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Chicago, Destination, & South Asian Luxury Wedding Planning

Let’s Celebrate

Luxury Wedding

for the

Fun-Loving Couple

Honored as one of Chicago’s top wedding planners by Brides Magazine and Chicago Magazine. Named one of the top destination wedding planners in the world by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.

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Over 20 years of celebrating love…

As a luxury Chicago wedding planner, we coordinate beautiful, unique, and fun weddings and events locally as well as around the globe. With over 500 weddings and events brilliantly planned, our expertise and experience allows us to make each and every event we are involved with spectacular.

Our focus is on telling our couple’s unique stories, creating the ultimate environment for them and their guests to celebrate in, and handling everything that goes into planning a memorable event, regardless of if it’s a hometown bash or a destination wedding.



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There’s no wedding like a big-city wedding right here at home in the Windy City. Our unparalleled contacts across Chicago give us access to the best venues and vendors, while our extensive experience makes logistics a breeze.

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We love to plan destination weddings and have done so all over the world. Our enthusiasm for wedding planning comes with us wherever we go—from an Old World castle in the English countryside to a relaxed beachside resort in Mexico— and we seek to showcase the best of any locale.

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We have 18 years of experience planning South Asian weddings and events domestically and internationally. Four days of events for hundreds of people? We’re ready. Securing the cultural details is the challenge that inspires us most, while getting to know each family intimately is the emotional reward for these elaborate affairs.

Meet the Founder

Meet Ali

Wedding planner, world traveler, lover of joy, and searcher of the perfect sunset.

My name is Ali Phillips and I am the President and owner of Engaging Events by Ali. For more than 20 years, I’ve used my love of celebrations and love of people to help couples plan their weddings and other special events.

I bring my kindness, honestly, passion for logistically detailed events, and proactive approach to all of my events, making the wedding planning experience both seamless and enjoyable for my clients. And I love that we get to have fun along the way!

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From elegant Windy City affairs to colorful beachside soirées, Ali creates unforgettable celebrations.

While we’re Chicago-based and love working locally, we’ve planned destination weddings for Chicagoans abroad, international clientele domestically, and everything in between. Whether a church wedding downtown, a multi-day South Asian celebration, an intimate elopement at a seaside town in Mexico, or whatever your dream wedding entails, we are ready to help you get married and party.

Ready for your dream destination wedding? Perhaps you want to celebrate with your toes in the crystal waters of the Caribbean, the rainforest of Costa Rica, or the rolling hills of Ireland? If whisking your guests away to a distant land is your wish for your wedding celebration, Ali and her team are the destination wedding planners for you, and are equipped to handle all the unique details of destination events worldwide.

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A four-day party for hundreds, anywhere in the world? No problem! Ali and her team have produced elaborate events for South Asian couples in Chicago and beyond, and embrace the experience from start to finish. Securing the cultural details is the challenge that inspires her, while getting to know each family intimately is the emotional reward for these elaborate affairs. 

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