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Most planning companies are award-winning, and frankly, so are we. So what makes us different?

Our approach and our couples.

We are a full-service team of Hudson Valley Wedding Planners. Headed by two co-founders, Melissa and Deliece; our team currently holds over 20 years' experience in the industry that spans several regions across the US as well as global destinations. We curate and produce highly personalized and tailored events from the ground-up, whether it be a 20-person intimate soiree, a built-from-scratch private estate celebration or a 600+ person extravaganza!

We focus on the uniqueness of our couples by encouraging them to be their most authentic and raw selves. Our couples are as interested in the journey as they are in the end product. They are deep thinkers and open about their needs, even if their need is to say "I have no idea how to execute this, and I need help".

Planning with our team is often described as easy. We represent a unique mix of consistent professionalism with fun interactions, allowing our couples to approach their big day with confidence and excitement.

Our couples plan with us for 3 main reasons:
1. Our History & Experience: Our co-founders are educated up to MBA level and have a unique combination of high-level corporate experience in the luxury brand and design industry, coupled with on the ground experience in the event industry. Our team has worked events at all levels, from back of house support all the way to leading and producing multi-day corporate conventions and retreats.

2. Our Style & Creativity: Our Founder Deliece, worked as a professional dancer and choreographer for over 15 years. She has a unique eye for creating moments throughout events that are intriguing and that pull out the nuances of our couples' personalities. She dreams with you! Our co-Founder Melissa, has a corporate finance background and is always thinking about the logistics and delivery of the end product. Melissa also trained for over 9 years with one of the most prominent brands in the NY and CT Region, Abigail & Kirsch. Melissa has an incredible depth of knowledge that gives our clients confidence and comfort throughout the planning process.

3. Our Professionalism & Relationships: Our couples love that they can call us friends, while also knowing that their events will take priority. We value exactly what our clients value and work hard to get it right, every time.

Wait, there's MORE - We've commissioned events for large corporate brands and worked with top tier social media influencers to plan their events. Our deepest love, however, is for our private clients. We take the time to understand their vision, as well as what makes them excited, inspired and unique as people. After all, isn't that what we are here to celebrate? People!

If you identify with our style, you're already halfway there. That's our Dhalia Promise. Let's connect to start your Dhalia Experience!

  • Black-owned
  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer an hourly rate?

No

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Day-of Coordination
Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Double Weddings
Elopement
Eco-Friendly
Non-Religious
Religious

How many planners are on your team?

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Dhalia Events is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for their professionalism, attention to detail, and exceptional service. The team, including Melissa, Deliece, and Antonia, is praised for their helpfulness and thoroughness throughout the planning process and on the day of the wedding. Reviewers appreciate their organization, ability to

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Dhalia Events is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for their professionalism, attention to detail, and exceptional service. The team, including Melissa, Deliece, and Antonia, is praised for their helpfulness and thoroughness throughout the planning process and on the day of the wedding. Reviewers appreciate their organization, ability to

Melanie
Melanie Z. Sent on 11/11/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Wedding Planners!

Deliece and Melissa were absolutely fantastic! They really helpful from the get-go and jumped right in when we were in a time crunch–helping us create the wedding of our dreams! We could not have done it without them! Also when the groom found out his shoes didn't fit just hours before the wedding they were able to run out and bring back the EXACT SAME shoe in the correct size. We highly recommend them and hope to work with them again! Thank you again so much for everything!
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Lu Imbriano Sent on 10/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Made the wedding planning process so seamless!

I cannot recommend Dhalia Events more! Melissa and Deliece are truly pros. I went into the wedding planning process thinking that I would have everything under control, but they go above and beyond and helped me with details that I wouldn't have even thought of. They made the process so seamless and really planned everything perfectly, so during the wedding, we were able to fully relax and enjoy the night. In addition to Melissa and Deliece's help throughout the entire process, Antonia's help on the day of the wedding was crucial to its success and the whole team really made our wedding absolutely perfect.
Andrea
Andrea K. Sent on 11/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Dahlia team will help you to make your wedding day dream come true

I had not felt that we needed a wedding planner as our venue provided a wedding consultant who was a pleasure to work with and assured me that he and his staff would serve all our needs. My friends insisted that I needed a wedding planner so that I could enjoy the day, so I relented. After interviewing several planners, I chose Dahlia because of their professionalism and the variety of packages that they offered which allowed me to pay for the services that we needed. Melissa was a godsend. She met with us regularly beginning ten weeks prior to the event and made sure that we were organized and attending to all the details. She was incredibly thorough and always quickly responded to any of our questions. Our zoom meetings were productive, helpful, and certainly gave us piece of mind that we were going to be ready for the big weekend. Melissa was excellent at respecting our wishes and ideas and helping us to make them become reality. She is focused and practical. We had a few little glitches that I enlisted Melissa's help in and she always came through. The maid of honor’s dress got wet from sitting in a puddle in the car and when it dried it had a big stain. I called Melissa and she called me back five minutes later with the name of a local dry cleaner who she had contacted and was waiting for us to drop off the dress. They made it look like new and it was ready in plenty of time. On the day before the event, we met the rest of the staff at the rehearsal and knew that we were in great hands. Melissa, Delice and Antonia took care of everything. On the wedding day, everything went according to the schedule that Melissa had carefully planned and communicated to the wedding party and vendors. At the event, the team was everywhere and attended to every detail. I cannot say enough about how happy I am that we had the Dahlia team helping us. I had no idea how many moving parts were involved in a wedding and, thanks to Melissa, Delice, and Antonia, the day was a dream come true.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner

Team

Deliece Knights-Barnett
Deliece Knights-Barnett
Founder & CEO

Perspicacity and meticulousness are my strengths, and my focus is always on the end result. My journey to founding Dhalia Events includes professional experience as a Global Director of HR as well as a solid business focus by leveraging my MBA.

Both of these, combined with my genine love for events have helped to build a company that is backed by passion and real-world, professional expertise.

I'm convinced that our clients refer us not only because of our attention to detail, but because we internalize their "vibe" and "energy". When we win a new client, it's never taken for granted as the consistency of our work and our reputation is directly related to the consistency of satisfaction of all our clients.

Also:

​If my husband would get on board, I'd probably adopt as many cats as could fit in our house! I also believe it's fact that salty snacks are the best kind of snacks and that dancing is the cure for pretty much everything.

Melissa Diaz
Melissa Diaz
Co-founder and Client Service Director

I genuinely enjoy the entire planning process and value how invested our clients are in their events.We've seen budgets in the hundreds to the hundreds of thousands and make sure to mirror that investment through our work. Plus, the ability to combine my background in Finance & Accounting, with my 10+ years' work in Hospitality & Operations has been a dream come true. Numbers and events are an odd combination to love, but I truly do love them both.

Also:

If I could spend the majority of the year camping in the Catskills, I would. Family is everything and my two kids are the most awesome kids you will ever meet. No seriously, you should meet them!

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