Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

CHECKING IT TWICE

Check this off your wedding to-do list You have found the person you want to spend your life with – this person loves and respects you and you are best friends and partners. Check. What could be more important? You decided to tie the knot because it will strengthen your bond. What a good idea. [...]

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Taking the Walk Down the Aisle

Rites of passage are marked by actions that help connect to things greater than ourselves. They connect us to the past while moving us into the future. Sometimes the most basic of elements make the most powerful statements. Many human rituals involve common everyday things such as fire or water. That is why the simple [...]

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Creating a Wedding that Gives Back

I’m always thinking about different ways a wedding can be not only unique but more meaningful. On a day and a time in your life when you are focused on yourself and your future, it’s not a bad idea to stop and think of others not as fortunate. Charitable weddings have been around for a [...]

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Say ‘Rent’ to the Dress

There’s a very old phrase about ‘beg, steal or borrow,’ which means to accomplish something by any means necessary, but today I’m thinking about ‘rent, buy or borrow.’ It’s always exciting to see what brides will be wearing on their wedding day. Usually I have met ‘my’ bride in person beforehand, but, still, we all [...]

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GRATEFUL DAYS ….

Painting by Jean Leon German Ferris 1899

While the two holidays differ quite a lot from one another, they do share common elements. Both are cultural occasions with time-honored traditions, full meaning and memories. Both intentionally remember those who have died by celebrating their lives and telling stories of how they contributed to our shared values, traditions and family lore. And both provide an opportunity to feel connected to something bigger that extends beyond the ritual, by connecting us with a deeper sense of gratitude for life.

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Those cute kids walking down the aisle

It can be absolutely adorable to include children in your processional, just know what you’re getting into beforehand, and embrace it in any way that works for you.

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FLIP A COIN …One off-beat wedding provides charming inspiration.

… instead of a traditional processional they created what they dubbed a ‘soul train.’ They had a group of friends make two lines, and then, two at a time, they danced down the make-shift aisle – coming to the front where the ceremony would take place. Now, if you wanted attendants standing with you, you could have them dance their up to the altar area

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A Brief History of Weddings

As far as I can tell there is no country, culture, religion or tradition that does not celebrate marriage. In this column I’d like to explore the history of weddings, but I’ll confine it to our roots in Western civilization – I couldn’t possibly explore the entire planet, this topic is big enough already!  Here [...]

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A Case for a Casual Wedding

Here in the Poconos a casual wedding can be a very good fit. Our community tends to be relaxed, and the mountains as a destination, reflect an outdoorsy vibe. If that’s what you’re looking for, have what I call ‘a casual wedding.’

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The story of Gretna Green

I love wedding traditions from around the world and only recently learned about the town of Gretna Green in Scotland and how it is a mecca for elopement. Of course there is a reason and it is steeped in history. In the mid 18th Century, the English tightened their laws about who could marry, raising [...]

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