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 99% of couples
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Lauren · Married on 10/13/2018
A wedding must have!
I got married October 2018 in Saratoga Springs, however I live in CT. I knew I needed to find a wedding planner who lived in the area that could help me. From the very first day I met Taia I knew she had to be our planner. Taia is an extremely organized and efficient planner who is very warm and approachable. I would email Taia every question that came to mind and whether it was big or small she answered it not only quickly but with honesty. I truly valued her opinion and expertise while planning our wedding. We ran into some staff changes at our caterer 2 weeks prior to our wedding and Taia immediately took it into her own hands to meet with our new contact sit down and ensure everything was going to go as planned. I didn't even have to ask her to do this she just did it. I think this is a sign of a truly great planner. When wedding weekend hit I was relieved to know I had Taia helping me. On our wedding day her staff showed up and honestly were my life savers. They came with snacks/drinks, helped keep the hotel room organized, and most importantly kept the groomsman on task! Yvette was my bridal assistant and was just an angel sent to me. She made sure I ate, helped fix my hair, carry my extremely heavy long dress through the park. It started to rain just as we were on our way for our first look and she kept reassuring me it would be fine and it was! Not to mention she was extremely funny and lighthearted which was nice to have on such a big day. Everyone kept telling me I was such a calm bride. It was because I knew no matter what Taia and team would take care of anything I needed. Any small problem that came up during the wedding I never even knew about which allowed me to enjoy every second of our wedding. If you are looking for someone you can really rely on and enjoy working with hire Taia, you will NOT regret it!!Sent on 10/28/2018
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Buddy Ernest Cusick · Getting married on 01/05/2021
Taia was simply awesome -- with my daughter in NYC, my son-in-law finishing his PhD, my wife setting up the Bridal shower in NYC, and she and I fixing the house for the 120 person after party the next day, Taia and her staff ran the wedding to the 10s. It went off without a hitch and we felt so relaxed, she made us feel like guests at our own party!Sent on 05/30/2019
Her organization of matters was complete, thorough, and clear. spreadsheets, timelines, to-do lists / assignments, and keeping everyone on track was so appreciated.
I realize that for a Dad to say these comments may not be the "norm" but Taia and her team did everything. Melissa even helped me get the bow tie on and looking good!
Mike Deagen · Married on 05/25/2019
Highest Recommendation for a Spectacular Wedding
My wife and I give our highest recommendation to Taia and her team at Inspired Occasions. Highly competent and equipped for anything, they enabled us to remain fully "present" on our wedding day. We recommend the Unlimited package. Taia is well-organized, a great listener, and comes up with a multitude of suggestions for designs, vendors, logistics, etc. to save you time and potential frustration. She kept us closely involved in the planning process without ever making us feel overwhelmed. She is personable and professional, and the vendors we talked to in the area all love working with her. Regardless of your style/vibe, let Taia and her team take care of the details so that your focus of the day is each other.Sent on 07/27/2019
Inspired Occasions's reply:
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.