“We hired Karine to help us the week leading up to and on the day of our wedding. She did a terrific job. She knows exactly what she’s doing. You can tell she has a ton of experience because she is able to anticipate any issues that may arise and has the resourcefulness to swiftly prepare for and handle them. She communicated with all of our vendors so I didn’t have to. Her presence on our big day was warm, cheerful, and unobtrusive, as she held everything together and made sure it all went smoothly. On our wedding day, my husband and I didn’t have to worry about anything because we knew Karine had it all under control. If you are thinking about having a coordinator help you with your wedding (and you seriously should) I wholeheartedly recommend Karine Brighten.” -Kat, Bride
“Karine did a solid job with our wedding. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her from the initial meeting through the hand-off and the on-site execution. She was professional, upbeat and helpful. A lot of the Bay Area wedding planners charge exorbitant fees but Karine’s pricing was fair and she delivered quality work. She’s an overall pleasure to work with and has an upbeat personality. Weddings are not an easy business but she seems to truly love her work. I would recommend Karine to anyone looking for a solid event planner or for your wedding month-of services.” -Blake, Bride
“I hired Karine to be my wedding planner back in February 2013. My now husband proposed in January 2013 and we decided to have a wedding in early September the same year. We found Karine through Yelp. At our first meeting, we felt very comfortable talking to her. She brought her portfolio as well as an assistant to the meeting, so we sensed that she was experienced and well organized. We also liked her because she understood our anxiety and suggested a lot of options right away to help ease our concerns. Overall, we were very happy with Karine and her work.
We were conscious about the cost of her full service initially, but also worried about not getting enough help if we only hired her for the month of. Karine showed flexibility by customizing her service and proposing a reasonable package for us to meet in the middle.” -Wendy, Bride
“Karine helped to organize my book launch party, and I am so glad I hired her! It doesn’t get better. She was organized throughout the planning phase, relieving me of so much stress. And she was responsive – not the type to get back to you days later. Professional, personable, responsive, organized, it was an utter pleasure to work with her. And her staff at the event made sure that everything ran smoothly. One of these days when one of my kids gets married, I’ll have to hire her for the wedding!.” -Miyoko Schinner, Author: Artisan Vegan Cheese
“We hired Karine to be the event planner for three California premieres of our vegan documentary, Vegucated, including a red carpet premiere in LA, and she was great. She managed the events smoothly so that we could sit back and just enjoy our big nights. She’s detail-oriented, professional, and has a grounded, friendly energy that is perfect for high-pressure situations.” -M.W. Wolfson (Film Producer)
“We hired Karine to be our wedding coordinator and she was absolutely wonderful! We really could not and would not want to imagine the process without her ( I speak for myself & on behalf of my new husband We appreciated how attentive and responsive Karine was through out the process. I don’t think more than a day would ever pass before she got back to us on emails and she was impressively resourceful with any questions we had.
Finally, there was the day of the wedding… which turned out AMAZING & PERFECT in every way. She & her assistant were, without a doubt, the 2 biggest factors in having our day unfold with the magic & flow that it did. We got to sit back, let go (finally!) of all the lists, and just enjoy FULLY, getting married!!! Our day could not have been what it was without Karine.
We are forever grateful and couldn’t recommend anyone more.” -Jinju D. (Bride)
“Thank you so much for making our Berkeley Grand Opening such a success! I was pleased with the turnout and the crowd seemed very festive. I was also pleased to have your help in planning the logistics for the day. It was so great that our general manager could entrust you with all the party details so she could focus on our internal operations. I will definitely be using you in the future.” -Carl Myers (Owner Nature’s Express)
” 5 Stars for Karine Brighten! I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Grand Opening of Cinnaholic Bakery in Berkeley on Saturday July 17th which was coordinated by Karine. The event was a HUGE success! The entire process went very smoothly. Customers that were lined up down the sidewalk waiting patiently for their tasty Cinnamon Rolls were entertained and participated in raffle drawings. Although the event took a lot of time and planning, the event seemed effortless and everyone had a wonderful time. I would absolutely recommend Karine!” -Terri C. (Cinnaholic)
“When Karine approached me about being part of the first ever Berkeley Vegan Earth Day, I thought, “What a great way to infuse the the most eco friendly diet into the most eco friendly day!” So, I had to be a part of it. I knew the event was going to be a success, but to sell out in advance was even better! It Having a packed audience certainly made my talk that much easier.” -Alex Eaves (Stay Vocal)
“If you are thinking of hosting an event you have to try Karine Brighten Events! Professional and flawless are two words that come to mind, just to begin with! She thought of all the small details so I didn’t have to. I was able to walk in to our event, focus solely on my business, and make many meaningful connections because Karine handled all the details and then some. This event went off without a hitch. Can’t wait to find a reason to get involved with her again!” -Carla Lovett (Pillow Fight Nite)
“Karine was a fantastic month-of planner for my wedding in Berkeley in October 2010. It would be really easy to go on and on about Karine’s easy disposition, organization, listening skills, and willingness to work with even the most difficult vendors. Those things are all true and they make Karine fantastic. She even went nose-to-nose with venue managers who had veered from contract, and she offered to bring in her own vendors when one of ours failed to respond to a series of messages. There’s a tremendous amount of value-add right there!
I’m tremendously grateful to Karine. Needless to say, we had a fabulous, fun wedding that my wife and I really enjoyed and of which we were truly proud. Karine not only helped us make our wedding day everything we dreamed it could be, but made sure we were able to relax, focus on the important stuff, and rock out!” -Ryan Goldman (Groom)
“The eco-friendly fashion show was the highlight of this year’s World Vegetarian Festival. The show was well organized, beautifully executed, creative, and educated each of us about the need to become more environmentally friendly. It was obvious that Karine Brighten Events put in a lot of time and energy making this a most memorable festival!
I commend you, Karine for your dedication, hard work, professionalism, and enthusiasm. Karine, you did an OUTSTANDING job, thank you. It was my most enjoyable part of this year’s festival.” -Shirley M.