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Naturally Yours Events

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

1946 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL US 60613 (map)

PHONE

312-752-5890

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Naturally Yours Events is an eco-friendly wedding and event planning company committed to planning events that are unique, stress free, and absolutely fun. Our owner, Carlene Smith,... Read more
Naturally Yours Events is an eco-friendly wedding and event planning company committed to planning events that are unique, stress free, and absolutely fun. Our owner, Carlene Smith, started Naturally Yours Events in 2011 to help couples plan weddings that were less wasteful but still full of their personality and style. No matter your style, budget or what planning stage you are in, our team will take the time to get to know you in order to ensure your special day is exactly as you imagined and more!

We have worked with all types of couples, and all types of budgets, and even love to throw some baby showers and other social events on the calendar. You see, we are anything but cookie-cutter planners and think outside the box to create unique and memorable events. I would even say we’re a little quirky (in a fun way).

Need help with all the details? From conception to creation, Naturally Yours Events can handle every aspect of your special day. We have several packages to choose from, or you can create something truly custom to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for day-of coordination or full planning services, we will work with you to create an event that is incredibly fun and naturally yours! 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
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
Eco friendly, non-traditional, DIY, rustic, vintage, classy, gothic, quirky, themed...really I like all styles and love a challenging design.
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
My average size is 200, but I can coordinate weddings of any size.
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
Where to begin, here is the short list: Loft on Lake, Room 1520, Chicago History Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Greenhouse Loft, Newberry Library, 63rd Street Beach House, and Catalyst Ranch.

