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CHICAGO VINTAGE WEDDINGS

2018 SOUTH ASHLAND

CHICAGO, IL 60608

312.504.1478

KATE@CHICAGOVINTAGEWEDDINGS.COM

PRAISE

We love our clients and they love us back!

Here are just some of the many kind things they have to say...

"I can't say enough about Kate and her team. She made the month leading up to the wedding smooth sailing. I didn't need to worry about anything or be bothered with any details on the day! The best part was not needing to have my phone the entire day because I knew we had Kate. She was so present the entire day too. If I ever needed her, there she was! There was absolutely nothing that went wrong on our wedding day (at least from my perspective!) and a huge part of that is due to Kate and her team. I would definitely recommend CVW to anyone."

Carolyn + George

 

"Thank you for everything you did for us. The wedding was magical!!"

Britni + Jack

“We couldn’t be happier that we found Kate at Chicago Vintage Weddings. We knew that she would help us with the stress of wedding planning, and we were right. She is SO wonderfully organized, and it was such a calming influence to have her cross-checking our decision-making to ensure that we weren’t…well…ruining everything. It was also SUCH a huge help having someone to bounce ideas off of or make decisions! Every single decision involves hundreds and hundreds of variables, so to have Kate dramatically reduce those to only the best options for us and guide us through that was unbelievably helpful. Kate also has beautiful taste. I’m aesthetically very picky, and although I didn’t want to break the bank, we wanted things to be lovely. With her rentals and aesthetic guidance, she was able to create such a beautiful wedding day, and all without me turning into a stress-induced bridezilla. 

 

Kate dramatically reduced our stress and improved everything about our wedding. That’s for sure. However, what we didn’t expect was for Kate to help so much financially. You’d think that a wedding planner would increase the cost of a wedding, right? Although there is an up-front cost, she was able to help us prioritize, negotiate, and minimize in clever ways we’d never have thought of, and all without compromising how wonderful the wedding was. It was so helpful to have someone there to say, “Nope, that won’t make a difference if we say no to that. We don’t need it,” and to trust that’s the case. She ended up spending less than we’d originally budgeted, and all while still making things perfect. 

 

I think the best thing about Kate, however, is her unwavering kindness. I must have emailed her a gazillion times, and to say they were “verbose” is probably an understatement. I joked that Kate probably had my face on a dart board because I was bugging her oh-so often. Despite that, Kate was always incredibly patient and kind. She never became frustrated with us or became unresponsive. Instead, she was patient, kind, and helpful, even in those crazy few weeks beforehand when things invariably get bananas. 

 

We had such a wonderful wedding that truly was even more wonderful than we’d hoped, and Kate played such a huge part of that. We’d recommend her to anyone searching for a wonderful wedding planner.”

Erin + David

“Kate was the best decision we made in the wedding planning process! Throughout the planning process, Kate was so organized, thorough and kind. She let me know what I had to do when and kept the process as low-stress as possible. The wedding itself went so smoothly, we almost couldn't believe it. If you ever wonder if a wedding planner is worth the cost, the answer is YES. It is the best money you will spend on the wedding, and I couldn't ask for a better planner that Kate!" 

Sarah + Will

 

“Kate was our day-of wedding coordinator and did a fantastic job. She was ON TOP OF EVERYTHING. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about a thing – ESPECIALLY the actual day of the wedding (it went off without a hitch)! We also rented out plates, wine glasses and cafe lights from Chicago Vintage Weddings and were thrilled with the way they turned out. Our guests loved the added charm that they provided to our special day. I highly recommend Chicago Vintage Weddings and Kate if you want to have a stress free special day.” 

Olivia + Daniel

 

“We used CVW for rentals and coordination. Kate and team were absolutely wonderful to work with. They really made our event amazing – so much so, that days after the wedding, family and friends texted and called to tell us how fun and amazing our wedding was. CVW made sure everything ran smoothly and really made our wedding plan come to life. They made it so we could enjoy our wedding rather than stress about the details of making it all come together. Hiring Kate and team was easily the best money we spent for our wedding.”

Becca + Sarah

 

“I found Kate early in my planning process and she was invaluable to making my planning stress-free and fun. I loved the way our wedding looked and I couldn't have done it without CVW!! She was professional from start to finish and was incredibly flexible in the week before the wedding. I highly recommend meeting with Kate and supporting this amazing local business!"

Lauren + Jason

 

"I never wanted a wedding planner/coordinator, but I had to be realistic and realize that I was going to need help!

Kate and Elizabeth were so professional and supportive and really went above and beyond what I hired them for. I would recommend Chicago Vintage Weddings for all of your wedding coordination/planning needs!! They listen to your wants, help you make them come alive, and be there for you every step of the way!!!"

Kim + Jeremy

“My only regret is that I did not hire them for full wedding planning. In hindsight, I should have. For any of you debating, don't hesitate, definitely hire for full planning, it is worth every penny and then some. I would highly recommend it! Even now, all of my guests rave about my wedding and I know that it was mostly due to CVW and their attention to details!"

