Thanksgiving. We are finally back home today.  It has been an incredible couple weeks.  Thanks for making our day so special, we couldn't have done it without you.  We will definitely recommend you when possible.
Scott Botsford (SB Polo Fields)


I do not even know where or how to begin singing Melissa's praises. Mel immediately saw our vision, and really executed it far better than we could have on our own.  What I dreaded most about planning was reaching out to a bunch of different vendors, juggling quotes and bids, and dealing with major (and minor) details as the wedding day drew closer.  Mel handled all of that.  I am extremely Type A and love to be in control (sorry about that, Mel), yet she handled my neurosis with ease!  She also did an excellent job of connecting with us on a personal level, which, in my opinion, really sets Mel apart.  If she sensed I was stressing about something, I would receive a follow up email just to check in to make sure all was good with wedding planning, work, etc.  Perhaps most importantly, though, was how well she handled the day of the wedding.  I really just showed up, and she took care of the rest.  Honestly, walking into our reception, with everything completely done and looking amazing was the best wedding day feeling (second only to actually marrying my husband!).  I'm sure some things went wrong (or at least not as planned), but if pressed, I wouldn't be able to tell you a single one.  Mel handles problems without you even knowing.  Trust me, on the day of your wedding, you want to be able to enjoy yourself, and not worry about whether all of the rentals arrived on time.  Mel gave that to us.  I HIGHLY recommend her to all future brides! Maura

Mother of the bride

 Although I did some of the initial planning including venue choice and some of the vendors, it became clear to me that having an event coordinator would probably be wise.  After interviewing several and reading all sorts of reviews, I enlisted Melissa Younce.  For the next six months,  Melissa provided me with expert and professional guidance but of equal importance, she was warm, caring and responsive to every question we had and went out of her way to provide assistance to the bride, groom, and  mother of the groom.  As the day got closer, she would just check in to see “how I was doing”.  And the day of the wedding was seamless, fabulous and care free to me due to Melissa.  She truly is fabulous as a person and as an event planner and I am so very happy that she was part of our wedding.   
Linda Chandler (mother of the bride) (Bacara Resort and Spa)

a little love from our couples & friends

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Hiring Melissa will be the best decision you make while planning your wedding (other than who you've chosen as your spouse). My wife and I could not have pulled off our wedding without her and if we had to travel back in time we would hire her again a heartbeat. As the groom it was first difficult for me to accept that we needed the added expense of hiring a coordinator. Please trust me, after planning and thoroughly enjoying our wedding, I can say with 100% certainty you need to hire a coordinator. There are hundreds of details I would never have even thought to explore that Melissa guided us through.  
You have a lot of options in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County when looking for a wedding coordinator. If you could please, just once more trust me, hire Melissa. I called and spoke with at least eight other coordinators; shared our wedding plans, ideas, wants, discussed pricing and hours, expectations, etc.
Engaged To Be Wed is very affordable. For the services they offer Melissa is without a doubt the best value available given the quality of service you will receive. Melissa was always available to us (phone, email, text) and her decades of experience in the field made planning our wedding a fun experience. I'll say it again, we could not have done it without her.
My wife and I are so happy we chose to work with Melissa. I truly hope this review helps other engaged couples enjoy planning their weddings and even more importantly, enjoy their wedding day. Anthony (SBMT)

fellow event professional

Melissa Younce created and flawlessly executed the wedding of our dreams. She made every single part of the process so much fun and took care of every last detail to perfection. She knew what I wanted before I even did and made suggestions we never would have thought of. Her expertise, humor and ability to remain calm amongst all of the hectic excitement allowed us to truly enjoy every aspect of our special day. Her vendor recommendations were perfect and the team she assembled was not only the best, they were tons of fun to work with.

Jessica & Travis (SB Polo Fields)
Owner, Bluestar Parking