Arlene is a certified wedding consultant. She is committed to helping you create your dream wedding. She listens to your needs and desires. You brainstorm together. She is here to help bring your ideas to life, not to tell you how your wedding should be. Read some of her clients stories below and see why she is highly recommended. On Wedding Wire she is rated five stars!
“From the first call we made to her all the way through to the wedding, Arlene was exactly what we needed and wanted in a Wedding Consultant! Every step with her was flawless – our first meeting, she already made us at ease with every thing to come with the short 6 months we had to plan.
With the stress that came, she took it all on and we didn’t have any worries with Arlene and her staff on our Big Day! She coordinated with all the vendors, and her impeccable organization with a timeline for EVERYONE involved in the day’s events kept the day smoothly running. The time line she creates includes details that are easily overlooked, and she maintains great communication with you through the whole preparation process.
Of course every wedding has its stumbles, and Arlene is a PRO at keeping the bride and groom from panic – Nolan of course left the ONE thing he had to bring (cd of music) at home, and she drove all the way to our house to retrieve it, going through his VERY messy desk (not everyone can be like Arlene)! I didn’t even know until the next day, because it was Arlene’s idea to keep us calm (and from fighting on our wedding!)
And Arlene’s preparation isn’t all that made a difference in the day’s events. She kept to the timeline and made the whole reception run smoothly, from keeping every waiter on the ball to having our music choices played accordingly.
The only thing we didn’t get was enough photos with her!!! Without Arlene, we probably would have been a complete mess, and we can never thank her enough! It truly was a day to “ah….new beginnings” because of her!”Vanessa and Nolan
“There is so much to consider as a bride, and where to spend your money is definitely at the top of the list.
When we started planning our wedding a year ago, I wouldn’t have thought of myself as the type of person who would need a coordinator. I’m pretty organized, pretty low maintenance, and I don’t mind applying a little DIY effort to a big event. But seeing as how I was planning a wedding in San Francisco from our home in Washington DC, having an expert on the ground seemed the best way to go. We couldn’t have been more right!
Even if we weren’t so far away, it turns out that being “low maintenance” also meant I had NO idea what I was really looking for in an officiant, a florist, a photographer, a cake maker, or even a venue! Arlene helped us sort through the myriad of professionals in the area, making recommendations whenever we needed them. We even asked her whether the contracts sent our way looked standard, or if the prices we were being quoted seemed within reason, and she was happy to oblige!
It so happens that even AFTER having selected your venue and vendors, your menu, your colors, and your entertainment, there’s still more planning to be done! Who knew? Arlene helped fill in the details of our wedding weekend (rehearsal to after-party), walking us through each step of the event. Her incredible attention to detail really helped us envision our wedding before launching into it. Because the truth of the matter is, you don’t really get a dry run. No matter how much you plan in advance, you don’t see your wedding come together until it’s happening, and Arlene was there to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Hiccups were really only hiccups, the trains ran on time for both rehearsal day and the day of the wedding. Arlene effortlessly coordinated our guests returning in waves on our shuttle bus, made sure our taco truck was parked in the right place for midnight snack offerings, re-routed our lion dancers so that their opening performance would occur inside sheltered from the cold and wind… the list goes on.
How do you know you had an excellent coordinator? The bride and groom didn’t see anything but a seamless night. If there was ever a problem, we never knew about it. The whole wedding was fantastic, and a THOUSAND times less stressful than if we had chosen to go it alone.
Thank you, Arlene, for your immaculate professionalism, cool head, patience, and most of all, your support of our big day. Our wedding was an unforgettable occasion, in all the best ways. Enlisting Arlene’s services was easily the best check I have written on behalf of our wedding.”Jennifer and Roy
“We loved Arlene! We knew from the beginning that we wanted to hire a month-of wedding coordinator. We decided to go with Arlene because she just fit with our vision of our wedding. We were impressed with how comfortable she made us feel and that she really tried to get to know us during our initial consultation. She is like an aunt!
She helped craft an extremely detailed and put-together timeline that really helped us visualize the big day, so much so that Kathryn’s mom actually cried when she read it!
During the actual wedding, we didn’t have to worry about anything because Arlene was a step ahead. Jon’s mom loves to say that Arlene has a gentle, non-intrusive manner and great attention to detail that really helped make our wedding special. Having Arlene allowed all of us to really just have fun and enjoy the day.”Kathryn and Jonathan
“Planning a wedding is not an easy thing to do and can be stressful yet fun at the same time. When it had finally become our time to tie the knot, I made sure that whatever our budget ended up to be, a wedding coordinator would be included no matter what. I wanted to make sure that we would be stress free on the wedding day. And honestly, it was truly worth it. I looked online for wedding event planners and stumbled upon “Ah…New Beginnings.” I set up an appointment and my husband Manuel and I met with Arlene. We loved her from the start! Arlene was very sweet and really knew what she was talking about. What we loved is that we felt so comfortable with her and that she emphasized how the wedding is a celebration of our love for each other. Arlene took wedding planning to a more personal level and not just “all about the numbers.”
I’m the type who has a hard time letting others take control and I believe Arlene was able to sense that too. She helped us pick the right package for her and kept in mind our budget. Arlene was a wonderful resource during the planning and was very helpful and prompt when I had questions. As our wedding got closer, Arlene was in constant contact making sure everything was going smoothly and checking to see if we needed anything. She produced the most detailed timeline I have ever seen! I know for sure that I wouldn’t have been able to do that on my own. Arlene also communicated very well with all of our vendors and kept them informed with our timeline. She even kept our families on schedule….and that’s a miracle for us!
The day of our wedding was absolutely…. FABULOUS, MAGICAL, ROMANTIC and FUN! It seriously was. Arlene and her team were there on time and had everything running like clock-work. I was not worried or stressed whatsoever. I had even forgot to make a snack pack for our town car after the ceremony and Arlene was sweet enough to make us a little bag of healthy goodies to munch on. We definitely appreciated that! Manuel and I enjoyed our day so much. It really was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our families and friends had also mentioned to us how the wedding went well and was put nicely together. My mom was so happy that she didn’t have to worry about a thing on the big day.
We highly recommend Arlene to anyone who is planning a wedding. It’s such an important day and having the kind of support and expertise that Arlene has can make it even that more special. She’s extremely organized, listens to your concerns, knows what she’s doing is on time and sooo sweet. Hiring a coordinator is definitely worth it….especially if it’s Arlene.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH Arlene! We appreciate all of the hard work and time that you put into our wedding. It was unbelievable and truly a celebration of our love (12 years worth!).Thank you thank you!”Valerie and Manuel
“Arlene has a service that creates an enjoyable time for many. Coming into the first consultation, there were candles making the room glow with a presence of peace and tranquility. It really helped us feel at ease, since we were so nervous and didn’t know what we really wanted for our theme of the wedding. She sat us down and told us some ideas of what we really need for our wedding. She would go over our budget and helped us to see the breakdown of costs of everything we needed and extras of what we wanted. From this moment on, we knew that we would have an amazing wedding and didn’t need to worry with Arlene as our wedding planner.
The most memorable part of our wedding was how the wedding day ran so smoothly. We had no worries of what to expect or if something would go wrong, but had great confidence in Arlene that our wedding would be a beautiful and very memorable one. From the time my wife walked down the aisle, to the time we left with bubbles flying around us, we will never forget our wonderful wedding.”Carmen and Stephen