#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

If there was one word to describe what Alison Dumenko (formerly Alison Rannelli) wanted her wedding to look like, it was “Sparkle”. This bride is a long time-Boom friend (and an event-industry native) and so her affection for all things bling was well-known to us. Her then-fiance, Mike Dumenko, preferred earthy colours and woodsy textures (though most of all, he seemed to prefer a happy Alison). Our goal became the seamless merge of these two themes, so as to honour both sides of this couples’ vision: sparkle meets cedar, bling meets backwoods. Our inspiration was the couple themselves- if they could bring these two worlds together with such harmony, we reasoned, so could we.   *All photos by Alan Maudie Photography   The wedding venue clearly met the groom’s wishes- Silvertip Resort is a gorgeous, spacious retreat, nestled in the Rockies, overlooking Canmore. With its soaring wood ceilings, stone fireplace, and warm, comforting colour scheme, we had the perfect backdrop to create an upscale, naturally inspired wedding. To bring in Alison’s vision, Designing on the Edge created a mesmerizing decor plan. Wood textured centrepieces dripped with crystals, set on rose and silver hued tables; metallic lanterns glowed warmly along runners; and clean, white florals stood elegantly against heavily textured, sparkling linens. To keep guests warm and dry in case of inclement weather, we decided to host the ceremony and reception inside, in the Pavillion Room. This meant a space-flip part way through the day, which would take place while guests enjoyed cocktails and breath-taking vistas of the resort. Through a flurry of hard work and creativity, the transformation of the...
#EventInReview: The Wyne & Godfrey Wedding

#EventInReview: The Wyne & Godfrey Wedding

When Jillian Wyne came into the Boom office to talk about her ideas for her August wedding, we knew immediately that planning her wedding day would be almost as much fun for us as we planned to make it for her. Upon meeting her then-fiance, Sean Godfrey, our suspicions were confirmed; this couple embodies everything we love about wedding planning: humour, heart, and a deep commitment to keeping one another at the centre of their lives, and their big day.     Moody skies played backdrop throughout the day, making the ceremony’s soft greens, creams, and mixed wood accents feel warm, comforting, and cozy- just what you want on a rainy day. Family and friends were greeted by a neat line of valets, all equipped with umbrellas, quickly guiding them from their vehicles into Uniquities, the enchanting antique and salvage shop within the larger Foundry building that would play host to the ceremony. As the couple said their “I do’s” under the soaring warehouse ceilings, guests were flanked by antique English putti planters, 19th century French bronze statues, and dozens of Italian pots and vases, all adding to the unique charm of the space.     To bring up the energy for the reception, our design partners, One West Events and Designing on the Edge transformed the wedding from the ceremony’s soft and vaguely Grecian feel to a bespoke jazz aesthetic. Thick, velvet red drape encapsulated the bar lounge, blue and purple lighting washed the grey brick walls, and a dozen glittering chandeliers lit the dancers below. For those who wanted a bit of a quiet reprieve, there was even...
Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Last night, 500 guests gathered at ACAD to celebrate design and the designers whose chops are putting Calgary on the map. Dinner x Design came to town this week, giving 9 designers/agencies the chance to create unique table-scapes that demonstrate their creativity and personality. The event concludes this evening with a special dining event that invites guests to enjoy the tables and a meal with the people who created it. Funds raised will support Contemporary Calgary and ACAD. Bravo #Calgary – the work in this room is outstanding. These are just a few peaks, more tomorrow! #dxdyyc #dxdcgy #dinnerxdesign #yyc #yycdesign #yycevents A video posted by Boom Goes The Drum (@boomgoesthedrum) on Jun 2, 2016 at 9:58pm PDT Present at the event were: Alykhan Velji Design ID Bohemia WW Design Studio Sarah Ward Interiors e=mc2 events LeAnne Bunnell Interioros Nyla Free Designs Corea Satropa Designs Amanda Hamilton Design Rochelle Cote Design There were also drinks and treats throughout the event, and lots of fashionable friends! A warm room filled with eye candy.  Spoke with one designer who said that they approached this event with complete freedom creatively. She said she took the opportunity to create something just for them – no clients or briefs or restrictions. We loved that. How rare is it to be given a stage to express whatever story it is you want to tell to room full of people who want to listen. Bravo!  Tonight, Boom’s Derek Macdonald will join Amanda Hamilton (Amanda Hamilton Design) at her table – a modern, Calgary-centric souk – to take part in a discussion the love affair between art, design,...
Five Things You Will Forget on Your Wedding Day

Five Things You Will Forget on Your Wedding Day

There is something counter-intuitive about being a bride on her wedding day: it’s a day continually referred to as one of the most important days of her life and words like ‘magical’ get thrown around very frequently, and yet, for most brides it is one of the busiest organizational challenges they’ll ever be faced with. With all the vendors to manage and personal milestones to achieve, it’s easy for a few things to fall through the cracks. We love weddings, because taking care of those details is our jam. But with a little pre-planning, it’s totally possible to conquer that mega-day with serenity and enjoy the moments. Here are five things that many brides forget on their wedding day:   1. Please eat something And not just at the reception. Please remember to eat throughout the day, even if that means little snacks throughout if you have a nervous stomach, and especially if champagne will be involved. If you’re nervous and avoiding food, it can be easy to forget that the people around you need to eat as well – wedding parties, vendors, people taking care of set-up, etc. In advance, think about how you can take care of the friends and family helping to set up your wedding  We also suggest appointing a bridesmaid or friend to make sure you take some time to eat throughout the day as well. It will make a huge difference later in the day/evening when you’ll want to have full energy. 2. Bring cash   Without fail, someone will need to run out to problem solve on the big day. For example: to...
How to do Bridal Expo like a Wedding Planner

How to do Bridal Expo like a Wedding Planner

Every September the Calgary Bridal Expo provides an opportunity for Brides-to-be to take in all the best that the wedding industry has to offer. Over 150 of Alberta’s leading wedding industry professionals descend on the BMO center for one afternoon. This is like a dream scenario for anyone that has just undertaken the task of planning a wedding. Having all that the province has to offer under one roof is a great opportunity to not only see what is out there but also it’s a chance to meet the people who will be responsible for helping you make your dream wedding a reality. I like to think of it as speed dating your suppliers. There are a couple of ways to do the show. The first being to simply take it all in and feel inspired by immersing yourself in all the beautiful possibilities. But if you are Type-A, like me, you probably have a very specific list of what you need to accomplish in those few short hours (and believe me, you can get A LOT accomplished). So it is to you, the task oriented go-get-‘em types like me, that I present my tips on how to do Bridal Expo like a wedding planner: Game plan Having a game plan makes all the difference. I like to call it planning to plan. I suggest determining your objectives for the day, ie., Getting options for invites, taste the dessert samples to narrow down your choices or even meet the planners the you have been snooping on the internet. Whatever your list is, come prepared to knock things off of...
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...