Visit us at The Big Deal Wedding Expo 2016

PExhibitor-Red-500xThe Events by Emma team will be at the The Big Deal Wedding Expo–Luxury Bridal Showcase at the Assiniboia Downs on February 27 & 28, 2016.

The Big Deal Wedding Expo is Winnipeg’s first biannual wedding show and we are excited to announce that we are the official Bridal Lounge Sponsor of the event!

Make sure to visit our Booth and Bridal Lounge all throughout the weekend.

Emma Singh and the EBE team will be there to provide expert advice and answer any questions you have.

In collaboration with our partners Academy Florist, Canadian Event Productions Services and Planned Perfectly, our Bridal Lounge will showcase our unique furniture pieces as well as table designs showcasing current wedding trends and colours.

The weekend will be filled with entertainment, a fashion show, beautiful decor inspiration and many of Manitoba’s wedding vendors.

For more information on this exciting event and how you can buy tickets visit The Big Deal Wedding Expo website.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Vendor Spotlight | Dream Day Decorators

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After deciding she needed a change in her career, Yvonne Kriskovic, owner decided to immerse herself in something she had a passion for – events and décor. Kriskovic and her husband, Steve Kriskovic, first started their business out of the comfort of their home in 2002. The business quickly grew and now Dream Day Decorators fills a 15,000 square foot warehouse.

Yvonne loves working with clients and helping them make their wedding or event truly incredible. She says she is always up for a challenge and enjoys creating new looks. Dream Day Decorators has grown to be one of Winnipeg’s leading event décor and linen suppliers.

At Events by Emma, we work with Yvonne and the team at Dream Day Decorators during many of our events, including weddings, corporate affairs, and non-profit fundraisers. “Their passion for events and willingness to try something new with all of our EBE Designs and event projects help our team to surpass all of our clients expectations,” says Singh. “We could not do what we do without their amazing support and beautiful linens, chair covers and draping. Their selection is amazing and they are always willing to bring in new items to keep our events looking fresh, stunning, and innovative,” says Singh.

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Linens truly transform the room, they are the foundation of your décor elements. They really help you create a feel or theme that helps to set the mood on your day.

What is something people may not know when choosing their linens?
Choosing your linens really starts with choosing the right vendor. It is very important to work with a company that understands that quality is of the utmost importance. Here at Dream Day we wash and press all our own linens which helps us to control quality and ensure that our clients are getting the best product available.

What would you tell someone who knows nothing about choosing linens for an event?
It’s important to know what colours you are working with and the overall mood that want your room to have. How do you want your guests to feel when they enter your event? From fun and vibrant or romantic, classy and elegant.

What are some trends for 2016?
We are seeing a lot of neutral tones, very elegant, and classy. Clients are loving soft colours, champanges and golds.

What are some tips you would give someone looking at linens for their event?
Don’t be scared of colour and textures or being creative with the linens. They can create such an amazing statement and energy into the room.

What is it like working with Events by Emma? I truly love working with Events by Emma and her team. They are very passionate and professional and always have their client’s interests at heart. They create very unique designs and thrive to push the limits in their designs to truly give their clients and the guests a memorable event.

What is your favourite event you’ve worked on with the EBE Team?

Oh, that is tough … I have really like a lot of them. Probably the Grey Cup Events as it was one of the largest events and the most challenging, not to mention that it was such an honour to be involved with them.

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Halloween | Spooky Tricks and Treats!

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Halloween season is fast approaching and we couldn’t be more excited. We were invited to show off our Halloween Party Planning tips on CTV Morning Live on Tuesday October 20, 2015.

Check out this link  http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/ctv-morning-live

During our two segments we are sharing ideas on how to: Host your own Halloween Bash – Featuring Spooky Tricks and Treats!

Check out some cool and creepy Food Ideas to create the scariest

Sweet and Savory Food Station“.

Ghost Meat Loaf Muffins

What you’ll need:
• 2 eggs , lightly beaten
• 1/2 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
• 1 package of onion soup mix
• 2 lb. lean ground beef
• 1 24-oz. pkg. refrigerated mashed potatoes
• 24 capers, drained, for decorating

Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray muffin pan with a non-stick cooking spray
• In a large bowl combine ground beef with two eggs, bread crumbs and onion soup mix
• Lightly press about 1/3 cup of the meat mixture into each muffin cup
• Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, or until cooked
• Meanwhile, heat potatoes according to package. Using a pastry bag, pipe potatoes onto each muffin. Garnish with capers for ghosts’ eyes.

