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Friday, May 8, 2015

Assistance for Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Anna Post, Guest Author

Many couples invite wedding guests from near and far to join them on their special day. Providing an experience that makes out-of-town guests feel at home and welcome will create a lasting memory for everyone. Give guests ample time to plan, suggest places to stay and eat, and if time and money permits, throw in a few weekend extras.

businessman lost in field using a mapAdvance Notice

Save the date cards are especially important for guests who may be traveling to join you on your special day. Usually mailed four to eight months in advance, they allow out-of-town guests to book plane tickets and hotel rooms with plenty of time.

If you are planning a dinner or get-together for out-of-town guests at a local club or restaurant, include this information for these guests on a separate card within your wedding invitation. It is also ideal to include this information in a tab on your wedding website that lists the schedule of wedding events.

Accommodations

Provide a list of suggested hotels in close proximity to your ceremony and wedding reception site. You can add this information on your wedding website as soon as you know it so guests can book early. Offer a few selections at different price points, or you may be able to hold a block of rooms at one or two hotels at a special price. Couples often ask a few close friends or family members if they would be willing to host an out-of-town guest or bridal party member at their house for the weekend.

At the selected hotels, consider leaving a welcome letter for your arriving guests. Include a personal note thanking them for joining you and showing your excitement. This is also a good place to include a timetable of events, relevant addresses for venues, links to online map sites, telephone numbers and any information about transportation services if they will be provided.

While by no means a must, a goodie bag is a popular way to welcome out-of-town guests. These are often DIY projects and can incorporate whatever your time and budget allow. Some suggestions include bottled water, restaurant suggestions, mints, small candies or chocolates, granola bars, tissues, sunscreen wipes, maps, and brochures of local activities.

Weekend Extras

When wedding guests will be staying several nights, couples often organize or suggest ways for out-of-town and even local guests to spend their free time. These plans can include things such as golf outings, reserved tennis courts or could get as creative as a trolley tour of the city where your wedding is held. It is important to note that it isn’t the responsibility of the couple to pay for these activities; however, it should be clearly communicated that guests are expected to pay if they attend. Choose activities that align with what your guests are interested in, what they can afford and what makes sense with the schedule of other events for the weekend.

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

Copyright © 2015 – Anna Post. Emily Post Weddings – from old traditions to new trends, The Emily Post Institute has over 90 years of offering trusted inspiration, advice, and etiquette for couples, families, and guests. Visit: http://www.EmilyPost.com/wedding

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saying “I Do” and Enjoying it Too

For many brides, the quest to plan the perfect day can quickly turn into a nightmare trip down the aisle. Here are a few tips to keep your wedding day bliss from turning into the honeymoon blues.

Marriage Planning 101: Once the ring goes on, the race to plan the perfect wedding begins, giving couples little time to think about the marriage itself or how their wedding spending decisions could affect their future. But smart couples are now setting aside time to address pre-wedding issues such as what they will do when it comes to financial planning, spending money, raising children and family politics.

WEDIDOWith nearly half of all newlyweds taking on debt to finance their “big day,” couples should take every opportunity to make their wedding-related and everyday spending count toward their future.

In addition to helping couples save for their future, uTANGO.com offers free advice from wedding, financial and relationship experts. By taking a proactive approach, couples can leverage their wedding spending to ease financial worries and start building toward their future.

Destination USA: While destination weddings, especially to international locales, continue to be one of the hottest wedding trends in recent years, they can also present challenges such as increased costs, security concerns, language barriers and unreliable vendors.

A less expensive alternative is to pick a centrally located U.S. city like Chicago, known for fantastic wedding and party venues, choice accommodations and activities to suit any taste and budget. It may not be as exotic as Tahiti, but couples often find that more family and friends can attend and planning challenges are drastically reduced when the nuptials stay stateside.

Larry’s NOTE: Scottsdale, AZ is another incredible wedding destination. Lots of beautiful wedding venues, hotels, and loads of things to do for your guests. We have two wedding seasons in Scottsdale; March, April and May and October, November and December. The rest of the year, if you are coming our way, plan to have your wedding indoors to escape the desert heat.

