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Monday, April 12, 2010

Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony (Revisited)

Here’s an idea that will certainly grab the attention of the guests, add some pizzazz to your ceremony and incorporate a new twist into your celebration.

Here is what you will need:

  • A wooden wine box or a custom-made Wine Box
  • A bottle of your favorite wine
  • Two love letters sealed in separate envelopes
  • A small hammer and several nails, or a custom-made Wine Box with two keys. (Pictured)

winebox2A few weeks before the wedding, take some time to each write a letter to one another, expressing your thoughts about the good qualities that you found in your future partner, the reasons for falling in love with them and your hopes and dreams for the future. In other words, you write a “love letter” to each other and place it in a sealed envelope, with the name of your partner on the outside. Do not read what the other has written. Both love letters are placed in the Wine Box.

You can also include CDs of your favorite music, favorite pictures of you together, and other mementos making it your own romantic time capsule. Keep the box in a place of honor as a constant visual reminder of your love and commitment to each other. The box can be a life preserver in years to come.

The Wine Box should be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.

winebox4There is only one other reason the box should be opened before your anniversary. If there should come a time when you hit a bumpy road in your relationship, before you give up or make any irrational decisions, open the Wine Box. The hope is that there will never be a reason to have to open the box except on your anniversary!

Hit a rough spot in your relationship? Sit down together, open the box, uncork the wine and unseal the envelopes that you wrote for one another before your wedding, go to separate rooms and quietly read the love letter.

Even if you are not seeing eye-to-eye at that very moment, it will remind you of all the reasons you choose this person as your partner and all the things that helped shape the life they’ve created together. Never take your blessings of being together for granted.

winebox5The romantic sentiments you wrote, the declaration of love, the clear thoughts about why you chose this person as your life partner will help put you back on even ground. This is the perfect ritual to remind you of your wedding day and your intention to love and cherish each other in good times and bad for as long as you both shall live.

Toward the end of your ceremony the Officiant will state the purpose of the “Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony.”

The Officiant will elaborate on the reasons for the sealed love letters, place the sealed envelopes in with the wine bottle and will speak about the exercise that you went through. It should be emphasized that the letters have not been read by the Officiant or by anyone else.

The box will then be nailed shut. The Officiant begins with the first nail, followed by the Bride and Groom sealing the box shut. You can have each member of your wedding party step up and nail the box shut. If you use a custom-made Wine Box with two keys, the bride and groom each use a key and lock the box.

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Lizzette & John Pruskowski about to lock the “Love Letter & Wine Box” to be opened on their 5th anniversary! This wine box was made by John Pruskowski.

Your guests will be pleased to have been a witness to something so unique and different at your wedding ceremony.

The walnut Wine Box featured on this page was created by wood artist, Tim Nederhoed, Lowell, Michigan and is available for purchase. For more information or to order a Wine Box for your wedding, call Tim Nederhoed. 616-897-7474.

A Special Word from the Artist: “A friend from work was part of a Love Letter and Wine Box Wedding Ceremony. His gift to the couple was the wine box. He wanted an heirloom quality box that was like none other, also he needed it to be locked with two locks keyed different. One for the bride and one for the groom to lock the box. On this box I carved in the lid the initials of the bride and groom the same design they used on their wedding invitation.

Each Love Box has a small glass window to catch a glimpse of the contents. This will also invite people to ask questions. They are lined with the finest velvet and I use solid brass hardware and locks. I only use certified or sustainable yield Mahogany hardwood. Also available in Black Walnut. Each piece is hand stained, hand wiped and polished to a fine finish. Two wine glasses are included.” – Tim Nederhoed

For more about the Love Letter and Wine Box ceremony, click here!

BONUS Article: Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony
Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony (Script)

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. John Pruskowski. Lizzette Eurique-Gonzalez & John Pruskowski were married at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club, Gold Canyon, AZ.

Your comments are always welcome!

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 (95 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Get Married in a Tropical Paradise!

Who said your wedding couldn’t be a day at the beach?

If the lure of a tropical paradise with an exotic “resort” feeling sounds good to you; if you desire a romantic, intimate ceremony on the beach with the sounds of the ocean, consider having your wedding ceremony in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). Rocky Point is located on the Sea of Cortez in the State of Sonora, Mexico.

beachscene1A wedding ceremony on the beach especially at sunset can be extremely romantic. The blue sky and the sea is the backdrop of your wedding and the sounds of the waves becomes the song to celebrate your special day.

Rocky Point is famous for its clean beaches. Playa Bonita sweeps in a great golden arc from downtown to Oholla Bay and is the main beachfront for the town’s resorts and condos. Its far end, Sandy Beach, has the best stretch of sand and sea.

Los Conchas has many beachfront condos that can be rented (with all the comforts of home) for your wedding and reception. This gated beach community of beautiful, pristine beaches is a peaceful and relaxing seaside destination. Away from the downtown noise and traffic, but a short 5 minute drive to fine restaurants and shopping.

