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Planner in Lake Forest, IL,
(847) 913-2600
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    Leslie Hunt

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  • In my 11+ years in the business of private event music (bandleader of Entourage via Arlen Music Productions) I have to say that Stephanie rises to the top ... I cannot say enough great things about her but will start with the fact that she is just so dang talented at what she does and her energy is phenomenal all the while. A true gem and I hope we get to work together a lot more in the future. :)

    Sara Tatum

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  • Stephanie is the BEST. Obviously we loved working with her. She completely understood our vision and executed it perfectly. She planned a multi-day destination wedding in Vail, Colorado. She was opinionated at the rights times when we needed guidance or a gentle push, and she was sensitive and patience when we needed that, too. Striking that balance is hard, and Stephanie does it masterfully. I oscillated between being neurotic and absent, and Stephanie easily adapted to my style and always made me feel like my wedding was the most important one she was planning (even though she clearly has many others...) But we've only done this once so don't take our word for it. Take the words of all our other vendors who actually operate in this space and work with dozens of wedding planners all the time. You could literally hear the relief in their voice when they talked about working with her -- how she is a true professional, how she makes their lives easier because she actually knows... Read more

    Diane Curtis

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  • We highly recommend Stephanie – she was integral to our wedding planning process! We loved how she wanted to understand our wedding vision and then helped to bring it to life. She had great recommendations and connections with top-notch vendors, and truly was our go-to person for guidance when any issues popped up. Stephanie and Kate had an eye on quality and all the details so we didn’t have to stress on the day of our wedding. This attention to detail allowed us to focus all our energy on being truly present at our wedding and enjoying every moment! They elevated our wedding experience, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Thanks, Stephanie and Kate!

    Cynthia Murphy

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  • Stephanie is calm, professional, and creative, not to mention nimble, as we had to "reimagine" the wedding we had originally dreamed of to something much smaller due to the ever changing Covid restrictions in Illinois. What we ended up with, thanks to Stephanie, was a beautiful, ideal wedding and reception that perfectly suited our daughter and new son-in-law. Thank you, Stephanie!

    Sara Friedman

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  • Stephanie and the Creative Planners are the best!! I cannot recommend them enough!! We got married in July 2020 and originally planned a 200 person wedding, which we ended up changing to a 20 person wedding because of COVID. Stephanie helped us through the original planning, and then re-planning, process and I can’t imagine doing it without her. She listened to what we wanted and helped execute on that vision perfectly. She brought so many helpful perspectives, considerations and recommendations to every aspect of our wedding – vendors, design, timing, all of it. I can’t imagine not having Stephanie there the day of, as she kept everyone on schedule and on task. Highly, highly recommend.

    Susan Shaw Nommensen

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  • Stephanie Cook and the Creative Planners team were an incredible combination of expertise, organizational skills and creativity for our daughter's recent wedding. Those organizational skills were tested frequently as the the bride and groom were in two different cities and the parents of each were in another two cities. Furthermore, it was a destination wedding in the mountains in the middle of January! Stephanie was a powerful negotiator with the vendors and had terrific ideas that made the weekend memorable and intimate. Both the reception venue, which hosts over 75 weddings a year, and the rehearsal dinner venue mgmt, pulled us aside to comment that she was one of the best and most enjoyable wedding planners they had worked with. Our wedding weekend started on a Thursday and ended on a Sunday - and she was there every step of the way - with a smile on her face and an unflappable energy. Five stars!

    Melanie Gross

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  • A family friend handed my mother Stephanie’s card the day after my fiancé and I got engaged and said “trust me on this one”. Boy, am I glad we did! At our first meeting with Stephanie, I knew we were in the hands of a talented, kind, organized professional who was going to make wedding planning easy and enjoyable. Stephanie was absolutely amazing. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She outlined the whole process for us. I never felt confused or like I didn’t know what the next step was. She prioritized the elements of the wedding that were important to us and got to know us as a couple so the wedding felt personal and perfect for us and our families. Stephanie is always responsive and prompt. She worked within our budget. She has impeccable taste, and worked wonderfully with all our vendors, photographers, and the venue to make our dream a reality. It’s important to note that it was very clear that all the vendors we worked with respected and enjoyed Stepha... Read more

    Thomas Weber

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  • Stephanie was excellent to work with throughout the year leading up to my daughter's wedding. From vendor recommendations, ideas, planning meetings with us and our vendors, communications throughout to the week prior and day of, Creative Planners (Stephanie) was amazing. And, Stephanie is fantastic to work with. Her patience, positive attitude, and honest desire to help my daughter create her dream wedding were all so appreciated. And, the week before and day of the wedding, Stephanie took care of EVERYTHING!! We were able to relax and enjoy every minute.

