Wedding Planner

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Hornby Island is a magical destination for tying the knot, particularly in the months of May, June, and September, but also through the summer and winter. If you are contemplating your wedding on Hornby, we welcome you with open arms and the community is happy to help build your memories.

To help you plan the big event, these businesses and tips can help you make the most of your special day. And people planning other events such as birthdays, reunions, and conferences might also find this listing useful.

Marriage Commissioners/Officiants
Helen Onorah
E: helen.onorah@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2675

Rob McCreary
Email contact preferred: mcrobhi@telus.net
Ph: 250-335-2275

Off-island

Wedding Reception Facilities
Sea Breeze Lodge
With accommodations for up to 70 guests, a scenic waterfront location for wedding ceremonies and customized receptions for up to 170 guests, this lodge is ideal for those looking to hold a wedding on Hornby Island.
Contact: Jeff or Stephen Bishop
E: info@seabreezelodge.com
Ph: 250-335-2321

Hornby Island Community Hall
For a DIY reception, the iconic Hornby Hall can accommodate weddings, showers and special events. A large stage and a kitchen for catering are in the facility. Maximum capacity 200, comfortable table seating for 100.
Booking agent, ph:  250-335-1848
Fee schedule, floor plan, etc : http://hirra.ca/services/community-hall/.
Note the pre-booking meeting for scheduling events at the Community Hall is held on the third Tuesday of the September of the previous year. If you cannot attend the pre-booking meeting, you can put your request in writing, 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. Or check for availability anytime by calling the booking agent’s number.

New Horizons Centre
This is a smaller venue than the Community Hall. A fully equipped kitchen, tables and chairs etc. are in the facility. Computer compatible large screen tv, audio/visual, PA system included. Maximum capacity 90, comfortable table seating for 60.
Booking agent: 250-335-2101

Joe King Park Clubhouse
This funky venue features a stage, dance floor, lounge area, bar and kitchen. Athletic Association can be commissioned to provide bar service. Limited onsite camping available for events. Comfortable table seating for 60.
Contact: Stephanie Wells
E: sdwells0@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-3423

Private Homes
Check here for homes, some on acreages, that accommodate small gatherings.

Tips:
-It is a good idea to come and take a look at the facilities prior to booking to ensure they meet your needs.
-You will need to clean up the hall after your event, or hire someone to do so. (Try Colleen Work at 250-335-2361)
-If you need lighting and sound folks for your event, contact the following:

Lights
Lights (disco ball, too) for performers or dance floor
E:  hornbylights@gmail.com
Dean Samuel: 250-335-2022
Tim Chapman: 250-335-1338

Hornby Island Sound

Ceremonies in the Parks
A special license must be obtained from Parks, either Provincial (http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/lclb/apply/special/index.htm) or Regional, to have your ceremony in one of the island parks.

Party rental supplies:
Lovely white chairs, tables, tablecloths, dishes, cutlery, etc. for rent (bonus: the proceeds go towards the Community Fund, which sponsors community projects on Hornby.) Scroll to the bottom of this page:
Contact: Charmaine Logan
E: hicommunityfund@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1085

Caterers and servers
Chef Ben, Ben Berkeveld
Offers full catering services for wedding and other events of 50 people or more, including wedding cakes and practice dinners.
E: linzertortesaw@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2726, 250-465-8569.

Please note: If you plan to serve liquor, you will need to apply yourself for a private family Special Occasion License. The caterers are not permitted by law to do this for you. Learn more here.

Wedding Cake
Chef Ben, Ben Berkeveld
E: linzertortesaw@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2726 or 250-465-8569

Wedding Photographers:
jennifer armstrong photography
Fine Art Documentary Photography – specializing in wedding & families & moments in between.
E: jennifer@jenniferarmstrongphotography.com
Ph: 250.335.1915

Gina-Rae Horvath
With distinct flair, Gina-Rae has photographed over 1000 weddings in Canada and abroad. Her work has been featured on HGTV,The Life Channel,Bravo,The Wedding Network, and T.V. Ontario.
E: arthaus1000@yahoo.com
Ph: 250-335-2443

Bands/Music
The Songbirds:Five-piece dance party band with great three-part harmonies, lush guitar and bass, and lots of energy! Guaranteed to rock your party with an eclectic mix of upbeat retro and new tunes you’ll love to dance to. Includes complete sound system. Plus a four-piece acoustic group to serenade your guests before the ceremony, and a special song for the Processional and Recessional.
Contact Don Geppert
E: hornbysongbirds@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2636.

