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T h e W i n n i p e g F r e e P r e s s P r e s e n t s t h e o ff i c i a l g u i d e t o
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January
17 & 18 2015
RBC CONVENTION
CENTRE WINNIPEG
Featuring Star of
Say Yes to the Dress
Randy Fenoli
Celebrating 25 Wonderful Years
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With approximately 300 displays spread over 100,000 square
feet, the show is your one-stop destination for everything you
need to plan your own wonderful wedding.
Show manager Sherri Rheubottom has some advice for brides
and their entourages: Wear comfortable shoes; print address
labels in advance to make it easy to enter the many contests
offered at the show and, above all, expect to have a lot of fun.
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Hours:
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Fashion shows:
12 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. daily
Star of Say Yes to the Dress,
Randy Fenoli
Presentation:
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (1st Floor)
Meet & Greet:
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (3rd Floor)
Tickets:
Randy Fenoli Presentation ticket
packages are $40 and include a regular
ticket to the show.
Regular tickets are $15 plus
agency fees at Ticketmaster
(1-855-985-5000
or www.ticketmaster.ca).
Tickets are also available
at the door.
Pre-Register online at
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Fabulous Fashion
TV style guru Randy Fenoli — star of TLC’s Say Yes to
the Dress — will share his personal story and provide
expert advice on how to choose the perfect bridal
gown during private presentations offered each
day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. He’ll also mingle with the
crowd during special meet-and-greet events by the
main stage from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Rheubottom is thrilled that Fenoli will be a part of
the 25th-anniversary festivities.
“We wanted to do something really special this
year. It’s very exciting because he’s never been to
Winnipeg before,” Rheubottom says.
“I really love his philosophy that no matter what
size, age or shape, every woman is beautiful and he
will help them find the perfect wedding dress.”
On that note, be sure to take in two daily fashion shows presented by Archangel Fireworks and
Danny Kramer Dance Band. It’s a chance to check
out never-before-seen bridal lines as models strut
across the main stage to debut 2015 designs. Fashion shows start at noon and 4:30 p.m.
Dream Big
One lucky couple will win a $25,000 dream wedding at Bel Acres Golf and Country Club. To enter,
drop by the Virgin Radio booth on the third floor.
“Normally our dream wedding is $20,000, but of
course with our 25th anniversary, we had to make
it $25,000. This year, they get everything, including
transportation for the whole wedding party. We
even have diamond wedding bands and a deluxe
salon and spa package,” Rheubottom says.
“Whoever wins is going to be ecstatic. These
vendors were carefully selected and they will do a
great job. They are all the crème de la crème of the
wedding industry.”
There’s another exciting addition this year:
Couples can also enter to win a $5,000 dream
honeymoon in the Mayan Riviera courtesy of
QX104 and Ixtapa Travel.
Get Inspired
Vow to be wowed by the Wedding Inspiration Gallery on the second floor, where top decor companies will compete in a Table Wars design contest.
“It’s basically inspiration for the brides to get
ideas for their own wedding,” Rheubottom says.
“Plus, it’s an opportunity for our really talented
decor companies to showcase their unique ideas.
They’re all so creative.”
His & Hers Lounges
One lucky couple
will win a $25,000
Dream Wedding at
Bel Acres Golf and
Country Club.
The Brides Lounge, Presented by Dream Day Décor, Floral Fixx, Platinum Productions, Bel-Ayre
Rentals, & Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, is a special
haven where busy brides can take a rejuvenating
break, sip wine samples and enjoy the lovely decor
and music as they plan their strategy for visiting
exhibitor booths.
Meanwhile, grooms can kick back in the EPH
Apparel Grooms Lounge, complete with TV sets,
comfy seating and good company. EPH is changing
the way men buy suits, with a range of custom options and fittings in your home, office or online to
ensure a flawless fit. And the Grooms Lounge will
provide information and fun activities that are just
for men.
Very Important Brides
(V.I.B.)
With more than 10,000 people expected to attend,
Rheubottom encourages brides to pre-register as a
V.I.B. (Very Important Bride) at www.wonderfulweddingshow.com. V.I.B. early entrance from 10 a.m. - 11
a.m. gives brides a head start on exploring exhibitor
booths, and V.I.B.s are automatically entered for a
chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, courtesy
of Uniglobe Travel. When they arrive, they’ll receive
a pink Bride lanyard courtesy of 204HOMES.ca and
special V.I.B. Bag courtesy of Sensational Sound &
Elite Lighting.
“The early entrance is important because a lot of
vendors, like venues and photographers, actually
book up quite quickly,” Rheubottom says, “so you’ll
want to get in the doors early and get a jump on it.”
Since the day is also a special outing for the
bride’s best gal pals, V.I.B. T-shirts are available for
$20 each, with options for a glam look or sporty
style for both brides and bridesmaids.
General admission tickets are $15 plus agency
fees at Ticketmaster
(1-855-985-5000 or www.ticketmaster.ca.) or at
the door. Ticket packages for the Randy Fenoli
presentation are $40, which includes his onehour talk, an autographed photo and admission
to the Wonderful Wedding Show.
For more information, visit
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hen it comes to shopping for the perfect
bridal gown, it’s possible to find a match
made in heaven.
This season, love is in the air with an emphasis
on romantic looks, says Savitri Ramraj, owner of
Chantal’s Bridal & Formal.
“Tulle and lace are very romantic. You have Alencon
lace and Chantilly lace. You have very feminine fabric
from rustic to modern elegance,” Ramraj says.
“For colours, you have the blue hues, and mint
is making an emerging comeback. Champagne is
also great.”
To find out what best suits each bride’s figure, Ramraj recommends trying on an array of different styles.
“Brides do have lots of options. Ball gowns, mermaid, trumpet skirt, A-line and sheath are the main
styles for your wedding dress,” she says.
“You’ll find everything from very simplistic to a lot
of embellishment. Every season, it changes a little.”
Offering an abundance of options for every
size and shape, David’s Bridal has hundreds
of styles available ranging from size two to 26.
Meanwhile at Helene’s Bridal Salon, generations of
brides have found the ideal gown during the shop’s
60 years in business. Owner Sheila Rubenstein says
every bride is different when it comes to her preferences for the perfect dress.
