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B-I-N-G-O

There are very few things that can hold the attention of over 250 guests, to the point where you could hear a pin drop in the stone heritage building in Perth, Ontario on a Saturday evening in April. But one thing that can silence the room of this gala going group... Read More

A Room with a View

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image. – Joan Didion So I have once again signed up for an online writing class to try... Read More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No it’s not Christmas, and no I am not celebrating the start of another wedding season like some of my Ottawa industry colleagues (I know it’s coming but I continue to remain in denial). What I was excited about and now exhausted from is my daughter’s birthday. No matter the... Read More

Shake It Off

Today was a great day. I need to take the time to appreciate these days that inspire and energize me and hold on to those good feelings. Maybe it is the fact that I had the sunroof open and there was sunshine and fresh air but I feel that we... Read More

What a week!

Last week was filled with highs, lows, laughter and tears. Long hours, great friends and a whole lot of sweat. For the past 5 years we have put on what we have called a Linen Show. We dress up a large amount of tables in linens and style them to... Read More

Red is the New Black

What a weekend. How is it that all the big things seem to happen one after the other in the shortest time frame possible? Last week was the start of the culmination of some big projects. Saturday evening was the annual 65 Roses Gala benefitting Cystic Fibrosis. This is an... Read More

Welcome to the Show

Another week, and I am a day late with my blog posting. I want to do justice to the life of an event planner and the biggest thing is that there is no ordinary day. I am super excited for an event I have been asked to coordinate this week.... Read More

Throw back to 2011

We have a lot of great things coming up in the next few months but with all this excitement I can get a little anxious. It’s at these time I need to look back and remind myself that I can tackle almost anything that is thrown at me. The particular... Read More

A Playlist for My Week

I saw this recent writing challenge about summing up your week with a playlist that captured what you went through. Who doesn’t imagine their life set to a soundtrack so I thought I would give this a try. My kids are just getting in to music so it is now becoming... Read More

Assignment #1 – Blogging 201

Hello Blogging 201 I am slightly behind already, how is that possible when the class only started yesterday? I’ve been thinking about the assignment since yesterday. I realize the importance of setting goals, how else can you move forward or get anywhere? You need to know where you want to... Read More

Do something that scares you

I was having lunch with a colleague recently and we were talking about volunteering and the different ways we can get involved and if there is a benefit to it (both personally and professionally). I am a little bit of a volunteer junkie or is that volunteer sucker? I just... Read More

Crazy is as crazy does

Crazy is as crazy does Well, I am pretty happy to close the chapter on last week. With any business there are necessary evils and for us one of those is bridal shows. It is good business exposure but Holy Crap is it exhausting. Not just the show itself but... Read More

It’s okay to say NO

I don’t think there are very many people out there who like hearing the word ‘no’. In small business and sales you never want to say no. You want to sell the dream and then you can figure out how to make it happen later. The reality is for small... Read More

Who reads this blog anyways??

In my quest to find balance and challenge myself I registered for an online blogging course. I am not a writer by trade, far from it. What I have found since I started documenting my thoughts and experiences is that I really enjoy writing. I like the opportunity to share... Read More

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“And when she was good, She was very, very good, But when she was bad, she was horrid!” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This nursery rhyme verse has been running through my head since last week. When things go well they go SOOOOO good, but when they go bad they are just... Read More

Top 10 Memories of 2014

With only a few hours until 2015 is upon us, I wanted to reflect on some of my favorite moments of 2014. This is a little bit of a countdown of my favorite and most memorable events from the past year. We were incredibly fortunate this year and had the pleasure... Read More

Celebrity Weddings – Just a little eye candy

With the year winding down I thought I would look at some of the celebrity weddings that will be setting the trends for seasons to come. The problem with magazines is that the photos they are publishing that tend to guide and shape the trends of the coming season for... Read More

Find your inner Zen

If you asked anyone what is one of the best things about me, they would say it’s that I exude an utter state of calm. From as long back as I can remember, I have always been the calm one. If you needed someone to stand backstage with you before... Read More

Event Aftermath from a Wedding on Steroids   

It’s amazing how long it takes me to recover from an event. As I had previously written we were taking part in the “Best Day Ever Ottawa” event. This first-year event happened on November 15 at the Museum of Nature. It sounds simple enough, set up the best wedding possible... Read More

The Best Day Ever!

