Kansas’ Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Simple Elegance

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

If you are looking for an event planner that will help you to craft the event of your dreams, look no further than this award-winning company!

Simple Elegance has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.59 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three event planners in Kansas!

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

“[They are] the best in town! This team of dedicated, focused, professionals will take the work out of event planning. It’s worth the freedom and lack of stress when you hire a planner. Ultimately, they save you time and dollars. But, saving your precious time — that’s the best part!!” – A.M.

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

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about how Simple Elegance has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Kindra Browne.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Simple Elegance stand apart from their competitors. For Simply Elegance, their years of experience is what sets them apart. With over 23 years in business and a combined 50 years of experience between their staff, the crew at Simple Elegance know a thing or two about weddings. They also have corporate backgrounds running venues, so their wealth of resources and experience is vast. This helps them to work towards their mission, which was described to us as:

“[We work on] crafting wedding days for our couples that represents them, and by celebrating that time and day with their families. You only do it once, right?”

Building Success Through Networking

With as exceptional a reputation as Simple Elegance has developed over the years, we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have marketed themselves. It came as no surprise that networking was a big part of their marketing strategy. They also take care of the VIP clients and vendors that get referred to them. In addition to this, they are active on social media, and are about to launch a brand new website!

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

“Take your time; make sure you are being genuine. It’s so easy to be insincere, and people can see that.”


Congratulations to Simple Elegance for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Kindra for taking the time to speak with us!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will work hard to help you create the event of your dreams, look no further than this award-winning company!

Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across six different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a perfect Rating Score™ of 100.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 10 businesses and the number one event planner in all of North Carolina!

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

“Chad Biggs Event Planning and Design was one of the best decisions we made in hiring our vendors!… [They were] amazing, extremely kind, helpful, and went above and beyond. We loved working with [them] and just being around [their] positive attitude. [They] made wedding planning so much more fun, easy, and relaxing. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and beautiful, and we have [them] to thank for that! [They are] a must for anyone’s wedding!” – A.H.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about how Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Chad Biggs.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design stand apart from their competitors. We learned about the amount of personal investment Chad puts into every one of his clients. He believes in being incredibly responsive and available to the client, as well as operating under the assumption that there is always room to grow.

Chad infuses his own personal flair into his correspondence by hand-writing letters to all of his clients after he’s worked for them. He thanks all of them individually, and asks for specific feedback in order to find out what they loved and take suggestions for what more he can do.

In these ways and more, Chad and the rest of the team at Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design work towards their business’ mission, which he describes as:

“[Our mission is] to provide extremely personal customer service and to plan a wedding that each client can be proud of and remember fondly. We are romantics, and love creating those moments that are unforgettable.”

Building Success Through Personal Connections

After what we learned about Chad’s personalized style of business, it came as no surprise to us that in order to grow and market his company, Chad focuses on both professional and local community relationship building. He has formed strong relationships with venue owners and other members of the event planning community.

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

“It’s not easy being a business owner. It is countless amounts of hard work. Never underestimate the time, effort, and hard work it takes to build a successful business.”

At the end of our chat, Chad lovingly shared that he wanted to say how thankful he is for each of his planners. He recognizes that he wouldn’t have been able to do what he has without each of them.


Congratulations to Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Chad for taking the time to speak with us!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Silver Bean Events

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

If you are looking for an event planner that will help to ease the stress of your big day, look no further than this award-winning company!

Silver Bean Events has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.81 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.10 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top event planners in Michigan!

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

“We are so grateful to Silver Bean Events for helping our wedding run so smoothly! Colleen is professional, warm, and detail oriented. She put so much work into our day-of coordination, from finalizing details with each wedding vendor to setting up and tearing down at each venue, she minimized our stress so that we could focus on celebrating our marriage. We wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to help us make our vision a reality.” – H.I.

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

Not Your Average Event Planners

We were excited to learn all about how Silver Bean Events has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the company owner, Colleen Anthony.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Silver Bean Events stand apart from their local competitors. Colleen shared that their excellent team helps to make them stand out from the crowd. She also told us that the biggest factor that helps Silver Bean Events to make a strong impression is the fact that they are a part of the entire process, and that the rehearsal is included in the wedding package. Colleen shares:

“We are there from the beginning to end — we are the last ones to leave the event.”

