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Planner in Chicago, IL,
(312) 833-2486
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  • 43 Reviews


    Rocio A.

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  • Echoing the reviews before me: I cannot say enough about Jen Henderson!! She is like your cool cousin, meets Oliva Pope. She just HANDLES things. I've been a corporate event planner for nearly 10 years in Chicago, and a promotions coordinator for a few years before that. As such, I have a very high bar when it comes to event planning and coordination, and was very worried about handing off the biggest event in my life to a stranger. Jen almost instantly became a friend, and her planning and execution blew my expectations out of the water. When the day came I didn’t worry about a thing! It was the first event I’ve ever planned where I didn’t have to worry or stress about a single thing (well, aside from my vows of course ). My *now* wife, Katherine, is my polar opposite when it comes to event planning. She's analytical and science minded, so she needed a lot more hand holding through the process. Jen was always patient, supportive, and more than willing to answer questions thre... Read more

    Callie S.

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  • Jen Henderson is the VERY best! She is the best decision we made for the entire wedding! Everyone kept warning us how stressful wedding planning was, but Jen made is manageable and truly enjoyable. If you are on the fence about a planner, just do it. You won’t regret it. Let’s start with HER. Jen is SO fun! We were so excited for our meetings with her. Her energy is contagious, and from day 1, we were confident she would help us plan a beautiful party. I’m a Type A planner (and so is my mom and husband), so initially I didn’t know if we needed a planner. However, my friends encouraged me to look into it. We interviewed 5 planners, and Jen stood out among the others. It was as if I hired a best friend to plan with. Her organization skills matched mine, and she used Google for all her planning materials which made collaboration easy. We never felt like our questions were an annoyance. She answered our emails early each morning with thorough and informative answers. (I loved seein... Read more

    Michelle S.

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  • We absolutely loved working with Jen and her team! We would have been completely lost without her. Jen’s bubbly personality was such a joy to be around and she made the planning process a breeze. We had no concerns and were able to enjoy our wedding day while she and her magical team handled everything. Jen is so fantastic, that my Maid of honor loved her so much she is using her for her wedding in November. It’s pretty simple, if you want one of the most important days of your life to be prefect... you need Jen and her team!

    Lauren S.

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  • I cannot say enough good things and Jen and her team! They ensured our wedding day went off without a hitch! Jen was so wonderful to work with during our entire wedding planning journey - she guided us through the process with expertise and compassion. Hiring Jen was the best wedding decision we made! My mom loved working with Jen so much, she hired her to plan my brother’s wedding!

    Brittani

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  • I thought ... “I can plan my own wedding” and I’m so glad I did not listen to myself. Jen is the prefect balance of professional and personal. She makes planning a wedding such a wonderful experience... Communication is easy through her shared spreadsheets, her couple meetings never feel like work, and her vendor recommendations do not fail! I’ll never forget my now husbands and I first look- it started drizzling and I turn to see Jen sprinting with two umbrellas ... she is always ahead of the game- she ensures every moment matters and is just what the couple wants. You will share tears, laughs, and many personal emotions with your wedding planner so make sure it’s Jen... she is so genuine and honest. She is the queen of Chicago wedding planning. She is the best at what she does. Sounds cliché ... but Jen helped me create the wedding of my dreams.

    Heath B.

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  • I simply do not know where to begin with Jen & Michelle!! These two humans are the most caring, organized, ahead-of-the-game people my wife and I have ever met in my life! From day one upon meeting with them, they were taking care of things that we didn't even know needed addressing. This continued through the big day! Jen and Michelle were in constant contact with our venue, the florist, the hotels, the caterer, the limo service, and were always one step ahead of us! They created amazingly detailed timelines, walked us through ideas, organized meetings, phone calls, and negotiated prices on our behalf and without us ever having to ask first!! I could go on with more examples, such as emailing the hotel that the bridal suite needed chairs, extra full-length mirrors, valet services, gave the hotel a list of vendors that needed room access, etc.... Did we know we needed to do ANY of this? No. Did Jen take care of it before we even had to stress about it? Yes. If that's the one thing you ... Read more

    Jeordon T.

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  • We are so thankful for the AMAZING services Jen and her team provided us. We were stress-free on our wedding day and it’s because of Jen. We hired A Fresh Event to help coordinate our wedding. She was very quick to respond to our initial inquiry, listened to our needs and provided us with what we needed help with. She made sure we were completing tasks when we needed to and made herself available to help answer questions (small or big). She is so fun to work with and made the planning process enjoyable! We had a few small issues come up and Jen stepped right in and resolved them quickly. On the day of our wedding, she was by our side the entire day- making sure we ate, ensured everyone was where they needed to be, coordinated with all of our vendors and made sure we never had an empty glass throughout the evening. She had every detail taken care of in terms of who would be taking our gifts/cards home, packing up our things and sending us back to the hotel with no worries at all. Not ... Read more

    R

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  • Hiring Jen at A Fresh Event was the first and BEST decision we made when planning our wedding! I am a person who is extremely Type A, and knew if I set about putting our wedding together without an experienced planner, I would absolutely exhaust myself by researching every vendor in Chicago and second-guessing myself constantly. Thanks to Jen, we put together a team of incredible vendors for our day and were extremely secure in every decision we made. Jen provided immense value to us from the moment we hired her, as she first put together a budget tailored to our specific circumstances and narrowed down our venue search to options that fit our style, needs, and budget. Venue is one of the first and most impactful decisions to make about your wedding (budget and otherwise) and after we had gone through that process with Jen helping us make our choice, it was clear that bringing her onboard was the best money we were going to spend on this wedding. Through the next year and a half, s... Read more

    Nicole P.

