FIND THE BEST WEDDING PLANNERS IN CHICAGO
Every engaged couple dreams of having a wedding their loved ones will talk about for years to come, a wedding that becomes the new gold standard both for its beauty and its authenticity. To achieve this lofty vision, you need a planner who’s dotting i’s and crossing t’s from the moment you book the consultation and until you seal your last thank you card.
If you’re in Chicago, you’re in luck—you’ve got your pick of some of the best wedding planners around. Here’s Weddingful’s pick of the top five.
Always keeping their clients top of mind, Parrott Party Productions only books two or three weddings per month to ensure each wedding gets the attention it needs—and deserves. Their studio offers an assortment of wedding services in-house—flowers, stationery (including mailing and postage services), and gift bags—meaning every detail will be coordinated meticulously with clear communication between the artists bringing your vision to life. When you need to venture out-of-house for services and products, P3 will take care of contract negotiations and manage the relationships—your vision will always be king (or queen!). Advice on choosing a planner: Shop around! Only then will you know how good of a deal you are getting. Get a few proposals and compare them. Price is important, but make sure you like your Planner—you’ll want to work with someone you enjoy spending time with.
Services: Full planning, Partial/Month of, Day of Coordination; Destination Weddings Planning | Price: $2,500 to $8,000 | Favorite 2015 wedding trend: Bouquets with anemones, in any color, with their striking, ink-black centers.
The “wow” factor of a memorable wedding lies in a strong and creative concept that trickles down, layer by layer, into the finest details of your special day. Dawn, owner of Premier W.E.D., is a true designer with an expertise in logistics who can swipe her brush and achieve an event that runs like clockwork and dazzles with its creativity. Her work in luxury wedding planning has been recognized in many magazines and national wedding websites, and landed her the role as a consultant on a network television show. Premier W.E.D.’s strength in the design and concept of the wedding. She’ll work with you to uncover the wedding of your fantasies, then work with high-quality and reputable vendors in Chicago to bring your vision to life. Advice on choosing a planner: Know how long your planner has been in the business and compare pricing to seasoned veterans. And check references! It’s important you have a knowledgeable and vested partner when you’re planning your wedding.
Services: Full planning, Partial/Month of Planning, Honeymoon Planning | Price: 10% of wedding budget (minimum $4,000) | Favorite 2015 Wedding Trend: The upscale rustic look, incorporating wood textures for a lodge-feel, metals for reflection, and custom Gobos to illuminate the room with a warm glow
Every wedding is unique, as are the couples saying “I do.” It’s easy to stay caught in the labyrinth of fancy flower arrangements and glimmering rhinestones, but North Shore Events puts the focus where it belongs: on the couple. Owner and planner Megan Estrada believes unique ideas are only successful if they are true to the couple; she is a facilitator that draws out who the couple is and what they dream of for their wedding day, and matches these to a concept that fits like a glass slipper. With years of experience in event planning for luxury hotels, Megan pulls from her experience with 100s of events, making her a seasoned contract negotiator, who can stick to your budget and produce a beautiful and memorable wedding. Advice on choosing a planner: Wedding planning is more than recommending colours and flowers; it’s the business of project managing an intricate, complicated event when the stakes are high. Don’t underestimate the planner’s professionalism in favor of creativity—you need both to succeed in this business.
Services: Full planning, Partial/Month of Wedding Planning | Favorite 2015 Wedding Trend: Bright, bold colors and patterns, especially on textiles
Régine Danielle Events & Design specializes in upscale weddings in Greater Chicago and only works with a limited number of clients each year. You won’t get a “wedding-in-a-box” feel from owner Regina and her planning team; each wedding is custom-designed with exquisite, high-end finishes tailored to your love story. A law school graduate, Regina possesses a fierce combination of professionalism and artistry, which combine to turn ideas into stunning visual experiences with no rock—or diamond—left unturned. Régine Danielle Events wants you to enjoy the process of planning your special day and aims to make the experience stress-free, so you can be fully present and full of love on the day you say “I Do.”
Advice on choosing a planner: Spend some time getting to know the wedding planners you’re considering, and make sure you like them as a person. You will be working closely will your planner for many months so it’s not only important that they understand your vision, but also that you get along with and trust them.
Services: Full planning, Partial/Month of Planning | Price: Contact vendor for estimate | Favorite 2015 Wedding Trend: Rose gold for rings and also for décor
Weddings are big business—trust yours to Ali Phillips, a Chicago wedding planner with business savvy in spades, including financial and project management experience. With twelve years of experience, Ali’s strength is making your wedding feel like it happened organically; your guests should be dazzled by the beauty and creativity, without ever noticing the hard work happening behind the scenes. She finds the logistics as enjoyable to plan as the creative elements and strives to make sure decisions are made with care and consideration to the couple—while having fun in the process. Advice on choosing a planner: You want to “click” with your planner. It should be a person that you really trust to do the job, but also a person you want to share the experience with.
Services: Full planning (Partial/month of and day of services provided by sister company, Elevage Events) | Price: Starting at $9,500 for full planning | Favorite 2015 Wedding Trend: Family-style sides at each table to share with the entrée and fun late-night snacks like taco trucks, gyro stations or a breakfast station
Kesh Events, Inc. is a Chicago boutique wedding and event planning, floral and event design company known for creating timeless weddings and events. Kesh Events has quickly become the go to for planning and exquisite design services in Chicago, New York and Cities across the country as well as destination weddings. Kesh Events has been featured in numerous wedding publications, including Grace Ormonde Luxury Style, Modern Luxury Brides Magazine, CS Brides Magazine, Munaluchi Bride Magazine, and many others.
As an award winning event planning and design company specializing in weddings, corporate and special events, we are here to make your upcoming experience how you dreamed it would be.
Services: Full Event Service includes options from wedding & event planning to exquisite floral design, custom linen designs, fabric design, lighting design, furniture rentals and more.
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