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Your wedding day is meant to be moving, memorable and magical. The months, weeks and even hours leading up to the big event, however, are a different story.
Floral choices, venue selection, taste-testing — it can all be fabulous or fantastically overwhelming.
That’s where it helps to call in an expert or team of talented professionals in the event planning industry. We’ve compiled a list of the 11 best in the business to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch, so you can focus on getting hitched.
Capturing the innovation, imagination and individuality of trending themes in entertainment, David Tutera committed to coordinating custom ceremonies for a vast variety of tastes. His past client list includes Matthew McConaughey, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. It’s no wonder he was praised as the “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner” by Life & Style Magazine! Additionally, David Tutera is a guest lecturer, author and creator of original lines of wedding gowns and shoes, as well as the host of his prime-time show, “David Tutera’s CELEBrations.”
Social Clout: 344,310+ Facebook likes; 138,000+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @DavidTutera
Per popular demand, Mindy Weiss Party Consultants opened in 1992 and Mindy and her team have been event-planning around the world ever since. Former clientele include Heidi Klum, Josh Duhamel, Ellen Degeneres and The Bachelor’s Trista and Ryan. Mindy is well-known for 20 years of experience in creative design and lifestyle expertise. Whether it’s an intimate gathering of immediate family only or an all-out exclusive soiree open to thousands, Mindy Weiss Party Consultants is the way to go for wedding planning.
Social Clout: 94,300+ Twitter followers; 19,765+ Facebook likes
Twitter Handle: @MindyWeiss
Globally-renown event designer with a client roster that includes celebrities, royalty, CEOs and athletes, Preston Bailey has more than 35 years of experience in lavish event planning. He is the author of five best-selling titles, a sought-after guest speaker and has been featured in television and radio media outlets. A supreme source for event execution and inspiring innovation, Preston Bailey and his team will take your imaginations and turn them into an inevitability.
Social Clout: 85,340+ Facebook likes; 43,100+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @prestonrbailey
Colin Cowie has assembled a team of the most talented, creative and passionate individuals in the industry who are as committed to creating a captivating ceremony as you are. From wedding ceremonies to corporate or charitable functions, Team Cowie has tackled it all across the globe. Destination getaway or intimate backyard engagement, they have mastered every phase from venue decor to reception coordination.
Social Clout: 74,545+ Facebook likes; 48,500+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @colincowie
Sarah Haywood is an internationally-acclaimed luxury event coordinator and best-selling bridal author. She hosts wedding workshops and masterclasses around the world and is frequently asked to share her expertise at both bridal and business events. With a client roster that includes pop stars and aristocrats, it’s no surprise that she was chosen to appear live as CNN’s bridal expert for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
Social Clout: 11,090+ Facebook likes; 5,640+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @SarahHaywood
The go-to wedding resource, OurWeddingDay.com offers more extensive wedding planning features, services, and tools than any other wedding planning site out there, including real-time expert advice about any wedding questions you might have, a personalized wedding site for you and your SO, Save The Date e-cards, gift registries, dress, flower, cake, and invitation galleries for inspiration, and so much more. You’re passionate about your wedding, and OurWeddingDay.com is passionate about helping you make the day, and happily ever after, perfect.
With offices in Boston, New York City and Palm Beach, Rafanelli Events offers a team of experts in event planning, design and production. Their specialties include non-profit fundraising galas, private parties, weddings and corporate celebrations. Rafanelli Events prides itself on recognizing the needs of, and respectfully representing, some of the most successful people, businesses and brands out there. If a tasteful, elegant event is what you’re after, a call to Rafanelli Events should be your first step.
Social Clout: 4,670+ Twitter followers; 3,810+ Facebook likes
Twitter Handle: @RafanelliEvents
With awards for event and wedding planning from The Knot, WeddingWire.com and ABC’s A List, Table 6 Productions has excelled with years of experience in event planning. Whether you need just a little guidance for your intimate backyard wedding or a full-scale production executed by their team of experts, they have a package that suites your custom needs. They currently have four U.S. hubs in Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Massachusetts, but if it’s a destination wedding experience you’re after, Table 6 Productions will work with vendors located anywhere a plane, train, boat or automobile can reach!
Social Clout: 2,415+ Facebook likes; 1,560+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @the6chicks
Ranked “#1 Wedding Planner” by Washington Magazine nine times, and with multiple awards under their belt, Engaging Affairs is D.C.’s go-to source for premier wedding planning. They believe each couple’s relationship is unique, and they pride themselves on striving for an engagement and a wedding day that is just as original and memorable. With a client history that includes movie stars, politicians and professional athletes, these wedding specialists are sure to bring you a ceremony and all-around engagement experience you won’t easily forget.
Social Clout: 2,405+ Twitter followers; 1,145+ Facebook likes
Twitter Handle: @engagingaffairs
With more than 15 years of experience and high praise from press and peers, Yifat Oren and her team of detail-oriented experts have rightfully earned the status as one of the most premier, elegant event-coordinating experts. Cuisine, floral, fabric and venue orchestration are among the many arenas of the event that Yifat Oren & Associates will flawlessly manage. With high-profile clientele, they have developed a reputation for recognizing the individual visions and preferences of their clients and customizing an event to highlight those tastes.
Social Clout: 2,335+ Facebook likes; 1,185+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @YOAproductions
With a team of party planners, legal professionals and designers, there is no aspect of your Big Day that HJ Planners can’t coordinate with beauty and poise. Work with a coordinator who recognizes your unique, individual needs and tailors your requests to all of the many intricate details of planning your event. Meanwhile, you can sit back, enjoy your engagement and trust that HJ Planners is as committed to and excited about planning this event as you are about your significant other.
Social Clout: 1,060+ Facebook likes; 320+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @hjplanners
Voted one of Destination Weddings Magazine’s “A-List Planners,” Cozumel Wedding Planner is the perfect resource for a relaxed engagement and romantic wedding experience. They’ve gathered a list of the best vendors on the island of Cozumel and are proud to present them to you for all of your wedding needs — from the menu to the music. With their “Six Simple Steps for a Sensational Wedding” guide, perfecting every detail of the reception, rehearsal and big event is easier than ever!
Social Clout: 1,045+ Facebook likes
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