Both Elizabeth, the owner, and Laura, our day-of coordinator, were involved with our planning for the final month before the wedding. Yes, that's right - even though we signed on only for day-of coordination, they were both in touch with us and all our vendors long beforehand. Both of them showed up for initial walk-throughs as well, and Laura ran our rehearsal perfectly. By the wedding day, I felt absolutely comfortable that we were in good hands - and we continued to feel that way all day long. Laura checked in with us just often enough throughout the night and did a fantastic job of making the last-minute tweaks we needed (like changing the pickup time for our final guest shuttle back to the hotel). All-around amazing experience - thanks, Laura and Elizabeth!!
Elizabeth was the ultimate wedding professional. As a type-A personality, I needed to be in control of the planning portion of our event, but utilized Elizabeth to execute and produce all of the day-of happenings. When we encountered scheduling or planning issues (such as our wedding cake problems, Elizabeth was there to help with suggestions and helped to execute a solution.
The day of our wedding was flawless; not one aspect was over-looked and everything had such a polish on it. Elizabeth was the cosummate director, blending into the background action, but being available for anything and everything. Her skill at planning, directing, and executing are beyond match.
Lastly, Elizabeth is one classy gal. Her personality is friendly and approachable while being confident and precise. She always has a smile and an easy-going way about her. Our level of angst was significantly lowered knowing that the wedding was in her capable hands.
Organized, adaptable, genuine, fun are just a few words that I would use to describe Elizabeth with Anticipation Events. I could not have asked for a better wedding planner. Anticipation Events eased the stress that would have been cumbersome for any bride. Elizabeth did such a good job putting all the details together no matter what complicating situation was put in front of her. I did not have to worry about a thing because she had taken care of it all, and it was exactly how I wanted. I felt very confident in Elizabeth's skills and I am confident she will be the perfect planner for any other bride.
From the beginning Elizabeth was super helpful with everything and great to work with. On the day of everything was taken care of and I wasn't worried about anything because I knew she would handle it. Other than being great at her job she is a wonderful person! I would definitely recommend her to any and everyone! Thank you so much for everything!
Elizabeth from Anticipation Events was fantastic. We wanted someone to help us with day-of planning, and are so lucky to have stumbled upon Elizabeth. Elizabeth has the perfect combination of being amazingly organized and detail oriented, while maintaining her calm and friendly presence. I didn't worry about one thing on the day of the wedding - I was able to relax and enjoy my day because I knew that the details were in Elizabeth's capable hands. Elizabeth was extremely prepared and handled everything without ever having to ask me. She was a joy to work with and to be around. I highly highly recommend her!
Elizabeth from anticipation events is an absolute delight! We were so happy to have her as a part of our planning process and our wedding day. She made our whole wedding experience so easy and enjoyable. She was great to work with- she listened to what we wanted and then helped us execute our vision. She is so creative! She spent hours hand-crafting different things for our wedding like our guest book and our favors. Everything was done perfectly. She went above and beyond. On the day of our wedding she was a life-saver. She took care of everything so all we had to do was show up and enjoy our day. I would recommend Elizabeth and anticipation events to everyone. She really is the best!
Elizabeth from Anticipation Events did a FABULOUS job on our wedding this past summer on 7.7.12(one of the hottest days in the summer)! We were blessed to have her be a part of our day and helping us through the last stretch in preparation. During our engagement we planned everything ourselves, from meeting and preparing with our vendors to creating do it yourself details. We knew the final vendor we wanted was a “Day of the Wedding” wedding planner. That’s when we found Anticipation Events. All her reviews online were great, and her website was quirky and creative. We chose the “One Fine Day Package.” She made it seem like we had worked together for the full year and a half and went above and beyond the seven items included in the package. Some things included: initial meeting to discuss the vibe of the wedding, creating a detailed timeline for the day, a walk through at our reception site. She handled final confirmations for ALL our ten vendors, handled gratuities to vendors, helped set up DIY details in the reception space, and helped coordinate the rehearsal. She made sure all the things you don’t think about grabbing at the end of the night were sent to our hotel room. She even checked in with us the day after the wedding. We couldn’t believe how much she did for us in such a short time. Being both art teachers it’s hard to relinquish creative direction, but when we met Elizabeth we knew she would make it look exactly how we envisioned! Everyone was impressed with how smoothly Elizabeth helped all parts of the reception flow. Anticipation Events would be the perfect match for anyone. Elizabeth is not only fabulous on the business end of weddings, but her background in art helps give her a keen eye for details and the design aspect of your wedding. She is professional, organized, and most importantly very easy to work with. We highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you again Elizabeth for keeping us “cool” on one of the hottest days in July on our wedding day!
