Larry James' CelebrateIntimateWeddings BLOG

Monday, January 14, 2013

Is a Memorable Wedding Officiant Worth the Splurge?

Naturally… “I” would think so. I am an award winning Wedding Officiant.

HEARTthank-yous1Memorable? My former wedding clients think so. Rave reviews!

A special “Thank you” to them!

How do I know… they send me LoveNotes and write endorsements on WeddingWire.com, talk about me on The Knot and other social media sites.

Sad as it is to say, most of the wedding details that you work so hard on will be mere memories the next day. Some you won’t even remember. The food will be eaten, the dress put away, the monogrammed napkins crumpled, the flowers wilted and the party of the year – your reception (intended to celebrate the wedding ceremony) – will be a distance memory. Be smart. The reception is not the most memorable part of a wedding! Even the guests will tell you that. Sure, it’s great to have a terrific party but when you hire the right wedding officiant, the buzz at the reception should be about the wonderful wedding ceremony.

Don’t hire the first wedding officiant you find online. Take the time to find the right wedding officiant. I promise… it will be worth it.

When asked what most brides and grooms splurge on, seldom does “Wedding Officiant” even make the list. Trends come and go, but your wedding is all about the “wedding ceremony.” If hiring the best wedding officiant stretches your budget, make some cuts in other places. I wish could tell you how many of the brides and grooms that I have talked with that have either hired their “friend” – who backed out at the last minute or had never performed a wedding ceremony – or they hired the “cheapest” officiant they could find and lived to regret it.

mcneilI’ve seen couples splurge on over-the top cakes, a Hummer limousine, a killer honeymoon, or flowers galore. There is nothing wrong with that if you have bags of bucks. Don’t skimp on your wedding officiant. It never ceases to amaze me when someone calls and says, “So-and-so across town only charges $_____!” Comparing prices will seldom get you the right wedding officiant for your wedding. The price should not be the only determining factor. Comparing the words in their wedding ceremony, their willingness to change what you don’t like and their wedding experience will.

I’ve built my wedding career on integrity as a wedding officiant and by demonstrating the “Lagniappe Principle” to every client. Lagniappe has been defined as: an unexpected or indirect benefit or, giving what your clients pay for… and then some. Most are surprised at the level of knowledge and experience that I represent when we first meet. I can honestly say that I have never had a bride and groom who has complained that I didn’t give them much more than they expected. Many refer to the numerous awards I have won and this blog as a example, which – as of this writing – has more than 330 articles, tips, suggestions, add-on ceremonies, etc., about weddings.

weddingwire2013I know you are busy planning the party, but I ask you to remember the most important part of the day – the wedding ceremony. Remember this: “Your wedding ceremony IS your wedding!” If anything from your wedding day is going to be permanently etched on your brains, it’s got to be the moment you look into each other’s eyes and exchange your wedding vows. The ceremony is the reason you are planning this elaborate bash, right? Consider a wedding officiant who will promise to respect your specific wishes and beliefs; vows, readings and who can artfully guide your guests to a better understanding of you as a couple.

Don’t wait until the last minute to book your wedding officiant. The choice wedding dates for the really good ones go fast!

Being budget-conscious is a good thing and the truth is… sometimes the best wedding officiants costs more. Why? Because brides and grooms say they are worth it. I know I am not the most inexpensive wedding officiant, but my former brides and grooms say I am the best! I agree. 😉 You can always find someone cheaper… but better? Never!

Remember, your wedding ceremony is much more than just saying, “I do!”

So, what’s your wedding day splurge going to be?

Suggested reading: Larry’s “Romantic” Wedding Ceremony! ~ This ceremony has a touch of traditional with a few modern twists, a slight Spiritual tint (or not! – your choice) and an emphasis on lots of love and romance! In other words, anything goes – with your approval, of course!

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

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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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tempted to go to a Justice of the Peace? Think Again!

I wouldn’t recommend a JP if you want a memorable wedding ceremony. If you were going to call a Justice of the Peace, you get a cheap wedding, a civil ceremony that lasts a few minutes, an official pronouncement and that’s about it! Not very memorable for such an important day in your life.

KissnGoPROMOAs a full-time, professional Wedding Officiant, I often get phone calls asking if I am a Justice of the Peace. My truthful answer is always, “No.” However, here is your opportunity to get a very special, quick, intimate, affordable and legal “romantic” wedding ceremony that far exceeds the reach of an officer of the court. It’s also a terrific idea if you are thinking of eloping.

Large fancy weddings are very expensive… beautiful, memorable and more, but expensive. On average, couples who live in Maricopa County, AZ (the Greater Phoenix area) spend between $19,175 and $31,959 on their wedding. You should expect to pay, on average, 50% to 100%+ more when choosing well-experienced professionals, designer labels, popular event locations, unique or custom products and services. The amount you pay may also be affected by the number of guests you invite.

