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Monday, July 27, 2009

Help Your Guests Get to Know Each Other

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Often at the reception there will be many people who do not know each other very well. Waiting for the reception to officially begin, the food to be served, etc., can be awkward.

To help get the party started and help your guests to get better aquainted, place cards at each place setting that say things like, “Ask someone you don’t know to dance,” “Give someone you know a hug,” “Make a song request to the DJ,” “Offer to buy someone a drink,” “Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know,” etc. If there are 10 to a table, you only need 10 different cards for each table.

Place cards are a good idea, especially if you have dateless friends and relatives. Even the most socially gifted guests will have high-school cafeteria flashbacks when forced to sit down with a bunch of strangers. Having “assigned seats” is not restrictive. It’s smart and considerate – and will make conversation mingling (and matchmaking) so much easier.

If the idea of assigning numbered tables at the reception seems impersonal, give the tables names relating to love. Arrange in alphabetical order to assure that there is still a navigable organization so the guests can find their seats.

Here are a few words of love to consider: Happiness, Serenity, Bliss, Joyful, Amour, Adoration, Tranquility, Harmony, Delight, Heavenly, Enchantment, Cherish, Lovely, Memories, Inspiration, Romance, Forever, Eternity, Unity, Pleasure, Charm, Believe, Dreams, Fortune, Passion, Genuine, Priceless, and Desire. A thesaurus comes in handy when trying to elaborate on your list!

You might consider including wedding pictures of both of the parents on the tables. Add some text to the pictures for the benefit of those who do not know the parents.

Your comments are always welcome!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

We Want To Sing You A Love Song!

Lisa Pressman, Guest Author

Anne Murray sang in 1974, “I wanna sing you a love song…”. That’s the desire of all of the talented professional musicians and vocalists that perform “live” for weddings and events in the Valley of the Sun. These performers are there to sing and play for you. And, as Shakespeare so beautifully wrote: “If music be the food of love, play on!”

lisa-pressman2Whether for your wedding ceremony, cocktail reception and/or dinner reception, live music creates an extraordinary atmosphere that elevates the entire experience by adding a soundscape designed with you, the bride and groom, in mind.

Live Music is an art form that is created and enjoyed in the moment, instantly lifting your emotions and senses as the experience of your event unfolds. Live Music connects with the emotions and energy of the bride and groom as well as the guests.

The joy of your event is tangible as the performers and their music enliven the ambiance. You can feel the energy of Live Music- music created in the moment- and the memory of these magical musical moments can last forever!

Live music has been a part of life’s celebrations forever! Music history teaches us that music is a very important element in sacred religious services, including the marriage ceremony. Unaccompanied voice was the first instrument used in early sacred music.

Performance styles were very restricted depending on the time period and music creation had very stringent guidelines and practices. The Church allowed only sacred texts to be set to music. This music was passed down from performer to performer and was not notated. At first, hauntingly beautiful and simple (in terms of composition) single line vocal melodies were performed. As time progressed another voice, as a sustained note (or chant drone), was added below the melody and basic harmony was then created.

Music composition and performance changed over time as single line melodies developed into melodies with harmony by adding complementary notes to the melody played in exact rhythm. From simple harmony, music became more intricate with the use of inter-woven melodies that created harmony by their movements and the “rules” of music composition were expanded.

Secular music (music for use outside of the church), especially songs of love, became more and more popular and was performed usually by a stringed instrument called a lute (the predecessor to the guitar), which was also used to accompany the voice.

Over time, keyboard and orchestral instruments were added to sacred and popular music performance. Though “early music” was very beautiful, contemporary music performance today encompasses a wide and varied range of musical styles and performance mediums. Performers today are always adding something new and fresh into the mix and this can be very exciting to hear. Anything goes!

The “wedding musicians’” highest purpose is to provide an impressive soundtrack for your most special day. To a professional musician, now as in earlier times, being in the moment of this musical creation is always an absolutely awesome experience!

Professional musicians who perform for weddings describe their music as extraordinary, elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful. And that allows you, the bride and groom, to feel exactly that – extraordinary, elegant, sophisticated and beautiful!

Copyright © 2009 & 2014 – Lisa Pressman. Listen online to the Lisa Pressman Ensemble at http://www.opusfromus.com/events . Send e-mail to Lisa.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony

Here’s an idea that will certainly grab the attention of the guests, add some pizzazz to your ceremony and incorporate a new twist into your celebration.

Here is what you will need:

  • A wooden wine box
  • A bottle of your favorite wine
  • Two love letters sealed in separate envelopes
  • A small hammer and several nails.

