In October 2020, I planned a small wedding ceremony and dinner with immediate family (due to the pandemic), so I can say with total confidence that hiring Alanna to coordinate our 100-person celebration a year later was one of the best decision...
s I made. Unlike when I was planning solo, I was able to glide through the week and weekend in total calm and with confidence that everything would be taken care of, 100% thanks to Alanna. I hired Alanna at the recommendation of a close friend who had recently married and who was also in the industry, and I'm so grateful for that recommendation. She asked all the questions I needed her to ask in the months and weeks leading up to our big day, so I knew that she had every last detail in mind. I had many charts and excel spreadsheets with notes about décor details, and she executed everything perfectly. Her pricing is also an excellent value compared to planners that offer similar services in New England. I would absolutely hire Alanna again and recommend her to other couples.
Reviewed On 10/12/2020 by Abby S
This may be said a lot, but my husband and I would LITERALLY have not been able to pull off our wedding this year if it were not for Alanna.
From our very first conversations in May 2019, we could tell she understood our vision and approach f...
or what we wanted. Being out of state, she assisted us in venue scouting - giving very candid reports of potential venues and why she would recommend (ex. lots of outlets!) or would not recommend (ex. owner’s attitude was elitist/problematic). We ended up picking the perfect place at her suggestion for a weekend in early October 2020. From there, Alanna was just a text away as we slowly tackled one project after another, getting quotes for caterers and figuring out what details would need to be sorted out when. An experienced planner in Maine, her insight was so valuable in presenting decisions to us. I especially appreciated Alanna’s calm attitude in reassuring me that not everything needed to be done at once, but also that some things take more time than you would think. As a result nothing felt rushed while at the same time we made steady progress.
We were just getting going with finalizing more elements when the pandemic struck. By late spring, we knew that our fall event could not go ahead as planned. Alanna completely understood our position and immediately advised us on options. For months she kept us posted on what was happening in the industry in Maine, how the guidelines changed and what people were doing. Over the course of the summer we downsized our event substantially and began thinking of safety protocols we would put in place. Alanna’s insight was critical to this, and she came up with so many creative solutions! Also during this time Alanna was very protective of our finances, encouraging us to hold off as long as possible on booking vendors due to the volatile conditions.
Because we were out of state, we could not do much legwork ahead of time. And so Alanna went above and beyond to source materials an dbooze, and pick up food and flowers for us in the days ahead. Alanna also spent a lot of time also collaborating with our venue, caterer and photographer on how to make the space and event as safe as possible for everyone.
On the day of the wedding, behind her mask, Alanna was cool, calm, and on top of everything. She was somehow everywhere at once! From pouring us champagne for a special moment alone after the ceremony to figuring out my dress bustle to making homemade hot cider to pulling things inside when it rained to delivering entres to guests to running out to buy more wine, we felt so taken care of.
Alanna not only helped us pull off a safe, fun and unique event, she was instrumental in allowing us to enjoy it fully. By taking care of all the details ahead of time and behind the scenes, it felt as if everything was happening by pure magic.
Alanna was an absolute dream to work with, and we highly recommend her for all your wedding planning and coordination needs. She is a smart problem-solver, highly organized, creative, kind and always prepared. (She keeps cake knives in her bag at all times...) Thank you, Alanna!!
Ps. Alanna is also ordained and can perform legal marriages herself if needed - useful during a pandemic when your officiant is virtual and you still want things to be legally binding!
Reviewed On 9/23/2020 by Lauren B
I may have told more people of my love for Alanna and team than my vows of love for my new husband on our wedding day! She took the time to listen to my vision for our camp wedding multiple times and kept us on track for months leading up to th...
