A Perfect Event

★★★★☆
  • 3050 N Lincoln Ave null

    Chicago, IL 60657

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  • 773-244-9333

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Sun 12pm-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

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If I could give 0 stars, I would!

I have never written a review for anything in my entire life, but as an EXTREMELY disappointed bride-to-be, I had to warn future Chicago brides to STAY AWAY!

Signing a contract with Debi Lily was the

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★★★★★

If I could give 0 stars, I would!

I have never written a review for anything in my entire life, but as an EXTREMELY disappointed bride-to-be, I had to warn future Chicago brides to STAY AWAY!

Signing a contract with Debi Lily was the

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I use this place at lest 3 times a month. they Know what they are doing and they do it RIGHT.

Debi Lily is a perfectionist in every since of the word and will not settle for less. It is no wonder Oprah has named her as one of her

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★★★★★

I use this place at lest 3 times a month. they Know what they are doing and they do it RIGHT.

Debi Lily is a perfectionist in every since of the word and will not settle for less. It is no wonder Oprah has named her as one of her

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Debi,I can't stop smiling revisiting that magical, majestic evening. You took the grand elegance of that little palace ballroom and turned it into a glistening, shimmering heaven. I will never forget the moment I walked into that room,

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★★★★★

Debi,I can't stop smiling revisiting that magical, majestic evening. You took the grand elegance of that little palace ballroom and turned it into a glistening, shimmering heaven. I will never forget the moment I walked into that room,

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I helped plan the wedding for my sister and her fianc who live out of state in May 2010. My sister chose a wonderful venue, but it only offered a large loft space. As a result, we needed to provide everything (DJ, caterer, linens, tables, chairs, dishes, bartenders, liquor, flowers, dcor). Debi had coordinated the wedding for a friend of the family a few years ago, and came highly recommended by a reliable source. Although we started out wanting to do a lot ourselves, it soon became clear that Debi was far more capable, willing and able to get it done better, which saved us a lot of time and stress. Debi recommended our DJ, bartender, caterer (and created a wonderful menu), designed the space and dcor, and of course created the most beautiful flowers for the wedding party. During the planning process, Debi consistently came up with great ideas from wording the invitation to creating special touches that made the event personal and special. In addition, she filled in the many gaps of items that we overlooked, forgotten to include, or simply did not realize we needed. My mother insisted on ordering and delivering the tablecloths from a company near her. When they arrived, 4 of the tablecloths were not the right length. Although Debi did not have anything to do with the tablecloth order, she quickly contacted the linen company and got the correct replacements in time for the event. Debi consistently went above and beyond to make the event special and stress free for us. In addition to planning the wedding, Debi was especially helpful in keeping everyone calm right before the wedding ceremony and during the reception. Since we had not rehearsed for the wedding, we simply instructed to the wedding party to ??just listen to Debi, and do as she says?. Debi remained calm and professional, providing direction to everyone in the party (including the 4 children). It was a great relief to know that someone who knows what they are doing is in charge, and everything would turn out great, which it did. My sister??s fianc was timid about using a wedding coordinator at first, but after meeting Debi and talking to her he was immediately put at ease. She is down to earth, friendly, listened to everyone??s vision of the big day, and carefully managed the multiple personalities and opinions to create a spectacular event. I would never consider hosting an event like this without using Debi. Overall, she saved us time, money and frustration to create a truly perfect event.

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★★★★★

I helped plan the wedding for my sister and her fianc who live out of state in May 2010. My sister chose a wonderful venue, but it only offered a large loft space. As a result, we needed to provide everything (DJ, caterer, linens, tables, chairs, dishes, bartenders, liquor, flowers, dcor). Debi had coordinated the wedding for a friend of the family a few years ago, and came highly recommended by a reliable source. Although we started out wanting to do a lot ourselves, it soon became clear that Debi was far more capable, willing and able to get it done better, which saved us a lot of time and stress. Debi recommended our DJ, bartender, caterer (and created a wonderful menu), designed the space and dcor, and of course created the most beautiful flowers for the wedding party. During the planning process, Debi consistently came up with great ideas from wording the invitation to creating special touches that made the event personal and special. In addition, she filled in the many gaps of items that we overlooked, forgotten to include, or simply did not realize we needed. My mother insisted on ordering and delivering the tablecloths from a company near her. When they arrived, 4 of the tablecloths were not the right length. Although Debi did not have anything to do with the tablecloth order, she quickly contacted the linen company and got the correct replacements in time for the event. Debi consistently went above and beyond to make the event special and stress free for us. In addition to planning the wedding, Debi was especially helpful in keeping everyone calm right before the wedding ceremony and during the reception. Since we had not rehearsed for the wedding, we simply instructed to the wedding party to ??just listen to Debi, and do as she says?. Debi remained calm and professional, providing direction to everyone in the party (including the 4 children). It was a great relief to know that someone who knows what they are doing is in charge, and everything would turn out great, which it did. My sister??s fianc was timid about using a wedding coordinator at first, but after meeting Debi and talking to her he was immediately put at ease. She is down to earth, friendly, listened to everyone??s vision of the big day, and carefully managed the multiple personalities and opinions to create a spectacular event. I would never consider hosting an event like this without using Debi. Overall, she saved us time, money and frustration to create a truly perfect event.

