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James Abel Events

New York City , NY

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I researched and contacted wedding planners, James stood out from the very beginning. Not only did he offer us the best rate, but he was also the ONLY planner we talked with who actually asked us questions about ourselves (our backgrounds, what our interests were), and he immediately put that knowledge to use. Before we even officially hired him, he put a venue on hold for us (!) --they were almost out of available dates and he thought it'd be perfect for us. And it was! He found us an incredible photographer, DJ, and, after consulting with us, handled the save-the-dates, invitations, and all the venue decorations. We wanted to incorporate specific catering and cocktails, and he made it all happen. James is incredibly responsive--I've heard horror stories of wedding planners disappearing for weeks at a time--but if James is available, he'll respond immediately, day or night. And he's good with the reverse challenge too--my husband and I were often pretty busy and weren't on top of the wedding stuff. James patiently followed up.

The night of our wedding, we were both able to have fun and not worry about anything because James was there. At one point, the bar ran out of ingredients for our specialty cocktails. James went out and bought more, and didn't even tell me about it until after it had all been handled. Amazing. He made sure the evening ran smoothly, from speeches to making sure the wedding cake rolled out on time. I can't say enough how great it was to have him--I've seen so many stressed out brides and grooms, but we were actually able to enjoy the wedding as much as our guests, which was one of our top goals.

One last note about James: he is very creative and loves event planning, and never really stops working or thinking about the events he is working on. His ideas added some lovely touches to our wedding, and really served to amplify the mood and atmosphere we were looking for.
When my husband and I researched and contacted wedding planners, James stood out from the very beginning. Not only did he Read more...
When my husband and I researched and contacted wedding planners, James stood out from the very beginning. Not only did he offer us the best rate, but he was also the ONLY planner we talked with who actually asked us questions about ourselves (our backgrounds, what our interests were), and he immediately put that knowledge to use. Before we even officially hired him, he put a venue on hold for us (!) --they were almost out of available dates and he thought it'd be perfect for us. And it was! He found us an incredible photographer, DJ, and, after consulting with us, handled the save-the-dates, invitations, and all the venue decorations. We wanted to incorporate specific catering and cocktails, and he made it all happen. James is incredibly responsive--I've heard horror stories of wedding planners disappearing for weeks at a time--but if James is available, he'll respond immediately, day or night. And he's good with the reverse challenge too--my husband and I were often pretty busy and weren't on top of the wedding stuff. James patiently followed up.

The night of our wedding, we were both able to have fun and not worry about anything because James was there. At one point, the bar ran out of ingredients for our specialty cocktails. James went out and bought more, and didn't even tell me about it until after it had all been handled. Amazing. He made sure the evening ran smoothly, from speeches to making sure the wedding cake rolled out on time. I can't say enough how great it was to have him--I've seen so many stressed out brides and grooms, but we were actually able to enjoy the wedding as much as our guests, which was one of our top goals.

One last note about James: he is very creative and loves event planning, and never really stops working or thinking about the events he is working on. His ideas added some lovely touches to our wedding, and really served to amplify the mood and atmosphere we were looking for. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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christine
Wedding:
12/9/2012
4.9/5.0
James and his team handled my flowers, table linens, and printed menus. I had an incredibly short window to plan (about 5 weeks) and he was amazing to deal with. He totally got what we were looking for and as a result, the flowers completely made my wedding beautiful. We went with lots of reds, burgundy, pinks and a bit of green and it was gorgeous.
James and his team handled my flowers, table linens, and printed menus. I had an incredibly short window to plan (about 5 Read more...
James and his team handled my flowers, table linens, and printed menus. I had an incredibly short window to plan (about 5 weeks) and he was amazing to deal with. He totally got what we were looking for and as a result, the flowers completely made my wedding beautiful. We went with lots of reds, burgundy, pinks and a bit of green and it was gorgeous. Read less
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Leila
Wedding:
4/13/2012
2.2/5.0
Unfortunately I do not feel that I can recommend James Abel's services to those looking for a florist for their wedding. I hired James because our discussions about my wedding seemed to capture exactly what I was looking for. We discussed specific flowers two days before the event, but unfortunately I was disappointed when the details we had talked about were neglected in his work. I was very specific about the types of flowers I wanted in my bridesmaids' bouquets and they were completely missing. We also had talked about my bouquet having orchids in it, my favorite flower, but there were no orchids the day of the wedding. The groomsmens' boutonnieres were unfortunate to say the least and they really stand out in our photographs as limp and flimsy. What we were pleased with was James's centerpieces, which were exactly what we had discussed.

