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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 leadership will allow you, the bride and groom, to relax and enjoy your wedding day.

"Ah...New Beginnings" offers 3 packages:
PLATINUM PACKAGE - Full Service Coordination
GOLD PACKAGE - Wedding Day Management
SILVER PACKAGE - A La Carte Services

Please visit www.ahnewbeginnings.com or contact arlene@ahnewbeginnings.com / 650.888.9799 for more information. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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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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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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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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B
Wedding:
4/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Arlene did an amazing job coordinating my wedding last month! The months and weeks leading up to the big day, Arlene was consistently organized, reliable and efficient with all the details. She always maintained a calm and positive attitude which helped me stay at ease as well. My friends and family involved with the wedding also expressed how much they enjoyed their interactions with her. My wedding would not have turned out so wonderful and fun without her help. I recommend Arlene to anyone preparing for their wedding!
Arlene did an amazing job coordinating my wedding last month! The months and weeks leading up to the big day, Arlene was Read more...
Arlene did an amazing job coordinating my wedding last month! The months and weeks leading up to the big day, Arlene was consistently organized, reliable and efficient with all the details. She always maintained a calm and positive attitude which helped me stay at ease as well. My friends and family involved with the wedding also expressed how much they enjoyed their interactions with her. My wedding would not have turned out so wonderful and fun without her help. I recommend Arlene to anyone preparing for their wedding! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Arlene is great. Whenever we needed advice or recommendation, she was quick to respond with helpful information. Adding to her communication skills, she would always make sure that if there was any questions, that she will be there to help us day or night. At the day-of, she was very detailed on how our wedding was going to be and we knew we were in good hands with her. We cannot express how much help she has done for us, and we are so happy that she was there to help us celebrate our dream wedding.
Arlene is great. Whenever we needed advice or recommendation, she was quick to respond with helpful information. Adding to Read more...
Arlene is great. Whenever we needed advice or recommendation, she was quick to respond with helpful information. Adding to her communication skills, she would always make sure that if there was any questions, that she will be there to help us day or night. At the day-of, she was very detailed on how our wedding was going to be and we knew we were in good hands with her. We cannot express how much help she has done for us, and we are so happy that she was there to help us celebrate our dream wedding. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Arlene is fantastic to work with. Her attention to detail and her calmness over what can be a very stressful wedding planning process have helped my husband and I arrive at a memorable, fun, and enjoyable wedding. I honestly don't know how she remembers so many details but she does it with such grace and ease. Arlene Marcos has my highest recommendation for a wedding planner!
Arlene is fantastic to work with. Her attention to detail and her calmness over what can be a very stressful wedding Read more...
Arlene is fantastic to work with. Her attention to detail and her calmness over what can be a very stressful wedding planning process have helped my husband and I arrive at a memorable, fun, and enjoyable wedding. I honestly don't know how she remembers so many details but she does it with such grace and ease. Arlene Marcos has my highest recommendation for a wedding planner! Read less
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mlrosen
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Arlene from Ah, New Beginnings is amazing! We got in touch with her about 9 months before our wedding because we were planning it from afar and thought we could use someone to help coordinate. From the first phone conversation, she showed incredible professionalism and organization. She immediately locked into what we were envisioning and helped make it a reality. In those months leading up to the wedding we exchanged emails and met in person to lock down the details on one of my trips to the Bay Area. A month before the wedding, she sent us and everyone involved in the wedding (other vendors, family members, and friends who had volunteered for various tasks) a rough timeline. We made some minor changes and a week before the wedding, everyone had a detailed timeline and knew exactly when/where we needed them. It was amazing how smoothly every thing went! At our wedding a few weeks ago, my husband and I did not worry about a single detail because we were in Arlene's and Kalisha's (her assistant) hands. We held the reception at my parents' house and having Ah, New Beginnings coordinate allowed allowed our families to enjoy the wedding and not worry about anything at all. The wedding was perfect, thanks to them.

