Why should we hire a wedding planner?
Simply put, a wedding planner acts as a professional consultant who alleviates the stresses that come with planning weddings and most importantly, allows the Bride and Groom to enjoy their wedding day. Wedding planners help with budgets, scheduling, organization and flow. Not to mention, they fight for your vision, have tons of insider knowledge and are your support system for the big day. Weddings are notorious for having hiccups, so don’t leave yours to chance!
Do you plan other events aside from weddings?
Yes we do! We offer corporate event planning & production services as one of our main services. We are versatile and can provide services for a variety of events such as brand activations, appreciation events, milestone celebrations and much more.
Will we still feel in control if we hire a wedding planner?
It’s your wedding and you are the one in control! Wedding planners are not here to take over your wedding, instead they are hired to work alongside you. If you want to be involved in every aspect or feel that you can forgo vendor meetings, it’s ultimately up to you on how much time you want to spend on your wedding. Wedding planners are here to actively listen to your needs and wants, sweat the little details and save you time to help you achieve the vision you desire for your big day.
What is the difference between a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator?
It’s in the name! A venue coordinator is looking out for the best interest of the venue whereas a wedding coordinator looks out for the best interest of the wedding – you! Venue coordinators deal with aspects of the venue such as food and staff, and generally relieve their duties before dinner. On the other hand, wedding coordinators are well-informed of wedding etiquette, traditions and execution of the day. Not to mention, they resolve unexpected last-minute issues and are typically present until the reception comes to a close.
What’s the average cost of a wedding?
According to the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, the average cost of a wedding in Canada is $27,000. However, a cost of a wedding always varies as it depends on numerous factors such as guest count, cultural elements, venue type and decor, just to name a few. Are you looking to celebrate with 100 guests or 500 guests? Do you want to say your vows on a rootftop in the city or in the fields of a winery? Do you want fresh flowers or silk flowers? It all comes down to what you want for your special day. To fully be able to use our services, we recommend having a budget of over $50,000.
What is the average number of hours it takes to plan a wedding?
It takes an average of 250 hours to plan a wedding. Let’s put this into perspective, shall we? That’s 6 full work weeks. Heck, that’s a lot more than the vacation days that most receive from their employers! So why not invest in a wedding planner whose full-time job is to plan weddings?
Are you certified?
Yes, Jyoti is certified through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada. She also has tons of experience planning and coordinating weddings and other soirées. Take a look and browse through our portfolio!
Do you charge for an initial meeting?
Definitely not! The initial meeting is always free of charge as Jyoti wants to get to know you and the details surrounding your soirée. Hit the contact page and get in touch with us now as we are excited to get to know you!
Do you only work with your preferred vendor list?
No, we are not limited by our preferred vendor list. In fact, we enjoy working with various, talented vendors within the industry to create our clients’ stories into distinct, tangible experiences. Clients can know exactly what vendors they want to work with, or if they don’t, our preferred vendor list gives them a starting point. We actively listen to your vision and ensure the right team is hired to produce that vision.
Do you receive a commission for using your preferred vendors?
Absolutely not. We do not receive any type of commission or kickback when we refer our preferred vendors. From experience and collaboration, our preferred vendors are preferred based on their exceptional work, dedication and merit. Their core values align with ours and we trust that they will execute our clients’ vision.
Can we still hire you if you haven’t worked at my chosen venue?
Absolutely! Planners should not be hired based on their experience at your desired location, but instead based on your connection with them and entrusting them with your vision. At SJ Soirée, we constantly enjoy learning and if we haven’t worked at your venue, we are that much more excited to get our hands on a new space. With our creativity and versatility, we will definitely ensure your venue executes the vision you want.