Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

Thinking of Eloping? Read this….

In the past eloping was defined as running away to get married, especially without parental consent. But in today’s world it can mean something very different. There are two parts to taking a closer look at elopement: One is the ‘why,’ and the second is ‘the how.’ There are indeed many reasons to elope. Today [...]

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What Can We Learn from Celebrity Weddings?

Is there anything to be learned from celebrity weddings for us common folks? Up until now I’d say no. Of course how would I know since I’ve never read about them, wrote about them, or cared about them. Until now. You’d have to live in a cave to not have heard about Angelina Jolie and [...]

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Ceremony tips. .. are a few of my favorite things…

I do love ‘raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,’ but when it comes ceremonies here are a few of my favorites things. Work those bubbles, or petals, or whatever. If you’re going to have them at the end of your ceremony, make sure everyone is ready to go immediately after the kiss! The newlyweds [...]

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Tips for Grooms…

  Ask any man what was the most stressful day of his life, and a good many of them will tell you it was their wedding day.  Consider what faced them:  family pressures, silk and chiffon, emotional roller coasters before, during and after the Big Day, not to mention publicly declaring one’s love in front [...]

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Same-Sex Weddings Aren’t All That Different

Now that marriage equality has come to Pennsylvania, I am getting many inquiries from same-sex couples. It’s an exciting time. Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall wrote in 2004 that: “Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support…. It is at once a deeply [...]

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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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