Managing wedding expectations: For many brides, planning the perfect wedding is a major life event decades in the making. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how wedding expectations can get out of hand in a hurry.

With wedding euphoria taking over, busy brides and grooms can quickly lose sight of spending, causing the perfect wedding to turn into fights over money. By managing expectations of what a “dream” wedding should be, it is still possible to have a lovely and elegant wedding without breaking the bank.

Bridezilla-free zone: The term “Bridezilla” has been used to describe a difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist bride whose obsession with planning the perfect wedding day leaves frustrated family, friends, bridal vendors and even her groom distraught in her wake.

WEDenjoyITBelligerent Bridezillas beware: Horror stories of fist fights, hair pulling, kicking and screaming from out of control brides-to-be have put wedding planners, vendors and bridesmaids on the offensive. Some wedding vendors now go as far as to include language in their contracts reserving the right to cancel if the bride’s behavior is determined to be “out of control or abusive.” So, whether you hit the gym or hit the spa, have a plan in place to handle wedding-related stress and keep Bridezilla at bay.

Just say “no”: Brides place such demands on their bridesmaids these days that it is not uncommon for them to decline, even when it’s one of their best friends. Not only is the financial responsibility of being a bridesmaid staggering, but the time commitment demanded by some brides is also daunting.

The massive to-do lists handed out by brides, coupled with the obligatory appearances for shopping, parties and showers, can leave bridesmaids feeling under appreciated, overworked and broke after the wedding is over.

Brides should be upfront about both time and financial expectations with their friends when asking them to join their wedding party and understand if the answer is no.

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Copyright © 2015 – Martie Duncan. Martie Duncan is a nationally renowned wedding expert who has worked in the bridal industry for more than 20 years. Duncan has consulted on episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the film “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and is currently editor in chief of the uTANGO.com LifeMatters e-magazine (www.utango.com/LifeMatters).

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

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Honeymoon Q & A

Sam Becchetti, Guest Author

Your honeymoon is one of the most important aspects of the wedding planning process. Think of it as you reward for making it to the finish line of the marathon of planning your wedding. Let’s face it, it’s been your part-time job! This is the first chance for you and your groom to reconnect as a couple and recover in bliss. It’s also one of the most memorable aspects, so make sure to give it some thought.

Q ~ How do I get a passport?

HoneymoonQ&AA ~ First of all, be sure to start the process at least eight weeks before travel, or you may have to pay for expedited service. Step 1: Obtain your official birth certificate from your birth state by visiting www.cdc.gov/nchs/wes.htm. Step 2: Complete the application form. Step 3: Obtain a valid passport photo. Step 4: Make an appointment for an IN PERSON application – you cannot go for your intended spouse! For information on fees and other details, visit www.travel.state.gov/passport.

Q ~ Will I also need a Visa?

A ~ In most cases, no, but a few countries will require one even for a shorter term stay. Be sure to check with http://www.travel.state.gov/visa or your travel agent for requirements for the country(s) you plan to visit. If they do require one, and you do not have it upon arrival at the destination, they can refuse to allow you to exit the airport.

Q ~ Customs and Immigration – What’s the difference?

A ~ At the airport, you must pass through both. Immigration is the process of inspecting your documents to be sure you are who you say you are and have permission to enter the country. This is where they validate your passport (and possible visa). For most travelers, this takes just a few minutes with the officer. In some countries, they will also distribute a “tourist card” which you must present upon departure from that country.

Once you collect your luggage, you then go through Customs where they inspect your belongings and your declarations paperwork. Customs monitors the import/export of goods from other countries, so this will take place both at your foreign destination as well as when you return to the U.S. If you have goods that require duties to be paid they will be collected at this point. Customs also checks for items that are not allowed into the country for example, Cuban cigars bought in Mexico are not allowed to cross into the U.S. and would be confiscated. These rules very from country to country. It’s also important to note that just because you buy an item in a duty-free show does not necessarily mean you can bring it into the U.S.

