2018 Wedding Cake Trends

2018 Wedding Cake Trends

For some people, the wedding cake is really the star of the show, after the bride, of course! With hand-painted florals and other mind-blowing artistic elements, the options are really endless. But if you’re eager to learn what the upcoming 2018 wedding cake trends will be, get your sweet tooth ready for these drool-worthy designs.

Marble Cakes

Everyone loves the polished look of marble, so imagine just how elegant it would look infused into your wedding cake design. The combination of white, grey and even gold make this design clean, contemporary and charming.

Black Cakes

Who says your cake has to be white and bright? Today, with so many modern trends veering from tradition, you can add any personalized style you desire. And that includes the ever-popular black cake 2018 wedding cake trend. Blended with some dainty macaroons and drizzled with metallic accents such as gold, this is a definite, elegant showstopper.

3D Textured Cakes

3D is the name of the game these days, and with this advanced design element, it really can let you stretch your imagination! With 3D printed designs, cake artistry has reached a whole new level this year, creating eye-popping, contemporary cakes that are truly an art piece to savour.

Hand-Painted Cakes

For some couples, sticking with traditional, hand-made styles is the way to go. And with hand-painted cakes, you can blend your love of clean, modern designs with the classic look of beautiful, hand-painted flowers that can add bursts of colour throughout your cake to accent your décor perfectly.

Succulent Cakes

Succulents seem to be popping up just about everywhere when it comes to interior décor, and there’s no exception for wedding cakes this year. You can expect to see cakes topped with hand-made terrarium-inspired designs to create an earthy and chic look.

Geometric Accents

Another popular design that is gearing up to snag a leading spot this year is the geometric accents. This is the perfect style for the minimalistic couple that also enjoys a clean, contemporary design.

The wedding cake is meant to reflect the individual style of each couple, so don’t be afraid to get creative! If you’re looking for some ideas, let these top growing 2018 wedding cake trends inspire you to find the perfect showpiece that will wow your guests and taste scrumptious, too. And when you’re ready to lock in the perfect venue, reach out to us at the St. Elias Centre. We have the perfect venue that we guaranteed will impress both you and your guests. Contact us today, and our team will be more than happy to discuss all that we have to offer.

A Little Bit More About Us

A Little Bit More About Us

Whether it’s a family reunion, a wedding, or a professional event, we understand that when you need to host an important occasion, you want it to be flawless, successful and memorable for your guests. That’s why at St. Elias Centre, we go above and beyond to provide an impressive, elegant venue and top-tier services to help make your gathering one of the most enjoyable and memorable events of the year for both you and your guests. And, with a highly revered reputation, you can feel confident in the features and services that stand behind the St. Elias name.

To learn more about our venue, services, and special features, here’s a little bit more about us to help you make a decision when booking your next event.

Convenient Central Location

We understand how important the location is when you book a venue. You want something centrally located that’s easy enough for your guests to find and get to. Our recently renovated luxury event space is conveniently located in Central Ottawa, just off Riverside Drive, across from the beautiful Mooney’s Bay Park, and close to a variety of amenities and hotels. Our grounds also offer 400 onsite parking spots to accommodate all your guests, and over 11,000 square feet of elegant, modern multi-purpose space that is perfect for any size event.

Exquisite Design Features

If you’re looking for an impressive event space, our venue won’t disappoint! Our lavish lobby will greet you and your guests upon your arrival, along with intricate architecture, chic furniture, candles, and captivating ceilings throughout the space. Our shimmering chandeliers and newly refreshed modern decor provide a sophisticated and inviting ambiance for all your guests.

Premium Catering and Banquet Services

St. Elias Centre also comes complete with premium catering and banquet services. Let our Executive Chef and professionally trained staff create memorable culinary experiences for all your guests. We offer nothing but the best in ingredients and presentation to wow and impress. Our catering and banquet staff can tailor to all your culinary needs with impeccable service.

Professional Client Services

We also offer professional client services to assist you in organizing your event. We can also recommend service providers for entertainment, audiovisual equipment and decorations to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. Whatever you need, we can help!

Multi-purpose Venue

No matter what type of event you’re planning, our venue can accommodate. Our 11,500 square foot hall can be used entirely or split up into smaller rooms to suit your individual needs. Our stage is perfect for featuring public speakers, live entertainment, or for special guest seating. The generous space ensures that you can accommodate as many as 1000 guests or as little as 50 without sacrificing any of the amenities or floor space for your required design. You can create any event layout that you can imagine, and if you need design ideas, we are more than happy to help.

