Nova Productions Races to Raise!

Posted February 18th, 2011 by Penny Skoufaras. Comment (0).

A new inovative star int he world of film has stepped on the scene – Nova Productions.  This passionate team of creative artists, managers and technicians produce real life visions; turning slices of everyday life into memorable events.  Nova’s cinematographic production capabilities include music videos, memory videos, short films, commercials and publication, documentaries and feature films.

Presently I am working with Nova Production on their newest film, The Race of Life, as Production Co-ordinator.  The film spoofs reality television and game shows alike by having expecting parents compete with one another to deliver their baby first.  Just how far will couples go to win the show, the fame and the fortune?

In hopes to help support the magnitude of talent growing in our Montreal backyard; Nova Productions & PS events & design will be hosting their first annual poker tournament fundraiser!  All proceeds that are raised will go towards supporting the Arts and independent film making.

The poker tournament fundraiser will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011 at Le Living Room.  The event begins with an hour-long cocktail at 6:30pm and the tournament begins at 7:30pm.  The admission is $50 at the door, which provides each player with poker chips, a glass of wine and ordeuvres, unlimited coffee and a chance to win some big prizes!  Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the bar (must be 18+).

So strap on your poker faces and join the race to raise!

Valentines Day Contest Give Away!!

Posted January 31st, 2011 by Penny Skoufaras. Comment (0).

With Valentines Day just around the corner, there’s lots of love in the air!

Enter for your chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes

  1. PS events & design Day-of Package AND 10% off furniture rentals from Luxe Rentals
  2. Casual shoot of you and your honey by Image N Photography
  3. A beautiful bouquet of roses from Terrafolia Fleurs

Email your name and wedding date to

Winners will be announced on February 14, 2011 at 12:00pm

Bridal Boudoir

Posted September 24th, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comment (1).

Bridal Boudoir is bringing sexy back!  Boudoir photos are becoming all the rage and becoming ever more popular as wedding gifts.  This is definitely the ultimate romantic gift for your husband, as well as for yourself.  Not only is it fun, but it is also empowering when you let your true beauty and inner diva shine.  Feel glamorous!  This is something your husband will cherish for a life time, as will you.  Could you honestly think of a better gift your groom would like to receive the night before his wedding; it’ll have him counting down the minutes to say ‘I do!’.

Boudoir photography has been around for ages, but mostly became popular around the pin-up  craze of the ’40’s and ’50’s.  Since the word boudoir was a term to describe a woman’s private space; be it her bedroom, dressing room or sitting room, that is where these shots are mostly taken.  These great shots you see below have been sent to me by Andrew and Luigi from IPI – International Photo Imaging; they also offer intimate couple shoots.  Check out their wedding gallery.  PS EventsIPI not only for their great photos, but because they are really a pleasure to work with!

Rules of Engagement

Posted September 23rd, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comments (16).

So you recently got engaged and are swimming in a pool sheer bliss, enjoy these moments!  If you haven’t hired a wedding planner to deal with all of the worrisome details and etiquette for your upcoming bridal events, read some of the FAQ’s I get.

  • When am I engaged?

Don’t laugh … I get this  question more often than you would think.  Sometimes these lines can be blurred when proposals don’t work as planned – trust me, I’ve seen this happen.  This is kind of a trick question for most, but the simple answer to this question is that a couple is engaged at the moment they both agree to marry, not necessarily when offered a ring on bended knee.

  • How to properly break the news to your loved ones.

Once a couple gets engaged, its time to inform the family.  First on the list are your parents.  If possible, try to break the news as a pair in person, however if you are separated by distances and can’t do it in person, I suggest to call as a couple.  If your parents haven’t met your spouse-to-be yet, or if they had no idea of your intention to get married, I highly recommend to give your folks the proper time to acclimate the idea before breaking the news and making introductions.

After you have informed your parents, next on the list are your siblings, grandparents, close relatives, and of course your closest friends.  If you have children from a previous marriage you should inform your children and ex too; especially since it would be more than likely that your child would be entering a new home environment and lifestyle.

  • How to make the announcement.

The most appropriate way to announce your joyous news to the world is either at an engagement party (assuming it was kept secret to the mass populations till then), or by putting an announcement in your local paper (or of your hometown’s), or even online, which is becoming exceedingly more popular.  Check out Smilebox on how to post your announcement online.  If you are printing announcements, customarily it is the parents of the bride who send them out or supply the ad.  Today however, the engagement announcement has been replaced by save the date cards, which I personally finds more useful.

