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We have over 5000 items (including a large array of European glassware, crystals, fabrics, head table decor, branches, backdrop, and more...) available to be incorporated into your vision.
With strong creative backgrounds, we believe that any design is possible!
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Heidi & Jon-Paolo
Telephone:+1 613 331 2852
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On average, we book a year in advance, with some flexibilty. All inquiries are welcome and we look forward to celebrating with you!
Register now for our Wedding & Events: Industry Professionals Party!
Held at The Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 6th Floor
Thursday, Novemeber 21, 2013
You must register to attend. No admission charge, as you are our guest! To register, please fill out the contact form and send an e-mail with the number of attendees and their names
For further inquiries, please contact 45 Design at 613-331-2852
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who we are
45 Design was born from a passion for elegance, detail, and design. We are a husband and wife, full service event stylizing business located in Kingston. We specialize in building a trusted relationship with our clients to ensure their vision exceeds their expectations. Regardless of theme or budget, together we create a vision come true. Being detail oriented, we encourage your event to show your personality resulting in a warm atmosphere for your guests.
Our clients understand the importance of enjoying their wedding day, as opposed to being weighed down with too many DIY projects and a chaotic set up. We encourage couples to be involved in projects and show creativity in the months prior to their event, leaving them to get ready for their wedding. We also encourage couples to be considerate towards themselves, friends and family, allowing everyone to fully enjoy their event.
the 45 design story
People have been asking where the name “45 Design” came from. Why the number 45?
The genesis of the name began when my husband and I were planning our wedding. He was trying to convince me that instead of just a flute of champagne, we should also greet our guests with a second option of a high ball glass containing scotch on the rocks. As he put it: “to set the tone of our wedding. It should be cool and classic, like 1945.”
A few months later, my husband and I were out for dinner and discussing the idea of starting an event décor business. We had set a solid foundation and had everything we needed. We had plans, goals, talent, support, ideas, and plenty of enthusiasm. The only thing missing was a name. We shot some names back and forth, and none seemed to work. None of them seemed to fit the grand idea.
Then my husband simply said “45 Design” and the name instantly hooked me (a good sign), but like everyone else, I was curious as to why he said 45.
He reminded me about the above story where he tried to convince me about the scotch on the rocks and continued. “Think about it. The 1940’s was called the greatest generation for a reason. It was the epitome of cool. People were tough as nails, but classy. Men dressed in suits, and women dressed like ladies. Nobody was walking around in ripped up jeans and short skirts. It was an era defined by people like Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra. In 1945, the war ended, and the good guys won! People were ready to celebrate in style! They did so in beautiful decorated dinner clubs, and everyone and everything was looking sharp. They had style. Our clients should feel the same way.”
That was it, the name summed up exactly what we wanted to express. 45 Design stands in sharp contrast with how the world is now: sloppy and casual. It is defined by the era of the 1940’s. Strong and bold. Cool and classic. Timeless.
And that is the story about how my husband lost the battle for scotch on the rocks, but won the race to name the company.
What we do
As a couple married in September 2012, we understand the stress of planning and stylizing a vision.
As professionals, we take away the stress of last minute set up and pull your vision together.
WE PROVIDE FULL DÉCOR AND SET UP FROM OUR BEAUTIFUL RENTAL ITEMS:
- Head table and cake table set up (with eclectic items to add character)
- Centrepieces (fresh floral, candles, and more)
- Table numbers
- Charger plates (300 gold/300 silver)
- Over 20 colours of organza runners and overlays, as well as colour complimentary satin runners to be used over organza
- Candle votive holders
- Peacock Feathers
- Busta/Envelope Holders
- Rustic theme items
- White Lucite Pillars with Matching Lucite Urns
... and more!
A wedding is a very impressionable time, the only chance to show your closest friends and family you are hosting them at spectacular affair. What will differentiate your event from others? An excellent flow of events where your guests enjoy the celebration of your union by love!
Our Reception Coordinator’s duties are customizable to your needs. Heidi Carfa’s warm and enthusiastic personality adds that distinguishing touch to your event and promotes a spectacular evening where you are left 100% stress free!
Your Package Includes:
- A start time to be discussed based upon your needs *
- Formal dress, to suit the style of your event, including a name tag to be easily identified by guests
- Preparing any last minute deliveries arriving to reception
- Finalizing room set-up prior to guests entering(clients of 45 Design currently do not have this option, as we do not attend reception)
- Warmly greeting guests at reception entrance, on behalf of the couple, so guests are comfortable in approaching Heidi with any concerns or inquiries throughout the evening
- Casually explaining general event information to guests(gift table, signing guest book, washrooms, timing of dinner, etc.)
