“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!”
“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.
“Joan Cinquegrani was our wedding planner for our daughter’s wedding this past Saturday night. We worked with Joan for over 14 months in planning the wedding. She was awesome and everything went totally as planned. We paid her a fixed fee and she provided the complete range of services. She is not inexpensive, actually quite a bit higher than someone else in the northern suburbs we also interviewed, but she is totally on the wavelength of the bride and groom because she is their peer. But she also was sensitive to what the we the bride’s parents wanted and navigated the path carefully. Joan even had a baby a month before the wedding and continued to be as attentive as possible under the circumstances, including personally putting together the gift boxes for hotel guests, and spending the entire day of, until nearly 1AM, on the wedding and at the venue. We recommend Joan and Five Grain Events highly.”
“We had the absolute pleasure of working with Shannon Gonzalez on our October wedding. We hired Shannon to be our day-of coordinator, and my fiance and I agreed, hands-down, that it was the best decision that we made in the entire planning process and for our wedding (with the exception, maybe, of the decision to say “I do”… ). We had a couple of meetings with Shannon in the couple of months leading up to the big day, where she collected a TON of detail about our family, wedding party, plans/desires for photos, ceremony, processional, reception. You name it, she thought of it. While I knew she was super organized and could see it would be helpful to have her there, I didn’t realize just how critical she was to the day until that day. She and her assistant Sarah made everything flow seamlessly, and shuffled people from place to place just as we had planned. I didn’t have to think about ANYTHING — she even brought me my cowboy boots immediately after I was done with our first dance, because I had planned to change to be more comfortable. And she did all of this with grace and a huge smile.
It really was a great experience to work with Shannon, and I would recommend her to anyone who asks. Or anyone who doesn’t ask.”
“A friend recommended Five Grain Events to me and I can honestly say without Sara and her FGE team our wedding would not have happened. Sara had the unfortunate task of informing me not once, but twice that we lost our venue. The second time just months before our scheduled date. I’m sure many brides would have erupted into sheer panic but Sara approached each conversation with new venue options ready to be checked out and I knew everything would work out as long as she was there. Not only did she expertly handle the venue crisis but she provided support and assistance through every step of the planning process. I don’t think my wedding day could have been more perfect and a majority of the credit goes to Sara and her team.”