17 AprAmazing Transformation

While our name is OPULENCE Wedding Design, we are not limited to only weddings.  We also create many corporate events.  Last summer, we had the absolute pleasure of designing and executing an amazing corporate event for 900 people.

It all started with a call about 2 years before the big day.  Our client explained the original premise – it was a 100th Anniversary.  The concept would be Hollywood Glamour.  The venue, in our backyard, Nottawasaga Resort.

Our mission was to take a massive sports and trade center, and transform it into an opulent gala environment.

Sports and Trade Centre, set up with 3 tennis courts.
Sports and Trade Center, set up with 3 tennis courts.

These are the types of challenges I live for!  How could we make this setting warm, glamorous, and interesting?

This space was not the only one we had to transform.  There would be a red carpet entrance, 2 different cocktail areas – one for VIP’s and one for everyone else, and a “tunnel” to lead guests from the cocktail area to the gala area.

After many conversations and revisions, we settled on 3 different tablescapes for the dinner.  These would all be different but complimentary to the colour palette and sophistication of the event.  Table style #1 would have a rich burgundy table cloth with mocha chair covers and napkins, set with a low, lush garden-style floral centrepiece set in a mercury gold footed bowl surrounded by mercury gold votive candle holders.  Table style #2 would have a gold sequin table cloth with gold napkins and gold chair covers.  The centrepieces for these tables would be a crystal candelabra topped with a full floral arrangement.  Candles on the arms and votives at the base.  Table style #3 would be Gatsby sequin overlay on an Ivory satin underlay, ivory napkins and chair covers.  This centrepiece would have the same crystal candelabra but topped with single orchid blooms at the cup of the candles, the stand wound with garlands of dendrobium orchids.

Selection of Table linens and centrepieces
Selection of Table linens and centerpieces

 

The VIP's were seated in the middle of all the action at a long King's Table
The VIP’s were seated in the middle of all the action at a long King’s Table.

A key element of the glamour came from the lighting, the event lighting design created by Elliot Kravetz and his Audio Visual team from EJ Entertainment.  But, in addition to that, we brought in 24 crystal chandeliers to hang from the truss system rigged by Elliot’s team, above the guest tables.

Event Lighting always help to set the mood.
Event Lighting always help to set the mood.

Those weren’t the only chandeliers lighting up the night.  More were hung to light the path leading the guests from the cocktail area to the dinner gala.  People had to pass through the fitness center, and never even know where they were, thanks to the fabulous draping job done by the team from Eventure Designs, whom we brought in to help out with the large amounts of draping required.

75' Tunnel passing through the fitness center had 5 chandeliers
75′ Tunnel passing through the fitness center had 5 chandeliers

The cocktail areas were kept fairly simple, given the number of people in the smaller rooms.  The VIP room had a white and gold motif, with some club seating accented with large foliage plants and Art Deco style floral arrangements.

Cocktails in the VIP Lounge were comfy in club chairs
Cocktails in the VIP Lounge were comfy in club chairs
VIP Lounge Cocktail tables draped with white sequins and gold runners
VIP Lounge Cocktail tables draped with white sequins and gold runners

The cocktail area for the other guests had a red and gold palette, cruiser tables, and bar draping.  Standing room only for the other 750 guests!

Cocktail Tables dressed with red and gold sequins
Cocktail Tables dressed with red and gold sequins
Bar framed in red velvet in Cocktail Lounge
Bar framed in red velvet in Cocktail Lounge

The red carpet entrance was a show piece to welcome the guests.  It set the tone for the sophisticated, glamorous evening to come.  We placed red carpets, velvet stanchions, and Art Deco style floral arrangements to greet everyone.

Red Carpet Entrance Welcome for the guests
Red Carpet Entrance Welcome for the guests

A few images of behind the scenes will help give you an idea of the work load that went into this event.  Crates of chandeliers had to be trucked up from the city (who knew I could drive a 16′ truck??!!), hundreds of stems of fresh flowers, 900 chair covers, over 100 table linens, 1000 napkins, and sooooo much more!

Crates of Chandeliers waiting to be unwrapped and hung from the trusses
Crates of Chandeliers waiting to be unwrapped and hung from the trusses
Work In Progress
The transformation starts!
Hundreds of Stems
Hundreds of stems of flowers about to be processed, and then arranged into designs

The best part of all?  It all went without a hitch and stayed on the time line!!!  What more could an event pro want?

 

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