Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some of our frequently asked questions, feel free to drop us a note if you have any other questions about your special day!
How many people does the venue hold?
Shining Waters’ wedding venue can accommodate 200 guests for stand up cocktail style reception, 180 guests for plated meal, and 160 guests for buffet dinners. Our facility boasts a large wrap-around patio that may be tented for additional seating and is used to host beautiful seaside ceremonies. In the event of rain, the wedding ceremony can be held indoors with a beautiful ocean view in the background!
Is there parking available for my guests at Shining Waters?
There is ample parking space available at the marina for your guests, including accessible parking and special spaces for the bride and groom! Guests may leave cars overnight if needed.
Is your facility wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Shining Waters is fully wheelchair accessible. From our washrooms to our wrap around deck that is level with the parking lot, we want to ensure that all your guests are able to attend and be comfortable at marina.
Are there accommodations onsite?
There are no onsite accommodations; however, there are many bed & breakfasts in the area along with Air B'nb's! We are happy to provide a recommendation list that will show accommodations in our area. We also have an exclusive partnership with The Anchorage House and Cottages (Website). The Anchorage House has room for up to 60 guests and also provides space for up to 40 people for a relaxing gift opening brunch the morning after your special day!
Is the space open to the public?
Shining Waters is a public marina that is open to its customers throughout the seasons. We will ensure that your venue space is completely private and reserved for on your wedding day. Only you, your guests, and our venue staff will have access to the rental space.
Is there docking available at Shining Waters during my wedding?
Yes, based on availability at the time of booking.
Where can I see what a wedding at Shining Waters would look like?
Our team takes great pride in providing a beautifully decorated venue for each unique wedding! We encourage you to “Like” us on Facebook @Shiningwatersmarine and follow us on Instagram @shiningwatersevents to check out our posts for an inside look. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more exclusive decor items and ideas!
Are you accepting bookings for 2020 and beyond?
Absolutely! If you are interested in booking the venue for any upcoming events please visit our “Contact Us” page to set up a personal meeting and viewing of the venue.
How do we ensure we have reserved a particular date for our wedding?
Shining Waters requires a $500.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve your date. If a meeting has already taken place, we typically allow a few days for a decision to be made. We cannot guarantee that your date is reserved until we receive a deposit.
Does the cost of the wedding package change if the number of guests changes?
The cost of the wedding package does not alter if the number of guests changes. Our wedding package includes the venue rental and all items listed for the number of guests you specify. For a complete list of items please visit the “Wedding” tab for more information.
What are our payment options?
Shining waters is capable of accepting most major credit cards, debit, cash, and check. Payments are due as follows:
60 - Days prior to the Event, Client agree(s) to pay a minimum of 50% of the venue/beverage/food estimate based on their estimated guest count.
30 - Days prior to the Event, Client agree(s) to pay a minimum of 75% of the venue/beverage/food amount based on their confirmed guest count
14 - Days prior to the Event, Client agree(s) to pay 100% of the invoice; Final confirmed numbers will be provided at this time for food and beverage.
If other arrangements need to be made, please contact your wedding coordinator for further guidance.
What is included with set-up & breakdown?
During our final meeting, we ask that you drop off your display ready décor pieces, un-wrapped wedding favors, assembled centerpieces, and any outsourced rental items you may have. Your wedding coordinator will review with you any final notes, the floor plan, and determine how you would like to see your decor positioned on the tables. Our talented coordinators are available to build complex centerpieces and decor; however, we do require notice to plan accordingly for the extra time that is involved which is billable. At the end of the evening, we ask that you take your valuable items such as gifts, cards, and wedding cake. Our team is more than happy to collect the rest of your decor and set them aside for you to pick-up at your earliest convenience.
Are there any decor restrictions?
Shining Waters’ wedding venue restricts the use of sparklers on the deck & docks near the fuel tanks however the parking lot is permissible. Use of Sky Lanterns are not permitted by HRM fire regulations. Fireworks are not allowed to be brought by the bride and groom. Please contact your wedding coordinator if you have any further questions regarding decor and our policies.
Is there a space for the bridal party to get ready?
