Winter Weddings: Are they worth it?


Photos captured by BLF Studios (2012)

At Events by Emma and for most vendors and suppliers, wedding season is designated to the summer months. However, every once and awhile we get lucky and stumble upon the fun and daring couple that want to wed during the winter months.

Don’t get us wrong, we adore our spring, summer and autumn newlyweds — but there’s just something about a winter wedding.

If these gorgeous photos of Melissa and Adam’s winter wedding photo shoot doesn’t convince you, here are five reasons why winter weddings are way worth your while:

1. Save Money $$
We already know winter weddings are rare, which means wedding vendors and suppliers are usually more willing to bend their prices to get your business. Don’t be afraid to negotiate to make it fit into your budget, you’ll be surprised!

2. Choice of venues
Our summer couples know in order to get their first choice of venues, they have to be sure to book WAY in advance. We’re talking about 12 to 18 months in advance. However, our winter couples often have their choice of which venue suits their vision.

3. Choice of dates
No need to fight with your brother or your best friend’s cousin over the long-weekend in August. Having your wedding in the winter months allows you to choose a date without having to worry about intruding on anyone else’s. Plus, your wedding will be the event of the season!

4. No heat
We know first hand how disappointing it is to spend your morning getting your makeup done only to have it melt away half way through the wedding ceremony. And for our men, we know those suits aren’t the best 30+ attire, especially during hour-long photo shoots in the sun.

5. Perfect Photography Season
Lighting is a huge element of photography. The natural light reflecting off the white snow offers a beautiful scenery for you and your wedding party. Don’t be surprise when you get your photos back and they’re even more amazing than you thought.

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CSAE National Conference and Showcase 2013

After 20 years the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) National Conference and Showcase returned to Winnipeg and Events by Emma had the great honour to partner with Tourism Winnipeg to show off our beautiful city!

Within the span of two days, the EBE team, along with our vendors, brought to life three unique events that highlighted Winnipeg’s best restaurants, vendors and talent.

To kick it off, the conference delegates took a tour of the “Streets of Winnipeg” at a one of a kind Welcome Reception in the Fort Garry Grand Ballroom. Food stations hosted by Winnipeg’s finest hotels (Delta Winnipeg, The Radisson, Inn at the Forks, The Fairmont Winnipeg, and Fort Garry Hotel) treated the delegates with an exclusive menu.

To top it all off we threw in a graffiti wall, a Winnipeg inspired candy bar, some live entertainment AND a beautiful gold carpet girl… and can you guess what we got? A really REALLY good time!

CSAE Opening Next up on the CSAE agenda was the Tourism Winnipeg showcase trade booth, where we brought Winnipeg’s Exchange District TO the Convention Centre. Of course, it wouldn’t be our beloved Exchange without a food truck — so we knew that was a must! Pizza perogies, mini-poutines and a cute beverage station were available to delegates while they chatted business with Tourism Winnipeg staff and partners.


Last but not least, the CSAE Closing Gala which featured both a sleek and comfortable cocktail lounge and a breath-taking dinner reception. The reception seated approx. 600 conference delegates at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre. Guests filled the dance floor during an energetic live concert by just a few of Winnipeg’s finest musical artists. The highlight of the evening? Special guest Randy Bachman, lead singer of The Guess Who, who returned to his hometown to bring the party to life.


The annual CSAE Conference and Showcase is aimed to educate, motivate and inspire association decision makers and leaders all across Canada.

HUGE thank you to all our wonderful vendors for working so hard to bring the three event concepts to reality! 
Winnipeg Convention Centre
The Fort Garry Hotel
Delta Winnipeg
The Radisson Winnipeg
Inn at the Forks
The Fairmont Winnipeg
Minios Mini Donuts
Elite Lighting
Folklorama Talent
Academy Florists
Planned Perfectly
Chair-ish Your Moments
Dream Day
Bel-Ayre Rentals
Monica’s Dance Gym



SO_Manitoba_English_2-Line_2cThe transition from summer to fall means a few things to EBE: sweaters and scarves will soon dress our office, a few more cups of tea and coffee will be needed to keep us and our clients warm…. and finally, CORPORATE GALA SEASON is here!

Each of our corporate clients brings a unique cause and celebration to our table, and we look forward to working with them year after year to create a special and memorable evening tailored to their closest friends and partners.

Last year, we had a blast creating the a “Circus, Circus Las Vegas” theme event for the 18th annual Special Olympics Manitoba gala at Delta Winnipeg. Together we created a really bold, unique and engaging event that definitely had people talking!

This year’s GOLD GALA is coming near and will be taking place on Friday, October 25, 2013, at Delta Winnipeg. This year’s event will take the words GOLD and GALA to the next level and will highlight the real “gold stars” of their organization — their Special Olympic athletes.

