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Honey Bee Weddings

Chicago , IL
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ABOUT US

Melissa Daniel started Honey Bee Weddings because she adores weddings. Her experience in event planning began while working for a non-profit. After successfully coordinating many events,... Read more
Melissa Daniel started Honey Bee Weddings because she adores weddings. Her experience in event planning began while working for a non-profit. After successfully coordinating many events, a co-worker asked her help in planning an out of state wedding on a bison ranch in Kansas. After the lovely wedding, Melissa realized that she found her calling. Melissa launched her own company, Honey Bee Weddings, in 2007. Her vision came to life within a few months and has been steadily growing. Melissa has appeared on WCIU, Chicago Social Brides magazine, Brides Chicago magazine, and Get Married magazine as well as Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, and Elizabeth Anne Designs. Visit the Honey Bee Weddings press page for more details. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology as well as a MBA from Loyola University Chicago. Melissa resides in Noble Square with her husband, Denton, and daughter, Francesca. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
There are three coordinators at Honey Bee Weddings.
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
aught Events specialized in "day of", partial and full wedding planning. Depending on your needs, we will create a wedding planning package especially for you.
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
Honey Bee Weddings has worked with Jewish, Christian, Catholic, and Hindu wedding ceremonies.
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
Honey Bee Weddings has coordinated weddings as small as 50 guests and as large as 700.
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
Honey Bee Weddings has worked mostly in city and surrounding suburbs. However, we have traveled as far as Kansas!

REVIEWS

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Amy
Wedding:
11/1/2012
5.0/5.0
An amazing job!

I was recently married on March 24, 2012 and was very impressed with the level of services provided by Honey Bee Weddings. My husband is in the military and we were long distance throughout our entire engagement. Planning a wedding here in Chicago while he was in Virginia on a deployment for most of the planning months left me nervous and in need of guidance and support. I met with Misse about 10 months prior to our wedding and hired her for partial, day of coordination services.

I am an organized person but found myself working two jobs which brought me to 60 hours of work a week. Add on to the fact that I was preparing for an upcoming move across the country and you have one stressed out bride. Misse helped me to devise a sensible budget and provided lots of ideas an feedback. She was friendly, professional and thorough. I am shocked with a few responses who found Misse to be rude, I feel that Misse is a direct communicator and is anything but rude.

Misse offered suggestions for transportation and coordinated that perfectly. We had several vendors with whom Misse was not familiar with. She still maintained excellent communication with them, making sure everyone was on the same page.

I feel that if you are looking into hiring a day of coordinator you should highly consider Honey Bee Weddings. From the personal attention, vendor suggestions, assistance with program wording, contracts and theme planning to impeccable vendor communication and timeline development you will see that every dollar spent is well worth it.
An amazing job!

I was recently married on March 24, 2012 and was very impressed with the level of services Read more...
An amazing job!

I was recently married on March 24, 2012 and was very impressed with the level of services provided by Honey Bee Weddings. My husband is in the military and we were long distance throughout our entire engagement. Planning a wedding here in Chicago while he was in Virginia on a deployment for most of the planning months left me nervous and in need of guidance and support. I met with Misse about 10 months prior to our wedding and hired her for partial, day of coordination services.

I am an organized person but found myself working two jobs which brought me to 60 hours of work a week. Add on to the fact that I was preparing for an upcoming move across the country and you have one stressed out bride. Misse helped me to devise a sensible budget and provided lots of ideas an feedback. She was friendly, professional and thorough. I am shocked with a few responses who found Misse to be rude, I feel that Misse is a direct communicator and is anything but rude.

Misse offered suggestions for transportation and coordinated that perfectly. We had several vendors with whom Misse was not familiar with. She still maintained excellent communication with them, making sure everyone was on the same page.

I feel that if you are looking into hiring a day of coordinator you should highly consider Honey Bee Weddings. From the personal attention, vendor suggestions, assistance with program wording, contracts and theme planning to impeccable vendor communication and timeline development you will see that every dollar spent is well worth it. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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heine
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I loved my DOC, Misse!

Planning a wedding can be a daunting experience and as the months passed by I realized all of my ideas and creativity couldn't be executed by me on the day of our wedding! So, I researched several wedding coordinators and chose Misse for many reasons.

I loved her attention to details and her willingness to make it it the best day ever for the bride. She understood what it takes, as a DOC, to make the bride happy and make the day go smoothly. Her attentiveness reminded me a bit of myself and pushed me to hire her because of how detail oriented I am, I wanted to feel assured someone could execute the day to how I wanted it to look. I felt other DOC's limited themselves and there were stipulations where Misse was very open and when I expressed my concerns, she was so pleasant about everything and had no problems with any of my requests!

