It’s Almost Here | APC GARDEN PARTY | Peace, Love + Happiness 2015

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The most anticipated event of the year is almost here and we are getting excited!

In just one week, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) will be hosting their Annual Garden Party co-chaired by Ruth Apser and Lee Meagher at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.

Guests will enter the psychedelic era of the 60s and 70s and be greeted by hit music of the 60s blasting from a decked out Volkswagen beetle. Just remember to take a photo in front of it and post it on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag, #Wenttoagardenparty2015. We want to see all the great photos you take!

Throughout the night, you will be able to enjoy some tasty appetizers from 529 Wellington while sipping on a Tom Collins. And to indulge in a little something sweet, seven of Winnipeg’s top pastry chefs will be servings some delicious desserts along side Sugar Mountain’s 70s themed candy bar.

Of course, the night wouldn’t be without the spectacular butterfly release as we are supporting the iconic new horticultural attraction, which will be replacing the existing Conservatory. Join APC’s Janice Martin and Bran Adams and the Monarch Teacher’s Network to release your very own butterfly.

The night if filled with a lot more exciting events with MC Ace Burpee that you won’t want to miss. Watch APC’s Maurice Larson create a Mosaicculture (Photo Shown in post) and even have the opportunity to go home with one. And for the fist time at the Garden Party, have an opportunity to bid on some great prizes!

Can’t wait to see you there!

EBE will be tweeting throughout the night, so don’t forget to follow us and tweet along with us using the hashtag #Wenttoagardenparty2015

Visit the Assiniboine Park Conservatory website for more information.

Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, INTERN

EBE Mini Office Tour

When Emma isn’t working countless hours at an event or meeting with clients to develop the perfect event, she is busy working hard at her desk responding to emails, answering calls and brainstorming ideas for her next big event.

We recently moved our EBE offices to give us with more space, which meant Emma could create an office that was a perfect fit for her and the team. When designing her new space, there were some must-haves in order to create an inspiring environment for her.

Although Emma says there is chaos in her office, she knows where to find everything she needs. Here is a sneak peek into Emma’s office and some of the reasons behind these items!

1. A Leather Chair 
When Emma is sitting at her desk responding to her countess emails; it is important that she has a big, comfy, leather chair with great back support. This was definitely an upgrade from her previous chair and makes the long hours of sitting a little easier.

2. Photos of her kids and nature 
Of course she has to have pictures of her kids. Her kids help her relax throughout the day and provide some motivation to keep going when needed. Her office also has beautiful nature photos. “I’m not a very abstract person,” says Emma. “I enjoy the outdoors and doing things outside.”

3.  A Big Window
Because Emma loves the outdoors, a huge window by her desk was a MUST in the new office. She loves working by a window and being by the natural light, which is a change from the old office. “We had a window in the old office but it wasn’t my own office. We shared an office between all the employees.”

4. A Huge Calendar
Over the years, we have tried many methods of organizing our schedules. The best method that we have found is a HUGE calendar that is hung right outside Emma’s office. “I love seeing everything on paper. I need to see the big picture,” says Emma. It helps everyone on the EBE team stay on track with all the meetings and events we have planned for the month.

5. The Overall Aesthetic 
The colour scheme in Emma’s office is the colours of the brand – grey, white, silver, and gold. “It is important to remind me of what I am working for,” says Emma. The colours have evolved since she first started Events by Emma. The dominant colour used to be a hot pink, so you will still find some hot pink items everywhere in the office.

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Post and Photos by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

Traditional Indian Wedding | Sabeer and Ashley

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Wedding season is well underway and we couldn’t be more happy to have Sabeer Rehsia and Ashley Bhullar’s wedding be our first of the season. The two tied the knot during a traditional Indian ceremony that was absolutely stunning.

The RBC Convention Centre was transformed into a romantic garden-inspired theme with blush and gold tones. Exquisite floral arrangements filled the room to create an indoor garden and 75-feet of garlands of greens were draped from the ceiling to make it truly breathtaking.

