​ Ceremonies and Event Planning of the Finger Lakes has over 10 years of full-service experience creating memorable, meaningful events to fit our clients' personalities, tastes and visions.  We have helped create weddings, rehearsals, B’nai Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, reunions, graduation, retirement, receptions, cocktail parties and more - for clients who live in the Ithaca area, as well as for those who have made the Finger Lakes their event destination.​

What We Offer

As of 2019, we are prioritizing our consulting services and moving away from full-service event coordiation.  On-site coordination remains available on a limited basis.   We offer consulting on...

Past Events

Click on the gallery below to see some of the events we have helped plan and coordinate.

SITE SELECTION.  The number of venues in the Finger Lakes has grown a lot!  We can help you find everything from intimate and off-the-beaten path locations, to formal banquet facilities and save you hours of research and phone calling.

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VENDOR REFERRALS AND SELECTION ASSISTANCE.  The options can be overwhelming.  We can help you find the right caterer, photographer, florist and other professionals and services you may need.

Special note to LGBTQ couples:  We recognize how important it is to have your celebration at a venue in which you feel welcomed and celebrated.  And you should only hire other professionals who feel similarly.  In helping you to choose venues, vendors, and wedding professionals, we will only connect you with those who are LGBTQ-friendly.

​​GUEST SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS.  Hotel facilities continue to expand.  We can help you find blocks of rooms, prepare welcome bags, plan activities, and connect you with all the right resources you’ll need.

REHEARSAL DIRECTION.   Perfect if you’ve chosen someone to officiate without much experience.   We will walk you through all the steps and help everyone involved feel comfortable and confident in their roles. 

PERSONAL TOUCHES.  What often makes an event really stand out are special touches that provide warmth and meaning. We can help make your event stand out by helping you with special touches that create an atmosphere of warmth and caring. 

 

LOGISTICS AND PLANNING.  The importance of this cannot be  underestimated and we are masters of the spread sheet!  Overall monthly planning, day-of timelines, set up summaries, transportation plans…a little advance planning goes a long way! 

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Tabletops again

Tabletops again

Group shot on campus

Group shot on campus

Barn at night with lit trees

Barn at night with lit trees

Newlywed game

Newlywed game

Cake pops - close up

Cake pops - close up

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IMG_3694

Amber and Ben - group shot on porch 2

Amber and Ben - group shot on porch 2

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JFOOTE_D130705_1440

Close up of flowers

Close up of flowers

Place setting - yacht club

Place setting - yacht club

Guests dining in tent

Guests dining in tent

Cookie station

Cookie station

Vanessa -table top FM

Vanessa -table top FM

Guests under tent and cupcake table - fr

Guests under tent and cupcake table - fr

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Meg and Chad - table top at F'bleau

Meg and Chad - table top at F'bleau

Flowers - close up

Flowers - close up

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JFOOTE_MD_D130705_0757

Dance around bride

Dance around bride

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Close up of Whitney and Nate

Close up of Whitney and Nate

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0307

Floral bouquet

Floral bouquet

Ithaca Trivia Game

Ithaca Trivia Game

buffet - greenstar

buffet - greenstar

Arch of trees - Marc and Jonathan

Arch of trees - Marc and Jonathan

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Table Top - luncheon 2

Table Top - luncheon 2

Cutting the Cake

Cutting the Cake

Bridal party jumping 3

Bridal party jumping 3

Shane and Elizabeth-pavillion set up 1

Shane and Elizabeth-pavillion set up 1

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Lisa and Justin outside - photo by Laura

Lisa and Justin outside - photo by Laura

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CatherineBasem08062016_-¬RachelPhilipson

Bride and groom with motorcycle

Bride and groom with motorcycle

Bob on chair during hora

Bob on chair during hora

AD White House

AD White House

Dessert table - Suzanne's Marc and Jonat

Dessert table - Suzanne's Marc and Jonat

Toasting close up - Josh and Kathryn -ph

Toasting close up - Josh and Kathryn -ph

Lauren and Matt's wedding reception at S

Lauren and Matt's wedding reception at S

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Marc and Jonathan dancing

Marc and Jonathan dancing

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Appetizer table

Appetizer table

Wedding cake with elephant containers

Wedding cake with elephant containers

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Dining table wcompostables

Dining table wcompostables

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Memorial Room - Heights catering (2)

Memorial Room - Heights catering (2)

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CatherineBasem08062016_-¬CEK_RachelPhili

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tables at Marc and Jonathan's wedding at

Dancing at end of ceremony

Dancing at end of ceremony

Tablescape - vertical

Tablescape - vertical

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cupcakes

cupcakes

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string quartet

string quartet

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Tablescape - Jessica and Ari - JJ Inn

