Honestly … Cannot handle what went down last night. Ringing in the New Year with this couple, these guests and at this party was truly amazing. Sarah and Mark – you guys threw an EPIC NYE bash and you looked stunning. It was obvious by the love and genuine happiness that filled that room, you two are meant to be. Thank you for letting us be a part of this new chapter in your lives. It was truly a privilege.
A few weeks ago, I introduced you my crazy recently engaged best friend, Carly (click here to be re-introduced). She’s ridiculously excited and has every reason to be. And in true JPE form, we’ve got her vendors locked down. We’ve booked her photographer, videographer, venue, flowers, DJ and more. Bonus: She has a SERIOUS in with Divine Furniture so planning the design of this wedding is going to be too much fun!
Crossing #1 off the list was the venue. When starting the search for their perfect venue, my girl was ALL.OVER.THE.PLACE. Much like every other bride-to-be. While you may have a venue in mind, once the question is popped, it’s real and it’s time to start asking the right questions:
Can the venue hold the number of people we will be inviting?
What is the cost per plate?
What is included in the venue’s packages?
Is there room for negotiation?
Does the venue make sense, logistically, to where I want to get ready and where my guests are coming from?
And so much more. With Carly and John having family on both sides of Toronto, that meant we were either picking a place in the middle, or on one side. When Carly sent me the original short list of venues she wanted to check out, it was all over the place… different styles and looks, various ranges of price points, etc. It was clear to me we needed to narrow her focus. And, knowing Carly’s style, personality and what she was comfortable spending, we did this pretty quickly.
We narrowed the short list down to two top contending venues. Feeling a sense of connection is important to Carly and so choosing a venue that gave her those feelings was something I had to keep in mind.
First up was One King West. I suggested this venue because 1. the grand banking room was large enough to hold their guest list and has a simple-elegance about it I knew Carly would be drawn to and 2. Both Carly and John work in the financial industry, and One King West is an old bank. How adorable!
I’d had a wedding there before so I knew the food was incredible and the service was good as well. I also know they have a kick-ass suite for getting ready with a wrap-around balcony that is to die for! That said, I also know that there are a few other things to think about when looking at this venue: 1. The bathrooms during dinner are not located on the main floor, so guests have to take the stairs or an elevator to get tot them. Not a huge deal, but less than ideal. 2. The ceremony and cocktail hour would be on a different floor than dinner. Guests would be travelling throughout the hotel to get to the spaces and signage is not great. We’d have to have people stationed to guide guests because the worst thing is having guests frustrated with your wedding before it even starts! 3. Guests would be able to stay in the same hotel where the wedding is. So at 1:30 am, instead of hailing a cab they can stumble upstairs to their room. Serious points scored here.
Next up was Rattlesnake Golf & Country Club. Not going to lie, with visions of the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Cotton Factory, and Fermenting Cellar, I was a little surprised this one made top two. Nevertheless I was pumped. Again, I’ve worked at Rattlesnake before so I had the insider scoop. Plus Carly’s parents are members at the Club so they are comfortable with the space, not to mention the staff are familiar with them which is definitely a bonus. Service at this venue is superb, the food is great and the drive in to the clubhouse is breathtaking. A beautifully landscaped, winding road gives guests a sense of anticipation when they turn off the main road. The clubhouse has been renovated so the inside is tasteful, the bar is modern and the patio is legit to die for. As soon as we walked around back to the patio and I turned on the JPE factor, Carly and John were beaming with happiness. Plus Nance (Carly’s mom) was giddy with excitement, which made the feelings that much stronger. With the number of guests they anticipated, the bonus of full coverage, and a short enough aisle for Carly to feel comfortable, the patio would be the perfect spot for their I do’s. This pretty much sealed the deal. The connection for Carly was made, John was excited and we started brainstorming the decor.
So with that in the bag, #floodedwithlove is officially booked to be hitched: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Rattlesnake Golf & Country Club! I’m actually giddy thinking about the details and decor but will save that for another day.
