Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

Wedding Traditions from Around the World.

Regular readers of ‘wedding talk’ know my interest, even fascination, with all kinds of rituals and traditions. Today I thought I’d take a quick trip around the world and look at just some of the more obscure wedding customs. In South Asian weddings, the bridesmaids steal the groom’s shoes and hide them on the day [...]

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How to have a cozy wedding

Getting people together is the key. We tend to talk to the people we know at the reception, any way we can create an experience where we meet and enjoy new friends, is a positive thing.

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Outside the Mainstream

I’ve written about Christian and Jewish wedding traditions, I’ve written about Irish and Polish customs, I’ve written about Buddhism and Zen. Today I’m going further out of the mainstream. Throughout my career as a celebrant I have found that there are many interesting practices and ideas from Paganism, Wicca, New Age, and Native American beliefs. [...]

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Choosing Music for Your Wedding Ceremony

Here are some tips when considering who to hire and what to choose for your wedding ceremony music.

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When Children Attend Weddings

Here are a few tricks, tips and advice I have to offer about children attending weddings.

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Zen and the Art of Weddings

Planning a wedding is planning for one day of your life, but you are really planning for a lifetime together.
Wedding planning isn’t going anywhere, so when you can’t stop the wheels from spinning, you know its time to take a break and find your zen.

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The Walk Down the Aisle

The processional choreography can be as diverse as you are. We often don’t take advantage of this opportunity – perhaps because most couples have never heard about or seen anything other that the standard entrance.

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Summer Lessons Learned

As fall is settling in, it’s a good time to reflect back on this past summer’s weddings and see what can be learned from some of my various experiences. If you are planning a wedding for next summer, you may be picturing a gorgeous sunny day.  And there was plenty of that. But you are [...]

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How to Elope

Last week I wrote about the many reasons couples may choose to elope. Elopement is no longer a secret or undesirable choice. In fact, there are many good reasons to get married without guests. So, if you’ve decided to elope, how exactly do you accomplish this? First and foremost: where ever you are going, find [...]

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Thinking of Eloping? Read this….

In the past eloping was defined as running away to get married, especially without parental consent. But in today’s world it can mean something very different. There are two parts to taking a closer look at elopement: One is the ‘why,’ and the second is ‘the how.’ There are indeed many reasons to elope. Today [...]

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