Winnipeg Socials

If you recently became engaged, you both are probably pondering a Manitoba tradition: to have a wedding social. What is a wedding social? It’s a fundraising event to help the bride and groom raise money for their wedding, honeymoon or to just start out their life together as a married couple. It’s a Manitoba tradition. As thanks the guests get a night out with chances at some great silent auction prizes, some cheap drinks and a late night snack.

Spring is the busiest season for socials. So in order to book the date you want you have to decide fast what you are going to do.

First you have to decide if you will have the much needed support (of both time and money) from family and more importantly, your wedding party.


You can decide to do the much simpler “bar” social. No liquor license as the staff will run it all for you. You can focus on your silent auction tickets, door tickets and mingling with your guests. Overall the cost is quite reasonable but the amount of funds you may raise will be conservative.

Or you can decide to rent a hall or community club. Which leads into the liquor, liquor license, food, etc. A bit more costly initially, but the return can be tremendous. Honestly it will be a lot of work. For both the couple and the wedding party. But if you have the friends and family to support you and come out for the social then this would be the better option.

Printing Tickets

Make sure the tickets are clear enough for the info needed including location, date, time and who the event is for. Standard tickets go for about $10. Print what you need but do not go over capacity of the hall. If you like you can also print “support” only tickets for those who want to show their support but will not be attending. Also take note if you are allowing children to come they DO count towards the capacity number included in the hall. Get your friends and family to sell the tickets but remember only nonprofit organizations can advertise their event.

Silent Auction Prizes

The trick to a great social is the silent auction and the prizes. Most will have themes with a couple of grand prizes. The money a great batch of prizes can generate is tremendous. Keep the small prizes at a value of $100-$300 with the grand prize at about $400-$500.

Now to find your silent auction prizes. The first thing you want to do is ask yourself, your fiancé as well as friends/family if there is a chance to get donations from work or from companies everyone does business with.

Can you get prizes from services needed at the social? Can your DJ offer a prize? How about who you get to supply the late night food? At Harvest Bakery and Deli we offer a voucher for a photo image cake (valued at $50) when you order our traditional social food package for 250 people or more! Remember companies will require a letter of request as well as a voided ticket. Accept whatever donation is offered with much enthusiasm, because no one is required to donate.

Now as for the raffle tickets like 50/50 or bottle draw. Those tickets will be offered to guests at their tables with someone walking around and selling them. The 50/50 is usually sold at the door with 50% going to the winner and the other 50% going to the bride and groom.


When hiring a DJ ask your friends and family for recommendations. You can also check online and look at the reviews. Music can make or break the mood at any social. People who are happy and having a great time tend to spend more money. And it keeps people moving and having fun.


Traditional social food is deli style meats, cheese and pickles. Tossing a sandwich together quickly using ham, salami and garlic sausage on some great Winnipeg rye bread is the most popular choice. Served about 11-1130 pm. Some people have opted for pizza or have made their own food like hot dogs. If ordering traditional deli food ask if you can save some money by plating the food yourself.

Call around for options, pricing and quantities.

Great resources to help you with organizing, pricing, donation lists and support are Manitoba Socials and All Things Wedding in Manitoba: Socials Group (both found on Facebook). For traditional social food pricing please call us at HARVEST BAKERY AND DELI 204-489-1086. We have one of the most competitively priced packages in Winnipeg!

Photo Cakes are All the Rage!

So you need to order a cake for your next celebration. It could be a birthday or anniversary. Someone retiring or changing jobs. Graduation or engagement. Nothing makes a cake more personalized then having an image of the person or couple on the centerpiece to any party. The cake!

You want to be sure the photo you select will be the one everyone, especially those front and center, will be happy with. Here are some great suggestions to make sure you have a great quality photo.

.jpg or Actual Photo

Having a photo file versus an actual photo does make a HUGE difference. If your bakery has to scan an image to print, some factors will change the quality of the photo. The larger the photo the better. Small photos will print a bit blurry. Age of the photo can change the color or tint. Remember when scanning a photo the scanner picks up the paper as well as the photo.

Portrait or Landscape

The layout of a photo determines how the decorator will place the photo on the cake. If you are adding script to the cake will there be room? Is the cake you are serving round, square or rectangle? Talk to your bakery to ask how they would lay out the photo.

Is a Funny or Embarrassing Photo Okay?

This is where you have to determine how the guest of honor will react to the cake when they see it. Will they see it as funny and enjoy the additional spotlight this photo may bring? And more important how the guest will see that hilarious shot. Will it embarrass anyone else? We have seen our fair share of hilarious photos at the bakery. But would I want one of them on my cake? Maybe….not.

Wedding Anniversary

Personal Image Photo Cake

A great idea for this is having a current photo of the couple as well as their wedding photo. Make sure both photos are in the same format (portrait or landscape) as it will have a better visual aesthetic. We have done many of these cakes and they always seem to be a crowd pleaser.

Child Birthday

Minions Photo Cake

Every child loves to see their face or their favorite character on a cake. If your bakery has a photo cake system that allows them to print licensed images you can personalize the cake even more by putting your child right in the photo with their favorite character! Or maybe your child would love a princess cake, be a super hero or hang out with video game characters. Take your child to the bakery and let them see the catalogue if this is an option.

Teen Birthday

Maybe they would like to see their favorite band or YouTube personality on a cake. Or if they are donating their monetary gifts to a charity or cause, a cake showing what invitees are donating too may be the answer.

Mom or Dad Cakes

Is the cake for your mom or dad? Catching a great photo where they are oblivious to posing and just enjoying the moment makes for a beautiful image. In the garden or out enjoying nature. Maybe spending time with family or friends. Or catching them in a quiet moment (it happens!) can surprise them when they see the photo.

Licensed Image Photo Cake

Photo cakes can create conversation. They can overwhelm and impress. But most of all they can simply touch the heart of the person on the cake.

Open a conversation with your local bakery and let them know what feeling you want the cake to express. Have a few photos available with you on your phone. The more you discuss, ask and offer the better your cake will be.

No matter what the celebration is everyone remembers the cake! At Harvest Bakery & Deli we have a wide variety of images, character and ideas to help you with your celebration. In the Winnipeg area call us today! 204.489.1086