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Amerique Philyaw · Getting married on 06/09/2021
Run! Don't Walk!
We began working with Nicola roughly one month after our engagement. I am a busy professional and knew that I needed assistance, especially as the wedding day drew near.Sent on 10/20/2020
We, like so many couples in 2020, were affected by the pandemic and postponed our wedding several times before deciding to get married in September 2020. I truly believe we were able to weather the pandemic wedding planning whiplash because we had Nicola on our team. She frequently communicated wedding trends and suggestions, which were so helpful. Our intimate wedding of 30 was at the Whitney in Detroit and was planned in roughly 4 weeks. I couldn't be happier with Nicola and her services. She helped us set up our reception details and at the last minute picked up our wedding cake! We are so thankful for her help. Our day was calm and stress free because of her, which allowed us to focus on our celebration and starting our lives together. This was so important because it took a lot to get to our wedding date due to the pandemic!
If you're looking for a very professional and personable wedding planner with excellent connections in the wedding industry, run, don't walk, and book Nicola for your special day. We're having a larger reception next year and are super excited to work with her again.
Paola · Married on 05/23/2020
Would definitely recommend !
Hiring Nicola was the best decision we could have made for our wedding! She made the whole process so easy and our day was worry free and relaxed because of her. I would definitely recommend simply brilliant events!Sent on 08/20/2020
jennifer · Married on 09/14/2019
Nicola is amazing!
If you're thinking about booking a wedding planner, book Nicola! We live in Colorado so planning a wedding in Michigan was a challenge. Our wedding venue was the Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit, which means everything had to be brought in from outside vendors. She gave us a few option with a few price ranges and was honest and upfront with everything. I trusted her opinion. The vendors she recommended did an absolutely outstanding job. Nicola was available to chat and email through the whole thing. She kept us on track with deadlines and always asked our opinions on what we liked to do. At the wedding, 5 minutes into our reception, my husband tripped up the stairs, busted his lip, chipped his tooth and broke his nose. She didn't panic and knew how to handle the situation. From the first moment to the very end she helped in every way possible. It was truly a blessing to have her by our side. I highly recommend hiring her. I promise you won't regret it!Sent on 10/04/2019
Mallie Abdulhadi · Married on 08/03/2019
During the entire wedding planning process, my husband and I would consistently say the same exact thing: The best thing we ever did was find Nicola! Every step of the way, Nicola and her team put together the most incredible wedding we could have even tried to imagine! The both of us had very little vision or understanding of what we wanted and how we wanted to accomplish it, but Nicola was so patient with us, and always gently guided us to make more thoughtful and informed decisions. She came with us to just about every vendor meeting to make sure the right questions were asked and everything was properly aligned. She genuinely went above and beyond and for that we are so grateful!Sent on 10/07/2019
The wedding itself was absolutely incredible! Nicola and her team created both a visually stunning wedding that also operated so smoothly and seamlessly. When I saw the final look come together, I genuinely could not believe that this was our wedding. Genavieve was amazing as well! The day of, she was so kind when it came to guiding all of our guests and always seemed to appear at the exact moment I needed anything at all. Looking back, I cannot count how many people approached us afterwards and told us that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended. I cannot recommend Simply Brilliant Events enough!!
Stela Tereziu · Married on 05/11/2019
A life savior!
Nicola was one of the best decisions we made. Her attention to detail is amazing and a must for a busy bride. If you cant budget for a full time wedding planner, please do at least a month of/week of. I would 100% recommend Nicola to any one. A planner is worth it and you will not fully realize it until after the wedding how much you needed one.Sent on 09/03/2019
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you so much for the kind words, loved planning your wedding and getting to know you both. This is why I plan wedding to see the pure joy on your wedding day!