1052246_origA few weeks before the wedding, take some time to each write a letter to one another, expressing your thoughts about the good qualities that you found in your future partner, the reasons for falling in love with them and your hopes and dreams for the future. In other words, you write a “love letter” to each other and place it in a sealed envelope, with the name of your partner on the outside. Do not read what the other has written.

Be creative with the box by putting foam inside to support the wine bottle. Line the inside with satin material. You can also include CDs of your favorite music, favorite pictures of you together, and other mementos making it your own romantic time capsule. Keep the box in a place of honor as a constant visual reminder of your love and commitment to each other. The box can be a life preserver in years to come.

The Wine Box should be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.

There is only one other reason the box should be opened before your anniversary. If there should come a time when you hit a bumpy road in your relationship, before you give up or make any irrational decisions, open the Wine Box. The hope is that there will never be a reason to have to open the box except on your anniversary!

Hit a rough spot in your relationship? Sit down together, open the box, uncork the wine and unseal the envelopes that you wrote for one another before your wedding, go to separate rooms and quietly read the love letter.

Even if you are not seeing eye-to-eye at that very moment, it will remind you of all the reasons you choose this person as your partner and all the things that helped shape the life they’ve created together. Never take your blessings of being together for granted.

The romantic sentiments you wrote, the declaration of love, the clear thoughts about why you chose this person as your life partner will help put you back on even ground. This is the perfect ritual to remind you of your wedding day and your intention to love and cherish each other in good times and bad for as long as you both shall live.

Toward the end of your ceremony the Officiant will state the purpose of the “Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony.”

The Officiant will elaborate on the reasons for the sealed love letters, place the sealed envelopes in with the wine bottle and will speak about the exercise that you went through. It should be emphasized that the letters have not been read by the Officiant or by anyone else.

The box will then be nailed shut. The Officiant begins with the first nail, followed by the Bride and Groom sealing the box shut. You can have each member of your wedding party step up and nail the box shut.

Your guests will be pleased to have been a witness to something so unique and different at your wedding ceremony.

BONUS Article: Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony (Revisited)

Feaured Wine Box (above) is available at: http://www.PersonalizedWineBoxes.com/

Your comments are always welcome!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Planning a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party?

Generally speaking, we do not recommend bachelor or bachelorette parties. Many feel that such a party gives them license to have one last fling or do things they know their future spouse would never approve of.

As a relationship coach, I’ve heard numerous horror stories of such parties that have gotten what could have been a terrific marriage off to a horrible start.

If you must party. . . plan your party a week or more before the wedding and behave yourself. You do not want to start your wedding day with a hangover or with the guilt of something that you know you should not have done.

While we are on the subject of parties, most couples will plan a rehearsal dinner after the rehearsal. You are encouraged to plan the wedding rehearsal and dinner two days before the wedding (instead of the day before the wedding) to give you time to work out all the details and time for all to recover from the rehearsal dinner. This also gives you a day of rest before the wedding which can – for some – be a stressful day and gives you time to catch up on last minute things that you may have forgotten or put off until the last minute.

Your wedding rehearsal is really only for the people who are in your wedding and the bride and groom’s parents. During your wedding rehearsal, your Officiant (or your wedding consultant) will guide you through the ceremony and explain everyone’s roles.

Once you’ve taken care of business, it’s time to celebrate! Get your wedding party together, along with any other special guests and head off to your rehearsal party – your time to unwind before the big day. The rehearsal dinner should be more intimate than the reception. It is a celebration usually reserved for the couple’s closest friends, relations, your wedding consultant and the Minister/Officiant.

If you must party, please remember that soon you will be wed. Agree not to do anything that you would not feel comfortable in telling your partner. It’s called, “r-e-s-p-e-c-t!”

No alcohol is best.

Your comments are always welcome!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Prepare an Emergency Bag

Listen up Brides, this is for you! Want to avoid a crisis at your wedding?

Be prepared.

EmergencyBagAlthough you may not need all of the items, to be on the safe side, you might want to pack a “beauty bag” (emergency pouch) to bring with you on the big day.

Be prepared for a “quick fix.” Bring needles, mini scissors and thread in the color of your dress and your bridesmaid’s dresses.

Also bring extra lipstick, pins, safety pins, sewing kits, dental floss, chap stick, clear nail polish, Band-Aids, Advil, Kleenex, hair spray, smelling salt, comb and brush, deodorant, perfume, Visine, barrettes and bobby pins, bottled water, crazy glue, toothpicks and anything else you think you might need.

A drinking straw for the bride will keep her from messing up her lipstick and chalk to mark out any flaws on her wedding gown are nice extras.

Also remember to bring an extra copy of contacts and phone numbers of all wedding day vendors, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Remember your Cell phone.

