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


Nakai Photography Feature on Sam and Pete

So much grace and glamour at Samantha and Pete's wedding at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and the Langham. Many special touches at the wedding!

Nicodem Creative Highlights Elizabeth and Bradley

Such a soulful and beautiful couple on their nuptial day as captured by Marianne Nicodem and Team. Love that they featured Elizabeth and Bradley!

Hinsdale Magazine: Publicity on Wellness House Ball "Women on a Mission"

Steely determination! So proud to have worked with these fierce and talented women (and other ball chairs!) over the years to produce the annual black tie gala that benefits Wellness House, for living with cancer.

Naperville Magazine - Expert Advice from Kristina on "Wediquette"

Christmas Wedding Magic with Life in Bloom for Camp's

Christmas with the Camp's theme! A perfect Christmas wedding for our Dallas couple in Chicago. Whitney and Josh certainly showed off their fabulous style at Fourth Presbyterian and the University Club. Many unique touches! Thanks to Life in Bloom for sharing their gorgeous wedding.

Partners in Parties!

Many thanks to our professional partner, Marcello Rodarte for the support and working with us on so many amazing special events over the years.

Style Me Pretty California

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.

Style Me Pretty Chicago

An incredible wedding al fresco for Brittany and Joe! Lifts spirit just to see these images and read their story!

McElroy and Associates Write-up - Kristina's Tips on a Memorable Holiday Party

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

The Anatomy of a Wedding Ceremony Design

The quick reel with behind the scenes construction of this Persian Wedding Ceremony at the Peninsula.

Chicago Sun-Times - Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

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.

Hinsdale Living Scandinavian Holiday Benefit for The Community House

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 Chicago Ballroom Bliss

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!

Chicago Wedding Highlights by Nakai Photography

Kim and Samer's blend of glamour and exotic were so chic at their wedding . Love this highlight by Kenny Nakia Photography!

Hinsdale Living - Profile on Kristina Taheri, The Story Teller

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.

Hinsdale Living - 5 Things Kristina Can't Live Without!

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

The Morton Arboretum Benefit News Release

Publicity on highly successful "Brilliance in Bloom," the 2018 Annual Dinner Party. KTSE has worked on this annual benefit for many years, transforming many warehouse, building and tent spaces at the Morton Arboretum!

Chicago Tribune Holiday Ball Benefit Spotlight

"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 Chicago - Indian Splendor

Indian wedding splendor for Anna and Brijesh's wedding at the Drake highlighted in CS Modern Luxury!

Wedding Wire Five Star Review/Couple's Choice Awards

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

Hinsdale Living - Town vs. Country

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

Brides Magazine Chicago

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

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