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Christie
Mother of the Bride

My daughter & her then-fiancé no longer live in Peoria so when it came time to decide where they would marry, it was a big decision. Of course, given that both families were in the Peoria area, we were excited when they chose to tie the knot in their hometown, even though we knew it meant that much of the planning would shift to those of us who were local. It was then that we knew we were going to need some help, given that I work full-time and they lived more than 7 hours away. Therefore, it was important that we find someone who could provide experienced and detailed guidance, connect us with all the right vendors, and help us stay in budget. Madeline was all of those things, and more. She is knowledgeable, well-connected, attentive & so incredibly kind…and even went above & beyond to help me pull off a special wedding day surprise for the couple. Having an expert to bounce ideas off of, one who was willing to give the bride & groom room to be creative, but also provide alternative suggestions based on her experience, proved invaluable to us and helped ensure the day was exactly what the newlyweds envisioned. And for me, since my daughter is my only child, it was also of utmost importance that I did not have to worry about any of the day-of details, so I could just be in the moment and enjoy the day as mother of the bride. And I did. Ultimately, the day was everything we dreamed it would be – even more, actually - and none of it could have been accomplished without Madeline. She is truly the BEST!

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Halie
Bride

When we first started talking to Madeline it was to find a day of planner, but after our first meeting I knew we needed to hire her on for full time planning, she is so sweet and easy to talk too! She made everything a breeze and kept me so organized! The wedding planning folder she makes is amazing, anything and everything you need is right there. From your budget, contracts, guest list, and month by month check list to keep you on track, to a list of things you need the day of, she’s got it all. It’s impossible to remember and think of everything but Madeline takes great notes and makes sure even the smallest things you mentioned get done! As for me I’m a people pleaser and go with the flow but Madeline could always tell if I wasn’t into an idea during vendor meetings and was sure to steer the conversation in a different direction for me! My husband on the other hand he says how he wants things flat out, Madeline truly can work with every personality!! The day of Madeline brought Carly on to work with us and she was just as amazing! The two of them worked tirelessly to finish decorating the morning of and made every last detail come together, and I had some silly toothpick place settings I was really adamant about! They both made sure to check in with all of us as we were getting ready and keep us on scheduled. I didn’t have one worry, one hiccup, or one upset guest. They truly made our day perfect! Overall if you are looking for a day of planner or a full wedding planner Madeline and Carly are your girls! I got to enjoy my entire day and take in everything because I knew Madeline and Carly had me covered, for that I cannot thank them enough!!

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Carrie

Mother of the Bride

I am so grateful we were able to soak in the moments all day long! If we had not had not had our wedding coordinator, I know the day would have been a long list of many details to attend to! Madeline was truly an angel for us in the midst of this season of not only planning a wedding but re-planning a wedding!! Anyone looking for a wedding planner or wedding coordinator..... Madeline is your gal!! Give Greater Joy Events a call!

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Marie

Bride

I am a planner by nature, and thought a wedding coordinator was a silly idea. I quickly realized that without help, myself and my family would have spent the entire wedding day "putting on an event" and not actually enjoying the moment. Deciding to have Madeline coordinate was the best decision we made for the wedding! She was effortless for myself and all the vendors to work with, perfectly organized and thought of all the things I wouldn't have! Not to mention Madeline is just the nicest sweetest person - our families were beyond impressed! If you're in the Peoria area, she's a must!!

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Lauren

Bride

Madeline was an amazing day of coordinator. She went above and beyond her 'day of' responsibilities and assisted in planning and organization of vendors. Madeline has such attention to detail and thinks of things you won’t! She’s sweet, smart, professional and chill! I would highly recommend hiring her so that you don’t have to stress at all on your wedding day!

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Matt
Groom

Madeline and Carly did such a great job planning our wedding. She was fantastic with following up with suppliers and was attentive to our every request. She always responded to our questions promptly and brought up topics we had never even considered. She has great relationships with most of the caterers and venues in the Peoria area and we felt we got special treatment since we worked with her. My wife and I would highly recommend anyone getting married in the Peoria area to use her!

