testimonials

Amway Corporation

We used Elegant Events for a very upscale event for our highest Achievers. One week before the event, we had to MOVE LOCATIONS! Nicole rolled with it. Nicole involved me in all decisions and the end result took my breath away. The tent looked spectacular with beautiful table linens. The flowers were amazing! And the food - beyond yummy! Our guests are used to the best and they were blown away. Nicole is very creative and I highly recommend her.

Nicole, we are still receiving wonderful comments about our day in Saugatuck. It was a true success! Please pass on our compliments to your entire team.

I cannot say enough about Nicole and the Elegant Events team. Working together was the best decision we made surrounding our wedding! Elegant Events is organized, professional, trustworthy and amazingly creative and resourceful.

Becky (bride),

We recently held our outdoor wedding at a private residence in South Haven and enlisted Elegant Events to help with day-of coordination. However, I felt like that term does not do all the work that they did justice. From the get-go, they were flexible and accomodating to our unique needs. Elegant Events brought our wedding vision to life - better than I even imagined my wedding day would be.

I thought I was organized, but became so much more confident and calm during the planning process after working through our wedding day plan with Elegant Events. Nicole asked questions I hadn't even thought about and had great solutions. She came up with a flow for our ceremony to cocktail area and reception tent so that I could easily guide our rental vendor when they came with our delivery. Heading into the big day, I couldn't have felt more at ease being away at the salon knowing Elegant Events was back at the helm. I felt like I could focus on me and the emotion of the day, not the stress of making sure every detail was set. When I arrived at the venue, ready to dress, I saw that not only was every detail set the way I imagined, but it was perfect and better! Elegant Events created a wedding that several people said was the most beautiful they ever attended. (Literally, our parents received calls for several days after and we heard it there ourselves.) They dressed tables, set out the decor I purchased in creative ways, arranged flowers, guided vendors and most importantly, figured out resourceful ways to maximize our space (by using things from the ceremony later in the reception area, or other cool decor from the yard or home that could double for "beautifying" the tent, etc.).

I recommend Elegant Events with my highest regards for yours. Their experience and creativity is unmatched.

Chicago Dental Society - Dr. John Gerding

Thank you so much for all you did to make our CDS Annual Retreat a success. The dedication you have to your profession certainly showed throughout our three day stay in Saugatuck. We could not have had such a successful Retreat without you and your staff's help and attention to the finest of details.

Erin (bride)

We worked with Nicole from Elegant Events as our "day-of" planner and could not have been happier! I wish I could have hired her to do my entire wedding, but the day-of service by itself was fantastic. Thanks to her our day went flawlessly. The process was very easy, we met with her a couple of times before the wedding, and had some work to do ahead of time getting her certain info, like vendors names, services, etc., and she put together a timeline for the day with everything that needed to be done, so that we had nothing to do the day of except get married. She conducts herself with a high level of professionalism, and has a calm, capable attitude that I appreciated as a stressed-our bride. If something went wrong that day, I still don't know about it, since Nicole handled everything so beautifully, down to the last detail, including making sure my husband and I got a drink at the reception by personally taking our order!

Leanne (bride)

Nicole with Elegant Events planned my wedding at Twin Gables Inn in Saugatuck, MI. I worked with her for just over a year on the planning of the most important day of my life thus far. I was extremely detailed and wanted to be in control of every aspect of the day. However, as a Bride that's just not possible. I had to relinquish control to Nicole and I could not have been more pleased with the results. I had no idea that someone could put together my exact vision for an event while I was off getting primped and pampered for my walk down the aisle. She did an amazing job down to the smallest detail. All of my guests had a fabulous time and had no idea of any issue that may or may not have come up throughout the evening because everything was handled with care and professionalism. She was a pleasure to work with throughout our year of planning. She worked to keep things within my budget, offered me new and creative ideas, and left me speechless with the results.

