Pennsylvania’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Perfectly Planned By Shari

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Perfectly Planned By Shari is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will take the stress out of your next big event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Perfectly Planned By Shari has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.57 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses and one of the top three event planners in Pennsylvania!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I interviewed four wedding planners for my daughter’s wedding. I knew right away that Shari was the one that we wanted to work with. She is very professional, has wonderful ideas, and has many great contacts. She is very creative, very organized, and has a great team that works with her. My daughter and I were so pleased with the whole wedding weekend, and it was because of Shari. If I have another important event, I would definitely use her again!!” – K.F.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Perfectly Planned By Shari is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about Perfectly Planned By Shari and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with owner, Principal Event Planner, and Event Designer, Shari Zatman.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Perfectly Planned By Shari stand apart from its competitors. Shari told us:

“The biggest, most important thing is experience. My entire career over the past 22 years has been in event planning, so I am very educated and experienced in this industry. I also have a background in interior design, and it gives me a keen eye for the style and aesthetic of events. Additionally, the team that I have behind me is fantastic, which is just that much more beneficial for the client. Our approach is about creating the best experience. We look at the event in its entirety and work to make it a really positive client and guest experience.”

Building Success And Giving Back

Perfectly Planned By Shari has earned a wonderful reputation, so we were excited to hear about how they have managed to grow their business and get their name out to new potential clients. Shari said that it’s primarily been thanks to word of mouth, but said that they have also gotten a lot of exposure through Facebook, Instagram, and Weddingwire.

They have also gained some recognition locally for their contributions to local events. Shari said:

“I donate my design and planning services to a lot of non-profit organizations for events, like galas and fundraisers. When there is a personal connection, I help out where I can. I’ve been very impressed by the committees and volunteers; they are very passionate about their causes. Often, they don’t necessarily have the knowledge or experience to coordinate large-scale events, so I can help them make them successful.”

There are many event planners out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Perfectly Planned By Shari has managed to. We asked if Shari could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“The best advice I can offer is to do good work and to be honest and professional. Also, treat people with respect. When others in my industry are educated, skilled, and experienced, it increases the value of our service and the professionalism of the industry as a whole.”


Congratulations to Perfectly Planned By Shari for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Shari for taking the time to speak with us!

Maine’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Coco Design Company

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Coco Design Company is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for incredible floral design that draws from the beauty and exquisite landscape of Maine, look no further than this award-winning company!

Coco Design Company has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three event planners in Maine!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Coco was truly a dream to work with. She was eager to understand our vision, while respecting our budget, and worked with us very closely to bring our dream wedding to life. I constantly looked forward to our emails, as she provided pictures and proofs to help visualize how we would transform the blank canvas of both our ceremony and reception venue. The quality of her florals and greens was outstanding and actually brought me to tears upon the bouquets arrival. Even our guests gushed over the lush greens and beautiful details that Coco put together so seamlessly. But above all, her kindhearted nature truly kept my husband and me at ease throughout the whole process. Coco, you helped create a day that will forever remain one of the most beautiful days of my life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” – T.T.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Coco Design Company is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Floral Design Studio

We were excited to learn all about Coco Design Company and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Coco Martin.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Coco Design Company stand apart from its competitors.

Coco started by telling us a bit about herself and her team, saying that she has an incredible team working with her, who dedicate so much of their time and energy into making these events match their clients’ visions. She said:

“I’m really passionate about what I do. I pay attention to the details of every specific bride’s wants. I’m also a little bit of a perfectionist; I like things being just so, especially working with the bride and making that all come to fruition.”

She told us that one of the things that helps them stand out is her incredible bouquets, and how the use of color, flowers, and texture all go into making these uniquely beautiful creations. She also spoke about the rugged beauty of Maine. She told us:

“I pride myself on using different flowers, beautiful foliage, and textures. There are a lot of textures I like to incorporate to make the bouquets stand out. A lot of brides choose me because they have a certain vision when they come to me. A lot of my brides are from out of state. Either their husbands grew up here or they vacationed here. Maine is a great destination place, and a lot of my work emulates the beauty of the rugged coast. I think there’s an elegance to it.”

We asked Coco about the Coco Design Company mission, or how they work to make the world a better place. She responded:

“We definitely pride ourselves on being a green company that recycles everything. We use local farmers when we can. the number one mission that we have here with Coco Design is that we try to minimize our impact on the environment. Also, another really big point is that every bride and groom’s wedding is a special day, and I take that very much to heart. I take it very seriously. I make their wedding one of a kind. That’s really important to me. I love to make people happy. It’s a byproduct of the business, to make a beautiful face, make it one-of-a-kind, and really move the bride and groom with the details and the end result. That’s something that we strive to do, to take every bride individually.”