Always have something to eat before the ceremony. Crackers, cheese and a Pepsi is better than nothing.

Check out our “Beauty Bag” checklist.

Reminder for the Groom: To make sure you look dashing for the wedding, remember to bring along shaving cream, skin cleanser, cologne, toothbrush and toothpaste and other necessities. Show up. Remember to bring the wedding ring. Pop a Breathe Mint just before the wedding.

Here is another tip for the Groom: Make the kiss last a lot longer than you think necessary. There are two good reasons: 1. The photographer does not know when the kiss is coming and you will want a photo of that and, 2. The guests love it! 😉

BONUS Article: Prepare a “Must Have” Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Your comments are always welcome!

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Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Your Wedding is “YOUR” Wedding!

Remember, your wedding is “your” wedding, not your mothers or your future mother-in-law’s wedding. Use tact and plenty of it. You may need to remind your relatives that they had their wedding the way they wanted it and now it’s your turn.

MOMzillaIf you must, give in a little – on both sides of the family – however if it’s something that you absolutely do not want to be a part of the wedding, take a time-out to think about how you can tactfully say no.

Possibly the only exception might be if there are differences in religion, background or culture. It is sometimes wise to honor the faith of your guests as well. AND. . . it is your wedding. You get to say how and what is said.

Sidebar: Be sure that your minister is willing to make your ceremony fit what YOU want, not what he thinks it should be.

Celebrate each other’s uniqueness and emphasize the things you have in common.

UPDATE: Mothers who force influence on their daughter or son’s wedding should be ashamed! At a recent wedding rehearsal the mother of the bride kept interrupting the rehearsal by trying to change everything. The daughter didn’t complain and I could tell she was getting upset. I smiled and went over to her mother and whispered in her ear, “This is your daughter’s wedding, not yours. You already had your wedding. She has already told me what she wanted. Please back off and let her have it her way.”

The mother was visibly pissed. The daugher came over and asked me what I said to her mother. When I told her, she said, “YES!! Thank you.” The mother backed off (still upset), did not say another word and allowed the venue coordinator and I to conduct the rest of the rehearsal.

At the wedding reception the mother came over to me, gave me a big hug and whispered in MY ear, “I’m so sorry I tried to change everything. I just wanted it to be perfect. The wedding was perfect and your ceremony was the best I’ve ever heard.”

Wheew! I wasn’t quite sure what she was going to say, AND it all worked out. I would rather be the bad guy and step in to take control when mother’s do this to their daughters, rather than watch the daughter be run over by her mom and live to regret not having her wedding HER way.

Your comments are always welcome!

BONUS Article: Wedding Traditions: Getting Married on Our Terms, Not the Terms Our Parents Laid Out
“Sorry Mom, This is Not Your Wedding!”

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Ceremony. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 460 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hire a DJ Just for the Music? I Don’t Think So!!

msanchez Guest Author, Mark Sanchez, www.ProfessionalMobileENT.com

Many people think that Disc Jockey’s are just the music at weddings.
 When a Mobile DJ performs at a wedding, he has much bigger role
and many more responsibilities to handle then just playing music.


The Responsibilities & Duties of a Disc Jockey, Day of the Wedding…

1. Master of Ceremonies – A good experienced MC will keep your guests
informed about the activities & formalities throughout the night, and make
timely & appropriate announcements without taking the focus off the
Bride & Groom.

2. Director – Weddings need direction because of all the formal events that
take place. The director is primarily the MC/DJ. The director guides the
guests throughout the night. The MC has the wedding entertainment training
to keep the reception flowing smoothly.

3. On-Site Coordinator – Your DJ will work with you your banquet manager,
and all other day of vendors to keep your reception on schedule.
A professional DJ/MC will make sure all vendors are prepared & ready
before any announcement of an activity is made.

4. Music Programmer – Anybody can play music. Playing the right music at
the right times, at the right volume levels, and be able to generate a dance
floor and keep it going for everyone to enjoy is something only an experienced
trained professional can do. If you bring in an amateur to just play music, your
party will end fast. The music will set the mood & the tone of a reception.

5. Music Expert – In this day and age anybody can have a vast music library.
Having music is one thing, but knowing music is another. Every wedding has
a diverse crowd that will enjoy a variety of all types of music. It takes years
of experience to learn all styles of music and to know it well.

6. Lighting Tech – Proper lighting also sets the mood during dinner or late in
the night. Your DJ should control the lighting so it’s not too bright for dinner
or not to dark later for dancing. He will also brings the right kind of lighting
for dancing.

