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La Dolce Vita – The Odlum Brown FWE Gala

We are thrilled to be a part of the FWE Gala once again this year! Themed: La Dolce Vita “The Sweet Life” we are sure to have a great time designing a beautiful setting for this inspirational event.

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs is a place for women entrepreneurs to get tough questions answered. FWE is dedicated to providing visionary women with the knowledge, support, and connections they need to become wildly successful entrepreneurs. This year, the FWE welcomes Alexis Maybank who will be speaking in Canada for the first time! Alexis is the Co-Founder of the GILT Groupe – an ecommerce business that has grown to a five million member online shopping club worth over $1 billion, since 2007.

Alongside the Premier: Christy Clark, Monika Deol – a nationally known media personality & Jeff Schwarz – star on OLN’s The Liquidator, will all be present at this soiree.

It’s time to celebrate passion!

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Gala will be taking place on February 18, 2013 at the graceful Fairmont Waterfront.

The Cross Decor & Design - The Perfect Bridal Shower Gift

One of the most magical stores in Vancouver is The Cross Decor & Design in charming Yaletown. This 5000 sq ft. slice of heaven is a shopping delight, as well as a full service Interior Design Firm. The European inspired space is filled with countless treats in every corner. You would be shocked to know how much time you can spend at The Cross and not even see the time go by. From the dainty collector’s items such as John Derian’s Paperweights, to the Superb Mahogany Wood Armoires, you are sure to fall in love during your visit to this local store.

We love The Cross as our gift store since we always find the perfect present for almost any occasion. This is why we would highly recommend this boutique for Bridal Shower gifts! Beautiful gift wrapping is one of the unique touches this design team offers! Who doesn’t love opening gorgeous packaging? The Cross does an incredible job of making a simple candle look extravagant. Not only will your gift be very well received, but you will be thrilled to give it.

Bridal Shower GIFTS: What caught our eye at CountDown Events:

1.Grace – A Memoir: Creative Director for Vogue Magazine for the past 20 years $45.00
2. Leah Alexandra Brett Necklace: Coral Silk & Knotted Pink Opal Tie Necklace $215.00
3.Gallway Engraved Gallery Tray $82.50
4. Lace Aqua Pillow by The Cross Exclusive Line $165.00
5. Amanda Vogler Jewellery – Turquoise London Blue Topaz Earrings $265.00
6. John Robshaw – Sage Dopp Kit $65.00
7. Assiro Herringbone Throw – Cherry Blossom $135.00
8. Linnea’s Light – Ocean Soy Candle S:$19.95 L:$39.95

CountDown Events is certain you will find a lovely something at The Cross Decor & Design while having lots of fun! Be sure to follow them on Twitter @thecrossdesign.

A Honeymoon in Venice - Palazzina G. Boutique Hotel

Wouldn’t it be magical to spend your honeymoon in one of the most romantic cities in the world – Venice! This city begs for you to get lost with your loved one in the charming European streets and canals. One elite hotel that CountDown Events would highly recommend for the design lovers would be the Palazzina G. Hotel that sits by the Grand Canal.

The Palazzina G. Boutique Hotel is sultry! A work of art by creator, designer & architect: Philippe Starck. This hotel is hidden behind a 16th-century façade. Luxury is evident with a champagne bar, giant chess set & terrace-toting suites. With 22 fashionable rooms and suits, this avant-garde hotel offers exclusive 5-star services & beauty.

The Palazzina G. offers a special honeymoon package that includes a two night stay, continental breakfast, champagne with fruit & chocolate in room, romantic dinner at PG’s and a sunset Love tour in a mahogany boat with aperitif onboard. This sounds like an elegant time for happily newlyweds!

The suits at the Palazzina G.

The PG Bar at the Palazzina G.

The Krug Lounge at the Palazzina G.

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Destination Weddings - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Making your wedding a personal, momentous experience takes time, effort and inspiration. Creating it from a distance takes expertise!

Imagine the excitement of traveling to a beautiful destination to exchange your wedding vows. Your guests must travel anyways, why not to an exotic location? CountDown Events' local and global connections allow the planners to make the logistical arrangements so that you can just relax and enjoy you special day.