“There’s no rule of thumb. It’s whatever you want,”
Rubenstein says. “It’s so easy to fall in love with all of
the dresses now.”
For a personal flair, accessories are a great way to
add individual accents.
“Long veils with lace trim are so beautiful. We really
love the styles. There are nice headpieces and tiaras
in a lot of antique looks,” Rubenstein says.
“If a dress is simple, you can put a beautiful belt
on it with big stones. It really picks up the dress and
gives it a whole different dimension.”
Stella’s Bridal also carries a variety of accessories at
its 5,000-square-foot store, including fur stoles and
wraps available to rent for winter weddings. With an
impressive collection of designer dresses, the Portage Avenue boutique is a one-stop shop for everything bridal.
Custom-designed dresses are another popular
choice for the bride-to-be. At Athena Couture, owner
Jackie Yu designs and creates custom-made dresses in
addition to selling pre-made gowns.
“We make their dream dress. It’s whatever the bride
wants,” Yu says.
“Sometimes the bride likes pieces from different
dresses. They might like the top but not necessarily
the bottom. Those are the things that we can change.
We can put pieces together and make them into the
one dress they like.”
The brides provide input on what they envision for
their big day, and Yu works with their ideas to create
a customized look.
Helene’s Bridal Salon owner Sheila Rubenstein. The shop is
celebrating its 60th anniversary. Photo by Darcy Finley
“We do drawings because we design them too.
We can make an outline of what they want and then
make them a pattern. Once the pattern is OK’d, then
that’s when the dress starts getting made,” Yu says.
“We have one bride who was travelling and saw different materials and beads that she liked. She wanted to incorporate them in her wedding dress, so she
brought them in and we used them. It’s really fun.”
Melina De Luca, owner of 7th Avenue Fashions,
says brides have more options now that sleeves are
making a welcome comeback.
“For years, we’ve said that strapless dresses are
what we consider to be the new traditional look, and
we’ve finally broken away from that,” De Luca says.
“I think that there’s going to be a whole new generation of brides coming and saying they don’t necessarily want strapless. We should be able to accommodate them, and that’s the exciting thing.”
As alternatives to strapless dresses, brides can consider fashions with straps, cap sleeves, short sleeves
and three-quarter-length sleeves.
“If you think back to the ’80s and ’90s, it was all
long-sleeved,” De Luca says.
“We’re starting to see some long sleeves again, but
it’s going to take a while to get back there.”
In addition to stunning sleeves, current designs
also focus on beautiful backs.
“It’s all about the back details,” De Luca says. “We’re
offering dresses with low backs and illusion backs,
which looks like a low back but it’s covered in. There’s
wonderful lace detailing at the back.”
No matter what style they choose, brides can rest
assured that they will look gorgeous in their gown.
“There’s never a wrong choice in bridal. I always
tell my brides that you’re deciding between beautiful and more beautiful. How can you go wrong?” De
Luca says.
“It is one of the greatest dresses you’ll wear in your
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Meet Star of Say Yes to the Dress, Randy Fenoli
Fashion expert Randy Fenoli guides brides to the perfect
gown on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and Randy to the Rescue,
and he’ll be at the Wonderful Wedding Show for both private
presentations (from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. each day), and Meet &
Greets by the main stage (from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.).
I
n the meantime, Fenoli, who is also the author of
It’s All About the Dress, shares five tips for finding your dream dress:
before they enter the bridal salon to let them know
what you’re looking for. A little communication goes
a long way.”
1) Know your budget — not just for your dress but for
your entire wedding. Most American women spend
between $800 and $1,000 on their dress, Fenoli says.
But what happens if you fall in love with a dress that
is beyond your budget? You can modify other areas
of the wedding to accommodate the extra cost, but
be sure to keep room in the budget for alterations.
“I am adamant about having great alteration,”
Fenoli says. “It doesn’t matter how much you spend
on a wedding dress. If it doesn’t fit right, then it’s not
going to look right.”
4) Add a veil. “I say without a veil, you’re just a pretty
girl in a white dress,” Fenoli says. “It really softens the
entire look and makes it more romantic and angelic.”
If a veil is not part of your plan, then consider topping
up your look with hair jewelry, flowers or some other
type of hair ornamentation.
2) Do your research. You should know your style and
have an idea of what you’re looking for. “It really helps
the consultant when you bring pictures of things that
inspire you, even if it’s a neckline or a type of beading
or a silhouette,” Fenoli says. “That can really help the
consultant lead you to the right dress.” At the same
time, keep an open mind and try on different options
that the consultant might choose.
3) Bring supporters. “Only bring people with you
that have your best interest at heart and are looking
for a dress for you and not themselves,” Fenoli says.
“I think it’s really important to have a conversation
5) Feel beautiful. No matter what your budget
or personal style, be sure to choose the dress that
makes you feel best.
“When you feel beautiful, your entire body language changes. Your shoulders go back, your smile
gets wider, you carry it differently and everyone’s going to say ‘That’s the most beautiful bride I have ever
seen,’ ” Fenoli says. “It’s not always about the dress;
it’s about how she’s wearing the dress. It’s from putting it on and saying ‘I feel beautiful.’ ”
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Photo by Victoria Anne Photography
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Flower Power
Creative flourishes add personal style
By Judy Owen
These aren’t your grandmother’s faux flowers.
That’s not the motto for House of Silk, but it could be as affordable
faux flowers have become a more realistic-looking option for brides.
“At first, there was a bad vibe with silk
flowers. Everyone was thinking Walmart,” says
Melanie Norbury, president of House of Silk,
which has been in business since 1989.
“And then when they saw the product, because I’m a specialty shop, they saw the quality of the flowers was beautiful.”
These days, silk flowers have a soft touch
to them, as well as texture and a wide range
of colours and flower varieties, Norbury
says, adding the only thing faux flowers lack
is fragrance.
Their popularity has grown exponentially
since House of Silk set up its first Wonderful
Wedding Show exhibitor booth in 2002. Back
then, most of the interest came from brides
planning destination weddings. They wanted
to pack bouquets rather than pay for pricey,
exotic blooms in tropical locations, she says.
