Recommended by 99%
Lauren · Married on 08/05/2017
We can't say enough good things working with Stephanie. We had a unique situation and had a short time to plan the wedding and Stephanie went so above and beyond. She was organized and kept us on track without pushing, and listened to all of our wishes and concerns. She was very conscious of our budget and saved us a lot of money through our contracts and her connections.
Stephanie helped us prioritize what was important to us and worked really well with our vendors and coordinating everything. She wasn't bossy and overpowering, like I have seen many other wedding planners be! Using Stephanie to help plan our wedding was one of the best decisions we made throughout the planning process.
Rachel · Married on 09/15/2018
The best of the best!
Stephanie is truly amazing and we can not thank her enough for creating our vision and making our wedding absolutely perfect! We cannot thank Stephanie enough for all her hardwork, thoughtfulness and friendship that we created throughout the wedding planning. She is the best!!!
Diane · Married on 09/01/2018
Stephanie was amazing. She truly knows the venues and the vendors and works with creativity and enthusiasm. She has great taste, endless energy and can navigate her way through just about any issue with success. On the day of the wedding she did a last minute inside and outside setup for the ceremony when rain threatened and when it did rain mid ceremony the move indoors was seamless with laughter instead of tears. Stephanie is a 10!
Stephanie · Married on 07/28/2018
It is impossible to describe how amazing Stephanie is in a short review. She had us laughing from the first phone call. We were impressed by how professional, organized and creative she was. As mentioned in many other reviews, Stephanie has a magical calming presence. Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, and it was so nice to have someone who could make us laugh and put our mind at ease. We were very pleased with all of the vendors she found for us. We loved the way she guided us to create our dream wedding. We trusted her judgment completely. One of the things we appreciated about working with her was the way she kept everyone organized and on track, including the wedding party, family members, vendors, our venue coordinators, etc. She had so many beautiful and creative ideas about how to make our wedding unique and special. She was such a joy to work with. We are so appreciative of all that she did to keep us sane and make sure everything ran smoothly. Choosing the Creative Planners was by far the best decision we made throughout the wedding process. We are so grateful for Stephanie making all of our wedding dreams come true.
Theresa · Married on 06/09/2018
I cannot put into words how amazing Stephanie at The Creative Planners is! She is so knowledgable, organized, and efficient. Not only did she plan the most perfect wedding for us, but she was such a joy to work with all the way through. She is so much fun to work with, and has an incredibly calming presence. Without nagging us, she helped to make sure we were on track throughout the entire planning process. She went above and beyond. She ensured the wedding day went off without a hitch, and we were able to pull full trust in her, which allowed us to be in the moment and enjoy the day ourselves. I have recommended Stephanie to every one of my engaged friends!
Bess · Married on 05/18/2018
Stephanie eased all my stress on the wedding day while keeping everything rolling for the perfect day!
Jennifer · Married on 10/28/2017
Stephanie is the absolute best! She made sure everything was perfect and I cannot tell you how many compliments I got on how incredible she was. So organized and I got to actually enjoy my wedding instead of stressing about the details. Thank you, thank you, thank you again! You’re the best!
Kay · Married on 09/16/2017
There are not enough words to express how wonderful Stephanie is. My son’s wedding was in our backyard with 145 guest and in just 7 months she took care of every last detail. She is connected to so many local vendors that she was able to get us the best possible prices. There was so much to do but she made it seem effortlessly. She became part of our family and in the end we enjoyed a wonderful day for my son and my new daughter. Thank you Stephanie ❤️
Kimberly · Married on 09/02/2017
True Professionals! Stephanie and The Creative Planners team were the perfect fit for our daughters childhood dream of an at home wedding. Because it was a large wedding at our home, there were many logistics involved....tents, restroom trailers, lighting, rentals, UGH! Not to worry, Stephanie had everything under control! With our budget always in mind, the CP team found the perfect vendors for our venue. Stephanie was timely to communicate and was always punctual for meetings. She offered artistic fresh ideas and was there to answer all social and etiquette questions that arose. Stephanie is attentive, organized and resourceful. The day of the wedding I was able to relax and thoroughly enjoy the celebration with friends and family. I will always be grateful to Stephanie and Michelle for that. I highly recommend The Creative Planners from the engagement to the "I Do". Thank you Stephanie for your expertise and kindheartedness. Our wedding vision became a reality because of you!
Kristie · Married on 07/22/2017
We had a wonderful experience with Stephanie. She was thoughtful, responsive, flexible, creative and fun! Yes, the planning process really can be fun. Stephanie gave us the time, space and options to figure out how we wanted things to be, yet also understood when to push us politely on important items. She managed others to get things done well and she was not afraid to roll up her sleeves to do things herself. We had a few last minute changes that she handled with grace. We also very much appreciated the local connections that she has in the area -- everyone we used were very nice, professional and personal. It is obvious they like to work with Stephanie as well. We would recommend her without hesitation -- thank you Stephanie!