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Sean
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Jessie was great throughout the whole process, but especially on the day of our wedding, she was absolutely on top of everything! Not only were there no hiccups, but the handful of last minute items that needed to be taken care of were just done, and we didn't even bat an eyelash. We had a fantastic wedding, everybody had a wonderful time, and it was just smooth sailing for the whole thing! Tons of kudos!
Jessie was great throughout the whole process, but especially on the day of our wedding, she was absolutely on top of Read more...
Jessie was great throughout the whole process, but especially on the day of our wedding, she was absolutely on top of everything! Not only were there no hiccups, but the handful of last minute items that needed to be taken care of were just done, and we didn't even bat an eyelash. We had a fantastic wedding, everybody had a wonderful time, and it was just smooth sailing for the whole thing! Tons of kudos! Read less
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Roxy
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Carlene was truly invaluable to us during our entire planning process. From recommendations to scheduling, budgeting and organization, we were kept on track and sane. She reminded us of numerous details that we would never have thought of on our own. She found us an amazing photographer and a wonderful DJ! One thing that was especially great was that Carlene was able to set up all of our initial venue visits for one day so that one of our moms (who is not local) could come in and be there with us. Also, our wedding day was seamless, I don't think it could have gone any smoother! She was a joy to work with and made our wedding a complete success.
Carlene was truly invaluable to us during our entire planning process. From recommendations to scheduling, budgeting and Read more...
Carlene was truly invaluable to us during our entire planning process. From recommendations to scheduling, budgeting and organization, we were kept on track and sane. She reminded us of numerous details that we would never have thought of on our own. She found us an amazing photographer and a wonderful DJ! One thing that was especially great was that Carlene was able to set up all of our initial venue visits for one day so that one of our moms (who is not local) could come in and be there with us. Also, our wedding day was seamless, I don't think it could have gone any smoother! She was a joy to work with and made our wedding a complete success. Read less
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Aimee and Ben
Wedding:
1/11/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Carlene on the recommendation of a friend and are so happy that she was a part of of our wedding. Carlene's day of services extended way beyond the "day of" the event - she met with us multiple times over our nine month engagement, provided recommendations for vendors, suggesting cost cutting options and setting our minds at ease that she would be marshaling our 130 person wedding. She is creative, has a great eye for detail and knows how to take charge and make decisions when needed to ensure that the event rolled on as planned. We would HIGHLY recommend Carlene as a valuable and trusted partner in planning any event.
We hired Carlene on the recommendation of a friend and are so happy that she was a part of of our wedding. Carlene's day Read more...
We hired Carlene on the recommendation of a friend and are so happy that she was a part of of our wedding. Carlene's day of services extended way beyond the "day of" the event - she met with us multiple times over our nine month engagement, provided recommendations for vendors, suggesting cost cutting options and setting our minds at ease that she would be marshaling our 130 person wedding. She is creative, has a great eye for detail and knows how to take charge and make decisions when needed to ensure that the event rolled on as planned. We would HIGHLY recommend Carlene as a valuable and trusted partner in planning any event. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Well, my fiancé at the time, made the executive decision that we needed help! So, he got online in search of someone who could provide the services we needed to make our day very special. He happened upon Naturally Yours Events and decided to pick up the phone. He spoke to Carlene Smith and got a good vibe over the phone, so he decided to schedule an appointment for us to sit down with her.
Of course, as we would soon learn, Carlene is beyond prompt. She was there waiting for us. We sat down, excited to discuss our ideas and hopefully come out of this meet up with someone to handle all of our, okay MY, STRESS. Carlene's vision for our ideas and wedding day matched our vision to a T! We hadn't been sitting down for 5 minutes when we knew. Carlene. Was. The. One. We trusted our day in her hands.
From there, she handled EVERYTHING. She had idea, after idea, after idea. If we were unsure, she had an answer or knew someone who did. We used her recommendations for multiple vendors and are so glad we did.
Carlene's attention to detail made everything come together. The days leading up to the wedding, she ensured everything was taken care of. As we all know, this can be the most difficult time in the entire process. Without her help, I'm not sure how I would have survived!
Thanks to my husband for finding Carlene, and thanks to Carlene for keeping me sane and making our day so AMAZING!
We strongly encourage anyone in need of a planner to choose Naturally Yours Events. Your wedding day is too special to have any doubts about it.
Well, my fiancé at the time, made the executive decision that we needed help! So, he got online in search of someone who Read more...
Well, my fiancé at the time, made the executive decision that we needed help! So, he got online in search of someone who could provide the services we needed to make our day very special. He happened upon Naturally Yours Events and decided to pick up the phone. He spoke to Carlene Smith and got a good vibe over the phone, so he decided to schedule an appointment for us to sit down with her.
Of course, as we would soon learn, Carlene is beyond prompt. She was there waiting for us. We sat down, excited to discuss our ideas and hopefully come out of this meet up with someone to handle all of our, okay MY, STRESS. Carlene's vision for our ideas and wedding day matched our vision to a T! We hadn't been sitting down for 5 minutes when we knew. Carlene. Was. The. One. We trusted our day in her hands.
From there, she handled EVERYTHING. She had idea, after idea, after idea. If we were unsure, she had an answer or knew someone who did. We used her recommendations for multiple vendors and are so glad we did.
Carlene's attention to detail made everything come together. The days leading up to the wedding, she ensured everything was taken care of. As we all know, this can be the most difficult time in the entire process. Without her help, I'm not sure how I would have survived!
Thanks to my husband for finding Carlene, and thanks to Carlene for keeping me sane and making our day so AMAZING!
We strongly encourage anyone in need of a planner to choose Naturally Yours Events. Your wedding day is too special to have any doubts about it. Read less
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Lara
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Carlene is amazing. I have horrible luck with contractors and vendors for anything I try to do and I cannot believe I stumbled upon someone as amazing Carlene. She was nothing like the cheesy lady I pictured in my head when I thought of "wedding planner" (that's a good thing!) I found that I could really relate to her and felt comfortable talking to her. She is very genuine and real. She has great ideas, great taste, and great connections. She is incredibly organized and technologically savvy with quick email communication and shared documents for planning, something I really appreciate!

Not only all of that, but she was able to help me organize my wedding in only about 5 months. And I knew nothing about weddings because I had never really been to one. My event turned out absolutely amazing and I couldn't be happier. Everything was perfect. Carlene really helped me figure out the details that I had never thought about - everything from flowers to floorplan to ceremony structure to guest shuttles. I used her top package because I knew I needed a lot of help and honestly I expected the price to be higher for that much work! She came with me to meet with each potential venue and vendor, asking all the important questions I'd never think to ask. I would have never been able to do all of this by myself.

Every vendor Carlene presented to me to choose from (florists, photographers, rentals, etc) was amazing. I had a really hard time choosing which ones to go with because they were all so great. She has worked with all of them and knows their strengths and styles so she knows which have the best chance of fitting with your event vision.

