Enter Umbrella Events
Taking care of clients' needs from beginning to end
Since 2011, Umbrella Events has been taking care of clients’ needs from beginning to end, offering a variety of services from private and themed parties to non-profit events. We’re big on travelling, so we don’t mind setting aside our West Coast vibes to come to you. We cover weddings and events to Greater Vancouver and beyond.
Umbrella Events is comprised of a quirky and imaginative team who live for those nitty-gritty details of party planning. Like the founder Cristie says herself, “you’d have to be a certain kind of crazy to want to do this as a profession.” Well maybe so, but we can’t wait to get started.
What We’re All About
When you meet the team here at Umbrella Events, you’ll find each of us has this in common: every project we touch becomes a passion project.
Our values here lie in having fun and ensuring every step of the process is enjoyable for us and especially for you! In that way, we aim to treat every client like our only client.
Umbrella Events is big on inclusivity, which is why we are considered a trusted company for planning LGBTQ+ events. So as long as you’re ready to throw the planning rule book out, we’ll open the window.
Founder & Owner
Cristie is a fast-talking woman who’s clearly excited about what she does. She started this business close to a decade ago and finds new inspiration from every client she takes on. Cristie’s biggest passion in life is travel. She prioritizes one big trip a year that takes her out of her comfort zone and allows her to be inspired by different cultures. It’s part of what fuels her event brainstorming. That, along with music, art and film! And FYI, she’s a bit of a Bill Murray fan – claiming Lost in Translation and Life Aquatic as two of her favourite flicks.
Cristie excels at creating outdoor venues, where everything, including electricity is brought in. She’s an expert at product launches and themed events and she’s your go-to for grazing platters and all things cheese-related.
When you work with Jennifer, chances are, you’ll gain a friend from the experience. She sources “love” as her main inspiration, so when she’s planning your wedding, you can bet she’s going to put her heart into it. Jennifer is a wine enthusiast and loves conversation, so feel free to keep up the chatter and maybe plan for a safe ride home. She might just tell you why Vanderpump really does rule. Or – she’ll let you in on when she saw Hugh Jackman perform live in New York.
Ariel is kind of like a shapeshifter for ideas. She is easily able to draw out people’s imagination and bring it to life, in the form of an unreal event. Even when she’s walking her dog, Dolly, Ariel is gathering inspiration from the seasons, architecture and Vancouver itself. And if she’s not doing that, you’ll probably find her dancing – because if there’s music, she can’t resist.
When you meet this fun-loving lady, ask her about craft beer or the time she went bungee jumping. She’ll tell you, she’s big on adventure and loves to travel.