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Dream location for your dream day


njoy the natural splendor of BC’s West Coast at one of Vancouver Island’s premier wedding destinations. Olympic View Golf Club offers wedding couples an amazing venue at an amazing price. A world away, yet only minutes from downtown Victoria, Olympic View Golf Club is the dream location for your dream day. Surrounded by rolling forested hills, lakes and waterfalls, this is the perfect location to host your ceremony and reception. The newly renovated Ballroom comes complete with built in AV equipment, private bar and bartender, dance floor, and of course the floor to ceiling windows for your guests to enjoy the beautiful view. Many inclusive services offered include: personalized event planning and day of coordination, ceremony rehearsal, multiple on site photo locations, bridal room, tailored menus, cake cutting and more.

Wedding and banquet coordinator Katrina Milne will help take care of the details leading up to and on the day of, so you can relax and enjoy your special day. “I just have to take a moment and express how amazing this venue was for my in-laws wedding! From day one, the communication, ease in making selections and finally and most importantly, the amazing support from event organizer Katrina Milne was second to none! Just when it felt like a detail was going to be missed, she was there like a fairy godmother waving her wand and making everything fall into place without missing a beat! The food was delicious, the views captivating and the venue itself beautiful and accommodating. I highly recommend Olympic View Golf Club!” — Carla Holmes Contact: Katrina Milne: 250-474-3673 ext 252. olympicviewgolf.com

An Amazing venue with vistas + value.


4401 William Head Road, Victoria 250.478.6424 | metchosinhall@yahoo.ca Maximum 170 People – Includes tables, chairs and use of kitchen. Offsite table and chair rentals available.



Olympic View Golf Club 643 Latoria Rd., Victoria 250.474.3673 olympicviewgolf.com

Did you know? W hile flowers certainly add beauty and a wonderful aroma to wedding ceremonies and receptions, there are other reasons behind their inclusion in such festivities. In ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands because the Romans believed flowers signified hope, fertility and new beginnings. In the Middle Ages, brides did not carry flowers, but rather strong-smelling spices and herbs. The rationale was that the herbs and spices would drive away bad luck and evil spirits. Flowers also served another practical purpose. In eras when bathing was a luxury, different flowers and herbs helped mask body odors. It wasn’t until the Victorian era, when flowers were used to symbolize romantic love, that they became part of wedding ceremonies, according to Modern Weddings magazine. —MC

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Amazing venues for your special event Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre has some amazing venues available for your special event.


atering at West Shore Parks and Recreation makes for an affordable event for any number of guests. Our catering services can help you plan your wedding event, from a chef-carved prime rib served with red wine jus to roasted red snapper with chipotle cilantro sauce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our catering department is sure to please. Our professional team is dedicated to providing personal and friendly service, so whether you want to marry your best friend, host a family reunion or corporate tournament, bring us your ideas and our team will assist you with all the details. Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre is home to a variety of venues able to accommodate

large and small events. We have three spaces to choose from for up to 180 people, or for that large event during the spring and summer, we can accommodate up to 700 people in the curling rink. Create your own menu or choose from our existing one. The beautiful Kinsmen Fieldhouse overlooking the Juan de Fuca Golf Course is perfect for intimate wedding receptions. Full audio-visual service may be arranged through outside service providers. Included in the rental are standard linens, with white tablecloths and white napkins. Specialty linens and skirting are available by request and can be discussed with the team. For information, contact the catering department: 250-474-8609. Let us plan your wedding so you can truly be a guest. Discover our menu at: westshorereccentre.ca/catering.

Simple Elegance Westshore Centre Cateringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional team is ready to help you plan your special event.

