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Lavish Occasions

Staten Island , NY
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11 Crafton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314 US (map)

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718-698-9049

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ABOUT US

Marissa Mortimer is one of the most sought after Event Planners in the New York Metropolitan Area. Marissa realized her calling to plan Special Events back in the early 90s when she sang... Read more
Marissa Mortimer is one of the most sought after Event Planners in the New York Metropolitan Area. Marissa realized her calling to plan Special Events back in the early 90s when she sang for Wedding Ceremonies. At 34, she is known for her commitment to surpass her clients' expectations and for creating both intimate weddings and extravagant upscale affairs for a long list of clients, including many of Staten Island's elite. Her specialties “Wedding Planning and “Day of Coordination” have boasted 100% satisfaction in over 300 planned events.

Marissa was named one of the ‘Top Ten Entrepreneurs Under 35’ in the New York metro area by Industry magazine in 2005. Another achievement was being selected to teach her craft at the prestigious Wagner College to hopeful Wedding Planners who would like to become Certified Wedding Planners. She credits her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology for her calming demeanor and good judge of character. Marissa also received rave reviews for her article “10 Great Places for your Lavish Occasion” boasting some of the best facilities in the NY/NJ Metro area while inspiring several couple’s to choose these facilities for their weddings. Marissa has been featured on NJ12, NY1 and is quoted often in the Staten Island Advance and New York Post for her expertise in planning, design and etiquette. She currently teaches three college level courses: Certified Wedding and Event Planning, Preston Bailey’s Signature Wedding and Event Design and Professional Event Coordination.

In between Events, Marissa enjoys her book club, playing cards, swimming and spending time with her family. She gains inspiration from travel, fashion, theatre and her friends and family.

“When I was young my grandfather told me that no matter what, you should ‘aim high’ in all that you do… and you would always be successful. Also to ask yourself two questions: ‘what do you truly love to do and what would you do for free’. You will know that you have made the right choice. That was the best advice I ever received and from the best person I ever knew… and it has brought me great happiness and much success”. Marissa Mortimer Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Destination, Eco-Friendly / Green
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

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Marlo
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough amazing things about Marissa and her team. I am an incredibly type-A person, with binders and tabs for everything in my life, so you can imagine how I was with my wedding, and when I was in the market for a day of coordinator I knew I needed someone as detail oriented as me. Marissa met and exceeded that mark. We hired her on the spot, after she showed us the level of care, planning and precision she puts into each client. And she was so so much more than a day of coordinator for me. Our wedding had an incredible amount of drama, from programs and rehearsal invites being lost and never getting to us, to relatives who made it their mission to stress me to the breaking point, and Marissa was there every step of the way. Even the week of when I just needed to call and vent for 30 minutes, she was there (and, mind you, she is the recent mother of twins no less!).

I had an exhaustive list of things I wanted her and her team to make sure was taken care of on the day of, from lining the pathway to the venue with candles, to escorting guests to the venue itself with signs, to making sure the curtains at the venue itself were tied properly. She and her team delivered on all counts. And when I was beyond stressed at some of the antics that occurred on the day, and when my family and the groom's family decided to come to me at multiple points complaining about one thing or another, she and her team swooped in and isolated me from the crazy as best they could. In addition, Marissa had a team member with my husband the whole time too, making sure he and the guys were doing OK (I am sure the much less stressful group!). Hiring Marissa was absolutely one of the best decisions, maybe the best decision, I made for my wedding. She is on top of her sh*t, insanely responsive, organized, no-nonsense, and exactly what every bride needs in her life.

I could not recommend her more. She was incredible in all respects.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Marissa and her team. I am an incredibly type-A person, with binders and tabs for Read more...
I cannot say enough amazing things about Marissa and her team. I am an incredibly type-A person, with binders and tabs for everything in my life, so you can imagine how I was with my wedding, and when I was in the market for a day of coordinator I knew I needed someone as detail oriented as me. Marissa met and exceeded that mark. We hired her on the spot, after she showed us the level of care, planning and precision she puts into each client. And she was so so much more than a day of coordinator for me. Our wedding had an incredible amount of drama, from programs and rehearsal invites being lost and never getting to us, to relatives who made it their mission to stress me to the breaking point, and Marissa was there every step of the way. Even the week of when I just needed to call and vent for 30 minutes, she was there (and, mind you, she is the recent mother of twins no less!).

I had an exhaustive list of things I wanted her and her team to make sure was taken care of on the day of, from lining the pathway to the venue with candles, to escorting guests to the venue itself with signs, to making sure the curtains at the venue itself were tied properly. She and her team delivered on all counts. And when I was beyond stressed at some of the antics that occurred on the day, and when my family and the groom's family decided to come to me at multiple points complaining about one thing or another, she and her team swooped in and isolated me from the crazy as best they could. In addition, Marissa had a team member with my husband the whole time too, making sure he and the guys were doing OK (I am sure the much less stressful group!). Hiring Marissa was absolutely one of the best decisions, maybe the best decision, I made for my wedding. She is on top of her sh*t, insanely responsive, organized, no-nonsense, and exactly what every bride needs in her life.

