Wedding Day Rescues

Amazing Waeg Wedding Shot

The Waegwoltic Club in Halifax, where we are the exclusive caterer.

We’ve got more expert advice from our resident wedding planner Kristy Power. She’s seen it all, thanks to her experience helping couples plan weddings at our hotel, as well as our offsite venue partner the Waegwoltic Club. I wanted to ask Kristy some questions about preparing for the big day, and also, what to do when the weather on your wedding day isn’t cooperating!

Q: What are the benefits of booking your wedding a year in advance?

A wedding requires planning and creative input from both partners and loved ones. Wedding planning can be a wonderful part of life — but it can also be very challenging and stressful. The key is to stay organized, and to give yourself plenty of time to achieve your planning goals. A year’s notice also gives your guests the time they may need to make travel arrangements. Additionally, it allows the bride plenty of lead time to order and tailor the dress she loves.

Q: Do you believe the convenience of having your wedding at a hotel offers value to couples?

Absolutely. Convenience is very important to couples. They want to make their wedding enjoyable and easy for their guests. Many are looking to hold their ceremony, reception and hotel room blocks in one place. A hotel is your best option because we can make this all happen. This is a great way to keep your guests in one place, plus, we can occupy them with amazing food and beverage while couples are off having pictures taken. Everyone can “take the elevator” home at the end of the evening.

Q: What are your tips for rainy day weddings?

Always have a back-up plan, and use your photographer as a resource. An expert photographer will have already sourced great indoor sites for pictures that match your personalities and tastes. At Atlantica Hotel, we have an amazing lobby and restaurant with plenty of natural light. Our suites have custom furniture which provide a great back-drop and allow you the extra space you require for incredible pictures. I also suggest bringing funky umbrellas or rain boots for some fun outdoor shots!

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Q&A: What’s Trending for Weddings


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

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Once Upon a Pride


Eureka Love (Photo:

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


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!


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?


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