Wedding Etiquette – Bride & Groom


Weddings can be a very stressful time and a time where you find yourself considering your own preferences and needs before your guests. Below are a few wedding etiquette tips to help you stay on track while being considerate and generally classy on your big day.

  1. Wedding Timeline – If at all possible, avoid scheduling a morning ceremony followed by an evening reception or 3 plus hours in between, especially if the majority of your guests are from out of town. If you do decide to go with a wedding time line with a 3 plus hour break in between, be sure to have some sort of entertainment set in place for your out of town guest to do will while they wait for the wedding reception to begin.
  2. Keep Your Guests Budgets In Mind When you Register – Sure choosing all the items that you’ve been dreaming of having in your home can be a ton of fun, but take a step back from your dream home and remember to add items of all price ranges. Picking items from a variety of price ranges will insure that every guest will be able to find a gift for you that is within their budget.
  3. Thank You Notes – Send your guests a personal thank you note as promptly as you can, no more than two to three weeks after the gift opening. Also make sure that you add a sentence that states the gift they gave you and how you plan on using it.
  4. Be considerate of older guests – We know that you love your grandparents, so be mindful that they might not be able to walk long distances and this would include from the parking lot to the church or reception.  If there will be a long walking distance put up reserved parking sign on the closest parking stalls. If your guests are going to have to stand for long periods of time make arrangements for them to have marked chairs available for them to use.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Rent Decor Instead of Purchasing it


The decision to purchase your event décor or to rent it can be a toss-up for some. Here are our top 6 reasons why you should rent for all your future events!

  1. Storage. Renting event equipment allows you the freedom to concern yourself with the more important aspects of the event, such as the timeline, rather than trying to source out a storage location to house all the décor items required to make your event a success.
  2. Cleaning.  After a long event the last thing you will want to do is clean up the mess. Renting allows you to keep entertaining your guests without having to fret about cleaning the dishes or laundering the linen. Let your mind rest knowing that we, the rental company, will take care of cleaning the equipment used for your event.
  3. Expert Advice. Our event rental team is full of knowledgeable, event savvy individuals who are able to provide you with décor tips and assist you in the planning process to help create the event of your dreams.
  4. One Stop. With the largest event rental inventory in Western Canada we carry a variety of event décor items; from tents to votive candle holders, we are sure to have what you are looking for to create a spectacular event. There is no need to run around the city to find décor pieces from several different stores when you visit us.
  5. Quality. Our rental products are industry proven which means you will be sure to have the best quality product for your event.
  6. Simplicity. Visit one of our showrooms or our website to view and pick from our selection of event décor products. Choose to either pick up and return your event décor items or have your items scheduled for delivery leaving you free to oversee other aspects of your event.

Sky Lanterns


The releasing of Lanterns has been a popular way to celebrate in Europe and Asia for many years and now the trend has come to North America. Symbolizing good luck and prosperity, sky lanterns commonly known as Chinese lanterns or Wish lanterns are the perfect send off at the end of your wedding day. Together with your guests watch as your dreams take flight!




We are Happy to announce that we are now carrying sky lanterns in our retail store Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre. They are available in white, red, green, yellow, blue and purple these spectacular lanterns can fly up to 20 minutes and are 100% biodegradable

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Diner en Blanc


Edmonton is hosting its first Diner En Blanc on Thursday July 17,2014. This mass “chic picnic” started in Paris 25 years ago and has spread to dozens of cities around the world.

Taking place in a public space, the overall theme of the event is white.  Attendees are required to adhere to a white dress code and bring white chairs and white dinnerware.  The location is also kept a secret until the day of the event adding to the excitement.


In anticipation of Edmonton’s inaugural Diner En Blanc we have compiled inspiration for those attending this grand event.

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Calgary’s Diner en Blanc will take place on September 4, 2014.

To learn more about Diner En Blanc click here.


Caterer Of The Month – BBQ Acres

This month BBQ Acres came by our showroom to serve our staff a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast that was defiantly worth waking up a bit earlier for!


Meet BBQ Acres

Bar-B-Q Acres was created over fifteen years ago and people have been attracted to its family atmosphere and good country cooking ever since. Mr. Ray Wong acquired the company in the year 2000, and since then, things have been going strong. To bring more experience and knowledge to the company, Mr. Rictor Tse was brought into the fold. This launched a new era for the company and our team. No job is too large, too small, too fancy or too economical for us. Not only do we cater to other facilities but we also have a full-scale facility and catering department.

Our experiences range from the Prince of Wales Armory to feeding thousands of hungry trades-people at the ACJV job-site, with thousands of weddings, company and private functions in between, scattered throughout Edmonton and its surrounding areas.

All of us at Bar-B-Q Acres are here to help you in any way possible.
Our goal is to help you have an event to remember!


