"Thank you SO much for all of your hard work. You did such a great job that our wedding day felt incredibly smooth and enjoyable for us and our guests. Our families could not say enough about how impressed they were by your professionalism and organizational skills!

Most of all, we had so much peace of mind in the days, weeks, and months before the wedding because we knew you were completely on top of things. I was so relaxed at my board exam the week before that everyone commented that they couldn't believe I was getting married the next week! Thank you so very much -- we don't know how we could have done it without you."

Li Na & John


"We are so glad we picked you as our wedding planner. We had so much on our plate, and you made the process easy! Thank you for your vendor suggestions. They all did a great job. The barn looked beautiful - your efforts at setting up are appreciated. And the fly spray worked great!"

Jackie & Robb


"Rachel did a fabulous job as our wedding planner, guiding us in planning the wedding day, making sure that every detail was planned, and taking care of those details the day of the wedding as the day unfolded with all of its complexities. However, even more important than being an extremely competent professional, Rachel showed herself to be a kind, sensitive and thoughtful human being.

Our daughter and her fiancé decided to get married in Madison in mid-July, just 8 weeks after her father's cancer diagnosis and surgery in early May. Hiring Rachel was the best decision I made. With our daughter on the speaker phone and us at the dining room table Rachel listened and was responsive to our daughter's vision of the wedding and then figured out how to make it a reality, working with the caterer and DJ to make everything work perfectly. But even while working on the details Rachel went beyond the job contract, always asking about my husband's health status, giving me time and supportive words when I was feeling a little overwhelmed, and reassuring us that things were on track. She understood that this wedding was more imminently about family, friends and love and joy and helped that happen.

Under such trying circumstances, Rachel's planning for and her presence and attention to every detail and circumstance which arose during the day of the wedding allowed us to enjoy every moment of the ceremony and wedding celebration."

Emily & Aaron


"I wanted to write to you and THANK YOU for all of your help coordinating our amazing wedding weekend! It was so beautiful, perfect and most importantly FUN! I really appreciate your assistance (and your assistant's help) leading up to and on the big day."

Emma & Peter


"Thank you again for your incredible hard work to pull everything together on our wedding day and for your work in the weeks beforehand. Everything was absolutely beautiful and people had a great time and were very well fed!"

Jessica & Adam


"Thank you very much for being our wedding planner. You allowed us to really relax and enjoy the day. You are truly amazing and I hope we will cross paths again!"

Kristen & Jason


"Adam and I cannot thank you enough for all that you did for our wedding. We had an amazing time and could not have had such a perfect day without you! The set up was perfect and it all looked exactly how we imagined. Thank you so much for everything. We really appreciate it."

Monica & Adam


"Imagine an elegant New Year’s Eve soiree, dripping in gold sequins with delicate white floral accents, complete with a room full of overjoyed guests donned in black-tie attire, enthusiastically dancing past midnight into the new year. Top Shelf Wedding & Events was the sole reason our vision came to life. With genuine fondness and zeal, we wholeheartedly recommend Rachel as the best wedding planner in Wisconsin.

We hired Top Shelf Wedding & Events for full production services (the “Paris” package). WOW. We were truly impressed by how fully immersed Rachel became in the planning and, not only did we develop an unforgettable wedding together, but we also cultivated a remarkable friendship in the process. When you work with a partner on such a personal and emotional project, it is best to have a comrade that can both support you and provide honest guidance, a practice at which Rachel excelled time and time again.

Top Shelf Wedding & Events will deliver the discerning bride-to-be a top shelf experience, from end-to-end:

QUALITY – Rachel is organized, responsive, and detail-oriented. Before the wedding and on-site, Rachel managed everything with meticulous precision and grace.

INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE – With vast expertise in the local wedding market, Rachel will offer you an array of vendors at varying price levels to help guide your decision with your budget in mind. She is unbiased and diplomatic. What is not sourced locally can be sourced online. Whatever your vision, Rachel knows someone or some way to make it happen.

TRUST – Rachel is your advocate. She will work with vendors to support you and provide honest feedback when appropriate. Even when Rachel would offer a different perspective than what I had originally considered, she did so with tact and would offer an alternative solution to help execute against your original vision.

INTEGRITY – Rachel is a confident, capable woman that is respectful of her clients and industry partners. She is professional and proactive when it comes to troubleshooting challenges. Ultimately, she is the epitome of integrity and you will be proud to have her on your team.

We selected Top Shelf Wedding & Events for experience, professionalism, energy, and willingness to understand our perspective. We attained all of those qualities and more. Rachel is incredibly genuine, passionate, dedicated, responsive, responsible, proactive, organized, fun, and a good listener.

Our wedding was quite complex and Rachel became completely invested in our event to ensure that we were “hitched without a hitch.” We had a "New York style" wedding, which intersperses food and dancing, so the schedule was very tight and had to operate like a theater production throughout the evening. Rachel worked with every vendor to perfect the timing so that everything was cued perfectly. It was a new style for Rachel but her willingness to learn, command of the vendor team, executive presence, attention to detail, and desire to create a memorable experience for her clients made it run flawlessly. Seriously, in an incredibly complex situation, there were NO HICCUPS. NONE. It was a thing of beauty.