Pros: Experience, personal, friendly, detailed

Cons: none, it was a great experience

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A Perfect Event strives to do a great job and make every event as perfect as possible. The staff has tremendous experience, unrivaled style, and has received numerous compliments and words of gratitude over the years. Whenever a challenge does present itself, A Perfect Event always tries turn it into the best possibility for everyone.

The negative reviews on this site are from one person that we tried to accommodate when they wanted to break their contract due to budgetary issues. We regret that the client did not accept our offer to utilize the balance of their deposit towards invitations (as A Perfect Event has a very large selection of invitations in its retail boutique).

Because City Search does not have the same algorithms as Yelp that remove posts from assumed names, the negative reviews have stayed on the site. Please see the comments attached to these reviews for more details.

A Perfect Event values all of its clients and many of its clients have turned into personal friends.

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★★★★★

A Perfect Event strives to do a great job and make every event as perfect as possible. The staff has tremendous experience, unrivaled style, and has received numerous compliments and words of gratitude over the years. Whenever a challenge does present itself, A Perfect Event always tries turn it into the best possibility for everyone.

The negative reviews on this site are from one person that we tried to accommodate when they wanted to break their contract due to budgetary issues. We regret that the client did not accept our offer to utilize the balance of their deposit towards invitations (as A Perfect Event has a very large selection of invitations in its retail boutique).

Because City Search does not have the same algorithms as Yelp that remove posts from assumed names, the negative reviews have stayed on the site. Please see the comments attached to these reviews for more details.

A Perfect Event values all of its clients and many of its clients have turned into personal friends.

Pros: 15 years of experience and great references

Cons: we have made mistakes but do learn from them

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CitySearch (or any discerning consumer of this service), please take a hard look at the 5-star reviews for this service A Perfect Event. They all read like the are from shills. Its not right that the legitimate reviews are being drowned out by those.

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★☆☆☆☆

CitySearch (or any discerning consumer of this service), please take a hard look at the 5-star reviews for this service A Perfect Event. They all read like the are from shills. Its not right that the legitimate reviews are being drowned out by those.

Pros: I can't think of anything

Cons: A Perfect Event leaves shill posts on Citysearch

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I would never recommend Debi Lilly and this company. I have used her services and was completely ripped off. She did a couple weeks worth of services for my wedding and then stole our deposit of $3,500! When I tried to get our deposit balance back, she completely ignored me and will not return my multiple emails. She even hung up on my mother-in-law when she called her to get our money back.

Please do not be fooled by Ms. Lilly's bubbly personality. She comes across so sweet and charming,but it's all an act. I agree with the previous review on how she has staff members write bogus reviews on various sites. They are so easy to spot and are total lies. She posts many of them on yelp. When I found a bogus review, I called her out on yelp and the review was removed within days.

Please do not use her services. There are plenty of other wonderful bridal consultants within Chicago.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would never recommend Debi Lilly and this company. I have used her services and was completely ripped off. She did a couple weeks worth of services for my wedding and then stole our deposit of $3,500! When I tried to get our deposit balance back, she completely ignored me and will not return my multiple emails. She even hung up on my mother-in-law when she called her to get our money back.

Please do not be fooled by Ms. Lilly's bubbly personality. She comes across so sweet and charming,but it's all an act. I agree with the previous review on how she has staff members write bogus reviews on various sites. They are so easy to spot and are total lies. She posts many of them on yelp. When I found a bogus review, I called her out on yelp and the review was removed within days.

Please do not use her services. There are plenty of other wonderful bridal consultants within Chicago.

Pros: none

Cons: ridiculously overpriced

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I've had Debi Lilly from A Perfect Event do a party for me and was very disappointed. I should have noticed right from the start: every time I got an email from her, the "signature" was updated with some new "award" or something. The woman is just too vain and celebrity-obsessed to provide the rest of us with good service. She ended up cheating me out of some materials and money. It was astonishly petty for someone with her "reputation."

