Kristine Aletha Weddings
Kristine is one of the sweetest people I know. Adorable, too. I met her when we both attended the ISS Experience in Chicago back in October 2011. I was excited to know we had a mutual friend, and a ton to chat about. I only wish we lived in the same city because I’m pretty sure she’d be a close friend.
She has her master’s in marriage and family therapy and a love of weddings. A perfect combo if you ask me. And, she recently kicked off the start of her wedding planning business which also focuses on the importance of marriage preparation – a step that most couples opt to skip. I’m so excited to continue to watch her business grow, and hope you Chicago couples give her a ring.
Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
I am based in Chicago, IL and I serve clients living in the Chicagoland, Northern Indiana, and Northwestern Michigan areas. I love traveling and it’s even better when it’s for a wedding! I actually love planning weddings in California since that’s where I’m from and where all my friends and family still live.
What is your biggest inspiration when planning and / or designing a wedding?
By far my biggest inspiration is the couple—their story, backgrounds, histories, and personalities. I like to know what’s meaningful to them and their relationship and incorporate those details into the design of the wedding. I believe that a wedding should show off and celebrate the story of the bride and groom and it should be their styles and tastes that are featured. I love tradition and the idea of incorporating a family heirloom or hand-me-down but I’m also a fan of throwing tradition aside and doing something completely new and different!
What got you interested in event planning? Did you start out in weddings?
I suppose I’ve always been drawn to event planning as I am absolutely a planner by nature. Most of the positions I’ve held have had some organizing/managing component to them. But I actually got started in weddings from a completely different angle—Marriage and Family Therapy, in which I have a Master’s degree. The more I worked with couples, the more I realized that preparation for marriage should be at the forefront of every engaged couple’s mind. Starting Kristine Aletha Weddings was the perfect combination of my passions: planning and counseling. I truly believe that both the wedding and the marriage require careful planning and preparation.
What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
While I’d like to think it’s my incredible planning and organizing skills, I know that many planners are just as Type A as I am! I think what really sets me apart from other vendors in the industry is my background in counseling and the unique combination of wedding planning and marriage preparation I am able to offer my clients. Helping couples plan beautiful weddings is one of my top goals but it is my true desire to help them prepare for a loving, lasting, and fulfilling marriage. And, honestly, when you have that kind of mindset as a bride and groom-to-be—that the wedding is a celebration of the marriage—you’re better able to handle the stress and pressure that come with planning and truly enjoy your engagement.
What is one quirky thing about you that people don’t know?
Oh gosh, one thing? I’m actually really silly and goofy. I’ve been told people’s first impression of me is quiet and poised, which I’m actually quite flattered by, but I can also let go, be rambunctious, and act like a teenager all over again. Why not, right?!
When you’re not busy planning weddings for couples, how do you like to spend your downtime?
Actually, my husband and I really enjoy working on projects around our home—that’s been something consuming our time lately. We both love home design and finding new inspiration for our (tiny) Chicago apartment. I really love traveling and dreaming of the next place I’m going to visit but I also love just sitting at home watching a movie or reading a book. Although, chances are, if I’m not planning a wedding, I’m probably busy blogging about them!