10 Questions with The Party Goddess, Wedding Planner Marley Majcher

In case you don’t know her, Marley Majcher is the CEO of The Party Goddess!, a nationally acclaimed full service event planning and catering company, and author of But Are You Making Any Money?, a witty and lauded business guide for entrepreneurs.

From understated elegance to rock star fabulous, Majcher is known for creating the most talked about parties of the year. Since the launch of The Party Goddess! Majcher’s client list has included Earthlink, Cedars-Sinai, Georgetown University, San Diego Polo Club, See’s Candies, Cal Tech and Whole Foods Market. Majcher has also produced notable events for the Hollywood Bowl, the Critics’ Choice Awards, luxury car manufacturers Porsche and Rolls Royce’s Bentley brand, as well as celebrations for Britney Spears, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ross McCall, Pierce Brosnan, Katherine Heigl, Snoop Dogg, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo, Kelly Rutherford, Ali Landry, Tisha Campbell and Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer).

Always fresh with an opinion and terrific advice, we asked Marley a few questions about wedding planning and how she does what she does…

Question #1: How did you get into wedding planning?

I started my career in the restaurant business where we had two private rooms in which to plan rehearsal dinners and small weddings. From there our customers asked us to start catering their events offsite and then came the fabulous question “Can’t you just coordinate the whole thing for me?” But of course!

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Question #2: What’s your secret sauce technique that makes you different from other wedding planners?

At The Party Goddess! we focus on the whole experience, not just the overall look, but the feel as well. We want you to feel like you are in the most private, special, honored space, even if it’s a ceremony with 500 attending. We want the guests to know that they are appreciated by communicating all of the secret little surprises the bride and groom have in store for them. From the “why’s” of how the tables were named to the fact that homemade cookies were served with the entree stations because the bride likes to eat dessert first.

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Question #3: Which weddings or events are you most proud of?

The ones that look unique. And there are all kinds of unique: edgy unique, weird/fabulous color unique, over the top/decadent unique; and the events where the parents and friends were so proud and happy and comforted by knowing that their loved ones are off to the most important chapter in their lives.

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Question #4: What’s your dream wedding to produce, real or imagined? 

I’m obsessed with live animals at weddings (of course in a well cared for, respectful manner). I have this vision of doing a Cirque du Soleil type performance at the reception with live animals between courses where guests all change seats right before their table receives customized, interactive desserts on demand. Maybe the bride could wear feathers or something. Kind of like Vegas meets Alexander McQueen.

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Question #5: What inspires you?

Travel, especially my recent trip to the souks in Morocco and the ridiculously fabulous windows at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

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Question #6: If you couldn’t be a wedding planner, what other profession would interest you?

Desperate to be a CIA operative working undercover in a remote part of the world as a seductress.

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Question #7: What projects are you working on now?

A fabulous celebrity/cause driven event for the Spring honoring one of my heroes, a ridiculous Halloween party for one of my favorite clients and my live event for event planners in November in Atlanta – Uncensored!

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Question #8: What’s your wedding-world pet peeve?

Snarky planners.

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Question #9: What’s the most indispensable item in your studio/office?

My phone with ALL of those contact numbers.

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Question #10: What are your hobbies?

Eating, traveling, shopping, creating weird art and jewelry and reading, reading, reading, reading.

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