Building Success By Networking

Coco Design Company has earned a remarkable reputation, so we wanted to know how they have managed to grow their company and get their name out to new potential clients. Coco told us that networking has been their greatest resource for new business.

“The state of Maine has a wedding networking system. I meet a lot of different photographers and other people in the industry. I am on a lot of preferred vendor lists at a lot of venues. I’ve created relationships by working with all these people. When you have that close-knit community and you know people show up on-time and do a great job and are very professional, that relationship grows, and that’s what we do. Working with other wedding professionals is really the key to getting a great vendor team.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Coco Design Company has managed to. We asked if Coco could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Definitely seek advice when you’re starting out. I basically did all this all by myself by researching it, by talking to people, and by using different tools that promote my presence online. Get a great brand, and then utilize that brand. It is really important to update social media and show that you’re doing things and being present.”


Congratulations to Coco Design Company for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Coco for taking the time to speak with us!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Beautiful Day Planning

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Beautiful Day Planning is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will take the stress out of your next big event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Beautiful Day Planning has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three event planners in Michigan!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I am so thankful for the recommendation to get a wedding coordinator. It was well worth it! Heather was amazing and covered every detail. She was responsible for setting up pretty much 75 percent of my venue decorations, and I am amazed at how it turned out. She took my dream and turned it into a reality. The day was flawless thanks to her. I could honestly say that if there was a problem, I had no idea. I am so grateful for her and Beautiful Day Planning! Thank you!!” – N.L.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Beautiful Day Planning is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about Beautiful Day Planning and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Jennie Wiegand.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Beautiful Day Planning stand apart from its competitors. Jennie said:

“We have 10+ years of experience. We have a really good system worked out and are really confident that the packages we have are the best for the client. Our packages are very flexible in nature. We’re also a lot more all-inclusive, and we have a whole network of preferred vendors that we feel we are the best in the industry.”

She went on to tell us a bit about how they work with others in the industry, including their competitors:

“We try to empower our [vendors] to do their job rather than trying to micromanage. We’re very cognizant of how we’re treating everyone around us… and it creates a fun working environment! We also try to keep in close contact with our competitors because we can bounce ideas off each other and support each other; plus, it gives me someone I trust that I can refer people to if I’m booked up. We build off our competition and collaborate them, and it’s really fun to talk to people who do what you do. It’s really served us well.”

Building Success, Online And Off

Beautiful Day Planning has earned a marvelous reputation, and Jennie said that the vast majority of their business has come from word of mouth and referrals from past clients and venues. They also use their social media pages as a driving force for getting their name out.

Beautiful Day Planning also does what they can to give back to their community. They have recently gotten involved in their county’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. They are currently helping them with their fundraising and event planning needs.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Beautiful Day Planning has managed to. We asked if Jennie could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“The biggest thing is the way you treat the people around you, not only clients, but also vendors and really anyone you come into contact with.”


Congratulations to Beautiful Day Planning for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Jennie for taking the time to speak with us!

Tennessee’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Randi Events

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Randi Events is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will take the stress out of planning your next big event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Randi Events has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.50 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three event planners in Tennessee!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“They are amazing to work with! They executed the vision my daughter had for her reception beautifully. Cassidy was wonderful in all planning aspects and was very accommodating! It is amazing to watch them work and pull it all together in the perfect vision. They are a great team!” – T.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Randi Events is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about Randi Events and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Event Designer, Cassidy.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Randi Events stand apart from its competitors. Cassidy told us that they do a bit of everything, and that their services extend beyond weddings. Their training is incredibly diverse so that their staff are prepared to execute any type of event.

Cassidy said that they are committed to the ever-changing trends in the industry. She said that Nashville is always changing, so they work to stay relevant. They even worked with the NFL for their Nashville draft.

Building Success, Online And Off

Randi Events has earned a fantastic reputation, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have managed to get their name out and grow their business. Cassidy told us that they network with local venues. They have a diverse and versatile network.

She said that it is also important that they build close relationships with their clients. They have a small sales team that sends the clients to their event designer, and have close contact with them all the way through the execution of the event. They also send a follow-up to get feedback and reviews on their events.

