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Weddings on your terms

GETTING WHAT’S right for you

Let’s be real, everyone is different, and that’s what makes us amazing. There’s no one size fits all for weddings, so why should our services be any different? We provide what you need for your unique wedding, whether that’s contract review, vendor communications, decor & design help, a listening ear, or something completely new—we’re here for you. Not sure which service is the right one for you? Let’s chat it out!

We’ve got this

Consultations

Though planning a wedding sure isn’t rocket science, you live a busy life and adding a wedding to the mix isn’t helping. To snag some much needed support as you plan the big day, choose our Consultation Package to get project-based, bite-sized assistance in the area you feel you need the most help with. 

The Good Stuff: What’s included?

  • Online Questionnaire
  • 1 Hour Research & Prep by one of our Principal Planners
  • 1 Hour Online Zoom Presentation and Q&A
  • 2 Week Complimentary Membership to our Wedding Planning Software
  • Downloadable and Customized Support Documents

What’s the cost?

  • First 1hr Consultation: $150 + tax
  • 1hr Follow-up Consultations: $75 + tax

Levelling Up

Couples who upgrade to a Coordination or Planning Package can apply the value of their Consultation Fee towards the cost of their upgraded package

Finishing Touches

Coordination

AKA Wedding Management. You feel comfortable planning and designing your own big day, but as the wedding approaches you know you’ll have some questions about how things are going to come together and who you can rely on to complete all the little things while you’re busy sipping mimosas. By bringing a Professional Wedding Coordinator on the scene, you know your family and friends won’t be run ragged and that you’ll have a familiar face making decisions and problem-solving with your unique needs in mind.

The Good Stuff: What’s included?

  • Introductory Online Meet & Greet
  • Aisle Planner Membership (Wedding Planning Software)
  • Unlimited Email Correspondence
  • Up to 3 one hour online Zoom Meetings
  • Online Questionnaire for Submitting Vital Wedding Logistics
  • Comprehensive Custom Timeline
  • Ceremony & Reception Floorpan, designed to scale and with Decor Notes
  • Confirmation & Quality check of all service providers 2 weeks before the wedding day
  • 1 Site Visit
  • Coordination of a Wedding Rehearsal
  • Day-of Wedding Coordination for up to 12 hours
  • 1 Wedding Assistant for up to 8 hours
  • Wedding Emergency Kit (valued at over $1000)

Choose Your Human

Principal Wedding Coordinator – These team members have been with Thistle & Thorne for a number of years in a lead position and have lots of experience within the hospitality sector and wedding industry specifically. They take on between 10-30 weddings each year.

Associate Wedding Coordinator – These team members have been assisting at weddings under the tutelage of our Principal Coordinators and have shown the drive, skills, and knowledge to take on a Lead role. Our Associates lead 5-10 weddings each year under the direction of a Principal Coordinator so working with an Associate is really the best of both worlds!

What can I expect?

In Addition to the administrative support provided in the 3 months prior to your wedding, your Coordinator will:

  • Greet vendors as they arrive onsite to setup, show them where they will be working, answer questions and problem-solve their needs
  • Quality check vendor services and setup
  • Maintain and regularly update the Wedding Party & Vendors on timeline adjustments to ensure a positive & relaxed experience
  • Manage family dynamics, guest complaints, provide support to the bridal party
  • Provide Wardrobe Support (dress bustling, dress changes, accessory changes)
  • Final Ceremony Quality Check (bouquets & boutonniere distribution, wedding bands and marriage license placement)
  • Transition decor items from ceremony to cocktail hour/reception
  • Coach your emcee about their tasks and the timeline.
  • Plate meals for the newlyweds, assist with cake cutting and distribution
  • Cue speeches and prep those who will be speaking of the order
  • Support the photographer as needed (guest management, family photos, lighting adjustments)
  • Secure Storage of gifts/cards
  • Onsite Honeymoon Suite Preparations
  • Coordination of surprises, late night snacks, etc.

Best of both worlds

Partial Planning

Maybe full-blown Wedding Planning services feels like overkill —but you do feel that some support with specific projects like budget management, design support, or finding the right caterer for your foodie family sounds like everything you need right now. Consider our Partial Planning Package for something that’s Not too Big, Not too Small, but Juuuuust Right.

The Good Stuff: What’s included?

Included in the Partial Planning package is all the services of the Coordination Package + 10hrs of planning support; you control how the 10hrs of support are distributed  (such as 6hrs of Zoom Meetings and 3hrs of administrative research, vendor management, budget management etc.) so you’re always steering the ship.

The most common use of planning support is budget management, design and decor support, and venue research.

