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Weddings / Receptions / Anniversaries

Testimonials – Praise From our Clients

Here’s what our clients are saying about The Events Department:

  • Laurie,

    Thank you so much for all your work for Katie & Bryan’s wedding weekend. I cannot believe all the hard work and the amount of time that you put in. Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled with everything. You exceeded all expectations! The attention to detail, the constant communication and your very calm disposition made it all so very easy for me. Thank you for making so many memories for our family. We appreciate you and are very thankful we found you!

    All my very best,


    Devin November 2017
  • Wow. It still all feels like a dream. I can’t believe how fast the whole week/weekend went. Everything was just perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. And that is in large part because of you. You were so wonderful from day one. I appreciate how quick you are to respond to my emails, no matter how small or silly the question. I never felt overwhelmed at any point and that’s because I knew I had you in my corner. I know it was by chance you ended up in our lives, but we are so thankful. I can’t imagine the last year without you there to guide us every step of the way.Ben and I hope to vacation at Smoke Tree in the future. It will always be such a special spot to us.Thank you again for everything! I feel like I just can’t say it enough.

  • I don’t even know how to put into words how to thank you for how amazing you and the girls were! The day and weekend were more perfect and amazing than I could ever have imagined. You were a dream to work with and we are all sooooooo appreciative of all the energy, time and care that was put into making it absolutely wonderful!We head off tonight for our big adventure but cannot wait to share the pictures and video with you!

    Taylor and Adam
  • Hi there!! I realized today that I never said a BIG THANK YOU to you and the entire team.
    Our night was magical and we loved working your team so much!!
    We truly appreciated everyone and their support so much…..
    The house was gorgeous and our guests were blown away by the setting!! THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • I’m not sure how we would have survived without Laurie and her team of pros at The Events Department! She is incredibly knowledgeable on all Palm Springs vendors (best hair/makeup, tastiest desserts, cheapest rentals, etc.) and is really out to support you throughout the whole  wedding planning process. As for the big day… INCREDIBLE! My husband and I kept asking ourselves what the “one thing” that went wrong at our wedding was and if it was there, Laurie and her team fixed it immediately because we never saw it! It was miraculous to see everything that we had planned and envisioned for so many months really come to life and we could not have done it without Laurie–thank you so much!!!


  • Peggy,

    The wedding in the end was a great success. Chris slept about 17 hours when we got home. We have had nothing but compliments on how smooth things went and many have said it was the best wedding they have attended.

    As someone who watched the process and was aware of the inner workings, I noticed whenever a potential glitch arose you were right there taking care of it. Please don’t be offended if I draw a comparison between you and an Australian Sheepdog moving the flock. But a well placed nip, a slight growl or even just a stern look seemed to keep everything moving in the right direction.

    Thanks once again and mark up another success for The Events Department.


    Dennis and Chris Miller

    Dennis and Chris
  • Laurie & The Events Department,

    Thank you so much for making our wedding day truly one for the books. From the first email I knew you would help make our day magical! AJ and I are so grateful for you guys and appreciate everything you did so that our wedding weekend went seamless! You are simply the best!

    -AJ & Jana

    AJ & Jana
  • I’m sure if you are like us, you are suffering from withdrawals from our wedding, which was totally like the best wedding ever.  Duh.  Everyone said so.  Anyway, thanks so much for all your work in helping us to put it all together.  I must admit that when the Smoke Tree Ranch told us that we HAD to use their wedding planner, we were skeptical.  But you turned out to be more than awesome…. UBER-awesome if you will.  Hopefully we can connect again sometime when we are down there.  Jeff has a Drankgon with your name on it.  We love you!Thanks for Everything

    Jeff and Sara
  • Lisa- it’s finally here!

    We are so grateful for YOU!

    You have been so incredible throughout this entire process and have made this so fun and easy for us. We are forever indebted to you.


    Jane & Jon


    Jane & Jon
  • Thank you so very much for all that you did to make Jill and Brian’s Wedding day a most special day for them. I’m sure we’ll never know all of the “behind the scenes”! The challenges on their day…the bridal bracelet, the quick but determined decision to test Mother Nature, not-so-ready seating chart…you were amazing!! Most of all, your caring, understanding, patiences and creativity are what make you so incredibly special and fun to work with! We also wish for you and your family many “aha” moments. Enjoy Westin – send photos ?

    It goes by quickly!

    Nancy and Tom
  • THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for all of you and your team’s amazing hard work! We seriously had the BEST weekend / wedding EVER :).Thank you again for making our wedding weekend dreams a reality!!! We can’t thank you enough :).Talk to you soon!

    Sara and Jeff
  • Thank you soooo  much for all of your help throughout our wedding planning process.  We definitely could not have done it without you!  The day turned our to be even better than we even imagined it to be!  Thank you again!

    Brandis and Evan

Your Personal Care Team

Right from the start, we listen to You. We tend to everything for You, following the detailed proposal and your budget requirements, your every need will be exquisitely planned and executed for your memories.

As a full event management company, we have the ability to provide every element you need for the wedding you desire.

  • Flowers to Flatware and Fine Linens,
  • Ice Sculptures, Decor and Centerpieces,
  • Photographers and Videographers
  • Complete Rehearsal Dinner and Brunch planning,
  • Finding Your Perfect Location
  • Elegant, Classic Transportation
  • Music
  • Invitations
  • Accommodations
  • Activities and more
  • Size Does Not Matter
  • and more!

Most brides dream of a traditional wedding and reception, while some consider alternatives. From small and intimate, to large and lavish, casual or themed, we can handle it all for you. You CAN have it all with The Events Department. Unique combinations of traditional, alternative, universal locations, ceremonies, receptions and sites may also include personal “quirky nuances” relevant only to you, your family and friends.

Traditional or Themed Wedding / Receptions

Traditional weddings will always be very popular, as will receptions. You will be in warm, experienced hands when the Events Department plans and produces your wedding.

Want Something Different?

Imagine a wedding or reception that takes everyone away to another place and time. Transport your wedding party and guests into a magical, mysterious time of celebration and delight. Creative Lighting, Floral Arrangements and Fabrics, Backdrops, Accents, Music and Delicious Food all contribute to transforming the wedding and/or reception into Your Unique Wedding Experience.

Share your ideas with us, we can make it happen.

Your Choice

You really can have it your way. If you desire, we can handle every detail from start to finish, relieving you of the stress that inevitably increases as the big day gets closer. You can also select the areas and details where you would like to devote your own personal attention. Your Personal Care Team will work closely with you all the way through so that your big day is sweetly memorable.

Your Ideas – Our Expertise

Even after looking over our web site, you still may not see quite what you are thinking about. No problem! Jot down any questions you may have, make a few notes and Contact the Events Department. We are here, eager to turn your dreams into reality.