There is no reason to look further. I’ve done all the research on Chicago Wedding planners for you, and you’ve hit the jackpot! I interviewed 4 wedding planners and out of them all, Kate was the only one I felt comfortable would bring my visions to life. It was May of 2020 when I started my search for a wedding planner, and as of October 1st 2022 I am finally married and I had the wedding of my dreams thanks to the most amazing wedding planner out there, Kate. Kate with Cygnet Events and Design (formerly Chicago Vintage Weddings) will keep you completely on track, she will connect you with the most AMAZING vendor list in the industry (who all adore her), and you will absolutely fall in love with her charm and her passion for your wedding day. She will be completely honest with you and not sugarcoat anything to make sure that your day is stress free and perfect. Because I was considered a “covid wedding” for a while, the amount of obstacles that we overcame were overwhelming at times, but I never batted an eye when it came to an issue because I knew Kate would fix it or present me with the best options possible. There were times when vendors told us that their policies had changed, or something wasn’t going to be what we thought it was because they hired a new staff, ie. However, Kate had EVERYTHING in writing. And I mean everything. Always. She is a master at reviewing contracts and catching tricky wording to help her clients. She is quite literally, in all sense of the word, your extreme advocate. I am FOREVER grateful to have had Kate by my side my entire wedding day and have everything go off without a hitch. I had MULTIPLE people coming up to me in my bridal party, in my family, and tell me all the same thing “your wedding planner is outstanding”, “I went to your wedding planner with X question and she helped me right away”. Did I mention my husband and I had a bridal party of over 30 people and she handled it seamlessly? The day of the wedding, my bridesmaids kept coming up to me while getting ready saying “Why do you look so calm??”, “why do you not seam stressed out?!”. Besides the fact that I was marrying my best friend and had nothing to worry about, I knew that Kate would be there with any little thing to help. Also, Kate was the only one who could figure out my bustle. I LOVE YOU KATE! YOU ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST! Anyone who hires you is the luckiest Bride/Groom in the world.
Hiring CVW was a no-brainer after speaking with Kate. Her professionalism, industry knowledge and warm personality sold us. After meeting our coordinator Aly, it was clear that everyone at CVW is top notch! She took away all the day-of (truly month-of) stress and to-dos so that we could focus on spending time with our families and friends. And she loves dogs! As a COVID bride, I was always waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop, but with CVW it never happened. Would recommend them without reservation!
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Hiring Kate and her team was by far the best money we spent for our wedding. We went with the month of coordination package, design, and also got some vintage rentals. I think Kate was honestly born to do this work, she was everything I could have wanted in a wedding planner and more. First, in regards to design, she is an excellent listener and has amazing intuition. From her very first design proposal, she got everything I wanted spot on. I am not an easy person to please when it comes to design either. However, Kate might be even more of a perfectionist than I am (in all the right ways)! I was seriously in awe when I walked into our reception venue – it was stunning. Second, Kate is amazingly patient, yet professional, and gets the job done! Our parents (who where footing most of the bill for the wedding) can be difficult people to work with. Not only did Kate take care of every single request (some being a bit ridiculous), but she did so quickly and with a smile. She remained calm and composed through every single minute leading up to the wedding and every single minute of the nearly 16-hour wedding day. Kate and her team are well connected and organized. I cannot imagine trying to source and wrangle together all our vendors without Kate’s help. She got us the best deals and ensured everything was delivered, set up correctly, and picked up again – all I had to do was review the contracts and pay the companies. Finally, Kate ensured the day was, first and foremost, about me and my husband. She made sure we didn’t have to stress about a single detail day of. She made sure we stuck to our timeline – which was huge. At one point during the reception, we were 30 minutes behind schedule, which meant that the photographers would leave before all the important events for the evening were over. However, she got us back on track and kept everything in line. While doing so, she was so calm and it seemed so effortless on her end, I didn’t even panic for a second. One last note…I had to fight hard with our parents before hiring Kate. They truly didn’t understand how her services were worth the amount of money she was asking for. Even once I convinced them and through out the process, they were skeptical. However, the day after the wedding they said they finally understood. They were amazed at how smooth the day went, how beautiful everything was, and how much fun they were able to have because they didn’t have to worry about every little thing. They agreed, Kate and her team is worth Every. Single. Penny.
Kate and her team are extremely professional, business oriented, well connected within the industry, and just such incredibly kind/pleasant individuals to work with. Kate captured wedding our vision from the start and was able to make everything we imagined come to life plus even more. We were so appreciative of her transparent and frequent communication, and how she clearly was looking out for our best intentions when in discussion with vendors. We were originally supposed to be married in 2020 but had to postpone, not only did she help us throughout the entire process but also made it incredibly painless to reschedule our event. We were blown away at how amazing our wedding was, and could not recommend her enough!!
If you're getting married in Chicago, this is your first stop. Hiring CVW was easily our best investment we made for our wedding! The team was extremely organized, and made the last few weeks before the ceremony go by SO smoothly; I barely stressed the entire week before! There were so many minor details that could've given us a million headaches, and the team covered everything without us even having to think about it. I personally would've imploded if we didn't hire Kate & her team. They made our wedding day exactly what it should've been: perfect. Thank you, Chicago Vintage Weddings!
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