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Big City Bride

Chicago , IL
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954 West Webster
Chicago, IL 60614 US (map)

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773-525-7526
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BIG CITY BRIDE | FAVORITE CHICAGO WEDDING PLANNER

Big City Bride provides the ultimate planning experience for couples seeking exceptional care, thoughtful guidance and the... Read more
BIG CITY BRIDE | FAVORITE CHICAGO WEDDING PLANNER

Big City Bride provides the ultimate planning experience for couples seeking exceptional care, thoughtful guidance and the finest wedding style, goods and services. The Big City Bride team, lead by Susan Cordogan, is celebrated worldwide for their beautiful events. Your planner will embrace you throughout the journey to ensure you enjoy all the moments that matter. Featured by People Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Style Network and more. Flexible hours to fit your schedule in the comfort of their charming Lincoln Park studio at the corner of Sheffield & Webster. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-Of Coordination, Full Planning, Partial Planning
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
7

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Patricia
Wedding:
9/23/2016
5.0/5.0
Big City Bride is your ace up your sleeve when it comes to planning your wedding. I worked with Claire and was completely blown away with her talent. She knew exactly my vision and brought ideas to the table that I never even thought of. Claire truly has a passion for planning weddings and parties, and she cares as much I as I did about the details. She literally becomes your confidant and best friend, all while being a master wedding planner. At no time did I feel stressed out over the wedding. Claire brings you the best most talented vendors all with in your price range. She truly wants your dream wedding to happen. The day of the wedding was flawless. There is nothing Claire and her team can't handle. If you want the best go to Big City Bride and ask for Claire!!
Big City Bride is your ace up your sleeve when it comes to planning your wedding. I worked with Claire and was completely Read more...
Big City Bride is your ace up your sleeve when it comes to planning your wedding. I worked with Claire and was completely blown away with her talent. She knew exactly my vision and brought ideas to the table that I never even thought of. Claire truly has a passion for planning weddings and parties, and she cares as much I as I did about the details. She literally becomes your confidant and best friend, all while being a master wedding planner. At no time did I feel stressed out over the wedding. Claire brings you the best most talented vendors all with in your price range. She truly wants your dream wedding to happen. The day of the wedding was flawless. There is nothing Claire and her team can't handle. If you want the best go to Big City Bride and ask for Claire!! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
Susan and her team are WONDERFUL to work with!!! I'm incredibly impressed with the entire team. Everyone is so friendly, hard working, and talented at what they do. I highly recommend Big City Bride as THE place to go to plan your dream wedding!
Susan and her team are WONDERFUL to work with!!! I'm incredibly impressed with the entire team. Everyone is so friendly, Read more...
Susan and her team are WONDERFUL to work with!!! I'm incredibly impressed with the entire team. Everyone is so friendly, hard working, and talented at what they do. I highly recommend Big City Bride as THE place to go to plan your dream wedding! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
As a bride planning for a wedding in a big city, I could not be more thankful to have Chrissy Magliano at Big City Bride helping me! We've been engaged for 8 months and our wedding is still 8 months away - not once have I felt less important than the more immediate weddings that Chrissy has had in the works. I've truly enjoyed the process of our engagement and have not felt stressed at all. To be honest, I'm not sure how anyone works a full time job and has the time to plan a wedding in Chicago (where options are endless and deadlines are tight!), so I definitely recommend a planner overall. More so than that, I recommend Big City Bride and Chrissy Magliano, because of her constant communication and how thorough she is! She's definitely got the right personality to handle a job as difficult as wedding planning must be! I will update as the process continues, but everything has been fantastic thus far!
