Feb 02, 2019
Would I use Francine again: definitely!
Highlights: A super strong network of vendors, fantastic design ideas, and great organization skills
Francine designed/planned our wedding a little over a year ago and all our guests are still talking about how amazing it was. She has a perfect blend of both design and planning experience.
Design: She took our vague notions of what we wanted and came back with specific ideas for how to execute and make it better. The final product was beautiful and far exceeded our expectations.
Vendors: With my husband and I tending toward analysis paralysis, Francine was super helpful recommending a small handful of specific vendors in our budget and advising of the pros/cons. It was also helpful to have her negotiating with vendors on our behalf.
Organization: With her broad planning experience, Francine helped make sure nothing was missed in our process and ensured a smooth event.
Overall, super happy with Francine and would highly recommend her to anyone else.
Apr 10, 2018
Oh, Francine. Little did I know that signing up for a planner would include so much more. Throughout the entire process, Francine was on "my team" whether it was the social-emotional support needed to get through the stress of planning from afar (We live in Virginia and got married in Santa Barbara), the regular stress of simply making so many more decisions than I ever dreamed possible, keeping me focused and on task with the ever-growing to-do list and consistently reminding me of the true focus of our wedding- our wedding. From her exceptional ability to predict, problem solve and manage- she anticipated our needs, as well as those of our vendors and guests and had a seamless manner in managing them. She was true to her word that our day was left for us to enjoy and if things went wrong, I still have no idea about them. Besides making a potential neurosis-inducing event, relatively stress-free, Francine and her team made our event immaculate. I'm sure like many brides, I struggled to articulate the vision I had for our wedding and communicating that to vendors (in writing especially since we weren't able to meet in person). However, Francine and her design team were able to help me put to words and images exactly what I was hoping for and delivered well above my wildest dreams when the day of came. To say my husband was nervous about our gray, white, gravel-floored, bare-bones greenhouse wedding venue, was an understatement. How could something so drab be brought to life in the way we described and discussed in our preplanning calls. However, when the day arrived, his awe spoke for itself and he expressed many times over how grateful he was we had chosen the team that we did. Francine's thoughtful effort, genuine passion, creative perspective and professional diligence made planning a wedding across the country, on NYE (had not anticipated the challenges of planning around a holiday), and after the largest fires in California history, was a surprisingly smooth task. Her vendor suggestions, eye for detail, patience in dealing with my spontaneous waves of stress, suggestions, ideas and simply put, "ability to get things done"- I'd recommend her and her team in an instant.
Response from Francine Ribeau Events: Aw! Collene!! Thank you!! I loved partnering up with you and Mark. You really made my job as a planner so easy. Much love to you guys!
Apr 03, 2018
This is LONG overdue but so well deserved. I met Suher in Fall 2016 and fell absolutely IN LOVE with her. At the end of our meeting I told her, I told her I loved her and she's hired! I passed up someone I knew personally, to hire Suher because I just had a really good feeling. She was just so detailed in everything she presented. To think that our meeting almost didn't happen is crazy!
Suher went above and beyond my expectations. She had amazing vendor recommendations that fit my budget. And attended almost every meeting with me. Wow. I had to bring my kids with me to most meetings or meet at my house and she was just so understanding and patient throughout the entire process.
She was so reassuring every step of the way. Helped me figure out what would and would not work. Answered all of my many emails and text messages (even at 10:00 at night when I have last minute ideas/additions two weeks out)!! We hosted our reception in my backyard and literally changed 2/3 of what was planned last minute. She was very patient with my last minute freak out about how many guests we were going to have in our backyard! To say she made it happen was an understatement.
On the big day, I had NOTHING to worry about. Everything went so smoothly and perfect!!! My husband and family were so impressed! She 100% handled it!
Mar 24, 2018
My now husband and I absolutely loved working with Francine! We hired FRE for the full service planning and design and we are so happy that we did! From day 1, Francine was responsive, friendly and organized - which made us felt at ease since we were planning our San Diego wedding from San Francisco. I did not have have a vision in mind for the wedding, but with Francine's help, she designed a lovely garden themed wedding that was just amazing. All of our guests loved and raved about how elegant and beautiful the wedding was! I would work with Francine in a heartbeat and am so sad the wedding is over. I would recommend Francine to anyone that is planning a wedding or event in Southern California - she's one of a kind and such an amazing wedding partner with a great eye for design. You will not regret it! Thank you so much Francine!!!