best chicago wedding planner
We had the true privilege of being named one of the top 5 wedding planners in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. A huge honor we are over-the-moon excited to share.
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Bliss Weddings & Events
If anyone understands all the moving pieces involved in planning a large-scale event, it’s Renny Pedersen, the owner of Bliss Weddings & Events. Pedersen, received a degree in hospitality management, attended culinary school, and spent four years working in catering and seven in corporate event planning, all before launching her own business in wedding planning in 2001. Now her reputation and Web site attract clients who hire her over the phone and led to an invitation to participate in Mark Burnett’s new TNT reality show Wedding Day (in which a deserving couple are surprised with the wedding of their dreams) when it comes to Chicago.
Little fazes this industry veteran, who recently took only two months to orchestrate a distinctive wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art, complete with guests’ names appliquéd in mirrored lettering on the chargers (to coordinate with the tin-foil-lined walls of the room’s art installation). At another reception, it took Pedersen only minutes to remove a red-wine stain from the bride’s wedding gown with OxiClean. “You’d never know,” Pedersen says. “Her mom couldn’t believe it.” When a bride forgot her shoes, Pedersen’s assistant ran to Nordstrom; when the caterers forgot coffee, Pedersen bought ten gallons from a nearby Starbucks; and when one guest indicated he couldn’t eat solid food, Pedersen sent one of her crew out for a blender. “Our job is to go above and beyond,” she says.
Pedersen, who works out of her office in Wicker Park, also does a fair amount of prep work, visiting clients in their homes to get a feel for their style, or conducting meetings in a bowling alley or over manicures if they so choose. After asking clients, who on average spend $120,000 on their weddings, to mark favorite images in magazines, Pedersen creates vision boards that she gives to vendors along with detailed requests, ensuring that when clients first meet with a photographer, caterer, or florist, they know exactly what the couple want. “I really understand people’s time,” Pedersen says, “and I try to make it as easy as possible so they can enjoy the experience.”
Favorite wedding: The aforementioned event at the MCA.
Most unusual: When a bride wanted to pattern her wedding after an Andy Warhol painting called Flowers, Pedersen devised a menu that mirrored the painting.
Best party tip: Be in the moment. Relax and have fun. If the hosts are relaxed, the guests are relaxed. “That’s what makes a great party,” she says.
Best way to save: If you don’t care whether you have a band or a DJ, get a DJ. Make your own save-the-date cards or ask a friend in graphic design for help with invitations.