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  • Sonal,

    This is long overdue but George and I can’t begin to thank you all enough for your hard work. Our planning process went so smoothly and the day of execution was flawless. The whole SJS team was fantastic and there’s absolutely no way our wedding would have been as amazing and perfect as it was without all of you. Thank you for not only hearing all of our requests, but also doing your best to bring them to life, for keeping us motivated and pushing us to continue when we began to slack off, and most importantly, for making it all fun, and not seem like work. Not only did you make the planning easier, your help with everything allowed us to fully enjoy our actual events with our family and friends, instead of having to run around worrying about details. Everyone was professional, respectful and just all around wonderful to work with. Needless to say, there was not a single person who was questioning your presence. You were all amazing. Thank you for flawlessly putting together our wedding and truly making it the night of our dreams.

    Chandni and George
    June 21, 2014
    The Palace at Somerset Park

  • Sonal,

    We can not thank you enough for all you have done for us. We hired you in January 2014 to support our wedding in August, and we can not even imagine going through this process without you and your team. Throughout the next 7 months, we changed our minds about every detail over and over, but you were always calm and knew what direction we should lean towards. Without you, we would be lost. You were our guide throughout the entire wedding process. You made working with our vendors seamless and always went above and beyond to put our interests first and foremost . There were many nights when we came home after a long day of work, and you were always one phone call away (even if it was midnight or later!). We don't know how you do it, but you sure made us feel like the most important clients.

    At first we weren't quite sure if you'd be interested in planning our special day since you often handle large weddings, and ours was an intimate, smaller wedding. We pretty soon realized that the amount of hours and effort you dedicated was not at all dependent on the size of our wedding as you spent countless hours in planning and coordinating every little details. An example was our Mehendi night before the wedding ceremony. We thought we could handle an event of ~50 guests in our aunts' backyard. We tried our best, but realized that things aren't easy at all without your help. With only some hours notice (literally!!!) you stepped in and (once again) saved us. We still, to this day, can not believe that everything worked out as smoothly as it did thanks to you. The night was remarkable and everything was set up perfectly.

    Finally, given that the venue was in Upstate NY, and most of the vendors had not worked with the venue in the past, due to your detailed timeline and on-site coordination, the place was the most beautiful, romantic site we've ever laid our eyes on. It was a dream come true! We've received so many compliments from our guests about how this was the most amazing they have ever been to. While we may not miss the overall wedding planning process, we absolutely miss you, and will always hope to maintain our friendship. We'll see you next time we're in New York... Can't wait!

    Thank you!

    Love,

    Shoilee and Rob
    August 1, 2014
    The Lodge at Welch Allyn

  • Sonal,

    Thank you for helping to make our wedding the best day of our lives! Your team did a great job of keeping our event organized through the planning process, and ensuring things ran smoothly on the big day itself.

    We appreciate how professional, detail-oriented, and responsive you and your team were – it truly was a pleasure working with you all.

    Amit and Ami
    May 24, 2014
    The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

  • Hello Dream Team!

    Thank you!! We are so so happy our entire wedding day was so perfect! We know that could not have been possible without perfect coordination behind the scene. I could not stop telling people how I felt the entire day was EXACTLY as I envisioned it in my head and that I could not find a single thing that went wrong (how amazing is that?!) So many of our guests told me they thought it was the best wedding they had been to (and they've been to lots of weddings). From the bottom of my heart I wanted to thank you for all your hard work in preparation before the wedding and on the day of. So happy we chose your team to help us!! You all were truly the best.

    Dhvani and Vik
    August 30, 2014
    The Hilton Pearl River



  • I was really impressed with your organization and attention to details. Also, on the wedding day itself, it was VERY helpful to have an army of people assisting with various things – including steaming my tux!

    I do remember thinking after the wedding, “I have no clue how we could have done this without Sonal, Ruth, Neeti, and the crew”. Thanks everyone!

    Pavani and Tarak
    August 16, 2014
    The Ritz-Carlton, Tyson's Corner



  • Sonal & Ruth, thank you for everything! We could not have pulled our wedding together without you. From helping us design the most beautiful lavender centerpieces I have ever seen, to taking care of last minute mishaps on the day of the event--- you guys covered it all. We cannot thank you and your team enough.

