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Keli and her team at Monarch Weddings made our day stress free and beyond wonderful. I could not have asked for a more perfect day! Absolutely every detail was taken care of so my husband and I could enjoy our big day with our friends and family. Keli gave me a lot of creative insight, was always very prompt in getting back to me, and was extremely organized, which I really appreciated! Without her help there is no way our wedding would have turned out as wonderful as it did! Through out the event my Sister-in-Law kept telling me how much she wished she would have Keli and the Monarch team at her wedding. Thank you so much for everything Keli!!!

Amanda & Jamie Rahm

Words won’t do this justice, but I’ll try. You are wonderful. You are professional, kind, smart, kind, thoughtful, analytical, etc.  What I mean is you are simply the BEST! We were so lucky to have you as our wedding planner.  You made a stressful time so easy.  I would like to offer our services as a reference if you ever need it or you can just show people this, “if you don’t choose Keli you will regret it forever” She is the only wedding planner you need”. Love Col & Kenz

FROM THE GROOM: Keli and the rest of the Monarch Weddings team are fantastic.  They simplify a very complex process and allow those involved a understanding and allow everyone to enjoy every step along the way. – Colin (Groom)

FROM THE BRIDE: Keli Christenson at Monarch Weddings is amazing!!! She is extremely organized and pays close attention to detail and made sure every little part of my wedding was perfect. When I saw the ceremony site and reception I was in awe! It was 10x more than I could have ever expected or imagined and I owe a lot of that to Keli!!! She recommended some amazing vendors and communicated extremely well with them all to make sure everything on our wedding day went smoothly. She not only was a great wedding coordinator but was an amazing support system throughout the wedding process. She continually calmed my nerves and provided me with the support I needed! It was an incredible experience working with Keli and I HIGHLY recommend her!!! Thank you so much Keli! Mackenzie (Bride)

FROM FATHER OF THE BRIDE: Keli Christenson personifies professionalism, integrity, and empathy for first time brides. Our daughters’ wedding was over the top. This was due to her impeccable taste, to the recommendation of vendors, to her scheduling of the wedding events (that went off without a hitch). It exceeded all of our expectations. By having her take care of all the wedding details we were able to relax and enjoy the wedding. She is a 10 in our book. THANK YOU  – John (Father of the Bride)


I don’t know quite how to thank you enough for the amazing job you did planning and coordinating our stunning wedding.  From our first conversation my mother and I knew this was going to be nothing short of spectacular.  Your creative vision, impeccable taste, execution and hard work made our wedding day absolutely perfect!  The evening was so effortless and wonderful.  I truly feel as if we were able to focus on our family and friend and enjoy the celebration.  I know we couldn’t have done it without you and for that I’m eternally grateful.

Thank you again for exceeding our expectations and making our day magical, elegant and beautiful.  I hope that every bride has the privilege of working with you.

Amanda (Bride)


Wow, there are so many things I want to say but sometimes words can barely express how unbelievably impressed I was. Keli was by far one of the best people I have ever met. She was compassionate, personal, organized, detail oriented, etc. I told her many times I felt like she was family or at least my best friend. I planned my wedding long distance. I recently got married at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. I planned it all the way from New York City. At first I was a little paranoid that I was going to be way too stressed to plan a long distance wedding. That all changed with Keli. I was the opposite of Bride Zilla because Keli knew exactly what I wanted.

With all of that being said, I found out after the fact the Keli was very ill the day prior to our wedding as well as the day of the big event. She did an amazing job and did not let anyone know how bad she was feeling, and sucked it up to put on an amazing performance as our planner. If you are looking for someone that genuinely cares about the happiness and success of your evening then Keli is your girl! She is more than a wedding planner. She is a wonderful person inside and out and I could cry writing this. To all you brides/grooms, you will not go wrong.

Kathryn (Bride)

We just returned from our daughter’s wedding in La Jolla, California and I must say, I could not have done it without Keli. She is amazing! We had nothing but issues with the venue and she worked through every one of them professionally and efficiently. Keli is extremely well organized, professional, and a true joy to work with. We could not have found a better coordinator to make the day perfect. The entire wedding and reception was perfectly orchestrated. As the mother of the bride, I was able to relax and completely enjoy the experience without having to worry about any of the details. If you want the perfect wedding, you have to hire the perfect coordinator…Keli Christenson is the one! Thank you Keli!

