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4PM Events

535 Eighth Ave., nr. 37th St.; 212-631-7777;

This full-service event-planning company also puts on an annual luxury-wedding showcase, the Wedding Salon, featuring cake designers, caterers, and venues. Basic and comprehensive planning packages are available. Prices upon request.

6 Degrees of Celebration


With more than fifteen years of experience, Joan Glenn and her hands-on team specialize in luxury weddings. Her seasoned crew handles every element of the event, including venue selection, stationery, décor, and entertainment. Partial planning and wedding-month coordination are available. Prices upon request.

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Bernadette Smith, author of Gay Wedding Confidential, is a pioneer in same-sex wedding planning (full planning from $18,000), and she recently launched a line of women’s tuxedos called Fourteen. She offers a Manhattan elopement package, which covers twenty guests, available from $3,500.

A.A.B. Creates


Specializing in raw-space design, Xochitl Gonzalez and Mayra Castillo are brimming with ideas for personalized weddings of every size—from intimate affairs in lofts like Ramscale to bona fide blowouts on Ellis Island. Prices start at $15,000 (for design services only); they also offer day-of planning through their spinoff company, Just About Married.

Amy Atlas Events


Former lawyer Atlas became internationally recognized as the “sweets stylist” after setting a trend with her signature dessert buffets. Hire her boutique planning firm to handle your sweets spread or pick up her book, Sweet Designs, to create your own fantasy. Prices upon request.

Ang Weddings and Events


Formerly a VP at an investment bank, detail-oriented Tzo Ai Ang makes herself available practically around the clock. She enjoys working with cross-cultural couples and often draws from her experience living in four countries on three continents. Initial consultations are complimentary. Month-of coordination starts at $3,800. Full packages from $13,500.

À Votre Service Events


Owner and lead designer Marie Danielle Vil-Young incorporates opulent details into her events—think loads of crystal and rich fabrics like velvet and silk. Hands-on couples will appreciate the large selection of samples—from glassware and china to candles and vintage vases—available at the company’s Manhattan studio, which also has an in-house floral designer. Full-service planning and day-of coordination available. Prices upon request.

Bardin Palomo

432 W. 19th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-989-6113;

This twenty-year-old event-design 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.

Baton NYC

777 West End Ave., nr. 98th St., third fl.; 917-797-0930;

As the former director of events at the New Museum, Angie Nevarez has produced hundreds of events and has the inside scoop on nearly every venue and vendor in the tri-state area. She’s great with details like creating menus that feature a couple’s favorite childhood dishes. Day-of services and destination planning also available. From $4,500.


201 E. 21st St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 3S; 212-216-9106;

This boutique firm designs understated, elegant affairs. It focuses on locations that are significant to the couple and has a portfolio full of outdoor, backyard, and waterfront weddings, plus glamorous indoor affairs. The company offers multiple packages, from month-of to full planning. Prices upon request.

Brilliant Event Planning

419 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St., second fl.; 347-201-2496;

Though she’s widely known for her proposal-planning service, Sarah Pease is also an adept wedding organizer. Her team designs each wedding with the couple’s love story in mind, and they also specialize in Caribbean, Latin American, and Irish destination weddings. Full-service planning from $12,000.

Brooklyn Betrothed

Inspired by the 2010 wedding of life coach and company co-founder Sam Zuniss, this creative event-planning collective draws from Brooklyn’s finest wedding vendors to create events that are personal, gorgeous, and a tad bit offbeat. Prices upon request.

C&G Weddings

225 W. 35th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1202; 212-961-1528;

C&G will do as little or as much as clients require, providing unlimited meetings and support along with creative services like arranging for hot-dog carts to line the steps of the New York Public Library. Day-of coordination starts at $3,900.

Carmona Design + Events


Event designers Mary Krueger and Andrés Saavedra specialize in dramatic events, and they do it all—décor, lighting, staging, and sound. For one wedding, they transformed a tent on an English estate into a maze, where the band was surrounded by an eighteen-foot-tall trellis complete with boxwood hedges for walls. Prices upon request. By appointment only.