I cannot say enough good things about Elizabeth and Aimee from Anticipation Events. They both went above and beyond in every aspect of planning before, on the day of, and after my wedding. My parents have commented over and over how glad they were to have Aimee there on the wedding day, and that she made everything so much easier for them and constantly made sure they didn't need anything else. I'm not sure how she pulled that off, because she was that person for myself, my husband, and the entire bridal party, too. Everything went off without a hitch, and we really couldn't have done it (well, at least) without Aimee!
Originally, my husband and I met with Elizabeth. I knew our personalities lined up right away - in part because she didn't give me the same "are you completely out of your mind?" look that most vendors gave me when I said that I was getting all our flowers from the farmer's market the morning of the wedding and that I didn't care one bit about linens, etc, and in part because the second we told her that we were going to LA & Palm Springs for our honeymoon, she asked if we were staying at the Ace. (We were!)
Procrastinator that I am, Elizabeth was already booked, but mentioned that Aimee was available. I was a little bummed that we wouldn't get to have Elizabeth there on the day-of, but we clicked immediately with Aimee, too, and she went out of her way to make sure we had the chance to get to know her. It ended up feeling like we got two awesome day of coordinators for the price of one, because they were both an email or text away anytime I needed them!
I can't count the number of times my husband and I looked at each other in the days/weeks before and after the wedding and said that hiring Elizabeth and Aimee was some of the best money we spent on the wedding. They made all the carting things over (we got married at Salvage One, where you can bring your own alcohol, desserts, etc) and setting my DIY projects up so much easier. I can count so many ways that the day-of would have been hectic without Aimee, but instead I got to enjoy everything with a glass of champagne in hand. If you're on the fence about hiring a coordinator, or Anticipation Events, trust me that you won't regret it!
We used Elizabeth Tulipana from Anticipation Events for our wedding day on 5/27/12. I couldn't have been happier! It was money well spent to make our wedding day go as smoothly as it did. She was on top of everything. So professional and a complete pleasure to work with. Elizabeth thought of things that we hadn't thought of and probably would not have, had it not been for her. She worked with us more than just the day of on timelines/schedules which ultimately made the day so much easier. She clearly knew what she was doing and it was so nice to be able to bounce ideas off of her based on her experience. We highly recommend Anticipation Events! Again, money well spent and you will not be disappointed!
Elizabeth was incredibly organized and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Elizabeth from Anticipation Events was absolutely the best! She thought of every detail, yet didn't impose her ideas on us. She listened, smiled, and calmly took care of all the little details that made our wedding special. Her answer to every request was, "I'll take care of it." I can't recommend her highly enough!
AE was the perfect resource for my wedding this year. Not only did Elizabeth provide the best advice a girl could ask for, but she was extrememly dedicated to making our day the best day it could be. The week of our wedding we had a lot of issue with the venue and Elizabeth handled all of the stress with patience and grace. The day of our wedding there was an incredible amount of rain that actually ruined our whole plan for and outdoor wedding. Elizabeth coordinated all of the vendors and made the best out of everything, from setting tables to handing out drinks behind the bar. I can honestly say that our day would have never turned out as well as it did without Elizabeth at Anticipation Events. I would highly recommend her services to any couple.
Elizabeth was my wedding day-of-coordinator, and I couldn't be more pleased with her work! Since I was planning our wedding all the way from California, I had to communicate with her primarily through email and phone. Even without meeting her personally, she really put me at ease, and I knew I could trust her to handle everything - even my 32-person wedding party!!! Elizabeth was extremely professional yet personable throughout the entire process. She helped me develop a well-detailed timeline and spoke to all my vendors the week of. Our wedding day went incredibly smoothly! I didn't have to worry about a thing :) She paid close attention to detail and was always thinking ahead (and also had a well-stocked wedding day emergency kit!). She gives quality service at a great value. I highly recommend!
Elizabeth helped make our wedding day perfect!
My fiance and I asked Elizabeth to help us coordinate the day of our wedding at Café Brauer. Our venue was one in which you have to bring in all your own vendors. All the vendors, coupled with the fact that my fiancé and I live in New York and were going to be planning our wedding long distance, made me quickly realize that I was not going to be able to run the day on my own. I contacted Elizabeth who was thoughtful, energetic and responsive from our very first conversation.
