Many couples preparing for their trip down the aisle follow the familiar sentiments expressed by Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Such couples feel "there's no place like home", when hosting a wedding ceremony or reception.
There are many benefits to hosting a wedding at home. Homes often hold couples' most cherished memories, and hosting a backyard celebration, or an intimate indoor ceremony at your own home, or the abode of a loved one, can be a cost-effective way to have a good time.
Here are some tips to help couples navigate hosting an at-home wedding.
Assess the space. The average home is not equipped to handle hundreds of guests, wait staff, caterers, and parked cars. Concessions, in regard to comfort and safety, will have to be made when drawing up the guest list. The wedding resource, The Knot advises the general rule is 6 to 10 square-feet of floor space per guest for row seating. You'll need even more space for buffet tables, seating and a dance floor.
You will likely need to temporarily move furniture to comfortably fit everyone indoors; or rent a large enough tent for a backyard wedding.
Hire a cleaning service. It's important to present a clean, inviting space when hosting a wedding at home. A cleaning service will conduct a thorough cleaning before and after the festivities, freeing up your time for last-minute tasks or to embark on your honeymoon.
Book an officiant early. Confirm with an officiant that they can oversee the wedding proceedings at your home. Many religious officials are not able to perform ceremonies outside of a place of worship.
Learn if it's legal. Certain municipalities may require permits for parking on street, noise past a certain hour, closing of streets, and much more. Do your research. You may need to coordinate parking at a nearby lot (like a school closed on the weekend) and shuttle people to your home.
Consult with an insurance carrier. Inquire if having such a large party at home is covered by your homeowner's insurance policy, particularly if your home is damaged or someone gets injured during the festivities. Supplemental liability insurance or an umbrella policy may offer greater protection.
Weddings at home can be a unique opportunity for couples who love the comfort and familiarity of their homes.
Marriage proposals inside restaurants are popular ways to pop the question. Many couples find proposing over a candlelit meal is a romantic way to get engaged, providing a perfect setting to begin a life together.
Even though restaurant proposals have been popularized by television sitcoms and movies on the big screen, those taking this route should do some homework before sitting down to eat. As with all components of wedding planning, it's essential to get the proposal right, to create lasting, positive memories.
DO choose a place with the right ambience. If you do not have a favourite restaurant in mind, go online and do some research for picturesque or romantic establishments. Many online reviews now include images, which can help you find the right setting.
DO make a reservation. An engagement should not be left to chance. Call ahead and speak with a manager and mention you will be orchestrating a proposal. Find out if the restaurant will help you make it extra special. Some may decorate your table with favourite flowers or provide a specific champagne once the proposal has been accepted.
DON'T propose at the beginning of the meal. Set the scene with conversation and start to enjoy as much of the food as possible. Take time to enjoy the service, food and beverages. Some appetizers and, if you imbibe, a little wine in your stomach can ease pre-proposal jitters. If you don't alcohol DO try, a little sparkling grape juice; or, one of the other many non-alcoholic high-end beverages can help accessorize the ambience, as well.
DON'T forget the ring. The ring is its own spectacle, but there are ways to present it in an even more glorious light. Plan ahead, for instance; so the ring is tied to an exquisite tea cup brought out during dessert service, or, if you're worried about putting the ring in the hands of others, bring along a hand-painted plate that asks "Will You Marry Me?" The wait staff can cover the question with the entreé or a dessert. As your partner eats, the message will become clear.
DO expect a scene. Proposing marriage in a restaurant is bound to cause a big reaction, tears included. If you're not comfortable with public displays, you may want to reconsider popping the question in such a public setting.
DO consider a weeknight. Restaurants are less busy on weeknights than weekends, so you can expect a more intimate setting, Monday through Thursday, than you might find Friday through Sunday.
Restaurant proposals are traditional, and there are various ways to make them just right.
Recently engaged couples may be excited to get a jump on wedding planning. Bridal shows can be a great way for couples to meet and familiarize themselves with local wedding professionals, all the while introducing themselves to the terminology of wedding planning.
Though they're a great source of information, contacts and samples, bridal shows also can be a bit overwhelming. Learning how to maximize time spent at shows can help couples plan their weddings as efficiently as possible.
Start small. If the idea of large crowds is unappealing, attend the more intimate, boutique shows, often held at local reception halls and restaurants, instead of the larger installations at convention centres and hotels.
Scout out vendors. Check the bridal show's website for lists of exhibitors and see if your desired vendors are on the list. But even if they're not, keep an open mind and use the show as a chance to compare offerings. If an event map is available, marking off must-visit booths can help save time.
Pre-register. Pre-registering for bridal events saves time at check-in, and doing so may make you eligible for discounted tickets.
Come prepared. Chances are each vendor is going to ask couples for information so they can follow up with a phone call or email with more detailed offerings and estimates. Couples attending the show can expedite the process by coming equipped with labels featuring their names, contact information and wedding date. They can then stick the labels on sign-in sheets or use them like business cards.
Dress comfortably. Bridal expos involve a lot of walking and roaming around. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Consider a backpack or hands-free bag, so you are not weighed down when collecting the swag and other handouts throughout the day.
Ask questions. When face-to-face with vendors, rely on their expertise but don't hesitate to ask questions concerning themes, colours, recommendations for honeymoon locations, invitation paper suggestions, and much more.
Stay for the fashion show. Many shows will offer a runway experience, to present the latest gown and tuxedo offerings. This can be an entertaining way for couples to formulate their wedding styles.
