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"Ah...New Beginnings" Professional Wedding Consulting

Redwood City , CA
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Redwood City, CA 94061 US (map)

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650-888-9799
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ABOUT US

Arlene is a certified wedding consultant. She is committed to helping you create your dream wedding. She listens to your needs and desires. You brainstorm together. She is here to help... Read more
Arlene is a certified wedding consultant. She is committed to helping you create your dream wedding. She listens to your needs and desires. You brainstorm together. She is here to help bring your ideas to life, not to tell you how your wedding should be.

Arlene graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1992, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Economics. Her business began in 1993 after she completed a training course with The Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants in San Jose, CA. Arlene received her certification in 2011. She is an active member of The ACPWC ( www.acpwc.com ) and is the Mentor Program Director.

Arlene would love the opportunity to serve you as your wedding coordinator. Her expertise, organization, discipline and gentle leadership will allow you, the bride and groom, to relax and enjoy your wedding day.

Whether you have a guest list of 50 people or 600 people... Maybe you have cultural traditions that you would like to incorporate in the ceremony or reception...

Whether you will have a backyard and intimate wedding, a grand hotel ballroom wedding, or anything in between...

She will take your vision and help you plan your dream wedding. Arlene has the experience to be prepared for small or big problems that come up unexpectedly on the day of your wedding and overcome them. You will feel like a guest at your own wedding! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-Of Coordination, Full Planning, Partial Planning, Timelines, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
1

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Arlene as a wedding planner. She is extremely professional, responsive, and resourceful. My husband and I recently got married in San Francisco. We had a short engagement and busy work schedules and Arlene was really helpful to create a meticulous schedule for us, and followed up with us to make sure that everything was in place for our wedding day. She helped find us an alternate florist, (Yvette, at Plainly Floral in Redwood City. Highly recommended, Yvette's amazing!) when our initial florist fell through less than 2 months to the wedding! Arlene was incredible the day of the wedding and helped make our wedding so wonderful. Also, Arlene is just a really sweet and genuine lady! Having had a couple stressful interactions with vendors that fell through, it really makes all the difference to have someone you can count on. Thanks for much Arlene!
I would highly recommend Arlene as a wedding planner. She is extremely professional, responsive, and resourceful. My Read more...
I would highly recommend Arlene as a wedding planner. She is extremely professional, responsive, and resourceful. My husband and I recently got married in San Francisco. We had a short engagement and busy work schedules and Arlene was really helpful to create a meticulous schedule for us, and followed up with us to make sure that everything was in place for our wedding day. She helped find us an alternate florist, (Yvette, at Plainly Floral in Redwood City. Highly recommended, Yvette's amazing!) when our initial florist fell through less than 2 months to the wedding! Arlene was incredible the day of the wedding and helped make our wedding so wonderful. Also, Arlene is just a really sweet and genuine lady! Having had a couple stressful interactions with vendors that fell through, it really makes all the difference to have someone you can count on. Thanks for much Arlene! Read less
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Marilyn
Wedding:
1/12/2017
5.0/5.0
Arlene was such a tremendous help in the months leading up to our destination wedding!

Her organizational skills and attention to detail is what ultimately prepared us for our big day. She was thorough and concise specifically with our timeline, a clear indication of her many years of experience as a wedding consultant. She thought of every detail imaginable that would ensure our wedding day was seamless.

She was great with communication on all levels. Not only did she provide insightful advice and suggestions throughout our wedding planning process but she also served as our voice in communicating all of the details to every individual involved in our wedding. Our destination wedding included an extensive list of vendors and Arlene ensured that everyone was aware of the timeline for all of our wedding events.

Arlene played an important role in contributing to the success of our big day and for that we are forever grateful!
Arlene was such a tremendous help in the months leading up to our destination wedding!

Her organizational skills Read more...
Arlene was such a tremendous help in the months leading up to our destination wedding!

