Wedding Planners

Introducing Event & Wedding Planner Tara Melvin

Tara Melvin of Perfect Planning Events

Tara Melvin, a southern girl at heart was born and raised in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and in 1996 transitioned to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  Before making DC her new home, she began carving her future with her education.   Tara, a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration.  Since graduation, her professional career has spanned in the field of Sales & Marketing within the pharmaceutical, industrial, and hospitality industry.  During her professional career she learned and maintained valuable traits in regards to organizational skills, people management, negotiation skills, management skills, and attention to detail, while maintaining grace under pressure.
Several years later, Tara discovered her passion for wedding and event planning after planning numerous affairs at her home and for her friends.   It was only after planning a spectacular New Year’s Eve event at her home that one of her friends suggested that she should go into business for herself because they felt as if she had the gift and talent to be a successful wedding and event planner. 

In 2004, Tara created Perfect Planning and Signature Concepts, LLC, an event planning and management company that offers a complete array of services to cover all facets of event planning for luxurious weddings, social and corporate events, from start to finish. Services include but not limited to event coordination, vendor management, project plan creation, event itinerary creation, and risk and issue management.  It is her philosophy to deliver exceptional service, a peace of mind, and a memorable celebration for her clients and their guests.  And to be “the key resource” for her clients, as she designs, plans, manages, and produces their celebration.  Since the creation of Perfect Planning, the company has organized numerous lavish events from weddings to retirement celebrations, birthday celebrations to family reunions, corporate events and beyond.  Tara is also active within the wedding community serving as President of the Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC, 2014 WeddingWire Ambassador, and former member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.
As the creative engine and leader of Perfect Planning, Tara is excited to offer her clients a highly personalized experience resulting in an extraordinary memorable and stress free affair.  Her remarkable attention to detail and exceptional ability to capture the vision of her Clients has made Tara a valuable asset within the industry.  With her expertise, creativeness, passion, managerial aptitude, compassion for her work, and bodacious style-her weddings and special events are those of flawless distinction.  Allow Perfect Planning to offer your next event a personal style that will rise to a level of sophistication and will leave you and your guest in awe!

Perfect Planning and Signature Concepts is celebrating 10 years in business this year serving clients in the DC metro area and beyond, we have not restrictions on geographical locations. Their average wedding guest size is around 150 persons; they have done weddings up to 350 persons. In Tara’s spare time she enjoyswatching movies and playing with my pooch Deuce. Her secret passion is that she is an amateur mixologist – she loves making cocktails. 

Finally, a few words of wisdom from Tara she would like to share with brides and grooms.

·        Remember to love each other always during the planning process

·        As a couple, come to an agreeable and mutual understanding of all decisions

·        Be realistic and wise about your budget, and do not go into debt to have a wedding

·        Determine what is important to you

·        Relax and set guidelines to keep yourself on track

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Meet the Engaging Affairs Planners - Part Two

Meet the Planners series is Amanda McCabe! Amanda is also a DC native and is a graduate of Visitation and JMU.

  • Your signature cocktail: A glass (or bottle) of Pinot Noir
  • Favorite pair of shoes: A floral print stiletto or my new Kate Spade all cork heels!
  • Favorite vacation spot: Antigua! Or Boston for a quick getaway to cheer on my Red Sox! Viva!
  • Favorite restaurant: Nam Viet in Arlington.  I'm a sucker for good Thai or Vietnamese food!
  • What is your TV go to: I love to binge watch seasons of Scandal, Shameless, and House of Cards
  • Favorite wedding trend: I love mixing metallics with bright bold prints!
  • Wedding trend you'd love to see die a slow death: Pintuck linens.  I am a true rental snob!
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: Hanging with my dog, Tessie!
  • Describe your dream client: I love meeting with a couple who trust me and are willing to go outside the box!
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: Ellen and Portia.  So beautiful and intimate!  Plus who doesn't love Ellen!! (Ellen- pick me to be on your 14 days of giveaways show, thank you!)

Meet The Engaging Affairs Planners {Taylour Ann Campbell} The newest member of the team, Taylour Ann Campbell. Taylour Ann is a native of Northern Virginia and a graduate of The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!)

