I’m the first to admit I have a fabulous job. When people find out what I do for a living, there’s always a flurry of excitement with questions to follow. Is your job super fun? (Yes!). How many weddings have you done? (I stopped counting at 300). Do you eat lots of cake? (Maybe).  And the million dollar question, what’s your best piece of advice? And to this I say -

"You too deserve to feel like a guest at your own wedding."

 

Planning a fabulous event takes a lot of work. You know exactly what I’m talking about as you’re in the midst of throwing probably the biggest party of your life. It’s all in the details. The most memorable celebrations are, hands down, always the most personalized ones. I live, eat and breath weddings. I’m not going to give you checklists or corny sentiments that have nothing to do with who you are and how you live. What you need from me is to share the kind of information that just isn’t out there. The industry is full of unattainable ideas or, even worse, one-size-fits-all planning techniques. 

I’ve heard people say, “If I pick great vendors, why do I need a planner?”. Picking vendors is just not the same as planning your wedding. It’s like cooking; having spectacular ingredients doesn’t mean you’re going to have a great meal. It’s the talented Chef that brings it all together. Extraordinary weddings have vision behind them. That’s where a planner comes in, to pull all elements together, and the key ingredient is knowing how to masterfully orchestrate it.  

So getting back to my words of wisdom, now is one of those times to relax and enjoy the roller coaster ride ahead of you!

Cheers to you - let's connect.

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Madison Kelly Ottawa Toast Events Wedding Planner

PLANNER

I've apparently been crowned  as Elise's "mini me". It's not my fault we pack the same snacks and show up wearing basically the same outfits, right?! But truth be told, I think we make an awesome pair. It's been 5 years now and 6 wedding cycles that I have been working alongside Elise and for the third year in a row I've had a full roster of amazing clients all of my own. Don't be deceived by my calm and quiet nature, as that's my secret weapon;) I'm a focused, over detailed, one-track-mind who will crush a wedding with a list for my lists. So hand me that massive wedding binder of yours and tell your family to put down the décor! I’ll handle it, while you enjoy being a guest at your own wedding,

Last question...what’s your secret power?: “spotting wedding crashers....Elise is horrible at it!”
— Madison
Meaghan Simard Ottawa Toast Events Wedding Coordinator

DAY OF COORDINATOR

I’m the little Frenchy of the group, with a love for fashion design. I graduated Richard Robinson a few years ago with my very own haute-couture collection, which also means I'm the certified "wedding dress bustler" and "broken zipper fixer". I’m the logistics queen. Give me an empty industrial space without a stick of furniture, no running water, no electricity, then add a 300+ person guest list and watch me pull every single detail to life within 3-4 hours while working with countless vendors and sub-contractors. No detail escapes me, especially when Elise color codes our floor plans with correlating inventory lists with a timeline literally down to the second. Lets just says she keeps me running! 

My biggest accomplishment? I was excited when I won Couturier of the Year 2010 at Richard Robinson.
— Meaghan
Victoria Denofrio Ottawa Toast Events Wedding Coordinator

DAY OF COORDINATOR

I've lived a pretty fascinating life traveling through Europe, walking the runways for some of the worlds hottest fashion houses. And believe it or not- I'm actually officially retired at 25 looking to fill my life with excitement in other ways. A lot of different experiences have lead me to this path and I am so happy to be able to have a positive impact on making our clients weddings that much more. I believe everything happens for a reason which is why my “go with the flow” attitude is why I'm Elise's freak-out interventionist and sometimes crazy talk interpreter.  I'm a true horse back ridding country girl! If I'm not out back walking my pups you can def find me in the ring dressage training or at school studying to be an Interior Designer.

I am a cookie monster. At my last photo shoot I ate a whole box of cookies to myself. Do I feel guilty- No! Don’t believe anyone who says models don’t eat!
— Victoria
Allie Darwin Ottawa Toast Events Intern

THE INTERN

I studied journalism and economics in university. When graduation started to loom this year, I realized I wanted to be working in an industry where creativity was nurtured and could be complemented by my strengths in communication, problem-solving and working under pressure. I figured it was time to pursue the obvious choice. I made a shortlist of wedding planners to contact and Toast was at the very top. Obviously Elise and Co's portfolio is stunning, but it was a culmination of everything - the incredible attention given to each couple, the thoughtful and unique touches added to every event and the overriding atmosphere of support and inspiration that made me fall in love. I'm a Toastie for life!

My job is to always know where Elise’s phone is. She looses it like every 5 mins....
— Allie
Toast Events

SPECIAL THANK YOU

To the ladies who help us look great, feel fab and shine bright! xox

Photography by: Laura Kelly Photography

Makeup Artist: Klava Zyakova

Hair Stylist: Topknot