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Naturally Yours Events

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

1946 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613 US (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 wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-Of Coordination, Full Planning, Partial Planning
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Cultural, Destination, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
4

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We got engaged last March and had no idea where to start with the wedding planning process. A friend of our referred us to Carlene at Naturally Yours Events, and we're so glad we found her! From that very 1st meeting in April to our wedding a few weeks ago, Carlene and her staff were extremely organized, punctual, and thorough. She provides each couple with a "Planning Tool" which is broken down into tabs for budget, monthly to do lists, etc. It was invaluable! And she is there to guide you along each and every step, month-to-month or even day-to-day. She organized meetings with vendors, met with us in-person on a regular basis to check-in, provided tips and suggestions throughout the process but at the same time always respected our vision for the big day. She is very quick to respond to e-mails, and she helped save a lot on various items through her connections in the industry and her numerous budget-savvy tips. On top of all that, she made the wedding planning process as stress-free as possibly could be. There is a LOT that goes into it! Haha. Our wedding last month went very smooth and without a hitch and we owe a lot of that to the work of this company. It was so nice not to have to think about anything the day of. Thank you NYE! We appreciate all your help.
We got engaged last March and had no idea where to start with the wedding planning process. A friend of our referred us to Read more...
We got engaged last March and had no idea where to start with the wedding planning process. A friend of our referred us to Carlene at Naturally Yours Events, and we're so glad we found her! From that very 1st meeting in April to our wedding a few weeks ago, Carlene and her staff were extremely organized, punctual, and thorough. She provides each couple with a "Planning Tool" which is broken down into tabs for budget, monthly to do lists, etc. It was invaluable! And she is there to guide you along each and every step, month-to-month or even day-to-day. She organized meetings with vendors, met with us in-person on a regular basis to check-in, provided tips and suggestions throughout the process but at the same time always respected our vision for the big day. She is very quick to respond to e-mails, and she helped save a lot on various items through her connections in the industry and her numerous budget-savvy tips. On top of all that, she made the wedding planning process as stress-free as possibly could be. There is a LOT that goes into it! Haha. Our wedding last month went very smooth and without a hitch and we owe a lot of that to the work of this company. It was so nice not to have to think about anything the day of. Thank you NYE! We appreciate all your help. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I know exactly why you're here. You're planning your wedding and wondering if you really need a day-of coordinator's help........

I'm here to tell you, yes, yes you do. I was just like you, trying to decide if a day of coordinator would really be worth it, and honestly, hiring Naturally Yours was probably the smartest money we spent on the wedding. Thanks to them I had the wedding of my dreams on 12/13/14. They were able to take a wedding that could have been absolute chaos (smaller venue holding both ceremony and reception in the winter) and turn it into a dream.

I originally met with Carlene and immediately liked her and the premise of Naturally Yours. Unfortunately she was already booked for a wedding on my day, but their up-and-coming planner Jessie was still available and thank god she was. Let me tell you, there are not enough superlatives out there for me to express how wonderful Jessie is. She is incredibly nice and friendly but will absolutely kick ass to get your wedding perfect for you. She wants to know exactly how you envision your day to be and will work her hardest to make sure that vision comes true.

I'm definitely what you would call a Type A personality, so at first I had a bit of trouble handing over the reigns. Once I got to know Jessie and realized how awesome she was at this whole wedding planning stuff, I had no problem trusting her to take care of all the details and she did such an amazing job. She set up our decorations beautifully - I actually gasped when I first walked into the venue, I was so shocked at how great it looked. Also, she took care of everything. I'm sure things went wrong that day because there were a ton of moving pieces, but I don't know of a single one. Jessie just handled everything (even making sure my wine glass was adequately filled) so I was able to relax and actually enjoy all of my wedding.

I can't recom
I know exactly why you're here. You're planning your wedding and wondering if you really need a day-of coordinator's Read more...
I know exactly why you're here. You're planning your wedding and wondering if you really need a day-of coordinator's help........

I'm here to tell you, yes, yes you do. I was just like you, trying to decide if a day of coordinator would really be worth it, and honestly, hiring Naturally Yours was probably the smartest money we spent on the wedding. Thanks to them I had the wedding of my dreams on 12/13/14. They were able to take a wedding that could have been absolute chaos (smaller venue holding both ceremony and reception in the winter) and turn it into a dream.

