Why hire Donovan Dream Designs?

Save your time and energy: Owner and lead planner, Michael Donovan, is full of ideas and fun new visions. Let him assemble the dream team perfect for your specific event and style. He will help guide and save you time trying to find reliable vendors. No need to spend hours Googling and checking reviews. Let him and his team set up meetings with their vendor base that fits your budget and event vision. Remember weddings and events can take over 250 hours to plan. Just think that’s 250 hours you could enjoy yourself, letting our team deal with the planning and coordinating.

Save your money: While hiring a planner might seem like an added expense and investment, they almost always end up paying for themselves. Michael will sit down and help prioritize all aspects of the celebration and establish priorities. Helping you create a budget you are comfortable with he will guide you to stick to it so you are managing your finances in the best way possible.

Relieve Stress: Planing is  stressful and overwhelming so let our team, who loves planning, take care of it all. As a planner, Michael will help you focus your ideas, create time-lines and make sure you stick to the game plan ensuring all the elements are pulled together. He’ll take on all the tasks that cause you the most stress and so you enjoy knowing that everything is looked after by a professional.

Dreams into Reality: Most clients have many visions and 1,000 Pinterest boards but don’t know where to start. Others have no clue where to even start but simply have a dream. Michael and his team will focus your ideas, select priorities, and guide you the entire way. Always remember “The Dream is Real” and when event day arrives you’ll rest assured that everything is in place.

Mediate: Couples must remember, this is YOUR event. Sometimes family and friends give their opinion a little too much and cause unwanted stress. Michael is great at mediating many situations, meanwhile keeping clients the main priority.

Enjoy your event: Always remember that you should be a guest at your own event. Enjoy being a host or hostess while being one of the guests. Let our team worry about the schedule, making sure everything runs smoothly, and is sentimental to you, the client.

Why is Donovan Dream Designs unique?

Michael is one of the only Male Wedding and Event Planners in the National Capital Region. He brings a new eye to the industry with innovative ideas and likes to push the bar by impressing all his clients. He has a very welcoming and one-of-a-kind personality that you will instantly fall in love with. He strongly believes in getting to know each client or couple in order to bring their vision to life. Michael is always positive, upbeat, and strongly believes in attention to detail. He customizes and creates the perfect Dream Team for you, proudly leading the way.

There is an Event Coordinator at my venue. Why would I need additional help?

Most venues have an events coordinator on staff for all events. This is great and someone who Michael works very closely with during your event. You should always keep in mind that the on-site event coordinators oversees details associated with the venue and usually food and beverage (if supplied on-site). It’s not their responsibility to confirm with outside vendors, manage the rehearsal or schedule event day from start to finish all while managing other specific event elements. On-site coordinators work for the venue and are assigned to you, while Donovan Dream Designs is your representative and will always act on the best interest of you.

How do I pick what package I need/what if I don't see what I’m looking for?

If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for on our website please fill out the contact form and we’d be more then happen to explain our services further by answering any questions. Also, during your complimentary consultation, we choose the best package and guidance you require for a successful planning process from start to finish.

How do you determine which vendors to recommend?

Michael has spent a lot of time researching Ottawa and the surrounding area for venues, florists, caterers, decor, photographers, stationery, wardrobe, and so on. He’s had multiple in-person meetings with industry vendors and is very selective by only recommending vendors that provide excellent service. He’s always networking in the industry, meeting with trusted vendors, and keeps his eye out for new and exciting vendors. We have an array of vendors that we will recommend based on your event, style, and vision.

Once I hire you, do we have still have a say in our event details?

You will have a say at all times. This is your event and Donovan Dream Designs is here to help guide, give advice, and coordinate your dream event. We will be right by your side the whole time and make sure everything is just the way you want it. We give you as much guidance or as little as you want but will mediate all elements as needed.

How do we reserve our date and get it on your iCal?

Once we have our consultation meeting, a contract will be sent to the client. Once signed and 50% deposit is paid, your date ends up on our iCal. The planning begins and your event is in good hands.


The Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination (WPICC) Certified International Event Decor Professional (IEDP) Luxury Wedding and Event Specialist International Event and Wedding Professional (IEWP)

Michael Donovan, WPICC | Ottawa Event & Wedding Planner


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