Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

A Tale of Two Weddings

Most often I write about diverse wedding ideas, traditions and customs; I rarely write about specific weddings. But today I have a tale of two weddings. And as so famously written in A Tale of Two Cities, it was just a little the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Let me [...]

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A Touch of German Tradition for Your Wedding

I really enjoy learning about different religious and cultural traditions, and regular readers of this column know that I often write about how to incorporate them into a wedding ceremony. Sometimes it’s just a little touch that makes the ceremony sing. Recently, working with a couple who had strong ties to Germany, one actually a [...]

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Love Locks and other Rituals of Engagement

I was sad to read that Paris recently broke up with its ‘love locks.’ City workers removed the railings loaded with locks on the Pont des Arts Bridge. For years, visitors had been attaching locks with sentimental messages in symbolic acts of affection and often as an engagement ritual. They would seal the deal by [...]

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Portuguese wedding traditions – old and new

I’m heading to Lisbon so I thought I’d research Portuguese wedding traditions. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. First of all I am very heartened to hear that there’s currently a resurgence of ancient wedding customs, as more and more couples choose to have a ceremony that is reflective of their own personal future and [...]

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Making the most of a wedding program booklet

Weddings can be stressful – there’s no doubt about it. A wedding program or booklet can be just one more task to add to that stress. But it is NOT essential to have one. This is a topic I’ve written and spoken about often, but bears repeating: the program Booklet – if you really want [...]

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Memorable moments from 2015

As the year comes to a close I want to thank each and every couple and family that choose me to officiate their weddings (and sometimes funerals). It is a responsibility and honor I take very seriously. It’s customary at this time of year to take a look back. I hope that the ceremony I [...]

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Imagining a Christmas Wedding

It’s Christmas time and I couldn’t resist writing about Christmas weddings. There are many pros and a few cons to having a wedding around the holidays People love Christmas for so many reasons: there is of course the religious meaning of the celebrating the birth of Christ, but it is also a time to share [...]

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Trend Spotting 2016

Every year writers and commentator types like to look back at what’s happened and forward to the coming year. I especially enjoy humorist Dave Barry’s annual wacky holiday gift guide. I am no Dave Barry, and the trends I’m about to share may not be funny, but maybe, just maybe, they will be fun and [...]

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Exploring Three Far-Flung Traditions

Here in the Poconos I don’t have many opportunities to officiate for people from distant locations and cultures. Yes, occasionally, but not often. But being deeply interested in weddings throughout history and around the world, I thought I’d investigate a few I have yet to encounter. So here are three traditions I have not worked [...]

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Creating Rituals for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. From special foods, to the kids waking up on Christmas morning, and of course worship services – all imprint on our hearts, minds and memories through ritual. What do you remember most from your childhood holiday traditions? The rituals I create for weddings help deepen the experience, so they [...]

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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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