TORONTO & DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS
Simple El’egance Events delivers on our name offering a wide range of services that meet the needs of our clients. We are based in Toronto with experience and willingness to realize your dreams wherever they may take you. Our vastly experienced team of professionals have been transcending visions into artistry steeped in elegance and style since 2006. Simply, we love what we do and are proud of the fact that we have enhanced and brought happiness and pleasure to our clients from our inception. We would love the opportunity to discuss our many offerings and be a unique influence in your celebration.
MEET SIMPLE EL'EGANCE EVENTS
I absolutely love weddings!! My passion for wedding planning started with my own wedding 14 years ago. From all the fine details to the execution of the big day, I was involved every step of the way. I learned that planning can be fairly overwhelming and it can quite literally take over your life. The experience of planning a wedding should be fun and enjoyable.
I bring that fun and excitement to the weddings that I help my clients to plan. Simple El'egance Events offers affordable consulting packages to meet your wedding planning needs as well as your budget. Many brides and grooms miss the exquisite details and beauty of their special day. You don't have to with Simple El'egance Events. What I love about working with couples is the wonderful relationship that is formed throughout the planning process. You are trusting us with one of the biggest moments in your lives and we give you that confidence in delivering a wedding experience beyond your expectations. We work with some of the best vendors in the industry and have wonderful recommendations and suggestions for every budget. Our goal is to bring your vision to life and create lasting memories for you and yours.
When not planning weddings I work as a Senior producer for CBC Television. As an award-winning journalist/producer the skill set and knowledge I have gained over the last 18 years working in the industry is invaluable. Working under tight deadlines, while multi-tasking and rising above various expectations are valuable skills that I bring to the wedding planning process. It's what allows me to capture your vision and tell your wedding story to all of your friends and family.
Schedule a meeting to discuss how we can bring your wedding day vision to life.
I'd like to personally thank my Business Partner of 6 years Raquel John for a wonderful journey of planning beautiful and memorable weddings for our couples throughout the years.
Raquel has started her own event planning business planning corporate and social events. Be sure to check her out for all your event planning needs at www.raqueljohnevents.com
Assistant Day of Co-Ordinator
Assistant Day of Co-Ordinator
WEDDING PLANNING PACKAGES
Simple El’egance is here for you from the moment you answer that special question “will you marry me?!” Why get stressed over the details of planning your wedding? With Simple El’egance Events we are here to assist you in all aspects of planning for your big day. We provide twelve one-hour consultation meetings in this package to discuss your wedding day throughout the planning process. We are here to arrange and attend vendor meetings and most importantly we are here for you on the wedding day. It can be an overwhelming experience and we’re here to make it enjoyable for you and yours. Give yourselves the opportunity to really take it all in and select the Platinum Wedding Package and leave the stress and worry to us!
DIAMOND DESTINATION PACKAGE
Looking to get away for your wedding? We offer assistance with destination weddings as well! The Destination Wedding Package was created for couples that want to take their wedding abroad and it includes the services of the Platinum Wedding Package and more. Let Simple El'egance Events take care of all of the wedding and travel arrangements for you and your guests. We have extensive knowledge of destination weddings and work closely with the resorts to offer superb rates. We also work closely with the resort/venue and various local vendors. Twelve-month booking is preferred for the Destination Wedding Package. We are here to provide a stress-free experience and we will be there on the big day to provide a worry-free experience like no other! Contact us for our Diamond Destination Package rates and a free one-hour consultation.
GLITTER MONTH & WEDDING DAY PACKAGE
We will begin working with you approximately 8 weeks prior to your big day to ensure that you and yours can enjoy a stress-free experience. We take care of all the details so you don’t have to. This package was created for couples that have planned many of the details on their own, but still, want a wedding coordinator to tie up all of the loose ends and be present on their big day. We are here to resolve any issues, concerns or problems and help with last minute details. Arrange a complimentary wedding consultation with us so we can discuss our various wedding services in more detail. Let us show you how we can make your wedding day more magical.
