5 Reasons to Host Your Family Reunion at the St. Elias Centre

Family Reunion

When it’s time to come together as a family and celebrate, we’ve got the perfect venue to host your family reunion! At the St. Elias Centre, we provide all you need and more to enjoy a special day celebrating with your loved ones, near and far.

Here are five reasons to host your family reunion at the St. Elias Centre.

 

Ample Parking

When it comes to hosting an event, we know how important it is to have enough space to house all of those cars that come along with your guests. And that’s why, here at St. Elias Centre, we’ve incorporated ample amount of parking that is free and on site. It can accommodate over 400 parking spots! There’s no need to worry or struggle to find space to park when your family arrives.

Ample Amount of Space

Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a big family bash, our recently renovated facilities are suitable for any size event. With our appointed lobby, attractive décor, and expansive ceilings decked with stunning chandeliers, your family will enjoy luxury and fun, all-in-one with ample amount of space to dance the night away.

On-Site Bar

We know that in order to get through a family reunion, often, drinks are a must. When it’s time to delve into some cocktails, our on-site bar and staff are there to serve you and your family. We have a stocked bar and can shake up just about anything you or your guests want.

On-Site Food

In addition to our on-site bar, our venue can provide you with all of your catering needs. We have our own executive chef who is available to serve you and your family some delectable food and can create a menu that you and your family will love. There’s no need to fuss about what to serve – we’ve got it covered for you and are here to help.

Hospitable Staff

Of course, we also have staff to serve you and your family throughout your celebrations. And each of our staff members is thoroughly trained to provide high quality, hospitable service that aims to please our guests and make each celebration a great and memorable experience.

When it’s time to gather the entire family together for a reunion celebration, look no further that The St. Elias Centre. Our goal is to provide you with all you need and more so that you can have a truly enjoyable and memorable celebration.


Planning Your Annual General Meeting

annual general meeting table

Every year businesses and corporations around the world have their shareholders (and often, management teams) sit down together and discuss their previous year’s progress and future business plans. For smaller businesses this can easily be conducted on-site at the company’s office or main headquarters. However, for larger corporations, this becomes a bit more challenging and a venue is often required to host the meeting.

And of course, this isn’t just a regular run-of-the-mill meeting. For many companies and corporations, it’s a big deal that requires an elaborate location and environment to culminate a productive and celebratory time. From dinners, guest speakers, fully catered meals, and even large-scale hotel bookings, it’s important to have all the pieces fit together in order to plan out a successful and enjoyable Annual General Meeting.

If you’re in the midst of planning your Annual General Meeting, here are some key elements to consider in order to ensure that your AGM goes just as planned.

The Venue

First, you will need to factor in the potential size of your meeting. Large-scale events are best held in conference halls and private event spaces. You should also consider picking a place that has ample parking and is well landscaped. Having a venue with beautiful décor, expansive, high ceilings, and elegant features will impress everyone and set the tone off on the right foot for the event.

Fully Equipped

A venue that has necessary facilities, such as a mix of large rooms and smaller rooms or a hall that can be sectioned off, is also necessary to conduct various events throughout the AGM. The venue should also be fully equipped with microphones, podiums, chairs, high-speed internet, as well as visual and audio features. In addition, having on-site technical support that fully understands the equipment will help alleviate any unexpected issues.

On-Site Catering

At an AGM, having delicious on-site catering will help keep everyone energized and ready to embrace the on-going events. And if your event spans the course of a couple of days or a week, having a venue with an executive chef who has the ability to alter the menus and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be a must.

Professional Staff

Professional service can make or break your event. Clean, attentive, and cheerful staff will help to keep everyone in good spirits. Finding a venue that offers on-site staffing will also save you from having to hire professional servers, who usually come at a higher price.

Planning your company’s Annual General Meeting doesn’t have to be stressful – it can be fun and rewarding as well. Finding the perfect venue, with all of the on-site amenities that you need can make all the difference in feeling confident that the event will be well-received and enjoyable for all.


