My name is Ali Phillips and I am a wedding planner based in Chicago, Illinois and plan weddings in both Chicago and all over the world.  I have a passion for working with brides and grooms to create the perfect day in a style that reflects their personality and love story in a location they love. 

Unlike the character in "The Wedding Planner," I did not grow up marrying my Barbie dolls and daydreaming about weddings (okay, maybe a little bit). My entrepreneurial spirit and former career in financial and project management gave me the foundation, insight, and business savvy to open Engaging Events by Ali. 

Ali Phillips In Chicago
Ali Phillips At Knot Gala

Wedding Industry Leader

Chicago Magazine has named Ali one of the Top Chicago Wedding Planners. She sits on the Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine and has been an industry speaker at the Engage and other event conferences. She continues her education by attending conferences, networking with industry professionals all over the world and belonging to professional organizations. Ali Phillips also supports many charities and donates her time to help others. She is the National President of Wish Upon a Wedding nonprofit organization.

Ali With Her Bride And Groom


Ali is able to use the skills she developed in her sales and management careers to deliver a magical wedding experience to bridal couples all over Chicagoland and any destination wedding location you can dream of. Her organization skills, negotiation savvy, and appreciation for the “art” of customer service have been invaluable in working with vendors, staying within a budget, and creating beautiful, flawless weddings for her clients.

Alison is a dedicated self-starter who is goal-oriented, has a professional and positive attitude, and takes a proactive approach to everything she does. 

Martha Stewart Show

In the News

Ali has been an industry expert and source during her career for many wedding and event publications throughout the United States. She has been featured in magazines, books and wedding blogs as an industry expert and many of her clients weddings have been featured in publications. Her press page will take you on a journey of Ali's press over the years. 

Ali Phillips has appeared on the WGN, ABC and CBS newscasts in Chicago and has been featured in Chicago’s “Daily Candy” as one of the top wedding planners in Chicago. Ali was named by Bride's Magazine as the Editor's Selection in Chicago for Best Wedding Planner