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Clementine Custom Events

Chicago , IL
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Chicago, IL 60640 US (map)

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773-961-8335

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Clementine is a full-service custom event and wedding planning company. Its owner, Kelly Cavanaugh, has the expertise to create and produce unique events that are fresh, bold, and... Read more
Clementine is a full-service custom event and wedding planning company. Its owner, Kelly Cavanaugh, has the expertise to create and produce unique events that are fresh, bold, and clever. Kelly's strong partnerships with Chicago's premier vendors in combination with top industry talent will ensure a perfect event. Clementine's main goal is to have an event reflect the personal style of each client.

Kelly has been in the event production business for over nine years. She has worked on fundraising events for the American Lung Association and has served as a senior wedding consultant at Blue Plate Catering, planning over 300 weddings at both small and large venues. In addition to being a Certified Wedding Planner, Kelly's specialty is menu design and food & beverage catering. Kelly prides herself on the creative details, cutting edge ideas and precise logistic planning that makes each Clementine event truly unique.

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

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Ellen
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Loreen from Clementine planned our wedding and handled the day of event. She allowed us to enjoy our wedding. The day was smooth, stress free and we savoured every moment. It was the best money we spent for our wedding. We would hire her again.
Before our wedding, my husband and I lived out of the country and returned to Chicago only 3 weeks before our wedding. Loreen went above and beyond working with us on video conference and mananging the 8 hour time difference. We hadn't picked our decor, and we were struggling to figure it out from out of the country. No vendors return calls to international numbers! Loreen is very creative, and she worked with the other vendors to design a gorgeous decor. We were absolutely lost, so it was invaluable that she would be honest and tell us when something wouldn't work. We couldn't have been happier with the dramatic decor that wow-ed our guests. The hotel requested pictures of our wedding to market the hotel for weddings. Coming into the wedding we were surprisingly relaxed. It was because Loreen had an outlined schedule for the vendors and wedding events. My family is very type A. The schedule was perfect, so we weren't bombarded with questions. We were able to enjoy time with our families and friends and the wedding events because we knew Loreen handled everything. Finally, I will be forever greatful to Loreen and her assistant for helping me get on my wedding dress. It went over my head, laced up the back and was just plain complicated. They knew how to tug the fabric and move the layers to get a perfect fit. Honestly, it fit better than at the fitting because they really worked to get every part of the dress in the right spot. All their hard work paid off in the pictures. :-) Loreen and her assistant really took care of my husband and me on the day of the event. It was a perfect day and we enjoyed every minute of it.
Loreen from Clementine planned our wedding and handled the day of event. She allowed us to enjoy our wedding. The day was Read more...
Loreen from Clementine planned our wedding and handled the day of event. She allowed us to enjoy our wedding. The day was smooth, stress free and we savoured every moment. It was the best money we spent for our wedding. We would hire her again.
Before our wedding, my husband and I lived out of the country and returned to Chicago only 3 weeks before our wedding. Loreen went above and beyond working with us on video conference and mananging the 8 hour time difference. We hadn't picked our decor, and we were struggling to figure it out from out of the country. No vendors return calls to international numbers! Loreen is very creative, and she worked with the other vendors to design a gorgeous decor. We were absolutely lost, so it was invaluable that she would be honest and tell us when something wouldn't work. We couldn't have been happier with the dramatic decor that wow-ed our guests. The hotel requested pictures of our wedding to market the hotel for weddings. Coming into the wedding we were surprisingly relaxed. It was because Loreen had an outlined schedule for the vendors and wedding events. My family is very type A. The schedule was perfect, so we weren't bombarded with questions. We were able to enjoy time with our families and friends and the wedding events because we knew Loreen handled everything. Finally, I will be forever greatful to Loreen and her assistant for helping me get on my wedding dress. It went over my head, laced up the back and was just plain complicated. They knew how to tug the fabric and move the layers to get a perfect fit. Honestly, it fit better than at the fitting because they really worked to get every part of the dress in the right spot. All their hard work paid off in the pictures. :-) Loreen and her assistant really took care of my husband and me on the day of the event. It was a perfect day and we enjoyed every minute of it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Clementine Custom Events was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. The service was amazing. Everyone was incredibly kind, helpful, responsive, and attentive. The attention to detail was amazing!! The timeline they created for our special day was outstanding. Everything went incredibly smooth, and during the night, my mom and I did not have to think or make sure everything was on schedule and took place. Best decision hiring Clementine! They make the day so enjoyable and easy!! All the hard work you put into your special is enjoyed because they are handling everything and making sure you and your new husband are focused on each other and the da.
