photographer: Tim Tab Studios | event planner : Curate Plan Style | floral + décor : Avant Gardenia | venue:: University Club of Chicago
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39 Best Wedding Planners in Chicago [Top List]

Your wedding day is destined to be one of the most meaningful (and beautiful) events in your lifetime. From exchanging vows with your beloved to celebrating with friends and family, a wedding celebration honors the most important thing there is: Love.

With its majestic skyline and 26 miles of stunning lakefront, Chicago is a picture-perfect backdrop for any wedding celebration. Whether you opt to celebrate in a historic ballroom, chic city rooftop, or world-renowned restaurant; your Chicago wedding will shine bright with beautiful memories for years to come. 

Chicago is a picture-perfect backdrop for any wedding celebration.”

So much goes into planning a Chicago wedding ceremony and reception. Long before the walk down the aisle begins, a couple must decide on the perfect venue as well as their team of wedding vendors. Of course, that’s just the beginning. Couples also need to orchestrate a timeline of events, travel logistics, a décor style, and so much more.

A talented wedding planner can take the stress out of the planning process, allowing you to live in the moment and enjoy every step of the wedding journey — from engagement to “I do.” 

We’ve curated a list of the best wedding planners in Chicago to make your wedding dreams come true. These top Chicago wedding planners know how to plan, design, and produce a celebration that captures your unique love and style. 

Make sure your wedding — set in this dynamic city that PartySlate calls home — is stress-free, beautiful, and memorable. These 39 best wedding planners in Chicago know how to make your celebration a wow-worthy event from start to finish.

*list is alphabetical

Chicago, IL

What to Know: “We just love love. And creating beauty on the daily to celebrate this thing called life. Our thoughtful, personal style and design expertise is matched only by our service, delivery and execution. With our attention to detail and customer-focused planning team, we have set the trend year after year,” says Debi Lilly, Chief Eventeur at A Perfect Event.

What to See: Lilly says, “This gorgeous garden party wedding brought our client’s Great Gatsby vision to life. Working closely with the bride and groom on each beautiful blush detail, we designed the timeless, elegant outdoor wedding celebration and ceremony of their dreams.”

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Chicago couples appreciate that Linda Alpert and her team at Affairs With Linda handle every detail of the celebration, no matter how small. From invitations to guest transportation and every décor need in between, you can place complete trust in this wedding planning team.

What to See: Perfectly-placed candles, geometric centerpieces, crave-worthy comfort food — this industrial-chic wedding had everything most couples hope to have at their wedding. Each detail was seamlessly orchestrated by the Affairs With Linda team. 

Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how this Chicago-based event planning company curates emotion while creating memorable, customized experiences. The team at Alison Ross Events combines limitless creativity with a calm attention to detail

What to Know: Alison Ross, Owner of Alison Ross Events, says “We take pride in being innovators who love to connect and collaborate with amazing clients. We take a concept and carefully curate the event so the theme flows throughout in all the unexpected details. We establish realistic expectations to avoid disappointment and remain unruffled, calm, and collected with whatever comes our way.”

What to See: In addition to wedding, Alison Ross Events boasts a long roster of meaningful Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and Ross tells us about one recent special one:”When your mitzvah date is a a palindromic number and you love technology there is #NoThemeNecessary. For this tech junkie we used optical illusions and LED walls to transform the space,” says Ross of this techie Bar Mitzvah celebration.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Claire Weller, Senior Event Producer at Big City Bride, says “We take a loving approach to the process, getting to know our clients and making sure that the planning process is just as special as the wedding day itself. Our team of planners are talented not only in management and event execution, but in building a vision, creating a dream and producing the moments that make a wedding unforgettable.”

What to See: At this opera house wedding, “guests entered the Lyric Opera House Theater for dinner and dancing while music filled the air and the majestic curtain slowly lifted, revealing the most romantic first dance. It’s always an honor to plan at this iconic Chicago venue, and to utilize the stage, which takes the production of wedding planning to the next level,” says Weller.


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Chicago, IL

What to Know: “We view every event like a theatrical production, in that each guest is being moved through various acts where sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch can be uniquely stimulated. When each of these sensory experiences is carefully orchestrated, the result can be magical and memorable,” says Marina Birch, Principal Designer at Birch Event Studio.