Our Top Country Themed Wedding Picks

We love that no two country themed weddings are the same and that they can have a classic vintage feeling with soft colours, an assortment of china and a beautiful outdoor space, or they can have a rustic feeling by using old wood barn for the reception and rich textures. With Stampede in full swing in the heart of Calgary we want to take this time to showcase our favourite country themed weddings.


Source: Ruffled Blog


Source: Green Wedding Shoes


Source: Style Me Pretty 


Source: Rustic Wedding Chic


Source: Inspired By This


Source: Rock N’ Roll Bride


Source: Once Wed  


Source: Wedding Chicks 

Author: Ashley Miller

10 Ways To Add Country Flare To Your Wedding

YEEEHAW! It’s almost time for the most anticipated event for cowboys and cowgirls everywhere… The Calgary Stampede. Here at Special Event Rentals we’ve taken some inspiration from the Stampede’s rich history and rodeo roots. What’s more fun than a good ol’ western inspired wedding? Country01 Here are some things we are sure you and your Redneck Romeo can do to add country flare to your big day:

  1. Whiskey Barrels!
    We just love the idea of using two whisky barrels for a dessert table or one for a cake table. Rustic, romantic and oh so western!


  1. Drinking Jars
    Drinking jars are the perfect way to add country flare to your wedding. We love how they look like mason jars, but serve a functional purpose. And better yet, add in some fun paper straws for a little personalized touch!


  1. Burlap & Lace Linens
    Burlap linen is all the rage these days and we are most certainly on the band wagon! What’s not to love about linen that adds texture to a tablescape.  Add in some lace and you have yourself some country flare! Check out our full selection burlap linens and table runners (available in multiple colours)  &  lace overlays and napkins!


  1. Lanterns
    Lanterns are the perfect centerpiece for a western inspired event! Add in warm candle light and just like that you have a statement piece!


  1. Wooden Folding Chairs
    Wooden folding chairs have western written all over them! Although you may not realize it chairs are a huge statement piece and can truly do wonders for your décor! These rich wooden chairs are chic and simple – perfect for any wedding needing some country flare.


  1. Café Lights
    What is more romantic than soft lighting? Café lights add the perfect amount of warmth to indoor and outdoor receptions. String them throughout your venue or amongst the trees and instantly add country flare to your big day!


  1. Favours
    Nothing says thank you like a personalized favour! With so many options and DIY ideas, favours are easily customized to you and your country beau. Sweets of any kind are always a hit because let’s be honest who doesn’t love a sweet treat every now and again?


  1. Burlap Aisle Runners
    Aisle runners are often overlooked when planning a wedding but they can add some serious wow factor to your ceremony! Burlap runners are great for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and better yet, they can add an element of country to your ceremony! Shop online at Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre to order your personalized burlap aisle runner!


  1. Table Numbers
    Table numbers might seem small in the grand scheme of things but they are an easy way to add country flare to your tables! With so many neat ways to incorporate barn wood, lace, and burlap table numbers are small things that can add lots of country flare!


  1. Guest Books, Garters, Ring Pillows, Pens
    Guest books, ring pillows and pens are simple ways in which you can add country flare to your wedding. We recommend checking out Etsy for some of the neatest pieces around!

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July Feature Showcase – Nandi’s Designs


Nandi’s Designs is an Event planning company which offers unique and innovative state of the art wedding and special occasion planning. They provide a wide range of professional event planning services tailor-made to suit the client’s needs and preference.  They strive to provided a client focused, professional, versatile and unique experience; be it in coordinating their important event or mile stone, and/or creating customized invites that will set the tone for the event to come.  Nandi’s Designs serve many kinds of clientele from small to large, private and public organizations and corporations.

Nandi’s Designs was founded by Sifiso Nidza (Nxumalo) in 2005. Named after Sifiso’s daughter, Nandi is a Zulu name which means sweet, (This was the name of the mother of King Shaka of the Zulu Nation) it also alludes to a feeling of Joy and happiness.

“My inspiration comes from my hard-working mother. While in our native country Zimbabwe, my mother took me with her to her events that she coordinated so l could help her. The artistry my mother presented left a lasting impression on my young and wondering mind. I often wondered how someone could create a spectacular event out nothing until I was faced with the challenge of orchestrating my own wedding. My creativity and my urge to produce out of the ordinary designs and décor is influenced by my African heritage and infused with my travel experience on multiple continents. With every event l have planned my quest for new horizons has broadened; the need to satisfy my clients drives my urge to learn more and create more.”

