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Skokie Wedding Vendors

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AA Wedding Ministries
4.9
from 136 reviews
  • 320 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tammy C.
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Very personable and perform a nice ceremony for my Parents 5Oth wedding anniversary.

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Studio Souza
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 332 hires on Thumbtack
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Lani V.
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Isabel is great! We had a casual outdoor wedding and Isabel captured so many great moments for us. She also was ankle to get some great artistic photos as well. I would definitely hire her again. Thank you for such wonderful pics Isabel!!

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Mark's Wedding Officiant
4.9
from 116 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
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Natalia B.
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We used Mark Solock as our wedding officiant and couldn’t have been happier with the job he did.  We are a multicultural and multi-religious family who needed an officiant who understood our needs and was able to unify our ceremony. (BTW not easy to find) Mark was engaging and had a great pace to the ceremony.   Our schedules are ridiculous, and Mark was an excellent communicator who made sure we understood the time lines and what all was needed to make the event amazing! He even provided us with templates and the "what to do after" guidelines as well! Mark incorporated the story of us as a couple based on the meetings we had prior to the ceremony.  We had several compliments about the job he did and would recommend him highly for other couples looking for an officiant of their own.   Wonderful job Mark!

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Carrie Leah Photography
5.0
from 100 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
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Wanda G.
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We hired Carrie for an intimate wedding of 80 people. Unfortunately our families did not enjoy their pictures being taken so we needed a photographer that was kind of invisible and not intrusive Carrie fit that requirement perfectly. She quickly took the pictures, with professionalism and southern kindness. You immediately felt comfortable with her. Her direction with our large families was swift and quiet.... And she has the ability to bring together a group of people (kids) quickly for a perfect picture. I would hire Carrie again without question. The quality of the pictures made everyone happy. She caught the essence of the wedding and the day perfectly. Our blended family is very happy. Thank you Carrie!

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Erika the Officiant
4.9
from 99 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 180 hires on Thumbtack
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Doris B.
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Erika seems very nice and gave us lots of choices on the ceremony. We look forward to our wedding with Erika as our officiant.

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 96 reviews
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
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Raj K.
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I would highly recommend Emil. Emil is my wedding photographer, where we took pictures at multiple locations in Chicago. I am very happy with the work he had done - quite a few people commented that the pictures look amazing. He is excellent to work with -- negotiations with him were very fair, he delivered our pictures prior to the agreed upon date and he is very cheerful throughout the day

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  • 27 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Charati S.
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We had Carl for our April 29 wedding and he was amazing! Would recommend to anyone. 5* review.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
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Frank C.
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Was very cooperative and did a wonderful job keeping or wedding guests dancing and enjoying themselves!

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Kimia Emami
5.0
from 80 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
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Danica D.
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I was truly blessed to find Kimia who photographed my wedding on 11/12/16. This young woman is a beautiful person inside and out. My kids felt comfortable around her and she was able to capture TONS of beautifully candid photos of our special day. I hope to use Kimia for all of our photography needs in the future. She is truly gifted!

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Geral oris
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joe B.
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Geraldine covered an event for me that was not a wedding. She did a great job getting the right people at the right time. She was easy to work with and punctual arriving before the event.

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  • 16 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Sim C.
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Matt DaMattrix did a great job DJing at my sisters wedding. We was very accomdating since we had requested for him to play music from 3 different cultures/languages!

Elite DJ Service
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Lizsette H.
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We first met Gonzo back in 2011 when he was the DJ for my cousins wedding. He did such an amazing job and we had a blast because of all of the different music he played. When my now husband and I got engaged, we immediately thought of DJ Gonzo. He did an absolutely FABULOUS job at our wedding. He played all of the music we wanted from the top hits of English music, to the most fun Spanish music, and even threw in some Greek music to honor my husband's heritage. Our family and friends raved how much fun they had dancing the night away and that this was the best music that they've heard at a wedding in a long time. Gonzo was very professional from the moment we met him until the day of the wedding. He also provided a large screen for our family and friends to view a slide show that we compiled. I highly recommend Gonzo for any events you may have!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 67 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..

Chicago Portraits
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Lenin D.
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I higher recommend this guy !! My family fell in love with his job,I had my wedding on 7/14 in this couple just amazing,their friendly,professional and the most important,no matter what they have to do,to take the best pic possible !!! I’m anxious to see the pic,I will post some later !! Thanks again .

