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Monday, August 30, 2010

Interview: Q & A With Larry James

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Q&AtimeValerie Bolitho, Wedding Consultant, with Blueprint Affairs interviewed Larry James for her Wedding BLOG.

Valerie: How long have you been officiating weddings?

Larry: My first wedding was on Saturday, October 26, 2002. Most of the wedding ceremonies I’ve performed have been in the past 4 years. In 2008 I performed 79 ceremonies. In 2009 I performed 73 ceremonies.

Valerie: What’s the best advice you can offer newly married couples?

Larry: Have open and honest communication all the time. Learn how to talk so your partner will listen. If you ask most people they will say that communications is high on the list of problems in relationships. I believe that it’s also about the tone of voice you use when you are upset and it’s also about “undelivered” communications. It’s those things we don’t say and know we should. Usually the reason we give is because the last time we talked about it, someone got upset and we don’t want to go through that again so we shut down and keep it to ourselves. Then one day he doesn’t take out the garbage and she wants a divorce and it’s not about the garbage. It’s about all the things you didn’t talk about. Do your best to not have any undelivered communication. A great promise to make to each other is, “We promise to talk about anything and everything, all the time. No “undelivered” communication!”

Valerie: How do you create a memorable wedding ceremony?

Larry: I have written what is considered to be a very “romantic” wedding ceremony however when I meet with the bride and groom for the first time I ask them what kind of ceremony THEY want. We go through the ceremony word for word and they have the option of changing or deleting anything that they don’t like in the ceremony. They can also add anything they want. My Wedding Website has lot of mini add-on ceremonies like the Blending of the Sands, the Breaking of the Glass, Handfasting ceremony just to name a few.

I am a full-time, ordained non-denominational minister and they can have as much or as little spiritually in their ceremony as they choose. Their wedding ceremony can be as solemn and dignified or as fun and creative as you want it. They always have the last word in creating their very special ceremony. I encourage them to write some of their own vows (I call these Personal Promises) and give them assistance and tips about how to do this. I’ve been a professional speaker since 1987 and have a lot of secrets to share with them to make their part of the ceremony as stress-free as possible.

how2Valerie: What is your favorite moment in your career?

Larry: On November 9, 1999 I was on ABC TV’s “The View” and was interviewed by Barbara Walters. We talked about my best selling book, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship.” That was the highlight of my speaking career. The highlight of my wedding career was performing a “Renewal of Vows” ceremony for a couples 18th anniversary as a surprise to the wife in a hot air balloon.

Valerie: What would your clients tell us about their experience with you?

Larry: They would say that I am very easy to work with, reliable, very flexible with regard to editing the ceremony to their complete satisfaction, always on time, very organized, and willing to share tips, ideas and suggestions to make everything flow smoothly at the rehearsal and at the wedding. Peruse the “Rave Reviews” that past clients have send me.

Valerie: What’s the reason you pursued this lifelong journey in Love?

Larry: I was once in a relationship that ended unexpectedly and when it did I realized that I really didn’t know how to be in a “healthy” love relationship. I began making notes to myself about what I thought a healthy relationship would look like and put them together in a small booklet originally intended for my eyes only. When I shared them with several other authors and therapists, I was encourage to write more and publish them in a book. That is how my second book, “How to Really Love the One You’re With” came to be. When the book came out there were numerous therapists who began to offer it to their clients and they encouraged me to offer relationship coaching. Since then I have written 4 other books. Every wedding client receives a “Coaching Certificate” worth $120 with no expiration date after the wedding. If they every have situations they cannot handle, they have an hour of my time for me to share with them the lessons I’ve learned about relationships.

It’s been said that “the teacher teaches most what the teacher needs to learn” so I began presenting personal and business relationship seminars and the rest is history. I worked with Dr. John Gray, author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” for eight years. I’m proud to say that he has endorse all three of my relationship books.

Valerie: What’s your advice to couples who are seeking an officiant for their wedding day?