Choice Productions

139 Fulton St., nr. Nassau St., Ste. 518; 212-265-5012;

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 preferred. Prices upon request.

Colin Cowie Celebrations

256 W. 36th St., nr. Eighth Ave., fourth fl.; 212-396-9007;

Those who want to go big hire this in-demand wedding guru, who has written nine books on wedding design, entertaining, and stylish living. He’s also thrown lavish blowouts for celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey. Expect detail-oriented elegance and the occasional over-the-top flourish. Prices start at $150,000.

Cristina Verger Event Planning & Production

375 Park Ave., nr. 52nd St., Ste. 2607 ; 212-715-0590;

This full-service planner works with clients from the first decision to the very last detail. Although the majority of her weddings are in New York, Verger also handles destination weddings, particularly in Italy, where she has a far-reaching network of vendors. Prices upon request.

Curtain Up Events, Inc.

116 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., fifth fl.; 212-781-6390;

Owner Danielle Bobish draws on her theater background to apply key stage elements—wardrobe, lighting, set decoration, production, and timing—to weddings. She’s happy to accommodate out-of-the-box requests, like a groom who was determined to ride a Segway during a traditional Indian wedding procession. Full-service and month-of planning available. From $4,200.

Daughter of Design

511 W. 25th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 305; 646-595-9009;

Helmed by Annie Lee, this boutique firm plans understated, elegant events. Her new “Learn to Speak Wedding” flashcards are just one example of the fun, fresh approach that Lee’s team takes to weddings. She offers month-of and full-service planning as well as consultations by the hour. Prices upon request.

David Beahm Design

529 W. 20th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 11W; 212-279-1344;

Bountiful and breathtaking, 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 he also specializes in destination weddings. Prices upon request.

David Reinhard Events, LLC


For more than thirteen 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.

David Stark Design and Production

87 Luquer St., nr. Clinton St., Carroll Gardens; 718-534-6777;

This studio approaches event design as if it were a gallery installation—covering an entire wall with candles or creating grand chandeliers from unexpected, everyday items like paint chips. Stark personally handles all of the aesthetic elements, including furniture, lighting, and printed materials. Prices upon request.

David Tutera

470 Seventh Ave., nr. 35th St., eleventh fl.; 212-229-9280;

Known for his A-list parties for the likes of Barbara Walters and the Rolling Stones, Tutera has expanded his business to encompass books, gowns, jewelry, and a reality-TV series, My Fair Wedding. Hire him as a wedding planner (to cover all details and logistics), an event designer (to manage décor-related aspects), a floral designer—or all three. Prices upon request.

Delaney T. Bagwell Associates, LLC

430 E. 56th St., nr. First Ave., 917-434-0521

Since 1989, Bagwell has been planning weddings, society events, fund-raisers, and corporate shindigs. He specializes in destination weddings, and his all-inclusive services cover everything from save-the-dates to party favors. Prices upon request.

The Designers' Co-Op

252 W. 73rd St., nr. Broadway, Ste. 1A; 212-721-2188;

Creative director Bridget Vizoso’s event-planning company will customize everything from flowers to furniture. To create couture and classic centerpieces, she often pairs vintage vases with David Austin garden roses. By appointment only.

DM Events

10 Hanover Sq., nr. Water St., Ste. 15S; 646-530-3440

With the recent launch of the Workshop, DM Events now designs and fabricates custom décor in addition to offering planning, styling, and floral services. Full planning and design packages start at $15,500.

Elegant Occasions by Joann Gregoli

112 W. 34th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighteenth fl.; 212-704-0048;

This company specializes in comprehensive planning for weddings in New York and far-flung destinations like Italy and the Caribbean. It’s known to bring 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 & Living

120 W. 28th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Studio 4H; 212-206-1503;

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 samples and sketches. The in-house graphics team can also custom-design invitations. Full-planning and design packages start at $15,000; partial-planning packages at $7,500.

