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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Honor Step-Children in Your Wedding Ceremony

Filed under: Children or No Children?,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 12:01 am
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Consider including children from a previous marriage in your bridal party as bridesmaids, attendants, junior attendants, ushers, flower girl or ring bearer. The girls can hand out programs from pretty baskets before the ceremony.

According to the National Step-parenting Association, over 25% of brides or grooms have children from a previous marriage or relationship. Bringing a new spouse into the parent-child relationship can be a challenge. Children may feel threatened by the loss of their parent’s time and attention. They may feel that they are no longer loved as much as they were previously and this can lead to resentment toward the new spouse.

I believe it is wise to include the childen in the ceremony. It will help them feel very special and a true part of this new family. Little girls love to get all dressed up and every little boy loves a party.

Children may also like to do a short reading during the ceremony, or even escort the bride (their mother) down the aisle. However, remember that often small children (under the age of five) become distracted easily and notoriously have small attention spans during the boredom of dry clerical recitations. Instead of having very young children stand with the wedding party, it is a good idea to have them be seated after they finish their part in the ceremony.

At one of my weddings there was a 5 year old ring bearer. During rehearsal his mother was at the back row telling him when he should walk to the front with his ring pillow. At the rehearsal he slowly walked to the front, gave the ring on the pillow to the Best Man, turned and went to his seat on the front row. Perfect, right?

At the wedding it was a different story. As soon as his Mother turned him loose, he ran all the way to the front row and threw the ring pillow at the Best Man, who jumped at least a foot off the ground to catch the pillow. As the Best Man was “in the air” the photographer took a photo, I said, “Nice catch!” and everyone got a good laugh. In the meantime the little boy, startled at the laughter, turned around and ran all the way to the back row to his Mother.

Some couples will have the children light the family Unity Candle (not recommended at an outdoor wedding). A part of the ceremony can be edited to express to them that this is a marrage of family, not just two people. They all participate in lighting the Unity Candle to signify the joining of all of the family together. If you have an outdoor wedding, the candles are sometime difficult to light or to stay lit. Hurricane lamps may help, however you may want to have the Unity Candle indoors at the reception.

Sometimes the step-parent can offer a gift to the step-children. The girls could get a heart-shaped locket and the boys get a silver rope chain. Pendents, inscribed bracelets, pins or an inscribed watch for a boy are other ideas.

Involve the children in the planning of the wedding. Ask them for ideas. Children love to be consulted about details so encourage them to suggest colors, flowers, and even wedding music, even though their taste might be in question. You may want to let the children have a say in choosing what they will wear (within reason). Include the older girls when having hair and nails done before the wedding. Have the older children take candid pictures with a disposable wedding camera.

Girls love being creative and involved with making things. Have them help with making wedding favors, head-dresses, and table decorations. Boys can stuff the invitation envelopes and apply the postage stamps.

Some couples may have the minister or a close family member offer a special family prayer.

Be sensitive to the children’s feelings and remember kids are often shy, so be sure to have some “behind the scenes” jobs or activities available. If a child is reluctant to be involved in any activity, and there may be many reasons for this, respect their point of view and never force their involvement. Remind them that their presence is of great importance and that will be enough if that is their comfort level.

Larry James has a very special “Blended Family Ceremony for Step-Children,” a ceremony that includes the stepchildren in the ceremony in a very loving way.sandchildren

Another idea is to use the Blending of the Sand Ceremony with Children (See Ceremony #2) and include the children.

It takes time to develop a relationship with a step-child, but it is important to the success of the marriage that the children feel that they a part of the new family.

By the way, “National Stepfamily Day!” is celebrated annually on September 16th and was founded by Christy Borgeld in 1997.

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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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Where Are You Registered?

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.

Read, “Honeymoon Gift Registry

Check out Travelers Joy Honeymoon Registry.

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, August 23, 2009

A Great Honeymoon Idea

Filed under: Honeymoons,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 12:01 am
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Get help with your honeymoon.

What a terrific wedding gift alternative for the modern Bride and Groom. Instead of conventional wedding gifts, friends and family can shower you with a honeymoon gift that will provide you with a lifetime of memories.

