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Monday, August 29, 2011

What to Include (Etiquette Wise) With Your Wedding Invitations

Filed under: Etiquette,Invitations,Save the Date Cards,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

First, you may want to send “Save-the-Date” cards. They are announcements that inform your guests of your future wedding in order for them to plan ahead for your wedding day. They are essential if any of your guests are traveling to your wedding, your wedding takes place on or around a holiday, you are planning a destination wedding, or your wedding will take place in a seasonally busy or tourist locale, where the flights and hotels perhaps book up early. They are generally sent at least 4-6 months prior to your wedding.

If you are planning a destination wedding, for example for an Arizona it is strongly recommended that you send them 12 months in advance if not longer. Because wedding guests want to dress appropriately for a destination wedding, it is important to include the dress code within the invitation as well. Read: “Getting Married in Arizona? Here’s the Latest Scoop!.”

Second, select a wedding invitation that reflects you both as a couple, and reflects the theme, tone and style of your wedding. You should send your wedding invitations 6 to 8 weeks in advance of the wedding date.

What can you include in your wedding invitation packages without stomping on wedding invitation etiquette? What is acceptable and what is not? Today many more things have become acceptable that were taboo not that long ago.

weddingresponsecardWith constantly evolving traditions and modern twists to the wedding, there are plenty of variations to wedding invitations. All of the information within them serves as the first form of communication between you and your guests. If you are having a traditional first-time wedding with all the bells and whistles, then you may want to add a little more than the basic information. If it’s going to be a more informal wedding or a second wedding with a not-so-traditional format, you may just want to list the basics.

Wedding Response Cards – Response cards, otherwise known as RSVP cards, helps ensure that your guest will respond to you if they are planning to attend. On these cards, guests tell whether or not they will be attending and how many will be attending. Include a response date and a stamped return envelope with your address pre-printed on the front.

Reception Card – Some modern couples hold the wedding ceremony and the reception in different places. While the wedding response card contains details about the ceremony event, the reception card specifies the address of the location, time, etc.

Directions and Maps – Be sure to include directions (with complete address and ZIP code) or a map with your invitation, especially if you are having out-of-town guests or planning a destination wedding. No photocopies, please. They should be printed in the same style as your invitations. If you are writing directions (e.g. from the airport, etc.) or developing a map, make sure you check and double check your facts before having them printed. A link to MapQuest or GoogleMaps might be helpful.

weddingmapHotel Accommodation Cards – A list of local hotels/guesthouses/Bed and Breakfasts for people needing to stay over. If the hotel is providing a special rate for guests at your wedding, make sure to mention it. Accommodation information cards are a good idea if you’re hosting your wedding at a vacation destination or if you have many out of town guests. They can include detailed travel information for your guests., including nearby airports, hotel options, area attractions and activities, rental car agencies, taxis, etc. If you have blocked a number of suites in a particular hotel you would provide this information on the accommodation card.

Web Sites – Some couples have websites where guests go to find information about the wedding. A simple card that provides the web address can be included within the invitations. Your wedding website can provide miscellaneous information that proper etiquette does not permit to be included in your wedding invitation. You can also provide details about the rehearsal dinner (for those in the wedding party), ceremony and reception and provide directions, hotel accommodations and rental car information.

Wedding Blog – Although a blog might be unusual, it’s an ongoing dialogue about your thoughts, feelings and ideas about your upcoming wedding. Invite comments and respond to guests. After the wedding you can post photos and video clips of your wedding.

properattireAn Attire Card – Guests sometimes wonder what to wear to a wedding. You can alert them by adding a line to the lower right corner of the invitation indicating “Black Tie,” “Casual,” or other information. If your wedding is outdoors you may want to ask them to wear “lawn-friendly shoes.” Guests coming from Minnesota to a November wedding in Arizona may want to know that the temperature will usually be between 70 and 80 degrees. Check out the Arizona temperatures. Click here.

Gift Registry – Even if the stores where you registered provides gift registry cards, DO NOT include the cards that contain information about your registry in your invitations. It’s impolite for you to start the conversation about gifts. According to traditional American etiquette, wedding gifts are purely optional. That’s why it’s uncouth to include any mention of gifts with your invitation – it comes across as if you are expecting a gift. Ask family, friends and the bridal party to spread the news when people ask; you can also put this information on your wedding website. Read: “Honeymoon Bridal Gift Registry.”

