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Elegant Event Planning and Design

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ABOUT US

Elegant Event Planning and Design (Est. 2001) is an intimate firm with 2 professional planners. There is absolutely nothing cookie cutter about us. We believe that each of our clients... Read more
Elegant Event Planning and Design (Est. 2001) is an intimate firm with 2 professional planners. There is absolutely nothing cookie cutter about us. We believe that each of our clients are individuals with different requirements. We take pride in being able to customize our services to meet the needs and budget of each individual. In fact, we do not offer packages. I (Lisa) meet with all of our clients, and personally spend the time needed to get to know them and their weddings.

All of our clients are equally important, whether "day of" or "full event management". We take great care to make sure all of our weddings' are perfect. We encourage "day of" clients to contact us as soon as possible - whether it's a month prior or a year prior to your wedding day.

I work personally with each and every client. I will be the one working with you to plan your wedding and I will also be with you on your wedding day!

Most importantly, we go above and beyond for you and your family. We believe in going the extra mile to not only ensure a successful planning process and seamless wedding day - but that you and your family are happy and stress free.

Please take a moment to review the photographs and video that we have placed on our storefront. We believe that these pictures represent our style the absolute best. Make sure to visit our website and our blog!

I very much look forward to speaking to you about your wedding.

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Melinda
Wedding:
9/16/2011
4.9/5.0
We thought long and hard about whether or not it was worth the money to get a planner or not. In the end we decided to splurge....spend the money to save ourselves tons of heartache on the day of. Being able to ask her for vendor recommendations (we feel she saved us a ton of money and heartache by providing tried and true vendors that she has worked with) or etiquette/general questions leading up to the event was so helpful. She also checked in every once in a while to make sure we hadn't gone astray with planning, which gave us a nice nudge during that stressful period.

I have to agree with what everyone else has already said, especially with the reviewer that said: 'Lisa Nelson has the calm presence of a therapist and the organization of a NASA launch team.' It's so true! This is why we chose her after interviewing her. The 2 weeks leading up to the event, we found ourselves saying over and over: 'Thank god we have Lisa.' On the surface, she seems very calm...almost too calm. But you can tell that underneath it, she has a 'Don't mess with our day' core, and she will BRING IT if she needs to. The day before, she ran the rehearsal (thank god - I'd never been in a wedding before and had no idea what needed to be done) like a pro - she was able to wrangle excited wedding parties, parents, kids, nearly 45 of them without an issue. Then she did a walk through with us and the decorations so we could explain what we wanted where. We left the decorations in her capable hands and her assistant and herself put them up as we were taking photos before the wedding. They did a smashing job! Everything looked better than I could have imagined. On the day of, she helped the men with their boutonnieres (no one knew how to do it), and her and her assistant were at the wedding hotel with us, managing the photographers, pre-wedding photos and general setup. During the reception, Lisa's assistant brought me my flip flops - I almost cried - having someone there for me? It was almost too luxurious. Those two ladies really spoil you. And if they're not by your side, then you can be sure they're taking care of something else that you don't want to have to be doing yourself.

We had heard that most planner's jobs were done the second the cake was cut. Our wedding was on a boat, so that wasn't an option ;) but when we asked Lisa, she looked shocked. She feels that her job isn't done until about an hour after the wedding, after she and her team have loaded presents into one waiting car, and all the wedding decorations into another.

If you're a control freak like me, it takes a bit to be able to get a hold of yourself and to hand the reins over to someone else, but in the end it was just so worth it. You have to enjoy the day because it goes so quickly. Hiring Lisa will give you that day back without compromising any of your vision. I thought that I could do it all, but looking back, it's really not possible. Once family starts arriving into town, any and all plans fly out the window, and time to do whatever you needed to do does too.

