We are Top Shelf Wedding Planners, certified wedding planners and day-of wedding coordinators specializing in military and multicultural weddings, who make your life easier and your special day filled with sweet memories. 
You deserve to work with a professional team that will provide: 
  • Precise planning
  • Detailed event supervision
  • Quick solutions to any issues that may arise
  • Reliable personal service

We focus 100% on weddings which means you will be working with people who are passionate about making your wedding cozy, sentimental, and the best it can be.

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Photographer: Erik Hoffman; Florist: Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

We work. You just get married.

As owner and Certified Wedding Planner, Karen helps her clients get started on their journey of wedding planning. From the initial consultation she puts you at ease so you can enjoy the planning process. She is a wealth of knowledge; sourcing vendors that fit your taste and budget and will create a checklist to keep you on task. She is a great listener, problem solver and an advocate for her couples. Karen’s background is in catering and she loves to go with her clients to tastings (especially cake!) and venue visits. Karen runs a tight team of coordinators that will seamlessly step in and coordinate your wedding day so you can Enjoy and Unforgettable Day…..We have you covered. Other than her passion for wedding planning, Karen loves spending time with her husband, kids and gal-pals! She finds pleasure in kayaking, boating and hiking the Appalachian Trail. And on a cold crisp winter day, she loves reading books by her favorite author, Kristin Hannah, while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate, wrapped in a cozy blanket.

Owner & Wedding Planner

Karen Goldberg Liston

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Lead Coordinator Kimberly just joined the team in 2020 and immediately made a positive impact on our team with her attention to detail, organization skills and passion for learning to plan weddings. After an over a year of training, Kimberly has now taken on the role of lead wedding coordinator. She specializes in all inclusive weddings (venues that include catering and rentals), timeline creation and vendor relationships. Most of all she has an eye for decor and easily sets a couples vision into place for the ceremony and reception. She is passionate and committed to helping our wedding couples have a stress free experience because after all we want you to have An unforgettable day…..We have you covered. When she is not working on wedding coordinating, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, his two children and their new German Shepard, Tucker. Kimberly enjoys cooking family dinners and baking her favorite sweet treats. She loves the ocean and spending time sitting on the beach reading a good mastery novel. 

Lead Coordinator

Kimberly Schnell

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Brittany joined our team in the spring of 2021, just as we were getting busy and in need of another lead coordinator. Brittany brings a wealth of knowledge in the wedding planning with a speciality in off-premise catered events (weddings where the venue does not provide catering) and rentals such as tents, tables, chairs and linen. Having worked at a catering company for several years before joining our team, she is a great person to bounce menu selections off of. Brittany’s organizational skills, ability to multi-task, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills are essential on the wedding day, vendors are always asking to work with her. Brittany loves helping couples along their journey and making their visions for their special day come to life. She is the true testament to our motto Enjoy an unforgettable day…..we have you covered. When Brittany is not emailing couples or coordinating a wedding, she is spending time with her two daughters and husband or on the soccer field or in a dance studio. 

Lead Coordinator

Brittany Kozlowski

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Assistant Coordinator Full time, Wendy is a physical education teacher for special needs pre-schoolers. Needless to say, she brings happiness, kindness and immense patience to our team. She is a calming spirit to the wedding party and a helping hand to Kimberly & Brittany as their able bodied assistant. She has a keen eye for design and loves to organize special sendoffs at the end of the night. When Wendy is assisting in the coordination of a wedding you can be sure you will Enjoy an unforgettable day…we have you covered. When Wendy is not at school or a wedding, you can find her in her garden planting beautiful flowers, herbs and vegetables or walking her dog Buck. 

Assistant Coordinator

Wendy Kinney

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FAQS

What is my wedding day like when I work with
Top Shelf Wedding Planners?

Yes. We are located in the state of Maryland and are certified wedding planners.

Are you a legal business and
are you a member of any trade associations?

Yes, for weddings of over 75 guests, there is always an assistant, and sometimes more than one depending on the size of the wedding.

Do you work with an assistant on the wedding day?

Yes, it is crucial that we attend and run the ceremony rehearsal in conjunction with your Officiant, so it is automatically included in every package. Unless your church has specific rules about their team running the rehearsal, then we respect those policies.

Do you run the ceremony rehearsal?

We are trained in all things wedding, and have a team ready to step in if absolutely necessary.

What happens if for some unforeseeable reason, you are unable to be at my wedding?

We can be as involved as you need or want us to be! All actual decisions are made by you. We’re here to be your coach and advocate, and to make the whole process easier and more efficient for you and your fiancé. So please let us know how involved you want us to be involved in your wedding planning.

How involved are you in the wedding planning process?

We love vendor meetings and are happy to attend! (Probably because we love vendors) Even if meetings are not a part of your package, individual meetings can be added a la carte.

Can you come with me to vendor meetings?

Absolutely! Some planners keep their Preferred Vendor list under lock and key unless you book their Full Service level package. But when you work with us, every client automatically receives our Favorite Vendors list upon booking! These are vendors that we know, adore, and have worked with in the past, so we trust in their quality and service.

Will you provide vendor recommendations, even if I book your Wedding Day Management package? 

Typically after our initial phone call, we will put together a customized package and quote with a flat rate based on the size and scope of your wedding. We like to review the package with you at our in-person consultation.

Do you charge an hourly rate, flat fee or percentage of the budget?

Never! This is our time to get acquainted and to decide if we are a good fit for each other!

Is there a fee for the initial meeting?

We love all types of weddings, but we have a soft spot for military and multicultural weddings. 

Do you have a specialty?

In the months leading up to your wedding, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your wedding planner. You’ll want to get along! So the right planner for you is the person or company you feel most comfortable with. Our initial consultation is complimentary, so you can get a “feel” for us before you jump into anything.

How do I know which wedding planner is right for me?

As soon as you get engaged is recommended. Dates are booked well in advance and the sooner we begin planning, the better! If you are interested in the Signature Package, we recommend booking as soon as you have secured your date & venue.

Can we hire you as soon as we get engaged or should we wait?

A coordinator is an investment in making sure your wedding day is beautiful & flawless while taking that stress & duty off you and your family. Just like you, your friends & family want to enjoy the day and celebrate with you rather than working your event for you.

A wedding coordinator is expensive; can’t my friends or family help out?

Weddings are fabulous, wonderful, emotional, and exciting celebrations of your new life together! However, planning a wedding is a ton of work, often between 200 – 250 hours! That’s like taking on an additional job… who has time for that? Wedding planners help bring the dream of your wedding to life, handling much of the legwork, keeping you on track and on budget. We handle every detail and can foresee and prevent common issues, so you can enjoy the experience of your engagement and wedding instead of stressing about it.

Why do I need a wedding planner?

Smooooth sailing! You’ll be able to truly relax, enjoy your day, and be the bride, without wondering if the limo is going to show up, if the ceremony is going to start on time, or if the escort cards and dessert table are set up perfectly. You, your fiancé and your parents will be able to take your rightful place as V.I.P.s