    Jayasree & Akash
    May 24, 2014
    Hyatt Jersey City



  • I loved working with SJS for my wedding this past May, 2014. The team was very well organized and professional. They did not leave out any minute details…and at the end it showed! I could not have asked for a better turn out.

    Sonal was personally involved in all aspects of the wedding, even though she was expecting her first baby a couple of weeks before my wedding. That is priceless!

    Thank You!

    Amrita Singh and Sam Bhatia
    May 24, 2014
    The Pierre, NYC



  • Thank you all for everything!! Last night was truly the wedding of my dreams in every respect, and I really appreciate all that each of you did to make it perfect. The love and support from you all made the weekend incredibly special, and I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends!

    Love,

    Rebekah and Alex
    July 12, 2014
    Guastavino's, NYC

  • Sonal, Morgan and Ruth,

    I can't thank you guys enough for delivering on every promise, going beyond expectations, really being there for us when we needed it, and overall making our event picture perfect!! The groom's side showed up 60 minutes late and you all magically brought us back on schedule within minutes. You were there to cater to every random snafu, coordinate the zillions of people without a clue, and you did everything with a huge smile. We were particularly struck by that: although it's not easy, many people might be able to execute a plan and coordinate 400 guests. BUT not everyone can do it while remaining calm, attentive to the bride/groom and their families, and constantly wearing a smile. You guys are amazing!!

    We can’t thank you enough for your:
    Trustworthiness – keeping our best interests always at the forefront
    Patience – while we talked over decisions with our families
    Push – forward into planning when we didn’t have the motivation
    Insight – into so many details we’d have never picked up on
    Calmness – your level-headed team brought us sanity amongst the chaos
    Friendliness – you’re all so easy to work with and equally liked among our whole family
    Expertise – this is absolutely why you’re the best of the best.

    I wanted to especially thank Morgan who was a superstar – I always felt at ease when reviewing details with her, and on the wedding day I’m sure she discretely handled all kinds of random commotion without my ever knowing! Also huge thank you to Melissa, who was seriously heaven sent, always proactively catering to my, my husband’s, and my mom’s every need! Thanks to Neeti, whose Gujarati was clutch in shepherding masses of aunties and uncles for pictures, and the full team in case I’ve left anyone out! You guys are truly the best of the best.

    A lot of people think that as long as you are organized and assertive, you don’t need a planner. I tend to be a bit of both, and also have some experience in planning events. People were a bit confused as to why I was “throwing away money” for a wedding planner that I didn’t need.

    Working with the SJS team over the last year and a half was the most pleasant part of wedding planning! You are easy to get along with, have useful connections in the industry, and above all else: your team is experienced in every way applicable to the day. It’s not just the obvious stuff like contracts review, menu planning, music preferences, program schedule, and décor. The reason our wedding went flawlessly is because SJS Events thinks of all the small, forgotten things that only years of experience could bring: have a person read off family photo groups from the microphone, prepare plates of food for the bride and groom for lunch and dinner, send tip suggestions for vendors based on contract value – the list goes on and on.

    Needless to say, there was not a single person at our wedding questioning the presence of the SJS Events team. If not for your team – from the very beginning visioning stages, to executing the planning, to running the show the day of – our wedding wouldn’t have been the flawless dream that it was. You guys are amazing.

    Thank You,

    Pranali and Nikhil
    May 25, 2014
    Westmount Country Club, NJ


  • Sonal J Shah and staff was the first decision I made in my wedding planning journey and it was indeed the best. At first I was almost positive I can plan a wedding on my own but I hired the company because I was going to be a busy resident and my family agreed I might need help. Today after my wedding is over I can confidently say my wedding would not have been at all what it was without their help. I was pretty confident I could handle everything on my own but I did not realize that things do go wrong and sometimes VERY wrong. First off, I had a destination wedding in Miami, which has it own difficulties, but since the company is familiar with destination weddings they were able to assist with everything. Sonal and Ruth worked very hard trying to get all the permits required to close down Collins ave for our baraat. The city of sunny isles required a lot of permitting for various other things such as a stage, fire dancers, fireworks. Sonal and Ruth took care of everything! They would send me emails about updates but I never had to worry about anything. Two weeks before the wedding, as expected, everything started to go wrong. The city was not approving permits and we did not have a stage for our mandap. I was able to focus my time on family that was flying in from all over for my wedding and not worry about permits/stages etc. because Ruth was handling everything.