Clementine Custom Events was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. The service was amazing. Read more...
Clementine Custom Events was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. The service was amazing. Everyone was incredibly kind, helpful, responsive, and attentive. The attention to detail was amazing!! The timeline they created for our special day was outstanding. Everything went incredibly smooth, and during the night, my mom and I did not have to think or make sure everything was on schedule and took place. Best decision hiring Clementine! They make the day so enjoyable and easy!! All the hard work you put into your special is enjoyed because they are handling everything and making sure you and your new husband are focused on each other and the da. Read less
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Penny
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow! What can I say?! We hit the JACKPOT when we found Jaci at Clementine Custom Events. I interviewed quite a few day of coordinators, but when I met Jaci, I knew in my heart that she was perfect for us. She worked with us on everything from adding in a few extra things we needed her help with (stuffing 120 cookie jars!!) to taking our gifts to our hotel at the end of the evening! I was also one of those brides who needed to make sure we were on time every moment during the wedding, and like I knew it would be, Jaci kept us on time the entire night. Jaci is more than just a planner, she becomes your friend and actually cares about you and your partner. Even when I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed, Jaci met us out for a cocktail so I could tell her all about my anxiety and she calmed me down! The 8 page timeline was the true testament to her perfection in that I knew what was going to happen every minute of the day from rehearsal dinner til the moment the brunch ended the day after the wedding. I couldn't imagine our wedding without Jaci and I definitely couldn't have done it without her help!!! Thanks Jaci for being you and being a HUGE part of our magical night :)
Wow! What can I say?! We hit the JACKPOT when we found Jaci at Clementine Custom Events. I interviewed quite a few day of Read more...
Wow! What can I say?! We hit the JACKPOT when we found Jaci at Clementine Custom Events. I interviewed quite a few day of coordinators, but when I met Jaci, I knew in my heart that she was perfect for us. She worked with us on everything from adding in a few extra things we needed her help with (stuffing 120 cookie jars!!) to taking our gifts to our hotel at the end of the evening! I was also one of those brides who needed to make sure we were on time every moment during the wedding, and like I knew it would be, Jaci kept us on time the entire night. Jaci is more than just a planner, she becomes your friend and actually cares about you and your partner. Even when I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed, Jaci met us out for a cocktail so I could tell her all about my anxiety and she calmed me down! The 8 page timeline was the true testament to her perfection in that I knew what was going to happen every minute of the day from rehearsal dinner til the moment the brunch ended the day after the wedding. I couldn't imagine our wedding without Jaci and I definitely couldn't have done it without her help!!! Thanks Jaci for being you and being a HUGE part of our magical night :) Read less
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Ken
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Kelly and her Clementine associates were a joy to work with from the
minute we began working together through the end of our Chicago
Botanic Garden wedding. She always added energy and fun to our
meetings and seemed to take away any stress. She was highly
efficient, knowledgeable about every aspect of the wedding planning,
and very responsive to calls, emails and meetings. She listened to
our views and provided an excellent sounding board. She showed she
truly cared about our family and our wedding. Wedding day was
perfect--well planned and she kept us on schedule all day and evening.
We give Kelly and Clementine our highest recommendation. Ken and Stacy
Kelly and her Clementine associates were a joy to work with from the
minute we began working together through the end Read more...
Kelly and her Clementine associates were a joy to work with from the
minute we began working together through the end of our Chicago
Botanic Garden wedding. She always added energy and fun to our
meetings and seemed to take away any stress. She was highly
efficient, knowledgeable about every aspect of the wedding planning,
and very responsive to calls, emails and meetings. She listened to
our views and provided an excellent sounding board. She showed she
truly cared about our family and our wedding. Wedding day was
perfect--well planned and she kept us on schedule all day and evening.
We give Kelly and Clementine our highest recommendation. Ken and Stacy Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We worked with Loren/Clementine on picking the venue, photographer, music, the rehearsal dinner, floral, catering, and day-of events. So basically everything. My now husband who was at first skeptical of the need for a planner was a convert by the end and exclaimed several times how it was worth every penny. Plus we had a whole color and citrus theme going having then picked Limelight for our catering.

