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!
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Nimy · Married on 11/10/2018
Hiring Arlene was one of the best decisions we made! She is incredibly meticulous and detail oriented person. She made sure everything went on time on our wedding day and involved every single member of our bridal party. We got so many compliments on how organized everything was..our wedding was an Indian wedding with 450 people plus with many traditions..Arlene took the time to learn and understand our traditions..she met with us several times and was available for conversation via email, text, phone call and in person. On the day of the wedding we didn’t have to worry about a single thing. From setting everything up to making sure everything was returned back to the original people, Arlene handled it all! Also I have to mention I am from Houston TX, and didn’t know any vendors out here..Arlene provided us with a great list of vendors to chose from and offered her expertise and advice..she even looked over contracts with us! I can’t say many day of coordinators would do this. This just shows how invested and involved she is.Sent on 12/10/2018
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Tesla Sampson · Married on 10/27/2018
"TL;DR" version: Arlene is the best!
We are so grateful to Arlene Marcos for helping us throw a wonderful wedding reception this October! Brian and I were legally married in a small civil ceremony last August, but we waited to have the big, laid-back celebration with family and friends until this year. Once the honeymoon was over and 2018 began, we were overwhelmed by the prospect of planning such a big event. Neither my husband nor I are great at planning (nor organizing, nor keeping on schedule), so it made sense to hire a wedding planner to help take the stress out of our wedding reception. When I looked up local event planners on Yelp, “Ah… New Beginnings” had high ratings and great customer reviews. Once we met Arlene for the complimentary consultation, I knew we were working with a friendly, experienced professional. I like how quickly she embraced our non-traditional vision for the event (a beer hall theme), as well as all her helpful vendor recommendations (from venues to food trucks to florists) and money-saving tips. She even came up with a customized planning package for us so that we could make the most of the services she offers without breaking the bank.
Thanks to our decision to book “Ah… New Beginnings” this February, 2018 was a lot less stressful/overwhelming than it could have been. It wasn’t just her advice on vendors and the detailed timeline she came up with leading up the reception; Arlene was a lifesaver the day of the event. Unbelievably, our beverage provider tried to deliver the drinks to the venue over an hour before our delivery window, when no one was there to receive them, let alone access the venue. After a confused call between me and the delivery person (who begrudgingly agreed to take the delivery back to the store without any offer to redeliver our order at the agreed-upon time), I reached out to Arlene. At the time, I was about to have my makeup done by my maid of honor and my husband was getting ready himself. I was stressed out just thinking of who could possibly pick up our drink order from the store and deliver it to the venue, let alone deal with the frustration of communicating with the store and the delivery person. Arlene was amazing in dealing with this situation; she immediately took over. When we showed up to the venue, the drinks were all taken care of and everything was going smoothly. It wasn’t until after the reception that we found out that Arlene herself had driven to the store, gotten our delivery fee back for us, loaded up her Honda Fit with our order, and delivered it herself to the venue!
Awesome, right? And that’s not even getting into the fact that we had to find a replacement band/musician for the reception on short notice about 10 days before the event (our friend’s band was going to play for us, but their bassist suffered an unfortunate injury). Arlene was great in that she kept in close touch with all parties, suggested solutions, rolled with the punches, and kept track of all the changing details. I’m happy to say that Arlene helped us pull off a fun wedding reception that our guests really enjoyed, and the best part is that her trademark attention to detail allowed us to just relax and enjoy our special day!
Stephen · Married on 07/28/2018
Arlene Marcos planned our wedding and greatly exceeded even our heightened expectations. It seemed flawless, everything was planned and executed on brilliantly. People in our wedding party said they had never seen such a detailed timeline, leaving nothing to chance, and tight organization. She managed all aspects of the wedding. Vendors, venue and contacting all wedding party members to make sure everyone was prepared. Given our busy lives and travel schedules, she constantly looked for new ways to help us for the wedding. On the wedding day, she had everything meticulously planned, even providing water and snacks for the wedding party during the day between photo shoots. I would certainly recommend her as a wedding planner, Arlene is the best !
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Arlene and her team are a photographer's best friend! I have worked with Arlene for a few weddings now, and I am always pleased by how organized and accommodating she is. There is never a moment during the wedding day where I don't know what is going on or where I should be. She is on top of everything! She makes herself available to everyone who has questions but also is not afraid to get her hands dirty. You can often find her carrying heavy tables or large decorations. If you want to want to have the most well organized and smoothest wedding ever, then Arlene of Ah...New Beginnings is who you should call today!
I had the pleasure of working with Arlene at a beautiful wedding at the Berkeley Botanical gardens. The wedding involved 4 locations throughout the day, and Arlene organized it all so well; the day was a great success!
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