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On WeddingWire since 2008

CHICAGO'S FAVORITE WEDDING PLANNER

Big City Bride is a full-time professional wedding planning firm operating with the warmth and care of a family business for 20 years. Based in our cozy Lincoln Park office, we will help you cut through the clutter and choose venues and vendors that align with your priorities, style, and budget. We will guide you through countless decisions, keeping you on track, while providing creative ideas and solutions. We pave the way so you can enjoy the planning process as well as the wedding weekend.

Our powerhouse planners work individually with clients, using collective resources and experiences from the entire Big City Bride team. This approach is exponentially better for our couples. We share important information centered around maximizing the capabilities of each venue and vendor.

Offering full and partial planning packages as well as month-of coordination. Our planning packages are customized to fit your needs perfectly. We offer hours that will accommodate most any schedule and we welcome an open line of communication so we can help when you need it most.

*Featured by People Magazine, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Style Network and more.

*We support non-profits benefiting Animal Welfare and Child Welfare.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination?

$3,500

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$6,500

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$9,500

Do you offer an hourly rate?

No

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Day-of Coordination
Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious
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Jamie R. Sent on 08/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The absolute best in Chicago. Hands down.

My first wedding vendor review has to be about Johnna Metcalf. Where do I even begin? Johnna is one of the most brilliant, kind, organized, warm, friendly and calm people I have ever met. She’s one of those people where you immediately feel at ease when you’re around her. Hiring her was by far our greatest wedding investment and I would hire her over and over again if I could.

She made our day absolutely flawless - if ANYTHING was sliiightly off or wrong, she caught it immediately, calmly, and handled it with poise - always reassuring us she’s got it covered. I felt 100% at ease, all day, because of her. The DETAILS of what she does for you is unmatched. She cared about our family and we all felt it.

We are obviously still on cloud 9 from the wedding, and haven’t stopped talking about it - but our most frequent compliment by far (from our bridal party and family) is how wonderful Johnna was. Thank you Johnna for the greatest weekend of our lives ❤️
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Shoshana G. Sent on 01/22/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Chrissy Magliano and BCB are the Best!

Chrissy Magliano is just about my favorite human being on this earth! I could write an entire dissertation about how wonderful Chrissy, Christine Cronin, and everyone at Big City Bride are, and it still wouldn’t do any of them justice. We started working with Chrissy in 2018, with an intended wedding date of Fall 2020. As you can imagine, things didn’t quite go as originally planned. Chrissy guided us through the entire wedding planning process – and then re-planning process as we had to shift the wedding weekend to a year later in 2021 – with more grace, patience, and kindness than we could have ever imagined or asked for. Chrissy held our hands through every tough decision along the way, set us up with vendors that exceeded our wildest expectations, and helped us navigate all the added complications caused by the pandemic. Our entire wedding weekend went like clockwork, with every last detail perfectly handled and directed by Chrissy and company. If a single thing went wrong, we had no idea! We truly could not be more grateful to her and everyone else at Big City Bride. It felt like we got to work with a dear friend for our wedding planning, and we already miss having our regular calls with Chrissy! If you’re looking for a wedding planner, do not hesitate to work with Big City Bride. They are truly too amazing for words!
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Katherine P. Sent on 07/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Arin and Her Team "Made It Happen"

Before COVID we had a "BIG CITY " Wedding planned and having received rave reviews about Arin at Big City Brides. We knew she was the one we wanted on our team. During COVID we had to pivot to an outdoor Suburban wedding and ARIN more than "Delivered". She just kept impressing us with her creativity, organization, and contacts. Day of, Everything went seamlessly and she was there the next day even helping to make the Brunch a success. She was incredible !!! Thank you Big City Brides for being "The BEST" Bridal consultants in and outside The CITY.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2009 Winner

Team

Jena Hansen
Jena Hansen
Wedding & Event Planner

I am totally type A. I can organize anything and bring order to the chaos. Staying positive and productive is my approach to project management. With more than a dozen years of experience in business events I have mastered the art of design and people management. I have broad shoulders and a bright smile so you can lean on me with confidence and ease.

Arin Busch
Arin Busch
Wedding & Event Planner

Nothing makes me happier than color coded to-do lists or a good spreadsheet. My love affair with weddings began in college where I served as the campus wedding ceremony coordinator. That is where I masted the marriage ritual which I deem to be the most important aspect of a wedding. I am a self-proclaimed softy...there isn't a wedding day that goes by where I don't shed some happy tears.

Chrissy Magliano
Chrissy Magliano
Wedding & Event Planner

With nearly 20-years as a Senior Big City Bride Planner, I have had the pleasure of working with most Chicago venues, hotels and vendors. Clients and vendors will tell you that I'm fun-loving, yet calm and meticulous. Busy professionals love my planning style. My goal is to minimize wedding stress and maximize your time to deliver your ultimate dream wedding.

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Maggie Speaks Maggie Speaks Wedding Bands

Can't get better help with a wedding than Big City Bride!

Chicago Wedding Djs Chicago Wedding Djs Wedding DJs

Wow! Really great team to work with. Covered everything. Communication was concise, professional, and absolutely pleasant. There are vendors in the wedding industry who are unpleasant to work with. Windy City Bride's team is great to be around and do an awesome job. Pick people you like and trust to do the important work at your wedding. Windy City Bride is it!

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