Oahu Wedding Planner Finishing Touch
About Oahu Wedding Planner

Sandra Williams  |  Tristin Lobendahn

Sandra Williams

Sandra WilliamsOwner & Event Designer

Sandra began her career in the event industry in 2002 by working with various non-profit organizations in planning million dollar fundraising events in Southern California. Sandra’s passion, creativity and eye for design led her to utilize her talents into complete wedding design and planning. In 2005, she officially launched Finishing Touch and instantly attracted clients on a local and national level. Known for her sense of style, creativity and attention to details, each of Sandra’s events are unique and memorable in design. Sandra’s optimism, calm demeanor and personable approach help her clients create their wedding day through a stress free and fun planning process.

Aside from her experience, Sandra was also trained professionally in the wedding industry through the University of San Diego Event Management Certification Program. Her focus in wedding planning business development and background in event and catering design allows her to present her clients with up to date wedding trends, excellent customer service, and sophisticated dining and event design that will simply take your breath away. Sandra’s multicultural background and her trilingual ability (English, Cantonese and Mandarin) make her the ideal event planner in today’s global market. Sandra’s designs have been featured on the STYLE Network, Hawaii’s OC 16, Pacific Weddings, Hawaii Bride and Groom and Your Wedding Day. In 2008, Finishing Touch was invited to be listed amongst the elite group of wedding professionals on the Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List.

When Sandra is not designing a wedding or researching new trends in the event scene, she enjoys trying new ethnic cuisines, tasting new wines, working on home improvement projects and spending time with her husband Marvin and their two dogs Bugz and Melo.

 

Hawaii Wedding Testimonials

Happy Couples

“My name is Christina Barker and was a Greek girl (living in LA) who was basically running from my "Big Fat Greek Wedding". I found Sandra and Finishing Touch on the internet and everything fell into place. Hawaii kept my guests at 60 (guest list was over 500) and Sandra make everything glow with perfection. At first I just told her that I liked Hotel decor like The W and The Delano in Miami. She then put together a proposal and gave me choices. The proposal was very professional and very easy to understand. She even remembered to add things I would of never thought of.

I was not all about too many choices (sort of the anti-bride, I just wanted to show up in my fabulous dress and have a blast) and right away she understood...basically she read me very well over the phone and email and never annoyed me with little things. She was very professional and the outcome was amazing. My family and guests are still amazed with what Sandra did. PS: They all think I did all the planning. Clearly they were fooled. When it comes to communicating she is on target with out being annoying and takes care of things so I was never stressed. Then, just when I believed that Sandra was already my hero she out did herself at the wedding. Showing up in the morning to take care of everything and even stayed until the last person got on the shuttle. My wedding was amazing because Sandra make my vision become a reality.

To sum up my experience, Steven and I had our dream "Greek" wedding in Hawaii and it was only possible because I found Sandra.”
~ Steven & Christina, Happy Couple!

“Sandra is an extraordinary wedding coordinator who is responsible, dependable, professional, punctual and very organized. We learned so much about the wedding industry and her attention to detail and guidance made the wedding planning so much fun. We were very impressed with the details and décor of the ballroom. Our wedding was everything we imagined it to be and even more! Sandra and her team exceeded our expectations and delivered a wedding that was unforgettable and stress free. Our guests truly enjoyed themselves and thought that the ceremony and reception was amazing and beautiful! Sandra was extremely reliable and supportive during our wedding day. She took immediate action to manage any bumps on the road such as providing us pins for my Matron of Honor’s dress and a glue gun for my flower girl’s buckle. Sandra and her assistant took care of everything on our wedding day! We were very pleased that we could enjoy our special day with our friends and family stress free. Mike and I thought that the day was perfect! We wouldn’t have asked for anything more! Thank you Sandra!”
~Michael & Lorelei, Happy Couple!