e big day. She gave us suggestions/ ideas every step of the way but also listened and found ways to make things work when Jim and I had crazy ideas. She provided amazing recommendations for some of our other vendors and we were so thrilled to be able to use as many local vendors as possible while planning everything from Colorado. In the midst of COVID, under enormous pressure and stress in the event industry, she not only talked me off the ledge multiple times but when we decided to move forward with everything and just push everything outdoors she helped us make sure the event was safe for everyone. The day before the wedding and the day of there is no way we would have been able to enjoy ourselves the way we did without the support of Alanna and team. They are incredibly talented and truly specialize in creating a curated experience for you and your loved ones. She is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. Alanna was the smartest vendor selection we made in this entire process. Such an unforgettable experience and it was all possible because of her. She even made her way into the best man speech! Do yourself a favor and invest in enjoying yourself the days leading up to your wedding rather than stressing out. Hire Alanna Claire Events! <3
Reviewed On 9/05/2020 by Kayla K
I was a bride who didn't think we needed a day of coordinator, and now I want to hire Alanna to coordinate my life. Hiring Alanna was THE best decision we made in the planning process, and because of her expertise and hard work our wedding day ...
was truly stress-free like I had always dreamed of. We signed with Alanna pre-Covid to plan a pretty DIY wedding at an alternative venue, and when the pandemic began, she was flexible and insightful as we adjusted our plans.
Ultimately, we had a 15 person party at our family home - there are so many details I never dreamed of going that go into a backyard wedding, and Alanna seemingly effortlessly guided us through all of them. I don't know that I saw her sit the entire day - she set up our tables and decor as my bridesmaids and I enjoyed mimosas at our hotel, kept me out of sight from my future husband until we walked down the aisle, accepted the catering drop off as the ceremony began, set up the food for our guests, served champagne toasts, lent us a speaker when we realized our small bluetooth speaker wouldn't cut it, and these are just a fraction of the things I noticed. She has years of experience and such a broad skillset (she can sew, she can serve food and drinks, heck she can even marry you) and she is SO easy going. Whether you're planning a big shebang or a Covid minimony, reach out to Alanna. She is truly one of a kind!
Reviewed On 11/01/2019 by Gwen H
From the second we got engaged we knew we would need a planner or coordinator. There is never going to be a “normal” wedding in our friend group. We talked to 12 planners and when we came across Alanna there was no question what so ever that sh...
e was the one for us. She had such a positive attitude and was totally on board with our ideas.
Alanna and her team were super helpful through the whole planning process. From making sure we had all the right permits to even backup generators for our off grid mountain top reception there was no detail they over looked. There was someone with us every second of the wedding weekend. Alanna herself stayed with me helping to hold my dress and forcing me to change shoes because she thankfully knew the trail way better than I did. She worked with our photographer to help us get the most dreamy sunset photos.
Her team even built us a private tree hut in the woods where we could have a minute alone after the ceremony. Her assistant brought us cold champagne and oysters to snack on as we relaxed. They really made us feel like royalty.
If you are considering hiring Alanna just do it because she will make sure you have the wedding of your dreams. She is the best friend you never knew you needed and the most incredible, hardworking human being I have ever met.
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Nicky L
When working with Alanna she doesn’t question your crazy ideas. She just replies “yeah we can do that” and somehow magically finds a way to pull it off. Alanna is a superhuman and there is no way in the world we could have done this without her...
. She was by far the best part of our wedding. Thank you!
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Cait M
Alanna filled in gaps that my venue coordinator couldn’t. She was very helpful from providing decor to taping my made of honor literally into her dress. She paid attention to the little details that would have been otherwise forgotten, like lob...
ster shell buckets on the table for our lobster bake and baskets for wedding guest accessories. She even allowed us to borrow her chargers that she conveniently had in her car from another wedding when we found out our rental company had forgotten them have them last minute.
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Hannah C
Alanna is so down to earth, has so much energy, and is EXTREMELY approachable to work with. She thought of things that I would have never thought of and has so many talents. Really I do not know how this woman does it all! If you want someone w...
ho will put a personal touch into your big day and take it as seriously as if she had been your best friend all your life, Alanna is your girl. We could not have been happier with her!!
Reviewed On 10/29/2019 by Liz V
Alanna is extremely talented and made our wedding so special! She was not intimidated by the idea of having a wedding on a rustic island and handled everything with ease. Leading up, Alanna coordinated our timeline, connected us with other amaz...
ing vendors, and filled in our gaps with a seemingly unending list of things that she could provide from napkins to lighting. The week leading up to the wedding, she was able to help us with load in, restroom logistics, folding napkins, floral arrangements, and a million other smaller details. It was a huge weight off our shoulders to know that her and her assistant were there on the big day. In addition to the big things such as making sure we didn't run out of water, Alanna added so many special, unexpected touches like hiking over cold water to the wedding party during photos (it was hot and this definitely saved us!) and bringing us a plate of oysters right after the ceremony. We were so lucky to find Alanna and our incredible wedding wouldn't have been possible without her.
