ANNIKA + JUSTEN
"I cannot even begin to imagine planning a wedding without a coordinator like Carissa. I had not been to many weddings and had no idea about certain traditions, how things flow, when things happen, etc., but Carissa was always available for any questions I had, and was always receptive to what we wanted to do, even if it was not completely traditional. She saved me so much time and stress scouring the Internet, trying to figure out how to plan a wedding, researching vendors, etc. She sent out monthly checklists of what we should be doing to keep us on track, and I didn’t feel like I was trying to get everything done last minute, which was amazing.
Honestly, my husband and I and our family were able to enjoy the entire day because of Carissa. I’d heard about other weddings where family members got sucked into to doing all the planning and coordinating day-of and that was exactly what didn’t happen at our wedding. Everyone was relaxed and joyful; exactly what we wanted.
Anyway, as you can tell, Carissa is great. I cannot recommend her enough for wedding planning. Please contact her!!"
MADDY + GARRETT
"We hired Carissa as a Month-Of planner, but she was SO MUCH more than that. She seriously goes above and beyond for you. She is so organized and personable which made working with her so wonderful. Every month she sent a checklist to help keep me on track for the planning I was doing on my own, which was awesome. She was even an amazing sounding board for non-planning-related issues too ha!
On our wedding day, everything went so so smoothly.
If anything went remotely wrong - I am still blissfully unaware because she found a way to fix it. My husband and I both agree, everyone should hire Carissa and her team! One million percent recommend!"
JESSICA + ANDREW
"As mentioned in other reviews, I echo the sentiment that 5 stars is not enough! We hired Carissa and her team for the full planning and design package for our recent wedding when we realized that we had been engaged for >2 years -- knowing we wanted to have a wedding but not knowing ANYTHING about what to do next! We live in AZ but knew we wanted the wedding in OC as that is where we met, and Carissa made the process of hiring affordable and reputable vendors, touring venues, and selecting design options so incredibly seamless even though we lived out of state and could not be out in person often. The now-husband and I were also going through a busy season with our jobs and working long hours during the crunch time of wedding planning, and I can say with confidence that there is no universe that exists where our wedding could have been as good as it was without her.
We also got the chance to work with one of her co-planners during the actual wedding day. Her partner (Kailyn) saved the day and our pictures when I cried makeup onto my husband's white collared shirt during the first look (lol), and kept us on track for all the events of the night. All the other funny and inevitable mishaps of the day -- I had no idea because she had already taken care of it before it was even an issue! I heard from my husband the next day that our floral arch fell/blew over in a coastal breeze during setup but it was taken care of ASAP and by the the time of the ceremony it was double-secured and ready to go!
We had a tall order to fill with living out of town and being legitimately clueless about how to plan a wedding but the day was everything I imagined and more. Her style of design is elegant, beautiful, and timeless and I got so many compliments on the decor and florals she selected. If you are looking for someone to help you plan the day of your dreams who is also down to earth, relatable, flexible, (and affordable!) look no further! You've found your girl."
ALEXANDRIA + CHRIS
"Not only was it my husband and I's best day of our lives, it was also some of our guest's favorite wedding they've ever been to... and we owe it to Carissa and the team at Positively Charming. We hired Carissa as our month-of coordinator, but OH BOY was she more than that! Carissa was "on-call" for any questions we had from the moment we hired her and always answered right away. She had great vendor recommendations and helped us set up a plan for our wedding budget. Her wedding day-of timeline was a masterpiece and I had many people comment on how organized and helpful she was. We have a lot of family and friends weddings coming up this year and I've recommended the Positively Charming team to all of them. Hiring Carissa was the best wedding decision we made throughout the entire process and we've very thankful and grateful to the Positively Charming team and Carissa for making our wedding dreams come true."
MERISSA + ALEX
"I knew the moment we hired Carissa as our wedding planner that it was the best decision we ever made while planning our wedding! I could not imagine doing all the prep along the way and not having her there on the wedding day to handle everything imaginable. The whole day of the wedding Carissa made every detail perfect, and if a problem arose, I had no idea because she knew exactly how to fix it. She moved everything along so effortlessly. My favorite part about working with Carissa is her amazing, calming personality! She is so helpful with any advice you need. She handles everything along the way so professionally and treats you like you have been a lifelong friend. I could not have had our beautiful wedding day without her! It was the perfect day all thanks to her."
"Carissa was amazing to work with. She helped us identify the smaller details we would've otherwise missed. She was flexible with our venue given covid-19 circumstances and even created two different schedules since we had to wait until the week before to determine if we were allowed to have an indoor reception. We were both impressed with her quick communication and willingness to help us with whatever we needed. The day went so smooth and everything was beautiful!"
AMANDA + DAVID
"My husband and I just got married in August. The two of us, along with our families, have had many a discussion since then about how incredible Carissa was from the very start. Carissa was not only incredible and seamless on our actual wedding day, but she was there every step of the way as we were planning our wedding. Carissa was extremely organized and prompt in everything she assisted me with leading up to the wedding. She is incredibly kind and generous and above all she is efficient in making sure that your wedding is exactly how you want it to be. On our wedding day, Carissa was seamless. Every single thing I had worried about getting done was handled, and everyone and everything was precisely organized how I had wanted it. Our entire wedding would not have been anywhere close to as organized and as beautiful as it was with Carissa being our coordinator. Since our wedding, we have received comments from each of our vendors on how efficient and lovely Carissa was to work with. As a bride, that is the best thing you could hear. The best part was that every time I saw her at the wedding, she was so calm and relaxed and seemed to genuinely be enjoying herself. Carissa has a true gift in serving others and I know any other bride who is lucky enough to have Carissa's help with be incredibly blessed!"
