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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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Pinterest Contest Giveaway: Love is in the Details!

CountDown Events is giving away an autographed copy of the Grace Ormonde book - Being in Love Never goes out of Style. This book will give you endless ideas when planning your wedding!

To enter the Pinterest giveaway, repin the images you like from this “Love is in the Details” board. Every repin counts as an entry. Winner will be announced on their ‘repin’ on Monday January 21st as well as on Facebook. Good luck!

Contest Duration: Monday, Jan 07 - Friday, Jan 11

Winner Announced: Monday, Jan 14

Photo Credit 'Grace Ormonde Book Image' Jana Vackova

About Grace Ormonde:
“Grace Ormonde has built an enviable reputation in the wedding industry for creating the platforms for wedding specialists to showcase their products and services while offering prospective brides and grooms a multitude of choices, ideas and alternatives for planning their wedding. She has consistently made creativity and innovation hallmarks of her enterprises.

Grace ormonde Wedding Style magazine was first published as a regional New England wedding planning resource in 1998. After five regional issues, Wedding Style launched nationally in 2003. Grace is presently the editor-in-chief of the magazine. She is a simple woman, who simply loves wedding." - Grace Ormonde Website

Contest Rules & Regulations: Here

The Vancouver Club's Boutique Bridal Showcase: Engage 2013

CountDown Events is pleased to be a part of The Vancouver Club’s boutique bridal showcase “Engage” again this year! Thirty Five of the most creative & distinguished bridal professionals will be featured on January 20th from 11am to 3pm with two couture fashion shows at 12 noon & 2pm.

Guests will be treated to locally sourced cuisine, signature cocktail tastings and a vast dessert offering from the VC pastry chef. Engage will also cater to an often-overlooked member of the wedding: the groom. Back by popular demand is the ‘Groom’s Room,’ complete with hot shaves by JD’s Barbershop, beer sliders, scotch tastings, beer, and football.

CountDown Events at Engage 2012

CountDown Events at Engage 2012

If you are looking to spend an elegant Sunday afternoon, tickets can be purchased for $35 online or $40 at the door. The first 300 brides will receive a complimentary bridal bag filled with goodies & treats! Visit for more details.

Looking forward to meeting you at the show! -xo

Our Wish to You - Happy New Year!

It seems as if 2012 passed in the blink of an eye. We feel so blessed that as every year passes, CountDown Events faces new challenges and has the opportunity to expand in creativity. The theme of this year’s Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase, produced by CountDown Events, was Le Rêve ~ The Dream. We thrive on making dreams become a reality, and our wish for all of you this year is to allow yourself to dream.

“Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future.” – Unknown

Love & Gratitude from the entire CountDown Events team! xo

Storytelling At It's Finest With Vincent + Theo Studios

You may not know it yet, but we're fascinated by you and your story. Not just the story of your wedding day, but what makes you...well, you. What makes you laugh. What makes you cry. What takes your breath away. There's only one you. One person with your collective experience. One person with your story. And that's a story that we can't wait to tell.

As your wedding videographer, we'll share in one of the most historic moments of your life. We'll be there to capture and encapsulate something beautiful, something real, something spectacular. Something that will allow you to see through the eyes of the people who love you. Something that will tap into the heartfelt emotion of your day. Something that will allow you to relive some of the most precious moments of your life, over and over again.

Joy. Fear. Excitement. Nervousness. Happiness. Madness. We live for it. All of it. And we can't live without it. It's real, and it connects people beyond race, culture and borders. It's emotion that connects you to those you love. And it's that connection that we strive to package within your wedding video to allow you to see, feel, and relive the joy of your wedding day...three months, three years, and three decades from now. At Vincent + Theo Studios, we love what we do and we can't wait to meet you.

Photographs provided by Vicent + Theo Studios

If you’d like to get to know Vincent + Theo a little better you can see their excellent work at Vincent + Theo Studios Danielle + Jorden. You can also see Vincent + Theo Studios, at the upcoming 8th Annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, better get your tickets fast!!!

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