The Best Wedding Planners: Over The Moon’s 2022 List

By Shayna Seid

Do you ever wonder who plans the types of weddings that you continuously find yourself stalking on Instagram? The kind of celebrity affairs held by the likes of Paris Hilton, Sophie Turner, and Serena Williams, or the nuptials featured on the web pages of Over The Moon and Vogue.com? Well, you’re in luck since we’ve compiled a list of some our very favorite wedding planners. These men and women go above and beyond the call of duty to put together absolutely gorgeous ceremonies and receptions. And as their frequent coverage shows, their efforts tend to pay off. Below, our own master list, of the best wedding planners working throughout the U.S. and internationally today. It’s also worth noting that even if a planner is based in a certain area, their team can often do destination weddings anywhere.

Emily Marie David’s romantic outdoor reception setting in Big Sur. Photo: Norman & Blake

Alison Bryan Destinations

A husband-wife team, these two wedding planners are based in Santa Barbara, California. They’ve planned weddings at personal homes, art galleries, and in front of murals by Diego Rivera. In other words, they’re about as versatile, and as artistically-inclined, as you can get. OTM Bride Emily Marie David’s wedding in Big Sur is one we often find ourselves looking back to for inspiration.

 

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Augusta Cole

With more than 10 years of experience in events, Augusta’s namesake planning company started in 2020 and has skyrocketed ever since. Her innate eye for detail, intuitive creative design, and seamless planning process make her one our favorites to work closely with. Cole has helped us with past events, like our Brock Collection dinner in Charleston and our Bridgerton-themed dinner, hosted at her own apartment in New York City. And we are always in awe of the OTM Weddings from her that we get to cover, such as Margaret Carvey’s nuptials in Wyoming.

 

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Bryan Rafanelli

We attended a soirée thrown by Bryan Rafanelli and Michelle Rago a few months ago, and we still find ourselves thinking back to the amazing and grand details—did we mention his team can do destination events too? When former First Lady Michelle Obama was in the White House, she trusted Rafanelli time and time again to plan events. Need we say any more? If Michelle Obama trusts him, then chances are, you should too when it comes to your big day.

 

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ByChenai Events

With a background in corporate supply chain, founder Chenai Bukutu is a logistics expert. Based in the U.K. but working with clients internationally, she’s also been named the National Wedding Planner of the Year 2022 by The Wedding Industry Awards. Keep an eye out for more weddings from her on OTM!

Calder Clark

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Calder Clark is a dominant wedding planner throughout the American South. But don’t think you can’t book Clark if your dream wedding is set somewhere else. In fact, the Clark team plans multiple destination weddings a year.

Colin Cowie

Colin Cowie is part of an elite set of wedding planners known for arranging celebrity nuptials and events—past clients include Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, and Tom Cruise—and yet he doesn’t exclusively focus on uber-expensive weddings. The Cowie team has produced events with budgets starting from $25,000 to $25 million, so do there is no reason to be intimidated!

Easton Events senior event producer and OTM Bride Dawson Haynes’s magical reception tent. Photo: Eric Kelley

Easton Events

This award-winning wedding and social events company was founded in 1998 by Lynn Easton, and the team now, conveniently, has offices in Charlottesville and Charleston—they’re also very experienced in destination events too. The luxury hospitality group, Easton Porter Group, which manages Easton Events, also manages beautiful properties such as Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Cannon Green, and Red Pump Kitchen, so you truly have the some of the best resources at hand.

An absolute dream of a reception space. Photo: Courtesy of Fait Accompli

Fait Accompli is a London-based event planning organization that was first founded in 1987. Today, the veteran company is known for its exquisite international events, as well as its loyal clientele. But who exactly are the firm’s two most famous previous clients? None other than Prince William and Kate Middleton, who selected Fait Accompli to plan their 2011 wedding.

Fallon Carter

Based in New York and Los Angeles, Fallon Carter also specializes in putting together gorgeous destination events. To help couples with their mini and virtual weddings during COVID-19, her company has also partnered with some of the best vendors to create The We Do! Collective, which makes planning those unique celebrations so easy. If you’re holding out for a bigger celebration next year, keep Carter bookmarked too.

