Having a wedding at an equestrian farm is like a fairy tale and we were so lucky our Full Planning clients Stephanie and Shawn hired us to plan the wedding of their dreams. Having the ceremony in front of the sparkling pond, guests getting to feed the horses in the stables during cocktail hour and dinner under the sailcloth tent decorated with twinkling lights is what wedding dreams are made of!
VENUE | Private Residence
PHOTOGRAPHER | Johnny Lam Photography
OFFICIANT | Enduring Promises (Mike Van Slingerland)
CATERING | Victor Dries Catering
FLORIST | Mum's Garden Florals
HAIR & MAKEUP | All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair
TENT & FURNITURE | Guelph Tent and Event Rentals
RENTALS | Chairman Mills, Plate Occasions
CEREMONY MUSIC | Wellington Music
DJ | Maximum Music DJ Service
From the minute we sat down with Laura at our initial meeting, I knew she was the perfect planner to execute our dream wedding. She was waiting for us when we arrived with a folder which included an outline of her services, examples of her monthly check lists and the documents that she provides throughout the planning process, a contract and even a pre-stamped envelope to return the signed contract in the event that you wanted to move forward with her. She even had coffees waiting for us when we arrived. Needless to say Laura is an extremely prepared and detailed person – qualities that you should definitely be looking for in a wedding planner.
We hired Laura for full planning which I would highly recommend. I am the type of bride who hadn’t thought at all about my wedding vision until after I got engaged. Laura was the perfect person to help me figure out what we liked, and what we wanted. She began the process with a questionnaire which included questions about our expected number of guests, our general likes and dislikes and what was most important to us at our wedding. After the initial questionnaire, Laura and I worked through some of my décor likes and dislikes and she had me compile Pinterest boards of things that jumped out at me – colours, flowers, cakes, etc. She took those photos and created various “inspiration boards”. Each inspiration board was different but pulled everything together. I selected the things I liked from each board and when we put together the final vision, it was as if Laura was in my head and knew what I wanted before I did. I was quite stressed at the beginning of the “vision boarding” process, seeing as I didn’t really have a clue of what I wanted, but Laura made the process so easy and painless, it was amazing. The process continued with Laura providing vendor recommendations, making the initial contact with vendors and setting up meetings. This was a huge help for us as we of course had no idea where to search for many of these services. Laura arranged a photographer, tent, catering, florist, hair/makeup, officiant, music
(DJ and string) and coach bus services, among other things. She had worked with many of the vendors before and had great relationships and contacts that we benefitted from. Be sure that she does not receive any “kickbacks” for her recommendations and is purely motivated by providing her clients with the best vendors and the best experience possible. She attended most of the vendor meetings with us which was a huge help as we would not have known which questions to ask or what to look for without her there. She also provided “week of” and “day of” instructions to all of our vendors and to our wedding party, including emcee notes and a detailed itinerary.
Laura was incredibly responsive to our emails and calls throughout the process. We also had monthly meetings with her where we would check in on our progress and talk about next steps. She provided meeting agendas ahead of every meeting as well as a monthly checklist and budget outline. She also provided detailed meeting notes following every meeting. Her guest list spreadsheet and seating charts were also extremely helpful, especially in the last few weeks leading up to the wedding.
Laura is also an incredibly caring person. When I suffered a personal loss leading up to the wedding and needed to take a step back from the process, Laura was very patient, respectful and kind. Laura truly went above and beyond in planning our wedding. Whether it was scouring Etsy to find an invitation suite with flowers that looked identical to ours, or taking photos of items while she was out at Ikea, she was extremely dedicated and always had our best interests at heart. She paid us so much attention that it felt like we were her only clients. I cannot recommend Laura enough. Having her as your wedding planner will be the best decision you make and worth every penny.