Featured Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Did you know that Tampa Bay is home to 2 of only 57 Master Wedding Planners in the world? Master Wedding Planner Tammy Waterman, owner of Special Moments Event Planning and her talented team of Dream makers have worked with couples planning weddings across the Tampa Bay region for the past 16 years. Special Moments Event Planning is now the only company in the world to have two Master Wedding Planners.

Casually Fun, Totally Traditional, and All-Out Adventurous Events. Special Moments is a full-service event planning company in the Tampa Bay Area that loves to talk weddings and design magical moments. Think of us as a friend who loves to plan and chat about your wedding details all the time! Our company started in 2004, from our passion to help everybody have a “Special Moment” no matter what your budget is. We are easy-going, laid back, and ready to assist you with any event you are planning. No matter what your budget, style or ideas are, we are ready for the challenge.


Our Wedding Style Is:

Casually fun, totally traditional, or all-out adventurous. From your intimate destination elopement to your grand-scale affair for 600 of your closest friends, we have done all types of weddings: from a gambling theme at the dog track to a private house on an island, to a luau for 350 in an airplane hanger. We also specialize in all types of cultural weddings – Nigerian, Greek, and Indian to name a few.

Our Personality Is:

Easy-going, laid back, and ready to assist you with the wedding you are planning. No matter what your budget, style, or ideas are, we are ready for the CHALLENGE. Think of us as the bridesmaid that loves to plan and chat about your wedding plans all the time!

What Inspired Us to Start Our Business is:

Tammy wanted to escape the day-to-day rigors of corporate America to open an event planning firm that valued the beauty of the day as much as the details.

We Love Being a Part of the Wedding Industry Because:

We offer a fresh approach and a “can do” attitude along with a great deal of passion for planning events. We know that every event, big or small, needs a planner and our goal is for you to remember walking down the aisle and entering your reception, and just enjoying the moment. We pride ourselves in offering personalized service and emotional refuge for anything that arises, accented with a smile. We love rising to the challenge of making things happen no matter where you want your event or what your budget is. Our approach of good listening, creative ideas, careful and thorough planning, will exceed your expectations when it comes to the finished product.

What Makes Our Business Stand Out From Other Vendors Is:

With more than sixteen years of experience Lead Dream Maker, Tammy Waterman heads a team with nearly 50 years combines experience in weddings and events. Tammy is 1 of only 57 wedding planners in the world to hold the designation of Master Wedding Planner. And we are the only company to have 2 Master Wedding Planners on our team.

One Thing Most Couples Would Be Surprised to Know About Us Is:

Being a Tampa Bay native I never saw snow until I attended a wedding conference in Colorado – November 12, 2012!

One of Our Non-Wedding Passions Is:

Travel! Experiencing cultures and food from around the world is another place of inspiration.

Our Pricing:

We offer a complimentary “Meet and Greet” session at our office or a location of your choice to get to know each other and see if we are the right fit for you. We are happy to customize pricing and services based on each client’s needs and you can secure our services for your day starting at $300, with pricing packages for “Day of” beginning at $1,750, with all types of price points available in between. Full-service planning begins at $3,995.

Our Associations/Awards:

Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards: Ten Consecutive Years, 2010-2020
Featured on the show “Get Married” Season 1 and 2
Featured on numerous blogs, magazines, and reality television shows with weddings featured in the New York Times and St. Pete Times
Member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) from 2004 – 2020
Winner of the Miss Dorothy Heart Award and a Master Bridal Consultant thru ABC
Advisory Board member for Wedding Planner Magazine

Tammy Waterman, Special Moments Event Planning Headshot

Meet Tammy

• Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida (Yes, I am a true native)
• Sign: Aquarius
• Status: Happily Married for over 17 years
• Children: 3 – Kristina, Kristopher, and Krissandra
• Favorite Food: Mexican
• Favorite Drink: Mojito
• Music: Love Country!
• Pets: An adorable puppy name Cheech!
• Sport: Nascar
• Favorite Color: Purple
• Favorite Movie: Anything Wedding related =)
• Hobby: Line dancing and Glamping


Featured Planner: Special Moments Event Planning Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.

Bride and Groom Tropical Jewish Wedding Ceremony Portrait | St Pete Planner Special Moments Event Planning

Romantic Tropical St. Pete Beach Wedding | The Don CeSar

I wanted someone who was organized, timely, honest, and creative. Special Moments Event Planning was incredible. We chose Special Moments because we heard Tammy was reliable and creative and was a trusted consultant in the Tampa Bay Area. My best friend worked with her and loved her! The team exceeded expectations and managed several aspects that were important to Jason and me. She was so wonderful, and we feel very grateful! We spread the good news, and she's now working with three of my other closest friends! Tammy has a way of managing the family as well.

