ANTICIPATION EVENTS, WEDDING PLANNING
Usually in anticipation for your wedding the list of things to do gets longer and longer. That's why wedding planning services are necessary! Anticipation Events is a Chicago based wedding planning company that helps calm your nerves for the big day all while making your wedding visions come to life. They come up with unique ideas to set your wedding apart from the rest and bring a smile to your face. Looking at all their weddings you can tell how much detail Anticipation Events puts into their weddings. It's great to have the help with your wedding venue, wedding invitations, wedding stationery, save the dates, music, catering, and overall wedding designs. Here is some insight about the wedding planning industry from the owner herself,
++ What inspired you to become a wedding planner.
- I worked for four years in the Development Department at Shedd Aquarium planning their donor and fundraising events. I loved the planning aspects of it but wanted to be able to combine my creativity and artistic side with my love of details and organization. After leaving Shedd and backpacking through Central and South America for six months, I came back and started Anticipation Events. I have a degree in Speech Communication and Fashion Marketing and Merchandising so combining those with my experiences at Shedd and doing visual design for Anthropologie and Pottery Barn gave me the confidence to start working for myself!
++ How long have you been working in this business?
- It will be 10 years in 2014. I just did the math on that and wow. I feel both super old and super lucky to be doing what I love.
++ Can you tell me about one of your favorite weddings that you were apart of?
- About a year into Anticipation Events, I started offering styling packages to clients where I created an aesthetic for the wedding as well as crafted all of the décor elements for them. I had these amazing clients who lived in DC and were getting married in Chicago and both had high pressure, busy jobs. They totally trusted my vision and basically told me what elements they wanted and let me run wild creatively. It’s very rare to have a couple who does that and it was amazing to do full planning for them and see the vision through from creating their invitation suite and all of the unique elements at the wedding to make it a stand out. Not to mention they were the most lovely, grateful couple and such a pleasure to be around.
++ What are some of the most unusual requests that you’ve had from brides?
- Some of my favorite moments come from unusual circumstances. Just this past weekend I gave my bride my white Toms to wear because her flats were hurting her feet while she was dancing. I was slightly embarrassed because they were kind of old and smelly but she was super grateful and I was happy to have the shoes off of my feet to offer her! I’ve also saved the day before by going and getting a new pair of pants from the tux shop for a groom when he called me because they were literally falling off of his waist. One of my favorites was last summer in August on a 105-degree day my bride was just sweating in her dress and after checking to see if the crinoline was detachable and finding out that it wasn’t, I sort of timidly suggested I could cut it out if she really wanted. She was all over it and so I cut all of the crinoline right out of her dress. I was really happy there were also a couple of wedding guests in the restroom with us to document her awesomeness. I swear, I get the coolest brides ever.
++ What sets you a part from other wedding planners?
- I think my ability to plan (be super detail oriented and organized) and my design sensibilities (the artistic and crafty side) are a unique combination. I also think I excel at keeping a cool head and making the whole weekend relaxed and fun for everyone while making sure everything gets done and we stay on time. No one wants to be yelled at and I’m never going to yell at anyone (client, wedding guest or vendor.) I love to diffuse tension with humor and that seems to be working out pretty well for me so far!
++ Do you find yourself being critical of other weddings that you attend that you didn’t plan?
- Ha, sometimes is probably a fair answer. It’s hard not too because it’s so ingrained. I do pride myself on being a good party guest though. I can (and love to!) put it all aside and just enjoy a wedding as a guest since that doesn’t happen all that often. I don’t feel the need to take over the show at every party I’m at, that’s for sure.
++ What is the most full filling part about the wedding planning process?
- I’d say just having the couple and their families have a great day. Solving a problem for them on the day of when you see that moment of panic on their faces turn into relief or when they say, “I don’t know what we would have done without you.” That makes an entire day on your feet running around totally worth it!
++Who are some of your favorite vendors and venues that you work with?
- Like everyone under the sun, I love Salvage One, that’s my personal style. The crew at Ravenswood Event Center is awesome and I love all of the cultural institutions, Shedd, Peggy Notebaert, etc.
- Some of my favorite vendors are Forget Me Knodt, Mignoette Bridal, Re:Find Joy and Spilled Ink Press, Ryan Moore Photography, Asrai Gardens, and Michael Rastall Photography. Mostly because they are what I like to call friendors. It’s nice when you don’t have an office full of colleagues to be able to make some friends in the industry who also kick ass at their jobs.
++ Thank You so much, Anticipation Events ++