"Sandra, I really want to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you've done for us to make our wedding so fabulous and so perfect! I don't know what I would have done without all your help. Oscar and I feel so blessed to have you as our coordinator. I know you've done and seen so many fabulous weddings in the past but to us, this was absolutely the best wedding we could have ever imagined to have! I just can't tell you enough how much we LOVED everything from the beginning to the end. Although I had a certain vision in my head of how our wedding was going to look like, what I saw that day was nothing close to what I had ever imagined. It was above and beyond our expectation!!! One word to describe... FABULOUS! Thank you for being the person we could really trust, and knowing that you had our best interests to make this wedding come true definitely put us at ease. Sandra, we just can't thank you enough for all the things you've done for us for the last year and a half! Last but not least, please send my warm Mahalo to Tristin. She was so sweet and easy going just like you! She really calmed me down when I was walking down to Lanikuhonua from Ihilani. She told me she's getting married at Loulu Palm in North Shore next year! I will be looking forward to hearing all about it because I know it will be fabulous! Tell her I said Congratulations! I'm sorry my testimonial got so long, but I just needed to tell you how much we appreciated all your help with our wedding!"
~ Oscar & Junko, Happy Couple! 

"Sandra, our guests were very impressed and enjoyed the wedding. They said you were great! Thank you sooo much for everything, we can't say enough about your expertise and good style. You're not just our wedding coordinator but our friend as well. Everyone loved the wedding, the venue, the style, the food, everything over all... they kept saying 'It was the best wedding ever!' Plus our guest said you were beautiful and charming =) Much Mahalo & Aloha!" 
~ Laurent & Grace, Happy Couple!

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. We don’t know if we could have pulled it off without you, I didn’t have to stress or worry about anything. I was able to enjoy the evening and know what you could take care of everything and all the behind scene things. Impressive!!! Thank you for guiding us and helping us understand the wedding industry and what it takes to pull this off. Too many compliments on the wedding and how it was one of the best the guests been to, this is exactly what we wanted.”
~ Warren & Tiana, Happy Couple!

“Hiring Sandra and her team was one of the smartest and worthwhile decisions that we made. I was thoroughly impressed with her organization, calmness, patience, attention to detail, professionalism, high standard of quality, and personable character. Her assistants were also a joy to work with and to have around. From the moment they arrived and started their preparations, I knew that we were in good hands. They let us enjoy the day, making sure that everything went as smoothly as possible from pinning on boutonnieres properly, to straightening out ties, to adjusting my train, etc. Sandra and her team were even there to help manage any bumps in the road that came our way. With their help and expertise, my husband and I truly enjoyed every moment of our special day!”
~ Cullen & Aishah, Happy Couple!

“Hiring Finishing Touch to coordinate my wedding was the best money spent.  I originally did not plan to have someone, as I thought a friend or family member could help.  Since I was planning this wedding along due to family/friends living on the mainland I realized that I did not want to put the burden of my day on someone else who I would want to enjoy the wedding just as much as I was.  I can’t say enough praise about Finishing Touch expect, Thank You!”
~ Adam & Renee, Happy Couple!

“Thank you so much for all of your help with the wedding. I know we tell you this a lot, but we really could not have pulled this off without your help and guidance. We really appreciated your friendly and professional nature; and felt that your thoughtfulness, attention to detail and creativity made this wedding process a very low stress and enjoyable time. Thank you again!”
~ Damien & Laurie, Happy Couple!

“Thank you so much for coordinating our wedding. We are very happy with the way the wedding turned out. It was short, succinct and sweet! It is exactly the way we wanted it and you’ve executed it! We appreciate your efforts especially given the short period in which we gave you to plan the wedding. You were able to secure the services of the hotel and vendors that would have been difficult for us in the same short time. Thank you so much!”
~ James & Mami, Happy Couple!

