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Planner in Chicago, IL,
(312) 285-6152
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  • 18 Reviews


    Jamie

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  • Diane was a godsend as we were planning what will now be 2 weddings. We had been planning to have over 300 people--and then COVID hit, so suddenly we were scrambling to figure out whether and how we could do a micro-wedding before having a full reception next year. Diane was able to steer us through that transition and its new challenges, including how to manage a remote officiant who was in self-isolation with a newborn. Our ceremony was perfect, and now we know we are in good hands if/when we get to do the big reception we had always wanted. Diane is exactly the knowledgeably, responsive, steady hand you would want to make sure you get hitched without a hitch.

    Lucia B.

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  • HBIC helped make the weekend of the wedding go smoothly. Do not know what I would have done without Diane!

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    Thanks Lucia!!! Here’s to the hippest wedding location in Logan Square not to mention the cool Bride & Groom!

    Adelaide C.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Diane a year before our would be wedding this year. From the first moment we spoke it felt like family. Through all the planning and logistics and adjusting, she was just a phone call away to calm our nerves and set us straight. Her directness and perspective was the perfect support we could have ever received trying to plan anything. So excited to delve into planning with her for our postponed wedding next year.

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    Adelaide, now I’m the one who is blushing! Thanks for the glowing review. We appreciate it & can’t wait for your reception! Cheers to you both!!!

    Patty R.

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot say enough nice things about Diane! She was absolutely spectacular and helped me survive wedding planning! I honestly did not know where to start when I got engaged, and Diane guided me through the entire wedding planning process, one step at a time. She listened to what I envisioned and was mindful of my budget, but gently nudged me in the right direction when I was lost or falling behind on my timeline. The thing that separates Diane from all the other planners out there is that she truly cares and goes above and beyond for her brides. When we were trying to get wedding invitations out on time, she drove to the suburbs, picked them up and hand delivered them to my house in the city. Another day I had a miscommunication with my hair stylist. By the time I arrived at the salon, it had all been straightened out and there was Diane with a bottle of Champagne and a big smile. Not only did she take the stress out of wedding planning, but she made it fun! It felt li... Read more

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    Patty, thanks for the kind words...and you're right my timelines are amazing! It was my pleasure helping you out with the little extras!

    Philip R.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Diane Brisk is a true professional. She provided first hand support and her knowledge of venues and vendors simplified the selection process. Her experience was truly valuable throughout the planning process. Diane and her team provided the “extra touch” to make our event go smoothly and allowed us to enjoy everything without worries.

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    Phil, I thank you for the rave review! Your family was such delightful to work with & I’m honored to have been a part of your family’s special celebration!

    Jennifer W.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We were introduced to HBIC Weddings via the Shedd Aquarium's catering team. The venue requires a wedding planner & I was thrilled they recommend HBIC Weddings – I heard that she's the best to work with, and the rumors were true! I was planning our wedding for 250 guests from New Jersey and found Diane to be available for calls that fit around my hectic work schedule. She was able to help our DJ based in Atlanta source the audio equipment and advise where additional audio was required during the ceremony. I had no clue how to find the right vendor for floral & she connected me directly with a great florist that took my vision and came back with a flexible proposal that could be adjusted as we needed. Plus, she was fun to work with! Our wedding planning was on track; everything was going great, Diane was scheduling the cake tasting, and then COVID came, and it all changed!! No cake, no 225 person wedding. The support from HBIC Weddings did not stop just because our wedding pl... Read more

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    Hello Jennifer, First of all, thank you so much for the kind words about our service. I so wish we could have had your wedding; I was so excited to see your vision come to life. No one could have expected COVID to highjack so many wonderful plans. However, I was so honored to be able to help you adjust your plans for the ceremony. Next time you're in town & things are a bit more normal, we'll have to grab a cocktail - we've earned it! My best to your husband!

    Shelley B.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Diane after we had some issues communicating with our venue because we wanted to make sure someone was looking out for us on our day. And Diane did exactly that! In the months leading up to the wedding, she contacted every vendor and made detailed, individual timelines for each of them. She also answered our many questions and calmed my anxieties when I was having trouble envisioning how the details of the day would go. On the day of the wedding, we didn't have to worry about vendors or schedules or any of the little things because Diane had it covered. Diane also had an assistant with her, Alexis, who was equally fantastic and was such a positive energy. I am sure Diane and Alexis did so much more behind the scenes than I am even aware of to ensure the day ran smoothly. I am so happy we decided to hire a day-of coordinator because it took so much pressure off of us, not just on the wedding day but in the months leading up to it, too. I highly recommend Diane to anyone that ... Read more

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    Hi Shelley, thanks so much for the kind words. Glad to be of service for you both from leading up to and riding the roller coaster of early COVID stress. Always honored to be brought in & trusted by couples on this very important day to them. I hope you guys get to the honeymoon you deserve! Thanks.

    Jon P.

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  • Diane was absolutely incredible. She was there with us every step of the way. Her knowledge about every aspect of the wedding planning experience is invaluable. I would highly, highly recommend her services.

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    Jon Paul, Thanks a bunch for the endorsement; it was such an honor to be a part of your families! Don't even get me started about your brother's toast! "One High...One Low...& One in the Middle" Best toast ever!

