Category Archives: Pocono Weddings

information on weddings with a special interest in the local Pocono scene

Realistic Expectations for Your Wedding Day

Many engaged couples dream of a perfect wedding. For some women it’s a fairy-tale come true based on childhood fantasies and desires mixed in with lots of media hype. And while there’s nothing wrong with planning your dream-come-true wedding event, it is important to temper your expectations with some realism. Imagining a day that is [...]

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Jumping the Broom

There are many interesting historic and symbolic ideas connected to the ritual known as ‘Jumping the Broom.’ The story that slaves invented this ritual is common, but we now understand that it was actually a custom brought here by enslaved Africans. Historians are not in complete agreement, but most agree that Jumping the Broom dates [...]

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The Symbol of the Circle

Weddings are one of the most symbolic days in anyone’s life. We use many elements in weddings, whether religious, spiritual or secular, to help express the meaning of this big milestone in life. It’s a time to dig deep. Sometimes something very simple can be inspiriting: the circle, for example, a symbol that is quite [...]

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Big day, big dress, big deal (Read this before you buy one)

A wedding gown is something that looms large in the hearts and minds of many women. It has grown out of the princess myth and may cause some women anguish, and others amazing joy. But whatever your views, if you are a bride, you are probably looking for the perfect dress for your big day. [...]

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Wedding Rules for the Digital Age

The unplugged wedding already has a lot of traction. Taking photos, videos and generally playing with your smart phone during a wedding ceremony is just plain rude. Bottom line – don’t let people take photos during the ceremony – leave it to the professionals or designated people. Not only can it ruin the official photos, [...]

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The Joys and Perils of a Small Wedding

Not everyone wants to have a great big wedding. That can be for many reasons. The planning process itself can be quite overwhelming, and I’ve frequently been told that it was more work than imagined. The average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178. I’d call a small wedding anything under 50 guests. [...]

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Navigating Interfaith Weddings

According to the Pew Research Center almost four-in-ten Americans (39%) who have married since 2010 have a spouse who is in a different religious group. I often officiate interfaith weddings – it is one of my favorite types of ceremonies to create. When two (or more) faiths come together, the ceremony needs to blend them in an equal and respectful way.

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Let Us Eat Cake!

Wedding cakes have been around for ages. There is not only history but also symbolism to go along with each slice. Its roots are from the Roman era, when bread was used. The groom would hold the bread over the bride’s head and break off a piece symbolizing her virginal state and his dominance over [...]

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Spring is a time to think about renew of vows

Spring is the time of re-birth and renewal. Nature comes alive again. The days grow longer and we are filled with a spirit of hope. It’s a great time to think about renewing wedding vows. A renewal of vows is a beautiful ritual and can be done at any point in a marriage, but I [...]

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Candles Send a Powerful Message

Candles are used the world over, not simply for light – they have clear and universal symbolism. Unity candles for wedding ceremonies are popular for this very reason, but I don’t get to incorporate them often. That’s because so many ceremonies I officiate are outdoors. Candles outdoors just don’t work very well, and can blow [...]

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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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