Interview: Angie Nevarez of Baton

We here at Weylin B. Seymour’s pride ourselves on working with the best of the best in event planning talent. Weddings are no exception. This time around, we thought we’d get a little insight into the wedding process from a planner we love working with, Angie Nevarez of Baton NYC. Angie is one of those rare professionals who is exceptionally organized in addition to being highly imaginative and creative. Of course, she honed those skills during her 15 years of experience producing non-profit galas, building openings, and, of course, weddings. Given Angie’s extensive expertise and personal touch, you can feel confident handing the daunting task of planning the wedding over to her and enjoy the day for what it is, an unforgettable start to a beautiful new life with your loved one.

Hi Angie, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I am the owner of BATON NYC, an expert planning company specializing in full, partial, and destination weddings and events. My background as the Director of Weddings for a top NYC caterer, as an event manager at the American Museum of Natural History and as the Director of Special Events for the New Museum of Contemporary Art has given me exceptional experience in event design and logistics.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the planning process is collaborating with clients and vendors to make each wedding unique. My favorite parts of the weddings are the heartfelt toasts from friends and family.

How many weddings have you planned and how many have you planned at Weylin B. Seymour’s?
I’m currently getting ready for my third incredible wedding at Weylin! I’ve been planning weddings since 2006 are I’m quickly approaching 100!

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are planning their big day at Weylin?

Congratulations on choosing the most beautifully restored and unique venue! There are so many incredible rooms, try to incorporate them into the guest experience

Thanks Angie! So, how does the planning process begin?
Planning begins by determining what experience the couple wants to achieve for the wedding. This can be anything from ‘creating an intimate dinner party feeling for 300 guests’ to ‘an all out dance party with unexpected surprises.’

From your experience, what is the best way to make a ceremony unique and memorable?
Incorporating special family and friends that are attending in person and those that are there in spirit into the ceremony.

What three elements really make a wedding table stand out?

Thoughtful seating of guests, unexpected design elements, and perfectly placed lighting

What was your most “out there” request from a client?

A request to have the photographer fly in a helicopter to capture the couple exiting the ceremony and traveling down 5th Avenue.

Wow! And finally, any tips for the bride and groom on keeping calm on the big day?
First, plan to be joyful! Joy is contagious and your guests will follow your lead! Secondly, hire a planner to confidently ‘pass the BATON’ of details to.

Thank you, Angie! We’re looking forward to planning many more weddings with you!

See some great examples of the unique touches Angie added to a recent wedding here at Weylin!

Photos by Mercedes Noriega