Randi Events also looks for ways to give back to their community and are very involved in the night walk, a local walk for leukemia, and other community events.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Randi Events has managed to. We asked if Cassidy could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“You should have an Instagram and social media presence, and make sure you come up on Google searches.”


Congratulations to Randi Events for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Cassidy for taking the time to speak with us!

Pennsylvania’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: The Styled Bride

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Styled Bride is a 2019 award winner for event planners in Pennsylvania!

If you’re looking for an event planner who can reduce your stress and make your big day one to remember, look no further than The Styled Bride in Philadelphia.

The Styled Bride has received more than 125 reviews with an impeccable average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 98.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five event planners in all of Pennsylvania!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Susan and The Styled Bride were absolutely invaluable to me, my husband, our families and our wedding party! Hiring Susan was the best decision we made. She is the most organized, efficient and hardworking planner. Susan is so knowledgeable, professional and was always available to answer our many, many questions. We were all able to enjoy the planning process because of Susan. I could not give her a more rave review or a higher recommendation. Look no further; she is wonderful!!” – Nicole F.

Not Your Average Event Planning Company

We wanted to learn all about The Styled Bride and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Susan.

The first question we had for Susan was what is it that sets The Styled Bride apart from their competition in Pennsylvania. Susan told us that she’s been in the event planning industry for 20+ years now and has built up great relationships in the area. In addition to event planning, Susan offers styling and design work for the couples.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at The Styled Bride and how they work to make the world a better place. Susan told us that she’s dedicated to putting her dollars and cents back into the community by working with local vendors. Her team’s mission is to bring together family and friends for the celebration.

Building Success by Asking for Reviews

Susan attributes The Styled Bride’s strong online reputation to the fact that she reaches out to each couple by sending a thank you email and kindly asking for a review.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, The Styled Bride has gotten their name out there solely through word of mouth, which says something about the kind of service Susan and her team offers.


Congratulations to the team at The Styled Bride for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Susan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend The Styled Bride in Philadelphia. Visit their website today, or visit them on Instagram @styledbride to check out their incredible work!

Maine’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: R.L. Sisson Events

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that R.L. Sisson Events is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planning company that will take the stress out of planning the big event of your dreams, look no further than this award-winning company!

R.L. Sisson Events has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five event planners in Maine!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Rachel is phenomenal. She made our wedding feel special, festive, and seamless. She took my vague ideas of I wanted to have in a fun party and turned them into a reality that was true to us and was exactly what I wanted. I truly do not know how we would have done this without her. She took all of the stress out of the planning process and the day itself, so we could just focus on having fun. She is creative, practical, and helped us save thousands in costs with her inside knowledge and tips. She successfully moved the entire ceremony indoors at the last minute because of Maine weather and answered a million questions with grace. I am trying to figure out how to get married again soon so that I can work with Rachel again!” – E.M.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that R.L. Sisson Events is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planning Company

We were excited to learn all about R.L. Sisson Events and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Rachel Sisson.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes R.L. Sisson Events stand apart from its competitors. Rachel told us that she is really committed to forming relationships with her clients. She understands that wedding planning is a personal and intimate process, so she gets to know her clients as well as she can so that their experience will be personalized and special.

“Our mission is to create beautiful experiences for people. I would rather create experiences than just events. I really love witnessing people enjoy them.”

Rachel described herself as resourceful and skilled at problem-solving, two traits that are so important for someone in this industry.

Building Success, Online and Off

R.L. Sisson Events has earned an incredible reputation, which Rachel says is thanks to a combination of word of mouth, social media, and WeddingWire. Of course, they have also seen the benefit of positive online reviews, which Rachel says she gets by sending a follow-up email to thank the couples a few weeks after the wedding.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as R.L. Sisson Events has managed to. We asked if Rachel could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Have patience. I’ve been working really hard for a long time. For any entrepreneur, it is a lot of hard work, but watching your business grow leads to such satisfaction and pride. I also often have to remind myself that self-care is important for being the best for my clients.”


Congratulations to R.L. Sisson Events for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Rachel for taking the time to speak with us!

Missouri’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Hitched Planning + Floral

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hitched Planning + Floral has won two 2019 awards in Missouri!

Make your big day memorable and extraordinary with the help of Hitched Planning + Floral in Kansas City.