As a bride planning for a wedding in a big city, I could not be more thankful to have Chrissy Magliano at Big City Bride Read more...
As a bride planning for a wedding in a big city, I could not be more thankful to have Chrissy Magliano at Big City Bride helping me! We've been engaged for 8 months and our wedding is still 8 months away - not once have I felt less important than the more immediate weddings that Chrissy has had in the works. I've truly enjoyed the process of our engagement and have not felt stressed at all. To be honest, I'm not sure how anyone works a full time job and has the time to plan a wedding in Chicago (where options are endless and deadlines are tight!), so I definitely recommend a planner overall. More so than that, I recommend Big City Bride and Chrissy Magliano, because of her constant communication and how thorough she is! She's definitely got the right personality to handle a job as difficult as wedding planning must be! I will update as the process continues, but everything has been fantastic thus far! Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
7/25/2015
5.0/5.0
If you want a planner who fits your budget, and has also had major experience designing, planning and executing celebrity weddings... Big City Bride is for you. Our wedding was featured in People Magazine, E! News Online and many more. We worked with the dazzling, vivacious and lovely owner, Susan. In the beginning I wanted to go it alone. Thank goodness we didn't!! Susan connected us with bakers, linen retailers and a florist that was in our budget. If you tell Susan your Big Day vision, she will make it happen. Each time we met with Susan, we felt like royalty, with a special, personal greeting sign at the BCB entrance. She met with us for hours, emailed incessantly and coordinated with all our vendors so we didn't have to!! Imagine all those last minute questions from vendors... not in your in-box. It's amazing!! On our wedding day, Susan ignited special surprises along the way. She had a rain plan ready to go for photos and the ceremony. (Luckily we didn't need it.) We were married 25 stories above the city of Chicago. Unbeknownst to me, one of our Readers was afraid of heights. Susan comforted him and he didn't miss a beat. Our DJ (one of the groomsmen) was also a little nervous and Susan was able to calm him down too. With BCB by your side, you avoid all potential wedding day hazards and can revel in your day. Problems disappear (as do fears). You don't realize how many obstacles you face trying to plan a wedding until a planner is there to ward off what could be an apocalyptic day.
If you want a planner who fits your budget, and has also had major experience designing, planning and executing celebrity Read more...
If you want a planner who fits your budget, and has also had major experience designing, planning and executing celebrity weddings... Big City Bride is for you. Our wedding was featured in People Magazine, E! News Online and many more. We worked with the dazzling, vivacious and lovely owner, Susan. In the beginning I wanted to go it alone. Thank goodness we didn't!! Susan connected us with bakers, linen retailers and a florist that was in our budget. If you tell Susan your Big Day vision, she will make it happen. Each time we met with Susan, we felt like royalty, with a special, personal greeting sign at the BCB entrance. She met with us for hours, emailed incessantly and coordinated with all our vendors so we didn't have to!! Imagine all those last minute questions from vendors... not in your in-box. It's amazing!! On our wedding day, Susan ignited special surprises along the way. She had a rain plan ready to go for photos and the ceremony. (Luckily we didn't need it.) We were married 25 stories above the city of Chicago. Unbeknownst to me, one of our Readers was afraid of heights. Susan comforted him and he didn't miss a beat. Our DJ (one of the groomsmen) was also a little nervous and Susan was able to calm him down too. With BCB by your side, you avoid all potential wedding day hazards and can revel in your day. Problems disappear (as do fears). You don't realize how many obstacles you face trying to plan a wedding until a planner is there to ward off what could be an apocalyptic day. Read less
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TheWhitneyReynoldsShow
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Amazing team work that paid off! Susan and her team did a fabulous job working our wedding from start to finish. She was able to pull of an air wedding in 8 months (we are using our wedding footage on my talk show when we tape "I Do, Chicago Style on PBS WYCC).