Loren was great! Although she claims that they don't design aspects of the wedding which she feels is left to the job of the caterer and florist she made tons of helpful suggestions from pre-ceremony lemonade to the type of guest book to use. And when she first suggested using a coffee table book as a guestbook I laughed at the idea and then proceeded to take all the credit when guests exclaimed about it. Her experience in catering definitely came through when designing the menu for both the wedding as well as the rehearsal dinner. She was even enthusiastic and happy taking boxes out to the car and extremely efficient and organized and not at all flustered. She did everything from help zip up my dress to pinning boutonnaires on the groomsmen. She never lost her cool even when someone in the wedding party asked where the veil was. Everyone was impressed!
We worked with Loren/Clementine on picking the venue, photographer, music, the rehearsal dinner, floral, catering, and Read more...
We worked with Loren/Clementine on picking the venue, photographer, music, the rehearsal dinner, floral, catering, and day-of events. So basically everything. My now husband who was at first skeptical of the need for a planner was a convert by the end and exclaimed several times how it was worth every penny. Plus we had a whole color and citrus theme going having then picked Limelight for our catering.

Loren was great! Although she claims that they don't design aspects of the wedding which she feels is left to the job of the caterer and florist she made tons of helpful suggestions from pre-ceremony lemonade to the type of guest book to use. And when she first suggested using a coffee table book as a guestbook I laughed at the idea and then proceeded to take all the credit when guests exclaimed about it. Her experience in catering definitely came through when designing the menu for both the wedding as well as the rehearsal dinner. She was even enthusiastic and happy taking boxes out to the car and extremely efficient and organized and not at all flustered. She did everything from help zip up my dress to pinning boutonnaires on the groomsmen. She never lost her cool even when someone in the wedding party asked where the veil was. Everyone was impressed! Read less
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Brian & Linda
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
We chose Loren from Clementine as our ‘Day Of’ Planner and couldn’t have made a better choice! She was key to making the planning process easier, and our Wedding Day was virtually stress-free because of her. Loren was extremely organized and provided guidance and answers to all our questions, and shared many good ideas when putting together the detailed timeline. She is also so friendly and easy to work with...having Loren and Clementine as our wedding planner allowed us to truly enjoy our Day without worry.
We chose Loren from Clementine as our ‘Day Of’ Planner and couldn’t have made a better choice! She was key to making the Read more...
We chose Loren from Clementine as our ‘Day Of’ Planner and couldn’t have made a better choice! She was key to making the planning process easier, and our Wedding Day was virtually stress-free because of her. Loren was extremely organized and provided guidance and answers to all our questions, and shared many good ideas when putting together the detailed timeline. She is also so friendly and easy to work with...having Loren and Clementine as our wedding planner allowed us to truly enjoy our Day without worry. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
kelly cavanaugh, who owns clementine, is the most amazing wedding planner. i've already recommended her to anyone who will listen and will continue to do so! she's the very best mix of type A (which i mean as a compliment! she's incredibly responsive to emails, which i appreciate), friendly, upbeat, helpful and creative. from our first emails and our first meeting, we clicked and it's been nothing but a pleasure to work with her.

