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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Saying “I Do” for The Second Time

Filed under: Blending the Family,Encore Brides,Second Marriages — Larry James @ 7:00 am

You are not the only one getting remarried. Approximately 43% of weddings today are in fact second marriages for one or both partners. It’s sometimes said that those getting married for a second time have the benefit of experience and perspective. Hopefully you are probably a little older and a lot wiser; you know yourself better and understand where you’re prepared to compromise and where you won’t.

2ndMarriage“At this point, you’re more rooted in what you want out of life and out of a partner,” explains wedding planner Toni DeLisi of Memorable Events. “You’re not as concerned what everyone thinks.” That’s why she says, “there’s nothing better than working with an encore bride. She’s not all nervousness and indecisiveness this time. She and her husband-to-be truly appreciate finding love the second time—and they can picture precisely how they want to celebrate.”

“As an encore bride, the butterflies are flying in formation because this go around, you are in total control. While excited by what lies ahead, you know exactly what you want and how you want it and aren’t being pulled in a million different directions by a million different influences like the first time. Your tastes have evolved and your priorities have shifted and you want this event to be as much about who is sharing it with you, be it an intimate gathering or a reason for bringing so many together after too long of a time apart.” ~ The Lily Rose

As a second wife, it’s not just you and your husband in the marriage. It’s you and your husband and his ex-wife, his children and a second layer of in-laws. There are a lot of extra people around who often aren’t very supportive of the marriage. You have to get used to the idea that you’re sharing him with these people emotionally, financially and just timewise.

While the experience and the ‘been there, done that’ attitude, that comes with being in a second marriage could be invaluable, it is important to recognize that no two marriages are the same. You are not marrying your ex-husband or your ex-wife for the second time; this is a new partner and challenges you encounter in this relationship may differ from those you encountered with your ex.

The common denominator here is you. If you find that your new spouse is raising the same concerns that your ex raised while you were together, take that as a warning sign and try to deal with those issues. At least now you know they are real.

Whatever you do, do not bring the past into this new marriage. Don’t look back. There is no future in the past. Let it be the past. It is important to make peace with it before you tie the knot again.

Marriage itself is a challenge – challenge to one’s freedom, independence, sexuality, interpersonal skills and egotism. It is quite natural that being married the second time around throws up more and tougher challenges both partners. They can be downright difficult at times.

Most people go into their first marriages with nothing. But the second time around, it’s more likely the bride and groom each has children, financial assets or some combination of both. That combined with a higher divorce rate for second marriages – 60 percent compared to 50 percent the first time around – make it imperative the bride and groom decide ahead of time who owns what and how to handle joint finances. Talk to a financial planner before you remarry. This is reason enough to get coaching on family-blending techniques from an experienced, reputable professional.

If you’re getting married for the second time life insurance is also an important consideration – and so you would do well to assess what you need for your new circumstances. Should you consider a pre-nup? Be sure to check with the Social Security Administration for the criteria for claiming a divorced spouse’s insurance benefits if you remarry. Contain your jealousy over the time your partner spends with his kids or vice versa.

sandwithkidsIf there was a very difficult (and expensive) divorce proceeding for your partner-to-be to contend with be familiar with what is going on. Child custody battles, drawn out settlement negotiations are common and can sometimes cause a strain on your new relationship. It would be better to wait until those issues are resolved. If you begin the marriage under stresses imposed by hostile exes, there may be no way to counter the damage they can inflict on the new relationship.

Most often we think of marriage as the joining of two people to be wife and husband. In reality, marriage is often much more than that. It is also the coming together and merging of family and friends. When the bride and/or groom have children, it is appropriate for the children to be included in the wedding ceremony. If you are including children in the ceremony, consider adding the “Blending of the Sands” ceremony to your ceremony. The wedding ceremony then becomes the proclamation of a new family or a “family wedding.”

Generally speaking, children will accept a parent’s remarriage more readily when they feel included in the wedding plans, the wedding ceremony and are given a tangible symbol of being embraced by a new family; perhaps a beautiful bracelet, a gold-banded birthstone ring or some other significant token of love. Children from the previous marriage deserve personal time and support from the parent you want to marry. If you come between them you could damage your relationship with both of them.

