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PLEASE Be on Time! (for your own wedding!) - On occasion something will happen that causes the wedding to start a few minutes late. Sometimes it's unavoidable. That's understandable and can be forgiven. But NOT 1 hour and 50 minutes late!
No Thanks! A Family Friend Will Perform Our Wedding Ceremony - This is the most special day in your life and you want to hand this important aspect of your wedding to an amateur?
Getting Married in Arizona? Here's the Latest Scoop! - It's not called the "Valley of the Sun" for nothing. However, you rarely will find yourself freaking out about the weather in Arizona. Outdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful.
Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony - 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.
Full-Time DJ vs. Part-Time DJ - Mark Sanchez, Guest Author - Did you know 80% of mobile DJs in the industry are part time? There is a good chance the DJ you hire for your reception is part-time and holds down a full-time job during the week, yet all the other vendors you may hire are full-time.
The Importance of Relationships to Mental Health - Brian Tracy, Guest Author - The one thing you have in common with all other human beings is your desire to be happy about yourself and your life.
How the Digital Signal Change Can Affect Your Wedding! - Mark Sanchez, Guest Author - TV signals will change to all digital on February 17, 2009. But did you know this also could affect your wedding if a wireless microphone is used during your ceremony?
Shopping For Live Music: Online! - Lisa Pressman, Guest Author - Make live music an essential part of your joyous celebration by finding the music that fulfills your wishes!
Honeymoon Bridal Gift Registry - The Ultimate Gift - What a terrific wedding gift alternative for the modern Bride and Groom. Instead of conventional wedding gifts, friends and family can shower you with a honeymoon gift that will provide you with a lifetime of memories.
Love is Not Enough - Clair Hatch, Guest Author - A lot of people wonder what happened to the sexual revolution, especially around Valentine's Day. In a lot of homes today, the sexual temperature feels more like the 50's than the 70's.
A Chocolate Lover's Wedding - Recently while interviewing a couple they told me that they both had a passion for chocolate and instead of adding the Unity Candle or the Blending of the Sands ceremony to their wedding ceremony they wanted me to come up with a way to have chocolate be a part of the ceremony.
Wedding Toasts - Giving a wedding toast is a special moment during the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. Here are a few tips on toasting etiquette.
Lights! Camera! Click, Click, Click, Click! - All you need is to count one, two, pose then S-M-I-L-E for the candid camera! That's about all the direction you'll get in a photo booth. There's only one little stool inside, so when the curtain closes, it's time to improvise. About 20 seconds later everyone gets to see how creative your guests were as the digital camera clicked away.
Everything You Need to Know About a Professional Bridal Consultant - Kim Horn, Guest Author - Learn by listening to a 2-part interview With Kim Horn, PBC (Professional Bridal Consultant). Kim has been a wedding planner and publisher of Arizona Bridal Source Guide for 20 years. Kim has also been the AZ State Coordinator for the Association of Bridal Consultants since 2003.
Get Married in a Tropical Paradise! - 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 Peñasco (Rocky Point). Rocky Point is located on the Sea of Cortez in the State of Sonora, Mexico.
Choosing Your Wedding Invitation Ensemble - Treasia Stepp, Guest Author Your wedding invitations are the first thing your guest will see with regards to your special day. Choosing them will be a very important part of the marriage process. Choose with style and great care.
Grooming the Groom: Staying on Track for the Big Day! - Alright, guys! Listen up! When I talk to Brides in pre-wedding interviews, I heard women who seem overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for all of the details it takes to have a memorable wedding. It's not just "her" wedding. It's your wedding too! She needs your assistance! So. . . listen carefully. (Brides: have your fiancé read this article!)
Serving Her Majesty the Bride: To Be a Maid of Honor. . . or Not - While it is an honor for a bride to ask you to be the Maid (or Matron) of Honor, you would be wise to consider the many awesome responsibilities that go with this honor.
Blending of the Sands Ceremony - The pouring of several different colored sands together is used to symbolize the joining of the wife and husband on their wedding day.
9 Ways to Pamper Your Partner - Read an article Larry wrote for Arizona's Finest Wedding Sites & Services Magazine. (This is a downloadable .pdf file) You are welcome to print this article and share it with someone you love!
Larry's YouTUBE Video of the Decade - There is a lesson to be learned from this funny. . . but not-so-funny video!
I Was Wrong and I Am Sorry - As a professional relationship coach, over the years I have listened as partners pour out their hearts to me, justifying their position to the detriment of the relationship.
Encore Weddings - Is love really lovelier the second time around? When promises to have and hold, until death do us part fizzle, and the rings go from the left hand to the back of a drawer somewhere often we begin to search for someone new to love. Second marriages have become so common they've gotten a trendy name: encore weddings.
Relating to Your Wedding Officiant - Marie Tyler Wiley, Guest Author - The trend these days seems to be delaying selection of the officiant until very late in the wedding planning process. This is puzzling, as the union cannot be solemnified unless an officiant is present. The celebrant should actually be one of the very first people you hire.
A Gift of the Heart - Larry James - Want to know how to avoid a gift-giving blunder? To help you develop gift-giving savvy, when you give a gift to the bride and groom, during the holiday season or on any other occasion, make it a gift of the heart.
