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Standing Ovation DJ's
4.9
from 130 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 295 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah R.
Verified review

It was great working with Joe. He was always available by phone and email. He answered all the questions we had before booking him for our wedding. I was a little disappointed in the sound quality during our wedding ceremony. The microphone kept cutting in and out. We weren't video recording our ceremony, but if we were, I would've been very disappointed with the sound afterwards. He tried to fix the microphone during our ceremony, but the quality remained the same. Joe played some songs while our pianist and violinist were setting up inside to play during the cocktail hour. He played great music all night and even accommodated us for our last minute changes for the bridal party introductions for the reception. My fiance sent him the info the night before our wedding and he still made it happen. Overall we had a great experience with Joe and he really helped make our wedding day memorable. We also booked an open air photobooth with Joe and his helper, Alex(sp?) was a great help. He encouraged people to take pictures and went to ask Joe for help when there were any issues with the photo booth camera. Joe had sent examples for the photo booth strip designs and I wasn't a fan of the designs he sent. I looked up other ideas on the internet and sent him designs for what I liked. He was able to create something that looked great for the wedding. I didn't see the design before the wedding, I would've liked to, however my fiance and I waited until the last minute to take care of this because of other things we had deal with. Overall... A+!!! Thanks Joe!

Beautification Transformation
4.9
from 107 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
Lina S.
Verified review

Tai did my hair and makeup for my wedding. She and her other stylists were incredible! I had 7 bridesmaids and additional family members down for hair and makeup, and everyone was so happy with their looks! I would recommend her for any event! She was super easy going and knowledgeable. She made the morning of my wedding a piece of cake!

Makeup And Hair By Traci
4.7
from 74 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 211 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle Y.
Verified review

Traci was absolutely amazing. I am so grateful she was able to assist and very last minute. I loved makeup, it did not feel caked on and lasted all day for an outdoor and hot day. Thank you Traci for all that you did for my wedding day and I look forward to using you again!

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Hu's Assisting
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Evelyn E.
Verified review

Holly exceeded our expectations. Because of her service we were able to enjoy my parents 50th wedding anniversary celebration. If you want friendly professional help look no further!!!! Thank You

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Special Occasion Events INC
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy H.
Verified review

Personable fun and intertaining for wedding I attended. He is a knowledgable dance instructor with years of experience. Great for events!!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Temeca O.
Verified review

Church had to set up with decorations for a wedding which was done and Marvalous job she did... Then she had to decorate the hall which they only Gave her an hour... And with that hour she worked her magic and did a BEE TEE FUL and AMAZING JOB..LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, suggestions and conerns... THANK YOU For being available and willing to do the work for us. I think we made a great choice when we went with you..

  • 2 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey F.
Verified review

I did trails with a total of four different makeup artists for my wedding. Monica by far is the most experienced, communicative, organized, and generous. First, all of her instruments were clean (brushes, sponges, spatulas...) and she mixed colors on a glass mirror instead of with her hands or on the palette. Second, she asked for my opinion/thoughts on every product BEFORE putting it on my face and I could tell she welcomed all the comments. This is extremely important to me in a trial since so many artists are stubborn in the way they like to do makeup--I sensed none of that in Monica. She was willing to change the look as we went multiple times. Third, after my trial, I kept in communication with Monica with pictures throughout the day and suggestions (for example, that the eyeliner was transferring onto my eyelid fold). She kept these in mind between the trial and service day. Some concerns: When putting together the final contract, there were some math errors (to my advantage). I corrected these and no harm done. Monica had to back out of my service date due to a family emergency and left me in the hands of her assistant (and gave me a free second trial), who is equally talented, but not as organized or experienced. My wedding day look turned out great, still... I wish that I had Monica instead.

