“One of the best wedding planners in Toronto”
Melissa Andre Events is a premium event planning & design firm specializing in the production of elegant, lavish weddings.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Toronto Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa, from Melissa Andre Events.
Where have you been featured?
Melissa Andre Events has been featured in Wedluxe Magazine, Weddingbells, Style Me Pretty, Weddingchicks, Toronto Life Weddings, Chloe Magazine and Fashion Television, among others.
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
I design parties for people who like to dream. They are very high-styled with many custom elements. Our clients really appreciate the detail, art, and creativity behind our work that’s so unique in the industry. Our clients hire us to produce something memorable that their guests will be really impressed by. Flawless execution, unmatched creativity, seamless transitions – the perfect combination of function, design, beauty, and precise event management.
Why do couples love working with you?
Melissa Andre Events has a commitment to the highest level of service and to continuously create event experiences with a refined whimsical quality! Our clients love working with us because of our dedication to producing innovative designs with a theatrical quality and consistent beauty mobilizing their unmatched knowledge about events and design. Our team ensures beauty in the final result and a stress-less planning process for all of our clients.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
Events are the ultimate dream job for a creative person. I really am so, so lucky to do this for a living. My job allows me to create magic for just one night, and the very next night, I can choose to explore a completely different type of mystique. There is no reason not to have an amazing event – I really do think celebrating is so important.
How did you get started?
I worked in event conceptualization in the fashion industry and eventually started to include private parties (including weddings) in my repertoire. My fashion background and breadth of event planning experience has provided me with a unique set of qualifications and experience that I felt the industry needed. A fresh, inspired perspective and aesthetic is so important in events.
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 someone contacts us we schedule a time to sit down and decide if we’re a great fit for that client. We ask them about their needs, wants, and how they envision the planning and design process unfolding. If we’re a great fit for the client and the client is a great fit for Melissa Andre Events, then we enjoy a glass of champagne and get started!
I have a very demanding work and travel schedule, and I knew that a full-service wedding planner would be crucial to execute the look and feel I had envisioned for our wedding. As I flipped through a million magazines, I quickly realized that every editorial or real wedding that caught my eye was designed by Melissa Andre! Melissa has a very unique aesthetic and distant style – she has a true understanding of trends and fashion, and a gift for conceptual design. She understands what is classic and chic, yet can elevate it to make it new, fresh, and unique. In a nutshell – she has great taste. Which is key when you are looking to design the biggest party you’ll probably ever throw.
Melissa Andre is a force of nature, and everything she touches turns into pure magic. Her creative direction made our wedding an endless delight for our guests; their gasps of joy at every perfect surprise speak for themselves. We lacked confidence in how to execute our ideas and unify the elements of our vision, but once Melissa stepped in, everything fell into place. She understood and took inspiration from us, and brought our ideas and our event alive with utmost dedication.
The schedule unfolded flawlessly and seemed effortless on the big day, but so much hard work and effort behind the scenes by Melissa’s whole team, especially Jordan, made sure we didn’t need to worry about a thing. Melissa is like the conductor of a grand symphony, drawing all aspects of an event into harmony. We especially loved the whimsical sweet table that she designed, a delicious tablescape that was a feast for all the senses, with every detail incredibly beautiful and delicious. We wanted the effect of a stage in the center of the room for the performances, but we had planned for mundane draping we didn’t love. Melissa stepped in, worked her magic, and in the end it was a million times better. She ensured that the fabric, colour, texture and every detail were soft, gorgeously billowing, and just amazing. We were given the surprise of our lives when the whimsical “stage curtains” opened for the big reveal; people keep telling us that moment gave them shivers.
In the months leading up to my wedding in September, I was juggling grad school, full-time work and wedding planning. There was no way I could have survived that period and experienced the best day of my life without Melissa Andre and her team – specifically Danielle Barich and Sophia Lal. In our initial consultations, Melissa understood what I was looking for completely. She took the playfulness of my initial ideas (a baking theme) and with Danielle/Sophia, elevated and took it to another level. She also understood that I was on a budget, and continually suggested ideas that would result in cost savings. Especially in the weeks leading up to the wedding, I was literally sending the team 10+ e-mails a day overanalyzing every little detail. Yet, they were completely patient, responsive, realistic and encouraging. They were also always apologetic if I didn’t hear from them for a day or two. They helped me to always keep focus and worry less about the little things, which they ultimately took care of.