Q ~ What does duty-free mean?

A ~ Duty-free shops, typically found at airports or in cruise ports, offer goods for sale at supposed discounted rates. Customs duties and local taxes are not charged on these items. It’s a good idea to know what the going prices are so you can decide if the duty-free prices represent any savings to you. Each country has different allowances for what you can bing back duty-free. The U.S. has a limit of up to $800. Anything over that is subject to taxing at customs. There are also limits on certain items like alcohol and cigarettes.

JustMarriedQ ~ What if I have an emergency?

A ~ There are two steps you should consider taking before departure to assist you in the event of an emergency. One is to purchase a comprehensive travel protection plan which provides coverage for various situations, as well as medical coverage, as most health insurance policies do not cover you when you travel out of the country. The second is to register with the STEP program at www.step.state.gov so the state department, consulate or embassy can assist you in event of an emergency.

Q ~ What if I still have questions?

A ~ Well in advance of your trip it’s a good idea to check out the www.travel.state.gov website. There you will find answers to questions you may have about the place(s) you are visiting. Do they have any required immunizations or breakout of illness? Political unrest? While this is good information, don’t panic. Remember that it is being provided by the government and they want to make sure they have covered any issues that my potentially be a problem at the time of your travels.

Larry’s NOTE: If you plan to travel out of the United States on your honeymoon or destination wedding, call my friend, Sam @ 480-838-9447. I consider her to be one of the best experts on honeymoon and destination wedding travel.

HoneymoonSAM&ljCopyright © 2014 – Sam Becchetti. Reprinted with permission. Sam Sam Becchetti has been a travel coordinator since 2007 specializing in honeymoons and destination weddings. She is graduate from ASU in Tourism and Special Events and has served the wedding community for 20+ years in Phoenix. Not surprising, her favorite hobby is to travel – whether on the road for work or play she is always scouting new resorts for her clientele. Visit “All About Honeymoons, Weddings & Travel Services” at: www.HoneymoonSam.com

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Romantic Arizona Sunsets

A romantic wedding as the Arizona sun sets is an inspiration for you and your guests. Here you will find approximate dates & times of Arizona sunsets, plus a link that will tell you accurate sunset times for any American city. Also, you will find average temperatures for different times of the month and links to get the latest weather forecast and estimated sunsets no matter where you live in the U.S. and the world. Includes weather data regarding rainfall, driest cities, sunniest cities, etc.

In the Greater Phoenix area I have listed 52 weeks of approximate sunset times for each week in the month. It is wise to plan for approximately 1 hour of sunlight after the actual sunset time. If you will be taking pictures “after” the wedding ceremony, you may want to begin the ceremony about an hour before sunset.AZSunsets

What Time Should Your Wedding Ceremony Begin?

Example: If the sunset is at 5:30 p.m. most photographers recommend that you begin the wedding ceremony (usually under 30 minutes) at 4 p.m., but no later than 4:30 p.m. Some couple are choosing to to what we call “First Look,” then taking more photos before the wedding. The bride and groom usually miss out on the cocktail hour because they are taking photos.

More and more are choosing to take more photos “before” the wedding so they won’t have to take so many “after” the wedding. This gives those who choose to take in the cocktail hour with their friends a chance to do so after the wedding. They can still get the official introduction of the bride and groom and the wedding party at the reception.

Remember, all dates and times above are approximate. For a more accurate sunset schedule for each day of each month for any year and any city in the USA, click here and complete the information in “Form A – Cities or Towns in the U.S.”

The Greater Phoenix area has more than 325 days of annual sunshine with an average high temperature of 86 degrees and an average low of 57 degrees. With only 7.66 to 8.32 inches of rain per year, our area offers an ideal setting for outdoor weddings. We basically have two wedding seasons: March, April and May and October, November and December. Wedding occur in other months to, however fewer weddings are scheduled during out hottest months; June, July & August. Most of those weddings are indoors. The greatest percentage of weddings are usually outdoors.

