There are so many things that go into planning your dream wedding day! The perfect dress, tastiest cake (obviously from Coastal Cake Company!), photography, and beyond! Picking a venue is one of the first things on your to-do list when you get engaged, so why not let us help! When we got engaged - we hit the streets & beaches to find the perfect place! We soon discovered that finding the perfect wedding venue was about more than the perfect location, its also the co-ordinator and staff behind it! Tigh-Na-Mara not only offers a gorgeous West-Coast Retreat for your wedding, but they also offer the incredible co-ordination services of Rozlan Thompson. Rozlan works with brides & grooms to help make their day run smoothly with anything Tigh-Na-Mara related! She's has an amazing personality and we definitely enjoy getting to spend time with her every chance we get. Along with her team at Tigh-Na-Mara, she brings a professional and positive vibe to her work & her attention to detail will help make your wedding day run smoothly!
We met up with Rozlan over drinks at the newly reno'd lounge to ask her everything you ever wanted to know, but hadn't had the chance to ask! With us being a part of so many weddings we had some real questions for Rozlan that may help you decide whether Tigh-Na-Mara is the right wedding venue for you! Here's what she had to say...
Q: Why did you choose to co-ordinate weddings at Tigh-Na-Mara?
Rozlan: I love the Resort feel of Tigh-Na-Mara, and when the position of Wedding Corridinator became available, I jumped at the opportunity! Many, including myself, consider weddings to be one of the most important events of their lives! Being a part such beautiful events and working alongside couples on their wedding days makes me beyond excited and thrilled!
What is one aspect that you feel is the most important for a bride to know about Tigh-Na-Mara Weddings?
Rozlan: "The staff are amazing! We don't have the staff turn around rate like most venues/resorts! Many of our employees have been part of the crew for 5-15 years ." So the service at Tigh-Na-Mara is unbelievable! We all work together as a cohesive unit to make sure everyone walking into the resort has a wonderful experience!
Our staff have been a part of hundreds of weddings and it shows! There's definitely a comfort in knowing you're having your wedding at a venue that has been host to some of the most Weddings on Vancouver Island!
Q: What are you most passionate about when it comes to weddings?
Rozlan: I'm definitely most passionate about the relationship building aspect with the bride and groom! I love being there through the whole journey. Amongst all the busyness of my day, I love taking the time talking to our brides and grooms and get to know them, about their story and their day! It's all about the Bride & Groom! It's their special day, and I want their experience to be everything they dreamed of!
Q: What is most important for a couple when booking a venue, should they look for anything specific?
Sierra: Most importantly, couples should book a tour of the venue to get an initial feel for the ambience of the property. See as much as you can when looking into venues! It will give you a true sense of the property and help you envision what the venue is going to offer for your important celebration! Inquire if the venue offers a back up plan in the event of rain on your wedding day. Do they offer the complete package? Is there discounted wedding rates for accommodation? I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a venue feeling right to you! At Tigh-Na-Mara, we are trying to create a family resort experience that all your family can enjoy and revisit on your anniversary for years to come!
Q: It's raining on a couples' big day! What is the rain plan at Tigh-Na-Mara?
Sierra: We have a backup plan! When couples are touring the property, we showcase our covered garden patio as well as the gazebo. If its raining on the wedding day, we set up both the Gazebo & Garden patio, and we let the bride & groom decide 2 hours prior to their ceremony or even at the last minute when things/rain go sideways! Weather is something that is out of our control, but being prepared with a backup plan isn't and takes the stress out of the big day! Our goal is to provide our couples with alternatives if they are needed!
Julien's: We remember Olson and Ethel's Wedding day! They really wanted to get married at the gazebo but it was pouring rain! Tigh na Mara's staff relocated the ceremony chairs under the gazebo for an intimate ceremony; however 15 minutes before the ceremony was about to start - the rain started coming in sideways, with wind! Not ideal for families, friends and the couple. Fast forward, The staff jumped and moved the ceremony to the sheltered garden patio and the ceremony was saved! This was a great example of the staff trying to help make the couples experience everything they dreamed of, and it turned out beautifully! We even went out after to take some photos at the gazebo in the rain so they could get their iconic Tigh-Na-Mara Gazebo Wedding photo.
The Outdoor Garden Patio! An excellent rain plan in a pinch!
Q: What makes Tigh-Na-Mara stand out?
Rozlan: The team is phenomenal! We offer our services of co-ordination on the day, we take care of preparing the ceremony site on your day, and help the day move along. While we don't coordinate and plan your day with your other vendors you can rest assured all the Tigh-Na-Mara aspects are taken care of. Besides the staffs years of experience, the food is delicious...Our Executive Chef & his team can even customize menus for your day! He loves preparing amazing dishes for weddings! We offer an experience that will not only impress your friends and family, but will be remembered forever! At Tigh-Na-Mara, you're going to get the destination wedding experience without having to travel too far! We are a unique destination resort nestled in the heart of nature that your local and out of town guests will be sure to be impressed with!
The Julien's: We definitely get excited for dinner at Tigh-Na-Mara! Some of the best wedding dishes on the Island. We also love that guests can just go back to their rooms at the end of the night and not have to drive especially if there were drinks involved! Having a wedding at a resort is a huge perk especially because many guests are coming from out of town and treat it like a weekend getaway that happens to be at an amazing resort with a world class spa that we enjoy a little too often :)
Steve's Favourite Thing:
1. The attention to detail! Tigh-Na-Mara takes the time for each and every wedding they host to include a big CONGRATULATIONS on the resort sign for you!
Courtney's Favourite Thing:
2. Location, Location - Location!: Tigh-Na-Mara is so close to great photo locations! Whether you stay at the resort, or go to one of the many gorgeous locations Parksville offers, there are so many options for our couples to get amazing backdrops for their wedding photos!
Here's a look at their THREE beautiful ceremony locations...
The Rooftop Terrace
The Garden Patio
Want to See More? Here are some of our feature wedding blogs from Tigh-na-Mara:
Mark & Charlie's Stunning Tigh Na Mara Wedding
Richard & Breanne's Gazebo Nuptials:
Ryan & Tracey's Tigh-Na-Mara Elopement:
Stay tuned for more Tigh-Na-Mara weddings...
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