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5 Gorgeous Wedding Themes You’ll Fall in Love With

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Top 5 Summer Catering Trends in 2019

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How to Properly Plan a Wedding Well in Advance

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Your Guide to Our DineWell Catering Service

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7 Surprising Ways to Make Your Event Stand Out

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5 Ways that Centurion’s Catering Services Stand Above the Rest

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Food is the most important part of any event. That’s why at Centurion Conference Centre, we focus on offering our clients the best in catering services. We have been catering Ottawa events of all shapes and sizes for more than 15 years, and have won numerous awards for our exceptional food. Learn more about why our Centurion Catering services stand above the rest, and why we’re widely regarded as the best caterers in the area for our innovative and inspired cuisine.

 

Over 20 Years of Experience

 

We offer an experience you can count on. With over 20 years of experience in the catering industry, we take pride in offering a delectable menu to fit your every need. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that we do everything to your satisfaction. You’ll only find the freshest ingredients, made from scratch and delivered on time. Plus, we only offer generous portions with outstanding presentations that will wow your guests.

 

Award Winning Team

 

We are proud to have won numerous awards for our first-class catering and event services, and our team and services are rated among the best in the city! In fact, many of our customers are repeat clients, and much of our business comes from glowing referrals.

 

Menus For Every Occasion

 

Whether you’re planning an office party, company picnic, black-tie social, birthday party or wedding, we have the perfect menu for your theme and budget. Our menu features classic favourites as well as imaginative cuisine founded by our legendary executive chef. Select from our premium selection of flexible packages, a-la-carte options, or our Dine Well fine dining menu to make any occasion one to remember. If you would like something on the list, let us know, and we’ll try our best to accommodate your requests.

 

Both In-House and Offsite Options

 

You don’t have to worry about arranging the food for your event – our professional event coordinator will help you with all your catering needs. Whether you need just appetizers, sandwiches, prime rib dinner, or a full-plated course meal, our catering services can deliver. You can also rely on Centurion Conference Centre for delivering offsite through our Customer Express catering division. Our offsite catering services provide the same unsurpassed attention to detail as our in-house catering service.

 

A Perfect Location

 

We also have the perfect location for your event. Our full-service Conference Centre offers over 14,000 square feet of stunning ballroom and meeting room space to accommodate groups as large as 800. You’ll also love our convenient location that’s right in Kanata — only minutes away from the major highways and the Ottawa airport.

 

For years, leading Ottawa businesses and event planners have trusted Centurion Conference Centre to plan and present their premier events to deliver an impression of quality and sophistication. To learn more about how our catering services contact us directly to speak with our in-house coordinator.

The Top Wedding Decor Trends for 2019

 

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Are you planning to say “I do” in 2019? If so, now’s the time to start getting a foot up on your wedding arrangements if you haven’t already! And before you jump in, we’ve got all of the top wedding décor trends for 2019 to keep in your back pocket when planning to make your wedding the show-stopper of the season. Check them out below!

 

Coloured Gowns

 

Ivory and white aren’t the only colours that you’re going to see coming down the aisle in 2019. Today, brides are looking for a more personalized look – something that’s unique to their personality and will make them stand out. So expect to see a shift from the standard white dresses to splashes of colour, and even darker tones to complement specific themes.

 

Modern Table Settings

 

Over the past few years, greens and pastels have ruled the wedding world. But come 2019, we’re seeing more of a transition to modern table settings, with black and white as the main colour scheme that offers a sharp, clean and elegant contrast that just works. Also, black and white table settings will make the catering you order stand out like never before. Cue all the Instagram posts!

 

Buffet Stations

 

We’ve seen buffet weddings take center stage over the past couple of years, and this year will be no exception! But there’s a fresh new twist on the standard buffet settings. We anticipate more unique food options like carving stations, mini comfort foods, and late-night nacho chips and dip stations throughout 2019. Talk about taking your wedding catering to the next level.

 

Video Booths

 

The standard photo booths that were once popular are now being replaced with newer mobile ones that can be set up in a pinch and add instant fun and silliness to your big day. It’s easy to set up on a big touch screen, and you can even get a preview of what your GIF or photo will look like! Video booths and digital photo booths with unique and whimsical props are perfect for getting your guests up and out of their seats and having a good time while creating memories with fun photos that will last a lifetime.

 

Designer Bars

 

The one area that is often overlooked is the bar – but not in 2019! The bar area is finally getting the attention it deserves. This year, we’re seeing the standard bar set-up being transformed with charming, stylish and elaborate displays. They feature additions like beautiful flower arrangements and even framed chalkboards to add more personalized touches.

