Ali Lockery Photography

As a wedding planner based in Wisconsin and Minnesota, I’ve witnessed firsthand the magic that unfolds when you experience the result of your many months of meticulous planning. Picture this: your unique vision, brought to life and fully experienced with your cherished loved ones! Here at Olive Branch Events Co., we don’t just plan weddings; we curate experiences that reflect your love story. So without further ado, here are 5 reasons to hire Olive Branch Events Co. as your Madison, WI and Minneapolis, MN Wedding Planner!

Amidst the ongoing changes and uncertainties, especially in these times, the need for support and guidance in the wedding industry is more crucial than ever. That’s where we step in! Whether you’re envisioning an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, having an extra hand in navigating the unpredictable waters of wedding planning can be a game-changer.


1. Local Experience and Connections

For almost anything, it’s all about WHO you know. Being deeply rooted in Madison, Eau Claire, and Minneapolis, our team understands the local wedding scene like no other. We know the best venues, the hidden gems, and the vendors who can bring your dream day to life.

2. An Expert On Your Side

Will you want to be the point of contact for issues that arise? Here are some real-life scenarios we’ve experienced as planners and have been able to manage for our couples:

  • Power outage at venue goes while all 200 of your wedding guests are on their way to the reception
  • Florist is running late and needs extra hands to get all the flowers set
  • Setting up the chairs is something the venue didn’t communicate and you did not think of that detail when you negotiated the contract
  • Your wedding reception venue went bankrupt with no notice and left you high and dry

Now imagine this scenario:

It’s your wedding day. You wake up, get ready with your girls and enjoy your coffee and mimosa. You feel no stress, and actually have enough margin to get ready, feel beautiful and enjoy the time with your closest friends and family. By the time your hair and makeup is done, your planner has already handled all setup of your decor, checked in with the caterer, photographer, venue staff, DJ, etc. And all you have to do is show up to the next thing, eat and drink, and celebrate!

Most planners have a wedding management package that ensures you will not lift a finger on your wedding day. In fact, most planners start way before that, at the 30-60 day mark to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, finalizing all of the details with your vendors and also helping you think through scenarios and situations you may not have otherwise thought of. When you hire a planner, all you will have to worry about is if the second piece of cake is worth it (trust us, it for sure is)! 

3. We Elevate Your Experience

We believe your wedding day should reflect the essence of who you are as a couple. Our process begins with honest (and fun) conversations, to get to know your personalities, quirks, and desires. We translate these your personal details into the design and execution of your wedding, ensuring every detail resonates with your love story. An elevated experience is not only memorable and fun, it’s also extremely personal.

4. Budget Guidance

Of course, we need to talk about money. Now, we all know that hiring a planner is also an investment, just like any other vendor, but you’d be surprised how much hiring a planner could also allow you to have some wiggle room in your budget all while saving your sanity. You read that right – PLANNERS SAVE YOU MONEY.

For example, for one of our past brides, we were able to secure a completely FREE venue with tables and chairs included. Yes, THIS HAPPENED! With our knowledge and relationships with local vendors, we were able to score our couples an amazing deal. And although a free venue is never guaranteed, planners understand how real wedding budgets work. We help you avoid any money surprises (which is a common thing we hear from couples) and we will also help you reign it in when things get a little out of control and actually stick to that budget of yours!

5. A Memorable Experience

At Olive Branch Events Co. we want you to remember how fun the celebration was, not all of the stress and all the things you had to do, or all the things that went terribly wrong. You’ve been to the weddings. You’ve heard the horror stories. Your wedding does not have to be like that. So whether you are the most organized bride, or have a family member who is, that does not mean you can’t still benefit from a wedding planner who will be there to put together all your hard work.

Wedding planners PRESERVE YOUR INVESTMENT. So when things don’t go to plan (as they never do), you can rest assured that a professional is already finding a resolution for you, without you even knowing most of the time! Our job is to be your advocate. We want you to have the most memorable day of your life. It’s your big day – enjoy it!

Here are some kind words from a fellow wedding planner whose gorgeous wedding we got the honor to coordinate:

“As a wedding planner myself, entrusting another person to assist the day of my wedding was a major decision. I had worked with Deanna before she opened her business and knew I could trust her with my big day! She was thoughtful in her planning and was 100% committed to my day while also in the midst of the busyness that is wedding season. Deanna exceeded my expectations and I received several compliments from family and friends of how nice she was! Thanks Deanna for being such a good listener and for executing our event so seamlessly!”

Interested in hiring us?

We promise it’s worth it. Take a look at our services and contact us when you’re ready to plan your Wisconsin and Minnesota wedding! WE GOTCHU!