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    Melisa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our planner, Sam Hudson, was insanely incredible. In so many ways we don't at all know what we would have done without her. SEG does an incredible job of providing structure, templates, ideas, checklists and all the support you need to make planning the biggest event of your life feel effortless. More importantly than the discounts, references, constant support and KICK ASS day of leadership - SEG seems to have a thing for hiring high caliber individuals who understand how to walk with you through the crazy process of wedding planning with confidence, ease and grace. We couldn't have pulled this off without them and can't say enough about how awesome Sam Hudson is!!!

    Liezl

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  • We absolutely loved working with SEG and are so thankful to have worked with our planner Gina! We went with the day-of package and still felt that we still had amazing service many months before our actual wedding. We were able to use many of their great preferred vendors (caterer, florals/décor, transportation). All the vendors we went with were so happy we had a planner with SEG, which speaks to SEG's service, professionalism and reputation. Also, we ended up saving more money from the SEG's preferred vendor discounts than the actual cost to hire them - definitely a big reason we were able to afford having a wedding planner in the first place! Gina was fantastic and we are so thankful to have had her as our planner. We felt that our wedding day was absolutely amazing and all of our ideas/details were executed perfectly - and know that it wouldn't have gone so smoothly if we didn't have Gina to manage everything! Leading up to the wedding, Gina was there for us, checking in regularl... Read more

    Catie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Hiring Simply Elegant for our Chicago wedding this past August was the best decision we made! We planned much of the wedding ourselves to cut down on costs but wanted someone to be there in the weeks leading up to it and on the day of to manage the event. We thought this would reduce our stress and we were right. We worked with Lindsay Mackey and she was amazing! She met with us beforehand to go over our timeline, vendors, and other details. She provided important insight and fun ideas. On the day of she made sure everything went smoothly and it certainly did. She did things we never would have thought of like coordinating our rehearsal, suggesting we hire a second photographer, running out and buying a last minute polaroid, and securing a key spot for taking beautiful photographs. She set up our donut tower and made sure everything was in place prior to the event. We were so happy we made this decision because it was an absolutely perfect day largely thanks to Lindsay and Simply Elega... Read more

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • I went into my wedding planning with a pretty good idea of what I wanted but zero idea how to get there. Taylor from Simply Elegant was able to take my vision to a whole new level, and better yet, realistically. Looking at boards and boards on Pinterest I think it's pretty easy to get lost in fantasy land of what your big day could be. Taylor did a fabulous job of taking my vision and my budget and turning it into a reality. If something was outside of my budget Taylor would immediately let me know and give me options and ideas that were within my budget that still fit my vision. She is great with finding areas of give and take within a budget. She also has impeccable organization skills. I cannot even begin to say how helpful this was. There are SO many small details within a wedding as and she certainly doesn't miss a beat. When it comes to negotiations with vendors Taylor and the Simply Elegant Group have already saved us thousands of dollars - always a plus when you're already spen... Read more

    Julia

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    5 out of 5
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  • We consider ourselves pretty competent, detail-oriented people, but hiring a day-of coordinator was a MUST for our wedding. Ashley at the Simply Elegant Group (Chicago) was absolutely perfect. She stepped in about 2 months before the wedding to wrangle our dozen or so vendors and ensure that everyone was on the same page, and the same timeline. She was a total pro and put our minds at ease leading up to the day-of and on the wedding day. She allowed us to be chill and just enjoy it all. She also has a lot of experience doing Indian weddings (we had a fusion Indian-Western wedding) and impressed my husband's parents with her knowledge of the culture and tradition. Ashley is worth her weight in gold.

    Courtney

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Lindsay the week of and WOW are we glad we did. I'm not sure what I was thinking not having a day of coordinator. I thought I could do it all then as I met with the manager of my venue and had final meetings with vendors I quickly realized I did not want to be the go to person. I also did not want any of my family members to be that person because I wanted them to enjoy the day as well. From the second Lindsay came into the picture I felt relaxed and way more comfortable with how the flow of the day would go. She is professional, honest, funny, high energy and everything else you'd want in the person there to make your day perfect. She instantly had a vision for my day and made it better than I could have ever pictured. Do yourself a favor and hire Lindsay. This is the best decision we made for our wedding!

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • We debated on a day of coordinator for a while and we have to say it was well worth it!! We were given a few recommendations and Simply Elegant was the most responsive from the beginning. We decided to partner with them and they were fantastic through the whole wedding process. Megan was our contact and we cannot rave about her enough. She ensured our vision came together the day of and was just fantastic- calm, collected and a great advocate for the wants of the bride and groom. She kept my parents in the loop but they truly were able to just enjoy the wedding day which they were so appreciative of. She was great the day of keeping up with the other vendors needs etc. We were so impressed through the whole process- we met with Megan multiple times and she handled all the opinions with ease and presented great solutions. Their spreadsheet is a godsend to keeping you organized and keeping you on task. We walked away realizing we couldn't have done it with out her and the resources Simp... Read more

    Nicole

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    5 out of 5
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  • I can only give five stars, but my recommendation for this company and for our planner Emily is higher than any other service/ vendor I have ever worked with in my entire life. I'll start with the decision to hire a planner. Many people think having a planner is only for those with big budgets, but that is truly not the case. SEG has negotiated vendor discounts with the best vendors all over the state, and my husband and I agree that having an SEG planner paid for itself in vendor discounts alone. We were paired with Emily as our Day- of Plus coordinator, and fair warning, the rest of this review is basically a love letter to her. We met with Emily several times leading up to the big day, and she helped us find vendors that were truly perfect for us. Emily built us a "dream team" for our wedding. On the day of the wedding itself, my entire family learned why we loved Emily so much, and they all can't stop talking about how incredible she was. I didn't see much of her while... Read more