  • Introductory Online Meet & Greet
  • Aisle Planner Membership (Wedding Planning Software)
  • Unlimited Email Correspondence
  • 10 hours of online Partial Planning Support
  • Up to 3 one hour online Zoom Meetings
  • Online Questionnaire for Submitting Vital Wedding Logistics
  • Comprehensive Custom Timeline
  • Ceremony & Reception Floorpan, designed to scale and with Decor Notes
  • Confirmation & Quality check of all service providers 2 weeks before the wedding day
  • 1 Site Visit
  • Coordination of a Wedding Rehearsal
  • Day-of Wedding Coordination for up to 12 hours
  • 1 Wedding Assistant for up to 8 hours
  • Wedding Emergency Kit (valued at over $1000)

One size does NOT fit all

Every couple and every wedding is different and planning support should reflect that.

Does 10hrs feel like too much? Let’s start off with just 5 hours of partial planning!

Need a top up? You can add as many additional hours as needed for $75/hr.

Most commonly, the starting budget for a Full Sized Wedding (50+ guests) Partial Plan is $30,000CAD.

Choose Your Human

Principal Wedding Coordinator – These team members have been with Thistle & Thorne for a number of years in a lead position and have lots of experience within the hospitality sector and wedding industry specifically. They take on between 10-30 weddings each year.

Associate Wedding Coordinator – These team members have been assisting at weddings under the tutelage of our Principal Coordinators and have shown the drive, skills, and knowledge to take on a Lead role. Our Associates lead 5-10 weddings each year under the direction of a Principal Coordinator so working with an Associate is really the best of both worlds!

The whole shebang

Full Planning

Wedding Planning is a collaborative process in which you ALWAYS get the final say—we take your vision and budget, do a ton of research to acquire competing quotes from experienced and professional vendors & venues, then present them to you so you can choose what suits you best.

From in-depth budget management to design support, logistic planning, site tours, and support during vendor meetings – your Wedding Planner is both your secret weapon and new best friend.

The Good Stuff: What’s included?

• Introductory Online Consultation
• Unlimited consultations via email
Aisle Planner Membership (Wedding Planning Software)
• 10 one hour online Monthly “Date Nites”
• Budget Management and Allocation
• Venue Evaluation and Acquisition
• Vendor Recommendations & Acquisition
• Contract Negotiation and Payment Reminders
• Coordination of Hotel Blocks & Transportation needs
• Venue Site Visits
• Comprehensive Custom Timeline
• Ceremony & Reception Floorpan, designed to scale
• Confirmation & quality check of all service providers 2 weeks before the wedding day
• Coordination of a Rehearsal
• Basic Setup / Teardown of Ceremony & Reception
• Day-of Wedding Coordination for up to 14 hours
• 2 Wedding Assistants for up to 8 hours
• Wedding Emergency Kit

Is Full Planning worth it?

Couples who are not working with a Planner will spend between 200 to 300 hours planning their wedding. Let us show you how we can cut that in half!

As professional Planners, we have tons of shortcuts up our sleeves from reliable vendor contacts, tried & true venues, intimate knowledge of rental & decor catalogues, hours spent evaluating contracts, extensive checklist & timeline templates, and hands-on experience with event logistics, guest management, catering & bar licensing, and way the heck more.

Let us share with you all of our cost-saving strategies, from multi-purposing decor & flowers, to minimizing delivery fees. Allow us to pass along discounts that are only offered to Wedding Planners, and watch as our guidance nearly pays for our services altogether! 

Who Hires a Wedding Planner?

Most of our Planning clients are working professionals who value their time and recognize that delegation is the secret to life.

Typically, Wedding Planning represents 10-15% of the overall wedding budget, depending on at what stage in the planning process the Planner is hired.

Most commonly, the starting budget for a Full Sized Wedding (50+ guests) is $45,000CAD.

immersive weddings

Multi Day Retreat

Thistle & Thorne is all about doing things a little bit differently; breaking conventional thinking about what a wedding is supposed to be in order to offer something that is truly, experientially, #UnabashedlyYou.

A wedding doesn’t have to be an all-day physical & emotional marathon. The celebration doesn’t have to fly by like the whirlwind experience we have all been warned about, and guests don’t have to compete for your attention as you make brief appearances at your own wedding. 

One of our absolute favourite ways to break protocol when planning a wedding is to tear down the traditional, exhausting itinerary of a wedding to its studs… and start completely over. Enter Retreat Weddings.

The Good Stuff: What’s Included?

Planning a Retreat Wedding is like planning 3 weddings in 1. The services sure look the same, but we’ve expanded the scope to ensure you and your guests are looked after from check-in to check-out.

