Meet the Planners


We want our clients to feel like a guest at their own event. Our ultimate goal is for our clients to walk away from their special day floating on cloud nine convinced everything went off without a hitch (because we made sure they didn’t know about any unforeseen hitches!) We truly love what we do and are grateful to be a part of each and every couples special day!

Serving Raleigh and the Triangle Area with Inspired Passion for Wedding and Event Planning

Nicole Conder, Owner/Senior Certified Wedding Planner

Nicole is a Senior Certified Wedding Planner with 10+ years of experience designing, planning, creating, and implementing unique and personal events for brides and other clients throughout the US. Her dedication and zeal for serving all brides and clients alike permeates the entire Premier Party Planners team. Nicole was born and raised in the hospitality industry, which has enabled her to bring a lifetime of expertise to wedding and event planning.

After graduating from UNC Wilmington with degrees in Communication Studies and French, she started her career as an intern with another Raleigh-based wedding planning firm.  Premier Party Planners was born in 2010, shortly after her internship ended, as she began planning weddings for her own clients.

Since starting Premier Party Planners, Nicole and her team have delivered first class weddings and events for clients throughout North Carolina and abroad, including a number of destination weddings. Our philosophy is that every client should feel like a guest at their own event, and she and her team are dedicated to providing total customization, complete commitment, an affordable price, and unparalleled peace of mind to each client they serve.

“My passion is for wedding planning, and I did not get into the business after ‘falling in love with planning my own wedding.’ Instead, I put in a lot of time and effort learning about the industry before opening Premier. My heart is for serving my brides, grooms, and their families, and I understand how important the wedding day is for them. Each wedding is unique and special, and as the planner, I have been entrusted with a big responsibility. I take that responsibility very seriously.” -Nicole Conder.

ppp4-taraTara Ruffier, Day-of Coordinator

Tara developed her love for planning at an early age, and through her studies at Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, her passion for the industry only grew. After her internship in New York City where she worked with several companies coordinating runway shows, she quickly realized something was missing from her career. It wasn’t until moving to North Carolina and meeting Nicole, did she find her true calling.  After several years of working as an assistant coordinator and learning various “tricks of the trade,” Tara began taking on her own clients and is now one of our dedicated Day-of Coordinators.

“I am absolutely in LOVE with weddings, from the dress and ceremony, to the flowers and reception. To look at a couple and see them enjoying themselves on their special day is just the best, and to know I had a hand in the process is truly the most gratifying thing in the world.”


ppp5-melissaMelissa Monsman, Assistant Coordinator:

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Melissa earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. During her college career, Melissa studied fashion merchandising in Milan, Italy. In 2012, she moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue her career. Soon after, Melissa joined the Premier party Planners team. Melissa’s favorite thing to see on the wedding day is the entrance of the bride and watching her groom look at her in the most loving way! “I love getting to know the family and making the day of the newlyweds as easy going as possible!” When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys taking dance classes with The Dancer’s Workout. She also likes to read books, especially by Nicholas Sparks! A few of her favorite things include anything chocolate, watching sports (Go Steelers!) enjoying time spent with family and friends, trying new restaurants and playing with her adorable niece.


With a comprehensive network of associated vendors, caterers, and venues, Premier Party Planners offers clients a complete set of services for weddings, corporate events, and private parties of any type, size, and scope.

Call us today at 919-699-1882 to discover all the ways in which Premier Party Planners can serve your exact wedding planning and event planning needs!

Premier Party Planners is a full service wedding planning and event planning boutique in Raleigh providing passionate, top quality services for clients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Garner, Knightdale, Wake Forest, and throughout the Triangle area.