So you are starting to plan a wedding and you’re thinking you may not need a wedding coordinator? Please read on to find out why you most definitely do and why that coordinator should be Aimée Newlander of Weddings By Aimée.
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bride, and retired, I thought I could do it all. But, thankfully, my daughter convinced me otherwise. Now 1 week after the wedding, I can safely say that my daughter and I could not have managed on our own. Aimée’s value to my daughter and me can be measured not only in the success of our event, but in our overall joyful experience. Aimée’s background and Master Timeline tool gave us confidence that our logistics were in good hands, but what made her special to us was her unrelenting support of both the couple’s vision and the collaboration with me as the mom. Priceless.
We met Aimée together on Zoom and we were all taken with her warmth, sincerity, and ready smile. She gave me time separately as well so I could learn how to work effectively in the context of BALANCING the perspectives of couple, mom, and coordinator as we moved through the process.
Throughout the planning, Aimée gave us the benefit of her experience: timely communication, responses to our questions, advice and Input when requested, and support when COVID presented unique and significant challenges. She was our ally when we had multiple catering managers at our venue due to COVID and other circumstances. But through it all, she held the couple’s vision for their wedding as the ultimate guidepost for all design decisions, planning approaches, sustainability options, and personal touches.
As the last month before the wedding approached, Aimée wanted us to feel that the hard work of planning and organization was done so we could begin to enjoy the celebration itself. She made sure we felt secure with her taking the reins with our vendors. It was easy to trust that she ‘had our back’.
That was crucial as late challenges with our venue creeped up and Aimée was our advocate in resolving them, representing us in the 3-way conversations she had with the venue and the event rental company.
Despite repetitive and detailed communications, there were some unexpected situations that had to be handled during the day of the wedding. Here’s Aimée’s magic: these were addressed ‘behind the scenes’ and we were blissfully unaware as we and our guests were immersed in the celebration!
Aimée won our trust from the very beginning. And she never let us down. As a matter of fact, she kept us above the fray from start to finish!
Reviewed On 9/14/2021 by Ashley H
Words can't adequately express the level of appreciation, love and thankfulness we have for Aimee! Our wedding process underwent countless changes and revisions, and through it all Aimee was there with her love and support. Quite simply, there ...
wouldn't have been a wedding for my husband and I without her. The love, passion and care she has for her couples and making sure their vision is realized is truly evident and shines throughout. Her communication is unrivaled and helps to ensure that come wedding day you are able to fully experience and enjoy it. We truly consider Aimee to be a long-lasting friend, and we are beyond thankful for that. We would recommend Aimee to anyone and everyone!
Reviewed On 8/27/2021 by Molly S
We want to start by saying that this is a very sad and difficult review to write. When we hired Aimée, we were well into our wedding planning process (with a very well-developed vision) and she sold us on her ability to help us execute our visi...
on while ensuring we had the time and space to be fully present on our wedding day. Unfortunately, the service and experience she promised us never came to fruition.
Throughout the planning process, our communications with Aimée were confusing and jumbled. Often, when we thought we were on the same page, it later became clear that things had been lost in translation. There were multiple instances in which it appeared that information we provided to Aimée never made it to the intended party (caterer, florist, etc.). All of these hiccups, of course, made us nervous but we chose to trust Aimée, hoping everything would come together on our wedding day.
Unfortunately, the personal, high-touch, detail-oriented service that Aimée promised never materialized. Once our wedding began, we never saw Aimée, despite many assurances from her that she would be our go-to person throughout the evening. Many important elements of our decor and vision were forgotten or misused, despite hours of discussion and meticulous prep we’d done to prepare Aimée. Our lovingly handmade photo displays were not displayed until the bride asked where they were; they were then placed in the dark theater that was intended only for dancing. No candles or flowers were placed throughout the garden, on cocktail tables, bar back, etc. until the bride tracked down a team member and asked that they be put out. Our guest favors were placed on a separate table from the sign explaining the favors, rendering them unidentifiable as guest gifts. Many guests expressed confusion about where to sit, where to find the dancing, etc. because of the lack of guidance, and even incorrect instructions, from Aimée’s team. The bridesmaids had to step in at multiple points to help with things Aimée’s team had promised - arranging the bride’s train, assisting with the bride’s makeup post-ceremony, helping VIPs figure out where to sit, etc. The large barn doors in the dancing space were never opened, despite a long conversation about the need for good ventilation for COVID safety. Sadly, the list goes on and on.
To give credit where credit is due, Aimée did help us find our incredible florist, Amy Rawling of Blue Moon Blooms, as well as our caterer, Five Star Catering, and a very kind dog-sitter who watched our fur baby on our wedding day. We’re grateful for the connections she shared with us.
