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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Music Sets the Mood of Your Wedding & Reception

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Schubert’s “Ave Maria” isn’t the only choice when it comes to choosing memorable music for your ceremony.

Whether you decide to charm your guests with a harp solo, a flute duo, a string quartet or surprise them with bagpipes, or music from a wedding Disc Jockey entertainer, the music you choose for your ceremony will directly reflect the mood of the event.

For a list of suggested music for your wedding, click here.

For another great article about wedding music, click here.

Copyright © 2010 – 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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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wedding “Reading” Idea!

Filed under: Add-on Ceremonies,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 6:00 am
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Lyrics to songs that have a special meaning for the bride and groom often make good readings during wedding ceremonies.

Have someone read the lyrics to your favorite love song during your wedding. No music, just the words read as a poem. Your guests will love it.

Find all the lyrics to your favorite love songs by clicking here.

For several popular wedding readings, click here.

Copyright © 2010 – 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, February 19, 2010

Goody Bags for “Out-of-Town” Wedding Guests

If you’re getting married, you may be looking for the perfect token gift that tells your guests you’re glad they came. Make your guests smile with a whimsical goody bag. You may want to limit the number of bags by presenting gift bags in the hotel rooms only for your out-of town guests. After a long day of driving or flying across the country, they will feel right at home by sharing with them all your favorite treats and ideas for fun in Arizona or wherever you live.goodybag4

Goody bags bring elegance and style to any celebration. They can be as classy or as plain as you like. It’s what is inside that counts. It’s a great way to personalize your event, and deliver a message of thanks and appreciation to your guests.

Treat your out-of-town weekend wedding guests to a box, small bag full of local treats to a large tote bags with gifts or comfort packages.

Be sure to include a personal message from the bride and groom (with your engagement photo) and give schedules, directions to the ceremony and reception site with addresses, and phone numbers they might need. You may want to have designated phone number for your out-of-town guests to call if they have any questions.

Here are a few examples:

• A local key chain
• Put your special message or photo on M&Ms®
• A favorite local recipe
goddybag2• 2 bottles of water (get creative with the labels)
• A folding fan
• Mints
• Cactus candy
• Anything chocolate
• A Granola bar
• Midnight snacks and munchies
• The wedding itinerary
• Lip gloss
• Anything Heart-shaped
• A small bag of gourmet coffee and a custom coffee mug
• Personalized shot glasses
• A stamped postcard from the area
• Golf tees and directions to the nearest public golf club
• Individual packet of Advil/Tylenol
• A small package of band-aids, safety pins, rubber bands, a small lint brush, etc.
• Personalized coasters with your names and wedding date
• Sweet-smelling soaps
• A scented sachet
• Votive candles
• Something made by local artisans
• Personalized matches
• A gift card for your favorite restaurant
• A list of Churches and addresses
• and miscellaneous forget-me-nots or anything in keeping with your wedding “theme.”

One couple included a couple of pears and wrapped them in a pretty cellophane and tied a bow on the package that said. “We hope you have a wonderful time this weekend! Love, the most perfect “Pear.”

If children will be a part of the guest list, remember to add coloring book, Crayola crayons, simple puzzles, a kazoo, bubble bottles, yoyos, etc.

goodybagGoody bags are available in many sizes and styles, personalized wedding gift bags and favor bags range from small sheer fabric bags for favors.

Most guests appreciate knowing how to get around and information on sightseeing activities in the area. Contact AAA, your local Chamber of Commerce or the Convention and Visitors Bureau for brochures, maps and more. They may have free or discount coupons for local attractions, museums, magazines, etc.

Ask the hotel to take care of making sure your guests get to the guest’s rooms. The hotel may have a free goody to add. These bags can be filled with local treats, comfort items, and literature about your area including local attractions family and friends may want to visit during there weekend stay.

The bride, groom and their helpers have a lot to do to prepare for the wedding, so it might be a good idea to either hire someone to put the goody bags together or assign the task to a willing friend.

Don’t have a creative bone in your body? Not to worry. Ask your bridesmaids for suggestions. Use your imagination! Be creative! Don’t worry about making your favors like everyone elses. Find something that fits the tone of the wedding and reflects you as a couple, and your guests will almost certainly appreciate the thought.

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Copyright © 2010 – 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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Monday, February 15, 2010

Add a “Rose” Ceremony to Your Wedding Ceremony!

There are lots of brief add-on ceremonies that you can add to your wedding ceremony. They add a touch of class, makes your ceremony different and keep your guests interested.