    Kate

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    5 out of 5
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  • I live in Kansas City yet decided to have my wedding in Chicago, where I grew up. I was worried about planning a wedding from out-of-town, especially since Chicago has such a huge wedding industry. I looked into hiring a planner, but I couldn't make a full wedding planner work with my budget. I was so lucky to find Elisa at Simply Elegant, who was able to provide me the help I needed. For a fee, she provided me a list of venues that could work with my budget and a list of her top 3-5 vendors in several areas, based on both my budget and what she knew about my vision for my wedding. I booked the venue she recommended and several of the vendors she recommended and could not be happier with how my wedding turned out. I had a wonderful time and planning wasn't too stressful --- I give a lot of that credit to Elisa. She's so knowledgeable about the wedding industry in Chicago, and I am so happy I could benefit from her knowledge. I'd highly recommend her services to any bride that wants a ... Read more

    Vanessa

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you have it in your budget - definitely hire a day-of coordinator. The Simply Elegant was with my fiance and I every step of the way with the planning, and we were planning our wedding from afar. We got engaged while living in Toronto and started planning from there. We moved to NYC and spent the rest of our planning time in NYC and had our wedding in Chicago. The coordinators there are meticulous, detailed, and extremely well organized. You should go with Simply Elegant if you're looking for a hands on team that will execute everything as if you were the one running your own show. I had so much confidence in my coordinator and was extremely happy with her performance from day 1.

    Becki

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    5 out of 5
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  • The strongest recommendation I have for any bride is to hire a wedding coordinator, and hire one from The Simply Elegant Group! We had the honor and pleasure of working with Jamie Diplaris. From the very first meeting we were absolutely confident that she would make our wedding planning process so much better. She is so kind, easy to work with, and always responded to any texts, calls or emails very promptly. I am very crafty, so I was able to do a lot of the DIY things for the wedding, but my organizational skills for big events aren't as strong. Jamie was always quick to step in to make calls, set up meetings with vendors, make specific recommendations based on us as a couple, keep contracts organized, offer advice and guidance, and step in to advocate for us with vendors. We saved money by using her preferred vendors, and we were overwhelmingly happy with her recommendations! Having Jamie as our planner gave me complete peace throughout the entire process before, during, and followi... Read more

    Myranda

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    5 out of 5
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  • I don't even know where to start. Working with Simply Elegant was truly a lifesaver! I worked with Emily for a day-of coordinator. Being a Type-A perfectionist, I knew I needed someone even more organized and experienced with weddings so I could truly relax on my wedding day. Emily provided a complete list of "to-do's" early in the planning process that I was able to follow and get all the planning done. We met a few times to make sure I had everything covered and discuss details. Then on the wedding week, Emily took over EVERYTHING! She called all the vendors, made sure everyone had the timeline and completely set up our entire venue to make it look perfect with the help of her assistant. I was able to relax and truly enjoy the day knowing Emily was there to take care of it all. If there is only one thing I can recommend to any bride, it would be to work with a coordinator, especially Simply Elegant. I could not be happier with their services.

    melissa

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  • I only have a day of planner but she has helped me so much already! Who would have thought planning a wedding would be so stressful and so much work?! I would definitely recommend them to others, it's so worth it :)

    Shawn

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had a wonderful experience working with Simply Elegant for our September 2016 wedding at the Rookery in downtown Chicago. Initially we worked with Lindsay, who helped answer all of our questions, and then we were assigned our planner, Gina. Gina was a true pleasure to work with, she was so organized, kept us on track with our vendors, helped us organize our ceremony and reception time-lines, and provided multiple vendor recommendations which all turned out great. A day before the wedding, Gina had an emergency and was not able to be at our wedding, but Simply Elegant made sure that everything went off without a hitch. Lindsay called us immediately to let us know the back-up plan, and then she attended our rehearsal while they flew in Kerry from the Minneapolis branch, who took over for Gina for the wedding day. My husband and I were not aware of any issues on the wedding day, which was a true testament to how organized and professional the Simply Elegant team are. Our main concern b... Read more

    User6220682

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    0.9 out of 5
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  • Elisa was a big disappointment. She was definitely one vendor we should not have hired. Whatever she wrote in our wedding timeline, she should have skipped all the "planner escorts bride " "planner greets" because none of thes things happened. As a matter of fact, we barely saw her. She forgot my bouquet and my husbands butnier. She also didn't come to our rehearsal walk through after she said she would. We felt lost and she was overwhelmed apparently. She also brought only one assistant after agreeing on two. After she told us the assistant was very senior, the assistant told a few of our guests this was her first day at work in wedding industry. This was a big mistake on her part because our weddings were very involved due to two different cultural ceremonies at the most well known wedding venue Drake Hotel. I had 24 other vendors I was happy with. She was awful!!!!

    responded with the following comments.

    We are truly sorry for your experience. Please know that our clients are our first priority here at Simply Elegant, and knowing that you weren’t completely satisfied with our services is a difficult thing for us to hear. We count on your feedback so that we are able to learn as an organization. We will use your feedback to further grow our team’s planning services, so know that we have brought your concerns addressed both here in your review as well as in our correspondence via email about your experience to the attention of our entire planning team. Again, we are truly sorry that your experience didn’t align with your expectations. We are hopeful that although Elisa wasn’t able to be with you personally throughout the day, that you know she in fact did have your best interests at heart, and her hand in many different situations, which ensured your wedding day stayed on track, with little disruption for your guests.

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