Arizona’s beachfront is just a 4 1/2 to 5 hour drive (about 260 miles) from Phoenix. Beginning January 1, 2008, a valid passport will be required to cross the border into and to return from Mexico by land. Puerto Penasco Airport, about 3 miles from town, is a small local airport catering to light aircraft. A new commercial airport will be opening the first trimester of 2008.

steinmann101Rocky Point experiences only 2 inches of rain a year so a dry wedding ceremony with plenty of sunshine is pretty much guaranteed. During the winter months the days are warm although the nights can get a bit chilly. The sun shines almost year round. For most of the year the days are warm and sunny. The water temperature is often above 80 degrees and there is almost always an ocean breeze to produce pleasant romantic evenings.

It is strongly recommended that you obtain temporary Mexico auto insurance. It is not a requirement, however normal U.S. auto insurance is not valid in Mexico.

There is no need for honeymooners to worry about exchanging their money into pesos; American money is widely accepted throughout Rocky Point. Some businesses accept credit cards and checks, be sure to ask first!

There are many legalities, such as paperwork, blood tests no more than 14 days before wedding date, etc., plus birth certificates apostilized by the Mexican consulate in your home country must be sent preferably 3 months before the wedding. In Mexico, church weddings do not change your marital status. You will need to get married by a Justice of the Peace before your church wedding.y

That all seems so complex – and it is . . . and expensive. So, I will let you in on the secret to my success in performing Rocky Point beach weddings.

A wedding ceremony performed by a United States Minister/Officiant in Mexico is not a legal ceremony. Because of the legalities of Mexico law, to simplify the process of getting married there, a brief legal ceremony with witnesses can be arranged anywhere in the Greater Phoenix area (or Arizona) prior to a ceremony in Mexico. That way your wedding will cost you less, be legal in the U.S., less time consuming and stress-free!

LoveNote. . . “We’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding (in Rocky Point) and, because of you, the day couldn’t have been more perfect. You are a wonderful combination of professionalism mixed with warmth and familiarity. Once we met with you, we had no doubt that you were the person we wanted to marry us. Thank you for being a special part of the beginning of our lifetime together.” – Suzy & Scott Steinmann (pictured above right – photo by Larry James)

More details about Rocky Point. Rocky Point beach weddings need to be books 6 to 8 months in advance. Call Larry James for fees.

Make your beach wedding as formal or as casual as you wish. Shorts and sandals anyone?

Larry James Recommends: The Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort on the Sea of Cortez is a wonderful seaside paradise perfect for world-class beach weddings and is my very favorite Rocky Point resort where I perform my popular “romantic” beach wedding ceremony.

Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort is the only resort in Puerto Peasco with a full gamut of luxury resort services and incredible facilities. You will walk down the aisle (on the pristine beach) and say “I do” as the gorgeous golden sunset and gentle ocean breezes fill your soul with romance and passion. Check out the Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort Website!

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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. Check Larry’s availability.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

For as Long as You Both Shall “Love”. . .

Many couples get together, get married, and hope things work out and if they don’t, they move on. A relationship with that kind of false hope is most likely doomed from the beginning.

Marriage is supposed to be a sacred contract for a lifetime commitment. It is not some kind of social contract or something you just “do” for as long as you both shall “love.” To me, that statement reeks of no commitment. However for many couples that seems to be the expectation.

Marriage is not an experiment, littered with prenuptial agreements; gushy platitudes and an attitude of “Try me! If it doesn’t work, you can always bail out!” Your vows must mean something for your relationship to prosper. This kind of commitment demands discipline and perseverance. Marriage is tough work – it does not “just happen.”

So. . . is it “for as long as you both shall love” or “for as long as you both shall live?”

Think about this: If we truly believe it is “for as long as you both shall live,” then perhaps we might choose our love partners differently!

We must live our lives with our love partners as if we are inventing a great love story.

Your comments are always welcome!

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.

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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I’m Excited!

I’ve been BLOGGING @ http://www.CelebrateLove.wordpress.com since December, 2004.

Lately I’ve felt the need to pass along some of the incredible wedding tips, ideas, observations, insights, articles, rants, commentary, suggestions, random relationship thoughts, and solutions for better relationships that I have learned from Brides and Grooms, Wedding Consultants and Planners that I have worked with through the years. Hopefully they will assist you in being more stress-free as you plan for your wedding.

I invite all Wedding Consultants and Vendors who are members of ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) to be guest authors. Send me an e-mail with a topic, your contact info and we’ll talk.

I hope you will participate. My intention is to help everyone to connect with Brides and Grooms and other wedding professionals and that you will consider this BLOG your wedding resource. Remember to tell your friends.

You are always welcome and encouraged to post your tips, & comments on this BLOG.

. . . And away we go!

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 455 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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