-Alyssa and Jason
Florida Bride and Groom Kiss in Courtyard Wedding Ceremony at Historic Powel Crosley Estate, Decoarted with mauve, soft pink, rose gold, purple, burgundy floral decor with Greenery, Groom in Grey Suit, Bride in Lace Form Fitting Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Destination Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Crystal Chandelier Lighting Rentals Gabro Event Services | Florida Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Romantic Pink and Burgundy Sarasota Destination Wedding | Powel Crosley Estate

We were looking for someone who understood our personalities, style, and vision. We wanted someone who had a great deal of wedding planning experience, who was accustomed to working with a diverse clientele, and who had planned weddings at our wedding venue before.

We hired Special Moments Event Planning because not only were Tammy and her team inviting, confident, and incredibly knowledgeable, they had planned weddings at our venue a number of times.

-Chevonne and Vaughn
Florida Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows During Ceremony | Tampa Bay Traditional Wedding Venue Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Timeless Blush, Ivory and Gold Tampa Waterfront Wedding | The Rusty Pelican

Sam wanted to do most of the planning herself but wanted someone to assist when needed such as recommendations for the invitations, guidance with vendors, and of course day of coordination. No bride should ever have to worry about what goes on in the background on her wedding day!

Sam decided to move forward with Tammy of Special Moments Event Planning because of her familiarity with the event space and local vendors. Tammy did an amazing job, and we really enjoyed working with her!

-Samantha and Matthew
Florida Bride and Groom Just married During Wedding Ceremony, Kiss at the end of the aisle at processional, Bride Holding Elegant Floral Bouquet of White Roses, White Hydrangeas and Greenery, Bride and Groom Exchange Vows, Wearing Mikaella Bridal Dress | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Florida Wedding Venue and Resort Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

Elegant Green and Gold Rooftop Wedding | Hyatt Clearwater Beach

Someone who had a lot of experience working with the venue I chose. I wanted someone who would keep me organized and accountable because I easily procrastinate. I wanted someone who was easy to work with and would be a valuable resource.

I found Special Moments Event Planning on the Marry Me Tampa Bay website, and it was also a recommendation from our wedding venue. I arranged to meet with Tammy and knew she was it! She was such a great source of knowledge and experience. I hired her as a day-of planner but asked many questions throughout the process, which she was happy to answer and offer guidance. She also came to the food tasting and was very helpful when helping to decide and finalize details. She contacted all of our vendors prior to the wedding day to confirm all details. Rehearsal and wedding day was smooth sailing, thanks to Tammy. She made sure we followed the timeline she had organized. The venue looked exactly
like I imagined. She was there to help anytime I needed throughout the night. I was so thankful to have Special Moments throughout this process.

-Erica and Tom
Florida Wedding Ceremony, Bride and Groom Exchange Vows and Kiss in front of Lakefront Vow Ceremony, Wooden Arch with White Draping and Modern Inspired Floral Accents, Bride Wearing Stella York Wedding Dress, Groom Styled in Blue Men’s Warehouse | St. Petersburg Women's Club | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner and Day of Coordinator Special Moments Event Planning

White Modern Minimalist Wedding | St. Petersburg Woman’s Club

I knew I wanted to plan my own wedding. However, I needed someone to be there on my wedding day to make sure my day ran smoothly. I quickly learned that a day of coordinator is what I needed.

I chose Special Moments Event Planning after finding them on Marry Me Tampa Bay and read the wonderful reviews on their Facebook page. Tammy Waterman and her team are the best in the business! My wedding day was a complete dream, and I did not have to worry about a thing. I had Jennifer and Melissa as my day-of coordinator on my wedding day, and I was blown away with how efficient and detail-oriented they both were. They were there first thing to check in my vendors and were the last ones to leave. A day-of coordinator is the most important vendor a bride can hire.

-Melynda and Nick
Traditional romantic wedding reception decor, hanging draped lights, gold chiavari chairs, tall floral centerpieces navy blue linens | Tampa Bay wedding planner Special Moments Events | Wedding Venue St. Pete Coliseum

Red and Pink Traditional Romantic Greek Wedding | St. Pete Coliseum

We looked for a wedding planner who would be able to help us with every step of the wedding planning process and make the wedding weekend go smoothly.

We loved that Tammy Waterman, owner of Special Moments Event Planning, was very experienced with many years of planning weddings as well as planning Greek weddings and that she would be able to help us with all of the little details. Tammy and her team were absolutely amazing, and we could not have had the dream wedding weekend that we did without them.

-Christina and Kyle

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