Alternative Wedding Planner and Secular Officiant for Independent, Feminist, & LGBTQ+ People

Seattle, Portland, St. Louis, and travel anywhere! (After COVID.)

Alternative Wedding Planner for independent, feminist, & LGBTQ+ people
Sarah & Matt's Chicago Wedding at Salvage One © Jeremy Lawson Photography

So you've found your person and you got engaged and everything is amazing!

Except that now you have to actually plan a wedding.

Tell me if this is you:

  • You started planning on your own because how hard could it be?
  • You’ve lost countless hours scouring the internet trying to figure out how this whole wedding planning thing works.
  • You’ve tried to narrow a vision down on Pinterest, but there were eleventy-million good ideas so now you have 7 different perfect weddings planned – but you’re not sure any of them are actually what you and your partner want.
  • You’ve turned to the blogs for inspiration, only to find a sea of cookie-cutter weddings, a bride-centric narrative, and not a single couple who looks like the two of you.
  • Unsolicited opinions are flying at you from all directions, and people keep saying things like “You have to _______” and “But that’s the way weddings are done!”

In short, you've discovered the complete fuckery that is wedding planning and eloping is starting to look really damn good.

Do you want a photo of all the guests at your small wedding like this one? I'll be there to wrangle people into position for your photographer.
Kris & Stacy's Pinwheel-Themed Wedding © Cristina G Photography

News Flash: You Need A Wedding Planner!

(And you need it to be someone who just gets you.)

Someone who won’t shove you into a wedding-industry-shaped box. Someone who thinks your quirky couple things are rad and who celebrates your love equally and who will question the patriarchy along the way with you.

Oh yeah, and someone who maybe has done this a few times before.

Take a deep breath and let me handle this. It's what I do - and I'm really good at it.

Together, we can plan the YOU-est wedding there ever could be – and we’ll probably even have fun doing it.

Hi, I’m Cindy, your queer feminist wedding planner and secular wedding officiant. I help independent, feminist, and LGBTQ+ couples like you plan meaningful weddings without all of the stress! 

I’m based in Seattle (my new town), Portland (my favorite place to visit), and St. Louis (my hometown) – but I love to travel so much that it’s included for the entire continental US in all of my wedding coordination packages!

I offer a wide range of services from full-service, start-to-finish wedding planning and design to my signature wedding management (a.k.a. “day-of-coordination”) package to wedding planning subscriptions for DIY-ers, plus a la carte options you can mix and match to build a package that works for you. 

If you want to plan with me, I’ve got something that will fit your needs and your budget. Plus, with modern technology (and COVID, ugh), I’m a mostly virtual wedding planner – so we can work together no matter where you or your wedding are located.

This year, I’ve added one more thing: officiating! I am so jazzed about writing custom ceremonies that incorporate your personalities and your values, without all the religious, patriarchal bullshit. And of course, they’re super inclusive to my LGBTQ+ community, too. 

Enough about me, though – let’s talk about YOU!

Cindy Savage Aisle Less Traveled Wedding Planner. Photo by Pinxit Photo.

Let's start exactly where you are. Which one of these is how you feel right now?

We just wanna be engaged and live our lives and for someone else to handle all this wedding planning bullshit for us.
You got it! Take a look at...
We need to research all of the planning options and pricing in order to figure out what might be best for us.
Then You should Check out...
We need a wedding officiant who will leave the god stuff out of it and put a whole lot of US into it instead.
Sweet! Learn more about...
Wedding vendor who came here for LGBTQ+ inclusivity training? Click here.

Here are some of my favorite happy couples! Find out what they have to say about working with me here. ​

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We have that in weddings, too. There’s an impossible standard here, but what it boils down to is this:

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