About this Vendor
Wedding Planning. Made Simple.
YOU can afford a wedding planner!!! The Simply Elegant Group is an award-winning, information-based wedding planning company. We will exceed your expectations and SAVE YOU MONEY! With our exclusive vendor relationships, we guarantee just that!
$ – Inexpensive
Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Day-Of Coordination, Full Service Wedding Planning, Planning
Simply Elegant was simply amazing. Our wedding went so wonderfully, despite the hiccups that I caused and they fixed flawlessly! I could not be happier with Tracy (our planner) or the services in general and I HIGHLY recommend them for anyone who wants to be happy and enjoy their wedding! When everyone I know recommended that I get a day of planner, I decided a little reluctantly to take the advice (because it was literally everyone). What I didn't understand about a Day-Of planner was all the help and resources SEG gives to you before the day. From info about making welcome bags to tipping to rehearsal dinner information, they made sure that I had all my boxes checked so I wouldn't have to worry about anything last minute and then also made so sure that we had plans to eat breakfast and lunch! We met up in person several times before the wedding and Tracy and her assistant Lizzy were so nice and they even took our dog back to our hotel room when our not so little pup got overwhelmed by the day/party. Really above and beyond and one of the million little things that I would never think of beforehand that I needed, but now I know that our day wouldn't have been nearly as incredible. They were so nice and helpful and I really can't express the gratitude I feel for SEG. I know they did their job, but at no point did I think they were just doing their job. I really felt that they cared about us and our day and our guests and our vendors. Really excellent people, almost like a friend but one who know will do something for you because they know it will help you. Communication was top notch, even when mine in return was less than ideal. I got caught up in not answering or ghosting, but they were always understanding and just persistent enough to get the information they needed but without making me feel bad. If you want your wedding to run well, use Simply Elegant and it will.
One of the best pieces of advice I received throughout our wedding planning process was to hire a Day-of Wedding Coordinator. Being a pretty decisive and organized person, I didn't need much help with planning our wedding (May 21, 2016), but as the big day approached there were SO many overwhelming details that I have never been so grateful for the decision to hire The Simply Elegant Group (Chicago location). I had the pleasure of working with Lindsay Mackey. From our initial meeting, it was clear she knew what she was doing - she was so friendly and knowledgable. About a month before our wedding (right when the craziness started setting in) she became very involved and helpful. We had a couple meetings (in person and phone) and she was super flexible to work around my schedule. We talked through all the details. Some very important things that I wouldn't have never thought of or remembered. The timeline and documents we created together left no detail untouched and was a great reference tool for myself and my vendors. On the wedding day, Lindsay and her assistants did so much behind the scenes work; answering calls, working with the vendors, directing guests, picking up and dropping off various items, setting up personal items for the ceremony and reception, and dealing with any mishaps that may have occurred (which I would have no clue if anything did go wrong!). Our wedding day went SO perfectly and smoothly. My husband, myself, and our parents truly enjoyed the day without a single worry or interruption, and I have Simply Elegant to thank for that! Do not plan your wedding without them!
We hired Simply Elegant because we had a tight budget to stick to, crazy work schedules, and a very grand vision of what we wanted to do. Elisa helped us reign in all our logistics and plan out every operational detail, in addition to handling all of those details with her assistant on the day of the wedding. She also helped us create a truly beautiful day that looked so expensive; I know every bride says this, but honestly, we were able to get James Beard award-winning food in a venue that's one numerous architectural awards with custom-made book-themed statement pieces and table runners made out of flowers within our very reasonable and limited budget. This was because Simply Elegant was willing to work with us on getting creative with our vendors and our ideas, as well as helping us find vendors that would cut us crucial deals. I recommend Simply Elegant, and especially, I recommend Elisa!
When I found out I had a two hour load in at my wedding venue I knew I needed to search for help in pulling everything off as I couldn't be two places as once. I interviewed three different wedding planners before meeting Ashely and after our first meeting I knew she was the one for me. Her passion for what she does, knowledge and willingness to help in anyway she could gave me the confidence in entrusting her with pulling off the BIG day!! Ashely was a great resource leading up to the wedding and answered every single email almost immediately. We had a few meetings before the wedding and once the day came I had no worries that Ashely would take care of everything and if any crisis or mishap occurred she would take care of it and I wouldn't be the wiser. She was absolutely amazing to work with and incredibly organized and pulled everything off while I got to enjoy my day.