What to See: Birch says, “This was a destination wedding nestled in Napa Valley, California which included a weekend full of unique and memorable events that ranged from a farm-to-table welcome party, a seated dinner underneath the vines at a privately-owned vineyard, and a market turned after-party complete with wood-fired pizza, ice cream, dancing, & cigar rolling.”

Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how Bliss Events Chicago combines planning and design services to create custom-designed celebrations that artfully transcend the typical. Their gorgeous design work is rich with carefully-curated details and imaginative backdrops.

What to Know: Renny Pedersen, Owner at Bliss Events Chicago, says “We give our clients our full attention by only offering full-service planning, design, and floral production. We start with a blank slate where we draft a singular personalized design for our clients and their unique vision. She adds, “We are known as industry innovators.  We love to take a raw, unfinished space and turn it into something completely unexpected and exceptional. We love challenging logistics. We dream of solving problems and coming up with smart solutions and we hate doing anything “by the book”. We love to break the rules and set new standards.”

What to See: Of this gorgeous estate wedding, Pederson says, “We re-designed the historic ballroom at the University Club of Milwaukee into the indoor garden of our bride’s dreams.  We created custom arches constructed perfectly around the club’s existing chandeliers. Instead of a typical dance floor, we designed custom choreographed entertainment in between 8 courses of dining on two stages on each side of the room. We also had a custom song written and performed by one of the original cast members of Hamilton, as well as a gospel choir, a human harp, and chocolate chip cookies floated into the room for dessert by whimsical dancers.”

Chicago, IL

What we Love: Christina Currie and her team at Christina Currie Events, Inc. are experts at the details and spectacular with style. From clever birthday celebrations to gorgeous weddings (both in Chicago and around the globe) to engaging corporate and social events, this team brings innovation and expert planning to each unique event.

What to Know: Christina Currie, President of Christina Currie Events, Inc., says “We are a boutique-style event planning service that offers design and management. We are careful to focus on a select number of weddings and celebrations per month, allowing us to give 100% of our attention to our clientele.”

What to See: “This vintage-style wedding was insanely gorgeous from the beautiful bride to the fall foliage. You would never believe this was a COVID wedding judging by the smiles on Kaitlyn & Hobie’s face! They made the best of it and their wedding will always be special to CCE,” says Currie.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Christine Janda, Creative Director & Owner of Christine Janda Design & Events, says “As event planners and floral designers for our clients, we provide a truly inclusive experiential event partnership. Coupled with our hands-on and attentive approach, we take the time to build lasting relationships with our clients leading to working together for each and every milestone; from wedding to baby shower to birthday — and beyond!”

What to See: In addition to stunning weddings, Janda’s team produces other social celebrations as well as memorable corporate events. “This annual corporate event also celebrated my client’s son’s baptism; yes, all in one! We first did this client’s wedding, then baby shower, and now annually produce 2-4 events both personally and professionally. Being a part of our client’s personal and professional milestones is an honor,” says Janda.


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Chicago, IL

What to Know: Kelly Cavanaugh, Owner and Senior Event Consultant with Clementine Custom Events, says, “We’re proud of how diverse our portfolio is! Our goal is to create a dream wedding that works for our clients. Since they come from many different backgrounds, it leads to a wide range of styles, personalities, and budgets. We strive to hear our clients and not focus on the trends which in turn ends up unfolding to create the most memorable of events.”

What to See: “This particular pretty pink wedding was dripping in unassuming details. They wanted the event to feel very thoughtful but they didn’t want it to seem over the top. We partnered with the decor company to make sure every inch was thought about with custom paper, custom place settings, and other incredible details; but it didn’t feel outrageous,” shares Cavanaugh.

Chicago, IL

What we Love: Making it personal is impossibly important to the Curate Plan Style team, who do extraordinary things to make sure the personality of each couple is represented at the event. We love that no two parties are ever the same, and the infectious team truly cares about your celebration as much as you do. 

