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Lobster Bake Wedding

Lobster Bake Wedding

I am pleased to present a recent project of Lifestyle Maven Events: a lobster bake themed styled shoot. I had the honor and privilege to work with some amazing vendors and to design and style a look that was a little off the beaten path for the average NYC bride. To...

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Joe & Caroline’s Beautiful Queens, NY Wedding

Joe & Caroline’s Beautiful Queens, NY Wedding

Lifestyle Maven Events had the honor of coordinating Joe & Caroline's Memorial Day Weekend in Queens, NY. They had  a traditional Chinese tea ceremony following their ceremony. Their wedding was a true celebration of love and friendship and I was honored to be a...

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When Should I Start Planning My Wedding?

When Should I Start Planning My Wedding?

The moment has finally arrived! You are engaged! You are over the moon and can't wait to dive right into wedding plans and make that secret Pinterest board public. After all, there are venues to see, gowns to try on and about 2,673 other things to do! Now take a deep...

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8 Things Brides Wish They Never Spent Money On

8 Things Brides Wish They Never Spent Money On

Brides and Grooms are constantly being told what they MUST have and what they MUST buy for their wedding by well-meaning friends, family and our frenemy "the internet". It can be very easy to get carried away and listen to them. Do we need a wedding bell, guest book,...

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10 Things a Wedding Planner Is Not

10 Things a Wedding Planner Is Not

What exactly do wedding planners do and what does day of/month of coordination mean? There is a lot of confusion regarding what wedding planners do and don't. Recently I came across a well=worded and to the point article in Huffington Post written by celebrity planner...

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How to Choose An Engagement Ring

How to Choose An Engagement Ring

Choosing an engagement ring can be a daunting task. The great folks at Bespoke Diamonds are here to help. They've created this wonderful infographic to help grooms and brides to be. How long did it take you and your significant other to select a ring?

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What Value Should You Put On the Creative Process?

What Value Should You Put On the Creative Process?

There is so much conflicting information on the internet today regarding weddings. Some blogs encourage brides and grooms to be fierce negotiators; others say the opposite. As a wedding planner, it is often my job to negotiate price on behalf of clients but, as with...

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5 Ways To Save Money While Planning Your Wedding

5 Ways To Save Money While Planning Your Wedding

There's no way around it, Weddings are expensive. The average wedding in the U.S. is just shy of $30,000 and if you live in a major metropolitan area such as NYC or DC then you can expect to pay anywhere from 45 to 80 thousand dollars on the average. Regardless of...

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Wedding Trends: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Wedding Trends: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

One of my favorite things to do growing up was to look at my parents' wedding album. Not only was it so exciting as a child to see photos of my parents on their wedding day but I was also intrigued to see the bridal fashions of 1981 New York City. Needless to say,...

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Alison Semmler is a NYC native who is obsessed with travel, interior design, foreign foods and French varietals. She is a professional wedding planner and the owner of Lifestyle Maven Events. Alison lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two chubby rescue cats. She is also an Emoji enthusiast.

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