Larry: Make sure that the Officiant or Minister is willing to let you have the last word on what is said in your ceremony. Resist the urge to have Uncle Joe or a family friend perform your ceremony just to save a few bucks. That’s scary! It’s just not the thing to do. Your wedding day is very special and your ceremony should also be special and performed by an experienced Officiant or Minister. Hire the best DJ, the best Photographer, the best Videographer (the best of everything) and always hire a Wedding Consultant for your wedding. You would be surprise of the $$$ they can save you and the ideas they have for making the wedding as stress-free as possible.

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Valerie Bolitho is the owner of Blueprint Affairs, Wedding & Event Planning. As a wedding consultant, she can assist with everything from day-of-event coordination to full wedding planning. With attention to detail and never settling for anything short of your vision, Blueprint Affairs strives for excellence and will truly make your event one to remember. At Blueprint Affairs, Your Vision is Our Blueprint. Visit them online at www.blueprintaffairs.com

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 455 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, August 28, 2010

Vote for Larry’s Wedding BLOG on Weddzilla.com!

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If you enjoy reading “Larry James’ CelebrateIntimateWeddings BLOG,” please pass it along to your friends and vote for this BLOG on Weddzilla.com! I have entered a contest for this BLOG to become a Weddzilla Blog Guru. If all my terrific, faithful followers vote for me – then I actually may have a chance! To vote. . . click on the Wedzilla.com banner below. When you get there click the “Submit” button and fill in the blanks. Share the link to my BLOG with your friends and ask them to vote too. Thank you for your support. ~ Larry James

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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 455 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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Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Wish Tree – A Guest Book Alternative

Filed under: Guest Books,Wedding Articles,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Here is a new take on the time-honored tradition of guest books.

wishtreeCreate a “wish tree” for your guests to leave best wishes, relationship advice, little thoughts and tidbits. Not only are the cards great for scrapbooking memories, but the tree is dazzling in any reception area.

The Wish Tree is a Dutch wedding custom where guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf or made of card stock. Your guests will love the interaction of writing, then pinning or tying their personal wish to the limbs of your wish tree.

Make sure you have someone designated at the tale to give your guests directions and use special lighting on the wish tree for a more dramatic effect. Remember to have your disc jockey or MC make several announcements during the reception so the guests will know what to do.

These cute custom cards really reflect the couples’ personality! The days of one pen, one book and one long line are over. By placing the cards and pens all the way around this circular table, traffic flows like a dream! Do this at the reception, not as the guests enter. Provide pegs, clips or pins so your guests can attach their wishes.

Some couples opt for a “wish bowl.” Same basic idea, but guests write their wishes for love and life on little slips of paper and place them into a crystal or decorative glass bowl or vase.

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 455 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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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Disposable Cameras for Your Reception

Filed under: Photography Tips,Receptions,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

cameraCardProviding wedding disposable cameras for guests to use at your reception is another exciting trend in the bridal industry. Not only is it a fun way for guests to get to know one another, but you will get unique photos of moments your photographer might miss. They are Inexpensive and easy-to-use.

Disposable cameras are sold with and without flash. Disposable cameras with flash are more expensive but necessary if your reception is going to be held indoors or in the evening. If you are planning a large reception, consider buying cameras with only 12 exposures. Otherwise, you may end up with too many photographs. For example, if 200 guests attend your reception and you seat 8 guests per table, you will need to purchase 25 cameras.

When you put a camera out on your reception tables, you should include instructions. How detailed you want to be depends on your expectations and your guests. Do you have certain shots you want them to get? Are most of your guests outgoing? This will depend on the kind of instructions you give.

tablecameraIf you want to make your instructions more fun for your guests, you could give each table a “mission” that ties in with their table name or number. No matter what assignment you give your tables, make sure to mention that the camera should be passed around to different people. Wedding cameras do not have to be anything fancy. You can use disposable cameras found at any discount or drug store.

While the professional photographer is busy doing his job of photographing the bride and groom’s first dance, the cutting of the cake, the throwing of the garter and many other traditions, there are many interesting things going on with the guests that the photographer never gets to shoot.

