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Anticipation Events is a boutique event planning and styling company specializing in atypical and stylish weddings, social occasions, and special events. We're crazy good at making sure every detail is in place down to the last disco ball. Our attention to detail and ability to organize, paired with an eye for style means you get the best of both worlds: planner and designer.

With hundreds of events planned, dozens of crises averted, and countless candles lit, Team AE is your secret weapon to a stress-free event. When we’re not at a party, we dabble in music, food, interiors, and travel to keep our senses honed and inspiration flowing. We call Chicago home, but you can book us worldwide.

Services Offered
Anticipation Events offers the following services:

  • Month-of coordination
  • Event design
  • Full planning
  • Partial planning

Anticipation Events is based in Chicago, Illinois, and is available for travel worldwide.

  • Woman-owned

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Rehearsal Dinner

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Double Weddings
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Grace Married on 06/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing through planning and day of!

Anticipation Events exceeded our expectations of a wedding planner. We worked with Elizabeth who is extremely detail oriented and helped us consider aspects of our wedding we would not have thought of in advance. We were referred by a friend who also had an amazing experience with AE. Not only did they exceed the expectations of a "month-of" coordinator way before we were one month out of our wedding date but, as the day got closer, they helped in ways I did not consider months prior when wedding planning started.

They provided a helpful shared/collaborative timeline document (down to the minute but not daunting) well in advance allowing enough time for us to consider all aspects of the wedding day without being rushed. This help set expectations for wedding party, family and other vendors immensely.

They have strong relationships with other wedding vendors which lead to a collaborative effort, especially at final stages, with catering and the venue. Knowing our priorities, and using past experience, AE helped guide us in the right direction toward our priorities with each vendor type.

They leveraged their knowledge, experience and vendor relationships to help execute some key decisions and plans. Notably, we were burnt out on decision making and within 2 weeks of wedding day had not chosen linens. They help us find gorgeous linens with assistance of our caterer (Butter & Vine) that were classy, affordable and perfectly matched our style. AND Elizabeth pre-ordered a round of esspressotinis for the wedding party before we arrived at the rehearsal dinner.

We would recommend Anticipation Events to anyone. They only take on 2 weddings per weekend so they can fully focus on you. They are dedicated to making your wedding whatever you want it to be.
Katrina L. Married on 04/29/2023
5 out of 5 rating

a dream wedding with Emma!

Our wedding day was absolutely amazing thanks to the team at Anticipation Events and specifically our coordinator Emma. From the moment we met her, we knew we were in the hands of an incredibly organized and detail-oriented professional. Emma's meticulous planning and attention to detail ensured that every aspect of our big day ran smoothly and flawlessly. She effortlessly managed all the logistics, making sure every vendor, guest, and detail was in place, alleviating any stress or worries we had.
On the day of our wedding, Emma’s unwavering support and optimism kept us calm and confident, even in the face of any challenges that arose. Emma's dedication and expertise were truly remarkable, and her ability to make us feel at ease made the entire experience so enjoyable.
We can't thank Emma and Anticipation Events enough for their exceptional coordination skills, which made our wedding day a seamless affair. If you're searching for a month-of coordinator who will go above and beyond to make your day unforgettable, look no further than Emma and the Anticipation Events team!
Emily H. Married on 02/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding Decision You'll Make

Anticipation Events was the best wedding decision that we made. Elizabeth made everything so much simpler for us. Instead of having to research thousands of Chicago vendors, Elizabeth was able to recommend a few for each category for us to choose from. So much easier to pick a florist out of just three options. We were comfortable with all of our choices because we knew Elizabeth had worked with them before and liked their work and professionalism. Elizabeth helped two indecisive and "whatever you want, honey" people figure out what our style was and what we actually wanted for our wedding day. Elizabeth was so organized -- and we had access to all of the information through shared Google documents. On the day-of I forgot about my huge list of stresses because it was all taken care of by Elizabeth and her team -- even things I hadn't thought of. Throughout the reception, Elizabeth was there with my favorite cocktail (and a glass of water for me to drink first). Because of Anticipation Events, I was able to actually enjoy the whole wedding weekend.
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Elizabeth is the BEST! Working with her and partnering with her on events has been seamless!

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Elizabeth of Anticipation Events is a phenomenal asset your wedding day. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside her. As a photographer I love meeting like-minded wedding professionals who are passionate about what they do and put their clients first. Anticipation Events will seamlessly coordinate everything from big to small. I highly recommend their services and look forward to working with again.


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