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Friday, August 28, 2015

Celebrate the Spirit of Aloha at Your Wedding!

Have a Hawaiian themed wedding! It’s the next thing to being in paradise! There are lots of ways to thrill and excite your guests at the wedding and the reception. If you aren’t able to have your wedding in Hawaii you can still make your dream Hawaiian wedding come true!

WED-HawaiianThemeEncourage your guests to wear aloha attire; Hawaiian shirts & skirts. This lets them know they can show up in the aloha spirit instead of the usual formal wedding attire, plus it adds a ton to your reception’s island atmosphere and the photos of your wedding.

Begin by sending Hawaii theme invitations to your guests. You can make them yourself or buy some really fancy invitations with a Hawaiian theme. Dress up Hawaiian, take a photo and order PhotoStamps for your invitations. Have the invitations sent from the city of Bridal Veil, Oregon (See link below in BONUS Articles) to your guests in the Greater Phoenix area or anywhere in the US.

In the Hawaiian Islands leis are given as a symbol of love, respect and appreciation. There is no wrong way to incorporate leis in a wedding. Have your wedding party wear Leis. The Wedding Officiant too. For a Hawaii theme wedding a bride can wear a lei on her head rather than a traditional veil. The head lei is know as a haku and sits like a crown of flowers on the brides head. Have a hula girl greet your guests with leis.

A tropical alternative to the flower girl dropping rose petals is to have her drop lifelike silk plumeria blooms. The flower girl can carry the orchids in a traditional basket or for more of a beach theme in a beach pail. Be sure to bring in plenty of beautiful flowers as they will help to capture what this wedding theme is all about. Exotic, tropical flowers and plants help to make a beautiful backdrop and so do some gorgeous eye popping colors.

I did a Hawaiian themed wedding recently at the bride and groom’s home. They had a truck deliver a load of sand in their back yard and invited the guests to feel the sand between their toes by going barefoot during the ceremony and reception. It made it feel like a wedding on a Hawaiian beach. They added tiki lamps, had chocolate covered macadamia nuts as favors, and a signature drink like a pineapple martini. They hired several Hawaiian belly dancers and Fire dancers to put on a 30-minute eye-popping show for their guests.

Rather than the ring bearer using a pillow for a more tropical twist have him carry the rings in a real sea shell, coconut shell or tropical wooden bowl. An abalone shell or a oyster shell work great.

With a little imagination, a Hawaiian themed ceremony can be as distinctive as the couple getting married. There are all sorts of creative ways to personalize your wedding ceremony. Learn to say, “I love you” in Hawaiian and say it to each other during your ceremony. Click here to listen to how to say it. In Hawaii it is common for the wedding couple to have a circle of blooms mark the spot where they will exchange vows. I suggest a heart-shaped circle of flowers. The circle of flowers is symbolic of their never ending love for one another and their eternal pledge they commit to one another in the circle. The wedding couple stands in the circle and the wedding officiant stands outside the circle.

The bride and groom can have the Wedding Officiant ( The big Kahuna 😉 ) perform a simple binding of hands during the ceremony using a maile lei (a flowering Hawaiian vine, of the genus Alyxia, used to make lei), symbolizing their sacred union. (Similar to the Handfasting Ceremony).

HawaiianCakeHave a hula girl greet your guests with leis and invite them to sign the guest register. Rather than wearing leis from the start of the wedding some wedding couples incorporate a lei exchange as part of the wedding ceremony. Like the exchange of rings the exchange of leis symbolizes love, respect, appreciation.

It is easy to turn a simple cake or a formal wedding cake into a Hawaii theme cake by adding an adorable Hawaiian kissing couple cake topper, lifelike silk plumeria blooms, lifelike silk leis, or fresh tropical flowers to the cake. The top of the cake can be decorated in plumeria and hibiscus sugar flowers. While the other tiers include various Hawaiian themed items like flip flops, the Hawaiian islands, a ukulele, turtles and of course the traditional Hawaiian Lei. My friend, Sue Jacobs, Master Wedding Cake Designer @ Sue Jacobs Cakes can fix you up!