What to Know: With over 40 years of combined experience, the Curate Plan Style team shares their expertise and event partner connections with each and every client. As a boutique firm, you can guarantee exceptional attention to detail and customized service. 

What to See: Curate Plan Style was able to transform an already beautiful venue into an ethereal environment for this tented Chicago wedding. The color palette and lush florals were carried throughout the celebration, from the place cards to the bouquets.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Lindsay and Katie are the dynamic duo behind Designer Event Chicago, a full-service wedding and event planning company based in Chicago. Their modern approach ensures each client’s style is taken into account when creating memorable weddings across the city. 

What to See: A creative floor plan and understated details brought this Chicago museum wedding to life without overshadowing the stunning and historic venue. Don’t miss the jam-packed and lively dance floor in the center of it all. 

Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how this Chicago-based wedding planner, with a specialization in South Asian weddings, brings your personal story to life with a combination of detailed event planning and meticulous attention to details. Dream Events by Sonya offers a customized-consulting experience that results in beautiful, unforgettable celebrations.

What to Know: “We treat each couple as family from the initial meeting. Our top priority is to take the stress off your hands and have you enjoy the process of planning and most importantly the day! You should feel like a guest at your wedding and we handle the details,” says Sonya Younan, Founder and Event Planner with Dream Events by Sonya.

What to See: Younan says of this intimate backyard wedding, “I worked with this couple for 18 months, and changed the wedding four times (three due to COVID-19). They were so disappointed that they couldn’t have the wedding originally planned, and I made sure I brought the vision to life. The fact that it was in their backyard, and the ceremony was on their deck, was so much more than we all imagined!”


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Chicago, IL

What to Know: Ali Phillips, President and Owner of Engaging Events by Ali, Inc, says, “My goal is to make each event feel effortless and utterly memorable. I live in Chicago and have extensive experience in planning destination weddings around the world in places as close as Iowa and as far away as Ireland. I work closely with my couples and their families in creating a unique wedding that celebrates who they are as a couple.”

What to See: “This fairytale wedding was the perfect combination of elegant and chic. The Palmer House ballroom was decorated in an array of soft pinks and glistening gold accents. Sophisticated floral arrangements, delicate draping, and a glossy white dance floor further enhanced the gorgeous reception,” Phillips shares.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: “We approach all of our events with an artistic eye and offer an unparalleled level of logistical thinking entwined with out-of-the-box ideas to ensure that no two events are alike,” says Erica Vanco, Lead Planner and Co-Owner of Estera Events.

What to See: Vanco tells us about one particularly unique and colorful wedding: “Once in awhile, we get a unicorn bride that LOVES color and wants to embrace everything multi-colored & fun! The amount of detail that went into this eclectic event truly made it so special. From the balloon installation to the color-scaled place settings, everything came together so well and we had an absolute blast planning this one.”

Northbrook, IL

What we Love: We love Debbie’s ability to spot trends and bring creative ideas to life for Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and weddings throughout Chicago & the North Shore for over 20 years. Her attention to detail paired with strong vendor relationships shows why she has so many repeat clients.

What to Know: Debbie Tucker, Founder & Lead Planner of Eventure/Debbie Tucker, says “I’m in the business of building dreams and making lifelong memories. I view the process as a collaboration with each client to determine the right vendors and the perfect wedding aesthetic that matches their budget and objectives.”

What to See: “This couple pictured an outdoor wedding in a rustic setting. Since the weather did not permit this, I had to pivot to move the wedding indoors while still giving the bride her dream wedding. With some clear umbrellas, the couple was still able to have a memorable outdoor shoot showcasing the beauty of the landscape, just as the bride envisioned,” shares Tucker of this rustic chic destination wedding.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Marcy Glink, Event Planner with Great Events, says, “Great Events emphasizes the importance of making each event a unique representation of our client’s individual goals and vision. We value each of our team member’s different strengths, helping us to form a collaborative, thoughtful, and creative environment.”

What to See: “This romantic wedding highlights Great Events’ commitment to detail-oriented planning while maintaining a fun and memorable experience. This is a wonderful representation of each of our team members combining our talents to execute a warm, beautiful, GREAT event!” says Glink.


