Even the best wedding planners have had a challenging past couple of years as COVID-19 has affected the entire industry. First, there were no weddings, then they were rescheduled, downsized, and “micro-fied.” Now, after almost two years of being in limbo, we’re in the beginning stages of what’s being proclaimed a wedding boom—when nuptials on a Thursday night are the norm and anything goes with regards to the size and spirit of the celebration. Some are taking the “go big or go home” approach because they’ve had to wait so long and are ready to let loose, while others are maintaining a less is more vibe and keeping their event intimate. Either way, the need to find the best wedding planners who can execute the many levels of logistics required of hosting a party during an ongoing global pandemic has never been more profound. Finding someone you gel well with is also imperative. To make the search easier, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of our favorites across the world—we hope it’s helpful as you try to find the one. 카지노사이트
Best Wedding Planners in NYC and the Northeast United States
Augusta Cole: Based in New York City
Augusta Cole’s events feel layered and textured in the best way. Her tablescapes, like the one she created at St. Frank founder Christina Bryant’s wedding, have that collected feel that always seems to be the goal—they’re curated, but not overly stylized. It’s as if you just pulled all of these beautiful pieces out of your chic grandmother’s china cabinet. Cole is trusted and respected for her discretion just as much as she is for her innate eye for detail. She creates one-of-a-kind occasions of all shapes and sizes and can think big picture and produce on a grand scale, but also isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and deal with the nitty gritty minutiae—and isn’t that what you really want in your wedding planner?
Colin Cowie: Based in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
Over the last two decades, Colin Cowie has designed and produced events around the globe, ranging from intimate gatherings for 50 to grand-scale productions for more than 5,000. And he has quite the client list: Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian West have all enlisted Cowie’s services.
David Stark: Based in Brooklyn, New York
David Stark has been a leader in the event industry for more than 20 years, known for his out-of-the-box designs and the sense of humor and whimsy he brings to his events—think 12-foot chicken topiaries, giant golden eggs. He’s even transformed a hockey rink into a “trip” to Santorini. It’s flourishes like these that attracted big-name clients like Brad Pitt and caused SNL to tap him to plan its 40th anniversary bash.
Fallon Carter: Based in New York City
Fallon Carter Events was started 10 years ago after a trip to Paris. Two of Fallon’s friends were getting married and what was meant to be a week-long vacation / wedding celebration quickly turned into a crash course as a wedding coordinator. Suffice it say, her first foray into events was a complete success, and from there, Carter jumped into the wedding space head first. When she returned to the States, she headed to New York City to open up shop, and now she plans weddings in Los Angeles, vow renewals in Nevis, and milestone birthdays in Cartagena. Somewhere along the way, she realized the world had become her office. 안전한카지노사이트
Fête: Based in New York City
Founded by Jung Lee, an event planning veteran who has worked with everyone from Joseph Altuzarra to Stephen King, Fête is a full-service wedding planning and design firm based in New York. Lee and her team plan events all over the world and specialize in creating highly custom and high-design events at venues ranging from private estates in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to villas in Lake Como, Italy.
The bottom line is Blake Sams creates unforgettable gatherings that feel like effortless family affairs. This backyard wedding celebration in Charleston, South Carolina, is the perfect example. It exudes effortlessness and ease. He combines an attention to detail and an eye for beauty with a keen understanding of event logistics and an ability to interpret timeless traditions in ways that feel unique and different. The end result is pure magic!
JZ Events: Based in New York City
Gregory Blake Sams Events: Based in New York City
Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events was the mastermind behind Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s fairy-tale inspired wedding in New Orleans, an evening that was executed flawlessly—we know because we were there! From the surprise video created by Alexis for Serena that ran at the beginning of the ceremony to the actual carousel that appeared for guests like Beyoncé to dance on at the after-party, Zabinski’s efforts were unparalleled, and she did it all in that calm, cool, and collected way that makes her one of the best at what she does.
Lindsay Landman: Based in New York City
Lindsay Landman has been producing events in New York and around the world since 2001. Her parties run the gamut: a Gatsby-themed NYC gala, intimate Anguilla nuptials, and an Indian wedding that seamlessly melded modern style with tradition. And Landman’s team is made up of talented graphic designers and florists, making it a one-stop shop for many of your wedding needs.
Marcy Blum: Based in New York City
Marcy Blum began her bespoke wedding service 20 years ago after a career as a chef and food consultant in New York City. During that time, she began planning parties at Gracie Mansion in New York Cityand throughout the New York area, leading to a roster of bold-name clients like Jennifer Gates, Rickie Fowler and Allison Stokke, and Katie Lee. No request is too big: She transformed the New York Public Library’s atrium into a club for Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s wedding, and arranged for Snoop Dogg to perform in a fortress in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The fact that she has the best sense of humor in the business is just an added bonus! 카지노사이트 추천
Matthew Robbins Design: Based in New York City
One thing’s for sure: Matthew Robbins knows how to plan a chic wedding with a strong point of view. His events are always beautiful, but they feel organic and never fussy. In addition to planning unforgettable events across the country, Robbins has also teamed up with his husband Luis Otoya to form a sister company called Robbins Otoya. Together, this power couple plans destination weddings in far-flung locales. This four-day extravaganza in Cartagena is one of our favorites!