GOLD DESIGN WEDDING DAY PACKAGE
In addtion to planning your big day one of our specialties is to create a unique and visual experience for you and your guests. We do so by having that one-on-one relationship with you and your fiance so we can get a clear vision of what speaks to you. We will create a mood board that comprises of wedding colours, theme and spatial room arrangement so you have a clear sense of how your wedding day will look and feel. Depending on the wedding reception size we will execute the design decor or collaborate with one of our preferred vendors.
Jeremy & Andrea May 2017 Wedding
Antonnette & Jean-Max June 2017 Destination Wedding
Nabila & Antwi September 2017 Wedding
Asha & Ryan June 2017 Wedding
Lisa & Jim July 2017 Destination Wedding
Reception coming in 2018 Kleinburg
Monique & Rawa October 2017
Hi Raquel and Nicole
You ladies are absolutely amazing! The genuine joy and excitement that you both had for us on our day just melted our hearts. You ladies came through on every promise and even accommodated my (Alicia's) last-minute requests and surprises for Jahlica. The video my daughter captured of Jahlica receiving her first gift is ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHANG to me. Thank you for helping us make that happen. Our first touch was fantastic as it allowed us to calm our nerves a bit. You ladies kept us on time and stuck to the schedule. Raquel, you did all of this on your anniversary at that and your selflessness doesn't go unnoticed! Nicole, you made sure I ate in the morning which seems so small but is so big because the gas could have tek me up and cause a headache as my mom says LOL. No, but seriously ladies, we genuinely just want to thank you both for making our day such a special and extraordinary one! It was so beautiful! We are literally going to miss you both but we will stay in touch.
Thank you again!
Alicia & Jahlica - Summer 2022
The Guild Inn
Nicole and Raquel are both amazing planners. They have big ideas and are just as passionate about your big day as you are and that’s a tall order to match! They truly love what they do and love their couples and it shows. I loved that they were always on top of things, checked in with us in a timely manner, and absolutely loved just how organized they were. They were great when it came to finding services and products that fit our budget. They’re professional, bursting with ideas, passionate, organized, and have great communication. Our day was absolutely flawless and my husband and I were only there to just enjoy the day and that is exactly what we did. Thank you so much for making our dreams come true!
Stephanie & Brydon - Fall 2022
Whistle Bear Golf Club
My husband and I are still on cloud nine after the experience we had on our wedding day all thanks for Nicole and Raquel from Simple El’egance Events. We would not have had the day we did without these ladies. From the moment we connected to the night we said goodbye on our wedding day, these two have been exceptional. The genuine care they have for their couples in unmatched. I guarantee you will start out hiring planners and end up gaining friends. I will forever sing their praises and I will only be recommending this duo for planning and event needs for years to come. Our day was flawless and I can’t thank them enough. For anyone looking for a perfect duo to help take care of your planning needs, you do not need to look any further!
Chynika & Roger - Fall 2021
The Guild Inn
Nicole & Raquel were amazing! With the pandemic, we had to postpone our wedding twice and emotions were high as we were trying to navigate timelines and guest count in a world of extreme uncertainty. They always made us feel heard and did everything they could to keep us informed on the latest updates and stayed positive for us - even when we sometimes struggled too! They are true gems who are truly filled with kindness and made our special day run so seamlessly. Thank you, Nicole & Raquel!
Ramya & Omari - Summer 2021
The Royal Ambassador
Caledon East, ON
I'm still soooo happy about how everything worked out! I was scrambling and stressed out before meeting with Nicole. She took my vision and ran with it creating a day better than I could have imagined. We had a beautiful venue...mostly black-owned vendors that were all top-notch.
