It is my firm belief that no couple should have to work on their wedding day. That goes for your family and close friends, as well! I take pride in the relationships I build with my clients, from the moment we go into contract through to the last dance. I’m a logistical goddess, so my planning and paperwork are bursting with oodles of details, and beloved by the vendors and venues I work with. I especially am passionate about pairing each couple with the perfect vendors to complete their team, and really enjoy that matchmaking process (and my extensive vendor list is proof of that!). I’ll be your right hand gal in the planning process, and then your advocate and voice over the weekend weekend, executing all of your thoughtful plans with pleasure!
Stephanie Gatton Events
Our wedding would absolutely not have been the perfect day it was without Stephanie. We hired her for her month-of coordination, as well as to help us find our other vendors. Even though Stephanie is based in New York and we live in/got married in Philadelphia, we never felt there was any issue in her being out of town. Stephanie was invaluable in helping find our equally amazing photographers, DJ, and florist. She coordinated all communications, made sure prices and contracts were reasonable, and was always available to answer any questions we had. She even made sure to meet me to chat in person when I was in New York for a weekend. During the last “month-of” Stephanie dealt with all final arrangements, made schedules for all the vendors and coordinated their arrivals at the venue. When we had surprise rain storms pop up on the forecast a few days before, Stephanie helped take care of everything we needed to make sure our wedding stayed dry. On the day of, I never felt nervous about the events of the day, or making sure that things went as planned, because I knew they would! I would have Stephanie plan my daily life if that were possible. -Alexis + Joe, September 2017
I never charge extra on my rates to make a profit from you just because you live somewhere else or are planning a destination wedding. So, if your wedding takes place anywhere in the five boroughs of NYC or anywhere within a 50-mile radius of my home in NYC, I’ll cover my travel costs completely at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU!
If your wedding venue falls outside of those specs, then I'll just need gas, tolls, and in some cases, lodging, covered. Additionally, I’m totally flexible with where I hang my hat when away from home - if you have a friend or family member willing to put me up for the night in your out-of-state hometown where the wedding will take place, that works for me! Otherwise, a reasonably-priced hotel, B&B or even AirBNB will suit me just fine (just no crashing on couches, please - you want me rested and ready to run the show on your big day!).
Also, I've got a serious case of wanderlust, and here are just some other cities where lodging might not cost you a dime to put me up (though gas, tolls, airfare would need to be covered): BOSTON, PHILADELPHIA, SAN FRANCISCO, LOS ANGELES, WASHINGTON, D.C., RICHMOND, LOUISVILLE, CLEVELAND, SEATTLE, CHICAGO, SAN DIEGO, MADISON, WI., THE UK (BRISTOL, BELFAST, LONDON), IRELAND (DUBLIN), GERMANY (LEIPZIG, BERLIN), CZECH REPUBLIC (PRAGUE).
Why do you want to work with APW couples?
That’s easy! APW couples tend to have their heads on straight when it comes to what they want their wedding day to look like, and those are my favorite types of clients! I adore working with all couples – especially non-traditional ones – who have a vision for their wedding, but just need a little help getting to the finish line.
First things first: You and your beloved are getting married. Not your parents, not your friends, not your relatives. You. And you deserve a wedding that reflects who you both are, in every beautiful, unique incarnation! I’ll be your advocate for individuality, answering any question that begins with “Do we have to…” with a big, fat “No, you do not.” You do you, and the rest will flow naturally.
I work with people of all shapes, sizes, religions (or anti-religions), gender identities and couplings, colors, and more! I am a proud LGBTQ ally, and will go down just about any road with you in order to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams, whatever those dreams may be!
Want to bring your own unique touch to your wedding (I’ve coordinated knife juggling, samurai swords, pagan handfasting, and cosplay at weddings, to name just a few)? You should expect the same level of excellence and professionalism in how your wedding is executed as traditional brides and grooms, and I’ll go that extra mile (probably with a little bit of swearing along the way), to give you everything you deserve and more!
What is your artistic approach to weddings?
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Dogs! I’m the proud mama to a bonded pair – Duchess (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier) and Marley (a Miniature Poodle), who occupy a large swath of my heart with my love for them.
You can also thank my New York born-and-raised husband for my borderline maniacal NY Mets fandom. I’m also now the co-captain of Juilliard’s staff softball team, and we won the trophy in 2014!
If I’m not running your event, chances are I am enjoying my awesome neighborhood of Astoria, Queens – so much to see and do!
What's your favorite book?
Anything in the Harry Potter series, but if I had to choose, I’d say Book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I am Ravenclaw for life.
What's your favorite movie?
Pretty in Pink is up there as my top ’80s film. Classics? I would have to go with Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
That’s easy! Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” No doubt about it.
