Spotlight Events is a boutique wedding and event planning company with a heart for unique style and creative design. Our style, professionalism, and personal approach guide couples through the wedding planning process with ease and excitement. By getting to know each client personally, we ensure our services are catered to meet their unique needs, resulting in a seamless affair as distinct as their love. A Spotlight wedding truly makes love shine!
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Vancouver Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Paige, from Spotlight Event Planning & Design.
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
I specialize in weddings that are a little outside of the box. I love the challenge of making things unique and different from what’s typical. Creativity is in my blood so I love having a hand in design ideas, colour schemes, patterns, materials, etc. Even pushing the boundaries of an event space to configure it differently than you might normally think. Never settle for typical!
Why do couples love working with you?
I’m very organized and thorough. It makes their lives easy when they know all the details are looked after and they can rely on me to make it happen. I also try not to ever say “it’s impossible.” Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Anything can be done with a little creative thinking and a good team.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I find it so incredibly rewarding. The friendships that form with my clients are amazing, and they make my job so personal. Weddings are one of the biggest milestone celebrations in someone’s life, and because of that, they bring a lot of emotion, pressure, stress, and work. When I see my clients happy and carefree as a result of me taking that load off their shoulders, it brings me the greatest joy. It sounds a little cheesy, but it’s true! Everyone’s wired differently, and serving couples and families in this way is a total high for me. It allows them to focus on what’s really important during such a crazy time. A close 2nd for what I love most would be all the pretty things!
How did you get started?
Event Planning was always a possible career path for me while attending university. I’ve always just been a natural planner – for better or for worse! I think a huge part of being a successful event planner is your personality type. You really need to be “Type A.” Planning my own wedding was my first exposure to the whole wedding industry. I definitely fell in love with it. Coming from a family of business owners, it was only natural for me to “set up shop” as a wedding planner. I obtained my certification with the Wedding Planner’s Institute of Canada and gained some experience working with other companies. I founded Spotlight Events very early on while also working full-time in the corporate events world for a couple of different organizations. It was important to me to constantly be gaining hands-on experience. Doing is the only way to really master your craft, though I’m a strong believer you’re never done learning – especially in the ever-evolving event industry!
What budget range do you cater to?
We work with all budgets! Our Wedding Budget spreadsheet is an amazing tool to break down all the costs and see your spending at a glance. Manipulating a budget to make everything fit is part of the fun!
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
Typically people want to see our package list to get an idea of what our services include and the price range. Everything is always customizable so it’s best to grab a coffee with potential clients to get to know each other and hear more about their wedding plans. After getting a better understanding of their vision, time frame, budget and all the in-between details, I’ll send a quote by email along with the agreement. It gives them time to talk it over in private and decide if it’s the right fit for them.
We were so lucky to have Paige by our side planning the details for our wedding. We consulted with her on endless occasions and she was always friendly, resourceful, and patient. We had almost 300 guests at our big Persian wedding and the day was as perfect as could be. There was one hiccup that was *completely* out of any of our hands and nothing that we could have prepared or planned for, but Paige was able to handle the situation calmly & professionally for us without any of us realizing until it was resolved. Feel free to ask Paige about it – it’s a crazy story but so happy that we had a planner to deal with it on the day-of and it wasn’t us or our family… 🙂 Overall, our wedding day was filled with so many emotions and I can remember every single minute of it because I was able to take in every moment instead of having to stress over any details. Thanks again Paige!!! Xo
-Hasti & Matt
Paige was a life saver for our wedding! I’ve never met anyone so on the ball, organized and genuine. She was quick to respond to any concerns regarding planning for my husband and I’s wedding and went over and above her duties. On the day of our wedding when our florist made a mistake regarding my wedding bouquet, Paige went out and purchased new fresh flowers and worked with the florist to make sure we were compensated for the error. With a situation that could have stressed out any Bride, Paige handled the unpredicted issue with total professionalism, keeping myself and my family calm and stress-free. Paige was flexible, kind and dedicated to not only making our wedding run smoothly but filled with special touches that made the day enchantingly memorable for us, our friends and our family.
-Christen & Michael
It has been 9 months exactly since our amazing wedding day at Grouse Mountain. There were so many elements we wanted for our wedding, it had to reflect who we are as a couple and how we like to celebrate at any given time. We love campfires, eating great food, having a tipple, we travel to amazing places and see amazing things, how was that going to happen for our wedding in Vancouver, whilst we are living in London, England? Two words, WEDDING PLANNER! We shopped around a bit but no one could match Paige’s enthusiasm, personal style, and value!
From the get-go we both felt at ease with Paige, she understood the look and feel we wanted, she was well organized and seemed to be able to extract decisions from us with a calm and respectful approach. We never felt pressured and it was always a pleasure to video chat with her, we kind of miss her, sniff.
We wanted fire pits and stumps to sit on while making s’mores, we wanted a stag head ice luge for Jäger shots, she made all that happen. We wanted a stag head suspended above the fireplace, the venue didn’t want any damage, she pulled it off. We didn’t have a worry in the world, Paige did that for us, she spared us the drudgery of making an amazing event happen so that we could focus on each other and our close family and friends. Paige and Spotlight Rock!
-Ben & Sheena