Monday, June 29, 2009
Other office buildings tower over the unassuming four-story structure, but inside, are numerous rooms perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Their main venue is the Enmax Ballroom, located on the fourth floor. With a vaulted ceiling and Art Deco feel, this beautiful room plays host to hundres of conferences, speaking engagements, dinners and other various recpetions each year. With a kitchen on-site, the Chamber's catering staff are able to whip up magnificent four- and five-course meals for lunch and dinner gatherings or a delectible assortment of appetizers or succulent sweet treats for any cocktail party or afternoon tea. Bartenders stationed right outside at the old oak bar can quench your thirst with a wide assortment of beverages. The room holds 300 people for a reception or 170 banquet-style (table of 9), but can expand to 350 and 240 respecitively by opening the wall and adding the Peter Bawden Room.
On the second floor, the Chamber Dining Room is perfect for a cocktail reception or smaller dinner groups. With soothing colours, ambient lighting, and smaller break-out spaces, this venue is perfect for smaller, more intimate gatherings.
Nearby hotels, like the Hyatt Regency and the Palliser Hotel, can accommodate out-of-town guests, and ample parking is only a block away at the James Short Parkade.
As a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Creative Weddings and Occasions is able to offer specially reduced room rates to our clients. Contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or get started on booking your reception venue.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Now comes the fun part. Start imaging the various locations that will achieve the effect that you want. Are you looking for a location with a white sand beach with amazing views of ocean or perhaps the elegance of a European castle? An outdoor affair in the rugged Rocky Mountains or possibly a lush affair at an actual winery?
Again, your destination wedding specialist can be helpful if you want to consider unique wedding experiences. She should be familiar with companies that do helicopter weddings, cruise lines that will actually marry you at sea, or even the agencies to use for the truly unusual weddings, like an underwater one or a canopy tour in Costa Rica with a bit of a zip line at the end.
Your wedding will be one of the most memorable occasions in your life. It makes perfect sense that this one-of-a-kind experience that should be reflective of the two of you. With so many location possibilities to consider, the only limitation that should hold you back is your imagination!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Your wedding day is too important to leave to chance! The resort wedding coordinators are excellent at handling the on-site details, but too often, the wedding ceremony and reception are all "cookie cutter" replicas of one another. To help create the unique wedding of your dreams, perhaps it is time to consider some different alternatives for your destination wedding, such as renting a luxury villa.
Rental villas are scattered through the world, with numerous options being available in the Caribbean. With as many as nine or ten bedrooms, villas can provide accomdations for up to 24 people. In many cases, some of the same amenities found in the upscale resorts are included in the villa price, such as tennis courts, games rooms, private bars, and a full-service staff to look after all of your needs. However, villas also offer the added bonus of a private pool, and in some cases, a secluded beach for your own personal pleasure. A number of villas also have an on-site chef that will look after all of your culinary needs during your stay for either a "per person per day" rate or for the cost of groceries. Whether you use the villa itself for your wedding, or an alternate location nearby, villas often provide the perfect PRIVATE setting that most couples are looking for.
Villas are perfect for small wedding parties of less than 20 guests, but what if your wedding group is a little larger, like 30 - 50 people? Alan at sunvillas.com was able to offer the perfect solution by suggesting a few neighbouring villas in the beautiful Montego Bay area. He was also able to recommend which villa was best to accommodate the couple's wedding, along with vendors that have been used in the past by other couples who married there. Using neighbouring villas allows everyone to stay in the same proximity of each other, but provides the opportunity for families to stay together, or maybe even accommodate wedding guests with different financial budgets.
Villas provide an intimate and romantic option not always available at some of the larger Caribbean resorts. They provide more versatility, allowing you to have the wedding you've always wanted. You won't be tied to the ceremony guidelines that the big resort set, and will be able to choose the vendors that will work best for you. Let your destination wedding specialist get started now in helping you find the perfect location for your special day and in making your wedding a dream come true!
For more information about villas rentals as a possible destination wedding location or travel destination, please contact us at www.creativeweddingsandoccasions.com .
Monday, June 15, 2009
Don’t get me wrong! Tradition and customs are important. They help connect us and bring some of the past to the present and the future. However, these traditions should be also be meaningful to the both of you if they are going to be included as part of your wedding celebration. This is especially true if you start examining the costs associated with some of these traditions.
One the of the best examples I’ve seen is with a couple I recently worked with. Mike and Melanie had definite idea for their wedding. They had sat down and figured out what was most important to them, and were able to stick to their plans. It helped that the two of them were paying for the wedding, so although family members had opinions, the couple was able to have the final say.
This decision not to have attendants also impacted the reception in terms that there was no need for a head table. As an alternative, they arranged for a table for two to be set in the middle of the room, allowing them to share their first meal together as a newly married couple as just the two of them. Definitely a romantic touch!
One way in which you can do this is by assigning names to each of the reception tables instead of the traditional method of numbering them. This can work extremely well if you have already selected a theme that you want to incorporate. For example, one couple I recently worked with were getting married on Valentine’s Day. Mike and Melanie were adamant about staying far away from all the cutesy “heart and cupid” motifs normally associated with the holiday. However, they thought that incorporating tributes to some of the “great loves in history” was one way they could acknowledge Valentine’s Day, but in a more subtle and elegant manner that suited their reception decor.
The first step in making this happen was to create a list of “great loves”, some fictional and some real. Couples that we came up with included Romeo and Juliet, George Burns and Gracie Allen, and Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. After researching each couple, I wrote a one-page summary of their story, which was then mounted on the back of a piece of cardstock, with a photo and title of the couple on the front. (A special thank you to Amanda at Glimpz for putting it all together for us.) The stories were mounted on miniature easels, two at each table, providing a way to identify each table as well as some light reading for guests during the dinner. Along with the floral arrangements and red votive candles, it really added to the overall effect of the table centerpieces.
There are countless ways you could adapt this idea to your own wedding. Here are some quick ideas:
- For wine lovers, name each table after a different type of wine (e.g. cabernet, merlot, chardonnay, ...).
- For a western themed wedding, name each table after a breed of horses (e.g. Palomino, Arabian, Clydesdale, ...).
- If you went for more of a “once upon a time ...” fairy-tale theme, name each table after a specific fairly-tale, perhaps focusing on love story themed ones that most of us know so well from our childhood (e.g. Cinderella and Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Price Phillip, ...).
- For an elegant classic movie premier, turn to some of the greats films of all time (e.g. Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Sabrina (original), and Roman Holiday).
As you can see, this idea is a fairly easy one to incorporate if you put some initial thought into it. It’s a little thing that can help bring out your theme, if you have one, and can make your reception a little more personable.
By the way, did I mention the “great love in history” couple we chose for the kids’ table – Mickey & Minnie Mouse, of course!
For more reception ideas, contact us at http://www.creativeweddingsandoccasions.com .
When planning a destination wedding, it is important to note that most cruise lines outsource their wedding planning to an outside agency. Make sure you know which company they are going to use, or find a destination wedding specialist who can look after the details for you. One couple I worked with saved themselves over $3,000.00 by looking after the details themselves instead of going through the cruise lines to book their wedding. This left them with extra money they were able to use to upgrade their ceremony, extend their vacation, and take advantage of some of the spa treatments on board the ship.