If there is one thing I can recommend when planning a wedding it’s to treat yourself to a wedding coordinator. It will give you peace of mind leading up to and on the big day. For us, Maria Collins and her team at Plum & Ivy Events was the perfect choice and it didn’t break the bank! We hired her as our Day-Of Coordinator. Don’t let that title confuse you. Maria was an amazing resource months before our wedding.
She especially came up big as we were planning our Chicago wedding from Connecticut. Maria has a great pulse of the area, and was able to connect us to other outstanding vendors (for any budget). She was also very easy to reach when we had any concerns: that includes speaking with our parents when they had LOTS of questions.
When our wedding week finally arrived, my wife and I were at ease. Maria and her team are just so organized and had everything under control. Checklists were given to us to make sure we didn’t forget anything, all our vendors had already been in talks with her and were ready to go, and our rehearsal ran so smoothly.
On the day of the wedding all we had to “worry” about was getting married. The Plum & Ivy team set up breakfast for the bride and her bridesmaids. We also gave the team all the vendors’ tips to hand out later that night. Shout out to Annie. She was firm and calm with both of us. It was clear she just wanted us to have the best day possible. Annie was in charge of the first half of the day, and she made sure everything went as planned.
I encourage any couple to hire Plum and Ivy! Our goal was to have the maximum amount of fun at our wedding, and we were able to because Maria and her team took all our stress away. All the tips Maria gave us really made a difference, and we couldn’t be happier with the end result.
We are so glad we had Maria as our Wedding Planner. When we first decided to hire somebody for this role, we hoped to find someone who could provided personalized service, somebody who would be responsive, have an attention to detail and expertise in event planning. Plum & Ivy delivered all of that and more with her services. Even more, Maria and her team work with the best vendors. She has great contacts and provided priceless advice and guidance when selecting vendors to ensure that our wedding was cohesive and that we had all of our bases covered. Our wedding simply exceeded every single expectation we had, and the execution of everything going well was largely on her part. I wish there were more "stars" to rate Plum & Ivy, they deserve much more than just 5 stars!
People kept telling me that planning a wedding was stressful. When we decided to plan our wedding from across the country, people kept saying we were crazy. I can honestly say that most of the stress from our wedding planning had absolutely nothing to do with the planning and I’m certain that is because we hired Maria from Plum and Ivy. Besides saying yes to my now husband, Maria was the other best decision we made. I actually had so much fun planning our wedding and never stressed about the little details because I had Maria by my side.
Maria is not only the nicest, caring and friendly person I’ve ever met, she is detail oriented, creative and has a can-do attitude. She wasn’t a “yes man” rather she pushed back on me when I was going overboard or potentially being a bit crazy. She helped me with everything from coordinating of vendors, consulting on ideas, day of coordination (which I couldn’t imagine the wedding without) and timelines of everything and everyone.
She and her team are a powerhouse and helped execute everything flawlessly. She always made me feel like I was her only client and number 1 priority. Honestly, I can’t thank Plum and Ivy enough. I felt so secure, safe and taken care of and knew the day would be flawless, which it was. She is a rare find!
"I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all you did for the wedding. It was truly amazing and I know that it couldn't have been as magical without you!"
"Maria helped me plan my October 17th, 2015 wedding at The Rookery in downtown Chicago. She made the wedding planning process so simple and enjoyable. She was a great resource and was able to give me some awesome ideas to make our wedding day perfect. I can't even begin to describe how helpful she was when it came to the wedding day and all the logistics and people involved. Because of her, I was able to completely relax and enjoy my day. She took care of everything! A note just to show how amazing she really is - My husband's grandpa took a fall before the ceremony and was unable to attend the ceremony and reception; Maria made sure that their dinner entrees and cake were brought over to their hotel for them to enjoy even though they weren't at the reception. Just the fact that Maria thought of that small detail amazes me and shows that she really is a one of a kind planner. I highly recommend Maria! You can't go
wrong with Plum & Ivy!"
Maria is amazing! I don't even know where to start...I met Maria through our florist and it was the best decision EVER! She is very well organized, communicated with me about everything regularly via email and any extra details that I wanted to add to my wedding, she would find a vendor that was affordable and within my budget. Maria and her team were on their A-game the day of the wedding. Everything was very well coordinated and went beautifully! I would definitely recommend Plum & Ivy for event planning. Thanks Maria!
"Maria is the BEST! [...] I was looking to partner with someone that would be collaborative but would
take the stress out of wedding planning so I could
just enjoy being a bride. I wanted to work with someone that is creative, to plan a wedding that was unique with tons of fabulous food.
When I met Maria, I knew immediately that she was my girl!
[...] Maria not only understood my vision, but I think
she was more excited about it than I was! She came
up with the most interesting but approachable menu right off the bat.
[...] she listened and adapted along the way to make sure that every detail was exactly as we wanted.
Maria handled all of our rentals – everything from tables and chairs, down to unique bowls with handles that we used for our risotto bar. I had a pretty specific vision, but also a budget. She worked with her trusted partners to come up with the most unique serving pieces, seating options, and decor to transform our blank slate venue (Ignite Glass Studio) - all while keeping my budget top of mind. I loved when she walked us into the reception space before we opened it up to our
guests - it was exactly as I envisioned it would be, only better!
Maria was so responsive throughout the entire process. You can tell that she loves her work and is especially passionate about weddings. This also holds true for all of the vendors she brought in for our big day. It is obvious that she partners with quality companies, and they all respect and enjoy working with her.
I could not imagine planning my wedding with anyone other than Maria. She does it all with a smile, and makes sure that you just get to have fun and enjoy this special time without all the stress. If you allow her to show her creative side and do something fun and out of the ordinary - all the better!"
