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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 wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Guest List Creation, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
16

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Emily
Wedding:
7/8/2016
5.0/5.0
When we sit back and reflect on all of the wonderful people we met during our wedding planning experience, Marissa and her team at Lavish Occasions is at the top of our list. Their professionalism and dedication to our wedding was apparent every step of the way. Lavish Occasions was recommended to us by a very dear friend who had used them for her own wedding 5 years ago and was still raving about her amazing experience. From the moment we began to meet with Marissa, my wedding planning jitters were eased. She gave us advice and suggestions that only a person with her professional experience and expertise would have. Marissa ensured that our entire planning process flowed as smoothly as possible. We enjoyed working with her so much that we even purchased our invitations through her company and of course that was a breeze! When our BIG day finally arrived, Marissa and her team did not miss a beat. They were ready and prepared for any possible situation (like a flower girl getting chocolate on her dress BEFORE the ceremony). As our night went on my husband and I had not a care in the world because of the wonderful team we had behind us. Words are not enough to thank this amazing group of people who helped make our dream wedding a reality!
When we sit back and reflect on all of the wonderful people we met during our wedding planning experience, Marissa and her Read more...
When we sit back and reflect on all of the wonderful people we met during our wedding planning experience, Marissa and her team at Lavish Occasions is at the top of our list. Their professionalism and dedication to our wedding was apparent every step of the way. Lavish Occasions was recommended to us by a very dear friend who had used them for her own wedding 5 years ago and was still raving about her amazing experience. From the moment we began to meet with Marissa, my wedding planning jitters were eased. She gave us advice and suggestions that only a person with her professional experience and expertise would have. Marissa ensured that our entire planning process flowed as smoothly as possible. We enjoyed working with her so much that we even purchased our invitations through her company and of course that was a breeze! When our BIG day finally arrived, Marissa and her team did not miss a beat. They were ready and prepared for any possible situation (like a flower girl getting chocolate on her dress BEFORE the ceremony). As our night went on my husband and I had not a care in the world because of the wonderful team we had behind us. Words are not enough to thank this amazing group of people who helped make our dream wedding a reality! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Silvana
Wedding:
5/7/2016
5.0/5.0
Marissa was and is an absolute DREAM! She handled my son's communion and although a communion is not as elaborate as a wedding she treated it as if it was. She made sure every detail was taken cared of from the invitations to the goodies on the dessert table. I trust her opinion completely and I would recommend her and I would definitely use her and her team again.
Marissa was and is an absolute DREAM! She handled my son's communion and although a communion is not as elaborate as a Read more...
Marissa was and is an absolute DREAM! She handled my son's communion and although a communion is not as elaborate as a wedding she treated it as if it was. She made sure every detail was taken cared of from the invitations to the goodies on the dessert table. I trust her opinion completely and I would recommend her and I would definitely use her and her team again. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Christina
Wedding:
4/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Of all the decisions that I had to make in planning my wedding, the absolute best and most important decision I made was to hire Marissa and her team at Lavish Occasions to help plan my wedding. I think a lot of people have the opinion that wedding planners or day of coordinators are for people who have money to spare. It's actually quite the opposite. Marissa SAVED me so much money through her recommendations and referrals. I actually wouldn't have been able to have my wedding at the location that I did if it weren't for Marissa's negotiation to lower the guaranteed headcount. From that moment on, I knew I didn't have to worry about my wedding planning because whenever I was stressed out or needed an opinion, Marissa and her team were there with a calm and helpful response. I really can't say enough about how great they were. On my actual wedding day I felt completely relaxed because the Lavish ladies had everything prepared and organized for me. My wedding day went as perfect as I could have hoped for and I thank Marissa and her team at Lavish Occasions for making it possible! You girls are the best!
Of all the decisions that I had to make in planning my wedding, the absolute best and most important decision I made was Read more...
Of all the decisions that I had to make in planning my wedding, the absolute best and most important decision I made was to hire Marissa and her team at Lavish Occasions to help plan my wedding. I think a lot of people have the opinion that wedding planners or day of coordinators are for people who have money to spare. It's actually quite the opposite. Marissa SAVED me so much money through her recommendations and referrals. I actually wouldn't have been able to have my wedding at the location that I did if it weren't for Marissa's negotiation to lower the guaranteed headcount. From that moment on, I knew I didn't have to worry about my wedding planning because whenever I was stressed out or needed an opinion, Marissa and her team were there with a calm and helpful response. I really can't say enough about how great they were. On my actual wedding day I felt completely relaxed because the Lavish ladies had everything prepared and organized for me. My wedding day went as perfect as I could have hoped for and I thank Marissa and her team at Lavish Occasions for making it possible! You girls are the best! Read less
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tara
Wedding:
12/4/2015
5.0/5.0
If you're thinking about hiring a Day of Coordinator, stop right now and call Lavish Occasions. What an amazing team of professional, talented, hardworking people that make your big day go as smooth as possible. The owner, Marissa, is an absolute dream to work with. You can tell right away she knows exactly what she's doing and that you're in great capable hands. She is extremely knowledgable about the business and her expertise is INVALUABLE. I also purchased my invitations through Marissa and they turned out beautiful. She helped to make my wedding day what it was- PERFECT. thank you thank you!