“Etiquette dictates that registry information should never be included in a wedding invitation, even though some stores provide printed cards for this purpose. Instead, rely on your family members and wedding party to spread the word. That said, it is generally acceptable for the hostess of a shower to include these details on that invitation (indeed, this is where you might put those information cards to use). And if people ask you directly where you’re registered, feel free to tell them. ~ Martha Stewart

Programs – Consider including a wedding ceremony program with your wedding invitation. It can both excite and comfort your guests to know about the schedule of events.

Reception Menu – Providing a menu for your guests before the reception might be great for those picky eaters, and get others drooling over the meal to come.

Your New Address Card – Since a change in marital status is often accompanied by a change of address, and sometimes a change of name, this small card is a way to let people know how to contact you after the wedding. Include the date you will return from your honeymoon, or your wedding date itself: “After August 31, 2011,” etc. Include your new address, cell phone, e-mail address, and website, if you wish to share them.

LovelandMDSpecial Postmarks for Wedding Invitations – Have cupid send your wedding invitations (or any other romantic card) to your friends and family 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 wedding invitations with romance.

Miscellaneous Invitation Tips – Do not use abbreviations. Example: Spell out words such as Road, Street, and state names; Arizona (Not AZ). Four o’clock in the afternoon / Two Thousand Eleven. Tip: The “o” and “c” in “o’clock” are never capitalized. It is socially incorrect to mention “No Children Allowed.”

Copyright © 2011 – 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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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Are the Guests Straining to Hear What’s Being Said?

Filed under: Disc Jockeys - DJs,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

If you ever hear the guests say, “What did the bride and groom say? I couldn’t hear them,” there is a simple solution to this.

lavalierBe sure the wedding officiant and the groom have lavalier microphones. A lavalier microphone is a small “clip-on wireless” microphone that is usually undetectable by the guests when worn on a dark suit. Usually the venue or the DJ will provide this.

Be sure to distinguish between a “clip-on wireless” and a “hand-held wireless” microphone. For me, a “hand-held wireless” mike doesn’t work because my hands are busy holding my wedding book and helping with the sand ceremony, etc. Besides a hand-held usually ends up on a mike stand which doesn’t look to good in the wedding photos.

One of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony for the guest is when the bride and groom are saying their vows or “personal promises” to each other. If the guests are unable to hear what is being said, they get bored and start thinking, “I wonder when the bar opens?” 😉

Surveys show that the wedding vows are more important to a wedding than the photography, cake and catering combined? The words that marry you give meaning to everything else that happens during that day, and the personal promises that you make to each other during the ceremony set the parameters for your marriage and the celebratory tone for your reception!

Most of my weddings are outdoors at hotels and resorts. Sound quality is important. My rule-of-thumb is to have microphones available for guests of more than 75. Be sure to cover your options with the wedding coordinator or DJ.

laughingmouseIf you have special readings, consider having an additional microphone available for the wedding officiant to hand to the reader.

I once had a couple who wanted to have a “fun” wedding with a little light humor to keep the guests interested. During the ceremony an unexpected airplane flew over at a very low altitude. Although I had a lavalier microphone I knew the guests would be unable to hear me – so I paused briefly while the plane went on its way. When the noise subsided, I began again by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you noticed but the plane that just flew over dipped it’s right wing in honor of the bride.” A few people laughed and I added, “And the father of the bride doesn’t know this, but he’s paying for that!” Everyone laughed and I went on with the ceremony.

Copyright © 2011 – 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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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How Much Do You Charge to Perform a Wedding Ceremony?

Filed under: $$$ Tips,Fees,Vendor Fees,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

I often receive e-mail or a phone call with this request: “We are interested in your availability and pricing for our wedding ceremony. How much do you charge?” I’m always curious about why the first question is usually, “How much?”

I know. . . money does not grow on trees, however you should pay as much as you can afford to obtain the services of a professional wedding officiant – one who can make the wedding ceremony interesting, enjoyable and entertaining for you and your guests. A little “light” humor can’t hurt either.

HowMuch$$1Choosing your wedding officiant should be your #1 priority. The presentation of the wedding ceremony sets the tone for the reception. When guests enjoy the ceremony, they have more fun at the wedding. Your officiant can make your ceremony beautiful or cause it to be a disaster! Regardless if your officiant is on the high or low end of the fee schedule, it should be their quality of work that you pay for.

