Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

Please Don’t Say This to the Newly Engaged

Congratulations! That’s what we say when we hear the big news that someone is engaged to be married. It is the proper and right thing to say. It means we are acknowledging joy and wishing them happiness. Newly engaged couples get bombarded with questions. Let them have some time to simply enjoy this special time. [...]

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With This Ring Comes a Lot of Legend

Exchanging rings is a beautiful element in the wedding ceremony. After a couple has spoken their vows, giving each other a ring ‘seals the deal.’ It’s a visual representation of the promises spoken. There are many stories and myths about the ‘ring finger.’ No one really knows for sure, but lots of expensive jewelry gets [...]

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One little rule for your wedding ceremony

I don’t have a lot of rules about wedding ceremonies. I don’t tell couples what they should believe or what their ceremony should include. I’m fond of saying my one rule is ‘no candles outdoors,’ but in reality I do have another rule, and I’ll get it in a minute. But first I want to [...]

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Wine Rituals – one of my all time favorites

One of my favorite rituals, and one I consider to be a classic is one involving wine. There are many good reasons to love it. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote: Good wine is a necessity of life for me. And good old Ben Franklin wrote: Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions [...]

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When Old Flames Burn Anew

I love it when science and research back up what I already suspect. More often than you might guess, I’ve officiated for couples who were sweethearts at a young age, went their separate ways, and then reunited much later in life. The CBS Sunday Morning show recently did a story on this and it reminded [...]

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Fresh Ideas for Creative Couples

Following wedding trends isn’t my passion. Mostly, I really like to focus on the meaning of the wedding and marriage. But I must admit it is fun to look at what different couples are doing from time to time, and I have found a few ideas to share. Here’s an easy and simple one: At [...]

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Considering a Destination Wedding

Are you thinking of having a destination wedding? If so, here are some things to consider. Make sure those closest to you, most often parents, are on board before going too far. And let’s not kid ourselves, this is an expensive undertaking – so don’t choose a pricey adventure your family and friends cannot afford. [...]

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Changing your name has changed with the times

Upon marriage, many women in our modern world do not change their last name to their husbands’ name. It’s not only a lot of work, taking care of all those legal documents, but it’s a big adjustment – to think of yourself and tell everyone else your new name. I’ve been there and done that. [...]

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Bridezilla or Bridechilla? Can you be too laid back?

I was speaking with a bride recently who referred to herself as a Bridechilla, which I found both hilarious and wonderful. According to the Urban Dictionary a Bridechilla is a bride that remains calm, cool, and collected during her entire wedding experience. Bridechillas never use phrases such as ‘my day, the most important day of [...]

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Some Traditions I Can Do Without

I try to be a positive person, but if I’m being completely honest, I’m not always that way. And while I love being a celebrant there are a few things about weddings I could do without. Occasionally a couple will ask me to leave out the ‘obey’ part in the wedding vows, to which I [...]

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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. Visit her website: ... Read Full
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