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Allen/Williams Events

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

Chicago, IL 60616 US

PHONE

312-493-2500

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ABOUT US

At Allen/Williams Events, our goal is to give you the event you've always dreamed of. Our boutique event planning firm is uniquely prepared to provide you with highly personalized and... Read more
At Allen/Williams Events, our goal is to give you the event you've always dreamed of. Our boutique event planning firm is uniquely prepared to provide you with highly personalized and exquisite service. As members of the Association of Bridal Consultants, we recognize that every event is unique and we take the time to get to know YOU! Therefore, you will have an event that reflects your unique personality, an event that you and your guests will delight in!

We offer email and phone consultations Nationwide, as well as full planning, partial planning, detailed wedding weekend, day-of coordination, a la carte, and hourly management. Whether you are on a tight budget or have unlimited resources, let Allen/Williams Events make your style, in PLATINUM! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
7/12/2014
0.0/5.0
my fiancé and i met with nicole williams last summer to see if she was the right fit for our wedding. my fiancé was convinced she would do the job so we emailed her to let he know we would like to have her help on our wedding day. we should have known then it would all be downhill from there when she did not respond back to our email still three days later and we had to email her again for her to finally respond. bottom line was her communication skills were awful, she spoke down to me as if I were a child and the best thing about her was she was traveling out of the country for multiple weeks during our wedding planning time to do some healthcare mission work (which being a healthcare worker myself is great!) without mentioning a word about it to us. after she blamed another no-response for weeks response on her assistant (which i never had ever heard about an assistant previously & never previously agreed to work with an assistant of hers) we decided to end the contract. we told nicole we were done, she was wasting our time and money and that if she thought she lived up to her expectations to keep our initial deposit to do so and she did, stating she had never had anyone else complain about any work she had done. I find this extremely hard to believe, especially since we had been working with her for 3 months and had only booked out venue. i would not waste your time with natalie. she told us she was a doctor but this wouldn't interrupt with her commitment to us and she was wrong. she was obviously just way too busy to be doing this on the side and we were fools to believe and trust in her. ...also after writing this review i see that she had the same issues 2 years prior to this review. i see she has no previous reviews since 2012. wonder why. how the reviews on this website are so good is confusing to me...it must be all those "family members and close friends" wedding's she's helping with, not good honest-paying people.
my fiancé and i met with nicole williams last summer to see if she was the right fit for our wedding. my fiancé was Read more...
my fiancé and i met with nicole williams last summer to see if she was the right fit for our wedding. my fiancé was convinced she would do the job so we emailed her to let he know we would like to have her help on our wedding day. we should have known then it would all be downhill from there when she did not respond back to our email still three days later and we had to email her again for her to finally respond. bottom line was her communication skills were awful, she spoke down to me as if I were a child and the best thing about her was she was traveling out of the country for multiple weeks during our wedding planning time to do some healthcare mission work (which being a healthcare worker myself is great!) without mentioning a word about it to us. after she blamed another no-response for weeks response on her assistant (which i never had ever heard about an assistant previously & never previously agreed to work with an assistant of hers) we decided to end the contract. we told nicole we were done, she was wasting our time and money and that if she thought she lived up to her expectations to keep our initial deposit to do so and she did, stating she had never had anyone else complain about any work she had done. I find this extremely hard to believe, especially since we had been working with her for 3 months and had only booked out venue. i would not waste your time with natalie. she told us she was a doctor but this wouldn't interrupt with her commitment to us and she was wrong. she was obviously just way too busy to be doing this on the side and we were fools to believe and trust in her. ...also after writing this review i see that she had the same issues 2 years prior to this review. i see she has no previous reviews since 2012. wonder why. how the reviews on this website are so good is confusing to me...it must be all those "family members and close friends" wedding's she's helping with, not good honest-paying people. Read less
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gabmarie1029@gmail.com
Wedding:
3/16/2013
4.7/5.0
Nicole and Heather did a great job on our wedding day! It was a little hard to get ahold of them sometimes, they are both busy ladies, but they were able to come with us to all of our tastings and our appointments, and they did a great job.
Nicole and Heather did a great job on our wedding day! It was a little hard to get ahold of them sometimes, they are both Read more...
Nicole and Heather did a great job on our wedding day! It was a little hard to get ahold of them sometimes, they are both busy ladies, but they were able to come with us to all of our tastings and our appointments, and they did a great job. Read less
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Leslie
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
OMG! Nicole and Heather are so great! I hired them for their "Little Monty" package, and they really took it from there! They helped with my budget, photographer, and flowers, and the ideas they came up with were amazing! They even gave ideas for fun wedding games to put my guests at ease. People are still talking about how much fun they had! It would not have been possible without Nicole and Heather!
OMG! Nicole and Heather are so great! I hired them for their "Little Monty" package, and they really took it from there! Read more...
OMG! Nicole and Heather are so great! I hired them for their "Little Monty" package, and they really took it from there! They helped with my budget, photographer, and flowers, and the ideas they came up with were amazing! They even gave ideas for fun wedding games to put my guests at ease. People are still talking about how much fun they had! It would not have been possible without Nicole and Heather! Read less
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Elisa
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Nicole was our DOC for our wedding. Our wedding was at an unconventional venue, so there was a lot more coordination needed than usual (renting tables, unique décor, etc). Nicole has very good taste, which made us very comfortable with having her make day-of decisions on our behalf. She was also very organized and several of our vendors gave us unsolicited feedback that they enjoyed working with her.
Nicole was our DOC for our wedding. Our wedding was at an unconventional venue, so there was a lot more coordination Read more...
Nicole was our DOC for our wedding. Our wedding was at an unconventional venue, so there was a lot more coordination needed than usual (renting tables, unique décor, etc). Nicole has very good taste, which made us very comfortable with having her make day-of decisions on our behalf. She was also very organized and several of our vendors gave us unsolicited feedback that they enjoyed working with her. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.0/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Nicole! We had a few misups that were unfortunate but she rectified them as soon as she was notified! She is very professional and really values her business and clients appreciation of her work. I rate her very highly as a wedding planner. I have no doubt that she strives for the best.
It was a pleasure working with Nicole! We had a few misups that were unfortunate but she rectified them as soon as she was Read more...
It was a pleasure working with Nicole! We had a few misups that were unfortunate but she rectified them as soon as she was notified! She is very professional and really values her business and clients appreciation of her work. I rate her very highly as a wedding planner. I have no doubt that she strives for the best. Read less
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Michel
Wedding:
9/3/2012
0.0/5.0
My mom had made an appointment with Nicole for an initial meeting to see if she was the right fit to help plan my wedding. Nicole knew that we were coming from the suburbs (almost an hour) downtown to meet her. We confirmed the appointment and waited almost a half hour and she never showed. We called to see if maybe she was running late - nothing. no answer. What a waste of an afternoon - especially when you have very very limited time to plan a wedding and loosing an afternoon isn't ok.. Then, the next morning (not even a phone call back or a text the same day!) she sent the below to my mom.

