Heather Vickery

QC Event School Tutor

Owner and Event Director of Greatest Expectations Special Events and Weddings

Heather’s background in event design, marketing, hotel sales, catering, authenticity coaching and non-profit event management gives her unparalleled experience in wedding and event planning. Sixteen years ago, she channeled this expertise into her own event planning business, Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings, Inc., which has blossomed into one of Chicago’s most celebrated event planning and design firms.

The Knot voted Heather and her team “Best of Weddings” in 2009, 2010 and 2011. For the last five years, she’s won the Bride’s Choice Award and has appeared on the exclusive Chicago Social Bride’s Luxe List. She is a Wish Grantor for Wish Upon a Wedding and was recently awarded their prestigious Shining Star Award.

Heather says event planning is more than a career for her—it’s a labor of love, inspired by her clients’ ideas and guided by her knowledge and expertise. She works closely with clients to plan exceptional events tailored to their unique tastes and needs—designed to come together seamlessly and beautifully. Clients praise her special ability to reduce the stress of planning a wedding while making the entire process—and the big day—a truly enjoyable and memorable experience.

Heather’s work has been featured in the following prestigious print magazines, blogs and news media sites: Chicago Social Brides, The Knot Chicago, ChicagoStyle Weddings, Get Married, Parade Magazine, Chicago Wedding & Party Resource, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Wedding Project, Elizabeth Anne Designs, 10 Thousand Couples, Equally Wed, Style Me Pretty, Bicycle Built for Two, OneWed, Be U Weddings, Windy City Times, ABC 7, WGN, and CBS.

“The most important element of having your own business is living and working authentically. Without authenticity your work will lack depth and the clients won’t have the confidence required to hire you. What you authentically bring to the table is what sets you apart from the rest. Build your business on that and you will achieve great success.”

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