The way Misse runs her business is very smart, taking over one week before the actual day is brilliant, whereas others just execute the day of. It really lets the bride be a bride leading up to the best day ever.

I was worried, prior to the wedding, on the overwhelming amount of DIY I had and during our walk through two weeks prior, Misse made me feel so confident in her ability to execute! She made it seem so effortless and easy with all the crazy stuff and decor I had going on! I walked away so carefree and confident

During the rehearsal, she was such great support! As long as the church is willing! The rehearsal can be exciting and overwhelming but Misse remained in control and evenkeeled, what any bride needs! I was too busy meeting, greeting, listening to the church coordinator and Misse had all the details ready to go when needed!

On the wedding day, Misse was amazing! She had everything planned out and was my rock and total support throughout the day! As a bride, it's such a whirlwind and Misse kept everything running smoothly and on time! She checked up on everything, she made sure the hairstylist was at the hotel, the flowers came, when to get dressed, etc. things that slip your mind as a bride, Misse was there thinking for you! At the venue, she executed all the decor to perfection! When we got there during cocktail hour, she walked us through and I was incredibly happy with the results. She worked very well with all the vendors and kept me in the loop all night. She kept me on track with the timelines, checked up to make sure I was o.k., and made sure we were happy!

Overall, it was absolutely AMAZING!!!!! Our day turned out beautiful and perfect! Misse was a driving force behind it all to help us enjoy and revel in our wedded bliss! She was the best choice ever and we couldn't be happier with how our day turned out! She is wonderful, smart, kind, and professional! The perfect choice for any bride looking to have a perfect, relaxing, fun day!
I loved my DOC, Misse!

Planning a wedding can be a daunting experience and as the months passed by I realized Read more...
I loved my DOC, Misse!

Planning a wedding can be a daunting experience and as the months passed by I realized all of my ideas and creativity couldn't be executed by me on the day of our wedding! So, I researched several wedding coordinators and chose Misse for many reasons.

I loved her attention to details and her willingness to make it it the best day ever for the bride. She understood what it takes, as a DOC, to make the bride happy and make the day go smoothly. Her attentiveness reminded me a bit of myself and pushed me to hire her because of how detail oriented I am, I wanted to feel assured someone could execute the day to how I wanted it to look. I felt other DOC's limited themselves and there were stipulations where Misse was very open and when I expressed my concerns, she was so pleasant about everything and had no problems with any of my requests!

The way Misse runs her business is very smart, taking over one week before the actual day is brilliant, whereas others just execute the day of. It really lets the bride be a bride leading up to the best day ever.

I was worried, prior to the wedding, on the overwhelming amount of DIY I had and during our walk through two weeks prior, Misse made me feel so confident in her ability to execute! She made it seem so effortless and easy with all the crazy stuff and decor I had going on! I walked away so carefree and confident

During the rehearsal, she was such great support! As long as the church is willing! The rehearsal can be exciting and overwhelming but Misse remained in control and evenkeeled, what any bride needs! I was too busy meeting, greeting, listening to the church coordinator and Misse had all the details ready to go when needed!

On the wedding day, Misse was amazing! She had everything planned out and was my rock and total support throughout the day! As a bride, it's such a whirlwind and Misse kept everything running smoothly and on time! She checked up on everything, she made sure the hairstylist was at the hotel, the flowers came, when to get dressed, etc. things that slip your mind as a bride, Misse was there thinking for you! At the venue, she executed all the decor to perfection! When we got there during cocktail hour, she walked us through and I was incredibly happy with the results. She worked very well with all the vendors and kept me in the loop all night. She kept me on track with the timelines, checked up to make sure I was o.k., and made sure we were happy!

Overall, it was absolutely AMAZING!!!!! Our day turned out beautiful and perfect! Misse was a driving force behind it all to help us enjoy and revel in our wedded bliss! She was the best choice ever and we couldn't be happier with how our day turned out! She is wonderful, smart, kind, and professional! The perfect choice for any bride looking to have a perfect, relaxing, fun day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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montagula
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I planned my wedding from out of town, and absolutely could not have done it without our day-of coordinator, Shelly Rothstein. She was wonderful!

I decided to hire a DOC about 6 months prior to the wedding, because I knew that there would be many last minute details that would be difficult for me to address from far away. I also knew that on my wedding day I did not want to worry about coordinating with my vendors during the day, be the person responsible for making sure that everything was running smoothly and on time, or be the person answering all of the logistical questions that might come up over the course of the day. Shelly handled all of these issues and more, allowing me to relax and enjoy the special day.

