This may sound ridiculous to some, but partying isn’t easy, especially for a host or hostess. Putting on a party is a lot to take on, and it's an even bigger task if you have a tremendous guest list. Add on a few celebrities, a giant company, or a coming together of two enormous families and you can have a giant headache on your hands.
But there are some people who deal with partying brilliantly — event planners. These professionals are party curators, they’re fierce, and they’re a calm presence when they need to be. They get the job done and successfully set the scene, one cocktail, hors d'oeuvre, or bash at a time.
When faced with planning a party, whether it's a wedding, a corporate event, a charity gala, or an annual party, the hardest part is realizing when you need help. Creating a fabulous themed soirée within a particular budget is no easy feat, which is why you should know where to look for some assistance.
Although many big-name event planners are based in big cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Miami, there are stellar planners from coast to coast, and we would know — we did the leg work.
We’ve looked to the some of the most popular wedding and event blogs around town (100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Lover.ly, Rue, Ruffled, and more) and searched city by city to see who’s making heads turn with their professional flair and knack for soirée success.
From Alabama’s Christopher Confero Design to Wyoming’s Bella Design and Planning — and every state in between — we’ve found the best of the best.