AAB Creates155 Water St., at Pearl St., Dumbo; 212-334-0005; aabcreates.com
Specializing in raw-space design, Xochitl Gonzalez and Mayra Castillo are brimming with ideas for personalized weddings—from intimate affairs at Ram-scale studio to bona fide blowouts on Ellis Island. Prices start at $20,000 (for design services only); day-of planning is offered through their spinoff company, Just About Married.
Alimay Events251 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 12th fl.; 212-796-1935; alimayevents.com
This boutique firm founded by two former magazine vets is built on innovative ideas, with a thoughtful commitment to clients. Specializing in New York City, Hamptons, and destination events, they offer full-service and partial-planning options. Prices upon request.
Amy Katz Events1365 York Ave., nr. 72nd St., Ste. 19E; 212-535-8859; amykatzevents.com
Amy Katz works closely with couples to translate their vision into a sophisticated event, whether the wedding has 50 guests or 600. Katz focuses on fulfilling her clients’ wishes, such as a recent wedding where she engineered the desired outdoor ceremony just before a downpour. Full-service planning to day-of coordination available. Prices upon request.
Andrea Freeman Events39 W. 14th St. nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 405; 646-675-1664; andreafreemanevents.com
Andrea Freeman has planned nuptials for celebrities like Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder, and limits her workload to ten clients a year so couples receive her full attention and care. She’s organized weddings all around the world, but specializes in New York venues. Prices provided upon request.
Ang Weddings and Events646-481-8078; angweddingsandevents.com
Detail-obsessed Tzo Ai Ang makes herself available practically around the clock. She likes working with cross-cultural couples and often draws from her experience living on three continents. Initial consultations are complimentary. Month-of coordination starts at $6,000. Full packages from $15,500.
April Chantel Wedding & Event Company1440 Broadway, nr. 41st St., 23rd fl.; 646-820-6187; aprilchantel.com
This event planner’s love of a good party started with her grandfather’s boisterous jazz performances. Today, Chantel applies her fun-loving touch to affairs in New York City and abroad. Full-service planning and month-of coordination are available.
Ashley Douglas Events16 W. 23rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fourth fl.; 917-748-6281; ashleydouglassevents.com
This “one wedding at a time” firm pays meticulous attention to detail, whether it’s planning an understated affair in Connecticut or a waterfront bash in the Hamptons. Full and partial planning available. Prices upon request.
À Votre Service Events800-757-0549; avsevent.com
Owner and lead designer Marie Danielle Vil-Young incorporates opulent details into her events—think rich fabrics like velvet and silk, and lots of greenery. Hands-on couples will appreciate her large selection of samples available at the company’s Manhattan studio. Full- and partial-service planning and day-of coordination available. Prices upon request.bardinpalomo.com
This 23-year-old events company creates complete interiors for all kinds of parties. The team will make sure that every element works together, from floral arrangements and linens to props and lighting. Prices upon request. By appointment only.
Baton777 West End Ave., nr. 98th St., third fl.; 917-797-0930; batonnyc.com
As the former director of special events at the New Museum, Angie Nevarez has produced hundreds of parties and has the inside scoop on nearly every venue and vendor in the tristate area. She’s great with details such as creating menus that feature a couple’s favorite childhood dishes. Day-of services and destination planning also available. From $4,500.
Bespoke Moments929-274-0037; bespokemoments.nyc
After a decade of planning weddings in Pennsylvania, Amanda Savory moved to New York in 2013 and has already made her mark by co-designing Zosia Mamet’s moody celebration. She’s particularly adept at rustic or outdoorsy events and knows how to make a barn look chic and elegant. Customized services are available. Prices upon request.
Brilliant Event Planning419 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St.; 347-201-2496; brillianteventplanning.com
Sarah Pease and Sarah Glick design each event with the couple’s love story in mind, and they also specialize in Caribbean and Mexican destination weddings. Prices upon request.
Busy Bride Planning + Consulting646-941-0349; busybride.com
A good planner pays attention to detail, but Jackie Travers’s meticulous focus doesn’t end when couples drive off into the sunset. In addition to full- and partial-service planning, she helps newlyweds navigate the busy days and weeks after the ceremony; including gown cleaning, rental returns, and even legal-name changing. Prices start at $3,000.
ByAmanda Event Studio917-560-1316; byamandaevents.com
As the former event director at Housing Works, Amanda O’Callaghan has worked over 500 weddings and is particularly familiar with Brooklyn venues. Multiple packages are available, with a minimum contract of $1,500.