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  • Our team with A Fresh Event was INCREDIBLE to say the least. From the moment we first spoke with our coordinator Jen, we knew that we were in good hands. Their team is very experienced and is dedicated to making your wedding day the best it can be with lots of helpful suggestions and ideas along the way! Jen guided us through the whole process and helped plan every detail. She was so accommodating in the planning process and for me as someone who knew nothing about planning weddings, I needed a lot of guidance. Like I said, she had helpful ideas and lots of vendor recommendations and truly made the planning experience so much easier. When we had questions, Jen was always prompt to respond and help us find an answer, and so patient because we had a lot of questions! By the time wedding week arrived, Jen had helped put together a perfect schedule of events and we were all ready to go! When it came to wedding weekend, our team of Jen and Jondra were all over it!! They ma... Read more

    Eric L.

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  • Jen was amazing to work with. She made sure we stayed on track with all of the wedding preparations. Her timelines to get things done was extremely helpful. We can honestly say that if it wasn’t for Jen, our wedding day wouldn’t have gone so smoothly.

    Susan

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  • Jen Henderson with Fresh Event will make your wedding perfect. She is organized, charming and respectful. Jen's timeline is critical to any wedding event. She was able to coordinate all of our vendors and come up with a flawless day for us. She is poised and focused and handles everything with such ease, it's truly amazing. And she's really fun! Whenever I emailed or called her she was gracious and always made me feel like I wasn't bothering her. Jen's team keeps the day running smooth. At the end of the night when we went up to the suite she and her team had organized everything and had packed everything up for us so it was ready to go. You are in good hands with Jen. I wish I had her in my life all the time.

    Edward C.

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  • Engaging Jen was perhaps was the best vendor decision my daughter and her fiancée made during the wedding planning process – they liked Jen from the moment they met her. Jen is pleasant, knowledgeable (experienced), resourceful and organized. She is well connected in the industry and provides you with candid advice as decisions are made. She is a master at bringing order and professionalism to the task of coordinating multitude of activities and vendors and taking the lead in executing the events flawlessly which allows the bride, groom and families to enjoy that special day worry free. One of the qualities I liked the best about Jen is that she anticipates things; no detail is overlooked, or no contingencies not prepared for (even prepared for stitching buttons on tuxedos – who would have thought of that!!). Would engage Jen gladly and would recommend her wholeheartedly (money well spent!!!).

    Anna B.

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  • Jen & A Fresh Event was the best decision I made in my entire wedding planning process. As a type A planning person myself, I was worried about handing everything over to someone else but Jen's no-nonsense, positive, and light-hearted attitude at our first meeting put me at ease. Jen is incredibly organized, thoughtful, and generous. She made me feel from beginning to end as though everything was under control - because it was! I was able to thoroughly enjoy the entire planning process and the wedding because Jen kept me so calm. She is fun to be around, takes your budget seriously, and is genuinely one of my favorite people I've ever met. I've already recommended her to multiple other brides!

    Alex

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  • Hiring a planner is an expense that it can be tempting to forgo in the interest of a frugal budget. I sympathize, but I can absolutely say that hiring Jen was the best money we spent on our wedding. She was a dream to work with and through her relationships with other vendors she was even able to get us discounts in other areas. We were planning from out of town and I could not imagine having done it without Jen. Every member of our families and wedding party who had any call to talk to Jen had nothing but amazing things to say. The wedding went off without a hitch and the planning process was smooth and stress-free mostly because of Jen. Do not think twice, hire A Fresh Event.

    Isabelle M.

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  • I was the kind of bride who had NO idea what she wanted her wedding to look or feel like and no real idea of what was involved. My fiancé and I work full time and I own two businesses. Planning my own wedding would have meant cutting way back on work so, after meeting with Jen, we knew the investment would be worth it. Well, here was our return on our investment: - Jen made our decision-making process painless. After filling out a questionnaire and getting to know us, Jen gave us 2-3 options for vendors (venue, caterers, decor, etc) so the process wouldn't be overwhelming or time-consuming. - She went out of her way to be with us when we really needed her and was not afraid of having crucial conversations with hotels, vendors, etc. - She took the burdensome chores that come with planning away from us which helped make the process leading up to the wedding FUN and stress-free. - Because of the above, I have very special memories of planning the fun stuff with my parents; no doubt t... Read more
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