    My most vivid memory was 5 days before the wedding I received an email saying the company I rented the baraat Lamborghini from had crashed it. Ruth and the team immediately started searching for another car. I remember walking into Red door spa to get my pre-wedding facial when Ruth called to update me that they have contacted over ten companies and they will find me my car in the color I want and in my price range. I could not believe I was enjoying my facial when there were urgent unresolved matters. It was all because Ruth and the team were on top of it. And just like that, she called me with the good news that they finally found the car for the same price 5 days before the wedding!

    Day of, Ruth and the team did a great job keeping everything on schedule. Neeti was an amazing bridal attendant. She kept me calm through everything. She is excellent at drapery, which came in handy when my heavy dupatta kept falling off. Ruth quickly picked up on food errors and solved everything quickly. My parents said they felt like they were enjoying the wedding as much as the guests. I can confidently say I would not have been able to handle all the things that went wrong without the help of Sonal, Ruth and the staff. The company was there with me through every moment from vendor referrels and contract negotiations to fixing every obstacle that came our way. I recommend Sonal J Shah and staff wedding planning service to every bride and I am sure that it will be the best decision because it definitely was for me.

    Bhumika and Nikhil
    May 10, 2014
    Trump International Beach Resort-Miami

  • Dear Sonal, Arianna and Ruth

    Thank you so much for helping us plan an amazing wedding in Grand Cayman. We had an amazing time with all of our guests and have heard from many that this was the best wedding they have ever been to. Your relationships with the venue and vendors, organization, innovative ideas, and knowledge of how to coordinate an Indian wedding and Christian wedding in the Caymans was stellar.

    The décor was beautiful, the food tasted great, and the party kept going all night! Everything exceeded our expectations!

    Thanks!!

    Divya and Jason
    April 26, 2013
    Marriott Grand Cayman Islands

  • Thank you guys so much!! I can't say enough good things about you and the team. Everyone really cared and put so much effort and time into my wedding and it definitely would not have been the same without the team! I really think it would not have been this wonderful if it wasn’t for your team. Every little thing was thought of, from one of the team members removing my shoes to get on the mandap to the very detailed timeline. I heard my friends complain about planners they have and I was hesitant to even hire one and I am so happy I hired you and your terrific team.

    Thank You,

    Ami Telwala and Rahul Bhalodia
    May 4, 2014
    The Tides Estates

  • Quite frankly, I did not think we needed a wedding planner. I couldn't have been more wrong. Sonal and her team were incredible. The SJS value add became clear from the minute they started working with us. They are experts. They have planned thousands of weddings, have seen it all, and it really shows. They answered our questions, resolved complications and anticipated (and contained) issues before they arose. They have longstanding relationships with almost every venue and every vendor. They even reviewed our executed contracts and modified them to clarify or improve the arrangements.

    We were very impressed by how Sonal and her team essentially took ownership of our wedding, soup to nuts. They were professional, responsive, extremely knowledgeable and got it right the first time, every time. They kept us on track and did whatever needed to be done to ensure a successful event. The upshot was a flawless wedding and a seamless, stress free process leading up to it.

    We can't thank Sonal, Ruth, Melissa, Morgan and Neeti enough. Our wedding day was a wonderful experience and we (to our surprise!) actually enjoyed the planning process. It was a pleasure to work with SJS Events and we would recommend them without hesitation.

    Best regards,

    Angeli Saijwani and Rahul Sharma
    February 22, 2014
    Cipriani 42nd Street

  • I’m extremely happy that I decided to go with a professional coordinator. I admit- I initially was hesitant, but getting closer to the event, I was under a lot of pressure and simply confused on what I should be doing and didn’t know if I was doing the right thing. It was the first wedding in my family and none of us knew what we were doing. And it was nice to have Sonal and Ruth by my side- just to talk to and bounce ideas off of and personal and emotional support. It was nice to have the confirmation or the opinion of someone who has years of experience and has done 1000+ weddings.

