Entrepreneurship

AFTER ALL IS WED & DONE: Olive Branch Events Comes to E.C. from Madison

weddings can be stressful and daunting, but Olive Branch want to change that

Sawyer Hoff |

A DAY TO REMEMBER. Olive Branch Events Co. is bringing their wedding expertise to Eau Claire. (Photo by Ali Lockery Photography)
A DAY TO REMEMBER. Olive Branch Events Co. is bringing its wedding expertise to Eau Claire. (Photo by Ali Lockery Photography)

According to the Wedding Report, the number of weddings happening in 2022 is the most since 1984, largely because the pandemic pushed back weddings planned for 2020 and 2021. With supply shortages and inflation, getting married has become more stressful than ever in some ways. Deanna Wheeler, owner of Olive Branch Events, wants to take the stress off the wedding couple so they can enjoy their day.

Deanna Wheeler started Olive Branch Co. four years ago in Madison. (Photo via
Deanna Wheeler started Olive Branch Co. four years ago in Madison. (Photo via Ali Lockery Photography)

Wheeler has been in the event planning business for eight years and is passionate about giving couples their dream wedding. Olive Branch Events was started in Madison, but about a month ago Wheeler and her family moved to Eau Claire, bringing some of the business with them.

Olive Branch Events tends to weddings in a vast radius including the Chippewa Valley, Madison, and even the Twin Cities. They don’t have an office, which allows for more mobility for all of their planners. 

“The best part about planning a wedding is being a part of the couple’s big day,” Wheeler said. “You spend so much time with them and helping to bring the day together that when the day finally comes, it’s amazing to see them all together.”

 

Whether you’re looking for a planner to jump in a month before your wedding or if you want them from the start, they will continue to pursue your vision. Not only are they the people you and the vendor turn to for design and direction, but Wheeler also says they are no strangers to being a sounding board on the big day since emotions tend to be high. 

(Photo by Erika Diaz Photography)
(Photo by Erika Diaz Photography)

“We’re not just there to make sure everything goes smoothly,” Wheeler said. “We’re there to provide guidance and to remind you of why you’re getting married!”

While Wheeler admitted that their packages aren’t cheap, she knows firsthand how important it is to have someone to manage your wedding so you can step back and enjoy your important day. 

(Photo by Erika Diaz Photography)
(Photo by Erika Diaz Photography)

To learn more about Olive Branch Events Co., go to olivebrancheventsco.com