We are two PhDs who had a whirlwind of a year in 2019 -- getting married, buying a house, beginning new jobs, and planning our dream wedding. We turned to Elegant Events to help us with our wedding, a cultural fusion of traditions that also centered our commitment to Black queer feminist principles and practices. We were a bit anxious about ceding so much of our vision to others, but we knew we couldn't do it ourselves. Ketan and his team blew us away with what they were able to do. Every moment of our wedding, from when we walked down our special gold carpet to enter our Sangeet, to our gorgeous outdoor ceremony, all the way through the beautiful reception that (even a year later!) everyone in our community is still talking about, was gorgeous. Ketan and his team delivered in setting up the most colorful, carefully crafted, absolutely stunning event either of us has ever attended, and we are so fortunate for that event to have been our own wedding. We are so grateful to Elegant Events and will cherish our memories and photos for the rest of our lives.
Thanks so much again,
~ V (& S)
I have had the pleasure of knowing Ketan since 2015...Ketan and his team were responsive, adaptable, and produced results that led to a successful event for the Wharton Club. He and his team helped plan all the logistics, finding the event space, planning, and providing exceptional service on the day of the event. Ketan’s pleasant demeanor and problem-solving skills are the best I have come across. His goal was to take the burden off the hosts and ensure the event was a success. Ketan and his team also engaged with us to help host the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, handling all aspects of feasibility, securing and booking the venue, the design, set-up, and flawless onsite execution. This event was noted as being the most glamorous alumni awards event for the Club. I also used his services for a leadership retreat...Ketan helped procure the hotel meeting space, managed the logistics, and helped ensure the event was successful.
He is not only thorough and extremely reliable but also easy to work with and always willing to the extra mile to address my concerns and respond to questions. In events where things can go wrong despite the best plans, Ketan’s ability to solve problems with grace and calm is unmatched.
~ Ali E. Qureshi
We chose your services for the Wedding ceremonies of our daughter based on a high recommendation from a friend. You certainly built our confidence in you at our first meeting, and soon we saw you were very flexible and accommodative for the subsequent meetings and planning. On the day of the Wedding, you and your team showed elegance in the timing, organization, meticulous attention to details that prepared the Bride, transformed the stage, the decorations and the display - everything was wonderful. Kudos to entire Elegant Events Professional team. Padma and I were very proud to hear the guests enjoy the overwhelming hospitality by your staff and the service both during the afternoon tea break, and the excellent catering service they comfortably enjoyed at the dinner time. The quick and beautiful turn over from the ceremony setting to the dinner set up, despite an unexpected stress on your staff, went so smooth that it felt like a magical change over. Elegant Events DJ’s music and sound track for both the ceremonies brought home the Indian and Western customs very well, and the dance floor (again another set up) took the feet of everyone, "young" and younger ones and gave a joyful end to the day. Photographer. D Videographer have skillfully captured all the events, people and their poses so that we can enjoy the pictures, videos and the sound with the family and friends.
All of this just happened, no one could say. It did with the careful planning, delegation and supervision by someone, that is you Ketan. Your experience, dedication, and the feel of a personal responsibility was clearly felt in every step. I am not aware of any shortcomings at all, or better said, you did not let me know. Padma, Haritha, Brian and I say to you, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. We will actively look and recommend Elegant Events to our friends and family as they plan to celebrate their memorable events.
~ Siva Baskar & Padma Baskar
Mr. Ketan Shah and his team did an outstanding job planning and decorating our wedding ceremonies! We had two ceremonies back to back, one western and one Indian, so there were a lot of moving parts and coordination that had to occur. Both of us were thrilled at how seamlessly Mr. Ketan and his team made the day flow from one event to the next. He was an absolute pleasure to work with, as was his staff. The execution of the day went so perfectly. The historical house and the garden tent for the reception looked absolutely lovely - better than we could have imagined. We truly could not have imagined a more elegant decor. Throughout the day and evening, he and his staff were constantly making sure that our guests and our wedding party were all taken care of. We really felt that he truly wanted our day to be unique and encompass our personalities, and we feel that he accomplished that beautifully. We whole-heatedly thank Mr. Ketan and his entire staff for all of their hard work making our wedding day such a memorable occasion for us, our family, and our friends!
~ Haritha and Brian O'Hart
Simran and I just wanted to thank you for all you did to make our wedding weekend the best moment of our lives!...There was so much that we had no idea one needs to prepare...we were worried about finding reliable organizers that were also cost-efficient and respected our budget and desires. There were times we thought about doing a simple court marriage, despite wanting a beautiful wedding ceremony with all of our friends and family. Then we found you...we appreciated the amount of stress you alleviated for us by virtue of knowing you had things covered.
