Celebrity weddings and events tend to be among the most exquisite — full of rich detail and memorable moments. These events that flood our social media feeds and newsstands have been crafted by some of the most experienced planners in the world.
These planners are trusted with the most intimate details of the most public celebrities and are responsible for celebrations viewed the world over. It’s a lot of responsibility, and yet, there are wedding planners who are tapped over and over again for these high-profile, meaningful celebrations.
Top wedding planner Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions, shares, “I think there is a misunderstanding about celebrity weddings. Celebrities, like all couples, are extremely emotional at their wedding. A bride is a celebrity on the day of her wedding; a celebrity is a bride on the day of her wedding. The emotion is there no matter who you are. It’s a time when there’s a very, very strong bond, with tenderness, sensitivity, and happiness that is really beautiful and true for all couples, including celebrities.”
Read on to learn more about the best celebrity wedding planners in the world. Though we’ve listed the location of their offices, every one of these skilled planners routinely work in varied locations across the globe and boast continent-spanning vendor lists to produce the most memorable celebrations. Read on to meet the wedding planners who have produced your favorite celebrities’ most meaningful events.
In alphabetical order…
Alex Fitzgibbons & Camilla Monckton, Fait Accompli
London & Luxembourg
What to Know: Fait Accompli owner Alex Fitzgibbons and founder and director Camilla Monckton have worked with some of the most high-profile clients in the world, including actual royalty. Discretion is in their business’s nature, but that doesn’t stop them from creating opulent, one-of-a-kind events for their clients — and the world — to love.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: The Duke & Duchess of Sussex
Bryan Rafanelli, Rafanelli Events
Boston & New York City
What to Know: Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events has produced events for Fortune 500 companies, politicians, and yes, even celebrities. But Rafanelli and his polished team pay the same level of attention to every client, no matter their fame or stature. The team is thoughtful and professional in their execution, while maintaining a passion for each resulting event.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky
Real Event We Love: The color-blocked floating stairways at this dazzling, immersive gala are a forever-favorite element of the PartySlate team. Don’t miss the wow-worthy night-sky lighting and immersive photo spot.
Colin Cowie, Colin Cowie Lifestyle
Los Angeles & New York City
What to Know: When you have produced events for Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, and Jennifer Aniston, how do you continue to push the boundaries of your business? Cowie, of Colin Cowie Lifestyle, focuses on planning all types of events for clients in cities across the world, and has expanded his lifestyle business as a published author (again), with his most recent tome The Gold Standard: Giving Your Customers What They Didn’t Know They Wanted.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Tiësto & Annika Backes
Real Event We Love: DJ Tiesto’s wedding to model Annika Backes was breathtaking and filled with unique elements, including multiple mirrored arches to reflect the natural desert backdrop. Make sure to click through to see the magical desert night reception.
David Tutera, David Tutera Planning and Design
What to Know: Television personality, creator of the DAVIDTUTERA Experience and David Tutera Planning and Design, David Tutera is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience. He has done it all — and planned weddings and events for some of the most prominent celebrities, including Elton John and Matthew McConaughey. Tutera remains in demand due to his commitment to design one-of-a-kind parties that accurately reflect the honoree.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Shannen Doherty & Kurt Iswarienko
Real Event We Love: During the global pandemic, Tutera partnered with PartySlate and other top vendors to give Andrea — a frontline worker — and Ethan the wedding of their dreams. See how the team created a beautiful and safe celebration in the couple’s backyard.
New York City & Miami
What to Know: You may recognize Guerdy Abraira of Guerdy Design from her recent appearances on Real Housewives of Miami, but Abraira is also an event industry veteran who has planned weddings and events for many top influencers, athletes, and celebrities. Abraira’s past design and catering experience allows her to provide her influential clients with all-encompassing planning services.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Chris Bosh & Adrienne Williams
Real Event We Love: Abraira planned the wedding of Samantha Sage, Co-Founder of Betches Media, and this backyard celebration is one of the most glamorous micro wedding we’ve seen yet. Click to see how the floral-flanked aisle crosses over the pool.
