Creating One-of-a-Kind Weddings.
Effortless Events is owned and managed by Cindy Shanholtz, a passionate, experienced event planner, as well as a former corporate financial analyst. She is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), the International Special Events Society (ISES), and the local Chamber of Commerce. Cindy is honored to be the exclusive wedding coordinator to the Morton Arboretum. She has planned over 425 unforgettable weddings, including destination, commitment, civil, cross-cultural and eco-friendly weddings.
As a Chicago-based company, Effortless Events has worked with many wonderful clients, both in the area and out of state. Whether the wedding is small and intimate or large and elaborate, Cindy emphasizes the importance of creating a wedding that uniquely represents the couple. She embrace their vision brought forth, and turns the couple's dream wedding into a reality; all while keeping an eye on the bottom line. Through years of experience, Cindy is able to assemble the perfect team of vendors for each couple. Known for her explicitly detailed itineraries, your wedding day will be flawless.
Relax and put your mind at ease. Enjoy your wedding day, knowing that Effortless Events has taken care of every detail.
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Recommended by 98% of couples
Caitlin · Married on 09/30/2018
When looking for a planner, we had a pretty strong idea of what we wanted. Having a background in Stage Management, I am very detail orientated and love organization. We started our search by asking planners for a sample of a timeline they’ve created in the past. So many were one page, very basic and felt like something I could honestly do better myself. I was starting to doubt even needing a coordinator. That’s when Cindy and Tiffany came into the picture.
Let me tell you, that timeline was a thing of beauty. Absolutely no detail was left out. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to meet with them. That’s really what sealed the deal. We instantly felt comfortable with the two of them. We left that meeting saying “I can’t believe we thought we could do this by ourselves.” There were so many things we hadn’t even thought of until they asked us. We enjoyed their company so much, one of the meetings was having them to our place for dinner. They never felt like just coordinators to us. They were a crucial part of our wedding. They stayed on top of everything the entire process. They guided us with our own “homework”, and answered any and all questions we had in record timing.
Unfortunately, both my partner and I got sick a week before the wedding. Then our dog was attacked requiring an emergency vet trip. Both Cindy and Tiffany were continuously asking, “What can we do?” “What can we take off your plate?” “What can we cross of your to-do list?” From the very start, we knew they were going to be some of our favorite vendors. I truly can not write enough about these ladies. If you are looking for a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, I promise you that you will not find anyone like them. They LOVE what they do and it shows in every aspect of their work. We nick named them our “Sanity-Savers”. So, so, so much love to these ladies and all the gratitude in the world for giving us the ability to really enjoy a stress free wedding.
Teri · Married on 06/16/2018
I hired Cindy as my day-of coordinator for our June 2018 wedding at The Langham in Chicago based on recommendations from the venue. Cindy was ultra responsive and organized from the beginning. She came into the city early on so we could meet to walk through every detail about the wedding weekend, which helped me identify all the little things I hadn't even thought about yet. Cindy would check in every so often in the months leading up to the wedding and was always responsive on text or email if I needed to run something by her. She was much more than a day-of coordinator, she was a resource in picking florists, favors, and even saved us a few hundred dollars by coordinating a limo through a company cheaper than what I had found. She reviewed all of our vendor contracts to make sure we were getting a fair deal and provided a guide to help me figure our appropriate gratuity amounts for our vendors. On the actual wedding day, Cindy had 2 assistants with her to help manage everything. Someone was always present but never in the way. She made the day easy and stress free to me, my family, and my bridal party.
As Cindy will tell you, her style is no-nonsense. She isn't afraid to tell you what she thinks while still respecting your opinion. She gave me great, candid feedback on certain vendors when I was making my selections which I found really helpful. She is professional and polite but straight forward. I love her style, especially in the wedding scene where everyone seems to sugar coat everything. Would highly recommend.
Amanda · Married on 10/14/2017
Cindy and her team worked so hard to make our reception party a major success! They helped us from start to finish to make the entire process as easy and stress free as it could be when planning outdoor reception party for October. Effortless Events made sure that despite 8 inches of rain, the party went off without a major hitch. We enjoyed working with Cindy, Tiffany, and Danielle. Highly recommend!
Effortless Events has been a valued professional partner of ours for many years. They are one of our favorite teams to work with on any event! We value their expertise, professionalism, and extremely high attention to detail which always yields beautiful, flawless events!
Cindy and Danielle from Effortless Events are amazing planners. Their professionalism is unmatched, and from the times I have had the pleasure of working with them, they have been so easy to work with. Their attention to detail within the schedule of a wedding makes it so easy for other vendors like myself, to focus on providing the best service possible. They really take charge and run an event or wedding in a way that they put each client at ease, so they have absolutely nothing to worry about during their wedding day. I look forward to working many more wedding and events with them!
Need a planner? Look no more! Cindy will make your event perfect! She does beautiful work and makes it easy and stress free for the Couple.