Elizabeth seemed to be quite different from the other wedding planners we met prior to choosing her. She offered real advice specific to our wedding, not just a standard response as many of the other planners did when describing their services. She made us feel like we were the only wedding she was working on and really customized the day to fit our personalities.
Elizabeth is unbelievably organized. We worked together to create a timeline of the day and she included all the vendors’ contacts and timing. She also had a detailed list of everything that we wanted her to oversee and what she should send home with us. A few days before the wedding, we dropped off a truck load of wedding-related boxes with her. I remember thinking I was dropping off way more for her to do than probably any of her other clients, but she quickly reassured me that this was completely normal. We then went through the details of each item and it was clear she had spent a lot of time understanding what she should do with each.
When we arrived at our wedding, not only was everything there, it was set up perfectly and exactly how we wanted it! We are still not sure how she even had time to do everything we gave her!
In addition to coordinating all the logistics, Elizabeth was very calming and reassuring through the process and offered great suggestions. It is clear she is an expert in Chicago weddings. I asked her about vendor suggestions and back-up picture locations in case of rain and she had great, prompt responses for each question.
Elizabeth attended the walk-through at our venue with us and helped us nail down all the last minute logistics and planning. It was also nice to have an expert know what we wanted because she communicated our wishes to some of the vendors to ensure we had the day we had in mind.
At the end of our wedding, she packed up all of our gifts and leftover wedding items and brought them back to our hotel for us. It was so nice to be able to leave our reception not only knowing that our items were in good hands but that we didn’t have to worry about getting them back to our hotel. Instead of worrying about all of our wedding items, we could enjoy the rest of our night!
Our day went off without a hitch. If there were any problems or issues, I never heard about it. In my mind, that is all you can ask for in a wedding planner!
Elizabeth is hands down one of the best investments we made in our wedding. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She was thoughtful, kind, organized and just a really fantastic person to be around. We couldn’t have done it without her!
I contracted with Anticipation Events for Day Of services for my daughter's wedding July 15, 2011 however, I received so much more assistance from Elizabeth in advance of the wedding than I ever expected. We met several times to discuss the plans in place, walk through our chosen venue and determined a floor plan for the evening. She was available by phone at anytime that I needed her assistance. As this was my first and only wedding that I would be hosting, there were many things that I was not familiar with and Elizabeth walked me through the process providing advice where needed. She prepared a flow chart for the wedding day, beginning with the hairdressers arrival at the hotel through the end of the reception. All phone numbers, key decision makers, all vendors and contracted deliverables were all spelled out so that no glitches could occur. Timing for each event during the day and evening were planned so that the entire event would flow as we wanted. It happened flawlessly. Katie,
the on-site manager for the day, took over everything so all I had to do was have a good time with our guests. She even had our car packed with the items we needed to take home with us after all the festivities. Elizabeth and Katie allowed me to experience the fun and joy of the day!!!
Let's see, where do I begin. Okay, I'm just gonna come right out and say it, Elizabeth is absolutely awesome! When I first interviewed Elizabeth, I knew right away that she was a good match for me. I could tell that we would be able to work well with each other both coming from a design background. I asked her to send me some samples of her work as a wedding planner and also her work with store displays. I was very impressed.
Over the months of planning she got to know me pretty well and it showed when I received my inspiration board. She's very good at paying attention to detail and a good listener. Also very organized! Everything that I wanted for my wedding was taken into account.
Elizabeth and I spent a lot of time together since my wedding was a mini-destination wedding in Michigan. Most of my vendors were from there and she did a great job of scheduling the day so we could get most of it done. A whole day filled of picking out flowers and cake can be exhausting but she kept on going. Sometimes I didn't know where she got her energy. The best part about her, when I had absolutely no idea what to do, she stepped right in and helped me. Any time I had a question or wanted her opinion she was there with an answer. She's good about steering you in the right direction.
Let's just jump to it. My wedding day. A day full of jitters, excitement and wonderment. But I knew I had no worries, I knew Elizabeth would in complete control. And she sure did prove that because my wedding turned out a little out of the ordinary. The ceremony was beautiful, the weather held up and I married the love of my life. After the ceremony was our cocktail hour, and then from then on, it went downhill. Let's just say one of the appetizers did not agree with me. It resulted in constant puking and then later a trip to the emergency room. We missed our entire reception. But Elizabeth was right there with me, holding my hair, bringing me anything to help. When she knew I wasn't getting any better she had to keep my guests and the party going. She did a great job of following through since we couldn't be there for the cake cutting, the first dance, etc. The whole night went so smooth even though I spent the night with my head in a bucket. Seriously, my guests had the best time.
