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shannon gail weddings and events chicago

Chicago , IL
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Chicago, IL US 60657 (map)

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773-580-3660

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ABOUT US

A fresh approach to wedding planning!

Our Brides are our friends. You'll feel like you have another bridesmaid who happens to be a wedding expert!

Known for our... Read more
A fresh approach to wedding planning!

Our Brides are our friends. You'll feel like you have another bridesmaid who happens to be a wedding expert!

Known for our network of the city's finest vendors, unique style, detailed timelines, and most importantly, our relationship with each Bride, we can't wait to become part of your wedding day!

We love to chat about weddings! Please email us at shannon@shannongail.com or call 773-580-3660 to tell us about yours! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

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

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We used Amanda H. as our day-of wedding coordinator, but she went above and beyond the day of! I knew she was perfect when I met her months ago because she is attentive, easy going, and quick to respond to e-mails. She made recommendations on vendors as the months went on and checked in to make sure I was doing ok! She handled all of my last minute questions promptly! On the day of the wedding, she offered to get the bridesmaids food since we didn't have time to go out and get food ourselves. What was also great was that she had an assistant, Lauren, to also help make sure things went smoothly given our party size of 250. Everything went as smooth as possible, and we could not have asked for anyone better to be in charge of our wedding! Thank you Amanda and Shannon Gail Weddings!
We used Amanda H. as our day-of wedding coordinator, but she went above and beyond the day of! I knew she was perfect when Read more...
We used Amanda H. as our day-of wedding coordinator, but she went above and beyond the day of! I knew she was perfect when I met her months ago because she is attentive, easy going, and quick to respond to e-mails. She made recommendations on vendors as the months went on and checked in to make sure I was doing ok! She handled all of my last minute questions promptly! On the day of the wedding, she offered to get the bridesmaids food since we didn't have time to go out and get food ourselves. What was also great was that she had an assistant, Lauren, to also help make sure things went smoothly given our party size of 250. Everything went as smooth as possible, and we could not have asked for anyone better to be in charge of our wedding! Thank you Amanda and Shannon Gail Weddings! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Shannon Gail saved our wedding planning. Book her early with confidence. I was feeling completely overwhelmed and out of control making all of our flowers and decorations by hand, making the cupcakes, getting our friend to become an officiant, etc...all long distance in Wisconsin. I told my fiance that we were either eloping or hiring the best wedding coordinator so that we didn't go crazy. She not only helped us stay within our budget, but is some of the best money we spent on the wedding as a whole. The couple of months leading up to the wedding started feeling like a team effort with my fiance and I because she was leading us to finish smaller and manageable to-do lists and keeping timelines and payment schedules organized for us. She prioritized what was most important to us throughout the planning and offered to make our lives easier at every turn. Me: 'Shannon, what do you think about getting portable air conditioners for the barn?' Shannon: 'It sounds like a great investment if it's important to you. Let's call these places to price check and I will email the barn to figure out how we will need to get them set up with the length of hoses and location, etc.'

Shannon not only helped us plan our dream wedding, she also helped us execute. I felt sure that if anything did not go according to plan, she would steer it back the right direction. She organized the actual rehearsal with confident grace (which is not an easy task with 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen on each side). We made things personal and complicated at each and every turn and she always looked at it as a new challenge with potential solutions.

On our wedding day, she came right before I put my dress on and brought me a bouquet of fresh flowers from the farmers market in Madison. She is always thinking about how to make her bride and groom feel happy, just like they should on their wedding day. The wedding day went so smoothly that I'm still pinching myself post honeymoon!
Shannon Gail saved our wedding planning. Book her early with confidence. I was feeling completely overwhelmed and out of Read more...
Shannon Gail saved our wedding planning. Book her early with confidence. I was feeling completely overwhelmed and out of control making all of our flowers and decorations by hand, making the cupcakes, getting our friend to become an officiant, etc...all long distance in Wisconsin. I told my fiance that we were either eloping or hiring the best wedding coordinator so that we didn't go crazy. She not only helped us stay within our budget, but is some of the best money we spent on the wedding as a whole. The couple of months leading up to the wedding started feeling like a team effort with my fiance and I because she was leading us to finish smaller and manageable to-do lists and keeping timelines and payment schedules organized for us. She prioritized what was most important to us throughout the planning and offered to make our lives easier at every turn. Me: 'Shannon, what do you think about getting portable air conditioners for the barn?' Shannon: 'It sounds like a great investment if it's important to you. Let's call these places to price check and I will email the barn to figure out how we will need to get them set up with the length of hoses and location, etc.'

Shannon not only helped us plan our dream wedding, she also helped us execute. I felt sure that if anything did not go according to plan, she would steer it back the right direction. She organized the actual rehearsal with confident grace (which is not an easy task with 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen on each side). We made things personal and complicated at each and every turn and she always looked at it as a new challenge with potential solutions.

On our wedding day, she came right before I put my dress on and brought me a bouquet of fresh flowers from the farmers market in Madison. She is always thinking about how to make her bride and groom feel happy, just like they should on their wedding day. The wedding day went so smoothly that I'm still pinching myself post honeymoon! Read less
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b
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Choosing a wedding planner is probably the most important thing you can do when planning a wedding. I talked to numerous wedding planners in the city when making my decision. Choosing Shannon Gail and her team was the best decision. I worked with Bridget and she was fantastic. From the first moment we started working together, I felt my wedding planning was on track. Wedding planning can be so stressful and having someone to handle the big and little details takes a huge load off. From the beginning Bridget was great with recommendations for vendors and then general recommendation on items to make the wedding of my dreams. She was very well coordinated and organized and always responsive to my questions and requests.

Once she took over the wedding planning, I was thrilled from the very beginning. Every single detail was taken care of and I got to be the carefree happy bride on my big day. Even my mom commented on the wedding planner and how smoothly everything went. I just watched my wedding video and was surprised to see Bridget handling everything smoothly as I never really noticed her in the background except when I needed her on my wedding day.
I shudder to think I almost did not get a wedding planner. I am so grateful to Bridget and Shannon and the team and they did a fantastic job from the moment I hired them through and beyond the wedding. I would highly recommend them and would give 10 stars if possible!
Choosing a wedding planner is probably the most important thing you can do when planning a wedding. I talked to numerous Read more...
Choosing a wedding planner is probably the most important thing you can do when planning a wedding. I talked to numerous wedding planners in the city when making my decision. Choosing Shannon Gail and her team was the best decision. I worked with Bridget and she was fantastic. From the first moment we started working together, I felt my wedding planning was on track. Wedding planning can be so stressful and having someone to handle the big and little details takes a huge load off. From the beginning Bridget was great with recommendations for vendors and then general recommendation on items to make the wedding of my dreams. She was very well coordinated and organized and always responsive to my questions and requests.

Once she took over the wedding planning, I was thrilled from the very beginning. Every single detail was taken care of and I got to be the carefree happy bride on my big day. Even my mom commented on the wedding planner and how smoothly everything went. I just watched my wedding video and was surprised to see Bridget handling everything smoothly as I never really noticed her in the background except when I needed her on my wedding day.
I shudder to think I almost did not get a wedding planner. I am so grateful to Bridget and Shannon and the team and they did a fantastic job from the moment I hired them through and beyond the wedding. I would highly recommend them and would give 10 stars if possible! Read less
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Christopher
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Shannon Gail (def.): A miracle worker. A saint. Without equal.

1) Her vendor recommendations are amazing:

From the florist, to the graphic designer who created our stationary, Shannon assembled a really outstanding team. Even the vendors we had already selected, like our photographer and our live music, kept raving about Shannon and what a joy it is to work with her.

2) She's great at keeping us organized and on schedule:

Even though we’re out-of-state, and we’re both complete work-a-holics, she was able to keep us on task in the most friendly, low-stress way possible, and always with such enthusiasm for our big day. She was so easy to work with!

3) She's always going the extra mile:

We ordered this great wooden wagon, so one of the flower girls could pull the other, baby flower girl, down the aisle. Shannon had us ship it to her house and assembled it herself, so we didn’t have to lug it from California.

4) She's always looking out for your budget:

We had a late change to our guest count, and it put us below the minimum for our venue, so we were going to be paying for guests who would not be there. Incredibly, Shannon was able to get a last minute price change from the venue that saved us a SIGNIFICANT amount of money.

