Leadership Winnipeg “Why Winnipeg?” Book Launch

IMG_3214 copyIf you were asked, “Why Winnipeg?” how would you respond?

Just last month on June 18, Leadership Winnipeg launched the 2015 A Profile of Community Leadership book called “Why Winnipeg?” which asks that exact question to 32 inspiring local leaders.

Inspiring leaders like Devon Clunis, Richard Cloutier, and Chrissy Troy were among the long list who shared their reasons why they choose to live in the beautiful city of Winnipeg.

IMG_3225 copyEvents by Emma was able to be a part of this event, at the historic Hotel Fort Garry that
together Leadership Winnipeg Alumni, Community leaders past and present and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce members.

It is always an honour being surrounded by motivating leaders in our community!
For more information on how to purchase the book, visit The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce website.

Photo Credit: Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

After saying “I Do”

ChantelAndrew_wedding_397The big day is over and you’re finally newlyweds. First off, we would like to congratulate you on tying the knot.

You’ve gone on your romantic honeymoon, relaxed, but it’s back to reality and routine. It’s now time to make some decisions, but we aren’t talking about what colour the napkins should be or what cake flavour you should have.

Living with a spouse is one of the biggest adjustments you will have to make.

Financial decisions and daily responsibilities need to be made. When making these decisions, it is important not to put them off to avoid all the stress that may come later.

To help you out, we have are giving you the inside scoop of what to expect and give you a few tips that will help make everything a little bit easier.

Moving in together

Choosing a place to move in together can be a long process or you can be lucky and find a place that’s fitting for both of you quickly. Either way, mortgages will have to be paid. First decide if you want to rent for a few years and try to save some money. You may just want to jump into being a homeowner right away.

Before you start looking at houses, make sure to know what you are approved for. This will help you know exactly what types and price ranges of houses to be looking at.

Tip #1: If you are buying a home, you will need at least a 5 per cent of purchase price down payment and to avoid CMHC financing, you need 20 per cent down.

Changing your name

Now that you are married, if you took your husbands name, that means you need to change anything that has your maiden name on it. Think about changing your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, and health cards. This will take a little bit of time, but know that the sooner you get it done, the more official everything becomes.

Tip #2: Remember, you can’t change anything officially until you have your marriage license.

Choosing health coverage

It’s time to choose the right health insurance plan. The insurance should provide the right coverage in any situation.

One company in the states provides the right plan. Oscar Health Insurance  in New York and New Jersey is a great choice that makes it easy to find the care you need. They specialize in providing a plan fit for you after a huge change has been made, just like getting married.

Oscar Health Insurance uses technology and design to make health care simple. All you
need to do is use their app to search your symptoms and you are able to locate a doctor. You can even track your visits, prescriptions, and lab work.

And of course, right here in Manitoba, Manitoba Blue Cross is one of the most popular private health insurance companies along with Great-West Life and CAA.

Tip #3: Download the free Misfit Flash Fitness tracker and sync up your Oscar app to earn up to $240 per year from just being active.

Having the money talk 

Hopefully you’ve had the money talk already, but if you haven’t make sure to have it and make a trip down to the bank. Choosing how to look after your finances could be a tough discussion. You can choose to have individual accounts or joint accounts, but there really is no right choice to make. It really is just personal preference. If you have a mortgage, then you will need at least one joint account for payments to come out of.

Tip #4:
Establish a budget to determine how the bills will be paid such as utilities, insurance, car insurance, mortgage, house taxes etc. This will help you stay on track.

Choosing who will do each chore

It’s now time to figure out who hates doing which chores and hopefully the other doesn’t mind doing it. Discuss who will walk the dog, do the laundry, take out the garbage and even make meals. If you truly hate doing a certain chore, discuss it with your spouse early and find a resolution before you get stuck doing something you hate.

Work with each other’s schedules. Each day may be different, so it’s important to remember when you are doing what.