How2TakePhotosUse card stock to make a card that says: “Camera Scavenger Hunt:” I am your camera, so scavenge around. Hunt for those pictures that need to be found, Shoot away and complete the list, Find moments that the Photographer may have missed. Snap away as best as you’re able, Then leave me here right at your table.” Here is the list to scavenge for:

• Group Photo of everyone at your table
• Photo of each family or couple
• Bride and Groom holding hands
• Groom watching Bride from a distance
• Groom and Groomsmen
• Groom and Bride Laughing
• Wedding cake
• Groom, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
• Use your imagination

Have your band or disc Jockey make an announcement reminding guests to take pictures. While many guests will likely grab the camera soon after arriving at the table, some guests may be wary of picking up the camera and need a little nudging.

Not all the photos will be great. In fact, some will be strange and, sometimes, even lewd. While this might be upsetting at first, try to find humor in the unexpected photos.

The Fugi Instax™ Mini is great for instant photos (similar to a Polaroid™ camera) provided you have someone designated to be responsible for making sure the children never get their hands on this camera. It spits out an instant photo about the size of a credit card. The photos can be added to a photo album at the reception for all to enjoy.

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Caveat: Avoid putting the cameras within reach of children who are invited to your wedding. If a kid gets hold of a disposable camera, you probably won’t get the kinds of images you’re looking for. Have your disc Jockey caution the guests to allow children to use the cameras with parental supervision.

For wedding guests who have brought their own camers you might include a poem and leave it on the reception tables:

To those who brought cameras, there’s a special request,
Take plenty of pictures of the worst and the best,
There’s one more favor to add, before we forget,
Please e-mail them to us after we’ve wed,
See we’re counting on your kind-hearted affection,
To add to our expanding wedding collection.

If your budget is small and you must decide between disposable cameras or a professional photographer, ALWAYS choose a professional photographer! You can always leave notes on the reception tables asking your friends to share their photos on a share site like Flikr.com or Shutterfly.com for free.

BONUS Articles:

The Top Ten Things You Need to Know to Ensure Wedding Photo Bliss
Hire a Professional Photographer or Friend?
Confessions of a Boudoir Photographer

NOTE: A special “Thank you” to Jocelyn & Seth Levine for the idea about giving instructions to the guests about the cameras. I performed their wedding ceremony at Sassi Ristorante, Scottsdale, on Friday, July 16, 2010 @ 6 p.m.

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 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (95 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted on this wedding BLOG every 4th day. Check Larry’s availability.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Document the Journey to Your Wedding. . .

Filed under: Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Here is a cool idea!

Documenting the journey to your wedding is traditionally all about love and romance. It can also be about the venue, the guests, the unity, the traditions, the reception, your first dance, your spiritual beliefs, special guests and more. Concentrate on your relationship when documenting the journey to your wedding day. “Chat” about yourself. Tell about your childhood memories. Document your progress step-by-step including your thoughts and feelings for your partner. Faithfully preserve all your memories. This will be a time of ten thousand moments you do not want to forget.

elumjournalsThe stories behind popping the big question are usually sappy and romantic with tidbits of comic relief intertwined. Include events leading up to the proposal and write about it in detail. Document purchase of the ring.

After the proposal, the future bride and groom start journals recording their thoughts/feelings/emotions from the day of proposal up until the big day arrives. On the wedding day, they exchange the journals as their gifts to one another.

This unique idea is sure to pull at the emotional strings and make for a cherished gift. You can have custom journals made or purchase them at Wedding shops, etc. Your personalized journal should feature pages that store information on your significant other including pets, wish lists, favorite foods, likes and dislikes, clothing and shoe sizes, allergies and anything that is relevant to your relationship. You’ll never cook the wrong meal or buy the wrong size shirt again!

Is there something the family always does, something unique, some tradition that isn’t usually part of the ceremony and therefore goes undocumented? If a certain person has a particular role in the tradition, document that too. If you know how and when the tradition began write it down in your journal.

If you have children, get them in on the action. Kids often come up with some of the best ideas.

Add a few of your favorite photos taken along the way including a few of your priceless wedding photos. Consider it a memorable keepsake – sort of a combination journal and scrapbook. If you’re internet savvy you may also consider doing the journaling online. WordPress.com is my favorite.

