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Planner in Chicago, IL,
(312) 752-5890
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  • 63 Reviews


    John Hinrichs

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  • It was unanimously recommended to have a "day of coordinator," and we couldn't agree more. Kristen and NYE were 100% worth it. We shopped around getting recommendations from vendors and friends. We were drawn in by NYE website complete with their mission statement, core values and planner bios. Our initial phone call was with Kristen, and her enthusiasm and talent for her job were immediately evident. Her organization, attention to detail, energy and professionalism were top notch. If we ever had a question or needed an opinion on a decision, Kristen provided honest, helpful information gleaned from her extensive experience. We completely trusted her. She was a great mix of personal and professional. Also to note, our wedding happened at the onset of COVID-19 in early-mid March 2020. Kristen worked double time in the last 3-4 days communicating between us and our various vendors as the last minute cancellations came rolling in. She put us, our families and friends at ease. She h... Read more

    Maggie Daniels

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  • Where do I begin with my experience with NYE and Lauren West? I was apprehensive to hire a day-of coordinator, but in hindsight it was the BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! Lauren helped us with so many details that would have slipped through the cracks, and made sure everyone was on task. She even helped put out a major fire on our wedding day (our valet never showed up) and put my mind at ease about the situation. If you are getting married and you are a stress-prone person, HIRE A DAY OF COORDINATOR and specifically hire NYE and Lauren West! I promise your wedding day will be enjoyable and magical and you won't have to worry about a thing!

    Derek Ballas

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  • We knew Naturally Yours Events was the right fit for us as soon as we finished our phone interview with Carlene! She was professional and organized, while managing to keep things lighthearted. Because of her experience and expertise, Carlene helped take the stress out of wedding planning and allowed it to be an enjoyable experience! Her wedding planning tool kept us on time and organized. Her knowledge of the venues and vendors allowed us to help make our dream wedding become a reality. We always felt like her only priority. You will not regret having Naturally Yours Events help plan your wedding!

    Grace Friedman

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  • Where do I even begin? Kristen wowed me from our first phone call with her thoughtful questions and genuine enthusiasm, and it only got better from there. We engaged NYE for "day-of" coordination, but it was SO much more than that. My (now) husband and I had an incredibly thorough introductory meeting with Kristen months before our wedding date, and another two weeks before in which she walked us through every single detail of how we wanted our wedding to go. I had been feeling very overwhelmed by the entire wedding planning process at that point, but Kristen made all the little details fall into place gracefully. Not only did she make every decision easy, it was clear every step of the way that she wanted what was best for US. She knew exactly when to make recommendations (on things we weren't sure about like timing, tables, etc.) and when to execute exactly what we knew we wanted (like helping me surprise my groom with a cake based on our favorite TV show and catching his reactio... Read more

    Sean Fleming

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  • Naturally Yours Events made our wedding planning very easy and fun! We could not have done it without Lauren and Naturally Yours. My wife and I did not have much of a vision going into the planning stages of the wedding, but Lauren helped guide us and made sure we took care of everything, even the things you do not normally think of when planning a wedding. The end result was a perfect wedding in budget with no stress the day of. We would highly recommend!

    Ashley W

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  • As we planned our wedding, we read through reviews on every vendor before picking up the phone, or emailing them for more information. NYE was hands down one of our favorite vendors - Kristen was amazing. We knew we were in good hands from the get go. She is extremely organized, professional, yet beyond friendly, and she made us feel truly special during the entire experience. They were extremely cost effective, as everything adds up ridiculously quickly for Chicago weddings - they didn't reflect the ugly grind we saw from other potential vendors as we were searching for the vendor team for our venue. We also LOVE, LOVE they are members of the Green Wedding Alliance, as we were doing our very best to be mindful of the environment, eliminate waste, etc., as we planned our big day. Last, we strongly recommend attending Wedtoberfest, even if you don't use NYE for planning, this wedding event was charming, informational, not pushy at all, and had the Chicago class and character we were sea... Read more

    Kristin F

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  • My partner and I used Naturally Yours for our day-of coordination. Lauren West was amazing and went above and beyond to help us have the perfect wedding day. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a day-of coordinator! This was one of the best decisions we made while planning the wedding.

    Victoria

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  • Carlene and her team worked tirelessly to help us plan our Chicago wedding from overseas. She's detail-oriented, prompt, professional, patient, and just a nice person to work with. She was super helpful with things like flowers (we knew nothing about flowers), and how the day flows. She built a detailed schedule for the day-of that helped us run on time. On the day of, if there were any issues, I didn't know it. Everything went smoothly and she handled everything along the way. I highly, highly recommend her!

