Convincing people of their need for a wedding planner is one of the hardest sells I have ever had to do. Lots of couples see the benefits of a “day-of coordinator” (I put that in quotation marks because there is no such thing as a day-of coordinator, ask us what exactly that means, we’d love to explain it to you) but to convince a couple of full planning is much harder.
Candice’s mom called me right after we posted our blog post called “When I am the mother of the bride”. She knew as soon as she read that post that she wanted to make sure Candice and Eric had our help not only on the day of their wedding but also through the entire planning process so that the bride and her could truly enjoy the planning process and wedding day without the stress that comes with it.
When I first met with Candice and Eric they made it very clear that they wanted something different for their wedding, different then what everyone else was doing. They wanted their wedding to reflect them as a couple. Those words are magic to my ears. I love working with couples who are less worried about trends and know that they want their day to truly be about them as a couple.
When you work with a wedding planner for full planning services you have someone to walk you through the entire planning process. We start by discussing the client’s vision, we create a spending plan and then from there we hit the ground running. Through a controlled process we are able to help our couples save money, save countless hours and most importantly enjoy the entire planning process.
This is likely the first wedding you’ve ever planned. We plan weddings all year long, we are always making new contacts in the industry, we are searching new creative ideas and concepts. Working with a wedding planner we make sure you have the opportunity to work with the best wedding services available to you, and most importantly we make sure that everything you want and need fits within your spending budget.
Within the first couple weeks of working with Candice and Eric we were able to save them thousands of dollars on their venue simply because we were able to provide them with options they didn’t know were out there. I remember seeing Candice’s face when we took her to see the perfect venue for them. She lit up. Seeing that happiness in a client is exactly why we do what we do.
We worked with Candice and Eric over a 16-month period. During that time we were there to answer any questions they had including providing guidance on bridal shower etiquette, stag and doe advice and much more. As full service planners we are able to provide guidance to our couples through the entire planning process, we become a constant resource for them, they get to tap into every bit of knowledge and experience we have. And, if we don’t know the answers we do the research and homework to make sure they get the right answers.
Getting to work with a couple over a year or more is such a pleasure and an honour. We get to know them as a couple, we get to know them as individuals and one of the things I love most is getting to know and understand their love story. Candice and Eric are such a wonderful couple. I love the way Eric looks at Candice. I love the way he adores her.
I also love getting to know the couple’s family and friends. You learn so much about people by watching those around them.
Couples underestimate the amount of stress that surrounds the final days of planning and on the actual wedding day. It is so much fun to pick out pretty linens, to help design your bridal bouquet and taste all the flavours of possible wedding cakes. But what is not fun is when all your vendors start calling about three weeks out from the wedding day looking for times and any final details they need. Along with working and all of your other every day responsibilities you now have to create an itinerary that works for everyone, finalize all the songs you need for the day, confirm delivery times and locations and the list goes on.
For Candice and Eric we created an itinerary that was 20 pages long, it had every possible detail in it that you could imagine. We coordinated all of those details with their selected vendors, and managed all the incoming phone calls and emails from those vendors so that Candice and Eric could spend those final weeks focussed on their family, spending time celebrating and of course spending time at the spa getting ready without a worry in the world.
On the day of their wedding all Candice and Eric and their family and friends had to do was focus on getting all dolled up, smiling for the camera and saying “I do”. We looked after everything else.
The success of this perfect wedding day would not have been possible without the help of the following wedding professionals.
Photographer – Jack Loves Mary Photography
Make Up – Spa Jada
Catering – Leatherworks
Decor – ITM Events
Cake – Cake & Company
Venue – ITM Events
Hair – Escape Salon and Spa
Head Table Rental – PartyTime Rentals
Linen Rentals – Mastermind Events
Toilet Rentals – Star Toilets
Flowers – E.J. Blooms
DJ – Wes Weatherall
"Okay it's only taken me 2 months to figure out how to put into words how incredibly grateful I am to have worked with you guys! From our very first meeting I knew our day was in the best hands possible! The numerous meetings and emails right to the very end of our wedding day Julia & her amazing team took what we wanted and turned it into something spectacular. Found us the perfect venue and everything else fell into place! They worked endless stressful hours to take my "dream wedding" board on Pinterest and make it come true. The decor Angie put together was beautiful and turned out to be everything we wanted. The bar staff were amazing- had so many compliments on how friendly they were! Julia & Erica made the day go so smoothly and stress free. I highly recommend ITM Events to anyone! Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!
– Candice and Eric
"If I forgot to mention Saturday night thank you once again for all you have done to make their wedding the most perfect day they could ask for. You certainly removed the stress from all of us and you kept on top of times to make everything fall into place."
- Andrea, Mother of the Bride