5) She makes sure you have what you need, even before you know that you need it:

Right after our ceremony, Shannon whisked us away to a small, private barrel room at our venue, where we could spend a few moments alone with each other. We had a bottle of champagne and a collection of the hors d’oeuvres that were being served during our cocktail hour. It was one of the few moments we spent alone together all day, and it was the perfect opportunity to take in what we had just done. We hadn’t asked for that moment. We hadn’t even thought of it. But Shannon made it happen, and it was one of the best moments at our wedding.

She was an absolute joy to work with!
Shannon Gail (def.): A miracle worker. A saint. Without equal.

1) Her vendor recommendations are amazing:
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Shannon Gail (def.): A miracle worker. A saint. Without equal.

1) Her vendor recommendations are amazing:

From the florist, to the graphic designer who created our stationary, Shannon assembled a really outstanding team. Even the vendors we had already selected, like our photographer and our live music, kept raving about Shannon and what a joy it is to work with her.

2) She's great at keeping us organized and on schedule:

Even though we’re out-of-state, and we’re both complete work-a-holics, she was able to keep us on task in the most friendly, low-stress way possible, and always with such enthusiasm for our big day. She was so easy to work with!

3) She's always going the extra mile:

We ordered this great wooden wagon, so one of the flower girls could pull the other, baby flower girl, down the aisle. Shannon had us ship it to her house and assembled it herself, so we didn’t have to lug it from California.

4) She's always looking out for your budget:

We had a late change to our guest count, and it put us below the minimum for our venue, so we were going to be paying for guests who would not be there. Incredibly, Shannon was able to get a last minute price change from the venue that saved us a SIGNIFICANT amount of money.

5) She makes sure you have what you need, even before you know that you need it:

Right after our ceremony, Shannon whisked us away to a small, private barrel room at our venue, where we could spend a few moments alone with each other. We had a bottle of champagne and a collection of the hors d’oeuvres that were being served during our cocktail hour. It was one of the few moments we spent alone together all day, and it was the perfect opportunity to take in what we had just done. We hadn’t asked for that moment. We hadn’t even thought of it. But Shannon made it happen, and it was one of the best moments at our wedding.

