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

Richa & Joe Featured in the Fall/Winter Edition of Weddingbells Magazine

Photos by Madix Photography

Exciting news to share! We learned today that one of of our fabulous wedding clients Richa & Joe are being featured in the upcoming Fall/Winter Edition of Weddingbells!

Richa & Joe had a beautiful wedding here in Winnipeg at the Fabulous Fairmont Winnipeg and we were so thrilled to work with them on creating the wedding of their dreams. Mixed with cultural tradition and modern elegance their wedding was stunning from start to finish.

Enjoy the full story at:   http://www.weddingbells.ca/real-weddings/a-traditional-hindu-wedding-in-winnipeg-manitoba/

Video: Time Lapse: Scopus Awards 2014

Ever wondered what it takes to setup an extravagant event for 500+ guests from start to finish?

Well, today’s your lucky day… allow us to show you!

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This amazing and FUN time lapse video by Sambajoy Photo & Art takes you through our two-day setup for the Scopus Awards 2014 Honouring Moe Levy, hosted by the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University.

We were honoured to be given the opportunity to help put on one of the few events being held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights before its opening this September. The gala was also a great opportunity for the CMHR staff to work out event logistics at their new and stunning facility.

To learn more about the Scopus Awards and for more photos by blfStudios Photography, check out our blog post where we covered this event!

Huge THANK YOU to Madalena and Marcelo from Sambajoy for spending the two days with us shooting this lovely piece. You were able to capture EBE perfectly, and we cannot wait to work together on more projects!

About Sambajoy Fine Art Photography
This adorable, fun-loving and VERY talented husband and wife duo (Madalena and Marcelo) have been all around the world. Born and raised in Brazil, the couple moved to Winnipeg, along with their pug, Bacon, and established Sambajoy Fine Art Photography. With their impressive background in photography and technology, the power couple specializes in photo and video for a variety of occasions.

Be sure to check out more about them on their website sambajoy.com

As always, huge thank you to all of our vendors and partners:
Event Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Event Rentals & Furniture: Events by Emma
Venue: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Caterer: The Fairmont Winnipeg
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Florals: Academy Florists
Lighting: Elite Lighting
A/V: Canadian Event Production Services
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Photography: blfStudios fine art photography

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Scopus Award 2014 Honouring Moe Levy

One of the many perks of working in the event industry is being able to meet so many inspiring individuals, who are usually honoured at our events, and Moe Levy is no exception!

We partnered with The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to put on this year’s Scopus Awards at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where Winnipeg’s own Moe Levy accepted this year’s Scopus award, which is the highest humanitarian honour at the University. Moe Levy, currently the Executive Director of the Asper Foundation, played a crucial role in fundraising for the CMHR. So, whenever we’re putting on a spectacular event at the Museum, we know we have Moe to thank!

For the Scopus Award, we honoured Moe’s heritage and brought the Indian city Mumbai to Winnipeg. The event featured ethnic entertainers, Mumbai-inspired street food and even a Bollywood flash mob!

Enjoy our favourite shots by blfStudios fine art photography. Thanks for the amazing photos, Bond!

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Event Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Event Rentals & Furniture: Events by Emma
Venue: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Caterer: The Fairmont Winnipeg
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Florals: Academy Florists
Lighting: Elite Lighting
A/V: Canadian Event Production Services
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Photography: blfStudios fine art photography

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HOW TO MASTER YOUR THEMED EVENTS

IMG_3922Themes are a great way to increase your event’s appeal, and to distinguish your event from others. By hosting a themed event, it creates a fun and welcoming atmosphere for your guests and it can also open up opportunities for your guests to play along and embrace the theme (e.g. a Great Gatsby themed gala, may encourage guests to dress up in 1920s attire).

When searching for a theme, consider what’s relevant and topical during the time of your event. For example, when the remake of the film Alice in Wonderland came out in 2010, we were seeing a huge interests in the Alice in Wonderland theme and it even stayed around for a few years! This year, we can anticipate more interests in the Bollywood and safari oasis themes with the new releases Million Dollar Arm and Rio 2.