Carmona Design + Events212-414-8400; carmonadesign.com
Event designers Mary Krueger and Andrés Saavedra specialize in dramatic events, and they do it all—from décor to sound. For one wedding, the duo transformed a knoll on an English estate into a maze: The band was surrounded by an 18-foot-tall trelliage complete with boxwood hedges for walls. Prices upon request. By appointment only.
Chandelier Events401 Park Avenue S., nr. 28th St., tenth fl.; 646-415-8675; chandeliereventsny.com
Whether planning live weddings on the Today show and The View or writing columns about wedding trends, planner Amy Shey Jacobs still manages to keep track of every detail. She can also help create superpersonal details, such as having oyster shuckers on hand during cocktail hour or planning a flash mob gospel recessional.
Choice Productions212-265-5012; choiceproductionsnyc.com/choiceweddings
This company does almost everything in-house—staffing, catering, and entertainment. For one wedding, the silverware and seating were intentionally mismatched to capture the home-style feel the bride requested. Prices upon request.
Classic Events917-363-2208; classiceventsnyc.com
Owner Danielle Elder specializes in events that are elegant and timeless. For a recent wedding, she pulled off a rare private takeover of Ellis Island. Prices upon request.
Colin Cowie Celebrations256 W. 36th St., nr. Eighth Ave., fourth fl.; 212-396-9007; colincowiewedding.com
Those who want to go big hire this wedding guru, who has written nine books on wedding design and entertaining. Cowie has also thrown lavish blowouts for celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey. Expect detail-oriented elegance and some over-the-top flourishes. Prices upon request.
CS Events400 Chambers St., nr. Warren St., Ste. PHE; 917-941-3700; cseventsnyc.com
Lead producer Toby Ellen Sarna is as adept at organizing large weddings as she is producing intimate affairs. She once had it snow indoors at midnight to close a winter-wonderland wedding. Most of her weddings are in the tristate area, but she does destination affairs too. From $18,000; day-of consulting from $4,500.
Curtain Up Events, Inc.212-781-6390; curtainupevents.com
Owner Danielle Bobish draws on her theater background to apply stage elements—wardrobe, lighting, set decoration, and timing—to weddings. She loves to accommodate out-of-the-box requests, such as a groom who was determined to ride a Segway during his traditional Indian wedding procession. Full-service and month-of planning available. Prices upon request.
Daughter of Design244 Fifth Ave., at 28th St., Ste. A202; 646-595-9009; daughterofdesign.com
Helmed by Annie Lee, this boutique firm plans understated, elegant events. Her “Learn to Speak Wedding” flashcards are just one example of the fun, fresh approach that Lee’s team takes to weddings. She offers day-of and full-service planning. Prices upon request.
David Beahm Design529 W. 20th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 11W; 212-279-1344; davidbeahm.com
Beahm’s designs have captured the imagination of American and European high society for more than a decade. He’s best known for planning the nuptials of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, and specializes in destination weddings. Prices upon request.
David Reinhard Events, LLC212-535-1520; davidreinhard.com
For over 15 years, Ann David and Nicky Reinhard have taken a hands-on approach to planning New York City, Hamptons, and destination weddings. To ensure that each client gets their full attention, they limit the number of events they book at any given time. Prices upon request.davidstarkdesign.com
This studio approaches event design as if it were a gallery installation, covering an entire wall with candles or creating chandeliers out of paint chips. Stark personally handles all aesthetic elements, including furniture, lighting, and printed materials. Prices upon request.
Diana Gould, Ltd.146 E. 37th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-629-6993; dianagouldltd.com
This event team prides itself on the ability to coordinate all aspects of design in one appointment, from flowers to linens to lighting. They keep a 30,000-square-foot warehouse of props like chandeliers and furniture, and maintain an in-house graphics team for logos and other visuals.
DM Events1 N. 4th Place, nr. Kent Ave., Ste. 25M, Williamsburg; 646-530-3440; dmeventsny.com
DM Events offers services in event planning, bespoke design, florals, and custom fabrication and installations. Based in New York, the company produces fêtes across the metropolitan area, the Hudson Valley, and destinations across the globe. Planning packages start at $7,500, and design packages start at $3,000. Florals and custom installations priced upon request.
