Q&A: What’s Trending for Weddings

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Now that wedding season is about half over, we’re taking a look back with our resident wedding expert, Kristy Power, to see what’s trending, what’s new and what’s interesting at Atlantica Hotel Halifax ceremonies and receptions over the past few months.

Q: Overall what is the biggest wedding trend you’ve seen in 2014?

A: The biggest trend I’m seeing is the way couples are incorporating their personalities into the big day. Couples are making it more of an experience for their guests. It’s a celebration of your marriage with your favourite people. Your guests will appreciate a way to learn more about you as a couple.

Recently I had a couple enter the room for their formal introduction dressed in hockey jerseys, marching to the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme! They had named all their tables after their favourite hockey teams. I’ve also seen couples name tables after their favourite board games, places with special memories, and names of places in Nova Scotia that are hard to pronounce (the out of town guests loved these).

Q: Is there anything new, or making a comeback, on the wedding scene?

A: Serenades are becoming more popular. Recently, a very talented bride sang to her groom here. It was a beautiful and very romantic performance. They both had a love for music and had connected on this level, so it seemed very natural.

Groom’s cakes are making a big comeback! Often a brides will surprise her groom with special themed cakes. I have seen cakes shaped as the blue Police Public Call Box from Dr. Who, a Red Sox Hat with logo and even an Xbox. Couples also incorporate their personalities with a custom wedding cake topper. I recently saw a topper that had the couple high-fiving!

Q: What’s been going on with wedding decor and design?

A: Decor is making a turn from modern and bright to vintage and neutral. This season we had a wedding where the couple rented an old church window to use as a back-drop for their ceremony, as well as the backdrop for their head table! I am seeing a lot of mason jar centrepieces, and bunting/burlap and lace decor.

Q: What’s trending for the wedding food choices at Atlantica?

A: Late night snacks are much more in-demand. Top requests are our addictive French fries or house-made Yukon potato chips after 10pm.  A recent couple asked for bacon sandwiches to be served as their late night snack! Delicious food is a top priority for our couples. Our award-winning culinary team always will provide advance menu tastings for couples, which secures confidence and creates excitement about the food selection.  Chef is always open to ideas, providing suggestions and menu customization in order to make every wedding dinner amazing.

 

Booking your wedding for 2015? Contact Kristy at kpower@atlanticahalifax.com

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Once Upon a Pride

 

Eureka Love (Photo: http://gay.hfxns.org/EurekaLove)

We are in the midst of our city’s annual Halifax Pride celebration! Welcome to the fourth largest pride festival in the country — and the one with the best slogan: Once Upon a Pride. Atlantica Hotel Halifax has been involved with Halifax Pride, as a sponsor, as a community business partner, and as a venue, for several years. This year is no different. We’ve been offering exclusive hotel room rates for those attending the festival.

We’ve already played host to “The Swine,” where Eureka Love hosted, as Drag Queens transformed boys — who have never done drag — into beautiful princesses! The new queens competed for the title of “the Swine,” and it was good. Tonight we’ve got the annual, hilarious comedy night (start time 8pm) hosted again by Eureka Love.

Looking for the rest of the Halifax Pride schedule? Click here. You do not want to miss the parade, happening this Saturday in downtown Halifax at 1:30pm, stick around the main stage at the Garrison Grounds where there’s tons of activities happening, including the “Kids Can” area, with face painting, Mad Scientists and more!

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Throw Back Thursday Photo Contest

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Everyone knows and loves a good #TBT (throw back Thursday) photo on Facebook. And we want to see your most loved family vacation photos every #TBT this July!

We’re giving away WEEKLY prizes of sweet swag like a $40 Seasons gift card, water bottles, adorable Atlantica teddy bears, and an Aveda spa products gift pack!

The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a Family Weekend Getaway in Halifax: Two night accommodation at Atlantica Hotel Halifax, family pass to the Museum of Natural History, Discovery Centre, and Theodore Tugboat tour!

TO ENTER:

1. Like our Facebook page.

2. Post your best Family Vacation #TBT photo to our wall, on any Thursday in July 2014.

3. Caption your photo and hashtag it with #TBT.

 

Contest Rules and Prizes:
Weekly prizes will be drawn from eligible entries. Eligible entries must be posted on a Thursday in July 2014 to Atlantica Hotel Halifax’s Facebook page wall. Private messages are not eligible. All eligible entries are entered into the grand prize draw for a family weekend getaway at Atlantica Hotel Halifax. The grand prize consists of two night accommodation in a standard double room at Atlantica Hotel Halifax (four person occupancy), single day family pass (up to four people) to the Museum of Natural History, single day family pass (up to four people) for the Discovery Centre, and family pass (up to four people) for one Theodore Tugboat tour. Grand prize winners will be chosen on Friday August 1, 2014. Grand prize must be used by designated date decided by Atlantica Hotel Halifax on August 1, 2014.
I.M.P. employees or relatives of I.M.P. employees are not eligible for this contest. Cannot be used with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Prize has no cash value.
 
