Michelle is a Certified Wedding Consultant with more than 20 years in the Wedding & Events Industry. Michelle's company is Allure Wedding Consulting & Event Planning serving the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, Boston & Cape Cod.
What are the first 5 thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Kiss my husband
drink 22 oz of water
What is your favorite movie quote?
"Enough about me, let's talk about you. What do you think of me?"
-Bette Midler's character (C.C. Bloom) in Beaches
What is your favorite joke?
I have a terrible memory. I know I've heard better ones, but the one I remember is. "Where did the General hide his army? In his sleevies"
What is YOUR karaoke song?
Love Shack, by the B52's.
What was your most embarrassing hair style?
My mom decided I should get the "Mary Lou Retton Cut" in the 80's. I think I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. To top it off, whenever my bangs would grow out, she would cut them herself and they would always be very crooked.
What word do you love the sound of?
Savannah. Referring to the city in Georgia. But I only like it when someone from there says it with that accent.
What food reminds you of your birthday?
Ice Cream. I definitely eat ice cream on my birthday.
What food makes you think of Christmas?
Candied Sweet Potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows. Also reminds me of Thanksgiving. Reminds me of my mom and grandmother.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Terms of Endearment
What is the best invention during your lifetime?
How old where you when you got your first computer?
I was 22. My husband and I financed the first ever iMac. It was blue.
What was your first car?
1979 Convertible VW Bug. I was 16.
What do you have an irrational fear of?
Bees!! I've never been stung. I'm so freaked out by them.
Who taught you to swim?
Who taught you to ride a bike?
My Dad on a pink Huffy.
What music are you embarrassed that you like listening to?
Light Rock, Easy Listening from the 70's & 80's. Not sure why, but sometimes, I'm in the mood to blast that shit in my car and sing loud.
What do you hate the sound of?
The sound of someone cleaning under their finger nails with a paper napkin. Eeeek!!
What was the last Concert you went to?
Kanye West and it was awesome.
If you could see any deceased musician perform who would you choose?
Michael Jackson. I was/am a HUGE fan and I never got to see him live.
November 16th, 2016 | 59 mins 17 secs
gay weddings, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings
We are HUGE proponents of Marriage Equality and have been allies to the LGBTQ community long before the SCOTUS landmark decision in 2015. We are thrilled to interview our friend and mentor, Bernadette Smith in this episode!
November 6th, 2016 | 51 mins 2 secs
amanda lund, guest list, matt gourley, wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings
This is Part 1 of our multi-episode series with engaged couple Matt Gourley and Amanda Lund. We play the Newlywed Game and get to know our bride and groom – super fun! Matt and Amanda share their insight about wedding planning and podcasts and Disneyland. We will check in with them later in the planning process (wedding is in May 2017), and again after the wedding.
November 5th, 2016 | 45 mins 34 secs
guest list, wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings
In this episode, we dive into the GUEST LIST. Do you need to cut the Guest List? How? How many guests is too much? Should you let mom create her own list? How to narrow down who is getting invited to your wedding and how to organize it. This is a tricky process and we offer our personal and professional advice on how to navigate it.
November 4th, 2016 | 33 mins 52 secs
wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings
You’re engaged. You know you want a wedding. How much does a wedding cost? How do you figure it out? We school you on how to create your wedding budget.
November 2nd, 2016 | 59 mins 4 secs
apple, engagements, garageband, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding fears, wedding planning, wedding stress, weddings
In this episode, we discuss the FIRST things couples experience when planning a wedding. We share the lessons learned by real couples, and we offer our guidance & advice for navigating this exciting, often anxiety-inducing time. This episode features lots of quotes from Real Couples that we surveyed. Hindsight is 20/20 y'all!
November 1st, 2016 | 1 min 33 secs
wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, weddings
Hello world. A quick intro about our wedding planning show.
November 1st, 2016 | 29 mins 28 secs
wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, weddings
Welcome! In this episode, you will get to know your hosts, Michelle Martinez & Christy Matthews. Michelle & Christy chat, laugh and lay out exactly what their experience is and why you should be listening to this show.