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The Smitten Bride

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

3523 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 US

PHONE

630-347-9822

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ABOUT US

We have been creating weddings that exceed our clients wishes for over 6 years! Whether it is Full, Partial or Day of Coodination, our creativeness and attention to detail ensures a... Read more
We have been creating weddings that exceed our clients wishes for over 6 years! Whether it is Full, Partial or Day of Coodination, our creativeness and attention to detail ensures a memorable affair! Let us ensure it is a stress-free day for you! After all, you have been dreaming about it since childhood! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Katie was the BEST day of coordinator!!! From the very beginning when we had our initial meetings to the very end of our wedding night, she was always happy, easy to work with, and incredibly efficient! Several of my other vendors and a lot of my family members and bridal party even commented on how personable she was, and all were impressed at how awesome she was! I was initially on the fence about having a day of coordinator, but please trust me: it is beyond worth it!! Having Katie on our team made our wedding day effortless for my husband and I- all we had to do was sit back and enjoy, and Katie took care of ALL of the details! She made sure everything went perfectly!! She is incredible and I would recommend her to anyone!!
Katie was the BEST day of coordinator!!! From the very beginning when we had our initial meetings to the very end of our Read more...
Katie was the BEST day of coordinator!!! From the very beginning when we had our initial meetings to the very end of our wedding night, she was always happy, easy to work with, and incredibly efficient! Several of my other vendors and a lot of my family members and bridal party even commented on how personable she was, and all were impressed at how awesome she was! I was initially on the fence about having a day of coordinator, but please trust me: it is beyond worth it!! Having Katie on our team made our wedding day effortless for my husband and I- all we had to do was sit back and enjoy, and Katie took care of ALL of the details! She made sure everything went perfectly!! She is incredible and I would recommend her to anyone!! Read less
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Cyndi
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
I did not want to have a big wedding, I wanted to sneak away and elope- just my fiance and I. Unfortunately, he did not feel the same way. After I realized I would be having a big wedding, I knew I would need some help. Party planning (for a party I didn't want to have) was not a personal strength. After doing some online research and making a few calls, I found Katie at The Smitten Bride. Following a brief phone conversation I hired her as my day of coordinator.Hiring Katie was the best money spent on my entire wedding. Katie was kind, experienced, focused and professional. She met with us a few weeks before the wedding, created a detailed timeline for the day and managed everything from the girls getting ready in the morning to the final pack up of decorations at the end of the night. A few examples: (1) The Timeline. Katie's timeline was detailed and thorough. I received the final version a few days before the wedding and was able to send it out to everyone taking part in the day. They knew exactly where they should be and when. This cut down on a lot of questions for me. (2) Managing people before the ceremony/during the reception. Katie tracked down and organized everyone, making sure they were where they needed to be. My sister was nervous about her speech, and Katie gave her a warning before, then brought the mic right up to her and stood nearby in case my sister needed anything. My groom and I wanted to do a first look before the ceremony. Katie organized everything so the photographers were set up and James was ready before I came into the room. She held onto our gifts and brought them so we could exchange them. (3) Reception set up. While we were on the trolley taking pictures, Katie set up our entire venue. I'm not too talented at pulling things like that together, and I literally gave her a box of stuff (pictures of parents, grandparents at their wedding, candles, etc.) and she made it look amazing! Thank you Katie, you made our day perfect.
I did not want to have a big wedding, I wanted to sneak away and elope- just my fiance and I. Unfortunately, he did not Read more...
I did not want to have a big wedding, I wanted to sneak away and elope- just my fiance and I. Unfortunately, he did not feel the same way. After I realized I would be having a big wedding, I knew I would need some help. Party planning (for a party I didn't want to have) was not a personal strength. After doing some online research and making a few calls, I found Katie at The Smitten Bride. Following a brief phone conversation I hired her as my day of coordinator.Hiring Katie was the best money spent on my entire wedding. Katie was kind, experienced, focused and professional. She met with us a few weeks before the wedding, created a detailed timeline for the day and managed everything from the girls getting ready in the morning to the final pack up of decorations at the end of the night. A few examples: (1) The Timeline. Katie's timeline was detailed and thorough. I received the final version a few days before the wedding and was able to send it out to everyone taking part in the day. They knew exactly where they should be and when. This cut down on a lot of questions for me. (2) Managing people before the ceremony/during the reception. Katie tracked down and organized everyone, making sure they were where they needed to be. My sister was nervous about her speech, and Katie gave her a warning before, then brought the mic right up to her and stood nearby in case my sister needed anything. My groom and I wanted to do a first look before the ceremony. Katie organized everything so the photographers were set up and James was ready before I came into the room. She held onto our gifts and brought them so we could exchange them. (3) Reception set up. While we were on the trolley taking pictures, Katie set up our entire venue. I'm not too talented at pulling things like that together, and I literally gave her a box of stuff (pictures of parents, grandparents at their wedding, candles, etc.) and she made it look amazing! Thank you Katie, you made our day perfect. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
I worked with Katie as a Day of Coordinator for my very DIY wedding and reception and she was phenomenal! I had an outdoor barn reception, requiring coordination with multiple vendors in addition to DIY decorations, table set up, etc. Katie was so easy to work with, created a detailed timeline for us and the vendors, and made sure everyone stayed on track the day of. She even helped set up tables and decorations prior to the day of, giving her advice and suggestions and much needed time, which was so awesome of her! The day of was perfect and I'm so glad Katie was there to help and I would recommend her to anyone!
I worked with Katie as a Day of Coordinator for my very DIY wedding and reception and she was phenomenal! I had an outdoor Read more...
I worked with Katie as a Day of Coordinator for my very DIY wedding and reception and she was phenomenal! I had an outdoor barn reception, requiring coordination with multiple vendors in addition to DIY decorations, table set up, etc. Katie was so easy to work with, created a detailed timeline for us and the vendors, and made sure everyone stayed on track the day of. She even helped set up tables and decorations prior to the day of, giving her advice and suggestions and much needed time, which was so awesome of her! The day of was perfect and I'm so glad Katie was there to help and I would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I worked with Alison from 'The Smitten Bride' as my day of coordinator. I'm a project manager by trade, so I had pretty easily planned the entire wedding but the idea of having to focus on any of the details on my wedding day was daunting. That's where Alison came in. Everyone I knew convinced me to stop being a control freak and get a DOC, and it's the best decision I made. The second best was going with Alison.

