Wedding & Events Planner

Ela Events is a full-service event planning business based in Madison, WI created by Katie Sappey. Katie values authenticity and bringing people together to enjoy delicious food and drink. Life is short, throw a party and be present in the moment. Ela would love to take care of the details to allow you a stress-free experience full of grace and joy.


As a full-service event planner, we can help in whatever capacity you need most! Whether that means playing a role from start to finish, being present for day of planning or simply helping to set the menu, Ela Events is here to make sure your event is a success! Don’t see a service listed? Contact us today to discuss your requests.

About Us

Katie Sappey

Katie was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and fell in love with Madison when she attended the University of Wisconsin.  Her second home quickly became the Wisconsin Union while she worked there during her undergrad.  Not only was she able to be part of hundreds of events, she developed some of her most important relationships during this time.

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Ela’s Origin

Ela, pronounced ee lah – is the road Katie’s grandmother lived on when she was growing up. When asked of her importance, Katie responded, “whether I was there because I had strep throat and couldn’t go to school or it was Christmas day – it was my favorite place to be. She was an incredible woman who valued her family and had a knack for bringing people together. Family, friends and food were a big part of my upbringing and I always admired her ability to effortlessly entertain.”

At the start of Katie’s career, she lead a very structured and traditional path but always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. Countless discussions and brainstorm sessions refined her dream to the event planning world. What better way to combine her operational and organizational skills with her passion for fine food and design! And so in 2018, Ela Events was born.

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