Wonderful Wedding Show 2016

EBE loaded up their biggest and best for the annual Wonderful Wedding Showcase on January 23 and 24 at the RBC Convention Centre. We were located at Booths 205 and 207 on the 3rd level nearest the West Lobby. This year the creative team at EBE dreamed up an amazing modern booth design showcasing the Top 10 Pantone Colours of the Year, including Rose Quartz and Serenity. Our booth, entitled “Pantone Passion,” featured beautiful table design inspired by these colours.

Emma and the EBE team would like to thank everyone that visited our booth over the two days. We loved meeting with all the brides and talented vendors to talk about wedding planning and coordination and design. 

We would especially like to thank all our vendors, Swank Event Rentals, Dream Day Decorators, Academy Florist, Cake Studios, Urban Inc and Sign Source, who helped bring our Pantone Passion design to life. 



It never seems we get enough time to talk to about wedding planning, so we are holding a Bridal Open house on February 13! Read on for details.

2016 WEDDING SHOW SPECIAL | Make Your Event Planning Easy

Book a Planning or Design Package before March 1, 2016 and receive 15% off your package.

**These promotions cannot be combined with any other current promotions running or discounts offered and are not retroactive for services already booked with the Events by Emma Corporation.


Events by Emma Corporation cordially invites you to our Annual


Events by Emma will be hosting our 10th Annual Open House

at our head office located at 33 Stapleton Street

Come & See the latest in Bridal Trends

From gowns, linens, flowers, decor and more….

Saturday February 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Drop on by to meet Emma and the Team

and check out our Showroom, Enjoy our Inspirational Table Designs

and learn about our Exclusive EBE Products and Services.

Have a question about your Wedding or Event your planning?

We’ll be on hand to answer questions and give you tips on bringing your vision to life!


Free Admission

Please RSVP Email via email: info@eventsbyemma.com

or Telephone (204) 779-8812


Hot Trends for 2016

New year, new trends!

With changing seasons, there are always new looks, ideas, and colour pallettes for us to devour and sample. And, the beginning of the New Year is huge for trend forecasters in all-different realms, from food to fashion. It’s the gift-receiving season for planners as we look at fresh takes on what we can offer our clients.

From a dreamy colour palette to cutting-edge technology, we’ve pulled some of our favourite trends we are hoping to see more of this year!


We have seen all sorts of themes throughout the years, and this year we are seeing beautiful looks we already love with more saturated detail. What we think ties these different themes together is their romantic, dreamy vibe that will let the couple shine through.

Full On Nature

Via Pinterest.

Via Pinterest.

Nature has always been a force in wedding décor. Lush floral centerpieces and bouquets are always a staple, but this 2016 trend is much more raw and simple. Think about the wedding scene from Twilight! This look uses lots of greenery and blooms in fresh cream and white. There has also been a surge in popularity for more unconventional plants such as succulents, which adds structure and shape to an arrangement.

We loved this look in previous years with natural fabrics, textured burlap, and mason jars, but this year is about pumping up the garden feel. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor wedding, you can achieve this by using fresh greenery to line the aisle, the back of guests chairs, a couple leaves on a simple white cake and more…

Fairy Tale

Who doesn’t want to get married in a fairy tale? With the popularity of fantasy movies and television shows, we are going seeing couples try to achieve a full on magical ambience for a night of happily ever after.

The key to this look is lots of glittering lights, sparkle and whimsical details. Small stringed lights and lots of candles flickering will make any room look enchanting. This look can use elements of nature for a fairy tale woodland feel, or instead go the golden white fairy tale dream route. It really depends on what feeling, or fairy tale you wish to capture.

To add whimsy, make your invites and stationary look like a page pulled from a Disney movie and use quotes from your favourite tales. Use your guest book as your fairytale by writing your own story at the beginning in a large leather book (you can find these at Indigo or Chapters – include link). You can theme your event to your favourite tale and incorporate elements from the story such as a poison apple from Snow White, or bottles that say drink me from Alice in Wonderland. The options are really endless.

But, what will take it to the next level is to invite your guest to dress the part! The event will truly come alive.