5 Popular Wedding Traditions

popular christian wedding traditions

The wedding day often goes hand-in-hand with tradition. It is often what defines much about the big day and how it is even planned.

From elaborate ceremonies to the subtle acts of good luck – they are often incorporated every step of the way. But for many of us who feel the need to have traditions as part of our wedding day, there’s often not a lot that’s actually known about why or what exactly those traditions that we’ve grown to cherish really represent and mean.

 If your big day is approaching, here are a few facts surrounding five of the most classic popular weddings traditions and what exactly they symbolize.

Tossing the Bouquet

It’s one of those exciting traditions that’s one of the most popular today for getting the crowd roaring and the bridesmaids fighting for the best chance to grab that lucky bouquet. But the origins of this tradition developed from a time when a bouquet of flowers wasn’t involved. Instead it was the bride’s wedding dress that single women would contend for, as ripping off pieces of it was meant to provide them with good luck.

Over time, rather than having their dresses mauled, this tradition eventually evolved into tossing the bouquet, which initially consisted of aromatic components such as herbs and fruit.

The Ring Finger and Wedding Bands

The third finger on which the wedding bands are worn was a symbolic ritual that originated from Egypt. The circular shape of the wedding band represents eternity, with the central opening symbolizing the doorway into the future, much like the commitment each person makes when taking their vows. It’s placed on the third finger on the left hand since it represents a direct connection to the heart.

The Bridal Veil

The bridal veil became a part of the wedding tradition often for the purpose of shielding the bride’s face from the weather elements. But it is also a symbolic part of the bridal dress that represents purity and virtue.

The White Dress

Of course, similar to the bridal veil, the white wedding dress has also been passed down as a figurative gesture for displaying the purity of the bride. But this was a ritual that only developed during the Victorian era. Prior to that, white was uncommon and brides – especially royal brides – opted from more elaborate colours on the big day.

The Garter Belt

The garter belt carries a similar traditional belief of good luck as the bouquet tossing. Tradition says that the male who catches the garter will have good luck.

 


Why Team Building Events are Important

the importance of team building

In today’s workforce, so much time and attention is often geared towards the customer and client. The marketing and training are based on appeasing them and keeping them coming back for more. But while all of that attention is being placed on the client, not much is often placed on one of the most value factor – the employees. The employees are the frontline to any brand or business. They represent what you stand for and are often what can make or break a business.

So needless to say, time and effort for thoroughly training and investing in your employees is imperative. And team building events are one the quintessential ways for achieving that success and building the type of team that wants to do a good job at representing your brand and service.

Here’s how team building events can help improve your business.

Improves Communication

Good communication among employees and management is one of the key components for running a successful operation, no matter the industry. It is what keeps the engine running and production thriving. Employees must feel comfortable communicating with management and expressing their opinions and concerns. When good communication is present it can greatly influence and improve the relationships among other employees and management, which in turn, can directly impact the interactions with clients.

Improves Motivation

Nothing instigates or inspires motivation more than feeling as though you are part of a team. Team building events foster the rapport among employees that build confidence, promote ideas, and improve the motivation throughout a team to excel at what they are doing.

Improves Creativity

When employees are provided with various experiences outside of the office environment that encourage growth, it can greatly affect and promote new ideas and creativity. It stimulates new concepts and inspires the ingredients that are necessary for allowing them to feel comfortable sharing those ideas they may not have initially felt comfortable expressing.

Builds Trust

Team building events come down to developing that trust factor. It can take time – often many years – for employees to feel as though they are viewed as a colleague rather than just another employee. And when you can foster that sense of trust, you can set the stage for real growth and success within your business.

So if you’re searching for ways to enhance the success of your business, there’s no better way than investing in the people who can make or break your success. Employees are the most important factor for really allowing a business to thrive. And team building events can provide the necessary ingredients to improve communication, relationships, creativity, and the overall success in the workplace.

 


The Perfect Sweet 16 Party

The Perfect Sweet 16 Party

Sweet sixteen birthdays are a big deal for many. It’s the age that marks the first real transition from a young teenager into early adulthood. That’s why for so many families in Ottawa, it has become a tradition to really highlight this birthday and make it extra special. When it comes time to plan it out, well, it’s not hard to imagine the pressure and stress it can also create for the parent.

If you have a sweet sixteen to plan for, here are some factors to consider ahead of time to assist you in making it the perfect celebration for your special teen.

Create a Budget

Although sweet sixteens are meant to be extra special, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to cost a fortune. Before you begin the planning process, create a realistic budget that you can follow with some extra wiggle room included in case there are a few unforeseen expenses. Without a budget, that one celebration can really end up adding up quickly.

Choose a Theme and Venue

Talk to your teen about some ideas and what they would enjoy for the theme and party venue in Ottawa. Then brainstorm different ways to incorporate those ideas. For example, if your teen loves the tropical theme, you can plan out a beach birthday bash, or if they want something more formal, then consider renting an event space to host the big day.

Make the Invitee List

Ask your teen to start creating a list of their friends who they would like to invite. They can be in charge of this, as well as handing out any invitations. Just be cautious of the amount of people attending and whether the number jives with your venue and budget.

Find Entertainment

Finding the appropriate form of entertainment will also be something that should be discussed with your teen since their tastes and styles change so frequently. If they’re into music, consider hiring a DJ, or simply having an iPod station available where music can easily be played.

Decide on Food

The food is where your budget can be devoured easily! So whether you plan on having it catered, or if you prefer to do some home-style cooking, or even at a restaurant, have the details figured out, along with the menu to ensure that it caters to a variety of tastes.
If you have a sweet sixteen birthday to plan out, don’t let the stress get in the way of the celebration. Always begin by setting a budget, and then talk to your teen to get them involved. Having them involved can make the planning process much easier by removing the guessing game from the equation.


Plan your Wedding at the Ottawa Wedding Show 2017

Plan your Wedding at the Ottawa Wedding Show 2017

So you’ve set the date and now you have a mountain of ideas and “To do” lists compiled but have no clue where to begin. Well, attending the Ottawa Wedding Show in 2017 should be your first priority. If you’re looking for inspiring ideas and designs concepts to incorporate into your wedding day, or if need help and exhibitors to talk to with years of expertise, this is the plan to be!

Hear What the Latest and Greatest Trends Are

Planning out your wedding day is all about creating a magical day that you both will love and cherish forever. It’s the memories that matter and it’s the design and orchestrated planning that make all of that possible. But even if you have ideas of how or what you want your colour scheme, theme, and details to entail, it always helps to have inspiring examples from leading experts and vendors that can showcase so many fabulous ideas for you to consider.

Be Inspired

For many couples entering into the wedding planning realm, it can be an overwhelming task to take on. And knowing what you want, how you want it, and where you want it, doesn’t always come so naturally. There’s no better place to be inspired and gain some great ideas than at the premier wedding industry event.

Find Assistance

No matter how much you may love to plan out your entire wedding, finding the time isn’t always practical. Here, you can mingle and converse with expert planners who you can assist you in planning out your entire wedding.

Indulge in Tastings and Samples

Instead of driving all over the city to taste and sample from a variety of vendors, why not make it a one-stop shop? You can ditch the hassle and traffic by indulging in the variety of samples and tastings that are available throughout the show.

Wedding planning can be an exciting and challenging endeavour to take on. And finding the time that’s necessary to plan it all out can be next to impossible. So why not avoid the hassle and find everything that you need at the 2017 Ottawa Wedding Show? Whether it’s the latest fashion, the best photographers, the tastiest cakes, or finding an event planner to do it all for you, you can bet that you will find everything you’re looking for to make your wedding planning easy and organized. The Spring edition takes place in April.


