Love and Laughter – A Perfect Blend

August 31, 2015 / no comments

August 1st,  2015,  was Lauren Palmer and Matthew Smith’s  big day. A wedding day loaded with a lot of heart and a lot of laughter.  An ideal combination for wedding photographer, Karen, of Love and Laughter Photography. Clearly, the focus of the day reflected the personalities of this couple. There was light-hearted fun, with lots of banter and goofing around, with touches of traditional, tender- hearted moments as well. At moments like these in the reception, not even Lauren, with her wide smile, could keep a dry eye as meaningful wishes were spoken.




Their ceremony and reception were held at one of RSVP’s top venues, The Ottawa Marriott, famous for their revolving Summit Restaurant, boasting singular views of the city.

Processed with Moldiv

It made perfect sense, then, that the bride and her bridal party prepare at their Marriott room perched high above the city. The photos speak of the importance of family to this young couple. Not just the bridesmaids sat in the room to join in the preparation, but Lauren’s Mom and two tiny nieces sat with Grandma as well.  They watched as Clarisse Make-Up added her glamorous touches to Lauren’s beaming face and Mandy Hair create the most beautiful and intricate up do for her.  While Lauren’s oldest niece, Willa, was given a flower to pin in her short bob.


Simple, but very cute touches in the ceremony was the little flower girl, Willa Palmer, taking her job of scattering pink and purple rose petals down the aisle, very seriously.  Followed by Lauren’s two nephews, Zachary and Jackson, both shy but determined in their mission, delivering the rings to the bride and groom.


Lauren and Matthew added a more serious and personal touch:  blending their wedding colours of plum and white sand in a clear vase, representative of their hearts and lives now intertwined. Vows were exchanged and officiated by Roger and Sheila.



Lauren’s bright bouquet of complimentary colours was designed by RSVP’s partner, Beaudry Flowers.  The less conventional and vibrant mix of zinnias, roses, lisianthus with wax flowers really complimented the bride’s personality as well as her strapless white gown.

08012015-237 08012015-182 08012015-219


I am guessing Lauren’s cheeks hurt the next day from all the wide grins and laughter. However, Matthew also had his own fun with “the boys.” For their photo shoot, the handsome groomsmen sported grey suits, purple ties and….umbrellas!  Both open and closed, this prop switched up the standard group shots. Leaping in the air with “brollies,” open their collective expression in reminiscent of “Bert” or Dick Van Dyke, in Mary Poppins.

08012015-209 08012015-203

The couple’s fun loving antics were again then highlighted later that day.

Lauren, jokingly, brandished the cake knife like a machete and then proceeded to pretend to aim for Matthew’s neck.  Contrary to the staged drama was the elegant cake itself on a chandelier-like cake stand. The one layer white wedding cake provided by J.S. Creations, was decorated with cascading white flowers and a simple purple ribbon at the base.




Wedding Days may have many of the same elements but they are, of course, never the same. Just as Lauren and Matthew, have their unique fit, and so created a day that suited their style, RSVP keeps in mind that your wedding day needs to be as individual as you are.

Processed with Moldiv


Venue: Ceremony –  Ottawa Marriott 

Reception –  Ottawa Marriott Summit Room

DJ: Quality Entertainment 

Photographer: Love and Laughter Photography 

Video: Two Rings Video 

Makeup Artist: Clarisse Cale

Hair: Mandy

Cake: JS Creations 

Wedding Stylists: RSVP Team – Divine and Marina 

Wedding Planners: RSVP Team – Divine and Marina

Goldie & Lyle’s Engagement Shoot

June 24, 2015 / no comments

Congratulations to the newly engaged couple Goldie & Lyle!

Here are their beautiful engagement photos, taken at the Ottawa River – Rideau Canal Locks.


We are so looking forward to planning this delightful couples wedding. It is to take place August 22nd of this summer at Century Event Planning!  

goldie and lyle 2 Goldie and Lyle 3 Goldie and Lyle 11 Goldie and Lyle 14Goldie and Lyle 4Goldie and Lyle 5Goldie and Lyle 7Goldie and Lyle 8Goldie and Lyle 9Goldie and Lyle 12Goldie and Lyle 13Goldie and Lyle 15Goldie and LyleGoldie Lyle 10


Photographer: 3 Stems Photography (


RSVP Events | Ottawa Corporate & Event Planners

c: (613) 219-3552

Monday Moments: JS Creations

May 25, 2015 / no comments

From cookies to cupcakes, Jacqui Stanzel does it all, making her one of RSVP Events favourite cake creators!