The second year, there was also interest
from brides who were being considerate of
guests or bridal party members who had allergies to real flowers.
“By the third year, people were getting it for
the convenience because we make our bouquets months before the wedding,” Norbury
says, adding some brides choose their bouquets first and then co-ordinate the colour of
bridesmaid dresses and wedding decorations.
Photographers became fans because there
are no worries about the artificial flowers wilting or freezing. Faux flowers also attract more
budget-conscious brides.
Norbury estimates the cost of her individual
flowers are about half of real blooms, with
bouquets ranging from $78 to $128.
She’s also seen trends in the types of bouquets and table arrangements brides are designing. Over the past three years, bouquets
have almost become jewelry as brides incor-
Many local brides have sought
that vintage, country feel, as
though the flowers were picked
from a garden and loosely put
in a vase or a container.
porate broaches and items that are gold, silver or metallic.
The rustic, romantic look is popular, with
bouquets using burlap, lace and jeweled
flowers. Colour preferences have changed to
shades of purple.
“You can’t beat a fresh rose, but I can definitely make a beautiful rhinestone-encrusted
bouquet for you that’s kind of a jewelry piece,”
Norbury says.
Julie Pritchard, owner of The Floral Fixx, is
seeing similar trends in real flowers.
Many local brides have sought that vintage,
country feel, as though the flowers were
picked from a garden and loosely put in a vase
or a container.
Recently, she started seeing a new trend
emerge.
“Little bits of lace still, but people seem to be
wanting to get away from that lace, that country feel, and want to be a little bit more classy,
elegant for the wedding,” Prichard says.
They’re also favouring brighter colours such
as purples and fuschia tones and hot pink or
red roses. Over the past three or four years,
brides want texture and more greens in their
bouquets, plus they’re often choosing eight
or nine varieties of flowers rather than three
or four, Pritchard says.
The most popular shape for bouquets right
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now is garden style, with flower heads of different heights and some flowing over the edges and
tied with ribbon or lace.
Boutonnieres still match bridal bouquets, but
while they used to feature a single rose or calla
lily, now brides will take bits of a few flowers used
in the bouquets and make up the boutonnieres
with those. Sometimes they even add berries.
Pritchard says brides are doing more research
before they visit the shop, and they’re more educated about their floral options.
“They have seen so many different looks because of Pinterest and Facebook. Brides used to
come to me and say, ‘I don’t know what I want for
my table centre. I have no idea.’ They hadn’t really
seen anything.
“Where now, they come to me with a whole entire Pinboard of 20 different looks that they like.
Then they kind of want to pick and choose certain
components of each one and make it their own.”
If brides are open to different types of blooms, a
good florist can put together an affordable bouquet that has a similar look to high-priced arrangement showcased in a magazine, Pritchard says. ✽
Modern brides are
incorporating surprising
elements into their
bouquets.
Photo courtesy of
Academy Florist.
Garden-style
bouquet by
Floral Fixx.
Photos above
by Modern Pixel
An elegant bouquet
designed with a natural
look. Photo courtesy of
Academy Florist.
Let Academy Florist Make Your Day
By Holli Moncrieff
Academy Florist has been making brides happy for over 30 years.
T
he commitment to quality never
wavers, no matter what trends
are in vogue, says Tessa Meisner,
Wedding Consultant.
“We’re one of the only florists that purchase flowers directly from the growers,
so our flowers are of extra-high quality,”
she says. “We have people with 10 to 45
years of experience working on weddings. We want to go over and above for
our brides.”
In recent years, Meisner has seen
brides move away from highly structured bouquets to a more natural look.
“Bouquets are more loose and free.
They are designed to how flowers actually grow,” she says. “Garden-style
flowers like peonies are always popular.
People are using more and more plants
and plant-like materials, such as succulents, moss and branches.”
In fact, Academy Florist recently designed a bouquet made entirely from
succulents — small plants related to
the cactus.
“We had never done that before, but
the result was really neat.”
They’ve also revisited a trend that was
popular 20 years ago, creating a composite bouquet of individually wired
rose petals, resulting in a bouquet that
looks like one enormous rose.
The best results occur when brides
are open to a florist’s suggestions. After
all, that advice is backed by expertise
and experience.
“We always keep up with our research
and stay on top of trends so we can suggest things to our brides that are most
suitable to her individuality and overall
‘look’ of her wedding. We have chosen
specific designers to work on our weddings,” Meisner says. “People really want
to bring meaning to their bouquets,
and we take extra time putting together
wedding flowers. Every bouquet we de-
sign is different.”
Flowers add a softness and freshness
to any event, she adds.
“It’s exciting to see that flowers are
still a significant part of a bride’s special
day. It’s one of the most important days
of their lives.”
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W
hile you prepare to walk down the aisle, you can
feel confident in your bridesmaids’ style.
Fashionable yet functional bridesmaids’
dresses are easy to find at Hush Clothing and Accessories,
which specializes in its unique “Un-Bridesmaid Collection”
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For manager Kaylyn Hrechkosy, one key to the collection
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“The whole idea of the Un-Bridesmaid Collection is to try
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“I had one bride who was planning how her bridesmaids
could just throw a jean jacket over the dress and put on a
pair of sandals for a day out with her friends.”
Prices range from $110 to $169 for a floor-length dress.
Customizations cost extra, with options to change the fabric, length, colour and straps.
There is something to suit every taste, with 40 different
styles available in 300 colours. The dresses come in cuts
that are above the knee, below the knee, floor-length and
high-low (short in the front, long in the back).
This season, popular styles include backless options as
well as floor-length dresses with slits. Junior bridesmaids’
dresses are also available at the Osborne Village shop.
“The material that they’re made of is a crepe chiffon. We
do have dressier styles, but the majority of them are very
simple. You can accessorize, so we do custom belts here as
well to dress it up. If you take them off, you can definitely
wear the dress again,” Hrechkosy says.
“They’re very feminine. That’s something that I like about
them. We do offer tulle fabric as well if they want a fuller
skirt. We have some that are a little bit more fitted and some
that are flowy, so there really is something for everybody.”
When it comes to colours, the light blush shade of dusty
rose remains a favourite, along with slight variations within
the same hue.
