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Leslie H. · 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
Sara T. · Getting married on 01/01/2022
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...)Sent on 04/20/2020
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.
Cale W. · Married on 06/12/2021
The key to a flawless event is the Creative Planners
Stephanie is truly the most incredible event planner. She is amazing because she has impeccable taste and understands and plans for every detail. In addition, she is a calming presence and truly goes above and beyond for her clients. I don't know how she does it, she made me feel like I was her only wedding all year! One little example of Stephanie's ability to truly manage it all was her preparedness in the midst of all the Covid related changes to our wedding. Our head table had to be separated into three tables due to Covid restrictions; however, because Stephanie thinks of everything she ordered on long linen, in addition to the three, just in case the restrictions lifted in time for our event. Sure enough a day before our wedding there were no number restrictions on tables and she was completely prepared with the extra linen. She made wedding planning so easy and I was so relaxed and happy on my day knowing I had her. On top of all this she is one of the kindest most genuine people who truly loves what she does. I could not recommend her more highly!Sent on 06/16/2021
The Creative Planners's reply:Thank you Cale! Such a beautiful day with so many memories. It was a labor of love to be a part of you and Henry's wedding ❤️
Diane C. · Married on 06/01/2021
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
Proachie M. · Married on 05/21/2021
What a wonderful and joyous experience Creative Planners made our special day.
With our daughters wedding postponed twice due to the pandemic, and with the decision to change the venue from Napa to our home in the Chicago area this May, we needed an event planner who would see our vision and make it happen! This is what Stephanie at Creative planners did beautifully, created a wedding that was everything our daughter dreamt of.
She is able to get the best out of her vendors and seeing how well liked and respected she is by them is testament to what a good planner she is.
The best compliment I can give her is to relate what our daughter and son in law had to say …
‘Our wedding was even more fabulous than what we had imagined it to be’!
Sent on 06/03/2021
The Creative Planners's reply:Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Anisha and Peter's Day! it was truly a labor of love to see it all come together.
Cynthia M. · Married on 09/10/2020
The Creative Planners
Stephanie is calm, professional, and creative, not to mention nimble, as we had to "reimagine" the wedding we had originally dreamed of to something much smaller due to the ever changing Covid restrictions in Illinois. What we ended up with, thanks to Stephanie, was a beautiful, ideal wedding and reception that perfectly suited our daughter and new son-in-law. Thank you, Stephanie!Sent on 11/21/2020
Sara F. · Married on 07/18/2020
Stephanie and the Creative Planners are the best!! I cannot recommend them enough!! We got married in July 2020 and originally planned a 200 person wedding, which we ended up changing to a 20 person wedding because of COVID. Stephanie helped us through the original planning, and then re-planning, process and I can’t imagine doing it without her. She listened to what we wanted and helped execute on that vision perfectly. She brought so many helpful perspectives, considerations and recommendations to every aspect of our wedding – vendors, design, timing, all of it. I can’t imagine not having Stephanie there the day of, as she kept everyone on schedule and on task. Highly, highly recommend.Sent on 08/18/2020
Susan S. · Married on 06/05/2020
Stephanie and the Creative Planners are Rockstars!
Stephanie Cook and the Creative Planners team were an incredible combination of expertise, organizational skills and creativity for our daughter's recent wedding. Those organizational skills were tested frequently as the the bride and groom were in two different cities and the parents of each were in another two cities. Furthermore, it was a destination wedding in the mountains in the middle of January! Stephanie was a powerful negotiator with the vendors and had terrific ideas that made the weekend memorable and intimate. Both the reception venue, which hosts over 75 weddings a year, and the rehearsal dinner venue mgmt, pulled us aside to comment that she was one of the best and most enjoyable wedding planners they had worked with. Our wedding weekend started on a Thursday and ended on a Sunday - and she was there every step of the way - with a smile on her face and an unflappable energy. Five stars!Sent on 05/06/2020
Melanie G. · 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 C. · 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
Thomas W. · Married on 08/03/2019
Wonderful! Easy to work with and knows her stuff!!