Pumpkin Guacamole Dip

What you’ll need:
• Mini Pumpkin
• 3 Avocados
• 2 Roma Tomatoes
• 1/3 cup red onion
• Bag of dark chips

Directions:
• In a large bowl combine avocados, tomatoes and onion and mix together
• Carve pumpkin with an open shaped mouth
• On a plate place the pumpkin at one end with the guacamole coming out of the mouth
• Place chips around the guacamole dip

Cupcakes
What you’ll need:
• Batch of your favourite chocolate cupcakes
• White buttercream frosting
• Toothpicks
• Tube of black decorator’s icing or Halloween Chocolates

Directions:
• Frost the cupcakes using the white buttercream icing
• For each cupcake, use the tip of a toothpick to lightly etch the outline of two large eyes in the frosting
• Slowly pipe black decorator’s icing onto the etched lines and then fill in the inner circles. Use another toothpick to spread and smooth the icing.
• Pipe on two short lines for a nose. Next, pipe a long line across the bottom of the cupcake for the mouth. For the finishing touch, randomly top the mouth with a bunch of short icing barbs.

Creepy Caramel Popcorn Balls
What you’ll need:
• 1 bag of microwave popcorn
• 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
• 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
• 1/3 cup light corn syrup
• 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
• Non-stick cooking spray
Directions:
• Microwave popcorn according to package directions. Line a rimmed baking pan with non-stick foil. Spread popcorn onto foil-lined pan.
• Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and corn syrup. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Cool 4 minutes.
• Pour sugar mixture over popcorn on baking pan. Coat a spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Push hot mixture into centre of baking pan, folding over to combine. Coat your hands with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle popcorn mixture with candies or seeds. Using your hands quickly combine ingredients and shape into firmly packed 2-inch balls. Cool completely. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap, or keep covered until ready to serve.
We choose to showcase two alcoholic beverages and one non-alcoholic kid friendly drink choice.

Below are our specialty cocktails:
Orange Ginger “Rum” Martini

What you’ll need:
Orange Ginger Soda
• Rum
• Ice
• Martini Glasses rimmed with orange tang

Directions:
• Rim Martini Glasses with Orange Sugar or Tang, then add ice to glass
• Pour Orange Ginger Soda over ice in glass, wait until it stops fizzing, then add rum

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What you’ll need:
• Clamato Juice
• Vodka
• Plastic tes-tubes rimmed with Cesar Rimmer
Directions:
• Rim Test-tubes with rimmer
• In pitcher, mix clamato and vodka
• Pour into test-tubes and Enjoy!

Halloween “Orange” Punch

What you’ll need:
• frozen orange sherbet
• orange juice
• pineapple juice
• ginger-ale

Directions:
• Place sherbet and orange juice and pineapple juice in a punch bowl. Allow to thaw for 10 to 15 minutes
• Stir in ginger ale

Check out some classy “Day of the Dead” Tablescape ideas to create just the right atmosphere for your ghoulish friends and family:

(Please note: photos will be uploaded after the Live segment!)

Kevin and Ashley | 1920s Inspired Wedding

On September 12, 2015, Ashley and Kevin said “I do” during a glamorous 1920s inspired wedding. The Manitoba Club’s Grand Ballroom was the perfect fit for their lavish ceremony and reception. The room was filled with black, gold, and blush accents with classic 1920s staples like a gramophone, vintage camera, feathers and a martini bar.

Monogrammed 20s styled dance floor with the couples initials, feathers, and rose gold leaves in the table arrangements were unique elements throughout that truly brought everything together. There was no shortage of sparkle throughout the day, especially with the bridesmaids channeling their inner 20s glamour wearing beautiful gold sequinned gowns.

Congratulations Ashley and Kevin! We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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Photography by Luxe Images by Jill

Thank you to all our wonderful vendors!
Planning – Events by Emma
Design and Tablescape Rentals – Events by Emma
Venue – The Manitoba Club (Grand Ballroom)
Photography – Luxe Images by Jill
Videographer – Michael J. Scott Productions
Florists – Academy Florists
Linens and Draping – Dream Day Decorators
Cake – Cake Studio
Favours –  Laugh Love Cakes
Lighting/Sound – Stage Lite Manitoba Ltd.
Dance Floor – Swank Event Rentals
Officiant – Matthew Tyler Slobodian
Band – Big City All Star Band
Hair/Makeup – Urbanite Salon
Limo – London Limousine Service

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

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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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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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