Testimonials

Manager

Calumet Country Club


“Virginia is a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with.  We look forward to working with Virginia in the future as I feel she brings a lot to the table and her ideas and enthusiasm would make any event a huge success.”

Maria – Director of Development

Chicago Sinfonietta


“I have personally worked directly with Virginia Lionberger for 3 consecutive years when she was contracted by the Chicago Sinfonietta to plan and manage the Silent Auction during our annual fund raising gala.  This event is our major fundraiser of the year, combining a silent auction and dinner an attended by 350 – 400 guests, including many of Chicago’s most prestigious corporate and social leaders.  Virginia’s talent as an event planner was evident the first year and from then on we came to rely on her expertise as an integral part of our success. Virginia’s creativity permeates everything she touches.  An event designed by Virginia visually sparkles!  She is equally creative in the way she goes about organizing people, ideas and getting results.  Virginia’s creativity is supported by her knowledge of planning successful events as well as her superb communication skills.  She was effective in every way in accomplishing the goals and aspirations of our Board for the Silent Auction and directing/managing our volunteers who work the Silent Auction tables during the gala.  Her sense of humor and her willingness to compromise made working with her very easy and, at times, good fun.  I feel I can trust Virginia to: 1. Make our goals hers 2. Be diligent and honest in her efforts and 3. Create the most successful event possible. I would highly recommend Virginia Lionberger to partner with anyone seeking he highest level of event planning consultation.”

Mark– Vice President

American Litho Inc.


“WOW! The customer response to our appreciation dinner and night on the town was unbelievable.  To quote a few of their phrases describing the event you planned so eloquently were:  “Fabulous”, “Wonderful”, “Great”, “The best dinner and night out in my life”, “First class all the way” and lastly “I don’t know how you scheduled, coordinated and executed a dinner and the other events so perfectly”. Virginia, your expertise in planning and executing our customer appreciation function far exceeded our expectations.  It just couldn’t have been any better. I hope you will accept our sincere thanks for your planning, hard work and results in making our event overwhelmingly successful.  Our customers raved about the evening; a great time was had by all.”

Tina – Owner

Parkshore Marina


“It is with an extreme amount of pleasure that I write to thank you for the fabulous event that you planned for the grand opening of the Parkshore Marina.  From the moment we spoke abut our purchase of the business you encouraged us to think about ways to begin building the “new image” for the marina.  Your creative ideas and planning for the opening event kicked off that “first class” image.  Your attention to detail and follow through was instrumental in making this a reality.  We would be happy to share our positive experiences with you.”

Richard – Director of Development

Chicago Sinfonietta


“It is my pleasure to write this letter for a job well done with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s benefit gala silent auction that raised over $33,000.  An Affair to Remember, featuring theater and film luminary James Earl Jones, attracted 475 people to the Hilton Chicago and raised over $250,000 for the orchestra’s community and youth outreach programs. Virginia was contracted to secure higher end silent auction items, develop bid sheet format, shape the look of the auction, assist in determining auction rules and procedures and direct auction volunteers as well as item check-out on the night of the event. Virginia accomplished all of her assigned tasks in a most professional manner.  We secured 127 separate items for the auction, of which one-quarter were due to Virginia’s efforts.  She was very organized and was instrumental in keeping to a time line.  With her strong design background she was instrumental in creating what one Sinfonietta Board member described as the most attractive Silent Auction ever held by the organization.  In addition, Virginia designed a system that allowed auction item winners to be notified discreetly during the program and to have the option of paying prior to leaving the event, thereby decreasing congestion at the end of the evening.  I appreciated Virginia’s candor about what she thought would work well and what wouldn’t as well as her willingness to compromise.  One of Virginia’s greatest assets is her sense of humor that makes working with her delightful. I commend Virginia for a splendid job.”

Bill - Director of Private Events

Glen View Club


I had the pleasure of working with Virginia last year when I was president of the Catering Executives Club. She was the organizer of our annual black tie gala. Her expertise and enthusiasm was unmatched by anyone that I have worked with in the past. The passion Virginia displayed with all aspects of the planning of the gala was the reason that the event was so successful. Her creativity along with her ability to tie all of the elements together were spectacular. I would definitely use Virginia again in planning any significant events that I am called to do. Our organization cannot thank you enough, Virginia.

Marsha – Director of Catering

Westin Chicago River North Hotel


“As the Director of Catering for the Westin Chicago River North Hotel, I would like to offer my opinion that Virginia Lionberger is one of the most dynamic and enthusiastic professionals that I have met. I was introduced to Virginia by a colleague who also stated “you must meet this dynamic woman!”  Virginia is always upbeat and full of energy; she has a wealth of knowledge and is creative and an accomplished businesswoman. We have been developing a series of bridal events at both Westin Hotels and Virginia has been handling all the details of the shows in a timely and professional manner. Virginia leaves a positive impression on everyone she meets and I highly recommend her.”