Stephanie was excellent to work with throughout the year leading up to my daughter's wedding. From vendor recommendations, ideas, planning meetings with us and our vendors, communications throughout to the week prior and day of, Creative Planners (Stephanie) was amazing. And, Stephanie is fantastic to work with. Her patience, positive attitude, and honest desire to help my daughter create her dream wedding were all so appreciated. And, the week before and day of the wedding, Stephanie took care of EVERYTHING!! We were able to relax and enjoy every minute.Sent on 08/23/2019
Emily H. · Married on 07/27/2019
The BEST wedding planner!
Stephanie at The Creative Planners is the absolute best!!! We cannot say enough amazing things about Stephanie and the entire team. She offered creative ideas, helped ease our minds, and really took the time to get to know us in order to make sure our wedding vision would come to life. Everything about our day was perfect and we would not have changed a single thing. This is all because of Stephanie's hard work over the last year in order to make it all happen! We were truly able to enjoy the day without a single worry knowing that Stephanie had it all covered and under control. If you are looking for a great wedding planner, look no further! Thank you again Stephanie!Sent on 09/12/2019
Kathleen H. · Married on 07/27/2019
The Creative Planners were the best!!!!
Stephanie was incredible to work with. She did everything to make my daughter’s wedding the absolute best day ever!!!!Stephanie was always there to answer any questions, big or small, and also had wonderful creative ideas to make the day so special. She took the time to get to know my daughter and son-in-law in order to make their wedding day everything they dreamed of!!!Sent on 01/13/2020
When the day arrived, I knew I did not have anything to worry about as Stephanie had it all taken care of and was there to handle everything. Best money spent!!!!
The Creative Planners's reply:Thanks Kathleen! You all were so great to work with and I loved being a part of this beautiful day ❤️
Ellie R. · Married on 07/20/2019
Fabulous to work with!
We truly enjoyed working with Stephanie this past year. She personalizes each wedding by getting to know you and then makes great recommendations , accordingly. Stephanie was extremely organized, creative, calm under pressure and fun. Her attention to detail was so appreciated and most of all she truly cares about you and your event.
We would highly recommend Stephanie Cook.Sent on 08/27/2019
Nancy G. · Married on 06/30/2019
Many thanks to Stephanie Cook
I couldn't have planned my daughter's wedding without the expertise of Stephanie Cook. She skillfully helped us narrow down venues and decide on the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. All of the vendors (hair and makeup, photography, band, florist, videographer, transportation, wedding invitations, etc.) recommended were top notch (professional, flexible, a pleasure to work with). The wedding day was perfect and we could relax and enjoy it. I would highly recommend Stephanie!Sent on 08/12/2019
Stephanie · Married on 10/27/2018
Everything about our wedding was nothing short of perfect – thanks in part to all the hard work and dedication put forth by Stephanie.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Stephanie and the team at The Creative Planners. Everything about our wedding was nothing short of perfect – thanks in part to all the hard work and dedication put forth by Stephanie. Not only did she make the whole wedding planning process seamless – from working with our vendors and coordinating logistics to keeping everything and everyone organized and under control— but she was so fun and such a delight to work with. Over the year that we planned our wedding, Stephanie really took the time to get to know us as a couple and understand exactly what we were imagining for our wedding day. As a result, she proactively offered ideas and provided recommendations, and we trusted her! By the time it came to our wedding day, we knew Stephanie (and Michelle!) had everything under control, which allowed us to truly enjoy the day without a worry in mind. Overall, Stephanie flawlessly guided us from beginning to end. She truly helped our vision come to life and we will forever be grateful for everything she did to make our wedding a dream come true. We cannot recommend her enough! Thank you for everything, Stephanie!!Sent on 11/16/2018
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!!!Sent on 10/17/2018
Bonney · Married on 09/15/2018
Look no further
We had two weddings at our home this summer - our daughter in June and our son in September. There were a lot of similar elements but two very different planners - Stephanie was hired by the bride and her family. From the start we were impressed with her professionalism, creativity, attention to budget, calming presence and sense of humor.Sent on 10/20/2018
She went above and beyond her scope by being on site before and after the first wedding to ensure that the second wedding was unique, well executed and their dream. She is very adept at keeping all organized and on-task and always with a smile. She is a pleasure to work with from the very first meeting to the post-wedding tear down. She is the planner that can create and execute a dream wedding.