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Planning a “Destination Wedding” in the Phoenix area?

Here are some interesting United States weather facts and extremes that include the Greater Phoenix area! The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications.

10 Driest Cities – Average annual precipitation in inches
1. Yuma, Arizona 2.65
2. Las Vegas, Nevada 4.19
3. Bishop, California 5.61
4. Bakersfield, California 5.72
5. Phoenix, Arizona 7.11
6. Alamosa, Colorado 7.13
7. Reno, California 7.49
8. Winslow, Arizona 7.64
9. El Paso, Texas 7.82
10. Winnemucca, Nevada 7.82

10 Sunniest Cities – Annual percent of possible sunshine
1. Yuma, Arizona 90%
2. Las Vegas, Nevada 85%
3. Phoenix, Arizona 85%
4. Tucson, Arizona 85%
sunset5. El Paso, Texas 83%
6. Flagstaff, Arizona 79%
7. Fresno, California 79%
8. Reno, Nevada 79%
9. Sacramento, California 78%
10. Albuquerque, N.M. 76%

10 Least Humid Cities – Average relative humidity in %
1. Las Vegas, Nevada 30.5
2. Phoenix, Arizona 37.0
3. Yuma, Arizona 38.0
4. Tucson, Arizona 39.0
5. El Paso, Texas 42.5
6. Albuquerque, New Mexico 44.5
7. Winslow, Arizona 46.0
8. Grand Junction, Colorado 48.0
9. Winnemucca, Nevada 48.5
10. Reno, Nevada 50.5

10 Least Rainiest Cities – Number of days per year with rain
1. Yuma, Arizona 17
2. Las Vegas, Nevada 26
3. Bishop, California 29
4. Santa Barbara, California 30
5. Long Beach, California 32
6. Los Angeles, California 35
7. Great Falls, Montana 35
8. Phoenix, Arizona 36
9. Bakersfield, California 37
10. San Diego, California 42

BONUS Articles: Destination Wedding: Arizona…
Getting Married in Arizona? Here’s the Latest Scoop!

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

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Honeymoon Q & A ~ Everything You Need to Know About Passports, & More

Sam Becchetti, Guest Author

Larry’s NOTE: If you plan to travel out of the United States on your honeymoon or destination wedding, call my friend, Sam @ 480-838.9447. I consider her to be one of the best experts on honeymoon and destination wedding travel.

How do I get a passport?

passportsThere are a few easy steps. Be sure to start the process at least 8 weeks before travel, or you may have to pay for expedited service.

• Step 1: Obtain your official birth certificate from your birth state by visiting www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.
• Step 2: Complete the application form.
• Step 3: Obtain a valid passport photo (try Walgreens for example).
• Step 4: Make an appointment for an IN PERSON application; you cannot go for your intended spouse! More details on fees & details can be obtained at www.travel.state.gov/passport.

Will I also need a Visa?

This is a little tougher. Most times no, but a few countries will require one even for a shorter term stay. Be sure to check with www.travel.state.gov/visa or your travel agent for specifics for the country(s) you plan to visit. If they do require one, and you do not have one upon arrival at the destination, they can refuse to allow you to exit the airport.

Customs & Immigration – what’s the difference?

At the airport you must pass through both. Immigration is the process of inspecting you and your documents to be sure you are who you say you are and have permissions to be where you are going. This is where they validate your passport (and possible visa). For most this takes just a few minutes with the officer. In some countries they will also distribute a “tourist card” which you must then present upon departure from that country.

Once you collect your luggage, you then go through Customs where they inspect your belongings and your declarations paperwork. Customs monitors the import/export of goods from other countries into the one you have arrived at. So this takes place at your foreign destination as well as returning back to the US. If you have goods that require Duty collection, this is where that takes place. They also monitor for items that are not allowed to cross into the country; a good example is Cuban cigars bought in Mexico are still not allowed to cross into the US and would be confiscated. Since these rules vary from country to country, just because it is in a duty-free shop does not mean YOU can buy and return with them to the US.

