Category: Personal

le wedding mill’s most frequently asked questions

I get asked so many questions via Instagram, Facebook and email – I’ve rounded up the most common ones below. Some are wedding-specific, others are more personal. Enjoy!

Photo: Brent Calis Photography
What are the different services that you offer?

We offer 4 main services:

  1. Full Service Planning
  2. Design
  3. 60-Day Coordination
  4. Partial Planning (à la carte services)

For more information on each one, click here!

Do you offer Day-of Coordination?

We do not offer Day-of Coordination, simply because this role is a wedding industry myth and the term is misleading. Frankly, it’s impossible to show up on the day of your wedding and have all the necessary information to properly interpret your months of planning and execute it at a high quality standard.

As the wedding approaches, you’ll want to have a professional bring everything across the finish line and make sure that you’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s. This is how our 60-Day Coordination service came to be. I find that 2 months before the wedding, emotions start to coming in to play and the confirmation emails start piling up. It’s the perfect timing for us to step in to make sure you have everything covered, adjust anything and have the proper knowledge to be fully aligned with your vision.

Do you have a preferred aesthetic?

My preferred aesthetic is one that is unique. Some of our weddings are modern, some are more classic. Some have a hint of boho, some have an elevated rustic feel. I love when couples come to me with a fresh concept – it allows me to play and use my creative muscles. 

More generally, I love weddings that are refined, understated and elegant – and naturally incorporate those vibes into each wedding. I think that there is so much beauty in simplicity. Our designs are carefully curated and pretty, but never over the top.

I value form and function and am constantly thinking of the guest experience when designing. Our couples want their weddings to look lovely on Instagram but they also want their guests to be comfortable in the moment.

Who are your typical clients?

We work with all types of couples, ranging from 25 to 65 years young! They are typically busy professionals with a refined taste. They enjoy both beautiful things and experiences and like me, value form and function. They want their weddings to have a wow factor and be an expression of their personalities.

What’s an average wedding budget?

There are so many factors to consider when determining your wedding budget – style, venue, location, guest count.

One of the first steps in our planning process is to create a personalized and realistic budget for our couples. While we work with all types of budgets, most of our clients spend anywhere between 40K to 100K on their wedding.

How much does it cost to hire a wedding planner?

There is a huge range because there is no industry standard. Every planner sets their own pricing based on factors like:

  • The number of weddings they take on per year
  • Their level of experience
  • Their level of involvement in the wedding
  • The scale/complexity of the wedding
What does your planning process look like?

le wedding mill’s planning process can be summarized in four words: streamlined, fun, simple and personable.

Wedding planning is stressful – that’s no secret. Our clients trust us to guide them through the challenging parts quickly and happily, so that we can focus on the fun stuff.

My venue has an on-site coordinator. Do I still need to hire a wedding planner?

Yes! For a few reasons:

  1. Wedding planners work alongside on-site coordinators to ensure that your wedding is a success. Oftentimes, on-site coordinators have more than one event taking place at the same time so aren’t always dedicated to your wedding.
  2. On-site coordinators are primarily responsible for making sure that the venue’s obligations are upheld. A wedding planner ensures that every vendor contract is respected.
  3. On-site coordinators won’t confirm your hotel room block, create your hair and makeup schedule, pick up your stationery, etc. Wedding planners step in much earlier on in the process and provide a wider range of support.

I work with so many incredible on-site coordinators and love them dearly! Our roles are just different.

Do your clients have to work with vendors on your preferred list?

Not at all! We love meeting new people in the industry and are open to working with the vendors that you choose.

However, while you are in no way obliged to work with our preferred vendors, I recommend doing so! They are preferred for a reason (or two, or many). I’ve worked with so many vendors throughout the years – these vendors have passed our thorough examination.

Think of it like this: When you get married, you hire vendors for one day, so you don’t know how they will actually perform. I’ve seen them in action and know that they’re the best of the best.

How many weddings do you take on every year?

Truthfully, it depends on the year and the types of inquiries. If we have many Full Service Planning clients, we will take on less Design and Coordination clients. We believe in balance!

What do you do when your wedding season is over? It must be nice to have a few months off!

I get asked this question so much, which proves that there is a lot of mystery surrounding the job of a wedding planner. When one wedding season ends, I’m usually already in the thick of planning weddings taking place in the next one.

There is so much to do for each wedding that the seasons overlap every year. The only difference is that during off-season, which is only 3 months long this year, our team has weekends off!

If you weren’t a wedding planner, what would you do for work?

I would be an interior designer. I love home renovation projects and dream of buying a big piece of land and building a house from scratch one day.

On that note

If you have any other questions about wedding planning or le wedding mill, please feel free to contact our team at hello@leweddingmill.ca!

Well hello there!

Welcome to le wedding mill’s inaugural blog post! As a wedding planner in Montreal, I am exposed to a whole lot of beauty that is expressed in many ways: the love between each couple, the lovely venues in and around the city and the delicate details of each wedding design. The purpose of this blog is to share this beauty with you, as well we as some behind the scenes of this small but mighty company. I also plan to offer some tips and showcase some of my favorite wedding vendors in Montreal.

Lindsay Kennell Photography

But first…

My name is Michelle and I’m the founder and lead planner at le wedding mill. If I’m being honest, I never expected to be a wedding planner nor did I dream of being an entrepreneur. Now that I have become both of those, it all makes so much sense and I’m truly in my happy place.

Prior to le wedding mill’s official launch in 2017, I worked in the sports marketing, sports entertainment and real estate industries. My heart always fluttered toward the event projects that came across my desk. Back in those days, I also helped friends and families plan their weddings on nights and weekends and loved every minute. Eventually, I was helping friends of friends, then friends of friends of friends — you get the idea.

In the spring of 2017, this #sidehustle grew exponentially and I realized that I had to make a choice: scale back on weddings to focus on the “real” job as a corporate event manager for a company or go full steam ahead with weddings. Since you are reading the blog, I’m sure you can conclude which option I chose. Let me tell you that I haven’t looked back since.

Weddings truly make my heart burst with joy.

Lindsay Kennell Photography

While the planning process is not without its challenges, I absolutely adore playing a role in my couples’ big day. People often ask me what my favorite part of being a wedding planner is. “It must be the flowers” or “I bet it’s all the delicious food you get to taste”, they say. Alright, I won’t lie, those parts are awesome. Truth be told, and as cheesy as it may sound, I feel the most fulfilled as a wedding planner when I know that I’m taking away some of the stress felt by the couples.

My favorite part of every wedding, apart from the vows (waterproof mascara is a must for me on wedding days), is catching a glimpse of the couple enjoying themselves — laughing or dancing, sharing a quick kiss, catching up with loved ones — and not worrying about when the next speech is or if the main course will be hot or if Grandma found her purse that she misplaced.

Emilie Olson Photography
Lindsay Kennell Photography

On that note

I’m so excited to give you a little more insight into my world. Whether you are currently engaged, a wedding vendor, a wedding enthusiast or just curious, I hope to inspire you in one way or another!

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