A daughter of a friend of mine once worked for her and said that her paid staffers routinely leave fake reviews at online sites. Allow me to venture a guess that the "Debi now feels like a part of the family" is not from someone who actually used her services! :)

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★☆☆☆☆

I've had Debi Lilly from A Perfect Event do a party for me and was very disappointed. I should have noticed right from the start: every time I got an email from her, the "signature" was updated with some new "award" or something. The woman is just too vain and celebrity-obsessed to provide the rest of us with good service. She ended up cheating me out of some materials and money. It was astonishly petty for someone with her "reputation."

A daughter of a friend of mine once worked for her and said that her paid staffers routinely leave fake reviews at online sites. Allow me to venture a guess that the "Debi now feels like a part of the family" is not from someone who actually used her services! :)

Cons: she took advantage of me and she's terribly rude

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Debi, thanks once again to you and your whole team for creating the wedding of the century! I have never heard such amazing comments and compliments on each and every detail. Our phone has not stopped ringing with praises from people who you'd never think would even notice. Please send my thanks to everyone at A Perfect Event. There isn't a single thing I'd change or do differently. I can't wait to see the pictures and video!

C.K.

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★★★★★

Debi, thanks once again to you and your whole team for creating the wedding of the century! I have never heard such amazing comments and compliments on each and every detail. Our phone has not stopped ringing with praises from people who you'd never think would even notice. Please send my thanks to everyone at A Perfect Event. There isn't a single thing I'd change or do differently. I can't wait to see the pictures and video!

C.K.

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I just had A Perfect Event! My wedding was the ultimate experience thanks to Debi Lilly, Jonathan Ryan, Katie Lewis and the whole team at A Perfect Event. From the minute I hired them I was able to enjoy planning and my engagement instead of being stressed with all of the work. Debi worked closely with my entire family, and really now feels like part of our family. From my custom idea for pink and apple green save the dates, invitations, flowers, linens, favors, they made every single idea that I had come true. It was flawless. I really can?t think of words to thank them enough. I will forever recommend A Perfect Event and use them for every reason that I can for my future parties. THANK YOU Debi, Jonathan and Katie!

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★★★★★

I just had A Perfect Event! My wedding was the ultimate experience thanks to Debi Lilly, Jonathan Ryan, Katie Lewis and the whole team at A Perfect Event. From the minute I hired them I was able to enjoy planning and my engagement instead of being stressed with all of the work. Debi worked closely with my entire family, and really now feels like part of our family. From my custom idea for pink and apple green save the dates, invitations, flowers, linens, favors, they made every single idea that I had come true. It was flawless. I really can?t think of words to thank them enough. I will forever recommend A Perfect Event and use them for every reason that I can for my future parties. THANK YOU Debi, Jonathan and Katie!

Pros: boutique, professionalism, enthusiasm, energy

Cons: honestly, none that i experienced

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I know this company and staff very well and they are all great. Many of their clients probably don't use CitySearch for wedding reviews otherwise the rating on this site would be very very high. I would check out their record on the BetterBusinessBureau as they do 75 to 100 events/weddings a year and have a flawless record record. They also have a lot of their rave reviews posted on thei website. There really has to be a reason why Oprah loves Debi Lilly, why she is the ABC7 Chicago entertaining expert, why the Pampered Chef asked her to be their National Spokesperson to build out their entertaining brand, and why Crains named Debi Lilly as one of the 100 most influential women in Chicago. They do all their florals and invitations in house as well (with the exception of high end lines like Cranes and William Arthur. The head florist had tremendous experience with Marks Garden in LA (10 years) and has done a ton of celebrity weddings. They really do strive to make all their clients feel special and important and try to make every event spectacular in their clients eyes. I copied the following awards from one of their email footers and here is a list:

2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List

2007, 2006 Best of Citysearch - Editorial and Audience Winner - Party/Wedding Planner

2006 Elite Traveler Magazine - Global Black Book - Chicago?s Most Accomplished Luxury Event Planner

2006 Fall Daily Candy Wedding Guide ? Wedding and Event Planner

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★★★★★

I know this company and staff very well and they are all great. Many of their clients probably don't use CitySearch for wedding reviews otherwise the rating on this site would be very very high. I would check out their record on the BetterBusinessBureau as they do 75 to 100 events/weddings a year and have a flawless record record. They also have a lot of their rave reviews posted on thei website. There really has to be a reason why Oprah loves Debi Lilly, why she is the ABC7 Chicago entertaining expert, why the Pampered Chef asked her to be their National Spokesperson to build out their entertaining brand, and why Crains named Debi Lilly as one of the 100 most influential women in Chicago. They do all their florals and invitations in house as well (with the exception of high end lines like Cranes and William Arthur. The head florist had tremendous experience with Marks Garden in LA (10 years) and has done a ton of celebrity weddings. They really do strive to make all their clients feel special and important and try to make every event spectacular in their clients eyes. I copied the following awards from one of their email footers and here is a list:

