Candice Sanders, Owner & Wedding Consultant
With over 14 years of event experience and close to 500 beautiful weddings behind her, the leader of the Engaged Events team is a true event professional. With a passion for weddings, and a genuine, warm personality, Candice joins her clients along their planning journey, and quickly becomes not only a hired vendor, but a friend.
Candice’s first job was at a restaurant where she quickly fell in love with the fast paced environment and the large social events. Then while pursuing a Public Relations degree, Candice began working for one of Orange County’s top Wedding Coordinators where she found her passion for weddings as she assisted at some of the most prestigious venues up and down the coast. After college, Marriott International offered Candice a home, where she spent over 6 years as a Wedding Event Manager and a Senior Catering Sales Executive at the Newport Beach and Irvine Marriott properties. During her time as a Marriott Manager, she became a Marriott Certified Wedding Consultant and mastered the sales and service process in the wedding and social markets.
Always wanting to be an Entrepreneur, Candice resigned from Marriott and launched “Events By Candice” in 2010. Her strong vendor and venue relationships, ties to the community, and years of experience created a solid foundation for the new business. After four successful years, “Events By Candice” was re-launched as “Engaged Events", a team of professional event planners dedicated to servicing weddings and social events in Southern California.
As a past bride herself, Candice understands how personal the planning process is, and how important this day is to both you and your family. Knowing each wedding is unique and each client’s vision original, Candice uses strong communication, honest feedback, organization, and creative suggestions to guide her clients along their planning journey.
Candice’s work has been featured in Ceremony Magazine, Orange County Bride Magazine, The Orange County Register, Exquisite Weddings Magazine and on countless blogs and websites. As a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, Candice also networks and attends monthly meetings with fellow OC wedding vendors, keeping up with current wedding trends and catering concepts.
On a personal note, Candice resides in Anaheim Hills with her husband Brian and her two children Brooke and Austin. When she isn’t coordinating, you can find her at the beach, a concert, an Angel game, Disneyland, or spending time with family and friends.