Happy Monday! I am back to work today after a 6 month maternity leave. I am ever so grateful to my wonderful business partner, Whitney, who worked tirelessly on all our weddings, fundraisers and community events so I could enjoy time with my son. This winter/spring was the busiest for Pink Tie (of course!) and I know that Whitney worked to the point of exhaustion during a few of the especially crazy busy weeks. Thank you Whitney for everything you have done over the past half a year I know how strenuous it was. She is a supportive and truly amazing business partner and friend. I am looking forward to a busy wedding season together... which will be our 6th already!
5 years ago today we opened the doors of our shop awaiting brides to rent decor for their big day. That was our plan-rentals only... you know, linens, centerpieces and backdrops. That plan quickly changed when a few days later a bride asked us if we would also set up the backdrop that she was going to rent from us. "Ummm.. yes! of course we can do that" we said. Then a few months later we were approached to decorate a fundraiser gala, then help plan a corporate event. Fast forward five years and not only do we offer decor rentals, but we also rent chairs and cocktail tables, about half of our brides hire us to set up and take down their entire wedding, we have been a part of dozens of charity and fundraiser galas, we were hired by the City of Lethbridge to plan and coordinate the Word On The Street Festival through the Lethbridge Public Library for the second year in a row, and we have taken over the Showcase of Women In Business trade show and grown it into a full day event. WOW. We have overcome many hurdles in these past five years and are learning new things about running a business every single day. One of the best parts though, is working with one of my best friends. Whitney and I have worked well together from day one and we attribute that to the fact that, although we have many things in common, we are also very different in many important ways.
Funny how something can feel so right, so instantly. This something could be anything- new friendship, new job, new pair of shoes... the list is endless but what is constant is how you know it's right, that you made the right decision. No second-guessing yourself, no buyers remorse or wondering if you made the right decision. And no matter what this "something" is, it's such a wonderful feeling; one that might make you want to jump up and down in delight that we met their new friend, that they accepted the job offer, that they found the perfect pair of shoes, or in our case, jump up and down in delight standing in our new downtown office.
We are heading into our fourth summer of our busiest and favorite time of year: wedding season. We always have an extra spring in our step at the beginning of May. The weather is warmer, and it's the kick-off to our busy wedding season. This May however, our steps are even more "springy" than usual, maybe even more than ever. We love going to work! More specifically, we love going to our new office. The actual "work" part, we have always loved, but we now also love the "where" part. The list of what we have learned over the past 3.5 years is endless (and a separate blog in itself) but one of the most important on this list is our decision-making skills. By making a number of incorrect decisions, we have learned the best approach to decision making (again, a separate blog topic). By taking this correct approach, as well as truly understanding what was best for our company, we were able to make our latest and most outstanding decision yet, actually two decisions: 1.our current office was not right for us, and we needed to leave and 2.the office downtown was right for us, and we needed to move in.
Because the location of Pink Tie (and any company) is an important part of our business, we weren't satisfied with one that, when it comes to being right, it was "close-enough". This meant trying out two other locations before finding the right one. Our downtown office is the perfect size with an amazing location and great neighbours.
There is no doubt in our minds that we have made the best decision, we just have that feeling:)
Do you know where Once Upon a Bride is? Probably every single one of you does, right? If you’re a bride, it was probably the first place you visited after getting engaged, if not, when walking or driving by you probably notice all the pretty dresses on display in the windows. Because it is so well known, and in such a great location, we have always had our minds set on being able to say, “Pink Tie... is located downtown, across from Once Upon a Bride” And now we can!!! Though we did just move into our current location 2.5 years ago, it’s never really felt “like home” to us, and we truly believe that our new space is where Pink Tie is meant to be, and where we will stay.
April 7th will be our last day open at our current space, and then we will be closed for a couple weeks to pack and move. Our first day open at our new office, 321 6st S (right above the Drunken Sailor) will be Wednesday April 30th, and going forward we will be open every Wednesday from 9:30-5:30 (instead of the current Mondays) and of course by appointment any other day.
While we are closed please continue to call, email or send us Facebook messages.
Thank you to all the brides we have already spoken to for your support and understanding. We could not be happier about this move, and are so very excited to show all of you our new office at the end of the month.
Your Pink Tie Team,
Whitney and Ashley
October already!? We are so busy throughout the summer months that they usually just fly by so quickly and before we know it, the leaves are turning and the pumpkin-spiced, well everything, are on sale. And although we weren't quite as crazy this summer with weddings, our fall and winter don't seem to be as quiet as usual. We have had the opportunity to work with many businesses booking grand openings, open-houses and of course Christmas parties.
Of course the number of weddings each year are going to vary. But back in March when we were planning our summer schedule we noticed we didn't have nearly as many weddings as the previous summer. Turns out it wasn't just us.. After speaking with others in the industry, we learned others in the industry did not have as many weddings either. After doing some research, we found out that many brides actually postponed their wedding until the year 2014 because they thought it was bad luck starting their marriage in the year 2013.
So we are looking forward to a very busy 2014 wedding season!
