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We make wedding planning as much fun as your wedding day!

If you like our name, you'll love working wiht us, our approach to planning is straightforward. No BS, but lots of fun. HBIC Weddings is a wedding planning company that supports couples with planning services in Chicago, and the Chicagoland area.

If you're looking for stress-free wedding planning and then to have your day managed by professional planners that know how to get sh*t done, you need HBIC Weddings. Engaged couples are beyond happy that they choose HBIC Weddings, not only on their wedding day but in the planning process too.

Our services are created to answer the call that so many engaged couples have; our approach is different. For the newly engaged, we offer Kickstart Services" that help you in specific areas of where you are at the very beginning including:

  • VENUE SOURCING will get you appointments for private venue tours faster than a blink of an eye to your top pick and a few that might not be on your radar. Before you know it, you have a wedding date set.
  • BUDGET ROADMAP with an experienced pro by your side, you'll be able to have a clear & realistic picture of wedding costs from the start. This financial assessment is based on YOUR priorities and our experience.
  • POWER PLANNING SESSION - 2 hours of no holding back; ask anything you want about wedding planning and logistics. By the end, you'll have answers, offered up planners perspective & a handful of key planning documents.

Do you know who really loves working with HBIC Weddings? Really busy professionals. In fact, they love us A LOT!

If we had to guess, your already full life looks like something like this:

  • A career you love that requires AT LEAST 70+ hours a week
  • A few set-in-stone early morning (or late at night!) workout sessions
  • A furry friend (or fiancé?) that requires some TLC
  • And now you’re expected to add wedding planning into the mix?!

If that at all describes you, then you’re going to love our expertise and streamlined process.

We know you don’t have time to take on a second job as a wedding planner extraordinaire.

You will be navigated through the wedding planning process, receive useful answers to your questions, and benefit from our over 25 years of Chicago area event planning experience, plus you'll soon see that HBIC Wedding is fun to work with!

Our method is a bit different as we do not have a preset "here is a list of services" in a package we have, it's more like easily sculptable service tiers, so you'll have only the service you need and drop the ones you don't.

Engaged couples find that hiring HBIC Weddings puts them in a process that is streamlined, personal, and centered around their highest priorities. You'll have what you think you need plus everything you don't even know you need.

You'll plan at your own pace but be kept on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed thanks to monthly bite-site checklists you'll get, and everything that is wedding-related will be kept organized on 1 cloud-based platform.

The 100% cloud-based planning software makes the planning process smooth and very mobile. It's all-inclusive of what you'll need for a well-planned wedding.

And on the day of your wedding, not only will you have a great day, your guests to be able to enjoy every second of it too! No worries, if anything pops up from wild groomsmen to you name it- we'll swoop in and address the situation before it goes sideways on you. With HBIC Weddings as your point-person, you're covered!

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Frequently asked questions

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

$2,995

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$6,995

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
Elopement
Eco-Friendly
Non-Religious
Religious
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Reviews of HBIC Weddings

4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
57 Reviews
99% recommend it
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Jackie G. Sent on 12/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Diane is THE H.B.I.C

We had the absolute pleasure of working with Diane (and her team) for our all things related to our wedding. We cannot express how grateful we are for her unmatched, exceptional services we've had the luxury of experiencing for the 20 months. Right from our initial call, it was crystal clear that Diane is not just a professional in her craft, but she bring a whole lot of humor, sass, wisdom and experience. She took the time to understand our vision, preferences, and style (even through all of my indecision!!!), and made it all come together so perfectly, better than I could have pictured.

One of the many things that sets Diane apart was her ability to turn challenges into opportunities with laughs and smiles along the way, as well as her responsiveness. She navigated unexpected hiccups with grace, expertise and an immense amount of care for us and our guests, making sure that our day felt effortless for us.

Diane seriously went above and beyond to make the whole weekend uniquely ours. From personalized decor to thoughtful touches (such as a framed picture of us from our first dance in our hotel room when we got back the night of the wedding, are we KIDDING!!!), she captured our vision for our wedding perfectly. Diane is truly the HBIC, and I was also the HBIC (happiest bride in Chicago, as Diane would say!)

If you're looking for a wedding planner who is not only exceptionally talented, absolutely hilarious, but also someone who genuinely cares about making your day special... Diane is your gal. We wholeheartedly recommend her services to any couple in their wedding planning journey. Our families couldn't get enough of Diane...so much so that she was sought out to plan our family holiday gathering!

Diane and team... we cannot thank you enough. You are all true gems in the world of wedding planning! Anyone and everyone who's looking for a wedding planner who also feels like a trusted, hilarious, bright, and creative friend throughout the process of planning a wedding... Diane and her team are the ones for you!
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Sarah Sent on 10/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't be better

We hired Diane and HBIC to plan our wedding. Diane and HBIC were absolutely able to deliver a smooth and stress free wedding week. We were able to take our feet off the gas and just enjoy the ride. Diane is a force and controls everything necessary.

As a bonus, I walked up to Diane with one hour left in the wedding at 11 PM. It was the bride's birthday at midnight, and I asked if we could maybe do a simple birthday surprise for her. With NO time to plan, Diane went to work and delivered a simple cake with birthday candles for the bride to blow out the minute the clock struck midnight. The whole wedding sang happy birthday and it really made the night special doing something she absolutely did not have to for us. Thanks Diane and Alan!
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Steve P. Sent on 12/19/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our experience with HBIC was terrific.

Our experience with HBIC was terrific. Diane makes the whole process as simple as possible. I highly recommend Diane and HBIC.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner

Team

Diane Brisk
Diane Brisk
Founder

I’ve been designing, planning, and producing events. I’ve worked for over 10 years for the top event and floral design companies in Chicago, so my knowledge is “in-depth,” to say very the least. I know events from the loading docks to adjusting the lighting in ballrooms, and everything in between – events are part of my DNA.

On a wedding day, I know how much time things should take and keep the pace of the day on schedule. Understanding how to work with hotel and venue managers to make their day better will undoubtedly make your wedding day fantastic. It's amazing how a kind word, positive vibe, and clear expectations can keep your wedding day plans on track.

We've earned awards and accolades including BizBash Event of the Year and Couples Choice Award winner with 5-Star ratings on The Knot and Wedding Wire.

Kathleen Esterquest
Kathleen Esterquest
Sr. Planner & Keeper of the Sanity

Kathleen is the queen of a bouncy walk & a positive attitude. She's detailed oriented, loves to be there for the couple throughout the wedding day making sure their day is going as planned.

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