Tony · Married on 07/08/2017
We've worked together with Stephanie at several events and I would highly recommend her for wedding planning! She is very responsive, professional but also down to earth and keeps the day feeling stress free!
Alex · Married on 06/24/2017
Stephanie Cook is the wedding planner in the know. Whether you need help with traditional wedding etiquette or need support creating the unique and personalized wedding of your dreams, Stephanie is your go-to girl. We were so happy to have Stephanie as our planner. She is always prepared, calm, and can work with all personalities. She handled our massive 200 guest, backyard wedding with ease. Her attention to detail and personal care for your special day makes you feel like you've got a guardian angel watching over you the whole way. She can do it all and we will miss working with her.
Anne · Married on 06/24/2017
Stephanie Cook is the Real Deal, 5-Star, Wedding Planner! She exceeded our expectations by 200% and then some. We worked with her for about 8 months before and the day of our daughter's backyard, outdoor wedding for 210. It was elaborate, on 3 acres, and had many moving parts from Ceremony, Cocktail Reception Area, Tent Sit Down Dinner Reception, as well as all of the transportation shuttle logistics. Stephanie is extremely organized with a detailed to do list and timeline. She is calm, gracious, logical and very budget conscious. She has excellent vendor connections from years of experience, who think she is among the best in the industry. Stephanie made an overwhelming process for us, doable one step at a time by knowing what to keep us focused on each month. She always came with a smile and a can do professionalism. She can work with any and many personalities. We truly couldn't have planned the wedding of our daughter's dreams without Stephanie, and are eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to have worked with her. Good luck!
Heather · Married on 05/06/2017
My husband and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Stephanie! She is a true professional and so sweet and wonderful to work with. We hired Stephanie for her day of services, but Stephanie was SO much more than that and was beyond helpful anytime we had a question or needed help with any stage of the planning. It is hard to give up control on your wedding day, but you can be 100% certain that giving that control to Stephanie is the best decision you will make!
Elizabeth · Married on 04/01/2017
Everything for our wedding was BEYOND PERFECT. The venue, the lighting and colors, the band, the food, the ceremony, the way everyone involved in any way showed up in mind and spirit. She pushed us to love everything, to never settle, and to bring to life every aspect we imagined.
She fully "got" what we were looking for, and directed us to the best resources that fit what we envisioned.
We have a video from our event in which Stephanie can be seen pacing enthusiastically on the sidelines like a coach, having a great time and ensuring every small thing came off perfectly.
Good thing she took care of everything as we were completely swept up in the event, surrounded by friends and family, and overwhelmed with love and emotion. And that's just how it should be!
We thank Stephanie from the bottom of our hearts for all the care and energy she put into turning what we had thought of as just a little party into the memory of a lifetime.
doug · Married on 12/30/2016
A friend recommended the Creative Planners to us. We can't say enough about working with Stephanie! We planned our wedding from out of town (our wedding was in the suburbs of Chicago) and she graciously shared her expertise. Stephanie was always a pleasure to work with, whether we were Face-timing, or meeting in-person when we visited. She kept us organized throughout the process, with a clear timeline, and sending us gentle reminders when needed (very helpful skill!). With a 5 month timeline (yes - start to finish!), Stephanie was careful and thorough at the beginning to understand what we wanted, and the budget we had to execute it. She found options/solutions to fulfill our vision, but we always felt in control of the decisions. Her focus on quality and positive relationships with vendors was obvious throughout. On our wedding day, Stephanie was irreplacable. She was with us throughout the day through the evening, a rare dedication to her clients. We would recommend Stephanie to anyone. You won't be disappointed with your event!
Shea · Married on 11/12/2016
I had the GREATEST experience working with Stephanie Cook and Creative Planners! Stephanie really helped bring to life a dream wedding for my husband and I. She was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout the ENTIRE wedding planning process! She felt like family. My family, husband, and I worked closely with Stephanie the whole time planning and she made the process seamless, fun, exciting, and enjoyable. I had never really been involved with planning a wedding before for any family or friends, so did not really know a ton about wedding planning details and what to expect. Stephanie's years of event planning really showed true and she knew exactly what to do and how to do it, for every single aspect of the wedding planning process. Her calmness, expertise and suggestions, along with our ideas of what we wanted, really created the best day. The planning process went smoothly, as well as the actual wedding day, itself. I would recommend Stephanie and Creative Planners to anyone who is looking to plan their dream wedding and for it to come together perfectly. Thank you so much for everything!!!
Thomas · Married on 11/12/2016
Wow! Stephanie is the BEST! If you want someone to help you create your dream wedding day, do not look any further. Stephanie nailed it. She is a total pro. My wife and daughter had some very cool ideas for the wedding day, many of which were not easy in executing. But with Stephanie's help and guidance, it came off 100x better than we expected. Most of our guests said it was "the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to!" We agree!
