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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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Nancy
Wedding:
11/19/2016
5.0/5.0
When my mom and I first met Marissa, I was 3 months away from my wedding day with no clue of what a Day of Coordinator could do for me. All my vendors were in place and I was hoping to find someone who would simply steam my wedding dress after a long ride to the ceremony. Well, Marissa blew that task out of the water and helped me with so many details, and some big obstacles, that never crossed my mind! We instantly clicked and she immediately knew and understood my attention to details. Marissa and her team were there to answer every text, email, phone call, within the blink of an eye. It was such a peace of mind just having someone to bounce ideas off of and share her experiences and endless advice. I woke up on my wedding day without a single ounce of stress because of Marissa. Her and her team took charge, settled some big fires without disturbing and worrying me, always had a tissue on hand (a simple thing I overlooked!), and just ran a seamless event. She always told us her goal was to make us a guest at the wedding and she absolutely succeeded. I am so beyond grateful that I hired Lavish Occasions, nonetheless to just simply have met Marissa, an inspirational, empowering woman who is a leader in the industry.
When my mom and I first met Marissa, I was 3 months away from my wedding day with no clue of what a Day of Coordinator Read more...
When my mom and I first met Marissa, I was 3 months away from my wedding day with no clue of what a Day of Coordinator could do for me. All my vendors were in place and I was hoping to find someone who would simply steam my wedding dress after a long ride to the ceremony. Well, Marissa blew that task out of the water and helped me with so many details, and some big obstacles, that never crossed my mind! We instantly clicked and she immediately knew and understood my attention to details. Marissa and her team were there to answer every text, email, phone call, within the blink of an eye. It was such a peace of mind just having someone to bounce ideas off of and share her experiences and endless advice. I woke up on my wedding day without a single ounce of stress because of Marissa. Her and her team took charge, settled some big fires without disturbing and worrying me, always had a tissue on hand (a simple thing I overlooked!), and just ran a seamless event. She always told us her goal was to make us a guest at the wedding and she absolutely succeeded. I am so beyond grateful that I hired Lavish Occasions, nonetheless to just simply have met Marissa, an inspirational, empowering woman who is a leader in the industry. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Marissa and team are by far the number one recommendation I make to all couples planning a wedding! Silly me, I thought I could save money by planning a wedding on my own, but once I gave up that notion, Marissa was essential for my day to go flawlessly! My husband and I got along with Marissa like old friends (and usually went over our meeting time) which made it feel like she would be invited to the wedding instead of working the wedding. She fought for the details and never dismissed any of our little ideas.

Professional through and through!!!

She also helped us with our invitations, which by far and possibly impartial, are the best invitations I've ever seen.
Marissa and team are by far the number one recommendation I make to all couples planning a wedding! Silly me, I thought I Read more...
Marissa and team are by far the number one recommendation I make to all couples planning a wedding! Silly me, I thought I could save money by planning a wedding on my own, but once I gave up that notion, Marissa was essential for my day to go flawlessly! My husband and I got along with Marissa like old friends (and usually went over our meeting time) which made it feel like she would be invited to the wedding instead of working the wedding. She fought for the details and never dismissed any of our little ideas.

Professional through and through!!!

She also helped us with our invitations, which by far and possibly impartial, are the best invitations I've ever seen. Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Wedding Planning
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Kasuni
Wedding:
8/14/2016
5.0/5.0
What can I say about Marissa? From the very beginning I could tell that there was something special about Marissa that set her apart from other wedding planners. First of all if you are a "Staten Island bride" she is the most convenient in my opinion. She has two offices so it is very easy to get to versus a wedding planner in Brooklyn, New Jersey, or Manhattan and you don't have to pay any tolls either! Second of all, from the moment I stepped in until today, I felt much more than a client. I would say that Marissa has become more of a friend. I had so many personal issues I was dealing with at the time especially with family members and Marissa talked me through everything. She even gave me advice on how to speak to certain members of our families! She worked with our budget and gave us a wedding program that we needed instead of overwhelming us with unnecessary things. She was honest and gave us many opinions about vendors and venues. She also saved us when we ran into a few problems before our wedding day! We didn't have any flower girl dresses a week before the wedding because our Etsy shipment fell through. Marissa immediately sent me a list of stores I could contact and I ended up finding beautiful flower girl dresses four days before the wedding at a fraction of the cost that you would usually pay! As sweet as she is, Marissa was also great at dealing with my groomsmen many of whom are cops and that was not an easy feat! And her assistant planners were excellent! She helped me plan my rehearsal, her assistant ran my rehearsal, she provided my bridesmaids with cute wedding itineraries, steamed my veil and dress, and ran my entire wedding day from 5am to midnight! And it was not easy! Our wedding happened to fall on the hottest weekend of the year, it was literally a heat wave and yet my event went impeccably! When we had two strangers unexpectedly show up to our wedding, Marissa was on top of it and I never once felt stressed or worried. Marissa also made me
What can I say about Marissa? From the very beginning I could tell that there was something special about Marissa that set Read more...
What can I say about Marissa? From the very beginning I could tell that there was something special about Marissa that set her apart from other wedding planners. First of all if you are a "Staten Island bride" she is the most convenient in my opinion. She has two offices so it is very easy to get to versus a wedding planner in Brooklyn, New Jersey, or Manhattan and you don't have to pay any tolls either! Second of all, from the moment I stepped in until today, I felt much more than a client. I would say that Marissa has become more of a friend. I had so many personal issues I was dealing with at the time especially with family members and Marissa talked me through everything. She even gave me advice on how to speak to certain members of our families! She worked with our budget and gave us a wedding program that we needed instead of overwhelming us with unnecessary things. She was honest and gave us many opinions about vendors and venues. She also saved us when we ran into a few problems before our wedding day! We didn't have any flower girl dresses a week before the wedding because our Etsy shipment fell through. Marissa immediately sent me a list of stores I could contact and I ended up finding beautiful flower girl dresses four days before the wedding at a fraction of the cost that you would usually pay! As sweet as she is, Marissa was also great at dealing with my groomsmen many of whom are cops and that was not an easy feat! And her assistant planners were excellent! She helped me plan my rehearsal, her assistant ran my rehearsal, she provided my bridesmaids with cute wedding itineraries, steamed my veil and dress, and ran my entire wedding day from 5am to midnight! And it was not easy! Our wedding happened to fall on the hottest weekend of the year, it was literally a heat wave and yet my event went impeccably! When we had two strangers unexpectedly show up to our wedding, Marissa was on top of it and I never once felt stressed or worried. Marissa also made me Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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:
1+ year ago
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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