Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

There’s more to free than free ‘stuff’

Fill in the blank: The best things in life are ‘_______.’ If you said ‘free,’ that’s what I had in mind as well. This generally means that the most rewarding or satisfying experiences in life are often those that cost nothing. This proverb originated in 1927 as the title of a song, which contains the [...]

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The Salt Covenant

As I continue to write about rituals, customs and ideas for weddings from diverse backgrounds and traditions – today I’d like to explore the Salt Covenant. There are many ways this very essential element can be used. The Sand Ceremony and the Salt Covenant or Salt Ceremony are performed in much the same way but [...]

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Wedding are going to the dogs!

We have a celebrity dog in the Poconos so it seemed like a good time to talk about dogs in weddings. Animal Planet is featuring Leo, Susie Forrester’s food stealing dog on a segment. Susie is a wonderful photographer and wonderful person, and like many of us, considers her dog to be a part of [...]

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Learning about the Chuppah

The chuppah, a canopy used in weddings, is an ancient and beautiful Jewish tradition. It can be constructed in many different ways and is used to create a sacred space for the couple to stand beneath for their ceremony. The word itself means covering, but can also be translated as protection. There are a variety [...]

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Some out of the box ideas that also save money

Creative fresh ideas can also be money saving ideas. How wonderful! Here are a few ideas to consider. Instead of buying a wedding gown, just buy a dress – a beautiful dress, a dress you love, a dress you could even wear again. With colors for wedding dresses coming into fashion you’ll be on the [...]

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The Symbolism of Trees

There are so many ways you can symbolically express the meaning of your wedding. Rituals in faith traditions are well known, as are the many secular and spiritual types of rituals we’ve become familiar with such as the Sand Ceremony, Unity Candles, Rose Presentations and other lovely customs. The planting of a tree is something [...]

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Wedding Etiquette

In our fast paced, modern world we tend to think of etiquette as an antiquated concept. But good manners, and knowing appropriate protocol, never go out of style. Understanding what to do, especially in unfamiliar situations, helps us all enjoy ourselves, knowing we will avoid embarrassment.   Especially for weddings we want to know what’s [...]

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FLOWERS FLOWERS FLOWERS !!!

Everything looks and feels more beautiful with fresh flowers! Here is a bit of fun historical information about the use of flowers in weddings and then some tips on using them. It wasn’t until modern times that brides began carrying flowers in the way we now know. In medieval times they carried garlic and dill [...]

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Indian and South Asian Wedding Traditions

I’ve been writing a lot lately about diverse wedding traditions and customs and today I want to explore a few more. Today I’ll focus on rituals from India and parts of South Asia. If you have every experienced an Indian wedding ceremony you have been a part of something amazing. Just search for photos of [...]

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The tradition of the 13 Coins

Continuing to explore diverse wedding traditions, weddings in any of the many Spanish-speaking cultures here and around the world are still most often Roman Catholic, but of course, not always. Keeping in mind that Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America, and Spain, all have specific traditions, certainly makes it hard to generalize. But there [...]

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