Operating out of Lake Forest, Illinois, The Creative Planners are a team of professional wedding coordinators that strives to create magical events for their clients. They aim to emphasize the originality that every couple's love story possesses through an imaginative and creative approach. With the help of their dedicated and passionate team, your dream wedding can become a reality.
Stephanie Cook founded The Creative Planners in 2012. Since then she has put together a team of exceptionally talented and professional event specialists. Her colleagues, like herself, love what they do, which is seeing an event that truly reflects their clients, come to life. Their impressive work has seen their events featured in a range of publications across the country and has brought them positive acclaim.
The Creative Planners are available to serve in any capacity couples deem necessary, with full-service and partial-planning services on offer. They understand that some couples prefer having a hands-on approach whereas others prefer to let professionals take the reins from start to finish. Their services include working out a budget so that couples are comfortable knowing exactly where they stand and won’t overstep their resources. These experts can assist in creating timelines so that the event runs smoothly and to schedule while couples revel in, and enjoy the experience.
42 Reviews for The Creative Planners
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Leslie Hunt · Getting married on 08/07/2027
Stephanie Cook is the best!!!
In my 11+ years in the business of private event music (bandleader of Entourage via Arlen Music Productions) I have to say that Stephanie rises to the top ... I cannot say enough great things about her but will start with the fact that she is just so dang talented at what she does and her energy is phenomenal all the while. A true gem and I hope we get to work together a lot more in the future. :)Sent on 10/04/2019
Melanie Gross · Married on 09/28/2019
The absolute best!
A family friend handed my mother Stephanie’s card the day after my fiancé and I got engaged and said “trust me on this one”. Boy, am I glad we did! At our first meeting with Stephanie, I knew we were in the hands of a talented, kind, organized professional who was going to make wedding planning easy and enjoyable. Stephanie was absolutely amazing. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her.
She outlined the whole process for us. I never felt confused or like I didn’t know what the next step was. She prioritized the elements of the wedding that were important to us and got to know us as a couple so the wedding felt personal and perfect for us and our families. Stephanie is always responsive and prompt. She worked within our budget. She has impeccable taste, and worked wonderfully with all our vendors, photographers, and the venue to make our dream a reality. It’s important to note that it was very clear that all the vendors we worked with respected and enjoyed Stephanie just as much as we did.
When the big day finally arrived, I can truthfully say that never once did I have any doubts or concerns about anything. My fiancé, our families, and I were able to focus on the excitement of the wedding and enjoy every moment. We knew that Stephanie and her team had everything taken care of. And when a guest spilled red wine down the back of my dress, Stephanie got it out in a snap. I’m not kidding. Red wine. Gone. She is a magician! I didn’t panic one bit.
Our wedding was a dream. Thank you Stephanie and the Creative Planners team. We feel genuinely sad that our time with her has come to an end! She became such a big part of our lives this past year, and was a joy to work with. If you are looking for a wedding planner, let me make your decision easy and pay it forward like our family friend did. “Trust me on this one.”
Sent on 10/24/2019
Susan Connors · Married on 08/03/2019
Amazing Wedding Planning
Stephanie and Kate were amazing wedding planners. They met with us early in the planning process and gave us a timeline, to-do list, and recommendations for vendors. They accompanied us to the venue about a month prior to the event to make sure everything was properly organized and set up calls with the vendors to confirm the details. Kate helped decorate the room for the rehearsal dinner and, on the day of, she calmly and professionally took care of every issue or concern we had, while making certain that the ceremony and reception kept to the timeline. We were able to relax and enjoy the celebration, knowing we were in such capable hands.Sent on 07/30/2019
Stephanie is one of the easiest people to work with that we've encountered in all our years working in the flower business (a lot of years!). She is always professional and on point, making sure we all do our absolute best to make our clients' day perfect, but also personable and a pleasure to pass time with!
Stephanie Cook is one of my favorite planners! Energetic and detailed...It's always a pleasure working with her!
I've had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and the Creative Planners multiple times. These events are meticulously executed and each detail is obviously so thoughtfully implemented. You'd think such high-pressure events would be stressful, however, Stephanie maintains her loving and approachable attitude during the entire event. As a fellow vendor, it is incredibly reassuring to know that Stephanie and her team are always open to helping, answering questions, and being present when they could easily ignore you. Thank you, Stephanie, for always being a team-player and making each event we work together on more magical than the last.