As time goes on, the situation may improve, children grow up, exes move on, people adapt, but be aware that these are just a few of the challenges you may face when you enter into this volatile situation.

“Be sure that you do not want to pursue the relationship just because the children are cute and they need to live with two parents; or because you think marriage will cure the widow or widower’s grief; or because you must be in a marriage relationship because you have so much love to give. Let your wisdom guide your heart. Practice patience and self-control. When you have considered every thing you could think of, and feel satisfied that what is not perfect is manageable, give your heart permission to love completely and unconditionally. If life offers you a second chance, pray that you make the best of it.” ~ MsDora

BONUS Articles: The Challenges of Being the Second Wife
When Stepfamily Reality Sets In: Hitting and Scaling the Brick Wall as a StepCouple

BONUS Video: How to Get Married for the Second Time

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. 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 470 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, March 24, 2012

Unique and Fun Wedding Card Box Alternatives

Filed under: Wedding Card Boxes — Larry James @ 7:00 am

The wedding card box purpose is to collect the generous card gifts of friends and family and keep them secure in a cool and stylish way until they could be collected by the bride and groom, or appropriate members of the family or bridal party. The most popular way for a bride to keep track of those special cards is with a card box.

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Typically, they will be placed in an area near the gifts or at the end of the gift table so guests can slip their cards in quickly and easily. And like many wedding day accessories, this container can come in all shapes and sizes.

The wrapped gifts are always just that – wrapped – so there is no need to worry about where to place the gift or if the bride and groom will see it. Cards are another story because they can get lost or stolen easily, and many people don’t know where to put a card. Think about it, would you just put your card on a table, or in a pile of other cards?

cardbox2First of all, your wedding card box really doesn’t have to be a box. The container – or card holder and sometimes known as an envelope box – simply needs to be at a place where your guests can deposit their cards. These cards often include checks, money or gift cards, however, remember, if your guests bring you money as a gift, that‘s terrific but it is NEVER appropriate to ASK for money as a gift.

In planning such a joyous day, you wouldn’t think that theft should be something of concern. Sadly every year thousands of brides report having cards stolen by their own guests, guests of coinciding parties, and staff members. Add to your checklist of things to do: Assign someone to watch over the card box until after the reception.

cardbox1These keepsake boxes serve many purposes. They can hold the wedding guest cards on the day of your wedding, and afterwards become a beautiful keepsake box for photos, dried flowers, your garter, jewelry and assorted wedding day souvenirs.

Some couples get real creative and do it themselves. Some containers can be decorated to coordinates with the theme of your wedding. Some of the more unique glass wedding card boxes can be used after the wedding as an elegant case to display the wedding couple’s cherished wedding keepsakes.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including wedding cake, wishing wells, crystal bowls, bird houses, a mirrored box, treasure chest, cake replica, decorated cardboard box, suitcases, square and treasure box shapes that are sure to give your beautiful reception a unique and personalized twist. All types have some kind of slot or opening for cards to be inserted. While these boxes can be purchased, you can make your own at home.

Why go typical when you can have something extraordinary? Don’t settle for a store bought card box, the outdated styles, or one that thousands of other couples have already used before. There are numerous places on the Internet that offer unique wedding card boxes in every pattern and color scheme you can think of. Choose a card holder box that perhaps you can use after the wedding. Don’t just buy the first one you see. Look around. Do a Google search for: Wedding Card Box.

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. 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 470 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, March 20, 2012

The Stages of Wedding Planning on a Budget

Filed under: Budget — Larry James @ 7:00 am

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BONUS Article: The Stages of Wedding Planning on a Budget

Graphic – Copyright © 2012 – Mehndi Rao
Text for graphic – Copyright © 2012 – Amy J. Chung.

Mehndi Rao is currently busy planning her wedding and stumbled across this very apt article by Amy Chung! In addition to try to find the right photographer, selecting wedding invitations, and choosing the right decorator for her wedding, Mehndi loves creating illustrations that are relevant to her life !

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Toasting Like a Pro!

