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Variety Gala 2013

Last April, Variety the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, celebrated it’s 35th anniversary of their Gold Heart Gala!

The traditional 35th anniversary colour is Coral, so we knew we had to incorporate it. This colour works so well in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel Fort Garry, how couldn’t we? Also, we were thrilled to finally put Planned Perfectly’s coral crinkle linen to good use!

As with all fundraisers we worked to get the biggest impact we could, for the least amount of money. The centrepieces from McDiarmid Flowers were designed to have candle light up high and bright and cheerful flowers below. We choose three groupings of colour blocked flowers in coral, ivory, and lime.

Thank you to the decor sponsors :

McDiarmid Flowers, Planned Perfectly

& Jeremy Hiebert Photography

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Top Choice Awards Nomination

Thank you for nominating us for Top Event Planners or 2014!! Please help us win by voting for us, it’s really easy:

1) Follow this link: Vote Top Choice Awards
2) Enter your name and email address
3) Optionally answer some quick yes/no questions
4) Verify the confirmation email you receive

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Caroline & Niranjan – Married!

This wedding was truly magical! The day incorporated both Caroline’s French background and Niranjan’s Indian heritage.

The morning started with a traditional Indian ceremony at the temple. Originally this ceremony was planned to be held in Caroline’s parents back yard, but heavy rain all week forced us to change plans. Planned Perfectly built a tall custom mandap in white chiffon fabric. A large floral garland with ivory hydrangea, red and white carnations & mixed greenery was draped over the mandap for added drama.

In the evening there was a second ceremony that was preformed at the top of  The Manitoba Club’s grand staircase. It was short, sweet, and personal, Niranjan even recited his vows in French.

The reception followed in the Grand Ballroom, decorated in soft pinks & ivory. McDiarmid Flowers designed 3 different type of centrepieces that were mixed throughout.

Caroline opted for a family style head table where guests were facing each other for easy conversation. Three large floral arrangements decorated this table and made it feel grand. The Manitoba Club served a delicious dinner with trays of French macaroons as the grand finale!

Congratulations Caroline & Niranjan, thank you for including us in your special day!

Thank you to all the vendors that helped make this day happen

Planned Perfectly, The Manitoba Club, McDiarmid Flowers,

Victoria Anne Photography, JP Media Works, East India Company,

Makeup Expressions, Two Chicks and a Bag of Makeup,

Elite Lighting & Platinum Productions

* As seen on Weddingbells!

Caroline & Niranjan from Jordan Popowich on Vimeo.

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Sara & Sunil – Married!

We were very excited when Sara hired us to help her plan her wedding! We had worked with two of her cousins in the past and they are one of the nicest families.

For Sara’s ceremony day she wanted to keep her colours traditional and coordinate with her outfit. Academy Florists designed a lovely bouquet with maroons, soft pink and ivory. Large arrangements with matching blooms were set up in the ceremony space. Planned Perfectly built a custom mandap with an open concept, only the sides and the back was draped, it was really stunning.

On the reception day we really brightened up the colour pallet. Hot pinks, reds, oranges, soft pink, and vibrant greens were arranged on tall silver candelabras and in footed mercury glass dishes. Sara wanted to incorporate a bit of a rustic feel (she originally wanted her wedding on a farm). We used Planed Perfectly’s high end burlap linen to give us a rustic yet chic feel. Handmade birch candle holders were set on the guest tables and wooden chalkboard picture frames displayed the table numbers. The menus also mimicked the chalkboard feel.

Congratulations Sara & Sunil & Thank you for including us in your special day!

Thank you to all our vendor friends!

Prairie Orchid Wedding Photography, Imagination Studios,

Planned Perfectly, Academy Florists, Elite Lighting,

In so Many Words, Qualico Family Centre, &  High Tea Bakery

Sara + Sunil (Next Day Edit) from Imagination Studios – Winnipeg, MB from Imagination Studios on Vimeo.

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En Pointe – Inspiration

This year we were given the opportunity to participate in the Inspiration Gallery at the Wonderful Wedding Show. For our table we decided to tie in a subtle ballet theme which we titled “En Pointe”.