On a traditional wedding registry, couples register for china, flatware and kitchen appliances. You may already have most of the necessities. Some couples have enough household items between the two of them to stock an entire home or apartment. These couples would greatly appreciate help paying for a honeymoon instead.

When wedding guests ask, “Where are you registered?” direct them to a honeymoon travel registry.

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. 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.

BONUS Articles:Honeymoons – Almost Everything You Wanted to Know!
Honeymoon Checklist
Time for Your Honeymoon – Time to Get Packing!

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, August 21, 2009

Getting Married? Who Ya Gonna Call?

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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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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Honor a Deceased Loved One

Filed under: Add-on Ceremonies,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 12:01 am
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white-roseTo honor a loved one who has died, place a lit candle or a single “white” rose in a vase on the alter or guest table to represent the presence of the deceased. Some choose to display a photo.

A moment of silence or a special prayer during the ceremony are other ways to reflect on the loved one. In your ceremony program, mention the person or people by name.

In my wedding ceremony it is said this way:

Minister: Join with me as we bow our heads to observe a moment of silence to honor the memory of those who are not with us today, but are here in spirit. (Pause briefly) Amen.

Mentioning their name(s) during the ceremony is not recommended. This happened at a ceremony once where a distant relative had died many years ago and their name was not called. Several guests complained because the couple didn’t mention an aunt who had died when the bride was a little girl and was much too young to remember her.

whiterosebugNOTE: If either of the Bride or Groom’s mother or father (or Grandparents) are deceased, a nice gesture is to have the Bride or a Groom lay a “white” rose on an empty chair. Presenting a white rose indicates that someone has passed on. Red roses are for the living.

A white rose to honor a deceased mother or father A symbolic gesture with a white rose may be preferable, instead of a spoken remembrance. If you must mention names, it’s wise to only mention the names of parents or grandparents. A reading or mentioning departed loveone’s names can get very emotional. If the loss is recent, it may be difficult for, not only the Bride and Groom, but for family, friends and guests.

All roses symbolize Love, but their colors have special meaning. Use the list below to choose the shade that best matches the feeling you want to convey.

Red – Love, passion, respect and courage
White – innocence, purity, secrecy, reverence and to honor those who are deceased
Yellow – Joy, friendship and freedom
Pink – Happiness, gratitude, appreciation and admiration
Cream – Thoughtfulness, charm and graciousness
Orange – Admiration, fascination, enthusiasm and desire

Also honor the living. Here’s a great way to pay special tribute to both mothers on the day of your wedding.

Read: Honor Your Mother.

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, August 15, 2009

Money Saving Tips to Help with Your Wedding Budget

Filed under: Budget,Guest Authors,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 12:01 am
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boojumtree2Natasha Miller, Guest Author

Decide what is most important to you and your fiancé. It is common to hear brides say, “He doesn’t care about the details.” Have you asked him if there is a certain thing that is truly important to him? Well you should. You may be surprised! This simple question will help you know to which you should target your budget.

The guest list: make a few decisions first:

1. What number of guests do you feel would be too many?
2. Kids – Yay or Nay?
3. Do both of your parents get to make a list?

Then both the bride and the groom make three lists. List one, the must attend list (immediate family and close friends), list two, people you would like there (extended family, other friends and coworkers) and list three, it would be nice but not heart breaking if they weren’t invited.

Also have this in mind, fewer guests means less food for the caterer, less alcohol for the bar, less favors, less tables for dinner, in conclusion LESS.

You may also want to think of a smaller bridal party. Fewer people standing equals fewer gifts to buy.

Pass on some of the smaller more pricey details: you might notice them but your guests probably won’t. Or if they do notice them, they wouldn’t get the recognition that they deserved for how much was spent on them.

When choosing your invitation, take in consideration the size and shape (postage on some envelope sizes costs more). Also keep in mind the heavier the paper, the heavier the total package will be, which also means more postage.

When selecting your flowers, think of substituting for less expensive choices. Such as flowers that are in season opposed to the flowers that will have to be special ordered. There are some fabulous flowers that are in your wedding colors that will cost you half as much as the ones you may have had your eye on.

When ordering your cake you do not need to have a cake that will feed your entire wedding. Some people do not eat cake and some will have left by then. Wedding cakes are not cheap, so you may even go with a smaller decorated cake and some pre cut sheet cakes in the back. Again no one will notice this detail.

