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Saturday, December 27, 2014

10 Tips to a Successful Back Yard Wedding

OneWed.com, Guest Author

If you’re choosing a non-traditional private residence for your reception venue or planning a low-key backyard wedding, there’s a lot to consider and lots to plan for. Read on to learn the top 10 tips to ensure your outdoor wedding is out-of-this-world.

1. Specify the dress code: It’s a backyard… But it’s a wedding… So you can’t blame wedding guests for being confused about what to wear. Let your loved ones know if you’re planning a formal, semi-formal, or informal affair.

WEDOutdoorWedding2. Have a parking plan: Once you pick the venue for your outdoor wedding, think about how many cars the street can handle. Will your guests need temporary neighborhood parking passes? If there’s a church or school nearby, ask if your guests can park there for the day.

3. Don’t surprise the neighbors: Because your guests will be arriving in droves, a quick heads-up before the wedding will ensure your neighbors don’t mind the parking crunch and the extra noise of a wedding. The last thing you want to deal with on your special day is angry neighbors!

4. Rent a tent: Even if you’re betting on perfect weather, make sure you have a tent, canopy or some sort of backup. It’s better to have one and not need it than the other way around.

5. Think about seating: Ample seating for elderly friends and relatives to take a load off is essential. Consider renting chairs for the ceremony and reception and create a comfortable lounge area if it fits with the overall feel of your wedding. Find decoration and rental companies on OneWed.com and read ratings and reviews from real brides and grooms!

6. Avoid messy reception food: Regardless of the formality of your nuptials, guests will probably be dressed to impress. If you’re not planning a sit-down dinner, take a moment to think about how easy it will be to handle the food you’re serving. Burgers, yes. Ribs, with caution; Remember to think outside the box and consider serving bite-sized versions of your favorite dishes.

7. Let there be light: So that you, your groom and your wedding guests can dance the night away, consider hanging strands of lights or lanterns above the reception tables. If you’re going for a beach-themed affair, place tiki torches around the reception area or sprinkle loads of beach candles on the tables. The effect will be beautiful, romantic and totally memorable.

8. Don’t run out of power: You may need power for lights, DJ equipment, or to keep chafing dishes warm if you’re planning an elaborate outdoor wedding. Make sure you have enough outlets or power strips and rent a generator if necessary.

9. No bugging out: Citronella candles or bug-repellent torches will keep uninvited guests (aka pesky bugs) away from the party and invited guests bite-free. What you don’t want is a bug zapper – they actually draw more insects to the area.

10. Dance barefoot: Or kick off your heels and throw on a pair of flip flops. To encourage guests to get comfortable too, place a basket of inexpensive flip flops near the dance floor. This personalized touch will make quite an impression on your friends and family.

Copyright © 2014 – OneWed.com. Reprinted with permission. Visit OneWed.com’s Website and Wedding BLOG.

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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

Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. 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

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