Gretchen Culver, Founder and Owner, Rocket Science Events
Gretchen Culver is the creative mind behind Minneapolis’ go-to design and planning firm, Rocket Science Events, but her business prowess doesn’t stop there. In 2020, she opened the doors to Minne Weddings, a brand that provides stylish and affordable micro-weddings, as a way to meet her clients’ evolving demands for small-but-significant celebrations. Her knack for identifying client pain points and solving problems has propelled Minne Weddings to the top of her market. Throughout her career, Gretchen’s community helped to lift her up for success and, with gratitude for the support, she remains committed to serving those around her. With almost two decades in the industry, Gretchen has learned countless lessons as an event entrepreneur and is dedicated to sharing those insights with event pros that are still early in their journey. Her affinity for empowering female entrepreneurs led her to launch Culver Creative, where she provides coaching and consulting services for creative professionals. She also serves as a Sage Coach for Be Sage Consulting, with a special focus on small weddings as a sustainable revenue stream. Named one of the “30 Under 40 to Watch” by Special Events, one of The BizBash 500 “Most Influential Event Pros” and recognized as a top planner by BRIDES and Martha Stewart Weddings, Gretchen’s award-winning work has been featured in magazines, online, and on television. She is an active thought leader in the wedding and events industry, contributing to major publications regularly and speaking at top-tier conferences such as Engage! Summits, Be Sage Conference, and The Special Event. She has also co-founded the Small Wedding Society and remains an active member of her local ILEA chapter.