Affordable wedding venues for your intimate wedding with delicious catering. Discover our menu at www.westshorerecreation.ca/catering For information on catering and rates contact Erin Pirot at 250-474-8609 or epirot@westshorerecreation.ca

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Tie the Knot is a Victoria Times Colonist Publication 2621 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8T 4M2 To advertise in the next issue of Tie the Knot, contact: Sales at: 250-380-5313 Submit editorial to: Jenus Friesen jfriesen@timescolonist.com

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Cedar Hill Golf Course


Intimate. Personal. Memorable.

wned and operated by the District of Saanich, Cedar Hill Golf Course is conveniently located on the outskirts of Downtown Victoria with panoramic views of the city and Olympic Mountains. The facility is surrounded by a wraparound deck, capturing great views of the golf course, local hills and snow-capped mountains — all acting as a great backdrop for photos. The facility is easily accessible, offers great value, excellent service, and seating for up to 120 guests. Attention to detail, guest focus and desire to exceed expectations make Cedar Hill Golf Course a sought after event location within the community. Competitive menus can be tailored with your tastes in mind while supporting as many local businesses as possible and working within “Sustainable Saanich”. “From the first point of contact to the actual day of the event, no words can describe the outstanding, professional, attentive and courteous job the team did. The reception was beautifully set up, the staff were extremely efficient and kind — they thought of absolutely everything! Now let’s talk about the food. Every one of our 100 plus guests could not stop raving about the melt in your mouth prime rib, the scrumptious assortments of desserts, truly better than a five-star restaurant. Thank you Geoff and the team that made this incredible special day truly perfect. With much gratitude and appreciation, we thank all of you for a truly amazing day!” — Dave and Maureen

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Great Value Gorgeous Views Private Patio Seating for 120 Excellent Food & Service

The team at Cedar Hill Golf Course look forward to working with you on your special day. For more information or to schedule a site tour, contact Danielle at: 250-475-5424 or by email: danielle.shaughnessy@saanich.ca

saanich.ca/golf Cedar Hill Clubhouse. Photos by Melanie Seal-Jones, Tadpoles Gallery.

Cedar Hill Golf Course 1400 Derby Rd. To book your reception, contact Danielle at: 250-475-5424


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From start to finish, the wedding planner at the Royal Canadian Legion in Langford will help make your wedding day perfect and complete.

A perfect wedding day, from start to finish

Need a Hall for Your Event? WHY NOT THE


200-300 PEOPLE CAPACITY FULL IN-HOUSE CATERING Services: • Linen • Reasonably Priced Bar • Plenty of Parking • Wi-Fi • Large Stage/Sound System • Professional Decorator Referral Available

FOR EVENT INFORMATION OR CONSULTATION PLEASE CALL 250-478-1828 761 Station Ave. manager@rcl91.ca Victoria

By Bea LeBlanc Ways & Means Chair, langford Legion


he other day, I was approached by a woman who wanted information about renting our hall for her son’s upcoming wedding. I provided her with our catering menu and costs for renting the auditorium. The next day she emailed me and asked if I could meet with the bride, as she was interested in seeing the hall and finding out more about our venue. Two days later, I met with not only the bride but her mother, the mother-in-law and two bridesmaids! They were very pleased with the size of the hall and started talking about how the decorations could be placed. It was like they saw it as a large, blank canvas to decorate at will. I told them that we also had a decorator and DJ that we could recommend if they needed either of these services. Once the availability of the hall for the date they wanted was confirmed, we started to discuss the menu, bar service and room set-up, colour theme, etc. We were able to make changes to the menu that suited her needs and also fell within her budget. During the course of this discussion, I discovered that they still hadn’t decided

where they were going to have the ceremony. As this was a small wedding, I suggested that they have the ceremony here, as the hall could be divided in such a way that the ceremony could take place at the back of the hall and the reception at the front. The arbour could be decorated with her colours, covered chairs with matching sashes could be set up in two rows with a carpet down the centre. Once the “I do’s” were completed and the bridal party left for pictures, the guests who needed somewhere to go before dinner could utilize the lounge or games room while waiting until it was time for the reception. A Designated Driver was also made available to ensure guests made it home safely. When the family returned to the branch the day after the wedding to pick up the decorations, etc., they couldn’t say enough as to how appreciative they were about the quality of service they had received, right from the planning stages, and all the way through to the clean-up the day after their event, and how it had made their special day one to remember. Prince Edward Branch 91, Royal Canadian Legion, Langford, rcl91.ca

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Before and after the big day


Whether new or pre-owned, your wedding gown needs to be clean, wrinkle-free and ready to help you shine.

ince it all starts with the dress, don’t let the memories end after your wedding day. Let’s face it. Weddings can be hard on a gown. Some stains dry up and become invisible to the eye but continue to eat away at the fabric. Keeping your wedding gown in the best possible condition should be a primary concern. One Hour Cleaners in Victoria has the tools and technology necessary to clean your gown without ruining it in the process.

