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Wedding & Event Planner. Published Author. Public Speaker. Restaurant Owner. Amateur Equestrian.

Hello! Thank you so much for your interest in MDE, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding or event!

I founded this company in 2008, founded on the principle that event planners must be good sources of creative ideas combined with practical experience, flexibility and know-how to manage an event from beginning to end. Since then, I am proud to say that we have been privileged to work with corporate, social and non-profit clients, producing numerous events throughout the country.

In 2010, I decided to expand our list of services to include wedding coordination and destination management in addition to event management and creative development. I am the third generation of entrepreneurial spirit, and passionately dedicated to the evolution of my company and our perpetual commitment to excellence with each of our clients.

We have been selected as a “Bride’s Choice” winner on Wedding Wire, and “Best of” wedding planner by The Knot. We have been a member of Style Me Pretty’s “Little Black Book” and a Grace Ormonde Platinum Wedding vendor. Our work has been featured locally in Modern Luxury Weddings, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Today’s Chicago Woman, Your Trendy Magazine, Chicago Style Weddings, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the Chicago Tribune.

Michelle has been featured as an expert locally on both tv and radio including NBC, ABC, WGN, FOX, and WGN radio. She has been featured nationally on FOX Business Network and MSNBC as well.

Our work has been seen nationally on Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde, MOD weddings, Wedding Chicks, Carats & Cake, Style Unveiled, Inside Weddings, Brides, The New York Times, Munaluchi Magazine and Destination I do magazine.

We have been selected as one of the top 50 planners in the country by Partyslate, and were diamond award wedding recipients with Modern Luxury Weddings inaugural awards in 2020.

During college, I studied and attended university in both the United States and Italy, graduating from Dominican University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Italian Language Studies. I studied italian because I love it, and am so proud to speak it fluently and carry on my heritage through my language skills. I began my career with an internship at Jasculca/Terman & Associates in Chicago, a public relations firm specializing in PR and event management. A highlight of my time there was having the chance to be a part of the team that produced the dedication ceremony for the grand opening of the William J. Clinton presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was an incredible experience, and the lessons that I learned from it are ones that I still carry with me today, and apply to every event and wedding that I produce. While it may seem unrelated, learning how to produce a live event for a crowd of 30,000 people that was televised live across the globe provided me with a key component to what separates MDE from so many other planning firms out there; logistics management and timing are where are focus is centered.

Philanthropist.  Entrepreneur. Dreamer.

Charity work is also something that has been with me throughout my career, and I love working with non profits, and volunteering my time whenever I can. Through Michelle Durpetti Event’s contributions to non-profit clients, we have helped to raise over $500,000 towards various charities.

Now in our 11th year with MDE, I still love working with couples to plan their weddings, and I love producing events. I balance my time between MDE and being a managing partner in my family’s business here in Chicago while also being a competitive amateur equestrian. I do all of these things because I love to experience life, seek inspiration everywhere I can, chase my dreams, and work hard for my clients.

Let’s create.

What I have learned producing over 350 weddings and events is that the feeling that comes from a beautifully curated experience is one that guests will carry with them long after the last dance. Thank you for visiting MDE, I can’t wait to learn more about you. Let’s bring your event to life, and create something unforgettable.

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