Kevin and Ashley | 1920s Inspired Wedding

Kevin and Ashley | 1920s Inspired Wedding

This has been a popular trend for sometime and we love it when a bride and groom really want to dive into a time period and bring it to the present, and that’s what 2016 will bring. Instead of hints of vintage lace and smaller details, we are seeing the return of groomsmen wearing suspenders and retro suits, and dress styles from every era. From the 20s to 40s to 60s, makeup trends and hairstyles for both men and women are very popular.

The time warp theme can incorporate anything from that era, such as glassware in intricate designs, old luggage (for the card box, books), vintage photos, and aged stationary, but it all really depends what era you want to capture.

Recently, we created a full on 1920s golden glamour wedding for a lovely couple and you can view photos from the event here.


Social Media has become an integral and almost required aspect for all types of events. It’s very common for a bride and groom to have their own hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, which can definitely help organize and view event photos. Same goes for large scale corporate or public events, which often have their own social media accounts. But what’s next for technology that’s accessible for your event? Here a few techy tips we are excited for.


Most of your guests will come armed with their mobile device in hand, and if you ask them to engage with your event in social media they likely will. So, to make it simple for guests to keep snapping pics and Tweeting all evening, you can provide a charging station with cords to connect to a few different devices. Prevent that awful feeling of having 5% battery left without taking a selfie with the bride!

You can also upgrade guest experience by looking into event check in smart phone apps. This is perfect for corporate events that require guests sign in when they arrive. Apps like Check In Easy will send guests a QR code via email, which you can scan at the door to keep track of who attended. Saving your guests time will make them happy!


Never before has video been so simple and attainable, so there’s nothing stopping you from capturing every special moment. We suggest hiring a videographer with experience to create a special video that will be a priceless keepsake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your own beginner camera work, too!

With the invention of the GoPro, you can take exciting videos from literally anywhere. This bride created her very own GoPro bouquet for a completely unique video that went everywhere she went. Or, let the video take it’s own course by handing off to members of the bridal party in turns – you never know what hilarious and heart-warming moments will be captured.

Thinking about a photo booth? Well what about a video message booth? Use a mounted iPad so your guests can record themselves leaving you a message for a virtual guest book.

Next-Level Gadgets

If you really want to kick it up a notch in the tech department, you can bring in these new user-friendly gadgets that your guests will remember.

No bartender? No Problem. We can’t get over the Somabar robot bartender. Think Keurig for cocktails that uses a mobile app for drink selection. It will cut down wait times at the bar, and your guests will really get a kick out it.

3D printers are the newest craze, but have you thought of bringing one in for your special day? Well, you can rent one in for made-on-the-spot favors with endless options. Jewelry, key chains or anything you can think of will be created right before your very eyes.

Sweet Dreams: Pantone Colours 2016

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free t
o express a wittier version of our real selves.”

– Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Pantone-Rose-Quartz-and-SerenityEvery year, Pantone scours the worlds of
fashion, food and art for a colour (or in this case, colours) that represents the coming year.

This year, they have selected a pairing of pastel colours in Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919). These colours are very peaceful and inviting, and we can wait to incorporate them into events.

Pastels have been growing in popularity, and these dreamy, creamy pinks and blues are popping up everywhere from bridal gowns in flowy fabrics to tables awash in pastel hues. It’s also very simple to pull these colours in with fresh flowers, and they pair really well with whites and creams in case you only want a hint of pastels.

Pantone has selected ten colours for the year of 2016, and you can see the full list here.

Tip: These colours are very easy to find if you are creating a sweets/dessert table (one of our favourite things!). We love to use glass containers to showcase the look and colour of food. For a pastel palette you can use: cotton candy, cupcakes with lots of icing, macaroons, popcorn, and candies.

Matching drinks will also be easy to achieve. Here are two recipes:


2 cups pink lemonade

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 cup triple sec

1 cup silver tequila

Lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Salt for the rims (optional)

– the2seasons.com


1 part Mango Rum

1 part pineapple juice

1 part soda water

dash of Blue Curacao

sugar for the rim
– somethingturquoise.com

Hosts & Speakers


Martin Short speaking at the Marymound 100th Anniversary Gala.

Selecting a host for your event is an important decision. They set the tone for the evening and guide your guests through the program. There are a few factors to consider when selecting a host, and it may not always be an obvious choice. Your CEO/boss might be a great host, but you must decide if they are the best fit for your event.