Shelly started communicating with us about our event 2 months in advance, and helped us create a very detailed timeline for the day of the wedding. She made sure that we approved everything, but made many helpful suggestions along the way. She assisted us in coordinating with all of our vendors leading up to the wedding, a service that I found invaluable! On the day of the wedding, Shelly made sure that everything ran smoothly, and that everyone knew where to be, and when.

Shelly was extremely organized, thoughtful, and thorough. I trusted her completely to get things accomplished. She was also very helpful in making sure that I was relaxed on the day of the wedding - she was very calm and composed, which I appreciated so much. All of our vendors complimented me on Shelly; they found her to be very professional, and very helpful to them both in the days leading up to the wedding and on the day itself.

I can't thank Shelly enough for all of her help. I recommend her without reservation to anyone looking for an excellent day-of wedding coordinator!
I planned my wedding from out of town, and absolutely could not have done it without our day-of coordinator, Shelly Read more...
I planned my wedding from out of town, and absolutely could not have done it without our day-of coordinator, Shelly Rothstein. She was wonderful!

I decided to hire a DOC about 6 months prior to the wedding, because I knew that there would be many last minute details that would be difficult for me to address from far away. I also knew that on my wedding day I did not want to worry about coordinating with my vendors during the day, be the person responsible for making sure that everything was running smoothly and on time, or be the person answering all of the logistical questions that might come up over the course of the day. Shelly handled all of these issues and more, allowing me to relax and enjoy the special day.

Shelly started communicating with us about our event 2 months in advance, and helped us create a very detailed timeline for the day of the wedding. She made sure that we approved everything, but made many helpful suggestions along the way. She assisted us in coordinating with all of our vendors leading up to the wedding, a service that I found invaluable! On the day of the wedding, Shelly made sure that everything ran smoothly, and that everyone knew where to be, and when.

Shelly was extremely organized, thoughtful, and thorough. I trusted her completely to get things accomplished. She was also very helpful in making sure that I was relaxed on the day of the wedding - she was very calm and composed, which I appreciated so much. All of our vendors complimented me on Shelly; they found her to be very professional, and very helpful to them both in the days leading up to the wedding and on the day itself.

I can't thank Shelly enough for all of her help. I recommend her without reservation to anyone looking for an excellent day-of wedding coordinator! Read less
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ABran
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.8/5.0
Thank you to Honeybee Weddings, especially to Sam, for all the amazing work you did to help make our wedding a success. For a bit of background, my husband-to-be "recommended" it during our early stages of our planning, knowing it would reduce my stress and let me enjoy our special day. I can honestly say it was the best thing we could have ever have done for ourselves.

First of all, Missie and Sam adapt to each bride's style. In our case, we just wanted a Day of Coordinator but, due to the exemplary service, we felt our wedding was the only one happening and was a priority at all times. As an "A-Personality" bride, Sam let me feel "in-control" and organized all while reducing my stress by listening to our needs, our timeline and continuously summarizing our plan to make sure we knew she was going to make it all happen. Sam was available for questions throughout the planning process and always made us feel comfortable with her warm responses. What I enjoyed the most was Sam's kind yet direct personality, making sure we had every detail planned without overwhelming us or challenging our responses. She was willing to meet at the location and do a walk-through with the location coordinator to ensure we were all on the same page for the final execution and allowed me the moment of shared trust knowing she was as into the event as we were.

I (as the bride) cannot express my gratitude of Sam's coordination efforts the week of the wedding. Sam followed up with each vendor, confirming the timeline and their duties. Due to her hard work, I was able to focus on being a bride and welcoming all my out-of-town guests. Anyone who knew I was getting married kept commenting on how calm I was and my response was always, "it's because of Sam (and of course my husband who knows what is best for us)". Sam managed the Rehearsal, making sure each attendant knew his/her place and thought of things for us to practice that I would never have known about. It kept everyone calm and prepared for all scenarios (we had an outdoor wedding). The day of was very organized but, as all brides know, time flew and I got more and more stressed the closer the clock got to the ceremony time. Sam was the rock throughout the day, providing not only comfort but also gently reminding us of what we needed to be doing or where we needed to be. During the actual event, Sam again knew every detail that was planned and allowed me, my husband and our guests a stress-free environment where we could actually enjoy the event. A few things came up that were unexpected or unplanned and, knowing my personality and what was important to me, Sam would either confirm with me what needed to be done (without interrupting my moment or fun or causing stress) or knew to handle it on her own. The next day, at brunch, many of our guests commented on how Sam was everywhere at all times but yet invisible at the same time (handling every single need without being pushy or controlling the event). She was honestly a godsend.