The next day arrived and all is well. I'm back to normal again. But I have to admit, I was a bit sad too. Of course for the obvious but also because I knew I would miss Elizabeth. It sounds silly but she's not just a wedding planner, she's fun, witty, genuine and has an excellent sense of humor. I can't wait for my next "big" event.
We hired Elizabeth as our day-of coordinator for our June wedding at the Byron Colby Barn (Grayslake, IL). With our venue you bring everything in separately -- like caterer, alcohol delivery, chairs for the outdoor ceremony -- and do all your own decor. So we had our hands very full. A 4-page inventory of craft projects and decor, etc. About 4 months out I realized -- there's no way I can orchestrate all this on the day! And I don't want to saddle my family members with this. We needed, as my theater-world dad said, a stage manager.
Enter Elizabeth! For a reasonable fee she handles everything on the day of the event, which really means a ton before the event too. She asked to be copied on all emails with my vendors and even family (wedding-related topics of course!) and then offered her suggestions when needed. She offered to help with decor -- she is incredibly talented, just check out her blog -- and came with us for a walkthrough of the venue, where we went over everything in detail. She wrote me a day-of timeline and we tweaked it together. She confirmed all details with my vendors and reviewed contracts. I really felt like we had a full-on planner.
A few things will go wrong on your wedding day. Any time something needing fixing on our day (from turning up the a/c to dealing with a late florist) Elizabeth was ON IT. She even coaxed our dear sweet ring bearer out of his momentary stage fright. I'm sure there are a bunch of things she handled that I'll never know about. Everyone in our wedding & family remarked on how cool, calm and collected she is, even as she rushes around to be in ten places at one time.
Elizabeth was also was so attentive to my husband and me on the day. She made us plates from the buffet and then made sure we sat down to eat! (For that we are eternally grateful -- our food rocked). She brought bottled water and cocktails out for the bridal party during our 80-degree photo shoot. She kept us on schedule so I didn't have to think, just enjoy. And enjoy we did! She also followed up after the event on a few other matters.
I'm now of the opinion that you can't afford NOT to have a coordinator. I shudder to even think of our big day without her. In fact, I know. Elizabeth was booked on the night of our rehearsal, and offered to send a colleague instead, but we stupidly, stupidly said nah, our officiant will run it. Well, it was pretty much chaos. Never underestimate the value of a true expert running the show!
And did I mention she returns calls & emails promptly and has a great sense of humor? I could go on...
Like the pro she is, Elizabeth transformed the random bits and pieces of my wedding day wish list into a full blown reality. I honestly can’t imagine how the event would have turned around without her at my side every step of the way through the nine month planning process, but also on our wedding day. She has great instincts on knowing when to break out the pro/con list when you’re on the fence on a decision.. Knowing the ins and outs of how to find the right vendors, how to work with them and the components of what make a great event. Knowing when you need a pep talk on tackling the next items on the to do lists And most importantly knowing when she’s needed, even when not specifically asked. She’s just there, to the rescue.
Elizabeth’s approach was very different with other wedding “experts” we met along the way, as not once did we feel she offered us the same cookie cutter guidance she gave all her brides or simply regurgitated the latest trend found online. Based on her research and true understanding of what we wanted for the celebration, we loved that every one of her recommendations were ones that were planned out specifically for John and me. In turn, our wedding was personal and very much us.
Also, if you’re in need of great thinking about wedding, shower or bachelorette invitation layouts and themes, ask Elizabeth. We’re now four months after our wedding and guests still talk about how fantastic our invitations were. She's the best!
