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Oak Lawn Wedding Consultants

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Standing Ovation DJ's
4.9
from 128 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 292 hires on Thumbtack
Kellie W.
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Standing Ovation DJ's provided an excellent musical experience for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. The DJ followed our playlist to perfection. I would recommend this DJ service to anyone trying to make their night special!

Your Personal Hostess
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
Christina C.
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Donna. Was. INCREDIBLE. I hired her for our wedding of over 120 people. She was not only a bartender, but literally a hostess. Many people (even my notoriously critical grandmother) commented on how she was everywhere doing everything - making a mean drink, clearing plates, making coffee, everything - and being so kind and pleasant and joyous in the process. Plus she came by to make me (the bride) a plate of food for dinner! She helped me make the list of what I would need, and worked with the drinks and mixers I provided to make even better drinks than I imagined. I requested an additional server to support her which she easily provided, and he was amazing as well. She was worth double the price and I can't recommend her enough.

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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.
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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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Hu's Assisting
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Crystal Garhammer W.
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Holly and team were fantastic! Professional team for my clients wedding! Highly recommended ! Thanks Holly and team! Crystal WeddingBliss708 Wedding Planning & Coordinating

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  • 18 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Temeca O.
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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..

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Blanchard Special Events
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheri O.
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Heidi is fantastic. She guided me through every step of my wedding planning process to ensure that I didn't feel overwhelmed or freak out.

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Aly Stoeckel
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joy G.
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Aly was the first person to reply. After talking to her for only a few minutes I knew that she would be the person that would plan my wedding. Aly has her own business and a vested interest in the success of my wedding. I didn't want a large corporation I wanted the personal touch that I knew Aly would bring. Aly was on board from the start she listened and took particular note of the things that were important to me as well as offering suggestions that were so helpful. I had a plan and Aly worked with me to make my day perfect. Aly was available 24 /7 via email text as well as by phone. Aly was in constant touch with me to ensure all of what I wanted was perfect down to the last detail. Nothing was too much trouble. I had to do nothing except let her know my wishes, she did it all. I had a small intimate wedding but I have no doubt that Aly could plan a wedding for 35 or 350. Her attention to detail was incredible. Aly made sure that everything was in place from the caterers to the tent suppliers. The food was fantastic cooked on site. The food Vendor was so accommodating and beautifully displayed. Everything was as I asked. The network of Vendors Aly has is phenomenal I had a range to choose from. I was not alone at any time. If I needed any help or information about anything from flowers, accessories, dresses, centerpieces, you name it Aly knew all about it. Aly made arrangements to have my centerpieces made to my specifications. They were beautiful. Aly went above and beyond in every way. My dream wedding came true only because of her. Aly knows her profession and does it exceptionally. I believe it's because she loves what she does as well as she wants the bride to have the experience of a lifetime on her special day. She succeeded. I will scream praises for Aly to anyone who will listen she is just the best. Thank you Aly. I am forever grateful. Love you Aly. 💓💞💝💘💕💖💗

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Contain Yourself Events
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth A.
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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!

Vibrant Moments
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Je'Nai J.
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My husband and I did not realize how stressful planning our wedding would be. I know I literally felt like I was going to pull out my hair (and my fiancé's!!). Fortunately, a close friend suggested I hire a wedding coordinator to assist with the big day. Vibrant Moments saved our sanity! Shay and Janean were proactive, professional, organized, thoughtful, flexible and problem solvers. They reminded us about tasks we never even thought of. They also were informal marriage counselors during those planning conference calls when my fiancé and I had to make decisions LOL! But seriously, they helped us talk through some tough decisions related to the wedding ceremony and reception. Leading up to the wedding, they checked in with the bridal party and all the vendors to ensure our big day was perfect. And when the wedding day finally came, they were on the scene taking care of every detail, big and small. I mean, they showed up with this supply basket that had so much stuff in it it had to be like a magician's hat. One of my bridesmaid's needed a phone charger - they had that. One of my othe bridesmaid's broke her earring - they broke out the glue gun. They had tissues, mints...you name it. And most important, they were fun, had positive attitudes and truly made us feel like the success of our wedding was as important to them as it was to us. We can't thank them enough for all they did to help make our big day special.

Forever & Always Events
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew T.
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Jessica served as day of coordinator as well as support up to the wedding day. She was effective in allowing the family to enjoy the day without worries of the myriad of details.