 
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Last Call for Father’s Day

Fresh out of ideas for Father’s Day this year? Tired of heading out for brunch, dinner or that obligatory round of golf? How about making your meal mobile… with a BBQ to-go from Seasons by Atlantica?

Eat at home, make a picnic, or head to the beach. Do whatever you want, but don’t worry about cooking! Our meaty and delicious menu serves four people, is conveniently packed to go, and includes made-from-scratch ribs AND brisket… the kind of labour-intensive recipes that Dad loves, but most don’t have time to make. Did we mention is goes great with ice cold beer?

BBQ TO GO

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Summer in the City: 2014 Event Roundup

AtlanticaWith only a few weeks left of spring, it seems another Halifax summer is almost upon us. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining, temperatures get back up to normal, and that tourists flock to our great city for another fantastic summer season! One of the reasons Halifax is such a great place to visit during the summer months are our festivals and events. Here are the highlights of some of our favourites…

June 15-22 – MultiFest

Nova Scotia’s multicultural festival is back on the Halifax waterfront near the seaport, offering up numerous booths of delicious ethnic foods you won’t find anywhere else, musical and cultural performances, as well as many activities for the kids — including a yurt dedicated to just children’s performances!

June 19-29 – Magnetic North Festival

We’re happy to be the host hotel for this amazing theatre festival! “Magnetic North is Canada’s only national theatre festival, and showcases the best Canadian theatre from across the country. We bring Canadian stories to life on stage in your community, creating a shared cultural experience that can transform lives. For this year’s event, we’re proud to partner with Halifax’s Eastern Front Theatre, a local company with a national reputation for speaking to the Atlantic Canadian experience.” (magneticnorthfestival.com)

June 29 – July 6 – GOLFest Nova Scotia / Web.com Tour

The Nova Scotia golf scene has never seen anything like GOLFest. This premiere event will take place at new Ashburn and feature PGA-level players like DeLaet, Weir, and Hearn as well as the four-day Nova Scotia Open with a grand prize of $650,000!

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July 1-8 – Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

This signature event may not need any introduction, but here’s what the organizers have to say: “Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions. Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos. Don’t miss the world’s largest annual indoor show. Only in Nova Scotia.” (nstattoo.ca)

July 4-12 – TD Halifax Jazz Festival

Always going above and beyond to deliver surprising headliners and a fantastic city festival experience, Jazz Festival in Halifax is a can’t-miss event. Whether you buy a full pass, participate in music workshops or just grab some stand-alone tickets to a couple shows, you can’t beat listening to amazing music on the Halifax waterfront in this capacity. (This year Mos Def, Ghettosocks, Ben Caplan and Carmen Townsend are some of the impressive names.)

July 17-27 – Halifax Pride Festival

The Halifax Pride Parade is some of the most fun you can have in our city. There are other numerous amazing events like theatre, sports, and comedy, over the span of ten days — during the fourth largest pride festival in Canada!

July 30 – August 4 – Buskers Festival

A favourite among tourists and locals alike, the international Buskers Festival lights up Halifax’s waterfront each summer with a variety of dynamic outdoor performances. Great for all ages, this festival bring our waterfront to life with fire-eaters, musicians, dancers, acrobatic performers, magicians and more.

 

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Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

May long weekend is a special time. For many, it marks the official beginning of summer in Halifax and, hopefully, patio season as well. For a lot of Haligonians it means getting out and cheering on the runners of the Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon, or maybe even participating in it ourselves! One way or another it means having a lot of fun, and if the sun is shining, even better.

We’ve been participating in the 26 Myles Menu as a part of the Bluenose Marathon. This is a three-course price fixe menu, offered in Seasons by Atlantica and other restaurants around town. Our 26 Myles Menu ends on May 19th, so be sure to try and get in this weekend! Here is what our culinary team has put together:

Scallops
Pan seared scallops, warm potato salad, bacon jam, marinated arugula, regianno and natural jus

Striploin
Pan sear striploin, king mushroom and potato “chilli”, hunter sausage, toasted benedectine, truffle powder

Lemon
Lemon curd pie, lemoncello bomb, pavlova crumble, raspberry sauce and raspberry salad

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A look at spring 2014 wedding trends

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It feels like I’m often starting off these blog posts with “despite the weather,” but, despite the weather, it’s SPRING and that means… wedding season! Let’s talk about predicted trends, what the experts are saying and what our clients are loving, in the realm of wedding planning this season!

What the Experts See Coming

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“Old World Glam” is sweeping both wedding ceremonies and receptions in 2014. Think of The Great Gatsby — diamonds, chandeliers, white glove service — the whole deal. A bit extravagant, but very fun and romantic!