Events by Melissa McNeeley

325 Gold St., nr. Johnson St., Downtown Brooklyn; 917-406-1462;

This event planner specializes in weddings for 250 or fewer guests. From a ground-up affair on a Long Island farm to a Manhattan loft soirée, McNeeley and her team oversee every detail. Full-service planning (food, flowers, décor, and staff), plus partial and weekend-of rates available. Prices upon request.

Ever Swoon

119 Mercer St., nr. Prince St.; 917-622-1267;

A boutique wedding-planning-and-styling company, Ever Swoon offers custom packages fashioned to tell your love story. Owner Tamra Sanford’s recipe for a perfect wedding is to keep the guests excited, engaged, and dancing till dawn. From $4000. By appointment only.

Fallon Carter Weddings


Carter favors a classic aesthetic—think flowers, pastels, and a big white gown—and works with couples throughout the planning process. She even offers her services for two weeks following the honeymoon to wrap up any post-event tasks and details. From $2,000.(good value


419 Park Ave. S., at 29th St., fourth fl.; 212-725-7268;

Popular event designer Jung Lee heads up this stylish planning-and-design boutique firm; her partner, Josh Brooks, provides the business acumen. Together they deliver a wedding day that is packed with clever details and gorgeous to behold. Lee’s new home store is a great place to find pieces for the wedding, the registry, and beyond. Prices upon request.

Firefly Events

195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 809C; 917-921-6052;

Firefly’s talented planners and designers combine bohemian style with a simple, modern sensibility. They specialize in full-service planning and design, and they travel almost anywhere to work with clients. Prices upon request.

Francesca Events, Inc.

215 E. 96th St., at Third Ave., Ste. 21C; 646-227-9474;

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, including several in Colorado, Mexico, Ireland, and Italy. Prices upon request.

Glitter + Rye


Principal Molly Hartman can make a raw space feel ultrapersonal with creative installations and artful details like photo-booth set designs, interactive seating-card displays, and distinctive ceremony altars. Her prop closet includes a wide range of vintage objects, antique furniture, and yards of decorative fabrics and ribbons. Design services start at $4,000.

Harriette Rose Katz Events/Gourmet Advisory Services


With more than 30 years of experience, Katz has built a reputation as an event designer and culinary and wine expert. Her full-time staff of eleven will plan and execute all stages of your event. Prices upon request.

In Any Event


Planner Leslie Price knows how to make a wedding reflect the couple’s personality. The company specializes in nontraditional weddings and last-minute planning. Prices upon request.

James Abel Events


Abel’s boutique event-design and production company is a one-stop shop for handcrafted invitations, flowers, music, menus, and beyond. He works closely with couples to help them allocate their budgets and throw ideal parties, whether it’s an outdoor event with a sunken dance floor and built-in banquettes or a grand affair at the Essex House. Prices upon request.

Jennifer Zabinski Events


A graduate of Cornell’s Hotel Management School, Zabinski creates high-end weddings with creative touches, like bringing in a watercolorist to paint scenes from a couple’s reception. Vendors are hand-selected to suit the needs and style of each event, from an intimate gathering to a grand celebration for 500 people. Prices upon request.


306 W. 38th St., nr. Eighth Ave., second fl.; 212-229-2165;

This firm has two distinct divisions, jesGORDON and properFUN, both of which plan and design your wedding. The firm can nail boho chic, opulent elegance, or anything in between, and every event is customized to the last detail. Prices upon request.

Jill Gordon Celebrate


This boutique firm, which specializes in Hamptons weddings, 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.

Karen Bussen

267 Fifth Ave., at 29th St.; 646-781-9330;

Planning by Bussen transcends mere logistics to include top-notch design and décor. She is the author of the Simple Stunning Weddings series and creates a limited number of one-of-a-kind events each year. Prices upon request.

Kraft Event Management


With more than fifteen years of experience, Jennifer Kraft specializes 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, plus technical and design production, are available. Prices upon request.

Lindsay Landman Events


For weddings from New York to India, Landman’s full-service approach is much like that of an interior designer: All the elements have to work together, from the palette and the flowers to the throw pillows and the ceiling treatment. Design services from $15,000; design and planning from $25,000.