Jamie · Married on 12/08/2018
I couldn’t be happier with Nicola and Simply Brilliant Events to help plan our December wedding. Nicola did an outstanding job helping us throughout the process. We hired her as both day of planning as well as partial support during the planning process. Some of the critical things she assisted with during the planning process include providing vendor options (that turned out to be wonderful), she worked directly with the vendors to setup meetings so I didn’t have to be involved in every step along the way as it can be very time consuming to coordinate everything, she helped make decisions based on her experience and took the time to understand our vision to ensure it was being captured correctly. Nicola even attended multiple meetings with us with the florist, venue and lighting specialist to help facilitate to ensure we were getting what we wanted. Nicola was available throughout the whole process via phone, text and email to answer whatever (big or small) question I had. I felt like she went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied. Her company also provides a planning website that we used to track budget, guests, vendors, seating, etc. During the day of our wedding we had to coordinate a lot of guests within our venue as we utilized the same room for the ceremony, dinner and reception. I didn’t have to think twice about moving people around or ensuring we were on schedule. The whole day was seamless and allowed me and my husband to focus on enjoying ourselves and our time with our guests. Above all of the tactical items Nicola was an absolute joy to work with and I feel she really enjoys what she does and has a passion for making the couple’s day exactly as they want it. As mentioned before, I wouldn’t think twice about booking Nicola for your planner – she’s experienced, organized, helpful and extremely pleasant to have on your team!Sent on 12/26/2018
Morgan · Married on 09/08/2018
Nicola was spectacular. She made sure that our day went smoothly. We had an unexpected amount of wind, but she made sure that my decorations and tent were comfortable for all my guests. I wouldn't want to do a wedding without her. Do yourself a favor and hire Nicola. She will take the stress and worry out of your most special day.Sent on 10/29/2018
Leanne · Married on 08/17/2018
Nicola was great! We hired her as a month/day of coordinator. It was really nice to have someone there to help us think through all of the little details beforehand (since we've never done this before!) and having a 'go-to' person the day of. We had weather forecasts of rain the day before - Nicola spoke with us and our venue to make sure there was a plan B, and made some suggestions that we would be happy with should plans need changing. The day of, when we still had bad weather predicted, Nicola again walked us through our options and checked in to see how we were doing. She added a lot of calm and perspective the day of when we needed to make our final decision... and thankfully we had the sun shining. Our party gave Nicola a run for her money... we had wedding crashers, someone got sick, and we ran out of alcohol (and she was the one who went to the liquor store and got us more!) but she remained calm and had a positive attitude the whole time. Glad we had her by our side the day of!Sent on 09/18/2018
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank so you much for the kind words. it was definitely interesting with the wedding crashers!! It was so much fun getting to know you both and so happy that you could have your ceremony outside.
Diane · Married on 08/11/2018
Nicola was very professional and helpful throughout our daughters wedding. We hired her for the month of wedding and she helped to bring our vision a reality. She was excellent in making sure the large bridal party was where they needed to be and that the wedding day was everything we had imagined. We added a bagpiper at the last minute and Nicola made sure that it was injected perfectly into the wedding day. We with we could do it all over again it was a PERFECT day for our daughter and her groom.Sent on 02/01/2019
Zena · Married on 06/22/2018
Nicola Wilson was very efficient on all aspects of the wedding planning from day one until wedding day. I would highly recommend her services to someone I know that is planning a wedding.Sent on 07/22/2018
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you so much Zena. it was one of my favorite weddings for 2018! Everything come together beautifully.
Lisa · Married on 05/24/2018
Nicola was a godsend, and I am so incredibly grateful for all of the work she put into making our day so special. My husband and I were planning our Michigan wedding from New York, and Nicola was on the ground from day 1 to make sure that everything came together. She went to meet with various vendors, as necessary, and handled calls and appointments with our location vendor (which at times could get a little tricky - Nicola was great at keeping everyone happy and still making sure that my husband and I had enough flexibility to carry out our vision). We were so grateful for her help in recommending various vendors for floral arrangements, band, etc. Also, Nicola was great at working with my crazy work schedule - if I needed to talk to her in the early mornings or evenings, or even on the weekends, she always found time to be available. As we got closer to the wedding, I don't know what we would have done without her - she always had a contingency plan in case anything went awry, and came through at the last minute in so many ways to make sure that our event ran smoothly and without a hiccup. At the end of the day, our wedding was beautiful and we will treasure those memories forever, and I don't think it would have been possible (or at least so much more stressful) without Nicola.Sent on 08/06/2018
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank so much for the kind words. The day was perfect especially after concerns for the weather, you both were so happy that the sunshine was out and everything was as we had planned. Everyone had an amazing time!!
