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The Savvy Event

Chicago , IL
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The Savvy Event specializes in planning and coordinating events with elegance, style, sophistication, and a little bit of an edge-providing as much or as little assistance as you need.... Read more
The Savvy Event specializes in planning and coordinating events with elegance, style, sophistication, and a little bit of an edge-providing as much or as little assistance as you need. From elegant and elaborate to modern and chic, our planning services can turn your dreams into a reality. Our goal is to make your planning easier, less stressful, and more fun! When hosting a grand affair, be it a wedding, corporate function, or private party, you should be able to enjoy the day, not dread it. When you hire The Savvy Event, you will be able to relax and enjoy the party knowing that a professional is behind the scenes taking care of the details. Would you rather be on the phone dealing with a lost vendor or enjoying the event with your guests? Exactly. By combining my creative spirit and obsession with details, your event will surely be one to remember. From full service planning to day of coordination, The Savvy Event offers customized packages for every client. Each package includes a free consultation, unlimited email contact, event timelines, and vendor recommendations. Email today for your free consultation! Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
This review is long overdue. Words can’t fully express how grateful my husband and I are for all Katie did to help make our day so spectacular. We were married this past November at Café Brauer in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. I can say with absolute certainty that we could not have planned this wedding without her help. Katie is the perfect mix of consummate professional and calming persona, two qualities that make her the ideal planner for any wedding. She is extremely detail oriented and posses an exceptional eye for design. Our ideas for a dream wedding would not have come to life if it were not for her help, guidance and true expertise. Katie helped us coordinate with our vendors leading up to the wedding, helped us plan and execute our décor and made sure everyone was where they needed to be during the events of the day-of and much more. Having Katie by our side was exactly what we needed from a planner. She made the planning process leading up to the wedding easy and the day-of completely stress free. Her commitment and dedication made us feel confident that our big day would be perfect and every detail would be taken care of. She did not disappoint. Over the past few months, we’ve gotten so many compliments about all of the details and personal touches that went into our ceremony and reception. None of this would have been possible if it were not for Katie’s help throughout the entire planning and design process. Katie made herself available to us whenever we needed to talk (and when we needed reassurance that we were making the right decisions) through phone calls, Skype and in-person meetings. Even though we knew she had other clients, she always made us feel like we were her top priority. Katie is a true professional and we were so blessed that she was available to help us with our wedding. The memories of both the planning process and wedding will stay with us forever. We absolutely would recommend Katie and The Savvy Event to anyone looking for a wedding c
This review is long overdue. Words can’t fully express how grateful my husband and I are for all Katie did to help make Read more...
This review is long overdue. Words can’t fully express how grateful my husband and I are for all Katie did to help make our day so spectacular. We were married this past November at Café Brauer in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. I can say with absolute certainty that we could not have planned this wedding without her help. Katie is the perfect mix of consummate professional and calming persona, two qualities that make her the ideal planner for any wedding. She is extremely detail oriented and posses an exceptional eye for design. Our ideas for a dream wedding would not have come to life if it were not for her help, guidance and true expertise. Katie helped us coordinate with our vendors leading up to the wedding, helped us plan and execute our décor and made sure everyone was where they needed to be during the events of the day-of and much more. Having Katie by our side was exactly what we needed from a planner. She made the planning process leading up to the wedding easy and the day-of completely stress free. Her commitment and dedication made us feel confident that our big day would be perfect and every detail would be taken care of. She did not disappoint. Over the past few months, we’ve gotten so many compliments about all of the details and personal touches that went into our ceremony and reception. None of this would have been possible if it were not for Katie’s help throughout the entire planning and design process. Katie made herself available to us whenever we needed to talk (and when we needed reassurance that we were making the right decisions) through phone calls, Skype and in-person meetings. Even though we knew she had other clients, she always made us feel like we were her top priority. Katie is a true professional and we were so blessed that she was available to help us with our wedding. The memories of both the planning process and wedding will stay with us forever. We absolutely would recommend Katie and The Savvy Event to anyone looking for a wedding c Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Katie is the best! My daughter lives out of town, so we felt a planner was key in getting things done. We gave her our budget, and she was off and running with great suggestions. She skyped and had calls with my daughter and her fiancé, created beautiful boards with all the details of their day. She was always thinking, giving us her undivided attention. Her vendor contacts were terrific, hello Carole the florist! The day of the event, she had us all organized and we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves, knowing we could turn to her for any concerns. I wish I had more daughters to plan another wedding with Katie! Best Day Ever!