A couple of our favourite destinations are Hawaii & Mexico but since we are only weeks away from creating a masterpiece in Cabo San Lucas, we want to highlight a couple of luxury gems in that area of the world.

Cabo San Lucas started off by being a fisherman town and has now turned into one of the most visited tourist destinations. Filled with adventure, fantasy and plenty of sun, there is something fun for everyone to do on vacation in Cabo. Whether the boys want to go fishing or golfing or the ladies want to relax and spend a day in a luxe spa, this unique place has the best of all worlds.

It is the five star hotels that put Cabo San Lucas on the map. A couple of our favourites to work with are One & Only, Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Capella Pedregal & last but not least Esperenza where we will be planning a destination wedding next month. Our bride & groom will be enjoying the renowned Lovers Beach while our team takes care of all the particulars and details for what will be the perfect day.

Visit our website CountDown Events to see more of our weddings, events & projects. We look forward to planning your magical day with you!

The Lap of Luxury - Maclean's Magazine Features CountDown Events

We were thrilled & honoured to be featured alongside such amazing people as Preston Bailey in the Power Issue of Macleans magazine, the lap of luxury. Maclean's magazine is Canada's National Current Affairs magazine. We are thankful for such an amazing highlight of our past work. Here is one of many stellar articles in the Power Issue:

“It was a private holiday party in Vancouver for 70 people. The driveway to the house was lined with newly planted evergreens, flocked white and twinkling with mini-lights. Inside, floors had been re-carpeted in white, and sparkling chandeliers were flown in from L.A. and hung overhead like floating icicles. Outside, the pool was overlaid with a dance floor, lit from beneath. Drinks were served at an ice bar, and 23 chefs catered to the culinary fancies of each guest. As the evening drew to a close, snowflakes were projected in light all around the property. The theme was obvious: “White Christmas.” But how much did Vancouver-based CountDown Events Planning & Design charge its client to stage this evening of sheer holiday luxury last year? Almost $200,000.

Some might be quick to predict that this kind of holiday spending might take a dive this year. After all, the sound of the “domino-like fall” of Bang & Olufsen is still fresh in retailers’ ears, as London’s The Times reported the high-end audio manufacturer’s shares took a hit – to the tune of 4.4%. This past summer, shares for luxury fashion brand Burberry also plummeted – by nearly 21%.

More recently, luxury houses LVMH and Tiffany & Co. has shown signs of heading in the same direction, if at much smaller intervals. Despite all the noise, market researchers in Canada remained unfazed.

Maureen Atkinson, senior partner (research) at J.C. Williams Group in Toronto, says while some luxury brands have reported less-than-stellar results, she “would never underestimate what [luxury brands like Burberry] are capable of. They’re very innovative.”

Plus, when it comes to forecasting the holiday spending power of the super-rich in Canada, Atkinson says the performance of luxury brands in other countries doesn’t provide “a strong indication of what’s happening here.” In the U.S, for instance, shoppers consume high-end products and services very differently than here in Canada. “Their numbers are far more affected by what happens on Wall Street,” she explains.

According to Investor Economics, Canadians with high net worth of more than $1 million in financial assets (excluding real estate and business ownership) make up a little over 600,000 households in Canada. Of that total, approximately 25,000 to 30,000 possess financial assets worth in excess of $10 million.

Keith Sjögren, senior consultant and managing director of consulting for Investor Economics, says the distribution of wealth in Canada is changing. Around 40% of those people with financial assets over $1 million live in Ontario, but residents of Alberta are at the forefront in terms of growth potential. “They’re growing fast and they’re younger,” says Sjögren. “The share is changing and the older markets — Quebec and Ontario — are losing share in terms of the overall distribution of millionaires.”

As wealth spreads across the country, the rich are also getting richer. Those households with over $500,000 in financial wealth, Investor Economics’ research shows, are on track to control about 80% of the total personal financial wealth in Canada by 2020. These households will grow at a rate of 6% between 2011 and 2020.

As the holidays are just around the corner, expect those in this niche category to fl ex their considerable buying muscle – as the only limit to making a memorable season is their imagination.”

- Maclean’s Magazine
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