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Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Breakfast Wedding… Just to Be Different!

Host a classy event by having your wedding in the morning, followed by a lavish, intimate breakfast wedding reception. One wedding trend that may be raising eyebrows in 2014 is the growing popularity of early morning breakfast weddings. Who doesn’t love breakfast? Mix it up and host a morning wedding, complete with a yummy breakfast/brunch at the reception! This may sound odd to you as most weddings are traditionally held in the evening hours, but why not consider something very unique that will get your guests talking. Different is good. Choosing to wed in the morning allows you to be more flexible in your traveling plans for the honeymoon as well. The ideas to make it a great wedding are endless.

BreakfastWeddingWhy do a breakfast wedding? Many brides are on a limited budget and still want to have a dream wedding but can’t afford all the extras. Breakfast celebrations obviously take place in the morning hours and take full advantage of the discounted “off-hour” pricing that some wedding venues offer. Opting to tie the knot in the a.m. instead of the afternoon can easily save you hundreds of dollars while, at the same time, opening up a brand new universe of wedding decor and menu choices. Morning weddings are over faster. You can nap in the afternoon, freshen up, and party at night again.

What to eat? Consider a breakfast buffet with an omelet bar with an abundance of blueberry muffins, scones, and biscuits. Your menu can include cabin fever maple syrup infused Texas toast to a breakfast bar toppling over with baked goods, including a Texas torte, whiskey butter biscuits with chocolate gravy and tumbleweed muffins. Offer french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, hash browns, tater tots, and corned beef hash and typical breakfast fare. A simple breakfast of assorted tea, coffee, pastries, muffins and bagels also work well. Fresh fruit will add color, texture and additional tasty options.

Decorate your breakfast reception to the nines. Use your imagination. A touch of the South with dinner triangles, cow skull, and enamel kettle and cups! Floral accents such as cactus are a must while an old wagon can be used to display the treats!

People always say they love breakfast so much they can eat it at all hours of the day, right? If you prefer to have your wedding in the evening, why not serve breakfast for dinner? There is something so comforting and lovely about breakfast – no matter what time of day.

“The only clear drawback to a breakfast wedding is that there will probably no dancing, no dance floor and no DJ at a morning wedding. For that reason, it’s important that you have a plan for how you will entertain your guests after the ceremony. I’ve seen Baristas making lattes, cereal, pancake and mimosa bars and guests swinging at pinatas in the past to keep your guests busy during the reception.” ~ APaperProposal.com

CronutsA little early for alcohol? Come up with some drinks that are liquor-light – light on the alcohol. Rather than running up the expense of a bar or even just beer and wine for your wedding reception, serve mimosas as your only alcoholic beverage. Don’t give non-drinkers boring orange juice, make up an exciting mocktail that is as much fun to drink as its alcoholic counterpart. Write the ingredients up on a chalkboard placed near the bar, so everyone knows exactly what they’re drinking. Favorites include a classic Shirley Temple and Tornado Twists. Yum!

Play with dessert. Think outside of the pastry box! Try serving “cronuts,” a dessert hybrid sensation. These flaky, buttery confections were created by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel. They’re half croissant, half doughnut, and 100 percent delicious. Fair warning: guests will go gaga for them. Scones and jam are good too.

The day would end by early afternoon, giving you enough time to pack up your gifts and head home early to get some rest before that morning flight to your honeymoon.

BONUS Articles: 6 Breakfast-Themed Wedding Cakes
46 Menu Ideas For A Beautiful Breakfast Wedding

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Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Marriage: The Great Adventure!

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From the “romantic” wedding ceremony of Stephanie Smith and John Trygstad – Married @ 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2010 – InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, AZ.

Videography: Sarah Anderson, Princess Bride Cinematic Videography, Scottsdale, AZ. 480-516-1978

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Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Create a Wedding Time Capsule

Invite guests attending your wedding to write you a note that will be read on a future anniversary. The notes can include well wishes, advice for married life, favorite memories of you two together, or anything else they’d like to include. Make it easy for your guests by either including 2 cards, one with instructions and another to write on with your invitations, post about it on your wedding website, or have nice stationery and pens available at the venue.

winebox2Pass around a box during the reception for your guests to drop in their notes. Next, seal it up until your anniversary! What could be better during an anniversary than to read the blessings of loved ones at the time of the wedding?

Another twist is to craft a “Love Letter and Wine Box.” Before your big day, gather a wooden box, a bottle of wine or the alcohol of your choice, and two glasses. Write love notes to each other, explaining your feelings as you prepare to start your new life together as husband and wife. Seal your letter without allowing your partner to read what you’ve written.