You won’t want to miss this year’s dinner and breath-taking surprises! Tickets are $200 each or $2,150 per table. Tickets can be purchased by simply filling the form here. All proceeds will help fund Special Olympics Manitoba athletes through year round training, competitions, development and educational needs.

Take a look at last year’s Gala for a sneak-peek of what to expect on October 25th!


Thank you to Curtis Moore Photography for these amazing shots!


Grace Ormonde – Platinum List Member

971378_10151584326462476_448228577_nHighly praised as the “Vogue” of the bridal industry, Grace Ormonde is the only global luxury publication that caters solely to high-end and high-class clients. Demi Moore, Chelsea Clinton, Gisele Bundchen, and even Kim Kardashian are just a few of the celebrity brides featured in the reputable magazine.

Grace Ormonde showcases only the “best of the best” in the wedding industry and works closely with the world’s best vendors to highlight the leading trends. At EBE, we’ve been faithful followers of Grace Ormonde and their publication has inspired us to stay innovative, push our boundaries and create some lavish weddings for our brides.

GO_Insignia_Light_2013aWith that said, we are ecstatic to announce we’ve accepted an invitation from Grace Ormonde to be listed as an official Event Design/Production Platinum List Member. 

As the first and only Event Design/Production Platinum List Member in Manitoba, we will be invited to submit our real weddings and event decor inspirations for editorial to be featured in their print, website, app and/or blog.

This incredible honour wouldn’t be possible without our amazing partners and preferred vendors. Thank you for working so closely with us to push each unique event concept to reality.

Be sure to look for us (and our brides!) in future issues of Grace Ormonde, one of the country’s most affluent and luxury driven wedding, fashion and lifestyle publications.

Also, stay tuned for our online Events by Emma Platinum Profile on the Grace Ormonde website, where we will showcase our favourite weddings and work.


Wedding Somethings

456-08112012-JN0O3698The key to any extravagant wedding is the little details. We enjoy taking the time to get to know our clients, their personalities, and their overall tastes. At the decor and planning end, we try to incorporate little details that compliments the couple, such as their favorite flowers, favourite colours or even their favourite dessert.

Yes, we work hard on finalizing the texture of the linens, the draping, and even the lighting, but what we enjoy most is adding those extra personalized touches to each wedding to really make it unique to the couple.

If you’re looking for ways to personalize your wedding, start with the classic bridal tradition, the “Wedding Somethings.”

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue,
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Something New

The popular rhyme originated in the Victorian era and each line represents a significant piece of the bride’s life.

Somegthing Old: signifies the link to the bride’s old life and her family
Something New: represents the couple’s new life together, as well as their hope for the future
Something Borrowed: originates from the idea that borrowing something from a happily married woman will impact similar happiness to the bride-to-be
Something Blue: represents fidelity, love, and purity
Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe:
signifies wealth, both financial wealth and a wealth of happiness

Photography by: Jeremy Hiebert Photography, BLF Studios, Moore Photography and Red Photo Co

How did you OR how do you plan to incorporate the “Wedding Somethings” into your special day? Comments are welcome below!


Wedding Throwback: Trevor & Charlene

564704_10150622901624135_503125629_nDate of Wedding: August 13, 2011
Number of Guests: 110
Ceremony Location: Elmhurst Golf and Country Club
Reception Location: Elmhurst Golf and Country Club
Weather: A beautiful sunny day
Theme: Alice in Wonderland and Aboriginal Culture

Trevor and Charlene’s love story began years back when the couple were both employed at Fort Whyte Alive. Charlene, a Heritage Interpreter, had asked Trevor, a summer maintenance staff, to assist her with adjusting the Tipi on site. As luck would have it, the weather quickly changed from clear skies to downpour. Desperate to get away from the rain, the couple took shelter under the Tipi. From there the rest is history.

The EBE had a blast working with the fun and energetic couple to bring to life their Alice in Wonderland wedding concept. Classic details of the beloved story was borrowed to put a fun and modern twist to the event. The pre-reception Alice-inspired croquette court, tea pot centre pieces, and vibrant colour palette helped tie the entire theme together.

Here’s a few of our favourite shots from their big day. Enjoy!

Wedding Planning and Design:  EVENTS BY EMMA

Wedding Photographer: Jerry Vergel Photography

Flowers: Floral Elements

Dress: CKLY Fashions

Bridesmaid dresses: CKLY Fashions

Tuxes: Aldo Formal Wear for Men

Linens/chair covers: Planned Perfectly

Tablescapes and Decor Rentals: Events by Emma

Jewellery: Borrowed from my Aunty Heather

Make-up: Nichole Avillanoza

Hair: Jane Tecson

DJ/Musicians: Platinum Productions

AV/Lighting: Platinum Productions