Wedding Planner Chicago


Bweddings is proud to call Chicago home, we design and coordinate Chicago weddings as well as international celebrations in Miami, Italy and Canada.

Dreaming of a wedding that is gorgeously designed and planned to perfection?  At Bweddings, we specialize in creating unforgettable weddings that capture your imagination and transform your ideas into reality. We are Chicago wedding planners who also plans weddings around the world.

Our meticulous attention to detail ensures that your friends and family can all relax and enjoy this incredible celebration. You can stop worrying about what time the flowers are being delivered or if your DJ has arrived yet and concentrate on looking fabulous and soaking in every moment of your wedding day!

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.

From small, intimate celebrations to the most high-end and lavish of affairs, Bweddings is known for stunningly stylish events that are absolutely unforgettable.

Whether you envision your ceremony on a beach, golf course, ballroom or backyard, we design weddings to perfectly reflect your personality and speak to your unique love story.

We infuse each event with dedication, innovation, and flawless execution.
If you can dream it, we can make it happen!



Barbara Vanni, founder and lead planner

Born and raised in Italy, my father ran his own interior design and furniture business and my mother had an unbridled passion for working with flowers.
I grew up breathing design, colours, and all things beautiful. All of which was, of course, influenced by Italian style.

A decade ago, I moved to Miami and had the wonderful experience of working with lots of South American culture and style.

When I met my husband, I moved to Toronto and graduated from the highly renowned Wedding Planner Institute of Canada (WPIC).

I obtained my International Certification as a wedding planner and wedding coordinator and founded Bweddings in 2014.

A few years later with two young children, we wanted to be closer to family and we had the opportunity to move to Chicago where I became an ordained minister by the American Marriage Ministries (AMM).

All of these incredible experiences have shaped my knowledge of a wide variety of cultures and have influenced my polished and unique personal style.

Working with me and my team to plan your wedding means you have an advocate to represent your vision, goals, and budget. No stone is left unturned as we plan and coordinate each important detail of your big day.

Relax and immerse yourself in the beautiful experience of being a bride!

With Love,
        💕 Barbara

Joshua Pacheco

Lead Coordinator

A Chicago native and veteran of hospitality, with almost 2 decades of event management and F&B operations experience.

Josh has worked in almost every facet of the industry, developing a network of reliable and talented vendors. He has always loved attending parties and events but he really loves throwing them! He is a big sappy romantic who loves all the pomp and circumstance of weddings and events.

Beyond that, he is a simple fun guy who enjoys spending time getting annoyed by (or annoying) his fiancé and overly co-dependent kittens, the occasional video game, and will crack one too many corny, dad jokes.

Chrissy Panayotou

Senior 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 fiancée and children!

Janelle Martin

Junior Assistant Coordinator

Janelle joined Bweddings' team in 2021 to assist with day-of events.

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 assisting 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.

Adejola O. Okeahialam

Project Specialist

Adejola, also known as Jola, recently joined Bweddings' team to manage the logistics and help with the work behind a desk.

Her love for weddings is greatly influenced by her love of colors and fabrics in decor and the joining of families. She is a lover of arts & crafts and she makes jewelry and custom gifts. She loves cooking, reading and is the mother of two beautiful daughters.

Wedding Consultants Chicago


"We couldn’t have asked for a better planner."

Our Chicago wedding planner, Barbara provided the exact level of service we had hoped for. She was able to give advice when asked and make critical decisions on her own when issues arose. She kept a great attention to detail and set up everything exactly as we had described. We couldn’t have asked for a better planner.


"never like 'just another client'."

“I can't even BEGIN to say how AMAZING working with our Chicago wedding planner, Barbara was. 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 was also amazing at handling some very 'strong' (read: stubborn) voices from the peanut gallery in both sides of the family, and took everything in stride (in situations where even I wanted to strangle people, and I'm related to them!). 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'.

Emma & Giancarlo

"I highly recommend Barbara and her team..."

“Words can’t explain how amazing the wedding day went with the help of Barbara. She made sure that everything went smoothly in our Chicago wedding and was even willing to go the extra mile for our needs. I highly recommend Barbara and her team for any wedding planning services anyone would need for their wedding. Thanks Barbara! We love you!”

Christine & Andy