Event Planning FAQ

What is your fee structure? Do you charge an hourly rate, flat rate, or a percent of the total event budget?
Since each event we do is different from others we have done before, we create custom event planning packages for each and every event. The package we create for you will be designed with the level of support you are looking for.

What time will you arrive on the day of my event? How long will you stay?
We arrive as early or as late as you would like us to based on the plans for the event and the package we have arranged with you.

What locations have you worked at?
We are proud to have worked with an incredible array of venues in the Chicago area and Midwest region – and we are adding more all the time! A sample venue list can be viewed here.

Are you willing to travel for my event?
Absolutely! Depending on the length of time and distance from our offices, we can create a package that includes the right level of support for your event – wherever it is to be held.

Why should I hire an event planner?
Hosting any major event can be stressful and challenging. We work for you to help bring your vision to life while minimizing stress and using creative problem solving to manage the challenges of your event, Simply put, if you’d like your event to stand out, run smoothly and be something you get to enjoy – you are in the right place!

What separates you from other event planners?
Our clients are our family. We truly care about helping them turn their events into opportunities for creating memories that will last a lifetime. The personal attention and suport you will receive from our staff is unmatched. It will not only bring up the level of quality and enjoyment your event brings, but will also help you to enjoy the process of planning even more.

What size events can you help with?
From 50 or fewer guests to 500 or more, we are ready and willing to help with any size celebration!

How many events will you work on per day?
YNI takes on no more than one major event or wedding or event per day, per planner.

How will you dress for our event?
All YNI staff will wear neat and clean (but comfortable) work clothes during setup and clean up, and then change into standard wedding guest attire for the duration of your event.

What are my payment options?
We take any cash that folds or jingles, all major credit cards and/or checks made payable to You Name It Events. We also offer for sale and accept payment in the form of You Name It gift certificates.

I have a small budget. Can I still hire an event planner?
Absolutely! Our excellent event planners will not only help you keep peace of mind during the entire planning process, but can also save you money by introducing you to exceptional yet reasonably priced vendors, helping you trim unnecessary expenses, and even utilizing their own creative talents to create unique and stunning décor for less. In many cases, the vendors we work with offer our clients exclusive discounts and incentives.

Can you get me discounts with other vendors?
In many cases, the vendors we work with offer our clients exclusive discounts and incentives. Sometimes it depends on the products or services you are interested or other particulars of your event, but this is certainly possible.

My event is in 3 months. Can I still hire an event planner?
No problem! We offer a “Let’s Not Panic” Package for those planning with a short turn around time or who need an extra hand finalizing the short-term details. No matter what your situation is, we love a challenge and are here ready to help!