“People really like the mix-and-match as well,” Hrechkosy
says. “They’re doing different shades of neutral or different
shades of light pink all mixed together.”
At Mad About Style, on Academy Road, owner and buyer Nicola Loewen says many brides also opt for different
dresses in the same tone.
“That’s really great because it allows the bridesmaids to
get a dress that is for their body type and something that
they feel comfortable in. Then it is something that they potentially will wear again,” Loewen says.
“My biggest tip would be to understand the bridesmaids
that you have and the cuts that work best for their body
type because you want your bridesmaids to feel as comfortable as possible on that day. It’s best to choose the colours and styles that work well for each of those girls.”
If you’re looking for eye-catching outfits, sequined dresses are also making an appearance this season.
“There are lots of gold or silver sequin details, whether
it’s full sequined dresses or just a metallic lace that’s on the
dress. Lots of shimmer is being brought into the dress. It’s
Dusty rose is a popular colour for bridesmaids. Photo courtesy of Hush Clothing and Accessories.
so much fun,” Loewen says.
“It’s not just a winter or New Year’s look. It can be
this vintage glam look that people are doing all
year-round.”
With variety in mind, Mad About Style offers three
bridesmaid lines from New York — Donna Morgan,
Alvina Valenta and Watters — for prices starting at
$189. The store also offers personal shopping services for cocktail-style dresses priced from about $79
to $129.
“With the personal shopping side of things, a
bride gives us inspiration that she’s seen, whether
it’s on Pinterest or in magazines,” Loewen says.
“We try to find unique dresses for them that are
based off of the vendors that we would typically
carry in the store. That way, we’re getting the brides
a really unique one-of-a-kind dress that no other
wedding party is going to have.”
If you’re looking for another affordable option,
“People really like the mix-andmatch as well,” Hrechkosy says.
“They’re doing different shades
of neutral or different shades of
light pink all mixed together.”
you might consider renting bridesmaids’ dresses.
Mad About Style offers this service, as does Mallabar Apparels at 931 Wall St.
“The guys rent all the time, so it’s something that
the women can do too. They’re just wearing the
dress for the weekend and they’re not filling their
closet with a dress that they might wear again,”
Loewen says. “Renting the dress is a great thing for
brides to consider.” ✽
Same great location. Same great show.
It’s business as usual during our expansion.
See you at the Wonderful Wedding Show!
� � � � � �
4 Course Dinner (Soup, Salad, Entrée, Dessert & Coffee/Tea)
Full Length Satin Table Cloths and Satin Chair Covers
(Your Choice of Colours and Textures through Madeline’s Weddings & Events)
Full Head Table Décor Including Bouquet Vases, Votive Holders & Candles, Rose Petals, Spotlighting
under Head Table, Speciality Linens, Table Runners and Organza Swooping
Choice of Coloured Napkin
Unlimited Open Bar* (All of the Beer, Wine and Liquor at Your Bar is Included in the Package Price!)
2 Bottles of Wine at each Guest Table
Late Night Sweet Table Including a Fruit Platter and Assorted Desserts and Dainties, Coffee & Tea
Complimentary Cake Cutting. (Placed out with Napkins, Plates and Cutlery with your Late Lunch)
Complimentary King Deluxe Guestroom with Romance Package for the Night of your Reception
Complimentary Banquet Room for your Ceremony upon Request
$83/Person
Trial Dinner approximately 6 Weeks Before your Reception
Bliss
Includes Everything in the Elegance Package PLUS
DJ Services for the entire evening
Chiffon Backdrop with Custom Spotlighting
Floral Table Centerpieces - Several styles to choose from or design your own! (provided by Floral Fixx)
Guestbook & Cake Table Décor
Upgrade to Complimentary Jacuzzi Suite with Romance Package for
$93/Person
the Night of your Reception
Lavish
Includes Everything in the Elegance & Bliss Packages PLUS
Upgrade to Crystal Backdrop
Upgraded Deluxe Floral or Specialty Table Centerpieces
Ceiling Décor (Swagging)
Late Night Chocolate Fountain - Marshmallows, Pound Cake, Dainties, Assorted Fruit, Coffee & Tea
Full Professionally Designed Stationary Package (Table#s, Menus & Custom Seating Chart)
$103/Person
Custom Ballroom Spotlighting
Opulence
Includes Everything in the Elegance Bliss & Lavish Packages PLUS
Full Floral Package - Bride Bouquet, Bridemaids Bouquets (3), Groom and Groomsmens
Boutonnieres (3), Flower Girl Bouquet, Ring Bearer Boutonniere, 2 Mother’s Corsages, 2 Father’s
Boutonnieres and Coordinating Guestbook Table Arrangement.
Champagne for Your Cocktail Hour
$113/Person
Custom Designed Wedding Cake or Cupcakes by High Tea Bakery
Greenwood
Ballroom
1715 WELLINGTON
AVENUE
Some restrictions apply. *Bar is closed during dinner and speeches **Packages are not
applicable to previously booked weddings. All MLCC regulations are strictly adhered to.