CHESED + MAX
"Do yourself a favor and hire Carissa as your wedding coordinator! I’m an administrative assistant by trade and I came into the wedding process thinking I could do it all by myself. *Nope*. I’m glad I found Carissa, she’s everything I hoped for and more! She’s great at understanding your vision, communicating constantly, noticing the details, and keeping you on schedule. My three biggest thank you’s to her involve: 1. The décor for my wedding reception. I had a small wedding budget and zero manpower to DIY anything. With the little I help I provided, Carissa worked magic to create a beautiful, welcoming and romantic space. 2. I’m also grateful to her for making “the show go on” even when the unexpected happened; part of my family missed the wedding ceremony and our taco caterer arrived over an hour late. I trusted her completely and didn’t panic for a second. 3. I'm super grateful to her for her patience and understanding as we drafted new plans, scratched them, made changes, and more changes, and on and on until the very last minute... Without Carissa, the wedding would not have come together.''
TAYLOR + SAM
"If you are looking for a wedding coordinator, go with Positively Charming and you will not be disappointed!! What drew us to Carissa first was her affordability and calm disposition. She was extremely professional and kept all of our best interests in mind. She really proved her skills when it RAINED on our wedding day when we had planned for an outdoor wedding. We tried to wait out the rain and last minute we decided to move inside. Within 30 minutes, Carissa was able to coordinate moving the ceremony into our reception location and it ended up being absolutely beautiful!! I also walked down the aisle on time, which still blows me away. Carissa was professional, calm and was crucial for everything to work out so smoothly. Carissa kept the night moving by providing gentle reminders for anyone with responsibilities. Carissa made it a priority for my husband and me to enjoy dinner, dessert, and dancing. We also were able to greet every single one of our guests! This would not have happened without her guiding us through the night. I do not have a single regret from my wedding because she helped us to enjoy every single moment. I am so sincerely grateful for her coordination services and wish that everyone could have her as their wedding coordinator!!"
"My husband and I planned our wedding for over a year. Like any wedding, you can plan, plan, plan, and there will always be a small detail that was overlooked during planning, or a hiccup from a vendor, etc. Carissa was more than a leader, truly, she was super woman! We had heavy winds the day of our wedding which called for a lot of quick thinking and problem solving in regards to our set up and decor. Carissa went above and beyond in many regards. For example: she made sure all of our name tents were taped down (something I didn't plan on); she also made sure our signs were adequately placed so they would not tumble with the wind, etc. Additionally, Carissa was overseeing all of our vendors who in some way or another also ran into unforeseen challenges. She worked with them and directed them on how to readjust. In the end I was so pleased with the outcome. My favorite part of having Carissa on our big day was right before walking out for our entrance into the reception. She made it a point for my husband and I to have a few moments to ourselves and just pause. Wow. Looking back, I cannot say how much I truly appreciated that moment. I cannot even imagine how our vendors and the small details that needed to be adjusted spontaneously, would have all worked out. It would have been mayhem. She's truly amazing and will go above and beyond your expectations!"
JADE + RYAN
"I don’t know what my husband & I would have done without Carissa’s help! She was there every step of the way and made wedding planning so much easier for us. Every month she was on it with making sure we were completing tasks that needed to be done! She also took care of all the communication between vendors, which we greatly appreciated because it took some stress off of our shoulders. And on the day of the wedding we felt so relaxed, because we knew Carissa (& her assistant Katie) would make sure the day went perfectly, which it did, since Carissa & Katie were handling anything that needed to be taken care of. But what we loved most about working with Carissa is her attention to detail in everything she does! We’re both very detail oriented people, so we were happy that Carissa is too. We both highly recommend anyone planning a wedding to work with Carissa, because she will go above & beyond to make sure you have your dream wedding!"
MORGAN + TYLER
"Carissa was an incredible wedding coordinator! She helped me stay organized and sane throughout the wedding planning process and was helpful with keeping my extremely large wedding party (20 of us!) on time to each part of the day. The thing I liked best about having Carissa as our wedding coordinator was that I was able to enjoy the day and was never bothered with questions or having to worry about something not going right because she took care of it before it ever got to me. In fact, I found out about things that could have gone wrong after I returned from my honeymoon that Carissa took care of and I never even knew about since it was handled perfectly. Another thing that I especially appreciated was feeling cared for beyond just keeping the day moving and going smoothly. She looked out for how my husband and I were feeling emotionally and made sure to carve out time for us to rest, take a break from pictures, and made sure we stayed hydrated and actually got to eat our meals. She helped keep the focus of the day about us. It is so easy for that to get lost when you have many guests that you want to please, so we appreciated having someone to step in and look out for our best interest. Hiring Carissa for our wedding was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!"