Testimonials

Words cannot even begin to express how fortunate and blessed we feel to have had Leslie Mastin by our side planning and executing our wedding. When I say "we" I mean: myself, my husband, my mother, my father, and let's be honest my colleagues, friends and all of the individuals that I encountered on a day to day basis throughout the hectic, stressful and emotional phases of planning a 400 person New York City wedding.

Leslie is exceptionally organized, remarkably poised and astoundingly strong. Leslie approaches every situation with a positive outlook and creates a solution to every roadblock that gets in her way. She has a unique ability to professionally diffuse stressful situations with laughter and class. These are just some of the characteristics and traits that make Leslie so well respected by her clients and industry peers alike.

To say her list of vendors and industry contacts is "impressive" or "credible" would be an understatement. Thanks to Leslie, we had the opportunity to meet and select from New York's most renowned and notable venues, event designers, entertainers, photographers, paperies, wedding cake designers, videographers and beauticians. Leslie guided us in assembling an all-star team to impressively execute and capture every detail of our wedding day.

Her resources and commitment leading up to the wedding were truly exceptional, but I must admit our expectations were completely exceeded when it came to the wedding weekend. Leslie assembles a timeline the length of a short novel for every event that she does! This summary incorporates every vendor, covers every detail and puts in place multiple scenarios or contingency plans along the way. Leslie additionally assembles and appoints a team of experts to oversee that everyone adheres to the schedule and that everything goes as planned.

I know that most brides say that their “wedding was perfect”, but I truly mean it. To my knowledge not one thing went askew that day, and if something did go even slightly awry it was not felt by me, my husband, our families or any of our guests! Thanks to Leslie, we will never look back at any aspect of our wedding weekend as anything but PERFECT!

GarguiloWedding

I’ve been to probably 40 weddings in my life and put on dozens of over-the-top events having run that dept at PMK/BNC; so I’m no stranger to this stuff. This was, without question, one of the most beautiful and well-executed events I’ve ever witnessed. From the food/catering to the transports to the flowers to the staff (this was particularly incredible, as I know from my own business how hard staffing/training is), etc etc etc….every detail was covered. More so, most weddings/events are chaotic, as most event planners aren’t ever as organized as they claim to be and they’re usually dealing with 100 things day-of that they either forgot to do or weren’t prepared enough to get done beforehand. This not only creates a lot of running around, but the inevitable chaos that ensues is felt by the GUESTS TOO. That didn’t exist here and thus every guest, not to mention the family, bride and groom, were at such ease; this is a RARITY.

So anyway, BRAVO to you and your team. I don’t take referral requests lightly and I can assure you I will be recommending you to everyone I know.

Thank you for making this such a memorable and special occasion, and for allowing my family to enjoy every last minute of it.

My very best,
Jonathan ❤️

Jon StreepPrincipal, ALIDORO

I am extremely grateful to you for the tremendous job you did planning my daughter's wedding. Creating a wedding for over 370 guests at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers was an incredible challenge, especially since I was working full-time up until the last day, and the bride and groom were also insanely busy. Throughout the process, you were always available and involved in every single detail. All the vendors you recommended were superior and your long-term relationships with them added immeasurably to our event. Your attention to detail, patience and ability to solve difficult challenges was outstanding.

Nancy GlickenhausWedding

Leslie Mastin and her Production Manager were instrumental in the planning of our 200 guest wedding at Natirar in Gladstone, NJ. Her professionalism, style, and grace were evident in every step of the planning process. We simply could not have done it without her!! Her years of experience and complete understanding of our style and vision helped us to pull off a truly magnificent wedding.

In the beginning, we had deliberated on whether or not to hire a full planner or partial planner for our wedding, but I am very glad we ended up deciding on the full planning. It made such a difference having the complete benefit of Leslie’s expertise at the very start to assist us through the maze of vendor contracts, keep track of our budget, and organize meetings. Although we had already decided on the stationer, venue and event designer, Leslie coordinated with them seamlessly to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible throughout the months leading up to our wedding. Her sage advice made a significant impact when it came to decisions regarding additional services required on the day of (such as bride and groom assistants, hair, makeup, and dressers), hotel room blocks, transportation for our guests, invitation and day of stationery wording, and the ever important to do lists and timeline. With her guidance, we managed to stay on budget and on schedule. Had we opted for partial planning which would begin only 3 months before the wedding, I am sure it would have been a complete nightmare with last minute panicking and missed deadlines.