 

Reception Lighting

 

Couples are also focusing more on the overall ambiance of the wedding. So don’t be surprised to find plenty of string lights, stylish candles, lantern lights, globe lights, and fairy lights used to create that extra ‘wow’ factor. Expect to see a mix of lighting being also used on tables, across the bar, and roped around trees. Not only do atmosphere lights create a beautiful ambiance but they also make a fantastic background for photos.

 

Hanging Flowers

 

A trend that we don’t see vanishing anytime soon is the use of hanging flower décor. Using lush displays of hanging floral arrangements can turn any venue into a stunning, picturesque space – whether it be a tent, backyard or convention center.

From simple, to elegant and elaborate – we have the event coordinators to help you plan out every detail of your wedding at Centurion Conference Centre. We also offer a wide variety of menu options for your catering services and packages to suit your theme and budget, in addition to audiovisual equipment, full bar service, and over 14,000 square foot of space that features an elegant ballroom and foyer, and can accommodate groups up to 800. Contact us today to learn more about our wedding packages.

4 Tips for Encouraging More Donations at Your Fundraising Gala

4 Tips for Encouraging More Donations at Your Fundraising Gala

Are you planning to host a fundraiser but aren’t entirely sure how to generate a substantial amount of donations for your cause? The best way to get more money flowing is by getting people more engaged while making the donating process as easy as possible for them. Follow these tips to learn more about encouraging more donations at your fundraising gala.

Run a Silent Auction

One way to get people to donate more is to get them excited about donating in the first place. Silent auctions are a great way to do this. During a silent auction, a number of items or packages are displayed for donors to inspect closely and bid on. When they find something they like, all they need to do is put their name down on the sheet with their bid and the person with the highest bid at the end of the event wins the prize. By asking local businesses to donate prizes, you can help to promote their products while also making money for your cause — it’s a great way to give back to your community and get people motivated to donate.

Ask for a Specific Amount

When a donor doesn’t know what an appropriate donation amount is, they will likely underbid or not bid at all. Instead, set a standard amount for a typical donation. This will take the burden off the donor to figure out what size of contribution is appropriate and, in most cases, will result in them over-exceeding the standard amount, which works in your favour.

Go Mobile

By creating a fundraising page to receive online donations, you can ask donors to donate there to help improve your chances of receiving more money before, during, and after your event. Many people prefer the option of going mobile because it gives the donors a chance to donate by using credit or debit instead of a cheque, which can also improve the amount you receive.

Use Social Proof

People tend to follow the herd which is why you can influence others to donate by using social proof at your event. All you need to do is set up a large display screen and live feed to show how many people have already donated. You could also set up a scroll that displays the names of all the people who have participated (with their permission, of course) to help influence others to donate as well.

Another way to encourage donors to contribute more is to set the right ambiance at your next event. To do this, you need the perfect venue space, excellent staff, amenities, and fantastic food. The longer they stay, the more they tend to donate. When you need the ideal event space for your upcoming fundraiser, turn to Centurion Conference and Event Center. To learn more about how our space can make your event a success, contact us today!

Did You Know We are an Exclusive Tesla Charging Location?

Did You Know We are an Exclusive Tesla Charging Location?

Aside from our reputation for our first-class venue and exceptional events and catering services, Centurion Conference and Event Center also houses 2 universal EV charging ports and is an exclusive Tesla charging location. Our supercharger station allows drivers to replenish about 150 miles of range in approximately 30 minutes. Find out more below about why we are incredibly excited to partner with Tesla and have one of their supercharger stations at our central location.

Pure Convenience

We’re helping you and your clients stay charged! Our charging station makes long distance travel easy for everyone. Our charging station saves Tesla owners a ton of time trying to find one in the city — they can simply arrive, plug in, enjoy their event, and then return to a fully charged car. It’s a win-win!

Fast Charging

Tesla has built it’s own charging stations to ensure that they are incredibly speedy. Your guests can get a quick boost all while they are enjoying your event. The Tesla app will even tell you when your vehicle is ready to go.

Green Practices

We encourage sustainability in a variety of ways at our conference centre. One of those is by providing our guests with 2 EV charging stations and 8 Tesla ones to make it easier to choose alternative, electric vehicles which help reduce emissions in our environment.

The Way of the Future

Electric is the way of the future, and we are proud that we are one of only three charging partners in the city of Ottawa. We’re also the only conference centre in the area that offers Tesla charging.

At Centurion Conference and Event Center, we host hundreds of events each and every year, from trade shows to conferences, to galas, and more ,attracting thousands of visitors to our event space. We always strive to make our guests’ experience as convenient as possible and have earned a reputation for excellence because of it.

We’re not only easy to get to, but we also offer ample free parking for over 400 vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations as well. For your next event or function, consider Centurion, the choice of executives and event planners in Ottawa. We offer high-quality services, amenities, and food that are designed to impress. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help make your next event a raving success.

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