What is Duty-Free?

Couple_on_beachYou may see Duty-Free shops at the airport or in cruise ports. Here you are able to buy goods at supposed discounted rates because the shops are not paying taxes (or Duty) on the goods as they have not been imported or exported at the time you purchase. It’s a good idea to know what going prices are to know if the duty-free is actually worth any savings to you. Each country has different allowances of how much “stuff” you can bring back into a country that is duty-free. The US has a limit of up to $800, so anything more that you purchase is still subject to taxing at customs. Know also that certain items have limits on the amounts you can return with – like alcohol and cigarettes.

What if I have an emergency?

There are two things you can do preventatively before departure to assist in the event of an emergency. One is purchase a comprehensive travel protection plan which provides coverages for various reasons (sometimes any reason too) as well as medical coverage as most insurances do not cover you out of state, let alone out of country. The second thing to do is register with the STEP program @ www.step.state.gov/step/ so the Dept. of State, consulate or embassy can help you better in the event you need it.

Will I get jet lag?

Possibly. If you are traveling across more than 3 times zone to/from east/west (not north/south) you may develop the syndrome known as jet lag. It means that your body has not adjusted to the new times for eat, sleep, and overall good function. You may have indigestion, lack of concentration and not sleep well. A good rule of thumb is it takes one day per time zone crossed; North/south does not cause jet lag as that does not result in crossing time zones. You may also just have travel fatigue which is effected by being in a cramped space, re-circulated air, and dehydration. This can happen with any longer flight in any direction resulting in headaches, fatigue and/or confusion. This usually takes a good night’s sleep to remedy.

What happens if we cross the international dateline?

The international dateline is an imaginary line designated to help those in travel. If you are traveling east when crossing the line, you “gain” a day, meaning you are repeating the same date again. The opposite occurs if you are headed west, you “lose” a day as the date moves ahead. The biggest thing to remember is that when you depart, your arrival date may not be the same as your departure because you have crossed the line.

What if I still have questions?

If you had not caught on throughout the various topics, one very good thing to do before departure (and not the day before!) is to check out the www.travel.state.gov website. There you will find answers to things on current issues on the place(s) you are visiting. Do they have any required immunizations or breakouts? Political unrest? While this is good information it should also not set you into paranoia, it is delivered by the government and they want to be sure they have covered any issues that may or may not be a true viable problem at the time of your travels. It might be humorous to read the information provided to foreigners coming to the US by their own countries.

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Larry’s NOTE: This article was originally published in Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites & Services magazine.

HoneymoonSAM&ljCopyright © 2013 – Sam Becchetti. Reprinted with permission. Sam Sam Becchetti has been a travel coordinator since 2007 specializing in honeymoons and destination weddings. She is graduate from ASU in Tourism and Special Events and has served the wedding community for 20+ years in Phoenix. Not surprising, her favorite hobby is to travel – whether on the road for work or play she is always scouting new resorts for her clientele. Visit “All About Honeymoons, Weddings & Travel Services” at: www.HoneymoonSam.com

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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 Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 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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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Destination Wedding: Arizona…

Unlike parts of the United States in the Midwest and the Eastern United States, Arizona has two wedding seasons. When everyone there is having June weddings, I usually take some time off in June or July because most of my weddings are outdoors and those months are when things begin to heat up in the Greater Phoenix area.

JerryFergusonPhotographyThe busiest months for weddings in Arizona are March, April and May and again in October, November and even December. If you will be planning a destination wedding in Arizona the best time for your wedding will be in one of these six months. They are the busiest months for weddings in Arizona because the weather is so accommodating.

Arizona’s low wedding season is June, July & August because of the heat. That’s when most wedding are indoors. Keep hydrated. Drink lots of water. Everyone knows water helps keep you cool. Give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated.

