There are many ways to achieve a welcome event, ceremony, reception, and after party beyond your wildest dreams. And while hiring a superstar wedding planner is the first step, even some of the industry's best don't do it all—and by all we mean
production, fabrication, lighting design, florals, and more. The best event planners, however, know who to call when they don't offer design in-house, or when they do and a project demands it.
For the first time, BAZAAR Bride is honoring the industry's top designers, separately from their planning counterparts. Keep in mind, the majority of the talents on this list won't work without a planner on board. Here's a cheat sheet: Most event designers offer floral design, but not all florists are designers; some event planners are designers, but those that tout themselves as designers-only won't take care of your timeline, seating, welcome bag delivery, transportation, bridal styling coordination, and tastings. These are the people you (or your planner) call when you're looking for far more than florals alone—from building a structure from the ground up to creating custom furniture, lighting, details, and so much more. Here, the best event designers in the country—straight from our rolodex.