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at-home ceremony

 

What it is: A ceremony held at someone’s residence.

 

Good for: Twosomes with a connection to a childhood house or with access to a grand home. Or a pair who want a more, well, homey celebration in their own pad and aren’t afraid to work for it.

What to know: While it might seem as if a backyard wedding could be a money-saver, it just might break the bank. No, you’re not spending $200 a plate at a reception hall, but consider the extras you may need to rent. You will be responsible for supplying every fo

rk, knife, table, and linen, and the bigger-picture details can also fall on you: generators for the band, a rented floor to cover the lawn, extra restrooms (you’ll need one portable toilet for every 50 guests), a fire extinguisher, and a tent in case of rain. Rentals for all of the above can cost upwards of $5,500. Plus, you’ll have to spray the grounds for bugs, mow the lawn, deal with any home improvements, and figure out parking (a valet company can cost around $2,000).

 

Resources: Contact your city or town hall to ask whether you need a permit and to obtain information on noise and traffic ordinances, fire codes, and tent permits. And call your homeowner’s insurance company to inquire about taking out an umbrella policy for the day. The cost is normally a few hundred dollars, but if someone gets hurt, you’ll be protected.

 

Howard Johnson’s – Lima is a perfect choice for your Wedding Day celebration.

 

With our beautiful Ballroom and on-site event planners, let us take the stress away. Our focus is on personal service, flexibility and our full attention to you and your guests. Request a free quote at http://hojolima.com/request-wedding-quote

 
 
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traditional ceremonies

 

What it is: A religious ceremony, often in the bride’s hometown, followed by a party at a reception hall.

 

Good for: Couples with religious ties, a significant connection to a hometown, and a sizable guest list. Many halls can accommodate 100 to 400 people and come complete with everything you need (silverware, dinnerware, food, alcohol, and linens), saving you money in the end.

 

What to know: When the ceremony needs to be scheduled and what time your reception can begin. Catholic churches, for instance, normally want the ceremony to be completed by 3 or 4 p.m. on a Saturday, leaving time to prepare for the five o’clock service. But most reception halls won’t cater to guests until 6 or 7 p.m.

 

Resources: For a national directory of Christian churches, go tochurchangel.com. Jewish temples are listed at jewishdirectory.com. For mosques, visit islamicity.com/orgs. And for Hindu temples, log on tohindumandir.us. An extensive list of reception halls is available atelegala.com.

 

Howard Johnson’s – Lima is a perfect choice for your Wedding Day celebration.

 

With our beautiful Ballroom and on-site event planners, let us take the stress away. Our focus is on personal service, flexibility and our full attention to you and your guests. Request a free quote at http://hojolima.com/request-wedding-quote

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This will be part one of a multi series blog so make sure you check back for more on this topic!   

 

The Basics

 

1. How many guests do you want, and how mobile are they?

 

Is your dream wedding small or a Broadway-worthy production? Your answer may determine the location. Why? Even though the day is about you, it’s also about your guests. If your closest friends all have toddlers, is it fair to request their presence at a safari wedding in South Africa? If relatives are elderly, can you expect them to make it safely to the beach? You won’t be able to please everyone, but consider making a concession or two if it means your loved ones will attend.

 

2. Do you want a religious ceremony?

 

A traditional religious ceremony may have to be held in a place of worship, so be sure to ask up front. (In that case, book the date at your place of worship before you book your reception location.) Also, some religious establishments frown upon elaborate decorations or flowers as well as skin-baring dresses, so inquire about these details.

 

If you and your fiancé have different religious beliefs, consider having the ceremony at a neutral location, like a reception hall. Talk early on with both families about your decisions.

 

If organized religion does not play a role in your lives but you want to incorporate a spiritual element, consider hosting the ceremony in a natural setting, such as a beach or a park (be sure to ask about a permit).