Jane – Manager

Maxim’s


“It was a pleasure to work with Virginia Lionberger on the American Litho client appreciation dinner.  Her attention to detail for her client and with us was impeccable.  The event was beautiful, the food was delightfully presented and your caterer was very professional.  I look forward to working with you again and hoping you will be back at Maxim’s soon with another client.”

Monika – Director of Catering

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago


“As I organize after the stellar Bridal Boutique you just accomplished together with the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago – I look back at an extremely successful and fun event!  Thank you for such an amazing opportunity!”

Derrick – Principal

Taylor and Company


“Virginia, you are one of the nicest people we have ever met in the industry and we just can’t get enough of you.”  

Kara – Event Designer

Botanicals


“Virginia, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you for Lori’s and Kalvin’s wedding!  I would love the opportunity to work together in the future – you are such a blast while still being perfectly professional!”  

John – Principal

John Drabik Wedding Officiant


Having worked with Virginia for many years, I may attest to her high level of professionalism and knowledge in the events industry.  Knowing that every client is different, has different needs and different visions, Virginia is able to relate on every level of organization.  I have been lucky enough to be a supplier/partner of Virginia's on many occasions and am always delighted, I know I will be working with a person of integrity and commitment.  

Virginia Wolff – Principal

Virginia Wolff, Inc.


“Whenever I’m lucky enough to be working with Virginia Lionberger on a wedding I’m in heaven! I know I don’t have to worry about any details “falling through the cracks”. I know she’ll be there to sooth the frightened little flower girl, fix the stubborn zipper, find the lost hand bag, and do it all with such good cheer and style the client doesn’t even sense there might have been a problem. Virginia embodies the difference between mere professionalism and genuine sensitivity. I marvel at her abilities and always feel blessed to partner with her.”  

Doug Nickless Interior Architecture & Design, Event Production

Nickles Interior Architecture & Design, Event Production


Darlin’, It’s been such a pleasure working, and especially talking, with you throughout this process. You have truly been my saving grace and I can’t thank you enough, you’re the best!!!!! Xoxoxo  

K. Kidder

Wedding Coordinator and Events Planner


Virginia is professional, extremely knowledgeable about Chicago, and seasoned. She loves what she does and it shows. Her expertise means you won’t have to worry about anything. I have known Virginia for several years and would highly recommend her for your wedding or event.

Tom K - Senior Catering Sales Manager

Inspired Catering and Events


I have worked with Virginia many times on weddings and cannot say enough positive things about her. She provides all the tools needed for her clients and communicates every detail. As a caterer in the industry for 20 years, I can honestly say that VKL is one of the best.

Nicole - Director Of Events

Truffleberry Market Catering


Virginia, I hope you were able to revel in your amazing success that was the Blitstein Wedding, you should be very proud! Your attention to detail as well as your wealth of knowledge of the industry really showed. You are an absolute pleasure to work with and I look forward to the next opportunity! I will absolutely recommend your services to any clients that could benefit from your creativity and relationships within the industry. I can’t wait for the next chance we have to collaborate to create another stunning event!

John

Food For Thought Catering


Virginia's attention to detail is unparalleled. She leaves no stone un-turned in getting the best for her clients. We were fortunate to have her oversee of our annual black tie gala. She brought an expertise, enthusiasm and fun that made the event not only a success but the planning process enjoyable. Her ability to get the best out of vendors and communicate effectively ensured the event was seamless. We can't thank Virginia enough for all her planning help and guidance. She gets my thumbs up and recommendation for any type of event!!

Elizabeth and Robert


“After attending one of Virginia’s Bridal Events, I just knew I’d picked the perfect wedding coordinator!  Her precise attention to detail, superior organization skills and lovely personality make her the total package as a professional wedding planner and coordinator.  She has been punctual, fun and extremely helpful to work with since I first contacted her.  I am certain that she will be instrumental in making my wedding day a huge success!”

Rochelle and Matthew


“So that the bride and her party can enjoy the wedding festivities I made the decision to hire a professional to manage the events for the rehearsal and day of the wedding details; and I that know I made the best decision with Ms Lionberger. She’s a fiery redhead who is both professional and personable and will make sure that there are no worries for me on my special day so that I won’t become BRIDEZILLA!  Virginia is a great resource and I have had the opportunity to attend some of her events and they were elegant and FUN!  I know that Virginia will be FANTASTIC!”

