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Vancity Vendor – Elisa Fabiano Events

November 25th, 2011 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Elisa Fabiano Events

Elisa Fabiano knew she wanted to be an event planner since high school. Planning her prom made her realize that perhaps, one day, she could do this for a living. It wasn’t until after she planned her own wedding (with a whopping 400+ guestlist!) did she start thinking about getting in the business seriously. After completing the Event Planning diploma program at BCIT and obtaining an Event Planning Certificate from VCC, she launched her company, Elisa Fabiano Events. She has been serving Metro Vancouver brides and grooms for 5 years now.

Elisa plans everything, from corporate events to birthday parties to Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, but her specialty is weddings. Aside from full event planning services, she also provides Day of Coordination services for $600. It includes ceremony & reception setup, wedding day timeline creation, event supervision for 12 hours, and more. One day, she hopes to offer decor rentals as well, which include linens, furniture and chair covers.

Elisa can find inspiration in anything, from places she’s travelled, the current season, or the bride’s favourite colour or flower. She creates vision boards for the couple to help come up with the right theme and vision for their wedding.

Don’t forget to check out Elisa’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. She also has a page on WeddingWire where you can find reviews, her portfolio, and of course… promotions. Her promotions will also be announced on Vancity Bride, like this one…

A Few Words With Elisa…

How do you accommodate brides with lower budgets?
“Weddings can cost a fortune, I love what I do and I love working with people so I’ve made my planning services affordable so that all brides can hire a wedding planner. I’m a very creative, hands on person and I love to create beautiful things and events, so I’ve included the cost of setup and teardown in my planning prices.  I work with some great vendors and I know where to get high end décor, rental and florals.  My team and I will set up and tear down and keep the couple within their budget.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field? 
“My personable approach.  My passion is not only planning events, but working with people.  I like to really spend a lot of time with the bride and groom as well as get to know the families, so I can really assess what the needs of the day will be and provide everyone with a stress free wedding day.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“My job allows me to be creative and unique in so many ways, that in itself is what I love most about my job. But what I really love is transforming a room or venue in an amazing way to a couple’s vision, while working with wonderful people.”

How do you handle unforeseen problems on the wedding day? Can you give an example of a problem that you solved on the spot?
“There are always going to be unforeseen problem that arise on a wedding day, you can count on that. The most important thing is to remain calm and find a solution quickly, effortlessly and without costing the couple any more money.  My motto is there is always a solution to a problem you just have to find it. I was working a wedding last year and the rental company had shorted us on 60” round guest tables; we were 4 short to be exact.  We couldn’t get a hold of the rental company that we had ordered them from or any other company in the city.  So I asked the venue if they had some long rectangle 8 foot tables and white in house linens. They did so we used the four 8 foot rectangle tables as family tables closest to the head tables and no one knew the difference.  I actually had guests tell me it what a nice touch it was to single out the family by having them seated at different size tables.”

Some people think wedding planning and coordination is an extra expense, what are your thoughts on that? 
“It is a common misconception that a wedding planner is an added expense.  I can actually help save you money by knowing what your vision and budget is and ensuring that it all gets done within that budget.  We also match you up with vendors that suit your needs and budget and pass along any discounts that we might get to our clients.  A wedding planner is also worth the value your getting because you are able to spend more time with you fiancé, family and friends while we worry about the planning process.”

If you had to plan a wedding in 3 months, how would you tackle that?
“All weddings have challenges, but a short time frame can provide the biggest challenge.  This type of challenge can only be tackled in a few ways; you need very specific time frames and agendas for booking venues, caterers, photographers etc.  Book a venue, photographer and church/ceremony site within the week.  Everything else can be done within the three months provided the bride has a clear vision for the day. My advice to the bride in this situation is to keep is simple and know what you want at your wedding.  Decisions will need to be made quickly but she will require some flexibility too.”

What is the easiest way to transform a room?
“I think the easiest way to transform a room is with flowers.  I love flowers!!  The venues will usually have linens you can use or come with the venue rental, but a floral arrangement on each table makes all the difference.   You can also modify the arrangement to suit your budget by changing the flowers being used or by buying your own vases to put the flowers in.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Hire good people and enjoy your day. It goes by so fast, laugh lots on your wedding day and make great memories.”