I could not recommend her more. She was incredible in all respects. Read less
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Julianne
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We decided to do a fall theme wedding and excluded flowers from our decor which meant that we did not have a florist and someone to set up the centerpieces, ceremony space with all of the decor that we bought ourselves. It was a lot of work but I was thrilled when we met with Marissa from Lavish Occassions- she was so sweet and assured us that she would be able to help us with our wedding. I was nervous about trusting someone else to decorate but when I saw the reception room I was speechless. They had used all my supplied decorations and everything was so beautiful that I could not have even imagined to do a better job myself. To say that I was happy and impressed was an understatement and if I could do it over again I would have used Lavish Occassions as my wedding planner and not just my decorator. They have proved that they know weddings, they know how to make their brides happy and everyone was so nice and patient which makes the whole day easier.
We decided to do a fall theme wedding and excluded flowers from our decor which meant that we did not have a florist and Read more...
We decided to do a fall theme wedding and excluded flowers from our decor which meant that we did not have a florist and someone to set up the centerpieces, ceremony space with all of the decor that we bought ourselves. It was a lot of work but I was thrilled when we met with Marissa from Lavish Occassions- she was so sweet and assured us that she would be able to help us with our wedding. I was nervous about trusting someone else to decorate but when I saw the reception room I was speechless. They had used all my supplied decorations and everything was so beautiful that I could not have even imagined to do a better job myself. To say that I was happy and impressed was an understatement and if I could do it over again I would have used Lavish Occassions as my wedding planner and not just my decorator. They have proved that they know weddings, they know how to make their brides happy and everyone was so nice and patient which makes the whole day easier. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
8/1/2014
5.0/5.0
After getting engaged, I immediately contacted Marissa with tons of questions about banquet halls, florists and invitations amongst many other things. Not only was she extremely helpful, but she was also a pleasure to work with. Her professionalism and expertise helped to put me at ease and made my wedding planning experience much less stressful. I highly recommend using Lavish Occasions!
After getting engaged, I immediately contacted Marissa with tons of questions about banquet halls, florists and Read more...
After getting engaged, I immediately contacted Marissa with tons of questions about banquet halls, florists and invitations amongst many other things. Not only was she extremely helpful, but she was also a pleasure to work with. Her professionalism and expertise helped to put me at ease and made my wedding planning experience much less stressful. I highly recommend using Lavish Occasions! Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
I first met Marissa when my sister hired her as the wedding planner for her wedding. Her wedding went so smoothly that I knew I would be using Lavish Occasions as well when it was my turn. I decided to plan my wedding in only 8 months, so I was often overwhelmed. Marissa was a tremendous help! Not only did she meet with me several times, but she was always available by phone. I seriously couldn't have done it without her! I would recommend Lavish Occasions to any bride!
I first met Marissa when my sister hired her as the wedding planner for her wedding. Her wedding went so smoothly that I Read more...
I first met Marissa when my sister hired her as the wedding planner for her wedding. Her wedding went so smoothly that I knew I would be using Lavish Occasions as well when it was my turn. I decided to plan my wedding in only 8 months, so I was often overwhelmed. Marissa was a tremendous help! Not only did she meet with me several times, but she was always available by phone. I seriously couldn't have done it without her! I would recommend Lavish Occasions to any bride! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Victoria
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
hired Marissa and her team to help plan my wedding day based on a recommendation from my florist June from Petals on Page. After my very first conversation with Marissa I knew she would be so helpful in my planning process. It was evident to me that on the day of my wedding I would be able to sit back and enjoy. The more I met with Marissa to discuss details the more I literally fell in love with her. She is so extremely good at what she does that she actully flawed me several times. She will take care of things you didn't even know existed in wedding planning let alone needed to be taken care of! I remember coming home from my first two meetings with Marissa and gushing to my hubby about how incredible she was and how helpful she has been. My husband, knowing the organized and almost OCDish behavior that runs through my blood, was a bit skeptical in hiring Marissa. He saw how well I planned and prepared and didn't understand why I needed to spend money to have another person help me. He just didn't get it. But let me tell you, when my wedding day came and my husband was assigned an amazing young woman from Marissa's team to do anything and everything necessary to assure he enjoyed his wedding day without having to lift a finger - he was the first one to rave about Marissa and her team. My husband truly couldn't say enough about how top notch Marissa and her girls were. They were there for the both of us every step of the night assuring we were taken care of. One of the girls even held on to my lip gloss and approached me to reapply every so often!!!! When you are having such a big event that you plan two years for, you want to stop planning, stop checking every detail, and stop obsessing on the day of the event. You want to just sit back and enjoy everything come together. Marissa and her team made this possible for my husband and I and we couldn't be more thankful. Thank you Lavish Occasions!
