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One of the things I love the most about APW (oh, who are we kidding, I love fifty things the most) is the ability to really break all kinds of stereotypes, including stereotypes about small businesses. As we all know, wedding planners have… what’s the word… a sort of… horrible reputation. And to be fair, it’s a horrible, often justified reputation (there are a lot of scary wedding planners out there). So for years, for those of you who were looking for wedding planners, or the bajillions of you looking for Day of Coordinators (DOCs), I didn’t have anyone to recommend. And then Elizabeth of Lowe House Events entered the picture. Turns out, Elizabeth had quietly been reading APW every single day, since the third week I was writing the blog. So when she decided to get a wedding planning business started, her biggest influences were Rebecca Mead’s One Perfect Day, and, well, APW. Needless to say the Wedding Planning business she created, Lowe House Events (serving the greater Bay Area) was the raddest wedding planning business on the face of the earth.
Elizabeth’s business has taken off in the past year, in large part thanks to you guys. So much so that she’s hired her first staff member, which she’s going to tell you all about. But what’s awesome to see is the variety of your weddings that she’s done. She’s done super budget picnic weddings, big Hindu-Jewish formal affairs, beautiful urban weddings, weddings at historic lighthouses, weddings at cartoon museums, and way more. This is a lady who will DOC your wedding without judging your budget for a second.
During all that, she’s become the unofficial APW events person. She threw Yay New York with me (and by with me, I mean, I had some ideas and I did not do the work). She organized my book launch in San Francisco. And those How Tos we do every Thursday? She’s the brainchild behind much of the crafting, because yup, she can totally whip up a bouquet for you out of Trader Joe’s flowers. So, I’m going to let Elizabeth give you an (awesome) update on her business, but for those of you pondering hiring a Day of Coordinator in The Bay Area, Lowe House Events is your team. (And email them TODAY, since they are already crazy, crazy booked—justifiably so.) And here is Elizabeth:
I was recently talking with someone I hadn’t seen since I was a teenager, and they remarked that being a Wedding Planner was such a perfect job for me, and they were so happy that I’d found this career. I agreed, but also pointed out that if you had told me at seventeen that I was going to grow up to be a wedding planner, I would have laughed in your face. Because at seventeen I was busy applying to art school and getting national attention for leading a campaign against my school district to make them provide birth control to high school students. Wedding Planning would have seemed awfully suburban and trite to me, and I was in the middle of trying to escape from a very suburban world. But more than that, I would have had no idea that being a wedding planer could look like the career I have now—helping rad couples plan sane, joyful, events to kick off their marriages, all while staying inside of a budget (often a budget that the WIC would tell you is impossible) and making some of the smartest, most driven, most fun friends of my life (in the form of both clients and fellow wedding industry folks).
I have adored working with APW couples over the last year—you all are seriously the best, most fun, most down-to-earth couples ever. You continually make me love my job, and I love you for that. I’m so looking forward to all of the APW-reader weddings I still have coming up in 2012, and I cannot wait to meet my 2013 APW clients—because I already know that we are going to have so much fun working on your weddings together. Lowe House Events has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year, in large part due to the huge amount of support from this community.
And, speaking of growing, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Alyssa to the APW community! Alyssa started as an event assistant with me this winter (she worked for another wedding planner before me), and then came on as an intern, and is now joining Lowe House Events as my first actual-employee/Associate Event Coordinator. Alyssa is rad. She’s the closest thing I have found to cloning myself. She’s highly competent; she’s that magical combination of high energy and calm; she’s incredibly friendly; and she’s experienced. Alyssa is starting to coordinate weddings on her own for LHE this summer, which means that there are more dates available for prospective clients, and you’ll get the same level of service from her that you would from me. I would not put anyone’s wedding in the hands of someone I didn’t think could handle it just as well as I could, and Alyssa most definitely can. I’m so excited for her to start working with my clients on the front-of-the-house end (she’s being doing an amazing back-of-the-house job with them for a while) you guys are going to love her.
Alyssa still has DOC slots available this year, so please get in touch with us if you’re interested in working with her. The good/bad news is that I am personally booked for the rest of 2012 (good because I love to be busy, bad because I hate having to turn people down) with the exception of a few regular DOC dates in late November and December! So late Fall/Winter brides, please get in touch if you’re interested in working with me!
I do want to mention that I’ve been doing a lot more consulting lately, and I am finding that I love working with couples in this super concise way. Consulting is for couples who either don’t want/need, or don’t have room in their budgets to hire a professional planner or consultant. Maybe you’re stuck on what type of wedding to have, or you want to run through your planning or day of timeline with a professional to make sure it’s realistic, or you want to get some ideas on how exactly to incorporate the seemingly disparate wishes of multiple family members. That’s what consulting is for. It’s $60 an hour, and we can cover anything that you’d like to cover (and we can cover a surprising amount in a hour). The good news is, there are still plenty of consulting slots open for 2012!
And, we are already booking for 2013! I’m changing things up a little next year, and as a company we’re going to be focusing more on Day of Coordination. The Full Planning and DOC+ spots are filling up fast for 2013. So if you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time to get in touch with me. I’m also currently taking straight DOC bookings for 2013 now—it’s definitely not too early to book if you have a date and venue set. You can see more about the services we offer here.
And with that, a final APW reminder. You don’t NEED a wedding planner. You don’t need a Day Of Coordinator (though you absolutely need someone in charge who isn’t you). But there are many good reasons for wanting a wedding planner or a Day Of Coordinator. You might want to throw money at the problem so you never have to think about it again. You might be planning from far away, or you might work all the time. You might need someone to run interference with your family for you. You might, well, just want it. And if that’s the case, I can say with great certainty that Lowe House Events will make your wedding easier, awesome, and all around more fun (for starters, you’ll get to hang out with really fun people while you plan). So if you’re in the Bay Area and considering a planner or a DOC, email Lowe House Events now… because nothing is sadder than finding out the team you love is booked solid. And have fun together (I know you will).
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