With a humble heart and gracious attention to detail, we lighten your load and eliminate the stress of planning, designing, and producing a luxury destination event with many moving parts. Our knowledge, experience and expertise allow us to seamlessly save you time and sanity while ensuring you gain access to the highest quality vendors, suppliers and services.
It is one-part art, one-part storytelling and all-parts unapologetic dedication to what we do.
working with us
We believe in lovingly and carefully planned events; thoughtfully designed and perfectly executed. We believe that this next chapter of your story deserves to be defined by a beautiful celebration; one that radiates with your personal style and fulfills your every goal. And we believe in you and your vision for your special day.
Luxury wedding planning, design and production rich in elegance and artistry.
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Here at Claire Duran Weddings and Events, we want to ensure you are enthusiastic, organized, and supported from day one. Our number one goal is to provide you with a stress-free planning experience, so you can enjoy your engagement as much as you enjoyed getting engaged.. and as much as you will inevitably enjoy your wedding day!
+ Full transparency on everything, such as budget and key wedding-day decisions + Easy communication for the entirety of your wedding planning journey + Unparalleled responsiveness to both you and your vendors + Utmost respect + High touch customer service and hospitality + Detail-oriented event production, with creative and from-scratch highly technical and thoughtful designs and custom builts and installations + No favoritism or preferential treatment of vendors + Being realistic in keeping your budget and general expectations aligned + Full commitment to giving you our all and making your day be as formidable as you always imagined it
+ We cultivate a clear and captivating vision for your wedding day through web-based platforms and detailed ongoing conversations with you throughout your wedding planning journey.
+ We save you time (and grey hairs) by offering access to the perfect wedding vendors. No matter where in the world, we can spot the best from the rest and have the skills and industry discernment to ensure you’re being taken care of by only the most premium and professional vendors.
+ We take away the hassle and burden of communicating with your vendors personally by serving as the sole point of contact.
+ We protect you from making inefficient decisions during that planning process that have financial or quality service implications.
+ We ensure you have fun and cherish every moment by serving as full event manager and producers on the ground (complete with trouble-shooting, problem-solving and relative-wrangling skills) on your wedding day.
+ FULL SERVICE PLANNING, DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Our signature service, providing comprehensive planning and design services from day one up through your wedding day. Our focus is on destination weddings with a high degree of production needs; that is, events for which intricate designs and/or ephemeral architecture is required (i.e., venue customization or construction).
Our offering works on a three-part fee structure, and is perfect for the couple who envisions their wedding planning process as an ongoing collaboration. We also offer our services for social or corporate events, such as milestone celebrations, galas, etc.
Claire Duran Wedding & Events specializes exclusively in a full service experience. If you are interested in more abbreviated services, or if your wedding will not require such a high degree of design production, we hand select some specific weddings and re-direct them to our sister company, CEREMONIA. Please click in our logo below to be redirected.
+ You’re searching for true wedding planning and design experts that you can trust completely to thoughtfully and skillfully bring your vision to life.
+ You believe that every good wedding is grounded in grace and steeped in sophistication.
+ You want access to an exclusive network of luxury wedding event suppliers and vendors that have our tick of approval.
+ You want to pass off the pressure and bring in a team of solutions-focused creatives and thinkers that will respect your budget, keep you aligned with the planning timetable and carefully manage the big and little details of your wedding day.
Ready to have your wedding cake and eat it too?
Fill out our brief contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible with more details so you can learn more about how we can help you design, plan and execute the perfect wedding day.
At Claire Duran Weddings & Events, our fee structure reflects the comprehensive experience you’ll enjoy when working with an experienced, sought-after planning and design team. As your partner, we will protect your financial resources, advocating on your behalf throughout the entire process. Our commitment to transparency, honesty and care is our signature trademark. We welcome travel; from the US to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and all around the world.
Our Full Service Planning & Design has a hybrid pricing system, shared between flat management / planning fees and a sliding scale production fee (this will vary depending on your overall budget).
If working with us sounds appealing to you (we hope it does), get in touch and we’ll get the party started!
...From the moment we did our zoom meeting with Claire to meet her we felt like we had known her for years. She made us feel like we were more then just clients and that she had our back for our entire wedding planning. We worked with Claire and her team for over a year planning our special weekend in the Dominican Republic and they made everything seem so easy and seamlessly. They did an amazing job bringing our vision to life and exceeded everything we dreamed of. With a 400+ guest list it was not an easy job to coordinate everything and have everything run so smoothly. Claire and her team made us feel so important and special and relaxed the entire weekend which was the most important part. They really go above and beyond for their clients, and I cannot express my gratitude for everything they did for us. We will remember my wedding weekend for the rest of our lives thanks to Claire and her team! I highly recommend working with Claire and her team, truly the best in the business!"