She was an absolute joy to work with! Read less
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heather
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I had the absolutely privilege of working with Shannon as my wedding coordinator this past weekend and words cannot explain just how far my expectations were exceeded! Not only extremely professional and organized, Shannon is the most personable individual and I am so thrilled to now call her my friend. From Day 1, she ensured that my wedding planning process was seamless, simple and completely streamlined. I wish there were 10 stars to rate her with and if you are looking for a planner, LOOK NO FURTHER! My wedding was perfect in every way and I owe that perfection to Shannon and her team!
I had the absolutely privilege of working with Shannon as my wedding coordinator this past weekend and words cannot Read more...
I had the absolutely privilege of working with Shannon as my wedding coordinator this past weekend and words cannot explain just how far my expectations were exceeded! Not only extremely professional and organized, Shannon is the most personable individual and I am so thrilled to now call her my friend. From Day 1, she ensured that my wedding planning process was seamless, simple and completely streamlined. I wish there were 10 stars to rate her with and if you are looking for a planner, LOOK NO FURTHER! My wedding was perfect in every way and I owe that perfection to Shannon and her team! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Words can not begin to express my gratitude to Shannon for everything she did in our wedding planning process! I am a very organized person and somewhat of a control freak and I never thought I would need to hire a wedding planner. About 3 months before the big day, I started to consider looking into getting some help after feeling like I was calling and texting my Maid of Honor, Mom and girlfriends way too many times a day with questions and please remind me to do this requests. I called around and spoke with several different planners, but I knew right away when talking with Shannon there was just this connection and she fully understood what our vision was. She is so fabulously amazing!! She was exactly what I needed to help with the last 2 months of planning! I instantly felt like Shannon was not just a planner that I hired, but like she was a trusted friend that I had known forever, and I hope to continue our friendship! She was my go to person for any little random thought, question, idea or even panic attack I was having. She even was my mini therapist with any family drama that was arising! She goes above and beyond for anything that is needed! She thought of so many things that I never would have thought of myself. Her vendor recommendations were also fantastic and helped save money as well. Shannon made the last 2 months leading up to my wedding day so easy and really fun, which is exactly how it should be!! I felt totally comfortable knowing Shannon was in control and I had nothing to worry about, and I do not have an easy time giving away control. She is very quick in responding to e-mails, texts and calls. I was so grateful to have her there by my side on the big day!! It also made life easier on my family and Maid of Honor so that they could enjoy themselves as well. Shannon and her assistant Hilary were there with me for the entire day and I felt such a sense of calm and relief that they were there, I never would have been able to rel
Words can not begin to express my gratitude to Shannon for everything she did in our wedding planning process! I am a very Read more...
Words can not begin to express my gratitude to Shannon for everything she did in our wedding planning process! I am a very organized person and somewhat of a control freak and I never thought I would need to hire a wedding planner. About 3 months before the big day, I started to consider looking into getting some help after feeling like I was calling and texting my Maid of Honor, Mom and girlfriends way too many times a day with questions and please remind me to do this requests. I called around and spoke with several different planners, but I knew right away when talking with Shannon there was just this connection and she fully understood what our vision was. She is so fabulously amazing!! She was exactly what I needed to help with the last 2 months of planning! I instantly felt like Shannon was not just a planner that I hired, but like she was a trusted friend that I had known forever, and I hope to continue our friendship! She was my go to person for any little random thought, question, idea or even panic attack I was having. She even was my mini therapist with any family drama that was arising! She goes above and beyond for anything that is needed! She thought of so many things that I never would have thought of myself. Her vendor recommendations were also fantastic and helped save money as well. Shannon made the last 2 months leading up to my wedding day so easy and really fun, which is exactly how it should be!! I felt totally comfortable knowing Shannon was in control and I had nothing to worry about, and I do not have an easy time giving away control. She is very quick in responding to e-mails, texts and calls. I was so grateful to have her there by my side on the big day!! It also made life easier on my family and Maid of Honor so that they could enjoy themselves as well. Shannon and her assistant Hilary were there with me for the entire day and I felt such a sense of calm and relief that they were there, I never would have been able to rel Read less
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Theresa
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Bridget to be our full time wedding planner because our schedules were hectic and I really don't like planning things especially anything related to weddings. When I first got engaged, the thought of planning a wedding really stressed me out. So my friend recommended Bridget since he worked with her in event planning. Also, she did my girlfriend's wedding last fall for day of. When we met her, we knew we were in good hands. She was so polite, well organized, funny, detail oriented, and professional. She was really easy to get along with and she made our wedding planning so not stressful. She has amazing connections to a lot of the great vendors in the Chicago area. Also, my husband liked her too. We actually looked forward to our meetings with her because they were fun and not so stressful. She constantly was in contact with all of our vendors as well as us. She was our support from the first day until after our wedding. We didn't have to stress about much of the wedding because she literally took care of EVERYTHING which is what I wanted.
Wedding planning can be stressful especially with the details which sneak up on you near the wedding. I can't tell you how many times I've been a bridesmaid and have heard other brides stress and complain about all the details they need to complete before the wedding. I really didn't have that stress because of Bridget.
She listened to all of our needs and requests and made our Star Wars themed wedding a beautiful, classy, and fun wedding that even our guests still talk about to this day.
Hire Bridget if you want low stress, amazing service, and an ally during your wedding planning which can get crazy. We're glad we did and she's worth every penny!
We hired Bridget to be our full time wedding planner because our schedules were hectic and I really don't like planning Read more...
We hired Bridget to be our full time wedding planner because our schedules were hectic and I really don't like planning things especially anything related to weddings. When I first got engaged, the thought of planning a wedding really stressed me out. So my friend recommended Bridget since he worked with her in event planning. Also, she did my girlfriend's wedding last fall for day of. When we met her, we knew we were in good hands. She was so polite, well organized, funny, detail oriented, and professional. She was really easy to get along with and she made our wedding planning so not stressful. She has amazing connections to a lot of the great vendors in the Chicago area. Also, my husband liked her too. We actually looked forward to our meetings with her because they were fun and not so stressful. She constantly was in contact with all of our vendors as well as us. She was our support from the first day until after our wedding. We didn't have to stress about much of the wedding because she literally took care of EVERYTHING which is what I wanted.
Wedding planning can be stressful especially with the details which sneak up on you near the wedding. I can't tell you how many times I've been a bridesmaid and have heard other brides stress and complain about all the details they need to complete before the wedding. I really didn't have that stress because of Bridget.
She listened to all of our needs and requests and made our Star Wars themed wedding a beautiful, classy, and fun wedding that even our guests still talk about to this day.
Hire Bridget if you want low stress, amazing service, and an ally during your wedding planning which can get crazy. We're glad we did and she's worth every penny! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
I found Shannon through her website and loved her style right away. After our first conversation I knew she was my girl. Her fast pace and style of working was perfect for me. She got things done! Our wedding was planned out of state in less than 8 months which can be stressful, but Shannon made it so easy on me, leaving me to only make the fun choices, final decisions, and to be able to focus on my family and fiance. When vendors didn't do what they needed to be doing, she was on it quickly and took care of it all. The day of the wedding went perfectly as well. She was kind, direct, and made everyone comfortable with her apparent organization of the entire day. I was able to fully enjoy, see my friends and family, and even eat! It was flawless from beginning to end and I am so thrilled to leave the experience with fond memories and a new friend in Shannon.
I found Shannon through her website and loved her style right away. After our first conversation I knew she was my girl. Read more...
I found Shannon through her website and loved her style right away. After our first conversation I knew she was my girl. Her fast pace and style of working was perfect for me. She got things done! Our wedding was planned out of state in less than 8 months which can be stressful, but Shannon made it so easy on me, leaving me to only make the fun choices, final decisions, and to be able to focus on my family and fiance. When vendors didn't do what they needed to be doing, she was on it quickly and took care of it all. The day of the wedding went perfectly as well. She was kind, direct, and made everyone comfortable with her apparent organization of the entire day. I was able to fully enjoy, see my friends and family, and even eat! It was flawless from beginning to end and I am so thrilled to leave the experience with fond memories and a new friend in Shannon. Read less
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Chicago
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
When I started planning a little more than a year before our August 2013 wedding. I knew right away that I wanted a planner for our Chicago wedding especially since we were planning from out of state. We spoke with several planners over a few weeks, most of them were large wedding firms or Indian planners (we had an Indian wedding). But none felt right; most were either not flexible enough for our needs, were too pricey, couldn't give us enough personal attention. When we met with Shannon we knew right away that she was the perfect fit for us. Throughout the year Shannon helped us find vendors, negotiate various contracts and helped us with every other detail! What we liked about Shannon the most was that she treated us like close friends and gave us a lot of personal attention; she was always willing to talk me through all of the many wedding details. Shannon will always go above and beyond your expectations and is willing to do anything to make sure you're happy on your big day! If you're considering getting a planner, you will not regret going with Shannon! You'll not only have a fabulous time planning but you'll also gain a new friend!
When I started planning a little more than a year before our August 2013 wedding. I knew right away that I wanted a Read more...
When I started planning a little more than a year before our August 2013 wedding. I knew right away that I wanted a planner for our Chicago wedding especially since we were planning from out of state. We spoke with several planners over a few weeks, most of them were large wedding firms or Indian planners (we had an Indian wedding). But none felt right; most were either not flexible enough for our needs, were too pricey, couldn't give us enough personal attention. When we met with Shannon we knew right away that she was the perfect fit for us. Throughout the year Shannon helped us find vendors, negotiate various contracts and helped us with every other detail! What we liked about Shannon the most was that she treated us like close friends and gave us a lot of personal attention; she was always willing to talk me through all of the many wedding details. Shannon will always go above and beyond your expectations and is willing to do anything to make sure you're happy on your big day! If you're considering getting a planner, you will not regret going with Shannon! You'll not only have a fabulous time planning but you'll also gain a new friend! Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Amanda at Shannon Gail did a wonderful job with the "day of" planning for our wedding. She was very responsive and detail-oriented. She did several walk-throughs before our wedding and helped us to make the best decisions about how we wanted the flow of the day to go. I am event planner myself so I thought it would be hard to trust someone else to run the show - Amanda did not disappoint! We couldn't have enjoyed our wedding day without her there to make it happen!
Amanda at Shannon Gail did a wonderful job with the "day of" planning for our wedding. She was very responsive and Read more...
Amanda at Shannon Gail did a wonderful job with the "day of" planning for our wedding. She was very responsive and detail-oriented. She did several walk-throughs before our wedding and helped us to make the best decisions about how we wanted the flow of the day to go. I am event planner myself so I thought it would be hard to trust someone else to run the show - Amanda did not disappoint! We couldn't have enjoyed our wedding day without her there to make it happen! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I chose Shannon Gail's team for the day of coordination for my Indian wedding. My coordinator was Bridget and this was the wisest decision I made throughout the wedding planning process! First off, Bridget was not only extremely friendly and nice, but she is extremely detail oriented. We started the process approximately 2 months before the wedding and she planned every minute of my big day. She responded to my 20 emails per day, answered my multiple phone calls and helped me with a few difficult vendors. From that point on, I didn't have to deal with the vendors as she was the main contact. Thus, I was able to focus on other events/details that I wanted to. On the day of the wedding, my bridal bouquet wasn't what I had envisioned it to be and although I panicked for a moment, Bridget came to the rescue and redid the bouquet (it looked even better than the original - who knew she was in the floral business before)! She balanced out all the details and tasks requested by multiple people in my family - my brother would just text her tasks such as having the banquet staff adjust lighting or rearrange various items and it would be done in a matter of seconds! She also dealt very well with our large Indian crowd and was so organized that everything ran perfectly on time (completely unheard of for an Indian wedding). We even received compliments from guests that it was the most organized and well coordinated wedding that they had ever been to. My family and I absolutely loved working with Bridget and we are so happy that we chose the Shannon Gail team to make my dream wedding come true!
I chose Shannon Gail's team for the day of coordination for my Indian wedding. My coordinator was Bridget and this was the Read more...
I chose Shannon Gail's team for the day of coordination for my Indian wedding. My coordinator was Bridget and this was the wisest decision I made throughout the wedding planning process! First off, Bridget was not only extremely friendly and nice, but she is extremely detail oriented. We started the process approximately 2 months before the wedding and she planned every minute of my big day. She responded to my 20 emails per day, answered my multiple phone calls and helped me with a few difficult vendors. From that point on, I didn't have to deal with the vendors as she was the main contact. Thus, I was able to focus on other events/details that I wanted to. On the day of the wedding, my bridal bouquet wasn't what I had envisioned it to be and although I panicked for a moment, Bridget came to the rescue and redid the bouquet (it looked even better than the original - who knew she was in the floral business before)! She balanced out all the details and tasks requested by multiple people in my family - my brother would just text her tasks such as having the banquet staff adjust lighting or rearrange various items and it would be done in a matter of seconds! She also dealt very well with our large Indian crowd and was so organized that everything ran perfectly on time (completely unheard of for an Indian wedding). We even received compliments from guests that it was the most organized and well coordinated wedding that they had ever been to. My family and I absolutely loved working with Bridget and we are so happy that we chose the Shannon Gail team to make my dream wedding come true! Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
On Sunday, May 26th, 2013 my husband and I celebrated our dream wedding day. This dream could not have come true without the guidance, hard work, and organization of both Shannon and Carolynn from Shannon Gail Wedding and Events.

I utilized the “Day of Coordinating” package and was surprised to find out how absolutely affordable it was. The venue that we chose was an outside location with indoor options and we booked it for both our ceremony and reception. The flow of the evening was very important to us and Carolynn worked very hard on designing our itinerary and set ups to help us achieve it.

Second to none, the level of service we received including preparation, communication, and problem solving before, during and even after our wedding is invaluable. Both Shannon and Carolynn were quick to respond, personable and absolutely amazing!

Hands down, my most essential piece of advice for any bride-to-be is to include a day of coordinator in your budget. Do not let your special day be anything but by having to answer thousands of questions with your vendors. Let your family members and closest friends enjoy and be fully present in your celebration by alleviating them of the same burden.

Shannon Gail Wedding and Events truly did a phenomenal job. Thank you for making our dream wedding day come true!
On Sunday, May 26th, 2013 my husband and I celebrated our dream wedding day. This dream could not have come true without Read more...
On Sunday, May 26th, 2013 my husband and I celebrated our dream wedding day. This dream could not have come true without the guidance, hard work, and organization of both Shannon and Carolynn from Shannon Gail Wedding and Events.

I utilized the “Day of Coordinating” package and was surprised to find out how absolutely affordable it was. The venue that we chose was an outside location with indoor options and we booked it for both our ceremony and reception. The flow of the evening was very important to us and Carolynn worked very hard on designing our itinerary and set ups to help us achieve it.

