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“Let me start off by saying, Kate was a dream to work with. We hired her to do ‘month-of coordination,’ which was by far one of the best investments we made for our wedding. We also used Chicago Vintage for some rentals like plates, silverware, garden chairs, and a few miscellaneous decor items. For anyone planning a wedding, I cannot stress enough that having a coordinator is SO important. Kate took over almost all vendor communication leading up to the big day which was a huge relief. Our reception venue was very DIY (had to bring in your own everything), so we had a million vendors to coordinate – pretty much my idea of a logistical nightmare But Kate handled it all with grace and never made me feel frazzled. We also did a lot of the decor and planning ourselves, and Kate was able to perfectly translate our vision into the most magical event.” Laura + Bobby, September 2014

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“We had a wonderful experience with Kate. She’s very responsive and reasonable…She just wants to make sure your event is beautiful.” April + Brian, September 2013

“We couldn’t be happier that we found Kate at Chicago Vintage Weddings. We knew that she would help us with the stress of wedding planning, and we were right. She is SO wonderfully organized, and it was such a calming influence to have her cross-checking our decision-making to ensure that we weren’t…well…ruining everything. It was also SUCH a huge help having someone to bounce ideas off of or make decisions! Every single decision involves hundreds and hundreds of variables, so to have Kate dramatically reduce those to only the best options for us and guide us through that was unbelievably helpful. Kate also has beautiful taste. I’m aesthetically very picky, and although I didn’t want to break the bank, we wanted things to be lovely. With her rentals and aesthetic guidance, she was able to create such a beautiful wedding day, and all without me turning into a stress-induced bridezilla. 

Kate dramatically reduced our stress and improved everything about our wedding. That’s for sure. However, what we didn’t expect was for Kate to help so much financially. You’d think that a wedding planner would increase the cost of a wedding, right? Although there is an up-front cost, she was able to help us prioritize, negotiate, and minimize in clever ways we’d never have thought of, and all without compromising how wonderful the wedding was. It was so helpful to have someone there to say, “Nope, that won’t make a difference if we say no to that. We don’t need it,” and to trust that’s the case. She ended up spending less than we’d originally budgeted, and all while still making things perfect. 

I think the best thing about Kate, however, is her unwavering kindness. I must have emailed her a gazillion times, and to say they were “verbose” is probably an understatement. I joked that Kate probably had my face on a dart board because I was bugging her oh-so often. Despite that, Kate was always incredibly patient and kind. She never became frustrated with us or became unresponsive. Instead, she was patient, kind, and helpful, even in those crazy few weeks beforehand when things invariably get bananas. 

We had such a wonderful wedding that truly was even more wonderful than we’d hoped, and Kate played such a huge part of that. We’d recommend her to anyone searching for a wonderful wedding planner.” Erin + David, June 2017

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“We used CVW for rentals and coordination. Kate and team were absolutely wonderful to work with. They really made our event amazing – so much so, that days after the wedding, family and friends texted and called to tell us how fun and amazing our wedding was. CVW made sure everything ran smoothly and really made our wedding plan come to life. They made it so we could enjoy our wedding rather than stress about the details of making it all come together. Hiring Kate and team was easily the best money we spent for our wedding.” Becca + Sarah, March 2016

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“I found CVW in a google search to find an alternative to rental services that were lacking in a warm touch. While we set our wedding date a year in advance, I didn’t start planning until about 3 months beforehand. I found Kate about 6 weeks before our 120 guest wedding. Kate had everything that I wanted, from sofas to accessory vases and frames. My guests were delighted and surprised to see that I created a warm, vintage lounge at our wedding and loved the fresh take on a wedding (vs the stuffy ballroom feel)! The prices were fair and perfect. The delivery and pickup was super smooth. I don’t plan on getting married again, so I will highly recommend Kate and her team to be involved in your wedding – your guests and wallet will thank you!” Jen, May 2014

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“Kate was our day-of wedding coordinator and did a fantastic job. She was ON TOP OF EVERYTHING. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about a thing – ESPECIALLY the actual day of the wedding (it went off without a hitch)! We also rented out plates, wine glasses and cafe lights from Chicago Vintage Weddings and were thrilled with the way they turned out. Our guests loved the added charm that they provided to our special day. I highly recommend Chicago Vintage Weddings and Kate if you want to have a stress free special day.” Olivia + Daniel, February 2016

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“Chicago Vintage Weddings was so great to work with. They were a pleasure to work with from the start, very responsive and organized. I had contacted a few companies for vintage rentals, and this is the best by far! I was able to rent what I needed and wasn’t pressured to rent more. I worked with Kate for my rentals and she was very friendly and professional! Everything was delivered on time, and exceeded my expectations of how beautiful the plates and linen would be, and everyone at the wedding was talking about how great it was! I would highly recommend them, everything about it was wonderful and made my special day more beautiful, and done with ease!” Jacqueline, August 2014

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“Wonderful, chic, amazing taste, great service, affordable, and you’re supporting a local woman-run small business. This is a win-win-win-win-win situation!!” Jill, September 2014

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Photo credits in order of appearance: Two Birds Photography, Ellie Asher Photography, Kayla Brooke Photography, Chrystl Roberge Photography, Megan Wynn PhotographyTuan B & Co., Christy Tyler Photography, We Laugh We LoveAnjali Pinto, We Laugh We Love, Adam Biba of Tuan B & Co., Black Willow Photography, Nicodem Creative