At the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel
204-786-0687
[email protected]
Exhibitors
RBC CONVENTION CENTRE WINNIPEG 2ND FLOOR
RBC CONVENTION CENTRE WINNIPEG 3RD FLOOR EXHIBITION HALLS
2015
V.I.B. LANYARD SPONSOR
3 PERCENT REALTY ADVANTAGE INC...........................................S14
4SQUAREFOTO...........................................................................205
500 SHAFTESBURY....................................................................S20
7TH AVENUE FASHIONS..............................................................S60
A DREAM…WEDDING & EVENTS..............................................529
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
A MOVING PICTURE STUDIOS.....................................................532
A TOUCH OF GLASS.................................................................... W1
ACADEMY FLORIST.....................................................................105
ACCESSIBLE ELEGANCE EVENT RENTALS.....................................E19
Inspiration Gallery
2015 EXHIBITOR
BOOTH #
204HOMES.CA - ROYAL LEPAGE DYNAMIC.................................. W3
RBC CONVENTION CENTRE WINNIPEG...................................... W20
RED MOON MEDIA.....................................................................S74
RED RIVER COLLEGE: EVENT AND FACILITY RENTALS..................S80
REGISTRATION ROOM.................................................. MAIN FLOOR
RETRO FLIPBOOKS.....................................................................839
REVIVE FITNESS.........................................................................E16
ROBIN EGG BLUE DESIGN & PAPERIE..........................................618
ROLL CAKES BAKERY & DESSERT INC..........................................S95
RUSTIC WEDDING BARN, THE.....................................................321
RYGIEL PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO.................................................512
Level 3
Exhibits
EXHIBITOR MUSIC VIDEO
SCENTSY......................................................................................S4
SCOTIA BANK.............................................................................S55
SELLOFFVACTIONS.COM.............................................................S91
SENDSATIONAL CARDS AND CHAIR DÉCOR.................................513
SENSATIONAL SOUND..................................................................E9
Grooms
Lounge
GIFT BAG SPONSOR
SENTINEL STORAGE....................................................................S57
SIGHTLINES PHOTOGRAPHY.......................................................S27
SILPADA DESIGNS....................................................................S113
SOIREE EVENT PLANNING..........................................................606
SOUL PIX PHOTOGRAPHY...........................................................E18
RANDY FENOLI PRESENTATION ROOM
ACTION MEDIA...........................................................................135
ALDO FORMAL WEAR.................................................................131
ALGONQUIN TRAVEL..................................................................836
ALL SEASONS CATERING............................................................S89
ALLY PAPKO PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN.......................................S56
AMARAK UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA.........................................S47
AMC STUDIOS............................................................................111
ARBONNE INTERNATIONAL........................................................S34
ARCHANGEL FIREWORKS INC..................................................... W2
Main Entrance
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
MAIN STAGE SPONSOR
ARMADILLO STRING QUARTET................................................. W28
ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE SCHOOL.............................................433
ARTIST GROUPE, THE...............................................................S112
ARTISTRY OF RACHEL, THE.........................................................210
ASSINIBOIA DOWNS..................................................................330
ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY.............................................304
ATHENA COUTURE.......................................................................E4
AVANT DENTAL..........................................................................S81
BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY.................................. BRIDES LOUNGE
BEAUTICONTROL......................................................................S110
BED BATH & BEYOND.................................................................617
BEK STUDIOS.............................................................................S83
BEL ACRES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB............................................406
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
BEL AYRE RENTALS............................................... BRIDES LOUNGE
BELLE 3 PHOTOGRAPHY.............................................................434
BENNY’S CUSTOM FORMAL WEAR..............................................523
BIG CITY ALL STAR BAND...........................................................607
BIJOU FINE JEWELLERY .............................................................305
BIJOU PHOTO BOOTHS...............................................................107
BLACKOUT CITY KIDS, THE..........................................................109
BLF STUDIOS.............................................................................732
BLISS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE............................................................632
BOTTLE & CORK.........................................................................711
BOW TIE FILMS CANADA............................................................235
BRANNEK VIDEO........................................................................706
BREEZY BEND COUNTRY CLUB....................................................E23
BRIDES LOUNGE............................................................. 2ND FLOOR
BRIDGES GOLF COURSE..............................................................337
BUFFALO POINT RESORT............................................................209
BUTTERCREAM BY ALAREEN......................................................S45
CAKE STUDIO.............................................................................324
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
CANAD INNS CORPORATION.......................................................629
CANADA ONE TRAVEL................................................................. W8
CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION..................... 3RD FLOOR
ENTRANCE
CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.................................234
CASEY NOLIN PHOTOGRAPHY......................................................E3
CENTRE TRANSCANADA CENTRE.................................................221
CENTRO CABOTO CENTRE...........................................................206
CENTURY 21 CARRIE..................................................................S40
CHAMPION PRODUCTIONS.........................................................729
CHANTAL’S BRIDAL & FORMAL...................................................309
CHANTELLE DIONE PHOTOGRAPHY............................................S72
CHERRY TREE PRODUCTIONS........................FASHION SHOW EMCEE
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fashion show
Escalator/Stairs
From York Avenue
Main Floor
Bride Registration, Coat Check
Randy Fenoli Presentation Room
CHERYL STRUSS PHOTOGRAPHY................................................724
CHOCOLATE ZEN BAKERY...........................................................E11
CHRIS JENSEN STUDIOS.............................................................320
CIBC..........................................................................................S37
CITY LOOKS SALON & SPA (AD STAR ADVERTISING)....................S93
CLARION HOTEL AND SUITES......................................................519
COAT CHECK................................................................. MAIN FLOOR
COCO & REBEL...........................................................................208
COCOABEANS GLUTEN-FREE BAKESHOP.....................................S29
COUTURE LOVE.......................................................................... W6
EVANGELINE’S FLOWER HUT......................................................323
EXCLUSIVE BUS LINES................................................................S23
CRYSTAL SOUND........................................................................S17
CUPCAKE CORNER, THE..............................................................531
D & M TENT RENTALS................................................................. W1
DANCING DIVA PARTIES.............................................................511
DANNY KRAMER DANCE BAND...................................................S36
BRIDES LOUNGE
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
FANCY FLEURS...........................................................................334
FARECONNECT MANITOBA...........................................................S2
FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF WINNIPEG..............S6
FIVE SMALL ROOMS...................................................................404
FLAIR STUDIOS PHOTOGRAPHY..................................................218
FLIGHTS OF FIBRE....................................................................S106
FLORAL ELEMENTS.....................................................................E12
FLORAL FIXX, THE......................................................................735
ELKHORN RESORT, SPA & CONFERENCE CENTRE.........................S63
ELMHURST GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB.......................................623
ENCHANTED MOMENTS - INVITATIONS & CARDS........................822
EPH APPAREL INC......................................................................823
FOC PHOTOGRAPHY...................................................................336
FORT GARRY HOTEL SPA & CONFERENCE CENTRE........................528
FORT GIBRALTAR...................................................................... W11
FRESCOLIO FINE OILS & VINEGARS TASTING BAR........................S10
GAFFER’S RESTAURANT, LOUNGE & BANQUET............................432
GATES ON ROBLIN, THE..............................................................606
GLENDALE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB........................................824
GOODLIFE FITNESS.....................................................................S86
GREENWOOD BALLROOM & CONFERENCE CENTRE.....................830
GROOMS LOUNGE, EPH APPAREL INC............................. 2ND FLOOR
GRYSIUK QUEEN BEE HONEY......................................................S39
GYPSY TRADERS, THE............................................................... W26
HARLEQUIN HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST....................................S107
HARP OASIS...............................................................................S88
HAVE A SEAT (LINENS AND DÉCOR) ...........................................322
HAWTHORNE ESTATE.................................................................E22
HEART & STROKE.......................................................................S99
HELENE’S BRIDAL SALON...........................................................331
HELLO LOVE PHOTOGRAPY.........................................................207
HILTON WINNIPEG AIRPORT SUITES........................................... W9
HITCH N’ POST RANCH................................................................633
HOLIDAY INN AIRPORT WEST.....................................................106
HOLIDAY INN WINNIPEG AIRPORT POLO PARK .............................S1
HOLIDAY INN WINNIPEG SOUTH.................................................S92
HOME OUTFITTERS....................................................................317
HOUSE OF SILK..........................................................................717
EPSILON CREATIONS..................................................................624
HUDSON’S BAY..........................................................................417
MAIN STAGE SPONSOR
DANNY’S WHOLE HOG BBQ........................................................E14
DAVID’S BRIDAL.........................................................................S76
DE LUCA’S..................................................................................723
DECORATIONS BY RICK...............................................................819
REGISTRATION ROOM DECOR
D’ELLA FORMAL CHILDREN’S WEAR...........................................113
DIRECTBUY WINNIPEG...............................................................725
DIVERSITY FOOD SERVICES . ......................................................S49
D’LITE PRODUCTIONS...................................................................E7
DOLCEZZA BAKESHOP................................................................630
DOMINION LENDING CENTERS...................................................S96
DR. ZIESMANN COSMETIC CLINIC...............................................S42
DREAM DAY DECOR & SPECIALTY LINENS...................................329
BRIDES LOUNGE
DRESS IT UP EVENTS..................................................................138
ELISE ACCESSORIES....................................................................217
ELITE LIGHTING.........................................................................708
GIFT BAG SPONSOR
GROOMS LOUNGE SPONSOR
FASHION SHOW FLOWERS
PRESENTING SPONSOR
Randy fenoli
meet & greet
Brides Lounge
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
HUSH CLOTHING........................................................................225
INN AT THE FORKS......................................................................234
INSPIRATION GALLERY........................................ 2ND FLOOR LOBBY
INSTANT IMAGES PHOTO BOOTH................................................237
INVESTORS GROUP....................................................................430
IRIDESCENCE DAY SPA............................................................... S82
IT WORKS! GLOBAL.....................................................................S5
IVY LUX BEAUTY........................................................................S13
IXTAPA TRAVEL........................................................................ W12
JAMBERRY.................................................................................S11
JANELLE BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPHY............................................S46
JENNA RAE CAKES.....................................................................307
JENSEN AND COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHY.....................................622
JEUNESSE GLOBAL...................................................................S102
JFIETZ DESIGN...........................................................................S73
JOANNE LESKO, ROYAL LEPAGE ALLIANCE...................................229
JUST_INCOUTURE DESIGNER EVENT DÉCOR................................E2,
RANDY FENOLI PRESENTATION ROOM DECOR
KIEX FOTOGRAPHY.....................................................................308
KISS THE GIRL PHOTOGRAPHY....................................................710
KITCHEN CHARM........................................................................S30
KRISTIN PRASEK PHOTOGRAPHY..............................................S103
LA LUNE WEDDINGS & EVENTS................................................ W25
LABELLE PRINTERS.................................................................. W23
LAKEVIEW RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE...............................137
LARTERS AT ST. ANDREWS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB....................S33
LAUGH LOVE CAKES...................................................................722
LET’S CELEBRATE RENTALS.........................................................233
LIANE V BERGEN PHOTOGRAPHY................................................719
LINEAR SOUND..........................................................................220
LINENS & LITTLE THINGS BY MADIX.............................................S8
LINKS AT QUARRY OAKS, THE.....................................................S38
LIVE LOVE LASH....................................................................... W15
LLOYD REMPLE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY..................... W13
MAD ABOUT STYLE....................................................................620
MADELINE’S WEDDINGS & EVENTS............................................831
MADIX PHOTOGRAPHY................................................................S7
MAGIC OF ALEX JAY HAMM..........................................................S9
MAGIKAL MARRIAGES BY MARK MURRAY..................................219
SOULFUL SHINE DESIGN.............................................................S24
SOUTH HILL DESIGNS.................................................................S75
SOUTHWOOD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB........................................S26
SPARROW HOTELS.....................................................................234
ST BONIFACE GOLF CLUB............................................................804
STAGETTE WINNIPEG.................................................................712
STARLIGHT EVENTS - EVENT & WEDDING PLANNING..................S97
STEEPED TEAS............................................................................111
STELLA & DOT..........................................................................S105
STELLA’S BRIDAL & EVENING COLLECTIONS................................411
MALLABAR APPARELS..................................................... 211, S100
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
MANITOBA LIQUOR & LOTTERIES CLUB REGENT
EVENT CENTRE...........................................................................713
MANUEL F. SOUSA PHOTOGRAPHY............................................328,
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
MARIAGGI’S THEME SUITE HOTEL & SPA.....................................224
MARLBOROUGH HOTEL, THE......................................................212
MARY KAY.................................................................................S98
MASS MELTDOWN.....................................................................232
