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shannon gail weddings and events chicago

Chicago , IL
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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:
Read more...
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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