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

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

Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

This year we had the great pleasure of producing and planning an amazing Fundraising Gala Event for Variety Manitoba.

For this event, we wanted to re-energize it and create a fun, interactive environment for guests to experience. That is why we decided to bring the Variety Gala back to their entertainment and circus roots. Guests were invited to “Come One, Come All – Under the Big Top,” and experience a night that would take them back to their childhood ways and have them feeling like kids again.

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When decorating a traditional ballroom, it can present a bit of a challenge when creating a big top feel, so developing the theme to represent a circus everyone knows and loves was important. Large red and white drapes hung from the ceiling resembling the iconic circus tent, and circus ring table centrepieces were created to add some fun to the tables. They were even set with miniature circus animals.

To get guests involved throughout the night, we wanted to have them moving around and interacting with multiple elements. That meant adding a little twist to traditional gala features and using every square inch of the venue.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with freshly baked mini donuts from the Mini Donuts & More truck, and they walked down a vibrant red carpet to lead them upstairs under the big top. They were also greeted with a little show from jugglers, stilt walkers, and contortionists.

In lieu of a silent auction, guests had the chance to play popular childhood games like Operation, balloon darts, ring toss, and Mega Wire. Who doesn’t love healthy competition? We also included a balloon pop, which guests could buy a balloon to have a  chance at winning a prize.

To top it all off, entertainers from Folklorama Talent, Dan and Kim Craig of The Street Circus/Circus Spectacle, and Dean Gunnarson performed incredible acts that had guests entertained and in awe of their talent. Later in the evening, guests were invited to snap a photo with Dean Gunnarson and ask him all the “how” questions.

The evening finished off with a Sweet Shop, sponsored by Boyd Autobody and Salisbury House where guests helped themselves to a delicious array of treats such as donuts, mini pies, cotton candy, popcorn and an ice cream bar with an assortment of toppings all to satisfy their sweet tooth.

We can’t believe another gala season has come to an end and we already can’t wait until next year!

Here are our favourite moments of the night!

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Photography by D.Singh Photography

HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful vendors and partners!

  • Planning & Production: Events by Emma Corporation
  • Event Design & Decor: Events by Emma
  • Event Rentals: Events by Emma
  • Venue & Catering: Delta Winnipeg Hotel
  • Linens: Chair-rish Your Moments
  • Draping: Dream Day Decorators
  • Florals: Academy Florists
  • DJ Music: Elite Lighting
  • AV & Lighting: Freeman Audio Visual
  • Entertainment: Folklorama Talent (various), Circus Spectacle, Dean Gunnarson
  • Games: Aquaventronics and Events by Emma
  • Cotton Candy: Swirly Sweets
  • Popcorn: Kernals
  • Desserts: Salisbury House
  • Favours: Candles from Coal & Canary

Special Thanks to all of the amazing Volunteers and Staff from The Variety Organization and the EBE Team

Blog Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE Intern

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

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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/

CANCERCARE GOLD PLATE GALA 2014

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

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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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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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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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 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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