Reviewed On 10/28/2019 by Crystal B
From the moment I started talking with Alanna we knew this was who we needed to coordinate our wedding. Alanna was so calming and although we had taken care of most things to begin with, she easily handled what we couldn't. She even helped w...
ith the decorating and made some of the decorations for us!! We had such an amazing wedding thanks to Alannas help. She took all my worries away and was there with everything I had forgotten on the day of. She was there with hidden tissues in my bouquet and was there to make everyone laugh. I would reccomend Alanna for anyone's wedding coordinator because she honestly is hands down more than a coordinator, she. becomes a friend!!!
Reviewed On 10/26/2019 by Mike W
I found Alanna through The Knot and was in desperate need of a wedding coordinator after naively taking on a very DIY wedding. She exceeded expectations. Not only did she execute with seamless precision, but she offered so many suggestions and ...
ideas along the way that made the day even better than expected. I think what makes her services above and beyond is the fact that she can improvise great alternative solutions in the face of unexpected challenges. Would hire her and the team again in a heartbeat.
Reviewed On 10/25/2019 by Aileen M
We hired Alanna to coordinate our wedding welcome dinner that hosted over 80 guests at the Black Cow restaurant in Newburyport, MA. We were SO nervous about having to organize so many family members, decor, food deliveries - while also trying t...
o enjoy ourselves and be present with guests.
Throughout the weeks leading up to the dinner, Alanna was calm, collected, and had a solution to each of our questions. On the day of the dinner, she came to our condo and picked up all of our decor, making us feel at ease that it would all be taken care of. When we arrived at the restaurant, the room was set-up perfectly and every detail we had worried about was handled. Throughout the night, Alanna was zipping around the room making sure each guest had what they needed and also checked in with my husband and I several times to ensure everything was going smoothly. It was perfect.
We can't thank Alanna enough for her fantastic work and for being such a calm presence for us to make sure that our dinner went off without a hitch. Her eye for detail and clear understanding of how to organize such a large group for a sit-down meal was exactly what we needed. We would highly recommend her to all future brides and grooms!!
Reviewed On 10/25/2019 by Katie B
Alanna was an absolute blessing! I was planning my Maine wedding all the way from Kentucky and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to help plan and coordinate my big day. She gave me great recommendations for hair, make up, rehearsal dinner...
options. You name it she had someone for the job. The relief I felt knowing she was handling everything at the venue so my mom and sister and I could relax the morning of my wedding was worth it’s weight in gold. Anything you can think of needing done the day of your wedding shes already taken care of it. She is 10 steps ahead of everyone else and knows what needs to be done to pull everything together. I can’t not recommend her enough.
Reviewed On 10/22/2019 by Alma D
We hired Alanna to do our Day of Coordination. It was the BEST decision we made for our wedding. She went above and beyond; helping us with everything and anything from the set up to the week after when vendors were picking up various rentals. ...
My wife and I spent so much time stressing about the details and the flow of the day, and when the day came we had complete faith in Alanna were able to relax and just focus on each other and our guests! Alanna was super easy to communicate with and matched the style of wedding we wanted; she didn't give us an out of the box coordination package, she worked with us on our exact vision, and executed it perfectly. I would highly recommend!
Reviewed On 7/14/2019 by Brian N
Alanna is a superhuman. It’s the best way to describe her. We bit off more than we realized, hosting a weekend of events at a new “venue” (backyard) that had never had a wedding even half as large as ours and having much of it (dress, flowers, ...
food for welcome dinner) completely DIY. Alanna saved the day. She took the reins of setup, physically moving bricks to set up a pole from which she could string lights, setting up all the tables, coordinating with the various vendors, calling in extra help when needed, and going way above and beyond to navigate some challenges with guests. She did all of this with a smile and a “no problem” attitude. Through the pre-wedding process, she patiently answered endless questions from me, my partner, and our parents, calming endless nerves through her experience planning weddings in “less traditional” venues. Amidst all the set-up, she found the time to build in thoughtful little touches for my partner and me. In case that’s not enough, Alanna volunteers and donates to good causes regularly and way undercharges for the extent to which she goes above and beyond.
