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  • 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