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Emma + Joe
Bride + Groom

Greater Joy Events was absolutely amazing and a life saver for someone who is not organized or likes planning things. Carly was our lead coordinator for our wedding and she was incredible, so kind and on top of everything!! She was doing so much behind the scenes the day of that I didn’t even realize as the bride. We met multiple times before the wedding and they made a timeline, were in contact with all the vendors, and made some of my crazy ideas a reality. Madeline was also a huge help in the planning process and even showed up the day of just because she’s sweet and loves her job. No detail was overlooked by Greater Joy Events, they even saved my husband and me a plate of appetizers that were waiting for us after our entrance to the reception.

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Mary
Bride

Greater Joy Events was absolutely amazing and a life saver for someone who is not organized or likes planning things. Carly was our lead coordinator for our wedding and she was incredible, so kind and on top of everything!! She was doing so much behind the scenes the day of that I didn’t even realize as the bride. We met multiple times before the wedding and they made a timeline, were in contact with all the vendors, and made some of my crazy ideas a reality. Madeline was also a huge help in the planning process and even showed up the day of just because she’s sweet and loves her job. No detail was overlooked by Greater Joy Events, they even saved my husband and me a plate of appetizers that were waiting for us after our entrance to the reception.

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Nicole + Nick
Bride + Groom

My husband and I loved working with Madeline and Carly for planning and coordinating our wedding! They made our wedding day a stress-free success! We were planning our wedding in IL while living in NJ, and they were instrumental in keeping us organized, ensuring we were accomplishing the right tasks and making decisions when we needed to, and providing guidance on local vendors to use since we were so far away. They seriously made the process so much less stressful than it otherwise would have been had we tried to do it on our own, which gave us the opportunity to slow down and enjoy our engagement as well! On the day-of, they were great about keeping track of vendors, decorations, and making sure everyone was where they needed to be. I can't express how enjoyable that made the day, and honestly, I don't even know what they were dealing with from a logistics standpoint because they were that good at keeping us out of it :). At the end of the night, they took on the clean up as well, which took that worry off our plates too. The day could not have been more perfect! For our Fall 2021 wedding, Carly joined the team about halfway through planning and jumped right on board. She was great at diving into the details and supporting us, and I know she'll continue to be a wonderful planner at Greater Joy Events! I highly recommend Carly and Madeline to plan everyone's wedding; it was one of the best investments we made in the whole experience!

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Mackenzie
Bride

Madeline and Greater Joy Events were nothing short of amazing. We truly could never have had such a smooth and stress free day without her. From day one, Madeline was reassuring, communicative, and there to ensure we had the best day of our lives. Her knowledge about weddings and the planning process is needed by every couple no matter who you are! We are forever grateful for Madeline! Thanks again for all your help, time, and effort put towards this special time in our lives!

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Katie
Bride

I, personally, genuinely enjoy to organize and plan. So, as my wedding planning unfolded I had the best time gathering details, creating items, organizing All. The. Things. I realized with as much joy I find in planning and organizing- I will not be able to enjoy the days before and day of my wedding because I will be stressed about all my details falling into place. That is when I hired Madeline! I wanted to ensure not only me, the bride, but my friends and family did not have the obligation to coordinate the details before the event. I could not be happier with Madeline and her coordinating performance through out my wedding and planning process. She is thoughtful in her delivery, professional with all vendors and experienced! She does not leave one box unchecked. My wedding day went seamlessly, thanks to Madeline!!!!!

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Sami
Bride

I can not speak highly enough of the wedding coordination services that Madeline provided. My fiancé and I booked Madeline for the Day of Wedding Coordination. Prior to the wedding day, Madeline was detail orientated while assisting with our wedding day timeline. The week of the wedding Madeline reached out to all of our vendors and provided us with the confidence that the day would run smoothly. Madeline was professional, timely, detail oriented, and organized throughout our entire wedding experience. She is extremely knowledgeable about the planning process has connections with other local vendors which we also found to be helpful! Madeline’s wedding coordination services were worth every penny and then some! She truly brought us “greater joy” during the planning process and on the day of the wedding!