Whether you are an office administrator tasked to find the best GTA and Hamilton event venues or a seasoned event professional, one thing remains true. Everyone needs help. The amount of help will differ from person to person. But make no mistake about it, everyone needs a team to rely on.
From searching for GTA and Hamilton event venues to locking down the best photographers and DJ’s in town, working with us means you get to enjoy your function with confidence.
you are not overpaying for your service providers.
you are throwing the best damn party you can possibly imagine within your budgetary constraints
all the elements that are required to throw a one of a kind party are brought together with fluidity
Jackie Penner Events have turnkey event planning solutions making it so easy for you to be the hero. We bring you options and you choose.
Not interested in spending a lot on decor? Then we allocate that budget to live entertainment, for example.
Happy with an ipod instead of a DJ? Then we crank up the dial on the food and serve the freshest, most unique hors de’oeuvres you have ever tasted.
“I want an event planner but I don’t want to spend a fortune on one. They sound expensive!!!” Says most people always. Good thing for Jackie Penner Events! The relationships that we have cultivated make it easy for us to provide luxury-like service to you for the about the same price as you would pay without us!
So next time you need to find a Hamilton event venue for your corporate function, let us crank up the dial AND make it easy on you to do so!
Be the hero!
Hint- if you want to bring the event together on your own, you can read about the best local vendors on The Confident Bride. Hamilton’s own wedding company connecting couples to the best local wedding vendors and products! Many of our wedding vendors can be hired for Hamilton GTA corporate events as well.
Alright people, it’s that time of year. Time to get really wasted in front of your boss and co-workers. If you want a new job that is. If you’re looking to keep your current position, and dignity, time to survive the company Christmas party by doing quite the opposite.
With the number of corporate events we’ve planned, we’ve seen our fair share of … let’s say ‘situations’. And it seems the corporate Christmas party is where we leave with the most memorable stories. So to help ensure you’re not the one everyone’s talking about Monday by the water cooler, we’ve put together 3 top tips for surviving this year’s company holiday party.
Arrive with a full stomach. We all know that once we start to feel that holiday buzz, it’s hard to stop. The best way to avoid feeling the effects of the first couple cocktails is to eat before you get there.
Do not attempt to confront a work-crush at the party. This is not the time, nor the place and rarely ever ends well. We’ve more than cringed at the sight of this and we can’t imagine what Monday was like for the two involved.
Go prepared with social icebreakers and avoid office gossip. In a social setting, it’s easy to get-to-talking about others. Avoid this wherever you can. En route to the party, think about a few neutral topics you can discuss with people. Think sports, TV shows, home decor, and pets are ALWAYS a good idea.
Good luck folks!
Planning your company Christmas party? Check out our previous post on suggested Hamilton venues to use!
You’re heard it 100 times over, the Christmas holidays are often synonymous with ‘engagement season’. And why shouldn’t it be?! For most of us, it’s one of the most joyful times of the year! We’re carving out more time to spend with family and friends, work is a little bit more laid back and it’s a time full of love.
So in order to save you some time and thinking, below is a short list of engagement gift ideas for those newly minted with that bling-bling …
1. To help her show off the new bling fix her up with a gift card to get her nails done from The TEN Spot (locations nearly everywhere!)
2. To keep her newly-engaged glow, give her the gift of a spray tan from Tan-on-the-Run (they will go to her!)
3. Relieve some of her anxiety about the wedding planning by grouping together with your friends to hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator for her! (Bonus: allows you girls to enjoy every moment with her and NO ONE has to work on the big day!)
4. A fancy new ring holder for the new bling! When she’s cleaning the house or going to the gym, give her a beautiful ring box to place her jewel. (Take a stroll at Homesense to find something unique and fitting with her home decor.)
5. Custom gift box with items curated from across Canada from Lex & Lennon. We’re totally crushing on Lex & Lennon lately and we know you will be too as soon as you see their goodies.
Have fun lovelies and be sure to follow us on Facebook over the holidays for planning tips!