Cleaning and Preservation Cleaning and preserving your wedding dress is very important in order for it to survive and look great for generations to come. Whether you want to preserve your memories that blossomed with your wedding day or you decide to sell your gown and recover some of the cost — every gown needs to be cleaned after the wedding. And if you plan on keeping your gown, your wedding gown preservation by a certified wedding gown specialists is essential. victoriadrycleaning.com

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Stones Jewellery

A rare find

A rare signature


Unique, Canadian-made jewellery from Victoria’s gem specialists Stones Jewellery has been dazzling Victoria with fine jewellery for more than 40 years. Located inside the iconic Empress Hotel, this family-owned business specializes in rare gems and unique pieces designed in-house. To learn more about their artful, Canadian-made jewellery, check out: stonesjewelleryvictoria.com or visit Stones Jewellery Victoria on Facebook.

DESIGNERS OF FINE JEWELLERY SINCE 1972 Your love story starts here for an unequaled selection of unique Canadian made designs.

VISIT US: Empress Hotel Tea Lobby, 721 Government Street • 250.382.4841


tones Jewellery has been making Victoria sparkle with unique, Canadian-made jewellery for over 40 years. Nestled in the lobby of the landmark Empress Hotel, this family business is an institution in the city. “Almost all of our pieces are designed in-house, and we make a point to carry rare and unique stones that you won’t find anywhere else in the city,” says Brandon Toone, store manager. Stones Jewellery’s in-house designers create a range of items to reflect their customers in the city of Victoria, everyone from newly-weds to seasoned collectors. With its old-world charm and modern outlook, Victoria is an eclectic city, and the Stones Jewellery team makes sure to carry designs that appeal to every taste and style. “Art Deco to totally modern — every piece we design is totally unique,” says Toone. From the outset, Stones Jewellery has always focused on eye-catching coloured gems, but the shop is home to a stunning collection of diamonds as well. “We have an incredible selection of white and yellow diamonds,” says Toone, who goes on to note that the settings are designed, as always, to capture the imagination and suit any style. Last summer, Stones Jewellery launched a new, sit-down experience designed especially for couples looking for the perfect engagement ring. “Getting your engagement ring at Stones Jewellery, right inside The Empress Hotel, is an incredible memory,” says Toone. While many jewellery shops focus on brand names and the high prices that come with them, Stones Jewellery favours high quality designs without a name brand mark up. The Stones Jewellery signature is rare, coloured gems. Always unusual and unique and never lab-grown — the gems are true statement pieces. “We carry a lot of exotic stones that few people have,” says Toone, “things like Alexandrite and Tsavorite that are very coveted.” The handmade pieces at Stones Jewellery are heirlooms in the making, designed to last for generations. Each item is backed with an included warranty and experts at Stones Jewellery happily repair damaged items. A commitment to quality and artistry is the foundation of all the pieces on offer at Stones Jewellery. Shopping at Stones Jewellery is always a personal experience. The small team of four takes pride in cultivating lasting relationships with customers, even recognizing familiar faces years later. Along with attentive service, Stones Jewellery offers specialized, in-depth knowledge about gems and jewellery that has won them a loyal following. “We have people who have been

shopping with us since the beginning,” says Toone. Whether it features exotic, coloured gems or magnificent pearls, each item has a unique, distinctive quality. To appreciate that uniqueness, browsing in-store is ideal. However, Stones Jewellery has recently launched a re-vamped website and a small e-shop for those who would like to peruse from home. The shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages are another way to interact with these dazzling designs from afar. If a little sparkle is calling your name, Stones Jewellery is a perfect place to start your search. Whether it’s the knowledgeable, friendly staff or the timeless ambiance of the shop, one thing is certain — shopping at Stones is a memory that won’t soon fade. stonesjewelleryvictoria.com

