Calgary Event Planners
Our professional event planners have years of expertise in corporate and private event planning. Our clients enjoy the simplicity of a one-stop shop with everything you need for your event under one roof. Browse the gallery, read answers to FAQs, and see what our clients say about us.
We’re a BBB A+ Accredited business and a member at the International Live Event Association (ILEA).
Event Planning Services
What Makes Us Different?
Our event planning division is in constant contact with you and all event suppliers. This can include the venue, food and bar services, floral, décor, entertainment, lighting and AV and all rental divisions to mitigate any communication challenges.
With over 20 years of expert event management experience, our team brings a wealth of knowledge and know-how to your event. We are on trend and can advise the latest styles and themes for your event.
Our event planners invest time understanding your unique corporate culture and vision. We then team up with other specialty suppliers to ensure your party is exactly as you envision. Our studio boardroom allows the ease of talking to caterers, florists, etc. all in one location.
Your financial records are summarized and kept up to date for you and with all vendors we manage on your behalf.
It’s all about the details. We specialize in event design and coordination that streamlines the complete event experience from start to finish.
Event Management Portfolio
We organize and manage corporate events
Office BBQ Parties
Having an outdoor BBQ for your company this summer? At Simply Elegant, we have the equipment to prepare freshly cooked food onsite. Our talented chefs have the experience to create something special for your event. Plus our event design experts can work with you to create a look to make your BBQ party extra special.
Looking for ideas to celebrate a colleague’s retirement or 10 year work anniversary? At Simply Elegant we know how to make your guest of honour feel extra special. From catering to unique décor ideas and floral arrangements, we work with you to understand the important elements for any type of celebration that acknowledges those who work with you.
Team Building Events
Thinking about organizing a team building event for your company’s employees this summer? We have tips and ideas to help you create a special event to bring your team together. From selecting the perfect venue, to providing tasty treats, we can work with you. We can even help you develop team building activities for your next corporate event.
Employee Appreciation Events
Employee appreciation dinners are a great opportunity to acknowledge the effort of someone within your organization. We know there’s no better way to say thank you than a dinner that represents the style and personality of your co-worker. From our menus made with fresh local ingredients to décor ideas that can express a unique theme, we’re a one-stop-shop for your planning needs.
Event Planner’s Blog
Read case studies of our past events. Stay on top of the latest trends in event management. Get useful tips if you choose to do-it-yourself.
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We plan and coordinate all kinds of private events
Summer BBQ & Picnics
Summer is here! Plan the perfect BBQ or picnic with Simply Elegant’s one stop services. Impress your guests with our range of menu items, décor services and planning ideas. We have what you need for your next backyard get together for friends and family.
Having a special anniversary for someone you love? You’ll want to make your event is equally as special to show how much they mean to you. Whether it’s a wedding anniversary or the anniversary of another milestone, we have the know-how to make it outstanding!
From a Sweet 16 celebration to a 60th Birthday bash, let us work with you to plan a party that will be remembered. Our experienced event specialists can create unique ideas to express the personality of the guest of honour. From catering to décor and florals, we are an all in one hospitality stop for all your birthday planning needs!
Frequently Asked Quetsions
What is a party planner?
A party planner applies project management to the creation and development of events. This includes bar and bat mitzvahs, sweet 16’s, milestone events like anniversaries and birthdays, formal parties, and christenings. They design the event including input into the menu, décor, entertainment and co-ordinate the technical aspects of your party program. A planner will also expedite all party elements the day of your party.
What is an event management planner?
A professional planner applies project management to the creation and development of events. This includes public and private events put on during the Calgary Stampede. We study your brand, identify the target audience, create on trend event concepts, coordinate the technical aspects and finally produce the event.
Why hire an event planner?
Event planners design the event including input into the menu, décor, entertainment and co-ordinate the technical aspects of your special event. A planner will also work with you on the day of your event to make sure all the details are taken care of so you don’t have to feel stressed.
How much will my planning cost?
Planning is offered on an as need bases. You can choose to use consulting services at an hourly fee; hire event managers for the day of the event or use full planning services to take the stress away from start to finish. Out of town services include a travel fee and per diems for meals and lodging.
Do I need an event planner?
Planners offer advice and insight on “what a client doesn’t know that they don’t know”. Some Stampede events can take up to 250 hours to plan. Book your event manager at the beginning of the planning stages to save you time.
How can I save money?
Planners allow you to do what you do best so that they work on the event. Planners may negotiate rates on your behalf for your Stampede event. They know the preferred venues that will be the perfect fit. As venues get booked a year in advance, this should be the first consideration. Next your planner can source all other elements including catering, decor, flowers, entertainment, AV, etc. Simply Elegant offers Reward Air Miles.