We are in the middle of awards season right now, and we suggest trying on your judging hat to get you thinking about hosts in a fun exercise we call Rate the Awards Show Host! Next time you watch an awards show watch it with a critical eye. What did you enjoy about this host and why? Did the host suit the event? Did they hold your attention? Who would you choose to be host? You can apply the same principals to your own host selection. Get your whole team involved to come up with different traits you want your host to have.

Here are some questions to ask yourself, and your team:

  • Do you want your host to be funny?
  • Do you want them to regal and reserved?
  • Boisterous and energetic?
  • Already known to your guests?
  • Should they be directly linked to your company?

“Every event EBE plans is treated like a production and one of the main ingredients of our hosts / emcees it that they fit the overall goal and outcome we want to achieve with our event,” said EBE Founder and CEO Emma Singh.

“Over the years we have worked with all types of hosts from celebrities like Martin Short, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Allen and More… We have worked with high performance athletes like Jennifer Jones, Clara Hughes and some Football greats, media hosts like Ace Burpee, Cheryl Hickey and Comedians like Dean Jenkinson, Rick Mercer, Big Daddy Tazz etc. no matter what the event our hosts are integral to its success. Careful script planning and writing as well as multiple meetings and communication with the host ensures our events success.”

Three Types of Hosts:

Here are three different categories of hosts that will help you decide what type of host you will select for your event.

In-House Hosts

Who says your event needs to be hosted by one person? Find a guest speaker(s) who can spread excitement or share a personal story. You can use the strengths of people on your team. If you have an employee, board member, patron or customer that has a great story about benefitting from your company’s services, let them share that with all your guests – employees will feel great, and donors will feel valued.
A great example of this is Olympian Clara Hughes for Bell’s “Let’s Talk” campaign. Clara is successful, a great speaker and has struggled with mental illness. So, when she speaks in an interview or at an event, she connects with people because she can share her own truth, which is incredibly inspiring.
There are many ways to give your event personality, but if the people speaking at your event are personal, passionate and show genuine emotion that is what guests will remember.

Sponsorship Hosts

Hosting is a valuable opportunity to highlight and incorporate a sponsor into an event. If a brand has a spokesperson, they can provide name recognition to your event, and it allows that sponsor to really engage with guests in a memorable way.

Consider your goals for your event and how you can use the hosting position as a high value asset to sponsors and partners. Here a few sponsor/partner categories you may want to consider as an option for your host.

  • A charitable organization to align your company with.
  • A media outlet or community member that would benefit from engaging with your guests.
  • A product, service or brand that is being used as a big part of your event such as a food company or restaurant; the owner of the venue; athletic or performance equipment; clothing designers for a fashion show, ect.

This is a valuable tool for any sponsorship package, and will hopefully provide you with an excellent host!

Hiring a Host

Have you consider hiring a professional host or performer? If finding a specific host with certain qualities is important to your event, you can decide if this is the right choice for you. There are many benefits to taking this route: skill, experience, and value for your guests. Research different hosts options such as comedians, musicians, entertainers, announcers, and local celebrities. Ask for references for lesser-known hosts. A professional MC/host will also be able to improvise if need be and will incorporate high value entertainment for your guests.

(View photos from Marymound 100th Anniversary Gala – featuring Martin Short)

Instagram Contest | Wonderful Wedding Show 2016

Are you coming to the Wonderful Wedding Show this weekend? Make sure to stop by our booth to enter our contest!

As you begin your wedding planning, we want to help make it easier for you. Through Instagram, one lucky winner will receive 5 FREE one-hour consultations with Emma Singh, CEO and Founder of the Events by Emma Corporation (Value $1000).

Here’s all you have to do to enter:

  1. Take a photo with your favourite design element or Pantone colour of the year used in the EBE Booth
  2. Post the photo on Instagram
  3. Tell us how you’d incorporate the design or colour into your wedding
  4. Use the hashtag #EBEWEDSHOW2016

The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 26, 2016, so make sure you are following our Instagram account, @EVENTSBYEMMA.

Note: If your account is private, we will not be able to see your photo.

This is your first step in planning your wedding. Now let us bring your ideas to life.

2016 WEDDING SHOW SPECIAL | Make Your Event Planning Easy

Events by Emma is pleased to offer this Wedding Show Special to help make your event planning easier. 

Book a Planning or Design Package before March 1, 2016
and receive 15% off your package.

**These promotions cannot be combined with any other current promotions running or discounts offered and are not retroactive for services already booked with the Events by Emma Corporation.

