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Viva Max Weddings

Manhattan , NY
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Whether you’re newly engaged or have already started the journey of planning your wedding, you likely have a lot of questions, a few anxieties and many differing opinions coming your... Read more
Whether you’re newly engaged or have already started the journey of planning your wedding, you likely have a lot of questions, a few anxieties and many differing opinions coming your way. It can be challenging to cut through all of the noise to get to the core of what is important to you, not to mention how to achieve it. I can help.

I bring focus and practicality to your planning process, offering thoughtful guidance based on a decade of wedding industry experience and by connecting you with talented and amazing vendors that help you to develop your unique vision.

My approach brings practicality, know-how, enthusiasm and spunk to the wedding planning process. Clients praise me for my relaxed but efficient, genuine and professional manner. The way that I inspire and nurture every vendor allows all the tiny pieces of a perfect wedding to come together seamlessly. Let’s plan your wedding together. 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, Full Planning, 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
How many planners are on your team?
2

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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
We hired Viva to plan our wedding and could not have been happier! She immediately understood what we were looking for and helped us put together a wedding that was even better than we had ever imagined. Viva is incredibly organized and kept us on track and ensured that nothing slipped through the cracks. She helped us to identify the perfect vendors for our wedding and ensured that they all worked together seamlessly. Viva was also a pleasure to work with--she was always cheerful and professional, no matter how busy or stressful things were. We really enjoyed working with Viva and our wedding was the beautiful, fun party that we had hoped for! We highly recommend Viva to anyone looking for a planner.
We hired Viva to plan our wedding and could not have been happier! She immediately understood what we were looking for and Read more...
We hired Viva to plan our wedding and could not have been happier! She immediately understood what we were looking for and helped us put together a wedding that was even better than we had ever imagined. Viva is incredibly organized and kept us on track and ensured that nothing slipped through the cracks. She helped us to identify the perfect vendors for our wedding and ensured that they all worked together seamlessly. Viva was also a pleasure to work with--she was always cheerful and professional, no matter how busy or stressful things were. We really enjoyed working with Viva and our wedding was the beautiful, fun party that we had hoped for! We highly recommend Viva to anyone looking for a planner. Read less
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Viva Max Weddings responded with the following comments:

Oh thank you so much Elizabeth. It was such a pleasure working with you and Ron. I appreciate the kind words.
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Ranjan
Wedding:
9/18/2016
5.0/5.0
Viva was phenomenal. She helped us through every stage of our planning process, from deciding on an aesthetic to selecting vendors and then facilitating negotiations. Not to mention her tremendous help with the event itself on the day of (and the days prior). She is tremendously organized and also has the ability to put herself in your shoes and see your aesthetic -- which makes finding the right vendors a much easier and more streamlined process. On top of all of that, she's an absolute joy to work with! We love Viva and would recommend her to anyone looking for a planner.
Viva was phenomenal. She helped us through every stage of our planning process, from deciding on an aesthetic to selecting Read more...
Viva was phenomenal. She helped us through every stage of our planning process, from deciding on an aesthetic to selecting vendors and then facilitating negotiations. Not to mention her tremendous help with the event itself on the day of (and the days prior). She is tremendously organized and also has the ability to put herself in your shoes and see your aesthetic -- which makes finding the right vendors a much easier and more streamlined process. On top of all of that, she's an absolute joy to work with! We love Viva and would recommend her to anyone looking for a planner. Read less
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Viva Max Weddings responded with the following comments:

Ohhhh thanks so much. I loved every moment of your wedding planning - you two are amazing. Thank you.
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Claire and Michael
Wedding:
6/1/2016
5.0/5.0
We cannot speak highly enough of Viva. We found her after having a poor experience with a different wedding planner at a lower price point, and as soon as we started working with her we had complete confidence in her ability. What perhaps illustrates this is the fact that we were having a destination wedding in NYC and planned it from London - Viva conducted such thorough research into all vendor options (photographs of venues, videos of venues , spreadsheets, comparison tables) that we never once doubted that our wedding would be anything but amazing even though we were making all decisions remotely. She is also great at the logistics side – developing our schedule, timings etc, and ultimately revising this on numerous occasions as the day took shape.
She has a solution to every potential issue, for example, we hoped to have a brief drinks in a restaurant which did not take bookings - this wasn't an obstacle as Viva sent her staff ahead to snag a few tables and so when we arrived seating ran smoothly. She is thoroughly organised (we had a light rain plan, a heavy rain plan, and all vendors on board with each one), always a step ahead (She RAN through Central Park to ensure we had our sunglasses for our gondola ride, and made it to the jetty just as we were saying “ahh what a shame we don’t have our sunglasses!), creative and always willing to go the extra mile (She took some last minute jobs off our hands in the final weeks). She has many contacts in industry and could always give honest opinions about what we could expect at each price point and whether or not she thought this would fit our vision or suit our guests. She was very responsive to our communication, including dealing with issues at 9pm on the eve of the wedding when we had run out of steam to manage them ourselves.
Viva continued to be amazingly organised and hard working on our wedding day. I could write another paragraph but am running out of space! We couldnt have done it without you Viva Max!
We cannot speak highly enough of Viva. We found her after having a poor experience with a different wedding planner at a Read more...
We cannot speak highly enough of Viva. We found her after having a poor experience with a different wedding planner at a lower price point, and as soon as we started working with her we had complete confidence in her ability. What perhaps illustrates this is the fact that we were having a destination wedding in NYC and planned it from London - Viva conducted such thorough research into all vendor options (photographs of venues, videos of venues , spreadsheets, comparison tables) that we never once doubted that our wedding would be anything but amazing even though we were making all decisions remotely. She is also great at the logistics side – developing our schedule, timings etc, and ultimately revising this on numerous occasions as the day took shape.
She has a solution to every potential issue, for example, we hoped to have a brief drinks in a restaurant which did not take bookings - this wasn't an obstacle as Viva sent her staff ahead to snag a few tables and so when we arrived seating ran smoothly. She is thoroughly organised (we had a light rain plan, a heavy rain plan, and all vendors on board with each one), always a step ahead (She RAN through Central Park to ensure we had our sunglasses for our gondola ride, and made it to the jetty just as we were saying “ahh what a shame we don’t have our sunglasses!), creative and always willing to go the extra mile (She took some last minute jobs off our hands in the final weeks). She has many contacts in industry and could always give honest opinions about what we could expect at each price point and whether or not she thought this would fit our vision or suit our guests. She was very responsive to our communication, including dealing with issues at 9pm on the eve of the wedding when we had run out of steam to manage them ourselves.
Viva continued to be amazingly organised and hard working on our wedding day. I could write another paragraph but am running out of space! We couldnt have done it without you Viva Max! Read less
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Grace
Wedding:
9/3/2015
5.0/5.0
It's not the easiest thing to do, to find the right planner for your wedding. So much is at stake. We did a lot of research, read a lot of reviews and interviewed a few. When we met Viva, we knew she was the one. She was lively, informative, patient (she spent more than an hour and half with us, answering all our questions in detail) and most of all, totally in love with what she does. When someone has that amount of passion for her job, you know you can't go wrong. We booked her for partial planning and she guided us along the way with helpful tips and advice. She was available to meet with us on several occasions when we need her guidance and helped create a perfect schedule for our day.

Viva was absolutely amazing on the day of our wedding. We had an especially long wedding day with a lot of vendors and she managed everything perfectly. There was a lot to handle on the day of and I couldn't imagine doing it without her. She made sure all the vendors knew what to do and when, the florals and decor was aligned to our vision (we were very particular and she was conscious of it) and she made sure we were always on time and knew where to be. Viva did all of this with such ease and calm. Our day ran smoothly because of her and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you Viva!!!
It's not the easiest thing to do, to find the right planner for your wedding. So much is at stake. We did a lot of Read more...
It's not the easiest thing to do, to find the right planner for your wedding. So much is at stake. We did a lot of research, read a lot of reviews and interviewed a few. When we met Viva, we knew she was the one. She was lively, informative, patient (she spent more than an hour and half with us, answering all our questions in detail) and most of all, totally in love with what she does. When someone has that amount of passion for her job, you know you can't go wrong. We booked her for partial planning and she guided us along the way with helpful tips and advice. She was available to meet with us on several occasions when we need her guidance and helped create a perfect schedule for our day.

