Our story.

At Kristina Taheri Special Events, our mission is to be Your Story Builder. The foundation for any event is your unique story. Our job is to provide the tools and resources to help translate that story into the special event you are hosting. We focus on innovative design, custom planning, and all of the fine details that make your event the only one of its kind.

We make it possible for you and your guests to fully enjoy your occasion and relieve you of the pressure normally associated with planning and managing an important event. Educated and trained in luxury hospitality management, we understand the vision and details that go into making your story the perfect affair.

Kristina Taheri Special Events is affiliated with the following organizations:

Cornell Hotel Society, San Francisco/Chicago Chapters
Valle Monte League, San Jose, California
Wish Upon a Wedding Foundation
International Special Events Society
Wedding Industry Professional Association
Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants
Catering Executives Club of America, Chicago
Executives’ Club of Chicago


Kristina Taheri

Founder & CEO



Production Manager Chicago



Production Manager San Francisco



Special Project Assistant Manager


We truly recognize all the great work that you did in the planning, preparation and coordination of our wedding day. As you know, our lives are extremely busy and having you plan our wedding day was essential not only to a seamless execution of the day itself but to our sanity as we moved through this event. You captured our vision of how we wanted the weekend flow perfectly and we never felt any bumps along the way. All of our guests are still commenting on the beautiful event. Some would like the dance list “exactly as it was played”, others just cannot get over the service nor the laughter.
Ann and Terry, Bride and Groom
I want to thank you for your help and support in making Meghan and Andrew's wedding such a success. We really appreciated the attention to detail and soothing attitude you had, and I think your work was reflected in the beauty and timing of the ceremony and reception. Also, thank you for responding so quickly to changes in schedule, the program and other last-minute things that could have become major problems but didn't because of your expertise. Thank you!
Marcy, Mother of the Bride
Thank you for helping us through such an amazing wedding weekend! You were so on top of everything! We will highly recommend you and your team to any of our future friends getting married in Chicago. I hope you have recovered by now. We are still working on it…
Michaela and Joe, Bride and Groom
I wish there were 6 stars!! I can't begin to describe how thankful I am for Kristina. She planned my dream April 2012 wedding on a budget that I could actually afford at the Palmer House. She was always professional, supportive, and took my ideas and made them more beautiful than I imagined. We love her so much-she's become a friend of the family. Do yourself a favor. If you're getting married in Chicago hire Kristina! Heck, get married in Chicago just to work with her!
Meghan, Bride, Yelp Review


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Borrowed and Blue

A perfect combination of the best food and wine, top-notch service, and rustic elegance in Sonoma Valley for Michelle and Mike's sunny and sophisticated wedding.

Grace Ormonde Wedding Magazine

Swanky and sophisticated, this wedding combined classic black and white decor with shots of yellow.

Snippet and Ink

Kelley and Thomas's picture perfect party was a combination of Great Gatsby and Fancy Garden Party. It’s a perfect example of how simple can be utterly stunning, and classic can be totally unique.

Style Me Pretty

Villa Montalvo, plucked right from the Italian countryside and nestled in Silicon Valley, lent such a sophisticated backdrop to Nicole and John's soirée. Their gorgeous day was filled to the brim with soft pretty pinks and personal inspirations.

Vintage and Vogue

Devon and Andrei's love of everything "Vintage & Vogue" set the mood for their incredible wedding. Three week tent production, 22 chandeliers, and a huge team of vendors set the scene for their "fete fabuleuse" on this private estate!

McElroy and Associates

Guests for dinner? How to pull off a memorable holiday party by KTSE!

Chicago Sun-Times

Guests for dinner? Six tips from a pro on how to pull of a memorable dinner party. Check out our interview with the Chicago Sun-Times entitled "How to Make your Party Rock!"

Chicago Sun-Times

The best wedding planners do a lot more than plan! We give inside tips on what services, expertise, and pricing to expect when hiring a wedding planner.

Brides Northern California

Making a large scale event cozy and romantic for Heather and Andy's 350+ guests was a cinch at the captivating Mountain Winery. Every detail of this gracious couple's wedding was memorable for guests, and for us!

Hinsdale Living Magazine

Total transformation of the Hinsdale Community House into a "Wine Country Winter" inspired Holiday Ball was the task. The Napa Valley chic concept was a fresh and sophisticated one for this annual event, inspired by the fundraising wine auction.

Style Me Pretty

Holy Name Cathedral and The Drake Hotel were classic Chicago backdrops for Kristin and Brad's dazzling city wedding. Perfect elegance and time-honored tradition were underscored by wickedly fun moments, like the "Sweet Home Alabama" first dance!

B U Weddings

The ultimate urban winter wedding to celebrate this Parisian-Chicago union. The ballroom was glittering and dramatic in deep red and champagne tones. Of course, there was a nod to London as the Burberry classic check made a stylish showing at the event!

Hinsdale Living Magazine

In this publisher's profile, our interviewer discovers more about our company and explores why we think the "residential" trend in event design is here to stay.

Ceremony Magazine

Want to see the most fabulous SF City Hall/Palo Alto Spanish Estate wedding? Jessica and Andrew's very cool wedding was showcased in print for this glossy publication.

Hinsdale Living Magazine

Interviewed for a piece on the 5 things Kristina can't live without for the summer kick-off edition!

The Morton Arboretum News Release

Publicity on highly successful "Brilliance in Bloom," the 2015 Annual Dinner Party.

Ashley Maxwell Blog

What could be more classic San Francisco than this stunning wedding we worked on with Melinda and Alex? We loved every minute. A stunningly gorgeous and opulent affair, indeed!

Just Browsing Blog

A gorgeous story, recounted by the Bride, Kelly of her love story with Keith and wedding on her stylish fashion blog!

The Knot

Just look out for the giant balloons! Sahar and Andrew's super romantic and whimsical wedding at Flood Mansion in San Francisco highlighted by The Knot.

The Doings

"But as attendee Mary Grace Burke pointed out, “we aren’t eating in a gym, we’re dining.” Kristina Taheri Special Events turns the gym into a spectacularly-decorated dining spaces full of color, roses and sparkle for an annual black tie affair."

CS Modern Luxury

CS Modern Luxury covers the sensational 25th Anniversary of the Wellness House. Successful on all fronts and a joy to be a part of this event!

Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award

In 2014, 2015, and 2016, we have been rewarded with this honor by our dear clients! Thank you to our big-hearted Brides, Grooms, and Families, who who are so generous in their love and praise for KTSE!

Indian Splendor

Anna and Brijesh's grand Indian wedding at the Drake Hotel was vivid feast for the senses! Dozens of service providers combined to create a rich, elaborate and traditional weekend of Hindu festivities, as showcased in the publication.

Hinsdale Living

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Wedding Wire

Glowing five star client reviews, photos and videos on Wedding Wire, making us Couple's Choice Awardees three years in a row!

Just Browsing Blog

Check out a few of our party planning tips mentioned when we sat down with fashion and life style blogger, Kelly Nelson at Just Browsing

Hinsdale Living Magazine

Get to know some funny, personal tidbits about our founder! The inside scoop in this Country vs. Town piece.

Brides Magazine

Not what one would categorize as a typical backyard wedding! Kelly and Troy's magnificent nuptials on her family estate

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