We are not local to Chicago - we live on the east coast - but for many personal reasons, we wanted the wedding on Chicago's north side. For this reason alone we knew we'd need a local wedding planner. We made contact with several planners more than one year before our wedding. Elissa Juster, branch manager of the Chicago location, reached out to me immediately to offer the services of Simply Elegant. She answered every question I had and allayed all concerns I might have with doing a "location wedding." At the close we agreed on a Day Of Plus package, which included 10 hours of planner work prior to the wedding plus Day Of services on site. The principal work of picking key vendors was managed at the front with planner Gina Taglianetti, who was wonderful about going to places and sending us photos and concept/menu plans. Unexpectedly she had to take an extended leave of absence from SE seven months before our wedding. Without skipping a beat Ashley Carpenter stepped in to keep our momentum going. She was experienced, absolutely delightful, and supremely organized. I appreciated that both our planners themselves were married and had had their own experiences planning their weddings. Ours was a small wedding (25-30 people) and included a church ceremony followed by a restaurant reception. However, just being "small" made this activity no less complicated than if we had had 300 people - there was still much to cover! Ashley made sure absolutely no detail was left to chance or missed altogether. She kept detailed lists, timelines, and spreadsheets of all activities and POCs, and connected us to several additional vendors to help us make our final decisions. We used FaceTime to great effect for very productive meetings and really had only two in-person meetings prior to the day - one four months out (where we made a trip to Chicago) and one a week before the wedding. Thanks to Ashley's amazing organizational skills, it was all we needed to finish things off. On our big day, she and her assistant were there for the *whole* day, keeping schedules on track and on time, helping to decorate our reception space, coordinating photo requests, and even hauling a sofa in and out of the reception space to create the setting we wanted! Amazing from the first and indefatigable to the last, we could not have done this without Ashley Carpenter or Simply Elegant. If you want your day to be perfect in Chicago, you just have to reach out to them and they will turn your special moments into beautiful lasting memories.
We hired Lindsay Mackey with The Simply Elegant Group as our day-of coordinator and we could not have been happier. She jumped right into our planning about a month out, ensuring we were getting everything done and my dreams were happening. She took over dealing with all of our vendors, making the week before stress-free. Day-of, she became the go-to for EVERYONE and was so enjoyable. She clearly loves the work and made the whole day so fun. My bustle broke in the middle of the dance floor and she got down on the dance floor to fix it so that I didn't even have to step away! Lindsay was the very best and The Simply Elegant keep it very affordable. Thank you for everything!
Hiring a day-of coordinator was definitely one of the best things we spent money on. Our coordinator Gina's attention to detail, calm demeanor, and thoughtfulness were instrumental in making our wedding care-free and memorable. Even before the day of the wedding, Simply Elegant helped us find a new photographer when ours backed out with three weeks to go. They helped turn what felt like a disaster into a really great experience with a talented photographer. No small feat! We'd definitely recommend working with Simply Elegant.
We had Ashley C as our day of wedding coordinator. She was AMAZING! Such a delight to work with and so organized. She took care of some many things both big and small that allowed us to be stress free during the entire wedding weekend!
We were so grateful that we took someone's advice to hire a day-of wedding coordinator, and we were even happier that we chose Lindsay Mackey from Simply Elegant. Lindsay was not only delightful, but she completely understood our vision, knew the answers to all our silly questions, was never surprised by our requests for confirmation on tiny details, and worked so well with all of our other vendors. The day of the wedding went off without a hitch! Lindsay was friendly and welcoming, but she and her assistant were also completely 'behind the scenes' when making everything go according to plan. Lindsay was a joy to work with and I'd recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone planning a wedding in Chicago! Thanks, Lindsay!
We worked with Lindsay from Simply Elegant as our day-of coordinator and I can't say enough about how great she was! This was definitely money well spent as it completely eliminated the stress from the day - I knew that whatever happened, Lindsay would have it handled for us (most of the time without us even knowing there was an issue in the first place!). Lindsay is super organized, collaborative, and (most important)FUN and very easy to work with!! I would highly recommend Lindsay and The Simply Elegant Group to anyone who is considering hiring a wedding planner or coordinator!