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Arthur Murray Dance studio

All eyes are on you as you take the floor


ll eyes are on you as you take the floorâ&#x20AC;Ś spinning and swaying in perfect harmony. This is a once in a lifetime moment. Your first dance as husband and wife. Let the professionals at Arthur Murray help you create the dance you envision. Most couples say that taking dance lessons together was the most fun they had in preparation for their wedding! With over 100 years of experience, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taught everything from a romantic Rumba to a traditional Waltz to a spicy Salsa. The possibilities are truly endless. What are you waiting for? 3567 Ravine Way, Phone: 250-940-6050 victoriaarthurmurray.com

Imagine the Possibilities

The Perfect First Dance Arthur Murray Dance Studio Victoria www.VictoriaArthurMurray.com

250-940-6050 3567 Ravine Way, Victoria BC

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An unequalled air of fantasy and romance

Experience the ultimate romantic wedding at St. Ann’s Academy. Photo (left) by D. Lowes. The historic buildings are the perfect location for your wedding photos. Photo (right) by Nichole Taylor.

are few, if any, locations in Victoria Twithherewedding facilities that match those of

Photo by D. Lowes


• Private Garden • Historical Chapel

• Large Outdoor Green Space • Theatre-style Auditorium

St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC



t. Ann’s Academy, a National Historic Site, has a rich history in Victoria. This stunning location has elegant indoor, outdoor and combination settings available to suit your unique love story. Outside, the Academy grounds feature a variety of garden settings – two in particular that are ideally suited to outdoor ceremonies and receptions. The Novitiate Garden is very secluded, which makes it the ideal location for an outdoor ceremony and smaller reception. The verdant green manicured lawn, perimeter flowerbeds and gazebo create a pleasing, cozy atmosphere. For larger scale affairs, the Academy Green offers a sunny field as well as shade under the canopy of grand trees. Inside, the Academy offers a chapel,

parlours and a spacious foyer. The chapel is the true jewel of the Academy. Built in 1858, the chapel’s gently flattened arches and hand carved and gilded ornamentation is reminiscent of the baroque inspired chapels common in Quebec. With golden sunlight cascading through its original art-glass windows, the chapel lends an unequalled air of fantasy and romance to every wedding held within. Though historically Roman Catholic, the chapel has been rededicated as an interfaith chapel, welcoming everyone’s beliefs. If you prefer something less religiouslyreminiscent, St. Ann’s also has a theatrestyle auditorium with beautiful art-glass windows and a greater capacity for your special day. stannsacademy.com

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A wedding at the end of the road

Getting hitched at Tofino Resort Marina

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just wanted to send a thank you! Everything about Saturday night went flawlessly. The food was amazing, the staff were great (and hilarious) and the whole evening, from when we started planning till Saturday night, was so easy and fun. All the guests had an absolute blast :) Thank you very much! You are, and work with, a very professional, efficient, and fun group of people.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Miranda and Gavin


hat better place to show your love for each other than Tofinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church of the open sky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a white sandy beach on the Pacific Ocean? A Tofino beach wedding is a dream that can be realized. Whether on one of Tofinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easily accessible expanses of beach or on an exclusive boat, or a float plane-accessed island all to yourselves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Clayoquot Sound can play backdrop to your day of love. Of course, Tofino Resort + Marina also has indoor options for both ceremony and reception, a culinary program that will measure up to the love you pledge, and a 62-room resort ready to host the love party of a lifetime. Our newly renovated resort is located right in the heart of the community, so you can walk from your room to anywhere in downtown Tofino. Property amenities include a 1100 sq ft space overlooking the Tofino Inlet offering the perfect area for a reception. Tofino Resort + Marina has a full-service Marina and Adventure Centre which have been designed to reflect our

passion for the West Coast outdoor lifestyle. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve arrived with adventurous ideas of your own, or are looking for some inspiration, start here. We can arrange paddle board (SUP) or surfing lessons, hot spring tours, whale or bear watching, crabbing excursions, bike rentals, scenic flights, free diving â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even yoga. At Chef Paul Moranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1909 Kitchen, there is simply no better location to enjoy a true representation of West Coast cuisine. This ingredient-driven menu is sourced and foraged from Tofinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oceans, shoreline and forests. Chef Moran is the 2019 Top Chef Canada winner, and regularly invites the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest chefs to collaborate at 1909 Kitchen. From oceanside to mountaintop, the sky is literally the limit when it comes to a Tofino Resort + Marina wedding. Call: 844-680-4184 and start planning your special day. Contact: Sarayha Ferris at: sferris@tofinoresortandmarina.com tofinoresortandmarina.com