Visit our website to view a list of our services.

Wonderful Wedding Show 2016

As the new year is upon us, we know wedding season is fast approaching and it’s time to start planning!

This weekend, January 23 & 24, the Wonderful Wedding Show will be at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. We are excited to have a brand new booth in a brand new location –  Booth 205 & 207 (close to the main stage) on the 3rd level nearest the West Lobby

This year the creative team at EBE has dreamed up an amazing modern booth design showcasing the Top 10 Pantones of the Year, including Rose Quartz and Serenity. Check out our beautiful table design inspired by these colours and entitled “Pantone Passion.

Emma and the entire EBE Team will be there throughout the weekend to meet with Brides, answer questions and book FREE 1-hr Initial Consultations.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what we’re up to!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit wonderfulweddingshow.com

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Emma & The EBE Team


Emma and The Entire EBE TEAM would like to wish you and your family all the best for Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Prosperous 2016!

Events by Emma Head Offices and Warehouse will be closed for the Holidays between December 18, 2015 – January 18, 2016.

Only clients who have events and meetings booked during that time frame will be contacted directly by Emma and the Team.

Please be patient with us as we are taking a much needed break after an extremely busy Grey Cup Festival, Gala, Wedding and Holiday event seasons and will return all calls and emails in the New Year when our offices re-open.

We are booking follow-up planning meetings with ALL of our clients for January and February and will contact you as soon as we are back in the office to book your next appointment if we have not done so already.

For those interested in our unique planning, design and décor services please contact us through our website to book your free initial consultation or email us directly at info@eventsbyemma.com

We have some stylish surprises as well as fantastic new clients and events booked for 2016 & 2017 and we look forward to working with you all bringing them from concept to reality!

Check-out our website and blog for latest events and news @ www.eventsbyemma.com

Don’t forget to visit us at Wonderful Wedding Show – January 23 & 24, 2016 @ The RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre — we will be located at a brand new location Booth 205 & 207 (close to the main stage) on the 3rd floor

Holiday Parties: Tips & Trends for 2015

Whether you’re throwing a holiday party for 30 or 300, planning and preparing in advance is a sure-fire way to ensure all your guests have a wonderful time. When you think of successful holiday parties, it’s often the simple things that make everyone feel welcome and part of the holiday cheer. Allowing the time the plan in advance will give you the opportunity to adjust to the needs of your guests.

Here are 3 steps to ensure you have a memorable holiday party:

#1: Get your invites out early and ask for guests’ food restrictions. You may not have known some of your staff are gluten-free or vegetarian, but knowing in advance will give you time to offer more options and pick the right venue/ caterer.

#2: If you’re having a bar at your party, try to provide options for your guests to find a safe way home so no one gets behind the wheel after a few libations. Arrange designated drivers in advance, or utilize services like Operation Red Nose. You can also host your party at one of the many great hotels here in Winnipeg and suggest renting a room as a safe and feasible option. You can even speak with the hotel in advance to arrange a group rate. Have a signature drink? Offer a virgin version of the cocktail so no one will feel singled out for not drinking. When guests aren’t worrying about their plans after the party, they will be much more relaxed and have a better time!

#3: Brainstorm! What will make your party memorable? Selecting a unique theme can blow your guests away, and be a lot of fun! Forget all about red and green and Santa hats, turn the holiday season on its head and transform your space in a way no one will have expected by committing whole-heartedly to a trend or theme.

Below, we break down 5 hot holiday party trends that will impress, be inviting and are simple to achieve.

5 Hot Holiday Party Themes

The Manitoba Lodge

One of the best things to do on a freezing winter night is to stay warm and cozy indoors and marvel at the beautiful winter scene painted outside; and one of the best places to do just that is at the perfect little cabin in the woods or nearby lodge.

You can replicate that cozy feeling on a large scale for an intimate and memorable gathering.

