15 Tips for Planning Your Dream Wedding


June 8, 2023

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Hey Upper East Siders.

Gossip girl here, and I have some of my biggest news ever.

Spotted at LaGuardia, bag in hand: Blair Waldorf.

And coming close behind? Serena van der Woodsen carrying, what’s that? Dress bags?

Okay okay, so while this is a totally FICTIONAL scene from Gossip girl, you know who DID enjoy the finer things in life? Serena and Blair.

And I’m spilling the tea on how to create your own luxury wedding will make her bow down in respect.

Welcome to the land of wedding dreams, where love takes center stage and extravagance is the supporting cast. Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the world of luxury weddings in this five-part blog series (yes, 5 whole parts). I am about to reveal the secrets behind those jaw-dropping celebrations. From bridal stylists who are like fairy godmothers with impeccable taste to live paintings that capture your romance in brushstrokes, we’ve got all the insider tips to make your big day truly unforgettable.

So, grab your popcorn and get ready for a cinematic experience like no other!

Painting the Picture of a Luxury Wedding

Imagine this: You gracefully gliding down the aisle, causing a commotion like a celebrity on the red carpet.

Your custom Oscar de la Renta gown is the stuff dreams are made of, making heads turn faster than a Beyoncé dance move.

The room is dripping in candlelight and gold chandeliers, setting a mood so romantic, even Cupid would trade in his arrows for a front-row seat.

Did you know?

Guess what? A recent survey revealed that a whopping 78% of luxury wedding couples are all about investing in high-end products and services to leave their guests awe-struck.

*Disclaimer: Statistics are AI generated and used for illustrative purposes only. It might be true, but as a mom of 4 I have ZERO extra time to do fact checking. So, let’s assume it’s just an illustration. Sounds about right though, don’t you think?

Where to Start Your Luxury Wedding Planning

  • Fine jewelry and accessories crafted with exquisite diamonds and gemstones will add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding ensemble, making you shine like a star and creating timeless heirlooms to cherish for generations to come.
  • A custom-designed wedding gown by a renowned fashion designer will make you feel like a true princess on your special day, with a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that perfectly reflects your style and personality.
  • Choosing a luxury wedding venue with exclusive amenities and stunning views ensures an unforgettable experience for you and your guests, creating a picture-perfect backdrop that sets the stage for an extraordinary celebration.
  • With personalized wedding planning services by a high-end wedding planner, every detail of your big day will be flawlessly executed, allowing you to relax and fully immerse yourself in the joy of the celebration, knowing that everything is taken care of by an expert.
  • Gourmet catering by a renowned chef or Michelin-starred restaurant guarantees a culinary experience that will delight your taste buds and impress your guests, elevating your wedding reception to a true feast for the senses.
  • Professional hair and makeup services by stylists will leave you looking and feeling like a celebrity yourself, with flawless beauty that lasts throughout the day, ensuring you feel confident and radiant from the moment you walk down the aisle.
  • Live entertainment by a world-class band or DJ will create an electrifying atmosphere, keeping your guests on their feet and filling the air with infectious energy, ensuring an unforgettable night of celebration and dancing.
  • Luxury transportation with chauffeur service for the bridal party and guests adds an extra touch of opulence and convenience to your wedding day, ensuring everyone arrives in style and enjoys a seamless, comfortable experience from start to finish.
  • Bespoke wedding invitations and stationery created by a top stationer will set the tone for your wedding, capturing your unique love story and personal style, while impressing your guests with exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail.
  • High-end wedding photography and videography capturing every magical moment will allow you to relive the joy and emotions of your wedding day for years to come, with stunning images and cinematic footage that tell the story of your love in the most beautiful and captivating way.
  • Luxury floral arrangements and event design by a renowned florist will transform your wedding venue into a breathtaking paradise, with stunning blooms and artistic arrangements that create an enchanting ambiance and leave a lasting impression on your guests.
  • An exclusive wedding cake creation by a celebrity pastry chef or luxury bakery will not only be a feast for the taste buds but also a work of art that becomes a centerpiece of your reception, showcasing impeccable craftsmanship and adding a touch of culinary sophistication to your celebration.
  • Live wedding painting by a fine artist captures the essence and beauty of your wedding day in real-time, providing a unique and captivating experience for you and your guests as they witness the creation of a true masterpiece that captures the atmosphere, emotions, and details of your special day.
  • Personalized wedding day coordination services by a top-tier wedding planner (like Alison Events) ensure that every aspect of your wedding day runs smoothly and flawlessly, allowing you to relax and fully enjoy the day without any worries or stress, knowing that every detail is taken care of by a professional.
  • Bespoke wedding bands and fine jewelry designed by a prestigious jeweler not only add a touch of luxury and elegance to your wedding attire but also symbolize your unique love story and commitment, creating timeless pieces that hold deep sentimental value and serve as a constant reminder of your special day.

Now, go ahead and shine like a star with elegance and sophistication. Let your imagination run wild, as you create timeless memories and cherished heirlooms. From the first step down the aisle to the last dance of the night, every moment will be filled with joy, beauty, and the essence of your unique love story.

Remember, your luxury wedding is a work of art, carefully crafted with impeccable taste and attention to detail.

So, send regrets to the ordinary. Make your wedding day a true masterpiece that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Want more juicy details on luxury wedding trends and inspiration? Check out this article in Vogue and this one in Over the Moon.

Ready to elevate your wedding to an unforgettable masterpiece? It’s time to make your special day truly extraordinary with the exclusive artistry of live wedding painting. Imagine capturing every emotion, every detail, and every magical moment as it unfolds, immortalized with watercolor by a talented artist.

Don’t settle for ordinary. Embrace the extraordinary and create a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave your guests in awe. Whether you envision a breathtaking landscape or a heartfelt portrait, my live wedding painting services will transform your celebration into a work of art.

Add a touch of exclusivity and timeless elegance to your wedding. It’s time to get in touch. Let’s discuss your vision, your dreams, and how we can bring them to life through the power of live painting. Reach out today and secure your spot in our limited availability calendar.

Remember, true artistry awaits those who dare to dream.

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Bringing your wedding day to life, thrilling your guests with a show-stopping live wedding painting experience, and creating a timeless keepsake that honors your sacred bond and will warm your heart every time you look at it – it’s what I do best.

Hey, I'm Courtney.

From behind the easel, I serve timeless brides who still embrace the unexpected by creating heirloom painting experiences that are immersive, one-of-a-kind, and thrilling to watch.

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With a slightly abstract Impressionist live painting experience that captures the love and joy of your story, shows off the beauty of your wedding day, and helps everyone who enters your future home to feel your wedding day, you’ll finally have THE THING that makes your wedding day unforgettable.

And your guests? They'll talk about your wedding forever because of the experience you gave them.


Simply put? This is way more than just a wedding painting.