Vendor Spotlight: Andrea Leslie

Andrea Leslie is a local wedding planner we have worked closely with on several weddings. She is always such a pleasure to work with being a wonderful coordinator. Not to mention an all around kind ] person (she even brings snacks for our artists on the day of the wedding). Here are some interesting facts she shared in a recent chat we had. Read the interview below.

1) What inspired you to get into the wedding/coordinating industry? 
-Being from the Northwest, it would only be natural that my love for weddings started there. When I was about 7 years old and on vacation at the Coeur d’Alene Resort with my family, I saw a bride float through the lobby. Her fingers interlocked with her new husband’s and her train in the hand of a woman that could not look more overjoyed to helping this beautiful woman on her big day. It may sound crazy, but it was in that moment that I fell in love with weddings. I am very fortunate that my dream job is what I believe I was meant to do.

2) What makes your service unique?
What makes my service unique is the personal care and attention that I provide each couple. I personally have a role in each wedding and communicate with every client throughout the planning whether they have hired my team for "month of " coordination or full service planning.

3) What other events do you host?
-Although weddings are where I focus most of my energy and effort, I also help with rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers and private parties. 

4) Tell us about your team? 
-I am blessed with an amazing team of women. Although I personally plan/coordinate all our events, I could not do it without my team. Devon is my primary assistant and has been with ALWE for a year and half. My other assistants are involved on an as needed basis and are equally as important and appreciated.

5) What do you love about planning arizona weddings?
-I love the variety and all the possibilities! The muted palette of the desert landscape provides such a beautiful setting for events. However, if you are looking for a lush green ceremony or want to host your event in a more modern location, there are plenty of options available.  

6) What are some upcoming bridal/wedding trends for fall/winter?
-There are a couple trends that I think we will see a lot of for fall. First, rich color palettes. I have a lot of couples incorporating rich reds, purples and metallics in their weddings. Second, non traditional attire. We are seeing brides in jumpsuits and two piece dresses, as well as embracing colored options. We are seeing grooms embracing colored tuxedos and patterns in their vests and ties. 

7) How long have you been in the industry and how has it changed since you started? 
-I have been in the industry for six and half years. When I first started I was fortunate to work at a venue and saw many people that wanted a "cookie cutter" package. Since then, I have seen a big change in this. Couples are very interested in hiring people for exactly what they need and making their wedding unique to them. I love the creativity and variety that goes into each event. 

8) The best advice you would give to future brides?
-Hire a planner to help you with selecting the best vendor team to bring your wedding day together. Having a professional and reliable team of vendors to execute your vision makes a big difference. I also encourage couples to hire vendors that they are excited to see on their wedding day, especially when it comes to their photographer, planner and videographer. These are people that will be around them for the majority of the day, and it really helps when there is a comfort level and trust with those professionals.