How to Have a Successful Trade Show Booth

trade show

 

Did you register for your first trade show? Not sure about what it should and will entail? Forking out the time and money to participate and showcase your brand, product, or service in a trade show is a great way to increase your exposure and expand your audience and customer base. But it’s important to be prepared and know some of the essential factors that should be present in order to ensure your trade show experience goes smoothly and you get the most out of the event. Most importantly, you need your booth to stand out and allow potential customers to gravitate towards you.

So before your big showcase arrives, use these tips to guide you in having a successful tradeshow booth.

Location, Location, Location

Just as location is an essential component with real estate, so too is it with trade shows. Location is one of the most important factors for gaining attention from people passing on by. Most trade shows will provide “prime” location for an extra fee. And that fee is usually worth it. The problem is booking those prime locations at the Ottawa trade show venue before they’re all sold out. So the earlier you can book and get in on the good spots, the better your chances will be for good exposure.

Make your Booth Attractive

There’s no denying how we all enjoy stopping to gaze and getting to know more about something when we’re attracted to some aspect of it. And the best thing you have going for you is your individual booth. Whether you utilize a cool lighting display, captivating images, or high-tech gadgets – make your booth visible and visually appealing.

Welcoming Hosts

Of course, no matter how fancy or attractive your booth may be, if you don’t have hosts that are welcoming and friendly, you can forget retaining any of those curious people. No one likes to waste their time engaging with people who are rude or seem unapproachable. So whoever you decided to host your booth – choose wisely!

Promos and Giveaways

One of the best features about trade shows (and the reason why many people attend them) is for stocking up on samples, promotions, and even giveaways. Sure, you may have to go a little over budget to provide some free items and samples, but it’s one of the best ways for really showing potential customers what your service or product is really all about, and why it’s worth they’re time and consideration.

So before you embark in the trade show world, know the factors of the game that will help you come out on top. When done correctly, trade shows are one of the best ways to increase your exposure and expand your business.

 


Creating a Wedding Registry

Creating a wedding registry

Having a wedding registry is all about helping your guests determine what you actually want and need so they can provide you with the appropriate gifts that will help commemorate your special day, and of course, help stock your new home. But there are a few factors that are helpful to keep in mind.

Here are a few tips to know before creating a wedding registry.

Start Early

The earlier you can begin your registry, the better. Once you and your partner are engaged, this should be one of the first things that you do. People need time to shop and budget for whatever it may be that they’re getting you. So the earlier you can create your registry, the more helpful it will be for your guests.

Register Together

This should be a task that you both do together. After all, these gifts are for the both of you, so make sure that you both get out there. Take your time to figure out what you both like and will enjoy when you begin your new life together.

Choose Items That Actually Suit Your Lifestyle

When it comes to your registry, you don’t have to follow some sort of traditional set of rules for what to include. You don’t have to opt for the shiny wedding glasses or set of China that you realistically will never use. Choose whatever you both want. If camping gear or electronics are more fitting, add them to the list!

Be Selective

When we say take the time to consider your items, we really mean it. To avoid getting stuff that you really won’t ever enjoy or use, spend the effort now at really considering those factors. Sure, you may love that vase, but is it something that you can practically envision yourself using, rather than just stuffing away in a cupboard? Avoid selecting filler items for the sake of filling up your list.

Have a Variety of Price Ranges

Of course, not everyone can afford to buy you those new pair of skis, so make sure that you select a variety of items that provide a good price range that will suit everyone’s budget.

Know the Return Policies

Chances are that you may end up changing your mind, or simply want to exchange or return some items. So just make sure that you’re fully aware of those policies for any store that you register with.

Start your wedding registry off right by following these tips in order to ensure that you get the best head start for your new life with the registry you create.


