Weddings by Debra Thompson LLC
After attempting to plan a destination wedding on our own, my wife and I realized we needed help. We had chosen the venue but struggled to manage all of the details. So we hired Debra and our event totally exceeded our expectations! She ensured that even the smallest details were not overlooked by us, the venue, our hotel and even our travel arrangements. Debra took away all of the stress and enabled my wife and I to enjoy a perfect wedding and honeymoon in Grand Cayman, BWI.
Debra is great communicator and passionate about her work. She takes great pride in making her clients satisfied and is particularly good at negotiating with the providers to ensure her clients get the most value for their money. She has great taste and a sense of style that we found inspiring. Most impressive was how her staff reflects her pride and passion. They were always on the same page as Debra. We highly recommend Debra!
I met Debra and her team in January 2012... And for the past 10 months she has been the most amazing wedding planner. I got married at West Point, NY but I live in North Carolina; and even from 900+ miles away Debra was there with me every step of the way, even from several states away.. Because of her and her team, I have absolutely NO regrets in any of my choices for the big day! Her suggestions from make-up artists to cake vendors were exquisite.... A bride could not ask for more. Debra and her staff go out of their way to make your wedding dreams come true. When everything was said and done, I hated to say goodbye to her because she makes it a point to become your closest friend through the most exciting time in your life. Any bride who works with Ms. Debra Thompson is an extremely lucky bride. She will make your day so personal and special that you will have those memories for the rest of your life.
Debra and her girls did an outstanding job. wedding was at west point and proved to be a challenge, but they pulled it off BEAUTIFULLY.
Debra and her team were all wonderful to work with! I would (and have) recommended them to many couples. My husband and I both work demanding jobs and Debra just made the whole process easy- she would pick vendors for us to interview, people she's worked with and people she trusts, which took the guessing game out of a lot of it. I went back and forth with the idea of just getting a "day of planner" but hiring Deb's team to execute everything was essential to having our wedding day go exactly as we'd envisioned it. It was perfect and they were such a fun group to work with!
Honestly, I don't know what we would have done without Debra. She was there for us since day 1 and was so responsive. She answered all of our questions and addressed every little concern. There wasn't a task too big or too small. The day of the wedding she made sure everything went according to plan. All of the family and bridal party were so thankful to have her. I'm not sure what we would have done without her and her team. She is a lifesaver!!!
Debra was a delight to work with--very professional and always replies in a timely fashion. She was very reliable and terrific at handling the various personalities of our wedding party. I would highly recommend Debra to any bride.
We began planning our NY wedding from London. Debra was there every step of the way. We really pulled off the wedding of our dreams, and we couldn't have done it without her and her staff.
I can not say enough good things about Debra Thompson and her staff. Our wedding was close to a year ago on a busy Memorial Day weekend. She and her staff made our day filled with some of the best memories we will ever have.
I found Debra 6 months before our wedding. I had nothing, no dress, vendors, etc. the only thing we were sure about was the venue. Debra came to us at just the right time. I wanted this to be fun and exciting but it was difficult planning a wedding when my mother passed away one year prior. Debra stepped in and was such a comfort and was so professional. Within a month we had all our vendors booked.
We decided to take over a restaurant for the day as our wedding venue. A 17th century farmhouse that was so elegant and charming. Debra and her staff made all the days leading up and the day of go seamlessly. She has so much experience and can really handle all types of weddings, venues, and even deal with difficult family members.
She and her staff were amazing. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a little or a lot of help planning their wedding. My husband and I were able to show up the day of our wedding with peace of mind.
As soon as I spoke with Debra I knew that she was "The One".
I had been planning our wedding for just about 8 months at the time and really felt I needed additional support with all of the finer points, timeline management, and details that make the day truly special. Being a bit of a type A bride, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy our wedding day as much as I should if I didn't have someone there that I trusted orchestrating the day - and I'll admit, holding my hand a little too! With Debra & her team our day was SEAMLESS, beautiful, and as close to perfect as it gets!
Debra is a master of organization and wedding day management. She coordinated with all of our vendors to ensure that all were on the same schedule and everyone was where they needed to be at times they needed to be there. Any issues that may have arisen were immediately handled by Debra & her team and still weeks later I still know nothing about!
Debra was an absolute pleasure to bounce ideas off of from décor to managing relationships with our vendors, which was sometimes a challenge. She has wonderful working relationships with the top vendors in Westchester which made our experience even more positive – definitely utilize these contacts!
People are still commenting on the beautiful set up that Debra's team created for us using all of my specifications, followed to a T! When I did the final walk through of our reception room before the guests came in it was like I had set it up myself.
The support that we received from the first consultation to the day of our wedding was PRICELESS. Our family & friends also enjoyed working with Debra & her team – my father is STILL talking about Debra and the amazing day she produced for us.
It is an understatement to say that Debra goes above and beyond what her contract outlines. She is a true professional with a heart of gold and it is clear that she has a passion for what she does, which is also reflected in her amazing team. Weddings by Debra Thompson is truly the best that Westchester has to offer and we are so blessed to have had Debra & her amazing team as part of our wedding day!
Debra was really great. She came very prepared for every meeting with vendors and made sure my husband and I were on task to get everything done before the wedding. At the rehearsal, she and her team got everyone set up and ready to go without me having to say a word, which was perfect. On the day of the wedding, she and her team worked seamlessly to make sure everything came off without a hitch. Guests told me after the wedding that the timing of the reception was perfect. If anything went wrong that day, I was not aware of it. My husband and I were able to be guests are our own wedding. I highly recommend Debra's services.