Second to none, the level of service we received including preparation, communication, and problem solving before, during and even after our wedding is invaluable. Both Shannon and Carolynn were quick to respond, personable and absolutely amazing!

Hands down, my most essential piece of advice for any bride-to-be is to include a day of coordinator in your budget. Do not let your special day be anything but by having to answer thousands of questions with your vendors. Let your family members and closest friends enjoy and be fully present in your celebration by alleviating them of the same burden.

Shannon Gail Wedding and Events truly did a phenomenal job. Thank you for making our dream wedding day come true! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Shannon personally helped me plan and execute my wedding and was amazing through the entire process. From our first meeting, my fiancé and I felt a great connection with Shannon and felt that she really understood the theme and concept that we wanted for our wedding. Using conversations we had, my pinterest page, and random ideas I emailed to her, Shannon put together a Style Proposal that organized the look and feel of our day from start to finish. This Style Proposal became my wedding guide. I took it with me to every vendor appointment to give them a sense of what we wanted and to make sure they could do it. Speaking of vendors, Shannon gave us so many great recommendations!
Shannon answered every question I had, helped calm me down from a few semi-freak outs, and completely coordinated the big day, even bringing an assistant, so it was like she was everywhere at once.
She made the wedding planning process go so much smoother than if I would have tried to do it all on my own. Further, with her there, I had nothing to worry about on the wedding day, but having fun and enjoying being with my new husband and family!
I am so thankful that I found her. I have only the best things to say about Shannon Gail Wedding and Events.
Shannon personally helped me plan and execute my wedding and was amazing through the entire process. From our first Read more...
Shannon personally helped me plan and execute my wedding and was amazing through the entire process. From our first meeting, my fiancé and I felt a great connection with Shannon and felt that she really understood the theme and concept that we wanted for our wedding. Using conversations we had, my pinterest page, and random ideas I emailed to her, Shannon put together a Style Proposal that organized the look and feel of our day from start to finish. This Style Proposal became my wedding guide. I took it with me to every vendor appointment to give them a sense of what we wanted and to make sure they could do it. Speaking of vendors, Shannon gave us so many great recommendations!
Shannon answered every question I had, helped calm me down from a few semi-freak outs, and completely coordinated the big day, even bringing an assistant, so it was like she was everywhere at once.
She made the wedding planning process go so much smoother than if I would have tried to do it all on my own. Further, with her there, I had nothing to worry about on the wedding day, but having fun and enjoying being with my new husband and family!
I am so thankful that I found her. I have only the best things to say about Shannon Gail Wedding and Events. Read less
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Shamita
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
When I started planning a little more than a year before our August 2013 wedding. I knew right away that I wanted a planner for our Chicago wedding especially since we were planning from out of state. We spoke with several planners over a few weeks, most of them were large wedding firms or Indian planners (we had an Indian wedding). But none felt right; most were either not flexible enough for our needs, were too pricey, couldn't give us enough personal attention. When we met with Shannon we knew right away that she was the perfect fit for us. Throughout the year Shannon helped us find vendors, negotiate various contracts and helped us with every other detail! What we liked about Shannon the most was that she treated us like close friends and gave us a lot of personal attention; she was always willing to talk me through all of the many wedding details. Shannon will always go above and beyond your expectations and is willing to do anything to make sure you're happy on your big day! If you're considering getting a planner, you will not regret going with Shannon! You'll not only have a fabulous time planning but you'll also gain a new friend!
When I started planning a little more than a year before our August 2013 wedding. I knew right away that I wanted a Read more...
When I started planning a little more than a year before our August 2013 wedding. I knew right away that I wanted a planner for our Chicago wedding especially since we were planning from out of state. We spoke with several planners over a few weeks, most of them were large wedding firms or Indian planners (we had an Indian wedding). But none felt right; most were either not flexible enough for our needs, were too pricey, couldn't give us enough personal attention. When we met with Shannon we knew right away that she was the perfect fit for us. Throughout the year Shannon helped us find vendors, negotiate various contracts and helped us with every other detail! What we liked about Shannon the most was that she treated us like close friends and gave us a lot of personal attention; she was always willing to talk me through all of the many wedding details. Shannon will always go above and beyond your expectations and is willing to do anything to make sure you're happy on your big day! If you're considering getting a planner, you will not regret going with Shannon! You'll not only have a fabulous time planning but you'll also gain a new friend! Read less
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Anna Belle
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
If you do nothing else for your wedding, let the one thing be hiring a wedding planner... and if you hire the planners with Shannon Gail, it can literally be the only thing you have to do for your wedding.

Bridget Allen was a godsend. I live in San Diego, planning a wedding on a lake in a tiny town in the middle of no where Indiana. When I flew in to town for whirlwind planning trips, Bridget was always willing to work with my schedule. She traveled with me to the venue (2 1/2 hours away by car) to see the venue, meet the caterer, the cake person, the band etc. She helped me pick out the perfect vendors and on a plus side, managed to negotiate the travel costs out of every contract.

She was so organized and so knowledgeable. There were times during the meetings that I was blown away by what she knew. Never in a million years would I have known to ask those questions without her there.

She was always there when I needed someone to talk to. If I was having a wedding freak out or a fight with my mom, Bridget knew exactly how to calm me down. She was also good at taming some of my hairbrained ideas and turning them into wedding ideas... and then had the follow through to get them accomplished.

The day of the wedding was perfect. I'm sure there were goofs here and there, but from my perspective, it went of without a hitch... and I attribute that 100% to Bridget's work.
If you do nothing else for your wedding, let the one thing be hiring a wedding planner... and if you hire the planners Read more...
If you do nothing else for your wedding, let the one thing be hiring a wedding planner... and if you hire the planners with Shannon Gail, it can literally be the only thing you have to do for your wedding.

Bridget Allen was a godsend. I live in San Diego, planning a wedding on a lake in a tiny town in the middle of no where Indiana. When I flew in to town for whirlwind planning trips, Bridget was always willing to work with my schedule. She traveled with me to the venue (2 1/2 hours away by car) to see the venue, meet the caterer, the cake person, the band etc. She helped me pick out the perfect vendors and on a plus side, managed to negotiate the travel costs out of every contract.

She was so organized and so knowledgeable. There were times during the meetings that I was blown away by what she knew. Never in a million years would I have known to ask those questions without her there.

She was always there when I needed someone to talk to. If I was having a wedding freak out or a fight with my mom, Bridget knew exactly how to calm me down. She was also good at taming some of my hairbrained ideas and turning them into wedding ideas... and then had the follow through to get them accomplished.

