Hi, I’m Ariette!
Five fun, random facts about me!
- I love watching musicals and beautiful melancholy music. Les Miserables, anyone?
- I strongly believe in mental health care — that’s why I pursue counselling as my day job. While I am not your therapist when I’m your planner; for my couples whose weddings are stressful because of family tensions, friend drama or other conflicts, I empathize with you. I’ll always empower clients to deal with grace and gumption.
- GOD is my #1. On this side of heaven, I want to love God and love others well.
- Fiction books are my literary escape. 2019 favourite: The Sun Is Also A Star (I give the book a solid 4 out of 5 stars for enjoyment and skillful storytelling… but I implore you, please don’t watch the movie. The movie does the book no justice. Just read the book).
- I love Japanese culture, stationery, style, and cuisine. Sushi friends, anyone?
Why Wedding Planning?
My love for weddings began when I was a young girl. I’ve always been a romantic at heart, and an organizational nerd with a heart to help others. A few years ago, my engaged peers began asking me to help with their weddings. I said yes, and discovered that I loved planning, the creativity of the wedding industry, and the overall hustle and bustle of weddings.
Most important, I love love, the meaning of marriage, and how the wedding party is a celebration of two joining their lives. Some describe wedding planning as stressful, but it is a process I genuinely enjoy and I am always honoured to be a part of people’s big days.
My Business Story
In 2016, I decided to start a side hustle in weddings. To prepare, I received certification with Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, taught by one of the leading Canadian wedding professionals. The course provided me the necessary training about the wedding industry, etiquette, professional ethics, industry pricing standards in Ontario, legalities and processes of starting a business, staffing, establishing a brand and marketing.
After receiving my certification, I initially began my wedding planning journey under the tutelage of talented, established professionals such as Phoebe Lo Events, Tula Events and Rebecca Chan Weddings as an assistant. After building up a year of intensive coordination training in weddings, charity events and retail markets, I’d learned the ropes and I started offering my coordination as an event planner, and I started this biz!
From there, I began to build my event team. Alongside myself, I partnered with my talented baker friend, Cherry Tsui, an advanced culinary-trained pastry artist, and assistants to help me out on wedding days. In Fall 2017, I registered Ariette Hung Events as a business, and we officially opened for business. We even booked a big wedding in our first month!
It’s been 4 years since Ariette Hung Events officially opened for business, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the lovely clients, supportive friends and family, and people that we’ve had the honour of working with. If you’ve read this far, thank you for being here, and if you are one of those people I mentioned, thank you for being you and for your support.
When you support a small business, you support real people & real dreams!
As an empath and an event planner, my goal is always to connect with you, the clients. I want to understand your needs and make sure you have the most enjoyable and smooth wedding day possible, without needing to worry about the details on the day-of. You should enjoy your party! Regardless of your budget, we’ll always be creative and resourceful.
We hope to celebrate with you soon! Please email us for a complimentary initial meeting or we can set up a scheduled phone meeting. You can email me at [email protected]!
Our Coordination Services
A few weeks before the wedding, we will have an in-person meeting to make sure everything is taken care of (vendors paid, table plans finalized) and get on the same page. We also will try to do a thorough venue walk-through and a rehearsal on the week of the wedding. On the day-of, we’ll get to your venue early to help set out signage, place cards, arrange party favours where they should be, light candles, oversee the caterers and decorations get set-up, and prep the wedding party before entrances. During the ceremony and throughout the reception, we will keep everything on schedule, oversee the event, and keep the day running smoothly.
Click the page links to learn details on the service you’re interested in.
All our coordination services include:
1) Event Day Timeline 2) Rehearsal Rundown 3) Day-of Direction
Sweet & Stylish Treats
*Update for 2020: Adding savoury treats by request! Stay tuned for menu additions such as charcuterie boards, cheese boards, quiches, and the like.
Need a stunning wedding cake or an assorted treats table to end off your special event on a sweet note? What sets us apart from other wedding planner vendors is that we offer in-house dessert catering, so you don’t need to look for a separate vendor if you’re trying to keep things simple. Our team’s Cherry Tsui, a GBC Chef School alumni and special event baker, is here for you to make your dessert dreams come true. Find our 2019 catering selection here!