Building Success Through A Good Reputation

With as impressive a reputation as Silver Bean Events has grown over the years, we were excited to learn about some of the ways they have marketed the business over the years. While they do have an online presence over social media platforms, they also greatly value word-of-mouth reviews and referrals. They also work on giving back to their community by donating the leftover floral arrangements to local senior centers and nursing homes.

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

“Be authentic and real, offer tips and tricks for weddings, and create realistic expectations.”


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

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Asheville Event Co.

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Asheville Event Co. is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will help you to seamlessly create the big event of your dreams, look no further than this award-winning company!

Asheville Event Co. has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five event planners in North Carolina!

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

“Becca did such an amazing job for our wedding! My wife and I were so impressed by every aspect of her services, from finding the vendors to keeping everything organized to giving us recommendations. She was incredible leading up to the event and feels like a part of our family now! She made our wedding flawless and gave us such a wonderful experience. Our wedding was stress-free because of how good of a job she did, and we can’t recommend her highly enough!” – B.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Asheville Event Co. is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planner

We were excited to learn all about how Asheville Event Co. has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the Managing Partners, Melissa Porter and Becca Knuth.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Asheville Event Co. stand apart from their local competitors. We learned that one major thing that sets this group apart is that they are a full-service event planner. They can plan events in any field or industry, and are able to offer assistance in logistics, expertise, and experience.

Ultimately, they are working to help people. At the end of the day, Melissa said that they get a strong sense of satisfaction from creating, and that’s why they do what they do. They love making people happy.

Building Success Through Referrals

The majority of Asheville Event Co.’s clients are word-of-mouth referrals. Melissa and Becca have both been in the industry for a long time, and a lot of their business relationships have been built throughout the years. Many of their vendors were referrals as well.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Asheville Event Co. has managed to. We asked if Melissa and Becca could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what they had to say:

“Treat your clients above and beyond their expectations. It starts with what you provide them. The reviews and a good reputation will follow.”


Congratulations to Asheville Event Co. for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Melissa and Becca for taking the time to speak with us!

Minnesota’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Events By Melody

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

If you are looking for an event planner that will bring you ease of mind on your big day, look no further than this award-winning company!

Events By Melody has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and one of the top three event planners in all of Minnesota!

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

“I can’t say enough[about] what a help Melody and her team were. I hired her as my day-of coordinator, but she was tremendously helpful through the whole process. [She helped] us through an issue with our room-blocks early on, and answer[ed] loads of questions about what to do in sticky situations. I had a small, nontraditional wedding, and her presence helped fill the void of a wedding party. She felt like a friend through the planning process, the kind of friend that doesn’t get annoyed hearing from you every other day with 10 ‘this-or-that’ planning questions (so, the best kind of friend). I would recommend her to anyone!” – Vanessa

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

Not Your Average Event Planners

We were excited to learn all about how Events By Melody has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with Melody Hall.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Events By Melody stand apart from their local competitors. Melody told us that communication is key! At Events by Melody, they strive to provide the best possible communication with both their clients and vendors. Even when they are not in the office, they make sure that everyone who emails them will get an auto-response letting them know their email was received and that they will get back to them as soon as they are able. Melody said:

“In this day and age, people want answers now. Hire us and, we’ll ensure you’re taken care of!”

Building Success Through Communication

Events By Melody has such an incredible online reputation, so we were excited to learn some of the ways this business has been marketed over the years.

Online, it is important for Events By Melody to remain visible to their community, so they make sure to have a strong presence on social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram. They utilize Instagram stories to show some behind-the-scenes work they are up to on a daily basis.

We also learned that they utilize a monthly e-newsletter, which includes what they are up to, recent blog posts, testimonials and reviews, recent achievements or awards, and upcoming industry events.

