LOLA’s collaborative style is perfect for the client seeking to create a unique, beautiful and FUN wedding and for the couple seeking a streamlined and enjoyable planning experience.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Chicago Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Lori, from LOLA Event Productions.
Where have you been featured?
LOLA has been named one of the best wedding planning companies in the world by Vogue Magazine, Best Wedding Planners in the Country by Brides Magazine and Best Wedding Planners in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. We’ve been featured in Brides, In Style Weddings, The Knot, Chicago Style Weddings, Modern Luxury Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake and more for our unique and beautiful weddings.
Why do couples love working with you?
Our couples are looking for someone both creative and organized that has flexibility, a collaborative nature and are easy to talk to about all things wedding and non-wedding related. The lines of a relationship with a wedding planner often blur because of the personal nature of all the elements that can go into planning a wedding like money, delicate family issues and more. Being comfortable with your planner is so important!
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I didn’t back into this job. Every step I took from the time I was 18 led me to where I am professionally today. I love it all. I love the design, the organization, the client relationships, the professional relationships, the crazy schedule and most importantly, I love watching people in love commit themselves to each other and celebrate with their friends and family surrounding them.
How did you get started?
My career in the wedding business started in my freshman year of college when I began designing and making custom bridal gowns and accessories while interning for some of the biggest designers in New York City and attending Parsons School of Design. I was awarded a senior thesis scholarship that focused on the history and customs surrounding weddings in multiple cultures and I’ve spent the last 25+ years building my experience within every facet of the wedding industry. My team of talented Pros has a combined 60+ years of planning experience under their collective belt.
What 3 words best describe your company?
Creative, Collaborative, FUN!
What budget range do you cater to?
Budget goes hand in hand with expectations. For a formal wedding with bells and whistles, most of our clients are spending between $50-150K for a guest list of 100-200 people downtown Chicago. That said, last year I did a wedding for $30K and one for $800K so it ranges WILDLY and it’s part of our job to drive down to the “must have” list and educate on those costs before people jump into the planning. Know how deep the water is before you jump and we can avoid spending accidents, right?!
I’m SO glad that I found and used LOLA for their event planning services for our January 2019 wedding. I used Lauren Prado, and her expertise in reaching out to vendors, advising me on vendors needed, coordinating day-of-details, and ironing out the zillion details amongst all the necessary people was invaluable. With her help, I was at ease (as much as possible!) in the weeks and days leading up to the wedding and on the day of. Lauren was professional, on top of everything, and easy and fun to work with.
The only word that comes to mind after our wedding is ‘magical’. Lori and her dream team did a spectacular job. Her attention to detail is out of this world. She was able to take everything that we had in our heads, from Pinterest, etc. and bring it to life. Her recommendations for all vendors did not fail either. We loved every one of our vendors and would definitely work with all of them again. If we had one recommendation to other couples getting married – it would be to work with LOLA.
The entire wedding planning experience was enjoyable – every time we met with Lori she was on top of it, which was especially helpful since we live in Florida but got married in Chicago. The day of the wedding flowed without any issue – Lori kept the wedding party preparations on schedule and even prepared a box of assorted treats from the dessert table for Kyle and I to have back at the hotel! We were able to enjoy the entire day without missing a beat. When we walked into our reception it was nothing but magical. It will always be remembered as one of the best days of our lives and a huge part of that is thanks to Lori and her team. They are definitely the best of the best!
We got married three weeks ago and wish we could do it all over again. The entire weekend was perfect and we owe so much of that to Lori and her amazing wedding planner superpowers. We worked with Lori for 18 months leading up to our wedding day. Lori is knowledgeable, creative, so so organized, and FUN. Lori kept us on track and took on any issue and obstacle that came up. She was able to understand our vision and helped to translate that into the most beautiful day of our lives.
There were so many details that we had not ever considered that Lori listed for us (in her very detailed planning tools) helped us understand and executed to perfection. This attention to detail ensured that we, our family and all our guest had such a wonderful experience. We planned our wedding with Lori while living out of the country. Lori was very responsive to texts, emails, phone calls, and FaceTime. She knows everyone there is to know in the Chicago areas for weddings and events and every professional we talked to knew Lori and commented that they loved to work with her and we were in the best hands.
Everyone she referred us to was amazing! As we were two women getting married, Lori ensured that everyone we worked with was sensitive and inclusive to this. When we met with a vendor or two whose language was not inclusive for a Lesbian wedding she went out of her way to discuss this with them without prompting from us. In fact, she noticed more of these details than we did. Of course she did!! Lori was our advocate to ensure we had a perfect, beautiful, personal, stress-free wedding. And let me say again, Lori is SO MUCH FUN.
If you want the perfect wedding, if you want zero stress on your wedding day, and if you want to laugh and have fun while planning, hire Lori and her team at Lola events immediately. It will be your best decision since saying yes! Lori, we miss you already!