Weddings-GTA Interfaith

Ontario moves to Step 3 —weddings and ceremonies

GATHERING LIMITS CHANGE FOR ONTARIO WEDDING CEREMONIES— With the move to Step 3 in Ontario on July 16, it seems like we’re on the way back to normal. Although events, gatherings, and celebrations still face restrictions, this move gives encouragement to couples planning to get married that they can take their plans off hold. It […]

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Ontario Weddings —Scheduling 2021

Weddings in Ontario—Regulations on gatherings and ceremonies change Announced on June 24, 2021— New limits are in force in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada—for the latest in Ontario, please check out the official information site or contact us. The provincial government announced that effective Wednesday, June 30th, Ontario will enter Step 2 of the re-opening earlier […]

Planning Ceremonies in Ontario 2021—Weddings 101

OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONIES As the pace of reopening heats up across Ontario and Canada, couples with marriage on their minds are perking up. Check your local regulations for any specific restrictions in your area. You may prefer to wait until you can accommodate the large gathering and reception of your dreams. But if you’d like […]

Relationship/Pastoral Counseling

Everyone seems ready to get back to full speed ASAP as soon as things really open up—but new stresses may have been highlighted from working in isolation, too much Zoom instead of relationship-time, or even staying home more often. Extended family or relationships may have felt the strain, or there may be interfaith questions that  impact family […]

Wedding Licenses Extended Due to Stay-at-Home Orders in Ontario

Due to the province-wide stay-at-home orders, validity periods have been extended for wedding licenses issued in Ontario. Licenses issued between December 1, 2019 and July 24, 2020 are still valid and can by used until July, 24, 2022. Licenses issued between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 are still valid and can by used […]

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Your Wedding Video—Wedding Planning 101

VIDEO AT THE WEDDING—CEREMONIES 2021 Even with some gathering limits relaxing soon (we hope!), 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 […]

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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—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 Centres […]

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 […]

The Ketubah Story

More and more marriages are putting it in writing—and it’s not only Jewish wedding couples who are adopting the Ketubah as part of their wedding ceremony, a tradition that dates back thousands of years. One of the largest suppliers is Ketubah.com—a trendsetter in design and online service well-known internationally for museum quality work, was founded […]

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Ontario allows larger gatherings at wedding ceremonies

Wedding Dates- Wedding couples in Ontario and the GTA who have been holding tight on wedding plans for the last few months are feeling a new sense of optimism as all areas in the province have moved from grade 2 to 3  and we begin to re-open, gently, in this stressful time of Covid-19. Many […]

Baby Naming Ceremony

We took these lovely photographs recently at a baby naming ceremony conducted by the Rabbi and received a very nice testimonial from the parents. Thank you! “We would like to truly thank Rabbi Gellman for the wedding and baby naming services that he provided. As my husband and I are an interfaith couple, finding a […]

The Perfect California Wedding

Brett and Arthur— Brett and Arthur enjoyed a wonderful wedding ceremony in October when they were married in the lovely surroundings of Healdsburg, in California’s Sonoma region, by Rabbi David Gellman. “It was an interfaith wedding—Arthur is from England and it was important to have a ceremony that paid homage to both Christian and Jewish […]

Wedding Venues-GTA

Weddings 101! CHOOSING THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE—HOTELS Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto It’s no secret that picking the perfect date for your wedding is only the start of what may turn out to be a very long list of To Do’s. You may be planning a cozy gathering and simple ceremony or a more lavish wedding. But choosing […]

A Wonderful Wedding on the Shore of Lake Ontario

Hollie and Rodney— Remembering the day of his daughter’s wedding, the father of the bride said that, even though it was September 6th, it was baking out and sunny—and so hot you could have walked into the lake. Niagara’s only lakefront winery (Konzelmann Estate Winery) was the spectacular setting for the wedding of Hollie and […]