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Always imagined a classic NYC wedding? These pros know how to throw a party in the city's most intricate ballrooms, museums and private clubs or transform a private estate into a beautifully tented bash. Read on to learn more about New York City's best classic wedding planners.
Claudia Hanlin's Wedding Library
For over a decade, Claudia Hanlin's Wedding Library has been a one-stop-shop for the classic New York bride. Housed inside the doors of her Upper East Side offices, Claudia provides impeccable wedding planning and design services with an in-house bespoke stationer to assure that all the small details, from welcome bags to menu cards and favors, have a cohesive vibe that compliments her elegant event design. Brides can also shop a carefully curated collection of bridesmaid dresses, bespoke invitation and registry must-haves, all without leaving the Library doors. Read real brides' reviews here!
Van Wyck and Van Wyck
Mother and son team Bronson and Mary Lynn van Wyck run their family business on the age-old notions of hospitality, graciousness and generosity. Their lavishly warm weddings and social events are a favorite to New York society and celebrities alike, and often take place as tented affairs at private estates, in luxurious ballrooms such as The Plaza or in the instance of one very special birthday party, via a temporary installation on the streets of NYC. Bronson began his events career coordinating affairs at the American Embassy in Paris, bringing his services stateside to attend to the likes of Beyoncé, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, the Ford, Rockefeller and Mellon families and the last three U.S. presidents. Needless to say, a bride would be in pretty good company should she decide to become their client!
Loulie Walker Events
It's known throughout the wedding industry that once Loulie Walker works with a bride, she's likely to work with them for life. The Bronxville native's perfectionist personality is inherent in all her events — from lavish tented weddings to art gallery galas, Loulie is known to throw multi-day affairs with an unsurpassed dedication to detail that leaves her with a repeat client roster for anniversaries, birthdays and other celebratory life events. Because she's keen to make each wedding perfect, Loulie only takes on a limited number of weddings a year and works with a tight knit list of vendors, the best of the best, to execute her clients' visions into reality.
ANG Weddings and Events
A former VP at a global investment bank, owner Tzo Ai knows a thing or two about busy New York City lifestyles. She fervently works around her clients' schedules, including late nights and weekends, to help them actualize the Manhattan wedding of their dreams, be it an intimate outdoor ceremony at Wave Hill or a full-out fête at the New York Public Library. Having lived in four countries over three continents, Tzo Ai brings a passion for travel and foods of different cultures to her events, and as such, has worked with many multi-cultural couples to create events that meld culture, tradition and family. Read real brides' reviews here!
Shawn Rabideau Events and Design
You got to know Shawn as the detail-loving designer and wedding planner on Bethanny Getting Married, but in the 15 years he's been in business, his brand has expanded exponentially. Shawn continues to create classic and elegant client-centric events in NYC, but has also created a beautiful namesake stationery line and opened satellite offices in the Finger Lakes region of New York (think: wineries and small resorts), and Charleston, SC — where he loves helping Northeast brides inject a little bit of the NYC refinement they love into a beautiful southern wedding.