Couture Events is a full-time wedding and event planning company in New Braunfels, Texas. Founder and lead coordinator, Jill McCarty, has taken her high-energy style and experience and developed a business to assist those who are dreaming of creating the perfect day and the perfect event. Whether the affair is a small intimate setting, a family bar-b-que, corporate event, fundraiser or the most important day of a couple's life- a wedding, Couture Events will tend to every detail. Our focus is always to advocate for our clients and their interests. As our client, you can rest assured your day is as important to us as it is to you. Your beautiful event is also our success.
Our goal at Couture Events is to bring a special touch and fresh outlook to every event. We are there for you every step of the way. If you have only set the date and want us to do it all or you just need assistance along the way, we will be there whenever you need us.
Our professional staff will handle all the details so you can throw the best event with no worries. We want you to enjoy the planning process, too! Most importantly, however, we want you to enjoy your big day. We strive for our clients to feel that they can attend their event while we attend to their event. Let us help turn your dreams and vision in to a stylish Couture Event.
Founder & Lead Coordinator
Jill McCarty has been in the business of entertainment and fashion for over 20 years. Many years as a singer, band leader, emcee, DJ and KJ, she witnessed most every event happen from the inside out. While performing at numerous weddings, receptions and events, she realized that many times there was a great frustration behind the scenes. Generally, those with the most to celebrate are the ones stressed to the max and worried about the details. While planning her own wedding, she knew she had a knack for making beautiful things happen. Friends and family saw her passion and attention to detail, and quickly began asking for assistance. Many wedding and events later, she decided to follow her passion. She studied Wedding and Event Planning through QC Event Career School and received her diploma and an Award of Merit for outstanding creative ability.
Jill also has many years of experience in the fashion industry as a buyer for a major American-branded company. She prides herself in staying current with the trends and she always listens to what the customer wants. She has an outstanding record of customer service, and is anxious to bring that enthusiasm to each and every client, family and vendor she works with. In 2018, Jill co-founded the New Braunfels Wedding Chamber and the Hill Country Wedding Show. To say she is passionate about the wedding industry, Hill Country couples and industry professionals, would be an understatement. In 2019, she also became an ordained minister to give her clients the option of being married by someone who knows their event like no other. Jill can literally guide you through and customize every aspect of your special day- from set up to send-off. Jill would love to get you connected with the best of the best and to turn your vision into a reality. When you hire Jill, you hire a friend and an advocate for you every step of the way.
Niki Vanhowten is the general manager and senior coordinator at Couture Events. For a year, she worked as Jill's coordinating assistant while honing her skills and studying at The New York School of Art and Design. Niki came to Couture Events with a passion for customer service, stage design and a keen eye for detail and decor.
Niki's wedding and event planning journey began as she planned and coordinated large events for family and friends. Volunteering time at her church creating special events and seasonal stage design, she fell in love with designing spaces. She finds joy in the journey of taking each client's vision and pulling together beautiful events. She loves seeing the endless possibilities in designing the perfect day for the client.
Niki is married to Allen, an Army veteran, and together they have three adorable little boys, Kade, Kian and Kellan.
Lauryn Curtis is the coordinating assistant at Couture Events. She graduated from New Braunfels High School in 2019 and is currently a freshman at Northeast Lakeview College pursuing her associate’s degree in business management & administration and a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. What drew her to event planning was her passion to bring people together and have a great time. She loves being able to see an event unfold from beginning to end. During her first semester of college, she was given an assignment to interview someone in the field of study she wanted to pursue. Lauryn researched event planners in her area and completely fell in love with Jill’s work and the story of her venture in to the world of event planning. After her interview with Jill, she drew an even deeper enthusiasm for planning. Jill saw that passion in Lauryn and asked her to become a part of the team at Couture Events. She happily accepted and is an amazing assistant to each coordinator. In her free time, Lauryn spends time with her family and friends, sewing, or reading. She is very detail-oriented, quick on her toes and a great problem solver.
Couture Events Business Foundation
To advocate for each client and transform their vision in to a unique and stress-free celebration through creativity, style, organization, passion, humility and grace.
To be a leader in the wedding/event industry in the Texas Hill Country while continuing to provide exemplary customer service to our customers.