Weddings

We love LOVE.

At Make it Mariko, our goal is to create magical, meaningful, and unforgettable moments for you, your family, and loved ones. 

Make it Mariko started wedding planning in 2014 when our Founder Gina planned her own wedding! We love planning non-traditional, community-minded, engaging weddings filled with good music, good vibes, and magical, meaningful moments weaved throughout the day. 

With every event we plan, our family grows. Join us!

 

Wedding Planning: The Make it Mariko Way

wedding planning is a family affair.
It’s true! Your two families are coming together, and it’s probably the most important (and expensive) day of your life. At Make it Mariko, our vendors are our event family. Over the past 7 years we’ve found some of the BEST POC (people of color) creatives in the Bay Area, and we bring them all together to curate a unique energy & vibe that feels like a true Family Party. These people are more than just vendors — they are local artists, creatives, and producers. 
 
When you hire Make it Mariko, it comes with our trusted POC vendor team that we trust to deliver an exceptional experience for our clients.
What if i want to bring my own vendors?

We know everyone has friends and connections, and we want to make sure your day is personal and meaningful to you. We also know sometimes friends will volunteer to help in order to help save you money, which is great! We allow clients to swap out vendors from our list, as long as you source and vet them yourself, and as long as they’re fully insured and play nice with others 🙂

Or you can also book a Custom Curated Wedding Package and we will customize every piece of the wedding and every vendor for you!

What We Value

  • Non-traditional weddings that focus on curating amazing experiences for you and your guests

  • Authentic experiences that truly represent you as a couple

  • Personal, creative touches that people will remember

  • Creating your own traditions as a couple and family

  • High attention to detail

  • No boundaries; anything goes! We love creating new experiences

“People Over Pinterest Photos”

While many planners focus on simply creating Pinterest-worthy photos, we focus on creating the moments that can’t be captured with a photo. Moments that make you feel, make you cry, make you laugh, give you perspective on life. These are the memories that will stay with you for life and that your guests will never forget. (Don’t worry, we’ll create those Pinterest-worthy photos too.)

We love non-traditional weddings where you create your own traditions as a couple, LGBT, and POC weddings!

SEE OUR WEDDINGS
READ WEDDING REVIEWS

Wedding Venues

Check out a few of our favorite venue partners to work with!

  • Four One Nine, San Francisco

  • Gallery 308, Fort Mason, San Francisco

  • Terra Gallery, San Francisco

  • Shakespeare Garden, San Francisco (ceremony only)

  • Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco (ceremony only)

Wedding Planning Packages

MONTH-of PLANNING

Let us help you run the show on your big day so you can relax and enjoy! We’ll review and confirm your final Timeline, Layout, and Vendor Plan to make sure everything goes smoothly.

$5K Package

FULL SERVICE PLANNING

You name it, we plan it, from start to finish with our amazing Make it Mariko Wedding Squad. We’ll make sure your wedding reflects your vision, with tons of creative touches your guests will appreciate.

Package ranges between $10-15K (depending on how long we plan with you, and if you need venue sourcing or not).

CUSTOM CURATION

Looking for something completely custom? Have crazy big ideas and want us to help you make it happen? We love curating custom wedding experiences for our clients!

Package begins at $20K.

Testimonials

Make it Mariko is simply the best. We had been planning our wedding with Gina for nearly two years when COVID struck. Undeterred, we decided to move forward and get married. It was only because of the excellent work of Gina and her team at Make it Mariko that we were able to pull off a beautiful wedding. She even had to source venues, officiants, photographers, and florists for us at the last minute as other vendors backed out two weeks before the date. We simply could not have done it without her! She is calm, cool, and able to pull off spectacular events under pressure. We had a live-streamed ceremony with a drive-thru reception and we could not be happier! “Thank God for Gina and her team at Make it Mariko” is all we have to say!

Katherine & Mark
Wedding Clients

We highly recommend booking Gina to help with your wedding! We chose Gina as our day-of coordinator after seeing her work first hand at a friend’s wedding. Prior to our wedding, she was flexible and responsive in coordinating our vendors and helping to perfect our timeline. She offered great suggestions based on past experience which we really valued, since my husband and I chose to plan our own wedding and haven’t been a part of any other weddings yet.

Day-of, she worked behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly and seamlessly. She asked helpful questions about things we forgot to communicate (for example, we forgot to share that our florist needed the flower vases back, so thank goodness she checked when she saw guests eyeing the flowers!). Overall, Gina was very on top of everything and fabulous to work with.

Jackie & Mike
Wedding Clients

Gina and Make it Mariko did an incredible job coordinating our wedding! We are still reliving all of the amazing moments and we will continue to do so for years to come. We were in such capable hands, and I’m glad we picked Make it Mariko for our special day. Gina is hyper-organized, has a take-charge attitude, and we were able to simply enjoy ourselves, knowing that she would take care of everything. We could not have asked for a better event planner!

Kari & Mike
Wedding Clients

Gina Mariko is a proven professional that has planned great events from 50 to 3000. Always extremely organized and always has a smile.

Elaine Ball Catering
Catering Partner

Gina was the first and last wedding planner we met with. Her passion, creativity, and bubbly personality immediately drew us both in and we knew instantly that she was the right person for us. She took the time to get to know us on a personal level, so that our wedding would ultimately reflect us. Gina is hard-working, so organized, and totally driven. 

She has made it her professional mission to ensure that your special day is more than special, it’s extraordinary. We cannot thank Gina enough for all the time, energy, and direction she put into our wedding day. I could not have imagined a better person for the job and I highly recommend her if you’re looking for someone special. We love you Gina!!

Hillary & Stu
Wedding Clients

We hired Gina and Make it Mariko to help us plan our wedding this September. Wedding planning only gets more hectic the closer you come to your big day and Gina stepped in seamlessly to help us pull it all together. From booking a great DJ and florist, to helping plan dinner and dessert menus, figuring out lighting and set up and hand making beautiful signage that helped to bring the whole space together, she did it all…She and her assistant were working tirelessly in the background to make sure the day went off without a hitch. Our friends and family commented on how in charge, friendly and helpful she was throughout the entire day. Gina is experienced, professional and an incredible source of fun and creative energy, just what a great event needs.

Grace & Colby
Wedding Clients

That was the best, happiest, and most joyful wedding I’ve ever attended.

Bel Tengco
Wedding Guest
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