After the wedding, Aimée never reached out to check in. My husband called her multiple times before finally calling her assistant who told Aimée to call us. When we raised our concerns with Aimee, she was, for the most part, defensive, argumentative, and unwilling to take responsibility for the mistakes that were made. She was focused on providing excuses and explanations (wind, too many DIY items, unexpected on-site issues, etc.) for what had gone wrong. A simple acknowledgment of what went wrong and apology would have gone a long way.
If you are organized, comfortable with event planning, and have a strong vision, we would refer you to someone who is a better listener, a more engaged problem-solver, and more detail-oriented.
Reviewed On 6/22/2021 by Izzy F
We cannot say enough good things about Aimee and her team. We had rainy/windy weather on our wedding weekend which was very unexpected given the time of year. Given it was planned to be entirely outdoors, this resulted in the layout and planing...
of the event needing to be urgently changed relatively last minute. They were incredibly organized/meticulous while being very warm, approachable, and relaxed. They manage to secure a large tent for the event well in advance before they became all rented out as well as heaters since it was quite chilly. They were able to re-arrange the ceremony site and layout with little notice. They managed to create an amazing wedding weekend that we will always remember and that guests still talk about being one of their favourite weddings despite. I do not think this event would have been at all possible without their incredible coordination and organization especially given the weather. We cannot recommend them more!
Reviewed On 11/15/2019 by Ashley D
Definitely recommend Aimee and her team - she was attentive, had good recommendations on vendors as well as ideas to incorporate into our wedding and helped us stay to true to our wedding vision (which was for it to just be us and not something...
overly traditional or over the top) - even when it was sometimes difficult with family opinions, etc. She also came through on a few things at the last minute that we ended up needed last minute. Our actual wedding day was so amazing and so magical, everything went so great and my husband and I just got enjoy it and not worry about it a thing. It was perfect - thank you Aimee!
Reviewed On 10/02/2019 by Raynee G
Where do I start. I suppose I'll get the most important part of the review out of the way first: Aimee and Jake are simply AMAZING! I cannot express enough how much we valued having Aimee coordinate our wedding. Above being a warm and friendly ...
person to be around, she worked with us to make our wedding a very personal event, anticipated our guests' needs, and helped us to craft a unique and unforgettable destination wedding weekend. We had so many comments from our guests that it was the best wedding they had ever been to.
Now onto the details. My husband and I are Americans living in the UK. We planned a destination wedding weekend at Mt. Rainier, Washington. Being University professors, we like to think/pretend that we are fairly organized people, but planning a wedding from thousands of miles away brings a whole host of difficulties. However, Aimee really helped us bring all the pieces together. She was there for us from the beginning of our planning, to dancing the night away at our wedding, to eating pizza and roasting smores at the day-after party. One of the things that I most appreciated about Aimee is that she kept us grounded and focused on what was important. It is so, so easy to get carried away with wedding planning, feeling overwhelmed and pressured to have the most Pintrest-worthy event, to think that if you don't make every little detail perfect then you will be harshly judged by the wedding gods. But Aimee always reminded us to focus on what was meaningful, the reason for our event, how we wanted the weekend to FEEL, and how to let little things go because they constituted unnecessary stress.
If you are looking for someone who will work with you to craft a wedding that speaks to the uniqueness of you and your partner, I would highly recommend Aimee. She may sometimes tell you that you may want to cut out that little detail that you've been staying awake thinking about for two weeks, but it is for your own good. She will help you focus on the details that matter, and she understands how to create an experience for you and your guests that you won't forget. She will push you to SLOW down so that you can soak up all the joy and love that you will be surrounded by, making your wedding so much more than just a 'special day'. And Jake will make sure that you don't have to lift a finger on your wedding day!
Reviewed On 7/07/2019 by Talicia W
Honestly, the best!
Aimee and Sarah we're fantastic! They made planning a wedding, not only easy but, fun. They listened to everything we had to say, and really took in the "feel" we were striving for, and ran with it. Our wedding was beautifu...
l, heart warming, and had an easy flow. That could not have happened if it weren't for those two amazing ladies and all that they do.
I highly recommend Weddings by Aimee. They are creative, professional, efficient, understanding, accommodating, and overall wonderful people and planners.
Reviewed On 10/22/2012 by Ximena G
Aimee was amazing! We had been thinking of hiring a day of coordinator and since we wanted to get married at the Monarch Cove, we decided to go with Aimee. From day one Aimee was very attentive and caring. I also saw her a few times around town...
and she was always friendly and asking how I was handling everything. Her tone is very soft and she kept everyone calm and under control at the rehearsal. Aimee also did a great job of taking over after our handover meeting even though I was completely frazzled and unorganized. Aimee calmed me down a lot, especially when something wouldn't go as planned, she helped me see how some of those tiny details really don’t matter and how great the day was going to be. And it was! Our friends and family can’t stop telling us how great our wedding was. Thanks Aimee!!!