Concordia Hospital Foundation Gala 2014

It’s not everyday we get to hang out with a Olympic Gold Medalist.

At the Concordia Foundation’s 31st Annual Gala Dinner “Celebrating Body, Mind & Soul,” we had the great pleasure to put together a beautiful and FUN event for Team Jennifer Jones, where Ms. Jones was honoured with the 2014 Martin Bergen Award.

To make sure the team felt at home, we installed a customized curling rink on the second floor of the Delta Winnipeg for guests to enjoy while snapping a photo with Team Jennifer Jones (you can see our photo with the Olympic Gold Medalists further down).

Another great gala during another great gala season. As always, we can’t wait until next year!

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HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful vendors:
Event Design & Decor: Events by Emma
Event Rentals: Events by Emma
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Florals: Academy Florists
Lighting & A/V: Max Pro Lighting

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Winnipeg’s 8th Annual All That Glitters Gala

When meeting with our clients, one of our favourite things to hear at the beginning of the planning process is: we want to do a theme!

We can go on and on about the benefits and appeal of themed events, and if you’re interested in learning more about them, we even covered Five Steps to Master Your Themed Event in May’s e-newsletter.

To give you an idea about how FUN and creative themed events can be, check out the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada Gala, where we threw a “Retro Rockin’ Party” this spring at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

A few of our favourite details from this event have to be the dozens of records we hanged over the dance floor, the customized pop labels and of course, the jukebox!

To add some fun, we also had the Winnipeg roller derby team SuckerPunch skating around during cocktail hour giving out pop bottles to guests, which created the nostalgic vintage diner experience!

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Thank you to all vendors and partners!
Event Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Venue & Catering: RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Lighting & A/V: Elite Lighting
Florals: Beyond Flowers
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Roller Derby: SuckerPunch
Auctioneer: Adesa
Photography: MediaCircusTV

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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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Vendor Spotlight: Planned Perfectly

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Photo by: Joel Ross Photography

While planning her own wedding, Kylee quickly picked up on the need of specialty linens in Winnipeg. With ambition and hard work, she took the entrepreneurial leap and established Planned Perfectly in 2006. From a humble beginning in her basement, Kylee has moved her company to a 6000 sq ft warehouse and has quickly grown into one of Winnipeg’s leading linen suppliers.

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“We’ve worked side-by-side Kylee and her team on a weekly basis for years, from the early morning setups to all the late night takedowns,” says Emma Singh, Founder & CEO of Events by Emma. “They play an important and essential role in helping us bring our client’s visions to reality.”

In the past year, Planned Perfectly worked on over 200 events, including weddings, non-profit fundraisers, conferences and corporate affairs. Their vast selection of colours, styles and textured linens will appeal to any bride or event organizer. On top of specialty table linens, Planned Perfectly also offers their clients draping, napkins, chiavari chairs and charger rentals to help them with their event needs.

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We asked Staci from Planned Perfectly:
1. Why are linens and draping important to an event?
Linens and draping can change the entire vibe and look of a room and make it into an entirely different space.

2. What are your favourite types of events, and why?
We enjoy every event for different reasons, but we love weddings to see each couple’s ideas and colours transform their venue.

3. Any exciting linen trends this year we should watch out for?
This year is all about the sequins and gold touches. We have also had a huge success with our natural linen line opposed to the traditional satin and, in the more recent years, textured table clothes (e.g. our crinkle series).

4. What are you favourite things about working with Events by Emma?
We enjoy working with EBE because of because of their creativity and they always have such great energy!

To find out more about Planned Perfectly, visit their website at planned-perfectly.info.

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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Winnipeg Wine Festival Gala Dinner & Auction 2013

downloadWine, delicious food, beautiful decor and a great cause! What more can we ask for?

This year’s Winnipeg Wine Festival hosted by Manitoba Liquor Mart is one of the most respected wine festivals in the country, and is the largest single fundraiser for Special Olympics Manitoba.

It’s always our pleasure to work with the wonderful and hardworking team at Special Olympics Manitoba, and we can’t wait for this year’s Gala Dinner & Auction!

This year’s Festival runs from Sunday, April 27 to Sunday, May 3, 2014, and will be highlighting Austria as their wine theme country. For more information about the Festival or to purchase tickets, click here.

Enjoy some photos from last year’s Gala & Dinner at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

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It’s all in the Details

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You’re planning your big day and you’re determined to “wow” your guests with a one-of-a-kind wedding that is unique to both you and your fiancé. Well, if that’s the case, any good planner would tell you: “it’s all in the details.”

Carefully thought out details is the key to turning a cookie-cutter wedding into a couture and memorable personal affair. At Events by Emma, we know first-hand the dramatic impact of precisely planned and executed details, which is why we don’t take any details lightly. From the colour of your wall lighting to the font in your program, it should all work together and compliment one another.

Think past the colour of your dress, your location, your table linen, and even the extravagant centrepieces that drapes your tables.

Here are seven significant wedding details that should never go unnoticed.

1. Guestbook Table
The first thing your guests will see at your reception is your guestbook table. Be sure to take time and give thought to your guestbook table and what it will include. Be sure not to forget to order extra banquet linens to dress your guestbook table and try to incorporate elements from your centrepiece and floral. Other elements that you may want to add is an enlarged photo of you and your fiancé from your engagement shoot, a unique outlet your guests can sign their names and pass on marriage life advise, and a designated area to drop off presentations. Don’t forget some close friends and family to welcome your guests and monitor the guestbook and presentations, and you’re set!