2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List

2007, 2006 Best of Citysearch - Editorial and Audience Winner - Party/Wedding Planner

2006 Elite Traveler Magazine - Global Black Book - Chicago?s Most Accomplished Luxury Event Planner

2006 Fall Daily Candy Wedding Guide ? Wedding and Event Planner

Pros: Creativity, Experience, Staff

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I am so excited that Debi Lilly is going to be on Oprah - she was my wedding planner and treated me like I was Oprah and our wedding was pretty much perfect. I was in A Perfect Event today (love their boutique) and I just had to share this. It sounds like the show will air next Wednesday.

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★★★★★

I am so excited that Debi Lilly is going to be on Oprah - she was my wedding planner and treated me like I was Oprah and our wedding was pretty much perfect. I was in A Perfect Event today (love their boutique) and I just had to share this. It sounds like the show will air next Wednesday.

Pros: Attention to Detail, Creativity, Staff

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this woman should be avoided at all costs (they will be great either way).

i agree with the "fake" comments. i'm not sure how oprah got duped! granted, you never hear the end of debi dropping the "oprah" name so it sure worked out well for her...

it was just such a let down for somehow who "supposedly" came so highly recommended. as others have mentioned, she made some important mistakes. that, combined with her lack of quality as a person, made us decide to opt-out of our contract and get someone with more integrity and follow-through to complete our wedding.

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★☆☆☆☆

this woman should be avoided at all costs (they will be great either way).

i agree with the "fake" comments. i'm not sure how oprah got duped! granted, you never hear the end of debi dropping the "oprah" name so it sure worked out well for her...

it was just such a let down for somehow who "supposedly" came so highly recommended. as others have mentioned, she made some important mistakes. that, combined with her lack of quality as a person, made us decide to opt-out of our contract and get someone with more integrity and follow-through to complete our wedding.

Cons: unethical, made mistakes

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I can not recommend this company highly enough. I worked with almost the entire staff since they pretty much did everything for my wedding. I really love love love Jonathan Ryan and we were so lucky he was available (apparently he worked at Marks Garden in LA for 10 years and is a huge celbrity florist - which we did not know when we signed him). We almost didn't hire A Perfect Event because of our initial meeting with a planner named Stacy but she is no longer with the company and we were so glad we did sign with them. Kelsey, Daniella, and Debi were all great to work with. Reading a couple of the other reviews, we did not have any issues at all anf I feel like we were treated like we were really special and I think my husband would agree - our reception was better than I expected. We had talked with a couple of references before we hired them and a couple of the caterers that the work with also really recommended them.

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★★★★★

I can not recommend this company highly enough. I worked with almost the entire staff since they pretty much did everything for my wedding. I really love love love Jonathan Ryan and we were so lucky he was available (apparently he worked at Marks Garden in LA for 10 years and is a huge celbrity florist - which we did not know when we signed him). We almost didn't hire A Perfect Event because of our initial meeting with a planner named Stacy but she is no longer with the company and we were so glad we did sign with them. Kelsey, Daniella, and Debi were all great to work with. Reading a couple of the other reviews, we did not have any issues at all anf I feel like we were treated like we were really special and I think my husband would agree - our reception was better than I expected. We had talked with a couple of references before we hired them and a couple of the caterers that the work with also really recommended them.

Pros: Great talent and experience

Cons: Initial meeting with Stacy who is gone

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Debi Lilly will charm you into hiring her. Once hired, she will be rude and belittle you unless your name is Oprah. You just aren't worth her time, you see. The joy of planning your wedding will be ruined. She's completely overpriced, understaffed and outsources everything she claims to be good at.

Her fakeness even extends to these reviews. How fake are these first three...they're all the exact same!

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★☆☆☆☆

Debi Lilly will charm you into hiring her. Once hired, she will be rude and belittle you unless your name is Oprah. You just aren't worth her time, you see. The joy of planning your wedding will be ruined. She's completely overpriced, understaffed and outsources everything she claims to be good at.

Her fakeness even extends to these reviews. How fake are these first three...they're all the exact same!

Cons: overpriced, outsourced, rude, inauthentic

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Please do not use Debi Lilly and her services. I was completely fooled by her overly bubbly personality acting like she was genuinely concerned about making my wedding amazing. I utilized her full service package for an exorbitant amount of money, thinking "if Oprah recommends her, she must be fantastic." After just weeks, I realized how manipulated I had been. I did not feel she was on my side, since she has to stay in good with venues more so than with me.

