With a humble heart and gracious attention to detail, we lighten your load and eliminate the stress of planning, designing, and executing a luxury 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 design and planning 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 + Detail-oriented design and service + 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 design platforms and detailed conversations with you throughout your wedding planning journey.
+ We save you time (and grey hairs) by offering access to the perfect wedding vendors. 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 managers (complete with trouble-shooting, problem-solving and relative-wrangling skills) on your wedding day.
+ FULL SERVICE PLANNING & DESIGN: Our signature service, providing comprehensive planning and design services from day one up through your wedding day. This package works on a three-part fee structure, and is perfect for the couple who envisions their wedding planning process as an ongoing collaboration in order to talk, think and discuss any and all details surrounding their big day.
+ EXECUTIVE PLANNING & DESIGN: Perfect for the active and time-pressed couple looking for a dedicated yet streamlined planning and design service. This package operates off of a flat fee, and includes everything from our Full Service package but in a much more intensive and less drawn-out way. We concentrate decision-making activities to specific days and times, as opposed to keeping it more open-ended for the entire duration of the planning process.
+ WEDDING MANAGEMENT: Our passion is to take our clients from beginning to end in their wedding planning journey, and designing the whole experience is just too much fun to resist! However, we are also logistic junkies, so we accept a limited amount of Management Only clients per year. This service is designed for couples who have already planned their wedding and most of its components, but want our team to come in during the final two months to assist with all key logistics and act as their wedding-day organizers and liaisons. Our Wedding Management package is also a flat fee, perfect for those looking for exceptional service at a competitive investment.
+ 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 DC to the Carribean and around the world.
Our Full Service Planning & Design clients can expect to invest $20,000+, shared between flat management / planning fees and a sliding scale production fee (this will vary depending on your overall budget). Our Executive Planning and Wedding Management clients each have one lower flat fee, based on their chosen service.
If that sounds appealing to you (we hope it does), get in touch and we’ll get the party started!
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!!
...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.
...Everything ran smoothly, any hiccups were addressed without my knowing and we even ran ahead of schedule. They were attentive and professional throughout the entire night, and even helped fix my hair after an hour on the dance floor for the exit pictures. Claire and Liz are incredibly responsive in the months leading up to the wedding, and answer any questions thoroughly and quickly. I can't recommend Claire Duran Weddings & Events enough!"
- taylor + ryan
"Claire and Liz were the reason why so many of my guests told me how calm I seemed!
...They literally saved our wedding after we had issues with our first planners and had to fire them. We decided to get married at a private villa north of Punta Cana about 30 minutes, which complicated the planning enough, but I also had a specific vision, which could not have been executed had we attempted to plan everything on our own. Claire is from the Dominican Republic and visits frequently. She even made a trip to the venue (which I had never seen in person) during one of her trips back without me even asking. I am not very good at making decisions and putting together decor, but Claire and her team put together a proposal for everything, which perfectly captured what I wanted. In my opinion, they have gorgeous taste! They were very responsive and tolerant of all my questions, which I'm sure were quite silly at times. I highly recommend them for planning your wedding as they are such a committed team! I always felt like I was their only client. :)"
- alison + brian
"Claire and her team were fantastic!
...I had thought about getting a day-of planner, but a friend suggested Claire for a month of coordinator. I am SO SO happy I decided to move forward. I am a little bit of a mess when it came to planning and the month of would have been a nightmare without them. They helped with every last detail on the day of and all of my last minute questions. I had so many people amazed at how calm I was leading up to the wedding. This meant that I actually able to ENJOY our big day. They made everything so perfect. You NEED these two super-women to wow all of your friends and family, and keep your day fun!"
- claire + billy
"Claire and Liz were INCREDIBLE!!
...When I first met Claire, I was about 8 months out and overwhelmed. Communication with my venue had broken down and I felt like pulling off my vision was never going to happen. Claire turned all of that around. She worked through every detail with me and gave me ideas I would never have even thought of! Claire has some of the best taste and style I have ever seen- her work being constantly featured on some of the most popular wedding blogs is no coincidence...More than just creating a beautiful wedding design-Claire always went above and beyond to be my planner in every respect. She was always extremely responsive and unbelievably organized... For anyone getting married in the DR- having Claire as your planner will be the best decision you will make for your wedding...1000% recommend!"
- meghan + taylor
"I am not sure there are words to fully describe how amazing Claire is and how important she was to our wedding.