Tip #5: Making a chart or putting your chores into your smartphone will help keep you on track. It takes about 21 days for something to become a habit.

Marriage will come with a lot of adjustments, but it’s important to take it day by day. You both are experiencing a lot of change and everyone reacts to change differently. But most importantly, enjoy each other’s company and the new life you both are creating.

Congratulations on your marriage from Events by Emma and Oscar Health Insurance.


PHOTOS by: Carey Shaw Photography

Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

The Nellie McClung Foundation | Centennial Gala 2015

The Nellie McClung Foundation is celebrating a monumental time in Canadian history and they want you to be apart of it. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of which women were given the right to vote.

NMF-Event-CentGala-400x250-400x230The Centennial Gala hosted by The Nellie McClung Foundation will be held on January 28, 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre. It is an exciting day in history and we are honoured to be apart of the evening.

The elegant evening will include a special presentation of the inaugural Nellie Awards (The Nellies). These awards honour Manitoba women who have followed in Nellie McClung’s footsteps in social justice, women’s, and human rights.

For more information about the event and how to buy tickets, head over to the website.

Events by Emma is pleased to be the Planning & Design Partner for the event.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Wedding Season is Here – Book EBE Today!

Summer is here and we are getting excited for the warm weather ahead. We are now switching gears from our busy corporate event and gala season and gearing up for a busy and memorable 2015 wedding season.

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Last year was a very exciting year for us at Events by Emma! We received a Canadian Wedding Industry Award for Best Reception Décor 2014.

We also started this year off with the honour of being named Top Event Planner of 2015 in the City of Winnipeg. Thousands of Canadians in 13 cities named their top choices and we were chosen!

We want to personally thank everyone who has supported Emma and the Events by Emma team. It’s always such an honour to be nominated for these awards let alone receive the award. Thank you to our  partner vendors, clients, volunteers and staff, we are so fortunate to work with talented people who help us every day.

We would love to allow for your perfect wedding to become a reality. Although we are booked for the 2015 season, we have already started booking for weddings for our 2016 + 2017 season.

Events by Emma offers a FREE one-hour initial consultation. During this time, we will get to know you, and find out about your wedding and share some details about our services, custom packages, and pricing.

Please call us at 204-779-8812 or through email at info@eventsbyemma.com to book your appointment today! We can’t wait to start planning with you.

Photography by Joel Ross

Went to a Garden Party | Peace, Love + Happiness 2015


Events by Emma is excited to be partnering with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy to put together the Annual Garden Party. This year’s 70s inspired fundraising event will be held in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden on August 19.

All the proceeds from the event will help support the iconic new horticultural attraction, which will be replacing the existing Conservatory.

The night will even feature a special butterfly release that guests will have the opportunity to be a part of.

We can’t wait for you to see what we have planned for the evening!

For more information about the event and details on how you can support the event, visit the website!

Table Talk – Choosing Table Shapes

When planning a wedding or event, you naturally start by picking out colours, flowers, and of course your wedding dress. Table shapes and layouts might not be near the top of the checklist, but these choices can intensify your décor and change the dynamic in your reception room.

The first instinct for some of our clients is to choose round tables to fill the room and seat their guests. Although round tables are a classic option and a shape we love to use, we also try to change it up. By introducing different table shapes into your venue, it creates interest and can change the interaction between your guests. 

Square Tables
Choosing to use square tables creates a modern look to your wedding or event. Square tables allow your guests to easily talk to others, as long as your centrepieces aren’t blocking their view. One of our client’s biggest worry when choosing to use square tables is that more guests will have their backs towards the front, but don’t worry they won’t. More guests will actually get a better view.

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Photo by: Joel Ross Photography

Rectangle Table
Whether your theme is vintage, elegant, or modern, long rectangular tables can make any theme look beautiful. Also known as “family style” seating, this creates an intimate wedding. Connecting rectangle tables together creates drama and a regal atmosphere.