I am very sorry. Because of this, I am closing this business to focus on my medical practice which as of late had taken all of my attention. I was in a
n emergency surgery at the time of your appointment until very late. Please talk to Deborah at Art of Imagination, Zuzus petals floral, Style Matters D
Js, and Studio This IS photography. They will take excellent care of you. Again, you won't have to worry about future clients. I don't have any. I am
very sorry that I offended you with my absence. You have every right to be angry.


Ummmm ... Ok?! So you're a doctor by day and a wedding planner by night? Completely unacceptable, unprofessional and insulting. Don't go with this company. There are PLENTY of other planners that have respect for you and your time. Absolutely disgusting.
My mom had made an appointment with Nicole for an initial meeting to see if she was the right fit to help plan my wedding. Read more...
My mom had made an appointment with Nicole for an initial meeting to see if she was the right fit to help plan my wedding. Nicole knew that we were coming from the suburbs (almost an hour) downtown to meet her. We confirmed the appointment and waited almost a half hour and she never showed. We called to see if maybe she was running late - nothing. no answer. What a waste of an afternoon - especially when you have very very limited time to plan a wedding and loosing an afternoon isn't ok.. Then, the next morning (not even a phone call back or a text the same day!) she sent the below to my mom.

I am very sorry. Because of this, I am closing this business to focus on my medical practice which as of late had taken all of my attention. I was in a
n emergency surgery at the time of your appointment until very late. Please talk to Deborah at Art of Imagination, Zuzus petals floral, Style Matters D
Js, and Studio This IS photography. They will take excellent care of you. Again, you won't have to worry about future clients. I don't have any. I am
very sorry that I offended you with my absence. You have every right to be angry.


