Ben Klempner · Married on 14/03/2020
Shirley of Filosophi: wedding planner, miracle worker and true Mensch!
Where do we even begin, describing our appreciation and endless love for Shirley Glua - our wedding planner miracle worker with Filosophi. We hired Shirley for a day-of and takeover service - and what we got was so much more. We had a magical wedding, a vision that Shirley brought to life for us and turned out above and beyond our widest dreams (which trust us, were wild!).Sent on 16/03/2020
Right from the start, we shared with Shirley our intention: a wedding that is intimate and inviting, all about embracing our families and the love and acceptance that we all share. We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and embraced. Ours was a same-sex, Chinese-Jewish wedding, and a first of such kind for all of our guests. We wanted to embrace the uniqueness of what makes us - us; and, we wanted to show them how it is all done: full of fun, sparkles, good food, and an open bar of course! We chose a beautiful but empty venue space that required a full build-out supporting 150 guests. All this a tall order - which Shirley made happen for us in every way.
The circumstances surrounding our wedding were less than ideal - scheduled for March 14th just days after a global pandemic was officially called. Planning a wedding in normal circumstances can feel like an emotional rollercoaster, planing a wedding in combination with these circumstances felt like scaling Mt Everest in the midst of a blizzard. Shirley was there three steps ahead of us at every turn: guiding us, calming us, loving us, supporting us. With constant and significant changes right up to the eve of the big day, working with a dwindling guest list, trying to put in place tweaks to our menu and catering protocols ensuring that each of our guests and vendors stayed and felt healthy and safe - brought to light all of Shirley’s experience, skill, professionalism, quick thinking and extensive connections with our many vendors (seriously, we don’t think there’s anyone in the industry that she doesn’t know). We really believe that if it weren’t for Shirley, we would’ve had to pull the plug and our special day would not have happened for us.
My husband (eek!) and I couldn’t be happier with Shirley and Filosphi, a consummate professional and above all - a true Mensch! For these reasons and beyond, Shirley has earned our highest recommendation as your wedding planner!
Esther Jang · Married on 29/10/2019
Insurance for a smooth event!
Using Shirley as our Day of Coordinator was the best insurance for ensuring our event was managed without any surprises. From behind the scene, Shirley and the rest of the Filosophi team, allowed us to enjoy our daughter's wedding to the fullest. Shirley managed all the vendors as well provided us with great advice to ensure we had not missed anything. We definitely recommend using Shirley G and the Filosophi team!Sent on 29/10/2019
Freda Warner · Married on 31/08/2019
So helpful, so necessary
I knew when I chose Filosophi that I was choosing to spend a little more money for what I perceived as the top choice for our wedding planners... and it was worth every penny. We had a 200 person wedding and by having Erin and her team there I was actually able to enjoy my every minute! I am very type A so I knew I needed someone who was more on the ball than I am, and they definitely were. I was so relaxed that everything was taken care of. During the ceremony I noticed that they had taken care of a few things that I had forgotten about in the excitement, and they did a much better job of everything than I ever could have. On top of it all, Erin is a very chill presence to have with you on the day!Sent on 10/09/2019
Vinh Mai · Married on 05/07/2019
Awesome Wedding Planner
Rebecca, our wedding planner did a perfect job making sure for our day went smoothly. She created the timetable for all our vendors to schedule their duties and decorate our venue exactly how we envisioned, and made sure that our would-be hectic wedding went as timely as possible.Sent on 15/07/2019
Stephanie Steiner · Married on 08/09/2018
Day of coordinator
Margaux at Filosophi was amazing. We met with her twice to discuss our wedding and vision. She was there for me to ask for recommendations of vendors. Her and her assistants were extremely helpful and professional. They made my vision a reality everything looked just the way i imagined! Best day ever!Sent on 09/10/2018
April Gal-lang · Married on 25/08/2018
Filosophi Planning - Wedding
We had an amazing wedding this past weekend that we are still reminiscing on and can't stop talking about and probably won't for the rest of our lives and we have to thank Filosophi, specifically Margaux for all of her support in executing such a perfect day. From our very first meeting with Margaux we knew that we would be in good hands. She is professional, organized, warm and an all around amazing person and we couldn't have done our wedding without her. Margaux and her team's efforts to bring our vision to life for our wedding was a success and honestly brought us to tears (of joy). We would never hesitate to recommend them to everyone we know, for any event. We love you Margaux!!!! Robin + AprilSent on 28/08/2018
Natasha Rana · Married on 11/07/2018
Exceptional Wedding Planners - Filosophi (Erin)
Erin is the best wedding planner in the industry, hands down (just ask any of our guests!), and while there’s a lot of choice out there, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed for a single second if you plan your wedding with her as your quarterback.Sent on 30/10/2018
Once my husband and I got engaged, we knew that the next big task ahead - planning the wedding - would be so much easier and more enjoyable if we hired a wedding planner. We had recently had a wave of friends get married, and their advice was all the same - find a planner that truly “gets” you. It was clear that this decision was an important one, and would shape not only how the biggest day of our lives would go, but also the long road of planning ahead of us!