Let me start off by saying without Debra and her team our wedding would not have been possible!! I reached out to Debra by phone we made an appointment to meet and when I met her she was so warm and welcoming that I felt like I knew her for years. I explained to her that I have been going through a lot in the past year including losing my brother and that I would need assistance in my very emotional but happy big day because a HUGE piece of my family would be missing. Debra was MORE then assuring that everything would be ok thats when I knew she was the right planner for me. When I told her we were inviting 600 people I thought maybe she would get intimidated but instead she was excited to help! I can say I was a very tough bride to get in touch with between work and building a house but she never gave up, she still found ways to send me ideas which were all amazing and she would leave me messages reminding me she was always a phone call away if I needed her. My husband loves Debra and still to this day tells me "our wedding wouldn't have been possible without her and hiring her was the best thing we could have done" which makes me happy knowing he's happy. As the wedding approached Debra and her team were more then ahead of schedule and would contact our venues to the point where the venues would contact me and tell me how organized and nice my planners are, I loved it! Before I knew it our rehersal dinner approached and our wedding party consisted of about 24 people all together. They were not the easiest people to deal with but Debra and her team handled it with no problem and within minutes they had my party organized and ready for the big day! The week of the wedding, Debra and her team had our timeline ready for the wedding day and it was so detailed and organized I knew nothing would go wrong that day! The day before we got married I came down with 102 fever and when I spoke to Debra she told me to do NOTHING but relax, take some tylenol and she would take care of everything and when I woke up the next morning I felt great! I can go on and on about how perfect our wedding day went but I'd be going on forever! Debra and her team were amazing and a big thank you to Debra and Britney who had to deal with us ALL day. Even the day after our wedding we had nothing to worry about, they collected the tuxedos and returned them for us and they took my gown and got it cleaned for me! We could not be more happier with the choice we made in hiring Debra and her team! We loved every girl involved in our wedding and we highly recommend them to EVERY couple looking for someone to help them plan their big day!!
I got to see Debra in action when she and her staff coordinated my cousin's wedding a year ago. I knew that when I was getting married, her expertise would be invaluable. We got married in northern New Jersey on October 2, 2011, and thanks to Debra, we will always have amazing memories of that day. Instead of stressing out about anymore wedding details the day of the wedding, my husband and I were able to relax and enjoy. Our day would not have gone as smoothly as it did if we had not had Debra and her team. Debra and her team were prepared for EVERYTHING, and we mean everything (busted zippers, stranded make-up artists, crazy guest list and all....).
Let us start out by saying that hiring Debra and her team was, by far, the BEST decision we made throughout the wedding planning process!!! From our initial meeting with Debra, we were confident that she would help us create the type of wedding that we both wanted. She took the time to listen to our ideas, and expertly guided us throughout the process.
We began working with Debra one year before our wedding. At that point, we had already booked a few of the “big” vendors (reception site, DJ, photographer, etc.). From that point on, Deb introduced us to many reputable vendors for the services that we still needed. Deb never pressured us to choose one of her recommended vendors, but we found ourselves wanting to work with them anyway! We felt like we got V.I.P. treatment from everyone whenever we mentioned that Debra Thompson was our wedding planner. Her connections throughout the industry not only saved us money, but also ensured that we were dealing with professionals who delivered high-quality results.
Throughout the year, Deb became more than just a wedding planner to us… she became a friend. We found ourselves getting in contact with her several times a day – anytime we had a question, a concern, or just needed advice – and it never seemed like we were bothering her. Deb was always quick to respond to our e-mails and answer our phone calls. She also helped us deal with any issues that arose along the way (which are inevitable when planning a wedding). It was so reassuring to know that we had someone there to stand up for us and ensure that we received a high quality of service throughout the process.
Deb and her team were invaluable to us on the actual wedding day. We were both able to relax and take it all in, while Deb and her team worked diligently behind the scenes to make sure that everything ran smoothly and according to plan. Thanks to Debra’s trusty timeline, everyone from the photographer to the limo driver knew exactly where and when they were needed. Our wedding turned out to be everything we had dreamed of and more, and we were able to enjoy it all! So, if you are considering hiring a wedding planner, it would definitely be a mistake to choose anyone other than Weddings by Debra!
Debra Thompson from Weddings by Debra was an amazing vendor to work with. She responded quickly to emails and set up all of our appointments with vendors. We reside out of state and were planning a wedding in NY, so to have her handling vendor recommendations and appointment making was great! She recommended vendors within (or very close to) our budget that didn't disappoint. She followed through on everything she told us she would and was a joy to work with. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that asked. She is very professional and is more concerned with her clients (bride/groom) and getting them what they need. She definitely helped us stay on budget which is a major plus in my book.
Debra is an amazing wedding planner! She is a true professional and goes above and beyond to help make your wedding day a memorable event. Our wedding required coordinating things with many different vendors, all with very different work ethics and hidden agendas. Debra was able to work with all of them in a professional manner making us feel confident that our wedding would go as planned. Our day was amazing and we didn't have to worry about one thing! Debra and her team made our day feel like a fairy tale wedding and we all had a wonderful, happy and totally stress free celebration. We trust that Debra will make anyone's day as wonderful as ours!
We first met Debra at our venue's Bridal Showcase, but with 5 months left before the wedding we figured we didn't need a planner. We were definitely wrong! We called Debra in a panic and she gave us a to-do list even before we hired her!
The last couple of months before the wedding were so stressful and there were so many last minute details that we didn't think of, so thank goodness Debra was there to reassure us and calm us down. Debra definitely saved our sanity! We were able to enjoy our special day knowing that Debra and her team were there to take care of everything.