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Ruthie
Bride

Madeline with Greater Joy Events is amazing! She helped day of coordinate for our wedding and it was the easiest process. She took off some much stress of the details of the day and allowed me to be able to just enjoy being with my friends and family. She was very responsive and went above and beyond to meet all of our needs and questions throughout the whole planning process. If you want a fun, kind, sweet, get-it-done, AWESOME wedding planner, this is your gal!!

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Emily
Bride

I would highly recommend hiring Madeline for any of your wedding planning needs. We used her day of coordination service and it was perfect! John and I met with her a couple times before our big day and she was always available if I had any questions during the days leading up to our wedding. It was nice knowing we didn’t have to worry about anything on our wedding day. Madeline is extremely organized and professional. She communicated with all my vendors to make sure everyone knew the plan for the day. Madeline was amazing and I would recommend her to anyone planning a wedding!

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Megan + Phil
Bride + Groom

I distinctly remember my first encounter with Madeline, and telling her that I needed help making sure my “i’s” were dotted + my “t’s” were crossed – and let me tell you, she did SO much more than that! We purchased her Day-Of Coordination package. Leading up to the wedding, we had two virtual meetings + an in person meeting. She was always so prepared, organized, timeline oriented + so supportive. If I came to her with a crazy new idea (which happened a handful of times) her answer was always, “Absolutely, we’ll make it work!” On the day of, Madeline’s help + positive attitude made the day as stress-free as possible! Madeline truly made the day go so smoothly + perfectly. If there were any hiccups...she handled it in a calm + collected manner, because still to this day, we don’t know of anything going awry! She’s such a joy to work with – we seriously cannot recommend her services more!

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Bayli
Bride

In the words of my husband "Madeline was the best money we spent by far." Madeline was incredibly organized, prompt with communication and was extra helpful in navigating how closures and policies could effect our wedding due to COVID. Madeline went above and beyond and by far exceeded our expectations. Our day ran so smoothly thanks to the timeline she created for us and she took care of so many details that truly allowed us to enjoy every second of our day. We highly recommend hiring Madeline to help eliminate unnecessary wedding stress and assure that your day runs smoothly!

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Ashley
Bride

Madeline was incredible, and probably the most important person we hired for our wedding. At first, I thought we wouldn’t need a day of coordinator, but now, I can’t imagine our wedding without her! Madeline put together our day of timeline, coordinated our rehearsal dinner, transported all of our decorations to the venue, set everything up, contacted and coordinated all of our vendors, tore everything down that night, and made sure every little thing was taken care of. She even helped figured everything out for us when our limo was an hour late at the end of the night! Madeline is so kind and helpful while also being firm when working with large groups of people. I absolutely recommend hiring Madeline for your wedding day, even if you think you don’t need a day of coordinator. She made our day so easy and it truly allowed us to spend more time with family and friends. Thank you for everything, Madeline!!!

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Lydia

Bride

I truly cannot say enough good things about Greater Joy Events!! Madeline recently coordinated our wedding ceremony and reception on June 20th and did such an amazing job. Early on in our engagement, we met with Madeline to see if her services would be helpful in the planning process. I loved planning my wedding and had the time, so we decided that we probably didn't need her help. It was so refreshing that she was honest with us, and she even offered to be a resource if I had any questions or needed advice! Fast forward several months to the middle of a pandemic, and our wedding plans were changing drastically. I reached out to Madeline and we decided to hire her to coordinate our scaled back and completely different reception. In less than one month, Madeline helped us plan a beautiful reception at a private property and helped to communicate with all of our vendors on the changes. The day of our wedding, we faced a huge thunderstorm and power outage just minutes before our reception dinner began. Madeline helped to get candles lit, found speakers to keep the music playing, and kept the reception flowing. Peter and I truly didn't have to worry about a thing and were able to enjoy our party. Madeline even stayed late to make sure everything was okay- not to mention it was her own wedding anniversary!! The day truly would not have happened without her, and we are so so blessed she was there to help make it the most beautiful and joyful day!