Use your imagination to make your journal something very special for your partner. You’ll be grateful many years later as you glance through your wedding journals and remember all the moments that made the journey to your wedding special.

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 455 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, August 14, 2010

Include Creative Photos in Your “Thank You” Notes!

Filed under: Photography Tips,Wedding Articles,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

just marriedLooking for creative ways to express your appreciation? Think ahead. As you plan your wedding photography, remember to think about the specific pictures you want in your wedding album and to send to family and friend in your “thank you” notes. The Bride and Groom can express their gratitude or convey personal messages in their wedding photography by special arrangement with their photographer.

You can arrange to have this special photo shoot 2 to 3 months before the wedding with their engagement portraits.

You will want a few photos that can tell a story or a series of photos that tell a story. Have your photographer shoot some creative photos for you to include in your “thank you” notes after the wedding. Be sure to order an 8 x 10 of your favorite. It’ will make a perfect keepsakes to hang in your home.

JustMarriedSignsWhile the typical posed shots are pretty and will guarantee that all important friends and family members are photographed, sprinkling your album with some unique shots ensures cherished memories for years to come.

Customize thank you cards using a picture of the new Mr. and Mrs. holding a “thank you” sign. Usually, the couple takes this photo with their photographer on the day of the wedding, so they’re all dressed up. But you can still create this one after the wedding.

Although pre-printed cards make saying thank-you quite easy, crafting wedding thank you cards with photos of you, the ceremony or an artful image offers a personal touch that the recipient is sure to appreciate. AND, the fact that you took the time to write a personal note makes the “thank you” very special.

Get a parting shot of the two of you walking towards your “ever after.” One of our favorite versions of this shot: the two of you photographed from a distance, looking towards the horizon. Your new life starts here; the sky is the limit!

tracykreckStay away from the store bought note cards emblazoned with “Thank You” across the front. They are decidedly uninspiring and show no original thought. You want your thank you notes to express your true gratitude, as well as show off your personal style. Remember to put as much thought into the message as the thank you cards and what is included inside.

Larry’s Advice: Hire a great photographer! The more adventuresome pros will take the portrait concept and run with it, bringing the art form to new levels of creativity and impact. The results are portraits and candid shots that often convey the depth of the subjects’ personalities, and can be expressive, and full of energy. Most of the really great photos are shot outside. Offer your suggestions but give the photographer the freedom to be creative.

Note: You can order the cute custom umbrella from I Do Originals.

Photo Credit: “Thank You!” photo (above right) by Tracy Kreck, Photographic Passion.

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 455 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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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Regale @ DC Ranch – An Exciting New Wedding Venue!

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I am excited to support one of the most exciting new wedding venues in the Greater Phoenix area. My friend, Tony Laub, and his wife Linda have opened Regale @ DC Ranch in North Scottsdale. You are invited to their open house every Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

regaleDiscover the charm, distinctiveness and affordability of a “one-of-a-kind” jewel in the heart of north Scottsdale!

regale4• Wedding Ceremonies & Reception
• Spacious indoors & several outdoor ceremony sites!
• Fully appointed bridal suite and groomsmen dressing room.
• 2 Patios with fabulous panoramic views high above the city
• Ceremony & Reception packages
• All inclusive packages (Hand selected Professional and Experienced vendors)
• Minutes from the 101 north on Pima
• Many dates currently available for your special day!

For a private tour or booking information call Tony Laub – 602-403-6174. Or tour their facility including scenic ceremony sites and experience a truly unique venue at their “Open House” every Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Tony Laub is a native of Arizona and has been in the entertainment business since 1981. He is an experienced Disc Jockey, Emcee and Entertainer in the arena of wedding ceremonies & receptions, fashion shows, corporate events, private parties.

Special Note from Larry James: I’ve worked with Tony Laub many times and he always delivers a professional, quality show from beginning to end. He is high-energy, entertaining and can keep the party in high gear at your wedding. His expertise can contribute greatly to the success of your wedding and reception. He is the owner of Sound Pro Entertainment and Regale @ DC Ranch. Be sure to check out Tony’s “Exclusive Wedding Guide.” 5 Stars from Larry James!

tonylaub2Regale!
Market Street at DC Ranch
20707 N. Pima Road (upper level – West side)
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
5 minutes north of 101 on Pima!