 

 

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Fête NY

Jung Lee runs Fête, a New York City event planning firm. Indisputably one of the best wedding planners working today, Lee has a knack for orchestrating stunningly beautiful and unique affairs, like Ruthie Friedlander’s nuptials at The Frick Collection.

Gregory Blake Sams

GBS is a full-service boutique event planning firm that delivers one-of-a-kind experiences. Founder G. Blake Sams splits his time between New York City and Charleston and his company travels worldwide for events. Sams’s unique interpretation of timeless traditions, combined with his attention to detail, proven understanding of event logistics, and strong focus of residential design has made him the top wedding planner that he is.

 

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Hessney & Co.

Chris Hessney launched his event production and design agency in 2015 and has since created beautiful events for Gwyneth Paltrow, Martha Stewart, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, and more. The summer after we launched our shop, he graciously created a series of breathtaking summer tablescapes for us that is still top of mind. As Chris is one of the top florists in the game too, you know your event will be designed to perfection.

 

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House & Parties

Rebecca Gardner of House & Parties may be an experienced wedding planner, but she hasn’t spent her entire career helping happy couples walk down the aisle. For years Gardner served as Savannah College of Art and Design’s director of creative initiatives. In other words, she’s long-since known her way around large-scale events, and has an eye for style.

 

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Jennifer Zabinski

Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events was the woman behind Serena Williams’s wedding extravaganza in New Orleans. From the choreographed first dance set to Beauty and the Beast’s “Tale As Old As Time” to the performance by New Edition to the desserts that descended from the ceiling at the epic after-party, the entire event was a perfectly executed—and Zabinski was the epitome of calm, cool, and collected. With a guest list that included Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, I think we can all agree that’s no easy feat!

Laurie Arons

Laurie Arons has been in business since 1994 and is based out of San Francisco, California. She counts Christy Turlington and Sofia Coppola as past clients. Wondering what her style looks like? Hint: it doesn’t involve naked cakes or twinkle lights.

 

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Lisa Vorce

Lisa Vorce is a full service event planner, who specializes in destination weddings—from the highlands of Vietnam, a remote Caribbean island, a hacienda in Mexico, and a charming villa along the Amalfi Coast, she’s done it all! We especially love the OTM Wedding she planned for Kristin Tice Studeman in Napa Valley.

 

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Marcy Blum

Marcy Blum has been in the wedding planning business for more than 30 years and has put on spectacular events in some of the most romantic corners of the globe, but that doesn’t mean you could easily recognize a typical Blum event. On the contrary, Blum prides herself on her chameleon-like ability to tailor each wedding to a different bride and groom’s needs. We know first-hand that she’s such a delight to work with and will have you splitting your sides with laughter every step of the way.

OTM Bride Sophia Ahl’s reception dinner setup at Baluarte San Ignacio in Colombia. Photo: Sergio Sandona and Marco Varchetta

Matthew Robbins & Luis Otoya

New York-based event planners and couple Matthew Robbins and Luis Otoya create beautiful weddings that feel effortless, and which feature a strong emphasis on design. Robbins has his own event company and later founded a sister company, Robbins Otoya, with Otoya. Together they help plan destination weddings around the world, in places like Mexico, Europe, and this multi-day extravaganza in Cartagena.

Michelle Norwood

Understated elegance with a New Orleans personality is what event planner Michelle Norwood is known for. Unique, one-of-a-kind weddings and celebrations that feel personal are her speciality. Whether you’re looking to lead your guests to your black-tie reception in NOLA style at the front of a festive second line parade, after a rustic chic farmhouse vibe, or hoping for something in between, look no further…Michelle Norwood is your planner!

Michelle Rago Destinations

Based in New York City, Michelle Rago and her team have produced and designed events as far-flung as New Delhi and the Cote d’Azur and, of course, from coast to coast on the continental United States. Rago will make sure you feel like the hostess with the mostess without any of the stress or worrying, for a seamless and memorable wedding day.

