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Rock Paper Scissors Events

New York , NY
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LOCATION

199 Lafayette Street
New York, NY US 10012 (map)

PHONE

212-675-2202

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Rock Paper Scissors Events is a fabulous little design studio. Unlike traditional planners, we think of ourselves as wedding stylists. We are design focused and specialize in advising on... Read more
Rock Paper Scissors Events is a fabulous little design studio. Unlike traditional planners, we think of ourselves as wedding stylists. We are design focused and specialize in advising on wedding decor and styling.

We think of all of those thoughtful, fun, whimsical little details and execute them perfectly. If you have been looking for an alternative to a wedding planner, here we are.

{Rock}: You got your ring {Paper}: You'll send out the invitations {Scissors} And now you need some thoughtful tailoring of all the ideas out there into a cohesive and beautiful event . . . Rock Paper Scissors Events

Hourly consulting is $100 per hour, and partial event design begins at $4,500. With a few hours of consulting you can focus on help within a couple of areas like:

*escort cards*
*centerpieces*
*color palette*
*rentals/linens*
*invitations*
*favors*
*lighting*
*accent pieces/props*
*or just general creative concept suggestions
and sourcing suggestions*

Beyond wedding consultation, we're also available for engagement shoot and day-of styling as well as all your DIY needs.

Please see our website for full information, or even better, drop us a line or give us a call. We'd love to chat to see if we can help! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Eco-Friendly / Green
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Partial Planning
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
From 75 to 400

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Clare
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Ara was completely professional and thorough. Ara helped us turnaround a wedding production for 84 people under 13 weeks- we couldnt have achieved this without her support and committment to the job!
Ara was completely professional and thorough. Ara helped us turnaround a wedding production for 84 people under 13 weeks- Read more...
Ara was completely professional and thorough. Ara helped us turnaround a wedding production for 84 people under 13 weeks- we couldnt have achieved this without her support and committment to the job! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ara was absolutely wonderful! We hired her to help us with some design consulting and ideas during the planning of the wedding and her creativity helped jumpstart my brain and she had some wonderful notions that were right up our alley. We went back to her for day-of coordination and set up and she was just a delight. Responsive, in tune with my plans, incredibly helpful, and her and her team nailed it! Everything was absolutely perfect and just as I wanted it. Ara and Rock Paper Scissors made the set-up smooth, stress free and just right. I am extremely grateful.
Ara was absolutely wonderful! We hired her to help us with some design consulting and ideas during the planning of the Read more...
Ara was absolutely wonderful! We hired her to help us with some design consulting and ideas during the planning of the wedding and her creativity helped jumpstart my brain and she had some wonderful notions that were right up our alley. We went back to her for day-of coordination and set up and she was just a delight. Responsive, in tune with my plans, incredibly helpful, and her and her team nailed it! Everything was absolutely perfect and just as I wanted it. Ara and Rock Paper Scissors made the set-up smooth, stress free and just right. I am extremely grateful. Read less
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Margret
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Ara is amazing! I was a bride that had no idea what I wanted, but at the same time had ideas about what I thought I wanted. Ara was patient with me and helped us design a one of a kind Chuppah and total wedding look. Ara and her team went above and beyond during our entire period contracted and even after. All the vendors she recommended were spot on and amazing. I have heard nothing but amazing comments regarding my wedding. I would recommend her and her services to anyone from the smallest to the largest event. I want to have another reason the throw a party just to hire and work with Ara again! Her overall style and design concept was gorgeous and I know our wedding will stand the test of time for myself, husband and all who attended the event!
Ara is amazing! I was a bride that had no idea what I wanted, but at the same time had ideas about what I thought I Read more...
Ara is amazing! I was a bride that had no idea what I wanted, but at the same time had ideas about what I thought I wanted. Ara was patient with me and helped us design a one of a kind Chuppah and total wedding look. Ara and her team went above and beyond during our entire period contracted and even after. All the vendors she recommended were spot on and amazing. I have heard nothing but amazing comments regarding my wedding. I would recommend her and her services to anyone from the smallest to the largest event. I want to have another reason the throw a party just to hire and work with Ara again! Her overall style and design concept was gorgeous and I know our wedding will stand the test of time for myself, husband and all who attended the event! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
8/3/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I could not have made a better choice for floral design and decor than Ara. Not only did she do a spectacularly beautiful job the day of, she was such a joy to work with. She worked collaboratively with us to design our big day down to the smallest detail, and provided such helpful and professional suggestions. She is talented, flexible, and provided a stress-free day of aesthetic joy. I would recommend her business to anyone getting married! The best part about her floral work was our ability to take home our succulent centerpieces at the end of the night and give them away to our guests for mementos. She's the absolute best!
My husband and I could not have made a better choice for floral design and decor than Ara. Not only did she do a Read more...
My husband and I could not have made a better choice for floral design and decor than Ara. Not only did she do a spectacularly beautiful job the day of, she was such a joy to work with. She worked collaboratively with us to design our big day down to the smallest detail, and provided such helpful and professional suggestions. She is talented, flexible, and provided a stress-free day of aesthetic joy. I would recommend her business to anyone getting married! The best part about her floral work was our ability to take home our succulent centerpieces at the end of the night and give them away to our guests for mementos. She's the absolute best! Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
6/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Rock Paper Scissors on my 210-guest wedding at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn was a wonderful experience. I could not recommend them more highly!