hired Marissa and her team to help plan my wedding day based on a recommendation from my florist June from Petals on Page. Read more...
hired Marissa and her team to help plan my wedding day based on a recommendation from my florist June from Petals on Page. After my very first conversation with Marissa I knew she would be so helpful in my planning process. It was evident to me that on the day of my wedding I would be able to sit back and enjoy. The more I met with Marissa to discuss details the more I literally fell in love with her. She is so extremely good at what she does that she actully flawed me several times. She will take care of things you didn't even know existed in wedding planning let alone needed to be taken care of! I remember coming home from my first two meetings with Marissa and gushing to my hubby about how incredible she was and how helpful she has been. My husband, knowing the organized and almost OCDish behavior that runs through my blood, was a bit skeptical in hiring Marissa. He saw how well I planned and prepared and didn't understand why I needed to spend money to have another person help me. He just didn't get it. But let me tell you, when my wedding day came and my husband was assigned an amazing young woman from Marissa's team to do anything and everything necessary to assure he enjoyed his wedding day without having to lift a finger - he was the first one to rave about Marissa and her team. My husband truly couldn't say enough about how top notch Marissa and her girls were. They were there for the both of us every step of the night assuring we were taken care of. One of the girls even held on to my lip gloss and approached me to reapply every so often!!!! When you are having such a big event that you plan two years for, you want to stop planning, stop checking every detail, and stop obsessing on the day of the event. You want to just sit back and enjoy everything come together. Marissa and her team made this possible for my husband and I and we couldn't be more thankful. Thank you Lavish Occasions! Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
My cousin, who got married a couple of years before I did, highly recommended hiring Marissa and her team for my wedding day. My fiancé and I met with her for a consultation and we immediately connected. It was as if we had known each other forever, the conversation just flowed. Needless, to say we made sure we booked her before we walked out the door. When you decide to work with Marissa, you can have unlimited meetings to discuss plans and possibilities for your Big Day. I found it more convenient to e-mail or text but it was nice to know we could site face to face if I needed to. Marissa never made us feel as though she was negatively judging our vision of our wedding day. This was a breath of fresh air because once you start planning a wedding you hear a lot of what you should or shouldn’t be doing which quickly becomes exhausting. The days leading up to the wedding Marissa contacted all of the vendors and confirmed their responsibilities and times. At the rehearsal, Marissa paid close attention to details and made subtle suggestions that were truly appreciated. My bridesmaids each had a timeline of events for the wedding day which were hand made by Marissa. On the wedding day, I was a bundle of nerves until Marissa met me at the hair salon. Her calm and cool presence immediately put me at ease and I knew I was in good hands. Marissa and her team moved things along while we finished getting ready at the house. They were truly a part of our family that day and will always be thought of with loving thoughts and memories. We highly recommend Lavish Occasions to help plan your wedding, you won’t be disappointed.
My cousin, who got married a couple of years before I did, highly recommended hiring Marissa and her team for my wedding Read more...
My cousin, who got married a couple of years before I did, highly recommended hiring Marissa and her team for my wedding day. My fiancé and I met with her for a consultation and we immediately connected. It was as if we had known each other forever, the conversation just flowed. Needless, to say we made sure we booked her before we walked out the door. When you decide to work with Marissa, you can have unlimited meetings to discuss plans and possibilities for your Big Day. I found it more convenient to e-mail or text but it was nice to know we could site face to face if I needed to. Marissa never made us feel as though she was negatively judging our vision of our wedding day. This was a breath of fresh air because once you start planning a wedding you hear a lot of what you should or shouldn’t be doing which quickly becomes exhausting. The days leading up to the wedding Marissa contacted all of the vendors and confirmed their responsibilities and times. At the rehearsal, Marissa paid close attention to details and made subtle suggestions that were truly appreciated. My bridesmaids each had a timeline of events for the wedding day which were hand made by Marissa. On the wedding day, I was a bundle of nerves until Marissa met me at the hair salon. Her calm and cool presence immediately put me at ease and I knew I was in good hands. Marissa and her team moved things along while we finished getting ready at the house. They were truly a part of our family that day and will always be thought of with loving thoughts and memories. We highly recommend Lavish Occasions to help plan your wedding, you won’t be disappointed. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Private User
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a wedding planner or day of coordinator, Lavish Occasions is where you want to go. Before I was engaged, Marissa was the Day of Coordinator for 2 of my friends weddings and she was absolutely amazing at each one. After being a bridesmaid many times, I couldn't help but compare other weddings to the ones that I saw her work. Things went much more smoothly when she was around. She really puts a bride at ease and I knew that was what I wanted for my wedding day.

