Big Sur Weddings + Elegant Events

Big Sur’s original and most seasoned event coordinator and design team assists local and destination couples in bringing their wedding dreams to life. Elegant Events will partner with you to plan and orchestrate a picture-perfect day. We give you the freedom to remember what this process is all about…LOVE!


Diane exclusively represents a variety of select private homes and properties for weddings and celebrations–places that in their beauty and seclusion, define the essence of Big Sur and Carmel and the grandeur of Northern California. Diane has also cultivated relationships with many of the region’s best restaurants and resorts. Whether you want your wedding to be in Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Valley or anywhere in Monterey County, Diane can help you choose the perfect place for your wedding or dream-celebration.


Every couple has a love story to tell.  Elegant Events has the elite level of service that brings your love story to life. Utilizing our connections in the industry reassures you that your vendors are the best people for your special day. Our obsessing about organizing, scheduling and crossing things off our to do list help to orchestrate the best event possible.

Diane Allen

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She has been quoted “The day I don’t cry when I send a bride down the aisle is the day I go back to tending bar”. She is on top of every detail from start to finish, not one “i” goes un-dotted or “t” un-crossed.

She has a no nonsense policy, she calls it like she sees it and that is what her couples love about her. She is able to keep a balance of the needs of both her clients and her vendors. She knows how to plan for the unexpected which when working in Big Sur is a must, there is not a supermarket, liquor, or drug store down the street if a detail has gone overlooked.

She can truly accommodate almost every need in any situation, a true grace under fire. In this business she has learned that you become much more than just the couples planner, you bond, become family and love when you check the mail and there is a Christmas card or birth announcement. This is where the true joy of what she does comes from, the friendships and bonds that are forever formed.

When Diane is not passionately planning an event you will find her home with her hubby Phil watching college football “Roll Tide”, oh yes she may be a Big Sur native but her roots are Alabama. Although her two daughters are grown up and living their life she makes time for her two amazing grand kids Amy and JT who affectionately refer to her as “Dotty”. She is one of the most generous members of her community and the first to offer a hand in time of need. You will never catch her wearing anything pink. Her guilty pleasure is a certain television show, the world could be coming down around her but that hour each week she will NOT be bothered.

The ocean inspires her and she never tires of her coastal commute, who can blame her. After the last three decades spent in Big Sur Diane can truly be described as a “Sur”vivor and that is something worth taking pride in.