MAXX PHOTOGRAPHY................................................................S25
MCDIARMID FLOWERS...............................................................517
MCGRATH DIAMONDS................................................................816
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
MENNONITE HERITAGE VILLAGE.................................................E13
MERE HOTEL..............................................................................234
MIKE TINHOLT PHOTOGRAPHY...................................................S85
MINDSCAPE STUDIOS................................................................420
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
MISS EAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY..................................................... W24
MOKADA...................................................................................E21
MOMENTS WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING..................................625
MOORES CLOTHING FOR MEN.............................................429, S68
MR. ELECTRIC OF WINNIPEG......................................................S59
NALEWAY CATERING....................................................................E8
NEETA GUPTA............................................................................S31
NERIUM INTERNATIONAL...........................................................S48
NEW ROAD SHOW SOUND & LITE , THE.............................W30, E27
NIVERVILLE HERITAGE CENTRE...................................................231
NORWEX - KAYLEE MASLOWSKY IND. SALES CONSULTANT.........S21
NORWOOD CHIROPRACTIC CENTRE............................................436
NORWOOD HOTEL, THE..............................................................234
ON TAP PROFESSIONAL BARTENDING SERVICES.........................608
ORANGE HOUSE MEDIA..............................................................S50
OUTTA S.I.T.E. LUXURY LINENS...................................................S90
PAINTBALL PARADISE................................................................S58
PALMA PHOTOGRAPHY..............................................................828
PAMPERED CHEF, THE................................................................S28
PAPER DESIGNS - CUSTOM WEDDING STATIONERY.....................S22
PARTY STUFF.............................................................................611
PARTYLITE GIFTS........................................................................S94
PATRICIA’S BALLROOM AND BANQUET HALL..............................S18
PAVILION EVENT CENTRE, THE....................................................S84
PEACHY GREEN EVENTS & RENTALS......................................... W10
PELO LOCO SALON & SPA..............................................................S3
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR
PHOTO ART FILM CANADA.........................................................S41
PHOTOS BY KRISTA....................................................................230
PICTICIPATE...............................................................................S62
PINERIDGE HOLLOW....................................................................E1
PLANNED PERFECTLY...................................407, 3RD FLOOR LOBBY
INSPIRATION GALLERY ROOM DRAPING
PLATINUM PRODUCTIONS..........................................................325
DREAM WEDDING SPONSOR & BRIDES LOUNGE
PREP HAIR......................................................FASHION SHOW HAIR
PRESENCE SOUND & LIGHT.......................................................707
PROVICI COSMETICS..................................FASHION SHOW MAKEUP
RADISSON HOTEL WINNIPEG DOWNTOWN, THE....................... W29
RANDY FENOLI PRESENTATION ROOM.......................... MAIN FLOOR
STYLE 11:11............................................................................ W17
STYLED WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING....................................S108
SUN LIFE FINANCIAL..................................................................S15
SUNSHINE LOLLIPOPS & RAINBOWS INC.................................. W14
SUTTON SMITHWORKS LTD........................................................223
SUZANNE TUREENE PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN...........................S12
SWANK EVENT RENTALS............................................................731
SWEET C BAKERY.......................................................................S32
SWEET IMPRESSIONS.................................................................312
SWEETNESS STATIONERY/ LITTLE LINEN.....................................332
TAILGATORS BBQ PIT CATERING..................................................318
TAM’S EVENTS DÉCOR..............................................................S104
TAPASTRY @ NIAKWA................................................................310
TERI HOFFORD PHOTOGRAPHY..................................................S16
TIP TOP TAILORS.........................................................................507
TONY’S REGAL TRANSPORT........................................................ W4
TOPPS MUSIC SERVICES.............................................................827
TPI - A WHOLE WORLD TO TRAVEL..............................................129
TPI - DESTINATION WEDDING WISH...........................................216
TPI - TRAVELWORLD..................................................................228
TRAVELODGE WINNIPEG - EAST..................................................533
TUPPERWARE - EXTRAORDINARY SALES LTD..............................S44
TYSON METHOD.........................................................................S9A
U WEIGHT LOSS CLINICS.............................................................806
UNDERWORLD SCUBA AND SPORT...........................................S109
UNIGLOBE ONE TRAVEL..............................................................S66
REGISTRATION PRIZE SPONSOR
UNIQUE WEDDING CREATIONS...................................................S64
URBAN OASIS MINERAL SPA......................................................521
U-RENT-IT.................................................................................610
INSPIRATION GALLERY
VICTORIA INN HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTRE............................818
VIRGIN RADIO 103.1 FM.......................................................... W22
VISCOUNT GORT HOTEL BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTRE.......... W7
VOW ARTISTRY........................................................................ W27
WEDDINGBELLS MAGAZINE................................................. 705, L1
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS - INVESTORS GROUP FIELD..............104
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS............................................................ W19
WINNIPEG WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS COLLECTIVE..................609
YOUNIQUE.................................................................................S87
ZEV CUSTOM APPAREL...............................................................S79
ZOOM WINNIPEG.......................................................................S19
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the wonderful wedding show presented by
C A N A D A’S � I F T R E � I S T R Y
NATURALLY
CoachAwaits
Your
ever after
Luxury rides for brides and bridal parties
The
By Judy Owen
Manitoba
Social
Think of it as having a chauffeur or a designated driver with some special twists.
Local companies offer transportation that ensures bridal parties and guests get
to the church on time, and the rides provided by Tony’s Team Transport and
Winnipeg Exclusive Bus Tours & Charters pamper their passengers.
T
Photo Credit: Luckygirl Photography
Celebrate your day at beautiful Assiniboine Park.
Boundless green grass, handsome old oaks, and
gardens blooming with flowers – Assiniboine Park offers
breathtaking photo venues, remarkable indoor and outdoor
ceremony spaces, and first-class reception experiences
including the stunning Qualico Family Centre.
ony’s Team Transport began offering its
Tony’s Regal Coach service in June 2014 and
it became an instant hit.
The high-end coach features leather seating, fresh
flowers, pillows, battery-powered candles, a bigscreen TV and complementary non-alcoholic drinks
(alcohol isn’t allowed).
“You can physically stand in it. It’s very spacious,”
says owner Tony Pesce. “We’ve had up to 22 people
in this unit.
“Bridal parties love it because there’s lots of room.
It’s easy to move around when they have their dresses on, especially the brides.”
Pesce started his business six years ago with school
buses that would transport wedding guests, but the
bridal parties wanted a higher-end option.
After doing some research, he purchased the
coach, talked to people in the wedding industry and
put together a service that costs $150 per hour during the week and $200 an hour on the weekend.
The key is personalized service, he says.
The bride is asked what her wedding colours are
and the coach is decorated with co-ordinated fresh
flowers and pillows. They’re also asked what type of
music they prefer and the company puts together a
related DVD to play on the TV.
“One thing I always wanted to do was provide an
experience second to none,” Pesce says, adding he
went along on runs in the beginning to see the reaction and hear about any client needs.