Katie is the best! My daughter lives out of town, so we felt a planner was key in getting things done. We gave her our Read more...
Katie is the best! My daughter lives out of town, so we felt a planner was key in getting things done. We gave her our budget, and she was off and running with great suggestions. She skyped and had calls with my daughter and her fiancé, created beautiful boards with all the details of their day. She was always thinking, giving us her undivided attention. Her vendor contacts were terrific, hello Carole the florist! The day of the event, she had us all organized and we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves, knowing we could turn to her for any concerns. I wish I had more daughters to plan another wedding with Katie! Best Day Ever! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Brighid
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
The Savvy Event = top notch!!!! Katie has been at my beck and call for the past ten months. She is incredible. From start to finish she was detailed, organized, and ON IT! Don't let her cuteness fool you, she is a bulldog! She finagled my venue into upgrading the food options, extending the open bar time, and throwing in midnight snacks! She knew what was fair and expected when we didn't have a clue. She had great referrals.... Crizen, Erica, Carole, love love love! Her inspiration boards were so creative. She is so crafty, she made signage, paper goods, and an awesome photo display that I would have paid a pretty penny for on Etsy. She is young and fresh with contemporary ideas. She understood me and my vision. She has a sense of humor while beaming professionalism. Definitely spring for her full services. She will have ideas and connections you never would find on your own, and she will make your day seamless and smooth so you can enjoy the ride. Katie I will miss you!!!!
The Savvy Event = top notch!!!! Katie has been at my beck and call for the past ten months. She is incredible. From start Read more...
The Savvy Event = top notch!!!! Katie has been at my beck and call for the past ten months. She is incredible. From start to finish she was detailed, organized, and ON IT! Don't let her cuteness fool you, she is a bulldog! She finagled my venue into upgrading the food options, extending the open bar time, and throwing in midnight snacks! She knew what was fair and expected when we didn't have a clue. She had great referrals.... Crizen, Erica, Carole, love love love! Her inspiration boards were so creative. She is so crafty, she made signage, paper goods, and an awesome photo display that I would have paid a pretty penny for on Etsy. She is young and fresh with contemporary ideas. She understood me and my vision. She has a sense of humor while beaming professionalism. Definitely spring for her full services. She will have ideas and connections you never would find on your own, and she will make your day seamless and smooth so you can enjoy the ride. Katie I will miss you!!!! Read less
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Jewel
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
The services provided by The Savory Event were incredible. The day was perfect and we couldn't have done it all without their help and expertise.
The services provided by The Savory Event were incredible. The day was perfect and we couldn't have done it all without Read more...
The services provided by The Savory Event were incredible. The day was perfect and we couldn't have done it all without their help and expertise. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Katie McFarlan (Savvy Event) was amazing!! She thought of EVERYTHING and asked myself and my vendors questions I never would have thought of...all to ensure my wedding day was everything I wanted it to be and more. She is very friendly, warm, energetic and approachable, very fun to work with. She also has a very calm authority about her that reassured me that she had everything under control the day of my wedding. She was incredibly responsive, always responding within hours (months out from wedding), and then I always got immediate responses the weeks leading up to the wedding. She is also incredibly creative and always prepared! I had a vision for my dessert table and had ordered the desserts, had the trays but she was the one that put it together and it was GORGEOUS, exactly what I was looking for! I had forgotten a little purse for myself so she let me borrow a personal clutch of hers. Also, my garter was too big and she had one on her. Katie to the rescue! I seriously cannot say enough good things about her! My only regret is not upgrading my package to have her interview vendors with me. She truly knows the right questions to ask and how to spot good (and bad) vendors.
Katie McFarlan (Savvy Event) was amazing!! She thought of EVERYTHING and asked myself and my vendors questions I never Read more...
Katie McFarlan (Savvy Event) was amazing!! She thought of EVERYTHING and asked myself and my vendors questions I never would have thought of...all to ensure my wedding day was everything I wanted it to be and more. She is very friendly, warm, energetic and approachable, very fun to work with. She also has a very calm authority about her that reassured me that she had everything under control the day of my wedding. She was incredibly responsive, always responding within hours (months out from wedding), and then I always got immediate responses the weeks leading up to the wedding. She is also incredibly creative and always prepared! I had a vision for my dessert table and had ordered the desserts, had the trays but she was the one that put it together and it was GORGEOUS, exactly what I was looking for! I had forgotten a little purse for myself so she let me borrow a personal clutch of hers. Also, my garter was too big and she had one on her. Katie to the rescue! I seriously cannot say enough good things about her! My only regret is not upgrading my package to have her interview vendors with me. She truly knows the right questions to ask and how to spot good (and bad) vendors. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.8/5.0