Leslie’s experience and negotiation skills especially came into play when we had a very disappointing first tasting at the venue. She relayed our concerns to the team at Natirar and worked with them to schedule a second tasting incorporating all of our menu changes. As a result, the food at our wedding was served in an organized and timely manner and was absolutely delicious! On the day of our wedding, Leslie and her team worked quietly in the background making sure everything from the set up to the catering went smoothly while our wedding party, family, and friends enjoyed the day without a care in the world. Even when at the last minute the torrential rain and flooding forced us to move our ceremony indoors, we felt completely calm because we knew Leslie and her team would take care of everything.

I’m confident that Leslie and her team can handle any situation, and will do their very best to ensure that you have a stress free and stylish event. We thoroughly enjoyed working with her and hope to have another opportunity to do so in the near future.

Christine LamWedding

Dear Leslie,
I want to express my thanks to you for helping me make yet another other the top, “Riese” affair. Victoria and Brian’s wedding is the talk of New York and beyond.

I truly love working with you and the whole Leslie Mastin Events Team.

I am so grateful for your creativity, patience and perseverance. You undoubtedly care about your client’s wishes, customer service, and in doing an amazing job. I am so impressed by the caliber and variety of professionals you seek to provide the best services for the party. I want to let you know how impressed I always am at the fantastic outcomes of the parties you have helped me throw. We always hear from our friends how amazing and fun our parties are. I think you for helping keep up our reputation.

I always look forward to working with you for an event. Besides the laughs and the good company, you make the whole process fun. Your thoughtfulness always makes the difficult decisions and the problems seem a whole lot smaller.

My family and I appreciate the time you take to listen to what we want, adding your own expertise and pulling together the always amazing finished product.

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your services to all I know. Thank you again and again!!

Regards,
Randi Riese

Randi Riese

From the second she said I do, my future wife and I couldn’t wait for our wedding day to come. The thought of planning, prepping, and creating an event that would one day be labeled as “our wedding” was not only exciting beyond words but overwhelming at the same time. Where, what, how ….all these thoughts that were exchanged between my wife and I that seemed to end with the same response… I don’t know! We all have heard of the phrase “wedding planner” but what exactly is a wedding planner. Until it was time to plan our own wedding, we truly never took into consideration or appreciation the amount of effort, coordination, and planning that goes into such a remarkable event.

So the journey began, my wife and I decided to search for this mysterious “wedding planner” to be. Friends, family and strangers began referring so called wedding planners. After numerous interviews, calls, and meetings a common name kept repeating itself from various referrals, Leslie Mastin. And so we had the pleasure of being introduced to Leslie Mastin from Mastin Events, who would become “our wedding planner”. It was a match made in heaven from the beginning. The planners all had portfolios, and referrals, and character but there was something different that Leslie Mastin had that no one could compete with. It was her sincerity and passion for event planning. She was honest, blunt, and straight to the point from the first moment. We felt as if our vision was shared with Leslie and she could take our concept from planning to execution in all the right steps.

Leslie has been an absolute incredible asset to the entire wedding planning process. If there was a difference of opinions Leslie was always there to voice a neutral but honest opinion that grounded us. The weekend of events went off without a glitch and both Michelle and I couldn't have asked for anything more! We had the time of our lives, and were very happy to have Leslie an important part of it. We would recommend Leslie not only as wedding planner but as a lifelong friend. We are honored to have met Leslie, and wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with creating such an elaborate weekend of events!

Michelle and Michael KutsakWedding, 620 Loft and Garden & Pierre Hotel

It was a pleasure working with you. I appreciate very much your adherence to my wishes including our budget. I felt you made excellent suggestions concerning choices of music, decor, theme, and timeline. You respected my wishes and never made us feel that you were not on our team. The results exceeded our expectations.

I thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration. If I have another opportunity I will certainly use you again.

Nancy Brown"Nancy In Wonderland “ Birthday party, South Fork Country Club, Amagansett NY

Leslie gave my daughter the wedding of her dreams - it was a magical time filled with excitement, joy and love – in large part due to her and her wonderful ways.

Her consummate professionalism, knowledge of and access to all the best sources, detailed planning skills, and fantastic ideas for execution made planning our wedding an enjoyable family experience. One always hears about how stressful planning a wedding is – especially when you don’t live in the city where the wedding is being held – but she kept us calm and happy throughout the whole process! We will carry the memories from those happy days with us for the rest of our lives.

Jennie Weiss BlockWedding

Leslie managed several wonderful events for me; my 64th Beatles Birthday party at the Tribeca Rooftop; my 70th at the Central Park Boat House; our " Capote" Black and White party at Mar-a-Lago; the weddings of Liz and Adam at the Pierre Hotel, and Catherine and Joshua at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Every aspect of our events was handled flawlessly: the band, the food, the decor and the timeline, and she managed to stay within our budget every time. Most importantly, she is a pleasure to work with. Her creativity and patience are very special.