Toward the end of the ceremony, place the love notes inside the wooden box with the wine and glasses. Take turns hammering the box shut, one nail at a time, until the box is sealed.

Agree to keep the box sealed until a special anniversary, like your 10th or 20th, unless you hit a rough patch. Then, break open the box, pour the wine, read the letters, and remember what is was that brought you together in the first place! Take a look at the words you can use for the “Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony” here. You can order a custom made wine box with two keys here or another version of the Wine Box here.

BONUS Articles: 20+ Add-On Ceremonies for Your Wedding!
Create a Romantic Wedding Time Capsule…

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Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Shedding Pounds for the Wedding!

Filed under: Losing Weight for Your Wedding,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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If you (a Bride or a Groom) are looking to lose some weight before your wedding, NOW is a good time to begin – sooner if possible! Can’t stand the idea of walking down the aisle looking like you do now? Looking in the mirror and liking what you see is important.

Woman-on-ScaleIn a 2000 Cornell study of 273 women who were getting married within the year, 70 percent of respondents reported wanting to lose more than 20 pounds. But in reality, by wedding day, their average weight loss was only seven pounds.

First, determine how much weight you want to lose before your wedding. Set an achievable goal – several dress sizes or several pounds – that’s up to you. Keep your health in mind. It is important that you are healthy and alert on your wedding day.

Robyn Flipse is a registered dietitian specializing in food, nutrition and health communications, says, “If you’d like to drop 10 lbs., you need at least 5 to 10 weeks. If you already ordered a dress in a smaller size and haven’t allowed enough time to sensibly and safely lose the weight you want, you better be sure to have a good tailor or postpone the wedding by a few more weeks.”

brideCandySome say that the stress of planning your wedding makes it even harder to lose weight. In wedding planning, there are a lot of concerns. Issues on the date, the place, the food, and most especially on the wedding dress. My suggestion is to hire the best professionals you can to assist you with your wedding plans. Your craving for chocolate, refined carbs, etc., often get worse during stressful times. When most of us are stressed, we often turn to food for comfort. A wedding consultant can truly be your “special angel” when it comes to taking care of the details and loose ends. This will free you up to focus on dropping a few pounds before your big day.

Eat breakfast. You’ll be less likely to overeat later in the day. Don’t eat red meat. Salmon works well, and brussel sprouts, and other leafy green veggies. Definitely stay away from fried foods. A great way to burn calories is to increase your exercise. Exercise at a vigorous intensity on most days of the week for at least 30 minutes a day. Give up late hours – get enough sleep. This is how your body rejuvenates itself from the work you are doing. Keep in mind weight lost quickly is mostly water weight and may not be permanent unless you continue a realistic exercise and nutrition plan after the wedding.

applesInchesOpps!Do not eat because your watch tells you to. Eat because your body is asking for food. Don’t eat out. Drink lots of water. Carry a bottle of water wherever you go. It’s a good habit to have whether you’re losing weight or not – especially in Arizona where the temperatures can ease past 100 degrees quite often. Savor your food. Eat slowly, chewing the food properly and, above all, tasting it. Eat lots of veggies and fruits for your snacks. Keep an emergency snack on hand. Avoid salt and caffeine. Replace coffee with green tea. Besides the energy it provides, it also helps you to lose weight.

Limit alcohol. Not only is it highly caloric, but it also stimulates appetite and obliterates willpower. It causes you to forget about your nutrition plan and overindulge.

“It’s natural for brides and grooms to want to look their best for their wedding day, and going about it the right way can make the difference between living healthier, or heavier, ever after.” ~ Jennifer Warner

Don’t allow yourself to get down on yourself. Keep a positive attitude about your plan. Don’t struggle. Consistency is key! It may be helpful to asks the girls in your bridal party to participate in your “shedding” with you.

Be careful not to get sucked in by all the showers, parties, and outings prior to your wedding. Stay with healthiest choices. Create lasting memories that don’t revolve around eating.

If you don’t reach your weight loss goal, be sure to have a seamstress on call just in case. Or. . . have a really great photographer who can help you lose weight with Photoshop! 😉

Here is a cute video depicting others who may want to lose weight before their friend’s wedding:

Do yourself a favor. . . take 10 minutes and watch this video! Caution: If the “F” word offends you, please skip this video!

BONUS Articles: 6 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight
The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Weight Loss
5 Ways to Lose Weight Before Your Wedding
How to lose weight for your wedding and keep it off: Tips 3 & 4

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Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

It’s Your Wedding! You Can Do Anything You Want!!