i went into wedding planning not really knowing what i wanted or what my vision was; with kelly's help, we realized that i actually did have an aesthetic toward which i gravitated. she was instrumental in bringing that to life and helping me articulate that to our other vendors.

on the day of, she was a joy. so on top of everything (there was a minor technical snafu that i didn't even know about, despite her working behind the scenes to resolve) and so lovely to be around; all of my bridesmaids loved her as much as i do!

i feel incredibly thrilled to have been able to work with kelly (and already miss her now that the wedding is over!); she is so so so talented! thank you for everything, kelly!!
kelly cavanaugh, who owns clementine, is the most amazing wedding planner. i've already recommended her to anyone who will Read more...
kelly cavanaugh, who owns clementine, is the most amazing wedding planner. i've already recommended her to anyone who will listen and will continue to do so! she's the very best mix of type A (which i mean as a compliment! she's incredibly responsive to emails, which i appreciate), friendly, upbeat, helpful and creative. from our first emails and our first meeting, we clicked and it's been nothing but a pleasure to work with her.

i went into wedding planning not really knowing what i wanted or what my vision was; with kelly's help, we realized that i actually did have an aesthetic toward which i gravitated. she was instrumental in bringing that to life and helping me articulate that to our other vendors.

on the day of, she was a joy. so on top of everything (there was a minor technical snafu that i didn't even know about, despite her working behind the scenes to resolve) and so lovely to be around; all of my bridesmaids loved her as much as i do!

i feel incredibly thrilled to have been able to work with kelly (and already miss her now that the wedding is over!); she is so so so talented! thank you for everything, kelly!! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring Loren from Clementine Custom Events to be our day-of coordinator was the best wedding decision that we made! She is absolutely fantastic and I will be recommending her to everyone I know who is planning a wedding!

I interviewed a couple of companies and knew I wanted Loren right away. She was extremely helpful, insightful and friendly, and gave me a ton of good ideas before I had even chosen her!

Also, with Clementine Custom Events a day-of coordinator is so much more than that! From six weeks out Loren and I were in constant communication while she answered questions, put together a detailed timeline and coordinated everything with my vendors. She is extremely organized, detail oriented and really goes above and beyond to make your wedding special.

Then came wedding weekend. Loren coordinated the entire rehearsal and then was phenomenal on my wedding day. She took care of all of the details you don't want to have to worry about - making sure we were on time, picking up our cake from Sweet Mandy B's, overseeing setup at the venue, handing out final payments and packing up my sweets table vessels. I'm sure I don't even realize all of the million things she took care of for me!

I didn't have to worry about a thing and instead was able to really enjoy the big day! If I could give 10 stars I really would - if you are thinking of having a day-of coordinator Loren is the best choice by far!
Hiring Loren from Clementine Custom Events to be our day-of coordinator was the best wedding decision that we made! She is Read more...
Hiring Loren from Clementine Custom Events to be our day-of coordinator was the best wedding decision that we made! She is absolutely fantastic and I will be recommending her to everyone I know who is planning a wedding!

I interviewed a couple of companies and knew I wanted Loren right away. She was extremely helpful, insightful and friendly, and gave me a ton of good ideas before I had even chosen her!

Also, with Clementine Custom Events a day-of coordinator is so much more than that! From six weeks out Loren and I were in constant communication while she answered questions, put together a detailed timeline and coordinated everything with my vendors. She is extremely organized, detail oriented and really goes above and beyond to make your wedding special.

Then came wedding weekend. Loren coordinated the entire rehearsal and then was phenomenal on my wedding day. She took care of all of the details you don't want to have to worry about - making sure we were on time, picking up our cake from Sweet Mandy B's, overseeing setup at the venue, handing out final payments and packing up my sweets table vessels. I'm sure I don't even realize all of the million things she took care of for me!