There is always at least one toast at a wedding and it is tradition to have champagne for that. However, most people do not like champagne or like to mix different types of alcohol so you may consider having champagne available at the bar but let your guests choose if they want that or what they are already have in their hand.

Favors: If you would throw it away so would they! Fabulous ideas for favors are ones that they can use or eat, giving money in their name to a charity or for fun give them lotto scratchers.

Selecting a site for your dream day: Pick a place that already is beautiful. A place where you don’t have to get flowers and decoration, and if you do this you are already saving money!

Time to say goodbye, choose a smaller get away car. A fully loaded limo may be sweet but its cost, not so much.

Your comments are always welcome!

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Copyright © 2009 – Natasha Miller. The Boojum Tree’s Hidden Gardens is Arizona’s most unique and exotic wedding, reception and corporate event destination. While you enjoy your stroll through their property, you’ll be in awe of the thousands of tropical plants, multiple water features and our new Palm Forest. Visit the The Boojum Tree’s Hidden Gardens.

NOTE from Larry James: Tasha is fun to work with, is very detail oriented and is one of the best venue coordinators for weddings in the Greater Phoenix area. The Boojum Tree’s Hidden Gardens is one of my favorite wedding venues.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Children at the Reception?

What will the little ones do on your special day, especially at the reception? Children provide an element of surprise, innocence and tenderness, because they say and do such funny things. To keep the little people busy during the reception, have crayons, coloring books, books, paper, and a few toys available.

Give them inexpensive, disposable cameras and let them play photographer. You’ll capture unique, child’s-eye-view imagery of your celebration that you wouldn’t otherwise have and some you can never use.

Give older children jobs to do like attending the guest book, passing out favors or manning a kiddie food table or sundae station. Kids and adults love creating their own deserts.

Hire a face painter, a clown, magician (children love magic), a balloon artist who makes balloons in the shape of animals or other children-friendly entertainment. When entertaining children remember that they need lots of variety. Never assume that if you provide them with one activity that they will be content for a three or four-hour reception.

Place a table at the back of the room so children can get up and race around without causing disruption to other diners. Provide a special cinema corner with DVD player with a kids movie, complete with popcorn and a supply of pillows and blankets. Some of the kids will crash before the closing credits.

Look for a company that specializes in providing interactive entertainment for children during the wedding and the reception. Or. . . hire a trusted friend to babysit the kids in a special room. Have a private “kids only” room. This will allow you and your adult guests to focus on celebrating every precious moment of your special day.

A box of toys under the table will placate very young children, while a jug of pens and pencils in the middle of the table, combined with a white “paper” tablecloth, can provide older kids with hours of fun. Sticker books, dot-to-dot books, legos, jigsaw puzzles, and some reading books work too. Ask the kids to draw their version of the wedding and sign them to give to the Bride and Groom.

Activities are only limited by your imagination. Have the DJ announce a “kids only” dance.

For a more controlled environment with less disruptions, seat children at their parents table. Kids are usually more behaved and less rambunctious when seated next to mom and dad rather than other children.

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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Monday, August 10, 2009

Sending Thank You Notes for Gifts

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To avoid feeling overwhelmed, send out “thank you notes” as you receive gifts before your wedding. This is especially important for givers who send their gifts in the mail or by other shipping methods.

A thank you note assures the person that their gift reached you.

For gifts received during or after your wedding day, thank you notes should be sent out within one to two months. Since the task may seem daunting, try to set aside 15 or 30 minutes everyday to work on them until you’re finished.

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, August 8, 2009

6 Tips for Staying Within Your Catering Budget

Filed under: $$$ Tips,Budget,Guest Authors — Larry James @ 12:01 am
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Jill Smith, Guest Author

Catering your wedding can be one of your largest expenses. Depending on your catering budget your guest list may either grow or get trimmed down. How do you get the best bang for your buck when it comes to catering? We have a few ideas that may help.

1. Make time to meet with several caterers. Interview them and ask for a tasting. Ask for ideas about what they can offer you that fits in your budget. (ALWAYS know what your catering budget will be!)