I seriously cannot even adequately express how thankful I am to have found such a great planner (and person!) and I cannot recommend her enough!
Carlene is amazing. I have horrible luck with contractors and vendors for anything I try to do and I cannot believe I Read more...
Carlene is amazing. I have horrible luck with contractors and vendors for anything I try to do and I cannot believe I stumbled upon someone as amazing Carlene. She was nothing like the cheesy lady I pictured in my head when I thought of "wedding planner" (that's a good thing!) I found that I could really relate to her and felt comfortable talking to her. She is very genuine and real. She has great ideas, great taste, and great connections. She is incredibly organized and technologically savvy with quick email communication and shared documents for planning, something I really appreciate!

Not only all of that, but she was able to help me organize my wedding in only about 5 months. And I knew nothing about weddings because I had never really been to one. My event turned out absolutely amazing and I couldn't be happier. Everything was perfect. Carlene really helped me figure out the details that I had never thought about - everything from flowers to floorplan to ceremony structure to guest shuttles. I used her top package because I knew I needed a lot of help and honestly I expected the price to be higher for that much work! She came with me to meet with each potential venue and vendor, asking all the important questions I'd never think to ask. I would have never been able to do all of this by myself.

Every vendor Carlene presented to me to choose from (florists, photographers, rentals, etc) was amazing. I had a really hard time choosing which ones to go with because they were all so great. She has worked with all of them and knows their strengths and styles so she knows which have the best chance of fitting with your event vision.

I seriously cannot even adequately express how thankful I am to have found such a great planner (and person!) and I cannot recommend her enough! Read less
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Belinda
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We learned about Naturally Yours Events from the Green Wedding Alliance. We were very excited to work with someone who shares our vision of an “eco-friendly” wedding that is chic and elegant. Carlene never made us feel that going green means going short on quality and style, and she was also able to combine our desire for green with our fairly tight budget. Carlene is really accessible, easy to work with, warm, and considerate. She always provided great advice based on her professional experience but never pushed us into accepting only what she suggested. Instead, we felt that she really listened to our ideas as well, and worked like a true partner with us in all aspects of the wedding planning. We really appreciated this combination of advisory and partnership roles that she played. Carlene has such a calm demeanor as well that really alleviated any anxiousness we may have felt throughout the planning process – she has the perfect personality for a wedding planner! She also helped us save a lot of money on many wedding items, including hundreds of dollars off delivery charge from the drapery company despite us making the drapery request rather late in the process, and she found us a wonderful floral designer who charged much less than another shop we looked at but produced equally if not higher quality work. Carlene even took initiatives to add lovely crafty touches to the deco for the space which went above and beyond what we had requested. All in all, we wouldn’t have had such a perfect wedding if not for Carlene’s help, and on top of that, we actually had fun during the planning process because we got to work with her! We highly recommend her to anyone thinking of working with a wedding/event planner.
We learned about Naturally Yours Events from the Green Wedding Alliance. We were very excited to work with someone who Read more...
We learned about Naturally Yours Events from the Green Wedding Alliance. We were very excited to work with someone who shares our vision of an “eco-friendly” wedding that is chic and elegant. Carlene never made us feel that going green means going short on quality and style, and she was also able to combine our desire for green with our fairly tight budget. Carlene is really accessible, easy to work with, warm, and considerate. She always provided great advice based on her professional experience but never pushed us into accepting only what she suggested. Instead, we felt that she really listened to our ideas as well, and worked like a true partner with us in all aspects of the wedding planning. We really appreciated this combination of advisory and partnership roles that she played. Carlene has such a calm demeanor as well that really alleviated any anxiousness we may have felt throughout the planning process – she has the perfect personality for a wedding planner! She also helped us save a lot of money on many wedding items, including hundreds of dollars off delivery charge from the drapery company despite us making the drapery request rather late in the process, and she found us a wonderful floral designer who charged much less than another shop we looked at but produced equally if not higher quality work. Carlene even took initiatives to add lovely crafty touches to the deco for the space which went above and beyond what we had requested. All in all, we wouldn’t have had such a perfect wedding if not for Carlene’s help, and on top of that, we actually had fun during the planning process because we got to work with her! We highly recommend her to anyone thinking of working with a wedding/event planner. Read less
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Chelle
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Planning a wedding sucks. Seriously. Everything everyone else has ever told you is lies! Thankfully Carlene came into our lives, took a major portion of that stress away, and helped to make our wedding even more perfect than we ever could have imagined.
I decided to do a lot of DIY projects (because I'm apparently insane) and Carlene always had great suggestions about the best way to get things done. She helped us organize the 6546510684654687 ideas that we had about our wedding into one, amazing, well put together event.
Carlene has a fantastic group of vendor friends, and she was able to suggest amazing and reasonably priced people to make up our wedding team, saving me hours and hours of research. She and her assistant, Jessie, made our wedding day a breeze. I didn't have to worry about a thing from the moment I woke up until I went to bed on the day of our wedding. Carlene and Jessie went above and beyond to make sure everything ran on time and looked beautiful. If there were any issues, I never heard about or saw them- which is exactly the way it should go on your wedding day.

