January 2011

According to the Association for Wedding Professionals International, peak wedding season falls between May and October in most of the U.S. 

During the winter, the number of weddings throughout the country declines by 40% to 50% below that of peak season, says Richard Markel, the president of AWPI. And of the roughly 2.2 million weddings that take place in the U.S. each year, only 5 percent occur in January.  So what are the “brides-to-be” doing in the winter? Planning.

Venues, flowers, food, dresses, invitations, music; there are quite a few factors that can take a big chunk of your time and wallet if you aren’t careful. That’s where the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau can help Central Ohio engaged couples sort out the following:

  • Hotel accommodations for your guests (Dublin offers 15 hotels–all centrally located in northwest Columbus)
  • Ceremony and reception locations (ranging from ballrooms to historic sites and attractions)
  • Rehearsal dinner venues
  • Off-premise activities for the wedding party      
  • Suggestions for area attractions and activities for wedding guests
  • Wedding vendor referrals

If you are in the process of figuring out the details be sure to check out some of the bridal shows in the Columbus area:

  • Sunday, January 30: Claibourne Productions at Aladdin Shrine Center
  • Sunday, February 13: Bridal Open House at The Golf Club of Dublin
  • Sunday, February 20: South Asian Bridal Show at Hyatt Regency
  • Sunday, March 6: Claibourne Productions at The Ohio Union
  • Friday, April 15: The Wedding Experience at Pinnacle Golf Club, Grand Oaks Event Center and Oakhurst
  • Sunday, May 1: McClure Event Promotions at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

To learn more about the Dublin CVB’s complimentary services, call 800/245-8387 or visit our website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

-Post by Allison

My New Year’s resolution this year was NOT to lose weight. Nope. This year, I would NOT set myself up for failure. This year I resolved to be good to myself.  This means eating right and taking care of my body.  I found the perfect place to help me get started – Whole Foods Market. They offer many great classes that will help keep me on the right track. Here are just a few of them:

  • Sunday, January 23 – Live Demo: Wok’ing It Up   Guests can enjoy a live demonstration how to make oil free stir fry- and enjoy a tasty sample! 12 – 2 p.m. Free
  • Monday, January 24 – Zumba with Chris Pinkerton  Dance to Latin and International music. You will have so much fun, you’ll forget you are exercising! Classes are held in Salud. 10 a.m. Free
  • Thursday, January 27 – Green Smoothies   Dark leafygreens are missing in the majority of Americans’ diet and surprisingly are the easiest foods to get!  Learn how to prepare delicious green smoothies with tasty combinations of greens and fruits & veggies, but most importantly learn how to create your own recipes!  Taste several creations, and walk away with over 30 green smoothie recipes.  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $45. Registration required.

Wow!  After all that I need to treat myself and I can’t think of a better place to do that than Whole Foods Market!  My favorite treat is their wonderful cakes with butter cream icing. You can buy a whole cake or just one slice. Or should I treat myself to their low-fat chocolate chewy cookies?  Or I could choose their gelato?  Any one of my choices will be well worth it since my New Year’s resolution was to be good to myself. (Like how I worked that?)  Whole Foods Market 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd Columbus, OH 43235.   614/760.5556

-Post by Andrea

Among my many resolutions for this year: (1) Spend less. (2) Travel more.

At first glance, those two tasks might seem to cancel out each other. But, you see, I have this addiction. I’m a travel-a-holic. I love to go to new places … whether they are on the other side of the country or the other side of the city. So I’m (working on) becoming a super savvy traveler this year. I’m searching for the best values, insider tips and special offers.  

Working in the travel industry, one thing I’ve learned when planning a trip is—start with your local Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). CVBs are made up of locals who are passionate about their destination. We know the best places to eat, visit, stay and see. And we usually have knowledge of some great packages.  Like this one I’m going to share with you today:

The Embassy Suites Columbus Dublin is offering a Cabin Fever Family Fun Package (Feb. 19-20) with tons of fun and entertainment for everyone in the family—all for $124.99/night.  Activities include a family game and activity room (think board games, crafts and family friendly music), a movie room with kid-friendly flicks, bingo and wacky DJ games, a chocolate fountain, an Evening Manager’s reception, an indoor swimming and whirlpool, one large 2-topping pizza and a 2-liter bottle of soda per package, a goodie bag with local discount coupons and snacks, AND a full cooked-to-order breakfast buffet for all. (Call 614/790-9000 to book your package.)

Need more incentive? How about half-price admission to the #1 Zoo in the country? The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering half-price general admission during the entire months of January and February.  That’s plenty of opportunity to see Polar Bear Twins Anana and Aurora frolicking in their cool Polar Frontier habitat the way three-year-old Polar bears sisters do.  It’s hard to beat that kind of economical family travel fun, right?  For more info, visit the Dublin CVB website or call 800/245-8387.

-Post by Mary