Dulce Dreams Events917-426-4063; dulcedreamsevents.com
A previous life as a singer and dancer taught Ashley Espinal all about production design and showing people a good time. She’s been planning weddings in New York for over four years now, and her taste level ensures that themes (like “nautical”) are delivered with elegance (like a cloudy-gray palette). A month of coordination starts at $3,200. Full-service-planning price upon request.
Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli212-704-0048; elegantoccasionsbyjoanngregoli.com
This company specializes in planning for weddings in New York and far-flung destinations such as Italy and the Caribbean. Owner JoAnn Gregoli brings a couture-design sensibility that extends far beyond flowers. Expect spaces to be transformed by strategic draping and dramatic lighting. Prices upon request.
Erganic Design & Living208 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Studio 609; 212-206-1503; erganicdesign.com
A team of Ivy League–trained architects and designers constitutes this full-service planning crew, whose head coordinator, Sojourner Auguste, is known for providing a plethora of renderings and design sketches. The in-house graphics team can also custom-design invitations. Full-planning and design packages start at $20,000; partial-planning packages at $12,000.
Events By Melissa McNeeleymelissamcneeley.com
McNeeley, who planned Steve Martin’s wedding to Anne Stringfield, draws on over 20 years of experience to navigate the planning process in a way that merges cohesive design with customized details. For one recent morning wedding, guests were greeted pre-ceremony with espressos and mini baked goods, and the bride walked down the aisle with a red balloon in lieu of a bouquet. Full-service planning and day-of coordination are available. Prices upon request.
Ever Swoon917-622-1267; everswoon.com
A boutique wedding-planning-and-styling company, Ever Swoon offers custom packages fashioned to tell your love story. Owner Tamra Sanford and her team’s recipe for a perfect wedding is to keep the guests excited, engaged, and dancing till dawn. Month-of coordination from $5,000. Full-service planning upon request.
Fallon Carter Weddings347-260-5654; falloncarterweddings.com
Carter favors a classic aesthetic—think pastels and a big white gown—and works with couples throughout the planning process. Price upon request. (good value)
5th Avenue Weddings & Events41 Union Sq. W., at 17th St., Ste. 1427; 646-543-2110; 5thavenueweddings.com
Meena Lee-DePasquale and her team have more than 20 years of event-planning experience, handling almost everything in-house from coordination to floral design to lighting. While they will happily arrange your local celebrations, 5th Avenue specializes in European destination weddings, helping couples plan and pull off the perfect ceremonies in France or Italy. Full-service and individual design packages available. Prices by request.
Firefly Events195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 809C; 917-921-6052; firefly-events.com
Firefly’s talented planners and designers combine bohemian style with a simple, modern sensibility. They specialize in full-service planning and design and will travel almost anywhere to work with clients. Prices upon request.
Floralia Decorators301 Park Ave., nr. 49th St.; 212-759-6910; floraliadecorators.com
Owner Peter Grontas and creative director Marc Eliot have been the collaborative team behind Floralia for more than two decades, and together they’ve built a reputation on designing high-end events. For one recent wedding at the Plaza Hotel, Floralia transformed the reception into a “pink and frothy” wonderland with blooming cherry blossoms, orchids, and rose-colored lighting for 250 guests. Prices upon request.
Francesca Events, Inc.345 E. 94th St., nr. First Ave., Ste. 15G; 646-227-9474; francescaevents.com
Owner Francesca Abbracciamento focuses on logistics and production but also has extensive contacts in the New York culinary scene. She has planned many destination weddings in locales such as Colorado, Mexico, Ireland, and Italy. Prices upon request.
Frank Alexander NYC741 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. D 212-677-5176; frankalexandernyc.com
Alexander and his team excel at transforming spaces, from creating Marrakech tents in the Hamptons to arranging explosions of azalea branches in a ballroom. Services include customizing furniture, flowers, and even the textures of the fabrics. Prices upon request. By appointment only.
Gourmet Advisory Services212-535-0005; gourmetadvisory.com
With more than 30 years of experience, Harriette Rose Katz has built her reputation as an event designer and food-and-wine expert. Her full-time staff of ten will plan and execute all stages of your event. Prices from $25,000.
Hampton Event Management International74A Montauk Highway, Amagansett 631-267-6400; hamptonevent.com
John “JK” Kowalenko has over 40 years of experience planning events on Long Island for heavy-hitters like Joe Biden, Tommy Hilfiger, and the Clinton Global Initiative. His team can assist from conception to rentals, and from site selection to local permits.