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Life on Prints Associates
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Julie G.
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Life On Prints was an amazing photographer. Tony came from Chicago to shoot our small, intimate beach wedding. Our wedding started at 6pm, and it started pouring down rain at 5:30. As the rain started clearing up around 5:50, Tony talked us into putting the chairs back outside and giving our outdoor ceremony a chance as planned. So thankful he did! We followed his advice and had a beautiful ceremony. The pictures he took on the beach were awesome. Our goal was to take pictures that would capture the sunset, and he did just that. He used lighting tricks that brought out the beautiful sunset more than I ever could have imagined. He even ended up capturing pictures with a rainbow as the rains started to come back in after the ceremony. Tony was extremely flexible and offered advice that helped us get the memories we wanted in the form of pictures. He was very quick to get the pictures edited and sent to us as well. Great experience, great pictures, 5 stars from us!

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Barry Bradford
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Cassie K.
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Amazing, personalized service. I'd recommend Barry to any couple. He was our officiant for our wedding 10/14 and was perfect for our ceremony. Look no further for an officiant for your ceremony. Many thanks, Barry!!

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Lighting Antics
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dan M.
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he did every thing we wanted and more couldn't have been more attentive or given a more personal touch the music was one of the high points of our wedding for both us and our guests!!!!

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Studio Soo | Chicago Baby
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Heewon S.
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Really love this place and highly recommend Soo Studio !! I visited Chicago from MN because I had to add a photo on my resume. Pretty sure he is a great photographer not only for wedding, but also portrait photo. I had to wear shirt and jacket for my photo ID, but unfortunately I didn't have one. However, thankfully he lent me his shirts and jackets so I could take great photos. He is also very professional doing post-editing. Very professional, nice and friendly. I really thanks for great photos. want to give this place 10 stars !!

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Blanchard Special Events
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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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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All In Bloom Designs
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathryn B.
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This review is regarding our initial consultation. Paulina was very friendly and professional. We met to discuss our floral vision, reviewed some inspiration photos, and she was able to craft a proposal based on what we wanted. Her pricing is VERY reasonable and she will work with you for any budget. I highly recommend hiring Paulina for your wedding!

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Stand Still Photography
4.4
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie O.
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Jeff and his wife were amazing and captured the most amazing pictures of my wedding! I would highly recommend Stand Still to anyone of my friends or family! Can’t wait to hire them again for my maternity and newborn pictures!

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 photo booth rental?

A party photo booth is a fun, interactive experience where guests can take a series of photos (usually three or four) that are immediately printed out on a strip as a keepsake. When you rent a party photo booth, the company sets up the booth or photo station at your event; a photographer staffs the booth and coaches guests on how to use it throughout the event. Often the photo booth rental company provides props like silly hats, wigs and glasses. There are different types of party photo booth rentals. An open-air booth has a curtain or backdrop that allows more freedom of movement and enables more people to use it at one time. The traditional enclosed photo booths that you may have seen at the mall or the fair tend to cost more to rent, as they are harder to transport and also cost more for the pros to purchase. The national average cost for party photo booth rentals is $400-$500.

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. 

How much is it to rent a photo booth for a party?

Renting a party photo booth for your next event will get your guests engaged and provide a take-home favor for attendees. The cost to rent a party photo booth will vary depending on the type of booth, the day and time of year, the length of the rental, and any add-ons you select. The national average cost for party photo booth rentals is $400-$500. Here are some examples of average party photo booth rental costs:

  • Weekday packages: $300-$550, depending on features included and length of rental. A three-hour weekday package for $500 could include guest book, personalized photo strips and DVD of all the photos.
  • Weekend packages: $450-$700, depending on features included and length of rental.
  • Additional hours: $100-$150 per extra hour.
  • Add-on features:
    • Photo guest album services: $75.
    • Personalized photo strips: $30-$50.
    • Custom photo backdrops or vinyl skin branding of the booth: $150-$300.
    • Live social media connectivity (ability to share photos to social media accounts): $100-$250.

How do you make a wedding photo booth backdrop?

Creative or DIY-savvy couples can make a wedding photo booth backdrop in no time. You can ask your rental company to incorporate a custom backdrop into your rental party photo booth, or do your own custom photo booth with a friend serving as photographer. It’s easiest to make your own backdrop for an open air photo booth, which you can hang on a wall at an indoor reception, or hang from a tree or in a homemade frame at an outdoor reception.

One simple yet glamorous option is a tinsel curtain. Choose silver or gold for classic elegance, or go for a wild color like bright pink. For a more refined look, you can purchase three or four yards of a luxe fabric that fits your wedding color theme. Creative couples may want to get funky and spray-paint or hand-paint designs onto a cotton canvas backdrop. Don’t forget to provide props for your guests; the props are half the fun and encourage guests to get playful for the camera. Paint an oversized picture frame gold (don’t forget to take out the glass!) for your guests to hold up. Provide a chalkboard where they can write cute messages to hold in their photo, and colorful items from your costume box: think hats, wigs, funky sunglasses, and sequined accessories.

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