  • How long should an engagement be?

There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question as there is no set time or rules on how long your engagement should be.  The best answer I can offer you is that the average engagement time is a period of roughly 15 months.  This is mostly subjective to the size and style wedding you are planning, but on average that is the realistic estimate of how long it takes to put together all the details of your wedding.  If you are having a smaller venue and keeping it simple as far as details go, then the preparation time is obviously much shorter.

  • Engagement party.

The engagement party is your first public celebration of your new status.  It isn’t mandatory to throw a party and there are many people I know who choose not to, however in many culture, such as my own, it is customary as it is a right of passage in one’s life.  Regardless, I think having even the smallest or informal party is a great way to bring your new clan together!

Traditionally, the brides parents host the engagement party; be it cocktails and orderves at their home, or a nice dinner in a restaurant or even hall.  The momentous toast of the evening is usually given by the bride’s father who thanks all for coming and to announce the happy news.  If the party or toast cannot be given by the father of the bride, other likely hosts are the groom’s parents, a close relative on either side, or one of your closest friends.  Couples may choose to throw their own party and break the news on their own.  Parties are held usually 2 months after the engagement and no later than six months before the wedding.

  • Gifts?

This is my most FAQ.  Here is the simple answer to this one (as all cultures and traditions vary); no one is obligated to give an engagement gift, though you are mostly likely to receive quite a few, especially if having a party.  The proper etiquette on receiving gifts is to please not open them at your party!  This could make anyone who wasn’t prepared feel awkward.  Always open all gifts in the privacy of your own home.  Once you have opened them, it would be a thoughtful (if not expected) touch to send a heartfelt, hand-written thank you note.  Also, it is customary to thank your host with a small token of appreciation for your party.

If you have any etiquette questions that need answering, please feel free to post your questions in the comments or to send me an email.

Purple And Green

Posted September 22nd, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comment (0).

Personally, fall and spring are my two favourite seasonal transitions.  I mostly love the fall for it beautiful vibrant colours.  Now that were entering autumn, I thought it would be nice to give you a few colour palette ideas to work with.  Since we are also entering wine season (late August to early October), I thought it would be nice to start off with purple, green and white.  Anyone who knows me well would probably laugh a little because I love this palette so much, my last apartment’s walls were adorned with these colours.  I find the purple to be warm and soothing, the green to be fresh and lively and of course the contrast of white to bring in some brightness.

Lovely Plumes

Posted September 21st, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comments (16).

The feather’s fashion career dates all the way back to the 11th century.  During the Middle Ages, men and women alike of high social standing, would wear feathers to display their status.  Even though long, lush, colourful plumes emerged as a stylish accessory during the 17th century, they did not become popular until the late Victorian and Edwardian eras (1890-1914).  The feather denoted great elegance and sophistication.  Since feathers were widely used in cabarets during that time, feathers became alluring, depicting both a woman’s sensuality and fragility.  Incorporating feathers in your wedding; wether it be in your centrepieces, bouquet or wedding accessories, will surely give you a vintage glamor and regal feel on your special day.  Check out these fun feather ideas!

Monogram Cake Toppers

Posted September 20th, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comments (14).

Monogram cake toppers have become increasingly popular over the last year.  Not only are these cake toppers absolutely beautiful and a great way to convey your own personal style; they also make lovely keepsakes of your most special day.  Monogram cake toppers can be found in all shape, sizes, colours and materials.  Some of my personal favourites include Swarovski adorned monograms, stainless steel monograms or sandblasted crystal monograms.You can choose between having 1, 2, or 3 initials on your cake.  If you are using 1 monogram, that initial will represent the 1st initial in the groom’s last name.  For 2 initials, couples use the 1st initials in their first names.  Finally for 3 initials you would use the h1st initials in the couple’s first names and the first initial in the groom’s last name.  For more information or inspiration on monogram cake toppers, check out Acme Design CompanyWedding Cuts and Just Cake Toppers.

Pocket Squares

Posted September 19th, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comment (1).

