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Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning

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About

Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning is a Toronto, Ontario-based company that specializes in wedding event management and design. The company is led by a team of professional coordinators with a wealth of experience designing dream weddings and seamless events. They go above and beyond to create stress-free planning environments, allowing couples to focus on the parts that matter most to them.

Experience

Owner Maria Zabala has had a lifelong passion for planning and organizing events since she was a young girl. Together as a fantastic team, Exquisite Affare strives to guide couples through every stage of their wedding engagement period. The company is certified by Toronto WPIC Wedding and Event Coordination Company.

Services Offered

Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning offers customized planning packages for couples preparing for their big day. Beginning with an initial consultation, Maria can discuss ideas, budgets, and create a plan that suits couples' needs. Packages vary between full-service planning and day-of coordination.

Highlights

Wedding Planning Services

Budget analysis, day-of coordination, event design, full planning, guest list creation, partial planning, timelines, to-do lists, vendor referrals

Number of Planners

3

Day-Of Coordination - Starting Price

$1,000

Full Wedding Planning - Starting Price

$2,500

Hourly Rate

$50

More information

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal dinner

What types of weddings do you accommodate?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Double weddings
Eco-friendly
Military
Non-religious
Religious

What is the starting price for partial wedding planning?

$1,500

Do you offer an hourly rate?

False

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    Katie L. Married on 11/09/2021
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    Amazing experience! Worth every penny.

    Truly the best money we spent on our wedding. Maria guided us through the entire process and meticulously planned out all of the details. There were so many things we would have never thought of that she suggested that were absolutely amazing additions. She was always available and easy to communicate with. She took the stress out of wedding planning. On our day she and Greg ensured the venue was beautiful, kept us on schedule AND in a good mood - we had nothing to worry about!! We absolutely enjoyed our wedding and could not recommend Exquisite Affare enough!
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    Deborah R. Married on 08/10/2021
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    Super Hero Planner

    We had to reschedule and downside our wedding substantially because of covid. Without a bridal party, Maria was our go-to person for the day-of. She coordinated photographers, livestreamers, the decorators, and ensured desserts/favours were delivered on time. She handled any snags that came up that day, but also guided and advised us through the planning process. Definitely a lifesaver on our wedding day, and super helpful and professional along the way.

    Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning's reply:

    Hi Deb and Derek,

    It was my pleasure and an honour to have planned your special day. The last 2 years, definately has been a roller coaster planning, due to Covid, but we did it 👏👏👏.

    I am definitely going to miss our daily messages and monthly calls.

    Please stay in touch.

    Maria
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    Kat Married on 11/05/2019
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    They are the best!!! Well worth the $!!!!

    I don't even know how to explain how much of a blessing these ladies were!

    They went above and beyond my expectations, which is difficult to do. Maria said she wanted to give me my dream wedding and for me to simply enjoy the day and not worry about a thing - which is exactly what she delivered. You don't get this kind of service any more these days... she's truly something special. Always pleasant, attentive, organized, problem solver, and in control without being overbearing. She kept me and my hubby on point before the wedding for our tasks/action items, handled all the coordinating before, during and even after, attended rehearsals and venue visits, met family and key personable.... and I'm sure she did a lot more that I am not aware of. She even made back-up plans for inclement weather and packed all items for us at the end of the day!!

