Weddings are not simple produced, they are nurtured. From start to finish I will conceptualize your vision and bring it to life. I want to alleviate stress so you two can fully enjoy your day with your loved ones.  Planning a wedding should be joyful and fun. My mission is to provide the support you both need throughout your event. 

I get the emotional side of planning a wedding. I'd be honored to walk this journey with you and get you from "I will" to "I do."


Withover 16 years of event planning experience, I have the qualifications of time and experience supporting all my decisions and advise. My professionalism, attention to detail, prompt communication and out-of-the-box ideas brings value beyond comparison to each event I plan and produce. 


The bottom line, I love what I do. I love love. I still get teary eyed when I watch a father daughter dance or hear a sister give her Maid of Honor toast. 

When I’m not busy picking out linens and designing floor plans, I enjoy homeschooling our 4 year old, cooking in the kitchen with my hubby and rough housing with our 7 year old English Bulldog, Mayzielynn. Life is sweet. 


Whether modern or traditional, creative or adventurous, the day is about you and your love. You create the vision, we create the experience.

a little about engaged to be wed

A labour of love, by Melissa Younce, Owner and Dream Maker 



Graduated from the School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management  Program through Santa Barbara City College.  It didn’t take long to realize, while I love the smell of the kitchen, the hustle of getting a meal out and the challenge of designing a menu, what I really had was a passion for creating and providing the best experience possible for the guests.

Over 10 years managing a local catering and event venue, incorporating my culinary education with my love of guest services. 

In 2009 I won Santa Barbara Independent Wedding Planner of the Year, served as President for Santa Barbara Event Professionals, and I have planned and produced over 1,000 events.