What to Know: When we think of opulent weddings and events, we think of Jeannie Savage and her team at Details Details. To Savage, memorable moments are truly in the details — whether working with a high-profile celebrity client who wants their vision perfectly executed, or infusing a brand identity into every element of a corporate event.
Celebrity Weddings of Note: Chance the Rapper & Kirsten Corley
Real Event We Love: This colorful, butterfly-infused anniversary party, which was perfectly executed by Savage and her team at Details Details, was included in our Top Wedding and Party Trends for 2022 feature (for multiple wow-worthy elements). From the floral and butterfly entrance to the floating glass aisle, every photo from this celebration is a treat to see.
Jennifer Zabinski, Jennifer Zabinski Events
New York City
What to Know: Jennifer Zabinski of Jennifer Zabinski Events knows that a flawless event is rooted in the trust between planner and client, which is why she and her team prioritize those personal relationships throughout planning all of their weddings and events. This approach has garnered renowned clients like Megan Markle, who commissioned Zabinski and her team to plan her intimate baby shower in New York City.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian
Real Event We Love: Magical tent entrances are a PartySlate team weakness, and the greenery and lanterns welcoming guests to this stunning wedding reception are no exception, thanks to Zabinski and team. Click to see how the couple’s dapper dog joined in on the celebration.
New York City
What to Know: Jung Lee, co-founder of Fête, offers her exclusive roster of high-profile clients the unique opportunity to commission her team to handle everything in-house, including planning, event design, and paper product design. Lee and her team work to ensure that no two of their events are the same, promising clients a stand-out, stunning, and unique wedding or event experience.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Joseph Altuzarra & Seth Weissman
Real Event We Love: Everything at this sports carnival-themed Bat Mitzvah is larger than life, with every element beautifully and creatively imagined by Lee and Fête. The totally unique seating chart alone is worthy of wonder.
What to Know: As owner, founder, and creative director of Lisa Vorce CO, Lisa Vorce has a unique perspective that she brings to each wedding and event that she plans. She draws inspiration from her travels all over the world, infusing her high-profile clients’ events with international beauty and ensuring that she feels comfortable planning and executing events in any city and any setting — like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s vows in Italy.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Kate Upton & Justin Verlander
Real Event We Love: A few stunning photographs is all it takes to transport yourself to Teigen and Legend’s stunning waterfront wedding in Lake Como, planned by Vorce and her team. See how the water created the perfect backdrop for their “I dos.”
New York City
What to Know: With over 30 years of experience planning all types of events, including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, anniversary parties, and of course, weddings, Marcy Blum of Marcy Blum Associates is an internationally-renowned event planner who is admired by the entire event industry. Blum’s weddings and events — whether for a celebrity or not — are always creative, thoughtful, and filled with memorable elements.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Jeremiah Brent & Nate Berkus
Real Event We Love: Blum and team proved that lighting really is everything at Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus’s nuptials at the beautiful and elegant New York Public Library. Click to see the couple’s fun dip on their swanky custom black and white dance floor.
New York City
What to Know: Mary Lynn Van Wyck & Bronson Van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck bring their Southern aesthetic to their design and production services, offering a true sense of welcoming hospitality to each of their clients. And when you can call Sean Combs and former presidents your clients, you know you must be doing something right.
Celebrity Weddings of Note: George Lucas & Mellody Hobson
Real Event We Love: This couple takes you behind-the-scenes of their wedding weekend, from their poolside welcome party to their luxurious reception, planned and designed by Van Wyck & Van Wyck. Don’t miss how their clear tent highlights the beautiful daytime sky-scape over their nuptials and the stars over their reception.
New York City
What to Know: Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations is a New York City-based event planning professional known for her tasteful celebrations around the globe. We love her willingness to take on new challenges and new locations when planning the most perfect and unique destination event.
Celebrity Weddings of Note: Brooklyn Beckham & Nicola Peltz
Real Event We Love: We adore this dramatic and romantic wedding in San Francisco in a tent that boasts a unique combination of billowing white drapery and a transparent ceiling that is truly stunning. You’ll want to see how the red florals pop on white tabletops and how the breathtaking bar features trees that look as if they’ve grown in their spots.
