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Jamie Beckwith · Married on 04/13/2019
Could not have done it without her
For context we were not only based out of State we were based outside the US which is why we looked for a coordinator/planner who would provide month of service. Alena was incredibly flexible in finding ways to speak to us factoring in the time difference. From our initial conversation we had a strong feeling that this was a professional who had a strong understanding of what we wanted, matched with her understanding of what we neeed and what we should consider (often thinking of things we hadn't thought of). Hiring her the best decision we made, she was able to talk to vendors far more easily (particularly ones we found awkward to get hold of) and present us information in clear, informative way with clear guidance on things she needed to know to get on with her role. We arrived in Albuquerque 9 days before the wedding. Alena was ready with a timeline and all the outstanding tasks we needed to think of, she offered solutions, she took responsibility for certain tasks off our hands and came back to us with fixes. She attended a venue runthrough which was invaluable in focusing the wedding parties minds on the details that you don't think of but are essential, like where are you when the guests arrive, how do you leave this location to get to that location etc etc. She also attended the rehearsal and kept everybody focused and on track. The day itself she was invaluable in ensuring everything happened as we wanted it. Alena has an incredibly calm nature and a brilliant mind for retaining huge amounts of information which is what you need. Your planner has to be someone who can tie together all the different vendors, have a handle on all the logistics, keep everything to time and do it in such a way that it's invisible to your guests. That person is Alena. She works hard to ensure your day goes as planned. She will help make that day special to you, her packages are tailored for your needs and in no way feel "off the shelf". The end result is the best day of your life, a fun time for the guests, and everything happening as you wanted it to. Cannot recommend highly enough.Sent on 05/06/2019
Britney · Married on 10/13/2018
Alena is beyond AMAZING!!
When I was planning my wedding, I didn’t think I would need a wedding planner but after speaking with a friend who recently got married; not hiring a planner was her biggest regret and now I see why. I was so fortunate that I found Alena; hiring a wedding planner is a must, but picking Alena was probably the best decision I made when it came to picking vendors. Alena’s sweet nature and incredible organizational skills were a huge part of our wedding’s success, I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her! There is a reason she is the best!!Sent on 01/16/2019
Sasha · Married on 10/06/2018
If you are looking to put together the wedding of your dreams without any stress and be able to enjoy the entire process, then Alena is your woman! Not only did she take the time and care to make our wedding perfect but she put together an A list team of vendors that wowed everyone. From top to bottom we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. PSent on 10/10/2018
Elizabeth · Married on 09/15/2018
An amazing planner with fantastic vendor contacts!
Could not have done this wedding without Alena Swanson! She is very professional with a great list of vendor contacts. Everyone she recommended to me was fantastic. No detail was too small. She also did spiritual guidance with the bride and groom! Alena is very knowledgeable about every aspect of wedding planning and everything ran smoothly. I now know why she has won best wedding planner for 5 years running! She is the best and I am very glad we hired her for our wedding!Sent on 10/15/2018
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Thank you so much! It was truly a pleasure to work with you and your whole family! Thank you for trusting me with your daughter's wedding! It was such a dream come true!!!
Julie · Married on 05/20/2018
I can't speak highly enough of Alena and how invaluable her help was. I wanted to hire a coordinator for the day of the wedding to run everything. At first my husband (then fiancée) thought hiring a wedding planner was unnecessary and he was skeptical. I, however, insisted because I was planning most of the wedding myself and I knew I wanted someone to take over so I could enjoy my wedding. Alena was so helpful from the first time I met with her. Throughout the planning process, as questions came up, she was very responsive and full of advice. On the day of the wedding, we didn't have to worry about anything. Alena took over and made sure everything got done and ran smoothly. After our wedding, my once skeptical husband said he was really glad we hired Alena and he realized just how much she had done. Our wedding day was perfect and Alena was a huge part of things running smoothly and my husband and I not being stressed at all.Sent on 06/10/2018
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Julie,
Lauren · Married on 05/05/2018
If you just got engaged call Alena!!! Don’t hesitate!! She is Amazing!! The best money we could have spent! From the beginning, her expertise helped us pick the perfect florist, DJ, makeup, officiant, and caterer. Her suggestions and insight were exactly what we needed so that we could have the perfect day. She kept us on track on time and CALM throughout the whole process. Which is a feat in and of itself. We had to get a new photographer 6 weeks before the wedding. I called her and within the hour she had three photographers in our budget, who were even better then our original person. The day of the wedding she was able to perfectly navigate stressful family dynamics, execute my dream wedding reception, and handle any issues. I was blissfully unaware of the issues that were being handled in the background (frozen flowers, cake that wasn’t perfect, food taking a bit longer than expected) she handled everything and made the day run smoothly and flawlessly. And I mean this truly, the wedding I dreamed up as a little girl actually happened, everything was PERFECT! There is a reason she’s the best. If all that wasn’t enough she is truly one of the best people I have ever met. Alena is thoughtful kind and caring. She took the time to actually get to know us and our story. We are so incredibly thankful and blessed to have found her.Sent on 06/10/2018
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Lauren,
Nancy · Married on 03/10/2018
Alena is the first call you should make after your engagement. Stop. Now, book her! She was incredibly professional and helped the entire process run so smoothly. We had family members get ill and some pass away during the engagement. Alena was there to help us keep on track and keep things moving along while we had family trauma. She is absolutely worth the money. As the mother of the bride, I would not hesitate to book her again. She is the reason our day ran so smooth and I (and the bride) was able to enjoy the wedding day so much. She has a great rapport with several vendors so that made working with them all the easier.
