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Shannon Gail Weddings and Events

Chicago , IL
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Chicago, IL 60657 US (map)

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773-580-3660

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SG is one of Chicago’s leading event planning companies, providing couples with unrivaled expertise and the personal attentiveness of a boutique firm. With backgrounds in finance,... Read more
SG is one of Chicago’s leading event planning companies, providing couples with unrivaled expertise and the personal attentiveness of a boutique firm. With backgrounds in finance, floral, catering, and hospitality, the team is expert in all areas of event production, offering everything from month of services to full event production. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Cultural, Destination, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
8

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Kathryn
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
I worked with Samantha from Shannon Gail Weddings and Events for day-of coordination (although their services really begin two months before your wedding date) and it was one of the smartest decisions I made throughout the wedding planning process. Even though I was an extremely organized and detailed bride, I really needed someone to be my eyes and ears on the big day. Samantha, and her assistant Olivia, made sure everything flowed smoothly and worked hard to ensure every detail was "just so."

I knew the timeline of the day's events were in her capable hands, so I could focus on the important aspects of the day and not have to worry about the logistics. Plus, my mom was so grateful for Samantha's assistance, because she could enjoy the wedding without having to be the "point person" for the bridal party, vendors, etc.

Even if you plan the wedding yourself (like I did), I cannot stress enough the importance of having someone in your corner on the big day. You spend so much time, effort, and money planning the wedding of your dreams, so put your event in capable hands and let the team at Shannon Gail work their magic. You will not be disappointed!
I worked with Samantha from Shannon Gail Weddings and Events for day-of coordination (although their services really begin Read more...
I worked with Samantha from Shannon Gail Weddings and Events for day-of coordination (although their services really begin two months before your wedding date) and it was one of the smartest decisions I made throughout the wedding planning process. Even though I was an extremely organized and detailed bride, I really needed someone to be my eyes and ears on the big day. Samantha, and her assistant Olivia, made sure everything flowed smoothly and worked hard to ensure every detail was "just so."

I knew the timeline of the day's events were in her capable hands, so I could focus on the important aspects of the day and not have to worry about the logistics. Plus, my mom was so grateful for Samantha's assistance, because she could enjoy the wedding without having to be the "point person" for the bridal party, vendors, etc.

