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


What can we say? We can’t get enough of gold!

This classic and elegant look was for the CancerCare Manitoba Gold Plate Gala, which seated close to 1000 guests. Some of our BEST (and heaviest!) pieces were used for this extravagant affair. We were so honoured to be a part of the event once again as the Planning & Decor Sponsor.

Enjoy our favourite detailed shots!
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Event Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Linens and Draping: Planned Perfectly
Venue & Catering: RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Lighting & A/V: AVW Telav


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


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

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



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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Photo by: blfStudios

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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Photo by: blfStudios

 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.


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.


 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.


Au Courant – White Wash Highstyle

The thick Winnipeg fog that greeted us today during our drive into the office reminded us of our “Au Courant” Highstyle shoot back from 2011.

“Au Courant” shot by Moore Photography & blfStudios was inspired by a clean white palette. Throw in some subtle black accents to add some contrast for the eye, and our outcome was an elegant, modern but classic, tablescape — fit for any wedding or event!





If you liked what you see, and want to see more of this glamorous shoot, check out EBE TV for our behind-the-scene footage of “Au Courant.” Video shot by Paperback Films.

Moore Photography: Curtis Moore
BLF Studios:  Bond Freyer
The Fairmont Winnipeg: Greg Hazlewood
Events by Emma: Emma Singh & The EBE Crew
Floral Elements: Deb Woloshyn and Gloria Sawatzky
Planned Perfectly: Kylee Houlahan & The PP Team
Chair-ish Your Moments: Sandy and Amanda Sumanadasa
Chocolate Zen Bakery: Douglas Krahn
Cakes by Shelley: Shelley Nikkel
Paperback Films: Mark Hiebert, Chris Radke, Cody Goetz
Emma Fine Letterpress Stationary: Marcelle Lussier
Hair by Karen:  Karen
Makeup Expressions by Rimpal: Rimpal Kaler
Fingers & Toes Day Spa: Aimee Dueck
Chantal’s Bridal & Formal: Savitri Ramraj
Aldo Formal Wear: Rey Lozano
Epsilon Creations: Patrick Beal
Hasina Mehndi & Body Art: Kim Brennan
Bel-Ayre Rentals: Beverly Bilinski
Models: Ines Miller, Kylie Friesen and Adam Neustaedter


Our Favourite Event Trends for 2014


Photo Credit: Joel Ross Photography

Believe it or not: wedding season is near. And our brides are pouring in and out of our office, as we start to finalize their wedding details.

This year, weddings will aim to please. Guests will be treated to a unique and memorable event, as more focus will be made to enhancing the experience for all. Bigger and more extravagant décor, interactive and exclusive entertainment, and personal touches from the bride and groom, are just a FEW things to watch out for.

So brides, take note! Here are our favourite wedding trends for 2014:

1. Luxurious Bride
This year we’ll see a shift from the vintage/DIY bride to the more luxurious and glamorous bride. The luxurious trend originated from Kate Middleton’s royal wedding back in 2011, and will introduce lace sleeves, pearl accessories, detailed beading and even higher necklines.

2. Taller and Longer Centre Pieces
Rectangular reception tables were introduced a few years back as a more modern and space-efficient alternative to the traditional round tables of 10. This year the new trends for tablescapes are again favoured for rectangular tables, creating taller and elongated centrepieces. The alternating use of tall extravagant vases or candelabras with a cluster of smaller vases and candles throughout the same table can help create a full and lavish look.


Photo Credit: blfStudios

3. Slow-Motion Video Booth
One of our favourite new wedding trends for 2014 is the slow-motion video booth, which is a fun and unique twist to the traditional photo booth.  Silly string, bubbles, confetti and hilarious hats and props can easily be purchased to dress up your booth’s appeal. The booth will leave your guests entertained all night, and when the video goes through final edits you’ll have a unique keepsake to remind you of your day. Check out Jhamily and Monis’ slow-motion video done by Paperback Films.

4. Metallic Accents
When it comes to wedding decor, metallic accents are key to achieve the luxurious look. Find ways to incorporate the metallic in stationary, table decor, or by creating a photo wall with beautiful metallic frames. A new and upcoming trend is the ‘metallic cake,’ which is the perfect addition to an elegant and glamorous affair.


Photo Credit: blfStudios

5. Personalized Theme
It’s your big day, why not make it your own? Personalized themes, colour palettes, stationary and even decaled dance floors with your monogram will help create a unique event tailored to you and your groom. Your wedding should represent the two of you as a couple, and the love you both share. Customized photo walls, guest books and even a signature drink can all be incorporated to tell your love story.