Little Miss Party Planner


Seri Kertzner and Michelle Cassera Bachman 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.

Loli Events


Lauren Sozmen launched this boutique operation after years of planning events for top chefs like 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. Month-of coordination from $6,000; full-service planning upon request.

Loulie Walker Events

200 W. 79th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave., Ste. 4/5M; 212-316-6135;

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 at other destinations around the world, and she’s often sought out for her lavish tented events. Prices upon request.

Lyndsey Hamilton Events

210 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., ninth fl.; 212-274-0074;

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. The team offers full and partial packages. Prices upon request.

Marcy Blum Associates

55 Fifth Ave., nr. 12th St., nineteenth fl.; 212-929-9814;

This boutique company focuses on upscale weddings: She planned Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s nuptials more than twenty years ago and Colin and Samantha Hanks’s wedding in 2010. Blum’s credentials speak for themselves: She’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has published multiple books on wedding planning. Packages start at $30,000.

Marina Luri Events


With more than fifteen years organizing fashion events and runway shows, the quadrilingual Luri now focuses on handling nuptials. A vast network of handpicked vendors make this full-service event-planning company capable of working anywhere from New York to South Africa. Prices upon request.

Matthew David Celebrations

95 Morton St., nr. Hudson St., ground fl. 212-905-3000;

This in-demand designer creates contemporary, upscale events that showcase the bride and groom’s individuality. His clients include Robert De Niro, Madonna, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Prices upon request.

Matthew Robbins Design

227 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-253-2737;

Robbins helps couples with everything from high-concept macro design to the nitty-gritty details. An in-house selection of vintage props and décor (including farm tables and weather vanes) came in handy for a wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Prices upon request.

Michelle Edgemont


This Brooklyn-based wedding designer specializes in modern, quirky decorations, flowers, and styling. A full decoration package includes favors, centerpieces, and more and is customized based on each couple’s personal style. Full wedding design starts at $4,000, as do floral packages.

Michelle Rago Destinations

4228 W. 71st St., nr. Amsterdam Ave.; 212-877-7747;

Rago is known for her destination weddings in locations like Paris, the Bahamas, and Mexico. She and her staff provide catering (they have an in-house food-and-beverage expert who can build a field kitchen for a guest chef), planning and design services, and more. Prices upon request.

Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

312 Eleventh Ave., nr. 30th St., Ste. 17L; 212-290-1000;

The well-respected Weiss has been entrusted to organize the nuptials of many A-listers, including Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Couples can expect her to help them create original details and décor elements for their ceremony and reception. Prices upon request.

Molly Middleton Events, LLC

1235 Park Ave., nr. 95th St., Ste. 9D; 646-861-0919;

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 Lifestyles

1441 Broadway, nr. 41st St., Ste. 5053; 212-666-2537;

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.

My Big Black Book

122 Duane St., nr. Church St., Ste. 4B; 212-608-0557;

Ideal for couples on a budget, this vendor-referral service doesn’t charge a fee—the vendors pay My Big Black Book directly. Owner Adam S. Glassman, who managed the Tribeca Rooftop for eleven years, created the company with the goal of connecting brides- and grooms-to-be with the right resources to make their visions a reality. (good value)

Preston Bailey

147 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eleventh fl.; 212-741-9300;

Bailey is the planner and floral designer for couples looking to dazzle their guests. His dramatic events are always memorable and often decadent (picture enchanted gardens and twenty-foot-tall floral peacock sculptures). To wit: He designed the lavish weddings of both Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka. Prices upon request.

Rafanelli Events

5 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-318-3379;

Bryan Rafanelli, the man behind Chelsea Clinton’s much-scrutinized 2010 nuptials, is known for his exquisite style, attention to detail, 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, design and production services, day-of coordination, and more. Prices upon request.

Rock Paper Scissors Events


Using items from the couple’s home or other meaningful décor, Ara Farnam and her team create an inviting atmosphere that is 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.

