Eventiquette: Dress Code


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Eventiquette: Event Dress Code

We live in a time where we receive invitations to attend all kinds of events throughout the year, which is great, until we realize that we need to decipher the dress code for the gathering and somehow figure out what we should wear. Most people just want to fit in with the other guests and not be under – or over- dressed. This can lead to a fair amount of despair, especially when you don’t quite know what the dress code “White Tie” requires.

If you are attending an event in the afternoon men should wear business suits, dark in winter and light in summer, and women should wear a suit or a knee-length dress with very little make-up and glam. Always take note of the location of the event and dress appropriately.

Here is a simple breakdown of the different dress codes out there:

Black Tie (aka Formal): This calls for formal attire. Men wear tuxedos; women wear either a cocktail dress or a dressy evening outfit.

White Tie (aka Ultra-formal):  This requires men to wear full dress, with white tie, vest, and shirt. Women wear long ball gowns.

Black Tie Optional: This allows men the option of wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit and tie. Women can wear a cocktail dress or a dressy evening outfit.

Creative Black Tie: This enables you to incorporate your style and taste into traditional formal wear. Men could wear a tux with a black shirt and no tie, and women could wear long or short dresses or an evening outfit. – Have fun with this one!

Semi-Formal (aka After 5): This means that tuxes and long dresses are not necessary. Men can wear a suit and Women a cocktail dress.

Cocktail Attire: This calls for a dark suit for the men and a short, elegant dress for the women.

Informal: On occasion mistaken for “Casual” – but is actually the same as “Semi-Formal”.

Casual: This means that anything goes.

Dressy Casual: This is the dressed up version of “Casual” – normally no jeans, shorts and t-shirts, but no tux and tie either.

Written by Kim ten Krooden, Event Coordinator, EVENTS BY EMMA

Passing of an Icon: Michael Jackson


Passing of an Icon: Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Well … I have to say I am sad about the passing of Michael Jackson.

He was truly a musical icon and had something magic about him. His Thriller record was the very first album/piece of music I owned …… I had begged my parents for months for this record and finally for Christmas there it was under the tree! My sister, brother and I must have played those songs thousands and thousands of times dancing and singing to them. His music and dance has been truly amazing and inspiring over the years. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood involved his music at our family gatherings.

His music will live on!

NEW TO THE TEAM: Kim ten Krooden


Photo by Moore Photography

NEW TO THE TEAM: Kim ten Krooden

Kim ten Krooden joins the Events by Emma Team with a background in Information Technology, Business Administration/Coordination and Project Management.

Kim has always loved planning events for her friends and family, and after coordinating a two-week itinerary of events surrounding her own dream Destination Wedding in 2008 she decided to use her passion for event coordination to create a full time career.

With Kim’s excellent organizational skills, hard work and attention to detail you can rest assured that your special event will seamlessly transpire into your own unique and fabulous event.

Kim is a Certified Wedding Coordinator/Consultant through The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC). She is also currently working towards attaining her Event Coordinator Certification through Manitoba Tourism Education Council (MTEC).

I am happy to add Kim to our amazing team and have full confidence in her ability to assist all of our wonderful clients bring their events from Concept to Reality!








Photos provided by Jeremy Hiebert Photography

Vendor Spotlight: Jeremy Hiebert Photography

This week in my vendor spotlight I am pleased to highlight the fantastic and talented Jeremy Hiebert of Jeremy Hiebert Photography. Over the last year I have gotten to know Jeremy very well and just love his down to earth personality, true passion for his work and fun, unique contemporary photojournalism style.

Jeremy has spent most of his life in Winnipeg but first became interested in photography during his travels through Hawaii, California and the Philippines. As his interest grew stronger and he began to pursue photography in a serious way Jeremy started assisting some well known local photographers and later graduated from the Enhanced Photography program at Red River College. Most recently, Jeremy became a registered professional photography with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

Jeremy specializes in wedding, portrait and freelance photography. "My focus is to provide you with a professional product while ensuring that you enjoy a memorable experience".

I highly recommend Jeremy to all of my clients and know that whatever the occasion, his breathtaking images will capture your special event from beginning to end. For more information please visit his web site at www.jeremyhiebert.ca or call 204.470.6144







Photos by Jeremy Hiebert Photography


Thanks to all of your support and continuous encouragement Events by Emma continues to grow and expand our operations! 

Not only is our professional planning team and inventory of spectacular and unique decor growing but ….

A few weeks ago our new Events by Emma Event Trailer arrived and boy was it exciting to see it delivered all competed with our new corporate look and design. It will be so fun to drive it around to all of our clients events as well as finally be able to transport all of our supplies (in one trip!) including our huge selection of glassware and our new Manzanita Branches!

I really want to thank Marcelle at Urbanink for the beautiful and custom design, Jeremy Hiebert Photography for the awesome images and Meinrad and his team at Contempra Signs for putting it all together.

Look out for us this summer as we will be out on the roads each and every week …. HONK if you love it!!!!

The MANZANITA have arrived!






Photos by Moore Photography

Design by Floral Elements & Events by Emma


Take a look at this brand new decor product, available EXCLUSIVELY from Events by Emma & Floral Elements.

I am soooo excited that we can finally offer this product to our clients for their fantastic events. These rare and elegant sandblasted Manzanita branches are just beautiful (and huge!) with bands of tan and dark ash colors, caused naturally from exposure to the harsh, high altitude environment of the San Gorgonio mountains of California.

