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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Creative Guest Book Idea!

Filed under: Guest Books — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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weddingcaricatureHaving your guests sign your wedding guest book is a great way to remember those who were present for the biggest day of your life. Bored with the typical sign-in albums with listing of names where wedding guests basically sign and pass it around?

Here is another HOT idea to make your guest wedding book a hip modern thing of beauty that you’ll love to enjoy in the years to come and add a unique touch to your wedding reception.

Bring life to your Wedding celebration. You may want to hire a caricature artist (also known as a cartoon artist or cartoonist) to draw the portrait of the bride and groom and let the wedding guests sign on it as they arrive.

Caricaturists are very popular at wedding receptions. Guests can be drawn in literally under 5 minutes while they sit comfortably with a drink in their hand. Wedding caricatures can be drawn up in full color or black line style. Some artists can draw the caricature from a photo.

BONUS Tip: While your guests are sipping their favorite beverage and the bride and groom are getting your photos taken after the ceremony, why not hire a caricature artist to entertain them with hilarious look-alike caricatures? A typical artist can draw about 15 to 18 people per hour in black and white. Color takes a little longer.

A live caricaturist at your wedding reception provides not only great entertainment, but it also gives the guests a personalized memento of the event.

Brides and grooms will often have a caricature of them on their “Save-the-Date” cards.

BONUS Article: Wedding Guest Books: The Basics

Larry’s Note: A special “Thank you!” to Aurora Gatbonton for calling this idea to my attention.

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 Cell: 480-205-3694. 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.

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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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Guestbooks Go Green!

Filed under: Green Weddings,Guest Books — Larry James @ 9:00 am

GreenGuestBookIf you’re searching for a great modern alternative to a wedding guestbook, how about an eco-friendly option that uses less paper. It helps in reducing your carbon footprint.

How about a fingerprint guest tree? It allows guests to leave a “personal touch” by leaving a finger print that simulates a leaf on the branches of their wedding tree. They then can sign their name under their fingerprint. This lasting memory can hang as a piece of original artwork in your home with a simple frame. More and more brides and grooms are searching for earth-friendly inspiration for their weddings.

Another idea I saw recently was where the bride and groom had a customized, large wine bottle that the guests signed with a gold felt pen. The bride and groom told everyone that they intended to open it on their 5th anniversary.

winebottleConsider enlarging an engagement photo and setting it in a wide matte with a frame. The photo should already be in the frame as some guests may write close to the edge and when framed you won’t be able to see all of what they wrote. There should be pens close by, so your guests can sign around the picture on the matte. This makes a very nice photo for the entry way of the new couple’s home.

For those wanting something different – how about a guest book platter or plate. It’s pure, simple, and personal. These are the traits that define the guest book platter – a creative new approach to the traditional wedding guest book. An ordinary platter becomes extra special when the thoughts and signatures of your loved ones are added. See link below. Guests can sign their names to create a one of a kind gift.

Have guests express their wishes live to your videographer and forgo the whole book concept. Pros: tear-filled eyes, cute kid stuff, knee-slapping sentiments. Cons: slurred words and shy relatives.

BONUS Article: To Have a Guest Book. . . or Not!
The Wish Tree – A Guest Book Alternative
Signature Plates! Another Guest Book Alternative

Copyright © 2011 – 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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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Signature Plates! Another Guest Book Alternative

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

sigplateLooking for a unique wedding guest book? Having a way to record signatures and well wishes is a must for a wedding. You may want to reinvent what the guestbook is at your wedding.

For those wanting something different – how about a guest book platter or plate. It’s pure, simple, and personal. These are the traits that define the guest book platter – a creative new approach to the traditional wedding guest book. An ordinary platter becomes extra special when the thoughts and signatures of your loved ones are added.

Several plates were available for guests to sign with a special pen at Raquel & Jim Johngrass’ wedding at Villa Siena, Gilbert, AZ, Friday, September 10, 2010.

They asked every guest to write their name and message on their guest book platters with the pen they provided.

It’s a good idea to keep in mind that not every guest will sign your plate and many guests will sign as a couple. Have your disc jockey make a special announcement at the reception.