7. Crowd Motivator – Unexpected things can happen at a wedding, like rain,
or the cake toppling over, etc.. An experienced pro can recognize the situation,
lighten the mood, and continue the fun & festivities no matter what. A good DJ
can create a fun filled environment without stealing the spotlight.

8. Music Mixer – The better DJ’s can beat-match music for a smooth transition
from one song to the next without disrupting a dance floor.

9. Problem Solver – When guests need to know anything, more than likely they
will ask the DJ. He is “the answer man”, he knows where the restrooms are,
the gift table is located, etc.

10. Roadie – A DJ has to bring more equipment, notes and supplies then any
other vendor you may hire, and usually sets up without help. Forgetting one
thing could be disastrous to the event.

11. Board Operator – A DJ should know how to work his audio &
lighting systems. Yet some DJ’s use rental or barrowed equipment, and while at
your event, learn it as they go along.

12. Audio Tech – In case of technical difficulties or audio failure, a DJ should 
be able to recognize the problem promptly, and know how to fix it. A Professional DJ 
should always carry back up equipment. If an Amplifier goes out with no back
up the party ends.

13. Etiquette – Maintain a high level of etiquette at all times.

All other “day of” responsibilities…

Sound checks, check volume of music & microphones.

Find out the seating arrangements of the wedding party.

Go over the agenda with the catering manager & banquet captain.

Turn off all house music before starting his music.

Find out where house lights are dimmed, and dim at the appropriate time.

Go over the agenda with photographer & videographer and cover the procedures for Grand Intro, toast, cake etc..

Check microphone frequencies with videographer to make sure they don’t interfere with each other.
Locate the person giving the blessing.

Verify with banquet manager when the food is ready.

Verify all pronunciations of bridal party, the order to walk in, and instruct where to walk in.

Coordinate the releasing of guests tables through the buffet line (if necessary)

Talk to each member of the wedding party about toasts, and instruct each speaker on proper microphone use, and at the end to raise their glass to toast.

Check cake table for knife, plates, and napkins.

Locate the throw bouquet.

Remind the Bride and Groom to visit with guests, and or use the restroom when finished with dinner.

Remind parents for the parent’s dances, and timing.

Verify that all parents are in the room & bridal party members and at the head table for the toast.

Double check the batteries in the microphones before toasts.

Confirm that the photographer & videographer are ready before the first dance and all other formalities.

Be ready to adjust lighting for the Bride and Groom’s first dance.

Locate the bouquet for the toss.

Bring out a chair for the garter removal.

Talk to the Best Man and Maid of Honor about helping with the money dance.

At the end of the night personally congratulate the Bride & Groom.

Make sure the DJ’s area is clean before he leaves.

Services & Responsibilities before the Wedding…

1. Event Planner – Help coordinate your event schedule in a 2 to 3 hour
personal planning session, with a timely detailed itinerary and check list
in the manner and style you desire, and ensuring that your every need
& wish is carried out.

A. Go over all the fine details of the wedding.

B. Send an e-mail of the agenda out to all other day of wedding vendors to
ensure we are all working together as a team, and your reception is in
sync.
This prevents the Bride & Groom from being interrupted throughout the 
reception.

C. Make a check list: Make sure all equipment, formal music, and tux is packed
and ready to go 3 hours prior to the start time.

D. Refer you to other quality wedding vendors that will fit your needs.

Most of all a DJ is responsible making sure your wedding is engaging, fun,
and memorable for you and your guests.

A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that needs to be done right the
first time because there is no doing it over tomorrow.

BONUS Articles: How DJs $pend Their Time
Read “How to Hire a Disc Jockey” and “Full-Time DJ vs. Part-Time DJ” by Mark Sanchez.

Special Note from Larry James: I’ve worked with Mark Sanchez many times and he delivers a professional, quality show from beginning to end. He is the owner of Professional Mobile Entertainment. – 5 Stars from Larry James!

Copyright © 2009 – Mark Sanchez. Mark Sanchez has performed more than 900 weddings in the Great Phoenix area. He started his career at local valley night spots where he received years of personalized training by some of the best entertainment directors. In 1990 he performed his first wedding working for a reputable mobile DJ service in Phoenix primarily as a DJ/Emcee for weddings. Today he is a career DJ who runs his own business as a full time owner/operator specializing in weddings. www.ProfessionalMobileENT.com – Send e-mail to Mark Sanchez!

Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Have You Registered for Gifts?

It is considered inappropriate to include in your invitations where you are registered. No guest should ever receive an announcement about your wedding registry: not with your invitations, via e-mail, or from a store.

If the store offers to send a note, decline the offer. Instead, pass the word through family and friends. It’s okay to tell someone if they ask you or to let those who may host a bridal shower for you so they can tell those who attend.

