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 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


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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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!

(photo source: ticketatlantic.ca)

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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