Nicole and Raquel always made us feel like their number one priority. Before meeting with them to plan our covid wedding I was sooooo emotional and stressed out... they took that all away. I can't wait to use them for our next event
Lynda & Kirk- Fall 2020
We could have not asked for a better duo to make our special day come true. Nicole and Raquel from Simple El'egance Events Toronto were there every step of the way from start to finish. They handled all communication with vendors, which lifted the stress from our busy schedules.
When trying to get married in a pandemic during the unforeseen turn of events that happen daily due to the nature of our current circumstance, these women were our saving grace!! To think that we had to change our venue three times because of the new bylaws put in place!!! There is no way we would have been able to navigate such tumultuous times without their ability to pivot and change directions so quickly.
They're patient, loving, enthusiastic, creative, organized, detailed and ensured that everything was set to perfection. Their attention to detail, passion and professionalism sets these two apart.
Our wedding was indeed a dream come true, from the décor to the layout. I had family and friends come up to me after the wedding praising the work of art that Nicole and Raquel had done.
There is something so magical about Simple El'egance Events Toronto, and they sprinkle that magic into your life like two wedding fairy godmothers! These two were more than just our wedding planners; they became our friends. A relationship that we will forever cherish.
With a loving heart, my husband and I thank you for the beautiful memories we have that will last us a lifetime!
Love Camesha and Rovonn Russell- October 2020
As soon as we met Nicole and Raquel, Mark and I knew that we were making the right decision by working with them to coordinate our wedding day. We knew that no matter what happened they would both make sure that the wedding would go smoothly. And it did. There was absolutely nothing left for us to worry about. Both Raquel and Nicole were overly organized and diligent and quick when responding to any questions or concerns that we had. All of their recommended vendors were truly a pleasure to work with. From the dress designer, florists, and wedding invitations we were truly amazed.
We had such a wonderful time, we wish we could do it all over again! One of the greatest pleasures was getting to know them. They were not just our wedding planners, but an ally, confidant and friend. Thank you, Raquel and Nicole, we couldn't have done it without you – you really did make our wedding dreams come true! We hope to see you again soon <3
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you both for going above and beyond for our wedding day. We felt the love and sincerity all around us, which made it the most memorable day of our lives.
You both have been the best professional individuals to work with and you made our wedding day very smooth and stressful-free. We can't thank you guys enough.
We are grateful for your wishes, prayers, hard work and generous gift.
"My husband and I really wanted to plan our wedding, but with only 6 months lead time, we knew we would need help. Simple El'egance Events came highly recommended by a friend and from our initial phone conversation and subsequent face-to-face meeting we could tell that both Nicole and Raquel were experienced, organized and passionate.
They helped us connect to reputable vendors for our cake, decor, printing and transportation. Nicole and Raquel got up to speed very quickly, helped us to develop a program for the day and did a final onsite rehearsal with our bridal party and DJ. On the day of, Nicole and Raquel were at the venue ensuring all details were executed to our vision and that everything was running on time.
It's so important to have people that you can trust and help you achieve your dream. We had an amazing time at our wedding and we didn't have to worry about anything!
Our wedding was nothing short of tropical simple elegance.
Charlaine & Garth 2019- Toronto
To say we were Satisfied with Simple El'egance, is an understatement. They are very thorough from start to finish. Not even once did we feel like they did not have our best interest at heart. I can truly go on and on about their amazing work. But it's better you just get engaged and hire Simple El'egance to plan your wedding for the vision you want. Then you will understand why we give them this praise.
Thank you Guys Always.
N'Kruma & Marshalee- Roma Hospitality 2019
I'm pretty organized so I didn't think I needed a planner for my wedding, but after meeting Nicole and Raquel, I knew I needed them. Their attention to detail, expert recommendations, and personal touch helped my husband & I have a flawless wedding day. Can't thank you enough <3
Alyssa & Shawn - Credit Valley Golf and Country Club 2019
I was never the kind of girl who had her dream wedding all laid out in her imagination, so the thought of planning the big day was both foreign and daunting for me. I found a guiding light in Nicole and Raquel, total pros who were reassuring in both words and action. Their genuine excitement for planning weddings is contagious, and so is their confidence that it’s all going to fall into place. Somehow, Nic and Raquel’s roster of vendors all share their professionalism and penchant for happy surprises. By the time the wedding rolled around, we wanted these two there as our planners, sure, but really, also our friends!