Trust Lisa's expertise and ability to carry out what she says she will, and you will be able to sit back and breathe and focus on the important parts - the people who have come to spend the day with you, the food, the cake, and the moments that you will remember for the rest of your life.
We thought long and hard about whether or not it was worth the money to get a planner or not. In the end we decided to Read more...
We thought long and hard about whether or not it was worth the money to get a planner or not. In the end we decided to splurge....spend the money to save ourselves tons of heartache on the day of. Being able to ask her for vendor recommendations (we feel she saved us a ton of money and heartache by providing tried and true vendors that she has worked with) or etiquette/general questions leading up to the event was so helpful. She also checked in every once in a while to make sure we hadn't gone astray with planning, which gave us a nice nudge during that stressful period.

I have to agree with what everyone else has already said, especially with the reviewer that said: 'Lisa Nelson has the calm presence of a therapist and the organization of a NASA launch team.' It's so true! This is why we chose her after interviewing her. The 2 weeks leading up to the event, we found ourselves saying over and over: 'Thank god we have Lisa.' On the surface, she seems very calm...almost too calm. But you can tell that underneath it, she has a 'Don't mess with our day' core, and she will BRING IT if she needs to. The day before, she ran the rehearsal (thank god - I'd never been in a wedding before and had no idea what needed to be done) like a pro - she was able to wrangle excited wedding parties, parents, kids, nearly 45 of them without an issue. Then she did a walk through with us and the decorations so we could explain what we wanted where. We left the decorations in her capable hands and her assistant and herself put them up as we were taking photos before the wedding. They did a smashing job! Everything looked better than I could have imagined. On the day of, she helped the men with their boutonnieres (no one knew how to do it), and her and her assistant were at the wedding hotel with us, managing the photographers, pre-wedding photos and general setup. During the reception, Lisa's assistant brought me my flip flops - I almost cried - having someone there for me? It was almost too luxurious. Those two ladies really spoil you. And if they're not by your side, then you can be sure they're taking care of something else that you don't want to have to be doing yourself.

We had heard that most planner's jobs were done the second the cake was cut. Our wedding was on a boat, so that wasn't an option ;) but when we asked Lisa, she looked shocked. She feels that her job isn't done until about an hour after the wedding, after she and her team have loaded presents into one waiting car, and all the wedding decorations into another.

If you're a control freak like me, it takes a bit to be able to get a hold of yourself and to hand the reins over to someone else, but in the end it was just so worth it. You have to enjoy the day because it goes so quickly. Hiring Lisa will give you that day back without compromising any of your vision. I thought that I could do it all, but looking back, it's really not possible. Once family starts arriving into town, any and all plans fly out the window, and time to do whatever you needed to do does too.

Trust Lisa's expertise and ability to carry out what she says she will, and you will be able to sit back and breathe and focus on the important parts - the people who have come to spend the day with you, the food, the cake, and the moments that you will remember for the rest of your life. Read less
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Eileen
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Lisa Nelson has the calm presence of a therapist and the organization of a NASA launch team. Her very reasonable fee was the best money I spent on my daughter’s wedding.

I was initially reluctant to engage a “day of coordinator,” believing myself to be a well-organized person who could accomplish the same thing. However, from the moment I decided to hire Lisa, I realized how much more smoothly everything would run and how liberated I would be from the pressures of directing things on the day of the wedding. With Lisa coordinating, every member of the wedding party was fully able to be present in the moment, and not looking at their watch or giving orders. Also, Lisa brought a wealth of experience that I lacked. She ensured that details I had not even thought of were covered. Her timeline brought order and calm to a very packed day by allowing adequate time for everything.

When difficulties and misunderstandings arose with our venue in the final two weeks, Lisa was an invaluable consigliore and go-between. I always knew she was on our side and would do everything she could to produce, in every detail, the wedding we envisioned.