This may seem strange but Debra was NOT my planner. Basically, my wedding planner cancelled last minute and left me out to dry. I called everywhere to find one and left a message on Debra's voicemail. She called me up and sensed that I was distressed. She was unfortunately not available on my wedding date but she heard my entire story and felt so terrible, she went out of her way to help. She was literally a guardian wedding angel. She called around, contacted planners she knew well, spoke to them about my situation and found me a phenomenal planner. On top of that, she kept in touch with me throughout the entire process to see how everything was going. All this and she wasn't even my planner and I didn't pay her a single penny. She is obviously extremely caring, loves what she does and clearly wants to make brides happy. That's a rare combination in this day in age. If I ever have any other event, she would def be my choice. Thanks so much for rescuing me Debra! You have no idea how much it means to me.
Shortly after I became engaged, I knew that I was going to need some sort of wedding planning intervention since not only did my fiance and I want to get married in a matter of 6+ months but I am also a huge procrastinator. So in doing some research, Deb's name kept popping up. Since she was in my area, I decided to call her and meet for coffee one Saturday morning. From the moment I met Deb, I could just tell she was a warm soul with a huge heart. She embraced me with a big hug and listened to my ideas for my wedding. She was also extremely willing to offer up advice regarding what I should be focusing on at that point...something that I needed given my procrastination tendencies. She also somehow got me to open up to her regarding the passing of my Dad and my concerns surrounding being able to "keep it together" on my wedding day. This conversation led to us both being teary eyed. That was the moment that I knew that Deb was going to be with me through this planning process (and hopefully a friend beyond). I went home that day and told my fiance that we ABSOLUTELY had to hire Deb. He didn't necessarily agree with me that we NEEDED to have a wedding planner, but fortunately agreed (he later came to realize that hiring Deb was money very well spent!). From that point on, Deb jumped right in and was involved in EVERY aspect of my wedding planning. She offered suggestions along the way (without being overwhelming), accompanied me on meetings with vendors, and most of all, was BEYOND a pleasure to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of wedding planning, well organized and most of all, SUCH a caring person. All of my remaining single friends have already been told by me that they should not even give a second thought to working with Deb when their day comes. She is absolutely the best and I look forward to keeping in touch with her as the years progress.
Deb is the most amazing wedding planner!!! She is professional, enthusiastic and creative. From the very beginning, we were so impressed by her that we stopped interviewing anyone else. She was flexible on her budget, which we truly appreciated, and from our first meeting understood exactly the kind of wedding we envisioned. The best part about Deb is that she never treated our wedding like just a job, or the planning like just a list of items to be completed. This is someone who really loves what she does! We are very detail-oriented couple and we knew we wanted a very elegant, but intimate affair, and Deb did a wonderful job of keeping everything fun, while making sure everything turned out exactly right. She had the perfect recommendations for vendors and her team is top-notch. Deb treats her couples like close friends and she really made an effort to get to know us and to tailor the event to our personalities. On the day-of, I think she was as excited as we were! We recommend her without reservation!!!
I would recommend Debra to anyone! We connected as soon as I called her. She knew exactly what I wanted without me having to say anything. She was a big help to me because my then fiance lived out of state so she came with me to every meeting. She also helped me set up meetings & find different vendors. I cannot thank her enough! My family loves her so much we plan to hire Debra for my younger sister's wedding. I had the wedding of my dreams thanks to Debra & her staff. Debra is more than my wedding planner, she's a friend for life!
I was introduced to Debra through our caterer.
We had a lot of our planning done by the time we met her, and I honestly didn't think I could afford a planner, but I needed that extra sense of security for my wedding since we were getting married away from home.
Debra was very flexible and worked with our budget and our needs.
She went above and beyond her "day of" duties. She helped us through a lot of road bumps and decisions that needed to be made along the way. She wasn't afraid to tell us where to spend our money and where to save it, and she was always right!!! She came with a list of vendors and back ups!
I would sometimes e-mail her with last minute requests and questions, and she always responded with a smile in her voice......she was on top of everything.
She honestly saved my sanity. By the time our wedding came I was calmer then I thought I would be. She put me at ease......
I trusted her to make decisions for us and knew that she had gotten to know us so well, that she would know how we would want the situation handled. Even two days before the wedding, she handled last minute changes without a hitch. I didn't have a doubt in my mind that our day would be perfect. She crosses every "t" and dots every "I".
Our wedding ran smoothly, our needs were met, and everything was perfect!
Debra is not only money well spent, she is a big piece of sanity and has also become a friend! Kudos to her, her staff, and her calming nature!
We were introduced to Debra Thompson by our friends who also worked with her for their wedding. From the first meeting, Deb understood exactly what I was envisioning for our wedding. We could tell immediately that she was very experienced, professional and we loved her warm personality.
Deb has a network of vendors she can recommend. I liked that she never pushed us to sign with any of them. She negotiated on our behalf with the vendors and worked fabulously with them. Deb kept us on track with the planning and was very accommodating (and patient) with my busy work schedule. Her guidance and expertise were invaluable to us. She was always there when we needed her and answered all of our questions in a timely manner.
On the day of the wedding, Deb took care of EVERYTHING. I did not have to worry about a single thing. Deb was there from the moment we began the day through the very end. She even packed up our belongings and helped us load them in the car. She went above and beyond what I was expecting. In our eyes, the day was absolutely perfect. Everyone had a blast and a number of our guests made it a point to tell us how impressed they were with how organized and well run the wedding was. Our families and bridal party loved her! The best decision we made throughout the entire wedding planning process was hiring Deb. I honestly cannot imagine how I could have done this without her. She is a rock star!
Where does one begin in how to describe what we can only say was the most wonderful experience of our lives.