Carlotta · Married on 05/19/2018
June 30th 2018
Booking Nicola to help plan and organize our wedding was definitely one of the best choices we made throughout the whole process! We had a mostly DIY, backyard wedding and her help in keeping everything organized, on schedule, and calm was incredibly helpful! Nicola was so easy to work with and she was knowledgeable about everything from local vendors, to ideas for backup plans, to creative ways to organize things based on our specific logistical challenges. Our wedding day was crazy hot, and she was outside almost all day working on setting things up and coordinating with vendors and was still pleasant and kind to work with despite how uncomfortable she must have been!Sent on 10/17/2018
I think working with Nicola would be a great asset to anyone planning a wedding, but especially if you are not working with a venue, I cannot stress enough how helpful it was to have her support and guidance! We had a better wedding day than we could have ever thought possible and that was definitely in huge part to Nicola. Thank you!
Lauren · Married on 05/11/2018
Nicola was amazing to work with! She helped fill in all the details that we had forgotten and made sure our wedding day was perfect. She did an excellent job of coordinating our large wedding party as well as our vendors. The day was seamless and many guests commented on how wonderful of a job she did.Sent on 08/03/2018
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you for the kind words. The day was wonderful even if it rained most of the day. Both you of didn't care, but enjoyed your day with friends and family!
Ashlee · Married on 12/31/2017
My husband and I knew that we needed to have a wedding planner throughout the entire wedding process and we both knew Nicola would be the perfect fit for us. She helped my mom plan my sister's wedding back in 2014 and people, to this day, still rave about it. Having Nicola be apart of our special day was one of the best decisions we could have made. She was so easy to get ahold of and replied to emails/texts/phone calls very promptly. Good communication was very important to me and Nicola provided that throughout our entire year and a half of planning. She took care of everything - she communicated with all the vendors, had a thorough timeline of events, and reminded of me little details that I would have never even thought of. On the day of our wedding, I was so at ease knowing Nicola and her team were there to make our day run as smooth as possible. With a bridal party of 27 people, I was very nervous that the day could become unorganized and chaotic. Because of Nicola and her team, our wedding day was perfect and everything went as planned. I cannot thank Nicola enough for making 12/31/17 the best day of our lives!Sent on 01/03/2018
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you so much, love planning any weddings for your family. Always stunning and so much fun. Cannot wait to see the images and video, they will be amazing I am sure. Keep in touch!
Bethany · Married on 09/09/2017
Nicola helped make all of our wedding dreams come true! We initially sat down with her to discuss ‘day of coordinating service’, but after meeting her and realizing how much we were getting ready to take on, we knew we needed to hire her for ‘full-service coordination’. As someone who was working full-time, trying to plan a warehouse wedding where everything had to be brought in, the event wouldn’t have been do-able without the help of Nicola and her assistant. Nicola gave great recommendations for vendors to work with when we didn’t have someone particular in mind. There were SEVERAL barriers we had to overcome during the wedding process and we changed our mind SEVERAL times on the ceremony location, and every time I got in touch with Nicola about it, she was patient, positive and always gave advice/input. She put together multiple floorplans and was great about following up when other vendors would not return my calls. The day of the rehearsal she was there ready to help get everything set up and also helped our rehearsal run smoothly. My sister officiated our wedding and this was her first one and Nicola was able to give her some etiquette advice. The day of the wedding was completely stress free for myself, my mom, and my husband because Nicola and her staff were on site to take care of everything that came up. I would highly recommend Nicola and her team for any and all wedding planning services, you will not be disappointed!Sent on 10/27/2017
Katie · Married on 08/11/2017
We chose the month-of planning with Nicola and it was the best investment I spent. She helped us with an overall plan, let me deal with the details, listened to all of my concerns throughout the entire year of planning and got into the details within the last 2 months. She delivered on more than just a wedding itinerary, she provided advice when I didn't know how to handle vendors, support when I was having difficulties dealing with family expectations and a plan fit for a queen to ensure that everything was taken care of throughout the entire rehearsal, wedding day and clean-up. The quality of service was beyond what I ever expected!Sent on 10/16/2017
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you, we had so much fun planning your wedding at the two beautiful venues for the ceremony and reception. Looking at the photos you both look so happy!!!