Thanks you so much, Stephanie!
Rachel · Married on 07/09/2016
I cannot say enough amazing things about the Creative Planners! Stephanie brought my vision to life! She was so great to work with, extremely professional and reliable and my husband and I enjoyed all the time we spent with her. She is very knowledgeable on the area and has great relationships with vendors. She was on top of everything and always answered my questions or concerns in a timely manner. Stephanie was hands on when it came time to get things ready for the big day! I am a control freak and had a very specific vision but she was always organized, even keeping me on my toes and made my dream wedding come true. We had our wedding at the beautiful Elawa Farm in Lake Forest (highly recommended as well!!!) and Stephanie handled everything since we had to bring in all the vendors - she made it truly spectacular. My husband and I, along with our families and even bridal party, talk about how we could have never done it without her and her team. My bridesmaids rave about her. We didn't have to worry the weekend of and especially that day! You will be in the BEST hands if you hire the Creative Planners for your wedding!!!
Frances · Married on 06/18/2016
Stephanie was fantastic. Helped with planning, sources, every last detail. Pleasant to work with and made the wedding day seamless. I would highly recommend Stephanie to anyone planning a Chicago area wedding.
User6878162 · 2+ years ago
Stephanie Cook and Kate Burke were an immense help as the week/day of planners. They had great suggestions and were able to run the rehearsal for the wedding party- which we needed with a first time officiant. The day of, Kate, handled many details because I couldn't be two places at one time and did a fantastic job. Having Creative Planners made the whole wedding experience go much smoother.
Becky · Married on 08/22/2015
My daughter's wedding in August 2015 was a magical night! I have to say a large part of it's success was working with Stephanie Cook of The Creative Planners. From the first moment when my daughter and I met with Stephanie we knew she was right for us. We instantly became friends and she made us feel so comfortable. She made herself available to us throughout the year especially the last month. She made great suggestions for all the important decisions like the band, caterer, florist etc. The venue we chose was tricky as everything needed to be rented and brought in. There were so many details and Stephanie was amazing in making it all happen! She really listened to all of our suggestions and helped us bring our vision to reality. She did all this with such a calmness that we were able to enjoy the process! I have to say it was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to. Without a doubt hiring Stephanie as our wedding planner was the best decision I could have made......
Anne · Married on 07/18/2015
We contracted The Creative Planners for our out of town wedding (July 2015) in Colorado.(from Chicago)
Stephanie stepped right in and guided us gently through the process. Very personable and attentive to the brides wish list.
Her experience in the industry was key and proved invaluable, particularly for us in managing and out of state wedding. Most impressive: We did have a few situations arise the day of wedding, that required last minute "thinking on your feet resolutions". Stephanie was right there, if not 2 steps ahead. Creative Planners helped us negotiate contracts, manage subcontractors and was essential in pulling off a 'Dream Come True Wedding." Highly recommend!!!
Margeaux · Married on 07/18/2015
Stephanie was our wedding planner this past summer for our destination wedding in Colorado. My husband and I both walked away from that day recognizing that it would not have been half as special or amazing without Stephanie's help.
Stephanie asks the questions you don't think to ask, she is incredibly organized and resourceful, she is excellent at helping with difficult decisions, and she was able to work with us on our tighter budget with ease. Throughout the planning process she reminded us to find joy in the details and she showed us what was most important to focus our energies on. She is also incredibly outgoing and makes working with, even the most difficult vendors and relatives, a breeze. Even working in a region where she wasn't as familiar with the vendors, Stephanie did effortlessly.
The day of the wedding, I felt completely taken care of. I was not stressed out at all because I knew Stephanie was behind the scenes working it all out for me. Our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives and, really, EVERY single one of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. It could not have been so without Steph.
We are so grateful to her and would hire her again in a second. It is in your best interest to do the same!
User5525177 · 2+ years ago
Stephanie made my wedding day feel like mine. I hired her a few months into my wedding planning process. I was a very organized, but creative bride and had a lot of moving parts involved in pulling together my big day. I was quickly realizing that it was going to take a very special professional to put these elements together. Stephanie stepped into this role with impressive grace and professionalism. She worked with me for months leading up to my wedding; looking over contracts, meeting with vendors, negotiating timelines. She helped me head off any problems long before they could become disasters and saved me thousands of dollars in the process. When my wedding weekend came and I could feel myself needing to step back from planning and controlling mode and into "bride" modeI felt confident handing over the clipboard to Stephanie. She stepped up at rehearsal, took charge and guided me, my wedding party, and my family through the wedding weekend I had been working so hard to achieve.
In the year or so since my wedding I have been a guest/bridesmaid at a few more weddings. They have been lovely, but at each one I find myself thinking "Oh boy, this bride needs Stephanie Cook....badly"