Late in the process, we worried that we would need a replacement for our officiant. Lisa’s familiarity with clergy to provide interfaith weddings enabled us to relax in the knowledge that a back-up plan would be found if needed. (It wasn’t.) Three days before the wedding, we feared we would need a rental chuppah to replace the hand-crafted one the father of the bride had built. Once again, Lisa calmly devised a Plan B, which, happily, we did not need.

Although the service we contracted for is called “day of coordination,” Lisa provided so much more than that. In addition to directing the rehearsal with a gentle touch, responding immediately to scores of emails, interfacing smoothly with other vendors, devising a detailed timeline with room to breathe, and bringing breakfast to the wedding party, Lisa came to a dry-run at our home to learn how to set up our chuppah and brought her characteristic calm to the situation when unexpected problems arose.

Lisa provides a fabulous service in the most professional way possible. Her calm, low-key personality spreads serenity at a time of stress. I cannot recommend her services highly enough.
Lisa Nelson has the calm presence of a therapist and the organization of a NASA launch team. Her very reasonable fee was Read more...
Lisa Nelson has the calm presence of a therapist and the organization of a NASA launch team. Her very reasonable fee was the best money I spent on my daughter’s wedding.

I was initially reluctant to engage a “day of coordinator,” believing myself to be a well-organized person who could accomplish the same thing. However, from the moment I decided to hire Lisa, I realized how much more smoothly everything would run and how liberated I would be from the pressures of directing things on the day of the wedding. With Lisa coordinating, every member of the wedding party was fully able to be present in the moment, and not looking at their watch or giving orders. Also, Lisa brought a wealth of experience that I lacked. She ensured that details I had not even thought of were covered. Her timeline brought order and calm to a very packed day by allowing adequate time for everything.

When difficulties and misunderstandings arose with our venue in the final two weeks, Lisa was an invaluable consigliore and go-between. I always knew she was on our side and would do everything she could to produce, in every detail, the wedding we envisioned.

Late in the process, we worried that we would need a replacement for our officiant. Lisa’s familiarity with clergy to provide interfaith weddings enabled us to relax in the knowledge that a back-up plan would be found if needed. (It wasn’t.) Three days before the wedding, we feared we would need a rental chuppah to replace the hand-crafted one the father of the bride had built. Once again, Lisa calmly devised a Plan B, which, happily, we did not need.

Although the service we contracted for is called “day of coordination,” Lisa provided so much more than that. In addition to directing the rehearsal with a gentle touch, responding immediately to scores of emails, interfacing smoothly with other vendors, devising a detailed timeline with room to breathe, and bringing breakfast to the wedding party, Lisa came to a dry-run at our home to learn how to set up our chuppah and brought her characteristic calm to the situation when unexpected problems arose.

Lisa provides a fabulous service in the most professional way possible. Her calm, low-key personality spreads serenity at a time of stress. I cannot recommend her services highly enough. Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Lisa was the perfect wedding planner for the day of our wedding. We had purchased her services for "Event Direction" and she went above and beyond our expectations for those services she promised/contracted with us. She was always quick to respond to any question or concern we had, had the best professional advice, and was even an exceptional listener. I had a lot of reception set up details for her to follow the day of the wedding and I couldn't be happier with how amazing it all turned out! Our family all commented on how perfectly professional Lisa was. We couldn't agree more!
Lisa was the perfect wedding planner for the day of our wedding. We had purchased her services for "Event Direction" and Read more...
Lisa was the perfect wedding planner for the day of our wedding. We had purchased her services for "Event Direction" and she went above and beyond our expectations for those services she promised/contracted with us. She was always quick to respond to any question or concern we had, had the best professional advice, and was even an exceptional listener. I had a lot of reception set up details for her to follow the day of the wedding and I couldn't be happier with how amazing it all turned out! Our family all commented on how perfectly professional Lisa was. We couldn't agree more! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
I never thought I would use a wedding planner and now I can't think how I could have done it without one. Lisa is wonderful to work with. I was much to busy at work to spend hours calling and checking with vendors. Lisa handled all of that and always kept us informed-- and by "us" I'm referring to the entire delegation of people handling part of the wedding planning, my fiancee, my mother,my sister, and my venue manager. She was very calm, which was exactly what i needed. And, she handled every problem that arose (and they always do!)

