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Planner in Chicago, IL,
(773) 942-6172
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  • 137 Reviews


    Stephanie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Lori was so amazing throughout the entire process- even when I was delayed on getting you information, she were always so relaxed. Everything she did to ensure that the day ran smoothly, especially with the time crunch that we were on (3 events in less than 24 hours in 2 different cities), helped me have a total blast at my own wedding instead of worrying about details. Everyone commented on how great of a job she did ensuring we were on time, that unaccounted for details were settled, and that problems were addressed right away. Heck she even became a tailor, fixing a friend's bridesmaid dress and my own dress!! I would recommend Lori to anyone!!!!!!

    Tess

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  • Just do yourself a favor and work with Lori from LOLA! We could not have asked for a better experience, a better year of planning, and the best day just a few weeks ago! Lori is the type of planner who really listens to what you want, what you want to spend, and what is most important to you. She is also the type of person who you can be open and honest with and she will be open and honest with you. I told Lori I wanted to spend as little as possible on floral and not only did we manage to do that, but we supplemented floral with tons of candlelight! And it was absolutely beautiful! She wants to make everything as easy as possible....which was just fine with us. She helped us with catering vendors, timeline, floral, venue, you name it. She was our go to and it was so reassuring to have her with any questions or concerns. She responded right away and I knew she would be there----very reliable and super organized! She and her staff were so great on the day of---I don't know wha... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Tess - the love is mutual - what a pleasure it was for us to help you with your wedding and get to know you personally! We couldn't ask for better clients, and you are one of the best!

    Carli

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    5 out of 5
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  • Lauren and Lori from Lola were the planners for our wedding this past January and they were AMAZING! Every time my husband and I got stressed about all the little details, Lauren and Lori were always there to ease our minds. They were so on top of things during the planning process and made sure that we had everything taken care of. There are so many details to planning a wedding, it is only a matter of time until you are overwhelmed. But Lauren and Lori are there, every step of the way to make sure t every detail is considered. Plus, they are so creative and have a great eye for design that I trusted them with everything. On the day of the wedding you never know what my come up and I was so happy to have them by my side. Right before Michael and I began our first dance, Lauren could see that I was getting caught up on one of the many layers of my dress... she ran and got some scissors, sniped off the extra tool and sent me on my way. That night when we went up to our room we w... Read more

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    Carli - we LOVED every minute of helping you. We are proud to call you friend as well as client! High praise from a fellow "Industry" peep is high praise indeed!

    tara

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    5 out of 5
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  • Lori from Lola was a dream to work with and made my wedding day a success! Lori helped me take my less conventional vision of a wedding and make it a reality. She walked me through each step of the planning process, answered all my questions, helped me deal with the personal conflicts associated with wedding planning, and made the day flow so smoothly. I would highly recommend Lola!

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    Thanks Tara! We really appreciate your kind words!!!

    Josh

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jamie and I met the LOLA team because we are wedding photographers - and we had worked on several occasions with them. When it came time for our own wedding, we hired them without hesitation. We hope that speaks volumes. We have not only enjoyed working alongside them, we knew they were amazing and hired them ourselves!

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    The feeling is SO MUTUAL. Fun, creative and easygoing - you were fantastic clients and we absolutely love working with you in every capacity!

    Maggie

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was love at first sight when we met Lori. She made our vision and life so much sweeter. Just a great soul and spirit to have surround you on one of the most important days you'll experience.

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    Maggie - you are the best. Thank you so very much. Kind words from such a good soul humbles me. xo

    Jessi

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    5 out of 5
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  • Lori did a great job planning our wedding. We had a very short timeline (2 months) to plan it - and everything came together perfectly. Our day was magical, beautiful, and seamless. We got so many compliments on Lori from our guests, and how smooth our wedding flowed. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding!

    Tiffany

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you are looking for a the fairy godmother of wedding planning who can grant all of your wishes, look no further - Lauren of LOLA is hands down the best!! Our wedding was a dream come true - literally. When we first met with Lauren, we told her our budget (below median for a Chicago wedding) and that we wanted a downtown affair with all of the trimmings and she didn't laugh in our face like other planners we met. She told us that she would make it work, and boy did she keep her promise! Lauren transformed our shoe string budget into a beautiful affair on the Chicago River and our guests have sent US thank you cards for inviting them to such a great event! And there is more - I remember our wedding day like a fairytale because Lauren took care of EVERYTHING! I didn't have one worry in my head about anything, it all got done without me knowing and I was left to just enjoyed me day as a bride - priceless and so necessary. Now I must say that before I signed the contract, I was a bit ske... Read more