She is fabulous!!Sent on 04/15/2018
Megan · Married on 08/05/2017
I was amazed by the work and out come of my wedding. Alena was on point and helped me make sure my day was smooth even with a diverse and split family dynamics. I did not want religious ceremony but still wanted it to be special, she gave me a wonderful wedding blessing for our parents to read after our vows, gave a template so we could make our own ceremony .Sent on 08/13/2017
Liz · Married on 07/01/2017
Where do I even start? Alena is without a doubt the best money I could have ever spent. Without her I would have probably not had a wedding. She was there for us through so many obstacles and always had a great solution and way out. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. She gave up her birthday weekend to run my wedding day. Not only is she great at what she does, she is an incredible human being. So thoughtful and caring. She truly wants you to be as happy as possible on your big day. All the little extras she sends you along the way are so cute and helpful when planning out details as well. I can't say enough good things about her. When we had our venue screw us over 5 months before the wedding date - making us change venues completely - she handled it. She made what could have been a crappy situation into something fantastic. And honestly better than I could have ever imagined. I don't know what I would have done without her. Thanks Alena, you're so valuable to this community. Andrew and I can't tell you enough how grateful we are for you and all you did.Sent on 07/27/2017
HIRE ALENA, YOU WON'T REGRET IT I SWEAR.
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Liz, you could make me cry! I adore you and Andrew and loved working with you!! Thank you so much for this sincere review! It's so true that there were a lot of bumps along the way, and I know that everything happens for a reason and God led us towards creating your dream day. It was perfect! Congratulations!!!!! <3 -Alena
alexandra · Married on 05/27/2017
Alena was hands down the absolute best! The best money we spent was spent on Alena. We planned our wedding from another state and she was there every step of the way. Alena had never ending advice and tips and was always willing to offer her opinion. On the day of the wedding I was not worried at all because I knew Alena had covered all the bases; She kept me informed throughout the day and made sure everything that happened happened correctly, on time, and the way we wanted it to. An issue arose at dinner during the event and Alena helped take care of it so we, as bride and groom, didn't have to get involved. Now, just because you have a venue coordinator does not dismiss the fact that you need Alena. Alena makes the show run. Alena is the reason why my wedding was so perfect.Sent on 06/01/2017
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words Alex! I was so honored to be part of your day and I'm thrilled everything was so smooth for you!
Danielle · Married on 05/01/2017
Alena was such a joy to work with! She walked us through every step of the planning process, and I was so impressed with how thoroughly invested she was in every detail. She really took the time to get to know my now-husband and me. She listened to our vision for the event, and she really helped us bring to life our ideas. She was great in recommending, and embracing, our choice of vendors. Alena really shines on the wedding day itself. (And you realize how she took the time throughout the planning process to go over all possible questions and concerns.) She steps up in every situation, so that you and your partner can relax and enjoy the day. Our family and friends could not stop complimenting us on the event! Everything turned out beautifully, and I couldn't be happier that our friends recommended her to us! Thank you so much Alena!Sent on 06/05/2017
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Thank you so much Danielle! I'm so glad your day turned out exactly as you envisioned! :) It was such a pleasure to work with you!
