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In the big, wide world of wedding planning, there are certain names that you just know (maybe even before you got engaged). These big kids on the playground — the event pros who wrote the book (literally) on wedding planning and design — count A-list celebs as their regular clientele and star in their own reality shows to boot. They're local to New York City and available to plan and design your wedding to Hollywood-standards.
You can imagine the gusto it takes to plan Star Jones' and Shannen Doherty's weddings, but the buck doesn't stop there for this celeb planner, bridal fashion designer, author, and reality TV star. If you're lucky enough to nail down Tutera to plan and design your big day, be ready to pay major bucks for the signature bling he brings to a ballroom wedding. The bride who books David loves opulence, glamour, and her fair share of chandeliers.
Marcy Blum is endearingly referred in the bridal world as an "eventiste," a wonderfully respected expert who many consider the forerunner of wedding planning. Marcy is able to produce complicated weddings with seamless results by offering the best of both worlds: 28 years of hands-on, hard-won experience with celebrities, high-end clients, and savvy brides, and her finger (and those of her staff) on the pulse of what's new and hot, innovative, and possible in events.
Known worldwide for his epic art installations, Preston Bailey is a globally-celebrated event designer who literally travels the world creating lush, transformative spaces for the likes of celebrities, royal families, and corporate big-wigs such as Donald Trump. Preston's famous floral sculptures are seriously striking and grandiose, but somehow never overdone despite their epic scale. He often partners with planner Marcy Blum to create opulent events in NYC and beyond — and in his 35 years in the biz, he has authored six books on the process of beautiful event planning.
Lavish, opulent, and glamorous, event guru Colin Cowie has planned affairs for high-profile brides and stars like Oprah and Kim Kardashian. Colin stresses his signature "five senses approach" to ensure that everything you touch, taste, smell, see, and hear contributes to a sophisticated event experience. Having traveled 12 million miles and visited almost 100 countries, Colin finds inspiration for his brides wherever he goes. His love for travel inspires him to create a truly unique experience for every bride and groom that he works with. He begins with the DNA of each couple, and designs a wedding around the statement of style they choose to make to the world as a newly married couple.