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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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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

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

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.

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

Alternative Wedding Dates

Alternative Wedding Dates

I am a big fan of mixing it up when it comes to days of the week and seasons of the year to host a wedding.   With Manitoba’s short summer, the wedding season rush down the aisle historically starts the first weekend of May and quiets down by Thanksgiving.  Of course, July is the most popular along with those very-special-never-happening-again novelty dates, (think 12.12.12), but what about the other four thousand couples who didn’t manage to snag a ‘prime’ date? Lately, I am seeing a spike in ‘off-season’ wedding inquiries and I have to say, I applaud my couples who are open to different options.  There are many reasons for a not so ‘off’ season anymore, including limited venue availability, special rates for ‘off-season’ bookings and importantly, a couple’s personal availability depending on lifestyle and profession.

Let's Talk About Speeches

I find speeches can make or break any party atmosphere.  How many times have you cringed during a best man’s speech or on the contrary - roared with laughter and clapped for an encore?  A well delivered speech should accomplish two things – it should make all guests feel welcome and included and recognize the celebration or purpose of the party.  I always try to work hard with wedding emcees to make them feel prepared and confident and deliver a great program to compliment a beautiful celebration.  Here are some other tips for everyone planning a wedding (or any speech) in the future.

Sweet Table 411

Sweet Table 411

I LOVE styling sweet tables at weddings.  Often it’s that last décor touch to really leave an impression on your guests and those ‘sweet’ details should never be overlooked. The wedding dessert table has become a staple as many couples opt to skip the giant wedding cake for a more varied assortment of goodies. After all, why choose one dessert when you could offer your guests a whole buffet table full of your favorite desserts? Not only does the dessert table offer your wedding guests more choices, it also can be more cost effective, depending on what type of desserts you’re serving, and how much of it you design yourself.  

FINDING THE RIGHT OFFICIANT

FINDING THE RIGHT OFFICIANT

Last year I was so excited to officially become registered with vital statistics Manitoba and now I am proud to say I am legally able to perform marriages in Manitoba.  When couples inquire about my wedding commissioner, (‘Yes We Do’) service I always look for a personality fit since I will be involved in the most detailed parts of planning a couple’s special day.  When you are shopping around for a wedding commissioner, it is important to consider the following:

2017 Event Trends

2017 Event Trends

Happy 2017 everybody! I can’t wait for all the weddings I have lined up in the next 12 months PLUS I get to celebrate Canada’s 150TH birthday in Ottawa while on site for our biggest event of the year - CACUSS.   To kick off the New Year, I’ve listed some predicted trends for the upcoming event season based on observed consistencies with my own clients and input from my fellow planners.  I think this is going to be an annual list;)