Simply Perfect ~ Wedding Planning

Joseph + Jaime Photography

Joseph + Jaime Photography

I recently interviewed Jodi Gagné from "Simply Perfect" who discussed her experiences and tips as one of Toronto's top wedding planners: MJ ~ How do you differ from other wedding planners? Jodi ~ We specialize in day management and coordination but know that a successful event demands an understanding of the details months prior to the wedding day. Therefore our levels of service reflect the belief in building relationships with our clients by supporting them and being available to them throughout the planning process. MJ ~ What is your favourite part about wedding planning? Jodi ~ I love creating a partnership with my couples. I love hearing about their ideas, their expectations and assisting them to bring their event to the next level. I love the orchestration of the wedding day with all of its beautiful details and the naturally charged energy as the day flows from one event to the next. I recognize that there are times when I have to inject pauses in the timing so the couple and their guests can savour the moment or overlap events for a more heightened effect. I love working with a team of professional vendors who feel the same way I do, who are committed and know that together we are creating such a memorable experience. MJ ~ Why do couples hire you? Jodi ~ I believe in the value of the service I provide to my couples. As a wedding planner you need to be professional, organized, have skills in communication, negotiation, a desire to find win-win-win solutions and a sense of humour. My couples recognize the importance of these traits in me and my company and know that I am committed to ensuring that each experience with Simply Perfect strives to be a positive one. It is my job to help my couples let go of the details on the wedding day so that they can truly be present and live in the moment. MJ ~ What is your best advice for couples getting married? Jodi ~ Trust. Couples work hard to plan the details of their wedding and take a lot of care in assembling their team of experts. As the wedding day approaches each couple needs to place their trust in the wedding team and know that they too are invested in providing the best possible service. A professional vendor is able to compliment each team members' strengths so that any glitches that may arise throughout the day are not noticed. MJ ~ How do you keep your weddings fresh? Jodi ~ Simply by listening to my couples, discovering who they are, their needs, wishes and non-negotiables. Add to this a professional team of experts, a dash of the magic of love and you have a recipe that is sure to win the hearts of the couple, their family and friends. MJ ~ What is your background and history as a planner? Jodi ~ I received a degree in Theatre Production at York University. I am a Stage Manager and Lighting Designer by trade which has served me well throughout the years. Weddings, after all, no matter the budget or the guest list can be the production of a lifetime! Respecting the importance of education I received a diploma as a Bridal Consultant in 2000 and continue to renew my education through workshops, seminars and conferences on a yearly basis. In 2004 I took it one step further and became recognized as an Accredited Bridal Consultant through the Association of Bridal Consultants, and have been a proud member since 1999. While in business, I have had the pleasure of connecting with over 100 couples and their families and feel truly honoured to have had the opportunity to share in their wedding day. Visit Jodi's website at simply-perfect.ca Andreas Avdoulos Photography

Joseph + Jaime Photography

Joseph + Jaime Photography