So if you're even questioning if you should hire a wedding planner. Stop Now. Hire Carlene. If you don't and your wedding sucks, all I have to say is I told you so.
Planning a wedding sucks. Seriously. Everything everyone else has ever told you is lies! Thankfully Carlene came into our Read more...
Planning a wedding sucks. Seriously. Everything everyone else has ever told you is lies! Thankfully Carlene came into our lives, took a major portion of that stress away, and helped to make our wedding even more perfect than we ever could have imagined.
I decided to do a lot of DIY projects (because I'm apparently insane) and Carlene always had great suggestions about the best way to get things done. She helped us organize the 6546510684654687 ideas that we had about our wedding into one, amazing, well put together event.
Carlene has a fantastic group of vendor friends, and she was able to suggest amazing and reasonably priced people to make up our wedding team, saving me hours and hours of research. She and her assistant, Jessie, made our wedding day a breeze. I didn't have to worry about a thing from the moment I woke up until I went to bed on the day of our wedding. Carlene and Jessie went above and beyond to make sure everything ran on time and looked beautiful. If there were any issues, I never heard about or saw them- which is exactly the way it should go on your wedding day.

So if you're even questioning if you should hire a wedding planner. Stop Now. Hire Carlene. If you don't and your wedding sucks, all I have to say is I told you so. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Carlene was amazing to work with from the very beginning. Her online planning tool was tremendous help, we referenced it all the time. It not only helped to keep us organized throughout the wedding process but it was great that Carlene could also access it, which made for a lot less back and forth of info over email. If you want to truly and fully enjoy your wedding day hire Carlene and you will be so grateful that you did! The day of my wedding Carlene took the lead and arranged everything to look amazing and so special! It was so helpful to have her guidance and helpful suggestions throughout the planning process. Excellent customer service, speedy communication, with a friendly manner Naturally Yours Events was the best investment for us! Thank you Carlene for being a part of our day and for helping us make our wedding truly special.
~Liz & Joe
Carlene was amazing to work with from the very beginning. Her online planning tool was tremendous help, we referenced it Read more...
Carlene was amazing to work with from the very beginning. Her online planning tool was tremendous help, we referenced it all the time. It not only helped to keep us organized throughout the wedding process but it was great that Carlene could also access it, which made for a lot less back and forth of info over email. If you want to truly and fully enjoy your wedding day hire Carlene and you will be so grateful that you did! The day of my wedding Carlene took the lead and arranged everything to look amazing and so special! It was so helpful to have her guidance and helpful suggestions throughout the planning process. Excellent customer service, speedy communication, with a friendly manner Naturally Yours Events was the best investment for us! Thank you Carlene for being a part of our day and for helping us make our wedding truly special.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Carlene was our day of coordinator. She took care of all the details the day of the wedding, but she also
helped us find vendors when we needed someone, and she gave us valuable advice on how to handle several situations that arised, including finding a videographer at the last minute, and getting us a discount for his services,. She even picked up our candle holders , took them to get them filled with wax, and brought them to the venue the day of the wedding. The only regret I have is not hiring her to do the planning from the start. She is young and charming, but very efficient and experienced. I highly recommend her services to anyone planning an event.
Carlene was our day of coordinator. She took care of all the details the day of the wedding, but she also
helped us Read more...
Carlene was our day of coordinator. She took care of all the details the day of the wedding, but she also
helped us find vendors when we needed someone, and she gave us valuable advice on how to handle several situations that arised, including finding a videographer at the last minute, and getting us a discount for his services,. She even picked up our candle holders , took them to get them filled with wax, and brought them to the venue the day of the wedding. The only regret I have is not hiring her to do the planning from the start. She is young and charming, but very efficient and experienced. I highly recommend her services to anyone planning an event. Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Carlene was a perfect wedding coordinator! She was attentive, super organized, full of ideas and suggested every vendor we used. And most importantly, she always looking out for our best interest. She ensured our wedding day went smoothly and comfortably. I cannot recommend Naturally Yours Events enough.