Yamri & Amanuel - Woodbine Convention Centre 2019
I've had the pleasure of calling Nicole Mercury a friend for well over a decade. She's such a dear friend, I asked her to stand in my wedding as a bridesmaid. After years of watching Nicole work with brides to pull off their dream weddings, there was no question that when my wedding day came, I wanted to work with Simple El'egance.
With two weddings to plan, we met with Nicole and her business partner Raquel to bring our vision to life. From the moment we met them, the stress of planning not one, but TWO weddings lifted from our shoulders. Nicole and Raquel helped us plan the biggest moment in our lives and we couldn't have imagined doing it all without them. What makes them very special is that they care immensely about their clients and go to great lengths to ensure that their needs are met. Not only did Nicole and Raquel help with the finer details, they made sure we were enjoying the process, that we weren't feeling stressed and communicated with us regularly. We could call on them at any time and they were quick to find solutions to the problems we encountered.
Their experience and professionalism made everything run smoothly. From venue visits, floral and decor appointments, they were there for it all, continually advising and pointing us in the right direction. Our first wedding, a cultural ceremony, was everything we had hoped for. Both Nicole and Raquel ensured that all of the important components and details of the day came together.
When it came down to the second wedding day, Raquel took the lead as Nicole stood by my side as a bridesmaid. Raquel was absolutely amazing. Not only did she ensure everything flowed on time, but she does everything with the upmost grace. That's just her nature, beautiful on the inside and out. She managed, all of our vendors from decor, florals, to musicians and ensured that our guests were taken care of. She worked with our venue staff and made sure everything ran smoothly. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Simple Elegance on our wedding day(s), and we enjoyed every minute! I can't thank both Nicole and Raquel enough for making our dreams come true. -
Tashauna & Clay -Cambridge Mill -2018
Nicole and Raquel are two amazing people!!! We had to plan our wedding in only 7 months!!!!
Nicole and Raquel at Simple El'egance Events did not miss a beat or a step from start to finish! What I like most about their service is that they help you develop your vision, they make executing your plan easy by the quality vendors they suggest and work with and then their direction from the first day we met them to the end of our wedding was amazing!
So many people were commenting on the fact that I wasn't a "bridezilla" but honestly I didn't have to be because of these two very professional ladies. Both of them pay very close attention to detail, they have an eye for what is stylish and simply beautiful, they keep you on budget (which is sooooo important), they are fun and energetic, they help you to stay on schedule, they listen to you and most importantly you know and feel that they actually care about you and making your day beautiful.
It's funny, after the wedding I said to my husband I miss talking with Nicole and Raquel because they really become part of your friendship circle after being a part of our wedding journey. Thank you Nicole & Raquel for helping us making our wedding day so special and beautiful! I wish you both nothing but the most success and will forever recommend Simple El'egance Events!!
Nicole & Kevin - Harding Waterfront Estate- 2018
I have known Raquel for the past 15 years. She has always had the knack for planning, so when she got into the business (Simple El'egance ) it was no surprise to me. I know that this was just up ‘her alley’, and that she was destined to be successful at the task. Our Journey begins” Jim and I had a destination wedding in Barbados, July 2017.
Our reception was scheduled a year later, July 2018. Hiring Simple El'egance was absolutely one of the best decisions we made to coordinate our reception. Raquel and her partner Nicole, were diligent in the coordination of reception from start to finish. They took meticulous care of each and every detail. From the selection of venue to the decision on vendors that supported our budget. We did not have to spend time worrying about details on the day of. We were so glad to have both Raquel and Nicole present, to discreetly guide us through this momentous day. As a result, we were able to spend valuable time with our guests. Indeed, time well spent! The entire evening flowed smoothly.
