Planning Sophisticated Events 

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for Elegant Love Stories

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You finally found the one you can’t live without. And your love?

It's one of a kind.

That’s why you can’t waste your precious engagement planning a Pinterest wedding or following a cookie-cutter wedding template.

Your love story deserves to be told in a unique, tailored-to-you, one-in-a-million way. It should be a day that illustrates your individual personalities and shows your guests what kind of life you’ll build together. It should be elegant and sophisticated — just like you.

Your wedding should be, too. 

Christena did an INCREDIBLE job coordinating our wedding. I seriously don't know what I would've done without her. She was on top of everything and our day was absolutely perfect - exactly what I envisioned!

- Maddi

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full
planning

02.

wedding
management

03.

micro
weddings

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full
planning

Average Investment: $4,000 – $5,000 

For the busy couple who wants hands-on assistance with wedding planning from the very beginning. You’ll delegate the leadership role of wedding planning to our expert team, which we’ll help guide you through over the months of working together.

Our Full Service Wedding Planning is the total package: comprehensive, attentive, and personalized from the moment you book with us. We’ll guide you through the entire wedding planning process, spanning vendor selection and management, custom timeline creation, execution on wedding day, and more. This package is perfect for professional couples who want to sit back and enjoy the wedding planning process knowing a team of seasoned professionals are handling every detail.

what's included

Expert Logistics

Expert logistics handling everything from vendor meetings, tastings, hotel room blocks, and more. We take a hands-on approach to these details so you don’t have to.

Curated List

A curated list of recommended venues that match your aesthetic and budget, and guidance throughout the whole venue selection experience

Your Vision

Your vision brought to reality as we design an event aesthetic to match your taste and recommend creative vendors like floral designers, lighting experts and more who can bring it to life

Strong Connection

A strong connection with our team via unlimited wedding planning meetings and unlimited emails 

Reassurance

Reassurance that you’re on the right track with an online planning portal that includes a variety of wedding planning documents like a budget tracker, guest list management, planning checklist and more.

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wedding
management

Average Investment: $2,000 – $3,000 

For the busy couple who wants to lead their own wedding planning process, with professionals guiding the way. You’ve already made some key decisions yourselves, but still have a few questions and would benefit from expert advice. Most importantly, you want to find a partner to entrust with wedding day logistics.

Our Wedding Management package is an elevated version of the popular day-of coordination service, as it includes logistics management leading up to your wedding. It’s perfect for overwhelmed couples who want to wake up on wedding day knowing their well-laid plans will be flawlessly executed. 

what's included

Custom Timeline

A custom wedding day timeline so you can savor your best day ever

Expert Logistics

Expert logistics handling everything from ceremony rehearsal to venue walk-throughs and more  

Quality Service

High-quality service via recommendations for wedding vendors we know and trust

Attention to Detail

Attention to detail as we coordinate all vendors on wedding day

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Strong Connection

A strong connection with our team via monthly wedding planning meetings and unlimited emails 

Reassurance

Reassurance that you’re on the right track with an online planning portal that includes a variety of wedding planning documents like a budget tracker, guest list management, planning checklist and more

micro wedding

Custom Price

For couples who want a romantic wedding day on a smaller scale. You know that a small guest count won’t limit the elegance and sophistication of your event, but you also know you’re going to need expert help bringing your intimate celebration to life. 

Our Micro Wedding Planning package is completely customized to each couple. Whether you want full-service help planning a grand wedding for 50 or expert guidance on creating an elegant elopement for two, our team is happy to assist with as much or as little as you need. Regardless of your event size, working with Elegant and Sophisticated Affairs always includes unlimited email communication, attendance at important vendor meetings, and personalized recommendations starting the moment you book with us.

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I chose to work with Christena because she had worked with other couples with diverse backgrounds. She was able to bring in touches that celebrate both the American side and the Korean side of our cultures so that both were honored in their own special way. Christena was very thoughtful in that way.

- Jenny

meet the
storyteller

I’m Christena, and I’m a storyteller at heart.

And events? They’re the physical representation of a story — kind of like a photo album, but living, breathing, loud, sweet-smelling, and delicious. Your wedding is a chance to tell your love story, live and in living color with an audience of the most special VIPs in your life. The most important thing I can do as a wedding planner is to get to know you, because that’s the only way I can plan an elegant event that truly feels like you. So, I’m all ears — tell me your love story.

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process

Step One: Consultation

You’ve reached out to us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Our team will get to know you before designing a proposal specific to your needs. Once you sign a contract and pay a deposit, we’ll begin planning!

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process

Step Two: Planning + Design

Time to plan! Let’s start with booking major vendors and refining your aesthetic vision for your day. Our team will be involved at varying levels depending on which package you choose, but regardless, you’ll always have email access to us no matter what. 

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Step Three: Confirmation

About two months before the wedding, we’ll start confirming vendors and begin creating day-of timelines, floorplans, and more. Having a rehearsal? We’ll be there, too

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Step Four: Wedding

Congratulations! It’s wedding day! We’ll be the first ones at your venue setting up, and in charge of the clean-up crew. Our goal is to make this day totally stress-free for you — don't’ worry about a thing! 

Ready to Say I Do?

You’ve found the perfect partner… have you found the perfect wedding planning team, too? We hope so! Let’s set up a quick phone call to make sure. 

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