They were amazing every step of the way and even gave me inside hints like leaving a note on my grooms pillow the night before the big day. If you are in Chicago or just want to see what wedding ninjas look like... Give BCB a call. To see their work play out on live television watch channel 20 in Chicago in April.
Amazing team work that paid off! Susan and her team did a fabulous job working our wedding from start to finish. She was Read more...
Amazing team work that paid off! Susan and her team did a fabulous job working our wedding from start to finish. She was able to pull of an air wedding in 8 months (we are using our wedding footage on my talk show when we tape "I Do, Chicago Style on PBS WYCC).

They were amazing every step of the way and even gave me inside hints like leaving a note on my grooms pillow the night before the big day. If you are in Chicago or just want to see what wedding ninjas look like... Give BCB a call. To see their work play out on live television watch channel 20 in Chicago in April. Read less
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Robert
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Some people are lucky enough to find the job for which they have a passion and at which they are extremely good. That describes Claire Weller, wedding planner at Big City Bride. My wife and I, for our daughter's wedding, were lucky enough to find Claire. First, if you are beginning the process, looking at the budget, questioning whether you need or can afford a planner..... do not hesitate. If need be, cut corners somewhere else but going with a planner will be seen as one of your best decisions ever. In selecting a specific planner, both my wife and I sincerely believe that you could do no better then Big City Bride, and specifically Claire Weller. Simply put....the best of the best.
From our first anxious meeting, to an elegant, flawlessly executed Chicago event, Claire was an always cheerful positive guiding force. All of the requirements were identified, the theme and style was developed, and a comfortable timeline was created. Quality vendors were recommended and in many cases were made available to us due to Claire's influence. When needed, Claire would gently nudge us to meet a deadline, or to make a tough decision. As the big day approached, and our emotions were running high, Claire was a welcomed calming voice assuring us that everything was in order, and furthermore, that she had our back, on the day of the wedding we would have no responsibilities other then to enjoy the celebration.
While her services were invaluable in the planning of the event, I would have to say it was her role as director on the day of the wedding that I most appreciate. My wife and I were literally relaxed honored guests throughout the day as Claire quietly insured that all of the pieces of a beautiful wedding and reception, so carefully planned, came together flawlessly.
In closing, the great ones will make it look easy. Claire Weller is extremely personable and professional. With seemingly effortless efficient, Claire gave us the wedding of our dreams.
Some people are lucky enough to find the job for which they have a passion and at which they are extremely good. That Read more...
Some people are lucky enough to find the job for which they have a passion and at which they are extremely good. That describes Claire Weller, wedding planner at Big City Bride. My wife and I, for our daughter's wedding, were lucky enough to find Claire. First, if you are beginning the process, looking at the budget, questioning whether you need or can afford a planner..... do not hesitate. If need be, cut corners somewhere else but going with a planner will be seen as one of your best decisions ever. In selecting a specific planner, both my wife and I sincerely believe that you could do no better then Big City Bride, and specifically Claire Weller. Simply put....the best of the best.
From our first anxious meeting, to an elegant, flawlessly executed Chicago event, Claire was an always cheerful positive guiding force. All of the requirements were identified, the theme and style was developed, and a comfortable timeline was created. Quality vendors were recommended and in many cases were made available to us due to Claire's influence. When needed, Claire would gently nudge us to meet a deadline, or to make a tough decision. As the big day approached, and our emotions were running high, Claire was a welcomed calming voice assuring us that everything was in order, and furthermore, that she had our back, on the day of the wedding we would have no responsibilities other then to enjoy the celebration.
While her services were invaluable in the planning of the event, I would have to say it was her role as director on the day of the wedding that I most appreciate. My wife and I were literally relaxed honored guests throughout the day as Claire quietly insured that all of the pieces of a beautiful wedding and reception, so carefully planned, came together flawlessly.
In closing, the great ones will make it look easy. Claire Weller is extremely personable and professional. With seemingly effortless efficient, Claire gave us the wedding of our dreams. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
I truly don't know what I would have done without Claire the weeks before and leading up to our big day. I though I had most of the details worked out and then had our first meeting, realizing how much more needed to be done. Claire had brought so many loose ends to my attention and helped me put everything in order. When the wedding day was here, she was my rock. She was on top of everything anticipating all of my concerns and had them answered before I could could finish the sentence. She took all of my stress away and I was confident in giving her the control (which for anyone who knows me in extremely difficult to do). When an issues came about with a vendor, she went into fix it mode immediately. She even drove a few guests back to the hotel after a few too may cocktails. Above and beyond!! She was cheerful, smiling and professional throughout the entire experience. She gave me wonderful and creative ideas for my programs, layout and so much more. I could not have gotten through the day without her. Claire, thank you so much for making the biggest day of our lives absolutely perfect!! We will never forget that, and I just can't thank you enough!!!
Amy & Jeremy Peterson
I truly don't know what I would have done without Claire the weeks before and leading up to our big day. I though I had Read more...
I truly don't know what I would have done without Claire the weeks before and leading up to our big day. I though I had most of the details worked out and then had our first meeting, realizing how much more needed to be done. Claire had brought so many loose ends to my attention and helped me put everything in order. When the wedding day was here, she was my rock. She was on top of everything anticipating all of my concerns and had them answered before I could could finish the sentence. She took all of my stress away and I was confident in giving her the control (which for anyone who knows me in extremely difficult to do). When an issues came about with a vendor, she went into fix it mode immediately. She even drove a few guests back to the hotel after a few too may cocktails. Above and beyond!! She was cheerful, smiling and professional throughout the entire experience. She gave me wonderful and creative ideas for my programs, layout and so much more. I could not have gotten through the day without her. Claire, thank you so much for making the biggest day of our lives absolutely perfect!! We will never forget that, and I just can't thank you enough!!!
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chris
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Hiring Darcey Lohman from Big City Bride was hands-down the best decision in the entire wedding planning process. Our wedding was the same weekend of the 2012 NATO summit, and she made what could have been an extremely chaotic weekend completely stress-free by always being two-steps ahead of any of our needs. And I cannot tell you how many guests and vendors approached us afterwards to compliment her on her pleasant and calm demeanor. I can imagine it must be taxing to be wedding planner, but you would never know it working with Darcey – she always has a sincere and warm smile on her face and radiates with this infectious positive energy.

