Service Area: Based in Los Angeles; Amber loves to travel!
Amber Gustafson has a knack for “bringing it all together when Mom gets fussy, when the flower girl gets mad, and when diva vendors think it’s all about them.” Whether you need “month of” guidance or full-scale production of your entire event, this well-rounded coordinator uses a mix of humor, creativity and professionalism to effortlessly guide any bride through the journey to wedded bliss.
Services can include customized planning timelines, budget assistance, vendor management, unlimited consultations, and direction of the rehearsal. Amber also enjoys coordinating fusion weddings highlighting and melding the distinct cultures of the bride and groom.
Certified By The Guide Reviews(What does this mean?)
“Amber perfectly blended listening to our needs with her own thoughtful, insightful and funky suggestions.”
“Amber’s instincts and talent are exceptional.”
“Amber understands the wedding process inside and out and wants to help you enjoy the process and not just go through the motions.”
“She has a wonderful fashion sense, a great eye for aesthetics and such creativity that she brings to the table when planning a wedding.”
“Her ideas are original, she’s artistic and infectious with enthusiasm.”
“Every time I would call Amber, whether it was a question about a chair, linen, or advice on how to deal with my parents, she was there and always wiling to drop what she was doing to help me out.”
“She is very personable, easy to talk to, and uber-organized.”
“Amber was there for us with great support, suggestions and advice. Whenever we were nervous, she was able to calm us down.”
Questions and Answers
What 3 words describe your work? Fresh, Fun, and Fabulous!
Why should someone hire you? At Amber Events, we are not bossy high-strung and flamboyant designers (a la Frank from Father of the Bride). While we are creative and fresh with design, our real strengths lie in tricky logistics and emotional support of the couple. Plainly put: we care deeply about our clients and we plan and execute tight, smooth wedding days.
What are the common misconceptions about your services? Some brides hire wedding planners because they think that they won't have to do anything. I cannot create your guestlist or seating chart because I don't know your guests. On the flipside, some brides are terrified that a bossy wedding planner is going to swoop in and control everything. Both of these assumptions are wrong. Wedding planning is a team effort and we are here to guide you through this crazy maze of getting married.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started? I started Amber Events not because I'm obsessed with weddings, but because I love working with people in a creative supportive field and I love being a part of the birth of a new family.
What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work? My clients inspire me. I like to get to know them as people and create the type of wedding that truly reflects them, their style, and their family. The more personal a wedding is, the happier I am with it.
Tell us about a wedding you worked on that really makes you proud: I had a wedding once where the mother of the bride and the bride could NOT stop fighting! What they each did not know was that they were both calling me and crying about the other one. Thankfully, with my support and sympathetic ear, they both made it through the wedding day happy with each other AND happy with me! It was diplomacy at its finest.
What have weddings taught you? To keep my mouth S-H-U-T! Sometimes a client/vendor really doesn't want my advice; they need a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. As a talkative person by nature, it's challenging for me to listen more, talk less.
What is the best advice you give to a couple when planning their wedding? Never lose sight of WHY you are doing this and WHO you are doing this with. It is so very, very easy to get lost in budgets, guest list issues, favors, photos, dresses, etc. Never forget that the wedding is one day and a marriage is a lifetime.
If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be? To be all places at all times. Thankfully, I have wonderful assistants to act as my ears and eyes, but it would be so convenient to know what was going on everywhere.
What are 3 words that describe your personality? Sassy, funny, fabulous!
What is your favorite quote? "To love another person is to see the face of God" —Les Miserables
What's your favorite marriage advice? Choose wisely, treat kindly.
What's your favorite way to wind down after a hard day? A good bottle of wine, a good soundtrack, a cute apron, and my husband and I in the kitchen. As we cook we drink, talk, dream, and laugh. And then we eat. It's a lovely way to end any day.
Tell us about your pets, if you have any. Two fat and fuzzy orange cats. Brothers Owen and Milton are yin and yang. Owen is my dumb teddy bear, and Milton is an evil genius trying to take over the world.
What are some of your favorite places to eat—either everyday spots or special occasion splurges? My favorite place to eat is my dining room table. My husband is an incredible and artistic cook, and I'm not a bad sous chef myself.
Amber Events Covers These Areas:Southern California
- Los Angeles
- Orange County
- Palm Springs / Palm Desert
- Riverside / Inland Empire
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clarita Valley
- South Bay L.A. / Long Beach
- And other areas by special arrangement.