About Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design
Karina Lemke Wedding & Event Design is a Toronto-based company that specializes in wedding planning and event design services for brides looking to have a truly memorable wedding. Karina's individualized approach and creative eye for creating legendary wedding bashes have been featured in books, TV shows and industry publications of all kinds.
She offers a number of wedding packages which can include the following services:
She also offers other services such as:
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Ashleigh, Married on 14/09/2018
Karina goes above and beyond
Sent on 27/09/2018
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!
Lisa Palumbo, Married on 03/08/2018
You need karina
Sent on 07/08/2018
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!)
Julie D'Ortenzio, Married on 07/07/2018
Thank You Karina!
Sent on 15/09/2018
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!!!!!
Wei Su, Married on 08/04/2017
Sent on 14/07/2017
Karina was absolutely lovely to work with! We had met with a few wedding planners prior, but as soon as we met Karina, we knew that she would be the best fit for us - she is super witty, very organized, and we loved how she was so proactive! We had a short engagement of 6 months, and Karina was not overwhelmed with the timeline. She put us at ease and helped us get it all done from securing an amazing venue, to signing with some of the best vendors of the industry, all while staying on budget. She never pushed us to spend more money and always let us know were we could cut without compromising the overall quality! Karina has very refined taste and we always trusted her recommendations!! She was very responsive over email, answering our questions at all times of the day/night! She helped us stay organized and made sure we weren't dealing with too much at once. Thanks to Karina, we were able to pull off the wedding without a hitch! She was incredible the days leading up to the wedding! Karina really delivered on the day of the wedding, organizing and coordinating arrival times with all the vendors and helpers, kept everyone on schedule, and kept the whole day flowing. She made sure the bridal party were fed and watered, helped with some last minute meal changes, and she even steamed my veil!! We had so much fun at the wedding and didn't have to worry about anything because we knew Karina was behind the scenes making sure everything would be perfect. We enjoyed working with Karina so much and miss her now that our wedding is over! Karina's services were also very reasonably priced (compared to other wedding planners) and we were lucky to have worked with her!
Nadine Reid, Married on 04/06/2016
Sent on 08/07/2016
Karina planned my June 2016 wedding in Toronto and we could not be more thrilled with how it all came together. The first thing I did when we got engaged was to hire Karina, and after an 18 month long engagement, I feel both a) fully qualified to comment; and b) compelled to share with the world that I never, ever could have done it without her.
It's been nearly 6 weeks and we are still hearing from our guests that it was one of, if not the best wedding they've ever attended. It is 100% thanks to Karina and the amazing team of vendors she helped me put together.
Karina knows the wedding industry inside and out, and it shows. She helped me manage expectations, and prioritize tasks, budgets and timelines; introduced me to vendors who not only did beautiful work, but who were an absolute pleasure to deal with; helped me navigate piles of confusing contracts and payment plans; and was readily available to answer every single (often dumb) question I had over the 18 months we worked together. This - all before the wedding day.
On our actual wedding day, everything ran incredibly smoothly. If there were any problems, even a minor glitch, we didn't know about it. Because of all the planning and Karina being there to make sure all details were in order and everything was delivered, set up and serviced, our wedding day felt easy, relaxed, and was so much fun.
Karina is honestly just excellent at what she does; she's extremely effective and also very efficient. Plus, she has great taste so you really can't go wrong following her advice, but she also gives you the space to make your own decisions and design your wedding just as you imagined it (she will pull your head out of the clouds too, if your imagination is running wild). Bonus that relative to other Toronto event planners I investigated, I found her to be very reasonably priced. As my mom said, "Karina is worth her weight in gold."
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