From one bride to another, or even to someone just in the research stage, do yourself a kindness and work with Honeybee, even if just for a DOC. Of course, I "could have" done it all by myself. We were even on a budget and I wasn't sure early on if the cost would justify what I could do myself. However, I can honestly tell you that I would NOT have been able to ENJOY my day with my lovely husband, family and friends had I been tied to a timeline or managing every detail on my own, or leaving it up to a location coordinator or caterer - no offense, but they just don't have the same personal investment that a bride & groom do. Honeybee had that personal investment and treated our wedding like one of their own. And, at the end of the day, the pictures prove it all...it was the best day of my life - because I was stress-free and could enjoy the moment...all due to Sam and Honeybee Weddings. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Best, Alison (& Mitch) Branstetter
Thank you to Honeybee Weddings, especially to Sam, for all the amazing work you did to help make our wedding a success. Read more...
Thank you to Honeybee Weddings, especially to Sam, for all the amazing work you did to help make our wedding a success. For a bit of background, my husband-to-be "recommended" it during our early stages of our planning, knowing it would reduce my stress and let me enjoy our special day. I can honestly say it was the best thing we could have ever have done for ourselves.

First of all, Missie and Sam adapt to each bride's style. In our case, we just wanted a Day of Coordinator but, due to the exemplary service, we felt our wedding was the only one happening and was a priority at all times. As an "A-Personality" bride, Sam let me feel "in-control" and organized all while reducing my stress by listening to our needs, our timeline and continuously summarizing our plan to make sure we knew she was going to make it all happen. Sam was available for questions throughout the planning process and always made us feel comfortable with her warm responses. What I enjoyed the most was Sam's kind yet direct personality, making sure we had every detail planned without overwhelming us or challenging our responses. She was willing to meet at the location and do a walk-through with the location coordinator to ensure we were all on the same page for the final execution and allowed me the moment of shared trust knowing she was as into the event as we were.

I (as the bride) cannot express my gratitude of Sam's coordination efforts the week of the wedding. Sam followed up with each vendor, confirming the timeline and their duties. Due to her hard work, I was able to focus on being a bride and welcoming all my out-of-town guests. Anyone who knew I was getting married kept commenting on how calm I was and my response was always, "it's because of Sam (and of course my husband who knows what is best for us)". Sam managed the Rehearsal, making sure each attendant knew his/her place and thought of things for us to practice that I would never have known about. It kept everyone calm and prepared for all scenarios (we had an outdoor wedding). The day of was very organized but, as all brides know, time flew and I got more and more stressed the closer the clock got to the ceremony time. Sam was the rock throughout the day, providing not only comfort but also gently reminding us of what we needed to be doing or where we needed to be. During the actual event, Sam again knew every detail that was planned and allowed me, my husband and our guests a stress-free environment where we could actually enjoy the event. A few things came up that were unexpected or unplanned and, knowing my personality and what was important to me, Sam would either confirm with me what needed to be done (without interrupting my moment or fun or causing stress) or knew to handle it on her own. The next day, at brunch, many of our guests commented on how Sam was everywhere at all times but yet invisible at the same time (handling every single need without being pushy or controlling the event). She was honestly a godsend.

From one bride to another, or even to someone just in the research stage, do yourself a kindness and work with Honeybee, even if just for a DOC. Of course, I "could have" done it all by myself. We were even on a budget and I wasn't sure early on if the cost would justify what I could do myself. However, I can honestly tell you that I would NOT have been able to ENJOY my day with my lovely husband, family and friends had I been tied to a timeline or managing every detail on my own, or leaving it up to a location coordinator or caterer - no offense, but they just don't have the same personal investment that a bride & groom do. Honeybee had that personal investment and treated our wedding like one of their own. And, at the end of the day, the pictures prove it all...it was the best day of my life - because I was stress-free and could enjoy the moment...all due to Sam and Honeybee Weddings. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Meganne
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I could not have asked for a better day-of wedding coordinator. Shelly from Honey Bee weddings was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to Shelly, our day was seamless, and contrary to the warnings I got from many friends and family before our big day, everything went perfectly!

If you are a bride-to-be I definitely recommend hiring a day-of coordinator – it takes all of the potential stress out of the day (especially if you have someone like Shelly at your side). Honey Bee Weddings was great to work with from the start, and I knew from the moment that I met Shelly that I was in good hands!

