Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

FIRST LOOK

The ‘first look’ is a photo or series of photos capturing the moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time (in her gown before the wedding). It can be amazing, wonderful, and heartfelt. It can also serve a useful purpose. And conversely it can be corny, phony, and overly staged. I love [...]

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Many Choices for Theme Weddings

There are many ways to have a wedding that reflects your style, taste and values. If you have been thinking about a theme wedding, put it at the top of your agenda – because if you choose a theme, it will influence many of the choices that will follow.   What is a theme wedding? [...]

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Little Tips for your Big Day

They say that in the ‘art of marriage,’ the little things are the big things. I wonder if that true for the art of a weddings? Sometimes couples get too caught up in the tiny details and miss the big picture. But there are a few little things I’ve picked up along the way – [...]

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Do’s and Don’ts for Interfaith Weddings

In the 1950s, 20 percent of marriages in the U.S. were interfaith unions. By the first decade of the 21st century, the rate increased to 45 percent*. So, with so many traditions, customs, beliefs and heritages being blended like never before, it is crucial (and sometimes tricky) to honor and celebrate all that we bring [...]

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The Receiving Line

One wedding tradition that is losing popularity is the receiving line. This custom actually dates back to more superstitious times when it was believed that anyone who touched the bride and groom would be blessed with good luck. It later evolved into the practice we are familiar with, especially for large weddings, as a way [...]

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To DIY or Not to DIY? that is the question!

With all the Pinterest pages, facebook posts, and the newest wedding gurus filling our heads with ideas, its difficult not to get caught up in a million cool little details you must have for your wedding. The rustic signage, the hay bales, the mason jars, the table numbers, and the amazing arbor your beloved will [...]

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Cool thoughts on a hot day

Summer’s in full swing here in the Poconos. It’s pretty hot, so I thought I’d write about something cool: fall and winter weddings. After all, now is the time to make plans (if you haven’t already!) Fall is rich with color and the fullness of harvest, and winter, in contrast, is more sparse. Look carefully [...]

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Unusual or too far out?

I have officiated some unusual and unique weddings. How far out is too far? I don’t know the answer to that, but the weddings I’ve done in various locations, with a variety of themes, and seemed reasonable (and fun) to me. Marrying people at the top of a mountain and by waterfalls has been absolutely [...]

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Tying the Knot

We all know the expression: ‘tying the knot’ – it simply means getting married. But where does this phrase come from? There are many different stories, in different communities throughout the world. It is certainly one of the oldest wedding traditions we know. Here are a few of these origin stories, and some ritual ideas [...]

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Surprise Wedding!

The idea of a surprise wedding is not new to me – I’ve done a few of them over the years. Let’s be completely clear here – the wedding is not a surprise to one of the two people being married! That would (#1) be completely unethical, as a marriage must be a mutually agreed [...]

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    Lois Heckman is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant who officiates at weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies in the Poconos and beyond. She has performed hundreds of ceremonies and brings a wealth of knowledge to her work. Follow her on Pinterest, ... Read Full
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