James did refund us part of our fee since we were unhappy, but I cannot recommend his services since we felt that there were huge gaps in our vision for the wedding and what we ended up with.
Unfortunately I do not feel that I can recommend James Abel's services to those looking for a florist for their wedding. I Read more...
Unfortunately I do not feel that I can recommend James Abel's services to those looking for a florist for their wedding. I hired James because our discussions about my wedding seemed to capture exactly what I was looking for. We discussed specific flowers two days before the event, but unfortunately I was disappointed when the details we had talked about were neglected in his work. I was very specific about the types of flowers I wanted in my bridesmaids' bouquets and they were completely missing. We also had talked about my bouquet having orchids in it, my favorite flower, but there were no orchids the day of the wedding. The groomsmens' boutonnieres were unfortunate to say the least and they really stand out in our photographs as limp and flimsy. What we were pleased with was James's centerpieces, which were exactly what we had discussed.

James did refund us part of our fee since we were unhappy, but I cannot recommend his services since we felt that there were huge gaps in our vision for the wedding and what we ended up with. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.7/5.0
This review is insanely late. I got married a year ago and James Abel and his assistant JJ planned our wedding. THEY ARE AMAZING. I cannot even begin to describe how much help they were. Like other Manhattan working girls, I am not one of those girls that wants to spend hours picking flowers or color schemes for the tables, I have better things to do. James helped us from step one, picking the venue (he flew out to L.A. with us a year before the wedding to tour all of the venues we had contemplated), to everything else. Every single aspect of the wedding was taken care of, from picking the chairs, minister, etc. to getting heel liners for my bridesmaids during the wedding because their shoes hurt them. The morning of the wedding I was freaking out about the lenght of my dress, so he took me to a store where I found a new dress THAT morning. (I wore them both....oh he also gave me input on the dress.) He found the cake person, the lights person, got us an INSANE discount on an AMAZING, famous photographer that delivered 10,000 photos. The value of his contacts and knowledge is, well, invaluable.

I know what you are thinking, oh he probably changes insane rates, but NO. He charges 10% of the total cost of YOUR wedding, so whatever you are paying for your wedding, he will charge 10%, you CAN afford that, and most importantly, he pays for HIMSELF. The money he saved us in the photographs, the venue, the save the dates and the dress discounts easily just paid his fee.

I will be forever and ever grateful and happy me and my husband found the most amazing wedding planner out there. I am telling you we interviewed DOZENS of wedding planners. They were either inexperienced, too expensive, too intense, etc. James is the one.
This review is insanely late. I got married a year ago and James Abel and his assistant JJ planned our wedding. THEY ARE Read more...
This review is insanely late. I got married a year ago and James Abel and his assistant JJ planned our wedding. THEY ARE AMAZING. I cannot even begin to describe how much help they were. Like other Manhattan working girls, I am not one of those girls that wants to spend hours picking flowers or color schemes for the tables, I have better things to do. James helped us from step one, picking the venue (he flew out to L.A. with us a year before the wedding to tour all of the venues we had contemplated), to everything else. Every single aspect of the wedding was taken care of, from picking the chairs, minister, etc. to getting heel liners for my bridesmaids during the wedding because their shoes hurt them. The morning of the wedding I was freaking out about the lenght of my dress, so he took me to a store where I found a new dress THAT morning. (I wore them both....oh he also gave me input on the dress.) He found the cake person, the lights person, got us an INSANE discount on an AMAZING, famous photographer that delivered 10,000 photos. The value of his contacts and knowledge is, well, invaluable.

I know what you are thinking, oh he probably changes insane rates, but NO. He charges 10% of the total cost of YOUR wedding, so whatever you are paying for your wedding, he will charge 10%, you CAN afford that, and most importantly, he pays for HIMSELF. The money he saved us in the photographs, the venue, the save the dates and the dress discounts easily just paid his fee.