In Any Event212-472-7751; inanyeventny.com
Planner Leslie Price knows how to make weddings reflect couples’ personalities. The company specializes in 11th-hour planning and recently made Harper’s Bazaar’s list of top U.S. wedding planners. By appointment only. Prices upon request.
James Abel Events917-399-4552; jamesabelevents.com
Abel’s boutique company is a one-stop shop for handcrafted invitations, flowers, music, menus, and beyond. He works closely with couples to help them throw the best party for their budget, whether it’s an outdoor event with a sunken dance floor or a grand affair at the Essex House. By appointment only. Prices upon request.
jesGORDON/properFUN306 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. M251; 212-229-2165; jesgordon.com
This firm can nail boho chic, opulent elegance, or anything in between, and every event is customized to the last detail. Prices upon request.
Jessica Jordan Events917-388-3375; jessicajordanevents.com
After 14 years of planning events for some of the top luxury hotels in the country, Jordan struck out on her own; she now boasts a strong roster of local vendors. Full and partial services are available, with prices on request.
Jill Gordon Celebrate631-324-2422; jillgordoncelebrate.com
This boutique firm specializes in Hamptons weddings and plans your event’s every element—from the music and food to the tents, lighting, and décor. Gordon’s team prides itself on knowing the area’s best vineyards, beaches, and farms. Prices upon request.
José Rolón Events66 Water St., nr. Main St., Dumbo; 917-514-4016; joserolonevents.com
Before starting his own company, Rolón planned lavish weddings at the Foundry. Today, he helps couples pull off their dream events, minimizing stress by keeping easy-to-forget details on hand, such as shaving kits for grooms. Prices upon request.
Jove Meyer Events949-412-4850; jovemeyerevents.com
Jove Meyer Events brings a laid-back, fresh approach to wedding planning. Brooklyn-based Meyer crafts events that reflect his clients’ personalities and styles, guiding couples through the process for a stress-free, enjoyable experience.
JZ Events212-362-4755; jzevents.com
A graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Jennifer Zabinski creates high-end weddings with creative touches, such as bringing in a watercolorist to paint scenes from a reception. Vendors are selected for the needs of each event, from intimate gatherings to celebrations for 500 people. Prices upon request.
Karen Bussen267 Fifth Ave., at 29th St., Ste. 910.; 646-781-9330; karenbussen.com
Planning by Bussen transcends mere logistics to include top-notch design and décor. She is the author of the Simple Stunning series, and creates a limited number of one-of-a-kind events each year. Prices upon request.
Kate Edmonds Events212-366-4447; kateedmondsevents.com
After years planning the legendary Saturday Night Live after-parties, Edmonds knows how to throw a fête. She’s coordinated hundreds of weddings, from elegant affairs to funkier themes. Prices upon request.
Kraft Event Management908-221-0448; kraftevents.com
With more than 15 years of experience, Jennifer Kraft specializes in large-scale high-end weddings. Her hands-on expertise pleases even the pickiest of clients. Full-service planning, plus technical and design production, are available. Prices upon request.
Lindsay Landman Events150 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 604; 212-206-0026; lindsaylandmanevents.com
Whether she’s planning a wedding in New York or India, Landman’s full-service approach is that of an interior designer: All elements have to work together, from palette and flowers to throw pillows and ceilings. Design services from $15,000; design and planning from $25,000.
Little Miss Party Planner212-433-0672; littlemisspartyplanner.com
Seri Kertzner, Michelle Bachman, and Abby Copleston specialize in planning and styling all pre- and post-wedding events: the engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and day-after brunch. They take care of every last detail. Prices upon request.
LLG Events195 Montague St., at Cadman Plaza W. Brooklyn Heights; 516-884-7473;llgevents.com
Lauren and Paul Grech are a husband-and-wife event team who are known to pull off the seemingly impossible. They take special care to help couples track budgets and manage payments while still maintaining their aesthetic vision.
Loli Events646-481-2724; lolievents.com
Lauren Sozmen launched this boutique operation after years of planning events for top chefs such as Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud. She can handle a blowout for 500 on a remote Hudson Valley farm, or a small city-park ceremony with a rock-concert reception. She also specializes in Paris destination weddings. Full-service planning starts at $25,000.
Loulie Walker Events20 Park Ave., Bronxville; 914-779-6262; louliewalkerevents.com
When working with Walker, couples are expertly guided through the maze of wedding-related decision-making. She has orchestrated flawless affairs at the Frick Collection and other destinations around the world, and is often sought out for her lavish tented events. Prices upon request.