Add that with her amazing team, you're guaranteed to have a great day. Thank god they were there- I had a few wardrobe mishaps (the stuff of nightmares for brides) and Marissa and her team fixed it as it it was no biggie. I'm talking about tripping on tulle and bead work falling out. They whipped out their tools and made it so the problems were fixed. They are your go to girls. The little things that you would send your mom or MOH off to do, they are there to help with so everyone can enjoy the day and focus on having a good time. Christine was a great help especially at my grooms house as they were getting ready- my MIL raved about her !

They also help to make sure your day runs smoothly and all your vendors are doing their job. They're on top of you for your time table ( I was ten minutes EARLY to my church) making sure you get everything you want out of the day, and overall an amazing support system that is worth it's wait in gold on such a momentous day. They were one of the best parts of my wedding and I would recommend Marissa and her talented team to anyone.
If you're thinking about hiring a Day of Coordinator, stop right now and call Lavish Occasions. What an amazing team of Read more...
If you're thinking about hiring a Day of Coordinator, stop right now and call Lavish Occasions. What an amazing team of professional, talented, hardworking people that make your big day go as smooth as possible. The owner, Marissa, is an absolute dream to work with. You can tell right away she knows exactly what she's doing and that you're in great capable hands. She is extremely knowledgable about the business and her expertise is INVALUABLE. I also purchased my invitations through Marissa and they turned out beautiful. She helped to make my wedding day what it was- PERFECT. thank you thank you!

Add that with her amazing team, you're guaranteed to have a great day. Thank god they were there- I had a few wardrobe mishaps (the stuff of nightmares for brides) and Marissa and her team fixed it as it it was no biggie. I'm talking about tripping on tulle and bead work falling out. They whipped out their tools and made it so the problems were fixed. They are your go to girls. The little things that you would send your mom or MOH off to do, they are there to help with so everyone can enjoy the day and focus on having a good time. Christine was a great help especially at my grooms house as they were getting ready- my MIL raved about her !

They also help to make sure your day runs smoothly and all your vendors are doing their job. They're on top of you for your time table ( I was ten minutes EARLY to my church) making sure you get everything you want out of the day, and overall an amazing support system that is worth it's wait in gold on such a momentous day. They were one of the best parts of my wedding and I would recommend Marissa and her talented team to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
There are no words to describe how amazing Marissa and the Lavish Occasions team is! Hiring Lavish Occasions for Day of Coordination was the BEST decision my husband and I made while planning our wedding. From our very first meeting with Marissa we knew she and her team would help make our wedding day perfect, and we weren’t disappointed. Marissa is not only an expert in her business, but she also has a way of making her clients feel extremely comfortable and is a pleasure to work with.
Throughout planning, Marissa was always available, whether it was to help us make last minute decisions, provide vendors or unique ceremony/reception ideas, or to solve any rising problems. She attended our rehearsal dinner and worked around the clock in the days leading up to our wedding day, adding her little touches to make the day extra special.
There are no words to describe how amazing Marissa and the Lavish Occasions team is! Hiring Lavish Occasions for Day of Read more...
There are no words to describe how amazing Marissa and the Lavish Occasions team is! Hiring Lavish Occasions for Day of Coordination was the BEST decision my husband and I made while planning our wedding. From our very first meeting with Marissa we knew she and her team would help make our wedding day perfect, and we weren’t disappointed. Marissa is not only an expert in her business, but she also has a way of making her clients feel extremely comfortable and is a pleasure to work with.
Throughout planning, Marissa was always available, whether it was to help us make last minute decisions, provide vendors or unique ceremony/reception ideas, or to solve any rising problems. She attended our rehearsal dinner and worked around the clock in the days leading up to our wedding day, adding her little touches to make the day extra special. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Marissa and her team made my wedding like a DREAM WEDDING!!!! Everything was PERFECT!!! From the moment I booked Marissa, she was the so sweet and covered every little detail. It's just like having Jennifer Lopez from the wedding planner movie! Marissa and her team was Amazing!!! I highly recommend Her!!! When things weren't going as planned, Marissa and her team made the impossible possible! dont plan your wedding without Marissa, all my guests said how amazing she is and how my wedding was the most beautiful wedding that they've ever been to!! I have to agree!!! Lavish occasions is top-notch! She planned my
Brothers wedding too and I just knew I had to hire her!!!
Marissa and her team made my wedding like a DREAM WEDDING!!!! Everything was PERFECT!!! From the moment I booked Marissa, Read more...
Marissa and her team made my wedding like a DREAM WEDDING!!!! Everything was PERFECT!!! From the moment I booked Marissa, she was the so sweet and covered every little detail. It's just like having Jennifer Lopez from the wedding planner movie! Marissa and her team was Amazing!!! I highly recommend Her!!! When things weren't going as planned, Marissa and her team made the impossible possible! dont plan your wedding without Marissa, all my guests said how amazing she is and how my wedding was the most beautiful wedding that they've ever been to!! I have to agree!!! Lavish occasions is top-notch! She planned my
Brothers wedding too and I just knew I had to hire her!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Jency
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Marissa and her team are absolutely wonderful! I am so glad I chose to hire a day of coordinator. At first I thought I could do it all myself, but the peace of mind that comes with having someone like Marissa and her team by your side on your wedding day is priceless. I met with Marissa many times before the wedding, she was always available via e-mail, call or text. She was so kind and great with everything. She really loves her job and knows what she is doing. She offered her great advice and opinions of which I am grateful for. She came back from her vacation early for my rehearsal dinner and wedding, which meant the world to me! Everyone loved her, she was so personable and friendly and handled my big, crazy, opinionated family so well! Her whole team was so professional and kind, it was refreshing. Couldn't have asked for anyone better!
Marissa and her team are absolutely wonderful! I am so glad I chose to hire a day of coordinator. At first I thought I Read more...
Marissa and her team are absolutely wonderful! I am so glad I chose to hire a day of coordinator. At first I thought I could do it all myself, but the peace of mind that comes with having someone like Marissa and her team by your side on your wedding day is priceless. I met with Marissa many times before the wedding, she was always available via e-mail, call or text. She was so kind and great with everything. She really loves her job and knows what she is doing. She offered her great advice and opinions of which I am grateful for. She came back from her vacation early for my rehearsal dinner and wedding, which meant the world to me! Everyone loved her, she was so personable and friendly and handled my big, crazy, opinionated family so well! Her whole team was so professional and kind, it was refreshing. Couldn't have asked for anyone better! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Marissa Mortimer and Lavish Occasions were hands down the most indispensable of our Wedding Day services. From planning to day-of-coordination, Marissa provided the guidance & services that ensured that our Wedding Day was everything we dreamed it would be.

