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Event Planning


An Event Planner handles:

  • Planning, coordinating, designing, and styling: An event planner conducts meticulous event planning from start to finish, which includes the services rendered by an event coordinator, an event designer, and an event stylist. An event planner has a comprehensive role, providing the services of the remaining three types of event professionals described in this article, plus the planning and execution portion.
  • Smooth and seamless planning: An event planner takes the guesswork out of the process, making planning a wedding as seamless and smooth as possible.
  • Logistics: An event planner takes care of the logistics. From vendor referrals, coordination, and contract negotiation, to understanding and executing your vision.
  • Budgeting: A planner will keep careful track of your budget, ensuring you stay within your means while securing the best deals.
  • NOTE: Wedding planners are a subset of event planners; they specialize in weddings, and conduct all duties of an event planner for weddings. Event planners plan, design, execute and manage a variety of events to include weddings, birthdays, graduations, baby showers, corporate events, and more.

Event Designing


An Event Designer’s role includes:

  • Translating your vision: An event designer’s role is to translate and enhance your vision of the event, making it a reality. They design your event before the big day, but do not style the event for you on the day of your event.
  • The big picture and details: An event designer designs everything from floor plans and tablescapes to linen selection, color palettes, floral designs and more.
  • Decision making: An event designer helps make the design decisions that will give your event a cohesive and stylish look.

Creating an environment that’s unique to you: An event designer has the ability to make your unique event vision a reality, weaving personality and sophistication into your event design.

Wedding Coordinator / Event Manager


An Event Coordinator or Event Manager is focused on:

  • Logistics, on a shorter timeline than a planner: An event coordinator’s services are expedited; they serve as a week-of or month-of version of an event planner. An event coordinator will confirm vendor contracts and create a day-of timeline, making sure things like payments and guest counts are in order. They will not be involved in the earlier planning phases or in keeping track of your budget.
  • Coordinating on the day of the event: Part of an event coordinator’s job is to manage everything involved on the day of the event, from load-in and load-out, to ensuring that everyone is on schedule
  • Tweaking details: An event coordinator makes sure everything you’ve done, up until they take over, is in good shape. Hiring a coordinator to take over the month before your event gives them time to tweak any details and follow up on loose ends.
  • Freeing you up to enjoy your day: An event coordinator ensures that everything is in order, nothing is forgotten, and you’re free to enjoy your celebration!

Event Décor


An Event Stylist is charged with:

  • Stylizing elements of the event:  A stylist uses custom décor, company’s inventory, or the client’s own supplies, including family heirlooms or purchased décor, to style the event to perfection. An event stylist works their magic the day-of the event, or during the few days leading up to the big event. They do not plan the overall design of the event ahead of time, which is instead the job of your event designer.

Transforming a space: An event stylist has an artistic eye that allows them to take your event designer’s preconceived design concept, and beautifully transform a space.


Exceptional Events by Elisa is a full-service wedding and special event planning company. Our experienced and talented team will take care of your planning, designing, décor and logistics needs. While our office is conveniently located in Tyson’s Corner, VA, we also travel nationally and internationally.

We provide full white-glove services, offering couples our time, skills, and experience throughout the entire planning process. Each service is custom-curated for every couple, taking into account their vision, budget, guest count, and logistics. Our aim is to create a flawless and magical event for you while also ensuring that your planning experience is just as enjoyable and celebratory as the day of the event itself.

Our Full Planning services can include the following:

  • Wedding Pro Referral for Each Category of Vendors
  • Wedding Pro Contract Negotiations
  • Wedding Pro Contract Revisions
  • Wedding Pro Meeting Scheduling
  • Accompanying Clients to Wedding Pro Appointments
  • Managing Wedding Pro Communication
  • Serving as Liaison Between Couple and Wedding Pros
  • Designing an Event Floor Layout
  • Creating a Detailed Timeline
  • Creating a Detailed Master Timeline
  • Creating a Wedding Pro Contact List
  • Assisting With Tablescape Design
  • Assisting With Décor/Floral Design
  • Designing and Assembling Welcome Bags
  • Assisting With Favor Selection and Design
  • Coordinating Rehearsal
  • Assisting With Rehearsal Dinner
  • Setup of Event
  • Tear Down of Event
  • Executing “Day Of”

Our Coordination services can include the following:

  • Coordinating Rehearsal
  • Assisting With Rehearsal Dinner
  • Setup of Event
  • Executing “Day Of”
  • Tear Down of Event

Our Pre and Post Wedding services can include the following:

Rehearsal Dinner

  • Assisting With Rehearsal Dinner
  • Setting Up
  • Tearing Down

Day After Brunch

  • Assisting With Day After Wedding Brunch
  • Setting Up
  • Tearing Down

Due to the level of detail, effort, time and creativity that we invest in each project to ensure a wonderful and unique experience for our clients, we limit our calendar to a maximum of 10 full planning event bookings per year. Interesting in learning more? Just send us a message!

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