The Wedding Planner Calgary Brides Love

One stop shop for all things weddings in Calgary, Alberta.

All-in-one Wedding Company

Simply Elegant is a wedding company based in Calgary, Alberta. We bring brides peace of mind. Get your entire wedding taken care of by one team of coordinators lead by our award-winning wedding planner Sharon Barwick.

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Wedding planning

We’ve been planning weddings in Calgary and Area since 1996. View our weddings image gallery below and request a free consultation with our in-house award-winning wedding planner Sharon Barwick.

Packages

Did you know that weddings can take up to 250 hours of planning?

From the moment you decide to marry to the night of your big day, there can be a multitude of details to consider.

Simply Elegant is a full wedding service company that provides catering, decorations, flowers and planning services. We even supply entertainment for anything from a harpist to an interactive DJ or band.

We have 3 packages for you to choose from depending on your budget and how much you need one of our wedding designers to plan your day.

Call us to schedule your free 1-hour wedding consultation today (403) 242-0598!

Silver

Day of wedding only. Ranges from $800 to $1,500

This is the ideal solution for the super organized couple who want to plan and execute their wedding themselves, but require some direction with time lines, preferred vendors and budget development to start them on their way. This wedding package includes:

  • Planning meeting to discuss your time line, vendors and budget
  • Rehearsal Day activities
  • Wedding Day execution of activities

Gold

Let us guide you. Ranges from $1,800 to $3,500

Perfect for the bride and groom who have the time to do all their own leg work with research, budget development, itinerary, phone calls and contracting of all vendors but require the guidance of seasoned wedding planners. This wedding package includes:

  • Initial two hour meeting to fully understand your vision, discuss your location and vendor options. You are given the tools to create a realistic budget breakdown and start your time line schedule.
  • Wedding Preparation Meetings: Five one hour scheduled meetings to answer all your pre-wedding concerns to keep you on track right up to the wedding day including follow-up emails. Venue site visit will be completed by wedding planner early in the planning stages to assess unforeseen challenges.
  • Vendor Confirmation: We are your wedding day point of contact for suppliers, can perform any vendor final payments, confirm all delivery and pick-up times the day before. We forward all vendors your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Rehearsal Coordination: Two hours are included for the rehearsal. Simply Elegant ensures your wedding party understands and is comfortable with the wedding day and ceremony details. Everyone including the MC receives your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Ceremony Coordination: Two Simply Elegant wedding coordinators orchestrate a seamless wedding day before and after your ceremony. Includes cueing wedding party, music, etc.
  • Reception Coordination: We coordinate the photo session, ensure ceremony decor is moved to the reception location if necessary. Oversee placement of wedding favors, place cards, centerpieces, lighting and entertainment set up. Simply Elegant is there to support all facets of this special evening. We transfer gifts and money to a predetermined, safe location once everyone is seated for the meal.
  • Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Designed to remedy wedding day emergencies range from mosquito spray to bobby pins, glo stick for entertaining the fussy flower girl to rainy day umbrellas.

Platinum

We design the day for you. Starts at $4000.

This package is meant for the busy couple who prefer to rely on the expertise of a professional wedding planner from beginning to end. Simply Elegant professionals will provide current wedding design trends into every detail of your dream wedding. This wedding package includes:

  • Full-service management from concept creation to full implementation of the wedding day itinerary.
  • We manage all the details to provide you with a stunning, seamless and stress free wedding.
  • Initial two hour meeting to fully understand your vision, discuss your location and vendor options. You are given the tools to create a realistic budget breakdown and start your time line schedule.
  • Wedding Preparation Meetings: Five one-hour scheduled meetings to answer all your pre-wedding concerns to keep you on track right up to the wedding day including follow-up emails. Venue site visit will be completed by wedding planner early in the planning stages to assess unforeseen challenges.
  • Vendor Confirmation: We are your wedding day point of contact for suppliers, can perform any vendor final payments, confirm all delivery and pick-up times the day before. We forward all vendors your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Rehearsal Coordination: Two hours are included for the rehearsal. Simply Elegant ensures your wedding party understands and is comfortable with the wedding day and ceremony details. Everyone including the MC receives your wedding day schedule, location maps plus emergency contact lists.
  • Ceremony Coordination: Two Simply Elegant wedding coordinators orchestrate a seamless wedding day before and after your ceremony. Includes cueing wedding party, music, etc.
  • Reception Coordination: We coordinate the photo session, ensure ceremony decor is moved to the reception location if necessary. Oversee placement of wedding favors, place cards, centerpieces, lighting and entertainment set up. Simply Elegant is there to support all facets of this special evening. We transfer gifts and money to a predetermined, safe location once everyone is seated for the meal.
  • Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Designed to remedy wedding day emergencies range from mosquito spray to bobby pins, glo stick for entertaining the fussy flower girl to rainy day umbrellas.