I will be forever and ever grateful and happy me and my husband found the most amazing wedding planner out there. I am telling you we interviewed DOZENS of wedding planners. They were either inexperienced, too expensive, too intense, etc. James is the one. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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Mel
Wedding:
2/26/2011
4.9/5.0
James provided us with our flowers and decor for a winter wedding at the Manhattan Penthouse, and I can't even describe how happy we were with what he did. The flowers were perfect, the colors were elegant, and the best part was how easily he understood what we were going for. I would recommend working with him to anyone, and the cost is definitely worthwhile to alleviate all those little worries (i.e. escort cards, etc). We didn't have to worry about a thing!
James provided us with our flowers and decor for a winter wedding at the Manhattan Penthouse, and I can't even describe Read more...
James provided us with our flowers and decor for a winter wedding at the Manhattan Penthouse, and I can't even describe how happy we were with what he did. The flowers were perfect, the colors were elegant, and the best part was how easily he understood what we were going for. I would recommend working with him to anyone, and the cost is definitely worthwhile to alleviate all those little worries (i.e. escort cards, etc). We didn't have to worry about a thing! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
James did a fantastic job on our wedding. Flowers, linens and room decorations were absolutely stunning. The cocktail room/bar had so many roses that you could smell them as soon as you walk into the venue. Absolutely breathtaking!
In the dinning/dancing room he used odorless flower, so our guest can actually smell dinner. He mixed at least 10 different kinds of flowers with the most beautiful orchids we have ever seen. Our guests were blown away by the attention to details; in fact, they are still talking about the elegance and uniqueness of our event.
He stays on top of the current trends and he designs the event around your budget.
James did a fantastic job on our wedding. Flowers, linens and room decorations were absolutely stunning. The cocktail Read more...
James did a fantastic job on our wedding. Flowers, linens and room decorations were absolutely stunning. The cocktail room/bar had so many roses that you could smell them as soon as you walk into the venue. Absolutely breathtaking!
In the dinning/dancing room he used odorless flower, so our guest can actually smell dinner. He mixed at least 10 different kinds of flowers with the most beautiful orchids we have ever seen. Our guests were blown away by the attention to details; in fact, they are still talking about the elegance and uniqueness of our event.
He stays on top of the current trends and he designs the event around your budget. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
James was a dream to work with. He took everyhting I wanted and liked into accoutn and then made it into something even more fantastic. He offered up idea after idea until we created a cohesive and beautiful design and when threw in freebies and perks to boot just to make sure everything looked amazing. His aesdthetic is just beautiful and he made our wedding day worry free and gorgeous! On the day of he even surprised me by adding a flower to the bouts that I had mentioend that I liked once in our initial meeting. He is the kind of vendor that always keeps the costumer in mind. And his prices were very reasonable!
James was a dream to work with. He took everyhting I wanted and liked into accoutn and then made it into something even Read more...
James was a dream to work with. He took everyhting I wanted and liked into accoutn and then made it into something even more fantastic. He offered up idea after idea until we created a cohesive and beautiful design and when threw in freebies and perks to boot just to make sure everything looked amazing. His aesdthetic is just beautiful and he made our wedding day worry free and gorgeous! On the day of he even surprised me by adding a flower to the bouts that I had mentioend that I liked once in our initial meeting. He is the kind of vendor that always keeps the costumer in mind. And his prices were very reasonable! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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smh5636
Wedding:
10/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Working with James was a pleasure. He is professional, reliable and extremely creative. He had great ideas, and was also always open to hearing our ideas. I would recommend him, hands down, to anyone considering an event in the new york area. He has so much experience and it shows throughout the planning process and certainly on your big day!
Working with James was a pleasure. He is professional, reliable and extremely creative. He had great ideas, and was also Read more...
Working with James was a pleasure. He is professional, reliable and extremely creative. He had great ideas, and was also always open to hearing our ideas. I would recommend him, hands down, to anyone considering an event in the new york area. He has so much experience and it shows throughout the planning process and certainly on your big day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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