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

“Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice.”

What distinguishes Kristina Taheri Special Events from other event management companies is the diverse background and experience of its founder. Following her undergraduate studies, Kristina held an international position with American Airlines. She then joined the staff of British Airways in Paris, where she lived for several years. Following this phase of her career, Kristina decided to further her formal education and attended Cornell University’s top-ranked Statler Hotel School.

Upon receiving her Masters of Management degree from Cornell in 1997, Kristina embarked on a career in the hospitality industry. Prior to launching her event management company, Kristina worked for the Four Seasons Hotel Group in Chicago, and was subsequently recruited by the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York where she managed major social, high-end corporate, political, and celebrity fund raising events.


Production Manager Chicago

“Quality never goes out of style!”

Peggy joined Kristina Taheri Special Events as business consultant in 2011. Peggy brings a wealth of experience following a very successful career as vice president of sales, marketing, and business development in the construction industry.

Peggy directs corporate events and assists in social events. She is responsible for the new business development and management of client events in the Chicago area. These events may include product launches, grand openings, holiday parties, sales events, site negotiations, and any related support services. Her skills, enthusiasm, business savvy, and ability to engage with a diverse client base insures a fun-filled as well as cost-effective experience for our clients.


Production Manager San Francisco

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!”

Susan's love of events was set in motion at a young age when she enthusiastically began planning festivities for her large family. Presently, with over twenty years of professional planning experience, she has executed many memorable events ranging from weddings to high profile concerts.

Susan joined Kristina Taheri Special Events in 2006 as our wedding consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Susan's experience in the hospitality and interior design industries, extensive world travel, and degrees in art and business from California State University, give her the unique ability to fashion fresh ideas to help build our client's own special story.

As an Ambassador for the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, a volunteer at both the San Francisco Opera House, and Boys Hope Girls Hope, Susan stays well connected with the current trends in the San Francisco area.

MPI (Meeting Planners International)
PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)
Ambassador at SF Travel

Volunteer work:
Gala co-chair for Boys Hope Girls Hope, San Francisco


Special Project Assistant Manager

“You are the gas to my car, the sneakers to my marathon...”

Hillary is a natural for the position of Assistant Manager of Production and Projects. Her eye for detail, calm under pressure, and enthusiasm for the event industry makes her an ideal fit for KTSE.

Special projects, marketing plans, social media, accounting, and company communications are dealt with efficiently and professionally by Hillary. She also loves working on site with day-of events.

Prior to graduating from LSU with a degree in Communications, Hillary got her first taste of event management by coordinating sorority events. In addition, she worked for Guaranteed Rate helping plan over 200 national events per month.