Take one look at Pinterest and it’s easy to see dreamy, feminine romance is back. Beautiful soft pinks, lots of tulle, lace, and even the flowers are more romantic. Think peonies!

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Freehand illustration on invitations. Spending a little extra money, or having a talented friend or family member help design an extra special hand-drawn illustration on your invitation could keep you on top of the trends this spring or summer.

In the world of food… it’s all about a more casual, family-style meal at the table. What a fantastic concept to bring people together and truly make two families into one!

Our Favourite Trends

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Our resident wedding expert, Kristy Power, says her clients are enjoying the on-going mason jar trend, as well as jumping on board with vintage themes. “D.I.Y. is crazy popular,” says Kristy. We can probably thank Pinterest for that!

“Unique guest book ideas are big,” Kristy says, “I have seen Jenga pieces or blank puzzle pieces being used! Couples are making their weddings less traditional and more fun for their guests, by using games and photo booths.

Apparently, the groom’s cake is making a comeback!

http://www.madeinheavencakes.com/cake-gallery.php

 

Sources: Huffingtonpost.com and Pinterest.com. Planning your wedding? Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for special wedding offers. 
 
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Chef Clavel Brings Home the Gold, Again

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We would love to extend another huge congratulations to our executive chef Luis Clavel. While Luis has won numerous competitions and accolades already during his career, he continues to devote himself to the culinary arts and competition scene as a member of both Culinary Team Canada and Culinary Team Nova Scotia.

Recently, Luis and the rest of Team Nova Scotia competed in the Eastern Regional Conference  in Newfoundland and won the title of Senior Culinary Champions 2014. Here is the roster:

  • Luis Clavel, Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Manager/Competition Captain)
  • Peter Dewar, NSCC Kingstech Campus ( Pastry Chef)
  • Brenan Madill,  Atlantica Hotel Halifax ( Competition manager)
  • Sean Kettley, NSCC Akerley (Core member)
  • Ricardo Clavel, Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Junior Chef)

In other great culinary news, another member of our team, John Saulnier, took home a great award at the Nova Scotia Association of Chefs and Cooks awards just the other night — Junior Chef of the Year!

Congratulations to everyone!

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Our Delicious Easter Brunch Menu

Easter Brunch 2014

Selections of bread rolls, loaves and crackers

Whipped butter

Beginnings 

Soup 

Seafood chowder

Salads 

Petit greens with pecans, oranges, blueberries, goat cheese poppy seed dressing

Romaine salad, sourdough croutons, lardons and garlic dressing

Dried fruit Waldorf salad, tarragon cream and toasted savory granola

Roasted root vegetable salad with pumpkin seed vinaigrette

Portabella mushroom and asparagus salad with balsamic glaze

Platters 

Selection of domestic and international cheese with berries and complementary garnishes

Maritime seafood platter with marinated mussels, smoked salmon, seafood Cajun salad, and pickled fish with condiments

Seasonal vegetable crudités with sour cream garlic fondue

Charcuterie platter – selection of condiments and pickles

Atlantica sushi experience

Early day selections 

Atlantica home fries

Fresh carved bacon and Italian sausages

Traditional eggs Benedict station

Cracked pot beans and molasses

Cornflakes crispy cinnamon toast with maple cream

Smoothie of the day station

Carver station 

Double smoked pork loin with bacon marmalade and root beer reduction

Mains

Braised short ribs, asiago foccaccia crust with a red wine sauce

Paella – shrimp, roasted chicken, mussels, saffron

Boneless fried chicken with balsamic gravy and corn bread

Garlic Yukon croquettes

Seasonal medley of vegetables

Desserts 

White chocolate bread pudding

Traditional apple crisp with chantilly cream

Seasonal fruit with mango fondue

Crème Brule, Panna cotta and three-flavour mousse parfait

Chocolate sampling station, mini pies, chocolate soup with toasted brownies

Nitrogen ice cream

$51.95 per person

Taxes and gratuities not included, reservations highly recommended
902.490.3331 Available Sunday April 20, 2014 11am to 2pm
Seasonsbyatlantica.com
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At the Finish: A Note from Atlantica’s Design Team

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The final post for Atlantica’s Renovation Diary! It’s been an exciting few weeks watching the hotel transform. Here is a note from the design team led by our director of operations Robert Goldsworthy on our journey and re-opening. Check out the full photo gallery below!

“Welcome Home!”

With our renovation journey now wrapping up and the hotel re-opened, we are thrilled to be welcoming our wonderful guests and colleagues back “home”.

We have already had some fantastic feedback on the beautiful, modern spaces that have been created… not to mention our fabulous new menu in Seasons by Atlantica!

We hope that you have enjoyed following the renovation progress with us, and look forward to welcoming you back to Atlantica Hotel Halifax to experience “Downtown, Different” for yourself!

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