A luxury wedding planning service is included with every wedding booking at our venue. This is included in the quoted price, so there are no surprises.
Reasons to Plan a Destination Wedding in Penticton
Although Penticton boasts beautiful scenery, one of our proudest attractions is the friendly atmosphere and sense of community. Compared to larger cities, Penticton is still small enough that you’ll feel welcomed wherever you go. The friendly vibe will be sure to make your special day feel even more special. Penticton means “a place to stay forever” and even if you’re just visiting, you’ll understand why.
You can find the city in the heart of wine country, nestled between Skaha and Okanagan Lake. Penticton is known for its scenic views, warm climate and internationally recognized wineries and vineyards. If you head to the nearby Naramata Bench, and travel along the winding road, there are stunning views all the way. On the way to Naramata, you can also stop by Munson Mountain to enjoy the views from up high. There are plenty of free activities for your guests too, including the Farmers Market, Hiking the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (the KVR) or floating down the Penticton river Channel. Penticton is also recognized as one of the warmest regions in Canada, so you can plan your wedding in just about any season.
If you are planning a destination wedding in Penticton or the Okanagan, we recommend hiring a wedding planner, to help you with finding vendors, putting together timelines, and sticking to a budget. See below for details.
What is a Wedding Planner?
A wedding planner is your personal guide through the entire wedding planning process, including:
✔Booking Hair and Makeup
✔Organizing a Rehearsal Dinner
✔Ordering Okanagan Wines
✔Sizing the Rings
✔Questions about wedding etiquette
✔Finding the Dress & Suits
✔Sending Invitations & Keeping track of the RSVP’s
✔Helping you find the perfect photographer, flowers, wedding cake and more…
Your wedding planner will also be with you from start to finish on the day of the Wedding. They will look after timelines and vendors so that everything goes smoothly. This means you can focus on enjoying the moment, and spending time with friends and loved ones
Reasons to Consider Hiring a Penticton Wedding Planner:
Weddings are usually large family events, that are at least a year in the making. Planning a destination wedding brings a new set of challenges, as you will need to travel in to the area to explore the venues and talk with each vendor. Choosing vendors based on their online reviews along can be difficult, and lining up the interviews for a weekend visit can be time consuming. For this reason, we recommend hiring a wedding planner with experience working in Penticton and the South Okanagan area. They can be your feet on the ground, and can make the whole wedding planning process smoother (and without any of the associated uncertainty or risk). As a local living in the Okanagan valley, they can also point you in the direction of vendors who might not have a strong web presence. They can also advise on what is best based on your budget and plans for the day, and help to narrow down the choices (saving you time while you are here).
Why our venue works with a Wedding Planning Team
Our Society loves hosting weddings on board. It gives us an opportunity to showcase the work of volunteers, and share the history of the valley with our guests. The ship has a long history of hosting weddings and events on board. Galas, balls and community events were hosted on board the S.S. Sicamous while it was in service on the lake, and these activities continued since the ship arrived in our community in 1951.
We have hosted many fantastic weddings over the years (all types of weddings – large and small, local and destination weddings too, some with an Okanagan based wedding planner, and some without). We have found though that the weddings with a professional planner stand out, as the most enjoyable for the wedding party, guests and staff too. So after much thought we have decided to automatically include the service for all of our wedding couples. This is to ensure that the day is as awesome and memorable as possible.
An Introduction to the on-ship Wedding Planning Team (Vines & Vows )
After reviewing the options, and talking with others in the industry, the Sicamous Society has partnered with a Penticton and Naramata based Wedding Planning team, called Vines and Vows. They now work with all of our weddings, so know the ins and outs of the venue, and can advise on all aspects of the wedding planning process. We understand if you are not 100% convinced, so encourage you to do some research on the subject (even if you decide not to hold your wedding with us!).
About Vines & Vows Wedding Planning
Vines and Vows are a team of two ladies – Tammi and Jillian. They specialize in planning weddings and events on the Naramata Bench and around the South Okanagan. They work exclusively with a number of wineries and heritage venues, and know what it takes to make a Wedding perfect. Options for destination weddings: They are available to chat and answer questions, and can line up several wedding venues for visits ( if you would like to combine your visit to the Sicamous with other nearby options for the ceremony or reception). If you are looking for a particular summer date, and are worried about availability they can also advise you on the options, even if the Sicamous is booked up.
What to expect with a Wedding Planning Service:
“To start, we’ll sit down and chat about your plans for the day: what’s important, what isn’t, how much you want to spend, and how you want the guests to feel. Together we’ll work on an accurate budget, and will share our expertise to make sure that everything stays on track. From there we’ll cater the plan to your needs, and how much help you want along the way. Our team at Vines and Vows can offer advice on how to find the right caterer, the perfect florist, bartenders that will meet your needs and help you choose the perfect wines. We can recommend options for hair and make-up too.
Are you planning the Wedding from outside of Penticton? If so we can line up the vendor interviews ahead of your arrival, or can even meet with vendors on your behalf. We are a fabulous team that will help you plan/execute your special day to flow the way you have always dreamed about. The advantage to working with a local company is we have been planning weddings in the Okanagan for years and have established relationships with so many great vendors. We know where to find reputable people to help make your day beautiful and seamless. Over all we will work with you to ensure your day is perfect. All of this is included in the price of a wedding at the Sicamous, so you don’t need to worry about hidden costs. We have years of experience, and many contacts within the Okanagan Wedding industry, so rest assured you will be in good hands.”
Tammi + Jillian
Meet the team, and learn more about planning a wedding on the SS Sicamous, Penticton.
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