Lyndsey Hamilton Events212-274-0074; lhevents.com
Throughout the planning process, Hamilton and her partner, Carrie Sartor, remain impressively attentive, staying in close contact from the day they’re booked to the moment the newlyweds depart for their honeymoon. Full and partial packages available, as well as floral- and event-design services. Prices upon request.
Marcy Blum Associates212-929-9814; marcyblum.com
Blum planned Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s nuptials more than 25 years ago, and LeBron James and Savannah Brinson’s wedding in 2013. Her credentials speak for themselves: She’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has published multiple books on wedding planning. Prices upon request.
Matthew David Celebrations237 W. 37th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 13th fl.; 212-804-8045; matthewdavidcelebrations.com
This in-demand designer creates contemporary upscale events that showcase the bride and groom’s individuality. His clients include Robert De Niro, Madonna, and Michael Bloomberg. Prices upon request.
Matthew Robbins Design227 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., ground fl.; 212-253-2737; matthewrobbinsdesign.com
Robbins helps couples with everything from high-concept macro design to the nitty-gritty details. An in-house selection of vintage props and décor came in handy for a wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Prices upon request.
Michelle Edgemont646-553-1594; michelleedgemont.com
This Brooklyn-based designer specializes in modern, quirky décor as well as flowers and styling based on each couple’s personal taste. A full package includes favors, centerpieces, and more. Prices upon request.
Michelle Elaine Weddings917-565-6884; michelle-elaine.com
Back when she worked in the fashion industry, Michelle Fernie would plan weddings gratis into the wee hours while building up her reputation. Fernie launched her own business five years ago, and has since become a certified fitness trainer—so she’s a true one-stop shop for brides. Full-service planning starts at $20,000.michelleragodestinations.com
Rago is known for her destination weddings in locations such as Paris, the Bahamas, and Mexico. She and her staff provide planning and design services and more. Prices upon request.
Mindy Weiss Party Consultants323-375-7763; mindyweiss.com
The well-respected Weiss has been entrusted to organize the nuptials of a few A-listers, including Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Couples can count on her to help them create original details and décor elements for their ceremony and reception. Prices upon request.
Molly Middleton Events, LLC12 E. 97th St., nr. Madison Ave., Ste. 5J; 646-861-0919; mollymiddletonevents.com
Before launching her event-consulting firm, Middleton held planning positions at Christie’s and the American Museum of Natural History. Her fêtes have been as small as a ten-person outdoor ceremony followed by an eight-course tasting dinner, and as large as a 400-guest tented wedding near the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prices upon request.
MWD Lifestyles212-666-2537; weddings.mwdlifestyles.com
With a fine-arts degree in painting and textile design and eight years of experience in the home-furnishings industry, Marc Wilson creates elegant and stylish environments with a modern bent. Event design, full-service wedding planning, and day-of coordination are available. Prices upon request.
Pink Bowtie Events646-283-0422; pinkbowtienyc.com
Whether it’s a small, intimate affair or a big family wedding, Pink Bowtie Events takes what is important to each couple and marries all together seamlessly. From $4,000.
Polka Dot Events646-300-3320; pdotevents.com
Nicknamed the “wedding closer,” Tracey Goldstein takes over last-minute coordination so couples can have peace of mind when celebrating their final pre-wedding month. Though her specialty is month-of coordination ($3,200), full planning is available from $10,000.prestonbailey.com
Bailey supplies the planners and floral designers for couples looking to dazzle their guests. His dramatic events are always memorable and often decadent (picture enchanted gardens and 20-foot-tall floral peacock sculptures). To wit: He designed lavish weddings for both Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka. Prices upon request.
Rafanelli Events5 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave., second fl.; 212-858-9715; rafanellievents.com
Bryan Rafanelli, the man behind Chelsea Clinton’s much-scrutinized 2010 nuptials, is known for his exquisite style and ability to transform a bride’s vision into reality—no matter how fanciful it may be. His full-service event company offers budget planning, day-of coordination, and more. Prices upon request.
Rock Paper Scissors Events212-675-2202; rpscissors.com
Using personally meaningful décor, Ara Farnam and her team create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that’s both approachable and chic. They strategize around the features of the venue and handle all design- related aspects of your event. Partial design services start at $5,000. The company recently opened a San Diego office and specialize in destination weddings in that city.
