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Big City Bride

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

954 West Webster
Chicago, IL US 60614 (map)

PHONE

773-525-7526

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Big City Bride is the creative force behind Chicago's most notable events. They provide the ultimate wedding planning experience in their cozy Lincoln Park studio. The planners are... Read more
Big City Bride is the creative force behind Chicago's most notable events. They provide the ultimate wedding planning experience in their cozy Lincoln Park studio. The planners are upbeat, professional and provide five-star service for all your wedding planning needs. Flexible hours and packages. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Eco-Friendly / Green
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

REVIEWS

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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.
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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.
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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!
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seb2011
Wedding:
5/7/2011
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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.
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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.
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Morgan
Wedding:
5/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Before I got engaged, I saw no need for a wedding planner. I had my wedding mapped out in my head since I was 5 years old. I already knew what I wanted, so why did I need any help? Let me tell you, I was TOTALLY WRONG.

The minute I started working with Big City Bride, a stress was lifted from my shoulders. From day one of planning, Susan Cordogan, the company’s owner, did all the heavy lifting. She created a budget for me, (trust me, you’ll need a planner to do this for you! I had no clue how much things actually cost!), and presented me with options for venues, photographers, florists, and everything else in between. She even brought the vendors to our meetings to be interviewed, which saved me tons of time.

Susan knew my vision for my wedding from the start, so every idea she had was exactly what I was looking for. When thing got stressful, Susan calmed me down. There is something about her personality that puts a bride at ease! I never had to worry about things going wrong, because Susan fixed them immediately. I’m sure things happened that I don’t even know about, but that’s the beauty of working with her! The bride doesn’t need to deal with the normal stresses of wedding planning.

I know many of you reading this are wondering if you can afford to hire a wedding planner, and if it’s really worth the money. Let me tell you, you can’t afford NOT to hire Susan. Big City Bride is a well known name in the wedding industry. Because of this, Susan was able to get me some significant discounts on many things. I would never have been able to get these discounts on my own. Susan literally paid for herself three times over with all the money she saved us. I will be forever grateful for this!

My wedding day was simply amazing. Our wedding was the first to ever take place at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. It was an honor to be the first couple married there, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without Susan having inside information. Every guest in attendance told me it was the most beautiful wedding they’ve ever been to. Susan also planned my sister’s wedding, and guests there had the exact same reaction. Everyone was blown away. I can’t take an ounce of credit for that, I owe everything to Big City Bride.

Susan and the staff have honestly become like family members to us. I will forever keep in touch with her, not only because she planned the wedding of my dreams, but because I love her like a sister!! You want someone like that to be in charge of the biggest day of your life. I couldn’t recommend Susan more. I don’t know why every bride in Chicago doesn’t hire her. She’s worth every penny she charges. At one point, I asked her why she doesn’t charge more!! You won’t be disappointed with Big City Bride.
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Violina
Wedding:
8/9/2008
5.0/5.0
Susan Cordogan is an amazing Wedding Coordinator! She had the vendors come to us instead of going to each one. She was fantastic to put a budget together and did not let us go over budget.
We never dealt with any vendor problems because Susan took care of everything. I had an idea of what I wanted for our wedding and Susan surpassed my expectations in quality and elegance. I highly recommend Susan Cordogan. She is worth every penny!
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AWiddess
Wedding:
12/1/2007
4.8/5.0
Susan helped us to plan our dream wedding within the budget we set...and the event was spectacular.
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Jackie
Wedding:
4/28/2007
5.0/5.0
Susan and Big City Bride helped to create the intimate, personalized wedding of our dreams. They took away all of the stress and allowed us to enjoy every second of our perfect day!
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kris
Wedding:
8/13/2005
4.8/5.0
everyone from big city bride was extremely detail oriented and full of helpful last minute ideas and tricks to help the day run smoothly. we really liked working with susan and chrissy.
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