I initially hired Ara for hourly consulting – with a background of my own in architecture and design, and wanting to keep budget down, I thought that all I would need is a little bit of help. I worked with her in this capacity for a few months and it was great. She was so receptive to my existing ideas and vision, and from her vast experience, was able to offer great suggestions and ideas of her own. A few months before the wedding, I had become so overwhelmed by everything else that I had to do, that I asked Ara if she would be able to take on a full decorative consultant role. I knew that the design for my wedding would be in great hands!

From start to finish, working with Ara was such a pleasure. Her calm demeanor throughout the whole process always put me at ease, and even when we hit a tiny bump in the road when the calligrapher I had selected wasn’t able to complete my menu design in time to be printed, Ara came up with a great solution and everything turned out perfectly. Every detail of my wedding was just as I imagined, and I have Ara to thank for pulling it all together so beautifully.

I also worked with Christina through Rock Paper Scissor’s Day-of Planning Service and had a great experience with her as well. We began working together a couple of weeks before the wedding, and she was so organized and professional throughout, even taking the time to go over last minute details with me at midnight two days before the wedding. Between her and Ara, I didn’t have to worry about a thing on my big day!
Working with Rock Paper Scissors on my 210-guest wedding at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn was a wonderful experience. Read more...
Working with Rock Paper Scissors on my 210-guest wedding at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn was a wonderful experience. I could not recommend them more highly!

I initially hired Ara for hourly consulting – with a background of my own in architecture and design, and wanting to keep budget down, I thought that all I would need is a little bit of help. I worked with her in this capacity for a few months and it was great. She was so receptive to my existing ideas and vision, and from her vast experience, was able to offer great suggestions and ideas of her own. A few months before the wedding, I had become so overwhelmed by everything else that I had to do, that I asked Ara if she would be able to take on a full decorative consultant role. I knew that the design for my wedding would be in great hands!

From start to finish, working with Ara was such a pleasure. Her calm demeanor throughout the whole process always put me at ease, and even when we hit a tiny bump in the road when the calligrapher I had selected wasn’t able to complete my menu design in time to be printed, Ara came up with a great solution and everything turned out perfectly. Every detail of my wedding was just as I imagined, and I have Ara to thank for pulling it all together so beautifully.

