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Posted in Ask the Experts, Decor, Flowers, V.I.B. Weddings, Wedding Resources, Wedding Trends


Planning & Styling: Melanie Parent Events

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

With countless sources of wedding inspiration, it’s no wonder couples are overwhelmed and under pressure to make the “right” design decisions for their big day. Working with a professional wedding planner to guide you through the style and design process is a must nowadays. Here is some of the advice we, at Melanie Parent Events, want to share with every couple struggling with design and trends while still trying to stay true to their own style (and let’s be honest, trying to do all of this within a budget!).

Compliment Your Personal Style

When you start searching for your dream venue and envision your wedding, try to remember who you are in everyday life. What are your likes and dislikes? Do you like vintage or modern? Industrial or rustic? Use your current living space, wardrobe, and interests as inspiration for your wedding day style. You want your big day to reflect who you are as individuals and as a couple. Guests who attend your event should see décor and touches that are “so you”.

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Stay Off Pinterest

Now that you’ve narrowed down a wedding style, stick to it! You’re going to cause yourself stress and confusion by veering off the chosen look and feel. We see it all the time! The couple has decided they love rustic, but they come across a modern minimalist Pinterest board and start questioning every decision they’ve made. Stick to what you fell in love with originally and if you’re still drawn to the other style, look to incorporate small touches without doing a complete overhaul.

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Work With The Venue

Choosing your date and venue are the first big decisions you’re going to make when planning your wedding. Make sure the room you choose and the surrounding grounds compliment the overall vision. Don’t choose a space that needs a complete overhaul and will cost a fortune to transform from industrial warehouse-industrial to garden chic. The goal is to find a space that has the overall aesthetic and feel so that you can focus on the details and ways to make it “you”.

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Ask The Experts

At Melanie Parent Events, we are here to assist you! Ask us questions, get our opinion and see what we recommend. We are here to guide you and provide our expert advice and opinion on vendor recommendations and more. Here’s an example of a recent styled shoot to showcase how we turned a simple vision into so much more!

Melanie Parent

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Photo: Esther Funk Photography

Planning, Styling & Accent Linens
Melanie Parent Events
Cakes & Treats: Sweet Impressions
Bridesmaid Dresses HUSH Collection
Suit Aldo Formal Wear
Dishes, Tables & Chairs C&T Rentals
Jewellery Sutton Smithworks


Posted in Health & Beauty, V.I.B. Weddings, Wedding Dresses

Photos: Kampphotography

In true Winnipeg fashion, Carla and Nick met through friends at a Halloween wedding social. They talked for what felt like most of the night and the rest is history.

One Tuesday evening in November, Carla came home from work to find the living room clean and organized and didn’t think anything of it—she was excited to see the pillows on the couch were finally where they belonged! After dinner, Nick had said he was going to teach their dog, Penny, a new trick. He proceeded to put a dog treat in Carla’s hand and took Penny upstairs with him. He told Carla to call Penny and she came down with a tag on her collar that said, “Marry me?” and when Carla looked up, there was Nick with the ring.

Carla knew right from the beginning she wanted elegant and timeless colours for their wedding party’s attire. Navy was an easy choice for the bridesmaid dresses which were complemented by sophisticated dark grey suits from Aldo Formal Wear. Carla looked stunning in a halter-style wedding gown from Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections, paired with her Kate Spade Keds.

With the help of Melanie Parent Events, they incorporated natural wood elements to create the elegant rustic style they had envisioned for their fall wedding.

“I got to sneak a peek at the room and it was everything I had envisioned.”

Wedding Planner
Melanie Parent Events
Bridesmaids’ Attire HUSH Collection
Groom’s & Groomsmens’ Attire Aldo Formal Wear
Wedding Gown Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Hair & Makeup
The Artist Groupe
Music Crystal Sound
Transportation Tony’s Team Transport

Cake Stephanie Anne Cakes
Venue & Lighting Elmhurst Golf Course
Decorator & Linens Simply Perfect Decor
Flowers Stonehouse Creative
Bride’s Rings Mokada
Nails Southside Nails
Photographer Kampphotography
Shoes Kate Spade Keds
Stationary Marsala Studio (Etsy)

Dream Wedding 2019

Posted in Decor, Flowers, Men's Formal Wear, Photography, V.I.B. Weddings, Wedding Dresses

Congratulations on your wedding to our 2019 Dream Wedding winners Christie & David!