City Chic Events
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
W.L H.
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Allana at City Chic Events was invaluable to us in planning and executing our daughter's wedding. She was professional, flexible, reasonable in price, approachable and available. She communicated with us as much as we needed her to. She was prompt in her responses and offered suggestions when asked. Allana worked quietly behind the scenes the day of the wedding. I found out, after the fact, that she had to repair my daughter's wedding dress after someone stepped on it. I never noticed!! Thank you so much for all you did to make our daughter's wedding a dream come true! And thank you from a grateful MOB for helping me maintain my sanity through this wedding planning journey! You are so appreciated and we highly recommend you! City Chic Events offers various plans for any budget, check them out, seriously! FOB said it was the best money he spent in the budget!

Bella Events
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Emily W.
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We got married on New Years Eve 2016. Our guests are still talking about how beautiful our wedding was. Anna Lisa is amazing. From flowers, center pieces, table decor and much more she was a pleasure to work with. Through out the process Anna Lisa made sure we were stress free as well as checking in to make sure we were happy with how things would turn out. I can sometimes be a little indecisive, so when it came to picking things out Anna Lisa was right there to make us feel like we were making the right decisions. I shared my ideas with Anna Lisa and she is so creative she was able to create something even better. She was very accommodating and and professional. She made us feel confident that our wedding day would turn out beautiful. I recommend Anna Lisa to everyone I know!

DJ Gordon SKL
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie Z.
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Gordon from MajorMusiq Entertainment DJed my wedding in July 2013 - and we still have folks asking for his info so they can use him for their events as well! Having the perfect DJ was a HIGH priority for me and my husband - and Gordon did not disappoint. Not only was he extremely attentive to our music requests, but he also sprinkled in his own creative ideas throughout the night - some I never would have thought of myself - which truly helped make the whole wedding memorable. Gordon also was able to easily navigate the challenges of working at a venue (Pazzo's 311) that didn't have its own speaker system, and flawlessly executed smooth transitions/narration throughout the night. Plus, the icing on the cake: his services happened to be extremely affordable compared to other vendors in the area. Would definitely recommend his services!

Revelry Event Planning
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Katie B.
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I can't say enough good things about Suzanne! She helped with day-of coordination for our wedding and rehearsal. Everything went SO smoothly, thanks to her hard work. Highly recommend her services! And in fact, I already have to a few of my friends :)

Zen Events Group
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 33 years in business
Linda M.
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Jannell did a great job planning our wedding and thanks again!

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SAVING Grace
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
SPACE A.
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We had a client open house at our office for roughly 30 clients and consultants. Being a busy and growing company, we did not have the time to properly prepare for the event, nor did we want to screw it up and embarrass ourselves. SAVING Grace came highly recommended, so we gave her a call, gave her the parameters, which we had lots of, and let her run with it. The party went down without any issues, the staff she secured was amazing, the food was delicious and plentiful and the entire event was a huge success. It is always best to leave things to the professionals, and Grace is certainly that. I would recommend SAVING Grace anytime.

Dana Day Of Coordination
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Pam C.
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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!

  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ana O.
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Hiring Kristin was one of the best decisions I've made when planning our wedding last summer. Kristin made sure the decor looked exactly as I wanted it! Working with her was a pleasure. She pays great attention to detail, and her talent in event planning and styling is obvious. Kristin and her team are a gem!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Kathryn Lauren Weddings and Events is an investment in an effortless, stylish and affordable event. I make it my business to help your expenses stay on target, all while maintaining your personal flair and freeing you up to enjoy the moment with your guests, like you deserve.

Dreamscape Travel Group
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Maria A.
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Janine is professional, friendly and to the point. She always provides value and has saved me money on travel. That's why I always use her services.

  • 23 years in business
Kari R.
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I knew right away when I stood up in my sisters wedding that I had to have Cathie as my florist for my wedding. I knew it would be hard to top the beautiful bouquet on my sisters day but Cathie did! Cathie is always so easy to work with and knew my vision right away. I even remember there being a hiccup Bc the greenly I wanted was coming from Houston and that was the same time at the Hurricane. Cathie replaced it and I couldn’t even tell the difference. Also I told Cathie we were on a limited budget and didn’t want to spend a ton on flowers. Some florist would just skimp on the details but not Cathie, she did an amazing job! Everyone in my bridal party and wedding loved the flowers and thought our bouquets were stunning!!! I would recommend Cathie to anyone who is looking for wedding, proms, and any special occasions. Thank you for helping make our big day so special!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a wedding event coordinator do?