Testimonials

Our wedding was a large wedding of 600 guests! I had a vision of a Parisian glamour themed wedding and was very worried a size this large of a wedding would quickly turn into a nightmare. Let me tell you, I was wrong! Enter the Wedding Fairy, Sharon Barwick and Simply Elegant owner, Robert Virda. Read the whole story.

Feriel

I am so grateful for your patience, multiple quote adjustments, delicious! tasting and amazing food and service on the day of my “big day”. Eric and I have received a ton of feedback from our guests that the food was incredible, and my only regret was that I didn’t get to eat more on the big day!

Paige and Eric

We feel we saved money by using Simply Elegant because of the special connections and relationships they have with vendors, we also saved money by not having to take time away from our jobs to go visit several vendors to see if they were appropriate for us….Sharon just knew what we wanted – gave us options to pick from and therefore it was basically one stop shopping.

Holly Daniels

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Articles

Useful decoration articles with tips and best practices about hiring a wedding planner in Calgary, Alberta by Simply Elegant.

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

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Wedding Planning Tips

The ring is on your finger, the date is set, and you’ve found the perfect wedding planner for your event. What comes next? There are a few things every bride to be should keep in mind when planning her wedding, including her budget, the type of wedding she wants, and…

Wedding Planning for the Bride

When bad weddings happen to good brides, it often comes down to the wedding planning. Many brides vastly underestimate the time it will take to plan and execute their wedding, which can lead to all kinds of stress, conflict, and additional costs.

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Wedding decorations

Wedding decorations

With so many aspects of a wedding to coordinate, it’s easy for some details to get missed. Having a decor styling that suits your personality can take your wedding to the next level of sophistication and elegance. Contact Simply Elegant today! Learn why how we create wedding decorations Calgary brides love.

Gallery

Here are just a few examples of our wedding decorations from past events. Like something in particular? Let us know and we’ll create a custom wedding decorations for you.

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FAQs

Do you have wedding décor packages?

Our décor is as individual and unique as our couples in their selection on their venue choice, theme and colour scheme. Our design studio showroom gives you the chance to view a variety of looks so that you decide on where you want to invest your décor dollars.

How can I save money on wedding decorations?

You can do parts of the wedding yourself. Simply Elegant provides rentals of linens, chair covers, centrepieces, backdrops, etc. You can do all of the installation and take down yourself or hire our experienced decorators do it all or just the take down.

Can I provide some of the décor at my wedding?

Some clients want to use vases, ceremony gates and archways, antique prams, etc. in their ceremony. Bring in your specialty décor pieces to our design studio prior to your wedding and our staff will include the décor in the whole look.

Are wedding decorations contracts necessary?

Contracts protect you and your décor providers. Read all of the fine print in every vendor contract as it is a legal document you are agreeing to for specific services they are providing plus a payment schedule. Ensure that your rentals are not taken or damaged by guests as you are responsible for their safe keeping.

Testimonials

I used Simply Elegant for my wedding flowers and they saved me. I’m not a very girly girl and didn’t really think too much about what I wanted for the bouquets. Then it happened, 2 weeks before the wedding and I went into full panic mode about them. These girls saved the day. After spending all of 5 minutes with me they knew what I wanted and it sure wasn’t the sample photos I sent them. Needless to say they were gorgeous and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re clueless like myself, trust them. You won’t regret it.

Leona Wright

Everything was absolutely beautiful and the day went so smooth. No hiccups that I am aware of and no drama. The flowers were perfect and the color was bang on! So many compliments on the food. The selections were amazing and everyone said great things about your catering company. Thanks again for everything; it was a perfect day!