On the day, we were both so relaxed knowing that you had everything under control- I loved the way you interacted with our guests, the way you went above and beyond...We were right to trust you, and are very thankful to have had the privilege of working with you and your staff. Thank you SO MUCH!!!
~ Ashwani & Simran Jain
Thank you so much for all you did to make my Birthday party so memorable. Can’t ever remember having such a fun birthday party! It could not have happened without you. Appreciate all the hard work you put into making it such a success.
~ Swinitha Osuri
I want to add my thanks and gratitude for a wonderful party for my “Sweetheart-the heart of the Osuri Family!”
Ketan, I’m impressed how you direct and manage myriad things. You were superb!
My thanks again to you for such a grand party. Wish you a wonderful New Year!
We want to thank Elegant Events for putting together such beautiful wedding decorations for us. As soon as we walked into the hall we couldn't take our eyes off the backdrop. Everything was perfect!!!!! It was even better than we imagined. The wedding decor was iur main focus for the reception, it absolutely set the scene and made our night that much more perfect! Everyone was commenting on the decor and asking who our wedding decorator was. They said they have never seen decor this unique. We loved it so much, we were upset at the end of the night when we saw it being taken down!! So we just wanted to thank you guys for making our wedding so special!! You have been a pleasure to work with and we will be referring you guys to all of our friends with upcoming weddings!!
~ Jyothin & Prasheel
We do not even know where to begin to thank you for making our wedding reception perfect! You had done everything you could to make our day smooth and stress free. Our families, including ourselves did not have to worry about a single thing on the day and it was comforting to know that we were in good hands with Elegant Events. There were many obstacles that came our way prior to the event, the way you and your team had taken the challenge, coordinated with all vendors was amazing and we couldn’t be more thankful. Nothing we can say could translate the gratitude we have for you, your team, the execution and delivery from the months of planning to the big day.
I think you know us even better after this process and know when we say this day was not possible at all without you, we truly mean it. If anyone I know is looking for a wedding planner with the highest professionalism yet understand the delicate nature of weddings, we would be sure to recommend Elegant events. Perhaps the best decision we made during the wedding process.
Thank you once again,
~ Mr. & Mrs. Girn
Thanks for much for the gorgeous decorations!! Everything looked so beautiful. The guests loved the decor and I got tons of compliments. I gave them your name off course. It was really great working with you and everything went so smoothly. I especially loved the cake table decor - it was just stunning. Thanks again!!
~ Sabrina Ahmed
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel towards you and your team for organizing Rohit and Jackie's wedding. Everything was perfect and was beyond what we even dreamed of. You, your staff and your team is amazing! Couldn't have asked for more. We wish Elegant Events all the success in the future . Great Teamwork!! Thank you
~ Prabha & Sukumar
Thank you Elegant Events for arranging a very successful meeting for our team! Ketan went above and beyond in ensuring we had everything we needed and more. Throughout both the planning process and the day of the event, Ketan was able to “make it happen” if we had any request (from Wi-Fi and parking to delicious last minute gluten-free desserts). We received compliments from our attendees as well on the venue, food, and service. Thank you again for all your help!
~ Kaitlyn Reedy; Team Lead I Human Resources & Administration I NuAxis Innovations
Gaurav and I wanted to thank you and your team for making our day amazing. We absolutely loved everything and truly appreciate all your dedication, patience, and hard work. It was such a hot day and we appreciate everything that was done for us. Thank you so much for being attentive to us on our special day and making sure that everything was running smoothly. We want to thank you all!!!
~ Gaurav Srivastava and Jackie Cruz
For the past two years I have worked with Elegant Events to help us with our largest school fundraiser. We used to relay solely on volunteers, but supplementing our parent volunteers with trained professionals has totally changed how we handle our event. It allows us as parents to actually relax the night of and enjoy the event. The staff has been so helpful helping us figure out how to successfully work within our budget to best utilize their staff and services in a way that made the most sense for our event. As a non-profit, our budget is limited, but their staff was knowledgable and helped us use our funds the right way. Everyone we have worked with at Elegant Events has been absolutely wonderful and we are so thankful for all they have done to help make our event a success.