 

3. How much work are you willing―or do you want―to take on?

 

Depending on the location, you may have to do some heavy lifting. Before you commit to an “I do”-it-yourself undertaking, weigh the pluses and minuses of these settings:

 

A unique location:You may have your heart set on a big wedding-day hoedown in a picturesque barn, but who’s going to clear out the hay, haul in the tables, set up the Porta Potties, arrange for lighting, and―oh, yeah―move Bessie out to pasture? There’s also Mother Nature to keep in mind. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, you’ll need a backup plan in the case of rain, which means twice as much work.

 

A reception hall: The establishment usually has a one-size-fits-all feel, but its staff is probably well equipped to take care of the dirty work for you, which may include―and this is important―post-party cleanup.

 

 

Howard Johnson’s – Lima is a perfect choice for your Wedding Day celebration.

 

With our beautiful Ballroom and on-site event planners, let us take the stress away. Our focus is on personal service, flexibility and our full attention to you and your guests. Request a free quote at http://hojolima.com/request-wedding-quote

 

Howard Johnson
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Fall Foliage

 

Autumn: It is the season of crisp mornings, hot apple cider, and a full blown obesssion with anything named "pumpkin spice".  As the weather continues to cool down and the green turns to red and orange, we are all reminded that old man winter is right around the corner.  The next few weeks will be the last time we get spend more than 2 hours outside until April arrives with spring.  

 

As part as one more "hoorah" for 2014.  Howard Johnson Lima will run a Hojo Photo Contest.  We are asking all of our fans across all social media channels, and our guest who visit HoJo, to help us capture the amazing presence of autumn with pictures of the outdoors, a family tradition, or showcase your famous recipe.  

 

How to Enter the Challenge

  • Tweet your photos to @hojolima with the hashtag #HoJoLimaPics

  • Facebook your photos on our page with the hashtag #HoJoLimaPics

 

the contest will run though Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM EST. We will then select from the submitted photos and create a follow-up blog that will be posted here!  

 

 

Howard Johnson
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Items You Should Pack but Don't

 

wallet and clean underwear are at the top of most packing lists. But in the rush to remember the essentials, travelers sometimes underestimate the power of the nice-to-haves. Humble objects, ranging from an empty reusable water bottle to bandages, can save time and money and go far toward boosting the quality of your travels. When traveling to our neck of the woods these items are essential to have.  

 

 

1. First Aid Kit okay of course you could always go buy one if something happens. Blisters happen. So do scrapes and scratches. Don't be that person who ends up spending $7 on a pack of five bandages because you forgot to throw a few in your bag when you were packing. Depending on your travel destination, first aid supplies might over priced. It is never a bad thing to be slightly over prepared. 

 

2. Reusable Water Bottle Realistically, using a reusable water bottle will not only help the environment, but it will also make staying hydrated cheaper for you.  For travel, consider getting a slightly smaller water bottle that fits easily in a purse or bag. There are plenty of aluminum, glass, stainless steel, and hard-plastic options in the 12-ounce range. Those will help keep your water tasting like water and not like plastic.  

 

3. Laundry Bag It only took one trip to learn the importance of seperating dirty clothes from clean clothes. When returning back home from travel the last thing you want to smell in your suite case is mildew, dirty, and what ever else established a new home on your clothes.  By packing a seperate laundry bag you can keep your clean clothes smelling good.  A simply plastic bag will do the trick for this item, unless you want to get fancy.  

 

4. Stain Remover Last year, one of guest reviewed the Tide to Go Stain Eraser and found that it saved them from walking around all day with a giant coffee stain on her shirt. Stain-erasing wipes and pens take up little space and offer quick fixes for messes—a big plus for travelers with limited wardrobes.

 

5. Flip-Flops We're not suggesting flip-flops as a fashion statement, but rather as a hygiene measure if you're headed to any spas, pools, shared bathrooms, or other moist and warm environments where a bit of extra foot protection might matter.

 

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