And now… a GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky Vancity Bride reader can win a Full Coordination package from Elisa Fabiano!!! This $3,000 prize package includes:

  • unlimited meetings, emails and phone calls
  • budget planning and execution
  • establishing and executing your vision
  • color palette and theme
  • ceremony and reception location selection
  • vendor recommendations, bookings and confirmation
  • attend all vendor appointments
  • choosing and ordering wedding stationary
  • favor selection
  • assist bridal party with attire selection
  • creation of wedding day itineraries and timelines
  • final vendor payments
  • assisting with menu selection
  • assist with floor plan and seating arrangements
  • review of Banquet event order with reception venue or caterer
  • rehearsal and wedding day coordination
  • coverage for up to 12 hours

Updated – December 8, 2011

I’ve drawn the lucky winner and it is… (drumroll please!)

@jbender33 aka Jodi Bender!!!!

Jodi entered by leaving this comment on my blog as well as tweeting the contest sentence:

“We’re getting married in July, i have so many ideas but don’t know how to make them happen…help!  :)

Jodi, I hope you have a wonderful intimate wedding and perhaps you’ll be featured on Vancity Bride someday :)

The original winner decided to pass on the prize to another bride because she realized she would not have much use for the planner as her wedding is too small and she’s already decided on most of her vendors. Jodi’s name was re-drawn using Random.org from the original list of entries. – update December 8, 2011

To all the others who participated, thank you… but I’ve got some great news for those who are still interested in booking Elisa! On Sunday I will be announcing a special promo just for Vancity Bride readers!! I’ll make the announcement on Facebook and Twitter :) Have you liked me yet? ;)

The giveaways aren’t over yet!!! Come back to the site on Monday, December 5th for a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CONTEST!!!

Last but not least, I want to thank Elisa Fabiano for being so amazing because without her this opportunity wouldn’t have come about. So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart… and all Vancity Brides out there!

The draw was done using Random.org.

Contest Rules and Conditions

  • The winner (“Contest Winner”) will be required to sign a contract containing the following terms and conditions as a requirement of Elisa Fabiano Events.
  • Contest winners must be legal residents of Canada and must be 19 years of age or older.
  • The winning couple will be entitled to a full wedding day coordination package worth $3000 (see above for outline of services). Any and all other costs associated with the event will be the sole responsibility of the contest winner.
  • The wedding must take place in 2012 and be in the Lower Mainland.
  • Winning couples must be engaged.
  • Wedding must be a max capacity of 250 guests.
  • The Contest Winner hereby acknowledges that they have granted permission for Elisa Fabiano Events to use the winning couple’s names, biographical information, contest entry, the story of the planning and their event, party or wedding and reception, and/or likenesses in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose.
  • Each person can have a maximum of 2 entries. For blog entries, you must provide a valid email address, and for Twitter entries, I must be able to send you a message if you win.
  • Prizes are non-transferable.
  • Prize must be used for a wedding and has no cash value.
  • The contest will run for one week from November 25, 2011 to December 1, 2011. Entries will be accepted until midnight on December 1, 2011.
  • The winner will be drawn randomly on December 2nd and will be announced on my blog, Twitter, and Facebook page. The Contest Winner must respond within 48 hours of my initial contact to claim the prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

 To contact Elisa, visit her website.
Do you have what it takes to be a Vancity Vendor? Apply here.

All photos provided by Elisa Fabiano.
Feature photo courtesy Yaletown Wedding Gallery
Other images courtesy Sweet Pea Photography and Yaletown Wedding Gallery

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Vendor prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are accurate to the date published.

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Comments

  • November 25th, 2011 at 9:05 am
    Helen says:

    My fiance and I are having a small, simple wedding with our immediate families and closest friends. We don’t want a lot of fancy decor, just some simple centre pieces (greens and thistles).

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 9:34 am
    Sandy Luu says:

    I would like to win the full day planning package please and Thank you.!!!

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 9:34 am
    Julie Nguyen says:

    We want a fun wedding inspired by our love for the city of Vancouver and the west coast. Need help making that happen!

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 9:52 am
    Jodi Bender says:

    We’re getting married in Juy, i have so many ideas but don’t know how to make them happen…help! :)

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 10:18 am
    Jennifer Stewart says:

    This would be perfect as I have a lot of ideas and no way to organize them!

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 10:37 am
    Bini Ball says:

    Fabulous Contest – Wish I was getting married ;) but instead will pass along your info to my brides!