I originally met with Carlene and immediately liked her and the premise of Naturally Yours. Unfortunately she was already booked for a wedding on my day, but their up-and-coming planner Jessie was still available and thank god she was. Let me tell you, there are not enough superlatives out there for me to express how wonderful Jessie is. She is incredibly nice and friendly but will absolutely kick ass to get your wedding perfect for you. She wants to know exactly how you envision your day to be and will work her hardest to make sure that vision comes true.

I'm definitely what you would call a Type A personality, so at first I had a bit of trouble handing over the reigns. Once I got to know Jessie and realized how awesome she was at this whole wedding planning stuff, I had no problem trusting her to take care of all the details and she did such an amazing job. She set up our decorations beautifully - I actually gasped when I first walked into the venue, I was so shocked at how great it looked. Also, she took care of everything. I'm sure things went wrong that day because there were a ton of moving pieces, but I don't know of a single one. Jessie just handled everything (even making sure my wine glass was adequately filled) so I was able to relax and actually enjoy all of my wedding.

I can't recom Read less
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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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lauriean
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
I only have one regret when using Naturally Yours for my wedding, and that's not hiring them from the beginning. I purchased the "Month Of" package, and I quickly realized that I should have gotten them far sooner. Jessie was our primary planner and she was an absolutely joy to work with. She's like a walking, smiling, always planning cupcake. She embraced our vision and ideas while giving us suggestions/seriously expert advice on things we hadn't even considered. She was invaluable in keeping us on schedule with our tasks and coordinating with our other vendors. The day of the wedding, if there was a problem, I had no idea. Jessie and Carlene handled everything deftly and professionally, which is exactly what we wanted them to do. If there's another chance for me to work with them again, I'll do it in a heartbeat!
I only have one regret when using Naturally Yours for my wedding, and that's not hiring them from the beginning. I Read more...
I only have one regret when using Naturally Yours for my wedding, and that's not hiring them from the beginning. I purchased the "Month Of" package, and I quickly realized that I should have gotten them far sooner. Jessie was our primary planner and she was an absolutely joy to work with. She's like a walking, smiling, always planning cupcake. She embraced our vision and ideas while giving us suggestions/seriously expert advice on things we hadn't even considered. She was invaluable in keeping us on schedule with our tasks and coordinating with our other vendors. The day of the wedding, if there was a problem, I had no idea. Jessie and Carlene handled everything deftly and professionally, which is exactly what we wanted them to do. If there's another chance for me to work with them again, I'll do it in a heartbeat! 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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I found Carlene and Naturally Yours Events through the Green Wedding Alliance. Carlene and I clicked quickly and she was super helpful while I was planning my Chicago wedding from the East Coast. She helped out tremendously when I was stumped on vendors and all of her suggestions were outstanding. She was very tolerant and patient while I kept changing my mind on different details of the wedding and was able to keep all of my random little odds and ends straight.

Carlene and Jessie were incredible the day of our wedding! It was Air and Water Show weekend so everything was a little hectic, but they made sure the whole day was perfect And they were smiling and happy throughout the entire day no matter what was going on.

Choosing Carlene and Naturally Yours Events was hands-down one of the best decisions we made throughout the wedding process. HIGHLY recommend!!
I found Carlene and Naturally Yours Events through the Green Wedding Alliance. Carlene and I clicked quickly and she was Read more...
I found Carlene and Naturally Yours Events through the Green Wedding Alliance. Carlene and I clicked quickly and she was super helpful while I was planning my Chicago wedding from the East Coast. She helped out tremendously when I was stumped on vendors and all of her suggestions were outstanding. She was very tolerant and patient while I kept changing my mind on different details of the wedding and was able to keep all of my random little odds and ends straight.

Carlene and Jessie were incredible the day of our wedding! It was Air and Water Show weekend so everything was a little hectic, but they made sure the whole day was perfect And they were smiling and happy throughout the entire day no matter what was going on.

Choosing Carlene and Naturally Yours Events was hands-down one of the best decisions we made throughout the wedding process. HIGHLY recommend!! 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
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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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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