  • 1 hour Introductory Online Consultation
  • Unlimited Planning Support via email
  • Aisle Planner Membership (Wedding Planning Software)
  • 10 Monthly “Date Nites” via Zoom
  • Budget Management and Allocation
  • Venue Evaluation and Acquisition
  • Up to 3 Guided Venue Site Tours
  • Vendor Recommendations & Acquisition
  • Contract Negotiation and Payment Reminders
  • Coordination of Guest Hotel Blocks & Transportation needs
  • Comprehensive Multi-day Timeline
  • Ceremony & Reception Floorpan
  • Final Confirmation of all service providers 2 weeks before the wedding day
  • Rehearsal Coordination
  • Basic Setup / Teardown of Ceremony & Reception
  • Onsite Coordination from Day 1-4 (up to 30 hours)
  • 2 Wedding Assistants from Day 2-4 (up to 20 hours)
  • Wedding Emergency Kit
  • All Staff Travel Expenses

Who Plans a Retreat Wedding?

Who did we design our Retreat Weddings for? 

  1. Couples who value Connection & Community – bring all of your favourite humans together in one place and allow them to connect with one another without the time pressure of a one day event. 
  2. Couples who value their Boundaries – oftentimes the idea of a wedding can be mentally and emotionally taxing. Retreat Weddings can shift the focus of the day to a collective experience, allowing you to the time to recharge as you need it. 
  3. Couples who value the Experience – With a decompressed timeline, there’s more room for group games & activities like guided yoga classes, communal art projects, or designated guest free time with suggestions on how to enjoy the area – Retreat Weddings are memorable in a whole new way. 
  4. Couples who can put their Money where their Mouth is –  Regardless of the guest count, multiple meals and extended labour hours change how we prioritize the overall wedding budget. For a stress-free experience, it’s vital for couples to understand their financial investment before committing to a Retreat Wedding. Luckily, by hiring a Retreat Wedding specialist we can ensure that the money you do spend, is spent wisely and with the biggest impact. 

Experience-based weddings

Adventure Elopements


Got an adventurous streak? Looking for an epic backdrop? Hoping to trade in the crowds for a more memorable and intimate wedding?

Allow us to plan an adventure that suits you perfectly, whether exploring the PNW and beyond by helicopter, seaplane, 4×4 or some other form of transport, setting sail to private beaches, hiking your favourite trail, or camping overnight so you can watch the sunrise. An adventure elopement may have a small guest list, but it’s big on the WOW factor!

We’ve spent years building relationships with tourism & aviation companies across the province, we know hundreds of epic destinations, and though we’ve done it dozens of times, we never get sick of adventuring with our couples!

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An adventure elopement

The Good Stuff: What’s included?

  • Start to finish Elopement Planning & Coordination

Includes: Location Scouting, Budget Management and Allocation, Payment Reminders, Decor Management & Setup/Tear Down, Coordination of Accommodations & Transportation needs, Onsite Coordination of vendors & timeline, Coordination of aircrafts/activities, Elopement Emergency Kit

  • Professional Wedding Photography
  • Wedding Officiation
  • Floral Package
  • Hair & Makeup Styling
  • Location/Adventure of your Choosing
  • Aisle Planner Membership (Wedding Planning Software)

Adventures to Choose From

Helicopter Elopements – we recommend a minimum of 60min on location, with most flights ranging from 15-30min (one-way). 50+ recommended locations ranging from jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, alpine meadows and dramatic water features.

Seaplane Elopements – with more room to explore, we recommend a minimum of 2hrs on location, with most flights ranging from 30-45min (one way). Flying out of Coal Harbour in Vancouver, seaplanes are an epic way to find absolute isolation to the North, the white sandy beaches of Vancouver’s many islands, huge waterfalls, and peaceful glacier-fed lakes.

Hot Air Balloons – yes you read that right. We’ve captured some truly magical moments departing from our launch location in Kelowna. We recommend a 4hr excursion, allowing for plenty of photography in front of (and inside!) the balloon, time to fly over the vineyards + lake of the the Okanagan, and share some treats in the air.

Adventures without the Fear of Flying – from dog sledding, horseback riding, 4x4ing in jeeps to epic look-outs or overnight camping under the night sky, we truly are happy to adventure with you wherever and however the mood strikes!

OR Invent Your Own Adventure! – we’ll build it, you just need to come.

Step one

It's been a long week and you're ready for Date Night. What's on the agenda?

Step two

You're planning a BBQ with your favourite people:

Step three

Your friend invites you on a spontaneous and pricey international trip. You think:

Step four

You win an all expense paid 4 day vacation to a private island. Do you:

Step five

You attend a friend's wedding at a local glitzy hotel and you think:

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