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Farm Table Inn

Savour the experience of the farm


he Farm Table Inn is a charming bed & breakfast, restaurant and farm located in the Cowichan Valley, outside of Duncan. Owners Evelyn Koops and George Gates welcome you to this wonderful space to have weddings, parties, anniversaries and other group gatherings. You can join them for dinner, Sunday buffet brunch or a weekend get away at their bed and breakfast. Evelyn is the hostess, inn keeper and marketing specialist. George is a Red Seal chef and has spent many years in the food industry. He’s passionate about food, as each dish he creates is made with love. The Farm serves local, organic and home made food and offers a leisurely dining experience

Bridal Experience at the Farm Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 2 to 4p.m. 6755 Cowichan Lake Rd.

Are you or someone you know getting

married soon? Join us at the Farm for our Bridal Experience — an opportunity for brides, their bridal party, family and friends to discover the Farm Table Inn and what it has to offer as a wedding venue. Each ticket includes samplings of wedding menu food, wine tastings from our in-house sommelier, a walk around the property so brides can get ideas of photos and ceremony location, and guests will also get to view the two room bed and breakfast. We are located off Highway 18, turn left at Skutz Falls, about 15 minutes from Duncan and 10 minutes from Lake Cowichan. Look for our B & B sign, Cowichan River Provincial Park sign, and our big white sign on Highway 18. We are located just minutes from Skutz Falls, the Cowichan Provincial Park, the Trans Canada Trail and are a part of the Pacific Marine Circle Route. farmtableinn.ca

“We want to make sure your wedding day is extraordinary.” Deco De mode

Trust us with every detail


ere’s a day you’ll never forget and the fun you’ll have along the way. Deco De Mode invites you to relax and allow us to help you create your unforgettable wedding party. Our talented, innovative team of stylists, beauty experts and makeup artists will primp and pamper you all the way to the altar. We offer an array of pre-wedding services including nails, lash extensions, pedicures, hair removal, skin rejuvenation, permanent makeup, haircuts and colour and more. Trust us with every detail – we’ve got

a special service for you, your bridal party, friends, and family! We want to make sure your wedding day is extraordinary. Call us today at: 250-380-6533 to create your custom bridal spa party. Our incredible staff will take care of you ­— from three people to 25 — all you need to do is chose your services and relax. Having a sister salon a few doors down allows us to offer you the ultimate wedding support. The royal treatment awaits you at Deco De Mode and Gold Hair Lounge and Blow Out Bar. decodemode.com

BE.YOU.TIFUL ♥ Bridal and Bridal Party Hair ♥ Makeup Packages and Services ♥ Spa Parties for Bachelorette Parties or Bridal Showers ♥ Gel Manicures and Pedicures ♥ Facials

www.decodemode.com 1014 Broad Street, Victoria 250-380-6533 weddings@decodemode.com


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The union club

Traditional comfort and modern presentation


ew occasions are as memorable as a wedding, and the Union Club is uniquely placed to make anyone’s “special day” as delightful and stress-free as possible. Allow the Union Club to invite you to experience elegance, romance and luxury. Over many years, the Union Club of British Columbia has built an excellent reputation for hosting exclusive weddings and wedding receptions. Adorned with high ceilings, great chandeliers and timeless period furnishings, the Union Club offers an unsurpassed backdrop of Edwardian elegance – all complemented by one of the finest food and beverage services in the city and a tradition of exquisite culinary distinction. We pride ourselves on top-notch staff that regularly surpasses what is expected of them to ensure that members and guests

have an exceptional experience – especially for a once-in-a-lifetime wedding. Our award-winning kitchen will create an appropriately grand dining experience. Later, the dance floor can become the focus for joyful celebration with the help of a live band. And don’t forget that the Inn at the Union Club is a boutique hotel with up to 22 cozy and tasteful rooms available for those hosting out-of-town guests. Anyone with a wedding or other special event in the offing who is interested in a wonderful combination of traditional comfort and modern presentation should consider what the Club can uniquely offer. Contact the Catering & Conference Manager at: 250-384-1151 (ext.305) or catering@unionclub.com for details. unionclub.com

