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Planning an Outdoor Wedding | Tips for Your Perfect Day

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner… this is a favourite time of year for us; wedding season is here! Planning an outdoor wedding is a wonderful way to embrace warmer weather and celebrate your love, al fresco. Holding your ceremony, reception or both outdoors allowing the landscape to truly frame your big day can be a beautiful way to honour your love. Dealing with the details of your nuptials is where we shine, and these are our tips for getting hitched without a hitch!

Create an Experience

If your wedding is being held during a warmer month (July or August come to mind), ensuring your guests comfort is a priority. Making sure there is ample shade, refreshments, fans and even bug repellant (citronella candles) are smart moves that will keep them enjoying your special moment right up until your last dance.

Prep for Plan B

Ok, so we don’t want to be a ‘dark cloud’, but rain could be a possibility no matter the time of year. If your outdoor space doesn’t have an indoor alternative, consider a back up tent. Renting one just to be safe might be the ultimate saving grace to protect your wedding day.

Consider the Atmosphere

Lighting your surfaces and creating layering with your lighting creates such a beautiful atmosphere. Trees are an excellent opportunity to hang twinkle lights, chandeliers and lanterns to make a memorable, one of a kind décor statement. Just don’t forget to make sure you have power on-site!

Consider Local Bylaws

Depending on where you are holding your nuptials, consider certain bylaws and liquor laws. Do some research about what kind of rules and permits you’ll be subjected to before you plan anything. Saying “I Do” at the park near your childhood home may seem like the best idea ever, but there could be a few more kinks to iron out than you realize.

(Image above by Ellen Ho for CountDown Events)

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10th Annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase

The official "CountDown" to the 10th Annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase starts now! Proudly sponsored by De Beers Jewellery and hosted at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, we're 177 days away from the most opulent event of the year, and close to announcing this years theme.

If you don't follow us on social, now is the time in order to keep up with all of the exciting announcements as they happen! Get engaged with the official hashtag: #Crème2014

In the meantime, tickets are limited so get a jump on securing some for you and your girls. It may be the best decision you've made since saying yes to your fiancé!

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Cachè Couture Atelier | Create Your Dream Dress

New to Vancouver, we’re pretty smitten with Cachè Couture Atelier. Located in the prestigious South Granville district, the atelier features custom made creations exquisitely handcrafted by an in-house atelier, and a curated selection of gowns from the world’s most renowned bridal designers like Pronovias Atelier, Paloma Blanca, and Mikaella.

Iliana Rosabal is the owner and Creative Director of the atelier and offers an exclusive shopping experience welcoming clients by appointment only, allowing each client to enjoy a personalized and memorable experience in an intimate setting.

The atelier provides the know-how of haute couture and a customizable option to clients looking for a one of a kind gown or garment. From luxurious evening dresses to men’s suiting and customized fashion pieces, the seamstresses and tailors produce the highest quality work with bespoke detailing and imported European fabrics. Embellishments, lace, delicate or something more substantial, if you can dream it, their professional and highly skilled team can create it.

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Plan Your Next Corporate Event or Gala

At CountDown Events, we may be well known for our show stopping and widely featured weddings, but we're also well versed in planning corporate events, galas and even charity events! Perfecting the program, the atmosphere and working with each client to bring a little special something to the party is a specialty, and much like the annual gala we produce for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (you will definitely want to see the video of a pretty special moment that left the attendees in awe, here), we have a knack for making a statement. Working with a clients budget to ensure each detail is expertly coordinated, that's what we do best.

As shared on our Instagram, this behind the scenes snap shows how in depth the set up process for a corporate gala can be. Coordinating lighting to set the mood, this can transform a room!

Designing a tablescape that suits the feel of an event including fresh blooms... it's all in the details.

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Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase | Let's Get Engaged!

Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase. Just the name brings an air of palpable excitement and anticipation. This year marks CountDown Event's 10th Annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase, and it is shaping up to be the best year yet. Hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, this year's theme has yet to be announced, and we're gearing up to surprise and delight each attendee. Crème de la Crème is the showcase that event planners attend to set the wedding trends for their clients, brides meet with vendors to create their dream wedding and is a day dedicated to making all of your dreams come true!

The lavish showcase, created by CountDown Events Founder and Principal Planner, Soha Lavin, brings together Vancouver's top wedding vendors and wedding experts - it's certainly not your typical wedding show, it's Canada's most luxurious wedding showcase! Crème de la Crème is just that - the best of the best, top of the top, and will be an experience you will never forget. Bring your girls, relax, experience elixirs, nibbles, a glam haute couture wedding fashion show and we can't forget the divine goodie bag to enjoy after your unforgettable day of opulence and luxury. Inspiration and eye candy meets style, elegance making it the perfect place to start or finish your wedding planning process. Whether you're single, engaged, or even simply a wedding enthusiast (we can relate!), you'll want to be part of Crème de la Crème.

The show takes place in November but stay tuned to this blog and social media to catch all of the upcoming exciting announcements, sneak peeks and luxe giveaways as we ramp up for this year's show! Follow the evolution of Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase on social media and get engaged with the hashtag #CREME2014 on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter!

All images by Tamiz Photography.

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