    Thank You,

    Surekha and Viveka
    December 7, 2013
    Marriott Teaneck

  • Dear Sonal, Ruthie, Katherine, and Staff

    We had an amazing wedding weekend and wanted to thank you (and staff) for a wonderful job!! Friday was fantastic - everyone continued to comment about how unbelievable the cocktail hour food was (along with the cute signage that design house had created).

    Saturday at Cipriani was just an unbelievable day. The decor was absolutely breathtaking. Both Neeraj and I had kept on commenting how it felt like it was a dream. The entire day was perfection and I know it could have not been executed without your work and planning. Everything flowed so well and seemed like a magazine featured in some bridal magazine. So many of our guests (who do not offer compliments liberally) said that this was the best wedding they have ever been to and likely ever attend. I could not believe that the dance floor remained packed the entire night and many of our guests who usually leave right after dinner stayed all the up until the end.

    Thank you again for your help, attention to detail, and amazing execution!

    Best,

    Simi and Neeraj
    June 15, 2013
    Cipriani 42nd St.

  • Sonal and Team

    There are no words to express our thanks to you all for giving us the wedding of our dreams. It was a magical weekend and one that will always have a very special place in our hearts. Your team was professional, organized and amazing to work with. You helped with every little detail and made sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you so very much for being such a special part of our beautiful weekend and for all that you did to make it happen.

    All our love,

    Arun and Aarti
    November 23, 2013
    Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami

  • Dear Sonal & Ruth

    Jason and I would like to Thank you and your team for making our wedding weekend in PR so perfect. Everything went off without a hitch and was just as I envisioned it. From the decor (which i am still getting compliments for) to the cake, the videographer, the photographer, the hair make up; the entire team was excellent. Sonal, as you might have already heard - people did not leave the dance floor until the very end. THANK YOU for staying on us re: the DJ. It turned out to be one of the best decisions - Manan as simply awesome and his music was loved by everyone.

    But most importantly, We want to thank you, Ruth, Jennifer and Diana for executing everything so flawlessly. We really appreciate all the effort that you, Ruth and the team put into planning this wedding and ensuring every detail was taken care of. From our perspective, Our wedding was simply perfect!!! We could not have done it without the help, support, guidance, hard work and the patience that you all have showed throughout the last 8 months of planning.

    We will be very happy to provide reference or any other endorsement you may require in the future.

    THANK YOU!!!

    Falguni & Jason
    November 23, 2013
    La Concha Resort
    San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • This is long overdue, but we cannot thank Sonal, Ruthie, Neeti, and Nataki enough! We were both very nervous that things would go wrong (and I'm sure they did), but the SJS staff kept calm, handled issues that arose, and never worried us about anything at all! We had a tough crowd to please, but to this day our guests still rave about the wedding! Sonal and her staff are very professional, organized, and reliable. Sonal herself has a very "Can do" attitude - and that's exactly what you need in an event planner. We couldn't be happier with our decision to work with SJS and recommend them to EVERY newly engaged couple we meet :)

    Thank You!!

    We really do appreciate everything you did for us. Our wedding was phenomenal and we could never have accomplished that without you!

    Kajal and Bhavik Patel
    Crowne Plaza Danbury
    July 13, 2013

  • Hi Sonal,
    WJust wanted to say thank you for providing your planners for our event!! We really appreciate your help and gesture! Ruth, Katherine and Neeti did a great job and really took care of the stress on our wedding day! They were professional and very nice to our guest. It was a perfect event!! Hope to see your team soon.

    Thanks,

    Raj and Rina Gandhi
    Hilton Parsipanny
    Saturday, April 27, 2013

  • Hi!
    We are on our honeymoon now and will write more later, but we wanted to sincerely thank all of you for an awesome and well run wedding. Given our shortened time table, we could not be happier and we certainly could not have done it without you all!!!

