Atlantic Canada has so much to offer in terms of wedding venues during the Summer months.
I love telling people how the Maritimes have transformed into a destination wedding location over the past few years, and seeing their reaction, which is usually disbelief as they look around at the foot of snow on the ground - haha! While our winters might not be the ideal season for a backyard celebration, the six, warm months we get from May to October are so lovely.
Did you know that a destination wedding is defined as marrying at least 100 miles from where the bride & groom currently live? Meaning if you live in Cape Breton, Moncton, Yarmouth or beyond, Halifax is considered a destination wedding for you!
Having a destination wedding doesn't necessarily mean having to go to Mexico, Florida or another sunny destination! You can host your very own destination right here in Atlantic Canada.
In fact, many of our clients either live outside of Nova Scotia and want to bring their family & friends back home to celebrate their wedding, or they live in Halifax and want to bring their guests to Cape Breton, the South Shore and sometimes even further to say "I do." Both of these scenarios are considered a destination wedding!
We have so many beautiful destination wedding locations right here in Atlantic Canada, such as the Keltic Lodge, the Algonquin Resort, and the Pictou Lodge, to name a few!
We love traveling to new destinations and resorts for events.
Are you planning a destination wedding? If so, we're sharing a bit of advice on destination wedding planning within Atlantic Canada!
Do you have a favourite photographer that you've always dreamt of hiring for your big day? Favourite band? Florist? Wedding planner? (haha!)
Just because you're getting married in a certain city, doesn't necessarily mean you need to source all of your vendors from there. My best bet is that any vendor would be more than willing to travel with you to your dream venue!
If you love a certain vendor's work but haven't seen them execute a wedding outside of a certain location, just ask! Most people will jump at the opportunity to widen their portfolio by travelling to a new destination - I know we sure would!
This one relates closely to vendors, but when selecting your destination wedding venue, be sure to do a bit of research on what local vendors are available to you in the area.
If you're lucky, your venue will provide you with chairs, tables & linens, but smaller venues simply don't have the capability to provide these rentals, meaning you'll need to rent everything & bring it with you.
If there's a local rental company nearby the venue that offers these items, great! If not, be sure to plan for a delivery charge if bringing items out of the city.
Rentals companies, like vendors, will charge a mileage fee, meal per diem, and need accommodations depending on the location. Be sure to consider these extra costs when putting together your wedding budget.
OTHER LOGISTICAL TIPS
1. Plan a site visit. When planning from afar, it can be hard to visualize everything inside the space, such as where the head table will go, where the cocktail hour will happen, and what décor items you need to source to complete your wedding day vision. Photos can only go so far, so plan to walk through the venue at least once before the big day.
2. Block off rooms at a nearby / onsite hotel. If most of your guests are travelling in with you, be sure to block off hotel rooms for them to stay nearby! This is extremely important, because if there isn't anywhere for your guests to stay, they might not be able to attend your wedding.
3. Arrange transportation. Consider booking bridal party & guest transportation if the venue is remote or if there isn't a hotel onsite. This is especially important for the end of the night, when your guests have been celebrating all day with you. If there isn't a local cab company or transit service available for your guests, you can easily hire a bus to shuttle everyone from the reception venue to their hotels.
One of my favourite destination weddings last year was Nicolle & Ethan's classic & romantic celebration at the Algonquin Resort in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.
The Algonquin Resort is such a lovely destination wedding venue. Everything that your guests could need is available onsite, and you can host your entire wedding on the Algonquin's beautiful property.
Nicolle & Ethan did just that - they had their ceremony & cocktail hour tucked away in a lush garden, just steps away from the main lodge. Guests then made their way over to the reception space (just a short, 5-minute walk) and danced the night away in the Algonquin's Van Horne Ballroom.
Candace Berry Photography made the trip to Saint Andrews with us, and captured Nicolle & Ethan's stunning celebration!
If you're planning a destination wedding, we'd love to hear from you. We're always so excited for the opportunity to travel to new locales and work with different venues!
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