I also worked with Christina through Rock Paper Scissor’s Day-of Planning Service and had a great experience with her as well. We began working together a couple of weeks before the wedding, and she was so organized and professional throughout, even taking the time to go over last minute details with me at midnight two days before the wedding. Between her and Ara, I didn’t have to worry about a thing on my big day! Read less
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Jan
Wedding:
5/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to begin. Ara was extremely amazing from the moment I made contact with her. She is extremely professional yet so easy going and casual and really makes you feel comfortable. I was organising a destination wedding and as most bride to be can imagine - you really just don't know what to expect. I always find it very hard and awkward to say no but Ara was very understanding and was never forceful with anything that I didn't want. She went above and beyond my expectations and after the bday you realise just how much work and effort Ara and her team really puts into their job. The way the wedding turned out would have not been the same without Ara and her team. If you are considering Rock Paper Scissors - don't hesitate any longer. Just email Ara and you'll be glad that you did!
I don't even know where to begin. Ara was extremely amazing from the moment I made contact with her. She is extremely Read more...
I don't even know where to begin. Ara was extremely amazing from the moment I made contact with her. She is extremely professional yet so easy going and casual and really makes you feel comfortable. I was organising a destination wedding and as most bride to be can imagine - you really just don't know what to expect. I always find it very hard and awkward to say no but Ara was very understanding and was never forceful with anything that I didn't want. She went above and beyond my expectations and after the bday you realise just how much work and effort Ara and her team really puts into their job. The way the wedding turned out would have not been the same without Ara and her team. If you are considering Rock Paper Scissors - don't hesitate any longer. Just email Ara and you'll be glad that you did! Read less
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Helena
Wedding:
2/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Christina and the team from Rock Paper Scissors were absolutely fantastic. We hired them as a "day of" coordinator for our wedding but they were really more of a "three weeks before" coordinator. Christina make a spreadsheet of every task we had to complete before the big day and updated it constantly. She communicated with all the vendors and everyone really liked working with her. The one thing I simply must point out is that when Christina realized some of the logistics were a bit more complex than she had originally anticipated, she brought in an additional assistant beyond what we had contracted for out of her own pocket in order to assure that the wedding went off without a hitch. You don't get that kind of commitment to the job and selflessness with most event planners!! Can't recommend her and RPS highly enough!
Christina and the team from Rock Paper Scissors were absolutely fantastic. We hired them as a "day of" coordinator for our Read more...
Christina and the team from Rock Paper Scissors were absolutely fantastic. We hired them as a "day of" coordinator for our wedding but they were really more of a "three weeks before" coordinator. Christina make a spreadsheet of every task we had to complete before the big day and updated it constantly. She communicated with all the vendors and everyone really liked working with her. The one thing I simply must point out is that when Christina realized some of the logistics were a bit more complex than she had originally anticipated, she brought in an additional assistant beyond what we had contracted for out of her own pocket in order to assure that the wedding went off without a hitch. You don't get that kind of commitment to the job and selflessness with most event planners!! Can't recommend her and RPS highly enough! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We worked with Ara to conceptualize and execute the event design for our wedding and I cannot say enough wonderful things about her!! She was absolutely the best investment we could have made in regards to our ‘Big Day’. Planning the details of a wedding can definitely be a daunting and overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to picking an overall theme and narrowing down the details to create your ultimate vision. From our initial meeting with Ara, we knew we wanted to work with her. She took the time to understand exactly what we wanted and didn’t want for the evening, as well as to really understand us as not only a couple, but as individuals as well. She worked with us on choosing every single design detail – the color scheme, the flowers, the table cloths, the wedding favors, the menus, the lighting, the invitations and beyond. She helped us create a budget we were comfortable with and took the time to ensure that we got the most out of every dollar we were spending. The result was not only cost effective, but truly the most beautiful, unique and elegant evening imaginable. Throughout the entire process Ara was an absolute pleasure to work with from the initial meeting down to the day of the event. Not only is she incredibly talented, she is also patient, responsive and a true professional. I would highly recommend Rock Paper Scissors to any couple, at any budget, looking for someone to turn their dream wedding into a reality. Thank you Ara!!
We worked with Ara to conceptualize and execute the event design for our wedding and I cannot say enough wonderful things Read more...
We worked with Ara to conceptualize and execute the event design for our wedding and I cannot say enough wonderful things about her!! She was absolutely the best investment we could have made in regards to our ‘Big Day’. Planning the details of a wedding can definitely be a daunting and overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to picking an overall theme and narrowing down the details to create your ultimate vision. From our initial meeting with Ara, we knew we wanted to work with her. She took the time to understand exactly what we wanted and didn’t want for the evening, as well as to really understand us as not only a couple, but as individuals as well. She worked with us on choosing every single design detail – the color scheme, the flowers, the table cloths, the wedding favors, the menus, the lighting, the invitations and beyond. She helped us create a budget we were comfortable with and took the time to ensure that we got the most out of every dollar we were spending. The result was not only cost effective, but truly the most beautiful, unique and elegant evening imaginable. Throughout the entire process Ara was an absolute pleasure to work with from the initial meeting down to the day of the event. Not only is she incredibly talented, she is also patient, responsive and a true professional. I would highly recommend Rock Paper Scissors to any couple, at any budget, looking for someone to turn their dream wedding into a reality. Thank you Ara!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Cornelia
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Ara is amazing. Probably the best, friendliest and most reasonable vendor I worked with. She made our big day gorgeous, easy and fun. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.
Ara is amazing. Probably the best, friendliest and most reasonable vendor I worked with. She made our big day gorgeous, Read more...
Ara is amazing. Probably the best, friendliest and most reasonable vendor I worked with. She made our big day gorgeous, easy and fun. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
For my daughter's wedding, the bride selected an incredibly cool live show type of venue in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Ara and her team did the most incredible job of retaining the cool vibe, and yet made it warm and comfortable for guests from (literally) two to ninety-eight!

We held the service in front of an exposed brick wall, with a beautify chuppa and very cool lighting. And then, magically the chairs disappeared and a dance floor and tables (decorated consistent with the cool Brooklyn vibe) appeared!

We had over 300 people at this rocking event, and they are still raving!
For my daughter's wedding, the bride selected an incredibly cool live show type of venue in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Ara and Read more...
For my daughter's wedding, the bride selected an incredibly cool live show type of venue in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Ara and her team did the most incredible job of retaining the cool vibe, and yet made it warm and comfortable for guests from (literally) two to ninety-eight!

We held the service in front of an exposed brick wall, with a beautify chuppa and very cool lighting. And then, magically the chairs disappeared and a dance floor and tables (decorated consistent with the cool Brooklyn vibe) appeared!

We had over 300 people at this rocking event, and they are still raving! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Ara was a true professional and absolute delight to work with. We were so pleased with her help! A+
Ara was a true professional and absolute delight to work with. We were so pleased with her help! A+
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Ara was the best investment we made in our wedding. We were nervous about hiring a stylist instead of a planner, but Ara's guidance was thorough enough that she made every part of the design/ decor easier. She was so calming when we were panicked and she totally understood our vision and translated it to real life. She managed our florist and rentals, worked closely with our venue and ensured that on the day of our wedding, everything looked perfect. I wish I could hire Ara in my day to day life! She makes everything prettier, more organized and more fun.
Ara was the best investment we made in our wedding. We were nervous about hiring a stylist instead of a planner, but Ara's Read more...
Ara was the best investment we made in our wedding. We were nervous about hiring a stylist instead of a planner, but Ara's guidance was thorough enough that she made every part of the design/ decor easier. She was so calming when we were panicked and she totally understood our vision and translated it to real life. She managed our florist and rentals, worked closely with our venue and ensured that on the day of our wedding, everything looked perfect. I wish I could hire Ara in my day to day life! She makes everything prettier, more organized and more fun. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
7/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Before meeting with Ara for the first time, I was unsure about whether I wanted to work with a professional on planning our wedding. I wanted the day to be uniquely ours, and was worried that hiring someone might mean having a wedding that reflected their taste, not ours. On top of that, it seemed like a really fancy thing to do, and I wasn’t sure spending money on a designer was a good use of our budget. At the same time, I had never planned a wedding before, and had no idea where to start.