Your officiant should design a ceremony – that you approve in advance – so you know what your officiant is going to say. Your officiant should speak up and speak clearly with a pleasant voice. There is nothing worse than an officiant who is long winded, drawn out, monotone and boring to put your guests to sleep.

The fee for a wedding ceremony has many variables. Pricing and availability are certainly two very important factors to consider, however because of the many details involved in planning, preparing and customizing my romantic wedding ceremony, a fee quote from me is available ONLY after a no pressure, no obligation telephone consultation and after I have spoken with the bride and groom about the numerous details of the wedding that may affect the fee.

Of course, price is only one consideration – value and whether your wedding ceremony is memorable are others. Reputation should always be another consideration.

Just as there is no standard rate for a car — old wrecks cost $500; new Ferrari is a lot more — so wedding officiants with lots of experience, awards and big name recognition will be able to charge above average rates, while new wedding officiants with no reputation, an empty schedule and no marketing budget will be willing to accept lower amounts.

Caution: You may be in for a disappointing wedding ceremony if you rely on someone in your family who has never performed a wedding ceremony before or someone who has obtained an ordination online just to do one wedding and is without any experience in the wedding business. I cannot stress this enough. Be very careful to hire someone who can give you excellent references. If they cannot provide references. . . find someone else.

Amateurs do not have the experience to be able to handle any unexpected or embarrassing moments that could develop during the wedding ceremony. A professionally-trained wedding officiant will be poised and calm no matter what happens and be able to quickly and efficiently handle any situation with dignity and respect.

mcneilA bride’s “friend” who is not trained has no business performing any wedding ceremony. The hard part is finding a “qualified” wedding officiant with an ordination who has the experience in performing ceremonies that will keep you from experiencing all the things that go wrong with an amateur. You will be much better off avoiding “weekend warriors.”

Having your “mother” or “father” perform the ceremony cheats them out of enjoying and celebrating the event.

This is your very special day. It will only happen once. It is the most important day of your life and the wedding ceremony is the moment of the most profound change in your life. I would never recommend that you make your decision on price alone. On a “tight budget?” There are numerous other areas that you can cut back on when the $$s are tight. Always allocate a sufficient amount of money in your wedding budget for a wedding officiant. The ideal officiant is not only someone who is important to the bride and groom, but is articulate and capable of handling such an important event.

Some wedding ministers/wedding officiants may charge more if they customize the ceremony. Not I. I customize every ceremony to the bride and grooms complete satisfaction for the same fee.

Some wedding ministers/wedding officiants may charge more if you expect them to be at the rehearsal. Not I. The rehearsal is included in the fee. I want to be there to make sure that everything flows smoothly. I attend all rehearsals unless you schedule your rehearsal on the day that I have a wedding scheduled. I also recommend that you schedule your rehearsal 2 days before the wedding to give you a day of rest between two stressful days – the rehearsal and the wedding. About a week before the rehearsal I will send you several “rehearsal reminders” that will be sure that you have all my latest tips for rehearsals.

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Signing the Marriage License

If you are a member of a church or synagogue, the pastor/rabbi will sometimes perform the ceremony for free, however it is customary to make a donation of at least $500 to the church or synagogue.

I spend a lot of time helping each couple plan their wedding ceremony. A “good” or “great” wedding does not happen by accident. It takes a lot of planning and coordination. It usually takes me about 10 to 15 hours to prepare for a full-service wedding.

Typically, you can expect to pay between $400.00 to $750.00 for a professional wedding officiant. Anything less may require lots of questions from you as to their experience, etc. The variables will be their experience and travel time/expenses. They must be qualified to run a rehearsal if there is no venue wedding coordinator.

Always remember: There is a big difference between “price” and “cost.” Quality of service is more important than the price. If the ceremony gets messed up by an amateur, the “cost” will be much greater than whatever “price” you paid an experienced wedding officiant. It will always cost you less to have a first-class professional, someone you can count on to perform it properly. If something is good, it is usually not cheap, and if something is cheap, it’s probably not very good.

My philosophy is this: “Under promise and over deliver.” In other words, I always give more than is expected. I give what I promise and then some!