We cannot say enough great things about Elizabeth. When I first interviewed Elizabeth, I said I'm looking for one thing. I want my fiance (now wife) to say "wow, weddings aren't stressful at all!". She more than delivered. It was not an easy task for Elizabeth. We had 2 ceremonies of different faiths, wacko bride maids (my wife would probably be mad at me for saying that), and 300 drunk wedding guests! She took what could have easily had been a disaster and organized the chaos into a phenomenal day!!! Not only did she design and print our wedding invitations, she introduced us to a wonderful florist (Janessa of 'Forget Me Knot'), videographer (Jason Groh of Lexoria), and our DJ (Kevin Price of Cage & Aquarium). Elizabeth took care of problems left and right for us including problems with the hotel. She made the day go smoother than imagined. We cannot say enough great things about Elizabeth who guided us through every step of the way! We love Elizabeth and have already recommended her to 4 other couples. Thank You Elizabeth for everything!!! Jerry & Nivi Voit
I truly enjoyed working with Elizabeth! She was very easy to communicate with, very professional and she cared about making my day perfect. She has a unique skill set in that she is very creative and very good with the details. She understood my vision and provided me with creative ideas and credible vendors. My wedding day was perfect! I didn't worry about a thing because I knew Elizabeth had it taken care of and if anything did go wrong, I never knew aobut it!
Elizabeth was our Day of Coordinator, and I absolutely loved working with her! She was always very responsive and organized. She made sure to gather any and all information from us and our vendors well in advance of the wedding so that we didn't have to be bothered with details on our wedding day. When a problem or issue came up during the wedding planning, she always had a creative solution. She was always upbeat and a pleasure to work with. We didn't have to concern ourselves anything on our wedding day, and guests remarked to us how seamlessly the ceremony and reception went.
I can't rave about Elizabeth and her services enough! She was my day-of coordinator for my wedding in Sep'10 and she made sure that the day ran as smoothly as possible so that myself and my husband, as well as our friends and family, could just enjoy the day. I am very type A and was honestly a bit skeptical about needing day-of coordinator, but ended up deciding in the last chaotic month of planning that it was a good idea. I met with Elizabeth 2 weeks before my wedding and after chatting with her for an hour or so about the details of the day, I was 100% on board with hiring her. She raised questions about certain details/timelines that I never would have noticed and from that moment on, did everything she could to make things easier for my husband and I. The day of the wedding, she was like a wedding fairy! She was so thoughtful and took care of so many little things (eg: made sure the ballets flats I had bought for my bridesmaids were placed under their chairs at dinner so they could change in to them whenever they wanted), while also running interference on any issues that did come up (eg: the tux store had given my huband pants that were a few sizes too big for him and he didn't notice until he put them on the day of the wedding, so he called her and she hurried over to the store and got him a pair that fit just in time for the ceremony). She was 100% focused on not only my husband and I having a good time, but our wedding party and family as well and made sure that we weren't bothered with a thing all day. She's such a down to earth person and is so great to work with. Not to mention the fact that her services cost about half of what some of the bigger planning companies out there charge. Elizabeth was worth every penny and hiring her was one of the smartest decisions we made while planning!
Elizabeth did a fantastic job with the day of coordination for our wedding. She went above and beyond making sure I didn't need to worry about any of the details. In my opinion, hiring Elizabeth was one of the best decisions I made! After all of the work I put into planning our wedding, I didn't want to be worried about all of the little details that day. Elizabeth took care of everything and more. Making sure the vendors were doing what they were supposed to do and smoothing out minor issues that arose. If it weren't for Elizabeth, our wedding and reception would not have been nearly as nice . She provided help, guidance and support any time I needed it. She was absolutely wonderful!!! Not only is she competent and hard-working, she's also a very nice person which makes her a delight to work with.
If you are getting married in the Chicagoland area, I would highly recommend her.
It is hard to put in to words how happy we are that we chose Anticipation Events to be our wedding planner, but we will try! Elizabeth, the owner of Anticipation Events, is AMAZING! My now husband and I joke with each other that we would still be planning our wedding today if it were not for Elizabeth. We live on the east coast and decided to plan a wedding in our hometown of Chicago. After being engaged for a year and getting nowhere on our plans, we decided to hire a wedding planner. We found Anticipation Events and chose their 'kitchen sink' (full planning) package. Truly some of the best money we spent on the wedding.
From the very beginning, Elizabeth was the epitome of what a wedding planner should be. She's infectiously positive and can instantly make you feel like you've known her for years. At the same time, she is professional, grounded, extremely organized, and creative. Elizabeth helped us with so many of the elements of our wedding, including helping us find the perfect venue, researching and recommending vendors based on our needs and handling most interaction with them, conducting our rehearsal, and coordinating the wedding day. Another huge piece she helped us with was style and design. Elizabeth designed and produced our save-the-dates and invitations (and even mailed them out for us), programs, and so many other decorations for our wedding day. We were blown away with her creativity and ability to put such unique items together that totally fit our style and personality.