    Shirley

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    5 out of 5
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  • She helped me sort out all the details and reminded me of things that I didn't think of. The day went so perfectly. Because of her excellent work, we were able to enjoy the day without worrying about anything.

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    Thanks Shirley. It was such an honor to be a part of your wedding. I loved your tea ceremony as well. It was such a beautiful touch to your wedding. Thanks again!

    Gina

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  • Couldn’t recommend Diane enough- she navigated the conversations between vendors and was readily available for questions. Her expertise for the rehearsal and day of- made everything run smoothly

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    Gina & Jerry, thanks for the kind word! Having the opportunity to work with couples like you that bring in so many personal touches to your day is one of my most favorite parts of my job. Such a lovely day with your lovely families!

    Ellyn V.

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  • Diane truly was an H.B.I.C. throughout the last few months leading up to our wedding, which is exactly what I needed! She was a great listener when I expressed my desires, but she also offered guidance and help from her past experience. Being a first timer at going through the wedding planning process, there was a lot I didn’t think of or know the answers to and that’s exactly where Diane came in and she was very thoughtful about it. She catered to my style and jived well with my laid back personality, which helped relieve a lot of my stress. Anything of urgency or concern, she handled in a very calm manner and in most instances without me even noticing! The day of our wedding went off without a bump in the road (at least to my knowledge) and I give Diane a lot of credit for that happening. She let me enjoy my day and have fun and didn’t bother me at all. She kept the day moving on schedule and I didn’t even notice she was there, which in my opinion is a great thing! I highly r... Read more

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    Ellyn, thanks for the amazing review. Your wedding was such a blast I hardly noticed the blizzard we endured that day, perhaps it was your sister’s toast that was a parody of 50Cent’s “In the Club” maybe it was the pack dance floor singing all night long. Not sure. but definitely one of the most fun times I’ve had producing a wedding.

    Paula V.

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  • HBIC/Diane was fantastic. She really knows her stuff and removed alot of stress off the Bride and her Mom. She made sure we did not forget important tasks and when we could not make decisions - she helped guide us. Awesome to work with. I would highly recommend HBIC

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    Hi Paula, I really appreciate your kind words. It was a delight to be a part of Ellyn & Kim’s special day. I’ll take a January Snowstorm on for your family as long as the reception is as fun as your was. Again thanks for letting me be a part of the fun!

    K.white

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  • My fiancé worked with HBIC Weddings to plan our Chicago wedding for late June 2020, at The Shedd Aquarium. As the Groom, my role was to support my Bride; so long as she was happy, I was happy, and she was VERY happy with her planner only speaking most highly of her. We met her in person for the first time on a cold January day for our tasting at the Shedd after rushing directly from the Airport. Diane was a godsend as she did all she could to make the experience a smooth one. from checking our flight status, to arranging for parking (a premium detail in downtown Chicago ), Diane guided us through the entire tasting and review of our grand reception to be… and then there was COVID. Our only wedding planning disappointment showed up entirely out of nowhere - the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even then, HBIC Weddings guided us through the uncharted waters of adjusting our plans (including by leveraging her relationships with vendors to maximize the return of our many deposits). Thanks t... Read more

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    Kilus, thank you for the kind words. You are spot on about Jennifer's happiness is yours - yet again another example of the gracious gentleman you are! COVID has been such a game-changer for all of us, I'm thrilled we could guide you both through this curve-ball. I hope with all my heart that you & Jennifer have the wedding you deserve someday!

    Rudolf S.

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Diane made our wedding day and weeks leading up to the wedding much more manageable. She was available to discuss details multiple times and provided great insight and advice on the things that normally you would miss. On the day of the wedding she was always there and working ahead of everybody else. The one mix-up that occurred she immediately got the staff together to come up with a solution to keep the stress off the couple. Great job and very happy with the service!

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    Hi Rudy, thanks for the review. I’m so thrillled that you & Shelley were able to have a beautiful day. Virus-shimrus it was a wonderful day of love, friends & family and great speeches. Hope the honeymoon is rebooked soon! Best wishes, always.

    Kyle S.

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  • Diane with HBIC made the planning process and execution of our big day much easier. She has experience in cooperate and personal planning - which is something you totally want! She has insight into details a normal person simply would not. She took on the communication with many of our vendors to confirm details and put together/distributed a comprehensive plan to keep everyone on the same page. Value wise Diane cannot be beat, I would recommend Diane any day!

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    Hi Kyle, thanks for the kind words. Your wedding day was a great example of our ability to "adjust on the fly" for sure. The decision the morning of your wedding to move the ceremony in The Grandmother's Garden of Lincoln Park to your airconditioned reception venue due to the 112 degrees of extreme temperatures was a hard, but wise call. Less than 8-hours later, all vendors were adjusted, and the wedding started. Thanks to the flexibility of all involved from you and Jose, the wedding party and guests, the wedding was completely reimagined and still a lovely evening filled with such pure joy, delicious foods, and dancing that was non-stop! Thanks for letting H.B.I.C. Weddings steer your day through the heat waves of change that memorable July day!

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