We, like most businesses in the Ottawa event industry, are asked to be part of a variety of events each year. In the next few months I am really excited about a few that we are going to do. We have gotten involved with various community groups and different types... Read More

Caught in the trap

This past weekend I found myself in Pinterest hell and it nearly broke me. I rarely ask for help but I had to call in reinforcements on late Saturday afternoon (thank you Wendy for answering that call!). I find it funny (in the ironic sense of the word), that I... Read More

Dear Pinterest

Dear Pinterest, I hope you are doing well. Just wanted to drop you a quick note with a question that has been nagging me lately. Have you ever thought of including warning labels with your pins? Yes, I am like the millions of others who have Pinterest accounts and pin... Read More

A Time to Give Thanks and Remember

I have found the last few weeks I have been reflecting on the journey that has gotten me to where I sit today (and I don’t mean on my couch watching The Voice on PVR). There are a couple of moments that stand out to me as I take a step... Read More

The Witching Hour

This weekend was a first for us in a very long time. We were almost a normal family with a whole day off on a weekend. This may sound like not a big deal to most people but for us it was incredible and strange at the same time. Neither... Read More

It’s just business, and IT IS personal

I think a lot of people feel that being a small business owner is the “Canadian Dream”. You control your own destiny; you set your own schedule, you are truly the boss. Sounds amazing doesn’t it? Then why isn’t everyone walking away from guaranteed job security, benefits and pensions to... Read More

My True Love

Over the course of my 15+ year event career, I have taken on a number of roles for a wide variety of clients. My true love in the event world has always been non-profit events. I love big events that benefit charities or other type of community groups. Working with... Read More

The case of the missing MOB

This past weekend was a bit of a first for me. I was part of an event that has been over a year in the making, with one of the most fabulous couples I have had the pleasure of working with. I am writing this blog as I sit in... Read More

On the fly

I have been trying to think of a way to document an event we just wrapped up at the end of July. It was challenging and fun all wrapped up in to a big ball of expectations. At the start of summer we met with a regular client who was... Read More

Common sense not so common

Have you ever wondered why there are warnings on certain products or why there is often so much small print on rental agreements? I know when I have read things on my hair dryer like “do not use in the bathtub” or the obvious “content may be hot” on my... Read More

Give me six hours

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln Preparation is the key for any event, from a backyard BBQ to massive fundraising event. Ideas need to be transformed in to reality. It can be as simple as... Read More

A week in the life

In the event industry you don’t tend to look forwards to Friday like in other jobs. Friday is most likely a day to gear up and get ready for a lot of work. I’m not sure if we have a definite weekend but we tend to look forward to late... Read More

Mind-reading is not on my resume

As an event professional it is part of my job to anticipate and be ready for many of the challenges that could potentially happen throughout the course of the event. I have emergency preparedness plans that cover what to do in case of fire, bad weather, and even running out... Read More

Secret shame

For those of you who know me, I’m guessing that this “secret shame” isn’t so secret but I really do try to keep it under control. If you don’t know me, I’m sure you are thinking and maybe hoping this is something scandalous, you may be disappointed. There are a few... Read More

The longest weekend

Not all the events I have worked on have been weddings. In fact, most of my background is in a variety of non-profit events. There is one particular event that stands out in my mind as being one of the most challenging experiences I ever had as an event manager.... Read More

Be a duck

There is a pretty cool moment as an event planner when everything comes together, people are happy enjoying what you have obsessed over for countless hours, and you can’t wait to do it again. You forget how hard it was to get to that point and just love that feeling... Read More

The customer isn’t always right

So I would like to say that our business was an overnight success, but then I would be a liar. It has been a seven year work of progress, and we continue to have highs and lows. There have been countless hours of sweat, tears and laughs but we keeping... Read More

Just say Yes!

In the last little while, I have had a couple of people ask how did you decide to get in to this line of business and in all honesty, we didn’t plan to be doing this. It is really something that snowballed and we are constantly running to keep up... Read More

The Wedding Planner

I have been giving a lot of thought to writing this blog. What do I have to “say” that could be different or unique from the other professional bloggers out there. I know there are blogs about wedding trends, new styles, color combinations and the lists go on and on.... Read More

Once upon a time…

Before sequin linens and chiavari chairs, there were simpler times. Times when people just accepted white linens as the norm and if they were really going to go wild they would pick a colored polyester napkin. There was no Pinterest or wedding reality TV shows, no social media to splash your thoughts... Read More

No event is an island

Events are not about one person. It may be a wedding, or a fundraising event and even though there is one client (the bride and groom, a corporation, a charity, whatever), there is not one person who makes it happen. There is a team of dedicated professionals behind the scenes running... Read More

mas•ter•mind
(ˈmæs tərˌmaɪnd, ˈmɑ stər-)

v.
1. to plan and direct skillfully.
n.
2. a person who originates or is primarily responsible for the execution of a project.