You all look stunning and we wish you all the best!

A beautiful setting for a wedding at Niakwa Country Club

Check out these gorgeous gowns from Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections

The groom and groomsmen are looking dapper in these suits from Eph Apparel

The decor by Luxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet is something out of a dream

The bouquets from Couture Floral look absolutely picturesque

This cake by Something About Cake looks delicious!

We can’t get enough of the photos by Casey Nolin Photography

2019 Dream Wedding Sponsors

Venue Niakwa Country Club
Photography Casey Nolin Photography
DecorLuxe Linens & Indulgence Candy Buffet
Fireworks Archangel Fireworks
Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections
Month of CoordinationAnn + Co.
Dance Lessons Arthur Murray Dance School
Men’s Formal Eph Apparel
Cake Something About Cake
Music & Lighting Crystal Sound
Stationary Sendsational Cards
Flowers Couture Floral
Flower Girl Dresses Sewrenity Creations


Posted in Engagement Ring, Flowers, Health & Beauty, V.I.B. Weddings, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Trends

Photos: AMC Studio

For a royal wedding, think elegant and opulent details fit for a King and Queen.

A gown from PEARL & BIRCH WEDDING CONSIGNMENTS evokes a timeless, minimal elegance.

Inspired by the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this towering cake by CAKE STUDIO tastes just as good as it looks.

This traditional regal style of stationery created by LILY BLOSSOM PRESS will set the tone for your special day.

A soft, elegant bouquet from FLORAL FIXX DESIGN STUDIO adds traditional and classic charm.

Find the crown jewels for your wedding day at SUTTON SMITHWORKS LTD.

Dress Pearl & Birch Wedding Consignments
Suit Aldo Formal Wear
Cake Studio
Bouquet, Boutonniere, Gold Chairs Floral Fixx Design Studio
Stationery Lily Blossom Press
Jewellery Sutton Smithworks Ltd
Fog Archangel Fireworks Inc
Specialty Drink On Tap Professional Bartending Service
Favours Grysiuk Queen Bee Honey
Makeup NCS Pro Academy
Hair Aura Hair Group


Posted in Flowers, Health & Beauty, V.I.B. Weddings, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Resources, Wedding Trends

Photos: Chantelle Dione Photography
Styling: The Artist Groupe

It was written in the stars that they would fall in love. Take inspiration from the midnight sky with magical lights and moody tones.

The talented hair and makeup team at THE ARTIST GROUPE will give you that extra sparkle on your magical day.

This stunning cake by CAKE STUDIO is out of this world.

Create a long-lasting first impression with customized wedding stationery by SENDSATIONAL CARDS.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Jewellery reimagined by VINTAGE BLING.

This striking bouquet by COUTURE FLORAL creates some drama using deep, rich hues.

Necklace and Earrings
Vintage Bling
Anna Lang Bridal
Cake Studio
Flowers Couture Floral
Sendsational Cards
Madeline’s Weddings & Events
Sutton Smithworks Ltd
Makeup and Hair
The Artist Groupe


Posted in Men's Formal Wear, V.I.B. Weddings, Vendor Spotlight


Aldo Formal Wear (AFW) first opened its doors to the Winnipeg community in 1983. It has been a family run, one-stop-suit-shop, specializing in tuxedo rentals and custom suits for over 30 years. The knowledgeable staff’s ability to connect with a diverse range of customers has made them indispensable in the local wedding market.

AFW’s focus has always been on providing classic looks and allowing individual’s styles to come through in the finishing touches. From Chuck Taylor’s with a custom suit, to giant paisley pocket squares and coordinating socks, they encourage their clients to just be themselves and AFW will take care of the rest.

Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography

A great deal of care is taken to tailor and accommodate each tuxedo rental so that the wearer feels like the suit was made for him. From shirts to shoes, an entire look is provided for that customer’s special occasion. As well, rentals and custom options are available for boys as young as four years old.

Then, there are the custom suits. Custom everything, actually. “The Custom M2M” line, including men’s shirts, suits, tuxedos, jackets and pants was conceived to accommodate the vast range of requests from clients over the years. “The Custom M2M” line includes custom dresses, pantsuits and jackets. “It’s awesome to be able to appeal to both sides,” says co-owner Ken Lozano, who was raised in the shop.

