the karson butler events experience

The twin sister duo behind Karson Butler Events believe the details make all the difference – from finding one-of-a-kind design elements to skillfully tailoring and managing entire events. With over a decade of event planning experience across the U.S. and abroad, Amber Karson, CMP and Emily Butler bring style, creativity, & professionalism to create highly personalized events.  Specializing in weddings (we proudly support all unions), celebrations (birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers or any reason to celebrate!), corporate events (site selection, destination management services, board of director meetings/retreats, strategic planning meetings, team building events, corporate entertaining, holiday parties, spouse activities & more) and engagement proposal assistance.



The Karson Butler Events wedding experience includes planning assistance to:

  • – design the look and feel of your wedding
  • – help you find the right venue
  • – connect you with the right vendor partners
  • – develop a wedding budget
  • – ensure your wedding is better than you even envisioned!

From coordinating sleeping room blocks for out-of-town guests, to selecting the right calligrapher, to helping with menu development, we are your advocates and partners throughout the entire wedding planning process.  This allows you to focus on the fun parts of planning a wedding, knowing you have a trusted team on your side guiding you.

We offer complete wedding management & design services. Please contact us for current pricing.  We’d love to hear from you!

Destination Weddings:  From Washington, DC to California and everywhere in between, Karson Butler Events specializes in destination weddings in the U.S. and abroad. Please contact us for a custom multi-event quote that includes not only your wedding day, but all wedding weekend events including welcome receptions,  bridesmaids luncheons,  rehearsal dinners, and day-after brunches.


Birthdays, Showers, Holiday Parties, & Celebrations

We love celebrations here at Karson Butler Events!  From birthday parties for the young and young-at-heart, to showers celebrating births or marriages, to holiday parties and anniversaries,  our social planning clients benefit from our personalized approach to:

  • – design the look and feel of your party, shower or celebration
  • – help you find the right venue
  • – connect you with the right vendor partners
  • – develop an event budget


We take care of all the details so our clients can focus on celebrating with the guest of honor!  Custom quote available upon request.


Found the perfect partner.  Purchased the ring.  Racking your mind to pull off the perfect proposal???  That’s where we come in. Let us help you design a proposal that your soon-to-be fiancé will love.

Custom proposal design services available – pricing upon request.

Corporate Meetings & Events

With over a decade of corporate planning experience in cities across the U.S. and abroad, let Amber Karson, CMP and Emily Butler help elevate your next event.

We specialize in:

  • – complete event management or partial planning to supplement existing staff
  • – site selection and contract negotiation
  • – destination management services
  • – budget development
  • – board of director meetings / retreats
  • – strategic planning meetings
  • – creative team building events
  • – corporate entertaining
  • – holiday parties
  • – spouse programs


Coast to Coast Coaching now available!

We are happy to share over 14 years of experience in the events industry with you via a limited number of one-on-one coaching sessions. Spend a full day in the Karson Butler Events office of your choice (Washington, DC or San Luis Obispo, California) learning from one of the top event planning teams in the nation.  We’ll tackle best practices and lessons learned over the years with customized topics specific for each student. After a day of learning, we’ll also treat you to a fun activity to give you a taste of our hometowns we love so much. These outings will allow one-of-a-kind opportunities for networking and getting to know each other better!

Who Would Benefit?

Are you a student enrolled in a hospitality program looking to break into the events industry or someone who has always been interested in a career planning parties, meetings and events? A new or aspiring wedding planner? A seasoned pro ready to take your business to the next level? Thinking about taking the leap from a corporate career to being your own boss? The KBE Coaching experience will tailor our time together to maximize your investment based on your goals.

Sample Topics

  • How to land your dream internship or job (Yes, this includes tips on landing our coveted KBE Spring and Summer associate positions! )
  • A day in the life of an event planner
  • Building your portfolio and resume
  • Attracting your target clientele
  • Online presence
  • Best Business Practices (timelines, design presentations, budgets, etc.)
  • Goal Setting & Accountability


Choose a location and date convenient for you (based on availability):

  • West Coast Office: San Luis Obispo, California – Join Amber Karson, CMP on the scenic Central Coast of California in charming San Luis Obispo. Our KBE West design studio is located in historic downtown SLO across from Mission de Tolosa. If wine tasting in the Edna Valley or hiking along the coast sound like a dream (we think so!), then our San Luis Obispo option is for you!


  • East Coast Office: Washington, District of Columbia – Join Emily Butler in the nation’s capital in Washington, DC. Our KBE East Design Studio is located in the heart of historic Capitol Hill on Constitution Avenue, steps from the Supreme Court and Capitol Dome. After a day of learning, how about drinks overlooking the White House or a nighttime pedicab tour of the monuments?


Contact us for availability and pricing.