Carlene was a perfect wedding coordinator! She was attentive, super organized, full of ideas and suggested every vendor we Read more...
Carlene was a perfect wedding coordinator! She was attentive, super organized, full of ideas and suggested every vendor we used. And most importantly, she always looking out for our best interest. She ensured our wedding day went smoothly and comfortably. I cannot recommend Naturally Yours Events enough. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Carlene was so helpful every step of the way, keeping in close contact in the months leading up to my wedding and asking lots of questions so that she knew exactly what I wanted from her during the overly involved reception set-up while I was off getting married. It could not have all come together so well if I hadn't hired a day-of coordinator, and I'm so glad I went with Carlene. She was professional, detail-oriented, and has a gift for creating beautiful things. I knew as soon as she showed me some of her event photos that she would make sure every aspect of my celebration was gorgeous. She was one of the pieces that made our wedding perfect!
Carlene was so helpful every step of the way, keeping in close contact in the months leading up to my wedding and asking Read more...
Carlene was so helpful every step of the way, keeping in close contact in the months leading up to my wedding and asking lots of questions so that she knew exactly what I wanted from her during the overly involved reception set-up while I was off getting married. It could not have all come together so well if I hadn't hired a day-of coordinator, and I'm so glad I went with Carlene. She was professional, detail-oriented, and has a gift for creating beautiful things. I knew as soon as she showed me some of her event photos that she would make sure every aspect of my celebration was gorgeous. She was one of the pieces that made our wedding perfect! Read less
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Priyanka
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Naturally Yours events did a fantastic job with my wedding. I had 2 wedding ceremonies (Indian/Hindu and American) and a reception on the same day, and even though she had never experienced an Indian wedding before, Carlene and her team managed all the events very smoothly. Carlene spent quite a bit of time help me plan every single detail in a very organized manner. She not only helped me with negotiating with other vendors, but also introduced me to some very good and reasonable vendors (DJ, bakery and florist). She was present at the venue, the day before the wedding and helped with all of the set up (including creating our DIY centerpieces) and the rehearsal as well. She provided a lot more than what she asked for her services.
I will totally recommend Carlene and Naturally Yours Events to everyone who needs a "very organized, calm, but taking charge and getting stuff done" kind of person.
Naturally Yours events did a fantastic job with my wedding. I had 2 wedding ceremonies (Indian/Hindu and American) and a Read more...
Naturally Yours events did a fantastic job with my wedding. I had 2 wedding ceremonies (Indian/Hindu and American) and a reception on the same day, and even though she had never experienced an Indian wedding before, Carlene and her team managed all the events very smoothly. Carlene spent quite a bit of time help me plan every single detail in a very organized manner. She not only helped me with negotiating with other vendors, but also introduced me to some very good and reasonable vendors (DJ, bakery and florist). She was present at the venue, the day before the wedding and helped with all of the set up (including creating our DIY centerpieces) and the rehearsal as well. She provided a lot more than what she asked for her services.
I will totally recommend Carlene and Naturally Yours Events to everyone who needs a "very organized, calm, but taking charge and getting stuff done" kind of person. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
I worked with Carlene & Team for my December 2012 wedding and I honestly could not be more pleased with how amazing Carlene was. Despite only using Carlene for day-of-coordination, she never turned me away or discouraged me from asking her questions leading up to the wedding day. I am pretty organized in general, but when Carlene shared her set of Wedding Day Prep Google Docs, i KNEW i picked the right wedding planner. She provided me with a plethora of resources: budget breakout recommendations, vendor contact worksheets, table assignment example plans, timeline examples, etc.