“I didn’t want to just give them transportation.
Most anybody can do that. I wanted to create an
aura of excitement so they really feel special.”
His professional drivers wear suits and follow the
wedding itinerary, but they’re also flexible to deal
with any unexpected stops.
“We pay very close attention to detail,” Pesce says.
“Every single bride has received a personalized gift
from my company.”
The coach and school buses have transported
bridal parties and guests to venues outside Winnipeg, and the business has grown so much he’s
bought a second coach that will be up and running
in 2015. This one, though, may be a bit less decked
out and will cost $150 an hour weekdays and week-
For more information on Assiniboine Park’s
wedding services, contact us:
T 204 927 6060 FX 204 927 7207
[email protected]
assiniboinepark.ca
Photo courtesy of
Tony’s Team Transport
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ends, which is a price point that may be more affordable for smaller groups.
Winnipeg Exclusive Bus Tours & Charters has nine
air-conditioned vehicles, ranging from 24-passenger mini buses to 59-seat coaches. The fleet includes
three new MCI coaches (with seat belts) and the
company is adding two eight-seat SUV limousines
early in the new year.
“I think a special occasion requires a special
vehicle,” says owner and president Walt Morris, who
started the business in 2012.
“(With the buses), brides and grooms and families
just love the idea of everybody being together, all
travelling together at the same time.”
It’s also a safe way to travel, especially if guests
have been toasting the bride and groom, plus
there’s no hassle of parking.
Operations manager Guy Budel says the company’s coaches can be likened to upscale buses
used by touring artists.
“We have beautiful coaches,” Budel says. “They’re
very pristine. They don’t look like a bus, they truly
look like a rock star’s coach. A bride will feel like she’s
in a very large limousine.”
Amenities include a washroom, plug-ins for laptops and cellphones, a PA system and flat-screen
DVD players, says general manager Maisie Hicks.
“And (automated external) defibrillators,” she adds.
“We are the only coach service in Manitoba that has
those in our buses.”
The coaches can be decorated, inside and out. For
the exterior, a sign or window writing may read “Just
Married” or be customized with the names of the
wedding couple.
The company also has a solution to keep guests entertained between the ceremony and reception – a
guided tour of area attractions and historic sites. It’s a
great service for out-of-town guests, Morris adds.
The company also travels outside the city. Last
year, guests met at a Winnipeg location and were
taken to a wedding at Lake of the Woods.
The cost varies and there are a variety of packages
to choose from.
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Don’t even think of getting married without it
By Holli Moncrieff
The social is a uniquely Manitoba tradition — a pre-wedding
celebration that comes with its own rituals, from the first dance to
the silent auction, the “perfume” raffle and the late-night supper.
F
or many, socials are all about the food. It something his customers have to worry about.
“The smell of hickory smoke can fill a
just wouldn’t be a Manitoba social with500-square-foot room very quickly. It makes a
out the buffet of cheese, Ukrainian sauslasting impression.”
age, rye bread and pickles. Naleway Catering is
Tailgators provides full-service catering, inhappy to provide the traditional social spread,
cluding dish and staff rentals. Cooper holds a
but the company also offers new twists on old
tasting in March for everyone who’s booked a
favourites.
wedding or corporate event with them. Dur“We do lots of platters of our homemade perogies for socials. Ukrainian food is what we’re ing the summer months, the company caters
known for,” says owner Rob Naleway. “I was two to three weddings every Saturday.
“Book us as soon as you have the idea in
actually going to make a perogy with all the
your head,” Cooper advises. “For weddings we
social stuff inside, but we sell about 20 different types of perogies already, including sweet book up about a year in advance.”
Working off all that food
potato brie, Philly cheesis easy enough, particularly
esteak, and pulled pork. Lots
when you have an amazing
of people like our unusual
“We do lots of platters of
DJ at your social. The right
flavours.”
our homemade perogies
music can make the differNaleway’s grandparents
for socials. Ukrainian
ence between a packed
started the business in 1942
food is what we’re
dance floor and a room full
as a restaurant, but began
of wallflowers.
catering in 1960, and socials
known for,” says owner
Both Sensational Sound
are a big part of the busiRob Naleway.
and Presence Sound &
ness, particularly in spring.
Light specialize in bringing
“Typically we make a platthe right groove to the party. Presence Sound
ter with garlic sausage, salami, cheese, pickles,
& Light has a social package that includes a
and rye bread. Our platters are ready to go.
You just remove the saran wrap and serve,” premium sound system, club lighting with fog,
Naleway says. “We can even include napkins a wireless mic system, an experienced DJ, an
event planner, and the choice of a celebratory
and utensils. It’s definitely affordable.”
banner or custom-designed social tickets.
Some couples are taking the meal into new
Sensational Sound promises to turn your
territory with companies like Tailgators BBQ
Pit, which specializes in slow-smoked south- social into Winnipeg’s hottest nightclub.
With over 20 years of experience in the wedern or Kansas City-style barbecue.
“We’re taking raw fresh ingredients and ding and event industry, the company’s DJs
will play requests and make announcements
turning them into appetizers and fingerlings.
When you render fat by slow smoking, it does throughout the evening. Sensational Sound
provides as many free social tickets as needed,
add a new dimension to the meat,” says owner
and pit master Mike Cooper. “We do wood- along with free silent-auction prizes.
LaBelle Printers is another great place to get
smoked barbecue in the authentic southern
everything from admission tickets to drink
style. It takes a lot of hours.”
and silent-auction tickets. They come in a wide
Cooper’s social favourites are smoked chickvariety of colours, and there’s an option to inen wings, smoked chicken salad with crackclude a photo of the bride and groom. And
ers and pulled-pork sliders. He’s also set up
if planning your wedding has kept you too
rib bars with great success. Social guests buy
busy to think about social details, LaBelle oftickets to sample three different flavours of
fers next-day service for those who find themribs: Candy apple, hot n’ spicy, and Memphis
selves with a last-minute ticket emergency on
dry rub.
He says dealing with leftover food is not their hands. ✽
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“It’s like a little trailer of the wedding.
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Wedding photo albums are a must-have,
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“Everyone likes visuals,” he says. “Video is a
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