Michelle Rago: Based in New York City
Since 2011, Michelle Rago Destinations has been creating bespoke weddings and events everywhere from New Delhi to the Côte d’Azur, gaining celebrity clients such as Jamie Foxx, David Krumholtz, Barry Levinson, Xela and Luke Janklow, Al Harrington, and Matt Damon. This wedding at Ashford Castle in Ireland—where the brides wore Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren—is an all-time favorite. The waiting list may be long at Michelle Rago Destinations—but it’s definitely worth it.
Preston Bailey: Based in New York City
Globally celebrated designer Preston Bailey is known for over-the-top florals (think transparent dance floors filled with roses and a menagerie of animals constructed entirely from blooms) and the exquisite events themselves. Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive and both have attracted a top client roster of royal families and celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Rivers, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Rafanelli Events: Based in New York City and Boston, Massachusetts
Founder Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events has become the planner of choice for America’s first families. As one of Michelle Obama’s favorite planners, he was tasked with overseeing the official holiday decorations during the Obama administration. And when Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky, Rafanelli orchestrated the entire event.
Van Wyck & Van Wyck: Based in Charleston, South Carolina and New York City
Van Wyck & Van Wyck is an award-winning, boutique family-run design and planning studio known for creating wildly creative, location-specific installations around the globe. In particular, Bronson van Wyck is famous for his otherworldly creations. Case in point? His own 40th birthday bash, which “transformed an underground concrete bunker into a rich warren of lushly furnished rooms.” In addition to planning impressive parties for everyone from Beyoncé to President Obama, these fashion insiders also produce events for Chanel, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, and Diane von Furstenberg.
Best Wedding Planners in the Southeast United States
Adam Donovan-Groves: Based in Charlottesville, Virginia; Washington DC and New York City
“A unique perspective on a time-honored tradition” is the motto of Donovan-Groves Events, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based planning firm helmed by Adam Donovan-Groves. This translates to designing and orchestrating stunningly classic nuptials in central Virginia, as well as for couples in D.C. from their Georgetown office. They’re known for their extreme attention to detail, like coordinating outdoor lighting at one ceremony so that it was timed perfectly to the sunset. It’s a level of service made possible by the fact that they limit their weddings to just one each weekend, so couples always have their full attention.
Calder Clark: Based in Charleston, South Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina
Calder Clark has garnered a devoted following and much acclaim after two decades of producing, designing, and planning fabulously unstuffy destination weddings all over the globe. Her sweet spot is the ground-up tented bash in a field in the middle of nowhere, where a well-honed residential approach (like interior design for an evening!) unfurls—typically in the form of drop-dead gorgeous focal points like chic bars, big band enclaves, custom sunken dance floors, al fresco cocktail decks, and “outside in” climbing greenery. One part meticulous planning, one part alchemy—that’s their secret sauce.
Guerdy Design: Based in Miami, Florida
Guerdy Abraira of Guerdy Design was born in Haiti and grew up in Paris until she was nine when her parents decided to relocate to the United States. Living and traveling all over the world throughout her childhood has provided Abraira with insight into many global cultures, and her experience as a catering manager at a Fischer Island hotel provided her with extensive knowledge of all things food and bev. Her events run the gamut from beachy and tropical to vintage and eclectic—and everything in between. We love the wedding she coordinated at the Perez Art Museum for stylist Danielle Nachmani.
Lynn Easton: Based in Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlottesville, Virginia
Led by founder Lynn Easton, Easton Events only plans about 8 weddings per year, providing its clients with the utmost in personalized service, from engagement notifications through to the final thank-you. Whether it’s building a custom tent on a private ranch in Colorado or arranging a multi-day international island wedding, the team is able to do it all with Southern style and charm.
Michelle Norwood Events: Based in New Orleans, Louisiana
Michelle Norwood believes planning should be fun, transparent, and celebratory—and that comes through in everything she does. The New Orleans native knows how to create weddings that are a true reflection of the couple, their story, and the city they’ve chosen to marry in. Bridgette Amofah and Saul Bloch’s wedding—where there was dancing in the street…and in the rain…will forever be one of our favorite wedding references. The event was perfectly planned and executed, and on top of that, the joy exuding from the bride and groom is palpable!
Rebecca Gardner: Based in Savannah, Georgia and New York City
Launched in 2011, Rebecca Gardner has quickly become known for twisting the traditional. Her background as the Savannah College of Art and Design’s director of creative initiatives is clearly visible in her signature tablescapes and environmental installations, which deftly mix a raucous wonderland-like whimsy with old-world refinement. Her style has caught the eye of Lauren Santo Domingo and Margherita Missoni.
Tara Guérard: Based in Charleston, South Carolina and New York City
For almost two decades, clients across the United States—from CEOs to movie stars, including Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds—have turned to Tara Guérard for her Southern hospitality, contemporary aesthetic, and impeccably executed events. She is one of the most sought-after celebrity wedding planners—think traditional silver candlesticks and thoughtfully employed monograms mixed with something unexpected, like sheep statues with laurel wreaths around their necks, dotting an open lawn.
Toast Events: Based in Atlanta, Georgia with offices in Nashville, Tennessee
Lindsay Sims, the founder of Toast Events, adds charm to each of her weddings—think: clouds of blue hydrangeas, bespoke logos, and even an enormous installation of oversize paper roses as a backdrop for the band. As a result, she’s attracted clients like NFL stars Matthew Stafford and Ronnie Brown. Sims never misses a detail, from monogramming the bottom of the bride’s heels to blankets for each guest at an outdoor evening ceremony.