After interviewing a handful of candidates, I kept coming back to Alison because she totally seemed to click with me. Over the course of our meetings, we were always on the same page, and she kept me feeling very mellow. We were in fairly constant contact over the 3 months leading up to the wedding, and she pulled together a very detailed timeline of the day for us to execute. As a manager, this totally rocked my world.

On the day of the ceremony, Alison very ably worked with the vendors to ensure we stayed on schedule, adjusted the schedule as needed and that if there were any issues, I had absolutely no idea. Our guests all had a uniformly excellent time, and much of that is due to how well Alison managed the day. Extremely highly recommended. If you're a PM, you're going to love working with someone so skilled. If you're not a PM, you will need to work with someone this detail oriented to ease your mind through the planning and day of process.
I worked with Alison from 'The Smitten Bride' as my day of coordinator. I'm a project manager by trade, so I had pretty Read more...
I worked with Alison from 'The Smitten Bride' as my day of coordinator. I'm a project manager by trade, so I had pretty easily planned the entire wedding but the idea of having to focus on any of the details on my wedding day was daunting. That's where Alison came in. Everyone I knew convinced me to stop being a control freak and get a DOC, and it's the best decision I made. The second best was going with Alison.

After interviewing a handful of candidates, I kept coming back to Alison because she totally seemed to click with me. Over the course of our meetings, we were always on the same page, and she kept me feeling very mellow. We were in fairly constant contact over the 3 months leading up to the wedding, and she pulled together a very detailed timeline of the day for us to execute. As a manager, this totally rocked my world.

On the day of the ceremony, Alison very ably worked with the vendors to ensure we stayed on schedule, adjusted the schedule as needed and that if there were any issues, I had absolutely no idea. Our guests all had a uniformly excellent time, and much of that is due to how well Alison managed the day. Extremely highly recommended. If you're a PM, you're going to love working with someone so skilled. If you're not a PM, you will need to work with someone this detail oriented to ease your mind through the planning and day of process. Read less
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Sitaara
Wedding:
2/14/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of working with Katie from Smitten Bride and it was easily one of our best investments! We secured Katie only 2 weeks before our wedding and she was able to get everything in order for the big day so easily!

Personally, Katie was super sweet and understanding and had so many different suggestions for us- because even with 2 weeks left to go, there were still MANY things that had not even crossed our minds.