Lili Marie Parties
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
Verified review

Lili Marie Parties was hired for my daughters 1st birthday party! I couldn't of been more please with the entire experience, from the first initial contact and through the entire party. All the parents raved about how excited their kids were with the design painted on their face. There was everything from Batman, super Mario, butterflies, flowers and cupcakes. She was patient and friendly and was able to paint way more kids in one hour than I thought would be possible. She truly was excellent! Thank you for making our birthday party even more memorable!

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Lashed Up and Stylin
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsay K.
Verified review

Julie arrived on time and was great. She had notes from our makeup trial so everything went very smooth. The makeup looked beautiful, it looked very natural and lasted all day long. I feel the price was very reasonable and I would definitely recommend her services to another bride/ bridal party.

Hair and Makeup by Sandy
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa R.
Verified review

Sandy was great! She did the hair and makeup for my wedding and bridal party. The makeup was perfection. My new husband loved the natural look done just right to complement my features. Everyone looked beautiful. I showed Sandy a picture of the long hair up-do I preferred and again it exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend her. I will definitely call her for any special event.

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UpDo's by Aga
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kailey H.
Verified review

My wedding hairstylist cancelled on me a few weeks before the wedding and I needed someone in a pinch. Finding Aga was a blessing! I was not able to meet with her to do a trial before hand but based on all of her reviews, I felt like it was worth it and I'm so glad! I wanted my 6 bridesmaids to all have up-do's but wanted their individual personalities to be a part of it and she nailed this. She was able to talk with each of us and give us something exactly like we wanted. Aga did an amazing job and all 7 of us (one bride and 6 bridesmaids) were so happy with our hair. This was done in the morning and stayed all night long. I had a veil and Aga set it up so that it would stay in place when I decided to put it in on my own and also for my hair to not be ruined by the veil removal. Overall, best hair experience I have ever had on such an important day for me. 10/10 would recommend for any occasion. Aga was also extremely quick in her responses and very flexible based on all of our needs. She is wonderful and friendly and the perfect calm energy to have on any important or stressful day!

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Blushing Reflections
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel S.
Verified review

We had such a great experience with Kylee and Jenny at my wedding. They did all of the bridal party's make up, including the mothers and everyone looked flawless. I highly recommend Blushing Reflections!

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Blanchard Special Events
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We cannot say enough great things about Heidi and highly recommend her wedding services to any other couples! Heidi served as our wedding coordinator in September 2017 and she was worth her weight in gold so that we could have a relaxing and elegant wedding. Thanks to Heidi we were able to truly enjoy our time with all of our guests many of whom had traveled from Europe and across the US to be with us. On the day of the wedding Heidi did an incredible and efficient job running our early morning rehearsal which immediately put everyone participating in the ceremony at ease. She and her two assistants were then present at our venue throughout the day coordinating the vendors as they arrived, setting up decor, and bringing us our bouquets for photos. She even sent me a few photos of the cake and decor as sneak peeks as we were out and about all day with our wedding party. Once we arrived at the venue everything looked absolutely perfect and she even had water set up for the wedding party as we got ready to walk down the aisle (she also had water, snacks, pain killers and whatever else anyone needed!). During the evening wedding Heidi kept everything to schedule and moved the guests seamlessly throughout the venue from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to dinner to dancing. She worked closely with the photographer, caterer, and musicians to make sure everything went to plan. If anything went wrong during the day or evening we did not know about it! At the end of the wedding she and her two assistants packed up all our boxes of decor/cake/leftover alcohol and took it to our hotel so our family and friends were able to go back to their hotels or to the after party with no worries. In addition to the actual wedding day, Heidi was wonderful from day one. After we decided to work together we met with Heidi early in the summer and showed her around our venue. A couple of weeks before the wedding she also came to our final walkthrough with our caterer. We also had multiple check-in calls the week leading up to the wedding to go through final details. During the week before the wedding she was in touch with all of our vendors to introduce herself and to work out any details which took all vendor management out of our hands. In short, we had a very detailed schedule and notes of how we wanted our wedding to run and look and Heidi executed it with precision and even helped us think of details we might not have thought of ourselves. We had 60 guests and wanted a personal, professional, and elegant Chicago wedding. So many guests commented on how smoothly everything went during the day and how much they enjoyed the pace and look of the evening. We were a very happy bride and groom!