My husband and I were married at the Chicago Cultural Center and cannot imagine what the weekend would have looked like without Darcey. Leading up to the event, in addition to all the planning/brainstorming and logistical organization, she helped negotiate concessions with the venue due to significant changes caused by the NATO summit. The day-of she flawlessly coordinated the early arrival/set-up amongst all of our vendors, and was unbelievably attentive to our needs throughout the weekend. She was taking care of everything, everywhere! But unlike some other wedding planners of friends’ events I’ve attended, not in a “in your face, this is my show” kind of way. I really believe Darcey went above & beyond to help make our day so wonderful and memorable.

But it wasn’t just the perfect weekend that Darcey orchestrated that proved her worth – it began months ago in the planning process. My fiancé and I were anxious about planning a Chicago wedding from Philadelphia but Darcey was always available to answer any of our questions and was a wonderful source of information/recommendations. While we did not go with every single one of her vendor suggestions, I did appreciate that she was constantly aware of any budgetary concerns. The vendors we did follow her recommendation on were absolutely incredible – easy to work with, extremely talented and very professional. Whenever I was particularly stressed or nervous about something, a quick call to Darcey was all I needed to help calm me down and focus me on what was really important – being able to celebrate marrying my best friend. We knew we were in great hands and somewhere along the way Darcey became much more to us than a wedding planner – more a relationship therapist and a wedding weekend ROCKSTAR.

I understand hiring a professional planner is an investment, but would strongly recommend the services of Darcey Lohman – it will undoubtedly be the best money spent on your wedding. I consider myself a very organized person and had the benefit of several friends recommending various wedding vendors throughout the process, but even still I would not have made it through in one piece (mentally, emotionally, physically) without Darcey’s help.

Thank you Darcey & BCB!
Hiring Darcey Lohman from Big City Bride was hands-down the best decision in the entire wedding planning process. Our Read more...
Hiring Darcey Lohman from Big City Bride was hands-down the best decision in the entire wedding planning process. Our wedding was the same weekend of the 2012 NATO summit, and she made what could have been an extremely chaotic weekend completely stress-free by always being two-steps ahead of any of our needs. And I cannot tell you how many guests and vendors approached us afterwards to compliment her on her pleasant and calm demeanor. I can imagine it must be taxing to be wedding planner, but you would never know it working with Darcey – she always has a sincere and warm smile on her face and radiates with this infectious positive energy.

My husband and I were married at the Chicago Cultural Center and cannot imagine what the weekend would have looked like without Darcey. Leading up to the event, in addition to all the planning/brainstorming and logistical organization, she helped negotiate concessions with the venue due to significant changes caused by the NATO summit. The day-of she flawlessly coordinated the early arrival/set-up amongst all of our vendors, and was unbelievably attentive to our needs throughout the weekend. She was taking care of everything, everywhere! But unlike some other wedding planners of friends’ events I’ve attended, not in a “in your face, this is my show” kind of way. I really believe Darcey went above & beyond to help make our day so wonderful and memorable.

But it wasn’t just the perfect weekend that Darcey orchestrated that proved her worth – it began months ago in the planning process. My fiancé and I were anxious about planning a Chicago wedding from Philadelphia but Darcey was always available to answer any of our questions and was a wonderful source of information/recommendations. While we did not go with every single one of her vendor suggestions, I did appreciate that she was constantly aware of any budgetary concerns. The vendors we did follow her recommendation on were absolutely incredible – easy to work with, extremely talented and very professional. Whenever I was particularly stressed or nervous about something, a quick call to Darcey was all I needed to help calm me down and focus me on what was really important – being able to celebrate marrying my best friend. We knew we were in great hands and somewhere along the way Darcey became much more to us than a wedding planner – more a relationship therapist and a wedding weekend ROCKSTAR.