Shelly started by gathering details about our event about a month before the big day. Throughout the month leading up to our wedding, Shelly was in contact with us to coordinate timelines and other information. The week of the wedding she did all of the follow up with vendors and reviewed my final contracts. At the rehearsal dinner Shelly took over the show. The day of the wedding Shelly was there from start to finish making sure every detail was taken care of. Shelly let us enjoy our day and take in all of the memories. Shelly’s help was incredible and our wedding was amazing because of her help. Shelly, and Honey Bee weddings, was the most valuable vendor we hired for our wedding day – I highly recommend Honey Bee Weddings (Shelly in particular) for day-of wedding coordination.
My husband and I could not have asked for a better day-of wedding coordinator. Shelly from Honey Bee weddings was Read more...
My husband and I could not have asked for a better day-of wedding coordinator. Shelly from Honey Bee weddings was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to Shelly, our day was seamless, and contrary to the warnings I got from many friends and family before our big day, everything went perfectly!

If you are a bride-to-be I definitely recommend hiring a day-of coordinator – it takes all of the potential stress out of the day (especially if you have someone like Shelly at your side). Honey Bee Weddings was great to work with from the start, and I knew from the moment that I met Shelly that I was in good hands!

Shelly started by gathering details about our event about a month before the big day. Throughout the month leading up to our wedding, Shelly was in contact with us to coordinate timelines and other information. The week of the wedding she did all of the follow up with vendors and reviewed my final contracts. At the rehearsal dinner Shelly took over the show. The day of the wedding Shelly was there from start to finish making sure every detail was taken care of. Shelly let us enjoy our day and take in all of the memories. Shelly’s help was incredible and our wedding was amazing because of her help. Shelly, and Honey Bee weddings, was the most valuable vendor we hired for our wedding day – I highly recommend Honey Bee Weddings (Shelly in particular) for day-of wedding coordination. Read less
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Ravi
Wedding:
7/2/2011
0.0/5.0
Honeybee Weddings was a nightmare to work with. As another reviewer wrote- if your wedding has 50 people and hotel staff handles all the work, she is probably fine. Our wedding was huge and had a ton of moving parts, which is why we found Honeybee and paid nearly TWICE the usual rate. However, the experience was far from acceptable. We made a long list of all the things that she did wrong or didn't do at all. However, it was the fact that so many vendors called us (bride AND groom) to express that either Shelly hadn't been in touch with them or that she was rude to them. Even my family...my mom, two cousins, and little sister asked us why we chose her because she didn't know what she was doing and also was rude to them. If I had the time and energy, I would write a 5 page review of how bad this company was for us, but alas...I do not.

Shelly seems to approach day-of coordination as someone who holds a task list and then checks things off one at a time, IF nothing gets in the way. As most should know, weddings are never that simple. A coordinator needs to think on her/his feet and think about how to handle moving parts. Shelly wasn't able to do this and also seemed very frustrated with her own inability to handle things. Perhaps this is why I received so many complaints about her being rude and maybe that is why several vendors called us to say that they were confused about what was going on.

Shelly had difficulty coordinating simple things like lining up guests and forgot so many things that we had to make a list to capture them all. At no point did Honey Bee apologize to us or even acknowledge any mistakes. That was just as frustrating as the actual poor job they did. We can never get our wedding day back and so we will forever remember that some of our most important guests were insulted by her and that things fell apart because the coordinator was not competent.

That said, this company is awful and I would never recommend them to anyone. Considering that there are so many other people out there who do strong coordination and are polite to your family and friends, I regret going with them.
Honeybee Weddings was a nightmare to work with. As another reviewer wrote- if your wedding has 50 people and hotel staff Read more...
Honeybee Weddings was a nightmare to work with. As another reviewer wrote- if your wedding has 50 people and hotel staff handles all the work, she is probably fine. Our wedding was huge and had a ton of moving parts, which is why we found Honeybee and paid nearly TWICE the usual rate. However, the experience was far from acceptable. We made a long list of all the things that she did wrong or didn't do at all. However, it was the fact that so many vendors called us (bride AND groom) to express that either Shelly hadn't been in touch with them or that she was rude to them. Even my family...my mom, two cousins, and little sister asked us why we chose her because she didn't know what she was doing and also was rude to them. If I had the time and energy, I would write a 5 page review of how bad this company was for us, but alas...I do not.