Adrianne SilverVarious events

When I chose the venue for my wedding, the staff at the Pierre told me that Leslie Mastin was the best event coordinator in New York City and that I need not look any further. They were right; Leslie immediately understood what type of bride I was and the type of event I wanted, and she knew how to turn my ideas into a beautiful and seamless wedding day. She brought years of experience and industry knowledge to our planning meetings, so I knew I could trust her judgment on things like flowers, favors and choosing the perfect band. On the day of the wedding, Leslie had all of the little detail under control, so my husband and I were free to enjoy our day. My husband and I are so grateful to Leslie Mastin for making our wedding an unforgettable evening for every person there.

Mary Block HermanWedding

Leslie’s organization, attention to detail and work ethic were very much appreciated. She dealt with all the obstacles, anticipated and unforeseen, and made our lives much easier. The night ran without a hitch….and we were able to have a great time as well.

Susan and Morris MarkParrish Art Museum – Labor Day party

We had the great fortune of having Leslie come into our lives when we decided to have a formal wedding celebrating 10 years of being together as partners. We had interviewed other planners but she stood out, and there was no question in our minds that she was “the one”. She was excited for us, enthusiastic, had great creative (and uncommon) ideas to make our wedding an event to remember. Her network of talented experts and contacts were first class and mirrored the “can-do” attitude – if we wanted something unusual, there was never a no but how we can do it. Our marriage was not just our special event – She made it her special event! Whether it’s a marriage, a special anniversary or an important corporate event, consider Leslie as that person who will make sure she cares about its success as much as you do. You will not regret it.

Alain and AlbertMandarin Oriental

From the first time we met nearly a year before the wedding, until the last dance at the very late after party, it was a pleasure working with Leslie and her team. Her calm and unflappable professionalism kept the whole process stress-free, and (most importantly) fun for us. Leslie instantly understood what we were looking for and took our vision for the perfect occasion and made it a reality down to the smallest detail. The vendors she referred us to were impeccable, she attended every meeting with us to ensure that the right questions were asked and stayed on top of the whole process so we didn’t have to, and even though she was planning several high-profile events she was always available to speak with us whenever we had even the smallest concern. She was largely to thank for making our wedding the happiest occasion of our lives.

Sara Weinstein and Emil MartoneCipriani 42nd Street

Leslie created the wedding of our dreams! The entire day and the months of preparation leading up to it were flawless! From the invitations to the ceremony to the trumpet – great suggestion! – to the flowers, food, music, gyro machine (you are one miracle worker for getting the fire marshal’s approval☺), cupcakes, candy station, belly dancers, model bartenders and celebrity DJ – everything far surpassed our huge expectations!

Ryan and ChristineGotham Hall

Leslie exceeded every expectation for the wedding of our dreams. Planning a wedding is an enormous amount of work and seeing that I was living in London at the time – and planning a wedding of three days of events in the Bahamas - added another layer of complexity. Apart from having done a wedding at the Ocean Club before, Leslie’s personality and commitment to excellence – perfection, really – was exactly what we wanted in a wedding planner. She had so many great ideas that made the event feel magical. She understood our style and personalities and created an event that reflected us, was mindful of our budget and gave us advice on how to spend our money wisely. She was extremely responsive and nothing ever seemed to faze her. Many brides tell stories of planning nightmares on their big day – I had none of these stories! She really did make this the most memorable weekend of our lives!

Sayoko and David TeitelbaumThe One and Only Ocean Club Bahamas

Our evening was seamless. The attention to detail was evident…in every corner in every way. So many times see event planners overdo, certainly at venues like Cipriani, but her eye - in coordination with everything and everyone - created such a gorgeous environment. The entertainment and lighting was perfect and of course the food was divine. Leslie’s ability to communicate with me at all times was so generous and she never missed one of my demanding beats. I have only lists of adjectives…but could not come up with one sufficient word for her talents, efforts and kinship.

Ashley Lauren FisherChairwoman, Discovery Through Design, Cipriani 42

What a special night. Every aspect was just right. Leslie anticipated our every need, attended to details and kept everything on track, allowing me to enjoy a stress-free evening that met my every expectation. We needed an “expert eye” to help us evaluate proposals, prioritize suggestions and make the selections that are best for our event. She is perfect in that role and with her guidance we remained within our parameters for the evening without compromising quality effect or impact. We also had special needs for music and she suggested the right approach. Corporate events can be tricky and I did not want the evening to become too “theatrical”, but by selecting the right performers and giving them clear direction she achieved a wonderful result and hit just the right note.