Filed under: Toasts — Larry James @ 8:00 am

You were just told that you will be giving a toast at the wedding. OMG!! Many people that are given this opportunity panic at what they are going to say. You are most likely a close friend of the bride or groom, so you have history to rely on, so use it. Adding true anecdotes can be your best method of infusing the toast with humor. Talk to their friends for suggestions.

You may ask, “How do I stop my knees from shaking?” The answer is twofold: 1. Be very familiar with what you are going to say and, 2. Just before you begin, take several deep breaths – in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathing this way has a calming effect.

yourweddingtoastRemember to hold the microphone close to your mouth. There is nothing more annoying to the guests than to not be able to hear you or to watch you motion with your hand that has the microphone in it – moving the mike to and fro away from your mouth. Always begin by introducing yourself. Tell the guests your name, and that you’ve been selected to be the maid of honor/best man, etc., and what a great honor it is.

Unless you are a natural born comedian, NEVER tell jokes (genuinely true and funny/humorous stories – yes) and never say things that might embarrass the bride and groom or anyone one else in the room. Many people think a standard joke is going to be the best route to humor in their wedding speech. WRONG! Humor is a good way to make the audience – and you – relax. No off-color stories. Keep it clean. A “PG” rating for a wedding toast is a good thing.

If you have been asked to give a little speech and you’re a little shaky about the subject now that the time draws near, know that it’s normal. I won’t tell you that you will not be nervous, because unless you speak regularly in front of people you probably will be. If your heart isn’t beating a little faster and there’s no adrenalin, it probably won’t be much of a speech. The important thing is to keep it in perspective.

Write down what you want to say. Use large index cards or sheets of paper, but write everything down. Don’t wing it. That seldom works. Search Google for some suggestions but always personalize it to the bride and groom. It’s not about you. It is all about the bride and groom.

Remember that you are talking to your friends. Your friends and family are the warmest audience you’ll ever have. They’ve come to your wedding, and they’re on your side. As best you can, relax and remember how comfortable you would be if you were sitting around just chatting with friends – then tell your story.

womantoasterPractice! Practice! Practice! Rehearse! Stand and deliver your toast in front of a mirror. Don’t memorize, but know your speech so well that you only have to look down at your paper every once in awhile. If there is anything that kills a mood fast, it’s when you appear to be unprepared.

It’s often the waiting to present the toast that is the hardest part. Waiting to go on will most likely make you nervous. Once you’re on your feet, and you’ve started talking, as long as you know what you’re going to say, it can be a lot more fun. Remind yourself of that as you’re sitting and waiting, and make it easier by repeating your first several lines to yourself. That way when you get to your feet, and the room goes silent, you won’t suddenly freeze. Instead, you’ll just say that line you’ve been repeating to yourself over and over. And with that out of the way, you’ll find the rest just follows.

Don’t say things like, “I’m not used to doing this, so bear with me,” or “I’m really nervous, etc.,” or ever apologize for anything – it only calls negative attention to what you are doing. It’s your self-consciousness that causes you to say dumb things like that. Everyone is listening but they don’t want to hear anything but what you have written in your notes. Just do your duty. You will get compliments whether you think you deserve them or not.

You may want to end with a romantic quote. Limit your toast to about two minutes. Ask everyone to lift their glasses and drink a toast to the bride and groom.

IMPORTANT: Before the reception, remind the bride and groom that proper etiquette says that during a toast “to” the Bride and Groom, the couple should NEVER stand, raise their glasses, or drink to themselves. The Bride and Groom should thank the toasters or at least smile and graciously nod. They are not obliged to propose a toast in return.

One last thing. Do NOT have a drink to calm your nerves. That seldom ever works either. Okay… maybe one, but be very careful not to over imbibe. That’s when your nerves will most likely get the best of you, you may stumble over your words, become a chatty Cathy or rambling Ron, and embarrassing yourself and the bride and groom.

BONUS Article: Rambling Ron, Rita and the “Toasted” Toaster
Tips for Writing Wedding Speeches

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. 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 470 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, March 12, 2012

Here Comes the Flower Girl… Again!