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Chicago, IL

What to Know: Hope Weis, Owner and Event Planner with Hope Weis Consulting, says, “Every wedding tells a story that is unique to each couple and their families. My goal for every event is to personally guide my clients to express their personal style while putting the couples own “signature” on the celebration, leaving no detail behind.”

She continues “The foundation of my broad experience includes 12 years working for elite Chicago hotels. I have extensive knowledge in fine dining, design, creativity, and detailed event management with a myriad of details. My portfolio includes a variety of venue locations in the Chicago area as well as destinations celebrations.”

What to See: Weis says of this Tuscan garden wedding in Chicago: “The bride is Caley Chelios, Reporter & Color Analyst for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and daughter of Chris Chelios of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Groom is Danny Vitale, who played football for the Green Bay Packers, and is now a fullback for the New England Patriots. The couple met at Northwestern and chose to return to Chicago for an amazing celebration filled with special details, a packed dance floor, and ending with an epic after-party into the wee hours of the morning! This wedding was also featured nationally by PEOPLE Magazine.”

Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how Jennifer Anderson Events produces gorgeous celebrations that dazzle the senses. This creative team elevates the smallest detail to a work of art that encompasses the individual style of each client.

What to Know: Jennifer Anderson, Creative Director and Owner of Jennifer Anderson Events, says, “Jennifer Anderson Events specializes in bespoke weddings, parties and events. We are detail driven, design obsessed, and we thrive on challenges. Our concept of “the alchemy of celebrations” builds the energy through the evening, revealing different aspects as the night progresses. We want you and your guests to end the night wanting more!”

What to See: “The Pritzker Pavilion was the host of this amazing corporate event. From cocktails and acrobats in the Choral Room to dinner on the stage, this was a feast for the senses. The custom-designed dining room to waiters serving dessert from the floating 6ft. helium balloons and the falling snow all contributed to making this a truly memorable celebration,” says Anderson.

Northfield, IL

What we Love: This second generation, family-owned business brings clients a wealth of knowledge and experience, in addition to versatility in the types of parties. We love the wedding and Mitzvah work from Joyce and adore her commitment to the non-profit and fundraising community, as well.

What to Know: “Planning your event is a journey we take together that is full of creative collaboration so that your day truly represents the two of you. Joyce Pollakoff Events brings you experience, patience and kindness, and will help guide you so that you can enjoy your wedding planning process, and have these wonderful memories forever,” says Pollakoff.

What to See: “This dynamic couple had a vision that we helped to actualize full of warmth, love, and many creative details to curate a luxurious wedding celebration. Most importantly the guests danced for hours and left feeling so grateful to have been part of this special day,” shares Pollakoff of this whimsical romantic wedding.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: “Kara Superfine Events works with a limited number of clients each year, offering a hands-on and fun planning partnership. With a background in event design, KSE ensures each couple’s style and personality is deeply reflected in their events,” says Kara Superfine, Owner at Lead Consultant for Kara Superfine Events. She adds, “I have been planning and designing weddings for 18 years, and still love my job and clients.”

What to See: Superfine says of this light and bright wedding, “I had the best time collaborating with the bride, who is an interior designer with impeccable taste. We worked together to create a light and lush feeling to complement the gorgeous grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden.”


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Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Events brings innovation and creativity to the planning process — beginning with a mood board and design “story” to articulate each host’s unique vision. Her gorgeous floral installations and immaculate attention to detail result in inspired and meaningful celebrations that guests will remember for years to come.

What to Know: “With an eye for detail, opulent florals, and a strong design aesthetic, Kesh Events is the go-to planner + designer for clients of the most discerning tastes internationally. Our team possesses unrelenting elegance and style and carefully articulates our clients love stories, while implementing style, charm, and sophistication into every detail of their special day,” says Akinseye.

What to See: “We pulled off one of the most unique and romantic proposals. This was different as it was in a very unique location that is dear to the couple. Every single detail was carefully curated to their taste and style. It was definitely unforgettable,” shares Akinseye.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Kia Marie, Founder and Creative Visionary of Kia Marie Events, says, “The KME look has a classic, modern, and stylish approach to every event. Our events are tailored to our client’s personal style, focusing on clean uninterrupted designs and extraordinary details.”

