Are we a good fit?
Before you decide to trust us with your special day, please take a moment to learn about our company and see what past clients and colleagues are saying about us to determine if we fit what you are looking for…
How Long Have You been Planning Weddings Professionally?
I was involved with corporate and political event planning for over 10 years and made the transition to wedding planning when my husband was transferred temporarily to Hawaii in 2006.
What Sets You Apart From The Others?
Simply put, our standard of service which focuses on 3 key elements. We believe in fostering a strong visual presence during the design and planning process, which we feel is extremely important for peace of mind. This is accomplished through design concepts, renderings, photos and fabric samples to assist in engaging your senses and truly give you an accurate overview of what your wedding will look like. Professionalism and responsiveness are repeated themes in comments and testimonials by our past and current clients time and again. Our communications are prompt and timely, we offer creative solutions and provide thought leadership, we are organized and detailed throughout the planning process and that the wedding day ran smoothly, was executed flawlessly and on time, regardless of any minor challenges that may have come up. Lastly, we believe your wedding day should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and we do not limit ourselves to only a small circle of go-to vendors. We design your wedding around you – your style, your personalities and your budget and meticulously handpick each vendor we recommend for your wedding and only work with the most reputable vendors who will provide the highest level of service. We also allow you to to be as hands-on as you wish in the vendor selection and planning process, but we take care of all of the details and legwork so you can enjoy the process.
Can We Afford You?
We offer different levels of service, depending on each clients’ needs. Providing a personalized and concierge approach to our couples is paramount but we may not be for everyone. It is up to each couple how they choose to invest in this once in a lifetime day.
Who Do You Work Best With?
Our brides and grooms place an emphasis on the guest experience, infusing personalized details, amazing food and beverage offerings and exceptional quality across the board. We work best with the couples who desire an elegant wedding that reflects their unique personalities and styles, and after our initial planning consultation and outlining of a budget, allow us to handle all of the legwork for you. We also love working with couples who desire to be more hands-on in the design and decor aspects during the planning process to make it truly their own.
Who Won’t Benefit From Your Company’s Service?
We are not a good fit for couples who are 1. disengaged from the process, not allowing us to collaborate with you or 2. don’t allow us to do the job for which we were hired, during the planning process or on the wedding day. We are full-service wedding consultants and prefer our clients to realize the complete benefit of hiring us by collaborating with us when needed and then to let us be the professionals and do our job on your behalf, especially on the wedding day.
Will I Lose Control Of My Wedding?
Absolutely not! Don’t mistake our full-service approach to mean that we lose sight of the fact that this is your special day! We want your input, opinions and decisions on the recommendations we provide and work invested on your behalf. We simply put the fun back into being an engaged couple and allow you to be a part of the excitement of planning a wedding but not so you have to deal with the technical side of how it gets there.
Do You Take Credit Cards Or Offer Payment Plans?
Yes, we accept credit cards and can upon request offer a payment plan that you are comfortable with to allow you to benefit from the service you deserve.
What Happens Next?
Please take a look at our portfolio, review our services to see which one fits your needs the best, then contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation!
May We Look At Some Reviews and Testimonials?
Yes! We welcome you to see what our past clients and vendors have said about us! Please also visit our online profiles on My Wedding and Wedding Wire to read more recent reviews!
Meet Our Team
Michelle Garibay – Owner and Lead Consultant
From a young age, Michelle developed a passion for events. This passion was reflected in her own birthday parties with coordinating napkins and balloons that went with the matching themed cake. Since then, Michelle continued honing her skills not knowing what was ahead. Through leadership and event planning roles as a sorority member and alumni advisor at San Diego State University, organizing events for congressional and presidential candidates with the top political fundraising company in Southern California, to the Government Relations department with the San Diego Padres during the campaign for the construction of Petco Park and work for a well-respected San Diego public relations firm, Michelle’s event management experience is extensive.
