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Anthony Gowder Designs

Chicago , IL
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1733 W. Hubbard
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Do you offer free or for charge consultations?
Free
Do you provide free or for charge sample arrangements?
Free
Do you offer delivery, set up, and breakdown services?
Breakdown, Delivery, Setup

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Caron
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Anthony Gowder Designs is fabulous to work with! Being an event planner, I have used them for years for our corporate events and they have always done an amazing job within the budgets we have given them. So when it was time to plan my wedding I knew that I would be getting top quality work and wouldn't have to worry about a thing going with Anthony Gowder Designs. They did not disappoint!

Stephanie Gowder was, as always, fabulous to work with. We met with her for an initial meeting to discuss our vision, color scheme, likes, dislikes, etc. Then a couple months before the wedding we had a second meeting where Stephanie had examples of the actual arrangements to show us. At this time we were able to make changes to make sure it was what we wanted. It was super helpful to actually see the arrangements in person as I do not know a lot about flowers.

The day of the wedding Stephanie's team took care of everything. Our bouquets were gorgeous and showed up right on time as we were taking photos early in the day. The arrangements and candle lit aisle they did for our ceremony were breathtaking and the reception room looked amazing! About a month before our wedding, I also asked Stephanie to do the floral decorations for our cake. I sent Stephanie a few photos of cakes I liked and left the rest up to her. When we walked into our reception I was blown away by how beautiful our cake was!

When I talked to Stephanie after my wedding to thank her, she mentioned how pleased she was that I was so happy with everything because apparently there had been heavy rains in California which made our purple flowers hard to get so at the last minute they had to make some substitutions on the types of flowers in the arrangements. I didn't even notice! All I noticed was how beautiful everything was!

I cannot say enough about my great experience with Anthony Gowder and would definitely recommend them for anyone looking for a wedding or event florist.
Anthony Gowder Designs is fabulous to work with! Being an event planner, I have used them for years for our corporate Read more...
Anthony Gowder Designs is fabulous to work with! Being an event planner, I have used them for years for our corporate events and they have always done an amazing job within the budgets we have given them. So when it was time to plan my wedding I knew that I would be getting top quality work and wouldn't have to worry about a thing going with Anthony Gowder Designs. They did not disappoint!

Stephanie Gowder was, as always, fabulous to work with. We met with her for an initial meeting to discuss our vision, color scheme, likes, dislikes, etc. Then a couple months before the wedding we had a second meeting where Stephanie had examples of the actual arrangements to show us. At this time we were able to make changes to make sure it was what we wanted. It was super helpful to actually see the arrangements in person as I do not know a lot about flowers.

The day of the wedding Stephanie's team took care of everything. Our bouquets were gorgeous and showed up right on time as we were taking photos early in the day. The arrangements and candle lit aisle they did for our ceremony were breathtaking and the reception room looked amazing! About a month before our wedding, I also asked Stephanie to do the floral decorations for our cake. I sent Stephanie a few photos of cakes I liked and left the rest up to her. When we walked into our reception I was blown away by how beautiful our cake was!

When I talked to Stephanie after my wedding to thank her, she mentioned how pleased she was that I was so happy with everything because apparently there had been heavy rains in California which made our purple flowers hard to get so at the last minute they had to make some substitutions on the types of flowers in the arrangements. I didn't even notice! All I noticed was how beautiful everything was!

I cannot say enough about my great experience with Anthony Gowder and would definitely recommend them for anyone looking for a wedding or event florist. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.1/5.0
We used Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding draping design. They were recommended to us by our venue for being the best (although also on the expensive end). Because we decided to add draping very late in the game, multiple other vendors recommended by our day of coordinator were already booked - thus we ended up going with Anthony Gowder. However, we initially felt comfortable with this based on Yelp reviews and the glowing praise from our venue.

Our biggest complaint was the brief communication with the vendor. Everything was through email and I never saw samples of the fabrics or design of draping. When I reached out to discuss the exact design of the draping, I was told it would be worked out with our venue (I had actually discussed my thoughts with the venue coordinator - so I thought we would all be on the same page). When we arrived for the rehearsal, I was disappointed that the draping of the altar was not what I had pictured (it was one simple drape instead of a drape with a tented drape opening). I was told by our venue that it was too late to make any changes. Admittedly, I was too busy to actually reach out to Anthony Gowder at that point so I could not give them the chance to fix things. However, I was disappointed that my initial efforts to discuss the design more thoroughly were dismissed.