Monica + James

 

“Amazing, not enough words to express how I feel about the quality of service, communication, and finished product. Elizabeth and Kate by far exceeded our expectations." 

Megen + Tommy

 

“Chicago Vintage Weddings was so great to work with. They were a pleasure to work with from the start, very responsive and organized. I had contacted a few companies for vintage rentals, and this is the best by far! I was able to rent what I needed and wasn’t pressured to rent more. I worked with Kate for my rentals and she was very friendly and professional! Everything was delivered on time, and exceeded my expectations of how beautiful the plates and linen would be, and everyone at the wedding was talking about how great it was! I would highly recommend them, everything about it was wonderful and made my special day more beautiful, and done with ease!” 

Jacqueline

 

“Fantastic experience! When our daughter asked to have her wedding in our backyard we were instantly thrilled and anxious, but then we found Kate and Chicago Vintage Weddings. She walked with us every step of the way and gave us more than we could have imagined. From the personal service to the capable vendors, everything was excellent. We never felt that we didn't know what was going on and where we were at in the process. When the wedding day arrived we did not have a care in the world because it was taken care of. Chicago Vintage Weddings made the wedding magical.” 

Debbie + Michael, parents of the bride

 

“Kate is truly a blessing to work with. We weren't sure we needed a day-of planner until we talked to our friends who benefited from having one. We then interviewed three different planners and Kate was the obvious choice. Her professionalism and attention to detail from start to finish is what we were most impressed by. Our wedding day went smoothly and was drama-free because she was there to streamline everything. We would hire Kate again and highly recommend her to everyone.” 

Char + Chris

 

“I cannot say enough good things about Kate and Chicago Vintage Weddings. Kate is dedicated, thorough, patient, resourceful, professional, and--most importantly for me--someone who can be trusted to follow through with a keen eye for detail and a very high taste level...Kate somehow managed to juggle all of our preferences, our aesthetic taste, family dynamics, and our budgetary concerns. Throughout the planning process, Kate got us square with a budget, connected us with fantastic vendors, accompanied us to tastings, assisted with romantic vintage rentals, coordinated our wedding rehearsal, and was always chipper, upbeat, knowledgeable and professional. On the day of our wedding, the planning was impeccable. All we had to do was relax and soak in the absolutely magical experience. Bottom line, our wedding would not have been what it was (may not have been at all) but for Kate's tireless, experienced and knowledgeable work. As a result, we had a wedding experience that exceeded our expectations. We love Kate and CVW, and cannot recommend their services highly enough.” 

Mikiko + Quincy

 

“Kate was an absolute godsend to us and our wedding! We were feeling so swamped and overwhelmed when we first met Kate. Within a week she found us a perfect venue right in our price range - it was unbelievable! She was always extremely responsive and on top of problem solving before we even knew there were problems to solve. Not to mention the vintage store credit we got with booking her planning services - having the unique vintage china serve ware made our table settings unforgettable! Thanks for everything Chicago Vintage Weddings!

Emily + Patrick

 

“Let me start off by saying, Kate was a dream to work with. We hired her to do ‘month-of coordination,’ which was by far one of the best investments we made for our wedding. We also used Chicago Vintage for some rentals like plates, silverware, garden chairs, and a few miscellaneous decor items. For anyone planning a wedding, I cannot stress enough that having a coordinator is SO important. Kate took over almost all vendor communication leading up to the big day which was a huge relief. Our reception venue was very DIY (had to bring in your own everything), so we had a million vendors to coordinate – pretty much my idea of a logistical nightmare But Kate handled it all with grace and never made me feel frazzled. We also did a lot of the decor and planning ourselves, and Kate was able to perfectly translate our vision into the most magical event.”

 Laura + Bobby

“Wonderful, chic, amazing taste, great service, affordable, and you’re supporting a local woman-run small business. This is a win-win-win-win-win situation!!” 

Jill + Johnny

"Everything came off perfectly and it was a truly extraordinary day with so many compliments from guests about how elegant and beautiful and organized the event was. We cannot say enough good things about Kate, and her assistant, in terms of how important they were to making this such a wonderful and memorable day for the bride and groom and their parents, friends and family. Top-of-the-line service in every possible way!"

Helen, Mother of the Bride

 

“Working with Kate at Chicago Vintage Weddings was a breeze and a pleasure. She was nothing but professional and lovely in our correspondence and in person. She was a beautiful collection of vintage wares to rent, and I loved the assorted plates and other decor I rented from her. I would heartily recommend working with her, and will be recommending her to my friends with upcoming weddings!" 

Kim

 

“We had a wonderful experience with Kate. She’s very responsive and reasonable…She just wants to make sure your event is beautiful.” 

April + Brian

 

“Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding - we absolutely could not have done it without you. You did a FABULOUS job and we can't thank you enough!" 