Viva was absolutely amazing on the day of our wedding. We had an especially long wedding day with a lot of vendors and she managed everything perfectly. There was a lot to handle on the day of and I couldn't imagine doing it without her. She made sure all the vendors knew what to do and when, the florals and decor was aligned to our vision (we were very particular and she was conscious of it) and she made sure we were always on time and knew where to be. Viva did all of this with such ease and calm. Our day ran smoothly because of her and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you Viva!!! Read less
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linda
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
It might be unusual for a mother of the bride to write a review, but I want to let others know that Viva Max is amazing, professional, patient, talented, creative, kind and just about any wonderful adjective you can think of. My daughter selected her and I was a bit worried about whether this event would come together, but I could not have been happier with the final product. Everything was thought of, prepared for, executed perfectly and gave us a dream wedding. She even had a steamer for the gown before the ceremony!! I would not hesitate to work with her again or recommend her to anyone planning an event. I thought I was good at event planning, but Viva has my respect, appreciation, and thanks for making a memory for a lifetime.
It might be unusual for a mother of the bride to write a review, but I want to let others know that Viva Max is amazing, Read more...
It might be unusual for a mother of the bride to write a review, but I want to let others know that Viva Max is amazing, professional, patient, talented, creative, kind and just about any wonderful adjective you can think of. My daughter selected her and I was a bit worried about whether this event would come together, but I could not have been happier with the final product. Everything was thought of, prepared for, executed perfectly and gave us a dream wedding. She even had a steamer for the gown before the ceremony!! I would not hesitate to work with her again or recommend her to anyone planning an event. I thought I was good at event planning, but Viva has my respect, appreciation, and thanks for making a memory for a lifetime. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Viva is absolutely WONDERFUL-- there is nobody better to have on your team as you plan your wedding! She happens to be a lovely person to work with, but beyond that, she really got to know us as a couple and made recommendations based on who we are. She also made creative and fun recommendations for things we didn't realize we wanted but were fabulous additions to our big day! She was great at seeing the best places to spend or save money to really get the most out of our budget. Viva knows this stuff inside and out -- she saved us so much time and money by knowing exactly how to navigate negotiations and pick vendors wisely. All of her recommendations were spot-on and the day-of coordination was priceless -- we didn't worry about a thing and everything was taken care of. She is simply the best!
Viva is absolutely WONDERFUL-- there is nobody better to have on your team as you plan your wedding! She happens to be a Read more...
Viva is absolutely WONDERFUL-- there is nobody better to have on your team as you plan your wedding! She happens to be a lovely person to work with, but beyond that, she really got to know us as a couple and made recommendations based on who we are. She also made creative and fun recommendations for things we didn't realize we wanted but were fabulous additions to our big day! She was great at seeing the best places to spend or save money to really get the most out of our budget. Viva knows this stuff inside and out -- she saved us so much time and money by knowing exactly how to navigate negotiations and pick vendors wisely. All of her recommendations were spot-on and the day-of coordination was priceless -- we didn't worry about a thing and everything was taken care of. She is simply the best! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
11/29/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to begin. Viva Max was AMAZING. During every step of the process Viva was organized, poised and knowledgeable. She helped us find vendors, review contracts, and she kept us organized along the way. She knew what to do when, what needed prioritizing and what could wait. In short, she made our wedding possible. On the day of she was calm, collected and indispensable. If you are on the fence about getting a wedding planner, do it! And choose Viva! You will not be disappointed.
I don't even know where to begin. Viva Max was AMAZING. During every step of the process Viva was organized, poised and Read more...
I don't even know where to begin. Viva Max was AMAZING. During every step of the process Viva was organized, poised and knowledgeable. She helped us find vendors, review contracts, and she kept us organized along the way. She knew what to do when, what needed prioritizing and what could wait. In short, she made our wedding possible. On the day of she was calm, collected and indispensable. If you are on the fence about getting a wedding planner, do it! And choose Viva! You will not be disappointed. Read less
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Viva Max Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you Sarah. You had a beautiful wedding. I am so glad I was a part of such a great day!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I loved working with Viva. She was the best investment we made for our wedding. She is knowledgeable, organized, and enthusiastic. We felt that she went above and beyond to make our wedding exactly what we wanted it to be. We could not have done it by ourselves. We highly recommend her.
My husband and I loved working with Viva. She was the best investment we made for our wedding. She is knowledgeable, Read more...
My husband and I loved working with Viva. She was the best investment we made for our wedding. She is knowledgeable, organized, and enthusiastic. We felt that she went above and beyond to make our wedding exactly what we wanted it to be. We could not have done it by ourselves. We highly recommend her. Read less
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Viva Max Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Kristel and Jason. I loved having the opportunity to grow close to you both. Miss you two!
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Sara
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Viva is a wedding planning MACHINE. I interviewed a handful of other planners on the phone, but immediately knew that I wanted to work with Viva because she got down to business right from the very start. Most planners seemed to give me fluff, but Viva quickly began to ask me tons of questions that really helped me realize what I truly wanted from my wedding. She was always one (or twenty) steps ahead of me. I knew that I had made the right decision when we went to have a drink at our venue to casually scope it out, and before we even got on the elevator, Viva was asking the staff questions in order to gather as much information as possible. Her super go-get-'em attitude continued to the day of the reception, when she went on a mission to find me a clutch to hold my stuff as I was getting my hair and makeup done, and somehow managed to find the perfect one at a thrift store!

