Posted on

Other Life-Changing Events We Should Be Able to Object To

Other Life-Changing Events We Should Be Able to Object To

Wedding objections seem to be a thing of the past. This is probably for the best, though I can hardly say that they’re my least favorite part of weddings—that distinction goes to toasts in which the woman is praised as a saint whose only role is to clean up her slob of a husband’s life. Still, I believe that there are any number of other life-changing events at which the person’s friends and family should be able to object.

Buying a house: Listen, you can buy a house if you want to. But you can’t buy one in the suburbs and expect me to visit every weekend. And you ought to consider one with a hot tub. Also, I don’t like purple window trim. You know what, can I just pick the house for you? I’ll start checking Zillow right now.

Having children: I’m not saying you aren’t allowed to have children. I’m just saying you should seek my approval first. If we’re less than one month out from the last time you cut your own bangs, I don’t think you’re ready.

Investing in cryptocurrency: At the very least, post an Instagram poll before doing so. I have faith that the shame you’ll feel from the responses will be sufficient to stop you in your tracks. If not, I’ll intervene.

Posting TikTok dance videos: My objection is actually a massive favor—for you, and for the nice people of TikTok.

Explaining what N.F.T.s are: (A) You don’t know. (B) No one cares.

Using the word “tight:” Before I can approve it, I need to make sure you’re using it to mean “the opposite of loose” rather than “cool.” You’re not eighteen anymore. And I’m starting to believe that you never were.

Calling the blockchain the cockchain when you attend #NFTMiami and realize it’s all men: I could have told you ahead of time that it would be all men. I’m separately allergic to both puns and crypto references, so please don’t combine them in my presence.

Going vegan: I get that it’s best for the planet, so I will let it slide, as long as you promise never to make me eat anything called a Buddha bowl.

Popping your collar: I’ll assume that this was an accident, but you still should have asked.

Quitting your job to become a crypto-influencer: I’m the one on the receiving end of the texts saying, “Hey, can you please comment the laughing emoji on this? Thank u xoxo bev.eth!!!” Hence, I should have veto power.

Registering as a Libertarian: I did see this coming, but I’m still not ready. It makes me miss the good old days, when the government published lists of people with unsavory political affiliations.

Getting married: On second thought, I do think we should still be able to object to this. Especially if your wedding is being officiated by a smart contract.

Posted on

Soon, Chunnambar Boat House can be rented for weddings, events

Soon, Chunnambar Boat House can be rented for weddings, events

Puducherry government to develop more facilities for tourists, including restaurants and food trucks

Puducherry government to develop more facilities for tourists, including restaurants and food trucks

Chunnambar will no longer merely remain a tourist spot for boating as the government is planning to utilise the vast space available with the Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) for multi-purpose activities through private participation, including renting out the lawn and beach for weddings.

For long, the Chunnambar Boat House had remained only as a place where tourists, especially weekend visitors, could catch a boat ride to the pristine Paradise Beach. Now, the government has decided to alter the character of the boat house by promoting the place as a wedding and partying destination.

Prior to renting out the place for weddings, parties and other events, the PTDC is looking to develop a well-manicured lawn with added features to make it a favoured destination to host outdoor events.

The boathouse has around 4 acres of land, of which 1.5 acre could be set aside for hosting events, said a PTDC staff. “Already a person has booked it for a wedding in August,” the staff added.

To add more value, the government has decided to outsource the management of the seven river-facing suites with the rooftop being used for dining. The PTDC has also planned to introduce a floating restaurant under the Ariankuppam bridge.

The government has plans to introduce a playpen for children in the waiting area for boating. A few days from now, the Corporation will roll out food trucks through private participation to cater to tourists visiting the boat house.

“All these value-added services are going to be introduced as a revenue earning mechanism for the PTDC, which is hitherto dependent on the earnings from the boating activity to provide salary to the staff. Obviously, when more people are going to throng the area for events, the earnings from boating will also go up,’’ Minister for Tourism K. Lakshminararayanan told The Hindu.

Booking for boating at Chunnambar will also go online shortly, he said, adding that more facilities, including at the children’s play area, would be provided through the public-private partnership mode.

According to PTDC officials, the boathouse had started receiving tourists in huge numbers after the lull in arrivals during the peak of the pandemic. On an average, during weekends, around 3,000 to 4,000 tourists visited the boathouse. The figure fell to around 500 during weekdays, the official said, adding that the PTDC was fully geared to meet the vacation crowd expected during May-June.