Reviewed On 11/01/2018 by Matt P
I attended a friend’s wedding organized by Alanna last summer and it was perfect down to the last detail. Highly recommended.
Reviewed On 11/01/2018 by Merideth A
Working with Alanna has been great. She is prepared for anything and is so committed to making sure your day is perfect. From the moment you book with her she is there to help answer questions, find venues or vendors, and offer support. She is ...
one of the best wedding professionals I've ever worked with.
Reviewed On 11/01/2018 by Theresa N
I am a makeup artist in southern Maine and Alanna was the coordinator for two of the weddings I did this summer. The first wedding she brought us all coffee! And my bride wasn’t stressed at all, she didn’t have to worry about anything. If anyon...
e asked her a question she was able to enjoy the day and say “Ask Alanna” and Alanna was right there to answer any questions and handle any situations on the spot.
For the second wedding the bridal party was in Portland while Alanna was out on the island setting up and handling everything. The couple getting married was so glad to get ready in Portland while Alanna took care of everything for them on Peaks Island. The couple was very relaxed thanks to Alanna. She is very good at keeping to a schedule and adapting accordingly to any last minute changes.
I notice a difference in the couple who hire Alanna and the couples that don’t!
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Susan Y
Don't know how we would have managed without Alanna. Organized in advance but ready to handle any last minute problem with calm, confidence. Listens and understands the vision of the bride and groom while willing to listen to parents, other pr...
ofessionals and her own excellent experience. She's also lots of fun, can go country or set an elegant spread. Ms. Davis had to do both for us at the Boothbay Railway Village in Main during September 2016.
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Aj G
The hardest working planner ever.
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Justin M
Our wedding could have been an utter disaster, but instead it was the most perfect day I could have imagines.
And that’s because of one woman/super hero/goddess: Alanna.
She went 1000% above and beyond, helping us from organizing decor and ...
setting up a schedule weeks in advance to arriving on site at 7AM (on an island, I might add) and kicking butt until nearly midnight with humor and a smile the whole time. Everything went off without a hitch, Alanna anticipated potential problems and solved them before they could happen, and also was incredibly great at calming down anxious and overheated wedding party members. I literally don’t know how she could do everything without being a million places at once. She also handled difficult family members and guests with life threatening food allergies with aplomb.
Also, I will mention that I’m a wedding photographer myself, and have never worked with someone as calm and collected as Alanna. I wish I could have her at every wedding I photograph, not just my own! Last but not least, she offers services at rates I’ve seen others charge ten times for never couldn’t come close to Alanna’s skill.
BOOK. HER. NOW.
PS: She’s super cool and you WILL want to be her best friend after working with her.
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by William Y
Alanna was absolutely the best. Professionally, she never wavered from her position. If something needed to be done, she was the problemsolver. Though I can say, she solved issues before they became problems. Things you would never think of was...
already taken care of by the time you thought of it. Personally, a lovely person that was there for you every step of the way.
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Jacob P
Hiring Alanna as our day-of-wedding coordinator was one of the best – if not the best – decisions that my husband and I made when planning our wedding this past June. Even though we only officially hired her to work the day of our wedding, Alan...
na went above and beyond that. She got on the phone with us several times in the months leading up to the wedding, and even toured the venue with us, despite living hours away from the venue at that time.
On our actual wedding weekend, Alanna was an expert problem solver. Because of issues with the rentals delivery, we had not gotten the opportunity to set up all our decorations like we wanted. Alanna picked up the slack and made sure everything looked perfect. When a member of the wedding party’s suspenders broke minutes before the ceremony, she was there in a flash sewing them back together. She always made sure my husband and I were fed, hydrated and having a good time throughout the day.
To top it all off, she is so incredibly kind, open-minded and friendly. She always made me feel comfortable and knows how to gauge people’s personalities to put everyone at ease.
Planning a wedding is a stressful experience to put it lightly, but if I were to do it again the one thing I’d do differently is hire Alanna sooner than we did. She will make your wedding a perfectly planned dream.
