Planning an event can be stressful, and when it comes to weddings, there is a lot invested in making it memorable. From seating charts to floral arrangements, it can quickly get overwhelming—but these wedding planning pros can help you bring your vision to life and take care of the details. And bonus: they’re all located in cottage country, so you can make your lakeside wedding dreams come true.
If your wedding is on the smaller side, Refined Wild is a great option, offering everything from day-of coordination (starting at $1,400) to full wedding planning (starting at $4,800). If you’re unsure what your needs are, Refined Wild owner Ainsley welcomes inquiries and phone consultations.
Madeline Hockley, another seasoned professional in Muskoka, has an array of planning services, including day-of (starting at $2,000) and full planning (starting at $4,500). Beyond that, there are partial planning options, which kick off about two months before your event, and even intimate and/or elopement options for a guest list under 25.
‘Micro’ or ‘pop-up’ weddings have become household terms through the pandemic, as anyone who has planned (or had to re-plan) a wedding over these past two years knows. And sometimes scaling down the guest list is the only option or the preferred way to go. Primp & Pop specializes in intimate weddings for under 20 (starting at $8,995) or elopements (starting at $3,800), with various service and planning options.
For a classic cottage, rustic vibe, Morgan Jennings is a Muskoka area wedding planner with three tiers of packages: event management (starting at $2,500), partial package (starting at $3,999), and the full package (starting at $5,999).
Serving the Peterborough area, Wheelhouse Event Co. offers everything from proposal help to full wedding planning, ranging from day-of (starting at $650) to full packages (starting at $1,500). Add-on services are available, like help with marriage documents, custom invitations, and more.
Part wedding planning service, part design firm, The Style Co. is based in Toronto but can serve clients getting married in the PEC region. They create unique, modern designs for weddings, with services from day-of coordination (starting at $1,300) to complete planning (starting at $3,500).
This wedding planning company serves a variety of areas, including the GTA as well as Simcoe County. From day-of planning/coordinating (starting at $2,25) to full planning (starting at $5,500), Classic Affairs will make your Pinterest boards come to life.
This planning company works out of the Niagara, Hamilton, and GTA regions, and it offers affordable options for express ($550; $250-475 for decor-only) and day-of wedding coordination ($850-$950), depending on your specific needs and the style of your day.
Whether wedding planning isn’t in your budget, or you just prefer to do it yourself, there are tons of great resources out there to help every step of the way (Brides.com has many suggestions for wedding planning books, that they usually update yearly). Here are a few to keep in mind:
The Wedding Planner & Organizer by Mindy Weiss
This highly rated, cult favourite book by event expert Mindy Weiss is a go-to for those looking to start the planning process on their own. It even comes with built-in organization for your files, business cards, menus, and more.
The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer by Jessica Bishop
Budgets are crucial to help you stay on track, and if you need some extra help in that regard, this book is a good call. It gives insider tips about the industry and helps you build out your specific vision based on your personal budget.
A Practical Wedding Planner by Meg Keene
Another highly rated favourite, this book is written by the founder of A Practical Wedding and helps those who might be feeling overwhelmed or just don’t know where to start with the process—it covers the essentials and has it all laid out.