Stunningly beautiful, original, and thought-provoking–your event should be a true reflection of you, your story and the city you’re marrying in. At Michelle Norwood Events, our specialty lies in creating signature spaces that are elegant and conversation-evoking–uniquely designed to allow the natural beauty of your space to shine through.
But it’s about so much more than the event itself. We believe that planning should be fun, collaborative, and celebratory every step of the way. That’s because, when you approach it that way, the experience is truly enjoyable and your event itself becomes a real reflection of you.
Signature spaces that complement the locale and venue are our speciality. From innovative room layouts to thoughtful materials, and carefully chosen partners to bring it all together. As New Orleans event planners specializing in bespoke details, every wedding and event is designed with you and your space in mind.
Working alongside your venue and our experienced partners in the travel industry, we fine-tune logistics to make the travel, accommodation and all of the events and travel comfortable and memorable for your guests. Our destination planning services include full design of all events.
From understanding your unique vision to preparing a scouting trip and guiding you through all of your custom options, the planning process is seamless and fun. As New Orleans wedding planners, we handle all of the details so that you can relax and enjoy the celebration amongst your guests.
These names are those in the wedding industry who can take on the most creative of challenges and elevate any expectation, whether you're planning for a chic celebration at home, a luxe affair in New York City, an outdoor event in Napa Valley, a wedding weekend spent in Italy, or a multicultural wedding weekend in Thailand, Bali, Kuwait, India, or beyond. Trust us: This short list is who we would call (and who we have tapped) when planning our own celebrations.
“When we were dancing in the rain towards the end of the night, I remember closing my eyes and just feeling pure elation,” Saul adds. “My favorite person, in my favorite place to the soundtrack of some of my favorite music—surrounded by so much love. I wanted to dance forever.”
Do you ever wonder who plans the types of weddings that you continuously find yourself stalking on Instagram? Well, you’re in luck since we’ve compiled a list of some our very favorite wedding planners. These men and women go above and beyond the call of duty to put together absolutely gorgeous ceremonies and receptions. Our own master list, of the eighteen best wedding planners working throughout the U.S.
Bridgette and Saul International Destination Wedding
Featured: Vogue Weddings
Margaret & Reese Industrial Warehouse Wedding
Featured: Martha Stewart Weddings
Lisa Frank Inspired Editorial in New Orleans
Featured: Wedding Chicks
Venue: New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
Food: Little Bushel Catering Co.
Cake: Sprinkle Liberally
Florist: Leaf and Petal
Stationery: Nicholas Stevenson
Entertainment: Hot 8 Brass Band
Planner/ Stylist: Michelle Norwood
Decor: LoveGood Rentals
Celebrant: Endy Mckay
Second Hand Wedding Dress: Johanna Ortiz
Bridal Boutique: Still White
Bridal Shoes: Joseph Azagury | Vans
Hair & Makeup: Faces of Virtue
Groom's Suit: Saul wore his Dad’s wedding suit as a special heirloom.
“There Was Dancing in the Street—and the Rain”
Venue and Rentals: Lovegood Rentals
Event Planning: Michelle Norwood Events
Catering: Little Bushel Catering Company
Flowers and Design: Leaf + Petal NOLA
Cake: Bittersweet Confections
Bride's Gown: LNA
Bride's Shoes: Gucci
Hair and Makeup: Gabriella Jimcoily
Lighting: House of Modern Vintage NOLA
Location: Felicity Church
Dress & Apparel: Lirika Matoshi
Event Planner: Michelle Norwood Events
Florist: Leaf and Petal NOLA
Food Styling & Tabletop: Little Bushel Catering Co.
Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro
Model: Riki Shaw
Photographers: Mo Davis Photography
Rentals, Backdrop, & Design: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals
As a NOLA native, engulfed by the poly-cultural magic of this city, I believe what makes us different and unique is also what makes us beautiful. The rich diversity, magic and beauty of the city inspire me and instilled an insatiable curiosity to discover and create beauty. We are New Orleans event planners specializing in destination weddings and I founded Michelle Norwood Events on that passion for discovery and those ideals. That’s why we call it bespoke planning: Your event is uniquely yours and I look forward to crafting it together with you.
