our story

The Event Design Co. is an event + wedding planning company. We are based in the GTA, but we are happy to take on events from near and far. Our innovative and artsy team stays ahead of industry trends, bringing together different styles to create one-of-a-kind events. We pride ourselves on designing unforgettable experiences and crafting intimate moments for each of our unique couples.

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, and we understand how scary and overwhelming this can feel. So let us take on the stress of the wedding planning so you can remain on cloud 9 where you landed when your loved one got down on one knee and proposed. Whether you want to hand over the entire planning process to us, or just need a helping hand, send us a note and we’ll happily figure out how we can assist you. We’ll take your vision and ideas and turn them into a realistic plan. If you decide you want to plan your wedding but lack the experience, allow us to guide you and use our connections to find the best venues and suppliers. If you just need a creative touch, let our artistic designers reach into the depths of their imagination and bring your vision to life.

We put our heart and soul into creating the perfect day for you. Every couple is unique, so the most important day of your lives should be unique as well. We do not have a cookie-cutter approach to planning, but instead we get to know you so we can create an event that represents who you are. We love adding a personal touch to your wedding, infusing hand-made elements, vintage finds, or elaborate florals. 

There is no challenge that we won’t take on, no dream too big or idea too wild to execute. We know that this day is about you as a couple, so each wedding will be distinctly different. We offer years of experience combined with a constant search for new trends and antique gems. We focus on each tiny detail, and we love to merge old with new, traditional with modern. This is your story; let us help you tell it.


My love for event planning goes back as far as I can remember. From tea parties to bake sales and school plays, I loved taking the lead on anything that needed to be planned. In high school, I chaired prom committee, and throughout university, I hosted countless holiday parties, coordinated a walk-a-thon, and assisted at conferences, trade shows and fundraisers. 

While events were always a part of me, I wanted the theoretical training as well. After completing a post-grad Event Management program, I was hired as an event coordinator at a non-profit healthcare organization where I managed a large portfolio in Toronto. I then studied to receive my certification from the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada where I fell in love with weddings.

So I want to create your perfect day for you! One thing I know for sure – every couple is unique, so every wedding should be unique as well. Whether you like rustic charm, an elegant flare, or have no idea what you like, I am here to help make your wedding the best day of your life – stress free! 

Katie Watkowski, WPICC 
Owner & Lead Designer


Growing up, I was constantly approached by family and friends for advice and guidance when they were planning events. While I thought it was because of my quirky and fun loving nature, I was later told that it was because of how calm and organized I was. Throughout the years, I began to fall in love with the “behind the scenes” aspect of events, and I got a thrill watching all the components of an event come together in unison, creating something just short of magic.

While living in Australia, I decided to take this passion to the next level. I was hired to spearhead a team in a variety of event design projects that allowed me to showcase my creative eye and love for curating memorable experiences. It was in this awe-inspiring coastal country that I grew a passion for wedding planning. Weddings are full of a type of love that is so pure, that it brings joy to anyone lucky enough to be near it. For me, that is hard to resist. 

I can’t wait to be a part of your love-filled day – trust me, you’re in good hands!

Alysse Russell
Lead Designer

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