The Creative Planners

1149 Estate Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045 Map · Phone number
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About The Creative Planners

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.

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42 Reviews for The Creative Planners

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Melanie Gross · Married on 09/28/2019

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    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.”

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    Susan Connors · Married on 08/03/2019

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    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.

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

The Creative Planners FAQ

  • What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination?
    $ 2000.00
  • What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?
    $ 3000.00
  • What is the starting price for full wedding planning?
    $ 5000.00
  • Do you offer an hourly rate?
    Yes
  • What is the hourly rate?
    $ 75.00
  • 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?
    3

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 See on map
    847-886-4386 (Phone number)