The First Dance: Selecting The Right Song


Photos from Dirty Dancing

I am so sad about the loss of Patrick Swayze. Very recently, I loss my aunt to the same cancer. Some of my favourite movies include this talented actor including Dirty Dancing, Ghost and Road House. I thought this blog was appropriate….

The First Dance: Selecting The Right Song

Your first dance…so exciting, and SO nerve racking! There are so many songs out there – how do you choose the right one for your special day? This is the moment that everyone has been waiting for since the Ceremony, the moment when you first come together as husband and wife and take to the dance floor. The song that you choose to use for your first dance will be forever in your minds and hold a special place in your and your families’ hearts. All that added pressure doesn’t help when you have to choose JUST ONE SONG!

Here are a few suggestions to help you to narrow down your choices:

• The song should be a reflection of you as a couple and how you feel about each other

• Each of you should come up with a list of songs that you think would be good choices, then listen to each song and imagine dancing to it on the night, how does it make you feel? Discuss the songs together and try to narrow the list down

• If you are one of those couples that already has a “your song” song picked out – consider using that as your first dance song, as long as the lyrics are appropriate for a wedding reception

• Keep in mind that you are actually going to have to dance to this song, so look for something that has a rhythm and beat that falls within your dancing capabilities

• You might want to take a few dance classes together … this can be a great pre-wedding activity to do together

Here are some favourite first dance song choices:

• Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart

• You Are – Lionel Richie

• From This Moment On – Shania Twain

• Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

• Your Song – Elton John

• L-O-V-E – Natalie Cole

• Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

• Crazy Love – Van Morrison

• Brighter Than Sunshine – Aqualung

• At Last – Etta James

• You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – The Miracles

• Adore – Prince

• All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar

• Forever And Ever, Amen – Randy Travis

• Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

• Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

• Thank You For Loving Me – Bon Jovi

• Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

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

Inspiration Friday: DIY Projects






Images from iDiY

Inspiration Friday: DIY Projects

This week’s blog love is going out to iDiY. DO IT YOURSELF!

DIY projects are one of the many ways that a budget savvy event planner can help her clients maximize their important event budgets and make-use of their crafty tendancies.

I am a HUGE fan of DIY and iDiY is a must read for anyone planning an event and wanting to hand-make some of those "little details" that will set their event apart …… making it unique, memorable and special to their guests.

What will you love as much as I do? 

1. TONS of inspiration and ideas – with lots of photos

2. Loaded with great resources for DIY party planners and brides – including downloads, printable templates, etc.

3. Awesome How-To section with step by step instructions and tutorials for your next DIY project.

Enjoy and Have a great Weekend!

REAL WEDDING Sneak Peek: Aimee & Ian






Photos by D.Singh

REAL WEDDING Sneak Peek: Aimee & Ian

A couple months ago Aimee came to see me with an idea of a black, white, orange and pink wedding. She had purchased some very cool Ikea vases, candle holders and glass jars and needed some help and inspiration in creating her dream wedding look. Armed with our custom decorating package we went to work … taking her colour palette from concept to reality.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the event details…. more to come soon.

EMMA THANKS: The Events by Emma Team, Fort Whyte Alive, Buffalo Stone Cafe, Planned Perfectly Linens, Flowers R Us Inc, Bel-Ayre Rentals, Cherry Tree Productions, Trevor Brucki Photography, Chocolate Zen Bakery.

Inspiration Friday: Fall Decorating Ideas




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Images from Martha

Inspiration Friday: Fall Decorating Ideas

September 22nd marks the first day of Fall, my second most favorite season of all (next to spring). Fall is fast becoming the most popular season to be married in. It’s no surprise why, with Manitoba’s gorgeous fall weather, migrating geese and beautiful leaves that change about Mid-Late October.

Here is a collection of inspirational ideas for those planning details that include all things Fall: oranges, reds, yellows, pumpkins, leaves, nature… in their next event.

Have a great weekend!

REAL WEDDING Sneak Peek: Sara & Chris






Photos by D.Singh

REAL WEDDING Sneak Peek: Sara & Chris

Wow! What a great summer it has been. I can’t believe September long has come and gone and the geese are slowly arriving on my lake behind the house.

This past weekend our team had the chance to work with another amazing couple, Sara and Chris.

Sara’s black and white vision came to reality. Here’s a little sneak peek …. more to come soon!

EMMA THANKS: The Events by Emma Team, The Fort Garry Hotel, Floral Elements, Planned Perfectly Linens, Manual F. Sousa Photography, The Vault Salon, Tre Visi, Ten Spa, The Danny Kramer Event Band, The Clarion Shuttle, Rembrandt String Quartet, Justice Perry Schulman, 2 Chicks and a Bag of Make-up.

Choosing Centrepieces: Tall vs. Short






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Choosing Centrepieces: Tall vs. Short

Having trouble deciding whether to have tall centrepieces or short centrepieces on your tables? Here is a breakdown of each of your options.

Tall Centrepieces are great to use if your room has very high ceilings; they help to fill the space properly and make the room look completely dressed up. Many people don’t want to have a tall centrepiece because they feel that their guests will not be able to see everyone at their table because of the centrepiece. This is true for some tall centrepieces, but there are ways to make the centrepiece more guest friendly. You could use a tall clear glass vase filled with water with your floral centrepiece placed on top – this makes the centrepiece transparent and guests will be able to see through the vase. Another solution would be to use a thin stand to place the centrepiece on to lift it up above your guests heads. Tall centrepieces also tend to be a little more pricey than short, mainly because the vase rental will be more expensive and it might need more flowers to make it look spectacular. However, there are ways to reduce the costs – you can choose local flowers that don’t need to be shipped in, use more filler blooms/leaves, which are less expensive, to fill out your arrangement or you can opt for a very simple tall vase filled with water with just a few blooms wired throughout.

Short Centrepieces are a fantastic way to add pops of colour to your tables. They bring the focus of the room down onto your table setting. They are low on the table therefore you don’t need to worry about guests not being able to see and talk to each other across the table. Once again shorter centrepieces tend to be less expensive because the short vase rental is not as much as a tall vase. There are so many options available to you when it comes to short centrepieces.

Combining Short & Tall Centrepieces is a unique way to incorporate both styles of centrepiece in a more wallet friendly way. Alternating tables with tall and short centrepieces will give you the benefit of addressing high ceilings and filling the venue space while the shorter ones will provide that added burst of colour.

Here are a couple of our favourite centrepiece images from one of our favourite floral design companies, VINTAGE DESIGN COMPANY.

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