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Alena Swanson LLC

Elite and Full Service Planning
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-252-7689
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5.0
66 Reviews

Alena Swanson LLC is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based wedding planner who brings couples' ideal wedding to life. Wedding planner and coordinator Alena Swanson works behind the scenes organizing every little detail on all aspects of the wedding. Her calm and confident approach takes the stress away from couples. Alena specializes in creating classy weddings. Having planned more than 200 weddings, she works with couples throughout the southwest and the Rocky Mountains. Services Offered Alena Swanson enjoys traveling with couples across the United States for destination weddings. She plans and coordinates for various wedding types such as civil, cultural, elopements, military, non-religious, and religious. Alena offers the following services:

Budget analysis Day-of-coordination Event design Full planning Partial planning Referrals Timelines To-do lists
Julie
5/20/18
Categories: Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I can't speak highly enough of Alena and how invaluable her help was. I wanted to hire a coordinator for the day of the wedding to run everything. At first my husband (then fiancée) thought hiring a wedding planner was unnecessary and he was skeptical. I, however, insisted because I was planning most of the wedding myself and I knew I wanted someone to take over so I could enjoy my wedding. Alena was so helpful from the first time I met with her. Throughout the planning process, as questions came up, she was very responsive and full of advice. On the day of the wedding, we didn't have to worry about anything. Alena took over and made sure everything got done and ran smoothly. After our wedding, my once skeptical husband said he was really glad we hired Alena and he realized just how much she had done. Our wedding day was perfect and Alena was a huge part of things running smoothly and my husband and I not being stressed at all.
Alena Swanson LLC responded with the following comments:
Julie, I'm so glad your wedding day went so smoothly, and I'm so glad to hear your hubby came around and thinks so too! (lol) Thank you so much for the kind review!! -Alena
Lauren
5/5/18
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
If you just got engaged call Alena!!! Don’t hesitate!! She is Amazing!! The best money we could have spent! From the beginning, her expertise helped us pick the perfect florist, DJ, makeup, officiant, and caterer. Her suggestions and insight were exactly what we needed so that we could have the perfect day. She kept us on track on time and CALM throughout the whole process. Which is a feat in and of itself. We had to get a new photographer 6 weeks before the wedding. I called her and within the hour she had three photographers in our budget, who were even better then our original person. The day of the wedding she was able to perfectly navigate stressful family dynamics, execute my dream wedding reception, and handle any issues. I was blissfully unaware of the issues that were being handled in the background (frozen flowers, cake that wasn’t perfect, food taking a bit longer than expected) she handled everything and made the day run smoothly and flawlessly. And I mean this truly, the wedding I dreamed up as a little girl actually happened, everything was PERFECT! There is a reason she’s the best. If all that wasn’t enough she is truly one of the best people I have ever met. Alena is thoughtful kind and caring. She took the time to actually get to know us and our story. We are so incredibly thankful and blessed to have found her.
Alena Swanson LLC responded with the following comments:
Lauren, It was such a joy to work with you and I am truly honored and blessed to now be your friend, and not only your wedding planner. It is incredible to hear how much of an impact I made on your day. I so often just "do what I do" and don't ever recognize it's value. I'm so thrilled I could make your dream wedding day possible. -Alena
Nancy
3/10/18
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Alena is the first call you should make after your engagement. Stop. Now, book her! She was incredibly professional and helped the entire process run so smoothly. We had family members get ill and some pass away during the engagement. Alena was there to help us keep on track and keep things moving along while we had family trauma. She is absolutely worth the money. As the mother of the bride, I would not hesitate to book her again. She is the reason our day ran so smooth and I (and the bride) was able to enjoy the wedding day so much. She has a great rapport with several vendors so that made working with them all the easier. She is fabulous!!
Megan
8/5/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I was amazed by the work and out come of my wedding. Alena was on point and helped me make sure my day was smooth even with a diverse and split family dynamics. I did not want religious ceremony but still wanted it to be special, she gave me a wonderful wedding blessing for our parents to read after our vows, gave a template so we could make our own ceremony .
Liz
7/1/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Where do I even start? Alena is without a doubt the best money I could have ever spent. Without her I would have probably not had a wedding. She was there for us through so many obstacles and always had a great solution and way out. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. She gave up her birthday weekend to run my wedding day. Not only is she great at what she does, she is an incredible human being. So thoughtful and caring. She truly wants you to be as happy as possible on your big day. All the little extras she sends you along the way are so cute and helpful when planning out details as well. I can't say enough good things about her. When we had our venue screw us over 5 months before the wedding date - making us change venues completely - she handled it. She made what could have been a crappy situation into something fantastic. And honestly better than I could have ever imagined. I don't know what I would have done without her. Thanks Alena, you're so valuable to this community. Andrew and I can't tell you enough how grateful we are for you and all you did. HIRE ALENA, YOU WON'T REGRET IT I SWEAR.
