Wedding Planning

We’ve been planning weddings in Calgary and Area since 1996. You will earn AIR MILES® Reward Miles by booking with us. View our weddings image gallery below and request a free consultation with our in-house wedding planner.

Wedding Planning Packages

Did you know that weddings can take up to 250 hours of planning? From the moment you decide to marry to the night of your big day, there can be a multitude of details to consider.

Simply Elegant is a full wedding service company that provides catering, decorations, flowers and planning services. We even supply entertainment for anything from a harpist and an interactive DJ or band. Plus you can get AIR MILES® Reward Miles for every dollar spent on any of our services.

We have 3 Packages for your to choose from depending on your budget and how much you one of our wedding designers to plan your day.

Call us for your free hour wedding consultation

Silver: Day of Wedding Only

Ranges from $800 to $1,500

This is the ideal solution for the super organized couple who want to plan and execute their wedding themselves, but require some direction with time lines, preferred vendors and budget development to start them on their way.

Package includes:

 

  • Planning meeting to discuss your time line, vendors and budget
  • Rehearsal Day activities
  • Wedding Day execution of activities

Gold: Let us Guide You

Ranges from $1,800 to $3,500

Perfect for the bride and groom who have the time to do all their own leg work with research, budget development, itinerary, phone calls and contracting of all vendors but require the guidance of seasoned wedding planners.

Package includes:

 

  • Initial two hour meeting to fully understand your vision, discuss your location and vendor options. You are given the tools to create a realistic budget breakdown and start your time line schedule.
  • Wedding Preparation Meetings: Five one hour scheduled meetings to answer all your pre-wedding concerns to keep you on track right up to the wedding day including follow-up emails. Venue site visit will be completed by wedding planner early in the planning stages to assess unforeseen challenges.
  • Vendor Confirmation: We are your wedding day point of contact for suppliers, can perform any vendor final payments, confirm all delivery and pick-up times the day before. We forward all vendors your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Rehearsal Coordination: Two hours are included for the rehearsal. Simply Elegant ensures your wedding party understands and is comfortable with the wedding day and ceremony details. Everyone including the MC receives your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Ceremony Coordination: Two Simply Elegant wedding coordinators orchestrate a seamless wedding day before and after your ceremony. Includes cueing wedding party, music, etc.
  • Reception Coordination: We coordinate the photo session, ensure ceremony decor is moved to the reception location if necessary. Oversee placement of wedding favors, place cards, centerpieces, lighting and entertainment set up. Simply Elegant is there to support all facets of this special evening. We transfer gifts and money to a predetermined, safe location once everyone is seated for the meal.
  • Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Designed to remedy wedding day emergencies range from mosquito spray to bobby pins, glo stick for entertaining the fussy flower girl to rainy day umbrellas.

Platinum: We Design the Day for You

Starts at $4000

This package is meant for the busy couple who prefer to rely on the expertise of a professional wedding planner from beginning to end. Simply Elegant professionals will provide current wedding design trends into every detail of your dream wedding.

Package includes:

 

  • Full-service management from concept creation to full implementation of the wedding day itinerary.
  • We manage all the details to provide you with a stunning, seamless and stress free wedding.
  • Initial two hour meeting to fully understand your vision, discuss your location and vendor options. You are given the tools to create a realistic budget breakdown and start your time line schedule.
  • Wedding Preparation Meetings: Five one-hour scheduled meetings to answer all your pre-wedding concerns to keep you on track right up to the wedding day including follow-up emails. Venue site visit will be completed by wedding planner early in the planning stages to assess unforeseen challenges.
  • Vendor Confirmation: We are your wedding day point of contact for suppliers, can perform any vendor final payments, confirm all delivery and pick-up times the day before. We forward all vendors your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Rehearsal Coordination: Two hours are included for the rehearsal. Simply Elegant ensures your wedding party understands and is comfortable with the wedding day and ceremony details. Everyone including the MC receives your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Ceremony Coordination: Two Simply Elegant wedding coordinators orchestrate a seamless wedding day before and after your ceremony. Includes cueing wedding party, music, etc.
  • Reception Coordination: We coordinate the photo session, ensure ceremony decor is moved to the reception location if necessary. Oversee placement of wedding favors, place cards, centerpieces, lighting and entertainment set up. Simply Elegant is there to support all facets of this special evening. We transfer gifts and money to a predetermined, safe location once everyone is seated for the meal.
  • Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Designed to remedy wedding day emergencies range from mosquito spray to bobby pins, glo stick for entertaining the fussy flower girl to rainy day umbrellas.

What sets us apart

Communication

Our planning division is in constant contact with our floral, décor and rental divisions as are all in one building minimizing communication challenges.

Expertise

With over 30 years of seasoned wedding experience, our planners bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise of logistics to your wedding.

Collaboration

Planners spend time understanding your unique culture and family traditions with other vendors to ensure your wedding is exactly as you envision.  The studio boardroom allows couples the ease of talking to all suppliers like caterers, florists, etc.  all in one location.

Budget Management

Your financial records are summarized and kept up to date on all vendors we manage on your behalf.

Detail Oriented

It’s all about the wedding details.  We specialize in coordinating the wedding to streamline the complete wedding experience from start to finish.

Design Studio

We are on trend and can advise the latest styles and themes for your wedding.

Simply Elegant Wedding Planners are experienced at understanding all your wedding needs. We respect your values and what you’d like reflected in your wedding, including your culture, beliefs, family traditions, passions, sense of whimsy – in short, what matters most to you.

