As one of Southwestern Ontario’s leading Wedding & Event Planning Company, we are focused on creating fresh, awe-inspiring events for our Clients. With a passion for designing flawless events, we strive to ensure that your wedding day is a true reflection of your personal style, taste, and love for one another.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in London Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren, from Twelfth Night Events.
Where have you been featured?
Voted “Most Popular Wedding Planning Service” AND “Most Popular Wedding Planner” in London, Ontario and Canada via the 2014 & 2015 Wedding Industry Expert Awards! Also winner of WeddingWire’s ‘Couples’ Choice Awards’ in 2014 and 2015.
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
We don’t like to box ourselves into a specialty for weddings – we will plan any type or style of wedding! Because of where we are located, we have the opportunity to plan a lot of weddings in private residences, barns, and tents – and we love those weddings! Why? Because they allow us the opportunity to truly plan a wedding and all the intricate details that come along with it! From the tent to the electrical, to the food and beverage service, and all of the finer details in between, these weddings require our full attention to ensure no detail is missed and it’s truly an opportunity to show our clients what we’re made of!
Why do couples love working with you?
Our couples love working with us because we devote our time to their needs. We are always thinking of ways to make the planning process as seamless and stress-free for them as possible and always make ourselves available to them when they need us. We refuse to create cookie cutter packages because we know that what every couples’ needs and wants for their wedding are different and we want the experience to be fun for them. If a couple prefers to be very hands-on, we will customize a package that gives them the best of both worlds, and if they want to take a back seat and let us make all the suggestions, even better! We love working with all types of couples, and flexing our style to ensure they enjoy every minute of working with us!
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
We love being able to share this milestone in a couples’ life. Being able to help a couple design their perfect wedding, one that is a true reflection of them as a couple, is why we enjoy planning weddings. We appreciate that not every couple has the same eye for detail and logistics that we do, so being able to help them bring their vision to life is what we thrive on. On the wedding day, when the couple sees their dreams come to life, it makes it all worth it!
How did you get started?
After taking an Event Management course in College, I realized that my passion for planning fabulous parties was not just a hobby, it was my path. I started working in a hotel in the GTA in the sales and catering offices and got a lot of experience planning events of all shapes and sizes. As my career in hospitality grew, I found myself drawn to the social events – galas, weddings, etc. I knew that I had to turn this into a career, so in 2010 I took my certification in Event Planning through the QC School of Wedding & Event Planning. After a year of self-study, I was awarded my IWPP certification and I began focusing on event planning as a career. I was promoted at the venue I was working with to become the Assistant Manager of Event Planning and from there I had the opportunity to see so many beautiful weddings and galas unfold. In my spare time, I was freelancing my services to other event planners in the city, as well as planning weddings on the side. In 2012 I made the jump to full-time planning and started my business. The rest is history!
What budget range do you cater to?
We will cater to absolutely any budget! We’ve planned weddings from as low as $6,000 to as high as $200,000 (which is pretty high for the Southern Ontario markets). Our average couple spends between $45,000 – $60,000, but we welcome any budget!
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
Our first step is an initial consultation – we need to meet the Clients to learn all about their dreams, their wants and needs, and of course, to see if we will connect. Once a relationship has been established, we jump right into the planning process! We learn about the style of venue, photographer, food and beverage, and decor/style needs they have and from there we create a budget and begin sourcing their vendors. For each section of their wedding, we thoroughly research options for them and present those options with our own feedback before they meet them. We ensure the vendor will work for our Client and will be able to bring their dreams to reality, within budget! If we feel there will be a good connection, we begin the interview process with our Clients and those vendors. After vendors are selected, we take care of all of the communication, contract assistant, payment tracking, etc.
Being a busy bride, with both my husband and I working demanding full-time jobs, we had to utilize extra help (other than our family) to plan our wedding. We realized the need for a wedding planner instantly – someone to help us meet our wants/needs and stay on budget. We found Lauren and the TNE team online, organized an initial meeting and we instantly clicked.
Twelfth Night Event Planning did an awesome job. Lauren was very resourceful and had lists of vendors ready to handle every aspect of the wedding – from linens to cakes, and photo booth rentals. Twelfth Night was not only able to recommend, but also obtain estimates and arrange appointments when necessary. Lauren was also often able to obtain discounted prices from vendors, due to her strong network with a variety of companies – helping us stay on budget. In general, Lauren was very professional and easy to work with. She was easy to get in touch with and prompt to respond to my every inquiry or issue. Often she was able to solve problems before I even knew they existed – which made the entire process much more enjoyable and stress-free. Lauren listened to my desires and pulled off an elaborate event almost effortlessly, but more importantly within budget! So glad we used Twelfth Night Events, and would recommend them to any bride-to-be! Thanks again Lauren for making the wedding planning, and our special day, an effortlessly perfect outcome.
Hiring Lauren De Koster and her colleagues at Twelfth Night Events was the best decision I made during the wedding planning process. I’m a busy woman with a demanding job and sought Twelfth Night’s extremely affordable coordinating services in the months before my wedding when I realized I wouldn’t have the time (or knowledge) necessary to execute my unique wedding.
When I first met Lauren, I was struck by her professionalism, knowledge, creativity, and attention to detail. Lauren and Twelfth Night Events continued to impress me every step of the way during the planning and preparation process and their wedding day coordination was invaluable. Teaming up with Twelfth Night meant I could focus on the exciting and fun parts of planning a wedding instead of stressing about the details. I had so many friends and family members tell me what a happy and calm bride I was and I owe that to Lauren De Koster and her wonderful team at Twelfth Night Events. They were my guardian angels!
Lauren is very professional, experienced, and enthusiastic, and she is completely plugged into the wedding scene. Not only did she make our wedding a truly perfect experience with our 400+ guest list, we also felt completely taken care of from start to finish. As for the BIG DAY, Lauren took care of it all! Her commitment to the success of our event, allowed us to be truly present for the wedding experience and we were able to concentrate on our guests and having fun. It’s been over two weeks now since our wedding day, and guests are still talking about how elegant, and well put together our wedding was. We were a bit apprehensive at first to get a wedding planner because of the additional cost. Now, in retrospect, it was probably the best decision we made. Beyond the reduced stress and workload, Lauren saved us enough money through her discounts and negotiating skills to more than offset her cost. In the end, we essentially got the benefits of an awesome planner without hurting our budget!