What to Know: Mindy Weiss of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants is known for her ever-evolving creativity, unmatched passion, and ultimate discretion that celebrities and other clients alike can trust and rely on. Weiss and her team travel the world planning all types of events, from lavish wedding celebrations and anniversary parties to innovative events for some of the world’s top corporate brands.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Paris Hilton & Carter Reum
Real Event We Love: Actress and activist Leah Remini worked with Weiss and her team to create an extravagant and creative backyard gathering to celebrate her milestone birthday.
What to Know: Sarah Haywood, of the eponymous Sarah Haywood Weddings & Celebrations, runs one of the world’s most luxurious wedding planning businesses. Her team only takes on a few clients and gives each highly-customized service to produce some of the most memorable events for celebrities and royalty alike. Additionally, Haywood has penned two tomes about weddings, is a well-regarded event industry educator, and routinely appears on television offering advice and insight.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Lady Kitty Spencer & Michael Lewis
What to Know: Visionary Sharon Sacks and her firm Sacks Productions have produced weddings and events for too many elite clientele to list — but we’ll try. Think the Kardashians, Madonna, Michael Douglas, and President Clinton. In fact, from princes to presidents and athletes to actors, Sacks continues to wow with highly-personal, yet extraordinary events by elevating every moment with her attention to beautiful detail.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto
Real Event We Love: Our entire PartySlate team is gaga for this classic, elegant wedding. From the decadent mirrored aisle to the you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it tented reception, this celebration delighted with floral visions and sweet moments.
What to Know: Born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, Stefanie Cove began her career in hospitality at the famed Breakers Hotel. More than 15 years and an impressive roster of high-profile and celebrity clients later, Cove, with her company Stefanie Cove and Co., is known to produce some of the most flawless and artistic weddings and events all over the world.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Molly Sims & Scott Stuber
Los Angeles & New York City
What to Know: CEO Yifat Oren of Oren Co. prides herself on the highly-customized, visually-stunning events that her team creates for their clients. Oren has planned events for high-profile clients and celebrities on five continents and in 23 different countries, and she has relationships with the top vendors and venues across the world.
Celebrity Wedding of Note: Hilary Duff & Matthew Koma
Real Event We Love: Oren designed the star-studded Baby2Baby gala in Los Angeles, an annual event for the nonprofit that provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. We love how the event’s print materials and signage kept the cause top-of-mind for attendees.
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Is it really helpful to hire a planner for your wedding?
Whether you’re envisioning a glamorous, intimate affair in your own backyard or a weekend-long celebration for hundreds at a renowned resort, a skilled wedding planner will ensure that it goes smoothly so that you’re free to enjoy every wonderful moment.
Additionally, a planner will offer advice based on years of experience as well as a list of trusted vendors for everything from your caterer to your photographer. Your planner will guide you through whom to book first and when. They will also help you side-step potentially difficult situations.
We truly believe that having the assistance of a wedding planner is imperative (and the earlier in your process, the better).
Also see our article: 6 Common Wedding Planning Dilemmas Solved.
Are destination weddings back?
A “destination wedding” quite literally means getting married somewhere other than where you live. That destination can be within the country or anywhere in the world. And, yes, they are back.
Top celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions shares, “We are seeing many destination weddings. I think as a result of what we’ve experienced, people really want their friends and family to come with them as they say ‘I do.’ Some of the more popular destinations we’re seeing are Lake Como, the South of France, Anguilla, Cabo, and other private areas of Mexico and Spain. Within the United States, we’re seeing Napa, Aspen, Wyoming, and Nashville (specifically, Blackberry Farms). The palate is unlimited, and it’s all based on personal preference. Couples are looking for incredible, special places to wed.”
Also see our article: 34 Honeymoon Destinations That Also Make Perfect Wedding Venues.
In addition to finding the best wedding planner for your celebration, PartySlate (along with your planner, of course) is here to help you find your venue and entire team of vendors.
Head to our curated vendor directory to find everything from florists and photographers to caterers and entertainment companies.
You can also discover your perfect wedding venue on PartySlate. Use our filters to narrow your search, whether you’re looking for a venue with an outdoor space or one that allows for an outside caterer, you’ll find the spaces that meet your needs.
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