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Wedding Planners

AAB Creates

155 Water St., at Pearl St., Dumbo; 212-334-0005;

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 Events

251 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 12th fl.; 212-796-1935;

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 Events

1365 York Ave., nr. 72nd St., Ste. 19E; 212-535-8859;

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 Events

39 W. 14th St. nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 405; 646-675-1664;

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 Events


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 Company

1440 Broadway, nr. 41st St., 23rd fl.; 646-820-6187;

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 Events

16 W. 23rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fourth fl.; 917-748-6281;

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 Events


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.

Bardin Palomo

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

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.


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

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 Moments


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 Planning

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

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 + Consulting


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 Studio


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 + Events


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 Events

401 Park Avenue S., nr. 28th St., tenth fl.; 646-415-8675;

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 Productions


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 Events


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 Lifestyle

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

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 Events

400 Chambers St., nr. Warren St., Ste. PHE; 917-941-3700;

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.


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.

Cristina Verger Event Planning & Production, LLC

375 Park Ave., nr. 53rd 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.

Daughter of Design

244 Fifth Ave., at 28th St., Ste. A202; 646-595-9009;

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 Design

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

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, LLC


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.

David Stark Design and Production

529 W. 20th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 11W; 718-534-6777;

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;

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 Events

1 N. 4th Place, nr. Kent Ave., Ste. 25M, Williamsburg; 646-530-3440;

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 Events


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 Gregoli


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 & Living

208 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Studio 609; 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 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 McNeeley

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 Swoon


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 Weddings


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 & Events

41 Union Sq. W., at 17th St., Ste. 1427; 646-543-2110;

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 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 will travel almost anywhere to work with clients. Prices upon request.

Floralia Decorators

301 Park Ave., nr. 49th St.; 212-759-6910;

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;

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 NYC

741 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. D 212-677-5176;

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 Services


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 International

74A Montauk Highway, Amagansett 631-267-6400;

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 Event


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 Events


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.


306 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. M251; 212-229-2165;

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 Events


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 Celebrate


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 Events

66 Water St., nr. Main St., Dumbo; 917-514-4016;

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 Events


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 Events


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 Bussen

267 Fifth Ave., at 29th St., Ste. 910.; 646-781-9330;

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 Events


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 Management


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 Events

150 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 604; 212-206-0026;

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 Planner


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 Events

195 Montague St., at Cadman Plaza W. Brooklyn Heights; 516-884-7473;

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 Events


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 Events

20 Park Ave., Bronxville; 914-779-6262;

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 Events


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 Associates


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 Celebrations

237 W. 37th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 13th fl.; 212-804-8045;

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 Design

227 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., ground fl.; 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 came in handy for a wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Prices upon request.

Michelle Edgemont


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 Weddings


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.

Michelle Rago Destinations

41 W. 86t St., nr. Columbus Ave., Ste. 2F; 212-877-7747;

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 Consultants


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, LLC

12 E. 97th St., nr. Madison Ave., Ste. 5J; 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


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 Events


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 Events


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.

Preston Bailey

147 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., 11th fl.; 212-691-6777;

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 Events

5 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave., second fl.; 212-858-9715;

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 Events


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.

Rye Workshop

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 & Design

461 W. 49th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-695-7881;

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, LLC

74 Fifth Ave., nr. 13th St., Ste. 10B; 917-226-2609;

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 Events


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 Celebration


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 Events

736 11th Ave., at 52nd St.; 212-245-6611;

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 Events

80 DeKalb Ave., nr. Hudson Ave., Ste. 26E, Ft. Greene; 212-807-8892;

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 Productions

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.

Tara Guérard Soirée

307 Seventh Ave., at 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 her company boasts an in-house floral-design team and a custom-invitation company, the Lettered Olive. Prices upon request.

Tinsel & Twine

68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Ste. 429, Dumbo; 718-522-2701;

Run by three Brooklynites, this boutique event-design company helps couples with everything from color schemes to floral design. À la carte design services are available. By appointment only. Prices upon request.

Tracy Taylor Ward Design


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 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 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., 13th fl.; 212-675-8601;

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 Weddings


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 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, as she oversees everything from setup to cuing the band after speeches. Day-of wedding packages start at $3,000.

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, and they handle indoor functions too. 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 lighting and custom furniture design. His lavish floral arrange­ments include Dutch, South American, and local blooms. Prices upon request.