Destination Weddings Victoria, a leading Event Design Company, is a team of highly educated and experienced wedding professionals. It was co-founded by Melissa Barrie and Linda Payne, a dynamic mother/daughter team. Together they are filled with inspiration, creativity, organization and leadership. They have been in the wedding design industry for over eight years and have been planning events for over fifteen years.

Melissa and Linda have travelled to over 30 countries and have first hand experience with many cultures, customs and religious beliefs. They believe that cultural and religious fusion can be a smooth, beautiful thing. Their ability to draw on life experiences, visualize design and network globally has proven priceless. Each wedding is a new adventure filled with custom design and authentic elements.

We work hard

so you don’t have to.

Destination Weddings Victoria is committed to quality service, global cutting edge trends and incredible photo ops. The world is our “venue”. Let us plan your Destination Wedding.

With their worldwide WPIC certification, networking and ongoing education, Destination Weddings has an extensive referable database of high quality wedding professionals around the world. They will match each travel expert, venue and all vendors to your dream wedding ensuring you will receive the best services. Their education, experience and skill set is one of the many advantages to hiring Destination Weddings.

They excel at wedding planning, organization, creativity, cultural fusion, design styling and an eye for detail set them apart. Destination Weddings Victoria believes every wedding can be done right and every wedding day can be smooth and enjoyable. They have been a finalist in the Vancouver Island Wedding awards and have had their work displayed in many wedding magazines across Canada such as Style Me Pretty, Borrowed and Blue, The Wedding Ring and others .

Let’s Make It Happen

Melissa has been married for over 15 years and is the mother of 3 active boys. Her love for style, trends and design began as a teenager setting up visual displays for the Hudson Bay Company. It was love at first set up. She loves travel, culture, language and adventure and has traveled many parts of the world and lived abroad. After listening to friends talk about how they wish their weddings had been different she knew she could excel at helping couples like them. Her planning style involves incorporating as many lifetime memorable moments as possible and she creates her timelines around these trademark moments. Melissa has been certified thru WPICC, DWC, IWED, LWPI, Wedding MBA 2016 and countless other conferences and workshops. She is also the WPIC Regional Representative for Vancouver Island Region. She is committed to lifelong learning and skill development which will help keep her at the cutting edge of destination wedding planning and design.

Linda has been married for over 42 years and is the mother of 8 successful adult children. You’ll have to ask her how these two facts led her to this industry. It’s an incredible story. Over the years she has worked with almost every vendor and venue in Victoria, BC. Her reputation for quality work and exceptional customer service precedes her. Linda has the ability to quickly catch a bride’s vision and bring that vision to life, exactly as dreamed and within budget. She loves people and nothing makes her happier than to see the tears on the bride’s face as she experiences her dreams first hand. Linda has been certified thru WPICC, DWC, IWED, Wedding MBA 2016 and countless other conferences and workshops. Each wedding is a new adventure filled with friendship, custom design and authentic elements.

Certification & Recognition

Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified
Destination Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified
IWED Accredited Event Designer
Wedding MBA graduate 2016
VIWA Finalist 2015

Mellissa & Linda you stopped at nothing to make sure we had the most incredible day of our lives! Melissa, You by far gave us the best wedding we could have ever asked for! If anyone is looking for a coordinator that will guide you through the entire planning process I promise you will not go wrong with Melissa!! She was amazing! The sky’s the limit working with her, seemed like there was nothing she couldn’t do for us, every single detail was taken care of perfectly, she got my vision of exactly what I wanted It was exactly how we had hoped it would be…. but then so much more! this by far was the easiest part of our wedding because she took care of everything!! I’ll always talk about my wedding day as a dream wedding it was absolutely perfect! We appreciate all of the planning and behind-the-scenes work that made our wedding and our reception so absolutely perfect!! Thank you so so much again! You guys were amazing!

Stephanie MacLean