Kara K Leinweber

Love Simply Elegant! My husband and I came in and were immediately surrounded by great energy! We used simply for our wedding bouquets, some decor and catering! We were so happy with everything! The food was AMAZING (I was glad there was left overs lol) the bouquets were stunning!! Peter and Sharon were fantastic to work with!! I will be using Simply Elegant the future for sure.

Jessica Smith

We received many compliments about the dinner and all the guests thoroughly enjoyed it. When we walked in the hall, the transformation that your team did in preparing the tables was amazing. You made the hall look great.

Donald and Mary Beaton

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Articles

Useful decoration articles with tips and best practices about hiring decorators and decorating for events, weddings an private parties in Calgary, Alberta by Simply Elegant.

Christmas Decorations Trends

Christmas is coming! Worry not…. After shaking the sand out of your flip-flops and bathing suit, it’s time to start planning for the next big thing.

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Wedding decorations experts near you

Stop by our showroom to view samples and discuss your wedding decorations with our in-house experts. See for yourself why Simply Elegant makes wedding decorations Calgary brides love.

Wedding catering

Wedding catering

Looking for wedding catering menu options? This is the right place. Simply Elegant offers wedding catering Calgary admires. Check our menu packages and let us know if you’d like to customize.

Menus

Wedding catering prices in Calgary are crucial especially in this day and age. Simply Elegant has wedding catering menu options for all budgets. Check the menus below and let us know if you’d like to customize.

Sit down dinners (Download PDF)

Beautiful weddings are all about the details. We can provide wedding catering, decorations, floral arrangements and planning for your wedding.

Wedding reception (Download PDF)

Looking for hot appetizers or cold h’ordeuvres served by our staff? We know how to make your cocktail event a hit with your guests!

Custom wedding menu

Over the years we’ve created a lot of custom packages for our clients. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

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Gallery

Did you know we have our very own in-house herb cultivator and that we try to source local food for our catering options?

Our chefs know how to make your wedding day special with mouth-watering food. Having fresh food, made from scratch in our kitchen is what makes Simply Elegant a wedding caterer of choice for many Calgary weddings.

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FAQs

We get a lot of questions related to weddings catering. Here’s a few that we get most often. Planning a wedding in Calgary and don’t see your question answered? Send us a note or get a quote. We answer questions about wedding catering Calgary asks.

Do you charge for cake cutting?

No, we don’t charge a cake cutting fee, only for the rentals for plates and forks.

Do you offer tastings?

Yes, once we send you a quote and you like what you see, we can certainly sit down to discuss the details and have a tasting at the same time.

Do you charge gratuity?

No, we don’t pre-charge gratuity. We leave that to our clients’ discretion.

Do you have pricing for children’s meals?

Yes, children under 3 eat for free and children between the ages 3 and 8 get 50% off their meal.

Are the menus posted on the website customizable?

Yes, all menus are ideas and suggestions only and can easily be changed to your liking.

Testimonials

Simply Elegant is one of a few Calgary wedding catering companies that has rave customer reviews for the way we service weddings and the quality of our food. Here’s a few wedding catering reviews. Check for more at our Testimonials page. Simply Elegant is the wedding catering Calgary loves.

Had a fantastic experience with Simply Elegant for our wedding and recommend them wholeheartedly! Two weeks later, I’m still getting texts and feedback from friends and family telling me that the food was awesome and one of the best meals they’ve ever had at an event.

Erika Donald

It was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you so much for such wonderful service and food. I want to say a special thank you to your staff at the wedding. They went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of so we could enjoy the wedding. Thank you.

Betty and Neil

You made our wedding day special – it meant so much! Thank you to each and all. Your team at our reception and dinner were outstanding, serving and pampering our guests! The tables looked “Simply Elegant” and so many commented on the wonderful dinner.

Lou for Corey & Tara

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Resources

Over the years we’ve noticed a few common topics around wedding catering and wrote a few guides to help brides and grooms. Let us know if your wedding catering questions are not addressed by sending us a quick note.

