The Ideal Day is a Chicago-based wedding planning firm, specializing in the planning, designing, and coordination of weddings and wedding related events - small to big, simple to complex. 

The

Best

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The

Happiest

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The

Perfect

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Flawless

Day

The

Ultimate

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The

Picture Perfect

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our clients are raving

If I can give one piece of advice to future brides out there.... it's hire Laura! Seriously, I feel like as a bride you can have 1,000 great, fun, creative, and unique ideas... but you need someone to help see those through. You need someone who can be seeing that your ideas are brought to life smoothly, so you can simply enjoy your day. Laura has this skill perfected, and she manages to do it with the sweetest smile!

- Steph M.

After contacting a few day-of-coordinators, my husband and I decided on Laura and The Ideal Day... she was prompt to respond and extremely personable (even through email, which I found not to be the case with many people). After every conversation/email/phone call with Laura, I felt more and more relief about our wedding... the stress had been lifted and all thanks to her!!

- Halley W.

A key asset Laura has is her familiarity with many major Chicago vendors. She knew the ropes with our caterer, venue, musicians, photo booth and more. She often knew the specific individuals with whom we were working, making it easy to hand off vendor communication during the final days.

- Bethany H.

Laura is everything you want in a wedding coordinator: highly organized, knowledgeable, calm under fire, and simply fun to be around. I could tell early on that she had extensive industry knowledge and that I could trust her to handle everything perfectly. Our wedding was perfectly smooth without feeling overly orchestrated, which I credit to Laura.

- Julia B.

Laura Patterson is easy to communicate with, intuitive, fun, energetic and flexible to work with. She handled meetings and coordination in a very professional manner and kept detailed records and notes throughout the planning process. We had a short time-line to work with and she kept nerves and worries under control with grace and a positive, helpful attitude. The wedding rehearsal, ceremony and reception went off beautifully-everyone had a wonderful time and the bride, groom and bridal party were confident she was on top of every detail. (even those we weren't aware of!)

- FR

meet our founder, laura

I always love to work with clients who share a desire to collaborate and who aren’t afraid to try something different. My ideal clients understand, as I do, that wedding planning is serious business, but don’t take themselves too seriously. I work especially well with clients who value the overall guest experience and prioritize treating their family and friends like VIPs start to finish.

I am gratified every day by the work I am privileged to do, and I am thankful beyond words that clients trust me to guide them through the plans for one of the most important days in their lives. What can I say? I love to be surrounded by love!