Now that you know a little bit more about us feel free to contact us anytime so we can help create your dream event here at St. Elias Centre.

5 Perks of Winter Weddings

5 Perks of Winter Weddings

Looking for a unique wedding idea? Something that will “wow” your guests and provide a truly memorable experience? A winter wedding can do exactly that! Sure, it may be a little colder outside, but there are some truly big perks of having your wedding in the winter, especially if you want to get the venue you want and save on expenses. Just check out the following 5 perks of winter weddings, and how it can make for an unforgettable event.

More Options Available

With all the wedding competition in the warmer months, it can be difficult to get the venue you desire and even the preferred date. When you plan a winter wedding, you will have more available venue options, which means you don’t have to wait for your dream venue. You can have the wedding on your terms, exactly how you want it.

Special Discounts

If you plan for a winter wedding, you may be eligible for special off-season discounts from wedding planners and vendors. Discounts may also mean you can get an even better venue than you had originally planned for or be able to invite more friends.

Perfect Hair Condition

When it’s hot and humid in the summer months, your beautiful wedding hair can turn into a sweaty, frizzy mess before you’ve even walked down the aisle. But with a winter wedding, you can maintain perfect hair thanks to the cooler outdoor conditions and zero humidity.

Unique Photos

The winter backdrop of white snow and grey skies can create the perfect winter wonderland. With snow-covered trees and twinkling lights everywhere, it’s easy to impress your guests with a truly magical evening.

More RSVP’s

It’s not uncommon for people to have two to four wedding invites to attend during the busiest wedding months. If your wedding falls on the same date as another, you might not end up with all the RSVP’s you were hoping for. The spring and summer months are also busy months in general for people. Some of your favourite friends and family may have already committed to another event. Booking a winter wedding means you will get more of your friends and family there, and will likely be the event that everyone looks forward to!

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? when you’ve decided on a winter wedding, contact us at St. Elias Centre. We have the perfect venue for your winter wedding –  a stunning hall, elegant décor, on-site catering and bar, ample parking, and professional services designed to make your dream wedding a reality!

How to Slim Down Your Guest List

How to Slim Down Your Guest List

When you’re organizing a holiday party – or any party – and are limited on resources, funds or space, slimming down your guest list is a must. Of course, this can be much easier said than done, but with these tips, you can reach your preferred number and avoid hurting anyone’s feelings during the process.

First Round List

First, you should start creating your “must invite” list or, better known as your “first-round” list. If it’s a personal occasion, then this will often include your immediate family followed by closest friends. If it’s a client-business occasion, then start with senior employees plus one, valuable clients plus one and so one. Make your invite list based on priority and work your way down.

Second Round List

The “would like to invite” list is simply a list of all the people you would like to invite that are not on your first-round list. This is your second-round  of people you want at the event if you have space, the budget, or if any first round people are unable to attend. To make this easier for you to decide, try asking yourself how close are you with this person, when was the last time you saw this person, and will this person be upset if not invited? These questions will make it much easier to pinpoint who to invite and who you can exclude, hopefully without offending.

Third Round List

Then, finally, the third-round list is a list of people that you can invite only if someone from your second-round list cancels. This is often second-cousins, old college friends, your friends and parent’s extras, and past business connections. The majority of these people will not be offended if they are not invited.

Breaking The News

If you can’t invite people whom you know will be offended it’s best to talk to them personally if you believe they will find out. Let them know the reasons you cannot invite them at this time – such as spacial or budget requirements. Most people will understand the circumstances once you explain and sincerely apologize for being unable to have them there to celebrate with you.

Knowing how to slim down your guest list can be more of an art than anything. But by separating your lists into these three categories, you can make it easier on yourself and be one step closer to hosting an amazing event.

5 Tips for a Great Staff Christmas Party

5 Tips for a Great Staff Christmas Party

With Christmas on its way, it’s time to get excited about all the events and parties that the holiday season brings. And this includes your staff Christmas Party. If you’re the one who has been chosen to plan it this year, you’ll be under pressure to deliver an even better event than the years before. But don’t fret, there are lots of great ideas you can incorporate to make it the best party your company has ever seen. Just follow these 7 tips to help organize a great staff Christmas party this year.