Are contracts necessary?
Contracts protect you and your vendors. Event managers can help you assess vendor contracts as they are a legal document you are agreeing to for your event services including payment schedules.
Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!
Glencoe’s 17th Annual Stampede Breakfast was a HUGE success, many thanks to everyone at Simply Elegant Catering!!! Your team did a fantastic job as always with lots of compliments from our guests – best breakfast in the city they say!!! The fellow that stayed with us (Marc) was really, really GREAT! Very friendly and was on top of things all morning and kept me posted on everything as we went. We would like to go ahead and pre-book for next year as well… YAHOO!!! Thank you again for all you efforts, always a pleasure working with you.
Marlene Krizic, Glencoe Resources Ltd.
The CABA event came off without a hitch. Excellent service and delicious food has been provided by the staff of Simply Elegant. My compliments to all involved. I highly recommend using Simply Elegant to other organizations and groups.
Tessy Neitsch, TC Aviation – Calgary
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
Simply a one stop Shop, simply great Service, Simply Elegant!
Organizing my first fundraiser with 250 people in attendance could have been daunting, but not with the team at Simply Elegant by my side. Peter was an absolute joy to work with, as he has the experience to know exactly how an event can function flawlessly. I also worked with Sharon on decor. I showed her one picture of the flower arrangements I wanted and she delivered precisely. I could not have been more pleased. The fundraiser was May 27th, 2017 and went off without a glitch. The food…the service…the energy…it was all exquisite. I would work with Simply Elegant again and again and again!! Simply Excellent! 🙂
Simply Elegant is indisputably the best event managing service in Calgary. Simply Elegant was suggested to us from Norton Rose LLP’s marketing department and after initial contact with Simply Elegant, within a day I received a phone call and I was swept away with their proposal. As the VP Finance and Facilities for the Alberta Student Energy Conference (ASEC) 2013 we had unique and specific requests and Simply Elegant was able to provide all we requested and more. They went above and beyond their scope continuously thinking of new and innovative ideas to ensure our event was successful. They are amazing people to work with and are the best communicators. Not only do they reply in a timely manner, but also give concise and thorough details.
The Alberta Student Energy Conference is a professional development and recruitment seminar and was held at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre on March 1st, 2013. Due to the nature of the conference a lot of the decision making was needed to be completed near the date of the conference and Simply Elegant was always readily available to us and we never had to worry about them! We will never forget the moment the doors to ASEC was opened. It was breathtaking. Our sponsors were extremely pleased. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
A huge thank you to Sharon and Jade from Simply Elegant.
Simply Elegant was the best decision we made.
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.
Very knowledgeable event planning associates. They will ensure that your wedding or event will be clean, organized and successful.
Great organization to work with. I hosted a surprise baby shower for my sister-in-law and they provided some beautiful centrepieces for the party. They are really accommodating, prompt with communication, reasonable in their rates, and meticulous in their creations. I initially had some doubts but you just have to trust them to do their magic!
Excellent service for a small gathering. Showed up on time and catered to our needs. Staff was able to go with the flow when needed – food was excellent and house was left spotless. Can’t thank you enough – such a great experience.
I called Simply one Saturday afternoon, in desperate need of a caterer for a Tuesday meeting. Peter created a menu, presented, and delivered 100% on time! I have used them two or three times since, and each time is exactly the same! Professional, prompt and perfect! I don’t look for anyone else anymore. I always call SE!
Laurie A. Fitzherbert
I have been working closely with the catering staff at Simply Elegant for over 8 months now, and every time I deal with them, it is nothing but a pleasant experience. The staff is very friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable, they can answer any question I ever have. They are very fast and efficient when it comes to ordering food and make the entire experience easy and painless.
Their menu has a lot of different options to choose from and are very flexible when certain needs are required. They have many options that can be used for different occasions/events.
If you are looking something out of the box for your events. I highly recommend Simply Elegant!
Shop Event Rentals Online
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 StoreBe 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Hospice Calgary
- Médecins Sans Frontières HK / Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
- Canadian Red Cross
- David Suzuki Foundation
- World Wildlife Fund
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Supporting strong policies since 1996; we did what was right before most people cared.
- We recycle, reuse and reduce.
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- All cardboard and office paper products
- Kitchen cooking oil
- Bottles and cans with proceeds being donated to local community groups
- Straight line food delivery for “green routing” to specific downtown corporate buildings to reduce fuel consumption, minimize vehicle exhaust plus conserve gas.
- 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.