  • Nature plays an immense role in this theme. Go overboard with snippets of evergreen tree branches, which will also add that fantastic evergreen scent. Use logs to set centrepieces on, or small pieces for name cards. Use deeply coloured fruit like pomegranates, red apples and cranberries to brighten things up.
  • holidayparties1Key word: rustic. You can use vintage glassware, textured papers, burlap and lace.
  • Use deep, rich colours such as maroon, emerald green and even unexpected navy blue. Cozy blankets and tartan fit in perfectly and can pull multiple col
    ours together from different elements in the space.
  • In the movies, the ski lodge often seems untouched by the modern world. Kitschy touches like grandma’s ceramic loon don’t seem out of place, but rather welcoming. Have some fun by incorporating animals like moose, reindeer, birds, owls, squirrels, and rabbits – very Canadiana!
  • Comfort food will bring this theme to life. A popular trend this sason is gourmet s’mores. You can have your guests try unique flavours like salted caramel, peanut butter, and coconut. Or drop a toasted marshmallow in a glass of Bailey’s liquor.

Gold + Metallic

Gold has become synonymous with the holiday season; the glimmer of the lights on a tree, the golden tips of the flames in the fireplace, and flowing bottles of bubbly. On a stark, cold winter evening, gold will evoke a warm glow like drinking a mug of hot chocolate.

  • To make gold look elegant, set it against black or white. Whether you use just a smattering of gold, a simple colour palette will look effortlessly stylish.
  • Think of décor elements that you don’t typically see in gold. Use gold painted branches and pinecones, or wrap a thick golden foil around a small log for a gilded forest vibe.
  • Maximize the golden glow from candles by incorporating mirrors and reflective vases. It will cut down on the cost of using all gold pieces and will illuminate the décor elements you are using.
  • Balloons are a classic and cost-effective way to cover a lot of ground in a space. Take your balloons from birthday party to chic, couture and grown up by painting half of a white balloon with gold paint. Use a textured brush and paint the balloon unevenly to achieve a glitzy look. Check party stores for new and improved metallic and oversized balloons; these are very impactful in a space.
  • Create groupings of gold-painted wine bottles, mason jars, or vases for a beautifully and functional centerpiece where you can showcase flowers, winter greenery,
    candles, or even Christmas tree bulbs.


Modern + Geometric

One of the perks of this theme is that it doesn’t feel so “Christmasy,” and is sophisticated, fun, and totally unexpected. It’s the holidays done classy, hip and cool.

  • Clean lines and simple colours in geometric patterns with lots of black, white, grey and gold will make the holidays feel completely fresh and updated. Bold stripes, triangular shapes and polka dots can all mix together as long as they are varied in size. (Thick black and white stripes with a chunky, simple font in gold are a popular combination).
  • If you want to use lots of colour, stay away from what is thought of as traditional holiday colour themes. Choose pinks, sugary greens, yellows and turquoise blues, which is fun and festive.
  • Think big. A few simple and large décor pieces can make a grand statement. Create a word or phrase with large wall-mounted letters, or take it to the next level with a light up marquee, which is very popular right now. You can also create a simple pattern out of geometric shapes.
  • When incorporating holiday greenery such as garlands and tree boughs, keep it as simple as possible. Leave a wreath completely plain, or add just few black bulbs to make a powerful statement. Using small amounts of winter greenery will make it feel more like the holidays, but not distract from the theme.
  • Feel free to break a lot of the “rules.” Want the look of a tree? Hanging or mounted triangular shapes can represent a tree. Silhouettes and 2-D shapes make a fun and powerful impact.


Holiday Masquerade

Nothing will make guests come out of their shells like giving them the opportunity to be someone else for the night and have fun with masks! It’s a unique theme for the holidays, and your guests will be snapping pictures all night and talking about it long after the party is over.

  • Invite guests to decorate their own masks. Use a monocratic colour palette so non-craft-experienced guests will feel good to wear their mask. It will also act as a great way to get people mingling.
  • When costumes are a large part of the theme, have staff and volunteers dress up in to bring life into your event. They will become leaders and make guests feel more welcome to take part in the festivities.
  • The look of a masquerade ball is often very lush and decorative. Incorporate colours like purple and gold, add lace and intricate candlesticks to take guests completely out of this era.
  • Hiring a couple dancers to teach guests a Viennese waltz will be a completely memorable moment, and surely bucket list items for many guests. When everyone is learning something new together, it can definitely break the ice. Plus, the photos from your event will be very impressive with a sea of similarly posed guests in their masks.
  • This theme is not tied to a particular colour palette, so feel free to choose colours that are not associated with the holidays. Sometimes, if a colour is not in high-demand, you can receive a lower rate. So ask your vendors what colours are offered at a lower price point around this time of year (you might even help them out by not asking for the last of their red tablecloths.) You’ll get a bigger bang for your buck and surprise your guests with an unexpected colour.

