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Simply Elegant found a new home for its events in Calgary - Skyline.

Calgary Wedding Decorations & Event Decor

Simply Elegant is proud to offer Calgary decoration services as a stand-alone service or as a part of your complete event needs. We have a professional decor artist on staff who can talk to you about various decoration-specific projects for your event in Calgary.

Skyline

Skyline is a stunning new venue with a spectacular view of Calgary. Owned and operated by Simply Elegant, it’s the ideal location for weddings, private parties corporate events. Discover what Skyline has to offer.

Our Event Decor Services

Wedding Décor

Wedding Décor

With so many aspects of a wedding to coordinate, it’s easy for some details to get missed. Having a decor styling that suits your personality can take your wedding to the next level of sophistication and elegance. Contact Simply Elegant today!

Corporate Décor

Corporate Décor

Simply Elegant has in-depth experience with creating decorative spaces suited for every business need and size of event – whether the space will be used for a conference, team building, awards ceremony, or a celebration. Call us today to discuss your corporate décor needs.

Event Décor

Event Décor

The team at Simply Elegant prides itself on being able to gather information from clients in advance to create a look that represents their style. With our event decor services, Simply Elegant can transform any room to suit your needs.

Décor Gallery

View our gallery of past event décor projects. Pick and choose one you like or we can come up with a concept uniquely designed especially for your event.

From the Blog

Christmas 2018 Décor Trends

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Penny Pinching Party Planning for Kids

Ever wonder how you can create a great party that is fun and safe for your children for less than $60 including gas? Considerations for age appropriate parties Invite a maximum of children to match the age of the child. An easy guideline is to invite only as many...

Halloween Event Decorations Ideas

Halloween – it’s not just for kids anymore! Scary or not, it’s that time of year when the ghosts, goblins, super-heros, and all sorts of other characters arrive on your doorstep to party or beg for candy. It’s Halloween! This year it will be bigger than ever. It's...

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have wedding décor packages?

Our décor is as individual and unique as our couples in their selection on their venue choice, theme and colour scheme. Our design studio showroom gives you the chance to view a variety of looks so that you decide on where you want to invest your décor dollars.

How can I save money on wedding decorations?

You can do parts of the wedding yourself. Simply Elegant provides rentals of linens, chair covers, centrepieces, backdrops, etc. You can do all of the installation and take down yourself or hire our experienced decorators do it all or just the take down. Did you know Simply Elegant offers Reward Air Miles? You can gain Air Miles Reward Miles with everything you purchase from us!

Are wedding decor contracts necessary?

Contracts protect you and your décor providers. Read all of the fine print in every vendor contract as it is a legal document you are agreeing to for specific services they are providing plus a payment schedule. Ensure that your rentals are not taken or damaged by guests as you are responsible for their safe keeping.

Can I provide some of the décor at my wedding?

Some clients want to use vases, ceremony gates and archways, antique prams, etc. in their ceremony. Bring in your specialty décor pieces to our design studio prior to your wedding and our staff will include the décor in the whole look.

Do I need decorators?

You can rent all of your event décor as a DIY. Or our professional event decorators can make your job easier and stress free in shipping, setting up and décor take down.

How much will my corporate décor cost?

Your investment in decorations depends on your number of tables and chairs needed to be decorated, your design taste, and the costs of labour and shipping. It is best to start with a realistic budget and then our designers can create a story board visual with and initial financial assessment breakdown based on what works best for you.

How much will my event décor cost?

Your investment in decorations depends on the number of tables and chairs needed to be decorated, your design taste with labour and shipping. It is best to start with a realistic budget and then our designers can create a story board visual with and initial financial assessment breakdown based on your stated budget.

Do I need decorators?

You can rent all of your décor as a DIY. Or let our professional decorators make your job easier and stress free by shipping, setting up and take down of the décor for your event.

Can I provide some of the décor?

Some clients want to use vases, ceremony gates and archways, antique prams, etc. in their ceremony. Bring in your specialty décor pieces to our design studio prior to your wedding and our staff will include the décor in the whole look.

Do you have a specific question?

Don’t hesitate to ask. Our staff are happy to help you right away. And don’t forget that our crew at Simply Elegant Catering can cater your beautifully decorated event in Calgary.

Client Endorsements

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

On behalf of my wife and myself we wanted to thank you for the catering at Aaron and Kallie’s wedding. We received many compliments about the dinner and all the guests thoroughly enjoyed it. When we walked in the hall, the transformation that your team did in preparing the tables was amazing. You made the hall look great. We appreciate your professionalism and accomodating the last minute uninvited guest. As parents you want nothing but the best for your children, and we felt that they got it on their day. Thank you again.

Donald and Mary Beaton

I thought the room looked absolutely beautiful. Our solid gold 50th gala was shining in gold from the table cloths to wonderful lit ice centerpieces celebrating our 50th anniversary. Your attention to detail was superb and you certainly helped us to work within our budget. I especially loved the pride you took in your work. I would not hesitate to use your creative touch and services again in the future. Thanks very much for a job well done!