Find An Impressive Venue

You want your colleagues to be impressed by the venue you’ve selected. For that to happen, you need a space that has gorgeous décor like grand chandeliers, a full-size theatre stage, a spacious lobby, on-site professional staff, and amenities. Plus, you need the space to be large enough to fit all the staff comfortably, and one that can be easily adjusted if needed.

Get On-Site Catering

You want the night to go off without a hitch, and to do that you need on-site catering. Having a chef who can come up with some holiday culinary masterpieces for your staff Christmas party will make all the difference. By having on-site catering, you can feel rest assured that the food will be made hot and served fresh right out of the kitchen. And if there are any last-minute additions or changes you need to make, you have the chef right at your fingertips.

Offer A Variety Of Festive Drinks

The on-site bar needs to be stocked with all the most popular spirits and beers, but you also should add some holiday touches to keep it exciting. That includes spiked egg nog, holiday punch, and mulled wine.

Offer Parking & Have Taxis Arranged

You want everyone to have the most amazing night, but you also want the night to end safely. Your venue should include enough parking for all the designated drivers, but also have taxis ready for those who plan to let loose. Have the venue staff arrange some taxis to arrive throughout the night, or set up a desk where you can have someone arrange taxis for those who need one.

Crank Up Holiday Tunes And Old-Time Favourites

Nothing is worse than a party without good music. What you need is a mix of upbeat holiday classics and some classic favourites that everyone will enjoy. Hire a DJ who can put together an amazing mix of music to keep the party going. The venue you choose should also offer an amazing sound system in the main room, along with an outside area and side rooms for more quieter conversation.

When you need to host the best Christmas party of the decade for your fellow staff, we have you covered at St. Elias Centre. We not only have a stunning event hall for hosting, but we also have free onsite parking that can accommodate over 400 vehicles. In addition, you can enjoy on-site catering with a top-rated chef, on-site bar, professional event staff, and a team that will ensure your needs are met and that you have support every step along the way. Book now to reserve your Christmas party!

Pros and Cons of a Wedding Gift Registry

Pros and Cons of a Wedding Gift Registry

Part of the wedding preparation involves making some decisions about the wedding gifts. You and your future spouse will need to give some serious thought as to whether you wish to receive gifts at the venue or sign up for a gift registry at a store. And while it’s often easier to sign up for a gift registry than having to worry about physical gifts during the night of your wedding, a registry isn’t for everyone. So, if you’re at this stage of your wedding planning and are unsure about how to proceed with the gift set up, check out these pros and cons of a wedding gift registry first before deciding.

The Pros

Ease of Use for Your Guests

Not everyone loves the idea of shopping for a gift – it can be frustrating and challenging just trying to figure out what to get. A gift registry makes it much easier for your guests – especially for those who have no idea what you would like.  They can simply login online, see what items you have suggested, and choose from the selection available. Guests can be satisfied knowing that they will be selecting a gift you love.

Saves Time

Not everyone has time to shop for themselves, never mind for others. Deciding on what to purchase and then shopping around for the item can take lots of time and can also mean having to endure hectic malls. You will be doing your guests a favour by saving them time and effort with a gift registry.

Avoid Duplicates

Having three toasters, five sets of wine glasses and four cutlery sets isn’t exactly practical, but it can happen when it comes to wedding gifts. When you receive duplicates of the same item, it can become awkward asking someone to provide a receipt to return their gift. A gift registry avoids this all together – once someone purchases an item, another person cannot go ahead and buy the same one.

Multiple Items

Some of your closer relatives might want to get you multiple items. A gift registry makes that easy since they can choose as many of the items they wish and make you a complete gift basket.

The Cons

Lack of Choices

Some couples don’t always take the right numbers into account, not selecting enough gifts in the registry. This can leave some people in the dark and out of luck, resorting to handing you money or buying you a gift that’s not on the registry.  Both could cause issues if you didn’t plan on collecting gifts or large sums of money at your wedding.

Some Prefer Different Options

Many wedding guests prefer to give money or heartfelt personalized gifts. If you only set up a registry, this can make it difficult for others to access – especially those who are not Internet savvy like your great-grandmother. So, if you do decide on a registry, consider also having a money box or gift table that one of your trustworthy bridesmaids or family members can take care of in case any surprise gifts arrive.