Her organizational skills and attention to detail is what ultimately prepared us for our big day. She was thorough and concise specifically with our timeline, a clear indication of her many years of experience as a wedding consultant. She thought of every detail imaginable that would ensure our wedding day was seamless.

She was great with communication on all levels. Not only did she provide insightful advice and suggestions throughout our wedding planning process but she also served as our voice in communicating all of the details to every individual involved in our wedding. Our destination wedding included an extensive list of vendors and Arlene ensured that everyone was aware of the timeline for all of our wedding events.

Arlene played an important role in contributing to the success of our big day and for that we are forever grateful! Read less
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Jacki
Wedding:
10/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Arlene is an amazing wedding coordinator. She and her team did such a great job at our wedding.

We were introduced to Arlene through a common friend. We heard wonderful things about her. After our first meeting, our first impression was that she was very easy to talk to. She gave us great tips on how to go about our marriage planning. She was also very helpful in providing us vendors that we can chose from.

As the time came closer, she was very much involved and was very organized. She helped make sure that the vision we had come through. There was a smooth flow of events during our rehearsal dinner and on our wedding day. She has an excellent staff who were there and ready to make sure that the timeline was met. Much to our surprise, our wedding was beautiful and a success. We received so many positive compliments from family and friends. Overall, we have nothing but good things to say about Arlene and her team. We had a wonderful experience working with her.
Arlene is an amazing wedding coordinator. She and her team did such a great job at our wedding.

We were Read more...
Arlene is an amazing wedding coordinator. She and her team did such a great job at our wedding.

We were introduced to Arlene through a common friend. We heard wonderful things about her. After our first meeting, our first impression was that she was very easy to talk to. She gave us great tips on how to go about our marriage planning. She was also very helpful in providing us vendors that we can chose from.

As the time came closer, she was very much involved and was very organized. She helped make sure that the vision we had come through. There was a smooth flow of events during our rehearsal dinner and on our wedding day. She has an excellent staff who were there and ready to make sure that the timeline was met. Much to our surprise, our wedding was beautiful and a success. We received so many positive compliments from family and friends. Overall, we have nothing but good things to say about Arlene and her team. We had a wonderful experience working with her. Read less
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Joel
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Arlene totally exceeded our expectations as our day of coordinator. Her organization, professionalism, and attention to detail made her the ideal choice for our special day. We met with several other wedding coordinators, but on the day of our initial consultation, my wife and I knew that Arlene was a perfect fit.

During the months leading up to the wedding, she periodically checked in with us to make sure that our vendors were in place, and that everything was running smoothly. When we had questions, she was only a text, call, or email away, and she was always very quick to respond to all of our inquiries. It was during this time that we worked with her to develop a master timeline that handled all of the details. She worked closely with not only the vendors, but with all the friends and family that played an important role. Arlene made sure that everyone knew his or her responsibilities during the event, and contacted everyone to ensure they were in the right place at the scheduled time.

With over a decade of wedding coordination experience, I’m sure there are very few, if any, hurdles she hasn’t run across. When the big day finally arrived, she worked efficiently behind the scenes with her two assistants. Ultimately, my wife and I had and amazing time, and the event flowed without any major roadblocks.

Arlene is truly passionate about what she does, and it is apparent in her work. She is an absolute sweetheart with a solid work ethic. My wife and I are so glad to have found her, and would wholeheartedly recommend her to any couple. Our only regret is that we didn’t hire her for full coordination. This likely would have kept our stress levels low during the planning stage, and helped us stay within budget.
Arlene totally exceeded our expectations as our day of coordinator. Her organization, professionalism, and attention to Read more...
Arlene totally exceeded our expectations as our day of coordinator. Her organization, professionalism, and attention to detail made her the ideal choice for our special day. We met with several other wedding coordinators, but on the day of our initial consultation, my wife and I knew that Arlene was a perfect fit.