Principal Molly Hartman can make a raw space feel ultrapersonal with creative installations such as interactive seatingcard displays, and distinctive ceremony altars. Her prop closet includes a wide range of vintage objects, antique furniture, and yards of decorative fabrics and ribbons. Prices upon request.
Shawn Rabideau Events & Design461 W. 49th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-695-7881; shawnrabideau.com
Rabideau planned Bethenny Frankel’s lavish nuptials at the Four Seasons and has earned a reputation for creating immaculate events, whether they’re intimate dinners or large-scale blowouts. Prices upon request.
Sidekick Events, LLC74 Fifth Ave., nr. 13th St., Ste. 10B; 917-226-2609; sidekickevents.com
A seasoned event planner, Ellen Kostman has done all kinds of weddings, from well-appointed garden parties to high-drama black-tie galas at the St. Regis. She has been featured in The Knot and Brides and also offers day-of services. Prices upon request.
Simply Sunshine Events201-855-6089; simplysunshineevents.com
Couples call planner Lindsay Jani a superhero for her unwavering calm and attention to detail, particularly when it comes to researching destination weddings. She provides an array of services, from full-planning packages to à la carte projects to hourly consulting.
6 Degrees of Celebration212-537-9485; 6degreesofcelebration.com
With over 15 years of experience, Joan Glenn specializes in high-end weddings. Her seasoned crew handles every element, including venue selection, stationery, décor, and entertainment. Partial planning and month-of coordination are available. Prices upon request.
Stonekelly Events736 11th Ave., at 52nd St.; 212-245-6611; stonekelly.com
Designers Jennifer Stone and Marco Olmi, pioneers in removing filler from arrangements, pack their vibrant bouquets with local and organic seasonal blooms such as hydrangeas, roses, and berries. They also offer lighting and event design for intimate dinners as well as ballroom-size affairs. Bouquets from $250; centerpieces from $375. Event prices upon request. (ecofriendly)
Susan Holland Events80 DeKalb Ave., nr. Hudson Ave., Ste. 26E, Ft. Greene; 212-807-8892; susanholland.com
Susan Holland’s warm, personal, and always original work reflects a balance of innovation and experience. Her background in the arts, enriched by continuing collaborations with current working artists, defines her unique and venerable product. Prices upon request.
Swank Productions231 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 605; 212-643-3211; swankproductions.com
Inspired by the success of her own reality-show nuptials on the Food Network, Maya Kalman founded this luxury planning-and-design firm, which transforms empty spaces into dramatic wedding experiences. Full-service planning starts at $20,000.
Tara Guérard Soirée307 Seventh Ave., at 28th St., Ste. 2308; 646-329-6258; taraguerardsoiree.com
The Southeast’s leading event designer also has a New York office. Guérard and her team work with couples to develop custom concepts for their weddings, and her company boasts an in-house floral-design team and a custom-invitation company, the Lettered Olive. Prices upon request.
Tinsel & Twine68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Ste. 429, Dumbo; 718-522-2701; tinsel.nyc
Run by three Brooklynites, this boutique event-design company helps couples with everything from color schemes to floral design. À la carte design services and day-of options are available. By appointment only. Prices upon request.
Tracy Taylor Ward Design212-288-8888; tracytaylorward.com
Expect a fun-filled, stress-free planning process when you work with this HGTV personality and design veteran. Her company also has an in-house illustration and graphic-design service, Paper With Benefits, for custom invites. Partial- and full-planning options are available. Prices upon request.
Van Vliet & Trap Event Design158 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-352-3385; vanvlietandtrap.com
As the Met’s in-house event designer, this firm specializes in grand-scale creations befitting the museum’s Great Hall. Remco van Vliet and his brother, Cas Trap, are Dutch florists whose experience manifests itself in a vast range of styles and techniques. Prices upon request.vanwyck.net
Man-about-town Bronson van Wyck honed his party-hosting skills while coordinating receptions for diplomats at the United States Embassy in Paris. He later went into business with his mother and began putting on fêtes for the likes of the Clintons, the Bushes, and Beyoncé. Prices upon request.
Viva Max Weddings646-504-8482; vivamaxweddings.com
Viva Max Kaley, an event-planning vet, customizes wedding packages for big-budget and DIY couples alike, and even offers etiquette advice to members of the wedding party. From $3,500.
The Wedding Sitter212-427-3616; theweddingsitter.com
Since 1999, Kimberly Pilson’s specialty has been day-of coordination. In her capable hands, the bride and groom can actually relax at their wedding, as she oversees everything from setup to cuing the band after speeches. Day-of wedding packages start at $3,000.