The Russian Tailor

Custom tailoring and expert alterations


he new premises of The Russian Tailor, situated in the shadow of Victoria’s City Hall, is the culmination of Irina Sitonin’s lifetime of experience. Visit Irina’s spacious shop, where she specializes in alterations, custom-designed bridal and formal gowns, suits and shirts. Irina’s lifelong dream has been realized in her tailoring business, in which she is delighted to share her gift and passion for tailoring beautiful custom clothing with her clients. Growing up in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina was taught to sew by her grandmother before she was five. By the fifth grade in Russian public school, Irina was taking sewing lessons twice a week. By grade 8, she had attended sewing college in St. Petersburg and finished her high school education over the same four-year period. She went on to apprentice under a master tailor at a clothing manufacturer in St. Petersburg. Irina’s business, The Russian Tailor, is the culmination of a lifetime of experience, a creative and discerning eye and a love of quality apparel.

In realizing a lifelong dream, Irina is delighted to share her gift and passion for tailoring. With a creative and discerning eye, she creates beautiful custom clothing for her clients. “This work is my love, my life,” said the vivacious red-headed Irina, “and I like people. Seeing all the customers, brides and bridesmaids so happy and excited is such a great thing.” Visit Irina and experience for yourself the artistry that an expert tailor can bring to your wardrobe. The Russian Tailor is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction, with a large variety of options to choose from. russiantailor.com new to The Russian Tailor — The Russian Tailor Boutique — a sparkling, trendy boutique specializing in party, prom and cocktail dresses, including formal and evening gowns for special events. You are sure to be a hit at your special occasion in fashions from The Russian Tailor Boutique.


“RUSSIAN TAILOR” Expert Wedding Dress Alterations

• Custom Wedding Dresses • Add a Custom Bolero Jackets or Sleeves to Your Wedding Dress • Crinolines

Custom Suits & Shirts Tel: 250-388-5543 - Irina 1312 Douglas St.

BOOK APPOINTMENT www.russiantailor.com

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Knight Limousines

Wedding day transportation


ith so many vehicle options to choose from, Knight Limousines has just the right vehicle to transport you and your guests on your special day for the bridal party. Knight Limousines is your full-service wedding car service. Before couples can tie the knot and cut a rug at their receptions, everyone, couple and guests included, must arrive at the location (or locations). There are ways to make the process go smoothly for everyone.

Map out your needs

Expect the Best

Knight K g Limousine Li sii

Knight-Limousine.com Offers Professional, High Quality Transportation Services.

Let us transport your family and wedding guests in comfort and safety

Our Fleet:

• Clean / well maintained, 100% non-smoking • Sedans, minivans, minibuses & mini coaches, up to 24 passengers • Excellent Airport, Ferry & Charter Rates • Child seats available by request

Book online /prompt confirmation info@knight-limousine.com


Everything should be built around the ceremony. Once the ceremony time has been set, the rest of the day can be arranged around that time. Determine how much time is needed to travel from the ceremony to the reception. Allocate time before the cocktail hour to allow for traffic, photos and other needs that take time. You don’t want to feel rushed. Once the timing has been orchestrated, couples can figure out which types of transportation are required.

Book personal transportation first Happy couples make their own transportation their top priority. It is preferable to book well in advance if a couple is getting married around a holiday or during prom season, when limousines and party buses are in high demand. Unless the

bride-to-be plans to be seen by her groom, couples will need separate transportation to the ceremony site. Factor multiple vehicles into the wedding transportation budget.

Explore your personality Brides and grooms have transportation options at their disposal. Never feel penned in by tradition, especially when something else makes you feel remarkable and the budget allows for it.

Consider others’ needs Have the names and phone numbers of taxi or ride sharing services available for those who may not be able to drive after the party. Elderly or disabled guests appreciate prearranged transportation as well. Although couples can arrange for transportation as a courtesy to others, they don’t need to make arrangements for everyone.