Several weeks following the occasion, we received countless positive comments on the execution of the event. Some said, and I quote ‘ this was the first time that I attended a wedding reception without ‘the drama’. Raquel and Nicole’s passion for event planning, combined with their organization and attention to details, make their worth far more than the cost for their services. We would highly recommend Simple El'egance to any couple planning their wedding and reception. They specialize in both local and destination events.
Thanks Raquel and Nicole
Lisa and Jim Kerr- The Doctor's House 2018
Thank you so much for being our wedding planner. We appreciate everything you have done for us and making our dream wedding come true. Thank you for your patience and putting up with all of our demands. You are an amazing planner and truly talented. Thank you to Raquel as well for helping you. It would have been impossible to plan without you by my side. Not only did we get an amazing planner but a lovely friend as well.
With Love and Gratitude,
Nabila and Antwi- Hazleton Manor 2017
My fiance and I knew we needed a wedding planner due to our hectic schedules and concern that we wouldn't have the time to piece everything together ourselves. We were referred to three different wedding planners. We met each of them and Nicole was the last to be interviewed. There was something different about Nicole that just stood out.
Her enthusiasm, excitement, creativity, and confidence radiated through and in the first five minutes, we knew she was the 'one'. Immediately after the meeting, she began throwing out ideas, learning about our story and brainstormed on the spot how we could tell it on our wedding day.
Nicole, sourced many different big items for our wedding, including the artiste who would be creating my dress. She corresponded with her on my behalf making sure she was going to deliver on time and have me blown away, and blown away I was.
Nicole came with me to important meetings for decor, to determine many fine details that I didn't think of! She worked tirelessly on the stationaries, invites, the thank you gifts to guests, itineraries - EVERYTHING!
Nicole was the sole contact person at our resort in Jamaica where we would be having our destination wedding for 125 people! I didn't have to worry about one thing. She single-handedly, coordinated the entire day, ensuring we met timelines, that guests were happy and most importantly, that my husband and I were happy.
We also had an all-white party day following the wedding at the resort for all of our guests. Nicole creatively incorporated our wedding reception decor for the white party and it looked absolutely stunning! Not only that, I planned a bridesmaid photo-shoot and she directed it too, along with my photographer and the photos came out remarkable!
Her amazing service went beyond the wedding day and we were astounded by it all. Through her passion, amazing and authentic personality, I have bonded with her and now call her friend. She will be a part of our lives for years to come and will hopefully be open to plan our vow renewal in five years! By then, we can easily see that she'll be wedding planning for A-List celebs, but we will cross our fingers till then.
We love and appreciate you, Nicole. Thank you for blessing our lives. -
Monique & Rawa 2017- The Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay Jamaica
We want to take this opportunity to thank Nicole Mercury & Raquel John Matuzewiski from Simple E’legance with planning our wedding. My bride to be and I did not know where to begin. We had the basic idea as to what was involved by going to the wedding shows but the more we got into the details we found the experience to be overwhelming. Andrea decided that we needed help; she posted an ad and received many responses. As we researched we found one wedding planner that stood out from the rest. With our initial meeting, Nicole and Raquel were very professional and worked with us to see our vision of what we wanted for our big day. From the guest lists, invitations through the late night conversations to the wedding decor, and the day of the wedding they were there every step of the way. Nicole and Raquel worked tirelessly with the vendors to ensure our day was one we would never forget. Words are not enough to express how grateful we are as without them; we do not believe we could have made it through our wedding day. Thank you both for what you have done for us.
Jeremy & Andrea 2017- Red Rose Banquet Hall- Toronto, Ontario
Nic, you're one of the most incredible women I know. You granted Leon and I the wedding of our dreams, and for that, we are forever indebted. There are really no words to describe the gratitude I have. it's so far beyond what I can even conceive. The day was perfect because everything you commit to and put your heart in is there.