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Photo by Blf Studios

Mixing Table Shape
We love incorporating different shapes at a venue. Mix long and square tables, or combine circle and long tables together for eye-catching décor. Remember that every table can be tailored to work with your theme.

Once the tables are chosen, picking out what to decorate them with may be a challenge. For long tables, you may want to try floral and candle arrangements in various heights. Square tables have a much more room in the center, which means the centerpiece may need to be a bit larger.

To help you start thinking of centrepieces and to learn a little bit on how we choose them, here is a video to show you how Emma and the staff here at Events by Emma put together a few options for our client.

Video filmed by Jordan Popowich

Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

Ways to Help Ease Big Day Stress


With Wedding Season now kicking into full swing at EVENTS BY EMMA.

We thought we would share this important information with you and for our brides-to-be!

A lot of things go through a bride’s head on her wedding day. Will my dress fit? Will the day turn out perfect? Will everything be on time? It can be so overwhelming that you can forget to stop and take it all in.

As much as you try to prepare yourself for the big day stress is bound to happen. Here are some ways to manage stress on your big day!

Take a step back – Throughout the whole process, it’s important to enjoy it and not forget why you are doing it. Make every moment something to remember. It’s not everyday you get to dress up in a beautiful dress and be surrounded with everyone you love. Don’t wish for everything to be done!

Get lots of sleep– Sleep will help you feel re-charged and ready to go. Those late nights running over the guests list or perfecting any mishaps won’t help anyone. It will actually magnify your stress when you aren’t catching enough shuteye.

Stay connected with your Fiancé – You started this journey together and will be there at the end of it. Take some time to spend quality time together and do a date night. It will benefit you both through it all.

Take time for yourself – With everything that needs to be done, you may feel guilty in taking some time off for yourself, but in the long run it will make you much more productive. Find something to do that will take your mind of all the craziness. It may be going to get your nails done, taking a class at the gym, or just turning on the television. Whatever it may be will really help keep you centered.

Deep breaths – There may be a time where you don’t have that extra hour so taking a minute or two to just zone out and take a few deep breaths can help clear your mind.

Ask for help – It is so to take control and feel the need to take over because you want everything to be perfect. It is ok to ask for help and delegate some of the tasks. Not only will a load of stress be taken off of you, but also make others feel involved in your big day.

In the end, you have to remember that it is okay if things don’t go as perfectly planned. It is only normal for things to slip. Take things day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute and don’t forget to ask for help. Everyone deserves all the help they can get to create a day that they will remember forever.


Photos by Joel Ross Photography

Blog Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

This year we had the great pleasure of producing and planning an amazing Fundraising Gala Event for Variety Manitoba.

For this event, we wanted to re-energize it and create a fun, interactive environment for guests to experience. That is why we decided to bring the Variety Gala back to their entertainment and circus roots. Guests were invited to “Come One, Come All – Under the Big Top,” and experience a night that would take them back to their childhood ways and have them feeling like kids again.

When decorating a traditional ballroom, it can present a bit of a challenge when creating a big top feel, so developing the theme to represent a circus everyone knows and loves was important. Large red and white drapes hung from the ceiling resembling the iconic circus tent, and circus ring table centrepieces were created to add some fun to the tables. They were even set with miniature circus animals.

To get guests involved throughout the night, we wanted to have them moving around and interacting with multiple elements. That meant adding a little twist to traditional gala features and using every square inch of the venue.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with freshly baked mini donuts from the Mini Donuts & More truck, and they walked down a vibrant red carpet to lead them upstairs under the big top. They were also greeted with a little show from jugglers, stilt walkers, and contortionists.

In lieu of a silent auction, guests had the chance to play popular childhood games like Operation, balloon darts, ring toss, and Mega Wire. Who doesn’t love healthy competition? We also included a balloon pop, which guests could buy a balloon to have a  chance at winning a prize.

To top it all off, entertainers from Folklorama Talent, Dan and Kim Craig of The Street Circus/Circus Spectacle, and Dean Gunnarson performed incredible acts that had guests entertained and in awe of their talent. Later in the evening, guests were invited to snap a photo with Dean Gunnarson and ask him all the “how” questions.