Almost as soon as we started talking to Ara, I knew that working with her was a must. She is not exaggerating when she says how much she values getting to know you as a couple, and incorporating that information into her design. She was kind, good-humored, and truly interested. More importantly, she is extremely knowledgeable about her field.

Ara connected us with amazing vendors, and guided us through the process of picking the perfect ones for us, taking into account our personalities, styles, and budget. Although the entire experience was great, the referrals alone made hiring RPS 100% worth it. I didn’t have to worry about the other people (florist, photographer, make up artist…) we were hiring because Ara had made the recommendation.

The result of hiring RPS to design our wedding was an absolutely perfect day for us. We didn’t have to worry about the details, because Ara had taken care of everything. I knew that she knew what we wanted, and had total confidence in her and her team to make that happen. One thing that I think stands out about Ara is that she is really respectful of your taste, even when it differs from hers. Although I very much value her opinion, I never felt like she was trying to convince me to do what she thought was best.

I would recommend RPS to anyone planning an important event. My future sister-in-law, who saw first hand the quality of work that Ara provided, cant wait to hire her for her wedding.
Before meeting with Ara for the first time, I was unsure about whether I wanted to work with a professional on planning Read more...
Before meeting with Ara for the first time, I was unsure about whether I wanted to work with a professional on planning our wedding. I wanted the day to be uniquely ours, and was worried that hiring someone might mean having a wedding that reflected their taste, not ours. On top of that, it seemed like a really fancy thing to do, and I wasn’t sure spending money on a designer was a good use of our budget. At the same time, I had never planned a wedding before, and had no idea where to start.

Almost as soon as we started talking to Ara, I knew that working with her was a must. She is not exaggerating when she says how much she values getting to know you as a couple, and incorporating that information into her design. She was kind, good-humored, and truly interested. More importantly, she is extremely knowledgeable about her field.

Ara connected us with amazing vendors, and guided us through the process of picking the perfect ones for us, taking into account our personalities, styles, and budget. Although the entire experience was great, the referrals alone made hiring RPS 100% worth it. I didn’t have to worry about the other people (florist, photographer, make up artist…) we were hiring because Ara had made the recommendation.

The result of hiring RPS to design our wedding was an absolutely perfect day for us. We didn’t have to worry about the details, because Ara had taken care of everything. I knew that she knew what we wanted, and had total confidence in her and her team to make that happen. One thing that I think stands out about Ara is that she is really respectful of your taste, even when it differs from hers. Although I very much value her opinion, I never felt like she was trying to convince me to do what she thought was best.

I would recommend RPS to anyone planning an important event. My future sister-in-law, who saw first hand the quality of work that Ara provided, cant wait to hire her for her wedding. Read less
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Heidi
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Rock Paper Scissors Events for the day of my wedding was one of the best decisions I made. Ara has amazing taste and she completely brought my vision to life. She took away any anxiety or stress I had about everything coming together and stepped up when things needed to get done that I hadn't even accounted for. Our meetings up to the wedding were extremely helpful as well, being able to talk to someone about what your vision is and how to carry it out is so great. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
Working with Rock Paper Scissors Events for the day of my wedding was one of the best decisions I made. Ara has amazing Read more...
Working with Rock Paper Scissors Events for the day of my wedding was one of the best decisions I made. Ara has amazing taste and she completely brought my vision to life. She took away any anxiety or stress I had about everything coming together and stepped up when things needed to get done that I hadn't even accounted for. Our meetings up to the wedding were extremely helpful as well, being able to talk to someone about what your vision is and how to carry it out is so great. I would definitely recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
2/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Ara was our event designer for our wedding in February 2013 at Tribeca Rooftop. We met with her after struggling for months with florists and a design concept. When we met with Ara I knew right away that we had to hire her - she was an incredible listener and her ideas for our wedding were so beautiful! It was clear to us early on in the process that she really understood what we were looking for even though we had struggled to communicate it to florists and others. Ara was always available and met with us several times in person (including with several florists she had recommended) and many, many more times over e-mail and the phone. Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and we couldn't have been happier with how it turned out!! She designed and coordinated the general set-up, including flowers, menus, escort cards, table settings, cocktail area, party favors, etc. She worked with the florist and our venue directly to make sure everything was perfect. She was at our venue the day of the wedding and dealt with many little problems that arose because the day of our wedding was a terrible winter storm. After the wedding she even made sure we got a refund on a few items from outside vendors that didn't make it to the wedding because of the weather. She was truly amazing and made our wedding turn out even more stunning and romantic than I could ever have hoped for or imagined. We would recommend her to everyone who is thinking about using an event designer!
Ara was our event designer for our wedding in February 2013 at Tribeca Rooftop. We met with her after struggling for Read more...
Ara was our event designer for our wedding in February 2013 at Tribeca Rooftop. We met with her after struggling for months with florists and a design concept. When we met with Ara I knew right away that we had to hire her - she was an incredible listener and her ideas for our wedding were so beautiful! It was clear to us early on in the process that she really understood what we were looking for even though we had struggled to communicate it to florists and others. Ara was always available and met with us several times in person (including with several florists she had recommended) and many, many more times over e-mail and the phone. Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and we couldn't have been happier with how it turned out!! She designed and coordinated the general set-up, including flowers, menus, escort cards, table settings, cocktail area, party favors, etc. She worked with the florist and our venue directly to make sure everything was perfect. She was at our venue the day of the wedding and dealt with many little problems that arose because the day of our wedding was a terrible winter storm. After the wedding she even made sure we got a refund on a few items from outside vendors that didn't make it to the wedding because of the weather. She was truly amazing and made our wedding turn out even more stunning and romantic than I could ever have hoped for or imagined. We would recommend her to everyone who is thinking about using an event designer! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Ara was great to work with and helped make my event beautiful!
Ara was great to work with and helped make my event beautiful!
Ara was great to work with and helped make my event beautiful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Rock, Paper, Scissors is amazing and I'm so glad I hired Ara and her team!

