SpectacularSpectacular is a full-service company with a clean, modern style and a singular vision: to help create the day you’ve always dreamed of.
“One of the best wedding planners in Toronto”
-TorontoLife.com 2013 ‘Wedding Guide: the best Toronto wedding planners
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Toronto Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Toronto wedding planners Melissa & Gabi, from Spectacular Spectacular.
Where have you been featured?
Spectacular Spectacular has been featured in: Wedluxe, Toronto Life Wedding Guide 2010, Martha Stewart Weddings and more…
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
SpectacularSpectacular is known for producing some truly out of the box weddings and events alike. After 10 years in the business, we can proudly and honestly say we have never done the same event twice: We have floated a 5,000 square foot tent in Muskoka, chartered private airplanes, collaborated with The United States Secret Service, transformed an airplane hangars into a pulsating nightclub, put together a 7-day Hindu wedding on a remote island in the Caribbean and, yes, even brought in Justin Bieber! We work collaboratively with the best people in the industry to continuously push ourselves to the limit and continually do things that haven’t been done before.
Why do couples love working with you?
We embrace every event we organize with the same sense of creativity, taste and flair. We love to fuss over the details that make an event truly special, from discovering the most exquisite flower to pairing the perfect wine… no detail is too small, no request too trivial.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
Melissa: For me, it all culminates on the big day itself: months and months of effort go in to this one, jam-packed day… but as I look around at each wedding, I am reminded of what it’s all about: friends, family and the people that love you the most in the world, enveloping you with joy and optimism. If you think about it, there are very few other occasions in life where you get that many people you love all in the same room at the same time… What an honour it is to get to share that experience with couples.
How did you get started?
Melissa: I had been kicking around the idea of becoming an event planner when two of my best (gay) friends from Miami decided to get married after Canada approved Same-Sex Marriage. My friend said to me, “You want to be an event planner; we want to get married, so why don’t you plan our wedding?” And so I did… ALL our business has come from that very first event: the florist referred me to 3 other clients, the caterer to 2 — I think they both saw that I did things a little differently than other planners. We can literally trace our entire business back to those initial referrals…
What budget range do you cater to?
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
When someone first reaches out to SpectacularSpectacular, they are contacted by our Office Manager for a brief chat. This is to learn a little bit more about the couple, their wants/needs etc. prior to them meeting Melissa and/or Gabi face to face. At the initial meeting, our prospective clients are given a chance to ask us questions, while we interview them further about what they are looking for to create for their special day and then we leave them with a specifically tailored questionnaire. If the fit is right and they are interested in receiving a custom proposal for their wedding, all they have to do is send the questionnaire back to our offices. Away we go!
Dear Melissa, I wanted to thank you for creating the most wonderful, beautiful, magical wedding day for my daughter Erin. The superlatives keep rolling in as I hear from many of our guests that it was the best wedding they have ever been to and I must agree. You turned my dream of a backyard wedding into reality by transforming our property into a magical fairytale garden. You thoughtfully and enthusiastically guided us through all of our choices of print, attire, decor, flowers, food, cake, transportation, musicians, photography & videography and the list goes on.
Your experience, intelligence, grace under pressure, work ethic, creativity and great taste are the reason you are the best. You even graciously told the guests that complimented you that it was all my idea! The end result was a wonderful combination of lavish and elegant, intimate and personal but exactly what we wanted for our daughter. It was a pleasure working with you.
Gabriela. My dear friend. That smile of yours and that continuous positive energy got me through not only this wedding but this whole last 18 months. You are such an incredible soul. I admire you. You went above and beyond for this wedding. I am blown away by the dedication and diligence and again am just so grateful to have met you! Every element of this wedding was perfect. Really. If it weren’t for you, none of it would have happened.
You have brought so much happiness to not only Gaurav and I, but to every one of our guests. You helped me to bring together family who had not seen each other in years. You helped me give our family and friends to the opportunity to reconnect and to build relationships that will endure for years to come. That gift alone is the most precious of all. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and I hope we stay connected! Thank you!