Debra and her team executed a job with such precision, amazing attention to detail and love that it really took our breathes away. We started planning our wedding on our own; somehow thinking we could manage to do it ourselves. Suddenly, about 5 months before the big day and after a few little 'meltdowns', Debra came on the scene. Debra calmed frayed nerves when things went amiss, found the most wonderful florist in the world when we fired our's just about 2 weeks before the wedding and made our wedding day the most beautiful and memorable day of our lives.
Debra is always there when we needed her. Whether it be over the phone, or late late at night. (My husband is a night owl and he found himself an email penpal). She accomodated her schedule to our demanding work schedules and business trips.
Our wedding guests were blown away. One comment came from an uncle of my husband; the Chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company. His words summed it all up: The most amazing day...with the most beautiful flowers and people...but most of all; everything was perfect.
Debra is perfect, accomodating, patient, hysterically funny and most importantly, she is from Brooklyn. She knows how to handle difficult people, she is great at negotiations and knows how to handle a difficult vendor or two. If you want the greatest wedding planner in the world, HIRE DEB!
Words truly can not describe just how great she is and what a source of information and support she was during what certainly could be the most stressful time of anyone's lives.
LOVE YA DEB!!
Working with Deb made both the wedding planning process, as well as my wedding day an absolute dream. She handled absolutely every detail and made sure it was beyond my wildest expectations. She taught me important skills about the industry, planning strategy, creative visioning, as well as introduced me to some amazing individuals who made my day perfect. Most of the guest at my wedding specifically said it was the most fun, special, and seamlessly planned wedding they had attended.
Kind, personable, patient, and professional don't even begin to describe Deb Thompson. She puts a personal touch in everything she does, ansd when you are working with Deb you will feel as though you are her only client. She cares deeply for each couple and extends herself to form a special relationship with both the couple, and the couples family!
Deb is an expert when it comes to etiquette, invitation wording, bustling, set-up, coordination, organizing the bills, there is nothing she can't do! The best decision I made leading up to my wedding was of course saying yes to my husband, but the second best decision I made was working with Deb!!!!
When I first got engaged right away I knew I needed to find a wedding planner. My mom does not live in the area and I did not feel comfortable "bothering" anyone else. The only problem was I didn't know of any wedding planners as none of my family or friends used one! I immedialtely went online and viewed a couple of websites when I came upon Weddings By Debra. Her website was the only one I got a warm feeling from so I decided to read up on her reviews. I was overwhelmed that all of her reviews said how amazing she was...professional, hard-working and went above and beyond for them. All of them also stated how she had become such a good friend to them. So, the only thing left to do was meet her and find out for myself.
Our first meeitng lasted hours as we clicked right away! She even offered to send us some information without even knowing if we would hire her or not! Once we left the meeting we knew right away Deb was the only wedding planner we would interview.
I must say Debra Thompson lived up to all of her "reviews".
She was there with us every step of the way...literally. She helped us find vendors, came to all of our meetings, went dress shopping with me, handled all of our contracts, kept us on schedule, she even helped me put together my bridesmaids gifts! The list really does go on and on!
But most of all, she really cares about her couples and becomes more like another family member.
Our wedding day was the best day of our lives. It was so beautiful and we could just relax and have fun knowing that Deb was there overseeing everything.
Thank you Deb for being there for us this past year. You really went above and beyond and we are so glad you are in our lives! YOU.ARE.THE.BEST! MUAH!
Deb is AMAZING!!! From our initial meeting we just clicked. I knew she got the vision for my wedding and would help me stay on track. Throughout the year of planning Deb attended every meeting with me, helped to negotiate fair prices, spoke up for me when I was concerned and most importantly kept a record of every and all appointment, email, idea I had.
As the big day got closer, and I got more frazzled, Deb was a huge help!! She scheduled my dads last minute tux appointment, spoke to the vendors when we were having money transfer issues and truly took the stress off of me. She would always tell me to let her stress and for me to enjoy the day. Which is exactly what I did. From the moment I woke up on my wedding day, Deb was by my side helping me with everything....including the inevitable family drama. Also, Deb recommended the best vendors and I knew I could trust in her suggestions and they turned out wonderfully.
Deb became more than a planner, but also a friend!! She doesn't make it feel like a job, she truly enjoys what she does! I had an awesome year planning my big day with her. If you want to ENJOY your wedding...then please, hire Deb and her team. She will help make your you big day your dream day!!
Love you Deb
Nicole and Tommy (and Vaughn)
I am so excited to be able to write a review for Debra Thompson, my wedding planner. To put it simply, I COULD NOT have gotten through the wedding planning process without her. She is worth her weight in gold. There is not one single aspect of my wedding that she did not help me with. We were together for over a year, and in that time she became both a confidant and friend to my husband and I, as well as my family. She is such a professional and devotes so much of her time and energy to your wedding, you are never even aware that she is working with any other brides besides you. I never realized at the beginning of my planning how much I would come to rely on her wisdom, her calming manner, her wonderful network of vendors which are all excellent, her guidance throughout the planning process, and most of all her loyalty to you as a couple. I became so accustomed to our practically daily email and phone conversations especially as the wedding approached, I don't know what I am going to do without them now!! She was always there for me to vent to her about anything I needed to talk about and was very quick in helping us resolve any issues with vendors along the way. Many times as my wedding approached, people would ask me how I looked so calm, and the answer was simple: Debra Thompson was my wedding planner. On the day of my wedding, Debbie and her staff were absolutely wonderful in making sure the day ran smoothly and on time. Even though it may seem to some that hiring a wedding planner may be an extravagant or unnecessary purchase, it was the single most important decision I made concerning my wedding other than saying "I DO"! We love you, Deb, and are just going to have to have another party for you to plan sometime soon!!!