Jen (bride)

We hired Elegant Events as the wedding planner for my wedding was an excellent decision. Since my wedding was in Grand Rapids but I resided in Kentucky, having someone as knowledgeable and helpful as Nicole was crucial. Nicole was both effecient and professional in helping review and secure vendors. In addition, she negotiated discounts with some vendors in order to help me stay within my wedding budget. Nicole was also organized and thorough in helping me navigate the wedding planning process and ensuring that everything was covered to make my wedding day memorable. My favorite aspect of using Elegant Events was how accessible Nicole was. She was always able to help answer my questions via phone or email, and was quick to respond. For a knowledgeable wedding planner that is professional and exerienced, use Elegant Events.

Wade Rouse, (National Acclaimed Author)

Thanks again for such a great weekend! Please know that you both do such a great job and it is truly the perfect venue for these retreats!! You go above and beyond to make us feel so good and full.

Folks are already on facebook talking about it !! So again thanks for everything and we look forward to the May retreat!! Tell Nicole that everyone was so glad to also see her and that the tables were, so perfect and so pretty!!! After traveling so much and hosting these classes at other locations, we really appreciate the time, patience, beautiful food preparation and work you all go though to make this a first class, top notch event!!

Kate (bride)

Nicole and her team were wonderful! It was so nice to know I had someone I could trust to handle the "day of" details so we could enjoy the day and have no worries. Everything went really well and she even thought of some last minute details I hadn't thought about and I loved it! I would definitely recommend Elegant Events for your wedding planning. Nicole was easy to contact and made me feel at ease as a bride. Thank you so much!

Katie (bride)

I planed my wedding in 3 1/2 months and on top of that I had a hard time trying to explain what my "vision" was. I kept wanting to change this or that. In my mind I new what i wanted but I thought I was having a hard time getting it across to her. Nicole just kept on working and telling me it will be beautiful. She was very patient and did a good job calming me down. In the end she was right she new exactly what I wanted and what I had been trying to tell her all along. It showed because everything was perfect. Nicole and her crew worked very hard the day of my wedding and It went of without a hitch!! Thank you Nicole

Bethany (bride)

Nicole is very cool headed and very resourceful! She was very patient with me (and the moms) as we re-re-revised the details, and worked with us to make sure the event was within our budget while still being incredibly elegant. Our guests are still raving about the wedding, five months later.

Stephanie (bride)

Thank you again for making our day so wonderful! I truly appreciate everything you did in advance to prepare and the execution of the wedding day. We did some very unique things and Nicole was amazing. The food is elegant, the location is incredible, and we even faced disaster as it was raining (and the ceremony was set to be outside). Nicole never panicked and we instantly moved indoors and the ceremony was perfect. Everything was flawless and we're so happy we have our dream wedding to always have in our memories.

We had such a great reception (the backyard tents are amazing), that we extended an additional hour and the staff actually went out and bought us more alcohol....yes, it was that fun.Thanks Nicole and staff !

Ashley (bride)

Nicole and her team are amazing! She quickly understood the level to which I wanted to be involved and took over the smaller details I was unconcerned with. The layout of the tables and reception was fantastic and I didn't have to worry about anything the day of! Also, she gives great suggestions for timeline and vendors that I wouldn't have even thought about. She's definitely a pro and her calm attitude is great to be around when you feel you are overwhelmed. I would go to her again in a heartbeat and can't wait to return to her family's Inn for anniversaries. So many good memories.

Ashley (bride)

Nicole is amazing! Elegant Events handled the day-of event planning/managing at my wedding ceremony and reception at Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck, MI. She handled everything from the ceremony music to the clean up at the reception. She helped put me at ease on my big day. Nicole is very knowledgeable in the field of wedding planning, and shared her helpful secrets with me. She made sure I asked the right questions to get what I wanted from my vendors. My tables looked just as I imagined and wanted them to look! Nicole has an eye for decorating. Her tastes matched my rustic themed wedding very well. Nicole and her interns were professional, helpful and thoughtful from start to finish!