Posted on

Local venue sees increase in events while recovering from pandemic

Local venue sees increase in events while recovering from pandemic

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – COVID-19 postponed and even cancelled weddings, baby showers, and graduation parties.

This kept people from gathering to celebrate, but this year is proving to be different as restrictions ease and case numbers decline here in Lincoln.

Event venues, like Urban Farmhouse Room, shut down in 2020 due to COVID-19. Now, they are hosting hundreds of events while rebounding from the effects of the pandemic.

On Saturday, Caron Stajduhar is celebrating her first grandchild at her daughter’s baby shower.

“We came from Georgia and there are several other people coming from far away,” Stajduhar said.

It is a busy time of the year for Urban Farmhouse Room.

“May is very busy for us, and so is April and June. We are gearing up for a very busy Spring season,” Corinna Moser, owner of Urban Farmhouse Room said.

As COVID-19 cases decline in Lincoln, Moser said people are booking more events, like baby showers.

This was not the case two years ago. The venue opened on March 1, 2020. A couple of weeks later, the pandemic shut them down.

“We were just kind of like in shock almost,” Moser said.

Moser said they had a lot of events booked that spring after they opened, including 25 graduation parties.

“We were finally doing this and then we got three events in two weeks and by about March 13, we had to shut down,” she said.

During 2020, they had almost 100 events despite the pandemic.

In 2021, they passed that number with 243 events.

Saturday’s baby shower is just one of many events lined up for their busy year.

“It’s just going to be great,” Stajduhar said. “It’s so fun to get together with people since we’ve been cooped up not able to do things like that.”

Moser said she was happy to get all the events rescheduled once the venue re-opened in June 2020. She said they are on track to have more events this year than last year.

Copyright 2022 KOLN. All rights reserved.

Posted on

Supply chain shortages wreak havoc on weddings and large events

Supply chain shortages wreak havoc on weddings and large events


“Nothing is guaranteed,” Paula Marrero of Marrero Events said. “You have to think outside the box.”

With large events making a comeback as the pandemic wains, supply chain challenges have become an issue. Courtesy/Marrero Events

Paula Marrero has gotten quite used to maximizing her creativity these last few years.

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut the world down, the Boston-based wedding planner consoled her couples and helped them focus on Plan B. And then Plan C. 

As the 2022 wedding season begins, Marrero is once again navigating a slew of challenges. This time, her headaches stem from supply chain shortages that are crippling every industry and wreaking havoc for many. 

But, when you’re committed to hosting a large-scale event on a certain date and time, the panic hits a little harder when you can’t be sure you’ll have plates.

“We’re seeing it a lot with floral and decor,” Marrero said during a recent interview. She had just ended a brainstorming session with a bride who couldn’t get candles or containers to hold her centerpiece flowers.

The reality is that vendors just can’t be certain that something will arrive in time, Marrero said, and it’s causing everyone to be more open-minded and realistic. 

“Nothing is guaranteed,” Marrero said. “You have to think outside the box.”

Beyond the supply questions, there are also concerns over the price of food. Vendors are afraid to charge the full cost of beef because couples wouldn’t want to pay it, Marrero said. The cost of the popular menu option has increased by about 70 percent.

“Beef is so high and everybody wants to offer beef,” she said.

When they hit a glitch, Marrero is there to encourage her couples to think creatively and find different resources. 

She’s even purchased products from Alibaba and other sites to store in her office — from linens to charger plates — so she has some supplies on-hand.

But for those couples who have been delayed taking their walk down the aisle, their priorities are clearer and they willingly accept the backup plan.

“Some of them are just tired of waiting,” Marrero said. 

Although couples may face some trouble decorating for their big day, for the most part, they aren’t stressing over what they’ll wear.

Bridal shops have quickly figured out over the last two years how to meet customer demand and stock enough inventory to make every wedding date.

Alexa Malagodi, an assistant manager at Cristina’s Bridal Shop in Andover, said communication with their vendors has been critical.

“The wedding industry has definitely stepped up the challenge,” she said. “Our various designers still have a very wide selection.”

The category that’s seen the most impact are the dresses for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom, Malagodi said, as beading used on those gowns is shipped in from India, which has been hit hard with supply challenges.