Ummmm ... Ok?! So you're a doctor by day and a wedding planner by night? Completely unacceptable, unprofessional and insulting. Don't go with this company. There are PLENTY of other planners that have respect for you and your time. Absolutely disgusting. Read less
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Allen/Williams Events responded with the following comments:

I am now in private practice and only do weddings for very close friends, family and private referrals. Good luck. I CAN be a doctor and planner.
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Tiffany
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Nicole is soooo super fantastic. After responding to my thousands of emails she deserves a big thank you. Heather is the calming force in this team. I love them. Seriously love them.
Nicole is soooo super fantastic. After responding to my thousands of emails she deserves a big thank you. Heather is the Read more...
Nicole is soooo super fantastic. After responding to my thousands of emails she deserves a big thank you. Heather is the calming force in this team. I love them. Seriously love them. Read less
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J
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Nicole was hired as my day of coordinator as I was having a small, intimate wedding at home and didn't want to worry about coordinating details the day of the wedding. Nicole went above and beyond the call of duty. She directed the entire rehearsal, helping to enhance the flow of the day with her own tips and tricks. She made everyone feel comfortable and confident in her ability. She called all of my vendors beforehand to ensure that they were arriving at the times scheduled, which took a major load off of me. The day of the wedding, she helped everyone with the flowers and places, which was hectic because we were all crammed into small rooms in my house. And she went above and beyond what her expected duties were and went to the reception site to ensure that everything was ready there. Her contract only called for her to work at the ceremony site. She also stayed through most of the reception, facilitating our entrance to the room and helping us with the cake cutting ceremony. I would highly recommend her to any bride looking for a thorough, hard-working wedding planner with a bubbly but soothing personality who is able to anticipate the needs of her bride on her wedding day. My day was so stress-free and that was mainly because of Nicole's hard work.
Nicole was hired as my day of coordinator as I was having a small, intimate wedding at home and didn't want to worry about Read more...
Nicole was hired as my day of coordinator as I was having a small, intimate wedding at home and didn't want to worry about coordinating details the day of the wedding. Nicole went above and beyond the call of duty. She directed the entire rehearsal, helping to enhance the flow of the day with her own tips and tricks. She made everyone feel comfortable and confident in her ability. She called all of my vendors beforehand to ensure that they were arriving at the times scheduled, which took a major load off of me. The day of the wedding, she helped everyone with the flowers and places, which was hectic because we were all crammed into small rooms in my house. And she went above and beyond what her expected duties were and went to the reception site to ensure that everything was ready there. Her contract only called for her to work at the ceremony site. She also stayed through most of the reception, facilitating our entrance to the room and helping us with the cake cutting ceremony. I would highly recommend her to any bride looking for a thorough, hard-working wedding planner with a bubbly but soothing personality who is able to anticipate the needs of her bride on her wedding day. My day was so stress-free and that was mainly because of Nicole's hard work. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I am extremely pleased with the services provided by Allen/Williams Events. Nicole is very professional and easy to work with. She and her assistant arrived early to make sure everything was in order.
I am extremely pleased with the services provided by Allen/Williams Events. Nicole is very professional and easy to work Read more...
I am extremely pleased with the services provided by Allen/Williams Events. Nicole is very professional and easy to work with. She and her assistant arrived early to make sure everything was in order. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing Wedding Day! I loved working with Nicole and Heather! They were extremely helpful making recommendations about Vendors and helping us create and execute the vision that we had for our special day! We were able to talk with them about what we wanted our Wedding Day to look like and they helped us make it into something even better and more beautiful than I could have imagined! They were there for us when we needed advice and help! They ran our 'Day Of' which allowed for us to enjoy our special day with our family and friends and without stress! I would happily recommend Allen/Williams Events to anyone planning their Wedding!
We had an amazing Wedding Day! I loved working with Nicole and Heather! They were extremely helpful making recommendations Read more...
We had an amazing Wedding Day! I loved working with Nicole and Heather! They were extremely helpful making recommendations about Vendors and helping us create and execute the vision that we had for our special day! We were able to talk with them about what we wanted our Wedding Day to look like and they helped us make it into something even better and more beautiful than I could have imagined! They were there for us when we needed advice and help! They ran our 'Day Of' which allowed for us to enjoy our special day with our family and friends and without stress! I would happily recommend Allen/Williams Events to anyone planning their Wedding! Read less
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