Amanda and Tony


“How can we begin to thank you for so many months of your help and advice?  It won’t be easy, but we’ll try.  Tony and I have been through many difficult things in life and planning a wedding without you would have been on the top of the list! Any time we had a question you always returned our calls or e-mails promptly, even when you were on vacation!  Your expertise and knowledge of wedding procedures, traditions and vendors was truly unparalleled.  You were always available to hold our hands, walk us through any problems and calm us down when we were overwhelmed. You became more than a wedding planner; you became our friend (who just happened to know everything about weddings) and a very trusted ally. Thanks you so much for helping us plan our wedding, which went beautifully, perfectly, tastefully and without a hitch…with the exception of a 2 year old who had to pee! We are extremely satisfied with and grateful for your help. With much heartfelt appreciation!”

Karen and Steve


“Thank you for the truly awesome job you did managing our wedding and reception!  The masterful manner and fine attention to even the smallest detail of both events was fabulous. Your supervision, organization and superior event planning experience was instrumental in helping us achieve the precise vision we had in our minds for our celebration.  Your professionalism, industry contacts, communication and managing skills were absolutely invaluable in making our multi-faceted, long distance planned wedding and reception all that we wanted them to be.  We thank you so very much for your professionalism, patience, thoroughness and thoughtfulness in making this an elegant and memorable wedding event for our families, our guests and us.  We’ve come to regard you as not only a fine professional, but also a good friend who truly made a lasting difference for us in achieving our dream.  Most fondly,”

Elizabeth and John


“We would like to extend the highest recommendation to Ms. Virginia Lionberger, professional wedding coordinator/planner.  From our first meeting her creativity and innovative thinking were obvious.  She paid attention to every organizational detail and capably handled everything from start to finish leaving us free to focus on the excitement of the day.  Ms. Lionberger provided us with a multitude of catering, decorating and entertainment options, her overall resources are quite impressive.  Ms. Lionberger is energetic, engaging and full of fresh ideas.  She listened to our desires and transformed them into a reality that we could afford.  The planning of our wedding was a pleasurable and hassle-free experience.  Virgina partnered with us in all aspects.  Our wedding far exceeded our expectations, we could not have been more pleased.”

Ashley and Tim


“Tim and I wanted to extend our utmost gratitude to you for EVERYTHING you did to make our wedding a HUGE success! It would not have been possible without you and your hard work and dedication. The behind-the-scenes coordination and your impeccable attention to detail! I honestly do not know how you all did it - and frankly I cannot begin to wrap my head around all the pieces it took to make that night successful - but you were a major part of it. You took my wedding dreams and turned them into a masterpiece.  We cannot thank you enough. It was everything we wanted and much, much more. It would not have happened the way it did without you. So for that, we thank you so very much. Please keep in touch! This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!!”

Jade and Dustin


“After a bit of research I was able to discover Virginia. During our first conversation I was immediately rewarded with her knowledge, industry insight, compassion and energy. Within a matter of days I knew she would be there with me, every step of the way, to support both me and my fiancé, Dustin, on our journey. Over the following year, Virginia became a tireless, fearless and dedicated leader. She devoted countless hours to planning, preparation, communication and execution; while remaining ever steadfast and spunky. She became the voice of reason, the catalyst of imagination and above all else, a dear friend. I cannot even begin to thank her enough for all the late night phone calls, countless emails and spontaneous Chicago adventures. I am proud of our accomplishment and I know my wedding was breathtaking, remarkable and unforgettable because of Virginia. I know my wedding happened because of Virginia and I couldn’t possibly imagine it without her.”

Linda & Michael


"Details. Details. Details. It's the little things that can drive a bride and groom crazy. Virginia knows how to handle the details and allow the newlyweds to simply enjoy the day. We had 500 people at our wedding and she managed it all with a smile."


If you are looking for a wedding planner who will not only help make your vision a reality but will make the process enjoyable, look no further than Virginia Lionberger! More than two years later, I am still being told by our guests (probably over a dozen at this point) that our wedding was the best they've ever attended. Virginia is the secret sauce!

Chris

Mother of the Bride


My dear Virginia, What an Epic event/wedding celebration for my daughter and new son in law that couldn’t have happened without you! I have always said it’s not what you know but who — again this proves true, you are a talent and a visionary! Thank you, thank you.

Heather and Adolfo


She did a great job especially considering all of the logistic issues in the 2 weeks leading up to the wedding. She was hired to help with the rehearsal as well as day of coordination and she did it all without missing a beat. We are so glad we made the decision to hire her. Virginia is so knowledgeable and helped so much on narrowing down exactly what we needed to make our event totally reflect our personalities! We can't thank her enough!

Annie and Vonzele


If you are looking for a wedding planner who will not only help make your vision a reality but will also make the process enjoyable, look no further than Virginia Lionberger! More than two years later, I am still being told by our guests (probably over a dozen at this point) that our wedding was the best they've ever attended.. Virginia is the secret sauce!