Filed under: Creative Ceremony Ideas,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 8:15 am
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There are so many fresh ideas about how to make your wedding ceremony an afternoon delight for your guests. Guests tell me that they often come to a wedding ceremony pretty much expecting to hear the same old thing. Should a wedding ceremony be fun? I think so. So to keep your guests from being bored… add some fun things to your ceremony.

Your wedding ceremony can be as long-winded, short, extravagant, solemn, unconventional, formal, dignified, special and ceremonial as you could ever want. It is only and always “your choice” – not your mother’s or your mother-in-law to be or anyone else). Incorporate your own traditions or start a new one. Different is good. Put your own spin on ceremony traditions.

ItsYOURweddingA lot of how edgy you get with your wedding ceremony depends on the willingness of the Wedding Officiant/Minister to change or add things to the ceremony. There are many ceremony rituals, traditions & creative ideas from which to choose. Be sure you clear everything with them before you hire them. If they are not willing to change words or add things to your ceremony… hire someone who will.

(NOTE: Each link below opens in another browser window so you won’t lose your place wile reading this article).

Theme weddings are fun! The first theme wedding ceremony I performed was a “Pirate” theme wedding. The ring bearer carried a tiny treasure chest containing the rings. The reception featured a large treasure chest with coins with chocolate inside.

Celebrating your culture is another fun idea. Hispanics will often add the “Hand Fasting” or “The Lasso Ceremony” ceremony. Jewish couples like the “Breaking of the Glass” ceremony. This blog features more than 20 add-on ceremonies like the “Unity Candle,” the “Sand Ceremony” (often children from previous marriages are included and each pour a different color of sand), wine enthusiasts will add the “Loving Cup Ceremony,” an African tradition, “Jumping the Broom” is a symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new, and the “Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony.” Click here for many other examples!

Another favorite especially for the guests is when the couple writes some of their own vows. I call them, “Personal Promises.” Have the wedding officiant or best man flip a Silver Dollar to see who will say their vows first.

I am including links to two very creative weddings with photos. Check out Juno and Noah’s queer feminist interfaith wedding: http://OoffBeatBride.com/2011/07/california-queer-interfaith-wedding

and… Evan and Catherine’s edgy and elegant Phoenix Hotel Wedding: http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2013/12/edgy-and-elegant-phoenix-hotel-wedding-evan-catherine/

Another idea is to change up your guest’s seating. Draw inspiration from Shakespeare’s theater-in-the-round and seat guests in a circle around the altar. Everyone will have a great seat and you will feel surrounded by Love. How about a “Wedding in the Round?”

Have the wedding officiant stand to the side as you face the guests instead of having your back to the guests. Another idea is to change up the seating of the parents. Details here! The parents LOVE this idea!

Save a few bucks: display your ceremony events on a chalkboard instead of a program.

Rev up your “Guest Book!” There are lots of creative ideas here.

pendant-flagsOpen up guest seating. No bride’s side or groom’s side. Have your ushers encourage the guests to sit close to the front (except seats reserved for family) for the benefit of photos. “Today, two families become one, so pick a seat not a side” on a chalk board works.

In the Greater Phoenix area – called “The Valley of the Sun” – couples will often customize the label on bottled water. It’s important to keep your guests hydrated.

Have guests wave pendant flags or colorful paper pinwheels instead of bubbles, ribbon streamers, eco-friendly confetti and tossing rice or seed.

Dare to be different. Buck tradition and walk down the aisle together. It’s a poignant way to kick off your new life together.

Don’t wait until the reception for your first dance. At the end of the ceremony and before you walk down the aisle together… slow-dance at the altar instead of at the reception. Ending your vows cheek-to-cheek is totally neat and very different.

There are no limits to what you can do to make your wedding ceremony more interesting and memorable for your guests. If you want your I do’s to be totally you… collaborate with your friends and use your imagination!

As of December 12, 2013, there are more than 415 blog posts on this Wedding Blog. Use the article index to find more great wedding ideas!

BONUS Articles: “Sorry Mom, This is Not Your Wedding!”

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Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Four Wedding Hot Spots on the Internet

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There are four wedding hot spots on the Internet that you should know about if you or any of your friends are planning a wedding!