Probably the most confusing and often debated weather event in Arizona is our so called “monsoon”. During the wet monsoon (July, August and September) we get 32% of our normal yearly rainfall. Average monsoon rainfall (July, Aug. and Sept.) is 2.45 inches. The Greater Phoenix area has more than 325 days of annual sunshine with an average high temperature of 86 degrees and an average low of 57 degrees. With only 7.66 to 8.32 inches of rain per year, our area offers an ideal setting for romantic outdoor weddings.

Arizona winters (December & January) may require heating for an outdoor evening wedding and cooling is a must if your wedding day falls in the warmth of summer (June, July & August). Yes, those months are the hottest, but fortunately it really is also a dry heat. The humidity is usually very low.

A romantic wedding as the Arizona sun sets is an inspiration for you and your guests. On the link below you will find approximate dates & times of Arizona sunsets, plus a link that will tell you accurate sunset times for any American city. Also, you will find average temperatures for different times of the month and links to get the latest weather forecast and estimated sunsets no matter where you live in the U.S. and the world. Includes weather data regarding rainfall, driest cities, sunniest cities, etc. Click here!

CactusJackHere’s the breakdown. On Average:

• July is the warmest month.
• December is the coolest month.
• March is the wettest month.
• June is the driest month.
• June has the most clear days.
• December has the most cloudy days.

To help with your Arizona Destination Wedding, you may want to pick up a copy of Arizona Bridal Source Magazine. Need someone to help with the planning of your wedding in the Greater Phoenix area, call Kim Horn, MBC™ (Master Bridal Consultant – 1 of 59 in the world!). Kim get’s 5 stars from Larry James!

And… of course, if you are looking for an experienced full-time, professional Wedding Officiant to perform your wedding ceremony, call Larry James. 😉

BONUS Article: The Pros and Cons of Destination Weddings

Photo Credit: Top left, Jerry Ferguson Photography

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Pros and Cons of Destination Weddings

Sandra and Harry Choron, Guest Authors (From the book, “Planet Wedding: A Nuptialpedia)

planetweddingTo pull of a destination wedding, you need to keep everyone informed of your plans. In choosing a destination, check out the list that follows and surf the Internet for the zillions of other possibilities.

Do remember that low prices are best had during low season, and if it’s low season, there is a reason. Check out long-term weather patterns before you commit. Here are some reasons to do it and some reasons not to.

Pros and Cons:

You will save money. . . but you won’t get as many gifts.
You’ll have an instant honeymoon. . . without any privacy whatsoever.
Someone else will handle most of the details. . . and you will have to give up control.
You can still have a party later for friends who could not attend. . . chances are there will be hurt feeling somewhere.

Larry’s Notes about Arizona Weather: Unlike parts of the United States in the Midwest and East, Arizona has two wedding seasons. When everyone there is having June weddings, I usually take some time off in June or July because most of my weddings are outdoors and those months are when things begin to heat up here. The busiest months for weddings in Arizona are March, April and May and October, November and December.

Arizona’s low season is June, July & August because of the heat. That’s when most wedding are indoors. Keep hydrated. Drink lots of water. Everyone knows water helps keep you cool. Give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated.

Probably the most confusing and often debated weather event in Arizona is our so called “monsoon”. During the wet monsoon (July, August and September) we get 32% of our normal yearly rainfall. Average monsoon rainfall (July, Aug. and Sept.) is 2.45 inches.

Arizona winters (December & January) may require heating for an outdoor evening wedding and cooling is a must if your wedding day falls in the heat of summer (June, July & August). Yes, those months are the hottest, but fortunately it really is also a dry heat. The humidity is usually very low.

Here’s the breakdown. On Average:

• July is the warmest month.
• December is the coolest month.
• March is the wettest month.
• June is the driest month.
• June has the most clear days.
• December has the most cloudy days.

Copyright © 2010 – Sandra and Harry Choron & Larry James. This idea is adapted from the book, “Planet Wedding: A Nuptialpedia” & Larry’s Wedding BLOG.

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