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Alice

Mother of the Bride

When our daughter suggested that she thought a wedding planner would be an important vendor, I was a little skeptical. What did we need a wedding planner for? The answer became clear the moment we received the wedding itinerary from Madeline! Her attention to details and schedules was impeccable! Madeline was not only professional, but friendly, efficient, and truly attended to our suggestions! For such an important event, it was reassuring to know that we could actually focus our attention on the wedding ceremony, and reception. With Madeline we were confident that everything was taken care of. If you are looking for a wedding planner who is conscientious, thorough, pleasant, and meticulous, Madeline is definitely worth hiring!

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Abby

Bride

First of all, I want to say that Madeline is one of the sweetest and kindest people. She is the absolute best. Madeline was so attentive to our needs/wants. She was always giving the best ideas to make our vision really come to life. She stuck with us through the struggles of getting married during COVID, and made it way less stressful for us. She took care of all the small details-that we would never have thought of. Her wedding timeline was amazing, and fit all of our ideas and things that we wanted to do. There were so many changes due to COVID, and she literally made everything so easy. We even had to change our ceremony from outside to indoors 45 minutes before the ceremony, and she even made that transition better than we could have imagined. She helped with set up and tear down, making the list of things we needed to worry about so small. All we have to say is that if you are looking for a wedding planner or coordinator, then this is your gal. We got to focus on embracing every single second of our wedding day without any stress. Madeline is the best of the best!

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Alysa

Bride

Hiring Greater Joy Events was the best decision we made during our wedding preparation! Madeline was so helpful when we had to change our plans and gave us great suggestions and tips to help our day go smoothly. She communicated with our vendors the week of our wedding so we did not have to worry about it. She truly went above and beyond to make our day so perfect! I would recommend her to anyone planning a wedding!

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Charlie

Groom

We hired Greater Joy Events for a Wedding Day Coordination. Madeline's hard work and attention to detail helped make our wedding day go smoothly and be truly unique and memorable. She worked closely with my wife and I to make sure that our vision became a reality. Even during Coronavirus she made it a stress free process and let us enjoy the day with the reassurance that Madeline had done all the preparation and was there to make sure everything was going according to plan. We really couldn't imagine trying to plan the wedding without her and would recommend Greater Joy Events to anyone!

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Caroline

Sister of the Groom

Madeline went above and beyond with her wedding planning! She was calm and reassuring and before a problem popped up, she had it solved. It was so great to meet with her before the wedding and talk out our vision and have her fine tune it and suggest ideas we had never thought of. She was so great in coordinating communication between all the vendors so we didn't have to. I can't imagine not having her for the big day and all the prep the day before. Thank you Madeline for such an amazing experience and perfect wedding day! I recommend her to everyone getting married so they can have the perfect day they always dreamed of!

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Katie

Bride

Madeline was an amazing coordinator, I was blessed to have her on my team. She is very good with detail and also planning and organizing of vendors. She is such a sweet young lady with a lot of brilliant ideas. I will highly recommend her to friends.

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Claire

Bride

Madeline was the absolute best. She made the wedding and all the planning so easy. She went above and beyond on every aspect and we are very grateful for everything she did. We will always remember what she did for us. We would work with her 1000x over.

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Ben

Groom

Madeline went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect! Because of her preparation and day of coordination, we were stress free and able to completely enjoy the moment. We were so happy to have her, and have already recommended her to a few of our friends!

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Annette

Mother of the Bride

Madeline made this day so perfect! She thought of everything and made my life as the mother of the bride, so easy!! My husband and I would recommend her to everyone!

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Hannah

Bride

Madeline was fantastic! Absolutely incredible wedding planner. She was indispensable, not only for the planning process, but especially the day of.

She thought of everything we could possibly need for our big day and made everything run smoothly and effortlessly. We could not have done it without her!

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Kelsey

Bride

"Madeline helped make our wedding day perfect! Everything ran so smoothly, as she is very organized. She has the best personality, and is very prompt with communication. You can’t go wrong having her as your wedding planner!"

Interested in how hiring a wedding day coordinator or wedding planner can help simplify your planning process and help you enjoy your wedding day? Reach out to us here - we'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!