Filed under: Flower Girl,Wedding Attendants — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Marie Morris, Guest Author

The innocence of the little girl leading the bridal party down the aisle while holding her basket, looking like an Angel in her gown as she walks gracefully down the aisle, fresh faced captures an unforgettable moment of time and sets the tone for the arrival of the beautiful blushing bride.

flowergirlShe is the flower girl. In most instances, being asked to be the flower girl marks the debut of her first formal occasion. Once you have selected your little girl for that special day, you may need to speak to her parents about the time and financial commitment. The flower girl will need to attend the rehearsals and other wedding-related activities and her parents will probably need to accompany her.

Many brides today are finding it fun to dress up their favorite little girl as a miniature bride and send her down the aisle to stir up anticipation for the real bride. The flower girl’s dress is usually linked to the rest of the bridal party, by the color of the sash or by the color of the flowers on the dress.

When choosing a dress some brides choose a dress that is similar in style to the bridesmaids dress or can be a miniature version or similar to the bride’s dress but tailored to fit the little flower girl. Fabrics such as silks and satins work beautifully depending on the formality of the wedding party.

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Too young to walk down the aisle? Have someone escort her in a wagon!

“Choosing an outfit for the flower girl which is comfortable while still staying within the overall style of the wedding party can be a little tricky”, say’s Marie Morris of Goo Goo Gear. The Fabric shouldn’t scratch or irritate the skin. Some kids have skin allergies and can only wear natural fibers such as cotton or silk.

“Whenever choosing a dress be practical and keep in mind the dress length so she doesn’t trip and it is age-appropriate,” say’s Marie. It’s probably a good idea to measure the little girl (chest, waist and shoulders to angle/floor length measurements) “and always allow for growth,” suggests Marie. It’s probably best to leave the flower girl’s dress until last about 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date.

Most flower girls carry a small basket with either flowers or petals to sprinkle while walking down the aisle. It’s probably a good idea to have your flower girl walk up and down the aisle several times by herself at the rehearsal so that she feels comfortable having all eyes admiring her once the big day arrives. She will be ready to make that long walk down the aisle. Dazzling with the charm that only a little girl has, your flower girl will lead the rest of your wedding party and bring smiles and joy to many of your guest’s faces.

BONUS Articles: An Age Guide to the Little Ones in Your Wedding
Here Comes the Flower Girl!

Copyright © 2012 – Marie Morris. Marie Morris is the Managing Director of Goo Goo Gear. Visit her Website at: www.googoogear.com.au.

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 470 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, March 8, 2012

The Ultimate Smartphone Apps for Blushing Brides

Filed under: Smart Phone Apps for Brides,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:07 am
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Jane Johnson, Guest Author

Use your smartphone to get ready for your big day!

Hmmm. Probably not a good idea! 😉

Planning your wedding can be stressful, and you won’t always have time to sit at home on your computer, getting everything together. These apps will let you do almost everything from your phone, so that you can make it to your cake-tasting, dress-fitting, dance lessons and more, without losing track of anything.

1. Wedding Plandroid (Android) – Wedding Plandroid easily takes the top spot for wedding apps. It’s clean, functional, and free—and it accomplishes things that many paid apps don’t. It starts you off with a pre-loaded budget and to-do list from which you can add, edit, or remove whatever you like—so you don’t have to think of everything yourself, but you’re also able to plan for your unique ideas. It also features a countdown to the big day, a to-do list, and a guest and vendor contact list so you can both plan for everyone involved, and contact them as needed. You can track the status of each guest, whether they’ve accepted, declined, RSVP’d, or still haven’t got back to you, so you know who to reach out to as the day gets closer.

2. iBridalGown: Wedding Dress Shopping Assistant (iPhone) – This app was actually designed by the owner of a bridal salon, to help you compare and keep track of all your options as you plan. You can store all relevant information about the dress you have your eye on—style, cost, designer, location, and photos—and quickly compare options with a swipe of your iPhone. iBridalGown also locates vendors in your area, with Yelp ratings so you have some idea of where to look first. For non-fashionista brides, it also includes a glossary, so you’ll be up to speed on all the options available to you, and able to make confident decisions everywhere you shop.

weddingwire3. Your Big Day (Android) – You can make this app the hub of your planning, with budgeting, guest list, menu options, table layout, and detailed notes for the little things you want at your wedding. Your Big Day shines in the details: you can flag guests who have RSVP’d, set which guests will come in the day and which in the evening, lay out which meal they’ve chosen, and set their exact seating arrangement—then you can send all this information to family, friends, wedding planners, etc. on their LG phones to make sure everyone knows how you want it. Users have commented on the lack of music planning options, but otherwise this is a terrific wedding planner app.

