Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

Love at Any Age

Love can come at any age. Do we ‘find’ love, or does love find us? Rumi, the Sufi Mystic who lived in the 13thcentury wrote something that is still rings true: ‘Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find all the barrier within yourself that you have built against it.’ […]

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The essentials of choosing an officiant and other tidbits

If you are getting married in a house of worship, you probably don’t need to read this. But, what the heck, read it anyway. Today I want to talk about choosing an officiant for your wedding.  Just for complete clarity – an officiant presides over (officiates) a ceremony. They can be religious or not. ‘Celebrant’ […]

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Your Place in the World

I’d like to revisit a topic I wrote about many years ago, because once again I am seeing disturbing images of the damage we humans do to our environment. We may feel like we can’t change the world, but we can make good decisions about what we, personally, do. Call it ‘green,’ call it ‘environmental,’ […]

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Autumn Holidays are upon us – and ritual will abound

We are coming to the really big season of holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. I want to talk about the autumn holidays today and I’ll get to the winter holidays another time. Starting with Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve. The name itself comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the […]

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A Wedding Etiquette Update

I last wrote about wedding etiquette in 2007 – yes, I’ve been writing this column that long, and reading that old piece showed me how much things have changed since then. So today I’m going to update you with some ideas about what is appropriate and some things to consider. I still believe that, while […]

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Clichés – for better or for worse

We are all familiar with clichés – defined as an overused expression that, while making a point, often gets so stale as to lose its power. One I like is ‘ignorance is bliss,’ which seems to resonate more and more for me today. I really don’t like the message of ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you […]

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Why Elope?

Making the Case for Getting Married on Your Own Terms Over the years I have officiated many elopements. And I return to this subject often because it is so important. There are so many reasons a couple choses to elope and let me review a few of them. First I want to remind us that […]

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‘Rockin’ the Boat’

Dance the Night Away – Dance Traditions From Around the World. I’ve been watching a charming series on Netflix, Derry Girls, which takes place in Derry (Londonderry) Northern Ireland, and is set in the 1990’s. During a scene involving a wedding, the DJ plays the song Rock the Boatand everyone immediately rushes to the dance floor. They […]

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You’re doing WHAT for your wedding?

Last week I wrote about the sixties and how that era ushered in more self-expression, which, in turn affected weddings. I often write about doing things a little differently, how your wedding can be uniquely you. But what does the mean exactly? Beyond, say, unique signage or cool guest books, interesting décor… can you imagine […]

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Woodstock Weddings

How the festival and the summer of love continues to influence weddings. There’s been a lot of attention to the Woodstock Music festival on its 50thanniversary. As a baby boomer myself, although I wasn’t at Woodstock (I was hitch-hiking around Europe – how’s that for a hippie move?) I was a part of the era, […]

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