Big Sur Weddings
We had a wonderful experience working with Diane Allen! We are from Pennsylvania and wanted to have our 'camping' wedding in the Big Sur. Our wedding was on the small side, however when you are trying to coordinate 22 out of town guests, it can be very overwhelming. Diane was able to provide recommendations on all vendors and help us every step of the way. She embraced our vision, and it made our day so special. Diane put me in contact with all our vendors. When one of our vendors tried to pull a time switch on us, she was on top of it! I did not even have to handle anything. I was able to focus on my family and spending an amazing weekend in the Big Sur getting married to my best friend! Thank you to Diane and her team. If we ever get to do it again - she is our first call!
Diane Allen is a dream to work with! She just coordinated my husband and my wedding in Big Sur a few weeks back and she made everything so easy. She is a lovely person, sweet and genuinely seems to love what she does, but she was also fiercely protective of us and fought for us on the things we really wanted. She never said no to any requests, even when we knew we were asking a lot or requesting something unconventional. On the day of my wedding, Diane was the epitome of attentive and responsive, always asking me if I needed anything and if I was doing okay. She even baked us homemade pumpkin pies because our caterer could not get it for us and they are my husband's favorite! Every bride should be so lucky to work with Diane Allen - the perfect mix of professional and personable!
Diane and her team did an excellent job- if my husband and I were to do it all again, we would know exactly who to call! Diane made us feel very comfortable prior to the event and the day of the event went perfect! Couldn't have asked for a better team!
Diane and her staff are amazing! From the beginning of the planning process she was so helpful and responsive. Diane was very clear about the services she provides and all of the costs were clearly broken down for us. The weekend of the wedding, everything came together perfectly. Diane and her staff handled all of the details, large and small, and I was able to relax and enjoy the day. And it was the best day!
Do not hesitate to hire Diane Allen/ Big Sur Weddings for your event, it will be the most wonderful, beautiful day of your life!
Thanks again Diane!
Wow! Where to begin with my appreciation and admiration of Diane Allen & her whole Elegant Events team... Diane was our wonderful wedding planner for my wedding last September at Paion in Big Sur - I can't even begin to express with words how efficient, eloquent and proficient Diane is with her Event Planning - she made the whole process seamless and streamlined, and we couldn't be more appreciative! (And, as you know, wedding planning is no simple task!)
In addition, just as a character reference - Diane might just be the most personable, down-to-earth and good-spirited woman that you will ever have the pleasure of meeting - my entire family adores her and are actually planning a return trip next year to beautiful Big Sur to reunion with Diane and her fabulous team.
I couldn't recommend her more highly to facilitate your Event Planning! She was seriously the hero of our magical wedding weekend - thank you so much, Diane!!...
Diane Allen was an excellent wedding planner! We got married in Big Sur and found her online. She's one of the only wedding planners that specializes in the area. We feel in love with her from just speaking to her over the phone! She set us up with a meeting at the Big Sur River Inn right away, she met us there and we got a VIP tour and ended up booking the venue that day.
Diane helped us plan the wedding of our dreams. We were so happy we decided to hire her as our wedding coordinator. I couldn't of imagined planning my wedding in Big Sur without her. She has so many connections with local vendors which was extremely helpful. On our wedding day we were worry free because Diane and her staff was there! She helped us plan our ENTIRE weekend (rehearsal dinner, wedding day, and brunch) It was worth every penny spent. We now consider Diane and friend.
Our wedding would not have been the same without her on our side.
I kind of want to give Diane and Big Sur weddings a different score for "professionalism" because she wasn't professional all the time. And that was the best thing about her. Diane was professional when she needed to be, but most of the time she was like friend and family to us. Diane is cool. And that to us was far more important than being professional. She handled business when she needed to, that's expected, anybody can do that (unfortunately most don't), but it was Diane's absence of professionalism that made our wedding experience so amazing. She didn't trouble us with the business of the wedding. She took care of everything. And we feel like we have a lifelong friend in Diane.
Another note: our wedding took place on June 21, 2008 in Big Sur. Those who live around Big Sur know that date well: it's the day the fires started. Our wedding went off without a hitch, it was the most beautiful day ever, blah blah blah (details available upon request), but by nightfall the fire had grown out of control and a large section of Hwy1 was closed and we all had to be evacuated from the wedding site. Diane and her team took care of everything and did a remarkable job of making sure everyone got out safely. She even got down on her knees and begged the firemen to let our convoy of shuttle buses go north through the fire zone and the closed section of Hwy1. It was a completely selfless act on their part because these people live in Big Sur and their homes were in danger, but they took care of us first. I can't express my thanks and gratitude enough.
Needless to say, it was a wedding that no one who attended will ever forget. And Diane can now add "emergency evacuations/disaster relief" to her list of wedding services she provides. To say that Diane went above and beyond our expectations is a gross understatement. We loved our wedding and we love Diane.
She really did get down on her knees in the middle of the highway and begged the firemen to let us through, by the way. -Dave and Tania Carnie
Very helpful. Clear billing practices (itemizes bills demonstrating how time was spent). We used this planner for day-of services, and she also helped us assemble gift bags for out of town guests. A real value especially when coordinating a lot of vendors--also, we live in Oregon and getting married in Carmel meant a lot of stuff was done from a distance. I appreciated Diane's on-site presence and didn't have a worry in the world the day of our dream wedding!!
Absolutely one of the best Coordinators I've ever worked with. Keeping great attention to detail while staying on the timeline. Diane and her crew and completely professional and easy to work with. I hope to continue work with Diane and her company for years to come.
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Diane Allen knows Big Sur well--she lives there! She applies her local knowledge to help couples chose the perfect Big Sur location for their dream-wedding. She is friendly, professional and meticulous--couples are able to relax and enjoy their special day knowing that Diane is on the job--I recommend her highly!
Every wedding and special event is unique and has its own opportunities and challenges to work with and plan for. Diane Allen and her team of experienced wedding assistants are happy to help you consider every detail of your important day, to ensure all aspects of your celebration from the obvious to the subtle are seamlessly taken care of. Diane has over a decade of experience planning weddings and special events in the Big Sur and Carmel area and has assembled a collection of the best and most-talented wedding professionals for you to choose from. She knows who is good--from her personal experience. Diane can help you select the caterer, photographer, florist, musicians, stylists, officiant and other seasoned wedding and event professionals to best match your vision and budget. She can also help integrate any wedding and event company or professional that you may have selected on your own. Diane's attentive service allows you to sit back and make yes-or-no decisions, freeing you to enjoy the entire process of planning your wedding or special event. When the day arrives, Diane and her team coordinate your wedding occasion or event so that you can relax and enjoy your celebration without concern or worry.
Special Wedding and Event Sites
Diane exclusively represents a variety of select private homes and properties for weddings and celebrations--places that in their beauty and seclusion, define the essence of Big Sur and Carmel and the granduer of Northern California. Diane has also cultivated relationships with many of the region's best restaurants and resorts. Whether you want your wedding to be in Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Valley or anywhere in Monterey County, Diane can help you choose the perfect place for your wedding or dream-celebration.