~ Jessica Regan, Murch Elementary School Auction Co-Chair
We wanted to thank Elegant Events for the outstanding job coordinating our Big Day! All of our wedding events, including Garba, Sangeet, Wedding and Reception celebrations were absolutely amazing. We, along with our family and friends really enjoyed it all. Elegant Event’s dedication and thoroughness truly speaks for itself. When the time comes to execute and follow-through, you ensure all of your client’s wishes come true. Thank you for making our wedding a dream come true.
~ Lisa & Akhil Bharwada
We want to thank Elegant Events for the wonderful job they did planning our wedding. My husband and I come from very different backgrounds and we had no idea where to start or how to plan a wedding that would please both of our families. Throughout the entire planning process, Elegant Events was available to answer questions and offer suggestions as to what would work best for us. As someone relatively new to the area, I was not familiar with vendors in the DC metro area but Elegant Events was able to give us recommendations for everything, from the minister to catering. Elegant Events was able to bring everything together and honor both our Christian and Hindu traditions. In the end we had a beautiful day including two ceremonies, lunch, cocktail hour, and finally the reception. Even with a tight schedule, everything went smoothly and a month later we are still hearing from family and friends telling us what a great time they had at our wedding! If you are planning an event and feeling overwhelmed, we highly recommend contacting Elegant Events to ease the burden and make your event everything you want it to be.
-Ananth and Sara Chawan
Thank you to Elegant Events for planning my friend's birthday party as well as providing day-of coordination and wait staff. The party was a huge success. I really appreciate all you did for us. Thanks again.
Elegant Events handled the planning of our inter-faith/inter-cultural wedding celebration with the utmost sensitivity and respect. At every meeting, he maintained a calm, cheerful, professional demeanor, which was very helpful to me, as a nervous bride. Among his special strengths was his eye for décor -- the decor for our Sangeet was above and beyond what we expected --festive and tasteful. At every point throughout the planning process, he made us feel as if the wedding we imagined and dreamt of was possible, and heard out all our ideas. Elegant Event’s serving staff, from the bartenders to the wait staff were professional, kind, and attentive to every guest -- always a challenge at the large events connected with an Indian wedding.
-Nandini and Laundrew Diamond
We can’t believe our wedding has come and gone! We wanted to take some time and thank you for your efforts in making our event special. After a year of planning, it was fun and exciting to see our vision become a reality. We received numerous compliments about the entire day, including the venue, the food (everyone enjoyed all 3 days of catering), the decorations, and the music (the dance floor was filled the entire time!). It was an absolute pleasure to work with Elegant Events and we will be sure to hire them again for future family/friend’s weddings.
-Jay and Kamini Shah
Thank you for arranging a very successful wedding reception for my daughter. Your entire team was very helpful, experienced, and professional in managing all tasks and ensuring that the event was pulled off without any hurdles. Our family and friends really enjoyed the event and it would not have been a possibility without your dedicated support and detail oriented approach. Thank you again for all that you did for us. We truly think that Elegant Events is the best in the industry and highly recommend them for all your event planning needs.
-Jagdish Bakula and family
Elegant Events did our Sangeet decorations - and we were absolutely thrilled with the results! Ketan and his team did an absolutely wonderful job! The hall had such a classy yet festive look - it was exactly what we wanted and our guests loved the decor as well. Ketan was also so easy to work with - he was extremely accessible and very flexible. We would highly recommend Elegant Events!
-Arathi, Tushar & C.P.
Elegant Events was a pleasure to work with and made our big day extra special with their patience and careful attention to detail. We had a small wedding and they were still able to make it beautiful and really took to heart the vision we wanted for our day. We will definitely be contacting Elegant Events the next time we have a big event to plan. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
We are so grateful for all your hard work and dedication. We know our wedding was not to the scale (or budget!) that you are used to, but you really cared about us and our big day and were more than accommodating to our needs. You also served as a wonderful wedding day on-site coordinator, and I'm sure it was because of you that everything went so smoothly. We are indebted to you for making our wedding day so special :) Thank you!
~Chris & Nileena Woodland
Elegant Events has been a true godsend for my organization, and I could not recommend them more highly! I use them every month for events ranging between 100-150+ people, and they are highly professional, efficient, flexible, and responsive event managers. I have hired Elegant Events for easily over a dozen functions, and I would never use anyone else!
Elegant Events is fantastic with all kinds of setups. For some of my events, we need to convert a room set auditorium style with folding chairs to dinner around circular tables. Leave it to Elegant Events! In 7 minutes flat, they changed the entire room, and it looked beautiful.
Elegant Events is always attentive to the needs of my guests. At dinner events, they make sure that there is always enough of everything at each table, and my guests truly appreciate their hard work.