What to See: “We love this intimate wedding that took place at the amazing Amanzoe resort in Greece. It was an exceptional experience for the couple’s wedding guests. The resort was the perfect backdrop for the perfect couple,” says Marie

Chicago, IL

What we Love: The LK Events team impresses us with their versatility on projects of all kinds – from weddings and galas to birthday bashes and corporate retreats – this group of women are creative, connected, and calm; which makes for planners that you’ll not only trust, but want to be around.

What to Know: Lauren Knuepfer Rozum, Founder and Senior Event Consultant with LK Events, says, “We pride ourselves on service. Our expansive and multi-disciplined knowledge of the event industry is what sets us apart.”

What to See: “The Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande is one of the most beautiful properties in southwest Florida, and you are immediately brought back in time there. We combined clean and classic with beach club chic on this historic property and created one of the most memorable wedding weekends for Paige and Pat!” says Knuepfer Rozum of this charming tented wedding.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: “The LOLA Pros have 90 years of combined experience creating epic celebrations for their clients. Lori Stephenson, Company Founder, studied wedding traditions of different cultures as her senior thesis project in college, and soon after took the wedding world by storm creating weddings rich in beauty and meaning as her company’s signature,” says Lori Stephenson, Owner and Principal of LOLA Event Productions

What to See: Stephenson says of this colorful Chicago wedding, “We love combining a couple’s backgrounds and cultures to create a celebration uniquely their own.”


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Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how this Chicago and Pacific Northwest-based full-service event planning boutique uses a tailored approach to create one-of-kind celebrations. Marquette Avenue Events is renowned for their fusion weddings, creative branding, and wow-worthy galas (now with a hybrid component) both nationally and abroad.

What to Know: Brianne Garritano, Owner of Marquette Avenue Events, says, “Given almost two decades of professional planning experience, we are extremely knowledgeable in complex, beautiful cultural rituals, event logistics, contract negotiation, budgeting and best-fit vendor selection while staying on top of best practices. We produce exceptional celebrations and make the planning process fun, organized, and memorable.”

What to See: “This glamorous Latin-Indian fusion wedding is an excellent example of our deep knowledge in complex wedding planning logistics. This includes sourcing fantastic wedding professionals local to global as well as managing multiple events over the course of three beautiful days in multiple venues from Nizuc in Cancun to Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico,” says Garritano.

Chicago, IL

What we Love: Michelle Durpetti Events is loved for their commitment to their clients — and their customer service, personalized planning, and detailed proposals showcase that. We also adore their fresh & fun style.

What to Know:  Michelle Durpetti, Lead Planner for Michelle Durpetti Events, says, “Our calling is to bring visually impactful, beautifully-orchestrated weddings and events to life. From curated menus to thoughtful details, we are with you every step of the way to bring your dreams to life and to make sure that it all comes together in symphony.”

What to See: “This ballroom wedding was a luxurious event with incredible details that created a romantic atmosphere. Held at the prestigious University Club of Chicago, this event featured dozens of long romantic candles, large floral centerpieces, elegant chandeliers, tall ceilings, and even a live band,” shares Durpetti.

Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how this national event planning team brings together the leading talent of NSWE Events — culminating in a new, cutting-edge company. From coast to coast, and everywhere in between, NSWE Events offers their clients unrivaled event management and design that results in wow-worthy celebrations.

What to Know: Megan Estrada, CEO & Event Consultant with NSWE Events, says, “NSWE Events is a national luxury wedding and event planning company. We take an extraordinary approach to creating flawless and chic events that will entertain and inspire you and your guests. Our services are solidly based in event design and management with a creative and logical method of planning.”

What to See: Estrada says of this romantic Roman Holiday wedding,”The couple got engaged in Rome over the holidays, so from the very start, this client was clear that they wanted to capture the essence of that experience. We selected the venue, food, and design elements to bring them back to Rome and allow their guests to experience that magical time.”

Chicago, IL

What we Love: As ultimate event tastemakers, Paulette Wolf Events has created exclusive, memorable, and dynamic special events for high-profile clients in the worlds of fashion, lifestyle, film, and entertainment. We love that every celebration is incredibly unique and their professional & savvy team is a joy to work with.

