Aisle Less Traveled Claim

Aisle Less Traveled Claim

  • LOCATION Online (currently based in St. Louis, MO)
  • Website http://aislelesstraveled.com
  • Phone (206) 317-1825
  • Categories Planners
  • Price Fees range from $70 per hour consultation to $8000+ for full-service planning. My two most-requested services are my online planning course (from $29/month) and wedding coordination ($2480, includes travel within the continental 48 states)
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Without question, the best money we spent at our wedding. Cindy knows everything, and she also knows what's important - we had some vendors who seemed uncomfortable with the choices we made, but at the end of the day, the goal is to get married. If we were omitting something that might be important she would let us know, but we never felt like she was judging us or the choices we were making, and that's really awesome, and not super common in the wedding industrial complex. But seriously, seriously, there is nothing else that could have been more worth our money.

Amanda & Nick, Chicago

TRAVEL POLICY

FREE Travel within the continental 48 states for all packages which include Wedding Coordination.

$650 flat-rate travel fee for the rest of North America: Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean

Airfare, hotel, meals, + local transportation at cost for all other locations. I love to travel and will work with you to find the most affordable solution to get us in the same place!

ELOPEMENT POLICY

I'm thrilled to work with APW couples on weddings of all sizes, including elopements, and intimate weddings. 10% off package pricing for brunch weddings, weddings taking place Monday-Thursday, and weddings with 50 or fewer guests.

Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.

Hi! I’m Cindy, and I’m your queer feminist anti-status quo wedding planner! First and foremost, I want it to be crystal clear that I'm here for all kinds of couples - no matter your race, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, immigration status, etc. and that I'm wholly in favor of giving the WIC the finger and doing whatever suits you two best.
 
My belief is that there are only two rules you need to have a perfect wedding: 
1) Pick the right person to marry (this is really important, so don't f*ck it up!)
2) Abide by the requirements of any religion and/or jurisdiction you wish to recognize your marriage.
 
Everything else is just a party and you can party any way you damn well please. 
 
In 2011, I started Crafty Broads (a former APW sponsor) with my then-wife (I'm divorced now), and I've been planning weddings ever since. This year, I decided to do a major overhaul and get back to the reason why I started planning weddings in the first place: couples like you, who know that the important thing is the marriage and the rest is details.
 
It's crazy important to me that everyone who wants some wedding planning help can afford to get it, so I designed a self-guided, online wedding planning course to make all the important junk inside my wedding planner brain accessible and affordable to you. I've also got a wide range of a la carte and packaged services, so I know we'll find the right level of guidance for your wedding within your budget if you want to work with me!
 
I plan with you via phone and the magical internets, so we can all show up to meetings in our stretchy pants, and we can work together no matter where we are, and I will travel to wherever your wedding is happening when the day comes.
 
So what are you waiting for? Let's do this!

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

I am a super down-to-earth person, and I fully support the APW philosophy that a lifetime of marriage is far more important than a wedding day. I love that APW couples stay rooted in that idea, regardless of what kind of wedding you are planning. My ideal clients are smart, practical, socially-conscious people who want an authentic and beautiful wedding (however you define that) - and that is exactly what the APW community is. When I meet fellow APW readers, we almost always feel like instant friends, and those are the best kinds of people to get to work with!

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

As your wedding planner/coordinator, I'm here to support and execute your ideas - whether I like them or not - so whatever your idea of the perfect wedding is, that's what I'll be working on! I love all the different ideas that come along with each new couple - many times, I find myself using them as examples and inspiration for future clients. [I will get another couple to do a unity cocktail one day!] I've got an artistic background with an art teacher mom and a theatre design/tech degree plus a hefty dose of organizational mojo, so I'll always keep an eye on the big picture as well as the little details; but ultimately I want our clients' ideas and personalities to shine through. I'm just here to make it happen with as little stress as possible.

 

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

I read a lot. Like, I usually have 8-10 books checked out and I'm probably in the middle of 2 or more of them at any given time. I love books so hard! My pile tends to be about 80% non-fiction feminist/political/memoir/history-type stuff and 20% fiction, mostly mysteries and magical mystical fantasy stuff.

I'm a food and wine snob and I love to cook for other people. (But I'm terrible at cooking for my single party of one.) Red wines are the best, I can be tempted with a rosé if it's hot outside, and I generally prefer my liquor to taste like I'm licking the inside of a barrel, and also for it to be bourbon.

I used to do alterations and design custom wedding gowns for a living, and I still love to sew things, mostly clothes, for myself.

I like to be outdoors, and I most like that to happen near a very large body of water that I can stick my feet in.

What’s your favorite book?

No, sorry, I cannot pick a favorite. One I have always and will forever love is The Count of Monte Cristo. Anything by Sarah Waters.

A few I've read lately and thoroughly enjoyed are: Shrill, Kindred, The Atomic Weight of Love, Life After Life, The Gift of Fear, Year of Yes, Wild, Bossypants, The Residence, and The Gifts of Imperfection. 

What’s your favorite movie?

I watch a ton of them. No clear winner pops into my mind. My genre is definitely thrillers though. And I pretty much hate all comedies, unless they are very dark and extremely witty.

If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?

Pink - Raise Your Glass or one of any number of showtunes, though I grant you that is more likely to result in my singing along at the top of my lungs than dancing.

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