Marissa met with me 3 times (not limited to 3 though!) and we had countless e-mail exchanges. She made sure that everything was perfect and completely timed our for our rehearsal, our wedding day, and for our guests. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Once we started working together, I felt more like I had made a friend than a business transaction.

The thing I will remember most about Marissa and Lavish Occasions services on my wedding day, was fixing my wedding dress...COUNTLESS times. I had additional bead work sewn onto the bottom of my dress, that by time I got to my reception was coming off nearly completely. Marissa and her team sat with me during my cocktail hour and restitched the entire bottom of my dress. Due to the poor stitch work of my seamstress, we had to do it over again thru the night, but Marissa and her team were always there to help put me together again. Without them, my mother and mother in law would have had the stress of fixing my dress and missing parts of my wedding. I could not be more thankful to Lavish Occasions for keeping a smile on my face on my wedding day. They made me feel at ease, calm, and well taken care of no matter what happened and that is exactly what a bride needs.
If you are looking for a wedding planner or day of coordinator, Lavish Occasions is where you want to go. Before I was Read more...
If you are looking for a wedding planner or day of coordinator, Lavish Occasions is where you want to go. Before I was engaged, Marissa was the Day of Coordinator for 2 of my friends weddings and she was absolutely amazing at each one. After being a bridesmaid many times, I couldn't help but compare other weddings to the ones that I saw her work. Things went much more smoothly when she was around. She really puts a bride at ease and I knew that was what I wanted for my wedding day.

Marissa met with me 3 times (not limited to 3 though!) and we had countless e-mail exchanges. She made sure that everything was perfect and completely timed our for our rehearsal, our wedding day, and for our guests. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Once we started working together, I felt more like I had made a friend than a business transaction.

The thing I will remember most about Marissa and Lavish Occasions services on my wedding day, was fixing my wedding dress...COUNTLESS times. I had additional bead work sewn onto the bottom of my dress, that by time I got to my reception was coming off nearly completely. Marissa and her team sat with me during my cocktail hour and restitched the entire bottom of my dress. Due to the poor stitch work of my seamstress, we had to do it over again thru the night, but Marissa and her team were always there to help put me together again. Without them, my mother and mother in law would have had the stress of fixing my dress and missing parts of my wedding. I could not be more thankful to Lavish Occasions for keeping a smile on my face on my wedding day. They made me feel at ease, calm, and well taken care of no matter what happened and that is exactly what a bride needs. Read less
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Bessy
Wedding:
9/2/2013
5.0/5.0
The team at lavish did an amazing job!!! Especially our fabulous wedding planner, marissa. Couldnt have done it without her. The day of, they stayed with me and made sure me and my family got everything we needed, i didnt have to worry about any details.
The team at lavish did an amazing job!!! Especially our fabulous wedding planner, marissa. Couldnt have done it without Read more...
The team at lavish did an amazing job!!! Especially our fabulous wedding planner, marissa. Couldnt have done it without her. The day of, they stayed with me and made sure me and my family got everything we needed, i didnt have to worry about any details. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Working with Marissa as our Day of Coordinator took so much pressure off of my husband and I, and allowed us to truly enjoy our wedding day. Marissa's service was unrivaled. She offered vendor suggestions, created a seamless timeline, and saved the day multiple times on our wedding day. She is extremely professional, and was such a huge support to me during the months leading up to our wedding. I can't thank her enough for her amazing work, and I'm certain that there is no one better to create a flawless day!
Working with Marissa as our Day of Coordinator took so much pressure off of my husband and I, and allowed us to truly Read more...
Working with Marissa as our Day of Coordinator took so much pressure off of my husband and I, and allowed us to truly enjoy our wedding day. Marissa's service was unrivaled. She offered vendor suggestions, created a seamless timeline, and saved the day multiple times on our wedding day. She is extremely professional, and was such a huge support to me during the months leading up to our wedding. I can't thank her enough for her amazing work, and I'm certain that there is no one better to create a flawless day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Jillian McDermott Photography
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Marissa, did a fabulous job with the Targia/Almonte wedding. She helped make sure I, the photographer, was able to get in all the pictures requested by the bride. She was organized and efficient. It was a pleasure to work with her and I hope to work with her again soon.
Marissa, did a fabulous job with the Targia/Almonte wedding. She helped make sure I, the photographer, was able to get in Read more...
Marissa, did a fabulous job with the Targia/Almonte wedding. She helped make sure I, the photographer, was able to get in all the pictures requested by the bride. She was organized and efficient. It was a pleasure to work with her and I hope to work with her again soon. Read less
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