Luxury Wedding Planner Chicago


Our Chicago wedding planners specialize in creating unforgettable weddings that capture your imagination and transform your ideas into reality as we infuse each event with dedication, innovation, and flawless execution.

We only accept a limited number of weddings each year, as this allows us to provide the highest level of client service and attention to details to every one of our wedding and event planning clients.

As your Chicago Wedding Planner, we work with wedding and event professionals of the highest caliber who can provide the very best products and services to our clients.



Barbara Vanni, founder and lead planner

Barbara was born and raised in Italy and grew up surrounded by design and beauty thanks to her parents' businesses. After moving to Miami and then Toronto, Barbara obtained her international certification as a wedding planner from the highly renowned Wedding Planner Institute of Canada (WPIC) and   founded Bweddings in 2014.

Barbara's experiences working with different cultures and becoming an ordained minister by the American Marriage Ministries (AMM) have shaped her polished and unique personal style. Barbara's vision for each couple is to plan a wedding that is every bit as unique as they are!

Favorite thing to do on the weekend when I'm not coordinating a wedding?Rest lol, I love cooking while enjoying a glass of wine and spend time with my two kids and husband.

Favorite song to hear during the ceremony?
"Can't help falling in love" by Brooklyn Duo. It gets me every time!

Can't wait to hear about you!

Chrissy Panayotou

Assistant Coordinator

A nearly 10 year veteran of the wedding industry, Christiane (better known as Chrissy) got her start in the catering sector.  

Working for small family businesses, she was able to sample all aspects of hospitality services and weddings are what caught her eye and kept her coming back.  

Born in Chicago but raised in Greece as a child, she was blessed to watch different cultures collide and watch something new and beautiful emerge.  

When she’s not making wedding day dreams come true, Chrissy can be found experimenting with new cuisines in the kitchen, much to the delight of her husband and children!

Janelle Martin

LEAD wedding Coordinator

Janelle joined Bweddings' team in 2021 to assist with day-of events and making her way to be one of our Lead coordinators.

A born Illinois resident, Janelle has been working events and weddings since she came to Chicago 7 years ago. She got introduced to events in the University setting and was able to expand her scope after being introduced to various contacts across the events field. She is passionate about making sure your special day is just as you envisioned.

When Janelle isn’t working with weddings and events, she is a full-time case worker and cat mom and she is usually out and about exploring all the great activities and opportunities across Chicago, especially the Lakefront.

Julia Vallely

Assistant Coordinator

A stay at home mom by day and wedding assistant by weekend / night; Julia loves all things weddings! From setting up decor to checking in on the bride and groom on wedding day, to cleaning up wedding night, nothing makes her happier!

In her opinion, it is quite a special thing to be part of a couple’s big day and to make that day memorable for their attending guests!

Our energizer bunny and wedding day night owl, Julia loves making people happy and she aims to please.

Weddings, in all of their beauty and joyful fanfare are her passion!  Her excitement for weddings has bled into her home life. Julia lives and breathes the beauty and details of events and can’t wait to meet you!!

Luxury Wedding Planner Chicago


Our expertise has been recognized by some of the top Chicago wedding blogs and magazines, such as Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago Magazine with multiple publications,  Top 5 wedding planner in Chicago by Wezoree and we were honored to win the Designers' Challenge 2021-2022 for Chicago Style Wedding Magazine.

"Thank you for being part of the best day of my life!”

"I don’t have words to explain how happy and grateful I am for all the work you did. It was unbelievable and a great surprise. All the decoration was stunning and all the guests were in shock of how beautiful it was."

M. & V.

“We were very very pleased with our wedding and experience”

"Barbara was very responsive as any questions or issues came up with our wedding planning , and helped us extensively in coordinating vendors and gave good advice in selecting those vendors. She kept us on track time wise during the wedding planning periods , and her day-of efforts and coordination were Herculean !"

E. & M.

“.. and it was more than okay - it was amazing!”

I am not exaggerating when I say we would have been completely lost without her. I was definitely a difficult bride, in that we were planning at a distance and balancing very very busy work schedules as we planned, but despite my being a stressed, neurotic mess at times, Barbara went above & beyond to ensure that our big day went off without a hitch. She made me feel important & I felt the whole time that our wedding was a priority for her - never rushed, never stressed, and never like 'just another client'. She handled everything with outstanding professionalism, friendliness, and a calm demeanor that made me feel completely at ease & confident that everything was going to be okay.

E. & G.