Romantic Ideas to Make it Valentine's Day All Year Long! - Larry James - To be a special Valentine to your partner takes lots of energy, time, attention and Love. Here are more than 67 tips to help you get started!
The ABC's of Celebrating Love! - Larry James - You didn't learn this alphabet in school. 26 words that can help breathe life into your relationship and help you Celebrate Love with your partner; words that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
How to Hire a Disc Jockey - Mark Sanchez, Guest Author - Your wedding reception DJ determines whether your reception is a hit or a miss! Here are a list of questions to ask your DJ and numerous tips from a career wedding Disc Jockey and Wedding Entertainment Director.
Perception of a Wedding Disc Jockey: The Myths & The Truth - Tony Laub, Guest Author - The public's perception of a Disc Jockey is much different than that of a wedding photographer, caterer or any other wedding vendor. Tony Laub, Disc Jockey/Wedding Entertainment Director, dispels the myths.
Disc Jockey Rates & Fees - The straight scoop on Disc Jockey fees from the American Disc Jockey Association.
Tips for Wedding Guests: How to Avoid Embarrassing Faux Pas - Larry James - While advice and how-tos for Brides and Grooms are plentiful, many guests are still left with lingering questions about wedding day etiquette. Here are a few DO's and DON'Ts plus a few additional tips to help guests avoid embarrassing faux pas and ensure a day of celebration for all.
Miscellaneous Tips For Your Wedding, Honeymoon and More - Larry James - More than 90 time-saving and $$$-saving tips! Ya gotta read this!
The Stages of Wedding Planning on a Budget - Amy J. Chung, Guest Author - This phase of "researching" that we are currently in made me realize that wedding planning has various stages that I think all Bride-to-Be's go through.
How to Get the Most From a Bridal Show - Larry James - Attending a bridal show can be most helpful in planning your wedding. You will be able to meet and ask questions from many wedding professionals all under one roof. Here are some tips that will help you get the most from your bridal show experience.
How to Look Great on Your Wedding Day - Melanie Mendelson, Guest Author - Looking great on your wedding day means being radiant, relaxed, and ready to start a brand new existence with the person whom you've chosen to spend your life with.
The Prewedding Blues - Sheryl Paul Nissinen, M.A., Guest Author - There are hundreds of planners and guidebooks that assist women with the practical end of the wedding, this article focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of this profound rite of passage.
Communicating is Not Optional: How to Listen So Your Partner Will Talk - A communication gap not only undermines the potential of your relationship; it can, and usually will eventually destroy the relationship. Use an effective process Larry James uses when coaching couples to teach them to listen and talk, but not at the same time.
Relationship "Slump Busters" - A list of 52 areas in relationships that can become "Hot Spots" unless they are attended to on a consistent basis; areas that will need your undivided attention if you are committed to work "together" to bring your relationship out of a slump or to keep it from going into one. It's "Larry's Rx for Relationships" in 5 parts.
Love Busters - Willard F. Harley, Jr., Ph.D., Guest Author - When you meet each other's most important emotional needs, you become each other's source of greatest happiness. You and your spouse were born to be demanding, disrespectful, angry, annoying, independent (insensitive) and dishonest. These are normal human traits that I call Love Busters because they destroy the feeling of love spouses have for each other. By eliminating Love Busters, you will not only be protecting your spouse, but you will also be preserving your spouse's love for you. In 6 parts.
Making Love - Thoughts and reflections on making love. The experience of physical intimacy can be the single most loving, most exciting, most powerful, most exhilarating, most renewing, most energizing, most affirming, most intimate, most uniting, most stress-relieving, most recreative physical experience of which humans are capable.
15 Hot Ideas for Phenomenal Physical Intimacy! - Count 'em! Fifteen ideas to help you put the "sizzle" back in sex.
And if All Else Fails? - REQUIRED READING if you are considering counseling, therapy (or Personal Relationship Coaching by telephone with Larry James). There is no shame in seeking help from someone qualified to give it. Most people resist change until they are backed against the wall; until they feel that there is nothing else they can do. Change takes courage! It means taking responsibility for your relationship and being brave enough to take that first step toward doing something different while you are still afraid.
How to Get the Most From Reading a Relationship Book - Follow these great tips and watch your relationship prosper.
Forgiveness. . . What's it For? - Forgiveness is often misunderstood. We often think of forgiveness as something that someone who has done us wrong must ask of US. This article suggests that you focus on offering forgiveness TO the person who has wronged you as a healthy way of releasing the anger, resentment, etc. This was the topic of Larry James' appearance on ABC TV's "The View with Barbara Walters and her co-hosts.
When Stepfamily Reality Sets In: Hitting and Scaling the Brick Wall as a StepCouple - Kelly Kirkendoll Shafer, Guest Author - Part of making a stepfamily work is facing and accepting the realities of stepfamily life. One of these realities involves a wall of disillusionment we all hit. When we do, it hurts! Here are some "How tos" from someone who knows.
Put the Toilet Seat DOWN! - For Men Only - It's time for men to be more "considerate" and to pay attention to the little things, like putting the toilet seat down and helping with the household chores. There is a solution to one of the problems. Inventor, Tim Seniuk's amusing solution may surprise you.
The articles menu is updated often. We will also feature articles by several well known guest authors. Guest author submissions are welcome. Stay tuned!
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