About Us

Kate McClellan

Owner and Principal Event Planner

Thank so much for taking a few minutes to see what Purple Clover Events is all about!  I often get asked how I got into event planning, and where the name Purple Clover came from, and I always wish I had a more entertaining story to share 🙂  The truth is, after getting my undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in psychology, I decided that I wanted to start a business.  After taking a deep look at what I really enjoyed out of past work and personal projects, event planning was a natural fit.  I have a love for all things purple, and have a crazy Irish family, so in 2004 Purple Clover Events was born!

Though we plan events of all sorts, my favorite days are when we get to help a couple plan and enjoy their wedding.  There is so much more involved in planning a wedding than lists and schedules, and it’s our goal to make sure our clients can enjoy the process.  At the end of the night, when all of those lists have been checked off and the dancing is coming to an end, I absolutely love knowing that we were able to not only organize a wonderful wedding for the couple, but also allowed them and their friends and family to relax and enjoy the day!

After several years in the business, it was clear that being a wedding planner was what I loved, and I wanted to learn how to best serve my clients.  In 2013 I received my Masters degree in Management from Walsh College.  I originally started this program with the desire to help with the business side of my company, but I have been pleasantly surprised to see how much it has helped in the actual planning process as well.  As it turns out, having a degree in both Psychology and Management is the perfect combination for a wedding planner, so you can rest assured knowing that you’re in good hands with Purple Clover Events!

While education is undeniably a huge asset as a business owner and event planner, it’s truly the experience that sets an exceptional planner apart from the average.  Over the past 15 years, we’ve worked at just about every venue in the Metro Detroit area, as well as numerous others across the state.  Our event experience ranges from 12 – 600+ guests, and  from the strictest of budgets to those with the luxury of flexibility when it comes to finances.  With over 350 weddings under my belt, I’ve truly seen just about everything when it comes to planning and wedding execution.  

On a personal note, family and friends are very important to me, and when I’m not working I can be found hanging out at Commerce Lake in the summer, or enjoying a glass of wine with friends in Royal Oak.  I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing friends in the wedding industry thru my involvement with local networking groups like NACE, ILEA, and have served as the State Coordinator for Michigan for the Association of Bridal Consultants.   I was very honored to have been inducted in the Michigan Meetings and Events Hall of Fame in 2017 as the Special Events Planner of the Year, and have many awards and publications for our amazing weddings.  

Thanks again for your time, and I really look forward to learning more about how I can help make your dream wedding a reality!

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