Williams-Sossen Events646-515-0164; williams-sossenevents.com
Sherri Williams and Lee Sossen formed this event company in 2004 after their own nuptials. The duo’s passion is customized outdoor weddings, and they handle indoor functions too. They offer full-planning packages. Prices upon request.
Zak Events212-249-4000; zakevents.com
Zak Kunish does it all when it comes to planning, specializing in floral and event design for weddings but also offering lighting and custom furniture design. His lavish floral arrangements include Dutch, South American, and local blooms. Prices upon request.
- 5th Avenue Weddings & Events
New York, NY (By Appointment Only); Tel: 646-543-2110; www.5thAvenueWeddings.com
A luxury full service event planning firm, specializing in Metro NY and European Destination weddings for the savvy couple. With over 18 years of experience, no detail is left to the novice. Prices upon request.
- Amy Katz Events
1365 York Avenue, Suite 19E New York, NY 10021 ; Tel: 212-535-8859 ; www.amykatzevents.com
Amy Katz Events is a wedding & event planning firm, offering customized services. Amy is with you every step of the way to ensure flawless execution on your big day. "I will handle the stress, so you can enjoy the party."
- Andrea Freeman Events
Tel: 646-675-1664; andreafreemanevents.com
With a decade of experience Andrea has planned weddings for celebrities like Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder as well as some of New York City’s most discriminating families. She is highly in demand for her ability to produce events that are unique, elegant and fresh ñ never cookie-cutter. Prices upon request.
- Baton NYC
777 West End Avenue, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10025; Tel: 917-797-0930; www.BATONnyc.com
Angie Nevarez, owner of BATON NYC is an Expert Wedding Planner. Locations include the Central Park Zoo, Tuscany, New Zealand and the Hamptons. Services include Month Of, Partial, Full Service and Destination Planning.
- Busy Bride Planning + Consulting
Tel: 646-941-0349; busybride.com
This boutique planning firm specializes in Manhattan-based weddings that reflect each couple’s unique style and personality. Busy Bride’s talented team guides clients effortlessly through the planning process and makes every step enjoyable and stress-free. Full and partial packages available. Prices upon request.
- byAmanda Event Studio
100 Winthrop Street Brooklyn, NY 11225; Tel: 917-560-1316; www.byamandaevents.com
Meticulous yet laid back, Amanda O’Callaghan is a veteran NYC wedding planner known for adding unique and non-traditional details to her events. Amanda and her team design customized full and partial planning packages for couples in NYC, Hudson Valley, The Adirondacks, Catskills, and the Central NY area. Pricing upon request.
- Christine Paul Events
340 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor New York, NY 10173 ; Tel: 212-220-9433 ; www.christinepaulevents.com
Christine Paul has become one of the most sought after planners in New York City. A stylish wedding planner with inspired ideas and chic personal touches. The preferred choice for brides.
- Classic Events
80 Gold Street, Suite 6E New York, NY 10038 ; Tel: 917-363-2208 ; www.classiceventsnyc.com
Danielle Elder and her award-winning team have been nicknamed "Wedding Whisperers" by former clients. With a personalized approach, this Manhattan native adds her innate sophistication and style to all aspects of the planning process.
- Creative Concepts NYC
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10168 ; Tel: 646-308-1243 ; www.creativeconceptsnyc.com
A boutique custom catering and event company with fare that is hand-made, fresh and approachable. Our unique team knows that events can be stressful — We're here to make them easy, beautiful and delicious.
- Curtain Up Events, Inc.
116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 212-781-6390 ; www.curtainupevents.com
Curtain Up Events produces dramatic events, without all the "drama." From initial concept to execution, CUE works with you to realize your vision, applying design and production techniques adapted from the world of professional theatre.
- Gotham Events NYC
195 N.6th Street #1A Brooklyn, NY 11211 ; Tel: 212-695-6990, 212-643-8718 & 516-746-0003 ; www.gothameventsnyc.com
Gotham Events is a Boutique Entertainment & Event Production company whose motto is to provide clients with extreme professionalism, hands-on customer service, and the utmost attention to detail. Whatever you desire, Gotham Events will create.
- James Abel Events
Tel: 917-399-4552; www.jamesabelevents.com
Boutique event design and production company. With over 20 years of experience, we offer a level of expertise that is unparalleled. Every detail will be handled properly, from event conception to completion allowing you to enjoy the process.
