By Emily Reifel
Jung Lee, co-founder of full-service event planning and design production firm Féte, is one of the most sought-after event designers in the world. She has created spectacular celebrations for a roster of clients, corporate and private, since 2002 and is highly respected among her event world peers for her creativity and incredible work ethic.
CPS Events is always excited to work with Jung and happy to introduce her as our “Plaza Personality” this month.
Where were you born?
Seoul, South Korea
How did you get started in the Wedding Business?
I started my career by starting and running high-end food stores in New York and then developed some residential properties. I then saw what was going on with the wedding industry and realized it needed a modern approach to make it more interesting and relevant.
What do you love about The Plaza?
The history, the timeless quality, the energy and the excitement each time you enter the hotel. The Plaza has always been the social and geographic epicenter of Manhattan.
If you could have dinner with three people tonight, who would they be?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Howard Stern and Rhianna.
If you could design an event for anyone, not necessarily a wedding, who it be for?
Beyonce and Jay-Z.
What do you like to do for fun?
Ummm—what’s that? JK. I love spending time with my kids, they make me laugh and I learn so much from them. I also love traveling to new destinations and trying new restaurants—I never get tired of drinks and food.
If you had not chosen to be a wedding planner, what would you have done instead?
I would have continued building homes and studied architecture.
What are your next goals?
Right now I’m focusing on revolutionizing the way couples register for their wedding. Registry is a major pain point for couples. The product selection process overwhelms couples because there are thousands of options, yet no guidance. By pairing couples with design experts and curating their choices, we’re making registry exciting again. We’re basically designing a couples’ dream home with their wedding gifts.
What are your top three favorite trends in weddings for 2019?
It’s an exciting time for weddings because they are evolving and becoming much more interesting. I don’t focus on trends because they come and go. Instead, I focus on creating weddings that truly reflect the couple—their passions, lifestyle and aesthetic.
Right now on the design front, I’m excited about new printing techniques, video innovation and 3D projection mapping.