Your Q's... Our A's

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VENUE COORDINATOR AND A WEDDING PLANNER?

Unlike a wedding planner who is hired by a couple and does everything in their best interest, a venue coordinator manages only the items that pertain to a specific venue. This often includes food and beverage services, servers, bartenders, staffing, and on-site facilities. Sometimes a couple may not meet their venue coordinator until well after they book their venue. Or at times, they may be assigned a new venue coordinator during their planning process.

A wedding planner manages all aspects of the wedding weekend and is on-site at both the getting ready location & off-site ceremony.

As your planner, our job is to orchestrate the entire event from start to finish, making sure the planning and wedding experience is as stress-free as possible. And leaving you to simply enjoy the day.

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER WEDDING PLANNERS?

What makes us unique is how involved we are! We don't merely make recommendations or suggestions and then just help you implement your plans. We are your partner throughout the entire process. We are with you selecting vendors, confirming the details & contracts. And we will manage all of the moving parts.
Of course, you get to be part of the fun decision-making details, but we will handle the logistics so you can enjoy your engagement.

Heads up, we tend to get involved in the nitty-gritty details that may be too much for other planners to mess with. And we inform our couples, not only on the best vendors to work with, but how to merge and reimagine traditional moments so their celebration is “totally them”!

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE VENUE?

Over the years, we've worked in many traditional & unique locations in Chicago and ‘the Burbs”. From museums and libraries to hotels and historic homes (and everything in between), we been around the block a time or two. In fact, when watching the local news, we often recognize a ballroom based on just the background, architectural features, or carpeting.

To see the (insanely long) list of locations we’ve worked at, click here.

CAN YOU SEND ME YOUR PRICING?

Yes! We would love to! We offer complimentary initial consultations (by phone, virtual, or in-person) to help assess your specific needs. Once we learn the scope of your plans - along with all of your wishes, desires & concerns - we'll offer some custom options that are the right fit for you.

WHY DON'T WEDDING VENDORS LIST THEIR PRICES ONLINE?

We believe there’s a huge issue in the wedding industry. And a lot of has to do with pricing. For couples, it’s extremely frustrating that they can’t just go online & easily find general pricing information from wedding vendors. Without this information, it becomes exceedingly difficult to put together an accurate wedding budget.

But wedding vendors experience this frustration too! It’s not easy for a caterer to quickly give you a figure without asking a lot of questions first. After all, a 7-course plated dinner is going to be significantly more expensive than a buffet. The truth is, there are so many variables to take into consideration. So it just isn’t possible to list pricing details, because every wedding is different.

WHAT ARE SOME DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEDDINGS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?

Over the years, we've been lucky to have worked on weddings of all shapes and sizes. We've worked weddings with as few as 16 guests and others with as many as 400! We’ve had the pleasure to work with same-sex couples and have hosted a double wedding as well! And we've helped with weddings that have spanned religions and cultural boundaries - from interfaith to traditional Chinese tea ceremonies. In other words, there isn’t much we haven't seen!

CAN WE STILL BE INVOLVED IF WE SELECT YOUR FULL PLANNING PACKAGE?

Absolutely! Very involved! We want you BOTH to be part of the decision-making process. The more opinions and ideas you contribute, the better we can design and mastermind for you. Your wedding is personal to you, so it should look like the two of you created it together. Ultimately, we are here to implement and execute your vision!

Even if you are incredibly busy with work, school, or family, we will make sure that you are still involved in making your own decisions. We will just provide more guidance and suggestions to make the process simple. So, if time-saving is what you need, that's what we will do for you.

HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU TAKE ON PER YEAR?

To ensure our attention to detail is laser-focused and you have the hands-down best experience, we take on about 25 or so weddings a year.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST "DAY OF" CURVEBALL YOU'VE HAD TO HANDLE?

A couple changed both the timing & location. On the morning of their wedding! Within an hour the “plan B” was put into action and the wedding day was smooth as silk.

WHAT IS THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME YOU'VE HAD TO PLAN A WEDDING?

16 DAYS. It was like two weeks and two days before the wedding! We received a call the night of July 3rd from a panicked bride (who was expecting our voicemail). Her wedding planner had ghosted her. She was about to go on a week-long work trip and had a wedding booked at the Ace Hotel on July 20th. The Groom and I worked together daily and pulled off a perfect hipster, West Loop, rooftop wedding.

Locations We Know & Love

Adler Planetarium
Art Institute of Chicago
Auditorium Theater
Café Brauer
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago History Museum
Field Museum
Garfield Park Conservatory
Harold Washington Library
Lincoln Park Zoo
Murphy Auditorium
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry
National Hellenic Museum
Newberry Library
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Southshore Cultural Center
Theater on the Lake
Union Station
Wilder Mansion
Willis Tower

























Ace Hotel – Chicago
The Blackstone
Chicago Athletic Association
The Drake Hotel
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Gwen Hotel
Hotel Allegro
Hotel Monaco Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
JW Marriott Chicago
Kimpton Gray
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
The Langham Chicago
LondonHouse Chicago
Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Marriott Marquis Chicago
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
Peninsula Hotel
Palmer House Hilton
Park Hyatt Chicago
Sheraton Grand Chicago
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
St. Jane Chicago
Swissôtel Chicago
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Ritz Carlton Chicago
Thompson Chicago
W City Center
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel
Westin River North Chicago
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63rd Street Beach Hours
Anita Dee Yachts
Artifact Events
Bridgeport Art Center
Chez
City Hall Venue (not the mayor’s office)
East Bank Club
Galleria Marchetti
Grandmother’s Garden in Lincoln Park
Greenhouse Loft
Library at 190 S. LaSalle
Loft Lucia
Loft on Lake
Moonlight Studio
Morgan Manufacturing
Morgan’s on Fulton
The Old Post Office
Promontory Point
Ravenswood Arts Center
River Roast
Rockwell on the River
Room 1520
Salvage One
Venue 610
The Zephyr Chicago
Zhou B Art Center





























63rd Street Beach Hours

Anita Dee Yachts

Artifact Events

Bridgeport Art Center

Chez

City Hall Venue (not the mayor’s office)

East Bank Club

Galleria Marchetti

Grandmother’s Garden in Lincoln Park

Greenhouse Loft

Library at 190 S. LaSalle

Loft Lucia

Loft on Lake

Moonlight Studio

Morgan Manufacturing

Morgan’s on Fulton

The Old Post Office

Promontory Point

Ravenswood Arts Center

River Roast

Rockwell on the River

Room 1520

Salvage One

Venue 610

The Zephyr Chicago

Zhou B Art Center

Ace Hotel – Chicago

The Blackstone

Chicago Athletic Association

The Drake Hotel

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

The Gwen Hotel

Hotel Allegro

Hotel Monaco Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

JW Marriott Chicago

Kimpton Gray

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago

The Langham Chicago

LondonHouse Chicago

Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Marriott Marquis Chicago

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Peninsula Hotel

Palmer House Hilton

Park Hyatt Chicago

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

St. Jane Chicago

Swissôtel Chicago

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Renaissance Chicago
Downtown Hotel

Ritz Carlton Chicago

Thompson Chicago

W City Center

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel

Westin River North Chicago

Wit

Adler Planetarium

Art Institute of Chicago

Auditorium Theater

Café Brauer

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago History Museum

Field Museum

Garfield Park Conservatory

Harold Washington Library

Lincoln Park Zoo

Murphy Auditorium

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

National Hellenic Museum

Newberry Library

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Shedd Aquarium

Southshore Cultural Center

Theater on the Lake

Union Station

Wilder Mansion

Willis Tower

























































































































































































cultural venues

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