The “Rose” ceremony is one of my favorites.

redrosebudIn the rose ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a single red rose bud. Two red rose buds are all that is necessary. If you have children involved in the ceremony, you may have a rose for each of them too. The Rose Ceremony is placed near the end of the ceremony just “after” being pronounced wife and husband.

This ceremony is what I call an “add-on” ceremony. It is intended to be added into the wedding or renewal of vows ceremony.

In the old language of flowers, a single red rose has always meant “I love you”. The Rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most honorable title of “Wife and Husband”.

This ceremony originates in a classic rose ceremony from a lost and elegant age. It was rewritten by the Hon. Mark Ovard and rewritten again by Larry James explaining the true meaning of the ceremony – and in ways that can endure through your married life together – this is a unique and meaningful addition to any marriage ceremony. It will also inspire your guests.

This is also a nice way of involving the mothers in the ceremony.

New twist to this idea: Couples will often stop as they exit and “surprise” the mothers of the bride and groom by handing them each an “I Love You” rose bud. The husband gives his rose to his new mother-in-law and the wife gives her rose to her new mother-in-law, whispering “I love you,” or something nice before proceeding with their exit, knowing that love is not love until you give it away!

You could also say something like, “I’m happy to be a part of the family, etc.” Be sure to tell your photographer that you are giving your “I love you” roses to the mothers so they can get that photo.

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

Copyright © 2010 – 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, February 11, 2010

A Wedding Map! A Helpful Idea for Your Guests!

If you’re a crafty bride-to-be, you may want to order some wedding maps or create your own personalized map as a courtesy to your guests. A wedding map can go a long way towards ensuring everyone has a great time on your special day.

jimHuntCartoonInclude a map or written instructions to the ceremony and reception sites with your invitations. Maps are available from your wedding invitation stationer or online.

Here are 3 “invitation stationers” in the Greater Phoenix area that you might want too consider:

Art Couture – Melody Salamo
Y-Knot Party & Rentals – Ginia Lucas
www.PaperCrazy.com/ – Joanie Guidry

If you are having your wedding maps printed be sure to add enough lead time so you can include them with your invitations. Order your invitations, personal stationery and notepaper at least 4 to 6 months before the wedding.

Should you choose to compose and print the map yourself, keep in mind that photocopies are not considered acceptable. A more appropriate option would be to create the map on your home computer and print it on a paper similar to your invitations. Maps can include clip art, driving directions, icons and fun facts.

You can use the popular WeddingMapper.com to help your guests get to the hotel, ceremony, and reception. Provide directions from multiple areas or cities, freeways, expressways, etc., so guests can choose the one closest to them. Another great idea is to add any nearby attractions, restaurants, bars, airport, etc., to your wedding map. Too many markers may be confusing. Pretend you are a designing a guide book and add only the most important attractions, letting people know why something was important enough to add to the map.

SnappyMapYou may even want to add a link to MapQuest to help them navigate around town. Wedding maps are especially helpful to your guests if you are having a destination wedding. Most guests arriving from other cities are unfamiliar with the immediate area around the hotel.

They assist your out-of-town guests to become familiar with the area before they arrive. There are lots of Casinos in the Greater Phoenix area for those who like to take chances. Creating a map of your wedding and including some highlights of the area will give them ideas of what to do beside spending all their time just hanging out at the hotel.

Be sure to give your wedding map to your photographer, caterer, DJ, etc. so they can easily have directions to any number of places they need to go during your wedding.

Don’t look at your wedding map as a purely informative tool. This is a chance to tell your guests about that special place you are getting married and why you chose to get married there.

You may want to add a couple of photos. Nothing brings a wedding map to life like a photo of the ceremony location. It will add an extra dimension to your maps.

My new friend, Jim Hunt, does custom “Save the Date” maps and terrific Wedding maps! See some of his work at: http://www.ACartoonist.com/wedding.htm. The “Getting Married” cartoon at the top is one of his. Here is an example of his wedding map cartoons:

Snappymap.com will create a one of a kind map that features your wedding location, local attractions, and travel instructions. The map can be designed to match your invitations and can be as detailed as you like. The maps come printed and ready to guide your friends and family. When you order you can get a discount by using the promotion code: Larry James. Ask for Debbie Saul. Here is an example of SnappyMap.com’s whimsical wedding map!

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Here are two more resources for information on wedding maps.

Read more about Wedding Maps: http://www.Getmarried.com

Read: How to Create a Wedding Map.

