We are a full-service event consulting and planning agency designed to create an event you will never forget! Our professional bridal consultants can save you time, money and stress.
From the very first consultation meeting, Top Shelf Weddings & Events is dedicated to designing your dream event. Our experienced and enthusiastic consultants can customize our packages to fit your needs and budget. We can help you at any stage of the planning process, from event conception to coordinating the “Big Day” itself. We ensure that every element comes together in harmony so you and your guests can enjoy every delightful second.??
Established in 2004, Top Shelf Weddings & Events has developed a stellar reputation among other industry professionals, and the organization has won The Knot Best of Weddings, WeddingWire Bride's Choice Award and was a two-time WI Bride magazine Best Wedding Planner nominee. Top Shelf Weddings & Events is also a member of the Madison Wedding Guild, an organization comprised of Madison’s premier wedding professionals.
?Top Shelf Weddings & Events is owned and operated by Rachel Tatge. For almost ten years, Rachel has planned and overseen intimate affairs for just a few dozen people and corporate and community events for crowds over 100,000.??
Rachel has a passion for people, an eye for design and an innate drive to produce Wisconsin’s best events. Recognized for her organizational skills, positive personality and boundless energy, she is thrilled to find a career where all of those traits are essential.??Rachel loves nothing more than working with happy couples and their families to ensure every vision is perfectly realized with minimal stress.
She ardently believes no other event can compare to the joy of a wedding, and she can’t wait to make your wedding the experience of a lifetime.
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Melanie · Married on 07/28/2018
We hired Top Shelf Weddings to plan and organize our wedding. We worked extensively with Rachel, who is now our hero! We recommend her without reservation. Because of her expertise and ability to understand us, we were able to have a complex wedding that perfectly fit our vision.
We live 2000 miles from Madison, so planning a Madison wedding required meticulous planning and attention to detail. Since those are not our strong suits, Rachel was a lifesaver and our wedding wouldn’t have happened without her! She got to know us, helped us brainstorm, suggested wonderful vendors, and in several cases negotiated on our behalf.
Rachel knows her business—she has contacts with lots of vendors in the area and knows the venues. For example, during our first phone conversation she quickly identified a venue that fit all of our needs and immediately reached out to determine their availability. The venue was perfect for us, and we didn’t dare to hope such a venue existed until Rachel suggested it!
Surely, lots of wedding planners are organized and detail oriented, but Rachel is the consummate professional. In particular, we noticed that she never tried to impose a vision on us. She worked to understand our vision, and acted as an advocate for our vision. She knew which decisions we'd want to make and which decisions we'd rather not think about. When planning overwhelmed us, Rachel confidently stepped in to make some decisions. For example, where should we put the bar? How many tables, and which type? She knew us well enough to predict when we would welcome her input.
We also worked with Sarah as our day-of coordinator and she did an excellent job executing our plans. She did all the behind the scenes work so that everything went smoothly and was in the right place at the right time. Sarah has a positive and calming presence, and she orchestrated the day so that we didn’t have to.
Thank you Rachel and Sarah for your hard work! We are so, so grateful!
Claire Peterson · Married on 07/28/2018
Rachel was phenomenal as our wedding planner. She proactively met with us throughout the entire process, organized all our vendors so that everyone was on the same page, and made sure our wedding day was flawless. I'm convinced that even if something major went wrong, I would have NO IDEA because Rachel would have just handed it! Every single person who interacted with Rachel (officiant, entire wedding party, photographer, etc) commented on how wonderful and organized she was. We chose a package where Rachel helped us specifically with photography, catering, and event design + day-of coordination - it was the perfect fit and we felt well supported throughout the entire process. Highly recommend!
Katherine · Married on 06/09/2018
Rachel and Top Shelf Weddings were phenomenal. After interviewing several wedding coordinators, Rachel's professionalism, thoughtfulness, and energy were hard to beat. She definitely delivered on the day of the wedding, which went without a hitch or worry. Rachel also did a fabulous job of coordinating all the vendors and making the reception venue flawless. We could never thank Rachel enough for making the perfect day a reality.
One of the best wedding planning companies we have worked with over the years. Top Shelf give the bride and fellow vendros piece of mind at events. AAA+++
I've worked with Rachel Tatge from Top Shelf Weddings on two beautiful, well-organized weddings this year. Top Shelf definitely does a wonderful job! The information these girls compile for each of their clients is incredibly helpful to vendors like myself. The orchestration of the event is smooth and elegant down to the last detail. I would highly recommend Top Shelf Weddings & Events to any and all brides who would like to enjoy their wedding day- with Rachel or Angela in the driver's seat, your event will go off without a hitch. :)
I've always had a great experience when Top Shelf has been involved with the wedding.