Crista Tharp

Crista Tharp

Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Member since December 23, 2009
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1996 Indiana University , BS , Musical Theater Degree

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 Crista Tharp has been planning and coordinating weddings and large corporate events for over seven years. Her passion for event planning and expertise of the industry make her an incredibly talented woman to have on-board for any event. Crista's entrepreneurial spirit inspired her to establish Tharp Events in 2002, where she now works as Executive Director for a wide array of clients.


Frustrated by the lack of up-to-date information for couples she worked with, Crista created her very own Blissfully Simple: Wedding Planning for Real Brides with Real Budgets.  This modern guide teaches brides across the world how to plan their own wedding using a four-phase system called The Bliss Method TM. Whether the couple plans to marry in one year or five weeks, Crista's system keeps brides and grooms on track through the planning, delegation and execution of the wedding process. Crista's guide carefully details each of the four phases and encourages couples to complete each phase before going onto the next. If followed properly, her system is a breath of fresh air from traditional timelines that are outdated, complex and usually ineffective.


Many brides also rely on Crista's Wedding Planning Kit - a successful break-down for brides who want to plan their own wedding or didn't budget for a planner's help. Crista is a regular contributor to and frequently attends various workshops and seminars to discuss her unique philosophy and method of event planning. Above all, Crista firmly believes her job as an event planner is to "celebrate moments." She is well-known for her enthusiasm and willingness to go out of her way to exceed expectations.


Crista graduated from Indiana University with a Voice Musical Theater degree. Her passion, however, was directing performances. Her communication skills and attention to detail made her a natural leader. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Chad, just two months after graduation, Crista became a busy mother of nine wonderful children. She now resides in Kokomo, Indiana with her family.