The day of the wedding was perfect. I'm sure there were goofs here and there, but from my perspective, it went of without a hitch... and I attribute that 100% to Bridget's work. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Carolynn was amazing! She was so sweet and punctual. We had her do the "day of" coordinating, but she was helping us do soooo much months before the wedding to make sure everything was running smoothly. Everything was timed perfectly and I had no stress at all becuase Carolynn helped me the whole day!
Carolynn was amazing! She was so sweet and punctual. We had her do the "day of" coordinating, but she was helping us do Read more...
Carolynn was amazing! She was so sweet and punctual. We had her do the "day of" coordinating, but she was helping us do soooo much months before the wedding to make sure everything was running smoothly. Everything was timed perfectly and I had no stress at all becuase Carolynn helped me the whole day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
I discovered Shannon Gail Weddings and Events from a friend who had hired the company for her Chicago wedding. The planning process was very exciting to me as I was the definition of a DIY bride. However, as my friend suggested, on the day of your wedding you want to enjoy all your hard work and leave the details to a professional. I LOVED this idea and contacted the company for an initial meeting. Amanda contacted me within hours of my inquiry to set up a meeting. She was super flexible and accommodating, which was a great start! At our meeting, Amanda impressed me with her ability to give recommendations and style ideas while keeping a balance of focused listening. After a very short time together, I trusted her talents and was excited for her to be a part of our day. And although we hired Amanda for day of services specifically, her assistance throughout the planning process was paramount. She was quick to answer emails and help with vendor referrals all along the way. When our big day had finally arrived, I was greeted with a feeling of ease that morning. I knew that Amanda had everything under control. Armed with the most flawless, detailed timeline, Amanda orchestrated the day beautifully- from hair and makeup to getting our gifts home safely. She put my DIY dream wedding into action- literally! My list of things to put together could have been overwhelming for some people, but Amanda accepted the challenge with enthusiasm! If you are looking for a boutique feel with the professionalism of a large corporation, you may have found your match! Much love and thanks Amanda!! xo
I discovered Shannon Gail Weddings and Events from a friend who had hired the company for her Chicago wedding. The Read more...
I discovered Shannon Gail Weddings and Events from a friend who had hired the company for her Chicago wedding. The planning process was very exciting to me as I was the definition of a DIY bride. However, as my friend suggested, on the day of your wedding you want to enjoy all your hard work and leave the details to a professional. I LOVED this idea and contacted the company for an initial meeting. Amanda contacted me within hours of my inquiry to set up a meeting. She was super flexible and accommodating, which was a great start! At our meeting, Amanda impressed me with her ability to give recommendations and style ideas while keeping a balance of focused listening. After a very short time together, I trusted her talents and was excited for her to be a part of our day. And although we hired Amanda for day of services specifically, her assistance throughout the planning process was paramount. She was quick to answer emails and help with vendor referrals all along the way. When our big day had finally arrived, I was greeted with a feeling of ease that morning. I knew that Amanda had everything under control. Armed with the most flawless, detailed timeline, Amanda orchestrated the day beautifully- from hair and makeup to getting our gifts home safely. She put my DIY dream wedding into action- literally! My list of things to put together could have been overwhelming for some people, but Amanda accepted the challenge with enthusiasm! If you are looking for a boutique feel with the professionalism of a large corporation, you may have found your match! Much love and thanks Amanda!! xo Read less
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NWillett
Wedding:
2/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Shannon is a dream to work with ~ calm and on the ball! She had contacted all my vendors, lining up contracts, before I could blink. Any request I had (e.g. cancelling a dress appointment, setting up a photo shoot location, etc.), was met with swift action, and boom ~ it was handled. She's so calm and in control that I never had to worry about a thing. It was like I was a guest at my own wedding.
Shannon is a dream to work with ~ calm and on the ball! She had contacted all my vendors, lining up contracts, before I Read more...
Shannon is a dream to work with ~ calm and on the ball! She had contacted all my vendors, lining up contracts, before I could blink. Any request I had (e.g. cancelling a dress appointment, setting up a photo shoot location, etc.), was met with swift action, and boom ~ it was handled. She's so calm and in control that I never had to worry about a thing. It was like I was a guest at my own wedding. Read less
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DeAnna
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Shannon is fantastic and you should have already hired her. She has great vendors that want to work with her and she is a sweetheart! I had some bizare ideas and she told me when too much is too much which I totally appreciated!

She takes the time to get to know you and I'm not sure how she does it! I loved getting to know her and hope we can stay in touch.

I have already recommended her to many friends.
Shannon is fantastic and you should have already hired her. She has great vendors that want to work with her and she is a Read more...
Shannon is fantastic and you should have already hired her. She has great vendors that want to work with her and she is a sweetheart! I had some bizare ideas and she told me when too much is too much which I totally appreciated!

She takes the time to get to know you and I'm not sure how she does it! I loved getting to know her and hope we can stay in touch.

I have already recommended her to many friends. Read less
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vckepp
Wedding:
8/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Shannon was my 8/26/11 wedding day-of coordinator. I can not say enough about Shannon. She was so helpful through out my planning process. Though she was only my day-of coordinator, each time I had a question or needed a good recommendation, she was there for me.

The last month of wedding planning, I expected to be overwhelmed and very stressed. Luckily, Shannon slowly started to weave in, as I started to weave out. The last week of the wedding was perfect, I didn't have to worry about a thing, everything was already taken care of.

Enough can not be said about her performance on the day of the wedding. She was so helpful, kind, and fun to have around and not one detail was left unattended to. My family and friends could not stop gushing over Shannon's professionalism and graciousness.

Shannon Gail was by far the smartest investment I made for our wedding!
Shannon was my 8/26/11 wedding day-of coordinator. I can not say enough about Shannon. She was so helpful through out my Read more...
Shannon was my 8/26/11 wedding day-of coordinator. I can not say enough about Shannon. She was so helpful through out my planning process. Though she was only my day-of coordinator, each time I had a question or needed a good recommendation, she was there for me.

The last month of wedding planning, I expected to be overwhelmed and very stressed. Luckily, Shannon slowly started to weave in, as I started to weave out. The last week of the wedding was perfect, I didn't have to worry about a thing, everything was already taken care of.

Enough can not be said about her performance on the day of the wedding. She was so helpful, kind, and fun to have around and not one detail was left unattended to. My family and friends could not stop gushing over Shannon's professionalism and graciousness.

Shannon Gail was by far the smartest investment I made for our wedding! Read less
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CamilleD
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
As an event planner myself I always knew I would need a day of coordinator to ensure that I did not "work" on my own wedding day.

I was referred to her by Amanda, another amazing planner/coordinator who works for Shannon Gail. I met with Shannon and Lindsey (and Amanda!) to go over my wedding and decided immediately that she truly felt like a friend I had known forever. She got me, she got my wedding and she got my needs.

I ended up booking her to coordinate the display portion of my wedding shower on top of my wedding. I had decided to hide the display portion and reveal all of the gifts at the end of the shower. Since I wanted my bridesmaids to enjoy their time, I had Shannon do the dirty work. ;) Her and Lindsey did an over the top job of coordinating the behind the scenes; opening all the gifts, setting up the display and keeping all of the gifts recorded with the gift-givers. The big reveal was the highlight of the shower because of they way they took such care in how it was presented. I wish I could post pictures on these reviews, because words just do not do it justice.

For the day of my wedding, (well I should say week of my wedding) I was amazed at how little was left for me to do. We had been working together to create the day of schedule for quite awhile, and the week before Shannon contacted ALL of my vendors and coordinated with them so I did not have to. She became their go to person and I didn't hear a peep from one of them. And being an event planner, I know the days leading up to a big event are the most important for nailing down the last minute details, so I was fully aware of all the work she was putting in. Meanwhile I was able to enjoy actually getting married and focus on the marriage part and simply enjoy the wedding part.

Added bonus, my hair style fell out almost immediately after the ceremony, Shannon redid my whole hairdo right before our receiving line, who knew she also used to do wedding hair!

Shannon and her team are a jack of all trades. My shower and my wedding went off without a hitch and I know it was due to her hard work, detail and dedication to me and my wedding day.
As an event planner myself I always knew I would need a day of coordinator to ensure that I did not "work" on my own Read more...
As an event planner myself I always knew I would need a day of coordinator to ensure that I did not "work" on my own wedding day.

I was referred to her by Amanda, another amazing planner/coordinator who works for Shannon Gail. I met with Shannon and Lindsey (and Amanda!) to go over my wedding and decided immediately that she truly felt like a friend I had known forever. She got me, she got my wedding and she got my needs.

I ended up booking her to coordinate the display portion of my wedding shower on top of my wedding. I had decided to hide the display portion and reveal all of the gifts at the end of the shower. Since I wanted my bridesmaids to enjoy their time, I had Shannon do the dirty work. ;) Her and Lindsey did an over the top job of coordinating the behind the scenes; opening all the gifts, setting up the display and keeping all of the gifts recorded with the gift-givers. The big reveal was the highlight of the shower because of they way they took such care in how it was presented. I wish I could post pictures on these reviews, because words just do not do it justice.

For the day of my wedding, (well I should say week of my wedding) I was amazed at how little was left for me to do. We had been working together to create the day of schedule for quite awhile, and the week before Shannon contacted ALL of my vendors and coordinated with them so I did not have to. She became their go to person and I didn't hear a peep from one of them. And being an event planner, I know the days leading up to a big event are the most important for nailing down the last minute details, so I was fully aware of all the work she was putting in. Meanwhile I was able to enjoy actually getting married and focus on the marriage part and simply enjoy the wedding part.

Added bonus, my hair style fell out almost immediately after the ceremony, Shannon redid my whole hairdo right before our receiving line, who knew she also used to do wedding hair!

