This spring Elizabeth Clayton, the lady behind Lowe House Events joined APW as our first ever sane Bay Area wedding planner, filling a huge void in the market (What? Wedding planners that are not crazy? Yes! We have them!). And you guys roared into that void. Elizabeth has worked eleven APW weddings in a few short months, lifting, carrying, soothing nerves, handling vendor problems, putting out fires, and generally making it so you guys just had to show up and enjoy your weddings.
And then there was Yay New York. Elizabeth and I dreamed up this crazy plan to get two couples hitched in New York, and then Elizabeth pulled it off. Because let me be clear: I did stuff to help on that event. I pulled in favors. I got the community to show up. I wrote checks. But I did not handle the logistics, not even for a second. I’ve done big events, and I knew that I did not have the energy to pull one off this summer. So I handed it over to Elizabeth, and she Made. It. Happen.
Not only are her values perfectly in line with yours (fun fact: turns out she was one of the first ever readers of APW, and has read it every single day since the first month), but she’s also one of the most talented event managers I’ve ever worked with. Ask the Yay New York couples, who literally just walked into a room and got married. She makes it seem effortless, and that is talent.
Consulting. This is the easy option. If you don’t want someone actually present on the day of, but you want an experienced hand to help you make it happen, you can hire Elizabeth for $60/hour, to help you organize and figure out your wedding (worth it). Consulting can take place over the phone or, if you’re in the Bay Area, at a coffee shop, bar, or your home.
Day of Coordination. This is where Elizabeth runs your wedding day and your rehearsal (with no maximum hours so no risk of expensive overtime charges). Day Of Coordination ranges from $900-$1500 (weddings with less than 40 guests cost less!) DOC slots for summer of 2012 are going fast, so if you’re interested, contact Elizabeth now!
Full Event Planning. First, let’s review. You don’t need a wedding planner. But you might want a wedding planner. Maybe you’re having a big wedding. Maybe you work 60 hours a week and you don’t have time to plan this thing. Maybe you have very difficult family and you want to hire someone to tell them “no.” Maybe you’d rather spend your money on saving your sanity than on expensive and uncomfortable chairs. Well, Elizabeth can help with all of these things. This morning we talked about letting someone else plan a wedding for you, and Elizabeth can do just that. This option starts up to 18 months before the wedding, and includes Day Of Coordination. Costs range from $2500-$5000, depending on the size and complexity of your event, as well as the level of involvement you’d like from her (weddings with less than 40 guests cost less!). She has ONE full planning slot left for 2012, so if you’re looking for this email her now.
And because she loves you guys, Elizabeth is offering a 20% discount on DOC services to APW couples whose weddings are taking place between Dec 2011- March 2012.
But mostly I want to tell you how much I love Elizabeth and Lowe House Event’s philosophy, and how much it lines up with mine. This summer, Elizabeth had a couple come to her after working with another planner. They wanted to throw a simple 100 person wedding in the East Bay for $20K-$25K. And the last planner had told them it couldn’t be done (Seriously? That makes me want to stab someone.). That planner had told them that the wedding they wanted would cost $60K. And they’d gotten really sad, but were smart enough to get a second opinion. So when they found Elizabeth, she apologized on behalf of the whole wedding industry, and told them of course they could have that wedding, and she would help. Why? This is the woman who gives all her new clients a copy of One Perfect Day… though she’s planning to buy the APW book in bulk, and next year give all her clients that. She dosen’t think you should Buy All The Things. Her favorite weddings are picnic weddings. She thinks you should throw a wedding that makes you happy. And she’s got serious skills to help make that happen.
But I’ll let her tell her about her love for APW-ers in her own words, “I worked with my first APW couple in June, and have coordinated the weddings of nine APW couples since then (well, actually eleven if you count the two Yay New York weddings). It has been a blast to start working with the readers of this site. Without exception, the APW couples I’ve worked with have been smart, fun, thoughtful, and sane—in other words, my dream clients, and people I’d like to have as friends. (I also have done several APW weddings where it turned out that I knew some of the guests, because yeah, my couples and I actually do have the same friends.) Every wedding has been totally different from the last, but they all carry the common thread of being really awesome parties that are just the beginnings of what are obviously going to be really awesome marriages. It’s literally a joy for me to get to help them start those marriages in as stress-free as possible of a way. These days I find myself driving home from a wedding, at the end of what’s often been a 12-14 hour day spent on my feet, smiling to myself as I turn the radio up because man, I have the best job in the world. So thank you, APW readers, for being such truly amazing clients, and for making me fall in love with my work all over again.”
So for those of you in Northern California (and beyond… she travels), who want to throw some money at the problem of making yourself less stressed, you could not do better than Lowe House Events. And trust me, she’ll figure out a package that works for you. So go, enjoy.
We don’t consider ourselves “Rules Girls.” We know that there is no such thing as the perfect wedding, the perfect partner, or the perfect family. But the only way to liberate ourselves from “the rules” (or the WIC, or just society’s pressures at large) is to come up with better ones. So in February, we’re not just breaking the rules; we’re forsaking some altogether and making new ones too.