The wedding world stands on its own. New trends and concepts are always on the horizon. To stay in the know, gain some insight into how the top celebrity wedding planners work their magic!
1. Preston Bailey
Preston Bailey creates innovative experiences for his clients. Bailey is known for his floral masterpieces, which are nothing short of spectacular. His philosophy involves bringing the outside world to indoor space. At one wedding, he built a stunning floating butterfly centerpiece for the dessert table. Bailey also loves to integrate images of trees in his designs. During a ceremony, he used lighting & projection technology to depict trees on walls. Once the couple said their “I dos,” the trees lit up and blossomed.
Marcy Blum, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, is recognized as the foodie-wedding planner. She executes her plans with a bang, whether it’s a gondola ride in Aspen or a wheeled burrata cart served with an assortment of toppings, her events are memorable. When it comes to party favors, Blum suggests giving items guests will actually use. A favorite of Blum’s, bloody mary mix and coffee cake for post wedding breakfast.
Imagine a wedding designed to heighten your five senses. This is Colin Cowie’s famed method. He takes vision, sound, touch, taste, and smell through a unique experience. A Tuscan wedding under the sun, an enchanted themed wedding in the Midwest, and a romantic style wedding in an urban city are just a few of the events he has created. Cowie views weddings like a story. They have a start and finish with equally important pieces in between. The final chapter usually ends with a wow factor leaving guests wanting more.
Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, and New York, Rebecca Gardner is one of the top wedding planners in the world. She likes to add surprises here and there to keep guests engaged. Her style is traditional and inventive rather than flashy. Gardner’s talent lies in lighting design and uses candles to break up a classic look. She often tells the bride and groom to add their own individual touches to make it one of a kind.
English celebrity planner, Sarah Hayward, works with the most elite and affluent citizens of the world. Since her clients have a generous budget, every aspect of the event is crème de la crème. Her weddings are tasteful and luxurious. After all, the Dutch and Duchess of Cambridge requested Hayward’s expertise for their royal wedding. Hayward’s book, Wedding Bible, gives us ordinary folks a peek at her lavish style as well as ideas for a small budget.
Remember the wedding coordinator, Frank Eggelhoffer, in Father of the Bride, who brought in swans to roam around the tulip bed for the big day? The character was actually inspired by the SoCal-based wedding designer, Kevin Lee. His love and passion for event planning shine through in his work. Lee’s portfolio consists of Drew Barrymore, Wolfgang Puck, and Liz Taylor. He has also thrown parties for both the Oscars and Emmys. Lee’s overall approach is traditional with his own imaginative twists. Lee has also been seen on several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Wedding master, Yifat Oren, based in Los Angeles, is known for bringing ideas to life and the high quality of her work. Oren “breaks the rules” and embraces imperfections to give events a little spice. She is fond of an all white attire wedding, especially in the summer. Oren recommends hiring a lighting designer to create the perfect ambiance. Visually, her weddings exude elegance and charm. About half of her weddings are destination, which has led Oren to form strong working relationships around the world. She also helps the world by supporting a charity annually.
Clients of Los Angeles wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, are drawn to her composure. She maintains cool and calm throughout the wedding process. Weiss can also make dreams come true. At one of her weddings, the bride and groom climbed a ladder to cut their oversized cake. She also arranged for an elephant to greet the guests at Nicole Richie’s wedding. Did I mention the Hydration IV trucks at Sophia Vergara’s wedding? Weiss ensures her client’s personality is well represented throughout the day.
Wedding designer and trendsetter, Sasha Souza, raised in San Francisco Bay Area, has planned events around the world and numerous weddings in the Napa and Sonoma regions. Her experience as a stage manager has given her that extra leverage to execute events flawlessly. Souza incorporates fun and originality. One of her brides walked down the aisle with a gospel choir. She also likes the idea of additional space for guests to relax and hang out during the reception. Souza managed to transform a barn into a cozy lounge space for guests, a perfect place to take a dance break.
You may recognize David Tutera from his reality hit show, My Fair Wedding, now on its sixth season! In addition to his TV show, Tutera has a bridal line for Mon Cheri and a jewelry line at Sears. Talk about celebrity status! He appeared on Shannen Doherty’s show to assist with her wedding in Malibu. Tutera has a skill for introducing vintage pieces to a classic or modern style. He used antique birdcages for one event. Tutera will use flowers and petals to line serving platters, an inviting touch.
If you are in the process of planning a wedding or helping a friend or family member prepare for their big day, borrow a couple tips from the celebrity planners who helped revolutionize the wedding industry.