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Having fun with the “Blending of the Sand” Ceremony.

LoveNote. . . “Larry James went above and beyond our expectation of an officiant. Tailoring the ceremony to fit our needs exactly. Larry James took the necessary amount of time needed to truly understand us and our personalities to accommodate what we were looking for in a ceremony. This was the last thing we expected during our first interview (an unrushed meaningful interview with depth), we are very impressed and his reputation holds true!

Larry James didn’t just show up to rehearsal, he participated, offering feedback based on his experience. Larry James took time to understand us which resulted in the personal touch that a wedding should have. We like to work with people who “want” to do their profession, show passion and care about their service or product. Larry James does just that and played a significant role on the biggest day of our lives. We are confident that nobody could have done it better.” – Holly & Tyler O’Neal – Married @ 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 8, 2011 – Regale at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ

Cheap is seldom ever memorable! There are NO do-overs!

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Copyright © 2011 – 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, August 13, 2011

The Handfasting Ceremony

Filed under: Add-on Ceremonies,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:07 am

Handfasting is an ancient commitment ceremony. The term Handfasting is taken from Old Norse “hand-festa” meaning “to strike a bargain by joining hands.” It is the predecessor to the modern wedding ceremony. The ritual itself usually includes a loose binding together of the hands of the couple with a ritual cord of some kind, hence the name, which means “hand fastening.” It is also the origin of the slang phrase “to tie the knot.”

handfastingHandfasting is a symbolic ceremony to honor a couple’s desire for commitment to each other; to acknowledge that their lives and their fates are now bound together. it is the word used by the ancient Celts to describe their traditional trial-marriage ceremony, during which couples were literally bound together.

handfasting2In some cases, it may be simply ceremonial – a couple declaring their love for one another without the benefit of a state license or it can be part of a “Commitment” ceremony. For other couples, it can be tied in with a state marriage license issued usually at the local court house.

Many years ago a handfasting was not intended to be a legally binding ceremony and “traditionally” either member of the couple may choose to end the partnership at any time. The handfasting was a temporary agreement, that expired after a year and a day. However, it could be made permanent after that time, if both spouses agreed.

Originally this handfasting ceremony was part of a Wiccan or Pagan ceremony. Handfasting was also practiced by the Greeks and Romans. In centuries gone by, handfasting was also a popular custom in the British Isles. The actual term “handfasting” comes from the tradition of the bride and groom crossing arms and joining hands – basically, creating the infinity symbol (a figure-eight) with the hands. Dormant for so long, the idea of the handfasting ceremony has enjoyed a recent huge rise in popularity.

lassoToday, some couples are choosing to add the handfasting ceremony toward the end of their legal wedding ceremony.

For more information, including the Lasso Ceremony plus and an optional blessing to choose from, click here!

For other “add-on” ceremonies that make nice additions to any wedding ceremony, click here!

Copyright © 2011 – 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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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How to Choose and Order Your Wedding Cake

Filed under: Guest Authors,Wedding Cakes — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Olivia Nicholas, Guest Author

What could be more special than a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece of the bride and groom’s reception after the ceremony!

cake1Wedding cakes are a long standing tradition, but did you know that the very first wedding cake tradition was actually a fruitcake? While that is no longer the case, today’s wedding cake is still a very special part of the day and is something the couple needs to plan for in advance.

First, what kind of cake do you want? Are you going to order it from a bakery or is a friend or relative making it for you? The answer to that may be budget-related, as specialty wedding cakes can be very expensive. If a wedding cake is ordered from one of the many places that do fancy or themed cakes, they can cost hundreds of dollars and be ordered months in advance! Don’t worry, there are cakes to fit everyone’s budget whether you get them at the grocery store bakery, a specialty store or have a friend make it.

cake2If you do go to a bakery or specialty shop, they will probably have a catalog with pictures of wedding cakes to choose from in many different styles. You can also try out cake flavors to see what you like best. This can be a fun undertaking for the couple as they get to try out everything from vanilla and chocolate to exotic flavors like raspberry, lemon or even Oreo cookie! If you have the traditional layered and tiered cake, each layer can be a different flavor if desired.

You also need to have a number in mind as to how many people will be at the reception and how many are likely to be eating a slice of your wedding cake. Bakeries will use this number to figure out how big the cake needs to be.