The most important kind of outreach they use is their online reviews. We learned that in this industry, a review is so valuable to a company, so Melody makes sure to always reach out to everyone she works with to request feedback on the service they received. This connects with how much Melody values communication. She shared:

“After we work with a client, we send a follow-up email a few days later requesting a review for our services… If we do not hear back, we try again a few weeks later, and finally, if we still haven’t heard back, we will try once more after that. Most times, the trick to getting reviews is to ask and ask again. Also, responding to these reviews is important! It can be as quick as a “Thank you so much! We enjoyed working with you!”

While they keep up with their community online, we also learned about how important it is for them to create and foster relationships with vendors and venues. Melody will often tour wedding and event venues, and meet with vendors, like DJ’s, photographers, caterers, and florists.

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

“You’ve probably heard someone say, ‘If you don’t ask, the answer is always no,’ and that speaks the truth! I’ve often had other industry friends ask me [how I] get so many reviews. I tell them it’s because I ask and I ask again. It’s that simple. Reviews are so very important to a service-based industry, and just know that prospective clients/customers are reading these reviews before making a decision to hire you. Also, having a strong presence on social media is important. Updating your Facebook and Instagram should be a prerequisite for building a strong online reputation. Prospective and current clients are curious to know what you’re up to! Once you’ve built it up, be sure to maintain your strong online reputation.”


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

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Event Planner Award Winner: CreaTif Event Planning

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that CreaTiF Event Planning is a 2019 award winner for event planners in Mississippi!

When it comes to weddings and other events, CreaTif Event Planning is the company to turn to in Southaven.

CreaTif Event Planning has received more than 100 reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.82 stars, earning them a stellar Rating Score™ of 94.25 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 event planners in all of Mississippi!

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

“She served as the day-of coordinator for my wife and I’s wedding, and we also rented a few things from her for the big day. She was extremely attentive to all aspects of the event and met any needs the wife and I had that day (which helped avoid a couple of meltdowns). She even stepped up and helped eliminate a crisis situation caused by another vendor for our wedding without our guests even noticing. CreaTif Event Planning was easily the best investment we made into the event and would strongly recommend her services to anyone and everyone.” – Shaun B.

Not Your Average Event Planning Company

Tiffany Smith, the owner of CreaTif Event Planning, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about her incredible business and its award-winning online reputation.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Tiffany what it is that sets CreaTif Event Planning apart from their competition in Mississippi. Here’s her response:

“We’re kind of a one-stop shop! You get more bang for your buck with us. We try to stay on top of the trends, but we also make sure our clients’ events are personal and unique. We want to make things completely custom for them.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at CreaTif Event Planning and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Tiffany had to say:

“We want people to feel like they had an experience at our events. We want them to feel like they were part of something really special!”

Tiffany went on to add:

“Our reputation speaks well for us. We want to make sure we’re serving our community and making events special for everyone!”

Building Success Through Social Media and by Asking for Feedback

Tiffany attributes CreaTif Event Planning’s strong online reputation to their social media activity and to their commitment to asking their clients for reviews:

“We’re just very active on social media! We try to post as much as we can while we’re doing events, and we make sure to reach out to our clients to ask for reviews. We also make sure to respond very promptly to any messages we’re receiving.”

When asked about how CreaTif Event Planning has gotten their name out there outside of their powerful online reputation, Tiffany said:

“We don’t really market. We do one bridal show a year, but other than that, it’s all on social media and word of mouth. We do boost some posts, but our audience looks forward to our posts. We have a very loyal audience, and they help us by commenting on our posts.”

Tiffany clearly has a lot of knowledge when it comes to growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s what she had to say when we asked what advice she has for the many other business owners out there:

“Just be authentic! Keep your word, too. …Make sure that you keep your promises, so they’ll continue to come back!”


Congratulations to the team at CreaTif Event Planning for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tiffany, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend CreaTif Event Planning in Southaven. Visit their website today!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner that will take care of all the little details on your big day, look no further than this award-winning company!

Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across six different verified sites with an average rating of 4.67 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.74 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 event planners in Michigan!