Lindsay Mackey from Simply Elegant Group is simply the best. We were looking for a "day of" planner for our daughter's wedding so that we could enjoy the day and not be worried about the many details. Lindsay was absolutely outstanding! Lindsay was available for weeks before the wedding to answer any questions and walk us through the entire day. On the day of the wedding Lindsay showed up smiling, calm and happy with a detailed itinerary in hand which she made sure was executed perfectly. There are so many details you just don't think of, from getting the flowers to the correct people, getting the bridal party organized and on and off the trolley for pictures , making sure the reception space was as it should be , to providing the band with times for announcements and the first dances to so much more. Lindsay did it all and we were able to enjoy our daughter's wedding stress free because we knew Lindsay had it all handled. I have and will continue to strongly recommend Simply Elegant Group and Lindsay Mackey. Trust me, its money well spent!
Ashley was a great addition to our wedding and while we were only going to use her for a Day of Coordinator, we immediately felt at ease after our first meeting that she was going to help us out tremendously. From the first meeting 6 months before our wedding to the day of the wedding, Ashley was cool, calm and collected and ready to handle any situation. Our bridal party kept saying how helpful Ashley and her team was, even the groomsmen commented on her communication and ability to get everyone organized to stay on time! We highly recommend Ashley and SEG and look forward to working with her again if she can travel to Wisconsin for my sisters wedding!
Kerry at The Simply Elegant Group (Minneapolis team) was indispensable. She was unbelievably organized and kindly handled my (and my husband's) quite complicated family. Our wedding was flawless and that was in large part thanks to the preparation that Kerry helped us complete, and her wonder-woman management of each detail on the wedding day itself. She's a pleasure to work with and felt like family by the end :) Thanks to Simply Elegant Group - worth every cent!
My partner and I got married on 09/23/17 in Vail, CO and had the absolute pleasure of working with Taylor. One of the first things she said to us was "what do you need help with?". That message remained for the next 5 months through our wedding weekend. She helped coordinate our vendors and gave structure to our wedding day. Taylor gave us so much relief and allowed us to focus on the event itself as opposed to the production of it, which is so special to us. I am confident that we would not have had the same experience without Taylor or with other vendors. One of Taylor's best qualities is her ability to remain relaxed and appear calm and confident. Her skill is unparalleled and her ability to execute beyond impressive. I can't recommend Simply Elegant enough.
This was probably the smartest wedding decision I made. Taylor got back to me quickly and made the whole process so easy. Ashton was my day of coordinator and did such a fantastic job! From helping select other vendors to keeping me on track with my timeline to making sure everything ran smoothly on the day, Ashton was invaluable. I highly recommend Simply Elegant!!
Our planner, Sam Hudson, was insanely incredible. In so many ways we don't at all know what we would have done without her. SEG does an incredible job of providing structure, templates, ideas, checklists and all the support you need to make planning the biggest event of your life feel effortless. More importantly than the discounts, references, constant support and KICK ASS day of leadership - SEG seems to have a thing for hiring high caliber individuals who understand how to walk with you through the crazy process of wedding planning with confidence, ease and grace. We couldn't have pulled this off without them and can't say enough about how awesome Sam Hudson is!!!
I've been meaning to write this review for months, but better late than never! I used Simply Elegant for my wedding in July 2017. I got engaged in Jan 2016 so I had a lot of time to plan. A few months before my wedding, I had taken care of all the big stuff but had a million little things to do. I decided I did not want to be stressed the day of the wedding or the days leading up to it so I decided to get a month of planner. Maria was my planner and she was wonderful. Even before the "month of" duties went into effect, Maria was providing advice and helping me make decisions. We emailed and talked on the phone multiple times. Then during the month of she took over all correspondence with vendors which was amazing. But that was nothing compared to how amazing she was on the big day. She did not leave my side the whole day and helped with everything, including helping position me in photos by spreading out my veil, etc. my bridesmaids even started calling her "Maria of honor"! I did not stress at all and everything was perfect. Thank you Maria!!
Hiring Simply Elegant for our Chicago wedding this past August was the best decision we made! We planned much of the wedding ourselves to cut down on costs but wanted someone to be there in the weeks leading up to it and on the day of to manage the event. We thought this would reduce our stress and we were right. We worked with Lindsay Mackey and she was amazing! She met with us beforehand to go over our timeline, vendors, and other details. She provided important insight and fun ideas. On the day of she made sure everything went smoothly and it certainly did. She did things we never would have thought of like coordinating our rehearsal, suggesting we hire a second photographer, running out and buying a last minute polaroid, and securing a key spot for taking beautiful photographs. She set up our donut tower and made sure everything was in place prior to the event. We were so happy we made this decision because it was an absolutely perfect day largely thanks to Lindsay and Simply Elegant. Worth every penny and we highly recommend!