Hitched Planning + Floral has received more than 150 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.97 stars, earning them a stellar Rating Score™ of 99.73 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking among the top 25 businesses and the top five event planners in all of Missouri!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“We used them for our wedding, and everything was beautiful! They have no minimum, which we were thrilled about since we were not ordering a ton of flowers. They met with us multiple times and made sure everything was perfect! Jessica was also able to recommend flowers that she thought would look good with my color palette since I do not know much about flowers. The bouquets were gorgeous and held up the entire night. We even used them as centerpieces at the reception! Thank you, Hitched Planning + Floral!” – Justina L.

Not Your Average Event Planning Company

Dawn, Business Coordinator at Hitched Planning + Floral, took a few minutes out of her day to tell us a little more about this one-of-a-kind event planning company and the impressive online reputation they’ve managed to build.

To start our conversation, we asked Dawn what it is that sets Hitched Planning + Floral apart from their competition in Missouri. Dawn told us that they have a system in place that works really well for them and that there are always two people on-site for their clients during consultations.

Dawn went on to tell us that Hitched Planning + Floral was founded by two friends 15 years ago and now has one owner. The owner’s former partner is a flower grower, and they use her flowers still today!

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Hitched Planning + Floral and how they give back and make the world a better place. Here’s Dawn’s response:

“[Our mission is to] celebrate love!”

Building Success With the Right Team

When we asked Dawn about Hitched Planning + Floral’s secret to such a strong online reputation, she attributed it to their wonderful team and the good practices they follow. They do not solicit reviews.

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Hitched Planning + Floral has spread the word about who they are and what they do by giving back to their community. Some of the ways they give back to their community is by doing style shoots, by being philanthropists and by contributing to the Kansas City Museum.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Hitched Planning + Floral has. After we asked what advice she has for them, Dawn emphasized the importance of knowing your stuff, being diplomatic and being able to walk a tightrope to keep the ship on course.


Congratulations to the team at Hitched Planning + Floral for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Dawn, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Hitched Planning + Floral in Kansas City. Visit their website today!

Texas’ Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Pearl Events Austin

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Pearl Events Austin is an award winner for event planners in 2018.

If you are looking for an event planner that will take the stress out of planning the event of your dreams, look no further than this award-winning company!

Pearl Events Austin has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.94 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.42 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 event planners in Texas!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“There is nothing that I can say that will do Pearl Events justice for how amazing [they were] with handling my wedding. There is absolutely no way that our wedding would have gone off without a hitch if it weren’t for how professional, organized, knowledgeable, creative, fun, caring, amazing and beautiful Jen is. Jen was so patient with my mom and I over the year we had to plan the big day… I had to piece together every single detail for my big day. Every. Single. Detail. For the most indecisive person/bride in the world, this would have taken YEARS to plan on my own… I put all my trust in Jen ,and she made my dreams a reality. She exceeded all of my expectations with her vendor recommendations, knowledge, and recommendations about how to utilize the space, and with her ability to see into my mind and understand what I was looking for, when all I knew was what I wasn’t looking for. Jen gifted us with a stress-free wedding day, and we could not be more grateful. There is not one thing that we wish would have been different [or] better, and we owe it ALL to [Pearl Events Austin]. This was, hands-down, the most deserving five-star review I have ever written.” – E.B.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Pearl Events Austin is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about Pearl Events Austin and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Founder and owner, Becky Navarro.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Pearl Events Austin stand apart from its competitors. Becky told us a bit about their values and goals, and how they work to make their clients happy:

“We are trustworthy, proactive, and professional. We believe in creating a relationship with each client during, and after, the event planning process. Our goal is to make any wedding, social, or corporate event as seamless and stress-free as possible. At the end of the day, we want our clients to be nothing but happy with the outcome.”

She went on to tell us about how they work to improve their industry and take care of the people who hire them:

“We feel like we make the event industry a better place by educating our clients. We plan events every day, but we have to remember that our clients are usually very new to the planning world, so we do our best to be educational and honest throughout the process.”

Building Success, Online and Off

Pearl Events Austin has earned a fantastic reputation, both online and off, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have gotten their name out there. Becky said that she believes that word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow in the event planning industry. When we asked how they have gotten such awesome feedback in their online reviews, she said:

“Although we have many clients, I believe each of our clients feels like they get the one-on-one attention they deserve. We are huge on open communication and honesty throughout the entire planning process.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Pearl Events Austin has managed to. We asked if Becky could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Consistency is key. We strongly believe in the power of Instagram! Our posts are a direct reflection of our work.”


Congratulations to Pearl Events Austin for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Becky for taking the time to speak with us!

South Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Sweetgrass Social

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Sweetgrass Social is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will take the stress out of planning your big event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Sweetgrass Social has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.92 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.15 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five event planners in South Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Having Jacqueline plan our wedding was one of the best decisions we made! She’s personable, organized, and gets the job done. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and stress-free thanks to her. I will recommend Sweetgrass Social to everyone!” – M.S.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Sweetgrass Social is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about Sweetgrass Social and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Jacqueline Volz.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Sweetgrass Social stand apart from its competitors. Jaqueline told us that she grew up in South Carolina, with florists as parents, so she grew up in the event planning world. Jaqueline told us that one of the benefits of having a co-owned company is that there is always a ghost-planner ready to work with you in case anything happens to your planner. Together, they focus on offering their clients the best possible experience. At Sweetgrass, they develop personal relationships with their clients so that they can create an event that is reflective of each clients’ individual personality. Jacqueline said:

“Your event is unique to you, and we design with that in mind.”

She continued:

“We know that it can be scary to host an event that may have some elements that haven’t been seen before, but that’s the point. We want to create spaces that are new and innovative. Every space should have a ‘wow’ factor, and we can show you how.”

Building Success Over Social Media

Sweetgrass Social has earned an incredible reputation, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have gotten their name out and grown their business. Jacqueline told us that they focus on their social media presence because it’s the best way for people to see and understand their business. They have also seen the benefit of online reviews, and will always send a follow-up email to their clients, asking for a review.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Sweetgrass Social has managed to. We asked if Jacqueline could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Focus on your social media outlets. It helps people understand your business.”


Congratulations to Sweetgrass Social for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Jacqueline for taking the time to speak with us!

Illinois’ Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Liven It Up Events

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Liven It Up Events is a two-time award winner in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will take the stress out of planning your next big event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Liven It Up Events has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.95 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses and one of the top three event planners in Illinois!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Working with Liven It Up was a true pleasure. We felt like [they were] there for us all the time, that they always responded quickly to our messages and made it stress-free. [They were] attentive to every detail, had answers to all our problems and mistakes, and had solutions to things we were ready to give up on. With [their] help, we managed to assemble an amazing group of vendors. As a team, they really made it a special day for us.”

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Liven It Up Events is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about Liven It Up Events and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Creative Director, Anthony Navarro. Anthony first started the business in 2007. He said:

“I’ve always been in the event business in some way through my family-owned restaurants, bars and hotels. I started this business out of my home and have grown the company to where it is today! Liven It Up Events has offices in both Chicago and Los Angeles, but will do events nationwide!”

We wanted to know was what it is that makes Liven It Up Events stand apart from its competitors. Anthony told us about their diverse team and how their unique backgrounds are able to best serve their clients:

“We have a really diverse planning team. We have people from all sorts of different professional backgrounds. Some have backgrounds in hospitality and events, with others coming from marketing and corporate backgrounds. Our team is also diverse in experience and age. We offer something unique to bring to the table for every client.”

He went on to tell us about their business mission and how they work to achieve their goals:

“Our mission is to help our clients develop a clear vision of what they wish to create and achieve with their event. To create that vision, we use proven planning methods, innovative ideas, cutting-edge event resources and relationships, and the professional expertise to make the event come to life. We believe that our relationship with our clients is strengthened as we partner and share through the process of creating their event. With our proven methods and a strong client relationship, our goal is to produce a memorable event for our client and to create an experience for the guests who attend.”

Building Success, Online and Off

Liven It Up Events has earned a remarkable reputation, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have gotten their name out. Anthony shared a bit about the recognition they have received and the importance of networking:

“Our events get featured in various magazines and publications, which is great for getting our name out there. The bulk of our business comes from our positive reputation online and the relationships we have within the industry who directly refer us. We have great relationships with the venues, catering companies, and many other companies that we work with on a regular basis.”

Of course, Liven It Up Events has also seen the benefits of online reviews. Anthony said:

“A lot of people find us through review sites. After they work with us and have a great experience, they want to be part of the contribution to how they found us. We will share our reviews on our social media, which sparks additional reviews from clients that also want to share their experience. Most of our clients will ask us where they can leave us a review, and we will send them an email with the websites we have reviews on.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Liven It Up Events has managed to. We asked if Anthony could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Before you start your business, you really need to take some time to figure out who you are, what you are doing, and what you are offering. Once you get started, make sure you stay true to your mission and what you are doing. Make sure you have a functional website that is simple and mobile-friendly. You also need to be engaged in social media networks that are relevant to your business.”


Congratulations to Liven It Up Events for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Anthony for taking the time to speak with us!