The Creative Planners

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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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Ceremony event chairs and aisle
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Bride and bridesmaids
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A grand entrance
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Happy couple walk the aisle
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Elegant place Setting
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Decadent wedding cake
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Lavish table setup
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Welcome Sign with flowers
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Opulent event layout
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Wedding procession
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Table set-up and menu
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Wedding invitation
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Bride's gown
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Bride's bouquet
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Bride and bridesmaids
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Bride and parent
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Wedding venue
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Groom and groomsmen
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Wedding arch
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5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Sara Tatum · Getting married on 01/01/2022

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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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.

    Sent on 04/20/2020
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    Diane Curtis · Getting married on 06/01/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    Highly Recommend!

    We highly recommend Stephanie – she was integral to our wedding planning process! We loved how she wanted to understand our wedding vision and then helped to bring it to life. She had great recommendations and connections with top-notch vendors, and truly was our go-to person for guidance when any issues popped up. Stephanie and Kate had an eye on quality and all the details so we didn’t have to stress on the day of our wedding. This attention to detail allowed us to focus all our energy on being truly present at our wedding and enjoying every moment! They elevated our wedding experience, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Thanks, Stephanie and Kate!

    Sent on 02/07/2020

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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
  • What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?
    $ 4000
  • What is the starting price for full wedding planning?
    $ 7000
  • Do you offer an hourly rate?
    Yes
  • What is the hourly rate?
    $ 75
  • 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 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 Wedding Florists

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

  • 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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