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The Salt Covenant

As I continue to write about rituals, customs and ideas for weddings from diverse backgrounds and traditions – today I’d like to explore the Salt Covenant. There are many ways this very essential element can be used. The Sand Ceremony and the Salt Covenant or Salt Ceremony are performed in much the same way but [...]

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Wedding are going to the dogs!

We have a celebrity dog in the Poconos so it seemed like a good time to talk about dogs in weddings. Animal Planet is featuring Leo, Susie Forrester’s food stealing dog on a segment. Susie is a wonderful photographer and wonderful person, and like many of us, considers her dog to be a part of [...]

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Learning about the Chuppah

The chuppah, a canopy used in weddings, is an ancient and beautiful Jewish tradition. It can be constructed in many different ways and is used to create a sacred space for the couple to stand beneath for their ceremony. The word itself means covering, but can also be translated as protection. There are a variety [...]

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Wedding Trends for 2014

It’s a new year and that means its time to talk about what’s trending in weddings. While I like to concentrate on the meaning of the wedding, specifically the ceremony, I do pay attention to the overabundance of ideas floating around out there in the universe. From Pinterest, websites, blogs and my own clients ideas [...]

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Reflecting on 2013 Weddings

As 2013 comes to an end it’s a good time to look back on some the weddings I had the honor to officiate this past year. And while every wedding was beautiful in its own way, there were some that were particularly unique. Early in the year I performed a ceremony at beautiful Skytop Lodge. [...]

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Spirituality – what does it mean to you and for your wedding?

Spiritual. That is what I often hear from couples who are about to be married, when I ask about their beliefs. But what exactly does this mean? Literally, spiritual means ‘relating to things of the human spirit rather than material or physical things.’ But in a more religious context it can mean a wide range [...]

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Wedding Vows – the heart of the matter

Your vows are perhaps the single most important element of your wedding ceremony. This is an ancient ritual traced all the way back to the medieval church.  It is the time when you put your commitment into words, speak them out loud, and say to one another and for all to hear: I’m in!  It [...]

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To have or not to have… a wedding rehearsal

Do you need a wedding rehearsal? A rehearsal can serve many purposes. Sometimes it is just a reason to have a rehearsal dinner, which may be important for family members who have never met. It can also help calm one’s nerves. By simply seeing where you will be walking and standing, a lot of the [...]

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Going deeper …

Every week I am challenged to write something about weddings. There are a million places to get a million ideas for your wedding. Crafts, dresses, hairstyles and other details abound; signature drinks, place settings, signs, music selections, invitations, hold the date, décor of all kinds… the list really seems endless. But I try to explore [...]

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Creating a unique wedding program

I was away this week so I thought I’d share a favorite column from long ago. It’s popular one – so I don’t feel too bad about it being a repeat! Here goes: When I get a question from couples about the order of their ceremony, I know what’s next. They wish to create a [...]

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