    Thanks again!!

    From the VERY happy couple,

    Ritu Shrotriya and Ankush Bahl

  • Sonal, Ruth and Melissa -
    I just wanted to pass along my sincere thanks to you all for the wonderful job you did putting the event together. It was absolutely beautiful and more importantly the guests had an amazing time. We received so many compliments saying it was the best wedding/party that they had been to.

    Thanks again,

    Tanvi and Sankeerth
    July 20, 2013
    Cipriani 42nd St.

  • Thank you, Sonal, Ruth, and the entire team at SJS Events
    It was a pleasure working with you all. I enjoyed planning Both of my wedding events with you (mehndi/wedding). You were all on point with EVERYTHING! I honestly couldn't have done my big celebrations without each one of you. Thanks again, to you all for making my day so special. Especially, Ruth and Sonal!

    Lots of love from,

    Amir & Faryal Khan
    May 2013
    Waldorf Astoria

  • Thank you, Sonal, Ruth and Neeti!
    It was great working with all of you and you helped us execute our vision for the wedding. You made the day of (nearly) stress free by handling all of the behind the scenes coordination and letting us enjoy with our family and friends.

    Varuna Anand and Bobby Bhattacharyya
    October 27, 2012
    Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort, Cayman Islands

  • Thank you so much!
    The SJS team did an amazing job in helping us plan our dream wedding in Florida. They guided us every step of the way and were very informative and honest when it came to searching for a venue, vendors, and hosting our guests. Due to your involvement and presence our families, guests, and the two of us were truly able to relax and enjoy every moment of the wedding rather than worry about the details. We really appreciated all the work the SJS team did behind the scenes, you truly made everything go smoothly. Your experience and on-site presence were truly invaluable. Our guests keep telling us of the amazing time they had and we know it would not have been possible without your help. Thank you again for all the help, the wedding process and finally the wedding weekend was something we will never forget!

    Kajal Zalavadia and Ravi Desai
    December 22, 2012
    The Westin Diplomat Restort and Spa, Hollywood, FL

  • Dear Sonal,
    I can't adequately express how much I appreciate all of the time your team put in to plan our wedding over the last year and to make sure it all ran so smoothly on the big day! With busy jobs, multiple events and a focus on two different cultural traditions, we really had a lot on our plate. But you were so organized throughout the process and had such great and innovative ideas along the way - you were always two steps ahead and you made it all so much easier!! And the actual wedding day was gorgeous, relaxed and completely joyful, because your team was so thoughtful and reassuring and had everything totally under control. We couldn't have loved the day more. Heartfelt thanks for everything you did for us.

    All the best!!!

    Shruti Raju and Josh Laurito
    January 26, 2013
    Hilton Pearl River, New York

  • Over the past year we have had the distinct pleasure of utilizing the wedding planning services of Sonal J Shah Event Consultants. The result of these services culminated in the creation of an outstanding wedding celebration on February 9th, 2013. Thank you to the entire SJS staff (Sonal, Ruth and Neeti) for their hard work in pulling off such a fun event!

    Beyond our satisfaction with the wedding day celebration, is our personal gratitude to Sonal for making the wedding planning experience so easy, joyful, and customized to our wishes. During our first meeting, Sonal's personable and down to earth style eased our anxieties. We felt like we were talking with a friend and getting her advice. Sonal consistently worked to understand what our personal aspirations were for the wedding festivities and coached us to settle for nothing less.

    Sonal also displayed a discerning taste on key aesthetic choices such as flowers, the table set-up, and other guest amenities on the wedding day. She strived to work within my budget, recommending where and how to cut cost and when to invest. Looking back, her choices were on point!

    Overall, I would highly recommend the entire SJS staff as a wedding planning resource for anyone looking to reduce the stress of being a bride and interested in working with a team that is personable and who's only agenda is to help you create a fantastic event.