Shelly seems to approach day-of coordination as someone who holds a task list and then checks things off one at a time, IF nothing gets in the way. As most should know, weddings are never that simple. A coordinator needs to think on her/his feet and think about how to handle moving parts. Shelly wasn't able to do this and also seemed very frustrated with her own inability to handle things. Perhaps this is why I received so many complaints about her being rude and maybe that is why several vendors called us to say that they were confused about what was going on.

Shelly had difficulty coordinating simple things like lining up guests and forgot so many things that we had to make a list to capture them all. At no point did Honey Bee apologize to us or even acknowledge any mistakes. That was just as frustrating as the actual poor job they did. We can never get our wedding day back and so we will forever remember that some of our most important guests were insulted by her and that things fell apart because the coordinator was not competent.

That said, this company is awful and I would never recommend them to anyone. Considering that there are so many other people out there who do strong coordination and are polite to your family and friends, I regret going with them. Read less
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Honey Bee Weddings responded with the following comments:

It has been my goal to make every wedding I work on the very best it can be. It saddens me greatly to ever have an unhappy client. Unfortunately, even as hard as I worked on this wedding, nothing could make this couple or their families happy. There are some situations, no matter what you do or how hard you try; there are unrealistic expectations.

Ravi states that he paid twice the normal rate. This is false. He paid for four hours assistance of a second coordinator. Honey Bee Weddings also provided two assistants at no cost.

Ravi states I did not complete my final confirmations. This is also false. I confirmed everything via email, and have a record of each email sent.

Ravi states that I was able to handle all of the moving parts and seem frustrated with my inability to handle things. Unfortunately, my best efforts to meet his expectations were jeopardized due to cost saving measures, inexperienced vendors, and miscommunication with family. Some issues included:

*Their seating chart stopped at the letter "W", therefore all guests with last names ending in X-Z did not have assigned seats. The bride requested that I direct these guests to a filler table.
*The couple hired workers via the Internet to set up 23 tables of décor. Only one person (out of 5 promised) showed up and she refused to listen to my direction.
*The bridesmaid dance was shown on only one screen (vs two) as a cost cutting measure by the couple. This wasn’t communicated to the bride's mother who yelled at me and the videographer in front of guests.
*The venue was over capacity so the venue had to reposition tables so that everyone could fit.
*The couple’s friend, who was responsible to take photos failed to fulfill his responsibilities despite multiple reminders and having a copy of the timeline e-mailed to him.
*The rehearsals for both ceremonies took place 1 hour prior to the actual ceremonies; despite my recommendation to conduct the rehearsal the night before. Ravi changed the line-up order on the wedding day, which caused confusion.


On top of my normal duties, I was responsible for setting up an extensive amount of décor, arranging tall centerpieces due to an incompetent florist, fixing the personal flowers that were delivered from Costco, reviewing the ceremony music with their friends that were providing streaming music from iPods and managing two ceremony rehearsals.

After Ravi cancelled our final payment, we had a conference call with our attorney present to address their complaints. Since the complaints were not valid, the couple paid the balance due. I truly feel that Honey Bee Weddings did everything possible to make this couple happy.
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Laura
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
We booked Misse as our Day-of-Coordinator for our wedding last fall and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience. From the very beginning of planning, I knew a DOC would be a necessity (simply because I knew I couldn’t do everything myself).

Misse responded promptly to my initial inquiry and was so helpful that I immediately requested a contract. My fiance and I met her in person shortly afterwards to go over a few things for the big day and I was uber-impressed. Some of the questions she asked I had never even thought of (they were good ones, too). From that point on she was available when I needed her and always willing to lend an extra hand in making sure I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed. Fast forward to the week of the wedding -- Misse took the ball and ran it in. Confirmations galore -- she developed relationships with each one of our vendors and handled EVERYthing. We had absolutely zero problems and I know for a fact it’s because she was there. I honestly can’t say enough good things about her (my husband even joked that we wanted her coordinate our lives post-wedding).

If you’re considering event planning I would highly recommend Misse and the Honey Bee staff. From my very initial conversation it was made very clear that their goal was to make sure my wedding day was not stressful and a day where I could just enjoy being a bride. Goal accomplished - expectations exceeded!! :)
We booked Misse as our Day-of-Coordinator for our wedding last fall and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Read more...
We booked Misse as our Day-of-Coordinator for our wedding last fall and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience. From the very beginning of planning, I knew a DOC would be a necessity (simply because I knew I couldn’t do everything myself).