The way to get around the challenges, she said, is to stay aware of what production looks like for their vendors and designers and the moves they are making.

At the nationwide chain David’s Bridal, the size and scope of their company has helped them avoid the same challenges others are facing, CEO Jim Marcum said. The company has its own supply chain for its 300 stores, through which their merchandise is designed and produced. 

“We actually have several distribution center locations in the U.S. where hundreds of thousands of dresses are on hand,” he said.

Through the company’s “Guaranteed in Stock and Ready to Ship” program, brides can pick from the top styles and colors their bridal party dresses. As the stores have seen an uptick in customers coming through the doors with the return of large events, the company has added more merchandise to that program, Marcum said. A loyalty program launched in late 2020 continues to see success as well.

“I think David’s is very well-positioned,” Marcum said.

Posted on

Fieldays, Hobbiton and weddings: Big events still awaiting change to orange

Fieldays, Hobbiton and weddings: Big events still awaiting change to orange
Hobbiton Movie Set is one of the larger venues welcoming Wednesday’s announcement as they plan ahead for large events like their Middle-earth Halfling Marathon for 2022.


Hobbiton Movie Set is one of the larger venues welcoming Wednesday’s announcement as they plan ahead for large events like their Middle-earth Halfling Marathon for 2022.

As small businesses and venues celebrate following a relaxation of Covid 19 restrictions, for a major Waikato calendar event, the possibilities are still uncertain.

“For us with Fieldays, it has little impact on our decision to push it out to November, said CEO of National Fieldays Peter Nation.

Each year in June, the 114-hectare site at Mystery Creek is packed with over 130,000 attendees and 13,000 contractors for the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

He could understand the Government’s cautious approach towards relaxing restrictions but their exhibitors alone, would fill the 200 person indoor limit, so they were holding on for a change to the orange traffic light level.

“We still can’t operate under these rules, particularly under the 200 indoor capacity” he said.

The 2022 Fieldays event had its largest crowd yet with 132,000 visitors attending.


The 2022 Fieldays event had its largest crowd yet with 132,000 visitors attending.

For the popular Matamata tourist attraction, Hobbiton tours, the loosening of rules was the certainty they needed to host their first Middle Earth halfling marathon.

They kept their doors open to limited gathering numbers throughout the pandemic, but the switch to unlimited outdoor numbers was the boost they needed going forward.

“I thought it was pretty fantastic that as a country, we’re at this stage where we can safely loosen these restrictions now” said Shane Forrest, deputy executive for Hobbiton film set.

“It’s all steps in the right direction and pretty positive as well as we connect again with internationals and start to slowly open our borders and host tourists again”.

* Orange light means go – from empty and silent to 1600 nightclubbers
* Worrying wait for Hamilton hospitality industry as large events loom
* Coronavirus: Hamilton’s Shenanigans Irish pub to stay closed

The wedding industry was hit especially hard by cancellations due to Covid 19 restrictions.

For Woodside Estate Wedding venue and function centre owner, Les Cox their booking numbers had been sliced in half and as much as the announcement brought optimism for outdoor events, the summer wedding season had already passed.

“A bit late, yes…basically our wedding season is coming to an end now”.

And, for Lawrenson Group bar and restaurant chain owner John Lawrenson, frustration at Wednesday’s news was an understatement.

“It’s just ludicrous to me…the venues that are really affected are the nightclubs, the entertainment venues, the venues that rely on 300-500 people and in one of my venues 2000 people inside dancing and enjoying entertainment” he said.

The Government will review the traffic light settings on April 4.

Posted on

Bingemans booking weddings at former Hacienda Sarria event space

Bingemans booking weddings at former Hacienda Sarria event space

KITCHENER — The event space formerly known as Hacienda Sarria is once again being used as a venue for weddings and other celebrations.

Bingemans is now booking events at the 1254 Union St. site in Kitchener. The venue, once a former steel factory that was transformed by the late Ron Doyle to resemble a centuries-old Spanish villa, is now being called the Union Event Centre.

But even under a different name and with a different company co-ordinating events, the venue hasn’t been able to shake its connection to the bankruptcy of Hacienda Sarria in 2020.

In response to Bingemans’ advertisements on Facebook, people have recognized the venue and pointed to the Hacienda event company’s bankruptcy that led to more than 100 couples and organizations losing their deposits.