If you come to AFW, be prepared to answer a few questions about your own closet at home. It’s important for them to know what lifestyle they are catering an outfit to, and the personality they are designing for. Fashion is a very personal thing so your tailor needs to get to know a bit more about you than just your measurements.

AFW offers tuxedo and suit rentals at competitive rates and custom tuxedos, suits, shirts, pants, jackets, pantsuits and dresses that are all created step-by-step with the client. From buttons and fabric, to monograms and pocket squares, AFW will create the ultimate custom look for any client.

When it comes to weddings, it’s our goal to help the husband-to-be look and feel like the most important man in the world. And when it comes to the big day, Aldo Formal Wear makes certain he is dressed for the part.

Aldo Formal Wear is located at 310 Notre Dame Avenue. To schedule an appointment, contact the shop at 204.947.3917 or visit


Posted in Photography, V.I.B. Weddings, Vendor Spotlight


Carmen and Mitchell are Winnipeg wedding photographers and videographers who promise the most fun you’ll have in a day. Their photography reflects a wide range of styles because every couple tells a different story. Whatever your mood, they’ll be there to capture the moment.

Photo: Rygiel Photography & Video

Rygiel Photography & Video photographers will be with you throughout the day snapping photos and capturing memories. You will have an incredible range of photos to choose from and a full day of artistic and candid moments.

Their photo shoot coordinator will organize your photo schedule, photography locations, and poses which leaves the photographers completely free to focus on lenses, lighting, drone operation, and camera settings. Their teamwork means more fun, more locations and more great photos.

“We love shooting weddings. It is a time in a couple’s life when they are the most fun-loving and thrill-seeking. We look for adventure and encourage it—this attitude becomes infectious and makes for a memorable wedding day,” explains Mitchell.

Their videographers will be with you throughout the day shooting footage and capturing memories. You will have an incredible range of footage and a full day of cinematic and candid moments on video, including getting ready, ceremony, photography session, and reception.

 “Carmen and Mitch made our wedding so much fun! They have a very cool feature where they show some of their pictures they took during the day on a slideshow during the reception. When we saw those pictures we were absolutely blown away at how beautiful they were,” explains newlyweds Selena and Connor Njygovan. At Rygiel Photography & Video, your personality inspires their innovative ideas. Their spontaneous approach has stopped traffic, raised eyebrows, and landed them in cold water. As fun-loving photographers and videographers, they’re in for whatever puts a smile on your face.

To arrange a personal consultation please call 204.254.6813 or email or visit

Photo: Rygiel Photography & Video


Posted in Men's Formal Wear, V.I.B. Weddings, Vendor Spotlight


Winnipeg’s Eph Apparel produces custom-made suits, tuxedos, blazers, dress pants, dress shirts, topcoats and accessories all made to your exact measurements. Unlike off-the-rack suits, you get to select your favourite fabric from a selection of hundreds and then customize your look from cuff to lapel.

“Weddings today are unique and reflect the individuals’ personality. At Eph, we think that the clothes you wear on your big day should reflect that and should be something you and your groomsmen are excited to buy and wear again afterwards,” explains Andrew Parkes, Co-Founder and Director or Marketing and Operations at Eph Apparel. “Whether you want a traditional black tuxedo, a trendy burgundy suit, or a less formal option like linen pants and a white shirt for a destination wedding, we can make it exactly how you want it.”

Perfect for wedding parties, they offer fun and interactive group fittings where the goal is to make the process engaging, educational and unlike any other traditional shopping experience.

“The group fitting was an incredible experience. The moment we walked in, we felt at home. The Jets game was on the big screen TV, a private weddings corner had been reserved exclusively for our use and the team at Eph made the experience fun and easy unlike something you might experience at a tux rental shop,” explains Paul, who got married September 2016 in an Eph Suit.

On top of the customization, you also get their Flawless Fit Guarantee program which not only ensures that the price you pay when you order covers everything from production to shipping and alterations, but that it is also a risk-free purchase – if you don’t love it, they will remake it for free. Exceptional service, unrivalled style and a price even Winnipeggers love, helped Eph win the titles of “Winnipeg’s Favourite Menswear Retailer” by Metro News and the “58th Fastest Growing Company in Canada” by Canadian Business.