After scouring online reviews, Instagram accounts and one glossy wedding magazine after another, we narrowed the field in Vancouver to our top 3, and arranged to interview each of them - and when we met with Erin, let’s just say “we knew”, and signed up for the full package.
Erin and the team at filosophi were the perfect fit for us. Erin was always a step ahead (or five!), took the time to really get to know us and our priorities, and matched us with a dream team of vendors. We were continuously impressed by her taste, her ability to understand what we were looking for and elevate it to the next level, and her willingness to do whatever it took to bring those visions to life.
Erin fights for her clients, is a teammate in the truest sense, and is professional and an absolute gem to work with every step of the way. Erin was incredibly in tune with the happenings in our lives (demanding work schedules, periodically having to be out of town, family commitments etc.) and was always willing to bend over backwards to meet whenever and wherever was easiest for us - she would keep us in the loop as much or as little as we wanted to be at any given time, depending on how full our plates were with other things. She made sure the process was always very low stress, well-organized and FUN (she’s a blast!), and we always felt like our meetings and exchanges with her were efficient and productive.
Getting to know Erin while planning our wedding was a real highlight for us, and she will always have a special place in our hearts and our utmost respect for pulling off all the magic she did to make our wedding day what it was - she helped us live out our dreams and then some! We cannot recommend Erin and the team at filosophi highly enough - they are simply the best.
Lee H · Married on 02/09/2017
We really enjoyed having Rebecca and her team as our wedding planners. They certainly come with experience! Our day went so smoothly and we did not have to worry one bit about meeting any timelines! Rebecca and her team set up the venue as per our vision and it was beautiful!! They also stayed with us till the end ensuring that we get home or have a way home before they ended their day...how thoughtful!!Sent on 22/12/2017
M Ghavimi · Married on 21/05/2017
One of the best choices we made regarding our wedding was hiring Shirley Glua from Filosophi. Our wedding day was an absolute dream and it wouldn't have been the same without the exceptional organizational skills and dedication Shirley offered us and our families. Over the course of our engagement, Shirley made herself available to us. She replied to all of our emails with a high level of detail, and in a very timely manner. We always felt supported through the planning process and we are so appreciative of all the knowledge Shirley shared with us. On the day of our wedding, every detail we had discussed was flawlessly executed. We had the privilege of enjoying every moment of our wedding, as Shirley took care of everything. Our families were so grateful for all of the work that Shirley did that allowed them to attend and enjoy in our special day, stress free. Shirley is passionate, knowledgable and incredibly capable. We would highly recommended her time and time again!Sent on 22/07/2017
Tyler Romano · Married on 15/10/2016
We worked with Erica and her team at Filosophi to plan our wedding and relieve us of all the stress that typically comes with getting everything ready for the big day. We wanted to do something a little less traditional (and dare we say, boring) and thought Filosophi could help make it happen.Sent on 27/10/2016
Right from the beginning, my (now) wife and I had different ideas for what we wanted. Erica was able to take inspiration from both our visions and ended up creating a breathtaking event that all our friends and family are still raving about.
Filosophi recommended, booked and coordinated all our vendors. Not only were they all incredibly talented, they were genuinely good people who helped make our day even more special.
On top of that, communicating with Erica and Filosophi was consistently easy. Erica always answered our requests in a timely fashion and made sure that our needs were fulfilled.
On the day of, Erica and her team were always nearby to make sure no problems popped up throughout the night. After dinner, we realized we were missing some ping-pong balls for our elevated, classy game of beer pong. This was our own fault but within seconds, Erica had sourced some from a nearby store and had her team go and purchase them before anyone noticed. At the end of the night, everyone was taken home safely and the belongings for my new beautiful wife and I were waiting at the door, with our driver, to take us home.
The end result? We're now happily married and literally just had the best day of our lives. Filosophi did an incredible job and were able to make our dreams a reality. Everything went smoothly and we couldn't be happier. We still look at pictures daily to remind us of how stunning our wedding was. We had simply never seen something so beautiful. Well, except my wife in her wedding dress.
I've hit the character limit so you should basically just stop searching for a planner and contact Filosophi.