We decided to hire a wedding planner because we were planning a wedding from out of the country! (We live in Montreal but got married in the Chicago area). We were referred to Katie through friends of my sister-in-law, and we do not regret our choice! Katie helped us with partial wedding planning and day-of coordination. She made things a lot easier for us by keeping us on track with our planning, sending us many ideas for different aspects of our planning, helping us to save money wherever possible, coming up with short lists of vendors (which was essential for an out-of-town bride, I didn't have time to meet with hundreds of vendors), and taking care of all the details on the day itself. Katie even offered us something she wasn't used to doing - Skype meetings! That personal touch made a really big difference, as we were able to meet with her "in person" even though we were in a different country. I would recommend Katie to anyone in a heartbeat.
We decided to hire a wedding planner because we were planning a wedding from out of the country! (We live in Montreal but Read more...
We decided to hire a wedding planner because we were planning a wedding from out of the country! (We live in Montreal but got married in the Chicago area). We were referred to Katie through friends of my sister-in-law, and we do not regret our choice! Katie helped us with partial wedding planning and day-of coordination. She made things a lot easier for us by keeping us on track with our planning, sending us many ideas for different aspects of our planning, helping us to save money wherever possible, coming up with short lists of vendors (which was essential for an out-of-town bride, I didn't have time to meet with hundreds of vendors), and taking care of all the details on the day itself. Katie even offered us something she wasn't used to doing - Skype meetings! That personal touch made a really big difference, as we were able to meet with her "in person" even though we were in a different country. I would recommend Katie to anyone in a heartbeat. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We decided to hire a wedding planner since we live out of state, and were so lucky to have found Katie! She was involved from the very beginning idea stages through to the end of our wedding day. Katie got to know my style very quickly and came up with ideas and projects to personalize our wedding. She even came up with and made our favors! She was the base contact for all of our vendors and attended meetings in our place, which was a life-saver for us. She put together a wedding that surpassed anything I could have even imagined. She took care of everything the day of our wedding and I was completely stress-free. It was an incredible day, everything was perfect and I have Katie and the Savvy Event to thank for it!
We decided to hire a wedding planner since we live out of state, and were so lucky to have found Katie! She was involved Read more...
We decided to hire a wedding planner since we live out of state, and were so lucky to have found Katie! She was involved from the very beginning idea stages through to the end of our wedding day. Katie got to know my style very quickly and came up with ideas and projects to personalize our wedding. She even came up with and made our favors! She was the base contact for all of our vendors and attended meetings in our place, which was a life-saver for us. She put together a wedding that surpassed anything I could have even imagined. She took care of everything the day of our wedding and I was completely stress-free. It was an incredible day, everything was perfect and I have Katie and the Savvy Event to thank for it! Read less
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Country Wedding
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding was 5/26/2012. Katie helped plan the entire wedding. She did alot of research and provided multiple examples for our country venue wedding. Katie created multiple examples of invitiations which came out great. She helped my daughter with every aspect for the wedding. Katie personally talked with each vendor to setup the specific dates and time for deliveries of all rental equipment for the ceremony and reception as it was an outside wedding in the country. Katie also spent the whole morning of the wedding meeting with the vendors prior to the wedding to ensure they knew the schedule of events. All in all, everything came out just as we hoped it would.
My daughter's wedding was 5/26/2012. Katie helped plan the entire wedding. She did alot of research and provided multiple Read more...
My daughter's wedding was 5/26/2012. Katie helped plan the entire wedding. She did alot of research and provided multiple examples for our country venue wedding. Katie created multiple examples of invitiations which came out great. She helped my daughter with every aspect for the wedding. Katie personally talked with each vendor to setup the specific dates and time for deliveries of all rental equipment for the ceremony and reception as it was an outside wedding in the country. Katie also spent the whole morning of the wedding meeting with the vendors prior to the wedding to ensure they knew the schedule of events. All in all, everything came out just as we hoped it would. Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Wedding Planning
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Carrie
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Katie was better than I could have ever imagined with helping with my wedding. She lives in Chicago and my wedding was in AR. She helped me via email/phone for most of the planning, then traveled all the way to AR for my rehearsal/wedding day needs. She was great. I really don't think my wedding would have been as smooth/perfect with out her help.

