Events & Weddings

Updated: July 14th, 2021

I want to take the time to address the ever-prevalent question - "How will Covid-19 affect my wedding or event plans at Shining Waters". I want you to know that I understand the stress and anxiety that can come with planning, without being amid a pandemic. I assure you that Shining Waters is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and will keep all our clients up to date as information becomes available. With so many affected, I plan to work with all clients on the best solution following guidelines set by the CDC, local and international health authorities.

My hope is that we are all following government recommendations and we will all be able to move forward in progress towards safe events and weddings. Below you will find policies we are required to follow and options Shining Waters has come up with in hopes that it will help alleviate some of the stress. 

Carolyn MacKay


C: 902.817.1555

***As of Wednesday, July 14th we are able to facilitate wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings, & events at 50% of our capacity allowing a maximum of 100 people with masks and social distancing. This number must include staff and vendors.

Postponing Your Event

Should you choose to postpone your event, it is ideal that you let us know as soon as possible. Not just to ensure your choice of date but to check availability with catering. Note that packages along with food & beverage prices can change, updates are available in February of each new year. I am happy to provide a list of alternative dates Shining Waters has open. Note: Dates will be given on a first come first serve basis.


With regards to payments, any amounts already paid, including deposits, will be carried over to your new date. Another deposit is NOT required to move your date. Note: Asado catering require a deposit to hold your date. Asado also asks for a signed agreement form. Payment schedules will be adhered to at 60 days, 30 days, and 14 days (see payment schedule below or refer to your signed agreement).    

Payment Schedule

  • 60 Days Prior to Event Date - Client agrees to pay a minimum of 50% of the estimate based on their current guest count.

  • 30 days Prior to Event Date - Client agrees to pay a minimum of 75% of the estimate based on their current guest count.

  • 14 Days Prior to Event Date - Final numbers are due along with menu choices and confirmation of rentals and services. Client agrees to pay 100% of the final confirmed invoice. 

Choosing To Move Forward


We will be taking necessary precautions to ensure sanitation and safety measures are met.


Some precautions we are implementing are:

  • Shining Waters will be increasing our cleaning and disinfecting standards to ensure all surface areas, handles, etc are continuously wiped down to minimize the risk of germs being spread

  • Additional soap dispensers will be placed in all washrooms. Touch-less paper towel dispensers have been installed

  • Hand sanitation to be place around the marina

  • All staff will be re-trained on proper hand washing, food and beverage handling, and provided with the necessary materials to properly sanitize their areas

  • Dedicated staff to clean high touch surfaces/ washrooms on scheduled intervals throughout your event

  • Social distancing practices are in place such as table placement, line ups etc. to adhere to 6ft regulations

  • All staff and guests are required to wear a mask. Guests are able to remove their masks once seated at their table. Guests are required to put their mask on when moving around the marina (i.e. smoke breaks, using the rest room)

  • Upon entry guests will be asked to sanitize their hands and asked a series of questions related to Covid, temperatures may also be taken. We ask that a guest list and contact information be provided prior to your event

Things to Consider:

  • Seat guests at their tables according to their family bubble

  • Cut down on your guest list, have a more intimate affair 

  • Ask those guests who have travelled outside the country or province to abide by public health guidelines of self-isolation for 14 days

  • Ask any guests who are feeling ill to stay home to avoid further spread

  • Avoid hugging and kissing, perhaps your MC could announce a fun way to greet each other!

**These considerations are based off current rules & may need to be changed/ altered


Cancelling Your Event

If the reason your event cannot go ahead as planned due to Government decision to close all venues, Shining Waters will release you of your contractual obligation. Since we are able to operate following CDC guidelines and you decide to cancel your event, initial deposits and monies paid will not be refunded.

**Rules & Regulations

Below is a list of regulations set by the CDC and local Government that Shining Waters must adhere to.


Guests may be asked the following questionnaire by a staff member:

  1. Are you feeling any of the following symptoms - a new cough, headache, weakness, fever, difficulty breathing, etc.?

  2. Have you travelled outside of the province in the last 14 days?

  3. Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with COVID-19 (probable or confirmed) while they were ill, and you did not have appropriate PPE?

  4. Are you awaiting a test result for the Covid virus?

  5. Guests will be asked to provide their name and contact information for contact tracing if a list is not provided in advance.



As we are currently in Phase 4 of the re-opening plan, Shining Waters is able to facilitate wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings, & events at 50% of our capacity allowing a maximum of 100 people with masks and social distancing. This number is to include staffing and your vendors, allowing approximately 85-90 guests. 


As of July 31st. 2020, wearing a non-medical mask is required. Children under 2 are exempt, as well as children 2 to 4 years of age when their caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask. Masks are to be worn when entering/ exiting, and while travelling to the washroom and other areas around the marina - including outdoor spaces.  Masks may be removed for eating and drinking once seated. Couples and the officiant may remove their masks during the ceremony, guests and bridal party must remain masked (both indoors and outdoors). Officiants/ pastors, musicians, and speakers may remove their masks when performing. Masks may be removed for photos and for first dances. A mask must be worn during toasts and when guests are giving a speech at the podium.


Shining Waters will ensure adequate space among tables in order to adhere to social distancing regulations. We ask that you seat family bubbles together. Tables hold a maximum of 8 guests, we do have some tables that can accommodate 10. I am happy to draft up a floor plan for you! 


To be updated upon further clarification.


Shining Waters is able to return to regular hours. Last call is to be announced at 12:45am and cease alcohol service at 1am.


Currently buffet style and stand up cocktail style receptions are not permitted. If you currently have a buffet menu or stand up reception menu chosen, please contact me for options. Plated or family style menus can be provided.


Couples may remove their masks during the ceremony, guests and bridal party must remain masked (both indoors and outdoors). The wedding officiant may also remove their masks during the ceremony. Receiving lines for the time being are not permitted.

I am confident we can find a plan that works best for you and your party. I will continue to plan and move forward with each of you to ensure your event is perfect! We are so lucky to live in such a digital world, if you need me I am here! Stay safe and stay home if you can, let's all do our part to get this over as quickly as possible. 


Carolyn MacKay

Manager Special Events & Weddings

Shining Waters Marine

148 Nautical Way, Tantallon NS

(C): 902.817.1555