Even if you plan the wedding yourself (like I did), I cannot stress enough the importance of having someone in your corner on the big day. You spend so much time, effort, and money planning the wedding of your dreams, so put your event in capable hands and let the team at Shannon Gail work their magic. You will not be disappointed! Read less
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Nora
Wedding:
2/6/2016
5.0/5.0
We hired Bridget from Shannon Gail as our wedding coordinator for full planning services, and we just can't put into words how grateful we are for her and her team! Because of Bridget, our wedding weekend went absolutely perfectly! Throughout the planning process Bridget was so helpful, not only in providing guidance on ideas and being extremely organized, but also in managing everyone’s stress level. We were never worried that things wouldn't end up coming together, because she clearly has a ton of experience and she knows how to make a good list! As a result, she was on top of every single detail, so there were no bad surprises. On the day, we were always within 10 minutes of the timeline, which gave us the ability to really just enjoy the moment. Literally, the only thing that strayed from the plan was us accidentally cutting the cake too early! Bottom line, we could never thank Bridget enough for making the whole weekend completely stress-free. Investing in a good wedding planner can seem like an unnecessary expense, but oh my goodness, it is SO worth it!!
We hired Bridget from Shannon Gail as our wedding coordinator for full planning services, and we just can't put into words Read more...
We hired Bridget from Shannon Gail as our wedding coordinator for full planning services, and we just can't put into words how grateful we are for her and her team! Because of Bridget, our wedding weekend went absolutely perfectly! Throughout the planning process Bridget was so helpful, not only in providing guidance on ideas and being extremely organized, but also in managing everyone’s stress level. We were never worried that things wouldn't end up coming together, because she clearly has a ton of experience and she knows how to make a good list! As a result, she was on top of every single detail, so there were no bad surprises. On the day, we were always within 10 minutes of the timeline, which gave us the ability to really just enjoy the moment. Literally, the only thing that strayed from the plan was us accidentally cutting the cake too early! Bottom line, we could never thank Bridget enough for making the whole weekend completely stress-free. Investing in a good wedding planner can seem like an unnecessary expense, but oh my goodness, it is SO worth it!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
I honestly don't know where to begin. For starters, I really wasn't sure if I needed/wanted a wedding planner but everyone said a day of person was 100% necessary. I used to plan huge corporate events for a living and thought I'd have a hard time finding any one or anything worthwhile - fast forward, since our wedding I have said that Shannon Gail Wedding Services (Breanna Manzie) was the BEST money I spent. We purchased the "day of" package which meant that our planner, Breanna kicked in two months prior to the wedding. She came into the picture after most of the " big picture" decisions were made ( the fun part) - and then executed all those big decisions for us (the hard part). The little details and deadlines and communications that feel like work were her job and she made that part of the process fun and easy because I only needed to answer questions, not research them. I honestly can't say enough. So beyond doing an impeccable job in preparing us for the big day --- seeing her the week of the wedding and on the day of felt like an old friend just showed up. There was a comfort in knowing she would be there --- and that she'd be everywhere (and make sure everyone was everywhere) that they needed to be. From Breanna, to the day of "assistant" (we got lucky, Shannon Gail stepped in as assistant) ...I could not have been more pleased. Every personal touch --- from the chocolates in our hotel room when we got back from a perfect reception, to the way all of my vendors later told me Breanna was a dream to work with. I could go on and on --- but from one "expert" planner who didn't think she needed this --- YOU DO! You may find that because of them, you'll feel strangely relaxed and calm on your wedding day (as I did) cause you knew everything was going to be perfect and you could focus on yourself and the one that you'll see later that day as you walk down the aisle.
I honestly don't know where to begin. For starters, I really wasn't sure if I needed/wanted a wedding planner but everyone Read more...
I honestly don't know where to begin. For starters, I really wasn't sure if I needed/wanted a wedding planner but everyone said a day of person was 100% necessary. I used to plan huge corporate events for a living and thought I'd have a hard time finding any one or anything worthwhile - fast forward, since our wedding I have said that Shannon Gail Wedding Services (Breanna Manzie) was the BEST money I spent. We purchased the "day of" package which meant that our planner, Breanna kicked in two months prior to the wedding. She came into the picture after most of the " big picture" decisions were made ( the fun part) - and then executed all those big decisions for us (the hard part). The little details and deadlines and communications that feel like work were her job and she made that part of the process fun and easy because I only needed to answer questions, not research them. I honestly can't say enough. So beyond doing an impeccable job in preparing us for the big day --- seeing her the week of the wedding and on the day of felt like an old friend just showed up. There was a comfort in knowing she would be there --- and that she'd be everywhere (and make sure everyone was everywhere) that they needed to be. From Breanna, to the day of "assistant" (we got lucky, Shannon Gail stepped in as assistant) ...I could not have been more pleased. Every personal touch --- from the chocolates in our hotel room when we got back from a perfect reception, to the way all of my vendors later told me Breanna was a dream to work with. I could go on and on --- but from one "expert" planner who didn't think she needed this --- YOU DO! You may find that because of them, you'll feel strangely relaxed and calm on your wedding day (as I did) cause you knew everything was going to be perfect and you could focus on yourself and the one that you'll see later that day as you walk down the aisle. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Amanda H provided day-of coordinating services for my wedding. She was well worth every penny! We met in person multiple times and communicated via email/phone before the big day. Amanda was extremely professional, had every detail covered and helped ensure all the vendors were on the same page. She created a meticulous timeline and was able to help trouble-shoot the day of. It was extremely helpful to have her as the main contact leading up to the event and on the day-of, as I was able to be a stress-free bride able to focus on celebrating the day with friends & family which was priceless. I wish I could hire Amanda to help coordinate my everyday life!
