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Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design is a wedding and events planning service based in Toronto, Ontario. Owner and planner Karina Lemke has been designing weddings for over a decade and is renowned for creating wonderful, memorable celebrations. Karina takes an individualized approach when planning a couple's special day ensuring that each event is infused with creativity and flair.

Services offered

With years of experience in the wedding industry, Karina has planned countless celebrations catering to various event styles and themes. The team of professionals offers exceptional customized services for ceremonies ranging from traditional and civil to destination weddings. Karina Lemke Wedding and Event Design offers a number of packages to satisfy various client budgets and requirements. Services available include:

  • A budget analysis
  • Day-of coordination
  • Event design
  • Full planning
  • Guestlist creation
  • Partial planning
  • Timelines
  • To-do lists
  • Vendor referrals

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

2-4

Day-Of Coordination - Starting Price

$650

Full Wedding Planning - Starting Price

$4,000

Hourly Rate

$100

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?

$2,900

Do you offer an hourly rate?

Yes

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    Sarah Married on 11/12/2021
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    Thank you Karina!!

    We can not emphasize enough how glad we are that we made the decision to work with Karina as our planner, especially navigating the ever changing and always confusing time of trying to plan a COVID wedding. Having Karina on our team brought us peace of mind.

    There seemed to be an endless list of decisions, spreadsheets and tasks that we never even imagined until Karina explained and helped us through them. We also know in the background she was doing a lot of work and managing issues that we never even had to worry about.

    We were absolutely delighted with every vendor that Karina recommended as well. We very much trusted and relied on her guidance throughout the whole process.

    Karina, thank you so much for being a guiding light on this wonderful journey and helping bring our vision to a beautiful reality!
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    Nicole Married on 04/09/2021
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    Karina for the win!

    I don't even know where to start - there are not enough words to explain how amazing Karina truly is. Her support, kindness, knowledge, and communication leading up to the day are unmatched. Then came the wedding day and I was blown away! Her attention to detail, work ethic, and organization are what every bride needs on their wedding day. Our day was the smoothest and most perfect day we could have ever imagined. Thank you so much, Karina, for your support and guidance in making our wedding the best day of our lives. You are truly amazing!
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    Kathy S. Married on 03/10/2020
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    COVID wedding expert!

    I reached out to Karina in utter despair, our wedding was two months away and our venue was still closed. We wanted so badly to get married, but didn’t know what to do or where to start. After endless scrolling on Instagram about microweddings, I found Karina and reached out to her. She responded immediately, asked if she could give me a call, and gave us the best advice. She really turned everything around for us, helped us come up with a new plan VERY quickly, and delivered the microwedding of our dreams. If you work with Karina, you’ll be working with not only a very talented planner, but a super kind and compassionate person. She talked me down through all the crazy happening with the pandemic, and always had an answer for everything. She had great ideas, was incredibly detailed and was able to help bring all of our vendors on to our new plan. She truly went above and beyond to make sure that everything was perfect for us. Our wedding day was incredibly memorable and special, and I am so thankful every day that I found Karina that Saturday morning.
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    Stephanie Married on 19/09/2020
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    My Advise...BOOK HER! She is simply the best!

    There aren't enough words to express our gratitude to Karina! Our wedding day last month was a dream come true and it would not have been possible without her. Karina's guidance and support throughout the entire wedding planning process made planning our dream wedding an enjoyable experience.

    Karina is such a great resource. She put our entire wedding together, helped source amazing vendors that lined up with our vision and created the BEST wedding day timeline I have ever seen! She remained open and honest with us the entire time and we quickly grew to really value her input and trust her.

    Karina was a pleasure to work with. Her expertise and creative flair is second to none. It's clear that she loves what she does and it just comes so naturally to her.

    So if you're still on the fence, reach out to her. You will not regret it! Booking with Karina was one of the best decisions we made.
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    Samantha Married on 07/12/2019
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    Working with Karina was a dream!

    I got married at the Gladstone in December and hired Karina as my day of coordinator and let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions I could have made! She was professional, made me laugh, and truly made everything go off without a hitch. I pride myself on being organized and thorough, but Karina was always there to offer helpful advice, suggestions and reminders of things I hadn't yet thought of all while being respectful of our decisions and vision. She went above and beyond in every way imaginable and we loved working with her. There is a reason she's known in this city as the best. You will not regret working with her!

    Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design's reply:

    awe..... thank you Samantha. I am so thrilled you took the time to write this lovely review, I really appreciate it. I hope you are still basking in the glow of your fabulous wedding. Best Wedding Speeches EVER!!!
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    Eleren Married on 22/09/2019
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    Best in the Industry!!

    My husband and I are so grateful to find Karina from the very beginning of our wedding planning. We sat down with her and felt comfortable right away. She listened to our ideas and she immediately gave us an amazing path to our dream wedding!! She is honest with her advice and very knowledgeable. The very first venue she recommended is actually the one we chose. We had a month of communication with her and she was very helpful on planning our traditional Jewish wedding. Our heartfelt thanks Karina for all your work. It was a pleasure. Anyone planning to get hitch, you need Karina in your life!
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    Amy P. Married on 31/08/2019
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    Would have been lost without her!

    Karina is a seasoned pro. From the amazing vendor recommendations, to keeping the day of flowing and stress-free - she is worth her weight in gold!

    Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design's reply:

    Hi Amy and Braden - I am so happy that you chose me - you were beyond amazing and I am thrilled that I was able to help bring your vision to life and ensure it all rolled out perfectly. AND THAT WEATHER?? It couldn't have been better! Love you both and can't wait to see those wedding photos. Thank you for such a glowing review. Happy Honeymooning!
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    Ashleigh Married on 14/09/2018
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    Karina goes above and beyond

    Karina did an amazing job with our wedding. We could not have done it without her, particularly on the day of - she kept everything running so smoothly and I didn't feel that I had to worry about anything but just being a bride, which was a wonderful feeling. A true professional, with her years of experience in the industry, she is able to advise us on things we never even would have thought of/considered. We had a mound of our own decor which she meticulously looked after setting up (an added challenge being that the same room was used for both ceremony and reception) as well as packing up (which was a huge help to my Mom who was looking after the decor and absolutely exhausted by that point). Would not hesitate to recommend her to any couple!

    Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design's reply:

    Thank you Ashleigh - the kind words mean so much and I really appreciated you taking the time to say this. What a beautiful location, what a beautiful day - Can't wait to see the photos!!! My Best to the both of you for a lifetime of happiness!
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    Lisa P. Married on 03/08/2018
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    You need karina

    Karina made everything I wanted come to life. I never thought I could have my faity tale wedding, I mean I'm not Megan Markle marrying Prince Harry, but it came to life. Not one detail was missing or out of place. She makes your vision come to life then she executes it to a tee. Go ahead and book her right now. It will be your best decision ever

    Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design's reply:

    Lisa - what a wonderful review - it means the world to me. Thank you - it was such a joy working on your beautiful wedding. Graydon Hall looked SENSATIONAL!!! I loved all of your special touches and your dance with your dad was such a great moment. I love your family and wish you and Alonso a lifetime of happiness. I miss your dad!!! ( the rest of the family too - but I have a special spot for your amazing father!)
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    Julie D. Married on 07/07/2018
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    Thank You Karina!

    Karina,

    We wanted to get to your thank you last as it is the most important to us.

    You had a huge impact on our engagement and wedding. We have had such a difficult time trying to write this as it felt like there were 100 things worth mentioning and we couldn’t narrow them down.

    We laugh when we discuss our first introduction to you. We were completely attached to the concept of a short-haul destination wedding and were fixated on the idea of Niagara on The Lake. Then we sat down with you, got briefly acquainted and within minutes you had surgically dismantled our thoughts, left us in a state of shock, and then before we knew what had hit us you put it back together into a new, more convenient concept that we loved far more than the original. Everything you said made complete sense, informing us on angles we hadn’t considered, left few questions unanswered and you communicated it in your trademark flurry of fast-paced information that was somehow so clear and detailed but easy to understand at the same time. After we left Darren was amazed and said something along the lines of “She just took something that we would have found out painfully over months and reduced it to 10 minutes of her time. I need her involved in every aspect of our wedding.”