The other areas of draping were beautiful. I hope that with proper communication everything would have been perfect!
We used Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding draping design. They were recommended to us by our venue for being the best Read more...
We used Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding draping design. They were recommended to us by our venue for being the best (although also on the expensive end). Because we decided to add draping very late in the game, multiple other vendors recommended by our day of coordinator were already booked - thus we ended up going with Anthony Gowder. However, we initially felt comfortable with this based on Yelp reviews and the glowing praise from our venue.

Our biggest complaint was the brief communication with the vendor. Everything was through email and I never saw samples of the fabrics or design of draping. When I reached out to discuss the exact design of the draping, I was told it would be worked out with our venue (I had actually discussed my thoughts with the venue coordinator - so I thought we would all be on the same page). When we arrived for the rehearsal, I was disappointed that the draping of the altar was not what I had pictured (it was one simple drape instead of a drape with a tented drape opening). I was told by our venue that it was too late to make any changes. Admittedly, I was too busy to actually reach out to Anthony Gowder at that point so I could not give them the chance to fix things. However, I was disappointed that my initial efforts to discuss the design more thoroughly were dismissed.

The other areas of draping were beautiful. I hope that with proper communication everything would have been perfect! Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make my flowers even better. The best part about Anthony Gowder besides Cassandra is that they set up a flower viewing so you can see your centerpieces and change or keep whatever you want before you're wedding so you know exactly what you're getting and what they look like. Cassandra responded to my emails quickly and answered any questions I had. Cassandra showed passion and care when planning my flowers. She treated my family and I like we were individuals and not just another person having a wedding. We received a lot of compliments on the flowers and how beautiful they were. The flowers were fresh, made with every detail in place and smelled amazing. I'm so thankful to Cassandra and Anthony Gowder and will recommend them to anyone looking for a florist.
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make Read more...
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make my flowers even better. The best part about Anthony Gowder besides Cassandra is that they set up a flower viewing so you can see your centerpieces and change or keep whatever you want before you're wedding so you know exactly what you're getting and what they look like. Cassandra responded to my emails quickly and answered any questions I had. Cassandra showed passion and care when planning my flowers. She treated my family and I like we were individuals and not just another person having a wedding. We received a lot of compliments on the flowers and how beautiful they were. The flowers were fresh, made with every detail in place and smelled amazing. I'm so thankful to Cassandra and Anthony Gowder and will recommend them to anyone looking for a florist. Read less
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MissMadeline
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Gorgeous flowers and centerpieces were one of the top priorities I had when planning decor for my wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs exceeded my expectations. We received so many compliments from guests on the centerpieces and bouquets. I worked with Cassandra, who was professional, friendly, and accessible throughout the entire process. She worked with me to make my vision a reality. It was not inexpensive, but the end product was worth every penny spent. Cassandra was able to edit the proposal several times to come up with something in my price range that still met all of my requirements.
Gorgeous flowers and centerpieces were one of the top priorities I had when planning decor for my wedding. Anthony Gowder Read more...
Gorgeous flowers and centerpieces were one of the top priorities I had when planning decor for my wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs exceeded my expectations. We received so many compliments from guests on the centerpieces and bouquets. I worked with Cassandra, who was professional, friendly, and accessible throughout the entire process. She worked with me to make my vision a reality. It was not inexpensive, but the end product was worth every penny spent. Cassandra was able to edit the proposal several times to come up with something in my price range that still met all of my requirements. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
A+++ We loved everything they did! I was so excited to see the reception room and they did not disappoint! Would recommend them to anyone, they were so easy to work with and took care of everything.
A+++ We loved everything they did! I was so excited to see the reception room and they did not disappoint! Would recommend Read more...
A+++ We loved everything they did! I was so excited to see the reception room and they did not disappoint! Would recommend them to anyone, they were so easy to work with and took care of everything. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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L
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Best of the Best....Anthony Gowder Designs handled the floral and lighting for my daughter's wedding. Stephanie was amazing! She listened and helped us fine tune our choices without ever making us feel pressured. She paid attention to every possible detail and created a finished product beyond my expectations. Every centerpiece was fresh, full and vibrant. My guests were WOWed with the results. It is refreshing to find a vendor who takes such pride in their work and cares so much about their customers. Anthony Gowder and Stephanie are truly the Best of the Best.
Best of the Best....Anthony Gowder Designs handled the floral and lighting for my daughter's wedding. Stephanie was Read more...
