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Meet Christine — your Wedding Planner

How did you become a wedding planner?
About eight years ago, a friend asked me if I could help her plan her wedding, and I instantly fell in love with the world of weddings. So, I just kept doing it, for friends, then friends of friends. I finally decided to go full time and started Ribbon & Tie in 2004. Today, I'm looking back on more than 120 beautiful weddings I was allowed to be a part of.
I feel very fortunate to get paid for doing what I love.

Christine Koenig is the founder of Ribbon & Tie. She speaks English, German and French, and works with assistants who speak English, Chinese and Spanish. Christine is a member of BAWN (the Bay Area Wedding Network) and a preferred wedding planner of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society and other venues around the Bay Area.

What did you do before you started Ribbon & Tie?
Before I moved to San Francisco, I worked as an interior designer in Germany. Creating the perfect setting for a wedding - both visually and acoustically - is still the favorite part of my job. In 2001, I started working for a company in Mill Valley, where my main focus was advertising and marketing planning.
Both jobs were great experiences and I used them to establish a company of my own.

What do you see as the biggest value in having a wedding planner?
A good planner saves her clients time and money. When you think about all the time it takes to screen vendors to find the ones you like... It took me years to establish a network of wedding professionals that I love and trust. I value creativity and enthusiasm in the people I work with. That doesn't come at a bargain, but I like the challenge of getting my clients what they want at a price that makes sense. My clients' budgets have a wide range. But no matter how large your budget is, you'll find yourself tempted to overspend it. It is part of my job to help my brides and grooms find out what their preferences and priorities are, and then we focus on that.

How would you describe your own style?
I like elegant, simple designs, clear lines and no pretense. In this sense, you can probably call it a Euopean style. As a wedding planner, I try to capture the spirit and the style of the couple I work for and design a setting which not only tells the story of who they are, but also creates an atmosphere which everyone at the wedding enjoys.

Are you a perfectionist?
My clients call me a perfectionist, because I don't rest until every detail is defined and taken care of. I strive for excellence. That's true. I don't like cookie cutter weddings and I don't want guests to feel like they are just the audience to a theatre play. That's why I plan for spontaneity. I believe that the better a wedding is planned, the more room there is for unexpected things to happen without throwing off the big plan.
Life is spontaneous and I like to plan weddings that are lively and memorable.

Why did you choose two swans as your mascot?
Swans are partners for a lifetime, which is what I wish for all my couples. They also look very graceful and elegant when they glide over the water. But what seems so effortless to the observer, requires a lot of legwork under the surface — an excellent image for a wedding. As the wedding planner, of course, I represent the legs of these happy creatures.

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