If you are considering having a wedding coordinator, you should not hesitate for one moment and work with Arlene. i cannot recommend Ah, New Beginnings highly enough!!
Arlene from Ah, New Beginnings is amazing! We got in touch with her about 9 months before our wedding because we were Read more...
Arlene from Ah, New Beginnings is amazing! We got in touch with her about 9 months before our wedding because we were planning it from afar and thought we could use someone to help coordinate. From the first phone conversation, she showed incredible professionalism and organization. She immediately locked into what we were envisioning and helped make it a reality. In those months leading up to the wedding we exchanged emails and met in person to lock down the details on one of my trips to the Bay Area. A month before the wedding, she sent us and everyone involved in the wedding (other vendors, family members, and friends who had volunteered for various tasks) a rough timeline. We made some minor changes and a week before the wedding, everyone had a detailed timeline and knew exactly when/where we needed them. It was amazing how smoothly every thing went! At our wedding a few weeks ago, my husband and I did not worry about a single detail because we were in Arlene's and Kalisha's (her assistant) hands. We held the reception at my parents' house and having Ah, New Beginnings coordinate allowed allowed our families to enjoy the wedding and not worry about anything at all. The wedding was perfect, thanks to them.

If you are considering having a wedding coordinator, you should not hesitate for one moment and work with Arlene. i cannot recommend Ah, New Beginnings highly enough!! Read less
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Eula
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband was a bit reluctant when I initially proposed enlisting the services of a wedding planner.

We had decided on a destination wedding in the Caribbean on the beautiful island (and my husband's homeland) of Tobago. I am so grateful we used Arlene's services! She was nothing short of amazing in helping to coordinate all the details of the wedding with almost 200 guests. This was particularly complex since, as one could imagine, there were many moving parts including different time zones and needing to assist with accommodations for our guests.

The wedding turned out beautiful and Arlene played a large part in ensuring all of the details of the wedding executed smoothly. Our day of planner was unable to attend in person and we had to have the assistance of a friend/guest fulfill this role. Thank goodness we had Arlene's detailed timeline with the schedule of events. She meticulously covered every single detail making it easy for anyone to follow!

I highly recommend Arlene for those grooms who want to minimize the stress of their brides!

Brides, you will not regret investing in Arlene for her organizational skills, attention to detail and personable approach. She is excellent with follow through allowing you to stay engaged (no pun intended) while mitigating the stress.
My husband was a bit reluctant when I initially proposed enlisting the services of a wedding planner.

We had Read more...
My husband was a bit reluctant when I initially proposed enlisting the services of a wedding planner.

We had decided on a destination wedding in the Caribbean on the beautiful island (and my husband's homeland) of Tobago. I am so grateful we used Arlene's services! She was nothing short of amazing in helping to coordinate all the details of the wedding with almost 200 guests. This was particularly complex since, as one could imagine, there were many moving parts including different time zones and needing to assist with accommodations for our guests.

The wedding turned out beautiful and Arlene played a large part in ensuring all of the details of the wedding executed smoothly. Our day of planner was unable to attend in person and we had to have the assistance of a friend/guest fulfill this role. Thank goodness we had Arlene's detailed timeline with the schedule of events. She meticulously covered every single detail making it easy for anyone to follow!

I highly recommend Arlene for those grooms who want to minimize the stress of their brides!

Brides, you will not regret investing in Arlene for her organizational skills, attention to detail and personable approach. She is excellent with follow through allowing you to stay engaged (no pun intended) while mitigating the stress. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Arlene was fantastic! Everyone was amazed at how detailed everything was leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day, and the proof was in how smooth everything went the day of the wedding.

My husband initially suggested hiring a month-of wedding coordinator as we would both have a lot of out-of-town guests, and we wanted to be relaxed and enjoy spending time with them - not running around doing last minute details and dealing with calls from vendors. I don't know if you can fully relax before your wedding, but we definitely were not dealing with details of the wedding and knew those details were in Arlene's capable hands.

Having such a detailed itinerary sent out a month before really enabled my parents, his family and our other out-of-town bridal party members feel more in touch with what was happening, with what to expect, and have someone to go to for any questions. This didn't happen overnight - she really took the time to get to know what we wanted for our wedding, ask questions and provide suggestions from vendors, to look and feel, to overall preferences. All of this helped her build out all of the necessary details for the very thorough itinerary.

I manage events and major projects for work, and therefore can be very specific with what I want and how I want everything to look. Knowing she had our best interest in mind and really knew what we wanted, allowed us (me) to be hands off leading up to the wedding and still have the wedding of our dreams. The day was amazing!