Ezra · Married on 08/05/2017
Using Simply Brilliant Events for our Month of Wedding services was the best decision we made while planning our wedding. With us living in NYC it was amazing to have someone on the ground in Michigan who we could consult with as we put together our wedding. Nicola's knowledge of the wedding scene in Ann Arbor was extremely valuable leading up to the wedding weekend. Then Ashley's experience and amazing attention to detail on the day of made the day of our wedding go as smoothly as we could have ever imagined.Sent on 01/27/2018
Throughout the whole process Nicola and Ashley were there to help and made the process extremely easy. We were referred to Nicola by another couple who had a similarly fantastic experience and we can't thank them enough. From the intro on, she were always very responsive and easy to work with. Using the easy online system helped us to make sure we had everything in place leading up to the day.
When the day arrived, Ashley masterfully executed our vision even when everything didn't go exactly as planned. Having someone we could count on throughout the entire day who took care of all the little details helped to make it the best night of our lives.
We cannot thank Nicola and Ashley enough for all of the amazing work they did for our special day.
Jennifer · Married on 07/22/2017
My husband and I were married on July 22, 2017 and I can honestly say that Nicola and her staff are AMAZING! My husband and I had the most perfect wedding day and it was because we had Nicola to help plan every detail and execute a flawless day! Even from our initial phone consultation, I could tell that she was someone I could trust with all the logistics of our wedding. We hired her first for the Month of Services but realized that we would need help for the whole planning process and hired her full time.Sent on 08/10/2017
She is detailed oriented and did not miss one single element! She provided Aisle Planner which is an extremely helpful tool that she uses. Aisle Planner was helpful in the way that everyone was on the same page. She went the extra mile to make sure that everything was accounted for and that our day would be more than what we had imagined. She is also extremely personable and down-to-earth. Her professionalism is admirable, too! Her responsiveness to our email and phone correspondence was so quick, and always accurate, we never felt alone! Nicola and her team were the ones behind the scene on our wedding day that made everything possible. We gave them SO much decor to set up, and they made it all look so beautiful, just like a fairy tale!
?Throughout the night, Nicola kept track of us and made sure we had whatever we needed.
Nicola will exceed all of your expectations, she will fight for you to make sure you're getting great deals, and she will coach you through every step of the way. With her, you are in great hands and literally have nothing to worry about. I could not have picked a better coordinator; she made all of our dreams come true!
Lauren · Married on 07/02/2017
I don't even know where to start here. Nicola with Simply Brilliant Events is....simply brilliant! If you are looking for a planner in Michigan, look no further. Nicola is professional, polite, respectful, organized, knowledgeable, prepared, flexible and willing to roll with the punches. For example: say when the bride wants to wear an inflatable T-Rex costume to surprise the groom, Nicola goes for it!Sent on 07/18/2017
We hired Nicola for her "Month Of" package, where she starts planning and organizing our wedding with us about 6 weeks before the date. She set us up with a planning website that kept us organized and on track. Even though we had hired her for just before the wedding, I was still able to ask questions about invite etiquette or if I needed assistance with vendor contracts; she was happy to help and was quick to respond.
If we could afford it, I'd have a wedding once a year, just to be able to hang out and planning a smashing party with Nicola at the helm! Thank you again for your outstanding service, professionalism and your ability to laugh along with us and roll with the punches!
Caitlin · Married on 06/03/2017
If there is one piece of advice I could give to a future bride it would be to hire a wedding planner. My husband and I live in NYC and his Aunt offered their lake house on Maceday Lake for our ceremony. We wanted to be as thrifty as could be for our wedding and I dismissed the idea of getting a wedding planner because I though that would be an unnecessary cost.Sent on 06/20/2017
After trying to plan a wedding in a town I’ve never been to and three nervous breakdowns where I very seriously suggested to my husband that we should elope to save my sanity and lose the deposits on the vendors we had already booked, he suggested we get a wedding planner.
