“Hiring Five Grain Events was the best wedding decision I made by far. I worked with Jennifer and she was amazing – so friendly, kind, responsive, and professional! I am an out-of-town bride, so I really needed help and Jennifer was there every step of the way. My entire wedding ran so smoothly I can hardly believe it. Everything truly seemed effortless and I know that is because of Jennifer and Five Grain Events. I am truly impressed by what I saw, and the fact is that she was probably doing a million things behind the scenes that I don’t even know about. HIGHLY RECOMMEND”
Liz and Andrew, Evanston, IL
“Emily at Five Grain was our coordinator, and we could not have done it without her! She spent a lot of time working with us before the day, and made it so we didn’t have to worry about a thing on a very busy day! Highly recommend her.”
Susan, Mother of the Bride, Evanston, IL
“Emily Rodecker of 5 Grain Events was the day-of coordinator for my daughter’s recent wedding. She was incredible. From our first meeting, approximately 2 months before the wedding, until the last dance at the reception, Emily was phenomenally organized, down to the most minute detail. Her skills, experience, professionalism and availability were remarkable, but her warmth, positive attitude and level of energy made her a real pleasure to work with. Knowing that she had everything in place, and that I did not need to oversee anything allowed me to focus on my daughter on this most wonderful of days. She worked seamlessly with the vendors, the florist, photographer and hotel catering manager, kept us up to date about everything, and took every challenge in stride. The result? A perfect, beautiful church wedding, and a wonderful evening that unrolled without a hitch. Because of her work I wish there were more stars to assign in this rating! Given what we received, I feel the fee was moderate, but money well spent!”
Jen and Max, Medinah, IL
“It’s hard to put into words how awesome Joan and team are. I know you’ll see it in other reviews, but it is true. This was – hands-down, far and away – the best money we spent on the wedding. I cannot imagine how anyone gets through the planning/day-of without Joan.
Just knowing that every single detail was covered in the weeks leading up to the wedding gave my fiance (and in turn me) a piece of mind you cannot put a price on. As a guy, it might be hard to imagine the sheer amount of decisions and ‘small stuff’ that has to be assembled the few weeks before the day, until you see Joan’s 10 page list.
Sure you can get a list from the internet, but the internet is not going to put together a detailed timeline of the day, coordinate with the numerous vendors, brides maids, groomsmen, mothers, mothers-in-law, etc, and then track down or follow up with the many people ignoring your emails to commit to times, drop off equipment, or whatever it is they are supposed to be doing. The internet is not going to answer frantic emails from your bride-to-be with quick, definitive answers to whatever the latest emergency is. The internet is not going to be the last guest to leave your wedding making sure everything is packed up and accounted for.
You know who is going to do all those things and a million more? Joan. I’m telling you, hiring Five Grain Events is a must. You make a lot of decisions leading up to a wedding, evaluate a lot of packages and options from a lot of vendors. This was the only thing at the wedding I could not have gone without. My wife and I can look back on our wedding day with no regrets, and know we enjoyed every minute thanks to Joan and her team.
Meghan and Chris, Chicago, IL
“Wow! Truly a joy to work with Joan at Five Grain Events. She is ON IT. Organized and realistic in planning timelines, setup, and budget. She was incredibly timely in responding to questions. Her openness and honest approach helped us set expectations for our big day and ensured it went off without a hitch. On the day of, her team was so friendly and helpful not only to us but to our guests. Five Grain is a huge reason our day was so amazing. Thank you!”
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