I had a client contact me with an interest in putting together an olive oil tasting event. She is in the health and wellness sector, so she wanted to invite a group of her peers to take part in this unique event in order to make new connections and have a little bit of fun. I loved this idea because I just think it is so different from the usual networking events – you know… random food, awkward interaction. This concept gave the group something totally different to do together.
When I became an event planner, I never really considered planning funerals or celebrations of life as something I could do. I don’t have much desire to plan too many sombre affairs, but I am very thankful to have been part of this celebration of life. Rather than a sad affair, it was about remembering the full life that was lived, sharing stories, and connecting with each other. There were, of course, sad moments, but overall I really would say this was a celebration.
The venue certainly helped to make this feel a lot more special. When the client called me ten days from the date of the event, asking for somewhere unique and interesting to hold the ceremony, I was excited to get to work. That afternoon I came up with the idea of holding it on a boat – the Edmonton Queen Riverboat to be exact.