“The wedding day was so beautiful, of course it sucks that it’s all over but the memories are wonderful. It was great how everything came together so beautifully. The day ran smoothly. I appreciated Sandra and Rebecca’s calmness, friendliness, guidance, and professionalism through out the day. If anything went wrong (aside from guests being late) I sure did not know about it which was great because I just wanted to enjoy my day. It was great working with Sandra, she is a creative individual who enjoys her job so much and that is so refreshing to see. It was great having Finishing Touch do my wedding because you all created such a beautiful wedding for me and my family and will always be appreciated for making it the wedding of my dreams!”
~ Kenneth & Roxanna, Happy Couple!

“You met and exceeded my goal regarding what I expected from hiring a wedding planner. I wasn’t worried or stressed out with wedding details. Even a few weeks before the wedding I felt like everything was taken cared of. I was able to enjoy, have fun at my bridal showers. I was just excited to get married. The day of wedding I was not stressed out; I was able to enjoy the whole day/night. I had tons of fun at the wedding!!! I had heard tons of ‘horror stories’ regarding brides who were just thankful the wedding was over or that they couldn’t enjoy their bridal showers because they were too stressed out with wedding things. But this definitely was not me!! I was really able to take the whole day in, and had fun!!”
~ Tim & Moana, Happy Couple!

“Our wedding was truly the wedding of our dreams.  The personal details of the wedding and reception meant the most to us and Sandra’s ability to orchestrate everything was amazing. The guests are still commenting about how the wedding and reception was truly first-class. Thank you, Sandra, for making it the day we always envisioned!”
~ Tuan & Dani, Happy Couple!

 

Friends & Colleagues

"We always look forward to working with Sandra and Finishing Touch! With Sandra, we know that all of the logistics and details leading up to the event, will be planned out precisely. Her attention to detail and great communication makes for a seamless event amongst everyone involved."
~ Yvonne Chapman, Yvonne Design

“Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work with Sandra and her team at many events. During this time, I’ve learned that having a dedicated and professional event designer/coordinator at the weddings can actually improve the quality of the photos. Seasoned professionals like these know exactly what I need to get the job done properly. By taking the burden of planning and production off the shoulders of the brides, Sandra keeps the day running smoothly, and stress free for the couples. Allowing them to enjoy their day candidly, naturally and uninterrupted, without having to worry about every little detail or delegating responsibilities to their friends and family. There is no substitute for experience!”
~ Shawn Starr, Shawn Starr Photography

"Sandra and her team of professionals have executed some of the most extraordinary affairs on the islands. I believe it's her communication and relationship between Clients and Vendors, that produce such a successful outcome. Her impeccable style is just the icing on the cake. Watching the details unfold during each event, is always something worth waiting for. And, we look forward to every event with Finishing Touch."
~ Michelle Maeda, Flower Girls

“Working with Sandra is always a pleasure. She communicates well and that makes my job as a caterer that much easier and guarantees that the client gets exactly what they want. She has a remarkable attention to detail and every event is executed with meticulous style. If you are looking for someone to create that perfectly memorable event, look no further than Finishing Touch for an experience that you'll never forget.”
~ Chef Elmer Guzman, Poke Stop Restaurants & Catering

“As a full time wedding DJ working with a multitude of wedding planner, I can confidently say Finishing Touch offer much more than the average wedding planner. It is always a pleasure in working with the Sandra and her team. Some of my most memorable weddings and happiest clients were weddings coordinated by Finishing Touch. I believe the difference between a good wedding and a great wedding are all the small unique and personalized details coming together as one. Sandra really has the ability & creativity to pull these details together to make her weddings special & unique in every way. I would highly recommend Finishing Touch for any couple seeking Wedding Coordination & Design.”
~ Troy Michael, Troy Michael Wedding DJ

“Working with Finishing Touch is an absolute honor! Sandra is by far one of the best Coordinators/Event Planners in Hawaii. She truly has a creative flair unlike any other. Her attention to detail is second to none. Working with her is always a smooth process as she knows what she needs and not only meets her clients expectations but goes above and beyond. She plans every single tiny detail with absolute scrutiny and priority. Her reputation is outstanding and every couple should so lucky to be able to have the opportunity to have Sandra and Finishing Touch plan their event! I wish I knew her when I was getting married!”
~ Kalani Nu’uanu, Pacific Party Rentals

