Borrowed & Blu Events is a professional wedding and event planning company located in Toronto, Ontario. Andrea Hounsell, the owner of the company, will go above and beyond for each couple, coordinating the wedding of their dreams. She will put them at ease, providing calm yet warmhearted service from the very beginning. Andrea will focus on the finer details of each aspect of your event, ensuring that your occasion reflects your true personality.
Andrea will get to know each soon-to-be-newlywed on a personal level, gaining an understanding of their preferred style and tastes. Borrowed & Blu Events allows couples to avail of a variety of planning services such as full-planning, partial-planning, and day-of coordination features. Andrea has experience in the coordination of a wide spectrum of wedding styles including religious, cultural, and destination weddings. She also provides an array of useful planning tools including timelines, to-do lists, and vendor referrals.
10 Reviews for Borrowed & Blu Events
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Lesley · Married on 28/09/2019
It was ACTUALLY the best day of our lives!!!
If you are considering booking Andrea and her team at Borrowed & Blu, please read this entire post if you are second-guessing your decision at all.Sent on 12/02/2020
I was the bride that didn’t want to plan a wedding so talked my fiancé into hiring a wedding planner. We live in Toronto and were getting married in St John’s and found Andrea with a simple Google search and booked her after one phone call. Andrea took lots of time to meet with us, have phone calls and regularly keep us on track for our tasks in the months leading up to the wedding.
About 3 weeks out from the wedding we were feeling the pressure, but Andrea worked her wonderful magic and took all the stress away. She reassured us that having her on the day-of coordination would ensure everything would go smoothly – and she was right. The biggest piece of advice I had received leading up to the wedding was “Things will go wrong, and that’s okay, no one else will notice and just go with it”. The problem is, NOTHING went wrong. Not a thing. The day was more perfect and flowed so smoothly because of Borrowed & Blu. Our bridal party and families could enjoy the day and not worry about logistics, and we could spend all our time with our families and friends.
Every single vendor Andrea recommended was also perfect. We didn’t have to spend hours researching a million venues, caterers, hair & make-up artists, photographers, florals, transportation, DJ’s, etc. because Andrea would send along the best of the best for us to work with. She did this knowing our style, preferences and who she thought would be the best match for us. Andrea saved us weeks of work, months of stress, and gave us the best wedding day we could have ever asked for. I also like to think that we’ve made a lifelong friend (or she’s just THAT good).
Andrea, thank you, and Rob and I will forever be a reference for you and your company.
Borrowed & Blu Events's reply:Lesley! You are the sweetest and I don't have to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you and Rob because you already know! From the sarcastic/light hearted banter in our planning emails, to our travels from Toronto to St. John's and back again, and to the friendship that we've built after the wedding is over - you both remain the most fun loving couple I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Can't wait to get together again soon. ~A
Trista Healey · Married on 27/07/2019
Hired Borrowed & Blu for my second wedding ceremony/reception.Sent on 01/08/2019
From the beginning when she failed to call me on our scheduled phone appointment, then I go on Instagram and she is sprawled out on a lounger chair, I should've known what I was in for.
The wedding day started with several people coming up to me telling me that my grooms name was spelled completely wrong on the seating chart. Not a spelling error, but a completely different name. She tried to blame this error on me (why would I ever give her a completely different name?!). In addition, several other names were misspelled. She wasn't around to fix the error and had no one working for her around to fix it. She refunded my money for this once she realized she couldn't blame anyone else for the error.
I also paid $175 plus tax for a flower arrangement to be put on the guest book table that I never laid eyes on and was never put on the guest book table. She said someone else must have moved it before the reception started. Makes absolutely no sense. I would not have paid that amount of money for an arrangement for it to be put elsewhere. I paid her a lot of money to put that on a specific table and she didn't do her job. I still don't know if there was a $175 arrangement at the wedding. She has no proof, but I have proof it was NOT on the table I paid for it to be on. Refused to refund me for this error and again, tried to blame someone else. Unprofessional.
Also, I paid $57 plus tax for the most pathetic hydrangea centrepieces. I tried not to think about it too much at the wedding, as it would have ruined my day. As a business owner I would've been embarrassed to put those one someones wedding reception tables.
Would never recommend this vendor.
Borrowed & Blu Events's reply:Hi Trista,
Anais O'neill · Married on 10/08/2018
Amazing Day of Coordinator!
I would highly recommend Andrea as a Day of Coordinator. She was so helpful and really insured that I had a stress free day. She made sure everything was running on time, which was very important to me, and made sure that everyone knew they could go to her for help if needed.Sent on 07/12/2018
Borrowed & Blu Events's reply:Anais! Thank you so much for your kind review. It was so much fun working with you and both sweet families on the day of. And that reception meal! Beyond amazing. Thanks for entrusting Borrowed & Blu with your big day!
Nicole Dawe · Married on 12/08/2016
The best decision you'll make!
Planning a wedding, especially from another province, can be very stressful. Andrea and her team made the whole experience a dream. I was setup to know what decisions needed to be made when and supported through each of those decisions to have a great day and still stay within our budget. The end product was a day I wish I could go back and relive over again. Andrea and her team were a huge part of ensuring that is the case. Their attention to detail brought my dream wedding to life. They were a joy to deal with leading up to and on the day of. Hiring Borrowed and Blu for planning and our decor was the best decision I made (next to saying yes to the groom :))Sent on 04/08/2019
Borrowed & Blu Events's reply:Nicole, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It's the loveliest "tip" our clients can give us. Planning the wedding with you in Calgary and us in Newfoundland was so smooth and this is in part due to your very organized spreadsheets! haha I had a great time helping you create and bring your vision to life and we're so grateful to have clients like you who trust in our expertise and advice along the way. I'm sure Andrew will be glad to hear he was #1 haha Thank you for your business and take care!
Michelle Byrne · Married on 23/07/2015
The best decision!!
We used Andrea and her team from Borrowed & Blu to help plan our wedding in BC, while living in AB! Andrea was amazing to work with - always kind and calm, super organized, and always available to help! They did a great job of listening to our dream for the wedding, offering helpful suggestions and executing the perfect day! We had the wedding of our dreams with absolutely no stress and the best memories to last a lifetime. Definitely the best decision we made!Sent on 10/08/2019
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Owner & Lead Planner
Hello lovely bride & grooms!
Welcome to Borrowed & Blu Events - a boutique style wedding planning and design company based in downtown Toronto, ON.
A little about me - owner and lead planner, Andrea Hounsell. After 10 years running a very successful event planning and decor business in St. John's, Newfoundland, I expanded into Toronto a little over a year ago. I have had the opportunity to work on some really amazing events with other planners such as Laura & Co and Melissa Baum and am so grateful for the opportunity to have immersed myself in the Toronto wedding market under such talented industry professionals.
Borrowed & Blu's work has been featured in the spring 2018 issue of Wedding Bells magazine, as well as several online blogs including Styled In Lace.
My favorite part of working alongside clients to help build their perfect wedding day is relieving them of the stress involved in planning such a large event so that they can celebrate the occassion with their family and friends. I love building lasting relationships with my clients and am lucky to still be able to call some friends years after their weddings have passed.
I love nothing more than talking about my passion of wedding planning so please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have as you prepare for your big day. We would love to be a part of your wedding family. Talk soon!