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 22nd, 2017 | 50 mins 3 secs
engaged, planning a wedding, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding stress, weddings, yoga
Michelle welcomes her dear friend and yoga teacher to the podcast today - don’t call her a guru! Lauren Star practices meditation, mindfulness and yoga - and she thought that wedding planning was going to be a breezy dream.
November 15th, 2017 | 48 mins 37 secs
engaged, planning a wedding, the big wedding planning podcast, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
It’s our anniversary! We are SO STOKED to celebrate this one year mark with you, our dear listeners. We’ve had such a great time doing this podcast and we’re so f*%king proud of our first year.
November 8th, 2017 | 57 mins 55 secs
engaged, planning a wedding, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding vendors, weddings
We’ve received a lot of feedback and questions from our dear listeners lately, and we want to address everything! This episode covers a recap from our emotional episode with Lauren (The Happiest Sad Day, link below) and Michelle and Christy answer questions from YOU about disappointing bridesmaids, planning a wedding with a deployed partner, addressing appropriate church ceremony attire, and plenty of questions about going from a bride to a wedding industry professional. Let’s go!
November 1st, 2017 | 57 mins 24 secs
engaged, grief, loss, planning a wedding, wedding advice, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding vendors, weddings
For some people, wedding planning happens to coincide with a devastating life crisis. We listen to a bride tell her story of love, loss of her mother and grief during her wedding planning.
October 25th, 2017 | 46 mins 38 secs
engaged, guy raz, how i built this, planning a wedding, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding vendors, weddings
Michelle manages the impossible on this one when she takes her microphone along on a wedding day. Listen in as Michelle, Stephanie & Ryan as they tell the story of the wedding on the actual wedding day. Hearing the perspectives not only of the Bride and Groom, but also of their Planner. Congratulations Stephanie & Ryan!
October 18th, 2017 | 40 mins 53 secs
engaged, natural disasters, planning a wedding, wedding crashers, wedding insurance, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Michelle deals with a ‘first’ in her illustrious wedding planning career, and we round it out with some great, applicable advice about what to do if your wedding is affected by crazy weather and potentially dangerous conditions. A skateboarding accident isn’t a natural disaster, but we’re still gonna talk about it! Christy and Michelle catch up in the midst of a very busy wedding season.
October 11th, 2017 | 10 mins 59 secs
apple podcasts, ceremony scripts, podcast, tipping vendors, wedding advice, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Lots of couples are opting to have a friend or relative be their wedding officiant. You may have to draft the bulk of the script yourself, as a couple.
October 4th, 2017 | 11 mins 17 secs
apple podcasts, guest books, podcast, the big wedding planning podcast, wedding advice, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
What is a guest book? Is it necessary? Is it something our parents had at their wedding that we want too, or is it old fashioned and uncool? Listen to this short episode and find out!
September 27th, 2017 | 42 mins 55 secs
podcast, tipping vendors, wedding advice, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
A listener with a 10K Budget that was shot down by a wedding planner / Michelle tells you all about a wedding she worked last weekend / Yoga and morning routines.
September 20th, 2017 | 59 mins 31 secs
podcast, real wedding, tipping vendors, wedding advice, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
We’re so stoked to have newlyweds on the podcast! You may remember Dre from our awesome ‘Groom Interrupted’ episode #40.
September 13th, 2017 | 45 mins 32 secs
first day of school, podcast, universal life church, wedding advice, wedding ceremony, wedding officiants, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
It’s a smorgasbord of topics and we think you’re gonna love it! Sometimes your lovely hosts just need to catch up. Travel horror stories, anniversaries, first days of school, cool mom tips, and...wedding planner stuff. We are girlfriends, after all. So, we recorded this episode to just get back to basics, the two of us, the original duo.
September 6th, 2017 | 47 mins 13 secs
podcast, rentmywedding.com, vendor recommendations, wedding advice, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding season, wedding vendors, weddings
Convenient, inexpensive, hassle free rentals for your wedding. We are blown away by Rent My Wedding and we think you will be too!
August 30th, 2017 | 51 mins 38 secs
anne chertoff, lgbtq weddings, wedding coordination, wedding details, wedding gifts, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings, weddingwire
Because 3 wedding experts are better than 2! This episode is rapid fire, Q&A Style! We are so happy to have Anne Chertoff of WeddingWire back.
August 23rd, 2017 | 45 mins 53 secs
being mindful, engaged, fitbit, fitness, getting fit, mindfulness, planning a wedding, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Fitbit's Managing Editor is here to talk to us about staying healthy, grounded and mindful as you plan your wedding!
August 16th, 2017 | 52 mins 52 secs
the big wedding planning podcast, wedding advice, wedding coordination, wedding details, wedding planner, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding withdrawals, weddings
Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart. It’s WORK! But one things for sure. Once the wedding is over, you’ll feel differently. Maybe even a little sad.
August 9th, 2017 | 55 mins 45 secs
diy, dj, dj your own wedding, engaged, planning a wedding, wedding dj, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding vendors, weddings
Brandon Stiles is on the show today! He reached out to us months ago to pitch his book and course, “How to DJ Your Own Wedding”.