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.
January 25th, 2017 | 26 mins 58 secs
Spreadsheets. Live them, love them. Don’t fight them! We break down our basic techniques for drafting your initial wedding day timeline - the rows, the columns, the hints and tricks. Rome wasn’t built in a day, people! The Wedding Day Timeline takes time...little by little, it all comes together....in a spreadsheet. :)
January 18th, 2017 | 31 mins 34 secs
catering, guest list, wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings
The way to a wedding guest’s heart is through their stomach. The reception typically makes up 50-60% of your overall wedding budget. Let’s talk about how that money gets spent on food!
January 11th, 2017 | 41 mins 45 secs
When wedding planners put down the clipboard and join the wedding party! Christy is moonlighting as MAID OF HONOR for her best friend and it’s weird to be on the other side of things. In this episode, Michelle and Christy talk MOH duties, dresses, and standing up for your girl when you don’t live anywhere near her.
January 4th, 2017 | 48 mins 37 secs
dallas weddings, fancy cakes by lauren, lauren kitchens, wedding cakes, wedding planning, weddings
You are going to LOVE cake celebrity Lauren Kitchens! If you heard our Pilot episode and the mention of "fake" wedding cakes, you're going to want to listen to this one. Lauren is the owner of Fancy Cakes by Lauren, in Dallas Texas. Lauren has been featured on the Food Network several times and happens to be a dear friend of Christy's.
December 28th, 2016 | 36 mins 37 secs
toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, wedding speach, wedding toasts, weddings
So….who is supposed to give a toast at your wedding? What are the rules? Are there rules? In this episode, Christy and Michelle discuss the toasts, which by the way is Christy’s very favorite part of a wedding. #maketoastsgreatagain
December 21st, 2016 | 38 mins 57 secs
gift registry, wedding gift registry, wedding gifts, wedding planning, wedding registries, weddings
"Let’s talk about gifts, baby - Let’s talk about you and me - Let’s talk about all the good things...Salt n Pepa? Anyone? Ok. In this episode, Christy and Michelle talk about the wedding registry. Where to register, how to register, what’s new in the world of wedding registries, our advice, our experiences and our favorite wedding gifts. Listen to this episode and learn all about wedding gifts, from couple, to guest, to planner.
December 14th, 2016 | 31 mins 40 secs
guest list, kids at weddings, wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding planning, weddings
Michelle and Christy tackle kids on this episode. Not literally, of course. We seldom actually tackle kids, but if you end up having a bunch of kids at your wedding and they ruin everything, you may want to tackle a couple of them. On the flip side, kids are awesome and may just take your big ‘ol family wedding from fun to AMAZING, so let’s dish about it...as we do!
December 7th, 2016 | 37 mins 41 secs
engagements, meditation, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding fears, wedding planning, wedding stress, weddings, yoga
Wedding Planning can be a stressful, unenjoyable, expectation-crushing, soul sucking experience that drives you to the absolute brink of relationship death! But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this episode, we debunk the stress-myth and share our vast experience about how to keep your eye on the prize and your feet on the ground as you plan your wedding. Stay alert and stay alive, y’all. Shit just got real!
November 30th, 2016 | 47 mins 11 secs
day of coordination, on-site coordinator, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, weddings
It can get confusing. Wedding Planner, Wedding Consultant, Day Of Coordination, Month Of Coordination, the venue has a coordinator, we don’t blame you for being confused. In this episode, we discuss and explain in depth all of the terms and services so that it all makes sense.
November 23rd, 2016 | 43 mins 37 secs
wedding budget, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, wedding stories, weddings
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! This is our first episode featuring questions about weddings from our current and former clients, and our friends planning weddings. Keep ‘em coming! We love answering YOUR questions.
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.