Full disclosure: I’m not exactly a super-serious, get-down-to-business type when it comes to things outside of my career, so I really needed someone with a more no-nonsense attitude in order to pull off a big wedding. Thankfully, Viva always kept me on track and made sure that nothing slipped between the cracks! Although she works hard, Viva is still super sweet, funny, and surprisngly calm, which always made it a pleasure to be around her. She also never did a single thing without getting my approval first, although I often just told her to go with what she thought because I fully trusted her, and I’m grateful that she was willing to take the decision-making pressure off me when need be. My guests told me that I had one of the most unique and personalized weddings that they had ever been to, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Viva’s out-of-the-box ideas. She had a solution to every problem, and I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out. (Thanks, Viva!!!!!)
Viva is a wedding planning MACHINE. I interviewed a handful of other planners on the phone, but immediately knew that I Read more...
Viva is a wedding planning MACHINE. I interviewed a handful of other planners on the phone, but immediately knew that I wanted to work with Viva because she got down to business right from the very start. Most planners seemed to give me fluff, but Viva quickly began to ask me tons of questions that really helped me realize what I truly wanted from my wedding. She was always one (or twenty) steps ahead of me. I knew that I had made the right decision when we went to have a drink at our venue to casually scope it out, and before we even got on the elevator, Viva was asking the staff questions in order to gather as much information as possible. Her super go-get-'em attitude continued to the day of the reception, when she went on a mission to find me a clutch to hold my stuff as I was getting my hair and makeup done, and somehow managed to find the perfect one at a thrift store!