Paris Hilton walking back down the aisle as a married woman. Photo: Jose Villa

Mindy Weiss

With celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss, you know that you will be in good hands. For starters, she knows exactly what’s on, and off, trend—be it greenery, metallics, or desserts. Weiss most recently planned Paris Hilton’s grand wedding, and during the pandemic, she especially flexed her skills by transforming a backyard in Los Angeles into a magical micro-wedding setting.

 

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Paulina Corvi

Events by Paulina, founded by Paulina Corvi, is a luxury wedding & event planning firm that specializes in destination weddings in Lake Como and throughout Italy. The first generation Taiwanese-American Corvi began her career in private banking before transitioning to nuptials full-time. She’s based in New York and Italy and wants to give couples the bespoke high-touch experience that she couldn’t find when putting together her own Italy wedding.

 

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Preston Bailey

If you want a grand, theatrical, over the top experience, Preston Bailey is your man. Bailey has been globally-celebrated for his unique ability to transform ordinary spaces into lush, mind-blowing environments, and he’s designed events for royal families and celebrities alike. Since his start in 1980, Bailey has penned seven books on entertaining and has hosted a number of workshops for event education—he’s a true master of his craft.

 

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Rosemary Events

What is it about Napa Valley? Maybe it’s the fact that it feels like a little slice of Tuscany, located within the U.S. Maybe it’s that gorgeous Parent Trap home, immortalized by Nancy Meyers. Regardless, it’s difficult to argue that it doesn’t make for an ideal wedding setting. And luckily, Rosemary Events founder Rosemary Hattenbach focuses on weddings in this vineyard-drenched area of California. Cheers then to that!

Jo Hill’s micro-wedding reception setup in California. Photo: Yvette Roman

Stefanie Cove

With more than 15 years of experience, Cove and her team produces full-service events around the globe, but they are based in Los Angeles. She specializes in small and large-scale events and also has a background in the 5-star hospitality industries, so your night is sure to go off without a hitch! Cove has planned some of our favorite weddings like those of Hayley Bloomingdale, Karlie Kloss, and OTM Bride Jo Hill.

 

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Sugokuii Events

Known for creating bespoke events all around Italy, Sugokuii Events founder Diana Sorenson was raised between New York, Rome, and Copenhagen. After a career working for well-known fashion and jewelry brands and in luxury events, Sorenson decided to bring her 12 years of experience into her own company and create events in some of the most magical locations she had been longing to return to from her childhood.

 

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Tara Guérard

Another Southern-based gem, Guerard operates out of Charleston, but has a second office located in New York. However, if you want to get a sense of Guerard’s style before you commit, take a look at one of her wedding planning books, as she’s published more than one.

Valley & Company Events

Founded in 2003 by Aleah & Nick, Valley & Co. now handles event planning, design, and floral, so you truly get almost everything you need from this team. Their attention to detail is outstanding, and everything they do really takes into account how a guest will feel in a particular moment—showcased in this OTM Wedding in Seattle with a Kentucky Derby–themed rehearsal dinner.

 

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Van Wyck & Van Wyck

The first wedding that Bronson van Wyck ever planned was the Maine nupitals of Marina Rust in 1999. The rest, they say, is wedding planner history. Since then, he’s expanded to create event design and production firm Van Wyck & Van Wyck, which is available to travel for destination weddings. Celebrated for a style of entertaining that combines wit and sophistication with the gracious warmth of the team’s Southern roots, every event produced embraces the age-old notions of hospitality and generosity.

OTM Bride Jessie Brackston Zinke’s picture-perfect bar for post-ceremony cocktail hour. Photo: Lauren and Abby

Yifat Oren

Yifat Oren is the founder of Oren Co., a luxury event firm based out of New York and Los Angeles. And while Oren has been known to plan weddings for the stars, she’s just as enthusiastic, if not more so, when it comes to planning ceremonies and receptions for other people. One of our favorite weddings that she and her team planned was a Johanna Ortiz-inspired fête in Florida.