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With picturesque mountain scenery, temperate climate, and secluded, romantic locations, Vancouver Island is a destination for lovers. Whether it’s proposing on the sandy shores of Tofino or saying I do in a sun-warmed garden, there are so many breathtaking and unforgettable places to plan the destination wedding of your dreams with a splash of Island culture.
Just one of the many beautiful Vancouver Island resorts known for their wedding packages is the Tigh-Na-Mara resort.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is an alluring single-stop destination for enchanting dream weddings, infused with the serenity and beauty of Canada’s natural West Coast. Weddings at Tigh-Na-Mara are romantic, beautiful, and deceptively convenient.
Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, the upscale oceanside resort features 192 handcrafted lodge cottages and guest rooms, a world-class spa and mineral pool, two high-end restaurants, and more than 10,000 square feet of gorgeous banquet space. The tranquil resort amenities and accommodations are set against a backdrop of mature fir and arbutus trees, a refreshing sea breeze, and the wild Pacific Ocean.
Couples who are looking to escape to an oceanside location to exchange their “I dos” will indulge in one of Vancouver Island’s most desired wedding destinations and share an unforgettable experience with up to 250 loved guests.
Your Perfect Wedding, Designed With Love
Couples who work with the wedding team at Tigh-Na-Mara quickly realize how easy it is to create their ultimate dream wedding. Tigh-Na-Mara provides nearly everything needed for a one-stop wedding destination but also welcomes the creative desires of their betrothed guests.
“We do everything in our power to make the day exactly as the couple envisions. We’ll take the care of their needs and work with them to create an event that suits their vision and them as a couple,” explains Rozlan Thompson, Wedding & Events Manager at Tigh-Na-Mara
But illuminating couples’ creative vision isn’t the only reason weddings at Tigh-Na-Mara are extraordinary. Not only does the full-time team help couples design their perfect wedding day, but they also help the bride and groom savour every moment of it.
“People love that they can come to Tigh-Na-Mara for their wedding, stay for a few days and have everything on site. Their accommodations, ceremony, reception, and a majority of the wedding amenities are offered on the property,” says Rozlan. “Once couples arrive, they can put their bags down and enjoy this special time together.”
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A Romantic Venue Enhanced By West Coast Beauty
The seaside gazebo is a romantic ceremony location surrounded by beautiful gardens that overlooks the Georgia Straight and Coastal Mountains, making it the perfect place to exchange vows and share a first married kiss. The outdoor garden patio serves as a sheltered alternative, perfect for days with unexpected rain. For added convenience, the wedding team at Tigh-Na-Mara supplies and arranges the ceremony seating on behalf of their guests which is especially helpful if the weather is a factor day-of.
After the ceremony, newlyweds can arrange for Champagne and canapés, before moving onto a breathtaking banquet hall reception, embellished with cascading natural light and a romantic stone fireplace.
Tigh-Na-Mara has recently introduced three new reception packages, allowing couples a hands-off option for enhancing their venues with delicious food, hosted beverages, and decorations. Of course, those who have their own vision are also welcome to bring it to life, as their staff will gladly accommodate external vendors for wedding cakes, flowers, and décor, and the like.
Extensive wedding menus, designed by Executive Chef Eric Edwards, offers options guaranteed to delight guests. Casual, buffet and plated service are all available, with the glazed wild salmon and slow-roasted prime rib as frequent favourites. Tigh-Na-Mara’s wedding menu also has fun add-on options, including a Belgian chocolate fountain, fresh baked cookie bar, mini donut station, and several late-night snack options.
For drinks, couples can choose between standard, premium and deluxe packages offerings, with the option to design a personal signature cocktail. Wine is available through Tigh-Na-Mara, or guests can arrange for bottles from their own beloved winery.
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Indulge at The World-Class Grotto Spa
Wedding parties, family members, and guests always appreciate the opportunity to visit the world-class, award-winning Grotto Spa.
Before or after the wedding, couples can soak away their stress in the refreshing Mineral Pool, indulge in a medley of enchanting spa treatments, and then slip on a plush robe for cocktails in the relaxation lounge or indulge in the endless tapas experience at the Treetop Tapas & Grill.
On the big day, brides may slip away to the relaxing Grotto Spa for their bridal hair and makeup. The professional estheticians at the Grotto Spa offer high-quality beauty services in a pampering and upscale environment.
“A lot of our brides utilize the Grotto Spa, whether it’s just for themselves and their bridesmaids, or the bridal party, along with the mothers of both the bride and groom,” says Rozlan.
“It’s nice to see that amongst all the crazy planning and preparation, people take that time to just enjoy themselves.”
All Loved Ones Are Welcome
Tigh-Na-Mara considers it all when it comes to crafting your perfect day and recognizes the ideal guest list can get a little… furry. Couples’ dogs are more than welcome to attend wedding ceremonies and are well cared for by the Tigh-Na-Mara team.
“We have a lot of dogs in weddings, which is important because these pets are part of our guests’ families. The dogs will attend the ceremony and photos, and then they’ll come spend the evening with our team of kind people. And we offer pet-sitting (and babysitting) in the convenience of their own guestrooms,” explains Rozlan.
Book Your Dream Destination Wedding At Tigh-Na-Mara
Tigh-Na-Mara welcomes weddings year-round and has a longer summer season than most of Canada, courtesy of the mild Pacific Northwest climate. Because the weather tends to be favourable from May through September, the resort is a popular option for couples from Alberta, the rest of Canada, and beyond.
Tigh-Na-Mara is an enchanting destination that offers an extraordinary experience on beautiful Vancouver Island. It’s the perfect backdrop to make memories, love unconditionally, and enjoy every moment of your perfect wedding.
To learn more about fulfilling your dream wedding at Tigh-Na-Mara, visit www.tigh-na-mara.com/weddings