When you set out to start looking for your perfect cake you should probably browse several different bakeries to check their prices and styles. Or, if a friend is baking your cake, you can check out books, magazines or online wedding websites to get ideas. You will want your cake to go along with your wedding colors and theme, so be sure to keep that in mind when picking one out.

cake3Besides the flavor of the cake itself, the frosting choice is also important for more than one reason. Is the cake going to be sitting out for a few hours or is it going to be brought in right before the cake cutting event? If the cake will be sitting, then the icing needs to be a type that doesn’t melt or go bad if not refrigerated. For example, a whipped cream style frosting needs to be refrigerated, while butter cream or royal or fondant may not have to be kept cold.

Another aspect to consider, do you want plain cake or one with a filling? Some wedding cakes are made with yummy fruit or cream fillings; it all depends on what the couple wants. You can try out different cake and filling flavors at your cake tasting. Don’t be afraid to cut from the norm and try something new and interesting.

What if you want a bakery cake, but need to save on the budget? There are ways to go about this. For some reason, bakeries seem to charge much more for a wedding cake than for something like a birthday cake. One way around this is to simply ask for a price list of cakes, but don’t tell them it is for a wedding. Then, you can do something like get a huge and nicely decorated sheet cake for the guests and a small round layer cake for the bride and groom to cut. The small round cake could even have a topper on it as usual. Nothing says you have to have a huge, expensive tiered cake, and this strategy can save you a lot of cash.

All in all, your wedding cake should make you and your spouse happy (and a bit hungry). Don’t let anyone try to talk you into something you don’t want or can’t afford. It’s your special day! Your wedding cake should reflect that and make you both happy.

Photo Credit: All 3 cakes were made by Let Them Eat Cake Inc. in Phoenix! Call my friend, Barb Gardner at 602-952-5272.

BONUS Article: Reception Desserts – Wedding Cakes & Alternatives

OliviaNicholasCopyright © 2011 – Olivia Nicholas. Olivia Nicholas is a seasoned wedding planner with over 10 years in the wedding business. She has a passion for all things related to the celebration of marriage; from engagements to weddings to the honeymoon. This passion also motivates her to work in her spare time as a freelance writer and author for My Wedding Austin guide.

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 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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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Lasso Ceremony

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

This tradition is usually associated with Hispanic and Filipino families.

Lasso (sometimes called, “lazo”) or rope is placed around the bride and groom’s shoulders (groom’s shoulder’s first) in the form of an “8” (the infinity symbol) – after they have exchanged their vows – to symbolize their everlasting union. This is usually done by the officiant, however, family members can also take part in this ritual. The couple wears the lasso throughout the remainder of the service.

florallassoIt is sometimes made of rosary beads, white ribbon, orange flowers, fabric, silver, crystal or elaborately painted wood. It can also be placed around the couple’s necks, or wrists. If you have children; they may also be included as they will definitely be a part of the new family.

lasso2The Veil and the Lasso are both associated with a wedding prayer during the ceremony. Special additional members of the wedding party may be in charge of “lassoing” the Bride and Groom together after they kneel for the wedding prayer. They drape what is usually a white satin circle of cord around the shoulders of the kneeling Bride and Groom.

After the Lasso, the Veil is placed over the shoulders of the Groom and the shoulders or head and shoulders of the Bride. It may have to be pinned in place in order to stay. Thus tied together symbolically, the couple remains kneeling for the prayer.

After the prayer (optional) and before either attempts to rise, at the end of the ceremony, the lasso is removed by the same people who put it on and given to the bride as a memento of her becoming the mistress of the groom’s heart and home.

For more information, including the Lasso Ceremony and several prayers to choose from, click here!

For other “add-on” ceremonies that make nice additions to any wedding ceremony, click here!

Copyright © 2011 – 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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Monday, August 1, 2011

Greatest Marriage Proposal EVER!!!

Filed under: Marriage Proposal,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Creating Real Magic! A marriage proposal that shows how to never settle for ordinary in your relationship!

Watch the story of how one young man got the girl of his dreams—and set the bar extraordinarily high for the world’s would-be grooms in the process!

Thank you to Tony Robbins for calling this video to my attention!

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.

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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Follow Larry’s “Relationship BLOG” at: http://CelebrateLove.wordpress.com/
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