What to Know: Jodi Wolf, CEO of Paulette Wolf Events, says, “PWE has been an event industry leader known for creating unique & experience-rich events with a personalized approach for high-profile clients in sports, fashion, lifestyle, film & entertainment worldwide for 40+ years. Our signature style can be seen whether we are planning an elegant wedding, a milestone celebration, or an extraordinary gala.”

What to See: In addition to weddings, PWE curates well-branded corporate events and memorable social gathering and Wolf shares this exquisite outdoor birthday celebration. She says, “Situated on a sprawling, cliff-side estate in Montecito, CA, this event featured 3 separate settings, creating 3 unique environments. Guests enjoyed cocktails around the pool filled with over 10,000 Gerber daisies, dinner in a custom, clear, circular tent with incredible views of the canyon, ocean, and stars — and an after-party with desserts and dancing.

Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how Rachel’s personality shines just as bright as her talent and passion when executing and planning her clients’ events. With over 10 years of experience, we admire Rachel de Marte Events’ reputable vendor relationships and attention to detail, which has brought her much success in producing magical and memorable events. 

What to Know: Rachel prides herself on leading with her design and style expertise, infusing creative ideas into each element of a couple’s wedding celebration. She considers tabletop design, food plating, and floral arrangements on behalf of her clients to ensure each wedding is absolutely perfect.

What to See: Rachel and her team had a way of enhancing the beauty of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for this gilded wedding. Draped candelabras, Gatsby-era centerpieces, and enchanting lighting will have you wanting a twist on tradition for your own celebration.


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Chicago, IL

What to Know: Randy Schuster of Randy Schuster & Associates is a proud event industry veteran who takes a hands-on approach to the entire planning process. His attention to detail and experience are displayed throughout each step of the way resulting in invaluable advice and a gracefully executed event. Randy’s relationships throughout the industry will bring together a carefully-crafted creative team with incredible talent and professionalism, allowing you to truly enjoy the process.

What to See: Schuster shares, “Designed and planned in Chicago, this destination wedding for our beautiful couple featured a breathtaking outdoor ceremony at the iconic Fisher Island Club under a larger than life canopy made of all white flowers. The reception featured a modern romantic vibe allowing the happy couple to dance under the stars with their family and friends.”

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Consistently named a top expert in the Chicago wedding planning industry, Reva Nathan and her team at Reva Nathan & Associates are professional, efficient, and detail-oriented. Reva’s reputation often precedes her, leading to wedding referrals and even repeat business. 

What to See: The photos from this romantic wedding in Chicago tell an incredible story about this couple and their celebration. They look relaxed, fulfilled, and happy — which is in large part thanks to the professionals at Reva Nathan & Associates. 

Chicago, IL

What to Know: The unique backgrounds of the team members at Shannon Gail Events help position them as experts in all areas of wedding planning, from finance and marketing to sales and hospitality. They bring extensive industry knowledge and valuable partner relationships to each and every wedding they produce.

What to See: Jaws were surely on the floor when guests entered the stunning reception at this Chicago wedding. Opulent décor and nods to traditional Chicago style made this wedding celebration one to remember.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: So Stacy is a Chicago-based full-service and day-of event planner. Couples love this team’s attention to detail, creativity, organization, responsiveness and more, including that they are a total pleasure to work with.

What to See: We adore the unique floral bouquets and show-stopping greenery-filled altar at this romantic Chicago wedding. Pink uplighting and dreamy candlelight made the reception as gorgeous as the ceremony.


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Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how this Chicago-based, wedding and event planning team champions their clients through a collaborative and creative planning process. SQN Events uses a tailored approach to ensure each wedding or social event is a one-of-a-kind celebration that captures each client’s unique style and vision.

What to Know: Beth Bernstein, Owner and Creative Director with SQN Events, says, “Parlaying over a decade of advertising experience into creating chic and personal events, we partner with the industry’s most respected artists to design and produce our clients’ celebrations. We accept only a handful of events per year and our strict no-commissions policy ensures a relationship based on trust and transparency. ”

What to See: “New Year’s Eve is our FAVORITE wedding date and this gorgeous wedding had it all going on! Chic black and gold decor, confetti poppers as escort cards, menus shaped like clocks, and confetti for days!” Bernstein says of the creative and chic celebration.

