Ali featured on The Estate Blog

Ali featured on The Estate Blog

I had so much fun writing about my business for The Estate Blog and being asked to contribute as one of their preferred creative partners. I got to answer some fun questions for them about me, my business and my love of the City of Chicago! Here are some excerpts below of that article. You can read the full article on The Estate Blog. 

Camp Wedding Retreat at Camp Wandewega

Camp Wedding Retreat at Camp Wandewega

In September, I was honored to be asked to speak by Sarah and Andrea from Cherry Berry Events at Camp Wedding at the Camp Wandewega, located in Wisconsin. This was their inaugural wedding retreat and I was looking forward to meeting some new friends in the wedding industry. I attend a couple of event conferences a year and I was intrigued by the concept of Camp Wedding, with wedding professionals being in a camp environment. 

Chicago Wedding Planner Internship Available

Chicago Wedding Planner Internship Available

Want to learn about the event industry from one of the best wedding planners in Chicago? Ali Phillips of Engaging Events is looking for a great intern for the winter season. Intern should be available one business day a week and available on some weekends. Please send resume, 2 references and cover letter to info@engagingeventsbyali.com. 

Speaking at Camp Wed in September

Speaking at Camp Wed in September

I am SO excited to announce that I will be speaking at Camp Wed in Elkhorn Wisconsin at Camp Wandawega from September 14th-16th! Sarah Sarbackerand Andrea VandeBerg from Cherry Berry Events are producing this fun event which is just about to sell out. The first time Sarah and Andrea visited Camp Wandawega to prepare for a wedding they coordinated at the Camp, they knew they wanted to spend some time there outside of work. After planning a retreat for the two of them to plot their future plans and get inspired they dreamed of getting like minded small business owners together to share inspiration, learn, relax, collaborate, and re-energize...Camp Wedding was born.

Planning your Honeymoon with The Honeymoonist

Planning your Honeymoon with The Honeymoonist

I bet you are like me today and looking out the window at all the snow and the 14 degrees on the mercury in Chicago and dreaming of clear blue waters, sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets. Perhaps you are thinking about your honeymoon now? Most couples plan their honeymoon about six to eight month in advance. Enter the incredible Susan Moynihan, the owner and lead honeymoon planner at The Honeymoonist. 

Wish Upon a Wedding Announces Chicago Shining Stars 2014

Wish Upon a Wedding Announces Chicago Shining Stars 2014

The Chicago Board of Wish Upon a Wedding is honored to announce the 2014 Shining Star Recipients. These three people noted below are some of the most inspirational, motivational and giving event professionals in Chicago. This is our way to thank and pay tribute to those professionals who inspire others to engage in volunteer service by their demonstrated commitment and example.

Destination Weddings in Wedding Planner Magazine

Destination Weddings in Wedding Planner Magazine

I was honored when Wedding Planner Magazine called me and wanted me to write an article about getting into the destination wedding market . I have had the pleasure to travel to many amazing locations and countries to plan my clients weddings. It was funny, when Beth Erickson the editor called I was actually at a wedding in the Grand Cayman Islands so it was fun to write the article from the porch overlooking Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. I love to share my knowledge of the destination wedding market. It takes a certain personality to take your business on the road. A great destination planner is one who easily adapts to different cultures and methods of doing business. I find that staying open minded and embracing myself in the culture is a great way to immediately feel liked when working in different countries and with new vendor partners. 

Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter Gala Tickets on Sale

Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter Gala Tickets on Sale

I am so excited that we are now selling tickets for the Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter 5th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball Gala that will be on Monday, November 3rd at 6pm. The Gala will be taking place at the Chicago History Museum which is an iconic location for Chicago weddings. The catering will be done by Joshua Yates and the amazing team from Pure Kitchen Catering with dancing by the Larry King Orchestra and decor by The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc. 

Wish Upon A Wedding New Website

Wish Upon A Wedding New Website

I serve as the National President and Chicago Chapter President of Wish Upon a Wedding and we are thrilled to announce our newly redesigned website!!!! Thanks to the support of our entire team of board members and supporters across the nation and especially to The Knot, 99designs, AngelHack, Saliho Creative, Angelique Weger and Anne Chertoff Media for their help in making the new site possible. And special thanks to our marketing chair, Sarah Pease, who took this huge project on for us. 

Engaging Events by Ali Ten Year Anniversary Party

Engaging Events by Ali Ten Year Anniversary Party

On Sunday, August 11,  I celebrated ten years of being a Chicago wedding planner at Arlington International Racetrack with sixty of my family and friends. Having done over 330 weddings in Chicago, (and around the world),  it was an amazing day of celebrating and reflecting on the last ten years. I was able to hug people that were there when I did my first wedding. I never would have thought that eleven years ago when I first begin to register my business that I would have the most incredible and rewarding careers I have ever had. I am so thankful for every client that has ever hired me and every wedding vendor that has ever referred me. What a fun day out at the track with my friends! I love how everyone embraced the bow ties and hats theme! Cheers to ten more years and I can't wait to see what the next ten years has in store for me.