Lowe House Events: Sane Wedding Planning In The Bay Area

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 affairsbeautiful urban weddingsweddings 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).

Photos: Christina Richards (APW Sponsor), Allison Andres (APW Sponsor), Christina Richards (APW Sponsor), Gabriel Harber (APW Sponsor), Paco & BettyChristina Richards (APW Sponsor), Emily Takes Photos (APW Sponsor), Cliff BrunkAllison Andres (APW Sponsor), Gabriel Harber (APW Sponsor)

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  • Yay! Everyone hire Elizabeth, she is the bomg diggity.

  • Lauren

    I want to marry Elizabeth. Or make her my best friend. or Something. She is so awesome. The fact that someone like her is a wedding planner makes my brain explode. I have met so many wedding planners who are hard to work with and have zero since of humor, and a lot of times when I hear that my clients have hired a wedding planner I get a little nervous, but working with Elizabeth would be a dream come true. She is amazing.

  • Christina

    Elizabeth is amazing! She has such a calming presence and is a joy to work with. You can really tell she loves what she does. I always look forward to photographing a wedding that Elizabeth is coordinating.

  • I adore Elizabeth, and her blog is pretty rad too :)

  • blissing

    One hour with Elizabeth was enough to ease 90% of the stress I was feeling. I’m so disappointed she’s not available on my wedding day, otherwise she’d be my coordinator!

  • Sigh. Can I be Elizabeth when I grow up, please?

  • Beth

    I don’t know where to begin…I feel incredibly lucky that we found Elizabeth. She has confidently and gracefully helped guide and tame a whirlwind of ideas, familial expectations and relative chaos into an actual event. Hiring Elizabeth has actually helped us stay true to our budget. We are getting married in about…6 weeks (?!) and I know it will be amazing. She is beloved by every vendor we’re working with, including those we had hired before contacting her, and it’s gotten to the point where if she suggests something or someone, I know it will probably be the solution — so far she’s been spot on with everything. She even found my wedding shoes. Still trying to figure out how she did that.

    Another really important thing: Elizabeth is so genuine, and she is honest. She’s a gem — I’m lucky to not only work with her, but now to know her.

    Can I also just say: Alyssa is great too! She came to the venue walk-through, and was focused and sharp, but with a relaxed demeanor. I can’t wait to work with her the day before the big event.

    I cannot imagine what this experience would be like without Lowe House in the house. Neither should you! Get in touch. Like now.

  • Spicy MacHaggis

    I, too, am one of Elizabeth’s adoring fans/clients/grooms/somethings. She’s awesome because she tells me things like, “No, you don’t have to do that. Unless it’s easy. Or you want to.” Or, just today she told me, “Yay for saying no to family members.” (Love!)

    Also, I’m pretty sure my wedding is the weekend after Beth’s. So far I haven’t lost my mind. I think I may not, but if I do, it’s not Elizabeth’s fault.

  • Spicy MacHaggis

    And another thing that I just remembered, which is why I should carry notecards at all times: Elizabeth was the first wedding plrofessional that I spoke with that didn’t try to sell me a “package”. And returned my emails. Promptly.

    Like the lady said, you don’t NEED a DOC, (actually, you probably do,) but if you do get one, (because, seriously, you probably really do need one,) you should get Lowe House, (because I can’t begin to tell you how much you need her.)

  • Claire

    Totally irrelevant but I want that diamond shiny disco-ball-esque thing! I wonder if Elizabeth could show us how to make it…?

    • Liz

      I think it’s from Confetti System!

      • Claire

        Coincidentally, I read through all of the Yay New York posts and saw that it is, indeed, a confetti system pinata type thing. I’m going to try and recreate it!

  • Elizabeth @ Lowe House

    Yep, it’s a Confetti System piñata from Yay New York! How I got it back to CA with me on the plane is a story of its own though…

  • Elizabeth @ Lowe House

    Aw, thanks for all the *amazing* comments everyone! The love is totally mutual :)

  • Elle

    Elizabeth was the planner for my friend’s wedding, and may I just say that it was one of the classiest, relaxed, honest and unique weddings I’ve ever been to! I heard so many great things during the planning process and if I lived in California I totes would have used her for my upcoming wedding!

  • Rebekah

    Last time Meg did the Lowe House Events sponsor post I had to butt in and give my opinion as someone who actually USED APW to get a job with her. I work for Liz as an assistant at some of the larger weddings. I love it. She is so on the ball it’s amazing. She is always prepared for everything, even the things that don’t happen. She’s quick about making decisions to fix problems, kind, brilliant, and so wonderful with people.

    The first pair of photos on this post is from the wedding we did this past Saturday (Amazing, by the way. The groom’s family imported Kenyan beer on their way over. Plus Liz’s family is long-time friends with the bride’s side, so it was a fabulous bash). I got to meet Alyssa for the first time and I can absolutely see why she’s been hired.

    All you ladies thinking you might want another sane head included in your planning, this IS the best use of your time and money. I’ve seen the outcomes. Totally worth it.

  • Alyssa

    Thanks for all the love APW, this is such an amazing community to be a part of!

    I found Elizabeth through APW and I truly couldn’t be more happy to be working with such an amazing woman as we put on super sane and amazing events.

    Beth, and all you other truly amazing APW brides and grooms of the future, I can’t wait to work with you all!

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