Photo Credit: Joel Ross Photography

To find out more about 2014 wedding trends, or to discuss an upcoming event you are planning, connect with Events by Emma at, or call 204-779-8812.


Six Steps to Plan a Successful Gala


Planning a fundraising gala is far from a walk in the park. Gala planning requires commitment, resourcefulness, and a lot of man-hours. However, for not-for-profits and charities, their annual galas are essential for their cash flow, donor stewardship, and for raising public awareness of their cause.

Each year more and more galas get thrown in the mix, each with a worthwhile and meaningful cause. With so many competing galas fighting for the spotlight, it’s crucial for organizations to take the right measures to avoid being left in the dark.

To ensure the success of your fundraising event, follow these six steps:

1. Save the Date
First rule of business, choose your date as early as possible. These dates are often finalized as far as a year in advance. Yes, this means our clients sometimes finalize next year’s date, even before this year’s date takes place. Be sure to check that your date doesn’t conflict with any religious holidays, large city events (e.g. hockey games), or even any competing galas that may have your sponsors or ticket-buyers torn. If all is a go, run your date off with the venue of your choice and book!


Photo Credit: Manuel F. Sousa Photography

2. Set Goals
What is our fundraising goal? How many seats are we hoping to fill? What are our revenue streams during the event? Are we collecting live and silent auction prizes? These are all important questions that should be answered at the beginning of the planning process. Your goals will help shape what your event will look like, and what steps you’ll need to take to make it reality.

3. Have Deadlines
It’s so important to schedule a strict timeline and critical path of deadlines and stick to them. Plan as much as you can in advance. Send out those sponsorship packages earlier than you did last year. Schedule your meetings with the venue and vendors at the beginning of the planning process to ensure they’re available. Most importantly, be sure to follow-up with everyone you said you’d follow-up with.

4. Find a Catch
It’s important to distinguish to potential sponsors and ticket-purchasers why your gala will be different (and more valuable) than others. The key is to know your target market, and to understand what compels them. At times, it means bringing in an all-star sports athlete to speak at the event. Other times, it means wowing them with the décor and entertainment, or maybe even giving away a once in a lifetime auction prize.


Photo Credit: Ian Mccausland

5. Hire a Planner and/or Designer
Companies often underestimate the time and resources it requires to pull off a fundraising gala. Chances are the internal employee who is planning your gala is already trying to balance a full-time workload. In order to yield the best results, invest in a professional team of planners and designers and take the stress off of your staff. When the day finally comes, your planner will have décor and production covered, while your staff can enjoy the night and schmooze with donors.

6. Do Something Different
Donating money to an important cause looks great on any company, but let’s face it, after countless galas, they all start to blend together. Be sure to bring in key-note speakers who have unique and compelling stories and testimonials. Go beyond the typical chicken and potato banquet main course and try fun cultural food stations. In addition, keep the party going all night with an energetic live band that performs covers tailored to your crowd’s taste. By throwing in interactive and entertaining elements, it will keep your guests engaged and raving about your gala (and your cause) for days and months long after.


Photo Credit: Jeremy Hiebert Photography

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


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Spirit Awards 2013

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This year’s The Winnipeg of Chamber Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala will take place next Friday, February 28 at The Fairmont Winnipeg.

Events by Emma is partnering with The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce once again to put together the 5th annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala. Dubbed as the “Academy Awards of Winnipeg,” this highly-anticipated event is about honouring and celebrating local businesses that are making a difference.

Last year, we transformed The Fairmont Winnipeg ballroom into an extravagent, alluring and over-the-top setting, where The Chamber recognized and honoured their amazing award finalists. Their six award categories include: Not-for-Profit, Charity, Start-up Business, Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business.

For more information about this year’s awards, visit the official event home page.

Here are some of our favourite photos from last year’s Spirit of Winnipeg Awards (photo credit: Michael Grandmaison):

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LOVE COLOUR – Day 4: Celosia Orange


We’re almost half way through our LOVE COLOUR series, in honour of Valentine’s Day, and Day 4 highlights “Celosia Orange.”

Three Ways to Add Colour to Your Event:
1. Candles
Don’t ever feel restricted to the typical white or ivory votive and pillar candle. Feel free to do something others often don’t do, and play around with the colour (and quite possibly – scents!) of your candles.

2. Vases
In our table design, we pulled the table colour and design together with a tall clear vase of you guessed it — oranges! You can establish the same easy lush look by filling your vases with any fillers that use your colours.. be creative!

3. Linen Accent
If you’re afraid of a dominant and bright solid coloured linen, you can always substitute it for a linen with a soft (or dramatic) pattern that pulls accents of your colours.

lovecolour-celosiaorangePhoto Credit: Moore Photography

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.