    Gabriel Swee

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  • Kristen is The Best Ever! She went above and beyond at every step. She was cool and collected. She knew the ins and outs. She was always ready to help. She was supportive and still in control. She was enthusiastic, friendly, and just an overall awesome person to have in your corner. There was never a moment throughout the entire engagement where our trust wavered in Kristen. A higher rating could not exist. Kristen truly is The Best Ever!

    Melissa Colgan

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  • Where to even begin with this glowing review. I will admit…I was initially a little put off by the cost of getting a planner(in any capacity) and had many people(family, myself) try to convince me that it was unnecessary because our reception venue had a coordinator but I just had this feeling in my gut that a Day of Planner was a must. A deep and sincere thank you to not only my gut instinct but to Kristen and Liz and the whole NYE team for being absolutely crucial to the most perfect wedding day that this girl could have asked for. Pre-planning – I thought I was organized but holy smokes - Kristen is impeccable. From our first call to our last planning meeting Kristen was so thoughtful and patient and kind and ORGANIZED. There were so many things that I - 1. Never thought about. 2. Had thought about but had zero solutions for the problem or 3. Ideas I needed to work through with someone once my now husband had hit the “well whatever you want!” wall. I really looked f... Read more

    Nicole

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  • My husband and I said this again and again: hiring Carlene (and NYE) was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. We went with full wedding planning, and it was the right choice for us. It's difficult to plan a wedding when you're not sure how much each potential vendor may cost, and you want to be mindful of budget. I am the type of person to endlessly research vendors and reach zero decisions (hello, recovering perfectionist!) and Carlene helped allay my fears and feel empowered to make decisions. Not only did she help us assemble a killer team of vendors (all of whom I would recommend or book again in a heartbeat), but she also helped us stay in budget and save on many wedding-related expenses. Carlene is so detail-oriented! During all our vendor meetings, she kept everything on track and asked questions we never would have thought of. She was persistent in making sure we got everything we wanted before contracts were signed, and also proactive in making sure there was... Read more

    Jynell

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  • If you actually want to enjoy your wedding hire them. They allowed me to really enjoy my wedding and not stress about any of the details. Just with the Day-of Coordinating service you got so much support and expertise. I can't speak high enough of what they did.

    Mallory Pernai

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  • We honestly can't say enough awesome things about Kristen and the whole Naturally Yours team. We'd initially been on the fence about hiring a day-of coordinator and could not be more grateful that we ultimately decided to go with Naturally Yours. Even though we'd only signed on for day-of services, Kristen made herself available to us the moment we signed the contract - months and months ahead of the big day. She helped us with budgeting for booze (we were BYOB'ing), navigating scheduling, vendor contracts, tipping etiquette, seating charts - I could go on and on. She'd worked with nearly all of our vendors before and had great relationships with them, so she could tell us exactly what to expect and when, and how to approach them, if we had any questions or issues. She even went so far as to draft a lengthy email for us when we were battling with a vendor over overtime fees, poring over our contract to make sure nothing was missed - it proved invaluable the day-of. On the actual day, s... Read more

    Larry Layne

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  • My wife and I highly recommend Carlene at Naturally Yours Events. She spent a lot of time trying to understand what we wanted our wedding to be and helped us execute it. She was a continual blessing by protecting us from the heavy lifting of putting together a wedding and proved to be a creative problem solver. Carlene scheduled all meetings with vendors and kept us on track the entire time to do, see, and try more options for our wedding than we expected or even knew about. The wedding tracker created by Carlene was a wonderful planning tool and kept us super organized from the first planning session until the day after the wedding. We knew exactly what was going on and when things needed to happen throughout the entire planning process. Carlene is a very thoughtful and compassionate planner. She showed great care for our feelings and thoughts throughout the planning process. From the beginning, we felt like we were working with a close friend and it helped us feel comfortab... Read more

    LEAH

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  • We decided to hire a day of wedding coordinator after our original wedding venue closed 4 months before our date and we had to start the planning process over. We found Naturally Yours Events through a recommendation from our new venue and it is by far the best decision we made for our wedding. Lauren from NYE was outstanding. To call her a "day of coordinator" is a complete understatement. Our new venue was in a loft space so all of our vendors were outside hire and Lauren managed it all down to every tiny detail that you would never think of. She was incredible about answering all of our emails and phone calls weeks before our wedding. Planning a wedding is stressful enough and re-planning 4 months before our date could have been a nightmare but Lauren and NYE made the process so easy and our wedding day went perfectly thanks to them. We are beyond thankful for how wonderful Lauren and her team at NYE are and they are a definite most have vendor for your dream wedding!
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