Best of the Best....Anthony Gowder Designs handled the floral and lighting for my daughter's wedding. Stephanie was amazing! She listened and helped us fine tune our choices without ever making us feel pressured. She paid attention to every possible detail and created a finished product beyond my expectations. Every centerpiece was fresh, full and vibrant. My guests were WOWed with the results. It is refreshing to find a vendor who takes such pride in their work and cares so much about their customers. Anthony Gowder and Stephanie are truly the Best of the Best. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Bukola
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Wow. Stunning. Super Pretty. Gorgeous. Elegant. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how gorgeous Anthony Gowder Designs made our wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs took our vision (concepts, thoughts, ideas) and brought it to life. Our ceremony arch was an amazing backdrop that transitioned beautifully behind our sweetheart table, our centerpieces (high, medium and low) were beautiful, our flowers were beyond stunning, and Anthony and Stephanie's warmth and personality put us at ease. Planning a large wedding for 400+ guests was quite an undertaking but seeing everything come together made it well worth it. Future advice - do not skimp costs when it comes to your flowers, lighting and decor. Anthony Gowder Designs is worth every penny and they will add those personal touches that will be memorable. BONUS: Stephanie Gowder saw pictures of my wedding dress and had an idea to incorporate a gorgeous gunmetal grey runner down the aisle lined with floating candles to highlight my beaded gunmetal sash on my wedding dress. My pictures were amazing and my guests were speechless. BEST FLORAL VENDOR EVER.
Wow. Stunning. Super Pretty. Gorgeous. Elegant. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how gorgeous Anthony Read more...
Wow. Stunning. Super Pretty. Gorgeous. Elegant. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how gorgeous Anthony Gowder Designs made our wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs took our vision (concepts, thoughts, ideas) and brought it to life. Our ceremony arch was an amazing backdrop that transitioned beautifully behind our sweetheart table, our centerpieces (high, medium and low) were beautiful, our flowers were beyond stunning, and Anthony and Stephanie's warmth and personality put us at ease. Planning a large wedding for 400+ guests was quite an undertaking but seeing everything come together made it well worth it. Future advice - do not skimp costs when it comes to your flowers, lighting and decor. Anthony Gowder Designs is worth every penny and they will add those personal touches that will be memorable. BONUS: Stephanie Gowder saw pictures of my wedding dress and had an idea to incorporate a gorgeous gunmetal grey runner down the aisle lined with floating candles to highlight my beaded gunmetal sash on my wedding dress. My pictures were amazing and my guests were speechless. BEST FLORAL VENDOR EVER. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We were so pleased we selected Anthony Gowder for our June wedding. They perfectly executed our vision of of romance with lots of blush pink peonies, white roses, and white hydrangea. They also brought the "old Chicago" feel to our venue that we were looking for with beautiful silver candleabras and tall vases of flower. When I saw the aisle treatment, it took my breath away. They also did a phenomenal job on the cake table, which I showed them for an inspiration from Pinterest and they executed perfectly. Very happy bride here!
We were so pleased we selected Anthony Gowder for our June wedding. They perfectly executed our vision of of romance with Read more...
We were so pleased we selected Anthony Gowder for our June wedding. They perfectly executed our vision of of romance with lots of blush pink peonies, white roses, and white hydrangea. They also brought the "old Chicago" feel to our venue that we were looking for with beautiful silver candleabras and tall vases of flower. When I saw the aisle treatment, it took my breath away. They also did a phenomenal job on the cake table, which I showed them for an inspiration from Pinterest and they executed perfectly. Very happy bride here! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Carolyn
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
I am so thrilled to have worked with Cassandra and Stephanie from Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding. From the first moment we met, they understood exactly the atmosphere we wanted to create with the floral arrangements and bouquets. I also hired Cassandra to be our Day of Coordinator and I cannot say enough great things: she is energetic, organized, upbeat, fun to be around and extremely detail oriented. I always felt like I had her full attention and she wanted our wedding day to be as beautiful as we did. Every arrangement was meticulously executed and of the highest quality. We received many, many compliments on the bridesmaids bouquets as well. I can't imagine my wedding without Cassandra behind the scenes, orchestrating it all! What a magical night! Thank you!
I am so thrilled to have worked with Cassandra and Stephanie from Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding. From the first Read more...
I am so thrilled to have worked with Cassandra and Stephanie from Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding. From the first moment we met, they understood exactly the atmosphere we wanted to create with the floral arrangements and bouquets. I also hired Cassandra to be our Day of Coordinator and I cannot say enough great things: she is energetic, organized, upbeat, fun to be around and extremely detail oriented. I always felt like I had her full attention and she wanted our wedding day to be as beautiful as we did. Every arrangement was meticulously executed and of the highest quality. We received many, many compliments on the bridesmaids bouquets as well. I can't imagine my wedding without Cassandra behind the scenes, orchestrating it all! What a magical night! Thank you! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fantastic service! Suzanne was our wedding day coordinator and she did an amazing job on our wedding day. For our package, we wanted high & low centerpieces as well as ceremony decor. I was a bit taken away when I saw Suzanne show up for our wedding day. She arrived quite early to deliver our personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, etc). I knew she was working with us, but she did so until the end of our wedding day.