I cannot say enough nice things about Debra Thompson and what an amazing wedding planner and person that she is. Debra was a great resource for vendor selection and advice, but as I quickly learned there is A LOT more to the wedding planning process than just booking vendors and making decisions on the “big stuff”, and this is where Debra’s true value lies. Debra coordinated all the vendors, handled all hotel accommodations (which can be a bigger item then you can imagine), transportation, the schedule, our budget and every little mishap that came our way. When things went wrong Debra was always there to make it right.
Debra also pushed the vendors to work around my work schedule and my husband’s business travel. We live out of state and my husband travels to Europe and Africa at least once a month or more, so making appointments during normal vendor work hours was nearly impossible for us. I was also already using up all my vacation time for my honeymoon, so I did not have much flexibility during the week. Debra made sure the vendors worked around our schedules, which was a huge relief! Actually, in that respect, Debra also made herself available when it was convenient for us. After working all day, she always made time to talk to me in the evenings when I got home from work. She really made us feel like we were her only couple.
We were married on June 27, 2009 at the Castle on the Hudson. It was a beautiful day and Debra and her staff worked like a well-oiled machine. Everything was in order and ran so smoothly. She took care of everything, and I honestly do not know what I would have done without her. I had a prefect day, and I am certain that my wedding would not have been everything it was without her. I highly recommend her!
Debra is wonderful! She is the primary reason why our wedding ran so smoothly. From the moment we met her, we both knew she would be the perfect person to run our event. She is always professional, punctual, and very easy to work with. Debra is excellent at keeping you on track of your To-Do list. She will let you know what your focus should be every month for both the bride and groom. And will go with you to meetings whenever you need it. One of the things I appreciated most about Debra is that she will give you her unbiased opinion on things that are giving you most trouble to decide on. She has been in the business for a long time and has seen everything, so her opinion is very valuable. Many times, we found ourselves going back and forth on certain aspects of the wedding. Debra helped put it all into perspective, and encouraged ideas that were unique to our particular relationship. She is big on personalizing your wedding to make it your own. Also, if you ever need any referrals for vendors you are still looking for, she has an extensive group of vendors she has worked with. We really cannot think of one person she introduced us to that was not professional and extremely accomodating. However, she will never make you feel pressured to go with her affiliated vendors. The decision is ultimately up to the bride and groom. She never made us feel uncomfortable when we decided to go with vendors she had not worked with. She worked very well with them as well. On the day of the wedding, I didnt have to worry about a thing! Debra took care of absolutely everything, from the floral delivery, to the gratuities, to lining everyone up for the processional. She even helped the venue's staff cut the cake (which was a HUGE task in our case- our cake was 6 feet tall!!). I was honestly able to enjoy our day as much, or more, than I had imagined. We did not find out about the "glitches" til the day after the event, if you can call them that. Turns out my in-laws surprised us with a band and did not tell any of our vendors or the venue about it until one hour before the grand entrance! Debra handled the situation quickly and smoothly. She and her assistant were amazing. I guarantee you will not regret it. She truly cares about her brides and this is more than just a job for her. Deb was worth every single penny! WE LOVE YOU DEBBIE!!!
No words can express our gratefullness!!!! Debra and her team is wonderful!!! Worth every penny spent!!!!! thank you for making our day run smoothly!!!!
Ive always wanted my wedding to be perfect. Everyone advised me that NO wedding has ever been perfect. Mine was! There were NO ISSUES! Not one! I swear, I would never lie about this! I really strongly believe that the reason for this was Debra Thompson.
I was very hesitant about hiring a wedding planner because I didnt want someone telling me what I wanted and needed since I already knew. I sought out Debra through the knot. I was convinced on getting all knot picks as my vendors because it would ensure that they would do the job correctly and efficiently.
She stood out from the fifteen different planners I looked at. She was in the area, her prices were reasonable and most importantly, on every website I checked she had great reviews. My husband and I booked a meeting with her. It took maybe an hour into the meeting to realize she was the one. We spent four hours talking about my wedding. My husband and I fell in love with her. We booked her immediately.
There are so many things that stand out about Debra. Some things are small like shes never late, she always answers my emails and shes always friendly. When we booked Debra my husband was not working and she negotiated a price that we could work with. She was worth every penny and more!
I literally emailed her like 15 times a day with all my crazy ideas and funky finds and she always responded. At my most stressed out moments she was there to listen even when it had nothing to do with the wedding. She really became part of our soon to be family! She never pushed any vendors on us like other have done. She never got angry at me (though I dont think I gave her a reason to) She was just awesome!
The one reason I hired her was because I wanted my actual wedding day to go smooth. I didnt want to worry about all my hard work being executed incorrectly. I wanted a day of peace! No madness. That it what I got! A Perfect Day! My wedding day was flawless!
She did an amazing job and I would recommend her a million times. Please contact me if youre not sure, my email is email@example.com. HIRE DEBRA! SHES SO WORTH IT!!!
When we first began planning our union ceremony, we thought it would be a breeze. This was going to be a non-traditional celebration without a lot of the bells and whistles. How hard could it be to pick a venue, find a band and get some flowers (all while being parents to a very active 2 year old boy)?
Well, what a surprise we were in for!! Things sure were different from the "thinking about it side" to the actual "planning side." There was much more to it then just finding a venue, a band and some flowers! Who knew that there were a million other details that needed to be worked on. That's when we called Deb and had her come and rescue us from ourselves. Somehow, our little union ceremony was turning into an event! We originally thought we would have only our closest friends and family, but it turns out that we're blessed to have 150 closest friends and family. So we needed a professional who knew all the ins and outs of planning "an affair to remember." Deb took what was becoming an insane process and turned it into a sane fun process. We actually started to have fun planning all those details that can drive a person crazy. Deb dissected the big picture that was swallowing us up and spoon-fed us what we needed to do right then and there. What we were doing was tackling everything at once and Deb moved us out of that tsunami and led us to a peaceful easy feeling.