With the endless amount of options Jacqui offers, it is no secret she has a deep love for baking and decorating cakes. Since the age of five, Jacqui has had a passion for cake decor and has taken many different courses to perfect her talents. Not only does Jacqui bake all her cakes from scratch, but believes in using only the finest ingredients in everything made at JS Creations.



J S Creations Cake Ottawa

JS Creations offers eight scrumptious cake flavours as well as choice of your own icing and filling flavour. However, it doesn’t stop there; Jacqui makes wildly delicious cookies and has also perfected the art of baking French macaroons. In addition to this, JS Creations caters to customers with food intolerances as well. Therefore, customers do not have to worry about missing out, as Jacqui provides gluten free/dairy free options such as apple, vanilla or chocolate cookies!


When it comes time to cutting the cake, Jacqui seems to never fail at making every RSVP couple overjoyed with their delicious dessert. For this reason, we highly recommend JS Creations as a top choice when simply looking for a treat or your dream cake come true!


For all details go to:


RSVP Events | Ottawa Corporate & Event Planners

c: (613) 219-3552

For more information please contact US 

Why Everyone Is Booking A “Gold” Wedding This Year!

May 21, 2015 / no comments

RSVP Events is excited to announce that our latest addition to Wedding in a Box has been a hit! Our new gold package offers more essentials to make it even easier on the bride and groom.

Why is it worth it!?

Wedding in a box Gold goes beyond the other packages by providing clients with the most exclusive wedding services in Ottawa. The gold package is RSVP Events premium option as it offers our clients a choice of our five finest venue options. In addition, guests will receive an exclusive list of top rated photographers, as well as so much more.

We recommend the gold package to any couple looking to have a larger wedding as it is tailored for wedding parties of 100 +.

Compared to our regular package, the gold also includes:

  • More Bouquets & Boutonnieres (your pick of flowers)
  • 10 floral centerpieces for guest table(2 for head table)
  • Hair and Make-up for four bridesmaids
  • DJ service and equipment for 7 hours
  • A wedding videographer from the ceremony up until the bouquet toss
  • Offers more decor essentials such as premium linens for your specialty table (head table, cake table, gift table) easel, table numbers and more. Making it our most luxurious package yet!

gold 2 gold 3

How does “Wedding in a box Gold” work?

This package is designed to be simple – simply follow these steps:

  1. Explore the expertise of fabulous vendors & their offerings involved in this package at
  2. Book your free wedding consultation with an RSVP event specialist online by emailing
  3. Confirm with your planner that your date is available with your chosen venue; choose your Photographer, Pastry Artist, Décor, Flowers and more.
  4. Relax & Enjoy the wedding planning process

RSVP Events | Ottawa Corporate & Event Planners
c: (613) 219-3552

For more information please contact US 


How to Plan a Grand Opening

May 13, 2013 / one comment

10 Tips on how to plan the perfect grand opening

Ottawa Event planner

Photo credit: Phillipa Maitland

Congratulations on starting your business. Whether the business is small or big, new or rebranded we believe you need to show your target market what you are all about.  This is achieved by planning a Grand Opening Event or a company launch! A well planned grand opening event can help any company get the clients that you are targeting.  Planning a grand opening ceremony is very important for any company and it is advised to seek the help of a professional event planner.  Like planning any event, a grand opening ceremony can be stressful.

1)        Find the perfect location:  Having the event at your company location is always recommended, for example a restaurant owner can throw the event at his restaurant. If you do not have a physical address for your company you can opt to rent a venue. If this is the case, planning ahead should be your priority to ensure the venue is available.

2)        Date and Time: Like any event, the date and time should be considered. Your target market should be considered when choosing  the date. Who are you targeting? When do your target market usually work? What sort of events do they attend? Do they prefer going out in the middle of the week or the weekend? Keep all of this in mind when deciding the perfect time and date for your event.  

3)         Guest List- This is where you should really focus on inviting your target market. Take a look at your business plan, who are you targeting? How can you get them to attend your event? Other people you should consider inviting should be the press, your city mayor, vendors that you have worked with and those that you wish to work with in the future, current employees, current customers, neighboring companies if you have one, any former colleagues you worked with and most importantly friends and Family, they will recommend you.

4)        Invitations– this should be done in a timely manner. We recommend sending out an actual invite. Not too early, as guests may forget and not too late as they might already have other plans. E-invites are also acceptable if you are trying to save. Your invitation should have all the necessary information about your company, who you are, what you offer, date and time of the event, address of the venue, dress code if applicable, and how the guests can RSVP. Don’t forget your Logo; keep your branding consistent in everything you send out. Keep track of all your RSVPs, and make sure to send out Thank you cards or emails thanking everyone that attended.