I understand hiring a professional planner is an investment, but would strongly recommend the services of Darcey Lohman – it will undoubtedly be the best money spent on your wedding. I consider myself a very organized person and had the benefit of several friends recommending various wedding vendors throughout the process, but even still I would not have made it through in one piece (mentally, emotionally, physically) without Darcey’s help.

Thank you Darcey & BCB! Read less
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seb2011
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Darcey was extremely helpful. I really don't know what I would have done without her. Because I hired Darcey, I was able to be a really relaxed laid back bride. Seriously, everybody couldn't believe that I was just hanging out the days before my wedding. She can do everything. Right before the wedding, one of the groomsman's buttons fell off and she just whipped out a kit like Mary Poppins and had it back on in seconds.
Darcey was extremely helpful. I really don't know what I would have done without her. Because I hired Darcey, I was able Read more...
Darcey was extremely helpful. I really don't know what I would have done without her. Because I hired Darcey, I was able to be a really relaxed laid back bride. Seriously, everybody couldn't believe that I was just hanging out the days before my wedding. She can do everything. Right before the wedding, one of the groomsman's buttons fell off and she just whipped out a kit like Mary Poppins and had it back on in seconds. Read less
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Evan G
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Susan Cordogan and Big City Bride made our wedding (Sept. 4, 2010 at The Drake) the most amazing event that we have ever attended. We just got back from our honeymoon and we couldn’t wait to sing the praises of Big City Bride and specifically Susan Cordogan. Susan and BCB made our wedding above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Every person who attended our wedding keeps telling us how it was the most beautiful and wonderful wedding they have ever attended and this makes us so proud. We know that our dream wedding would never have been possible without Susan. After going through the planning process and all the events of the wedding day, I have no idea how anyone could have a smooth and enjoyable wedding without the assistance of a planner/coordinator. And if you’re going to hire a planner make sure it is Susan Cordogan (or another coordinator from BCB because our exposure to the other coordinators leads us to believe that they are equally as wonderful).

Going into the wedding planning process I was very skeptical of the value that a wedding planner could add. I didn’t think we needed to pay for a planner because I couldn’t see how they could possibly be worth the cost. Following the wedding, I feel that Susan was worth every penny and much much more. I truly believe the time and work she put into our wedding was worth much more than the cost.

Susan was so pleasant to work with throughout our wedding planning process. She made every step fun, exciting and virtually stress-free. She always made us feel like our wedding was the only wedding she was working on and that she was so excited for our big day. She became a close friend that we plan to stay in touch with in the future.

We are happy to speak to anyone who would like a personal reference. Just ask Susan to provide our contact information.
Susan Cordogan and Big City Bride made our wedding (Sept. 4, 2010 at The Drake) the most amazing event that we have ever Read more...
Susan Cordogan and Big City Bride made our wedding (Sept. 4, 2010 at The Drake) the most amazing event that we have ever attended. We just got back from our honeymoon and we couldn’t wait to sing the praises of Big City Bride and specifically Susan Cordogan. Susan and BCB made our wedding above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Every person who attended our wedding keeps telling us how it was the most beautiful and wonderful wedding they have ever attended and this makes us so proud. We know that our dream wedding would never have been possible without Susan. After going through the planning process and all the events of the wedding day, I have no idea how anyone could have a smooth and enjoyable wedding without the assistance of a planner/coordinator. And if you’re going to hire a planner make sure it is Susan Cordogan (or another coordinator from BCB because our exposure to the other coordinators leads us to believe that they are equally as wonderful).

Going into the wedding planning process I was very skeptical of the value that a wedding planner could add. I didn’t think we needed to pay for a planner because I couldn’t see how they could possibly be worth the cost. Following the wedding, I feel that Susan was worth every penny and much much more. I truly believe the time and work she put into our wedding was worth much more than the cost.

Susan was so pleasant to work with throughout our wedding planning process. She made every step fun, exciting and virtually stress-free. She always made us feel like our wedding was the only wedding she was working on and that she was so excited for our big day. She became a close friend that we plan to stay in touch with in the future.

We are happy to speak to anyone who would like a personal reference. Just ask Susan to provide our contact information. Read less
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