The day of our wedding, Elizabeth was the most calming presence, she was behind the scenes making sure everything was running smoothly. My husband and I were able to truly relax and enjoy each other and our family and friends because of Elizabeth. We were so thrilled with how everything that we planned together turned out. Our family and friends are still commenting about how impressed they were with Elizabeth.
Elizabeth's willingness to go above and beyond is unlike anyone else in the wedding industry we worked with. Any time I had a question, she was there to email or talk over the phone, even for the most minor or random issues. Even after our wedding was over, she was still willing to help us work out a situation with a problem vendor and tie up other loose ends.
I know everyone dreams of a perfect wedding day, and if you are looking for someone that can help you achieve that while making it all about you and your unique style, look no further, you cannot ask for more with Elizabeth. By far the best!
Elizabeth was the DOC for our barn wedding this summer, and I have no idea how we could have pulled it off without her. She was amazing.
The first time we met her was the day before, as she was orchestrating our rehearsal. I had been stressing so much about the wedding I was starting to get sick, but she instantly put us at ease. She has this calm, confident manner that lets you know you are in good hands, without being pushy or controlling. The rehearsal was quick and painless- not at all what I had been preparing myself for!
And our wedding day? If a single thing went wrong, I certainly didn't know about it. The entire day flowed perfectly, and the whole time, Elizabeth was there, quietly working her butt off but never showing signs of fatigue. She was somehow completely unobtrusive, but everywhere at once. She even stayed late to break down all the decorations and tablescapes pack them away!
She is utterly professional, quick and responsive, and really friendly too! I would recommend her to anyone.
I had Elizabeth as our rehearsal and ceremony coordinator. She was great from beginning to end. She was very easy to get in touch with, and was very quick to respond to my emails. She was very easy to work with at every step of the way. Elizabeth guided everyone through the rehearsal very professionally, and had the right balance of offering suggestions and listening to how we wanted things. Even though I didn't have her as a full DOC, she offered to help out with the other events of the day. She really helped make the ceremony as stress-free as can be!
Elizabeth's service for our backyard wedding was invaluable. Initially my husband was skeptical about the neccesity of having a day of planner, but after our meeting with Elizabeth he completely understood how important her role would be for timing and organization for the day. Certainly, the day after the wedding we both felt that the day could not have gone nearly as perfectly as it did without her. We were able to enjoy the day knowing that she would handle all the little stuff and manage the timeline and unforseen circumstances that occur with any big event. We recommend her highly for her calm demeanor and professional abilities.
Elizabeth was absolutely, positively FABULOUS! I don't know what we would have done without her; she's amazing with communication - extremely responsive, which for a Bride to Be, that's HUGE! The first day we met, was about a week before the wedding and she had everything down as far as the questions to ask me, the day of timeline - and OMG it was an amazing timeline. I referred to that countless times.
Elizabeth followed up with all of our vendors to ensure they knew what time they needed to arrive, and of course where to arrive to; she is fabulous!
Elizabeth came to our rehearsal which was SUCH a tremendous relief. I had no idea what to do, and was nervous about taking too long (we had a huge bridal party), but Elizabeth was proficient, detailed, professional and incredibly sweet! We got through it in no time - and if she wasn't there, it would have taken 3 hours.
The day of the wedding, she arrived promptly at noon, as she said she would. I barely saw her at my parent's house because she got busy helping with everything. She went to the church to help decorate, bring the items we needed there (unity candle, marriage license, flowers, etc.). She was sweet enough to go to Dominicks to pick up two peace roses and even tied our wedding colored ribbon around them to make them pretty! During the ceremony - there was a monsoon - and she went to pick up sandwiches that we had ordered for the BP so that when the wedding was done, they'd be in our trolley b/c for sure we'd be hungry!
After the ceremony, she went straight to my parent's house to let in the guests and to setup the appetizers/cocktails. When everyone left she cleaned the house spic and span! It was such a relief for my Mom and Dad to know they wouldn't have to spend the next day cleaning everything up!
If you are looking for a FABULOUS, DETAILED, SWEET, RELIABLE wedding planner, look no further than Anticipation Events!!! A+++
Elizabeth was absolutely brilliant to work with. Hiring her was probably the best decision that we made. She worked with us to refine and finalize our day-of timeline and then contacted all of our vendors the week before to confirm our plans. In addition, she attended a walkthrough and helped us run our rehearsal. The rehearsal would have been madness had she not been there.