Thank you so much#sisterlylove #fairygodmother#superwoman weddingplanneroftheyear❤️#bestweddingplanner#celebrityweddingsnext
- Leianne & Leon 2016 - The Manor
Nicole, There's no words to express how thankful and blessed I am that God brought you and your beautiful talent to us ! You're amazing ! Thank you for all your hard work , love and extra care that you gave to our family , this is truly your calling !! It has been magical! We love you dearly! I value your services and I would say to anyone getting married , your services are priceless ! Thanks for being a mother's dream ! I hope the other daughter gets engaged soon. We miss you already ! People are still telling me about the wedding ! Thanks pretty lady , we owe you !
Suzette McKoy-Mother of the Bride 2016 - The Manor
Nicole was the Day of Coordinator along with her assistant, Richard, for my wedding that had approx. 450 guests. There were several cultural elements to the wedding outside of a typical wedding. Although it was her first time with this particular cultural wedding, she handled herself very well throughout the day. At times, we were behind schedule and her and Richard worked together to make any necessary adjustments and make the day go smoothly. She was very patient! She advised my bridesmaids at the rehearsal to pick up a couple of things that would be needed for the day that we didn’t think of such as capes so that we could eat and snack in the limo without spilling anything on our dresses. That was crucial!! She assisted the decorator by dropping off bridal flowers to my home the day of the wedding and stuck around to help us with anything we needed such as loading our personal effects into the limo. Nicole is well organized and a great communicator which is critical for the role of a Day of Coordinator. I would recommend her services and wish her all the best with her business! Admas & Solomon 2016 - Riviera Parque
Simple El'egance Events...Everything was wonderful, the food, the service, the ambiance…The wait staff was impeccable, the team was courteous, timely and efficient. You were all so pleasant to work with. Every person I spoke to at the wine and cheese event commented on how delicious the food/cheese was and how beautifully it was displayed. We sincerely appreciate your time and effort!
Many thanks for the beautiful food and wonderful service. We will definitely recommend your planning services to others!
-Kathy Ruziz-Banks & Starkman Law Firm - 2016
Nicole is a wedding planner extraordinaire; helping to successfully coordinate and organize our wedding to be even more magical then we ever could have imagined.We hired Nicole to help coordinate our wedding from start to finish (including the actual day) and were completely blown away by how everything came together. Despite the intense heat wave we were experiencing, Nicole always had everything in control and there was never a time where we needed to worry about anything. She handled the few last minute hiccups like an absolute pro which allowed us to spend time with friends and family who came to celebrate our special day with us.We couldn’t ask for a smoother execution of the wedding day itself. Nicole did a wonderful job, All our guests had an amazing time and the vendors she recommended to us were very professional and top of the line but not top of the budget.Long story short – we feel, and all our guests concur, that Nicole is the reason our wedding was absolutely unforgettable for all the right reasons.
Sarah & Allan 2014 - Paletta Mansion
Dear Nicole (Simple El'egance),
You were a LIFESAVER on our wedding day!!! But before that, you dedicated an entire year to helping us plan our "Big Fat Barbados Beach Wedding." There is NO WAY to really repay you except with a heartfelt THANK YOU SO MUCH!
You are super thorough and such a hard worker. We knew that no matter how much we planned there would always be an issue. Our issue happened to be the volume on the video presentation for Simon's dad's memorial tribute. This was a sensitive time for his family and when we couldn't hear anything both Simon and I got really concerned UNTIL you grabbed a microphone and stood there so the volume would be amplified. UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!! It actually brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
Your professionalism, expertise, upbeat personality and willingness to do what needs to be done, allowed both Simon and I, as well as our family and friends, to have the most amazing wedding experience!! With warmest regards,
Kathy & Simon Northwood 2009 - Barbados