your team. You were on top of everything I threw at you. Being the first large public event that I have put on for my YPO Chapter, it was imperative that it go smoothly and live up to expectations. I can honestly say it surpassed all expectations! I know that coordinating this special event could not have been easy, especially as it included SEALS rappelling from a helicopter, along with pyrotechnics – but you made it seem effortless. I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts and am looking forward to working with you and your team on future projects.

~ Lance O’Connor, American Heroes Event Chair, YPO Santa Monica Chapter