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BURST Event Co is an award-winning team of Chicago Wedding Planners with a combined experience of 30+ years in events.

 

Our diverse backgrounds in event planning, hospitality, wedding & event design, film & TV production & fashion makes us a well-rounded team of logistics experts, design fairies & guest experience specialists.

Our expert team has been featured in national publications like The Associated Press, NBC News, Wedding Chicks, and Maharani Weddings.

Because we know that wedding planning overwhelm is stealing joy from engaged couples, there are certain key characteristics we know we need to have to accomplish our mission of getting all engaged couples back to being excited about getting married.

  1. We are relational. What we do is 90% relationships and 10% wedding planning so we work hard to consistently strengthen our relationships with our customers, our vendor partners and each other.

  2. We are inclusive. Our mission is to get ALL engaged couples back to being excited about getting married. That means we lovingly & equally serve LGBTQ+ couples, BIPOC, interracial couples, any couples of any religion. 

  3. We are creative problem-solvers. Planning a wedding requires creativity in everything from how we design a table to how we allocate a budget to how we manage a dropped cake on the wedding day to how we facilitate the resolution of family conflict.

  4. We advocate. We view ourselves as the bridge between client and vendor, so we are always working to advocate for both parties. Sometimes that looks like calling vendors in to fix gendered language in their marketing or unethical commission practices and sometimes that looks like holding clients accountable to boundaries and deadlines. In order to make these partnerships work well and the planning process to feel as stress-free as possible, we work diligently to advocate for whoever needs a voice.

  5. We have fun. It's wild to us that planning a celebration of love, commitment, and community has developed a reputation of being a drag. Vendors and couples alike are burnt out and we work to bring the fun back to wedding planning through our own work/life balance boundaries and time off policies for our team, planning breaks for our couples, and developing playful relationships with both our vendor partners and clients.

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ALEXIS

Founder +Senior Weddings Consultant - she/her

Alexis opened BURST after spending 5 years in the hospitality industry and nearly 10 years dreaming of owning her own business. While on maternity leave with her oldest daughter, Alexis realized that if she was going to teach her newborn daughter that she can live her dreams and have a family, that she had to do it herself first. So with a 3-month-old baby, between naps and nursing, Alexis launched BURST Event Co. 8 years, another baby, and 200+ weddings later, Alexis is excited to shift her focus to creating new services, allowing BURST Event Co to live our mission of helping ALL couples, regardless of budget, defeat confusion and reclaim the joy that comes with being engaged, and working on our most logistically challenging events.

What was your 1st job? "Scooper" at Oberweis

What's your go to karaoke song? Ice Ice Baby

What's your favorite thing you've seen at a wedding this year? The Tiktok Table Photo Dash

If you won a lifetime supply of one thing, what would you want it to be? New Pillows!

What is something you could teach a class on without any warning? The Relational Complexities of Gilmore Girls 

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LIZ

Event Director - she/her

Liz joined our team after moving from a self-proclaimed IG stalker to an intern for our busiest, most sink or swim wedding szn - 2021. And she SWAM you guys! Liz quickly became a highly requested and recommended Wedding Attendant. Our clients immediately fell in love with her infectious laugh, bubbly personality, and ability to become BFFs with an entire wedding party in a matter of moments. Prior to joining our team, Liz spent 6 years as a Flight Attendant for Skywest Airlines, handling wedding-level chaos, only IN THE AIR. Since joining our team full time, Liz has nearly single-handedly managed the relocation and replanning of nearly 30 couples after our former venue partners closed both of their venues simultaneously. Liz is known by her clients for her responsiveness, thorough weekly updates, and the thoughtful time she gives each of her clients.

What was your 1st job? The Stam Greenhouse

What's your go-to karaoke song? You Oughta Know, Alanis Morsiette 

What's your favorite thing you've seen at a wedding this year? Teacup Favors

If you won a lifetime supply of one thing, what would you want it to be? Wine babe

What is something you could teach a class on without any warning? The Royal Family

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