NJ Wedding Planner, Designer & Mentor
Based in New Jersey
I’m Diane Kolanović-Šolaja – an expert wedding planner and owner of the luxury boutique agency Dee Kay Events. For over ten years, my team and I have been curating one-of-a-kind weddings across the Jersey Shore (and beyond!), ensuring that our busy professional clients can relax and enjoy their special day.
As a Jersey girl with strong immigrant roots, I understand the importance of celebrating love and family. After starting my career in law and technology, I realized my true passion was creating unforgettable events that bring people together. Thus, Dee Kay Events was born, and our mission is to turn your big day into a truly luxurious and unique celebration.
My exceptional love for people, individuality, inclusivity, and impact drives me to create unique and personalized experiences for every one of our clients. My expertise, attention to detail, and ability to pivot each event at the moment make me the perfect NJ wedding planner for any client. Of course, any client who enjoys a snort-laughing, first-generation Croatian-American, has a panache for mild sarcasm, bubbly fun, and reminding you that you and your partner are all that matters.
Years of wedding excellence
Love what I do
Curator of Happy Tears & Once-in-a-Liftime Moments
Dee Kay Events specializes in creating luxury events that reflect your style, values and personality. No matter what type of celebration you are looking to create — from traditional elegance with a modern twist, to luxe-Bohemian beach weddings, to intimate backyard micro weddings — we have the perfect wedding plan for you.
We are passionate about creating stress-free celebrations that leave your guests with a lasting impression they won’t soon forget. With over 10 years of experience in the wedding and event industry, you can count on us to create the event of your dreams.
Whether you’re dreaming of a grand ballroom affair or a laid-back beach wedding, we know exactly who to call to make it happen. (We are from New Jersey, so you know we-got-a-guy.) Our network of top-tier vendors and industry professionals ensures that your special day is nothing short of perfect.
I am bilingual and
I snort laugh sometimes and can’t help it
BUCKET LIST TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Galápagos Islands, Seychelles, Samoa
Coffee or tea?
Coffee (Turkish, even better!)
Malcolm Gladwell, Paula Coelho,
Esther & Jerry Hicks
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Hugs from my daughter and
Dad jokes from my husband
BINGE WATCH FAVORITE
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTISTS
Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Sia, Steve Aoki, I can go on…
Punta, Privlaka, Croatia
Ali Wong, Fortune Feimster,
Bowen Yang, Leslie Jones
I CAN’T WAIT TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING DAY
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by wedding planning, leave it to us to manage the details and execute your vision with style and precision. Our team of expert planners will guide you through every step of the process, from vendor selection to budget management to day-of coordination, so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
LOOKING BACK ON A LOVE STORY
WHERE DEE KAY EVENTS ALL BEGAN AND HOW IT’S GOING NOW
2012: The Year I Got Married
After coordinating corporate events, helming an international non-profit organization, supervising a global team in law and tech, and curating and planning my wedding – all while managing to stay organized in between – I realized that event planning was something I could quickly turn into a successful career.
2013: The Year Dee Kay Events was Born
After a three-month test period, aided by the backing of family and friends who trusted our services, Dee Kay Events was officially established. Since then, I have devoted myself to creating an ideal day for couples with busy lifestyles.
2019: The Year That Changed Everything
After a trying experience of miscarriage and through an arduous IVF process, we joyfully welcome our daughter Lea into this extraordinary world.
2020: The OTHER Year That Changed Everything
Just as we welcomed our daughter into the world, the government enforced Covid-19 shutdowns due to the pandemic. The pandemic brought weddings and events to a sudden halt.
2022: Growth, Hope, and Success
As we reexamined the meaningfulness of life, our clientele grew with us as we adapted to post-pandemic times. Over two years of postponements and rescheduling, we feel renewed during the wedding boom.
2023: Awesome Year!
Marking a decade of success with an updated look, increased confidence, and a refined process for our clients, we are excited about the future!