You said YES and no matter how starry-eyed you feel, you now find yourself saying “no, we don’t know
where, when and truthfully how” we are having our wedding.
You want to enjoy being a fiancé (sigh…the very word with its tres chic accent still makes you swoon) yet you know you want to continue to kick butt at work. You want to (respectfully) listen to your parent or friend with all of the “advice” on how they planned their wedding yet (respectfully) do things your own way.
The only way that is best for You.
You’re in the right place, my fellow bullet-point loving, action-oriented, it’s YOUR time to be guided and taken care of, fiancé.
That’s where I come in, with the expertise and trustworthy candor to steer you through the countless small and big decisions.
Ps: I’m also here to pour you more champagne because it’s your damn day and you should only have what You want!
Christine Janda Edelcup
CJDE is a wedding planning company rooted in 10+ years of hands-on experience in event design and floral production. You’ll often hear Christine say “Being a Wedding Planner makes me a more knowledgeable and thoughtful designer. And being a designer with actual hands-on loading-dock and production execution experience makes me a more thorough Wedding Planner”. (Why do you think so many Chicago vendors continuously refer Christine Janda Design & Events? - they know we get it because we do it).
At CJDE your Wedding Planner is not only a logistics and project management expert but is also supported by a full event design and floral production team. Rolled into one house so not one detail nor opportunity to make your wedding shine is lost.
The long and the short of it; no. As your Wedding Planners we want you to come to us for anything and everything. We will meet, message, talk and work as diligently as what’s needed to produce a flawless event.
Based on their experience and time invested towards a wedding, CJDE provides Planners who excel at either Full Service, Partial or Wedding Coordination services. All with outlined guidelines and processes so you are always in the “know” of how to work with your planner.
Included in our planning services (and what makes CJDE so special!) is a full, custom design plan created just for You. Beyond any mood board that is created by a planning company who does not have the in-house expertise of an event design production company.
The vast majority of our Wedding Planning Clients do also choose to utilize CJE for their event design and flowers however this is by no means a requirement for any Full Service or Partial-Planning couple. Our end goal is to create the vendor team of your dreams; we are fellow floral friends with all major design houses in the city! After all, we speak the very same language.
For our Wedding Coordination “Day-of” couples, please note; due to each planner and coordinator taking on 10 full service weddings or less each year to stay focused on You, our wedding coordination services are only provided when couples also work with CJE Studio floral services.
Peonies. (Ask Brent to show you his tattoo!)
Hotel Lobbies, Veranda Magazine and simply looking UP. Put your phones down, people. The world is a gorgeous place.
I still get butterflies when I hand my bride their bouquet. I know if they love it they will LOVE what’s to come. Thank goodness for a 100% success rate - this sigh of relief always gives me an extra shot of confidence to continue to boogie all day long!
Kelly Wearstler and dear friend and mentor, Mindy Rice
The Post Office
MEET THE TEAM
Our wedding was truly the most wonderful, perfect weekend and we wouldn’t change a thing about it. Thank you especially for being there for us over the last ten months, and for making this day go off without a hitch—except for us getting hitched, the only one that’s supposed to happen! Thank you for guiding us, thank you for your impeccable taste, and for helping put on a wedding that wasn’t just pretty (it was stunning, it was gorgeous, and I’m never going to get over it) but deeply personal and reflective of our relationship. Katy helped bring such a sweetness and sincerity to this celebration. We felt it then, we know our guests did too, and we can see it already in the photos. The entire weekend was everything that we wished it would be and somehow more.
The Old Post Office
Although I could go on and on about our amazing day, it would be a mistake not to highlight the incredible staff that we got the pleasure of working with. Talk about a kind, genuine, and down right talented team of individuals! Kristen was our go-to for day-to-day communications, and was such a Rockstar! She was extremely prompt, thorough, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Chief Financial Officer
Theater on the Lake
There cannot possibly be anyone in our beautiful city of Chicago who compares both personally and professionally to our dear Christine. She and her team (HUGE shout outs to sweet Katy and Kendall) made all of our daughter and son-in-law's wishes come true at every possible turn. Her recommended vendors, design plan, and follow-through were absolutely top notch. (What else to expect from someone who matriculated into this field years ago from Leo Burnett?) The magic of this day and night are really inexplicable. She orchestrated it all to perfection. Her florals - OMG - they are beyond compare in both beauty, bounty, and tone. Please, please do not hesitate to work with this beautiful woman and her amazing team. We couldn't more highly recommend that you do!