Sixteen Canadian Couples Win Free Weddings in the Bahamas

By Smith, Madeline | The Canadian Press, July 6, 2016 | Go to article overview

Sixteen Canadian Couples Win Free Weddings in the Bahamas


Smith, Madeline, The Canadian Press


16 Canadian couples get free Bahamas weddings

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TORONTO - Sixteen Canadian couples are set to say "I do" at wedding ceremonies taking place simultaneously in the Bahamas later this year.

The spouses-to-be won the prize through an online contest aimed at promoting the Bahamas as a travel destination for weddings and honeymoons.

The simultaneous weddings at locations throughout the Bahamian islands are set for Nov. 16, at 4 p.m., local time.

The couples -- seven from Ontario, five from Alberta, two from Manitoba and one each from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick -- will receive round-trip airfare and accommodation in the Bahamas, plus a "personal wedding co-ordinator."

The Ministry of Tourism in the Bahamas ran the same contest in the U.K. and the U.S in previous years.

Paul Strachan, the senior director at the Bahamas Tourist Office in Canada, said about 350 couples entered the contest.

Lana Newell, 35, and her fiance Mark Voisin, 43, are the winners from Nova Scotia. Their wedding is being planned in Exuma.

Newell and Voisin were working as teachers in New Zealand when they got engaged four years ago. They wanted to make sure their friends and family could be at their wedding, so they waited until they came back to Canada to start planning. When they couldn't find full-time work right away, they had to put everything on hold. …

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