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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

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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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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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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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Jean
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Arlene for any bride/couple in need of wedding coordinating!! Arlene was one of the first vendors we booked for our wedding - after doing research on this yelp and hearing all the rave reviews, I was confident in her services. And after our first meeting it was a done deal! She is super duper organized and detail oriented - traits very much needed in planning/coordinating a wedding! Also, booking other vendors was made easy from her list of recommended referrals. I can't imagine having done our wedding without Arlene... She has a very patient and calm demeanor and very personable and really genuinely wants things to go nice and smoothly for the bride and groom which we really appreciated! On the day of it was nice to have peace of mind knowing there was someone behind the scenes making sure things were going on time and according to plan, etc. That took a real stress load off of us which was great. I am so thankful for everything she did for us on our special day!!! It was so wonderful and we are so happy with how everything turned out. I'm not a review posting kind of person but I just had to sign on for my first review just to share what a wonderful person Arlene is... Thank you Arlene!
I would highly recommend Arlene for any bride/couple in need of wedding coordinating!! Arlene was one of the first vendors Read more...
I would highly recommend Arlene for any bride/couple in need of wedding coordinating!! Arlene was one of the first vendors we booked for our wedding - after doing research on this yelp and hearing all the rave reviews, I was confident in her services. And after our first meeting it was a done deal! She is super duper organized and detail oriented - traits very much needed in planning/coordinating a wedding! Also, booking other vendors was made easy from her list of recommended referrals. I can't imagine having done our wedding without Arlene... She has a very patient and calm demeanor and very personable and really genuinely wants things to go nice and smoothly for the bride and groom which we really appreciated! On the day of it was nice to have peace of mind knowing there was someone behind the scenes making sure things were going on time and according to plan, etc. That took a real stress load off of us which was great. I am so thankful for everything she did for us on our special day!!! It was so wonderful and we are so happy with how everything turned out. I'm not a review posting kind of person but I just had to sign on for my first review just to share what a wonderful person Arlene is... Thank you Arlene! Read less
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Chris and Eve
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
We were able to experience Arlene's style in person when we attended a friend's wedding. When it came time to choose a wedding coordinator to help with our celebration, Arlene's name was top of mind. Throughout the planning and celebrating, Arlene's attention to detail stood out. Leading up to the big day, Arlene was pleasant to work with, while still keeping us on track for a successful event. We highly recommend her services.
We were able to experience Arlene's style in person when we attended a friend's wedding. When it came time to choose a Read more...
We were able to experience Arlene's style in person when we attended a friend's wedding. When it came time to choose a wedding coordinator to help with our celebration, Arlene's name was top of mind. Throughout the planning and celebrating, Arlene's attention to detail stood out. Leading up to the big day, Arlene was pleasant to work with, while still keeping us on track for a successful event. We highly recommend her services. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We got married 10.18.14 at the SF Zoo and hiring Arlene was the best move we could have made. I had 90% of the wedding planned on my own, but was missing lots of the tiny details. What we needed was someone to take care of the timing of the wedding, vendor management, and offer expertise on day of coordination. She promised me that we would have no worries on our wedding day and that it was our job to enjoy our big day. I was so impressed with how she delivered that promise. I didn't need to worry about unexpected guests, where they were going to sit, what time speeches started or when to cut the cake. She made our wedding seamless and it exceeded my expectations. Thank you Arlene for making our day perfect and memorable.
We got married 10.18.14 at the SF Zoo and hiring Arlene was the best move we could have made. I had 90% of the wedding Read more...
We got married 10.18.14 at the SF Zoo and hiring Arlene was the best move we could have made. I had 90% of the wedding planned on my own, but was missing lots of the tiny details. What we needed was someone to take care of the timing of the wedding, vendor management, and offer expertise on day of coordination. She promised me that we would have no worries on our wedding day and that it was our job to enjoy our big day. I was so impressed with how she delivered that promise. I didn't need to worry about unexpected guests, where they were going to sit, what time speeches started or when to cut the cake. She made our wedding seamless and it exceeded my expectations. Thank you Arlene for making our day perfect and memorable. Read less
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Camille
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Arlene was so great! So great at communicating amongst all the vendors and myself, as well as taking care of all the little details on the day of the wedding (as well as everything leading up to it). It was so great to have someone to turn to whenever I had a question or concern. She even took care of problems that I had no idea were happening!

For example, my reception was on a HUGE yacht, and one of the guests got very sick. She was able to make sure the boat docked and paramedics could attend to him without most of my guests even knowing there was an issue. On top of that, she even made sure it didn't cause any delays with the other night's events! Thank goodness for her, or I might have turned into a bridezilla!
Arlene was so great! So great at communicating amongst all the vendors and myself, as well as taking care of all the Read more...
Arlene was so great! So great at communicating amongst all the vendors and myself, as well as taking care of all the little details on the day of the wedding (as well as everything leading up to it). It was so great to have someone to turn to whenever I had a question or concern. She even took care of problems that I had no idea were happening!

For example, my reception was on a HUGE yacht, and one of the guests got very sick. She was able to make sure the boat docked and paramedics could attend to him without most of my guests even knowing there was an issue. On top of that, she even made sure it didn't cause any delays with the other night's events! Thank goodness for her, or I might have turned into a bridezilla! Read less
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