2. Choose items that will be in season during your wedding. Different fruits and vegetables are more readily at certain times of year. Ask your cater to help pick something that will cost less because it is readily available.

3. Maybe your caterer is already doing a nice chicken dish for another wedding the day before or after yours perhaps is you choose the same dish, you may be able to cut your costs (assuming the cater can get a better deal buying more of the same items in bulk). I can imagine two weddings for the same day and if yours has several of the same dishes as the other wedding, then your cater is only preparing those items once. Ask what other events they have booked near your wedding and what the menu is for those events.

4. Please don’t get exotic! Going to an event that has a soup that looks like cold snot and has a name you can’t even pronounce. it’s very difficult to enjoy the wedding when the food is strange. We know that it¹s nice to have unique foods to open our experiences but your guests don’t need to be forced to try new things because there isn’t anything else available. Plus, sticking with something traditional will most likely cost less and everyone can enjoy it.

5. Some venues require inside catering. Meaning they provide the catering to you. This is nice as it will cut down on your interviews for a caterer. Still, ask for a tasting you want to know what the food will taste like before you commit to feeding all your guests. You can usually use the above ideas, and may even save some money because you are doing everything at the same place.

6. If you still need to try and cut costs then stick with the basics. Don’t add on a bunch of options or extras. Also, serving sizes can have a large impact on your costs if your guests get to serve themselves, they may take more than they can eat. Ask for servers to dish out an appropriate amount to each guest. You can even decide early on to have more salad and less of the main course served.

Plated dinners are nice as everyone gets what is on the plate. Remember though, the staff time required to bring and clear the plates. When counting the number of people to feed remember to include your other “day of” vendors; photographer, wedding planner, DJ, Photo Booths, etc. Each of these people are working hard to make your wedding run smoothly.

Remember, your guests are coming to celebrate you and your wedding! They really shouldn’t care what is being served they should just happy to be there with you. Depending if you choose a plated meal or buffet type dinner, everyone will have an enjoyable time. And hopefully you won’t break the bank feeding your guests.

a2zLOGOCopyright 2009 by Jill Smith with A2Z Photo Booths. A2Z Photo Booths is the only photo booth service which provides duplicate photo strips. This means one photo strip for you in your album and one strip to go home with your guests. Visit their Website at: http://www.A2ZPhotoBooths.com

NOTE from Larry James: Read, “Lights! Camera! Click, Click, Click, Click!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Great Give-away for Your Guests

Filed under: Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 12:01 am
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cdspiningCreate a very special CD with all the songs that are special to you and your partner or that are played at the reception and present it your guests.

Purchase vinyl CD sleeves and make your own covers. Include pictures of you and your partner with your names and date and place of the wedding. On the inside, include a list of the songs and on the back write a brief “thank you” note or poem.

Ask your disc jockey to put together a master CD for you with your favorite songs. You can then copy CDs yourself. Cost: approx. $1.50 each if you make them yourself.

Giving a CD with music by artists whose music you have paid for (not downloaded illegally) and are giving away is usually acceptable. This idea is better for smaller groups. Usually there is a CD left at each place setting.

UPDATE: Since I originally posted this tip, some have expressed concerns about copyright infringement. Can you legally copy music to a CD? The verdict: It depends on whom you ask.

If you would like to read an extremely long dissertation about the legalities of this tip, please click here.

Most seem to agree that it’s also okay to copy music onto special Audio CD-R’s, mini-discs, and digital tapes (because royalties have been paid on them) – but, again, not for commercial purposes. Beyond that, there’s no legal “right” to copy the copyrighted music from a CD onto a CD-R.

Any unauthorized reproduction of a sound recording is technically a copyright infringement. It does not matter whether the reproduction is from a CD to a cassette tape, from a CD to a hard drive, or from a CD to a CD-Recordable disc. In reality, however, no record company has ever sued a consumer for copying music for noncommercial purposes.

Giving the CD away is another issue which gets into the area of “intent to distribute.”

Soooooo. . . copying copyrighted music which you have purchased to a CD to give to someone as a wedding favor may or may not be a good idea in retrospect. Please do so at your own risk.

If you can provide further references to clarify this issue, you are welcome to post a comment along with your reference.

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.

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