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Planner in Madison,
(608) 290-5966
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  • 27 Reviews


    Alli Hartwick

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  • Hiring Rachel from TSWE was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. She was such a pleasure to work with and made sure our big day went absolutely perfectly! From coordinating with our vendors to making sure my large wedding party and even larger family were in the right places at the right time, Rachel was such a big help. Thank you so much!

    Mary Morgan-Sheriff

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  • Rachel Tatge of Top Shelf weddings is phenomenal! Working with Rachel allowed us to focus on finishing the construction of our new home, which was also our wedding venue and painfully behind schedule. In contrast, due to Rachel’s exemplary planning skills our wedding plans for 170 guests glided along smoothly. Rachel ensured our vision was executed flawlessly and our day was exactly as we had imagined – right down to all the quirky details that mattered to us and made our day truly ours. Rachel has boundless, infectious, positive energy which made our time together a fun precursor to the actual date. She brought her industry knowledge, expert taste and eye for design to our wedding and helped to turn our home into a magnificent and festive wedding venue. Her consultative approach was very much appreciated as each decision we made was grounded in her deep industry experience. Thankyou Rachel! You are a consummate professional and truly one-of-a-kind. It was a treas... Read more

    Claire Peterson

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  • 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!

    Melanie

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  • 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 su... Read more

    Katherine

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  • 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.

    Katey

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    5 out of 5
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  • Best vendor of our entire wedding. Seriously, can Rachel coordinate my life? I am a serious Type A, control freak who won't even let my mother/new husband take care of things but I trusted Rachel. She made sure all I wanted for the wedding happened (and I had a lot). I had phone calls with probably 20 wedding coordinators. Rachel stood out then and still does. If I could give her 10 stars I would.

    Lauri

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    5 out of 5
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  • My daughter's wedding was a dream come true and our day of planner was a huge part in making it happen. Rachel knew exactly what to do at every step of the way and dealt with every challenging situation with an exceptional amount of professionalism and control. She stayed at the wedding until everything wasn't taken care of and collected all the materials/gifts we needed to save and delivered them safely to our house so we could enjoy saying goodbye to our guests. She also helped all the other vendors to know what to do and where to get their supplies. We were so pleased with Rachel's services.

    Dan

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  • We decided to go with the London package through TSWE because my wife and I are fairly organized people and that worked out perfectly for us. She was there whenever we needed her - either by phone, e-mail, or in person. My wife wanted a lot of help with ideas about how things would flow together and Rachel always gave that to her. She never made her feel bad about the choices and always gave honest recommendations. I am very spreadsheet and detail oriented and she was able to meet me where I needed her in terms of realistic and prompt budget guidelines and planning timelines. She really could not have been a better fit for the two of us. On the day of the wedding, she was invaluable. We constantly look back on the day and think about how amazing it was. We literally did not have to worry about one thing. The venue was set up beyond our expectations and everything was perfect. She kept track of the timeline for the entire evening and augmented the flow of the evening, ... Read more

    Wendy

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  • We loved Rachel and Top Shelf Weddings so much, we used her for both of our daughters' weddings. Rachel is remarkably talented at what she does. She takes the daunting task of overseeing a wedding and approaches it with the calm demeanor, patience, and perseverance of a general going into battle. From the initial meeting through the final affair, she manages whatever is thrown her way. She is personable, funny, professional, well organized, and really good at what she does. She assumes a low profile, and yet is always right there when you need her. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Two daughter's and two weddings in less than three years...we could not have done it without her.

    Emily

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  • Rachel is a true Master of Ceremonies. I knew 5 minutes after meeting her at our initial consultation that she was the one to plan my wedding & pull it off flawlessly. And she did exactly that! She is a great listener, taking the time to learn what is important to you as the bride, and then executing that vision with nothing short of excellence. She is sweet, professional, prompt and about a million other things. What else can I say - book her!