    You have an incredible gift for your ability to deliver strong opinions in a gentle and genuine tone. It goes perfectly with your confidence to always speak up and state your view. Out of all your great qualities, we may have appreciated this one the most. Darren and I are both the type of people to normally over-research and scrutinize every decision we make, but we both knew that would be a recipe for anxiety when it came to wedding planning. Somehow, with more decisions to make than we’ve ever faced before, everything felt easy. You gave that to us. The confidence you have is contagious, your knowledge and experience and thoughtful perspective is so obvious, and it was always clear that your opinions were backed by the best intentions. You earned our trust right away.

    If there is one big thing to thank you for, it's how much space you created for us to relax and truly enjoy what was been the best 14 months of our life. Going in, everybody told us there was no avoiding the stress of planning a wedding. I wish we could go back in time and tell them to call you. Darren and I truly believe you had the biggest impact on our ability to enjoy our engagement. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we can’t even begin to imagine how different the experience would have been without your help.

    Of course we can’t list them all, but there are a few specific memories that we wanted to bring up:

    - We went through our entire wedding without a passing thought towards logistics or co-ordination, thank you for taking that anxiety out of our day
    - We loved the way you knew the venues, figured out logistics, and gave the tours better than the on-site coordinators
    - Thinking back, we were amazed by how accurately you budgeted out our entire wedding in that first meeting. You gave us a detailed back of the envelope quote in only a few minutes and it was spot on when we saw the final tally!
    - Thank you so much for resolving the minor venue mixups on our behalf, we had no energy to push back in the afterglow of our wedding. We were so relieved when you stepped in and took care of that for us.
    - The patience and grace with which you directed and interacted with our families
    - I especially wanted to thank you for talking us back into chicken wings. Darren was worried the guests would find them sloppy and then you commented chicken fingers were a little underwhelming and you got him immediately excited again. They were a hit, and chicken wings hold a very special place in his heart. He also wanted me to let you know that he felt sad when you hugged him goodbye after Billie Jean.

    You were an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you so so much for making our day as beautiful and special as we had hoped for!

    Julie & Darren

    Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design's reply:

    What a wonderful, thoughtful review - thank you to you and Darren - you guys were amazing to work with and thank you for trusting me with your special day. It was so beautiful!!!!!

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Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design Real Weddings

  • Eleren & Aaron
    14 Photos · 22/Sep/2019
  • Michael & Melissa
    17 Photos · 11/Aug/2018
  • Julie & Darren
    79 Photos · 07/Jul/2018
  • Lia & Jamie
    77 Photos · 28/Jan/2017
  • Nadine & Adam
    97 Photos · 04/Jun/2016
  • Kim & Don
    63 Photos · 10/Oct/2015

Meet the Team

karina  Lemke
karina Lemke
Lead Planner & Designer

Congratulations on your engagement and wedding plans - I am so excited for you!

As a planner and former bride, I realize that after becoming engaged, you have approximately 5 minutes of complete bliss before the landslide of questions fire in your direction like little darts all trying to deflate that beautiful glitter filled wedding balloon.

I have been planning weddings for long enough to know that I have the experience and skill set to ensure that your day runs beautifully and seamlessly. Former couples as well as many of my industry peers will claim that I am a bit of a Zen Master.

The weddings I work on are calm not chaotic... it is my goal to ensure that any external drama is dialed right down... the focus is on the two of you and this amazing day that you have planned.

No two weddings that I do are ever the same - I thrive on taking the things you love and desire & finding a way to ensure that they are present on the big day. Your wedding is reflective of you and all the things that spark your joy.

I am an excellent and experienced planner, but I am also a talented designer. I owned a luxury floral studio for many years. I also had my own floral design show on HGTV.

I bring beauty to all that I touch and am fluent in the language of flowers. Experience within the realm of luxury floral and decor is one of the special skills I bring to the table with each and every client I work with.

I am based in Toronto, I have an amazing husband and mind-blowinly adorable son. I love to travel and am open to destination wedding work.

I work extremely well with Canadian Ex-Pats getting based in the US/UK and Europe. Planning from abroad has it's own set of challenges, but I have worked with many couples not based in Toronto and have found a very simple and successful model to make the process as stress free as it can be.

I am also extemely skilled in the department of short turn around planning windows. Not everyone has the desired 12-18 months of planning... (I had 30 days to plan my wedding and still managed a printed invite, vera wang gown, live band and 4 tier cake ) - it's all possible and can even be quite fun and exciting. So, if you need to get hitched quickly - I'm likley the best fit for the job.

Congratulations again!

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