Pulling off a large, complex wedding or an elegant, small affair requires juggling myriad details, including the officiant, food, drink, wedding cake, entertainment, transportation, rehearsal dinner, photography, equipment rentals, venue reservations and more. A wedding event coordinator can help you keep track of these details, overseeing the planning process and managing everything on the day of your wedding. Each wedding coordinator (and wedding) is different, but in general you can expect an event coordinator to:

  • Help you devise a realistic wedding budget and hold your vendors to it.
  • Map out a master plan that includes all of the details including ceremony music, favors, the guest book and more.
  • Suggest ceremony and reception locations that fit your wedding size, budget and vision.   
  • Suggest florists, photographers, bands, caterers and other vendors that fit your budget.
  • Negotiate vendor contracts for the best deals.
  • Create a timeline for the day of the wedding that includes each vendor and member of your wedding party.
  • Mail invitations and track RSVPs.
  • Answer questions about wedding etiquette and current wedding trends.
  • Manage the wedding day from supervising vendors and setup to handling last-minute emergencies.

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 do day-of wedding coordinators cost?

A day-of wedding coordinator makes sure that every detail of your wedding day goes off without a hitch, and deals quickly and quietly with any last-minute emergencies. For many brides, the day-of wedding coordinator is their best investment! The average national cost for a wedding coordinator is $800 to $1,000. Although full-service wedding coordinators often charge a percentage of the total wedding budget, most day-of coordinators charge a flat fee plus an additional hourly fee if the day runs long. For example, a 15-hour day-of coordination costs an average of $600, plus an additional $45 per hour if the coordinator works more than the planned 15 hours. Another option is to hire a coordinator to manage the last-minute details leading up to the event; for example, 25 hours of month-of coordination costs an average of $1,200. Several factors affect the cost of day-of coordination, including the region, the planner’s experience, and the specifics of the wedding. If the ceremony and reception are in two different locations, expect to pay more than if they’re in the same place. Also, extra details, such as managing food trucks or setting up snacks in addition to the meal, will increase the cost.

What should you ask a wedding coordinator?

When you hire a wedding coordinator, you want to make sure he or she gets you and can execute perfectly your vision of your dream wedding. To find the very best fit, it’s important to ask these five questions:

  • Are you available on my wedding date? If the coordinator isn’t available on your big day, there’s no reason to continue the interview — unless you’re willing to shift your date to accommodate their schedule.
  • What’s average cost of most of your weddings? If the coordinator’s usual wedding is outside your range, they might not be the right coordinator for you. Ask whether the coordinator requires a minimum wedding budget. In general, the wedding coordinator’s fee should be about 15 percent of your budget.
  • What is your speciality? Some coordinators specialize in day-of coordination, some create the overall vision, and others act as a producer. Make sure your wedding coordinator provides the type of services that will most help you create the event you have in mind, such as selecting vendors and handling their contracts, or managing the guest list and invitations.
  • What are your ideas for fulfilling our wedding vision? After you describe your dream wedding — rustic or sophisticated, traditional or funky — the wedding coordinator should be able to suggest appropriate venues, menus, decorations, etc..

Do you have a portfolio? Ask to see photos of their favorite weddings, especially if they’ve managed any that are similar to what you have in mind. This will help you see if you like their style and if their ideas seem fresh and creative.

Do I need a wedding day coordinator?

Even if you’ve handled every detail of planning your wedding, you might appreciate having a day-of wedding coordinator in your corner. Usually, the coordinator meets with you a few weeks before your wedding to put together a detailed timeline of everything that needs to happen on your wedding day. Then, on the big day, the coordinator makes sure everything goes according to plan — and handles any emergencies that pop up, such as party crashers, missing tuxedos, late vendors, disappearing bridal party members and more. Most wedding coordinators also handle:

  • Distributing the wedding day timeline to all of your vendors.
  • Coordinating all of your vendors, including the photographer, florist and baker.
  • Conducting the wedding rehearsal.
  • Helping the bride and her wedding party get dressed and take photos.   
  • Checking floor plans, lighting levels, cake placement, menus, favors and more.
  • Collecting the wedding gifts and keeping personal items safe and accounted for.

Even if you don’t think you need a wedding coordinator, check with your venue. Some require that couples hire a day-of wedding coordinator for the day of the event. 

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