    Karen

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  • Where do I even start? Let me begin by saying that Rachel Tatge from Top Shelf Wedding & Events is an amazing wedding planner. Not only did my husband and I live in a different state, but I was also in the middle of completing a veterinary residency, which with the combination of the two would have been a very stressful process, however, Rachel was a life saver and made the wedding planning process much easier. Rachel is extremely professional and friendly. After interviewing several potential wedding planners, my husband and I knew immediately that we wanted her as our wedding planner. We went with the "Paris" package, which essentially is the full wedding planning service due to the fact that we lived out of state and we both had very busy schedules. Rachel went above and beyond what we expected. Rachel was very accommodating with everything we requested of her from planning my bridal shower and rehearsal dinner to the wedding and the morning after brunch. We requested a lot ... Read more

    User5642251

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  • Rachel of Top Shelf Weddings is fantastic. She is so professional and asks the right questions in order to have your wedding all planned out. My husband and I were stress free on our wedding day knowing we had her by our side. Highly consider having Rachel as your wedding coordinator and planner!

    Elizabeth

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  • Let me first start off by saying that I live in NYC and was planning a wedding on my fiance's parents' farm in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin from afar. So I didn't really have that many people to ask about referrals. I got one wedding planner referral from a food vendor and they weren't available for our date but highly recommended Rachel, which to me, was quite a recommendation (a competitor giving the thumbs up to someone else in the field). My initial contact with Rachel was via email but then we set up a time to chat in late December 2014. I could tell instantly that she was the right kind of Type A personality I wanted to help with the 'day of' coordination of our big farm wedding. She shared references with me immediately and everyone had glowing reviews of her services. The types of questions she asked during our phone conversation showed that she was detail-oriented and on-the-ball. Rachel shared sample itineraries to give us a feel for the services she'd provide and how she'... Read more

    Meghan

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  • Rachel was phenomenal! I ordered the "day of" package essentially, but Rachel met with me and my mother at least 3 times and was always available by phone or email pretty much instantly. As a bride, it was so amazing to know that Rachel knew plan A, B, and C, so she could deal with any and all hiccups the day of. She also instructed my vendors not to contact me unless they had to, the week before, and to contact her with issues which really allowed me to relax and focus on what was really important! Rachel always knew what to say, what to do, and how to keep things fun but professional. Rachel was worth every single penny, I don't know how people throw a wedding without her!

    Brittany

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  • Initially, I chatted with Rachel over the phone and made a verbal agreement for contract, The following day I was told that someone else booked and she would not be able to coordinate my wedding, however, her associate would be able to do it. We had a couple meetings to organize and plan the day, down to the minute, but never met her associate Maggie until our final meeting, a couple weeks prior to the event. I noticed typos in almost every document, and updates I made never got put into the final itinerary which ended up causing us an additional $100 from a vendor after our wedding because he never got the itinerary. The day of the wedding came, the girls arrived on time and got to work setting up the venue. If this was the only job I had hired Top Shelf for it would have been great. They did a great job of putting my diagram into action and making the tent look the way I had envisioned. However, when it came to the execution of coordinating it fell apart. I made a small change to t... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Hi Brittany, I am so sorry you had a bad experience with my associates on your wedding day and had frustrations leading up to your wedding. I had no idea – until reading this review -- that you were frustrated with initially booking my services, the itinerary or meeting Maggie. And I definitely had no idea that another vendor didn’t receive the itinerary and it cost you an extra $100. If I had known about any of these frustrations or miscommunications, I would have worked quickly to address and fix them. Upon receiving your email after the wedding detailing the miscommunication and problems that arose on-site, I immediately spoke with my associates and addressed the issues with them. Based on our last correspondence, I thought I had worked with you to find a satisfactory resolution, but I am always open to further communication, so please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your concerns. Again, I sincerely apologize that you had a bad experience with Top Shelf Weddings, and I wish you nothing but the best.

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