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
Inspired Occasions's reply:Oh my goodness Lauren! I'm literally tearing up reading your kind words. They have left me speechless. I can only say that knowing that my team and I impacted your planning and wedding day experience in such a positive way reminds me of why we love what we do. You were incredible to work with and we were honored to be a part of this special time in your life. I wish you and Nick a lifetime of happiness!
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!
Martha Kirkpatrick · Married on 07/20/2019
Taia is Incredible!
My wife and I opted for a barn wedding for both our ceremony and reception, so the venue owner recommended booking a day planner to accommodate the logistics of this setting. Since we were selecting vendors and organizing the schedule of the day, we needed lots of assistance. We are so, so glad we chose Inspired Occasions! From our initial consultation, Taia was warm, organized, and eager to get to know us. We were blown away by not only her attention to detail (and ability to save us from our occasionally disorganized selves), but also her thoughtfulness. She provided practical and insightful suggestions for making things go as smoothly as possible, while also ensuring that our vision for the day was honored. It was due to this delicate balance Taia was able to maintain that we felt the ceremony and reception truly reflected our personalities. Ironically enough, the first gay wedding we ever attended was our own, so Taia provided ample suggestions and examples from other LGBT weddings she had worked. She helped us craft a ceremony and reception that paid homage to some traditions while also flipping others on their head in a tasteful, refreshing way. She asked the questions we didn't even know to ask, coordinated effectively and seamlessly with all of the parties involved, and even helped us navigate tricky situations of negotiation with vendors. Taia and her team demonstrated tremendous unflappability on the day of the wedding. Despite last-minute changes and extreme heat, Taia and her two wonderful bridal attendants, Kelli and Erin, always had a solution to keep things running without a hitch. We received so many comments from both bridal parties about how grateful they were for Taia's clear yet unobtrusive guidance throughout the day. We cannot sing her praises enough!Sent on 08/20/2019
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.