Why hire Bonafide Events Studio?

Hiring Bonafide Events Studio as your wedding planning company is crucial to the success of your wedding and your peace of mind. I can save you time and keep you organized throughout the wedding planning process as I have streamlined my process over time. I supply all of my clients with a personalized wedding workbook and I can connect you to professional vendors who can deliver on time and, on budget. I also manage your budget and let you know when you need to cut back or what areas you should splurge on to give the biggest impact. 

I can also help you decipher tricky contract wording and ensure you understand your wedding contracts. I can negotiate some of your contracts to a reasonable extent because of the great relationships I have built in our industry. With over 10 years of wedding planning experience, I have the experience and knowledge to handle unforeseen problems at your wedding and will troubleshoot any issues in the quickest most inconspicuous manner.  I focus on delivering an immersive and elevated experience for you and your wedding guests. 

Why hire a Wedding Planner if my venue provides a Coordinator for free?

An independent wedding planner and a venue coordinator have different roles and priorities. While a venue coordinator will take care of everything for you at the venue such as the lighting and basic room set up, they work for the venue and have the best interest of the venue in mind. Their main priority is making sure the venue looks great throughout your wedding. Your wedding planner will recommend and attend vendor meetings with you, coordinate all your needs with your venue, and keep you organized throughout the planning process.

Venue coordinators are amazing at what they do and make a wedding planners job so much easier, but they are not with you from beginning to end, they do not always get the chance to learn about you and may not be able to provide you with the best suggestions specific to your needs. Your wedding planner is there every step of the way and their priority is making sure all your needs are met.

Why the name Bonafide Events Studio?

Bona fide is originally a Latin word and translates into meaning "in good faith". In the English language, Bonafide literally means "real or genuine". It was important to choose an operating name that embodied my approach to business. I want my clients to know exactly who and what they are getting when they hire me. I want them to know that when they work with me, I am genuinely interested in getting to know them and creating an event that authentically represents them. 

I tailor all of my services to my clients' specific needs and do not use a one size fits all approach. I am very involved in every aspect of the company and wear several hats to ensure a personalized service is always received. I believe that I have grown over the last 10 years due to my custom approach and the fact that I focus on building genuine relationships.

What can I expect if I set up a free initial consultation with you?

When you set up a free consultation with me, I will set up an initial discovery call to see if we are a good fit for one another. I will take the time to learn a little about you and share a little about me and what it would be like to work together.  If we both feel like we would be a good fit for each other then I will send you a custom proposal for your review. If you are happy to move forward I will send you a contract and once an initial payment is made I will send you your custom wedding workbook and get started on planning your wedding. 

My event is outside of Stratford, Ontario region. Can I still hire you?

I service Stratford, Bayfield, Grand Bend, Goderich, London, Kitchener, Woodstock and surrounding areas. If your wedding is outside of these locations, I would be happy to recommend a local planner. 

Do you get commissions from the vendors you work with?

No. I do not accept any kickbacks or commissions from any of the vendors I work with. I recommend vendors to you solely on their professional nature and their ability to deliver on your vision and within your budget. If a vendor offers a discount, it is because I have built a great relationship with them and I extend that discount onto my clients.

How do you determine your pricing? Do you offer payment plans?

I pride myself on offering a custom service to all of my clients, therefore, I get to know you and come up with a wedding plan that fits within your budget but delivers on your needs. I am certified by the Weddings Planners Institute of Canada and follows a strict code of ethics which means I hold myself to the highest standards for wedding and event planning. I provide fair pricing with a quality service.

I offer flexible payment options that suit your needs. I typically have you make a deposit that is fair to both parties (25%) and from there offer monthly payments. The final payment is usually due on the day of your wedding rehearsal. 

When should I book?

For full planning and design for your wedding, the more time the better so I would suggest you set up a free consultation as soon as possible if we are a good fit I can start planning right away. Typically, for full-service planning & design, I get booked 24 Months to 18 Months in advance. If you are looking for help with custom planning you can usually book with me four to nine months in advance of your wedding. Sooner is always better especially in the summer as weekends do tend to book fast. I am now booking for 2025 weddings!


Happy Couples

  • I cannot say enough wonderful things about Bonafide Events Studio! When I started the wedding planning process I wanted to find a coordinator but thought of it as a "want" rather than a "need". But I was SO SO WRONG! About half-way through planning, I was feeling very overwhelmed and stumbled across Bonafide Events Studio on Facebook. Jessica Stacey is warm, professional, knowledgeable, and brought such a calming process to my crazy life.
    Kendra & Dale