I would highly recommend her to anyone planning a wedding.
Arlene was fantastic! Everyone was amazed at how detailed everything was leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day, Read more...
Arlene was fantastic! Everyone was amazed at how detailed everything was leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day, and the proof was in how smooth everything went the day of the wedding.

My husband initially suggested hiring a month-of wedding coordinator as we would both have a lot of out-of-town guests, and we wanted to be relaxed and enjoy spending time with them - not running around doing last minute details and dealing with calls from vendors. I don't know if you can fully relax before your wedding, but we definitely were not dealing with details of the wedding and knew those details were in Arlene's capable hands.

Having such a detailed itinerary sent out a month before really enabled my parents, his family and our other out-of-town bridal party members feel more in touch with what was happening, with what to expect, and have someone to go to for any questions. This didn't happen overnight - she really took the time to get to know what we wanted for our wedding, ask questions and provide suggestions from vendors, to look and feel, to overall preferences. All of this helped her build out all of the necessary details for the very thorough itinerary.

I manage events and major projects for work, and therefore can be very specific with what I want and how I want everything to look. Knowing she had our best interest in mind and really knew what we wanted, allowed us (me) to be hands off leading up to the wedding and still have the wedding of our dreams. The day was amazing!

I would highly recommend her to anyone planning a wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
To say that Arlene from Ah New Beginnings went the "extra mile" would be an understatement. Arlene went the extra 2,438 miles (to be exact) to flawlessly coordinate our wedding held in Washington, DC on December 7th, 2013!

After stellar referrals from close family and friends, my groom and I reached out to Arlene in late spring and we were thrilled when she agreed to coordinate our east coast wedding. She was so organized, detailed, and a fun professional to work with from day 1. We had our first "google hangout" video chat with her in May and she immediately put us at ease and made the whole planning process fun and enjoyable. We had another video chat to help us prep for our rough draft timeline which she created and sent to everyone involved (bridal party, volunteers, vendors, etc.) one month in advance, leaving plenty of time for changes, clarifications, edits. It helped us envision the entire day!

My groom and I were particularly impressed with Arlene's phenomenal communication skills. She kept every person (vendor or wedding party member) in the loop after sending the final timeline the week before our big day. She even followed up with personal calls/texts to ensure everyone was on the same page. She truly went above and beyond. She made sure to visit our reception venue before our rehearsal to get a better feel for how the reception would flow. Our guests raved about how everything was so organized especially with regard to shuttling guests around DC (not an easy city to navigate).

Throughout our big day, Arlene reminded us to have fun and she truly took care of the rest. We would highly recommend "Ah New Beginnings" to any couple (especially those having destination weddings)! Her expertise and experience will leave you calm and having the best time of your lives on your special day. That is a priceless gift that no one else could give!
To say that Arlene from Ah New Beginnings went the "extra mile" would be an understatement. Arlene went the extra 2,438 Read more...
To say that Arlene from Ah New Beginnings went the "extra mile" would be an understatement. Arlene went the extra 2,438 miles (to be exact) to flawlessly coordinate our wedding held in Washington, DC on December 7th, 2013!

After stellar referrals from close family and friends, my groom and I reached out to Arlene in late spring and we were thrilled when she agreed to coordinate our east coast wedding. She was so organized, detailed, and a fun professional to work with from day 1. We had our first "google hangout" video chat with her in May and she immediately put us at ease and made the whole planning process fun and enjoyable. We had another video chat to help us prep for our rough draft timeline which she created and sent to everyone involved (bridal party, volunteers, vendors, etc.) one month in advance, leaving plenty of time for changes, clarifications, edits. It helped us envision the entire day!

My groom and I were particularly impressed with Arlene's phenomenal communication skills. She kept every person (vendor or wedding party member) in the loop after sending the final timeline the week before our big day. She even followed up with personal calls/texts to ensure everyone was on the same page. She truly went above and beyond. She made sure to visit our reception venue before our rehearsal to get a better feel for how the reception would flow. Our guests raved about how everything was so organized especially with regard to shuttling guests around DC (not an easy city to navigate).

Throughout our big day, Arlene reminded us to have fun and she truly took care of the rest. We would highly recommend "Ah New Beginnings" to any couple (especially those having destination weddings)! Her expertise and experience will leave you calm and having the best time of your lives on your special day. That is a priceless gift that no one else could give! Read less
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