During the months leading up to the wedding, she periodically checked in with us to make sure that our vendors were in place, and that everything was running smoothly. When we had questions, she was only a text, call, or email away, and she was always very quick to respond to all of our inquiries. It was during this time that we worked with her to develop a master timeline that handled all of the details. She worked closely with not only the vendors, but with all the friends and family that played an important role. Arlene made sure that everyone knew his or her responsibilities during the event, and contacted everyone to ensure they were in the right place at the scheduled time.

With over a decade of wedding coordination experience, I’m sure there are very few, if any, hurdles she hasn’t run across. When the big day finally arrived, she worked efficiently behind the scenes with her two assistants. Ultimately, my wife and I had and amazing time, and the event flowed without any major roadblocks.

Arlene is truly passionate about what she does, and it is apparent in her work. She is an absolute sweetheart with a solid work ethic. My wife and I are so glad to have found her, and would wholeheartedly recommend her to any couple. Our only regret is that we didn’t hire her for full coordination. This likely would have kept our stress levels low during the planning stage, and helped us stay within budget. Read less
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Heng
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
I would give Arlene my most enthusiastic recommendation. She did an incredible job with our Oct 1 wedding. She did multiple things well. First, she is very nice, responsive, helpful, resourceful, and just a pleasure to work with.

She was extremely organized. From day 1 she helped us think about the timeline of our wedding. This escalated in detail as we approached the wedding till we essentially had an almost minute by minute play-by-play outline printed for us (11 pages long) for the two days surrounding the wedding. She obtained contact info for all the important people and made sure everyone who had a part to play in the wedding, including relevant vendors, had a copy. While it was painstaking to make this happen, it paid dividends the day of the wedding, as within the limits of real life, everything went off smoothly. vendors, band knew where to be, etc. Superb

Arlene was very resourceful. Great suggestions for our band and for ideas for how to make the wedding look. She went above and beyond, and even though we hired her mainly as a day-of-wedding planner, she ended up being much more than that.

She was always, prompt, a pleasure to work with, and she just seemed like she really wanted to help us. When we had some mishaps with vendors/venue on the day of, she pitched in and started helping set up the tables for our guests. She minimized our work and worry on the wedding day so that we could enjoy it. She was enthusiastic and pleasant, and we would hang out with her.

What more can I say?
I would give Arlene my most enthusiastic recommendation. She did an incredible job with our Oct 1 wedding. She did Read more...
I would give Arlene my most enthusiastic recommendation. She did an incredible job with our Oct 1 wedding. She did multiple things well. First, she is very nice, responsive, helpful, resourceful, and just a pleasure to work with.

She was extremely organized. From day 1 she helped us think about the timeline of our wedding. This escalated in detail as we approached the wedding till we essentially had an almost minute by minute play-by-play outline printed for us (11 pages long) for the two days surrounding the wedding. She obtained contact info for all the important people and made sure everyone who had a part to play in the wedding, including relevant vendors, had a copy. While it was painstaking to make this happen, it paid dividends the day of the wedding, as within the limits of real life, everything went off smoothly. vendors, band knew where to be, etc. Superb

Arlene was very resourceful. Great suggestions for our band and for ideas for how to make the wedding look. She went above and beyond, and even though we hired her mainly as a day-of-wedding planner, she ended up being much more than that.

She was always, prompt, a pleasure to work with, and she just seemed like she really wanted to help us. When we had some mishaps with vendors/venue on the day of, she pitched in and started helping set up the tables for our guests. She minimized our work and worry on the wedding day so that we could enjoy it. She was enthusiastic and pleasant, and we would hang out with her.