5)        Food & Beverage– Will you be serving food at the event? This will depend on the type of event you will be throwing, time of day and type of business.  We recommend at least having some food for your guests, a drink and some Champagne to toast to your new business. If your business is related to a restaurant, have some samples from your menu to pass. All food and beverage should be complimentary.

6)        Parking– Make sure the venue you host you event at  has sufficient parking for the number of attendees that you have invited to your event. If you can afford it, get valet parking for your guests. This is a nice added touch.

7)        Ribbon Cutting– This is traditionally done at most grand openings. Speeches are done by the owners of the company and are followed by a ribbon ceremony. The city’s mayor if in attendance should stand next to you. This ceremony should be at least 15 minute long.

8)        Entertainment– Depending on your business and event, entertainment should be hired for your event. Some typical types of entertainment are DJs, a band or a soloist, an MC to work the crowd, a musician or a guest speaker, must be well known; this person can sometimes draw more people to attend the event. If they can MC the event, this will be a bonus.

9)        Door prizes/ Freebies– this is great to have and can be given as a thank you for attending. Don’t forgot to add your business cards. Include something that the guests can use towards your services or a product at a later time. We are building repeat business and you need to find a great way to encourage the clients to return. A good example can be offering a 10% rebate on their next purchase, make sure to include an expiration date and any terms and conditions.

10)     Follow up– Don’t forget to follow up with everyone that attended the event. Getting feedback is a great way to see where you stand in your business. You could have guests fill out a survey for an exchange of a coupon. Collecting email addresses is also vital to starting your contact list.

It takes a lot of time to plan a grand opening. You have one chance to show your future clients what you are about. You want to do it right the first time. If you require any help or assistance on planning your Grand opening, please give us a call for an initial consultation.

Contact us today to plan your next event!

Photo source: Love & Laughter Photography

RSVP Events | Ottawa Corporate Event Planners
c: (613) 883-5745

Wedding Day Coordinator, Why do I need one?

April 29, 2013 / no comments

Wedding Day Coordinator, Why do I need one?

Wedding Coordinator

Wedding season has begun. We know you are running around, trying to get last minute tasks done. You planned everything right up to now, that’s fantastic! You are very creative and have always dreamed of planning your own wedding.  And you want all your plans to come together as envisioned, on your actual wedding day. Your guests are usually unaware of everything going on behind the scenes to make sure everything is running as smoothly as planned.

Who is that person doing the running around? Who is giving direction to all the vendors making sure the right song is been played at the right time, that dinner is ready to go out for  6:30pm, or making sure the microphone is working for the Father of the Groom’s speech? You need someone to manage the day, making sure the caterer, the DJ, the decorators and photographers are all in place. Wait, where is the wedding cake?

So do I need a certified Wedding Coordinator?

You are now thinking a friend or reliable family member can coordinator your wedding. Why not? You are saving money right? That family member or friend was invited by you to enjoy the wedding day. Not to work. You don’t want them leaving at the end of the evening, feeling like they just worked a 12 hour shift, missing out on your first kiss, the cake cutting, group photos and much more. Sure they will say yes to help you. What friend would say no?

My venue has a coordinator?

Unless you have paid your venue coordinator extra to make sure they are coordinating your wedding day, they are most likely not going to do this. We mentioned earlier, this is a 12 hour or more job, (since we have to meet you up to a month before to ensure all contracts are revised and in place). The venue coordinator is there to ensure the venue is delivering what they promised. Which is the food and beverage, the setup of the venue (based on the floor plan you provide) and in most cases scheduling staff. They are not there to call the cake person, or the DJ to make sure they are coming to set up on time. Before assuming that the venue coordinator will coordinate your wedding plans, make sure you ask them before signing the contract. The venue coordinator and a wedding planner work together to ensure your wedding runs smoothly!

Does the wedding coordinator need to be professional or certified?

A professional and certified wedding planner is a trained person that has the background in wedding planning. They have either gone to school for this or have years of experience. They are well trained to take action in various situations that may occur, should anything happen. This makes them trustworthy to plan the one big day of your life. They are a neutral person at the wedding and do not need to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings if something does go wrong.

RSVP Events is certified through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and ABC.

Are you still asking whether you should hire a wedding planner?  

The answer is yes! If you can’t hire a wedding planner for the full planning, at least get someone professional for the wedding day Coordination. This will give you peace of mind and you will look cool!  You hired a wedding planner after all.

Contact us today for more information about our services.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Source: Society Bride