The Rudiments:  Six-piece dance band. Positive old-school Jamaican-style soul, reggae, ska, dub, and lovers’ rock. Sweet four-part harmonies with drums, bass, guitar and sound system.
Contact Brett
E: brett.melodymaker@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1600

Rosehips:  Women’s folk group with lovely harmony vocals and tasteful backing strings (mandolin, cello, guitar, flute). An eclectic mix of covers and original songs, from Pachebel’s Canon to traditional ballads, to pop-folk, or your advance requests. Rich acoustic romantic music before, during or after the ceremony.
Contact Cath Gray
E: cgray@telus.net
Ph: 250-335-9056

Amani Marimba: Uplifting, high energy African rhythms for a great night! Let’s dance! Seven-piece band and full sound system. Can also play quiet dreamy mbira (thumb piano) music with vocals, for gathering or ceremony.
Contact Jill Candlish
E: candlishjill@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1406

Marc’s Musical Services: Marc Atkinson, Juno-nominated, Western Canadian Awards Entertainer of the Year (with The Bills). Canadian Folk Music Awards. Int’l. acoustic music award. Producer of the year with V.I.M.A. Marc & Friends, everything from acoustic to gypsy jazz to a dance band.
E: marc@marcatkinson.com
Ph: 250-335-1722

Pat Mullan offers full DJ services for weddings and other events including sound system, mics, lighting and slide projector.
E: Patmullan795@yahoo.ca
Ph: 250-335-250-335-2726 or 250-465-8569

Babysitters
Hornby Babysitter Service
Organizer: Responsible teen. Has completed the babysitting course, CPR course, and the fire department cadet camp.
E: hornbyislandbabysitting@gmail.com

Shoshonah Selby,
Hornby Island Childcare/Babysitting Service

I have 10+ years of childcare experience on Hornby Island and Vancouver Island. I am CPR and First Aid certified. My rates start from $15 and go up depending on the number of children and when you need care.
E: shoshonahselby@gmail.com
Ph: 778-678-6420

Wedding Bouquet
Alina Milek
E: alinamilek@hotmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1564

Robin Walford
Specialty bouquets for all occasions.  Organic, fresh, unique
E: robin_lhw@yahoo.ca
Ph: 250-335-0824

Seasonal, Fresh Flowers:
Mary & Nancy’s Flower Stand: 2050 Central Road
Jemma’s Flower Stand: 1150 Central Road
Alina’s Flower Stand: By the entrance to Bradsdadland Campsite, 2105 Shingle Spit Rd.
Farmer’s Market, Wed. & Saturdays, at the Copse, Sollans Road
Coop Store, produce section: 5875 Central Road

Nurseries: 
Beulah Creek Nursery, 250-335-2063
Sumana Gardens & Nursery, 250-335-1916

Hair
Arlene McIlroy
Long hair and up-do are a specialty
E: almcilroy@yahoo.ca
Ph: 250-335-9018

Esthetics
The Nook Spa, Roxanne Maloney
E: thenookspa@yahoo.ca
Ph: 250-650-7572

Honeymoon and Accommodations
Tip: Accommodation is more plentiful, and at lower rates, outside of the months of July and August.

Jewellery
Debra Selkirk
Silversmithing, unique designs
E: dselkirk2@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-3079

Glen Rabena
Rings, bracelets, pendants.  Gold or Silver.  Prints & carving gifts.
E: rabena12@telus.net
Ph: 250-335-9025

Alina Milek
E: alinamilek@hotmail.com
Ph: 250-335-1564

Swag
Marm’s Island Style TRAFFIC JAM, home-made by Cathy Sauve.
Custom label, wedding sized, unique Hornby jams & jellies. “Spread the love”.
Ph: 250-335-0977

Gift Makers
Rachelle Chinnery
Hand crafted porcelain objects of art.
E: porcelaincarver@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-3444

Hornby Creative @ the Ringside
Unique, island-made gifts
E: hornbycreative@gmail.com

Harrison Gallery & Studio
Tina Harrison gallery and working studio, Rusty Harrison handmade wooden bowls
E: tinahar@telus.net
Ph: 250-335-0190

Liquor, Ice, Mix
Can be pre-ordered at the Coop Store

Middle Mountain Mead: “Honeymoon” refers to the ancient practice of giving the newlyweds enough mead to drink for a month to ensure a fruitful beginning to their union. Middle Mountain Mead’s Rosemeade honey rose liqueur is the ultimate gift of love in a bottle, perfect for the toast to the bride.

Hornby Island Estate Winery
One of the most memorable moments at the wedding reception is the toast.
Hornby Island Estate Winery’s sparkling wines with Magic Bubbles have won International Gold & Silver Medals. Create special memories with our unique, Hornby Island champagne style fruit wines.
E: johngraysonbc@gmail.com
Ph: (250) 335-3019

Attire
Veronica Lynn Designs
Haute couture wedding dresses by Veronica Lynn Graham:
E: clothing@veronicalynndesigns.com
Ph: 250-650-0715

Fibres  Boutique
E: sightingthechimera@gmail.com
Ph: 250-335-0156

Pampering for the Party
Blissful Body Works: Andrea Rutz
In studio, mobile and couples massage.
E: andrearutz@hotmail.com
Ph: 250-335-2022

Island Registered Massage Therapy
In clinic, mobile and couples massage.
Professional & holistic approach: Deep tissue, myofascial, and relaxation.
E: islandrmts@gmail.com
Ph: 250-588-5659, 250-686-8270

Wedding Party and Honeymoon Adventures

Photo Credits:
Veronica Lynn Design: Jacqueline Greer Kent
Aileen & Jeff Paddle boarding: Maui Maka Photography
Waterside dance: jennifer armstrong
SeaBreeze Head table: jennifer armstrong
Marc Atkinson: www.marcatkinson.com
Hair by Arlene: jennifer armstrong
The Nook Spa: Karen Ross
Community Hall/Community Fund Party Rentals: jennifer armstrong
Helliwell Park: jennifer armstrong
Bride on the ferry: Gina-Rae Horvath Photography