We used Planned Perfectly’s tutu linen wrapped around the table and toped in a silver sequin overlay. White chivari chairs were decorated in white ribbon with sprigs of silver babies breath.

McDiarmid Flowers arranged blooms of soft pink and purple ruffled flowers such as peonies, roses, lisianthus, hydrangea, and spray roses in a tall white vase,  to create a soft feminine look. The base of the vase was surrounded by smaller arrangements in delicate glass vases. We added in lots of candle light for sparkle and stings of pearls for elegance.

The stationery designed by Robin Egg Blue Design furthered our ballet theme. Individual menus listed the different meal courses as acts, set off by a lovely floral graphic and glitter. All the place cards were names of famous dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov.

We had so much fun designing this table, hopefully one day we can design a wedding with a similar feel!

Thank you for all your help:

McDiarmid Flowers, Planned Perfectly,

Robin Egg Blue Design, Elite Lighting,

& Jeremy Hiebert Photography

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The Wonderful Wedding Show 2014 – Design & Decor

This year for the Wonderful Wedding Show we wanted to create a booth that was inspiring, on trend, cohesive and interactive.

We worked with a colour palette of white and gold, two colours that many of our clients have asked for this year. Planned Perfectly backdroped our booth in gold linen adding in strips of white fabric for extra drama. The tables were dressed in a textured white linen which contrasted nicely against the gold chivari chairs.

For the flowers we wanted something over the top but still classic and traditional. Phalaenopsis orchids worked perfectly for this look, nestled into a base of ivory and very soft pink roses. To incorporate gold McDiarmid Flowers appliquéd the vase with gold fabric (a trick she learnt working with Preston Bailey’s team last spring!). To add an interactive component McDiarmid Flowers designed Two hand held bouquets for future brides to pick up and hold.

One of my favourite parts of our booth were the hanging chandeliers we borrowed from our friends The Christmas Light Guys. They added the perfect amount of elegance and sparkle… and were worth all the effort to hang!

Thanks so much Jeremy Hiebert Photography for taking such pretty photos of our booth.

Thanks to all the vendors who helped pull this look together:

McDiarmid Flowers, Planned Perfectly,

Elite Lighting, & The Christmas Light Guys

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Nirvani & Kevin – Married!

When we first met with Nirvani she was set on having a very pink and purple wedding. She also wanted to make sure she was able to include both her and Kevin’s cultures. We did just that!

The wedding took place over two days, the first was full of photos and an Indian wedding ceremony to represent Nirvani’s culture. Kevin even rode a horse down Broadway street in the middle of rush hour traffic during the Barat! Guests then moved inside the Hotel Fort Garry for the traditional ceremony where Planned Perfectly had built a custom white, pink and purple mandap. Academy Florist decorated the aisle with swirls of hot pink rose petals and large arrangements flanked the mandap. Following the ceremony was a dinner catered by Ivory and a surprise Indian dance performance.

The second day started with Kevin “kidnapping” his bride from their house. In order to gain access to Nirvani, Kevin and his groomsmen had to do a series of tasks until the bridesmaids were pleased with their performance. Then came the tea ceremony and more photos. The grand finale was a hot pink and purple reception at the Hotel Fort Garry, complete with an Asian dance performance and an Indian / Chinese fusion meal.

Congratulations Nirvani & Kevin!

Thank you to all the vendors involved!

Moore Photography, Tricolour Freelance,

Planned Perfectly, Academy Florists, Elite Lighting,

Makeup Expressions by Rimpal, Vanoft Hair, Platinum Productions,

Hotel Fort Garry, Ivory Catering, & Cake Studio

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The Wonderful Wedding Show 2014

This weekend we will be at the Wonderful Wedding Show!

Saturday & Sunday

January 18th & 19th

11:00 am – 6:00pm

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

Stop by booth 513/612 to say Hi to us and McDiarmid Flowers.

Also, visit the Inspiriation Room and vote for our table “En Pointe”!


Here are our top 8 points for surviving a wedding show (as seen in It’s Love Magazine):

1) Take Photos
There are lots of great ideas and designs at wedding shows—all the vendors are going out of their way to show off their style and impress you. This makes the show the perfect opportunity to get inspired, and find great ideas and vendors to connect with! If you see something that you would love for your wedding day, take photos and make a note which vendor created it. Later, bring these images to your consultations with florists, linen and decor companies, and stationery designers to make sure everyone is envisioning the same concepts.