    Emily

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our wedding (August 20, 2011) was AMAZING thanks to Lori and her staff at LOLA. I actually found our venue first (Hotel Allegro), and the event manager at the hotel recommended Lori to me when I mentioned we wanted to use a wedding coordinator. I am so glad we went with Lori!! I had a general idea of things I wanted and am pretty decisive, but I never would have put together the whole concept Lori helped us create. She really got to know us and made sure we had exactly what we wanted at our wedding. She also has a huge list of top-notch vendors she works with, which made it so easy to book a band, decor/flowers, invitations, photographer, everything! Every vendor she recommended produced beautiful work, was really reliable and fit our personalities. And the BEST thing about Lori... she handled my control crazy mother wonderfully!!! A little more about our experience: We did the "Little Bit of LOLA" package, which included 5-6 meetings with Lori, super helpful planning resources/do... Read more

    Shannon

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • If you are looking for a wedding coordinator – look no longer!!!! Lori Stephenson is the best there is out there!!! She was our wedding coordinator for our recent wedding (on 2/9/2013) and I cannot truly explain how amazing she was to work with. She kept me on track with all my planning and made sure that certain decisions were made on time, so that I wouldn’t be rushed or stressed. About a month before my wedding, I had a death in the family, and had to take about 2-3 weeks off from all wedding planning/preparing. As you can imagine (or know from experience) a month out is a crucial time for a lot of the last minute “stuff” that needs to be done. Lori just took over – worked with all of my vendors and coordinated everything for the big day – I did not have to be involved and when I was able to get back into the swing of things there was really nothing left for me to do!! She was just as amazing during the week of the wedding – she is so on top of her game and is o... Read more

    Adam

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • Lori was the wedding planner for my wedding and she did a PHENOMENAL job. She was great about keeping important things moving along while not letting anyone go crazy and was very open to all points of view. She is completely confident about what should be done and at the same time does not impose anything on your wedding or planning.

    Emily

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  • Our wedding (August 20, 2011) was AMAZING thanks to Lori and her staff at LOLA. I actually found our venue first (Hotel Allegro), and the event manager at the hotel recommended Lori to me when I mentioned we wanted to use a wedding coordinator. I am so glad we went with Lori!! I had a general idea of things I wanted and am pretty decisive, but I never would have put together the whole concept Lori helped us create. She really got to know us and made sure we had exactly what we wanted at our wedding. She also has a huge list of top-notch vendors she works with, which made it so easy to book a band, decor/flowers, invitations, photographer, everything! Every vendor she recommended produced beautiful work, was really reliable and fit our personalities. And the BEST thing about Lori... she handled my control crazy mother wonderfully!!! A little more about our experience: We did the "Little Bit of LOLA" package, which included 5-6 meetings with Lori, super helpful planning resources/do... Read more

    User2683800

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  • Planning a wedding in 7 weeks was a pleasant experience because of LOLA.

    Chelsea

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  • LOLA was key to my wedding running smoothly. They literally made sure I didn't have anything to worry about the day of the wedding including taking all the cards back to the hotel room, keeping everyone on schedule and even cleaning up the hotel room for when we got back to the room. I can't imagine my wedding day without them and HIGHLY recommend LOLA Events

    Linda

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  • This is a hard decision for me to write, but I decided that I didn’t want other brides to go through the amount of frustration and disappointed that I experienced with my wedding planner, Lauren Carter. We hired her as our full wedding planner for our July 16th wedding at the Palmer House Hilton. Lauren is a very sweet and nice person and sounds like she knows what she is doing, but she is terrible as a wedding planner. My husband and I are both consultants and wanted a wedding planner to find our vendors and coordinate things to make our life easier, hiring Lauren resulted in the opposite. She is very unresponsive to calls and emails, even up to the wedding date (she was even late to our rehearsal!). We thought she would have a wealth of contacts, but we ended up finding a lot of vendors ourselves (e.g., officiant since she didn’t know any male ones available, florists because she didn’t know any retail florist, invitations, band, etc.). We spent more time trying to ma... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Lauren is no longer with LOLA... I am so sorry that this bride felt she needed to write this review. Lauren worked extremely hard to try and meet her expectations and we worked as a group behind the scenes multiple times to trouble shoot and discuss things that came up during this specific planning process that Lauren was concerned about.

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