Interested in a completely unique shopping experience? Stop by the Eph store at 190 Smith Street, call 1.888.343.6117 or visit

Photos: Supplied


Posted in V.I.B. Weddings, Vendor Spotlight


Located at 204-99 Osborne Street, HUSH Collection is an affordable dress boutique catered to bridesmaids. The boutique is by appointment only Thursday to Sunday, which allows groups to have the entire store to themselves when choosing their dresses, and open to the public for walk-ins Monday to Wednesday.

Photos: Austin Kylie Photography; Planner: Melanie Parent Events & HUSH Collection

HUSH Collection believes that shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses should be a unique bonding moment between the bride/groom and their ladies. The Bridal Consultants strive to ensure that the appointments are as stress free as possible.

“We take a lot of pride in helping and guiding the bride/groom and their bridesmaids to find the perfect dresses, colours, lengths, and fabrics for the big day. It’s amazing to be part of the planning, and to help mold the wedding vision into reality,” explains Kimberly Wareing, Bridal & Marketing Manager for HUSH Collection.

HUSH Collection carries over 60 styles of dresses, in 380 different colours, and in seven different fabric options. Samples are available in-store for all styles, in sizes ranging from 0 to 16, and select styles up to size 26. This means that you can be 100% confident in the dress style that you are purchasing.

HUSH Collection is dedicated to helping bring every bride’s and groom’s vision to life, and when the special day finally arrives, they love to see photos of the wedding they helped create.

“Kim and staff at HUSH Collection were simply amazing to work with! I felt at ease and confident ordering my girls’ dresses through HUSH Collection! Kim helped me over a couple of appointments to figure out which custom colour to order, which turned out even more perfect than I could ask for! Their walk-in days were a bonus to me as well. Being a bride from out of town and knowing when I could show up with a bridesmaid to pick out a dress or pick up the dresses when they arrived was a big stress relief. Everything about HUSH Collection was perfect and I am thankful they had a part in my big day! Highly recommend to all brides!” says bride, Riley Van Es.

“Superb! Thank you, HUSH Collection, for our beautiful bridesmaids’ dresses. Having a larger bridal party, I wanted the girls to feel confident in their dress style. HUSH Collection gives you this ability by supplying many dress styles and by offering private boutique hours. All this allowed me to bring my girls in smaller groups and allowed me to help each of them choose the right dress for them. There are many colour options to choose from as well which allowed me to pick the shade I envisioned. The dresses came out absolutely gorgeous! If you are looking to pick a unique colour and be able to allow your girls to choose something that suits them personally, HUSH Collection is your go-to boutique!” says bride, Tiffanie Bruneau.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 204.615.8889 or visit

Arthur Murray Dance School

Posted in Vendor Spotlight, Wedding Resources


In 2006 Arthur Murray Dance School arrived in Winnipeg and opened the doors to their dance studio after teaching and dancing for 20 years. They have prepared thousands of couples for their first dance in the last 12 years and have participated in the Wonderful Wedding Show every year since January 2007.

Arthur Murray Dance School is the second oldest franchise in the world. They have been teaching people to dance since 1912 and have mastered the art of teaching dance. 

You can easily obtain dance lessons from any studio in Winnipeg, but if you have taken a lesson at Arthur Murray Dance School you will quickly discover they are a cut above the rest! With their proven method of private, group and practice lessons, their students learn to dance at a faster pace and look great on the dance floor. Arthur Murray Dance School teachers follow a simple mantra: “Our great teachers can turn you into a great dancer!”

Learning to dance and having fun while you learn can be a stress reliever as well as rewarding lifelong activity. Arthur Murray Dance School’s lessons are customized to keep your taste and personality in mind, and whether you are looking for something simple or more elaborate, Arthur Murray Dance School is the right place to get it done.

“We recommend not waiting until the last minute as schedules get busy. Most couples start their lessons 3-6 months before the wedding. Your lessons will get you out of the hustle and bustle of wedding planning so you can enjoy some quality time together. Our students love how they can relax and enjoy each other during their lessons,” says Alicia Cascaval, Professional Dance Instructor and Co-Owner of Arthur Murray Dance School’s Winnipeg location.

All eyes are on you as you take the dance floor, spinning and swaying in perfect harmony. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, your first dance as husband and wife.

Arthur Murray Dance School is located at 1744 St James Street. For more information, call 204-772-7766 or visit

Photo credit: Curtis Moore Photography

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