You truly created a story to be told for each of us forever! Since we met over a year ago, you have gently and happily guided us through the twists and turns, and I can honestly say, we would not change one thing. Christy and I will always look back on this year and think about the closeness we feel and fun we had with you making our dreams come true!
What a night!!! We couldn’t have done it without the puzzle coming together with each of the pieces you and the team all provided…. Can’t thank you enough for helping to make the night such a success!!
Ms. K., Thanks so much for the collaboration. It was delightful!
I truly appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail ESPN received this year at our NASCAR and College Football receptions. Everything was set well ahead of time, leaving me with absolutely no stress and no worries. What a rarity when planning black tie events!
I would like to thank you and your team for the excellent services and facilities you provided to us during the recent high-level consultations on climate change. Your professionalism, attention to detail and flexibility for last minute changes was much appreciated and contributed to a large extent to the organizational success of the convention.
Had SOOO much fun and it was truly amazing. My Mom was even dancing and there are photos, which is an incredible miracle. The smile on her face is truly priceless, and I am so glad that we made some strategic choices along the way. I can't thank you enough for all the intangibles and the joy that was experienced by all!
It was a great experience at Kensington that took us on a 12-month marketing journey - culminating into one fantastic nigh to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! It couldn’t have been done without all of your help and commitment. Our goal of making a splash with our corporate customers at Cafe Brauer was achieved, big time!
Working with the team at Kristina Taheri Special Events has been a joy since day one. Every event you have helped us bring to life at The Morton Arboretum has been consistently imaginative and flawlessly beautiful. Thank you for your smooth and efficient work, and for creating an innovative, personal, and mission-inspired event experience year after year.
Kristina Taheri has done such an amazing job with our Annual Holiday Balls, and I wholeheartedly recommend her for any event. She is incredibly talented, creative, responsive and an absolute delight to work with. I am confident that our Holiday Ball Chairs, committee members and Community House staff agree. We hope to work with her every year on our annual event.
Thank you for being so professional and incredible to work with from start to finish. Such an honor. Kristina, I know I speak for everyone when I say that you are an incredible leader.
The Dream Team. What a great night! Thank you all for your creativity, hard work and flawless execution! It was better than we expected!
Thank you for helping us to plan an excellent open house for our dental colleagues. We couldn't have done it without you! Who knew a company event could be so fun?
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!
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...
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!
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.
John and I were amazed by our wonderful day. It was the perfect wedding from our perspectives. We don't know what you did behind the scenes but appreciate you protecting us and allowing us to enjoy the environment, friends, and family. Kristina, your flawless planning allowed us to escape the critical details of the weekend. I can't tell you how many people have told us it was their favorite wedding they've ever been to and compliment the work you and the team did. It was our favorite wedding, too!
Everything went perfectly ! I was so relaxed, and got to enjoy the day without any stress! I don't know how you do it. All the vendors you recommended were great, and easy to work with. I knew from the first time we met you would be amazing to work with. I will surely recommend you! I feel sad that we won't be in contact anymore......Maybe when my son gets married...
The day was more perfect than we could have imagined - Thank you...
We just wanted to thank you for all your hard work yesterday! I give you so much credit. I didn't realize how difficult it would be to get the bridal party moving, stick to the timeline, and deal with a girl I've never met from the Winery, and you did a great job. I don't know what I would have done without you. I was able to relax, take it all in, enjoy my wedding day knowing everything was in your hands. Everything turned out perfect and it was the best day ever! Thank you so much!!!!
Kristina is very thorough and professional plus she is a genuinely enthusiastic person. I work crazy long hours and Kristina was very patient with working with my busy schedule. We did not want a cookie-cutter wedding and she was willing to think outside the box. Everything turned out even better than I had envisioned, thanks to Kristina! Our special day was spectacular and worry-free since she worked so hard prior to the event, plus she was on site to deal with all of the details. If only I could have Kristina manage all the details of my daily life as well!
If YELP had 10 stars, Kristina would get 11. I didn't worry about anything on my wedding day because I had so much confidence in her. Kristina was so on top of things. I cannot tell you how important it is to have her and her team overseeing the workings of your wedding day. It will save you so much stress - so you can remember all your guests and the magic of the day. I don't know how she did it all, but she did and with a smile on her face. I wish I had a live-in Kristina. She is a wonderful communicator and a delight to be around.
I can honestly say that the wedding was the best day of my entire life, and everything went so smoothly (largely in part to you and Sue!). You and Sue were both so professional and wonderful to work with, and I got more than a few compliments on how seamless everything was at the wedding. I couldn’t have asked for more, and you were such a lifesaver at many points in the day! It was great getting to work with you, and I am so thankful that you were our coordinator! I will look back on the wedding with only the best memories. I will definitely be recommending you to anyone I know who is getting married or throwing an event- you were amazing!
Kristina was amazing - We had her help us with mostly day of services for our wedding, but when we hit a bump in the road with the hotel, she was there along with us to sort it out. She put together an amazing schedule for all our vendors and sent it to each of them. I think Kristina and I bonded the day we met and we just were on the same page the entire time. She made my wedding so special. I would absolutely use her again for any services.
Everything seemed to go smoothly and that is Kristina's forte. No matter what problem arose, she solved it long before my husband or I even had an inkling. I couldn't recommend her more, and we plan on using her services for all parties or events we throw in the future.


Brides Magazine

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

Hinsdale Living Magazine

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

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.

Wedding Wire

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

Hinsdale Living

Our newest advertisement.

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.

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!

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!


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."

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.

Just Browsing Blog

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

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!

The Morton Arboretum News Release

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

Hinsdale Living Magazine

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!"

McElroy and Associates

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

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!

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.

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.

Grace Ormonde Wedding Magazine

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

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.

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