"Hiring Designed & Detailed was the best decision we made when planning our wedding. I am a very Type-A person and wanted to hire someone who was as organized as I am - Alison was that person! From our first phone conversation, Alison put us at ease with our very long to-do list. From our 10-week out meeting, Alison handled everything with such poise and perfection! She even picked up decor for the ceremony, reception and the welcome bags. The day of our wedding, Alison was fantastic and timely with the schedule. She even handled guests who RSVP'd no but ended up showing up. Alison grabbed her phone, pulled up the seating chart and was able to find two open seats in seconds. I don't know what I would've done if Alison and Christine weren't there to handle everything. After the wedding, even family members said what a great job Designed & Detailed did with the day. If you are looking for a day-of coordinator, I HIGHLY recommend Designed & Detailed."
"Hiring Alison and her team was the BEST decision that we made when planning our wedding. I wasn’t planning on having a wedding coordinator, but now I can’t imagine how things would have gotten done without her. Leading up to the wedding, Alison was very helpful in making sure that we were on track with our planning, helping us work through a very stressful lack of hotel rooms for our wedding date, and answering any questions that we had. She handled the communication with the vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page when it came to the timeline of the day. The day of the wedding, Alison and her assistant Christina were AMAZING! They made sure everything was where it needed to be, helped with all of the set up and tear down of decor, and were available for whatever We needed. I felt like I could fully enjoy my wedding day without worrying if things were going according to plan. My bouquet would appear in my hands when I needed it, and then it would be gone when I didn’t need it so that my hands were free. It just kind of felt like magic. Alison and Christina were so great to work with and I couldn’t recommend Designed and Detailed enough!"
"As a wedding photographer, I work with all types of wedding planners and coordinators. I'm yet to meet one who is as meticulous about her craft as Alison is! We recently worked together for the first time and I was blown away by how in control she was of the entire day. When something didn't go necessarily as expected, she calmly had an answer and a solution. When our bride's dress ripped in the back (dancing a little too hard), she calmly stitched it back together for her! On top of all that, she does all this with a giant smile on her face. If you're looking for a planner/coordinator for your Chicago area wedding, look no further than Alison!"
Ben Elsass Photography
"Alison did an amazing job! I had asked her to help coordinate my son's baptism. She was so helpful in finding affordable pricing and picking up favors for me. She did a lot of diy which helped with our budget. Alison took my theme of what I was looking for and made it come true to a T. It was absolutely beautiful! The day of our event, she was all hands on: helping to talk to the restaurant owner for us, making sure food, dessert and speeches were on time, gathering cards from our guests and checking in with me and my husband every so often to make sure if we needed anything. She was wonderful!"
"We first found Alison through the Knot in November of 2017. At first we weren't sure if we really wanted or needed a day-of-coordinator, but after our first meeting with Alison, we were sold! From the very beginning Alison was easy to work with. She was very personable and was so excited for every detail we had planned. Other coordinators we'd spoken with did not include much decor setting in their packages, and Alison was game from the get-go to help us set up every detail. She even worked with us to customize a package that fit our needs and budget. She helped us organize our ideas and gave suggestions on what would work the best for the flow of the day. She was always easy to get in touch with, was responsive and timely, and was always willing to help us sort out a last minute idea over text. For any DIY couple out there who's got it all planned, but needs someone to take it to the finish line, she is your woman! On the day of, she was absolutely a lifesaver and miracle worker. She did everything she said she would and then went above and beyond that. Our wedding would not have run as smoothly as it did without Alison and her team. By the end of the day, we considered her a friend. We consider having hired Alison to be one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. We owe her so much. Thank you Alison and Christina!"
"Alison and her entire team at designed & detailed are a MUST for your wedding or event. My wife and I got married in mid-July, and needless to say, we were extremely overwhelmed with all of the little details. I was definitely hesitant about paying for a coordinator, especially after all the other wedding costs...After a little convincing from my wife, we asked around for coordinators and found Alison. Now I can actually say that this was the BEST decision and purchase for our wedding. We had numerous meetings weeks and months before our big day and Alison took care of everything.... What do I mean by everything?
Reserving caterers, planning deserts, reserving tables, chairs, furniture, booking the DJ, arranging and deciding on a florist, managing times to send out reservations/invites, photographers, timelines (down to the minute!!). Planning walkthroughs and coordinating each vendor is seamless with her.Honestly, it is impressive to see how she can manage everybody... Additionally, she keeps a calm, empathetic, yet bubbly attitude to keep it FUN.