Big thank yous to Sam and Taylor from SEG! I love that I could text or email them, and I would get an honest, and well thought out response. I love that they would let me know when they would be out of pocket and unable to respond. If you are a "planner" type of person like myself, this is important. The vendors that they work with and have relationships with are some of the best in the industry. I love how my wedding turned out and am very happy I chose to work with SEG!
If I could put 10 stars, I would. Our planner, Emily, was absolutely amazing! I have no idea how I would have done it without her. I was never stressed and she made sure everything was exactly how I wanted it, and perfect! I will definitely be recommending Emily to every person I know in the twins cities area. She became more of a friend, it was so wonderful and she was always there for seriously everything, she even went to my nail appointment to make sure everything was perfect!! Hire Emily, you will never regret it!
Ashley made our wedding day perfect! There was some delayed caused by other vendor but Ashley minimized the impact on the timeline. Everyone loved and enjoyed the event. We couldn't imagine what our wedding would look like without you.
Elisa was our day of coordinator and she was amazing! We were oblivious to any issues during our wedding day as she was on it right away! She is a very sweet, caring person and was the perfect guide for us since we were basically clueless when it came to wedding planning. She is organized and was helpful with recommendations and guidance. Thank you, Elisa!
We absolutely loved working with SEG and are so thankful to have worked with our planner Gina! We went with the day-of package and still felt that we still had amazing service many months before our actual wedding. We were able to use many of their great preferred vendors (caterer, florals/décor, transportation). All the vendors we went with were so happy we had a planner with SEG, which speaks to SEG's service, professionalism and reputation. Also, we ended up saving more money from the SEG's preferred vendor discounts than the actual cost to hire them - definitely a big reason we were able to afford having a wedding planner in the first place! Gina was fantastic and we are so thankful to have had her as our planner. We felt that our wedding day was absolutely amazing and all of our ideas/details were executed perfectly - and know that it wouldn't have gone so smoothly if we didn't have Gina to manage everything! Leading up to the wedding, Gina was there for us, checking in regularly, following up with vendors, and making sure our timeline was perfectly planned (really the timeline was followed perfectly on the day of!). We know there were some small bumps leading up to the day, and probably some the day of, but they were barely noticeable thanks to Gina. Specifically, several of our guests had to cancel last minute due to Hurricane Harvey - we were pretty stressed out about it, but Gina was there to help us plan for the changes and communicate with our caterer on our behalf. We had a lot of little details planned throughout our wedding day, and Gina was so attentive and made sure that all the decorations, details, and even dances were set out perfectly. All of her hard work making our vision come true really allowed us to focus on enjoying ourselves with our family and friends, and celebrating our wedding without worrying about any wedding day logistics. We really couldn't have imagined our wedding day happening without her and SEG!
One of the best decisions I made for the wedding was hiring a wedding planner. I did a lot of research and SEG was affordable and had a lot of package options. They also provide you with their preferred vendor list, most of which gave discounts for SEG. It ended up saving us a lot of money. Our planner was Ashley Carpenter and I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her. I know she is very busy but every time we spoke or met she made my wedding feel like a priority. She is friendly, organized and very detail oriented. She was quick to respond to emails and would periodically reach out to make sure I was on track with everything. She attended our tasting and meetings with vendors and asked questions we hadn’t even thought of. On the day of the wedding she was calm and prepared. She made sure we followed the timeline and everything went smoothly. Her and her assistant did all the behind the scenes work and helped set up. My parents had nothing but great things to say about her and were so happy she was there so they could enjoy the day. She took so much stress off of our shoulders and we are so thankful we had her there throughout the entire planning process. The price is well worth it and I would highly recommend SEG and Ashley. Our wedding was SO perfect and I have Ashley to thank for that.
Although I planned my wedding, I knew I needed a day-of coordinator to help relieve last minute stress. Thank goodness for Gina! She was so organized, patient, and constantly checked in to make sure my husband and I weren't stressed. She kept the day flowing smoothly and handled any and all hiccups with ease. I highly recommend this company and, specifically, Gina!!
Meet The Manager
Lindsay has been in the events industry for years and has overseen hundreds of successful events. Her attention to detail and ability to handle any situation that arises with grace and ease allows her couples to relax and enjoy their wedding day. Lindsay not only plans weddings for our Chicago couples, but also trains her team of Lead Planners to ensure that every Simply Elegant wedding is flawless and our client's vision is fulfilled.