Wedding planning isn’t always as glamorous as it appears to be. Yes, you may still have your post engagement glow, but let’s be honest, handling the guest list, putting together the details of the actual wedding day, and contacting various wedding providers can prove to be very stressful. So why try to juggle everything by yourself, during what should be one of the greatest seasons in your life? Our recommendation, is to hire a professional that can handle all the details. Not only will you relieve yourself of an immense amount of stress, but you will be glad you decided to hire a wedding professional that not only has a vast amount of contacts that can be extremely useful for your wedding day, but they will also bring your wedding dreams to life. If you are planning to tie the knot in the Chicago area, then consider hiring one of these wedding planners listed below. After much consideration, we have curated a list of the best wedding planners in Chicago, listed in alphabetical order.
Big City Bride is hailed as Chicago’s favorite wedding planning firm. They deliver the ultimate planning experience for couples seeking exceptional care, thoughtful guidance and the finest wedding style, goods and services. Entrusted with the most special occasions and celebrated worldwide for beautiful work, the Big City Bride team will deliver your ultimate fairy tale. The in-demand planners will embrace you throughout the journey to ensure you enjoy all the moments that matter. They have been featured by People Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Style Network and more. Their flexible hours are tailored to fit your schedule.
“Chicago Vintage Weddings specializes in chic events for modern couples. While our focus is of course on vintage style because of the vintage rentals we offer, we love doing a range of events for our unique clientele! The business has grown steadily via word of mouth from satisfied couples and vendors, and we are recognized for our dual emphasis on the design as well as logistical aspects of planning. We are highly experienced with tented and outdoor events, multicultural events, and nontraditional affairs. The small size of our company results in strong relationships with our clients and we take a boutique, specialized approach to each event.” -Kate Lerman, Owner of Chicago Vintage Weddings
Citygirl Weddings & Events focuses on the personal aspect of wedding planning and creating great relationships with their clients. “When we first meet with couples we get to know them; we find out about their style, their shared interests, what makes them, them! Planning with the bridal couple, for the most important day in their lives, is quite an honor and a responsibility. We pride ourselves on stylizing each wedding to the individual couple. We like to partner with our couples to help curate the custom vendor team that enriches their vision. We are a team of energized and fun individuals that are determined to have the perfect mix of design and function at each wedding. We understand how stressful wedding planning can be, so we are there to keep our clients calm and use our expertise to guide them on their perfect path to saying I Do.” -Sharokina Pazand, Event Director at Citygirl Weddings & Events
The goal of Liven It Up Events has always been to take the vision of the couple and figuring out how to bring that to life in their wedding. “The type of wedding planner I am is one that listens to my clients. When you look at my portfolio, you will see the variety of style, look, and feel of the types of weddings I plan. Traveling and seeing other elements in the world is where I gain my inspiration. I recently traveled to Belize and saw a wooden structure that was designed as a piece of art, but I saw a gorgeous, wooden structure for a wedding ceremony. The nature, art, people, fashion, are just some of the elements that inspire me. The thing that I love the most about planning weddings is getting to work with some amazing couples and their families. With that, I get to know them and understand who they are which helps me create an experience. I fully know that experience only happens one day, but the memory and the feeling will last a life time. That’s why I do what I do.” -Anthony Navarro, Founder of Liven It Up Events
The pros at LOLA Event Productions have been planning and designing wedding celebrations unique to their clients for over 11 years in Chicagoland and beyond. Recommended by Chicago’s finest venues and named best in the world by Vogue, their 50+ combined years of experience assure clients the expertise needed to plan and design their dream wedding seamlessly. “We pride ourselves in getting to know our clients really well and asking the right questions. We always keep in mind that everyone has different priorities and things that get them excited. For one client it may be selecting the perfect menu, for another couple it may be finding the perfect live music for their ceremony. Not only do we not want our clients to sweat the small stuff on their big day, but we want to make sure the other small details convey who they are as a couple and create really special moments for their guests.” -Lori Stephenson, Owner of LOLA Event Productions
With 13 years of luxury event and wedding planning experience, Brianne Garritano, owner of Marquette Avenue Events, founded the company in 2011, and since then, has delivered dream weddings in Chicago, across the U.S. and abroad through dedicated and exceptional planning. Born and raised in the city of Chicago, Brianne carries the deep cultural experiences of her upbringing and lifestyle into her approach everyday, constantly on the hunt for unique and creative ways to convey her clients’ vision. Pushing the boundaries of vision, imagination and personalization with a luxury twist, she is known for her devout work ethic, strong detail-orientation, successful client and vendor relationships that have been formed over the past decade, as well as her resolute ability to deliver an exceptional product and experience with every project she embarks upon. Her favorite moments of weddings are seeing the reactions of the couples she works with, as they see each other for the first time, along with viewing their ceremony and reception spaces transformed to their realized vision!
Régine Danielle Events is a wedding planning firm specializing in creating awe-inspiring weddings that embody sophistication and elegance. Lead Event Producer, Regina Brooks, is far from your everyday event planner. Since she began designing upscale events in 2005, Regina has become known for her exceptional planning, inspired ideas and penchant for luxury style. Regina’s favorite part about planning weddings is seeing the newlyweds’ reaction when their wedding turns out to be even more than they imagined. It is the most important day of your life, and it’s her passion to make sure it is enthralling and memorable for you and your guests.
The Simply Elegant Group is an award-winning, information based wedding planning company with locations around the Midwest including: Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Denver. Our team of expert wedding planners have a combined 25+ years of wedding planning experience. “We have learned through thousands of successful weddings how to make your planning process as stress-free and simple as possible. We provide our couples with industry leading wedding planning tools that enable us to communicate your wedding vision seamlessly. We take care of all the small details and we even work to save you money during your wedding planning process! With our innovative business model of exclusive pre-negotiated vendor incentives we guarantee just that! We are here to change the preconceived notion that event planners are only for the wealthy. We believe that clients who are more budget conscious aren’t getting any less married or having any less fun; they deserve to be fully present on their event day.” -Ashley Ebert, Owner of The Simply Elegant Group
9. Wedding Now
Wedding Now is a boutique wedding planning company that specializes in transforming your wedding day hopes into everything you could imagine and more. “We blend current design trends with personal details to create a unique one of a kind wedding experience. It is important to us that we ensure a fun yet efficient planning experience for all involved. With more than 7 years of Chicago wedding planning and design experience Wedding Now organizes all aspects of your wedding day with only the highest quality vendors. Wedding Now’s ideal couple is one that is looking for a unique design perspective, relaxed and stress free planning process, and likes to have fun in all things.” -Wedding Now Chicago
Whether you desire to have an elegant and formal wedding, or resonate more with the vintage chic style, there is a wedding planner for your unique bridal style. Avoid the unnecessary stress during one of the happiest times of your life. Enjoy this season with your significant other, and allow the professionals to bring your dream to life!