- Kraft Event Management
131 Woods End Drive Basking Ridge, NJ 07920; Tel: 908-221-0448; www.kraftevents.com
With more than 15 years of experience, Jennifer Kraft and her team specialize in organizing large-scale, high-end weddings. Her hands-on expertise, meticulous attention to detail, and well-honed organizational skills please even the pickiest of clients. Full-service planning, destination events, plus technical and design production, are available. Prices upon request.
- LLG Events Inc.
195 Montague Street Brooklyn, New York 11201; Tel: 516-884-7473; www.LLGEvents.com
Unsurpassed industry leading husband and wife duo who are the most sought after wedding planners in New York City. Lauren and Paul’s commitment to excellence creates a modern yet timeless approach to wedding planning, by relating to both the bride and groom on and before the wedding day. Prices upon request.
- Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
247 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-921-4100 ; marciaselden.com
Marcia Selden Catering has been creating unique events with an accent on extraordinary food, creativity, & highly polished professional service for over 38 years. The award-winning, family run business has a passion for creating dream events with fun, delicious, and interesting cuisine that will wow you and your guests.
- Matthew David Celebrations
237 West 37th Street, 13th Floor New York, NY 10018; Tel: 212-804-8045; www.matthewdavidcelebrations.com
Matthew David designs and produces beautiful contemporary weddings, and celebrations. He is the go-to designer for upscale celebrations and wedding and will create a personalized and distinctive event that reflects your style and individuality.
- Pink Bowtie Events
Owner Rebecca Shenkman believes that life is meant to be joyful, to be celebrated. She also believes in celebrations that are timeless, elegant, whimsical and fun! Pairing her love of details and logistics, she will ensure that your groom’s neck wear and your event are both tied together perfectly!
- Polka Dot Events
154 Grand Street New York, NY 10013; Tel: 646-300-3320; www.pdotevents.com
Polka Dot Events is a New York City-based wedding planning firm specializing in Month-Of Wedding Coordination. We work with knowledgeable, planning-savvy engaged couples who want to plan independently, but need a professional to tie loose ends in their final pre-wedding month and provide on-site management on their big day.
- Simply Sunshine Events
New York, NY and New Jersey (By Appointment); Tel: 201-855-6089; www.SimplySunshineEvents.com
Simply Sunshine Events is an award-winning event planning and design boutique. Planning events for over 14 years, we understand that every wedding begins with telling a great story. We specialize in creating customized, stress free and memorable, one-of-a-kind experiences that will have your guests raving for years to come!
- Sterling Affair
Tel: 212-686-4075 ; sterlingaffair.com
Exquisite food, impeccable service and flawless execution are synonymous with Sterling Affair after 25 years in business. Offering full service catering and event planning at prestigious venues and off-premise sites throughout the tri state region.
- Tara Guérard Soireé
307 Seventh Avenue, nr. 28th Street, Suite 2308 New York, NY 10001; Tel: 646-329-6258; taraguerardsoiree.com
Charleston, SC & New York-based event designer, planner and author, Tara Guérard creates spectacular settings celebrating life's most anticipated occasions. Clients across the US turn to Tara for her refined and contemporary affairs infused with southern hospitality. Prices upon request.
- Tinsel & Twine
68 Jay Street, Suite 429 Brooklyn, NY 11021 ; Tel: 718-522-2701 ; tinsel.nyc
We are an event design studio specializing in creative decor, florals & management for smart, stylish celebrations. We are known for our fresh approach to weddings and special events, which we define as "traditional with a twist." Disco balls in a ballroom? Done. Black tie taxidermy? Yes, please.
- Viva Max Weddings
Tel: 646-504-8482; www.vivamaxweddings.com
Viva brings practicality, know-how, and spunk to your planning process. Clients praise her for her relaxed but professional manner. She inspires and nurtures every vendor allowing all the pieces of your wedding to come together seamlessly. When you need her the most, she’ll be there with spreadsheets and high fives.
- The William Vale
111 North 12th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249; Tel: 718-215-2233; www.thewilliamvale.com
Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s vibrant Williamsburg neighborhood, The William Vale offers numerous dynamic event spaces in a distinctly New York setting. Our selection of indoor andoutdoor spaces feature sweeping views of the New York City skyline and award-winning food, beverage, and hospitality by Chef Andrew Carmellini and NoHo Hospitality Group.