  • Your signature cocktail: Strawberry Lemon Sangria
  • Favorite pair of shoes: Any and all heels
  • Favorite vacation spot: New Smryna Beach, Florida
  • Favorite restaurant: Cafe Sano, Reston
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail: Architectural Digest, I love getting ideas from interior design magazines.
  • Favorite wedding trend: Donuts!
  • Wedding trend you'd love to see die a slow death: I hate to say it, but mason jars.
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: If the weather is beautiful, you will find me outside. Sunshine always makes me happy.
  • Describe your dream client: I love clients who I connect with immediately and are excited to plan their big day! Someone who is seeking simple elegance and wants to create a spectacular experience for them and their guests.
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake (Nothing can top that petal pink Giambattista Valli wedding dress)

To contact Amanda or Taylour at Engaging Affairs email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 703.313.7659703.313.7659

Meet the Wedding Planners at Engaging Affairs - Part One

Christine Godsey
Christine has been with Engaging Affairs for almost ten years and is known for her glamorous events and experience with multi-cultural and South Asian weddings. Some things you may not know:

  • Your signature cocktail:  Pinot Noir is my usual go to but when the mood strikes, I love a good Moscow Mule or Green’s Gluten Free Triple Blonde Ale. 
  • Favorite pair of shoes:  I LOVE my Corso Como riding boots!  I have had them for over 4 years and they just get better with age.  I wish I could wear them year round!
  • Favorite vacation spot: I love a little adventure, a little history and a little relaxation. So far, my favorites include: Whistler; Belize; Costa Rica; Meribel, France and, of course, Puerto Rico.
  • Favorite restaurant:  Going out to eat is one of my favorite things!  Some of my favorites in DC are Fiola, Bourbon Steak and Mintwood.
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail:  US Weekly, In Touch, Ok!.  I love love love gossip magazines just as much as I love reality TV shows.
  • Favorite wedding trend: I love what you can do with lighting these days. It is so much more than just uplights and pinspotting.  I love a bride who really understands what lighting can do.
  • Wedding trend you'd love to see die a slow death:  I Do stickers on the bottom of shoes, hangers with names written in them and monogram gobos.  
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding:  Out of town traveling or on the boat!  Always somewhere sunny!
  • Describe your dream client:  I love clients who are excited about doing something a little different, either with décor or food.
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: I have to say Crissy Teigen & John Legend.  Wedding in Lake Cuomo and three Vera Wang wedding dresses, one being a gorgeous red stunner.  What more do I need to say?

Erica Selekman
Today on "Meet The Planners" is Erica Selekman, our fabulous brunette! Erica has worked with Engaging Affairs for over three years and graduated from Radford University with a degree in PR.

Your signature cocktail: I'm a simple gal-- a light beer :)  And if I'm feeling fancy, either glass of
champagne or vodka + soda with a splash of pineapple juice

  • Favorite pair of shoes: Red pumps   
  • Favorite vacation spot: The beach!!!!!  If I could be a sun-goddess I would!
  • Favorite restaurant: The Palm in Tyson's  
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail: Washington Biz Journal (I know, boring)
  • Favorite wedding trend: Different height center pieces + and the "outdoor look" with branches
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: Brunch outside (if it's nice) with good company, music and eats (Saturday and Sunday if I'm lucky)
  • Describe your dream client:  The couple that just wants to have fun and truly enjoy the day!
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen  (a classic)


Last up on "Meet the Planners" is company founder Laura Weatherly. Laura grew up in North Carolina and attended Duke University before coming to D.C. and starting Engaging Affairs in 1996.

  • Your signature cocktail: Champagne. I always keep a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in the fridge.
  • Favorite vacation spot: Maui and Venice
  • Favorite restaurant: Blue Duck in D.C. and Fiction Kitchen in Raleigh
  • What magazine do you read every month without fail: Southern Living
  • Guilty pleasure TV: Scandal, True Blood, Downton Abbey
  • Favorite wedding trend: Laser-cut invitations
  • Wedding trend you'd like to see die a slow death: improper use of Mason jars (not a huge surprise there), e-vites for weddings
  • Describe your perfect weekend when you don't have a wedding: morning yoga, yummy brunch with my family, paddle boarding, then reading a good book in the hammock before dinner on the back deck.
  • Describe your dream client: a couple who has a good perspective on life and who realizes that a wedding is just one important day out of many in their future life together and not the end-all-be-all of their existence
  • Favorite celebrity wedding: Ellen and Portia-- I love the intimacy and true joy in their wedding!

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