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Contain Yourself Events
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth A.
Verified review

Tina did an amazing job at setting up decorations for our wedding, she made me feel relaxed and reassured that everything would be taken care of, which it was! She definitely helped make our special day perfect!

Diana's Floral
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Heather B.
Verified review

Calling All Brides!! - Diana did an amazing job with the floral arrangements, alter design and bridal bouquet for our wedding. She was very responsive to our requests and did an excellent job making style ideas and color concepts come to life. Absolutely stunning work - she is very talented at what she does!! Our guests couldn't stop complimenting us on how beautiful the alter decor and arrangements were. Highly, highly recommend!! Definitely one of the best values in Chicago!!

Vibrant Moments
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tresa S.
Verified review

Had 3-4 consultations. Contact person for all vendors. At the wedding rehearsal, they provided great suggestions as to how the bridal party should enter. I didn't have my slideshow presentation though. All centerpieces, gifts and cake were delivered to our onsite hotel room.

  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Michele M.
Verified review

Honestly I have no idea what we would have done without Yanni. She came in and was able to make my daughters wedding a very special and beautiful day! Everyone complemented how beautiful everything was. She was able to take our vision to the next level. I hope highly recommend her for your event.

Diana's Beauty Makeover
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Aranis S.
Verified review

Very professional! On time and her designs are beautiful, the kids love it!

CityEpicurean Events
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah J.
Verified review

I had a cupcake decorating party for my daughters 6th birthday. While Alysha was a tab late, everything was set up for the party on time. She was great with the kids and they all had a blast! It requires some patience to handle 12 screaming girls but Alysha was so kind. She cleaned up afterwards too. It was fantastic! Each child got a cute little apron as well and while their cupcakes weren't perfect, they loved sampling the frosting along and just had a good time.

Dana Day Of Coordination
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Pam C.
Verified review

I had a great time working with Dana for my July 2017 wedding at Salvage One and would highly recommend her as a day-of coordinator. Since she worked at Salvage One, she knew the venue well and knew what would work and what wouldn't. She helped me fine tune the details for the day-of activities and helped set up all my DIY decor. She made sure everything ran smoothly the day of so that my family or I wouldn't have to worry about a thing. I was able to relax and enjoy my wedding. Thanks, Dana!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jean W.
Verified review

Mallory is great! She is very professional and does an amazing job every time. She’s been doing my hair for 8+years, and even did my wedding day hair!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

How much does it cost for a wedding planner?

Wedding planning is a full-time job — unless you hire a professional to handle the hard work for you. The cost for a wedding planner will depend on the level of service you desire. The least expensive wedding planner option is day-of coordination, then partial service, then full-service.  

The national average cost for wedding planning is between $990 and $1,300. Costs are greatly affected by region, with rural or smaller-town wedding planners often far more affordable than planners in higher-cost cities. Here are some examples of the various levels of wedding planning and their potential average costs:

  • Day-of-wedding coordination: $800-$1,700. Day-of services can include the planner finalizing all details, creating a timeline, confirming vendors and overseeing all setup, day-of activities, and cleanup. The couple does all the front-end planning and contracts all the vendors. Time commitment could be about 15-25 hours, depending on pricing.
  • Partial service: $1,500-$3,800. Here the planner works with the couple from the beginning, helping contract vendors, creating a timeline, and overseeing all details of day-of execution. Time commitment could be about 30-60 hours, depending on package and pricing.
  • Full service: $3,500-$8,000 or more. Here the professional handles all wedding and planning details including working on design, securing rentals, getting the venue and vendors, and handling complete execution of the event. Time commitment could be 50-150 hours or more, depending on package and pricing.
  • Consulting: $50-$150 per hour for design, vendor, reception and other wedding planning consultation.
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