Ride in style Knight Limousines offers their fleet of 13 vehicles for 4 to 24 passengers; up to 24 passenger mini-coaches; mini-vans with large luggage capacity; SUV luxury sedans; with clean, modern and well maintained vehicles. Information: 250-598-5855. Family owned and operated since 1991, Knight Limousine offers professional, high quality transportation services. knight-limousine.ca

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What if something should go wrong?


very couple should consider PAL Insurance Brokers’ (Canada Ltd.) unique product called Weddinguard for their big day. Weddinguard is an insurance product that provides insurance coverage for the bride and groom’s wedding essentials, such as: • bridal attire • rings • wedding gifts • wedding cake and flowers • wedding photos and video • wedding stationery • rented property • loss deposits • wedding cancellation expenses • honeymoon cancellation expenses • liquor liability coverage for three • 24-hour periods, such as rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, and gift opening. The two most common questions related to PAL’s Weddinguard insurance are: “Why do I need this insurance?” and “What does this insurance cover?” The team at PAL asks future brides and grooms the following questions

when considering the need for a Weddinguard insurance policy: • What if your wedding dress is ruined before your wedding? • What if your wedding photographs do not turn out due to loss or damage of the original film, negatives or damage to digital media on which the images are stored? • What if the church and/or establishment cannot hold your ceremony/reception? • What if your fiancé or anyone in your family falls ill or worse? • What if Dad loses his job before the wedding bills have been paid? For most brides and grooms, the answers to the above questions are often unknown and can create anxiety and concern. A PAL Weddinguard policy provides peace of mind in relation to these concerns. The average amount spent on a wedding today is around $40,000 and can increase dramatically from there. For most people, weddings are a major investment and take months of planning. Weddinguard

Did you know?


n adherence to traditional wedding wardrobes, brides wear white and veils to complete their ensembles. While many people may view veils as a symbol of purity and chastity, various sources indicate veils had a more prominent purpose. Cosmopolitan magazine indicates that veils first became popular in ancient Roman times, when brides were covered head-to-toe in a red sheet called a flammeum. The sheet was intended to scare off any evil spirits that might ruin the wedding. Veils eventually replaced the flammeum to disguise the bride from those naughty spirits. Veils also were used to hide brides’ faces from grooms in an era of arranged marriages when grooms had never seen their brides before their wedding days. Thankfully, today’s veils are more about fashion than function. —MC

protects this important investment and provides protection against many adversities that can occur on or before the wedding day, including cancellation from most causes beyond the bride and groom’s control. Removing the fear of the unknown from your wedding day reduces your risk that your day will be ruined by certain factors that you have no control over. A PAL Weddinguard policy can greatly reduce those risk factors while protecting your investment in the most important day of your life. A PAL Weddinguard policy covers a great deal of potential issues that can occur on or before the wedding day. This means that if any bridal attire, including bridesmaid and groomsman attire, gets damaged or lost before your wedding day, a PAL Weddinguard policy will cover the cost to repair or replace it. If your wedding venue suffers a financial failure or if your wedding entertainer cancels, a PAL Weddinguard policy will cover the loss of your deposits. If your

wedding rings are lost or damaged, a PAL Weddinguard policy will cover the repair or replacement of your rings. If your wedding cake or flowers are lost or damaged, a PAL Weddinguard policy will cover the repair or replacement of them. If your rented property, such as outdoor tents, tables or chairs, etc., is damaged, a PAL Weddinguard policy will provide for reimbursement of such property. If your wedding or honeymoon has to be cancelled because of the illness of an immediate family member, for example, or because of a major weather disturbance, a PAL Weddinguard policy will cover the cancellation expenses. Please note that all of

the above-mentioned circumstances are subject to the level of coverage purchased and are governed by PAL Insurance’s Weddinguard wording. None of these portrayals are meant to be exhaustive or comprehensive, and this article is meant for information purposes only. PAL Insurance offers various levels of coverage under its Weddinguard program in order to fit the needs of all engaged couples. Silver Packages begin at $200 and coverage levels increase in the Gold, Diamond and Platinum Packages. Worldwide coverage is also available, subject to restrictions. Consider a PAL Weddinguard insurance policy for your wedding day. Protecting your investment on your big day is the top priority of PAL Insurance. Please contact us at: 1-800-265-8098 or go to: palcanada.com for Weddinguard package details, online quotes and immediate policy issuance.

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