On the side note, the personal flowers were so amazing. My bouquet was so large and expected, the bridesmaids bouquets turned out beautiful. What was surprising were the pieces for the men. Usuallyyyy by the end of the night, those things are so dead, wilted, and dying, but not ours at all. They They were still very perky, beautiful, stayed intact. Suzanne even gave us a couple extra just in case, but we didn't have to use them at all! Also, the cuffs for the women were beautiful. They put it on some type of strap thats very comfortable to wear (and take off during breaks) and I couldnt have been happier the way that they turned out.

The ceremony and reception was beautiful and well planned! For our ceremony, the entire place was so beautiful and they paid close attention to details. We've been to wedddings where the flowers are blocking the bride and groom, but none of that happened. They moved the taller flowers to the stage and they're still captured in our photos and look wonderful. For dinner, the flip was quite fast. Again, they did an amazing job. Our cocktail tables looked amazing. Our dinner tables were even better.

Overall, Suzanne and her team did an amazing job for our wedding. Even when our bridal party showed up for the evening, they couldn't believe what a transformation it was from the rehearsal the day before. I absolutely absolutely recommend!
Absolutely fantastic service! Suzanne was our wedding day coordinator and she did an amazing job on our wedding day. For Read more...
Absolutely fantastic service! Suzanne was our wedding day coordinator and she did an amazing job on our wedding day. For our package, we wanted high & low centerpieces as well as ceremony decor. I was a bit taken away when I saw Suzanne show up for our wedding day. She arrived quite early to deliver our personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, etc). I knew she was working with us, but she did so until the end of our wedding day.

On the side note, the personal flowers were so amazing. My bouquet was so large and expected, the bridesmaids bouquets turned out beautiful. What was surprising were the pieces for the men. Usuallyyyy by the end of the night, those things are so dead, wilted, and dying, but not ours at all. They They were still very perky, beautiful, stayed intact. Suzanne even gave us a couple extra just in case, but we didn't have to use them at all! Also, the cuffs for the women were beautiful. They put it on some type of strap thats very comfortable to wear (and take off during breaks) and I couldnt have been happier the way that they turned out.

The ceremony and reception was beautiful and well planned! For our ceremony, the entire place was so beautiful and they paid close attention to details. We've been to wedddings where the flowers are blocking the bride and groom, but none of that happened. They moved the taller flowers to the stage and they're still captured in our photos and look wonderful. For dinner, the flip was quite fast. Again, they did an amazing job. Our cocktail tables looked amazing. Our dinner tables were even better.

Overall, Suzanne and her team did an amazing job for our wedding. Even when our bridal party showed up for the evening, they couldn't believe what a transformation it was from the rehearsal the day before. I absolutely absolutely recommend! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor

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