Megan (bride)

Our wedding was absolutely incredible and we have Nicole and her staff to thank for that. I was never worried and she took care of everything! Our tent was absolutely beautiful, I felt like I was in a fairy tale. My husband and I constantly look back and wish we could go back to that day and relive all the fun we had. We were actually able to enjoy our reception to the fullest and didn't have to worry about a thing. If you have the chance to work with Nicole, you will fully enjoy it.

Mariellen & Chuck (parents of the bride)

A huge THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Your did a magnificent job on David and Natalie's wedding weekend. You made us all feel so welcome it was almost as if we were in our own home welcoming guests. You are a first class act! We are especially grateful that you were so willing to step up to the plate for the Sunday brunch. It worked out perfectly so that we could say goodbye to most of our families and guests. You drew many compliments on the setting, delicious food and presentation. I would also like to compliment you on your choice of staff. They were friendly, capable and helpful. Thank you again. We have lovely memories thanks to all of you.

Jessica (bride)

Nicole did a wonderful job with our wedding. As residents of Chicago, we knew we wanted a small ceremony in western Michigan, but really did not know how to go about planning it when we did not know too much about the area. Nicole definitely made it easy. We went up to Michigan twice in total before our day to meet with her, and decided all the details at that time. She was able to recommend a florist, a hairstylist, any vendor that we needed. However, we were able to provide whatever personal touches were important to us (ie, I brought the dessert from a favorite place in Chicago, my husband chose his favorite beers, which the bar vendor was able to purchase specially). The beach that Nicole chose was perfect, and the reception on the grounds was perfect. I definitely recommend her to anyone planning a wedding in western Michigan.

Michelle (bride)

Elegant Events helped plan our "Wedding Weekend" in Saugatuck. Nicole and her staff did an amazing job!! Nicole and her family let us take over the Inn for the weekend and were very accommodating to all of our needs. We felt right at home and it was such an intimate setting to spend time with family and friends. There were a lot of small children in our group and the Inn warmly welcomed all of them, which was very important to us. Nicole helped plan our rehearsal dinner, brunch for Saturday and Sunday, and the wedding party lunch. Everything was perfectly executed, on time, and all of the food was delicious!! Elegant Events went above and beyond our expectations and allowed us to sit back and relax. I was told several times that I was the calmest bride and Elegant Events was a huge part of our stress free weekend. I would recommend the services provided by Elegant Events in a heartbeat! And if you are planning an event in the Saugatuck, MI area Twin Gables is the place to stay!

Natalie (bride)

Thank you for making our wedding s beauitful and memorable from start to finish. We will never forget our beauitful wedding! We used Elegant Events by Nicole for our wedding on September 25, 2010. We were very well taken care of and the setting at our reception in Saugatuck was perfect for what we wanted. We had around 100 people and had our entire wedding party stay at the Inn, which was so convenient for rehearsal and made for a stress-free day of the wedding. The caterers were able to roll with last-minute menu changes and were not thrown off in the least. Thank you Nicole and Elegant Events!

Colleen (bride)

Thank you for all of the coordination to bring our special wedding day together. We appreciate all of the little touches you have put on the event.

Amy (bride)

Elegant Events first wedding, this is when I feel in love!!

Thank you so much our wedding & location was perfect! You have worked so hard to make everything come together! We really appreciate all you have done.

Margaret (owner Twin Gables Inn, Saugatuck)

Nicole has been planning weddings and events for six years for Twin Gables Inn. I have always seen Nicole as a top-notch professional who puts the needs of her clients first. Some weddings/events throw curve balls at the planner: cake not here, no DJ, catered delayed, etc. Nicole handles these situations with a cool head and has always solved the problem and events have continued without any guest and especially the bride being aware that trouble had been averted.

It is always amazing to see how each event will look, I have never seen two alike. Her events are unique and elegant. It is a pleasure to work closely with her during the events. She has a great and responsive crew that complement her and her design aesthetic.

Seeing the happy faces on her clients is so representative of her style and concern to create a day that will long be remembered.