Misse responded promptly to my initial inquiry and was so helpful that I immediately requested a contract. My fiance and I met her in person shortly afterwards to go over a few things for the big day and I was uber-impressed. Some of the questions she asked I had never even thought of (they were good ones, too). From that point on she was available when I needed her and always willing to lend an extra hand in making sure I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed. Fast forward to the week of the wedding -- Misse took the ball and ran it in. Confirmations galore -- she developed relationships with each one of our vendors and handled EVERYthing. We had absolutely zero problems and I know for a fact it’s because she was there. I honestly can’t say enough good things about her (my husband even joked that we wanted her coordinate our lives post-wedding).

If you’re considering event planning I would highly recommend Misse and the Honey Bee staff. From my very initial conversation it was made very clear that their goal was to make sure my wedding day was not stressful and a day where I could just enjoy being a bride. Goal accomplished - expectations exceeded!! :) Read less
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darnray
Wedding:
2/27/2010
4.8/5.0
We used Misse at Honey Bee as our Day-of Coordinator (DOC) for our recent wedding, and I can say without a doubt that this was the most valuable service we invested in for our wedding. If you are on the fence about whether or not you want a DOC, get off now!

From my first meeting with Misse at a Starbucks in Wicker Park, I could tell she was sharp as a tack--this girl knows her business! She is thoroughly professional and her vast knowledge of all things wedding combined with her attention to detail were incredible assets, especially since I was planning from out of town.

Working with Honey Bee made my planning a stress-free experience, as Misse was always ready with a spreadsheet and timeline to keep me on track. She always responded to my emails immediately—I think I even heard from her once while she was vacationing in INDIA for goodness' sakes!

She took care of a myriad of day-of duties as advertised: timeline development, itineraries, distribution of out of town gift bags, etc. She was also always ready with a recommendation or advice when asked--her input helped me crystallize my thoughts on a few items. And, she completely took over ALL vendor communication and coordination starting the Monday before the wedding--a service that I felt made Honey Bee more comprehensive (and a bigger value) than other day-of coordinators.

At the venue walk-through, we were able to finalize the floorplan and florals, thanks to her expertise and direction (invaluable!). Just a few of the things she did on the wedding day: picked up our cakes and rentals, put in my veil, got the groomsmen into their boutonnieres, wrangled the (headstrong) bridal party, made sure we left for photos on time, oversaw the set up of the reception (making some on-the-spot decisions with the venue manager and florist to improve the flow), set two DIY decor tables (one a memorial candle display and another and advice jar). She bustled my dress, delivered our gifts and envelopes to our suite and literally appeared out of thin air within moments of someone spilling tomato soup on my dress and attended to the stain.

I could go on and on about the seemingly endless list of items Misse attended to during our wedding, but I think you get the very organized, efficient and top-notch picture of the coordination offered here, right?

I must say that I am a very organized person and a pretty skilled planner on my own. But I did not want the stress of handling little details or wrangling vendors on my wedding day, nor did I want my friends and family to be "on the job."

It was essential that my husband and I be able to focus on each other and the important moments of our wedding day. Hiring Honey Bee made this desire a reality--we attended our wedding and reception as guests. Knowing that everything was in Misse's capable hands, we were able to enjoy every second of it. And that is truly priceless.
We used Misse at Honey Bee as our Day-of Coordinator (DOC) for our recent wedding, and I can say without a doubt that this Read more...
We used Misse at Honey Bee as our Day-of Coordinator (DOC) for our recent wedding, and I can say without a doubt that this was the most valuable service we invested in for our wedding. If you are on the fence about whether or not you want a DOC, get off now!

From my first meeting with Misse at a Starbucks in Wicker Park, I could tell she was sharp as a tack--this girl knows her business! She is thoroughly professional and her vast knowledge of all things wedding combined with her attention to detail were incredible assets, especially since I was planning from out of town.

Working with Honey Bee made my planning a stress-free experience, as Misse was always ready with a spreadsheet and timeline to keep me on track. She always responded to my emails immediately—I think I even heard from her once while she was vacationing in INDIA for goodness' sakes!

She took care of a myriad of day-of duties as advertised: timeline development, itineraries, distribution of out of town gift bags, etc. She was also always ready with a recommendation or advice when asked--her input helped me crystallize my thoughts on a few items. And, she completely took over ALL vendor communication and coordination starting the Monday before the wedding--a service that I felt made Honey Bee more comprehensive (and a bigger value) than other day-of coordinators.

At the venue walk-through, we were able to finalize the floorplan and florals, thanks to her expertise and direction (invaluable!). Just a few of the things she did on the wedding day: picked up our cakes and rentals, put in my veil, got the groomsmen into their boutonnieres, wrangled the (headstrong) bridal party, made sure we left for photos on time, oversaw the set up of the reception (making some on-the-spot decisions with the venue manager and florist to improve the flow), set two DIY decor tables (one a memorial candle display and another and advice jar). She bustled my dress, delivered our gifts and envelopes to our suite and literally appeared out of thin air within moments of someone spilling tomato soup on my dress and attended to the stain.