Stephanie was recommended to us by the events manager at our reception venue, and we are so glad she helped us coordinate our wedding. After having to postpone and then cancel our Italian wedding this year, we reached out to Stephanie only 6 weeks from our newly planned wedding date to help get the ball rolling and keep us sane. She thought of every single detail (including delivery and return of rental linens) and created an amazing master schedule for us, our family, and our vendors that I could not have imagined creating myself. With just a few weeks to plan our COVID wedding, Stephanie looked into every safety requirement and made sure that we felt comfortable and supported as we approached, and during, our special day. Stephanie was essential to helping our wedding run smoothly and I highly recommend her to any couple who needs a coordinator or planner who will go above and beyond (and ensure you think of everything!) for your wedding.
Justin & Sarah
Thankfully Stephanie agreed on very short notice to step in and help with our October 2020 wedding, acting as day-of coordinator so we could finally relax and better enjoy our wedding day. It worked!! She is very friendly and well organized, and directed the ceremony and reception like a pro so all the pieces happened on time and without a hitch. We knew that we could rely on her to get the details right, and she did. If we could do it over again, we probably would have hired her sooner!
Denise B Morocco
As the mother of a bride who lives on the other coast, I needed some major organizational help. Stephanie was amazing. She not only broke down all the details that needed sorting in a timely way, but also on the day of the wedding when we had to adjust for torrential rain, she saved my life. Stephanie was, calm, organized and creative so that in the end, the drama of the rain storm added to the magic of the evening. She and her helper/husband, who is a master electrician, took care of every last detail with calm professionalism. Our guests told us it was one of the most fabulous events they'd ever attended. Stephanie is the BEST.
We honestly would not have survived the planning process without Stephanie's guidance and expertise. My husband and I had a fairly eclectic view of how we wanted the day to go- traditional ceremony but untraditional and casual after-party- and Stephanie heard and respected all of our requests. On our wedding day she really shined. She helped us navigate difficult family members, a disaster parking situation, and a million moving pieces, all in a city she did not know! Despite the chaos, we remember our wedding as easy, laid back, and one of the best days of our life. Work with Stephanie! It will be the best money you spend on your wedding.
Hannah Pinover and Mike Puleo
Stephanie is an amazing planner and we highly recommend that anyone planning a wedding seek her out! She was so warm and friendly, super organized, and consistently available whenever we had questions or a problem came up in the planning stages. Stephanie has great relationships with amazing vendors and helped us plan our dream winter wedding at the Greenpoint Loft with the best food, photography, flowers, and so much more for our big day. Stephanie was an absolute pro on the day of the wedding, coordinating all the moving pieces, and shielding us from the stress of surprise cancellations and plus ones. We couldn't have pulled off a wedding half as fantastic as ours turned out to be without Stephanie!
We decided to do a DIY wedding, but realized early on that we would need a coordinator for the day-of to keep everything on track and manage all the moving parts. We can’t tell you how glad we are that we found Stephanie, as she did this and so much more! From our first phone call with her it was clear we were in good hands: she made us feel that it was possible for us to achieve our vision for our DIY wedding, while giving us a much-needed plan for the months leading up to it and things we needed to keep in mind for the day-of. We immediately felt like we were in good hands and that we could trust her to answer ANY question, but more often than not she would spot a potential question or problem coming even before we did, and already have the solution for it. She is extremely experienced in event planning and wedding production, and whether you’re doing DIY or full service she will absolutely have your back. While she gave us a sense of security in the months leading up to the wedding, she blew us away on our actual wedding day! She completely exceeded our expectations as far as how efficient, organized, and on top of every detail she was. She completely understood our vision and executed it perfectly. One thing we were especially stressed about was the timing of the music during our ceremony, since we didn’t have a DJ but had several music changes. With her background in theater production, Stephanie handled this as though it were nothing at all. We really were able to enjoy the wedding and time with our guests, without having to worry about if we were on time or if the music was going to be cued at the right moment or if the people involved in the day knew their cues. If you want someone who will run your wedding like a tight ship and take care of details you didn’t even realize needed to be taken care of, Stephanie offers a total peace of mind. We cannot recommend her highly enough!!
None. We seriously can't recommend her highly enough!
Mary Beth Aubry
Stephanie was an absolute godsend in helping me bring together my wedding. I chose the "Oh Shit!" Package and got married in October 2018. After seeing great reviews online, I contacted Stephanie for a consultation and by the end of the call I was basically asking her to take my money. Stephanie is professional, thorough, collaborative, and so sweet. Stephanie is very responsive and brings great ideas to the table if you struggle with indecisiveness (like me). Also, once you book her services she provides super super helpful wedding "cheat sheets" that aid all things planning (timeline, guest list, tipping sheet, etc.). I am so glad I chose Stephanie because I did not once feel worried on my wedding day and was actually able to enjoy it! I would definitely recommend Stephanie Gatton!
Professional, attentive, organized, great vendor contacts, flexible, all around FABULOUS!!