Karen Bossin, Shoppers Drug Mart

Fantastic! Thank you Sharon so much for all your team’s efforts to make our event fabulous! Everyone really enjoyed it and loved how it came together, even Rob was speechless! We chose Simply Elegant to provide decor for our corporate Christmas Party in December 2012 at Mercato Restaurant, and cannot say enough about how they transformed the venue. From just the initial phone call, Sharon immediately grasped the feel we wanted for the event, and provided an endless array of ideas to create the look. Sharon and her team executed every last detail as discussed, and finalized the look on time and within budget. They made our party elegant, classy, and inviting. All of our guests raved about the decor. For anyone, personal or corporate, looking for a great team to assist with their event planning, I would highly recommend Simply Elegant be the company you call for all of your event planning needs.

Karen Bossin, Shoppers Drug Mart

Sharon and her team were a pleasure to work with! They worked hard to achieve a look that our client would be happy with, and the end result was a great success. We will definitely contact Simply Elegant for future events.

Shawna Creen, CMP with aNd logistix inc.

I thought the room looked absolutely beautiful. Our solid gold 50th gala was shining in gold from the table cloths to wonderful lit ice centerpieces celebrating our 50th anniversary. Your attention to detail was superb and you certainly helped us to work within our budget. I especially loved the pride you took in your work. I would not hesitate to use your creative touch and services again in the future. Thanks very much for a job well done!

Karen Bossin, Shoppers Drug Mart

Visit our Online Store

Be it catering, event rentals, special event products or event florals. Browse, add to cart and make your order right through our online store. Our staff will respond immediately to confirm your order and organize the delivery for your event.

Visit our Online Store

Be it catering, event rentals, special event products or event florals. Browse, add to cart and make your order right through our online store. Our staff will respond immediately to confirm your order and organize the delivery for your event.

About Simply Elegant

Calgary’s Premier Hospitality Firm.

We are Simply Elegant, an accomplished events and catering company headquartered in Calgary Alberta. We provide expert planning, catering, floral, decor and management services for all kinds of events, including private parties, corporate events, and weddings.

We are a multi-divisional company that offers a full range of services to meet all your planning needs in one place. We love what we do, and we’d love the opportunity to see how we could make your life easier and your event the best it could be. You could say “We’re in the Business of Events.”

We started as a catering company in 1996. Owner Robert Vidra, a trained chef, came to Calgary determined to open a catering operation that met the specific needs of the business community. He talked to everyone from receptionists to the CEO’s of Calgary’s largest companies, designing a catering company that would best meet the needs of the Calgary culture.

 

The business developed a reputation for providing excellent food, outstanding service and tremendous value. In fact, the service was so good that Simply Elegant’s clients encouraged the company to move into events, because of their unwavering attention to detail. Simply Elegant expanded into events in 2005, adding a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and events planner to the staff.

Now, instead of having to deal with a variety of vendors, clients are able to turn over everything to Simply Elegant, right from the early planning through to the decorations, catering, entertainment, execution and clean up.

 

 Robert Vidra

C.E.O and Owner

Robert is a certified chef and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 35 years.  He founded Simply Elegant in 1996 and designed each division to complement each other. He named Simply Elegant after Albert Einstein’s theory “if we can describe the universe in a ‘simple but elegant way’ we can understand the universe.” Simply Elegant has prospered due to Robert’s belief and nurturing the staff community. With his leadership Simply Elegant has grown from its humble beginnings as a catering company to a full-range hospitality firm.

 

 Sharon Barwick

Director of Special Events

Sharon  is a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) and has been a manager with  Simply Elegant since 2004 in the roles of operations manager, florist,  decorator, wedding and event planner.  Prior to Simply Elegant, she owned a successful Vancouver floral and event decorating company. As a key note  speaker and educator in the event industry, she has been a member of the  International Live Events Association for over 25 years. Sharon is also an educator at Mount Royal University where she teaches the Business of Weddings and Social Events.

 

Peter Schwarz

Director of Food & Beverage

Peter received his “top drawer” training at the Hotel Management School in Leipzig, Germany and honed his skills during his 8 years at Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, one of the oldest European hotel chains. His previous experience ranges from being a tea expert to an extensive knowledge of Champagne. His calm, professional demeanor is perfectly suited for coordinating large, international catered events to small, intimate dinner parties. Our clients love Peter’s attention to detail and personalized service when it comes to menu selection for their events.

 

Toni GuffeiToni Guffei

Marketing Director

Toni oversees our marketing department from design work and social media programming to implementing other digital and traditional media campaigns for Simply Elegant. With more than 20 years experience in marketing and branding, Toni is also involved in marketing research and ROI estimates. She is experienced in measuring performance indicators for events. Plus she’s been an adjunct professor for 10 years at MRU teaching courses in marketing, research and branding. Toni has a BA in Economics and an MBA in Marketing.

 

Jason WarehamJason Wareham

Executive Chef

Jason started his career in the hospitality industry in 1997 and graduated from SAIT’s Professional Cooking Program in 2001. Jason has worked his way up from a Garde Manger at well-known hotel chains to the Executive Sous Chef at Fort Calgary before joining our team. Armed with innovative ideas and creative food menus, he sources fresh produce from local suppliers and makes everything in-house from scratch. We’re proud of this work because he’s elevated the Simply Elegant brand with his unique approach to preparing quality food for our customers.