Acknowledge special people at the wedding with Leis. For significant people who will be attending the wedding but who are not in the wedding party like the parents and/or grandparents of the wedding couple, children of the wedding couple, god parents of the wedding couple and have the wedding officiant offer a special way to acknowledge them and have them stand out as special people at the wedding.

Incorporate the Blending of the Sands ceremony as part of your Hawaiian themed wedding. Go overboard. Contact someone who lives in Hawaii and have them send you several ounces of sand from a Hawaiian beach to be used in the sand ceremony. The Wedding Officiant can start this part of the ceremony by pouring the “Hawaiian sand” and tell your guests where the sand came from.

Have your DJ play romantic Hawaiian music before, during, and after the ceremony. Here is a list of Hawaiian songs compliments of www.AlohaFriends.com.

AlohaHawaiian Wedding Song performed by Elvis Presley
Ke Kali Nei Au – The Hawaiian Wedding Song performed by Makaha Sons
Love and Honesty by The Hawaiian Style Band
I’ll Weave A Lei Of Stars For You by the Royal Hawaiian Serenaders
Kiss You In The Morning by Kalaeloa
Stuck On You by Ekolu
Honestly by Ekolu
Better Together by Jack Johnson
My Best Friend – Keahiwai
• For the First Time – Keali’i Reichel
In My Life – by The Beatles; performed & interpreted by Keali’i Reichel
Mele ‘Ohana – by Keali’i Reichel
Somewhere Over the Rainbow & What A Wonderful World – performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Larry’s favorite!)

The true Hawaiian theme is about a beach, beautiful colors, a few exotic twists, and making this a gorgeous backdrop for your special day. You will never forget it and your guests won’t either!

Why go to Hawaii when you can experience the islands right here in Arizona? The Hukilau Hawaiian Village features cascading waterfalls, koi fish ponds, authentic tikis, and live entertainment. You’re sure to feel the spirit of Aloha as if you were in Hawaii.

So… where do you go for your honeymoon? I recommend Hawaii – the Big Island of Hawaii. I love Kona, Hawaii.

OR… plan a destination wedding “in” Hawaii and invite me to perform my romantic wedding ceremony on the beach! I will go anywhere your budget allows. 😉

Larry’s NOTE: A very special “thank you” to Mike & Kim Crinella of http://www.AlohaFriends.com for allowing me to borrow some of their ideas from their Hawaiian website. Visit their shop for items that are appropriate for Hawaiian weddings below.

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BONUS Article: Pull Off a Hawaiian Luau Wedding Reception Anywhere – With Ease
How to Throw a Hawaiian Wedding Reception
How to Send Your Wedding Invitations from Bridal Veil, Oregon
Hawaiian Words and Phrases to Add to Your Ceremony ~ (Listen to how they are pronounced)

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Have a Hauntingly Beautiful Hallowedding!

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Finding the right theme for your wedding can be as difficult as selecting the perfect dress, but we’re going to help you have a little fun along the way. Sure, some might find it kind of creepy to exchange vows surrounded by carved pumpkins or stylized skulls, but for a creative couple with a wicked sense of humor, a macabre wedding theme can be light, festive and — believe it or not — fun. Theme weddings are a fun way to let your hair down and do it the way you want to do it. Since it’s almost Halloween… I thought I might just focus on a few ideas that throws tradition out the window and allows you to be a little daffy!

HalloweenWEDIt’s getting to be that time of October. The time where caramel apples and pumpkin lattes and spiderweb decor are abundant. It also means it’s the perfect time to have a hauntingly beautiful halloween wedding. But instead of going the traditional black and orange route for inspiration, I decided to create what I think would be beautiful and unique halloween wedding inspiration. Read more

If you had a halloween theme wedding, this dark bouquet (courtesy of the knot) would be the one might want to carry. You could wrap up the bouquet with black velvet ribbon or black lace and instead of using all flowers, add some black feathers into the mix for a fun, luxurious look. It’s spooky how pretty this is! (Photo Credit: Glen Abog Photography)

If scary pumpkins and leering skulls don’t make you think of your sweetheart there are other themed weddings that you might find interesting. How about a pirate themed wedding? There are lots of ideas that can make it fun too. Click here for a few photos of a pirate themed wedding performed at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, AZ.

