I cannot say enough good things about Megan and North Shore Weddings and Events. I received an overwhelming amount of compliments on the wedding, and just as many compliments on Megan and North Shore Weddings and Events. I live in California but planned my wedding in Chicago and Megan not only helped me plan one of the most beautiful weddings ever, but helped me plan it on a budget and without any stress. I'm an overwhelmed with gratitude for Megan and North Shore Weddings and Events. I would recommend Megan to EVERYONE looking for a coordinator. She was not only affordable, but knowledgeable, pleasant to work with, funny and just plain awesome. The saddest part about my wedding being over is that I don't get to work with Megan everyday.
- Brittany and Ryan
"Words and this review cannot do Megan's work justice. Our only wedding regret is that we did not hire Megan sooner in our process - she helped us with florals, event design and month of coordination. Throughout our process, Megan listened to our wishes, offered her candid opinion and helped make suggestions that ended up saving us many hours of our time and money - even on a few of our contracts that were signed before we had hired Megan. Megan's expertise is unmatched and she went above and beyond to make sure every detail was executed flawlessly for us. We got married at Cafe Brauer in May, but did the bulk of planning remotely from NY where we live. With Megan's support, we knew we were in extremely capable hands and she was always available for support for even the tiniest of details, at nearly any hour. I've attended several weddings as a guest where Megan also planned (how we originally found out about her genius). I must say that no matter the venue, bride and groom's preferences, or how crazy the day may go, EVERYTHING is always streamlined, enjoyable for guests and most importantly - a true celebration of the couple's love."
- Sofia and Jesse
I remember the first day that I met Megan, and I instantly knew that we were going to be a great team during the wedding planning process. She was punctual, super organized, funny, smart, laid back and the consummate professional. Megan made planning my wedding fun--she introduced me & my mom to some outstanding vendors, she helped to guide us in making our decisions while always respecting my vision as the bride, and helped to keep us organized and on top of everything--especially towards the end when a seemingly million and one details pop up--Megan was always there to make sure that we had everything in order. One of my favorite things about working with Megan is her postive attitude and that she is a genuinely kind person. Megan is always so respectful of everyone that she works with--all of our vendors had only good things to say about their experience working with her.
I can honestly say that our wedding this past December (12.13.14) was the best day of my life in large part thanks to Megan and all of her help in planning the wedding of my dreams. If I can offer any future brides two pieces of advice it would be as follows: 1) Hire a wedding planner--this will by far be the best investment that you will make out of all of your wedding expenses.
2) If you do hire a wedding planner, I HIGHLY recommend North Shore Weddings & Events--Megan is such a wonderful person and she is an extraordinarily talented professional, she will help to turn your vision into the wedding of your dreams too!
- Jenna and Ryan
I can't speak highly enough of Megan's professionalism and expertise in planning my wedding. She was a godsend in providing vendors in our price range, setting up meetings, and arranging appointments. Megan was very organized; she provided various excel spreadsheets to detail our budget, guest list, and wedding timelines. I planned my wedding while living out of state and she was great at communicating with both my mom and I. She was always on top of all of the details, and would include us and our visions every step of the way. She even helped print and organize programs, place cards, and charity cards. On the day of my wedding I felt calm and relaxed, because Megan oversaw the timeline and details. She did so much behind the scene, I know I can't give her the credit that she deserves. My wedding was beautiful, and elegant. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. I HIGHLY recommend her! All of the vendors commented on how organized and thorough she was too.
- Dana and Frank
Megan Estrada is a truly amazing professional, and I can't say enough good things about her. I hired her about six weeks before my wedding to handle day of coordination, and she went above and beyond the call of duty. She helped me with so many aspects of planning, dealing with vendors and calming my nerves during inevitable wedding crises.
Hiring Megan actually saved me money because she was able to assist me with vendor negotiations. The treatment and pricing I got from some vendors when I contacted them on my own vs. having Megan contact them on my behalf was night and day. Having her on board made the difference between my wedding being a stressful disaster to being a perfect beautiful day that I actually got to enjoy.
If I had one thing to do over for my wedding, I would have hired Megan at the beginning of my wedding planning process. It would have saved me hundreds of hours of stress and meetings and emails and research. Even if I had to cut my guest list to afford Megan's planning services, I would have done it. If you are planning a wedding, do yourself a big favor and hire Megan!
-Meg and Shira
From the moment we met Megan we knew she was the right person to plan our wedding. We hired her less than a week after getting engaged and couldn’t have made a better decision! She made the process so absolutely easy and amazing. Her Enthusiasm and confidence put my mind at ease SO many times. All my questions and concerns no matter how crazy or off topic were always answered in a timely manner with great advice.
Her knowledge and connections in the industry made picking venders so easy and seamless as well as saving us so much time and energy. She listened to what we wanted our wedding to be and found the perfect people to fit our style. Her phenomenal organization skills kept everything on track throughout our nine months of planning and our day of couldn’t have gone more smoothly. We were able to enjoy our wedding in its entirety all because of Megan.
Megan's love for her job is truly amazing and is seen in everything she does. She went above and beyond what we could have ever imagined a wedding planner could be!! We love you Megan, thanks for everything!!
