By Dianne Pinder-Moss
Talk about a marriage made in branding heaven.
In the four years since Mayor John Fenik proclaimed the Town of Perth to be “the wedding capital of Eastern Ontario,” the number of couples saying “I do” to getting married here is continuing to grow. “The wedding industry is very important to Perth as it brings hundreds of people to the town every year and supports many of our businesses,” Shannon Baillon, Director of Community Services with the Town of Perth told the HomeTown News. “In 2015, the number of weddings at Town venues increased by 40 per cent from 2014, which indicates that our marketing and partnerships with Perth businesses to promote Perth as the Wedding Capital of Eastern Ontario is working.”
And now a town-owned reception site, as well as another venue and a florist have been nominated for the People’s Choice section of the Ottawa Wedding Awards. The glass enclosed Crystal Palace received a nomination in the “Reception Venue Beyond Ottawa” category. Also nominated in that category was the Perth Manor Boutique Hotel with Kelly’s Flowers and Gift Boutique being a nominee in the Florist category.
This is the second year that the Perth Manor has been nominated and Gordon Craig who co-owns with his wife Linda the stately Victorian home and grounds on Drummond Street West says the recognition is greatly appreciated.
“It is great,” he remarked, adding “it will feel even better if we won.”
Kari Clarke, co-ordinator of the Perth BIA, says the BIA is thrilled that one of its members, Kelly’s Flowers, is an award nominee.
“Krista (Mackler, owner and designer) has used her passion for flowers to create a very successful business in our community,” Clarke stated. “Kelly's Flowers and Gift Boutique is a wonderful asset to our community. It is an honour for her to be recognized and nominated for this award and we wish her the best of luck."
According to the rules and regulations section of the awards, nominees must be associated “with a registered company that performs its service for the Ottawa-Gatineau region or within 1.5 hours from Ottawa.” The public had an opportunity to vote online for their favourite nominee in the more than 20 different categories until Feb. 26. Temple’s Sugar Bush was the recipient of the 2015 award for Reception Venue Beyond Ottawa.
The 2016 award winners will be announced at the awards night being held on April 21 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. Clarke and Perth Tourism Manager Karen Rennie will both be attending the event.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Perth
Eight wedding receptions were booked at the Crystal Palace in Perth in 2015.