Shannon and her team are a jack of all trades. My shower and my wedding went off without a hitch and I know it was due to her hard work, detail and dedication to me and my wedding day. Read less
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Bride
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about Shannon. She was hands down one of the best decisions I made during the wedding planning process. I was so at ease in the months leading up to the wedding and in particular, the day of knowing she had everything under control. Turns out the trolley driver had no idea he had to come back and pick all of the girls up (me included) from the hotel and take us to the church for the ceremony! Shannon took care of the mixup behind the scenes, and I showed up on time ready to walk down the aisle without a clue of what had happened. That is just one example of the many things Shannon took care of throughout the day that I would have never wanted to deal with. My mom was thrilled to have her there as well and felt like a guest at the wedding rather than a host which is exactly what we wanted. You will not regret the decision to go with Shannon. Her energetic and extremely sweet personality make for the perfect wedding coordinator. She was an absolute blast to work with, and was so helpful before, during and even after the wedding.
I cannot say enough about Shannon. She was hands down one of the best decisions I made during the wedding planning Read more...
I cannot say enough about Shannon. She was hands down one of the best decisions I made during the wedding planning process. I was so at ease in the months leading up to the wedding and in particular, the day of knowing she had everything under control. Turns out the trolley driver had no idea he had to come back and pick all of the girls up (me included) from the hotel and take us to the church for the ceremony! Shannon took care of the mixup behind the scenes, and I showed up on time ready to walk down the aisle without a clue of what had happened. That is just one example of the many things Shannon took care of throughout the day that I would have never wanted to deal with. My mom was thrilled to have her there as well and felt like a guest at the wedding rather than a host which is exactly what we wanted. You will not regret the decision to go with Shannon. Her energetic and extremely sweet personality make for the perfect wedding coordinator. She was an absolute blast to work with, and was so helpful before, during and even after the wedding. Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
I could not have asked for a better wedding planner than Shannon. She was my savior and kept my sanity during the planning process. To start, I was planning this wedding from New York, and I had doubts in the beginning on whether I should even hire a planner. I couldn't afford a full-time planner, so I was looking into a day-of coordinator, but even that I was dubious about.

I researched and contacted a bunch of day-of coordinators using Wedding Wire, and Shannon was one of them. She was by far the friendliest and most helpful in the beginning, and when I told her straight up that I wasn't sure whether a day-of coordinator was even necessary, she was just as straight up in her answer, telling me that I could certainly do without an outside day-of coordinator (meaning not the one the venue provides), but A, B, C would be what she could do for me. And am I glad that I decided to go with her, because it made a HUGE difference.

While I only hired her as a day-of coordinator, she and I exchanged so many emails way before her services actually kicked in. She was so enthusiastic and helpful in so many ways. Just knowing she was there to talk to was a huge relief, too. When her services "officially" kicked in, she took care of all the pains: developed a timeline, contacted all the vendors, etc. It was so great! At the rehearsal and at the wedding Shannon was fantastic. (She also brought an assistant for the wedding day.) She asked all the right questions and was so on top of it all. And not for a single second did she lose her enthusiasm. For a wedding planner, that upbeat attitude is so crucial! On the wedding day, I literally worried about NONE of the logistical stuff. I just enjoyed getting ready with my bridesmaids and that was it!

Everything ran so smoothly and I know all of it is thanks to Shannon and Lauren (her assistant). I LOVE Shannon! She is the best wedding planner ever! And all this despite the fact that her wedding was only 2 months away from mine! I recommend Shannon to every Chicago-area bride; you won't regret it—it'll be the best money spent and you'll make a great new friend!
I could not have asked for a better wedding planner than Shannon. She was my savior and kept my sanity during the planning Read more...
I could not have asked for a better wedding planner than Shannon. She was my savior and kept my sanity during the planning process. To start, I was planning this wedding from New York, and I had doubts in the beginning on whether I should even hire a planner. I couldn't afford a full-time planner, so I was looking into a day-of coordinator, but even that I was dubious about.

I researched and contacted a bunch of day-of coordinators using Wedding Wire, and Shannon was one of them. She was by far the friendliest and most helpful in the beginning, and when I told her straight up that I wasn't sure whether a day-of coordinator was even necessary, she was just as straight up in her answer, telling me that I could certainly do without an outside day-of coordinator (meaning not the one the venue provides), but A, B, C would be what she could do for me. And am I glad that I decided to go with her, because it made a HUGE difference.

While I only hired her as a day-of coordinator, she and I exchanged so many emails way before her services actually kicked in. She was so enthusiastic and helpful in so many ways. Just knowing she was there to talk to was a huge relief, too. When her services "officially" kicked in, she took care of all the pains: developed a timeline, contacted all the vendors, etc. It was so great! At the rehearsal and at the wedding Shannon was fantastic. (She also brought an assistant for the wedding day.) She asked all the right questions and was so on top of it all. And not for a single second did she lose her enthusiasm. For a wedding planner, that upbeat attitude is so crucial! On the wedding day, I literally worried about NONE of the logistical stuff. I just enjoyed getting ready with my bridesmaids and that was it!

Everything ran so smoothly and I know all of it is thanks to Shannon and Lauren (her assistant). I LOVE Shannon! She is the best wedding planner ever! And all this despite the fact that her wedding was only 2 months away from mine! I recommend Shannon to every Chicago-area bride; you won't regret it—it'll be the best money spent and you'll make a great new friend! Read less
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Megan and Andy
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
Shannon was our Day of Coordinator for our wedding on August 29th. Although her role was for the day of, she began helping us a few weeks before our wedding, immediately after I contacted her. She dropped everything to meet my mom and see the reception site with only a day of notice. She went above and beyond her role as Day of Coordinator. Wherever we needed help or support, Shannon was there for us. She even ordered and helped write the wedding programs and menus. Shannon also stepped in and ran our wedding rehearsal when we found out our officiant could not make it. She made sure our day went smoothly and stress-free, as well as the weeks leading up to the big day. I was very lucky to have Shannon as part of my wedding day!! She was professional and organized and we highly recommend her!!
Shannon was our Day of Coordinator for our wedding on August 29th. Although her role was for the day of, she began helping Read more...
Shannon was our Day of Coordinator for our wedding on August 29th. Although her role was for the day of, she began helping us a few weeks before our wedding, immediately after I contacted her. She dropped everything to meet my mom and see the reception site with only a day of notice. She went above and beyond her role as Day of Coordinator. Wherever we needed help or support, Shannon was there for us. She even ordered and helped write the wedding programs and menus. Shannon also stepped in and ran our wedding rehearsal when we found out our officiant could not make it. She made sure our day went smoothly and stress-free, as well as the weeks leading up to the big day. I was very lucky to have Shannon as part of my wedding day!! She was professional and organized and we highly recommend her!! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
We used Shannon as our "Day of Coordinator" for our August 8th, 2009 wedding at the Knickerbocker. I really cannot say enough about how fantastic she was and how easy it was to work with her. I say DOC in quotes, because Shannon turly did so much more than just that. I knew that I could ask her to do anything I needed support or help with and she would take care of it in an efficient and professional manner. This support was available for the entire month leading up to our wedding day. She contacted all of our vendors and became our main contact person and fielded all questions and concerns from them before coming to me. This saved my sanity in so many ways. Shannon developed a very detailed timeline and agenda for both the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. All important players knew exactly where they needed to be and exactly what was expected of them a week before the wedding. She came to the rehearsal and made sure everything ran smoothly. I could go on and on about how much help Shannon was. She melded so well with my whole bridal party, the vendors, and my family. Having her there with me on the day of my wedding brought a sense of calm to me that was irreplaceable. I will forever be grateful for the role that Shannon played in my wedding and I absolutely HIGHLY recommend her!!
We used Shannon as our "Day of Coordinator" for our August 8th, 2009 wedding at the Knickerbocker. I really cannot say Read more...
We used Shannon as our "Day of Coordinator" for our August 8th, 2009 wedding at the Knickerbocker. I really cannot say enough about how fantastic she was and how easy it was to work with her. I say DOC in quotes, because Shannon turly did so much more than just that. I knew that I could ask her to do anything I needed support or help with and she would take care of it in an efficient and professional manner. This support was available for the entire month leading up to our wedding day. She contacted all of our vendors and became our main contact person and fielded all questions and concerns from them before coming to me. This saved my sanity in so many ways. Shannon developed a very detailed timeline and agenda for both the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. All important players knew exactly where they needed to be and exactly what was expected of them a week before the wedding. She came to the rehearsal and made sure everything ran smoothly. I could go on and on about how much help Shannon was. She melded so well with my whole bridal party, the vendors, and my family. Having her there with me on the day of my wedding brought a sense of calm to me that was irreplaceable. I will forever be grateful for the role that Shannon played in my wedding and I absolutely HIGHLY recommend her!! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
9/14/2008
5.0/5.0
Shannon was my hairstylist and she was absolutely fantastic! She's incredibly talented and enthusiastic. I was referred to her by Dana Bersie who did my makeup (also amazing!)
I met with Shannon for a trial run where she really took the time to play around with my hair and incorporate my feedback into the different variations. We were both really excited when we arrived at THE style.
Shannon came to my venue, the Eaglewood Resort out in Itasca. She arrived promptly and ready to go, and we created a makeshift salon in the bridal suite.
Shannon also did the hair of one of my bridesmaids. Since I wasn't paying for their hair, I gave them all the option to have it done or DIY. My friend's hair was gorgeous as well, and that was without a trial run.
Shannon was my hairstylist and she was absolutely fantastic! She's incredibly talented and enthusiastic. I was referred to Read more...
Shannon was my hairstylist and she was absolutely fantastic! She's incredibly talented and enthusiastic. I was referred to her by Dana Bersie who did my makeup (also amazing!)
I met with Shannon for a trial run where she really took the time to play around with my hair and incorporate my feedback into the different variations. We were both really excited when we arrived at THE style.
Shannon came to my venue, the Eaglewood Resort out in Itasca. She arrived promptly and ready to go, and we created a makeshift salon in the bridal suite.
Shannon also did the hair of one of my bridesmaids. Since I wasn't paying for their hair, I gave them all the option to have it done or DIY. My friend's hair was gorgeous as well, and that was without a trial run. Read less
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Merrily McCann
Wedding:
8/9/2008
5.0/5.0
Shannon was a delight to work with from start to finish!