I knew I wanted help planning my wedding, but was wary about the cost of a full-blown wedding planner. I opted to hire Ara to help me plan the aesthetics of the wedding (which is what I cared about most!) and then hired a day-of planner to orchestrate the Big Day. It was a perfect combination, at a much better price!

My fiance and I started with tastes that were very far apart. He loved minimal, casual, and spare. I preferred lush, rich, and cozy. Ara worked tirelessly with us to find a middle ground that felt like a true expression of us as a couple. She worked directly with all our vendors and each time helped us find the perfect fit for our style and budget. She is extremely organized, knowledgeable, and very much fun!!

And our wedding was GORGEOUS, simply GO-OR-GEOUS, if I do say so myself!
Rock, Paper, Scissors is amazing and I'm so glad I hired Ara and her team!

I knew I wanted help planning my Read more...
Rock, Paper, Scissors is amazing and I'm so glad I hired Ara and her team!

I knew I wanted help planning my wedding, but was wary about the cost of a full-blown wedding planner. I opted to hire Ara to help me plan the aesthetics of the wedding (which is what I cared about most!) and then hired a day-of planner to orchestrate the Big Day. It was a perfect combination, at a much better price!

My fiance and I started with tastes that were very far apart. He loved minimal, casual, and spare. I preferred lush, rich, and cozy. Ara worked tirelessly with us to find a middle ground that felt like a true expression of us as a couple. She worked directly with all our vendors and each time helped us find the perfect fit for our style and budget. She is extremely organized, knowledgeable, and very much fun!!

And our wedding was GORGEOUS, simply GO-OR-GEOUS, if I do say so myself! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
8/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Ara Farnam of Rock Paper Scissors provided day-of event styling for my restaurant wedding reception and she was terrific! A month before the wedding, my husband and I met with her and the restaurant owner for a tasting and to discuss the room set-up details. We were so happy she was there because she helped us understand the table set-up logistics and helped us choose the food we had served. Since I was on a budget, I purchased all of the decorations and set up the sample guest tables and welcome table on my dining room table at home, took pictures, and emailed them to her the week before the wedding. The morning of the reception, she arrived at the restaurant, received my decorations and floral arrangements from the messenger service and styled the room to perfection! It was amazing how calm I felt that morning because I knew Ara had the decorating covered. Ara is extremely talented, professional, and warm. She was there to greet me when I arrived at the restaurant and even put the boutonniere on my husband's suit jacket. She is definitely a great person to work with and I recommend her to anyone that needs any kind of event styling. My wedding reception was a success thanks to Ara! Can't wait to work with her again!! Maybe for my anniversary party!
Ara Farnam of Rock Paper Scissors provided day-of event styling for my restaurant wedding reception and she was terrific! Read more...
Ara Farnam of Rock Paper Scissors provided day-of event styling for my restaurant wedding reception and she was terrific! A month before the wedding, my husband and I met with her and the restaurant owner for a tasting and to discuss the room set-up details. We were so happy she was there because she helped us understand the table set-up logistics and helped us choose the food we had served. Since I was on a budget, I purchased all of the decorations and set up the sample guest tables and welcome table on my dining room table at home, took pictures, and emailed them to her the week before the wedding. The morning of the reception, she arrived at the restaurant, received my decorations and floral arrangements from the messenger service and styled the room to perfection! It was amazing how calm I felt that morning because I knew Ara had the decorating covered. Ara is extremely talented, professional, and warm. She was there to greet me when I arrived at the restaurant and even put the boutonniere on my husband's suit jacket. She is definitely a great person to work with and I recommend her to anyone that needs any kind of event styling. My wedding reception was a success thanks to Ara! Can't wait to work with her again!! Maybe for my anniversary party! Read less
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Raquel
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Ara transformed our personal experiences and story into our dream wedding. Her genuine interest to “our story” and event planning expertise truly made our wedding that much memorable and special. Ara is very professional from the planning to the execution and fun personified. The fun factor is as important as all other attributes when considering an event planner because she made every visit, every call that much more exciting. On the organization and coordination front, she was outstanding in every regard. From the outset, Ara inspired the utmost confidence. It was very easy to trust that she was handling the month-of details – from getting our final count to our venue to setting out our favors and giving us checklists, timelines and the getting-ready schedules, she took care of everything. As a result, we were able to sit back and enjoy our special day itself. Simply put, Ara is exceptional. Thank you.
Ara transformed our personal experiences and story into our dream wedding. Her genuine interest to “our story” and event Read more...
Ara transformed our personal experiences and story into our dream wedding. Her genuine interest to “our story” and event planning expertise truly made our wedding that much memorable and special. Ara is very professional from the planning to the execution and fun personified. The fun factor is as important as all other attributes when considering an event planner because she made every visit, every call that much more exciting. On the organization and coordination front, she was outstanding in every regard. From the outset, Ara inspired the utmost confidence. It was very easy to trust that she was handling the month-of details – from getting our final count to our venue to setting out our favors and giving us checklists, timelines and the getting-ready schedules, she took care of everything. As a result, we were able to sit back and enjoy our special day itself. Simply put, Ara is exceptional. Thank you. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Ara was recommended to us by a mutual friend. We really didn't want to spend an arm and a leg for our wedding, but the costs were quickly adding up. We even decided that we weren't going to have any flowers. What?? No flowers at a wedding? People thought we were nuts. How COULD we? :) Sorry - florists are thousands upon thousands of dollars in NYC. We couldn't imagine paying that much for something that dies right after the event. What a waste.