The summary: we hired Debi and A Perfect Event in May, with a church and venue already picked out, but not finalized, for a far-out summer 2009 wedding. We met with her once and paid her. She worked up a very generic mock budget for us (our prior, somewhat-ignorant, back-of-the-envelope budget had more detail) and she placed a few calls for us confirming details.

Problem #1: When she called a venue we had held, they told her that date had been rebooked and Debi Lilly told us we lost it to another couple. We were heart-broken. We found out weeks later that the re-booking was actually us ? and that we in fact had the place - but Debi Lilly and A Perfect Event somehow missed that! Needless to say, someone else got our date.

Problem #2: Family dynamics necessitated a change in city so we could no longer use ?A Perfect Event? or Debi Lilly. This occurred about two weeks after we hired her and 14 months prior to the wedding. She has a clause in her contract saying that with cancellations she will bill hourly at $175 for hours worked to-date. She said she had worked 9 hours (2-3 max is plausible). She then refused to return the remainder our fee, generally ignoring us, lying (she actually tried to tell us that in 12 years no one has canceled), speaking down to us and claiming she was ?on vacation all of June? (a wedding planner?).

So here we are: Debi Lilly, Oprah?s famed wedding planner, trying to cheat us out of a few thousand dollars. Please do not use Debi Lilly or A Perfect Event!

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★☆☆☆☆

Please do not use Debi Lilly and her services. I was completely fooled by her overly bubbly personality acting like she was genuinely concerned about making my wedding amazing. I utilized her full service package for an exorbitant amount of money, thinking "if Oprah recommends her, she must be fantastic." After just weeks, I realized how manipulated I had been. I did not feel she was on my side, since she has to stay in good with venues more so than with me.

The summary: we hired Debi and A Perfect Event in May, with a church and venue already picked out, but not finalized, for a far-out summer 2009 wedding. We met with her once and paid her. She worked up a very generic mock budget for us (our prior, somewhat-ignorant, back-of-the-envelope budget had more detail) and she placed a few calls for us confirming details.

Problem #1: When she called a venue we had held, they told her that date had been rebooked and Debi Lilly told us we lost it to another couple. We were heart-broken. We found out weeks later that the re-booking was actually us ? and that we in fact had the place - but Debi Lilly and A Perfect Event somehow missed that! Needless to say, someone else got our date.

Problem #2: Family dynamics necessitated a change in city so we could no longer use ?A Perfect Event? or Debi Lilly. This occurred about two weeks after we hired her and 14 months prior to the wedding. She has a clause in her contract saying that with cancellations she will bill hourly at $175 for hours worked to-date. She said she had worked 9 hours (2-3 max is plausible). She then refused to return the remainder our fee, generally ignoring us, lying (she actually tried to tell us that in 12 years no one has canceled), speaking down to us and claiming she was ?on vacation all of June? (a wedding planner?).

So here we are: Debi Lilly, Oprah?s famed wedding planner, trying to cheat us out of a few thousand dollars. Please do not use Debi Lilly or A Perfect Event!

Cons: condescending, unethical, rude, concerned more about money than reputation, bad person

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It is so nice that I can call with my event and spend just a few minutes on the phone with A Perfect Event. A Perfect Event takes it and turms my event into truly something "perfect". I do not have to even think about another detail again. Every little detail and then some is over the top. I just have to invite my guests and the party is always a hit!

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★★★★★

It is so nice that I can call with my event and spend just a few minutes on the phone with A Perfect Event. A Perfect Event takes it and turms my event into truly something "perfect". I do not have to even think about another detail again. Every little detail and then some is over the top. I just have to invite my guests and the party is always a hit!

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Of all of the event planning companies in Chicago, A Perfect Event is the best of the best. They have years of experience, an elegant yet fun sense of creativity and a highly organized and professional business demeanor.

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★★★★★

Of all of the event planning companies in Chicago, A Perfect Event is the best of the best. They have years of experience, an elegant yet fun sense of creativity and a highly organized and professional business demeanor.

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I worked with Debi and her staff for over a year. Our wedding was perfect and I couldn't recommend them more. I used them for planning, flowers, and invitations. They were fantastic. It's no wonder that she works with the Oprah Winfrey show.

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★★★★★

I worked with Debi and her staff for over a year. Our wedding was perfect and I couldn't recommend them more. I used them for planning, flowers, and invitations. They were fantastic. It's no wonder that she works with the Oprah Winfrey show.

Pros: Great Style

 

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