On Friday, August 16th Pink Tie sponsored the SASHA Almost Black Tie Fundraiser Gala for the 3rd year in a row. Last year it was at the Black Tomato, and this year the Galt Museum. We find ourselves at the Galt Museum loading dock nearly every Saturday at 10am unloading décor for our bride's wedding ceremony and/or reception... and then again at 12:15am to take everything down. It is a beautiful venue with fantastic staff and an amazing view. So when we learned that SASHA was holding their fundraiser there this year, we were so excited- although Whitney and I have walked through the sliding doors of the museum more times during the summer than most would their entire life, we had never actually had the opportunity to attend a sit down dinner there. And a couple weeks ago we had that opportunity, and it was wonderful. Tessa Dimnik, SASHA's summer student did a fantastic job planning and running the event. We were seated at table #1 (which we soon realized was the absolute best table because we were served dinner first) with some great people; Tymo and Jess from CJOC who were awesome emcees, and Joe and Michelle Perlich who ran the live auction.
The evening was lovely; and we were able to go home not have to worry about the take down at the end of the night-what a nice change!
SASHA House is an incredible organization which helps many people in our community. To learn more, visit www.sashahouse.org.
And if your interested in holding an event at the Galt, visit their website www.galtmuseum.com and to view photos of this event and for ideas of what you can do with this space, visit our Faceboo
Happy Civic Holiday everyone! Yes, apparently that's what the August long is called. I'm a little embarrassed to say I didn't realize that a) the proper name for this holiday is Civic Holiday, and b) it is known by many different names in different provinces, Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan day in SK, British Columbia Day in BC,
Natal Day in Nova Scotia and PEI.
Anyway, I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. Weekends of course don't mean the same as they do to those of you that work Monday-Friday. To us they are the busiest part of our entire week. I'll give you a little insight to this past weekend:
Friday 9am-12pm: set up at the Coast Hotel
Saturday 1am-3am: take down at the Coast
Saturday 7am-10am: set up at Coast
10am-12pm: set up ceremony at Galt Museum
Saturday 3pm-5pm: re-set ceremony to reception at Galt
Sunday 12am-1:30am: take down at Galt
1:30-2:30am: take down at Coast
Sunday 10am-12pm: set up at Galt
We were really excited we didn't have any Monday weddings, to finish at noon Sunday and enjoy 1.5 days off! That doesn't happen too often in the summer. On that note, I think I'll go enjoy my day off now.
When we first opened, we had planned and expected to be not only doing rentals exclusively (not set –ups), but also working on weddings only. But two months after opening our doors we were heading out for our first wedding set-up, and a couple months after that we were supplying décor for a fundraiser. Two and a half years
later and 30% of our events are those other than weddings (fundraisers, corporate events, Christmas Parties, etc) and 40% of our weddings are now set-ups. We have come a long way from renting chair covers from our basements that’s for sure!
And naturally our next step was to venture into the planning side of things. In March 2012 we started with creating and planning (along with Tanya at Kenegdo Salon and Jen at
Imajen Photography) a tradeshow geared toward the bridal shower and stagette, Bridesmaid Bonanza. And last December we took over the dinner and theatre New
West Theatre, and named it “Merry Little Christmas
This summer we (actually) had a couple of slower
weekends, so we booked Moose Hall for August 10th several months ago with no concrete plans except that we were going to throw some sort of party. Then came the divesting flood at the end of June, and we decided a fundraiser for High River was the perfect idea.
We are thrilled to announce the very first event
that Pink Tie has solely created, High River Flood Relief Fundraiser on Saturday August 10th, supporting
the “Adopt a Family” program through Bridges of Love Ministry and the Fund set up through RBC.
We (well Whitney, really) couldn’t not have a theme. It’s
a summer, Hawaiian theme- pina coladas, Hawaiian pizza, Beer Pong tournament and Limbo contest; clearly, it’s going to be an incredibly fun night.
Three amazing companies are also sponsoring this great
cause: Fusion Bartending, HiWay Productions DJ
Services and Two Guys and a Pizza Place
Looking forward to a fantastic party, supporting the victims of the flood, and checking off the first of many “Pink Tie” event.
Welcome to Pink Tie Events' blog and first post! Since our very first event we decorated over 2.5 years ago, we have been very diligent about taking and posting photos of all our events. We have been involved in over 600 events now (roughly half of which we set up) and we have collected over 9000 photos.
As you can imagine, a lot of behind the scenes effort goes into the final result, which you all see in the photos. Actually, “effort” may be somewhat of an understatement. The truth is sometimes the beautifully decorated
wedding/fundraiser/corporate event was the result of a little blood, sweat and tears- literally! Whitney has cut
herself quite badly a number of times on her “Styrofoam cutting knife”; on weekends if you have seen the stairs we have to climb up from our storage area, the enormous and heavy bins we have to carry to and from venues and the hot sun we stand in setting up chairs you’ll understand why we wear runners and doing our hair would be a waste of time; and we have both definitely had to hold back the tears from iron burns, and have the scars to prove it.
Of course with all of that, comes some pretty interesting stories, loads of fun & laughter, and more tears, but different kind of tears then we get from the iron. We love what we do, and have so much fun doing it. So, I think it’s time to share a little bit of these behind-the-scenes situations and give you a little bit of an insight on the goings-on of the “Pink Ladies”.
Blood and tears in the making