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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David Marx · Married on 06/23/2019
The mechanism to having a relaxing experience planning a wedding!
We never thought we would be the couple to get a wedding planner. Afterall we neither had the money or extravagance of Steve Martin’s Father of the Bride. For any couple that is juggling multiple things jobs, family responsibilities, higher education… a wedding planner is a must. Ellen who runs Greater-Good Events was a true godsend. She was attentive to small details, thought out of the box to make our wedding special and representative of us, she helped us create our vision every step of the way and drew upon her knowledge, experience and connections to give us an amazing wedding. Ellen always approached us with warmth and joy and excitement to be apart of planning our wedding. I have only heard of the storied struggles couples face planning a wedding, and after working with Ellen I can tell you it need not be anything like you heard. You will be relieved and relaxed by partnering up with Ellen, and you and your guests will be wowed by an outstanding wedding that will be talked about long after the wedding is over (without breaking the bank account).Sent on 06/26/2019
Greater Good Events's reply:Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work with you both! I am honored to have shared in the joy and love you both have, your wedding was so beautiful and an amazing expression of your community and families! Thank you for your kind words and hope to see you both soon!
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
Greater Good Events's reply:Thank you Daniella and Chris! It was great working with you both and your wedding day turned out beautifully! Wishing you both the very best!