kara · Married on 12/17/2016
My fiancé and I are from NYC but decided to get married in Santa Fe, NM and throw a three day event. We knew we would need someone on the ground helping us create the perfect weekend of events. We could truly not have planned this weekend without her. Both me and my fiancé are SUPER high maintenance and extremely particular about how things look and feel. Alena spent an entire weekend with us going over everything from napkins to event spaces and by the end of the first day, she totally understood our vision and could tell right away if we would like something or not. She truly listens and has a rare ability to understand and execute on peoples visions. Alena is fantastic, but her team also makes her the full package. Not knowing anyone in the area, we have trusted Alena with all of her vendor recommendations and have not been disappointed yet! Her makeup artist is AMAZING, her photographer take pictures that are so beautiful it makes you cry, and we have high hopes for our DJ who is going to make sure we dance all night long. UPDATE to come, BUT we couldn’t wait to review this wonderful and extremely talented professional.Sent on 11/03/2016
Roxanne · Married on 11/05/2016
I honestly could not imagine a better wedding planner. Alena was professional and so knowledgeable, she went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. She knows great vendors, is always responsive, and was absolutely magical when it came to anticipating problems before they happened and running the day of the wedding perfectly. We couldn't recommend her more highly!Sent on 09/15/2017
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Thank you so much, Roxanne! I absolutely loved your wedding. Thank you for letting me be part of your day!
Katie · Married on 10/29/2016
Alena was my LIFE SAVOR!!! Not only did she completely understand my vision, but she also saved my life by not letting me waste time over things that just wouldn't work, due to her years of experience as a wedding planner. She knew what I wanted and would give suggestions that would blow my mind away! She was so organized and I don't think we would have had a functional wedding AT ALL if it weren't for Alena. I always enjoyed meeting her for coffee or walk throughs just because she brightened my day. I could not have had anyone better help me with all of the wedding planning/coordiation. Alena is so down to earth and cares about every person she comes in contact with. Thank you so much, Alena!!Sent on 01/31/2017
Karina · Married on 10/09/2016
Alena made sure everything went smoothly so I could enjoy my special day without worrying about anything!!! She really is the best and I would highly recommend her!Sent on 11/03/2016
Teresa · Married on 10/07/2016
Don't think twice about it - Alena was worth every penny! She kept me calm and organized during the planning process, and the most useful thing for me personally was that she brought up details that I hadn't even thought of. I was a very hands-on and OCD bride, but as my dad always says - "you don't know what you don't know." As much research as I did, there were many details I hadn't thought of and didn't come up in the various checklists I found online.Sent on 11/16/2016
Day of - Alena was incredible. I didn't worry about a single thing, and I was able to truly enjoy the big day. If anything came up, I didn't know (as it should be). With all of the planning before hand, and then putting out any fires that came up on the day of, everything was perfect for us!
Kelly · Married on 10/01/2016
Alena is absolutely phenomenal at her job! I just wish that I had decided to work with her earlier. She made our day run so smoothly, organized all the details, and really took the stress out of wedding planning. She really loves what she does and even helped with my dress issues during the reception. I was skeptical at first to get a day of coordinator, but I really couldn't have done it without her.Sent on 11/10/2016
Cynthia denise · Married on 09/24/2016
Alena is absolutely amazing. This was my very first time experiencing the whole wedding planning stage. My first marriage I eloped. I had no idea what it took to get things together and having Alena by my side with her expertise in knowing what was needed was such a huge relief. Everything was super beautiful my first encounter I was kinda all over the board with what I wanted Alena placed everything into perspective and I had the elegant classy wedding I had envisioned in my mind and in my heart. Thank you Alena for the best wedding day I could have asked for, I will always remember what a treasure you were to me on this very special day for Ray and I.. my Only wish is that I could have a do over!!! So I can dance more with my new husband!!!! But we have the rest of our lives to dance.. Alena you are simply the best!!Sent on 12/13/2016
Ray and Cynthia Denise Moore
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:This touches my heart! Thank you so much for the review! It was such a mutual blessing to be part of your lovely day! May you always dance together! -Alena
Mirage · Married on 08/21/2016
Alena is extraordinary. Absolutely top notch - she is a total cut above the rest! I run anxious and I was incredibly worried about everything going well (after having lost my first wedding venue in California and needing to put together a totally new wedding in NM in 5 months, I was especially concerned). Since I live in CA, I was working with Alena remotely, which could have caused problems with someone less capable. No problems at all with Alena, her work was A+. Not only was I able to 100% trust Alena with all of my worries and details, but she went above and beyond in every way during my wedding in Santa Fe in August. She will have every detail that is important to you in her brain day of, and make sure that it happens precisely as you want it to happen. She will solve problems before they even get to you. She will be a shepherd to you and your spouse on your big day - not pushy, but not a pushover. There in exactly the way you need her. She knows her craft, and she executes like the expert she is. She is worth every single penny and more. She has a calming, but kickass presence that will complement you in whatever way your personality type needs. Her organizational skills and professional demeanor truly impressed us during the whole lead up to the wedding and the day of. She managed all of our vendors with elegance, but a get-it-done attitude as well, and they had great things to say about her to us as well. I wish I lived in New Mexico so I could work with Alena on more events. She is unbelievable. Hiring her was the best decision of our entire wedding - and my husband and I say that every time we reminisce about our big day. She made it even better than I imagined...which I did not think was possible!!Sent on 11/07/2016