Larry James is on the “Preferred Vendor” list at Regale @ DC Ranch.

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Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. 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. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Jumping the Broom!

Filed under: Add-on Ceremonies,Wedding Articles — Larry James @ 7:00 am

I love the idea of embracing your family’s background and incorporating cultural traditions into your wedding day. It’s a special way to personalize your wedding, following handed-down rituals from around the world.

broomjump2What about jumping the broom? In African tradition, jumping the broom is a symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new. It represents a time when the vows of slaves were not legally recognized.

This is a ceremony dating back to the 1600s and derived from Africa. Dating back to slave days, jumping the broom together has been part of weddings for couples who want to honor that tradition. It also has roots in the Celtic culture and including but not limited to Welsh, Celtics, Druids, and Gypsies and some aboriginal or shamanistic cultures.

Some couples choose to incorporate it into traditional and non-traditional ceremonies. Broom jumping is a brief ceremony usually within the wedding ceremony toward the end. The jumping of the broom is symbolic of binding a couple in marriage and also can be used to symbolize fertility and prosperity of the couple.

The “Jumping the Broom” is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, either at the ceremony or at the reception, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as wife and husband.

Jumping the broom or in some cases jumping over an imaginary line is an African ritual, or tradition still being practiced in some parts of West Africa. Jumping the broom is not associated with slavery. Enslaved Africans, as an affirmation of their cultural heritage practiced it during slavery in North America.

This “leap” into a new life (marriage as wife and husband is performed in the presence of families and friends. You can be as creative as you want when planning for this special ceremony.

The broom has both symbolic and spiritual importance in the African culture. The ritual itself was created by our ancestors during slavery. Because slaves could not legally marry, they created their own rituals to honor their unions. Some say broom jumping comes from an African tribal marriage ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple’s new home.

The straws of the broom represent family; the handle represents the Almighty; the ribbon represents the tie that binds the couple together.

johnson22A fully decorated broom can be purchased at ethnic stores, online, or a regular household broom will suffice. If you decide to use your own broom and decorate it yourself, be sure it coordinates with your wedding colors. Using your own broom can also be a great bonding activity for the bridesmaids, perhaps the night, or week before the wedding.

jumpbroomAnother idea is to have a basket full of colorful ribbon pieces at the wedding or reception and allow guests to tie ribbons around the broom before the ceremony begins. This allows the audience to participate, which is in keeping with the African tradition of community involvement.

Chose a time before the ceremony when each guest can write their name or initials on a ribbon and tie their ribbon on the wedding broom. When you jump the broom you’ll be jumping with the good wishes and prayers of all of your guest. It also allows you to have a wonderful keepsake after your special day, remembering those that were there to witness it.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, after the kiss and presentation of the couple to their guests, one of the attendants produces the broom or a special person from the audience brings the broom and places it in the path of the wedding couple. They then jump over the broom on their way to the recessional.

The broom used in the wedding ceremony has often been a beautifully hand made broom containing objects meaningful to the couple that they then keep as a momento of their wedding day and to grace the newlyweds hearth or hallway.

Couples celebrate this rich cultural heritage, irrespective of race, religion, and nationality. The most important thing is it’s significance;

• Honoring and respect of your ancestors, their legacy, and your rich family heritage.
• Coming together of both families, and commitment to each other as wife and husband.
• It represents strength, love, togetherness, loyalty, and respect which is essential for a successful marriage.

Add some international flair, or just a simple family tie-in, to make your wedding uniquely yours.

Bonus: Read several options for the “Jumping of the Broom” ceremony. Each can be customized to your complete satisfaction.

NOTE: Large photo (upper left) is Copyright © SaabWeddings.com.

