Tara Melvin

Founder - Perfect Planning


Tara Melvin, a southern girl at heart was born and raised in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and in 1996 transitioned to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  Before making DC her new home, she began carving her future with her education.   Tara, a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration.  Since graduation, her professional career has spanned in the field of Sales & Marketing within the pharmaceutical, industrial, and hospitality industry.  During her professional career she learned and maintained valuable traits in regards to organizational skills, people management, negotiation skills, management skills, and attention to detail, while maintaining grace under pressure.
Several years later, Tara discovered her passion for wedding and event planning after planning numerous affairs at her home and for her friends.   
It was only after planning a spectacular New Year’s Eve event at her home that one of her friends suggested that she should go into business for herself because they felt as if she had the gift and talent to be a successful wedding and event planner.  In 2004, Tara created Perfect Planning and Signature Concepts, LLC, an event planning and management company that offers a complete array of services to cover all facets of event planning for luxurious weddings, social and corporate events, from start to finish.  Services include but not limited to event coordination, vendor management, project plan creation, event itinerary creation, and risk and issue management.  It is her philosophy to deliver exceptional service, a peace of mind, and a memorable celebration for her Clients and their guests.  And to be “the key resource” for her Clients, as she designs, plans, manages, and produces their celebration.  Since the creation of Perfect Planning, the company has organized numerous lavish events from weddings to retirement celebrations, birthday celebrations to family reunions, corporate events and beyond.  Tara (Certified Wedding and Event Planner) currently serves as the President of The Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC and is a member of The Association of Bridal Consultants.
As the creative engine and leader of Perfect Planning, Tara is excited to offer her clients a highly personalized experience resulting in an extraordinary memorable and stress free affair.  Her remarkable attention to detail and exceptional ability to capture the vision of her Clients has made Tara a valuable asset within the industry.  With her expertise, creativeness, passion, managerial aptitude, compassion for her work, and bodacious style-her weddings and special events are those of flawless distinction.  Allow Perfect Planning to offer your next event a personal style that will rise to a level of sophistication and will leave you and your guest in awe!
¨ Certifications:  Ms. Melvin is a Certified Wedding & Event Planner from Sheffield School of Wedding & Event Planning, and Interior Design; Perfect Planning is a Certified Small Women & Minority Owned Business (SWaM) – SWaM Certification #700610
¨ Membership Affiliations:  President of The Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC (Board Member - 6 years); 2014 Wedding Wire Ambassador; Former Member, The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)
¨ Recognitions:  2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire; The Knot Best of Wedding 2013; Wedding Wire Rated 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008; Guest of NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi Show
¨ Special Features of Our Events are with Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Ebony.Com