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Vancity Vendor: Umbrella Events

November 14th, 2014 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Umbrella Events

Umbrella Events - photo by Luminessence Photography Event planner Cristie Rosling found her love for weddings thru planning events at her previous employment. She worked at a restaurant and coordinated clients’ events there. She loved this experience so much that she decided to explore it even further so she completed the Diploma program in Wedding Planning and Management at VCC. She considered working for another event planner but decided it would be better for her to do her own thing; thus, Umbrella Events was created. It’s been four years since then and she’s still as hooked now as when she did her first wedding.

Umbrella Events‘ Day of Coordination rates start at $900, Partial Planning starts at $1,600 and Full Service Planning starts at $3,000. It’s best to contact Cristie for a custom quote as all weddings are very different and pricing may vary depending on specific services required, size, and location. She has a few decor items available for rent such as suitcases, birdcages, lanterns, mailboxes, etc. To find out more about Cristie and her company, visit her social media links below:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Umbrella Events - photo by Wonderlust Photography

A Few Words With Cristie…

Umbrella Events - photo by Kiss My Flash Photography How do you accommodate brides with lower budgets?
“The rates for my services are very reasonable to start with.  I also keep up to date with my preferred vendors pricing, so that I am able to refer clients to vendors that I know will fit in their budget.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I really like to promote a couple’s individuality in their wedding and I thrive on unconventional ideas.  I think this sets me apart the most because everything goes with me. I don’t like the question, “What do people usually do?” I just don’t think that matters.  If it makes sense for you, then let’s go for it.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“There are so many things I love about being a wedding planner!  This job combines creativity with organization and I am extremely fitted for both. I love that every couple is unique, and therefore every wedding is different. There is never a dull moment. Working with the vendors in this industry is also a huge bonus.  I have had the pleasure of working with some really amazing and talented people.”

Umbrella Events - photo by Melissa Montgomery Photography

Umbrella Events - photo by Wonderlust Photography Where do you draw inspiration from when styling? Is there a particular style you execute well?
“I draw inspiration from everywhere.  I find it very easy to draw inspiration from my client’s inspiration.  I can take any theme or colour pallet and run with it.  There is definitely not one style that I execute well, I execute any style well!  I love doing different things.”

How do you handle unforeseen problems on the wedding day? Can you give an example of a problem that you solved on the spot?
“I come prepared with an emergency kit full of everything.  It has come in handy to solve little hiccups, like the mother of the bride needing a safety pin to fix her dress.”

Some people think wedding planning and coordination is an unnecessary expense, what are your thoughts on that?
“There is so much happening on a wedding day- time restrictions for set up and take down that need to be met, vendors to coordinate, a timeline to get through… and then of course there are all the other things the couple needs to do that day- hair and makeup, photos, spending time with their guests. It’s not possible to be in two places at once, and a wedding only lasts so many hours. Couple’s should be making the most of it by spending that time with their family, friends and each other.  Hiring a professional insures that someone is there to take the stress of running the wedding, off the couple’s shoulders.”

Umbrella Events - photo by Melissa Montgomery Photography

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“I enjoy decorating different venues and I don’t really have a favorite, but I love venues with a nice outdoor space.  An area surrounded by beautiful greenery and flowers with some fairy lights twinkling in the trees… The romantic feel of that will never get old to me.”

Umbrella Events - photo by Luminessence Photography

If you had to plan a wedding in 3 months, how would you tackle that? Any advice for brides in that situation?
“I would start with booking the venue and sending out invitations.  I would then hire my photographers. Photography is personally my most important thing for a wedding, but for others its decor, music, etc.  Start with whatever is most important to you. Hiring a wedding planner will save you a ton of time because they already know the best venues and vendors.”

Umbrella Events - photo by Kiss My Flash Photography

What is the easiest way to transform a room? Like if a bride can only afford to splurge on one major décor expense, what would it be and why?
“Flowers can really transform a room. They can communicate the style of a wedding and add some colour.”

Umbrella Events - photo by Melissa Montgomery Photography

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“A wedding passes by so quickly, so you should enjoy every single moment during that day.  Hire a wedding planner so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.”

Umbrella Events - photo by Orance Memories

To contact Cristie, visit her website

All photos provided by Umbrella Events

Photographer Credits: Carla Elaine Photography (feature photo), Luminessence Photography, Melissa Montgomery Photography (Vancity Vendor), Orange MemoriesWonderlust Photography, Kiss My Flash Photography

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