I didn't have to worry about a thing and instead was able to really enjoy the big day! If I could give 10 stars I really would - if you are thinking of having a day-of coordinator Loren is the best choice by far! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Having my wedding in Chicago was "out of town" for me as my parents and all of my bridesmaids don't live in the state so I knew I would need someone near "crunch" time to help me keep track of lists, someone to ask advice and in general help ensure everything was coming together and that I didn't have to worry about the little things, especially on my wedding day.
Clementine was recommended by one of the venues we looked at and they were right, they're great. Loren was our planner and she was super accomodating and even helped with some extra questions and concerns along the way. The day-of couldn't have gone better and I have no doubt it was because of Loren. She's got the most upbeat personality and handled everything with ease and a smile. She even helped my parents get a car totally last minute and saved them a lot of money in the process. I would recommend Loren to anyone planning a wedding or event. She's smart, passionate about what she does. It'll be the best money you'll ever spend.
Having my wedding in Chicago was "out of town" for me as my parents and all of my bridesmaids don't live in the state so I Read more...
Having my wedding in Chicago was "out of town" for me as my parents and all of my bridesmaids don't live in the state so I knew I would need someone near "crunch" time to help me keep track of lists, someone to ask advice and in general help ensure everything was coming together and that I didn't have to worry about the little things, especially on my wedding day.
Clementine was recommended by one of the venues we looked at and they were right, they're great. Loren was our planner and she was super accomodating and even helped with some extra questions and concerns along the way. The day-of couldn't have gone better and I have no doubt it was because of Loren. She's got the most upbeat personality and handled everything with ease and a smile. She even helped my parents get a car totally last minute and saved them a lot of money in the process. I would recommend Loren to anyone planning a wedding or event. She's smart, passionate about what she does. It'll be the best money you'll ever spend. Read less
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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
My Mom and I were set on utilizing a wedding planner for the day of because while she had been of great assistance throughout the whole process, we both just wanted to enjoy the actual wedding day without worrying about the details so we chose Clementine and we are SO glad we did.

We worked with Melissa Samek who is absolutely fantastic at what she does - During our first few "pre-planning" meetings with her, it was very obvious how organized and on task she was, never failing to remember a small detail of my big day, even though she does this every weekend.

Along the way, she re-assured us countless times that even though we had a lot of moving parts and pieces, everything would go smoothly and she was right. She came to the final walk-through of our venue with us which was so helpful because she supported all the decisions we wanted to make, even if it went against the venue's suggestions. You can tell Melissa is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in every aspect of wedding planning because she always manages to seem calm and have an answer for everything.

The day was just perfect, starting with the set up of the venue to people being in the right places at the right time and overall just making sure we were not stressed but having a great time. Working with Melissa is one of the best choices we made and I would recommend Clementine's services to anyone.
My Mom and I were set on utilizing a wedding planner for the day of because while she had been of great assistance Read more...
My Mom and I were set on utilizing a wedding planner for the day of because while she had been of great assistance throughout the whole process, we both just wanted to enjoy the actual wedding day without worrying about the details so we chose Clementine and we are SO glad we did.

We worked with Melissa Samek who is absolutely fantastic at what she does - During our first few "pre-planning" meetings with her, it was very obvious how organized and on task she was, never failing to remember a small detail of my big day, even though she does this every weekend.

Along the way, she re-assured us countless times that even though we had a lot of moving parts and pieces, everything would go smoothly and she was right. She came to the final walk-through of our venue with us which was so helpful because she supported all the decisions we wanted to make, even if it went against the venue's suggestions. You can tell Melissa is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in every aspect of wedding planning because she always manages to seem calm and have an answer for everything.

The day was just perfect, starting with the set up of the venue to people being in the right places at the right time and overall just making sure we were not stressed but having a great time. Working with Melissa is one of the best choices we made and I would recommend Clementine's services to anyone. Read less
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