A Valentine’s Day wedding can really get your imagination going. Hearts, hearts and more hearts. There are lots of beautiful love songs that go along with this kind of wedding. TIP: Book a Valentine’s Day wedding far in advance.

Getting married around the Christmas holidays? Add some fun Grinch touches for the kids to enjoy.

A Celtic themed wedding can feature many add-on traditional ceremonies like the Loving Cup Ceremony, the Handfasting Ceremony, and more. Special blessing readings can be added. Dress up or not.

How about a “Circus” themed wedding? Clowns, jugglers and lots of fun for everyone.

Baseball fans? Have a Baseball themed wedding at your favorite ball park. I can think of all kinds of ideas for this kind of wedding. Did you know that you can have your wedding where the Arizona Diamondback play in downtown Phoenix?

A Breakfast Wedding… Just to Be Different! ~ Weddings in the late morning can save you some bucks. You may be able to negotiate a better rate from the venue, and have a breakfast menu or brunch.

A “Rainbow” themes wedding with different colored dresses and hose for the bridesmaids, the groomsmen could wear rainbow colored ties and socks. Multi-colored chair and flower decorations.

An author friend of mine did a Literary themed weddings. The guest tables were named after famous authors. Signed copies of his books were the favors. There was a book archway.

One wedding used the bride’s favorite color (purple) as the theme. Another wedding was a Chocolate Lover’s wedding.

Theme weddings are memorable. I did a Google search and was surprised at the many different themed weddings.

I have performed about a dozen weddings with a bride, groom, two witnesses and a few close family members in a Hot Air Balloon. Oh, what fun! The guests gathered around as the ballon was being prepared for flight, watched as the wedding party lifted off and then went to a reception venue to await the arrival of the bride and groom. Click here for photos and 2 examples.

There’s nothing wrong with traditional weddings. The fact is, they’re as much a theme as anything else we’ve discribed. Be sure to read about the different wedding ceremonies you can choose from at: What Kind of Wedding Ceremony Will You Choose?

BONUS Articles: 29 Reasons You Should Absolutely Have A Halloween Wedding
Halloween Weddings: 13 Stylish Halloween Wedding Ideas
More Halloween Wedding Ideas
A Chocolate Lover’s Wedding

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate Your Love With a BANG!

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There may be no better way to celebrate Love at the end of your wedding day than to light up the sky with an elegant musical fireworks display. Add sparkle to your wedding. One of the most important aspects of any wedding is the entertainment that follows the ceremony itself. Representing the passion, excitement and general emotion of the day, fireworks light up the sky for all to see and act as an excellent form of reception entertainment as well as a special moment for the bride and groom to enjoy.

Consider booking a small fireworks display for your reception. It creates a special touch of drama and sizzle. Imagine the exhilaration of having your own personal fireworks display or having a guest provide one as a gift to make the event even more spectacular. A private fireworks display is one of the most unique touches that a bride and groom can add to their wedding that is sure to amaze guests and create a memory to last a lifetime.

WeddingFireworksRemember to budget in the cost. Hiring a professional fireworks display company, sounds as if it would be awfully expensive. However, you can get a spectacular 10-15 minute display without having to spend a fortune. Expect to spend at least $1,500 and up for typical outdoor wedding fireworks displays. Prices vary according to length of the display and kinds of pyrotechnics.

I performed a wedding ceremony at Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, several years ago where the bride surprised the groom with a special fireworks display. The fireworks were launched at a crucial moment; as they were being pronounced wife and husband. The timing was perfect and the look on the grooms face was unforgettable.

Hire a Professional! Do not DIY (do it yourself). Fireworks laws vary greatly from town to town, and state to state. Not sure what the rules are where you live? Contact the American Pyrotechnics Association (www.AmericanPyro.com) or check with your local authorities (the fire department, police department or town hall). The Fire Marshal has permit authority over all fireworks and pyrotechnics displays & events. The law is different in each state. For a breakdown of these laws in Arizona, visit our Directory of State Laws.

