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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - with WoW at our Annual Christmas Party!
Posted By Victoria WoW December 13th, 2014
What a celebration this Christmas, as WoW Members and their dates converged on a beautifully decked-out Sandman Hotel Victoria to paint the town red, and green, and sparkly too. With tunes from DJ Record C and wow-worthy decor from Party Mood, our WoW Holiday Party was the place to be, and we left inspired and excited for a great holiday season and an even greater coming year.
As Victoria's leading wedding industry professionals, we trade in good parties. So you better believe we know how to party ourselves! Our hosts treated us to bubbly Prosecco on arrival, and the fun didn't stop all evening. In fact, many members continued the party at the Shark Club Bar and Grill afterwards, where they enjoyed 15% off food and drink specials.
'Tis the season of giving, and WoW was certainly in the spirit – all Members who joined us received a special gift bundle, featuring 1 FREE Showcase Sponsorship, including 1 Business Feature in the WoW Factor and Blog during the month of Sponsorship, plus 8 Months of FREE advertising on our WoW Website, and a Member Spotlight in the WoW Factor. Our goal is to support our members in their business goals, and we know this package will be a great start for the new year. And as a reminder to our guests – you have to claim this gift by January 31, 2015 - email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll tell you how!
WoW Member Britney King of Elise Tonn Designs shared this fun pic on her Facebook page – we wonder if they got the 'naughty' and 'nice' bits right! WoW Members Four Frames Photobooth were gracious enough to lend us some of their props to grow our super-silly collection of photos by the end of the night! Here's some of our faves.
DJ Record C kept us moving and grooving all night long. His music hit just the right note, keeping us happy and smiling throughout the event. We loved his 'Shake Your Booty' game – everyone who danced to 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' went home with a CD. Trust us – there were very few non-dancers the whole night! We know DJ Record C has DJ'ed everything from clubs, weddings to corporate events, birthdays to fundraisers, youth events and even a couple curling parties, and we know why - he perfectly captured, and then enhanced, the mood of the evening, and we're so grateful he did!
With the amazing caterers and bakers in our WoW directory, we're used to being treated at our monthly events, and our Christmas party was no exception! Dapper and friendly waiters from the Shark Club Bar and Grill kept us munching on delicious food all evening, and gave us beautiful cupcakes, too. They were almost too cute to eat!
Thanks to Joe the Bartender Ltd. & Connoisseur Catering for capturing this shot of our scrumptious cupcakes. They shared it on their Instagram page – make sure to follow them, and don't forget - #victoriawow is a great way to follow us online!
If you're looking to continue the culinary adventure this holiday season, look no further than our blog. Thanks to our catering members, we compiled a list of must-have recipes and food and drink pairings for the holidays – don't miss it!
And the evening wouldn't have been the same without the loving touch of Anne Pollock from Party Mood. She went all out, so that we could go all out. Her decorations, as you can see, were absolutely stunning, and really set the tone for a fun night.
Party Mood also provides event hosting, so Anne also led some really fun games, providing great prizes, too. Anita Voorsluys from the Willowstream Spa won the 'Most Interesting Thing Game,' and she also had a fun time documenting the Reindeer Game. See this picture she shared on Twitter and see if you can figure out how to play yourself! Nicole Forbes from Joe the Bartender Ltd. & Connoisseur Catering won First Place, going home with a $25 Starbucks card.
Our favourite game by far was 'Fondest Memory,' where we all had to anonymously share our favourite WoW Memories from the year, and then guess who wrote what. We recorded some of these fondest memories and will try to type them out without blushing – we're so thrilled by all the lovely feedback!
Fondest WoW Memories
“Great workshops at every event. Great Connections. The best memory for 2014 was the carousel at Butchart Gardens”
“When we found out we were members! Also co-hosting this event, and meeting everyone and connecting with people”
“I loved hosting the WoW November meeting. So much fun to share the history of our beautiful castle on the coast with everyone and to showcase one of our most unique suites.”
“All of it, being associated with all these beautiful women! Fantastic Organization."
“Wandering the gorgeous gardens at HCP”
“Meeting such a lovely and welcoming group of people”
“Meeting creative photographers”
“Visiting Hatley Castle for the first time since my own wedding”
“The incredibly persistent seagull who invited himself to the WoW meeting at the Empress. Also, Anne’s amazing cupcake tree! You guys are awesome!”
“The History Presentation by the Lady Mandy Dray at the Empress. Interesting, informative and amusing”
“Wine Tasting at Devine Vineyards”
“Balloon Antlers hahahaha and meeting everyone in the industry”
“Meeting another DJ and feeling a sense of collaboration and not competition. Then working with that DJ Company on a joint project.”
“Meeting New Vendors!”
“The relationship with fellow WoW Members. Seeing one another and celebrating each other's accomplishments!”
Of course, no WoW Event is ever complete without lots of freebies and giveaways! Lucky Valerie Westra from At First Sight Home Staging Solutions won the grand prize – a romantic gift basket filled with Prosecco and champagne glasses, $100 in gift cards to the Shark Club Bar and Grill, and a complimentary one night stay in a King Suite at the Sandman Hotel Victoria . And we all loved going home with holiday CD’s from DJ Record C, short bread cookies compliments of the Sandman Hotel Victoria, and Party's Mood sweet candy cookies – yum!
A BIG thanks to WoW Member Nina Lily-Ann Sinclair from Lilly Ann Photography, who stepped in to take all these wonderful photos. If anyone can convey the joy and festivities of this night, she does.
Thank you again to our showcase sponsors: The Sandman Hotel Victoria, Party Mood and DJ Record C truly, truly, truly gave us a wonderful night. And we sincerely thank all the lovely Wowies who came to join us – it was truly an honor to celebrate with such a great group of people!
This party was extra special for WoW. We're coming up on our 2 year anniversary. To get together with our friends and colleagues to celebrate everything we have accomplished together was inspiring, and it has motivated us to make our 3rd year even better. To that end, we have a new WoW Discount Card coming up for 2015 (our first participating company is Staples Copy Centre- stay tuned for more details!), and we've completely revamped our Membership options.
So Happy Holidays from Victoria Women of Weddings! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter – we love sharing what our Members are up to, especially now that we're all busy with fun holiday activities. And may we suggest an upcoming New Year's Party at the Shark Pub Bar & Grill? If it's half as enjoyable as ours was, you're in for a treat!