An Event Less Ordinary

4406 N Magnolia #640, Chicago, IL 60640 Map · Phone number
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About An Event Less Ordinary

When Amy & Carolyn discovered they have a mutual love for fabulous footwear, their day planners and throwing extraordinary parties, Amy turned to Carolyn and said "We should plan weddings." She replied, "You know what? We should!" Thus, An Event Less Ordinary was born! Amy & Carolyn are both extremely passionate about what they do. Each has many years of experience in theatre, which has taught them how to build a production from scratch, while also nurturing their creativity.

We are currently offering 3 different coordination packages:

Day Of Coordination
If you are a couple who have planned all your details, this package is for you. AELO will pick up where you left off, tie up loose ends, and make sure everything comes together without a hitch. Following your initial consultation, we will meet with you 1-3 weeks prior to your wedding day. We will become familiar with every detail of your wedding and every vendor you have contracted. We will also direct your wedding rehearsal for you.

Month Of Wedding Coordination
If you are a couple who have planned most of your details but need a little help with the small stuff, Month Of Coordination is for you. From creating guest gift baskets, to tying ribbons on programs, to helping you with your final seating chart, AELO will take care of the finer details. After your initial consultation, we will meet with you 4 to 6 weeks prior to your wedding in order to become familiar with your day and settle on what particulars we will be coordinating. This package also includes Day Of Coordination.

Full Wedding Coordination
If you are a busy bride, then the Full Coordination package is for you. AELO will be there to assist you every step of the way. We will work with you on a realistic budget, help you to select venues, and recommend vendors to you. We will schedule appointments, attend meetings as needed, and provide your chosen vendors with all the information they will need on your wedding day. This package also includes Day Of Coordination.

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13 Reviews for An Event Less Ordinary

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Brian Peterson · Married on 11/03/2018

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    A perfect symphony!

    After my very first discussion with Carolyn, I knew we'd found the right coordinator for us. We were primarily looking for month-of coordination, but we were also interested in additional help planning certain aspects of the wedding, the biggest of which was our rehearsal dinner. Our rehearsal dinner idea was complicated, and Amy and Carolyn perfectly coordinated five food vendors and a venue. I already felt confident that all would go well on the wedding day, and the success of the rehearsal dinner only reinforced that feeling.

    On our wedding day, Carolyn and her assistant perfectly orchestrated everything. Guests transported from two hotels arrived on time and comfortable. The venue, the tables, the chairs, and the decorations were all squared away before anyone arrived. Ceremony went exactly as rehearsed. Bride and groom gracefully whisked away for a moment alone -- and a waiting drink -- before staged photos. Room flip and photo booth setup all done while our guests were enjoying cocktail hour in the bar. Buffet dinner service started right on time... with full plates delivered to us at the head table. (And at my explicit request, Carolyn made sure I hydrated between glass of beer and whisky. EL OH EL!) Truly everything went as scheduled and planned, and many of our guests said it was the best wedding they'd ever attended. We absolutely could not have done this without AELO. If you need a coordinator or a planner (partial or full), book An Event Less Ordinary as soon as you can.

    Sent on 03/21/2019
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    Sarah D · Married on 09/22/2018

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    Hiring AELO for Day-Of Coordination Was Such a Good Idea

    I think it’s fair to say that Rachel was a huge part of what tipped the balance from stressful to wonderful on the day of our wedding. In the run up to the day, she was so self-evidently organized and competent that we felt comfortable letting go and trusting her with all the wrangling day-of. After the stress of actually planning the wedding, it was comforting and pleasant to just tell her where the votives should be and how to set up the event space and then see it exactly how we imagined it. I can’t imagine how much we would have been freaking out during the requisite day-of emergency (in our case, “where’s the breaking glass for the ceremony?!?!”) if we had to solve the problem ourselves rather than just sitting tight while Rachel ran the problem down. Rachel let us just focus on getting married and for that we are forever grateful.

    Sent on 03/01/2019
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    Erin Gschwind Romo · Married on 08/17/2018

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    The Day-of-Coordinator of Our Dreams

    An Event Less Ordinary (AELO) was suggested to us by our venue, Ignite Glass Studios. We sent an initial email inquiry and within 24 hours we received a response and couldn’t have been happier from the very beginning. We had a couple of phone calls with Carolyn to hash out some details prior to our in person meeting. When we finally met her in person at our walk through, it felt as though we had all known each other for years! She jumped right in at our walkthrough to take details and responsibilities off of our plate. We didn’t even need to ask her- it was like she was two steps ahead of us at all times. Additionally, she also created a timeline for the day of the wedding and contacted all of our vendors as needed, which put us at ease.

    On the day of the rehearsal she worked so well with our church, families, and bridal party and assisted in transporting any items to the venue. On the actual day of our wedding, my wife and I couldn’t have imagined any other person. The day of your wedding is so chaotic, but Carolyn (and her assistant) maintained a calm and welcoming, but detail-oriented presence that helped make every part of the event go incredibly smooth. She even brought a suitcase full of emergency items! Throughout the entire event, Carolyn and her assistant were always ready and willing to step in and even provided us with excellent tips on how to cut the cake together. Who would’ve thought?! Before leaving, Carolyn checked in with us one last time and handed over the reigns to her assistant. All of our cards, belongings, etc. were so neatly packaged and ready to go at the end of our night and we couldn’t have been more thankful.

    I wish there were 6 stars to give Carolyn and AELO because they certainly deserve it. My wife and I cannot express how grateful we are to Carolyn and the AELO team. Our wedding experience wouldn’t have been the same without you!

    Sent on 01/01/2019

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An Event Less Ordinary FAQ

  • What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination? $ 1,500.00
  • What is the starting price for partial wedding planning? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting price for full wedding planning? $ 5,000.00
  • Do you offer an hourly rate? Yes
  • What is the hourly rate? $ 150.00
  • What wedding events do you provide services for? Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What wedding planning services do you offer? Budget Analysis, Day-of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Guest List Creation, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
  • What weddings do you have experience planning? Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
  • How many planners are on your team? 5

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    8152893024 (Phone number)

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