If you are looking for a quick way to save some $$$s, I have created a very special for those of you who just want to get married and would normally call a Justice of the Peace.

My “romantic” wedding ceremony is a great Justice of the Peace alternative. AND you don’t have to go through a metal detector and security screeners to get to the JP. It’s call a “Kiss ‘n Go” romantic wedding ceremony.

Here’s what you get with a Larry James “Kiss ‘n Go” Ceremony:

• A speedy 10 minute (or less – your choice) “romantic” wedding ceremony (no customization, no sand ceremony, extras, etc.)
• A copy of the ceremony on parchment paper as a keepsake
• A “
Relationship Coaching Certificate” (Value: $120.00)
• A Marriage Certificate from Larry James
• One digital photo taken after the wedding and sent by e-mail.
• Larry James will register your marriage license with the County Court Clerk the first business day after your ceremony
• And that’s it!

Here is what you need to do:

• Show up (on time)! I will tell you where we will meet.
• Provide the Marriage License
• Provide two witnesses (AZ law says: Must be 18 year of age or older)
• Limit your wedding party to no more than 4 people (plus the Bride and Groom)
• Bring the wedding rings (not required)
• Stand together for the ceremony – You may write some of your own vows
• Sign the marriage license with 2 witnesses
• Kiss ‘n Go!

My “Kiss ‘n Go” Ceremony is a limited offer and is subject to my availability. I am often available on short notice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and sometimes on Thursdays. Weddings on Friday, Saturday and Sundays are limited and reserved for large weddings at Hotels and Resorts.

This offer is not available at hotels, resorts or wedding venues, on holidays, on special days (e.g., 12/12/12, Valentine’s Day, etc.) or on weekends. Friday, Saturday and Sundays are reserved for weddings at Hotels and Resorts.

CoupleKissingNo rehearsal is necessary. You will set up your wedding by telephone (no meeting). Casual dress (your option). No Covenant Marriage Ceremonies with this offer. The wedding will be in Scottsdale, AZ only.

Larry’s NOTE: Most of my weddings are at Hotels and Resorts. If you will be having a wedding at a Hotel or Resort, give me a call. I can give you lots of great ideas to make your wedding and your wedding ceremony something that your guests will be talking about for years to come. Really! These ceremonies have a touch of traditional with a few modern twists, a slight Spiritual tint (or not!) and an emphasis on lots of love and romance! It is my most popular ceremony. It is always customized to fit your specific needs. Anything goes! It’s “your” day and you get to say what is in your ceremony! The “romance” is in the details!

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.

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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Saturday, June 16, 2012

There is Only One…

Filed under: Shameless Promotion!,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

One what… you may ask?

I’ll get to that.

#1Recently at the Greater Phoenix Bridal Fashion Debut – the largest Bridal Show in America – I had a bride and groom come by my booth. It was a couple that I had married previously about 4 years before. Here is what they said.

“Larry, you are on incredible human being [at which time I blushed!]. We met you at the Bridal Show about a year before we finally decided to hire you as our wedding officiant. We liked you, your personality and everything about you the moment we met you but we decided after out initial interview with you that we would look around at other officiants before we made up out mind. Boy, did we waste a lot of time. You kept in touch by giving us a list of tips about weddings, honeymoons, and a whole lot more rally great information. Your wedding blog was a godsend. You called from time to time and were never a pest because you always had something to share that was helpful to planning our wedding and in our search for the right officiant.”

As they were telling me this, several couples walked up to get my brochure and business card. Before I could say anything to them, the couple I referred to above turned to them and said:

“You really need to hire this guy! He married us about 4 years ago and our guests showered us with compliments about our wedding ceremony. We looked at other wedding officiants but we never found anyone who was more helpful to us than Larry James even after 5 months of not knowing whether we were going to hire him. He told us of new ideas that would make our wedding better. It was incredible the great ideas he passed along to us. All that made planning so much easier – not just about the ceremony but he delivered the total package telling us that by doing some non-traditional things it would keep our guests interested and make out wedding more memorable. He was right! As a result, planning our wedding was so much easier than we expected. There is only one Larry James! Hire him. He’s the best!”

I looked at the two couples who had just walked up and said, “I could not have said it better myself!” 😉

einsteinNow you know. There is only one Larry James.

One bride I spoke with recently admitted, “I’m such a novice at weddings I don’t even know what questions to ask.” If you have questions about weddings… call me. I will do my best to answer your questions or lead you to someone who can. No obligation. I promise.

My philosophy is always about service – giving more than what is expected – whether you hire me or not.

Larry’s Note: My “romantic” wedding ceremony is no secret. It’s on my Website. Anything – I really mean ANYTHING that you don’t like, I will help you change the words or you can take it out. You always have the last word about what is said in your wedding ceremony. No exceptions! Click here for my ceremony!

BONUS Article: Interviewing a Wedding Officiant? – Bring Lots of Questions!

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.

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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Add Larry James as a “friend” to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
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