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

“My wedding day was absolutely amazing, and I never could have pulled it all together without the assistance of Carrie and Touch of Elegance. Their professionalism and planning expertise allowed me to relax and enjoy the day knowing that everything was going to be handled with the highest level of care… My guests had a blast; everything was beautiful, and I’m so thankful that any issues were handled quickly, discreetly, and professionally. Thank you so much for taking the stress of the day off of me so that I could just enjoy the magic of the wedding.” – S.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planners

We were excited to learn all about how Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner and Lead Planner, Carrie Gentry.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs stand apart from their local competitors. According to Carrie, it all comes down to the details. Because of their commitment to communication and attention to detail, they are able to do what they do best, which is to take care of their clients on their big day. Carrie continued:

“We really care about our clients, and we love weddings. We always keep a positive attitude, even when things go wrong. That’s vital in the wedding industry.”

Carrie told us that the care they put into every event helps them to work towards their company’s mission, which she describes as:

“Our mission is to create a memorable client experience for every wedding. We also strive to help our employees set off on their own and start their own businesses.”

She continued by telling us about why they find it so important to have everything together for their clients:

“Brides and grooms can be very anxious. That’s why we do everything we can to keep our cool, because that can help someone through a tough time.”

Building Success Through Networking

Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs has certainly managed to build an impressive online reputation. We were curious about how they have marketed their business over the years. Carrie told us that they have been featured in The Knot magazine, they attend bridal shows, and they participate in venue open houses. In addition to these more traditional forms of marketing, Carrie told us that they also employ many high school students from Grow Youth Detroit, a program designed to help kids decide what they want to do for their careers by giving them real experience.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs has managed to. We asked if Carrie could share any expert advice to them. Here’s what she had to say:

“It’s really important to network. Meet as many people in the industry and in the venues as you can. Our first client came from planning a wedding for a venue.”


Congratulations to Touch Of Elegance Events & Designs for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Carrie for taking the time to speak with us!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Elegant Designs, LLC

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Elegant Designs, LLC is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking to plan an event in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, we highly recommend reaching out to Elegant Designs, LLC. Life’s a party, and they will help you to make it an awesome one!

Elegant Designs, LLC has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.05 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three event planners in Mississippi!

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

“Elegant Designs, LLC is one of the absolute best event planning companies around. Annie is very friendly, and she knows how to bring your vision to life in the most elegant way. As I prepared for my wedding, there were several bumps along the way, but she never missed a beat. She always knew how to keep me calm, and she made my day very stress free. The set-up was absolutely beautiful. I can’t imagine anyone else planning any event for me. I would highly, highly recommend Elegant Designs, LLC for your next event.” – T.G.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Elegant Designs, LLC is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planners

We were excited to learn all about how Elegant Designs, LLC has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner and operator, Annie Fortenberry. The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Elegant Designs, LLC  apart from their local competitors. Annie shared:

“It’s always personal. I don’t want a one-time customer. I want to build lasting clients and relationships — this isn’t just my business; it is personal for me. Many of my clients have gone from strangers to friends through our process.”

Annie went on to tell us about how she began her company and why this business is important to her. She knows from experience the difference a great event planner can make, and she hopes to provide the peace of mind that people deserve on their big days. Annie told us:

“I am really big on customer service, and I always put myself in their shoes. I had a horrible experience planning my own wedding, and so I help people avoid that by planning their big day the right way.”

Elegant Designs, LLC works hard towards the business’ mission, which Annie describes as:

“To always provide an event for someone that is a complete representation of themselves. I want to be able to create an event that is 100 percent theirs and make it memorable.”

Building Success Through Happy Clients

Elegant Designs, LLC has certainly managed to create a strong online reputation. Annie exclaimed:

“Happy clients will always tell people about you”

Because they have had so many satisfied customers, Annie told us that Elegant Designs LLC gets many word-of-mouth referrals.

In addition to building a strong reputation online, Elegant Designs LLC is also active in their local community, where they sponsor local schools for field and sports teams.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Elegant Designs, LLC has managed to. We asked if Annie could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Always focus on being customer oriented. Without customers, any business will fail. Put yourself in their shoes, and ensure a positive experience that makes them feel important.”

Annie concluded our meeting with this joyful sentiment:

“Life’s a party; let’s celebrate”


Congratulations to Elegant Designs, LLC for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Annie for taking the time to speak with us!

North Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling is an award winner for event planners in 2019.

If you are looking for an event planner who will help to bring your big-day visions to life, look no further than this award-winning company!

Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across a variety of verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 93.55 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as the number one event planners in North Dakota!

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

“Sadie captured my dream wedding and went beyond expectations! I could not have asked for a better person to work with and help make my dream winter wedding come alive! She is simply so kind and caring and, best of all, easy-going. [She] makes the wedding planning so much fun and stress-free! Even with the big blizzard we got two days before the wedding, Sadie was not worried. [She] said everything would turn out perfect, and it turned out to be more than perfect; it was magnificent!! Sadie, thank you so much for all your hard work and for making this wedding an absolute dream come true!” – K.J.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Event Planners

We were excited to learn all about how Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Sadie Gardner. The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling stand apart from their local competitors. Sadie says that the difference lies in her experience and the variety of options she can offer. She shared with us:

“My company is the only one in the area that offers all full-service event planning, floral, and decor options. So, in terms of the state of North Dakota, we’re the only one that offers as much as we do. I, myself, have been doing it for 12 years, so I’ve done over 1,000 weddings and bring a lot of experience that others might not have.”

Building Success Through Dedication

Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling has managed to build an impressive online reputation. Sadie says that other wedding-related websites request reviews from brides and that a lot of their business is based on personal referrals. At Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling, they strive to bring every client’s vision to life. To meet this goal, they place a lot of focus on superior customer service.

In addition to their dedication to fantastic customer service, Sadie’s donates 10 percent of their total profits annually to local non-profits.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling has managed to. We asked if Sadie could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Utilize younger people that are a little bit more in touch with the different online avenues there are. The internet is changing so rapidly that being able to reach out to someone who is a little bit younger, who grew up with it, can be really helpful.”


Congratulations to Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Sadie for taking the time to speak with us!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Event Planners Award Winner: ae creative

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that ae creative is a 2018 award winner!

As one of the top five event planners in the entire state of Oregon, ae creative has earned a 99.29 Rating Score™, a 4.93 average star rating, and dozens of excellent reviews on verified sites. Here’s just one of the reviews they’ve received:

“Abby was a delight to work with — she knows her stuff and helped me handle details I wouldn’t have even thought of! I don’t live in the area, so she was able to oversee a lot of vendor details while we planned and prepared for the big day. She knows everyone in the area, so she had recommendations and resources for all our needs (favors, transportation, babysitting, etc.). On the day of, she helped everything run smoothly and was quick-thinking and solution-oriented when a few details needed to change as the day unfolded. She’s a lovely person and a true pro. [I] could not recommend working with her more highly!” -Erika

Not Your Average Event Planning Company

The owner of ae creative, Abby Elvebak, took some time to speak with us about her business’ tremendous online success.

The very first thing we wanted to know was what Abby and her team do to differentiate themselves from other event planners in Oregon. “We take a bigger design approach than many event planners. So we are not only working on overall event logistics, but the overall design, look, and feel of the event,” she told us. “Every detail tells a story. Sometimes, those details are overlooked, but at ae creative, we put a high value on those details. We are also a green company so we try to minimize our footprint for each event. We like to educate our clients on sustainability. On average, 500 pounds of trash get generated at each wedding, so we try to limit that.”

We also asked Abby about her and her team’s mission and how they make the world a better place. She said, “Touching on the sustainability aspect, I think when throwing events, it’s a one-time thing so people tend to think it’s okay to create a lot of waste. But understanding that there are a lot of one time events, we all have an impact, we want to do what we can with the time we have about the impact we are having on our environment.”

Building Success Through Community

When it comes to the ae creative secret to success, Abby chalks it all up to her community. She said, “[Our secret to success is] having a good sense of community. We’re local Oregonians, and we’ve established ourselves in this community. It doesn’t take one person to make a success; it takes a group effort. We all work together as a team to be successful.

Here’s Abby’s wise advice to other businesses that are working on their online reputation:

“Do not neglect your clients or your competition. Meet as many people as you can, demonstrating the positive impact you can have.”


Congratulations to the team at ae creative for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Abby, for taking the time to speak with us!