Elysium Events is a Vancouver-based company specializing in the creation of stunning events, blissful weddings and lasting memories. Our philosophy involves attentive consulting, professional recommendations and creative expertise.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Vancouver Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jessie, from Elysium Events.
Where have you been featured?
WedLuxe, Real Weddings
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
We specialize in all types of weddings! Our experience with different wedding styles ranges from outdoor garden weddings and intimate dinner receptions to large church ceremonies and grand ballroom receptions. We have also worked with a variety of different types of venues, including golf clubs, heritage houses, yachts, restaurants and hotels. Whether a wedding is intimate & elegant, casual & fun, unique & modern, or grand & very traditional, we feel that the style of any wedding should reflect the couple’s own style and vision and that it is our job to help them capture this.
Why do couples love working with you?
We embrace every wedding that we take on with the same level of attentiveness, enthusiasm & professionalism. We are always open to our couples’ ideas and mindful of their vision of the perfect wedding day. One of the things we pride ourselves on is being very prompt in our replies and always actively looking for ways we can make the planning process easier and less overwhelming for our couples. There are a lot of small and big decisions to make and we try to break down the items so that they can make an informed decision. By the time the planning process is well underway, we’ve developed a close connection to our couples and feel that we have become old friends. And as with any friends, we want to make sure their dream day goes off without a hitch. We are not only their planner, but also their friend, confidante, and we’ve also been referred to as ‘fairy godmothers’!
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
The thing that I love most about being a wedding planner is the sense of fulfillment I get from seeing everything come together on the wedding day…from all the little details to the smiles on the guests’ faces and the sparkle and love in the couples’ eyes. It is such an honour to have the opportunity to work closely with our couples, to see how their initial ideas about a wedding will evolve and take shape over time, and to help them fulfill their vision of one of the most memorable days of their lives.
How did you get started?
Helena & I are long-time friends, and after becoming engaged myself, I enlisted her help with my wedding plans. Working together on my wedding became the foundation for Elysium Events, which was born in 2003. Between Helena’s expertise in Catering & Conventions from having worked at some of the top hotels in Vancouver, and my business skills combined with my experience in planning large-scale events for a non-profit organization, we felt we had the right skillset needed to form our own event planning company. As two hopeless romantics with an eye for detail, a passion for romantic stories, and a love of all things pretty, we both realized that wedding planning just seemed like the perfect fit for us.
What budget range do you cater to?
We work with all budgets.
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
When a couple first gets in touch with us, we like to find out some basic information about their wedding, such as date and venue, and to confirm our availability. We then set up a time for a complimentary consultation, which is best done in person but can also be done over Skype/phone for out-of-town couples. The consultation is an opportunity for the couple to get to know us better, and to learn about our company and the services and packages we offer. It also allows the couple to find out if we are indeed the right fit for them in helping them with their big day. At the same time, it gives us a chance to discover more details about their wedding, find out which areas they are looking for assistance with, and to hear about their initial ideas and vision for their wedding day. All our packages can be customized to the couples’ needs, so following the consultation, we will send a formal proposal and quote for our services.
Thank you so much for your amazing help. We knew that the details would be well looked after right from the start. On the wedding day, we arrived at the venue feeling relaxed and able to take it all in just like we were guests. This is truly the most wonderful feeling after months of planning to be able to enjoy it all without one worry knowing that you were there to keep it all in control. Your attention to detail, professionalism, and helpful dedicated assistance kept us on track and we are so thankful that you were a part of our very special day.
-Heather & John
Hiring Elysium Events was probably one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. From start to finish, every single little detail was taken care of by Helena and Jessie. For me personally, I did not really have a particular image of what my wedding would be like but the results were what I had hoped for and even more. On the day of the wedding, they were both able to solve any challenges and we honestly just enjoyed the day stress free. Everything was prepared well in advance and our only task on that day was just to have fun. I definitely recommend Elysium Events for all of the future brides out there – it is absolutely worth every penny!
Elysium Events did a fantastic day-of wedding coordination job for our wedding! They go far beyond “day-of coordination” and were crucial in their vendor recommendations, tips and keeping me on the ball before the wedding. They are friendly, knowledgeable, detail-oriented and always readily available to answer all (and I had many) of my questions. Our wedding ran super smoothly and I was honestly able to sit back and fully enjoy my stress-free wedding day! Our wedding was a big success and we feel super grateful that we had the help of Elysium Events. It would not have been the same without them. Elysium Events are fantastic and we would highly recommend them!