Please be aware that within each state there may be local restrictions as well. Please contact your local fire or police department for the laws regarding your area. The National Council on Fireworks Safety is a valuable resource for learning more about safely enjoying fireworks. The fireworks company handles all of the necessary fireworks permitting for you. Some jurisdictions may require a Special Use Permit. Plan ahead. Different cities and counties have different lengths of time required for submitting the permit, anywhere from 45 days to two weeks.

Don’t forget clean up. When you hire a professional, they will often take care of cleaning up as part of their fee.

Or… Just add sparklers. Sparklers and Confetti poppers can be fun, but make sure you are providing safe and quality items at your wedding. Have your guests line up outside the venue at the end of the night with lit sparklers and cheer as you depart from the party. Even if you are only using sparklers, safety must be a major focus. Be sure to provide a receptacle so guests can put the sparklers out; galvanized steel pails filled with sand work best. Add sparklers to your wedding cake. Give your cake baker a heads-up about your sparklers plan so he/she can decorate the cake with them in mind. Makes for a great photo!

Be sure to check with the wedding coordinator at your venue. Some venues have restrictions on fireworks.

A fireworks display at your wedding can be a fun finale for your wedding day!

Contact Fireworks Productions of Arizona or Google “Arizona fireworks displays.” Here is a source for Fireworks Wedding Invitations.

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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. 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.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Baseball Fans? Have a Baseball Theme Wedding…

Here’s a wedding idea that will hit it out of the ball park! Get married at Chase Field in Phoenix where the Arizona Diamondbacks play! Begin your new life together at home plate. Theme weddings are a great way to incorporate your interests and personalities as a couple, and show your guests what you are all about.

baseballThemeThere are so many ideas that can make your wedding lovely with a baseball theme when it comes to weddings. From cute little baseball themed ring bearers and flower girls to guestbooks that are bats (or make two jerseys with your names on them and have your guest sign them), baseball tickets that are wedding invitations and so much more!

Guests attending your baseball themed wedding will marvel at the small touches you can incorporate into your baseball theme including the wedding ceremony or reception locations, your wedding vows, or the decorations that become part of your day to pull the baseball theme together. Popcorn and pennants for centerpieces, baseball socks on the groomsmen, tickets to get in, a baseball cake and the Bride and Groom’s names on the billboard.

Get creative with the look and feel of the printed media for your wedding; wedding invitations, save-the-date cards, and wedding programs. You your imagination. The more you incorporate the theme into your wedding, the more fun you, and your guests, will have. Google “Baseball Theme Wedding” for lot of ideas. Don’t forget to check Pinterest.

A baseball themed save the date or a wedding invitation that’s designed to look like a ticket from your local ballpark is a great start. Couple that with a wedding program in the mold of a gameday program, and you’re well on your way to establishing the look and feel of your baseball theme.

BaseballCenterPieceHave the guys wear uniforms! If you’re strong on traditional tuxes, have them wear special baseball wedding ties or have them wear their jerseys underneath. Caps are a must for everyone in the bridal party. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks® are a must as favors.

A baseball bat will be a big hit at your baseball theme wedding and will have guests begging to sign your baseball bat guestbook instead of forgetting about it like most guestbooks. Have the DJ play, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” as the wedding party make their way to home plate. During the ceremony have the Wedding Officiant stand up for a 7th inning stretch and have all the guests sing, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

A baseball theme wedding is one to have fun with whether you go all out or just give nod to your favorite sport with little details here and there. If you want a wedding that your guests will remember, perhaps a baseball themed wedding might be for you. It’ll bring a big cheer from everyone!

A little digging on Chase Field’s website reveals a basic budget-estimating tool for hosting events such as weddings or give them a call. Arizona Diamondbacks Main Number: 602-462-6500. By the way, you can have a baseball theme wedding at any wedding venue you choose, not necessarily at Chase Field.

Larry’s NOTE: A very special “thank you” to Emily Cann @ B Lovely Events for this exciting idea. For more photos go to: http://blovelyevents.com/2013/08/04/perfect-catch-a-baseball-wedding/. Photos of Baseball centerpieces at: http://blovelyevents.com/2013/07/22/play-ball-with-centerpieces/

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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 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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