Another way to find the perfect theme for your event is to consider your guests and who you are choosing to honour. In example, if your guest of honour is of Asian decent, throw an elaborate Asian-infused event, complete with Asian-inspired decor, entertainment and menu. Or if you know your guests will be a more mature crowd, throw a retro-diner themed event, complete with a juke box filled with nostalgic music.

It’s important your theme fits your organization and the goals of your event. However, keep in mind planning a theme has both its benefits and challenges.

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Here are five steps to help you master your themed event and create a fun and memorable evening for you and your guests:

1. Be committed
Once you decided on a theme, you have to stay committed to it. Be sure your theme is on the top of your mind when planning the logistics of your event, from your entertainment, to your decor, and even to your stationary. In order for everything to flow and make sense, your theme has to shine through.

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 2. Be creative
The more fun and unique your theme is, the more likely you’ll have to think outside of the box and be creative with your decor and programming. In order to really ‘wow’ your guests, you’re going to have to do things that haven’t been done before. For example, for a south beach themed event we did last month, we wanted to create palm tree centre pieces. In order to accomplish this look, we had to be creative and create the palm trees from scratch.

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3. Play up your stationary
Remember when we said everything and anything about your event has to make sense with your theme? Stationary is a great medium to promote and execute your themed event. Your invitations, posters, programs and even event signage need to compliment your theme and will help pull your theme together.

 4. Get your guests involved
Guests LOVE themed events, not only because they can expect a fun and unique program, but because it means they have an opportunity to really participate and be a part of the event. Letting your guests know in advance of the theme through your invitation or posters, can ensure guests will have time to plan if they decide to dress up according to the theme.

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 5. Think BIG  

Invest in a planning and design company that can work with you to bring your theme to life. They can help you find the perfect venue, lighting experts, entertainers and caterers that can work together to master your theme. And don’t forget about the little details that can help you sell your theme, such as your signature drinks or party favours.

To find out more about themed events or to discuss an upcoming event you are planning, connect with Events by Emma by calling 204-779-8812.

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LOVE COLOUR – Day 3: Dazzling Blue

FCR_SPR2014_Home_Banner_ImgAt Events by Emma, we’re so proud to specialize in cultural event design and production. Here in Winnipeg, we’re so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing and interesting cultures, each with their own unique values and traditions.

Our Day 3 – Love Colour table design was inspired by Asian heritage, and highlighted this year’s colour trend Dazzling Blue. Enjoy!

Three Ways to Add Colour to Your Event:
1. Decorative Pillows
Try mixing up your seating arrangement with unique accent chairs, such as love seats accented with a beautiful decorative pillow.

2. Wine Glasses
Bringing out your colours with customized wine glasses is a great opportunity to add the extra “wow” factor to your table settings.

3. Dessert
Everything placed on our EBE tables is strategic and meant to emphasize the beauty of our tables… and yes, that means even the desserts! Work with your venue’s chef to ensure his masterpieces accent yours.

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Thank you to our wonderful vendors who contributed to this table design:
Planning & Table Design: Events by Emma
Linens & Draping – Planned Perfectly
Florals, Draping & Rentals – Floral Elements
Decor Rentals & Chivari Chairs – Events by Emma
Custom Stationary – Terlie
Cake – Chocolate Zen Bakery
Lighting – Elite Lighting
Custom Signs – Urbanink and Sign Source
Venue – Winnipeg Convention Centre

Table was originally designed for the 2012 Wonderful Wedding Show – Wedding Inspiration Gallery.
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12 Days of Inspiration: Day 8 – Vintage Farmhouse

Day 8 of our 12 Days of Inspiration is the sweet and romantic “Vintage Farmhouse” and inspired by the Mennonite culture. Only a few days to go before Saturday!

Enjoy!

Day 8 - Vintage Farmhouse

Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Dinnerware, Glassware, Flatware: The Bay Downtown
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Floral Design: Fache Forward Designs
Exclusive Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Lighing & AV Technology: Elite Lighting

Venue & Catering: Winnipeg Convention Centre
Cinematography: A Moving Picture Studios
Photography: Jeremy Hiebert Photography
Pastries & Cake: Chocolate Zen Bakery
Printing & Design: Urbanink
Custom Signs: Displays on Main

Check back tomorrow for Day 10 of the 12 Days of Inspiration!