 

Shelley ClementsShelley Clements

Office & Accounting Manager

Shelley is the person behind the scenes keeping us organized by handling both the office and accounting functions. Shelley came to Simply Elegant with over 25 years in the industry where she did everything from being a short order cook, to serving and managing a downtown pub. Ten years of working at the famed King Eddy taught her a great deal about music and, more importantly, people. After 10 years with Simply Elegant, Shelley is a calm force during busy events. She has an eye for detail in our proposals and makes sure all the numbers add up.

 

Eduardo CuevaEduardo Cueva

IT Manager

Ed is a P.Eng. and an MBA who graduated from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Advanced Studies, in Mexico. With over 20 years of Information Technology consulting experience in North and Central America and the Caribbean, Ed is in charge of our Information Network. As part of our team since 2003, Ed has developed our information infrastructure onto a private cloud system which integrates communications, productivity, collaboration, data protection and security. He makes sure all of our internal systems are efficiently managed.

 

Alexander ZagoumenovAlexander Zagoumenov

Digital Marketing Manager

Alex has over 10 years experience managing marketing campaignsthrough digital channels such as display, paid search and social media advertising. He previously worked on client accounts including Rolex and Mercedes-Benz USA. Alex has a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) degree and is a certified professional in Google AdWords, Inbound Marketing by HubSpot and Social Media Marketing by Hootsuite. Alex has worked with Simply Elegant for the past 5 years and is responsible for website development and our online marketing.

 

We Support

  • Hospice Calgary
  • Médecins Sans Frontières HK / Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • World Wildlife Fund
We actively listen in order to understand the corporate culture and needs of our clients and create events that reflect their brand and values. We do not believe in “one size fits all.” Rather, we customize events by working collaboratively with our clients. We never take for granted the trust that our clients and vendors put in us.

 

Simply Elegant staff are experts in their field. Numerous employees have enjoyed long-standing careers at Simply Elegant. We value their loyalty and support their continued education.

We have established strong, working relationships with our vendors and treat them how we want to be treated. We believe that honesty, integrity and social responsibility are vital to our corporate culture and seek out vendors with similar values. Our future includes caring for the planet and we actively seek ways to lessen our footprint on it.  We are mindful of the environment as we design our events.

  • Leadership starts at the top. It has always been the core principle of Robert Vidra to accept responsibility for all that happens and not blame others; all of our staff follow that same conviction.
  • We enjoy what we do by creating fun and a little magic.
  • Our business is not an object but a live entity; we are a community of people who love to work and socialize together.
  • We believe that change is inevitable and by accepting the evolution of change, we can inspire others.
  • There is nothing more important than communication.
  • We are open to accepting constructive criticism.
  • We accept that each person has strengths and weaknesses; we recognize the strengths of others and minimize their weaknesses by providing support and working as a team.
  • Success is directly measured by those around you; we cannot be what we are without our staff and vendors – it’s the people we work with that make us great.
Community

 

  • Each person is required to work in other departments so they understand the other divisions.
  • We share in the joys of others and their lives.
  • We are community minded and give time, money, food and services to the Calgary community.
  • We believe in doing the right thing even when it is not the easy thing.
  • We believe business is earned and trust cannot be abused.

Education

  • Enlightenment through education brings out the best in us.
  • We give employees company money to go out for dinners and experience new things that make them happy.

Environment

  • Supporting strong policies since 1996; we did what was right before most people cared.
  • We recycle, reuse and reduce.

Vendors

  • We do not take advantage of our vendors; it is through collaborating with them that we can succeed.

Simply Elegant’s Green Initiative

There’s no point being a premiere events and catering company if we’ve run out of planet to live on. So we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously.

Here are some of the ways we work towards sustainability:

FOOD

  • We support and purchase from local food products and suppliers
  • We use organic vegetables where possible
  • 90% of the meat we purchase is from Alberta, including free range fed chickens and turkeys
  • 25% of all produce we purchase is grown locally in the Pacific NW
  • 90% of the fruit we buy comes from North America

DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS

  • We provide biodegradable disposable cocktail and lunch plates
  • We provide “green” cutlery at client’s request
  • Since 1996, we’ve used chaffing dishes (not tinfoil) for all hot food
  • We use plastic platters, which are sanitized and reused, instead of disposable ones
  • Our food is presented on china by request

WE RECYCLE

  • All cardboard and office paper products
  • Kitchen cooking oil
  • Bottles and cans with proceeds being donated to local community groups

TRANSPORTATION

  • Straight line food delivery for “green routing” to specific downtown corporate buildings to reduce fuel consumption, minimize vehicle exhaust plus conserve gas.

MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

  • Strict maintenance programs for delivery vehicles
  • Kitchen freezers, fridges
  • Air conditioner units

We’re glad a healthier environment matters to you too. Thanks for wanting to know more about our green philosophy. We’ll keep striving to find new ways to lessen our footprint on the planet.