We always pride ourselves on an absolute commitment to giving our brides the best day through our wedding dresses, so finding a wedding dress service such as A Monique Affair is really quite a privilege. Guiding bride and grooms through their dream day out of the San Francisco Easy Bay area, A Monique Affair is a full service special event and wedding planning company who’s worked with venues such as The Elegant Claremont Hotel, The Oakhurst Country Club, and The Beautiful Went’ Vineyards. Chanda Eddens, executive designer and owner, is constantly looking to improve the services, with the intent to receive a Master Bridal Consultant of the Association of Bridal Consultants as well as a BA in Hospitality Management. A Monique Affair graced us with a full interview on their services, which you can read below. You can find out more about their unparalleled wedding planning services at their website, as well as her wedding planing blog. Find A Monique Designs on Facebook and Twitter as well!
1. What’s your favorite part about a wedding?
My absolute favorite part of the wedding is when I make that final connection with the bride before she walks down the aisle; that exact moment is so tender, especially because you can see how nervous she really is. No matter how strong a bride is during the planning process, the moment before she heads down the aisle, my words are calming and I love the feeling of assisting her in that moment. My next favorite part is definitely when the couple enters the reception room for the very first time, it’s simply amazing!
2. Do you ever help a bride choose the accessories for her wedding dress? If so how?
Part of my job is advising my brides on what dresses look good on their body type. I also search for and track down accessory ideas I might come across. I’m also open to fulfilling special requests. I once had a bride who really wanted a red dress and we actually found one within 48 hours. There’s usually no mission that’s too impossible. It was amazing and she loved it.
3. What is your favorite wedding dress trend that you see many brides wearing?
I usually try to steer the brides I work with away from selecting styles that are too “trendy” or dated. I personally like the touch a classic gown brings not only to the wedding, but also to the photographs. Classic gowns make any woman feel sexy, classy, and feminine, in which ever way each bride defines that for herself.
4. How do you help brides accomplish affordable weddings?
When planning a wedding the biggest concern is always the budget. I usually meet with my clients to discuss a solid monetary plan and we look at the realistic cost of everything up front. After we’ve established a limit, I have my brides rank the elements that are most important to them and we focus on those things. This is a great way for me to know what I should account for the most when working with the budget.
5. Are there any important things you think brides need to know about your services?
My main piece of advice to a bride would be not skimp on her event planning services. Having the proper coordination on the day of is important. We are living in a time when budgets are a main concern and brides are cutting corners, but they shouldn’t cut corners on the important things like a coordinator. Especially because a coordinator is there to relieve the bride of stress overload that usually occurs on the day of the wedding. I encourage the bride to share the load and/or pass it off to A Monique Affair. It’s good for the bride to stay relaxed and to allow us at that point to work our magic and ensure everything runs flawlessly.
6. How do you stand out from other wedding planners?
A Monique Affair stands out from other planners because our services are unique and specialized. You get top of the line coordination services, but you also get so much more. Our blog offers great bridal tips and décor ideas. We support the LGBT community and dedicate a feature in our blog just to LGBT weddings & engagement. We have also added a small catalog of vintage rental items that brides can rent on their own or decide to use with our service. Mostly, I think it’s our extra special care of clients that sets us apart. We pay close attention to all the small details, leaving no room for the bride to stress. We take special care to deliver a good experience on all levels, from treating the vendors well, caring for the client and taking into account all their guests. We help deliver that dream wedding.