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2. Table Numbers
When your guests enter your reception, their eyes will automatically gravitate to finding their table number (after they’re finished admiring your fabulous décor, of course!). With that in mind, it’s important to dress up your table numbers to compliment your table design. There are so many unique and beautiful ways to incorporate your colour and theme into your table design.

3. Printed Programs
Your ceremony and reception programs should be more than a piece of paper. Your programs should compliment your decor, while filling your guests in with what they can expect that day. Take a peek online and get inspired by beautiful and unique wedding day programs that play off unique designs and typography. For your ceremony program why not include a brief summary of your love story or how he/she proposed. If you’re having a religious ceremony, also include explanations of religious traditions they’ll witness that day. For your reception program, go surpass the menu and speaker order, and use the space to say thank you to your wedding party, family and guests.

4. Cake Table
Just like your dress, you paid good money to get the cake of your dreams. Chances are you and your fiancé took time to do your research on how you wanted it to look and even sat in on several tastings to find the perfect cake flavour. Once you’ve found your cake, be sure to dedicate a special space on or by your stage to show it off. Your planner and cake artist should work together to ensure the cake becomes a focal point of the room design. Be creative and try the “hanging cake” or design a separate backdrop for your cake table to  create a dramatic appeal.

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5. Party Favours
Your wedding favour is your last chance to “wow” your guests. Follow our important EBE rule: “a party favour should either be edible or practical,” and you’ll be good to go. Some examples for an edible favour is the always appreciated late-night dessert or try customizing your own tea blend and give them away in your own customized packaging. As for practical, give out flip-flips on the dance floor to encourage your guests to keep dancing, despite their aching feet. Another wedding favour trend we love seeing is when the newlyweds donate to a charity close to their hearts on behalf of their guests, in substitute to favours. Your guests will feel touched and appreciate the donation made with their name.

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6. Pretty Hanger
You’ve invested a mini fortune on your dress, and rightfully so. Your dress is what your groom and even your guests are waiting to see. When the day comes along and your wedding photographer is hanging around you and your girls during hair and make-up, he/she will be working hard to capture all the special moments pre-wedding. A must-shoot for every photographer is a detailed photo of your hanging wedding dress. So do your photographer (and yourself) a favour and have the dress hanging on a pretty hanger that will only compliment the photo, rather than ruining the shot.

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7. Wedding Party Gifts
Let’s be honest, we know you couldn’t have done it without the support of your wedding party and your family. So give special thought of what special gift you’d like to present them during your big day. Do them (and yourself) a favour and don’t opt for the overdone engraved flask. For bridesmaids, you can try a designer clutch or wallet, personalized charm bracelet or necklace, or a gift certificate to the spa. For the groomsmen, try a money clip or leather travel kit, a bottle of the finest scotch, or group tickets to the city’s next biggest concert.

To find out more about how to plan the perfect wedding details, or to discuss an upcoming event you are planning, connect with Events by Emma at , or call 204-779-8812.

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Elite Lighting

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After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Manitoba, Sohan Jammu combined his interests for event lighting with his entrepreneurship drive and established Elite Lighting. Since 2010, Elite Lighting has provided unique and innovative lighting options for their clients, while also looking after various a/v components such as projectors, screens, sound setups and live video feeds. During 2013 Elite Lighting provided lighting for 120 weddings, corporate events and non-profit events.

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Every year Elite Lighting is seeing a growth in clients and the types of events they do, and just recently expanded their services to Calgary, AB. “Calgary is a larger city, and we felt that lighting has not yet taken off in the wedding industry, shares Jammu.“We thought this would be a perfect time to enter the industry and showcase what lighting had to offer.”

Despite all the corporate conferences and non-profit fundraisers Elite Lighting partners with, Jammu shares his favourite event will always be weddings. “There is more of a creative and artistic element that goes into the planning and design of each wedding. This in turn lets us come up with creative ways of transforming ordinary venues into something spectacular,” Jammu says.

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WHY IS LIGHTING IMPORTANT?
Regardless of the size of your budget, lighting should be one of the most important décor investments you make during the planning process. Strategic LED up-lightingand spotlights can single-handedly change the atmosphere for your guests, and will also enhance your event stage and centrepieces. For example, spotlighting can create focal points for a wedding’s head table, cake table and dance floor. In addition LED up-lighting is a great opportunity to incorporate your event’s colours, tying everything in with your décor theme and template. Throw in your customized monograms and textured lighting and you’ll transform your room, and create a lasting ‘wow’ factor.

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If you want to learn more about Elite Lighting, email sohan@elitelighting.ca or visit elitelighting.ca

FOUR FUN EVENT BARS

A dessert bar or a candy buffet are traditional and fun additions to any event. After a night of dancing and socializing, your guests will appreciate the late night snacks and take-homes.

If you’re interested in doing something unique and non-traditional, try one of our four fun event bars that we introduced to our guests over the years.

1. CRUNCH BAR

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Throw in your favourite chips, cookies, crackers and flavoured popcorn and you have the perfect late-night snack!

2. COTTON-CANDY BAR

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Cotton Candy will always be a sweet hit with both kiddies and adults!

3. SMORE BAR

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Come on, who doesn’t love smores!

4. VEGGIE BAR

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Photo credit: Moore Photography – Veggies can be fun too! 

Enjoy, and happy planning!!

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