On the day of, I didn't worry about anything. Lisa and Valerie were completely behind the scenes, yet kept everything running smoothly. We highly recommend Elegant Event Planning and Design.
I never thought I would use a wedding planner and now I can't think how I could have done it without one. Lisa is Read more...
I never thought I would use a wedding planner and now I can't think how I could have done it without one. Lisa is wonderful to work with. I was much to busy at work to spend hours calling and checking with vendors. Lisa handled all of that and always kept us informed-- and by "us" I'm referring to the entire delegation of people handling part of the wedding planning, my fiancee, my mother,my sister, and my venue manager. She was very calm, which was exactly what i needed. And, she handled every problem that arose (and they always do!)

On the day of, I didn't worry about anything. Lisa and Valerie were completely behind the scenes, yet kept everything running smoothly. We highly recommend Elegant Event Planning and Design. Read less
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Libby Anne
Wedding:
5/30/2010
4.8/5.0
Lisa Nelson is a wonderful person to work with. She is, as others have said, laid-back and relaxed, which is exactly what we wanted our event to be. She is a GOLD MINE of helpful information and can source vendors for you that will make you very happy AND save you money. She takes you at your word, she will be there for you both before and during your event. Originally I thought to hire her only for the day of, I am so glad to have asked for more help planning, and only wish I had found her sooner!
Lisa Nelson is a wonderful person to work with. She is, as others have said, laid-back and relaxed, which is exactly what Read more...
Lisa Nelson is a wonderful person to work with. She is, as others have said, laid-back and relaxed, which is exactly what we wanted our event to be. She is a GOLD MINE of helpful information and can source vendors for you that will make you very happy AND save you money. She takes you at your word, she will be there for you both before and during your event. Originally I thought to hire her only for the day of, I am so glad to have asked for more help planning, and only wish I had found her sooner! Read less
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adags
Wedding:
5/2/2010
5.0/5.0
We hired Lisa for "day of" event planning for our wedding in May. We planned to meet with several wedding planners to see which was the best fit with our personality as well as the best price within our budget. After meeting with Lisa for just a few minutes, we knew that she was going to be our wedding planner. To start, she loves what she does, and how many of us can say that about our jobs? The care and quality that she puts into everything is obvious.

Lisa consistently stayed in touch with us over the months before the wedding to see if we needed help with anything and also to start finalizing the details. Anytime I sent her an email, she responded almost immediately with an answer. She even went above and beyond to visit the venue several months in advance because she had never been there and she wanted to make sure she knew the ins and outs of the venue before we even started finalizing our planning.

As an overly organized person, I was more then impressed with her "day of time line." Every minute was planned, but she also helped us a bit with the day before planning to make sure that everything was in order. Lisa also came to the rehearsal as part of her fee, which was wonderful.

The day of the wedding, as normal I had pre-wedding jitters about things getting done, but I decided to trust that Lisa would get everything done. I'm glad I did because I was able to relax and get ready as she made sure that every one of my 8 million details was taken care of. She was everywhere and on top of everything. Then as if a little timer had gone off, she would pop her head around the corner no matter where I was the entire day, to let me know what my next move was.

All in all Lisa provided exceptional service for a very reasonable price. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend her to help with your event.
We hired Lisa for "day of" event planning for our wedding in May. We planned to meet with several wedding planners to see Read more...
We hired Lisa for "day of" event planning for our wedding in May. We planned to meet with several wedding planners to see which was the best fit with our personality as well as the best price within our budget. After meeting with Lisa for just a few minutes, we knew that she was going to be our wedding planner. To start, she loves what she does, and how many of us can say that about our jobs? The care and quality that she puts into everything is obvious.