Wedding shows introduce couples to vendors and set them on the path to making decisions regarding the planning of their weddings.
Health Department launches free, in-school vision screening program for senior kindergarten students
DURHAM: Durham Region Health Department is excited to announce that as of January 2019, free, in-school vision screening for senior kindergarten students will be provided through the Health Department’s vision screening program.
Research from McMaster University and The Hospital for Sick Children conducted annually, indicates that as many as one in four Ontario school-aged children experience difficulties related to vision that can affect their learning and development, and 15,000 children have trouble learning to read just because they need glasses.
“Vision plays an important role in the learning process for all ages and we are particularly excited about implementing this program with children in senior kindergarten,” said Christine Gianoutsos, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “It’s an opportunity to identify and correct vision problems early to support student success in school.”
The Health Department’s school vision screening procedure is conducted by public health nurses who perform a series of non-invasive screening tests. The process is quick, easy and poses no risk to students. If parents wish to have their senior kindergarten child excluded from their school vision screening day, please call Durham Region Health Department at 905-668-7711, ext. 2216 or 1-800-372-1102.
It is important to note that the vision screening program does not replace an appointment with an optometrist and it is recommended that families follow-up with an optometrist for their child’s complete eye exam. The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam at six-months old, then another between the ages of two and three, followed with annual appointments thereafter. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers yearly comprehensive eye exams by an optometrist for children under the age of 19.
For more information on school vision screening, contact Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, or visit durham.ca/schools.
Heart disease is a formidable foe. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease accounts for nearly 25 percent of all deaths in the United States each year.
Issues relating to the heart affect both men and women, and an estimated 15 million adults in the U.S. have coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease. And heart disease is not exclusive to the United States, as the Heart Research Institute says that every seven minutes in Canada someone dies from heart disease or stroke.
Such statistics are disconcerting, but they can serve as a wake-up call that compels people to prioritize heart health. Fortunately, heart disease is often preventable and people can employ various strategies to reduce their risk.
Stop smoking right now. One of the best things to do to protect the heart is to stop smoking. The Heart Foundation indicates that smoking reduces oxygen in the blood and damages blood vessel walls. It also contributes to atherosclerosis, or a narrowing and clogging of the arteries.
Eat healthy fats. When eating, choose polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats and avoid trans fats as much as possible. Trans fats increase one's risk of developing heart disease by clogging arteries and raising LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Read food labels before buying anything at the store.
Keep your mouth clean. Studies show that bacteria in the mouth involved in the development of gum disease can travel to the bloodstream and cause an elevation in C-reactive protein, a marker for blood vessel inflammation. Brush and floss twice daily, and be sure to schedule routine dental cleanings.
Get adequate shut-eye. Ensuring adequate sleep can improve heart health. One study found that young and middle-age adults who regularly slept seven hours a night had less calcium in their arteries (a sign of early heart disease) compared to those who slept five hours or less or those who slept nine hours or more.
Adopt healthy eating habits. Changes to diet, including eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight, improve cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure - leading to a healthier heart.
Embrace physical activity. Regular moderate exercise is great for the heart. It can occur at the gym, playing with the kids or even taking the stairs at work.
A healthy heart begins with daily habits that promote long-term heart health.
A group of local artists will showcase and sell their original art at the Autumn Art Festival in Port Perry on November 11th and 12th.
The event is hosted by the Port Perry Artists’ Association (PPAA), a not-for-profit organization that promotes art in North Durham.
“The vision we have is to promote artistic growth of members in the community at large. What we’re trying to do is encourage interest and knowledge of art and share that with the community,” said Jackie Creber, PPAA president.
PPAA’s mandate is to, only sell original fine art, not reproductions or prints. The art available at the show is all fine art and comes in a variety of mediums.
“It’s a show that features a variety of artistic work, including water colour, acrylic, oil, pen and ink. So, there is a variety of media that we use and it covers a variety of topics,” Jackie said.
There will be an array of artistic genres on display from portraits and landscapes to modern and abstract art.
Many of the artists featuring their work will attend the art festival, and will be available to discuss their art pieces.
“So you can actually meet the artists and talk to them and see what goes [on] behind developing and working on a painting,” Jackie said.
She added, the arts community in Port Perry is vibrant and filled with talented artists. The Autumn Arts Festival is one of the events during the year that showcases Scugog’s wealth of talent, and gives people an opportunity to view some breathtaking art.
Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Registration will open at 10 a.m.
The Walk will begin at 11 a.m.
Latcham Centre, North end of Palmer Park, 121 Queen Street, Port Perry, Ontario
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog Fire Department is modifying the burn ban currently in effect to allow recreational burning only. Please ensure that you have a valid Recreational Burn Permit prior to burning and that all guidelines for recreational burning are adhered to.
KAWARTHA LAKES—City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Services has lifted the complete fire ban for Kawartha Lakes. Although the risk of fire is reduced, the Fire Hazard Index is set at extreme and residents are encouraged to use extra caution to ensure fire safety.
The lifting of the ban signifies a return to the normal application of provisions in Open-Air By-law 2016-110. The burn ban was put in place August 9, 2016 due to extremely dry conditions, and has been lifted as a result of significant rainfalls throughout the last week.
Flying Lanterns are never allowed to be sold or discharged within Kawartha Lakes as outlined in the by-law. During periods of dry weather, grasses, bushes and plants are more easily ignited by embers from open air burning.
How you can help:
For more information contact:
Deputy Fire Chief, Kawartha Lakes Fire Services
705-324-5731 extension 592