We’re modern event curators, dedicated to providing you with efficient planning, impactful designs, authentic experiences, and an exceptional level of service. 

Our process is curated specifically to the individual client and their exact planning and design needs. We take the time to understand our clients, by understanding who they are as individuals and what excites them about their special celebration. This ensures that our production is curated specific to their needs, and is entirely reflective of the client being serviced.

Our events are produced to embody a modern style with a heightened element of customization tailored to your unique vision. In order to achieve this, we have created a one-of-a-kind planning and design process to ensure that your celebration is an unforgettable experience. 

Begin Your Experience —

We plan and design modern events within the Chicagoland area for clients seeking an elevated event experience.

After we’ve completed our initial research process, we will then begin designing all of the details of your tailored event from start to finish. 



Once you’ve decided that our services are aligned with your needs, we will begin the initial research process as we begin to brainstorm exactly how we can bring your vision to life. 



We meet by phone for a consultation to get to know one another. During our call, we’ll discuss your vision, event details, and how we can best service your event. 




We deliver a seamless event for you and your loved ones to cherish for years to come. 


"Janel did an excellent job at planning my wedding! I hired her for partial planning service, and she went above and beyond my expectations. She was very responsive, attentive, and made sure my vision came to life. During the planning process, Janel kept us on track with timelines and helped keep stress to a minimum. Her team also handled the decor in-house and everything was absolutely beautiful! On wedding day, she made sure the day flowed smoothly and everything went off without a hitch. My husband and I received so many compliments about how beautiful our wedding was, and none of that would be possible without Janel working her magic behind the scenes. Thank you, Janel!"


- Alex W.

"Everything was absolutely beautiful! I was so blown away at how amazing everything looked. So many of our family and friends kept coming up to me and saying how amazing everything looked. We can't thank you enough! I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to really thank you, or tell you how great of a job you guys did at the actual wedding, but it was perfect. Thank you so much for everything!"



"An Exceptional Experience! Working Janel and the Virginia Ray Designs and Events team was an amazing experience. Janel, and her team were professional, friendly, organized and paid attention to all the details big and small. Janel, helped me coordinate my birthday party concept and take it to the next level. It was truly a wonderful experience. I can’t Thank her and her team enough!"

"An exceptional experience!"

- reginald C.

"My wife and I used Janel as our event planner for our brunch baby shower. Janel did an amazing job prior to, during, and after the baby shower. She exceeded all of our expectations. Janel will be our event planner going forward."

"She exceeded all of our expectations!"


"I had such an amazing experience with working with Virginia Ray Designs for a surprise birthday party for my mother! When I say EVERY detail was taken into consideration, from the table arrangements, room decor, and even the music selection! I couldn’t have asked for a better event coordinator. I loved that she went above and beyond by taking the time to really understand what this celebration meant for my mother and helped comes up with a theme and all the details to make this a night to remember. Thank you so much for making my mom’s special day absolutely perfect! Definitely would recommend."

"Every detail was taken into consideration!"