Guests often feel at a loss when choosing wedding gifts, and would prefer to purchase something you picked out yourself. Request a gift card to a nice restaurant for the bride and groom.

Many couples who do not wish to receive gifts, which is often the case with a second-time bride or groom, will provide the name of a charity organization to which wedding guests can contribute in lieu of buying a wedding gift for the couple.

Your comments are always welcome!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

LoveNotes for Lovers eZINE (Subscribe Today!)

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Larry James’ “LoveNotes for Lovers” e-ZINE features several of Larry’s LoveNotes (from his book, LoveNotes for Lovers), a feature relationship article, relationship tips, a relationship Q & A, relationship humor, a Bride & Groom-of-the-Month, a Guy Finley “Key Lesson” and much more. It’ll be short and sweet and to the point. You’ll love it! It’s a great monthly eZINE. . . one you can take to heart! It’s a $72 value and there is no cost to you!

Currently more than 7,750 people enjoy “LoveNotes for Lovers” e-ZINE each month. It is sent the first Tuesday night of the month and appears in your inbox the next Wednesday morning. It comes by e-mail in text only format, however we always include a link to an expanded version (you get a little more online!) that is available at: CelebrateLove.com/ezinearchive.htm.

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Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Honeymoons – Almost Everything You Wanted to Know!

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Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately. The wedding and reception may cause extreme exhaustion. It’s a big day. The honeymoon is very special so give yourself a couple of days (or more) to rest. Open gifts, write “thank you” notes, sleep late, rest and just be together.

When you are fully rested, go for it!

Before you leave on your honeymoon, be sure to have your passport (if needed), driver’s license and necessary paperwork with you as you travel. If you are changing your name, make sure that you have the appropriate documents. Also remember to take a copy of your marriage certificate or license with you.

Most brides wait until they return from their honeymoon to change their name because the State Department requires a “certified copy” of your marriage license to do so. That can take as much as 4 to 8 weeks after it is recorded by the minister at the Country Clerks office.

passportIf you are changing your name later, you can make your flight reservation for your honeymoon and apply for your passport with your maiden name. They must match. You can amend your passport later. It takes about six (6) weeks to receive a U.S. passport and even longer if you don’t have a copy of your birth certificate.

Don’t worry about not being able to take a big fancy honeymoon. You have the rest of your lives to make money and take big, wonderful, fabulous vacations. But you only get “one” wedding. Do it well and be happy.

Get help with the honeymoon. Who really needs three blenders anyway? Avoid incurring honeymoon debt and sign up with a honeymoon gift registry. Guests will then be able to buy increments of your big sendoff – a valuable cost-cutting plan. Read: Honeymoon Bridal Gift Registry: The Ultimate Gift. Let your guests know where you have registered by “word of mouth” not in your invitations.

Since you may already have most of the traditional wedding gift items, you may want to offer your guests a popular new wedding gift alternative – a “Honeymoon Registry.” This will allow them to help you create the honeymoon memories that will last a lifetime. Check out Travelers Joy Honeymoon Registry.

honeymoonbeachNotify your financial institutions of when you will be traveling out of the country on your honeymoon. This could save you the embarrassment of having your credit card rejected because the bank suspects someone else may be using your card.

Also remember to leave your hotel accommodation details (room and phone number) and itinerary with your family so they can contact you in an emergency. Don’t take your cell phone. Give it it’s own vacation. While your cell is recharging its batteries, you can do the same. This is a very special get-away for only the two of you.

By the way, don’t plan anything to taxing the first few days of your honeymoon, especially if you leave right after your wedding (not recommended). You’ll be shocked by how exhausted you’ll be post-wedding.

For an extensive “Honeymoon Checklist,” click here.

Use your “Honeymoon Leverage.” Make sure everyone knows you are newlyweds. Many resorts will go out of their way for honeymooners: room upgrades, free bottles of champagne, flowers, a fruit basket, a free dinner – these sorts of freebies are relatively common. Some of the upscale international hotel chains have programs whereby travel agents who are members of their program can request a free amenity or upgrade for their honeymoon couples.

Remember, don’t be afraid to let hotels or travel agents know that this is your honeymoon: yes, the travel industry does market heavily to honeymooners, but you’re much more likely to get a bonus because of it than you are to be over-charged or taken advantage of. A thoroughly experienced travel agent who specializes in your destination can help you get more for your honeymoon budget this way.

For a complete selection of books about “Honeymoons,” click here!

Your comments are always welcome!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

Add Larry James to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
Follow Larry’s “once daily” Relationship Tweet at: http://www.Twitter.com/larryjames
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