“As a couple comprised of one very busy full-time MBA student and one even busier part-time MBA student, we knew it was in our best interest to use part of our budget to hire a wedding planner. We did our research and reached out to a handful of Chicago wedding planners and had our first meeting with Charlene at Sweetchic. We left the meeting, looked at each other and knew we wouldn’t even need to meet with anyone else; Charlene was just what we were looking for. At our initial meeting she was extremely organized, professional, warm and calm; exactly what you want in a wedding planner. Throughout the process she did a great job of providing input when asked but also letting us steer the ship when we wanted to…
Charlene answered my endless questions about etiquette, details, wedding party, you name it!… Finally, on the big day, Charlene and Courtney made it easy for everyone involved, from the pocket-schedules for the whole wedding party to all of the details being executed properly. After the wedding my husband and I decided that the mark of a great planner is of course that the day goes as flawlessly as it can, but also that as the bride and groom you don’t have to worry about logistics, vendors, or anything other than celebrating your love that day. We were truly able to enjoy every minute of our wedding day free of stress and I know that’s because of Charlene and her team.”
Amy & Dennis, July 2015, River Roast
“When I started the wedding planning process, the only thing I knew for sure was that I was going to need a day-of coordinator. I met with a few different coordinators, but Courtney really stood out to me. She was super organized and friendly, which made for the perfect combination. She really helped keep me sane throughout the weeks leading up to the wedding. Not only did she keep me on schedule with all the things I had to do – and things I didn’t even know I was supposed to do – but she was also there to reassure me and provide feedback when I needed it… Courtney was super patient and always lightning quick with responses….
On the day of the wedding I felt panicked until Courtney showed up. Once her and Jessica arrived, I knew everything would go smoothly. And it did. Together they were a power team making sure all the details were in place. The mother of the groom’s dress has static cling? They had spray. The tag on my necklace won’t come off? They had tools. Where are the shoes I want to change into to dance? They’re already discreetly hidden them in a bag under my chair. At one point during the reception, I went to warn my father that our dance was coming up – he already knew, Courtney had given him the heads up. Silly me; I should’ve known! … I kept expecting something to go wrong that day (everyone always says that something will definitely go wrong and you need to just roll with the punches la la la), but nothing went wrong (!) and I fully believe that it’s because of Courtney and Jessica!”
Cass & Chris, August 2015, Langham Hotel
“As a medical resident, I knew that it would be difficult to plan an out of state wedding without help. Not only was Charlene very nice and professional on our first phone call, but she also sent us a sample budget spreadsheet after that call without us asking. I felt like this showed initiative on her part, and I knew that she would be great!
Throughout the wedding process, Charlene kept us on track to make sure all of our tasks were completed, even though we were often delinquent ;) She listened to what we wanted, offered suggestions when we couldn’t decide, and recommended great vendors. She was extremely timely with email responses. And the day of the wedding, her team was indispensable to us. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our big day. We felt well taken care of all day, and we did not have to worry about any of the details. She even saved the day when I had a minor veil crisis minutes before the wedding ceremony. Would have chosen Charlene and her team again if I had to do it again.”
Anna & Eric, April 2015, Morton Arboretum
“I love Courtney!! When I brought up needing a coordinator to my then fiancé, he was very resistant to the idea. I think it wasn’t until after our first meeting, when she talked us through the details of our day that he saw the light. By the end, neither one of us knows how we would have gotten through without her organization and advice!! I think my exact words were, “if it wasn’t for Courtney I would probably be over in a corner crying right now.” We had one venue where it was more DIY. There were tons of details to execute and vendors to coordinate. Plus, the other one of our venues was giving us some serious headaches over our contract. She contacted every vendor and venue and confirmed all of the details. It was such a relief to have her help…
Because of Courtney and her assistant, Kelsey, I got to enjoy my wedding! Courtney really put the time and dedication into making my day a success. You can tell how much passion she has for her job and the couples she takes on as clients. She truly is amazing to work with!”
Alisha & Mike, October 2015, Kitchen Chicago
“People who know me well would agree that I like to plan and stay organized, particularly for parties and events. When it comes to wedding planning, knowing which vendors to work with (in your price range) is as big a part of the process as any. I could have spent hours upon hours researching, but instead I had Charlene there to guide us through the whole process. I’ve had so many friends get overwhelmed by the number of things that need to get done, but Charlene was there every step of the way with suggestions and answers to keep everything moving along and keep our stress levels at a minimum.
When the big day finally came, between Charlene and her team (who were there to support in full force!), and the vendors we had worked with, we knew that everything was being taken care of and not to worry about the small stuff. Having received our photos recently, I was reminded of what a great day it was and how happy and relaxed we looked as the bride and groom. I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Katie & Greg, July 2014, Ivy Room