Jessica + Wyatt

 

"Before hiring Kate, I am not going to lie...I wondered why any sane person would ever plan a big wedding. Six months away from our big day, my fiance and I decided to change our wedding venue and I was in a state of panic that was paralyzing. We found Kate and quickly brought her on board to help with a partial planning package.

Gradually that panic I had felt turned from a numbing fear to a giddy excitement...and by the week of my wedding, everything was SO organized that my fiance and I had literally NOTHING to do. Kate was so on top of things that we got to take the week of the wedding to just relax and be excited. Everything was handled. I kept being like...shouldn't we be stressed right now? But no, it was bliss.

The wedding itself was a perfectly choreographed dream sequence. There are no words to describe the sense of comfort we felt on the day of the wedding knowing Kate was directing the show. Perfection sounds cliche, but she was nothing short of everything you could ever ask for in a planner. Professional, organized, punctual and precise. She was calming and commanding and brought an energy to the space that screamed 'I GOT THIS'.

I didn't realize that our honeymoon would be spent entirely re-living the day of the wedding over and over again. We rode that high and still have not come down. It's like there is 'real life' and then there is the wedding week in a whole different category of reality. You just don't know how magical it will be until you experience it.

Kate - you brought the magic. You made it happen. You are a unicorn-riding princess goddess divine who sprinkles love-dust on all those you encounter. I AM SO GLAD WE FOUND YOU! You dream maker you! I can't wait to get to re-live the memories of our wedding - which you so carefully crafted - over and over forever. Now I get why people have big weddings. Because once you live it, you tell everyone you know how it was 'the best day of you life'. And it was.

INFINITE THANK YOUS to Kate and Chicago Vintage Weddings."

Casey + Alex

"Working with Kate and Chicago Vintage Weddings was the best decision we made in all of our planning! She is highly organized, very thorough, pleasant and easy to work with, assertive yet very personable with vendors, easily accessible and very responsive which are all great qualities to have in someone planning a big event such as a wedding! And that was just leading up to the big day! 

Then, day of, Kate was really, really great. She was essentially present and yet invisible the whole time! Meaning, she effectively made sure the whole day ran smoothly with as little distraction for us as possible!

We couldn't have done it without you, Kate! Thank you so very much!!"

Marki, mother of the bride

"I can't say enough great things about working with Chicago Vintage Weddings! Kate was so easy to work with and she is beyond organized! We chose to use her and her team for the month leading up to our wedding, and I am extremely happy that we did. The wedding turned out beautiful and things ran so smoothly. If you are on the fence about using a wedding coordinator, I will make your decision easy: USE CHICAGO VINTAGE WEDDINGS!" 

Loren + John

"If you are considering coordination and wondering if it is worth the investment - IT 110% is!!! To be able to actually be in the moment and enjoy the day without worry was worth it enough. And with someone as amazing as Kate, her service fee is a steal for the value you get!

The decision to use Kate for our day-of coordination was one of the best decisions we could have made...we don't know how we would have pulled off our wedding without her. Kate is professional, organized, dependable, and was able to keep our wedding party/family in check with a smile on her face. She was so buttoned up throughout the whole process and we are forever in debt to her for making our wedding day go off without a hitch. Kate and team - thank you for being so amazing!!!"

Jacquie + Chinar

 

"We worked with Andria for our wedding and she is the BEST--so warm, professional, thought of everything, and so very chill. My gown's bustle got torn and she was right there with a quick fix. She wrangled our big family for the processionals and photos with ease. And her smile lights up a room. My family couldn't stop singing her praises. We also did rentals through CVW and they were beyond gorgeous. Couldn't recommend them enough."

Genevieve + Mark

"We truly would not have had such a smooth wedding without her and her staff! Because of Kate, we felt no pressure at all on my daughter's wedding day!" 

Sue, mother of the bride

"Kate and her entire crew are incredible! We rented a lot of our decor from her, and also utilized the month of planning, both of which I cannot recommend enough! As a planner, Kate was AMAZING! I never had to worry about a thing, and she was so thorough in making sure all the details were covered. Everything went so smoothly. I can't recommend Kate and her services enough, for rentals and for planning! " 

Kathleen + Kyle

"We could not have been happier with Kate as our planner. She was a superwoman and made our wedding absolutely perfect. I was told that I would not actually get to enjoy my wedding day because of all the little details that I would be worrying about throughout the day. Thanks to Kate, this was categorically untrue. I didn't worry about a single thing the day of or event the weeks leading up to the big day. Kate took care to make sure that our vision came to life.

 

Kate also worked with my mother-in-law to plan a great rehearsal dinner and welcome reception. I didn't waste a minute of though about these events because I knew Kate was on top of everything. She was also able to easily navigate some of the more awkward family situations and she did so with grace and discretion. There is absolutely no better person to hire for your wedding."

Elysa + Alex

“I can't say enough. I recommend Chicago Vintage Weddings more than I can put into words” 

Sarah + Jordan

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