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.
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.
Today I am celebrating FIVE years in business! I couldn't have gotten here without my ah-mazing clients, friends and family who are always sending love and referrals my way.
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;)