In addition to advising us in establishing planning time tables, offering budget guidance, & having excellent vendor recommendations, Marissa also advocated for us with special requests & helped us attain the best pricing. This was especially crucial when selecting our venue, as a smaller wedding for NYC - where venues prefer or require high guest minimums year-round.

Inevitably, there were some hiccups in our dealings with various vendors, and Marissa was our angel - her expertise saw us successfully through critical discussions and ensured everything got back on track. Marissa’s calm and collected demeanor was our hidden strength overall through this process; she has the patience of a saint and always found time to listen and advise us on every wedding-related concern.

Marissa and the team at Lavish Occasions ensured the whole day came together and went just as planned. We have the fondest memories of our wedding day because we were able to entrust every last logistical detail of the day to them and just focus on being in the moment with each other and our loved ones. Any anticipated or unexpected need that came up day-of was met and the smiles never left our faces. We can easily tap into the unfiltered joy we felt on that day, and we owe it to Lavish Occasions that there was no distraction from it.

We are forever grateful and could not recommend Lavish Occasions enough to every bride-and-groom to-be! Day-Of-Coordination is hands down the most rewarding investment we made, and if you can make it work in your budget, a wedding planner like Marissa is worth her weight in gold; it will save you time & give you peace of mind that allows you to truly enjoy one of the most special days of your life.
Marissa Mortimer and Lavish Occasions were hands down the most indispensable of our Wedding Day services. From planning to Read more...
Marissa Mortimer and Lavish Occasions were hands down the most indispensable of our Wedding Day services. From planning to day-of-coordination, Marissa provided the guidance & services that ensured that our Wedding Day was everything we dreamed it would be.

In addition to advising us in establishing planning time tables, offering budget guidance, & having excellent vendor recommendations, Marissa also advocated for us with special requests & helped us attain the best pricing. This was especially crucial when selecting our venue, as a smaller wedding for NYC - where venues prefer or require high guest minimums year-round.

Inevitably, there were some hiccups in our dealings with various vendors, and Marissa was our angel - her expertise saw us successfully through critical discussions and ensured everything got back on track. Marissa’s calm and collected demeanor was our hidden strength overall through this process; she has the patience of a saint and always found time to listen and advise us on every wedding-related concern.

Marissa and the team at Lavish Occasions ensured the whole day came together and went just as planned. We have the fondest memories of our wedding day because we were able to entrust every last logistical detail of the day to them and just focus on being in the moment with each other and our loved ones. Any anticipated or unexpected need that came up day-of was met and the smiles never left our faces. We can easily tap into the unfiltered joy we felt on that day, and we owe it to Lavish Occasions that there was no distraction from it.

We are forever grateful and could not recommend Lavish Occasions enough to every bride-and-groom to-be! Day-Of-Coordination is hands down the most rewarding investment we made, and if you can make it work in your budget, a wedding planner like Marissa is worth her weight in gold; it will save you time & give you peace of mind that allows you to truly enjoy one of the most special days of your life. Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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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