One of the biggest reasons I chose carlene was because she has great style and her weddings looked like those you see on Pinterest that you oooo and ahhhh over. She knew what looked good together and how to arrange things to make it look awesome. Not only that, but she's part of the Green Wedding Alliance (A group of wedding vendors working to leave less of a carbon footprint), which i thought was really cool. My favorite thing was her reviewing contracts and proposals and letting me know what I did and didn't need and how to save some money.

At the beginning of my wedding planning process, i thought I could do everything on my own. I mean why not? I'm pretty type A, planner like. But, the money that i spent to have Carlene there the day of the wedding was one of the best things I spent my budget on. She was calm, had her stuff together, and ran the day smoothly. I didn't have to worry about anything not arriving or going wrong, because Carlene handled it. That girl even got down on her hands and knees and sewed my dress after it ripped on the dance floor towards the end of the night. If that doesn't seal the deal for you, I don't know what will :) If you need one more reason...ask her about her "oh Sh*t Bag" she has on the day of the wedding.

Thanks a million Carlene. You were an absolute pleasure!
I worked with Carlene & Team for my December 2012 wedding and I honestly could not be more pleased with how amazing Read more...
I worked with Carlene & Team for my December 2012 wedding and I honestly could not be more pleased with how amazing Carlene was. Despite only using Carlene for day-of-coordination, she never turned me away or discouraged me from asking her questions leading up to the wedding day. I am pretty organized in general, but when Carlene shared her set of Wedding Day Prep Google Docs, i KNEW i picked the right wedding planner. She provided me with a plethora of resources: budget breakout recommendations, vendor contact worksheets, table assignment example plans, timeline examples, etc.

One of the biggest reasons I chose carlene was because she has great style and her weddings looked like those you see on Pinterest that you oooo and ahhhh over. She knew what looked good together and how to arrange things to make it look awesome. Not only that, but she's part of the Green Wedding Alliance (A group of wedding vendors working to leave less of a carbon footprint), which i thought was really cool. My favorite thing was her reviewing contracts and proposals and letting me know what I did and didn't need and how to save some money.

At the beginning of my wedding planning process, i thought I could do everything on my own. I mean why not? I'm pretty type A, planner like. But, the money that i spent to have Carlene there the day of the wedding was one of the best things I spent my budget on. She was calm, had her stuff together, and ran the day smoothly. I didn't have to worry about anything not arriving or going wrong, because Carlene handled it. That girl even got down on her hands and knees and sewed my dress after it ripped on the dance floor towards the end of the night. If that doesn't seal the deal for you, I don't know what will :) If you need one more reason...ask her about her "oh Sh*t Bag" she has on the day of the wedding.

