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29 Jun 18

Company Holiday Party Ideas That Are Hits With Everyone

So, you've been tasked to organize the company Holiday party and you’re feeling the pressure. The challenge is: how do you create a terrific event that provides an ideal atmosphere for socializing, team building, good fun, and of course, great memories? Since we've hosted our fair share of company holiday events, we have polled our team for the best ideas and tips that will make your party something that people can't wait to do again next year. 5 Holiday party ideas that will help your party be one to remember 1. Think Beginning and End The most important question you should ask yourself is: What things do I need to get the party started off right, and finished with a bang? Choosing the right venue is a definite key to any party starting and ending right. Many restaurants have groups in for holiday events, and it makes for noisy, non-private events. A private venue, where you can create an intimate brand experience is important for both your company and your clients. Start a festive mood before your guests get into the venue ~ carolers singing holiday favourites outside helps get everyone in a festive mood. Make arrival easy ~ make sure there is a staffed coat check and umbrella storage (we are a wet holiday season, after all!) After that, have your senior team welcome clients and staff alike and then make sure you get a drink into their hands PDQ. Don’t make them wait, or line up at a bar ...

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Vancouver Wedding Planner - Carisa Didoshak - Yacht Weddings Expert
24 May 18

Wedding Planning Tips Q&A With Event Planning Expert, Carisa Didoshak

Planning your big day can be just as exhilarating and exciting as it is exhausting and exasperating. It’s the same as saying that there is good stress and there is bad stress, and in the wedding event planning business, we’ve seen it all.  Whether your wedding day is just around the corner, or 6 - 12 months from now, you need to arm yourself with advice from the professionals who manage weddings as a specialty. We recently sat down with Pacific Yacht Charters’ expert event planner, Carisa Didoshak, to get her advice on how brides can enjoy more of the good stress.  Carisa, what would you say are the common things that couples forget about when planning their wedding? Great question. There are always things that slip through the cracks. Typically these are things that are essential, yet tend to live on on the periphery. When budgeting, couples can forget about the little things such as stamps for invitations, gifts for the bridal party and gratuity for vendors. Transportation for the bridal party to the ceremony and reception, to photo locations, etc. is also a big one. Smaller, yet important items are including vendors in their final guest count to the venue and thinking about guest allergies and dietary restrictions. Planning for your wedding also needs to include the days leading up to the big day such as sleeping arrangements / guest accommodations, as well as morning of details such as breakfast / meal planning for yourself and the wedding party.  What are tasks that couples tend to put off to the last minute that ultimately cause a great deal of stress? Well there are 3 important tasks that really are central to the guest and wedding experience that somehow always get left to the last minute. 1. Vows and Speeches Every couple I’ve worked with has left the most significant portions of the ceremony and reception to the week of the wedding and then they feel like their preparation efforts were rushed. Getting your vows and speech done in one sitting is tough. I always suggest when something comes to mind, write it down, and then by the week of the wedding, all your feelings are there, you just need to put them into sentences. 2. Dinner Time Coordination When having a plated dinner, organizing place cards with symbols and getting food orders to the caterer/venue. This is a larger task than most couples realize, so the earlier you ask for RSVP’s from guests, the easier it will be to get organized. Of course there will always be changes or last minute requests.    3. Dance Music Another big task is preparing a ‘play’ and ‘do not play’ list for the DJ. Most couples let this slide because they are caught up managing several other last minute duties (such as their vows, speeches, food orders, etc). Remember music is a huge part of the party and guest enjoyment. Just like the tip for writing your vows and speeches, keep a running list of songs that will get everyone off their feet. How do you host a dream wedding on a yacht when you are on a limited budget? Can you splurge and save at the same time to create an amazing experience for your guests? Well, hosting a wedding on a yacht in Vancouver’s harbour is a totally unique experience. I tell all of my couples that the views of the ocean and the city are your décor and minimum decor is needed.  Having a wedding on a yacht is all about the experience. Yes, you can rent an inexpensive hall, but you’ll end up spending a lot of money on décor trying to make the reception area easier on the eyes. An example of a classy event on a budget: do a cocktail style menu instead of a sit down dinner. You will save on time and money because you won’t need as many centrepieces, or go to the effort of creating place cards or seating charts.    How do you recommend handling wedding photographers and videographers? How do you keep them from being a major distraction during an event while ensuring they get the best shots? Always hire a professional, and hopefully someone who has been on board before. Photographers like Hayley Rae Photography or Butter Studios are experienced with shooting on board the yacht. They understand that we are a moving venue with fixed dimensions, and that shooting our venue is about capturing the epic backdrop. Which yacht wedding ideas, from ceremony to reception, have been the most memorable over the last few years? Personally I love cocktail style weddings. It allows for your guests to really enjoy the experience of being on board and when it’s a beautiful day, everyone naturally migrates to be up on the Sky Deck to take in the view. Consider having the ceremony while out on the water, rather than staying dockside. The backdrop of the ocean is breathtaking. Saying “I DO” while cruising under the Lion’s Gate Bridge is unlike anything most people have experienced. From start to finish, music can make such a difference. The most memorable weddings I’ve had a part in planning have included deliberate playlists and live performances for pre / post ceremony, reception and the dance party. Music sets the tone and adds to the ambiance of a wedding. There isn’t anything better than dancing under the stars to a live band. Get the most out of the Sky Deck by adding lounge furniture, lighting or stools to the cocktail tables. This invites guests to enjoy the area, and be a part of the dance portion of the evening, even if they don’t dance. Any last words of advice? Whether your wedding is coming up quick, or several months from now, make sure you don’t put off tasks that are truly central to making the wedding day a success. Make your ‘to do list’ early and delegate as much as possible. And of course, hiring a wedding planner is always a great idea.   Image Credits in order of appearance: Evelina Friman, Fernanda Méndez,  Alexandra Gorn,  Aneta Ivanova,  TT Lui Photography...

