Ask the Event Décor Expert - Joanne Ebel

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

November 2020


You don’t need every mixer under the sun, or every type of booze known to man. Here’s what you want to make sure you have:

When picking alcohol to stock your bar, know your crowd. If your family is definitely going to want to hit the tequila, make sure you have tequila, plenty of limes, and salt on hand. Do you have a serious crowd of whiskey drinkers? Great, make sure to have more of that.

Beer: It’s nice to select at least two types of beer (one dark or strong, one light) to provide options. Considering a keg verses bottles. Bottles can be more expensive. However, kegs require a tap system (either a pony keg or tap), which you’ll need to rent from the liquor store where you bought the keg. Also, keg leftovers are much harder to deal with and don’t keep for more than a day or two.

Wine: You’ll need at least one red wine and one white, but you don’t need more than one varietal (or blend) of each.

Out of 250 guests, 150 will drink hard liquor for a total of 1200 ounces & approximately 100 guests will drink beer for a total of 80 beer.

Liquor: Average 8 shots per person = 1 – 40 ounce bottle will serve 5 people.

Mix: 1 x 2 litre pop serves 8 drinks – 1 – 40 ounce bottle required 5 pops for mix.

Beer: Average 8 beer per person, so out of a case of 24 – 3 people will be served.

Wine: 5 glasses in a 750 ml .

Bartending is more than serving drinks, it’s responsibility.

August 2020


The rate for “Limousine Service” Limousine service is based on several factors, which include knowing the number of people you want to transport, also the amount of hours you require us for, also where you’re going and how many stops we would be making. The more details you can provide us, the more accurate we can be in giving you a price.

If you say you are requiring the limousine for all day, does that mean from 8 am until midnight? Or is it from Noon till 6? Are we coming back after 11 pm to shuttle your guests or to take you to the hotel room? If we take you to the reception at 6pm and you have us coming back at 11pm to drive your guests, you won’t get charged from 6pm till 11 pm, if this is an in town venue. Out of town trips may include travel time and for out of province we do require to get a permit.

A typical wedding for a limousine company would include picking up the groom and groomsmen and taking them to the ceremony. Then returning to get the bride and bridesmaids and taking them to the ceremony. The driver would wait, getting the ice bucket filled and champagne chilling while you’re saying your vows. When you come outside, your limousine is waiting to whisk you off for pictures and then to your reception.

We can also arrange a shuttle service for your guests to the ceremony and reception venues as well at the end of the evening for a safe ride home. We can set up an intimate ride for the bride & groom to their hotel, a perfect ending to a perfect day.

July 2020


Before buying, ask yourself: How many of each do I need; Will I be able to sell it afterwards; Can I used it in our home or give it as a gift? Also how much is my time worth? Calculate the hours you spend looking and picking up items and then the time it takes to sell them

1. Anything in bulk: RENT

There is going to be a ton of things that you need A LOT of – mostly pertaining to your reception table settings.

Tablecloths, napkins, table runners, sashes, plates, silverware, glasses, etc. Linens are expensive, and are a pain to clean, fold, press, and store. Rented linens come pressed and ready to use. After the wedding, they go back, with no cleanup or storage required.

Vases/ Candle Holders: what are you going to do with the 30 vases & 200 candle holders!? If you rent, you don’t have to worry about clean up and storing them.

2. Anything you can use afterwards: BUY

There may be some items that you may want in your home after the wedding. Perhaps you may want a unique cake stand or some cool candles, or any one-of a kind items, or small groups of items.

3. Unique/statement pieces: IT DEPENDS

If you want a major statement piece, you may be able to rent it or buy it. There are some really unique items you can rent! You may want to buy something that is custom, but will make a statement, like a menu board, or mismatched antique frames.

IN THE END, think what is the easiest and most affordable. Do you want to spend months after your wedding surrounded by wine glasses you’re trying to resell? You also want to make sure you have some keepsakes from your big day that will last a lifetime!

May 2020

Need to Postpone (or Cancel) Your Wedding? With all the changes happening because of COVID-19, so many couples are wondering what to do. It has been recommended that all weddings be postponed for the next eight weeks. This news leaves couples who have a wedding scheduled during that time with a lot of questions about the next steps to take What to know if you’re Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic Check your insurance, lead with your heart—and postpone, postpone, postpone! At the end of the day, all involved parties (your loved ones, your wedding vendors, our editors) want to see you say “I do” whether it be in two months or 12 months from now. So, as you plan, try keeping an eye on the end goal, trying not to meddle in the drama of it all. It’s probably best to keep your postponement challenges professional between your vendors and family—social media is not always the best place to go in a time like this. Use the energy you have to remain calm and relax and to problem-solve. Basically, use your energy wisely. And when the big day comes, “Celebrate that you’re still having your celebration, and everyone has moved mountains to make it happen!” Stay Safe everyone!

March 2020

In Life……

It’s not what you do that’s important……

It’s how you get there!

If you think limousine hire is only for movie stars… Think again. What could be more fun than arriving at your high school formal in a stretch limousine?

Or what better way to truly impress someone special than by collecting them for dinner!

If you want that clients lunch to run smoothly and on time, why not have them driven in Style by a professional Chauffer.

Of course… Your wedding day needs that mark of distinction. And your day will run like clockwork with Ebel’s Limousines in charge. Be at ease throughout the day, Let Ebel’s Limousines take those worries away!

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