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.

Orthodox Church Wedding Ceremony Inspiration | White Aisle Runner with Modern Planter Box with White Baby's Breath, Chrysanthemums, and Greenery Ideas | Planner Special Moments Event Planning

Luxurious, Chic White and Gold Wedding | Hilton Tampa Downtown

We were looking for someone who, above all, was trustworthy. We preferred to work with someone who we were familiar with, and for us, it was Tammy Waterman at Special Moments. We hired Special Moments Event Planning because my brother and cousin used them as their planners. When we saw how seamless their weddings went, and after meeting and speaking with Tammy at their weddings, we just knew we had to go with their company.

We worked the most with Tammy, Melissa, and Jen. Each and every one of them was an absolute gem and took every single worry we had and alleviated them. They were on top of everything at all times, answering phone calls, text messages, and emails in a very timely manner. Fast forward to the wedding day, we did not have to worry about a single thing. Tammy and her crew treated us like a king and queen! They ensured that it was an absolutely perfect day.

-Lexi and Anthony
Classic Outdoor Waterfront Burgundy Wedding Ceremony Ideas | White Garden Folding Garden Chairs | Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Elegant Fall, Burgundy Wedding | Ritz Carlton Sarasota

We wanted a wedding planner who understood our style and who was willing to take the time to get to know us personally. We wanted someone who had many years of experience and knew the ins and outs of the wedding industry in the Tampa Bay area. We knew we would need someone who could handle a bride who wanted to handle everything on her own but knew that she could not.

We were very anxious about planning a wedding in an area we did not live in. We did not know where to start in terms of selecting the right vendors. We found our wedding planner, Special Moments Event Planning, on Marry Me Tampa Bay, and after that, the rest was a piece of cake. Tammy Waterman was exactly who we were looking for. She not only had all the experience in the area, but she also had the time to sit with us one-on-one and understand who we were and what we wanted. Once Tammy took over, she was able to provide us with her favorite vendors in the area that she has great relationships with, which made the process of selecting and planning that much easier! She understood I was a former event planner who wanted to control whatever I could and knew when and where to step in and assist. She was so patient with us as we navigated through one of the biggest challenges of our lives of having to relocate after Hurricane Ian.

-Rebecca and Brandon
Outdoor, Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait under Canopy of Trees | Bradenton Wedding Venue Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast

Navy Blue, Waterfront Bradenton Wedding | Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast

Marc hired our wedding planner. He realized what a huge undertaking planning a wedding is, and he did not want me to get overwhelmed and not enjoy the wedding planning process. We were looking for someone who could help us finalize all of the many details, as well as help us find the rest of our vendors. We could not have had the wedding we did, without the help of Special Moments. Initially we hired them for the plethora of décor they have in their warehouse, but we quickly realized what other great services they provided. The owner, Tammy, was very helpful with getting the last, and very important vendors. We had a vision of what we wanted our wedding to look like and run like, and they far exceeded our greatest expectations. Special Moments did everything: the setup/take down, decorations, signs, draping and of course pre-wedding day and “day of” coordination with all of our vendors. Tammy and her staff are experts at what they do, and if left in their hands, your wedding day be smooth sailing.

-Michelle and Marc
Bride and Groom Waterfront, Nautical Wedding Portrait Walking on Dock, Waterfront | St. Petersburg Wedding Planner Special Moments | Waterfront St. Pete Wedding Venue Tampa Bay Watch

Pink, Ivory and Gold Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding | Tampa Bay Watch

“Tammy [of Special Moments Event Planning] was referred to me by a co-worker; the service I received was top notch. Tammy is the best in the business and made our wedding day and all the events beforehand run smoothly. I couldn’t imagine not having her by my side every step of the way. She provided so much insight and guidance into the world of weddings that I truly feel we could not have managed without her.”

-Amanda and Christopher
Bride and Groom Outdoor Downtown St. Petersburg Florida Wedding Portrait | Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Downtown St. Pete Travel Inspired Wedding | Mirror Lake Lyceum

“We wanted to enjoy the planning process and to be sure that our family and friends wouldn't be burdened with undue stress. We wanted a wedding planner with the experience to facilitate a stress-free event, but also who was creative and could take our vision to the next level. Tammy of Special Moments went above and beyond what we expected and brought her wealth of knowledge, which saved us time, effort and stress while simultaneously adding unique touches that made our event feel special.”

-Stephanie and Nathan
Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony with Draped Arch and Pastel Peach Flowers and White Folding Garden Chairs | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue Tampa Bay Watch | Photographer Limelight Photography

Nautical Chic St. Petersburg Waterfront Destination Wedding | Tampa Bay Watch

“We looked for someone with solid experience in planning weddings and who also had plenty of knowledge of the area and local vendors. Tammy of Special Moments and her team had just that, many years of solid experience with planning weddings and a thorough knowledge of local vendors. She already had a lot of great insight to our venue and knew where to go for quality vendors, instead of me having to do tons of online searching. Even the day of the wedding, I wasn't worried because I knew I was in good hands with Tammy and her team!”

-Sarah and Shelby

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