- wally & frankie
"There is one word to describe Claire and her team – AMAZING!
...We felt like the stars aligned when we found Claire Duran and team. They made every single step of the wedding planning process a breeze. We not for a second doubted that every element of our wedding weekend would be executed with the highest level of professionalism, class and care in large part due to the high touch communication and preparedness that went into every meeting and conversation leading up to the wedding. Needless to say, we were right. The team's elevated services, attention to detail, and passion for making a dream wedding come to life are unmatched. Our wedding was beyond our wildest dreams. They listened to our vision and delivered. They heard our concerns and addressed. They went above and beyond expectations and did everything in their power to make our wedding week stress-free for, not only ourselves, but also our guests. They are worth every penny and MORE. They truly saved us money along the way with their ability to navigate vendors, venues + hotels. They operate with the highest level of integrity. They are incredibly kind people to boot! We will miss planning our wedding with them and can not recommend them enough to anyone looking for a best in class, elevated wedding planning team."
- gabi + gavin
"Best in class, brilliant, thoughtful, professional & all around stellar team!
...They were more than event planners! I have been invited to many big time affairs in my life! Yet I must say the three day long event that Claire and her team so beautifully orchestrated for my daughters destination wedding in Casa de Campo was definitely the best celebration I have seen yet. The subtle care to each detail-- the manufacturing of the vision I had architecturally and consciously created in my mind was brought to life. I wanted an experience for my guests. A daily build up over the three days. Like a play - you so enjoy the acts and then you have the climax. Through music, lights, food, fire and ice we were able to create something off the charts. It was all accomplished because Claire and her team were open minded and methodical - they went out of the box with me. Their creativity, knowledge of how an event should move seamlessly and attention to detail helped make the best wedding in the world."
- jill (mother of the bride)
"Claire’s expertise and attention to detail surpassed what I thought I knew a wedding planner was supposed to do.
...Planning for a wedding can feel so daunting and overwhelming - but working with Claire, Maja, Eli and the entire team felt like a fun and exciting project! I feel so lucky to not only have the most perfect wedding weekend, but the most amazing experience in planning it.
I've already recommended Claire to some of my friends, and even my family members who hired planners shortly after my wedding (already had been in conversations) mentioned how they regret not working with Claire and team.
I recommend to anyone the moon and back -- highly professional, organized, proactive, knowledgeable, friendly and kind!"
...What can I say I’m speechless! Claire and her team outdid themselves!! The venue, the ceremony, the entire weekend, the decor, the precision, the staff, the food, the music etc.. everything was beyond spectacular! We would have never ever been able to pull this off without this amazing team! We are beyond grateful for all of their hard work and all the long hours they took into making our wedding so special and beautiful! They never said no to anything nor stressed about anything!! Claire and her team made the whole wedding planning process fun, stress-free and exciting!"
- alexa + sergio
"Nothing short of amazing! Because of Claire, planning our wedding was enjoyable and exciting every step of the way.
...They not only made my daughters' wedding dreams come true, they made the process stress free. They are so talented, so organized, so hard working. She listens to your visions and will gently guide you when needed but never make you feel like it should be her way -her vision! She works within your budget and makes suggestions to lower costs if necessary without compromising design. Most event planners are all about their design ideas & their egos… Not Claire! She will truly work with you in a cooperative way & create your ultimate dream wedding! She works with amazing photographers, floral designers & other key vendors- all top notch professionals. Claire Duran Weddings & Events goes above & beyond & surpassed all expectations we could have imagined. Our daughter’s wedding was so beautiful, truly magnificent & we got to enjoy every moment thanks to Claire! Claire Duran is the ultimate wedding Dream Team!"
- stephanie (mother of the bride)
"Claire Duran bringing your dream wedding to life!
...I cannot say enough good things about Claire and her team. They were always incredibly responsive and helped make our wedding day so smooth and stress free. She was able to design and execute a wedding even more fabulous than I could have ever imagined. Even though planning a destination wedding came with a lot of challenges, including a date change due to COVID travel restrictions to Europe, Claire was always on top of communicating with the venue and vendors. She was able to help us smoothly navigate moving everything back a year, and she even quickly resolved finding a new baker when our wedding cake vendor was unavailable at the last minute. Day of everything went perfectly due to their diligence and professionalism. I would recommend them to anyone looking for wedding design and planning."
