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Overview

Pull up a chair and listen in on this interview with Marcy Blum, the woman often credited with launching the professional wedding planning industry. Having orchestrated lavish functions for Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Carl Icahn, Salmon Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, the Rockefeller family and Regis and Joy Philbin, Marcy Blum literally wrote the books on event planning: Wedding Planning for Dummies and Wedding Kit for Dummies. Marcy crafts every event with her own unique brand of elegance, talent and an almost-preternatural ability to visualize space. With attention to detail and a flair for the unimaginable, she creates events that stimulate the senses and awe guests.

In this interview, she shares details from her days living on a commune, all the way up to her current position as one of the industry leaders in luxury weddings and events.

Filmed live for the Maverick Series Live: Interviews with Icons & Innovators of the Luxury Weddings Industry at the Lighthouse International Conference Center in NYC.

Learning Outcomes

  • Hear how Marcy got her start in the industry, and what advice she gives new planners starting out today.
  • Learn how Marcy reads her clients, and how that separates her from the pack.
  • Gain a window into what it’s like working with celebrities.
  • Learn the importance of being an expert in a certain facet of event planning.
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Course Information

Estimated Time: 22 mins

Level: All

CMP Credit Hours:

Course Instructors

Maverick Series

The Event Leadership Institute is proud to produce our exclusive Maverick Series: interviews with people who plan the biggest and most high-profile events, run the most well respected and award-winning companies, manage the biggest venues, and demonstrate thought leadership, innovation and creative thinking. Join us as these industry Mavericks share their stories, insights and guidance.

Marcy Blum

Marcy Blum is a world-renowned event planner, entertaining expert and owner of the acclaimed event planning company Marcy Blum Associates based in New York City. Her signature style is actually the ability to find a signature style for her clients. "There's no such thing as a Marcy Blum event," she explains. "I try to get a real sense of my clients and use my knowledge and know-how to bring their event to life."

Having orchestrated lavish functions for Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Carl Icahn, Salmon Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, the Rockefeller family and Regis and Joy Philbin, Marcy Blum literally wrote the books on event planning: Wedding Planning for Dummies and Wedding Kit for Dummies. In 1986, Marcy launched her eponymous company, Marcy Blum Associates, beginning with corporate events and evolving into social events and particularly weddings.

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