2) Bring a Buddy
To help make decisions and avoid getting overwhelmed, bring someone along to the show whose opinions you value but won’t be pushy, like your fiancé, mother, future mother-in-law, bridesmaid, sibling, or friend! To avoid getting overwhelmed choose carefully who you bring—the more people, the more opinions.

3) Take Notes and Follow Up
Bring a notebook to jot down names of companies you are interested in working with. There is a good chance you will meet multiples of the same types of vendors and after the wedding show is over, you will wont to be able to remember which florist you loved and which you disliked. Chances are, you will collect many business cards and handouts, and this is where wedding showcases can quickly get confusing. Having a notebook on hand is also helpful for scheduling appointments. If you aren’t able to book a meeting on the spot, make sure you get the vendor’s contact info and follow up with them the week after the show—they will be happy to meet with you!

4) Ask Questions
When you find a vendor you like, make sure you ask them any questions you might have. Start off by making sure they are available for your date. The best vendors always book up fast! If there is a specific product you want, see if they have it available or if they can bring it in.

5) Skip the Booths You’re Not Interested In
With plenty of different vendor categories displaying their product, there may be vendors that you may have already booked. There is no need to go visit their competition if you are satisfied with who you have hired. There will also be vendors for items you have decided not to go with. Don’t second guess the choices you have already made—you probably had a good reason in the first place.

6) Dress to Impress
You’ll hear a lot of the same advice—wear comfortable shoes! It’s true there will be a lot of walking and you will be on your feet all day, but don’t forget that you are also making a first impression on the vendors you want to book. Dress business casual and vendors will want to work with you to help plan your big day!

7) Prepare Labels
There are lots of great contests and draws set up by wedding show exhibitors. To save yourself time and energy, prepare sticky labels with your contact info before attending. They are inexpensive to pick up at an office supply store, and easy to print off at home. Make sure to include your first and last name, your fiancé’s first and last name, phone number, and email address.

8) Don’t Be Afraid to Interact
Many brides are anxious to talk or interact with vendors at wedding shows, thinking they will try to sell you on something that you don’t want. If you go in with this attitude, you’re going to miss out. While we encourage you to be selective about who you chat with, don’t be afraid to connect with a vendor. A wedding planner you talk to might give you an answer to a planning obstacle you’ve had, a photographer might become your must-have vendor to hire, or a baker might give you a great idea to save some money. These people are pros for a reason, and they want to connect with you in order to find out if they will be the right fit for you. Don’t be the girl who hangs back and misses out!


* Photos courtesy of Jeremy Hiebert Photography

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Happy Holidays!

Seasons Greetings from Soirée!

Wishing you and your loved ones all the best during this festive season.

We will be out of the office from December 19th until January 7th taking a much needed break after another very busy and successful year.

Please understand that only clients with events over the next few weeks will be contacted during our holidays. All other emails & phone calls will be responded to promptly upon our return.

All the best in the new year!

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Corporate Holiday Party

We had the pleasure of planning and designing a Holiday Party for one of our corporate clients.

Each year we move the event to a different venue to keep the party fresh and exciting. This year we proposed the brand new Prairie 360. We were even able to do a site visit during construction to preview the space (We got to wear hard hats for this one!) The space is gorgeous, much of the original architecture was kept… and the view, OUTSTANDING!

We worked with the colours of the ballroom and designed a colour palette of copper, gold, and burgundy. It just so happens that Planned Perfectly has a copper crinkle linen that was perfect! From there we designed the centrepieces with McDiarmid Flowers to really bring out the burgundy colours and added gold dipped pomegranates for festive flair.

Pillar candles were used throughout for a warm glow. Elite Lighting up-lit the walls in a warm amber to add to the ambiance. Clear glass charger plates, gold chivari chairs, and custom menus by Ayoko Design finish off the look.

Thank you Jeremy Hiebert Photography for taking pictures!

Thanks to everyone who helped with this event:

Prairie 360, McDiarmid Flowers, Planned Perfectly

Bel Ayre Rentals, Elite Lighting, Ayoko Designs

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