But because we weren't having flowers or a florist, we knew we needed someone to help us with decor and with setting everything up. Enter Ara and Rock Paper Scissors Events. She talked to us about our vision and about us and about a bunch of ideas we had. The problem was that we almost had too many ideas and it was very hard to narrow things down and put it all together to make everything look connected.

We purchased 5 hours of consulting time and also hired her to be there the day of the wedding to set everything up. Ara took all of our ideas and mocked up some detailed sketches of what she thought everything should look like. It was perfect. It was so "us". We really wanted it to be special for us and she hit the nail on the head.

We had a lot of different components that we needed to purchase and Ara spent a lot of time giving us advice on the items we picked out, and suggested alternatives when we didn't find the best item or value. She also did a site visit with us and spent time with us at her home after we had all of the items so we could make a plan for how she was going to set everything up.

She also ordered my bouquet, the mother's corsages, and the flower girl petals (ok, we had a FEW flowers).

The whole time we worked with Ara I had the utmost confidence that everything was going to turn out beautifully, and that I wouldn't have to be stressed about anything the day of the wedding. She was amazing. I'm so happy we decided to hire her. She made our flowerless wedding look amazing, and "us".
Ara was recommended to us by a mutual friend. We really didn't want to spend an arm and a leg for our wedding, but the Read more...
Ara was recommended to us by a mutual friend. We really didn't want to spend an arm and a leg for our wedding, but the costs were quickly adding up. We even decided that we weren't going to have any flowers. What?? No flowers at a wedding? People thought we were nuts. How COULD we? :) Sorry - florists are thousands upon thousands of dollars in NYC. We couldn't imagine paying that much for something that dies right after the event. What a waste.

But because we weren't having flowers or a florist, we knew we needed someone to help us with decor and with setting everything up. Enter Ara and Rock Paper Scissors Events. She talked to us about our vision and about us and about a bunch of ideas we had. The problem was that we almost had too many ideas and it was very hard to narrow things down and put it all together to make everything look connected.

We purchased 5 hours of consulting time and also hired her to be there the day of the wedding to set everything up. Ara took all of our ideas and mocked up some detailed sketches of what she thought everything should look like. It was perfect. It was so "us". We really wanted it to be special for us and she hit the nail on the head.

We had a lot of different components that we needed to purchase and Ara spent a lot of time giving us advice on the items we picked out, and suggested alternatives when we didn't find the best item or value. She also did a site visit with us and spent time with us at her home after we had all of the items so we could make a plan for how she was going to set everything up.

She also ordered my bouquet, the mother's corsages, and the flower girl petals (ok, we had a FEW flowers).

The whole time we worked with Ara I had the utmost confidence that everything was going to turn out beautifully, and that I wouldn't have to be stressed about anything the day of the wedding. She was amazing. I'm so happy we decided to hire her. She made our flowerless wedding look amazing, and "us". Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Hiring Ara was the smartest decision we made throughout our entire wedding planning process. She is thorough, knowledgeable, and creative. Ara is the perfect blend of a designer and project manager. She paid attention to every detail and often remembered items or ideas that were discussed and we had forgotten. Throughout the entire process my husband and I became friends with Ara and were honored to have her as a guest after her duties were fulfilled. Our wedding guest raved about her work and awesome, fun personality! I wish we could get remarried every year so that our could create more magical experiences for us!
Hiring Ara was the smartest decision we made throughout our entire wedding planning process. She is thorough, Read more...
Hiring Ara was the smartest decision we made throughout our entire wedding planning process. She is thorough, knowledgeable, and creative. Ara is the perfect blend of a designer and project manager. She paid attention to every detail and often remembered items or ideas that were discussed and we had forgotten. Throughout the entire process my husband and I became friends with Ara and were honored to have her as a guest after her duties were fulfilled. Our wedding guest raved about her work and awesome, fun personality! I wish we could get remarried every year so that our could create more magical experiences for us! Read less
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ingrid
Wedding:
9/30/2011
5.0/5.0
I called Ara up as we got closer to the wedding because I realized there were some things I could not do myself, nor did I trust anyone else to do them. I had a strong vision for the design I wanted on the day of my wedding. But I could not be there to execute it. What to do?