    Sonali Palkhiwala and Rohit Vanjani
    Santa Barbara Plantation Resort, Curacao
    February 9, 2013

  • Thank you for making my guests feel so well taken care of -
    they all raved about how smoothly the weekend went and several commented that they now understand why a wedding planner is so essential. Thank you for introducing us to some remarkable vendors that we otherwise would never have been able to find. And thank you for running interference with all the vendors on the day of the wedding so that my mother and I could enjoy ourselves. It was truly the best day of my life and the most fun I've ever had. I couldn't have asked for better.

    Neha Joshi and Michael Purkey
    September 8, 2012
    Double Tree Valley Forge
    King of Prussia, PA

  • Sonal, Katherine and the rest of the team,
    Thank you all for your hard work, professionalism and diligence in the planning of my wedding and on my wedding day. Your troubleshooting was phenomenal and took quite a load off my back. You helped to keep me organized and accountable, and that's quite a task! I very much appreciated the calming energy of your team on the big day. Thank you again for all of your guidance and kindness.

    Amy Smith and James Singh
    September 29, 2012
    Driftwood Farms, NY

  • Hi Sonal and Katherine, I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything.

    Thank you for working out our last min. fixes and for all of the work leading up to and at the events.
    The entire team was incredible. This wedding could not have been what it was without you guys. I am so grateful for all that you guys took care of and I appreciate all of your efforts. You made this weekend perfect for me and Safal. Even better-you made my parents true believers in wedding coordinators!

    You were invaluable. I already started recommending you to our friends there who are getting married. Again, thank you so much.

    Safal Durg and Amit Patel
    October 20, 2012
    The Rockleigh, NJ

  • We are absolutely thrilled with the job that Sonal and her team did for our wedding and Sangeet.
    Both of us were very busy leading up to the event, and Sonal and her team were able to work effectively around our time constraints.

    Every moment of both days went off superbly. As the bride, I thought I was going to be nervous, but Sonal's team made it that I remained calm and cool throughout the events. I adored having Megan as my bridal attendant!! She really made my wedding day a stress-free day.All the team were friendly, courteous and professional. Everybody, from our bridal party to the venue staff, commented on what an excellent job the team had done.

    Sonal and her team seamlessly worked with the vendors and venues to create a beautiful event. We wholeheartedly thank them all and would recommend them to anyone! We look forward to working with them again in the future!

    Aarti Ravikumar and Russel Rosenblatt
    Bride and Groom
    August 25, 2012
    The Metropolitan Club, NYC

  • Dear Sonal and SJS Staff,
    We just wanted to thank you for a great job during our son's wedding. We arrived over an hour late yet you were able to get us on schedule! We honestly could not have had such a great success without you. Many of our friends and family asked about your services and hope they have as much satisfaction as we did.
    Thanks again,

    Kirit Shah and Shobha Shah
    Parents of the Groom
    Bansari and Sachin
    August 4, 2012
    Marriott Teaneck

  • Sonal, You and your staff did a great job
    I know our weekend would not have been as great if you weren't there to help us. Everyone is still talking about the wedding weekend and we're thrilled that everything went according to plan. Thank you very much for all of your help.

    Dana Martini and Tejas Parikh
    September 2, 2012
    Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh

  • Dear Sonal & SJS Team,
    This is long overdue, so sorry for the delay! But we just wanted to give you & your teams a HUGE thank you for everything you guys did for our wedding! You guys are a fantastic teams and there is absolutely no way our wedding would have been as amazing and flawless as it was without your expertise, guidance, and hard work. We are very appreciative of all your efforts and we know our weddings was more challenging than most given our close to 900 guest count! It was amazing not to have to worry about any wedding coordination in those last couple of weeks leading up to our special day since we knew we were in the best hands with you guys! In the beginning of our wedding planning process, we struggled to convince my parents that hiring wedding planners was necessary & valuable...till this day, our parents cannot stop raving about how amazing the SJS team was and how impressed they were with how you guys kept everything organized, on time and executed all our events seamlessly without missing a detail! We have and will continue to recommend SJS to all of our friends and families and hope to work together again soon on our siblings/cousins weddings!

    Thank You guys so so much! July 14th, 2012 was perfect all because of you!

    Thank You,

    Sarena Badlani and Naitik Patel
    Bride and Groom
    July 14, 2012
    Sheraton Meadowlands