Also, be sure to visit us at The Wonderful Wedding Show (Booths 805 and 904).

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12 Days of Inspiration: Day 7 – Embroidery Intrigue

At Events by Emma, we definitely agree January is planning month for brides. With the wedding show and the influx of initial consultation requests, we understand January is an important month of decisions for brides and grooms.

Before making any major decisions, brides and grooms should do their research on their options. It’s Love Winnipeg’s January Planning Guide features great features from us on budgeting, finding the right planning service and highlights some of Winnipeg’s top wedding planners.

Be sure to find us in this month’s digital issue!

Today’s 12 Days of Inspiration is inspired by the Ukrainian culture. Enjoy Day 7’s cultural table design Embroidery Intrigue!

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Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Dinnerware, Glassware, Flatware: The Bay Downtown
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Floral Design: Floral Elements
Exclusive Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Lighing & AV Technology: Elite Lighting

Venue & Catering: Winnipeg Convention Centre
Cinematography: A Moving Picture Studios
Photography: Jeremy Hiebert Photography
Pastries & Cake: Chocolate Zen Bakery
Printing & Design: Urbanink
Custom Signs: Displays on Main

12 Days of Inspiration: Day 6 – Colours of the Flag

At Events by Emma, we pride ourselves in our experience and knowledge of cultural weddings and traditions. Living in the diverse city of Winnipeg, we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of so many amazing ethnic ceremonies and receptions.

Take the Filipino culture for example, the cord and veil ceremony and the reception money dance is just a few of the unique and symbolic traditions known in their wonderful culture.

We want to know, do you plan on incorporating cultural customs and traditions in your big day?

Day 6 of our 12 Days of Inspiration is “Colours of the Flag” inspired by the Filipino culture.

Day 5 - Colours of the Flag

Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Dinnerware, Glassware, Flatware: The Bay Downtown
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Floral Design: Floral Elements
Exclusive Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Lighing & AV Technology: Elite Lighting

Venue & Catering: Winnipeg Convention Centre
Cinematography: A Moving Picture Studios
Photography: Jeremy Hiebert Photography
Pastries & Cake: Chocolate Zen Bakery
Printing & Design: Urbanink
Custom Signs: Displays on Main

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12 Days of Inspiration: Day 4 & Day 5

WWS-ContestThe Wonderful Wedding Show is in exactly a week, and our Events by Emma team is SO excited to meet and chat with all of the 2014 brides and grooms. We can’t wait to hear about all of your goals and aspirations for your big day!

Attending your local wedding show is a great opportunity to learn more about your options, shop around for the best quotes and to pick up the top 2014 wedding trends. Most of all, the wedding show is BEST for entering all the amazing contests and give-away, such as our Dream Stage Give-Away we’re hosting exclusively for brides and grooms who visit us at our booth (No. 805 and 904).

Click here to learn more about our Dream Stage Give-Away contest

Until then, enjoy Day 4 and Day 5 of our 12 Days of Inspiration.

Day 4: Mediterranean Breeze is inspired by the Italian, Greek and Spanish cultures.

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Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Dinnerware, Glassware, Flatware: The Bay Downtown
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Floral Design: Fache Forward Designs
Exclusive Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Lighing & AV Technology: Elite Lighting

Venue & Catering: Winnipeg Convention Centre
Cinematography: A Moving Picture Studios
Photography: Jeremy Hiebert Photography
Pastries & Cake: Chocolate Zen Bakery
Printing & Design: Urbanink
Custom Signs: Displays on Main

Day 5: Exotic Elegance is inspired by the East-Indian culture.

Day 5 - Exotic Elegance

Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Dinnerware, Glassware, Flatware: The Bay Downtown
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Floral Design: Floral Elements
Exclusive Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Lighing & AV Technology: Elite Lighting

Venue & Catering: Winnipeg Convention Centre
Cinematography: A Moving Picture Studios
Photography: Jeremy Hiebert Photography
Pastries & Cake: Chocolate Zen Bakery
Printing & Design: Urbanink
Custom Signs: Displays on Main

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