Alena Swanson LLC responded with the following comments:
Liz, you could make me cry! I adore you and Andrew and loved working with you!! Thank you so much for this sincere review! It's so true that there were a lot of bumps along the way, and I know that everything happens for a reason and God led us towards creating your dream day. It was perfect! Congratulations!!!!! <3 -Alena
alexandra
5/27/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Alena was hands down the absolute best! The best money we spent was spent on Alena. We planned our wedding from another state and she was there every step of the way. Alena had never ending advice and tips and was always willing to offer her opinion. On the day of the wedding I was not worried at all because I knew Alena had covered all the bases; She kept me informed throughout the day and made sure everything that happened happened correctly, on time, and the way we wanted it to. An issue arose at dinner during the event and Alena helped take care of it so we, as bride and groom, didn't have to get involved. Now, just because you have a venue coordinator does not dismiss the fact that you need Alena. Alena makes the show run. Alena is the reason why my wedding was so perfect.
Alena Swanson LLC responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for your kind words Alex! I was so honored to be part of your day and I'm thrilled everything was so smooth for you!
Danielle
5/1/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Alena was such a joy to work with! She walked us through every step of the planning process, and I was so impressed with how thoroughly invested she was in every detail. She really took the time to get to know my now-husband and me. She listened to our vision for the event, and she really helped us bring to life our ideas. She was great in recommending, and embracing, our choice of vendors. Alena really shines on the wedding day itself. (And you realize how she took the time throughout the planning process to go over all possible questions and concerns.) She steps up in every situation, so that you and your partner can relax and enjoy the day. Our family and friends could not stop complimenting us on the event! Everything turned out beautifully, and I couldn't be happier that our friends recommended her to us! Thank you so much Alena!
Alena Swanson LLC responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Danielle! I'm so glad your day turned out exactly as you envisioned! :) It was such a pleasure to work with you!
kara
12/17/16
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My fiancé and I are from NYC but decided to get married in Santa Fe, NM and throw a three day event. We knew we would need someone on the ground helping us create the perfect weekend of events. We could truly not have planned this weekend without her. Both me and my fiancé are SUPER high maintenance and extremely particular about how things look and feel. Alena spent an entire weekend with us going over everything from napkins to event spaces and by the end of the first day, she totally understood our vision and could tell right away if we would like something or not. She truly listens and has a rare ability to understand and execute on peoples visions. Alena is fantastic, but her team also makes her the full package. Not knowing anyone in the area, we have trusted Alena with all of her vendor recommendations and have not been disappointed yet! Her makeup artist is AMAZING, her photographer take pictures that are so beautiful it makes you cry, and we have high hopes for our DJ who is going to make sure we dance all night long. UPDATE to come, BUT we couldn’t wait to review this wonderful and extremely talented professional.
Roxanne
11/5/16
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I honestly could not imagine a better wedding planner. Alena was professional and so knowledgeable, she went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. She knows great vendors, is always responsive, and was absolutely magical when it came to anticipating problems before they happened and running the day of the wedding perfectly. We couldn't recommend her more highly!
Alena Swanson LLC responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much, Roxanne! I absolutely loved your wedding. Thank you for letting me be part of your day!
Katie
10/29/16
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Alena was my LIFE SAVOR!!! Not only did she completely understand my vision, but she also saved my life by not letting me waste time over things that just wouldn't work, due to her years of experience as a wedding planner. She knew what I wanted and would give suggestions that would blow my mind away! She was so organized and I don't think we would have had a functional wedding AT ALL if it weren't for Alena. I always enjoyed meeting her for coffee or walk throughs just because she brightened my day. I could not have had anyone better help me with all of the wedding planning/coordiation. Alena is so down to earth and cares about every person she comes in contact with. Thank you so much, Alena!!
Karina
10/9/16
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Alena made sure everything went smoothly so I could enjoy my special day without worrying about anything!!! She really is the best and I would highly recommend her!
Teresa
10/7/16
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Don't think twice about it - Alena was worth every penny! She kept me calm and organized during the planning process, and the most useful thing for me personally was that she brought up details that I hadn't even thought of. I was a very hands-on and OCD bride, but as my dad always says - "you don't know what you don't know." As much research as I did, there were many details I hadn't thought of and didn't come up in the various checklists I found online. Day of - Alena was incredible. I didn't worry about a single thing, and I was able to truly enjoy the big day. If anything came up, I didn't know (as it should be). With all of the planning before hand, and then putting out any fires that came up on the day of, everything was perfect for us!
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What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
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