She helped with ideas for my wedding. I was going for southern/vintage and my wedding day was all I could have imagined. It was perfect. Exactly what I wanted. She sent me so many ideas she brainstormed and I told her what I wanted, she found ways to make it happen.

She helped design my invitations- which were stunning. I received so many compliments for my DIY invitations. They were perfect, southern/vintage at it's best. She also came up with the idea of program fans for the ceremony- which were great considering it was very hot that day!

Along with all the wedding detail help- she helped me to know what all I needed to do, what hadn't been done, and always asked how things were coming and if I needed anything. She confirmed all vendors- which allowed my Mother and I to relax with the upcoming Wedding. She helped decided timelines for the wedding- and provided these to the Wedding Party the day of the Rehearsal.

On the wedding day, I had a big issue with a bridesmaid's dress. She fixed this problem promptly, and I never had to stress about the situation. Everything ran so smoothly I would have never imagined it would be that perfect. She set up the ceremony and reception, while I got to relax and prepare for the Wedding.

Katie is all anyone could want in a wedding planner. I really wouldn't have been able to have my dream wedding without her. She is amazing.
Katie was better than I could have ever imagined with helping with my wedding. She lives in Chicago and my wedding was in Read more...
Katie was better than I could have ever imagined with helping with my wedding. She lives in Chicago and my wedding was in AR. She helped me via email/phone for most of the planning, then traveled all the way to AR for my rehearsal/wedding day needs. She was great. I really don't think my wedding would have been as smooth/perfect with out her help.

She helped with ideas for my wedding. I was going for southern/vintage and my wedding day was all I could have imagined. It was perfect. Exactly what I wanted. She sent me so many ideas she brainstormed and I told her what I wanted, she found ways to make it happen.

She helped design my invitations- which were stunning. I received so many compliments for my DIY invitations. They were perfect, southern/vintage at it's best. She also came up with the idea of program fans for the ceremony- which were great considering it was very hot that day!

Along with all the wedding detail help- she helped me to know what all I needed to do, what hadn't been done, and always asked how things were coming and if I needed anything. She confirmed all vendors- which allowed my Mother and I to relax with the upcoming Wedding. She helped decided timelines for the wedding- and provided these to the Wedding Party the day of the Rehearsal.

On the wedding day, I had a big issue with a bridesmaid's dress. She fixed this problem promptly, and I never had to stress about the situation. Everything ran so smoothly I would have never imagined it would be that perfect. She set up the ceremony and reception, while I got to relax and prepare for the Wedding.

Katie is all anyone could want in a wedding planner. I really wouldn't have been able to have my dream wedding without her. She is amazing. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Hiring Katie may have been the absolute best decision that I made when it came to my wedding. My mom and I hired her as our day of coordinator, but she did so much more than that. I sent Katie about a million emails with all sorts of questiosn and she was great about getting back to me quickly and with creative and wonderful answers.

She was a total lifesaver in the few weeks leading up to the wedding. Between coordinating with all of my vendors and setting up schedules for everyone involved, she made things runs smoothly and efficiently. And having Katie there gave my mom the freedom to spend the day with me.

The entire wedding was perfect, even better than I had anticipated. A huge thanks to Katie for keeping me cool and calm through the whole thing! She was worth every single penny and more!
Hiring Katie may have been the absolute best decision that I made when it came to my wedding. My mom and I hired her as Read more...
Hiring Katie may have been the absolute best decision that I made when it came to my wedding. My mom and I hired her as our day of coordinator, but she did so much more than that. I sent Katie about a million emails with all sorts of questiosn and she was great about getting back to me quickly and with creative and wonderful answers.

She was a total lifesaver in the few weeks leading up to the wedding. Between coordinating with all of my vendors and setting up schedules for everyone involved, she made things runs smoothly and efficiently. And having Katie there gave my mom the freedom to spend the day with me.

The entire wedding was perfect, even better than I had anticipated. A huge thanks to Katie for keeping me cool and calm through the whole thing! She was worth every single penny and more! Read less
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