Smoking a Hot Button When Planning Your Ottawa Wedding Reception

When you are planning your wedding, the choice of where you will welcome guests for the Ottawa wedding reception is one of the most important decisions you will make. You will no doubt want to make your guests feel comfortable when they attend the wedding while being conscious of the fact that smoking is not as common as it once was. Personal preferences and local bylaws will need to be taken into account. You may even decide that the weeks and months leading up to your wedding is a time to turn over a new leaf and give up tobacco use yourself so that you can start your married life as a non-smoker.

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Getting Married a Good Time to Stop Smoking?

If you are going to be taking an important step forward in love like getting married, you will want to make sure that you are starting your life together in the best possible health. You already know that this habit will have a negative effect on your health. A recent study found that women who quit smoking before they celebrate their 40th birthday can expect to live nine years longer. That is reason enough to give up cigarettes, especially if you have found someone you want to spend your life with. You don’t have to go it alone if you have made the choice to improve your health in this manner. You can buy smoking cessation aids to help control cravings and help you stay off tobacco. The good news about this product is that you wouldn’t have to quit “cold turkey.” People who use it can continue to smoke for a few weeks and wean off cigarettes gradually.

Give Up Smoking Together Before Getting Married

Everyone knows that all eyes will be on the bride and groom on their big day, and they want to look and be at their best. Some people take this opportunity to start a new exercise routine before they start married life. Why not start your marriage as a smoke-free couple? Quitting smoking is not only good for your health; it’s also good for your finances!

If you want an incentive to give up cigarettes, sit down and calculate how much you are spending per week, month, or year on smokes. Then calculate what else you could be using that money on once you are no longer smokers. You’ll probably find it’s a useful exercise in discussing your goals for after you say, “I do.”

City of Ottawa Smoking By-law

The City of Ottawa passed a strict by-law banning smoking in public places. People who are caught lighting up in parks, outdoor restaurants, bar patios and beaches will be given a $305.00 ticket. If you are planning to have your wedding reception at a restaurant that has a patio, you may need to educate your out-of-town guests about where they can and can’t light up while attending the festivities.

Keep in mind that if some members of the bridal party smoke, you may need to make sure they are available for pictures and the first dance if they have stepped out during that time. The law does not apply to a reception being held at a private home, but you would still want to think about whether you want to allow smoking on the premises. If you do decide to allow guests to smoke, you could set up a designated area for smokers.

It seems that no matter what you decide to do, you will be facing a potentially “hot” situation.  Ask your wedding planner or the manager of the wedding reception site you are considering for suggestions. They deal with the question of how to handle smoking at Ottawa wedding receptions often and should be able to offer some guidance.