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Planner in Chicago, IL,
(773) 942-6172
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    Yogitha

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  • If you are hesitating on whether you want a wedding planner to help facilitate the ease of planning and organizing your wedding day, stop hesitating and have LOLA Event Productions create a proposal for you. Believe me when we say that from the moment we reviewed the proposal, there was no more hesitating. We were going to have a wedding planner and it was going to be through LOLA Events Productions. We have no idea how people can plan a wedding without LOLA. Lori is AMAZING. Her team is easy to work with. She took our ideas and vision to the next level, and it was beyond what we could have imagined. Everything was perfect, and went off without a hitch. All of our friends and family had a blast - so much so they want to have the same wedding every year! We were able to communicate with Lori on a daily basis for more than a year. She was there for all of the big decisions- from decor, to the venue, to the catering. One of the the things we overlooked the most was how valuable he... Read more

    Megan

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  • I am a very lucky bride to have gotten the opportunity to work with such an amazing wedding planner. I met Daniela only 2 days after my engagement and we hit the ground running. With her help I think that we threw off the most perfect event of the year! She takes the time to understand your style and budget to transform your childhood dreams into a reality. Several of our guests said that this was by far the BEST wedding they have ever been to, and it wouldn’t have been possible with our Daniela and the LOLA team.

    Sommer

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  • AMAZING! There really isn't another word to describe Michelle at Lola! I am not a planner...after "painstakingly" reaching out to a whopping 2 DJ companies, I threw my hands up and convinced my fiancee that a wedding planner was a necessity (not really knowing if that was true)...well it WAS! Michelle, from the beginning, was super approachable and down to earth. She listened to what we envisioned, helped us prioritize where we wanted to splurge, and where we could save, and was patient when we were completely baffled by all of the decisions that needed to be made! While we may have seemed pretty easy when it came to ultimately making decisions, it was only because every idea, vendor, mock-up, and detail was EXACTLY what we wanted. But beyond hooking us up with amazing vendors that contributed to the PERFECT wedding, she was super fun to work with. Now, when talking about day of....jeez! Our venue had a change of contact mid-wedding planning and Michelle made sure no detail fell throu... Read more

    Roberta

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  • Lori Stephenson was a delight to work with. She’s very organized, quick to respond, and thoroughly knowledgeable about the wedding scene in Chicago! Lori quickly understood what we wanted and was able to identify vendors that could meet our style, budget and schedule. Lori helped us plan a full weekend of good times for our guests. Sometimes she recommended vendors that she had a long standing relationship with and knew their capabilities, and sometimes she researched and identified someone new that fit our interests – in our case, a terrific band for the wedding! She helped design invitations that incorporated personal graphics. As Lori is friendly, efficient, and comprehensive, we avoided stress during all the planning, had a fabulous wedding, and enjoyed the wedding weekend without a worry.

    Meredith

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  • I cannot recommend Lori Stephenson more highly. As a planner, she is everything you want and, more important, everything you need: she's organized, responsive, kind, and well-connected with, and respected by, vendors across Chicago. During the planning process, she was always present when we needed her, and on my wedding day itself, she expertly blended into the background, like a Wedding Wizard of Oz, making all the trains run smoothly from behind the curtain. My husband and I started planning our wedding from long-distance, orchestrated a cross-country move in the middle of our engagement and threw several other challenges Lori's way, but at no time did I feel anxiety that Lori wouldn't get the job done or wouldn't have our best interest at heart. When we chose her, I loved that she worked weddings of all sorts of couples and that each event seemed different. Lori has great style but she never imposes hers on you, which is such a gift. I told multiple people as we went through this p... Read more

    Andrea

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  • Lori and her team are simply the best. She was always accessible whenever we had questions or concerns, and she always managed to alleviate or address them. And boy, did we have a lot of crap come up. My wife and I were constantly dealing with wrenches and kinks in the process, usually from my side of the family, but Lori was able alleviate not only our concerns, but also my parents. Lori's ideas were always in sync with what Andrea and I wanted. We got along fantastically, and I definitely wouldn't hesitate to refer people to her. She made great recommendations amongst vendors the way we expected. In choosing Lori, we expected her to make the best recommendations based on budget and choice, but she was also very accommodating and presented options if necessary. Not only was Lori's planning on the wedding spot on, but she also did a fantastic job running the day of. Managing 400 people in a venue is tough, but Lori brought in extra people and even a native Chinese speaker for ... Read more

    Madeline

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  • My husband Pat and I got married on July 2nd this year at the Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Arts Center. We hired Lori one year out, after we'd already settled the space and bar contracts. She was instrumental in making sure everything went as planned on the day/week of but she was also a crucial partner for us every step of the way through planning. We could not have planned our wedding from out of town (NY) without Lori's guidance. We're busy people - having someone tell us what we needed to decide on and when, and then recommending a great set of options at each point for vendors based on conversations with us, was crucial. We went to Chicago a few times over the year before the wedding, but only for the most crucial vendor meetings - hair/makeup trials, catering, flowers. Lori helped make each weekend in town count and knocked out a bunch of decisions in one meeting. All of our vendors that Lori recommended were fantastic - professional, understood what we wanted, and deli... Read more

