Weddings

The Creative Planners

Lake Forest, IL View map Visit website
2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 5.0 out of 5
   59 reviews
$7,000 Package Price

About

2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$7,000 Package Price

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.

Experience

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.

Services Offered

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.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$3,000

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$7,000

What is the starting price for full wedding planning?

$10,000

Do you offer an hourly rate?

Yes

What is the hourly rate?

$150

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Budget Analysis
Day-of Coordination
Event Design
Full Planning
Partial Planning
Timelines
To-Do Lists
Vendor Referrals

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Eco-Friendly
Non-Religious
Religious

How many planners are on your team?

5

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    Leslie H. Getting married on 08/07/2027
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    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. :)
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    Sara T. Married on 01/01/2022
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    Stephanie is the BEST.

    Stephanie is the BEST. Obviously we loved working with her. She completely understood our vision and executed it perfectly. She planned a multi-day destination wedding in Vail, Colorado. She was opinionated at the rights times when we needed guidance or a gentle push, and she was sensitive and patience when we needed that, too. Striking that balance is hard, and Stephanie does it masterfully. I oscillated between being neurotic and absent, and Stephanie easily adapted to my style and always made me feel like my wedding was the most important one she was planning (even though she clearly has many others...)

    But we've only done this once so don't take our word for it. Take the words of all our other vendors who actually operate in this space and work with dozens of wedding planners all the time. You could literally hear the relief in their voice when they talked about working with her -- how she is a true professional, how she makes their lives easier because she actually knows what she is doing, and how she runs a tight ship while still having the warmth that you want during such a personal process. One vendor actually privately thanked me for hiring her because she was so good at what she does.
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    Emily P. Married on 12/04/2021
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    Outstanding!

    The Creative Planners went above and beyond to ensure our day went smoothly. Their expertise both on the day-of and throughout the planning process was critical to making the day easy and enjoyable. We are so thankful for the magic they helped to create! Thank you Holli, Wren, and Stephanie!

    The Creative Planners's reply:

    Emily,
    Thank you for your kind words. It was a labor of love to be a part of your stunning wedding. Wishing you all the love and joy for you two. Warmly Stephanie

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Artquest Artquest Wedding Florists

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!

Anthony Gowder Designs Anthony Gowder Designs Wedding Florists

Stephanie Cook is one of my favorite planners! Energetic and detailed...It's always a pleasure working with her!

Charlie Hilbrant Films Charlie Hilbrant Films Wedding Videographers

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.

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1149 Estate Lane Lake Forest, IL, 60045
8479132600
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