Deb was with us during the entire process, taking on the things that we didn't have the time nor patience to deal with. She is extremely professional, friendly and adds that touch of personal attention that can only come from someone who really cares about the clients. The pride that she has for doing the best job possible is reflected in the end product. From reviewing contracts, negotiating pricing, recommending vendors, double checking all the details, and even at times being brutally honest, Deb knows the industry, she knows what she's doing and you can trust that it's right.
However, the BEST part of having Deb as our planner was that when our special day finally arrived, we were able to hand Deb the reigns with confidence and we became guests at our own celebration and we actually enjoyed ourselves!
Overall great service. Would highly recommend.
My mother and I were starting to feel so overwhelmed that we decided to look for a wedding planner to help us out. Debra came to our rescue ! She made sure everything was perfect and ran smoothly. I can't thank her enough for all her hard work on our wedding day.
My husband and I were married on June 7, 2008. Meeting Debra Thompson was fate and lets just say it was love at first sight = ) I was a graduate student in a very demanding program when planning for my wedding as well as working full time. I went ahead and started the planning process by booking my banquet hall, photographer, and band. As far as pulling the whole 400 person wedding together was far beyond my reach. I knew I needed help, and thats when Debra appeared, and my prayers were answered.
I could tell upon our first meeting that Debra was the woman to take all the ideas swirling around in my head, my pages upon pages of scrap book ideas and put them into a reality far better then I could ever imagine. We clicked instantly, she listened intently to me and knew what I wanted and knew how to manage the large affair that will be a little over a year away. She also understood how I needed help dealing with my mother who I knew would drive me crazy and my very traditional father who will not see everything my way (yes I was the first to leave the house and get married, yes they were footing most of the bill and therefore yielding to their notions and seeing the other side of things is something that I unfortunately had to get used to on some matters anyway. Can anyone relate?) Debra was ready for the challenge and experienced enough to deal with the very different and sometimes conflicting personalities in the household. Not an easy job!
Debra is an amazing person and a wonderful wedding planner/consultant. She lends her former position as a banquet manager to her clients which is crucial in the logistics of a wedding that so often we as brides overlook. Debra is very passionate about her job and very attentive to her brides. This allows her to not only know what the bride likes but her personality, how she makes decisions, how she handles relationships etc... She really gets to know all of you as a person not just as a bride. She basically is your best friend for the time you are with her planning your much anticipated day. She will be your go-to person when you need to decide what font to use on your invitation, she will be there when you have an argument with your dad on where to sit Aunt Maria, and she will be there when you and your husband dont see eye to eye when it comes to the flower bill (and trust me all this stuff happens, the heat is on, and the stress will go up, and Debra becomes your sanity, your reality, and even helps your soon to be hubby see what the crystals hanging from the centerpiece really mean to you = )
Debra stays up to date on all the new trends and the future of what will be in in the wedding industry. This lends the bride- to- be an abundant amount of ideas and advice if needed and wanted.
The most wonderful thing about Debra Thompson? You work with each other so closely, that the wedding day is not the last day you will see her. You know, not like the bridesmaid you havent seen in 3 years but you put her in the bridal party because you were in hers. (We all do it!) Did I mention she becomes your best friend? Well guess what. Best friends dont come and go, unless you let them! We keep in touch and its wonderful to see her each and every time, and not have to worry about what needs to get done. I highly recommend Debra for her expertise, her professionalism, her impeccable taste, her wisdom, her truth, her attention to the little things, her attentiveness, and her amazing personality. Also, you will feel like the princess you always thought you would be on the day of your wedding, and yes that too is thanks to Debra.
My husband and I married in September of 2007. We were first acquainted with Debra Thompson when she was employed at the V.I.P. Country Club in New Rochelle, New York. We were immediately taken with Debra because of her kind nature and her level of professionalism. She kindly accommodated us without a scheduled appointment. After meeting with Debra, we immediately chose the V.I.P. Country Club as our wedding reception site. We didnt have to look any further.
I was an out-of-town bride (from California) so my level of stress was naturally higher than the stress experienced by your local bride. Knowing that my visit to New York was brief, she immediately provided me with reputable local vendors to contact. Debra continued to provide me with sound advice and guidance until the day of my wedding.
Debra maintained a positive attitude, had faith in me and in my wedding stationery designs. She has a very patient and understanding nature to her. Debra stands by her word and truly understands how important the wedding day is for both the bride AND the groom. She functions from the heart because she loves and enjoys what she does. As a result, she holds the very best intentions for both potential and hired clientele.
Our wedding was a success and the décor was beautiful. My husband and I was pleased as punch with all of the vendors Debra suggested. Our guests couldnt stop raving about the food, décor, and couldnt stop commenting about how much they enjoyed our wedding.
Our wedding was July 7, 2007. Rich & I were looking for a venue in Westchester in Spring of 2006, and one of the places we visited was the VIP Country Club. That is when we met Debra..who worked for VIP at the time. We adored her from the start and knew that we just had to book our wedding with her. Shortly after we booked the VIP, she informed us that she was going into business for herself as a wedding event planner. We were so happy for her, but sad that she would no longer be at the VIP. She offered to be our wedding planner and we immediately jumped at the chance to have her handle our wedding details for us.
All throughout the wedding planning process from beginning to end, Debra handled each & every aspect of our wedding planning with the utmost professionalism and showed that she cared greatly. What I loved most about her is that she took the time to listen to our needs and concerns.
