You Name It Events is an award-winning, personalized wedding & event planner based in Geneva, IL and working all around Chicagoland and beyond.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Chicago Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Leanne, from You Name It Events.
Where have you been featured?
Style Me Pretty, Geneva Bride, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Ruffled, Grey Likes Weddings, MOD Wedding, Modern Jewish Wedding
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
City soirees, Suburban celebrations, Destination wedding adventures, and everything in between!
Why do couples love working with you?
We bring such a superior level of care to every event we do that many of our clients remark that working with us was the single best wedding decision they made, and the best investment in their enjoyment of the day they could have made. We are willing to work harder than anyone in the room and care so deeply about helping make your memories the best they could ever be.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
We have such a special opportunity to serve people during such an impactful season of their lives, as they are preparing to make one of the biggest commitments of their lives – it is truly an honor and a pleasure when we get to help make things come together and bring their visions to life.
How did you get started?
Our founder had a sister get married, where she served as the Maid of Honor and really had an insider’s view into the planning process for this first time. This sparked an interest in pursuing event planning as a career. When the field was really tough to break into – she decided to start her own business and six years later, here we are!
What budget range do you cater to?
Generally, our base package starts around $2k and services/packages go up from there.
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
We begin with a personalized consultation – either in person, on the phone or via Skype/FaceTime – where we discuss plans & vision for the day, then we create a custom proposal that meets their specific for clients to review. We hone that proposal until they feel it meets their needs perfectly and then book their date for them!
“Kerry said… We used You Name It Events as “Week of Wedding” coordinators for our wedding in downtown Chicago. The day of the rehearsal and wedding, they took over all of the organization and double checked everything. They coordinated and confirmed details and deliveries with our vendors to be sure everything ran smoothly. They truly made it so that we did not have to worry about anything on the day of our wedding, just enjoy it. We would HIGHLY recommend using them for your wedding needs!”
“Lauren said… Absolutely 5-star service & delivery all around. Hiring Leanne & her team was the absolute best decision I could have made and worth every penny (& then some!) As a self-proclaimed “type AAA” person, I have trouble relinquishing control – particularly after spending over a year planning our wedding. Her attention to detail and genuine concern to ensure everything ran smoothly and according to plan were incredible. She really takes a lot of time to understand your “vision” and what’s important to you – she also has impeccable taste, and I felt so comfortable handing the reigns over to her to execute on our wedding day – which she did flawlessly. She made 3 separate trips downtown (for the walkthrough, rehearsal and of course the wedding day), and everything ran like clockwork! It was also so helpful to have a single point of contact for all of the other vendors & handles any problems that arise. She’s basically the Olivia Pope of wedding planners/coordinators! 🙂 Best of all, I was actually able to enjoy our wedding day & knew that my family and bridal party was able to as well since Leanne was behind the scenes taking care of all the details (e.g. collecting our cards, gifts, personal items, extra wine, my veil, bouquet, cake! and taking it back to the hotel for us – that was such a huge help not to worry about!) The piece of mind alone to know that you will be able to have fun on the day you’ve spent SO much time (& money!) pulling together makes having a day-of coordinator ABSOLUTELY worth it. Thank you so much to Leanne & her team – I’m so glad I heard about you guys & will be forever grateful for all you did to make our day so special & memorable!”
Adam said… I was one of those people who did not think we needed a coordinator and that we could take care of all of the details on our own in planning and executing the wedding we envisioned. I quickly discovered in the early stages that we needed help. Enter YouNameIt Events. Leanne and her crew were awesome! My wife and I cannot say enough good things about our experience with these kind, professional, and fun people. Leanne was always an email, text, or phone call away with answers any and all of our questions. She and her group were instrumental in helping us find the rehearsal dinner location, numerous vendors for anything we wanted, as well as helping us organize and maximize our experience.
YNI Events worked seamlessly with all of our many vendors, photographers, videographers, etc and kept everyone on the ball the entire time. Such attention to detail definitely paid off as our wedding weekend ran like a well-oiled machine. We were all able to enjoy the experience without having to worry about a single thing. Not only were they were helpful beyond measure, but we also developed a personal bond with them through the process. It truly was like having additional friends around to help out at every turn. Their attention to detail and to their clients is apparent upon meeting them. They truly want your event to be as special in execution as it is in your head. I would highly recommend YNI to anyone looking to take the stress out of their wedding or other event planning.