Lisa consistently stayed in touch with us over the months before the wedding to see if we needed help with anything and also to start finalizing the details. Anytime I sent her an email, she responded almost immediately with an answer. She even went above and beyond to visit the venue several months in advance because she had never been there and she wanted to make sure she knew the ins and outs of the venue before we even started finalizing our planning.

As an overly organized person, I was more then impressed with her "day of time line." Every minute was planned, but she also helped us a bit with the day before planning to make sure that everything was in order. Lisa also came to the rehearsal as part of her fee, which was wonderful.

The day of the wedding, as normal I had pre-wedding jitters about things getting done, but I decided to trust that Lisa would get everything done. I'm glad I did because I was able to relax and get ready as she made sure that every one of my 8 million details was taken care of. She was everywhere and on top of everything. Then as if a little timer had gone off, she would pop her head around the corner no matter where I was the entire day, to let me know what my next move was.

All in all Lisa provided exceptional service for a very reasonable price. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend her to help with your event. Read less
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Sadiqa & Sakeenah
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Elegant Event Planning and Design is an excellent choice for your wedding coordination needs. Very well connected to all the vendors you will need, very nice, and very organized. Lisa and her staff did an amazing job with our wedding. She is highly recommended, she truly took our visions and brought them to reality.
Elegant Event Planning and Design is an excellent choice for your wedding coordination needs. Very well connected to all Read more...
Elegant Event Planning and Design is an excellent choice for your wedding coordination needs. Very well connected to all the vendors you will need, very nice, and very organized. Lisa and her staff did an amazing job with our wedding. She is highly recommended, she truly took our visions and brought them to reality. Read less
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cweschler
Wedding:
1/2/2010
4.5/5.0
Lisa was hired as our day of coordinator, but she did much more than that. She identified several other vendors, which we ended up hiring and she helped with coordination and communication with the hotel. We had a couple of issues (the band needed insurance was one) which she helped us get through. One the day of she worked well with the hotel staff to make sure everything went smoothly. I was glad that she was available to me to bounce ideas and questions off of.
Lisa was hired as our day of coordinator, but she did much more than that. She identified several other vendors, which we Read more...
Lisa was hired as our day of coordinator, but she did much more than that. She identified several other vendors, which we ended up hiring and she helped with coordination and communication with the hotel. We had a couple of issues (the band needed insurance was one) which she helped us get through. One the day of she worked well with the hotel staff to make sure everything went smoothly. I was glad that she was available to me to bounce ideas and questions off of. Read less
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Meaghan
Wedding:
10/24/2009
4.8/5.0
Lisa is very good value for the money. She's smart, responsive and delivers. She is NOT high maintenance and difficult, which I'm afraid, I found many to be. She's helpful and calm and collected while all about seem to be getting nervous. She found vendors for me fast and easily and delivered terrific quality. I knew generally what I wanted and needed help in the implementation. She was superb. She also thought of things that I didn't which was very helpful.
Lisa is very good value for the money. She's smart, responsive and delivers. She is NOT high maintenance and difficult, Read more...
Lisa is very good value for the money. She's smart, responsive and delivers. She is NOT high maintenance and difficult, which I'm afraid, I found many to be. She's helpful and calm and collected while all about seem to be getting nervous. She found vendors for me fast and easily and delivered terrific quality. I knew generally what I wanted and needed help in the implementation. She was superb. She also thought of things that I didn't which was very helpful. Read less
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m
Wedding:
10/11/2009
4.8/5.0
Lisa was a necessary component of my wonderful wedding day. There were some issues that I was made aware of afterwards but all in all I had a wonderful day.
Lisa was a necessary component of my wonderful wedding day. There were some issues that I was made aware of afterwards but Read more...
Lisa was a necessary component of my wonderful wedding day. There were some issues that I was made aware of afterwards but all in all I had a wonderful day. Read less
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