According to documents from BDO Canada, the licensed insolvency trustee handling the bankruptcy case, creditors are owed more than $1 million from wedding deposits, prom bookings, and other events. Documents show the company had been losing money for years.

Mitch Taylor and his partner were among the couples who put down thousands to have their wedding there. He said the timing of Bingemans hosting events in the space is “extremely disappointing” to see.

“We wouldn’t really feel so bad and disappointed about weddings being hosted there if there was resolution to the situation at hand,” he said. The bankruptcy case is still ongoing.

Taylor said at this point, he and other creditors aren’t expecting to see their deposits returned — at least not willingly.

If the bankruptcy case closes and no money is recuperated, the group looking at filing a commercial lawsuit against the bankrupt 1836816 Ontario Inc., also known as Hacienda. Taylor said it would be great if couples could get their deposits back but it’s more important that the responsible parties are held accountable.

“Bringing justice to light is really a hot motivation right now, and obviously recuperating money would be a cherry on top.”

The director of Hacienda was Nadine Doyle. The property at 1254 Union St. was owned by her father, Ron Doyle, but following his death last year, the property is now owned by Suzanne Doyle and Nadine Doyle.

Multiple attempts to reach Suzanne and Nadine were not successful.

Taylor said when he heard Bingemans would be holding events at the Union Street venue, it raised a number of questions for him and others, including: what happens to the money Bingemans is paying to use the venue?

“Is that money going to the owner of that venue who ultimately is linked to the bankrupt corporation?”

Taylor said those responsible need to be held to account, if not just for this situation to serve as a “wake up call” to any other corporations potentially considering bankruptcy “and doing this to other people.”

If people see what happened with Hacienda and become hesitant about leaving deposits with other event co-ordinators, “what is that stigma going to do to the event industry?”

Bingemans’ president, Mark Bingeman said his company made arrangements with the landlord of the Union Street property earlier this year to utilize the space for events. When asked by The Record, Bingeman would not share the name of the landlord, or identify the numbered company.

He said he wasn’t able to comment on the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings because his company had no involvement with Hacienda Sarria or the bookings that were terminated in 2020.

Future of the property unknown

In the fall of 2020, the Union Street property was put up for sale for nearly $8 million. It’s unclear if efforts are still being made to sell the property.

Bingeman said he didn’t know about the long-term use of the space as an event venue. His sales team is focused on booking events for this year only and isn’t looking beyond 2022.

Bingemans will be treating this location like all the other venues offered to clients, he said. All deposits and payments will be made to Bingemans only.

“All we know is, any clients booking with us can be rest assured that their events will be executed as they expect.”

He said the venue still has plenty of dates available for spring and summer weddings. The Union Street site isn’t included in the list of venues on Bingemans website, but has been shared on their social media accounts.

Posted on

Weddings, funerals and other events to be permitted at full capacity as B.C. lifts some COVID-19 restrictions

Weddings, funerals and other events to be permitted at full capacity as B.C. lifts some COVID-19 restrictions

Weddings and other indoor and outdoor organized gatherings will be permitted to resume in B.C. this week, health officials announced Tuesday.

Changes to many restrictions come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 16, though some limits will remain. For example, guests at organized events will need to show proof of vaccination through the B.C. Vaccine Card.

Masks will also be required, but there won’t be capacity limits and dancing will be allowed at the events.

“I’m just so excited. This is the right thing to do and this is the perfect timing,” Liting Chan, owner of Paradise Events, told CTV News Vancouver as the changes were announced. “This gives us a great hope and we can start to plan weddings.”

Organized events like wedding and funeral receptions were prohibited in December, when B.C. was dealing with a surge in cases due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Even small organized events weren’t permitted.

Chan said the frequent changes in restrictions impacted some couples for years.

“I have a couple with me since 2019, so this will be their third year and finally they can have their dream wedding,” she said.

While masks and proof of vaccination will still be required, Chan said she doesn’t think that’ll be a big issue.

“I don’t think that’s a big deal. Look, we’re here to follow whatever the health authority thinks is safe,” she said. “Personally I don’t have any issue, my clients don’t have issues.”

Chan expects the news means there will be a lot of weddings this summer.

“I think it’s probably going to be the busiest year for many, many years,” she said.