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Sarah S
Alanna made our day perfect. There was not one thing she didnt think of. We were so prepared and relaxed leading up to the wedding because of all her reminders. It was truly an enjoyable day. We were told by many people that something always go...
es wrong at weddings. If something did go wrong at our wedding I'm sure we will never know thanks to Alanna. Theres not one thing I would of changed about our day. All of our vendors loved her and thanked us for having her there to help them. Thank you Alanna for all your hard work!
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Abby W
Alanna is truly the best. Easy to get in touch with, smart, accommodating, and helpful. I love bouncing ideas back and forth with her- she has a great eye, is able to understand my vision, and is creative too. I was super organized while plan...
ning, and she still found a few missing pieces and asked all the right questions of me to make sure everything was planned properly. I have recommended Alanna to all of my friends getting married soon!!
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Dianne O
Excellent professionalism, great style and one of the best weddings I've ever seen! She is so attentive and accommodating. I never had to worry a bit! I highly recommend her for anyone's wedding!
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Jake K
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Zach R
Amazing work! Will reccomend her to everyone I know!
Reviewed On 10/22/2018 by Stephanie W
If you only take one thing from this review, let it be that Alanna is the best gift you can give to a couple getting married.
As an event planner myself, I thought I would be planning my entire wedding on my own, and hiring a “day of” coordi...
nator to execute everything. But life is full of surprises, and due to a chaotic year, I ended up 5 weeks out from my wedding with nothing but a lot of people flying into Maine for a wedding that didn’t even have a venue yet. We finally decided to bite the bullet and find someone to help, so I started reaching out to planners in the area. We talked to several, but the second we were on the phone with Alanna, I knew she was “the one”. It was like finding the right dress or the right spouse – I just knew talking to her that she was going to be amazing, and she absolutely was. In fact, I have incredibly high expectations, and she exceeded them. She even impressed my impossible-to-please family, who I’m pretty sure will be inviting her to family Christmases from here on out.
Alanna went so far above and beyond to deliver the day we were looking for. She came up with ideas that I never would have, even though I had been drafting a pinterest board for years during my 6-year engagement. She was so thoughtful with all of the details – everyone who came to our wedding felt like we had crafted the event just for them (including my now-husband and I). She went so far as to track down one of the rarest beers in the world for my husband to enjoy at the event, and to find maple fudge (without nuts in it – SO HARD to find!) for my father. She made multiple extra trips for our event, and spent days working with us to bring it together when we got to Maine. By the time we left, she really felt more like a sister than a vendor.
As anyone who plans events knows – even the best laid plans can go awry. And believe me, nothing we planned ended up happening the way it was supposed to. Alanna found a way to bring it all together and make every obstacle into an opportunity. She stayed calm under tremendous pressure, and pulled off a beautiful, memorable, amazing event that everyone in our family couldn’t stop talking about.
There’s no way I could ever summarize how invaluable Alanna was in a few paragraphs, but I can tell you this: I would hire her again in a heartbeat. I am not easily impressed, but Alanna was incredible. I wish I could hire her to come work with me on ALL of the events I put together. Hire her – you won’t be disappointed.
Reviewed On 10/14/2018 by Scott L
Alanna was great to work with start to finish. We were in communication for almost a year leading up to the wedding and she was there for any silly question I had along the way. She was the best investment that we made! The day of we had a few ...
hurdles such as the flowers freezing and dying , our DJ being subpar, and the venue reps. were no where to be found to put on the heat when it was cold. Alanna was able to throw together a makeshift bouquet in no time, assisted the clueless DJ in what he should be doing, and was able to track down the venue rep. to get the heat bumping when we needed it. These were only a few examples of what Alanna did that day to help everything go smooth. Couldn't have done it without her! She is great!
Reviewed On 12/07/2017 by Jim S
Alanna was a dream come true. She is truly amazing at her job and very pleasant to work with. We were introduced to Alanna through the owner of our venue. The venue we picked was a true DIY place from the tables to the bathrooms. And the stress...
of planning an event like that was endless. The owner herself described Alanna as the best planner she had ever seen and now we know why. There is absolutely nothing Alanna cant handle. And her prices are so affordable too. If Alanna is available for your date book it immediately!! I cannot say enough good things about this incredible woman and her skills.