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Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate Your Love With a BANG!

Filed under: Theme Wedding,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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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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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Throwing Rice is Out. . .

Filed under: Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 11:30 am
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That’s true, but not for the reason you might think. Just for the record, some people prefer to use birdseed instead of rice. Contrary to popular belief, it is a myth that if birds eat the rice they will explode or it will hurt them. Not true. Here’s proof!

Some churches and reception centers have rules prohibiting the throwing of confetti or rice. These rules work to keep the property clean. Confetti is notoriously hard to clean up; not even vacuuming a lawn will return the grass to its pristine condition.

Rice can pose a unique danger. Not to birds, though; to people. Scattered on a hard surface (such as the steps of a church, stepping stones, or a dance floor) it puts anyone who walks across that surface at risk of taking a nasty spill. Far better to prohibit rice throwing at a wedding than to end up with an injured guest.

heartConfettiNowadays, brides and grooms have an amazing amount of options that can fit their personality and wedding theme.

Eco-fetti, a product that is water-soluble and completely biodegradable and requires no clean-up is a great option. Ecofetti is also lighter than traditional confetti, giving your friends, family, and photographer ample time to snap some beautiful pictures of the grand finale at your wedding.

On TheKnot.com recently someone suggested giving out paper airplanes to your guests before the ceremony. Have the guests sail paper airplanes “into the air” as the happy couple exits the ceremony area. It’s a great idea as long as guests don’t aim the paper airplanes “at” the Bride and Groom.

What a terrific idea! I like different. How about having the guests write something for the Bride and Groom on the wing of the paper airplane to be collected later and give to the happy couple?

I’ve had several weddings where the guests were given birdseed, sparklers, bubbles (may stain clothing), sunflower seeds, for fall: red and orange leaves, or assorted flower petals (they filled the air with the most wonderful scent) to throw instead of rice. Popcorn is okay but makes a mess and has to be cleaned up because children will often eat it from the ground. At a backyard wedding, the guests were asked to throw wildflower seeds. Noisemakers provide a fun alternative.

Instead of throwing something, streamers that attach to your finger look nice. As the bride and Groom come running out everyone waves the streamers and shouts their congratulations. There is no clean up because people as asked to throw them away in the trash as they proceed to the reception.

Don’t release balloons. It looks awesome, however balloons can travel a long way and wind up in rivers and lakes. Fish and water birds think they are getting a marvelous treat and then may choke on them.

Throwing things at a newly married couple is a very old tradition that may date back to ancient Rome or Egypt or even further back. The custom is intended to give newlyweds good luck, and most of the items thrown at the couple represent fertility and abundance.

Whatever you choose to throw. . . ask your guests to throw it into the air, not “at” the Bride and Groom. Clear all choices with the wedding venue.

In Chillicothe, Ohio it is illegal to throw rice at weddings.

Be green and use bird seed! It’s safer for the environment, cheaper and cleans up on it’s own!

BONUS Article: 10 Alternatives to the Rice Toss – A 10 photo slide show.
Wedding Ceremony Aisle Toss Ideas

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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