Inspired Occasions is a personable wedding planner in the Albany, New York area. This team of event coordinators, led by founder Taia Younis, works closely with couples to get to know them and create a stress free and flawless wedding.
Taia Younis, who planned and illustrated a fictional carnival in her backyard when she was 8 years old, grew up with her mind still seeking a creative outlet. She became a social worker and mother of two before she entered the world of event planning. What started as a few corporate events quickly turned into Inspired Occasions, a company focused on taking care of couples on their wedding day.
With a team of seven planners, coordinators and assistants, this wedding planning company can help couples with any amount of service and design. Inspired Occasions offers different levels of event planning assistance, from day-of coordination to full event planning and a-la-carte options. The services offered by this wedding planner include:
Recommended by 97% of couples
Kirsten · Married on 07/15/2017
I really can't imagine doing my wedding without Taia and her team! We did the "Day of Coordination" package and thankfully it includes unlimited emails and calls with Taia. She had such great advice for us - including how to deal with family drama regarding invitations, how to switch photographers when our first one underwhelmed us with our engagement photos, and how to time everything from the rehearsal dinner to clean up at the reception! I can't tell you how many nights I emailed her freaking out about something seemingly small and she completely understand and put me at ease. I like to be in control of everything, I did a lot of the planning & booking myself, but I knew I wouldn't be able to be everywhere (or really anywhere) the day of the wedding. It was great having someone who knows the business and etiquette of weddings on our team, and it really helped knowing that we had not only a day of coordinator, but also a bridal attendant and another assistant to help with set up at the church, reception, and clean up, and also any bumps along the way. The IO team helped alleviate a lot of the anxiety I felt leading up to the wedding. Julie was our day-of coordinator and she did everything from help get my groom to our first look to packing up gifts, checking us into the hotel, and pinning my dress after it got stepped on. Taia's whole team was just amazing and I would highly recommend them - for "peace of mind" and help along the way. I felt so much more confident thanks to Taia and her team! I could not recommend them enough!Sent on 07/24/2017
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Heather · Married on 10/06/2018
We got the peace of mind package with Inspired Occasions and it was the best decision we ever made. First of all, Taia was incredibly flexible in arranging a custom package that worked for us and our venue (since we already had a fantastic on-site team). We worked with Sarah for our event and she was absolutely incredible. She always responded and for the last month leading up to the wedding, she coordinated communication with everyone with ease. She was on top of everything and honestly, I really didn't have anything to do on the week of the wedding because she did everything! They provide top notch services and on the day of, our bridal attendant (Yvette) saved the day multiple times! She ran back and forth between our rooms to help us all look and feel perfect. When we got to the venue, every detail was perfectly curated by the entire team. We couldn't be happier and we would recommend this team to anyone getting married who wants to have a completely stress free wedding :)
Diane · Married on 09/15/2018
Inspired Occasions comes highly recommended in my book. This team of professionals were hired for our backyard wedding event in September. Being the mother of the groom the pressure was taken off me by Sarah and i was able to enjoy our beautiful day. This team is very organized and pleasant to work with. Thank you so much
Recommended on Wedding Wire: We have been delighted to have Inspired Occasions work with several couples who have gotten married at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose. Most recently Sarah Shellinger and her assistants helped with two very successful weddings. Their attention to detail was noteworthy. They accommodating, flexible and well organized. We look forward to working with them again.
We love working with Taia at Inspired Occasions! Super detailed and always communicated well with us leading up to the wedding and during the wedding day. Always nice to know you can rely on a planner day of the wedding to help things run smoothly.
We have worked with Taia at Inspired Occasions on multiple weddings and has always been a pleasure. She is kind, professional and prepared to make your wedding go smoothly. Every wedding that we have worked with her has been a success.