Favorite Winnipeg Venues (over 200 people)

Favorite Winnipeg Venues (over 200 people)

Searching for the perfect venue is hard.  It’s the foundation, (literally) for your wedding and one of the biggest decisions you will make during your wedding planning journey.  Many historic homes, garden sanctuaries and smaller museum sites have capacities limited to 150 or fewer persons and in mid-size markets like Winnipeg, finding a venue can be particularly difficult if your wedding guest list exceeds 200 people. 

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How to Prep Your Skin for a Big Event (& Giveaway)!

How to Prep Your Skin for a Big Event (& Giveaway)!

When it comes to special occasions, it’s no surprise everyone wants to look and feel their best. And one of the biggest parts to that equation is your skin. That’s why I teamed up with my beauty blogging galfriend Vanessa, from The Trendy Files to bring you all our best skin care tips to follow before any big event! CLICK the title for the full post and to learn all about our giveaway!

What to Look for in a Wedding Planner

What to Look for in a Wedding Planner

In the wedding industry (particularly in the Manitoba market), the period of October to March corresponding with the Christmas/Valentine’s holidays are BIG for bookings. I’ve gone into many reasons WHY to hire a wedding planner but in the early stages of your search, it’s important to have a list of what to look for in the same way you’d have checklists for your DJ, a photographer or a florist.  Here is my recommended list of considerations as you search for your wedding planner.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rosanna U Photography

MODEL: Open Sky Weddings

The Fyre Festival Disaster: Lessons Learned

I feel compelled to take a step away from the usual wedding related content this month to comment on the Netflix Fyre documentary.   I, like millions of others, recently watched this film in total horror and, honestly WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?  I have found it challenging to organize a wedding in 4 months let alone a weekend music festival, yeesh!  If you have been living under a rock, learn more about the Festival, (or what could have been) here. In theory, this would have been an incredible long weekend music festival set in the beauty of the Bahamas with luxury accommodations, an A-star lineup and a once in a lifetime experience.  Thanks to an online push by social media influencers (mainly models who never intended to show up to the actual festival in the first place), the event sold out in record time in 2016 and, in a series of terrible planning mistakes things quickly spiraled culminating with a massive social media back lash that left organizers in a pile of financial and legal trouble. I had no expectations as I settled in one Sunday evening to watch this mess of a wanna-be festival, but as an event professional this documentary stuck with me and I’ve been having anxious thoughts about it ever since.  The more I play some of the scenes over and over in my head, the more I realize very basic fundamentals of event planning were not even considered by organizers.

2019 Wedding Trends

2019 Wedding Trends

HNY everyone! 2019 is going to be our busiest year yet and we are SO excited for all the events and weddings going down in the next 12 months. After an incredible tour of Hawaii with the family in December, it is time to get back to planning and designing with all our amazing clients and to kick off the New Year, we’ve listed some predicted trends for the upcoming event season.  From classic apparel to sustainable weddings, check out what you can expect to see this year.

Photo by: Megan Steen Photography

Halloween Party Time!

Halloween Party Time!

Halloween has to be one of my favourite holidays of the year.  Whether it be a girl’s night in or a spooky Halloween party, there is certainly something for everyone to get in the spirit of Halloween!  Is anyone getting their ghouls together for a little soiree?  Vanessa and I had so much fun planning a party with some friends last week, we wanted to share some essential Halloween party tips!

PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Enns

Considering Little Ones in Your Wedding Party

Considering Little Ones in Your Wedding Party

To include children or not to include children in your wedding party? Your wedding day is full of memorable and exciting moments and the result of hours and hours of careful planning and no one wants it ruined by a screaming toddler.  This doesn’t mean you have to rule out having children in your wedding party entirely but I have some recommendations to make children more comfortable at your wedding and avoid any melt downs as much as possible.

PHOTO BY: Casey Nolin Photography

JOY AND BACK ANNOUNCEMENT

JOY AND BACK ANNOUNCEMENT

Well, after a busy and wonderful 2018 wedding season, we have an important announcement about our non profit initiative Joy and Back.

Look Good Dancing At Your Wedding

Look Good Dancing At Your Wedding

For many couples, the thought of dancing in front of 100+ of your nearest and dearest can cause minor heart palpitations leading up to the big day. Have no fear, I have some quick tips to look good dancing at your wedding! Click the header on your left for the full post!

Photo by: Vanessa Mayberry Photography

5 Ways to Add Personal Touches to Your Wedding

5 Ways to Add Personal Touches to Your Wedding

Social media feeds are overrun with wedding inspiration and it almost seems as if there is nothing original when it comes to weddings.  Every couple wants to give their guests a unique experience but it can seem like quite a challenge in the beginning.  I always tell my clients the strategy to make your wedding stand out is to make it meaningful by considering all your favourite things as a couple in the early stages of planning.

How To Plan Your Wedding When Your Bridesmaids Live Across the Country

How To Plan Your Wedding When Your Bridesmaids Live Across the Country

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Getting all your bridesmaids together 50 years ago was an easy task, but these days you might all be spread across the province, country or even the world! We know how stressful that can seem at first. But don’t worry! We have the best tips for you and your remote bridal party so you can enjoy and involve your girls throughout the whole wedding planning process!

Emergency Kit Essentials

Emergency Kit Essentials

Emergency Kit Essentials Collaboration time! The Trendy Files and Alli Mae Fresh Events got together last month to gab, sip and share our ideas on the essential things you need on a night out or even your big day. This led us to the creation of this blog, letting you in on the contents of our go-to emergency kits, as well as get you thinking about how to prepare your own.

Read all about Emergency Kit Essentials below!

FEBRUARY 4: Westman Wedding Expo

I'm thrilled to exhibit at the Westman Wedding Expo next weekend!  Please come say hi and learn more about Joy And Back.  Show Details As follows:

Sunday, February 4

11AM - 4PM

Keystone Centre, Brandon MB.

See you there!

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 Wedding Trends

Happy 2018 everyone! I am SO excited for all the events and weddings in my calendar this year and after a restful holiday season it is time to get back to planning and designing with all my amazing clients.  To kick off the New Year, I’ve listed some predicted trends for the upcoming event season.  From bold colors to bridal fashion and cutting edge décor, check out what you can expect to see this year.

The Many Roles of a Wedding Professional

Coordinator, Planner, Designer, Stylist – wedding industry professionals go by many names and it can get pretty confusing to differentiate one from the other.  So what are the differences between wedding designers, coordinators and planners and how can you distinguish between each role and figure out the individual best suited for your wedding?  Check out the descriptions in today’s blog along with my service packages that best align with each!

Photo By: April Marie Imagery

Wedding Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Wedding Emergency Kit Must-Haves

My brides always get a kick out of my massive emergency kit bag, and I am continually adding to it.  Nothing says ‘prepared’ more than a suitcase filled with medical kits, apparel and beauty must-haves.  Below, I assembled a handy check list of items (and corresponding categories) you should consider packing on your wedding day.

Photo By Izabela Rachwal Photography