Tablescape - Jessica and Ari - JJ Inn

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CatherineBasem08062016_-¬RachelPhilipson

violinist walking through trees

violinist walking through trees

Tabletop - cropped vertical

Tabletop - cropped vertical

Kit and Cara at cupcake table - from Lau

Kit and Cara at cupcake table - from Lau

Cornocopia String Quartet at Yacht Club

Cornocopia String Quartet at Yacht Club

Photo by John Sullivan

Photo by John Sullivan

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Dave Robbins Photography

Photo by Dave Robbins Photography

Photo by Megan Dailor

Photo by Megan Dailor

Photo by Jeffrey Foote

Photo by Jeffrey Foote

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Jeffrey Foote

Photo by Jeffrey Foote

Photo by Dave Robbins Photoraphy

Photo by Dave Robbins Photoraphy

Photo by CEP

Photo by CEP

Photo by John Sullivan

Photo by John Sullivan

Photo by John Sullivan

Photo by John Sullivan

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Wrinkle in Time

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Rachel Philipson

Photo by Jeffrey Foote Photography

Photo by Jeffrey Foote Photography

Photp by CEP

Photp by CEP

Photo by John Sullivan

Photo by John Sullivan

Check out this video from a 2017 wedding that combined the groom's Egyptian heritage with the bride's Cincinnati roots. Two locations, dozens of vendors, lots of kids, and a very happy couple. Thanks to Catherine and Basem for allowing us to share the highlights of their day.  And kudos to Well Said Media for such terrific videography!

https://vimeo.com/189641496

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of our potential clients have similar questions about our planning and consulting services.  Here are few of  the more common ones.  Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

Who is your typical client?

 

​We’ve had a wide range of clients, including those who were planning a destination event in the central Finger Lakes (often from the NYC, Boston or Washington DC areas), as well as those who were from the greater Ithaca area.  Some have needed a more comprehensive set of services, others simply need a little extra help.  Sometimes a few hours of consulting is all someone needs for peace of mind.  Other times, we work with clients for over a year.

How far do you travel?

           

We typically stay within an hour of Ithaca for coordination.  (Barbara is willing to travel farther to officiate.)

What would you say is your biggest strength?

 

We believe that the planning process should be an enjoyable partnership between the couple and the planner(s).  Regardless of the scope of services for which we are hired, we commit to a relationship based on mutual communication and a clear understanding of your budget, taste, preferences and priorities.

 

We also pride ourselves on our attention to the details and draw on our experience from having played a planning and/or coordination role in over 100 events.   We are meticulous in our up-front planning and believe that if we have done our job well, we can eliminate most, if not all, of the stress on your big day.

 

Overall, we believe that what makes a wedding really stand out is when love has the opportunity to be beautifully expressed and experienced.  We are proud of our ability to help make this happen. 

 

​Are you event designers?

We are coordinators, more than designers, but are happy to help with decisions regarding decor and aesthetics.  All of the photographs on our website were taken at events that we coordinated and we are happy to help you realize your aesthetic vision.   (The photos on our ceremonies page, however, feature only weddings in which Barbara officiated.  We coordinated some, but not all of them.)

Do you still offer day-of, on-site services?

Occasionally.  When we are on-site, typical services may include:

 

  • Oversight of rehearsal (for weddings ceremonies).   

  • Supervision of vendor set up (especially helpful if your venue does not have its own coordinator.​

  • Making sure the entire event follows itinerary timeline. 

  • Assistance with guest needs.​

  • Distribution of final payments to vendors on client’s behalf.​

  • Securing gifts and cards at end of the event  

  • Various other tasks as needed. 

 

It’s not uncommon, though, for couples to discover that all the detailed, advance planning we do removes many sources of day-of stress, to the extent that having a planner on-site all day may not be necessary. 


Finally, if we aren’t available to be on-site, we are happy to connect you to other planners who offer more on-site services than we currently do.

We don’t have a lot of money.  Can we hire you just for the day?

 

Unfortunately, no.  We just can't be responsible for overseeing an event if we've not been able to help plan and organize the many details that have led up to it.  We want to emphasize fire prevention rather than putting out fires after they have started!

 

How much do you charge?


Because every event is different, we no longer offer set package prices.  Our hourly rate is $60.00.  We can work on an hourly basis only, or prepare a contract, basing our fee on the size and complexity of your event, how much time we anticipate needing, and whether or not we will need an assistant.   Overall, our goal is to be as transparent as possible.  Contact us and let's talk!

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