I could go on and on about the seemingly endless list of items Misse attended to during our wedding, but I think you get the very organized, efficient and top-notch picture of the coordination offered here, right?

I must say that I am a very organized person and a pretty skilled planner on my own. But I did not want the stress of handling little details or wrangling vendors on my wedding day, nor did I want my friends and family to be "on the job."

It was essential that my husband and I be able to focus on each other and the important moments of our wedding day. Hiring Honey Bee made this desire a reality--we attended our wedding and reception as guests. Knowing that everything was in Misse's capable hands, we were able to enjoy every second of it. And that is truly priceless. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I do not have enough nice things to say about Misse from Honey Bee. She was a life saver. I do hair for a living and service with many brides for updos. I always hear horror stories of something going wrong. If I ever go on location, I witness a frazzled bride and I try to calm them down the best I can but really Im just there to do the hair. Anyways, when I was the one getting married I was nervous. So much to do so little time. My husband found Misse through online reviews. I cannot believe he thought of using her service before I did. Seriously, best decision ever. I had absolutely no worries. She took care of everything. I could not believe how easy the day went. I was able to email her with all my "crazy" questions. She would get back to me right away with helpful answers. I do not know if I would have had such a lovely time at our wedding if it was not for Misse. Really I cannot thank her enough. I had a blast that day and will remember it always.
Bridget
Chicago, IL
I do not have enough nice things to say about Misse from Honey Bee. She was a life saver. I do hair for a living and Read more...
I do not have enough nice things to say about Misse from Honey Bee. She was a life saver. I do hair for a living and service with many brides for updos. I always hear horror stories of something going wrong. If I ever go on location, I witness a frazzled bride and I try to calm them down the best I can but really Im just there to do the hair. Anyways, when I was the one getting married I was nervous. So much to do so little time. My husband found Misse through online reviews. I cannot believe he thought of using her service before I did. Seriously, best decision ever. I had absolutely no worries. She took care of everything. I could not believe how easy the day went. I was able to email her with all my "crazy" questions. She would get back to me right away with helpful answers. I do not know if I would have had such a lovely time at our wedding if it was not for Misse. Really I cannot thank her enough. I had a blast that day and will remember it always.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
"Day-of coordinator" is really a misnomer. Shelly, our DOC from Honey Bee Weddings, should really be called a "month-of coordinator" since that's what she really was. As someone who was really on the fence about even hiring a DOC, I can say now that Shelly was some of the best money we spent. Even with no major problems anticipated or experienced, it made a HUGE difference having Shelly there the day-of to run the show.

Throughout our time working together, Shelly always responded to my e-mails immediately. She offered tons of advice starting from the day we hired her. She always made me feel very reassured, and she was always calm and in control of everything. About a month before the wedding, Shelly started working with us to figure out our timeline, which was full of details I never would have thought of. She must have answered a hundred emails from me, always with good advice and always very happily.

The Sunday before our wedding, we had a conference call with her to go over everything. At the end of the call she said, "I am taking over from here - you don't need to worry about anything" and she did. She confirmed every last detail the week of the wedding and had the actual wedding day running like clockwork.

She was an amazing planner, and a true pleasure to work with!
"Day-of coordinator" is really a misnomer. Shelly, our DOC from Honey Bee Weddings, should really be called a "month-of Read more...
"Day-of coordinator" is really a misnomer. Shelly, our DOC from Honey Bee Weddings, should really be called a "month-of coordinator" since that's what she really was. As someone who was really on the fence about even hiring a DOC, I can say now that Shelly was some of the best money we spent. Even with no major problems anticipated or experienced, it made a HUGE difference having Shelly there the day-of to run the show.

Throughout our time working together, Shelly always responded to my e-mails immediately. She offered tons of advice starting from the day we hired her. She always made me feel very reassured, and she was always calm and in control of everything. About a month before the wedding, Shelly started working with us to figure out our timeline, which was full of details I never would have thought of. She must have answered a hundred emails from me, always with good advice and always very happily.

The Sunday before our wedding, we had a conference call with her to go over everything. At the end of the call she said, "I am taking over from here - you don't need to worry about anything" and she did. She confirmed every last detail the week of the wedding and had the actual wedding day running like clockwork.

She was an amazing planner, and a true pleasure to work with! Read less
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