Full disclosure: I’m not exactly a super-serious, get-down-to-business type when it comes to things outside of my career, so I really needed someone with a more no-nonsense attitude in order to pull off a big wedding. Thankfully, Viva always kept me on track and made sure that nothing slipped between the cracks! Although she works hard, Viva is still super sweet, funny, and surprisngly calm, which always made it a pleasure to be around her. She also never did a single thing without getting my approval first, although I often just told her to go with what she thought because I fully trusted her, and I’m grateful that she was willing to take the decision-making pressure off me when need be. My guests told me that I had one of the most unique and personalized weddings that they had ever been to, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Viva’s out-of-the-box ideas. She had a solution to every problem, and I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out. (Thanks, Viva!!!!!) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Viva Max Weddings responded with the following comments:

Wowzers - this is so sweet Sara, thank you. From golden pompoms and family recipes to the city skyline and a great dance party - it was a really special night. Please thank your now father-in-law for the two-step lesson! It was a joy working with you both. Hugs.
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Caitlin
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was on September 13th and Viva killed it!! We were planning a relatively large (~190 people) Brooklyn loft style wedding at the Greenpoint loft and Viva managed to make many of the complexities of a loft wedding (valet parking in Greenpoint where there are no lots, slow elevators in the building, tricky bathroom situation, careful food planning with a temporary kitchen etc.) easy. She is extremely responsive, thoughtful, and was actually the one hounding me and my husband because we took the "low key" thing a bit too far and she likes to have the details in order! As we got closer to the date and were trying to work out flowers and decor within our tight budget Viva jumped in and was able to find us a bunch of wonderful replacements for otherwise expensive items. On the day of the event I was blown away by all the work her team had done in coordination with the florist to sprinkle flowers, weave vines, place candles, and generally make the place look awesome within our budget. If ever I mentioned anything I was interested in or hoping for she would always follow up and made sure we had everything perfectly set for the day.
The best thing about Viva though was her ability to manage both of our families on the day of the weeding so well (and they are VERY different). We were each told separately by our parents how impressed they were with Viva. My husband's mom was very worried about packing up all the stuff she wanted to bring home at the end of the night and was blown away that Viva had already set it all up for her and even had someone bring the items to her car (who knows how Viva even knew where to send them but somehow she did). His mom felt like she could just relax and enjoy as soon as she met Viva while we were getting ready earlier in the day and saw how on top of everything she was. Also, after the wedding my dad actually came up to me and said "I can't wait for another kid of mine to get married (there are 4 of us) so Viva can plan that too.
Our wedding was on September 13th and Viva killed it!! We were planning a relatively large (~190 people) Brooklyn loft Read more...
Our wedding was on September 13th and Viva killed it!! We were planning a relatively large (~190 people) Brooklyn loft style wedding at the Greenpoint loft and Viva managed to make many of the complexities of a loft wedding (valet parking in Greenpoint where there are no lots, slow elevators in the building, tricky bathroom situation, careful food planning with a temporary kitchen etc.) easy. She is extremely responsive, thoughtful, and was actually the one hounding me and my husband because we took the "low key" thing a bit too far and she likes to have the details in order! As we got closer to the date and were trying to work out flowers and decor within our tight budget Viva jumped in and was able to find us a bunch of wonderful replacements for otherwise expensive items. On the day of the event I was blown away by all the work her team had done in coordination with the florist to sprinkle flowers, weave vines, place candles, and generally make the place look awesome within our budget. If ever I mentioned anything I was interested in or hoping for she would always follow up and made sure we had everything perfectly set for the day.
The best thing about Viva though was her ability to manage both of our families on the day of the weeding so well (and they are VERY different). We were each told separately by our parents how impressed they were with Viva. My husband's mom was very worried about packing up all the stuff she wanted to bring home at the end of the night and was blown away that Viva had already set it all up for her and even had someone bring the items to her car (who knows how Viva even knew where to send them but somehow she did). His mom felt like she could just relax and enjoy as soon as she met Viva while we were getting ready earlier in the day and saw how on top of everything she was. Also, after the wedding my dad actually came up to me and said "I can't wait for another kid of mine to get married (there are 4 of us) so Viva can plan that too. Read less
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Viva Max Weddings responded with the following comments:

Oh goodness, thank you so much Caitlin. It was so lovely working with you two "low key" love birds. Your families were so sweet and fun -- I am so happy I was able to be a part of your amazing party. Ummm your crowd surfing was unreal. xo

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