Entries by Rabbi David

Your Wedding Video—Wedding Planning 101

VIDEO AT THE WEDDING—CEREMONIES 2021 Even with some gathering limits relaxing, couples may still need to rely on Zoom, YouTube, or live streaming to bring friends and loved ones together for your wedding ceremony for some time to come. Restrictions are variable in different areas/parts of the world, and ensuring everyone  you would like to […]

Planning Ceremonies in Ontario 2021—Weddings 101

OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONIES As the pace of vaccinations heat up across Ontario and Canada, couples with marriage on their minds are perking up. We’re still in light-at-the-end-of-the- tunnel mode, so it’s helpful to check your local regulations for any specific restrictions in your area. It’s also an excellent idea to talk with a local wedding […]

Weddings —Scheduling in 2021

Weddings in Ontario—Regulations on gatherings and ceremonies: Limits are in force in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada at the moment—for the latest in Ontario, please check out the official information site or contact us. Note: under the current stay-at-home order, wedding ceremonies indoors and out have been temporarily restricted to gatherings of 10— as of April […]

Are Zoom Weddings Legal?

Recent reports on how a few Israeli couples were getting married remotely in Utah to bypass local regulations made headlines and prompted questions about whether Zoom or Facetime weddings are legal. That depends. Weddings where the officiant or at least two witnesses are not present in person “on location” may not stand the legality test. […]

Backgrounder on Purim

Purim in 2021 starts on Thursday, February 25th and ends on the evening of Friday, February 26th. As you probably know, this is not a public holiday but a Jewish holiday that commemorates the delivery of the Jewish people from oppression and tyranny in the Persian Empire, which then spread over “127 lands” and is […]

Apply Online for Wedding Licenses in Toronto

State of Emergency/Stay at Home Orders and Wedding Licenses—January 2021 The City of Toronto has announced that while the state of emergency and stay at home orders are in effect: “As part of Toronto’s COVID-19 response, Registry Services counters at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall and the North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough Civic […]

Our Backyard Wedding—

Celebrating with Love and Laughter— Fun and lots of laughs were what they hoped for, asked for, and how they celebrated at their fall wedding, says Karianne Marten-Spagnuolo, who married  her husband Adam on September 29,, 2020, in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto. The fact that the ceremony took place at home had not been […]

Wedding Planning During Covid-19

Even in normal times, it’s a good idea to be able to call on experts to handle the details and ensure your wedding ceremony goes smoothly and lives up to expectations. “Today, with Covid-19, it’s even more valuable,” says Melissa Baum of The Baum Event Company, a Toronto event-planning and design firm specializing in luxury […]

Creating the Perfect Wedding Video

Award-winning wedding cinematographers Mark and Danielle capture stories around the world for their company Kismet Creative, surpassing the expectations of many happy wedding couples from Toronto to Vancouver and far beyond. They specialize in producing wonderful films with a strong narrative designed to show the couple’s personalities, documenting their turning points and ceremony into a […]

Wedding Licences Extended in Ontario

To assist the many couples who have had to postpone their plans and wedding ceremonies due to the Covid- 19 outbreak, the Ontario government has issued an extension for marriage licenses and made amendments to Ontario’s Marriage Act. If you obtained your licence any time after December 1, 2019, or while the State of Emergency […]