We have collaborated with Leslie on a number of successful events over the years, from dinner dances for several hundred guests to intimate, elegant affairs for 40 guests. Leslie’s ability to function as a savvy and candid “thought partner” and also to execute our vision flawlessly makes her one of my most valued colleagues.

Merck & Co, Inc.

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Leslie Mastin on a very large-scale event with a working budget of approximately a million dollars, one that brought together the most prestigious people in the non-profit world. Its extensive planning took place over an eight month time period – and Leslie was there for us in every way. Our invitations needed to be done, but our designer could not capture our vision. Leslie located another one and successfully translated our thoughts to make the invitation come to life with the spirit we were looking for. For an event of this magnitude, we absolutely needed someone with a sense of style and sophistication. Leslie frequently works with many society “power players” and other very prominent people, and was wonderful at gently nudging us in the right direction when we began to veer off course with the little touches that add up to a successful event. She was also keenly aware of our client’s budget and was very respectful when making suggestions that could impact the costs of the gala. She is a true strategic partner with outstanding tactical implementation capabilities.

Jan MaduraProgram Director, The “50 & Fabulous” Celebrating 50 Years of Women’s Advances Since The Pill, Pierre Hotel.

To all future brides and grooms: There aren’t words that can truly capture the essence of Leslie, except there isn’t anything that can rattle her – and there wasn’t any point throughout the whole process where either one of us felt like we weren’t in the most capable and trustworthy hands. From day one, Leslie’s excitement about our idea (turning the Pierre Hotel into a winter wonderland) drove her to exceed even our highest expectations of what not only she can do, but what our end result was going to be. Leslie is the quintessential wedding planner and when Webster’s comes out with their new edition, Leslie should be included in the definition of one. Most importantly, she isn’t there just to organize an event, she is there to make sure your wedding is the most special day of your life – and in some crazy way it feels as though it is for her too!

Arielle and Ian MadoverPierre Hotel

After 35 years in the Hospitality industry, I am asked to look back on someone that influenced my career. While there are many who helped shape my management style, Leslie Mastin is certainly someone I take my strength from. We spent 10 years together, steering the ship at The Grand Hyatt New York, and the synergy that we were able to develop with a team of ten professionals was unique to this day. Leslie's ability to be available to both clients and colleagues is a quality I strive to maintain in my business life. It isn't every day that you find a person so selfless, so caring and present to others. These are rare qualities that make Leslie Mastin so special.

26 ways to describe Leslie Mastin:
Artistic
Bold
Compassionate
Dedicated
Engaging
Friendly
Genuine
Hands-on
Industrious
Joyful
Kind
Lovely
Motivated
Novel
Organized
Professional
Quintessential
Respected
Sophisticated
Thorough
Understanding
Vivacious
Whimsical
Xemplary
Youthful
Zesty

Jeffrey BeckerPresident, Foremost-Ram Caterers

I have had the privilege of working closely with Leslie over a long period and was always impressed by her creativity and dedication – and by the constant overflowing gratitude of her clients! She is very resourceful, leaves no stone unturned and is always determined to find a way to realize the client’s vision in a way that exceeds their expectations every time. Her events – whether wedding, corporate, non-profit or other - are always these fabulously fluid, imaginative creations where everything just comes together perfectly, with beautiful decors and great energy….and her clients always seem to enjoy what in other hands might be a stressful planning process! I would recommend her to anyone looking to create an event with just that extra touch of special that can’t be put into words.

Sharon RothPresident and Creative Director, WriteNow, Wedding/Wine Editor, Social Life Magazine

Having Leslie Mastin plan your destination wedding is truly a bride’s dream come true! Leslie is one of the most talented, detailed and creative planners we have had the pleasure to work with. The knowledge and years of experience she embodies is unparalleled. We absolutely love having Leslie as a Breakers Partner!

The Breakers Weddings and Celebrations Team

Leslie is, without a doubt, one of my favorite event planners to work with in the industry. I've been fortunate enough to help several of her clients with the fashion for their weddings, and from start to finish she is a pleasure to deal with. Not only does she have incredible talent, but she is one of the most kind, compassionate and ethical people you will meet. Leslie's clients enjoy the planning process with her as much as the event itself.

Julie SabatinoThe Stylish Bride

Leslie understands the needs of her vendors. Her attention to detail and organization of timing allows me to always put the bride's best face forward and deliver my best that day. Her bride's enjoy the getting ready process, knowing everything is falling into place exquisitely as planned.

Kimara AhnertMakeup Artist

Leslie Mastin is the ultimate event planner. She is calm in a storm, detailed, organized and unfazed when faced with a challenge. She also has great taste and understands good value for the dollar. Lucky you who hires Leslie.

Sylvia Weinstock