My Wedding Website:

4WeddingHotSpots1. More than 100 FREE articles about weddings, honeymoons, cakes, photography, ceremonies, etc. Articles index.
2. Suggestions for a customized, “romantic” wedding ceremony with some refreshing words that will capture the attention of your guests. You always have the last work in what is said in your wedding ceremony. Lots of fresh ideas!
3. Rave reviews from Brides and Grooms Larry has married.
4. A form to check my availability for your wedding. Never any obligation.
5. Several video clips to watch of Larry’s “Romantic” wedding ceremony.
6. A list of professional wedding vendors that Larry recommends. Also a wedding Venue list – Venues where Larry has worked.

My Wedding Blog:

1. As of December 8, 2013, there are more than 410 FREE articles about weddings, honeymoons, cakes, photography, ceremonies, etc. Articles index.
2. Something NEW about weddings is added every 4th day.
3. 20+ add-on ceremonies that you can add to your wedding ceremony to make it more interesting for your guests.
4. More than 180 wedding article topics to choose from. Spend some time here for some terrific wedding ideas!

My Facebook Wedding Page:

CWedBACK1. A new article about weddings is posted every 4th day.
2. Special promotions.
3. Things to avoids when planning your wedding.

My Pinterest Wedding Ideas Board:

1. Photo buzz about the latest wedding ideas for your wedding.
2. Nearly 100 photos with great wedding ideas!

• BONUS Wedding Hot Spot: My Personal Facebook Page:

1. Hundreds of photos with quotes (QuotePics) to inspire better relationships.
2. A new article from one of my four blogs each day…
3. Lots of motivational quotations
4. Occasional links to other Websites of value
5. Photos of Brides and Grooms for whom I have performed their wedding ceremony!

Hope you will take the time to pass along the link to this page to your friends who may be getting married. I also hope you will pardon the shameless self-promotion. It’s my job to be helpful! 😉

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Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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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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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Having a Cash Bar at Your Wedding Reception? Guess What?

Filed under: Receptions,Wedding Etiquette — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Having a cash bar at a wedding reception is a major etiquette error, it’s tacky, in bad taste and a wedding reception faux pas!

Hmmm. Does that answer your question?

The Emily Post Institute was curious if the etiquette around this question is changing. Their poll revealed the following to the question (Total Voters: 998): Is it acceptable to have a cash bar at a wedding?

cashBAR• No, this is the height of bad taste. (41%, 412 Votes)
• I don’t like it but I understand why it might be done. (29%, 291 Votes)
• Yes, people should have the freedom to make this choice. (15%, 153 Votes)
• I think it is fine but I understand that some people might disagree. (15%, 142 Votes)

While the ultimate decision of whether or not to have a cash bar is up to the couple, proper etiquette says that it is not appropriate for a wedding. Alcohol is a must-have expense at any wedding reception, but it can also be a costly one, especially if you are expecting a large number of attendees.

While it is often necessary to find ways to cut costs, a cash bar is never a good choice. Savvy couples are looking for any way to cut wedding costs – and rightfully so. Figure out what is in your budget and offer that. Have a bar that only serves beer, wine and a champagne toast or specialty cocktail.

Having a party at your home? You wouldn’t think of asking someone to pay for a cocktail in your home, so don’t have a cash bar at your reception. People you invite to enjoy your celebration of Love are your guests. Guest don’t pay for drinks! If the couple doesn’t drink it is perfectly okay to have a reception with no alcohol.

DoNotDrinkNdrive8I agree that a wedding is different than a dinner party or inviting friends over. It’s much more formal and should be more elegant. So since we don’t ask guests to bring or pay for anything when we invite them to our home, we wouldn’t do it at an even more upscale event we were hosting.

Consider having a “limited” bar. Serve only soda, beer, wine, spiced and hot mulled cider, coffee, bottled water, and lemonade or have a champagne toast. If you don’t have the budget to provide alcohol for your guests, then simply have a smaller wedding with less attendees. Reduce the number of guests you are inviting before taking away alcohol because the result will be a lot of unhappy guests rather than less guests that are pleased. This often takes out the issue of cash bar altogether.

Signature cocktails are another great idea and are the epitome of fun and creativity so, the garnishes and accoutrement you use to adorn them should be something that also shows your flair, fun and festivity. How about fruity ice cubes and cocktail stirrers for summertime drinks? Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries will all light up a lemonade or sweet tea as well as a wine spritzer!

Consider choosing a wedding venue that allows you to bring in your own alcohol. Confirm whether you have to buy your alcohol from the place where the wedding reception will be. You may have signed a contract that says so, but if not, it’s generally much cheaper to buy your own liquor, wholesale – you can get more for your money, and get what you want. Believe it or not, there are venues that do not have liquor licenses and will allow couples to bring in their own. Anything unopened can be returned for a full refund after the wedding.

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Copyright © 2013 – 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 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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