Debra (Mother of the Bride)


I fully expected to have at least one bridezilla moment at my recent wedding in Coronado, but it never happened. I have my wedding coordinator, Keli, to thank for that. I was only able to meet with Keli three times prior to the wedding, but she was in control of every aspect of the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. She also recommended vendors who were trustworthy, professional, and in my price range. She quickly understood what I wanted from potential vendors and was able to communicate that to them.

Keli went beyond the call of duty on the day of the wedding. The flowers, chairs, and linens were gorgeous, but she added a number of elements that pulled my theme together beautifully. She helped with a few different sartorial issues throughout the day in addition to tracking down errant members of the bridal party and directing the photographers.

My husband never got a piece of the groom’s cake so she put a piece for each of us in our hotel room. She also managed to bring three huge centerpieces to our room after the reception. I’m not sure how she did it all.

I would not hesitate to recommend Keli to anyone planning a wedding in the San Diego area. She loves what she does and she makes the process fun.

Allie (Bride)


I would give her 10 stars if I could!!! When I walked into my reception & saw how BEAUTIFUL it was, it literally took my breathe away!! I owe it all to Keli @ Monarch Weddings!! She is amazing!! Her attention to detail is incredible! 🙂 It was classy & fun!! I truly had the wedding of my dreams!! My day went so smoothly! I had SO much fun & never stressed about anything! My only regret is that we didn’t hire her sooner! Her ideas are so fabulous!! I HIGHLY recommend using her. She can work with any budget (in fact, she can get far better prices with vendors that any regular joe so it will completely off set her fee). I know my wedding would have not been the same experience without her!!! It was incredible & the best day of my life!!! And I owe it all to Keli!!!! 🙂 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU KELI!!!!! 🙂 You are SO good at what you do!

Sarah & Jon Brewer


I cannot even begin to describe how fabulous my wedding coordinator Keli Christenson was for my wedding at The Prado in Balboa Park on August 4th. I started working with her 9 months prior and right after meeting her, my now husband Kyle and I knew we had made the perfect choice! She was extremely detail oriented and extremely organized with every single component of our wedding. She had tons of ideas and suggestions for us as we traveled down the “wedding planning” path. Thank god for her…I truly don’t know what I would have done without her since all my friends and family live in the Midwest. She was always so easy to get a hold of, and responded within hours if she was preoccupied. I always looked forward to our meetings and she never felt intimidating. Not only is she extremely professional and someone you can count on, but she is a person with a huge heart and truly wants the best for you and your fiancé. Since our wedding, our family and friends cannot stop talking about our  “Posh” wedding and the fact that it went so smoothly. Most guests at a wedding can say a wedding went smoothly when the bride and groom have a different story…not in our case! We had the PERFECT wedding day and most importantly….we were not stressed or worried about a thing. Keli has every detail covered. I was the most happy and relaxed on my wedding day…which is how it should be! Everyone on that day kept talking about “The Wedding Coordinator” and how wonderful she was. The next morning, I woke up in a small panic to my now husband wondering where all of our personal belongings from the wedding (expense personalize flutes and cake serving set, picture frames, cake topper, etc). had landed and if they were safe. I don’t know why I even questioned this, because when I called my mom, she said that Keli had packed up EVERYTHING that was ours and sent them back to the hotel with my family. Sure enough, everything that was ours was accounted for….even the top tier of our cake which I had completely forgotten about!!!

I cannot say enough what an amazing experience the wedding planning process was thanks to Keli. I get emotional just thinking about how happy I was on my wedding day and so stress free. If you choose her, you will NOT be disappointed!!! YAY FOR KELI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Sarah & Kyle Davis (Bride & Groom)


We just would like to thank you again for helping us plan our wedding. I can’t imagine what it would have been like without your help!?!? You definitely went above and beyond. I remember at the beginning of our ceremony, as I looked around at everyone & smiled to myself thinking – this is exactly how I imagined our wedding would be! It was perfect and that was a moment that I will never forget. Thank you again, Keli! You truly are a gifted wedding planner. Let’s definitely stay in touch! Until next time…we’ll be practicing our flabongos!

