About Inspired Events
“In an industry where emotions run high, it’s important to guide and help couples achieve their dream wedding in a professional, service-oriented, quality driven way. It’s not about how much they are spending but about the eternal memories they are creating. That’s why I believe in affordable luxury.”
Inspired Events is dedicated to guiding you plan, and create one of the most inspiring, memorable moments of our life… your wedding celebration.
Our expertise in the South Florida wedding industry guarantees you will have a flawless planning and wedding experience with true professionals helping you every step of the way.Although established in 2012, our founder and CEO Maggie Rodriguez, has been in the venue, planning, and catering business for more than 10 years. She has long-standing relationships with the finest in the industry, and together with her team, offers world-class customer service.
Inspired Events was awarded by WeddingWire the Couples Choice Award 2014-2016, selected by channel 10 viewers as the best wedding place in South Florida, several years running, and Best of Caterer and Wedding Planner in Coral Gables for three years. Most recently inducted into the “Best of” hall of fame for that achievement.
As a company focused on making dreams come true, in 2015, we partnered with Wish Upon A Wedding to grant the wish of a wedding celebration for Andrea & Julio, at the legendary Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Together with an outstanding team of professionals, we granted the beautiful couple their wedding wish, by catering this fabulous day! Visit our media section for more details.
Meet the team
Our friendly, knowledgeable Wedding Planners are committed to providing you with exceptional service. To create a custom wedding celebration that reflects who you are as a couple. We listen to your ideas and dreams, and make recommendations based on our extensive experience in the industry.
Maggie Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of Inspired Events, has been on the cutting edge of wedding planning for many years, most recently recognized for her achievements as a nominee for Wedding Wire’s WeddiAwards in the professional achievement category. This award recognizes an individual who has dedicated their professional life to creating superior events for their couples while going above and beyond in delivering customer service. They have distinguished themselves as a leader within the industry. Maggie is renowned for her expertise, philanthropy, and enthusiasm. She is often relayed on by local and national media for her knowledge of the wedding industry.
She began in the field as a venue owner, opening the doors of her home to lovely couples looking for an intimate place to say IDO! After dealing with dozens of caterers, florists, and other wedding professionals, Maggie decided it was time to do more to help her couples. Many were spending a small fortune on their wedding only to be disappointed with the quality of the services they were receiving from their vendors. She jumped into the catering and planning field. Her philosophy is simple “affordable luxury, “ and so began her journey. After building an award winning venue, catering & planning firm, Maggie sold her interests in the business, divorced, and did it all over again.
She handpicked a team, and brought together like-minded professionals to give the clients of Inspired Events a seamless wedding planning experience. Read about the team, the partners, and see why Inspired Events will make the difference on your day!
Years with Inspired Events: Since the beginning
Favorite part of her job: Watching the expression of the bride & groom as they enter their reception space for the 1st time.
Personal highlight: Starting Inspired Events…Truly an endeavor filled with love, passion, and dedication.
Favorite Venue: I don’t have a favorite. Each one can be transformed into something so special!
Favorite Color: I must admit I’m a bit traditional-white with silver and gold.
Food: Brie & raspberry tarts.
Flowers: Peonies and phylanopsisorchids.
If you’re wondering why a wedding planning company would need a director of research and development, it’s because we are different! For us, it’s not only about providing you with the basics like tables and chairs, or linens and napkins, it’s about guiding you through the process with knowledge and expertise. You want a team that’s able to help you select the right scripture to be read at your ceremony, or someone that will keep you on track with your budget. You want to hear about décor trends, top color picks, and money saving tips from experts around the country. What’s the latest software available to help you keep track of all your wedding stuff? Or, software that’s so cool, that it will help you see what your linen choice, chair choice, napkin, and charger will look like set on the table before you make your final choices. That’s the Research part. The development part makes sure everyone on our team is trained in their area of service including certifications and licenses, understands what we as a company expect from them, and that your overall experience with Inspired Events is stellar! This is what Alex does! Thanks to her background in corporate America she’s an expert in corporate training strategies and implementing policies to insure customer service consistency. As Wedding Coordinator at historic Trinity Cathedral the past 5 years, she has become an expert in wedding traditions, trends, and researching all that’s new in the wedding market. She works behind the scenes to make sure the front of the house runs smooth and seamlessly just like your big day!