Thanks a million Carlene. You were an absolute pleasure! Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Carlene of Naturally Yours Events is awesome. She is incredibly responsive, hard-working, organized, and creative. What impressed me the most was how concerned she was about helping us plan the wedding we wanted, not the wedding she wanted. I would highly recommend Carlene.
Carlene of Naturally Yours Events is awesome. She is incredibly responsive, hard-working, organized, and creative. What Read more...
Carlene of Naturally Yours Events is awesome. She is incredibly responsive, hard-working, organized, and creative. What impressed me the most was how concerned she was about helping us plan the wedding we wanted, not the wedding she wanted. I would highly recommend Carlene. Read less
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Nick
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Carlene was our day of coordinator for our wedding. She was extremely creative, thoughtful, responsive, and easy to work with. Our wedding was incredibly smooth and we have her hard work to thank for it.
Carlene was our day of coordinator for our wedding. She was extremely creative, thoughtful, responsive, and easy to work Read more...
Carlene was our day of coordinator for our wedding. She was extremely creative, thoughtful, responsive, and easy to work with. Our wedding was incredibly smooth and we have her hard work to thank for it. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Carlene was very helpful in offering suggestions that took into consideration of our budget and style. I had a great time working with her and she was able to put up with my family. I really appreciated all of her help.
Carlene was very helpful in offering suggestions that took into consideration of our budget and style. I had a great time Read more...
Carlene was very helpful in offering suggestions that took into consideration of our budget and style. I had a great time working with her and she was able to put up with my family. I really appreciated all of her help. Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were originally on the fence about hiring a day-of coordinator, but we could not have been more thrilled in our decision to hire a DOC, and especially our decision to hire Carlene of Naturally Yours Events. Carlene was great to work with in the months leading up to our wedding, and she was always prompt to answer our questions. Additionally, Carlene was able to negotiate with one of our vendors to get additional time without additional cost, which is always a huge plus! We really feel that she went above and beyond her duties, and, as a result, we literally didn't worry about a thing on our wedding day. Carlene was on top of it all, and her calm and professional demeanor made me completely at ease. Even Carlene's assistant was so nice, energetic, and professional. I want to have another wedding, just to work with Carlene and Naturally Yours Events one more time. I seriously cannot say enough about Carlene and her team -- they were the BEST and as a result, my husband and I quite literally had a perfect wedding.
My husband and I were originally on the fence about hiring a day-of coordinator, but we could not have been more thrilled Read more...
My husband and I were originally on the fence about hiring a day-of coordinator, but we could not have been more thrilled in our decision to hire a DOC, and especially our decision to hire Carlene of Naturally Yours Events. Carlene was great to work with in the months leading up to our wedding, and she was always prompt to answer our questions. Additionally, Carlene was able to negotiate with one of our vendors to get additional time without additional cost, which is always a huge plus! We really feel that she went above and beyond her duties, and, as a result, we literally didn't worry about a thing on our wedding day. Carlene was on top of it all, and her calm and professional demeanor made me completely at ease. Even Carlene's assistant was so nice, energetic, and professional. I want to have another wedding, just to work with Carlene and Naturally Yours Events one more time. I seriously cannot say enough about Carlene and her team -- they were the BEST and as a result, my husband and I quite literally had a perfect wedding. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Carlene did an exceptional job coordinating our wedding at the Chicago History Museum. We had 140 guests and events running from Friday night thru Sunday morning. We couldn't have done it without Carlene's support and organization. She ensured everything ran smoothly throughout and helped us create the most magical and creative event. Her creativity, professionalism coupled with warmth, and responsiveness made it such a pleasure to work with Carlene. I wholeheartedly encourage all brides to work with Carlene in planning their big day!
Carlene did an exceptional job coordinating our wedding at the Chicago History Museum. We had 140 guests and events Read more...
Carlene did an exceptional job coordinating our wedding at the Chicago History Museum. We had 140 guests and events running from Friday night thru Sunday morning. We couldn't have done it without Carlene's support and organization. She ensured everything ran smoothly throughout and helped us create the most magical and creative event. Her creativity, professionalism coupled with warmth, and responsiveness made it such a pleasure to work with Carlene. I wholeheartedly encourage all brides to work with Carlene in planning their big day! Read less
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Hilary
Wedding:
10/11/2013
4.9/5.0
Carlene and her team are great.

I simply do not know what I would have done without her and her day-of coordinating.

She really goes the extra mile to make sure your day will run smoothly. She helps you get organized beforehand, attends meetings and touches base with you, make recommendations on everything from design elements to logistics and is just there in your corner. When I would get overwhelmed she was there for me, when I had a pretty hard line on a non-negotiable item, she was my voice. Awesome!

The whole day I could just relax and have a fun time. I didn't have to take a single call or answer a single question about where something should be, where someone should go, what time something was happening - she took care of it all. If there was a problem, like I noticed the videographer was right in the direct view of my Mother during the speeches, I simply had to wave her over and ask her to take care of it. Done in 30 seconds and I didn't have to interrupt the evening or have my mother not see.

At the end of the night, all of our stuff was packed in a super organized way and was in my parents car before I knew it.

Honestly, if you think you don't need a day-of or can't afford it rethink it. It is so worth it and Carlene will work with you for what you need. If you hire her earlier than later, she can even help find you ways to save money with your other vendors as you book them and help make DIY projects cheaper that more than make up for her costs, which are super reasonable anyway.

Go with Carlene! You won't regret it!
Carlene and her team are great.

I simply do not know what I would have done without her and her day-of Read more...
Carlene and her team are great.

I simply do not know what I would have done without her and her day-of coordinating.

