Four Jaw-Dropping Wedding Venues in Victoria BC

Four Jaw-Dropping Wedding Venues in Victoria BC

Ever wonder where the most exquisite wedding venues are in the garden city of Victoria? Where the ocean gracefully meets the woodlands? Where rural-chic meets luxury? Look no further…____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ St. Ann’s Academy A true novelty in the heart of Victoria, St. Ann’s Academy boasts as a National Historic Site and ideal wedding venue for the creative and ambitious couple. Hosting from 50 to 150 people, ceremonies and receptions are lovely. Encompassed by modern architecture, St. Ann’s Academy provides a romantic venue with a hint of antiquity. Ceremonies here cater to both religious and non-religious couples, and can be held various places amongst the grounds: the chapel, garden, or green space. Inviting characteristics include trimmed shrubbery, maintained gardens, and stained-glass windows. As well, there are many venues suitable for receptions from 50 to 200+ people. With creativity and possibilities in mind, St. Ann’s Academy is a perfect wedding location with no limitations. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Course Foliage lining the mountainside and manicured gardens, what else could you ask for in a venue? Perched atop of Bear Mountain, the five-star Westin Bear Mountain Golf Course Resort offers a sophisticated wedding venue isolated from city commotion. Hosting a reception capacity of 650 guests, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Course has plenty of room: five event rooms to choose from, and 156 hotel rooms to host you and your guests overnight. With lush scenery and elegant spaces, this resort is perfect for intimate or grand wedding parties. There is no doubt that The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Course is a immaculate place for your wedding day. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sooke Harbour House...

How to Emcee a Wedding: 7 Expert tips from a Five-Time Pro

Bad jokes, awkward pauses, and chaos. A great wedding MC can help you avoid these. Any emcees looking to run a great show, follow the tips in this article and you will be miles ahead. We recently sat down with our friend Jesse who is a self-confessed serial wedding emcee. With a large family and expansive circle of friends, he has been the circus ringleader for five weddings now. Jesse has a ton of public speaking experience and is a hilarious guy, so we wanted to dive into his secret sauce for being an MC and the wedding front man. Let’s face it, wedding master of ceremony is a tough job. It’s not enough that you have to perform in front of a large crowd and try to entertain them, but you’re doing it in front of family and friends and have to cater to a huge variety of tastes. It’s no wonder that so many MCs get freaked out when asked to take on the challenge. It may seem like you are bestowing a great opportunity on your emcee, but make sure they are fully equipped to do the job. Jesse told us that there are a few keys to making the wedding flow smoothly and ensure everyone has a great time. Wedding Emcee Tip #1 – Organize and coach the speakers For the most part, everyone speaking at a wedding is an amateur. Too often they have been relied on to manage themselves and each time they get up to speak, you are taking a chance. A good emcee will help the speakers organize their thoughts, and...
How to Write a Great Wedding Speech: 5 Power Speaking Tips

How to Write a Great Wedding Speech: 5 Power Speaking Tips

Alright, you got the call up to the big leagues and you have been asked to give a speech at a wedding! But are you ready? Well, if you’re lost for words, we got your back. We’ve all been at a wedding and seen someone bomb in front of the mic. It’s just awful. Maybe they had a few too many drinks, told the wrong kind of embarrassing story, or just dragged their stage time to what felt like an eternity. Once, I was at a wedding where the best man thought it would be a swell idea to list a bunch of women the groom had been with (with a few of them at the reception even)! He thought it would be good for a laugh. He was an idiot. Friends don’t let friends give bad wedding speeches. With the number one fear being public speaking, we wanted to give you a few quick tips to help you make your speech a hit and win the crowd. 1. Prepare thyself, don’t wing it. Have you ever left a conversation and THEN remembered what you really wanted to say? And in your car, you delivered the greatest, most hilarious comeback of all time? Well, if you don’t prepare, that will happen to your speech too. You may have some awesome ideas for what you’ll say, but that doesn’t mean you can rock it out in front of 100’s of people if you haven’t rehearsed. No matter how good you think you’ll be, without preparation, I cringe for you. If you’re not a seasoned public speaker, don’t be ashamed of...
The 4 Most Common Wedding Ceremonies