White Winter Forest

holidayparties2There is something so stunningly beautiful about a fresh sheet of snow, especially in a picturesque forest. When the green boughs of the trees are dusted in a white covering and the lights make the landscape sparkle, the season comes truly alive. This theme is all about capturing magical winter white and bringing it indoors.

  • Use an abundance of frosted garlands and pinecones, and even mini Christmas trees. Birch bark is perfect for writing messages to your guests from the menu to the name cards.
  • Silver glitter looks great with white! It can take white from stark and cold to glittery and joyful. Dip the bottom of a white or clear vase in sparkly glitter, or mix in a few glittered bulbs with white or clear bulbs. The glitter options are endless.
  • If you’re using warm accent colours, try using beiges and chocolate browns, or even soft greens to replicate the colours of the trees. If you’re going more for the icy cool winter look, incorporate a few pops of cool blue, or having your lighting company use blue lights to create a frozen forest.
  • White feathers are a great way to add texture and whimsy to the décor. Take it one step further with snowy white owls and turtledoves nestled into a tree branch or on a wreath.
  • Even your beverages can be white with seasonal ingredients like peppermint, white hot chocolate and, of course, eggnog.

Events by Emma can assist you in achieving these themes and many more, or plan your whole event. Book your free consultation with Emma today by emailing .

Photo credit: D. Singh Photography

Autumn Engagements: Falling In Love

fallengagement1Although there is no particular etiquette that dictates when a couple should get engaged, there are many deciding factors that can help you decide on the timing. Are you both fully committed to the idea of marriage? Do you already live together, or do you see that in your future? Are you both at a good place financially?

According to Weddingbells, there will be en estimated 160,324 weddings in 2015 in Canada, and of that, 67% of weddings will occur between the months of June to September. But when is the best time to get engaged? According to the same survey, December has the most engagements with 20% of men popping the question during that month.

But, all that aside, we think that you’ll know in your heart of hearts when the time is right to get engaged.

The fall is a perfectly wonderful option! You’ve likely wrapped up all your summer vacation, and with the upcoming holidays, you can enjoy the magic of the season and attend all the holiday parties as a newly engaged couple. You’ll get to share in the moment with your friends and family, without having that question in the back of your mind “is now the best time?”

Plus, there’s something inherently romantic about autumn and winter. Once you see the leaves start to turn, feel the wind change and find there’s a bite in the air, it’s hard to deny the carefree feeling of summer is over. It’s the time of harvest; to reap all the seeds we’ve sown over the spring and summer, and to spend time with our family. Parks and backyards lend themselves to be the perfect backdrop, and the air is just cool enough to snuggle up together with sweaters and thick scarves on (fall engagements ma
ke for incredible photos with the lush colours of autumn.)

We find that we are talking to newly engaged couples every fall who want to start thinking about their wedding day, and it’s so thrilling to begin taking those first steps with them.

We encourage newly engaged couples to book their consultation with Events by Emma today to start planning their wedding day by emailing !

Three things to consider while planning your engagement:

  • How can you add a personal touch that means something to your relationship? Is there a song that reminds you of when you met? Is there a special location that will remind you both of a special memory? Are you a pair of foodies that have a deep appreciation for baked goods? Whatever it may be, it will show how you hold these unique things about you both as a couple near to your heart.
  • fallengagement2Whether or not you are asking the parents for their blessing, take the time to tell your close family and friends about your engagement personally before you post your new status online. It may seem like the quickest and sensible thing to do, but telling your loved ones in person, or on the phone, will make those close in your life feel part of your new adventure.
  • Don’t over think it! Don’t over analyze every detail. Often times, the more imperfect the proposal, the more you will remember it years from now. Relax and enjoy the moment because that’s what it’s all about.

Now that it’s 2015 and we are in the age of technology, we see so many couples posting their unique engagement stories online, and there’s a wealth of examples to pull from.

We’ve broken down what we think are the three main categories of proposals. Think about the style of proposal you want to do and infuse what makes you as a couple unique!

The Old Switcheroo

This is when you craft a perfectly reasonable plan to get your partner in a romantic situation, then ambush them! For example, get dressed up for a (fall!) photo shoot, and then suddenly pop the question all while capturing the moment. Or, plan a weekend trip that all leads up to the proposal on a sandy beach or romantic dinner. Or even, go the totally casual route like when Aidan purposed to Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City on a completely non-glamorous dog walk, but it was spontaneous and special.