Decisions, Decisions

With a registry, you must decide what types of gifts you want and need. It can be a challenging and overwhelming process if you’re the type of person who has everything or doesn’t like receiving gifts in the first place.

Wedding registries are not for everyone, and each couple should take careful consideration to determine whether it’s the right option for them.

5 Party Decoration Tips

5 Party Decoration Tips

Need some decoration ideas for a big venue? We have you covered! These 5 party decoration tips will make the largest venue feel more intimate while impressing your guests for any celebration.

Tall Table Centres

Large event spaces often come with tall ceilings. To make the area feel more intimate, you can introduce tall table centres. Think decorated tree branches, or even helium-filled balloons stemming off of a beautiful floral centerpiece. The more height you can add to the tables, the lower the ceiling will feel, providing a cozier environment.

Create Sections

You can use satin curtains or decorative screens to section off areas that will not be used to create more intimate areas. This allows you to create separate sections for dining, dancing, and mingling.

Test the Sound

Bigger spaces also may create different acoustics. Always test the sound a day or two before the event and make adjustments where necessary to best fit the theme of your party. This includes testing the DJ booth equipment and any microphones that will be used throughout the event.

Keep the Bar Flowing

Always plan ahead on how you would like the alcohol to be served. The last thing you want is for long lineups at the bar, so if you have an open bar or cash bar setting, make sure to staff accordingly. Also, you may want to opt to include table service if people will be sitting throughout the event. This can help keep the bar flowing and also provide your guests with some time to rest their legs after dancing.

Meet and Greet

When guests first arrive, you don’t want them lost outside of the property. Light the way with lanterns and provide signs and directions to the parking lot and into the venue. It’s also wise to have someone who can meet and greet guests and direct them to the coat check, bathroom and to the event area with a smile.

To have your party go off without a hitch, make sure to plan ahead. And when you need the perfect large venue space for any celebration – a wedding, family reunion, work function, or just holiday event, join us at the St. Elias Centre in Ottawa. We have a beautiful and elegant event hall that can be sectioned off as you need, along with onsite catering, bar staff, and stunning décor and grounds. Whatever your party needs, we’re here to help make it a memorable and enjoyable occasion for everyone.

Plan the Perfect Halloween Party at the St. Elias Centre

Plan the Perfect Halloween Party at the St. Elias Centre

When it comes to hosting a Halloween bash, we know how important it is to have the perfect venue. You need one that has the right amount of space, thrilling acoustics, stunning décor and devilishly good food and drinks that will wow your guests and get them into the ghoulish spirit of Halloween. So if you’re getting ready to organize the party of the year then let us help you plan the perfect Halloween party at the St. Elias Centre this fall.

Shake It Up

Halloween parties need plenty of space for dancing, the costume contest, and to hang all the spooky decorations required. At St. Elias Centre, our entertainment venue is the perfect size to invite all of the thrill-seekers on your list to your Halloween bash. With the option to section off rooms, you can host an intimate event or a massive one – it’s up to you!  

A Monster Parking Lot

Your parking situation will never be a horror scene at St. Elias. We have ample parking with over 400 spots at no charge. So, there’s no need to worry about monsters causing mayhem on the streets; we can accommodate all your parking needs.

The Deadliest Bar

To plan the perfect Halloween party, you always need a well-stocked bar with on-site bar staff that can keep your party going all night long. We have exactly what you need and can shake up the deadliest drinks and cocktails for all your guests to enjoy.

Food to Die For

Whatever your catering needs, we have you covered at St. Elias Centre. Our executive chef is ready to create the best food to die for – from appetizers to spine-tingling mains, for your Halloween party. You can take the worry out of the menu planning with our talented and convenient culinary staff on site.

Crazy Attentive Staff

Our onsite staff is here to help you plan the perfect Halloween party with their crazy attentive skills that will leave you impressed. They can take care of your needs to ensure that you and your guests have the best night celebrating the spooky and thrilling spirit of Halloween.

Make it a new Halloween tradition by hosting in our space here at St. Elias Centre in Ottawa. We have everything you need to host the most thrilling party of the season. Contact us for Halloween theme ideas and tips on how to make your event the best in the city.