“Sandra Williams and Finishing Touch are a joy to work with. They are always prepared for every event and handle themselves professionally. We at Cater To Me have catered over 3000 weddings in the last 20 years and have worked with many different wedding planners/coordinators, and Sandra and her team is one of the most cohesive planning crews we have worked with.”
~ Christian Schneider, Cater To Me & Lucy’s Grill and Bar

“I love working with Sandra because she is friendly, organized, and has a great sense of style. I recomend her services to my clients because she takes the worry out of wedding planning and is very reliable. For the discerning, modern, and detail oriented bride, Finishing Touch would be a great company to work with!”
~ Leslie Fair, Leslie Fair & Co.

I always enjoy working with Sandra Williams of Finishing Touch. She's incredibly skilled at facilitating the design process between myself and her clients and this makes my job so much easier. I think it's Sandra's passion for event design that enables her to paint such beautiful mental images of the "wedding vision"...images that are extremely helpful for vendors that play a part in creating her clients' perfect weddings.
~Stacey Emi Shiroma Branch, Emi Ink 

"Working with Finishing Touch was one of the best experiences I could have ever asked for. Sandra creates a unique relationship with each one of her clients, always keeping in mind their unique style, budget and vision for their wedding. She has a wonderful rapport with vendors within the industry and is trusted by not only them, but that trust carries over into the relationships of her clients. Sandra is creative, thoughtful, energetic and brings a breathe of fresh air to the wedding industry."
~ Rebecca Bradley, former coordinator of Finishing Touch/Owner of New Creations Wedding Design & Coordination in Seattle, WA

“Sandra and the staff of "Finishing Touch" are first class. Not only are they organized but they treat each of their clients as a personal friend. I love working with her because I know the wedding day will run smoothly with her positive attitude shining through it all.”
~ James Chun, Crane Media Productions

“Working with Sandra is having the reassurance that even the smallest details will be given careful consideration. Her enthusiasm and guidance means that every couple, especially the bride, will be free to enjoy themselves knowing that their family and friends will be taken care of with the same sense of loving concern. In additional to her remarkable planning and coordination, her sense of joy and playfulness adds a magical element that makes her work seem effortless. Working with Sandra means being part of a team and having the reassurance that events will flow gracefully and seamlessly from one to the next.”
~ Mark Nomura, Mark Nomura Photography

“Thank you for being such a wonderful coordinator to work with! It makes my job, as a vendor, so much easier when a coordinator like yourself who has a firm handle on the events of the day. No matter how stressful things get, you never get unglued! I don't see how you stay so calm all the time!”
~ Naomi Lee, Les Saisons Fine Linen Rental

“What a wonderful, spectacular and unreal job you did to make the whole wedding a success. Thanks for being a great Wedding Coordinator and keeping me on track with your calmness and creativity. I have never met a coordinator as smooth as you and your team!”
~ Kaleo Pilanca, Emcee/Comedian featured on “Da Braddahs” on OC 16

“I just want to thank you for the wonderful, organized services that you provided. Very seldom I get to work with quality wedding coordinators like you. Many of which I dealt in the past would normally brush off the DJ because they think it's not that important. I thank you for your professionalism and your Aloha spirit. I will definitely recommend you to my clients as I meet with them in the future.”
~ Don Faumuina, DJ Spin Doctors

“The staff at Finishing Touch is very personable and reliable. When we are lucky enough to have Finishing Touch coordinating an event that we are involved with, all concerns about event details are put to rest, because we know that they are always on top of things. We have worked with Sandra and her staff on many weddings, all of which turned out beautifully. If you are in need of coordination services, Finishing Touch has our highest recommendation!”
~ Christine Gardner, Flaunt Makeovers

“We love working with Sandra from Finishing Touch! Her design ideas are absolutely fresh and amazing!! And she's fun and easy to work with. We would recommend her services to any of our clients.”
~ Chanelle & Vince, Aloha Friday Productions