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Knot Too Shabby Events is an award-winning wedding planning company based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Melissa Burton, Principal Event Planner and owner of Knot Too Shabby Events, founded the company in 2014. The KTSE planning team grew to include, Katelyn Mattox, Lead Planner, in 2017. Knot Too Shabby Events will make your big day unforgettable thanks in large part to its kick-ass team of event assistants. Let Knot Too Shabby help you choose the most suitable theme for their wedding according to your style and personality.

Melissa Burton has grown from a small venue manager beginning in 2011 to one of the most sought after wedding planners in the area. (Shout out to winning #1 event planner with Encore Magazine in 2020 + 2019 and Wilmington Magazine in 2018!!) With Melissa's obvious love for what she does, it's no wonder she has captured the hearts of so many couples and local vendors. Melissa now has over nine years of experience in event management and six years in planning & design as lead planner and founder of Knot Too Shabby Events. Add on 10 years of customer service experience before that and she's worked with just about every type of person possible. She's a go-getter and serious when it comes to executing a perfect event but somehow makes it all look fun and enjoyable along the way. Reach out to Melissa to start chatting about your next event!

Services Offered
Knot Too Shabby Events offers wedding packages with the option of personalization to meet all their clients’ requirements for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. It caters to various wedding types including civil, destination, military, religious, non-religious, eco-friendly, and double weddings, as well as elopements. Their planning services include:

  • Budget analysis
  • Event management (formally known as "month of" coordination)
  • Event design
  • Full planning
  • Partial planning
  • Referrals
  • Timelines
  • Guest list
  • To-do lists

Contact us today to schedule a Zoom consultation to see if we're a good fit to work together. From there, we'll send you a planning proposal - all quotes are custom.

  • Woman-owned
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Jenna Married on 09/29/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Planning Team

Raving reviews from our guests that our wedding day on 9-29-23 was completely flawless and I owe it all to Melissa and her team. We went with the wedding management package and it was worth it! From planning, to month out, to day of the team took care of us completely! Would reccomend to anyone in Wilmington!
Nina N. Married on 08/07/2023
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Ktse is the best!

Melissa and her team are Out of This World! When I say that, I mean saying WOW! times infinity because they are that amazing. I researched several wedding planners in the Wilmington area, and once I had an initial consultation meeting with Melissa (lead planner), I knew she was destined to be my wedding planner. I wanted to plan most of my wedding and so I went with her Wedding Management Package with Design since I was not sure how to exactly put all my ideas together. Once I received access to her wedding planning portal, I was just getting more excited about my wedding because the portal offered everything for a bride to keep organized. The portal was very impressive as it offered a timeline of to-do task, spreadsheets of all sorts (guest list, budget, etc). When it came time for the design meeting, Melissa put all my ideas together and created an initial design board and I was just stoked! She immediately knew which florist would meet my expectations and "aesthetics" which was Designs by Dillon. Melissa listened to me, details, and vision I had mentioned throughout the planning process.

The few weeks leading up to the wedding I had a meeting with my DJ and he was very impressed with Melissa's wedding day timeline and floor plan she created. It made the DJ meeting so much easier as we planned out which songs to play at what time during the course of the wedding day. My photographer/videographer also told me on the wedding day how detailed and impressed they were with the timeline, which was very helpful for them to cover the shots they needed to.

On our wedding day, Melissa and her team came prepared and ready to go all with all their bright personalities. They set up all the things I had like signage, menu cards exactly the way we planned. You can tell they all love what they do! If there was an issue, Melissa was there to keep you calm. She and her team made my wedding the Best Day Ever! I literally felt like I was in a fairytale movie the entire day because of them. Thank you so much again Knot Too Shabby Events!!
Amanda N. Married on 04/29/2023
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Perfect Day! Magical!

Melissa starts the relationship with understanding who you are and what's important to you for the event. We held a slightly different event in that we were marrying later in life and wanted a true celebration event. Additionally, the event was on a private property and so every aspect was "custom". Melissa's attention to detail, her project management skills, her responsiveness, her wonderful personal style, her creativity and her problem solving skills were 100%. I suspect we don't know everything that she did to ensure we had a seamless and stress-free wedding celebration. Melissa and her team paid attention to every last detail and made us feel like we were her most important clients! Truly wonderful experience.

We always had confidence that Melissa had everything under control. She and her team have excellent experience in managing all types of projects. In addition, Melissa has excellent relationships with the various vendors - this helps on so many levels.
Melissa kept us updated all the time, communicating often and accurately. Melissa always brought solutions to any issues that popped up. All created great confidence!

We literally couldn't imagine planning an event (s) like the one we had without a competent, personable, experienced and hard working planner like Melissa (and her team). The whole couple of days ran so smoothly - her and her team's professional service removed nearly all stress!
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21 Endorsements
Michael Moss Photography Michael Moss Photography Wedding Photographers

Melissa and her team were amazing to work with! Everything always looks good and timelines are always spot on! You always have the feeling that everything is taken care of when she is running things and that is a great feeling!

Jewell Entertainment Group Jewell Entertainment Group Wedding DJs

Melissa and her team are true professionals. Life is always easy when they are the planners at any event we do together. Fun, friendly and organized she let's the vendors do their jobs while keeping your event moving smoothly. Hire them now!

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