On our big day, Katie was ready to go and had created the most detailed timeline ever. She took care of EVERYTHING and is the sole reason why I was able to completely enjoy my big day without stressing or worrying about the details. I would choose Katie and The Smitten Bride over and over again if I had to! Highly recommended!

Thanks Katie & The Smitten Bride for all of your help and expertise in the wedding world!

Love,

Sitaara + Jeremy
We had the pleasure of working with Katie from Smitten Bride and it was easily one of our best investments! We secured Read more...
We had the pleasure of working with Katie from Smitten Bride and it was easily one of our best investments! We secured Katie only 2 weeks before our wedding and she was able to get everything in order for the big day so easily!

Personally, Katie was super sweet and understanding and had so many different suggestions for us- because even with 2 weeks left to go, there were still MANY things that had not even crossed our minds.

On our big day, Katie was ready to go and had created the most detailed timeline ever. She took care of EVERYTHING and is the sole reason why I was able to completely enjoy my big day without stressing or worrying about the details. I would choose Katie and The Smitten Bride over and over again if I had to! Highly recommended!

Thanks Katie & The Smitten Bride for all of your help and expertise in the wedding world!

Love,

Sitaara + Jeremy Read less
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Eliza
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We used The Smitten Bride for day-of wedding coordination and they couldn't have been better. We had Katie as our coordinator and she was extremely helpful and fun to work with. We started working with Katie a few months before the wedding, and as the wedding got closer, she handled all of the communication and coordination with all of our various vendors. This took a TON of weight off of our shoulders. She also helped draw up a minute-by-minute timeline for the entire day. On the day of, she made sure everything happened according to that timeline, without us even having to think about a thing. She was also super responsive and easy to work with--both us and all of our vendors loved working with her. Having her there the day of made all the difference and made the day perfectly smooth. Our day had zero bumps or issues (at least as far as we knew!!). Would highly recommend these ladies!
We used The Smitten Bride for day-of wedding coordination and they couldn't have been better. We had Katie as our Read more...
We used The Smitten Bride for day-of wedding coordination and they couldn't have been better. We had Katie as our coordinator and she was extremely helpful and fun to work with. We started working with Katie a few months before the wedding, and as the wedding got closer, she handled all of the communication and coordination with all of our various vendors. This took a TON of weight off of our shoulders. She also helped draw up a minute-by-minute timeline for the entire day. On the day of, she made sure everything happened according to that timeline, without us even having to think about a thing. She was also super responsive and easy to work with--both us and all of our vendors loved working with her. Having her there the day of made all the difference and made the day perfectly smooth. Our day had zero bumps or issues (at least as far as we knew!!). Would highly recommend these ladies! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Katie Jones of "The Smitten Bride" coordinated our daughter's November, 2013 wedding in Chicago. She was invaluable. She is organized and knowledgeable, and she is absolutely unflappable. She is also incredibly generous with her time and talents -- she did far more for us than the services delineated in our contract. The ultimate example: she actually went to a store on the morning of the wedding and purchased an undergarment to replace one that the bride found was not working with her dress. All with a smile and a reassuring demeanor.

We had about 3 1/2 months to plan a formal downtown Chicago wedding. Right off the bat, she found the venues available for our date that fit our preferences. She quickly learned the style that the bride and I (the MOB) had in mind, and set out to present to us ideas and vendors that would be a great fit. She coordinated, oversaw, and kept us to a week-by-week schedule, which she adapted to our compressed timeline, and then, at the end, prepared and coordinated our minute-by-minute timeline of the entire wedding day. Most important, she simply thought of everything, and made sure that everything was taken care of, all the while conveying no stress whatsoever, even if we did our best to stress her out a bit!

We interviewed another wedding coordinating service before settling on The Smitten Bride. While not inexpensive, The Smitten Bride charged literally half what the other service quoted, and I do not believe that any other service could have done more, or done it more professionally, helpfully, and kindly, than did Katie. Katie excels at being flexible. She finds ways to make any change in plan or preference work smoothly. She answers or returns every call or e-mail, and she makes sure she arrives early for every meeting, event, and rehearsal.
The Smitten Bride is worth every penny.
Katie Jones of "The Smitten Bride" coordinated our daughter's November, 2013 wedding in Chicago. She was invaluable. She Read more...
Katie Jones of "The Smitten Bride" coordinated our daughter's November, 2013 wedding in Chicago. She was invaluable. She is organized and knowledgeable, and she is absolutely unflappable. She is also incredibly generous with her time and talents -- she did far more for us than the services delineated in our contract. The ultimate example: she actually went to a store on the morning of the wedding and purchased an undergarment to replace one that the bride found was not working with her dress. All with a smile and a reassuring demeanor.