    We had a lot going on for our wedding day: 2 ceremonies, photos, reception, 1 DJ, 2 MCs, bunch of vendors, 2 limos, hair and make up 2ce, etc etc and the whole day went completely smooth, on time and as planned. The only thing Maria approached me with on the day was how I was feeling, if I ate/drank, and needed anything. :)

    I'll always and forever remember Maria and Kerrie and they will always have a special place in my heart for all they did.
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    Adam Married on 11/05/2019
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    She gave us the perfect wedding

    I would easily recommend these ladies for any special event. My wife had a lot of ideas and our wedding was complicated because of different cultures. We ended up hiring Maria halfway through the planning and I wish we had done it sooner. Maria planned and executed our wedding perfectly. My wife is hard to please and Maria made her vision come true, which makes me a very happy man.
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    Natalie Married on 05/10/2018
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    A brides dream vendor

    Maria was hired on by myself and now husband Vick to execute our vision and plans for our wedding reception as our day of coordinator. Throughout the process she was easy to deal with and always had prompt responses when I needed answers. Being a certified wedding planner myself I will honestly say that hiring Maria on was one of the best decisions I made. She was completely professional, always on top of things and works well under pressure. She would be a great addition to your wedding day plans to make sure things run smoothly so you can indulge and enjoy your dream day! Thank you once again Maria you were simply amazing! Natalie & Vick Persaud

    Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning's reply:

    Thank you so much Nat & Vick. I am honoured that you chose Exquiste Affare as your Day of Coordinator. We had so much fun working with you guys and and executing your fabulous day. I know that we have found friends for a lifetime :) Love you guys!
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    Tameka E. Married on 18/07/2020
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    Look No Further!

    Maria is very professional and organized. She made us feel extremely comfortable and relaxed in the days leading up to our wedding. She created a very detailed timeline of how our big day was to happen and she executed it flawlessly; to the point that we were ahead of schedule.
    When working with Maria and her colleague, they both really became part of the family and we would highly recommend her services to ANYONE looking for a wedding coordinator. You won't be steered wrong!

    Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning's reply:

    Thank you Tameeka and Sheldon. It was an honour being your Wedding Coordinator. Greg and I felt so welcomed by you both and your family. It was great being part of another special day in your family. Please keep in touch.
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    Shawn D. Married on 23/10/2019
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    your search stops here

    From the first day we met Maria we knew we made the right decision. She made sure we got the wedding of our dreams and always went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied.

    Maria was excellent and helped with all issues whether big or small from coordinating with travel agent to negotiations within our contract with the resort to helping us format our wedding, she was there every step of the way and always went above and beyond. Maria was always quick to respond to our questions and didn't hesitate to find the answers whenever we needed.

    We had a destination wedding in Jamaica and had it not been for Maria stepping in and taking control we would still be planning our wedding. The professionalism, the dedication, the time and effort that was provided did not go unnoticed, we appreciate everything Maria had done for us. After the entire experience we didn't just have wedding planner, but we gained a new friend.

    A big shout out to all the hard work from the Equisite Affare team.

    If you're out looking for a wedding planner then look no further because Maria and her team are the BEST!
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    Kristofer G. Married on 07/10/2018
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    Amazing Planner

    Maria was essential through our wedding planning process. She was prompt, flexible and made our experience wonderful! We had a lot of last minute changes and unconventional issues to deal with and she handled it all quickly and effectively. We couldn’t have done it without her!

    Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning's reply:

    Thank you Nat & Kris for your wonderful Review. I had so much fun planning your Wedding....from Day 1! You both were so easy to work with and open to ideas outside of the box.

    We are so happy you included us, on both of your Wedding Days :)
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    Chantell Married on 04/08/2018
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    From start to finish the best wedding planner ever!

    I got to work with Maria and thank god I did. My wedding was perfectly executed from all her hard work. The area where I didn't know what was going to happen Maria said she will handle it and it was handled. I am very pleased about the itinerary and great attention to detail. I wouldn't want anyone else. Don't hesitate here. Anything you are confused about or want a recommendation in any area Maria will have you covered. Works with only professionals.

    Thank you for all your hard work and connecting me to the right people. I honestly didn't have to do much but use my brain. You've made everything go smoothly. Thank you!