All you do is decide on your wedding investment, share your wedding vision and then relax as we make your dreams come true. The goal is to make your wedding as stress-free as possible for the bride and groom while we manage the wedding day plans for you. We can handle any unexpected issues efficiently.  By choosing a seasoned wedding expert, we have all the details covered. We can make sure the baker delivers your cake on time and the timing of your wedding is managed for you. From organizing your wedding prior to the day or just on the day – whatever you need we will be there for you.

We know this isn’t just your wedding day. It’s the first day in the rest of your life together – and we will do whatever it takes to make sure it is done just right.

Wedding Planning Gallery

Highlights of a wedding created in Banff by Simply Elegant

Take a look at our wedding image gallery to see what to expect from our Calgary-based wedding planning service team.

Client Endorsements

Don’t just take it from us, here’s what our clients have to say!

I had the privilege to have Simply Elegant manage our wedding. This business is comprised of a team of extremely talented professionals that will truly treat you nothing short of a princess or a prince.

Our wedding was a large wedding of 600 guests! I had a vision of a Parisian glamour themed wedding and was very worried a size this large of a wedding would quickly turn into a nightmare. Let me tell you, I was wrong!

Enter the Wedding Fairy, Sharon Barwick and Simply Elegant owner, Robert Virda.

Sharon is everything you would dream a wedding planner to be. She is empathetic, a great listener, an excellent problem solver (she actually foresees problems before they occur) and an extremely talented artist all in one. Her approach is so refreshing, she will not let you panic, provides creative solutions and is always there to listen to any concern you have, no matter how many you have!

Sharon designed my floral including my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, floral at the venue, tables decor, cake table, our wedding party table and much more. All this while providing ways to cut on cost without compromising our vision. Did I mention we had 600 guests?

Sharon and Rob were there for us the entire time helping us plan and providing us with valuable insight. They also learned about our culture and how to address everyone in our family.
On our big day, Rob and Sharon had become a part of the family. Rob came and congratulated us and we felt like we were in great hands.

Sharon was there reminding me to enjoy every moment, look up and smile while going down the stairs and walk with grace, she helped us stick to our schedule to the minute. Really she was my angel guardian that day.
Due to my outfit changes we had a tight schedule, she made sure everyone was where they needed to be at the right time and let me tell you; that is no easy task when there are this many individuals to manage!
She even managed my aunt who came from overseas and only spoke French! Yes, Sharon speaks French as well 🙂
I could honestly go on and on about how amazing Rob and Sharon are as well as their talented team who always smiled when they saw us and treated us like family.
If you are thinking about Simply Elegant for your wedding, don’t hesitate. It will be the best decision you made after getting married of course 🙂

Feriel

I wanted to say THANK YOU so much for everything you did over the past year. I am so grateful for your patience, multiple quote adjustments, delicious! tasting and amazing food and service on the day of my “big day”. Eric and I have received a ton of feedback from our guests that the food was incredible, and my only regret was that I didn’t get to eat more on the big day! It was such a whirlwind I hardly made it back to the food tables and now I dream of that delicious turkey sage slider! Hehe… Thanks again to you and your team. I will definitely be recommending you to everyone and anyone in need of catering. Cheers, Paige and Eric

We feel we saved money by using Simply Elegant because of the special connections and relationships they have with vendors, we also saved money by not having to take time away from our jobs to go visit several vendors to see if they were appropriate for us….Sharon just knew what we wanted – gave us options to pick from and therefore it was basically one stop shopping.

I can’t even begin to explain to you the stress that was spared. From the moment we walked into their offices we felt the stress lift from our shoulders. The time and stress we saved from having to shop around for vendors was huge, knowing that Sharon and Katie were there for us the moment that we woke up on our wedding day made the whole day very special – we just had to get ourselves ready knowing everything else was done and in very capable hands.

Holly Daniels

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional event planner who specializes in weddings. They coordinate and consult with the couple in selecting the venue and complete design of the wedding.  They are not a decorator nor a florist.

How much will my planning cost?

Planning is offered on an as needed basis.  You can choose to use consulting services at an hourly fee; hire planners for the day of the wedding or use full planning services to take the stress away and plan the whole wedding from start to finish. Out of town services include a travel fee and a per diem for meals and lodging.

Do I need a wedding planner?
Planners offer advice and insight on “what a client doesn’t know that they don’t know!”  Most weddings can take up to 250 hours to plan. Book your planner first as they can help you save time and often money with vendors and in negotiations.
How can I save money?
Planners save you time and may negotiate rates on your behalf.  They know the preferred venues that will be the perfect fit for your wedding.  As venues get booked a year in advance, this should be the first consideration. Next your planner can assist with sourcing and booking the caterer and the church or wedding commissioner. Once these main suppliers are contracted, then they move forward with other suppliers such as the photographer, florist, decorator, entertainment, printer, etc. and can manage each of these vendors. Did you know Simply Elegant offers Reward Air Miles? You can gain AIR MILES® Reward Miles with everything you purchase from us!
Are contracts necessary?
Contracts protect you and your vendors. Planners may help you assess vendor contracts as they are a legal document you are agreeing to for your wedding services including payment schedules.

With Simply Elegant you are in great hands!

From the moment you connect with Simply Elegant and talk to our on-staff wedding planner you’ll know that you are in good hands. Please also keep in mind that you’ll earn AIR MILES® Reward Miles by booking Simply Elegant for any of your wedding needs.

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