Ara came through. She styled the venue on the day of. She worked so well with my florist. The table card set up was exactly what I dreamed--the table covered with beautiful orchids and birch vases. The cards were placed on japanese grass mats and looked very clean and designy. The dinner tables were set up flawlessly, with a real attention to the "guest experience."

As my husband said after our wedding, if Ara had not been there, I probably would have been so worried about what the venue looked like that I might not have been able to let go and enjoy the day. I think at first he wasn't sure why I needed an on site designer. Now he knows that it made me more relaxed, and that is exactly what he wanted too.

Ara is a true professional with an easy going personality who gets things done beautifully. Having her there on the day of your wedding will surely prevent any worry wrinkles!
I called Ara up as we got closer to the wedding because I realized there were some things I could not do myself, nor did I Read more...
I called Ara up as we got closer to the wedding because I realized there were some things I could not do myself, nor did I trust anyone else to do them. I had a strong vision for the design I wanted on the day of my wedding. But I could not be there to execute it. What to do?

Ara came through. She styled the venue on the day of. She worked so well with my florist. The table card set up was exactly what I dreamed--the table covered with beautiful orchids and birch vases. The cards were placed on japanese grass mats and looked very clean and designy. The dinner tables were set up flawlessly, with a real attention to the "guest experience."

As my husband said after our wedding, if Ara had not been there, I probably would have been so worried about what the venue looked like that I might not have been able to let go and enjoy the day. I think at first he wasn't sure why I needed an on site designer. Now he knows that it made me more relaxed, and that is exactly what he wanted too.

