My husband and I planned a destination wedding to Montreal and we quickly realized that it would be hard to plan this out-of-town event without the help of a wedding planner. I interviewed a number of wedding planners before meeting with Maxine, but I knew as soon as I got off the phone with her that she would be the one I would move forward with. It was clear that she was extremely personable, easy to talk to, and organized. I felt like we were on the same page from that initial conversation. Most of our communication occurred via email/Asana (the planning program she uses) and she was extremely responsive, which I appreciated! There is nothing worse when you are planning your wedding than being on a "wedding high" and having a non-responsive vendor! She was also extremely flexible with my requests throughout the process. I would say that I was a "budget conscious bride," and Maxine did her best to alter plans as needed to accommodate this without making me feel like spending the extra money was necessary. That being said, all of her vendor recommendations were AMAZING (even the ones that were a little more than we originally wanted to spend)! Not only were they great at their jobs, but the fact that they had all worked together in the past allowed them to work together seamlessly.
Even though we communicated mostly online, I still felt like we got to know each other pretty well. In fact, Maxine became a household name in our family throughout the wedding process. It seems strange to not be in constant contact with her now that the wedding is over. She took the time to figure out what I had in mind for the wedding from the get-go, which helped us stay on the same page throughout the process. In fact, on the day of the wedding I gave her free reign to decorate the reception space without my input, and she did a phenomenal job. Having Maxine's help allowed me to enjoy my wedding day without any stress or worry about the details. I could not have asked for a more perfect day, and I have Maxine to thank for a lot of this. My parents were thoroughly impressed with Maxine and her ability to deal with small crises that occurred on the wedding day. She stayed throughout the entire reception and was available to answer any questions, which allowed my groom and I to enjoy the night without any concerns. Maxine is not only amazing at her job, but she is also a great person to work with, and fun to be around. My step-mom keeps saying "I would have taken her home!" Thank you so much for helping us plan the best day of our lives!!!
Cristina - Bride 2016
It was an absolute pleasure working with Maxine! Planning our wedding seemed like a breeze because Maxine was there through every step of the way. She is very quick to respond to questions, she is very organized and makes sure that you are on track with booking vendors and supplies, etc… and her personality just makes you feel at ease throughout the whole wedding planning process.
I can’t wait for our 10th year anniversary so we can work with her again. I would highly recommend Maxine to anyone looking for a wedding planner.
Joanne - Bride 2015
Hiring A Gorgeous Fete was the best decision I made! This company really helped me and gave me great advice! Very professional, patient, and had good initiative. I would definitely recommend to anyone!
Julie - Bride 2015
Maxine of A Gorgeous Fete was a joy to work with - we found her pleasant from day 1 and a great person to have involved in the wedding planning process. She took the time to understand our vision and helped us with that along the way - we never felt pressured to "live up" to the wedding standards of other people, which we really appreciated. This allowed our day to be a true reflection of who we are, which is exactly what we wanted.
I would definitely recommend Maxine to be a part of your event! Thanks Maxine!
Kerry - Bride 2014
Where should we start? We all know... a wedding can be stressful and a big headache. You want it to be the best day of your life and you want it to go as smoothly as possible so you can enjoy every second of it. All of this came true the day we met Maxine. Though we thought we had everything under control, Maxine ended up proving us that a wedding planner is much needed throughout this whole process. She took care of so many details (that we did not think about), was able to plan the whole day from make up appointment to speeches... without forgetting anything. She really made our lives easier. On the day of, Maxine was there to ensure that everything was flowing and that we would not stress about anything. She made sure the decoration at the venue was perfect (from chairs to centerpieces) and that our guests had everything they needed. The night was a success and she has a lot to do with it. Besides being friendly and pleasant to be around, Maxine is a professional and she is always available for you. She gives her full attention and never makes you feel like a burden, even after 100 texts messages about the height of the vases;) Adrian and I are very happy to have met her and we highly recommend her services. Merci Maxine!
