Early Planning for Your Summer Anniversary Party

Early Planning for Your Summer Anniversary Party

Whether you’re planning a company milestone, or a wedding anniversary – anniversary celebrations are the ones that are meant to truly shine and celebrate all that you’ve achieved over the years. It’s time to reflect your emotions of gratitude and throw a spectacular party you’ve got to plan ahead.

Here at St. Elias Conference & Banquet Centre, we know that planning a big bash can be an overwhelming task to endure. 8

Set the Date

First things first – when do you want to celebrate? Summer is of course, the season that’s made for celebrations. Take the first step and select the date and time. It’s a good idea to really consider this carefully so that there aren’t any other conflicting dates that might take away from your guest list and such.

Select Location and Venue

Think about the formality that you desire for your anniversary party – are you thinking of a casual setting at home, dinner at a restaurant, or maybe you want to go all out and truly celebrate in a banquet hall? Once you’ve set the date, start brainstorming about the location and venue.

Choose a Theme

Themes are an essential component to parties – especially anniversary ones! Plus, they add that element of fun to the celebration. The best part is that the theme can be just about whatever you decide – you can choose a vintage theme to commemorate your parent’s anniversary, or even gold-coloured accents that make it a lavish and extravagant setting. Get creative and find what fits for your party.

Invite the Guests

If you’re not throwing a party for two, then you’ve got to have the guests in tow so that the people who mean the most to you can be there to celebrate this milestone with you. So next up – send out those invitations! And getting those RSVPs can be a hassle, so be sure to nag people if you have to so you can get them on time.

Think About Food and Drinks

Once you have an idea of how many guests will be attending, you can plan out the situation with food and beverages. Keep your budget in mind when planning this out. Depending on your party, you can hire a caterer, or better yet – you may not even need to search around if you select a venue that offers a chef and catering on-site, like here at the St. Elias Centre!

Plan Your Entertainment

Finally, parties are all about the music and entertainment. Spend quality time researching or asking around for recommendations for a great band or entertainer that would help make your party one that no one will forget.

Early planning for your summer anniversary party is the key to avoiding those overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Get started by following these steps!

2017 Wedding Trends that Wow

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This year is going to be a magical year for weddings! It’s out with the traditional and in with the creative and elaborate themes and décor. Here we look at some of the top WOW wedding trends that are happening for 2017.

Trash the Dress

Buying a second dress for messy photo shoots is a popular new trend that’s catching on fast. It’s all about slipping out of your real wedding dress and into your prop dress to climb onto that sand filled beach and get that perfect photo with your partner. With “trash the dress,” people are taking wedding photos to a whole new level.

Industrial Setting

Warehouses are becoming quite the trend for hosting entire ceremonies, from start to finish. We’re finding over the top centerpieces, twinkle lights, rugs, and gothic candles to fill up the airy space and make it intimate and romantic. With high ceilings, open concepts, and combinations of wood and metal, warehouses make the perfect location for a vintage-themed wedding.

Rooftop Views

Weddings this year are definitely aiming to impress. That’s why so many couples are turning to large rooftop terraces.  Nothing says “Wow!” more than a stunning city, ocean or mountain backdrop.

Natural and Organic

Green will be the colour to watch out for this year, not just in bridesmaids’ dresses, but also floral arrangements, linens, and carpets. Plus, the natural theme doesn’t stop there. Forest settings are becoming increasingly popular as the place to create that perfect, magical wedding setting.

Hanging Floral

Hanging floral arrangements have been a popular décor item and aren’t going away anytime soon. Luscious ivy and petals strung across with twinkling lights help create the perfect décor to go with those magical, outdoor backdrops.

Detachable Skirts

Bridesmaids have a lot to say when it comes to wedding fashion. And they should since they’re an intricate part of the wedding. Breezy and detachable skirts will be keeping bridesmaids happy once the after party picks up to hit the dance floor.


Weddings are not just about the couple – they’re also about entertaining the guests. And lawn games are one of the top attractions this year, from lawn bowling to croquet. They’re excellent ways to get friends and family to mingle with each other while having fun.

Foodie Trends

Food installations like sundae-bars, candy stations, and doughnut walls, are popping up everywhere to satisfy those sweet treats that we all crave.

With so many amazing trends coming alive this year, one can only wish they’ll receive an invitation to attend and indulge in some of these potential themes this year!

5 Tips for a Successful Trade Show

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Taking part in a trade show is a great way to attract more customers and traffic towards your business. And once you have decided to submit an application for a trade show, the next step is to start planning and preparing your booth so that it can gain as much attention and foot traffic as possible to make it a success.

Below are some helpful tips to ensure that your booth is a success at your next tradeshow.

Strategize the Location of Your Booth

The location of your booth is one of the first important factors to consider. In order to get the most foot traffic, your booth has to be in a location that isn’t tucked away from the limelight. When you submit your tradeshow application, ask about the selection of booth locations throughout the venue. Try to situate your booth near entrances and common walkways that will let your booth be seen by a constant flow of traffic.

Make Your Table Stand Out

Keep in mind that your table will be one among many – so naturally, you need it to stand out amongst the crowd to get enough attention. Try to consider what would grasp your attention when walking by. Maybe it’s a display of lights, a touch screen display or just a well-organized setup. Brand imagery is also important. If people can’t easily see what your brand or product is all about, then you can bet that they’ll just keep walking on by.

Make a Great First Impression

First impressions are without a doubt, vital for a successful business, and trade shows are where this truly counts. When attendees are walking by, you often have less than a minute to explain what your business is all about and to make a potential new client. If you plan on working your tradeshow booth solo, consider hiring an assistant to ensure that you have enough hands on deck to help. Just be sure that whomever you choose to represent your brand will do a superb job. They should be well informed about your brand and products, and they must be a polite, outspoken and personable individual.

Make a Crowd

It’s no secret that people are drawn to where there’s a crowd. We want to know what’s happening and what the buzz is all about. But how do you form a crowd around your table in order to get people to pay attention? One key secret strategy that many pro exhibitors use to generate more buzz is to use their own employees to act as attendees. It’s a simple and very effective way to get more people curious in what you’re selling.

Have Some Giveaways

Aside from a crowd, people are also always interested in wandering towards the table that’s offering some incentives. Free sample, promotions, and giveaways are generally expected for those who pay to attend many tradeshow events. It not only gets people to pay attention to your booth, but it also allows people to sample your products and maybe even become eventual customers. It’s a worthy investment for extending our customer base.

If done strategically and correctly, tradeshows can be one of the best methods for marketing and expanding your brand or business. Follow these tips to help you find success at your next tradeshow!

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

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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

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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.


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