4. Wedding Wire (iPhone) – If you want to lock down your wedding budget a little tighter, this app will help. Wedding Wire tracks each payment you make in the planning process, and helps you remember future purchases you need to make. It also has a handy search tool to help you locate vendors for whatever you need—florists, bakers, catering, planners, dance instructors, etc. It will tell you how many tasks you have yet to complete, and how tightly you’ve stuck to your budget; something both you and your future spouse can appreciate.

5. Bride Guide (iPhone) – This planner app is a little paint-by-numbers, but that might be just what you need to take the pressure off. It gives you a pre-populated list of to-do items, as well as a line-item budget based on industry standards, so you can know approximately what things ought to cost. (You may not have hired ice sculptors or live musicians before, so it helps to have a ballpark figure.) This app is a great solution for people who just want a traditional wedding with as little stress as possible—and if that’s you, Bride Guide will walk you through it.

Copyright © 2012 – Jane Johnson. Jane Johnson is a writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news, commentary, reviews on popular providers like T-Mobile.

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 470 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, March 4, 2012

A FUN and Creative Wedding!

Filed under: Candy Bar,Favors,Guest Books,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am

weddingSignI was proud to be selected to perform my “romantic” wedding ceremony for Lisa Kandel & David Jones’ wedding recently. They had a lot of great ideas to keep their guests interested and entertained. What a great celebration!

First, the were greeted with a special sign to make their guest feel part of the celebration and to make them feel comfortable.

A party favor is a token of appreciation that is given to departing guests in appreciation for the participation and attendance. There were lots of favors scattered around the wedding venue. They all represented the spirit of the celebration, were sincerely appreciated and created a lot of buzz during the reception and during the dance.

corksTheir sign-in book was not a book at all. For wine lovers, wine corks can be a guest book alternative for guest to write on – definitely a fun twist on the traditional guestbook. Two 16 year old twins from Tucson greeted everyone and asked them to put a brief message or just sign their name on a wine cork.

While the guests are not able to write a whole lot on the corks, there are still ways to make this type of guestbook work to your advantage. You could have your guests sign their names on the corks or ask them to write a word or two that they think best describes you as a couple. After the wedding, take it to a framing shop and have them make a corkboard out of your guests’ notes!corks2

keysNext, as the guests entered the ceremony area they were asked to offer a “key to marriage success” by writing a brief message attached to a key. With about a hundred guests there were a lot of ideas presented that will be helpful to the bride and groom.

beverageholdersThe wedding was at The Boojum Tree’s Hidden Garden. Instead of favors on the tables at the reception, during the cocktail hour and near the bar, the happy couple offered a basket of customized beverage holders. On once side, it said, “Lisa & David, 2.26.12” and on the opposite side it said, “I survived the Jones Wedding!” What a great idea.

DancingShoes2After the reception dinner, the Master of Ceremonies, DJ Oscar Bentancourth (Got You Covered!) requested the all the guests move to the dancing area. DancingShoesTo get them ready for dancing the guests were asked to make themselves comfortable by taking off their shoes and dawning colorful flip-flops and to dance the night away.The bride and groom For those who preferred not to dance there were chairs around the dancing area so they could enjoy a cocktail and watch the action. No Macarena or the Slide were on the agenda. 😉

At another wedding recently we came up with a couple of ideas to keep the non-dancing guests busy. A wedding photo booth and a fake fortune teller occupied their time. All in all it was fun for everyone.

CandyBARYou should have seen the guests scrambling to fill their bags with candy at the candy bar. The self-serve candy buffet is the latest trend in weddings today. They can add fun and a splash of color to your wedding reception. Color coordinate your candy. My favorite was the M & M’s with their name on each piece. To find out how to order M & M’s for your wedding, click here!

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. David Jones. Lisa Kandel & David Jones were married at 4 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Boojum Tree Hidden Garden, Phoenix.

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