Amanda H provided day-of coordinating services for my wedding. She was well worth every penny! We met in person multiple Read more...
Amanda H provided day-of coordinating services for my wedding. She was well worth every penny! We met in person multiple times and communicated via email/phone before the big day. Amanda was extremely professional, had every detail covered and helped ensure all the vendors were on the same page. She created a meticulous timeline and was able to help trouble-shoot the day of. It was extremely helpful to have her as the main contact leading up to the event and on the day-of, as I was able to be a stress-free bride able to focus on celebrating the day with friends & family which was priceless. I wish I could hire Amanda to help coordinate my everyday life! Read less
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Stephany
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot express enough how thankful I am that I used Shannon Gail Wedding Planning for my wedding. I was on the fence because I could not afford a wedding planner. I went on their website and saw that they offer day of planning. This company stuck out to me because most day of planners start a month before the wedding and Shannon Gail starts 2 months before the wedding. I met with and had the pleasure of working with Samantha for my day of planner. Even though she technically did not start until 2 months before my wedding, she was always available by email with vendor recommendations and small to-dos. In the final 2 months before the wedding Samantha and I were in constant communication with questions and to-do lists for both her and myself. She was always available when I had my mild freak outs and always assured she would take care of everything (which she did). She thought of the small details I would have never even thought of for my big day! I enjoyed working with her so much I was actually a little sad when she left after the wedding. I will recommend Shannon Gail to every bride to be and am eternally grateful I got to work with Samantha!!!
I cannot express enough how thankful I am that I used Shannon Gail Wedding Planning for my wedding. I was on the fence Read more...
I cannot express enough how thankful I am that I used Shannon Gail Wedding Planning for my wedding. I was on the fence because I could not afford a wedding planner. I went on their website and saw that they offer day of planning. This company stuck out to me because most day of planners start a month before the wedding and Shannon Gail starts 2 months before the wedding. I met with and had the pleasure of working with Samantha for my day of planner. Even though she technically did not start until 2 months before my wedding, she was always available by email with vendor recommendations and small to-dos. In the final 2 months before the wedding Samantha and I were in constant communication with questions and to-do lists for both her and myself. She was always available when I had my mild freak outs and always assured she would take care of everything (which she did). She thought of the small details I would have never even thought of for my big day! I enjoyed working with her so much I was actually a little sad when she left after the wedding. I will recommend Shannon Gail to every bride to be and am eternally grateful I got to work with Samantha!!! Read less
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Inga
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
We worked with Amanda to plan my sister's wedding, which was an out-of-town event for us. She was a joy to work with all around. We opted for the full-on package, which included all the planning as well as the day-of coordination. We worked together for about a year to pull off this wedding and we were very pleased with the outcome. My sister and I flew out to Chicago a few months into the planning process and Amanda drove us around to look at our four venue finalists. With the exception of a few long calls early on in the process most of the time we communicated via email, and that worked really well for us. Amanda is personable, very responsive, is a good listener and has a great sense of humor so we hit it off with her right away. She is very detailed oriented, which is key for this kind of work. She was able to juggle not only the timeline, the style guide, the vendors, the deposits and payments, but also managed to keep us on budget, which was really great. The day of the wedding went like clockwork and it was great not to have to worry about all the details since we knew Amanda had them well in hand. I would highly recommend Shannon Gail and especially Amanda!
We worked with Amanda to plan my sister's wedding, which was an out-of-town event for us. She was a joy to work with all Read more...
We worked with Amanda to plan my sister's wedding, which was an out-of-town event for us. She was a joy to work with all around. We opted for the full-on package, which included all the planning as well as the day-of coordination. We worked together for about a year to pull off this wedding and we were very pleased with the outcome. My sister and I flew out to Chicago a few months into the planning process and Amanda drove us around to look at our four venue finalists. With the exception of a few long calls early on in the process most of the time we communicated via email, and that worked really well for us. Amanda is personable, very responsive, is a good listener and has a great sense of humor so we hit it off with her right away. She is very detailed oriented, which is key for this kind of work. She was able to juggle not only the timeline, the style guide, the vendors, the deposits and payments, but also managed to keep us on budget, which was really great. The day of the wedding went like clockwork and it was great not to have to worry about all the details since we knew Amanda had them well in hand. I would highly recommend Shannon Gail and especially Amanda! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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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