    Ellie

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  • Lori is the absolute best! She was incredibly professional and organized from the very beginning of the planning process to midnight after the wedding. Not to mention her poise, wit and kindness throughout the months of meetings, emails and phone calls. She organized an amazing team of carters, florists, transportation, videographers while also helping with the small, practical questions. Her creativity helped to pull together the most beautiful indoor spring garden wedding, more stunning than I ever imagined while planning. She is also incredibly detailed in what needs to be done, when, where, or who needs to be there. We were very very impressed with Lori and the entire LoLa team and could not imagine what we would have done without them!

    Katie

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  • I felt lost as a young person getting married so I read LOLA's amazing reviews on google, wedding wire, etc and decided to give them a chance since my husband and I were planning a wedding in a different state than where we lived. To say they gave me a perfect wedding would be an understatement! I worked directly with Michelle K. who was an absolute God-sent. She was professional, flexible, and most of all organized. She knew all the answers about contracts and payments when I didn't, she made sure we stayed close to our budget, and above all she was an absolute joy to work with! Just to list a few things she did for us: She negotiated prices with vendors, made appointments for tastings, etc, kept a binder of all our contracts for reference, personally made all of our decor to make sure we stayed within our budget, made a timeline for us to keep track of deadlines, and brought a team the day of our wedding to make sure everything ran smoothly. She handled all of the "dirty work" so m... Read more

    Megan

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  • Hiring a planner from LOLA was one of the best decisions we made in the wedding planning process! We worked with Kristy Diana as our day of planner, and she did an absolutely fabulous job in helping us to get organized in the months before the wedding and then helping to ensure that our big day went VERY smoothly! She was essential in coordinating among all our different vendors and created a great schedule for our day for everyone to follow. Kristy clearly knew what she was doing and was a pleasure to talk to, and she provided us with invaluable peace of mind so that my husband and I and our families could focus on enjoying the day and not worry about schedules and logistics. Thank you so much, Kristy! :)

    Patricia

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  • Lauren P. flawlessly coordinated our wedding day. Throughout the entire planning process, Lauren was quick to follow up to any question or email and responded with clear advice. We couldn't have been happier with end result--many of my guests told me they had never been to such a seemless wedding, and I agree. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Lauren and her team. I would absolutely recommend working with Lauren to other couples.

    Patty

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  • Hiring Lori was the best thing we ever did! She made our daughter's wedding at the Adler Planetarium a huge success and an amazing event exceeding our expectations. We were able to enjoy the wedding because she had it covered from beginning to end, not only on the wedding day but months before with all the preparations. She is amazing, has exquisite taste, is on top of everything, she answers you immediately, her attention to detail is great, and we can keep going on and on. If you want to be stress free and want your event to be the best, then hire Lori! She is named one of the World's Best Wedding Planners by Vogue for a reason !

    Meredith

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  • Getting a wedding planner isn't the best decision you can make about your wedding (after deciding the groom!). Getting the RIGHT wedding planner is. Choosing Lori and LOLA events was the best decision I made in the entire process, and here's why: The wedding planner is the person who introduces you to every other vendor you work with generally (venue, floral, photography, catering, music etc...) and as such has out-sized influence on your entire experience, cost, and outcome. Being able to create a curated list of vendors who can execute perfectly on your vision and at your budget requires that your planner listen to you and understand your unique vision. Lori is superior at this rare and essential quality. I interviewed over a dozen different planners. I'd done my research and knew what an average Chicago wedding cost, and average size. I wanted to be creative in certain areas, skipping certain items, so I could invite more people and focus on what I thought important. ... Read more

    Liz

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  • My husband and I worked with Lori to plan a wedding reception in March. We really had no idea what we were doing, and Lori was so wonderful and patient throughout the process. She was incredibly accessible, answered e-mails in minutes, has well-established connections with some of the best vendors in the city (aka discounts!!), and was very conscious of our budget. Lori has a wonderful aesthetic and planned a beautiful event for us. The entire process was so streamlined and easy - hiring Lori was the best decision we could have made.

    KC

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  • Hiring Lauren Prado from Lola was probably the single best decision made during my wedding planning process (after choosing the groom, of course) ;) I was thrilled with every single little detail of the day which I know she orchestrated in the background!! She was amazing at listening carefully to my hopes for the day and putting them into action. I loved all the vendors we hired but Lauren was the final and key piece of the important puzzle. I never dealt with a vendor call or an emergency or guests changing seats or anything like that even though I know they existed. Lauren dealt with them all and I just got to have the best day ever. I can't stress it enough: HIRE HER!!!!!
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