Shining Waters offers a private room that the wedding party can make use of. This room is a small sitting room, however, we do have spacious washrooms on the upper and lower level and areas to store any unused garments.
Are we allowed to take photos on-site?
Yes! Shining Waters has breathtaking natural backdrops around the marina grounds to take incredible photos. We only ask that you do not take photos aboard private boats without the owner’s permission.
Will someone from Shining Waters be at my wedding to facilitate throughout the day/evening?
Yes! Your wedding coordinator will be present onsite for the duration of your wedding to ensure the day runs smoothly and to synchronize the set up, the ceremony, food service, and much much more!
I do not live in Halifax, have you planned weddings long distance?
Yes! We have planned weddings as close as our neighbors to as far as Iraq & New Zealand! Shining Waters offers onsite wedding coordinators to help you throughout the planning process, right up to the wedding day! Phone, email, and personal correspondence are always available.
I've heard that you can have up to 3 weddings a weekend; do you have on-site storage space for my decor items?
Yes! Shining waters can store all your items safely onsite until the day of. We ask that you bring all decor to your final meeting before the wedding. Your wedding coordinator will review how you imagine your items to be placed. Let our talented staff take care of the rest! We can even store delicate flowers and wedding cakes in our walk in fridge.
Is the deck the only place to have a ceremony?
We have two beautiful locations to host your wedding ceremony and an indoor backup with views of the ocean in the event of poor weather. Each location offers stunning views of the bay that are sure to impress your guests! Check out our “Wedding Packages” for more options.
Can your facility hold a band?
Our facility is fully equipped with a large dance floor area with more than enough space to host a band and a DJ! The space offers many outlets and the ability to set up lights and sound. We can also accommodate set up and sound check times on the day of your event.
Is there internet access?
Shining Waters is equipped to offer free WIFI if needed. Simply ask one of the staff for the WIFI code or let your coordinator know it will be needed upon arrival.
Can I use my own catering service provider?
At Shining Waters, we believe in offering outstanding catering services! We have a preferred vendors list of caterers and do not allow any outside catering. Your wedding coordinator will work with you to ensure your food & beverage needs are met to your specifications. We are able to offer a level of professionalism and consistency that is important to delivering a successful outcome to one of the most important features of a wedding – the menu!
If outside caterers are not allowed on-site, does the on-site caterer provide my cake?
The cake is one of the most important elements to any occasion! Shining Waters allows you to choose your own wedding cake provider. A skirted display table and cutting utensils can also be supplied.
Who will cut my cake?
For buffet style cakes, cake cutting is free of charge we just ask you supply the napkins! If you wish to have your cake plated and served there would be a fee associated. The fee would depend on the caterer of choice from our vendor list.
Do we get to taste the menu?
Most of our caterers allow for tastings. Your wedding coordinator can schedule a food tasting with the caterer to ensure all your menu specifications are met. Each caterer has different rules and fees, please contact your wedding coordinator for more information. Some restrictions apply to cocktail stations and appetizers, pig roasts etc.
Can you accommodate allergies and other dietary restrictions?
Our Chefs and catering staff will take the utmost care in facilitating any dietary restrictions as best as we can. Depending on the severity of the allergy, we cannot guarantee an environment completely free from allergens. We ask that you let us know of any known allergies beforehand to ensure we can present suitable alternative(s).
Can I bring my own wine, (homemade or purchased) from a winery or NSLC?
Unfortunately, Shining Waters Marine cannot allow any outsourced wine that does not go through our liquor license into the venue. Your wedding package includes a full bar set up (cash bar), including an exclusive look into a beautifully crafted wine list. We are able to bring in special requests!
How late can minors stay and what time does the bar close?
At Shining Waters minors are permitted to remain in the venue until 11:00pm and we are able to serve alcohol until 1:00am. We strive to ensure that all guests are able to enjoy the venue by abiding by liquor license regulations. There is an unliscensed room at the front of the building where minors can go if needed.
What are SOCAN and RE-Sound taxes?
These are copyright taxes for the music industry which are required to be paid for each event hosted. This must be paid by all who book facilities in Canada. SOCAN represents the composers and Re-sound the recording artists. This cost is the direct cost charged by these two organizations. Both of these organizations are governed by Canadian laws.