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 10:37 am
    Sarah Emery says:

    4 words to describe how we would like our wedding are: uniquely elegant, and classy fun. We would love to win this package, it sounds like a dream!! :)

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 10:45 am
    Kristina says:

    We got engaged in Disneyland, so our wedding theme is “Happily Ever After…” We would love a full day wedding planning package to help us execute this :)

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 11:31 am
    Jody Lee says:

    We would love our wedding to be a mixture of culture and elegance. As much as it’s our day it’s a day for my family and friends. I really want our parents to feel special and know how much we love them. We want a little bling and anything with the color grey.

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Emily Smith says:

    We are having a wedding next year in November and I want to have a winter wonderland theme of silver and white. Good food, good music and joyful laughter will fill our special day! I can’t wait!

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Jenny Gosal says:

    With just 4 short months away, we would LOVE love love to have your help with all these details. Our theme is all about our colourful outfits, lots of loud music and fun!!

    Please pick me!

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    DC says:

    Great advices, its a really good read. Puts some idea in my head before the planning stage.

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    Naureen says:

    Vancity Bride! This is the give away we’ve been waiting for!!
    My fiancé and I are getting married in May, and we are constantly trying to think of how to make our wedding personal, exciting and elegant. We are trying our best to incorporate our cultures and our personal touches, but could really use help! Would love to with this contest and put on the most stylish wedding of 2012!

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 4:57 pm
    A. Lee says:

    My fiancé and I are Apple fans. We imagine our Summer 2012 wedding to be simple and sleek. Our ceremony and reception are going to be at one location with Jericho beach as a backdrop.

     
  • November 25th, 2011 at 9:30 pm
    Deb C. says:

    Thanks so much Vancity Bride for the opportunity to win a wonderful contest! I met my fiance 8 years ago, he’s been a fantastic stepfather to my 3 kids, who are now older teens, we share a mutual love of flyfishing and the outdoors. He has also looked after me the past couple of years when things have been rough due to my health (injury). We’re not even married yet and he’s been there through better and especially worst! I can’t wait to marry this man, but it’s been hard to save up with 3 kids and now me off on disability, but we hope for May 2012. Just a small family wedding in Ladner, I can’t wait to start planning it soon.

     
  • November 26th, 2011 at 11:15 am
    Melissa Speer says:

    My fiancé and I would love to win this package! We’re having a summer wedding next june and can use all the planning we can get! As we are the first ones in our families that are getting married we want to make our wedding one to remember :) Thank you!

     
  • November 27th, 2011 at 5:17 pm
    shanna Hillhouse says:

    I would love to have a simple, contemporary wedding with personal details. My wedding is in New York and I know bigger is better in this lively city, but I would love a more personal touch.

     
  • November 27th, 2011 at 10:27 pm
    Charlee says:

    I would love to win this… Less stress on the actual day and leading up to it… Yes please!!

     
  • November 28th, 2011 at 9:08 pm
    Christine says:

    Hi Elisa I would really love your help in bringing my dream wedding to life. I want some DIY touches to make it more personal and unique. Let’s work together!

     
  • November 28th, 2011 at 11:27 pm
    Johnson says:

    Need help. Please!
    -unprepared yet engaged

     
  • November 29th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    Amber says:

    Elisa! I would love love love to see your ideas come to life! I love your work and it would be an absolute honor to have your presence and expertise on the day of my wedding! Congrats on such beautiful and creative work – One of a kind!

     
  • November 30th, 2011 at 5:26 pm
    Heather Montgomery says:

    Wow! Your work and passion for weddings is inspiring. I have lots of great ideas for an elegant, summer, warm and loving wedding with 100 of our loved ones, but it would be amazing to have your help in making ideas come to life.

    Happy wedding planning!

     
  • November 30th, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    Nicole Shim says:

    What a great contest! I would love our wedding to be original and fun :)

     
  • December 1st, 2011 at 10:47 pm
    Matt sinclair says:

    My fiancé and I would like to have a small intimate wedding with our families and a few friends invited. We would like to do a more active wedding so that our guests will have fun and enjoy themselves. We both love tea and afternoons things and would love to incorporate that into our special day! Thanks!

     
  • December 5th, 2011 at 11:30 am
    Jeannine says:

    The contest is over – thanks for participating!

     

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