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EventZ

Palatine, IL View map
2023 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
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10 reviews
$1,400 Package Price

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2023 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$1,400 Package Price

EventZ is a wedding planning company operating out of Palatine, Illinois. Founder Zakiya Johnson has been creating timeless, unforgettable events for over a decade. She holds a wealth of knowledge in all things event-related, taking joy in bringing her clients’ dream events to life.

Services Offered

To ensure a tailored experience for every client they serve, the team at EventZ provides a wide range of offerings for couples to choose from. Packages available range from partial planning to full event design. Your planner will be on hand throughout the process, providing assistance with venue selection, timeline creation, budget planning, and vendor coordination. The team specializes in a wide range of events, including civil ceremonies, cultural celebrations, and double weddings, as well as eco-friendly and non-religious gatherings.

  • Black-owned
  • Asian-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$1,000

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$1,400

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$2,500

Do you offer an hourly rate?

Yes

What is the hourly rate?

$50

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Day-of Coordination
Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Double Weddings
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious
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    Supportive, best wedding friend

    My husband and I contacted Zakiya for our wedding in September 2022. We set up a brief phone call and knew that she would be a good fit for our wedding.

    We had a Christian ceremony but included some Indian elements that Zakiya knew how to incorporate wonderfully. Leading up to the wedding, she was our rock when it came to pretty much all things wedding. Would suggest Zakiya being your first booking in the whole wedding planning process.

    The day of we planned for an outdoor ceremony and of course, it rained for the hour and a half we were supposed to be outside. She handled talking to the vendors and switching around our day so wonderfully. All I had to do was sit upstairs and drink a cocktail ...or two.

    Would highly recommend Zakiya for your big day! Loved working with her.
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    Park A. Married on 06/25/2022
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    Fantastic Wedding Coordinator

    I am the leader of the Park Avenue Orchestra and we had the pleasure to work with Zakiya Johnson from Event Z Planning for an incredible Wedding Reception. We worked together on a weather related day was met with a overwhelming solutions. Zakiya was so organized as an event coordinator and the Wedding Reception was a total success due to all her efforts. We had a very happy Bride & Groom.

    She has an incredible character matched with impeccable friendliness. Her organizational skills are highlighted throughout the entire Wedding outline process.

    If you are looking for a very great professional, feel free to contact her. She is one of the Best in the Industry and will ensure a complete process with the Events Planning Program.
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    Julianne Married on 06/25/2022
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    Completely Worth Every Penny!

    I can't emphasize enough how much of a life saver Zakiya was in our wedding planning process! She consistently went above and beyond our expectations. For starters, our original venue went out of business only 9 months before our (Saturday) June wedding which we have been told is one of the 8 most popular wedding days in the entire year! We we were so worried about finding a new venue on such short notice (especially since we were planning the wedding from far away in NYC), but she launched into hero mode and provided us with many alternatives. We were so happy with the venue we ended up choosing! Another example of her thoroughness and efficiency – Zakiya miraculously set up everything for our wedding while also juggling 10+ conversations with all our vendors the morning of our wedding due to a severe weather forecast including the threat of lightning. We went through several different iterations of plans as the weather kept changing and she made sure all the vendors knew what to do when. That alone was worth hiring her! But she did so much more. Zakiya was so fun to work with throughout the process – she always responded promptly to my (many) emails and questions. I promise you won't regret hiring EventZ for your wedding! Thank you so much for making our wedding such a beautiful, special day, Zakiya!
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Deals

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If you refer a friend and they also hire EventZ, you'll receive a 25% discount off of your wedding planning services. Original price must be at least $1000 of value to apply. Your friend will also recieve a discount of 10% off of wedding planning services of $500 or more.

Team

Zakiya Johnson
Zakiya Johnson
Owner

Zakiya Johnson is the founder of EventZ and has been creatively bringing folks together for over 15 years.

She is a triple threat in the areas of food & wine, creativity, and execution. She holds of wealth of knowledge in all things event related and aligns herself with only the best and reputable vendors.

Though a native of South Carolina, she credits her ability to think outside the box from her Korean / African American heritage and her international military upbringing. These factors continue to influence and inspire her work today.

And that is where Zakiya excels. Her experience is hands on and her portfolio of work is diverse. Her background includes working for the biggest restaurateur in Philadelphia, Stephen Starr, and world renown chefs like Iron Chef Morimoto, Iron Chef Jose Garcia, Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella and the globally acclaimed Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, Douglas Rodriguez. She has also coordinated many upscale parties at some of Philadelphia's hottest nightclubs.

Making her way to the Bay Area in 2004, Zakiya started her career as an Executive Assistant supporting C-Level

Executives. There she quickly became involved with coordinating corporate events. She gained valuable experience planning and executing both small and large scale events worldwide eventually becoming a professional event planner. She has expertise in events ranging from company annual meeting, expos, retreats, conferences, customer parties, holiday parties, team building activities, and so much more.

She then found herself coordinating events for non-profit organizations and planning weddings in her spare time and there, EventZ was born! Then in 2021, EventZ expanded it's service to cover the Chicagoland area! We are so excited to be in this new market and look forward to our continued success creating and executing impactful events for all!

Zakiya has a B.A. from Temple University with a focus in Communications, Public Relations.

Miriam  Pinsky
Miriam Pinsky
Day of Coordinator

Miriam has been working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. Her experience includes special event management - both large and small, bartending, restaurant management, serving and working with various catering companies throughout the Bay Area.

As a Bay Area native from Berkeley, Miriam is very familiar with the lay of the land. Being an event coordinator was a natural progression from her previous experience. She has established great working relationships with many local vendors and continues to research new vendors as this industry is forever evolving!

Miriam’s passion for event planning is apparent in her strong work ethic. She truly enjoys being part of these special events, and the new faces she gets to network with. She treats every event as if it were her own, often going above and beyond the call of duty. It's her goal to alleviate the stress of day of event management for our clients so they can focus their energy elsewhere.

In her free time, she loves to play her guitar and sing. As a musician, she also has many connections with other Bay Area artists. Miriam has been part of the EventZ team since 2018 and looks forward to working with you on your future event!

Lily Duong
Lily Duong
Day of Coordinator

Lily Duong is a refined and strategic coordinator with professional experience spanning over 10 years, organizing corporate and private events in variety of capacities from small parties to large events totaling up to 1,500 people. She prides herself on being a cultured SF Bay Area native and a global citizen, spending her holidays perusing the local markets in different parts of Europe and Asia at least once a year. As a cosmopolitan, Lily is also empathetic to the various types of client personalities, which makes it easy for her to capture and understand the shared vision to execute any event with precision. While being an Executive Assistant she supported leaders in different industries ranging from advertising/media, non-profits/academia and high-tech companies to small start-ups, Lily’s eclectic exposure arms her with different ideas and creativity to help clients leverage their vision and budget. A stickler for the details and getting things done efficiently, she works hard to negotiate for the best experience. She has planned everything from team off-sites to weddings and company conferences. Lily graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. She has a few personal side projects, which includes a personal styling company, as well as a mentorship program teaching basic chess strategy coupled with Zen principles.

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870 N Auburn Woods Drive Palatine, IL, 60067
5103587271
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