Let us help you create your own one-of-a-kind Manzanita Centrepieces for a stunning and
dramatic look at your next Corporate Event or Wedding.

For more information contact Emma at 204.779.8812 or Deb at 204.297.5036






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Photos by D.Singh


Today the Events by Emma Team (Emma Singh, Dannie Singh, Kim ten Krooden and Sacha Bouchard) had great day touring and visiting the Radisson Hecla Oasis Resort (Spa, Conference, Event and Golf Centre). We had a wonderful two hour bus ride to the facilities with treats and interesting and informative games to keep us busy. Once at the Resort we attended a site tour and had a chance to see the amazing and unique setting that hosts amazing and state of the art rooms and suites, a mineral spa, water park, hydrotherapy pools, casual dining and a five star fine dining experience.

After the tour we had a fantastic lunch which included hand-made gourmet pizza’s. Once full …. they sent us out again to enjoy the facility with half of the group heading out to enjoy 9 holes of golf at the Hecla Golf Course and the other half attending a Eco-Tour of Hecla Island.

Our team choose the hike and Eco-Tour and thanks to our great guide Dr. Heather Hinam who is the guide on most trips and programs at the Resort. (She brings a passion for teaching and over 10 years of guiding experience to compliment her Ph.D. in ecology. A seasonal resident of the Hecla-Grindstone area for the last thirty years, she is an expert in the natural history and behavior of boreal birds and mammals). We learned a lot and got to see some truly beautiful things … highlights for me included the garter snakes, white pelicans and the lighthouses. We also strolled over to check out the camping sites and cabins located close by (so we could plan our summer camping trips!). We ended the day with drinks on the patio and a tired group jumped back on the bus for a relaxing trip back to the city.

A special thanks to Sherri and Linda from the Radisson for their hospitality and invitation to attend this year’s tour.

We can’t wait to bring our first clients out! We highly recommend this facility to all of our clients. Whether you are planning a corporate retreat, conference, wedding or intimate function this is the place to be. Check out http://www.heclaoasis.com for more information and details.

Eventiquette: Signature Cocktails


Eventiquette: Signature Cocktails

Having a signature cocktail is a great way to tie your theme into every aspect of your event. It is a great point of conversation for your guests who might not know each other, and who doesn’t like to try a new cocktail?

When choosing your signature drink there are some things that you need to be mindful of. If your budget is tighter than you would like, stay away from expensive cocktails that require pricey ingredients and wherever possible use the less expensive brand – no one will even realize that you are not using Absolut vodka in your drink creation.

Consider your guests tastes and styles, you will never be able to please everyone, but you need something that will appeal to the crowd. Having said that it is after-all your signature drink so be sure to choose something that reflects you and your style. If your event has a colour theme you will need to stick to it when choosing your signature cocktail – you want to go for continuity.

Go ahead and create a fabulous name for your cocktail. Even if you are using a Tequila Sunrise as your cocktail, changing the name adds just one more personal touch to your event. Your cocktails can be served in a wide variety of glasses, so choose according to the style of the event or gathering that you are holding.

When holding your event at a venue where the bar staff will be provided to serve your drinks, it is a good idea to determine how they will be preparing, mixing, presenting and serving your cocktail to your guests – you do not want them pre-mixing a large batch of the drink and then serving it out bucket on the floor. Presentation is Key!

Now for the fun part, don’t forget to taste test your cocktail before your event to make sure that it tastes as good as it looks and sounds.

Written by Kim ten Krooden, Event Coordinator, EVENTS BY EMMA

Vendor Spotlight: FLORAL ELEMENTS






Photos provided by Floral Elements


This week I have the pleasure of highlighting one of the two floral design companies I have the pleasure of working with on a regular basis.

Over the past two years Gloria, Deb and I have developed an awesome friendship and working relationship. Collaborating on many of Winnipeg’s most fabulous Events & Weddings our design creations we have transformed our client’s dreams into reality.

Floral Elements Design Studio is located in Manitoba serving Winnipeg and surrounding area. Owned and operated by sisters Gloria Sawatzky and Deb Woloshyn using flowers to design their true passion.

Gloria is well known as one of the city’s best floral designers and for the past 16 years has designed and created many of the most prestigious and memorable events in the Winnipeg area.

Floral Elements Design Studio is a unique alternative to the retail florist and specializes in creating lush florals with inspired design for your event. Weddings, Corporate Events, Milestone Celebrations, Rehearsal Dinner and more …. can be transformed by their one-of-a-kind floral designs.

It gives me great pleasure to recommend Floral Elements to all of my clients and to anyone looking for amazing floral design for an upcoming event or just a beautiful piece for their kitchen table to make you smile! Gloria and Deb are committed to quality service, design and product and are dedicated to details.

For more information visit www.floralelements.ca or call Gloria @ 204.229.5446 or Deb @ 204.297.5036

Inspiration Friday: Beautiful Summer Tables






Photos by Wild Flower Linens

Inspiration Friday… Beautiful Summer Tables

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an Inspiration Friday …. It’s been so wonderful and crazy preparing of all of our clients corporate events and upcoming summer Weddings. All of us here at the EBE office are anticipating an extremely busy and great summer with so many awesome events and unique designs planned. Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing them each week as the photos come in from our talented photographer friends.

I wanted to share some great Summer inspirations from one of my favourite sites for tabletop and linen designs Wild Flower Linens.

Take a look at these creations and be INSPIRED for your next event!

Enjoy and Have a great weekend!