We are an award-winning luxury wedding planning services company. While we primarily serve enamored couples in Toronto, GTA, Muskoka, and Niagara regions, we have also planned destination weddings all the way from the United States to Europe to Asia.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Toronto Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Carmen, from Devoted To You.
Where have you been featured?
Wedluxe, WeddingBells.ca, 2015 Winner of Couples’ Choice Award – Wedding Wire
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
I specialize in creativity. Any wedding where the couple is daring to be different is a wedding I want to be involved in.
Why do couples love working with you?
Our clients love working with us because we have developed a very personable team culture and we are very hands on. There is a reason why our company name is Devoted to You. It is our philosophy and we live by it. Not only do we look after the planning and the execution of the logistics, but we are also there as emotional support to our couples. We play a big part in helping them relieve their stress which often comes with the planning process.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I often get asked this question. In all honesty, there are many things to love about being a wedding planner. If I had to choose one, I would say that nothing really beats the happiness I get from orchestrating what many consider the most important moment of their lives. I come into work every day looking forward to working with happy couples. My role is to make them even happier, and what a job that is! I approach every couple differently, and rightly so. Each individual has their own personality, so a wedding should be just as unique. As easy as that sounds, it’s fun but extremely challenging. And I love a good challenge.
How did you get started?
Devoted to You was conceived by an eclectic group of creative professionals who envisioned creating the most memorable wedding for each couple. In addition, as entrepreneurs, we saw the opportunity to corner a niche of the market that was fairly untapped at the time – ethnic weddings, in particular, Chinese weddings, and spent a better part of the last decade making a name for ourselves as one of the most recognized brands in that space. As our company grew, so did our offerings. We now specialize in all kinds of weddings and have even also planned destination weddings in different parts of the world including Europe as well as exotic locations such as Thailand and Bali.
What budget range do you cater to?
Our diverse menu of services allows us to work with clients with varying budgets.
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
Depending on the couple’s schedule, we set up an in-person meeting once they contact us to discuss their wedding vision and how much assistance they need. Often, we may do Skype or video conference meetings, especially if the couple is out-of-town or out-of-country. During these meetings, we go through a detailed list of questions to determine what type of service they actually require. It also helps us to understand the potential scope of our work so we can provide a relevant quotation.
Carmen was an extremely AMAZING wedding planner – from beginning to end she helped out with all the big and small problems. She voices her opinions to suggest ideas that would enhance the wedding experience for both guests and brides+groom. Her organization skills are impeccable – which helped us stayed on track planning-wise and budget-wise. Considering how busy (which is understated during a wedding) it is throughout the day, she would coordinate with all the wedding vendors to ensure that everything is completed to perfection so that the bride+groom could enjoy their night as much as the guests. For sure, our wedding could not have gone as smoothly as it did had it not been for Carmen and her team of professional assistants (Kate – you rock!, Rainbow – thanks for helping). So if any bride/groom/bridesmaids/groomsmen/anyone is looking for a quality wedding planner that you can trust, it’s Carmen!
Carmen is undeniably passionate about her work. She is hard working, thoughtful, and will take the extra step to plan through your wedding experience. For us, Carmen was the right choice to plan our destination wedding in Florence. With experience planning many destination weddings, not to mention her own (also in Florence!), her expertise and reliable local counterpart made her a great team to work with. Always happy to go back to the drawing board, she provided lots (and I mean LOTS) of options to work with, for venues and vendors. Carmen was able to very thoroughly plan the requirements for each vendor we dealt with and would work around the clock to suit Italy time. In particular, she was able to nail our floral decor requirements, including coordinating a mock-up of our main harvest table which took many iterations to ensure our design would be executed as planned. Thanks Carmen for all your help and support!
Carmen and her team were absolutely amazing. I hired Carmen immediately after meeting with her and one of her associates over coffee. She came off as extremely professional and organized from our first contact and upheld that initial impression throughout the entire wedding process. Although I only hired Devoted to You on for the ‘same day’ wedding planning package, Carmen was always available to me before the wedding and never hesitated to lend a hand whenever she could. For the month leading up to the wedding Devoted to You took over the entire planning process with regards to securing and confirming with all of the vendors as well as creating an extremely detailed timeline for the day of the wedding. I was so happy to have Carmen and her team be a part of my special day as I really felt confident enough to leave it all in their hands so that my husband and I could do nothing else but just enjoy ourselves. Devoted to you offers nothing but 5-star service!!!