The Big Reveal

This is all about planting the question for her to discover, much like a mini treasure hunt. It can be small, like writing “Will You Marry Me?” on a cake. Or big, like spelling it out with a skywriter. Involve friends and family in the surprise by asking them to wear t-shirts that spell out the question. Is she always on the computer working on something? Sneak onto her laptop and change the wallpaper to a picture of you on one knee. Or, be old fashion and purchase an ad in the paper – especially if you know she’s going to read it Saturday morning.

Your creativity knows no bounds! We adore this unique little flipbook proposal from The Flippest.

The Declaration

This one’s all about making an attention grabbing statement that’s full of surprise. It can be as small as a family dinner, or as large as arranging to get on stage with her favourite local band. We’ve seen plenty of videos go viral with flash mobs, including elaborate dance numbers, live bands and choirs. Just check out this guy. This is a great one for sports fans. Try calling your local team to arrange for your big question to appear on the big screen, then get on one knee in front of the whole stadium. These grand gestures are sure to be stories you will tell for years to come.

Sources: 2015 Weddingbells’ Annual Reader Survey

Photo credit: Pure Light Studio

Vendor Spotlight: Academy Florist

While scrolling through Academy Florist’s Instagram account, it’s easy to be in awe of their
breathtaking arrangements that are overflowing with beautiful flowers and luscious greens.

Academy Florist has been a popular choice in Winnipeg for over 30 years. They manage to stay on top by their innovative ideas when creating their stunning arrangements.

“I believe that usually whatever everyone else is doing, I do the opposite,” says Irene Seaman, owner of Academy Florist. “When everyone else catches on, I try to go onto something else. That’s been my motto all these years.”

Irene Seaman is the owner of Academy Florists and has been surrounded by flowers her entire life. Growing up, her great grandfather and father both had their very own greenhouses.

“We used to do floral arrangements and weddings out of our greenhouse and I said, ‘okay dad, if I’m going to be working and doing flowers we need to open a shop,’” says Seaman.

Because flowers surround her all day, Seaman says it is easy to be happy and says it’s one of the perks of her job.

“It’s a proven fact that flowers do affect a person’s mood, so most of my girls are always happy,” says Seaman. “If they aren’t doing well, we put their face in front of the flowers and say here make this arrangement colourful and beautiful.”

Without a doubt Irene and the girls at Academy Florist work hard and put countless hours in to make every event a success, which is why the EBE team loves working with them. We can count on them to fulfill our expectations and even go above and beyond.

We asked Irene some questions and we are sharing her answers and tips with you!

What are some of the current trends? 

Right now the garden style is in and the more natural look is in. Whereas five years ago it was hardly any greenery and now there’s lots of greenery. Garlands are in right now, which weren’t in for the longest time. In the 70s every head table had a garland.

How many flowers do you usually go through per day?

We go through thousands of flowers. Just roses alone I think we go through at least 3,000.

What is something people may not know that goes into the process of arranging flowers?

People think it’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot more work than anyone would ever think. First of all it’s a lot of work trying to get in the right amount of flowers, in the right condition. There are not a lot of flowers that are grown in Manitoba, so once they’re here, you have to process them, cut them, trim the leaves, you have to make sure the flowers are nice, and you have to treat them so they’ll open up well.

What are some tips you would give someone choosing flowers for an event? (Irene recommends knowing the answers to these questions to help make the most of your first meeting)

  1. Where’s the event and what kind of event is it. (Casual event, fancy affair, country and is it a wedding, anniversary, birthday).
  2. How large is it? Is it going to be a lot of people or intimate?
  3. What is your colour scheme or what would you like it to be? (What colour are your table clothes/what colour do you lean towards/what is your favorite colour)
  4. Do you have a favourite flower?
  5. What is your budget?

What is it like working with Events by Emma?
What I like about working with Emma is that  we can put our ideas together and our talents together and we can come up with something pretty fantastic. Emma often allows us to give our suggestions about the flowers we should use, and that makes a huge difference. We know what’s available and what we can do for that price, so we try our best to make it look very good.

Visit www.academy-florists.com

Photos by Jeremy Hiebert Photography