Five Unique Wedding Venues in Calgary

Five Unique Wedding Venues in Calgary

Choosing a venue is one of the most important, and sometimes stressful part of planning a wedding. A venue will be the starting point for the tone you are trying to set for your day. And It will not only act to set the stage but the venue can often become somewhat of a character itself. But not all venues are created equal. Shortlisting possible locations is only the first step in a long process of research and decision making. Here are a few things to keep in mind when starting your search: 1) Have an idea of numbers of guests: Its a good idea to sit down early on and build a list of possible guests. It will help you save time by not visiting the venues that won’t fit your numbers. 2) Have a general idea of the format that you are thinking about. Lots of couples nowadays opt for a more casual approach to their celebration. So if a traditional sit down dinner feels a bit formal for you, then start by looking at places that can accommodate a standing dinner or lounge style reception. 3) Most venues book out anywhere from 8 months to two years if they are popular. As a rule of thumb starting to look 12 months out is typically safe to still have plenty of options. 4) Be thorough in asking questions of the venue and read the fine print before signing a contract. Venues often have strict policies around what they will allow. For example if you want to bring in your alcohol the venue may charge you corkage. Or...
BOOM Goes Out: Monogram Dinner x Design

BOOM Goes Out: Monogram Dinner x Design

If you’re design nerds like we are, you’ve been watching the news feeds of lucky attendees at DxD events in Vancouver and Toronto for years. Finally, Calgary got her chance to shine last night at ACAD, and shine she did. The Social Concierge (known in Calgary for events like Diner en Blanc and Packwood Grand) presented the first annual DxD with 6 incredible designers. Designers included were: Amanda Hamilton, Nyla Free Designs, Corea Sotropa Designs, Sally Healy Design, Connie Young Design, Alykhan Velji Designs, Uniquities, and ID Bohemia. “Monogram Dinner by Design brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire and delight. These extraordinary dining environments — from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical — set the stage for two days of fun and fascination.”  – Website Those tables tho… @dinnerxdesign @acadexperience #yycliving #socialites #creative #design #inspiring #art @jenntait @terisalazar @lbarbetti #dxdcgy #dinnerxdesign A photo posted by Al Farrell (@naveed7) on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:27pm PDT   The reveal of the intricate and innovative dinner-scapes took place last night with a vibrant cocktail party. Tonight, the celebration will continue with an exclusive dinner. Each table will host 10 guests for a truly special dinner experience. The evening supported ACAD and Contemporary Calgary – two incredibly worthy artistic institutions – but the real winners were the designers. We are a blessed city to be surrounded by this much creative talent.       This evening. Candle-light dinner extreme. #Monogram #DinnerByDesign @ACAD #dinner #dinningtable #AmandaHamilton #interior #candle #design #yyc #acad #instagood #DxDCgy @DinnerxDesign @ahidtweets A photo posted by Vincent...
BOOM Goes Out: Honen’s Hullabaloo2015

BOOM Goes Out: Honen’s Hullabaloo2015

Fish net stockings, blue eye-shadow, military inspired boots, and world-class classical musicians. This is what guests were in for as they walked through the Telus Spark doors and into Honen’s second annual Hullabaloo, inspired by the gritty underground of New York City in 1973. As attendees made their way to the event, one couldn’t help but notice the orange and grey wall of graffiti littered, band-style posters marking the entrance- a sly indication of what the night would hold. As the BOOM team was waiting by the door, a petite blonde hiding behind a pair of over-sized sunglasses sidled up to the line. Wiggling her eyebrows and throwing shady side-eye, she threw open her long black trench coat to reveal an assortment of envelopes with mystery prizes inside pinned to its liner, ranging in value from five dollars to four hundred. After purchasing a few envelopes from the trench coat hustler, I overheard a nearby gentleman comment that, “This isn’t your typical Honen’s crowd, is it?” The sundry mass that spilled through Spark’s main hall would attest to this truth. Through Honen’s themed annual fundraisers, the Calgary based foundation has done a remarkable job of reaching out to, and engaging, a remarkably diverse new group of piano enthusiasts. These fundraisers are fast-becoming known for bringing together wonderful music, the creations of some of Calgary’s finest chef’s and inspiring themes, all motivated by a specific time in the past the impacted music in some extraordinary way. This past weekend, Calgarians explored early seventies New York, with the musical stylings of Jim Bryson, Kellylee Evan, Lee Harvey Osmond and Honens 2014...

BOOM Goes Out: Derek’s 2015 Music Festival Tour

I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to music. I spend a lot of time with it. Between sourcing new music for work, scripting music to create ‘wow’ moments, and just using it as a general soundtrack to my day, I bring music into my life in all kinds of ways. I believe one of the best ways to bring music into my world is by taking in live shows. Nothing quite compares to the energy that is created when people gather around live musicians, which is why I am ecstatic to be headed to my home-away-from-home, New York City, this weekend to kick off the first of my summer music festivals at the Governors Ball. In honour of this fun filled weekend I have made a 2015 Summer Festival Mixtape that includes some of the bands I am most excited to see this summer. You can follow my music fest fun on my Instagram @derekjmacdonald While you are at it, check out the line up for the great music festivals below. Hope to see you out- we will definitely be...
Event In Reivew: GOLF2015

Event In Reivew: GOLF2015

Earlier this week, supporters of modern art brought their clubs to the Elbow Springs Golf Club to play in the second annual GOLF2015, benefiting Contemporary Calgary. Calgarian’s (and beyond) enjoyed a picnic style lunch outside the club before teeing off and making their way through the sprawling, 27 hole course to enjoy a day on the green. Elbow Springs has three main courses: Mountain View, Springs, and Elbow. Each offers stunning, unique views for its players to enjoy; smoky rocky mountains, deep ponds filled with spirited, leaping trout, and crystal creeks rushing past towering evergreens and graceful willows. Throughout the day, golfers breaking for a drink or to check their auction bids from their phones continually commented on the cut-above service of the club’s staff and the overwhelming beauty of the course. Despite a continual light rain, the golfers remained in high spirits. Perhaps it was the knowledge that at various sponsored holes luxury vehicles and cash prizes of up to $20, 000.00 were up for grabs. When one team ‘hit the pin’ where a hole-in-one would have resulted in ownership of a sleek, black Lexus- sitting tantalizingly close by- gasps (and other expletives) could be heard across the course. The day concluded with dinner at the club and a silent and live auction, hosted by Jay Mehr from Shaw Communications. Three incredible travel experiences were up for bidding; a VIP trip to the Barclays PGA Tour, a VIP trip for two to the Grey Cup, and a VIP trip for two to see U2 in New York City. All in all, a little rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm...