Hello I'm

Tara Melvin

Greetings Everyone, let me introduce myself.  I’m a Carolina girl at heart and I am the “OLIVIA POPE” of events who is known for executing events like a TOTAL BOSS!

Ask any past client to describe who I am, and they will lean in as if they possess knowledge about a best kept secret. Their eyes will light up as they share I am much more than their event planner. I am their partner, trusted advisor, and close confidante.  Intuitive, I anticipate any issue before it arises. Insightful, I ask the questions you don't know, or are afraid to ask. Instinctive, I solve unforeseen problems and overcome challenges before they intervene. In me, you have a new-found friend or a strategic partner of your brand. Beyond that, my clients will look you straight in the eye and express with confidence, that without a shadow of a doubt, I am absolutely the most highly capable and acutely, proficient professional to entrust the vision of their event experience.  My year’s of experience in summation with partnering with talented and highly professional vendors allows me to elevate my client’s experience to something extraordinary!

Eighteen (18) years and continuing, I have evolved into an award-winning event planner in the Washington DC metro area, thought leadership expert, helmed as one of BizBash' Industry Innovators of 2022, BizBash’s Top 500 Most Influential Event Professionals in 2021-2020, founder and producer of The Signature CEO Conference, founder and mentor of The Executive Mentor Program, and founder and President of The National Society of Black Wedding & Event Professionals; the first and only wedding/event association for Black professionals in the industry. My experience as a professional allows me to connect with people like you and create moments of a lifetime that are infinitely cherished.  My passion for the beauty of creating unforgettable moments yields to the fulfillment of the souls of those who have hired me, however, it is my fierce attention to detail and flawless execution that is noticed and always provokes a resounding BRAVO! by all engaged in the experience.  

My commitment to you as your Planner is: (1) Your only job in the planning process is to get excited about your event because “I’ve got you!”; (2) trust me when I say I will bring your creative vision to life, execute it to perfection, and protect your investment from start to finish.

Allow Signature Concepts LLC to deliver you a highly personalized experience resulting in a memorable and stress-free occasion. I look forward to working with you!

Fun facts

5 Words That Describe Me

Fierce, Confident, Bodacious, Classy, Loyal

Favorite Things

Lover of Dogs!  My fur baby is named Deuce (a Shih-Tzu that is a total boss just like his Mom).

My Style

Classy & Sophisticated.  That perfect dress or perfect pair of pants that says, “WOW”, accompanied with a bad ass pair of shoes!   But when I’m at home, a fabulous pair of pajamas and comfy socks.

My Key Trait

I handle chaos with finesse; there is no such thing as chaos.

Favorite Food

That question is easily answered by what I don’t like!  I love food that is well seasoned and prepared with a touch of Southern love.  I absolutely do not like seafood or chocolate – I know it’s weird.

Favorite Cocktail

Anything mixed with a well-aged Bourbon, or fine glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

What's Important To Me

My relationship with God.  My Family.  Providing superior service to my clients because at the end of the day, they have entrusted me with what’s important to them!


B.S. in Marketing from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NCA&T) – Aggie Pride!

Professional Highlights


Elizabethtown, North Carolina

If you are seeking an Event Planner as a trusted partner to elevate your next event beyond the mundane board room experience or a personal style that will rise to a level of sophistication to leave your guests in awe, I invite you to take the next step!....

Let's connect and begin designing your buzzworthy experience.

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