I have and will continue to recommend her to all of our friends and future brides. She is a MUST, and will minimize your stress exponentially. Give her a call, schedule your first meeting, and meet her in person. You won't be disappointed.
Thank you so much Alison, you made planning our wedding fun and enjoyable!"
"After the moment I hired Designed & Detailed to be my day of coordinator, I felt an incredible weight lift off my shoulders. Alison is EVERYTHING you could possibly want and need, and then some, to run a smooth and perfect wedding from start to finish. Alison continually went above and beyond throughout the time we worked together. We met one-on-one multiple times throughout the months leading up to the big day. I would go into each meeting feeling a little overwhelmed with my tasks, and I would leave our meetings feeling 100% relieved, excited and so sure of my decisions and the process. Not only is she an incredible resource for vendor recommendations in the city, but she had previously worked in the nitty gritty of event planning and catering management; so she knows ALL of the details and ins and outs of the entire process - things you could never know without actually going through it! She was my "go-to" for every step of the process. On top of all this, she is a delight to work with. She always had a positive, can-do attitude and was full of solutions. Wedding planning can be a super stressful time, but knowing Alison had my back really allowed me to enjoy every step of the process without becoming over-stressed. I will say this over and over again, Designed & Details was the BEST, most important money I spent for my wedding. You will not regret hiring them!"
"As mother of the bride, I can't say enough great things about Alison. Initially I thought hiring Alison would be a great help and offer peace of mind to my daughter in planning her wedding. It turns out that Alison was just as helpful to me! Alison orchestrated and handled all the countless details and logistics that otherwise would have fallen in my lap from the days leading up to the wedding, to the day of the wedding. Because of Alison, I was able to focus solely on enjoying every moment of the day without having to worry about anything else. Alison and her team were always several steps ahead in anticipating what needed to be done and managing and carrying out all the details. All transitions of the day were seamlessly executed. Whenever we needed anything at all, either Alison or one of her team members seemed to magically appear. Alison is professional, organized, resourceful, proactive, patient, understanding, and very personable. I wholeheartedly recommend Alison without reservation."
"I was referred to Alison by our venue, and after speaking with someone else way out of our budget, I found Alison and we connected! It was so helpful working with her, especially since we had a short engagement of only 7 months-I was so stressed when I first started, and she really eased my stress levels tremendously. It was also incredibly helpful that she has such a strong catering background too. The day of was so smooth, and I cannot imagine having a wedding without her and her team on site helping out with every detail no matter how small. I’m sure it was a stressful day, but Alison keeps her smile and will never let you see any stress at all. I can’t imagine planning this wedding without her and her team. Everyone raved about our wedding and a lot of that is to do with her! Alison was always available whenever we needed her and made us feel like a priority. You will love working with her!"
"As a Mother of the Bride (MOB), I would like to add my thoughts about Allison’s services to us during our daughter’s wedding. She was simply wonderful. Her calm demeanor, organizational and problem solving skills, and cheerful willingness to do anything to make the event go more smoothly were invaluable to the success of our family wedding celebration. For example, Allison was able to wrangle the large wedding party to keep us together and down the aisle on time; she dealt with the unexpected surprise arrival of the bride’s grandmother on the day of the wedding (last minute inclusion of Grandma in the ceremony; a corsage that magically appeared; and finding her a place to sit and a meal at the reception); and finally, Allison sewed the bride’s dress back together when it split on the dance floor. Thank you Allison—you have become part of the memories of Erin’s wedding."
"Words cannot express the amazing experience I had working with Alison. Alison was my coordinator throughout the entire wedding planning process for our wedding this past September. Her personality makes you feel so comfortable and she was truly like family to us. Alison is an expert in this industry, professional, responsive, detail oriented, and reliable. She can answer any question you have and give you ideas for things you may not have thought of. My husband and I still get compliments on how perfect our wedding was. She truly made the planning process easy and was there with us every step of the way. If you are looking for a coordinator whether it is a wedding, shower, party, etc. Alison is your go to."
"Alison is the best ! She is very organized, responsive, and knowledgeable about weddings and events. The timeline she created for our wedding day was prefect and really helped us all stay organized and on time. She also followed up with all of our vendors to make sure everything was in good order before the big day. She even helped us transport décor to the church and reception and make our hotel bags for our guest. She has a great personality and you will enjoy working with her and having her around for your event. I was so happy we had her to help us out with our big day! Everything was perfect :)"