The 4 Most Common Wedding Ceremonies

The twenty-first century led to a variety of new beginnings, like race equality, and even same-sex marriage acceptance. Many would agree that the 2000’s developed a new and improved outlook for people, with acceptance at the forefront. Along with society’s ideology improvements, wedding norms have been updated, reculturalized, and cultivated. Wedding ceremonies often reflect the bride and groom’s unionized beliefs, whether that includes religious value or not. With a vast array of possibilities, ceremonies can be tailored to include portions of the couple’s personality, family tradition, and religious views. Of course, the ‘standard’ wedding ceremony styles – which often include religious vows and church ceremonies – will remain as the backbone of marriage, but newlyweds are choosing from a variety of different ceremonies nowadays. These traditional weddings will always remain a favourite among all, with the centrepiece being the bride’s and groom’s born faith. As well, interfaith weddings are growing in popularity, with the bonding of two people and their individual faiths. With the combined views of their future, symbolism of the bride and groom is especially important with regards to their religious readings and rituals. Contrarily, non-denominational weddings – which refer to God but don’t follow a religion – are great alternatives to the spiritual couple. Providing a sense of faith and unity, non-denominational ceremonies are not restrictive and are open to intimation and romance. Likewise, non-religious weddings, also known as civil ceremonies, do not refer to God at all, but include personalized vows and touches of the couple. It is ultimately important to ensure your wedding ceremony is personally created for you and your partner. If tradition...
The Best-Kept Wedding DJ Secret

The Best-Kept Wedding DJ Secret

A ballroom reception twinkling with polished silverware…  A handful of close friends and family at a casual backyard ceremony… An intimate elopement on the crest of a mountain a-looking the glowing sunset sky… Despite attendance, music creates a lasting, audible photograph in one’s mind. While toasting delicate champagne glasses and twirling in your glass slippers, music sets mood and ambience throughout your special night.  It has the power to lift both young and old to their feet, and bring guests and loved ones together. While waltzing around for your first dance is traditional, it cannot continue all night. Once people finish delectable desserts and shimmy their way to the dance floor, your party will be unforgettable. DJs make this happen. Like magicians, they have an abundance of skills in their repertoire to create the best personal experience for your wedding.  To the uneducated music lover, DJs may look like they’re spinning knobs and scratching records on a turntable. But, they’re really blending, cross-fading, and pitch-locking tunes for optimal performance and enjoyment. Though, with technique put aside, DJs secretly have a trick up their sleeve. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Reading the Crowd The best-kept DJ secret is the ability to read the crowd. Among your life-long friends will be your parents and loved-ones – who may want to groove to classic rock as well as dance to top-40 pop all night long. DJs have the ability to recognize guests mood by watching for bobbing heads and tapping toes during different tunes.  They can tell the crowd needs a breather after a fun and fast-paced song. They know when guests need a pick-me-up after desserts sugar...
The 11 Best Guilty Pleasure Wedding Party Songs

The 11 Best Guilty Pleasure Wedding Party Songs

No one gets embarrassed dancing at a wedding party. This lack of self-consciousness is a rare phenomenon that science has not been able to decode. As part of extensive military research, top neuroscientists have tried to harness this “losing your mind” and fearless dancing for use in bravery studies. Nothing conclusive yet. What we do know is that there are certain songs that tend to have more power over people than others and these are being studied quite closely. What we learn from these hypnotic and posterior shaking beauties may unlock the secrets to set free the wallflowers of tomorrow. Stay tuned for further testing. “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer: This 80’s classic grabs your attention with one word, “STOP.” This is immediately followed with “hammertime” and a weird sideways shuffle. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi: Dance floor mavericks, regardless of the length of their hair, often imitate these long haired rockers of yore and, regardless of their singing ability, will shout to the sky that “oohhh, we’re half way there.” “Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory: The electronic signature of this tune seems to instantly paralyze the audience as they take a split second to comprehend that, “Everybody actually HAS to dance now.” Many an arm have been pulled from the socket of guests who were unsuspecting of their partner’s need to dance to this song. “Pony” by Ginuwine: Of all the guilty pleasures, this tune is the most direct in its request for the listener to “jump on it” and “ride it.” Originally written as an act in a Shakespearean play, it is now used as...