...It is difficult to put into words how overwhelmingly magical our wedding turned out because of CDWE. Over the course of a year, my now husband, Kevin, and I had the good fortune to get to know Claire and Maja quite well during the planning process for our March 2020 wedding at Casa de Campo. These women are brilliant, creative and beyond hardworking. Even though this was the first same-sex wedding they'd ever planned and executed, they never missed a beat and made sure we felt comfortable and respected every step of the way. We had a lot of ideas and a particular aesthetic but Claire and all of the vendors she entrusted with our collective vision pulled off what our guests continue to call "the wedding of the century!" When sh*t hit the fan, they were there to console us and remind us of how blessed we still were/are (in spite of so many last minute challenges, including a global health crisis!) We have absolutely no regrets about a single element of our special day and we have CDWE to thank for that. From the decor, to the venue selections, the production, the to florals, the entertainment and beyond, the execution was simply flawless! Thank you, Claire! Thank you, Maja! We love you forever!"
...It's hard to put into words how elated my husband and I are that we got to work with this this team for the most amazing weekend of our lives. We started working with them in mid 2019 for a destination wedding we inevitably had to postpone and ultimately cancel due to COVID-19. They stuck with us and compassionately planned again for our back to back Indian/Beach hybrid weddings, no small task to say the least. We were blown away by the details and support from the team and feel so blessed for the experiences that will last forever. Love them the the moon and back!"
...These ladies are the most talented, hard working and lovely women I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Claire planned three events for us: Welcome Party, Rehearsal Dinner and the Ceremony/Reception at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. One was more breathtaking than the last. I hope they are in business for a very long time because I’ll be needing a CDWE anniversary party!"
- siobhan + stephen
"Claire and her team made all of my dreams a reality!
...We honestly do not know where to begin. Our experience with Claire & her team (shout out to Maja) was beyond perfection. They went out of their way in patience, love, creativity, kindness & expertise to make our night PERFECT. It was– simply put– just perfect. We never stressed or worried. Every little detail of the night was handled by CDWE and, it's not just us... Everyone who met Claire & Maja from our party was amazed at the level of kindness & professionalism they showed. CDWE is truly defined in excellence."
- michelle + daniel
"Claire & her team have a God-given talent for this industry & we are beyond blessed they were a part of this beautiful stage of our lives.
...In the end, I honestly couldn't imagine our wedding without the help of CDWE. It was a perfect event, with beautiful décor that represented our elegant and romantic style. I would say design and aesthetics is one of CDWE biggest strengths, along with coordination and planning (needless to say). They were so kind to accommodate all of our changes and requests. In the end, we truly had a the most perfect and memorable wedding. We highly recommend CDWE to everyone - it's well worth it!"
- anya + lamin
"The CDWE team takes extreme pride in what they do, and they worked hard towards meeting our goals and creating a perfect wedding for us based on our vision, priorities, and budget.
...When I started my destination wedding planning, I was a stressed mess! Then, I found Claire Duran and her team and my mood / feelings completely changed! Throughout the entire process I was cool, calm, and confident and that is all due to Claire and her team!! From the very first conversation with Claire, I knew immediately that I had to have her as my planner. She gave us a sense of calm and made us feel like we were friends forever from how warm and caring she is. Not only did she always hear my wants/needs but, she also provided us with some amazing ideas/advice/options along the way that always fit into our budget... The décor/floral/sound/timeline/ ceremony/musicians etc. all were PERFECT! Claire made sure everything ran on time and that I had nothing to worry about! I am still stunned and in awe of the beauty of my wedding and all the beautiful details! ...Claire really kept me sane throughout the entire process too and we will FOREVER be grateful to Claire and her team."
- lauren + mark
“Claire gave us our DREAM WEDDING that was truly unforgettable!! It was absolutely amazing and perfect in every way!!
...We went through nightmare vendors while planning our destination wedding in the Dominican Republic to arrive at the dream that is Claire Duran! Maja was so sweet and incredibly attentive... Their execution was flawless. Claire is a visionary and brought our dream wedding to life. Maja went above and beyond the call of duty and stayed by our side until the early morning. If you are considering hiring them do not hesitate - you have found the best team EVER. Thank you, we love you and can't wait to plan our 10 year wedding vow celebration!"
- anabel & ozzie
"If we could do it over again the only thing we would change would be finding THEM sooner!
...You went above and beyond on every detail to ensure we had the best day of our lives. You guys made our day so special, we will never forget it. Our families thank you as well. Our parents couldn’t stop talking about how perfect everything was. You must know you also gave them the best day of their lives. Everything was magical. Everything wildly exceeded our expectations! Thanks again Liz and Maria, you guys form a very very special team. I wish you guys all the success and happiness in the world, because you deserve it. Keep taking the wedding industry by storm!"
- gabriel + jackie
“There are no words to describe how grateful Jackie and I are to Claire and the CDWE team.