Elegant Events, founded in 2002 by Jessica A. Yates (formerly Robinson), provides event & Wedding planning, event design, rental, stationery, favor and travel services throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. In 2005, the company introduced Wedding Planning as an additional service to meet the high demand for wedding industry professionals.
In 2006, the company launched a rental and purchase line to create a one stop shop for wedding couples and event hosts. Since the launch of their product line, Elegant Events has been fortunate enough to expand its services by being national distributors for both Carlson Craft and Birchcraft Studios invitation products. Elegant Events is committed to providing professional, detailed and well-organized services for both clients and vendors. Our goal is to provide premium event planning services and raise standards throughout the event and wedding industry.
Jessica A. Yates (formerly Robinson) began her career as founder and lead consultant of Elegant Events in 2002 after being exposed to the industry for many years. Her passion for planning grew far beyond anyone's expectations as she began to create her own path into the events and weddings industry, thus starting her own company with a name that describes her planning style as its best…Elegant!
Jessica is currently an active member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, where she continues to gain experience in the “Business of Brides”. It is through ABC that she received her certification as a Professional Wedding Consultant and continues to strive for higher learning in the industry by currently pursuing designation as a Master Bridal Consultant. She has received several acknowledgements for her dedication to the organizations DC/MD Chapter, where she is also a co-director for the Southern Maryland networking group. In 2008, Jessica received a second certification from The Wedding Planning Institute (WPI), were she also taught as an instructor at the College of Southern Maryland - LaPlata Campus.
In addition to her educational experience, Jessica has been blessed to share her knowledge of events and weddings with the world through various media outlets such as radio and news print. In spring 2007, she hosting an independent segment as part of the SamClay Business Informative Show entitled “After Yes… Before I Do”. Airing for three consecutive months, the segment provided a wealth of information through internet radio reaching a new wave of technical savvy brides and event host. She has also been featured in bridal related articles, the latest of which being “From Day Job To Big Day Job” published in June 2010 as a part of the Washington Post Express monthly news editorial Getting Ahead.
Haven been inspired and mentored by one of the worlds Master Bridal Consultants, Jessica continues to demonstrate a spirit of determination and excellence, making her an up and coming leader in the event and weddings industry. She accredits none of her success to her own being, yet accepts that her gifts and knowledge are a responsibility to be shared with the world!
The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) – Current Accredited Consultant Member
The Wedding Planning Institute – Former Instructor, College of Southern Maryland
Wedding Planning Intructor, College of Southern Maryland - LaPlata
Professional Wedding Consultant Certification – ABC
Wedding Planning Certification - WPI
Other Industry Education:
Wedding Coordinator I & II (ABC Certified) – PG Community College
Weddings As A Business – ABC Certified
Media & Publication:
“After Yes… Before I DO” – Radio Personality/Segment Host
“Stress can turn a bride into Bridezilla” – PG Gazette (Feb 21, 2008)
“From Day Job To Big Day Job” - Washington Post Express (June 14, 2010)