Sidekick Events, LLC

74 Fifth Ave., nr. 13th St., Ste. 10B; 212-924-2909;

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 Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides, and she also offers day-of services. Prices upon request.

Sofia Crokos Events

16 W. 23rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fourth fl.; 212-929-1076;

Crokos started her firm in 1998 and has done customized, high-end nuptials all over the world. She once oversaw a bicontinental wedding that began in New York and ended with a bash in the bride’s native Istanbul. Prices upon request.

Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, LLC

31 E. 32nd St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 601; 917-742-7449;

Specializing in Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern weddings, Shah knows where to find Bollywood-style choreographers, henna artists, and even an elephant for the baraat. Prices upon request.

Soraya Weddings & Celebrations

480 Van Brunt St., nr. Reed St., Red Hook; 646-450-2450;

Soraya Jollon, who speaks English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, is dedicated to creating out-of-the-ordinary events. She often selects venues that relate to a couple’s history together. For one duo who wed in the recreation hall of the groom’s childhood camp, she covered the walls in rustic burlap. She also plans ecofriendly weddings. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)

State of the Art Enterprises

65 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 303; 212-317-1421;

This planning firm produces vibrant, high-end weddings. For an affair at the Sundance resort in Utah, the staff branded the couple’s initials onto steaks, which were served from an authentic barbecue chuck wagon. Prices upon request.

Susan Holland Events

80 DeKalb Ave., nr. Flatbush Ave., Ste. 26E, Fort Greene; 212-807-8892;

Holland is known for her warmly personal and innovative work. At one wedding, she set up ice vases that melted throughout the night to reveal floating flowers. Prices upon request.

Swank Productions, Inc.

231 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 605; 212-643-3211;

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.

Tammy Golson Events


Golson’s full-service planning team juggles everything from seasonal-menu planning to décor and floral arrangements. She specializes in New York and New England weddings, but she also does destination events. Full planning starts at $15,000; day-of coordination is $4,000.

Tara Guérard Soirée

307 Seventh Ave., nr. 28th St., Ste. 2308; 646-329-6258;

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 the company hosts an in-house floral-design team and a custom-invitation company, The Lettered Olive. Prices upon request.

Tessler Events


The former co-owner of In Any Event, planner Eyal Tessler has twenty years of experience crafting highly personalized events, from an intimate 30-person wedding with a six-course tasting menu to a lavish soirée for more than 400 guests. Prices upon request.

Tinsel & Twine

68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Dumbo;

Run by three Brooklynites, this boutique event-design company helps couples with everything from color scheme to floral design. Full planning and day-of options are available. Floral, stationery, and planning pricing on request.

Toby Ellen Sarna Events


Sarna is as adept at organizing large weddings as she is at producing intimate affairs. She once orchestrated a winter wonderland as the backdrop to a wedding. Most of her events are in Manhattan, but she does destination affairs too. From $18,000; day-of consulting from $4,500.

Tracy Taylor Ward Design


Expect a fun-filled and 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 Design

158 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-352-3385;

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 third-generation Dutch florists whose experience manifests itself in a vast range of styles and techniques. Prices upon request.

Van Wyck & Van Wyck

224 W. 30th St., nr. Seventh Ave., thirteenth fl.; 212-675-8601;

Man-about-town Bronson van Wyck honed his party-hosting skills while coordinating receptions for diplomats at the American Embassy in Paris. He later went into business with his mother and began putting on fêtes for the likes of the Clintons, Gores, and Bushes. Prices upon request.

The Wedding Sitter


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, knowing she oversees everything from flower delivery and setup to cuing the band after speeches. Day-of wedding packages start at $2,500.

Williams-Sossen Events


Sherri Williams and Lee Sossen formed this event company in 2004 after their own nuptials. The duo’s passion is customized outdoor weddings, though they also handle indoor functions. They offer full-planning packages. Prices upon request.

Zak Events


Zak Kunish does it all when it comes to planning, specializing in floral and event design for weddings, but also offering an array of stationery options and in-house calligraphy services. His lavish floral arrange­ments include Dutch, South American, and local blooms. Prices upon request.

From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide


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