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09 Nov 17

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our President, Kim Galavan. It was Kim’s vision that brought us to being the new, more elegant and personalized Pacific Yacht Charters. “Our 5-star events with the highest quality food and service will continue as would be her wish. Our team looks forward to additional growth and continual improvement of all of our services” states Bill Smith, CEO. Kim will be dearly missed....

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19 May 17

Yacht Safety

Yacht Safety Our Number One Priority While you might think that preparing the finest food and providing the best service is our top priority, those are actually number two and three on our list. Safety is number one. When you and your guests arrive, rarely might you think about the layers of preparation, certification or inspections that we, as a passenger carrying vessel, might be required to attain. In our opinion, you should not have to think about it, as it is the top priority for the owners, Captain and crew, of Pacific Yacht Charters. A few 'did-you-know' facts: Every charter is required to have our Captain, First Mate and Engineer on board. All these employees of Pacific Yacht Charters have certifications as required by Transport Canada. In addition to the Bridge Crew, we are required to have 2-MED certified staff members on every charter. Marine Emergency Duties is a 4-day long course offered by the Marine Institute of BCIT. Topics covered include: understanding all  the basic lifestyle equipment on board the yacht; fire safety with real fire fighting exercises; donning and swimming/floating with a life preserver; launching a life raft, and how to climb into it from the water. For those of us who have taken the course, it was a real benefit to understanding the layers of safety on board. There is one life jacket for every passenger on board up to our licensed capacity of 300 passengers, which includes crew, Galley, serving and bar staff. Life jackets for children are in addition to this required number. The Pacific Yacht has 4 life rafts on board. They are located on the transom at the stern of the yacht. Each can hold up to 75 passengers, again totaling the maximum number of passengers permitted on board. The Pacific Yacht is inspected once a year by Lloyd's Registry, part of our certification and licensing from Transport Canada. Inspections review the physical condition of the yacht, the equipment (lifesaving equipment, the navigation system, records keeping, Fire & Safety Plan and more). Maintaining a safe and sound yacht ensures you and your guests can enjoy our charter in the utmost comfort and safety. ...

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16 Mar 17

Say ‘I Do’ at Sea

Calling All Newly Engaged Couples Are you one of the lucky ones among us with a new shiny and glittering ring? We congratulate you and your fiancé on your great fortune. Being married at sea offers romance, privacy and the most spectacular photo vistas and back drops for your memories. Have you ever imagined sharing your first kiss as you sail under the iconic Lion's Gate Bridge? Your wedding on the Pacific Yacht offers all that, and more. Now that the big decision of saying 'Yes' has been made, we know you are faced with a myriad of other choices and important decisions to make your wedding day just- as-you-dreamed. Let us show you how we can make your most special day the most memorable day. Need another reason to check us out? All newly booked wedding events for 2017 booked by March 31, 2017 will receive 5% incentives* based on the estimated cost of your wedding party. Call today to book your personal appointment: 604-689-1227. (*Incentives may include, but are not limited to: sparkling wine for your guests on boarding or for a toast, cake cutting fee waived, red carpet arrival, complimentary premium napkins, discounted additional charter time above date minimums. Incentives will not exceed 5% value of your event estimate.) ...

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