What We Do: Month of Wedding Coordination

Day of Wedding Coordination.  Month of Coordination.  Partial Planning, Full Planning, Custom Proposals and Agreements, Wedding Designer, Wedding Planner, Wedding Consultant...  What's what?! Allure is here to help.  Literally, that's the business of Allure...helping couples have amazing weddings, and doing the work so they can enjoy every second of them!

I don't believe in "Day of Wedding Coordination".  The whole concept is flawed...it sounds nice, but it's a unicorn as far as I'm concerned...not real.  Not possible.  Not a good idea.  To simply show up at a wedding and 'take over' is unrealistic.  I am getting anxious just thinking about how unprepared I would feel in that case.  Sure, I can direct vendors and I know the most basic timeline for the average wedding...but there would still be a lot of guess work involved.  And who wants an average wedding??  There are so many boxes that need to be checked in order for an event to run well and look effortless in the process.      If a planner is willing to show up on the day-of with little or no work before hand, those boxes are not getting checked, bottom line.  It's a risk to hire someone offering this service and I question that planner's training and experience if they are willing to take on a true "Day-of" job. What we do for you: Allure's "Month of Coordination" package is our version of the Day-of deal.  Allure specializes in Month-of packages, and custom drafts each proposal for each and every inquiring potential client.  The proposals start with this:  The Month-of Breakdown.  From here, we add in other services such as design assistance, vendor research and referrals, and production--which can all add up to a Partial or even Full Planning package.  We start working with you, at the very latest, 1 month before your wedding.  We take over at this point as the main vendor and venue contact, and act as a liaison between you and your wedding 'team' from this point forward.  40-50 hours on average go into a Month-of package on our end.  We create a full day-of schedule and do all the prep necessary to execute it on your wedding day.  Allure has been in business for 9 years; we have systems and templates in place so that our weddings are coordinated and come together in that last month to ensure a flawless day.

Here is what Bernadette of 14 Stories in NYC posted about Day-of/Month-of service.  Allure is recommended on her page of national wedding planners that specialize in Month of Wedding Coordination (and are educated in LGBT weddings).

Basically, Allure is an event planning firm.  I am a Certified Wedding Consultant.  I specialize in Month of Wedding packages.  I can be hired to plan your wedding from the very beginning of the planning process, to coordinate your wedding day, and to assist with design ideas and implementation.  I call myself a wedding planner, that term seems most recognizable and more all-encompassing than the others for what I do.

Hiring a wedding planner is a huge part of wedding planning.  A wedding planner can save a couple lots of money by negotiating with vendors and by working with vendors they know and trust.  A wedding planner is an expert in the industry--who to hire, and for what exactly, is an important decision for couples.  Here is an article from Sunday's Style section of the SF Chronicle--Allure is mentioned because we are professionals certified by the program featured.  Finding a planner that is experienced, professional, certified, connected and awesome to work with* may not be easy, but is absolutely worth it.  I'm not just saying that because I am a wedding planner!  I wish every couple could hire a "Month of" planner, I hate that it's often a cost-prohibitive decision.  It truly does make the process easier and more enjoyable.

* This is important.   I always tell couples inquiring about Allure that they should like (if not love!) their wedding planner.  We work so closely on such an important day, and the days leading up to it.  Being friends makes the whole thing a better deal for all of us!




Prop 8: The Fight Continues

Yesterday (2-7-12), in California, the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  Hooray!  This is certainly a positive ruling as far as Allure is concerned, and for all others who believe in marriage equality.  A step in the right direction for civil rights.  But...it's a familiar step for the crazy state of California.  We've been down this road before, and we've been disappointed before.  For now, not much changes for same sex couples in California that want to legally get married.  In fact, nothing does.  They still can't get married.  Prop 8 is a ban on gay marriage, and it will stay in affect until the deadline for an appeal--one that will likely be filed immediately by the homophobic opposition. It's no secret where I stand on this topic.  I am a fierce supporter of gay rights and believe whole heartedly (it's topic's like this that the term 'whole heartedly' is made for) in marriage equality.  Michelle, Kaella, and I are on the same page.  Allure is in business to help couples have amazing, personal, emotional, fun, fabulous weddings...we are here for all couples in that regard--L, G, B, T...it's all the same to us.  It's all wedding...it's all love.  And we love love!

For now, we keep on keeping on.  Yesterday was a victory in this civil rights movement, but we have a long way to go.

I love hearing what Bernadette Smith, gay wedding planner extraordinaire, has to say about Prop 8, and all things gay wedding.  Here is her post on yesterday's Huffington Post.  Follow her for updates and info--I do!

And I also love Randy Roberts Potts.  He is the grandson of ultra-conservative televangelist Oral Roberts, and he is gay.  He taking his cause "The Gay Agenda" on a tour through the bible belt and documenting the journey. Keeping up with him also helps me to stay informed and inspired.

"Gay and lesbian people fall in love. We settle down. We commit our lives to one another. We raise our children. We protect them. We try to be good citizens."  California Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica


pic from 14stories.com