- Organizing bridal party entrance and ensuring everyone is in order
- Assisting in any guests special requirements(ensuring proper pre-arranged allergy meals are provided)
- Keeping a positive and upbeat flow to reception
- Organize any emergency which arises, emergency kit is kept on hand(helping with stains, rips or bustling dress, ensuring that any unexpected guests are taken care of, touching up brides appearance, etc.)
- Coordinate pre-arranged meals for vendors
- Offering wedding bomboniere/favours to guest upon exit
- Personal assistant to the couple and their immediate family
- Assisting designated family members on bringing wedding gifts to vehicles
*start time and end time may be adjusted to client’s needs, up to an 8 hour time increment
Reserving our services
45 Design is full-service event stylizing business. Full-service means we provide your full décor through our rental items, including head table, cake table, signing table, guest tablescapes (centrepieces including fresh floral), backdrops, and much more...
Booking with us requires a $250 date security deposit. From there we meet during a complimentary consultation and discuss your needs, plans and visions.
On behalf of the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of table runners, charger plates and your services to our 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner.
Our fundraising event was very successful and we are most grateful for 45 Design Events’ support in helping us raise a total of $10,005.30.
The proceeds from the fundraising will be directly applied to supporting our Educational Programming, including our very successful “Archaeology Roadshow”, which takes a compact interactive artifact display into local classrooms and allows students a hands-on understanding of what is required when setting up an actual archaeological dig from start to finish.
Once again, our Board of Directors and staff would like to extend our genuine appreciation for your very generous support of our Foundation’s community activities.
Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation
Heidi at 45 Design was so amazing and helpful! She put together the table arrangements for our annual Oktoberfest and they were beautiful and matched out theme perfectly! Heidi was very professional but so friendly and fun at the same time! Habitat Kingston would recommend 45 Design to everyone!
Affiliate Office & Volunteer Manager
Habitat for Humanity Greater Kingston & Frontenac
Thank you very much for decorating my wedding venue Heidi. It was absolutely lovely - I especially liked the candle arrangements on our head table, wow! Once I get the professional photographs I will make sure to send you some :)
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Thank you for the amazing job at our daughter, Alex’s wedding. Just saw the wedding slide show (by Tim Forbes) and it reminded me of how you made the day perfect – an intimate wedding in the bride and groom’s backyard where we could all be guests with you there to take care of EVERYTHING!
Heidi and Jon-Paolo,
Our journey together started when my sister/MOH asked me "What can I do to make your day easier?" Little did I know how profound an effect that one question would have on our special day.
After contacting a couple of vendors regarding set up/take down and design of decorations for our "indoor garden party" wedding, we had narrowed our options down to two, and from there I went with my gut.
Heidi, I just felt from our first (very long & late) phone call, that you "got" me, you knew what I was looking for, I think even before I did. The phone calls, emails and trading of ideas back and forth solidified for me that we made the right decision in going with 45 Design. Your willingness, and determination to give us the wedding we wanted for the budget we were working with was amazing, I still don't know how you did it all!
In short, you were my saving grace, my sanity and the designer of our dream wedding day. From the little surprise for the ceremony, to the tablescapes and candles, to the help with my bustle and hair, you were there when I needed you no matter what I needed. You will be thought of fondly every time we think of our wedding day, or look at our pictures, and we are so happy to know that when you become a wild success and are THE name in wedding design we'll be able to say "45 Design did our wedding".
Thank you a million times over for helping make our wedding day perfect!
Lots of love,
Dawn Doherty-Affleck & Bob Affleck
My husband and I are still in awe at how smoothly our wedding went because of 45 Design.
I am still at a loss for words at how much appreciation I feel towards Heidi and helping to make my day as stress free as possible.
My husband was very uneasy about letting someone else decorate our wedding since we were a DIY couple (my husband being very hands on in everything). Every question that would come up I would email Heidi and she would always get back to me in a timely fashion. She really tried to make us feel at ease from start to finish. I kept telling him she’s the pro and we are not so she can only do better than we can even at our best but he was still uneasy until the day before....
The day before and day of the wedding my husband and I truly feel that we could not have went with anyone better. Decorating set up and take down was taken care of and that's a lot of time lost when you do a lot of DIY stuff. Heidi truly took a weight off our shoulders and we can never thank her enough.
In the end my husband said 45 Design was perfect. They really did understand our ideas and everything we wanted for our special day. Heidi made and unbeliever a believer, and made a bride as happy as can be.
Thank you Heidi and 45 Design. You are amazing at what you do and I know you will have a long career in front of you :)
Candice and Eric Nelson
If there is anyone who is trying to decide who to go with for decorations/design for their event, stop thinking and go with Heidi (and Jon-Paolo)!
