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Elegant Affairs by Design

We specialize in high-end weddings and Southern Charm-style decor. Opulent spaces and perfecting the details is where our passion and talent come to life. We offer full planning, partial planning, and month of coordination services. Each one of our packages includes day-of coordinating. Together, we will work to bring your vision to life so that you can rest assured that the most important day of your life will look and feel as special as you’ve always dreamed of it to be. Planning every single second of your big day to ensure everything goes seamlessly throughout the morning tonight is what we strive for every single day.


Our Wedding Style Is:

It can’t be said enough that planning a wedding is stressful at times. That is why our planning team is FUN! This is meant to be a happy and enjoyable time, and working with our team allows brides and grooms to have a fun, personalized, hands-on experience while planning this most special day.

Our Personality Is:

Elegant Affairs by Design’s team is upbeat, highly organized, and detailed oriented. We will communicate with you professionally throughout each step of the planning process.

What Inspired Us to Start Our Business is:

Planning my own wedding back in 2017 to my sweetheart Eric is when I fell in love with the design and details of weddings. I was on a mission to create my fairy tale dream wedding. As the pieces started coming together, I realized that the complete joy I felt being able to bring my vision to life could be shared with so many other brides. I fell in love with designing, the organization, and the ability to create something truly magical.

We Love Being a Part of the Wedding Industry Because:

Growing up, I was a little girl constantly dreaming about her wedding day, planning the horsedrawn carriage entrance and all the pretty storybook details.

My biggest joy comes from knowing I have the ability to curate your love story.

What Makes Our Business Stand Out From Other Vendors Is:

I love connecting with my couples and going above and beyond for them. For me, it’s not about the money. It’s about getting to know my couples on a deeper level. Every single day, I dedicate my work to ensure that every couple is blown away by the details that make their day one-of-a-kind.

One Thing Most Couples Would Be Surprised to Know About Us Is:

I only drink black coffee.

One of Our Non-Wedding Passions Is:

Working out. I always say that I will own a gym in my second life. Working out is my therapy.

Our Pricing:

Classic Collection (Month of Coordination) – starting at $2,000.
Exclusive Collection (Partial Planning) – starting at $4,000.
Luxury Collection (Full planning) – starting at $6,000.

Our Associations/Awards:

Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society
Preferred Wedding Planner for the Don Cesar

Riley Gersch, Elegant Affairs by Design, Headshot

Meet Riley

I’m originally from upstate NY and moved to Florida 8 years ago to be closer to my now hubby. While I miss my family, I love the nice weather down here. I am a dog mom to my Pomeranian Yorkie Lola. She is one spoiled pup. I consider myself both an extrovert and an introvert. Meeting people who inspire me with their spunk and passion is what I live for, however, I definitely need my time to recharge. A few of my favorite things include champagne, reading, lifting weights, and lots of chocolate!


Elegant Affairs by Design Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.

Same Sex Lesbian Couple Exiting Wedding Ceremony Vows | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amanda Zabrocki Photography

Elegant Pink and Ivory St. Pete Beach Rooftop Wedding | The Don CeSar

Riley of Elegant Affairs by Design put our wedding together in just a few months which was simply amazing. She really made our day the success that it was! We loved and were inspired by her own story and personal approach of supporting couples she works with. She has great energy, is a positive person, and is very hands-on.

-Angela and Kris
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Florida Hotel Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Red and White Destination Winter Wedding | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

We looked for someone that specialized in weddings in the Clearwater Beach area. We also enjoyed our planner's personality, and her ability to get things done. We specifically hired Elegant Affairs by Design because Riley was professional, knowledgeable, and efficient in answering questions. Riley was also productive in securing all vendors.

-Liz and Randy
Classic Elegant Bride and Groom in White Tuxedo with Black Bowtie Standing at Wedding Reception Table with Elegant Ivory and Gold Dining Chairs, Low Floral Centerpieces, Rooftop Waterfront St.Pete Historic Wedding Venue The Don CeSar Hotel | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Elegant Affairs by Design | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals

Elegant Pink and Gold Rooftop Wedding | The Don CeSar

The importance and value of a wedding planner cannot be overstated. Hiring a wedding planner who is organized, capable, and tenacious, and shares your vision is one of the most important decisions you will make. The months leading up to the wedding are rife with decision-making and scheduling. If you want to take a step back and truly enjoy the moments leading up to your day, choose the full-service wedding planner! In hindsight, we would have gladly budgeted more money.

Riley with Elegant Affairs by Design has a great aesthetic, and we saw eye to eye on a lot of the design elements. Plus, we had fun while doing it!

-Carina and Andrej
Groom Watches Bride Walk Down the Aisle Wedding Portrait | Elegant Affairs by Design

Romantic Dusty Blue Rooftop St. Pete Beach Wedding | Hotel Zamora

I wanted someone who was personable and knowledgeable about the area. We found all of that and much more with Elegant Affairs by Design.

I met Riley and instantly knew she was the planner for us. She was so sweet and thorough throughout the whole process and made us feel at ease from the very beginning. She was the perfect package of a planner, friend, and therapist when I got anxious about wedding stuff.

Riley was our one source for the wedding planning process. I don’t know what we would have done without her. Thanks to her, our wonderful vendors, and our amazing family and friends it really was our perfect day.

My wedding planner Elegant Affairs by Design will always be my number one just because of the love and effort Rile put into making our day perfect. 

-Kate and Markus