Courtney · Married on 09/15/2018
Hire Stephanie TODAY!
Upon getting engaged, we had several individuals recommend Stephanie and the Creative Planners to us for planning services. This was by far and away the best recommendation that we got during our wedding planning process. Throughout our 21 month engagement, Stephanie was with us - checking in, sending updated timelines, and always a short call or e-mail away. As the date approached, Stephanie could not have shined more as a reliable, timely, professional, and well-connected planner.Sent on 10/23/2018
Her deep connections to a vast array of vendors throughout the area was impressive, and her knowledge and experience was unparalleled. Stephanie was always conscious of our budget and helped us to save money in ways that we could not have foreseen. This included finding ways to make our vision possible in unconventional ways. As Stephanie told us, "hence the name 'Creative' Planners".
As mentioned, when our date grew nearer, Stephanie clearly demonstrated to us why it was an essential to have a strong and qualified wedding planner. She allowed for us to relax and have an ally in planning all of the final details for the wedding. On the day of, she accounted for everything we could have needed - from flip flops for guests, to friendly reminders to eat our food, to umbrellas that she brought herself when it unexpectedly rained. Stephanie had everything under control, and enabled us and our families to relax and ENJOY our wedding day, just as we had always wanted. Our wedding day would not have been a fraction of what it was if we did not have Stephanie throughout the process and on the day of. Even after the wedding was over, we have spoken several times since and she has continued to be helpful and professional. Our only regret is that our wedding is over and we don't get to speak with her regularly any longer! If you are looking for a planner, seriously, look no further. Call Stephanie today!!
Letra B. · Married on 09/08/2018
The Essential Planner
We loved working with Stephanie, and would recommend her to anyone looking for help planning an event. Looking back at all she did for us, we would not have been able to execute our vision without her. Stephanie has a calm disposition, but she's a force and will get the job done. Our wedding was perfect, and Stephanie was an essential part of our day. We also genuinely enjoyed spending time with her, which to us was an important factor when thinking about how much time is spent planning.Sent on 10/22/2018
Lynn B. · Married on 09/08/2018
Simply the very best!
Stephanie was simply wonderful. She was warm and supportive to all of us, is extremely knowledgeable, listened to each and helped guide decisions, was very professional, has good relationships with the vendors and was always a joy to be around. But very best of all was the photographers' picture of the bride hugging Stephanie right after she came down the isle. That captured their relationship and the gift she brought to the wedding planning - from start to finish. She is the best!Sent on 12/28/2018
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!Sent on 09/19/2018
Lauren · Married on 09/01/2018
Stephanie made our wedding planning and our wedding day so easy! We were planning long-distance and she helped to coordinate vendor visits for when we were back in Chicago. She has great taste and was able to understand my "vision" so quickly. She is also very perceptive and can tell quickly when you are not a fan of something and quickly pivots. She also made it so easy for this to be a fun (rather than stressful) experience for my mom and I.Sent on 11/04/2018
On the wedding day, she took care of everything and made sure everything went perfect, including setting up our wedding venue for indoor and outdoor given weather concerns. She was there for me every step of the way and it was just so great working with her. I would DEFINITELY recommend!
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.Sent on 10/13/2018
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!Sent on 08/13/2018