We had about 3 1/2 months to plan a formal downtown Chicago wedding. Right off the bat, she found the venues available for our date that fit our preferences. She quickly learned the style that the bride and I (the MOB) had in mind, and set out to present to us ideas and vendors that would be a great fit. She coordinated, oversaw, and kept us to a week-by-week schedule, which she adapted to our compressed timeline, and then, at the end, prepared and coordinated our minute-by-minute timeline of the entire wedding day. Most important, she simply thought of everything, and made sure that everything was taken care of, all the while conveying no stress whatsoever, even if we did our best to stress her out a bit!

We interviewed another wedding coordinating service before settling on The Smitten Bride. While not inexpensive, The Smitten Bride charged literally half what the other service quoted, and I do not believe that any other service could have done more, or done it more professionally, helpfully, and kindly, than did Katie. Katie excels at being flexible. She finds ways to make any change in plan or preference work smoothly. She answers or returns every call or e-mail, and she makes sure she arrives early for every meeting, event, and rehearsal.
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Cari
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I worked with Katie from The Smitten Bride team for day-of coordination. We began working together a couple months out from our big day. She was extremely organized and helped pull everything together to pull off the wedding we had envisioned. Every member of the Smitten team was extremely friendly and their passion for their job was evident in every communication. All phone calls, emails, and text messages were quickly responded to and I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders knowing I had someone trustworthy and experienced handling the behind-the-scenes details. We were able to simply enjoy our wedding day and celebrate with friends and family. I absolutely would recommend The Smitten Bride for all of your wedding planning needs.
My husband and I worked with Katie from The Smitten Bride team for day-of coordination. We began working together a couple Read more...
My husband and I worked with Katie from The Smitten Bride team for day-of coordination. We began working together a couple months out from our big day. She was extremely organized and helped pull everything together to pull off the wedding we had envisioned. Every member of the Smitten team was extremely friendly and their passion for their job was evident in every communication. All phone calls, emails, and text messages were quickly responded to and I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders knowing I had someone trustworthy and experienced handling the behind-the-scenes details. We were able to simply enjoy our wedding day and celebrate with friends and family. I absolutely would recommend The Smitten Bride for all of your wedding planning needs. Read less
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twstybobcat
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Jennifer and her entire team including Katie. Are phenomenal. Jennifer makes your wedding feel like her wedding with the attention and detail with which she focus on it! It's beyond words amazing! My husband and I moved out of state before the wedding but we were not worried. Jennifer was our legs in Chicago. The day of my wedding I was absolutely not stressed. I was able to truly enjoy my wedding with Jennifer & her assistant making sure that everything went smoothly.
Thank you guys for all your hard work.

The Sandersons
Jennifer and her entire team including Katie. Are phenomenal. Jennifer makes your wedding feel like her wedding with the Read more...
Jennifer and her entire team including Katie. Are phenomenal. Jennifer makes your wedding feel like her wedding with the attention and detail with which she focus on it! It's beyond words amazing! My husband and I moved out of state before the wedding but we were not worried. Jennifer was our legs in Chicago. The day of my wedding I was absolutely not stressed. I was able to truly enjoy my wedding with Jennifer & her assistant making sure that everything went smoothly.
Thank you guys for all your hard work.

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Private User
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
I hired The Smitten Bride as a day of coordinator for my recent wedding. It was an absolutely great decision. I worked with Katie - who was sweet, professional and organized throughout the entire process. Whenever I had a question or needed anything, Katie always responded right away. Everything on my wedding day ran perfectly - Katie was there when we needed her but also spent a ton of time prepping behind the scenes. I would definitely recommend The Smitten Bride / Katie to a friend!
I hired The Smitten Bride as a day of coordinator for my recent wedding. It was an absolutely great decision. I worked Read more...
I hired The Smitten Bride as a day of coordinator for my recent wedding. It was an absolutely great decision. I worked with Katie - who was sweet, professional and organized throughout the entire process. Whenever I had a question or needed anything, Katie always responded right away. Everything on my wedding day ran perfectly - Katie was there when we needed her but also spent a ton of time prepping behind the scenes. I would definitely recommend The Smitten Bride / Katie to a friend! Read less
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