Needless to say, our wedding day was perfection from the ceremony, to the cocktail hour to our reception! Our guests absolutely loved the day as much as we did! We are now married over 18 months and still marvel at that beautiful day, that we wish we can do once again!
We knew Debra was special from the start and in her, we have made a life-long dear friend!!
Richie & Sandy Hopkins
I knew we would work great together after our first meeting. I had a lot of family drama and Debra is knowledgeable about proper etiquette which was important to me. You want to make the right decisions at the end of the day. She was very reliable, dependable and attentive toward making my vision become reality. If she were planning other weddings-you would not know it because I felt like I got a lot of her attention and effort into making my day go perfect and smooth. Things can get a little crazy during the planning process and she had a way to make me focus on what was important and to move on to other decisions. Also, she can recommend good vendors if you are still looking for some. We have remained close friends since and I love sharing my next adventure with her-my son.
My first phone call to the VIP Country Club was answered by Debra Thompson, and I had this feeling of speaking to an old friend. Something told me that she would be the one to plan my wedding. My husband and I booked our wedding with Debra at the VIP. During the process she left the VIP to start her own company. Needless to say, I was her very first customer - I would not have my wedding without her. She made sure every last detail was perfect - she came to test out wedding cakes, came for hair appointments and came for the final review of our contract with the country club. I married a man with children - she came to meet them to ensure they were comfortable with the process. What an incredible thing to do! They day of the wedding, she always was behind the scenes making sure things were done the way they should be - but somehow always had my husband and I in her sights - making sure we had food, champagne for our toasts and whatever else we needed. I don't know how she did it!! The best thing of all is that we have made a friend for life. Most recently we celebrated our 2 year annivesary with Debra. No words can really express how wonderful she is.
Debra planned our wedding with impeccable grace and attention to detail. We could not have asked for anyone better to help us plan our special day. It is an understatement to say that she brought our magical dream of a perfect day to life. She went above and beyond for us, making our wedding everything we wanted and more. We highly recommend her!!!
Debra, What can I say! All the jobs we have worked on together have been fabulous. All the details went off perfectly and every detail was attended to. You are always a blessing to the brides and vendors you coordinate. Keep up the great work.
I could not give a greater recommendation of any wedding planner in ALL of New York then Debra Thompson!
Deb gives 1,000% to all her couples! She works with them from Day 1 on every aspect of their wedding to make sure that each couple has a spectacular wedding! I have had the great privilege of officiating the weddings of her couples and it has been an honor and pleasure to work with her. Besides her incredible professionalism, knowledge and integrity she is warm, caring and funny. Debra is really one of a kind!
Every couple that we have mutually worked together has shared with me how extremely happy that they chose Debra to be their wedding planner!
So do yourself a favor and hire the best - Debra Thompson!
I have had the pleasure of working with Debra and her team on many events. Experienced, professional and caring are three words that immediately come to mind. She has excellent relationships with venues and vendors and is truly dedicated to her client's needs in every way. Truly top notch!
I have worked with many planners over the years, and I have to say that working with Debra is an absolute pleasure. She is so professional, helpful, and on top of her game. I always look forward to working with Debra, and would recommend her to everyone.
We have done several weddings with Debra, and we just love her!! She is always fabulous to work with - attentive, warm, caring, energetic, and helpful. She has such a great way of making people feel comfortable. She also has great connections because she is such a "people person." We highly recommend her to anyone who wants to have an easier time planning their wedding, and who wants to enjoy every moment of their wedding day without worrying about a single detail.
Working with Debra is always a great experience the day is organized in a seamless fashion so the bride can enjoy every aspect with a sense of calm, and truly enjoy her wedding day.
Working with Debra is always a great experience the day is organized in a seamless fashion so the bride can enjoy every aspect with a sense of calm, and truly enjoy her wedding day.
Debra is the best. A true wedding planner who knows how to work with other professionals in the industry. She works extremely hard for all of her brides.
I adore Debra. She is tough and no nonsense and at the same time she is kind and calming. If you want someone to really "Be there" on your wedding day, Debra is the person to have.
I have worked on various projects with Debra and would recommend her services to my clients and anybody in need of direction/planning for any event.
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Brides and wedding planners give their best tips to make your wedding come off without a hitch.
By: Kathy Ritchie Published August 26, 2008 at 08:50 AM
Planning a wedding isn’t a cinch. Depending on how big you’d like your big day to be, it’s very easy to get lost in the umpteen details-choosing your gown, flowers, invitations, band, maid-of-honor, shoes, etc. Factor in family drama, budget constraints, and a whole lot more, and you may wish you had eloped instead.
But with a little imagination, a dash of creativity, and help–the sky’s the limit and you can create a day (big or small) that perfectly encapsulates your vision in a matter of months. So where to begin? Below are 101 tips and ideas from brides and our region’s top wedding gurus. So sit back with a cappuccino or a glass of Gurner Veltliner, and ease your mind. Your wedding day will be wonderful!
Personalization makes everyone feel close to the bridal couple. I worked with a couple who had photos of all the places they had visited during their courtship as their table numbers.
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Bring the blusher veil back! We’re getting away from tradition. Even if you’re living with a guy, removing the blusher is one of the only things the father of the bride does, besides paying the bill—why take that away from dad?
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I know many brides today want to be showered and surrounded by their bridesmaids on the wedding day, but brides-to-be, have your own makeup artist and hairstylist; don’t share! Sharing causes much unnecessary stress on you. Enjoy this moment; be pampered. And alleviate the scurrying about on your wedding day by having the artists come to you instead of going into a salon on your wedding day. It will help make things less stressful.