Ara is a true professional with an easy going personality who gets things done beautifully. Having her there on the day of your wedding will surely prevent any worry wrinkles! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I contacted Ara late in my wedding planning looking for an extra hand in pulling together my vision for my wedding. Ara had great ideas, worked within my existing vision, and respected my time and cost restrictions. Most importantly, I felt comfortable letting Ara be my eyes (and I am a control freak) as to all things design (ensuring flowers, tables, candles, and so on were all properly placed) on the day of the wedding so I could focus on getting ready and getting married! Ara is also ridiculously easy to get along with. Highly recommend - even if all you need is just a little last minute assistance and inspiration.
I contacted Ara late in my wedding planning looking for an extra hand in pulling together my vision for my wedding. Ara Read more...
I contacted Ara late in my wedding planning looking for an extra hand in pulling together my vision for my wedding. Ara had great ideas, worked within my existing vision, and respected my time and cost restrictions. Most importantly, I felt comfortable letting Ara be my eyes (and I am a control freak) as to all things design (ensuring flowers, tables, candles, and so on were all properly placed) on the day of the wedding so I could focus on getting ready and getting married! Ara is also ridiculously easy to get along with. Highly recommend - even if all you need is just a little last minute assistance and inspiration. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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farihah
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Ara was a pleasure to work with, and her strengths were definitely the styling of the wedding - she was creative, receptive, but also practical in her advice. She has a very sunny personality but is firm when it comes to work, which is a perfect combination. Her ability to break down services a la carte makes it possible to retain her excellent services for much less than a more traditional wedding planner.
Ara was a pleasure to work with, and her strengths were definitely the styling of the wedding - she was creative, Read more...
Ara was a pleasure to work with, and her strengths were definitely the styling of the wedding - she was creative, receptive, but also practical in her advice. She has a very sunny personality but is firm when it comes to work, which is a perfect combination. Her ability to break down services a la carte makes it possible to retain her excellent services for much less than a more traditional wedding planner. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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echun
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Did such a wonderful job! Had great suggestions/ alternatives and helped me make decisions that were way to difficult for me to make on my own. Life saver! I had to change the timing of the wedding because I got married on the day of the hurricane, Ara was there and ready to work and get everything set up in time!!
Did such a wonderful job! Had great suggestions/ alternatives and helped me make decisions that were way to difficult for Read more...
Did such a wonderful job! Had great suggestions/ alternatives and helped me make decisions that were way to difficult for me to make on my own. Life saver! I had to change the timing of the wedding because I got married on the day of the hurricane, Ara was there and ready to work and get everything set up in time!! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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GR
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I can not say enough about Ara and her amazing team at Rock Paper Scissors! From the very beginning they were professional, flexible, creative and so great to work with. Ara came up with ideas for our wedding that we would never have thought of and she executed all of them beautifully. We were also so impressed with how conscientious she was of our budget. She is an incredibly hard worker and also just a joy to be around. All of our guests were commenting on all of the details...and they would never have existed without Ara's creativity. We can't imagine our wedding without her.
My husband and I can not say enough about Ara and her amazing team at Rock Paper Scissors! From the very beginning they Read more...
My husband and I can not say enough about Ara and her amazing team at Rock Paper Scissors! From the very beginning they were professional, flexible, creative and so great to work with. Ara came up with ideas for our wedding that we would never have thought of and she executed all of them beautifully. We were also so impressed with how conscientious she was of our budget. She is an incredibly hard worker and also just a joy to be around. All of our guests were commenting on all of the details...and they would never have existed without Ara's creativity. We can't imagine our wedding without her. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
We worked with Ara for my September wedding and we were more than impressed with her work. She has such a friendly personality and has wonderful, unique ideas but also incorporated everything we asked her for. I would highly recommend her to any one who needs a few ideas ideas and someone who will turn your vision into reality.
We worked with Ara for my September wedding and we were more than impressed with her work. She has such a friendly Read more...
We worked with Ara for my September wedding and we were more than impressed with her work. She has such a friendly personality and has wonderful, unique ideas but also incorporated everything we asked her for. I would highly recommend her to any one who needs a few ideas ideas and someone who will turn your vision into reality. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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marcellacarling
Wedding:
8/20/2010
5.0/5.0
My experience with Rock Paper Scissors has been superior. Ara's professional and personable manner combined with her innate design style turned our wedding vision into a reality. My husband and I were blown away by the final result. It was totally "us" and Ara made it happen. Throughout the process, Ara listened carefully to my ideas and asked questions to clarify my vision while at the same time offering new and creative suggestions to enhance our aesthetic. She even accompanied me to some vendor appointments! Ara not only worked with my time schedule, but also helped me get organized! Her attention to detail set the table for a well planned and organized event. Less stress for me! Overall, Ara felt like a big sister with an impeccable sense of style. She was supportive, reliable and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Rock Paper Scissors for any event!
My experience with Rock Paper Scissors has been superior. Ara's professional and personable manner combined with her Read more...
My experience with Rock Paper Scissors has been superior. Ara's professional and personable manner combined with her innate design style turned our wedding vision into a reality. My husband and I were blown away by the final result. It was totally "us" and Ara made it happen. Throughout the process, Ara listened carefully to my ideas and asked questions to clarify my vision while at the same time offering new and creative suggestions to enhance our aesthetic. She even accompanied me to some vendor appointments! Ara not only worked with my time schedule, but also helped me get organized! Her attention to detail set the table for a well planned and organized event. Less stress for me! Overall, Ara felt like a big sister with an impeccable sense of style. She was supportive, reliable and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Rock Paper Scissors for any event! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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jcooley
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Ara was sooooo helpful in giving me advice to pull together my colors and centerpieces. I incorporated many of her wonderful ideas into my wedding day and was very happy with how it all turned out. I love her aesthetic, and I would totally recommend her without hesitation.
Ara was sooooo helpful in giving me advice to pull together my colors and centerpieces. I incorporated many of her Read more...
Ara was sooooo helpful in giving me advice to pull together my colors and centerpieces. I incorporated many of her wonderful ideas into my wedding day and was very happy with how it all turned out. I love her aesthetic, and I would totally recommend her without hesitation. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Katie
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Ara is wonderful! She is professional, talented and full of great ideas. Her creativity made our tables beautiful. We would recommend her again and again!
Ara is wonderful! She is professional, talented and full of great ideas. Her creativity made our tables beautiful. We Read more...
Ara is wonderful! She is professional, talented and full of great ideas. Her creativity made our tables beautiful. We would recommend her again and again! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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mazzzzzy
Wedding:
7/4/2011
4.9/5.0
Ara and her Rock Paper Scissors crew were just plain amazing. Hiring Ara was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! She went above and beyond to make sure she knew exactly how to create our vision of what our wedding should look and feel like. What a success!! Ara thought of every detail and helped us manage it all in a truly caring, fun and professional manner. The design and decor were just beautiful!!! I would highly recommend RPS.
Ara and her Rock Paper Scissors crew were just plain amazing. Hiring Ara was one of the best decisions we made for our Read more...
Ara and her Rock Paper Scissors crew were just plain amazing. Hiring Ara was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! She went above and beyond to make sure she knew exactly how to create our vision of what our wedding should look and feel like. What a success!! Ara thought of every detail and helped us manage it all in a truly caring, fun and professional manner. The design and decor were just beautiful!!! I would highly recommend RPS. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
Ara is a pleasure to work with!
Ara is a pleasure to work with!
Ara is a pleasure to work with! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Kwanji
Wedding:
6/10/2011
4.7/5.0
Ara was amazing! She went above and beyond to ensure our day was
exactly how we pictured. She is so creative and fun to work with! I highly recommend her!!
Ara was amazing! She went above and beyond to ensure our day was
exactly how we pictured. She is so creative and fun Read more...
Ara was amazing! She went above and beyond to ensure our day was
exactly how we pictured. She is so creative and fun to work with! I highly recommend her!! Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor

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