I booked Shannon a year prior to my wedding, during that year she would touch base with me from time to time just to see how the planning was going and to check in, I was immediately comfortable with her and knew she was the right choice. Shannon was extremely flexible for my wedding hair trial and knew exactly what I wanted, she did such a wonderful job it made me all the more excited for my wedding day. On the day of my wedding Shannon arrived early for the on site bridal hair, she did a spectacular job on my 9 bridesmaids, my mother and myself, everyone was finished in time and absolutely loved their hair. I will recommend Shannon to anyone I know that is getting married, she is extremely talented and a complete joy to work with!
Shannon was a delight to work with from start to finish!

I booked Shannon a year prior to my wedding, during that Read more...
Shannon was a delight to work with from start to finish!

I booked Shannon a year prior to my wedding, during that year she would touch base with me from time to time just to see how the planning was going and to check in, I was immediately comfortable with her and knew she was the right choice. Shannon was extremely flexible for my wedding hair trial and knew exactly what I wanted, she did such a wonderful job it made me all the more excited for my wedding day. On the day of my wedding Shannon arrived early for the on site bridal hair, she did a spectacular job on my 9 bridesmaids, my mother and myself, everyone was finished in time and absolutely loved their hair. I will recommend Shannon to anyone I know that is getting married, she is extremely talented and a complete joy to work with! Read less
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Misti
Wedding:
7/5/2008
5.0/5.0
I give the highest recommendation for Shannon. I met her in her role as a stylist. From that experience, I can tell you that Shannon does not use a cookie-cutter approach. She has a gift for being able to tailor her skills to an individual's unique preferences. Shannon will encourage you to think outside the box (which I something I sometimes have a hard time doing), which will result in you considering amazing options that you might otherwise have rejected. For instance, I ended up choosing - and loving - a hairstyle that I probably would not have considered if I had simply seen it in a magazine. On your wedding day, Shannon will provide the highest level of customer service. You can tell that she takes great pride in her work and views it as a reflection of herself. She is accommodating and very easy to work with. To an outsider, she could have been another one of my bridesmaids. She is not easily stressed out, and she is not high maintenance or stuffy (like some vendors I've met at other weddings.) Additionally, Shannon's cost structure is very reasonable, especially when compared to others in the city. I simply cannot say enough nice things about Shannon. Put her at the very top of your listand meet with her before shopping around.
I give the highest recommendation for Shannon. I met her in her role as a stylist. From that experience, I can tell you Read more...
I give the highest recommendation for Shannon. I met her in her role as a stylist. From that experience, I can tell you that Shannon does not use a cookie-cutter approach. She has a gift for being able to tailor her skills to an individual's unique preferences. Shannon will encourage you to think outside the box (which I something I sometimes have a hard time doing), which will result in you considering amazing options that you might otherwise have rejected. For instance, I ended up choosing - and loving - a hairstyle that I probably would not have considered if I had simply seen it in a magazine. On your wedding day, Shannon will provide the highest level of customer service. You can tell that she takes great pride in her work and views it as a reflection of herself. She is accommodating and very easy to work with. To an outsider, she could have been another one of my bridesmaids. She is not easily stressed out, and she is not high maintenance or stuffy (like some vendors I've met at other weddings.) Additionally, Shannon's cost structure is very reasonable, especially when compared to others in the city. I simply cannot say enough nice things about Shannon. Put her at the very top of your listand meet with her before shopping around. Read less
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Carolynn from ShannonGail as our "Day of" wedding planner. She was fantastic! She was fun but kept us on track and saw to all the details. On the day of the wedding, we knew we could count on Carolynn to se that everthing was running smooothly. Both the Bride and the mother of the bride were able to relax and enjoy the day.
Carolynn really cared about making the day really speacial. We will never forget how valuable she was to us in making the wedding a wonderful success!
Carolynn from ShannonGail as our "Day of" wedding planner. She was fantastic! She was fun but kept us on track and saw to Read more...
Carolynn from ShannonGail as our "Day of" wedding planner. She was fantastic! She was fun but kept us on track and saw to all the details. On the day of the wedding, we knew we could count on Carolynn to se that everthing was running smooothly. Both the Bride and the mother of the bride were able to relax and enjoy the day.
Carolynn really cared about making the day really speacial. We will never forget how valuable she was to us in making the wedding a wonderful success! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Heidi
Wedding:
5/5/2012
4.9/5.0
I laughed at the idea of having a wedding planner. Didn’t need one, I thought. I am the do-it-all type.I designed everything in our wedding, from table settings to the invitations to all the kitschy, intimate little details that I had envisioned for years. But then as those little details added up – and my mother complained about all the things I was storing at her house – I realized how deep I had gotten myself. I knew I would not be able to control it all and execute my dream wedding the way I wanted it. I looked into a day-of planner, and I found Carolyn with Shannon Gail Weddings, and right away I knew she was going to be perfect. She was just as detail-oriented than I was, maybe even more so. When it came to my wedding day, she was way ahead of me on everything – no stone was left unturned. I was able to enjoy the perfect wedding day, and all those little details I had dreamed in my head, Carolyn made sure they were absolutely perfect. She went out of her way to pick up some cookies the day before. She remembered to bring umbrellas just in case it might rain (it didn’t). My in-laws had given us two Tiffany champagne flutes, which we used at the reception, and they accidentally got lost; she found them. Carolyn even brought straws so I could have sips of a drink while they were applying my makeup – little things I never would have thought of. My wedding was perfect, and so was she. I highly would recommend her services to any bride who wants to remove the stress on her most important day. Best money we spent!
I laughed at the idea of having a wedding planner. Didn’t need one, I thought. I am the do-it-all type.I designed Read more...
I laughed at the idea of having a wedding planner. Didn’t need one, I thought. I am the do-it-all type.I designed everything in our wedding, from table settings to the invitations to all the kitschy, intimate little details that I had envisioned for years. But then as those little details added up – and my mother complained about all the things I was storing at her house – I realized how deep I had gotten myself. I knew I would not be able to control it all and execute my dream wedding the way I wanted it. I looked into a day-of planner, and I found Carolyn with Shannon Gail Weddings, and right away I knew she was going to be perfect. She was just as detail-oriented than I was, maybe even more so. When it came to my wedding day, she was way ahead of me on everything – no stone was left unturned. I was able to enjoy the perfect wedding day, and all those little details I had dreamed in my head, Carolyn made sure they were absolutely perfect. She went out of her way to pick up some cookies the day before. She remembered to bring umbrellas just in case it might rain (it didn’t). My in-laws had given us two Tiffany champagne flutes, which we used at the reception, and they accidentally got lost; she found them. Carolyn even brought straws so I could have sips of a drink while they were applying my makeup – little things I never would have thought of. My wedding was perfect, and so was she. I highly would recommend her services to any bride who wants to remove the stress on her most important day. Best money we spent! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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corievee
Wedding:
2/5/2011
4.9/5.0
Shannon Gail is a young wedding genius! She had the absolute best vendor suggestions and our wedding was nothing less then fabulous. I couldn't have done it with out her. Having her there on our wedding day allowed us to truly enjoy our day. If you're looking for a wedding planner, look no further! She started out as my wedding planner and ended up as a great friend. I love her and you will too!
Shannon Gail is a young wedding genius! She had the absolute best vendor suggestions and our wedding was nothing less then Read more...
Shannon Gail is a young wedding genius! She had the absolute best vendor suggestions and our wedding was nothing less then fabulous. I couldn't have done it with out her. Having her there on our wedding day allowed us to truly enjoy our day. If you're looking for a wedding planner, look no further! She started out as my wedding planner and ended up as a great friend. I love her and you will too! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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enriquez.kathryn
Wedding:
9/5/2009
4.9/5.0
Truly I only have wonderful things to say about Shannon. Not only is she fabulous and incredibly creative at styling hair, she is extremely personable, reliable, dependable and has great energy. Shannon's did not stop styling until me, my mom and my 5 bridesmaids were thrilled with our hair. She delivered a great product and was such a joy to work with every step of the way. Highly, highly recommended!
Truly I only have wonderful things to say about Shannon. Not only is she fabulous and incredibly creative at styling hair, Read more...
Truly I only have wonderful things to say about Shannon. Not only is she fabulous and incredibly creative at styling hair, she is extremely personable, reliable, dependable and has great energy. Shannon's did not stop styling until me, my mom and my 5 bridesmaids were thrilled with our hair. She delivered a great product and was such a joy to work with every step of the way. Highly, highly recommended! Read less
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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CCA416
Wedding:
9/4/2010
4.8/5.0
Shannon was great from start to finish. I was an anxious bride and Shannon was very patient, always responding to my emails and answering the millions of questions I threw at her (even the ridiculously small, nitpicky ones). She also accompanied me dress shopping and helped us find many of our vendors (who were wonderful). Every couple of months, Shannon would send me a checklist to make sure we were up to speed on everything that needed to get done and we also spoke on the phone and met fairly often in person. She also did all the work booking our trolley and organizing both of our hotel blocks downtown. After I had paid the trolley in full I ended up reading some terrible reviews and getting super nervous, but Shannon talked me down and was in constant contact with the trolley company the week before the wedding to make absolute sure that the driver would show up on time. The day of the wedding, Shannon showed up and helped me with every little thing that went wrong. This includes running out to CVS to buy white eyeshadow to cover up the stains on my white shoes before pictures (they got dirty when I wore them to dancing lessons to break them in). While we went and took pictures, Shannon went over to the venue and made sure everything was set up correctly. I know there was a lot going on behind the scenes that I didn’t see but I am so happy the entire day ran so smoothly. She also was just so sweet and friendly through the entire process. I felt totally comfortable asking her for little things like helping me get my bustle to lay flat or fix hair that had fallen out of place during cocktail hour. All in all, Shannon was definitely worth her weight in gold!
Shannon was great from start to finish. I was an anxious bride and Shannon was very patient, always responding to my Read more...
Shannon was great from start to finish. I was an anxious bride and Shannon was very patient, always responding to my emails and answering the millions of questions I threw at her (even the ridiculously small, nitpicky ones). She also accompanied me dress shopping and helped us find many of our vendors (who were wonderful). Every couple of months, Shannon would send me a checklist to make sure we were up to speed on everything that needed to get done and we also spoke on the phone and met fairly often in person. She also did all the work booking our trolley and organizing both of our hotel blocks downtown. After I had paid the trolley in full I ended up reading some terrible reviews and getting super nervous, but Shannon talked me down and was in constant contact with the trolley company the week before the wedding to make absolute sure that the driver would show up on time. The day of the wedding, Shannon showed up and helped me with every little thing that went wrong. This includes running out to CVS to buy white eyeshadow to cover up the stains on my white shoes before pictures (they got dirty when I wore them to dancing lessons to break them in). While we went and took pictures, Shannon went over to the venue and made sure everything was set up correctly. I know there was a lot going on behind the scenes that I didn’t see but I am so happy the entire day ran so smoothly. She also was just so sweet and friendly through the entire process. I felt totally comfortable asking her for little things like helping me get my bustle to lay flat or fix hair that had fallen out of place during cocktail hour. All in all, Shannon was definitely worth her weight in gold! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Joanne
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.8/5.0
Shannon was great to work with! I felt so comfortable from the very first meeting with her and I could "tell it like it is" and she totally gets it and has a great personality. I felt like she had been one of my close friends for years! The only regret I have is that I should have let her do more for the cost and get involved in the vendor/detail process earlier (I hired her for day of coordination only). I think that would have relieved some stress I was feeling a month or two before but I was so thankful and calm the "day of" because I knew she was there and I trusted her to take care of everything! I would hire Shannon again in a heartbeat!
Shannon was great to work with! I felt so comfortable from the very first meeting with her and I could "tell it like it Read more...
Shannon was great to work with! I felt so comfortable from the very first meeting with her and I could "tell it like it is" and she totally gets it and has a great personality. I felt like she had been one of my close friends for years! The only regret I have is that I should have let her do more for the cost and get involved in the vendor/detail process earlier (I hired her for day of coordination only). I think that would have relieved some stress I was feeling a month or two before but I was so thankful and calm the "day of" because I knew she was there and I trusted her to take care of everything! I would hire Shannon again in a heartbeat! Read less
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shannon gail weddings and events chicago responded with the following comments:

Yes ma'am you should have let me do more! I told you so! :) But that's ok, I think being a wedding planner is in your future!
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KConn1987
Wedding:
10/10/2010
4.7/5.0
Shannon of ShannonGail wedding and events is nothing short of a God-send. The best part about her and how she runs her business would have to be her professionalism and attitude. Everytime I called her in a panic or emailed her, she would respond with a peppy "It's okay!" and that is all a frantic bride needs to hear.

I booked with her the full planning package, as I have never had a wedding before. (Which is a good thing!) I had no idea what to expect or any of the small details that go along with planning a wedding, but Shannon put me right at ease. Her style ideas are amazing but are mostly set for a moderate to large budget wedding. We, however, had minimal funds near the middle to end of the planning process. We took charge and ended up doing a lot of DIY projects for the style elements, but not forgetting Shannon's initial ideas. My only suggestion would be for Shannon to be a little bit better on ideas that include lower budget weddings and DIY projects. However, the day and week of the wedding, she was able to take all of our DIY things and make sure they got to where they needed to be. Without Shannon, our style elements would have never made it to the reception! She set everything up, and made sure everyone was where they needed to be so there was little to no stress on my part! She set up meetings with vendors and was in constant contact with those contributing to our special day.

I can honestly, without a doubt say that Shannon was the best part of our wedding months, week, and day. She went above and beyond to ensure the day of was relaxing for both me and my husband. She even drove me to the church because we had everyone using their own transportation! I would recommend Shannon and her associates to any family member or friend planning a wedding that wants it to be a fun, relaxing experience!
Shannon of ShannonGail wedding and events is nothing short of a God-send. The best part about her and how she runs her Read more...
Shannon of ShannonGail wedding and events is nothing short of a God-send. The best part about her and how she runs her business would have to be her professionalism and attitude. Everytime I called her in a panic or emailed her, she would respond with a peppy "It's okay!" and that is all a frantic bride needs to hear.

I booked with her the full planning package, as I have never had a wedding before. (Which is a good thing!) I had no idea what to expect or any of the small details that go along with planning a wedding, but Shannon put me right at ease. Her style ideas are amazing but are mostly set for a moderate to large budget wedding. We, however, had minimal funds near the middle to end of the planning process. We took charge and ended up doing a lot of DIY projects for the style elements, but not forgetting Shannon's initial ideas. My only suggestion would be for Shannon to be a little bit better on ideas that include lower budget weddings and DIY projects. However, the day and week of the wedding, she was able to take all of our DIY things and make sure they got to where they needed to be. Without Shannon, our style elements would have never made it to the reception! She set everything up, and made sure everyone was where they needed to be so there was little to no stress on my part! She set up meetings with vendors and was in constant contact with those contributing to our special day.

I can honestly, without a doubt say that Shannon was the best part of our wedding months, week, and day. She went above and beyond to ensure the day of was relaxing for both me and my husband. She even drove me to the church because we had everyone using their own transportation! I would recommend Shannon and her associates to any family member or friend planning a wedding that wants it to be a fun, relaxing experience! Read less
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