Jill, Mother of the Bride
"Maria, thank you so much for all your help, advice and your sweet and caring personality. Wonderful doesn’t even describe you!"
Plum & Ivy was one of the best decisions I made when planning the wedding. Maria is amazing! We used Plum & Ivy for day of coordination and Maria ensured that everything ran smoothly. The entire day was incident free and I think that is in large part because of Maria. She was there for almost 12 hours the day of and saw the day through from set up to take down. Absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend Plum & Ivy! Contract Maria now before she raises her rates because she is worth far more than she charges!!
Maria truly rocks!!!! She coordinated my wedding at the Crystal Gardens and went over and beyond to ensure it was truly a perfect day. My husband can't stop raving about her service. She provided stellar vendor recommendations and helped ensure each detail was truly unique. I really appreciate having Maria as she was an amazing support when the planning process got overwhelming. Plum & Ivy was worth every penny and way way more. Looking forward to future celebrations to use Plum & Ivy.
Maria is truly a gem to work with -- she helped pull off a beautiful wedding in a pretty short (4 month) timeframe with the bride and groom on the other side of the country. Her expertise, knowledge, and contacts were so helpful as we made decisions and she was more than happy to take charge or play more of an "advisor" role, depending on what we needed. I was incredibly relaxed leading up to and the day of the wedding because I knew that Maria had crossed every "t" and dotted every "i" -- and her team was also fantastic and on point! I can't recommend Maria and her expertise enough!
Thanks to Maria, my daughter's 4/9 wedding went off without a hitch. She was professional, upbeat and on top of things .... a great find. In addition, she was a wonderful source for the caterer and florist; they were winners as well ! On the wedding day she made sure every detail was taken care of so my daughter and I were able to enjoy the special event.
Maria and her team are amazing! She found is the perfect venue to fit our French Farmer's market wedding day vibe. The day was flawless, Maria thought of every detail. I could not have asked for a better experience.
If I could give these ladies all the stars in the world, I would! I never thought I'd hire a day of coordinator, I thought I could handle everything myself but my florist convinced me that I should look into it and suggested Maria. I reached out to Maria and we connected instantly, she was professional, friendly, flexible, and understanding. We were able to negotiate a price and timeline that we could both agree to. I met with Maria and Annie in November and they were amazing. They asked me things I had never thought of, and they genuinely cared about me and what I wanted and needed. Annie was on site for my rehearsal dinner and was amazing at coordinating everyone so they knew their responsibilities.
The day of, Annie was absolutely, positively, outstanding. Just amazing. My wedding would not have been anywhere near as organized and smooth without her. I wish I could tell you all the amazing things she did for me that day, but I can't, because I was able to thoroughly enjoy my entire wedding day while she took care if everything else. When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. She put my flats under my chair at the head table so I could change right when I sat down, she made sure I was fed, and she stayed 2 extra hours beyond her contracted time because she felt like it was the right thing to do. She was simply amazing and deserves all the praise in the world.
I know a coordinator isn't he top expense on some people's lists, but seriously, make it a priority! Even if it's just for the day, Plum & Ivy staff will go above and beyond for you and they are worth every penny and more!
I can't say enough to thank Maria for all of her hard work to make our wedding so perfect. She was absolutely fantastic and so helpful every step of the way. She thought of every detail. Going into planning a wedding can be overwhelming and stressful but thanks to Maria and Kristina, we were able to enjoy all of the steps along the way knowing we had her experience and expertise behind us. Honestly, our wedding would not have been the same without her. Plum & Ivy was the best investment of our whole wedding. Thank you!!
I'd worked with Annie twice before as a wedding vendor myself, and I loved how organized and on top of things she was, so Plum & Ivy was an easy decision for our wedding! We got to meet Maria after I initially contacted them, and she's absolutely wonderful; I can't imagine a better person to run a business like this. She is so caring, genuinely concerned, and attentive! Any questions I had leading up to the big day or panicky emails or phone calls were fielded beautifully despite my occasional craziness.
Annie was on site for the big day, and with an entire side of the family running two hours late to the venue (we got married in Chicago during the World Series) I don't know what I'd have done without her being so organized, ahead of schedule herself, and truly such a friend to me. It made it easy to put things in perspective and remember everything was still going to be beautiful, and we were still going to end up married.
Another major plus- Annie and Maria have both worked in catering before, so they are absolutely AMAZING about coordinating with your caterer (and other vendors) which is a huge relief because sometimes your venue doesn't have a kitchen, etc. etc. a thousand problems come up and they just handle them with ease.
Love them. They're wonderful, and completely worth it.
To say Maria goes above and beyond would be a gross understatement. She gave 110% the entire day and night (and the months leading up to the big event)! Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Most importantly Maria's attention to detail, problem solving and organization gave us the luxury of relaxing and enjoying every minute of our daughter's wedding. It was perfect and flawless!!!!! Thank you Maria!
I would not have survived the wedding process without Maria! As a bride that has a pretty demanding job without email or phone use most of the day, I really had to hand my wedding over to her and my husband. They planned an incredible day. After one meeting with us, she got our style and was able to run with it, and thought of things that were past anything I could have imagined. She also has incredible relationships with all types of vendors, which makes everything so much easier. I didn't know a caterer, florist, or photographer could be so excited for someone else's wedding. I soon realized they were so excited for my wedding because it meant they got to be working with Maria. Along those lines, by knowing our style, we only had to meeting with one vendor. As soon as she told us who she thought would best fit our style, we met wit them and loved them. I would highly recommend Maria over and over again. She thought of EVERYTHING.