Your signature plate will be the hit at the reception, and will make the perfect keepsake, ensuring that your memories of the past are not forgotten. Truly a one-of-a-kind item. They are available in a variety of styles and shapes, making it easy to find the right wedding guest book platter for your special day.

Your guest book platter certainly won’t be gathering dust somewhere or stuffed in an old shoe box like the traditional guest book.

The guest book platter welcomes your guest’s signatures and well wishes that can be instantly written at the reception. Forever a part of their hearts, the couple can easily reflect on their wedding day with this elegantly engraved platter as it is proudly displayed in their home.

sigplate2Guest book platters are fun, easy and a unique way to preserve your event! They are especially great for small, intimate weddings. Signature plates will last for many years to come to display wonderful keepsake mementos! They are also great for anniversaries and other special events.

BONUS Article: Tired of Boring Wedding Guestbooks?

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Wish Tree – A Guest Book Alternative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Typewriter Guest Book!

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

Part of creating your own wedding day masterpiece is finding what makes your work of art stand out above the rest. Every couple wants unique ways to remember their big day, without having to wonder if all their friends are just going to do the same thing later at their wedding.

typewriterThe “Typewriter Guest Book” is a Martha Stewart idea for a guest book alternative with a quirky twist. Typewriters are so photogenic – plus it’s a walk down memory lane for some of your older guests. For authenticity’s sake no typewriter font on your computer can imitate a typewriter like, well, a typewriter.

Look for an old-fashioned, inexpensive, vintage typewriter (or two) either online, from a flea market or thrift shop – but make SURE it works – and set it out on a table inside the entry area of the wedding reception.

Load the typewriter with long sheets of paper for guests to type in good wishes to the Bride and Groom along with their name and any sentiment that comes to mind.

wishbasketOr. . . provide a stack of “Wish Paper” sheets. You may want to consider hole-punching them (for your loose-leaf book later) while they are still flat and stackable. Use a good, thick, high quality paper in a color that accents your wedding theme or good ol’ classic white.

Pre-print a heading on each page that defines what you want the guest to write. Provide some goofy examples at the top and instructions at the bottom to explain what you would like guests to do (Write a wish, crumple it up, and toss it in the “wish basket” on the table).

Put a few crumpled up sheets in the “wish basket’ to show guests that we really do want them to crumple their pages up. Make sure your “wish basket” doesn’t get “emptied” by the cleaning staff. 😉 Put someone in charge of making sure the wastebasket is collected before the end of the night.

pinktypewriterHave your disc jockey make a special announcement several times during the evening so that all the guests know what they are suppose to do. Also spread the word with about 10 key people (from different groups or tables) ahead of time with a full explanation of what you’ll want the guests to do. Its not a terribly complicated set-up, so with a few key people with full explanation and a DJ or MC reminder, you should end up with a book-full of crumpled wishes.

After the wedding – if you use long paper – it can be tied into a scroll with ribbon or framed along with pictures taken at the wedding.

Caveat: You may want to assign a “kid guard” to keep the children away from the typewriters unless the parents are with them. Just a thought.

This is a creative way to capture your wedding moments will help you and your loved ones relive your wedding memories over and over again.

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

To Have a Guest Book. . . or Not!

Filed under: Guest Books,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 8:00 am
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Instead, of a traditional guest book at your wedding, consider enlarging an engagement photo and setting it in a wide matte with a frame. The photo should already be in the frame as some guests may write close to the edge and when framed you won’t be able to see all of what they wrote. There should be pens close by, so your guests can sign around the picture on the matte. This makes a very nice photo for the entry way of the new couple’s home.

favre5More recently some couples are opting for a metal-type photo matte that comes with a special pen that actually engraves when the guests write on it.

It is also smart to assign someone to stand near the photo or guest book to remind guest to sign.

Another idea would be to have someone designated to take a Polaroid® picture of each guest as they enter. Have them sign the back of the picture with their name and address, then place them in a photo album. However, this idea can slow down the entry of the guests and can delay the start of the ceremony.

Also read: “Lights! Camera! Click, Click, Click, Click!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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