Valerie - Bride 2015
I can't even begin to imagine our wedding without Maxine! She not only was extremely reliable, organized, professional, and detail-oriented, but she brought a sense of calmness to the wedding planning process. It doesn't hurt that she has such a warm, fun and creative personality! Both my husband and I truly enjoyed working with Maxine and looked forward to our meetings with her.
In the beginning I actually was not looking for a wedding planner and always thought that having a wedding planner would make me feel like I wasn't involved in my own wedding planning process. I was actually biased against having one. As we hit the 6 month countdown, I was beginning to realize I actually wasn't enjoying the planning at all. I didn't want to look back and realize I never actually enjoyed our engagement because I was so stressed. That's when we found, our wedding savour, Maxine , and I am not over exaggerating! We really asked alot of Maxine. I leaned on her for a lot and she was always offering to help take tasks off our plate. She knew the vendors and she knew what to look for and questions to ask that I would never have thought of. I NEVER felt like I wasn't involved in the planning. I felt that Maxine was a friend, an extremely organized friend- that was helping us and there for us through it all!
My husband and I agree that hiring 'A Gorgeous Fete' to help plan our wedding was the best decision we made.Maxine allowed us to actually enjoy the last 5 months of our engagement and to fully enjoy our wedding week,and day- that was the greatest gift she could have given us!!
My advice for the future brides and grooms is - if you want to truly enjoy the wedding planning process, be involved with the planning and actually enjoy every aspect of your wedding week/day - hire A Gorgeous Fete- We love Maxine!
Erin - Bride 2015
She is amazing! Has great ideas and is very fun to work with! Love her personnality and professionalism. She made our day perfect!
Pascale - Bride 2015
We picked Maxine for her wonderful attitude and the confidence she exuted. Always happy, smiling and fun. Her assistant Karolina was also wonderful and very present and available on the wedding day.
Aimée - Bride 2015
Maxine was nothing short of amazing. I was organising our 'after party' wedding reception from overseas, so I was looking for someone I could trust, the ability to get things done and most importantly to understand what I wanted to achieve for our special day. I arrived in Montreal a few days before the event and after our email exchanges, I met Maxine for the first time at the venue. The first few minutes of our chat, I knew that I had made the right choice and she just seemed to be on the same wavelength as me and understood what I wanted. On the day, venue looked so amazing, you could really tell the hard work that had gone into our special day and there was great attention to those little details. Even the black cafe tables which I was worried about, looked fantastic. She has a real talent, and I could not have wished for anything more, and to me it was perfect in every single way. I remember walking upstairs and just being blown away about how beautiful and romantic it all looked. It was the perfect continuation of our wedding in Australia and exactly what I was trying to achieve (and more). I'm quite a hands on person and having coordinated and organised the styling elements myself in Australia and not being able to be there to do things myself in Montreal, I wanted to find someone that I clicked with and understood exactly what I wanted, someone that I could trust t get everything done to how I envisaged it. And she delivered! We've had so many comments about how beautiful everything looked, people commenting about all the little details. It was a truly wonderful night and I have Maxine to thank for creating the perfect setting for so many memorable moments - thanks Maxine, you're a star!!
Fleur - Bride 2014
"Maxine and her team were absolutely wonderful and executed our vision to perfection. She was dedicated, professional, and a pleasure to work with from start to finish. I highly recommend her services, we couldn't have done it without her."
Jessica - 2014 Bride
"Throughout the planning of my wedding, the best decision that I made was hiring Maxine. From our first conversation, I felt that she had things under control and would manage any unexpected challenges. She is extremely well organized and documents and confirms all details. She allowed me to have a happy and calm wedding day. In addition, she is friendly, fun and a calming presence and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. I can't say enough about her and highly recommend her services!"
- Jenn & Alex - 2012
"I just wanted to thank you for all the assistance that you provided for Jenn and Alex's wedding - your assistance was invaluable. She was very lucky to have found someone of your ability and you were so accommodating of a Mom and Aunt doing the decorating Your business will do very well, I have no doubt.
Thank you again for making out daughter's day so special."
- Mary Lou - Mother of the bride 2012