Guide to portion sizes

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8 Simple Questions to Ask Your Calgary Caterers

One of the most important considerations in making an event successful is to find the best and most reliable caterer. It is the job of Calgary caterers to offer well presented and tasty foods during the event.

Wedding master’s guide to napkin folding

We know that an important part of ensuring that your event is a success has to do with paying special attention to the details. Those small finishing touches can make a big difference. And that’s why this week, we’re going to look at napkin folding.

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Skyline – Calgary Wedding Venue in Kensington

Skyline is a stunning new venue with a spectacular view of Calgary dowtown. Owned and operated by Simply Elegant, it’s the ideal location for weddings, private parties & corporate events. Discover what Skyline has to offer.

Take the 360 degrees virtual tour of Skyline, courtesy of Wedding Wire. Take a note of the multiple functional areas and, of course, the view.

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Wedding flowers

Each blossom is an expression of love. Every bloom a reflection of you.

FAQs

Do I need a florist?

Professional florists make your job easier and stress free. We take great care in handcrafting wonderful floral arrangements that match your office environment. Our florists use only the very best flowers grown by reputable growers.

How much will my flowers cost?

Your investment in flowers depends on your taste, the type of flowers, how often you require replacement flowers, etc. Flowers purchased during peak floral times like Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Mother’s Day can increase your costs by 30%.

Using flowers in season can help reduce costs although many flowers are shipped in from the USA, South America and Holland on a regular basis.

Do I need to match the flowers with my bridesmaid’s dresses?

No as it is better from a cameras point of view to accent the dresses – not blend in.

Testimonials

While planning my wedding this past year, I had contact them to get quotes on catering, and to my surprise they also do wedding flowers. Now, being the procrastinator that I am, I left my flower purchase until the very end and not much left to spend on them either!

April and Dana Koch

Love simply elegant! My husband and I came in and were immediately surrounded by great energy! We used simply for our wedding bouquets, some decor and catering! We were so happy with everything! The food was AMAZING (I was glad there was left overs lol) the bouquets were stunning!! Peter and Sharon were fantastic to work with!! I will be using simply in the future for sure?

Jessica Smith

Everything was absolutely beautiful and the day went so smooth. No hiccups that I am aware of and no drama. The flowers were perfect and the color was bang on! So many compliments on the food. The selections were amazing and everyone said great things about your catering company. Thanks again for everything; it was a perfect day!

Kara K Leinweber

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Wedding Resources

Useful wedding resources and blog posts about planning, coordinating and managing weddings by Simply Elegant in Calgary, Alberta.

Testimonials

Read our customer reviews and see why Simply Elegant is a wedding planner Calgary raves about.

Frequenty Asked Questions

As a wedding planning and design company we get some questions more than the others. Here’s a few questions our wedding planner Sharon Barwick comes across most often.

What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional event planner who specializes in weddings. They coordinate and consult with the couple in selecting the venue and complete design of the wedding. Wedding planner is not a decorator nor a florist. BUT Simply Elegant can offer all of these services under one roof.

How much will my wedding planning cost?

Planning is offered on an as needed basis. You can choose to use consulting services at an hourly fee; hire a wedding planner for the day of the wedding or use full planning services to take the stress away and plan the whole wedding from start to finish.

Out of town services include a travel fee and a per diem for meals and lodging. View our wedding planning packages.

Do I need a wedding planner?

A wedding planner offers advice and insight on “what a client doesn’t know that they don’t know!” Most weddings can take up to 250 hours to plan. Book your wedding planner first as they can help you save time and often money with vendors and in negotiations.

Is contract with a wedding planner necessary?

Contracts protect you and your vendors. Your wedding planner may help you assess vendor contracts as they are a legal document you are agreeing to for your wedding services including payment schedules.

How can I save money while working with a wedding planner?

A wedding planner saves you time and may negotiate rates on your behalf. They know the preferred venues that will be the perfect fit for your wedding. As venues get booked a year in advance, this should be the first consideration.

Next your wedding planner can assist with sourcing and booking the caterer and the church or wedding commissioner. Once these main suppliers are contracted, then they move forward with other suppliers such as the photographer, florist, decorator, entertainment, printer, etc. and can manage each of these vendors.

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