She coached me through a “mini crisis” today and made it so everything was OK!
She will make your big day so much better and less stressful! One of the best decisions I made in picking my vendors and planning my wedding!
Heidi, you are one of the most fantastic people I have ever met! Thanks for today!
Heidi, words could never begin to express my gratitude to you for all that you did to make our event look so great. Your friendly manner, going the extra mile to transform our event into a beautiful environment.
Your creativity, organizational skills and all the extra love and care you put into the evening worked seamlessly to produce the décor that we were looking for.
We had many compliments…it definitely impressed everyone.
Your great attitude made everything easy. You are so pleasant and very generous. Everything you did for our Builders Banquet was much appreciated. This event helped us raise funds for Cuba. …and I know that they are very appreciative.
2013 Builders Banquet Charity Event
"I'm so thankful to have someone as creative and thoughtful as Heidi in my life. She always thinks of every last detail to make your day perfect and always knows exactly where to start. I was lucky enough to have Heidi plan and decorate two of my biggest life events, my bridal shower and then of course followed my baby shower!
Heidi's commitment to create the perfect day for us was evident from the start. Both events turned out more than amazing! We have known each other for most of our lives and whether you are a new friend or an old one, Heidi puts so much care and effort into everything she does. You will make a friend for life.
We can't wait to see what comes in the days ahead for this wonderful duo of 45 Design! Whatever the event or venue may be, it will be beyond breathtaking.
The Vieira family
"Wow! Massive success at the CARF anniversary! Special thanks to 45 Design who added an extra touch of elegance to our venue! If you're looking to enrich your event, I highly recommend this fabulous local business!"
"What is there to say about Heidi Carfa and 45 Design?
While drinking a coffee, waiting to start my day at work, the most pleasant woman approached me with a very unusual question. “Hi Beth, I’m Heidi. I heard that you were getting married in the fall and I was wondering if I could assist you by doing your décor?” I was completely taken back. As a bride to be, I was willing to take any help I could get. I myself know nothing about décor, so professional assistance was exactly what I needed. And professional she was. Heidi was an absolute pleasure to work with. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to décor, but her calming demeanor is exactly what every bride needs before her big day.
Needless to say my day went off without a hitch. The Portsmouth Olympic Harbour… and I quote from the staff themselves 'Has never looked so amazing'.
Heidi’s attention to detail to say the least is pure perfection! I would recommend 45 Design to ANYONE, for ANY occasion. You will not be disappointed. Not only did Heidi and 45 Design make my special day even that much more incredible, but I have now made a friend for life. Thank you Heidi, and 45 Design. Good luck with all of your future endeavors."
Forever grateful, Mike Bastos and Beth Sharman Bastos
"After spending a short time with Jon Paolo and Heidi, you’ll quickly realize how creative and clever they truly are! Knowing the effort and planning that goes into a wedding, they helped up to organize the details and reassured us when we needed it.
From the moment we hired them for our decorations, we never doubted that the décor would be anything but beautiful. Heidi listened to our suggestions and brought our visions to life. We knew that she would take care of all the details and the result exceeded our expectations. Throughout the process, she was reassuring, helpful and considerate – all qualities you want in those around you as your wedding day approaches! 45 Design helped make our wedding unique and truly capture the tone and feel we were hoping for.
45 Design is talented, organized, and they are true professionals. They are fun and easy to work with, and you know you are in good hands. We would highly recommend 45 Design when planning any event and we look forward to working with them again in the future."
Megan & Oliver Costa
"Heidi was wonderful to work with. She made our day extra special with all of her attention to fine details. Our five unexpected guests were handled flawlessly by Heidi, leaving us to relax and enjoy our day. Her professionalism and hard work are noticeable in everything she does and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for the perfect wedding."
- Brooke & Ryan
"We were so happy to be expecting our first child. Planning a baby shower was the next thing on my list. I had no design experience, and quite frankly no vision either. But there she was, my savior, Heidi.
I have known Heidi most of my life and was so thrilled that she offered to throw me my baby shower. "Leave it to me" she said. So without hesitation I did. She took something so simple and turned it into something elegant and beautiful. I couldn't have asked for anything more. She opened her home to myself and 30 of my closest friends and family. She took care of everything from invitations to catering home cooked food. She decorated in pink and made chocolate gifts for every guest. Her kindness often leaves me speechless and the warmth in her heart can put light in any room.
I would recommend Heidi to anyone who wants to make a special day, extraordinary. Anyone would be lucky to have her plan there occasion, but even luckier to gain a lifelong friend. I know how lucky I am to have her.
All the best to 45 Design. There is no doubt in my mind the greatness to come for Heidi and Jon-Paolo."
Forever grateful, Jenna Hardy and Dyllan Read
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