Principal designer + planner
“We cannot express how much we appreciate all of your hard work and dedication over the last year. It has been a rough year in many ways but you have consistently been there as a bright spot in our lives. Planning a wedding is HARD and I don't know how people do it without you (YES, YOU specifically)! We feel like we gained a lifelong friend through this process and that means so much to us! We love you 💛!”
Cece & Derek
“We could not have had our dream day without Michelle! She stayed 100% on top of things, and when we were running behind she flawlessly streamlined the special events (dances, cake cutting) so that me, my husband, and our guests didn't miss out on any party time! I did not have to blink or think twice about anything because I trusted Michelle with my whole heart. If you are on the fence about a planner, I highly encourage you to book Michelle Norwood for your dream wedding!”
Abigail and Dom
What can I say...we were absolutely BLOWN AWAY by Michelle Norwood and her team! We would never have been able to have our dream wedding without her help. From our initial emails to then finding out our wedding was featured in Vogue, Michelle has been nothing short of exceptional. We are a couple based in London, who were adamant about having our wedding in New Orleans, after visiting once and Michelle made everything seamless and enjoyable!
We didn't have any other contacts in New Orleans, so Michelle was our point of contact between every single vendor. We had specific requirements including wanting Southern BBQ food, daiquiris, and a courtyard wedding. We trusted Michelle and her team with every single detail. She went above and beyond for us. Having never met Michelle before we booked her, we now consider her a friend and would never hesitate to recommend her to anyone. We have told our recently engaged friends to consider using Michelle, as she is International. All our friends said that our wedding was one of their favorite days, and it was certainly OUR favorite day.
Bridgette & Saul
My now husband and I, hired Michelle and her team to help us execute our destination wedding in New Orleans. After one phone call with her, I knew she was the planner for us. She was so down to earth while still being strong in her knowledge and abilities to give us our dream wedding. Since we didn’t live in New Orleans, we really had to just trust Michelle to give us our dream because we really couldn’t be there. We gave her a realistic budget and she ran with it. Y’all...when I say she gave us our dream wedding, I mean she gave us our dream wedding. Every little detail was thought of, and none of that was me, it was all Michelle.
She is the most genuine and hardworking person that I have ever met. She’s got your back and she treats you like family. She really listens to you and figures out a way to make your dream a reality. If you’re looking to hire a wedding planner in New Orleans (or really anywhere) I highly recommend Michelle and her team.
COURTNEY & DANIEL
“Ah Michelle, how do we love thee? Let me count the ways! Michelle indulged our every wish all while keeping our heads on straight. When my groom decided he wanted to ride in on a horse? Michelle got out there and found him horses. When we told her we needed a regale, multi tier cake with feathers? She found us the perfect cake shop. When we decided we needed Darth Vader and Two Stormtroopers to show up. She found and coordinated Darth and his Stormtroopers. It was a May 4th wedding. When we decided we needed Burlesque dancers? She made sure they showed up and showed out. And when we got shut down for a noise complaint, Michelle got the party rolling again.
But there are so many other things. She is just a wonderful person who genuinely cares. My husband and I were able to focus on each other and not the nonsense. My guests were taken care of from start to finish. She will let you know when it’s time to worry and when everything is going to be fine. I have to say I was sad that after the wedding we wouldn’t be working together any longer. She’s just that good.”
Nichole & Edwin
My experience with Michelle was nothing less than incredibly professional and exceeded expectations on all counts. As we all know, a wedding is a personal occasion and the goal for any couple is to find a way to have your fairytale wedding meet the reality of guest list, venue size, catering, flowers, etc. Her team will find a way to make it happen and take all the crazy stress of planning off your plate. Michelle understands the intricacy of the business. She took the time to learn about my bride and I in order to create a final product that fit our personalities.
I am from Philippines and my bride is from Eastern Europe: our request was to find a way to mesh our two worlds… not an easy task. Michelle was able to create the most beautiful modern private residence wedding and it was breathtaking. We were able to get a quick sneak peek of the outdoor tent space before our guests entered and to say I was speechless doesn’t begin to do it justice. The tables were set, the flower centerpieces were perfectly positioned, colors flowed seamlessly and the blue chandelier all the way from China added the final touch! Do yourself a favor and hire Michelle. We had a fabulous experience with Michelle and highly recommend her!