I looked at every bridal site to find the best of the best, and we Skyped with 4 different planners. I knew Nicola would be the one as soon as we spoke to her. She is the perfect mixture of professional and kind. We ended up getting her month planning services, which worked out perfectly for us, but if I could do it all over again I would have gotten her full service so she could help right at the start.
The ceremony we had was very DIY and Nicola was essential in thinking of the details my husband or I never thought of. There is a really great website included (AislePlanner) that you can start putting all the information in so it is in one place. The biggest reason you should hire Nicola is piece of mind. After meeting with her a month before the wedding I stopped panicking about all the details and started looking forward to it. I would recommend her and her incredibly thoughtful and capable assistants (we had Amanda and Stephanie help out at ours) to any couple getting married, not just a DIY wedding. It really made all the difference to know that my husband and I didn’t have to stress about the details on our big day and that our family didn’t have to do any work either. She will save you money and tears. Do yourself a HUGE favor and get her services immediately.
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words. It was such fun planning your day. I have never laughed so much as I did at your wedding. You were so funny and your bridal party of course. The photos Marci sent me, captured your personalities perfectly.
Angela · Married on 05/20/2017
Nicola and Amanda are the best wedding planners ever! They were very responsive and organized with all my wedding planning process. They were also very creative, willing to learn and culturally competent. My wedding would not have been so perfect without them!Sent on 10/18/2017
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you A&H at Simply Brilliant Events love to plan weddings from different cultures and find out everything we can to make your day as special as we can. The perfect day for such a lovely couple.
Lauren · Married on 05/13/2017
Nicola at Simply Brilliant Events was fantastic. We used her “month of” planning package, which was just was we needed. Nicola created a very detailed wedding weekend timeline for us (and all of our vendors) and served as our coordinator on the day of the wedding (she also attended rehearsal). She was also available for a year leading up to the event to answer any planning questions we had via email.Sent on 05/31/2017
On the day of, Nicola’s help was absolutely invaluable in coordinating the venue set-up and décor, communicating with all the other vendors, timing of everything from first look to first dance, and handling any unforeseen issues that came up.
Nicola gave us the opportunity to just relax and enjoy the wedding and know that everything was in good hands. I cannot recommend her services enough.
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:Thank you for such kind words, it was so much fun working with you both.
Amanda · Married on 05/13/2017
We used Amanda as a day of planner from Simply Brilliant (Nicola was already booked that day), and we were SUPER satisfied with her. She took care of everything we asked from her on the day of. Even though there were some minor hiccups she took care of them without me ever knowing! Loved her, and would highly recommend!Sent on 06/10/2017
Simply Brilliant Events's reply:It was so much fun planning your wedding. Both Amanda and I really enjoyed our time with you and the day was beautiful. Can't wait to see the images.
Maggie · Married on 01/14/2017
I found Simply Brilliant Events while researching wedding planners on TheKnot. I had interviewed 2 planners before I found Nicola. I watched one of her videos & was instantly attracted to her lovely accent. I expected her to be the Mary Poppins of wedding planning. She is so much more!Sent on 03/23/2017
Michael & I chose to work with SBE for multiple reasons. After our interview, I truly believed she had an invested interest in us. It was important for our wedding be uniquely us, not a cookie cutter wedding of some planners go to vision. It was also important my planner not receive kick-backs from vendors. I wanted to make sure when we asked for a photographer, videographer, florist etc we received the best options, not one with financial incentives. Nicola addressed all my concerns up front & helped us in so many ways, including keeping my sanity intact!
I have listed a few ways SBE helped us stay calm & focus on what is most important; our relationship. 1 She kept us organized. 2 She kept us on track with a detailed to-do-list using aisle planner. 3 She managed our time appropriately. 4 She worked on our schedule. 5 She helped us create a wedding that was true to us & our personalities. Our wedding was more immaculate than we could have ever imagined.
2 of the most wonderful things about working with Nicola are her flexibility & patients. I would find something I liked one day & the next something completely different. She rolled with it, but also kept me focused.
I highly recommend Nicola to anyone I know planning a wedding. It is very difficult to express in words the amount of adoration & respect we have for Nicola. We are forever indebted to her & the services she provided to us.
Susan · Married on 09/24/2016
Nicola was very professional and offered great adviceSent on 10/10/2016