5 Signs You’ve Found the Right Corporate Event Venue

5 Signs You’ve Found the Right Corporate Event Venue

Planning a corporate event comes with many moving parts, and one of the most important is finding the right corporate event venue that will meet the needs of your business and make your job easier. The venue that plays host to your corporate event can make or break the success of it, so it requires careful consideration. Factors like space, parking, in-house catering, among many others are just a few of the essential ingredients that are often necessary. At St. Elias, our multi-purpose centres are created with this in mind and have the services and facilities to make any gathering a success.

To help guide you during your venue search, we’ve compiled five signs that will show that you’ve found the right corporate event venue.

Reliable and Trustworthy

Have you ever booked a space to find out it was nothing like how it was advertised and isn’t functional for your needs? Many of us have been there before, and it’s not pleasant when you’re the event planner. Since it’s not always possible to physically visit a venue before the event, it’s important to be able to rely on the information provided.  You need a venue that provides honest and reliable pictures, quotes, and details. It’s also important to have professional, helpful staff and planners on hand who are willing to show you around beforehand and work directly with you to ensure that all of your requirements are met on time.

Properly Equipped

A corporate event space needs to have plenty of chairs, tables, and outlets available for attendees. It should also have a podium, microphones, projector screen, and audio/visual capabilities. Every business event will have different requirements, so a venue that has all the equipment on hand to meet a wide range of business services is very important.

Multitude of Room Options

Having one large room that can easily be split into separate break-out rooms is a must when looking for the right corporate event venue. A venue that can easily be adapted to your growing and changing needs throughout the event will make your job easier when and if last minute changes are required.

In House Catering and Beverage Selection

Food is a pretty big deal when it comes to corporate events. Having a venue centre that prepares and caters food in-house and can provide a decent selection of beverages is also a must. This will ensure that the food is fresh out of the kitchen, with enough flexibility to cater to the needs of your attendees.

Reputation for Excellence

Finding a venue that prides itself on its reputation for professional customer service, quality cuisine, and five-star meeting services is crucial. To ensure a smooth business event, you need the best of the best in business event services. So, take the time to research reviews from previous customers and events to get a clear and accurate idea of their reputation from past experiences.

Here at St. Elias Center, we check off these signs, and much more. With professional and attentive services, a well equipped and flexible event space, in-house catering, beverage services, and luxury touches, you won’t be disappointed. Contact us today to talk to one of our event planners to help you get started on your next corporate event.

Plan Your Family Reunion at The St. Elias Centre

Plan Your Family Reunion at The St. Elias Centre

A successful family reunion begins with the right venue to host your entire family. And at St. Elias Centre, we have everything you could possibly need to have a memorable celebration with your clan! If you’re looking for the perfect venue then look no further. Here are 5 reasons to plan your family reunion at the St. Elias Centre this year.


Stunning Décor

Your family deserves only the best. And they will feel like royalty when they enter the St. Elias Centre grounds. With beautiful landscaping and lobby entrance, the soaring high ceilings and large shimmering chandeliers will welcome your entire family. Our hall is designed to exhibit both elegance and class.


Abundant Parking

It’s important to have on-site parking to accommodate your family members as well. And that’s why we have over 400 parking spots to house all your family member’s vehicles. And the best part is that it’s free and steps away from the front door.


On Site Catering & Bar Service

At St. Elias, we are happy to cater to all of your needs. That’s why we have our very own executive chef on site who can create the perfect menu of your favourite spreads that the entire family will love. And let’s not forget that it’s a party. When it’s time to let loose, dance and delve into some delectable drinks, our bar staff are happy to serve you. We have a fully stocked bar that can ensure everyone gets their favourite refreshment.


Top Notch Staff

Our staff are here to help make your family reunion the celebration of a lifetime. Both professional trained and incredibly friendly, they work hard to make you look good and keep your family happy. Whatever you need, our staff will be happy to help!


Large Accommodating Space

We can fit any size family, big or small into our event hall. And we’ve recently renovated our facilities to add even more space. With over 11,500 square feet of hall space, we can accommodate any size event. The walls can be partitioned off if needed and there is a large theatre stage for entertaining.

A family reunion is a big deal. And at St. Elias Centre we recognize how important it is to provide tailored service to suit your family’s celebration needs. Let us impress your family with the party of a lifetime.  Book your family reunion with St. Elias this summer.

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