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Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Heart and Sole–these shoes were made for weddings!
t's a twist on the "Cinderella" story! Frangelica Maruca, about to be wed to Christopher Leo at The Surf Club inNew Rochelle, had no clue where her wedding shoes had disappeared to. As soon as the bride-to-be decided on her shoes, her Mom secretly shipped them out to Kreative Krafters, Howard Beach, NY (646-752-0479), to present her daughter with these decorated shoes on the evening of the rehearsal. Frangelica was surprised, delighted, and relieved to get her shoes back before the wedding, which, as the soles of her shoes attest to, took place on 6-7-08.
United We Wed Experts weigh in on the do’s and the don’ts of wedding planning with divorced parents. By: Jenn Andrlik Published August 27, 2008 at 06:53 AM
Dad’s girlfriend, Mom’s boyfriend, stepparents, step-grandparents, step-siblings—with infinite variations becoming standard in American families, the logistics of planning an amicable wedding have become challenging. The good news: three etiquette experts assure that having parents who are separated or divorced needn’t add to the stress inherent in planning a wedding. Anna Post, author of Emily Post’s Wedding Parties and spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute, Debra Thompson, a wedding planner and owner of Weddings by Debra Thompson LLC in New Rochelle, and Rosa McLeish, owner and operator of The New York School of Etiquette and Protocol in White Plains, walk us through the proper way to invite, meet, greet, and seat all your guests without ruining the loving ambience on the happiest day of your life.
Q: If your parents are separated but are hosting and financially contributing to the wedding, what is the appropriate wording for the invitation?
Emily Post: “There are a variety of ways you can word it. One way is to say, ‘The family of…’ The other way to do it is to say, ‘Mrs. Sarah James’ on the first line—‘Sarah James’ implies she is no longer married because it’s not ‘Mrs. David James’—and then on the second line it should say ‘…and Mr. and Mrs. David and Rebecca James invite you to…”
Debra Thompson: “The mother of the bride always reigns higher than the father. She should be at the top of the invitation if you are including both parents.”
Q: What if only one of your parents is contributing financially and you only want to mention that parent?
McLeish: “Who goes on the invitation is based on the relationship rather than the financial contribution. Do what is best for you and your future husband.”
Q: If you have stepsiblings, must you include them in the wedding party?
All of our experts agree that it is not required. Still…
Post: “If you exclude them, it could begin or perpetuate something bad.
Thompson: “If you have a great relationship with them, include them in the bridal party or ceremony. Have them do a reading, or in a Catholic ceremony, bring up the offertory. I’m a big believer in getting along because everything runs a lot smoother.”
Q: Should you order flowers for your stepmother or step-grandmother when you are ordering flowers for the mothers and grandmothers?
Thompson: “Absolutely! This is something that is too often overlooked. In fact, I find myself busy on many wedding days making some sort of boutonnière because someone was left out.
McLeish: “I always err on the side of etiquette and thus order flowers for all of them.”
Q: When mothers and grandmothers are escorted into the ceremony, should a stepmother and step-grandmother be included in the procession?
Post: “It is up to you.”
Q: If your father or mother is dating someone new, should you invite him or her to attend all of the festivities?
Thompson: “Yes, but first ask how they feel about it. And if your mother or father has been dating someone for a year or longer, definitely invite them.”
Post: “Any guest you are inviting who has a romantic, live-in partner, who has a fiancée, or who is married, must be invited along with their significant other. You never split up a committed couple."
Q: What should you do if you don’t get along with a stepparent? To what extent should they be included in the planning of the event or in the ceremony?
Post: “The stepparent could simply be another guest who happens to show up in the family photos. On the other hand, I’ve seen a stepfather walk the bride halfway down the aisle and the father the rest of the way. Maybe you have three or four ‘dads’ and they all walk you down the aisle. You can throw tradition out the window when something else is more meaningful to you.”
McLeish: “I had a situation where both fathers walked the bride down the aisle, one on each side, and the bride danced one song with her biological dad and a second song with her stepdad. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”
Q: If one of your parents is estranged and is coming to the wedding but has not contributed monetarily or in any other way to the wedding, should this parent be a member of the receiving line?
Thompson: “It is up to the bride and groom to decide whether or not to even have a receiving line, and if it’s something that’s going to drive you crazy, then eliminate it.”
Q: What if you do decide to have all parties in the receiving line, how should you arrange them?
Post: “I would put a little buffer between the divorced parents. If you need to rearrange the line to keep the peace, by all means do so.”
Q: If your parents are separated and not talking to each other, how do you handle the seating arrangements at the ceremony and reception?
McLeish: “The first person in the front row should always be the mother of the bride, then her significant other, and her family, then the father of the bride, his significant other, and his family.”
Post: “When it comes to seating at the reception, the divorced parents are never seated at a table with one another.”
Q: What do you do if the bride’s grandparents don’t get along with the father of the bride (their son-in-law)?
Post: “You treat the grandparents as one little unit, and then you treat the dad as another unit. Try to keep them separated.”
McLeish: “Don’t give special privileges to anyone. I have found that as long as you are fair to everyone, it usually works out in the end.”
Q: How should you handle photographs with a fractured or blended family? Should you take separate photos with your dad and his wife, and then your mom and her husband?
Thompson: “Choose your battles and be respectful of your parents. Don’t get too hung up on whom you do or don’t want in the pictures.”
Post: “You should never take a picture with your divorced parents without their new spouses. You don’t do just the biological family because it creates an image that is no longer valid.”
Q: What do you do if your parents are not on speaking terms and planning the wedding with them becomes more stressful than you would like?
Post: “Sit down and have a conversation with each of them separately. Explain that you need them to be able to work together to make this day a success.”