2017 Ottawa Wedding: Cash Bar vs. Open Bar

Cash Bar vs Open Bar

To have an open bar or not: that is often the question for many couples when planning their wedding day. And it can be a tough one. When it comes to the (sometimes) heated debate about how freely those beverages should flow, it can be a stressful decision to make. So before you make your decision, here are a few pros and cons for each that will help you determine which is best suited for your 2017 Ottawa wedding:

Cash Bar

What the cash bar actually entails can differ depending on your venue. Sometimes, cash bar could mean that a champagne toast is provided at dinner, or the guest must purchase any beverage – including non-alcoholic. In other cases, limited cash bars can be an option, where you provided wine and beer during the reception, and anything more must be purchased.

So it’s important to discuss all of the options that are available at your Ottawa wedding venue. But here are some of the general pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Saves you money
  • Can help prevent over-indulgence from your guests
  • Can help keep your guests focused on the events and moments throughout the evening

Cons:

  • Expensive for guests
  • Disgruntled guests

So this really comes down to the factors of your budget and of course, how your guests may feel for having to fork out money for each expensive drink, especially for those who may have spent money on an expensive flight just to be there.

Open Bar

Open bars tend to be more common during the big day. Sometimes it may entail both the cocktail hour and the reception, and other times it may just include the reception.

Pros:

  • No need for guests to worry about carrying cash
  • Guests don’t have to necessarily wait on the staff – can get their own drinks
  • More enjoyable and easier for guests

Cons:

  • More expensive – could take up a significant portion of your budget
  • Might need to sacrifice other items from your budget
  • Over-indulgence from guests

Deciphering whether a cash bar or open bar makes more practical sense for your wedding day really comes down to some essential factors. Those factors must encompass primarily, your budget – can you afford an open bar – as well as how much you feel it may affect the “merriment” of your guests and the evening.

So in order to determine which may suit your day best, first talk to your venue providers to determine what all of the options are that are available to you. From there, you can factor in your budget and determine what makes the most sense for your wedding dinner and reception.  


5 Reasons We Love Winter Weddings

5 Reasons we love winter weddings

Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular for couples. Straying from the norm and embracing the winter can provide some perks that the spring and summer simply cannot. Sure they’re warm and toasty, but the winter brings along with it that extra touch of magic, not to mention savings.

So if you haven’t given winter a chance to be your backdrop during the big day, here are five reasons why we love winter weddings in Ottawa and why you might just, too.

It’s Always a Nice Day for A White Wedding

Okay, so maybe Billy Idol won’t be among your wedding songs, but he hit the mark with those lyrics. There’s something that’s magical when you have a winter wonderland as the backdrop to your wedding day. The beauty of those sparkling snowflakes, the twinkling lights, and dusted trees all work together towards creating a fantasy setting that’s just hard to beat during the springtime and summer.

Take Advantage of Early Dusk

Of course, during the wintertime as the sun begins to set earlier, that can only mean one thing – the party and celebrations can start earlier too! Whether it’s the ceremony or the after party, you can embrace the darker evenings by lighting up the night with lights, and lanterns, and getting the evening off to a perfect start.

Cost Savings

One of the most attractive features of throwing a winter wedding is the fact that you can make your money go a lot further. Since the winter isn’t as busy as the summer and spring, it gives you much more wiggle room for keeping your budget low and stretching your money further.

More Availability

And since the competition is lower that means you get to have much more selection available to you. So whether it’s the venue, caterer, or DJ, you can bet there will be much less hassle obtaining and booking what you want.

Accommodating for Guests

If you choose to have your wedding around the holiday season, chances are it will actually work in favour of your guests’ schedules. Since many people receive time off during the holidays, throwing your big day around then can also help accommodate them by allowing them to take advantage of that time off.

So if you have yet to consider throwing your wedding in the winter, maybe it’s time you really gave it some thought. The advantages of it really outweigh any negative potentials. Between the winter wonderland setting, the budget savings and bargaining chips that are in your favour – it’s not hard to see why we absolutely love winter weddings, and why you should too!


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