So Dressed Up Event Planning and Styling
If you tend to get wires crossed and dates confused (or if you're just busy), Katie Jackson-Meara is probably your dream event planner. Veteran clients gush that her detailed itineraries plan everything out to the minute. She's also a stylist, which is clutch for brides who need a neutral opinion on dresses, hair, and makeup leading up to the big day.
Fleur Inc. Chicago
2651 N. Milwaukee Ave., Avondale
The bouquets at Fleur are consistently elegant and original without ever feeling over the top. Their environmental creations are particularly outstanding, like the verdant floral chandelier they created to hang above the tables at weddings.
Green Inc. Florals
Family owned and run by a mother-son duo, this place has been around forever with a reputation that speaks for itself. Repeat clients love that there's no need for detailed direction: Let them do their thing and you won't be disappointed.
Nico and Lala Custom Invitations
With a signature preppy style, the team at Nico and Lala does more than design invitations—they'll create an entire brand around an event. Favorites include a construction-themed kids party (tagline: can you dig it?) and a clever happy hour celebrating the 12th birthday of one lucky gentleman's beard (BYOBeard).
Magbooth is kind of like the people's photo booth: Take your pick of prop and custom logos and never worry about going over some preset picture limit. The best part, though, is that ever rental includes an attendant, which significantly minimizes mid-party technical difficulties.
Amy Blessing Event Planning
Amy is probably best described as a stylist rather than a planner, as her services go far beyond booking vendors (though her rolodex is packed with cool creatives). Her true talents lie in perfecting the thoughtful little details that make events awesome—be it party favors, place settings, floral crowns, or craft stations for kids. Amy co-owns Apartment Number Nine in Chicago with her sister, and they do event work there as well.
Great Life Music
Great Life founders Colby Beserra and Brian Schwab are seriously plugged into the Chicago music scene, so they can really tweak the entertainment to your specific taste. You can turn to them for everything from a string quartet to a seven-piece band, and they also represent some excellent organists and pianists. Colby and Brian are amazing performers and songwriters in their own right: if your event can handle a large ensemble, make sure to book their personal band, The Party Faithful.
Gold Coast All Stars
For the kind of event where your guests leave with hoarse voices from belting it out all night, bring in the Gold Coast All Stars. An insanely energetic 12-piece band that covers all of the classics, they are the ultimate big party band. Expect their singers to be down on the floor dancing with the crowd.
DJ Jem is extremely sought-after on the Chicago nightclub circuit (this is the guy that opened for Calvin Harris when he was in Chicago), but despite all of his success, you can trust him to adapt his set to your event.
DJ Megan Taylor
It's no surprise that we're excited about DJ Megan Taylor, who's quickly making a name for herself as one of Chicago's best DJ's in what has traditionally been a very male-dominated space. Ask for her Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC remixes (seriously, trust us on this one). Photograph by James Gustin
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