References

Richard J. Daley, Mayor of Chicago, July 2005

4-day Birthday Event at Twin Gables

Hosted and planned boat cruise dinner,

17 guests

Amway Global Corporation, Ada, MI

50th Anniversary Celebration for Global Clients

Garden Brunch for 80 guests

Becky & Derek, South Haven, MI

June 4, 2011

100 guests

Garden Ceremony & Tented Reception

Michelle & Dave, Grand Haven, MI

May 2010, 75 guests

Rehearsal Dinner, Lodging

Brunch

Brian & Kathleen,

July 2010, 60 guests

Lakeside Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Bethany & Mike

August 2010, 60 guests

Beach Ceremony & Appetizers

Indoor dinner reception

Leanne & Jeffery

August, 2010, 170 guests

Rehearsal Dinner

Lakeside Ceremony

Tent Wedding Reception

Jessica & Matt

September 2010, 70 guests

Beach Ceremony

Tent Wedding Reception

Natalie & Dave

September 2010, 120 guests

Beach Ceremony

Tent Wedding Reception

Leslie & David, Chicago, Il

August 2009, 100 guests

Lakeside Ceremony

Appetizer Wedding Reception

Choice School, Grand Rapids, Il

July 2009 & 2010

4-Day Celebration of Principals

All food Service

Yacht Boat Cruise Dinner

Angela & Dee, Chicago, IL

June 2009

Rehearsal Dinner, 60 guests

Oval Beach Ceremony & Wedding Reception, 95 guests

Stephanie & Mike, Whitehall, MI

June 2009, 98 guests

Oval Beach Ceremony,& Wedding Reception

Kellogg, Battle Creek, MI, July 22-23, 2008

All Daily Food Services

Cisco VP Training, Japan & California, July 11-18, 2008

All Daily Food Services

Sarah and Michael, Grand Rapids, Mi, June 28, 2008

95 Guests

Rehearsal Dinner

Lakeside Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Debbie and Chad, Chicago Il, June 7, 2008

110 guests

Rehearsal Dinner

Lakeside Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Hewlett Packard, Chicago, Il, September 6, 2007

All food services

Lyndi & Rob, Grand Rapids, MI, July 4, 2007

60 guests

Rehearsal Dinner

Pond Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Joey & Brendon, Muskegon, MI , June 16, 2007

80 quests

Rehearsal Dinner

Pond Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Maureen & Ken, Grand Rapids, Mi, February 2007

50 quests

Indoor Ceremony

Dinner Reception

Jen and Joseph, Chicago, IL, June 10, 2006,

80 guests

Rehearsal Dinner

Lakeside Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Jeanne & Bill, MI, , August 19, 2006

45 guests

Beach Ceremony

Wedding Reception

Michael & Gary, Chicago, IL, August 26, 2006

90guests

Rehearsal Dinner

Pond Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Jennifer & Jim, Chicago, IL September 9, 2006

125 guests,

Rehearsal Dinner

Lakeside Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Meredith & Jon-Michael, Chicago, IL, September 16, 2006

175 guests

Lakeside Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Jessy & Erwyn, Chicago, IL September 30, 2006

Lakeside Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Sonia & Matthew, Chicago, IL October 8, 2006

Lobster Bake for 75

Pond Ceremony for 75

Breakfast for 100

Amy & Chris, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2005

Rehearsal Dinner 35 guests

Wedding Reception, 170 guests

Colleen & Mike, Chicago, IL June 2005

Rehearsal Dinner 35 guests

Bridal Luncheon, 20 guests

Ceremony and Wedding Reception, 90 guests

Foster Anniversary Party, April 2005

Host and planned boat cruise dinner

Spectrum Health Corporate Event, July 2005

Luncheon and snacks

Phillips Family Reunion, August 2005

Dinner Party

Custom breakfast and brunch menu

Women's Pamper Weekends, January/February/March/April

Annual All-inclusive

5-Course Dinner on Saturday

Lunch for guests Saturday afternoon

30-35 guests per weekend

 

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