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Choosing a Wedding Venue… Time to be Picky

Choosing a Wedding Venue… Time to be Picky

Budget set? …Check! Wedding date and time set? …Check! Ok, now it’s time to find a venue. Choosing a location to hold your wedding can be fun yet frustrating. Do you want your ceremony at a church, and then host your reception in a hotel ballroom? Or, do you want your ceremony and reception at the same place? What amenities, such as a bridal dressing room, do you want? Are you searching for an outdoor or indoor spot? I don’t mean to bombard you with questions, but consider this… Because your wedding ceremony and reception venues help set the tone, mood, and motif of your big day, it’s vital that you select a location that will make you and your hubby-to-be happy. 

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

CARROLLTON, Ga. – If you enjoy the water and the sun, come out and swim in the “largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park”. The park offers swimming, boating, hiking and miniature golf for under $6. The park is named for local businessman John Tanner, who previously owned the park.

The park features fun for the entire family and visitors can swim and boat in the expansive Tanners Lake from sunrise until sunset. For those visiting the park on a fishing trip, the lake allows private boats and those with electric motors, only.

The campground has 31 campsites, six motel units, and a pioneer camp. Most camp goers take advantage of the camping, miniature golf, volleyball and horseshoes. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The park is located at 354 Tanners Beach Road in Carrollton.

A Bride’s Work is Never Done… Believe Me, You’re Not Alone

A Bride’s Work is Never Done… Believe Me, You’re Not Alone

Getting married soon? Still have a checklist of things to do before the big day? If so, we’re in the same boat, and trust me when I say, “Don’t sweat it.” For the next few weeks, take a walk with me as I share ideas as well as wedding vendors and events located on the west side of metro Atlanta that are sure to help your day—and mine—go off without a hitch!

First things first… If you’re planning your own wedding like me, you must first have a plan in hand, assess your needs, and evaluate your budget to make it all happen. Where will you be married? Where can you get a great deal on a beautiful gown? What about the bridesmaids? Who will cater? Anyone know the name of a good DJ out there?

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

WEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

Take your date on a trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park. On April 30, the park will hold a Twilight Canoe trip. This sunset ride is ranger-led and only open to adults who can swim and have some canoeing experience. $15 includes the canoe, paddle and PFD. The trip will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will return to shore around 9:00 p.m.

'Superdad' shares experience, support with other divorced fathers

'Superdad' shares experience, support with other divorced fathers

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Fathers play a vital role in their children's development.

In support of dads who desire to strengthen and maintain relationships with their kids after divorce, Lance Brooks International will conduct a seminar for fathers on Thursday, Apr. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle, 30080).

Every year, thousands of couples divorce, resulting in numerous single parent families.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's "Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007," which was published in late 2009, approximately 84 percent of custodial parents are mothers.

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

ATLANTA -- April is Autism Awareness Month, and 17 North Georgia landmarks are letting their blue lights shine to raise awareness for this growing health crisis that now affects one in every 110 American children.

On the evenings of Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr. 2, the buildings will illuminate special blue lights in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign.

Over 700 iconic locations in 180 U.S. cities and 30 countries will glow blue on Apr. 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

At dusk on Apr.

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Amateur athletes of every age, ability and passion can compete for medals again this year at the 2011 Georgia Games.

This year's edition of the state's largest multi-sport event will take place on various weekends throughout the summer.

Online registration is currently open for all 48 sports, listed below.

More than 8,000 athletes from 500 Georgia cities and town competed in the 2010 Games. The event is staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, who can also register online to help.

The Georgia Games is a festival for state citizens of all ages and athletic abilities, including physically disabled and Paralympic athletes.