The pocket square accessorizes every blazer, suit, tux, and is a great way to add colour and pazaz to your outfit.  To learn what fold best suits your attire and how to properly fold one, follow these simple steps below.

“Poof” Fold

Due to the lack of symmetry and added voluminous look, this type of fold best suits more casual attire.  For business attire or blazer jackets, this fold is your best choice.  For best results use a soft-silken handkerchief.  Also, patterned handkerchiefs are best folded this way as well.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface.
  2. Pinch the center with two fingers and pick the handkerchief up.
  3. Slide the handkerchief through the palm of your other hand.
  4. Turn the handkerchief around.
  5. Stuff it in your breast pocket and style to your preference.

Presidential Fold

Also known as the “classic fold”, this look works best with more elegant or formal attire such as black or white tie events.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the handkerchief in half and create an edge at the fold with the palm of your hand.
  3. Then fold one side in – just enough so that only ¼ – ½ of an inch will show once you tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket
  4. Tug the handkerchief in the breast pocket and straighten the top to remove and wrinkles or unwanted folds.

One Corner Fold

For a simple and elegant look, you can fold your handkerchief with a one corner fold.  This is best suited for formal or business attire.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface
  2. Fold it in half to create a triangle.
  3. Fold one corner in and create a strong fold with the palm of your hand.
  4. Now repeat this on the opposite side.
  5. Tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket and style to your liking

Two Corner Fold

You may use this fold for any type of formality, however it is a little less formal than the one-corner fold.

  1. Lay the handkerchief on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the handkerchief in half so that it looks like two overlapping triangles
  3. Fold one side in.
  4. Repeat step #3 with the opposite side
  5. Tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket and give it some final styling.

Three Corner Fold

This fold gives a sophisticated look to your outfit and is also known as the “crown fold”.

  1. Lay the pocket square on a flat surface
  2. Fold the handkerchief in half across the center so that it looks like two overlapping triangles.
  3. To create the 3rd corner fold one side up next two the two tips.
  4. Fold the opposite side over to create flat base.
  5. Tug the handkerchief in your breast pocket and style to your preference.


Posted September 18th, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comments (2).

Today I had the opportunity to meet with my dear friend Donna from Terrafolia.  Donna has been a floral designer for the last 15 years and is my go-to-person for everything floral.  I was fortunate enough to get the grand tour of the shop and to meet the team behind the beautiful creations.

Donna was working on an upcoming wedding today and was gracious enough to let me watch her at work.  As she worked, we discussed this season’s wedding trends.  Vibrancy is the look this season; purples and oranges, red and berries, and jewel tones.  Weddings are becoming and more and more personalized these days and brides are growing out of trends, however roses are still the #1 flower of choice and white and green are still classics.  Donna advised not to mix too many flowers and that a variety of 3 flowers is more than enough, otherwise your arrangements might look too busy.

Your decor and centrepieces will be one of the first thing your guests will notice when walking into the reception; this is a great way for couples to express their individuality and tastes.  Picking a colour palette can be challenging and chances are you may change your mind more than once; therefor it is best to consider what flowers and colours to choose after you have picked out your bridal party’s attire.  If you are having a large venue, it is wise to start visiting your florist 6 months prior to your wedding, or 4 months for smaller venues.

Beautiful Day at Spa Curage

Posted August 20th, 2010 by Penny Skoufaras. Comments (6).

As promised to myself, I took a day off to get pampered before my trip to Europe.  I had booked appointments at Spa Curage with Mel for my hair and Sylva K for make-up for the Saturday before I left.  I was scheduled for a casual photo shoot that day with Image N Photography as well, so I definitely need to go back and treat myself to an extensive facial!  Mel cut and styled my hair for the shoot, which turned out absolutely terrific – I couldn’t of been happier!  I’m still receiving compliments on my hair!  Once Mel finished with my hair, it was beauty time with the very talented Sylva K. I don’t often get my make-up done, so this was a real treat for me!  As Sylva methodically went to work on me, we chatted about her upcoming wedding (many congratulations on your nuptials!), her new line of cosmetics (more details to come), travel, honeymoons, name it!  Before I realized it, we were all done and I got to see my made-up self for the first time.  All I could do was stare in amazement and ask if that was really me in the mirror!  Many thanks to the lovely Haley for making my day possible, Mel for the fantastic job she did with my hair and of course Sylva for making me camera ready.