She really goes the extra mile to make sure your day will run smoothly. She helps you get organized beforehand, attends meetings and touches base with you, make recommendations on everything from design elements to logistics and is just there in your corner. When I would get overwhelmed she was there for me, when I had a pretty hard line on a non-negotiable item, she was my voice. Awesome!

The whole day I could just relax and have a fun time. I didn't have to take a single call or answer a single question about where something should be, where someone should go, what time something was happening - she took care of it all. If there was a problem, like I noticed the videographer was right in the direct view of my Mother during the speeches, I simply had to wave her over and ask her to take care of it. Done in 30 seconds and I didn't have to interrupt the evening or have my mother not see.

At the end of the night, all of our stuff was packed in a super organized way and was in my parents car before I knew it.

Honestly, if you think you don't need a day-of or can't afford it rethink it. It is so worth it and Carlene will work with you for what you need. If you hire her earlier than later, she can even help find you ways to save money with your other vendors as you book them and help make DIY projects cheaper that more than make up for her costs, which are super reasonable anyway.

Go with Carlene! You won't regret it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Naturally Yours Events is a woman owned and operated wedding planning service. We really enjoyed our wedding and could not have done it without the help of our planner. She was understanding and culturally sensitive to our needs. She also was organized and had thoughtful advice in all aspects of our wedding planning process. We had a small (about 50 people) and intimate wedding. We had a vision in mind and our planner worked with us to get the vendors we wanted to help make the event everything we had wanted it to be.
Naturally Yours Events is a woman owned and operated wedding planning service. We really enjoyed our wedding and could not Read more...
Naturally Yours Events is a woman owned and operated wedding planning service. We really enjoyed our wedding and could not have done it without the help of our planner. She was understanding and culturally sensitive to our needs. She also was organized and had thoughtful advice in all aspects of our wedding planning process. We had a small (about 50 people) and intimate wedding. We had a vision in mind and our planner worked with us to get the vendors we wanted to help make the event everything we had wanted it to be. Read less
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Matthew
Wedding:
7/21/2012
4.4/5.0
Our wedding with Carlene was excellent! She was very responsive through email and phone, and was able to keep us on track with planning for day-of-coordination. Without her there the day of the wedding, it would have been a lot of extra work for an assigned family member or friend, and the restaurant owner where we had our reception. Because it was an unconventional reception venue in the city with 100 guests, it was essential that Carlene was there to help set-up, oversee logistics, follow our timeline, and take down all the decorations. She also made sure all our vendors received payment and tips, made extra deliveries, set up our ceremony space, and came to our rehearsal.

Naturally Yours Events is an emerging event planning business, and Carlene is very passionate about her work. She proved to be very flexible with us and was eager to help us accomplish smaller and larger tasks. If we need any event planning in the future, we'll definitely use Carlene again.
Our wedding with Carlene was excellent! She was very responsive through email and phone, and was able to keep us on track Read more...
Our wedding with Carlene was excellent! She was very responsive through email and phone, and was able to keep us on track with planning for day-of-coordination. Without her there the day of the wedding, it would have been a lot of extra work for an assigned family member or friend, and the restaurant owner where we had our reception. Because it was an unconventional reception venue in the city with 100 guests, it was essential that Carlene was there to help set-up, oversee logistics, follow our timeline, and take down all the decorations. She also made sure all our vendors received payment and tips, made extra deliveries, set up our ceremony space, and came to our rehearsal.

Naturally Yours Events is an emerging event planning business, and Carlene is very passionate about her work. She proved to be very flexible with us and was eager to help us accomplish smaller and larger tasks. If we need any event planning in the future, we'll definitely use Carlene again. Read less
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Laurel
Wedding:
10/4/2014
2.4/5.0
While the service itself was great, Jessie was very difficult to work with and off putting for many in attendance.
While the service itself was great, Jessie was very difficult to work with and off putting for many in attendance.
While the service itself was great, Jessie was very difficult to work with and off putting for many in attendance. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.0/5.0
While the service itself was great, Jessie was very difficult to work with and off putting for many in attendance.
While the service itself was great, Jessie was very difficult to work with and off putting for many in attendance.
While the service itself was great, Jessie was very difficult to work with and off putting for many in attendance. Read less
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