    Exquisite Affare, Event & Wedding Planning's reply:

    Thank you Chantell and Latoya! I am honoured to have, had you both choose Exquisite Affare, to be part of your special day. Thank you for trusting in me, especially since this was my first LGBTQ2 Wedding. You both were a delight to work with and always had an open to different ideas we had. Both your souls are extremely beautiful! Thank you again for including us.
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    Vonnie P. Married on 09/09/2016
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    Acquiring the services of Exquisite Affare was the best decision we ever made! We chose the Full Coordination package where Maria assisted us throughout the whole wedding planning process including the day of the wedding. Maria was a tremendous help. We never had to worry about anything. She took care of finding vendors for us - giving us different options to compare rates/services to. She also assisted in negotiating rates from vendors we like. She was very organized and was on point in sending us reminders and setting up a timeline for us. Leading up to the wedding, she sent detailed itineraries for us and our vendors. On the day of the wedding, Maria and Jacqueline went the extra mile in picking up the flowers for the wedding party (bouquets & bouttonniers and corsages) and delivering them in three places: church, my hotel and my husband's house...All the while ensuring that things go smoothly both at the church and the reception hall. She adapted really well to a last minute hick-up: dealing with different photographers as our initial photographer had an emergency on the day of the wedding. There were other minor issues as well but thanks to Maria and Jacqueline, the wedding went off without a hitch. We were in good hands. Our guests were very impressed with how smoothly the day of the wedding went - from the ceremony to the reception. Thanks again Maria for everything! We will definitely recommend you to all our friends and family! All the best!

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Meet the Team

Maria  Zabala
Maria Zabala
Owner/Principal Planner

From a young age, I have always had the passion for Décor and Planning Events. In 2002, I decided to pursue, both Décor & Wedding Planning. I juggled both until 2008, before deciding I had to focus on my #1 Love, Event & Wedding Planning. Since then, I’ve never looked back.

I am a passionate, detailed and organized Event & Wedding Planner. I love everything that entails to Events & Weddings; from choosing the right venue, to designing, creating itineraries, and ensuring we deliver a seamless event. I am obsessed with “Designing Your Dreams and Making them a Reality”, for all our clients. I get satisfaction, knowing that my team have gone over, and beyond, to “WOW” our clients. Seeing the smiles and happiness from our clients, is all I need.

In my free time, I love to go camping & fishing with my Husband, spending time with my Family & Friends, and listening to the most recent Latin Music.

Jacqueline  Cummings
Jacqueline Cummings
Lead Planner

I have become a valued member of the team since 2009. When I first joined this fabulous team, I worked as an Event/Wedding Planning Assistant, and quickly developed a love for Event and Wedding planning.

Creating a unique event and witnessing it all come together is so fulfilling. Seeing our clients and their guests happy with the overall outcome is what is most rewarding. It is through my experience where I developed a strong love for combining my creativity and organizational skills to helping others visions become reality.

I can be characterized as a personable, kind, warm, organized, detail oriented, flexible, hardworking, knowledgeable, calm, confident, has a can-do-attitude, stylish and funny individual. I exhibit a strong passion and love for the gym and welcome tough endurance challenges that tests both my physical and mental limits. When I am not at the gym, and am not working on events and weddings, I enjoy spending time with my husband Patrick, my daughter Malia, and son Colton.

We all strive to have a problem free event while still enjoying every second of it. At Exquisite Affare we can achieve that for you and more.

Kerri  Villar
Kerri Villar
Lead Planner

A hopeless romantic who is a lover of detail, design and all things pretty. As one of Exquisite Affare’s Event & Wedding planners, I enjoy taking clients’ ideas and transforming them into their happily ever after.

What I put first is, the thought and time dedicated to your special day. I ensure that my duties of helping you choose what venue, food menu, and décor that fits you best is in good hands. My solid background and passion for fashion is perfect for creating timeless dream weddings that will forever be in style.

From organizing guest lists to leaving your guests wowed on your special day, I can make the most stressful moments serene and a breeze. I am honoured to be a part of your wedding day and promise 100% satisfaction.

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