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Our story began while Christine and Kyle were planning their own wedding in 2017. This only made the progression of Basket Case natural by adding in event and wedding planning services to couples in the Galena, Illinois. While already working with some of the best vendors and venues in the are tri-state area, our portfolio of partners is the perfect pairing to engaged couples looking to have their wedding planning done for them to alleviate that feeling of being a Basket Case while engaged! 

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our promise

Your engagement should be the precursor to your happily ever after, nothing less. Christine Melaas is a certified wedding planner through the Wedding Planning Institute and former Sales and Event Coordinator for the Goldmoor Inn (Galena). Her experience planning weddings and events such as the Galena Holidaze Festival and Galena Country Fair assure you she has the knowledge, connections, and experience necessary to guide you in your wedding planning journey. Our promise to you you is that you will feel as though we are an extension of your family and friends assisting you in creating the events and wedding of your dreams.

Event Packages


Celebrations Planning
Starting at $400

Looking to plan a fun and unforgettable event? We are here to help you plan your ideal event, whether it's a reunion, birthday party, special occasion, bachelorette or bridal shower, and more. Let us take the stress out of planning so you can sit back enjoy the celebration!

Matchmaker Package

You found your soulmate, let us find you the right vendors to get you walking down the aisle to say your "I do's"! Package includes:

  • Timeline and Itinerary

  • Vendor Coordination

  • Unlimited Communication

  • Overnight bridal party accommodations

  • Seating chart creation

  • Discounts on wedding gift baskets

  • Up to 6 in-person planning meeting

  • 20% discount on additional wedding event services (Bachelorette Party Itinerary/Bridal Shower/etc)

Blissful Beginnings

Just like our promise says, we want your wedding to be everything you dreamed of and nothing less. This package takes it all off your hands from engagement day to the first dance. Package includes:

  • All services from Matchmaker Packager plus,

  • Day-of Coordination with team of 3 to make sure everything and everyone runs on time

  • Wedding Officiant (Licensed in IL): 2-3 planning meetings

Additional Services

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Certified Wedding Officiant 

Ed Bochniak is the Father of Christine Melaas. You will receive up to 3 planning meetings and choice of readings and messaging, plus a personalized sermon.

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Bachelor/ette Parties
Starting at $150

Coming to Galena for your Bachelorette or Bachelor Party? We'll help make these special occasions leading up to the Big Day memorable. Get us in touch with the person in charge of planning and we'll meet with them to provide an itinerary matching your theme and personality.


Balloon Arches

Custom Pricing

What's a party without balloons? Of course we take it to the next level with various shapes, colors, and designs of balloon arches. 

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