With the joy and excitement she experienced planning her own wedding in 2003 in San Diego and the move soon after to Hawaii in 2006, Michelle immediately realized her true calling in wedding planning and coordination and made the transition. Her company launched in 2006 and quickly became recognized as a leading destination wedding specialist “infusing Hawaii’s relaxed island attitude with west coast style.” She also enjoyed her involvement with the Oahu Wedding Association and was a Board Member in 2010 overseeing the association’s outreach efforts to market the island of O’ahu as a premiere wedding destination.
Michelle’s meticulous management style and eye for the smallest detail is brought to each and every wedding she has the honor to be a part of. Michelle believes that what sets a good event consultant apart from the rest is the realization that just a love of planning events isn’t enough. You have to be truly invested in your clients’ desires and happiness from concept to completion, roll up your sleeves and get done what needs to be done; be detailed, have clear objectives and be obsessively organized; execute proactively and flawlessly with grace and polish and be on schedule; be responsive, open and operate with transparency; deliver on what is promised then the love of what you do then shines through your work. Michelle stands by this philosophy and her passion, attention to detail and organization are repeatedly what clients love about her.
Her husband’s retirement in Hawaii after 20 years with the U.S. Navy prompted Michelle and her family to return to their native Southern California and re-brand the company. Michelle Garibay Events offers a fresh approach to destination wedding planning with a niche service – specializing in assisting Southern California couples with their weddings on O’ahu. Michelle’s main office returned and planted roots in Southern California in 2011 and maintains seven years of local Hawaii experience and a multitude of vendor and industry relationships becoming experts in destination weddings on O’ahu as well as now provide service to clients in Temecula and Palm Springs.
Her company is a member of the Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals organization and was selected as a destination wedding consultant for Style Me Pretty‘s Little Black Book, Grace Ormonde’s Platinum List and has recently been invited to the Maharani Weddings Platinum Guide. Her work has been featured in San Diego Style Weddings magazine, Style Unveiled, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks and Modern Weddings Hawaii, to name a few.
When Michelle is not assisting her couples create stylish weddings, her time is spent with her husband of almost 11 years, their two children, Madison and Carson, and their three Labradors.
Samantha Scarpine – Senior Consultant | Temecula and Palm Springs
Samantha studied at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and earned a degree in visual communications. She mastered an array of skills such as event planning, architecture, marketing, color theory and psychology, trend analysis and much more. Samantha began her adventure in Temecula’s romantic Wine Country in 2006. She got her start as an assistant wedding coordinator for Wilson Creek Winery she then advanced onto becoming the lead wedding consultant at Longshadow Ranch Winery for 3 years. Samantha joined Michelle Garibay Events in 2013 to spread her creative wings and provide her visual design expertise to each and every couple she has the opportunity to serve. Her calming presence, passion to provide top-notch service and knack for budget-savvy solutions are what clients love most about her. Samantha has had the pleasure to help create hundreds of beautiful weddings in such picturesque locations, including Temecula’s breathtaking wine country, beautiful beaches of San Diego, and the tranquil oasis of Palm Springs.
Samantha has an immense desire and passion in providing extraordinary wedding planning services for her couples. Throughout many stages of Samantha’s life, her family and friends could see her creativity and love of planning any event. To Samantha, this is more than an event. It is drawing loved ones near, building everlasting bonds, sharing those special moments and creating long lasting memories.
Courtney Barry – Senior Coordinator | Southern California
Courtney Barry brings five years of wedding coordination experience to Michelle Garibay Events and is thrilled to be the Senior Coordinator for Southern California. Courtney’s strengths are in blending high attention to detail, organization skills and a sense of humor. Utilizing these strengths, she will ensure your wedding seamlessly meets the vision of your perfect day!
Courtney’s passion is in planning and coordinating events. While working in Santa Barbara, CA she successfully organized multiple corporate and personal events including holiday celebrations and employee morale functions. After enlisting the help of a professional consultant to plan her own wedding in 2006, Courtney fell in love with the process that went into creating her one of a kind day. The combination of creativity and detail was a perfect match for Courtney’s skills and interest, and after her own wedding she began assisting, Jill La Fleur, one of the most highly sought-after wedding planners on California’s central coast.
Courtney has since relocated back to her hometown in Orange County and is excited to be a part of the Michelle Garibay Events team!