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. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Make a Statement with a Grand Entrance to Your Reception

Filed under: Receptions,Wedding Tips,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

motorcycleentWoW! guests with an over-the-top display when they arrive at your reception! First impressions are everything – so make it perfect! Plan a dazzling “ta-da” entrance! Don’t Just enter, MAKE an entrance! Score major WOW points with your guests!

A wedding is one of the most important days in a couple’s life. It symbolizes a new period in the bride and groom’s life. Since most newlyweds are unaccustomed to making “formal appearances” or “formal entries,” many couples are unaware or unprepared to take full advantage of this special moment – the opportunity the Grand Entrance presents to themselves the shining stars of the evening!

For a few precious hours, your guests will celebrate your marriage and share in a fabulous wedding feast and party. Be creative in your approach. Craving some humor? Put some sunglasses on the bridal party as they enter.

This is your time to make a splash. A little bit of a dramatic flair never hurt anyone. If the two of you are a lively couple and want to descend on the reception in a way that your guests will talk about for weeks there are options. How you do it is up to you.

jersyentranceTraditionally the order of entrance goes as follows.

1. Parents of the Bride
2. Parents of the Groom
3. Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
4. Bridesmaids & Ushers
5. Maid/Matron of Honor & Best Man
6. Bride & Groom

The Grand Entrance sets the tone and establishes the energy for the entire reception so music selection is important. Compositions that sound like royalty such as Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” or the Chicago Bulls’ theme song, or the “Imperial Star Wars March” really put the “grand” feeling in your entrance. These days, making a grand entrance is becoming quite a trend – a good one too since it creates really cool photo ops.

grandentranceHere are a few ways to make your grand entrance as memorable as possible.

Once unique way is the Grand March. The emcee only introduces the Bride and Groom. Don’t introduce each member of the bridal party or your parents. Simply find a song that you like, have the deejay or emcee bring up the volume, and have all of you march in procession into the room. Next, the wedding couple march right out onto the dance floor and into your first dance after the Grand March.

The photo (left) is from a past issue of “The Brides of Oklahoma” magazine. It featured a bride who transformed a warehouse in Guymon, Oklahoma into a breathtaking reception site. From the turquoise and chocolate brown Chinese lanterns and crystal chandeliers to the tables draped in rich chocolate velvet tablecloths, this bride definitely made a grand statement! Notice the elegant double seat for the Bride and Groom. That’s class! That’s making a “statement!” Images captured by Shannon Ho Photography.

entranceA few more ideas: Let your wedding party go into the reception and start the party. Only you and your groom will be introduced into the wedding reception. It’s quick, clean and easy.

A firefighter groom may get a standing ovation if he brings the bride in over his shoulder in the glare of a red spotlight.

A theatrical entrance should look for a venue that allows the couple to come up out of the floor on a stage in the rising mist of a fog machine.

bridecarryinggroomA joyous church choir can sing and stomp to a beat as you dance your way through an arch of colorful balloons. Renting an old roller rink can enable you to skate in to music and entertain the crowd with a rolling routine sure to surprise your family and friends.

Have a high school marching band play march music while the wedding party and the Bride and Groom make their entrance.

How about the Bride and Groom arriving on a white horse or on the back of your husband’s motorcycle, in the passenger’s seat of your dad’s antique car or on a bicycle built for two. One couple had the groomsmen bring them in on a rickshaw. (Image (above) courtesy of Planning Forever.com)

Couples have hired “court jesters,” “jugglers,” “clowns” and “dancers” to lighten the mood, carry on the renaissance theme, and personalize their wedding reception in a unique way.

For a little fun, try rolling in on roller blades, or a bike. You can piggyback your groom or have him carry you in over his shoulder. Some couples like to cartwheel in or do flips as they start off their new life together.

A Mariachi band would be a fun addition to the dinner hour if the newlyweds have Mexican heritage. If you ancestors hailed from Italy, have several violinists wander through the cocktail hour or the dinner portion of the reception. Or honor your Scottish background with a bagpiper announcing your grand entrance to the party instead of just the bandleader. For a wedding with a Celtic theme, let a line of River Dancers enchant your guests with their steps. In fact, any of these musical additions would be wonderful for a wedding even if the couple did not come from those cultural tradition.

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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. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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