Events by Emma specializes in ethnic weddings (and Emma has produced over 300 weddings over her career) but as one of the newest interns, Sabeer and Ashley’s wedding was the first Indian wedding I’ve attended. If you are unfamiliar with Indian weddings or may be attending one soon, this post is a way to learn about what you may encounter during the wedding.

An Indian wedding isn’t short by any means. The guest list tends to be large and the entire day is extravagant. Before the wedding even begins, several events take place like a Mehndi, which is a pre-wedding ceremony where henna is applied for the bride, her family and friends. There is also a Sangeet, which is a big party the night before the wedding. The day of the ceremony and reception is filled with traditional Indian customs all of which I learnt as the day went on.

The day started with a procession of the Barat. Sabeer was brought to the front of the RBC Convention Centre on a red and gold decorated white horse. While on his way to the front, his family danced around him to the beat of a dhol (Indian drum). It is such a beautiful custom that had many pedestrians stopping to take a look. After a ton of dancing, the family reached the front doors of the RBC Convention Centre and both families exchanged flower garlands to symbolize their acceptance. This is a ceremony called Milni.

The procession was followed by a breakfast for guests to attend prior to entering the Gurudwara (a Sikh place of worship) for the ceremony.

The breakfast tables were lined with burgundy tablecloths with a simple floral arrangement on some and candles on the other. A guestbook table was set up with pictures of both the couple and their family and displayed in antique gold frames. It was a great way to share some of their best memories with guests.

After breakfast, it was time for guests to enter the Gurudwara. Females entered on the left and males on the right of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scripture). Shoes were removed, heads were covered with a scarf or bandana, and guests sat on the floor.

On each side of the isle there were large floral arrangements filled with peonies and roses and floating candles in a vase. The same green garlands from the ceiling were also draped alongside the isle. A mandap (covered structure with pillars) was built out of wood, with white fabric lining the top. Green garland wrapped around each post and the same arrangement of flowers filled the corners. It was the perfect way to tie in the romantic garden theme for Sabeer and Ashley.

Following the ceremony, a lunch was served and it was a time for the newly married couple to meet with family and friends. The lunch décor was similar to the breakfast, to keep things simple and leave the extravagance for the reception.

The lunch ended with a traditional shoe steal. The Reshia and Bhullar family gathered around the couple and Ashley’s family steals Sabeer’s shoes while his family protects him. This is a fun way for both families to interact and it was fun to watch. Lots of laughing and bartering occurred but in the end, the Reshia family presented an offer the Bhullar family couldn’t refuse.

Once Ashley was carried out of the room on a DHOLI chair, it was time to set up for the reception. The EBE team worked hard to transform the room into a bar, dining room, and dance room.

Guests arrived and could indulge in some appetizers and a glass of champagne. The bar was decorated with sequined cocktail tables and small floral centrepieces. The dining room was revealed when it was time for guest to be seated for the grand entrance of the newlyweds and their families. Prior to dinner, toast and speeches were given and followed by the cutting of the cake.

Dinner was absolutely delicious. Of course, a traditional Indian meal was served in a buffet style. Signature dishes including basmati rice, tandoori, butter chicken, and channa masala were served.

When the meal was done, guests were ready to dance. Surrounding the dance floor were couches and tables in an all-white colour scheme with gold and pink pillows for accents. The room truly looked like a nightclub. But, before the dancing began, guests experienced a special performance by Maples Bhangra Group. The dancing was phenomenal and upbeat. They had guests clapping and smiling the entire time.

The night was magical and the transformation of the RBC Convention Centre into a garden inspired theme was incredible. The details throughout the day were beautiful including the stunning sari’s women wear to the intricate sehra the groom wears during the procession of the Barat.

After attending my first ever Indian wedding, I was blown away by the amount of events throughout the day. There was never a moment when you weren’t celebrating and on such an important day, it is nice to see.

Congratulation Sabeer and Ashley!

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Photo Credit: Banga Studios + D. Singh Photography

Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors!

Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

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.

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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.

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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

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Events by Emma is excited to be partnering with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy to put together the Annual Garden Party. This year’s 60s 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

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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.

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Photos by Joel Ross Photography

Blog Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN