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Top Tips From New York Wedding Planners

New York's top wedding planners share their juiciest insider info for planning a wedding in New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Locusts on Hudson

The Planners

Leslie Price and Eyal Tessler, In Any Event, New York City, (212) 472-7751
Years in the biz
About 30 years of event planning between them. They've been coordinating weddings together since 2004.
Secret Weapon
"Brides benefit from our 'devil's advocate' approach to planning: Every worst- and best-case scenario is discussed and strategized."

The Planner

Nadia Moughawech, Luxe Events New York, New York Metro Area, (917) 622-5656
Years in the biz
She's been running her own business for three years, but she interned for a big-name planner before going out on her own.
Secret Weapon
S Silently putting out fires, being on top of every detail and caring about her work.

The Planner

Christine A. Wheat, Christine A. Wheat Special Events Firm, LLC, New York Metro Area and the Capital District, (516) 313-0704
Years in the biz
10 years. She started in Long Island (she went to college there!) and has since grown to other areas in the Northeast.
Secret Weapon
Being all things to the bride on the wedding day. "We're the attendants, the coordinators, the friends and even the makeup artist."

Renovated venue

"Opia, a restaurant and lounge on 57th St. and Lexington Ave. in Manhattan (212-688-3939, OpiaRestaurant.com), just got a sophisticated facelift. There are hardwood floors, velvet banquettes, arched windows and wrought-iron balconies. Multiple rooms offer flexibility, the food is tasty and guests can stay at the onsite Marriott Renaissance." —Leslie and Eyal

Local theme idea

"Did you know that F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is based on the North Shore of Long Island? You can do a '20s-themed wedding with a Gatsby–style invite. Ask the women to wear gloves, and you can give out parasols." —Christine

Cheaper welcome bags

"You can get free, official New York City maps and guides to put in your hotel welcome bags from NYCGo.com. Click on 'Plan Your Visit' and then 'Essentials'; then scroll down to 'Visitor Resources' and click on 'Order Official NYC Guides.'" —Leslie and Eyal

Wine-country weddings

"Flying to Napa isn't necessary! The vineyards of the Hudson Valley are beautiful and just 90 minutes outside of Manhattan. Try Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in Millbrook (845-677-8383, MillbrookWine.com); the grounds are gorgeous, and there's a chic loft space. " —Nadia

Signature cocktail trend

"They're a little strong, but I'm seeing more brides do a take on Long Island Iced Tea for the cocktail hour. To work in your colors, you can use raspberry iced tea or green tea or just add a garnish of a blueberry or a cherry. Don't forget the personalized drink stirrers!" —Christine

Hidden gem

"I've fallen in love with Locusts on Hudson in Staatsburg (212-226-5656, LocustsonHudson.com). It's on acres of rolling meadows and overlooks the river. The historic main house was recently restored, giving the property an Old Hollywood feel you won't find anywhere else in New York." —Nadia

-- Meredith Bodgas