Jackie & Nick Johnston


Gosh…where do I begin?!? First of all thank you for helping make Chris’ & my wedding a dream come true! I am so thankful that we had you to help us, especially in those last few weeks leading up to our big day. It was such a huge weight off our shoulders knowing that we were in good hands. You were so detailed and organized – I LOVED the timeline and all the notes you emailed me throughout the planning process. You were always quick to respond when I had a question (which I know I had bunches!) You listened to all the little things we knew we wanted and helped incorporate them into our wedding. I was really glad that you took into consideration Chris’ and my personalities during the planning process to help make our day even more special and truly ours. The day of the wedding was surreal. So many special memories: watching Bethany and her crew setting up all the flowers for the ceremony from the balcony of our room, walking down the aisle with my Dad (he was cracking jokes the whole way so I wouldn’t cry), and I was glad that I didn’t spill red wine on my dress during the wine ceremony, saying “I Do” to Chris, our first dance, laughing & being with family & friends. This list goes on and on… but there are a couple that stand out. Seeing the reception ballroom for the first time – brought tears to my eyes – it was so BEAUTIFUL & PERFECT!!! It was everything I had imagined and pictured through the months of planning and Keli you made it into a reality!! Another other special memory that I had was knowing you were there through the evening – from the lip-gloss touch-ups & shoe changes, to reminding Chris and me to go eat dinner, to making sure everything we had scheduled for the evening was going along smoothly. All of our friends and family said that this was the most beautiful & the most fun wedding they had ever been to!

The icing on the cake was walking into our room after the wedding and finding you (& Susanne) doing the finishing touches on decorating our suite! That was an amazing surprise… the rose petals, cupcakes (that we didn’t get a chance to eat during the wedding), some of our late night snacks (the sliders and the grilled cheese were delish), and the tea lights all over the room! Such a fabulous surprise to top off the best day of my life!

Your attention to detail was fabulous and I’m so thankful you were there to make Chris’ and my wedding day into a reality!

Love and Hugs,
Kelley (Rindell) Hall

Wow, where do I begin?!? Keli of Monarch Weddings truly made my wedding day perfect. She has so much experience in the industry that she made SURE every single detail was taken care of. Her organization skills are something I envy! She was calm, cool, and collected under pressure, and made sure the biggest day of my life went as perfectly as I ever could have dreamed. Her creativity, insight, and attention to detail ensured that each and every bride’s vision and dream for her wedding day is executed perfectly. She thought of the cutest little touches and details to turn our wedding form ordinary into extraordinary!  I honestly don’t know what we would have done without her & her Monarch Team!

I was one of those brides that thought I could handle the planning process all on my own, and that the “day of” would go off without a hitch without a coordinator…. but after experiencing the wedding planning process I can honestly say we could NOT have done it without her. She made my wedding perfect.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for Keli and Monarch Weddings. I recommend her every chance I get, and I hope all who read this review become Monarch Brides!!!  Thank you Keli & Monarch Weddings for turning my wedding day into the best day of my life. The memories of that day are truly memories I will treasure for a lifetime.

Sarah Albert


I just wanted to Thank you for doing such a wonderful job on Matt and Kelly’s wedding… You were a godsend, we could not have done it with out you and your crew…You will have my recommendation anytime!!

You were wonderful! Thanks again for making Matt’s day all it was meant to be!!

Kathy Rookus (Mother of the Groom)


What can I say but it’s been a sincere pleasure working with you. Thank you for helping to make Kelley & Chris’ wedding so special for all of us. I wish you the best of luck in all you do. Perhaps we’ll have another wedding in the not-too- distant future.

I’m keeping your number handy.

Ellen (Mother of the Bride)

325039_49_25bKeli Christenson of Monarch Weddings truly can make dreams come true! A wedding is very stressful, the best decision we made was to hire Keli! Her organizational skills and knowledge of amazing vendors transformed my daughters wedding into the most magical, beautiful event! What I love most is how Keli followed our budget, but still managed to find everything we we wanted to make my daughters day perfect! Thank you Keli & staff!

Char Buckley (Mother of the Bride)

Dear Keli,
I just wanted to let you know I received the green light from my Director to add Monarch Weddings to The Lodge at Torrey Pines 2013 Preferred Partners list.


Your kindness, beautiful spirit, devotion to your clients and true love for the work you do make you an absolute delight to work with. I have so enjoyed partnering with you on wedding events – you and your team consistently deliver the very best and represent five-diamond service in everything you do.

Once again, on behalf of The Lodge, congratulations! We are so very happy to include you and your company on our esteemed list of vendors that we recommend for our property.

Looking forward to more fabulous weddings with you in 2013, Keli!

All the best,
April Mandeville – Catering Sales Manager

I just wanted to say thank you for such a great planning and execution experience with the Martinez ~ Cikanek wedding! I hope Rebecca, Scott and their family & friends were pleased with their wedding – it was an honor to serve them! Thanks again for everything – look forward to seeing you again soon!

Chris Ong,
Director of Conference Services & Catering Sales
Hotel Del Coronado

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