BONUS Link: Have cupid send your Wedding invitations (or any other romantic card) that bears a postmark from Loveland, CO 80537. This city is one of several cities that have a special name whose postmark can embellish your invitations with romance. For a complete list, go to: Special Postmarks.

Copyright © 2010 – 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, February 7, 2010

Pick a Color. . . Any Color!

Jeryse Kelly, Guest Author –

Congratulations on your engagement!! What is the next question that usually comes around? “What is the date for the wedding?”

The next question is, “What are the colors?”

Color can be very important not just for a wedding but also home furnishings, events, advertising, etc. Color can bring out emotion, set a mood, create excitement or tone down excitement.

Everyone has a favorite color. Sometimes brides will pick the color for their wedding based on this. Sometimes brides will pick colors based on a theme they are using. Color is fun and should be used to its fullest potential.

bridesmaids-dress-picks-jenny-yooBelow is a list of colors and some qualities associated with them:

Orange – Warm, invigorating, friendly
Yellow – Happy, uplifting, sunny
Red – Action, energetic, bold
Green – New growth, fresh,
Blue – Comfort, homey, soothing
Purple – Royalty, regal
White – Crisp, soft, clean
Black – Dramatic, menacing

Once you have picked your date and your colors, your next step should be to consult a wedding planner/designer. This person can help you with your color selection (hue or shade) based on your dream and vision. An excellent wedding planner/designer will listen to your wants/wishes and will help you makes that dream a reality.

Note from Larry James: 2010 surveys show blues will be the most requested color, complimented with cool pastels and light warm tones.

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Copyright © 2010 – Jeryse Kelly. Jeryse Kelly is the owner of MJK Events, LLC in Tempe, AZ. She is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. MJK Events for a Magical, Joyous and Kinetic event. Join Jeryse’s Facebook Fan page. Call: 480-248-4938.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tips for a Wedding on the Beach

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Nicola Ray, Guest Author

NOTE: If you’re getting married on a beach, here are some quick beach wedding tips to help you. These tips were sent in by Hayley Carter, who recently got married on the beach at beautiful Bryon Bay in Australia.

1. Check the times of the tide. This is very important because if you book a wedding at high tide, it isn’t going to happen! So find out the local high tide times and work around them.

beach wedding2. Bear in mind the sea breeze when you’re considering your hairstyle. Unless the beach is very sheltered, wearing your hair down is not a good idea!

3. Don’t leave people waiting. If the guests are standing in direct heat, they’re likely to get very uncomfortable very quickly. If you can, make sure there’s some shade nearby.

4. Check access to the beach if you have any elderly guests who may struggle to walk far on the sand.

5. Ask the celebrant (Officiant or Minister) to consider using a PA system if they aren’t planning to, especially for larger crowds. The sea breeze and sound of the ocean can make it difficult for people to hear.

6. Arrange for the reception venue to have towels available to wipe sand off guest’s feet.

7. Take your vows with your back to the ocean, so your guests can take in the view of you as well as the beautiful scenery.

8. Go barefoot – you don’t want to be carrying your shoes as well as your flowers, and it’s more authentic!

9. Wear lots of sunscreen – you’ll still get burnt, wedding or not! Pick an oil free cream or spray so you don’t look greasy in your photos and it doesn’t leave marks on your dress!

10. Have a back up plan in case it rains – you may think it is all part of getting married in the natural elements, but will your guests be concentrating on your wedding if they are getting wet?

beachweddingsFinally, the best beach wedding tip is to relax. The whole point of a beach wedding is to be informal and go with the flow!

NOTE from Larry James: I often perform my “romantic” wedding ceremony on the beach in Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco), Mexico. Weddings in Rocky Point usually need to be booked 6 to 9 months in advance. For details, click here. Rocky Point weddings need to be booked 6 to 9 months in advance because of my busy schedule. They are very difficult to book during the busiest wedding months in AZ (March & April and October & November). The photo of the couple on the beach was taken by me at the wedding of Suzanne Richmond and Scott Steinmann in Rocky Point. For more photos of beach weddings in Rocky Point, click here and here!

NOTE #2 from Larry James: Even if you don’t live near the ocean you can bring a flavor of the beach to your wedding. What says romance more than the beauty, sounds and colors of the beach. DoIt101.com put together a do-it-yourself page featuring beach themed wedding favors, wedding invitation tutorial and lots of ideas for centerpieces and decorations.

nicola rayCopyright 2010 – Cheap-Wedding-Success.co.uk. Nicola Ray’s Website will help you plan and create the perfect cheap wedding and features 100’s of articles and tips. Visit her Website at: http://www.Cheap-Wedding-Success.co.uk

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