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Using Bubbles in a Wedding Ceremony
Andrew and Jennifer's guests using Bubbles at Wilder Park - Elmhurst, Illinois.

Returning Us to a Childlike moment

I ask guests to come into the center aisle and to line both sides, face inward, and stand shoulder to shoulder. The photographer and video people move to the far end of aisle to allow the bride and groom to move toward them.

With the music started, and the bubbles flying the bride and groom, hand in hand, begin moving slowly down the aisle. The groom will intermittently shake hands with guests along the way. It is important that the couple not stop and engage in conversation. That would kill the tempo of the exit. Couples should move slowly and work the audience like 10th ward aldermen passing out patronage jobs for Streets and San. (You thought those days were over but they're not).

Buy your bubbles only when you are within a few days of your ceremony, and then only after testing them in the store. Go ahead, pull out a bottle and try it. Bubbles stored for a long time go flat, whereas bubbles that are fresh are plentiful and lively.


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