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Calgary Stampede To Do List


If it’s your first time to the Calgary Stampede or if you are a yearly attendee, we have compiled a list of activities to allow you to get the most out of this boot stomping rodeo.Calgary-Stampede01

Parade  - The Calgary Stampede Parade kicks off the rodeo on July 4th and begins at 8:55am on 3rd street and 6th ave SE and finishes up on 4th Street and 9th Ave SE. During the Parade you will see the Rodeo Queen and Princesses, a man riding a rather large bull, an assortment of hoedown floats, marching bands from all over the world and much much more! In order to get a good view be sure to arrive early.Calgary-Stampede

GMC Rangeland Derby – The GMC Rangeland Derby is fast, dangerous and a chuck wagon race that you don’t want to miss! Once the race has completed the TransAlta Grandstand Show begins, be sure to stick around as the show will be use to wow you.

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Rodeo – The best athletes in rodeo gather to compete in ladies barrel racing, bare back bronc, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie down roping, bull riding, novice bareback, novice saddle bronc, and junior steer riding. The rodeo kicks off with the new dare devils in sport from Evolution of Extreme and EPOGO who perform dirt bike stunts and get everyone in the crowd pumped up for the main events. You will also get the opportunity to watch the RCMP Musical Ride. Once the main rodeo events have completed be sure to stick around as it ends with the wild pony race where teams of three rodeo youngsters, between 8 – 12, try to tame and ride a wild pony for two jumps!


Animals & Agriculture – Stop by to learn about agriculture and to watch, horse competitions and to admire the majestic heavy horse show or miniature donkey showcase.


Midway Food & Games – You will want to put your summer diet on hold during the Stampede so that you can feast on crocodile sliders, red velvet mini donuts, scorpion pizza, tequila fries, deep fried sushi and many more tasty and out of the ordinary treats. Once you’ve filled your boots with food take part in a variety of midway games or get ready to scream on the extreme rides such as skyscraper and slingshot! You can view ride pricing by clicking here.


Coca Cola Stage – When you pay admission to Stampede Park you can take in a variety of musical acts on the Coca Cola Stage include bands such as Matthew Good, Tokyo Police Club, Down With Webster, Chad Brownlee, The Trew and Billy Talent. Be sure to visit the Coca Cola Stage schedule to see when you favourite band is performing, you can do so by clicking here.


Nashville North – Take in the best of country music at Nashville North, located inside the Stampede grounds. Bands like Blackjack Billy, Gord Bamford, The Road Hammers, and Aaron Pritchette are just a few of the performances. Nashville North is a bar and therefore you must be 18 years or older to gain admission. To view Nashville North’s full line up and schedule click here.


Pancake Breakfast – One of the great things about Stampede is that there are many free pancake breakfasts happening all around the city! Download the free Calgary Stampede app or the Free Stampede Pancake Breakfast app to view a list and map of all the pancake breakfasts happening in the city!

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Author: Ashley Miller

Canada Day Fireworks – Best Views In Edmonton, Red Deer Calgary, & Banff

Whether you live in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary or Banff we have sourced the best location to view each local Canada Day firework display for you!

Edmonton Canada Day Fireworks


While there are a few firework shows happening in and around the city of Edmonton the best display can be found over the Edmonton River Valley, just North of the Saskatchewan River. The fireworks show begins at 11pm and you watch from one of the below locations.

Viewing Locations:

  • Alberta Legislature Grounds
  • Victoria Park (River Valley Road)
  • Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 St. north)
  • Dantzer’s Hill (below Queen Elizabeth Park)
  • Government House Park (Groat Road & River Valley Road)

Viewing Locations accessible on foot only:

  • River Valley Road
  • Walterdale Hill Road & Queen Elizabeth Park Road
  • 109 St. (between Saskatchewan Drive & the High Level Bridge)

Red Deer Canada Day Fireworks

Red Deer

Celebrate Canada’s birthday at the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society at Bower Pond. There will be a giant red and white cake to feed the crowd along with cultural performances before the fireworks display begins at 11pm. If you will be in Sylvan Lake for the festivities you will want to be at the sylvan Lake Provincial Park by dusk in order to catch their firework show.



Calgary’s fireworks display will begin at 10:45pm on Canada Day and you can view the fireworks show presented by Hudson’s Bay in the sky above the Centre Street Bridge. Head down to one of the below locations for the best view of the spectacular fireworks display.

Viewing Locations:

  • Festival Market (between Eau Claire market and the YMCA)
  • Sien Lok Park
  • Riverfront Avenue
  • Tom Campbell’s Hill Park
  • Nose Hill Park
  • Max Bell Centre
  • Shaganappi Point and 26 St SW
  • Valleyview Park West Ridge at 26 St SE



Take in Banff’s magnificent fireworks show along with a truly breathtaking background at Central Park for the best view. Their fireworks works display will begin at 11pm.

Photos: Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Banff

Author: Ashley Miller