The events manager at our venue was a bit snobby and inattentive at times, and Elizabeth dealt with his spaciness in a 100% professional, completely graceful manner (and in the process managed to help shelter the husband and I from the crazy).
Elizabeth was so in tune to the details of our wedding day that I simply handed over boxes to her and then didn't think twice about any of it. I know she must have been running around like mad taking care of the setup while I got to relax and hang out with friends and family without giving setup a second thought.
At the end of the night, she had brought all of our gifts, my veil, guest book, etc up to our suite. She included a list of notes that were tremendously helpful (for example: the top of the wedding cake is in the hotel's kitchen, I'm mailing the marriage license for the rabbi, the hotel saved 25 vases of flowers for display during brunch on Sunday, etc).
I definitely get the sense that this is more than just a job for Elizabeth. She really cares that that the event turns our perfectly.
Elizabeth was such a breeze to work with. She probably did more for me on my wedding day than I’ll ever know. Anytime I thought of something that needed to be done, I’d turn around to find her saying, “I’ve already taken care of that, you just need to have fun.” She’s a hard worker, even with not-so-clear instructions, and a reliable contact. I was able to relax and knowing all my plans were in her hands. She’s the best!
Elizabeth was great. She was always so upbeat and willing to help out. Even with all of the weddng research that I had done, I would not have been abe to pull this event off without her. She thought of things that we hadn't and kept everything in order. Everything ran smoothly on the day of, and she corraled everyone to there correct places, all while keeping a smile on her. She even checked in with us after the wedding to make sure things were ok. She very flexible with her services and with the price. She comes highly recommended.
Elizabeth seriously saved the day, several times over and I shudder to think what our wedding would have been like without her. She showed up early and did everything from hanging curtains, putting out place cards, our guest book, coordinating details with the caterer, taking deliveries. She also put a timeline together with me and confirmed all our vendors in the week before. Elizabeth was an amazing trouble shooter too – and made several snap decisions well for me (or checked in and advised me on what to do if I asked). She was the biggest stress relief of the day and the BEST planning decision I made was hiring her.
I could not have been more impressed with the diligence and amount of details that Elizabeth put into my baby shower. She went beyond the chips-and-dip and put together a spread that highlighted the "animals and infants" theme. From animal cookie gift bags for the guests to decor that resembled the nursery, she put on a classy shower that was a far cry from the "measure the belly" showers of old. Her creativity, ingenuity, and enthusiasm made her a joy to work with and it was apparent that she poured every ounce of energy into making this shower and day perfect for me. The special touches that Elizabeth included are still talked about by my circle of friends today. You can entrust your event to Elizabeth!
Elizabeth acted as DOC at our October wedding, but she provided so much more than basic coordination services. I had a quirky and particular vision for the atmosphere we were going for and insisted on DIYing an absurd percentage of the wedding (i.e. making table runners, programs, escort cards, centerpieces, you name it!). She not only did exactly what I needed done, she went above and beyond, spending hours the measuring tables, walking the space, formalizing a timeline, and generally keeping me focused. On the day itself, she worked tirelessly to achieve my vision. As far as I knew, the wedding went off with nary a hitch. It was only months later that my sister told me about the myriad bugs- the DJ had been 2 hours late, the waitstaff had no idea what to do, etc. I had no idea the entire time. Elizabeth pulled it together without EVER stressing me out on my wedding day. No amount of money would be too much for that, believe me. Her services are outstanding, and worth every penny.
A few months before the wedding I realized that I probably couldn’t run my DIY-heavy show myself, and ended up working with Elizabeth from Anticipation Events. She’s a sweetheart, and quick with her e-mail replies. She actually drove several hours in the rain to be at the rehearsal, then showed up bright and early on wedding day to set up.
With some help from family and friends, she coordinated covering chairs, arranging tablescapes with 10+ components each, placing favors, hanging wired jars with tea lights, arranging and lighting about 24 dozen votive candles, and setting up bottled water and ice in the courtyard. She even found time to slice and beautifully arrange lemons and limes for the water before cuing the ceremony and arranging my train. Later she organized the teardown effort in less than an hour.
If anything went wrong, I didn’t know about it. I didn’t spend any time at all thinking about details or timelines the day of – Elizabeth took care of all of that, and I spent the day totally blissed! A few days before the wedding Elizabeth reviewed our catering contract (with Maravela’s – also awesome) and noticed that the bar was scheduled to close half an hour too early. Maravela’s happily fixed it, but the problem would have gone unnoticed without Elizabeth pointing it out on the contract.
A few months before my wedding I realized that I probably couldn’t run my DIY-heavy show myself, and ended up working with Elizabeth from Anticipation Events. She’s a sweetheart, and quick to respond by phone and e-mail. She drove several hours in the rain to be at the rehearsal, then showed up bright and early on wedding day to set up.
With some help from family and friends, she coordinated covering chairs, arranging tablescapes with 10+ components each, placing favors, hanging wired jars with tea lights, arranging and lighting about 24 dozen votive candles, and setting up bottled water and ice. She even found time to slice and beautifully arrange lemons and limes for the water before cuing the ceremony and arranging my train. Later she organized the teardown effort in less than an hour.
If anything went wrong, I didn’t know about it. I didn’t spend any time at all thinking about details or timelines the day of – Elizabeth took care of all of that, and I spent the day totally blissed! A few days before the wedding Elizabeth reviewed our catering contract and noticed that the bar was scheduled to close half an hour too early. The caterer happily fixed it, but the problem would have gone unnoticed without Elizabeth pointing it out on the contract.
Her professionalism, quick response time, and sweet way of dealing with all the stressful wedding moments was absolutely invaluable. I'd recommend her to anyone!
I cannot say enough good things about Elizabeth! I hired her as our day of coordinator only two months before our wedding. She always replied promptly to my emails and made me feel more like a friend than a client. I was a very detail oriented and hands on bride, but I needed someone to handle things for me on the big day. Because of Elizabeth I truly had a stress free wedding day!
Elizabeth did a wonderful job facilitating the events in the evening, troubleshooting any issues we had, helping me with last minute details and decorating just as we had planned. She was extremely organized, professional, and friendly. We received so many compliments from our family and friends on how smoothly everything went. Elizabeth truly went above and beyond...I know our wedding wouldn't have been the same without her!
Elizabeth was a life saver! She made the day flow so smoothly and took care of details as they arose - I didn't even know about some of the things she handled until weeks later. She is a rock star!
"When I think of Elizabeth, I think the 4 R’s:
RESPECTFUL of your plan - she sees the details and the big picture;
RESOURCEFUL - she finds great ideas and materials to enhance your event;
RESILIENT - "when", not "if", there are glitches, she rises to the occasion and RECTIFIES the situation.
Okay - 5 R’s - she is REMARKABLE!!"
Paula + David, August 2008, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
"Details and the big picture—Elizabeth does it all! She tied ribbons, stuffed welcome bags, and placed favors. She helped us create a day-of timeline and coordinated with vendors throughout the day to enable us to effortlessly stick to it. She was one step ahead of us all day—making sure that our plans were executed and that a glass of champagne was never far from hand. With Elizabeth’s help, we were able to actually RELAX and ENJOY our wedding.”
Mary + Chris, August 2008, Franklin Plaza, Troy, NY
"Elizabeth is someone you can totally rely on to make sure every detail is accounted for. She has great taste and great ideas and can adapt her style to work with anyone to create the best event based on your preferences. I can't say enough about her temperament, her style, her attention to detail. She's the best."
Jen + Bob, March 2008, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
Elizabeth is the BEST! Working with her and partnering with her on events has been seamless!
Elizabeth of Anticipation Events is a phenomenal asset your wedding day. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside her. As a photographer I love meeting like-minded wedding professionals who are passionate about what they do and put their clients first. Anticipation Events will seamlessly coordinate everything from big to small. I highly recommend their services and look forward to working with again.
Anticipation Events is a boutique event planning firm specializing in weddings, social occasions, and not-for-profit meetings and fundraisers.
Prior to founding Anticipation Events in 2009, Elizabeth Tulipana worked as an event planner for four years at one of Chicago’s most beloved cultural institutions. In early 2009 she left her job to travel in South America for six months; after scaling the Andes, traversing the jungle, and swimming with sea turtles, she came back to Chicago with the guts to go at it on her own.
From sparkling black-tie galas to intimate wedding ceremonies, Elizabeth has the experience to make your event a success. Having coordinated lunch-time board meetings for 20 and evening cocktail parties for 1000, Elizabeth has the flexibility and the creativity to translate your vision into a flawless event. Her goal for your event is that while she plans, organizes, and manages every last detail, you simply anticipate and enjoy the day.
Elizabeth graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and has another degree in fashion marketing at the Illinois Institute of Art. She lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood with her ornery dog, Walter.