Chicago, IL

What we Love:We love how this international wedding planner — based in Chicago and Austin — is able to offer bespoke planning services by taking on a limited number of clients each year. Storybook Weddings & Events tailors their planning process to each individual couple, ensuring every wedding is a one-of-a-kind and personalized celebration.

What to Know: Nicole Hensley, founder of Storybook Weddings & Events, says, “We believe that every couple should experience an engagement just as memorable as their wedding day. We offer you and your fiancé intentionally-paced wedding planning experiences that will journey through our four-facet planning process which includes ‘Timeless Design’, ‘Elevated Guest Experience’, ‘Meticulous Planning’ and ‘Trusted and Collaborative Vendors’. The Storybook process encourages lifelong memories of your engagement which concludes with an unforgettable wedding weekend.”

What to See: Hensley says of this stunning Chicago wedding, “When we have the opportunity to work with our couples through our exclusive design process, we have the ability to bring together the best of the best vendors that truly align with our couples vision. Nothing provides us with more joy than seeing their expressions on wedding day when it all comes together. The only thing that gets better than these wedding photos, was to be there in person!”

Chicago, IL

What we Love: The Creative Planners beautifully capture each client’s unique vision — combing creativity and organization to create an unforgettable experience. We love their attention to detail and seamless, stress-free planning process that results in timeless celebrations.

What to Know: Creative and calm — a powerful and important combination in a wedding planner — The Creative Planners boast 20+ years of experience producing unique, artistic celebrations. The team offers a full menu of customizable services to meet any and every event need and desire.

What to See: This outdoor lantern-lit wedding at a private residence nailed every last detail. With pastel yellow, orange, and green floral bouquets along with lanterns lighting up the reception, this was surely a night to remember. And the king’s table with its basket weave lighting simply wows.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: “Susan Davidson, President of The Party People, says of her planning firm, “The Party People bring to each of our events the dedication and experience of seasoned planners. Our attention to detail, our creativity, and our organizational skills lead to events that are flawless — and lead to lifelong relationships with their clients. The Party People coordinate events from coast to coast.”

What to See: “This elegant tented wedding was especially memorable because of the creativity the bride and groom afforded us to design their vision. The tented ballroom inside a city club and the Hamptons-themed cocktail hour (bride’s family had a home there) had the wow factor. The bride and groom were a very special couple!” shares Davidson.

Chicago, IL

What to Know: Tracy Fisher, Owner of Tracy Fisher Events, says, “Experience and patience is what we pride ourselves on. Working in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for over 20 years has allowed us to create and maintain relationships with the best and most reliable vendors to create and then manage and run stellar weddings.”

What to See: “Location. Location. Location. Every city has beautiful venues, but Chicago is simply the best,” says Fisher of the setting for this glamorous white wedding. She adds, “This church and museum offer history, elegance, and views that create the perfect setting for a classic and romantic ceremony and celebration.”


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Chicago, IL

What we Love: We love how the team at Urban Allure Events takes the time to build relationships with their clients to create beautiful celebrations that are unique to each party host. They offer customizable packages to ensure your one-of-a-kind event is meticulously planned and artfully designed.

What to Know: Nicole Fauls, Owner & Lead Planner of Urban Allure Events, says, “When booking Urban Allure Events, our elite team of planners allows us to bring diverse styles and backgrounds together to create a one-of-a-kind celebration with the “this is totally us” feeling for our clients. ”

What to See: “Janeen & Andrew’s wedding was one of our favorites because of the unique touches that reflected their personalities throughout the day! Stepping into the intimate rooftop wedding, you automatically knew who it was for – and that’s what we love! Curating weddings that highlight not only the love you share, but the uniqueness of who you are,” says Fauls.


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We create our “Best” lists utilizing proprietary PartySlate data, as well as reviews, honors, professional speaking engagements, and more. It’s a combination of art and science designed to help you hire the best team and create your perfect celebration.


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