    Susan Connors

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  • Stephanie and Kate were amazing wedding planners. They met with us early in the planning process and gave us a timeline, to-do list, and recommendations for vendors. They accompanied us to the venue about a month prior to the event to make sure everything was properly organized and set up calls with the vendors to confirm the details. Kate helped decorate the room for the rehearsal dinner and, on the day of, she calmly and professionally took care of every issue or concern we had, while making certain that the ceremony and reception kept to the timeline. We were able to relax and enjoy the celebration, knowing we were in such capable hands.

    Kathleen Hanson

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  • Stephanie was incredible to work with. She did everything to make my daughter’s wedding the absolute best day ever!!!!Stephanie was always there to answer any questions, big or small, and also had wonderful creative ideas to make the day so special. She took the time to get to know my daughter and son-in-law in order to make their wedding day everything they dreamed of!!! When the day arrived, I knew I did not have anything to worry about as Stephanie had it all taken care of and was there to handle everything. Best money spent!!!!

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    Thanks Kathleen! You all were so great to work with and I loved being a part of this beautiful day ❤️

    Emily Hanson

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  • Stephanie at The Creative Planners is the absolute best!!! We cannot say enough amazing things about Stephanie and the entire team. She offered creative ideas, helped ease our minds, and really took the time to get to know us in order to make sure our wedding vision would come to life. Everything about our day was perfect and we would not have changed a single thing. This is all because of Stephanie's hard work over the last year in order to make it all happen! We were truly able to enjoy the day without a single worry knowing that Stephanie had it all covered and under control. If you are looking for a great wedding planner, look no further! Thank you again Stephanie!

    Ellie Reynolds

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  • We truly enjoyed working with Stephanie this past year. She personalizes each wedding by getting to know you and then makes great recommendations , accordingly. Stephanie was extremely organized, creative, calm under pressure and fun. Her attention to detail was so appreciated and most of all she truly cares about you and your event. We would highly recommend Stephanie Cook.

    Nancy Goodman

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  • I couldn't have planned my daughter's wedding without the expertise of Stephanie Cook. She skillfully helped us narrow down venues and decide on the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. All of the vendors (hair and makeup, photography, band, florist, videographer, transportation, wedding invitations, etc.) recommended were top notch (professional, flexible, a pleasure to work with). The wedding day was perfect and we could relax and enjoy it. I would highly recommend Stephanie!

    Stephanie

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  • I cannot say enough amazing things about Stephanie and the team at The Creative Planners. Everything about our wedding was nothing short of perfect – thanks in part to all the hard work and dedication put forth by Stephanie. Not only did she make the whole wedding planning process seamless – from working with our vendors and coordinating logistics to keeping everything and everyone organized and under control— but she was so fun and such a delight to work with. Over the year that we planned our wedding, Stephanie really took the time to get to know us as a couple and understand exactly what we were imagining for our wedding day. As a result, she proactively offered ideas and provided recommendations, and we trusted her! By the time it came to our wedding day, we knew Stephanie (and Michelle!) had everything under control, which allowed us to truly enjoy the day without a worry in mind. Overall, Stephanie flawlessly guided us from beginning to end. She truly helped our vision come... Read more

    Courtney

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  • Upon getting engaged, we had several individuals recommend Stephanie and the Creative Planners to us for planning services. This was by far and away the best recommendation that we got during our wedding planning process. Throughout our 21 month engagement, Stephanie was with us - checking in, sending updated timelines, and always a short call or e-mail away. As the date approached, Stephanie could not have shined more as a reliable, timely, professional, and well-connected planner. Her deep connections to a vast array of vendors throughout the area was impressive, and her knowledge and experience was unparalleled. Stephanie was always conscious of our budget and helped us to save money in ways that we could not have foreseen. This included finding ways to make our vision possible in unconventional ways. As Stephanie told us, "hence the name 'Creative' Planners". As mentioned, when our date grew nearer, Stephanie clearly demonstrated to us why it was an essential to have a stro... Read more
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