Elegant Events truly goes above and beyond. At one event I ran, a plug for the sound system broke 10 minutes before we started. Never fear! Elegant Events found a Radio Shack a few blocks away and ran to get a replacement part so we could start on time.
The venues we use absolutely love when we use Elegant Events. Elegant Events not only assists with setup and food service, but they make sure the space is immaculate before they leave. They do such a good job that it is like we were never there.
I could not be happier with Elegant Events and the services they provide. They make each event so easy to plan a worry free for me to lead. I think Elegant Events is truly the best in the business.
~Rabbi Aaron Miller, Washington Hebrew Congregation
Elegant Events is amazing and we love working with them for many reasons but primarily:
Quality of Work: Elegant Events is very detail-oriented and ensure that all the intricate details are accounted for; they will ensure they speak to all the vendors they are working with so they understand the flow of the day, their responsibilities and the overall timeline.
Client Vision: Elegant Events will work with their clients and well as their parents to ensure everything they want is accounted for and accomplished; I have never heard anything but positive reviews from their clients and parents.
Timeliness: Elegant Events is always there hours before anyone else ensuring all the details of the wedding are accounted for, they make sure that what has been contracted is accomplished correctly and take the stress off their clients so they can relax and enjoy their day.
Honestly Elegant Events is great and you will love working with them, especially because they will take charge of a lot of aspects of the wedding if you let them; freeing up your time.
~Sunny Mathur, Photographick Studios
Thank you Elegant Events for making our event a success! We really appreciated the guidance and assistance we received from you and your staff. Our events ran smoothly and it was so helpful to have a point person who knew exactly what was going on. Everyone knows that no matter how much planning you do, there are always small things that will go wrong and we really felt like Elegant Events took care of those small things before we even noticed. We were able to truly enjoy the wedding with our family and friends.
~Aparna and Karthik
Elegant Events gave us all the hope and expertise to make my daughter's dream of having a backyard wedding with 600 guests come true. " Wedding of the year" was said by many guests and relatives. Any person that has undertaken the task of planning a large event, let alone the exciting and emotionally-laden event of a wedding, knows how stressful it can be. Elegant Events was available to me for every worry, stress, question, and concern. They helped us navigate complicated family situations and find meaningful ways to involve my children during the planning and in the ceremony and reception. We have great appreciation and heartfelt gratitude for all that Elegant Events did for us and our 600 guests.
~Smita and Pankaj Patel
After 7 years of learning Bharatnatyam and western dance, on August 6, 2011, our daughter Kinjal danced her way into the company of the select dancers who have successfully performed their Arangetram and impressed the hundreds who came to watch. For this very special event, we chose to reduce our planning stress by hiring food and drink service management by Elegant Events. Their early involvement in scoping out the performance and dining halls, experienced suggestions during the planning as well as hands-on management throughout the event and hassle-free close-out were invaluable in allowing us to enjoy our daughter’s achievement with our friends to create an incredibly memorable night. Thanks for all your help in running a smooth event.
~Hema and Anand Bhatt
Thank you so much for everything you did during our wedding and reception. Your entire team was very professional and you made sure the entire day run smoothly. Both events were perfect and we appreciate every detail. Everyone enjoyed the day; the food was excellent and we had lots of fun with the music and dancing. Everything was beautiful, and we thank you again for all your help.
~Ami and Mitul
Our holiday open house was a great success thanks to the attention to detail and great food presented by Elegant Events. The Executive Director personally tended to the set up and seeing to staff. How they managed to maneuver themselves through that very congested room with little attention to themselves I do not know. We are most grateful to Elegant Events for attending to our small venue as they would a much larger party. Their great attention to detail made for a stress free event.
~Montgomery Preservation Inc.
True marriages are made in Heaven. Those of you who want marriage arrangements made on the earth below in the Washington, DC., area may do well to choose Elegant Events for making these arrangements.
Elegant Events gave us the choice. They know the whole host of vendors including hotels for guests; venues for the event; decorators; priest—North Indian, South Indian, Christian or other; transport agencies; henna ladies; if a horse is needed for Baraat, a real four-legged horse, not a mechanical toy, majestically walking the street with the bridegroom on its back, --walking without obstructing the traffic; dholak to lead the procession; photographers to cover all the highlights of the event from the beginning to the end for permanent record.
Elegant Events handled the enormous task involved in coordinating vendor services with ease and produced a memorable event for us. We highly recommend Elegant Events to all those who are looking for a wedding planner in Washington, DC., and its neighborhoods.
~Jyotsna Aithal and Susheel Jain