Greater Good Events is a wedding planning business located in the New York Metro area. Ellen Hockley Harrison, who founded this boutique event planning company, took special care to focus her business around sustainability. With each wedding that is planned, the team looks first to local partners and eco-friendly practices. The team also strives to focus on the community around them and the couple by fostering social justice and responsibility. With this unique approach combined with Ellen Hockley Harrison's extensive experience in the hospitality industry, couples will be able to plan and experience a stress-free wedding and celebration while feeling good about the difference they are making in their community.
Greater Good Events works with couples from the beginning of their wedding planning process all the way until after the ceremony is over. The process begins with a careful planning session in which such things as vendors and budgets are discussed. Then the team begins organizing your wedding and carrying out the actual plan. During your wedding ceremony and celebration, the team will be by your side ensuring everything is going as planned. After your wedding, Greater Good Events will even help wrap up your wedding by assisting with any follow-up needs you have.
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Kaija · Married on 11/17/2018
Worth Every Penny
Our experience working with Ellen (and on the day of our wedding also with Rachel) was exactly what I needed to stay on track with a short (6 month) planning window.Sent on 11/29/2018
Ellen was easy to work with - sane - and was able to coordinate our vendors so that I wasn't having to obsess about timelines, communication between vendors, or the general order of the day.
I had interviewed other day-of planners and I'm so glad we decided on Ellen and her company. From encouraging compostable containers so our guests could take home leftover cake and cheese to having our flowers repurposed the following day instead of just throwing them away - her desire to rethink the waste associated with large events was evident.
Living in Jersey City and hiring local was also something that was very important to me. So while our meetings mostly took place in Jersey City, our wedding at the Church of St. Francis Xavier and reception at the W Hotel - Union Square was just across the river in NYC.
My wedding day was not perfect (a winter storm causing downed trees resulted in a last-minute location change for our first-look and a missing wedding cake) - everything was handled so that I hardly noticed a thing. I was able to relax and enjoy the celebration!
Daniella Adler · Married on 10/14/2018
We love Ellen.
As soon as we met Ellen, we knew she was the wedding planner for us. She immediately understood that we wanted an understated Brooklyn wedding and she had experience with Jewish weddings. Her warm personality was immediately apparent. Early on the in the process, our venue told us that they booked an event that would cut off the available time for our wedding, and after we freaked out on the venue, Ellen swooped in and saved the day, getting the venue to reschedule that event and giving us the time we needed at the venue. Ellen was responsive throughout the planning process, spending countless hours on the phone with us. The greatest testament to Ellen's magical powers is that if there were any problems with coordination of vendors or the service on our wedding day, we had no idea, because everything went so smoothly and we didn't need to worry about a thing. The venue was set up beautifully and we were struck by how transformed the venue looked with the full setup. Ellen made sure we remained on schedule and stayed until the very end to ensure cleanup as well. We appreciate her several treks from Jersey City to Brooklyn to meet us / look at the venue. We highly recommend Ellen for any event.Sent on 10/20/2018
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Caitlin · Married on 05/19/2018
Hiring Ellen was one of the best decisions we made while planning our wedding! We hired her for month-of coordination. She helped us navigate the intricacies involved in creating an event of this magnitude. We came to her with all of our questions/worries/concerns and she was able to answer everything and dispel all of our stress! It was truly invaluable to us.Sent on 06/03/2018
Additionally she was in contact with all of our vendors the month of our wedding (the most stressful time in planning a wedding) which allowed us to focus on finishing up the odds and ends that appear in the final stretch. The day of, Ellen’s assistant, Rachel, was there throughout the event guiding us through. We didn’t have to worry about anything, we could just be in the moment and enjoy our family & friends. I highly recommend hiring Greater Goods for your wedding!