Overall, Rachel far exceeded our expectations. She was patient, courteous, fun, engaged, timely, respectful, and...did I mention patient?! For the number of brides she must see and the number of events she plans, she always made me feel like #1 and took time to answer all of my questions in detail. Every meeting always moved the conversation forward and I feel like the value she added far exceeded the cost of our contract.

I cannot express enough how working with Rachel was the SINGLE BEST investment we made our entire wedding. I would strongly recommend buying the full "Paris" package. You will develop a relationship that is completely in sync and she will guide you every step of the way. She was a miracle in action!

Rachel turned any old day of the week into an extraordinary New Year's Eve bash for me, my new husband, and our families and friends. I cannot urge you enough to select Rachel as your wedding planner. The success of our wedding is wholly attributed to Top Shelf Weddings & Events!"

Sarah & Ryan


"We wanted to let you know just how appreciative we are for the extraordinary work you did for us on Becky and Dan's wedding day and the many days leading up to November 3rd. You were very responsive to all of our many questions. Due to your hard work, knowledge, and professionalism, the wedding was wonderful! We received many compliments at how beautiful the event was and how smoothly everything went. There were no slips or problems. And if there were, you came to the rescue. Again, thank you for your expertise, sense of humor, and calming effect!"



“Our wedding wouldn’t have been as awesome as it was without you! You really are great at what you do!”



“Our wedding was perfect. Thank you so much for your guidance and patient assistance with the wedding. Your natural confidence and organizational skills helped to reduce OUR stress a great deal.”



“We want to thank you for helping to make Tera & Danny's wedding weekend magical. From the time you came on board, you were exactly the right person to execute our plans with efficiency. Initially, as you sat with Tera & I while we described every minute detail of the plans, you confidently expressed that you could handle what you called, "a lot of moving parts" with this event. We were impressed that even though you had little experience with Jewish weddings, it was obvious you worked hard to understand and execute the traditions that were important to us. I was impressed with the firm manner you contacted all the vendors and solicited their concurrence of their portion and then finalized the plans after everything was worked out. Through this process, we became aware of some potential glitches that were handled prior to the event. I appreciated the lists that you made to remind us of everything necessary to bring which you collected at the rehearsal, so nothing important was forgotten. During the day Saturday, when an unexpected discrepancy arose, you also handled that with a firm but calm approach that worked to assist in resolving the issue quickly. I felt so relaxed during the wedding itself because you were watching over every detail to ensure the plans were executed as intended. We appreciated your helping with clean-up as well. In essence, you helped to make the wedding delightful!”



"Thank you so much for all your help before and during our wedding. Everything was PERFECT! I truly don't think it could have gone any better. Thank you for taking a lot of the stress out of the planning. I didn't realize how much we needed it until we hired you!"

Stephanie & Bill


“Thank you so very much for all your help! You have made the whole process so much easier!”

Sarah & BJ


"We hired Rachel as our wedding coordinator for the day. She did an absolute amazing job organizing and directing our special day. Without Rachel, our wedding day would not have been as relaxed for myself and husband. It was nice knowing everything was taken care of. I would highly recommend Rachel!"

DeeAnna & Nick


"Originally I thought I would be the bride that would be able to do everything myself, but hiring Rachel was one of the best decisions I made! Rachel helped me complete our weekend timeline and handouts for my vendors. Rachel spent over an hour on the phone with me gathering all the details for the hotel, transportation, hair/make-up appointments, ceremony, reception, and vendors. Her attention to detail was superb! She thought of things that I would never have! She also communicated with all the vendors, and asked them to contact her with questions so I didn't have to worry. She was extremely helpful at the rehearsal and day of, making sure everyone was where they needed to be and on time. It was extremely helpful having her be a part of my day, because I did not have to stress or worry about anything. All I had to do was enjoy my wedding. I would hands-down recommend Rachel to anyone without blinking an eye. She is thoughtful, organized, professional, and an amazing person to be around."



"Rachel Tatge is not only a fantastic wedding planner, but a wonderful person as well. She helped me navigate the multitude of venues and vendors in the Madison area, and her recommendations made a huge difference in the planning process! Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but she kept me from getting too overwhelmed, plus I felt safe knowing the people she suggested are excellent at what they do! Her assistant, Maggie Whitish, also did a great job helping to run the whole wedding day. Everything went off without a hitch and it was a load off of my shoulders to have the two of them in my corner. If my husband and I ever need assistance planning a future event, I would not hesitate for a second to contact Rachel at Top Shelf Weddings and Events! Thank you so much!!!"



"We contacted Rachel about 6 weeks before my wedding after realizing we wouldn't be able to do it all the day of. She helped me get organized for the big day and without her, several small but important details would have slipped through the cracks. Usually when planning a large event like a wedding, you expect some things to go wrong, but with Rachel at the helm, our wedding day was as perfect as perfect can be."



"Rachel is amazing! I honestly couldn't have done it without her. And I was a skeptic; I didn't think I needed a wedding planner. Boy, was I wrong! She organized, itemized and got her hands dirty. There were so many things I would have forgotten or just not realized without her. Her itinerary was spot on. The timing was all perfect. She and her assistant jumped in to get things done. She treated us like friends but was very professional and direct. I would probably still be married today without Rachel, but I wouldn't have the amazing memories (and great pictures) without her!"


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