Leslie · Married on 07/09/2016
Alena was the best decision my husband and I made for our wedding. She was so supportive, so kind, and she has this magical knack for being in exactly the right place at the right time. Her presence was what made the day run smoothly, and I couldn't be more grateful. Thank you, Alena!Sent on 11/14/2016
Tiffany · Married on 06/04/2016
How wonderful it was to have a wedding planner that was reliable and you could always count on to be there. She has great experience and lots of connections. I felt so relieved on the day of my wedding when she was one step ahead of me when an issue came up. She is so worth the money. If I had to do it again she would definitely be on the list of people to call first!Sent on 11/03/2016
Jean · Married on 05/28/2016
Alena was fantastic! She gave us the names of vendors that were good to use and that we ended up loving. It cut down on our time and made for less shopping around. I booked a shuttle service that mixed up the date of the wedding. Alena was on the phone confirming with them the day of the wedding and caught the mistake before it was catastrophic. The company sent out a shuttle and nobody was the wiser. We had many issues with our venue coordinators and Alena was a great go between so that I didn't have to deal with them. We realized the day of the wedding that we were missing a tablecloth which my daughter and I had ordered. I texted Alena that morning and she was able to line up a rental for us. Alena is worth every penny that you will pay! The wedding ran smoothly and we had many comments from guests on how much they enjoyed it.Sent on 05/30/2016
Christopher · Married on 05/22/2016
My wife Courtney and I can't recommend Alena enough. She kept us on track through the entire process and helped reassure us that we were right on schedule if not ahead of the game even when we felt like we would never get everything done in time. Her day of services were unparalleled, anticipating things before my wife or I could even ask and even transcribing my vows to new index cards for me at the last minute when my original cards started to smudge 30 minutes before the ceremony. At every step of the process Alena went above and beyond to make sure that our wedding day was the easiest and best days of our life, and she succeeded. Book her quick cause if you don't I have no doubt her calendar will fill up fast.Sent on 06/06/2016
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Thank you, Chris! It was such a pleasure to work with you both and help you plan such a fun and unique wedding day. :) Thank you for the review!
Carrie · Married on 05/21/2016
During the first stages of planning, we decided to organize our wedding on our own. After we started planning our wedding we quickly found we were over our heads and beyond overwhelmed with the whole process. It was suggested by friends that we use a day of coordinator to bring everything together and eliminate stress. Once we booked Alena, she stepped in and guided us through the whole process. She helped us stay on track with a timeline and kept us focused on the smaller, but important, details that we might have otherwise overlooked. Her expertise, professionalism, organization, attention to detail, and personality made the world of difference in planning and especially on the day of our wedding. Alena has great relationships with a multitude of local vendors and was able to recommended great vendors that fit what we were looking for, she manage complicated family dynamics, and coordinated with ease the overall logistics of running a smooth wedding. The value of Alena can be seen in the amount of money she saved us by helping us choose the right vendors, but the true value exist in how seamless she made our wedding. I couldn’t have been more relaxed waking up on my wedding day knowing that we had a wonderful coordinator that was handling everything for us. Having Alena as our coordinator truly allowed us to relax and enjoy our wedding with all our family and friends. Our friends and family even commented on how great of a coordinator Alena was. Alena, thank you so much for helping make our day truly magical!! :)Sent on 05/31/2016
In our opinion, we believe everyone needs a professional planner/day of coordinator for their wedding. You may think you can handle everything on your own, which is possible, however, having Alena makes planning your wedding and your wedding day so much easier and enjoyable! We absolutely recommend Alena without a doubt!!
Alena Swanson LLC's reply:Carrie,
Jennifer · Married on 05/14/2016
Alena is simply amazing at her job. She made planning for the wedding so easy, especially with all of her connections within the industry. It was so nice to be able to let go of the stress on my wedding day. But what will stand out most to me are the all the little invaluable extras ... She was ready with a solution when the bustle on my dress broke, she helped calm my fiancé's anxiety the day of with a peppermint oil remedy, she relayed any message I requested to any of the vendors there, she worked with our reception vendor when a potentially huge space crisis could've occurred and came back to me with a stress relieving solution that brought me to (happy) tears. I truly can't thank her enough for everything she has done for us, both leading up to the wedding day and the day of. Even if you are just thinking about getting a wedding planner, reach out to Alena. I don't trust easily (especially with my wedding) and it just came natural to trust her - I'm so glad I did! Our wedding day was ... The best day ever, mostly thanks to Alena!Sent on 05/19/2016