-Amy and Joe
I just cannot say enough about the wonderful experience we had with Megan Estrada and North Shore Weddings and Events. She was so professional - always responsive, night and day - and always, always a smile on her face. She never lost her composure and was completely up front with us - what we could or couldn't do, what the cost was going to be. Megan listened to the wishes of the bride and groom (and the MOB!) and was so creative in bringing their vision to fruition. Her list of vendor contacts was endless and, quite frankly, saved us a bunch of money. THE BEST MONEY I SPENT WAS ON MEGAN ESTRADA!
When I started planning my wedding, I thought I could manage everything in my own. After 3 months and having accomplished some of the planning, I realized I needed help from a wedding planner. After meeting with several planners, I couldn't have been luckier to find Megan Estrada. I knew within 5 minutes of meeting with her that she was the right planner for me. She worked with me to develop a custom planner budget since I had already done some of the leg work. All other planners I met with either offered full planning service or day of service. Megan works differently and is willing to create these custom plans based on what the bride really needs help with. Megan went above and beyond in every aspect of her role. She never pushed the most expensive options on me and always came up with solutions to for on my budget. She was always readily available and provided exceptional guidance. My wedding was absolutely beautiful and beyond my expectations. I can't say enough about Megan and what an amazing wedding planner she is. Look no further - she is the best and you won't be disappointed.
- Lauren and Brad
Megan is a fantastic wedding planner, my mom and I would have been lost without her. She helped plan the wedding down to every detail and came up with a budget that fit our needs. Not only did she plan but she made the ceremony programs, placecards, etc. Megan also has some great recommendations for vendors such as DJ, photographers, makeup artists, and florists. We ended up using her recommendations and were very happy. My mom and I both work full time jobs so hiring Megan to help with the wedding was the best decision we could have made! The wedding went so smoothly...it was a great day!
- Kari and Mike
I can't say enough about Megan at North Shore Weddings and Events. She was the reason my wedding was simply amazing. From the day I met with her to the ending of my big day, she held my hand the whole way. I was impressed with her communication with not only myself, but with all of the vendors we used. She recommended vendors as well as became comfortable with a few vendors I was adamant on working with. At one point a vendor needed pick up service for rentals and I was too busy to get to it. Megan organized another vendor to pick up what we needed to make the night perfect! You will need to trust her when it comes to big decisions on your big day. Megan knows the business and can navigate her way through a flawless event. I recommend North Shore Weddings and Events. Thank you to Megan and her team. It was a night to remember!
- Kora and Darrin
My husband and I got married in August, and Megan made our day perfect. We could not have asked for a better day. Megan is incredibly organized, personable, and professional. She went above and beyond to help us pick our vendors, plan the details, and gave great advice. Megan answered my emails right away, and coordinated all communication with the vendors. She organized all our invoices, and created a personalized wedding binder which included a timeline and budget. Each detail added to the wedding, she updated to the budget and timeline and emailed it to us right away. Megan is very knowledgable of the North Shore area. She was able to save us a lot of money by negotiating with vendors. She kept our wedding under budget, and had great ideas for DIY projects. She even helped us make the projects.
Megan is outstanding, and her work is simply perfection. Words cannot express how thankful we are for her. Any bride would be lucky to have Megan plan their wedding day.
- Erin and Dave
We originally hired Megan as our on-the-day coordinator after we saw how amazing she was at another wedding. A few months prior to our wedding I experienced an unexpected situation leaving me unable to see out the coordination of key details, venue design, and last minute vendor choices. Megan stepped in and went above and beyond what we originally hired her for: she lined up all of my vendors, attended design consultations at the venue, came up with all of the décor for my ceremony and reception, came up with a precise rehearsal dinner and wedding day timeline, made sure everyone was where they needed to be, and the list goes on. She truly does it all and she does it well. Not to mention, she is very well-respected by vendors and maintains great relationships with them. She made my dream wedding a reality and I cannot thank her enough for that.
- Samantha and Marcus
There are no words to fully express the integral role Megan Estrada played in making my wedding a beautiful and unbelievably smooth event. From the moment we met, I was struck by her attuned sense of style and gift for creating elegance, something that I greatly wanted for my black-tie wedding at the Armour House. Megan is also open to everything, and is a truly good listener; there were some aspects of the planning process where I knew exactly what I wanted, and Megan allowed me to have that agency with grace, but for those aspects where I was clueless, she presented options before me that spoke to me, showing that she was keenly aware of my desires. She also did a fabulous job of managing the budget, presenting me with a highly detailed, multi-dimensional spreadsheet immediately in the process, as well as a proposal that listed three suggested vendors for each needed item. This tightened list of choices allowed me to choose what I wanted to splurge on and where I wanted to cut back, all while remaining on budget, and not impeding my busy work schedule.
However, Megan’s acts as an individual largely outshone her skills as a planner. She was a true friend, and not simply in the sense of being a joy to spend time with. I needed more than a friend; with my mom living out of town, I needed an advisor and guide—an emotional support. Megan easily slipped into all those roles, accompanying me to appointments when I needed her, giving me space when I wanted to do something alone, but always being only an email, phone call or even text away to offer me help at any moment.
Megan Estrada of North Shore Weddings and Events is a true professional. Her business background in the hotel industry makes her a poised and effective negotiator, and gives her a sense of calm that is all-encompassing in everything she does. Her creativity is able to glean elegance and fun into luscious and personalized settings, and her pristine work-ethic combined with an eye for beauty left all of our guests saying that they had never been to a wedding so beautiful, and they’re still talking about it. I truly love Megan, and people about to embark through this consuming yet exciting process could do no better than have an ally like her at their side.
- Amanda and Brett