What more can I say? Read less
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Monique
Wedding:
8/6/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband, Daniel, and I would highly recommend Arlene. She is super organized, professional, and responsive. We originally hired a different wedding coordinator but when we hired Arlene she went above and beyond our expectations. Arlene met with us several times to develop a detailed timeline and made sure to follow up with all our vendors and people involved in the wedding. On the day of the wedding we could truly relax because we knew that she had all the details handled. This made our wedding more enjoyable and fun for us! We highly recommend Arlene!
My husband, Daniel, and I would highly recommend Arlene. She is super organized, professional, and responsive. We Read more...
My husband, Daniel, and I would highly recommend Arlene. She is super organized, professional, and responsive. We originally hired a different wedding coordinator but when we hired Arlene she went above and beyond our expectations. Arlene met with us several times to develop a detailed timeline and made sure to follow up with all our vendors and people involved in the wedding. On the day of the wedding we could truly relax because we knew that she had all the details handled. This made our wedding more enjoyable and fun for us! We highly recommend Arlene! Read less
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"Ah...New Beginnings" Professional Wedding Consulting responded with the following comments:

Thank you Monique and Daniel. It was my pleasure to coordinate your wedding. You two are both wonderful to work with.
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kristina
Wedding:
4/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Kristina and I really wanted to thank you from the bottom of hearts. We had such a great time on Friday and everything went off without a hitch! Thank you for spending time on the timeline, making sure everything was set and also setting everything up on the day of. We appreciate everything you have done for us and we can't thank you enough! Every detail was just beautiful! I can't believe how unbelievably fast time flew on Friday. One thing that I took away from what you said to me and kept reminding me of was "enjoy this moment and take it all in." Every time I felt overwhelmed, I reminded myself of what you said, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and took in each moment.

THANK YOU for being there for us! We absolutely could not have done this without you!
Kristina and I really wanted to thank you from the bottom of hearts. We had such a great time on Friday and everything Read more...
Kristina and I really wanted to thank you from the bottom of hearts. We had such a great time on Friday and everything went off without a hitch! Thank you for spending time on the timeline, making sure everything was set and also setting everything up on the day of. We appreciate everything you have done for us and we can't thank you enough! Every detail was just beautiful! I can't believe how unbelievably fast time flew on Friday. One thing that I took away from what you said to me and kept reminding me of was "enjoy this moment and take it all in." Every time I felt overwhelmed, I reminded myself of what you said, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and took in each moment.

THANK YOU for being there for us! We absolutely could not have done this without you! Read less
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Daniel
Wedding:
10/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Arlene was a fantastic wedding planner, and in all likelihood we would have been lost without her. Her assistance leading up to the wedding and in particular her day of coordination were top notch. Both my parents and my new in-laws felt that having her there really allowed the wedding to flow and they (as well as my wife and I) could just enjoy the wedding. Leading up to the event she made sure all relevant people were informed of all details and was on top of all outstanding items that needed to be taken care of. I have no idea how we would have planned all of the details without her. I would definitely recommend Arlene to anyone who's thinking of a wedding coordinator.

Arlene gave us recommendations for many
Arlene was a fantastic wedding planner, and in all likelihood we would have been lost without her. Her assistance leading Read more...
Arlene was a fantastic wedding planner, and in all likelihood we would have been lost without her. Her assistance leading up to the wedding and in particular her day of coordination were top notch. Both my parents and my new in-laws felt that having her there really allowed the wedding to flow and they (as well as my wife and I) could just enjoy the wedding. Leading up to the event she made sure all relevant people were informed of all details and was on top of all outstanding items that needed to be taken care of. I have no idea how we would have planned all of the details without her. I would definitely recommend Arlene to anyone who's thinking of a wedding coordinator.

Arlene gave us recommendations for many Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
This is really lengthy so if you don't have time to read, just know that I definitely recommend!!

I'm so thankful we booked Arlene for our September 5th wedding. With my fiance and I both in new jobs, taking off any extra time wasn't really an option. On top of her many years of experience, Arlene is also Mentor Program Director for the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants. If her services don't meet your budget, she's happy to recommend another coordinator that she mentors. However, after our first meeting with her, I knew she had to be our coordinator. I knew our wedding would be in good hands with Arlene.