The evening finished off with a Sweet Shop, sponsored by Boyd Autobody and Salisbury House where guests helped themselves to a delicious array of treats such as donuts, mini pies, cotton candy, popcorn and an ice cream bar with an assortment of toppings all to satisfy their sweet tooth.

We can’t believe another gala season has come to an end and we already can’t wait until next year!

Here are our favourite moments of the night!





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Photography by D.Singh Photography

HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful vendors and partners!

  • Planning & Production: Events by Emma Corporation
  • Event Design & Decor: Events by Emma
  • Event Rentals: Events by Emma
  • Venue & Catering: Delta Winnipeg Hotel
  • Linens: Chair-rish Your Moments
  • Draping: Dream Day Decorators
  • Florals: Academy Florists
  • DJ Music: Elite Lighting
  • AV & Lighting: Freeman Audio Visual
  • Entertainment: Folklorama Talent (various), Circus Spectacle, Dean Gunnarson
  • Games: Aquaventronics and Events by Emma
  • Cotton Candy: Swirly Sweets
  • Popcorn: Kernals
  • Desserts: Salisbury House
  • Favours: Candles from Coal & Canary

Special Thanks to all of the amazing Volunteers and Staff from The Variety Organization and the EBE Team

Blog Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE Intern

Popular themes for 2015

Themes are a great way to elevate your event to the next level. It is a way to get your guest involved in a fun and interactive way and transport them somewhere entirely different.

Picking a theme can be difficult. It is important to choose a theme that is current and fresh. You want to think of your audience and what they will enjoy.

Here are some of the top themes we are excited about for 2015.

Secret Garden

Think of a whimsical, enchanted forest with lots of soft, pale colours. This theme is absolutely beautiful and can have guests feeling like they just entered a fairytale. Cover the room with beautiful flowers and greenery with accents of rustic wood pieces.

Western Theme

Round up your guests and have them dust off their cowboy boots to experience the Wild West. Fill the room with rustic pieces and burlap. Have your guests step up to the saloon for a drink and perhaps incorporate traditional western pieces like swinging doors.

Mythology Theme

Take your guests back to Greek mythology in 2000 BC with this theme. Transform the room with white cascading drapes from the ceiling and spectacular topiary around the room or as centerpieces. Accent the room with gold and roman columns. Guest will surely feel like Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Nautical Theme

Sail your guests away in this red, white, and blue theme. Drape the tables with navy blue linens and accent the room with rope and blue and white stripes. To make your guests feel like they are at sea, flood the room with beautiful blue lighting.

Some other event themes we love are, MASH, Seven Wonders, Lost in Space, and Fairy Tale Fantasy.
Blog Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE Intern





Summer, Fall and Winter are always exciting and extremely busy times of year at Events by Emma (EBE).

We’re currently in the peak of Gala season, just beginning our exciting Wedding season and preparing for our fall events, galas and holiday events, Not to mention gearing up for what looks like an even busier New Year in 2016!

For that reason, we’re on the search for passionate and energetic individuals to join our growing team.

The Events by Emma Corporation is a dynamic and thriving family-run Event Management business in Winnipeg. Named one of Canada’s Top 5 Planners and Best Event Planner for Winnipeg for 2015  – with over 20 years of experience our creative and dedicated team of planners and event staff are proven industry leaders that specialize in couture planning, production and design for every occasion.

We are now Accepting Applications for the following positions:

EBE – Planning & Event Design Coordinator, 2015 – Job Description
EBE – Event Crew Member, 2015 – Job Description
EBE – Truck-Trailer Driver, 2015 – Job Description

(Please CLICK on the link for the full job summary/description)
Please apply via-email to: info@eventsbyemma.com

Please submit cover letter with resume and references via email.

Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015

Events by Emma appreciates the interest of all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted directly for an interview and meeting.