Years with Inspired Events: Since the beginning.
Department: Research & Development.
Favorite part of her job: Hearing the guests’ commenting on how attentive and professional our staff is.
Personal highlight: My daughter’s recent wedding. I can say I know exactly how the mother of the bride feels on the big day!.
Favorite Venue: The Deering Estate.
Favorite Color: Lavender.
Food: Everything on the menu.
Flowers: Lilies, orchids, peonies, and dahlias.
As lead planner @ InspiredEvents, Priscilla makes sure everything on your checklist is checked off in a timely fashion, all of your questions are answered thoroughly and promptly, and most importantly that everything on your big day is executed flawlessly and how you want it!. Priscilla will be your team leader, taking your ideas, running with the mand creating your perfect wedding day! From setting up appointments with our team of professionals, to sampling our delicious menu, to touring your venue to make sure everything is covered on the big day, she’s right there with you. She has a degree in culinary arts with a concentration in pastry design, so anything you want to know about selecting your menu or wedding cake she’s the reto help with that too. Along with the rest of the planning team, she will make sure your day is as memorable as you’ve always dreamed it would be!
Years with Inspired Events: 2 years.
Favorite part of her job: Watching ideas transform into reality.
Personal highlight: My graduation from culinary school.
Favorite Venue: The Walton House.
Favorite Color: Bright color palettes…fresh.
Style: Industrial chic.
Food: Mac and cheese and beer pairing.
After the establishment and success of the Cruz Building, Jeannie has joined the team as the new Director of Business Development. With this role, Jeannie has started creating relationships with venue and suppliers throughout South Florida. Her vast knowledge in working with wedding venues and with sales will allow us to continue providing you with the highest level of service and an unwavering commitment to quality.
Years with Inspired Events: 1 year.
Department: Business Development.
Favorite part of her job: Creating new relationships with venues
Carmen Rodriguez, Chef de Cuisine: Originally from Havana, Cuba, Chef Carmen immigrated to Spain in the early 2000’s. She obtained her culinary degree in Cuba, and continued her training in Europe. She worked as a sous cheff or 7 years and then came to the United States. Chef Carmen began with Inspired Events in 2013 as sous chef and has been at the helm of our culinary team since early 2015. Her expertise spans Latin, European, and Caribbean cuisine.
Years with Inspired Events: 3 years.
Favorite part of her job: Watching the empty plates return to the kitchen.
Personal highlight: Being promoted to Executive Chef of Inspired Events.
Favorite Venue: The Cruz Building.
Favorite Color: Ivory with hints of gold.
Food: dual entrée of filet and shrimp with roasted herbed potatoes and grilled asparagus.
Flowers: Tulips and Orchids.
Melanie Castro has been an event planner Miami-Dade area for over 10 years. Her upbeat attitude, attention to detail and ability to organize all aspects of a function has resulted in hundreds of successful events over the years.
Her philosophy is simple: The client relationship is paramount.
Having graduated with a hospitality and marketing degree from Florida International University, Melanie believes in listening to her clients and helping them achieve their dreams and goals for a successful event. She knows that only through close communication can the dreams of the clients be met.
Melanie’s reputation as an event planning and coordination is impeccable. Event planning can be an intimidating process, and there are many tasks that can easily be overlooked. Melanie’s experience not only as an owner of a popular wedding venue and her event coordinator services, provides her with a wealth of information to share with the client, which ultimately translates into a smooth, fun and unforgettable event.