She's very professional and detail oriented. Not only did she work out our timeline, she made sure that every person that is part of the wedding, every bridesmaid, groomsman, vendor, what have you, was aware and understood what their role is, what needs to be done, and when. I couldn't imagine having to coordinate with everyone on my own! I know a lot of venues come with day-of coordination, ours did as well, but it's nothing compared to what Arlene did for us.

She was there for every random question from start to finish. She acted quickly when I broke my ankle on the day of the wedding, and went above and beyond for us on the day of. Despite the setbacks, we were still able to have an amazing wedding day with Arlene's help.
This is really lengthy so if you don't have time to read, just know that I definitely recommend!!

I'm so thankful Read more...
This is really lengthy so if you don't have time to read, just know that I definitely recommend!!

I'm so thankful we booked Arlene for our September 5th wedding. With my fiance and I both in new jobs, taking off any extra time wasn't really an option. On top of her many years of experience, Arlene is also Mentor Program Director for the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants. If her services don't meet your budget, she's happy to recommend another coordinator that she mentors. However, after our first meeting with her, I knew she had to be our coordinator. I knew our wedding would be in good hands with Arlene.

She's very professional and detail oriented. Not only did she work out our timeline, she made sure that every person that is part of the wedding, every bridesmaid, groomsman, vendor, what have you, was aware and understood what their role is, what needs to be done, and when. I couldn't imagine having to coordinate with everyone on my own! I know a lot of venues come with day-of coordination, ours did as well, but it's nothing compared to what Arlene did for us.

She was there for every random question from start to finish. She acted quickly when I broke my ankle on the day of the wedding, and went above and beyond for us on the day of. Despite the setbacks, we were still able to have an amazing wedding day with Arlene's help. Read less
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Celeste
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
I would HIGHLY recommend Arlene to any bride no matter what size the wedding. From the very first complimentary meeting I knew I had to work with her. Even before hiring her she gave so much valuable information and tips for wedding planning and keeping things organized. I hired Arlene for the month before and day of service. I can't tell you how happy I was for doing that. Things tend to get more stressful right before the wedding and Arlene was so on top of contacting vendors I really was not worried at all. She creates a very extensive timeline for the day of your wedding, which was fine by me since I knew she would make sure everything went exactly as we had planned, which it did! Like I said Arlene is ultra organized but not in a crazy in-your-face way like some might expect from a wedding coordinator. She has a way of managing people and weddings almost in a behind the scenes sort of way. Arlene is also awesome at communication. The weeks before the wedding I don't know how many times I texted or emailed her asking her silly questions about table settings or other details, and she always responded in a timely manner and had an answer. I could go on and on about how marvelous she is and how thankful I was for hiring her, stop searching now, you will not be disappointed!
I would HIGHLY recommend Arlene to any bride no matter what size the wedding. From the very first complimentary meeting I Read more...
I would HIGHLY recommend Arlene to any bride no matter what size the wedding. From the very first complimentary meeting I knew I had to work with her. Even before hiring her she gave so much valuable information and tips for wedding planning and keeping things organized. I hired Arlene for the month before and day of service. I can't tell you how happy I was for doing that. Things tend to get more stressful right before the wedding and Arlene was so on top of contacting vendors I really was not worried at all. She creates a very extensive timeline for the day of your wedding, which was fine by me since I knew she would make sure everything went exactly as we had planned, which it did! Like I said Arlene is ultra organized but not in a crazy in-your-face way like some might expect from a wedding coordinator. She has a way of managing people and weddings almost in a behind the scenes sort of way. Arlene is also awesome at communication. The weeks before the wedding I don't know how many times I texted or emailed her asking her silly questions about table settings or other details, and she always responded in a timely manner and had an answer. I could go on and on about how marvelous she is and how thankful I was for hiring her, stop searching now, you will not be disappointed! Read less
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