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Run by Grace Barbosa-Chin, Express Yourself specializes in planning amazing weddings and special occasions to match what you have in mind and your style. Understanding the importance of a professionally arranged and gorgeous personalised event, Express Yourself works on those tiny details to guarantee that your vision is met every step of the planning process. Grace is also proud to offer floral services for weddings & events, making Express Yourself Weddings & Events a one stop shop for all your needs.
Ever since she was a young girl, everyone could count on Grace every time there was a special event nearby. In fact, after years of working in the financial services business, she knew that she had failed to pursue her passion and, once she got engaged in 2015 and after conducting her full wedding planning, she completed her WPIC certification and started focusing on her wedding management career. Shortly thereafter, Grace took classes at both Toronto Flower School & Bloom School to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to add floral services to her list of services offered.
Express Yourself Weddings & Events specializes in all stages of wedding and event planning, as well as full floral services. Services offered include the following:
Budget analysis, day-of coordination, event design, full planning, guest list creation, partial planning,…View more
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Adriana Bullock, Married on 29/09/2017
Where do I even begin? Grace was a GODSEND to me while planning my September 2017 wedding. I felt like my Fiance and I had things pretty well done up until the last month and a half when I started to get overwhelmed by all the little, final details of the day. I didn't know where to focus my energy and it was becoming harder to keep track of everything I needed to get done (and this is considering I had a very organized and very involved Fiance planning this wedding with me!) We were both starting to feel the pressure of our demanding jobs and the wedding. Enter Grace. She met with us and instantly her calm and gentle nature put us at ease, we knew we were in good hands. She took account of everything we had done and what was left to do and then formulated a plan with us to execute the final details. With a plan in motion and some of the responsibilities taken off my plate, I felt immediate ease, things became a lot more manageable. We worked with her to create the timeline of the day, and she took care of communicating with the venue to ensure everyone was on the same page. Grace handled the communication with all our other vendors, picked up rental items, the flowers and even attended our rehearsal dinner the night before to review the plan and make sure we were feeling good. I should also mention she was always responsive to all of our emails/texts and provided updates on all conversations with vendors/venue in a way that kept us informed, but not overwhelmed. She genuinely wanted to make sure everyone was happy and stress-free. Our wedding day came and I can honestly say it was the best day of our lives. Literally everything went exactly how we wanted, or better. Everything Grace had handled for us was perfect and she was even there until the bitter end to help take down the venue and ensure everything got picked up. I can't imagine that our wedding would have gone as smoothly without Grace, my expectations were completely surpassed by her professionalism and talent. Grace, thank you so much for everything you did for us - you are amazing.
Kim Barrera, Married on 17/07/2016
Grace is such a great event planner! Everything was Parisian themed with lots of pink and rose gold. So beautiful! Everything was planned out so perfectly. She thought of every detail from the decor down to the menu. Such great memories :) Thank youuu!!!! ♥
Chantel Amato, Married on 08/09/2017
Grace was absolutely amazing. I could not have found a planner more perfect and exceptional. Grace was there for every step of the planning process and was always available when we needed her. She is extremely dedicated to her craft and is super attentive. Our experience with Grace was amazing - our wedding went off without a single issue and it is all thanks to Grace. The night of the wedding I locked myself out of the air bnb my husband and I were to stay at and Grace made sure to get us back in in a timely manner. She went above and beyond for us and we cannot thank her enough. If you are looking for someone who will make your wedding planning a dream, book with Grace. Our day was on a very tight schedule as we had an evening ceremony with a reception followed immediately after. It was also a Friday night in downtown Toronto during TIFF and the travel and timing issues we were worried about became non existent. She thought of everything and ensured that we arrived on time with plenty of time to relax and get ready for our big moment. During our meetings Grace was always to the point and very informative - she was honest and knowledgeable. She works with all of your vendors to create a timeline of your day which is also provided to you. Overall, her personality is a GIRL BOSS - she is loving, happy and compassionate, but gets the job done correctly and doesn't let anyone take advantage of you.
Natasha, Married on 11/08/2018
I'm not sure where to even begin. Our wedding was on August 11th, 2018 at District28. After being very disappointed with a previous planner from a top wedding planning company in Toronto, we made the decision to cut ties and take our money elsewhere. My husband and I knew with our hectic work schedules and the stresses of planning the rest of our wedding we needed someone to help with the month-of planning. I was in a panic as I had called quite a few places and there were so many planners already booked for our wedding date. Then, I came across Grace and after my initial phone conversation with her, I had a sense of ease and reassurance that I never got with our previous planner. We wanted to make sure our planner was organized, responded to emails and texts in a timely manner, be focused, and had passion in wanting everything to look and run as smoothly as possible, as if it were their own wedding. Grace definitely exceeded this! She was so organized, professional, and eased any stresses we had leading up to our big day. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. Our wedding wouldn't have gone as smoothly and stress free as it did if it weren't for her. She put together our entire day-of wedding timeline, which was so detailed and organized. This helped us tremendously so we weren't stressing on how our day would go, hour to hour and minute to minute.
On top of her amazing wedding planning skills, she is also a very talented florist! It was like having a one stop shop for my florals, decor set-up/take-down and planner all in one! Her prices are reasonable and fair. She makes sure to stay within the budget you give her and will also make suggestions on how you can save a little bit of money on your florals and decor. I always felt she had our best interest at heart when it came to spending our money wisely but still getting what we envisioned. I absolutely loved my bouquet and all of the floral arrangements she did for our head table, arch, centerpieces, etc. It was even more beautiful than we expected! Additionally, she was able to put together all of the decor that I had either rented or bought, making our ceremony and reception look amazing without any guidance from me. She made our wedding look so romantic and rustic and it turned out exactly how we envisioned it. We had so many compliments on our florals, decor, and how amazing Grace was during the entire wedding. We highly recommend Grace to anyone out there planning a wedding who may be overwhelmed, stressed and unsure where to begin with the planning process. Grace will take you under her wing and guide you through everything. You will blink and everything will be taken care of. :)
Ellen Micallef, Married on 07/07/2018
Thank you Grace!
My husband and I could not be more grateful to have had Grace as our "month-of-coordinator" for our wedding. She was so on top of everything, made sure everyone was going to be where they needed to be when they needed to be, which really took off so much stress from us since our venue was very much a 'blank slate' so there were lot's of moving parts. There were several times we said to each other "Thank god we have Grace" because we really don't know what we would have done without her.
On the day of our wedding, Grace handled several difficult situations with a calm and collected approach, often we didn't even know there had been an issue until later when it had already been solved! Even after the wedding Grace continued to assist us with a few loose ends we had to tie up.
Would absolutely work with Grace again and would recommend her again and again.
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